Preventing Vaccine Adverse Effects – 1 page summary

By Jean Hofve, DVM

1 hour before vaccination:
One dose of high-EPA fish oil*
One dose of antioxidants; curcumin and quercetin in particular have been found to block the ability of vaccine adjuvants to trigger a long-term immune reaction.

Immediately before vaccination (as close as possible):
Take a calcium supplement by mouth; it needs to contact the mucous membranes of the mouth so hold it under your tongue or use a chewable form such as Tums. For pets, give calcium (just a small piece of a tablet is fine) by mouth. The amount is not as important as having some calcium contact the tongue or gums.

After vaccination:
•    IMMEDIATELY APPLY A COLD OR ICE PACK TO THE INJECTION SITE. This will inhibit blood flow to the area and keep the vaccine ingredients from spreading into the blood and surrounding tissues. This is especially important for vaccines that contain adjuvants.
•    Take a dose of homeopathic Thuja occidentalis 30C (available at most health food stores or online) within 2 hours; repeat every 12 hours for a total of 3 doses. Avoid all immune-stimulating supplements, such as mushroom extracts, whey protein, beta-glucan, echinacea.
•    Avoid Omega-6 oils that significantly suppress immunity and increase inflammation – such as corn, safflower, sunflower, soybean, canola and peanut oils.
•    Avoid all mercury-containing seafood or any other sources of mercury.

Take the following nutritional supplements for 2-4 weeks after vaccination (doses, where given, are for adult humans; for children and pets, use a dose proportional to their weight compared to an adult weighing 150 lbs.)
1.    Natural Vitamin E complex; if possible, one that is high in gamma-E.
2.    Buffered (Ester) Vitamin C at a dose of 1000 mg, taken four times a day between meals.
3.    Antioxidants: curcumin, quercetin, astaxanthin, lutein, and carotenoids.
4.    Zinc  (no copper).
5.    Take a multivitamin-mineral daily ­ one that does not contain iron – with high B vitamins and selenium.
6.    Magnesium citrate/malate (500 mg of elemental magnesium) two capsules, three times a day.
7.    Vitamin D3 (Adult humans: 20,000 IU per day for 2 weeks post-vaccination, then 10,000 per day).
(Children get 5,000 units of Vitamin D per day for two weeks after the vaccine and then 2,000 a units a day thereafter.) Pets are very susceptible to Vitamin D overdose; DO NOT supplement vitamin D in pets without your veterinarian’s guidance.
8.  Calcium 500-1000 mg a day; for children and pets, 250 mg a day (Vitamin D works more efficiently in the presence of calcium.
9.    Fish Oil (high EPA)
8.    Drink very concentrated white tea at least four times a day (adult humans only).
9.    Drink 8 oz. of blenderized or juiced parsley and celery in a blender twice a day (adult humans only).

Flower essences, such as Spirit Essences Vaccine Detox, provide a safe, gentle, energetic detoxification that is very helpful for pets and people as well. It should be taken for 2-4 weeks after vaccination; and it will still help any time after vaccination–even months or years later.

* I recommend Nordic Naturals products for both people and pets.

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4 comments for “Preventing Vaccine Adverse Effects – 1 page summary

  1. jhofve77
    October 11, 2011 at 11:09 pm

    Curcumin is an antioxidant and as such will moderate the inflammation associated with the vaccine. For certain vaccine products, that inflammation may be part of the desired reaction and you wouldn’t want to suppress it. But really, the infectious disease guy should know…the ones I’ve met, they knew it all! ;-)

  2. Bev Clark
    October 11, 2011 at 7:11 pm

    I did. He is not into curcumin and the rabies vaccine like you are. However, I don’t think the response between animals and a person is that different. After all the rabies vaccine was first practiced on animals.

    Let me rephrase: If you give an animal curcumin and rabies shots, would his immunity to rabies, if he got bit by a rabid bat, be just as good, in the long term?

    As you probably know, curcumin is an immunosuppressamt. The rabies vaccine information I got after I finished all my shots was that immunosuppressants are to be stopped when taking the rabies vaccine so that the vaccine can protect against rabies.

  3. jhofve77
    October 8, 2011 at 9:47 am

    To (mis)quote one of my favorite Star Trek characters: “Dammit, Jim, I’m a veterinarian, not a doctor!” Please consider consulting with a (human) infectious disease specialist.

  4. Bev Clark
    October 8, 2011 at 7:38 am

    I got bit by a bat in the beginning of August 2011, and thought nothing of it. However, at the end of August I started to get sick from the bite and contacted health care. I have received the rabies vaccines. As of the time of this writing (Oct 8/11), my health has not yet returned to normal. I am sure that you can understand that I would like to have the highest possible immunity to rabies that I can! Curcumin supplements have been part of my daily routine both before and after. I didn’t even mention it to health care. Have I lessened the ability of the rabies vaccine to work at it’s maximum capacity????

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