The Travel Vaccine Hoax: how to keep your family safe

healthy familyA friend called me this week. She is going abroad with her family, which includes her 18 month son. They don’t want to use vaccines, so were wondering how to keep themselves healthy and lessen any risks of disease.

Many doctors don’t know what the ‘real risks’ are for each country and medical literature shows that many travel vaccinations are ineffective. The ‘just in case’ theory only serves to create paranoia and a false sense of security amongst those who receive the vaccinations. They assume that receiving the jab means they can absolve responsibility from taking care of themselves while on holiday and they need not take any precautions.

Of all vaccinations, travel vaccinations have the poorest record of success.

7 tips for healthy holidays

1) Drink only bottled water and insist that the restaurant opens the bottle in front of you at the table.

2) Remember ice cubes in drinks, salad that has been washed in tap water and brushing teeth are all areas where you ingest water. Most quality hotels will wash their salads in bottled water, but many places will not.

3) Don’t swim in the rivers however hot is gets!

4) Take a bottle of organic, cold-pressed sesame oil with you and massage your entire body daily with it. In particular, coat the inside of your nostrils with it.

5) A couple of weeks prior to your visit, throughout your visit and for a month afterwards take a daily, good quality pro-biotic

6) Support your immune system prior, during and after your visit with whatever your chosen measures are: perhaps a daily dose of echinacea, colloidal silver, antioxidants (vitamins A,C,E and zinc in particular), Astragalus, garlic or daily massages with immune-boosting essential oils diluted in sesame oil (effective microbial oils include cinnamon, clove, eucalyptus, lavender, lemon, pine, tea tree and thyme.).

7) Take all the things you use at home *if* you do get ill – neem oil is a wonderful product to have with you and can be used in many ways.

Next week I’ll be sharing some alternative remedies to help protect against the most typical diseases including Cholera, Diptheria, Hepatitis, Malaria, Polio, Thyphoid and Yellow Fever.

What about you – how do you keep you and your family healthy while travelling?


  1. Small Footprints on September 25, 2010 at 2:27 am

    Great advice. I was wondering about the sesame oil … I’ve never heard that one before. What does that do for a person?

    I rarely get the opportunity to travel outside the country but once, I got to make a trip to the jungles of Mexico. We took malaria precautions but other than that, we didn’t do more than watch the water, etc. Coming back, however, was something we hadn’t thought about. Since we had been in the jungle our blood was basically quarantined. I had been a regular blood donor before the trip but when I returned, they didn’t want it. If my memory serves, they asked me to wait 6 months before donating again.

    Thanks, as always, for wonder, informative posts!

  2. Mrs Green on December 24, 2010 at 7:10 am

    @Small Footprints: fascinating about you being quarantined for giving blood! To answer your question, sesame oil is full of antioxidants so helps boost the immune system and if you coat your nostrils with it, it can help prevent airborne viruses entering your body