Gandhi’s advice on conscientious objection to vaccination

Mahatma Gandhi wrote A Guide to Health, which contains what appear to be folk remedies. Before anyone completely dismisses folk medicine in favor of Western medicine, consider the facts that the Rockefellers funded the development of Western medicine; the elite prefer homeopathy; and, in China, Chinese medicine, with its mystical yin yang and five elements, is practiced alongside Western medicine. If it didn’t work, they wouldn’t use it. Western medicine is good for cutting things out and providing antibiotics, but beyond that does it really do more good than harm? Anyway, I’m not endorsing Gandhi’s remedies, although keeping an open mind to ways of viewing sickness and ways of healing, other than those of barbarous Western medicine, might be a good idea.

A chapter from Gandhi’s book is available at Vaccination Information Network. I found the following paragraph apropos, considering the current assault on those opposed to forced inoculations:

Those who are conscientious objectors to vaccination should, of course, have the courage to face all penalties or persecutions to which they may be subjected by law, and stand alone, if need be, against the whole world, in defence of their conviction. Those who object to it merely on the grounds of health should acquire a complete mastery of the subject, and should be able to convince others of the correctness of their views, and convert them into adopting those views in practice. But those who have neither definite views on the subject nor courage enough to stand up for their convictions should no doubt obey the laws of the state, and shape their conduct in deference to the opinions and practices of the world around them.

Gandhi on vaccines

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