A friend of mine is about to do some Zoology research in which he will be working with capybaras (Hydrochoerus hydrochaeris). As you know well, they can bite, so his supervisor has instructed him to vaccinate against rabies, just in case, to be safe.
You can surely appreciate that this is no light matter, since, as you know well, Rabies causes acute encephalitis and in humans it leads almost invariably to death at least if post-exposure prophylaxis is not administered prior to the onset of severe symptoms.
Now you know very well the position of natural hygienists on this issue and their unwillingness to administer vaccines. but this case seems to be different, i don't know...
I don't think I'd risk it, as the risk involved in not vaccinating seems to be much higher than the risk involved in vaccinating.
I find this discussion very important because it raises several issues, which go to the heart of NH, including the effectiveness of vaccines.
So, I'd be very glad if I could have your views or opinions on this matter, even if you happen to think that NH is as daft as a brush and natural hygienists, as nutty as a fruitcake...
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Some more nuanced background information: http://www.earlyamerica.com/review/2007_summer_fall/native-american...
I have read that this only happened mostly un south america, and from other sources that this could be caused because about 50 years before conquerers arrived, the diet of natives went from a large variety with 50% or so of their calories coming from corn, to a diet of 80% corn, so they weren't in the best health state (Jean Seignalet).