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Friday, 15 April 2016 20:17

How Can I Raise My Pet Holistically?

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 "Harmony in life and living, homeopathy for health and healingSM"

  • Feed the freshest, most natural diet possible. Use bottled or filtered water. Try not to rely solely on highly processed (canned or dry) food. Fresh food, including beef, poultry, fish, vegetables, fruit, Vital Essentials frozen pure raw meat, Bravo blends, etc. is best. At a bare minimum use a high-quality natural diet (like Wysong Archetype, ZiwiPeak, Honest Kitchen, Orijen or Petguard) mixed with fresh food at every meal.
  • Minimize vaccinations. Over vaccination is harmful and can predispose your pet to allergies and autoimmune disorders like thyroid disease, and anemias, and may even cause cancer. Scientific research is in progress to determine how many, and how often, vaccinations actually are needed. This research was stimulated by the direct correlation between malignant cancer and vaccination in cats.
  • Maximize fresh air, exercise and mental stimulation. This is an extremely important and often overlooked part of raising a pet. Certain animals will not thrive without sufficient activity and exercise.
  • Adopt a broader view of health and disease. Becoming healthy (or getting ill) is a process. An individual symptom is only one small part of the disease gestalt. Never suppress the body's attempt to express itself through symptoms. Doing so greatly decreases the level of health and predisposes to more serious problems later.
  • Assume control over your pet's health care. Learn the difference between suppression, cure and palliation. If you don't have a local veterinary homeopath, find a veterinarian who will respect your desire to work through your pet's symptoms instead of suppressing them.  Consult by phone with a homeopath who will use all of the information gained from all sources to appropriately treat your pet.
  • Learn more from the pet care and training articles in the new pet, vaccination, diet and homeopathy libraries. You can also consult directly with Dr. Jeff by becoming a new client or through HomeVet forums.
  • For more detailed information, read Drs. Pitcairn and Hamilton's guides to nutrition, homeopathy and holistic healing.


Friday, 15 April 2016 20:16

Can Homeopathic Treatment Help My Pets?

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"Harmony in life and living, homeopathy for health and healing"

Homeopathy (home-ee-AH-puh-thee) is the branch of medicine based on the principle that disease can be cured by strengthening the body’s natural defense mechanism. This is in contrast to traditional (allopathic) medicine, which uses drugs to suppress symptoms.

Q. Can homeopathy help my sick pet?

A. Absolutely. Both homeopathic health maintenance and sick pet-treatment have been extremely effective in my practice. Homeopathic stimulation of healing by the body has helped millions of individuals. I was extremely excited when I first discovered homeopathy. I still wonder why we are not exposed to it during medical/veterinary school.  MD homeopaths, even before antibiotics, saved most of their patients in highly fatal epidemics of cholera, Black Plague and Spanish Flu.

Q. Can homeopathy help my healthy pet?

A. I love this question!! Because there is no better way to be proactive about health maintenance than homeopathic treatment. Ideally you'd start treating your healthy pet at a young age. However, homeopathic treatment can help prevent future dis-eases at whatever age it's started.

Q. I get worried when my pet gets sick.  What should I do?

A. Don't worry, but also don't wait.  I am in frequent contact with my clients. Between e-mail/phone consultation and in-office examination, I strive to address abnormalities right away. It is very important to realize, however, that symptoms are not bad.  In fact, they are the homeopath's best friend. Symptoms are a result of an imbalance in the physiological mechanisms of the body.  Some internal or external stressor (e.g. a bacterium, virus or other infectious agent, physical or emotional trauma, an environmental toxin; or the cancerous transformation of previously normal cells) has caused the body to "react". This reaction may or may not be measurable with presently available diagnostic tests, but it is the cause of abnormalities in your pet.

Q. I already have a holistic vet. S/he says that we need to get rid of the symptoms.  I don't get it.  I thought you just said that symptoms are good.

A. Symptoms ARE good. Unfortunately, though, they are sometimes interpreted incorrectly.  Most "holistic" veterinarians are not trained in homeopathy. Holistic medicine merely describes a method of looking at the body. Even a "specialist" who treats only with modern, potentially toxic drugs (e.g., an oncologist) can be considered holistic.  Some holistic vets don't understand the importance of symptoms and therefore they use many different therapeutic methods to eliminate them.  The American Holistic Veterinary Medical Association (AHVMA) lists 35 different methods used by members to eradicate symptoms.  When viewed in their correct context however, symptoms can offer an invaluable glimpse into the inner working of the body.

Q. How does knowing all of the details of my pet's symptoms help the veterinary homeopath?

A. Unlike allopathy, which often considers disparate symptoms to be unrelated to an animal’s “condition”, homeopathy views all of the symptoms as part of the disease process, which help elucidate the state of disequilibrium of the body. The more precise your description of the symptom, the more it can help your vet homeopath.  For example, telling your doctor "my dog has diarrhea" is only marginally helpful.  However, including details about the physical appearance of the stool, the frequency and ease with which it occurs, and any other pertinent information is extremely useful.  Writing down details of the symptoms as they occur is the best method for collecting data. I ask my clients to keep a journal or plog (pet blog).

Q. But my doctor said that my pet doesn't get symptoms.  Now I'm really confused.

A. That probably is because symptoms are typically considered subjective. Since our patients can't verbally tell us what is wrong, the convention in vet med is to use the word "signs" instead of symptoms. But I'd hate to be the one to tell the mother of the screaming (pre-verbal)12 month-old that she doesn't have any symptoms.  

Q. Are modern drugs used during homeopathic treatment?

A. Yes and no.  Like traditional drugs, and unlike vitamins, herbal supplements and other commonly used natural products.homeopathic drugs ("remedies") are regulated by the FDA. Homeopathic remedies are derived from plants, animals and minerals. They are then subjected to strictly controlled procedures that bring out the medicinal properties of the original substance. There are currently about two thousand substances whose specific effects on the body have been described.  Examples include minerals like sulphur, plants like poison ivy, and animal products like bee venom. These natural drugs are in everyday use throughout the world, but are not patented like modern pharmaceuticals.

Q. Are homeopathic drugs as scientific as modern medicines?

A. Great question, and the answer is very surprising indeed. Homeopathic remedy use is actually much more scientific than the frequently hit-or-miss prescription of conventional pharmaceuticals.  Conventional drug use is often dictated by some vague symptom or "syndrome" where it has been shown to help in other similar situations. Homeopathic drugs, however, are strictly individualized based on the well-documented effect of the substance in a healthy body.  This understanding of the importance of the effects of a drug on a healthy body is one of the many breakthroughs that led to the scientific medical framework of homeopathy.

Q. Why is it important to understand drug effects on the healthy body if my pet is sick?

A. Another great question. Conventional medicine is referred to as "allopathic medicine" for a very good reason.  As mentioned above, the drugs are sometimes used mainly based on the results of others and marketing information from drug companies rather than any guideline.  Allopathic drug effects are unrelated to, and therefore may bear no similarity to the symptoms produced by the underlying imbalance (a sick pet).  This leads to the importance of another breakthrough (first by Hippocrates in 400 B.C. but then codified by Samuel Hahnemann, MD in the nineteenth century).  Many internal imbalances can be naturally healed by the amazing recuperative powers of the body. All that is needed is some way to "show" it how to heal.  Homeopaths have a huge amount of data that document such recoveries. By knowing the proven effect of the homeopathic remedy on a healthy body, we can provide such a template for healing. This "like cures like" principle is the one that Hippocrates and many other notable physicians (guided by the "Hippocratic Oath") have recorded for centuries.

Q. It sounds like you are totally discounting the miracles of modern medicine.

A. Not at all.  Some amazing breakthroughs have been made in the past few decades and properly trained homeopaths know how to incorporate them into a truly holistic treatment program.  We are extremely fortunate to be able to benefit from the best of both worlds. This is what integrative veterinary medicine is all about. Biochemical blood and urine testing, radiographs, ultrasonography, CAT scanning (sorry, I couldn't resist), etc. are all extremely useful because they let your veterinary homeopath quantify internal physiological changes that you may not be otherwise observable. 

Q. How do you choose which homeopathic remedy to prescribe for my sick pet?

A. The prescription of a particular remedy is based upon the totality of symptoms of the individual. Persistent, Prominent and Peculiar symptoms are the key to proper treatment of your pet.  It's easy to understand why the first two Ps are important. Peculiar symptoms (like diarrhea that causes your pet to wake from a sound sleep early every morning while s/he has no bowel problems the rest of the day) are especially important because they are often very characteristic of your pet's individuality, and function as a critical piece of the internal disease puzzle. (They don't call us Sherlock Homeopaths for nothing).

Q. But my pet seems fine except for occasional minor problems.  My vet says that these are normal.

A. Hmmm. There is often a fine line between a common symptom (like itchy skin and hot spots in Golden Retrievers) and the normal state of vigorous good health. The article, "Is This Symptom Normal (or common)", addresses this more directly. The goal of homeopathic treatment is to achieve the highest possible level of health, physically, emotionally, and mentally. Young animals and those with minor problems can benefit the most from homeopathic treatment.

Q. Can my very ill pet still benefit from homeopathic treatment?

A. Absolutely! Unfortunately many of my clients don't find my practice until their pets are extremely sick.  Many of these patients already have severe diseases, multiple organ failures, or cancer.  Homeopathy can help these pets live better lives, but there are limitations. Because homeopathy relies on the natural healing abilities of the body, advanced pathologies such as cancer and crippling arthritis, can rarely be fully reversed. However, animals who suffer from such conditions will often become stronger and more comfortable, and have a better quality of life. In addition, surgical intervention may still be required when appropriate (such as for traumatic diseases).

Q. I heard that homeopathy can't possibly work.

A. Because the homeopathic drugs are too dilute for us to presently quantify the molecularly active ingredients in them? Or perhaps you heard that it can't work because it can't possibly be explained.  These are totally understandable statements coming from people without scientific training.  Luckily for us, scientists are trained to have open minds.  Many of the technologies that we take for granted today were unthinkable just a few years ago.  Technological breakthroughs abound.  Quantum physics has described a whole new paradigm for the universe.  Unfortunately, medicine has lagged far behind. It doesn't really matter if homeopathy works by quarks or nanoparticles or...  It just works.  Millions of patients throughout the world (including Thomas Edison, Charles Darwin, C. Everett Koop, etc. etc.) will attest to that fact.

Q. My pet has Lyme Disease, hypothyroidism and arthritis.  Can you help him?

A. I don't know.  Often, but not always.  Response to homeopathic stimulation of the body depends on many factors.  Age, repeated suppressive treatments and surgeries, long-term use of medications, structural changes in the body, etc. all influence the individual's ability to respond to homeopathy.  In fact, that is the key right there.  It is determined on an individual basis.  Not by disease name. For this reason I can not answer the popular question “My pet has disease X--which homeopathic remedy should s/he take?” In the course of an in depth interview and exam (for local patients) I will form a complete picture of your pet’s current state and begin treatment.  By carefully evaluating responses over the course of a few months (in chronic disease cases) I will be able to prognosticate more accurately.

Q. I understand that it can take awhile to figure out a chronic case.  My pet has only been sick for a week. That should be easy, right?

A. Ah, I wish that was always the case. True acute diseases do indeed respond very rapidly to homeopathic treatment. Unfortunately, most newly arisen problems are not true acute problems. They are acute flare-ups of the chronic imbalance that has been going on for awhile.  These patients also fall into the chronic disease category.

Q. Would you give me an example of what I can expect from homeopathic treatment?

A. Of course. For example, let’s say the young chocolate Labrador Retriever “Jake” has been lethargic, depressed, and not eating well for a few days. He has never been sick before. He is usually very active, extroverted, and gobbles all of his food. He has green-yellow pus coming from both eyes, and has a hacking cough first thing in the morning and when going outside. After coughing he will often spit up a little yellow phlegm. “Jake” is given a homeopathic remedy which can produce these same symptoms in a healthy pet. In a few days he becomes more active, regains his appetite and wants to go out and play again. There is still some coughing, but over the next week or two that symptom gradually diminishes. Notice that the natural healing process is gradual, unlike when a drug is used to rapidly stop an individual symptom.

Q. Is homeopathy safe? What should I watch out for when my pet is being treated homeopathically?

A. Yes, Homeopathic preparations are extremely safe because of their highly diluted form. In fact, some of my clients bring their pets because they are unable to tolerate any other drug.  Nonetheless, frequent repetition of a dose without the advice of a professional is not recommended.  It's also best not to make any major dietary and environmental changes when a homeopathic remedy is first administered.  Try to avoid exposing your pet to stressful situations.  It is very important for me to be able to properly evaluate the solitary effect of the remedy.  Even some foods can affect the dose.  Try to avoid giving remedies with food.  Give them at least thirty minutes before or after feeding. Do not handle the remedy.

Q. I've heard that my pet has to get worse before it gets better when treated homeopathically.  Is that true.

A. No. If your pet is very sensitive to the chosen remedy sometimes a slight worsening of a symptom may occur. This initial aggravation is a sign that the body is responding to the remedy. Even if a physical symptom gets transiently worse your pet overall should start to feel better almost immediately. Any homeopathic aggravations will subside quickly followed by recovery. Worsening during treatment may indicatea need to lower (or change) the remedy dose or it may indicate progression of the disease process.

Q. Is there anything that my pet should avoid while being treated homeopathically?

A. Do not give any other medications unless your veterinary homeopath has approved them. This includes topical salves (for the ears, skin or eyes). These may suppress important symptoms and interfere with the remedy. Avoid any other homeopathically-prepared remedies such as those in any combination "natural" products. Even acupuncture and magnet therapy can interfere. Bach flower remedies, some nutritional supplements, some herbs, and chiropractic care work well with homeopathy.  Vaccinations are not compatible with homeopathy. During active homeopathic treatment, your pet will not be vaccinated. Vaccines create their own imbalances within the body, and will interfere with the effect of the remedy. I will provide a waiver which should be acceptable to the kennel if boarding becomes necessary during treatment. Blood tests can be performed which will indicate whether certain vaccines are necessary.  Dr. Jeff will discuss all of this in detail during your pet's initial evaluation.

Q. Is there anything that I can do to help my pet heal during her treatment?

A. Definitely.  You can help your pet live the best life possible.  Fresh and varied diet, plenty of exercise, mental stimulation, and grooming/massage will all help.  Most important is to give your pet plenty of love.

Q. What should I expect from the homeopathic treatment of my pet?

A. There are several possibilities.  My goal is always overall improvement in the quality of your pet's life.  In cases without end-stage structural damage to the body you can see total resolution of the problem.  Your pet's life can be improved however, even in severe cases.  In most cases your pet can experience gradual improvement over time weeks-months. In some (usually early) cases, your pet may experience an immediate and perhaps dramatic improvement within hours-days.  The speed of recovery depends in part on how long your pet has been sick.  The last and hardest possibility which requires perseverance is that your pet may not have any, or only a partial improvement and may require a different potency or remedy.

Q. Can there be any side-effects from homeopathic treatment.

A. No (as long as properly attenuated homeopathic medicines are used).  Side-effects are seen when pharmaceuticals have a physiologic effect other than the one for which they were prescribed.  Because homeopathic drugs are so diluted, there can be no direct side-effects.  The response by the body to the homeopathic remedy may however seem like your pet is experiencing a side-effect.  For example, a very beneficial, "curative", homeopathic remedy can be associated with increased discharges from the eyes and nose, rashes, loose stools, etc.  At the same time however, your pet should feel better and may even seem "cured" of the initial symptom.  This is how the body works.  Some people like to think of this as a detoxification of the body. 



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Dr. Jeff Feinman

Please note: The information provided here is intended to supplement the recommendations of your veterinarian. Do not disregard veterinary advice or delay treatment based on information on this site. Nothing can replace a complete history and physical examination performed by your veterinarian. -Dr. Jeff

The following is the text of a presentation I gave to a group of veterinary students in CA. I have left the areas that engender further discussion (anywhere I ask for "questions")

The only current link to this page is from the forum for my Introduction to Veterinary Homeopathy course that will be given at Your Healthy Pet in Newtown, CT.


It's All About Energy:

An energetic model for physiologic homeostasis and how to incorporate it into your veterinary practice

1- **This one slide really exemplifies the main goal that I have for this evening. That goal is for us all to expand our understanding of health and healing beyond the dominant biomedical (and vet) model.

Modern medicine has made amazing progress in the description and manipulation of the pathological changes that occur in the body during dz, e.g molecular biological discoveries, transplantation and genomic science, etc. Unfortunately, healing our patients is no longer the main priority in medicine. #2 and any vet or MD that closely observes his/her patients over time knows that we are usually only covering up symptoms. As a scientist, the lack of any medical model that describes the fundamental mechanism by which the body heals is very disturbing to me. It doesn't even provide any framework to understand why we get sick and die.

To practice most effectively, we need to know *exactly* what is the difference (aside from post mortem changes) between a healthy older animal and the same animal who dies unexpectedly! #3,4, 5

R. Aidan Martin "Biology of sharks and rays:
#6 Living versus non-living is one of the most fundamental distinctions we can make. For the most part, this distinction is an easy one to make: a person, shark, or tree is clearly alive, while a rock, cloud, or stream is clearly not. #6a- Yet defining life itself is not so easy – it is, in fact, one of our all-time great puzzles.

#7- [Most biology texts list a series of characteristics that all living things seem to possess: metabolism (the exchange of energy and materials with the environment, including energy/food acquisition and waste excretion), growth, responsiveness to stimuli, self-maintenance (including homeostatic [physiological balance], immunological and anti-predatory mechanisms), movement (on at least a cellular level), and reproduction. But the characteristics of life is not the same thing as what life is.

This uncertainty is encountered only by our materialistic and reductionistic dominant scientific medicine. Questions??

Once we realize that mere descriptions of the physiologic processes involved in are not the same as life, we have taken a critical first all impt step. #8

The theory and practice of one branch of science (especially medicine) does not necessarily overlap with and inform other disciplines. Thus the theoretical and predictive refinements of physics, embodied in relativity theory and quantum mechanics , for example, currently have very little bearing on conventional biomedicine.

#9-The currently dominant model, often termed the biomedical model, of which the double-blind placebo-controlled trial is the gold standard, is materialistic and reductionistic. It is based on theories arrived at by deductive reasoning.

The therapies developed from these deduced theories (Peterson story) are based on the presumption that the behaviour of the body can be entirely known or accurately calculated, simply from complete knowledge of its present conditions. According to materialistic medicine, our bodies are just like any other machine that wears out. The dominant scientific medical community thinks that the body, like a machine, can be understood as the sum of its parts. Take the machine apart and put it back together again correctly and it will function as it did before. #10- Dr Frankenstein would have been a reductionist like this. Clearly, living organisms do not function by such

Unfortunately, at the moment there seems to be little alternative. This is partly due to the lack of perception of an overwhelming need for a new paradigm amongst
conventional medical practitioners. Scientific revolutions rarely begin in the dominant paradigm, especially where that paradigm is deemed to be
successful. The adherents of a dominant paradigm are usually the last to perceive the poverty of their ideas in the face of new facts, mainly because from
neglect or active suppression, those facts remain hidden from them. Based on this historical closed mindedness of the dominant school of medicine (which at one time actually banned conventional doctors from associating w/homeopaths-even if married)

"it is reasonable to ask if homeopathy (or any other CAVM that espouses vitalism) can be "understood" within a scientific framework." This dogmatic ( pun fully intended) view is just one of the many reasons why we, as scientific veterinarians, must expand our thinking in order to fully uphold our oath as veterinarians. #11 Any questions?

Medicine based on Vitalism, on the other hand, elegantly explains life, dz and death. #12,13

Vitalism has a long history in medical philosophies: most traditional healing practices (like TCM and ayurveda) posited that disease was the result of some imbalance in the vital energies which distinguish living from non-living matter. Unfortunately the current medical model views any energetic model of the body as witchcraft #14

15- Samuel Hahnemann was an undisputed scientific genius who painstakingly observed his patients for many years prior to his development of homeopathic healing. He promoted this vitalistic view of disease. In one of his early articles (even before he wrote the Organon which elegantly outlines the science of homeopathy he wrote "...they are solely spirit-like (dynamic) derangements of the spirit-like power (the vital principle) that animates the human body."

In the first two paragraphs of the Organon H challenges us to be true healers of the sick by saying : #16-The physician's high and only mission is to restore the sick to health, to cure, as it is termed.
#17 Aphorism 2
The highest ideal of cure is rapid, gentle and permanent restoration of the health, or removal and annihilation of the
disease in its whole extent, in the shortest, moist reliable, and most harmless way, on easily comprehensible principle.

I still wonder what those principles are. Can anyone tell me...?

The simple model I'd like to discuss today inductively explains what we observe in the clinic (vs. deducing a model based on a theory which is "The gold standard"). Before we get to that however, I'd like to point out that energetic healing when used holistically results in improved OVERALL health Not just improvement of one symptom #18. I strongly urge that you read some of George V's work as he describes #19, 20, 21

From the gyroscope article that I sent: #22
Consider a strong Vital Force. It resists the ‘morbific influences’ (in today’s language, stressors) that lead it to express disease. #23, 24, 25 Either they do not affect it or it reacts strongly to them. In terms of our analogy, this is
equivalent to a gyroscope whose flywheel has such a high rate of spin that it stands upright. In terms of the metaphor, ‘resists morbific influences’ means, that the
upright gyroscope strongly resists being pushed over by outside forces applied to it, or it wobbles before settling back into its original upright posture. This wobbling phase would be equivalent to an expression of an acute disease. 26

Now consider a weaker Vital Force. It has more difficulty resisting stressors. it is less able to resist being pushed over by applied outside forces, so that its
recovery is incomplete.

Clearly, if the wobble is too great, the Vital Force falls over, dead. #27

the gyroscope analogy can also be used to help illuminate some of the more disturbing health aspects of early 21st century life #28, such as the increasing
incidence of autoimmune disease, allergy and problems
associated with antibiotic abuse. 29, 30 (This slide 31 by the way shows many common allergic symptoms that are tx w/homeo) To function properly, the immune system (effectively part of the Vital Force) needs to be able to differentiate between ‘self and non-self ’ influences, ‘morbific’ or otherwise. 32 Childhood illnesses could partly serve the purpose of priming and
‘educating’ the Vital Force in these differences. This is not a rapid process. In gyroscopic terms, it would be equivalent to the flywheel taking time to reach
maximum ‘healthy’ speed. A vitality underexposed to the educational (speeding up) effects of childhood illnesses, or over-exposed to the suppressive (braking) effects of too-early vaccination and/
or abuse by conventional medication, cannot work at its optimum efficiency.
These slides #33 show the graph which I draw for most of my new clients. It starts out with a simple sin wave which represents a healthy state of balance. We all will have days where we feel great, with good energy, mood and no physical complaints. On other days however we may not sleep well, be restless, and have other minor physical discomforts. Over time however, the good and not so good days balance out such that we consider ourselves "healthy". #34

The next step is to consider what happens in response to some stimulus. 35 This might be from anything like an infectious agent, an injury, a strong emotional state like fear or grief. The red arrow is the stress which shifts the blue equilibrium. The new peaks and valleys that result are the symptoms which arise in response to this shift, in other words, dis-ease. It is critical to realize that symptoms are the language of the body and should never be suppressed. In most cases (like during a cold or flu) the new state eventually resolves and equilibrium or health is restored.
If however symptoms at any level are ignored, palliated or suppressed over the life of the individual, the VF becomes irreparably disordered, end-stage diseases like cancer and organ failure occur, and the spark of life ceases to exist. #37 If we intervene with correctly chosen and properly dosed homeo remedies however, life goes on. #38

In summary, once we expand our thinking to include the energetic basis of life we can fully help our patients. 39 We will then become the healers that we were meant to be and have lots of happy, long-lived patients. 40 Questions?

If there is interest, I'd like to make a brief digression as to why pharmacologic agents (which act physiologically and usually not energetically) usually do not cure:

From Radical Healing:Drugs are most often chemical compounds (usually synthetic) designed to alter metabolic reactions. They interfere with targeted biochemical process in your body. This may reduce or even get rid of certain symptoms, but generally this happens through “biochemical manhandling”. Drugs set out to wrench around a metabolic reaction, when something in the overall system is trying to make it go a different way. That “something” that keeps pushing to make things go the way they were before you took the drug in usually an outmoded way to functioning. But since it operates on a level of organization higher than the molecular, it is not set right by the approach and continues to push. You may even feel the conflict between the action of the drug and the impulse within you, so that the drug effect feels “foreign”.

Remedies (NB-here he is not specifically referring to homeo remedies) are quite different in these actions. They are natural substances that are chosen with the intent to correct an underlying problem. They prompt and support a “reorganization of the basic operating plan”, so that the underlying push toward disorder is eliminated. This is often done by bringing the disorder out so that it is more obvious and cam be resolved: your fever may kill off microbes associated with your illness; the anger may sweep your interpersonal issues out into the open, where they demand attention and resolution. As a result, you attain a fuller sense of well-being and vitality, and the energy and motivation to move enthusiastically to the next challenge in your life.

Pancreatitis, an inflammatory condition of the exocrine pancreas, occurs frequently in both dogs and cats. While the true prevalence of pancreatitis in dogs and cats is unknown, recent studies would suggest that pancreatitis is a rather common and underdiagnosed condition in both dogs and cats.

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Most people have heard of collagen as an anti-aging cosmetic product.  Collagen is the elastic protein that holds skin together.  As we age, the amount and quality of collagen in our bodies starts to diminish and we can see this in our skin as it begins to wrinkle and sag.
I was thrilled to be the guest on the wonderful Health Inn show sponsored by the Homeopathy World Community. Debby Bruck (follow her on Twitter @DebbyBruck) was a fantastic interviewer.

We talked about how to holistically and homeopathically care for the internal health of pets. By doing so we can both prevent and treat dis-ease. Check it out:



Cancer is a disease that we veterinarians are diagnosing more frequently in pets. According to the Morris Animal Foundation, “1 in 2 dogs will develop cancer and 1 in 4 dogs will die of the disease.


Are you concerned with your animal companion’s state of health?  Does s/he just not have that glow of good health?

Are you tired of having to treat the same conditions over and over again only to have them return as soon as the medicine runs out?

Our world is full of subtleties that are often overlooked in the rush of modern life.  Oftentimes we see what is most evident and believe that to be all there is – we miss the web of more subtle events and objects that accompany the obvious but are hidden to the casual observer.  We are satisfied that the easily observable is the extent of what is and we fail to look “behind the scenes”.
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