What are nosodes and do they deserve the bad rap some vets give them? I asked my old friend and homeopathic vet colleague Dr. Don Hamilton to answer this in light of a Jean Dodds blog post saying they clearly don’t work. Not enough “science,” she said.
Don helps us understand where that opinion comes from: a faulty study done by Susan Wynn and Ron Schultz Ph.D. Don was actually contacted before the trial was set up and he made it clear: the study design was guaranteed to fail. Their knowledge of HOW to use nosodes properly was woefully lacking.
We discuss what a nosode is, why they are safe, and what methods to use to ensure success. Don has a great story from his early days of giving them to a kennel experiencing significant infectious disease problems in their boarders. The nosode brought great success, but new management put a stop to their use.
Whoops, up went the infectious disease! The kennel staff said, “Whoa, we need to start this up again!” and down went the incidence once more.
New management again, and same deal, all over again: stop the nosodes, the boarders got sick, sound the alarm and restart the nosodes, everything gets better. AGAIN!
Not double blind, placebo controlled, published research. But is that supposed “gold standard” necessary before we move forward with safe and effective natural remedies?
Not in my world!
Don’t miss this episode if you want the truth about nosodes from a long time homeopathic vet whose work helped inform how many of us use these remedies effectively.
Links for this episode
Have you found Dr. Hamilton's book yet? Homeopathic Care for Cats and Dogs
Vital Animal carries nosodes for parvo and distemper. You can order (and download my protocol) from this page: Parvo and Distemper Nosodes Kit
If it's natural immunity you're after, you can make the use of nosodes even more powerful by simultaneously feeding a potent immune booster to your pups. Our sister company, Vital Pet Health offers a "best in class" transfer factor based supplement, Canine Immune Complete. Click that link to learn more and order.
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