This week I’m in the throws of polishing a couple of case presentations that I’ll be delivering at a meeting of homeopathic veterinarians in a few weeks. Each year Dr. Richard Pitcairn, who trained most of us who seriously practice homeopathy for the animals, hosts his Annual Meeting in Veterinary Homeopathy. When he asked if I’d like to present this year, I decided it was time to get back on the podium.
A chance to share cases and learn from other colleagues always makes one a better doctor. That’s even more true in homeopathy, which is a field of continuous study, as each animal case coming for help must be approached with open eyes and an open mind.
Treating Your Animal or The Diagnostic Label?
You see, unlike conventional medicine where the diagnosis is the thing (and everyone with that diagnosis gets the same treatment), in homeopathy, the individual’s response to her illness is the focus. How your particular animal is mounting her symptoms in her struggle to get over her health challenge, that’s what leads us to finding the best remedies to assist her and get her cured.
When you do this long enough (hard to believe it’s been over 20 years for me!), you start to see remedies shining through when the animal’s story is told. But the beauty of hearing how others approached a case is that it helps each of us to get a broader perspective. We all have different faculties, awareness, perceptions, and fallacies — that’s part of being human.
Seeing someone else’s view enhances our own. True in life as well as doctoring!
Made Ill by The System2 (squared!)
The work of curing chronic disease is hard enough in itself. Unfortunately, many of those patients coming to us have been very damaged by conventional medicine and we are often the D.V.M., D.L.R on the job. That’s Doctor of Veterinary Medicine, and Doctor of Last Resort! These poor beasts have been vaccinated repeatedly and then, after getting sick, they’ve been given powerful drugs to suppress their symptoms.
Not only does this treatment not move them any closer to cure, it actually makes them more difficult to cure! Suppression of one’s attempts to heal their illness adds to that illness. Symptoms are mistakenly viewed as the disease itself, while the reality is symptoms are merely the signs of how the individual’s “fight” is taking shape against that disease. When watched carefully and matched with a very similar remedy, these symptoms will surely lead us to cure.
Cure is decidedly different than making symptoms go away, another point missed by a wide margin in conventional medicine. We homeopaths expect the symptoms to go away, but we also expect the whole patient to get well. Homeopathy’s founder, Dr. Samuel Hahnemann says it best:
“The highest ideal of therapy is to restore health rapidly, gently, permanently; to remove and destroy the whole disease in the shortest, surest, least harmful way, according to clearly comprehendible principles.”[1. Organon of Medicine, Samuel Hahnemann, Sixth Edition, translated by Jost Kunzli, MD]
When this “whole disease” is removed and destroyed, the animal not only loses her symptoms, but becomes healthier in every way:
- more energetic, happier
- better behaved
- improved digestion and elimination
- brighter eyes and fresher breath
- shinier, softer coats that smell fresh and clean (without bathing!)
In short, she becomes a Vital Animal.
Further Your Own Learning: You Can Do This!
When acute illness strikes, homeopathy can be very useful at home with a kit of remedies and some basic understanding of how to use them. “Acute” means those things like injury, accidents, intoxication, belly ache, vomiting, diarrhea, cuts, bites and stings. I made a course in this topic called Miracles in Healing that was hosted by Dogs Naturally Magazine last Fall. I’m presently adding to it with some additional remedies, and it will be relaunched in the near future.
To learn when this becomes available, head over to Dogs Naturally at the link above and bookmark the page. Even better, subscribe to this thought provoking magazine that doesn’t pull punches. We share a common philosophy: animals are being damaged in the name of “prevention” today. And it’s up to you to make wise choices in rearing your animals. Everything coming from Dr. WhiteCoat needs to be carefully evaluated before being accepted.
Don’t Try This At Home, Kids!
If it’s chronic disease your animal suffers from, the long lasting sorts of illness so common today, you’ll need help in getting this cured. That’s where a veterinary homeopath on your team comes in most handy. We who practice this art and science are trained to steer the chronically ill patient towards cure, and it takes both knowledge and experience to do this well.
Find a homeopathic vet at the Academy of Veterinary Homeopathy list. You’ll find that link on my Recommended Resources page.
Back to work now. I’ve got slides to prepare and rehearsal time to put in, as I want my colleagues to gain something valuable from my case experience. And I look forward to learning from them as well!