Arizona Cardiologist Responds to Critics Regarding Measles and Vaccines

Doctor Jack Wolfson, a cardiologist in Arizona, has published a response to critics of his views against vaccination.

To read his full response to critics, click here.
To read the original views which prompted this response, click here

Dairy Cows and Homeopathy

A new article has been published by Farmers Guardian about the potential health benefits of homeopathy. You can find the full article at the link below.

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Are You Over Vaccinating Your Pets? Part 2

By Julie Anne Lee DCH RscHom & David Ruish DVM
As published in Pet Connection Paper

For many years we have had clients feel guilty that they have been over vaccinating their animals, we would like to stress that this article is not about guilt but it is about education. Everyone tries to do their very best for their animal companion and while we believe that all Veterinarians have the well intention of your animals at heart; it is very hard to keep up with the latest research in Veterinary Medical Science.

Below are quotations from Dr. Jean Dodd’s Doctor of Veterinary Medicine and the information she has written on vaccine reactions.
The long-term cumulative affect of over vaccination can be devastating to the health of your pet. It is our sincere hope that we have shed some light on this controversial topic and have provided quality information that will help to keep your beloved animal friend as happy and healthy as we can (as possible) and as they truly deserve to be. Titer testing for Parvo, Distemper and Rabies are available for dogs, Panleukopenia (feline distemper), Calici and Herpes testing are available for cats. results for both Canine and Feline vaccine titer panels are 2usually back from the lab in 24-48 hours.

Adverse Vaccine Reactions
“Viral disease and recent vaccination with single or combination modified live-virus (MLV) vaccines, especially that containing distemper virus, adenovirus 1 or 2, and parvovirus is increasingly recognized contributors to immune-mediated blood disease, bone marrow failure, and organ dysfunction. 1-11 Potent adjuvanted killed vaccines like those for rabies virus also can trigger immediate and delayed (vaccinosis) adverse vaccine reactions.”

“Beyond immediate hypersensitivity reactions, other acute events tend to occur 24-72 hours afterwards, or 7-45 days later in a delayed type immunological response. Even more delayed adverse effects include mortality from high-titered measles vaccine in infants, canine distemper antibodies in joint diseases of dogs, and feline and canine injection-site fibrosarcomas. The increasing antigenic load presented to the host individually by modified-live virus (MLV) vaccines during the period of viremia is presumed to be responsible for the immunological challenge that can result in a delayed hypersensitivity reaction.”

“The clinical signs associated with vaccine reactions typically include fever, stiffness, sore joints and abdominal tenderness, susceptibility to infections, neurological disorders and encephalitis, collapse with autoagglutinated red blood cells and icterus (autoimmune hemolytic anemia) (AIHA), or generalized petechiae and ecchymotic hemorrages (immune-mediated thrombocytopenia) (ITP). Hepatic enzymes may be markedly elevated, and liver or kidney failure may occur by itself or accompany bone marrow suppression. Furthermore, MLV vaccination has been associated wth the development of transient seizures in puppies and adult dogs of breeds or cross-breeds susceptible to immune-mediated diseases especially those involving hematologic or endocrine tissues (ie. AIHA, ITP, autoimmune thyroiditis). Post-vaccinal polyneuropathy is a recognized entity associated occasionally with the use of distemper, parvovirus, rabies and presumably other vaccines. This can result in various clinical signs including muscular atrophy, inhibition or interruption of neuronal control os tissue and organ function, muscular excitation, incoordination and weakness, as well as seizures. Certain breeds or families of dogs appear to be more susceptible to adverse vaccine reactions, particularly post-vaccinal seizures, high fevers and painful episodes of hypertrophic osteodystrophy (HOD).”

“Vaccination of pet an research dogs with polyvalent vaccines containing rabies virus or rabies vaccine alone was recently shown to induce production of antithyroglobulin autoantibodies, a provocative and important finding with implications for the subsequent development of hypothyroidism. Furthermore, injection site fibrosarcomas have recently been documented in dogs as well as cats.”

“The recently weaned young puppy or kitten being placed in a new environment may be at a particular risk. Furthermore, while the frequency of vaccinations is usually spaced 2-3 weeks apart, some veterinarians have advocated vaccination once a week in stressful situations, a practice makes little sense scientifically or medically.”

“For these special cases, appropriate alternatives to current vaccine practices include: measuring serum antibody titers; avoidance of unnecessary vaccines or over vaccinating; caution in vaccinating sick or febrile individuals; and tailoring a specific minimal vaccination protocol for dogs of breeds or families known to be at increased risk for adverse reactions. Considerations include starting the vaccination series later, such as at nine or ten weeks of age wen the immune system is more able to handle antigenic challenge; alerting the caregiver to pay particular attention to the puppy’s behaviour and overall health after the second or subsequent boosters; and avoiding revaccination of individuals already experiencing a significant adverse event. Littermates of affected puppies should be closely monitored after
receiving additional vaccines in a puppy series, as they too are at a higher risk.”

Are You Over Vaccinationg Your Pets?

By Julie Anne Lee DCH RscHom & David Ruish DVM
As published in Pet Connection Paper

“The patient receives no benefit and may be placed at serious risk when an unnecessary vaccine is given….” (Schultz, Ronald D., “The Vaccine Controversy: What vaccines do cats and dogs really need and how often do they need to be vaccinated?” Department of Pathobiological Sciences, School of Veterinary Medicine, University of Wisconsin-Madison.)

Educate yourself and be the judge, your companion’s health depends on the choices YOU make!

What does it mean to ask if your pets vaccines are up to date?
Many veterinarian practices still recommend vaccinations yearly. Yet the recommendation for annual vaccination is a practice that was officially started in 1978. The recommendation was made without any scientific validation of the need to booster immunity so frequently. In fact the presence of good hormoral antibody levels block the anamnestic response to vaccine boosters just as maternal antibody blocks the response in some young animals. In other words, if a body has been given its initial vaccine and first year booster, giving another vaccine does not create a stronger immunity yet the danger of over vaccinating is a very real risk. (Schultz, Ronald D,
“Current and future canine and feline vaccination programs”, Veterinary Medicine, March 1998, pg 243). In studies Dr. Ron Schultz performed at the University of Wisconsin, 106 dogs vaccinated within the previous 1 to 4 years, were each given a canine parvovirus booster vaccine. Only one of the 106 dogs showed significant increase in serum antibody titer following the booster. These results show that revaccination does not enhance antibody levels or improve immunity because the vaccine virus is neutralized before it can reach the memory T and B cells. The immunity provided by previous vaccination not only protects against the virulent disease but
also prevents response to revaccination. (Wolf Alice, Vaccines of the Present and Future, Proceedings of the World Animal Veterinary Congress, Vancouver 2001). The term “up to date” is only valid if you go by the vaccine manufacturers protocols, which are reflective of the amount of animal testing the vaccine company has 1actually done with a particular vaccine.

Our holistic perspective on vaccines being up to date is reflective of two things:
1. Whether your pet has protection against the disease in question. We do this by taking a small amount f blood and sending it to the lab to test if your animal has an adequate amount of antibodies to protect them, this is called a titer.

2. We look at the risk of contracting the disease compared to the risks associated with the vaccination. One of the leading independent researchers and proponents of vaccinating animals less of ten is Dr. Ronald D Schultz, Veterinary immunologist and professor and Chair of the Department of Pathobiological Sciences at eh University of Wisconsin-Madison School of Veterinary Medicine. He is the most prominent Veterinary immunologist in Veterinary Medicine.Schultz began researching vaccines ,pre tan 25 years ago, when he first wondered why humans were first vaccinated as children and then not again, but animals were vaccinated annually. His research confirms that most animal vaccines, like human ones, create long term immunity. Schultz stresses that while it’s critical to stimulate initial immunity in animals while they are young, his work has revealed that many vaccines provide lifelong immunity, making repeated vaccinations after the first year of doubtful value. To compound the situation, he has found that indiscriminate vaccination of adult animals can trigger averse reactions.

The Homeopathic Option

Julie Anne Lee DCH RcsHom & Dr.David Ruish DVM

What exactly is Homeopathy and why is it becoming so popular with our furry family members?
In it’s simplest definition, homeopathy is based on the premise that ‘like cures like’. Dr. Samuel Hahnemann developed this system of treating disease by administering minute quantities of substances that would, in large doses to a healthy body, produce symptoms similar to those of the disease being treated. For example, an onion (allium cepa) can produce symptoms in a healthy body such as burning eyes and a runny nose. However the homeopathic remedy, Allium Cepa can also cure a body suffering from these symptoms (hay fever, allergies).

Animals treated by homeopathy often emerge from illness stronger and fitter, since it is the body itself correcting the disease, rather than a synthetic agent. The ubstance administered triggers a healing response in the body, enabling its own immunity to engage, without the suppressive, pain-masking attributes or undesirable side effects of conventional drugs Homeopathic remedies are derived from a multitude of sources such as plants, minerals and metals etc. After the raw material of the remedy has been prepared, it is formed into a tablet or granule by a process of dilution and succession (vigorous shaking in a solution of alcohol and water). The diluted remedies are described as being potentized, in recognition of the dynamic healing power they can stimulate.

Homeopathic remedies are tested on people, not animals. Under supervision, these groups of people take safe doses, repeated over a period of time, until a variety of symptoms emerge. Additional information on the action of the many homeopathic remedies has been gathered for over two hundred years. That information forms clinical experience, and is precisely recorded in two types of homeopathic reference books: The Materia Medica and The Repertory, as well as on computer software programs. This
information is then used to prescribe a remedy for a patient with the same symptoms, according to the Law of Similars (that which makes sick shall heal).

There is much precision involved in testing homeopathic remedies and prescribing them. Collective experience reinforces the understanding of the remedies curative action. And because of the way in which they are created and prescribed, they do not become redundant, which could help avoid the concern of creating new or drug-resistant bacteria and viruses.

Homeopathy treats the individual, not just the disease and therefore it may resolve everything from behavioural issues, chronic illnesses, acute injury, autoimmune disease, skin conditions, arthritis, and postoperative trauma to palliative care and bereavement.

Remedies can be given a number of ways. Pellets can be crushed into powder and sprinkled onto the animal’s tongue. It has no adverse taste so you may find the animal will lick it off the spoon. It can be made into a liquid form and syringed into their mouth as well. With large animals (horses, cattle and sheep) it can be added to their drinking water or misted into the nostrils or any mucus membrane. An initial homeopathic consultation for chronic illnesses includes an in-depth case-taking procedure to accurately prescribe the animal’s constitutional remedy. During this process, all past physical, mental and emotional history will be incorporated into the case along with presenting symptoms. This initial consultation takes between an hour to an hour and a half and lays the ground for continuous research into the individual’s case on the part of the homeopath to decide on the right remedy. The last part of the consultation includes a discussion on preventative health care for your pet.

Getting to this point however, should involve careful research on the client’s part in choosing the homeopathic clinic that is right for them. The best way is to go by word-of-mouth and be sure to look for proper credentials. Find out all the educational back ground, for e.g. how long of a course the practitioner has taken, how often they prescribe homeopathy compared to conventional drugs, etc…. Homeopathy is a complex medical modality and in our opinion takes a minimum of three years to learn and many years of experience to properly prescribe.

Stay tuned for future articles including the benefits of proper nutrition, over all holistic care and types of chronic disease that are treated with homeopathy. This will include illnesses such as Cushing’s Disease and explain how dogs like our very own Freeway, are being treated for this disease and living healthy vibrant lives with out the side effects of drugs.

The Benefits of a Raw Food Diet

By Julie Anne Lee DCH RscHom & David Ruish DVM

Every time somebody comes into our clinic with a seven or eight year old dog on geriatric food it makes me want to cry, because it reconfirms that the general public is being told that their dog is geriatric at this age. It’s ridiculous that your average size healthy dog is considered geriatric at such a young age.

The main question we ask our clients regarding nutrition is this: Would they exclusively feed their children, simply out of convenience, from boxes and cans, supplemented with processed vitamins and minerals and never a fresh fruit or vegetable? The answer of course, is no. Dogs and cats eat raw food in the wild and most domesticated cats, given the opportunity will naturally hunt and eat raw meat. Their health depends upon natural enzymes produced in the gut and mouth with a diet of raw meat.

The old wives’ tale that a dog’s mouth is cleaner than a human’s is true when they’re producing this enzyme that prevents any possibility of bacterial overgrowth. If a dog or cat were cut in the wild, they’d lick their wound to prevent bacteria from forming. But domestically, they infect themselves and therefore need Elizabethan cone collars to prevent them from licking wounds because their mouths are full of bacteria.

According to human researchers at several universities in the US and UK, degenerative diseases and cancer in particular, have been consistently linked to enzyme deficiencies and the lack of antioxidants. This has resulted in the Canada food guide recommending more real food, and far less processed food, the same applies to animals. A cell is a cell.

Raw food contains enzymes and it does not rob the enzyme-excreting organs in order to break down food reaching the stomach. Digestive enzymes are found in the cells and fluids of the body. They are specialized protein substances that speed up and create chemical reactions. These enzymes don’t exist in commercial pet foods because the manufacturing process kills them.

Without these bacteria-fighting enzymes and antioxidants, our dogs and cats are left susceptible to disease and sickness as well as periodontal disease, which in turn requires dentistry, which in turn requires anesthetic which in turn strains their kidneys and other internal organs. If an animal’s mouth is full of bacteria, plaque, tartar, gingivitis, and inflammation, the bacteria goes to the organs upon swallowing. It’s like having a chronic infection, lowering the immune system and allowing a pre-disposition for secondary disease to occur.

Raw bones are also important for animal diets; they are the natural toothbrushes for cats and dogs. They exercise and improve the jaw muscles and help to prevent impacted anal glands. Cooking bones make them dangerous for animals to ingest. When bones are cooked, the calcium is leached out, leaving them brittle and dangerous therefore bones must always be fed to pets raw. The animal’s body absorbs the calcium that binds bone together, and breaks the bone down into a chalk-like substance that is excreted in their feces. Raw bones are also important to make the feces bumpy in order to massage and empty the anal glands of its pheromones and prevent impaction.

At our clinic we recommend raw food diets for our patients as a preventive health measure. We advise against free-choice feeding. Horses and cows are designed to graze, dogs and cats are designed to gorge, eat and digest and then relax their organs. Their organs are being used too often when they feed freely. We recommend feeding them once or twice a day within a set period of time. A healthy dog or cat will not be susceptible to the bacteria and parasites the way humans are, but if an animal is recovering from an illness or is ill, raw food would have to be introduced slowly.

Some people have hesitation feeding raw diets because of the risk of bacterial contamination by pathogens. There is always the possibility when raw meat is not prepared properly that there can be problems. It has to come from a good source and be clean. However, even if it isn’t properly handled it shouldn’t be the problem that it can be for humans. We are mammals, but individual species have different quirks and characteristics. Not that many years ago, dogs and cats ate fresh-killed game at mealtime. Dogs, wolves and coyotes are built to scavenge on game that has been dead for some time and of course there are no refrigerators in the wild.

The preconceived notion that dogs and cats have genetically changed, so that processed food is better for them is incorrect. It takes hundreds of years for a body to change genetically, and it simply has not been that long that dogs and cats have been eating processed food. This is like saying that we humans, have genetically changed so that fast food is better for us. We all know that this is not what is best for us, so why would it be for our animals?

Some people think that dogs might become aggressive towards other animals once they taste raw meat, but in our clinic we often see exactly the opposite happen. Once they are taken off processed foods that are full of sugars and fillers, most of our hyper and aggressive patients are calmer and less reactive. We often compare this to the common practice of hyperactive children being taken off sugars and food colouring.

Every day at our clinic we see the benefits of what raw food has done for our patients. They have a decrease of gastro-intestinal issues, skin and ear conditions and gum and teeth problems. We see more energy and less behavior problems and of course they have softer, shinier and fuller coats. It’s very rare that any of our clients ever report back with problems resulting from raw food.

Dr. David Ruish says that in the general dog and cat population, he has seen a huge increase in new diseases. “When I graduated in 1981, I don’t remember hearing much about hyperthyroidism, inflammatory bowel disease, skin diseases, allergies and cancer. Now it’s very common. Why are all these new diseases cropping up?” He believes it’s at least partly to do with their nutrition.

In 1997, when we started to recommend raw food to clients, it was often up to them to make their own food, but now raw pet food is a growing industry. There are many reputable companies selling raw food that have veterinarians on staff, testing and analyzing their organic, non-medicated products for pathogens. Thus making it more convenient and easier than ever to create a healthy, balanced and natural diet for our furry family members.

Do Your Research & Educate Yourself

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Julie Anne Lee, DCH, RCSHom

julie-main-photo-sepiaGrowing up offering helping hands in her mother’s animal rescue shelter planted seeds early on of what would grow rapidly and passionately into Julie Anne Lee’s life’s purpose. A deep caring and protection for animals and their health while educating the public and Veterinarians at large to empower them to make the best choices for ethical treatment and naturally holistic approach to their health.

With her mentor, veterinary surgeon Dr. Susan Armstrong, a faculty member of the British Homeopathic Physicians Teaching Group, Lee has studied with some of the most renowned international homeopaths including Dr. George Vithoulkas in Greece, Dr. Rajan Sankaran in India, and Dr. Mark Elliott DVM and John Saxon DVM, Peter Gregory DVM in England.
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