Things Are Not Always as They Seem
When Sparky’s lips started swelling on the left side of his face, his concerned owners thought he was probably stung by an insect. Who wouldn’t? Dogs will be dogs… Both lips were getting bright red and puffy. He was taken to their veterinarian, and Dr. WhiteCoat gave the most favored combination of drugs in any conventional practice:
Antibiotics and steroids. [Kill all bacteria! Stop all inflammation!] Sigh.
Sparky’s lips got better.
But then they swelled again.
More drugs, he was better. The drugs stopped, and Sparky got worse again. Damn. This can’t go on, we’re getting nowhere.
Finally, a biopsy revealed something no one had guessed: this was cancer.
Whoa. What’s going on here??
Come into My Lab-OR-atory, Bwahahaha haaa!
Sparky, like many of his cohorts in the animal kingdom who are owned by humans, had been part of a vast science experiment that has been going on for generations. Finally, at 13 years of age, the consequences were coming home to roost, and they were serious. Life threatening, in fact.
Homeopaths have associated runaway tissue growth with vaccinations since Jenner’s day, when cowpox was being injected into people in the hope of preventing smallpox. We see it today most clearly in the cat, where it’s actually named Feline Vaccine-Associated Sarcoma, or VAS. No scientist questions this: it is caused by the vaccines. End of story. It’s malignant and the cat dies from it.
This vast science experiment has been the overuse of vaccinations in animals for the last three decades, and Sparky is now a victim of this greed driven practice. The immunologists have made it clear for over twenty years that repeatedly vaccinating animals is both unnecessary and doesn’t work.
We are seeing animals coming down with chronic, “old animal diseases” at a younger age than ever before, as this experiment continues year on year. Examples I’ve seen in over 30 years of practice include arthritis, hypothyroidism, and even cancer.
Human health is seeing a similar decline, as children are now being seen in larger numbers with usually adult diseases, such as diabetes, high blood pressure, and joint pain. Their experiment is only somewhat different from the animal version, in that societal advertising and standards of nutrition have slid precipitously closer to junk food being the most affordable and desirable food on the planet.
Well, maybe kids and dogs are not so different. Sparky was being fed Science Diet, aka “expensive junk food” (do some label detective work if you have any doubts about that).
Our Hero Enters, Stage Left
Enter a knight in shining armor: the precautionary principle. In simple terms, we’ve used this principle for years, in the form of “be careful out there,” and “look before you leap.” In medicine, it’s “First, Do No Harm.“
It was elegantly stated in a world wide conference that took place in my hometown of Racine, Wisconsin in January of 1998.
In summary, the precautionary principle is this:
“When an activity raises threats of harm to the environment or human health, precautionary measures should be taken even if some cause and effect relationships are not fully established scientifically.”
Just slip “or animal health” in there, and you’ve got a very sound principle to follow in your pursuit of achieving your vital animal, the one who avoids getting sick even in her latter years and shines with lustrous health and balanced energy till her time on the planet is up.
An elegant statement of one of the tenets of this principle is made by writer Peter Montague:
“The burden of proof of harmlessness of a new technology, process, activity, or chemical lies with the proponents, not with the general public.”
Vaccinators: Belly Up to the Precautionary Principal Bar
So, Dr. WhiteCoat, you want to continue these vaccinations in my animal beyond 6-12 months of age? You want to do this annually? Prove to me there’s efficacy and safety in that, and I’ll put my animal on the table. No proof, you just cap that needle, give him his physical exam, and we’ll be on our way.
What an empowering stance! Why should you, as an animal owner, bear the burden of disproving a health recommendation? Your vet, doctor, neighborhood chemical manufacturing company, and nuclear waste dumper needs to be the one to prove that the activity benefits and does not harm your dog, cat, neighborhood, or planet.
Easy Words of Precaution
If you feel too shy to take Dr. WhiteCoat to task on this, here’s a simple phrase you can use, and one I’d practice regularly before going in for any veterinary visit:
- “I’m going to think about this, but not act on it today. I’ll get back to you if I decide I want this done.”
This will always be an acceptable exit strategy for any routine procedure, in a non-life threatening situation like an annual exam.
If you’re braver, you might add,
- “Please outline for me the risks vs benefits of this procedure, and why you feel it’s in my animal’s best interests.”
Don’t Wait: Prevent the Damage That Conventional “Prevention” Can Cause!
Sparky is under my homeopathic care now, and is getting high doses of transfer factor. We’ve got our fingers crossed that we can “wake up his reactionary forces” to fight this cancer.
Over on Facebook, a reader saw the effects of a vaccination causing runaway allergic itching:
“I must thank you for another fact I learned through this. My English Setter has awful allergies and does take allergy shots and has been doing great. All of a sudden her allergies went crazy and I was trying to pinpoint what happened, now I know, she had her yearly shots. I discovered this while reading your material and I have my answer.”
I replied, “What was the timing between vaccinations and crazy allergies? I often see it in 3-4 weeks…”
Linda’s reply, “She had shots end of April, by end of May, I was seeing the signs of problems and has not gotten better only worse. I have been frantic trying to figure out what had happened… The yearly shots are the only thing that has happened. I kept thinking, she was fine when I took her for her checkup.”