Lovely news – Golden Retriever patient

I received this letter today: This is what makes the world go round and makes our lives at AVMC worthwhile. It is lovely to receive such reports. Above all, Becky’s story and many others teach us never to give up faith in our dogs’ healing capability. Before anyone says ‘but homeopathy did that, not the dog’, we should remember that homeopathy only provides the stimulus, the patient does the job. (By the way, the image is not of Becky).

Becky – Golden Retriever

“I am so grateful for all the help with Becky’s health since I came in May 2010 (prior t that you had supplied nosodes as an alternative to vaccination).

I was not too positive at the time as she had been diagnosed with both incontinence and arthritis of the spine. Her vet had given a pessimistic outlook with an increasing lack of mobility. The thought of her having long-term prescription drugs for the incontinence did not appeal to me, as she was only 11 at the time.

Your prescription greatly assisted with the incontinence which later disappeared (with a combination of the homeopathy and an ever-decreasing dose of the prescription drug).

The homeopathic pills prescribed for her mobility problems made an immediate and very noticeable improvement and she has had a good and apparently pain-free life since that time, enjoying walks, holidays, visits to relatives etc. She also received many compliments from strangers who all thought she was a  much younger dog and about how well she looked.

Becky is always happy to take her homeopathic pills, unlike the ‘other medicines’.

Early this year (2012), she was diagnosed with liver disease and or a tumour. This seemed to me a very depressing outlook and I once again called on your help. You were most encouraging and prescribed homeopathic pills for the liver problems, reviewed her other pills and suggested I should continue with some of them for her mobility. We recently increased these and this again made an immediate difference, with her mobility increasing again and her legs becoming much stronger again.

Although I obviously cannot see what is going on internally, I have noticed that externally all the little bumps and cysts that she had have disappeared.

She enjoyed another holiday this year in Somerset, in October, and continues to get very positive comments about how well she looks (now aged 13+). Thank you.

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Modern Medicine comes from Herbs

It is not a widely advertised fact that a great deal of modern medicine has derived more or less directly from herbs (herbal medicine, herbalism, phytotherapy). The modern drug derivatives from herbs are ‘unique’ chemicals, manufactured in the laboratory, so they can be patented and make their ‘inventors’ a fortune. Nonetheless, although it seems to be fashionable to demonise natural and indigenous medicine, drug companies (multinational pharmaceutical giants) have to study traditional indications for herbal medicines in order to have some idea what their new drug may be able to do!

The foxglove that indirectly gives us Digoxin

Examples of ‘older’ modern medicines derived from herbs and still in use are ASPIRIN (from Meadowsweet – Filipendula ulmaria or Willow – Salyx alba), DIGOXIN (from the Foxglove - Digitalis purpurea) and ATROPINE (from the Deadly Nightshade – Atropa belladonna).

The powerful chemotherapy drug Vincristine was derived from the Madagascar Periwinkle – Catharansus roseus formerly Vinca rosea). A modern veterinary liver drug called Denamarin contains Silybin, derived from the Milk Thistle – Silybum marianum). Morphine-type drugs (opioids) were originally derived from the Opium Poppy – Papaver somniferum). The list rolls on.

In my opinion, making patented drugs from our natural plant medicines is not necessarily a wise or safe route to follow. Certainly, side effects from drugs and deaths caused by modern drugs are legion (it is estimated that 100,000 Americans die each year from adverse effects of prescription drugs), whereas traditional herbal medicine is not plagued with such troubles.

Just remember, when modern medical folk make disparaging remarks about traditional and natural medicines, that modern medicine owes its origins, in great part, to the very medicines they deride.

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