Nosodes: alternative to conventional vaccines
What Is A Nosode? In homeopathy, there is a special type of remedy
called a nosode. A nosode (from nosos, the Greek word meaning disease)
is a homeopathic preparation made from matter from a sick animal or
person. Substances such as respiratory discharges or diseased tissues
are used. It sounds repulsive, but the preparation, using alcohol, as
well as the repeated dilution and succussion, essentially renders the
substances harmless, while producing a powerful remedy. The use of nosodes
in a prophylactic manner, for preventing disease, has been employed
in veterinary and human homeopathy for many years. It is supported by
various holistic veterinarians and authors. more
Dr. Dee Blanco, D.V.M - "You take healthy
animals and often very quickly
after you vaccinate, you can see simple things like itching of the skin or excessive licking
of the paws, sometimes even with no eruptions and licking of the air.
We see a lot of epilepsy/seizure, often after a rabies vaccination. Or dogs or cats can become
aggressive urinary tract infections
in cats, often within three months after their [annual] vaccination. If you step back, open your mind and heart, you'll
start to see patterns of illness post-vaccination." (veterinarians have also observed vaccinosis symptom of
severe inflammation of the tail)
Sick of Drugging
your Pet? There is a better way to bring your pet to health
Dr. Charles Loops D.V. M.
Nosodes are homeopathic remedies that are made from the specific
products of a particular disease. This can be tissue containing
the actual disease agents or tissue affected by those agents.
Sometimes nosodes are made from vaccines containing the organisms.
The nosodes are prepared in a diluted and potentized form just like
all other homeopathic medicine. There is no potential for an animal
to become infected with a given disease agent from a nosode because
of the pharmaceutical process that occurs which dilutes and inactivates
any viable organisms. Nosodes seem to work most effectively, homeopathically,
when they are given near or at the time of exposure. For instance,
giving a Parvovirus Nosode immediately before and after a potential
exposure would provide the best protection from the Nosode.
Homeopathic nosodes can be used when your companion becomes at risk
for a disease before three months of age, or if warranted, in unvaccinated
animals to help protect against some contagious diseases. Many
guardians use these homeopathic medicines to help protect their companions
against Parvovirus, Distemper, and Kennel Cough in dogs and Panleukopenia
and FIP in cats.
Homeopathic medicines are
"animal friendly" for several reasons. Because their action works
across the mucous membranes of the mouth, it is not necessary to swallow
the medicine. This makes it easier when dosing, since the mouth
doesn't have to be opened and the remedy can be placed on the gum or
inside the lip. The single dose powder is sweet tasting as it
is in a lactose sugar base and the liquid remedies are diluted at home
before giving, so that the alcohol taste is not a problem. Even
cats generally do not mind taking their medicine. In fact, they
often get excited when the bottle appears.
By law, an animal must be vaccinated against rabies every three years.
To protect your pet, you can request a homeopathic antidote to minimize
the side effects of vaccine damage from Dr. Charlie Loops. For
rabie vaccine, the remedy is "lyssin". The cost $6.00 for single doses
and $15. for 1/4 ounce bottles for repeated dosing. Some nosodes seem
to work more effectively than others. None produce titers against
disease like a vaccination, so they are not vaccine replacements.
They do seem to moderate a disease condition if the animal is exposed,
even if they don't prevent it. Homeopathic nosodes are another option
for guardians who wish to avoid vaccinations. Nosodes cost $15. each
and provide many doses. They are dosed "as needed" and instructions
are provided from
Dr. Loop's office.
The Vaccine Guide : Making an Informed Choice by Randall Neustaedter
Conventional vaccines prepared by modern vaccine manufacturers represent
only one form of disease-specific prevention. Vaccines and preventive
medicines are also available to parents in homeopathic form. There is
a long history within homeopathic
medicine of attempting to prevent specific diseases, especially
The medicines used in homeopathic form consist of two classes. One
class includes those substances obtained from the natural world of plants,
minerals, and animal products. The second class, called nosodes, includes
substances derived from disease products, tissue samples, mucus, pus
from discharges, or pure cultures of microorganisms.
Nosodes correspond to the specific diseases
associated with the individual bacteria or virus, or the infectious
material sample taken from a patient. Both of these classes have been
used to prevent disease. Examples of this include Lathyrus sativa (a
plant) for polio and Pertussin (a preparation of the bacteria Bordetella
pertussis) for whooping cough.
A medicine that has proven effective for a specific epidemic of a
disease in the community can be used as the preventive for other cases
of that disease, though homeopaths tend to use those medicines that
have proven themselves in the past. As a general rule, homeopaths utilize
the nosode of the infectious organism to prevent disease. Nosodes are
named with the Latin terms for the infection or organism, Morbillinum
for measles, Diphtherinum for diphtheria.
This method of homeopathic prophylaxis has been formulated into strategies
and rules of two types - short-term prevention during epidemics and
Experience with the use of nosodes during epidemics has led to a
level of confidence and optimism about the protective effect of this
method. Since the mid-nineteenth century, homeopaths have attempted
to prevent or limit the spread of disease during epidemics, with some
success. Most of the experience with this approach occurred during the
era preceding the availability of vaccines. Homeopaths reported a decrease
in the severity and frequency of disease in those patients who received
the nosode preventively.
The method of homeopathic prophylaxis has never been rigorously tested.
Nonetheless, there is some evidence suggesting that homeopathic medicines
do act to prevent diseases during epidemics. One study observed the
occurrence of meningitis in a group of children who received a homeopathic
preventive (Meningococcinum 10c in a single dose) during a 1974 epidemic
in Brazil. Of the 18,640 children given the homeopathic nosode, 4 developed
meningitis (0.02 percent), compared to 32 cases in the 6,340 unvaccinated
children (0.5 percent). This represents a significant difference in
a controlled study, although the control group was not randomized (Castro
and Nogueira, 1975). Eisfelder reported an uncontrolled study of 50,000
children who received Lathyrus, a homeopathic preparation used to treat
paralysis, in varying potencies during the polio epidemic of the 1950s.
Only one of these children developed (non-paralytic) polio. The general
population had a significantly higher rate of polio than 1 in 50,000
These studies do not prove the effectiveness of homeopathic prophylaxis
in epidemics, but many homeopathic practitioners have been convinced
by their own experience with this form of disease prevention. The practice
of using homeopathic preparations to prevent disease during epidemic
exposure may be effective. The medicines cause no adverse effects, and,
in the absence of any other form of prevention, there was no reason
not to use them. In an epidemic of a serious disease their use is still
warranted, though there are valid reasons to allow children to undergo
the milder childhood occurrence of measles, mumps and chickenpox to
acquire lifelong immunity.
Alternative vaccines in homeopathic form are also available for long-term
prevention. Several protocols exist for the administration of homeopathic
nosodes or the corresponding remedies for the prevention of whooping
cough, meningitis, diphtheria, tetanus, polio, and other diseases during
childhood. There exists significant controversy within the homeopathic
profession about the appropriateness of using these preparations for
long-term prevention. This controversy involves the areas of effectiveness,
safety, and ethics.
No long-term studies have been conducted to evaluate the efficacy
of this form of prevention. There is no reason to assume that these
vaccines continue to act preventively years after administration, unless
immunity is shown through an objective test or clinical studies.
Homeopathic preparations have not been shown to raise antibody levels.
Smits tested the titre of antibodies to diphtheria, polio and tetanus
in ten children before and one month after giving homeopathic preparations
of these three vaccines (DTPol 30K and 200K). He found no rise in antibody
levels (Smits, 1995). He speculates that protection afforded by a homeopathic
remedy acts on a "deeper" level than that of antibodies. Other homeopaths
have stated similar opinions. Golden says, "unlike conventional vaccines,
the Homoeopathic alternative does not rely on antibody formation." He
postulates that "Homoeopathic remedies reduce the patient’s sensitivity
to the dynamic stimulus of the virus or bacteria, thus lessening the
patient’s predisposition to being overcome by this stimulus" (Golden,
If homeopathic remedies do not produce an increase in antibody levels,
then the only way to measure the effectiveness of homeopathic prophylaxis
is through clinical results. This is a formidable undertaking. The cost
of long-term studies using homeopathic prophylaxis would be prohibitive,
given the present resources available. Ethical problems could also prevent
such studies from occurring; it is doubtful that ethics committees would
allow children to be deprived of the commonly administered and approved
allopathic vaccines. Moskowitz has suggested that the sizable population
of unvaccinated children whose parents have refused vaccines, could
provide a control group to assess the long-term negative effects of
vaccines (Moskowitz, 1985). Perhaps this population could also serve
as a test group for homeopathic prophylaxis.
Parents need to understand that there is no evidence to support the
use of these homeopathic preparations for long-term prevention. There
is nothing in the literature that shows homeopathic prophylaxis provides
lasting immunity from specific diseases
Handbook of Homeopathic Alternatives to Immunizations by Susan
Curtis BA, MCH, RShom
This book was written as a practical guide to explain what homeopathy
has to offer as alternatives to immunization
Alternative Vaccines in Veterinary Medicine
Veterinary homeopaths in the past did not have access to any vaccine
or antibiotics and they hit this illness head on with their various
homeopathic medicines and nosodes. Research into the old texts many
of which are out of print and only found in the archives of universities
have produced information which may be of value for today.
In the 1830s veterinarian Doctor Wilhelm Lux was called to attend
a flock of sheep that were dying of Anthrax. This German scientist had
previously experienced success using nosodes to prevent and treat other
diseases in livestock.[J. H. Clarke, M.D. Dictionary of Materia Medica,
Vol.. pg. 118-119] Dr. Lux prepared an alcoholic extract from the spleen
of the sheep that had just died. Soon a number of physicians and veterinarians
were employing this new homeopathic medicine for their patients who
were suffering with serious illnesses. The lives of both sheep and their
shepherds were being spared by his gift of Anthracinum. [C. Hering,
M. D., The Guiding Symptoms of Our Materia Medica, Vol. 1, pg. 299]
In veterinary medicine, probably the best known study was done by
Dr. Christopher Day of England involving `kennel cough' in a boarding
kennel. At the time he was called in, there were 40 dogs in the kennel
with 35 that had kennel cough. About half had been vaccinated for this
malady. He gave a nosode to all the animals that were there and all
the dogs that came in through the rest of the summer (another 214 dogs).
He successfully reduced the incidence of kennel cough from over 90%
to less than 2%. (Sorry Charlie, nothing is 100% foolproof.)
Nosodes have been developed and used
successfully for almost all animal disease and more recently for `heartworm'.
The late Dr. George MacLeod, in his book "Dogs: Homeopathic Remedies"
had this to say about nosodes: "…gives a more solid immunity inasmuch
as it incorporates the entire defense system, which is mobilized as
soon as the vaccine is taken into the mouth and builds up protection
with each further dose. This build-up leads from tonsillar tissue through
the lymphatics incorporating the entire reticuloendothelial system.
This procedure is equivalent to what is known as `street infection'
viz., ingestion of virus etc. during daily contact with other animals,
when immunity would be built up in the same way."
"…There are no side effects when using homeopathic
oral vaccines-a reaction may sometimes be observed…but such reaction
is transient and soon passes."
"…Another advantage in protection by homeopathic
means, is that vaccination can be started very early in the pup's life,
e.g., within the first week if necessary. This does not interfere with
the presence of any maternal antibodies."
Nosodes appear to stimulate the entire
natural immune system to react against a specific disease. One of the
many reasons that they have not been accepted in the `orthodox' medical
community, is that they do not produce specific, measurable antibodies!
This `titer testing' is of little value in measuring effective immunity
from nosode usage. Again, because the `mechanism' of action is poorly
understood, the 'orthodox' reaction is to reject all evidence as merely
`anecdotal.' Perhaps the `challenge' study by Dr. Schultz will provide
more acceptable evidence to this mentality.
Dangers of Vaccinations and the Advantages of Nosodes for Disease Prevention
by dr. donna starita mehan
The purpose of vaccination is to protect your pet from potentially
fatal infections by pathogenic (disease-causing) viruses such as distemper,
rabies,and others. The way this is done is to inject either a killed
or a "modified" (non-pathogenic) live virus, which sensitizes the immune
system to that particular virus. Thereafter, if your dog or cat is exposed
to, let's say, parvo virus, s/he will be able to respond quickly and
vigorously, producing antibodies to overcome the infection.
This sounds like a pretty good plan, on the surface. However, as
with any medical procedure, we must ask the simple and direct questions,
"Is it safe? Is it effective? Do the benefits outweigh the risks?"
The Problems With Vaccinations
Routine" vaccination, as it is practiced today, is not always effective
(especially in the case of the feline leukemia vaccine), and frequently
has adverse side-effects, either short or long term. With the use of
multivalent (combination: 4 in 1, 6 in 1, etc.) vaccines that are repeated
year after year, the frequency and severity of these side-effects in
our pets has increased dramatically.
Not surprisingly, most of the problems involve the immune system.
After all, the immune system is what vaccines are designed to stimulate.
But they do so in a very unnatural way that can overwhelm and confuse
the immune system. The body may overreact to normally harmless substances
(allergies, especially flea allergies and other skin problems), or even
produce antibodies to itself (autoimmune disease). At the same time,
the body may be sluggish in responding to those things that it should
reject, such as common viruses, bacteria, fungi, and parasites. This
can result in increased susceptibility to acute infections (such as
ear infections in dogs, bladder infections in cats), chronic tapeworm
problems, or in more degenerative cases, cancer.
Lack of Alternatives
The big question has always been: What alternative is there? Despite
these potential problems, vaccination must surely be preferable to losing
puppies and kittens to distemper, parvo, and other fatal diseases! Until
recently, there have been no practical alternatives, so the short term
benefits of vaccination have seemed to outweigh the long term risks.
Now, however, there is a safe and effective alternative to vaccination:
Homeopathic Nosodes: a Better Alternative
A nosode is simply a homeopathic remedy that is made from a disease
product. Nosodes are not in any way infections, and can be used in the
same way as vaccines, that is, to prevent viral infection. Like vaccines,
nosodes sensitize the body to a particular virus, so the immune system
can react quickly and effectively to natural exposure. Nosodes are at
least as effective as vaccines, and in some cases have been shown to
be significantly more effective than vaccines in preventing infection.
The biggest advantage of nosodes over vaccines is the fact that they
are completely safe. There are no risks or side-effects whatever. And
they can be safely given to puppies and kittens much earlier than vaccines
can. In fact, the mother can be treated before she gives birth, giving
the puppies or kittens protection from the moment they are born.
Nosodes, like all homeopathic
remedies, are very easy to administer: they are given by mouth,
and don't even need to be swallowed. They are also very economical -
far less expensive, in fact, than vaccination.
Limitations of Nosodes
There are some limitations to the use of nosodes. Rabies vaccination
for dogs is required by law in most counties, and the rabies nosode,
called Lyssin, will not satisfy that requirement. You should
know, however, for the health of your animal, that all vaccines, including
rabies are legally and medically approved for use in healthy animals
only! So if your dog is showing any signs of acute or chronic disease,
s/he is exempt from that requirement and should not be vaccinated.
Despite the obvious advantages of nosodes, most boarding
kennels and veterinary hospitals will not accept them in lieu of vaccination.
If you need to board your dog or cat in a boarding kennel or veterinary
hospital, you may be forced to have him/her vaccinated. This is a problem
that will hopefully improve with time as more kennel owners and veterinarians
become familiar with nosodes.
If You Vaccinate
As a veterinary homeopath, I do not recommend routine vaccination for
dogs or cats, except for rabies in health dogs. If, for whatever reason,
you decide that you must vaccinate your pet, I would make the following
- Never vaccinate an animal with symptoms of acute or chronic
health problems, or at the time of surgery or any other physical
or emotional stress.
- Vaccinate for one disease at a time that is, avoid multivalent
(combination) vaccines. For cats, vaccinate for feline panleukopenia
alone. The vaccines for the two upper respiratory viruses (calicivirus
and rhinotracheitis) can be given together. I strongly recommend
against vaccination for feline leukemia or feline infectious peritonitis
virus. The vaccine is ineffective, and in my opinion, extremely
hazardous. For dogs, give parvo separately from distemper. Do not
vaccinate for leptospirosis, hepatitis, or parainfluenza. Never
give the rabies vaccine at the same time as any other vaccine.
- Avoid modified live virus vaccines whenever possible. Get killed
virus vaccines, especially for rabies, canine parvo virus, and feline
panleukopenia. (The canine distemper/hepatitis vaccine is not available
in a killed virus form).
- For middle ages dogs and cats, vaccinate every 2-3 years, instead
- After vaccination, give a dose of Thuja 30c.
Wait one week, then give a dose of Sulfur 6x once daily for 7 days.
Therapeutic Use of Nosodes
In addition to helping prevent specific viral diseases with prophylactic
use, nosodes can be used even after exposure to a virus has taken place.
If given immediately after exposure, before symptoms develop, these
nosodes can prevent the development of clinical disease.
Viral diseases such a feline leukemia, feline infectious peritonitis,
canine distemper and canine parvo virus are usually incurable with conventional
medical treatment (antibiotics, steroids, etc.). However, they frequently
respond very quickly and favorably to homeopathic treatment. If your
pet shows any symptoms of illness, specific, individualized homeopathic
treatment will be needed. Due to the potential seriousness of these
conditions, you should seek professional help.
Printed with permission of author
Donna Starita Mehan, DMV
Homeopathic Vaccination with
SCHEDULE FOR IMMUNIZATION WITH NOSODES
By Dr Charles E Loops DVM
"Puppies and kittens can be given homeopathic nosodes beginning at
three weeks of age..."
Schedule of immunization with nosodes for puppies and kittens
Dr Charlie Loops DVM, Rt 2, Box 568, Pittsboro,
By law, an animal must be vaccinated against rabies every three years.
To protect your pet, you can request a homeopathic antidote to minimize
the side effects of vaccine damage from Dr. Charlie
Loops,. For rabie vaccine, the remedy is "lyssin". The cost $6.00
for single doses and $15. for 1/4 ounce bottles for repeated dosing.
prescribed homeopathic remedies can often undue the damage caused by
is noted for its success to antidote or remove the toxic effects of
vaccines and to re-establish balance in the organism and restore health.
Certain homeopathic remedies such as thuja and silica
taken before and after vaccination can protect from vaccine
damage. Please consult a professional homeopath for more information.
(see list of holistic and homeopathic veterinarians)
Many families are now also using homeopathy 'nosodes'
as an alternative to vaccines for their children and their pets A
professional homeopathic vet should be consulted
for more information.
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Homeopathy, immunity, vaccinations, and nosodes
An animal, properly fed and cared for, will have a significantly
enhanced resistance to disease. The degree of resistance relies principally
on nutrition and total care.
Treatment of Disease
Nosodes are typically used in a therapeutic manner, to treat patients
with the same illness (isopathic), or a similar disease (homeopathic).
For example, Psorinum, the mange remedy, is made from human scabies,
and is useful in treating other skin conditions as well.
Nosodes, when properly prescribed, are useful and safe for young
animals who, while below the recommended age for vaccinations, have
become ill with a particular preventable disease, or similar disease
When using nosodes to treat an existing illness, such as EPM and
other seriously debilitating diseases, however, it would be a mistake
to look at a nosode, or any other homeopathic remedy, as the only solution.
One or more veterinarians should be consulted to evaluate the animal's
situation, and the results that follow treatment. For instance, if Hypericum
and the EPM nosode are given to two different horses, one horse may
have tremendous improvement, and another horse may appear much worse.
It is also vitally important to balance the nutrition, to support the
horse with vitamin and possibly herb therapy, and to consider other
therapies, to get him in a state of recovery. Finding a well-trained
homeopathic veterinarian is important if you choose this route. A list
of homeopathic veterinarians is available through the AVH and the AHVMA
(see SIDE BAR).
Regarding vaccinosis, if your animal is suffering from the ill-effects
of a particular vaccination, the nosode of that particular disease could
be used to antidote the effects. Some of the other remedies that may
help the body rid itself of vaccinosis include Lachesis, Pulsatilla,
Silicea, Sulphur, and Thuja. Chronic conditions, especially, are best
left to the professional homeopath.
Prevention of Disease
Nosodes are also being used in a prophylactic, or preventive, manner,
such as in healthy young animals below vaccination age. It is viewed
by some as a way to expose the immune system to the energies of a disease,
without exposing it to the disease itself, thereby stimulating an immune
response. Unlike a vaccination, a nosode will not introduce foreign,
and possibly harmful, substances into the body.
It is believed by some homeopaths that energetic immunization can
be achieved with nosodes, orally, via contact with the nervous system.
There are more nerves in the mouth than anywhere else. In contrast to
vaccinations, nosodes activate the entire defense system, energetically
and physically, thereby yielding a more solid immunity.
INTEGRATING HOMEOPATHY AND HOLISTIC MEDICINE INTO
YOUR VETERINARY PRACTICE - Dr. Chambreau DVM
NOSODES ANDHOMEOPATHIC PREVENTION SCHEDULE
In this paper, Dr. Chambreau discusses specific vaccination guidelines
and how to use homeopathic prevention schedule
Dr. Christina Chambreau D.V.M.
- Dr. Chambreau is the founder of the Academy of Veterinary Homeopathy
and and is on the faculty of the National Center for Homeopathy Summer
School. She teaches and lectures at conventions, schools, clubs and
to anyone who is concerned about improving the health of animals. She
graduated from the University of Georgia Veterinary College in 1980
and has practiced veterinary homeopathy since 1983.
Homeopathic Alternative to vaccines
Homeopathy is a complete system of healing, discovered 200 years
ago by a German physician, Dr. Samuel Hahnemann. It has its own method
of diagnosing and its own special remedies. The remedies are all natural,
rarely have side-effects and are not addictive. They are safe for adults,
the elderly as well as for infants and children. Even pregnant women
can take the remedies safely. Homeopathic remedies are very effective
in acute and chronic diseases. In the U.S., homeopathy is a legally
recognized method of healing.
Nosodes are homeopathic preparations made from cultures of microbes
and viruses. The nosode is prepared by serial dilution. Nosodes are
administered in different two basic ways. In the case of nosodes from
bacteria and viruses, the preparation carries the molecular imprint
of the proteins and other constituents of the pathological agent. The
working of the nosode is based on the fact that the immune system is
sensitized to this molecular imprint without being exposed to the virulence
of the living agent. The use of nosodes as a replacement for vaccination
is based on this mechanism.
A nosode from a pathological agent, such as the measles, whooping
cough (pertussis), etc., carries the molecular imprint of the agent
and therefore sensitizes the immune system in such a way as to prepare
the body for the defense against that same pathological agent. This
is important in the case of children's diseases, where a primary infection
is necessary to immunize the child, often for life, at a moment when
the baby is highly vulnerable.
Whether a baby will be immunized with a vaccine or not, the administration
of a nosode for each of the common children's diseases is an ideal way
to start building immunity. Because of the fact that the agent is present
in the nosode as an imprint and not as a virulent entity, it is a safe
and gentle way to sensitize the immune system. It will protect against
shock and serious consequences in the case of infection or vaccination.
Please click on
Alternative Vaccines for more information.
Vaccines and preventive medicines are available to parents in safe and
effective homeopathic form.
A handbook of Homeopathic Alternative to Immunization
by Susan Curtis BA, MCH, RShom
This book was written as a practical guide to explain what homeopathy
to offer as alternatives to immunization
What do they tell us?
By Christie Keith
Many people who are trying to reduce vaccination are interested in
using "titers" as a test to measure whether or not their dog is still
immune to a disease. They often speak of titers as showing "high" or
"low" immunity, or of "having to" re-vaccinate when a titer is low.
While there is not a tremendous amount of research on titers in dogs,
I think it's fair to say there is quite a bit of misunderstanding on
the part of pet owners, and even many veterinarians, as to what a titer
test does or does not tell us.
A "titer" is a measurement of how much antibody to a certain virus
(or other antigen) is circulating in the blood at that moment. Titers
are usually expressed in a ratio, which is how many times they could
dilute the blood until they couldn't find antibodies anymore. So let's
say they could dilute it two times only and then they didn't find anymore,
that would be a titer of 1:2. If they could dilute it a thousand times
before they couldn't find any antibody, then that would be a titer of
A titer test does not and cannot measure immunity, because immunity
to specific viruses is reliant not on antibodies, but on memory cells,
which we have no way to measure. Memory cells are what prompt the immune
system to create antibodies and dispatch them to an infection caused
by the virus it "remembers." Memory cells don't need "reminders" in
the form of re-vaccination to keep producing antibodies. (Science, 1999;
"Immune system's memory does not need reminders.") If the animal recently
encountered the virus, their level of antibody might be quite high,
but that doesn't mean they are more immune than an animal with a lower
THE BASIC PRINCIPLES OF HOMEOPATHY
By Christina Chambreau, D.V.M.
A true understanding of homeopathy comes from understanding how an
individual becomes sick and how that individual relates to its environment.
Homeopathy maintains that the "vital forces" of the body may be afflicted
with inherent weaknesses. Triggers, such as viruses, stress, bacteria,
and poor diet, produce in the body certain recognizable symptoms. Symptoms
are signs that the body is trying to heal itself. Treating symptoms
of an illness only hides those signs of illness for a short time; eventually,
if the illness is still present, those symptoms will reoccur. Homeopathy
endeavors to treat the entire patient, using the symptoms as clues,
and to recognize the whole patient in the context of its environment.
CHAIN OF EVENTS
When energy fields are upset, illness results and usually the illness follows
a pattern of progression. Recovery requires following that pattern in
reverse. Normal function of an individual may be impaired, inflammation
occurs, pain is sensed, and actual anatomical or physical changes take
place. Examples of these changes are bladder stones, arthritic joint
changes or thickening of organs with scar tissue.
TIME TO TREAT
The best time to intervene with remedies is when the illness is in the
energetic, functional phase. Once pathology has occurred, the holistic
practitioner must be very patient and allow time for the pathology to
inflame and then heal at the energetic level. Healing may take a time
equal to the presence of the illness.
In the early 1800s, a German physician named Samuel Hahnemann described
what is termed the "Vital Force" of the body (called CHI by the Chinese).
Many modern physicists say that everything is energy or that everything
changes from matter to energy. Is it any wonder that energy changing
medicines such as acupuncture and homeopathy can affect cures at a more
profound level than matter-based medicine? Move that Vital Force out
of balance and diseases ensue. Different symptoms may appear in different
parts of the body. The goal of homeopathy is to treat the WHOLE individual,
not just individual symptoms.
Detailed study is required to understand the interaction of specific
remedies and how they interact with each individual symptom in that
particular patient. More stress will result in more symptoms, so remedies
may need to be modified throughout recovery from an illness. Through
the years remedies have been proven to be efficacious in treating diseases
that cause symptoms that would occur if that same remedy were given
to a healthy individual. This gives rise to the saying "Like treats
like". Remedies that create certain symptoms can successfully be used
to treat those symptoms that occur due to abnormalities in the vital
Medicinal substances will restore the ill individual's energy balance,
causing a cure. Dr Hahnemann states: "…the stronger disease destroys
the weaker: It has a similar action, and because of its predominance,
takes over precisely those parts of the organism until then affected
by the weaker one, which since it can now no longer act, disappears".
The goal is to cure - to completely rid the body of disease such that no symptoms
of the disease ever come back, to achieve a level of wellness such that
acute injuries heal quickly with no intervention, and to acquire and
maintain a level of vitality, health, and wellness complementary to
the whole being. As Dr. Hahnemann stated "Cure, which is the elimination
of all the perceptible signs and symptoms of disease, means also the
removal of the inner modifications of the vital force which underlie
them: In this way the whole disease has been destroyed."
IN THE NEAR FUTURE CASE STUDIES WILL BE PRESENTED
Case studies based upon Dr. Chambreau's practice experience will be
displayed to show how the homeopathic approach to treating disease can
be beneficial to animal patients.
Learn more about Homeopathic
Medicine for Yourself and your Family
"Homeopathy is one of the fastest-growing Alternative veterinary medicines
available today. By triggering the body's own self-healing abilities,
homeopathic remedies are a safe and effective way to treat everyday
ailments as well as acute and chronic symptoms of mind and body and
are winning more converts every day."
Holistic animal health articles by Dr. Christina
The following are very technical papers addressed to professional
NOSODES IN HOMOEOPATHY
by David Little 1999 - A Synopsis of Nine Ways to Administer the Nosodes
Taking the Case by Will Taylor, MD - On the Genus Epidemicus One
of the more overlooked topics in contemporary homoeopathy is the prophylactic
treatment of acute epidemic disease. Yet a review of homoeopathy's 200-year
history reveals that this is an arena in which we have seen some of
the greatest examples of the effectiveness of our art and science.
Overcoming Disaster in
Von Shrado Great Danes' Kennel by Sandy Hann
Read the success stories that Jim and Sandy Hann have experienced with
homeopathy for their champion dogs and for themselves "In the past 4
years, I feel I have made a lot of progress with my dogs health. One
in particular, Ginny. Her first litter, she whelped one live puppy,
one dead and then a C-section to remove 2 dead puppies. After a lot
of homeopathy treatments,
her second litter was a litter of 7 whelped normally and her last litter,
a litter of 4 sired by Fridge whelped normally. I had bred her 2 other
times to Fridge when he was alive but she did not conceive.
My Ch Betty is another. She just whelped a litter of 8 live puppies
in April. Her previous litter was another litter of 8 but 4 were born
dead. Before that she had a litter of 2. She received extensive homeopathy
treatment in between the last 2 litters and absolutely no vaccines.
She had had a Rabies Vaccine a month before being bred with the litter
with 4 dead puppies in it. You can
continue to read the
success stories that Jim and Sandy Hann have experienced with homeopathy
for their champion dogs and for themselves"
An Alternative to Vaccination?
By Christie Keith
When I first started questioning vaccination, my holistic veterinarian
told me about "nosodes," homeopathically prepared medicines made from
diseased body fluids and tissues. I did some reading on them, and while
there wasn't much, what was there seemed interesting enough for me to
consider using them. Many people, when they first hear about nosodes,
are very excited, thinking that there is a way they can protect their
dogs from infectious disease without the risks of vaccines. Many holistic
vets and breeders use and recommend schedules of "vaccination" using
homeopathic nosodes mutliple times over the first few months of a puppy's
life, similarly and even more frequently than vaccination.
Routine Vaccination: Is it really
safe and effective? Most recently, an article appeared
in the Journal of the American Veterinary Medical Association entitled
"Are We Vaccinating Too Much?"
Dr. Richard Pitcairn D.V.M. Ph.D:"In
this article we begin to address the subject of vaccinosis, the general
name for chronic dis-ease caused by vaccines. For some readers the very
idea that vaccines are anything but wonderful and life-saving may come
as a surprise, and it's not a very pleasant one. After all, the general
population pictures vaccines as one of modern medicine's best and brightest
moments, saving literally millions from the scourge of diseases like
poliomyelitis and smallpox. " Dr. Pitcairn DVM, Ph.D
Dr. Chambreau DVM: "Holistic veterinarians
are finding that vaccines are causing great harm to our animals (and
ourselves). To cure an animal of any problem we have found through experience
that we must use homeopathic remedies that are known to reverse vaccine
related problems as well as fit this individual." In this paper,
Dr. Chambreau DVM, offers
vaccination guidelines and homemopathic prevention schedule.
Dr. McCluggage DVM,- "...we must stop
advocating yearly vaccines because of the harm we are doing to the animals
we vaccinate. He covered the homeopathic concept of "vaccinosis". Vaccinosis
is a disease entity that may be introduced through vaccinating animals
or people. Once vaccinosis develops, there is a disturbance in the bodies
vital forces that leads to symptoms of chronic disease that can be very
difficult (and often impossible) to cure. Dr. McCluggage also stated
that there are no good reasons to recommend annual vaccinations for
our companion animals. " Dr. McCluggage DVM
Donna Starita Mehan DVM: "Routine" vaccination
has adverse side-effects, either short or long term. With vaccines that
are repeated year after year, the frequency and severity of these side-effects
in our pets has increased dramatically. Most of the problems involve
the immune system. After all, the immune system is what vaccines are
designed to stimulate. But they do so in a very unnatural way that can
overwhelm and confuse the immune system and can result in increased
susceptibility to acute infections (such as ear infections in dogs,
bladder infections in cats), chronic tapeworm problems, or in more degenerative
cases, cancer." Donna Starita Mehan DVM
Read about the comments of
other vets who believe that vaccines are damaging our pets.
Read the above quotes in their
DILEMMA and YOUR HEALTHY COMPANIONS by Dr Charles E Loops
Homeopathic veterinarians and other holistic practitioners have maintained
for some time that vaccinations do more harm than they provide benefits.
Vaccinations represent a major assault on the body's immune system.
Attentuated organisms or chemicalled killed viruses or bacteria are
injected directly into the blood stream, an unnatural route of infection.
This profound insult, avoiding the body's first line of defenses, and
flooding the system with millions of organisms or viral particles, stresses
the immune system in a way not of natures design. This insult causes
irregularities and abnormalities in the immune system which then manifests
as chronic diseases in animals.
These chronic diseases range from life-threatening conditions such
as auto-immune crises to conditions destroying the quality of life of
an animal as in chronic skin allergies. What we are now seeing are generations
of over-vaccinated animals and these current offspring are suffering
the penalty of this medical abuse. In an attempt to control a naturally
occurring process of population control and survival of the fittest,
the medical establishment has convinced people that mass innoculations
are for the good of all, overlooking the health of the individual. Where
vaccinations have helped in eradicating or reducing the incidence of
severe, acute disease processes, the result has been to plague humanity
with more insiduous, chronic diseases that are much more difficult to
treat and that lower the quality of life for many individual animals
and people. In all of this, there needs to be BALANCE, and the following
are my recommendations for vaccinating or not vaccinating and some comments
about diet. 1. Puppies under three months of age should not be vaccinated.
Vaccinations are much more stressful on the underdeveloped immune system.
Also, these vaccinations are much less effective at providing immunity
before three months of age. If you feel you must vaccinate, do so with
one vaccination of Distemper at three months, followed by a vaccination
for Parvovirus at four months of age, and stop with that. If you can't
find a single Distemper vaccine use the Distemper-measles combination.
Use killed vaccines only.
2. Kittens should only be vaccinated for Panleukopenia and not before
three months of age. All other vaccinations should be avoided. One vaccine
3. Puppies and kittens can be given homeopathic
nosodes beginning at three weeks of age, if there is a potential
for exposure to Distemper, Parvovirus, or Panleukopenia. These nosodes
can be used until vaccinations are given or continued periodically for
the first year of life, if vaccinations are not given. Common sense
should be used in avoiding exposure of very young animals to other,
possible unhealthy, animals of the same species.
4. Booster vaccinations are completely unnecessary. Studies are now
showing that these vaccinations are effective for many years and most
probably for life. Vaccinated animals do not need any boosters. Homeopathic
nosodes can be given periodically if you are concerned or if you think
your animals live a high risk, life style.
5. Rabies Vaccinations should be given as dictated by state laws.
Lyssin, the homeopathic nosode, should be given within a few hours after
the vaccination. Clearly, the rabies vaccination is effective for many
years more than state laws require booster vaccination.
6. Booster vaccinations can cause SEVERE set-backs when an animal
is being treated homeopathically for chronic problems. They can completely
erase any progress that has been made towards improving an animal's
7. My personal recommendation is NOT to vaccinate at all. The best
road to good health is feeding a diet rich in fresh foods, raw meats
for the carnivores, and avoiding vaccinations and allopathic medications.
Antbiotics and other allopathic drugs should only be used in situations
where their use is clearly indicated, and this should be only in potentially,
life-threatening situations. Every time you suppress a symptom the body
produces, you are potentially lowering the health status of the body
system. Treating with the correctly prescribed, homeopathic remedy,
herbs, or other non-invasive therapies, not of a chemical nature, will
enhance your health and your companions health.
Schedule of immunization
with nosodes for puppies and kittens - scroll to the bottom of
that page for Dr. Loops' schedule of immunization
Do you suspect your animal to
be a victim of vaccine damage?
CAN MINIMIZE AND REPAIR THE DAMAGE CAUSED BY VACCINES
Homeopathy is renowned for its success to antidote or remove the toxic
effects of vaccines and to re-establish balance in health. Certain homeopathic
remedies such as thuja and silica taken before
and after vaccination can protect from vaccine damage. Please
consult a professional homeopath for more information. (see
list of holistic and homeopathic veterinarians) Many families are
now also using homeopathy 'nosodes' as an
alternative to vaccines for their children and their pets
Kennels in Germany
"These 200+ dogs are given a distemper vaccine and a Parvovirus vaccine
only, at age 10 weeks and 1 year. No other vaccines are given except
occasionally rabies, when needed. Their diet varies from home-prepared
to commercial. These dogs are having litters and showing at 10 years
of age, and live to 16 or so. In the States, many Shepherds are dying
by the age of 10. Other breeders have found that stopping vaccination
has made their line much healthier, and usually immune (through good
health) to the infectious agents that usually cause disease. Not always,
of course. Some dogs or cats are very susceptible to disease and will
become infected and may die. Most survive epidemics with mild disease,
if treated holistically."
Death of a horse from vaccines: a testimonial
"I havent vaccinated any of my animals in about 8 years. It all started
9 years ago when my horse had her yearly boosters and 3 days later "contracted
" pigeon fever.45 days later she died. We were very sad, as our animals
are like our children. I was convinced it was vaccinosis related. The
animals were all vaccinated prior to this event , so I felt they had
plenty of immunity.Since then I have used nosodes."
Veterinary Articles by Patricia Jordan, DVM
Cancer in our pet population, why is it on the
Lyme disease and Lyme Vaccine Disease.
Vaccinations and How They Disrupt the Immune System.
A groundswell of nutrition conscious veterinarians are beginning to
recommend to their clients that they supplement their animals diet with
a daily dose of flaxseed oil and other important nutrients.When the
diets of animals were fortified with flax, within three weeks their
coats developed a beautiful sheen, and dandruff was greatly diminished.
There are amazing testimonials about animals recovering from cancer,
diabetes and other severe degenerative illnesses with a nutritional
product called Transfer Factor. My colleagues and I have found this product (transfer factor) to be very
effective in modulating the immune system. Transfer factor is a "soup"
of immune-modulating factors, which contains a leukocyte-type molecule
that can passively transfer immunity from one mammal to another by stimulating
cell-mediated immunity and is antigen specific. Richard Bennett,
Ph.D., an Infectious Disease Microbiologist and Immunologist from the
University of California, Davis School of Veterinary Medicine, believes
this could be the most significant development in animal health care
in decades. We have a great number of veterinarians and clients who
are experiencing very positive results in a broad area of disorders,
including periodontal." - Charles W. Brown, DVM
Just like humans, domesticated animals like dogs and cats are affected
by the health hazards of modern living. Pollution, poor nutrition, stress
and unhealthy lifestyles can lead to a variety of illnesses and conditions
that are very similar to those experienced by humans. These days, emotional
and psychological problems like depression, anxiety, ADHD and behavioral
problems are just as prevalent in pets as they are in their owners.
Similarly, physical ailments such as
diabetes, arthritis, chronic fatigue, digestive disorders, cystitis,
kidney and liver disease, skin disorders, obesity, thyroid dysfunction
and other problems are becoming more and more common in domesticated
animals. Many, if not most of these conditions can be prevented by helping
your pets to live a healthier lifestyle. For pets already suffering
from existing conditions, a combination of lifestyle changes and natural
medicine can work wonders!
Dr. Jimmy Gutman, M.D - "Clinical evidence links low
glutathione levels to the
most common illnesses of our time as well as newly emerging diseases.
Glutathione levels diminish as we age and many diseases normally associated
with aging have been linked to glutathione deficiency." "To raise glutathione
levels is to reduce premature oxidation, to quench destructive free
radicals and help detoxify the poisons inside each cell when it needs
to. Only Immunocal is clinically proven
to do that in a safe, effective and convenient way." Dr. Allan
Somersall M.D - Learn more...
Holistic Veterinarians and Animal Wellness
This is a list of professional veterinarians and animal consultants
who are willing to offer phone consultations. If there are no holistic
veterinarians in your hometown, phone consultations for homeopathic
treatment can be just as effective as an office consultation, especially
if you already have a diagnosis of your animal's condition.
Homeopathy Bulletin Board for Pets and Animals
Use this area to discuss homeopathic treatments and alternatives for
your furry friends!
Department of Veterinary
For Veterinarians and for those with care of pets and animals. For pet
owners: Introduction to Veterinary Homeopathy. .
A Homeopathic Primer By Larry A. Bernstein, VMD
Natural Holistic Pet Care. Understanding what are Homeopathic Remedies,
How Do Remedies Work.
Veterinary Homeopathy Organizations
Homeopathic Medicine for humans
A great place for lay or novice persons to learn about the incredible
healing properties of homeopathy
Holistic Animal Health
Visit the Optimum Pet Nutrition
web site where you'll learn more about how many of our pets' disease
and suffering can be prevented or cured with nutrition.
Learn more about natural health
for your animals, with alternative, holistic and preventative medicine:
homeopathy, naturopathy, herbs, biomagnetics healing, aromatherapy,
and flower essences
veterinary: testimonials of amazing cures
Read other people's testimonials of amazing animal health improvements
and cures of cancer and other chronic disease with natural, alternative
health care and optimum nutrition. This is a collection of emails I
received over the years and for which I received the permission to publish
on my site. With each testimonial you will find an email address to
facilitate correspondance, feedback and support.
Alternative Therapy for Our Animals
Read about FDA's alledged abuse of power toward pet store owner who
supplied litterature claiming that vitamins would keep pets healthy.
The article, written by James DeMeo, Ph.D. can be found at
The FDA - Who Do They Really
Protect? Anti-Constitutional Activities and Abuse of Police Power
by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration and other Federal Agencies.
cannot poison your animal into health with drugs, chemo or radiation.
The holistic approach treats the whole animal, ignites the body's internal
healing force and stimulates the body's natural abilities to heal itself
"Health can only be achieved with healthful living"
Every Parent Should Know BEFORE Their Childen Are Vaccinated!
Why are a growing number
of parents and health care professionals around the world questioning
vaccination? The controversy stems from the thousands of deaths and
permanent disabilities attributed to vaccination annually, as well as
the many published medical studies, government statistics, congressional
testimonies, and other credible sources that directly contradict commonly
held assumptions about vaccine safety and effectiveness.
Alternative Vaccines for children Vaccines and preventive medicines
are available to parents in safe and effective homeopathic form.
Are we placing our animals at risk too? Most recently, an article
appeared in the Journal of the American Veterinary Medical Association
entitled "Are We Vaccinating Too Much?"
Read the comments of veterinarians
who believe that vaccines are damaging our pets.
cannot poison your animal into health with drugs, chemo or radiation.
"Health can only be achieved with healthful living"T.C.Fry
The holistic approach treats the whole animal, ignites the body's internal
healing force and stimulates the body's natural abilities to heal
Animal Diseases and their Natural Care
"Over the past 40 years and 17 generations of dogs and, cats we are
seeing tremendous increases in chronic ill health in our pets that was
rare back in the early 1960's. Most of these illnesses revolve around
breakdown in our pets' immune systems, and include chronic skin/ear
allergies, digestive upset, thyroid/adrenal/pancreatic disorders, seizures,
gum/ teeth problems, degenerative arthritis, kidney/liver failure, and
cancer across all ages and breeds. We are also seeing a record number
of behavioral and emotional disorders including alarming and unexplained
fears/aggression., as well as difficulty focusing/training and paying
attention. The analogy of these compared with escalating immune/behavioral
diseases in children is quite disturbing. The two biggest factors in
our pets' population health decline over these generations has been
the severe overuse of multiple
vaccines and nutrient poor and
toxin filled commercial pet foods. We have also failed to address
the underlying cause of disease by only sup pressing symptoms with
cortisone and related drugs,
so the disease progresses and goes deeper. Homeopathy offers a viable
alternative in truly curing pets and making their bodies healthier."
Michael Dym, VMD You
cannot poison your animal into health with drugs, chemo
or radiation. The holistic approach treats the whole animal, ignites
the body's internal healing force and stimulates the body's natural
abilities to heal itself "Health can only be achieved with healthful