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Letters to the Editor January 2008

Exellent! Thank you so much for this edition of Homepathy 4 Everyone. As a student in veterinary homeopathy, and a long-time home practitioner with my own animals (dogs, cats, cattle, horses), I have often noted many of the problems involved in using the symptoms from the usual repertories, translating how they apply to animals; and I’ve looked forward to every article on veterinary homeopathy that you’ve published. This issue is greatly appreciated, and greatly enjoyed.

Joy Metcalf

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Thank you for the excellent picture of China in December issue of Ezine. I can think of a couple of cases where I might have missed the remedy. I had never thought of the analogy of how China bark is produced and the the symptom picture of those needing it.
Thank you again.
Annie Friedmann RShom

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Having read Sherr’s interview and the comments of many readers, the impression one gets is that a case may be tackled with a number of different remedies and yet be cured.

To quote Sherr:
“I think that quite a big range of remedies can work for each patient”.

If by work he means a series of partial responses, then that is a common observation.
But if he implies a cure: a definite improvement in energy with reduced suceptibility to disease, then I am confused.

I understand that most cases need several remedies over years to progress to a higher level of health. But those remedies must be very closely matched to the case at every step if they are to work beneficially.

Patients respond to many remedies but how many of those responses are favourable in the long term?

If I have a case of arthritis and I think that the patient needs Silicea but I begin with Carcinosin instead, (or with Arsenicum), and then follow up with anything but Silicea, can I ‘zig zag’ my way to a cure?

As I understand, when Burnett mentioned chess as an analogy, he referred to cases where a paucity of symptoms or advanced organ pathology demanded a localized approach. This would lead to more broadly acting remedies later as the case yielded to ‘local’ remedies. I have seen Burnett’s approach validated in specific cases and there are not a few of those.

On the other hand, while there are instances where remedies that are close enough ameliorate some symptoms, do they really alter the energy of the patient?

I know of many cases that were ‘zig zagged’ for years and came to me with drug symptoms mixed with those of their original complaints.

Some may argue that the multiple approach is valid only for those who know what they are doing, but if they did, would they be dabbling around or would they go straight for the indicated remedy or remedies as the case may be?

I agee that we do not live in a perfect world and that many cases present with a picture where the remedy is very hard to discern.
Nevertheless, do such cases really lead to a cure or to temporary relief of some symptoms when various remedies are thrown at them?

In one of the responses to Sherr’s interview, Yekkirala mentions a conference where a woman with baldness was treated unsuccessfully with various remedies for a year until it was realized that she needed Chocolate.
Is it likely that treatment with Saccharum, Lac humanum, Hydrogen or anything else would have lead to restoration of her hair?

In acute infections, one can see a case of typhoid respond to Baptisia in 5 days where Pyrogenicum would cure in 48 hours.
(I have had typhoid on four occasions and treated myself with the latter remedy during the last episode).

Likewise, you may give Cantharis CM to a woman with UTI who needs Staphysagria (or even Anthracinum). The acute episode will be relieved but is her health really altered and her susceptibility to subsequent infections reduced?
In my experience, she will keep coming back. In fact, the simillimum may even bring back the UTI.

What if her symptoms are relieved and she later returns with a pyelonephritis or hydronephrosis?
Similarly, how long would you zig zag with an acute pneumonia?

If we restrict our argument to chronic disease only, can a case of eczema in an infant that repertorizes clearly to arsenic be cured with graphites?
What if the infant comes back as a toddler with asthma?

No matter what remedies a case may be begun with, unless the drug appropriate to that case is not ultimately given, will such patient be amenable to cure?
How then can a “broad range of remedies” work?

If this is not the case, should not we have much more success with our difficult cases?
In practice, we could start anywhere but ultimately end up with a cure.

Or discover years later that the cured case ended up in a hospital with terminal ilness.

I may have misunderstood Sherr. He may have implied something else that I did not comprehend. But if I have understood him correctly, then I do not agree with him.

There is also a tendency to interpret homeopathy through various belief systems or spiritual perspectives.
Sherr refers briefly to Buddhist concepts of “various lifetimes” and “lessons to be learned” when he speaks about Aurum.
Some homeopaths hunt for Christian concepts and I have colleagues back home who think that Hahnemann would have made an excellent Muslim.

It may help some to reconcile their faith or beliefs with medical practice and I have no objecion to that.

However, homeopathy would be best taught to students if its own principles were explained without the amalgamation of spiritual speculation.

Rafeez

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I was amazed to read about this mare,as I had thought the behaviour shown by my horse when I got him was largely due to his being a recent stallion,castrated at 8 years, & his loss of territory & being very dominant.I have had him 5 years & have recently tried phosphorus (1M) to try to reduce his over-reactiveness – he combines nervousness with a short fuse, when he is frustrated by changes in routine. I wonder if Mag. phos might be more apt. It was very interesting reading about the method of choice, which I haven’t heard of. Does Sue Armstrong practise in North Yorks still? (I’m in Skipton) I could do with a cure for his fear of cows,it has made him dangerous on roads as there are cows everywhere.

Jac

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Hi Edward,

Thanks for an interesting veterinary issue of homeopathy4everyone. I liked the vaiety of articles you presented which represented the scope of homeopathic observation and interpretation in animals. Congratulations to all the authors and veterinary pracitioners who contributed.

Most of us are unaware of how widespread and developed homeoapthic thought presently is, in animals and this issue was an eye-opener. I hope it supports the establishment in the next decade, of a separate branch of homeopathic therapeutics – Veterinary Homeopathy.

Best,

Leela

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Veterinary Homeopathy : very interessant communications.
We have only few veterinary cases, I send you this one.
Best regards
S Fayeton

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Hi and thankyou for a fabulous and timely introducton to one of my homoeopathy subjects beginning this year in Feb. I’m a 4th year Hom. student at The Adelaide Training College of Complementary Medicine in South Australia and in my final year have enroled in a sub category – Animal Hom. This issue (my First) is a wonderful case of homoeopathic serrendipity.

Looking forward to the next issue
Deb Maurer

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The articles give positive information. Very interesting to read.

Regards

Hemalatha

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Great to get some articles and information on veterinary Homeopathy – more please.

Regards
Jan

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I enjoyed the many articles on the use of Homoeopathy with animals. Especially the articles Does the Size of the Dose Really Matter? And In Your Face. As a fourth year student of homoeopathy I am often practicing on family and friends and quite often their animals. It is with animals that I am having better and quicker results and I wonder whether it is because unlike humans they do not let their beliefs get in the way of healing.

I love it when some vets say they cannot cure the animal only to find after a couple of months of Homoeopathic treatment they are completely healed. It is so cool.

Thanks for the wonderful articles on your website.

With regards to “In your face,” it was not so much what I learnt from the article, more that it gave me more confidence in the way that I am already working with animals.

The other article “Does the Size of the Dose Matter,” made be feel very encouraged in the level of schooling in Homoeopathy that I was receiving at the Australian College of Natural Medicine. Reading his fine article I discovered that my study of the Organon and other books had led me automatically to match the remedies to the energy of the patient, but now it gave other reasons why it was so.

Regards Geof

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Your very special issue “Veterinary Homeopathy” with various articles in your Dec 07 Newsletter were really very educative since it has given me lot of information on Veterinary treatment by homoeopathy. Thanks for your great service to Homoeopathy.

With kindest regards

Sincerely yours
Dr. Sayeed Ahmad

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wishing you
all Happy New Year, and may you continue the great work which you are
all doing. In His Love and Service, Sarah

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I enjoyed the articles. However, I don’t know if I’m convinced with J. Sherr’s philosophy that an individual’s remedy changes so frequently and everyone doesn’t have a simillium. It’s a bit too different from what I’ve been taught. I can’t see if a person’s remedy picture has been consistent since their birth how this remedy picture could change so rapidly.

mmtT

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Hello,
I really enjoy your emails. There is so much information in them!! I want to do all I can for my animals naturally! Please keep up the good work of educating the public. It is for the benefit of our little friends. Thanks, Linda Merck

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I totally agree with Edward De Beukelaer about treating animals the same as humans homeopathically. At one time, a number of years ago, I had two dogs who I treated with Bach Flower remedies. Each one had their own unique personality, and emotional make-up. And each one responded with the correct remedy. Always remember… animals are children with fur coats on!
Lola Padula

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read the captions of the magazine.Attempt on animals besides human beings is already in practise and i myself treat my cat, house cow etc. on vomiting, alopecia,stomach ache,etc.However bring a senior homeopath even having practised 7 nyears in Jaipur free in a jain mandir in the evenings and holidays with the cooperation Dr jain of jain homeopathy stores, and Dr kothari. I am now settled in Pune and six months i come to South Carolina. I wouldlike to do charitable, free treatment.
R venkateshwaran

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As a vet I was pleased surprised and delighted to see a vet related edition. Most vet homoeopaths know each other and it was good to see esteemed colleagues being able to discuss homeopathy without having to be defensive. I have actually archived this edition for further perusal long term.

Alan

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The December issue was great, lots of useful information about treating animals with homeopathy- keep up the good work

Joan Goddard

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I wish there was more information like this that can be trusted.
I have an epileptic dog who has seizures every 7 months. My Homeopathic Vet couldn’t find the correct remedy. We did use Cal Carb 30C and yes it did work…once! Tried everything from my knowledge and hers. He is now on a low dose of PB (1/4 gr.) 2x a day.

We need to try and read more and hear more from Homeopathic Vets online. The blog I belong to is: http://www.canine-epilepsy.com Dr. Dobbs responds here. (Homeopathic Vet)

If you could it would be nice to have more info on epilepsy and some remedies to use and how. Too many are on KBr, PB, Keppra, etc. Dogs are being drugged to death!

Thanks for all the articles.
Susan

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I have been using homeopathy om companion pets for several years now, and in 90% of the cases, I have had wonderful results, especially with fading kittens and lactating queens.

Would love to see more articles on this topic.

Kay Campbell

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VET HOMOEOPATHY IS YET ANOTHER STAR ADDED TO OUR SCIENCE. THE ISSUE WAS INFORMATIVE, HOT SEAT INTERVIEW WAS ENCOURAGING THE VETS TO KNOW MORE ABOUT ROLE OF HOMOEOPATHIC MEDICINES GIVEN TO ANIMALS.

DR.KAMAYANI SHARMA
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Dec edition was very useful Dr. Thomas Schariah

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am particularly
interested in veterinary homoeopathy…

thanks
Gill

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I was very pleased to see the effort made in this trial. My first experience of Hom/Vet cure was sarcoids in a horse. Trad vet med could not help. Constitutional treatment ( Calc Carb) caused disappearance of all warts in 2 months and they did not return. Obviously not a placebo effect. Press on !
Christine

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I enjoyed reading the interview with Peter Gregory very much. Having recently done a book review (Homeopathy in Practice 2006) of Schotter’s book where he wrote a chapter, it was so helpful to me to get to know this hom. vet’s views in more depth. And of course he works at the Centre in East Oathly where we take our dog Frankie, who has had a cancer for 2 years (an aggressive form of lymphoma, was given 4 months to live), but is doing really well – cheeky and energetic, eats like a horse and is a real pleasure to have around – just like Peter says about cancer in this interview. Well done, thank you.

Grace Dasilva-Hill

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Thank you for the Hpathy e-zine. I’m finding the articles very interesting and informative – just wish I’d had access to something like this when I was bringing up my son, and farming! Would you be interested in how I cured various dogs and cats of biliary? I don’t know if this is something that affects animals anywhere else than in South Africa but here it’s a killer, a tick-borne disease, similar to Tick Bite Fever in humans.

Kind regards – Priscilla

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I find the subject of Veterinary Homeopathy fascinating and have had the good fortune of being present at a talk by Sue Armstrong. The results are amazing and to me prove that homeopathy does work -animals don’t enact their
symptoms/illnesses for gain or favour and when the remedy works or changes behaviour how can anyone dispute the validity of this amazing medicine –
Pat Wann

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I never knew that homeopathy is for animals too. As I am associated with an animal welfare organisation I have forwarded the relevant articles to the Chied veterinary officer

Rahul

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As a new reader,veterinary homeopathy is a new topic to me. I found this issue VERY INFORMATIVE ! Please keep up the good work !
Thank you !
MJ

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I don’t have pet patients so I can not offer any suggestions, but I found this interesting reading!
Arti

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Re vet homeopathy. Really good. I’ve used it on my dog throughout her life and when she was passing away. It was brilliant and any article on it is a bonus for everyone. Tks maz

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It’s intresting with veterinary homeopathy and a good way to prove homeopathy.
We work a lot with veterinary homeopathy in Sweden. I have been teaching the subject for 15 years. A survey from 1997 showed that 14 % of the swedish farmers used homeopathy to a certain extent, which mostly is due to courses given to the farmers in the subject. I have written a book “Homeopathy for cows” where the collected knowledge of 15 years of work together with swedish farmers is presented. Unfortunally I have so far not found a way to get it translated to english. Studies from Sweden and Norway shows that when the farmers use homeopathy they reduce the amount of antibiotic used to the animals and still maintain a high health level on the animals. For us that is no news at all, but for the “scientific oriented” vets this comes as a great surprise. If time allows me I hope to send you some animal cases some time.
Many regards
Chris Jorgenfelt

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I know so little about homeopathy and only use it for myself and family. However I have an abiding interest in the remedies. They have proved their efficacy with me. I thought the articles were interesting and well written. I was especially glad to hear animals are getting this great benefit. The horse story brought me to tears. Thank you for all you do. Wanda Salyard

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I enjoy all the issues of your newsletter. The articles on homeopathic treatment of animals were very welcome. In addition to my homeopathic background, I have a dog and five cats. They are elderly and homeopathic remedies have allowed them to live in comfort as they reach the end of life. Their vet is homeopathic and we spare them from interventions that would erode their vitality.

Eileen Klinck

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Dear editor at hpathy

thanks for the latest edition, and your email requesting feedback.

I know very little about veterinary homeopathy so this issue was very welcome.

In your editorial, you assert that homeopathic principles are the same in animals as in humans. This must be so, or homeopathic principles would be worthless. However, remedy symptoms must vary between animals and humans, as animals have different bodies, different physiology etc. So different remedies may be prescribed, from what one might expect. It is hard for non-vets to assess symptoms accurately. This shows up clearly in the cases you give later. For example, I would not have known that yellow diarroea was typical for a calf. Nor would I guess Belladonna for cows that won’t let themselves be milked.

Marc Bar’s article on the VetRep shed a lot of light on this issue. As he expresses so well: “We have to give each species and breed its space and its own normality – this is especially true in homoeopathy. Otherwise, you would use the rubric “aversion to fruit” in carnivores.” heaven keep us from such useless case analysis!

In the UK it is illegal to treat animals unless you are a vet. However anyone can treat humans! Strange, is it not.

I do freely offer homeopathic remedies to my human clients for their pets, on the understanding that they decide the remedy (after we discuss it), I simply supply it and perhaps give guidance about dose and reaction. I do not want to deprive the animal world of the delights of homeopathy. The law of compassion must overrule the law of the country.

Re the hot seat interview:

As always, very inspiring. I loved the last one with Jeremy Scherr, it gave me a big boost in my practice. This one made me think in other ways; I especially enjoyed his enthusiasm.
Question: Peter Gregory says ‘Lack of self worth affects us all in some way’. I agree, this is very much part of the human condition, though not perhaps in every case? But what about animals? Do they share this – if so how would we see it? And is it natural to them, or do they acquire it through contact with humans? These are questions for another time perhaps.

I also very much appreciate Peter’s discussion of how much conventional medicines affect homeopathic treatment. It is good to hear someone willing to say he is not sure. It is good to hear someone willing to be unprejudiced: “There may be times when we are grateful of their [drugs] existence and recognising where they are appropriate is a skill which again comes with experience.” From such humility and openness can true wisdom come.

I very much like the piece by Dr. Heude about vet. medicine. I look forward to more discussion on the important points, should conventional vet training come before homeopathic training, and keeping homeopathic training specific to homeopathic schools. At the present time, I feel I agree with Dr. Heude.

Mr. de Beukelaer, your animal cases are just fantastic, especially ‘the Dog’ and the Hepar Sulph kitten. I am looking for your book!

Jeffrey Feinman, loved the honesty of your article. I found the case reports perhaps a little difficult to follow.

I did not enjoy so much the article by Marc Brunson on China. the case of the dog is interesting, but I would prefer more information about the prescription. The long extract about ‘the tragic history’ I felt needed some editing. A lot of it was (in my opinion) unsubstantiated material based somewhat on the doctrine of signatures, ansomewhat on theorising of the type Hahnemann abhorred – and which is well known in the symptomatology of China!

I really appreciate the attention to detail in John Hoare’s report on trials for CAD. In this time of so much criticism of homeopathy, this is essential. I look forward to the results.

best wishes
Helen Swan RSHom

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Good content. Good variety of interviewees and topics discussed.

Keep up the good work.
Ebrahim

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This article was fascinating, (and would no doubt help me with the treatment of my own animals), but as UK law is quite clear that only vets are allowed to treat animals with ANY kind of therapy, the article was of limited use.

Since we have enough bad press as it is, it isn’t a risk we can take.
Linda

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I enjoyed your December edition of Homeopathy for Everyone very much. The Hot Seat interview with Peter Gregory was great- I am especially interested in Veterinary Homeopathy because I have a lot of animals.
Thank you very much for providing this excellent information.
Sincerely, Sarah Peck

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It was interesting to read about the cases in Veterinary homeopathy. Since, animals don’t provide us with the subjective knowledge, we should use homeopathy with care on animals because they are innocent for us as they are unable to communicate most of them to us.
Thanks,
Dr. Aslam Mohammed

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Dear Homeopathy For Everyone,

usually I enjoy your publication very much but this issue is not much of an iterest for me as I am not doing any6 vetenary work

Thnak you very much
Judit Weegmann

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Thanks for this emag.
I think it is fab, only I dont get much time to read all the articles
When I get more time I promise to give you proper feedback
very best
wendy pauls RSHom

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The vet issue is very informative. Kudos to you.

For UK issue of ‘HPathy under pressure’- here is a method.
We must create a separate web site calling ‘How can UK govt be ignorant of HPathy’ and invite all the world citizens to contribute ‘How I benefitted from Hpathy- Specifically’ with the contributors’ ph no and address.
Let a million million cases be colected thus!!
THE IGNORANT NEED TO BE EDUCATED!!!

Phani sundar SVN

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Is it possible to prove homeopathic remedies on animals ?
Simillimum (likes cure likes ) is the first principle of homeopathy ,all homeopathic remedies are tested on healthy volunteers , so that the symptoms produce demonstrate the nature of illness they will cure .

Repretory , Materia Medica , Rubrics and Signs clinically demonstrated diseases: Mental , Generals , Head , Gastrointestinal , Urogenital , Chest , Extrimities , and etc . Case taking
shows and helps the homeopaths to determine the remedy and also pathologic stage , then others 3 principles of hpathy , so constitutional homeopathic remedies can’t be prescribed except for people , but still there are acute remedies that can be used by proficienal & experienced homeopath for Veterinary even though aetiology is a point .

Jafar Vakili

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I liked the issue. Thanks for the reminder.
antonia

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Your articles are great I find having the time to read it the problem! New Years resolution… make time!
Best Wishes for the new year to you all
Trixie

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