My brother’s new red tabby kitten was called Gangster; he was ever so cheeky and playful, attacking you from behind the sofa when you were not looking.
One day, my brother phones me in a state of panic: Gangster is gravely ill with leukaemia (my brother has lost 3 cats to this illness in the last 3 years). During the last month, Gangster has already been given three rounds of intravenous antibiotics, steroids and anything else the vet could think of, but lately he has stopped responding and now the vet doesn’t give him long to live. Could I do anything?
In this dire state, I wondered if indeed there was anything to do to save him, or was it too late a stage to bring Gangster back to health. Should I just revert to near-death remedies to make his passing away easier, or is there something more I can do? I just couldn’t imagine Gangster dying, my brother would be devastated. What’s more, I couldn’t go and see Gangster in person that night: I was living in Moscow at that time and my brother was in Budapest. I decided to look into Gangster’s acute symptoms as well as his normal character, hoping that a strong acute or constitutional remedy would come to the surface. However, even with my positive hat on, I thought the prognosis was poor. In any case, the vet had already given up, so anything would be worth a try.
Gangster had high fever, swollen glands, no appetite and was rapidly losing weight…his eyes had lost their sparkle, his red coat looked lifeless and messy and he just wanted to be left on his own to sleep all day. He didn’t even like to be stroked anymore. From his character and generals I was finding it hard to pinpoint a well-fitting constitutional remedy and I was going to select an acute solution when I was handed what my teachers used to call the famous ‘door-knob comment’: “Gangster should not have leukaemia in the first place….he was recently vaccinated against it two months ago”… This information made me consider vaccinosis as a strong aetiology, and specifically Thuja, after Burnett’s writings on the subject. Thuja is well-known for ailments developing after vaccination, as well as for abnormal growth of tissue in the body. In the repertory, the two key rubrics ‘Generals – Vaccination, ailments after’ and ‘Generals – Leukaemia’, bring up Thuja and Sulphur. With a newfound clarity of an aetiological prescription, I decided to give Thuja before I tried anything else.
I prescribed Gangster one dose of Thuja 30C in the evening and one the next morning, diluted in a small amount of water. In addition to the homeopathic prescription, I also gave an herbal tincture mix of Echinacea (blood cleanser) and Gallium Aparine (lymph cleanser) to help eliminate the discarded excess white blood cells from the body, that I was hoping to see after the homeopathic prescription. The tincture diluted in water was to be administered orally three times daily with the help of a plastic syringe, until a lasting improvement in serum cell count was achieved. In any case of cancer, I always support the elimination of tumor cells from the body by supporting the likely elimination routes – as suggested by the tumor’s location and affinity to a body system (in this case, the blood and lymph). I often support my remedies with herbal tinctures when the patient’s immune system is too run down to have the vital energy to respond adequately to the homeopathic remedy given on its own. Herbal tinctures require less individualisation and work well in conjunction with homeopathic remedies, especially in dire situations.
The next day, my brother phoned in true excitement to say that Gangster slowly got up in the morning and ate a bit of the food he was given for the first time in three days! Still, he was very weak and unable to walk much. After three days, he reported that Gangster was eating properly. A week after the remedy Gangster caught his first mouse, which he proudly dragged into the house to my brother’s mixed pleasure and dismay.
Nobody in the family could believe when Gangster recovered fully within 2 weeks – including me! After years of practicing, I am still amazed by the life-giving power of the right homeopathic prescription. The vet was so surprised to see Gangster alive that he even took details of the remedies given. No other remedies were given besides the original prescription.
This case highlighted to me the importance of vaccinosis as an aetiology not only for humans, but for animals too, now I always include the vaccination question in any case-taking for animals. Food for thought: the alarming rise in cases of disabling canine arthritis – also a sycotic manifestation – has also recently been linked to vaccinations () . In addition, the UK’s Veterinary Products Committee Working Group says nearly one-third of drugs reactions among dogs and cats involves vaccination (Vet Rec, 1998, 143: 455) and, in Sweden, that figure is closer to 50 per cent (source: WDDTY). Burnett also originally identified vaccinosis as a sub-division of sycosis. Could a vaccinosis prescription work for some canine arthritis cases? How about human arthritis cases?
This case is already a few years’ old, but if the same case came to me today, I would also consider administering the offending vaccine back in potency over a few hours or days in 30/200/1M/10M potencies as per Dr Tinus Smits’s CEASE therapy for the treatment of vaccinosis (www.tinussmits.com).
By the way, my brother was so motivated by Gangster’s safe recovery that he set up a web forum for feline leukaemia to share his experience with the remedies and herbal tinctures that Gangster was given. So far, five other cats (from about ten) have since survived leukaemia using the “Thuja 30C + Echinacea/Gallium tincture” method as a blanket prescription, where the cat owners could not afford to see a homeopathic vet for individualised treatment.
I am a ‘human’ homeopath, not a vet, however, I do come across cases of animals in need. I thoroughly enjoy animal case taking, in which observation is key and I delight in how beautifully our prescribing methods originally developed for humans, work wonders with animals as well.