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  • Dr. Carsen, DVM
    palate hole in the roof of her mouth Every time she ate she got food up into her nasal cavities and sinuses To make matters worse as a young kitten she had contracted a nasty upper respiratory viral infection further damaging these areas Eventually she underwent a series of surgeries which closed the hole in her palate This wasn t the answer to all her problems however Because of the previous chronic insult of food and infection to her nasal cavities sinuses she had developed a chronic purulent nasal discharge and severe upper respiratory congestion These signs would temporarily respond to topical and oral antibiotics and decongestants but the symptoms would recur at shorter and shorter intervals after the medications were stopped By the time she came to see me at about two years of age she had to be on almost continuous antibiotics and even then there was still some degree of congestion and discharge After a few acupuncture treatments we began to notice improvements she was breathing easier and the discharge was less In fact my clients informed me that they d learned to wear old clothes when they brought her in for treatments for on the way home it seemed that her sinuses just opened up and drained and since she couldn t blow her nose into a hanky their clothes served that purpose As the weeks went by we slowly weaned her off the medications When I last heard from these clients she d been off antibiotics altogether for months Constipation can be a very frustrating condition to treat Cats seem to be more often affected by this condition though dogs can have it too It is not just an uncomfortable condition to have in its later stages it can kill the appetite cause vomiting and lead to serious debility While some patients respond quickly to just dietary changes increased dietary fiber others also require subcutaneous fluids lubricants stool softeners and or drugs to stimulate bowel motility Even with all these medical treatments some patients still require periodic cleaning out under anesthesia If all else fails surgery to remove much of the large intestine may be necessary Now these patients can also be helped by acupuncture herbs and other alternative complementary treatments As with so many other conditions response depends on the severity chronicity of the problem If there is only mild constipation the alternative treatments alone may be sufficient to get the bowels moving again However since most animals aren t presented until their condition is pretty far along this gentler approach often needs to be combined with one or more conventional treatments In these latter cases combining acupuncture and other complementary care with a more conventional approach often allows us to use lower dosages fewer drugs and to avoid surgery At the other end of the gastro intestinal G I spectrum alternative treatments also can be very helpful in controlling nausea vomiting and diarrhea One of the most common G I conditions we veterinarians

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  • Dr. Carsen, DVM
    as alternative or complementary treatments such as acupuncture chiropractic herbs homeopathy nutraceuticals and supplements etc etc What is the value of such an holistic approach to veterinary medicine I can best demonstrate this by telling my own story I had been in practice for about 10 years when I realized I was feeling increasingly frustrated about my inability to help some of my patients The first category of patients I was frustrated about were older large breed dogs with various orthopedic problems like hip dysplasia arthritis and spinal problems These conditions led to pain stiffness and or weakness in their hindquarters These beautiful dogs became increasingly crippled in the rear while their front ends and minds worked fine They still wanted to lead the active enjoyable lives they d been used to leading but instead had to sit suffering on the sidelines All I could offer them was drugs or possibly surgery Both of these treatments had side effects especially for dogs of advanced years Eventually I d have to put them to sleep which would break their human companions and my hearts I remember thinking There s got to be something else I can offer these dogs which is safer and yet more effective The second type of patients who brought me frustration were seemingly healthy cats found to be infected with the Feline Leukemia Virus FeLV This nasty virus suppressed their immune systems and eventually led to serious infections cancers and death All I could tell their human companions was to feed them good quality foods try to reduce stress and bring them in when they started showing signs of illness This left me feeling helpless angry and frustrated Luckily for my patients and me this was a time when other people were beginning to explore different ways of approaching health and illness Over the next several years I ran across information here and there about acupuncture herbal medicine and homeopathy By the time I got a notice in the mail about a weekend workshop on veterinary acupuncture in late 1987 I was ready to take the plunge As I sat in the room with about 30 other veterinarians hearing about qi and meridians I knew I d come home I had started on the path to learning the knowledge I needed to help those patients I couldn t help before Over the ensuing years I have hungrily pursued new knowledge and training in holistic veterinary medicine I now have an additional set of tools in my repertoire to find out what is going on with my patient In addition to the conventional diagnostic tools of blood tests urinalyses X rays cultures and ultrasound I can now learn about my patients conditions by looking at their tongues feeling their pulses and checking their acupuncture points Thanks to Traditional Chinese Medicine TCM I have a better knowledge of how the body s organs affect each other thus facilitating my understanding of how a patient s illness came about TCM

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  • Dr. Carsen, DVM
    less and less in fact after a while most animals look forward to their treatments Since acupuncture works to enhance the body s own efforts to heal it tendsto work somewhat slowly its effects are cumulative Clients used to the more quickly acting Western drugs and surgery need to be re trained to expect slower results I like to use the comparison of a beaver dam As the meridian becomes blocked it s like beavers building a dam through a stream eventually the whole stream is blocked up Each acupuncture treatment removes some of the dam allowing more and more water to break through to resume its normal pathway After enough of the dam has been removed the stream can flow freely again If there s too much time between treatments the beavers start to replace the parts of the dam which have been removed so especially at the beginning it s important to have regular treatments If the dam blockage has been present a long time permanent damage may have been done to the streambed so that only partial flow can be re established And after the flow has been established maintenance treatments sometimes have to be done to deal with the beavers efforts to rebuild their dam The same thing is true with acupuncture If a condition is acute sometimes one treatment takes care of the problem However if a condition is chronic as it is in the overwhelming majority of my patients it usually takes anywhere between 4 to 6 initial treatments to begin to see noticable results If treatments are skipped ground is lost As improvement is seen treatments are done further apart In some cases the animal does so well that he she doesn t need to be seen for months after the initial series of treatments Others with more severe longterm conditions need to stay on a maintenance program coming in every 4 to 6 weeks indefinitely Some conditions are so severe or long standing that only partial improvement is possible The relative slowness of the improvement is offset by the low incidence of side effects a distinct advantage over drugs and surgery especially in older animals If an animal is on drugs when coming to see me I don t feel it s a good idea in most cases to withdraw them suddenly We start the acupuncture treatments while they re still on the drugs As time goes by I ll see if we can slowly withdraw the medication In some cases the animals are able to get off the drugs completely in other cases this isn t possible but the amount of the drugs can often be reduced Acupuncture is a wonderful treatment modality that is giving thousands of animals the chance to have less pain greater function and increased longevity In future columns I ll discuss conditions which can be helped by acupuncture as well as other alternative treatments RECOMMENDED READING Schwartz D V M Cheryl Four Paws Five Directions A

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  • Dr. Carsen, DVM
    themselves This would include animals going through a move those who have to put up with workmen tramping in and out of their homes and those who are boarded or hospitalized As an aside I believe this is one of the Remedies most needed in this crazy age in which we find ourselves For those animals suffering from the loss of a beloved companion those experiencing homesickness when away from home and for those missing their puppies or kittens who ve gone to new homes Honeysuckle is the Remedy of choice I mentioned Impatiens above as being one of the Remedies which make up Rescue Remedy I also use it as a separate Remedy for any highly nervous patient It also can be helpful for those animals suffering from seizures and for those in pain Larch helps give confidence to those animals who have a sense of inferiority As is true with their human companions these animals tend to inspire bullying from those around them Larch allows them to feel a sense of self confidence which in turn brings about respect or at least tolerance from those around them Mimulus is used to help an animal deal with specific fears such as thunderstorms firecrackers travelling in a car strangers etc Aspen is also used for calming fear but it is more useful for animals with what may be termed global anxiety ie they spook at just about anything For those animals who have been abandoned or given away Pine can help restore self worth It is an excellent Remedy to use for animals rescued from the pound or those found wandering without a home Vervain helps to calm down animals who are highly strung or hyperactive always running around barking pacing or chasing cats cars birds etc etc Of course lots of exercise is essential for these animals too For those of my patients going through changes in their lives Walnut facilitates their adjustment The change could be a move a new animal or human in the home a change in their human companion s schedule or a stay at a boarding facility or hospital Water Violet is useful for animals who are very reserved who tend to be loners It helps these animals to become more part of the family Wild Rose is another Remedy which will help an elderly animal deal with an in their eyes obnoxious younger one It also is helpful for those animals who are suffering from apathy or who appear to have given up I use Willow to treat resentment in my patients As mentioned above Willow and Beech are the two Remedies most helpful for cats not using their litter boxes A cat may be resentful because his her human companion is working longer hours going away from home more often for business trips or to spend time with a new love interest or because that love interest is spending more time in her his own home Willow is also helpful for dogs

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  • Dr. Carsen, DVM
    when prescribing a formula of BFRs The more accurate I can be the more likely the formula will bring success The wrong remedy won t harm a patient but it also won t solve the problem I have found that the more acute the upset the more quickly the BFR formula seems to work Among the first patients I prescribed the BFRs for was a pair of kitty brothers brought in to board in a clinic in which I was working These brothers had always been very close so when the human caretakers had to leave town they requested that the brothers be boarded in the same cage Boy did that turn out to be a disaster Kitties tend to be upset their first few days boarding away from home then settle in and accept their new situation However one of the brothers took this to an extreme he totally freaked out hissing spitting striking out at all who came near Unfortunately this included his brother who shared the cage with him His poor brother utterly confused and taken back by his sibling s complete change in personality cowered in a corner of the cage This only served to anger the first cat more We worried that the one brother would physically harm the other With much trepidation we managed to remove the cowering brother to another cage The removal of his brother didn t reduce the aggression in the remaining kitty he still attacked the front of his cage anytime any of us came near Driven by desperation I decided to see if the BFRs could help this extreme situation I knew I couldn t get any of the Remedies directly into his mouth without risking my skin but luckily his water bowl was placed near the front of his cage so I managed to distract him and put a healthy squirt of Rescue Remedy into his water I then covered the front of the cage with a towel to cut down on stimuli and to give him a safe cave and left for the night The next morning when I came in I wasn t sure what I d find but to my utter amazement I found a completely different cat in that cage He was back to his sweet purring self We not only could approach the cage we could go inside to clean feed etc and he allowed us to pet him to which he responded with loud purrs and head butts Never before or since have I seen a boarded or hospitalized cat make this big a turn around this quickly I m sure the Bach Flower Remedy Angel brought this cat into my life at that point to demonstrate the power of these wonderful remedies In cases where an emotional upset has been going on for a longer time I ve found that the response to the BFRs takes longer up to four weeks or more and it doesn t tend to be so

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  • Sembita Carter
    complete protection from the flu The flu vaccine offers no lasting immunity When the shot is initially given you become a carrier of the flu virus for up to 3 weeks The flu vaccine contains harmful preservatives some being derived from mercury If you decide to have the shot ask for a complete listing of the vaccine ingredients The flu virus has an ability to mutate This changeable quality makes it difficult to predict from one year to the next which strains to use when developing the current years stock of the flu vaccine The World Health Organization meets in the prior year to determine which strains of the flu they think will be prevalent in the coming year This information is used to select the strains to prepare the vaccine It is a coin s toss as to the sagacity of the selection If it is a sound choice the vaccine will be more effective and if not it will be less effective The U S has approved the sale of three flu vaccines Fluzone from Aventis SA is an attenuated virus Fluvirin is from Chiron Corp This vaccine contains inactivated fragments from three different strains of the virus FluMist is produced by MedImmune and Wyeth FluMist is a live virus administered intranasally The flu vaccine should not be used if you are allergic to eggs because the flu vaccines are grown in chicken eggs Also avoid if you have a history of Guillain Barre syndrome Also there are a number of cases in the literature of children who were vaccinated and died from the flu 2 The effectiveness of influenza vaccine depends primarily on the age and immunocompetence of the vaccine recipient and the degree of similarity between the viruses in the vaccine and those in circulation 1 An Ounce of Prevention The CDC recommends the flu shot as the main way to reduce and control the flu Contrary to what the dominant medical establishment espouses we have options There are strategies by which you can reduce your chances of coming down with the flu Subscribing to a flu shot is not the only route and may not be the best available option First consider the state of the current health system in the United States According to 2003 estimates 41 million Americans are not covered by health insurance For those with health insurance coverage consider that in the last decade over 1 000 emergency rooms ER s in the country have closed There is a nursing shortage And there are less hospital beds available Doctors are concerned over the cost of malpractice insurance and many have had to relocate causing physician shortages in some part of the country What can be done Some suggest change must be political Pass legislation perhaps force employers or the government to provide health care for everyone Or have the government subsidize healthcare Personally I see problems with any of those choices As stated earlier people rarely die from the flu Some

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  • Sembita Carter
    the body is beset by an overload of negative factors Hormones secreted by the adrenal glands are essential factors in energy production The adrenal glands become exhausted from too much stress excess caffeine coffee tea cola chocolate lack of sleep fear worry and poor nutrition Body Talk According to Han Seyle the pioneer stress researcher stress is the nonspecific response of the body to any demand Seyle himself after having worked with a large number of patients noted some common symptoms Many of the patients had a coated tongue general aches and pains and poor appetite Other symptoms which were noted were enlarged spleen or liver skin rashes and other general symptoms Vague discomforts left untended over time may manifest into a disease condition either way one s quality of life becomes reduced This is usually due to chronic conditions that nibble away at your core energy leaving you vulnerable to illness and disease In the movie Groundhog Day newsman Phil Connor knows he is having a problem when it seems as if every day is just like the day before He tells his co workers his dilemma simply stating I need help During his examination the doctor looks at his x rays very erudite and says of the slides no spots no clots no tumors you need a psychiatrist In Western medicine the body and the mind are disconnected seen as separate entities Selye himself a trained medical doctor and scientist keenly observed that something was wrong with this picture His concern was that over the long history of Western medicine why has there been so much focus on the discovery and treatments of individual diseases and so little thought to the syndrome of just being sick There are medical approaches that are able to make sense out of signs and symptoms that the body and the mind produce Three that come to mind are Indian Ayurveda Traditional Chinese Medicine and Homeopathy Each system has a lot to offer Shamanic and Spiritual healing approaches extend also beyond the concept that man is just an assemblage of biomechanical parts One of the keys to using homeopathy to heal you fatigue requires learning about the medicines One of the most marvelous gifts of the homeopathic method is its ability to bring out the medicinal powers of substances As we go along you will see the amazing healing properties of ordinary substances all around us that only the homeopathic method can reveal and offer safely Following is a continuation of last month s list of selected homeopathic remedies often indicated for fatigue Homeopathic Remedies Lecithin Lec Lecithin is high in phospholipids which are fatty substances found in most body cells and in high concentration in the brain 30 Indications for its use as a homeopathic remedy are difficulty in thinking accompanied by nervousness and weakness Lecithin improves the nutrition of the blood and is useful in anemia insomnia and neurasthenia There is often soreness aches and lack of energy The limbs are

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  • Sembita Carter
    have solved one problem you have in effect created ten more Instead begin to seek healing instead of masking over problems You have every right to heal yourself Help for Students In this culture we live strange lives It starts so early in life All over America from age 6 weeks to age 66 the clock says it is time to get up and get out of the house For the very young it is day care babysitters and pre school and it lasts for at least another twelve years of school and throughout most careers Many Americans are sleep deprived Overtime this pace exerts a toll If you are finding it difficult to pick up a book to study or the information is not sinking in as it should part of the problem could be you are mentally exhausted Review the following remedies Common Symptoms of Neurasthenia Exhaustion is common in neurasthenia A wide range of symptoms can present with the fatigue The most common symptoms are insomnia exhaustion after slight mental or physical activity fatigue sensitivity to noise memory loss irritability back pain muscular weakness psuedo angina loss of sexual power mental exhaustion sighing Homeopathic Remedies The following descriptions offer a select and brief materia medica A materia medica is a reference to medicines and their uses For example there are herbal materia medicas used in Chinese Western or Indian medicine If one studied the healing power of crystals and it was codified then that would be a crystal book of medicines or materia medica Homeopathic materia medicas list many substances from the plant animal and mineral kingdoms and other materials also Selection of remedies in homeopathy is individualized Always for the best results When you read the list of remedies you will note that even though they have all been used for tiredness there are slight differences in the picture of each substance Note this is a very small listing of remedies that may be suitable Aletris Alet Primary areas of the body affected are the female organs and blood often caused by loss of fluids i e blood Feels better when passing gas and bending backward Debility person always tired Parts feel heavy May have anemia and constipation Early and profuse menses there may be a tendency to abortion Alumina phosphorica Alum p Mental prostration associated with extreme weariness and irritability due to mental breakdown at the end of college life Is valuable for the chronic effects of grief There is a strong desire for open air which brings relief Sensitive to cold which aggravates Vertigo in morning on closing eyes Pains bruised burning pressing worse morning and night Electric shocks worse after sleep Standing is extremely tiresome Anacardium Anac Maliciousness with a tendency to curse and swear Person is very sensitive to being offended Memory loss head feels foggy Stomach pains which feel better after eating Pain in different parts as if a plug had entered Trembling debility and paralytic weakness Itching of the skin

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