Betty Lewis, is a registered veterinary technician and holistic animal health consultant, working in the profession since the 1970's. Over the course of 40 years, she has observed a fascinating trend.
Rather than becoming healthier as a result of modern medical advances for dogs and cats, including vaccination, our companion animals are more susceptible to illness and plagued with chronic disease. She chronicles this experience.
I first started working in the veterinary profession in 1973. The word "trauma" sums up my memory of those early years. Outside of routine spays and neuters, the main reason that animals showed up at this vets included what we called "HBCs" or "hit by cars", also, cats who got caught in car fan belts, dog fights, cuts and scratches and broken limbs. In other words, there were a lot of otherwise healthy animals who ended up needing veterinary attention because of accidents. We did not see an overwhelming amount of chronically ill animals.Betty is not the only veterinary professional to notice the decline in the overall health of our companion animals.
I left that practice in 1976, so my memory of the next veterinary hospital pertains to the late 1970s. In that hospital, the character had changed a little and now we saw more allergies, bloats and growth issues, like panosteitis.
The next hospital was in the early 1980s and by that time we were seeing parvovirus cases, and more metabolic diseases like diabetes in dogs, cancer and heart failure.
By the late 1980s, animals were showing severe signs of illnesses. Even more diseases began to be commonplace such as dental diseases, kidney failure, hypothyroid (dogs), hyperthyroid (cats), diabetes continued in dogs, but now emerged in cats as well, cardiomyopathy, cancers, and serious autoimmunities such as lupus, myasthenia gravis and others.
From the late 1990s to the present, all of the above diseases continue across breed lines, sometimes across species lines and there are new problems being added all the time. IBD/IBS (inflammatory bowel disease/syndrome) was unheard of when I left veterinary practice in 1987 to open my holistic consulting business, but is now nearly at epidemic proportions. Seizures and temperament problems are common now and there are more cancers and autoimmune diseases.
Will Falconer, DVM and certified veterinary homeopath, noticed the same phenomenon in the health of house cats, which he discusses in a widely-published article.
Interestingly enough, the diseases that are quite common in cats now were virtually unknown in the late 70's when I was in veterinary school. We had two donated diabetic beagle siblings who lived in the hospital and taught us about this strange disease. It was something we never saw in cats, and it was pretty uncommon in dogs for that matter. We learned of hypothyroidism from several canine cases, but cats didn't have thyroid problems, and hyperthyroidism was not in the books or the exam rooms. We saw horrible skin allergies in dogs, with crusts and scabs and red feet and unending itchiness, but we didn't see cats with this disease, either.
Well, if you've been observant in recent years, you know that these chronic diseases are fairly commonplace now in the feline population. As are heartworm (again, a dog disease originally), asthma, kidney failure, inflammatory bowel disease, dental calculus and decay, heart disease, and cancer. Why? Could it be that the cat is now following the same road that the dog has gone down? I think so, and what's more, I think we need to redefine what is the best way to raise a healthy animal.
In his practice, veterinary homeopath, Richard Pitcairn, DVM PhD, zeroed in on the underlying cause of seemingly intractable conditions in dogs and cats - vaccinosis.
It gradually dawned on me that the underlying problem in some of my difficult cases was a state of illness that had been induced by vaccination. So, rather than simply use a totality of symptoms to choose my prescription, I found it more effective to emphasize the rubric “Vaccination, effects of” almost to the exclusion of other remedies. In this way, I was able to make progress in some very frustrating clinical situations.Vaccine damage was first described as a chronic disease in 1884 in a book entitled Vaccinosis and Its Cure by Thuja with Remarks on Homeoprophylaxis, by J. Compton Burnett, MD, published in London.
The effect of vaccination, besides the physical effects of stimulating an antibody response, is to establish a chronic disease — one that is long-lasting, indeed, in some cases a lifelong, condition.Another way of saying this is that the laboratory process to modify a viral disease to make a strain suitable for vaccination converts the disease from acute to chronic. The virus must be changed to dilute its natural tendency to arouse a strong response. But instead of only triggering memory cells, it establishes a chronic disease that has never been seen before in clinical practice.
This sounds like bad science fiction until you look more closely at the theory as Dr. Pitcairn explains it in a conference presentation he gave to professional colleagues in 1993.
Canine distemper, a very old disease of dogs, is well known in its clinical manifestation. According to The Infectious Diseases of Domestic Animals  the major symptoms are:
What I am suggesting to you is that, because of repeated vaccination, the acute disease of canine distemper has changed form to appear as a variety of chronic diseases. The original disease, Distemper, has been, for the most part, replaced by Distemper Vaccinosis, a chronic disease of great variety. This chronic disease also creates a susceptibility to new acute forms of distemper like parvovirus. Because, by its nature, chronic disease is more developed than an acute disease, the many ramifications of this condition have been given new names from the mistaken idea that they are different and distinct diseases.
- Watery discharge from eyes and nose.
- Conjunctivitis, with discharge (eventually purulent).
- Vomiting and diarrhea, loss of appetite.
- Watery feces, mixed with mucous, offensive and often bloody feces; intense malaise, loss of weight, and death.
- Severe, fetid diarrhea.
- Spasms, fits, epileptiform seizures.
- Eruption around the mouth where hair meets the naked skin of the lips.
- Swelling of the feet, red footpads.
- Eruptions on the skin of pustules, on the abdomen, inside the thighs, and elsewhere.
In Table 1, the acute, natural form of the Distemper has become the chronic disease indicated.
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Dr. Pitcairn's analysis similarly develops vaccine to chronic forms of Rabies and Feline Panleukopenia.
What does this mean?
At the bottom line, vaccines are not harmless. They can and do cause adverse reactions. If these are not recognized and handled accordingly, they can develop into chronic complaints that rob our pets of their life's quality and longevity.
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