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A Homeopathic Case

At this point I will present a contemporary homeopathic case to give some idea of the responses we see with homeopathic treatment. No, this is not the one case that improved this year. These are the responses we veterinarians that use homeopathy see in many of our cases and why we have continued interest in the use of homeopathy in our practices.

This case is of a large dog that became suddenly paralyzed, could not use the legs, have a bowel movement or pass urine. It was a sudden occurrence with no  obvious cause. The emergency veterinary hospital had given two drugs without any response. The dog’s people were caring for the dog as a hospice situation. Five days into this they consulted with Dr. Matthews who gave homeopathic treatment.

Homeopathic Cure of Paralysis with the Remedy Lachesis

 Julie Matthews, DVM, CVA (Acupuncture), CVH (Homeopathy)

Kodiak became suddenly paralyzed in all four limbs on January 24, 2014.  Physical exam revealed paralysis of all four limbs.  Deep pain with inability to withdraw the limbs was evident.  Cranial nerves and swallowing were not visibly affected although his owners reported that Kodiak’s bark had changed. Megaesophagus was absent on lateral thoracic radiographs and neither regurgitation nor vomiting of food was present.  Inability to urinate with retention of urine was noted.  Spinal hyperesthesia (pain) was absent.

Physical signs were most consistent with lower motor neuron disease.  Most likely differentials included idiopathic polyradiculoneuritis, coonhound paralysis, tick paralysis,  botulism, and acute (fulminant) myasthenia gravis.  Of these, idiopathic polyradiculoneuritis was deemed most likely, given the lack of exposure to ticks (snowy winter in Maine) and raccoons.   Acute myasthenia and botulism were ruled out based on normal cranial nerve function as well as the absence of megaesophagus.

Kodiak presented to my hospital for a second opinion on the fifth day of paralysis.  The owners had been providing hospice care, turning him from side to side regularly, massaging the limbs, and manually expressing the bladder as well as removing feces from the rectum.  The emergency hospital at which Kodiak first presented five days earlier had prescribed Doxycycline(1) and Carprofen(2) and recommended referral to a neurologist.

Recent history revealed the presence of a new dog in the house for the past 5 months.  Prior to that time Kodiak had been an “only child” enjoying the attention of both owners exclusively.  Of particular interest was the activity in the past month whereby the male owner had taken to running daily with the new dog, leaving Kodiak at home.(3) His owners’  mentioned  that Kodiak was weakest in the morning on waking, typical of snake remedies.  Homeopathic repertorization suggested Lachesis(4) based on physical symptoms.   In light of the case history and the prominent mind symptom of jealousy with this remedy, Lachesis fit the case well.

Treatment was started with a 30C potency of Lachesis on the day of presentation.  As the following video shows, the response to the remedy was immediate and progressive.  Increases in potency (200C, 1M) were administered when improvement stalled or failed to progress.  At no time during treatment did Kodiak ever relapse or regress, walking with assistance within a few days and recovering fully in 3 weeks time.

(1) Doxycycline is an antibiotic that is used in the treatment of a number of types of infections caused by bacteria and protozoa. It is useful for bacterial pneumonia, acne, chlamydia infections, early Lyme disease, cholera and syphilis. It is also useful for the treatment of malaria when used with quinine and for the prevention of malaria.

(2) Carprofen, marketed under many brand names worldwide,[1] is a non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drug (NSAID) that veterinarians prescribe as a supportive treatment for various conditions in animals.[2] It provides day-to-day treatment for pain and inflammation from various kinds of joint pain as well as post-operative pain.[2]

(3) In homeopathic case workups we include possible emotional factors as in homeopathy the whole patient is looked at, not just the physical part. Dr. Matthews is including this as a possible factor, not necessarily the complete cause of the problem, but possibly the emotional stress (which we are translating to jealousy for sake of a better word) might have made Kodiak not as strong and more susceptible to whatever brought this on.

(4) Lachesis is a homeopathic remedy made from the venom of a South America snake. It is used because the symptoms of poisoning are similar to what this dog is manifesting, thus a similar medicine in homeopathic terms. So to assure you, the venom is prepared in a homeopathic pharmacy by sterilizing, and diluting it, so that there is no actual venom in the remedy given. The process releases the energetic aspect of the substance and this is what affects the patient (I know, already critiques of this statement are forming).

The thing to note in this case is that the paralysis had persisted, unchanged, for five days even though conventional use of antibiotics and anti-inflammatories had been used. In contrast as soon as homeopathic treatment was started the dog began to respond.

Referring back to the last post about the letter from the professor criticizing homeopathy  a case like this would be attributed to imagination. The clients, presumably having such faith in homeopathy (actually I think they were completely new to it)  imagined that their dog got up and started walking. To make the case of homeopathy to be ineffective, we have to instead bring to our minds the scenario of this poor dog remaining paralyzed with full bladder and rectum while the clients imagined their dog was better, that while doing this imagining they were out walking with an empty leash thinking the dog was with them. Amazing, isn’t it?

The video of this case, from 2014, has been on Youtube and there are a couple of critical comments to the video there that might be interesting to look at.

Comment 1: “Recovery was either due to antibiotics prescribed a few days earlier or natural clearance of infection. But very concerning that the owners failed to take medical advice and visited a homeopath rather than a neurologist. They got lucky it wasn’t more serious.”

Do you see how the prejudice is leaking out in this criticism? The dog had been on antibiotics and anti-inflammatories  for five days with no response. The drugs were stopped and instead a  homeopathic remedy used. Nonetheless, the improvement on day 6 was still due to the stopped antibiotics. Only the prejudiced mind can make such a stretch. How many cases of infection do we think get better after we stop giving the antibiotics?
Then even more odd is the statement that it was “very concerning” that the people turned to homeopathic treatment, that it wasn’t “more serious.” Are you kidding. Imagine it was you, you can’t use your arms or legs, can’t pee or poo, and you say it is “not serious”? Whew!

Comment 2: “Classic “post hoc ergo propter hoc” fallacy.”

The latin phrase here translates to that it is not logical to think that what was done before, is responsible for what happened after. In other words, it is not logical to assume that the homeopathic remedy given was related to the effect of the dog improving.
Again we see the prejudice looking at us over the hedge (though pretending to look wise). Is it a reasonable question for me to ask to consider that if this case and video were about a paralyzed dog that was treated with antibiotics there would not be such a comment? But why can’t it swing both ways? If one can question cause (which can be a smart thing to do) why would we not also question cause if a drug was being  used?

Do you see in these comments how obvious it is that people that respond like this are coming from preformed judgments? The unexpressed assumption is that homeopathy cannot work. That assumed, all else follows. But should we not look at how such an assumption was acquired in the first place?
(to be continued)


8 thoughts on “A Homeopathic Case

  1. Let the critics of the Homeopathy bark, they are suffering with the prejudism. They even can’t imagine the satisfaction we feel after the cured case.

  2. I hope I am not triple posting but a bit confused because my post isn’t showing up… so I am trying one last time. I have been learning and using homeopathy on myself, for lyme and long term chronic illness with huge success, with the help of a homeopath. I saw Kodiak’s video about 3 months ago and was very impressed… Then a friend told me about their 10 year old Rhodesian Ridgeback who started to develop paralysis 6 months ago but they only told me today. He sent me a video and after watching it I immediately remembered Kodiak’s video.

    However, Kodiak was given the Lachesis increasing remedy potencies within 5 or so days of paralysis starting. Since we will be using remedies on Zuma 6 months after the initial onset… is this still a good one or should I search for another type of remedy since it has been ongoing for 6 months? The paralysis Zuma has is similar to Kodiak’s except Zuma’s is only the hind legs and thank God not all 4. The labs all come up clear and she shows no signs of feeling pain. Here is a video I put on my youtube channel showing her paralysis. Her Dad says she has been bitten by many ticks…

    Alternatively, I have this lyme protocol… but it isn’t specifically for paralysis but lyme is know to cause paralysis…. Any thoughts?

    1. Ledum palustre 200c: taken every 3 hours on day the first day. Then twice daily for a week. Then twice weekly for a month. Then once per week for another month.

    2. Aurum arsenicum 200c. Taken twice daily for a week. Then twice weekly for a month Then once per week for another month.

    3. For older cases, in which it is critical to take all precautions because illness has set in, the remedy made from the Lyme tick is called either Borrellia 30 or simply Lyme Nosode 30. It is used right along with the previous remedies. The protocol is to take Borellia once per day for three days and then stop, for a total of three doses. This nosode may need to be repeated every few months if the symptoms remain.

  3. Betsy, posts have to be approved before they show up and I am not always fast about it 🙂
    The dog you describe with weak hind legs would certainly respond to the correct homeopathic remedy. It might take one dose, perhaps 2-3 but not more than that. It doesn’t matter how long ago it started as to what remedy is indicated. In homeopathy the remedy is chosen based on the details of the patient’s condition, so it is an individual prescription.
    The Lyme protocol you describe is not really homeopathic treatment, it is someone’s formula that is meant to apply to persons with that presumed diagnosis. This is allopathic thinking, the way conventional medicine is done. Ledum is often used because it is thought that the Lyme disease is introduced by a tick bite and Ledum is used for insect bites and stings. This is not homeopathy. The presumed cause is not relevant here. If there are symptoms (and doesn’t matter is you call it Lyme or what) then the remedy chosen is based on those symptoms, NOT the tick bite. As well, one would not use a “Lyme nosode” first because it may not match the symptoms but even more importantly it is not a proven remedy and no one can say what the effect will be. In homeopathy it is considered unethical to give a medicine that has not had a formal testing (what is called a proving). I will add to this that if any one of these remedies in the protocol were sufficient, one or two doses would be enough. You would never repeat the remedies like you describe.
    So I am saying that you’re experience so far is NOT of homeopathy but some other method.
    In regard to the dog that may have been diagnosed as having Lyme Disease, it is also helpful to know that dogs do not get Lyme disease. Read about that in my book.
    With best wishes,
    Dr. Pitcairn

  4. Thank you so much for your reply…. I am so grateful and really appreciate it. We will try the Lachesis 30 alone one dose and I will only titrate up if improvement stops then give Lachesis 200 1 dose and then only titrate up Lachesis 1M 1 dose then leave it at that. We plan to use pellets? is it ok if we put this in food? I am not familiar with how to give pellets to animals.

    I am interested in other remedies specific for paralysis in dogs legs… Does your book cover this kind of info? Or if it isn’t covered in your book are there other remedies you’d be willing to point us to, to read up on, in the event that Lachesis isn’t the right remedy?

  5. As I indicated in the recent reply, the remedy needed is to be the one that matches the details of the symptom. Lachesis may or may not fit, one can’t say from just this. There are about 80 remedies that have paralysis of the rear legs and which is best has to be worked out. You will have best results to work with a vet that knows homeopathy. There is list of such on my website, http://www.drpitcairn.com/referrals.
    Good luck.

  6. Dear sir,
    Thanks for your valuable information……… At Parijatak, we offer authentic Panchakarma therapies and administer oral medications for treating paralysis. We follow the tradionalayurvedic procedures which is equally beneficial as the Ayurvedic treatment for paralysis in Kerala.
    Some of the popular Ayurvedic remedies for paralysis used at Parijatak’s treatment centre are medicated castor oil, rasnadiquath, pippalimula, vatavidhwamsana rasa, chopcheenichurna, ashwagandha, brihatvatachintamani rasa, and rasaraja. While some of these medicines are to be taken orally, others may need to be administered through the nostrils as part of nasyamAyurvedic treatments and others via an enema as part of snehavasti.

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