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A-Allergies

1.       Address Gut Health: Dynamite DynaPro

The gut is being increasingly hailed as the seat of immunity.  San Diego veterinarian Stephen R. Blake says the gastro intestinal system is the most important defense against any fungal, viral or bacterial infection.  "Since 70% of antibody-producing gamma globulin comes from Pyes patches in the intestinal tract and 90% of all toxins, bacteria, viruses and fungi enter the body thru the gut, it only makes sense the we should concentrate our effort on this organ system - supplements that support the gastrointestinal tract include probiotics, such as Lactobacillus acidophilus and other 'friendly' or 'beneficial' bacteria, which make up the body's first line of defense against viruses and other pathogens.  Our efforts should be on supporting the immune system through a healthy GI tract".  (source: Whole Dog Journal, "Fending Off the Flu by C.J. Puotinen, Dec 2005)

We know from Dr. Regan Golob's article on Leaky Gut Syndrome that grains and especially wheat are one of the first foods that should go, for most of us who are aspiring to optimum health. Allergies, fibromyalgia, even emotional problems and depression can be other side effects of gut irritation and malabsorption.

Leaky gut syndrome is always associated with autoimmune diseases, conditions where one system makes antibodies against the body's own tissue. Diseases in this category include Lupus, Alopecia Areata, Rheumatoid Arthritis, Multiple Sclerosis, Fibromyalgia, Chronic Fatigue Syndrome, Vitiligo, Thyroiditis, Vasculitis, Crohn's Disease, Ulcerative Colitis, Hives, and Raynaud's Disease. Allopaths are starting to recognize the importance of the G. I. tract in the development of allergies or autoimmune disease. Herbologists and colon hygienists have recognized this connection for centuries, using colonics, cleaning up the diet and increasing vegetable juices and chlorophyll.

"Do you have the guts to resist allergies and asthma? A University of Michigan study says changes in the bacteria and fungi (microflora) in the gastrointestinal tract may intensify immune system response to common allergens inhaled into the lungs. This can result in an increased risk of developing chronic asthma or allergies.

"Our research indicates that microflora lining the walls of the gastrointestinal tract are a major underlying factor responsible for the immune system's ability to ignore inhaled allergens. Change the microflora in the gut and you upset the immune system's balance between tolerance and sensitization," study author Gary Huffnagle, an associate professor of internal medicine and of microbiology and immunology, said in a prepared statement.

He and a colleague tested this theory in a mouse they developed that mimics how some humans develop allergies after taking antibiotics, which can upset the balance of gut microflora.

The study appears in the January issue of Infection and Immunity.

"If lungs are repeatedly exposed to an allergen, regulatory T-cells (immune cells that can moderate immune system response) learn to recognize the allergen as not dangerous and something that can be safely ignored," Huffnagle said.

"Most researchers think that tolerance develops in the lungs, but we believe it actually occurs in the gut. When immune cells in the GI tract come in contact with swallowed allergens, that interaction triggers the development of regulatory T-cells, which then migrate to the lungs," he said.

(Source: University of Michigan Health System, news release, Dec. 23, 2004)

Many (most) dogs and even horses can have gluten allergies, and most people have gluten allergies to some degree as well.  Gluten is a protein that occurs in grains, especially wheat, rye, barley and oats and spelt.  We are seeing more and more horses who simply cannot tolerate grains in any form, and we are having great success using our HES Pellets along with grass pellets or grass/alfalfa pellets as a grain substitute.  TNT also is a wonderful supplement for these horses, as it contains the HES along with 5 other of our most popular horse products.  If you see hyper or whacky behavior in your horse, try going grain free and see if that makes a difference.  Likewise, don't share your morning toast with the dog, or feed treats made with wheat flour.

What a great support and validation for DynaPro for our animals both large and small. Skin problems in dogs, hives and heaves in horses, are allergic responses. To me, our first issue to address is pH of the gut and the health of the intestinal microflora with DynaPro. If you are not comfortable taking some occasional DynaPro yourself (note that we do not label or promote it for human use, tho some of us do imbibe a few drops...) you can find a good probiotic supplement on the market. The gut is one of the first lines of defense in a healthy immune system

 

2.   Supplement Wisely:  Vitamin C and Dynamite SOD, MSM and even NTM Salt

Dr. Null says, "The chief nutrient for fighting allergies is vitamin C, and using divided doses throughout the day is the most effective way of benefitting from this nutrient.  Vitamin C reduces histamine levels in the blood and helps strengthen the immune system. With allergies, I suggest that people start at 1,000 mg (1 gram) and go up to 5,000 mg (5 grams).  Mast cells, which are part of your connective tissue, contain histamine, the trigger of allergic reaction.  If you take the bioflavonoid quercitin you will be strengthening the membranes of these cells, thus preventing their bursting and hence avoiding the release of histamine."

Each capsule of our human Hiscorbadyne contains 540 mg of Ester C® and a mixture of 220 mg of broad spectrum bioflavonoids and OPC- containing ingredients.   The powerhouse ingredients are: Lemon Bioflavonoids, Hesperidin Complex, Pycnogenol (Maritime Pine Bark), Rutin, Grape Seed Extract, Green Tea Extract, Cortex Larix and Grape Skin Extract.   We also have Ester C in capsule form, as well as a loose powder form that can easily be added to juice or to animal food. 

For dogs and horses, we have Hiscorbadyne, and Hiscorbadyne / Super Stress Formula, both containing Ester C and bioflavonoids as well as hesperidin complex.

 In Horse Journal, March 2004, a sidebar is titled "Confirmed: Vitamin C Can Help Horses Battling Heaves.   Vitamin C and its cofactors - the bioflavonoids like hesperidin, rutin and quercetin - are ingredients you definitely want to look for in supplements for horses with COPD. A study in the January 2004 American Journal of Veterinary Research looked at the vitamin C levels in fluid from the lungs of horses with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) and compared it to normal horses. Significantly lower levels of active vitamin C were found in the airway fluids from horses with COPD, commonly called Heaves. The lowest levels were in horses that also had active inflammation, but even currently asymptomatic horses had levels lower than in normal controls. A previous study by the same authors had documented lower levels of inflammatory markers in horses given an antioxidant supplement. Vitamin C is an antioxidant, important in controlling tissue damage during inflammatory states. Other studies also clearly demonstrated oxidative stress in the lungs of horses with COPD/heaves, though, so these latest findings aren't a total surprise. What they do, however, is document for the first time that vitamin C is specifically in short supply."

Excerpts from an article by Dr. Milton Fried, The Journal of Longevity Research June 1992:

"As a physician who specializes in nutritional medicine, I have been involved in the study of S.O.D. (Super Oxide Dismutase) for the past several years. The therapeutic possibilities of S.O.D. are mind boggling, for we may have in our grasp a system of enzymes which may allow us to slow down (and possibly reverse) aging, and to prevent and reverse a large list of degenerative diseases. . . if we can increase S.O.D. in the cells, we may have the fountain of youth and health for which man has searched for generations. . . Super Oxide Dismutase (S.O.D.) opens a vista of research in the treatment of shock, allergies and inflammatory diseases, and the auto immune diseases like rheumatoid arthritis. According to R. B. Johnson, Jr. and J.E. Lehmeyer of the Department of Pediatrics and Microbiology and the Comprehensive Cancer Center of the University of Alabama Medical Center '...these same mechanisms might contribute to the capacity of phagocytes to participate in the rejection of cancer'. . . Research for over a decade by W. Huber and M.G.P.Saifer on a preparation of S.O.D. has established the safety of the S.O.D. and its anti-inflammatory action ' without the anti-pyretic, analgesic or immunosuppressive action of other drugs used in inflammatory disease.' Saifer has researched S. O. D. on humans, horses and dogs in diseases such as rheumatoid arthritis, chronic post operative cystitis, Peyronies Disease, Herpes Simplex, Multiple Sclerosis, Uveitis."

Dynamite's S.O.D. -enhancing supplement contains chelated copper, zinc and manganese, the minerals as found in the S.O.D.in human blood. It also contains selenium, important for immune support.

For humans and dogs/cats, the Human S.O.D. formula works great, 1 a day for people and average sized dogs, just a mere pinch of a capsule for cats.  We have S.O.D. Powder for horses that is used at a high dose for 10 days periodically, and sometimes at a low dose in an ongoing immune challenge situation.

MSM is an abbreviation of methylsulfonylmethane, an organic form of sulfur. The chemical formula of MSM® is CH3SO2CH3. It is the form in which sulfur appears in nature in all living organisms, and in which it is biologically active. MSM is an odorless, white, crystalline powder that is highly soluble in hot water and in a wide range of organic solvents. Biologically active sulfur has unbelievable preventive and therapeutic properties. The medicinal activities of biological sulfur are so all-encompassing, and are based on such obvious principles, that its discovery is generally considered one of the biggest advances in orthomolecular medicine in the second half of this century.

(Herschler, R.J.: Methylsulfonylmethane and Methods of Use. United States Patent 4,296,130: 1981.)

MSM alleviates the symptoms of a large number of allergies including food allergies, contact allergies, inhalation allergies, etc. The major anti-allergic property of MSM is probably caused by its ability to bind to the mucosa and present a natural blocking interface between hosts and allergens. Besides, MSM alleviates allergies through detoxification and elimination of free radicals, and improvement of cell permeability. A direct correlation between concentration of MSM used and resistance to allergens has been established. Several authors have noted that MSM works as a histamine inhibitor at least as well as the traditional antihistamines, without the negative side effects .

(Mindell, E.L.: The MSM Miracle. Enhance Your Health with Organic Sulfur. Good Health Guides, Keats Publishing, Inc, Connecticut, USA: 1997.)

Natural salt is the most basic condiment as well as a staple food; it possesses the power to rejuvenate the body's bio-systems, therefore is a powerful remedy for countless health problems. Clean, unrefined natural salt, used in the proper manner, has reversed many a "chronic illness" and restored wholeness in just a few days. Because of its complex beneficial minerals and bio-electronic power, it offers countless health benefits: it balances alkalinity/acidity levels, restores good digestion, and relieves allergies and skin diseases. Natural salt provides renewed energy, and at the same time gives higher resistance to infections and bacterial diseases.  Natural salt is the greatest alkaline-forming substance known; therefore, if a natural and better diet is undertaken in order to heal, it must include natural salt. The absence of salt in the daily diet greatly hampers absorption of the nutrition contained in grains and vegetables as it renders them unable to function as natural healing agents. Natural salt is a living food, with its ionic and electrolytic properties profoundly anchored in its grounding crystals.

(The Value of Real Salt by The Grain and Salt Society)

 

3.   Detox:   Miracle Clay, Herbal Tonic, Excel, Carrot Salad

Detoxing the gut and liver through the judicious use of  Miracle Clay, Herbal Tonic, and/or Excel as appropriate can pay huge dividends too.

Dr. Null says, "Adding Bentonite clay to your cleansing drink at night can help because it has a negative charge, and therefore attracts positively charged particles.  The amount used is about 1 teaspoon in 10 to 12 ounces of water".  Horses can benefit from the Miracle Clay that is in the 1 to 1 and 2 to 1 Free Choices, and if desired you can add a few teaspoons to the daily feed as well.  Donna Starita, DVM, recommends a quarterly detox for horses with Dynamite Herbal Tonic, with each change of seasons.  Excel has long been a favorite gut balancer and detox product for dogs and horses.  We will often recommend 30 days of 1 tsp daily of Excel, before starting on our regular supplement program for horses who have been on commercial feeds, dewormed frequently, etc.  Excel is great to feed for 7 days after any chemical deworming, too, starting the day after the worming.

I have actually been doing a gut detox/parasite cleanse monthly on my horses, starting 3 days before each full moon and continuing for a total of  7 days:

*1 oz dry Miracle Clay

*2 oz Herbal Tonic

*1 tsp Excel

Add the above to 3 cups of grass hay pellets, add water to soak well to a "jello" consistency, and serve. 

Dogs and people love Regan's Carrot Salad. a great liver flush:

1 Cup finely shredded carrots

1 Tablespoon Extra Virgin Olive Oil (cold pressed)

1 Tablespoon fresh Lemon Juice (leave out the lemon juice for dogs)

Mix together and serve 7-day Carrot Salad with your evening meal.

I suggest you mix 3 or 4 servings at one time. Then, you may add your favorite salad dressing, lettuce, rice or raisins (no raisins for dogs!). It is very important to eat this 7 days in a row to get the full benefit of flushing the liver and gall bladder. This will create more peristalsis of the intestines, so you may experience a looser bowel (hopefully).

On the 3rd and 7th days, drink a glass of Miracle Clay water to help in detoxifying the body. The above recipe is great for anyone with liver problems or allergies, also. And, the recommendation is for every year one has had the problem, do the Carrot Salad 7 days, once-a-month. In other words, 20 years of allergies, do the salad and clay water for 20 months.

 

4.   Support Adrenal Function: Herbal Green, Dynamite Adrenal Formula

I love it when I "stumble" across an answer to a perplexing problem. Have you noticed there are some dogs out there, many of them GSD's, who just seem to have chronic icky ears, scratch themselves raw, and just don't respond to anything we usually have so much success with?

Alfred E. Plechner, DVM, has an article in Townsend Letter for Doctors and Patients, November 2003, titled "Unsuspected Adrenal-Immune Disturbances in Pets May Explain Vaccination Failures and Adverse Reactions in Humans". Multiple problems from allergies to cancer, to failure to develop antibodies to vaccines may result from defective or deficient cortisol, as produced by the adrenal glands. Genetic or acquired imbalance of the adrenal cortex as well as thyroid deficiencies seem to be the underlying cause of these problems. Genetic problems can come from inbreeding or breeding for fashionable conformation rather than robust individuals. Acquired imbalance can be due to toxins and stress. He feels the adrenal cortex is especially prone to damage from toxins and storage of toxins. Elevated cortisol can be damaging to humans and animals, and is often the result of prolonged stress. But naturally-occuring cortisol normally activates or deactivates immunity and inflammation, so being deficient in cortisol predisposes these animals to problems; in effect, they have an unresponsive immune system. In deficient animals, more ACTH is secreted, which ends up increasing serum estrogen. He finds this elevated estrogen in all animals with endocrine-immune disturbance - males, females, neutered or not. This combination of elevated estrogen and impaired cortisol production in turn affects the thyroid, slowing down metabolic processes including the ability to detoxify. He recommends blood testing for total estrogen, t3 and t4 thyroid hormones, IgG, IgA, and IgM (immunoglobulins). If he finds excess estrogen, low or excessively bound thyroid hormones, and low cortisol, he puts the animal on a very low dose (called a physiologic dose) of a natural, bioidentical hydrocortisone made from soy. This also brings down the estrogen levels. Many dogs require also some t4 thyroid hormone. He finds that these dogs are then often able to be safely vaccinated without vaccine reactions, and to mount a normal immune response. He is publishing a book called Timebomb Pets, if you are interested in pursuing more on this info.

My feeling is, why not try some Herbal Green or our new Adrenal Support Formula, to support the adrenals, and some DynaLite to support the thyroid, when you run into a dog that has seemingly intractable allergies that don't respond to our usual arsenal? One rep has a relative with a dog that was driving everyone  nuts with scratching and skin and ear problems. After we had tried Excel and all the usual stuff, I came across this article and shared the info with her, and after just a few days on Herbal Green, the dog was vastly improved. Worth a try...and now at least you know what blood test work you might want to suggest in cases of vaccinosis, allergies and other immune system problems.

As a little aside, allergic rhinitis can be a sign of hormone imbalance in people as well, if there is estrogen dominance, and I am sure it could affect mares as well at certain times in the cycle.  Natural hormone balancing with Dynamite products such as PMS for humans, Easy Boy and Breeder Pac for Mares, even Manganese Plus for people and dogs, in addition to the basic program, might be helpful. 

 

5.     Don't overdo the steroids!

Steroid use is the most common veterinary response to chronic allergies, especially to skin problems and ear infections in dogs, and to hives in horses.  An article by Royal Lee, president of the Lee Foundation for Nutritional Research, quotes Prof. Ray Slocum of Dodge Chemical Company, who has some interesting comments about common drugs and their side effects on the body.  According to Prof. Slocum, the steroid drugs like cortisone used for arthritis, skin conditions, asthma and allergies may produce ulcers of the digestive tract, resulting in bleeding and ulcerative colitis. They can also make the cells more resistant to the passage of fluids into the tissues.

Here are some great comments on The Pro's and Con's of Steroids by Shawn Messonnier; DVM, inAnimal Wellness Newsletter:

"Recently, a young cat almost crippled by immune-mediated polyarthritis was brought to me by her guardian. She had been given steroids to treat her condition, but they made her develop diabetes, while stronger chemotherapy almost killed her. The specialist treating her was out of options and told her guardian to prepare for her death. After several months of intensive natural therapies, including herbs and homeopathics, she is not only doing better but is running and jumping! Her diabetes also reversed when we lowered her medication. She still requires a tiny dose of steroids or she goes into a relapse, but I expect her to live a happy, normal life, a much better prognosis than she was originally given.

Corticosteroids ("steroids") are often used to help relieve pain, inflammation and itching in animals with arthritis or allergies. In fact, corticosteroids such as prednisone and prednisolone are among the most frequently used and abused drugs in veterinary medicine. It's just too easy to reach for the "steroid shot" to treat symptoms without really treating the disease. As a result, animals are often incorrectly treated for months or years before someone finally says: "Enough. There must be a better way!"

The PROS and CONS of steroids.

While chronic steroid use has many potential side effects that can harm your animal, these medications can be used safely. For some animals, short-term use of steroids can be life-saving, particularly in patients with severe shock or certain immune diseases. In my own practice, I often use low doses of steroids for a very short period to help relieve itching, inflammation, swelling or pain while other natural therapies are beginning to work. However, please understand that while short term use of steroids might be needed for your animal, more natural therapies are preferred whenever possible for long term maintenance of animals with chronic problems.

SHORT-TERM SIDE EFFECTS of corticosteroids are the ones most commonly observed and that seem to cause the most concern. They include an increase in appetite, water intake and urine output. Even animals taking these medications for a short period and at a very low dose can show these effects. The higher the dose, the worse the problem. While these side effects are not harmful, they upset many people. I strive to use the lowest possible dose for the shortest length of time.

LONG-TERM SIDE EFFECTS are a totally different story.

They include:

Heart (cardiovascular system): hypertension, sodium/water retention

Skin: acne, infections, excessive bruising, atrophy (degeneration or thinning) of the skin, hair loss

Hormonal/reproductive: infertility, growth failure, hyperadrenocorticism, hypoadrenocorticism, birth defects, abortion

Gastrointestinal: ulcers, pancreatitis, perforation of the stomach or intestines

Immune system: suppression and decreased ability to resist infections

Metabolic: increased blood fat, fatty liver disease, obesity

Musculoskeletal: osteoporosis, muscle weakness

Nervous system: hyperactivity, lethargy

Eye: glaucoma, cataracts.

Respiratory: thromboembolism

Laboratory tests can also show artificial changes in liver enzymes, white blood cell values, and the thyroid. The longer the steroids are used, and the higher the dose prescribed, the greater the chance of developing any of these side effects."

The rest of this article appears on page 18 in Volume 7 Issue 5 of Animal Wellness Magazine.

This is a great and concise review of when to use steroids, and when not to use them, plus the short and long term side effects. A reminder is in order that it may take months to see a turn around in the skin, especially if the "yuck" has been shoved deep into the system by steroid use, which only suppresses the symptoms of itching and hives. Some animals benefit from Apis 30 c for a few doses to lessen a severe allergic reaction. Hering's Law says, paraphrased, "better outside on the skin, than inside the body!". Just because we don't see the garbage when it is suppressed by steroids, doesn't mean it is not doing it's silent damage. Stay the course, and realize that sometimes the condition will even get a little worse before it finally resolves….but it will resolve.

 

6.    Consider allergies might be vaccinosis - and vaccinate advisedly.

This is a topic unto itself, but suffice to say for now that even the AVMA has revised its recommendation of annual vaccines for all animals, to every 3 years.  Many vaccinologists and holistic veterinarians feel that 7 to 10 years of immunity is conferred in a properly vaccinated young animal, and perhaps even lifetime immunity.  Some animals are not healthy enough to be vaccinated at all, and even vaccine inserts state that vaccines are for use only on healthy animals.  Any chronic underlying problems (allergies, hives, heaves or asthma, laminitis, recurring colics, etc) are a red flag to NOT vaccinate an animal.  Building the immune system through supplements and herbs, and supporting with homeopathic nosodes in the face of a disease outbreak are options that you may want to discuss with your practitioner. 

Kat Berard says, "Horses, cats, any species that is vaccinated can suffer from vaccinosis and miasms. If your animal has been vaccinated (whether recently or in the distant past) and becomes unhealthy, especially with chronic problems like seizures, allergies or skin problems (among other things), consider having them evaluated by a veterinary homeopath for vaccinosis. You may be saving your pet from an early death because of their aggressive tendencies (biting is sometimes a "one strike and you're out" situation), and/or such damage to their immune system that they die from cancer, liver or kidney disease, etc. Not to say that vaccination is the only cause of such health problems: vaccines, genetics, environment, toxins, stress, chemicals in their food and treats, etc. all play a role. But vaccines can wreak havoc on immune systems (this goes for humans too!). Animals are dying at younger ages than in the past, and 50% of dogs are now dying of cancer, as a result of the various factors listed above.  To learn more about vaccination issues, vaccinosis and miasms, please see this page on my site: http://www.katberard.com/hol_vaccination.htm. I hope you will take the time to peruse this page because it's an eye-opener. To locate a homeopathic vet in your area, visit www.theavh.org. If you don't find one in your area, some will do phone consults. Homeopathy is the only thing that can resolve the deep damage done to the immune system by vaccines, although supportive care (herbs, raw diets, filtered water, etc.) can certainly be helpful."

"Itching and Wondering" by Nancy Kerns of Whole Dog Journal, is an editorial born of her conviction that a recurrence of her dog's allergies was precipitated by a rabies vaccine that she was forced to give when she was busted for walking him without a leash. She says he was always itchy in his youth, when he recieved regular vaccinations, but has stopped itching since she quit vaccinating. Even seven months of diet tweaking have not stopped his itching since the rabies shot. She promotes the use of titers in her magazine, titers being blood tests run to prove adequate antibodies against a certain disease which will, in many cases, excuse the animal from vaccination, and which she had unfortunately not yet done with her dog. She ends by saying, "Rupert is never going to receive another vaccination again".

Martin Goldstein, DVM, from New York, is the author of the phenomenal best-seller, The Nature of Animal Healing. A Cornell-trained veterinarian, he woke up to holistic, alternative healing methods soon after he went into practice. By his own admission, he nearly starved for 20 years, now he is suddenly the hottest vet in the country and cannot keep up with the demands for his teachings and services. An ad for his book ran in the American Veterinary Medical Assn. Journal, saying to the vets "You must read this book --- this is the way your clients will be going!"  His chapter "The Dubious Legacy of Vaccines" is worth the price of the book. He feels that vaccines given to young animals are good for the life of that animal, and that repeated vaccination is not only unnecessary but actually harmful, and is the cause of immune and auto immune diseases from allergies and skin problems to cancer.

Dr.Ronald Schultz, Professor and Chair of the Department of Pathobiological Sciences in the School of Veterinary Medicine at the University of  Wisconsin - Madison (and the top veterinary immunologist in the US) has added his voice to this chorus:  "My own pets are vaccinated once or twice as pups and kittens, then never again - except for rabies which is done every 3 years now that a three year product is available.  I have used this program since 1974 without incident of infectious disease in my pets or the pets of my children and grandchildren.  An important question to ask yourself is, 'what do we do to ensure that children who are vaccinated at an early age, usually less than 6 years of age, still have immunity at 20, 40, 60 or 90 years of age?'  Nothing! We don't measure titers in people and we don't  routinely vaccinate adults. We rely on the memory cells of the immune system."  ("Are we over vaccinating our pets?" by Loretta Baughan, Spaniel Journal, March-April 2007)

 

Alternatives to Vaccines?

Titer Testing

Test of the Titers by Virginia Parker Guide, Whole Dog Journal, September 2000 states, though vaccines can be miraculous, more and more vaccine-related problems both acute and chronic have become common as vaccine use has become more prevalent. The author points out that with any medical breakthrough, there is a long period of adjustment and modulation as treatments are refined and the practitioners learn how to use the new tools. As examples, the strength of radiation used in X-rays now is far less than originally used, birth control pills contain far lower levels of hormones than they did 10, 20 and 30 years ago, and antibiotic use is no longer so cavalier in the face of resistant bacteria strains. Similarly, vaccines do not appear to the panacea that many thought, and in fact may do a lot of harm. Dr. Jean Dodds suggested clear back in 1983 that vaccine over-use was contributing to auto immune diseases in pets. Many vet schools, including Colorado State, are now recommending that there is no basis for annual vaccinations. For dogs, their recommendation is the standard 3 rounds of puppy vaccines (parvo, adenovirus, parainfluenza and distemper) plus rabies given after 16 weeks. The biggest problems seem to be autoimmune hemolytic anemia in dogs, and sarcomas in cats, both precipitated by over-vaccination. Dogs with allergies, who are elderly, who have a fever, etc. should not be vaccinated at all. Akitas and Weimaraners are particularly susceptible to vaccine reactions. Antibody titer tests are available for $15 to $40 per test, one for each disease in question, and can verify the presence of adequate antibodies. The titers are expressed as a ratio, as in 1:2 or 1:200, etc. The higher the second number, the better the immunity factor. Interestingly, the higher titers are found in animals who have contracted the disease previously, than in vaccinated animals who have not had the disease. Mother Nature does the best job! Dogs with low titers but high T-cell counts will still be protected, so you need to consider other factors than just the titers, too. Researchers feel that any positive number in the titer, even a low ratio, means they have cellular memory for the antibodies. In one test, a dog expressed low titers, was vaccinated, and still expressed low titers, so there was virtually no immune response to the vaccine. So, here is a tool if you choose to use it, rather than just vaccinating mindlessly year after year, or even at all. Your vet can send the blood samples to Cornell Diagnostic Lab, and you can make an informed choice.

Homeopathic Nosodes

Nosodes are homoepathic "vaccines" that instill in the body the energetic pattern of the particular disease, thus enabling the body to recognize the pattern and mount an immune response.  Nosodes are not necessarily proven to prevent disease per se, though many people do use them as a precaution and don't have sick animals. Nosodes  are quite effective in the case of an acute outbreak of a disease.   Consult a veterinary homeopath for information on obtaining and using nosodes. 

 

If You Decide to Vaccinate

Do the basics Dynamite supplement program  plus extra Hiscorbadyne™ orEster C® for at least 30 days before and after vaccinating.  Vaccines are proven to cause histiminemia, or a rapid decline in vitamin C levels, immediately.

Give SOD™ for the 10 days prior to the vaccine, for optimum immune response.

Do not vaccinate if there are any underlying health problems, such as laminitis, allergies, etc. or the horse, dog or child is debilitated in any way.

Many experts recommend not giving vaccines until age 6 months for a foal, 12 to 16 weeks for puppies and kittens, and a year for children.  Maternal antibodies will prevent an immune response to the vaccine from taking place before this time. 

Give single vaccines alone, not in combination with any other vaccines or medical procedures such as worming, teeth floating, spaying or neutering, or any other stress.  Use single dose vials and make sure there is no Thimerosal (mercury preservative) in the vaccines.

Take the temperature before vaccinating, to make sure it is normal

Use DynaPro™ daily for the animals and a good people probiotic for children, and give extra for a few days after the vaccine.

Spray Release™ on the injection site, followed by a poultice of Miracle Clay™.

Give Thuja 30 c homeopathic  following the vaccine. (The vaccinosis homeopathic).

Do not force exercise or stress the animal or child for at least 10 days, allow free choice exercise.

Remember that immunity will be at an all time low for 30 days after any vaccine, and the being vaccinated may also be shedding live viruses for a couple of weeks. Avoid group settings where the disease may be communicated to others, or where there will be exposure, for 30 days. 

 

7.   In an allergy emergency

There may be times, of course, when intervention is needed. In the case of a sudden allergic response,  the homeopathic Apis 30 c may be given, along with some Ester C or Hiscorbadyne as a natural antihistamine if the subject is able to be safely dosed orally.

Histaminium is another homeopathic that may give quick relief.   I keep the Animal Rescue Kit from Washington Homeopathics on hand (www.homeopathyworks.com). It has a great "cheat sheet"  guiding you toward appropriate uses, and the Apis has been a quick fix many times if  I find a horse in distress with sudden hives from a spider bite or something weird in the hay.

On people, an effective technique is massaging the adrenal reflex points that are on the sartorius muscle a few inches  above each knee, on the inside of the legs. You know, the place where you learned in grade school that if you grabbed there and squeezed, you could make your classmates jump and shriek.  Regan once got me through a scary episode after I accidentally took a tiny taste of a cookie that had been in contact with a peanut butter cookie.  I was instantly itching and barfing, my pupils were dilating too.  He kept working those adrenal points hard, and even slapping and tickling me, anything to get me mad and get an adrenal "rev".  It worked and things calmed down, in just a few hours I was pretty much back to normal.  Of course anyone with a severe allergy should carry an EpiPen from their doctor.

 

8.  Above all, strive for optimum health rather than just symptomatic allergy relief

Michael Fox, DVM, has a syndicated feature, Animal Doctor, in many newspapers and since he is holistically inclined, his focus is a little different than what you might expect to read in such publications....yay. He had a reader comment that tho she was allergic to her boyfriend's former cat, who died a natural death at 19, his new cat does not elicit any allergic response in the reader, and she was asking why. Dr. Fox's answer was that evidently this cat was producing a different type of protein in her dander. I remember Regan commenting once that the health of the animal has a lot to do with the dander they produce, big DUH. As I mentioned earlier, when I was a kid, I was violently allergic to cats and they had to be banned to the outdoors, even tho I took allergy desensitization shots and antihistamines, etc. Once I got healthy on Dynamite in my mid-30's the allergies pretty much went away. Now, my Dynamite cat even sleeps with me........no sniffles or sneezing. She is healthy, I am healthy, thus no allergies.

I also have been re-readingThe Non Toxic Farming Handbook (ever notice how new pages/chapters get added with each reading, stuff that you were just not ready to see the first time??) by Wheeler and Ward, available from Acres USA 800-355-5313. It is a must-read if you are interested in HumiZyme and sustainable ag. Anyway, here is one of the greatest quotes I have ever seen:

"Truth in the scientific world is a fleeting thing as each new discovery either validates or invalidates that which was previously thought to be true. Therefore, one has to discern truths about individual concepts and see if those individual concepts add up to an observable, acceptable whole."

Physical, emotional and spiritual health all play a big part in the overall picture, not just for allergies. 

Here is to Perfect Wholistic Health, the Dynamite way!

©Judy Sinner 2007

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