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The medical profession says there is no known cure for muscular dystrophy, so what is the explanation for the recovery of Rex, a little six-month-old Cavalier King Charles Spaniel diagnosed with the disease?
What medical doctors really mean is that they know of no cure with allopathy, the conventional system of medicine they practice.
Rex, however, was cured by homeopathy, a system not recognized by most MDs. Rex’s distraught owners happened to bring their toy dog to the clinic of Linda Warkentin, R.S. Hom, a Marin, California homeopathic veterinarian specializing in working with small animals and horses. Their distress arose after their regular vet as well as a specialist had but one thing to say: put Rex to sleep. No hope there. That is when the dog’s owners came to homeopathy – as a last resort.
How had Rex been stricken by a disease that is so rare among dogs? Could it have arisen as a result of Rex’s vaccination at a healthy three months to protect against getting Parvo, a highly contagious virus especially severe in puppies?
Rex’s owners provided Dr. Warkinton the chief clue for to how to proceed with homeopathic treatment. The puppy had let out a “terrifying shriek” as soon as the vaccination needle entered its skin. It continued disturbingly loud and high-pitched for several hours before much cuddling finally settled the pup down. But next day he woke screaming again and chewing a lot during the day—a sign of puppy distress. This pattern continued over the next few days, constant “screaming” as if in great pain along with these strange symptoms: often trying to hide in a corner and “scooting” his back legs (even when indoors) as if he was burying something or running.
On examination, muscle wasting of the dog’s hind legs was found and an open fontanelle (a space at the top of the skull that should have been closed in early puppyhood). On the basis of these and a number of other symptoms from before the vaccination relating to a poor nutritional state, Dr. Warkentin did a homeopathic repertorization that seemed to point to four possible remedies, finally narrowing down to one: Apis Mellifica, a remedy derived from a honey bee. To get an idea of why this choice was made, see <<a href=”http://abchomeopathy.com/r.php/Apis” target=”_blank”>http://abchomeopathy.com/r.<wbr>php/Apis</wbr></a>>
Rex was a given Apis twice daily in an LM1 potency* and within a couple of days showed a rapid improvement. The screaming stopped completely and the scooting and hiding behavior lessened. Improvement continued with the case being monitored by a group researching muscular dystrophy in dogs. Seven months after treatment, Rex’s muscles had strengthened to normal and he was sleeping well and playing heartily.
Rex’s case, reported in Homeopathy Today (May 2003) included this comment from Dr. Warkentin: “This was a gratifying result for us, as nothing is more heart-wrenching than having to euthanize a puppy! Cases like this reinforce my love for homeopathy and make all the hard work worthwhile.”
*Homeopathic dosing is completely different from conventional medical methods, see <a href=”http://www.hanp.net/general/article2″ target=”_blank”>http://www.hanp.net/general/<wbr>article2</wbr></a>
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