Todd Cooney: Epidemics, Hahnemann & WHO
A review of homeopathy and some of the major epidemics treated successfully, with emphasis on Yellow Fever of late 1700s, Influenza Pandemic of 1918, and Cholera in Europe in the 1800s. The early success of homeopathy in treating epidemics put this type of medicine in the front of public consciousness, and convinced many practitioners to try homeopathy. Comparison of those times with present day epidemics, focusing on the recent outbreak of Ebola in Africa, and the efforts of homeopaths to treat patients during this epidemic, along with public reaction to these efforts. Conclusion with the official response of the American Institute of Homeopathy to the World Health Organization regarding the situation in Liberia with the Ebola epidemic.
Wendy Jensen: The Seizing Patient
The seizing patient presents a wonderful opportunity for homeopathic practitioners. By matching each patient to their best homeopathic remedy, the veterinarian vastly improves the lives of these dogs. Otherwise, they face a lifelong dependence upon a medicine or a series of medicines that depress their neurological systems enough to prevent seizures. This illness is unique in that it presents dramatic, usually non-fatal symptoms that clearly indicate the success or failure of the chosen treatment. The difficulty lies with unearthing the parts of the case that point to the proper remedy, since our clients are often naturally over-focused on the seizure activity itself. Characteristic symptoms may often be found back in puppyhood, before the vital force's defenses were weakened to the point of allowing disease access to the neurological system. This lecture will explore the techniques for unearthing these historical symptoms and evaluating their usefulness. Successful canine seizure cases will be presented as illustrations of the concepts discussed in the lecture.
The principles of homeopathy developed on strict empirical observation and can now be understood according to accepted scientific principles. This two-part lecture will focus on two of the core principles of homeopathy and show how an understanding of key fields of science- embryology, physiology, genetics, and immunology- support and enhance our understanding and application of these core principles. The discussion will focus first on the principle of “Direction of Cure,” commonly called “Hering’s Law of Cure,” and utilize these fields of science to not only support this important principle, but to also refine and standardize its usage. Hahnemann’s three “chronic miasms” will then be discussed in light of modern science, demonstrating how our contemporary understanding of the body’s physiologic processes aligns perfectly with the three chronic miasms. Using this information, the utility of the chronic miasms in prescribing and interpreting responses will be emphasized.
Lisa Melling: Homeopathic Treatment of Pemphigus Type Symptoms in a Dog,
Pemphigus complex refers to a group of autoimmune diseases that occur when a specific autoantibody is produced against antigens in or near epidermal cell membranes, disrupting the tight bond between the cells and causing acantholysis. Pemphigus foliaceus is considered to be the most common autoimmune skin disease in dogs and cats, but pemphigus erythematosus and vulgaris may occur as well, and as a group are referred to as pemphigus complex. Clinically, pemphigus complex presents as pustules, erosions, ulcers, crusts and alopecia that appear primarily on the face but may also affect the mucocutaneous junctions, nail beds, and foot pads. Allopathic treatment of this condition calls for suppression of the immune system through the prolonged use of steroids at high doses, and may require the addition of non-steroidal chemotherapeutic drugs such as azathioprine, chlorambucil or cyclophosphamide.
In contrast, homeopathic treatment is an effective alternative that addresses the disease at the level of the immune system rather than trying to suppress the body’s reaction to the disorder. The goal of this presentation is to provide a review of pemphigus complex, and demonstrate the use of homeopathy to effect a long-term cure in a patient with this condition. The case presentation will also demonstrate the use of new or changing symptoms following an imperfect prescription to identify the curative homeopathic remedy needed to restore health.
Richard Pitcairn: Food Poisoning
- Part I - integrative perspective:. This session will cover the most recent understanding of gastrointestinal physiology and pathology, the 'gut brain', and contrasts the allopathic and homeopathic perspectives of clinicians facing common problems in small animal practice
- Part II - diets and disease: This session reviews basic nutrition concepts, how diet can contribute to disease, and how it is an essential part of recovering health.
- Part III - cases, discussion: We will discuss several cases of common GI diseases of dogs and cats and their approach using homeopathic medicines and supportive supplements
Jacqueline Sehn: Feline Asthma - using homeopathy to manage and cure:
We'll discuss etiology, diagnosis, common conventional treatments; then examine several cases and the most frequent homeopathic prescriptions employed to manage symptoms and/or to cure this condition.