2017 Conference Topics

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.

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:  The New Food Poisoning: Environmental Toxins

When we hear this term we usually think in terms of bacterial spoilage of food and its effects on health. This presentation is updating the expression to refer to the common and significant of chemical contamination of almost all foods available to in these times. As a culture we embraced the foolish practice of making a large number of synthetic chemicals never seen on our planet before and then allowing them to enter the very environment we live in. There are 100,000 approved chemicals in  use of which only a tiny fraction have been evaluated as to health effects. Hundreds of these accumulate in the bodies of living organisms reaching the highest levels, in the US culture, in human beings, dogs and cats. Some are carcinogens, others disrupt normal functioning. It is these chemicals that are now the primary cause of chronic disease in our patients and, in our homeopathic work, can be a significant obstacle to cure.
Richard Pitcairn: Resistance to Homeopathy
Those practicing homeopathy frequently hear both criticism and ridicule of this method of treatment. This response by the dominant medical culture (allopathy) is an emotional response that is not grounded in scientific understanding. The frequent objection to the lack of physical medicine comes from an outdated belief in materialism, the Newtonium model of the physical world of a century ago. Physics, in the last one hundred years, has redefined the fundamental concepts of what physical matter is and this redefinition is quite different than that of Newton. Nonetheless, medicine has refused to update its thinking and simply ignores the extraordinary findings of quantum physics. It acts like it does not exist. This leaves allopathic medicine in a condition of being outdated and backwards. The objection to homeopathy is one expression of this resistance as the principles of homeopathic medicine are very much in agreement with those of modern physics as we will show.
Jacqueline Sehn:  Unraveling the Gut
We will discuss common problems in small animal practice and their homeopathic approach
  •  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.