AVH 2014 Program Details

Sara Fox Chapman - Rescue Me! Homeopathy for the Problems of Rescue Animals.

Rescue groups abound in the US, from breed oriented groups, to facilities focusing on animals with special needs, to groups affiliated with municipal shelters. Certain problems are common to shelter animals as a group, such as behavioural disorders, digestive upsets, and house training problems.  Many of these issues can be worsened by the rescue environment and conventional treatment.  This talk will illustrate a constitutional homeopathic approach to some of these problems with cases demonstrating anxious stereotypy, separation anxiety, and gastrointestinal upset.  This talk will also discuss effective symptomatic homeopathic treatment for problems such as anxiety associated with rehoming, upper respiratory signs, and stress colitis.  These treatments can be used by rescuers on a short term basis; a rewarding aspect of the author’s  homeopathic practice is educating rescue groups to address certain health and behaviour concerns with homeopathic remedies. 

Will Falconer - Moving a Patient to Cure When There Are Very Few Symptoms A Useful New Tool in Veterinary Homeopathy

It’s not uncommon in homeopathic practice to be presented with patients who are clearly sick and needing our help, yet, for one reason or another, have very few symptoms with which to choose a proper simillimum.  The author will demonstrate curative homeopathic prescribing in cases made difficult by the paucity of characteristic symptoms. An old analysis method made more useful by the computer will be demonstrated that allows effective case management and often cure in these challenging situations. This approach is based on the work of C. M. Boger, MD, a brilliant homeopath in the U.S. till he died in 1935. He is well known for his work in editing the now much respected Boenninghausen repertory and his own very useful Synoptic Key. His final work was his Card Repertory of the General Analysis. This is an elegant distillation of repertory principles into a simple system for arriving at the simillimum. Cases presented include a cured case of Dirofilariasis and a number of other cases handled successfully despite a deficiency of symptoms.

Will Falconer - Simplify and Profit: How One Man Successfully Did Both with Homeopathy

A step by step practical talk on how a one man homeopathic practice generates over $100K per year while working less than 30 hours a week. Dr. Will Falconer will cover efficient work practices, how to keep a low overhead, and the  “inner game” that supports your dream practice. With some basic tools and training in homeopathy, you can achieve success by serving animals and their guardians in fulfilling ways. A nuts and bolts talk to get you in the game of enjoying practice again.

Nicola Henriques-Obstacles to Permanent Health Restoration - Identification and Removal

Presentation Goal: Practitioner education concerning patient curability potential, knowledge, identification of practitioner, guardian and patient common and unusual obstacles to recovery in every case of illness.Methodology concerning judicious, rational techniques for removal of each obstacle to initiate permanent health restoration, rapidly and gently.
Examples: Introduce awareness of the role iatrogenic disease, prior unsuitable homeopathic and mainstream medicine and the influence of each individual’s inherent predisposition to illness play in weakening a patient’s innate natural self healing force. Articulate and clarify case management protocols to avoid and correct homeopathic practitioner errors, improve homeopathic medicine and dose selection to reinvigorate, strengthen, assist the self healing vital force to complete the task of health restoration.

Lisa Melling - Homeopathic Treatment for Acute Illnesses and Injuries

A small animal house call practice in Southeast Michigan offers a variety of acute illnesses and injuries that can be treated successfully with homeopathy.  This presentation will provide a review of the most useful remedies for acute prescribing by reviewing each patient’s case, pathophysiology of the injury or disease, rubric selection, and classical homeopathic prescribing.  Each remedy will be studied in detail and include a discussion of how the characteristic symptoms of the patient are a match for the selected remedy.  Cases will include pictures and follow-up exams, as well as a discussion on the need to follow up with a constitutional remedy for the patient as many of these illnesses are acute flare-ups of chronic disease.  Injuries presented will be vehicular trauma, stifle sprains, and spider envenomation.  Illnesses discussed will include ear infections, car sickness, upper respiratory infections, and gastroenteritis.  

Richard Pitcairn - Navigating Obstacles to Mastering Homeopathy

All of us have encountered obstacles in our study of homeopathy. Hahnemann has given very good guidance as to what to watch for and how to get beyond it, nonetheless it seems to take repeated study before the resolution of the obstacle is completely accomplished. I will present what have been the major obstacles for me and how I have had to adjust my view of things to align my thinking with Hahnemann's teachings. It has also been very helpful to use Kent's writings in this endeavor as, probably more than anyone else, he has understood Hahnemann at a deep level.

Elise Radebaugh - Treating Blood Cell Dyscrasias with Homeopathy

The lecture includes two cases. The first case involves a 10 year-old, female spayed mix-breed dog, named Guinness.  The second case involves a 12 year-old, female spayed black lab, named Martha. Guinness presented to our clinic in 2011 for acute lethargy. She was anemic with a PCV of 18%. Guinness’ anemia resolved over 1 month. She is currently healthy and happy. This is a great cured case. The second patient, Martha, presented in 2012 for her annual senior exam. Mandibular lymphadenopathy was found and a fine needle aspirate diagnosed lymphoma. She was treated homeopathically for over 1 year before she developd paraneoplastic thrombocytopenia. Homeopathic care resulted in an increase in platelet value and resolution of petechiation and dermal hemorrhage.  Martha continues to receive homeopathic care. Although this case may not show a cured case, it is a profound example of the power of homeopathy through long-term palliative care. 

Adriana Sagrera - Managing Cancer Patients with Homeopathy:  What is really feasible?

This study will discuss using remedies to increase the comfort and general health of cancer patients when the owner/guardian decides  that traditional treatment is not appropriate for his/her pet. Several cases will be presented to illustrate the possibilities and pitfalls of using remedies to control the symptoms of this debilitating disease.

Sarah Stieg - Homeopathic Treatment of Osteoarthritis and Large Colon Ulcers in the Horse: Overcoming the negative feedback cycle

A multiple case review, to examine how constitutional homeopathy is an effective method of treatment for severe osteoarthritis and its common sequel large colon ulceration in the horse. By way of introduction, the pathogenesis of the cycle of chronic pain between osteoarthritis and large colon ulceration will be reviewed, along with current conventional diagnostics and treatment. Each case will be dissected to explore: case analysis, rubric selection, remedy differentials, and remedy response interpretation. 

Panel Discussion (to be announced)