There are an enormous amount of ads for pharmaceutical drugs in every form of media these days for humans. But more recently those ads and their suppliers are also popping up everywhere for our pets. In fact pet owners are more than likely mimicking what is happening in human medicine by asking their veterinarians about possible drugs to help this, that or the other before the veterinarians even know about the available drugs due to heavy advertising of these drugs. The public at large is therefore being brainwashed into believing that the cure for anything wrong – behaviorally, physically, mentally, emotionally, etc. – can be cured or prevented by a magic bullet in some form of pharmaceutical drug.
And interestingly enough the same “dis-eases” that seem to be plaguing the human race in increasing numbers seem to also be plaguing our pets. I wonder as I write this if the correlation has anything to do with the rise of drug use in pet and human health?
Let’s take a look a closer look at that.
Stuart Close, author of The Genius of Homeopathy would say absolutely yes if he were alive today. This book is an in depth look into the philosophy of homeopathy according to its founder Dr. Samuel Hahnemann, disease, the whole premise behind what creates dis-ease or disharmony within the body, and how applied homeopathy works to resolve those dis-harmonies. He states in the book that many of the so-called dis-eases today are a product of drugs. When you understand that homeopathy works upon the principle of like curing like – a bit of the hair of the dog that bit you cures you – then it stands to reason that when we try and treat imbalances in the body with an abnormal, synthetic ingredient in the form of drugs that follow the law of opposites, that they will only create more dis-ease within the body or imbalance. In other words, the more drugs that are used the more dis-ease that is created within the body. The majority of the modern diseases are drug-induced disease.
Modern medicine, however, doesn’t view things in terms of laws of cure or any other law, rather denying the existence of these laws. Their focus is instead on killing the germ even if it ultimately kills the patient. Their goal is to always suppress or deny the symptoms their outlet believing the suppression of the symptom IS the cure. That translates into more and more drugs being needed for the many symptoms that begin to show up as the body fights to bring itself back into balance against all odds until it finally surrenders to the various “cures” and dies. But no one is recognizing this for what it is, least of all the majority of pet owners. That’s because we think of symptoms as the dis-ease instead of the body’s alarm system warning of a root cause which is what should be being addressed.
Most people have no idea what health really is any longer. They do not understand the laws of health for themselves and certainly not for their pets because they have surrendered all responsibility for their health and that of their pets to the medical industry.
So what is health? Dictionary.com gives these definitions that go well with a holistic viewpoint:
1. the general condition of the body or mind with reference to soundness and vigor: good health; poor health.
2. soundness of body or mind; freedom from disease or ailment: to have one’s health; to lose one’s health.
3. vigor; vitality
I’d add that the body is always seeking to remain in balance (homeostasis). The definition of homeostasis is: the tendency of a system, esp. the physiological system of higher animals, to maintain internal stability, owing to the coordinated response of its parts to any situation or stimulus tending to disturb its normal condition or function.
By constantly giving more and more drugs to our pets, we keep the body permanently out of balance forcing the body to work all the harder to try and maintain its internal stability. This eventually does wear out the entire innate immune system leaving the body completely vulnerable.
So the drugs we are all seeking out to help our pets be well are instead actually the catalysts to further illness.
Drugs (which also include any of the flea, tick and heartworm medications and vaccines) are all abnormal substances, synthetic in many cases as well as genetically altered or engineered, which the body recognizes only as toxins which need to be removed. Plus these substances upset the normal and proper alkaline/acid balance in the body; higher acid levels contributes to increased imbalance. As the definition of the word homeostasis points out, the body works to maintain internal stability and if we constantly keep it imbalanced with all these drugs, vaccines, and pesticides it’s no wonder our pets are not thriving and that the incidence of dis-ease has so greatly increased.
So what can a pet owner do?
First and foremost become informed about how to keep your pet healthy naturally following the laws of health which include species appropriate nutrition, fresh air, sunshine sans sunscreen daily if possible, pure water that is free of chlorine and fluoride, exercise daily, proper good rest, and temperance. And if that seems too daunting then work with an animal naturopath to help guide you so that you can make informed decisions for your pets.
Secondly whenever a drug, vaccine, or parasite control product is recommended for your pet by a veterinarian ask for the material data sheet and/or an informed consent sheet so you will have all the facts before deciding to subject your pet to something that may hinder good health rather than promote it.
Lastly, after you’ve taken the initiative to learn about what health really is and have weighed all the odds, you can make an informed decision based on those facts for your pet. You may decide the risk of the drug is worth it in helping your pet, or you may decide that a slower, more sure natural way is the route you’d rather go.
No matter what you decide, make sure you are informed FIRST. Here are some articles and material data sheets on some common drugs prescribed for pets. Do your research as it is available for you to find:
Most Dogs Do Well on Rimadyl, Except the Ones That Die
Bravecto Flea Medication Suspected in Numerous Dog Deaths Worldwide
Fipronil: The Main Ingredient in Frontline
Until next time…
Have a PAWsitively, tail waggin’, NATUROPATHICALLY healthy day!