Tuesday, April 11, 2006
Homeopathics and Third World Medicine
For years I have been fighting a never ending battle against ignorance.....and I think I'm losing. I don't practice third world medicine and yet I have several clients that sometimes give in to the dark side and use roots and herbs on their horses ( fortunately not many). On the surface Homeopathy sounds so appealing....it's natural, safe and best of all "effective" . Unfortunately there is very little science involved and more and more "fear".
I was recently confronted with a quasi new one...the noxious field...danger. This one has some old in it , such as the "high tension power line" fears of the past, and some I haven't heard before.
The dreaded "Geopathic noxious energy"
-"What are geopathic noxious energies? These are noxious earth rays that come where underground water veins cross; locations of earthquake fracture faults, underground voids (caverns or hollows) in the rock structure and certain deposits of coal, oil and minerals."
Fortunately for you , they sell many products just for these noxious energies. Not only that, they sell products for anything you could possibly imagine that could be noxious to your horse. This one site was called down by the USDA because they were selling products that were supposed to vaccinate your horse against disease. They have since had to change these claims. The really bad thing about this is that people were using these instead of REAL VACCINES that provide immunity. Again this all stems from fear and ignorance. We as humans fear what we don't understand and sadly there are some that would use this for financial gain.
We recently had to deal with two horses that were "treated" with a detox compound and both ended up hospitalized for colic. While there may be some beneficial component to certain natural compounds there are definately toxic ones....thats why they call them "poisonous plants". I also have a problem with anything I take or give to a horse that doesn't have a dosage......ie. how much of what am I giving, and a spoonful, scoop,packet,sprinkle or squirt is not going to get it for me.
If you search the net for your disease dujour you will find all kinds of charlatans out there hawking all kinds of miraculous cures, such as Gallium nitrate for Navicular disease.These use well designed web sites with testimonials and pseudo-science to get you to buy their products. Some are even run by Veterinarians, using their degree to lend an air of authenticity to their claims.
I was once told that the reason that such treatments exist is that for many diseases and pains there just aren't many effective treatments available....leaving the door open for those that prey on the suffering . They even offer an Emergency Kit....complete with ...get this ...Belladonna . For those who don't read Shakespeare ...it's also known as DEADLY NIGHT SHADE( all for a paltry $169 )My advice is this.....be a skeptic.
Seek out opinions from several specialist in that field. Search out scientific articles that are reviewed by professionals. Don't give anything to your horse that sounds to good to be true or has the words....detox....cure....homeopathic......or anything written in Chinese on it. In the words of the x-files...trust no one.