DEMYSTIFYING HOMEOPATHY - PART II
* Veterinary Doctor
15. FACTORS RELATED TO SUCCESS OF HOMEOPATHIC TREATMENT.
I will mention six factors that, in my opinion, are crucial to the evolution of homeopathic treatment to succeed.
1) Those factors inherent to the patient himself, related to your genetic and hereditary character, with their predispositions.
In March 2012, I started treating a dog of the breed Yorkshire, with a history of pyoderma recurrent and flea allergy dermatitis. It is known, that this breed has a predisposition to dermatological disorders. In our first evaluation, the owner reported that this framework has deteriorated for 1 year and 3 months. During this period, went through intense conventional treatment. According to the report of its owner, since the first month under our homeopathic treatment, there was a significant improvement of the patient. The owner evaluated around 90% improvement of the cutaneous symptoms (highlighting the improvement in pruritus), compared to prior to the commencement of our homeopathic treatment. In addition, reported that the patient became very well, in general terms, decreasing, including, significantly their flatulence. Thus, its owner has demonstrated great satisfaction with our treatment by homeopathy, for provide substantial clinical improvement, reflected in health, well-being and quality of life to his friend and companion.
It is important to note that this patient remained under conventional treatment, evidencing the success proportionate by synergy between classical medicine and Homeopathy, that, in my opinion, has made it possible a big leap in quality in the treatment of this patient, in that I used concepts from the systemic vision.
While he was under our guidance and follow-up, the patient remained stable. But we cannot forget those factors of causation predominantly intrinsic to the system, represented by its genetic and hereditary character, with their predispositions, typical of his race. Therefore, it is necessary and essential to closely monitor the evolution of this patient, through periodic revaluations, condition that was fully explained to the owner, to succeed in the treatment.
Another factor related to the patient, refers to its organic condition, consequent, many times, of his old age, as in the case that we will see below.
A few years ago, I attended a patient of canine species, with 18 years of age. Its proprietress sought me by he have monthly episodes of diarrhea, there are about 7 months, which only ceased with the administration of antibiotic. These bouts of diarrhea were causing a great inconvenience, because our little friend had fecal incontinence, defecating all over the house. He also suffered from arthrosis in the four members, causing terrible joint pain and weeping by pain, in addition to an intense difficulty locomotor, being difficult even remain standing. His proprietress noted that this situation was getting worse. In addition, he presented a possible sequelae of stroke, which occurred 3 years before: he went on to stay with tremors in his left hindlimb, being that his head remained facing the right side. It's a very complex case, isn't it? A dog with 18 years of age, almost completing their life cycle, presenting serious organic disorders... Let's see how was your evolution.
Our "old little dog" had a crisis of diarrhea 2 weeks after starting treatment with Homeopathy, but the evolution has been more benign; what happened was probably a homeopathic aggravation, that is one of the phenomena that may occur with the patient during the treatment by Homeopathy. However, after this episode, the patient never more had any diarrhoea crisis. This same! This dog from 18 years of age, which featured monthly episodes of diarrhea, with fecal incontinence, there are 7 months, causing a great inconvenience to everyone who lived with him, never more had any episode of diarrhea, with the exception of initial aggravation, after the beginning of our homeopathic treatment. In addition, went through periods in which he supported himself with more firmness in her legs and didn't cry more by joint pain. According to the report of its proprietress the patient began to have more vivacity, barking with more energy, became more willing and went on to play more, in addition to sleeping and eating better, until getting fatter a bit.
This patient lived still by one year and two months. However, the most important thing was not the length of time that was still among us, but the quality of life that he had, until your life cycle (at least, as we know it), came to an end, so terminating themselves gently as the light of a candle. Its proprietress was very grateful for all the benefits that the treatment by Homeopathy provided to your little friend, enabling him to have a conclusion of life dignified and happy.
This example demonstrates, clearly, that Homeopathy can offer a great contribution in geriatrics, providing to patients in advanced age, a more dignified and healthy life. In other words, quality of life. Homeopathy is able to provide the best possible adaptation of the patient, in relation to its frame lesional organic and vitality. And this, generally, makes a difference so he can enjoy his life with health and dignity.
2) The environment in which the patient lives is also another factor of paramount importance for the success of treatment. A patient who lives stressed, or in an unhealthy environment, with an inadequate management, that goes against your nature, will have more difficulty in evolving positively.
There are over three years, I attended a pussycat who lived hidden and oppressed by another cat of the house, always running away from him, because this cat always persecuted her, wanting to attack her. Both been through homeopathic treatment, being that the cat has become a lot more peaceful and never tried to attack your colleague. The environmental stress, represented by the cat who chased her and attacked, was an obstacle for the homeopathic treatment help this pussycat. The treatment of the other cat by Homeopathy, decreasing considerably the aggressiveness of the same, as well as his obsession in "hunt her" and agrediz her, was the solution for this pussycat have a balanced life, healthy and happy. Both were reassessed periodically, remaining, until the last evaluation, which took place a few months ago, balanced, healthy and passing, inclusive, to live in harmony.
3) The homeopathic doctor, be human or veterinary, is essential to successful treatment. Since his knowledge of homeopathic philosophy, their different conceptions and concepts, its different schools, with the implementation of its methodologies, knowledge of materia medica (i.e., the homeopathic medicines), besides to its experience. In addition, the power of observation of the patient, by the homeopath, as well as its sensitivity, are very important, mainly in veterinary medicine.
4) We need be aware in relation to the origin of homeopathic medicines, with the acquisition occuring in homeopathic pharmacies of recognized and proven reputation.
5) The owner, in the case of veterinary medicine, is another very important factor. Since her decision to opt for homeopathic treatment, passing by their reported information about, not only the clinical condition of the patient, but, also, in relation to their behaviour and general state. And this will depend on, very of your power of observation.
6) The owner is also related to another fundamental factor: the sequence of treatment. It is therefore very important that owners have, at least, a basic notion of main concepts in Homeopathy and about the phenomena that may occur with the patient during treatment. I will report, the following, a case that, initially, made me happy and accomplished professionally, but that, with the passage of time, provided me with a feeling of frustration.
About two years ago, I started treating a female dog of breed Chow Chow, with approximately 3 years of age. Our patient had a chronic cutaneous disease: intense itching, pustules, loss of dander, skin with offensive odor, among other symptoms. This situation worsened after the first estrus of the patient. The symptoms they were relieved temporarily with the administration of antibiotic, but, after a few days, they returned with all the vigor. A probable case of atopic dermatitis, at its base. In addition, the patient had diarrhoea whenever she ate some greasy food. Two months after we started our treatment with Homeopathy, its proprietress reported that the dander was great, with brightness and not fell more. Also did not present more itching, nor skin eruption. And that one rather unpleasant odour, also disappeared. In addition, the patient became far more willing, happy and playing more. Including, the episodes of diarrhea decreased significantly. Thus, she has improved considerably their quality of life. Its proprietress reported being very happy and grateful for our treatment with Homeopathy, bestowing note 10 at the same, at that opportunity.
Later, I stayed very frustrated: the treatment no continued. Despite the evolution of the patient being fully positive and having the full satisfaction of proprietress with the result of our homeopathic treatment, unfortunately has not occurred a new reassessment, despite the warning and enlightenment of which there needs to be a follow up of the patient, with periodic visits, in order to evaluate the same, to make or not, possible adjustments to your treatment.
Anyway, fully positive evolution of this patient, at least in the initial period of our treatment, in which also I used concepts originating in the systemic conception, especially regarding the understanding of the pathophysiology of clinical picture in question, corroborates the thought that I am on the right track, towards providing to our patients a treatment of the highest quality, because It presents results highly satisfactory. And the consequence is: health, well-being, happiness and quality of life for patients, with full satisfaction of their owners.
16. THE EVOLUTION OF HOMEOPATHIC TREATMENT.
In General, patients evolve in three different ways.
1º) Those patients who have significant improvement since the beginning of the treatment, and maintains these improvements.
A few years ago, I started the treatment of a canino of breed Dachshund , which presented a very complex framework. At the time, the patient was with 9 years of age, and five years before had undergone a surgical procedure for reduction of fracture in a phalanx of the left previous limb. When I attended this patient, it featured a painting of metacarpal falangeana arthrosis, addition to the presence of multiple areas of spondylosis in early stage, in the thoracic spine. This framework led to pain and lameness; consequently, he walked with difficulty. Because of the pain, almost did not allow his owners touch him, in addition to spend a few nights with virtually no sleep. Our patient still presented a cardiopathy (respiratory sinus arrhythmia), causing, often, a picture of dyspnoea. In behavioral terms, its proprietress reported that he was very anxious, agitated, noisy (barked too much) and presented a certain aggressiveness (wanted to attack other dogs, even if they were bigger than him). However, in function of its clinical picture lately was pretty apathetic.
Since its first revaluation, one month after starting our homeopathic treatment, this patient presented significant improvement and consistent, that persisted while under our monitoring. He went on to walk much better, managing to, including, to climb the stairs of the residence, what no occurred before treatment. Became more excited, willing, wanting to play, passing even sleep better. The crises of Dyspnea decreased significantly. Moreover, became most tranquil, less yapping and improved its relationship with other dogs. Around a year after we started our treatment, the proprietress evaluated in nearly 100% her improvement, getting very pleased with the treatment by Homeopathy, because your friend went on to lead a life practically normal, with quality and, mainly, without feeling pain. We perform periodic revaluations and these improvements have remained during the almost four years that he was under our guidance and follow-up.
The patient showing significant improvement since the beginning of the treatment and preserving these improvements, is what we all strive for. But this is not always possible.
2º) The second case refers to those patients who evolve in a way slower. And here we may have a bias. Often, the patient has a chronic frame a few years, being, inclusive, submitted to administration of various types of conventional medicines for a long time, exposing your organism to the toxic and collateral effects of these medications. If your landlord doesn't have knowledge and awareness of the importance of continuity of treatment, having the expectation that the patient is "completely cured" in a short period of time, this owner can feel frustrated and come to abandon the treatment. What will be a pity, because the patient will not receive the full benefits that the homeopathic treatment could provide.
3º) The third case refers to those patients which present alternation between improvements and recurrences. That is, phases of improvement are interspersed by periods of return of symptoms.
A few years ago, I attended a female dog of 11 years of age, with a characteristic clinical picture of atopic dermatitis, that served as the basis for other skin disorders. The patient presented this clinical picture for over 6 years, receiving, in this period, the most varied types of conventional drugs, especially corticosteroids, with only palliative effects. Between the skin symptoms, emphasis on intense and continuous itching, rarefaction of dander, xerosis cutis, skin with enough offensive odor and the presence of scaly eruptions. Before starting the homeopathic treatment, its proprietress warned that was already tired of so many years of conventional treatment continuum, with results only partial, that she couldn't more see her scratching, but no more would administer corticosteroids , being that Homeopathy was his last chance, because she was thinking until in sacrifice her.
In its first reevaluation, one month after, its proprietress was very happy, reporting that from the earliest days the patient presented significant improvements, in relation to all cutaneous symptoms, mainly the itching, that presented a gradual improvement, evaluating in around 90% the degree of improvement. In addition, the patient started to sleep better, because the itching was interfering in his sleep, with her coming up the whining. It became also much more quiet, willing and returned to play around. So, the evolution was being excellent and quick...
In the next evaluation, two months after, I had a big, nasty surprise: cutaneous symptoms had returned, mostly the itching. With this, the proprietress came back getting pretty discouraged. I explained to her that during homeopathic treatment can occur some phenomena, as the homeopathic aggravation and the return of old symptoms, these phenomena which are, often, expected and even beneficial, being that the occurrence or not of these phenomena is variable, depending on each case. In addition, the patient presented the clinical picture for many years, receiving, during this period, massive doses of conventional medicines, exposing your organism to toxic and collateral effects of these drugs. I believe they were sufficient grounds to give the treatment sequence, and I explained to the proprietress. However, the treatment was not sequence. A few days later, I was informed that the proprietress had given up treatment, because she wasn't seeing improves and had no more patience to treat it, because on the continuity of pruritus, opting to sacrifice his puppy.
This event made me very sad and frustrated, because I am totally opposed to euthanasia, but brought me a very big learning, in terms of posture that I must have with the owners. I spent the explain, a synthetic form and objective, the main concepts in Homeopathy (since it has a different conception of classical medicine), in addition to the phenomena that may occur with the patient during treatment, in order that the owner has knowledge, understanding and, mainly, be aware that Homeopathy is a therapeutic system that has a differentiated conception, being that the homeopathic treatment of chronic diseases and behavioral disorders (that is the proposal of my work) need necessarily have sequence, being the medium and long term. Even if the patient is progressing well, which occurs frequently, there needs to be a periodic monitoring, in order to, according to our evaluation, be made possible adequacies in the treatment and adjustments in prescription, should the need arise.
I believe that start treatment and not give sequence, makes no sense. It would be better, then, not starting the treatment, because, if the owner has a certain expectation of patient's clinical improvement in the short term and this expectation does not confirm, with the treatment being abandoned, besides making me very frustrated professionally, can lead the owner, in addition to feel frustrated, feel also deceived, by not seeing the desired results in this short period of time. But, absolutely, that's not my goal. My proposal is to make a serious work, honest, ethical and transparent, based on more than two decades of study, research and clinical experience with Homeopathy, with the main purpose to provide health, well-being, happiness and quality of life for my patients, to our pets, who are our friends, companions, members of our families, that they deserve all the affection, respect, consideration and dedication of this professional, that chose to study and work with Homeopathy exactly to help them, especially when the classical medicine exposes its limitations and depletes their therapeutic possibilities.
Again, I invite everyone to participate in our course "Demystifying Homeopathy", to, together, talking and discussing about the different conceptions and concepts in Homeopathy, besides to the phenomena that can occur with patients during homeopathic treatment. In my opinion, have at least a basic understanding of these issues, it is essential for candidates for treatment by Homeopathy, as well as the owners of the patients in the case of homeopathic treatment in animals. During the course, by way of exemplification, in relation to the therapeutic potential of Homeopathy, we will present various clinical cases, including in video, being that all cases presented are originating those more than twenty two years of study, research and clinical experience, in that we are developing our work with Homeopathy.
In our course we will also talk about some aspects related to animal behavior. The animal displays only instinct? It also has feelings and emotions? He possesses intelligence? The animal has conscience? If you have a pet at home, if you live more intensively with him, and if usually observe it carefully, I believe there is a big probability of you agree with my point of view. But let us discuss and debate, in the field of ideas, on this fascinating subject.
17. HOMEOPATHY CAN TO CONTRIBUTE TO PRESERVATION ENVIRONMENTAL AND SUSTAINABILITY OF OUR PLANET?
I invite you also to make a reflection about the modern lifestyle, as a factor of origin of diseases and obstacles to healing. We watch, fascinated and euphoric, mankind evolving exponentially in many aspects, especially scientific and technological. How, for example, in the case of computing, which, practically every day, offers advances and novelties. But this same mankind, seduced and dazzled by the comfort, speed and all the countless possibilities and facilities provided by modernity, departs increasingly of nature (and their own human nature), usurping of our planet all he can provide, depleting their natural resources and contaminating, irresponsibly and criminal, the environment, causing in serious losses to the climate, fauna, flora, the atmosphere, the oceans, leading even to the extinction of many species. This is the price to be paid for our comfort, vanity and artificial life, reflection of our arrogance and prepotency, leading a life based on inversion of values, in that entertainment and fun are more valued than health and education, for example. In which the aspect is more important than the content, where the appearance is more considered that the character, in that outer beauty is more appreciated than the interior and be well-spoken, seductive, communicative and fun are qualities more valued that knowledge, dignity and responsibility. And thus mankind, enslaved by fads and impelled by illusions, will acting in a manner indifferent and ungracious before imminent destruction of various forms of life on our planet, as if didn't have any responsibility for this. Is it so hard to see that, if we don't change our consciousness and attitude, it will be only a matter of time we destroy, not only other species, but ourselves and our planet, at least as we know it?
I invite you to discuss with me all these questions, bringing the counterpoint, if applicable. I will listen to carefully to what you have to say and I will respect your opinion diligently, especially if you disagree with my. This a good reason to the our debate! I am aware that I have a somewhat controversial viewpoint on this issue, going, somehow, in direction opposite to common sense.
In the course, I will speak also about the potential of Homeopathy in the issue of environmental preservation and sustainability of our planet. For example, Homeopathy being applied, successfully, in agriculture, reducing dependence on agrochemicals, and on livestock, reducing the need for use of medicines such as hormones, antibiotics and ectoparasiticides, that imply in contamination by toxic waste, of the milk and meat. Consequently, we will have a healthier diet in our tables, for our families, and smaller environmental contamination of our land and our waters. Certainly, future generations, including our children and grandchildren will be immensely grateful. Let's talk and debate together on these issues.
18. STUDY OF THE EFFECTIVENESS OF HOMEOPATHY IN TREATMENT OF CHRONIC DISEASES AND BEHAVIORAL DISORDERS IN DOGS AND CATS.
In September 28, 2005, we initiated a volunteer work on Liga Homeopática do Rio Grande do Sul, in Porto Alegre, Brazil, directed to the treatment of chronic diseases and behavioural disorders in dogs and cats, prioritizing the care of pets of needy population. At the same time, we develop a research paper, where all clinical cases were appropriately documented, including in video. Our proposal was always prioritize the quality in the attendance of patients, even at the expense of a larger number of patients serviced. This work formed the basis for our study of effectiveness of Homeopathy in chronic diseases and behavioral disorders in dogs and cats, that we develop until November 19, 2013, totalling eight years of study.
Due Homeopathy have a differentiated conception of conventional medicine, there is great difficulty in establishing a dialogue between the homeopathic model (with its peculiarities) and classical science, imposed by the limitations arising from the preparation of clinical study designs that encompass the methodological fundamentals of last. In addition to trying to minimize the obstacles arising from different conceptions, this clinical research aims to contribute to demonstrate the efficacy of homeopathic treatment in veterinary medicine, aiming to present scientific evidence of the effectiveness of Homeopathy in the treatment of chronic diseases and behavioural disorders in dogs and cats.
HOMEOPATHY AND PLACEBO EFFECT
It is considered as placebo effect the occurrence of improvement symptomatic and/or of organic physiological functions arising from stimuli supposedly nonspecific and inert, being correlated, in general, to symbolism that the treatment represents in the expectation positive of patient. Even being present in any kind of interference therapeutic, the medical class tends to give to the placebo effect a derogatory meaning and undesirable, being common consider this psychological therapeutic effect (placebo effect) as the only plausible explanation for the clinical efficacy of homeopathic treatment (TEIXEIRA, 2008).
However, the present study of the effectiveness of treatment by Homeopathy in animals suffering from chronic diseases and behavioral disorders, aims to demonstrate that the explanation of action of homeopathic medicine cannot be based exclusively on the placebo effect, since this "psychological therapeutic effect" proportionate by the symbolism that the homeopathic treatment would represent in the expectation positive of patients would be negligible, because they are canine and feline patients.
OBJECTIVES OF THE STUDY
Demonstrate that the treatment by Homeopathy offers highly satisfactory results, what is evidenced when comparing the results presented by the homeopathic treatment with the results presented by the conventional allopathic treatment and/or period prior to treatment by Homeopathy. Therefore, we aimed presenting the proposal for a study with the purpose of demonstrating, in a clear and objective manner, the effectiveness of treatment by Homeopathy in dogs and cats suffering from chronic diseases and behavioral disorders, in addition to aspire to an approximation to the classic scientific model.
MATERIAL AND METHODS
The sample consisted of canines and felines patients served by the author on Liga Homeopática do Rio Grande do Sul, in Porto Alegre, Brazil, between September 28, 2005 and November 19, 2013.
The patients were divided into four groups:
GROUP I - Includes all patients who underwent an first assessment. Note: it is considered first evaluation in that the patient underwent anamnesis and clinical examination, according to the homeopathic principles and that, moreover, has been carried out a first prescription.
GROUP II - Includes patients who were evaluated for a period equal or higher than six months of treatment.
GROUP III - Includes patients who were evaluated in a period of less than six months of treatment.
GROUP IV - Includes all patients who got the treatment sequence, passing, at least by a reassessment (includes the groups II and III).
All patients were treated with homeopathic medicines administered orally in sucrose globules, handled in homeopathic pharmacies of recognized credibility. The scale used was the Centesimal Hahnemanniana and dynamization of homeopathic medicines prescribed ranged between 4CH and 200CH. Was administered a single homeopathic medicine by outlet, at a dose of 1 to 5 globules.
For the implementation of the medication prescription was used methodology based on a certain homeopathic current, according to the patient's clinical evaluation, having by goal its individualisation, taking into consideration its symptomatic feature entirety, as well as its clinical picture and general condition, represented by presence or absence of organic lesions and/or emunctoriais locks.
Before the beginning of the homeopathic treatment was recommended to owners of patients follow fully the guidelines established by the veterinarian responsible for the clinical care of the patient in question and/or another specialty. Was also requested those responsible by their patients to sign a liability waiver, consenting fully with this research paper.
Were included in the study patients belonging to groups II, III and IV, i.e. all patients who got the treatment sequence, passing, at least for a reassessment.
The comparative study between groups I and IV aims to show the rate of abstention on the continuity of treatment (patients who underwent an initial assessment and without having treatment sequence), in addition to the caractererísticas of the owners of their patients, as to their age group.
The study included patients who underwent an first assessment until the date of April 2, 2013.
It was established to evaluate the outcome of patients during treatment by Homeopathy in the following aspects:
* Clinical diagnosis related to the chief complaint (reason why the owner sought homeopathic care).
OPTIMUM: cure or asymptomatic for significant period.
GOOD: significant decrease in the degree of intensity of symptoms and/or decrease the frequency or intensity of crises, without need to use conventional allopathic medicines, during the period of treatment.
REGULAR: significant decrease in the degree of intensity of symptoms and/or decrease the frequency or intensity of crises, with necessity of use of a smaller number of conventional allopathic medicines or in lower dosage during the period of treatment.
UNSATISFACTORY: absence of significant improvement during the period of treatment.
** Presentation of significant improvement with regard to the quality of life (criteria to evaluate the quality of life: happiness, disposition, liveliness, sociability, playfulness, sleep quality, etc.).
*** Presentation of significant improvement compared to conventional allopathic treatment and/or period prior to homeopathic treatment.
**** Presentation of significant improvement as for the behavioral symptoms.
***** Presentation of significant improvement as for the organic symptoms.
The patients evaluated in the study were classified as follows:
A - Carriers of behavioral disorders.
B - Carriers of behavioral and organic disorders.
C - Carriers of organic disorders.
As for the assessment of the evolution of the clinical condition that prompted the consultation (diagnosis related to the chief complaint), it was considered, in addition of clinical improvement (and, eventually, laboratory), the inherent and specific phenomena related to homeopathic treatment, dependent of intrinsic factors on the patient (represented by its genetic and hereditary character, organic condition, period of involvement of the disease in question, age, etc.), phenomena that would reveal a probable indication that the patient would be directed to a growing degree of stability and/or a possible cure.
DISCUSSION AND COMMENTS
Drew attention the high percentage of drop out after the first evaluation (26/77, or 33,77%). One of the features of this group is the lower age range of the patients ' owners, when compared to the age group of owners who gave the sequence to the treating of your pets (average of 46,08 years, against 55,24 years of Group II, 51,76 years of Group IV and 48,42 years of Group III). One of the hypotheses for this fact lies in immediate expectation of owners, deriving of relations increasingly fast and superficial of contemporary world, that brings in a significant decrease in patience to collaborate with the methodology employed, absence of a greater interest in understanding the concepts and phenomena related to homeopathic therapeutic system, which aims to provide consistent and positive results in the medium and long term (in the case of conditions of chronic character, which is the aim of this study), being the same possessor of a differentiated conception and, for the most part, strange and unknown to the general public. Other hypotheses for the high percentage of drop out after the first evaluation are related to lack of empathy with the homeopath, lack of confidence in the work of the same, discredit and mistrust related to Homeopathy, frustration in expectation of the owners (by the occurrence of medium and long-term results), obstacles caused by conception different of homeopathic therapeutic system , incompatibility of dates available to attendance between professional and owners of patient, in addition to other possible factors not yet identified.
In function of Homeopathy have a peculiar conception, that It aims to individualize the patient and evaluate it in its entirety, the treatment of chronic diseases and behavioural disorders in dogs and cats by Homeopathy requires a period followup longer, through periodic revaluations, in order that be made the required adjustments in medication prescription. This makes the clinical and behavioral effects of homeopathic treatment more evident, what is evidenced when comparing the results presented by the group II (composed of patients evaluated in a period equal to or greater than 6 months of treatment) with the group III (composed of patients evaluated in a period less than 6 months), in that patients who were evaluated in a longer period of time (group II) present a clear advantage in relation to the effectiveness of treatment, when compared to patients evaluated over a period of time bottom (group III).
Evaluating the results presented by patients included in group II, it is observed that, of the total of 25 patients canines and felines, 24 (96%) received evaluation "Optimum" (14/56%), "Good" (6/24%) or "Regular" (4/16%), regarding the assessment of the effectiveness of treatment by Homeopathy related to clinical diagnosis associated with the main complaint (reason of looking by homeopathic treatment), while only 1 patient (4%) received evaluation "Unsatisfactory“. The same absolute figures and percentages were achieved on the issues, both of the improvement of patient's quality of life during treatment by Homeopathy, as occurrence of significant improvement of the patient in relation to conventional allopathic treatment and/or period previous to homeopathic treatment (24/96% yes, 1/4% no). It is important to consider that of the 24 patients with behavioral disorders before starting the homeopathic treatment, 23 (95.83%) achieved significant improvement in relation to behavioural symptoms, whereas, of the 24 patients who presented organic disorders, 23 (95.83%) achieved significant improvement in relation to physical symptoms, during the evolution of treatment by Homeopathy.
When examining the results presented by 51 patients canines and felines included in group IV (that is, all those who underwent the treatment sequence), it is observed that 42 patients (82,35%) received evaluation "Optimum" (20/39,21%), "Good" (12/23,53%) or "Regular" (10/19,61%) while only 9 patients (17,65%) were evaluated as "Unsatisfactory", as to effectiveness of treatment by Homeopathy related to clinical diagnosis associated with the main complaint (reason for looking by homeopathic treatment). Noteworthy is also that 44 patients (86,27%) of this group showed significant improvement with regard to the quality of life, while only 7 (13,73%) failed to obtain improvements in this sense. In relation to have or not significant improvement, when comparing with the conventional allopathic treatment and/or period prior to homeopathic treatment, 42 patients (82,35%) showed improvement, while 9 patients (17,65%) not exhibited improvement in this aspect. Note also that of 44 patients with behavioral disorders prior to the start of the homeopathic treatment, 39 (88,64%) showed significant improvement in symptoms of behavioral sphere, while of 46 patients who presented organic disorders, 41 (89,13%) showed significant improvement related to symptoms of organic nature, during the period of evolution of treatment by Homeopathy.
It is observed results substantially lower with regard to the evaluation of the effectiveness of homeopathic treatment in relation to the group III (composed of patients undergoing a evaluation period less than 6 months of treatment). Of the 26 patients canines and felines in this group, 18 (69,23%) received evaluation "Optimum" (6/23,08%), "Good" (6/23,08%) or "Regular" (6/23,08%), while 8 patients (30,77%) received "Unsatisfactory" assessment, as for the evaluation of the effectiveness of treatment by Homeopathy related to clinical diagnosis associated with the main complaint. As to the quality of life, 20 patients (76,92%) showed significant improvement, while 6 (23,08%) not presented. As to the question of whether or not significant improvement compared to conventional allopathic treatment and/or period prior to homeopathic treatment, 18 patients (69,23%) showed improvement, and in 8 patients (30,77%) were not observed improvements in this regard. While 16 (80%) of the 20 patients who presented behavioral disorders have obtained significant improvement regarding the symptoms of this order, 18 patients (81,82%) showed significant improvement related to symptoms of physical order, of the total of 22 with organic disorders prior to the start of the homeopathic treatment.
If, on the one hand, the analysis of the results shows that patients undergo a greater treatment period (group II) had a greater degree of effectiveness, at the same time it is observed that patients undergoing a shorter treatment period (group III) also presented effective results, despite revealing a degree of lower efficacy when compared to patients in the previous group. This fact shows that the treatment of chronic diseases and behavioural disorders in dogs and cats by Homeopathy can provide effective results (or, at least, start a movement in this direction), in a short period of time.
Starting from the premise that the placebo effect in animals is insignificant (for allegedly do not they are fully aware they are being treated, nor receiving a medical veterinarian care differentiated and "humanistic" - own of the doctor-patient relationship of homeopathic treatment in humans -, what no would cause in a positive psychological effect, related to the symbolism that this "differential" treatment would provide in expectation of improvement in such patients), the high percentage of improvements related to clinical diagnosis associated with the chief complaint (reason for seeking homeopathic treatment), quality of life of patients and comparison with conventional allopathic treatment and/or period prior to homeopathic treatment, besides of significant improvements related to behavioral and organic symptoms concomitant, demonstrates be the homeopathic medicine endowed with real and consistent therapeutic potential, distancing himself, so, of the assumption that it wouldn't pass of an inert substance and null in relation to its therapeutic content, acting only on a psychological level. In this way, the highly satisfactory results achieved in the medium and long term, for this study of efficacy of treatment of chronic diseases and behavioural disorders in dogs and cats by Homeopathy demonstrates, a way clear and indisputable, be virtually impossible to justify the action of the homeopathic medicine exclusively by placebo effect. Thus, one should look for other explanations, whether theoretical or originated from scientific research, for the action of homeopathic medicine, since the treatment of chronic diseases and behavioural disorders in dogs and cats by Homeopathy proved to be highly effective, according to the results indicated by this study (we suggest reading the article "Alguns comentários sobre a ação do medicamento homeopático", of this same author).
The high incidence rate of significant improvement, not just related to symptoms associated with the clinical diagnosis concerning the chief complaint, but, also, as to the quality of life and other symptoms, both behavioral character and/or organic presented by patients, corroborates, expressively, the concept of integral and globalizing treatment, inherent in homeopathic therapeutics. In this way, this therapeutic system, in view of its particular conception, it is proposed to address and treat the patient in its entirety (in your mental/behavioral aspect, general and physical) and not specifically the disease presented by same (that is usually the reason for the search by treatment), bringing, as a consequence, the improvement not only of symptoms related to the diagnosis of chief complaint, but of other symptoms presented concurrently by the patient; these symptoms are fundamental to the configuration of the feature image presented by sick and for choosing homeopathic chain (with its own methodology) best suited to treat him, which induces to its individualisation, since the treatment by Homeopathy is specific to each patient.
With a differentiated conception, which seeks to understand and treat the sick, and not only the disease that he presents, approaching it in its entirety and seeking their individualization, Homeopathy qualifies on condition of therapeutic system able to add a high degree of safety, efficacy, effectiveness and efficiency (TEIXEIRA, 2008) to the conventional veterinarian treatment, providing health, well-being, happiness and quality of life for animals, according to the results of the present study.
From the presentation of the results of this study, we have the ambition to contribute to that more work of study and research in Homeopathy are made, in order to demonstrate the efficacy of Homeopathy as a therapeutic system, who uses evidence-based principles.
This study concludes in a clear, logical and objective manner, that there is a strong indication that the clinical effects of Homeopathy are clearly superior to the placebo effect, in the light of the results achieved by the homeopathic treatment in dogs and cats suffering from chronic diseases and behavioral disorders, since most of the patients evaluated after treatment by Homeopathy showed sensitive clinical and behavioral improvements, compared to the period prior to homeopathic treatment, in which it was used or not conventional allopathic medication. Therefore, it would be necessary seek other explanations, not based upon the placebo effect, for the action of homeopathic medicine, that would justify the high percentage of effectiveness of treatment by Homeopathy of patients canines and felines suffering from chronic diseases and behavioral disorders.
I want to thank you, dear reader, for your interest and patience to get to this point of our text. I didn't worry to use technical terms, or be accepted by the medical and scientific community. But did this work of heart, with honesty, trying to pass on a little of my experience working with Homeopathy, in order to show its potential as a therapeutic system. What I have presented here, to you, is not an empty message, based only on theories and musing. On the contrary, I know very well what I'm talking about, being grounded on more than twenty two years of study, work and research, including exemplifying with the clinical cases of some patients who were treated and cured by Homeopathy. Who knows, these examples may help some people and some animals in regain their health, and have a healthier life, worthy and happy. In addition, the study that I realized during eight years on the effectiveness of Homeopathy in treatment of chronic diseases and behavioural disorders in dogs and cats, showed that 96% of patients who were treated by Homeopathy and accompanied by more than six months, showed significant improvement compared to its initial condition (as to the diagnosis related to the chief complaint) and quality of life, according to the methodology employed and the proposed evaluation parameters.
Homeopathy may even not be the cure for all ills, but has the potential of being a highly effective therapeutic system, provided that some basic conditions are respected and is practiced by serious professionals and fully qualified. And that can mean the difference, in order to providing the full benefit of a organism healthy, enjoying a decent, happy life and quality.
As made the difference for a bitch that had real panic of bang caused by rockets and thunders, being that, since the beginning of our homeopathic treatment, she introduced significant improvements, with its proprietress arriving to assess in 80% the degree of improvement, regarding to the fear these noises.
And also made the difference for a poodle bitch, diagnosed with degenerative disease, presenting atrophy of locomotor members, which prevented her from walking ... she dragged. Because of this, its proprietress was advised, after a long period of conventional treatment, to perform euthanasia, because the patient she had not more conditions of having a life at least reasonable. However, after the beginning of our treatment, the patient began to submit sensitive and progressive improvements. In a deposition, a year and a half after, its proprietress evaluated 80% improvement of the patient, because she could walk and even run, and even ascend and descend in sofas and chairs, In addition to improving your disposition and state general. Its proprietress was very grateful and happy by treatment through Homeopathy, who avoided her friend's euthanasia, enabling her to have a dignified life and quality.
To conclude, just one last thought. You do not need to think and act in accordance with the desire or the values of other people. Do not be a victim of circumstances, nor allow be bullied, manipulated and controlled by third-party interests. Be yourself, defend his ideals, his truth, what you believe! And for this, nothing better than the information, to increase your level of knowledge, that will be reflected spontaneously in an elevation of your consciousness degree. This way you will have better conditions and allowances to evaluate, among the various possibilities, what's best for you, to achieve a full and happy life! If, by chance, you make a mistake and fall, don't be dejected and disheartened. After all, we're human beings, limited and fallible. And we're here to learn. Reflects about what happened, have the humility to admit and acknowledge their mistakes, apologizing when necessary, and re-evaluate their opinions, strategies and attitudes. Regain your strength, raise up your self-esteem and remember that there will always be the possibility to react, to give the return for top and resurface, because everyone is entitled to a second chance. And I would say more, we have the right to a third, fourth or how many chances as necessary, because life consists a continuous movement of learning, growth and evolution.
Always believe in you, never give up on your dreams and ideals. Even if in some moments, everything seem difficult and even impossible! Never feel undervalued or deleted. Even though some doors close and many around treat him with contempt, indifference, distrust and irony. Even that they speak absurd about you, that you are criticized, ridiculed and even discriminated against. Even if they have underestimated your intelligence and your ability, violated its nature and abused of his education and good faith. If even the Being most enlightened that passed by this planet, with his message of faith, forgiveness, material detachment, charity and love of neighbor, was cowardly betrayed, tortured, crucified, humiliated and killed cruelly by our fellow human beings, why, after all, you (just like me and all human beings), so limited, imperfect and full of failures, would not suffer some stumbles and adversities, facing obstacles and resistance? Be inspired by the example of Jesus Christ on the Cross, that asked God to forgive his executioners: "Father, forgive these people! They do not know what they are doing" (Luke 23, 34). Forgive sincerely from the heart! Ask God to bless, protect and illuminate all our brothers and sisters. Also ask God a lot of strength, insight, courage and overcoming to become a better person. This way you will feel lighter, happier and with a great peace of mind, so you can move on.
Always have faith and never lose hope! If you, honestly, believe in its truth and you have conscious of it, defending it with humility, determination and perseverance, without assaulting, disrespect, impair or go over anyone, one day you will reach your goals and win, because your dreams will become reality.
A big hug!
Much health, peace, light and success, for you and your family!
That God be with us, bless and protect us all!
My work is dedicated to my Father, Affonso Domenico Pedrini, and my Mother, Neuza Adacyr Machado Pedrini, who have always supported me, encouraged and believed in me, in addition to teaching me, by his example, to walk the path of the well, with love, respect and dedication, to our fellow men, nature and animals. To them, my sincere thanks and my unconditional Love and eternal. I know they are always with me.
Porto Alegre, may 2014.
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Dr. Celso Affonso Machado Pedrini