Creating Waves of Awareness
You will learn a lot more by listening to this show, as the notes below are not the transcript, but only additional information. Listen to PART ONE of this program.
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RANGE OF MOTION EXERCISE
TRADITIONAL WESTERN MEDICINE
In addition to retraining, some dogs require medical treatment to reduce their hyperactive sensitivities. They may be given Xanax, an anti-anxiety drug.
HOW SOME PEOPLE TRY TO HELP
People try to provide an outlet for aggression like giving a chew toy or balls to run around and expend energy, but this does not always relief the gnawing internal problem of fear. This activity may simply keep the pet in a cycle of expending energy and then becoming lethargic or exhausted. A balanced outlook and relationship with the owner may not ensue.
An animal may show their fears and anxieties by destroying property, marking with sets, being extremely loud or in the reverse withdrawing completely. Since this illness has become prevalent in military trained and deployed animals they have seen symptoms of hyper-vigilance, avoidance behavior where they may not want to enter a space they reminds them of their terror filled experience, they can become on the one hand extremely aggressive or on the other hand extremely shy and clinging. They can have mood swings and thus, they are unable to perform the tasks which they were specifically trained as military animals.
BONDING WITH OWNERS
One of the special features of animals bred into military life is their relationship with their handlers, trainers and partners in the field. They are buddies who depend on each other for their life. When something happens to separate that bond, there may be a mental, emotional and physical loss that triggers all PTSD symptoms.
SPECIALISTS IN ANIMAL BEHAVIOR
Christina do you know much about this and what they do to retrain these animals? I have seen that they start gently to show the dog they are in a safe loving environment where it is quiet and not scary. They need a lot of petting, rubbing, handling to give them a sense of security. They need to know that their food is reliably provided and with their extra sense of smell that it is pleasing for them.
BY THE FIGURES
By some estimates, more than 5 percent of the approximately 650 military dogs deployed by American combat forces are developing canine PTSD. Of those, about half are likely to be retired from service, Dr. Burghardt said in a NY TIMES report on this issue.
THIS IS A VERY NEW DIAGNOSIS FOR DOGS
Though veterinarians have long diagnosed behavioral problems in animals, the concept of canine PTSD is only about 18 months old, and still being debated. But it has gained vogue among military veterinarians, who have been seeing patterns of troubling behavior among dogs exposed to explosions, gunfire and other combat-related violence in Iraq and Afghanistan.
Horses have been used in wars for centuries and also exhibit the stresses and temperament of hyper vigilance. My daughter's pony gets extremely frightened when neighbors start shooting their rifles off, whether for sport or fun. And, even the sound of thunder and lightening flashes during storms can set him off.
WILDLIFE CAUGHT UP IN WAR
News report in from Maria.
A FaceBook post about military dogs coming back from war with PTSD brings us to discussion this topic.
If anyone has contacts with soldiers on the military bases who may be interested in providing homeopathy to the animals, please forward links to our show, to the HWC FaceBook and emails so they can contact us.
Perhaps physicians at Fort Bragg and other bases can have some impact on healing and relief for these traumatized animals.
As Christina teaches even some Reiki and Rescue Remedy could go a long way in easing the pain. A full consultation with constitutional remedy would be required to go very deep into healing.
Maria asks: Are you familiar with the dose LM/1 that Dr. Loops uses this a lot. Maria succusses the remedy every day and dilutes it in water, then gives it to Frodo. Maria would like to learn more about how the LM potency is made.
Dr. Chambreau responds:
Often people confuse 1M (1000c – diluted 1:100 and successed each dilution) with LM1. The LM (Q) potencies are made by a completely different way which has been described only in the sixth edition of the Organon, 270 & footnote
Hahnemann goes into specific details, but the summary is that the final dilution is 1:50,000 – hence the moniker, LM. A 3C triturate is made by first grinding a drop of the tincture with milk sugar, then putting one grain of that one-millionth attenuation into 500 drops of alcohol and water and succussing it. The substance is potentized to a 3c, then one hundredth part is taken and this is diluted in five hundred parts of twenty percent proof alcohol. #10 globules are then moistened and one is put into 100 drops of spirit and succussed 100 times to make an LM 1. Homeopaths after Hahnemann coined the LM for the approximate dilution 1:50,000 in each step.
More than any other area, Hahnemann kept changing his recommendations for how much and how frequently to administer the remedies. From at least the 4th edition he talked about the quantity of dose making a difference. For some reason this was largely ignored until the early 90s. A few homeopaths began using Hahnemann’s LM recommendations (6th Edition). Now many homeopaths are using either the 5th (diluting and shaking the remedy) or the 6th (LMs). However, in most veterinarians’ experience, the method of administration does not seem to matter in curing our cases.
The veterinary literature, then, frequently says that quantity does not matter. Hamilton, “dosage…number of tablets…is not too important. … The energetic aspect is not quantitative; it is qualitative.” He agrees with many veterinary homeopaths that “one pellet of any size is probably adequate to treat any size animal…” Dr. Chambreau’s notes prior to 2005 say that the quantity does not matter, only the frequency and potency.
In the last 10 years, more practitioners for people and animals have begun to use the water dilution methods of the 5th Edition or the LM of the 6th for most of their prescribing. While it seems obvious that diluting the remedy in water will weaken it, Hahnemann, in the 5th Edition says, “The action of a dose, moreover, does not diminish in the direct ratio… Eight drops of the tincture of a dose of medicine does not produce four times as much effect on the human body as two drops, but only about twice the effect…In like manner, one drop of a mixture of the tincture with ten drops of some unmedicinal fluid, when taken, will not produce ten times more effect than one drop of mixture ten times more attenuated, but only about (scarcely) twice as strong an effect, and so on, in the same ratio – so that a drop of the lowest dilution must, and really does, display still a very considerable action.”
Since 2005 Dr. Chambreau has been using more of the dilutions (5th and 6th edition). She has seen several animals respond better to one dilution than another of the same potency, or to have aggravations to a certain dilution.
When Dr. Guess spoke at the HMSSP, 2006, he said that until recently he had ignored quantity comments by Hahnemann as taught to him by his instructors. In retrospect, some patients said they needed to take specific amounts of remedies for best effect.
Dr. Jeff Feinman routinely uses the 5th edition prescribing and Dr. Krawitz the 6th edition (LMs).