After being separated from the US Air Force in 1959, I returned to my “Home of Record” San Jose , California. Due to a gross lack of funds, I was not able to enter into veterinary practice. Therefore, in order to support my family, wife and two little ones, I took a position with the US Department of Agriculture as a veterinary meat inspector. In addition to this position, on weekends, I relieved veterinary practitioners. Finally in May in May of 1962 I had enough capital to enter into veterinary practice, not enough to locate in an affluent area of town, but rather in an average hard working middle class area where many families lived from “pay check to paycheck” My colleagues said I would never make it my area of choice. I was determined to prove them wrong. Since these wonderful pet owners had limited funds to spend on their pets for traditional veterinary treatment protocols, I set out to find alternative cost effective protocols for my clients.
This led me to the County hospital library on my lunch hours and after work reading obscure articles and professional published papers. Because I was not a hospital staff member, I was not permitted to “check out” any books or periodicals, I had to make notes, since during these years, there were no copy machines, as we have today, no internet, computers nor IPhones this was 1963. On one visit to the library, I happened upon an article in a nutritional journal about a country doctor, Dr. Fred Klenner who in the 1940’s successfully treated polio patients during an epidemic in one of the Carolina’s. His success was accomplished by injecting his patients with vitamin C. His success with this vitamin was the impetus for my quest to find effective solutions to medical problems encountered in my fledgling practice. Vitamin C? This is a liver metabolite synthesized by the liver of dogs and cats; this probably not be effective since this “vitamin” is already in both species. “Desperate people will do desperate things,” and I was desperate, since canine and feline distemper was a significant problem in the area. After several months of trial and error, I finally established a dosage that was successful in treating this deadly disease. Since there had never been a successful conventional treatment treatment protocol, I was ecstatic, thrilled and most joyful for my success. In 1967, I wrote and presented a scientific paper to a veterinary journal for publication( Vitamin C in the Treatment of Canine and Feline Distemper Complex). Though my paper was published, it was rejected by the profession which included educators, researchers, and practitioners, and also some breeders and fanciers, they considered my efforts “quackery.”
My clients were steadfast and continued tp support me and my unorthodox treatment protocol. These wonderful people expected me to always have solutions for their pets’ medical problems, if not at lease try. They often referred their friends and relatives, some of which were from neighboring cities. This led me on a thirty seven year of learning, and experimenting with different nutritional supplements treating specific diseases and new surgical procedures.
There were vitamin/mineral combinations I required for certain conditions that were not available on the commercial supplement market. Having been trained in compounding pharmacy, I decided to attempt to formulate my own formulas that would satisfy my requirements for treating, preventing, and controlling specific pathological conditions. My formulas were developed exclusively for my patients,and their loyal owners, these clients, by word of mouth spread ant told of their experiences with my formulas which brought about a demand, from pet owners, from coast to coast and north and south.
And by the way, I am no longer referred to as a “quack,” I am now said to have been ” years ahead of my time.” There are three veterinary schools researching vitamin/mineral treatment protocols and are having the same positive results These Schools of Veterinary Medicine have validated that which I had accomplished forty years ago, and have provided me in my “golden years” a glimmer of hope that some time, in the future, nutritional treatment protocols will be”Main Stream” in the veterinary profession.
Mine has been, at times, a difficult fifty year journey, and it was a combination love and determination that would not have me abandon the animals I was trained to care for; now you know “How I Got Here.”
Wendell O. Belfield, D.V.M.