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Orthomolecular Medicine In Veterinary Practice

Orthomolecular Medicine, a comparatively recent aspect of medicine and veterinary medicine is dedicated to the prevention, treatment, and control of diseases at their source by administering natural nutritional protocols.

PREVENTION: Orthomolecular veterinarians’ approach via prevention begins with the pregnant canine and feline by administering nutritional protocols to optimize a good pregnancy and to stimulate good antibody production to be passed on to their progeny. Optimization of good antibody production in the newborn is essential now that its on its outside the mother’s womb will fight off the challenges of its new environment, and the protocol will aid in good physical development.

The Twentieth Century ushered in a revolution in pharmaceuticals that offered “quick fixes” via symptomatic treatment of diseases. Though these drugs offered relief from the symptoms of diseases, they did not eliminate the sources of the problem. This being the case, meant a life of administering drugs to minimize or prevent the symptoms of the disease.

Treatment and Control: Theses are best demonstrated by an Orthomolecular approach to two common diseases: Inflammatory Bowel Disease and allergies. Inflammatory Bowel Disease(IBD) is a debilitating disease manifested by chronic diarrhea and sometimes associated vomiting. The conventional approach is administering steroids, antibiotics, anti-diarrheals, probioctics and elimination diets. It has been proven that this condition is an allergy initiated by an allergen present in the food being consumed. These allergens cause severe damage to the intestinal wall which in turn causes the persistent diarrhea. The Orthomolecular approach is to heal the damaged tissues that was created by the allergen which brought about the chemical action of oxidation. Those antioxidants that functions best in the intestinal tract are administered and within an average of two months, the symptoms are abated. Since the condition occurred because of an immune deficiency, it is necessary to administer a nutritional protocol to improve immune function to prevent relapses.

ALLERGIES: Allergies are probably the most common malady in veterinary practice, especially skin allergies. Most often caused by external parasites, contact with allergens, and also food allergens. The normal procedure for skin allergies is to identify the specific allergen via skin testing then providing the appropriate antigen for the patient to tolerate or resist the allergen. This scenario can be repeated indefinitely as new allergens are encountered. The Orthomoleclar approach is simple and direct, optimize immune function by administering those nutritional supplements that works best for the immune system, should the immune system functions optimally, there will be no allergies.

Orthomolecular protocols are most cost effective with no adverse side effects.

So simple and “too good to be true”, extensive clinical research with very positive research incorporating nutritional protocols to treat maladies is being done at Cornell, Colorado State. and Texas A&M Schools of Veterinary Medicine. Theses teaching institutions are validating what I have done forty years ago. I am hopeful that these researchers and educators will include their clinical research in their curricula so that the graduates can bring these findings into their practices to benefit their patients.