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Integrating complementary treatment options with traditional veterinary practice is a growing trend in veterinary medicine. Veterinarians and clients alike have an interest in expanding treatment options to include alternative approaches such as Western and Chinese Herbal Medicine, Acupuncture, Nano-Pharmacology, Homotoxicology, and Therapeutic Nutrition along with conventional medicine. Integrating Complementary Medicine into Veterinary Practice introduces and familiarizes veterinarians with the terminology and procedures of these complementary treatment modalities in a traditional clinical format that facilitates the easy integration of these methods into established veterinary practices.
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Reviewer: Jonathan Hale Foreman, DVM, MS (University of Illinois College of Veterinary Medicine)
Description: This book on complementary medicine in small animal practice purposefully avoids the use of the commonly used term, "alternative medicine." Since the book is limited to small animal use, it contains no detail on equine alternative therapies despite the frequent use of alternative therapies in equine practice. There are 8 sections with 35 chapters, a glossary, and one appendix.
Purpose: The authors' intent is to provide the first definitive book on the integration of complementary medicine into conventional western medicine in the practice of small animal veterinary medicine. The book is patterned after Kirk's "Current Veterinary Therapy" or "Blackwell's Five-Minute Veterinary Consult." There is a dearth of easily found information on alternative therapies and the authors have produced a book that will prove useful to those who require a checklist source of alternative therapies for treating, either primarily or integratively, common clinical problems seen in small animal practice.
Audience: The book is intended for practitioners of veterinary medicine who require a single source of information on treating common clinical problems with some form of complementary medicine, either alone or adjunctively. Veterinary students may find the book difficult to follow until they have mastered the more common, conventional western styles of clinical therapy. The authors seem to be credible authorities on integrative medicine, but in the Preface they seem to undermine their own faith in these techniques in acknowledging that, "we often run into the brick wall of evidence-based rules that prohibit the expanded use of alternative therapies because there is little statistical proof that they work."
Features: The book uses a systems approach, followed by sections on the complementary treatment of cancer and on vaccinations. The section on vaccines contains considerable personal opinion regarding the efficacy of vaccines, and more emphasis on the potential negative outcome of vaccination rather than on the clear-cut conventional belief in the widespread positive aspects of infectious disease prevention through vaccination. For those interested in pursuing complementary therapies, the book provides a litany of potential therapies for common small animal diseases. Section 8 provides a handy list of contact information for sources of various complementary therapies such as herbs, glandulars, otics, oils, and nutraceuticals.
Assessment: This is an excellent example of the fact that one can say almost anything unchallenged in a book as opposed to having content which must undergo peer review in order to be published in the conventional scientific literature. For example, in the preface, the authors state that "the incidence of chronic disease and cancer...has increased at alarming rates and is diagnosed at younger ages, even in puppies and kittens." Where is the evidence for such a statement? Unfortunately, it is statements such as this one which make the acceptance of alternative medicine so difficult for those who require more evidence than, "I gave this small amount of an herb to this dog and it got better, so the herb must have worked." In this manner, the authors have perpetuated the disservice that this aspect of the veterinary profession has created by failing to perform placebo-controlled case studies with alternative therapies, studies which would be required by the FDA for the approval of any commercial veterinary medical product.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780813820200
  • Publisher: Wiley, John & Sons, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 8/11/2008
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 928
  • Product dimensions: 8.40 (w) x 11.10 (h) x 1.90 (d)

Meet the Author

Robert Goldstein, VMD is currently Director of Veterinary Services at Animal Nutrition Technologies, Healing Center for Animals, Northern Skies Veterinary Center as well as Director of Product Development for Earth Animal, all in Westport CT.

Paula Jo Broadfoot, DVM graduated from Kansas State University School of Veterinary Medicine and has been studying and practicing therapeutic nutrition for the past 18 years.

Richard E. Palmquist, DVM is currently the head of medicine at Centinela Animal Hospital in Inglewood, California.

Karen Johnston, DVM works at Hampton Veterinary Hospital in the fields of small animal and exotic pet medicine, surgery, and acupuncture. She is also the co-owner of Natural Solutions, herbal supplements for veterinary use.

Jiu Jia Wen, DVM is the owner of Hampton Veterinary Hospital.

Barbara Fougere, BSc BVMS (hons), BHSc (Comp Med), MODT, MHSc (Herb Med), CVA (IVAS), CVBM, CVCP is the president of the Australian Veterinary Acupuncture Association and President for the International Veterinary Botanical Medicine Association.

Margo Roman, DVM opened a holistic health center for animals offering chiropractic, cranial sacral, physical therapy, massage, reiki, and polarity in the lower level and in the main clinic homeopathy, acupuncture, herbs, surgery and conventional medicine in an integrative method.

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Table of Contents

Foreword Carvel G. Tiekert Tiekert, Carvel G.

Foreword Martin Deangelis Deangelis, Martin

Introduction How to Use This Book

Sect. 1 Introduction to Integrative Veterinary Medicine: The Integration of Old and Ancient Medical Practice Techniques Into Conventional Veterinary Practice 3

Ch. 1 Introduction to Integrative Veterinary Medicine 5

Ch. 2 A Modern Approach to Therapeutic Nutraceuticals 13

Ch. 3 The Modern Approach to the Integration of Chinese Herbal Medicine 69

Ch. 4 Homotoxicology - The Modern Approach to Homeopathy 81

Ch. 5 A Practical Approach to the Integration of Western Herbal Medicine into Veterinary Practice 113

Sect. 2 Integrative Therapy Protocols by Organ System 125

Ch. 6 Autoimmune Disease 127

Ch. 7 Diseases of the Blood and Lymph 151

Ch. 8 Behavior and Emotional Conditions 179

Ch. 9 Diseases of the Cardiovascular System 209

Ch. 10 Diseases of the Dermatological System 239

Ch. 11 Diseases of the Digestive System 277

Ch. 12 Diseases of the Eye and Ear 389

Ch. 13 Diseases of the Musculoskeletal System 423

Ch. 14 Diseases of the Respiratory System 447

Ch. 15 Diseases of the Urogenital System 475

Ch. 16 Metabolic and Endocrine Diseases 509

Ch. 17 Neurological Disorders 537

Sect. 3 Integrative Therapy Protocols for Infectious Diseases 589

Ch. 18 Integrative Therapy Protocols for Infectious Diseases 591

Sect. 4 Western Herbal Disease Protocols 641

Ch. 19 Diseases of the Blood and Lymph 643

Ch. 20 Emotional and Behavioral Conditions 647

Ch. 21 Diseases of the Cardiovascular System 653

Ch. 22 Diseases of the Skin 659

Ch. 23 Diseases of the Digestive System 665

Ch. 24 Diseases of the Eye and Ear 673

Ch. 25 Diseasesof the Musculoskeletal System 677

Ch. 26 Diseases of the Respiratory System 681

Ch. 27 Diseases of the Urogenital System 685

Ch. 28 Metabolic and Endocrine Diseases 691

Ch. 29 Neurological Disorders 695

Ch. 30 Infectious Diseases 699

Ch. 31 Western Herbal Cancer Treatment 705

Sect. 5 Integrative Cancer Therapy Protocols: Therapeutic Nutrition, Chinese Herbal Medicine, and Homotoxicology 717

Ch. 32 Integrative Cancer Therapy Protocols 719

Ch. 33 IVM Cancer Treatment Protocols Presented by Cancer Type 735

Ch. 34 Advanced Homotoxicology: Aurosanguis Therapy, Oncology, and Cancer Protocols 767

Sect. 6 Vaccinations 799

Ch. 35 Vaccinations 801

Sect. 7 Glossary 811

Sect. 8 Resources, Product Suppliers, Suggested References, and Readings 819

Appendix Acupuncture Points Mentioned 827

Index 829

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