Dog owners who favor natural rearing methods might expect that “holistic” medicine would be able to lead them to the truth about this dreaded disease, how best to prevent it, what really causes it and whether or not they should vaccinate for it. I’m very sorry to report that this is most assuredly not the case.
Here is “holistic” veterinarian Dr. Karen Becker’s whole-hearted endorsement of the Parvo vaccine:
“The best treatment for parvo is prevention, which can be accomplished for the vast majority of dogs through well-timed puppy shots, followed by titering to insure successful immunization”.
Apart from the fact that this self-proclaimed holistic vet fully recommends “puppy shots”, notice the use of the words “vast majority”. First of all, amazingly, the “vast majority” of dogs manage to withstand the dietary abuse that is visited on them during weaning without contracting “Parvo” long before any vaccination takes place. So it stands to reason that the “vast majority” of dogs are going to be “Parvo”-free with or without vaccination. But Dr. Becker uses these words here to provide the wiggle room that she and other vaccination advocates need in order to account for the thousands of VACCINATED dogs that die each year from “Parvo”.
One problem with this vaccine, among the many, is that nobody keeps track of how many vaccinated vs. unvaccinated dogs die of “Parvo”. Which begs the eternal question — why isn’t anybody keeping track of how well vaccines work, or if they work at all? Here’s why: It would be expensive to do that, it would only harm the vaccine industry, AND they’re the only ones who can afford to do it. If the only parties with the means have no motivation and motivated parties have no means, all that is left is ADVERTISING, and that includes the above quote. THAT is why vaccination continues. No matter where you hear pro-vaccine nonsense from, you may consider it advertising because it’s coming from either someone who’s making money or someone who got their information from someone who’s making money. Like almost everything else in the sick dog industry, it’s all about the money.
Parvo, so-called, is the biggest money-making pet-related boogie man ever devised by the ever-devious pharmaceutical industry. Even holistic vets are on board with this trick on the dog-owning populace, while speaking disparagingly about “big pharma” in other contexts in order to pander to their naturally-inclined fan bases. The truth is, anyone who calls him or herself “holistic” but does not understand that “Parvo” is just a collection of constructive symptoms that are easily prevented WITHOUT vaccines is a fraud. So-called holistic vets use this scary, self-serving, made-up word to sell products and services as much as their allopathic counterparts do.
It’s time we looked the boogie man in the eyeball.
ARE VACCINES THE ANSWER?
The reason why “Parvo” gets talked about so much by vets and their loyal minions is that it has been a wildly successful device for selling vaccines. If you are sitting the fence about vaccines or are stymied about whom to ‘believe’, take heart. There is a way to withdraw from the big vaccine debate once and for all, and know with all certainty that you are correct. That is by understanding how and why disease happens, and “Parvo” provides us with the perfect teaching moment. It’s all actually so simple that a child could understand it.
Here it is, in a nutshell: Stuff piles up. STUFF PILES UP. The kinds of symptoms associated with “Parvo” are eliminative. When the body employs them, it means it is overloaded with waste that it must use its emergency devices to eliminate.
Please ponder these questions: Where is waste supposed to go if the primary organs are backlogged and can’t keep up with the influx? Do we imagine that a puppy’s body is equipped with unlimited capacity to deal with indigestible junk? How and where on earth would canines, who evolved in spare, lean food economies, have adapted the ability to process as much indigestible crap as puppies are typically fed in domestic circumstances? Does it not make sense that their bodies would indeed quickly reach a limit and need to utilize extraordinary means to get rid of it? Is it difficult to figure out that the symptoms of “parvo” are ALL about FOOD? Every single one of the symptoms has a connection to food.
Please, someone, tell me how none of this makes sense, so I can just go back to pouring kibble into my dog’s bowl. I’m waiting.
THE REALITY OF “PARVO”
In the meantime, let’s look at the most common symptoms of “parvo”, as compiled by www.PetMD.com:
- Severe diarrhea, often bloody
- Severe weight loss
These symptoms look pretty scary if you think they’re like an invisible monster at the dog park waiting for the opportunity to pounce on your dog! That’s exactly how we’ve been encouraged to think of disease by the people who make lots of money from it. In truth, however, disease NEVER attacks from the outside, it builds from the inside and represents the body’s constructive efforts to save itself from accumulating sewage. Here is a brief explanation of each symptom and what its real purpose is:
Severe, bloody diarrhea: Foods that are indigestible and unusable by the body cause irritation in the intestinal tract. Wastes from these foods accumulate in the cells and tissues, and the body brings heat and fluids to the areas where wastes are concentrated to dilute them and accelerate their elimination. This happens wherever in the body there is healing to be done because healing cannot be accomplished in a polluted environment. This is inflammation. It represents the body’s effort to purify the bloodstream so blood can perform the way it’s supposed to and tissues can knit back together. Sometimes, when causes continue, the digestive tract becomes so inflamed that it ulcerates and bleeds. The body sends water into the intestine to effect a premature bowel movement because it cannot digest food. The body does this because unusable food will putrefy and pollute the bloodstream if it is not eliminated. The body is protecting itself, preserving function and attempting to cleanse.
Anorexia: In this context, the word simply means a LACK OF APPETITE. Since for most people it brings to mind the dangerous human disorder Anorexia Nervosa, dog owners tend to think that anorexia means a severely underweight condition that sometimes ends in death. But anorexia is not harmful in animals and is a perfectly natural response to sickness. The body does not need food when it is working to eliminate accumulated wastes that threaten its ability to function. Food is WORK for the body before it is fuel. When the body has other work to do, it does not want more work. Not all dogs are in touch with their inner wisdom and lose their appetites, but most do. They KNOW their bodies cannot use and do not need food when they are sick. Lack of appetite is a dog listening to his inner wisdom.
Fever: Just as with inflammation, the body uses heat to accelerate the process of healing and waste elimination. Fever requires a great deal of energy to produce, so it is not seen in all animals. It is particularly seen in the young. (That’s why fever in children is common, not so common in adults.) Fortunately, even the medical profession is beginning to understand how fever is made worse by the administration of medicines designed to bring it down. Fever is never an enemy that invades. It is an incredible, miraculous, life-saving mechanism that the body uses to save itself. The enemy is the toxic load in the body that necessitates fever.
Vomiting: As previously mentioned, most dogs lose their appetites but if they don’t, the body must sometimes take matters into its own hands and sacrifice the energy and fluids required to eject food from the stomach. It does this to cut its losses. The body does not need more food when it is utilizing its emergency elimination symptoms. As with diarrhea, if it allows undigested food to stay, it will putrefy and create harmful by products. Continuing to feed a dog that shows any of the above symptoms is foolish and potentially deadly, particularly if the food is the same kind that caused the original problem. The continuation of original causes, along with the administration of medicines, is what causes ALL “parvo” deaths. ALL.
Severe weight loss: It should be obvious by now what’s going on. If the body can’t use food, doesn’t need food, already has so much “food” that it’s overburdened trying to deal with it all, and it sends signals to the dog that there is NO NEED FOR FOOD. So, the dog will not eat. “Severe weight loss” will result. While weight loss is a serious sign of problems, and there’s obviously a limit to how much weight a dog can safely lose, vets and others do not realize the fasting capacity of dogs and how much reserve fuel even a skinny dog has. So, their unfounded fears often motivate them to take extraordinary and counter-productive measures to get a dog eating again, including tempting him/her with more of the death-dealing foods that caused the original problem.
Lethargy: All of these symptoms require energy to produce. The body of a puppy has a LOT of energy but it is not unlimited! When accumulated wastes rise to a level that overburden the body and threaten vital function, the body must divert its energy to full time cleansing and elimination. Its available reserve energy is sent inward. It has no extra energy for outward activity!
WHAT ARE THE REAL CAUSES OF “PARVO”?
Puppies eat as close to perfect a food as they will ever get in their lifetimes UNTIL they are weaned. That’s typically when the trouble starts because suddenly they must accommodate large amounts of indigestible garbage in the form of ‘puppy food’. The waste capacity of puppies is easily overwhelmed when so much of what they are fed is sharply at variance with what they are biologically adapted to eat. That’s why a puppy’s body must sometimes use symptoms to deal with the excess. These symptoms are ALL part of the body’s effort to save itself.
It hardly ever happens that a caretaker realizes what’s happening and cooperates with nature, because typically the kinds of people who feed disease-causing foods don’t usually figure out what they’re doing wrong quickly enough to save the life of the dog or puppy. But when it does happen – i.e., when causes are removed, puppies will get WELL. Puppies are so vital and resilient that they sometimes even get well when they are medicated. It should be remembered, however, that when a medicated dog gets well, it’s always in spite of the medicines, not because of them. The body heals ITSELF.
When you understand what the body’s trying to do with these symptoms, you can easily see how counter-productive and risky it is to suppress them. Stopping the body from ridding itself of waste and adding MORE in the form of remedies will cause waste to accumulate to dangerous levels. This kills many puppies and it is not the symptoms that cause the death, it’s the attempt to stop them.
These symptoms are exactly like sniffles in children. Parvo, and all puppy diseases are, in fact, the canine equivalent of childhood diseases. As many parents are discovering, if you cooperate with the body when these symptoms occur, they will never escalate into anything serious. Try to suppress them and you will only force the body to increase its symptomatic efforts and use even more of its limited energy. Of course, once you understand the real causes of “Parvo”, it becomes a very simple matter to prevent it.
IS THERE A NATURAL CURE FOR “PARVO”?
Suppression of symptoms is foolhardy no matter what methods are used but the reason so many holistic-minded people claim to have “cured” parvo is because their remedies cause less additional harm than the pharmaceutical ones. Fewer puppies may die when they are treated with these natural remedies but NONE die when they are treated properly, except in cases where death is already imminent. There are no “cures” needed when causes can be removed and the body can heal itself, which it does in all cases where healing has occurred.
DISEASE BUILDS FROM THE INSIDE, JUST LIKE HEALTH
If you cause a disease with your unhealthy habits, you cannot prevent the effects by by-passing your body’s protective barrier (your skin) and injecting chemicals into your bloodstream. The diseases that are thought to be “infectious” are ALL constructive. They are the outward signs that the body possesses enough vitality to try and save itself from the damage that accumulated wastes would otherwise do. That’s why it’s very rare for old dogs and cats to get “parvo”, never mind die from it, even though as animals get older owners typically vaccinate them less. Instead, old dogs and cats die from chronic or degenerative disease, which is never constructive and is caused by actual damage done to organs, mostly as a consequence of the foods they are fed and medications that are administered to them, including vaccines.
DO VACCINES EVER “WORK”?
Vaccines so de-vitalize the body that it sometimes doesn’t have the energy needed to employ eliminative symptoms. When the body perceives an emergency, it sacrifices stored energy in order to eliminate accumulating wastes that would otherwise jeopardize vital function. That’s why, in some animals and people, vaccines don’t “work” and they still get the symptoms the vaccine is supposed to prevent. It means their bodies had enough vitality to eliminate or otherwise deal with the vaccine AND employ its safety valve. For example, young adults getting flu shots more often get flu symptoms after a shot than elderly flu shot victims do. The flu vaccine, therefore, is seen to be very “effective” in elderly people.
It should be easy to see, then, that when vaccines “work”, it only means wastes that would have been eliminated (by symptoms) are retained in the body. That’s how simple eliminative symptoms are turned into chronic, lifelong disease. It should become clear why pharma and its buddies in the media are so keen to sell vaccines. They score twice! Once when they sell the vaccine and then again when they sell the drugs used to manage chronic disease symptoms. And why wouldn’t they do that? They’ve got stockholders to answer to.
THE TRUTH MAKES NOBODY ANY MONEY
If everyone was taught these simple truths from birth and then somebody came along and said that they had a chemical elixir that would magically cause accumulating internal pollution to disappear, we’d load them up in a loony wagon and haul them off. But since the ideas of “innoculation” and “immunity” have been pounded into us from day one, we accept this nonsense like it’s gospel truth. Fortunately for those of us whose knowledge of the facts allows us to retain our power, truth is not determined by consensus. 🙂
Stop fearing that which is totally within your control to prevent. Feed your dog properly and take back your power.