PIVH Annual Meeting 2019

Annual Meeting of the Pitcairn Institute of Veterinary Homeopathy

Saguaro Lake, Mesa, Arizona

18 Presentations
13 hours of audio

Strange, Rare and Peculiar
In a case from 1889 a severe case of Canine Distemper is treated successfully with one remedy. The case is remarkable in that the most characteristic symptom is not readily found in the usual sources. An attempt to identify the remedy is demonstrated. 
(Richard Pitcairn, DVM, PhD)

Second Opinion, Second Chance?
This frustrated owners wanted a magical and different treatment for “Luca” who developed new urinary calculi just two months after the first surgical removal. Homeopathic treatment had a surprising outcome.
(Rosa Ramirez, DVM)

How Symptom Location Guided My Remedy Choice in Two Patients with Limited Histories
“Velvet” and “Ishmael” had both been recently adopted at a mature age.  Not much was known about their previous histories.  Both had been treated allopathically after adoption. They initially presented with skin symptoms focused to a certain location on their bodies, which proved to be the most helpful guide in remedy selection.
(Marybeth Minter, DVM)

Spigelia, the Remedy
Exploring the historical elucidation of this remedy, its development from provings into clinical experience.    (Richard Pitcairn, DVM, PhD)

Emotional Rubrics in Boenninghausen
While we don’t know what our patients are thinking, we can make a calculated assessment as experienced observers. Knowing what emotions predominate in our patients, and how these emotions impact the case, offers another guide to the curative remedy. Is it part of the normal mental state of the patient, or is the patient truly ill on an emotional level? We will explore carefully using emotions to guide our case analysis.
(Wendy Jensen, DVM, CVH)

Keratitis in a Horse
A case from 1889 gives us insight to another rare symptom.  We try to find that information in our reference material as an exercise in the  study of materia medica.
(Richard Pitcairn, DVM, PhD)

Kali bichromicum, the Remedy
We move from seeing this remedy work in this prior case to how this can be a basis for materia medica learning.
(Richard Pitcairn, DVM, PhD)

Geriatric Patients with Back Problems
How I’ve worked to devise a relatively simple and effective solution to remedy selection with selected case studies.
(Paul Rowan, DVM)

Kent’s Development of Homeopathy
James Tyler Kent, MD is a major figure in the development of homeopathy into what it is today.  He is a promoter of the use of higher potencies and more than anyone else embraced and extended the metaphysical teachings of Hahnemann. We will study his method.
(Richard Pitcairn, DVM, PhD)

Clean Meat and Dirty Little Herbicides: Update on Healthy, Humane Diets for Dogs and Cats
Meat consumption takes a high toll on farmed animals and on our planet, and 25% of US meat products go to pets. To address that, we support balanced vegan diets for most dogs and many cats. But wait, soon there will be a new option:“clean meat,” cultured from harmless biopsies and free of antibiotics, hormones and accumulated toxins. It is coming to markets and pet foods soon, and eventually it could spell the end of factory farming — Big Meat is investing!  We will also look at new findings on glyphosate and GMOs in pet foods and ways they seem to be undermining health.
(Susan Pitcairn, MS)

The Potency Question – Low vs. High
Preference for potency of the medicine used has been an ongoing concern for many practitioners. Historically there has been considerable fluctuation. We will discuss the clinical difference in various potency use – X, C, and LM.
(Richard Pitcairn, DVM, PhD)

Treating the Entire Farm as an Organism
In the spring of 2017 and 2018, a nearby farm used excessive volatile chemical  sprays for a large GMO tobacco operation. The drift carried onto a 67-acre certified organic farm nearby. Multiple herb plants, rose bushes, blueberry bushes were killed, trees damaged and 2 animals (rescued donkeys) died, with the remaining animals showing symptoms. Lab testing revealed extremely high levels of toxic chemicals. This presentation will detail how the individual animals, the herd, the owners and amazingly the entire farm itself responded to homeopathic remedy treatment over a 12-month time frame.
(Mary Ann Skillman, RN, BSN)

Cure and Prevention of Infectious Respiratory Disease in a Boarding Kennel Population: Identifying the Genus Epidemicus
Hundreds of cases of canine respiratory disease were described in the late summer and early fall of 2018 in the eastern United States. The causative agent was not identified. I treated 16 dogs presumptively infected while boarding, identifying two primary remedies based on the symptoms displayed by several of the dogs.  These remedies were also used to treat boarding dogs showing very early signs of disease, and used prophylactically in a busy dog daycare population.
(Laura Weis, DVM)

Bacteria, Their Role in Disease
Considering the role of micro-organisms in disease from a homeopathic perspective we see that the context of the homeopathic method considers the patient differently. How disease manifests, including what are usually considered the infectious agents, is part of that patient view and plays a subordinate role.
(Richard Pitcairn, DVM, PhD)

Cross-Species Evaluation of Homeopathic Cure: More than a Placebo
In spite of condemnation by the allopathic community that homeopathic medicines are nothing more than a placebo, we are shown time and time again that our animal patients respond curatively to these remedies. In fact, the patients who have suffered the least amount of allopathic intervention often have the most rapid cures. This presentation will discuss several cases of homeopathic cures across species, highlighting the simplicity of homeopathic prescribing and the honesty of animal responses to remedies.
(Lisa Melling, DVM, CVH)

Constitutional Remedies for Dogs
Domestic dogs, though derived from wolves, have been considerably changed from this earlier manifestation. That these changes have happened is significant in recognizing the most useful constitutional remedies for dogs.
(Richard Pitcairn, DVM, PhD)

The Beauty of Materia Medica at Our Fingertips
How can we use ReferenceWorks to improve our accuracy in homeopathic practice? Searching for key terms in order to compare across remedies is simplified using a computer program. Remedies are more easily studied this way as well, thus growing our knowledge and bringing materia medica to life in our minds. We will explore the use of ReferenceWorks to develop our mental remedy pictures, narrow choices in a case, and determine the exact best match for our patients.
(Wendy Jensen, DVM, CVH)

Understanding the Totality of Symptoms
Dr. Samuel Hahnemann emphasized using all the symptoms of the patient in determining what was the appropriate treatment. What was meant by this and why was it emphasized? 
(Richard Pitcairn, DVM, PhD)