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Alternative healing: two bodies of evidence August 11, 2007

Posted by Dreamhealer in Articles.

CHAPEL HILL – Right around Halloween two years ago I (along with my 10-year old cocker spaniel Max) proved the laughingstock of just about everyone we knew outside of the San Francisco Bay Area where we then lived. Why?After our regular veterinarian diagnosed Max with a spinal rupture, the treatment plan outlined was straightforward — if over-the-top expensive. Immediate spinal surgery. Price tag: $4,000.

Aside from the cost, I couldn’t believe major surgery — with a dog in a body cast for weeks — could be the first line of attack.

Nor did another Bay Area vet who relies on alternative medicine techniques for her four-legged patients. She recommended eight weeks of acupuncture and some homeopathic remedies as well.

And so Max and I went for two months; he took extremely well to the countless needles inserted in his paws, backside, forehead and ears. By New Year’s he was just fine, scavenging for food and chasing squirrels like before. Total cost: $680.

A miracle? Hardly. Among two-legged creatures, acupuncture is now an accepted medical intervention for dozens of conditions and, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, nearly half of U.S. adults have used some form of complementary medicine. Still, Max and I were the butt of many New Age jokes — especially by friends and family here on the East Coast. Read More…..


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