Dr. H Cade Gurney
Aspen Park Veterinary Hospital
The relationships between animals and human beings are legend-- companionship blessed child-joys, regardless of age. And there is a disrespect delivered by humans upon animals, humans upon
humans, and humans upon themselves which cuts across that joy, relentlessly generating disease, pain and disability that is physical, emotional, mental and spiritual.
Before becoming a veterinarian, I was a cowboy, stevedore, bulldozer operator, steel fitter, military medical technician and had many other experiences listed. Most of all, I was chasing my curiosity about things, life, myself and others.
At the time we were designing the device which would seek to explore for life on Mars, deep in our Universe, I was at the same time looking, exploring if you will, for life within single cells. I got really excited about that age old question: "What is life and how is it?"
As I became more conversant with life interactions--research into the effects of stress upon the immune-cellular systems and transplantation immunity endeavors early on (1950's)--I was repeatedly struck by the profound ability of the body to react. Sometimes the body, unassisted, would make changes to defeat disease; and other times it would fail miserably, and even worse. Sometimes it would seemingly serve as a reservoir for disease, or even spread the seeds of its own destruction.
More and more, as I moved from a 'white palace' research environment to battling disease in the trenches, I noticed at the edge of my consciousness how animals--cats, dogs, horses--seemed to behave more in keeping with their human models (their owners) than with each other. I remember vividly, the sweet, wonderful 'little old lady' with her little terrier. The dog eventually died, mostly from being overweight (a burden similarly carried by its master). Wanting to ease the woman's pain and grief, I searched for and found a thin, scrawny terrier pup for this lady, to help fill the void left by the one she lost. I had a clear and present expectation that I could be assured of not having the 'war of fat' with THIS one. You can guess the outcome: I spent the next twelve years trying to keep that little critter more the shape of a football than a basketball.
'And, what do I know about bassets? What I know is this: Bassets are Extra-terrestrials, which arrived upon this planet many, many years ago--and they specifically chose each of you to live with. Bassets are not dogs. They are different.
Einstein and the cadre of 'searchers' on similar tacks, are a force--a presence which urges us to look beyond what we know as medicine and surgery today. We can no longer ignore the terms 'spiritual', lbioenergetics', 'genetic pressure', 'stress', 'neuro-immunology', Ineuro linguistics', 'Kirlian effects', 'Naessen's somatids', 'Carrells trefons', 'The Yellow Emperor's Text on Acupuncture', 'herbal medicine', 'Hahnemann's homeopathy', 'kinesiology', 'sensitives" and so on.
In the face of so many very, very difficult disease problems, we can no longer afford to place demands upon the standard Western allopathic medical professionals for answers outside of their realm and outside of their capacities.
I am a good surgeon, and a very good diagnostician. In the case of a patient with a fractured leg, an appropriate ASIF compression plate reduction (repair) is a superb way to fix the problem. In the case of a gangrenous limb, amputation is an appropriate way to excise (remove) the problem.
In cases of acute illness and injury, we have developed awesome technical expertise. I would not suggest that we give up all we have achieved to this day. On the other hand, directing our attention to our topic, in any illness or injury which seems to linger for over three days to three weeks, it has been my experience that we go from the care of the 'acutely ill or injured' to the chronically ill or non- recovering patient.
In many instances, the acute case permits us to go right to the problem--and fix it. The chronic case begs for relief. In looking through my pharmacy--the surgical and drug 'armatoriuml--I find little available for the chronic case except drugs which either mask the problem or substantially put at risk normal body functions. The use of steroids is a classical example of providing very short 'relative' relief at the expense of creating long-term, iatrogenic (drug induced) problems. The use of pain-killers masks the pain, while the degenerative condition marches on relentlessly.
We do not normally think of arthritis, or old age manifestations for that matter, as killer diseases. Yet, I daresay we would find in a survey of 'cause of death' that euthanasia due to the chronic pain of arthritis and attendant weaknesses would rate higher than cancer, heart disease or kidney disease.
What is a chronic disease anyway? And where does it come from? How does chronic disease happen?
The news is filled with the 'where' of chronic disease and acute diseases which become chronic. The list ranges from Agent Orange to asbestos, to smog, to mineral deficiency, to malnutrition, to noise, to fluorescence, to tectonic plates shifting in the Earth's crust, to marriage, divorce, jobs, antisocial behavior...
What is cancer all about? How about this answer: "Cancer is the ultimate answer to the insoluble problem." "Arthritis is the solution to going on, and on, and ..... not wanting to go on." "Heart attacks, any vascular impedient, is like--'take this job and shove it, I'm checking out!'"
When I was in cancer research and stress research, and then in clinical practice, I kept getting stumped with one question: "How is it that every human and every animal does not die from a given lethal disease when it strikes a common population under similar circumstances?"
And there was a second question: "How come some patients get better and others do not?"
The third question was: "How does an individual go about making a tumor, an arthritis, a lens cataract, pemphigus, spinal nerve demyelinization (MS), auto-immune disease, rheumatoid afflictions, 'catch a cold', catch distemper (with a net?)", and so on.
As for the quantum leap, the patient asks, "How do I get well?" Similarly, the doctor asks, "How do I get my patients well? ... or do I?"
Let us presume there is something more to getting well than taking an aspirin and going to bed with a hot water bottle. Let us presume that the bad luck some people (with animals) have, and the good luck (with animals, and people too) that other people have is not accidental.
In school, and even before school, we are trained and bludgeoned into believing that 1+1 = 2, as an absolute. That is how allopathic, traditional medicine is taught in order to maintain the consistency of 1+1 = 2. This is the thinking process, the strategy of a Newton--brilliant though he was. For his time he had us believe all was measurable in absolutes--black and white, right and wrong, good and bad. Anything which fell outside the measurable was blamed on God, or God would take care of it, or even more commonly ..... simply disregarded as nonsense or heresy.
In my own clinical practice, which is devoted to alleviating pain, disease and suffering in all states and at any age (because age is not an acceptable excuse for feeling bad or having pain),, we call our business "Quantum Bioenergetics.11"
What does 'quantum' mean?
The quantum mechanics of bioenergetic medicine and surgery urges the practitioner, client and patient in a common direction wherein we notice that 111+1 may be 211 with unconscious or unknown contributing influences resulting in probabilities rather than absolutes.
Thus, large-boned dogs have a higher predisposition for bone cancer (osteogenic sarcoma) than smaller dogs. Boxers have a higher incidence of cancer than non-boxers. Nitrates, nitrites and nitrosamines can substantially increase the incidence of retained placentas, weak and dead puppies, and reabsorption.
When animals experience a medical situation, like a veterinary clinic, they are often nervous, apprehensive, piddling, and shaky. I am curious about the little kitten or the little puppy who at their very first visit show signs of fright or outright terror. From whom or how did they learn to be frightened?
How do you feel about visiting your physician? ... your veterinarian? ... your dentist? When I see a little, frightened puppy, I am curious enough to ask:
"How did YOU feel about YOUR FIRST VISIT TO THE DOCTOR?"
What we are asking about here has to do with the communication of information in a manner which el&cits a physiological response. It is important that we begin to respond to the urgings for meaningful communication. Like the plaintive plea: "If only someone had/did/could have listened to me!"
In my clinic it is an assigned task, moment by moment, to pay attention to what is being said about who, when, and where. The rule for conducting our lives in a meaningful manner is not just a stab at 'communicating what we want.' What most of us call communication is saying what we say, without really knowing what we want, or what the outcome of our communication is going to be.
Example: Your dog is on the other side of the highway. The traffic has suddenly become intense. You are frightened that he/she will see you and come running across the road, get hit, and injured. You experience a conscious and unconscious set of physiological reactions associated with anxiety, fear and anticipation (seeing in your mind, hearing in your ears, feeling the crunch of impact). Your voice will be affected. Your voice will communicate fear, anxiety, and hallucination; with the outcome that your pet will experience all of your feelings-- without the specifics. Being bonded to you he/she will rush to you for assurance.
You then violate another point of communication. You shout: "Do NOT cross the road."
When you tell a child, "Do NOT touch the bowl!", what do they do? They touch the bowl because the neurological strategy of the mind does not process the words: 'no' or 'not'--it simply deletes (ignores automatically) the information.
Since you put your pet through obedience training the solution and the outcome are available in a word: "SIT." The statement is clear, anchored in previous reward (hopefully), and will predictably affect the desired outcome.
What does this have to do with 'disease".>
Malbehavior is a disease. It is a disease that results in abandonment, abuse, and euthanasia or outright murder. When an animal, a pet, even a horse shows up in my clinic four times or more in six months I suspect a 'stressed' environment. Animals just don't get sick. Like us, they experience the stress of change. The more that change resembles loss of security, threat to life, threat of injury by people or other animals, or loss of bonding they begin to immunologically come apart at the
It is a learned art that we achieve a state of respecting our fellow animals, whether woman, man, or beast. Respect is not a given. Respect comes of diligence, listening, seeing, feeling, and perceiving with all of our senses at the ready and available to receive input from another. It is a process of gaining clear, insightful information which asks for acceptance, rather than interpretation.
Unfortunately, most of us interpret out of ignorance thinking we know something. The something we think we know is actually an interpretation rather than the simple observed information reported. The newspaper and television newsmakers' are more often than not guilty of interpretation rather than simply reporting observed events.
"My Dog is lame."
"How did it happen."
"He was jumping a hurdle and hit it."
"Are you sure?"
"Well, I guess so".
"How can we help you?"
"Can you look and X-ray it to be sure it's not broken or something?"
"Does it dangle?"
This patient was found to be subject to easy bruising, very weak, almost wobbly, to be profoundly anemic, clot mechanism impaired, with splenomegaly (enlarged spleen).
In fact, this is not a case of a client doing a poor job of reporting events, but a poor job of accessing information concerning the patient's status and well-being.
There seems to be a basic evasiveness borne of malpractice suits, the embarrassment of just not knowing answers all the time, of internally fearing cancer, heart disease, kidney disease, liver disease, and whatever other projections we conjure up to avoid. And, when we aren't avoiding, we are excusing in advance how sometimes' things just don't work out.
In a quantum bioenergetic medical-surgical practice it is a statement of purpose that our patient will get the best care available, whether from us or from someone better qualified by experience or expertise or talent. We are playing 'probability' to the hilt. We intend to install every possible and every imaginable device and technique to the process of our patient's recovery.
The patient with an infection has failed to deal with the issue in a manner consistent with health. our focus is upon the failure of the immune system because the patient is not going to recover full health unless the immune system regains full competency once again.
The same is true to the cancer patient, the infectious disease patient, the injured patient, and so on.
The 'normal' patient immobilizes (a long laborious and painful process) the painful joint by dumping in calcium and literally cementing the joint (backs, legs, hips, etc). This is a simplistic but accurate view of a common process.