By Dr. Becker
This month's featured patient is Myra Moonbeam, a darling female Boston terrier who developed a terrible neurologic disease following a vaccination.
In May 2005, Myra Moonbeam was a happy, healthy, almost two year-old girl who went to her veterinarian for an annual exam.
The vet gave Myra a Lyme vaccine.
Over the next few weeks Myra started shaking her head a lot and losing her balance.
Then she began vomiting and stumbling when she walked.
The balance problem and disorientation worsened over the next week to the point where she was falling down.
Myra was also experiencing rear limb weakness, her lymph nodes were enlarged, and she developed a head tilt and head tremors.
Myra is Referred to a Specialist
At the end of May, due to her rapid physical decline, Myra was referred to a board-certified neurologist who performed a spinal tap and other diagnostics.
Myra's recent history (since the Lyme vaccine), her clinical symptoms and the results of diagnostic testing all pointed to a diagnosis of granulomatous meningoencephalitis, or GME.
GME is an inflammatory autoimmune disease of the central nervous system (CNS).
It's a canine condition seen primarily in young to middle-aged small breed, female dogs.
The disease is rarely seen in cats.
GME happens quickly and is life-threatening.
Lesions are primarily found in the white matter of the brain and spinal cord.
The traditional veterinary community considers the disease to be idiopathic, or without an identifiable cause.
However, it is also thought the disease may be caused by an abnormal response to an infectious agent.
While most conventional DVMs refuse to acknowledge a link between autoimmune diseases and vaccines – especially Lyme, rabies and leptospirosis vaccines – holistic vets have long voiced concern about what certainly seems to be a cause-and-effect relationship between certain vaccines and the subsequent development of autoimmune disorders in pets.
The veterinary neurologist placed Myra on high doses of two powerful immuno-suppressive drugs, azathioprine and prednisone.
Over the next several months, her neurologic symptoms improved. At her October 2005 recheck, the neurologist told Myra's owner the dog should stay on the drugs until May of the following year (2006).
Myra's mom had researched the side effects for azathioprine and prednisone, and she was very concerned about leaving her pet on those drugs for such an extended period of time.
She made an appointment to bring Myra to see me in November 2005.
Myra's Healing Protocol
In my professional opinion, Myra's autoimmune disease was caused by the Lyme vaccine she received in May 2005.
So my plan for Myra centered on cleansing her little body of the toxic effects of vaccines and the immuno-suppressant drugs she was taking, and supporting renewal of nerve tissue damaged by the GME.
My protocol included the following homeopathic remedies and natural supplements:
- Vaccine detoxification with homeopathic Thujai. Homeopathic remedies are selected based on a patient's symptoms. Myra's neurologic symptoms also aligned with the remedy Lyssin, so she was given that as well.
- A supplement called Metal Magnetii which binds to accumulated heavy metals in the body and makes them easier to expel. (Many vaccines contain mercury and other heavy metals.)
- A custom-compounded plant sterol to replace the prednisone Myra was taking.
- The supplement NeuroRecoveryiii to help rebuild peripheral nerves and the central nervous system.
In addition to the above remedies and supplements, I tapered Myra off her medications over an eight week period.
We monitored her progress by re-checking her neuro reflexes and bloodwork every few weeks. Judicious monitoring of high risk patients like Myra in this manner is absolutely critical to their recovery. Autoimmune diseases can be life-threatening and can flare back up at any time.
Myra's mom understood she would be coming in for lots of vet visits during the recovery process and that her dog could relapse at any time. Thankfully, she didn't.
I'm grateful to report that Myra Moonbeam made a full recovery from her GME.
By her third birthday, she was once again a happy, healthy girl. In June, she'll be a lady of nine who enjoys her raw food diet and a wonderful quality of life.
Myra can never be vaccinated again, for any reason, without the risk of acquiring an immune-mediated disease.