Case Study for Zachry
2 yr old Golden Retriever
History: Idiopathic epilepsy, hypothyroidism, cluster seizures, and chronic diarrhea. Referred to specialty practice for complete neurological workup. Zachry had been well controlled with Phenobarbital and Soloxine until mid-October 2005. Workup at the specialty practice included spinal tap, MRI, cardiac ultrasound, radiology, and complete blood analysis. Referral veterinarian stopped Soloxine and added Potassium Bromide on October 10, 2005.
Dr. Downey’s Holistic Work-up: Zachry presented for a holistic consultation with Dr. Downey on November 16, 2005. The owner was considering euthanasia due to his deteriorating condition.
Physical Exam: Zachry was stuporous, ataxic with scuffing of the toes, had a slow heart rate, and suffered from chronic diarrhea. Applied kinesiology revealed toxic overload, heavy meal toxicosis, vaccinosis (rabies and distemper/Parvo vaccines), and weakness of the liver and thyroid gland.
Tentative Diagnosis: Toxicity due to intolerance of the seizure medications, especially the Potassium Bromide.
Initial Treatment: Aimed at gently detoxifying the body with homeopathy, homotoxicology, and Vitamin C. Thyroid glandular support was prescribed and Phenobarbital was reduced to 3/4 of a 1-grain tablet twice daily. Potassium Bromide had been stopped by the owner, a registered nurse, who felt this was the cause of the diarrhea. On his first visit, Zachry was given acupuncture only, with the intention of initiating Bicom therapy on the follow-up visit.
Follow-up Visit: On follow-up visit seven days later, on November 23, Zachry was considerably improved. He was less ataxic, but still lethargic, with intermittent diarrhea. On follow-ups on November 23 and December 5, 2005, Bicom therapy programs were run, aimed at basic detoxification and stabilization of the central nervous system and acupuncture meridians.
Between November 23 and December 12, 2005, no seizure activity was noted. The diarrhea resolved and normal activity and mental status returned including running and playing. Between December 15, 2005 and April 25, 2006, the owner noted one grand mal seizure and one petit mal seizure. Bicom therapy sessions were continued at approximately monthly intervals and were sometimes coupled with a chiropractic adjustment. Zachry was well stabilized with only minor adjustments to the Phenobarbital dosage (maintenance dosage 1.5-grain tablet twice daily).
Zachry was seen next on August 22, 2006. The owner noted three petit mal seizures that morning. History reveals that nine days prior Zachry ate some paper products and trash. Three weeks prior to that the owner had applied a spot on flea product. Physical exam was good. Applied kinesiology revealed chemical overload, namely formaldehyde. Bicom therapy programs run were aimed at detoxification and stabilization of his central nervous system along with a 5-Element program.
The owner feels strongly that Bicom therapy was a key component to Zachry’s treatment, as does Dr. Downey.
From the owner: “On our second visit, Dr. Downey did Bicom [therapy] and that was amazing… incredible. It was under two weeks from [Zachry’s] first visit. It was such a dramatic change. It was like a miracle. That Bicom made a huge difference… I got my dog back.”