My Medico Veterinario tells me that there is a commonality amongst the species with respect to the affects, contra-indications, diseases, and malfunctions. Not everything, but enough. Such as diabetes. As well, most medications can have similar results across species.
Thinking about this, we know that mice are the first animals upon which we test the effect of new drugs. Lately, we have become aware of diseases crossing the species barrier: Bird Flu, Swine Flu. Dogs can be diabetic, cats can have cancer. There is no limit to the examples.
My Medico Veterinario Mexicano tells me there is a branch of medicine developing that is focusing on this aspect: Human Animal Medicine. It strives to determine what commonalities exist, what differences exist, and what it means in terms of treatment. Most of the studies are based on the ‘sentinel’ approach, how animals can be used to determine treatment and effectiveness. There are, on the other hand, some work being done on how treatment for animals can be adjusted to more efficiently deal with their medical problems. We must not only ask what our friends can do for us, but also what we can do for our friends.
Many people, including My Medico Veterinario and myself, hold suspicions that most, if not all, of the chemical concoctions brewed, mixed, or developed have deleterious side effects or lack efficiency in their intended purpose. Being foreign to our natural environment, they perform as much in the nature of a poison as they do to correct, ameliorate, or resolve the medical issue for which they were intended. Herbal remedies, hopefully, in the least, are not as foreign to the body, have less potential for adverse effects, and, are more easily dealt with by the body for their intended purpose, and, in many cases have been known to perform efficiently. Some herbal remedies have been known for their effectiveness for centuries.
Examples, I am certain, exist to discredit either side. There are prescription medicines which are valuable for their intended purpose, are used with success in ‘off label’ situations. Such as Viagra, which was meant to lower blood pressure, but was found effective for erectile dysfunction. On the other hand, some mushrooms contain lethal poisons.
The end result is that society must be vigilant in its medical mixtures.
In the Human Animal Medicine, caution must be taken with trials of medications of both types, being sensitive to difference in species, size, weight, and other medical conditions..
When it was discovered that I live with diabetes, my physician prescribed a drug for decreasing and maintaining lower cholesterol levels. After taking it for several months I returned to him indicating my suspicion that my memory was deteriorating because of it. He opened his prescription bible to the drug, read the contra-indications, saying that it was an insignificant reaction because it said “may possibly cause some memory loss”. My response was, “The reason for it being written like that is because how can you report memory loss when you have lost your memory.” ‘Makes sense,” he said. Stop taking it for two weeks, if your memory improves there is an alternative. I did, and, it did improve. The alternative was the vitamin Niacin.
Over time, I discovered that My Medico Veterinario lives with diabetes, too.
I asked him, “What do you do when you discover that a dog has diabetes?”
“Depending on the animal, its size, and age, he needs to be injected with insulin.”
Use of herbal remedies and other medications is a two way street between species. We can all help one another.
We are all looking for ‘well-being’. We share our information often gained from personal experience with others. We offer and are offered advice many many times per day: advertisements, chatting, in many social interactions. The monopoly on the practise of medicine, and, advice is non-existent, with the exception of the ability to prescribe certain medicines or to perform certain operations. Non-prescription or prescription drugs, herbal remedies.