written by, Dr. Patrick Jones, DVM
People are discovering, more and more, that modern Western medicine doesn’t have all the answers. It’s my belief that the principle reason they don’t have more answers is because they are asking the wrong question! The entire basis of modern medical training and practice revolves around one question. It’s the first question we are asked by our veterinarian in the examination room and the only question that receives any real attention;
“What’s wrong with them?”.
This question certainly isn’t all bad. They do need to know what an animal’s symptoms are and why they have come to see them, but the question is flawed. The problem with asking “What’s wrong with them?” is that it implies that the symptom is the problem. This, of course, leads naturally to the fallacious conclusion that making the symptom go away equates with curing or healing the disease.
I would propose that there is a much better question; “Why is something wrong with them?”. This is a very different question that leads, by its very nature, to very different answers.
I recently had a young woman bring her dog in for an herbal consultation. She had been to several veterinarians and received from them a diagnosis of eczema. The skin condition had started several months previous to our meeting as a small dry spot behind the dog’s ear. Three months later, it had become a truly horrific scaly mess covering her neck. She had consulted with several different veterinarians who, having asked “what’s wrong with your dog” and answered “A nasty case of eczema.”, proceeded to prescribe antibiotics to kill the bacterial pathogens and corticosteroids to eliminate the inflammation.
As the dogs condition worsened, the veterinarian continued asking their same question and arriving at the same answer. They tried various variations on a theme with their antibiotics and steroids but nothing seemed to help. In fact, her condition became alarmingly worse.
When the young lady came to see me, I visited with her for about an hour. As we visited, I tried to find answers to the following questions:
“What has changed in your dog’s life that has made her so susceptible to this condition?”
“Why, even with pharmaceutical intervention, can your dog’s body not heal itself from this condition?”
“What is the source of your dog’s condition?”
In other words, “Why is something wrong with your dog?”
In the course of our conversation I learned that the young ladies dog was stressed. Living off of poor food and because of a recent divorce the dog was being somewhat neglected.
So, we talked. I recommended she get her dog better food. I suggested some herbs that might be helpful; Silver Lining Herbs’ 20 Keep Cool, 27 Liver Support, and 37 Kidney Support. Interestingly, not one of those herbs has any anti-inflammatory or antimicrobial properties.
She came back about a month later to show me her dogs’ skin. It was beautiful and smooth without a trace of dryness or scales.
She finally got the answers she needed, but only when we asked the right question.