A few years ago I had the opportunity to view some race horses for sale. There was one especially broken down horse that no one could approach. As soon as someone would come near, this mean horse would begin nipping at them, keeping them at bay. The horse was being sold under price, because no one could handle or ride him.
For whatever reason, the horse let me get close to him to examine him. While I was petting him, I felt greatly swollen glands on the animal. I also noted the dry and flaking coat, as well as the emaciated look of the animal, though it had a big appetite. I thought the animal was possibly hyperthyroid but decided that instead of troubling the owners with details, I would buy the horse.
I suspected that the horse needed Iodum, given the swollen glands, dry coat, emaciation with a big appetite, and the impulse to bite and suddenly strike out. In addition, he was pacing in the stall with a restlessness that led to exhaustion – yet he could not relax. Lab values confirmed the diagnosis of hyperthyroidism. We gave him Iodum 1M.
Largely derived from seaweed, iodine is essential for normal body function. Homeopathic Iodum is used to treat symptoms associated with an overactive thyroid (hyperthyroidism), among them:
• enlarged glands
• weak muscles
• unexplained weight loss/gain
• dry hair and skin
All the Iodum symptoms disappeared; the horse was beginning to look healthy. Now the main complaint was a developing knee lameness. As it turned out, the lameness was the original complaint. When the horse was beginning to lame, they began injecting Iodine into the knee. Apparently, this was routinely done to help deaden the nerves of the knee. Well, the injections worked for the knee, the animal was able to run, but as the knee improved, the animal went into the Iodum state we had first encountered. Now the lameness had returned, following Hering’s Law [“All cure comes from within out, from the head down and in reverse order as the symptoms have appeared in the body”]. Chamomilla cured the lameness. We never won a race, though. It turned out that the trainer was not getting the horse accustomed to the track, and every time the horse got close to a starting gate he would panic.
We sold the horse.
The new owners retrained the horse by getting him more accustomed to all the tracks he would run in. Guess what? He is winning races now and is considered a candidate for winning many more.
A good turnout. I guess.
Shared by Bill Gray, MD, during a session of a NESH Level 3 course
The New England School of Homeopathy (NESH) was created in 1987 by Dr. Paul Herscu and Dr. Amy Rothenberg to translate homeopathic philosophy into the successful and predictable practice of medicine.
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