Not Every Birthday Is So Red Hot…

Especially if you are chronically ill…

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Babybear was not a happy camper on his birthday. From there, he descended into being really sick. I will spare you the details. After three days in a hospital, he came out with a diagnosis of liver disease.

Babybear is the runt of a seven puppy litter and, as fate would have it, he has some congenital issues. Plus, he has a small liver on x-ray and abnormal findings on a chemistry panel, so it was an easy conclusion to jump to.

Directly from the hospital, I took him to a naturopathic vet. She changed his diet and he started to improve. Still, he was not great, plus he had frank blood in his stool, so a few days later, I took him to an Internal Medicine vet/liver specialist.

As you may be aware, this has the potential to run up some real vet bills…

His liver markers were now in the normal range… low normal, but normal. The only thing I had changed was diet. Oh, no, the specialist insisted, diet did not do this. I have news: diet is the single most important thing you do for your body ALL DAY LONG. We get so high tech that we blip out on the basics…

This veterinary liver super specialist was very willing to believe a bad test, but not the improved one. In order to plumb the depths of this thing, it was going to be thousands of dollars more…

I decided to do first things first. Parasites. His symptoms were very consistent with a bad parasitic infection. I had been trying to get the standard medical vet to give me worming medicine for six months. He would not do it without a positive test and the tests kept coming back negative.

The specialist vet gave it to me without testing or blinking…

She gave me the parasite med and solemnly warned me about the dangers of oversimplification. She sent her notes to both my standard medical vet and to the holistic vet to let them know that I had refused the diagnostic testing and that I had a very sick puppy. She called and spoke with both of them.

I am totally immune to this kind of pressure, if that is what was intended. It just gets my back up. If the standard medical vet had given me the parasite meds I asked for last January, none of this would have happened. If I had looked online, I might have discovered that I could get the med I needed without a prescription. Maybe. Or maybe I would have been asked for a prescription as I got into the ordering process.

After the first dose of parasite meds, Babybear started to perk up… After the second dose, his stools normalized and he was looking like himself. After the third dose, he had so much energy and was feeling so good, that he was driving me crazy again. At this point six weeks later, he has put weight back on, developed muscle, and is finally growing some whiskers…

The moral of this story is, “If you hear hoofbeats, look for horses, not zebras…”

Do not give in to intimidation. The moment I get the feeling that some professional is trying to bulldoze me, I close right off and go with my own instinct. Legitimate professionals do not try to intimidate.

So, finally, click on my formerly sick puppy to hear more zany advice from a doctor who has pulled more than a few rabbits out of the hat for both her patients and her critters…

 

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About Nancy Mullan, MD

Some people call Dr. Nancy Mullan the MTHFR genetic medicine expert. Dr. Mullan works with people who are struggling with chronic disease or other significant illness, who are willing to use diet and genetics-based nutritional supplementation, and who want to increase wellbeing and energy, enhance immunity, lift mood, fine-tune genetic function, and get their lives back. Dr. Mullan has studied at a number of exceptional institutions: the University of Pennsylvania, Tufts University School of Medicine, and the University of Chicago Hospitals and Clinics. She excels at integrating the results of biochemical and genetic testing into sustained clinical improvement for you. She has succeeded with patients who confounded the specialists at Massachusetts General Hospital, the Mayo Clinic, the Cleveland Clinic, Stanford, and many well-known integrative medical doctors. When recommending her, her patients say, “This is the woman you need to talk to. She really knows how to handle tough clinical problems.” Dr. Mullan's specialty areas are MTHFR+, methylation genetics, and genetics-based nutritional supplementation. Within this context, she most often works with Chronic Fatigue Syndrome, Lyme Disease, Psychiatric Disorders, Autism Spectrum Disorders, Women’s Health Issues, Thyroid Disorder, Gastrointestinal Disorder, and Heavy Metal Toxicity.
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