EPM (Equine Protazoal Myelitis) is a parasitic disease of the nervous system of the horse. Vectors are reportedly wild animals such as the opossum and raccoon, however one fact seems to fly in the face of this logic. Why has this disease only been reported in the last 15 years or so, when the organism or parasite was identified over 100 yrs. ago?

My theory on this situation is that modern medicine has caused us to use more vaccinations (and repetitions), more second and third generation antibiotics and more sophisticated drugs such as bute, banamine and other nsaid's to keep horses in training longer for either racing, training, showing, other athletic events and for sales.

Vaccines, although they do help the body to make antibodies against certain diseases, have two problems or more. Firstly, they have thiomersol as a preservative which contains mercury and can be toxic to horses. Secondly, when we vaccinate a horse with a multi-valent (combo) vaccine, we help the body to make antibodies to all the antigens or components of the combo vaccine, however, we also paralyze that portion of the immune system that protects the body from natural infections. Hence, we weaken the body's immune system so that an opportunistic parasite can start an infection. Thirdly, we are encouraged to use de-wormers on a daily.,monthly or bimonthly schedule to kill intestinal parasites(worms), instead of testing to see if the animal really has parasites. I have found when horses keep relapsing with EPM, they usually are on a very intense worming schedule.

The treatment I use for EPM is strictly homeopathic. I use the nosode (a homeopathic vaccination made from the spinal fluid from an EPM infected horse) plus a complex of homeopathics that have an affinity for the nervous system. These include arsenicum album, traumeel, gelsimium, plumbum, and hypericum. My protocol is as follows: the homeopathic complex is administered twice daily: the nosode is used daily for two weeks and then follows a decreasing schedule every two weeks for three months.

Results vary, but most young horses show improvement in days and usually are well on the way to complete recovery in just three weeks. Older horses usually take twice as long to respond, but usually go on to a full recovery, just slower. Relapses occur occasionally, but with less frequency when all vaccines, drugs and chemicals are suspended.

So far, I have treated over 1500 cases with a very high success rate; even horses that have not been successfully cured with other methods have shown increased health.


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