What if we were dogs?
What if we were dogs with signs of PD? Seriously. I was watching an animal show with our kids (we never watch TV, but it was yucky outside...) and the show was about this harbor where the dolphins were appearing sick. A team of highly specialized expert scientists came in, began drawing urine, feces, saliva, blood, every kind of bodily speciman sample you can think of, the dolphins were bathed, massaged, the fluids/samples meticulously analyzed, to find out why about half of the dolphins in the harbor were manifesting signs of illness (turns out, for those that have to know, the dolphins had very high levels of pollution from the water they lived in). But this is not the point.
The point it: why does this not happen with PD? What if you took a dog that manifested signs of PD to the vet? That vet would be taking samples, drawing fluids and doing scans and xrays, all for a creature that cannot even speak! We can tell our doctors exactly what is going on, but no one listens and the entire protocol from "dx", if you can really call it that, to treatment, stays the same.
I can hear the criticism already, and I agree that the dolphin situation is different: that in the show, the dolphins all hailed from a very geographically limited area, whereas PWP are everywhere. But the point is the difference in the approach to find the CAUSE of the dolphins' illness, right from the start, and this does not happen when we are dx'd....or really, anytime that I know of.
I am thinking of going to our family vet and asking him his thoughts about this, seriously! Not to prescribe anything, obviously, but just for their thoughts, as if a family pet presented with symptoms of PD. Will post results. Go ahead and laugh, it's OK, but we might just learn something. Vets have been using fecal transplants successfully for years, and this is just now just being introduced as a topic in human medicine. Our approach to human health care seems so very different from the approach to animal healthcare, and it does not take a rocket scientist to see which one is typically more successful.
Last edited by lurkingforacure; 10-06-2012 at 04:24 PM.