11/03/2015 / By Julie Wilson
Based in Austin, Texas, Dr. William Falconer is a conventional animal doctor-turned-holistic veterinarian who now embraces alternative medicine. Dr. Falconer transformed his methods for treating animals after seven years of practicing conventional medicine. He couldn’t shake the feeling that something was missing from his practice, leading him to reassess his purpose as a vet.
Dr. Falconer began exploring chiropractic for animals, nutrition with homemade foods, acupuncture and eventually homeopathy, according to his website VitalAnimal.com. Dr. Falconer is particularly passionate about treating pets’ whole body through good nutrition and avoiding unnecessary and overly frequent vaccinations.
One of Dr. Falconer’s recent articles, “Reason #1 to Fire Your Vet: Annual Vaccinations,” shares with readers why and how they should avoid vaccinating their pet year after year, as most shots given to animals carry lifetime immunity anyway.
If you do fall in love with Dr. Falconer’s advice like we did, you can sign up for his very informative newsletter here. In the meantime, here’s an excerpt from his article:
The Truth Behind the Rabies Laws
If you haven’t already read this, my colleague Dr. John Fudens dug in years ago as a paralegal to find out the history of the rabies laws in his county.
Using the FOIA (Freedom of Information Act, available to every citizen of the U.S.), he found his law was promulgated by, you guessed it, veterinarians who stood to profit from its passage.
There were no cases of canine rabies in his country from 1964 up until 1978 (14 years), and yet, in the latter year, a rabies law was enacted for every dog in the county.
From 1964 to 1989 (25 years), the were no reported cases of rabies in cats in his county, and yet, in 1989 a law was made for all cats to have rabies vaccinations, tags, and licenses, just like the dogs.
Follow the Money, Honey
Who was behind these laws, nominally made to protect the populace from a scary human disease that hadn’t been seen in many, many years?
As you may have guessed, it was three local veterinarians with a fourth from the state’s vet school, and others from the county animal control bureaucracy, all of whom were destined to profit from the vaccinations now mandated on the public!
Did they happen to take into account the understanding of veterinary immunologists, who’ve known for decades that, “Immunity to viruses persists for years, or for the life of the animal.”
Did they reason that subsequent vaccinations throughout life would just keep boosting and boosting that immunity set in by the first shots given? Or, did they miss the part where the veterinary immunologists said,
“Furthermore, revaccination with most viral vaccines fails to stimulate an anamnestic (secondary or “booster”) response…. The practice of annual vaccination in our opinion should be considered of questionable efficacy…”
When these same veterinary immunologists, Ronald Schultz and Tom Phillips, writing in a mainstream, well respected textbook called Current Veterinary Therapy XI, said,
A practice that was started many years ago and that lacks scientific validity or verification is annual revaccination. Almost without exception there is no immunologic requirement for annual revaccination,”
…were these eminent law makers offering their own research to prove otherwise?
They were passing laws that would help line their pockets.
An Embarrassing Profession
It’s been reported that, counter to not only the recommendations of immunologists in the veterinary field, but just about every professional veterinary group like the AVMA, AAHA, AAFP, etc, and the majority of veterinary schools in the world, that 60% of my colleagues still vaccinate annually.
That’s just plain embarrassing.
In case you don’t believe me, you can do your own Google search for this term: “annual vaccinations.”
Truly scary to see just how many vet sites come up. And truly embarrassing.
And, if that’s what you’re faced with, please be aware that that practice is causing harm to your animals, each time you line them up for more vaccines.
To read the rest of Dr. Falconer’s advice about annual vaccinations and how to deal with pushy vets, click here.