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Old May 23rd, 2008, 11:52 PM
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Interpretating Dr. Lee's comments

I would like to start out by saying that I have enjoyed being a part of this forum, meeting the various people on the forum and hopefully helping out pets in my small way.

I realize that many of the members here have a holistic and natural preference to pet health. I applaud this and have great respect for this view. I am especially fond of the proactive nature of many of the members here. I wish I could convince more of my clients to have this apporach.

My role here, as I see it, is to provide answers that are available in veterinary medicine. I hope that I can provide the medical insight, options and some explanations that arise from the questions posted here. My goal is not to be an ultimate source of information nor the final say. There are many questions for which the best answer may not be found in the realm of traditional medicine. I routinely refer my patients and their owners not only to veterinary specialists but to areas outside traditional medicine to sources of acupuncture, herbalists, behavioralists, reiki healers, and even animal communicators. As a side note, I am a third degree reiki healer and have gone through many 'New Age' seminars and have several certifications in New Age medicine. As a medical doctor I find, for myself, the amount of information in traditional and holistic medicine each to be not only quite vast but different in nature. I myself am not able to merge the two together despite finding value in each. When making recommendations and providing prescriptions there is a standard of knowledge that is represented by someone who holds a doctorate of veterinary medicine. For this reason, if an option is not supported by reputable scientific data, I do not offer it. However if I think a pet may benefit from a therapy that does not fit this description, then I do suggest consultation with people knowledgeable in that field.

So when I offer a medical option, medical insight or comments I hope that it is taken in a round table discussion format. By recommending a medicine, I am not trying to sell you meds, nor suggest no other options and certainly am not stating that my options are perfect. They are medical. If you wish to avoid a medical option due to concerns of side effects or a wish for a more natural answer, please note that I am not here to get into an argument. If you want to fight the side effects and 'evilness' of each particular medicine, then please create a petition for my removal and I will gladly leave. If you have concerns or questions on my recommendations, I welcome any questions that are not delivered in a hostile manner. Yes, everything in medicine or for that matter life has a positive and negative side. Too much inhaled oxygen or too much drunk water can lead to life threatening effects. But we still must breathe and still must drink water.

My hope is that when a question is posted, that options from all aspects can be offered to find some ultimate truth. Medicine makes up a large portion of the puzzle of treating disease, but it it was the whole picture, we would have no need for the millions of researchers out there trying to find answers. I have learned a lot from the people on this forum but as I have found with my clients in the exam room, - if the tone is not open and supportive, the people may hear but rarely listen.

Thank you for your time.
Christopher A. Lee, D.V.M., C.V.L.S.
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Old May 24th, 2008, 08:25 AM
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Dr. Lee - Your approach is very much like that of our vets of over 25 years and I very much appreciate all of your input to this forum and understand completely your point of view. I sincerely hope that you will continue to post on this forum. I have never had cause to question our vets and they have always been right there when needed - and when I had my beloved Dachshunds with the full body back/neck disc disease they moved heaven and earth to ensure they got the best possible care - and in the immediate time frame - referrals for midnight surgery at Guelph etc. They are wonderful with our American Eskimo as well. Actually, should my husband and I die together, our primary vet will take our Eskie - we have left him to her in our wills (with money for his care and replacement of her furniture) and I have no doubt she would take him and the money and use the money to care for dogs who would otherwise be put to sleep for lack of funds on the part of the owners.
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Old May 24th, 2008, 08:46 AM
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Dr Lee, I think we all benefit from your patient and educational explanations. The fact that you are open minded about alternative methods of treatment is an added bonus.

I know that with my dog we are exploring holistic methods simply because we have exhausted everything else that science has to offer at this point - perhaps if you were our vet you may have pointed us in a different direction long before now (not that I don't love our vet - I do! - but not all vets have the knowledge or inclination to refer pets to alternative treatments). Quite frankly, reading your views on here and seeing how well you answer and explain even the smallest details tells me that most of us would choose you as our vet if you were anywhere close to us!

I've learned quite a bit just reading your responses to others on here, and I hope you stick around for a long time. I think you're providing more help here than you perhaps realize, not just to the posters who ask for your assistance but also to many, many others who come to this site now and in the future looking for help with their furbabies.

Thank you for spending time with us.
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Old May 24th, 2008, 11:29 AM
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As someone who is pretty extremely on the side of holistic care, from my reading of this forum your in sight has always seemed extremely helpful and open to a variety of ways of dealing with things. I suspect I missed whatever brought on this post, but regardless, it would be a shame to loose your valuable contributions.

Now if we could just add a homeopath, a naturopath, TCM practitioner and a nutritionist with a seriously holistic bent we'd have all our bases covered
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Old May 24th, 2008, 11:31 AM
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Originally Posted by Tommysmom View Post
Quite frankly, reading your views on here and seeing how well you answer and explain even the smallest details tells me that most of us would choose you as our vet if you were anywhere close to us!
I wholeheartedly agree!

Dr. Lee, I find your compassion and willingness to give input on the various issues people have with their pets to be a HUGE bonus to this forum. Even though I'm one of those folks that tries to find holistic solutions where possible, I also have great respect for the veterinary community and absolutely adore my own vet. I think it would be sad if you left us, so I hope you aren't planning to anytime soon.


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Old May 24th, 2008, 11:57 AM
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Thanks guys. I really do appreciate it. I love it here.

My point on writing this was not that I am considering leaving nor fishing for compliments. It is just that I do not want to be misinterpreted or create my posts as a invitation for challenging the methods of current medicine. If there are valid questions, great - that is why we are all here! Please ask me. If there are those out there that do not agree with modern medicine, I respect that but really don't have the time to argue. While I obviously am passionate about medicine, my raison d'ętre is not converting non believers. If the information is not for you, let it be and move on to what is right for you and your family!
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Old May 26th, 2008, 09:01 PM
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just my opinion

hi dr. lee.

i for one have always found your posts most helpful. you offer sound, educated advice, and have always been quick to respond to those in need. i respect your opinion and your compassion. this board needs many, many, many more people like you.

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