6 years ago
nude-woman
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It would be wonderful if heartworm could be cured at a cost that all dog owners could afford. Many fine dogs are put down due to heartworm for economic reasons. Therefore, I was delighted by claims by Marina Zacharias of Ambrican regarding a homeopathic product called PARATOX. Here is a quotation from her original claim:

An all-breed rescue club in Florida has been getting astounding results in treating heartworm cases with a homeopathic detoxsode for parasites called 'Paratox'. Please understand that these are 'rescue' dogs that were in pretty sad condition when brought to them.

For example, there was a German Shepherd that was so infested with heartworm that the attending vet commented that it was the worst case he had ever seen without the dog being dead! In this particular case, they did a 5 day course of 'Clearing' (another homeopathic remedy made by the same company) prior to the Paratox treatment. When the dog was rechecked in 6 weeks, the infestation was deemed to be 'very light'. They repeated the Paratox treatment and subsequent testing showed the dog to be 'clear'!

So far, they have treated about 20 cases with 100% success! Evidently they can see a physical change in 2 weeks ? better color, more vitality, etc.

Upon inquiring and asking for specifics, she provided none, and asked me NOT to quote her responses to my email - so I will not. But her claims are vastly diminished now - she asserts that the dogs cough less, have more energy, yada yada. She repeatedly failed to provide (1) the name of the rescue group, or (2) names of veterinarians who had pronounced the dogs 'cured' or 'helped.'

I spoke with two veterinarian friends regarding information on the naturalrearing website; their feeling is that Zacharias has no understanding whatsoever of veterinary medicine, that her claims have no basis in science and are unsubstantiated.

PARATOX: another bottle of snakeoil. I personally feel that Zacharias is both ignorant and greedy.

If you would like to express your feelings on this matter: Marina Zacharias, POB 1436, Jacksonville, OR 97530, <phone> , <phone> or

web: http://www.naturalrearing.com

The truly tolerant must tolerate intolerance. Nevertheless, eliminate BIGOTRY to respond by email.

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6 years ago
bluemeteor
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while i haven't used paratox for any of my dogs - heartworm is barely a blip on the radar screen where i live - i can say that i've ordered a few products from marina over the past few years and have been very happy with them and with her service. just a different point of view.

tracy landauer gsp rescue

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5 years ago
anenlylok
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I saw the apparently PUBLIC Paratox announcement when someone on the Yahoo Manchester Terrier e-group reposted it. I wrote to Marina asking for specifics. The rest you know.

If people wish to purchase such things to 'boost the immune system,' or 'detoxify,' or 'strengthen bones,' or some other generic alt medicine claim, that's acceptable. I take immediate issue with an apparently spurious claim to cure a deadly disease, and as an apparent expert, buglady, you should as well.

Every year, many fine dogs die because their owners cannot afford conventional heartworm treatment. If I learned that Marina's $18 product indeed cured heartworm as she has claimed, I would apologize immediately, and enthusiastically endorse that product.

Rene Descartes actually said, 'I doubt, therefore I think, therefore I am.'

Henry

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