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Dr Alfred J Plechner DVM

This HIV virus is very similar to the FIV virus in that it appears that both viruses effect patients in a similar manner. This can be overcome in 70 % of cases involving cats and it may also apply to patients with aids.

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“Dr. Plechner once had a consultation client, who called him one evening. She sounded desperate. It seems that her vet refused to do the blood draw and to send it in to National Veterinary Diagnostic Services lab for EI testing.  As it happens, he’d never heard of the Plechner Syndrome. They didn’t cover it in the Veterinarian School that he’d attended. Nor was it in any text book he had read.

“Besides…” her vet said, “…it’s dangerous to use cortisone (a steroid) as an ongoing maintenance treatment!”

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There are wide spread causes for skin sensitivities in dogs and cats.
What is a skin sensitivity? This may range from a small area of redness occurring on the skin to a major area of moist, bacteria infected skin.
Some come from external causes and some come from internal causes.
Let’s look first at the possible external causes that you and your pet might experience.


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Over the years and particularly now a days, dog food manufacturers have made claims that they have produced a hypoallergenic dog food. How do they really know this? They really don’t know this. It realistically is more of a sales gimmick than an actual solution.

Over the years, I created the first non-meat commercial foods for pets in the world. After studying a pediatric elimination diet created by a prominent pediatrician, Dr. Alfred Rowe, I formulated a lamb and rice diet for animals especially for those animals that had food sensitivities and needed a hypoallergenic dog food that they could maintain good health without suffering from food allergies. This hypoallergenic dog food seemed to work for 10 years or so until the dogs began to react to the lamb and or the rice.

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Many years ago Dr. Jeff Chung and I developed a very accurate cytotoxic (toxic to cells) food test. The procedure was to place, on a warm culturing slide, 40 different foods. The patient’s blood was taken and spun down. The top coat from the spin down, contained the white blood cells.

These cells were then placed on the various foods on the warm slide, and if a patient were reactant (allergic), the cytoplasm of the cells would contain vacuoles. I remember a male Doberman that was horribly allergic to tomatoes. When we placed his white cells on the plate with tomato, the white cells literally blew up.

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