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Reflections on "Medical Ice Age?"

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After I posted "Medical Ice Age?, on I received a number of emails singing the praises of Dr. Alfred Plechner DVM. They were from readers who had visited the page after the two week comment period closed. Being avid Plechner supporters they wanted to comment but, alas, couldn't. Their stories were very moving tales of near tragedy and touched me so deeply I decided to create this addendum to the previous article. If you haven't read the original article or you would like to refresh your memory you will find it here...

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If you don't have the time, here are a few excerpts to bring you up to speed. First off, let's take a quick look at the man himself. Even though it is almost impossible to recount "Dr P's" achievements in a brief snippet I will attempt to present Plechner in a paragraph (or two).

"Doctor Alfred J. Plechner is the consummate medical professional whose devotion to duty reflects a true "calling to vocation". People who have sought his healing hands to help "end of the line animals" have called him, "the doctor who never stops caring."

Beginning his practice in 1966, he soon became frustrated that many of his patients weren't responding to standard treatments. After researching for the past 40 years (on his own time and his own dime) He discovered an "Endocrine-Immune Imbalance" or the "Plechner Syndrome".

The article went on to describe the effects of the syndrome and the protocol that he developed to successfully treat it.

The syndrome involves a defect in the middle layer of the adrenal glands. This defect causes a major hormonal immune system imbalance which Dr. Plechner believes, ""... creates a ripple effect throughout the body's physiology, making them susceptible to conditions ranging from, Autoimmune Diseases, Cancer, Common Allergies, and Reproductive Failure."-

The defect keeps the glands from manufacturing enough cortical hormone (helps the body fight stress and infections) and can cause the cortisol to bind up (become inactive). In turn, too much estrogen can be produced and not enough thyroid hormones causing an imbalanced immune system.

Dr. Plechner developed a special blood test one that would test for cortisol, total estrogen, thyroid hormones T-3 & T-4, and IgA, IgM and IgG antibodies. If the cortisol level is low, estrogen level high, thyroid hormones low and antibodies are low, chances are the adrenal glands are afflicted by the defect.

Dr. Plechner's protocol is a series of physiological (low dosage) injections (or oral medication) of cortisone to boost up the adrenal glands. 90% of the dogs and 10% of the cats treated also required low doses of thyroid hormone. Once the endocrine system is back in balance, the immune system takes over and all the disease symptoms disappear. However, the animal must continue this low dose hormone replacement protocol for life.

A large number of FIV afflicted cats were treated with his protocol and showed a recovery rate of over 70%. In that, FIV is a retrovirus similar to HIV and considering the fact that every animal that Dr. Plechner's treated for cancer has had this endocrine-immune system imbalance. Could this adrenal defect and the protocol he developed to treat it, lead the way to possibly being able to treat or prevent AIDS and/or cancer? These are questions that continue to be asked, due to the advanced stages of "status quo" which has afflicted the current corporate medical establishment.


When Medical Ice Age? was posted on OpEdNews it was followed by this comment from Margaret Bassett...

"As an editor who was conflicted about this article I concluded that the doctor whose work is described is DVM. Veterinarians really have a diverse patient population, although not human beings. Questions through my mind: Is this a promotion? (I forgive my friends who prescribe horse liniment for my arthritis, and allow them to make their case.) OR Why should anyone find a sure thing to solve many problems and not have a peer review? (I thought about Jonas Salk. What happened when polio was the scare of the public?) I'll stop there, except to say that further discussion of such questions is why we have interactive journalism in the Age of Unanswered Questions."

Margaret Bassett

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