February Sabbatical…………Beaches and Dunes to Mountains and Nashville…………and of course Laser Therapy

After last year’s divisive presidential campaign fraught with politicking, personal promotion and prejudice, I took a three week road trip south (with Lou the dog) in an attempt to “get back in touch” with who we really were in this country. To my considerable relief I found that the great majority of Americans that I came into contact with, whether North or South, urban or in the country were not that different from any of the rest of us. We all wanted mostly the same things, just had different ideas about how to achieve them. I returned to New England encouraged, relieved and somewhat rejuvenated. Still fresh in my mind from last year, and with a desire to escape a bit of the winter weather this year (should have stayed longer), Lou and I again headed south in the Mini for yet another chapter. With commitments for speaking engagements at both a veterinary conference near Nashville as well as to present a course to veterinary students at the Virginia–Maryland College of Veterinary Medicine, it seemed like a good opportunity to travel, commune a bit with nature and to create a new and updated presentation on the science of Photobiomodulation (previously known as Low Level Laser Therapy). As many pet owners in the Boston area know, the Brockton Animal Hospital has been in the forefront when it comes to treating pets with Low Level Laser Therapy (Photobiomodulation). We have been working with this exceptional modality for nearly thirteen years and our work on treatment of Chronic Kidney Disease with laser Therapy has gained recognition among many practitioners, human as well as veterinary. With treatment of Chronic Renal Disease using LED and Lasers standard in several practices, we are now working diligently in applying our knowledge to the treatment of Hepatic or Liver Disease. Our preliminary work has been most encouraging. Treatment of liver disease with LED and Laser Therapy (Photobiomodulation) is showing great promise by enhancing appetite, reducing inflammation, and possibly accelerating the rate of healing.

It is so refreshing to see the enthusiasm and interest in both veterinary students and practitioners alike in how this treatment can be utilized to treat such a variety of diseases. Whether in a formal environment such as a classroom, a relaxed session in a pizza lounge, or even the impromptu discussion I had with an orthodontist while hiking the mountains of North Carolina, the interest in and knowledge of this field is expanding at a rapid rate. As for Lou, all he really cared about was running the beaches on the Outer Banks, chasing squirrels through the backcountry of the Smoky Mountains or hanging out with like minded dogs on the docks along the North Carolina Harbors. In the meantime, we are now back in New England and, like the rest of us here in the north…..just waiting on Spring.

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