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Only 20 Seats Remain for June Seminar with Dr. Marty!

June 6, 2011

Dr. Marty and the Healthy Dog Project Team to Promote
Scientific Research to Stop the Over-Vaccination of Pets

Cooperstown, NY ‐ Good pet owners know what it takes to raise healthy, happy pets– the right food,
plenty of exercise, lots of love and regular vaccinations. But what if one of the things we do to keep our
pet healthy is actually harming them?

That’s the question pet owners are hoping to address at the second annual Healthy Dog Project Seminar
with Martin Goldstein, D.V.M. on June 25 in Cooperstown, NY.

The seminar is timely, with one of the most important vaccine research studies in veterinary medicine
underway at the University of Wisconsin School of Veterinary Medicine in Madison. Dr. Ronald Schultz, a
leading authority on vaccines and Chair of the Department of Pathobiological Sciences, has begun
concurrent five‐ and seven‐year challenge studies to determine the long‐term duration of immunity of the
canine rabies vaccine, with the goal of extending the state‐mandated interval for boosters. These will be
the first long‐term challenge studies on the canine rabies vaccine to be published in the United States.

Scientific data published in 1992 by Michel Aubert and his research team demonstrated that dogs were
immune to rabies five years after vaccination, while Dr. Schultz’s studies will document antibody titer
counts at levels known to confer immunity to rabies seven years post‐vaccination.

"We are all very excited to start this study that will hopefully demonstrate that rabies vaccines can
provide a minimum of seven years of immunity," Dr. Schultz said.

So far, indications strongly suggest that state laws requiring rabies boosters for dogs are redundant and
may actually be harmful. Because the rabies vaccine is the most potent of the veterinary vaccines and is
associated with significant adverse reactions, it should not be given more often than is necessary to
maintain immunity. And it certainly should not be given to a dog whose immune system is compromised,
a pre‐requisite clearly indicated on the manufacturers’ label.

Adverse reactions linked to rabies vaccinations include:

• Autoimmune diseases affecting the thyroid, joints, blood, eyes, skin, kidney, liver, bowel and
central nervous system
• Anaphylactic shock
• Aggression and/or changes in behavior
• Seizures
• Epilepsy
• Fibrosarcomas at injection sites.

The research funding comes from The Rabies Challenge Fund, a charitable trust founded by pet vaccine
disclosure advocate Kris L. Christine of Maine, who serves as co‐trustee with world‐renowned veterinary
research scientist and practicing clinician, Dr. W. Jean Dodds of Hemopet in California.

The Healthy Dog Project
"This is the first time in my 43 years of involvement in veterinary issues that what started as a grassroots
effort to change an outmoded regulation affecting animals will be addressed scientifically by an
acknowledged expert to benefit all canines in the future," said Dr. Dodds.

Kris Christine adds, “Because the USDA does not require vaccine manufacturers to provide long‐term
duration of immunity studies documenting maximum effectiveness when licensing their products,
concerned dog owners have contributed the money to fund this research themselves. We want to ensure
that rabies immunization laws are based upon independent, long‐term scientific data.”

More information on The Rabies Challenge can be found at

All proceeds from the Healthy Dog Project seminars go directly to the Rabies Challenge Fund to promote
healthy vaccination protocols for all dogs.

To register on‐line for free the 2011 seminar with Dr. Goldstein simply e‐mail your full name and your
address to: healthydogproject requesting registration.

The 2011 seminar will feature a presentation by Dr. Martin Goldstein, an integrative veterinarian and
author who has consulted for Martha Stewart and Oprah Winfrey. Seminars are free and open to the
public, although donations are strongly suggested.

For further information on the Healthy Dog Project please visit:

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