by: Roy F. Dvorak
In August 1998, Korie traveled to Marion, Indiana to have 'some' gold beads implanted in her to help with her epilepsy. The article Gold Beads explains the "why" of gold bead implants and acupuncture. Her appointment was at 9 AM and we were on the road 3 hours later to Cleveland, Ohio to visit family.
We were allowed to watch the complete procedure from the time she was given
the anesthetic to the time of the injection of the last set of gold beads.
Dr. Durkes's assistant would first put an antibiotic ointment or lubricant on
the needle and then insert 2 or 3, usually 3, gold beads into the needle. He would feel his
pulse at this temple with his left hand and move the needle in his right hand over her head
by the acupuncture points. When the point was established, he would inject the beads into
Korie. He did this for the points on her head and on her back on each side of her spinal cord.
Near the end of the procedure, he went back over her head and back and implanted more gold
beads. The procedure lasted about 1 hour.
Initially a point that had the gold beads would not bleed. However, after some other point on her back received its 3 gold beads, this previous point that received the beads 5 or 10 minutes earlier, would begin to bleed. This happened for many of Korie's acupuncture points. A few of the implant points bled slightly 24 hours after the procedure. Korie has over 300 gold beads in her. Dr. Durkes went over her 3 or 4 times inserting beads in spots that had beads and adding new spots. He added more gold beads than usual since he would not have the opportunity in the near future to implant additional beads to "tune her up" because of the proximity of Denver to Marion.
The picture below is an x-ray of Korie taken several months after the gold bead implants. She is laying on her back and you can see her tail at the bottom of the x-ray. The small dots along the spine area are the gold beads.
In December 2000, while visiting relatives in California, Korie developed a urinary tract infection.
To verify that she did not have bladder stones, the veterinarian in San Jose took an X-ray to
confirm or refute the bladder stone theory. Shown here is that X-ray and it very clearly
shows her gold beads.
Korie is still on her full dose of Phenobarbital - 60 mg. 7 A.M. 3 P.M. and 11 P.M. - and
Potassium Bromide - 3.5 cc with her evening meal. In the late fall of 1998, we eliminated the Clorazepate - 15 mg. A.M. and P.M. - which is a
type of valium, about two weeks after the gold beads. We somewhat weaned her off of the drug
by only giving her 15 mg. once a day at night. The main reason for eliminating the Clorazepate
was the cost. The company, Mylan, has a monopoly, literally a monopoly, on the drug and has
increased its cost by over 400% percent. Mylan bought out all distributors of the drug and now
is the sole distributor. A bottle of 60 that once cost about $15 was increased to $65 a
bottle, even more depending on what drug store we priced the drug at. Her other vitamins
and mineral supplements have not changed.
Change in Korie
Within days after her gold beads, we noticed a change in Korie. Her eyes are
brighter, she does not seem to be so drugged, she gets into the play position more often,
and she plays more with the other dogs. The biggest difference is her boisterousness when
she is hungry. At these times she lets us know, and sometimes the state of Colorado, that
she is hungry and "yodles" at us.