Alfred J Plechner, DVM, sadly passed away on September 8, 2017, at the age of 79; he was born on April 4, 1938.
Dr. Plechner was a caring and compassionate veterinarian, who had a theory about the immune endocrine imbalance that is occurring in humans and animals. His controversial view has given many veterinarians another option for care for their most difficult cases. His interest in the increasing numbers of cancer cases kept his curious mind challenging the standard understanding of the behavior of the adrenal gland. He described it as Atypical Cortisol Estrogen Imbalance Syndrome (ACEIS), or, as many in the public refer to it, the Plechner Syndrome.
Dr. Plechner graduated from the University of California Davis School of Veterinary Medicine in 1966. He owned and worked at the California Veterinary Hospital in Los Angeles from 1968 to 2004. He also worked at Cedar Sinai Veterinary Hospital 2008-2016. He purchased a 27 acre parcel at the base of the Santa Monica Mountains and started a wildlife preserve called Stone Wood Meadows ,which provided free treatments and relocation for indigenous species. His passion for wildlife led him to the Big Horn Sheep Society of California as a research immunologist.
Dr. Plechner worked for years helping by consulting to both veterinarians and the pet owners on the ACEIS. He would generously give of his time to interpret and help people understand the endocrine problem. For hours he would share his cases and help tweak their care.
He had treated and consulted to over 100,000 humans and animals suffering with this immune endocrine imbalance. Through years of research and observation, he felt in his heart that there was a way to help prevent these allergic animals from becoming victims of cancer. He has written several books and tens of article on this topic and you can see them at his website www.drplechner.com.
Margo Roman, D.V.M. wrote the following on how she met Dr. Plecher, "Personally I had a client in 1997 who claimed that Dr. Plechner saved her dog in California, after she had gone to every referral hospital, including the veterinary school. She gave me a little pamphlet which I read and thought it crazy and discounted it. About four years later, I had a case of a client who had already spent $20,000 at Angell Memorial Hospital in Boston. Thirty-three year old male neutered Newfoundland had been diagnosed with Irritable Bowel at nine weeks of age, and had his cruciate repaired on the same leg three times, but it was not healed. He had been continuously on metronidazole and other drugs, and looked like a Mexican hairless. I asked to work on this case for six months, and was able to stop the IBS in one week; we corrected the cruciate in one month with acupuncture, homeopathy, ozone, chiropractic, herbs, nutrition and nutraceuticals. Four month later, I still had a hairless itchy dog that could not gain any weight. I suggested to the owner that the dog could have this endocrine imbalance I read about. He bought Dr. Plechner’s new book Pets At Risk, From Allergies to Cancer and he said “you read this and you test my dog and treat it exactly like Dr. Plechner says.” I had to read it two times to even begin to understand it and I still do not feel I completely understand it. But I did what the owner said and the dog healed and lived another seven years looking like a healthy Newfoundland. It was not my standard of care, but I was not getting results and could have declared this case an incurable case.
Since that first case, Dr. Plechner’s theories have helped me successfully treat hundreds of cases which might otherwise have been hopeless."
Dr. Alfred Plechner continued to feel rejection from many in academia, but he persisted as he had owner after owner and doctor after doctor seeing shifts in cases that no one else could help. He felt that some day he would be validated and started to consult to MDs to help humans having these life disrupting health issues.
Dr. Plechner is survived by his two sons, Jay and AJ, and four grandchildren, Cambria, Cassidy, Jayden and AJ.
A SILENT TEAR
"Just close your eyes and you will see, ALL the memories that you have of me.
Just sit and relax and you will find I'm really still there inside your mind.
Don't cry for me now I'm gone for I am in the land of song.
There is no pain, there is no fear, so dry away that silent tear.
Don't think of me in the dark and cold, for here I am no longer old.
I'm in that place that's filled with love; known to you all, as up above."