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What I have tried to do in the following paragraphs is provide the reader with some very basic holistic ideas. These are the foundation principles of holistic healing.

HEALTH

  • Health goes beyond the absence of clinical symptoms of disease
  • Optimal health exists when
    • the functional organ reserves of the body are at their maximum
    • the anti-oxidant defense system is fully functional and minimally stressed
    • the immune system is strong and the inflammatory process is well balanced
    • the detoxification system is fully functional
    • the digestive process is working well and the intestinal lining is intact
    • the beneficial bacteria in the intestinal tract are strong and abundant

DISEASE

  • The walking wounded: An outwardly healthy pet, but internally its organ functional reserves are low
  • Causes of disease and aging: Genetics, malnutrition, environmental toxins, life style and stress
  • Healthspan vs life span: Life span means nothing if we don't have health. We want to extend health span, not life span.

PREVENTIVE MEDICINE

  • Conventional concept: Discover disease early and treat
  • Holistic concept: Discover physiological processes that are not running optimally and make changes that will strengthen the defective process.
  • Maintain wellness rather than treat illness

THE BODY CAN HEAL ITSELF WHEN PROVIDED THE PROPER NUTRITION AND A HEALTHY ENVIRONMENT.

  • The immune system knows more about healing the body than any veterinarian or physician. Give it as complete a diet as possible and as unpolluted an environment and let it do its job.

ENVIRONMENTAL TOXINS AND STRESS, NOT INFECTIOUS ORGANISMS, CAUSE DISEASE

  • Excessive stress placed on the immune system, exhausts it and prevents it from doing its job. Environmental stress including nutrition impacts on our genetic code.
    • Environmental stress = psychological, pollution, poor nutrition, unhealthy life style
    • When environmental stress exceeds our genetically determined capabilities to handle it, disease occurs
  • Pasteur on his death bed said ---It's the terrain not the bugs

STRENGTHENING THE IMMUNE SYSTEM &/OR REMOVING STRESSORS IS THE WAY TO TREAT DISEASE

  • Looking for the magic bullet to kill a particular organism is an ineffective and possibly dangerous approach because:
    • Does not get to the crux of the problem
    • Creates more resistant organisms
    • Negatively impacts the beneficial bacteria in the gut
    • Intestinal dysbiosis and leaky gut syndrome may result
    • Use antibiotics only when absolutely necessary and for a relatively short time
    • Provide probiotics at same time to minimize negative effects

TREAT THE CAUSE NOT THE SYMPTOMS -- SYMPTOMS ARE NOT TO BE SUPPRESSED

  • Symptoms are good:
    • Symptoms are an indication that the bodies immune system is responding to a threat
    • They are a warning sign that something is threatening body
    • It is a way for us to measure how effective our immune system or our therapy is in handling the problem
    • If we use ANTI medication to suppress the symptoms without supporting the immune system or removing the environmental stressors, we are thwarting the bodies attempt to remove toxins and thus we are driving the problem deeper by preventing the immune system from doing its job. When we do this the disease may appear to abate only to show up at a latter date as a more serious health problem
    • From a homeopathic stand point symptoms provide a blueprint for deciding on the specific remedy

TREAT THE WHOLE PET -- NOT JUST THE PART THAT IS OBVIOUSLY ILL

  • Implies:
    • Treat the mind as well as the body. Treat the psychological as well as the physical
    • Look for the defective underlying process that may be causing a number of; what can look like unrelated symptoms
    • Use nutrition and herbs that effect the whole body i.e. immune and antioxidant stimulants

TREAT WITH WHOLE NATURAL REMEDIES WHERE EVER POSSIBLE

  •  Define natural
    • Available in nature in their whole undivided uncontaminated form
      • ie the whole leaf; root, or stem
      • Not an extracted active ingredient
      • Not a synthesized active ingredient
      • Not a chemical synthesized in a lab
  • Define organic
    • From sources not contaminated with insecticides, herbicides, pesticides, hormones, and antibiotics
  • Define chemical
    • Chemical additives for coloring, taste, preservation, texturizers etc
  • Get vitamins and phyto chemicals from organic, fruits, vegetables, and herbs as opposed to a pill
    • Researchers and manufactures that isolate &/or synthesize the active ingredient in a pill are making a claim that they know for sure that this one chemical ingredient in a plant, fruit, or herb is the one, that is active all by Itself; and that the other chemical in the plant were insignificant in producing any curative effects
      • ie.Ascorbic acid is not the total Vitamin C molecule - it is just the outside protective envelope If you are going to take a pill it would be better that its source be whole and natural rather than synthetic
    • Even this type of pill is not as good as a fresh herb, fruit or vegetable
    • The whole herb has all the synergistic ingredients and therefore is far less likely to produce side effects

THE PET OWNER NEEDS TO TAKE RESPONSIBILITY FOR HIS PET'S HEALTH AND WORK WITH HIS OR HER VETERINARIAN

A HOLISTIC VETERINARIAN WILL SPEND MUCH TIME COUNSELING ABOUT GOOD NUTRITION, A HEALTHY ENVIRONMENT AND A WHOLESOME LIFE STYLE

PROVIDE GOOD NUTRITION, ENCOURAGE PROPER DIGESTION, SUPPORT DETOXIFICATION, BALANCE INFLAMMATION, SUPPORT INTERCELLULAR COMMUNICATION

THERAPY: GOOD NUTRITION IS THE FOUNDATION OF ALL HOLISTIC MEDICINE

ENERGY IMBALANCES ARE AT THE ROOT OF ALL PHYSICAL DYSFUNCTION


  • According to our leading physicist we are really energy beings.
    • Matter is congealed energy
  • Health is vibratory state. It is a state where all tissues are vibrating at their proper resonance frequency
    • Things that resonate with us support our health
    • Those things that negatively effect our vibratory state destroy our health
  • Therefore we have magnetic therapy, acupuncture, homeopathy, bach flower remedies, Lacer therapy

INTENTION OF THE HEALER IS A VERY IMPORTANT ASPECT OF HEALING

  • We are all connected to part of a bigger whole
  • To the extent to which we can access this connection to that extent we are healers
  • To the extent that we can focus our intention to heal another individual to that extent we become connected and can channel the healing energy available from the whole