Bella is an exuberant 4-year old Golden Retriever with a zest for life inherent in this breed. But Bella’s mom wouldn’t have come to my practice desperate for help if her animal wasn’t suffering.
Bella had ‘allergies’ – hot spot lesions on her legs and tail, constant itching all over her body, and ear ‘infections’ that made her shake her head all hours of the day and night. She was restless, anxious, truly disturbed mentally and behaviorally.
Her mom tried everything: changing her diet, steroids and antihistamines, medicated baths, the cone-of-shame, and antibiotics (topical and oral). As fate would have it, hypothyroidism followed. Her hair was brittle, dull, oily, and smelled like old corn chips. She scooted her bum on the floor and violently rubbed her face on the furniture.
They both were miserable.
How and When Did Things Go So Wrong?
Mom paid the breeder’s steep price for the purebred Bella hoping for a healthy companion. No more rescue dogs for her; you never know what you’ll get with them! Bella’s mom spent the initial outlay, then spent even more money trying to help her with the ‘allergies’.
Bella’s issues started at the breeder’s kennel. Her ancestors had histories of hypothyroidism, cancer, hip dysplasia, and ‘allergies’. Not great qualities to pass on to generations, but commonly done. The breeder was the first to start the vaccination assault.
The Veterinary Medical Assault on Bella
Wanting to do everything right for her beloved dog Bella’s mom marched them both to the vet where the assault on Bella’s little body, only 2 months old, amplified. Here’s the list:
- 5-way combo-wombo: Distemper, Parvo, Adeno I, II, Parainfluenza, Leptospirosis
- Heartworm monthly pesticide
- Flea, Tick topical pesticides
- Dead, dry, processed ‘food’
- Spayed at (5 months)
Ugh, Ugh, and more Ugh!
What’s wrong with this picture? Just about everything! Unfortunately, it’s all too common, and often not easy to correct. But it would have been very, very easy to prevent. Ugh!
Bella was a victim of allopathic veterinary medicine.
Bella didn’t have a chance for optimal health from day one. Her immune system (and every other system) was assaulted with the first ‘puppy’ vaccines, continued through 12 weeks, ending with the rabies vaccine.
Vaccines given this early in a very immature immune system (or even at any point in life) come with a heavy price. Conventional allopathic medicine uses vaccination as its primary method of disease ‘prevention’. Never mind the chronic disease these substances initiate. Never mind the toxicants now overwhelming her detox mechanisms, her immune system, and her vulnerable growing body. Ugh!
Bella started scratching when she was 6 months old, and hadn’t stopped since, except with high doses of antibiotics, steroids, or steroid/antihistamine combinations. Ugh!
Allopathy and Prevention
Gotta have conventional allopathic medicine if you need a surgery or emergency intervention to save a life. Gotta have it for some diagnostic information. But, for preventative care (especially in youngsters), and for chronic ailments, it stinks.
Allopathy dreadfully fails us because it doesn’t trust or support our body’s natural mechanisms for healing. It suppresses them. It operates by adding toxic vaccines, drugs, and pesticides as a way to ‘prevent’ illness, requiring the body to assimilate these toxins. No one can handle all these toxicants – not Bella, not anyone.
True prevention never comes about my making someone ill, then expecting them to be healthy. What’s that definition of insanity?
Enter Wellness Medicine
A holistic medical model is founded on using the innate, hard-wired healing potential of the body to keep itself protected, healthy, and functioning at an optimum level. Everything we holistic practitioners use or recommend for your family is focused on working with nature, not against it.
We use natural medicines like herbs, homeopathy, and other energy-based tools to support the body. And we always start with the basis of fresh food to build the cornerstone of a healthy, response-able body. Then we add a good measure of exercise, healthy socialization, clean water, air and environment, and bingo – you won the lotto! A healthy life is possible!
I am still here
Now in my thirty-sixth year in veterinary medicine, it remains as clear as it did decades ago that part of my service is to help folks discover the beauty of natural prevention, and how to support healing.
My oath years ago to myself, not just to my veterinary profession, was to first do no harm. It’s an easy oath to keep with Natural Medicine and Mother Nature as my teachers.
So how can I be of service to you and your pets?
Of course I can help you understand about the dangers of vaccinations, about the benefits of feeding fresh food, or even about homeopathy and it’s amazing method of stimulating the healing response. But more importantly, I’d like to help you discover for yourself ways to work with the body – your animals’ body and your body – that are sustainable, supportive, and deeply healthy for them, for you, and for the planet.
This is my mission, this is how I help.
This is my life.
If you are willing to take this sometimes lonely but often exciting educational path, I am here to help. I can hold out my hand to you, and share what I’ve learned in my career and in my life experiences with healing.
This is a road less traveled, certainly not for everyone, but always thrilling when you experience the health of your animal transform before your eyes.
A big commitment is required. But if this is your mission, as it is mine, I welcome the company and am here to help.
If you join me in this mission, making it your own, you’ll be joining many others who are searching for and creating a new vision of health of their entire family.
Jump in, the water is warm!
P.S. As for Bella – her mom is having a blast cooking fresh food for her Bella – and Bella is ecstatic! Mom is giving her supplements to detox her body and homeopathy to promote detox and healing of the thyroid and skin. Bella doesn’t stink anymore, and scratching is a rare event in their home. Keeping Bella healthy will be a breeze from now on!