Archive for June, 2011

Animals Are Our Teachers and The Plants Guide Them

Wednesday, June 29th, 2011

The plants that surround us can provide healing medicine for us and our animals. There is an old wise saying which says that everything we need is growing just outside our doorstep. When we look at the number of plants that we walk around and walk over, little do we realize that those same plants could be the healing tools that our bodies are needing.

Earlier this year I attended the International Herbal Symposium from June 24-26 2011 in Norton MA. It was hosted at Wheaton College. The International Herbal Symposium was wonderful and those members of VBMA Veterinary Botanical Medical Association had such an nice time. Many of the lectures were outstanding and the herb walks were so informative. Such an encouraging gathering of herbalist and botanical experts as well as veterinarians, for a vet tract, brought together a diverse global group with interested participants from as far away as Thailand to Texas.

With Lyme disease and cancer causing the highest number of serious and difficult cases in my veterinary profession, I believe that we need to find more natural solutions. You may find it so interesting, as I do, that many of the plants we call Weeds that are growing and spreading as nuisances could be part of the treatment plan.

My Epiphany was that the bittersweet plants which have been growing on my clinic deck since I did my addition at my hospital in 2002, has physically been trying to enter my exam windows and climb through the crevices. During a lecture and herb walk on Invasive Plant

Bittersweet Vine

Medicine with Timothy Lee Scott  (he has a new book of that title) I found out that Oriental Bittersweet ‘Celastrus orbiculatus’ is being used to treat cancer and lyme. Those  being the two most insidious and epidemic disease I see. It literally has been waving across my window intertwining, digging into the walls and spreading all over and trying to get me to notice it and let it in the building.

The other remarkable piece was from Paul Stamets who is an amazing mushroom researcher and producer. In his keynote address he spoke about how mycelium grow. The story is that they took a mycelium and placed at the end of a maze and had two exits to that maze. The mycelium grew in all different directions to finally find a way
out of the maze. They then took the cells from the end of growth of the 1st mycelium and placed it in an exact replica maze. The mycelium grew directly toward the exits…  Amazing intelligence…

The Herbalist there loved the Dr. Show More Calendar so much that they are thinking of doing one of their own with herbalists for 2013. Having access to wild plants that are harvested in clean locations may be an obvious opportunity to help you and your pets stay healthy. As well as herbal remedies, and natural flea and tick sprays when you visit MASH.

Pet Food Recipe of the Week: Toaster Oven Chicken Chips

Friday, June 24th, 2011

Hi it’s MASH Geek, Here’s one of my pets favorites. I have two Maine Coon cats and two Pomeranians. We have been a holistic family for around twenty years. I have made all my own pet chow and treats since I learned from a holistic vet back in the ’90′s.
Recently on TV they have been advertising jerky treats for pets. I make them myself and it costs less, and I can select the organic meats and flavors myself. It is a good idea to make them when you aren’t in a hurry. I take a couple of chicken breasts which I have either bought separately or removed from a less expensive whole bird to use for jerky.
I heat up enough spring water to cover the chicken until it boils. Then I add the chicken breasts and leave the heat on high until it comes to a boil. At that point I turn the burner off and cover the pan. If I go off and do other things it is fine to leave it there until it cools down.
Once the chicken breasts are completely cooled, I pat them down with a clean dry paper towel. Then I slice them in about quarter inch thin pieces. I pat dry those too. I put the sliced chicken pieces in a single layer on a baking sheet. No oil or spray is needed. My toaster oven has a convection oven setting, and I out them in at 400 degrees for thirty minutes.

Your toaster oven or conventional oven may be different so be sure to check them after twenty minutes to see how they are doing. The color you are looking for is a rich orange brown. It should be crispy like jerky but not blackened or burned.
The dogs will perform any trick to get these and even the cats like them too.

Dr. Margo Roman Treats Thailand’s Royal Cat

Wednesday, June 22nd, 2011

The Royal Princess's cat, Suitja

This story has such a wonderful back story… In Jan 2011 I had taken our beautiful Dr.ShowMore calendar to the NAVC, which is one of the largest veterinary conference in the world. At the North American Veterinary Conference the calendar was a real hit when all 500 copies were sold. I was so pleased that they were all taken up and appreciated by so many more vets and others in the animal care-taking world.

Well, one of the veterinarians was Dr. Rosama Pusoonthornthu and she works on the faculty at the Veterinary school in Thailand. By coincidence my youngest daughter was in Thailand teaching as well. These connections led to my trip being planned, and so then Dr. Pusoonthornthu invited me to speak at the University. In Thailand I lectured on Feb 28 to the faculty of the Chulalongkorn University School of Veterinary Medicine on Integrative Veterinary Medicine in the US and on Ozone therapy. This was a wonderful way to demonstrate how Integrative Medicine is a global happening. The desire to have comprehensive health is something we have in common, which can be part of all health plans that can save lives and money.

It was so exciting to get an opportunity to bring this information to the school so I brought the Dr.ShowMore Calendar as my hand out. As I started to present my lecture I passed the Dr.ShowMore Calendar to all the attendees. They all began viewing the pages. Because the photos of the calendar are discreet, clever, artistic, educational and like the Calendar Girl Movie done Au Natural, all eyes widened with interest. As they carefully flipped through the months, raised eyebrows began to turn into joyous laughter. I laughed with them and enjoyed this moment when no language barrier existed. With a smile on everyone’s face I proceeded to present my lectures which were well received and wonderful questions were asked.

The Dean of the Veterinary School and the President of the Thai Veterinary Medical Association made an announcement after my lectures that the school will now be trying to see about getting a course together. Information on Integrative Veterinary Medicine may become available to the students as well as to Continuing Education for vets in a series of lectures. The positive energies of including acupuncture, homeopathy, chiropractic, whole food nutrition, herbs, ozone therapy and other Integrative topics would be a great way to bring better health for pets in Thailand.

The most beloved piece of the story is they even had me treat the Royal Princess’s cat, Suitja with both acupuncture and homeopathy. The Royal Family in Thailand Is held in such high regard, that it truly was an honor. Poor Suija had fallen out of a tree and had become paralyzed 18 months prior to my visit, and had been cared for at the Chulalongkorn University School of Veterinary Medicine. During the acupuncture treatment we got some significant movement of the legs. I felt really good about the trip because it was a success for Integrated Medicine, the Calendar, and the animals that I treated while I was there. They absolutely loved the Dr.ShowMore Calendar and are thinking of doing one from their University. They hope to get one of their doctors to model with an Elephant for the 2012 Dr.ShowMore calendar.
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Pet Food Recipe of the Week: Dr. Pitcairn’s Biscuits

Friday, June 17th, 2011

This week we have a recipe from Richard H. Pitcairn, DVM, PhD.  He has been practicing holistic animal care for over 25 years.  Here is one from his book, Dr. Pitcairn’s Complete Guide To Natural Health For Dogs & Cats. While one simple treat isn’t going into depth on holistic dog and cat care, it is a start in the right direction.

Many holistic doctors like Dr. Pitcairn is strongly against manufactured dog and cat food. You may feel that preparing fresh meals for your pets is not a feasible option; but you might change your mind after reading similar books and decide that fresh raw or cooked meals are worth the extra effort in hopes to give your dog or cat the most natural and healthy food possible, and a longer life.

DOG BISCUITS DELUXE

2 cups whole-wheat flour
1/2 cup soy flour
1/4 cup cornmeal
1 teaspoon bone meal*
1 tablespoon Animal Essential calcium**
1/2 cup sunflower or pumpkin seeds
1-2 cloves garlic, minced or 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder (optional)
1 tablespoon brewer’s yeast (optional)
2 tablespoons butter (melted), fat or oil
1/4 cup unsulfured molasses
1 teaspoon salt
2 eggs mixed with 1/4 cup milk

Mix the flours, cornmeal, bone meal, and seeds together.  Add the garlic and yeast, if desired.  Combine the butter, molasses, salt, and egg mixture; set aside 1 tablespoon of this liquid mixture and combine the rest with the dry ingredients.  Add more milk, if necessary, to make a firm dough.  Knead together for a few minutes and let the dough rest 1/2 hour or more.  Roll out 1/2 in ch thick  and cut into sticks, crescents, rounds or use cookie cutter in dog bone shape and brush with the remainder of the egg mixture.  Bake at 350F for 30 minutes or until lightly toasted.

To make harder biscuits, leave them in the oven with the heat turned off for an hour or more.  Biscuits keep longer if you use oil instead of butter.  These treats provide 20% protein, 18% fat, and 57% carbohydrates.

I’m a Happy Dog!

Thursday, June 16th, 2011

My First Blog

Tuesday, June 14th, 2011

Dr. Margo Roman Veterinarian and Practice Owner

My commentary as a woman veterinarian began in 1974. At that time, being both a veterinarian and female was difficult and thought to be odd. I have had a lot of crazy and interesting stories that I hope will be dug out of my brain for this new Blog. I hope to entertain and educate the readers with it.

The veterinary profession itself has a long history. It is thought to be at least 250 years old. The first veterinary school was recorded in Lyon France. It is only recently that new beliefs have taken on. Women have only been accepted in the profession in any significant numbers within the past 35 years. Now women are the majority of students in all the veterinary schools in US. It might be the balance of family and full time practice may interest some women in this growing field.

Presently as a mother of three human kids and the caretaker of 2 Standard Poodles, Geneva and Lili, a cockatoo Saffron, three Guineas and five chickens, I’ve balanced both roles. Because of this profession, I have also had many wonderful animals bless my life. I have learned from each and everyone of them.

Some animals have made such a profound impact on my awareness of many aspects of medicine, that they have opened my eyes to conditions and connections I would have never been aware of if I had not had to suffer with their illness or injury. As I tried to find the best solutions to the medical issue with all my background in medicine, I had to reach out sometimes way out of my box of tools that I had in front of me and search for something that might make a difference. Sometimes it opened a door that found the solution and sometimes it ended with a frustration of how limited our medical knowledge still is in 2011.

My wish is to share my stories of how holistic medicine became truly the more caring direction to treat my patients. Hopefully this new communication method will give both the veterinarians reading this blog, and animal caretakers holistic ways to take better care of their beloved animal family members.

Very few doctors still answer their phones at home. Wouldn’t it be great to help others while using some of the old fashioned and contemporary ways together to keep the doctor, client and patient all in sync? Using Blogs, the Web and social networking we can all work together as a team to make the best decisions always with an open mind and heart.

I have been asked for months and even years to start a blog. With Integrative Medicine and particularly Veterinary Medicine being a hot topic globally it is time for me to start Blogging. What to talk about will come forward as comments or questions from the readers encourage information. I’d also like to welcome our Pro Blogger MASH Geek who will be assisting me with Blogging.

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