Archive for August, 2012

Using Functional Medicine and Nutrition Can Bridge Us

Tuesday, August 21st, 2012

It is so important for all my clients and caretakers of their animals listen to this amazing lecture.
This will help you clarify your healthcare and really make a model of health.
Listen to this lecture from Dr.Mark Hyman at the lecture Institute of Functional Medicine. Make the hour and you will learn so much. You may know parts but he eloquently puts it all together.
 

http://vimeo.com/45584764

We need to join forces with the message that the below conference has covered. Functional medicine will be the new medical paradigm. It is all what we do and we need to be the leaders to bring all the thoughts together.
I have attended several of the functional medical meetings including the Integrative Health Care Symposium they are wonderful. These folks have the research that we need to partner up with them and we can influence our “within the Box” colleagues.
Dr. Hyman is a supporter of the Dr.DoMore Project.

Dr. Margo Roman: A Lifetime of Caring for Animals BY KIM CHILDS

Tuesday, August 21st, 2012

As a child, Dr. Margo Roman was bandaging stuffed animals and taking in wounded creatures. During high school she worked at a veterinary clinic and, in 1978, Roman officially became a veterinarian herself. Five years later she opened her practice as a mobile clinic, which transformed into Main Street Animal Services of Hopkinton (MASH), in Hopkinton. 20120821-085445.jpg In 1993 Roman became an integrative alternative practitioner to expand the range of healing modalities that she could offer to animals in her care. Natural Awakenings wanted to know more about this transition.

How did you become aware of complementary medicine for animals?

I was always interested in nutrition since my parents were very health-conscious, giving us things like cod liver oil and other supplements. During veterinary school I took a course with the International Veterinary Acupuncture Society and it really opened my eyes to other possibilities of treating animals with such things as herbs, homeopathy and acupuncture. While I was teaching anatomy at the Tufts University veterinary school, I also taught an applied acupuncture course to the students on my own time, giving them a glimpse of another healing modality. Today some veterinary schools are teaching about the effectiveness of acupuncture with animals.

Another big reason I decided to do holistic medicine with animals came from my own medical experience during veterinary school. I was administering medication to a cow when it got loose and pushed me against a chute, impaling me on a five-inch nail that caused a huge blood clot in my chest. I kept trying to tell doctors that the problem was in my chest but they insisted it was my spleen. I ended up having two massive surgeries and almost dying when they could have found the real problem by simply tapping my chest. It opened my eyes to the fallibility of the medical profession and made me realize that there are other ways to help animals besides rushing to do surgery or something equally traumatic right away.

What alternative approaches have worked with the animals you’ve treated?

In 2001 a client brought her dog to me with tumors in his abdomen. The dog couldn’t walk anymore and two vets had told her to euthanize him. We did acupuncture, homeopathy and nutritional therapy and he ended up having three-and-a-half more really great years of life. The same thing happened with my daughter’s horse, which had eye cancer. He lived for more than two years with alternative treatments after other vets wanted to put him down. I’ve also seen amazing health improvements in animals after my clients switched to raw or partly raw diets for their pets.

What are some practices that you’d like to see more animal caregivers adopt?

The most important thing is high-quality, whole-food nutrition because it’s the key to strengthening the immune system, which is largely based in the gut. Second, I recommend that, when possible, people use plant botanicals, herbs, homeopathy and other options with animals instead of drugs like antibiotics, NSAIDs or steroids. Pain can be managed with acupuncture and chiropractic, whereas pain medications can have harmful side effects, such as liver failure. Masking problems with medication doesn’t correct the problem or imbalance and the body actually deteriorates more because it’s out of alignment. I also use ozone therapy, which yields amazing results with such things as Lyme and dental disease, infections and wounds, cancer, pain, inflammation and chronic itching. At MASH we limit the use of vaccinations, which are tied to rising cancer rates in animals, by checking for antibodies after the initial shots are administered.

How can people find veterinarians who use complementary medicine?

There’s a great organization called the American Holistic Veterinary Medical Association, and people can visit AHVMA.org and see a directory of veterinarians and what modalities they have studied. It’s broken down by state and there are a number of holistic practitioners in Massachusetts. We’ve also created a video called Dr. Do More that’s designed to educate people about natural health for pets. It’s available on our website, MashVet.com, and it has some great information.

Main Street Animal Services of Hopkinton is located at 72 W. Main St., Hopkinton. For more information, call 508-435-4077 or visit MASHVet.com.

This article appears in the July 2012 issue of MIDS

IMPORTANT NEWS FOR YOUR PETS

Thursday, August 16th, 2012

Catherine O’Driscoll 8:31am Aug 16
IMPORTANT NEWS FOR YOUR PETS
Send a letter to your vet!

Veterinarians are largely uneducated about vaccine adverse effects, and they’ve been taught for decades that annual vaccination is necessary and relatively harmless. In addition, a large percentage of veterinary practice income has traditionally come from boosters.

So despite official pronouncements from veterinary bodies such as the American Animal Hospital Association, the American Veterinary Medical Association, and the World Small Animal Veterinary Association, the profession has been very slow to change vaccination protocols or take duration of immunity data on board. Anyone who has a pet who has suffered a vaccine reaction will understand why this situation needs to change.

We have put a letter up on the Pet Welfare Alliance website for YOU to print off and send to your vet. If you’re really wonderful, you will also print off letters for several practices in your area.

So for just a few pence or cents, you can be part of the solution and change history for companion animals. Your effort will also help to educate your own vet, which will improve the relationship you have, and the advice you can expect.

You won’t need to fight your vet to prevent over-vaccination, and you won’t need to feel a freak for being educated and informed. So by helping others, you also help yourself.

This is the link for sending a letter to your vet:
www.petwelfarealliance.org/send-a-letter.html

The letter comes from the Pet Welfare Alliance, which means that you don’t have to get into any arguments with your vet!

Having read this letter, vets can’t in all conscience tell anyone that their dog or cat needs an annual shot. Or, if they do, you have information to hand to explain exactly why they neither need, nor can benefit from, unnecessary boosters.

We’ve also found a way in the UK and America that will overcome the loss of booster income for vets … making it much more likely that they will consider the science and change their vaccine protocols.

We have negotiated a discount with the UK and US distributors of VacciCheck, the in-practice titer testing kit. So rather than writing to vet practices and risking affronting them by stating the scientific truth, we are writing to tell them the truth whilst at the same time offering them a price incentive – a discount – to swap from boosters to titers.

Everyone wins!

Vets can now offer an inexpensive and speedy titer test, and pet owners can be sure that their dogs and cats are protected from viral disease without risking vaccine adverse effects, and without the practice losing income.

The letter to vets also has links to the Pet Welfare Alliance website, giving scientific duration of immunity studies, and referenced scientific research showing that vaccines can cause a wide range of diseases. You may find this data of use yourselves. The link for this is: http://www.petwelfarealliance.org/uploads/3/0/3/6/3036695/vaccine_science_research.pdf

If you go to this link: http://www.petwelfarealliance.org/send-a-letter.html, you can also choose to send letters to:

Boarding kennels
Training/dog clubs
Breed clubs or societies
Breeders
Local authorities
Rescue/shelters

Each letter is written specifically for these groups. And each of these groups is responsible for keeping over-vaccination in place. We are, in effect, launching an educational campaign. The truth will set all our pets free!

Also, sign the supporter’s list for free email Updates.