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MEDICAL HONEY FOR WOUND HEALING

Tuesday, April 9th, 2013

Here is an informational article from one of Dr. Margo’s friends. And a pod cast as well

MEDICAL HONEY FOR WOUND HEALING
Signe Beebe DVM, CVA, CVCH, CVT
Integrative Veterinary Center
Sacramento, CA USA

HONEY
All civilizations have relied on natural therapeutic agents to meet their primary health care needs at some point in time. Honey and honey containing salves have been used to relieve pain, promote wound healing and to treat sores, boils, cuts, abrasions, insect bites, burns and skin disorders for thousands of years. The ancient Greeks physicians and the Egyptians were among the first to record the beneficial effects of honey for wound care. The ancient Egyptians were the earliest recorded beekeepers and honey for wound healing was an integral part of the “Three Healing Gestures”. This included cleaning the wound, applying a salve made from honey, lint, (vegetable fiber) and grease (animal fat), and bandaging the wound. Despite the long history of honey for medical conditions, it largely fell out of favor in conventional medical practice during the era of modern antibiotics in the 1970s. Due to the development of antibiotic resistant wound infections, the use of honey for wound care has undergone a renaissance in the last few years. Today honey is being investigated and incorporated into modern therapeutic wound healing products. Honey is particularly useful for the treatment of poorly healing or chronically infected wounds and for those animals that develop undesirable side effects such as intolerance or resistance to conventional pharmaceuticals.  image

Not all honeys have equal medicinal value. The anti-microbial activity of the honey has been shown to vary in quality according to its floral source. Historical records show that when honey was prescribed for a medical condition the type and location of the honey was nearly always specified. Doctors throughout history knew that honey obtained from specific floral sources produced better clinical results than honey from other plants or regions. Modern laboratory testing of many different types of honeys using bacterial cultures to evaluate their antimicrobial effects have validated this clinical observation. Not all honeys have equal medicinal value. The anti-microbial activity of the honey has been shown to vary in quality according to its floral source. Historical records show that when honey was prescribed for a medical condition the type and location of the honey was nearly always specified. Doctors throughout history knew that honey obtained from specific floral sources produced better clinical results than honey from other plants or regions. Modern laboratory testing of many different types of honeys using bacterial cultures to evaluate their antimicrobial effects have validated this clinical observation. Recent investigation and research on honey shows that it contains antibacterial compounds that are effective against many common antibiotic resistant bacteria. In addition it has been shown to inhibit the growth of a wide range of fungi, protozoa and viruses, and may have use for the treatment of cancer patients.

Honey is composed of 17% water and 82% sugar (primarily glucose and fructose), proteins, enzymes, vitamins, minerals and a variety of floral phytochemicals. It is these phytochemicals that give honey its characteristic color, flavor, and biochemical properties (anti-oxidant, anti-inflammatory, antimicrobial). In essence, honey may be thought of as a concentrated plant fluid with added bee proteins that makes honey an “herbal medicine”. All honey has high osmolarity, low pH, low water content and upon dilution produces hydrogen peroxide that is responsible for its antibacterial properties. However not all honeys exhibit equal hydrogen peroxide activity and so vary in their antimicrobial potency. There are also certain types of honey that contain floral phytochemical factors that are responsible for strong non-peroxide antimicrobial effects. These honeys maintain their antimicrobial properties even when diluted by large amounts of wound exudate. The Leptospermum spp (manuka and jellybush) honeys from New Zealand and Australian are in this group and are currently under intense scrutiny for use as wound healing “medical grade honeys”. In 2007 the FDA approved the use of a line of manuka honey based wound dressings called MediHoney that are distributed by DermaSciences Inc.

For more information on medical honey: www.bio.waikato.ac.nz/honey/special.shtml and www.dermasciences.com

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Success at the New England Pet Expo

Tuesday, September 27th, 2011

Dr. Margo Roman

The New England Pet Expo that was in Wilmington, MA brought out almost 10,000 people and pets. I saw everything from huge mastiffs to people with parrots on their shoulders. At this expo there were many entertaining demos and wonderful animal groups. It was great to see so many animal lovers who were out this past Saturday September 24, 2011.

Our non-profit organization called the Center for Integrative Veterinary Care (CIVC) had a booth to highlight our Dr.DoMore documentary preview and the Dr.ShowMore Calendar. The 2011 Dr.ShowMore Calendar has been shown at about twenty different veterinary conferences and expos. By now that door – opening calendar has also been taken to eight different conferences and expos for humans. It has been to the Sundance Film Festival 2011.

The Dr.ShowMore Calendar has even gone to Thailand where it opened up many eyes, and even the doors of the veterinary

Sujita the Royal Cat

schools in Thailand. As well as the continuing education of the Thai Veterinarians. It even gave me the opportunity to treat Sujita the Cat owned by The Royal Family of Thailand, and the Princess. It was such a honor to be able to try to help the Royal cat of Thailand with acupuncture and homeopathy.

At our booth, we had the last copies of the Dr.ShowMore Calendar. Originally 5,000 were made, and we only have about 100 copies left. Someday they could be collector’s items. We still have some left for those lucky few who want them. The information in them is so worth the $10.00 cost, which is all donated to our non-profit.

Simone Hnilicka and Ludvig her dog

Information like : homeopathic remedies for emergencies, acupuncture points for common ailments, and useful herbs to give your pets. There are book resources and website lists to give readers many more options. The smiles that we got from people viewing the calendar are contagious.To laugh and have fun reading topics that can help you, your family and your pets is so valuable.

As Integrative Medicine becomes mainstream healthcare, both people and animals will benefit and healthcare costs will go down. To empower people to prevent disease and keep their bodies healthy with nutrition and healthful preventative care, will save lives and save healthcare.

All About Irritable Bowel: Solving it Naturally, Who Needs Drugs?

Tuesday, August 16th, 2011

Peppermint

Irritable bowel is a common medical issue in both animals and humans. By looking at the cause of the issue and then strengthening the gut, one can actually bring the case to cure. The intestinal tract provides about 70% of the immune system’s support. It also is intricately controlled by the nervous system. Moreover, the GI tract depends significantly on the live flora or naturally occurring bugs or bacteria in the gut. Treating the GI tract naturally allows the body to reboot itself and regain intestinal health. On the other hand, not allowing the body to fight its own battle is a set-up for chronic conditions and lifelong dependence on drug therapy with all its side effects and long-term damage.
Just to review the GI anatomy, we first have the mouth with the salivary glands and the physical mastication of the teeth and jaws. In humans, saliva plays an important part in that it contains amylase, which helps convert starch to the simple sugar maltose. Unlike the saliva of humans, the saliva of dogs and cats really only supplies lubrication for the passage of food and does not have any significant enzymatic activity. In addition to supplying lubrication, the saliva helps in removing heat from the body, as does the panting process. Another important part of the GI tract is the esophagus, a muscular tube that propels the food, after the swallowing, from the mouth to the stomach. With the peristalsis wave, the bolus is pushed through the relaxed lower esophageal sphincter into the stomach, and then the sphincter is closed to prevent reflux. (more…)

Homeopathic Remedies at Home

Monday, July 11th, 2011

Homeopathic remedies can be purchased from local health food stores or at MASH. Sets containing the most commonly used ones are offered as well. Numerous books, as well as your vet can teach you how to treat minor problems. Homeopathy, one of many complimentary therapies which is popular in Europe and Canada are gentle and can be used safely in conjunction with other remedies. They are put in the mouth to dissolve, away from food, and sometimes are applied topically.
Injuries and Pain
Every household can benefit from Arnica Montana especially for easing pain, reducing bleeding and bruising preventing infections and soothing the injured animal. Give a few pellets every fifteen minutes while deciding on the next treatment. If it helps then continue until the pain is gone. Remedy pellets can be given in distiller water three pellets to one ounce of water. Mix well and give on a clean tongue If not try a different remedy and bring the animal to MASH, ASAP.
Excerpt from the www.DrShowMore.org Calendar March 2011

Mariah the Brave Chicken

Tuesday, July 5th, 2011

Every animal that touches our lives has something that they can teach us, if we only pay attention. Vitamin L or Vitamin Love helped this little chicken heal. Even a pet chicken can make you rethink and respect the value of life.

Having backyard chickens has become more and more common even within the suburbs around Boston. The idea of keeping pets that can actually give you food, like the chicken’s egg, makes owning these animals a sustainable idea. And beyond that, there are many levels of involvement.

Pet chickens have many benefits. First of all, watching chickens interacting and their free range grazing is actually almost mesmerizing as they forage through the yard. The chickens or even guinea hens will dig around in the grasses and eat ticks, bugs, mosquitos and reduce pests. You can compost your vegetables twice. Chicken manure is one of the best fertilizers. The chicken manure will help fertilize the flowers or garden. You can pass the scraps from your food preparation and left overs, which are not fit for the dogs to the chickens. Buying organic chicken food for them will add to the quality and taste of you home grown eggs.

The difficulty is keeping up the safety of the chicken from wild animals and domestic dogs that can chase and kill the birds, And this is where the story of Mariah begins. I had gotten some baby guineas  and chickens and then had lost several from wild animals and sadly even my own dogs who would chase the birds in an instinctive behavior and killed them. I had become so upset with my dogs (that I love) that they could not tell the difference from my pet chickens and the raw food they were eating for dinner. I had only named one chicken Mariah as it was too depressing to know that your pets could get taken away very easily.

In April of 2010 we went to New York City and returned at midnight. I went out to check the chickens and noticed that Mariah had some feathers hanging in front of her body. WIth a closer look realized that her skin and feathers had been torn off her back and most of her skin was hanging off of her. It was terrible. I called to my husband and told him we needed to get to the clinic immediately. Now my husband has helped me before but not with a bird. He is an attorney and will help out and with it being 12:30 AM I had to force him to become my technician this time.

With even closer examination in surgery I realized that Mariah’s crop had been ripped open and her esophagus was cut in half.. She was keeping steady and allowing me to examine her. Two hours later after using Ketamine anesthesia, Frankincense and lavender, rescue remedy and a 6 package of Vicryl suture I was able to reattach her esophagus and repair her crop and try to move her skin over her back. A lot of the skin was damaged but with lots of Ozonated saline the skin regained more oxygen.
Because she is an organically raised antibiotics were not a wanted option. So she was cared for with homeopathy  Aconite for shock, Arnica for bruising and pain, calendula as a  natural antibiotic, and ledum homeopathy for the punctures and tearing of the skin.
She needed ozone subcutaneously  and had a body bagging of herself with ozoneated saline flushes. She also had topical ozonated olive oil and calendula gel. She even bravely laid her eggs for the next 2 days. Later the egg laying stopped for 2 months as she regained her strength and  then after recovering started laying an egg each day.

Her wounds all healed without drugs and when you see her running around my yard happy you see this bird who is a survivor. Her feathers make her look quite different as she runs through the  woods. The wind blows her strange lack of feathers. In the winter she keeps her neck contracted to allow her feathers to cover her neck.

What I learned about from Mariah was the desire to survive and give back. I thank her every day for her eggs. I saw how the integrative way to care for an animal allowed our family friend to live on thanks to  an organic lifestyle. To be able to choose an organic approach to healing has wonderful benefits and the out come is outstanding​.

Emergency Care With Flower Essences

Monday, July 4th, 2011

Flower essences are homeopathic solutions of flower extracts and function as energy medicines. Every household should have Rescue Remedy, on hand to use until you can get to MASH. Rescue Remedy is a combination of five different flower essences, in several places around the house, car and barn. Give two or three drops by mouth any time an animal or person is upset, injured, in shock, nervous, in the car, itchy, angry, ill, not eating, feather picking, anytime they are not well. If it helps, keep going as needed. Always take some yourself if you are giving it to your animals.

Essential Oils

Lavender with frankincense is antimicrobal, antiseptic, reduces pain and reduces stress.
Chamomile relaxes and aids digestion.
Roman Chamomile is anti inflammatory and reduces pain.
Helichrysum relieves pain and used with lavender will help heal wounds.
Excerpt from the www.DrShowMore.org Calendar June 2011