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November 2, 2015
DIY Veterinary Care
Without a doubt, by feeding your pet properly you can eliminate a lot of potential veterinary care. If you don't put the right fuel in, how can your pet's machinery run properly?
You can also avoid veterinary bills by using common sense and not falling in line with the modern mentality that experts are needed to achieve health.
This is not to say that veterinarians are not needed or worthy. In fact, they have to spend the same amount of time in medical training as MDs. It can be even harder to get into veterinary school than medical school. On top of that, veterinarians must then finance their own hospital facilities.
Veterinary medicine is also a more pure form of free market medicine. The absence of third party payers (insurers) does not permit anywhere near the sort of exorbitant fees common in human medicine. Using the same skill set, anesthetics, surgical instruments, etc.: an ovariohysterectomy (spay) in a human costs about $40,000, in a dog about $300 ($50 thirty-five years ago when I was in practice); a total hip replacement in a human costs from $12,000-$125,000, in a dog, costs range from $2,000- $3,000.
Veterinarians must constantly govern what they do by the means of the client. There is nothing to keep charges in check like looking into the face of a client and quoting a charge that you know is coming out of their grocery money.
Not being a profession to get rich in, veterinarians must be more dedicated to efficient care of their patients. Physicians shuttle patients from one specialist to another (defensive medicine to avoid law suits). One hand does not know what the other is doing and the total wellbeing of the patient may be overlooked. Veterinarians rarely refer patients and thus have a more holistic view of their patients.
Use a holistically minded veterinarian when the need arises, but try to do as much on your own as you can.
Here are a few guidelines:
If your pet becomes ill, think about what might have caused it and, if possible, eliminate the cause. For example, if your dog has inflamed or infected eyes, don't let him stick his head out the window for his eyes to be air blasted the next time you take him for a drive. Other causes of illness are household toxins (plants or chemicals), exposure to other animals in confined quarters (e.g., boarding, grooming, shows, parks), outdoor fights, stress (physical or emotional), and aging.
All medicines are toxic. Although they may resolve some symptoms, their side effects can be worse than the problem they attempt to solve. Do all you can to make your pet non-medicine dependent.
Do a quick check up. Feel around your pet's body for points of pain or swelling. Look in the mouth. Teeth should be clean, gums pink, and no bad breath. Ears should be clean and without bad odor. Stools should be normal and if they aren't, get a stool test for parasites. Get this test done also if there is an unusual loss in weight. Coat should be glossy. The skin should be supple and snap back quickly if you pull on it. Nails should not be too long so as to prevent snagging. Scooting on the rear may mean the anal sacs are impacted or infected. Biting at the base of the tail is usually a sign of flea allergy. Once you identify a problem, do an Internet search to get informed on possible causes and DIY remedies.
99% of all illness resolves itself with time. Once I understood this as a clinician, and the fact that most medical interventions are fraught with dangers, my fascination for after-the-fact medicine waned and I sought something to do that could actually prevent disease and suffering. This brought me to where I am now, and thus what you are learning in these Truths.
Don't be so anxious to have something done. I used to counsel clients this way in practice and lost many because of it. If I didn't perform some procedure, give a shot, do a lab test, or prescribe medicine, people were disappointed and went down the street to someone who would "do something." What they didn't realize was that by doing nothing I spared them unnecessary costs and potential problems from the intervention.
Trust nature, it is the best and only healer and by far the best doctor.
Proof of the powerful and safe effectiveness of natural therapies
Cherries Alleviate Gout
Boston University researchers have found that eating three servings of cherries (10-12 cherries per serving) within a two day period of a gout attack, helps decrease risk of recurrent gout attacks by 35% to 45%. This benefit was further compounded when participants refrained from purine, alcohol, and NSAID intake. Rheumatol Pract News (See Wysong Dark Chocolate Therapy with Cherries)
Mammography Screening Ineffective
Epidemiology studies of rates of breast cancer and rates of mammography screening in Europe found that increased rates of screening did not equal reduced death rates of cancer. In one study, the rate of death from breast cancer actually INCREASED in the country (with similar health care and demographic structure) with higher screening rates. Mammography screening causes over diagnosis with little mortality benefit. It misses the fast growing tumors and catches slow growing tumors. Overtreatment of the slow growing tumors can result in heart disease and increase future deaths due to drugs and radiation.
Avoiding breast cancer is the best "treatment." Substantial reduction of risk of breast cancer development can be as easy as a good diet with supplements. Vitamin D (at least 5,000 IU daily), as well as 200 mg of DIM (di-indole methane) if your estrogen ratio is below 2. Omega-3 fatty acids and a multivitamin and mineral supplement are also recommended. British Medical Journal (See Wysong EFA and O-Mega D)
Memory Loss Or Delayed Recall?
Many aging adults complain of memory loss. Examples include not remembering names of people or books, but actual memory loss may not be at play. Usually the information can be recalled within several minutes. This isn't true memory loss, such as dementia, but simply delayed recall. Supplementing with l-tyrosine may improve memory recall. L-tyrosine increases dopamine levels in the brain. Dopamine is responsible for mental alertness, recall and concentration. Physiol Behav
(see Wysong Neuridone™)
Probiotic-Laden Milk May Reduce Infections in Elderly
Supplementation of fermented milk containing the probiotic Lactobacillus johnsonii La1 reduces the frequency of infections from 15.4% initially to 5.7% in the elderly. Increases in blood hemoglobin, serum albumin and blood phagocytic activity (immunity factor) were also observed. None of these changes were observed in the control group that did not receive the probiotic-rich fermented milk. British Journal Of Medicine (see Wysong Probiosyn™)
Reduce Stroke Risk With Food
Several foods have been found to reduce your risk of stroke:
Fish three times a day: 6% lowered risk
Fruits and vegetables five times a day: 26% lowered risk
Three to Four Cups of Coffee a day: 17% lowered risk
Three cups of tea a day: 21% lowered risk
Moderate amount of chocolate daily: 29% lowered risk
Lancet Neurol (See Wysong Chocolate Therapy)
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I long ago came to realize that the most worthy role of any doctor is to teach people how not to need them. This led me away from practice where treating symptoms is the primary tool and a misinformed public has come to expect magic bullet cures. But no disease is ever caused by the lack of a drug, and no treatment—save that for trauma or defect—ever improves an organism. Medical intervention is, in fact, now the number one cause of death and suffering in our modern world.
Illness, in large part, comes from wrong thinking. Health requires an open-minded, fact-based philosophy of life and an ambition to make yourself the best you can be. Thoughtlessly following convention and laziness are irreconcilable with health.
Wellness requires a deep respect for the great unknowns of life and the power of natural healing forces. Pretending that we can command nature and that the body is a mere machine that can be manipulated with impunity by "experts" is an illusion of both professionals and the public.
So it is my hope that this newsletter will help you to take control of your own health destiny, trust the healing powers within and in nature, and understand that ultimately wellbeing is about what you do to yourself, not what someone else can do to you.
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