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Monday, September 20th, 2021

The health benefits obtained from simple whole organic foods are literally life saving. Pistachio nuts for example contain the highest amount of food derived melatonin which will augment restful sleep cycles in humans and assist body repair. The companion animals will sleep better when we do.

Admittedly it is not always accurate to extrapolate knowledge from the human world of natural medicine to animals, so I don’t recommend routinely using nuts in cat and dog diets.  Although interestingly, it was animals themselves that originally led to many discoveries for us during our close association with them over thousands of years. Our observations of the natural world and the behaviour of animals has helped humankind to adapt to a wide range of environmental stressors and has led to the discovery of many natural medicines.

I have written about this zoopharmacognasy elsewhere.

It is probably also safe and appropriate to extrapolate mammalian physiology given that we are all in the same family of organisms and share most of our cellular traits even though the mechanics of the digestive systems vary based on the evolution of dentition. Humans do have a greater capacity to digest and assimilate carbohydrates and grains as we evolved from carnivore to omnivore over centuries and dentition to grind and masticate more like ruminants. Arguably we have largely arrived at herbivore/plant based nutrition status. Our cats and dogs have not. That does not mean however that they will not attain benefit from plant foods as will be discussed in more detail in this post.

As holistic veterinarians that think deeply and widely about optimizing health through nutrition, my colleagues and I can attest to the parallels in nutritional approaches to cure. We are still endeavouring to understand many elements that have been widely studied in human medicine to see if they have a role in animal health. It is encouraging that these approaches are gaining traction with the relatively recent focus on the microbiome  and the importance of feeding the gut. I am sure that our efforts have brought this to light for mainstream veterinary practice and strengthened by animal carers like yourselves who challenge your veterinarians to account for nutrition based health decisions and real food recommendations for your animals.

It has been some time now since we developed dietary recommendations for cancer care for animals and whilst these have on occasion been challenged for evidence by schools of veterinary science nevertheless remain firm advice for most animals in my care with good results for improved wellbeing.

Not surprisingly, this diet is very similar to other health promoting suggestions of mushrooms, brassicas and fish oils. It can be hard to get dogs and cats to eat some of these things but there are many more options available these days with mushroom extracts and powders and access to Chinese teas and medicines.

This particular post arising on the high tide of virus paranoia that is currently sweeping the world addresses some very simple life affirming nutrients that protect mammals from virus invasion and replication.

 

I am grateful to my naturopathic colleagues in the human world for presenting a micro view of the cellular universe we all inhabit as much of the information I am about to share has been made available this year for obvious reasons.

Human medical research is a huge and lucrative enterprise on the world stage and most of us do not get to hear about a fraction of what is being studied or discovered unless there is a commercial market for it or we are rigorous in searching data bases for theses or scientific papers.

 

In a nutshell…..FOOD IS MEDICINE……….TRUST YOUR GUT FEELING..

More specifically certain factors and enzymes are famous in the nutrition world for protecting us from viral or bacterial invasion.

 

The prize for 2020-2021 has been awarded to Sulphoraphane for being the most helpful nutrient to not only battle oxidative stress (cancer included) but also to prevent cell invasion by virus and bacteria. The complex biochemistry is well explained via terms like Nrf2 and signaling sequences and as with much of the natural world there are some enchanting paradoxes in this science for those of us interested in looking more closely. Suffice to say that in order to be resilient to cellular damage there needs to be a primary defence mechanism that stops the organism entering the cell and an off switch in the case the hull is breached.

Ironically the primary defence is also triggered by stress. Too much ongoing stress then of course causes trouble. Much of the damage caused by coronavirus invasion for example, occurs because there is no off switch that stops the body from damaging itself as an overreaction to this invasion. Fear is a mega stress for us all at present and fortunately not one that animals succumb to very often except from our example. Other emotions like anxiety, doubt, despair and anger will also lower immune function and the converse is that laughter and happiness will increase immune capacity.

 

The off switch is Nrf2 that comes from Sulphoraphane.

 

Needless to say many other whole foods are also hugely beneficial and it can be hard to get cats and dogs to eat broccoli and cabbage. It is also best that these vegetables be lightly cooked/cut/fermented for optimal benefit.

Plant based fibre is a boon to health for all animals. Hay and roughage are much more healthy rations for horses and livestock than grain based diets. Recent studies have confirmed that racehorses fed grain based rations will have a higher risk and incidence of gastritis (stomach inflammation) than those fed roughage or hay rations.

We have known for a long time that cattle and chicken raised in feedlots have higher inflammatory omega6 in their muscles and fat (meat), resulting from them being fed grains.

 

Adding fibre to your pets diet with plant foods will also enhance the gut-brain and gut-lung axes given that these interactions between certain naturally occurring healthy bacteria in the gut and the organs will augment optimal function. Baby mammals drink milk because the lactobacillus in the gut protects their lungs via a butyrate pathway. Fibre in the diet is the precursor (prebiotic) for these healthy bacteria to flourish for example. Arguably mature mammals do not need milk or milk products to remain healthy but fibre is always essential for myriad other good bacterial processes. Perhaps my increased desire for butter recently indicates a need for butyrate in my diet but I acknowledge it may also just be an excuse for comfort food. Dogs and cats on the other hand must have raw fats and uncooked oils for energy.

Some simple recommendations for enhancing viral immunity include

Brassicas (cooked/fermented/mashed)

Fibre from other raw vegetables pulp and plants/leafy greens

Tumeric (powder or fresh root)

Vitamin A and D (occur naturally in fish oils, meat/offal and dairy).

Quercetin (do NOT give cats or dogs onion which is highest in this, use leafy greens instead)

Good bacteria, Bifidobacterium for example

The above information pertains specifically to enhancing immunity.

Protocols for detoxification from harmful chemical assaults upon our bodies are similar but require refinement so please contact me should you be needing this kind of support for your family.

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Recommendations for complete and balanced best diets for dogs and cats can be found at Dr Clare Middle’s website.   or by visiting or contacting Paws to Heal. 

Harness Mother Nature’s gifts….do not join the fight against Her.

Eat well to be well yourselves and provide the same boon to your beloved pets.

It can take an effort to get going but perpetual motion takes less effort as we try to move forward together towards a healthier planet and a higher purpose.

 

Question:…….I find it very difficult to pray for anything other than health because health is so important. I feel selfish when I pray for anything else.

Sri Chinmoy: You are doing absolutely the right thing. When you pray for health, you are praying not only for the physical body but also for the mind, vital, heart and everything. If your health is not good, if you are suffering from a headache or stomach upset or some other ailment, then how will you be happy? Your mind will be occupied only with pain; your heart will be breaking. The best thing is to pray first and foremost for health. Afterwards, you can pray for other things that you would like to have.

30. What do you want?
I want good health
Meditate on a vegetable garden
Meditate on a dancing child.

 

Mighty Mammals

Monday, August 30th, 2021

Over these past two years we have all been overly distracted by health threats but it seems that very few of us have sufficient education and knowledge to understand or navigate the serious corruption of health information and misinformation being perpetrated. I am privileged to be placed in a position of some degree of authority, to have the ability to discern what constitutes health and to provide options to restore and maintain health for as long as possible. It is my livelihood and it is a privilege. I am a Veterinarian and we are all members of the animal kingdom.

It has been and continues to be a distressing time for the higher mammals like ourselves and subsequently, by virtue of their dependence and service to us, the lower mammals with whom we cohabitate. My practice is busier than ever because many more people are starting to realise that perhaps there is a better way to stay healthy and also keep their pets strong and resilient without chemicals or the need for genetic engineering.

Most people like myself with a background in virology, immunology, epidemiology and pharmacology have been trying to make sense of the global health situation that has spiralled out of control. A few of us, or maybe many of us, are seriously alarmed by the manipulation of our behaviour through fear and threats both perceived and real.

We are all being treated like we are all the same and we are not.

 

Some of us have a greater ability to discern and discover helpful information.

Some of us take a snippet of this information and weave it into a story.

Some of us deliberately like to upset or frighten others.

Some of us think that we know everything

Some of us know that we know very little.

All of us are confused and upset.

 

This blog was initially established in 2005 to support my clients and help others to think differently about the options we all have for managing to stay healthy. It is also an offering to my spiritual Master Sri Chinmoy for his belief in a “Oneness World Home”.    

More than ever in my life this ideal is being challenged in 2021 as our world faces what I can only understand to be cataclysmic, divisive change  and alarming harm. I have decided to call this period in our history the Health War because all the mainstream rhetoric and catchphrases abounding are disgraceful attempts to trademark unacceptable actions that I refuse to endorse as normal human behaviour. Few of us realise that some dictionary words have been redefined this year and retrofitted to suit these purposes and perhaps fewer still care…..but I do care….I really do. I’m not sure what pains me more, the fact that this is occurring or the fact that so few people seem to care.

 

There are countless many other valiant and courageous people starting to reach out to our fellow human beings with information that can support them to make decisions in these turbulent times.  The way I navigate the perils of conflict and mistrust is to try to feel what makes me peaceful inside in contrast to what deeply unsettles me. This requires silencing the mind and that can take considerable practice and patience.

 

The best things in life are simple and free.

 

It is only recently that the information I have needed has become available to me because it has had to permeate through a web of hostile intent generated by the forces we have been feeding and allowing to overly influence our lives through technology in the past twenty years or more. These filters allow fragments of information to be available that can be assembled in so many permutations that they fail to communicate any truth at all.

 

The only thing I can say with any certainty is that things are not right in the world.

 

There are many good people waiting to be of service to humanity and life on this planet if we know how to access them and encourage them to contribute to the discussion with their reliable knowledge, expertise and wisdom.

 

The animals have been feeling our anxiety for a long time which is partly why my practice is flourishing. They are doing their bit but like most of us are desperate for support.

Animals rely on our compassion and our love and that is what we need to share.

Health has been hi-jacked not only by opinions but by politics and corporations because it is a hugely important and profitable industry. Science is a fragment and a fragmented enterprise of the whole picture that provides accurate information to establish a way forward but often only select pieces of this information are given value by those who get to decide what they want people to know.

 

There is good science to support our decisions to manage our health through natural and innate mechanisms that does not cost the Earth and does not require us all to be treated as identical game pieces. We are all different and cannot be subjected to a forced health agenda on the premise that one size fits all because that is a totally inaccurate and dangerous assumption. Fear is an extremely powerful weapon and we must be strong enough regardless of our opinions to hold the centre ground for the long term survival of all species on it. Extreme views are inherently destructive to our goal of a unified and peaceful world and they are hard to harness for good.

 

I will continue to post blogs with nutritional and spiritual survival tools. In the meantime, anyone who wants links to the science supporting the fact that many of us probably already have a level of immunity to most microbial things we encounter and that the current herd immunity concept is based in outdated 1970’s data, please contact me directly.

I can also describe to you very simply and clearly how immunity works should you like to have that basic knowledge to make important decisions for all the animals in your family.

 

The way forward is with courage, kindness and compassion regardless of the individual choices we make to manage our health and that of our animals, as those choices are our sovereign right…… “Be brave, be brave, no fear, no fear.”

 

We must be mighty mammals until such time that we further evolve and all this becomes less important.

 

 

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“Be wise!

Do not allow at any time

Your outer life-turbulence

To disturb your inner life-poise.”

 

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“Please

Do not forget

That you have

Many, many friends

In the world.”

 

 

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“Our mind-windows

Have to be cleaned every day

If we want to see truth through

them.”

 

77,000 Service Trees by Sri Chinmoy

Snippets 2020 (4 )..Polarisation

Monday, December 21st, 2020

At the start of 2020 I was unsettled by my sense of pending change and uncertainty and whilst that has abated considerably as the year has unfolded, I still have some reservations and concerns about the directions we may still choose to take in the near future. Will we make the right choices?

 

As a spiritual aspirant my life is considerably enhanced and guided and I do forget that I probably do not have to do anything more than continue my daily practices. But as a veterinary scientist and an advocate for the natural environment, I subconsciously allow my mind and my ego to cause me more problems than necessary and then dissatisfaction and impatience cause me to lose my equilibrium and my joy.

2020 has been a joyless year on the whole.

There have been definite bursts of goodness and happiness this year that remind us of our purpose but we must try harder now to cultivate these precious opportunities to be kind and considerate. Our lives depend upon our perseverance to be happy.

The spirals of negativity that abound in an age of overreliance on social media  and the rabbit holes of confusion and nonsense that ensues are increasingly difficult to ignore once they are given importance and impetus.

 

As this difficult and disastrous year draws to a close I am reminded that with every New Year comes a new hope and a new promise.

 

“On the eve of the New Year, a new consciousness dawns on earth. God once again inspires each human being, each creature, with new hope, new light, new peace and new joy.” — Sri Chinmoy

I am feeling much more positive about the New Year and its possibilities for positive change with a renewed focus on doing many things better. If given the proper chance to identify, discuss and implement these crucial adjustments back to what really matters for our health and happiness we will come out of this year stronger than we entered.

 

2020 provided the catalyst and 2021 must be the driver of this long anticipated progress.

 

An impediment to sensible and effective social and global change will be the culture of polarization that has been allowed to take hold in many areas of society over the past decade and has become firmly reinforced over recent months. This has brought a mind centered, anxiety provoking way of solving disagreements by gross oversimplification of important issues  and assigning them as absolutely right or absolutely wrong. The acceptance of misinformation or poorly formulated advice is creating havoc and distress for many people who understandably cannot discern the truth in the mire of confusion that is being sold to us as news or official views.

 

Polarity has become rigidly entrenched in our wider global society. It has insinuated its way into becoming the norm and many of us do not even realise the dire consequences this brings to the establishment of a peaceful and harmonious community. If we are polarised in our views then we cannot ever come together to solve anything.

 

Polarisation employs a mindset of extreme rigidity and prevents all discussion and communication of ideas. This current sociopolitical culture that places everyone who is not “with us” as being “against us” and shuts down any discussion whatever on the subject at hand is of grave danger to democracy.

 

A polarized society is a war zone and the proponents of this are dictators.The terms Anti this and Anti that are clear indicators of polarity as this literally means ‘against’.

 

A progressive and peaceful society, in contrast, ought to embrace open discussion and unpacking of the bigger questions facing us all without pigeon-holing us into convenient boxes that can have the lids nailed shut at the whim of a few for even suggesting a dialogue on uncomfortable subjects. We therefore all have an obligation to reject polarised opinions and fight our own tendencies towards extremism.

There are many controversial topics that have been polarised and we must be more open minded to see the truth and to create peace. We have to be prepared to find a meeting point without fear of retribution.

I choose to engage on health issues because they are naturally of specific interest to me and because without natural healthcare options and food sovereignty being recognised and reinstated there will be very little future for any of us here or elsewhere, regardless of our choice of personal identity, lifestyle or endeavour. We must be much more discerning about what we really care about if we are to survive and we must be prepared to  engage in informed discussion without prejudice or personal criticism derailing the exercise. We must prioritise discussion of issues that are relevant to everyone and not just to a minority.

Australia must reclaim her independence as a food nation and focus attention and resources on producing organic, clean and healthy foods at a local level. I am glad to see that this is happening.

Food production, availability and affordability should be the most important topics on the table and we are still ignoring them in the bigger picure for the sake of argument over things we will probably never agree upon.

In the background there is a worrying overreliance on non-Australian owned corporations and businesses that would shock the majority of Australians if they had access to the truth or the machinations of governance. If you own the food, you own the people. Our government is democratic but by no means transparent and increasingly unrepresentative as it sells us all off to the highest bidder and hopes we won’t notice. This, along with the serious issue of overreliance on technology to solve all our problems, is a topic for another day except to say that localization is a concept that urgently needs addressing. We should be focusing on what we can do here and now at a local level so that we can regroup and move forward together as we reject the divisive agendae being forced upon us.

I have personally felt quite isolated this year at times, as I have been provoked into debates and situations that have taken me away from my centre. We must stop fighting with each other and allowing fear to dictate our actions.

As there is strength in unity so must we strive to achieve unity. There is a reason that SriChinmoy refers to the world as a Oneness Home where we can choose to dwell either in our mind caves or our heart gardens.

This week the City of Greater Geelong (CoGG) has issued an invitation to members of the wider community to identify and address priorities for a sustainable future for our region. This is as commendable as it is promising.

 

kudos to CoGG.

We will be given an opportunity to suggest and discuss options for sustainable practices including local food production but encompassing a wide sector of our local community, from building and development to education, business, health and the natural environment. We will be given a chance to listen to each other and work together and better understand what really matters as we build an inclusive, supportive and harmonious society. We have a chance to be happy about the future here if this can be achieved by embracing and welcoming change for good.

Opportunities such as this bring us in touch with inspiring, innovative and enterprising members of our community that have passion and vision for humanity and the wider ecology of our planet.

 

We will need all hands on deck to best represent the whole community and to give us a better chance of formulating a clear positive direction forward that will take most of us with it. It is possible to have a heart centred approach in all human endeavour and this is our strongest and most commendable quality that now needs to come forward as our population explodes and our resources become constrained. We need a better and more regulated building code that puts the environment and the community above profit. We need public spaces set aside for local food production and we need to engender respect for our natural resources by employing organic management practices and maximizing rainwater collection to name a few basic and easily implemented codes of practice. I also will be advocating for natural weed control with goats in urban places. I want to see us get smarter about the way we do things creatively, cleverly, compassionately and for the right reasons, the greater collective good.

I want to have something to look forward to again.

Ask me later whether my optimism was well placed and in the meantime hope that it sets a precedent for informed, compassionate and effective governance. At least at a local level to start with.

 

Merry Christmas to all my dear readers and their families, furry and otherwise. May 2021 bring us all a renewed enthusiasm to attain peace in our own lives and in the wider world through our untiring striving for perfection of our nature, illumination of our minds and opening of our hearts.

Question: If somebody feels that he is doing something for his community or for mankind, but at the same time he feels that what he’s doing is slowing him down in his aspiration, what should he do?

Sri Chinmoy: If he is insincere, if he is just showing off in the name of helping people, if it is not God within him but his ego that is compelling him to try to help people, then he has to change his attitude. You can serve someone with true devotion because you want to please God, or you can do that very same service just to feed your ego. If you are doing it just to feed your own ego, then it is worse than useless. In that case, it is a serious mistake and it will delay your own progress.

The best thing is to get the inner command about whether or not you are authorised to help your community. If you feel that the answer is yes, then the next thing is to do your part devotedly. You should be grateful to the Inner Pilot, the Supreme, that He has authorised you to serve Him in mankind, and you should do it with utmost humility. In the spiritual life one has to get the inner command about one’s service to the world. Only if one is authorised, should he serve God in mankind. Otherwise, it will be a terrible spiritual mistake.

Sri Chinmoy, Politics and spirituality: can they go together?, Agni Press, 1977

 

 

 

Snippets of 2020 (3) Speak Up

Wednesday, October 21st, 2020

 

One of the many challenges arising this year is the establishment of a way forward in a world that has been rocked by direct and serious threats to health and the environment. Whilst many people are looking for things to get back to normal, we need to define what this means.

The definition of normal is functioning in a natural way.

Nature has been overlooked, redefined and undervalued as a teacher and a protector in so many ways over the past decades that most of us do not even know what ‘natural’ looks like anymore.

The accepted paradigm in medical practice is still that we think we know better than the laws of nature and it is our misinterpretation of nature’s gifts that is causing the most damage.

It is frustrating and disappointing that committees established across the world to address antimicrobial resistance and One-Health initiatives for example, repeatedly fail to appoint natural health practitioners and experts in the field of treating disease without the use of these substances in the first instance. An invitation has never been issued to experts in these areas to present their findings and a time must come soon when the skills and expertise of integrative practitioners will be recognised and appreciated.

I often forget that homeopathy has never been proffered the ear of the public in any positive or wide reaching manner that would help people to know these options even exist but the people who make the big decisions are aware of this medicine and repeatedly discredit it to the shame and detriment of humanity and the animal kingdom.

Bearing in mind that we have all been born into the Modern Era, we are unlikely to see the need to extend our vision past what we have always known unless we realise that what we still know is next to nothing, or more fairly, highly inadequate. Perhaps we do need to learn from the lessons of the past as we attempt to create a better future.

This posting is for those people for whom a shift in thinking about what constitutes health and how to achieve it is desired or required. It starts with the courage to admit that what we know is only a snippet of the possibilities available.

We may assume that we have made huge progress in the practice of medicine and have been easily persuaded to believe as much since we cannot imagine otherwise. In fact this is only partly true and mostly only true in the area of diagnostics and not in the treatment of disease itself. Surgical procedures have made huge advancements with technology but since we, as biological organisms, have not evolved much at all over many hundreds of years, the treatment of medical diseases has floundered and still fails. There is only an illusion that this is not true as we actually get less and less healthy and accept that to be the new normal. Our successes with treating ancient diseases like leprosy, plague and tuberculosis with antibiotics has lead to an overdeveloped reliance upon pharmaceuticals without acknowledging that sanitation, good hygiene and a better appreciation of the role of nutrition were probably the most crucial aspects in eradicating these diseases. Homeopathy enjoys the same level of success in disease outbreaks over history, by the way, both as a prophylaxis and as a treatment but anyone raising this fact is treated as a heretic. We have developed an unhealthy reliance on pharmaceuticals that are arguably causing more harm than good as they erode our innate healing capacities and cause dependency.

Moreover and as a direct result, we have translated this approach into the practice of small animal medicine in particular.

As much as we progress and study towards better understanding, the further removed we have become from the self evident truths of the natural world. So much so that the formal study of medicine has become narrower and narrower following a model of reductionism.

This reduces everybody to the same prescribed treatment irrespective of unique differences or personal indications and reactions. We are considered to be no more than points on a bell curve. This will become strikingly evident quite soon in the proposed solution to the challenge of 2020, which is largely still a mystery to the masses but will be ‘solved’ by the modern medical industry, no doubt more quickly than it ought.

It will be packaged, promoted and sold as the recommended solution to our predicament with very little mention of sound alternatives.

We are an integral part of nature but nature has lost her voice.

We have gone from being a part of nature to being apart from nature.

We have had many harmful medical practices recommended and practised throughout the course of our development. Over the past few hundred years it was wise and necessary to abandon the majority of these but what we failed to see is that we threw the baby out with bath water and then proceeded to develop more insidiously harmful medicines in the name of progress and modernity. Marketing has corrupted the language of medicine. Newer, safer, better, all mostly not true.

We forge ahead on a path predetermined by profit and neglect of duty to the higher truths that govern our existence.

If, as wise and intelligent medical practitioners and homeopaths, we had noticed that our medical art was being hijacked back at the turn of the twentieth century we would arguably be in a much healthier and progressive world than we currently tolerate.

Homeopathy is medicine that requires the highest intellect and insight.

Samuel Hahnemann had inadvertently stumbled into the quantum realm prior to 1900 because he was a visionary, highly intelligent, intuitive and observant. He challenged the medical fraternity of the era and unfortunately they still feel challenged today and resist any changes to the rigid mindset that governs modern medical practice. Subsequently it has become far too easy to adopt the current business model of medicine that one size fits all since it so very easy to sell. The illusion that our scientific medical achievements are unsurpassable is actually a delusion.

Hardly any medically trained people on the planet at present have any knowledge of the true art of healing or the curative actions of the medicines they are prescribing.

All of the above is compounded by the disastrous results that our interference with companion animal genetics has wrought upon their health. The disgraceful insinuation of packaged plastic foods and unnecessary chemical burdens that our pets are forced to endure in the name of progress have created serious impediments to their health and vitality that we have come to recognise as being normal. Most of our dogs these days are genetically and immunologically flawed especially with skin and behaviour symptoms foremost, however they are not usually totally beyond help with the correct approach.

Rest assured that if your pet has an acute emergency, modern techniques are highly recommended and often life saving. Plus I hasten to add that all veterinarians are trying to do the best that they know without realising that what they know has been limited and most of us would admit that we do very well in emergencies but have limited real understanding of the chronic diseases that plague our pets.

It is also pertinent to mention that finally there is a lot more investigation and acknowledgment of the importance of the microbiome to health than ever before undertaken and this is a big step in the right direction. To recognise the paramount role that bacteria play in keeping us well is crucial to the advancement of medicine in a modern world that must place good food back on the top of the remedy list. At least an opportunity to have a conversation has arisen even if it may be a while before we are invited to the table. Even though more natural and raw diets are emerging as mainstream it will be quite some time before they are widely recommended. It is also good to be aware that all ‘ready to eat’ prepared foods are convenient and can be the subject of cost cutting fillers and persuasive marketing even when we may all have to choose them occasionally.

 

Bottom line, choose your dog breed wisely and look at the genetic characteristics that comprise good health or be prepared to accept a lot of flaws and their subsequent challenges. The hybrid vigour on the Heinz variety pound or rescue dogs still offer the best value for money unless you find an exceptional breeder.

The new designer breeds are very, very expensive these days and can be more so when we are trying to remedy the side effects of breed defects of anxiety or fear reactivity in particular. Although these conditions can be brought about by diets, interventions like desexing and chemicals, (epigenetic factors), they are also being bred into many modern dogs. In fact as I peruse the latest list of ‘genetic’ mutations and DNA tests in dogs I am reminded of how many of these are miasms with incomplete expression that have arisen as a result of our chemical and nutritional assault on their species over the past few decades especially. The more obvious physical deformities of the brachycephalic breeds have been given publicity in recent times as an animal welfare issue.

I encourage anyone reading my blog to find the courage to follow the dictates of your own intuition. Your dog will still know what is best for it too, so follow its lead or ask a veterinary homeopath to interpret.

Your health, your choice and so too for those beings directly in your care.

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Science says to Nature:
“I do not need you.”
Nature says to Science:
“But I love you.”

From the book Science and nature

 

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Science says to Nature:
“To me, you are utterly useless!”
Nature says to Science:
“To me, you are deplorably harmful!”

From the book Science and nature

 

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We go to Mother Nature
To give us joy,
But when Mother Nature
Is displeased with us,
We become utterly helpless.

From the book Seventy-Seven Thousand Service-Trees, part 45

 

Question: Why is humanity polluting and destroying Mother Nature?

Sri Chinmoy: Mother Nature is being polluted and destroyed by the unaspiring realities of life. It is very sad. Mother Nature has become so helpless, and the people who are trying to preserve Mother Nature are in no way helping. They are only talking, talking, talking! Governments also are only talking. They come forward and say, “Yes, we want to preserve the trees and fields,” but their actions produce the opposite effect.

Because we human beings see enemies all around us, because we are afraid someone will come and attack us, we use all our money and energy to make ourselves powerful. To make ourselves powerful enough to fight our enemies, we cut Mother Nature into pieces and take her resources. We give importance only to scientific and chemical advancement, which does not allow Mother Nature to remain beautiful or powerful. Chemical advancement and Mother Nature’s progress cannot go together. As long as there is fear on earth, Mother Nature will never be able to fulfil her divinity. It is only when we no longer see others as enemies that we shall be able to keep Mother Nature intact.

Sri Chinmoy, Sri Chinmoy answers, part 7, Agni Press, 1996

 

Snippets of 2020 (2) Smile

Friday, September 4th, 2020

 

This has indeed been a taxing year for us all to date even though we are seemingly doing less.

The challenges are personal as much as general and involve confronting ones own issues as there are not the usual distractions to stop us from having to spend time on self reflection and transcendence.

In a sense we ought to be rejoicing at this opportunity to do the things we have been putting off for so long but there are only so many hours you can bear to clean the house.

Some of us cope better with change than others too. Personally, I am slow or reluctant to embrace change without a full and complete analysis of my options and quite frankly we are not going to get that in our current global crisis. It is a crisis because it is causing massive change although I have suggested previously that this is good and I still believe that it can be such if we all recognise the opportunities arising and moreover, implement them.

Despite the confusion and despair that some of us may be feeling, I see there is also a greater sense of oneness emerging than we ever had BC. (aka Before Covid)

In general people who don’t know each other that well are starting to notice each other and extend greetings to them. Even if you cannot see the smiling face, the quick wave will suffice. It seems to me that we are now looking for connection with each other that we had previously not valued. This was also evident in New York after September 11 and in some ways albeit with far less terror and toll, we are again experiencing a new paradigm for our society as we learn to care again about our neighbours’ welfare.

This era is also bringing out our creativity and our generosity as we need to source our provisions and base our lives once again in the local community. I am very happy about this because it is one of the most empowering aspects of our society, our willingness to connect and care about our environment and the beings we share it with.

So what of our dear pets?

Much is being surmised about the impact of our changed living and social arrangements on the mental health and behaviour of dogs especially. I’m sure cats are happy to have more laps to sit on and dogs are happy to be walked more often as an excuse to get out the house but since the introduction of compulsory mask wearing in public it may be a little while before good information comes to light about the impact this is having on young minds including our children and pets alike. From my personal observation and understanding there are some animals that adapt faster than others and the major challenge again is one of change. Dogs will react to unfamiliar experience and changed conditions, then they will usually adapt. We are not sure how much they depend upon our facial queues but I would expect mask wearing to halt learning and disrupt responses especially towards people they don’t know. For example, it has long been recognised that dogs have learned to smile only by observing the facial expressions of their owners in the same way that human babies do, so there is evidence that they notice our faces.

It was not long ago that anybody approaching wearing dark glasses, hoodie or hat and a mask was actually likely to be threat so we should not expect dogs to know the difference in such a short space of time. On the whole it seems they may be faring quite well as my practice is seeing only the occasional deranged animal and as a behaviourist I am likely to hear about these problems. I have had a couple of cases in recent weeks that highlight the need to keep ourselves well balanced as dogs belonging to people who are not coping  well will also not cope well. It will be quite a while before data from this debacle will be analysed even if it will ever be deemed interesting. In the meantime it is advisable to treat your dogs, irrespective of their age, at this time as young puppies again and remember to reward them for appropriate behaviour and signalling when out of doors and challenged by any product of our current situation. Ironically I had the completely opposite experience recently whilst out running. As a runner I don’t wear a mask and I was almost attacked by a dog that had decided that I was a threat, so it is all relative. Perhaps that dog had never seen a person not wearing a mask. Let’s pray that parents are spending enough time indoors smiling at their babies too or we may face a pretty grim future.

Strange things are happening ain’t no doubt about it as our friend Randy Newman says but also you’ve got a friend in me.

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Smile, smile, smile!
Your anxiety-mind
Shall disappear.

From the book Seventy-Seven Thousand Service-Trees, part 22

 

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Smile, smile, smile
At your mind
As often as possible.
Your smiling will considerably reduce
Your mind’s tearing tension.

From the book Twenty-Seven Thousand Aspiration-Plants, part 229

 

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Smile! Smile!
If you do not smile,
You may suffer the attacks
Of the most powerful loneliness.

From the book Seventy-Seven Thousand Service-Trees, part 32

 

A Wee problem

Thursday, July 16th, 2020

It has become more difficult for me to treat urinary incontinence in dogs successfully these days because like many Integrative Veterinarians in Australia, I want to cure them. This approach involves finding out why they are exhibiting this symptom and also how to apply homeopathy to strengthen them.

 

This can take time.

 

When an animal is working hard on many levels, the area that is weakest will exhibit the symptom. If a dog is protecting or caring for a family or if it is easily overwhelmed by anxiety or overwork then the area of weakness in speyed bitches is likely to be the urinary bladder.  In very young animals there should be an investigation into other causes to rule out the possibility of developmental anomalies or congenital defects. Very rarely is there an infectious cause for this condition and if any bacteria are found they are almost certainly secondary to the incontinence. Nevertheless it is prudent to conduct a full urinary tract examination and urinalysis on these dogs to maximize treatment options.

 

In the old days of my conventional practice life I would give incontinent desexed female dogs stilboestrol tablets and this would fix 90% or more of them. This tablet is an oestrogen analogue with some testosterone activity and works on the premise that the animal is oestrogen deficient from speying, which they usually are.

One problem with this approach is that some of these dogs develop spey incontinence very early in life and a lifetime use of stilboestrol is potentially dangerous to health. They are prone to developing blood dyscrasias and becoming attractive to male dogs again. Hormone replacement therapy has many setbacks yet to be fully recognised or appreciated but recent discovery of the link to lutenising hormone overload in speyed bitches and the subsequent health issues this causes is leading to better options including ovary sparing spey procedures and the trial of gonadotropin releasing hormone supplements.

Over the years there have been a number of other products developed by pharmaceutical companies since it is a worthwhile investment given that desexing has become compulsory in many states. I happen to object to compulsory desexing on a number of grounds with health and long term growth and developmental issues being at the forefront of my concern. I recommend desexing them later in life if required or using the gonad sparing techniques.

 

Given that it is not practical, nor desirable in many situations to keep bitches entire and also that many of them arrive to families after they have been speyed, there must be other options available for managing this pesky condition.

Some of the pharmaceutical options also don’t work in some cases so there are a number of reasons for looking for alternative approaches. There also does not appear to be a lot of evidence that keeping them entire for a while will prevent the problem once they are eventually desexed although I do think it helps them to be mature before desexing. I have also spoken about ovary sparing technique which is  an added benefit for preventing urinary incontinence, amongst other things.

 

Without sounding like a stuck record I have to mention that it is possible to cure this condition in some dogs simply by strengthening them by feeding a natural diet. Nothing you buy cooked in rolls, cans or packets is natural.

 

Never underestimate how important it is to the health of your pet to feed it properly. Chewing species appropriate diets sends chemical messages to the brain to keep animals strong in their entirety.

The other important factor that is coming to light in treating urinary incontinence in dogs is patience. We are too used to ‘quick fixes’ and with drugs we often get a quick effect, which makes us think that cure should also be rapid. However, these drugs are not curing. They are using the parts of the animal that are healthy such as the liver, immune, nervous and circulatory systems to suppress or change the parts that are not, such as the urinary bladder sphincter in this particular example.  Herbal remedies may give fast results for similar reasons and may actually help to strengthen the animal but anyone who has used homeopathy will know that this is the best option to cure because it does not rely on any other organs of the body to be effective. It may take longer and that can be frustrating but it is the only medicine apart from time and the animal’s inherent vitality that can bring about true cure if cure is possible.  It is difficult to properly replace hormones or other essential elements the body needs as well as nature can achieve but homeopathy can be an effective tool to help these natural health affirming processes when all factors are considered.

A homeopath will need to identify all the factors contributing to the disease as for the most part the owner will understandably be overly focused on the incontinence.

 

It is the most obvious and frustrating symptom but there will be others even if it is only a matter of lifestage, juvenile or elderly. Older animals are likely to have other symptoms that can help to form a remedy picture and assist selection of the most likely medicine to use for treatment. As with all homeopathic medicines there are pathophysiological, constitutional, miasmatic or situational approaches to remedy selection and if we can get as much correlation in these as possible we can have a better result.

To be in balance is to have all these factors in harmony and whilst it can appear that there is nothing else ‘wrong’, there will always be some reason why incontinence persists in intractable cases. This will be the key to remedy selection. There is always a cause even if that is difficult to remedy.

 

The difficulty is adding strength selectively to an area that is dependent upon a number of factors to function properly especially when there are other issues like anxiety, excitability or demand for energy in other areas of the animal’s life, irrespective of age. As with all cases of disease, a constitutional approach should yield best results but miasmatic medicines should never be overlooked in one -sided cases.

 

The main thing is to never give up on the idea of cure and to think broadly in approach to therapy. We do owe them that much since we have probably caused the problem in the first instance.

 

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I do not give up,
I never give up,
For there is nothing
In this entire world
That is irrevocably unchangeable.

Sri Chinmoy, Twenty-Seven Thousand Aspiration-Plants, part 3, Agni Press, 1983

 

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Never give up,
No matter how long
You have to suffer
From an uncertainty-mind!

Sri Chinmoy, Seventy-Seven Thousand Service-Trees, part 9, Agni Press, 1998

 

 

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There is no calamity
That cannot be cured.

Sri Chinmoy, Seventy-Seven Thousand Service-Trees, part 49, Agni Press, 2008

 

 

 

Snippets of 2020 (1)

Sunday, July 12th, 2020

I confess to those who may care to know that I have been struggling to grapple with the way we have been heading in recent days/months for obvious and also personal reasons.

My holistic veterinary practice has always stayed open and I have remained available as a homeopathic veterinarian but I had just been suffering a bit behind the scenes, as I am sure many others have also been doing. I’m relieved to report that I have regained my equilibrium and perspective and feel better equipped to continue, partly for the following reasons.

Good information is coming through after six months of global reflection that has enabled me to reinstate my balance and once again enjoy my purpose and whilst many people are waiting for the ‘end’ most of us now recognise that ‘it’ is only just beginning.

There has never been a situation in my lifetime that has made every human being on the planet take notice simultaneously. For example and as a brief diversion, if this was the ‘second coming’ and we all recognised it the same way, we may all be instantly saved and the world changed for ever.

Instead it is nature bringing us a reminder that we have to change and our salvation will require many more years of hard work to make that change positive and progressive. We have a unique opportunity to do things better and it is essential we recognise this and implement our combined efforts towards doing things better for Earth and every living thing here.

In essence while we are all changing the way we think and do business, we are hoping to God that the coronavirus, COVID-19 (aka ‘it’) itself is also on its way to doing the same thing. In order to survive and be useful in the world it is a disadvantage to kill your host. We as humans need to get stronger and ‘it’, as a virus needs to mutate to be less of a threat. We can stop killing our earth home and ‘it’ can stop killing us. The previous infectious agents that shook the world seem to have established an equilibrium that we have learned to live with so we need to be reminded that this is just the next wave of blowout in the natural order.

Have  we forgotten that whilst good hygiene is paramount to good health, the obsession with nuking all ‘germs’ that has arisen over the past decade and is understandably escalating now, has created antimicrobial resistance, superbugs and an over reliance on chemical and pharmaceutical interventions instead of on our innate immune capacity when supported appropriately. Wash your hands by all means but please ditch the likes of Glen 20 on behalf of the thousands of helpful and essential organisms succumbing to mass destruction wrought by those disastrous household chemicals.

 

We all need to change.   

 

The snippets of irony prompting this update are as follows;

With the suggestion that snakes may be an intermediate host for COVID-19 I am reminded of the homeopathic snake provings for pneumonia and immune mediated diseases along with a common theme of fear. During my recovery from mental distress (fear) over our global pandemic I dreamed of the red snakes which are symbolic of power as distinct from the black snakes of danger and the genome of COVID-19 is close to that of Bungarus, a not well studied snake medicine. Yes he is red. The homeopathic medicines are gifts to humanity that will come to be recognised as such in the near future by more than those of us already benefiting from them. We will see homeopathy rising to play a very significant role in the health of our whole planet in the near future.

Perhaps even more exciting albeit incongruous, is the discovery that tobacco plants can produce the COVID-19 antigen six times faster than any other cell line and they can be used to harness material for vaccine studies. This is really a hoot! The same corporations that have been destroying peoples’ lungs and lives for decades will once again rise to save them from the same pathology…really?… is that a homeopathic coup (like curing like), or like most other things in our art, just another example of the inevitable and inexplicable ways of nature and true irony.

I am reminded that whilst most people’s minds do not work the same as my own, how humour is truly the best medicine. If we do have to use our minds during current events please let it be for keeping us positive and happy so that we are better able to access what Samuel Hahnemann himself referred to as our ‘higher self’. There is nothing funny at all about people being distressed and frightened and our global situation is serious but I do think we can use the best we have to  find a comfortable way to cope and for me that would be to engage a heart centred approach. Sri Chinmoy reminds me that fear is my unrecognised separation from God so I will be endeavouring to stay closer from now on.

In order to practice homeopathy well I need to look at the big picture and nothing gives me more joy every day than seeing the messages that Mother Nature provides for my continued happiness.

It is also necessary to function through our hearts to be happy and those closest to nature will find this easier to attain.

Laughter may prove to be indeed the best medicine.

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My louder than the loudest laughter
Is, indeed,
One of my life-preservers.

From the book Seventy-Seven Thousand Service-Trees, part 1

 

 

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Humour is
A hidden wisdom.

From the book Seventy-Seven Thousand Service-Trees, part 46

 

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Humour is essential
In everybody’s life.
Never outgrow humour.

From the book Seventy-Seven Thousand Service-Trees, part 36

Gut Feeling

Friday, April 17th, 2020

Everyone who seeks my services finds out pretty quickly what I think about how to feed cats and dogs most appropriately. Whilst I am not wavering from my preference to educate clients about species appropriate diets and specifically raw meaty bones feeding for carnivores, I have reason to ponder some problems we still encounter with this approach. It is clear that certain adjustments need to be made under certain circumstances.

Over the years, dogs themselves have also been helping me to understand that the theoretically most sensible evolutionary approach may not work for all cases all the time. Cats generally fare better.

After considering why this may be so, I am reminded that many of the dogs presenting to me with gut issues are products of genetics gone awry for many generations of purebreeding. The most popular dog breeds in this country have long been German Shepherds, Golden Retrievers and Labrador Retrievers or their crosses. The most commonly presented dogs I have for recurrent gut issues are the same list on the whole and includes Boxers and Rottweilers. Other popular breeds like Staffordshires, Maltese and other small terriers have skin issues predominantly although diet plays a major role in fixing all health conditions in all dogs as discussed in detail elsewhere.

Common signs of gut issues that can be missed include

-restlessness or anxiety

-constant licking or tongue movements in the air or gulping

-looking depressed or lacking enthusiasm

-tucked up or prayer positioning

These signs are likely to be related to pain and are generally less alarming than the more obvious signs of vomiting, diarrhoea, bloating or gas production. It is also pertinent to remember that both the liver and pancreas are organs of digestion and treatment plans must include support for these.

This posting focuses on exploring and unpacking some of the reasons for why the best diets can sometimes be inadequate in some cases.

I have already alluded to what I consider to be the most likely reason that dogs being fed raw meaty bones diets still have some difficulties in adapting to this diet;

Genetics

Our dogs have co-evolved with humans over thousands of years and over the past few decades especially have been transitioned onto artificial diets as have we ourselves for much the same reasons. Even though there are no obvious changes in their physiological functioning and their need to eat prey, I do believe they have lost some digestive capacity in much the same way that they have lost it in other areas due to the same influences of selective breeding and poorer nutrition.

It does not take long to change the microbiota or to inhibit enzyme production or adapt to carbohydrate laden foods but it can take some time to reverse this problem.

It is also nigh on impossible to accurately replicate the wholefood natural diet a dog would have in the wild since it would be foraging and eating what it has hunted. Our recipes are at best an attempt to mimic these ratios.

Most dogs I see transition very well and quickly back to better health once they switch to raw diets but some will have difficulties digesting bones in any quantity or even in feeling comfortable after eating them. Another possibility is the inability to digest increased amounts of raw fat, which whilst being an essential dietary component can also overwhelm an unprimed system. Perhaps we also have to remember to respect digestion more too as it is normal to rest and digest after a meal; another function that has diminished in modern stressful times.

They also would have had the fur feather and skin to enable the gut to package the bone material and if you look closely at wild dog or carnivore scats (stools) you may notice they may be covered in fur from their meal. In domestic dogs this is often replaced by a mucous layer, which may alarm some vigilant owners but is a normal mechanism for replacing the lost packaging ingredients and for protecting the gut lining from potential damage.

We are primed to expect that since these disorders in our pets are termed genetic predispositions that they cannot be changed but if we can encourage breeders to feed evolutionary diets the future offspring will most likely be better prepared. This is frustrating for owners who want the benefits of this program to be enjoyed by their dogs immediately but for the few, for which this post was written, there needs to be some adjustments made to the feeding practice to help dogs adjust to years of bad diets in their bloodlines.

 

Ingesting irritants or toxins

For similar reasons it can be helpful to feed cooked chicken, rice and yoghurt to settle any upsets from a variety of causes such as surgery or extreme disruptions to the gut from toxins or dietary indiscretions that cause repeated diarrhea, discomfort or vomiting. I have been prescribing this for over thirty years and it is encouraging to see that this is still recommended by younger vets as a treatment option.

Toxins include the saturation of our food chain with herbicides and chemicals that cause serious disruption to bacteria in our gut and a host of other metabolic disturbances still to be investigated. Admittedly these poisons will be present in both cooked and raw diets of both meat and vegetables. Organically grown foods can be difficult to obtain and I encourage my clients to grow their own vegetables and greens if possible.

 

Advanced age or infirmity

I also believe that older or very ill dogs with cancer or advanced disease can do better on homemade cooked diets for a while or even for the duration of their life given that these dogs would already have died if they lived in the wild.

 

In simplified terms it appears that whilst raw foods confer more energy and strength to a system they can also require more energy to digest. Dogs that repeatedly exhibit pain or discomfort after raw foods may require digestive enzymes or remedies to assist adaptation and some just need cooked foods. Others will outright refuse to eat raw meaty bones though these are also rare exceptions once they have tried them. Ironically cats can be far harder to transition to raw foods but after their food is warmed up a bit and looks and smells more like prey they will usually have their instincts rekindled.

I also now recommend feeding one or the other of cooked or raw foods and to try to avoid mixing them together since there are different digestive processes involved in each. We are currently experimenting with alternate weeks or one in four in cases that require cooked foods for interim therapy.

Given that we should never feed them cooked bones or cooked fat, cooked diets will be nutrient and energy deficient without the addition of bone broth or other calcium sources as well as adding another source of energy. Usually the animals requiring these cooked foods can do well enough without the extra energy source since their requirements are generally lower.

Raw foods will have more energy from the raw fats and unless carbohydrates are added to cooked foods which is one of the main ingredients we wish to minimize for dogs and cats, there will be insufficient calories to maintain exercise.

 

By the way, I completely empathise with people who find feeding animals to animals a little grotesque. As we become more sensitive and aware of the beauty of all things it can be increasingly difficult for us to cope with the vulgarity of animals eating others. It is not hard to see why it is easy to sell food for pets in bags and tins to avoid us having to confront these issues for animals, however once we appreciate that the natural world has its own set of conditions and laws it is easier to accept that our pets, like ourselves, have to eat. We may be more spiritually aware and follow a vegetarian diet but they belong to the animal world and it is their birthright to evolve in their own way. Unfortunately we just also have to dig deep and provide things they can no longer procure for themselves in domestic situations. I also hate it when my cat kills and eats the birds in my garden but that is what cats do.

 

It’s Ok to want your pet to be your best friend or companion but remember even though they may be the most loving and loyal creatures you have ever met, they are not human yet.

Sri Chinmoy says………

When we enter into the spiritual life we become fully conscious of our four simultaneous lives. It is only in the spiritual life that we become aware of our animal life, human life, divine life and immortal Life. Before we enter into the spiritual life, these lives are practically unknown to us, simply because we are not conscious of their existence.

What do we mean by the animal life? The animal life is the life of jealousy, doubt and destruction or conscious annihilation. The animal life is like a strong and binding rope. Although the propensity of the animal life is to fight and destroy, there is something in the process of evolution that tries to curb this destructive tendency. That is why from the animal life we enter into a higher form, the human life.

In the human life we still notice a half-animal life. That is to say, we still quarrel, fight, destroy and do many other undivine things. But in the human life we also notice something very meaningful and fruitful, which is called hope. We cherish and treasure an illumining hope. Hope is not something vague and tempting yet millions of miles away from the actual blossoming of reality. No, hope is something that is pushing us forward, pulling us upward to a sublime Reality. Hope is constantly helping us and energising us to run toward the destined Goal.

 

Excerpt from Sri Chinmoy’s talk

June 25th, 1973
Hörsaal 120
University of Zurich
Zurich, Switzerland

 

A New World message.

Friday, April 3rd, 2020

No-one alive today could remember the last time we had a global pandemic unless like me, you consider ignorance to be a disease in which case we have been living with a pandemic for decades and only managing to make things worse. Until now. Now we have a lot more attention being focused on the important things. The little things that matter most.

I sensed last year that something was going to happen very soon to break the old pattern of our existence and I had been living with an unsettling and intense expectation. Fortunately, the result is less disastrous than imagined. We are seeing the beginning of massive change in the world whether we realise it or not and we must take some initiative in directing this toward good.

Our current situation is considered to be bad enough to make even the stupidest of administrations sit up and take notice and the world has been brought to its knees by a biological organism and not the cataclysmic climatic event that many of us may have previously expected. We are seeing the beginning of the unpredictable catastrophic events that we thought only the natural world could bring to bear. And strangely enough it has done just that.

Good old Coronavirus, our crowning glory, has saved us from annihilation by our repeated refusal to acknowledge the dire state of the natural world around us.

It is none other that the natural world at a microscopic level that has managed to accomplish what raging tornadoes, hurricanes and bushfires could not bring about; a change to the way we do business before it is too late.

 

Planes are grounded, industry is closed, manufacturing is reduced, exports and imports are limited and we are forced to find local solutions to everyday problems previously considered to be somebody else’s responsibility.

 

I am amazed and impressed that so far the majority of people I encounter and talk to are managing to change their behaviour to accommodate increasing restrictions on movement and activity. Truth be told my own life has not changed that much as a result other than becoming more acutely aware of the dependency I have on telecommunications to stay connected to my family, friends and clients. We already have many households in our street growing food for each other and this inspiration is now spreading across our town.

It is good to see a large number of people starting to identify what really matters.

It is surprising and also comforting that we can actually live well enough with quite little. Our huge carbon footprint has virtually been obliterated overnight.

Exploring new approaches to life as we know it and discovering new opportunities to do things well or better are surely more important than surrendering to fear or living with disconnection and despair.

We don’t actually need to fly overseas as much as we may still want to. We don’t need to eat out every week although our restaurants are suffering. We don’t really need to horde or stockpile large quantities of food or supplies that may not ever be consumed. We have a unique opportunity to reinstate a simple life that many of us may remember we once enjoyed.

It is also important to acknowledge that it is not a virus that is creating this situation it is our reaction to it.

Our fear of the unknown, the unpredictable and the potential as our faith in our own capacity and health has been eroded over many years of corporate corruption and greed by the pharmaceutical industry amongst other predators on the world stage.

It has taught us to be scared of germs; to place our faith in vaccines rather than in our own resilience and innate immune strength conferred by good food and not ever by pills.

In actual fact we do have reason to be a little alarmed and concerned by the erosion of our human herd immunity and resistance over many decades brought about largely by the same industry with a vested interest in keeping us all sick and dependent.

We need courage to be our medicine. We need common sense to be our guide and we need to put nature back on the throne of the healthcare sector rather than considering it to be the enemy as the conventional medical establishment would have us believe.

News?

It has been over a hundred years now since we learned that washing our hands can stop germs being transmitted.

It is polite and considerate to not sneeze and cough on other people.

 

Since the dawn of discovery and human movement across the planet we have brought germs and disease from one place to another and to susceptible populations. It is not just lack of previous exposure that renders populations susceptible it is also immunodeficiency or lack of immune competence that many people across the globe are subjected to in modern times by the stressors of a fast moving technology driven world. We have gone past the industrial revolution but are still suffering the fallout from it. We are well into the technological revolution and only beginning to appreciate the fallout from it.

It is insulting to our intelligence that lack of prior exposure to the virus is being vilified as the cause of our current epidemic as the true reasons are once again cleverly masked by those with vested interests in creating a dependency on their products and an agenda to promote them at our expense.

It is even more insulting to our intelligence that we are told that naturopathy and homeopathy has no place in the healthcare system or in keeping people and animals healthy when it has done so for over two hundred years.

As usual I’m sure I’m “preaching to the converted” but my real message is simply to not give up.

Don’t give up doing the right things, thinking the right way and living the right way.

 

No matter what.

 

Good things are just around the corner and the best can be brought out in us all.

 

Question: In the face of natural disasters, such as the tsunami that recently occurred, there are two ways in which we can respond. The first is to feel that human beings must respect nature much more. The second is to feel that human beings should come first and so we need even more advanced technology to protect humans from disasters. Which is your view?

Sri Chinmoy: I most sincerely subscribe to both views. Firstly, we have to respect nature. President Gorbachev and others are trying desperately to save Mother Nature. Here, there, everywhere, nature is being destroyed, so their Green Cross organisation is trying to preserve nature, preserve the environment. Nature is the expression of our inner life, our higher life. It is from nature that we get all good things—beauty, tranquillity, humility, simplicity and many other divine qualities. Above all, nature is spontaneous. When we develop the mind, we become so complex; we cannot do anything spontaneously. Nature helps us to regain our spontaneity. Like this, nature helps us in millions of ways to become good citizens of the world. That is why we must respect and adore nature.

Your second point is that we need even more advanced technology to protect humans from disaster. I also fully agree with this statement. Science and technology must make progress. But, forgive me to say, no matter how far we advance with our science and technology, if nature becomes furious, nature is not going to surrender to our scientific and technological achievements. The universal nature is infinitely more powerful than the scientific achievements of man. These achievements, I tell you, will be no match for Mother Nature if she becomes furious.

So these are two approaches: advanced technology and our respect for Mother Nature so that she does not get angry with us and torture us by creating natural disasters. Your two approaches are absolutely right, but if I am allowed, I would like to add one more approach which will not interfere at all with the first two. This third approach is prayer — prayer to the highest, to the strongest, to the most powerful One to protect us from harm, from nature’s disasters, or from anything and anybody.

If we can apply all three approaches at the same time, then there is a great possibility for us to avert nature’s disasters.

Sri Chinmoy, Conversations with Sri Chinmoy, Agni Press, 2007

 

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The mysteries
Of Mother Nature
None can explain.

Sri Chinmoy, Seventy-Seven Thousand Service-Trees, part 43, Agni Press, 2005

 

127.

Never give up!
Never give up!
Your ultimate goal
Is just around the corner.

Sri Chinmoy, Sri Chinmoy in Russia, Agni Press, 2001

 

The Truth about Titre Tests

Friday, November 1st, 2019

I and my holistic vet colleagues in integrative practice have been recommending antibody titre testing for over a decade or more and whilst I am very pleased that more veterinarians are becoming aware of this tool to reduce unnecessary vaccinations it appears that it will be a while yet before the penny drops completely.

In a nutshell, antibody titre testing is a simple and inexpensive blood test that is conducted after vaccination to determine that the vaccine has worked.

If a vaccine has worked then the animal is not going to become more protected by vaccinating more for the same disease. That is how the immune system works. It provides memory and defence against that to which it has already been exposed. In a similar way, a dog that has recovered from a serious disease such as distemper, hepatitis or more likely parvovirus will not require vaccinating for that disease. Not all diseases produce measurable levels of antibody in the blood but a level of immune readiness is nevertheless still present in healthy individuals that have been exposed or vaccinated.

A core vaccine will produce antibodies to the viruses for which it is designed to protect. In this case and in dogs in Australia that is Canine Distemper, Hepatitis and Parvovirus (C3), deemed core diseases as they are most serious.

Kennel Cough is not a core disease, is not fatal and does not have a test available.

The blood test will show that antibodies have been manufactured and these are generally lifelong for these three conditions. Evidence from twenty years testing hundreds of dogs in Australia has demonstrated that duration of immunity is usually lifelong and considered to be such by those of us who have been researching this subject.

It is important to mention here that immunity will only be conferred to dogs through vaccination when they are old enough to produce antibodies without interference from maternal protection. A single C3 vaccination at or after 10-12 weeks of age is generally sufficient in my opinion.

Here are two paragraphs from a recent blog from a veterinary clinic in Melbourne that is trying to provide information to the dog owning public on the one hand but still clearly defensive and a little uninformed on the other.

 

“Over-vaccination is the idea that too many vaccines can cause illness. The point of titre tests is therefore to be able to see if a dog or cat really needs a vaccine. Some of the time they don’t, but without a test you’re essentially playing Russian Roulette.”

 

This is still tantamount to scare mongering when the truth is that most of the time they do not need another vaccination rather than the reverse. Over vaccination does cause disease and does lead to health issues in the same way that an excess of anything stressful can throw an animals immune system out of balance. This statement should really be amended to state that the Russian Roulette is more likely being played with the frequent and unnecessary vaccinations rather that not doing titre tests. A dog or cat vaccinated at the correct age for core diseases is highly likely to develop long term immunity based on recent studies.

The other statement that jumps out is an attempt to justify why it has taken veterinarians so long to allow conversation about this practice or to even consider employing titre testing instead of repeated vaccination. This is also largely inaccurate.

 

“While titre testing has been available for some time, the cost and complexity of performing these tests made it difficult for vets to recommend this option to dog owners. Samples had to be sent to the lab and were shipped out to the USA or UK and took several weeks to get results– until now!”

 

Titre tests have indeed been available for well over a decade but most vets have been deaf either to the need or to the availability of quality, inexpensive tests available here in Australia both as an inhouse test kit from Biogal and a full laboratory service in Perth. Two or three years ago I  wrote a letter to every single veterinarian in my city, over seventy letters many of them hand delivered. It comprised an invitation to them to be involved in a world first. A project where we, as a veterinary community, could conduct research into this emerging discussion and discover first hand the truth about the necessity or otherwise of repeated vaccination. I received a grand total of zero replies and was bewildered given that it was a unique opportunity to be involved in forming an evidence base that we are so often criticised for not being able to provide. I am still amazed that rather than wanting to know the truth about a procedure that is conducted multiple times a day in every single veterinary clinic they would rather continue the practice with no evidence base whatsoever to determine the necessity.

Whilst I am still bewildered and a little frustrated by veterinarians reluctance to engage on topics like this that are crucial to animal health I am pleased to see information like this being provided to dog owners through clinic newsletters. It would be nice to see a little more accuracy since there is excellent information available through the proper channels with little need to create fear.

It is also pertinent to remind readers that vaccine manufacturers themselves advise that it is contraindicated to vaccinate any animal that is not in good health. As a young veterinarian, my colleagues and I would understand this to mean that if the animal did not have a fever at the time of presentation it was probably safe to vaccinate it but in fact any animal with any other health condition at all cannot be deemed to be truly healthy. Skin allergies, infections, tumours, dental disease, heart or organ conditions, arthritis, would all be reasons to not re-vaccinate an animal. Certainly if there has been any adverse reaction to previous vaccinations I would consider it a serious mistake to repeat the procedure.

The World Small Animal Veterinary Association advocates for the vaccination of more animals less often.

It does not get simpler than that.

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Simplicity
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An unparalleled wisdom.

Sri Chinmoy, Seventy-Seven Thousand Service-Trees, part 39, Agni Press, 2004

For further information see

Vaccination Alternatives

What about Vaccination?

Titre tests for Cats