We know that good health is dependant upon a healthy gut, both in people and animals. Unfortunately thousands of pets are facing a continual assault on their gastrointestinal system causing nagging symptoms to develop that diminish their quality of life and shorten their lifespan.
High loads of parasites, fungus, virus's and bacteria can cause a host of digestive issues including poor absorbtion of nutrients and inflammation of the gut.
Veterinary care has become synonymous with pharmaceuticals. But as more and more pet owners are beginning to figure out, these drugs are causing many more problems. Antibiotics are still typically considered the first choice of treatment for digestive infections among conventional veterinarians. Even though we know that antibiotics disrupt the balance of bacteria in the gut, which can persist for a long time after antibiotic use, even indefinitely.
There are unfortunately an abundance of toxins that our animals are exposed to. Thinking about some of the toxins that have the potential to be in their food and water we have glyphosate, mcyotoxins, fluoride, heavy metals, dioxins and pesticides. Over time, each of these can considerably damage the digestive system in one way or another.
When one single part of the body is not working well it will affect the WHOLE body. In little ways at first, then more dramatically. If you have ever played the game Jenga you know that you can remove only so many blocks from the tower before it falls. Sometimes you get lucky and it teeters and totters, but remains standing. Other times you don't get so lucky and the whole stack tumbles down.
But your dog does not have to tumble down the path of poor health.
Select a fresh raw diet for your canine companion. Packed full of naturally occurring enzymes and bacteria this is the way to support a healthy digestive system. Seek out non-pharmaceutical methods if infections or parasites crop up and minimize the toxins that your dog is exposed to. Your efforts can literally add years onto your dog's lifespan.
The belief in the healing power of nature is one of the core principles of Naturopathy.
This healing power is an inherent, self-organizing, ordered healing process of ALL living systems which establishes, maintains and restores health. There are natural laws surrounding life, health and disease. These laws involve living in harmony with nature and recognizing the wisdom of the body to heal itself.
The role of naturopathic practitioners is to support, facilitate and augment this process by identifying and removing obstacles to health and recovery, and by supporting the creation of both a healthy internal and external environment.
Does pork have a similar flavor and consistency to human flesh? (I don't know the answer to that!)
If you feed your dog pork are they going to see you as "the meal" instead of the server of their meal? Perhaps feeding pork is the real cause of human dog bites and attacks?
There is not a single kibble on the market today that is"healthy" to feed your dog or cat.
No, I haven't evaluated every single kibble out there. But such a task is completely unnecessary in order to state that none of them offer optimal nutrition. It's the way in which kibble is made that is the big problem. Even if you start with the most nutritious ingredients - the kibble that you end up with is not providing the nourishment needed for your pet to thrive.
The first problem is that kibble cannot be made without including a high amount of starch. It won't form into pellets without starch. Of course "grain free" pet foods have become very popular because pet owners realize that their dogs and cats A do not require carbs and B they are being used as cheap fillers so the pet food companies can make more profits. Dogs and cats gain no benefits by eating carbs, quite the contrary actually.
Cat's and dogs may love their toys, but many are made using cheap materials that can be quite harmful to our pets health. Sadly there aren't any standards to keep toxins out of pet toys.
It's up to the consumer to investigate the safety of a toy before giving it to their animal to play with.
Think about how your pet might carry their toys around in their mouth, lick them, lay on them, chew them and even sometimes swallow them - or pieces they have chewed off. If that toy contained a toxic substance then they are certainly getting exposed to it.
Our world operates on laws. I'm not talking about laws that humans have created. I'm referring to natural laws. Laws of of physics, laws of chemistry, laws of mathematics, etc. These laws have an impact on us whether we know about them or not. It does not matter if they are unknown to us or if we attempt to disregard them. They are are always present and always affecting us.
Take, for example, the Law of Gravity. The law of gravity affects everyone on earth. A baby puppy, when he takes his first steps on all 4 legs quickly learns about the law of gravity because when he falls, he falls DOWN and not UP! The puppy does not know the name of the law of gravity, but he understands the consequences of it nonetheless.
Did you know that when a female dog is pregnant, the care she receives will directly impact three different generations? The mother dog, her puppies and the developing eggs inside of any female puppies she is carrying.
If the fetus in the diagram below goes on to have her own puppies, consider that any resulting female puppies she has would have been an egg inside their mother when she was in the womb herself.
As medical systems, allopathy and naturopathy have opposing principles and use very different approaches. Just like you can’t be both a liberal and a conservative due to the conflicting standpoints, you similarly cannot subscribe to the principles of both allopathy and naturopathy. The core of your beliefs will place you in one camp or the other.
Conventional or allopathic medicine is the dominant medical model that most of us will be familiar with both in human and animal care. Conventional medicine primarily relies on pharmacological drugs and surgery to suppress symptoms that manifest from disease processes.
The basic principle of allopathy is to oppose the symptom or disease. "The term 'allopathy' was invented by German physician Samuel Hahnemann, he joined the words allos 'opposite' and pathos 'suffering' as a reference to harsh medical practices of his era which included bleeding, purging, vomiting and the administration of highly toxic drugs. The treatment of opposites simply means finding the symptom, for example incessant itching, then drugs are used to disrupt the disease process that is resulting in the itching. The original cause of the itching has not been addressed, but the symptom has been suppressed, offering symptomatic relief to the animal.
To get a clearer picture of Naturopathy let’s take a look at the six fundamental principles which are the foundation of this modality:
Making your own remedies to support your pets and your own health is an empowering experience.
Why would you want to take the time to make a healing salve? I can't say why YOU would want to you, but I can sure share with you why I choose to!
Why not give it a try?
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