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“ In early times ,man lived as one with the birds, beasts and reptiles, He worked and moved merely as dictated with the weather and sort shelter from the heat of summer .Within him were no family ties and outside were no laws(of man). Therefore his actions were unquestioning and followed the way of Nature. Evil influences could not penetrate into this simple existence and the poisons (medicines) and acupuncture were not needed”

“The present world is a different one. Grief, calamity and evil cause bitterness within, and the body can be wounded from without. The laws of the four seasons are ignored and there is disobedience and rebellion and neglect of what is proper during winter and summer. Reprimands are in vain. Evil influences strike from early morning to late at night…..”

An Extract from the SU WEN,(circa 240BC  ) that suggests the "cause of disease" is related in part to the emotions and the climates and the solutions lie within our own hands).

THE SUPERIOR PRACTITIONER

In ancient manuscripts, records of Traditional Chinese Medicine refer to the superior practitioner. I suspect that this did not refer to the colleague with his nose in the air but rather to the one who stood in the shadows and allowed their results to speak for themselves. This thinking is also in the Maori tradition of the Waitaha, ( the water carriers) who were the ancient indigenous peoples of New Zealand.)and has also been discussed by people who follow the guidance of Rudolf Steiner and even the teachings of the "First Nation" (American Indians). It is essentially  the Age old truths that will be passed on no matter what happens or how it is transmitted.

 Some of us,and I include myself, hopefully without any pretensions, have something extra  to contribute to the thinking of the modern age philosophers, as I have seen vast changes in the medical and veterinary profession over the 40 or so years that I have been privileged to practice my art and  craft and profession. Such freedom of thought will not be acceptable to everybody, but I offer it here for those who wish to use it for their own benefit and health. It is well documented ever since the writing of the Nei Ching Su Wen that there is a mental and a spiritual dimension to health and to define this for anyone else is presumptuous in the extreme. All one can do is to offer the information and trust some people who can use it will be drawn to it, though by what manner I have no idea.

Certainly it is not original, but an amalgam of experience and knowledge and wisdom of the ages. I seek the truth and will help others do the same but I cannot say what or when or even if we will reach a destination. For me it has been a journey of life that I would do again, despite the pain and change for both myself and my family, that it has taken.

 Truly we have made vast progress in this scientific age where everything has to be based on statistical analysis and numbers and rules. This has led to the development of techniques like Magnetic Imaging (MRI) and other techniques which help us reach an accurate diagnostic conclusion based on anatomy of the individual, but in reality little has changed in finding treatment. which result in healing as opposed to suppression of symptoms

 Recent developments of stem cell techniques are commendable, but what if we can achieve even better results by the fusion of these modern western techniques with Traditional Eastern Medicine which focuses on the individual, and even on the individual's internal organ balance- this is where the technical scientific meets the spiritual part of life-" of what it really means to be me!" or how it influences your animal or even yourself, because your animal will respond to the mind set of the human in charge.

In all branches of science, increasing specialization as is the case in society in general, leads to the question ? How relevant is all this to everyday life?

 That is the purpose of this web site. To present information about your own precious animals and what you can do to help them have a better quality of life. The way I have chosen to do this is to give general information about each general species and then offer a subscription service for specific questions about your pet ( or yourself). There is also an opportunity to purchase e-books about specialized subjects,which may be of importance to you, along with educational courses, either by e-book or video to allow you to make your own decisions.

But I digress because I really wished to point out to my readers who may not yet aware,of some very simple observations that can make the difference between inferior and superior practice, no matter in what era we live. I have chosen to record this as a distillation of a lifetime of experience. The other alternative is to take it with me when I leave the planet, which isn't so smart I think.

DIET

The first of these observations is diet .Over the last thirty years, for better or worse, we have seen the advent of feeding of carbohydrate diets to almost every species you may care to name. This is done in the interests of a ‘scientific diet’ but how valid is it?

Certainly with development of such agricultural "advances" as genetic modification,and the availability of cheap Canadian, Australian and American wheat and other grains there has been a development of carbohydrate feeding of animals that were designed as carnivores, not obligate carnivores to be sure but needing fresh protein sources regularly.

For instance:Several trials cited by a multinational food company have what  may seem to many people to be minor discrepancies in design,for instance, the trial cited may have been done on young animals where the margins for error are much wider because the immune system has not yet been compromised.....or perhaps the sample size may seem small for a trial that purports to represent the sole food source for a large body of animals for which  it was designed .

 Finally the carbohydrate fraction of the food is often predominantly maize and corn, both of which are reduced to simple sugars in the intestine and rapidly absorbed whereas in the wild, the complex carbohydrates in the gut contents of the prey are only slowly absorbed.

Maybe this is what causes obesity, or diabetes or a host of other syndromes from dog aggression to cruciate tendon rupture amongst other injuries that ,in fact depend upon the quality of the food used. Certainly there is a parallel in human alternative medicine ,particularly Traditional Chinese Medicine, which is defined as the carbohydrate/upper intestinal tract function as it relates to the liver. ('Liver/'spleen" interaction')

Why use this grain material then?, Perhaps it is derived from GM crops and is in fact a product of a money making scheme whereby the forests of South America and South East Asia are sacrificed for the growing of 300 million tonnes of GM corn of which only 60 million (2010 figures) are used in human food, It begs the question as to "What happens to the other 240 million tonnes"  When all aspects are considered are we in fact justified in reducing the "natural species resource bank" for the production of feedlot beef or for the nutrition of pet animals and the people involved in the industrial production of it.?

Firstly,consider Protein in the diet.

 For 1000 generations more or less, the domestic feline and canine have lived on the scraps and waste from humans.  up to very recently,consisting very largely  of vegetable and meat and/or bone scraps. As such it did not interfere with the basic function of the pet animal whose ancestors ate raw meat and raw or partially digested plant matter from the gastrointestinal tract of their prey, or plant or fruit and nuts available according to the season ,and if the animal was desperate,it may even eat dung. Some dogs , even today will indulge themselves by eating horse or cow dung when available, but often this may a reaction to the effects the excess carbohydrates in the intestine that cause inflammation.

 The intestinal tract of this " hunting" animal was designed to extract large amounts of protein quickly and, from the breakdown of protein in the body, energy from the carbohydrate building blocks incorporated in the protein structures. These breakdown very rapidly as intestine is  relatively short in the carnivore so It is also not able to deal with large amounts of fat---fat which may lead to pancreatitis, a common disease of pet animals today.

 Where in nature did you see a fat animal. Any animal that is preyed upon is usually sick or young or or injured and usually lacking any energy reserves, so it is scarcely surprising that a dog may get diarrhoea if fed high fat diet; especially when one considers that very few animals in the wild are fat, and usually only fat when at the start of mating.(or in the case of sea mammals to maintain body temperature in cold water.)

 Secondly consider the dietary Carbohydrates:

 ---Carbohydrates which are usually cooked and refined as short chain carbohydrates are easily converted to sugars rapidly producing an acid environment due to excess lactic acid. with resultant boosting of blood sugars which in turn unnaturally increase the numbers of potentially pathogenic bacteria and other microorganisms in the lower intestine and all the outcomes of fermentation such as gas production and potential obesity and diabetic outcomes that arise as a result., if one wishes to use carbohydrates in the diet they should be complex carbohydrates in limited amounts and preferably with limited fibre content as excess raw fibre is usually in a form that is difficult to incorporate without causing diarrhoea or even mal-absorption of calcium in the growing animal..

 Carbohydrates have a further problem when fed in conjunction with high levels of animal protein ( which may mean blood or abattoir waste) because the presence of excess lactic acid in the intestine and the presence of the ferric iron cation derived from cooked blood. allows the absorption of excess iron which is then excreted as iron porphyrin, frequently in the saliva,( or if present in large amounts it may be excreted through the skin as a sebaceous cyst filled with dark or black viscid material)..The inflammatory response to these cause the non cancerous skin lumps which are commonly seen and treated in most veterinary practices. I am not a research chemist but the association of these lumps with feeding of inappropriate food is commonly recognize.In fact it can be a contributory cause toward the ATOPIC ANIMAL. In my experience and Interestingly enough these skin lesions often disappear quite quickly when fresh vegetable material is incorporated in the diet either as grass eating in some dogs or in the raw vegetable portion of the raw diet commonly advocated for skin disease control.

This is the reason I advocate the feeding of a raw(or appropriately cooked )diet. I first read about this in Dr Pitcairn's book, some 30 years ago. I have applied the diet with necessary care for the individual animals requirements,based on health of the individual, the owners willingness to engage with an appropriate diet in today's busy world ,and other factors including the costs and the climates considered to be appropriate to that animal.

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