Thursday, January 28, 2016

Managing Dis-ease

  1. a disorder of structure or function in a human, animal, or plant, especially one that produces specific signs or symptoms or that affects a specific location and is not simply a direct result of physical injury.
    "bacterial meningitis is a rare disease"
    synonyms:illnesssickness, ill health;

Let's talk a bit about disease management and health maintenance.  Western medicine sees disease as the problem and looks for ways to manage or cure the symptoms.  

Eastern medicine sees the disease itself as the symptom, and looks for the way to restore balance to the body. Eastern philosophy says that disease cannot exist in a balanced healthy body.  Balance must be in the body, and also in the mind and spirit.  All are connected, as we are all beings of energy.

Wednesday, January 20, 2016

Goats - The Great Horns versus No Horns Debate

Want to start a heated argument on social media?  Ask whether you should disbud/dehorn your goat or leave horns intact.

Horns on goats are a very touchy subject that impacts everything from management practicalities to human safety to animal welfare.  Just as with my post on vaccines, I will not suggest what your approach should be.  I will share what I have learned, my own experiences, and my own approach.  I encourage you to do your own research.

Thursday, January 7, 2016

All about Iron

Iron is a hot topic these days in certain circles, especially in the horse community. 

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Iron is an important ingredient in human prenatals as well as daily vitamins.

Iron is a major mineral listed in the analysis on any supplement label for dogs, cats, goats, horses, other animals and humans.

In order to talk about supplementing animals (or people) with iron, let's first understand what iron is.
Iron is a metal element, important for many functions in the body.
Iron can exist in several forms.
Elemental iron Fe is iron all by itself and very reactive
Iron compounds are iron bonded to other elements, such as iron oxide.
Iron can also bond to protein, making iron proteinate.
Finally, iron can form a chelate with amino acids.  A true amino acid chelate is defined by low molecular weight, one bond ionic and one covalent, and the electrical charge neutralized.  An amino acid chelate has a particle size smaller than 900 daltons.   You can learn more about the science of chelation at  Also, research the work of H. DeWayne Ashmead, founder of Albion and a leading researcher into mineral chelation.

Sunday, January 3, 2016

Book review - Energy Healing For Animals by Joan Ranquet

What a fantastic resource!  I just finished reading Joan Ranquet book Energy Healing For Animals.

I normally speed-read my way through books.  Her book I made the time to savor and study.  Joan has made energy healing understandable for everyone, and at the same time offered enough depth and science to appeal to more experienced healers.