Saturday, May 22, 2010

Veterinary Homeopathy - Remedy of the Week



Argentum Nitricum

In its crude form it is silver nitrate. In conventional medicine it has long been used in styptic pencils to control bleeding from small wounds. But once it has been made into a homeopathic medicine, Argentum nitricum has a different sphere of uses and acts on the nervous system. In homeopathy it is nicknamed the "OMG, what if..." remedy: because the person or animal who needs it experiences feelings of anxiety before an event takes place. The anxiousness can be to such a degree that they fear the worst will happen.

Veterinary Uses:

Anticipatory Fears

Consider this remedy for anxious, nervous, highly strung animals before they have to enter a show ring or 'perform' in events - for example, obedience trials, dog shows, horse shows, training, etc.

These animals/people are insecure, hyper and in a state of worry, which easily can lead to panic, nervous stomach, dizziness, diarrhea, trembling, palpitations, faintness, weakness, fear of failure and poor performance.

Human Uses:

This remedy is greatly indicated for fear and anxiety from excitement. It is used for fears and phobias such as, fear of flying, stage fright, anxiety over an upcoming job interview, examination funk, fear of public speaking, fear of crowds, fear of poor performance and insecurities about meeting new people. If your new to internet dating -- you'll definitely want to have this one hand!

People who need this remedy are often enthusiastic and suggestible, with a tendency toward peculiar thoughts and impulses. They often crave sweets and salt (which usually make their symptoms worse). They usually feel better in cool open air.

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Friday, May 21, 2010

Juicing Recipes for Birds


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How to Supplement Your Bird's Diet Naturally

The most powerful way to provide immune boosting nutrients to your bird's diet is by juicing fresh fruits and vegetables. Juicing will help to heal many bird diseases plus strengthen the immune system. Juicing provides a concentrated store-house of vitamins, minerals, phytonutrients (complex healing compounds), bioflavonoids (protects the capillaries, keeps them strong), antioxidants (slows or prevents damage to cells) and other complex nutrients that are extremely valuable to your bird's health. Juicing concentrates all these wonderful benefits into a readily digestible liquid.

You can offer juice to a bird in many ways. You can soak dry foods in the juice. Try bird bread, monkey biscuits, dry cereals such as mini shredded wheat squares.

For breeders and baby bird feeders: feed the juice to the parents as part of their diet, don't feed directly to baby birds.

Ideally, fresh juice should be eaten right after juicing, but leftovers can be stored for a short period in a glass jar with a tight fitting lid in the refrigerator. Individual portions can also be frozen in ice cube trays for later use. Some of the nutrients may be lost in freezing, but it still will provide a healthy addition to the diet.

As you experiment with juicing, you will discover the combinations of fruits and vegetables that are most favored by your bird. A good combo to introduce juicing to your bird would be four carrots, one 1/2 apple (seeds removed), and a quarter-inch slice of raw ginger.

Only your imagination will limit you to what you can run through the juicer. But here are a few ideas to help you get a shopping list started. Carrots, apples, dark leafy greens, beets, garlic, dark skinned grapes, parsley, celery stalk, oranges, thyme, dandelion, broccoli, pear, cucumber, shiitake mushroom (soaked), apricot

The American Journal of Clinical Nutrition reported "Carrot juice pulls heavy metals from tissues, binds them and helps eliminate them from the body's system." Parrots are subject to heavy metal toxicity from a variety of sources, from metal cookware, drinking water, air pollution, and pesticides used in farming food crops, so adding carrot juice to their diet as a detox agent could be very important to their health.

We recommend that you take the pulp from the juicer and feed that to your birds as well, adding it to the "soft foods" you feed in the evening meal. just mix it together in the same bowl. You can even offer it to wild birds outside.

Below are juice recipes for birds that are beneficial to specific conditions that affect our avian companions. Note: Always use spinach, dandelion, garlic and parsley sparingly because they are very concentrated and need only be used in small amounts.

Juicing Recipes for Birds


Arthritis

Broccoli and kale, sources of pantothenic acid
Kale, parsley and spinach, sources of vitamin C
Spinach and carrot, sources of vitamin E
Carrot, ginger root, apple, sources of copper
Cherry and blueberry, sources of bioflavonoids
Pineapple, source of bromelain (anti-inflammatory)

Calcium Deficiency

Kale, mustard greens, carrots, kohlrabi, watercress, cabbage, turnip and beet tops, good sources of organic calcium.


Candida

Kale, spinach and turnip greens, sources of vitamin B-6
Red Swiss chard, turnip, garlic, and radish, sources of selenium
Parsley, beet greens, dandelion greens, and broccoli, good sources of organic iron


Cancer Prevention

Beet juice, contains the sulphur amino acids


Cataracts

Carrot, kale, parsley and spinach, high in beta-carotene
Garlic, a source of sulfur and vitamin B1
Spinach, currant, asparagus, broccoli, Brussel sprouts, contains vitamin B2
Kale, parsley, green pepper and broccoli, high in vitamin C
Spinach asparagus and carrot, good sources of natural vitamin E
Red Swiss chard, turnip, garlic, and orange, sources of selenium
Carrot, garlic, and ginger root, sources of copper
Spinach, turnip greens, beet greens, and carrot, sources of manganese
Ginger root, parsley, garlic and carrot, sources of zinc


Healthy Feathers, Skin and Nails

Parsnips - To improve the taste, mix it with apple and carrot juice, source of silica


Fungal Infections

Garlic - contains potassium and sulfur, kills fungus and bacteria. Very concentrated, only use a small amount and dilute with other juices (apples and carrots will help mask the flavor.)


Gout

Kale, beet greens, and broccoli, sources of folic acid
Kale, parsley, sweet pepper, and strawberry, sources of vitamin C
Pineapple, source of bromelain (anti-inflammatory)
Green vegetables, sources of omega-3 fatty acids
Cherry and strawberry, help to neutralize uric acid (remove pits)


Infections

Blueberry and black currant, antibacterial properties
Grape, apple, and cabbage, antiviral and antibacterial compounds
Garlic, a natural antibiotic
Pineapple, the fresh juice contains bromelain an anti-inflammatory
Celery, carrot, and Swiss chard are high in potassium and sodium
Ginger, parsley, and carrot are sources of zinc
Kale, red pepper, and collard greens contain vitamin C
Tomato, cabbage, and sweet pepper contain bioflavonoids
Carrot, kale, and spinach are sources of beta-carotene


Liver Rejuvenator

1 carrot, calcium, high in beta-carotene
1/3 of a beet, blood purifying properties
2 sprigs of dandelion, diuretic, a bitter, good source of minerals
2 sprigs of parsley, diuretic, source of zinc
1/4 of a celery stalk, high potassium and sodium


Intestinal Support

1/2 apple (with skin) Pectin, helps firm loose droppings
2 Tablespoons of yogurt (with live cultures) supports friendly intestinal flora
1 teaspoon aloe vera juice, cleansing and healing to the intestinal system
2 leaves of spinach
1 Tablespoon of cooked rice (mixed with 1 tablespoon of water. Let soak overnight in the refrigerator before using.)
1 teaspoon of raw apple cider vinegar

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Monday, May 17, 2010

Non-Toxic Homemade Fly and Mosquito Spray











Mosquito is spanish for "little fly" both of which are nasty little buggers in any language. Despite their fragile appearance, mosquitoes are aggravating pests of humans and other animals. Bites from mosquitoes can cause severe discomfort. The resulting intense itching is due to an immune response to mosquito saliva injected into the bite wound. In addition to the itchy reaction of the bite they are down right annoying.

The real danger, however, is that mosquitoes may carry disease organisms. Mosquitoes can transmit disease-causing viruses and protozoans. The most dangerous mosquito-borne diseases in the United States are caused by viral pathogens and include West Nile fever, eastern equine encephalomyelitis, St. Louis encephalitis, western equine encephalomyelitis, La Crosse encephalitis and canine heartworm.

• only the female bites to obtain a blood meal. The male feeds on plant juices
• only the female makes a buzzing sound the male is silent
• all mosquitoes must have water in which to complete their breeding and life cycle

Contrary to popular belief, bug zappers do little in controlling adult mosquitoes. Studies have shown that far more beneficial insects are killed by bug zappers than are pest species. There is evidence from backyard studies that electric bug zappers increased the number of female mosquitoes present in the yards as opposed to yards without the devices, and were not at all effective in lowering the number of female (females are the ones that do the biting) mosquitoes landing on people. Similar results were found with electronic mosquito repellers. Persons using the devices recovered more female mosquitoes landing on them when compared to those not using them. The repellers did not afford any protection against bites.

Recipe for Homemade Fly and Mosquito Spray

In a standard 1 quart or 1 liter spray bottle, mix the following ingredients:

2 cups or 400-ml Avon Skin-So-Soft

2 cups or 400ml of purified water

1/2 cup or 150-ml raw apple cider vinegar

Shake well before each use. Use as needed.

Most horses and dogs tolerate the ingredients in this formula very well, and it can be used by riders and owners as well to ward off flies and mosquitos.

Dietary Supplement


Another safe and natural alternative to toxic commercial insecticides is a dietary one. Some horses and dogs attract fewer flies and mosquitos when they are fed cider vinegar because the vinegar makes their skin less desirable to insects. Feeding cider vinegar not only changes the pH of the top layer of the skin, it also changes the pH on a deeper level. While effective, this method is slow and should be started a couple of months before fly season to take effect.

Not all horses or dogs like cider vinegar added to their feed at first, but if introduced in very small amounts they often learn to accept it. On average a 1,000 pound (about 450 kgs) horse will need about one cup of 'raw apple cider vinegar' daily to help to repel flies. Dogs would require 1 or two teaspoons added to their water bowl. Note: Do Not Give vinegar straight or undiluted!

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