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In today’s veterinary landscape clients are looking for a more balanced approach for caring for their pets. With so many concerns about the overuse and improper use of pharmaceuticals coupled with their unwanted side effects, it is no wonder why clients are looking for an alternative treatment for themselves as well as their pets. While integrative medicine provides a balance between conventional and alternative modalities, it is holistic medicine which truly encompasses all aspects of patient care. From the physical and the mental aspects, to the spiritual nature of the pet, holistic medicine provides the most in depth and encompassing avenue for addressing the root cause of the condition while providing a more targeted approach for treatment.Mechanisms and materia medica - A deep discussion of the pathways of pathology (how cancer comes about) and over review of the many avenues of action (clinical strategies) in managing cancer.Ticks are common parasites in warm and humid climates and can easily spread Rickettsial diseases within the canine population. The addition of Traditional Chinese Veterinary Medicine treatment may prevent the apparition of symptoms related to the infection and reduce the need for conventional treatments.Homotoxicology / Nanopharmacology is the study of homeopathically prepared combinations. It is an entire system of medicine, pioneered by Dr. H.H. Reckeweg, and utilized worldwide. A guiding principle of Homotoxicology necessarily requires some knowledge about the matrix. Regulatory medicine seeks to understand complex interrelationships and enzymatic systems. It attempts to shift the balance back toward homeostatic normal. Principles of Evidence are also worth exploring.Veterinary homeopathy is an approach to healing that uses similar substances to treat injuries and illness. While allopathic treatment is aimed at palliating or suppressing the symptoms of disease, homeopathy addresses the root cause of injury or illness to restore health. Homeopathic medicines are useful for acute illness and injury as well as chronic disease, and offer treatment options other than long-term drug therapy or surgery.Over the past several years the use of supplements and herbal formulations have become a routine practice in integrative veterinary practice. Even some conventional veterinarians have embraced the use of specific herbal formulations due to their benefits in treating certain difficult conditions. This presentation will focus on introducing the attendee to the topic of Chinese Herbal Medicine, its basic principles and its role in treating diseases based on the TCVM concept of pattern diagnosis.Mechanisms and materia medica - A deep discussion of the pathways of pathology (how cancer comes about) and over review of the many avenues of action (clinical strategies) in managing cancer.Including Traditional Chinese Veterinary Medicine in the treatment of Chronic renal failure is an excellent alternative to enhance both symptomatic relief and life span in these patients.It is a critical issue that we recognize the ever increasing levels of toxicity in our environment. Toxins can be defined as any substance that can damage a living organism, whether endogenous, or exogenous, in the form of environmental toxins such as chemicals, or “xenobiotics”. Many medical issues are rooted in chronic or acute poisoning. There are infinite sources of toxins, and pollutants, which alter biological systems, interfering w/ normal function. Some are toxic to the cellular membranes, others disrupt body energy systems, chemical pathways and other physiology. Toxicokinetics is the movement of toxins through the body, by absorption, transport, metabolism, distribution and storage, or elimination.For most veterinarians in general practice, one of the most commonly recurring presentations of chronic disease are dermatitis and otitis. The allopathic approach offers prescription diets and strong drugs that often require life-long therapy. In addition to the growing list of adverse effects in some of these drugs, many patients develop tolerance and require larger doses and multi-modal pharmacological therapy. In this two hour lecture, the homeopathic approach to chronic dermatitis and otitis will be explained, as well as the most commonly indicated homeopathic prescriptions needed to stimulate a healing response to relieve the pruritic patient's suffering.There is certainly truth in the saying “you are what you eat.” Food, specifically nutrition, is the basic component of a healthy life. What quality of foods we choose to feed our pets either feeds a disease or nourishes their health. Chinese Food Therapy uses high quality foods and the concepts of TCVM to treat pattern disharmonies and diseases. This presentation will focus on introducing the basic concepts of Chinese Food Therapy and how food can be utilized as medicine.Clinical markers of cancer Rational prescribing of natural medicine - clinical strategies and case progression. Symptom management with natural medicines.Clinical markers of cancer Rational prescribing of natural medicine - clinical strategies and case progression. Symptom management with natural medicines.Chronic Liver disorders in veterinary patients present a unique challenge, demanding innovative and holistic approaches for effective management. Integrating Traditional Chinese Veterinary Medicine (TCVM) into the treatment of chronic liver problems in animals offers outstanding results reducing the time of treatment.Bio-Regulatory medicine seeks to understand complex interrelationships and enzymatic systems, by utilizing complex formularies, that influence the fluid systems’ dynamic interactions, thereby helping the body to heal itself, by engaging the Basic Bioregulation System. The aim is toward the body defensive mechanisms, to reestablish the biorhythms which are disturbed. Acupuncture melds nicely with the discipline of homotoxicology. Coupled with the healing potential inherent in the manipulation of acupuncture meridians, we can do much to improve lives.It is relatively clear, from a concerted study of the disciplines of Traditional Chinese Medicine and the Ground Regulation studies of the matrix, that there is a convergent wisdom expressed by both modalities. By paying close attention to the natural cycles and rhythms of the systems we are trying to influence, we can improve our therapeutic outcomes. Armed with an understanding of the principles of healing, selected remedies from the realm of nanopharmacologicals injected in appropriate acupuncture points, coupled with some regenerative supplements, we can vastly improve quality of life.Blood therapies have an ancient history, some steeped in mythology. Medicine has sought to use blood as a healing treatment, and practitioners have known instinctively that there were potential uses in a wide variety of diseases and traumas. In the last 50 years, there has been much more research devoted to the components of blood, their role in the immune system, and the possible therapeutic potential. The most common bioregulatory use of blood as a therapeutic, is in immune regulation, particularly in chronic, imbedded disease states. In combination with medicines such as thymus therapies and Homotoxicology, we have some major potential to improve a seriously dysregulated body.Anemias and other blood disorders, such as Autoimmune hemolytic anemia and Immune-mediated thrombocytopenias, seem to be increasing, much like other chronic disease states. There are many approaches to these issues, including autologous blood therapies and nutritional support. These have been used w/ success in many integrative practices and some will be presented here.For most veterinarians in general practice, one of the most commonly recurring presentations of chronic disease are dermatitis and otitis. The allopathic approach offers prescription diets and strong drugs that often require life-long therapy. In addition to the growing list of adverse effects in some of these drugs, many patients develop tolerance and require larger doses and multi-modal pharmacological therapy. In this two hour lecture, the homeopathic approach to chronic dermatitis and otitis will be explained, as well as the most commonly indicated homeopathic prescriptions needed to stimulate a healing response to relieve the pruritic patient's suffering.This lecture will go over the basics of medicinal use of Western Herbs. The concept of Evidence-based Medicine will be introduced. We will discuss how herbs can be used in terms of physiology, treatment modalities, safety and interactions. How to read a monograph will be explained, and there will be cases presented.In this novel, interactive lecture format, you'll receive an Aromastick containing a mystery essential oil when you enter the room. You will learn how to evaluate this essential oil with one of the most advanced scientific instruments available - your nose!
Discover some interesting facts about essential oils and dispel some of the common myths. Understand what essential oils and hydrosols are, where they come from, how they are produced, how to choose the most appropriate ones for your intended purpose. How do they compare with some other holistic veterinary medicine modalities, e.g. Traditional Chinese Veterinary Medicine and Homeopathy?
Leave with some simple ways to start incorporating essential oils in practice immediately, as well as some safe use guidelines.
Osteopathy is a newer manual therapy in holistic veterinary medicine. It is similar to chiropractic however it takes a whole body approach to correcting misalignment patterns and optimizing full health and mobility in the body. Osteopathic techniques are comprised of manipulation of the spine and extremities, mobilization of viscera and internal fascia and lastly craniosacral therapy. This lecture will cover the history, philosophy and neuro-anatomical principles of osteopathy along with common neurologic and musculoskeletal conditions in dogs and cats that respond well to osteopathic treatment.The cytotoxic herbs safety and herb / drug interactions with botanicals and anti-cancer drugs strategies for enhanced safety.The cytotoxic herbs safety and herb / drug interactions with botanicals and anti-cancer drugs strategies for enhanced safety.Traditional Chinese Veterinary Medicine (TCVM) approaches cancer differently than allopathic medicine. The main TCVM Patterns of canine HSA are Qi Deficiency and Blood Stasis. Wei Qi Booster treats Qi Deficiency while Stasis Breaker is for Blood Stasis. Yunnan Bai Yao is the key herbal recipe to stop and prevent internal hemorrhage. In addition to these Chinese herbal formulas, acupuncture can treat cancer with no side effects, and both food therapy and Tui-na treatment can be taught to owners to use at home. Dogs with splenic hemangiosarcoma (sHSA) that undergo splenectomy followed by TCVM treatment could have a survival time of 3-4 years with a good quality of life. This presentation uses clinical case study to introduce TCVM protocol for canine sHSA.Traditional Chinese Veterinary Medicine (TCVM) therapy including acupuncture, herbal medicine, food therapy and Tui-na is highly effective for pain management of osteoarthritis (OA). TCVM treatment principles for OA include removing/releasing Stagnation at joints, tonifying Kidney Qi, and balancing the body’s Yin and Yang. It provides a good alternative treatment for patients with OA that cannot endure the adverse reaction from conventional treatment. It also can be integrated with conventional treatment to better manage patients with OA. This presentation demonstrates how to treat OA in dogs using TCVM pattern diagnosis and seasonal modifications through clinical case studies.Traditional Chinese Veterinary Medicine (TCVM) treats allergies differently than allopathic medicine, focusing on a wholistic approach. The TCVM etiology and pathology for canine atopic dermatitis are external factors (often Excess in TCVM) and internal factors (often Deficiency). The external factors are mainly Wind or Wind Toxin. The internal factors are associated with disorders of Wei Qi, Lung, Spleen, Liver and Kidney. Dogs (especially atopic dogs) are considered “hot dogs” in TCVM, and they are prone to flare ups and pruritus. This presentation will use case studies to show how to treat the “hot dog” by cooling with TCVM treatments including acupunctures, Chinese herbs, food therapy and Tui-na.The application of mental and emotional signs in veterinary homeopathy represents a holistic approach to animal care. By incorporating these subtle yet significant indicators into the diagnosis and treatment process, practitioners can gain deeper insights into the emotional well-being of animals, allowing for tailored remedies that address not only physical ailments but also the underlying psychological and emotional factors contributing to their health issues. This integrated approach underscores the interconnectedness of mind and body in veterinary medicine, promoting a more comprehensive and empathetic approach to animal healthcare.Veterinarians can enhance their treatment options by considering homeopathic remedies alongside or instead of conventional methods, aiming to provide well-rounded care that addresses both physical and emotional aspects of their patients' well-being. This integrative approach fosters a more personalized and comprehensive veterinary practice, ultimately benefiting the health and quality of life of our patients. In the first part of this lecture, we will focus on the fundamentals of acute homeopathic prescribing.The second part of this two-part talk will provide guidelines for integrating homeopathy into small animal practice. Using a combination of remedy study and case presentations, this presentation will equip attendees with the tools to start using homeopathic remedies in their practices.
Medical-grade essential oils may enhance positive changes in an animal's behavior and emotional state. Essential oils work very quickly on the limbic area of the brain where emotions and feelings are processed, either through direct inhalation or topical application. Emotions such as fear, aggression, anxiety, abandonment, and even grief may be mitigated with the use of specific oils. Quality of essential oils and safety during application will directly affect efficacy and outcomes.Pain and discomfort management, digestive assistance, and cognitive enhancement are some of the major issues veterinarians face with senior and elderly companion animals. Essential oils can provide an alternative "toolbox" for improving symptoms of organ system decline. Oils can be used in conjunction with conventional pain medications and nutraceuticals to offer an animal the best quality of life.Essential oils are a valuable tool to help a pet transition into the final phases of their lives. Oils can calm emotions for both the human and animal, help the pet parent make critical decisions concerning their pets' care, and can ease the transition from physical to spiritual at the time of death. Oftentimes, pet parents suffer moderate to severe guilt over an animal's death, and oils can help soothe and release these emotions.Tea tree essential oil (Melaleuca alternafolia) is one of many adulterated oils available on today's market. This presentation will cover ways to discern if a product containing this oil is safe for use with animals. Poison control data will be reviewed as well as treatment options to consider if a toxic exposure occurs. Differences in the metabolic pathways of dogs and cats reflecting the various toxic reactions seen will be reviewed. Deciding when to use which oil for what condition is easier with an understanding of the chemistry of essential oils. Using the essential oils topically, aromatically and orally will make more sense as to WHY they work when the chemical constituents are explored. You don't need to be a biochemist or an organic chemistry major to get practical take home information from this presentation. Blending of essential oils will also be covered. Formulas used in practice for specific conditions will be shared.A basic caveat taught when using essential oils is to AVOID the eyes. This is always a good practice but under the right conditions with veterinary supervision and guidance, essential oils can be an integral part of treating various ophthalmic conditions. Indications and contraindications for using essential oils around the eyes as well as using them along with traditional ophthalmic medications and protocols will be covered. Case studies using essential oils for KCS and indolent ulcers will be presented.Tremella fuciformis, also known as the white jelly mushroom, has similar actions and indications to lion's mane for cognitive function. Tremella also has fascinating implications for supporting gut and skin health in pets by calming and aiding in the repair of damaged cells lining the intestines. It’s also great for wound healing. Tremella mushroom has hydrating benefits similar to hyaluronic acid. When powdered Tremella is mixed with water, it forms a gelatinous liquid that is very mild tasting and similar to slippery elm. Tremella is immune modulating, anti-inflammatory, nootropic, probiotic, demulcent & emollient, hepatoprotective and much more! Due to my personal experience if its’ effect on mood, I have nicknamed it the mushroom of optimism. I've been pleased to learn that, due to its effect on glial cells, there may be truth to this moniker. This mushroom is becoming very popular in human skin care products, but can be helpful for any epithelial tissue. Referenced in ancient Chinese texts going back 1800 years, at one time only the very rich (and Royalty) used it. According to tremella folklore, Yang Guifei was considered one of the four beauties of great China and her beauty was attributed to her use of Tremella. Her complexion was so glowing and eternally youthful that she was totally irresistible to the emperor, and he neglected his duties. Which caused a successful rebellion against him. For her crime of being too beautiful, Yang Guifei was executed. So you see, Tremella it is quite the dramatic mushroom!Mushrooms should be an essential part of every integrative medicine toolkit, and not just for cancer. One of the biggest challenges when beginning to utilize mushrooms is which ones to use for which condition. All mushrooms (that are used therapeutically) are immune modulating, anti-inflammatory and anti- neoplastic. Certain mushrooms have an affinity for specific organ systems or have specific qualities better suited to a particular condition. Reishi and Chaga, for example, have antihistaminic qualities, so would be a good choice for allergies or mast cell tumors. Cordyceps supports the lungs in the kidneys, in addition to being a powerful adaptogen. Additionally, mushrooms seem to work well in synergy. Mushroom pairings will be discussed, as well as supportive herbs and whole foods.Ergothioneine is generating a lot of excitement in the world of therapeutic mushrooms, and this excitement is extending into the natural health community. Regarded by some as a ‘longevity vitamin’ "ergo" has the potential to support the body against diseases of aging and thereby increase life expectancy. Ergothioneine is a powerful antioxidant. Ergo and glutathione are both found in mushrooms. Some mushrooms have higher amounts than others. Interestingly, all vertebrates including mammals have transporters for ergo, but the body doesn't produce it. The recent discovery of this specialized transporter that absorbs and moves ergo directly to cells has caused a lot of excitement in the scientific community. The highest dietary source of ergo comes from fungi. It also exists in much smaller amounts in the food chain due to fungi that live in the soil and pass it along to plants through the roots. Unfortunately, due to over tilling of crops, there is less ergo being passed along, so supplementation with mushrooms is really the best source.One prevalent theory in oncology is the Tissue Organization Field Theory (TOFT). TOFT looks at the development of cancer within the perspective of the tissue environment. In this lecture we will review TOFT and how it specifically relates to phytochemistry.The Tissue Organization Field Theory (TOFT) allows us to look at cancer at a cellular and tissue environmental level. TOFT recognizes the influence that the environment of a tissue is a key element in cancer development as opposed to a mutation in a single cell. This lecture will explore the TOFT mechanism and plants that disrupt cancer progression.Using TOFT as a guide we will explore the role of plants play in the preventions and treatment of cancer. Specific plants and their phytochemical constituents will be discussed as examples of each preventative and therapeutic technique.For more than a century, Mistletoe has been used for treating cancer and other diseases such as autoimmune diseases and chronic inflammatory diseases. It is by far the plant most used currently in integrative medicine for the treatment of cancer in Europe. It was Rudolf Steiner and Dr. Ita Wegman and their Anthroposophic Medicine who first observed the qualities of this parasitic plant which is capable of activating the immune system and causing apoptosis of cancer cells. This lecture will show how the plant was suggested to be used, its biology and its indications.It is known that cancer patients normally have a lower average temperature than the majority of the population. It is also known that for patients who are capable of producing a fever, they have a much better prognosis when it comes to cancer treatment. Mistletoe induces fever in these patients so that the immune system is activated and therefore induces apoptosis, the programmed death of cancerous oncological cells. This lecture will show how Mistletoe induces an excelent immune response by attracting cells that will act directly at the tumor site.With more than one century of scientific studies Mistletoe can increase survival time and quality of life in cancer patients. There are cases of remission of cancer diseases and reduction of side effects of chemotherapy and radiotherapy. This lecture will show how to iniciate a treatment with Mistletoe and follow the patient all through the conventional and integrative treatment.For a very observant veterinarian, it is not uncommon to find cases where animals repeat the symptoms and illnesses of one or more members of the family group to which they belong. The term Multispecies Systemic Veterinary Medicine was adapted by veterinarians from a well-known brief psycotherapy technique created by the German psycotherapist Bert Hellinger. It understands the human being and their pets as parts of a system (systemic view) and seeks to identify the cause of problems and conflicts through group dynamics in which participants interpret and represent the patient's family history leading to diseases. Systemic Veterinary Medicine seeks to use the knowledge developed in the Hellinger's Systemic Familiar Constellation to look at the group system in which our animal patient is envolved, justifying the causes of their illness. This form of brief therapy helps us, veterinarians, to recognize with whom the animal develops loyalty and therefore imitates the disease or repeats paterns of diseases in the family group. It help to free the animal from this heavy burden.Bert Hellinger, the creator of the Systemic Family Constellation, left us the well-known Systemic Laws, called Orders of Love, which play a fundamental role in the balance and maintenance of the family system. These Orders are made up of three laws: Hierarchy, Belonging and Exchanging Equilibrium. The main purpose of these laws is to keep each familiar system in peace, harmony and healthy conditions. When one or more of these orders are broken, mental, emotional and physical diseases prevail and as long as these orders are not reorganized in the family system, there is no possibility of a proper treatment or even cure for any patient.In the 21st century, with all the changes that we are facing intensified after the pandemic, it is inconceivable that a veterinarian and the group of health professionals that work in a veterinary facility do not face and study the topic of death. To study death in a profound way means to accept that destinies and decisions are irrefutable. When we face death from the Systemic Medicine point of view in a very deep way it allow us to give new meaning to euthanasia and orthothanasia procedures. It prepare us as professionals for more humanized, empathetic and loving therapeutic support for all people involved in the disease process of their pets. This lecture will give tools for the veterinarian and his group cope with the patients and clients facing death in a Multispecies Systemic Veterinary Medicine point of view.Internal organs and fascia have a profound influence on the musculoskeletal system via both the autonomic nervous system and internal fascial attachments. Loss of normal organ mobility is a common root cause of dysfunctions in the sacroiliac joints, certain vertebrae and the shoulders. This lecture will show how routine fascial adhesions from spay and neuter surgeries directly contribute to whole-body misalignment patterns and are the common denominator in resolving or helping certain musculoskeletal problems such as hind/fore leg lameness, iliopsoas muscle injury, soft tissue problems in forelimbs, back or neck pain, intervertebral disc disease and cranial cruciate ligament injuries.Cranial cruciate ligament injuries are the most common cause of pelvic limb lameness in dogs. Osteopathy has a revolutionary approach in diagnosing and treating a biomechanical process that universally creates a susceptibility to a potential future CCL injury in dogs. Sacro-iliac joint dysfunction secondary to adhesions from spay/neuter surgery, or from fascial restrictions in reproductive organs of intact animals contributes directly to mechanical predisposition to pathologic changes in the stifle. This lecture will explain this precise mechanism along with the osteopathic diagnosis and treatment of this common condition along its full spectrum including mild ligament strains to a full CCL rupture requiring surgery.The routine outcome of spay and neuter surgeries is greater fascial tension around the bladder which changes autonomic nerve flow back to the sacrum and lumbar spine. The end result is reduced motion in one sacroiliac joint and certain lumbar vertebrae which have huge repercussions in the whole body mobility in the lifetime of a dog or cat. This constant whole body misalignment pattern contributes over time to common musculoskeletal issues seen in the limbs, neck and back. These osseous restrictions will not release with chiropractic or other direct manual techniques. Gentle manual release of these localized, fascial adhesions automatically restores normal motion to all affected joints. These adhesions can be fully and permanently released in only a few treatments. This is a universal issue in all dogs and cats and warrants treatment well before clinical signs are even seen. Lecture 7 will also discuss other common visceral influences to the musculoskeletal system.The routine outcome of spay and neuter surgeries is greater fascial tension around the bladder which changes autonomic nerve flow back to the sacrum and lumbar spine. The end result is reduced motion in one sacroiliac joint and certain lumbar vertebrae which have huge repercussions in the whole body mobility in the lifetime of a dog or cat. This constant whole body misalignment pattern contributes over time to common musculoskeletal issues seen in the limbs, neck and back. These osseous restrictions will not release with chiropractic or other direct manual techniques. Gentle manual release of these localized, fascial adhesions automatically restores normal motion to all affected joints. These adhesions can be fully and permanently released in only a few treatments. This is a universal issue in all dogs and cats and warrants treatment well before clinical signs are even seen. Lecture 7 will also discuss other common visceral influences to the musculoskeletal system.Visceral osteopathy has a unique way of using the musculoskeletal and autonomic nervous systems to detect internal organ challenges, even if subclinical or asymptomatic. This lecture will demonstrate the osteopathic diagnosis and treatment of common pelvic visceral issues affecting normal motion of motion in the sacro-pelvic region and lumbar spine such as adhesions from castration surgery and fascial tension patterns in the reproductive tract in mares related to estrus cycles. The outcome of treating these common pelvic visceral patterns is a return to full mobility and power in the hind end.Part II of this lecture continues with demonstrating the osteopathic diagnosis and treatment of other common visceral issues that lead to joint restrictions in the pelvis, thoracolumbar vertebrae and shoulders. These common conditions include gastric ulcers, small intestinal dysbiosis, subclinical hindgut acidosis, and verminous arteritis/worm aneurysm. Addressing these conditions involves mostly a non-osteopathic approach which may include veterinary treatment of ulcers and parasitism and nutritional supplements including pro/prebiotics, herbal digestive support and a hindgut buffer. The successful outcome of these treatments is a return to normal joint motion and better whole body mobility and athletic function.This lecture will start with a general introduction to Ayurveda. It will go on to explain the Elements, Doshas (personality types), Gunas (traits of each personality type), Dhatus (tissues), and the concept of Agni (digestive fire). All these concepts are necessary for an understanding of Ayurvedic healthcare. The Ayurvedic medical system is based on Dosha imbalances, so first there must be an understanding of Doshas. Doshas are based on the Elements and the Gunas, so they also must be understood. Lastly, all Ayurvedic health starts with diet and digestion, so that concept need to be very clear.This continuation of the lecture will continue to explain the Elements, Doshas (personality types), Gunas (traits of each personality type), Dhatus (tissues), and the concept of Agni (digestive fire). All these concepts are necessary for an understanding of Ayurvedic healthcare. The Ayurvedic medical system is based on Dosha imbalances, so first there must be an understanding of Doshas. Doshas are based on the Elements and the Gunas, so they also must be understood. Lastly, all Ayurvedic health starts with diet and digestion, so that concept need to be very clear.Ayurveda treats first with diet, then with lifestyle changes, thirdly with herbs and pharmaceuticals, and lastly with surgery. So an understanding of therapeutic diet and herbs is necessary for treatment in the Ayurvedic system of medicine. This lecture with go through this theory and go on to elucidating the Ayurvedic monograph, which is used equally for food and herbs. An Ayurvedic monograph has different categories than a Western Herbal monograph, or even a Chinese Herbal monograph. These categories include Rasas (tastes), Gunas (qualities), Virya (potency), Vipaka (post-digestive effect), Dosha Karma (effects on doshas) and more.This lecture will be a continuation, going through diet and herbal Ayurvedic treatment theory and go on to elucidating the Ayurvedic monograph, which is used equally for food and herbs. An Ayurvedic monograph has different categories than a Western Herbal monograph, or even a Chinese Herbal monograph. These categories include Rasas (tastes), Gunas (qualities), Virya (potency), Vipaka (post-digestive effect), Dosha Karma (effects on doshas) and more.One of the greatest benefits in Ayurveda is incorporating healthy habits into daily life. The Ayurvedic clock follows the natural rhythms of the day and of the seasons, making time for activity, rest, focused work, nourishment, self-care and other important aspects of health maintenance. In this lecture, we will go through the Ayurvedic schedules for day and seasons. We will work through the daily clock from the perspective of each Dosha. We will also go through the typical Ayurvedic daily routine for health and wellness. This schedule is as pertinent to our companion animals as it is to us.This lecture continuation will progress through the Ayurvedic schedules for day and seasons. We will work through the daily clock from the perspective of each Dosha. We will also go through the typical Ayurvedic daily routine for health and wellness. This schedule is as pertinent to our companion animals as it is to us.
Dramatic extension of lifespan and healthspan is no longer a pipe dream. Current research has shown us the cellular mechanisms that contribute to aging and the means by which we can slow, stop, and even potentially reverse these processes. There is no “one thing” that will slow or reverse aging. Rather, leveraging our knowledge about all fourteen known hallmarks of aging is what is required to extend life. Understanding the mechanics of how and why our pets age is the first step to intervention and longevity for veterinary patients.When most people consider longevity science, they think about cutting edge medicine and medical therapies. Some of the most impactful actions we can take to help our pets live longer and better lives are by making changes that affect diet, exercise, and lifestyle. Exploration of the research shows optimizing these factors can have significant and dramatic impact on both quality and quantity of life of pets.Modern veterinary medical techniques such as spay, neuter, vaccinations, antibiotic use, etc. all have impacts on our patients. Some of common conventional medical practices promote longevity while others have detrimental aspects. In many cases, the rationale behind what is commonly considered “standard of care” are antiquated given our current level of understanding of the hallmarks of longevity. Longevity focused clinicians must review common veterinary medical practices through the lens of how these practices affect the healthspan and lifespan of our patients.Veterinarians have been using supplements in patients for years without fully understanding how they impact specific facets of that promote longevity. Reviewing commonly used supplements, and some not so commonly used, through the lens of their affects on the hallmarks of longevity provides a window into how to utilize supplementation to improve the healthspan and lifespan of veterinary patients.Building on diet, exercise, lifestyle, and supplementation, pharmaceuticals and regenerative medicine present some of the most cutting-edge therapeutics for longevity science. Like the methodologies discussed in the previous lectures, we can impact the hallmarks of longevity through the strategic use of these new treatment options. Utilizing medications and therapies as the top of the pyramid of longevity provides the potential for dramatic life extension.Lasers are monochromatic, directional and coherent light. Different wavelengths of light contain different amounts of energy known as the electron volt potential. The laser classification system was set up as a hazard classification system. Studies show that the violet wavelengths are directly antimicrobial. Studies have lead to certain indications and contraindications by class and wavelength of light. Musculoskeletal and dermal applications for the laser with case studies will be covered in this lecture.Affecting cells at a mitochondrial level can only be done with Class 2 lasers in the Red, Green, and Violet wavelengths. Pairing multiple wavelengths of light can have synergistic effects. We can target specific tissues by using the specific frequencies for those tissues. Studies show that the violet wavelengths are directly antimicrobial. Studies show that mitochondrial inhibition plays a role in many disease processes and that medications can inhibit electron transport chain complexes. Lasers in the violet, green, and red wavelengths have been shown to reverse mitochondrial inhibition. Research supports the use of lasers for organ and glandular dysfunction, including the brain and nervous system, and immune system. There is a study to support that lasers with a wavelength of 635nm or less can be used for palliative care in neoplasia. Case studies will be presented.Coherence is an important aspect of efficacy of a laser due to the potential for interference. Different wavelengths of light contain different amounts of energy known as the electron volt potential. The electron volt potential determines whether the photon has a thermal, orbital, or ionizing effect in the body. Wavelengths that are greater than 730nm wavelength of light have a thermal effect in the body. Wavelengths between 320nm and 730nm have an orbital effect in the body. Wavelengths less than 320nm are ionizing. Photothermal lasers have wavelengths in the infrared range and work by causing vasodilation through heat. Photochemical lasers work by increasing ATP production in the mitochondria. Peak absorption in the mitochondria occurs in the violet range for complexes I and II in the electron transport chain, in the green range for complex III, and in the red range for complex IV. The laser classification system was set up as a hazard system and dictates safety precautions from OSHA. The American Standard for Safe Use of Lasers in Health Care and indications and contraindications for different wavelength lasers will be covered in this lecture.Learning acupuncture points and when to use them is just the beginning. This lecture will provide insights into needling difficult animals, needling difficult or potentially dangerous acupoints, and how and when to use other different acupuncture techniques such as electro / aqua / pneumo / hemo-acupuncture. Commonly used classical acupoints in small animals will also be covered in an effort to expand the acupuncture tool-box.Often times our complex cases require more than a single medical modality. Case studies demonstrating the multimodal approach, including Western pharmaceuticals, acupuncture, Chinese herbal medicine, photobiomodulation, bioregulatory medicine, nutraceuticals and more will be discussed.Neuroplasticity, the ability of the nervous system to adapt and change in response to demand, can be harnessed through implementation of physical therapy and rehabilitation interventions for potential return to prior level of function and increased resiliency for prevention of future injury. We will examine the most recent research and revelations in neuroscience as it applies to application of these interventions in companion animals and learn how to harness this adaptability for improved quality of life.A sensory approach to physical therapy and rehabilitation (PT&R) has been utilized to promote functional recovery since the 1940s. Now, backed by neuroscience, these methods are showing evidence and promise in applications for pain management, behavior modification, and sports medicine. We will examine the implementation of these methods in companion animals with a variety of impairments and functional goals.Kinesiology taping (KT), cupping, and Instrument Assisted Soft Tissue Mobilization (IASTM) has historically been utilized in human sports medicine to enhance recovery and athletic performance. These interventions can also benefit companion animals following injury, surgery, and with movement dysfunction and chronic pain. We will examine the potential for more efficient, simple application of these interventions for improved quality of and awareness of functional movement in companion animals, whether hiking mountains, leaping over agility obstacles, or climbing onto a couch at home.Nerve entrapment syndrome involves both acute and chronic nerve injury that can affect function and cause pain. This lecture will discuss what is happening to the local nerve tissue and where and how these entrapments occur.Any peripheral nerve is subject to entrapment and injury along its course from the central nervous system to the target organ. Specific nerve entrapment syndromes will be discussed including cause and clinical presentation. A discussion of how integrative modalities can treat entrapment syndrome will follow.An overview and practical guide to the many effective, proven and practical variety of ingredients veterinarians can use to supplement pet food diets/recipes when managing cases with significant diseases like cancer, autoimmune disease, chronic kidney or liver disease, trauma, arthritis, seizures, cognitive issues, behavior issues and more. Discussion includes dosing, considerations for species/age/condition, interactions and palatability. Part 1 - the Introduction to the practical aspects, pitfalls, myths and nutrients involved in sourcing and choosing nutritional supplements. Nutrient mechanisms used to treat specific conditions will be explained with a description of how and when to choose an ingredient for a conditions.An overview and practical guide to the many effective, proven and practical variety of ingredients veterinarians can use to supplement pet food diets/recipes when managing cases with significant diseases like cancer, autoimmune disease, chronic kidney or liver disease, trauma, arthritis, seizures, cognitive issues, behavior issues and more. Discussion includes dosing, considerations for species/age/condition, interactions and palatability. Part 2 will delve further into various health conditions, breed/age/species related problems and their nutritional solutions. Focus will be on chronic and difficult conditions and practical food ingredient conversions, dosing and options for nutritional support to battle disease and support natural immunity and ability to regain health. Also ingredients to avoid will be covered.Veterinary Physical Examination is a skill that can always be improved upon. Experience, training and interest can make a difference between getting some information or the relevant information to correctly diagnose and treat. This lab will show how to evaluate a patient for specific husbandry and nutrition-related issues. Second hour involves a primer on 3 basic aspects of pulse diagnosis to add to the exam to assist in forming a nutritional diagnosis, and specifically categorize the biome, nutritional, immune system imbalance based on known parameters from the exam. A clear description & chart of BCS and MCS parameters will be included.A scientifically sensible look at how, in our innocent attempt to provide everything for our patients, we encourage incorrect husbandry practices, habits, product sourcing, toys, brushes, dental chews, shampoos and other pet-related products that are actually undermining the health of our patients. Simple yet effective health husbandry solutions exist, and this lecture will show how to find and use them.Posture is the interface all vertebrate organisms have with their environment and gravity. The complex neuro-musculoskeletal system continually perceives and responds to proprioceptive and gravitational information, allowing the horse, dog or human to interact with others and its physical surroundings in ways that facilitate the requirements for living: social structures, capturing prey or avoiding being eaten, reproducing. The animal body is better modeled as a complex system than as a machine, because all of its mental, emotional and physical parts are interdependent rather than linear. Chronic use of inappropriate compensatory postures are behind the most common musculoskeletal problems seen in dogs and horses.Modern lifestyles and urban living conspire to change the normal interactions between us (and our horses and dogs) and our environments in systematic ways. Consider the lifestyle of feral and “old-style” working dogs compared with modern pets. Consider how the past 125 years has affected the role of horses in our lives, changing them from essential engines of industry, war and commerce to recreational luxuries. Consider your daily activities compared to those of your great-grandparents. Domestic animals are ones who have the capacity for adaptation to life with humans, but it comes with a cost. The ways we handle, feed, exercise and manage the ground interface of our animal companions have profound effects on their abilities to maintain their ongoing health and neutral postures. While domestic animals usually rely upon us for food, protection, and often reproductive choice, these “services” enable the existence of damaged/distorted animals who would never survive to live and reproduce in the wild. By providing appropriate husbandry, we can help restore both structures and functions, to enable these animals to live a better quality of life.Normal Neutral Posture (NNP) is widespread among all wild animals living an unconfined lifestyle, but many domestic animals use a maladaptive stance called Abnormal Compensatory Posture (ACP). ACP involves changes to the limb positions and
head/neck/back relationship that are conducive to fatigue and injury. Maximum Horsepower Research has developed a grading system by which postural rehabilitation can be tracked by the practitioner. The causes of ACP will be reviewed and guidelines for grading default posture as part of a standard clinical exam for animal athletes or pets will be presented.
Posture is a dynamic interaction between the living organism, its environment and gravity. The priorities of the nervous system deliver upright posture at any cost. Myriad mechanoreceptors and other sensory information is processed in the CNS, and guided by intent to create a motor output that creates and maintains upright posture. Distortion or diminishment of any of these four factors (intent to stand, sensory input, central processing, motor output) will result in a compensatory posture that limits the animal’s ability to fully engage in the activities of life: acquiring food, escaping predation, reproducing, social interaction. The neural patterns, both conscious and unconscious, adhere to internal representations of neutral upright posture, or “body schema”, and animal emotions are embodied in their physical experience.The Stomatognathic system (more than TMJs and teeth) is involved, not only with mastication, but with delivering neural signals that inform about gravity and head position. Unfortunately, among domesticated animals, breed standards incompatible with thriving, and poor management can distort this critical postural information, leading to poor postural compensations that are associated with a myriad of musculoskeletal problems and impairment of balance during both stance and gaiting. Abnormal Compensatory Posture, caused by poor head/neck/back integration, sedentary lifestyle and long toenails in dogs, sets up the canine hind limb for catastrophic injury. These non-optimal postures create tendon/ligament micro-injuries during quiet stance, leaving the limb more susceptible to ligament failure from sudden jumps while playing. You can dramatically decrease the risk of cruciate tear “frequent flyers" by managing their toenails appropriately.
A parrot who can read minds? Horses who say when they need dental care? Intuitive interspecies communication (IIC), sometimes called animal communication, is increasingly used by pet owners seeking answers to difficult questions. Is it a harmless fantasy, a dangerous fad, or a useful tool? In this lecture, we review evidence for and discuss the challenges of studying IIC.In this lecture, we discuss why clients seek out intuitive interspecies communication (aka animal communication), and examine when and how it can be used as an adjunct to clinical practice, using case studies and examples. Hear about the dog who spoke up about his osteosarcoma before any clinical signs appeared, and the cat who told his owners exactly what he’d do when he was ready to cross over.This lab explores the basic techniques used by intuitive interspecies communicators (aka animal communicators), and leads participants through exercises and practice sessions for the budding animal communicator.Benefits of Ozone Routes of Administration. Understanding of treatments and selection. Examples of Conditions that can Benefit or are contraindicated in Ozone Therapy - Pro and ConsConsiderations for Treating Exotics with Holistic and Ozone Therapy - Case StudiesAvoiding leaks, machine destruction, employee sensitivities, misuse of ozone equipment and treatments. How to connect the machine properly.Deepened understanding of ozone therapy and how it fits into your practice. Methods that will improve patient outcomes and get patients feeling better. Ozone treatments increase referrals, profits and success in effective treatments and overall health of the patient.Learn how to evaluate essential oils with one of the most advanced scientific instruments available - your nose! In this 2-part lab, you will first have an opportunity to create your own personal scent memories. You will objectively and subjectively evaluate five different essential oils, using an organoleptic approach (actively involving multiple sense organs, including your nose). Next, you will learn how essential oils affect mood and behavior. How can we use them to enhance our own wellbeing? Why isn't essential oil blending as simple as 1+1+1 = 3? Which essential oils blend well together and how much of each oil do we put into a blend? You will use the personal scent memories you created in the first part of the lab to select your favorite essential oils for a wellbeing blend that you can take home with you. Although you can learn a lot about essential oils from books and lectures, there's no substitute for a small group, hands-on, fun & educational experience!Learn how to evaluate essential oils with one of the most advanced scientific instruments available - your nose! In this 2-part lab, you will first have an opportunity to create your own personal scent memories. You will objectively and subjectively evaluate five different essential oils, using an organoleptic approach (actively involving multiple sense organs, including your nose). Next, you will learn how essential oils affect mood and behavior. How can we use them to enhance our own wellbeing? Why isn't essential oil blending as simple as 1+1+1 = 3? Which essential oils blend well together and how much of each oil do we put into a blend? You will use the personal scent memories you created in the first part of the lab to select your favorite essential oils for a wellbeing blend that you can take home with you. Although you can learn a lot about essential oils from books and lectures, there's no substitute for a small group, hands-on, fun & educational experience!The Warberg hypothesis states that cancer is a metabolic disease, with mitochondrial dysfunction, leading to cancer cells that are ravenous consumers of glucose, and that a low glycemic diet is the best anti-cancer diet. However, cancer cells evolve, and their metabolic requirements change. This has been shown for human cancers: for example, ovarian cancer rapidly changes from glucose-based to protein-based metabolism. The possible metabolic changes and how to overcome them will be discussed.In the 1930’s and 1940’s Rife developed 5 microscope models capable of very high resolution, allowing living cells and their cellular processes to be observed at much higher magnifications without killing the cells with the procedures needed to prep them for electron microscopy. Until recently it was thought impossible to recreate what he did. At least 3 companies now have scopes that have obtained the same magnification as Rife did, working in the same way the original Rife microscopes worked. Rife found an intracellular structure in cancer cells, but not in normal cells, which his Beam Ray destroyed, and demonstrated its success on mice. Reasons why his success was not duplicated, and how the Beam Ray machine could be investigated and currently used will be discussed.It is common to blame one's genes are for problems with weight gain, lack of motivation to exercise, and strange reactions to food. It turns out that often at least some of that blame is supported by an analysis of a person's genome. Some SNPs relate directly to biological pathways related to metabolite processing or muscle fiber type. Others relate directly to mental processes involved in eating, reward processing, and attention. By learning which SNPs can be problematical, behavior can be changed to accommodate those SNPs and use more effective techniques to attain health goals.Tinnitus is common in Americans, especially as we get older. Physicians estimate that the cause for up to 50% of tinnitus cases is psychosomatic. However, integrative medicine, especially TCM, has a different view, and has found a number of herbal remedies and ear massage techniques that have helped those imaginary causes. Those who attend this presentation will see a demonstration of 10 exercises, mostly QiGong, and will be able to try them during the lecture.