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PROMOTIN G NATURAL HEALTH. Using Dr. Andrew Weil’s Eight Weeks to Optimum Health as a guide, four veterinary students have been studied using his three dimensional approach to healing, health and well-being. Two of the women were controls and two were test subjects. Hypothesis.

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Using Dr. Andrew Weil’s Eight Weeks to Optimum Health as a guide, four veterinary students have been studied using his three dimensional approach to healing, health and well-being. Two of the women were controls and two were test subjects.
hypothesis
Hypothesis
  • Integration of the mental, physical, spiritual components must be addressed when formulating nutritional standards and behaviors for maximum health. If any one of these three facets are ignored; stress, disease and ill health may result.
research and design adjust the lifestyle of test subjects
Research and DesignAdjust the lifestyle of test subjects
  • PHYSICAL WELL-BEING:
    • Diet: use fish, vegetables herbs, natural supplements
    • Exercise: daily walks to stimulate metabolism,  cardiac output, relieve stress
  • MENTAL WELL-BEING:
    • daily meditation for 5-10 minutes
    • Breathing exercises
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Research and Design (cont.)
  • SPIRITUAL WELL-BEING
    • Meditation: conscious/unconscious access of mind-body-spirit integration
    • Breathing:
      • To invoke relaxation
      • Oxygenate the body
      • Physical/biological release of healing chemicals/molecules
    • Mindfulness: physical awareness of spiritual connection
    • Gratitude Journal:
      • daily physical act of connecting with abundance to invoke a mental/spiritual sense of positivity
      • Stimulate the parasympathetic response
results
Results
  • CBC/serum-chem profiles to prove a clinical response
    • DHEA
    • Cortisol
    • Cholesterol [HDL, LDL]
    • Psych-evaluations
results cont
Results (cont.)
  • Clinical response - meaning
    • The women responded w/a heightened sense of awareness to physical, mental/emotional & spiritual nourishment.
    • That we are multi-dimensional in our requirements for health & well-being - if we don't address these in ourselves and our animal families - illness results due to stress and complicated, fast-paced lifestyles.
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YES!

Its easy to provide means for animals to enhance their physical, mental and emotional well-being.

physical well being
Physical Well-Being
  • Diet: There are many natural alternatives to commercial pet foods which provide well balanced and adequate nutrition.
    • One of these alternatives is the biologically agreeable raw food (BARF) diet.
    • Basis: undomesticated dogs eat raw foods
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BARF
  • Tamra’s experiences with the diet (professional breeder/handler for over 15 years w/many finished champions; & top winning cockers in breed history)
    • What she includes in her dogs’ diets
    • Benefits she has seen
    • www.geocities.com/tamrascockers/
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BARF
  • Many recipes and variations can be made to confer with a pet’s individual needs.
    • Meat type, allergies, overweight animals
  • Not for every pet owner
    • Need education of your pets nutritional needs to avoid diet deficiencies
    • Takes time
    • Informational site: www.njboxers.com/faqs.htm
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Physical Well-Being
  • Exercise:This important to extend animals’ lives and expend energy. Owners must envoke their pets to excercise.
exercise cont
Exercise (cont.)
  • Dogs can receive adequate exercise from many activities ranging from hunting and agility to games of fetch and daily walks.
  • Compromised patients with leg or back injuries can swim for a form of exercise.
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Exercise (cont.)
  • Cats get exercise from being let outdoors, batting strings, chasing objects, and even scratching their claws.
  • Exotic and pocket pets are provided exercise with letting them out of cages, hamster wheels, flying, and many reptiles love to swim.
mental well being
Mental Well-Being
  • Environmental enrichment for stimulation
    • Provide play which

mimics natural

stimulations

      • Indoor cats
      • Working dogs
    • Include pets in our

activities

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Mental Well-Being
  • Rest
    • Requires a quiet, comfortable, secure place
    • Some animals over-do-it
emotional well being
Emotional Well-Being
  • The animal's ability for unconditional love
    • Man’s best friend
    • Other animal companions
  • Their need for our company
    • Separation anxiety
      • Destructive and inappropriate behavior
spiritual well being cont
Spiritual well-being (cont.)
  • Animals react to a sense of being loved and liked in the same way that people do
    • Flourish in the presence of love
  • Spiritual absence or losses result in behavioral, emotional and physical problems
bandy s story
Bandy’s story
  • Presented with skin lesions of 6 month duration.
  • Dog has also become irritable
  • Major household changes?
conclusion
Conclusion
  • Combining these parameters into our own lives can help to reduce the effects of stress our careers provide and allowing increased happiness and health we can focus to benefit our patients.
  • If these same parameters are applied directly to our patients will promote an underlying naturally healthy animal who will heal bettter in response to our medical treatments.
the end
The End

Questions?

references
References
  • Pitcairn, Richard H., The Natural Health for Dogs and Cats. St. Martin’s Press. 1995.