Current news has inundated us with information on the current debt crisis and the varying viewpoints on how to balance the nations budget. As intelligent human beings we understand that the budget must be balanced in order to create a healthy environment for future generations to flourish.
In nature there are numerous examples of symmetry and balance among organisms. We take it for granted that butterflies have two wings that are perfectly balanced in size, color and texture, making flight seem effortless. Birds instinctually migrate in symmetrical. balanced flocks, when they travel south for the winter.
Today, this symmetry has been scientifically proven to be inherently attractive to the human eye. In scientific studies babies spend more time staring at pictures of symmetric individuals than do at photos of asymmetric ones. The rationale behind symmetry preference in both humans and animals is that symmetric individuals have a higher mate-value; scientists believe that this symmetry is equated with a strong immune system. Thus, beauty is indicative of more robust genes, improving the likelihood that an individual’s offspring will survive. This evolutionary theory is supported by research showing that standards of attractiveness are similar across cultures.
I am often asked to describe how Integrative medicine, which combine natural therapies and modern medicine, work to heal an individual. The simplest answer is “by creating balance and symmetry in the body”.
Our Ecosystem needs to have a delicate balance in order to have all living creatures thrive. This Summer could bring an unprecedented spike in Lyme disease, according to the Cary institute of Ecosystem studies. The prevalence of Lyme disease is directly related to the acorn crop. Acorns are an important food source for the white footed mouse, a popular target of the ticks that carry the lyme disease bacterium. The Study suggests that a recent lack of acorns will cause the mouse population to plummet, leaving more black-legged ticks to bite humans. Up to 90 percent of Lyme infections go unreported but the national record for confirmed cases was set in 2009, That number could rise by 20 percent in 2012., due to imbalance in the food chain.
A common condition we treat with Integrative Medicine is hind leg weakness, and low endurance in older animals. All of these animals have an imbalance that causes the symptoms of arthritis in the back and legs. The underlying problem is not only arthritis, but also, the primary problem of the bodies’ imbalance.
Last week I saw a 10 year old, stiff , weak, Border Collie, named “Charlie”. All the routine diagnostics tests (Blood, urine, X-ray) we preformed came back within normal limits. By evaluating this patient from a natural medicine approach we were able to understand, and treat an imbalance called “Deficient Heat”.
The best way to understand this natural imbalance is to think of a car without enough, coolant fluid in the engine. If you drove the vehicle on a warm day, the car would inevitably overheat, due to “deficient fluid” in the engine. A pet with “Deficient heat” is similar, to a car that overheats, it runs hot. Pets with “deficient heat” seek out cool places; pant excessively, have a bright red tongue, stiff painful joints, and exercise intolerance. Pets with the imbalance of “Deficient Heat” respond to cooling herbs and food that have cooling properties, to correct their imbalance. As always the natural therapies are, in addition to, not instead of, main stream medication, such as anti-inflammatory.
Natural medicine is not a “cure all” but in the case of this Border Collie, “Charlie” allowed him to have increased strength, mobility, and vigor.
Andrew Frishman DVM
Progressive Animal Hospita