Health

Holistic Veterinary Care Focuses on Pet Wellness

By Dr. Karen Gellman
Most pet owners love their vets, especially ones who have helped them throughout the lives of their beloved animals.  But, wow — how a trip to the vet has changed in the past twenty years!  Modern veterinary medicine is following the same path as human medicine — innovative drugs, high-tech imaging and testing, genetic research, etc. Many of these advances are consumer driven.  If owners know that a person can be helped by a particular treatment, they want it for their animal.  Top veterinary clinics are now performing organ transplants, chemotherapy — all the amazing things you find in human hospitals.

Interestingly, though, recent human health care research is showing that many high-tech medical practices are not only less cost-effective, but have less successful outcomes than practices that use fewer tests, but emphasize better communication between doctors, and focus on the whole patient, rather than the test results.  In conventional medicine, we have become slaves to statistics — treatments and prognoses are determined by published infection rates or survival percentages.  This is intended to give a greater precision in predicting health outcomes.  But if your own dog is diagnosed with cancer, what is more important — how correct your vet is on his survival time or maximizing his health so that his cancer can be a condition, not a death sentence?

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Eating Tips for a Safer and More Active Summer

By Aaron Lambert

When you’re out biking, hiking, gardening or doing other outdoor activities, wouldn’t you like to feel your best? Wouldn’t it be nice to be full of vitality day after day, no matter how much energy you expend during the summer months? Wouldn’t it be great to have a dynamic body that is  more resistant to fatigue, cramping and dehydration? Is it even possible to reach these goals, especially if you are currently not in the best shape of your life?

 It is definitely possible for you, your kids, family members and anyone else you know to create and maintain a body that has the “get up and go” to allow full enjoyment of summer activities. The catch, though, is that you will have to work at it. The goal is to develop eating habits that provide your body with nutrient-dense foods that furnish the genuine replacement parts, in the form of minerals, nutrients and vitamins, needed for the body to achieve and maintain excellent health. Below are some of the habits and foods that we recommend specifically for those who plan on being active outdoors.

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  • By Kristie Snyder,
    GreenLeaf Editor

    When Pam Wooster’s daughter came home from school and asked her if she knew that the kids used disposable styrofoam lunch trays, she was appalled. She knew that after their 20-minute useful lifespan was over they would just end up in the trash, so she decided to take action. Two years later, the Ithaca City School District’s (ICSD) Food Service Program has switched to compostable trays and reduced its trash by 73 percent.

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