By Dr. Sarah Dayon and Dr. Karen Gellman
Holistic veterinary care can be an alternative or a complement to conventional veterinary treatments. Your pet's health can become compromised through diet, stress, environmental toxins, and other lifestyle issues. Just as many of us humans use nutritional supplements, homeopathic remedies, chiropractic, and acupuncture to maintain our optimal health, pets may feel better and live longer with the added help of these alternative approaches.
Beloved Aging Pets, Itchy Dogs and Cats, and Scary Diseases Your Regular Vet Can't Fix
Vets commonly see aging dogs for weak hind legs, stiff backs, incontinence, and lack of energy. Some vets might prescribe pain medications for these problems, raising the dose as needed until the dog has GI upset or uncontrollable pain. But many drug-free treatment options for older animals exist that have fewer side effects and benefit their overall health: chiropractic, acupuncture, and homeopathy, to name a few. Such treatments can alleviate the cause of the pain instead of masking the symptoms, as well as working safely in conjunction with lower doses of conventional pain relievers where needed. If your old dog has difficulty rising, can't climb stairs anymore, can't jump onto the couch or into your car, it may have a postural abnormality that can easily be helped with manual therapy and a therapeutic toenail trim.
By Sadie Hays, L.Ac., MSOM,
Co-Owner, Ithaca Community Acupuncture, P.C.
The Year of the Co-op, 2012, was noteworthy here in Ithaca especially because of the flourishing life of cooperatives in our community. We've got the usual co-op suspects — food stores, housing, bookstores. But 2012 was also a remarkable year for a different co-op: People's Organization of Community Acupuncture (POCA), based in Portland, Oregon. A survey of POCA member clinics showed that community acupuncture clinics provided 753,428 treatments in 2012. Considering that, in 2007, 3.1 million people received acupuncture, the fact that over three-quarter of a million treatments in 2012 were performed in community acupuncture clinics alone shows the power of this movement.
Community acupuncture differs from a typical acupuncture experience in certain ways, but is similar in most respects. In any setting, acupuncture is performed on points located along the fourteen meridians from head to toe; the needles are retained for 30-60 minutes, during which a person rests and maybe even dozes off; and then the needles are removed.
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By Joe Romano,
You know, if I listened to Michael Dukakis long enough, I would be convinced we're in an economic downturn and people are homeless and going without food and medical attention and that we've got to do something about the unemployed.
— Ronald Reagan
Recently, we have seen regimes ta...