well - it has been unusually hot which is a physiological stressor , so allergies coming to the surface indicate a sub par immune system . This morning I was clearing / editing some of the hundreds of magazines that I have kept for one reason or another. One of these happened to be an issue of "Animal Wellness" spring of 2010. There was an article by Dr Martin Goldstein which stated -- if antibiotics are used short term, and probiotics are used to help replenish proper intestinal integrity , there shouldn't be much in the way of long term side effects. But first trying alternatives instead of antibiotics is a wise choice." He recommends a good fish oil supplement. much further in this article he recommended a selenium sulphide shampoo --. I've recommended probiotics, fish oil and "this" shampoo many times before on the forum. What is the shampoo --- commercially , Head and Shoulders, preferred Selsun Blue extra strong which knocks out fungal problems and all quell the inflammation. Safe , non toxic . For organic , safe shampoos I also like Animal Sense shampoo -- as a courtesy I give a quick shampoo and towel off before a pup goes home with his new family. Animal Sense Pet Products Inc
Same magazine, another alternative vet and author Dr Messonier states that corticosteroids and antihistamines may be necessary to decrease itching - but the longer they are used the greater the risk of side effects, including decreased lifespan .
In most cases he says , the secondary skin infections can be treated by shampoo and organic herbal shampoo. Dietary elp includes antioxidants , omega 3 fatty acids , herbs , and sulfur . Another article basically repeated the mantra, good clean water, good clean food, use titer testing - reduce vaccinations, use of vitamins, minerals, antioxidants , omega 3 oils , probiotics . This article went on to look at AHCC , Active Hexose Correlated Compound -- from fermented hybridized mushrooms, subject of over 30 peer reviewed journals describing research in both animals and humans. The studies showed that AHCC supported NK function . Without getting too deep or too complicated NK cells bind to the 'non-self' enemy cells and chemically rupture them . I was involved with a vet directed case involving a 10 year old Weimeraner who had a clinically proven nasal cancerous tumour. This person opted out of traditional chemotherapy out of consideration of the dogs advanced age . She used a local holistic vet that I know . With "mushrooms" and two of my supplements --- this dog discharged this tumourous blob from his nostril - which was sent to the lab . The lab reported "nasal adenocarninoma, well differentiated" .
How's that for the power and effectiveness of nutrition.
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