The more I read, the more I am deciding it is in our best interests to go the whole way, and return to a purely holistic approach - human family included.
Farming your own herbs, bringing up healthy livestock, sticking to the organic whole foods, naturally raised products, whatever it may be. Only the goodness of the earth. All while the product is raised organic - green is good.
"if it ain't broke, don't fix it" but this does go both ways. The way things are now, it ain't broke. Yet, the way things were, they weren't broke, either.
The tricky one I am contemplating are the vaccines. Obviously you cannot give injections if you are boasting "100% holistic"
Rabies comes to mind. I have yet to read up on a holistic cure to it.
Distemper and parvo have these herbal cures, but still do worry me.
My dog has the gauntlet of shots, as I did not know anything when I did get him, vet convinced me and also put a pretty "discount" (yeah right) on everything if I packaged. Going forward, I will not be injecting him with anything - rabies included.
Looking back on his vac record, I am not surprised that I was talked into it, these are all worrisome issues. Besides, he had not come from a breeder, so his origins were unknown, it was probably in the best of all interests.
CV - Lyme vaccine (annual)
CV - Bordetella - Intranasal
CV - Leptospirosis Vaccine (annual)
Rabies Vaccine 1 year K9
CV - Distemper, Hep., Para., Parvo 1Y
After ditching vaccines, what remains? Currently all I do give are the HW and pest preventatives. Once they are finished, I want to ditch the HW preventatives, as well as the lice/flea/tick/mosq chemicals, my faith resides in that with proper holistic preventative, they can be overcome.
So is this too much to ask for? I can only think of our predecessors that had none of present day medicine available. They seemed to do just fine, but those times are long gone. Certainly, these viruses, diseases, and parasites have come a long way and evolved past their normal states, and come back with a vengeance. But they have evolved to overcome lab solutions, never the holistic approach. So why not return to what was not broken to begin with?