Dr. Odette’s Holistic Tip of the Month
I hope you've all enjoyed summer with your animals. For me it's just flying by far too rapidly, but it has 'born fruit' to my very new and - if I may say so myself - fabulous new practice name:
PEAK ANIMAL HEALTH CENTER
... as in peak health - the best possible health!
This month I’ve met several people who just added a new furry friend to their family. Below are some tips on making the transition as smooth and health promoting as possible.
As usual, I’m continuing to educate anyone interested on the crucially important subject of health with the goal of eliminating suffering (see side bar). A big goal – sure – but all together we will change the world!
For those who are looking for an MD who approaches healing the way I do, you'll find an article by Dr. Laurie Goldman below.
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This month's FREE LECTURES:
- Secrets to Longevity
- The True Cause of Weight Gain - Weight, Hormones and Health
New Puppy -
What you should and shouldn't do!
Congratulations if you just added a new member to your family!! No matter whether they are young or old, here's what you can do to help them adjust to a new life with you.
The first thing to understand is that as much joy as you feel to have a new bundle of love in your life, this is a very stressful time for your new furry friend. Its whole life has just been turned upside down!
Your puppy just lost everything familiar - mom, siblings, care takers, and its home/den.
It has been thrown into a completely different environment with everything completely changed. Just imagine what that must feel like! Even though they make their way through this transition with lots of tail wags, it is accompanied by a lot of stress, emotions and challenges adjusting to a new routine.
Adding to the stress, they are often vaccinated right before they come to you and their diet is changed radically to what ever you're now serving your puppy.
Further more, your puppy's maternal immunity (the immune protection they received from mom) is at its lowest point between 9 and 14 weeks of age, which leaves them much more vulnerable to infections.
This level of change creates a tremendous amount of stress resulting in a compromised immune system. To begin with, the puppy's defenses aren't fully developed until they're 6 months old, but they're also diminished from vaccines and all the other changes occurring. As a result they are much more susceptible to picking any of the bugs floating around and getting sick.
All of these circumstances coming together create the perfect conditions for getting sick.
What can you do to help your puppy's transition?
- Keep your puppy at home in a contained environment that created boundaries like a den with its immediate surrounding would. This will help them feel safe and will allow them to get used to their new home. I know that you desperately want to show off your new baby, but please resist the urge or have people come to you.
- Avoid places of high in pathogenic organisms: dog parks, pet stores, boarding and day care facilities and veterinary clinics (that is, unless your puppy is sick).
- Ask the breeder if you can have some of the food they were feeding your puppy or purchase the same they used. This will at least not cause too much changes in the gut, which is the system most heavily represented by the immune system. Changing diet to a species appropriate diet a couple of weeks down the road will help their bodies grow stronger and more resistant to disease.
- Provide some form of probiotics to your puppy. This can be raw fermented goat's milk, green tripe, or any powdered probiotics you can find at the pet store.
- When the time comes that you vaccinate your puppy, and you decide to continue with the immunizations, make sure it only receives the vaccines necessary. If you're interested in Dr. Dodds' Minimal Vaccine Protocol email me at email@example.com.
I don't know how long a puppy's immune system is suppressed going through such a huge transition, but the literature indicates that simply vaccinating a puppy will diminish it's natural disease fighting capabilities for 3-10 days. Usually I recommend to not expose an animal to stress 3 weeks before and after vaccination.
If you already have a furry companion as part of your family, please make sure that their needs aren't overlooked. This is stressful for them as well and they may not be as happy as you to have a puppy all over them. If they don't warm up to the new family member right away, be understanding and compassionate. What I mostly see is that they weren't asked if they were okay with you bringing in a new dog and may express that in different ways. If you include them in the welcoming and training of the new puppy, things could go more smoothly.
What is Functional Medicine and why is it different?
By Dr. Laurie Goldman, MD
You may start hearing the term Functional Medicine. Some people call in Lifestyle Medicine. You may not have heard it at all. I did not hear of it until several years ago.
Going into medicine was a natural choice for me. I have vivid childhood memories of visiting both of my grandmothers in the hospital. My father was busy working at his neighborhood pharmacy supporting all of us and my mother was left to attend to both my grandmothers. Unfortunately, they were in the hospital at the same time and since I was the youngest and not old enough to be left alone I tagged along with my mother. (I never met my grandfathers because they passed before I was born.) Not much was explained to me and I remember being overwhelmed with feelings and questions. Looking back I am sure my mother was overwhelmed herself and not able to address my feelings and questions.
When the time came to choose a career path medicine was the obvious answer. Learning science was easy for me. My father was a pharmacist. And, of course, the vivid childhood memories of my grandmothers’ illnesses and hospitalizations. It was as if they happened the day before. So when I went to medical school I wanted to focus on the person, as if they were one of my grandmothers, and the family, like my mother and me. However, medical school was focused on teaching the enormous amount of relevant science and the approach to the individual seemed to be missing. The focus was pathology or health, disease or not. I was taught to find out what was wrong with the patient and fix it. Find the pathology and treat it. But I was thinking of my grandmothers, mother and myself and thought it was best to focus first on the person and then what was wrong. How did the illness affect the person, their life and their family? When they got better how could more illness be prevented? How can their family prevent similar illnesses from occurring? As I developed into a physician I focused on the doctor patient partnership. I encouraged my patients to take an active role in their treatment. Intuitively, I have always practiced a person centered approach keeping in mind not only pathology but health and prevention.
Several years ago, a professional colleague told me about a conference she recently attended. She was quite enamored by what she learned that weekend and encouraged me to investigate Functional Medicine. The term Functional Medicine had absolutely no meaning to me at that time. I had been a medical doctor for over two decades and considered myself well informed. A few days later I did look for information about functional medicine and found the website of the Institute of Functional Medicine. The website explained that Functional Medicine looks at disease on a continuum with health. Further, FM described looking upstream for causes and contributions to the development of disease. As well as, embracing the most recent scientific advances including the most individualized science of genetics while fostering a partnership between doctor and patient. As I read I knew I already had been practicing the fundamentals of FM.
(Insert: Odette Suter DVM copied from Institute for Functional Medicine) "Functional medicine addresses the underlying causes of disease, using a systems-oriented approach and engaging both patient and practitioner in a therapeutic partnership. It is an evolution in the practice of medicine that better addresses the healthcare needs of the 21st century. By shifting the traditional disease-centered focus of medical practice to a more patient-centered approach, functional medicine addresses the whole person, not just an isolated set of symptoms. Functional medicine practitioners spend time with their patients, listening to their histories and looking at the interactions among genetic, environmental, and lifestyle factors that can influence long-term health and complex, chronic disease. In this way, functional medicine supports the unique expression of health and vitality for each individual."
- (See more at: https://www.functionalmedicine.org/about/whatisfm/#sthash.GVuk2x9k.dpuf)
I attended the next foundational conference that the Institute offered. Despite being quite overwhelmed by the sheer outrageous quantity of science presented during that course I knew I began on a journey in which I could not turn back. Since that course I have attended many more advanced practice conferences. While I am no longer overwhelmed I continue to remain in awe.
Functional Medicine is a much needed paradigm shift to deal with the chronicity of diseases that plague our society today.
Our current healthcare system tries to address diseases in an acute care model despite whether or not it is an acute or chronic disease. However, 90% of the illnesses that plague us are in fact chronic diseases. Diseases like diabetes, obesity, hypertension, thyroid dysfunction, cancer, depression, arthritis, and heart disease are chronic and on the rise. The good news is that a whopping 95% of a chronic disease is due to lifestyle choices. Lifestyle choices including diet, exercise, sleep and stress. In addition, environmental toxins and drugs also have a profound impact on these diseases.
The bad news is that means we are each responsible for 95% of our disease. But, if we alter our lifestyle choices and limit our toxin exposures, we can change and improve our own health! There is something each one of us can do to improve our own health after all. We don’t have to be overwhelmed and helpless like my mother and me with my grandmothers.
I think that is why I went to medical school after all. I wanted to be empowered and empower others to change and take care of their own health!
For more information on Dr. Laurie Goldman visit: http://lauriegoldmanmd.com/
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Odette Suter, DVM