For those who received my newletter last month, you'll notice that I've added some recipes as well as sources for well-being for humans (see Community Partners).
I frequently get asked for referrals for human health care providers who do what I do for animals and thought I'd share with you who I like and trust to give you the best care possible.
Dr. Odette’s Holistic Tip of the Month
The Magic of Mushrooms
A while back I had a wonderful opportunity to hear about the power of mushrooms. Let me tell you - I was blown away by what I heard (and no, I wasn't high ;). Fungi may very well be saving this planet and reverse the damage done by humans. They can clean oil spills by breaking down oil. They can even decompose Styrofoam and destroy many environmental toxins. They are nature's recycling system, that can be used as alternative fuel and of course they help heal our bodies!
I use mushroom powder (mycelia) in my garden to help my veggies grow strong and nutritious. My body too enjoys their benefits of balancing my immune system and body over all.
- Shiitake given to mice with tumors created complete tumor regression. It also has antiviral, antibacterial and anti-fungal properties. Balancing blood glucose levels, lowering cholesterol, and protecting the liver are other benefits of Shiitake.
- Reishi shows promise for helping to reduce obesity by modulating gut bacteria. I also use it to support the immune system in animals with allergies.
Amazing - isn't it?
What I like about mushrooms is that they are very well tolerated, they don't have much taste, which is good when it comes to our picky friends, and they support the immune system without over-stimulating it.
- Immune Health
Immune system support.
Digestive enzymes, pre-biotics, and dietary fiber support.
- Respiratory and Cardiovascular Health
Promote circulation and oxygen production.
Compounds that support the liver
- Joint Health
Glucosamine and essential fatty acids
- Nutritional Health
Contain Vitamin D, B6, and B12, chelated minerals, and amino acids.
- Skin and Coat
Biotin and other nutrients
Let’s talk about MUSHROOMS and
how they can EXTEND YOUR
Fridays 3 - 5 pm, Page's Healthy Paws, Wauconda
Rehabilitating Mushroom Broth (Ihor Basko, DVM)
- 1/3 cup of dried mushrooms (shiitake) soaked in 1 cup of water over night (save the soaking water too)
- 1 cup of beef soup bone
- 1/2 cup chicken hearts and gizzards
- 1/2 teaspoon sea salt or 1 tsp Konbu seaweed
- 1/3 cup celery
- 1/3 cup parsley
- 1 teaspoon miso
- 3 cups of water
- Put water, celery, parsley, soup bone, salt (or konbu), and mushrooms into a pot.
- Bring to a boil and let simmer for 45 minutes.
- Remove bones, vegetables, and mushrooms.
- Remove chicken hearts and gizzards and save for other meals.
- Add miso, and the soaking water from the dried mushrooms, and stir well.
- Strain excess debris to make a clear broth.
Administer the broth (using a syringe) every 1 to 3 hours, give 1 cc per pound of body weight, 4 to 6 times a day if not eating. If your pet is eating, mix the broth with food and give 1 to 3 teaspoons (for small dogs and cats) with each meal.
Medicinal Catnip Mushroom Butter (Ihor Basko, DVM)
This is a good way of administering medicinal or culinary mushrooms to a cat.
- 1/4 ounce (1/3 cup) dried mushrooms (shiitake, maitake, porcini or combo)
- 1 teaspoon minced (fresh if possible) catnip leaves
- 1 tablespoon of nutritional yeast
- 1/2 cup of organic chicken or beef broth (no onions!)
- 1/2 cup organic butter or ghee, softened
- Heat the broth to “hot” and pour onto mushrooms sitting in a glass bowl (let soak for 2 hours).
- Put the mushrooms and broth into a blender and blenderize.
- Pour contents into a sauce pan, add catnip, and heat.
- Cook on “simmer” until half of the water is reduced (approximately).
- Remove from heat and let stand until the liquid mushroom mix is just “warm.”
- Pour back into the blender or mixer and add the nutritional yeast, softened butter and blenderize well again.
- Pour into a wide mouth glass jar for storage in the refrigerator.
Dose as a tonic: Give 1/4 teaspoon per 5 lbs of body weight, twice daily.
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Odette Suter, DVM