What you read in this article may not be what you want or expect to read. However, as one who started his lengthy health and fitness career in the 60’s and working with world class athletes in the 80’s, using both the art of holistic medicine and Shiatsu massage and then entering the field of equine performance with my understanding of health, nutrition, and how to prevent injuries leading to world class performance, I feel I can offer some great information that will make a wonderful difference to both your horse and yourself.
I read the DRUDGE REPORT, which I encourage everyone to do if you really want to be informed rather than entertained by the so-called “News.” Two weeks ago they ran an article about antibiotics that brings to the forefront a statement I have been making for the last 20 years: “Regarding antibiotics, one day our greatest fear will be upon us.” This article outlined that traditional medicine and science are recognizing that we have hit the end of the line of the effectiveness of antibiotics. How did we get there, and what can we do about it?
It is important to understand what antibiotics do. They do not kill viruses, they kill bacteria.
Bacteria are a part of the natural system. Horse and human bodies have bacteria that function to serve the body. Good bacteria work along with the body’s organs to provide the body with a defense to fight off ailments like blisters, colds, and infections. When a sickness or bacterial infection occurs, it happens because harmful bacteria have invaded the body.
We got where we are today with ineffective and dangerous antibiotics because we were looking for a quick and convenient fix. We have as a nation made science our messiah rather than using horse sense. When people get sick, the first response is to take antibiotics. In the process of ridding the body of illness-causing bacteria, antibiotics also kill good bacteria and some illness-causing bacteria ALWAYS survive. When the antibiotic is stopped the good bacteria is at a minimum and the remaining illness bacteria flourish. This is also one of the reasons that when antibiotics are prescribed, the directions are to take the complete dose. Quitting early just makes things even worse. By weakening the immune system, antibiotics make the horse more susceptible to EVERY contagious disease and every kind of infection…humans as well! Bacteria are living organisms and those that survive, multiply. So through years and years of casual antibiotic use, we now have bacteria and what science is calling “super bacteria” that are resistant to antibiotics.
Millions of dollars are spent on drugs that actually WEAKEN the body’s only real defense against illness. The following information on these drugs can be found in the “Physicians’ Desk Reference,” which I suggest getting and can be found at most any book store.
In addition to wiping out bacteria in the body, antibiotics cause serious and even fatal side effects. Among these are chronic and acute nausea, multiple allergies, asthma and other respiratory disorders, hypersensitivity, and anaphylactic shock.
Antibiotics also promote the growth of no susceptible organisms such as viruses and fungus. Penicillin causes super infection, fatal anaphylaxis, indigestion, colic, epigastria, distress, diarrhea, skin eruptions (dermatitis), urticarial and other serum sickness reactions, laryngeral edema and anaphylaxis, fever and eosinophilia, thrombocytopenia neuropathy, cancer, and heart attacks. Some of these may actually occur as much as a year or two after penicillin was administered due to the fact that needed bacteria was destroyed. Again, my suggestion is to purchase a “Physicians’ Desk Reference” and look this up for yourself.
There are Laws of Health we must abide by in order to stay healthy. In its simplest explanation, there has never been a law put into existence which did not have a penalty attached to it when broken. We are seriously violating these heath laws. This is just for starters; society is not faring well either. Because of greed there are a lot of scary new things arriving in our lives of nutrition for horse and human. When I tell you about the problems with drugs, I am not simply suggesting. I have never used drugs with my horses, cats, dogs, or myself. I simply make the FIRST Line of defense the immune system by allowing it to do its job through proper nutrition, exercise, and positive attitudes. By focusing on these things your life will be much better and less costly for both you and your horse. As a person responsible for taking care of others and ourselves, we ought to be duty-bound and do what is best and not just what is convenient or fashionable.
Can you give me something which grows that does not come out of the earth? Virtually all life starts with earth. The human body along with the horses’ contains the exact composition of dirt, in the same proportions to the exact percentage. Earth, oxygen, and H2O, what a concept. This places drugs way down the line in the health picture. Perhaps we need to put it back in its place…drugs should be the last resort. In fact, in other countries, they are. I know of a German nurse who told a client how surprised she was at how health care is approached here in the United States. She said, "We always take the holistic approach first, then resort to drugs and other forms of “Western Medicine” if the holistic path is not working fast enough."
I use Frank Lampley products and have for many years because they really work. As I write this article and many before it, I do not get endorsement fees or commissions from the company, so I am not bringing their products to your attention because I gain anything. I do it so YOU can gain everything. For those few wanting “scientific proof” I would submit to you that 14,000 experimental feedings is all you need. This is Frank’s claim that he has done 14,000 experimental feeding with herbs, minerals, vitamins, and real crushed rocks, for over 130 different illnesses. A case in point is the “Limey” sailor from days of old. Did we really need scientific experiments to tell us we could cure scurvy with ascorbic acid? In my exciting 70 years of living I have never looked to science for my knowledge and never will. If it is not broken, then do not try to fix it. Just maintain it as it was intended. This is only natural.
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In conclusion, while I am a proponent of protecting the body through proper nutrition and a holistic approach and am stanchly against using antibiotics as a quick fix, I will admit that there is a place for drugs when there is nothing else that will work. However, at no time should they be used in place of the obvious things which give us what we need. I understand and know the majority of you reading this article have not used all of the tools of Radiant Dynamic Health. Perhaps 5% of you have. This is why I started my school, helping those other 95% with a week of intensive knowledge gained from my PhD studies in holistic health, my extensive studies of the Eastern art of Shiatsu massage, and from my better than 50 years of being in the field of health and fitness.
Happy Trails Padnas,