Clinical nutrition means that we use food as medicine. Nutritional disease is more common than we realize. One reason is that we have been feeding our animals processed (packaged) foods for the past several generations. Commercial diets (and some homemade diets) are almost always deficient and/or imbalanced and/or contain toxins. Food sensitivities (which can result in vomiting, diarrhea, weight loss, itching, etc.) are on the rise. Increasing exposure to genetically modified organisms in our food is one reason for this "new disease". In addition, environmental toxins (air, water and food pollution) are a significant contributor to disease in both people and animals (see below). We also use nutrition as the primary therapy in the treatment of infections, musculo-skeletal problems, hormonal diseases, digestive problems, skin disease and other common diseases.
How does it work?
The first step in the process is to find a biologically appropriate diet that will help build and maintain health. We will recommend a variety of clean commercial and home-made foods made from whole, unprocessed foods. There is no single recipe or diet that is "complete and balanced". This is only achieved through the use of a variety of foods. Step two is to design an individualized supplement program that will support the immune system, organs and detox pathways so that natural healing can occur. The nutritional supplements are all made from organ meats and whole organic herbs and foods that supply what the body needs at this moment in order to come into balance and heal.
We are able to specifically tailor the nutritional supplement program using a very systematic method of applied kinesiology that we call Energy Resonance Testing. Our homeopathically potentized test kits allow us to determine what is causing stress in the animal (chemicals, metals, GMO's, food sensitivities, radiation exposure, infectious organisms, etc.). We then test for the supplements that will best alleviate the stress and help restore function. Please see our Clinical Nutrition page and read the Case Reports for more information. For optimal results, we can use homeopathic remedies to strengthen the vital force and address underlying constitutional weakness (whether it is inherited or acquired).
We now offer anesthesia-free dental clinics on the third Monday of each month. An exam is performed first, in order to determine if your animal is a candidate for anesthesia-free dental cleaning. If there are cracks, cavities, infections or other problems we will refer you back to your general practitioner for dental surgery. If there are no problems, a trained dental technician will do complete teeth scaling (with an ultrasonic scalar or by-hand), including subgingival scaling. He will also polish the teeth. For more information about this service, call us (538-4643) or take a look at the website for Animal Dental Care: www.animaldentalcare.info
We now offer cold laser therapy sessions (as of Sept 9, 2022). Cold laser is being used to treat arthritis, sprains and strains, disk disease, degenerative myelopathy, torn cruciate ligaments (knee), fractures, skin wounds, ear inflammation, etc. It can also be used after surgeries (including dental surgery) to speed healing. Sessions usually take about 20 minutes and are scheduled on Fridays. Call the office and speak to Alexa. Please copy and paste the youtube link to see how Laser Therapy works: www.youtube.com/watch?v=Sn0e28bCOJY
Homeopathy is a 200-year-old system of medicine based on the principal that “like cures like” (homeo = same, pathos = illness). This means that a medicine that can induce particular symptoms in a healthy person can be used to treat those same symptoms in a sick person or animal. The medicines, called remedies, are made from natural substances (plants, minerals, animal products) and potentized (made powerful) to impact the vital force energetically. The remedies strengthen and re-balance the life force so that symptoms can resolve naturally. Thus, our goal is cure rather than temporary palliation or suppression. Even in animals with advanced or incurable disease, homeopathy can improve the quality of life. For more information see the Homeopathy page read our Case Reports.
We offer homeopathy, clinical nutrition, cold laser therapy and health care consultations
for cats, dogs and horses.
We also offer anesthesia-free dental care for cats and dogs (see below).
Stephanie Chalmers, DVM, DACVD, CVH
4918A Sonoma Hwy. - Santa Rosa, Ca 95409
Phone: (707) 538-4643 - Fax: (707) 538-4649
Office hours: 9:00AM - 5:00PM Monday-Thursday
9:00 - 1:00 on Fridays
Environmental disease was estimated to contribute to 85% of human disease (WHO, 2006). Animals are exposed to the same toxins in our air, water and food. So treatment of disease must incorporate an understanding of the role that these toxins play. Much of what we do here is to help educate people about how to identify these toxins so that we can reduce our exposure. The other part of managing environmental toxins is supporting natural detox systems and in repairing the damage.
We offer this website as a resource for those who are motivated to learn about holistic health care and want to live more consciously on the planet. You will find information throughout the website. For those who want help in developing a health care plan for their animal companions, we offer individual health care consults so you can ask questions about diet, heartworm prevention, vaccines, flea & tick control, neutering, etc. See below for periodic updates on current issues and research.
We provide treatment for dogs, cats and horses. See details below and on the New Client page.
BACTERIAL TOXINS IN FOOD: We have been finding a bacterial toxin called colibactin (produced by E. coli and other bacteria) in some of the leafy green vegetables (yes, even the organic ones). This toxin is linked to colon cancer in people. Testing can detect this toxin in people and animals and there is an enzyme that will remove it. Another bacterial toxin, called Cytolethal Distending Toxin (CDT) is being found in both cooked and raw chicken and turkey (pet food & human foods). We are seeing the effects of this toxin in our patients with IBD. I recommend that you purchase only the chicken and turkey products on my food list.
WATER, MINERALS and DEHYDRATION: If you are using a Reverse Osmosis filter or DI water please be aware that while these systems are great at removing most toxins, but they also remove minerals so you are drinking mineral depleted water. You can correct for this is to add Redmond salt or other source of trace minerals to the filtered water. To increase water penetration into your tissues, add 5 berries (blackberries, blueberries, etc) or a small amount lemon juice to your water. This is especially important during the hot summer months. Older animals can have trouble staying hydrated in the summer. Signs of dehydration include a scruffy coat, dry gums, decreased appetite, decreased urine production, sore muscles, decreased energy, recurrent bladder infections, etc. If you are using the water filter systems we have recommended (Doulton IP300 or the Doulton countertop filter) the minerals are still present but you may still be mineral deficient because of chemicals like Round-up. For more information about how to stay hydrated, I recommend a book entitled, Quench, by Dana Cohen, MD & Gina Bria
If you live in or go hiking in rattlesnake territory, consider carrying a homeopathic rattlesnake kit with you. We found one on-line (thedogbreederstore.com) that contains 4 of the most commonly needed remedies (with instructions). I suggest you add Ledum palustre and Hypericum. You can administer the remedies on the way to the hospital. The anti-venin may or may not be needed at that point.
Diet-related Dilated Cardiomyopathy in dogs: The recent reports of this problem in dogs has been linked to "grain-free" diets. The current research data reveals that almost all of the implicated diets were kibbles that contain peas, lentils or potatoes (instead of grain) as a replacement for animal protein. Toxins are suspected (most likely a combination of toxins including Round-up), but it may also be due to low carnitine, an amino acid essential for the canine heart. The problem is not the result of a lack of grains (which dogs don't require and which play a role in cardiovascular disease when fed in excess). The best defense against dietary deficiencies or excess and against the accumulation of toxins, is variety. Feed at least 2 or 3 different foods each week and avoid kibble - it is toxic for a number of reasons. We use whole foods and herbs to help support natural detox in our patients. And it would be wise to avoid excessive us of peas, lentils and potatoes.
Alternatives to Round-up: When they learn how toxic this chemical is, people naturally ask about alternatives. Some of our clients borrow goats periodically and claim that they do a great job in clearing out the weeds. Another option (if you don't feel like pulling them out by hand) is to spray 30% vinegar directly on the weeds. It can take 2 applications to kill them. We found 30% vinegar on Amazon.com
Arsenic poisoning: We diagnosed arsenic toxicity in 3 families of cats. The surprising source was the colored cat toys. I suspect that the dyes contain arsenic. Since dogs and cats don't need colored toys to have fun I recommend purchasing un-dyed toys, organic if possible. We found some great toys at www.Purrfectplay.com If you find other clean toys please let us know so we can share the information.
Chem Trails: Some people have asked about chem trails and the toxins (primarily aluminum) that are being released into the atmosphere from airplanes. I am not expert in this area so I refer you to an excellent documentary: The Dimming, Exposing the global climate engineering cover-up. Aluminum is one of the heavy metals in our test kit so we are able to detect aluminum toxicity in our patients but so far I am not detecting obvious toxicity.
COVID: This is a treatable disease. Homeopathy, Traditional Chinese Medicine, herbs and even conventional medications are being used successfully to prevent and treat this disease. If you have symptoms of COVID-19, it is important to get treatment right away (within 5 days), preferably from a holistic practitioner. However, increasing numbers of mainstream practitioners have also developed successful treatment protocols: americasfrontlinedoctors.org or The Wellness Company (twc.health). Many of these practitioners (holistic and mainstream) also have preventative protocols.
One of the differences between the mainstream approach to viral disease and the holistic approach, is the perspective about disease. The mainstream perspective is that disease is caused by the organism "out there"; this is the "germ theory" perspective. With this theory, everyone is equally susceptible to the virus and so your risk depends on the characteristics of the virus itself. The strategy is to avoid contact with the virus and to vaccinate. But as the former director of the CDC stated, the reason that COVID-19 cases are so high in the U.S. is that we have so many people with "predisposing causes". This is the "terrain theory" and if you look into your life you recognize the truth of this. People and animals develop symptoms of "infectious disease" because the internal environment (the terrain) is weak and unhealthy. We are first made "sick" by the toxins in our food, water, air, medications, vaccines and by increasing exposure to non-native radiation. These toxins damage the internal terrain, resulting in weakened immunity, organ damage, mineral deficiency, cancer, etc. Consistently, we find that people and animals with infections, have low immune counts as a direct result of exposure to Round-up, Atrazine, 2,4-D choline, GMO Promoter and other chemicals. Non-native radiation (from Smart gadgets, cell towers, power lines, electricity, radio waves, etc) also compromises the immune response to infection. We know that T-cells (Killer cells) are the primary defense against viruses; T-cell counts are consistently low in those who become ill. The organism can only gain entry if the host terrain is unhealthy. Thus, the holistic approach is to strengthen the immune system and the vitality of the host. Clean food and water, minimizing exposure to non-native radiation (wireless, etc), adequate sunlight (vitamin D), air filters, detox support and holistic therapies are key preventative measures. A healthy host does not support infection. If your body is unhealthy, you can protect yourself using the same precautions you would use for any virus; healthy habits, avoid crowded indoor events, and seek healthcare to improve health.
Vaccine injuries: Data collected by the CDC indicates that there have been more than 117 million reports of vaccine reactions. Symptoms can appear weeks to months after the vaccine. If you have been injured by a vaccine and need help in reporting it go to: injuredbycovidvaccine.com Contact a holistic practitioner for treatment.
If you are confused by the ever-changing, unsupported assertions that you hear from public officials and corporate media, check out the following independent sources: www.peakprosperity.com and thehighwire.com You will find videos and audio recordings with info on published studies and reports, data from the CDC, concerns about the efficacy and safety of the vaccines, information about the probable origin of the virus and interviews with prominent vaccinologists, virologists, scientists & medical practitioners. Dr. Martenson (peakprosperity.com) provides a very balanced, thoughtful evaluation of the data re Delta variant, statistics on case numbers, adverse vaccine reactions, etc. Del Bigtree (thehighwire) is an investigative journalist and he uses a team of experts to analyze the current data re the virus and the vaccine. For information about the politics of the pandemic, I recommend the Amazon best seller, The Real Anthony Fauci: Bill Gates, Big Pharma and the Global War on Democracy and Public Health, by Robert F. Kennedy Jr. It is well written and well documented. The documentary is now available and is excellent.
If you are concerned about the loss of medical freedom due to the vaccine mandate, it is important to know that the government cannot mandate vaccines. If faced with a mandate by schools or employers you can find information about how to claim a religious exemption (see Title VII of the US Civil Rights Act which prohibits discrimination based on religion), on the following website: thehealthyamerican.org
I have treated a few cases of SARS-CoV2/3 in cats and dogs: in most cases the disease is mild and easily treated. Some animals test positive but don't have symptoms. Domestic animals are unlikely transmitters of the disease, though it appears that they can contract the disease from people.