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 Acupoint Energy 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).
WATER, MINERALS and DEHYDRATION: For those who are using one of the water filter systems we have recommended (Doulton IP300 or AquaCera Twin-HCP or Reverse Osmosis, etc), please be aware that while these filters are great at removing toxins, they also remove minerals. Therefore, you are drinking mineral depleted water. One way to correct for this is to add Celtic or Himalayan or Sea salt (one pinch salt per 8 oz) to the filtered water. You can also add some lemon or lime juice to your water to improve your hydration (ie, to increase water penetration into your tissues). This is especially important as we enter 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, etc.
CoVID-19: The clinical nutrition group I work with has been prepared for the Corona virus since January. We understand its unique pathology and we know how to prevent, diagnose and treat the disease. Other holistic practitioners are using TCM, herbs and homeopathy to successfully treat this virus. If you are concerned for yourself and would like a preventative protocol or you are experiencing symptoms, give us a call and we'll refer you to one of my colleagues. For information about the virus that you won't hear on mainstream media, check out these references: greatergoodmovie.org/category/interviews and wisetraditions.libsyn.com These 2 podcast interviews raise concerns about how the pandemic is being handled, about the potential dangers of a vaccine and who is behind the plan to make the vaccine mandatory. In a 2-part U-tube documentary (well documented) a journalist exposes the probability that COVID-19 was created by US backed researchers in Wujan, China: peakprosperity.com/bombshell-covid-19-virus-lab-made-fauci-connected. and youtube.com/watch?v=uZUJhKUbdOk
So far there are a just couple of reported cases of mild disease in cats, and two dogs (Hong Kong) tested positive but never developed symptoms. Domestic animals are unlikely transmitters of the disease.
PFA's: These are a group of chemicals that are known for their ability to repel water, grease and stains. They are found in cookware (Teflon), waterproof clothing, carpets, furniture, household items, food packaging and personal care products. They have been found in drinking water throughout the country such that millions of Americans have been exposed. PFA's have been linked to cancer, ovarian cysts, Lupus and fibromyalgia. The movie, "Dark Waters", is the story of a lawyer who spent years gathering the evidence to establish the link between these chemicals and disease as he put together a class-action suit against Dupont. Highly recommended.
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). Toxins are suspected (most likely a combination of toxins including Round-up). The problem is not the result of a lack of grains (which dogs don't require). 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.
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.
A 2006 report from the World Wide Health Organization estimated that 85% of all human disease is linked to environmental pollution. Our testing reveals that the same chemicals and heavy metals that contribute to disease in people also contribute to disease in dogs and cats. Cancer (now the number two cause of death in dogs) and hyperthyroidism (in cats) are two examples of environmental disease in animals. But almost every patient we see is affected in some way by environmental toxins: whether they have GI symptoms, respiratory symptoms, heart disease, hormonal disease, musculo-skeletal disease, skin symptoms, or a chronic infection. If we are to stop the escalating spiral of disease, we must take a fresh look at our health care practices, our home environment, the water we are drinking and the purchases we are making every day. I offer you suggestions on how to reduce your exposure to chemical toxins and radiation on the Preventative Medicine page. You'll also find information on health care practices such as vaccination protocols and pesticides. To schedule a health care consultation go to the New Client page.
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 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 offer homeopathy, clinical nutrition 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 PM on Friday
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. For more information go to our Preventative Medicine Page and see below for periodic updates on current tips and research findings. We live in an exciting and challenging time. If we are to successfully evolve into a heart-based culture we must find ways to live in harmony with the earth and all its critters.