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, chemical and heavy metal toxins contribute to nutritional deficiencies and disease. Nutritional supplements are beneficial in each of these cases. But we also use nutrition to treat infectious diseases (antibiotic-resistant bacterial infections, viral infections, parasites), musculoskeletal disease, endocrine 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 recipes 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 a supplement program that will correct nutritional deficiencies, provide organ support for healing and supply the specific nutrients needed for natural detoxification.
The best way to tailor a nutritional supplement program is to use applied kinesiology (muscle testing). Our 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
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
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. If we are to stop the escalating spiral of disease, we must turn our attention to preventative care. This involves reducing exposure to pollutants, supporting natural detoxification and providing appropriate nutrition. We must also examine health care practices such as vaccination protocols and the over-use of drugs and insecticides. For more information, go to the Preventative Medicine page. To schedule a consultation go to the New Client page.
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
Consultations are conducted in person (at our eco-clean clinic) or by telephone.