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
Temporarily closed on Fridays
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.
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.
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
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: there are trace minerals in Sea Salt but not in table salt. To increase water penetration into your tissues, add 5 berries (blackberries, blueberries, etc) or a small amount lemon juice to your water. This improves hydration. 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, recurrent bladder infections, etc.
I recommend a book entitled, Quench, by Dana Cohen, MD & Gina Bria
SARS-CoV2: Holistic practitioners are using Traditional Chinese Medicine, herbs and homeopathy to successfully treat this virus. In fact, holistic practitioners have been treating viruses and pandemics for centuries. This is not new territory. History reveals that in the 1918-19 flu pandemic, homeopaths had a high success rate in treating patients (mortality rate less than 1%), while those treated conventionally had much higher rates (28%), especially if they were treated with aspirin. 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. If your vulnerability depends on the characteristics of the virus, then your response 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 metabolic disease, weakened immunity, organ damage, cancer, etc. Consistently, we find that animals with infections, have low immune counts as a direct result of exposure to Round-up, Atrazine, Dicamba, GMO Promoter and other chemicals. Non-native radiation (Smart gadgets, cell towers, power lines, electricity, radio waves, etc) also compromise the immune system. We know that T-cells (Killer cells) are the primary defense against viruses; T-cell counts are consistenly 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 therpies are key preventative measures. A healthy host does not support infection. You can know this from your own experience.
For a brief example of this check out this article: lesliemanookian.com/is-germ-theory-all-its-cracked-up-to-be/
Some medical doctors are concerned about the way the pandemic is being handled and about the potential dangers of a vaccine: greatergoodmovie.org/category/interviews and wisetraditions.libsyn.com Podcast 239: Is the vaccine a good idea (Dr. Andrew Wakefield)
The stats we hear on the new can be confusing because they are usually not placed in context. Depending on how the numbers are generated, you can be led to erroneous conclusions. A summary of statistics about the virus (from Swiss Policy Research) is here: swprs.org/covid-19-facts
So far there are few reported cases of mild disease in cats and dogs. Some test positive but never developed symptoms. Domestic animals are unlikely transmitters of the disease, though it appears that they can contract the disease from people.
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. We use whole foods and herbs to help clear these toxins from the body.
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) 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 the fact that legumes lack taurine, an amino acid essential for the 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.
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.
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).
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.