The Rip Van Wrinkler, XVIII, Issue 4, November 2014

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Public Service Announcement from Robin Orht:

Last weekend I left early for the seminar Bob went to breakfast came home and found this looped handle tug toy around grACE's neck. She was and is fine, but we were lucky and learned a valuable lesson. We've gone through all our toys that have loops and have removed them from the toy pile. Just sharing in case you like me didn't think of this.

More about BRIDGET

from Patty Ewing

Hi Susan - I thought you might be interested in what I'm trying for whippet Bridget.  She is the one that almost died from steroid treatment for her pemphigus (auto-immune skin disease) triggered by that hideous topical drug Certifect.  I'm working with an herbal medicine vet in Virginia who has recommended the treatments below for her.  I started them this week and she is having a wonderful response.  I'm am feeling so much better.  I think this will really help her. 

ALSO: Regarding your question about whether the parvo virus being seen is a new strain or not.  I have been hounding the state vet for 2 weeks trying to get that information.  I'm also trying to find out how many of these "cases" are been definitely confirmed as parvo virus.  I want to know for sure that this is parvo and not some new virus that dogs don't have immunity to.  We have sent some samples to my friend at Cornell who is a virologist, so hopefully he can shed some light on this soon.  I'll keep you posted.   Patty

UPDATE – Here are before and after pictures of Bridget's skin for the Wrinkler.  Her pemphigus (suto-immune skin disease) was caused by exposure to Amitraz in  Preventic collar on another dog (she was resting her neck on a dog that was wearing a color).  Amitraz is one of the active ingredients in Certifect, which was what triggered Pemphigus (auto-immune skin disease) to develop in 2011.  She recovered after long term treatment, but it was triggered again in March 2014 by re-exposure to Amitraz.  She did not respond to high doses of prednisone or topical steroid this time, and it caused GI bleeding and septicemia that she almost died from.  I discontinued all steroids and started western herbal remedies.  The "before" picture was taken after treatment with steroids showing a poor response, and the "after" picture was taken after steroids had been discontinued and she had been on the herbal remedy for 4 weeks.  She is doing great now.



Bridget's Formula

Rehmania root, raw(Rehmania glutinosa)-used in Traditional Chinese Medicine(TCM), Western uses are its ability to inhibit allergic and excessive immune response(auto-immune disease).  Clinical actions:antioxidant, antiinflammatory, antibacterial, hepatoprotectant.

Burdock root(Arctium lappa)-Clinical actions:alterative(acts as a blood purifier, gradually restoring the body to its proper state of health and vitality.  Alteratives are used to treat toxicity of the blood, infections, arthritis, cancer and skin eruptions.  Alteratives also help the body assimilate nutrients and eliminate the waste products of metabolism), antioxidant, anticancer, mild antiseptic, indicated for skin disease with inflammation.

Gotu Kola(Centella asiatica)acts as a systemic antiinflammatory and is an important medicine for autoimmune conditions.  It strengthens connective tissue and is indicated for red, inflamed skin conditions.  Clinical actions:adaptogen(a nontoxic agent that increases an organisms's ability to handle stress/adapt.  Adaptogenic herbs work well with other herbs(and other medicines) generally adding to their activities), connective tissue regenerator, alterative(definition above).

Licorice Root(Glycyrrhiza glabra)has an ancient history of use in China and the Middle East.  Licorice strengthens endocrine function(stimulating release of endogenous cortisol) making it especially useful in autoimmune disease.  Other clinical actions:antiinflammatory, adaptogen(definition above), antiviral, demulcent(soothes irritated membranes, esp mucous membranes but also skin).

Sarsaparilla(Smilax ornata)contains steroidal saponins which are antiinflammatory.  Used for skin conditions that are red, hot and inflamed and inflammation of the connective tissue.  Alterative(see definition above).

Separate bottle

Wild Indigo(Baptisia tinctoria)indicated for inflamed skin conditions and is an immune modulator(normalizes immune response)

Poultice Powder

Bentonite Clay-used for its healing and drawing qualities

Gotu Kola(see above)

Echinacea Root Powder(Echinacea spp.)used in any/every immune system related problem as an immune modulator(normalizes immune function), antiinflammatory, vulnerary(when applied externally, vulneraries aid in the healing of wounds and cuts by promoting cell growth and repair), alterative, antimicrobial

Tumeric Root powder(Curcuma longa)Clnical actions:antiinflammatory, analgesic, antioxidant, antibacterial, antifungal, etc...can't say enough good things about tumeric!

Itches, Ouches and Stings

Contains organic olive oil infused with Comfrey, Gotu Kola, Lavender, Calendula, Goldenseal, Licorice, Cinnamon and beeswax

Formulated by Geo Giordano, MSc, RH(AHG)

Useful for any skin condition to reduce inflammation, eliminate microbes and promote healing.

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