NHT News Vol. 12 No. 1 AUGUST, 2016
Dr. Moffat’s NATURAL HEALTH TECHNIQUES NEWSLETTER
In This Issue:
- Health in the News: Rabies Antibody Screening Test
- Product of the Month: Cleavers herb http://naturalhealthtechniques.com/herb-cleavers/
- Ask Dr. Moffat: Allergies and Food Additive Detox Drops
- Tips and Tricks for a Healthier Life Building the Habits of Health
- Client Testimonials: Cat obstipation.
- Healthy Recipes: Amish-Style Baked Oatmeal http://naturalhealthtechniques.com/oatmeal-amish-oatmeal-baked-oatmeal/
- Inspiration & Perspective: For the Stay at Home Parent
- What’s New at Our House? Big holes and rammed earth retaining wall
- Local Events: Grand Opening for Brush Creek Creamery and The Pie Safe Bakery & Kitchen.
(Please note that full names are never used in this newsletter or on my website without the full consent of the sender or client. Some cases also encompass groupings of cases with similar symptoms and suggestions for healing in an attempt to educate the general public.)
Health in the News: Rabies Antibody Screening
Many of my own clients have much concern about over-vaccinating their pets for diseases. I also believe that we are over-vaccinating. Veterinarians for decades have used booster shots as part of their ‘bread and butter’. It’s interesting to me that the 3-year rabies vaccine we use in the United States is good for 5 years in Africa where rabies is endemic and of big concern. Why are we not vaccinating every 5 years then? Possibly people move often and forget to boost for vaccine? Perhaps they would not get their rabies reminder?
Studies have shown in past years that only 20% of the clients actually respond to their veterinarian’s reminder card for booster shots. Rabies shots can only be given by a licensed veterinarian, because rabies shots have some legality attached to them as the disease is zoonotic (can be transmitted to humans from animals).
Rabies and leptospirosis shots are two vaccines that cause the most negative side effects in the dog. Rabies vaccines have been implicated in vaccine-related cancer and seizures. Leptospirosis—a component of the distemper shot (also called a 5-in-1), can cause occasional anaphylactic shock. My personal belief is that dogs only needs one Lepto shot in their lifetime.
When things go wrong: Legally, if your dog/cat is current on their rabies shot and they bite someone, then legally you can keep your own animal quarantined at your own home for 10 days with veterinary supervision. If your animal is past due on the rabies or has never been vaccinated, the animal must be quarantined at a facility with an isolation ward at the owners’ expense which is pretty stressful to both the animal and the owner. Or, the animal must be euthanized and the brain sent to a pathology lab to be looked at with special stains to make sure that the rabies virus is not present. Horrible.
Well, a new test developed by Kansas State University Veterinary Diagnostic Lab will hopefully improve current rabies vaccination protocols. The American Holistic Veterinary Medical Association is the first veterinary organization to support the diagnostic lab’s rabies titer test (called the RFFIT). The RFFIT test is an antibody test that can measure an animal’s immune response to the rabies virus with a blood sample. Immune animals would theoretically not need a booster shot.
Rabies titers have been studied at Kansas State University for many years. Unfortunately, until policies change, the university’s veterinarians emphasize testing does not supersede state and local laws for rabies vaccinations and registering a pet.
There are also titer tests to check for immunity for both dog and cat Distemper/ Hepatitis/ Leptospirosis and Parvo and the owner has much more leeway in the decision whether to boost or not with these vaccines. Most veterinarians practicing traditional medicine do not know about these tests yet, so you should ask around and shop around for the most affordable options as there can be a vast difference for the price of the titers, office calls, exam and blood draws.
For pet owners who would prefer titer tests over core vaccinations, Kansas State University offers a titer test for rabies and the three most common dog and cat core vaccine diseases. For information about the Kansas State University Rabies Laboratory, visit www.ksvdl.org/rabies-laboratory.
Helpful Links and References for the Rabies Titer Testing:
- Original article: http://www.newswise.com/articles/rabies-test-developed-at-kansas-state-veterinary-diagnostic-laboratory-receives-national-support
- RFFIT test: http://www.ksvdl.org/rabies-laboratory/rffit-test/index.html
Product of the Month: Cleavers
This is one of those little-known weeds used to treat low-grade chronic bladder infections. How does one know they have this? The biggest clue is fat thighs and stinky feet. Read more here: http://naturalhealthtechniques.com/herb-cleavers/
Ask Dr. Moffat:
Hi Dr. Moffat, I read the following from you: “Homeopathics: I carry Food Additive Detox Drops with me wherever I go as I experience heart arrhythmias, nausea, upset bowels, and asthma after ingesting sulfites and MSG. If you have similar problems, I may be able to help you.”
I’m just trying to learn as much as I can about my allergy. Back many years ago I broke out in hives due to taking a sulfur drug for a bladder infection. Now 25+ years later, yesterday in fact, I was allergy tested and was told I’m allergic to MSG and sulfites. Reaction is over the top with swelling face and lips and trouble swallowing. Please provide me with any suggestions you have for management of this. I very much appreciate your help. Pamela K.
Dear Pamela: As we age, I think we expose ourselves to more and more chemicals we become sensitive/ allergic to and if you listen to your body, you start to make the connections of what symptoms are associated with which foods. There are several things you can do to figure those out as well. Many of my clients vibe well with the Blood Type Diet (www.dadamo.com). But depending on your nationalities the diet may not be 100% in alignment with your body. As we are such a mix of nationalities these days, but I can help with that. Even inhalers (like Advair) are preserved with sulfites (another chemical people with MSG and sulfa allergies react to—oh and the blue dyes in some meds can trigger reactions as well).
In any event, here is more info on the food additive drops, but I’d need you to become a client (I only do phone consults now) before I can dispense. Please do read the links on homeopathics though because people don’t understand why they would want to take drops that have (supposedly) everything they are allergic to in the drops. It doesn’t make sense to them, but they don’t understand the homeopathic process..
Food Additive Detox Drops by Professional Complimentary Health. These life-saving drops are a must for anyone allergic to MSG and sulfites and a host of other food additives. I keep a bottle in my purse when I travel or go out to eat. Cost: $17 plus S/H. Must order from a health professional like myself who carries the line. They are a homeopathic drop, so the vibrational field of the drop attracts those hyper allergenic substances that you have eaten and takes them out of your system. If you would like to read more about using homeopathics, and their use/history go to:
What’s in ’em? Homeopathic dilutions of Aspartame, Caffeine, Chocolate, Citric Acid, Dextrose, Food Colorings, Hydrolyzed Vegetable Protein, MSG, Potassium Chloride, Sodium Benzoate, Sodium Erythorbate, Sodium Metabisulfite, Sodium Nitrate, Sodium Nitrite, Sulfites, Tricalcium Phosphate, Vegetable Gum (Carrageen) and Xanthum Gum. (Yes, the things you are allergic to should be in a homeopathic formula if you want to excrete it from your body.)
NOTE: We need to establish a client/patient relationship before I can send you these drops. Once I have that, you can have refills without further consultation.
Here’s the handout link for What I Do and how I work (and the cost for this): http://naturalhealthtechniques.com/medical-intuitive-what-i-do/
Tips and Tricks for a Healthier Life: Building the habits of health
Even in times of dearth there are things you can do to step closer to your health goals by:
- Choosing to believe in the process even when you think your program is not working (law of attraction)
- Doing the steps at the beginning of the day and getting it out of the way (e.g. like taking your supplements and eating your allotment of fruits/veggies each day). Acid thoughts make for an acid body. Have a set of distractions or play music to prevent those negative thoughts from renting head space.
- Taking steps and developing perspective towards a positive goal instead of walking and talking fear. One example is reading prepper books vs reading homesteading books. The prepper is preparing for world disaster whereas the homesteader is gaining useful knowledge to become more self-sufficient. They both have similar tasks, but the homesteading attitude is “I wonder if I could learn how to live off the grid? What would I have to accomplish to do that?” whereas the prepper attitude is “We must get this done and NOW because there will be no food, clothing, electricity and our lives will be in danger in a moment’s notice.” Feel the difference?
- Look back occasionally on a list of symptoms you wrote down when you started your process of healing. How many symptoms can be checked off your list or how many have you minimized? People in pain don’t realize when the pain resides. How long has it been since that last headache? Are your bowels moving more times each week than when you were once constipated?
- Listen to that Still Small Voice within. If you feel one or more of the people on your healing team are not currently serving your highest and best good, then it’s OK to change team members or add others who you feel nourished by. True healers may feel hurt that you’ve gone elsewhere but they know deep down that they need to be serving their clients and if the vibe isn’t there any longer (even temporarily) then they need to release the client to someone who will better serve them. It’s not about us, it’s about YOU. All these things add up over time.
Client Testimonials: Cat Obstipation (Note: This was a rescue cat with a huge obstipated belly that wasn’t pooping. This is just a smidgeon of how my inbox looks each day
“I was about to turn my computer off when I heard Lucy using the litter box, so I waited a while, then quietly looked in with a small flashlight. She was just about to cover it up. It worked! And exactly when you said it would. I am SO happy. I can imagine that Lucy is even more thrilled. You’re a life saver (and I don’t mean the round candy either). It wasn’t smelly at all. In fact it’s what I would call normal. Three strips about four inches long each. As big around as my index finger. They appeared to be quite soft. Wow. What a difference. Now I can get some sleep. Thank you, thank you, thank you.” Carole
Healthy Recipes: Amish-Style Baked Oatmeal with Apples, Raisins & Nuts
A client back East shared this one with me a few months back. We’re looking forward to apple season so we can get back to using this recipe! Get the recipe here: http://naturalhealthtechniques.com/amish-baked-oatmeal/
Inspiration & Perspective:
For the Stay at Home Parent: A man came home from work and found his three children outside, still in their pajamas, playing in the mud, with empty food boxes and wrappers strewn around garden, The door of his wife’s car was open, as was the front door to the house and no sign of the dog, walking in the door, he found an even bigger mess. A lamp had been knocked over, the throw rug was against one wall, In the front room the TV was on loudly with the cartoon channel, the family room was strewn with toys and various items of clothing. In the kitchen, dishes filled the sink, breakfast food was spilled on the counter, the fridge door was open wide, dog food was spilled on the floor, a broken glass lay under the table, and a small pile of sand was spread by the back door. He quickly headed up the stairs, stepping over toys and more piles of clothes, looking for his wife. He was worried she might be ill, or that something serious had happened. He was met with a small trickle of water as it made its way out the bathroom door. As he peered inside he found wet towels, scummy soap and more toys strewn over the floor. Miles of toilet paper lay in a heap and toothpaste had been smeared over the mirror and walls. As he rushed to the bedroom, he found his wife still curled up in the bed in her pajamas, reading a novel… She looked up at him, smiled and asked how his day went.
He looked at her bewildered and asked, “What happened here today?”
She again smiled and answered, “You know every day when you come home from work and you ask me what in the world do I do all day?” “Yes,” was his incredulous reply. She answered, “Well, today I didn’t do it.”
What’s New at Our House?
For those of you who follow my Facebook page (https://www.facebook.com/denice.moffat) you know that we’re always busy. We spent the 4th of July preparing for two huge water tanks to be buried in our front yard hoping to take stress off of the new water pump we had to purchase last year when the pump quit. As it turned out we could have fit three tanks in that hole! We had visitors the day the dump truck came to deliver the gravel for the bottom of the pit so put shovels into their hands. I didn’t figure they would be back after the gravel spreading, picking and pitting six gallons of cherries and setting things in front of them to eat that they had never tried before, but before she left, my friend Jill–who I hadn’t seen in 25 years asked, “Can I come for a week with my grandson?”
I think she was serious.
This week Michael is backfilling and I’m tamping the backfill (which I will say is totally exhausting!) but it will be another project to check off the list.
And I finally started my rammed-earth retaining wall. This has been a long time coming. A few years back I decided that I wanted to recycle about the same volume of garbage that I created the first half of my life. I figured that using old tires for the retaining wall would use up a bunch of petrochemical garbage, but the first stack of tires I drug home three years ago ended back at the dump when I went away for a continuing education seminar.
“Hey! What happened to my tires?!”
Michael had taken full advantage of our dumps’ Tire Amnesty Day and hauled them off.
Well, it took a couple more years to get him to understand what I wanted to do with them. It’s working out pretty well and is not taking as long as I expected plus we’re saving about $15,000 by not using cement. “Maybe we don’t need to plaster it” he’s saying now. (Are you kidding me?)
Actually Michael Reynolds usually lets the wall sit for a year and then plasters it the second year. I don’t exactly know what the plaster will be yet. I might try some papercrete. Who knows? It’s my practice run for a future Earthship (http://earthship.com/). The wall will be four or five tiers tall. Hoping to get it mostly done by September when my brothers come to visit. We shall see.
Brush Creek Creamery (The Pie Safe Bakery & Kitchen) will had their Grand Opening Aug 6th, 2016 during Deary Day. We checked it out this last week when Michael’s son and grandkids were here for a visit. Awesome cinnamon rolls! They have 3 cheese caves in that beautiful building they have remodeled on the corner across from White Pine Foods and had been making ice cream for their big event for over a month! Stop by and thank them for making our town look so spiffy! Brush Creek Creamery is a Grade A creamery making aged and fresh cheeses. The building also houses the Pie Safe Bakery and Café with fine gifts. They will be open from 5am to 2pm Tuesday and Wednesday and 5am to 5pm on Thursday, Friday and Saturday when they make pizza on those days in their brick oven. Sign up for their up and coming classes on spinning, quilting, blacksmithing and all kinds of other stuff. They are closed on Sunday and Monday.