NHT News Vol. 11 No. 2 November 4, 2015
Dr. Moffat’s NATURAL HEALTH TECHNIQUES NEWSLETTER
In This Issue:
- From the Desk of Dr. Moffat: Black Friday Special is coming up!
- Case of the Month: Farm Critters
- Ask Dr. Moffat: Do I have a Tapeworm? (Warning—toilet pictures)
- Inspiration & Perspective: The Violinist
- What’s New at Our House? Family reunion, Apple cider, canning completed, bulbs planted, garden paths going in, Back to Eden Demo Plot
(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.)
From the Desk of Dr. Moffat:
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Case of the Month: Pigs, lost dog and Longhorn cattle. Oh my!
This case took about 7 weeks to resolve. When clients call in and have a menagerie, I charge for one initial consult for the animal with the health issues, then work the rest of the healthy critters in on an hourly basis during that same consult. Collecting information for well-pet checks is a lot easier and faster to do when the pet doesn’t have issues. This saves the client quite a bit of money. I had been treating the longhorn cattle (pets) for years, but the pigs and the little dog were new and everything was crashing all at once for this client. A thunderstorm scared their 12 year old deaf/blind dog away and he couldn’t be found about the same time the pigs got sick. One long consult and a few emails later and we finally figured out what each pet needed:
Lisa. Hi Denice Tickle (our 350# pig) has now gone off her feed since last night. She didn’t get up this morning at all which is not like her. I have antibiotics on hand. Should I give her some? I have penicillin, Draxxin, and LA200. I am afraid we are going to lose her. Thank you. Lisa
Denice. I agree. I’m testing she may have a uterine infection. Use the LA 200 for a week as per the dosage on the bottle. Sometimes natural medicine is not fast enough. We have to support her in allopathic ways until the bacterial drops (from the consult) get to you. Also, if the bacteria grow too quickly the drops may not be able to catch up. What’s her temperature? And how is the other pig? I’m trying to gather clues to see if this is contagious.
Any progress on the other pig’s back yet? Can you perhaps talk your chiropractor into overcoming their fear of pigs? She needs an adjustment! I’ll keep working on her energetically for you. Her pain scale is 5 of 10 today, so she’s still in a bunch of pain. In the meantime please look up Trager therapy for her and massage her for 15 mins/day. Lightly tap on the left side of L2 and L4 once a day for 2-3 minutes for 4 days while she’s laying on her side like we discussed over the phone. Not too hard. Sometimes the muscles on the opposite side of the subluxation will cramp up to compensate for weak muscles on the affected side (where you’re going to do the tapping). By tapping on the weak side, you can reset the muscles so that the other side will release and stop cramping. That should free her up from some of the pain she’s in.
Lisa. Response: I will take Tickle’s temperature when I get home. She’s gonna hate us. She hates shots and the LA200 is a huge dose vs. the Draxxin. Ha ha. Thank you. You don’t know how much this means to me, how much you mean to me! Best wishes, Lisa.
Lisa. Hi, well she got a total of 18 cc’s divided into 3 different shots. It was a battle. I swear she can smell the needle coming. I am so glad to hear it is not daily because I do not think she would ever like us again after day three! That is a lot of medicine and she is one of those animals that works herself up just because it is a shot. I did get her fresh raspberries at the store like you tested for her (for her uterus) and she ate them all up with some dinner so that was good.
Dinkle (the other pig that isn’t walking correctly) decided we did not get in her stall fast enough tonight so she got herself over to her waterer on her own and was drinking when I got in. I placed her bowl in front of her and she sat on her own while I worked on her back. It was a lot harder to feel today where it was out of whack, the muscles were not as tight. She got up after eating and did some walking. She then wore herself out and had a fit but not as bad or as long as before so things are better than two days ago! She left her spinach, parsley and 1/2 of her banana in her bowl. She doesn’t seem to like it. Will send you and update tomorrow. Thank you. Lisa.
Lisa. Hi Denice. Here is a picture of Dinkle. She walked to the manure pile tonight which is right in front of the barn and planted herself. For a pig who hardly eats, she is still huge! I think she is just happy being outside right now, so I am just letting her sit. Ha ha. My pigs are so lucky.
Denice: I’m testing she still has a subluxation at L3 so that’s why she isn’t moving around very well. I suspect this is affecting her appetite and bowels as well. Hmmm. Have you gone to YouTube and searched for Trager therapy yet? You may be able to bring something up there. She needs an adjustment! Can you try mixing some of the fruits and veggies with a little marshmallow cream? I know it’s awful, but pigs seem to like that. So sorry you’re having such a time of it.
Her pain scale is 4 of 10 so she’s still in quite a bit of pain. She’s not testing strong on pain killers though. Thanks for the update. Keep trying. I’ll work on her energetically again from this direction. I just tried doing an adjustment on her. We shall see. I’ll see what I can find on YouTube for you. Oh. . .I’m back. Check this one out. It’s perfect: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DWr7ehOHqvI Denice
Lisa. I will look on You Tub. I always forget about that. I will try the marshmallow cream too. Thank you so much! Best wishes, Lisa.
Lisa. Hi Denice, I am just checking in with you about the pig girls. I am not sure how things are going with Dinkle. I have been working on her back daily (except for two days where my daughter filled in for me). She went from no pressure on the left back leg, to little pressure, to baby steps on both back legs, to big steps with both back legs and then three days ago we went back to being really stiff and baby steps again. She has created a wallow in her stall inside and there is nothing I can do about that. Her nose is faster and stronger than my arms and a shovel. Maybe she twisted getting out of it? I don’t know. Overall her muscles on those two vertebrae do not stand up as badly as before and go down with very little tapping. As far as massage goes, I am just winging it because I have only gotten one massage in my life and the Trager site didn’t really have any type of teaching material on it. I am not sure if we are “stuck” or if I am actually helping her?
I do let her out daily to walk as much as she wants, which is very little, but it is some. I do know she does get up in her stall and moves around daily. She is hardly eating and she does not eat any of the fruit, spinach or anything else I try. Most of the time she just knocks her bowl over. She does not like bananas or parsley. I know she needs the choline so I have given up on the fruits and vegies and just mashed the choline pill up and sprinkled it on top of a little bit of dry food hoping she will get it in her. Her stool is very hard even though she is drinking lots of water, not sure why—when she does go and it seems uncomfortable—could that be the gallbladder thing?
Tickle has had all three series of antibiotics and she eats her cup of fruits daily with her immune booster in grape juice like a charm.
Denice: OK Lisa, putting homeopathic drops in juice inactivates the homeopathic so what help she’s getting is from the antibiotics. You can just drop the drops into her ear if you like. And what about putting the choline into the grape juice like you do for Tickle? The bowel issues are because of the back and the gall bladder. Tickle sounds like she’s on the mend at least. Good job!
Lisa: Denice, the chiropractor came out today for Dinkle. She adjusted her right neck and left hip plus her vertebrae. She already is standing apart in her back legs and not narrow and together. She said she should be ok but to keep in touch. We will know in 2-4 or so weeks if she needs another adjustment. She also felt her back problems were affecting her digestion (so that could go with the gallbladder you said) and the nerves associated with all of that. She is not happy because I had to take her out of her nice wallow she made herself so she doesn’t put her back out again but she must feel a whole lot better already.
Denice’s Response: Wish I could have been there to see that Lisa. Did she wear coveralls? I bet she went home right after that and took a shower!
Lisa: (7 weeks later) Hi Denice, I just wanted to check in with you and see if we can stop the supplements to the two sows? Dinkle is on the mend since her chiropractic session. She is waiting at the door for us now and eating her full meals. She is wanting to walk and all four legs are underneath her squarely and not narrow like before. She feels so much better. She is still stiff and has some more healing to go, but her daily walks are getting her there. She still gets her choline and parsley. I can keep up the choline and parsley until gone if you want.
Tickle is doing great. I do not see any discharge from her vulva and it looks normal. We have been keeping up with the drops and fruit.
So nice to see them doing better. Thank you so much for helping us heal our girls. We love them!
Appleton (our dog) is doing awesome too. Thank you for giving us hope in telling me you thought he was still alive. You were right. He was covered with something—weeds! He hasn’t skipped a beat now that his strength is back after 14 days of being buried under weeds in the ditch! It is like he was never lost, the poor thing. Our neighbors’ found him and thought he was dead and he almost was. You are the best! Hope you are doing great, Lisa
Oliver and Big Boy (the two ancient longhorns) are on two different pain meds and they are both better than they were. It basically is a day to day thing until they can’t go anymore. I am hoping that they will go together at the same time. I hope that I am making the best decision for them that way. It just seems too lonely for there to be only one with the way they interact with one another. Big boys’ back end is weak and hurts so he is having his own problems but he is just stronger overall. Sigh………Hugs to you, Lisa
Ask Dr. Moffat: Do I have a Tapeworm?
Hello Doctor Moffat. I stumbled upon your website and saw that you replied to someone who thought they had worms. I too believe I do and have seen these awful things amidst my bowel movements for nearly a week now. They look like alfalfa sprouts and while the pics I’m sending show them separated, the first time I noticed was very alarming because there were two wads of them about the size of a large strawberry.
I would be very grateful if by looking at the photos I’m attaching you could give an opinion as to whether or not you think I have some type of worm. I have NO idea what else it could be. I’ve never experienced anything like this before.
Response from Dr. Moffat: I can see the ruffled edges of the tapeworm segments on the close up. You need to worm yourself! Do you have an itchy anus as well? Gas/bloating? Mucous in your stools? You’re going to need a tapeworm medicine. Praziquantel is the one they give humans. Do you have a regular MD?
Helpful Links and References for tapeworms:
Inspiration & Perspective:
In Washington , DC , at a Metro Station, on a cold January morning in 2007, this man with a violin played six Bach pieces for about 45 minutes. During that time, approximately 2,000 people went through the station, most of them on their way to work. After about 3 minutes, a middle-aged man noticed that there was a musician playing. He slowed his pace and stopped for a few seconds, and then he hurried on to meet his schedule.
About 4 minutes later: The violinist received his first dollar. A woman threw money in the hat and, without stopping, continued to walk.
At 6 minutes: A young man leaned against the wall to listen to him, then looked at his watch and started to walk again.
At 10 minutes: A 3-year old boy stopped, but his mother tugged him along hurriedly. The kid stopped to look at the violinist again, but the mother pushed hard and the child continued to walk, turning his head the whole time. This action was repeated by several other children, but every parent – without exception – forced their children to move on quickly.
At 45 minutes: The musician played continuously. Only 6 people stopped and listened for a short while. About 20 gave money but continued to walk at their normal pace. The man collected a total of $32.
After 1 hour: He finished playing and silence took over. No one noticed and no one applauded. There was no recognition at all.
No one knew this, but the violinist was Joshua Bell, one of the greatest musicians in the world. He played one of the most intricate pieces ever written, with a violin worth $3.5 million dollars. Two days before, Joshua Bell sold-out a theater in Boston where the seats averaged $100 each to sit and listen to him play the same music.
This is a true story. Joshua Bell, playing incognito in the D.C. Metro Station, was organized by the Washington Post as part of a social experiment about perception, taste and people’s priorities.
This experiment raised several questions:
- In a common-place environment, at an inappropriate hour, do we perceive beauty?
- If so, do we stop to appreciate it?
- Do we recognize talent in an unexpected context?
One possible conclusion reached from this experiment could be this: If we do not have a moment to stop and listen to one of the best musicians in the world, playing some of the finest music ever written, with one of the most beautiful instruments ever made . . . How many other things are we missing as we rush through life? Enjoy life NOW . . . it has an expiration date.
References for the violinist :
- Youtube video of the Violinist social experiment: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UM21gPmkDpI
- Snopes.com (True story) http://www.snopes.com/music/artists/bell.asp
What’s New at Our House?
Michael and I attended his bi-annual family reunion. That was fun. It was kind of nice to see after all these decades Super Heroes are still in vogue. We of course had to share our produce with everyone. Here’s Sammy with one of our carrots:
We pressed about 80 gallons of apples this year (it made about 10 gallons of cider but our trees are still quite small. Each year it just gets better.
We tried a couple new organic ways to keep scab off again this year—they didn’t work, so it’s back to the drawing board. I painted all the trunks white this fall and may resort to using some dormant oil. The pound of hazelnuts I planted in desperation produced 39 seedlings! The almond trees ended up being peaches so I’m back to square one there. I made the time to can and freeze this year as things came ripe so our larders are full. I finished digging the ditch for the bottle chapel foundation last week. It was SUCH a hot summer again this year. I’ve been spending time between rain storms planting about 1100 various types of bulbs as part of the ongoing process of keeping things in bloom to feed our bees.
We donated 75 pumpkins to the elementary school this year for their annual pumpkin activities (this year they are using the pumpkins for a science experiment).
Michael has been using his baby back hoe to complete some meditation paths within the fence. I’ll be planting maple trees on the north side of the property to walk under as those paths mature. Our food forest is now complete (except for the annuals and planting the hugelkultures) so next year we’ll be able to spend some time cleaning up our forest outside the fence. The Back To Eden Demonstration patch really produced this year. We finished the sign I started last Christmas.
That’s all for now folks. Hope you have a wonderful Holy Season. Be well. Denice