Wednesday, February 02, 2011
bowel syndrome/disease (IBD) is chronic gut issues resulting in vomiting,
diarrhea or constipation. In 1997
the National Institutes of Health put out a consensus statement that
acupuncture was a valid and effective therapy for IBS/IBD for people. The same is true in animals.
herbs, food therapy, fasting, reiki, energy work, understanding the
human-animal bond, evaluating stressors in the environment, and nutritional
supplements are all contributors to helping ease IBD. There are many options for treatment that avoid antibiotics,
steroids and immunosuppressive drugs—the typical therapies for these
gastrointestinal nightmares. The
natural therapies tend to calm down and heal the gut lining, making it less
inflamed and reactive to food.
Therefore, your pet will have less or no puking or diarrhea for you to
have to deal with. Plus, your pet
will feel better, have a healthier immune system, and be less likely to catch
other infections or develop cancer as a result of being on immunosuppressive
drugs. Cyclosporin and prednisone
are immunosuppressive drugs used to suppress the immune system. If the immune system is creating excess
inflammation, then the theory behind that therapy is that it needs to be
suppressed. But at what
cost?—especially when there are healthier and safer alternatives?
chronic use of antibiotics, obliterate the natural beneficial gut flora
critters. These are vital and
needed to be in the intestines—they help process the food and feed the cells of
the lining of the gut. If a gut is
leaky or inflamed and overrun with bad bacteria, the toxins are easily
distributed throughout the body.
But antibiotics are not selective, and kill good natural gut bacteria as
well as the bad. It is estimated
that about 70% of the immune system is actually created in the gut. So if it is not working properly, then
all systems in the body will suffer.
Antibiotics and steroids also tend to lose efficacy over time, becoming
less effective if they even help at all.
Even if they do help, the steroids can create a predisposition to
developing insulin resistance, or diabetes. The chronic antibiotics create resistant bacterial strains
and contribute to imbalances in gut flora, and therefore the immune system.
solutions such as soluble fiber (pumpkin, acacia) and culinary herbs such as
fennel or peppermint can help calm IBS symptoms. Often, diet restrictions need to be applied, the possibility
of parasites needs to be evaluated, and stress needs to be moderated in the
life of the patient. This usually
means more playtime and exercise.
Often this includes meditation or lifestyle changes for the pet
guardians as well. But isn’t this
better, long-term, than side-effect laden pharmaceuticals which only mask the
symptoms? Do you want to take
responsibility for your part, as pet-guardian, or do you want to give your cat
a pill for the rest of his life?