Using Food as Medicine…Part 4

CONSTRUCTING A BALANCED, CUSTOMIZED DIET BASED ON TCVM PRINCIPLES  Generally speaking, the best nutrition for our pets — just like for our human family members — requires us to feed them wholesome foods. Typically, the more hands that touch food items, the less nutritional value they have. As stated, foods have different qualities. They can […]

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Using Food as Medicine…Part 3

IDEAL FOOD FOR FIDO  There is no one diet that is appropriate for all dogs, for their entire lives an one diet will never, in any way, be specific enough for dogs with individual needs. That’s why I hate to hear pet experts and veterinarians recommending dry kibble dog food for their patients. While they […]

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Using Food as Medicine…Part 2

Essentially, kibble is fast food for our pets. It is not smart to make it your dog’s lifetime, day in, day out meal. We live in a fast food nation of overfed and undernourished people, commercial kibble only guarantees the minimum daily requirements of protein, fat, carbohydrates, vitamins and minerals. Just like the fast food […]

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Using Food as Medicine…Part 1

So, a quick recap….. Nutrition is the Centerpiece of Good Health. As the saying goes, you are what you eat. The same goes for our pets, which is why I’ve dedicated an entire series in this blog to using Food as medicine. We really are what we eat, as whatever is eaten becomes part of […]

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Understanding the Five Energies of TCVM…Part 3…Chinese Pattern

CHINESE PATTERN DIAGNOSIS IN ACTION  A 2-year-old Male English bulldog presents with itchy, smelly, painful ears. Upon examination we see red inflamed ears with a gooey discharge. In western medicine we identify this as an ear infection and treat with antibiotics/antifungals and anti- inflammatory pharmaceuticals. The goal is to destroy the infectious agent. This will […]

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Understanding the Five Energies of TCVM…Part 2…A Chinese Pattern

  A CHINESE PATTERN DIAGNOSIS  Part of how I assess and diagnose a pet is by performing a Chinese Pattern Diagnosis. This TCVM approach is made up of the Five Element Theory (see inset) plus the Eight Principles. They are divided into: The “Where” which is determined using the Five Elements and Zang Fu Physiology, […]

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