Insights From Equine Iridology Founder, Dr. Mercedes Colburn
An Interview Conducted for the American Council of Animal Naturopathy by newsletter team member Krystal Beers, with Dr. Mercedes Colburn:
The Animal Naturopathy News Team would like to express their gratitude to Dr. Mercedes Colburn of Through The Eye International, for taking time to be interviewed for our Readers.
– Dr. Colburn, what is your educational background?
“I have a MA in Vocational Education from the University of California, Berkeley. I also have a MA in Holistic Healing from Utah, Steven Horn, a Doctor of Naturopathy from Trinity College, Indiana, and a PhD in Alternative Medicine from Richmond’s University in London, England.“
– What initially sparked your interest in Iridology?
“As a practicing herbalist, owner of the Herb Farm Company and Through The Eye International, I was in the business of alternative medicine. I studied with top iridologists in human iridology, but when I lost two of my prized horses to colic my mission changed. I went into research to find the reason for colic, how to prevent it, and how to see it coming thru the use of iridology for horses. Iridology was a familiar tool to me and has been used as a diagnostic tool since ancient times. I needed a veterinary consultant, so I collaborated with Dena Eckerdt, DVM in creating the “equine iridology grid”. The biggest, and most powerful discovery made was in the intestinal system. Proving the equine iridology grid by means of veterinarians, necropsies, and pathology labs has been a journey of great value. Through The Eye International now offers this ‘Equine Iridology’ grid as a much needed tool for equine veterinarians and therapists.”
– What is the history of this modality?
“Animal iridology had never been done before. After several discussions with Dr. Bernard Jenson and my friend Dr. James Jenks, I decided that the need was great to help the animals. The eye of the horse is not limited to seeing images to the outside world; the eye is also the window to see the images within the body. Iridology scientifically and systematically decodes and interprets this complex eye structure revealing the health of the horse. Equine Iridology is simply a tool for guiding us to aid and assist the body of the horse toward a higher level of health through ‘prevention and healing’.”
– What does your work involve?
“In the beginning my work was photographing the eye of the horse along with analyzing and researching the areas in question. Today I teach technicians of equine iridology all over the world. We have researcher’s working in Italy, Africa, Australia, England, and all over the US.”
– Are there critics and detractors?
“Yes, there are some, but not as many as there used to be. The people that are using this science are veterinarians, naturopaths, horse owners, and therapists involved in all modalities of healing and helping horses live a healthier and happier life.”
– Would you share a story of how iridology has helped an animal?
“The story that is always the first I tell is of Baron O Lark. He was a California champion of western pleasure. Baron was in very bad shape when he first got here. His structural system, immune system, urinary system, (and the list goes on) was in dire need of help. At ten years old there was talk of destroying him. I brought him back to our farm, and thanks to cameras used to photograph his eyes, we were able to correct each problem that we found. This horse lived with us and showed every year to the delight of his audience. He lived to be 27 years old. Iridology gave this horse another 17 good years.”
– How can people best take advantage of this modality?
“You can contact a technician to help you or call Through The Eye International to take the course to become a technician. For more information, contact Dr. Mercedes Colburn at (831) 422-9182.”
-What attracted you to partner with the American Council of Animal Naturopathy and why?
“That is a great question. Several things come to mind: “safety in numbers” …. “no mans an islands” …. “like mindedness” … etc. All these quotations, in my mind are talking about unity. ACAN represents unity in all modalities of alternative health care. This means to me love and mindfulness for all animals.”
– What do you want everyone to know about caring for animals?
“Create the most natural environment you can for them – from how they are living to how they are eating.”