By Dr. Jeannie Thomason and Dr. Kim Bloomer
Certified Animal Naturopaths & Founders of American Council of Animal Naturopathy
Perhaps you have heard of animal naturopathy but have wondered what it really is. The philosophy of naturopathy has been in existence since the beginning of time.
Naturopathy focuses on health. The definition of naturopathy is a philosophy and system of following the laws of health God mandated in nature: species appropriate nutrition, exercise, pure water, fresh air, sunshine, rest, moderation and trust in these laws to maintain health. When the body does go out of balance, then naturopathy employs the use of nature’s remedies such as herbs, essential oils, minerals, etc., in addition to the laws of health, to support the body so it can bring itself back into balance. No doctor or physician of any kind can heal anyone as the body heals itself.
The word “disease” is really a bastardization of the original word “dis-ease” meaning the body was uneasy because it was/is imbalanced. The word “disease” was instituted to place labels on symptoms and is used to lend an element of fear that states only a licensed physician can cure and/or treat the “label” using invasive measures such as surgery and synthetic pharmaceuticals to “control or manage the labeled symptom”. Really there is no such thing as “disease” in the Westernized meaning of the word – merely symptoms of a body out of balance. The worse the symptoms the more out of balance the body.
Naturopathy follows the edict, “First, do no harm.“ The use of natures’ remedies must support the healing process, not work against it.
Don’t Be Fooled!
Animal Naturopaths are not veterinarians. Here is where confusion comes in for some. Today’s veterinarians are in the business of disease care, not health care. They hold doctorate titles from colleges that teach them chemistry and surgery. They are taught the labels or names of a set of symptoms as a disease. They are taught how to use modern, high tech equipment to diagnose while the pharmaceutical companies teach them which drug to prescribe to suppress the symptoms of the dis-ease or illness the animal is presenting with. They are not taught what health is nor are they taught how to bring the animal’s body back to health.
Animal Naturopaths can determine the root cause of the body’s dis-ease from the symptoms, educate the client (animal’s owner) and suggest a course of action to get the body of their animal back into balance. The true Animal Naturopath realizes you must get to the root of the illness (imbalance) to heal. If you don’t know what causes an imbalance in the body that has brought on the dis-ease, how can you assist the body to balance and be in health? Symptoms are messages from the body leading the Animal Naturopath to the root of the illness. Therefore unlike a physician or veterinarian, symptoms are not covered up or suppressed by medication. Animal Naturopaths look at the symptoms as indicators of the root of the dis-ease.
Preventing and reversing the “dis-ease” only requires thinking differently about health and wellness. Words that describe the needs of the animal such as species appropriate nutrition, providing natural sunlight and pure water, engaging them in regular physical exercise, avoiding known toxins, doing things in moderation, rest, while trusting in these laws of health for health is the solution.
The so called naturopathic or holistic veterinarian performs minor surgery and prescribes medications. The true Animal Naturopath shuns any invasive procedure, does not prescribe medications, and does not diagnose “diseases”.
The true Animal Naturopath believes in the true holistic approach to health. The animal as a whole, mind, body, and spirit, as well as his living environment is taken into consideration when evaluating the animal’s health. This requires an individualized and unique action plan for each animal.
Animal Naturopaths educate the client and use nature’s ways and natural modalities (when necessary) to assist and support the animal to gain harmony or balance in their bodies for healing to happen.
Simplifying the process and giving the power back to the client to support their animal’s health with the laws of nature (without the use of drugs and chemicals) – back into balance and maintain that balance by providing care according to the animal’s species specific needs is the goal of the true Animal Naturopath.
“…health is attainable by every single person. It isn’t rocket science. It’s not complex. And it doesn’t require a prescription. Health is easy, it is straightforward, and it is direct. And, for the most part, it is available free of charge if you invoke the healing power of sunlight, pure water, stress reduction, exercise, and healthy food choices.” ~Mike Adams, Health Ranger, NaturalNews.com