Russell, has studied holistic health for over 30 years and lived a holistic lifestyle for over 58 years. He specializes in integrating his scientific background with his knowledge of health, to holistically help both people and pets. As a holistic scientist, his greatest talent is being able to cut through all the marketing hype, using his scientific background to tell people what is truly holistic. Today, our topic is “Choosing a Holistic Practitioner.”
Your topic for today’s show would be helpful to all of us, whether we have pets or not?
That sounds great. Let us start with Lesson #1.
So, some healthcare practitioners expect total compliance with what they prescribe?
I agree with that. What other lessons have you learned?
If their pet is being treated, I ask if the pet has a shinier, silkier coat, they have more energy, act more playful or affectionate, sleep less, ask to go outside more and have more consistent bowel movements. If they say, Yes, to some or all of these, then I point out that research studies show it generally takes at least 90 days for any permanent change in the body to take effect. This includes changing personal habits, quitting smoking, dieting to lose weight, results from natural supplements, etc. The fact that the new customer did notice some benefits tells me the balancing process still has a way to go before their symptoms improve. They need to be patient and give it at least 90 days.
So, providing this interim feedback gives the holistic practitioner more information to judge unseen results?
What else do you look for?
What if the practitioner does not have any more options for you?
Have you seen this before?
Can you give us another holistic lesson you have learned?
Can you give me a specific example?
Sure. A practitioner had prescribed high therapeutic doses of glucosamine for a dog with arthritis. The client was not seeing enough progress in their dog and was searching for a better answer. After asking my holistic evaluation questions, I asked the client if she was seeing any side effects from the high therapeutic doses of glucosamine prescribed. She did not know there were any side effects. I told her two of the most common side effects of high therapeutic doses of glucosamine are insulin resistance and yeast overgrowth. The client remarked, “Oh my gosh, is that why I have to clean my dog’s ears out almost daily?”
So, how could this situation have been prevented?
If the practitioner looked at ALL the symptoms of the dog’s WHOLE body, they might have recognized these side effects of glucosamine in the ears. This is a problem we often see with giving high therapeutic doses of supplements to pets. Not many practitioners are looking for side effects. Too many people and practitioners assume if it is all-natural it must be holistic and therefore safe.
What other lessons can you share?
Conventional medicine looks to eradicate symptoms. Holistic practitioners are trained to look beyond that and identify the possible origins of those symptoms. They will try and identify what gland, organ or body system is producing the illness. But few holistic practitioners are trained to look beyond the first set of circumstance they find.
I am not following that reasoning; can you give me an example?
I have seen that before. What is wrong with that?
Even if the holistic practitioner does find a stronger remedy, that will still not resolve the hypothyroidism. It will only make the body dependent on the stronger supplement. Remember one of my earlier lessons of prescribing ever increasing dosages?
What would you do as a holistic practitioner?
I would realize that since the thyroid is a secondary gland in the endocrine system, just giving a stronger thyroid supplement is only temporarily “fixing” the symptoms. While this might be necessary in the short-term, my long-term solution would be to look at what imbalance might be occurring in the primary glands that control the thyroid: namely, the pituitary (master gland), pineal and hypothalamus in the brain. If we could balance these three glands and organs in the brain, then the brain would pull up the secondary thyroid by the bootstraps, so to speak, without having to give a stronger supplement. This is what I call healing from within or from the top>down.
I see that now. Your thinking is definitely more holistic. Give our listeners another tip for choosing a good holistic practitioner.
A good holistic practitioner will be proactive and not wait for symptoms to show up before making a recommendation. Most people wait for symptoms to show up or blow up before taking action in their own lives and that of their pet. But this is even harder for our pets, since they cannot talk. So, we have to be observant to any changes our pets display, so that we can take preventative holistic action.
Can you give my listeners an example?
Chronic Renal Failure (CRF) in cats does not show up in clinical signs (blood test) until 50-75% of kidney degeneration has occurred. By the time clinical signs confirm CRF, it is almost too late to help holistically. I would rather teach the client to recognize the subtle signs of impending kidney disease, such as:
- Increased thirst
- Increased urination
- Vomiting both food and clear liquid
- Nausea and gagging
- Weight loss
- Muscle wasting
- Poor, dry coat
I would first get a vet exam to either confirm or rule out CRF. If the cat is younger, I would take preventative measures such as eliminating all dry food, transitioning to canned food or even home-cooked and a raw food diet. These diets have more moisture than dry kibble.
I would next look for a holistic product that supplied abundant Omega oils and was high in antioxidants. Holistic vets say these are two critical nutrients for CRF cats.
So, you would give dietary suggestions first rather than just a kidney supplement for cats?
That is correct. Remember, I would rather address the WHOLE body with whole foods and superfood products that just treat the kidney symptoms with a supplement. To me, that is just supplementing the symptoms.
I am beginning to see the wisdom in your holistic thinking. Can you summarize for our listeners your personal guidelines for finding a holistic practitioner?
Here is a list of guidelines for choosing a good holistic practitioner for both people and pets:
- Be a participant in your or your pet’s health care. Do not just comply with their recommendations but ask questions and understand your practitioner’s reasoning.
- Be observant to any changes in your or your pet’s body.
- Provide this feedback to your or your pet’s practitioner. Be an active participant and not just a passive patient.
- Do not accept ever increasing dosages as a true holistic answer.
- If you reached a plateau in your or your pet’s progress, ask for more options. These options could include seeing your practitioner’s practitioner.
- Consider all side effects of supplements and how they affect the WHOLE body.
- Make sure the practitioner is looking for the primary cause of your or your pet’s illness and not just treating the symptoms with a supplement.
- Look for a holistic practitioner that helps you proactively prevent illness and degenerative diseases BEFORE symptoms show up.
One way is to go to our website, www.OptimumChoices.com/ and sign up for our free monthly e-newsletters. We have written articles on such topics as, Is glucosamine the answer for arthritis? Healthy water for you and your pets and Whole Food Products vs. Supplements. All past articles are archived online and one can search for a specific topic. If your listeners will check the box at the bottom of the subscription form, we’ll send subscribers a free report entitled What Pet Food Companies Don’t Want You to Know. This report contains 11-points some of which we covered today.
Do you offer any consulting services if I want more personal attention?
Yes, we have Mini- and Extended-Consults for those who purchase one of our holistic products and want to get the maximum usage for their pet. We also offer full Holistic Consultations in 15-30-60 minute blocks.
What other holistic resources do you have that would be of interest my listeners?
I just started a personal blog called Wholistic Answers. Your listeners can go to it at www.RussellLouie.com/.
We also have written a series of Holistic Choices e-Books. Readers can take advantage of the latest holistic research we find and absorb the information in a small chunk rather than a 100+ page book. The first three titles that have been published are:
- Save Your Dog or Cat
- Secrets of Longevity (for people )
- How to become a canine massage provider
Go to our website www.OptimumChoices.com/ and click on the e-Books button in the left column on our home page. As a special offer, I will give your listeners a free e-Book with any purchase of one of our bio-algae concentrate products. Just have them enter in the Special Instructions box of our shopping cart, “Wendy sent me” and ask for their free Save Your Dog or Cat e-Book or mention it in their telephone order
Thank you for sharing your holistic wisdom with my listeners today. For more information on Optimum Choices and holistic options for your pet, go to Russell’s website at www.optimumchoices.com/. You can e-mail them at info@OptimumChoices.com or call toll-free 866-305-2306.