The Natural Horse Vet Magalog

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during periods of inflammation and infection. By acting as a powerful anti - inflammatory, even swelling of injured tissue can be minimized reducing pain and speeding up the healing process. Do you know any horses that could benefit? He also states that GSE can prevent and relieve excessive fluid buildup (edema) especially in the lymph glands. This aids in clearing waste material from the site injury or infection. As a big benefit, he states that GSE can benefit the synovial fluid in joints as well. In our Joint Check we added glucosamine products (6,000 mgs per ounce) to help the joints and connective tissue even more. Although a topic for another article, these glucosamine products undisputedly help rebuild, restore and lubricate joints. Any aged arthritic or performance horse needs Joint Check. All others need Health Check.

Dr. Richard Cutlar, former director of the government’s anti-aging research department at the National Institute of Health said, “The amount of antioxidants that you maintain in your body is directly proportional to how long you live!” Health Check retails for .66 a day. That expense is less than what a soda pop costs. I know my horse is worth it. How about yours?

Joint Check has the same ingredients as Health Check plus naturally supports healthy joint function, bone and connective tissue. See page 45.

Health Check is a great source of antioxidants. See page 44.

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recent article in USA Today describes a revolution in the pharmaceutical industry. More specifically, that the focus now shifts from merely treating symptoms to actually stopping disease entirely or preventing it in the first place. Perhaps this is revolutionary to the drug industry but the complementary/alternative movement has spoken prevention and even “cure” for decades. In fact it has always been their goal. In people the pharmaceutical method of treating only the symptoms with prescription drugs has failed against big killers such as cancer, alzheimers and heart disease. They may help alleviate the pain or relieve symptoms somewhat but they don’t fix the root of the problem. Sometimes, even toxic side effects from drugs can force a patient to discontinue medication and cause symptoms to return. Some drugs may also produce their own set of symptoms requiring more medication and higher and higher doses. Anti-inflammatories and steroids in horses are notorious for this.

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On our farm we have about thirty Rocky Mountain horses. We have outside mares coming and going for breeding, we are either showing or trail riding every weekend. The point is, we have a lot of potential exposure for disease. We feed every horse Health Check or Joint Check every day. We don’t even vaccinate and we don’t have sick horses.

In alternative medicine, addressing the cause of the problem has always been the focus. Illness suggests that the body is “out of balance”. Alternative medicine uses natural nutrients and methods and assists in healing with the idea that the body has a tendency to heal itself or self-correct. With the imbalance corrected, the symtoms will disappear on their own or give us new symptoms to gradually guide us further towards the desired state of health. Dr. Robert Atkins points out in his book, Vita Nutrients (Simon and Schuster, 1998) drugs are “blockers” but nutrients like vitamins and herbs are “enablers”. They allow the body to funtion smoothly by easing the natural process. They work best gradually over the long-term. Knowing this, who wouldn’t choose an “enabler” (i.e. a nutrient or herb) over a “blocker” also known as a drug? Nutrients and herbs keep us and our animal friends healthy. It goes without saying that healthy is a win-win situation. As we all know an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure.

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