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An Introduction to Holistic Pet Health
- by John Burns BVMS MRCVS

Casper and Abby, doing well on Burns Real FoodMuch of modern thought is geared to seeing the individual as a series of separate systems which function independently of each other. We have specialists for skin, kidneys, nervous system, bones, heart and so on.

Food companies produce whole ranges of veterinary -only diets, each food designed to treat or manage a specific health problem. Diets are developed containing supplements to promote healthy joints or immune systems, clean teeth, avoid hairball and so on.

At any time there are many thousands of biochemical and physiological reactions occurring in the body. These reactions are co-ordinated and controlled in ways which have evolved over millions of years and which we can barely begin to understand. Any effort to influence these reactions is crude and limited compared to the body's own capabilities.

The objective of Holistic Medicine is to follow a lifestyle which provides the conditions for the body to maintain a healthy, stable condition.

By far the most important element and the one over which we have most control is the daily diet

"We don't know what causes the problem, we don't know how to cure it but we can use drugs to relieve it until we really understand how to deal properly with the problem."
(John Burns BVMS MRCVS, I972)

"Shortly after qualifying as a veterinary surgeon I heard myself saying these words on numerous occasions to owners of dogs with skin problems. I was beginning to realise I was not as well prepared to deal with health problems as I would have liked. While drugs are useful for treating acute illnesses and relieving the signs and symptoms of chronic disease there are few if any chronic diseases which can be cured by drugs.

A few years later, having read some impressive reports about acupuncture I decided to become an acupuncturist. The two-year course on Traditional Oriental Medicine attempted to unite ancient principles of health to our Western way of life. During this time I came to realise that acupuncture suffered from the same important shortcoming as modern medicine - the illness itself was being treated but the management did not address the cause of the problem.

At the same time I became a student of the Macrobiotic movement which was in great vogue in Britain in the seventies but which has now disappeared from view (in the UK at least). Macrobiotics attempted to apply and adapt ancient, traditional philosophy in a way which was practical and appropriate to our modern lifestyle...........More



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