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    be interested to know ppls views on natural therapies such as aromatherapy, chiro and acupuncture. Has anyone tried these with their dogs? What's your thoughts?

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    I use a lot of chiropractic, herbals and supplements. I'm not against veterinary medicine I just don't believe it's the be all and end all of how I can provide my dogs with as good a life as possible.

    Chiropractic and muscle manipulation has helped my own dogs and a lot of clients where anti inflammatories and x-rays could not fix the problem. A lot cheaper too!

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    Thanks Nekhbet, I like the idea of using as many natural therapies as possible and only using the vet medicine as a last resort. Was it difficult finding a Pet Chiro?

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    It comes down to a balance. Sometimes a vet as a first resort can be more helpful (and less expensive lol)

    If there is a greyhound training facility or race club near you contact them for a chiro. Greyhound trainers and breeders use them a lot for their dogs as many common medications are banned in racing, same in horses. So a lame dog will see a chiro before just being pumped with anti inflammatories like most pet dogs.

    The guy I see although an almost 40 minute drive charges $12.50 a session, and he's worth his weight in gold Some human chiros also do dogs, I know Potter Chiropractic in Werribee sees dogs on a Saturday then humans all the other times

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    A vet nurse friend practices acupuncture on everything from cats/dogs to chooks/reptiles with great results.

    Aromatherapy is also useful to a somewhat similar extent as in humans: lavender oil, etc. for calming/relaxation. I have used this myself on some sweet old poodles i was privately nursing for a few years. They were prescribed a high does of xanax throughout the day to keep them quiet as their medical condition was substantially worsened by an excited state. The owner and I trialed using lavender essential oils in burners throughout the house along with dimmed lights (good thing i like lavender...) and a lowered dose of xanax, we found that they were overall less anxious and more receptive to other medications than when using the prescribed high dose of xanax. Sometimes the simple things can work wonders.

    I would definitely recommend trialing acupuncture, massage and chiro in situations where anti-inflammatories would otherwise be prescribed as long term use can be harmful to organ function.

    Otherwise i am a big fan of preventative medicine such as good food, appropriate training and play. Body, mind and soul

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    If you want to believe in natural therapies as the be and end all over conventional and not as complementary I can sell you a shares in a great bridge situated in Sydney harbour going cheap.
    Email me at

    youreallybelievethisshit.com.au

    for easy term payments

    I also have a secret recipe that heals everything. You have to get your dog to eat 3 raw fish heads sprinkled with my secret recipe of herbs under a full moon as you sing a healing song that only I can give you the words to. For a price of course. My other website is Icanhealanythingjustaskme.com.

    As with anything be careful. Complementary is good. Alternative not so unless backed up by peer reviewed scientific study.
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    Sorry. Really pissed off tonight. Great mate just lost his brother to Pancreatic cancer. He was told that if his brother had eaten apricot seeds (laetril) drunk lemon or orange juice, found god or some such shit he would have been saved. Ignore me.

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    Di_dee1, so sorry to hear about your friend's brother.

    I think that many people have forgotten that "conventional" medicine does rely on extracts of naturally-occurring chemicals found in nature, refined to do a particular job. Some alternative medicines are great and work for certain things but you need to remember that many of these remedies were devised back in the days when people still believed that illness was caused by demons and bad spirits.

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    Hi Di Dee

    That's a most excellent reason to be cranky.

    I blame the Happy Clappers for the death of my dad. They said they could organise to pray for him and that would save him from stage really far gone (in the bones and spreading) prostate cancer. They were wrong. I don't really blame them but seriously - what a dumb thing to tell a stranger.

    My grandmother - had pancreatic cancer, was told 6 months to live - that's about the usual for it - very nasty. She said "I don't have time to die" - and she was fairly religious about what she ate - cut out any food that needed help from the pancreas to process ie most fat and sugar, lost a pile of weight and managed to live another 10 years. She also stopped being 2 hours late for everything. The most cruel thing about it was she got it less than six months after my disabled grandfather who she'd been full time carer for - died. But that last ten years was a blast.

    Natural - it's just a word. Lots of scientifically proven medicines come from natural sources. Some therapies that are very old - are still good and scientifically validated.

    But generally it's nice to know that there has been a double blind scientific study to measure the effectiveness for any treatment system for any particular disease. Placebo works quite well for a lot of things but not everything and not for most people. Ie the best it can do is about 25% and not against stage 4 cancer or really aggressive cancers.
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    Placebo is really effective too. It is a wonder what our minds can do.

    Even a lot of Chemotherapies/medicines came from " natural" products though, for example, if a really effective one was done from the bark of a pine tree that doesn't mean you will get the same effect by eating a piece of bark a day. You would probably have to eat through a couple of forests a day to get the same effect from the final extracts they made.

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