By Dr. Jeannie (Jeanette) Thomason
There are “eight laws of Health/Nature” for our dogs – animals (and humans) that are the foundation of animal naturopathy and when put into practice are a “NEW START” for a healthy life for our companion animals.
Just as there are scientific laws that govern the universe, there are natural laws that govern nearly all aspects of health – for all of creation – animals, plants and of course humans.
The 8 laws of health promote the maintenance and restoration of a balanced immune system, mind and healthy blood.
Think about it, the blood is the life of the body and is the fluid medium that makes cell nourishment and cell cleansing possible. Dis-ease cannot thrive in a clean blood stream. Hence, all diseases are dependent upon conditions in the blood in order to survive. It does not matter whether those conditions are external in origin or internally developed over time. ALL DISEASES and their symptoms are dependent upon the condition of the blood in order to survive – it is just a fact. The eight laws of health, therefore, are basic principles which (when adhered to) will establish right conditions in the body and prevent impurities in the blood from flourishing thereby minimizing disease and supporting health.
So what are the eight laws of health in nature for animals (and all life for that matter)? Animal Naturopaths use the acronym – N.E.W. S.T.A.R.T. as follows:
Nutrition – Nutrition is the cornerstone of health. All species MUST eat what they were designed to eat in order to thrive (species-specific raw food). In nature, food is not cooked. Each species consumes raw food that is dense with readily bio-available nutrition needed for their unique anatomy and physiology.
Exercise – Exercise is never optional. Animals are meant to move almost constantly. In the wild, playing, moving from place to place, and hunting are done daily. Movement is required to find food, to grow and stay strong, and to release toxins from the body. Exercise, especially outside in the fresh air, tends to lead to an increase in natural killer cells, neutrophils and monocytes, which ultimately increases immune function.
Water – Always give pure, fresh, unadulterated water. Avoid community tap water that has been treated with chlorine, fluoride or other toxins.
Sun/Supplements – Animals instinctually know what is needed to stay healthy. Sunlight provides numerous benefits. Maybe you have observed your own companion animal or even a wild one napping in the morning sun. Animals benefit from the sun’s effect on their bodies.
Supplements are especially needed when a raw, species specific diet is not being fed and/or when the animal is already in a dis-eased state. This is due to the fact that most soils are nutrient depleted and full of toxic chemicals. This in turn translates into a lack of nutrients in the animals that eat grasses grown on nutrient depleted and/or toxic ground and in turn for the carnivore that eats the omnivore that ate the grasses. However, when supplements are used, they need to be used in moderation and qualified for each animal’s unique needs.
Temperance – Temperance is an old-fashioned word for moderation. Too much of even a good thing can wind up being detrimental — for example, too much exercise, too much sun, too much water, etc.
Air – Every living thing needs fresh air daily if possible. Fresh air energizes. Research shows that spending time in fresh air, especially surrounded by trees and natural water sources, increases energy.
Rest – Companion animals need plenty of quality rest. They do best without all the noise of modern appliances and electronic EMFs that interfere with deep rest and biorhythms. The stress of not enough good rest can alone bring about illness and behavior problems.
Trust – Trust is not something very many people think about as being a law of nature and health, but it is the eighth law. Trust is a firm belief in the reliability, truth, ability, and strength of something (or someone). Of course, as is always the case in nature, this law is multifaceted.
First, it means that we are to trust or have faith in the previous seven laws — nutrition, exercise, pure water, sunshine, temperance, fresh air, and rest. These laws are the true path to health, longevity and quality of life.
Second, it means to trust or have faith in the principles of naturopathy, which are founded upon the eight laws of nature and health. Believe that these natural laws are a truth and that they will always work. We MUST trust in the laws of health. We MUST NOT become fearful and return to conventional medicine when the body begins to detoxify or if it appears to be taking longer than expected to heal.
Third, it means to trust or have faith in a higher power, the creator or giver of life, God. We are not talking about being religous here. There have been a lot of studies, and more are coming out all of the time, that show how human patients with strong spirituality can improve their health from a variety of chronic conditions such as hypertension, heart disease, recovery from surgery and more.
People with high levels of religious beliefs or spirituality have lower cortisol responses. Cortisol is a hormone the body releases in response to stress in animals as well as people. Spirituality and/or the practice of religion have recently been associated with a slower progression of Alzheimer’s dis-ease.
Wherever your spirituality comes from, research indicates there are real health benefits to both yourself and to your animals. Animals and people have forged an incredibly close connection and animals have an uncanny ability to “read us” and reflect our emotions/moods and attitudes.
At its very core, animal naturopathy and the eight laws of health/nature is about supporting the mind/body/spirit to come back to and maintain balance. Each and every law is vital for establishing and maintaining clean, healthy blood, hence – a balanced immune system. To truly support our animals on their path to true, sustained health, we must give them a true naturopathic lifestyle, by applying and following the laws of health/nature.
As an animal naturopath, my passion and joy is in educating and helping animal families to have thriving companion animals.