DEAR READERS: Nick Polizzi, in his book “The Sacred Science: An Ancient Healing Path for the Modern World,” writes: “On a warm summer night a few years ago, an Ojibwe elder in the backwoods of Wisconsin shared a tale to illustrate an important choice we all have to make as we walk through this world. His words have stuck with me ever since and are particularly handy in times of intensity. ... I hope this teaching serves you as well.”
“The Two Wolves”
One evening, an old Cherokee told his grandson about a battle that goes on inside people. He said, “My son, the battle is between two wolves inside us all.”
“One is Evil: It is anger, envy, jealousy, sorrow, regret, greed, arrogance, self-pity, guilt, resentment, inferiority, lies, false pride, superiority and ego.”
“The other is Good: It is joy, peace, love, hope, serenity, humility, kindness, benevolence, empathy, generosity, truth, compassion and faith.”
The grandson thought about it for a minute and then asked his grandfather, “Which wolf wins?”
The old Cherokee simply replied, “The one you feed.”
This story -- with no disrespect to the wolves, whom in many ways I regard as our superiors, contributing far more to environmental health than we do -- affirms our dualistic nature. It is evident in most children and adults, in every country, every day. It is a war, indeed, between our humanity and our inhumanity, which good parenting and education can help end.
DEAR DR. FOX: My 11-year-old Yorkie has Cushing’s disease. Sometimes at night, she pants and paces and throws herself down on the bed, rubs herself back and forth on my refrigerator and whines almost continuously.
Is she in pain when she does that? Right now, the pancreatitis is under control. -- V.R., Fargo, North Dakota
DEAR V.R.: Cushing’s disease is an all-too-common disease affecting the adrenal glands in older dogs, often coupled with hypothyroidism and diabetes mellitus.
Such endocrine gland dysfunctions may be caused by a variety of factors, including endocrine-disrupting chemicals in the environment and food, adverse vaccination reactions (vaccinosis), and complications from neutering. Typical Cushing’s disease can be associated with a tumor in the brain or in the adrenal glands, causing secretion of excessive amounts of one or more adrenal steroids such as cortisol, and in some instances, of adrenal sex hormones.
Most dogs with this disease develop a pot-bellied appearance and poor muscle tone, and have increased thirst, urination and appetite. These hormonal storms can also cause anxiety, panting, increased body heat and discomfort, and acid-base disorders.
So in addition to carefully titrated medication to stop the production of adrenal hormones, close monitoring of blood pressure (and lowering of same, as needed), I would advise 3-6 mg melatonin morning and evening. Also, talk to your veterinarian about putting your dog on a “cooling,” natural, whole-food diet, as per my dog food recipe, minus the grain ingredient. And also consider asking about a short course of treatment with an anxiety-relieving drug such as alprazolam; if it improves the quality of your dog’s life, continue as needed.
KILLING DOGS FOR MEAT RULED ILLEGAL BY SOUTH KOREAN COURT
A South Korean court has ruled that it is illegal to kill dogs for their meat. This is a landmark decision that animal rights activists say could pave the way for legislation outlawing the practice completely.
The ruling was made by Bucheon City court, in a case brought by the animal rights group CARE against a dog farm operator. The man was convicted and fined 3 million won (U.S. $2,700) for killing animals without proper reason and for violating building and hygiene regulations.
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