Principles of Natural Health Care
1) Good health is the normal state.
2) The body will tend towards a state of good health.
3) Healing will take place if it is possible.
4) Acute illness is a sign that the body is trying to heal itself
5) Chronic illness is the result of failure or suppression of the
This philosophy is positive and optimistic and believes
that our health is in our own hands. This contrasts with the view
of conventional medicine which expects problems to develop; that
illnesses are random and indiscriminate; and that we have little
control over our health. However, Natural Health Care does require
us to accept the responsibility for health and wellbeing. The key
to achieving good health is a simple one when these Principles are
applied: if we can put in place the correct conditions the body
will do the rest. Here the "correct conditions" mean correct
lifestyle of which correct diet is the most important and also the
one which is the easiest to control. This is the essence of Holistic
What makes a correct diet?
Everyone would agree that a balanced diet is important.
But what does "balanced" mean? The common view is that
a diet is balanced if the food contains sufficient quantity of the
various nutrients - proteins, fats, carbohydrates, minerals, vitamins
and water to meet the needs of the body for maintenance, growth,
reproduction and exercise. This definition fails to take account
of several important factors:What if the food has excessive nutrients
e.g. too much protein or fat? Is the body able to utilise the nutrients
in the food: i.e. is the food easily digested? Does the food contain
substances which are not nutrients e.g. chemical additives, impurities?
Does the food suit the animal's system? Many dogs develop intolerance
to certain foods. Is the body able to eliminate the waste matter
Our definition of a balanced diet is that what goes
in equals what comes out! This means that over a period of time
the body will maintain a good state of health and normal function
and that all wastes will be efficiently eliminated.
In practice, many domestic pets do not have a balanced
diet. In most instances,
INTAKE EXCEEDS OUTPUT
Excess intake can result from
2) incorrect proportions of nutrients, for example too much protein
or fat inclusion in the diet of non-nutrients e.g. colourings, chemicals
Decreased output can result from
1) insufficient exercise;
2) a warm environment reduces the amount of energy (heat) needed
to maintain body temperature
3) the organs of elimination (kidneys, intestines, skin, liver and
gall bladder) may become less efficient as they become clogged.
Common pet health problems
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