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Water Water Everywhere!

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Water Water Everywhere!

"Water, water everywhere and not a drop to drink" is a line from the epic poem The Rime of the Ancient Mariner, by Samuel Taylor Coleridge. In the poem, the mariner is stranded in a becalmed sea. He is surrounded by water on all sides but is dying of thirst because the salt water is undrinkable. He might as well have been in a desert!  In our modern society, we have easier access to water than any people in the history of the world. A simple turn of a knob brings clear, cool water to drink any time we want it. But what...

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A Chilling Plant Walk!

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Click Here For Plant Walks & Workshops Click Here For Calendar of Events    Dr. Patrick Jones Veterinarian, Naturopath & Clinical Herbalist In Buhl, Idaho        

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Don't Just Do Something...Stand There!

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Don't Just Do Something...Stand There!

It was 1991 and I was a senior veterinary student at the Purdue University School of Veterinary Medicine's Large Animal Hospital. I was standing in a stall "attending" the birth of a foal from a thoroughbred mare. She had been working on things for a bit and was making good progress. Suddenly she gave a last, gentle push and out came the foal. I quickly grabbed some scissors, umbilical tape and iodine to cut and dip the the cord. I felt a gentle hand on my shoulder. It was my old mentor Dr. Boehm who'd been in practice for longer than I'd...

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Squirrel!...The Secret to Rapid Wound Healing

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Squirrel!...The Secret to Rapid Wound Healing

By Patrick Jones, DVM   Before we start, I want to advise you that there are some graphic wound images in this article that may be disturbing to sensitive souls. If you are a sensitive soul, please cover your eyes while reading this. :0) Over the years I've worked on hundreds of wound cases in the veterinary clinic and in conjunction with my personal consultation service. These cases have historically been treated with a poultice formula containing the following herbs: Comfrey Root: A remarkable vulnerary (cell proliferant) that accelerates healing Calendula: An effective antibiotic, anti-inflammatory and vulnerary Plantain: A soothing, detoxifier that...

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Juno's Story: A Wound Healing Case Using Herbal Tea Spray Instead of Poultices

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Juno's Story: A Wound Healing Case Using Herbal Tea Spray Instead of Poultices

By Dr. Patrick Jones Juno is a little American Eskimo. Her favorite part of the day is when "Dad" comes home. In her enthusiasm to greet him one day, she didn't wait for the car to stop in the driveway and got trapped beneath a wheel.  Juno was rushed to the vet and x-rays showed her pelvis to be fractured in four places. The determination was made to allow the fractures to heal on their own and she was taken home to convalesce. Ten days later, while bathing Juno, her owner discovered that the skin beneath her fur had turned black...

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