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Garbling The Gumweed

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Garbling The Gumweed    

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The Toes Know

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Patrick Jones, DVM   Scooter is a nice little sheltie. He has a lot of responsibility. He gets mom up for breakfast at 7 a.m. sharp every morning, circles the kids to keep them in a well-mannered flock in the backyard and, most importantly, defends the perimeter from undesireables. Not long ago this last part of Scooter’s job got him into trouble. One of the neighbor dogs had started a hole under the fence in preparation for a raid onto Scooter’s turf. This, of course, was not acceptable and Scooter and the interloper started having an altercation via the half-finished...

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Some Thoughts on Herb Capsules

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 Patrick P. Jones, DVM I was walking past the pharmacy section of my local grocery store the other day. It was amazing to see how many herbal products they had on the shelves…Echinacea, St. John’s Wort, Gingko, garlic…all kinds of stuff. It’s great that herbal supplements have become so popular. The only downside was that every single one of those products was packaged in capsules. I’m not a big fan of capsules. Don’t get me wrong. I’m not saying they don’t have some significant advantages. Capsules make herbs “easy to swallow”. Capsules are particularly nice when dealing with herbs that...

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Head Wound Case: Herbal Healing of Tissue Defects

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By Patrick Jones, DVM Warning: Contains graphic images of wound healing. But they get better. :) I received an email from a gentleman in Februrary. He had seen my post about Miracle Max and wanted to know if I could help his wife. We'll call her Susan.  Susan had had a mass removed from the top of her head. The surgeons had taken a large circle of scalp and left nothing but the bone underneath. Because of the size of the defect, closing the wound was not possible. The proposed solution for this problem was to take a large skin graft...

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Talking to Teasel (Dipsacus spp.)

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By Patrick Jones, DVM   I've had some interesting experiences lately.Not long ago I was driving down a country road. I saw a plant growing on a ditch bank and had a most intense interest and attraction to it...Really intense. I asked the guy I was with what it was. He didn't know. A week or so later I was on a friend's place and saw the plant again and again I had the same intense feeling about it. I asked him if he knew what it was. He said it was Teasel. I asked him what it was good for. He...

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