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Equine Detox 101 by decree


									Published in the November/December 2008 issue of Equine Wellness Magazine

Equine Detox 101
Environmental contaminants can make your equine partner sick.
The solution is to detox your horse so his body can heal itself.

By Erin Zamzow, DVM
                                                                 and eliminate foreign and potentially damaging
                                      As I sit down to write     substances from the body. But when these processes
                                      this article, I am         are overwhelmed, dangerous substances build up and
                                      swirled in the lovely      challenge the cells’ ability to function optimally. Much of
                                      aroma of horse. I’m        this damage is done by unstable molecules known as
                                      fresh in from free         free radicals.
                                      longeing my little
                                      Morgan mare in the         When the body breaks down environmental toxins, the
                                      pasture. She is being      process requires oxygen and a step during which
                                      rehabilitated from         oxygen is unstable. If the detoxification process is not
                                      neglect and a              completed, free radicals are formed. Free radicals are
                                      longundiagnosed EPM        molecules with a missing electron in their outer orbit.
                                      infection, so she          Molecules “want” to be stable so an unstable one will
                                      needs to be exercised,     steal an electron from a neighboring molecule. This
                                      stretched, and             causes oxidative damage to the molecule that was
                                      according to her,          stolen from and the tissue it is a part of.
                                      groomed and                Free radicals are normally “quenched” or eliminated by
                                      scratched extensively!     antioxidants supplied in the diet and created by the
                                    When I first met             body. When there are more free radicals created than
                                    Daphne about a year          can be stabilized, they build up and a cascade of
                                    ago she was thin,            electron-stealing molecules is generated. This chaotic
                                    could barely walk, had       domino type reaction results in oxidative stress that
                                    a dull look in her           destroys tissues and contributes to inflammation. Due
    beautiful eyes, and seemed to hurt all over. I had to do     to the overwhelming level of environmental toxicity we
    something to help so she became my rescue/rehab              are experiencing, the degree of free radical formation
    project. What lessons she has taught me!                     and oxidative stress to our tissues, DNA and proteins
                                                                 can easily overwhelm the antioxidants ingested in the
    The decline of the immune system                             diet or produced by the body.
    Since my graduation from veterinary school in 1990, I
                                                                 Signs of toxin damage
    have seen an increase in many disease conditions in
                                                                 If a substance damages DNA sequences, genetic
    horses, including infections such as EPM (Equine
                                                                 mutations can occur and protein transcription can be
    Protozoal Myelitis). Cancer, insulin resistance, equine
    Cushing’s, allergies, laminitis and arthritis are, in my
    experience, showing up in younger horses with                •If receptor sites on important molecules that create
    increasing frequency. Conditions I used to be able to        energy are blocked, energy production and thus athletic
    address with proper shoeing, a good liver cleanse and        performance will drop.
    some nutritional changes are not responding the way
    they did a decade ago. I am also witnessing bone             •If immune function is damaged, a horse might be less
    recession and periodontal disease more frequently and        able to fight off infection and more prone to cancer.
    in younger horses. In one barn, 50% of the horses I
    work on have some degree of periodontal inflammation,        •An over-reactive immune system may manifest as
    even those as young as eight years old.                      allergies or autoimmune diseases.

    In 2004, I started doing some volunteer work with the        •If the nervous system is compromised, you may see
    Washington Toxics Coalition, a grassroots non-profit         anxiety, nervousness, reactive behavior and abnormal
    organization devoted to the investigation of toxins in the   locomotion.
    environment and our bodies. As a mother, I was very          •Destruction of endocrine tissue will result in hormonal
    concerned about the increase in environmental toxins         and metabolic dysfunction such as painful/crampy heat
    showing up in the bodies of humans. Our domestic             cycles, difficulty breeding or keeping in foal, insulin
    animals are exposed to many of the same heavy                resistance and equine metabolic syndrome.
    metals, industrial chemicals and other pollutants. As I
    looked at disease trends in people that were directly        Detox is crucial
    linked or related to toxic “body burdens”, it became very    My point is not to create a feeling of hopelessness or
    apparent that the problems I was seeing in horses            paranoia, but to get the message across loud and clear
    could also be related to a buildup of toxins in their        that our horses’ bodies get overwhelmed quickly and
    bodies.                                                      easily by the burden of toxins they are carrying around.
                                                                 They need serious help getting rid of these substances
    System overload                                              and replacing the antioxidants that allow the body to
    Normally, the body is well equipped to handle exposure       function optimally.
    to a certain level of toxins. The liver, kidneys, lymph,
    blood, skin and respiratory system all act to process
“Based on my clinical
experience, I believe toxic
chemicals are a root cause of
many, if not most, health
problems,” says veterinarian Dr.
Lynn Peck of Gainesville,
Florida. “Probably 80% of my
practice is detoxing animals
safely and slowly. I have seen
amazing turnarounds in very sick
patients by just getting the
chemicals out.”

Dr. Don Hemerson is a
veterinarian from Greeley,
Colorado. He works with a
system called Bicom which can
help analyze toxins in the body
and find out what is effective at
removing them. “True healing at
the cellular level can’t take place
until the heavy metals and
chemicals are cleared from the
body,” he says. “When those
toxins are removed, the cells
start to communicate in a highly
efficient manner and chronic
disease patterns rapidly start to
disappear, whether it is allergies,
digestive disorders, or
inflammatory arthritis. True
healing can’t occur until the
patient is free of the
environmental toxins.”
WHAT YOU CAN DO                                            the kidneys and liver and may boost other overwhelmed
There are many ways to include detoxification in your      detoxification channels in the body. As a side benefit,
horse’s care. The important thing is that you do it, and   bone density can be improved by enhanced mineral
in a way most beneficial and gentle to your horse.         absorption and the silica that certain types of zeolite
Homeopathy, herbs, acupuncture, Bicom analysis,            provide. There are several kinds of zeolite offering
bodywork such as Bowen/touch balancing and                 varying effectiveness depending on their source, purity
massage are all great ways to help your horse keep up      and size.
with his detox needs.
                                                           DAPHNE DETOXED
One simple and effective way is to include zeolites in     I take a break and head out to see Daphne. She trots
your horse’s diet. Zeolites are a natural mineral found    up to me, tossing her mane in a playful manner. I don’t
the world over. They are formed when volcanic ash hits     know if I’d believe the story of her transformation had I
sea water and forms a matrix or network of tiny open       not seen it with my own eyes. She has never been on
spaces. Zeolites have an overall negative charge. Since    an antibiotic or an anti-inflammatory drug. She was my
heavy metals and many toxins have a strong positive        experiment in seeing just how much the body can heal
charge, they are attracted to the open spaces in the       when you get the toxins out and add what it needs to
zeolite, trapped by the strong bond, and passively         repair itself. She is a wonderful teacher, and I thank her
carried out of the body. This helps reduce the load on     for taking this leap of faith into healing with me!



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