The Equine Cushings Cure

Written by Nina Arbella

Equine Cushings disease is caused by a tumor inrepparttar pituitary gland, which is responsible forrepparttar 116296 production and regulation of hormones. Symptoms include a long, shaggy coat that does not shed, excessive drinking and urination, laminitis, a tendency for recurring infections inrepparttar 116297 hoof (foot abscesses), and a loss of muscle mass, especially alongrepparttar 116298 topline and rump. At Eye ofrepparttar 116299 Storm Equine Rescue, we’ve discovered what appears to be a cure for Cushings disease in horses. We’re not licensed nor are we doctors, but we know what has worked for our horses and for lots of others, so we wanted to share our experiences in case it helps cure your own horse of equine Cushings disease. While looking through a nutritional healing book at Debra’s Natural Gourmet in West Concord, Mass., I came across a sentence that said “Chasteberry feedsrepparttar 116300 pituitary gland.” Chasteberry in recent times has been used mainly for “women’s complaints.” I know it works because it beatsrepparttar 116301 crap out of PMS, you feel better in 20 minutes. “Hmm,” I say, “I like chasteberry, let’s see what it can do for our two Cushings horses.” Bess, our 26 year old Shetland had obvious symptoms: long hair that didn’t shed and she was a sway back. Not as bad as some, but still obvious. I couldn’t wait forrepparttar 116302 vet to take some blood to find out her “numbers.” The results were positive for Cushings. I put her on one teaspoon twice a day, three weeks on and one week off. Though she began to shed her coat of “buffalo” hair almost immediately, she never was a very slick pony. But I was determined to keep her onrepparttar 116303 chasteberry one year before testing her blood again. If I saw results then, I would tellrepparttar 116304 world.

One year later, after Bess’ test results came back,repparttar 116305 vet said, “I don’t know what you’re doing, but keep on doing it.” Bess’ numbers were down 33 points! I don’t know exactly what these numbers represent, but evidently this never happens in real life! After one year of feeding her pituitary gland, had I managed to reverse her Cushings disease? I was very excited as this ailment affectsrepparttar 116306 lives of millions of old (and not so old) horses in so many negative ways. This disease is more common now than it has ever been inrepparttar 116307 past. No one really knows why, though I have my theories. That is another tale for another day.

I was getting whole chasteberry in one pound bulk bags from Natural Gourmet and running it through a coffee grinder. The seeds are very hard and I figured it would come outrepparttar 116308 other endrepparttar 116309 same way they went in, unless we knockedrepparttar 116310 shells off them. You runrepparttar 116311 grinder until most ofrepparttar 116312 pinging of hard berries can’t be heard anymore. You cannot grind them up completely, but that’s okay. Horses are made to digest roughage. They handlerepparttar 116313 chunks just fine. You should have a grinder for this purpose only, as your coffee might taste funny if you userepparttar 116314 grinder for both.

"Coal in Your Stocking" and Other Festive Drinks for the 12 Days of Christmas

Written by Susan Dunn, The EQ Coach

“Skillfully concocted from an immense variety of colorful spirits and juices, served in unique glassware, and topped with exotic garnishes, a cocktail is meant to be seen as well as consumed.” ( We think ALL Christmas drinks should be festic.

Alcohol has been around a long time, providing both joy and misery. Assuming Smart Choices andrepparttar Emotionally Intelligent use of spirits, we proceed to list 10 fun drinks forrepparttar 116295 holiday season.

Pay attention to your serving ware, and GARNISH for that festive look. Any drink with whipped cream, you can put sprinkles atop, candied fruit, Christmas “picks” drizzle with crème de menthe for color, shaved color chocolate, a Candy kiss atop …

If it’s hot: ·Stick in a cinnamon stick or candy cane ·Dollop with whipped cream and garnish with sprinkles, candy, confectioner’s sugar ·Add a holiday “pick” – there are tons to choose from ·Stick a sparkler in each mug and light at presentation time

If it’s cold: ·Use decorated ice cubes – freeze cranberries, mint leaves, anything festive and NON-POISONOUS intorepparttar 116296 cubes and add at presentation time. (Remember that holly berries and all parts ofrepparttar 116297 mistletoe are poisonous). ·Float sugar-coated cranberries inrepparttar 116298 punch bowl ·Freeze ornaments or fruits or flowers in an ice ring for punch bowl; be creative – anything you can make hygienic-enough

Forrepparttar 116299 traditional eggnog – history, recipes andrepparttar 116300 hazards of egg whites, go here:

Whatever you serve, serve it with festive flare, and give it a holiday name!

The First Day of Christmas: CHRISTMAS MINT PUNCH 1 1/2 c Water 10 oz Mint jelly 3 c Pineapple juice; chilled 1/2 c Lemon juice 1 1/2 c Vodka 64 oz Lemon-lime carbonated drink; chilled 1 qt Lime sherbet In small saucepan, combine water and mint jelly; cook and stir until jelly melts. Cool. In large punch bowl, combine jelly mix, juices and vodka. Just before serving, add carbonated beverage and lime sherbet.



2 well-chilled 750-ml. bottles champagne or sparkling cider 1 cup well-chilled cranberry juice cocktail, or to taste 3 tablespoons Grand Marnier or other orange-flavored liqueur, or to taste, if desired

In a large pitcher stir together wellrepparttar 116301 champagne,repparttar 116302 cranberry juice cocktail andrepparttar 116303 Grand Marnier. Makes about 7 cups, serving 8. Source: ourmet, November 1993


1 oz. cointreau 3 oz. cranberry juice 1 oz. lemon juice, 1 ½ oz. Vodka


2 cups Ruby Port 1 cup unsweetened pineapple juice 1 cup fresh orange juice 1 teaspoon fresh lemon juice Chilled club soda or seltzer water 6 lemon slices for garnish

In a large pitcher stir together wellrepparttar 116304 port andrepparttar 116305 juices. Dividerepparttar 116306 drink among 6 glasses filled with ice cubes. Top offrepparttar 116307 drinks withrepparttar 116308 soda and garnish them withrepparttar 116309 lemon slices. Makes 6 drinks. Source: Gourmet, September 1992

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