Sunday, December 14, 2008
I work with people and I work with pets. Happily I get ready to sit for the national boards by this February as my career begins to take shape. It's all about me getting in the study mode.....I love the direction I have taken, I love working with pets and yes....even people.
But there is a frustrating element when working with herbs....and that's our overall mentality which comes from the culture of the past 50 years...This is the expectation that if we take one single pill we can then fix everything.
With herbs...sometimes one single formula can indeed work....and in other instances it may take a couple of tries at getting it to to change the condition.
But when sitting back and thinking about it is can we really say that it is really any difference than western medicine?
Every day I work with so many people in which the dog has not been responding to western drug therapy. This is because either the drug just does not work, or the pet has become resistant to the medication.
And for some reason people give a lot more allowance if you will, to western pharmaceuticals...this can be confirmed by the gigantic veterinarian bills that I hear that people have paid.
By the time people have found me...they want ONE formula to work God Damn It!
Or they believe I have scammed them, yes name calling is a regular occurrence, even if I offer to give them a FREE second formula based on the results of the first formula....that just sucks...can you imagine?
It's okay, because 90% of the time we benefit the pet and they improve at least 50% and everybody is happy as the pet finds it's way back to good health.
But I can't help but feel discouraged sometimes....Mostly at the current human condition.
I don't understand why people can't see that too many drugs can actually hurt their pet...not to mention themselves....people are taking way too many prescriptions and its spilling over to our animals. It seems to me that no one is holding our doctors or our veterinarians responsible for this state of affairs.
The other day while at my acupuncture clinic, I was treating a man that was on 26 different medications. The side effects were taking an incredible toll, because by now, he can barely walk or get out of bed each day.
It's not my place to tell him he has to reduce the drug load....it's obvious that he is dying a slow medicated death...
As its not my place to tell pet owners that their lovely little family members are breaking down under the load of numerous meditations and they are also dying a slow and complicated death.
It doesn't matter, animal or person.....too much of a good thing can be bad.
So where does that leave us?
We have to work at getting better.
We must work on what we and our pets eat. We must view everything that we put in to our collective mouths as the opportunity to heal ourselves.
We must also find herbal remedies that can work in conjunction with our medications...they can actually help to minimize the drug side effects, and may actually help to reduce the required western medications, which indeed are a great thing, but given in large quantities, and for long periods of times, will begin to back fire...
In other works herbs and meds can work together, so we don't have to choose...why does our society believe we have to do one or the other? I ponder so often about that.
I just wish people would be as tolerant when working with herbs as they are with western meds....
When people call me...
I have one single shot....and if my one single shot does not work...people become angry...they call me names and just shit all over me...but that's okay...because there are people out there who have greatly benefited...so I continue on....
Even being called names is okay because you know what? I know I have a responsibility to these people who believe in this type of healing, and because the bar is set so high for me....I do a great job... because peoples high expectations are making me into the best herbalist I can be...
I love meeting expectations...every day I work to be the best there can be and I love when I hear the sweet sound of a pet owner telling me that the dog or cat they love is doing much better. It is like music to my ears....
Now it's your turn to work at getting better and time to open your mind....
Don't turn away from something that can work...
Have a little patience...
I promise we can make a difference (I'm writing this to the 10% out there that have no tolerance!).
Give herbs the chance that you have given the western medications...if you give equal time to the herbs, you will get the result you seek.
This is because in my humble opinion they are fantastic.....but take heed, I'm not saying they are a magic bullet....I think it's important for all of us to keep the following in our mind;
There are no wise men and there are no magic bullets......we must work at good health, we can not find it in a bottle or a pill...and that is the sad truth for our dogs and cats.
Posted by Holly Mead at 10:44 AM
Thursday, December 11, 2008
For two years...it's just been me and Pinky...of course Daisy girl is there, sleeping at the foot of the bed like a little rock. But Pinky is different.
Pinky is a secret cuddlier. During the day he is aloof and stands quietly by guarding his pack (me and Daisy)...
By night he is a little luv bug who insists that he be right by my side, and not more than 2 inches apart. You can always find Pinky right next to me sharing the same pillow.
I thought this was very cute and felt secure in his love until I finally....after two years...once again had some male human company.
This is a delicate subject.....
So here we are...very early into the morning, and having a very special intimate moment...
When I happened to look up because I felt something starring at me, and there was Pinky...not 6 inches away from me....looking extremely concerned.
I pushed him gently away thinking he would go elsewhere, while letting him know that I was fine.
And then all of the sudden there was that very intimate moment....if ya know what I mean.
Then simultaneously....there was another moment...But this involved Pinky.
Pinky proceeded to vomit on my arm.....I'm not kidding.
I didn't know what to do...I stayed still hoping that my friend wouldn't notice that my little dog had just had an emotional upset...when all the sudden;
It began to stink of that night's gobbled down chicken...It was indeed gross.
Yes, unfortunately my male company did figure it all out, and I had to cop to the situation...
I dare say that he was very understanding about the entire thing. He knows that my dog's are having trouble sharing me.
But this is a little ridiculous!
Posted by Holly Mead at 5:37 AM
Sunday, December 7, 2008
This is an e-mail from a woman I have never spoken to. She bought a formula off the internet and her dog did not like the taste of it, so she has just returned it. Our web site clearly says we have 20 days to process the return...we received it Wednesday and have not even opened it. We do returns on the 15th and 30th of each month.
But that's not the point, I could never imagine sending a e-mail to someone telling they they disgust me...she has no idea who I am or what I do...she bought this formula off the internet...how in the world can she say I have do unauthorized activity on her credit card when she made the purchase herself.
And again...there are so many people we do business with that we help, people like her spoil it for the rest. People like this make you want to shy away from giving anything extra...for her to say I disgust her...
How awful is that?
Then later today I get another e-mail from her...she must read my blog, and she reminded me that she gave the order as a phone order....so lady...how did I make this charge unauthorized?
The funny thing is that she does have a credit coming, no one is disputing her and yet she is name calling, and threatening me with what I'm not sure, because we have an impeccable reputation.
Just the nastiness that people can show others...seems like the times are bringing out the worst in people.
Federal Trade Commission
Here is her nice addition:
If you remember correctly I ordered this by phone..........you did not say a word I am done with you.... I will file a formal complaint with Consumer affairs in Sacramento and the Federal Trade Commission,. I will take care of this...
You are crooked.
Nice very nice......
Posted by Holly Mead at 6:57 AM
Saturday, December 6, 2008
For sure at times ignorance is bliss....
Take for example my latest blunder.....I don't know how I found out, it was by mistake. But I discovered the guy I use to see had actually started a life without me...( I blogged about hacking his e-mail)
I guess I really wasn't expecting it because he would on a very regular basis, come over and declare his undying love for me...and there I would sit in my solitary haze of self confidence, that I had his love forever....just waiting for him to change for me.
I think during these past two years of not being physically involved with him, I believed at some sort of level, that one day he would come to appreciate everything I had to offer, and then be able make the necessary profound changes required for us to be a happy couple.
"Auggg"...."sigh".....with a shake of the head.....maybe this time I can really learn;
You can only change yourself...and that's a monumental task in itself, let alone expecting someone to change for you. Impossible!
After a failed attempt for the past four weeks to see if we could work it out...I'm once again at that point that I know for a fact that we could never give to each other what each of us needs from the other....Although he promised me this time to give me what I felt I had never been given in the past, I see that he still can't me today what I expected yesterday...thus...time to move on...and I mean really move on this time.
Why is it that it's the woman that always has to conform? It's over again even before it started. At least I didn't sleep with him again....OMG I would of hated myself.
This is the eve of my 53rd birthday....I hope when I am writing to my blog next year I will have grown a little wiser, because DAMN IT....your suppose to get wiser with age, not stupider with more wrinkles and some gray hair.
I seem to keep making the same mistakes over and over and over.......Happy 53rd year birthday Holly, apparently you are older but not any wiser....
Oh well another whole year to get it right!
Posted by Holly Mead at 6:24 AM
Wednesday, December 3, 2008
How funny is this video....I played it for Pinky and his head tilted in ways I have never seen it tilt before. He was trying to figure out what the hell this dog was trying to say.
Posted by Holly Mead at 7:10 AM