Metal Poisoning

Very few veterinarians understand that both humans and pets are all under daily poisoning with metals. Heavy metals like mercury and light metals like aluminum are poisoning us every day in vaccines, from environmental pollution in the air and water, and from our foods. Heavy metals are also being sequestered in the long bones of the food animals in our country due to use of leaded fuels in our automobiles. Lead and cadmium are two but there are more. [Read more…]

Natural Flea Control

This is a picture of a Fleabane, a plant that is used to make flea repellant for dogs. I took a picture of this plant while walking on a plant walk at the Warren Wilson College Campus in Swannanoa, NC at the Earth Day Celebration sponsored by a Women Owned Herbal Business that I purchase from frequently called Red Moon Herbs

A local herbalist, Joel Boyle at Wind Fox Herbal in local Black Mountain, NC produces a “flea killer” product that contains Fleabane as one of the components. He is one of my instructors at ASHH (Appalachia School of Herbal Holism) the longest existing herbal school in the south. Joel is also one of the alumni of ASHH whose website is I will be teaching an Herbs for Pets certification course at ASHH this summer so if you’re interested in learning more and in the area, perhaps you can join us for a 60 hour certification course on how you too can learn to use medicines from the earth for your animals. [Read more…]

Drugs: Top Reason for Poisoning

Did you know that prescription drugs are the fourth leading cause of death in the US? According to the FDA, there are more than a hundred thousand deaths that have resulted from properly prescribed and administered drugs. Furthermore, over 700,000 people go to the hospital due to adverse reactions to drugs.

Did you know this: That human drugs, veterinary drugs and over the counter drugs are the three leading causes of toxic poisoning in pets? [Read more…]

It’s Raining Usnea

Here is a remarkable plant available right now in April. I found it all over the ground at the AB Tech campus in Candler, NC outside Asheville, NC.

Usnea is also called Old Man’s Beard and you can find goofy pictures on the internet of guys using it literally for a beard. The genus species name is Usnea barbata or barbata bradovea. The plant is actually a combination of lichen and algae. But here are the amazing medicinal qualities of this “medicine from the earth”: the usneic acid is natural antibiotic and has been used successfully to treat staph infections. Usnea stops bleeding and you can collect and dry the plant and use like gauze to treat superficial wounds. I plan to use this in my “emergency and first aid kit” herbal remedy cabinet, a class I will be teaching in Asheville at the FireFly Gathering in June 20 -23rd

Usnea is also a bitter that sustains digestion, is used to help those who stop smoking for the hacking from the lungs. Usnea can be made into an extract and tinctured to put onto gauze and treat wounds. [Read more…]