Elizabeth's Holistic Notes for You and Your Pet
March 2012
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Rheumatism and Arthritis
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Do not fall short

in being worthy

of who you are,

every day

when you get up

in the morning practice

by beginning with

a new resolution.  


Empty the baggage

of your past

so the glass

will not overflow

with stuff.  

Fill it up with

loving yourself


living authentically, breathe it in.





Kirtland's Warbler by Elizabeth Valenzuela
Kirtland's Warbler

The color Yellow is about clear mind, optimism through the intellect and is the color of a scientist. Yellow is the great communicator, full of trust, self-esteem and more. Yellow is connected with the Pancreas, Solar Plexus, Digestive System, Abdomen, Skin and Nervous system. Food of Yellow color carries the light of the Sun, for example; bananas eliminate depression as they contain tryptophan, a type of protein that the body converts into serotonin, known to make you relax.


For PMS: eat a banana. The vitamin B6 regulates blood glucose levels, which can affect your mood. Anemia, Blood Pressure, Brain Power, hangovers, heartburn, morning sickness and much more. Lemon, Yellow pepper, yellow squash, corn and mini corn.


In Traditional Chinese Medicine, the color Yellow pertains to the Spleen/Stomach. The associated emotions are worry and concern. The excessive use of the mind in thinking, studying, concentrating and memorizing over long periods of time tend to weaken the spleen. This also includes excessive pensiveness and constant "brooding". Foods and nutrition play a big roll in maintaining the balance.


BANANAS: Did you know? Banana peels or old peels work well for growing fabulous flowers and plants. Great for tomatoes - when planting tomatoes wrap the roots of your tomato plant with a banana peel. The potassium will help your tomato grow. Banana compost: Save the peel during the winter in your garage. Come spring, you can shred the dry peels and add this nutrient-rich compost to your garden.

Rheumatism and Arthritis

Degenerative disorders: Rheumatism is characterized by pain in the bones, joints, muscles, tendons, or nerves, and is often seen as including such disorders as rheumatoid arthritis, gout, bursitis, neuritis, and sciatica. Arthritis is more specifically defined as joint inflammation.


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All of these conditions are marked by mineral imbalances in the affected tissues, with calcium status being a good indicator of mineralization in general. Thus, in every form of these diseases, avoid calcium inhibitors: excess meat or protein from any source; intoxicants (alcohol, tobacco, coffee, marijuana, and all others), refined sugars, too many sweets, and excess salt.


Some individuals have a tendency to deposit toxins and metabolic by-products in their joints.






Foods to be avoided:   

  • nightshades: eggplant, pepper, tomatoes, white potatoes (Idaho), paprika, tobacco
  • grapefruit, grapefruit/orange juice
  • processed sugar: dextrose, maltodextrin, corn sweeteners, corn syrup, high fructose syrup, etc. Read all labels: words ending on "ose" designate a type of sugar.
  • refined carbohydrates: pizza, bagels, rolls, cakes cookies, candy, etc.
  • alcohol: beer, wine, liquor
  • dairy products: margarine, cream, ice cream, cheese, milk and milk products; butter can be used sparingly
  • fried foods (stir-frying is okay)

To enhance detoxification use organic products:  

  • fresh vegetables: steamed or stir fried
  • fresh fruit, poultry and fresh fish
  • beef: limit to 4 oz serving per week  *No pork, veal, lamb or liver
  • whole grain bread: brown rice, wheat, bulgur, rye, millet, oats, barley, etc.
  • beans, peas and lentils  *limit to one serving per week (high allergenicity)
  • nuts and seed: almonds, cashews, pumpkin, sunflower, etc.  *No peanut butter or walnuts
  • beverages: distilled or spring water, lemon and water, vegetable juice, coffee (limit to one cup per day)
  • substitutes: Roma, Pero, Kafix etc. salad dressing, veg oil and vinegar, lemon, garlic with veg oil
  • spices and seasoning: garlic, parsley, ginger, cayenne pepper *No black or white pepper (irritates stomach) 
New York Collage for Holistic Health Education and Research - TCM (Traditional Chinese Medicine)
ARTHRITIS for Dogs and Cats

In Traditional Chinese Medicine, we need to treat the Kidney energy; when it is weak at birth, animals can be the runt of the litter. They may have malformed bones, such as an elbow that does not fuse or hips that develop dysplasia. Animals with weak Kidney energy, "Jing", may be destined to develop dental problems, arthritis or osteoporosis in the back and limbs as they age.


Sources of antioxidants:

  • Vitamin A - Cod liver oil or alone.
    • Cat/small dogs - 2,000 IU daily
    • Medium dogs - 5,000 IU daily
    • Large dogs - 10,000 mg daily
    • If there is a history of hepatitis then cut the doses in half. Reason: Vitamin A stores in the liver.
  • Vitamin C and E 
  • Chinese Herb "Liu Wei Di Huang" (Six flavor Tea), tonic that nourishes the kidneys
    • Cats/small dogs - 1 or 2 pills once or twice a daily
    • Medium dogs - 4 pills twice daily
    • Large dogs - 6 pills twice daily
  • Homeopathic: Meadowsweet + Willow Bark + Nettles + Cayenne + Lavender
    • Mix 5 drops of Meadowsweet, 5 drops Willow Bark, 5 Drops Nettles and 1 or 2 drops each of Cayenne and Lavender tinctures to one ounce of distilled water.
    • Cats/small dogs - to 1 dropper full once or twice daily
    • Medium dogs - 1 to 2 droppers full twice daily
    • Large dogs - 2 to 3 droppers full twice daily
  • Animal Protein: Red meat and animal fat to the minimum. Poultry and fish are better protein sources in case of arthritis.  

Cheryl Schwartz, DVM

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