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We bet there are many of you reading this article who think nothing of taking Vitamin C and lots of liquids for a cold or using Aloe Vera gel for a burn. But, how many of you think about using natural treatments for bladder or vaginal infections, for a strep throat, or for more serious infections such as hepatitis or pneumonia? Most of the time the proper use of natural substances such as vitamins and herbs and homeopathic remedies will help you get over these conditions.

But it's important to know what works best for each condition, evaluate whether or not it's working, and to assess the consequences of unsuccessful treatment. In the case of hepatitis, for example, orthodox medicine has no real treatment, so you've got nothing to lose and everything to gain. (We've seen Hepatitis A cases respond within a week to a combination of nutrititional supplements, herbal liver support, and homeopathy.) With pneumonia, strep throat, and bladder infections, on the other hand, we monitor our patients very carefully. We recommend natural treatment for nearly all types of infections, with the exception of gonorrhea and chlamydia, both of which are often asymptomatic in women and can result in permanent infertility if not eliminated.  In such cases, there are natural interventions which are helpful following antibiotic treatment. Otherwise, we refer out only a few times a year for antibiotic treatment because natural alternatives work so well. If your infection is minor, you can try some of these suggestions yourself; otherwise be sure to consult a naturopathic physician.

Antibiotics have a number of drawbacks. They kill bacteria indiscriminately throughout the body. That's their job. So, if you have a strep throat, for example, the antibiotic you take kills the good bacteria, lactobacillus, in the gut and the vagina, which you need to crowd out Candida (yeast) if it arises. That's why vaginal and intestinal yeast infections are so common after antibiotic use. Antibiotics are often prescribed routinely, without any evidence of infection, with a "just in case, it can't hurt " mentality. Antibiotics have no effect on viruses, but are routinely prescribed anyway. When taken repeatedly, they can weaken, rather than strengthen, the immune system, and may lead to more serious problems later. This is especially true when antibiotics are given for years, as tetracycline for acne, or when, as with resistant bladder infections, one antibiotic is followed, unsuccesfully, by yet another stronger one. There are many effective natural alternatives which work with, rather than against, the body's own healing mechanisms. Why not try them first and save antibiotics for a last resort?

There are many more infections than we can mention in a short column. We include here a few of the most common and troublesome infections to inspire you to use natural remedies.

General recommendations for infections: Eliminate caffeine, alcohol, sugar, refined foods, meat, and dairy while you have an acute infection. Eat lightly. Drink lots of hot, warm, and room-temperature beverages such as herb tea. Juice fasting, or even water for a couple of days, can be very helpful during an infection. Enemas can help flush the system. We suggest vitamin C, beta carotene, and zinc to strengthen the immune system. Herbs such as Echinacea and Hydrastis (goldenseal) can help support the immune system, but more specific herbs are often more helpful. Saunas and steam baths can also be helpful in detoxifying the system during infections. Massage can speed up the elimination of toxins, particularly a garlic oil foot massage. Listen to what your body's trying to tell you and ask it what it needs. REST! Don't keep pushing yourself past your limit when you're sick. It may take you twice as long to recover.

Throat infections: Even if you have a strep throat (diagnosed by a throat culture), natural therapies can be very useful, but it's important to verify through a blood test that no strep is lingering because on occasion an undetected strep throat infection can lead to kidney, joint, or heart problems. Throat infections often respond well to gargles such as salt water, Calendula, goldenseal, myrrh, or oil of bitter orange. There are lots of excellent herbal throat lozenges available. Homeopathy works great for throat infections. We often use Belladonna, Lachesis, Lycopodium, Phytolacca, and Mercurius for sore throats. We recently treated a case of strep throat with a very unusual remedy, Spigelia, with a complete relief from pain within two days.

Skin infections: A mixture of Calendula and Hypericum tincture is what we use for bacterial skin infections. Other herbs commonly used are goldenseal, comfrey, and plantain. Boils and cysts can be successfully treated with hot packs, ginger poultices, and epsom salt soaks and homeopathic remedies such as Silica and Hepar sulphuris. Fungal infections often respond well also to homeopathy or to dilute vinegar applications. Also effective are turmeric powder and Tee Tree oil applied topically.

Bladder infections: A word of caution with bladder infections-treat them immediately. The longer you wait, the more pain and the greater the chance of a kidney infection and ending up on antibiotics. We recommend lots of water, cranberry juice or capsules, herbs (commonly Hydrastis, Uva Ursi, Bucchu, Chimaphilia, Berberis, and others) and homeopathy (remedies such as Staphysagria, Cantharis, Apis, and Sarsaparilla, to name a few).

Sinus infections: Rememember, no dairy! Drink lots of hot ginger tea. We use a great Ayurvedic combination called Sitopaladi to break up mucus. Homeopathic remedies such as Kali bichromicum, Pulsatilla, Mercurius, Natrum muriaticum, and Allium cepa work well. Use a neti pot to irrigate your sinuses with warm salt water. Treat yourself to a sauna or steam bath.

We could mention ear infections, conjunctivitis, vaginal infections, and many more, but hopefully we've conveyed the idea that there are effective natural treatments for all of them.

Be sure to consult a doctor if your own efforts don't work, and to get the necessary tests such as a strep culture, chest X-ray, etc. And, regardless of which method you use for your healing, remember to check in with your inner self to understand what the purpose of the illness is for you, what you can learn from it, and what will bring the deepest healing.

Drs. Judyth Reichenberg-Ullman and Robert Ullman are naturopathic and homeopathic physicians and cofounders of the Northwest Center for Homeopathic Medicine in Edmonds, WA. They are coauthors of The Patient's Guide to Homeopathic Medicine and Beyond Ritalin: Homeopathic Treatment of ADD and Other Behavioral and Learning Problems. They can be reached at (206) 774-5599.


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Posted: May 30, 2009 4:13am
May 30, 2009

Plastic is a miracle of modern technology, but improperly disposed of, it may harm birds and other wildlife.  Each year, hundreds of thousands of birds become poisoned or have their digestive tracts obstructed after eating small pieces of plastic.  You can help save the birds in your yard, and even halfway around the world, by making sure that you recycle plastic whenever possible, and otherwise properly dispose of plastic items after you are done with them.

Seabirds--that water bottle cap or other piece of plastic that you might be tempted to throw out your car window can easily be swept into waterways during the next storm and eventually end up floating in the ocean, where dozens of seabird species have been observed to die after eating floating plastic trash.  You can easily find dozens of articles about this online, including an early review paper on the subject published in 1987. 

California Condors--small pieces of plastic and other trash in the environment are one of the greatest threats to the critically endangered California Condor. For some reason that we don't clearly understand, adult condors feed small rocks and other items to their chicks--perhaps to help their digestion.  When the adults find small pieces of trash, they feed them to their young, and the young get sick or die.  See this report on microtrash and condors published last year in Bird Conservation International and read the latest report (here) on threats to the California Condor put out by the American Ornithologists Union and Audubon California. 

Other Wildlife--while there aren't any studies of birds other than seabirds and condors being killed by eating garbage, trash may also threaten small birds and other wildlife (see this report).  

Everyone knows not to litter.  Here's just another reason not to--it kills birds and other wildlife.  Recycling, putting litter in its place, and organizing a trash pickup not only keeps your neighborhood cleaner, it also protects your local birds as well as those flying over the oceans half a world away. 

 California Condor photo: Sam Haskins


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Posted: May 30, 2009 3:05am
May 30, 2009
National Pigeon Day

Cher Ami was a homing pigeon owned and flown by the U.S. Army Signal Corps in France during World War I. He helped save the Lost Battalion of the 77th Division in the battle of the Argonne, October 1918. In his last mission, he delivered a message despite having been shot through the breast, being blinded in one eye, covered in blood, and having a leg hanging only by a tendon. The bird was awarded the Croix de Guerre for heroic service delivering 12 important messages in Verdun.

I am very happy to see this special event in New York; moreover, it's good news there is at least one political person who supports it.  Hopefully other states will follow through and reward the gentle domestic birds.

Council Member Tony Avella District 19 (D)
Council Member Tony Avella District 19 (D)
“Pigeons are often a city child’s first contact with nature and an elderly person’s only friend.”
Saturday, June 13, 2009
Noon - 4 pm
Pilgrim Hill in Central Park
New York, NY
(enter on northwest corner of 5th Avenue & E. 72nd Street)
Come on out in honor of "New York's unofficial feathered mascot" (quoted in the New York Post)
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submitted by pigeon friends in Belgrade, Serbia
Dear President Obama,
There is a hero that deserves to be honored with a special holiday ~ this hero saved countless lives in World Wars I and II, and possesses a gentle nature and exemplary characteristics and traits, including loyalty and devotion to family. Yet, like many heroes, this particular one is often undervalued and disregarded and, worst of all, sometimes unfairly persecuted. It is time for the truth about this hero to be to be made known and celebrated. This hero is…..the Rock Dove, also known as the pigeon.

Read the entire letter here.
Dear Mayor Bloomberg, let's make it official....
From the New Colonist:

Mayor Bloomberg, Make National Pigeon Day Official Anna Dove at the New York City Bird Club (yea I know, makes you wonder, like Ann Greathouse, real estate agent) wrote to remind us June 13th has been unofficially declared National Pigeon Day by the New York Bird Club. They're also asking New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg to make it official. June 13th is the day that Cher Ami, meaning "Dear Friend" in French departed the Earth. Pigeons have a noble history. As you will recall, Cher Ami (a pigeon) served several months on the front lines during the Fall of 1918. He flew 12 important missions to deliver messages. Perhaps the most important was the message he carried on October 4, 1918.

See full article here.

National Pigeon Day in London?
London Blogger:
"What would be your dream day/event in London to post about? My dream event, and I think I speak for all London pigeons when I say this, would be our very own National Pigeon day. They did it in New York last year. Unfortunately, it was largely attended by freaks, which meant the NY pigeons were forced to give it a wide berth. Wouldn't be like that here. I'm thinking some kind of outdoor event, maybe in Trafalgar Square for old time's sake? I'm thinking free seed, maybe some foam? I'm thinking a kick arse party. A musical extravaganza. Shift focus from the do-gooder war hero pigeons like Cher Ami, not that Cher doesn't deserve a shout out; dedicate it to the urbans instead. The real heroes. We deserve it. Just for one day, let us bring a little of that pigeon magic back to the Square. Will Young could host it. Sure he’d be up for it. Maybe have The Pigeon Detectives do a set, or The Kooks?"
Hey...thanks Brian!
Peter Pigeon of Snug Harbor
The Last Pigeon
The Last Pigeon
A.M. Richard Fine Art
National Pigeon Day and MeetUp
Thank you Robyn for organizing this MeetUp.
Check it out here!
Please check back for updates to the event....
Speakers, political activism, entertainment and material distribution.
Join us as we rally for the rights of birds, protest pigeon trafficking to Pennsylvania for the purposes of pigeon shoots, pigeon control methods and poaching, rigid feeding laws and hunting activities at places such as the Philadelphia Gun Club in Bensalem.

Committee of scheduled participants are the following (program description follows):
Sam Hack, Peter Pigeon of Snug Harbor, Christine L. Mott, Esq, The Humane Society of the United States, Amos Latteier, United Poultry Concerns, Norene Leddy, Charles Patterson, Fiona Walsh, The Vivian Girls Experience, Mark Caponigro, Jenny Bower, Raghav Goyal, Johanna Clearfield, Don Jenner, the Trachtenberg Family, Rachel Hirschfeld, Esq., Mindful Tails, Ted Enik, Arlene Steinberg, A.M. Richard Fine Art.

Copies of the book "Pigeon Woman and the Snagged Bag", by the author Sam Hack, will be given out.

The official national rollout of the award-winning illustrated book, Peter Pigeon of will take place on National Pigeon Day, June 13, 2009. And its publishers, Rocky Hollow Press are putting together an exhibition of artwork from the book especially for the National Pigeon Day Ceremonies in Central Park. Ed Weiss, the author and illustrator will be there autographing books and discussing the intricacies of pigeon illustration.

Small samples of high quality bird feed and grit will be given out courtesy of Gail at The Pigeon Store (920 Wellwood Ave, Lindenhurst, L.I.); however, please respect Central Park rules and regulations:
Feeding of birds and other wildlife prohibited, and please do not litter.

Our NPD Mistress of Ceremonies will be Christine L. Mott, Esq., Member of the New York City Bar Association's Committee on Legal Issues Pertaining to Animals.

Scheduled participants are in no particular order, they are all wonderful:

Patrick Kwan is New York state director for The Humane Society of the United States and spearheads the organization’s humane policy & campaigns in the Empire State. Backed by 11 million Americans, or one of every 28, including over 800,000 New Yorkers, The HSUS is the nation’s largest animal protection organization. Prior to joining The HSUS, he was a field organizer for Amnesty International and an advisory board member of the Center for Environmental Citizenship (now the League of Conservation Voters Education Fund), and managed media relations & communications efforts for corporate, nonprofit, and government organizations including the Mayor’s Alliance’s for NYC’s Animals, The September 11th Fund, and NYC & Company.

Amos Latteier - a Toronto-based interdisciplinary artist who creates interactive public art using technology and performs PowerPoint lectures. He has performed lectures across North America and in Europe. His recent public art projects include a location-specific haiku by sms project, a telephone-operated karaoke protest song project, a pigeon condo, cell phone-operated nature tour, a 500lb potato battery, and a chainsaw-powered walking machine.

Karen Davis, Ph.D., United Poultry Concerns, pigeon literature

Norene Leddy - a video, installation and new media artist living in Jersey City and working in Hoboken. Her work has been exhibited in New York and internationally, and awards include a Fulbright Fellowship to Cyprus and residencies at the Millay Colony for the Arts, Eyebeam Center for Art and Technology, and Gallery Aferro. She holds an MFA from Parsons The New School for Design, and currently teaches at Parsons and Kean University. Visit Norene online. Norene also holds a class about pigeons at the New School for Design.

Charles Patterson - the author of Eternal Treblinka: Our Treatment of Animals and the Holocaust (soon to be in 13 languages). He dedicated his book to the memory of his neighbor, the writer Isaac Bashevis Singer (1904-91), who was awarded the Nobel Prize in Literature in 1978. The title of Patterson's book is from Singer: "In relation to them [animals] all people are Nazis; for the animals it's an eternal Treblinka." (Treblinka was a German death camp north of Warsaw.) Patterson will talk about Singer's love of birds and his devotion to feeding pigeons on Broadway and in Riverside Park.

Rachel Hirschfeld, Esq., nationally recognized pet trust attorney and advocate for people with pets will speak about "Feeding Laws in New York".

Fiona Walsh, writer and performer.

The Vivian Girls Experience is thrilled to play National Pigeon Day 2009! Ever since their single, "Kitten Lemonade Stand" hit number one on WKDU Blengin World Radio, Justin Duerr Vivian and Enid Crow Vivian have been enchanting the forests of Jennie Richie and Abiennia with songs dedicated to their hero Henry Darger and, you guessed it, feral pigeons. Songs like "Madeline, the Ash Grey Classic Blue Bar," "Pigeons on Parade," and "Pigeon Goes to a Party" are sure to make any true pigeon devotee flap her wings and coo with glee.

Mark Caponigro teaches literature, Greek and Latin languages at Montclair State University, NJ, Department of Classics and General Humanities.
How a Pigeon Saved the Human Race: Doves in Ancient Religious Traditions (the role pigeons played in biblical and classic literature).

Jenny Bower first became acquainted with National Pigeon Day through Raghav Goyal. She has been a crusader for other species since the age of 6, when she found a dead bluejay on her driveway. Jenny studies Organ Performance and Geology at Oberlin College, and hopes to keep making a difference in this world, however small. She'll talk about the larger role of pigeons in America, from cultural to environmental: their influence in the arts in general, as well as the environmental niches they fill. Viva Pigeon!

Raghav Goyal, Oberlin '12, begun loving pigeons at a very young age, when first he ran giggling through a side-walk flock of them. Since, he has never let a cooing, head-bopping mass go un-run-through. "It is," he claims "his duty." Pigeons fill all of New York City's cold and dark and right-angle corners with little balls of feather-y life, and we must do anything we can to protect that bird that makes sure we're never alone. For the sake of all children and all grown-ups everywhere.

Sam Hack began creating puppet shows with Pigeon Woman and her pals the ÜberWomen in 1993. They have starred in many puppet performances around NYC. The episode when Pigeon Woman organizes pigeons to remove bags from trees was an audience favorite and became the premise for Pigeon Woman and the Snagged Bag, a children’s picture book. In creating the book, Sam spent years developing ways to set up tableaus in the park with puppets and pigeons, while avoiding running dogs and children. When not photographing pigeons, Sam is Ms. Sam the art teacher at PS 11in Chelsea.

Johanna Clearfield is a New York State licensed wildlife rehabilitator who has worked closely with The Wild Bird Fund to rescue and rehabilitate our city's sick and injured pigeons. Johanna will talk about pigeons in urban areas.

Don Jenner is a university teacher of political and moral philosophy by training, a whole lot of other things by default — and somewhat to his surprise, a person who really likes pigeons. He is a New York State licensed rehabilitator, and with his wife Sue, Laurie Spiegel, Anne McDonald and Jano Roze, a founding trustee of Wildlife in Tribeca, a new association aiming at support for the other "Yorkers" who share our town.

The Trachtenburg Family Slideshow Players.

Mary Bruce CTTP, of Mindful Tails, will be speaking on the value of TTouch for injured or ill birds, as well as providing short demos at their booth. TTouch is a holistic method of wellness and rehabilitation that has been used successfully for over 30 years for all animals, including people. Mary is a Guild Certified TTouch Practitioner, licensed Wildlife Rehabilitator, and Director of Tavi & Friends, a non profit group that helps animals with special challenges.

Enjoy a humorous, rhyming puppet play by the team of Enik + Enid (Ted Enik and Enid Crow) about the downfall of an arrogant politician intent on ridding a city of pigeons in order to impress his seven year old ornithophobic daughter. Author-illustrator Ted Enik has worked with a variety of contemporary and classic children’s book characters and titles, including Magic Schoolbus, Harry Potter, and Eloise. He is currently an artist for the popular Fancy Nancy series where pigeons can be spotted. Enid Crow is a photographer whose self-portrait photographs have been featured in magazines and galleries. She lives with two wounded pigeons, Hattie and Daisy, to whom this puppet play is dedicated.

Arlene Steinberg, contributing member of New York Bird Club, Philadelphia resident and animal advocate. Arlene will share her perspectives on how an early childhood interaction with pigeons started her on her way to a life-long love affair with animals in general and birds in particular, and how that love evolved into animal advocacy and rescue.

Exhibition of photographs from "The Last Pigeon" - A.M. Richard Fine Art.

In the New York Bird Club's continued commitment to promote the positive portrayal of pigeons, we will hold our 2nd annual National Pigeon Day on Saturday, June 13th, 2009 to commemorate Cher Ami and other carrier pigeons who served humanity during times of war and unrest.

It is a time to reflect too on the three to five billion Passenger Pigeons that ranged across eastern North America that are now extinct. What a pity for them and also for mankind that one of the most abundant birds is now forever gone. Martha, thought to be the world's last passenger pigeon, died on September 1, 1914 in Cincinnati, Ohio. According to Wikipedia, the primary cause for extinction was held to be the commercial exploitation of pigeon meat on a massive scale. However current examination focuses on the pigeon's loss of habitat.

Pigeons and doves are universal symbols of peace, love and tranquility throughout recorded history. Adding to the "love" connection is the pigeons endearing loyalty and devotion to the same mate year after year. In biblical times, the pigeon had become a familiar image and symbol. According to biblical flood legend Noah sent out a raven that didn't come back and later a pigeon that returned with the olive branch, a sign of dry land - and of peace. From Noah to today's peace negotiations, writers, poets and artists have used the pigeon and dove to embody these ideals. Familiar images are the rock pigeons and doves carrying an olive branch, doves on wedding announcements and as emblems on peace slogans. Can it be a coincidence that of all the birds in existence it is the pigeon/dove that has been the chosen symbol of hope, love, purity, the Holy Spirit and also revered in Islam as the friend of the Prophet?

In 1150, the Sultan of Baghdad launched a pigeon postal service that functioned until about 1258. Pigeons were used as messengers in Julius Caesar's times as well as during the siege of Paris in 1870-1871 and in both World Wars. During World War II at least 32 pigeons received the Dickin Medal for brave service. By the late 1800s, every US Naval station had a pigeon loft, and some maintained them well into the 1950s.

Doves and pigeons have a dignified charm and an intriging though subtle personality and are loyal and trusting.

Pigeons are a parrot's close avian relatives. They share such traits such as mating for life, producing a crop milk to feed their young, having a fleshy skin covering their nostrils and producing a powdery down in their feathers and bonding easily with humans.

Science now tells us that the pigeon has been found to be able to remember hundreds of faces and are equal to higher order animals, such as dolphins and porpoises in their cognitive abilities.

Some think that a life without pigeons as unthinkable.

For centuries domestic pigeons were revered, until the 1960's and 70's when there was a concerted effort and false campaign employed by the pest control industry so that they could be exterminated, thereby creating a billion dollar industry.
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May 24, 2008
 Although homeopathy as a form of therapy is more than 200 years old and has been practiced continuously during this period, few lay people today are familiar with its fundamentals. Unlike orthodox medicine, called allopathy by the homeopath, which has an ill defined set of assumptions about health and disease, the homeopathic practice is based on very definite conclusions about disease and its effects. For homeopathic treatment to be optimally successful, it is important for the patient to be acquainted with these basic principles and to be in agreement with the objectives the homeopath desires to obtain.

Dr. Samuel Hahnemann (1755-1843), the founder of homeopathic medicine and a brilliant scientist of his day, abhorred the completely unscientific manner in which drugs then used for healing human ailments were selected, tested, and prescribed. From his investigations and the observations of his fellow practitioners, he realized that most drugs were discovered mainly by chance, often by those not in the medical professions and they were used basically for what has become known as the "primary effect," with little regard to their actual mode of operating within the body or their secondary toxic effects.

Many years have passed since Hahnemann's original observations, yet modern-day homeopaths find that despite our current improved technology, the basic information available to orthodox medicine concerning drug functioning has advanced only meagerly since Hahnemann's time. In fact, because there has been such a tremendous proliferation of drugs since Hahnemann's time and only a moderate amount of new revelations about their use, there probably is now more accumulated ignorance about the actions of drugs in use than there was in Hahnemann's time.

The allopathic school takes a simplistic and almost naive view of health and disease. Allopaths consider disease as that which is represented by certain sets of symptoms that are deviations from the normal parameters of body activity. They then attempt to discover a drug or drugs that will force these symptoms to regress to a point they consider normal. Only rarely do they concern themselves with the true causes of the symptoms or with the reason that the body produces them in the first place. The general assumption is that if the various body reactions they can measure by their insensitive methods are within normal ranges, the patient is healthy. This isn't to say that allopaths don't try to find the cause of an infection, or if the ankles are swollen that they wouldn't check the heart or kidneys for malfunction. On the other hand, they probably wouldn't attempt to discover what body imbalances enable the infection to occur or what deficiencies are causing the heart or kidney malfunction.

The homeopath, on the other hand, as do all natural healing physicians, tends to consider most symptom patterns not as the disease per se, but as the body's attempt either to warn of the disease condition or to cast off the basic disease entity. If the disease were only the symptom pattern, the allopathic method would be adequate to cure all our ailments. If the homeopathic and naturalist views are correct, however, the allopathic method would all too often tend to thwart the body in its actual healing efforts, making the person less healthy than he was before the treatment.

In the late 1700s and early 1800s, Hahnemann began to develop a theory of medicine that he hoped would place the medical art on a solid foundation. He was a logical, methodical physician who did not believe in putting into the body any substance whose action he did not know as completely as possible.

He postulated that each drug used in treating the sick had a unique specific action on the body, and that before such a substance could be properly used, this unique and specific action must be thoroughly investigated to the point that the physician knew exactly what effect it would have in the human economy. In his day, there were no instruments capable of such a complete investigation, so the good doctor turned to biologic methods. After some thought, however, he rejected the much-used animal research of his allopathic contemporaries. Experience had taught him that the reactions of each species are individual and unique and one can't necessarily extrapolate information gained from one animal body system to that of another species.

Hahnemann therefore restricted all his investigation to the use of human subjects and with this he developed the method known as proving. In order to prove a drug, moderate physiologic doses of the compound were given to a large number of persons considered in to be in good health. Young medical students were usually used because they were available and were considered to be more observant than the average lay persons. The specific drug was continued until various symptoms caused by the drug's action began to appear. These symptoms were carefully recorded by the students and the drug was continued until either the symptoms had run their gamut or until signs of toxicity appeared.

Two groups of symptoms were generally elicited. First, a prevailing group that was more or less common to almost all the drug's provers; and second, individual idiosyncratic symptoms that occurred only in one or two prover. The more consistent set of symptoms was considered the most important; although the idiosyncratic symptoms were preserved and are available in the larger homeopathic texts on materia medica. They can be useful to the homeopath in difficult cases.

From these provings, Hahnemann ascertained the specificity of each drug he tested. In other words, after an extensive set of such provings, Hahnemann had information about the specific organs and tissues affected by each drug, and he also had knowledge about the exact manner in which this drug affected these structures. While such information went well beyond what had been done previously in pharmacology, it still didn't provide him with a method of curing diseases.

At this time, the inspiration came to Hahnemann that resulted in the homeopathic school of medicine and laid the foundation for the fundamental basis of cure by all the natural therapeutic methods. Some inner wisdom brought him to see that the symptoms usually present in most diseases weren't actually the disease itself, but were in truth the body's attempts to overcome the disease and that a true healing method should encourage the body in these efforts and not discourage the body from carrying out its constructive eliminative processes.

As Hahnemann began to appreciate the true nature of health and disease, he also began to develop a method by which drugs, and the knowledge of their action, could best be used to help the sick. He hypothesized that because the symptoms produced by the body in most diseases were really an effort by the body to overcome such conditions, we should help the body in this effort in every way we can. If drugs are to be used to treat disease, the most practical way, he reasoned, was to use them to stimulate the body in its efforts to eliminate the disease.

In his provings on drugs, he discovered that individual drugs were capable of stimulating specific tissues in the body in the same manner that the different disease processes could. "If the drugs and disease cause similar effects, what would happen," he asked himself, "to a patient, who has a certain set of symptoms which the body is creating to overcome a disease, if I gave a drug which in a healthy person would cause that identical set of symptoms? Would this drug stimulate the body in its efforts to overcome the disease more rapidly than it could without this help?" Such reasoning put into practice was the beginning of homeopathic medicine.

When this new method was put to the test, Hahnemann was overjoyed to discover that it was more successful than even he had hoped. He found that when the specific drug that caused a certain set of symptoms in a healthy person was given to a diseased patient with a similar set of symptoms, a speedy and apparently complete recovery ensued. For example, belladonna, when given in large doses to a healthy person produces a hot, dry, very red, sore throat. When such a throat is encountered as a disease entity, it usually is rapidly cured if small amounts of belladonna are given. Thus, although the allopath and the homeopath both use this drug in their treatment programs, the conditions and principles behind the administration of the drug are entirely different.

Let's use the sore throat again to show the difference between these schools. The allopath holds that if he can destroy the bacteria, the disease is cured and the body will be healthy once again. Hahnemann and the homeopaths would look on this matter from an entirely different viewpoint. They know our body is always inhabited by bacteria; in fact, almost all the known pathogenic bacteria can be cultured from the healthy human throat. The homeopath would therefore consider the sore throat an attempt by the body through an inflammatory process to eliminate a morbid or unhealthy condition that may have been building up in the body, rather than consider it a disease per se. The homeopath would consider bacteria as the agents by which this morbid matter is destroyed and not necessarily as detrimental agents. This would be particularly true of recurring sore throats that are controlled but not cured by the usual antibiotic therapy.

The disease process then is actually this morbid or toxic matter that has accumulated within the body. The throat inflammation is the body's attempt to overcome and cast off this disease material. The homeopath gives the patient a remedy that will help the body in its efforts to eliminate this matter. When this is done, the bacteria, their job finished, disappear and the throat returns to normal.

Antibiotics, as used by the allopath, prevent bacterial growth and suppress the acute inflammation, thereby leaving the body with the disease still fulminating within its depths. Homeopathic treatment helps the body to cast off the disease so that when the symptoms subside by the use of homeopathic remedies, not only is the patient pain-free, but also the morbid disease matter itself is eliminated. In other words, the patient usually becomes healthier after the proper treatment of conditions by homeopathic methods, whereas all too often he may become less healthy when treated by allopathic methods.

Over the years, there have been many explanations about why homeopathic medicine works. One theory is that because the remedy and the disease are nearly identical in their effects, there is created within the body a neutralization somewhat like that caused when two out-of-phase sound waves of identical frequency cancel one another.

Hahnemann's original explanation, however, was not quite so complicated. He merely said that the drug has a stimulating effect on the specific cells affected by the disease and that this reaction greatly hastens the body's attempt to cast off the ailment. In chronic diseases, he believed that the body's attempts to overcome the disease were unfortunately quite feeble, thus enabling such chronic ailments to persist. Here he particularly thought the homeopathic stimulative method to be very important to properly direct and activate the vital force in its efforts to overcome such conditions.

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How Does “Like Cures Like” Apply to Cell Salts?

1.  Biochemistry vs Homeopathy - The biochemic cell salt remedies are homeopathic medicines. Since they more often apply to cases of deficiency than excess, the cell salts do offer an interesting challenge to homeopathy’s fundamental principle of Like Cures Like . The primary exception to this being the sea salt remedy, NATRUM MUR, which was proven by homeopathy’s founder, Samuel Hahnemann. Regardless of their adherence to rules, their long history of success prove that all the cell salts are a critical part of the whole of homeopathy and that they contribute to the healing potential of most other remedies.

2.  Does this mean cell salts are supplements?
Definitely not. Though made from the basic mineral compounds that the cells in our bodies depend on, cell salts are diluted and potentized like all homeopathic remedies. Thus they apply to issues of assimilation, access and utility of minerals, and should not be taken in place of a nutritious diet or nutritional supplements.

3.  The Symptom Picture - When choosing KALI PHOS or any remedy, you look for a certain pattern of symptoms that match the case: If KALI PHOS can help a case of nerves, it will work best if the patient’s nerves are hypersensitive, nervous, and quickly fatigued by any effort, plus there might be a need for rest and possibly an inclination for seeing the glass half empty.

4.  “Proving” remedies - In cases of some cell salts, including KALI PHOS, the symptoms and personality traits are linked to it by recordings of deficiencies rather than provings by excessive dosing. According to Dr. Scheussler who established the biochemic cell salts, KALI PHOS’ source, Potassium phosphate, “is contained in the cells of the brains, nerves, muscles, blood and intercellular fluids. A disturbance in the motions of its molecules produces: In Brain cells: Despondency, anxiety, fearfulness, home-sickness, suspiciousness, agoraphobia, with a weak memory... In Sensory nerves:
Pains with sensation of paralysis. In Motor nerves: Weakness of muscles and nerves even to paralysis. In trophic tissues of Sympathetic Nerve:
Retarded nutrition, even total arrest in a limited area of cells and then a softening.” - Robin Murphy, ND - Homeopathic Remedy Guide.

In other remedies - As the cell salts are part of our cells and tissues, they can be equally vital to certain plants and thus are part of the remedies we make from various plant sources. Some have been analyzed to confirm this with interesting results. COCCULUS, a great colic and cramp remedy, contains MAGNESIUM PHOSPHATE, the anti-spasmodic remedy useful for leg cramps, menstrual cramps, muscle spasms, backaches, etc. KALI PHOS was found in substantial quantity in PULSATILLA and CIMICIFUGA, two more very nervy or emotional remedies. KALI PHOS can be as gloomy and dark-sided as CIMICIFUGA or as anxious and moody as Pulsatilla. Of the other remedies tested, Baptisia, Rhus tox, Phytolacca, Hamamelis and more contained Kali phos. 


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Jul 27, 2006
I am happy to see this type of vacations is available.  I love to take this trip.  Unfortunately my house remodeling hasn't finished yet.  Once my house is ready for enjoyment, I will definately consider take this trip in the future.  What a great idea!

People can take advantage of this vacation if they ever want to try to stay in vegan diet, but they didn't have the will power. 

Vegan Vacation 2006

This event will be taking place from August 3-9 in Portland, Oregon USA

Check out this link for more details:

We hope to see you there!

The basic idea originally was to have a get-together of the Vegan Bodybuilding & Fitness forum members to hang out and meet in person. We've expanded that and welcome anyone to participate in the activities. Everyone is welcome! You dont even have to be Vegan or into bodybuilding & fitness - just come out for good times and to see what this is all about!

We encourage the members of the Portland community to get involved as much as possible as well. There are many ways to participate and we'll have an itinerary posted here soon.

While the Vegan Vacation gathering is still in the final planning stages, there will definitely be a variety of activities focused on fitness, great food, veganism & generally having fun! Most events will be free or low-cost. Organizers will provide as much free housing and food as possible. YOUR assistance and ideas are welcomed!

Originally, the Vegan Vacation location was going to be Los Angeles, California. For a variety of reasons, the gathering location has been switched to Portland, Oregon.

So Why Portland?

Here's just a sampling of what Portland has to offer:

- Portland is the #1 Vegan Friendly City in America

-Portland is one of the most beautiful and clean cities in America

-Portland is one of the fittest cities in America with all kinds of outdoor activities during the beautiful summer for athletes to take part in

-Portland is only an hour from the Pacific Ocean so we can still "hang out on the beach"

-Portland has more vegan and vegetarian restaurants per capita than pretty much anywhere

-Portland actually has vegan soft serve ice cream that comes out of the machines (kinda like a Dairy Queen, but vegan)

-There are many forum members in Portland and around the region so we are sure to have a nice turnout and lots of local tour guides

-Portland has lots of other attractions such as being located near Mt. Hood and Mt. Saint Helens, Seattle, Olympia, Eugene, Vancouver & Victoria plus all kinds of great wild nature, rivers and mountains.

-Did we mention that we have Food Fight!, the ALL VEGAN 7-11 type convenience store?

If you have any questions, please email Robert Cheeke at:

Check out the Vegan Bodybuilding & Fitness website forum here:

We hope to see you at the Vegan Vacation week!

For more information visit this Vegan Vacation forum thread:

View a flyer for the event here, or print it out and display it in your community.

More information and an intinerary is available on

Vegan Vacation FAQ

Why have a Vegan Vacation?

To have a gathering of vegans from around the world to have an impact on the community, have fun, network, and meet in person to spend time with like-minded people.

Why Portland, Oregon?
Portland has been considered the #1 Vegan-friendly city in America by PETA and, and the #2 Vegan-friendly city in America by VegNews Magazine. Portland is the home of countless vegan-friendly restaurants, the home of many vegans and vegan organizations and businesses, and is full of great vegan people you will meet soon!

How long is the Vegan Vacation?
The Vegan Vacation in Portland will be taking place from August 3-9. Feel free to come early or stay late.

Will there be downtime for me to do my own thing?
Yes, there will be downtime everyday, mostly in the afternoons. Most days have two events, one in the morning, one in the evening. Other days have 3 events, but there will be downtime each day and participants are not required to attend every event, just ones you find interesting, or have availability to attend.

What do I need to bring?
Check the itinerary on to see what activities will be taking place and bring items accordingly. Some general suggestions: Camera, sunscreen, sunglasses, running shoes, spending money, athletic clothes, enough clothes to last a week if you are coming for the whole event (although there will be opportunities to wash clothing), a watch, and open mind.

Who is going to be there?
The majority of the participants in the Portland Vegan Vacation will be residents of Portland and nearby areas. We also have vegans coming from as far away as Germany and the East Coast of the United States. We expect a few dozen people for each event and perhaps as many as 50-100 people for some events. Check the itinerary for events with limited occupancy (only two events).

What does have to do with
Both websites are run by Robert Cheeke, and was where the first Vegan Vacation was organised. This website ( is for organising current and future vacations, is just how it started. You might like to pop over there and check it out!

Do I have to be into bodybuilding and fitness to come to the vacations?

Not at all, we encourage anybody and everybody to come along, and join in with whatever you like. A vacation is a time to enjoy yourself, you choose what you enjoy doing, it's mainly a chance to meet up with lots of vegans at once.

Who should I contact with questions about the Vacations?
Robert Cheeke Phone: 541-231-6269
Write to:
Robert Cheeke
Vegan Bodybuilding & Fitness
P.O. Box 2125
Corvallis, OR 97339
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Jul 12, 2006
Gail writes:

"Today, thanks to automation in the industry,
individual poultry plants... can kill and process
as many as 340,000 birds per day.

Since it's easier to bleed a bird that isn't flapping
and struggling, most live birds have their heads dragged
through an electrically charged water bath to paralyze
-not stun- them. Other industrialized nations require
that chickens be rendered unconscious or killed prior to
bleeding and scalding so they won't have to go through
the process conscious. Here in the United States, however,
poultry plants... keep the stunning current down to about
one-tenth of that needed to render a chicken unconscious.

A conveyor then carries the shocked and paralyzed birds
to a high-speed circular blade meant to slit their throats
but which occasionally misses birds as they rush past at
the rate of thousands per hour.

After their heads and feet are removed and they've been
washed (and feathered), the chickens are re-hung on an
evisceration line. There, machines automatically cut
them open and pull their guts out.

In the scald tank, fecal contamination on skin and
feathers gets inhaled by live birds, and hot water opens
bird's pores allowing pathogens to seep in. The pounding
action of the de-feathering machines creates an aerosol
of feces-contaminated water which is then beaten into the
birds. Contamination also occurs when the birds have their intestines removed by automatic eviscerating machines. These high-speed machines commonly rip open intestines, spilling feces into the bird's body cavities.

Rinsing a chicken 40 times does not remove all of the bacteria.

Water in chill tanks has been aptly named 'fecal soup' for
all the filth and bacteria floating around. By immersing
clean, healthy birds in the same tank with dirty ones, you're practically assuring cross-contamination. Chickens that bathe together get contaminated together."

Gail finishes the chapter by quoting Gerald Kuester of USDA:

"There are about 50 points during processing where
cross-contamination can occur. At the end of the line,
the birds are no cleaner than if they had been dipped
in a toilet."
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Apr 22, 2006
What Kills Birds?

Human Causes of Bird Fatalities

Curry & Kerlinger has compiled the following information from environmental organizations and goverment agencies.

This list is meant to inform the public and to put wind turbine fatalities in perspecitve.

Glass Windows
Bird Deaths a year: 100 to 900+ million
Dr. Daniel Klem of Muhlenberg College has done studies over a period of 20 years, looking at bird collisions with windows. His conclusion: glass kills more birds than any other human related factor.

House Cats
Bird Deaths a year: 100 Million
The National Audubuon Society says 100 million birds a year fall prey to cats. Dr. Stan Temple of the University of Wisconsin estimates that in Wisconsin alone, about 7 million birds a year are killed by cats

Automobiles / Trucks
Bird Deaths a year: 50 to 100 Million
Scientists estimate the number of birds killed by cars and trucks on the nation's highways to be 50 to 100 million a year. Those statistics were cited in reports published by the National Institute for Urban Wildlife and U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service.

Electric Transmission Line Collisions
Bird Deaths a year: up to 174 million
Estimates made by the U.S. Fish and Wildife Service demonstrate millions of birds die each year as a result of colliding with transmission lines.

AgricultureBird Deaths a year: 67 million
Pesticides likely poison an estimated 67 million birds per year according to the Smithsonian Institution. Cutting hay may kill up to a million more birds a year.

Land Development Bird Deaths a year: unknown
Suburban sprawl is a silent but deadly killer. The National Audubon Society says loss of bird habitat is the greatest threat to bird populations.

Communication TowersBird Deaths a year: 4 to 10 million
U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service estimates that bird collisions with tall, lighted communications towers, and their guy wires result in 4 to 10 million bird deaths a year.

Stock Tank Drowning
Bird Deaths a year: unknown U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service biologists and other conservationists believe that large numbers of birds inadvertently drown in livestock water tanks.

Oil and Gas ExtractionBird Deaths a year: 1 to 2 million
The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service reports that up to 2 million birds died landing in oil pits to bathe and drink in 1997. Fish and Wildlife says netting has improved that situation somewhat. There are no overall estimates for the number of birds affected by oil and gas spills, and oil and gas extractions (and transport.)

Logging and Strip MiningBird Deaths a year: unknown
Logging and strip mining destroy bird habitat. According to the National Audubon Society, habitat destruction is the leading cause of bird population declines.

Commercial Fishing
Bird Deaths a year: unknown
The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and the Ornithological Council report that 40 thousand seabirds per year are killed in the Gulf of Alaska by longline fishing operations. These same sources say long lining and gill netting kill large numbers of birds in other parts of the country as well.

Raptor Deaths a year: more than 1,000
Experts estimate that more than one thousand hawks, eagles, falcons and owls are electrocuted on transmission lines and poles each year.

HuntingBird Deaths a year: 100 + million
ccording to the U.S. Fish and Wildife Service, more than 100 million ducks, geese, swans, doves, shorebirds, rails, cranes, among others are harvested legally each year.

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Apr 22, 2006
Vegetarianism, known in Sanskrit as Shakahara, was for thousands of years a principle of health and environmental ethics throughout India. Though Muslim and Christian colonization radically undermined and eroded this ideal, it remains to this day a cardinal ethic of Hindu thought and practice. A subtle sense of guilt persists among Hindus who eat meat, and there exists an ongoing controversy on this issue on which we hope this humble booklet will shed some light.

For India's ancient thinkers, life is seen as the very stuff of the Divine, an emanation of the Source and part of a cosmic continuum. They further hold that each life form, even water and trees, possesses consciousness and energy. Nonviolence, ahimsa, the primary basis of vegetarianism, has long been central to the religious traditions of India-especially Hinduism, Buddhism and Jainism. Religion in India has consistently upheld the sanctity of life, whether human, animal or, in the case of the Jains, elemental.

The Sanskrit for vegetarianism is Shakahara, and one following a vegetarian diet is a shakahari. The term for meat-eating is mansahara, and the meat-eater is called mansahari. Ahara means "to consume, or eat," shaka means "vegetable," and mansa means "meat or flesh." The very word mansa, "meat," conveys a deep appreciation of life's sacredness and an understanding of the law of karma by which the consequence of each action returns to the doer. As explained in the 2,000-year-old Manu Dharma Shastra, 5.55, "The learned declare that the meaning of mansa (flesh) is, 'he (sa) will eat me (mam) in the other world whose flesh I eat here.' "

There developed early in India an unparalleled concern for harmony among life forms, and this led to a common ethos based on noninjuriousness and a minimal consumption of natural resources-in other words, to compassion and simplicity. If homo sapiens is to survive his present predicament, he will have to rediscover these two primary ethical virtues.

"Is vegetarianism integral to noninjury?" In my book, Dancing with Siva, this question is addressed as follows: "Hindus teach vegetarianism as a way to live with a minimum of hurt to other beings, for to consume meat, fish, fowl or eggs is to participate indirectly in acts of cruelty and violence against the animal kingdom. The abhorrence of injury and killing of any kind leads quite naturally to a vegetarian diet, shakahara. The meat-eater's desire for meat drives another to kill and provide that meat. The act of the butcher begins with the desire of the consumer. Meat-eating contributes to a mentality of violence, for with the chemically complex meat ingested, one absorbs the slaughtered creature's fear, pain and terror.

These qualities are nourished within the meat-eater, perpetuating the cycle of cruelty and confusion. When the individual's consciousness lifts and expands, he will abhor violence and not be able to even digest the meat, fish, fowl and eggs he was formerly consuming. India's greatest saints have confirmed that one cannot eat meat and live a peaceful, harmonious life. Man's appetite for meat inflicts devastating harm on the earth itself, stripping its precious forests to make way for pastures. The Tirukural candidly states, 'How can he practice true compassion who eats the flesh of an animal to fatten his own flesh? Greater than a thousand ghee offerings consumed in sacrificial fires is not to sacrifice and consume any living creature.' "

Amazingly, I have heard people define vegetarian as a diet which excludes the meat of animals but does permit fish and eggs. But what really is vegetarianism? Vegetarian foods include grains, fruits, vegetables, legumes and dairy products. Natural, fresh foods, locally grown without insecticides or chemical fertilizers are preferred. A vegetarian diet does not include meat, fish, fowl or eggs. For good health, even certain vegetarian foods are minimized: frozen and canned foods, highly processed foods, such as white rice, white sugar and white flour; and "junk" foods and beverages-those with abundant chemical additives, such as artificial sweeteners, colorings, flavorings and preservatives.

In my forty years of ministry it has become quite evident that vegetarian families have far fewer problems than those who are not vegetarian. If children are raised as vegetarians, every day they are exposed to nonviolence as a principle of peace and compassion. Every day they are growing up they are remembering and being reminded to not kill. They won't even kill another creature to eat, to feed themselves. And if they won't kill another creature to feed themselves, they will be much less likely to do acts of violence against people.

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