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Marrow Soup
These simple ingredients are easy to digest, making this a great recipe for animals recovering from illness or for picky eaters. Bone marrow provides the raw materials for a healthy immune system. It restores collagen and connective tissue and fights inflammation. Bone marrow soup is a jing (essence) tonic.
You can make marrow soup by boiling a two-three pound organic chicken until the meat falls off the bones. Remove the bones, snapping the larger ones in half. Put bones in a crock pot or large sauce pot and add just enough water to cover the bones. Add one-two tablespoons of apple cider vinegar and a few cups of chopped carrots, celery, squash and beets to help extract the marrow from the bones. Simmer up to 18 hours; the longer the better. Remove the bones and vegetables. Add a few tablespoons of broth to food or serve alone in small amounts; it is very rich. Feed all food, with or without marrow broth, at room temperature or slightly warmer to aid digestion. The broth will thicken in the refrigerator. You could freeze the broth in an ice cube tray to have servings at the ready.  Bone marrow broth is an appetite stimulant and nutritious.

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 Autumn 2015
AnShen News
D ear friends and clients,

Cancer. A word no one likes to hear. We hear a lot about treatment, but not a lot about prevention. In Chinese medicine, cancer can occur due to yin deficiency, which is a deficit of coolness and moisture in the body. Yin deficiency causes body fluids to heat and encourages phlegm; in Chinese medicine this can mean tumors. Cancers can also occur when there is too much damp. Too much heat can also eventually lead to phlegm, as can a lack of good blood flow, known as blood stasis. The recurring theme you'll notice here is that a lack of balance in the body can lead to cancer.
One of the best ways to prevent cancer is to learn your animal friend's Chinese diagnosis and balance it with diet, exercise, tui-na, acupuncture, and herbal medicine. It is not always possible to prevent cancer due to myriad influences including genetics and environmental factors, but decreasing toxic medicines and vaccinations when possible will help (see our previous newsletter for information about Dr. Ron Schultz's work with vaccine titers at the UW-Madison). Homeopathy helps by balancing each animal's life force, and veterinary spinal manipulation keeps the neurologic system in balance. The younger your animals are  when they begin treatment, the more likely they will have healthy, balanced lives!

To read a case study of how Dr. Jody treated a canine cancer patient, click here.

Dr. Jody and Dr. Andrea
Let's Talk About Sardines!
Fall is the season of dryness, which can cause coughing and respiratory infections in the lungs and constipation in the large intestine. One way to prevent constipation and help moisten those dry lungs and large intestine is to supplement our carnivorous friends' diets with sardines. Look for brands that have BPA-free cans (particularly for cats), as BPA has been implicated in hyperthyroidism. Weruva and Tiki Cat are a few BPA-free brands that we recommend. Begin by feeding a very small amount, and monitor your animal friend's stool to assure that it is moist yet still well-formed. If you purchase sardines for humans, look for the brands packed in water or olive oil and avoid cottonseed oil and spices that are too warming and irritating.


( As told by Ceij's human)
Ceij has this amazing way of drawing people in and making them love him. He truly is a once-in-a-lifetime horse. In his younger years, he could challenge an advanced rider or babysit a beginner. He loved to jump, competing up to second level dressage. Ceij is 28 and is loved and ridden by a few little girls (Miah and Alexis), whom he is teaching how to ride, win in shows, and lose gracefully.
I thought that was all going to end a couple months ago. Ceij had started a slow downward spiral. He begun to look much more swaybacked and his eyes had lost their sparkle.  I thought we had hit the end and that I was going to be facing a very tough decision way too soon. Dr. Jody came out to see one of our other horses and I asked her to take a quick look at Ceij. Luckily, we were the last appointment of the day and Dr. Jody has a big heart. She took one look at Ceij and decided to stay late to work on him. He got the full treatment that night: chiropractic, acupuncture, and a little laser therapy. I thought he looked a little better before she left but didn't want to get my hopes up.
The next night I went out to check on him and was shocked to find him 100% back to his normal self. The sparkle was back in his eyes, his energy was back, and he even looked less sway backed! I was amazed. We have continued to do treatments with Dr. Jody as I want to keep my Ceij around for as long as possible. I'm hoping he has many more years of being loved by little girls, and by me, before we have to say goodbye.
(As told by his human)
My friend goes by Acey, Freeley, Ace Face, etc. This handsome guy came my way via the Dane County Humane Society in July 2011. Their best guess was that he was eight or nine years old. He was previously a homeless person's dog and was given up due to a severe ear infection (hence the flop) and bloody paw pads, but he was mostly healed when I got him. Ace is loaded with personality and issues. He was very poorly socialized with other dogs, which is still a challenge. He was clearly happy and appreciative to have a stable home and our bond grew quickly. About seven months after I adopted him he was diagnosed with a mast cell tumor on his leg. The options the oncologist gave me were chemo and radiation or amputate with radiation -- with no guarantee the cancer would be eliminated! If I did nothing, he gave him three to six months to live. I didn't like any of those options for a whole bunch of reasons (stress to Ace, expense, no guarantees). At this point I called Dr. Andrea, whom I had known from a vet service she worked for previously.
Dr. Andrea advised that I put Ace on a very specific grain-free diet, along with many Chinese herbs and supplements, which I happily did! The tumor on his leg basically looks the same as it did a few months after diagnosis. About a year ago, he developed a tumor on his head, which is also being treated the same way.
Ace is now an old man and I am so pleased to be able to say so, almost four years after diagnosis. He is showing his age of late,
with loss of hearing and sight, but he still plays, barks at dogs and eats like a pig. Ace is absolutely a living testament to Anshen's skill and philosophy and I can't thank Dr. Andrea enough for her care, guidance and wisdom. Thank you, thank you, thank you.