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4 year old with intermittent shin bone pain for a year, what could it be?

Hi Slippy

Here are several ideas to heal the issue. 6 months is insane!

Causes of Pneumonia

Approximately half of all pneumonia cases are due to viral infection. Bacterial infection is another major cause, however, with the most common bacterial causes being Pneumococcus, Staphylococcus, Streptococcus, Klebsiella, E. coli, proteus, Pseudomonas, and Hemophilus. Fungal infections can also play a role in the development and progression of pneumonia, as can other chronic respiratory diseases and diseases that compromise the immune system. Hospitalization and hospital visits can also increase the risk of pneumonia and the use of immunosuppressive drugs (probably the issue why it's prolonged the issue to be 6 months).


Natural Cures

Note: Pneumonia is a serious disease and should be treated with the help of a holistic health professional. In addition, when treating pneumonia, care must be taken to ensure that complete recovery occurs. Even after symptoms abate, they can flare up again if not properly treated and monitored, so be sure to get adequate amounts of rest and maintain your treatment protocols for at least one to two weeks after your symptoms disappear.

Aromatherapy: Inhaling the steamed vapors of the essential oils of camphor, eucalyptus, lavender, lemon, pine, or tea tree can help improve breathing and aid in fighting infection. Massaging the upper chest with niaouli oil can also be helpful, although this should be avoided when fever is present. Add powdered ginger root to fresh squeezed lime juice and a pinch of organic honey, or try applying a heated mustard oil compress to the forehead during outbreaks of fever.

Diet: If you suffer from pneumonia, you need to be screened for food allergies and sensitivities, and then avoid eating those foods that you are allergic or sensitive to. In addition, avoid all sugar and sugar products, including an excess of sweet fruits, wheat and wheat byproducts, soft drinks, commercially processed foods, and all foods containing artificial ingredients, such as additives, colorings, flavorings, and preservatives. Eliminate your intake of all milk and dairy products, as they contribute greatly to mucus in the body. In addition, avoid coffee and all other caffeinated products.

Drink plenty of pure, filtered water – at least eight ounces every two hours; and for best results, add fresh squeezed lemon juice and a dash of cayenne pepper. (Be sure to brush your teeth or rinse well after citrus foods.) Also enjoy fresh squeezed, organic vegetable juices throughout the day, as well as hot broths, especially miso and other soups. Take in lots of warm liquids. Vegetable juices are an important addition to the diet, and the very best option for providing extra nutritional support, especially while sick. They are best made using primarily green vegetables. Use just enough carrot to make your juices sweet enough to be palatable. Add ginger or garlic if desired for a nice warming effect. Diluted organic pear juice can also be helpful, in order to loosen up lung congestion.

At mealtime, emphasize organic, whole foods, especially plenty of fresh, raw organic vegetables, lightly steamed vegetables and veggie soups, miso soup, preferably soaked nuts and seeds, organic, free-range meats, poultry, and wild-caught fish. Eat small quantities of fresh sweet fruits – limit your selection to plums and pears, all berries, including Goji berries, and other less sweet exotic fruits you may find in the region where you live. Non sweet fruits such as avocado, pepper, tomato and cucumbers can be eaten freely. Garlic, ginger, cayenne pepper, chili peppers, and onions should be eaten regularly, due to their powerful health benefits for the lungs and overall respiratory system. Organic, extra virgin olive oil and raw virgin coconut butter/oil can and should be used liberally.

According to leading naturopathic physician and researcher Joseph E. Pizzorno, N.D., President Emeritus of Bastyr University, a vegan diet can significantly improve symptoms of most respiratory conditions, including pneumonia. Such a diet involves eliminating all animal products, as well as fish, eggs, milk, and all other dairy products. Grains should be avoided as well, or eaten in minimal amounts. Dr. Pizzorno also advises limiting your fluid intake to pure, filtered water (avoid chlorinated, fluoridated tap water), and emphasize plenty of fresh, organic fruits and vegetables, especially romaine lettuce, carrots, beets, onions, celery, cabbage, cauliflower, broccoli, cucumber, radishes, Jerusalem artichokes, beans (except soy and green peas), blueberries, strawberries, raspberries, cloudberries, black currants, gooseberries, plums, and pears. Apples and citrus fruits (except lemon) are not recommended, however.

Fasting: Fasting 14 to 48 hours under a natural doctor's supervision can often help to speedily resolve any threat of pneumonia, if undertaken at the first sign of symptoms.


boneset tea - to clear congestion and ease accompanying aches and pains

coltsfoot - which can help fight infection and soothe coughs

raw garlic and/or onions - to fight infection and expel mucus and phlegm

fenugreek - to help relieve fever

ginseng - to boost overall immune function; hydrastis, to fight infection

lobelia and sanguinaria - to free to lungs of congestion, mucus, and phlegm

Other useful herbs, especially for pneumonia due to viral infection, include Arctostaphylos, Cephaelis ipecacuanha, juniper (Juniperus communis), Piper cubeba St. John’s wort, and uva ursi.


Aconite - for pneumonia accompanied by sudden onsets of anxiety and fever

Bryonia - for sharp chest pains that worsen with movement

Phosphorus - for pneumonia accompanied by rust colored phlegm, general weakness, trembling, and a desire for cold drinks

Sanguinaria - for pneumonia that occurs following the flu and when congestion is primarily in the right lung

Improving Indoor Air Quality: Improving the quality of your indoor air, both at home and at work, is an essential self-care step for helping to treat and prevent respiratory conditions, including pneumonia. Healthy air is warm, free of pollutants and odors, has a relative humidity of between 35 to 60 percent, and is high in oxygen and negative ions (3,000 to 6,000 negative ions per cubic centimeter). Today’s technology makes it easy to ensure that your indoor air meets the above criteria. A negative ion generator can not only increase the oxygen and negative ion content of indoor air, but can also cleanse it of harmful animal dander, bacteria, dust, mold, pollen, and viruses. Moreover, negative ions help to soothe and repair damaged mucosa of the nasals, lungs, and bronchial pathways. For best results, choose a self-regulating negative ion generator that emits at least one trillion negative ions per second.

You should also use a humidifier to keep your indoor air moist, especially during winter months, when air tends to be drier. Choose a warm mist unit. Adding plants to your home and work environments can help keep air moist. Certain plants, such as chrysanthemums, philodendron, and spider plants, also help to keep your air free of circulating dust and microorganisms, since they act as natural air filters.

Be sure that your home and work environments are properly ventilated, and avoid the use of synthetic materials in your home and workplace, including plastics.

Juice Therapy: Juice organic carrot, spinach, and parsley juice, along with a clove of garlic. Add a pinch of cumin and drink two 8-ounces glasses during the day. For more suggestions, see Juice Recipes.

Nutritional Supplements: Useful nutrients for treating pneumonia include vitamin A, beta carotene, vitamin C, bioflavonoids, pine tree bark, and zinc, all of which can help improve immune function and fight off infection. Proteolytic enzymes taken between meals, along with acidophilus supplements, can also be helpful, as can thymus gland extract. Other useful supplements include betaine HCL, bee pollen, quercetin, manganese, N-acetylcysteine (NAC), and selenium.

If you need to take an antibiotic, which is frequently the case with pneumonia, be sure to supplement during the course of treatment, and also after treatment, with a steady course of probiotics, such as acidophilus. Probiotics should be taken for at least 3 weeks following a course of antibiotics as they will help replace the intestinal flora that is weakened when taking antibiotics.

Best of health to you

Are there different diets for different breeds of rabbits?

Are there different diets for different breeds of rabbits?

There are not different diets for different breeds, just different amounts for different sizes. This is the dietary guidance my veterinarian (who is a board-certified exotics specialist) provides to his customers:

At 6 months of age, he can still have unlimited pellets. You'll start cutting back at 7 months. Hay should always be unlimited in quantity throughout his life. You should be slowly increasing the amount and variety of vegetables given. The eventual goal is to be giving a minimum of 2 cups vegetables of at least 3 varieties daily. Carrots and other root vegetables are high in sugars and starches. They should be treats- not an everyday part of their diet- and only in small quantities (for example 1 baby carrot 3 times weekly). The vegetables you want to be mostly feeding are leafy greens. There is a link to a list of safe ones at the page I posted above. 1-2 oz of fruit can be given daily as well.

potbelly pig questions. anything helps?

potbelly pig questions. anything helps?

Before you even consider one of these animals, you need to make sure you can legally keep one where you live. They are considered livestock and, as such, can't be kept in most cities.

Potbellied pigs need a species specific diet. Purina makes a good line of exotic diets called Mazuri. Most feed stores that carry Purina foods can order it for you. They may a juvenile, adult and senior diet. Fresh fruit and vegetables can be added to their food if you want, but it's not required. Follow the directions on the bag and your vet's directions when it comes to feeding. Over feeding a potbellied pig is a horrible thing. They'll grow far too large and makes them prone to skin issues, cardiac and respiratory problems and puts excessive strain on their already weak (for their size) backs and knees.

All of my pigs, assuming they're actually old enough to be weaned, eat twice a day, as close to 12 hours apart as I can manage.

A well bred, healthy potbellied pig who is fed correctly can weigh anywhere from 50 pounds to 120 pounds. Keep in mind though, even though they may not weigh as much as a dog, pound for pound, pigs are one of the most dangerous animals to handle (I'll explain more further on).

A potbellied pig needs at least a 1/3 of acre. Keeping one in an apartment would be a nightmare.

I've known people who have tried to keep these animals as house pets and it usually doesn't end well. These are amazingly strong, intelligent, curious animals who will get into EVERYTHING. Every pig I've ever known is happier as an outside pet. Outside, they can root in the ground and find roots and bugs to munch on and a rooting pig tends to be a happy pig.

Pigs are clean, but not in the way most people think. They will make themselves a mud hole outside and they will cover themselves in it. They don't sweat, so the mud keeps them cool, keeps their skin and hair moist, keeps bugs away and prevents sunburn. There is nothing as miserable as a sunburned pig. They will not poop or pee anywhere near where they eat, and pigs are actually rather picky about eating slightly spoiled food. They would much rather eat something clean and fresh.

Since pigs are outdoor pets, potty training isn't really an issue. If you're concerned about your carpet, linoleum, furniture or base boards, do not let your pig in the house. They will root and even small pigs can do major damage with their nose.

Some things you should keep in mind, though: you need to make absolutely sure you can find good vet care for them. Most companion animal vets won't see them because their staff isn't trained for it and most livestock vets won't see them because they don't have small enough equipment.

Pigs are destructive. They will demolish your house if kept inside and confining them in a house is difficult. They're much stronger than a dog of the same size and can easily tear up a metal dog crate to get loose. If you put them in a room and shut the door, they'll tear up the floor and quite possibly the door. There is nothing more destructive than a bored pig. Outside, unless they're on a huge plot of land, they will kill all the grass, uproot small trees and bushes and dig large deep holes.

When these animals are mad or scared, they will scream. Even wearing shooter's ear protection doesn't do much to help. They will also bite. If you have a pig, eventually, you will be bitten. I was a vet tech for almost ten years and I've had farm pigs and potbellied pigs as pets since 1998. I would rather take a bite from a large aggressive dog than a medium sized angry pig.

While they are social animals, they don't show affection like a dog or cat would. The most outgoing pig makes an antisocial dog look cuddly. They don't want to be picked up, they don't want to sleep in bed with you. They want to to scratch their backs and maybe play with them.

The best thing you can do is find a local rescue group for pigs or see if someone near you has them. Spend as much time with these animals as you can. You need to see their behavior and know exactly what you're getting into. These animals have become extremely popular lately, and that concerns me. I love pigs, but they're not good pets for 99% of people. They require a much bigger commitment from owners than a dog or cat. Their behavior is totally different from your typical companion animals. So many people go into this thinking that having a pig is no different than having a dog, and when they realize what they have to deal with, the pig gets dumped on a rescue or pound. They are almost impossible to adopt out. A dog rescued from an incorrect or abusive situation can be rehabed with time and good training to be a good pet. A pig can't.

I'm not trying to paint a bad picture about pigs, I'm trying to let you know what to expect.

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