What is a Holistic Practitioner?

It has been estimated that 90% of the chronic diseases that plague people and our pets may start in the gut.

Think about some of the common ones. Obesity inflammatory bowel disease, pancreatitis and type-2 diabetes are some of the ones that come to mind immediately. But if we look further, we find that fat in excess produces inflammatory chemicals that contribute to inflammation all over the body including arthritis, back pain, kidney disease and heart disease. The latest research even shows direct connection between autoimmune disease and leaky gut. Autoimmune diseases include allergy, hypothyroidism, lupus, autoimmune hemolytic anemia and bleeding disorders. Do some of these sound familiar?

Food is environmental exposure on the inside.

Your pet’s digestive tract is essentially a tube running on the inside of the body with full exposure to the outside world. This is why 70-80% of our immune system is the gut. In addition, the gut contains most of the genetic material in the body. Did you know that 90% of the cells in your body, or your pet’s body, are the microorganisms that call our bodies home? Or that 99% of the genetic material in your body belong to those microorganisms. Most of these reside in the intestinal tract. Each bacteria, fungus and virus contains genetic material which codes for proteins, enzymes and hormones. This genetic material is directly affected by the food and drugs that enters the digestive system.

Let food be thy medicine and medicine be thy food. ~Hippocrates

The simple answer is that the holistic practitioner looks at the whole patient including the mind, body and environment. Traditional western, or modern, medicine focuses on symptoms, diagnosis and disease separating these from the whole. The holistic approach looks at the whole, attempting to restore balance and assist the body in doing what it does best, heal itself.

In my practice, my focus for your pet will include lifestyle with a large emphasis on nutrition. I will use nutritional supplements, herbal supplements, veterinary orthopedic manipulation, VOM (a chiropractic modality) and pulsed magnetic field therapy (PMFT) to help your pet heal and alleviate current discomfort. When appropriate, I will also use the best that western medicine has to offer, including surgery and/or pharmaceuticals.

You should expect that your visits with me will be longer than traditional visits to your veterinarian as there will be a lot of information to gather. The first consultation is often scheduled for 60-90 minutes. I will spend time getting to know you and your pet. This conversation will help me to create a strategy to help your pet regain his or her optimal health.

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Dr. Williamson , I want to thank you for all your endeavors & research towards helping Charlie's food allergies to get under control. I will make a note of All your recommendations for the future. I see that this is going to be a slow process. I believe we are on the right track. Everyday is a little better . He appears to be much happier , and loves his New diet. I have been searching and experimenting for him for over 6 years . With very temporary results. I'm relieved and excited to have you as part of his health program . We're looking forward to years of good health & longevity for Charlie . My Sincerest gratitude for what you have done so far. Thank you so much , Diana L Piscione  
In March of 2017 we adopted an adorable pit bull puppy named Loki. Two days after we brought him home, he was diagnosed with parvo. Loki has lived with horrible chronic diarrhea since day one. He also had regular issues with vomiting, his paws were often red and inflamed and we had trouble keeping weight on him. We spent the next 15 months trying everything we could. Loki saw multiple veterinarians of varying specialties. He had thousands of dollars’ worth of blood work, ultra sounds and diagnostic tests with no results. We tried just about every food, supplement and medication on the market, absolutely nothing gave Loki any relief past a few days. I was referred to Dr Williamson as our last chance. Turns out, Dr Williamson would be the answer we needed. She took her time with Loki who is nervous with strangers and was patient with my enormous sack of supplements, medications and my journal detailing the many foods we had tried. Dr Williamson suggested a round of bloodwork that no other veterinarians had suggested and was able to pinpoint a vitamin D deficiency that had been missed by others. In addition, Dr Williamson put together a very specific homemade diet targeted to help Loki. Dr. Williamson was patient and prompt in responding to my MANY questions. She a was able to provide different perspectives from both a medical and holistic point of view. The diet was practical and we were able to purchase everything at our local grocery store or on Amazon. Best of all, this diet has been a miracle for Loki. He has been on this diet for two months now and has the first “perfect poos” of his life. When you’ve watched your puppy suffer for 15 months, nothing makes you happier than a normal dog poo (and finally a good night’s sleep). We were literally at our wits end. Dr Williamson gave us our boy back and we will forever be grateful.

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