How To Help A Pet Hit By A Car

December 31, 2008 was cold and clear when a white dog raised its head as we approached in our truck while lying in the middle of the two lane street. I asked my husband to return, and we did to protect the dog. I called my vet, found a phone number that was for emergencies, called that and found that it was the wrong county. If I had dialed 911, I would have saved valuable time. It was after 9:00 pm when we stopped.

They arrived, placed a muzzle that was too small on the dog, and used the towel I provided to load the dog, asked us some questions, and left. The dog died, but the important point is that it had a chance it would not have without Animal Control. It had no collar, no tags, and we didn’t know the dog. It was trying to bite, but did not bite anyone.

We found out that after hours 911 is the fastest way to contact the correct county Animal Control. If out of the county of residence and not online, information may help. Getting the numbers into the speed dial for local shelters is important.

Although there may not be a tax deduction, it is very helpful to donate towels, sheets and items dogs and cats can use. It is a good idea to have some of these items for emergency use while traveling.

Two other neighbors stopped to help us divert traffic while we waited for Animal Control to come help this dog. A muzzle in our car would have made the difference, although getting a muzzle on a hurt dog is not always easy. The options of taking the dog ourselves to an Emergency Clinic may save the dog, but may be out of pocket instead of paid by the county with Animal Control.

(c) Charlotte Fairchild 2008

The Benefits of Probiotic Foods – How Age-Old Cultured Foods Boost Immunity

We’ve approached a time in history when more people are taking responsibility for their own healing – seeking opinions from doctors and practitioners with a range of philosophies, discovering and treating the root-cause of illnesses, and remembering the wisdom behind the statement, “Let food be thy medicine and medicine be thy food,” stated by Hippocrates, the father of modern medicine.

Throughout time, popular diseases have offered society a reflection of its own state of being. The predominant lifestyles, medicine, social issues, diets, etc. all amount to health challenges of those times. Quite often the insidious, debatable epidemics that affected large populations instigated societal growth and advancements.

One of today’s such diseases is Candidiasis, a fungal infection, caused by Candida albicans, that starts in the colon and can spread through the bloodstream affecting the immune system. Candida is caused by an imbalance of ‘friendly’ bacteria in the gut, resulting in an overgrowth of fungus ranging from severe to mild. The long-term danger of overgrowth is a compromised immune system. Seventy to 80 percent of what controls our immunity is a result of the health of our gut. Candidiasis has been linked to many symptoms, including skin rashes, food allergies, chronic constipation, chronic vaginal yeast infections, PMS, reoccurring headaches, mental fuzziness and more. But the majority of people don’t associate their systems with this modern epidemic. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, nearly 75% of all adult women have had at least one genital “yeast infection” in their lifetime. In those with weakened immune systems, like AIDS or cancer, candida that leaks into the bloodstream through the intestinal wall can (and often does) become the actual cause of death.

Although there are a number of pills and creams being prescribed for this infection by allopathic doctors, some practitioners believe that unless the colon’s environment is altered and “friendly” bacteria reintroduced, while the foods perpetuating this imbalance are eliminated, the ‘yeast infection’ will persist. New solutions proving to be effective include colonics, intestinal cleanses, special diets, and probiotics, some of the most potent probiotics can be obtained through an age-old method of fermenting plant-source foods.

Following is an interview with Carly Balsz, founder of Healing Movement in Santa Monica, California

Jara Fairchild: Carly, your mission is to help people develop balanced inner ecosystems by supporting them to create healthy digestion. How did you get started on this journey?

Carly Balsz: My journey began as an R.N., but I wasn’t healthy. My problem was a severe Candida infection, which was weakening my immune system. I found the Body Ecology Diet book, a system of healing by Donna Gates, which emphasizes that we all have unique dietary needs depending on the state of our inner ecosystems. For example, we might all agree that an organic, whole foods diet is healthy. But wheat, dairy, or even natural sugars may not benefit you. I was on a raw food diet, but the dates and fruits that I was eating were making me sick! So not only did I eliminate certain foods, I began fermenting vegetables and the water from Young Thai coconuts, the probiotic foods suggested by the diet to replenish my colon with ‘friendly’ bacteria. That’s when my immune system kicked in, plus these raw cultured vegetables and coconut water kefir as they are called, helped curb my intense sugar cravings, a common symptom that seems insurmountable to Candida sufferers.

J: So you sensed that there were many others out there like you suffering from Candida and set out to help them too?

C: First I was inspired by colon hydrotherapy because it was the first thing I did that my body responded to. None of the anti-fungal medications prescribed by my doctor helped. At the time, I was working the UCLA Medical Center’s Liver Transplant ICU and was responsible for administering antibiotics, the very thing that may have contributed to my condition. I also remembered the mid-90s when pharmacies, overnight it seemed, added sections dedicated to vaginal suppositories to treat yeast infections. I had this moment when I realized how much I wasn’t alone in suffering from a systemic fungal infection, but rather it had reached epidemic proportions — that’s when I quit my job. Today I have so many success stories. I’ve worked with an 18-year-old boy with Crohn’s disease for about a year who was on steroids. The other day his mother said he’s was off the medications and symptom free. She attributes it to the colonics, the diet and the probiotic foods.

J: So are all ‘probiotic foods’ created equally? Are the new yogurts on the market with probiotics effective?

C: They are NOT created equally. Despite the large-budget ad campaigns that almost make yogurt a convincing choice as a probiotic, many yogurts are not effective. First, they are counterintuitive to healing because they add sugar. Also, for people with digestive issues, dairy tends to irritate the gut lining or cause allergic reactions. And often the microflora from yogurt isn’t strong enough to survive harsh stomach acid so they don’t get into the gut to colonize. Cultured foods, however, are permitted by all diets — vegan, raw, macrobiotic and others. The process alone of making them with “starter culture” introduces a hardy strain of beneficial bacteria, a robust bacterium called Lb. Plantarum, which is resistant to antibiotics. The veggies and kefir work quickly because they are alkaline-forming foods. Microbes love acidic environments because they have a lot to feast on. So the goal is to balance the body’s pH. These foods are also fibrous for stronger peristalsis, while the kefir is hydrating, and both contain a rich source of enzymes, vitamins and minerals.

J: Is it easy to make the veggies and kefir at home?

C: Yes. Cultured foods have been around for thousands of years, kimchi and sauerkraut are two examples. So they are affordable and easy to make. When I started making the veggies, I rallied together a small group and we did two big batches a month. If you do buy them at the store, look for brands that don’t add sea salt to the fermentation process, which is how traditional sauerkraut is made. Sea salt slows down bacterial growth. You can add sea salt once they’ve cultured, as well as dressings, oils and seasonings. The kefir can be made from Young Thai coconuts, but you can also ferment regular coconut water. Some people add stevia, cranberry juice, lemon, etc.

J: Is there a link between digestion and children who develop autism?

C: Yes. Each child is different, but improving digestion should be the starting point. There has been much evidence that these children have an overgrowth of fungus, which cause toxins to absorb through the gut wall, enter the bloodstream and are carried to the brain causing neurological dysfunctions. I work with a child who in the beginning was constipated, but what we’ve observed over the past year is that his behavior improved as his digestion did. There are many stories of children recovering from symptoms of autism when placed on sugar-free, gluten-free, casein-free diets, and adding the cultured foods.

Mothers sometimes feel guilty when they understand the link, but it’s not their fault. However, education is important. Most women haven’t been given the right information about how to treat a Candida infection and most men who have it, don’t know it. I admire high-profile personalities with autistic children who speak out, like Jenny McCarthy, so we can spread the word about getting to the root-cause of this infection. So I’ve made it my mission to provide people with the tools that have worked for me. I’m planning to be a mom someday and I thank God I got sick. Now I know for sure that my body is ready.

Life-Saving Knife Scenarios

Real life incidents in which people have saved their own lives with knives are probably more common than we realize, but they aren’t always widely reported in the media. Below are several accounts in which people have saved their lives using different varieties of knives (in some instances the sources of the stories are not known since they were picked up over many years of “cursory” reading). The main “lesson” in this article is that it’s usually a good idea to carry a knife, especially if you find yourself in a crime-ridden section of a city, or about to embark on an adventure that may involve precarious situations.

Our first case concerns a mountain man by the name of James Beckwourth. His life-saving knife event occurred during the Fur Trade era in the early 19th century. While traveling one day he ran upon a dangerous grizzly bear and tried to kill it with his rifle but only succeeded in wounding the powerful animal. The bear became enraged after being shot and charged Beckwourth, but since his rifle was only a single shot muzzle-loader, he was forced to draw his knife, which was a large bowie type model. Beckwourth stabbed the blade repeatedly into the bear’s vital organs until he put the grizzly down. He survived the dangerous ordeal but suffered many deep lacerations in the process. The noise of Beckwourth’s initial gunshot and the bear’s loud roaring attracted the attention of a hunting party of Crow Indians, who took Beckwourth back to their village and nursed him to health. Beckwourth’s battle with the grizzly was so impressive to the Indians they made him an “honorary” member of their tribe, and over time he ascended to become ‘War Chief’ of the Crow Nation (keep in mind, other accounts differ from this grizzly bear story and claim the Crow Indians merely caught Beckwourth trapping on their territory and captured him, after which he married many Crow women and became part of their tribe).

Another remarkable case of a man saving his own life with a knife involves an assassination attempt made on the life of General Nathan Bedford Forrest. After the General had been wounded at close range by a Civil War era revolver, he grabbed the assassin’s gun hand and struggled to keep the revolver pointing away from him. As he controlled the man’s gun, the General quickly pulled out his pocket knife with his free hand, opened it with his teeth, then stabbed the blade repeatedly into the assassin’s stomach to kill him.

Our next knife related incident occurred in Africa shortly after the Boer War, by an unknown individual whom we will refer to as “Sven.” While riding his horse in the Transvall Province of South Africa one day Sven’s horse suddenly veered and he felt something strike him in the back. He fell off the horse and soon found himself staring up into the face of a huge lion. The lion clamped its teeth onto Sven’s left shoulder and began walking off with him, dragging Sven along, intending to take him into the bushes where he would enjoy a long lunch. While being dragged away, Sven found that he could move his right hand and quickly reached down and felt for his knife, which was in its ‘antelope hock’ sheath. Sven’s body was positioned directly underneath the lion as it dragged him and Sven took his knife and began stabbing the lion over and over again near its shoulder as hard as possible. But the lion was so tough it simply continued walking and dragging Sven through the brush. But Sven did not give up. He only stabbed harder until the continuous thrusts soon caused gurgling noises to emanate from the lion’s throat. Shortly afterward the lion let go of Sven and ran away.

The knife that saved Sven’s life was a common butcher style variety with a six inch blade and wooden slab handles made by the Sheffield Knife Company in England. Sven first saw the knife at a local mercantile shop laying next to a block of cheese. He noticed the Sheffield marking and realized it was better than the knife he had in his possession so he decided to make a trade. Sven waited until the store owner was busy and placed the knife from his scabbard next to the cheese and took the Sheffield knife. Many years later Sven paid a visit to the Sheffield Knife Company and told the president and other workers that he’d actually killed a lion with one of their knives. But the men simply looked at him in disbelief and didn’t respond.

During WWI another life-saving occurrence took place, involving a Corporal Strong of the U.S. Army and his bolo knife (bolo knives were issued to U.S. troops from 1909 to 1917 and came in four different sizes with the largest having a 14-inch blade). Corporal Strong was seriously injured when a blast of artillery fire caused several large boulders to fall into his foxhole. He was knocked on his back by the barrage and one of the boulders landed on his arm, crushing and pinning him to the ground. After regaining consciousness and suffering in a painful position for many hours, Strong finally decided he’d been abandoned by his comrades in the heat of battle and had to either resign himself to a slow painful death or make a struggle to stay alive. So he removed his belt and cinched it tightly around his arm to form a tourniquet, then he removed his bolo knife from its sheath and proceeded to hack through his pinned arm so he could get free. After suffering excruciating pain from cutting through his own arm, Strong climbed out of the foxhole and began searching for his lost platoon. He traveled only a short distance when he spotted some enemy soldiers of the German army walking along. He drew his pistol and approached the men and ordered them to drop their rifles. Because they were caught off guard and probably had little training, they immediately obeyed. Later Corporal Strong found his platoon and rejoined them while marching four enemy prisoner’s of war in front of him, one of which was actually carrying Strong’s severed arm that he’d cut off earlier in the foxhole.

Another live-saving incident involved a Native American by the name of Skeeter “Grey Otter” Vaughan, who was serving in the U.S. Army during WWII. Vaughan was initially trained to be a radioman but soon became a drill instructor. He was assigned to the 18th Cavalry and sent overseas to participate in the Allied invasion of Europe. After several months of combat Vaughan’s commander, Lieutenant “Dutch” Herderich, formed a secretive unit known as the Moccasin Rangers which was composed of six Native Americans and included Sergeant Vaughan as the leader. For one of their missions they were sent into the Ardennes Forest behind enemy lines to obtain enemy information and they discovered an enemy bunker that had only one sentry guarding it. They knew shooting the sentry would alert the enemy, so Vaughan studied the situation for some time and unsheathed his knife, threw it at the sentry, and killed him instantly. Throwing a knife accurately enough to take out an enemy isn’t easy, but Vaughan was not a novice at knife-throwing, having had experience throwing tomahawks and knives to hunt small game ever since he was a child. When the War ended Vaughan worked in the film and entertainment industry as a stuntman, weapons expert, and performer. Later Vaughan even appeared on the ‘Circus of the Stars’ television show exhibiting his weapon-throwing skills. 

Our last incident involves a woman by the name of Lisa Fairchild. One night she was working late at an advertising agency, finishing up material for a client. When she finished it was nearly midnight and she searched for a security guard to follow her to her car, but she couldn’t locate one. Finally Miss Fairchild decided to go alone, but before doing so she took a small dagger from her desk and placed it in her coat pocket. When she left the building she walked through the parking lot, holding her purse in her left hand as her right hand stayed in her pocket firmly on her dagger. While walking she noticed a man coming toward her in the darkness. The man got closer and Lisa noticed a malicious smile on his face. She removed her dagger and held it ready against her coat. The man reached out for her and Miss Fairchild simply slashed his hand with the dagger. The man looked at the blood pouring from his wounded hand, then reached out for her again. But every time the man would try to grab her, she would simply slash him again. Finally the assailant fled and Miss Fairchild managed to get to the safety of her car where she drove away.

So there you have a few life-saving knife scenarios. Remember, it’s always a good idea to carry a knife since you never know when it may save your life.