Thyroid and related endocrine disorders can be approached holistically. Kay Aubrey-Chimene, RMT, owner of the Sonoita, Arizona-based Grand Adventures Ranch (GAR), has had experience and success in treating these conditions at her holistic animal wellness facility, located in the high mountain grasslands southeast of Tucson.
“Everything we do at our ranch goes back to three words: Detox, detox, detox,” says Aubrey-Chimene. She says she’s found that metabolic issues typically result from the body having an overload of heavy metals, blocking its ability to absorb iodine and other essential nutrients. However, at GAR they delve deeper before taking any course of action.
“If a horse appears to have Cushing’s, we ask if he actually has a tumor on the pituitary gland, or is it a mineral imbalance that’s mimicking Cushing’s because the endocrine system isn’t being fully supported?,” Aubrey-Chimene explains. “If a horse is automatically put on pergolide for Cushing’s disease, there’s going to be a cascading effect on the endocrine system, and hormonal production that could interrupt other critical functions, because the pergolide will suppress the pituitary’s ability to regulate the endocrine system.”
The protocol at GAR:
“We use a very purified, powdered zeolite (Clinoptilolite); it goes through a horse and will bind up not only heavy metals, but also pull yeast, viruses, and undigested foods from the body while providing valuable immune and anti-inflammatory support.”
“Our horses get free choice of four different mineral supplements. I’ve seen Cushing’s horses peel the hair off and start balancing their weight within 120 days.”
“One of the first things I reach for are the blue-green algae. They provide trace minerals, amino acids, and lots of iodine for the thyroid, plus they’re a superfood and detoxifier for the liver. If we’re very toxic, then iodine binding sites are blocked; because superfoods like the blue-green algae are in a highly bio-available form, they’re more readily absorbed and useful to the body.”
Since each horse’s health is unique, owners are cautioned to seek diagnostic assistance from their veterinarians. For those interested in more information, visit www.GrandAdventuresRanch.com