According to the USDA Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS), the Equine Herpes Virus (EHV-1) infection in horses can cause not only the neurologic disease (Equine Herpes Virus Myeloencephalopathy, or EHM for short) that is in the news now, but also respiratory disease, abortion in mares and neonatal foal death. Viruses spread through the air, contaminated equipment, clothing (including boots) and hands.
A virus, according to Wikipedia, is a biological agent that reproduces inside the cells of living hosts. Once the host cell is infected by a virus, it is forced to produce many thousands of identical copies of the original virus at an astounding rate. Because viruses do not have cells that divide, the new viruses accumulate in the infected host cell. Viruses are found wherever there is life and have most likely existed since living cells first evolved.
Viral infections are usually eliminated by the body’s immune system which protects against disease by identifying and killing pathogens and tumor cells. Detection of viruses is complicated as the pathogens can evolve rapidly, adapting easily to avoid the defenses of the immune system. When the immune system is not functioning properly, recurring and life-threatening infections can result. How can horse owners help protect their horses and build up their immune system?
One of the first things that you want to do if you feel your horse has been exposed to the virus is to thoroughly clean and disinfect everything that comes in contact with your horse, including the horse trailer, equipment, barn, stalls, feeders, water buckets, etc. as the virus can be spread easily from these. The American Association of Equine Practitioners (AAEP) has developed excellent guidelines when dealing with infectious diseases. The link to their website is www.aaep.org. Another website offering good information for the EHV-1 is the USDA site at http://www.aphis.usda.gov/vs/nahss/equine/ehv/.
At Your Health 321, LLC, we are dedicated to teaching and providing all natural health concepts for horses, pets and their owners by providing quality innovative products, services and education, maintaining our goal in helping the body heal itself, naturally. With the concern for the health of horses due to the recent outbreak of the Equine Herpes Virus we have researched our library of information and consulted with our herbalists to come up with a program to help contain the spread of the virus. As with all viral infections, the sooner the plan is implemented the better the chance to avoid a greater threat.
To start, we recommend silver, not the colloidal silver which requires 50,000 to 300,000 ppm (parts per million) to kill a harmful pathogen, or the ionic silver, but the new nano silver, patented in 2006, that can terminate entire colonies of harmful bacteria at a concentration of 5 ppm or less, beginning to destroy pathogens in seconds and completely destroying them when in direct contact for 2-10 minutes. Let’s take a look at the history of silver as a medicine and also as a preservative.
Scientists and doctors understood the health benefits of silver hundreds of years before they understood microbes and how they caused illness. Silver vessels were used for water purification. American pioneers used silver to prevent dysentery, colds and flu. They also put silver dollars in milk and wooden water containers to slow bacterial growth. Silverware was suspended in water tanks in the Australian outback to prevent spoilage. Most recently, silver water purification filters are used in Switzerland, by international airlines and by NASA in the space shuttles. Silver catheters are also used in hospitals.
The type of silver we use is comprised of silver particles permanently suspended in purified water at 10 ppm and prepared using 10,000 volts of Alternating Current (AC) compared to the colloids use of 110 volts of Direct Current (DC). This significant power increase supercharges the silver, resulting in a solution with a different atomic structure than the colloidal silver. This gives the silver catalytic capabilities, allowing it to destroy, then instantaneously recharge and kill the pathogen again and again, destroying thousands of times more pathogens than the old colloidal and ionic silvers. The silver particle actually attaches to the cell walls of the pathogen, removing one or two of the pathogen’s electrons. This leaves a hole in the cell membrane, killing the pathogen. This silver technology is more effective and at a safe concentration (5 – 20 ppm), can be consumed daily.
Have you noticed the blue lights in a hospital room? This is the germicidal ultraviolet light resonating at 890 to 910 terahertz, interfering with the duplication and replication of viral infections, destroying the pathogens. The silver we use resonates at the same frequency, 910 terahertz. In essence, the tiny silver particles circulate throughout every capillary in the body, disinfecting the body from the inside. It is important to get the silver into the horse in the early stages of exposure to the virus in order to disrupt the duplication. Spraying silver in the horse’s nostrils and wiping the nose with silver wipes is a good way to start. Don’t forget to sanitize your hands, equipment, etc., by using the spray or wipes.
In addition to the silver, we also recommend using one of the most powerful and versatile essential oils, oregano, as it contains strong immune-enhancing and antioxidant properties and supports the respiratory system. Pure therapeutic grade essential oils such as oregano have been shown to be 99.86% effective in killing bacteria and viruses as they are unable to mutate in the presence of the oil. We like Young Living Essential Oils as they are EarthKosher Certified and are world renowned for exceptionally high-quality essential oils. Dr. Ronald Lawrence, MD, PhD, and an associate professor at UCLA states that “Young Living has the best researched products I have seen in the alternative health industry.” Hippocrates used oregano as an antiseptic and as a cure for stomach and respiratory ailments. We suggest the Raindrop Technique when applying the Young Living Oregano. This method will help with the destruction of the virus and also bring about the electrical alignment in the horse’s body.
To build up the horse’s immune system we suggest adding Silver Lining’s #24 Immune Support. This herbal combination of Eluthro, Garlic, Olive Leaf, Plantain Red Clover, Rose Hips, Sarsaprillo, Barberry, Echinacea, Parsley, Wheat Grass, Cascara and Licorice work together to help the evacuation process of toxins in the horse’s system, building up the immune system to proper levels. Silver Lining Herbs is a world leader in human-grade herbal products with numerous veterinarians on staff throughout the United States and a member of the National Animal Supplement Council (nasc). Silver Lining Herbs are used by Craig Johnson – USET Reiner, 14 time World Champion Reiner, Sherry Cervi – WPRA World Champion Barrel Racer, John Williams – Olympic Bronze Medalist, and Dan Roeser – NRCHA Champion, to name a few. Silver Lining Herbs are sold in one pound bags, enough for a 2 month supply for one horse.
To make it easier for horse owners to have these products available to them, Your Health 321, LLC has put together a convenient package containing the above mentioned products with instructions on how to use them effectively. The cost of $127.46, plus shipping, is no more than what you would pay if you purchased each product separately. Included in the package is one 8 oz bottle of ASAP Silver, one 15 ml bottle of Young Living Oregano Essential Oil, one package (30 count) Nature’s Fresh Silver Shield Surface Wipes (these wipes measure 7 x 8 inches), one 1-lb bag of Silver Lining Herbs #24 Immune Support and one 4 oz amber spray bottle. This package is a great addition to your tack trunk when traveling to help protect you and your horse from all types of infections.