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  1. The Cornerstone to Healthy Immune Function

    The Cornerstone to Healthy Immune Function
    The Cornerstone to Healthy Immune Function It's true that your horse cannot get a "cold" or respiratory infection without a virus, but all horses carry around a generous supply of both viruses and bacteria. While winter weather can't cause a respiratory illness, the stress of severe weather coupled with the effect of cold, dry air on the lining of the...
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  2. Exaggerated reactions to flybites may reflect a weak immune system

    Exaggerated reactions to flybites may reflect a weak immune system
    Question: The last 2 summers my filly has had problems with flybites. My vet had told me to feed her Bug Check but that did not seem to make a difference. Any suggestions? Thank you kindly! Dr. Kellon: Exaggerated reactions to fly bites are sometimes true allergies but more often reflect an improperly functioning immune system. Imbalance in key antioxidant and...
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  3. What immune support do you suggest for my horse's Myositis diagnosis?

    What immune support do you suggest for my horse's Myositis diagnosis?
    Question: My horse was recently diagnosed with Myositis, vet is almost 100% sure it has originated from the strangles vaccine. He started on red cell yesterday, 1 week off and 1 week on. I was wondering if I should add an Immune Support supplement to his diet NOW or wait about 3 to 6 months until his system quiets down...
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  4. How can I help my Icelandic with automimmune disease?

    How can I help my Icelandic with automimmune disease?
    Question: I have discovered through lots of googling that you are very knowledgeable in Pemphigus F.  My 29 YO Icelandic was diagnosed with it a month ago after 7 weeks of what looked like severe rain rot, but with a punch biopsy the lab came back as PF. My main question is, are these tests ever wrong? Because from what I have...
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  5. The Profound Importance of Immune Protection

    The Profound Importance of Immune Protection
    The Profound Importance of Immune Protection You are what you eat is never truer than with the immune system.  The immune system is truly an army, with Infantry, Special Forces and even an Intelligence division. Communications employs tens of thousands of different codes carried on the cytokines which also connect it to each and every organ function of the body...
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  6. The Powerful Immune Protection from Plants

    The Powerful Immune Protection from Plants
    Plant Pigments and the Immune System Green drinks are a hot human health craze these days and with good reason. But did you know brightly colored foods are as healthy for your horse as they are for you? Plant polyphenols are natural compounds with strong antioxidant capacity, with plant pigments having a variety of benefits for the immune system.  Green...
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  7. The Foundation for a Strong Immune System

    The Foundation for a Strong Immune System
    The Foundation for Strong Immunity There are many herbs, plants, and probiotics that can stimulate the immune system, but they won't help if the horse's body does not have the basic nutrients it needs to respond.  That missing link can be provided by the diet. You may not think of them this way, but basic vitamins and minerals play a...
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  8. Help for your Horse's Immune Health

    Help for your Horse's Immune Health
    Help for Your Horse’s Immune Health  Last week we talked about oxidative stress and antioxidants, and how they can influence immune system function. A huge number of studies have also linked oxidative stress/free radicals to chronic diseases and the aging process itself. Equine equivalents of problems associated with oxidative stress including Cushing's disease, Lyme disease, arthritis, recurrent uveitis (moonblindness), pemphigus...
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  9. Antioxidants: The Go-To Nutrients for Immune Support

    Antioxidants: The Go-To Nutrients for Immune Support
    Antioxidants: the Go-To Nutrients for Immune Support A strong immune system is the cornerstone for your horse’s state of health. The horse's immune system is on guard 24/7 all year, but winter poses some special challenges.  Horses breathing cold, dry air, and kept in closed up barns have high exposure to respiratory irritants (dust, molds, ammonia), and are exposed to...
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  10. The Heart of the Immune System is in the Gut

    The Heart of the Immune System is in the Gut
    The Heart of the Immune System is the Gut The function of the immune system is to protect the body from outside organisms and substances that may harm it.  It should be no surprise then that mucus membranes lining all the portals of the body open to the world have high immune capacity.  The most important of these is the digestive...
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