Joshua Parke

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I grew up with llamas for around 10 or so years.  It is impossible to know what happened without very good details or actually witnessing the incident.  Llamas have it ingrained in their nature to stomp predators/dogs into piles of mud, especially the female llamas.  It's part of who and what they are to protect their young from vicious predators.  It's why you often see llamas living with sheep, they protect the sheep from dogs.

I wonder if the llama saw the dog with your daughter and had fear that the dog was going to hurt her, especially after having lost his herd mate?  I wonder if the llama was also protecting your daughter?  It's impossible to know.  I have lots of thoughts and ideas, but without having seen it and knowing the llama and dog, it is impossible to know what happened.

Your dog is a large powerful breed that has a strong will to protect it's owner, who protected your young daughter from a perceived lethal attack from a large animal/being who appeared to be charging at your daughter.  It is a terrible situation, but I would praise the dog for risking it's own life to save your daughter, yet learn to manage the behaviors.  I wouldn't literally praise the dog for killing the llama,  I'm simply trying to say that I would be happy to know that your dog will protect your daughter from a predators attack, though I would be upset at the death of the llama, yet it is pointless to take it out on the dog after the fact for doing what it is breed to do.  Michael Ellis is an amazing dog behaviorist/trainer that I've been watching on youtube, he would be worth learning from to socialize the dog, daughter, and future animals together.  You can also train your dog to bark at the perceived threat and protect your daughter vocally before NEEDING to bite the attacker.

I wasn't there, I have no clue what happened, but from the details provided, I think the dog did a good job protecting your daughter.
3 months ago
Plants that attract beneficial insects which are predators to the pests would be a good choice.  Plants that have umbel flower clusters are often the ones that attract these beneficial insects.  Here is a link with a good list of the plants that you are looking for.  Plants That Attract Beneficial Insects
5 months ago
Here are a few worth adding if you don't already have them.

Do you have any cyanoacrylate?  Also known as superglue.  I use it in place of stitches.  You need to get the bleeding to stop first, and then seal the skin together.  The wounds heal nicely and the scars are smaller.

Do you have blood clot packs?  I have read that cayenne is good for clotting blood, I've never used it I've only read about it.

Is there a tourniquet in there?

3M vetrap is very handy.
5 months ago
Herbs that have mucilage in them would be worth looking into.  Slippery Elm and Marshmallow are probably the best two I know of to look into.  Mullein also has mucilage and is worth researching from what I recall.  Mountain Rose Herbs has supreme quality herbs that are fresh and effective.

Dr. Morse is a man worth learning from if you fully want to understand how to feel better by detoxing the body and allowing tissue regeneration to happen.  You can find videos of him on youtube.  I would suggest searching his channel for, ulcer, and see what you find.  He has a lot of videos, but it is all essentially the same message, give the body the opportunity and it will regenerate and heal.

Fasting is an excellent way to regain your health.  As the body cleans house during a fast it will also start repairing tissue.  The Japanese cell biologist Yoshinori Ohsumi won the Nobel Prize for his research showing what happens to cells during a fast.  You may want to ease into fasting though with an ulcer.  

I think the smarter way to approach it would be to listen to Dr. Morse, eat fruit and herbs as suggested, then as you're feeling better you can begin fasting to really accelerate the healing.  Avoid acidic fruits for now as well, lemons, limes, oranges, pineapple, etc.  Stick to sub-acid fruit for a while such as mango, papaya, pear, peach, apricot, plum etc.  The acid fruit will aggravate the ulcer, the sub-acid fruit will soothe it.  Mango and papaya would be top choices for soothing the stomach and healing the ulcer.

You can also mono eat fruit meals, eating only one type of fruit for that meal/day/week, which would go a long way to sooth the GI tract, there is a man on youtube, The Mangotarian, who has videos of his experience eating only mangos for 6 months I think it was.  I recall the day 80-something video was pretty good, with info about the process the body takes to heal.
5 months ago
Have you considered a greenhouse within a greenhouse?  A greenhouse nestled within another wouldn't need a blower to separate the layers of poly.  Although if using the blower in that situation, the largest benefit I can think of would be having the ability to pull heated air from inside the house or greenhouse to fill the gap and slow the rate of temperature loss at night and while cloudy.

Something else that can help hold heat is insulating around the exterior perimeter of the greenhouse down into the soil.  Optimally, you want to get the insulation to at least frost depth.  That layer of insulation in the soil prevents the frozen ground outside from cooling down the soil in your greenhouse.  All of the interior soil becomes a thermal battery too.  Angling the insulation out instead of having it vertical is also said to be better because you will collect more of the rising ground warmth.

You may know this already but I'll mention it just in case.  PVC will eat through greenhouse film, so the pvc needs to be painted.
6 months ago
Kristina Carrillo-Bucaram's eyes are going from green to blue.  She has info about it on youtube and there are pictures on the internet of it.  There are others who have/are experiencing the same, but I'm not recalling them at the moment.

I first heard of iridology while listening to Dr. Morse.  He has lots of before and afters in his videos.....but I don't know if there are any specific videos on it?
7 months ago
I don't know much about donkeys.  Do you have a herd of horses or donkeys already?  I want to mention this first because more often than not, orphaned foals without a herd grow into a large unmanageable animal, which is often exacerbated when the people raising it don't speak horse.  The horses I've seen raised like this, without a herd and by people that don't speak horse, end up quite aggressive.  I don't know donkeys...I know horses.   I simply wanted to bring this up in case it is helpful.  Do lots of research on the subject if needed, it's going to be a large strong animal.

For the nipping, Warwick Schiller has a pretty good video on the topic...all his videos are good. ;-)  Being that you have a foal though, it may be a bit different reason for the nipping?  Also, I know horses, not donkeys, and I don't know if the same principles work for donkeys.

Some quick things I remember while studying echinacea for venomous bites.

Echinacea denatures venom....it literally breaks down the protein structure of venom and hence destroys the venom.

Echinacea has hyaluronic acid, which holds the cells together instead of allowing them to melt away from necrosis.

Echinacea will actually reverse the damage if the cell still has integrity.
8 months ago
Echinacea is an herb to study if you live in an area with venomous creatures.  I have a post here on permies where I talked about using it for rattlesnake bites.  Frequency of use is important.  Instead of only a couple/few doses throughout the day, I go with a dose every hour, except while I'm sleeping.  And a dose every half hour for the first few hours after the bite.  I give it internally, but would apply a poultice if possible/needed.  I make tincture and also have it in loose form, root and herb.

Using it frequently is important and worth saying again.  If you stay on top of it...set a timer...first thing I do when I wake up, last thing I do before bed, and EVERY hour throughout the day...then the necrotic tissue never happens, and within a few days the evidence of any bite is gone.  I keep going for a week or so until I'm satisfied that it has been fully healed.  At least that has been my experience on three different occasions from prairie rattlers.  

Here are a couple of links that I have saved on the topic.

Echinacea: The Rest of the Story

Echinacea - The treatment of venomous bites

Echinacea for venomous snake bites  ---  The post I made here on permies.
8 months ago
All of these herbs are either supportive to the nervous system and/or grow the nervous system.   ashitaba, gynostemma, bacopa monneria, gotu kola,  holy basil,  ginkgo biloba, rhodiola rosea, panax ginseng, amla, rosemary, ashwagandha, astragalus, lions mane, reishi, turkey tail, chaga,  I'm sure there are others I'm not recalling.

I'll say it too...  Fasting.... ;-)  Fasting increases NGF...nerve growth factor.
Hyperthermic conditioning increases NGF.  ----hot sauna.  Dr. Rhonda Partick has info on this.
Berries are said to be very good to regrow neurological tissue...with herbs, it's accelerated.  Dr. Robert Morse

Julian Gerona - I've seen a couple of your posts, you may like this...it sounds like you're doing some studying on the subject of health/healing/regeneration.  Information on the lymphatic system...actually here's a simple search on youtube. Lymphatic system :-)
1 year ago