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maryjane

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Posted - May 16 2016 :  8:07:11 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
I've been toying with the idea of putting this out there for quite some time--ever since Miss Daisy miscarriaged. Maybe I'll be tarred and feathered but Mastoblast makes me nervous.

There, I said it.

After seeing its effect on Daisy (it made her quite ill) and then afterward reading what each and every ingredient is, I decided it might very well work on mastitis because it's like the herbal equivalent of chemotherapy. Chemotherapy does cure cancer sometimes but it's a postulate that strikes fear in my heart.

Just because Mastoblast is "herbal" as well as homeopathic doesn't mean we should blanket trust that it is something we should use on our pregnant cows. Besides, the very nature of homeopathy is that each subject is dynamically different and remedies are administered very slowly and by someone schooled in their effects. For example, if you have inflammation, you are treated with an herb that causes inflammation and then somehow, but not always, healing takes place.

The Internet is full of tragic stories from people who heard something curative about a particular herb (an herb can’t be as strong or as bad as something pharmaceutical, right?) and the side effects they experienced were much worse than the ailment.

As far as I remember at the time that I weighed in on Mastoblast, one of the nine ingredients is poisonous snake venom, another one is a toxic and deadly poisonous plant. Most of them are terribly bitter and unsavory, but the one that clutched my heart was Ruta.

"The homeopathic remedy ruta should never be given to pregnant women since it has the aptitude to stimulate the contraction of the uterus and, thereby, result in forced abortion or miscarriage."


MaryJane Butters, author of Milk Cow Kitchen ~ striving for the stoicism of a cow standing in the rain ~

CloversMum

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Posted - May 16 2016 :  9:05:05 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Gulp. Well, I'm glad we've not used it but I actually had it on our "to get and be prepared" list. Something to think about for sure. The Dariclox worked well for Flossie when she had mastitis.

Loving life and family on our Idaho farm, Meadowlark Heritage Farm; 1 Jersey cow; 1 Guernsey cow; 1 Guernsey steer calf; Oberhasli & Guernsey goats, ducks and chickens
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txbikergirl

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Posted - May 17 2016 :  03:48:51 AM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
well... is sally o'mally on your mind here?

i agree with everything you said, in that something being "all natural" doesn't mean it can't be deadly. arsenic, lead, nightshade... there are a million and one examples.

i am going to ponder this for a bit. but this is a good reminder to us all.

Firefly Hollow Farm , our little farmstead. Farmgirl living in the green piney woods of East Texas on 23 acres with a few jerseys, too many chickens, a pair of pugs and my Texan hubby (aka "lover boy")
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maryjane

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Posted - May 17 2016 :  05:51:11 AM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Yes, Sally and others.

MaryJane Butters, author of Milk Cow Kitchen ~ striving for the stoicism of a cow standing in the rain ~
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NellieBelle

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Posted - May 17 2016 :  8:24:03 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
I practice the same care for my cows as I would for myself. Less is more. Our bodies are able to handle many things if given the chance. We live in a society where everyone wants and instant fix, without considering what medication, or treatments can do to alter our fantastic body of handling the problem. It may take longer, but if given the chance the body can handle many illness, infections, etc. Just like children that play in dirt or raised on the farm around different bacteria exposure, are healthier than those who are living in "extreme clean environments." The bodies immune system becomes weaker. Over use of products, herbal, "natural" or pharmaceuticals can play havoc on what our bodies were designed to handle. I'm not saying that meds are not necessary when needed, but I'm a firm believer in less is more.

To laugh is human but to moo is bovine. Author Unknown
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txbikergirl

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Posted - May 24 2016 :  7:47:42 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
i am just going to toss my hat in the ring here that i wouldn't use mastoblast on a pregnant cow. i need to do more research before i rule it out completely on an unbred cow, but i'll be doing that research well before i need it again so i can be more educated.

i am not saying mastoblast caused any miscarriages as i don't have outright proof, but people should be aware that two of us had our cows bred at the same time, and we both used mastoblast w/in weeks of each other, and both our cows lost their calves. i am going to revisit the timeline of my circumstances to see if it can shed some light, but i would want people to know so they can really read up on the product to see if they want to use it on their pregnant cow.

Firefly Hollow Farm , our little farmstead. Farmgirl living in the green piney woods of East Texas on 23 acres with a few jerseys, too many chickens, a pair of pugs and my Texan hubby (aka "lover boy")

Edited by - txbikergirl on May 24 2016 7:48:38 PM
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