From the New York Post
Sunday, August 22, 2004

Gem of an Rx – Drawing a Bead on Healing Stones
by Julia Szabo, N.Y.Post Columnist

In 2004, my pit bull Sam was having a rough time. Late the previous year, he had been diagnosed with cancer. Then came surgery to remove five mast cell tumors from his neck, back, and hind leg. After that, he underwent chemotherapy to blast any remaining cancer cells out of his system. Those aggressive, toxic treatments made my normally happy, high-energy dog lethargic and sad.

He finally finished chemo after eight months, and I was overjoyed. After all that high-tech veterinary care, it was time to detox. So, I began researching alternative therapies: brewing Essiac, a cancer-fighting herbal formula with roots in Ojibway medicine that was popularized by visionary Canadian nurse Rene Caisse... dropping organic flower essences into my dogs’ water, and playing CD recordings of harp music, to reduce their daily stress... eliminating carbohydrates and anything sweet, even carrots and yams, from Sam’s diet (cancer cells thrive on carbs and sugar).

In my quest to keep my dog in remission, I was leaving no stone unturned - so it was only logical that I should turn to gem therapy and explore the ancient healing power of stones.

If you’re on this site, then you know already that Gemisphere markets therapeutic gemstones “for healing and awakening.” I was excited to meet Gemisphere’s Dr. Ada González, who explained that each stone possesses a specific healing energy. Wearing it in the form of a necklace can transfer those good vibes to the body. Mother of Pearl helps animals and humans feel protected and nurtured, while Lavender (a derivative of Quartz) relieves pain and promotes healing.

Sam was even happier to meet Dr. Ada - the two of them made a real love connection - and showed his support of her work by reclining with complete, trustful relaxation as she placed a mat of therapeutic stones across his body. Then he sat calmly at attention as she draped three strands of beads around his neck. “Carnelian is supportive to the immune system and detoxifying,” she said. “It is nourishing, and it will help Sam’s body release any remaining disharmony.”

Sam’s reply was to plant a kiss on Dr. Ada’s mouth. And I swear, every time he wears those beautiful red beads, he sports a blissed-out smile.

About the Author

Julia Szabo writes the weekly “Pets” column for the New York Post and the monthly “You and Your Pet” column for Country Living Magazine. She also writes for The New Yorker, Travel + Leisure, Departures, Interview, and The Bark. Ms. Szabo lives in New York with five fabulous mutts.

Click here to order her book, The Underdog: A Celebration of Mutts

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