In this Corona time, everything seems different. I think everyone was initially unsure about how this virus would develop. Now, after a few months, a lot is becoming clear. For example, the mortality rate seems to be around 0.26%. Much less than, for example, with Ebola where there is an 80% mortality rate after infection. It's a bit strange that this Coronavirus still remains on list A of the very deadly viruses.
                                
In a study in Germany, a scientist found that many of the people who died, along with other underlying causes of death, were deficient in Vitamin D3. This is not surprising, because many people who died lived in nursing homes. It is therefore not common for these people to sit in the sun for 15 minutes every day with a bare torso in order to absorb enough vitamin D through the sunlight. Strangely enough, the intake of supplements and vitamins has been systematically subtly ridiculed for more than 50 years and the mantra is repeated over and over again that if we eat healthy and varied food, we cannot become deficient. In the past 50 years, the world has been significantly polluted with chemicals that the liver, as an organ for detoxifying, must help neutralize with extra effort. To do this, it needs extra trace elements, minerals and vitamins.
 
It has been scientifically established that the levels of these substances have decreased significantly in the daily diet in the past 50 years. On the one hand, the body therefore needs more of it. On the other hand, the diet contains less and less of these substances and stakeholders argue that no extra amounts of these substances should be included in the form of supplements, because this would not be necessary if one eats healthy. Typically again such a case where the dog bites its own tail. Deficiencies can therefore increasingly occur in humans and animals.
 
 
Immune weakness
These systematic deficits that can occur in humans and animals develop very slowly. Most people are not even aware that this is happening. Most pigeon fanciers don't either. It slowly weakens the animals. Pigeons therefore get sick more often. Pigeon fanciers can often complain in the clinic that it seems that more and more diseases are threatening the health of their animals. Well and if pigeons are sick you give them medicines from a jar and then they are "better" again.
                               
In my book keeping pigeons healthy I call this approach health care. The doctors and veterinarians were trained during their studies to deliver sick animals back to the gate of health, so that the patients can then solve it themselves. The idea that health comes from itself is still alive. Fortunately, more and more pigeon fanciers realize that it is precisely health that must be supported and that it is not necessary to wait until the animals become ill again. Of course there is still a large group of pigeon fanciers who faithfully follow the old mantra of drinking a bag 4 times a week.
 
Scientific research shows that this approach leads to a strong increase in resistance in pigeons to many of the substances used. But that is not the only problem. This approach also leads to a weakening of the microbiome, which makes the pigeons more susceptible to infections, which then also need to be treated with medicines. The microbiome is the set of living and interacting viruses, bacteria and fungi in the intestine. In a healthy microbiome, this cooperation ensures that no space is left available for harmful bacteria. They are strong together. Because it is also important for a healthy microbiome that the host remains healthy. Frequent antibiotic use undermines the impact of the microbiome
 
Microbiome
A healthy microbiome is the basis of a healthy pigeon. Too frequent use of antibiotics undermines the health of the microbiome and allows pathogenic bacteria to settle in the gut. Due to the increased resistance to the agents used, the chance that infections will disappear completely is smaller. This often leads to the use of even more means, as a result of which the horse slowly comes to stand behind the carriage. A course of treatment should therefore be based on an antibiogram, whereby the most suitable means can be used. Short cures are out of the question.
                                   
Are you one of the victims of the cure? Because you yourself have cured too much or have frequently had to bask in people who do not take it too seriously with the use of antibacterial agents? You can easily get these harmful resistant germs as a gift from your colleague. If you are concerned, consider having your vet check the resistance pattern of your pigeons' microbiome. That can possibly clarify a lot and get you off the dead end you are on. But it is even more important to take care of the microbiome of your pigeons seriously and to ensure that you optimize this. A healthy pigeon starts with a healthy Microbiome. A healthy pigeon with a healthy Microbiome (almost) does not need antibiotics.
 
Healthy pigeons with a healthy microbiome can therefore benefit from natural resources that can support the performance of the pigeons. Pigeons with a weakened microbiome have other concerns. They have to use their energy to stay healthy. A pigeon can only use energy once. Either to pursue health when it tends to be sick. But a pigeon that is healthy can use the energy more to achieve optimal performance.
 
Finally. I currently see many enthusiasts who have already cured against the 'Coli' with agent X from vet A or agent Y from vet B. They are often surprised that it did not help. They want me to have a "stronger" means. I try to convince enthusiasts that the 'Coli' hardly plays a role at the moment and that these symptoms are now mostly due to a Rotavirus infection. An emergency inoculation can create a dam, especially if there are deaths, so that the disease can be controlled more quickly. I often give them Bony Sambucca Plus and Electrolytes as support.
 
Good luck, Peter Boskamp


Peter Boskamp