I am a member of a number of online equine and horsekeeping groups. One of these groups is an Insulin Resistant(IR)/Cushings support group, and recently the subject of healing came up. By healing I mean once and for all, to the root cause, never to return, and not a treatment that overrides symptoms temporarily. A woman had a Cushings horse whose symptoms were changed and he was doing very well. In Cushings Disease neurons in the brain become damaged. This horse's human was told by one of the moderators (and it is in fact the position the group holds) that it is not possible for there to be a cure because the neurons are gone. Not only was her horse not feeling better because he was actually well, but there was no possibility of him ever being well.
Now, I don't actually have a Cushings or IR horse so I don't usually have reason to respond to a post with this group. But, this particular post spoke to me. Knowing that our thoughts, perceptions and beliefs absolutely shape our reality, I could not let this old perception be expressed without saying something about what I know to be true. I have included my post below.
"......right now the fields of Neurogenisis ("Adult neurogenesis is the process of generating new neurons which integrate into existing circuits after fetal and early postnatal development has ceased." Scholarpedia) and Neuroplasticity are very much in their infancy. The brain has actually been proven to be a neuron rebuilder. At one point it was believed that when neurons in the brain were damaged or no longer functioned for some reason then that function was lost forever. But, there is now a lot of evidence (meaning proof) that is absolutely not the case. What bothers me about science is that almost without exception things that are simply unknown are stated as a fact...when in actual fact they are unknown. That leaves the general public....and quite frankly a lot of scientists with an incorrect perception of what is true. A thing that is unknown is simply that...not impossible.
This following is a quote I have taken from Wikipedia, Subventricular Zone page....but there are many places to find more information about neurogenisis and neuroplasticity online. I think the key is to consider that science is just beginning to understand what the brain can actually do and this field is in a big way just exposing the tip of an iceberg.
"Given the understanding of the Subventricular Zone (SVZ) as a region of neurogenesis for neuronal stem cells and its potential role in replacement cell therapy for damaged regions of the brain, the SVZ has proven and will continue to act as an important insight into cell therapy for many traumatic brain injuries. Current research is being conducted with aims of not only understanding the migratory and regulatory pathways of the neuronal stem cells and their progenitors, but also how to induce and potentially direct them in a desired direction.
While such research has not yet provided for any implementation of these findings, the future may hold possible treatments, chemical or otherwise, that will help those in need of brain cell replacement. ""
So, for all of you out there who have equine partners with some sort of neurological issue please take heart. The brain is a magnificent and complex organ that can rewire itself and it is designed to do so. When it happens, sometimes it happens spontaneously and sometimes it needs some help. It is just taking science a while to prove it to themselves. But, consider this...... the truth is not dependant on proof.
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