plant-&-mineral-based

zettelkaestchen  asked:

It seems this is the season of colds and I wondered what the people in Promana would do to get healthy again. What kinds of medicine do they use? Is magic a way to heal someone?

Thanks for the ask! This took a while to answer, sorry, because I’m only just (mostly) recovered from my cold.

In terms of the flu, there isn’t much the residents of Promana can do beyond resting, eating, and keeping hydrated. Light magic speeds things along a little, but not much. So for me currently, I’d be in the same position of just needing to sleep lots. There are medicines to aid sleep though, which could be helpful!

There are two main options available to the people of Promana to heal; magic and plant or mineral based medicines (some of which may have magical properties). Healing by magic can be done by people born under the Light sign, anyone with yellow-golden eyes, it uses their energy, and multiple light-casters can work at the same time. Other forms of healing can be done by anyone, with an advantage from people with plant or mineral based magic, which is good because not all the races have light-casters.

Contact with light speeds the natural processes of the body, so there are advantages, disadvantages and limitations. The main advantage is that wounds, pains, and short-term conditions can be treated quickly. And things can be healed significantly quicker this way, it depends on how many people are healing at one time, but it is reasonable in Promana to expect a broken limb to completely heal in ~two months.

The disadvantages are that it can be detrimental in some conditions, it has a high energy toll on the healer, and there are limitations. It cannot restore anything unless it is temporary and while it can help the body fight against something it cannot remove/destroy anything (growth, cataracts), fill a tooth cavity, or regrow limbs. It also doesn’t extent lifespan beyond what a person might reasonably live.  

Like all magic, light magic is stronger where there is more concentrated magic density. Usually temples are built in places where density is very high, and there is overlap between alms houses and temple buildings. Healing by the temple is free with an expected donation of time or money, there are also private alms houses and private healers who charge. There is a strong belief that donating to alms houses grants you the favour of the gods.  

Medicines work similar to how they would for us, there are certain plants and minerals which when you make a paste/tea/etc out of them they do funny things with the body. These are semi-fictional based on real-life medicines. For example a person might use any number of pain-killing teas, and the ytte grow the moon tea plant which makes a contraceptive tea.

Also while they can heal wounds within weeks/months, rather than months/years, they do not have an understanding of germs so infections are common and are often very dangerous and can fatal.

I am not a doctor so there may be inconsistencies sorry. If there are any glaring things that make you go “hrm that wouldn’t work” do please shout.

anonymous asked:

Cats are natural carnivores and NEED meat in their diet. Feeding your cat a vegan diet is cruel. I support veganism 100% but cat's should never be fed a vegan diet as it's unnatural for them and very unhealthy.

Do you have something to back up your point, or is just because that’s what people say over and over? When I started with veganism I was pretty skeptical about feeding companion animals plant-based diets; until I started researching. As I stated in the last ask, is mandatory that a qualified veterinarian gives the approval after examine the cat carefully.

Meat-based diets: some ugly truths

Diseases demonstrated to be more likely following long-term maintenance of cats and dogs on some commercial meat-based diets include kidney, liver, heart, thyroid, neurologic, neuromuscular, skin, and infectious diseases, and bleeding disorders.

Additionally, after examining and treating many thousands of animals for around a decade, I’ve become convinced that rates of diseases such as cancer, kidney and liver disease are far higher than would occur naturally. These have been particularly common in my elderly patients, when they may eventually result in severe illness, and sadly, euthanasia.

But are there toxins in common animal diets? My research revealed that, particularly when imported from regions such as the US, with weaker regulations, commercial pet foods constitute a vast industrial dumping ground for slaughterhouse waste products, ‘4-D’ meat (from dead, dying, diseased or disabled animals), old or spoiled supermarket meat, large numbers of rendered dogs and cats from animal shelters, old restaurant grease, complete with high concentrations of hazardous free radicals and trans fatty acids, and damaged or spoiled fish, complete with potentially dangerous levels of mercury, PCBs and other toxins. The combined results are rendered irresistible to many cats and dogs by the addition of ‘digest’ — a soup of partially dissolved intestines, livers, lungs and miscellaneous viscera of chickens and other animals.

Companion animal diets

Unsurprisingly, therefore, numerous cases indicate that transitioning animals to healthy vegan diets can result in increased overall health and vitality, decreased incidences of cancer, infections, hypothyroidism (a hormonal disease), ectoparasites (fleas, ticks, lice and mites), improved coat condition, allergy control, weight control, decreased arthritis, diabetes regression and even cataract resolution.

Additionally, there are a limited number of more rigorous studies examining the health of populations of cats and dogs maintained on vegetarian or vegan diets, long-term. Wakefield and colleagues (2006) compared the health of 34 cats maintained on vegetarian diets for at least a year, with that of 52 cats maintained on meat-based diets for at least a year. There were no significant differences in age, sex, body condition, housing, or perceived health status, with most cats described as healthy or generally healthy.

These results are hardly surprising,when we consider that animals need specific nutrients, not ingredients. There is no scientific reason why a diet comprised only of plant, mineral and synthetically-based ingredients cannot be formulated to meet all of the palatability, nutritional and bioavailability needs of the species for which it is intended. In fact, several commercially-available vegan diets for cats and dogs aim to do so, and have jointly supported thousands of healthy vegan cats, dogs and ferrets (who are also naturally carnivorous) for many years. Suppliers of such diets are listed here.

However, use of a nutritionally complete and reasonably balanced commercial diet, or a nutritional supplement added to a home-made diet, is essential to avoid nutritional deficiency, and eventually, subsequent disease. Dietary transitions should occur gradually, and I also advise regularly checking urine acidity using pH test strips (from veterinarians, or easy to locate online), or even more accurate pH meters. Vegan diets can result in more alkaline urine, which can result in urinary stones and serious blockages in a small proportion of animals, especially male cats. Advice about urinary monitoring, and dietary additives that can correct urinary alkalinisation if necessary, should all be taken seriously, and is provided here.

For more information on transitioning your companion animals to a vegan-friendly diet, see here. Remember, cats, dogs and ferrets need specific nutrients - not specific ingredients.

By Dr. Andrew Knight

References

Brown WY et al. An experimental meat-free diet maintained haematological characteristics in sprint-racing sled dogs. Brit J Nutr 2009; 102: 1318–1323.

Wakefield LA, Shofer FS, MIchel KE. Evaluation of cats fed vegetarian diets and attitudes of their caregivers. J Amer Vet Med Assoc 2006; 229(1): 70-73.