Saturday, July 12, 2014

Two 'Quack' Alternative Therapies That Should Win AMA Approval

Today is my birthday and to celebrate the day, I am writing a special blog to honor turning 63. The two therapies for the subject of this blog are not on the list that the AMA will approve any time soon. 

These "quack' therapies are not new but are really quite valuable. The therapies are not nearly as expensive as trips to your mental health specialist and can be practiced at home without a lot of equipment. 

Both therapies are much safer than the prescription drugs that doctors prescribe.  There are no side effects to these therapies that will cause you to lose your job or make you drowsy.  They have only benefits for the patient.  

What do you do when you have a bad day? 


I had one yesterday where everything went wrong.  Did I drink a glass of wine? No, for me that gives me a headache.  Did I go on a shopping spree destroying our budget? No, I hate shopping.  Did I pop a Valium to calm my nerves?  For me, I just don't like the idea of addiction to anything including coffee.  Chocolate was once the addiction of choice. It isn't now.  So here is the first therapy to lighten your load when you have a rough day. The only restriction to this therapy is you must live outside city limits or in the country.


Quack Therapy #1:   

Duck Therapy.........I am serious. 


 I discovered this valuable therapy by accident when I bought 9 baby ducks for the practical purpose of eating their eggs later. Once they got about 6 weeks old, we bought them a pool to play in.  They are located not too far away from our bedroom in the back yard. Every night, while doing the outside chores, I let them out. It amazes me the simple things in life that give them joy. They run to the door of their duck run anticipating me letting them out to forage.  Once the door is open, they stampede out in a group looking for bugs and weeds.  I let water run under the lemon tree, so that they have a water source to keep them out of trouble.  They all run over and sift in the mud for bugs and such. While they are entertained by that and a small kiddie pool outside, I go change their pool water inside. That is pumped out to the garden for my 'dirty water system.' One pump and a long, long hose and my garden gets valuable duck do nutrients that really make things grow. 

While their pools are refilling, I sit down near their duck run and just watch them. They are simple creatures who just want to have fun in the water. They are very vocal, talking among themselves, on various topics that mean nothing.  That changes when they see the hawk fly over nearby. They all issue their 'Quack' warning and all run back into their pen or over to me for protection. This happens as well when they hear a sound that is unfamiliar or scary.  They are not brave. They will chase a little bird or a leaf that drifts down.  They explore every inch of their world trying everything including pieces of plastic or twine. You must 'duck proof' your yard.They are not the smartest creatures on the bird index but they are funny.  They love tomatoes. I have a bush that produces tiny tomatoes. I pick them a few, then throw them out of the ground. It becomes a free for all with ducks running everywhere to get the prized food treat.  Once they have had their play time, they go back to their pen for safety and the fun begins. Rather than explain how entertaining they are and how much they reduce my stress, 

I present two videos.  The first one is my own ducks here at the house. The second one is off U-tube.  As you can see, they love the deeper water.  Now they have two big pools. How can you be sad watching these funny guys?


My  quack  therapists.






Quack Therapy #2:

Counting Your Blessings 

This therapy is considered a 'quack" therapy by those that choose a negative view on life. It does not cause weight gain. It requires no equipment. It only requires you take time away from your frustrations to turn your day around. When you have a frustrating day, it is amazing how focusing on your blessings, the positive things in your life, turns your view around.  My husband, who is a great man and a wonderful husband, gave me a hug last night and told me how much I was a blessing to him and how much he loved me. No matter what happens in our life, his love is a huge plus that makes my life worthwhile.  I watch the hummingbirds at the feeders hanging off our porch and the finches who also suck the sweet nectar in the mornings.  I watch the Comfrey growing bigger every day. My kids call to tell me they miss me.  My newest grand child has two new teeth and is talking.  I have so much that is great in my life. 

We all have struggles in our life that are thrown our way. We need to pause in the middle of a day or week that is not going well to dwell on all the beautiful things in our life, even if it just something simple as some beautiful marigolds blooming or ducks having fun in the water. Life in the end is a gift. Each day is a gift.  What you do with your days is your choice. You can either focus on the positive or the negative.  Turning your view toward the positive is much healthier. You will be happier doing that,  then letting the day get to you.  




So all, that is my blog for today.  When life is not going my way, I seek out my duck therapists who tell me, " Don't worry about the 'quack' days in life, it will be quacking ok....just wait  ! " Their advice turns out to be exactly what I need to turn my frown into a smile.  Have a great weekend and God Bless all of you!

Kate Freer, the Herbladyisin






















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