What Is Sickness?

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What a topic to reignite this blog with huh? Well, I’ve been missing in action because of this very topic. The journey began to escalate in December 2023 – meaning it had already begun in late summer. I won’t go into all the details, but this had to do with my husband and a serious diagnosis that he received. That word, “diagnosis“, is one of the things I’ve taught on for years. Meaning, once we RECEIVE it for ourselves or our animals, then we can BECOME that very thing! Before I go deeper and explain further where I’m going with all of this, let’s first see how the dictionary defines sickness:

In dictionary.com it simply says…wait for it because this is huge lol: “Noun: a particular disease or malady“. Hmmm, I’d never have known that had I not looked it up lol. But in all seriousness, we THINK that’s what it is right? What if though, it isn’t?

Here’s a bit more from dictionary.com on sickness vs illness – take a look at the third definition:

  1. poor health; sicknessHe grew up in an environment known for poverty, illness, and little opportunity for education.
  2. a specific sickness or disease, or an instance of such: Please be as accurate as possible in listing your childhood illnesses.
  3. wickedness.

Why would “wickedness” be in there? Well, that’s a deeper topic than I’m going to share today but I will revisit this as I am going to be blogging a lot more, shorter messages so that we can DIG deeper into these things.

It’s more than my husband getting sick that has led to this. It’s been a deeper journey in faith that has led to this. To say it’s been hard is a huge understatement. So much has happened and as we journey together here, I’ll drip what I’ve learned over time so as to help you and your animals. When we had our former school in animal naturopathy, our equine instructor taught us that WE are the real reason our animals get sick. Hmmm. Don’t wild animals get sick too? Yes, but again I believe humans are still the reason. We’ll go into that as well.

Back to the beginning of us this post I stated that we BECOME the very thing we are diagnosed with. Same with our pets/animals. Why? Because we believe it, and we believe we CAN be sick. I know that may sound super weird. I’ve had the opportunity to deep dive into this, but I still have much to learn too. You may be wondering why I’d even say that and even a month or two ago I’d have said the exact same thing: are you saying my husband (or myself, or whoever) WANTED to be sick? No, I am not saying that. I am saying we’ve simply believed we can be sick because it’s not only all around us, but is heavily pushed in the media, “health” care, and been a primary focus in the entire world for the last four years.

But what about the animals, do they believe they CAN be sick or even want to be sick? I don’t think they think about being sick but they do want to live and be well. They are also far more intelligent than we’ve ever given them credit for, and definitely far more than science can or ever will prove.

I’m not trying to be vague here at all. Each day I’ll focus on one aspect of this topic until we’ve uncovered some things. I’ll also be going into depth on what health is as well. In fact, I’ll focus on that more. This is also way beyond natural health vs conventional health. Beyond sickness, disease, illness. We’re going to look at these and then go higher. So, you are forewarned and hopefully ready to traverse this with me and not be afraid, but rather encouraged – if you are ready to receive beyond what we’ve been taught to believe.

My own life, all that’s happened, including with our dogs will be part of what I share so you’ll know I’ve not arrived, but I am definitely on this journey alongside of you. The reason I began this blog in 2004 originally as Bark N’ Blog with my Neo Mastiff Shadrach, was to help others. To look at all aspects of this thing we call sickness and wellness. Or disease and illness. Or whatever the definition may be.

I hope you’ll journey with me.

Until next time,

Have a PAWSitively, tail waggin’, ABUNDANTLY ALIVE day!



Kim Bloomer, V.N.D., N.D. is an animal naturopath as well as being certified in small animal nutrition, with years of experience in animal wellness. Dr. Kim is a published author, writer, blogger, host of the DOGgone Truth podcast. Dr. Kim offers Animal Naturopathy Mentoring and Courses. Subscribe to her DOGgone Newsletter for updates or to her blog via email. Copyright ©2005-2024 Aspenbloom Pet Care, Dr. Kim Bloomer, All rights reserved. No part of this article may be reproduced in any form without the written consent of the Author/Publisher. This article is intended to be educational. However, it is not intended to be a substitute for diagnosis or treatment from a qualified animal health professional. Dr. Kim Bloomer and Aspenbloom Pet Care, do not assume any legal responsibility for misuse of the products discussed in this article. The only essential oils referenced on this website are Young Living.

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