Equine Iridology - Flexures
By Mercedes Colburn, N.D.

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It took years for Dr. Dena Eckerdt and myself to develop and prove the equine iridology grids. We used hundreds of horses for this research. The horses that were known for having thyroid problems were photographed and charted on an empty eye grid. There were probably 10 to 15 “thyroid” horses alone. Then we went on to liver, Cushing's (glandular), structural system, etc. As you can imagine it took many horses for each part of the grid.

The hardest part of the grid was the intestinal system. Dr. Eckerdt and I were given horses to use for research. These horses were in such poor health that the owners did not believe that they would live a long life. These horses were to be used as a study of iridology and to be helped as much as possible and on their demise to be given to Dr. Eckerdt for necropsy. Because all the horses are alive and well, after seven years, we must assume that our findings have been correct but without proof we could not share these findings.

In early 1999 Dr. Eckerdt called to get a photograph on a horse she was, unfortunately, going to have to put down the next day. Jack and I went to the ranch the same day to film this horse and found that a part of the intestinal system called the pelvic flexure (that we had known about for a long time but could not prove) was showing up in a bright white marking. We would now, possibly, have the proof that we needed and also that first piece of the puzzle of the intestinal system.

I filled out an iridology report on my findings (acute damage in the pelvic flexure, along with tissue damage in the kidney, lungs, liver, etc.) This report went in along with the veterinarian's report (following the necropsy) showing the same damage. It was sent to the pathology lab. The lab showed tissue damage in all the noted areas, agreeing with both the veterinarian and the iridologist. This was the proof we needed.

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Figure 1 is the equine intestinal system with the pelvic flexure circled. I would also like to show you what was in that pelvic flexure (dirt, gravel and small pieces of wire). This started the new research on the intestinal system and today it is a proven fact along with so many other areas.

Figure 2 is showing many problems. I would like to draw your attention to the acute condition (tissue damage) in the Pelvic Flexure area. This is what I saw on the film, and wrote my report on, prior to the necropsy. Please notice the very light marking on the top of the eye. This marking is close to the middle but leans toward the right top corner of the eye and is where the impaction in the pelvic flexure was.

Figure 3 is what was taken out of the impaction. Pebbles, small rocks and pieces of wire were all inside the flexure. The owner of this horse was shocked to see this. She had bought this horse 15 years ago and had taken very good care of him. Before this owner the horse had worked at a feedlot that was full of gravel and was fed alfalfa cubes on the ground along with the cattle.

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If we had seen this horse when she bought him, or if she had known a little about Equine Iridology, she could have checked his intestinal system herself and made any corrections or interventions that were necessary. Iridology could be that clue that saves a life.

About the author:

Mercedes Colburn has been studying herbs since 1987. A fall from a horse in 1985 left her partially paralyzed, and after a frustrating year of seeking help, she learned that iridology could help pinpoint the damaged tissue as well as reveal a toxic system, and that a nutritional program involving herbs could speed her recovery. Because of personal experience, Mercedes is now successfully treating people and animals with iridology and her herbal programs. She a Doctor of Naturopathy, is certified as an Iridologist, Herbalist, and Herbal Counselor, has achieved her Master of Holistic Healing from Nature's Field, and is a California State licensed Vocational Educator.

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