Santa Fe home­opath de­vel­ops for­mu­las for do­mes­ti­cated an­i­mals

The Taos News - - VECINOS - By Olivia Har­low ohar­low@sfnewmex­i­

An­i­mals have im­proved the life of Stu­art Gar­ber, and he’s de­ter­mined to re­turn the fa­vor.

When Gar­ber moved to Santa Fe about two years ago, he be­gan rewiring his ca­reer path, trans­lat­ing years of work as a chi­ro­prac­tor and homeo­pathic doc­tor into work­ing with an­i­mals. A year ago, Gar­ber launched MaxWell Pets, a line of nat­u­ral reme­dies used to help heal a va­ri­ety of com­mon health is­sues in dogs.

He’s cur­rently work­ing to fi­nal­ize a new line of for­mu­las for horses in­tended to ben­e­fit the res­pi­ra­tory sys­tem, joints and hooves.

“I’ve al­ways been pas­sion­ate about an­i­mals,” said Gar­ber, 63.

Health, wellness and an­i­mals have con­sis­tently been threads in Gar­ber’s life. He has a bach­e­lor’s de­gree in bi­ol­ogy and a mi­nor in physics and chem­istry. He grad­u­ated from chi­ro­prac­tic school in 1981 and said he was the first per­son in the United States to earn a doc­tor­ate in homeo­pathic medicine in 1997.

In 2004, af­ter years of ex­per­i­men­ta­tion, Gar­ber launched Dr. Gar­ber’s Nat­u­ral So­lu­tions, a line of 11 for­mu­las for prob­lems such as anx­i­ety, sleep de­pri­va­tion, thy­roid is­sues and achy joints, in­tended to bat­tle such is­sues with “no side ef­fects.”

He said the med­i­ca­tions are bio­ther­a­pies, reme­dies cre­ated by nat­u­ral sub­stances, which tar­get and stim­u­late cer­tain cells of the body. They gen­er­ally come in three forms: lithother­apy, made from min­er­als; organ­oth­er­apy, made with small amounts of or­gan tis­sue; and gem­mother­apy, which he said is “like stem cell ther­apy ... very dif­fer­ent from herbal ther­apy,” us­ing parts of plants be­fore they are fully de­vel­oped.

Gar­ber has given his dogs the same sup­ple­ments, some­times tin­ker­ing with for­mu­las so they bet­ter ad­dress ca­nine-spe­cific is­sues.

By the time Gar­ber moved to Santa Fe in 2016, he said he “knew this stuff worked,” and given his pas­sion for an­i­mals, he was ready to make an­i­mal health and wellness his new fo­cus.

Af­ter launch­ing MaxWell Pet last year, Gar­ber was ready to ex­pand the an­i­mal-fo­cused brand to other crit­ters.

Upon mov­ing to New Mex­ico, the Gar­bers got two horses, Ten­nessee walk­ers named Desi and Ranse. As a horse owner liv­ing in Ar­royo Hondo’s horse-lov­ing com­mu­nity, Gar­ber said he was in­spired to start an eques­trian line.

To­day, he’s col­lab­o­rat­ing with two vet­eri­nar­i­ans in Santa Fe and one in Texas to fi­nal­ize a line of reme­dies for horses. The main fo­cus, he ex­plained, is to ad­dress a hoof is­sue known as nav­ic­u­lar syn­drome or “equine heel pain syn­drome.”

So far, Gar­ber said he’s seen ex­cel­lent re­sults. And at least one vet­eri­nar­ian agrees.

“It looks very promis­ing,” said Dr. Mark Med­dle­ton from the Med­dle­ton Equine Clinic in Cor­rales. While the study is still in its early stages, “across the board, own­ers and train­ers have said [their horses] are sig­nif­i­cantly more com­fort­able and less lame within two weeks of putting them on the for­mula.”

One drug com­monly used to treat equine heel is­sues, Med­dle­ton ex­plained, is an equiv­a­lent of ibupro­fen, which can cause myr­iad nega­tive con­se­quences. What’s most en­cour­ag­ing, he added, is that Gar­ber’s reme­dies don’t carry that same risk.

“If we can find some­thing that makes a big dif­fer­ence without any nega­tive side ef­fects, that’s a sig­nif­i­cant ad­van­tage,” Med­dle­ton said.

Gar­ber, who grew up want­ing to be­come a vet­eri­nar­ian, is in the fi­nal stages of be­com­ing cer­ti­fied by the Amer­i­can Ve­teri­nary Chi­ro­prac­tic As­so­ci­a­tion. The ac­cred­i­ta­tion is a way, he said, to get closer to his child­hood dream.

That dream, he said “has come full cir­cle but in an even more re­ward­ing way.”

Olivia Har­low/The New Mex­i­can

Stu­art Gar­ber leads his horse Ranse, short for Ran­som, out­side his Ar­royo Hondo home. Gar­ber has cre­ated sev­eral nat­u­ral health sup­ple­ments for hu­mans and dogs and is cur­rently work­ing on a for­mula for horses.

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