Our Guest Speaker from France is Ellen Collinson,Dip.Ir. MGN, Equine Iridologist & Herbalist
Ellen Collinson grew up in the North of England, started riding at 9 years of age joined the pony club, hunted and showed and show jumped ponies, in later years I continued to hunt and rode point to point but the point to pointing was cut short due to a bad fall. I went to work for a very good small trainer called Freddie Dickinson, he used to train National Hunt horses and Point to pointers in the winter and produce show horses in the summer. In his younger days he rode for Lady Yule and won at the White City on several occasions. He was an exceptionally gifted horseman, with a deep understanding of horses psychology long before the current horse whisperers, he was a brilliant feeder, and used to say regularly that races were won or lost in two places, one in the feed bowl and one at the start he was also a great believer in herbs, and used to use herbs as a natural feed balancer and also as a natural medicine I was very lucky to have worked for such a knowledgeable man who taught me so much and I have tried to continue in my work the way he would have done.
Then when I was living in Ireland I met an Alpine gypsy who told me about Iridology, which is commonly practiced in Europe, especially Germany. I studied human iridology to learn how it worked, on what basis the iris represented the body, then I turned my attention to the horses eye and found the subject fascinating. I spent a long time observing post mortems, and also went to the local knacker's yard to compare the horse's eyes with the state of the organs and structural state of the horse.
Iridology is based on the principle that the markings of the iris of the eye indicate accurately the state of the condition, showing organ strings and weaknesses and especially constitutional inheritance. This aspect of iridology means that problems can be detected long before they can turn into an illness.
Ellen wants to share some background here on Iridology which is one of the most beneficial and rewarding sciences one can learn, how many people do you know that have horses with ongoing behavioural or physical problems that they have tried for weeks, months and sometimes years to find the cause. Well Iridology gives you the opportunity to virtually see inside your horse, and find the root cause of the problems.Iridology is not a new science both Hippocrates and Philostatust used iridology. Records of iris markings were painted onto stone slabs indicating problems in the liver and kidneys, left by the Babylonians in 1000 BC.
Iridology is a safe, painless and non-intrusive form of diagnosis via the study of the iris using magnification. In this way inherited genetic strengths and weakness plus tendencies towards certain organ/system dysfunctions may be ascertained. Many illnesses are simply symptoms of an organ malfunction, iridology can reveal the root cause of the illness so that the right treatment is easier and more effective. Professional iridologists agree that acute, sub-acute, chronic and degenerative conditions of the body are all reflected in the iris.
Iridology is now part of the curriculum for many colleges, including the medical schools in Moscow and in the medical department of the University of Paris Nord. Which is probably why the French trainers know immediately what it is that I do when I tell them I am an Equine Iridologist.
Ellen has been teaching iridology for over 20 years and has taught most professional equine iridologists in many countries.
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