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Cease and desist letter doesnโ€™t stop โ€˜miracleโ€™ pet healer in Darrington

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ARLINGTON – Do you or one of your relatives have a dog or a cat in distress?

Does your pet suffer from loss of appetite, separation anxiety or poor digestion? Chronic mobility problems? Paralysis?

A man from Darrington says he has the answer to helping your furry friends lead happier lives by balancing minds, bodies, and spirits. Nels Rasmussen claims he can heal animals thousands of miles away.

Earlier this year, the state health department learned about the former chiropractor, who introduced himself as “Dr. Nels,” although he was not licensed to practice as a. animal doctor. The state ordered Rasmussen to cease and desist from “any conduct constituting the practice of veterinary medicine.”

Rasmussen, 75, agreed to quit.

Yet he still offered pet healing services on his website this week. It only accepts payments for treating pets from association members, who must pay a one-time fee of $ 10, he told the Daily Herald. He believes the system will keep him in business.

As of December, his association had 17 members, he said.

Charlie Powell, spokesperson for the Washington State University College of Veterinary Medicine, said he didn’t know Rasmussen, but people should be wary of unlicensed healthcare providers, both for humans and animals. .

โ€œThere’s a reason vets and all other healthcare providers need to go through rigorous training, national board exams, and then seek credentials before practicing,โ€ Powell said. “This reason is to ensure that the public is protected from harm and damage to their animals, as well as from quackery.”

Powell urged pet owners to be careful when dealing with unlicensed care providers. He said people should seek the help of their regular veterinarian if they choose to seek this type of care.

โ€œWe can’t recommend going to someone like that to take care of your animal, as a veterinary college,โ€ Powell said.

The man from Darrington said his desire to do chiropractic work started when he was an 8-year-old schoolboy.

โ€œMy first, I guess you could say ‘subjects’, when I was in chiropractic college, were my wife’s English pointers,โ€ Rasmussen said between bites of his sandwich at a Darrington cafe. โ€œI was adjusting the dogs before adjusting the people. ”

Rasmussen created the Animal Healing Ministry in 2016.

โ€œPeople have called me a miracle worker,โ€ Rasmussen wrote on his website, โ€œand I appreciate the feeling, but I’d rather think of myself as a life energy scientist.โ€

He runs video calling sessions with clients in other states.

โ€œI have them with their animal in front of their camera,โ€ he said. โ€œI guide them to get the points. It is difficult to explain. Actually, I don’t know if it’s possible to explain how I know where these dots are. But I operate as if I have the animal with me.

Rasmussen said he charges around $ 700 for four 30-minute sessions. He asks clients to pay half up front and only pay the other half if his services are working.

โ€œI don’t want people paying for something that’s worthless,โ€ he said.

A YouTube channel with dozens of videos features before and after stories of injured or anxious animals.

One is titled “The Overweight Dachshund Couldn’t Walk.” Spiritual healing has reconnected body, mind, and spirit. Just look! “He tells the story of Peanut the Dachshund. The owner of the dog tells how a friend referred her to Rasmussen.

Nels Rasmussen is working on ?? reconnecting the body-mind-spirit ??  of an overweight dachshund who had difficulty walking.  (Nels Rasmussen / YouTube)

Nels Rasmussen works to “reconnect the body-mind-spirit” of an overweight dachshund who had difficulty walking. (Nels Rasmussen / YouTube)

Menacing music is played as the caramel-colored puppy struggles to balance, sliding its hind legs across the wet grass.

โ€œThere were a few days he couldn’t pee,โ€ says Peanut’s owner, from Darrington, in the video. “In my panic, I saw myself having to take him to be shot because I didn’t have the money for the operation.”

Then Rasmussen begins his treatment, pushing the side of the dog’s body. The music changes to a major key.

โ€œWatch for the yawn as his system reboots,โ€ the caption read.

Another caption: “Rasmussen shows how to reconnect Peanut’s body-mind-spirit.”

The uplifting music continues as a montage shows Peanut stumbling five days after her first session; waddle a little more stable at two weeks; then frolic in the lawn at 11 months.

“WHEN NOTHING ELSE HAS WORKED,” reads the closing title screen, in a big heart.

Internet records show that over the past three years the Animal Healing Ministry website has been updated with a disclaimer explicitly stating that Rasmussen is not a veterinarian and does not diagnoses or treat conditions.

He โ€œbelieves his work supports good medical care,โ€ the website read. “It doesn’t replace him.”

However, the website also says its services have helped the animals’ medical conditions.

“Highlights are paralysis, chronic health or mobility problems and anxiety type symptoms like loss of appetite / poor digestion, separation anxiety and fear of loud noises,” it reads on the website.

Online records also show that Rasmussen advertised his business as “Dr. Nels’ Department of Healing for Animals, Veterinary Medicine, and Paralyzed Dogs and Cats “until at least 2018. Before the site was updated, he said Rasmussen had received” referrals from local vets when cases challenge diagnosis or appear to have a neurological or energetic problem involved. ”

“These would be cases of posterior weakness, chronic lameness or paralysis of a dog or cat,” Rasmussen wrote, “and they did not respond to the traditional medical approach.”

Local vets who made recommendations are not named.

According to the website, Rasmussen retired from the chiropractic profession in 2016 to “continue his spiritual reconnection for pets and full-time people.”

State records show the Darrington man agreed to surrender his chiropractic license that year as he faced investigation. According to the state’s health ministry allegations, in 2012 and 2013, Rasmussen failed to meet the standard of care for five patients by failing to keep required documents during visits.

” What can I say ? Rasmussen said. โ€œThat’s what they say. I did not feel that my records were inadequate.

Rasmussen did not admit the allegations, but by agreeing to stop working as a chiropractor, he avoided any disciplinary action.

In the years that followed, he adopted a character of healer for the animal kingdom.

The state’s health department announced in a public press release in October that Rasmussen had agreed to “cease and desist permanently” from the veterinary practice, unless he obtained the proper credentials. . He “has advertised animal healing services and has received compensation for treating a horse, but does not have a veterinarian degree,” the advertisement says.

Reached by email months ago, Rasmussen rejected the Herald’s request for comment.

“My wife says it’s better to let it go,” he wrote.

He accepted an interview in December.

The man from Darrington said his lawyer told him that a local vet had reported it to the Department of Health.

โ€œI understand if anyone thinks I’m stepping on their toes,โ€ Rasmussen said, adding that he didn’t want to be or pretend to be a vet.

On his LinkedIn page, Rasmussen lists a certification, in “Elite Master Bio-Energetic Synchronization Technique”.

Martha Norwalk, an animal behaviorist who works with Nels Rasmussen, helps a young corgi who refused to walk on a leash.  (Nels Rasmussen / YouTube)

Martha Norwalk, an animal behaviorist who works with Nels Rasmussen, helps a young corgi who refused to walk on a leash. (Nels Rasmussen / YouTube)

Rasmussen claims he has helped over 50 animals in his life. He said he mainly dealt with cats and dogs. He helped a few cows, as a favor to his friends, he said, adding that he didn’t want to be known as a “cow doctor”.

โ€œI’m not for everyone,โ€ Rasmussen said. “Not everyone likes this spiritual stuff.”

Ellen Dennis: 425-339-3486; edennis@heraldnet.com; Twitter: @reporterellen.

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