Is Your Animal Deficient In A Key Nutrient?
Dr. William Pollak D.V.M. "Severe
nutritional deficiencies and toxic states have been known to mimic almost
every known disease in veterinary medicine. In chronic conditions, some
developing over several generations, improvement in health can take
months or years."
Dr. Alfred Plechner, DVM - "The most common and most visible
symptoms of nutrition deficiencies are allergies of one kind or another.
Because many commercial pet foods are woefully deficient in key nutrients,
the long term effect of feeding such foods makes the dog hypersensitive
to its environment. . . It's a dinosaur effect. Animals are being programmed
for disaster, for extinction. Many of them are biochemical cripples
with defective adrenal glands unable to manufacture adequate cortisol,
a hormone vital for health and resistance to disease."
Why Do Dogs Eat Poop?
Cindy Engles, Ph.D - "Eating feces (coprophagy) is one way
animals such as gorillas, elephants, rabbits, and hares add to their
supply of essential bacteria through adult life. It is therefore an
important aspect of their health care." Cindy Engles, Ph.D., is the
author of Wild Health: How Animals Keep Themselves
Well and What We Can Learn From Them
Dr. Christine King- Manure eating (coprophagia) can be normal behavior in horses.
According to Dr. Donald R. Collins DVM, dogs will eat anything they can
get their paws on if they are lacking in the nutrition to supply them
with adequate energy. Dr. Collins states in his writing, "If there
are insufficient amounts of nutrients in the food to furnish all
of the calories a dog needs, then the dog will not gain weight and will
remain hungry all of the time. It will eat almost anything, including
dead animals, feces, carrion or garbage to fill the hollow feeling within
its belly." To help ensure a wholesome diet with the appropriate nutrients
avoid diets that are made of inferior ingredients or is made using high
heat for processing and choose a diet for your friend that is comprised
of human quality whole food ingredients.
Dr. Francis M. Pottenger's nutritional studies have shown that a
regular diet of cooked or canned foods causes the development of chronic
degenerative diseases and premature mortality. Professor Jackson of
the Dept. of Anatomy, University of Minnesota, has shown that rats fed
for 135 days on an 80 percent cooked food diet resulted in an increase
pancreatic weight of 20 to 30 percent. What this means is that the pancreas
is forced to work harder with a cooked food diet. !!!
Alicia McWatters, Ph.D., C.N.C - "
raw foods contain the highest level of enzymes and these enzymes
assist in digestion. Cooked foods and dry convenient diets have been
denatured and are devoid of enzymes: life-promoting elements. While
they may maintain life they do not promote optimum health or longevity!
Food enzymes are very sensitive and are easily destroyed by low moist
heat (105-118 degrees F). Dry heat around 150 degrees F. Internal enzymes
are damaged by factors, such as chlorine in drinking water, certain
medicines, air pollution and chemical additives."
What is Pica?
Pica is the act of eating non-food items. In less serious cases,
cats may chew or suck on objects, but not actually swallow them. Common
targets include yarn or string, fabric, wool, phone or electric cords,
and plants. Any object may be a potential target, however. Holistic
veterinarians believe that cats exhibit pica behavior because our soil,
plants, and especially commercial foods are woefully deficient in key nutrients.
Scientists theorize that mineral
deficiency subjects us, and our animals,to more diseases, aging, sickness
and destruction of our physical well-being than any other factor in
A groundswell of nutrition conscious veterinarians
are beginning to recommend to their clients that they supplement
their animals diet with a daily dose of flaxseed oil, coconut oil, marine phytoplankton,
fulvic acid and humic minerals,
and other nutrients for optimum health and vitality.
The food your animal eats should provide all of the nutritional components
which are necessary for all organs and systems of a healthy body to
perform in harmonious unison. A properly functioning body does an amazing
job at preventing disease and healing itself, and to do this it requires
the energies and nutrients of a well-balanced diet. In terms of finding
the proper diet for our companions, this means learning to look beyond
our own needs, opinions, and agendas to address the natural needs of
the animals that we care-take.
Paunch Manure for Healthy Carnivores
In the wild, we know predators first seek the stomach contents and organ
meat of a ruminant.Paunch manure (partially digested, fermented grass)
is what dumps from the stomach and intestines. It is the food that the
animal (deer, bison, buffalo etc) had eaten that day and not yet passed
out as manure. It is full of all types of beneficial microbes and enzymes
as well as omega 3 from the grass. Farm dogs, coyotes, foxes, and wolves
all feast on it.
Energies and Nutrients of a Well-Balanced Diet
The food your animal eats should provide all of the nutritional components
which are necessary for all organs and systems of a healthy
body to perform in harmonious unison. A properly functioning body does an amazing
job at preventing disease and healing itself, and to do this it requires
the energies and nutrients of a well-balanced diet. In terms of finding
the proper diet for our companions, this means learning to look beyond
our own needs, opinions, and agendas to address the natural needs of
the animals that we care take.
Richard J. Holliday, DVM - "My work animals were most carefully
selected and everything was done to provide them with suitable housing
and with fresh green fodder, silage, and grain, all produced from fertile
land. I was naturally intensely interested in watching the reaction
of these well-chosen and well-fed oxen to diseases like rinderpest,
septicaemia, and foot-and-mouth disease which frequently devastated
the countryside. None of my animals were segregated;
none were vaccinated or immunized; they frequently came
in contact with diseased stock. As my small farm-yard as Pusa was only
separated by a low hedge from one of the large cattle-sheds on the Pusa
estate, in which outbreaks of foot-and-mouth disease often occurred,
I have several time seen my oxen rubbing noses with foot-and-mouth cases.
Nothing happened. The healthy
well-fed animals reacted to this disease
exactly as suitable varieties of crops, when properly grown, did to
insect and fungus pest -- no infection took place."
Because most pets lack proper nutrients such as vitamins, minerals, and antioxidants
in their diet, even when they are getting the top of the line food,
NuVet scientists understood the necessity of
filling this dangerous gap.
Commercial pet foods can contain harmful
“by-products” and useless fillers that can be toxic to pets,causing
allergies, inflammation and serious health problems. This typical
diet creates a scenario whereby their food may actually be creating
unstable oxygen molecules known as free radicals. These free radicals
have been shown to be a cause for a wide range of health problems including
heart disease, arthritis, cataracts, premature aging and many different forms of cancer.
Dogs and cats have the genetic potential to live into their 20s but most die younger. Why?
Listen to Dr. Jane Bicks holistic veterinarian 12 minute online audio presentation
to learn more about how you can improve the health, well-being and longevity of your cherished pet.
Animals enjoy Better Health eating Montmorillonite Clay
Animals are instinctively selective about the types of minerals they
will ingest, shunning sedimentary minerals in favor of mineral deposits
formed by igneous hydrothermal activity. Extensive studies with cattle,
horses, pigs, fish, chickens and other animals have shown that the volume
of food intake is less when mineral supplements are added to the their diet. Additional benefits
are noted as well, for example, increases in butter fat and milk output
are documented from dairy cows. These improvements have been found in all studies using a specific type of
calcium montmorillonite clay.
It has helped cows with scours and pneumonia. Veterinarians use it on
dogs, cats, horses, etc... for various afflictions including injuries
Dr. Quisenberry, from Texas A&M, researched the beneficial effects
of calcium montmorillonite clays when fed to many farm animals including
horses, pigs, chickens, etc. Neva Jensen, a nationally known nutrition
expert, wrote a book on Clay called " The
Healing Power of Living Clay," explaining how the nutrients in certain
clays are assimilated in our bodies. The US Department of Fish and Wildlife
conducted similar studies on trout fish on the Snake River in Hagerman,
Idaho revealing the same health promoting effects.
Clay is renowned to have many uses in promoting health in plants,
animals and humans. Healing clays, have been used by indigenous cultures
since before recorded history. According to Knishinsky, benefits reported
by people using liquid clay for a period of two to four weeks include:
improved intestinal regularity; relief from chronic constipation, diarrhea,
indigestion, and ulcers; a surge in physical energy; clearer complexion;
brighter, whiter eyes; enhanced alertness; emotional uplift; improved
tissue and gum repair; and increased resistance to infections. Clay
works on the entire organism. No part of the body is left untouched
by its healing energies, he notes.
"The eating of clay has been observed in native peoples and animals
in all parts of the world since antiquity. Early writers described the
widespread use of kanwa ( earth from a lick near Lake Chad ) for animals
and humans in Nigeria. Long journeys were made to this lick to obtain
a tribal supply of this earth, and it was then issued as rations to cattle and humans
Many wild animals, and some people, develop 'pica' when ill,
a craving to eat earth - particularly clay, which assuages diarrhea
and binds to many plant poisons. Among the most famous clay-eaters are
the parrots of the Amazon. Scarlet macaws, blue and gold macaws, and
hosts of smaller birds perch together in their hundreds to excavate
the best clay layer along a riverbank. Parrots' regular diet is tree
seeds, which the trees defend with toxic chemicals, and
clay is an essential buffer to the toxins.
Wheatgrass for Your Pet's Health
Domestic dogs and cats chew grass.Wheatgrass juice is the nectar of rejuvenation,
the plasma of youth, the blood of all life. The elements that are missing
in your body's cells - especially enzymes, vitamins, hormones, and nucleic
acids can be obtained through this daily green sunlight transfusion.
Wheatgrass juice has been proven over many years to benefit people in
numerous ways: cleansing the lymph system, building the blood, restoring
balance in the body, removing toxic metals from the cells, nourishing
the liver and kidneys and restoring vitality.
Green Juice Caldera Green Supplements
Caldera Greens is a sun dried green powder made of barley and wheat grass as well as other greens
that are grown on a caldera rock in Hawaii. The volcanic soil on this
caldera is extremely rich in minerals. Within five hours of harvest,
all of these crops are juiced and then the juice concentrate is dropped
through the 100 foot tall dryers.
Within 30 seconds in the dryer, 95%
of the water is removed and the juice becomes a powder. All of this
is accomplished at an average temperature of only 88º Fahrenheit which
helps preserve the integrity of all the nutrients. This food is alive!
All the enzymes and soil based organisms are intact.
"Staff members of the Institute who lived with cats reported their
animals had less illness once they provided wheat grass regularly. They
noted that fur was more beautiful, and life spans longer. Formerly arthritic
older cats who could barely get in and out of the litter box, were jumping
on top of high surfaces. Immune systems in all the cats grew strong
and common sicknesses much more easily resisted. Sores and strange lumps
would disappear. Chronic conditions such as upper respiratory problems
would clear away for good.
Keen observers commented that cat's personalities
and behavior changed. The cats became calmer, and more "jungle cat-like"
in their gait and mannerisms. Making sprouts and growing wheat grass
for your own cats is quick and easy! Living foods will beautifully compliment
a cat's raw meat diet creating the perfect meal. Many different seeds
and nuts may be sprouted and added to your cat's food."
Testimonial from Mayan Camera in NY (23 Dec 2004)
"My 13 yr male cat is now walking around, does not have his mouth infected
and swollen face, and is carrying on with his appetite... Wheatgrass
changed his energy level in 20 minutes, he began eating, the swelling
and infection went away in 2 days, his respiratory and sinus dis-ease
(due to chemical medicine he was prescribed and I stupidly gave him
when I don't even use them for myself)was gone in those 2 days and my
love is now back to normal. I'm also taking wheatgrass and feel great.
With my cat I have to put it in a dropper cause he just does not like
the taste but what the heck a grab by the neck everyday stimulates his
senses and circulation, so its ok. Thanks again for your website."
How to Grow Wheatgrass At Home for yourself and your pets
Magnesium Deficiency and Your Animal's Health
Dr. John H. Kirk, DVM - "The clinical signs for
magnesium deficiency may include the following:
- Hyper-reactivity – aggressiveness, violent movements
- Lack of coordination – exaggerated movements, inability to stand
- Tetany – stiffness of legs and neck particularly when they fall
- Convulsions, coma and death
- Some animals may be found dead without observed signs
Holistic veterinarian Roger DeHaan, DVM states that some forms of epilepsy
respond to supplementation of vitamin B6, magnesium, and manganese.
Drs. Wendell Belfield and Martin Zucker stated that "It has long been
known that a deficiency of vitamin B6 or any interference with its function
can cause seizures in any mammalian species, including man and
dog". Magnesium as well as certain other minerals can be a valuable
addition to your dog's diet ensuring they have a healthy body. If your
dog is in ill-health, irritable or stressed,
magnesium supplementation could be a very helpful addition to their daily diet. Magnesium in the
form of supplementation has been found to be effective in either correcting
or preventing the various ventricular arrhythmias and atrial fibrillation,
while its effect in atrial flutter is noted to be poor in experimentally
induced arrhythmias in dogs. Magnesium can be very beneficial for your
dog's heart. Magnesium deficiency, even when mild, increases susceptibility
to various types of neurologic and psychological stressors in dogs.
Mild magnesium deficiency appears to be common among dogs with disorders
considered functional or neurotic and appears to contribute to a symptom
complex that includes sleep disorders, irritability, hyper-arousal,
spasm of striated and smooth muscle and hyperventilation.
Magnesium chloride is nothing short
of a miracle mineral in its healing effect on a wide range of diseases
as well as in its ability to rejuvenate the aging body. Approximately
nine out of ten people will show dramatic improvements in the state
of their health when they replete their magnesium levels and the very
best way to do that is with ancient minerals magnesium drawn from an
ancient inactive seabed 2 miles beneath the earth in Europe. With such
“brine solutions” one can simply apply the concentrate to the skin or
pour it into ones bath water and one will have a medical treatment of
primordial priority. Nothing short of a miracle is to be expected in
ones health status if one is ill when one increases the cellular levels of magnesium.
I add a teaspoon of
ancient mineral magnesium oil to my dog's food or drinking water.
(a quart bowl). I also add magnesium chloride to my bath water and I
use the magnesium gel on my skin.
The Good Fats - Omega 3 Essential Fatty Acids
Omega 3 Essential Fatty Acids
are responsible for basic cellular health
in all body tissues and are fundamentally important for all animals.
Researchers now consider omega 3 fats such as flaxoil and fish oil to be as vital to our health and our pets'
health as vitamins and minerals.
Without essential fatty acids in our diets and our animal's diet,
cells can not be formed or function efficiently. Like humans, animals
also use Omega 3 Essential Fatty Acids to produce hormone-like
substances called eicosanoids, which are involved in many important
biological functions in the body. Essential fatty acids are the building
blocks for prostaglandins which work to regulate hormones, immune and
nervous systems plus cardiovascular function. A dog or cat’s immune
system functions the same as humans. Omega 3 fats play a major role in the maintenance of healthy
coat and skin for cats, dogs, and horses.
Raw, uncooked fats plays an important role in the digestion
process and in maintaining an animal's health. Fats supply important cell, enzyme and hormone
material and are powerful sources of energy. A groundswell of nutrition
conscious veterinarians are beginning to recommend to their clients
that they supplement their animals diet with a daily dose of
fish oil or flaxseed oil, poured right over the food. Mixing
chia seeds with the dog's food
also provide valuable essential fatty acids (omega 3 oil) and other
valuable nutrients. The vets are finding remarkable results in clearing
up skin conditions, relieving arthritic and inflammatory pain, as well
as improved over all pet health.
Not all dietary fats cause obesity in your pet
Dr. Karen Shaw Becker, DVM - "Contrary to popular belief,
not all dietary fats cause obesity in your pet. Just as in humans, the
“good” fats (omega-3 fats) enhance energy production in your dog or
cat, so they actually create less fat. Because most pets consume an
abundance of high carbohydrate, empty calorie dry foods (kibble), the
pet obesity issue is quickly rivaling the human obesity epidemic. Omega-3’s
encourage the production of prostaglandins and leukotrienes, compounds
that help regulate inflammation, immune system response and blood clotting
activity in your dog or cat. They help to reduce the inflammation associated
with arthritis including rheumatoid arthritis, and conditions of the
bowel such as ulcerative colitis and inflammatory bowel disease. Research
indicates omega-3 fats may also prevent pet heart problems like arrhythmia
and high blood pressure, as well as decrease triglyceride and blood
Omega-3 fats are also being
researched for their potential to slow the development and spread of
certain cancers in pets, as well as for their ability to prevent or
alleviate auto-immune disorders, allergies, and some skin conditions.
A deficiency of omega-3 fats in your cat or dog can result in stunted
growth, eye problems, muscle weakness and lack of motor coordination,
as well as immune system dysfunction."
Testimonials about omega 3 essential fatty acids (EFA) and cancer
Green Juice, Algae and Marine Plants for Animal Optimum Health
I use natural supplements
to keep my animals healthy and prevent malnutrition
Many of the animal supplements listed in this page are available at Shirley's Pet Shop
(Nuvet, Wheat grass juice, Stem Cell Nutrition,
Clay, Plankton, etc) I also saved both my dog's life with a unique
immune booster(To close this message, click anywhere on the page.)
Adding sea vegetables to your pet's diet to promote optimum health.
Algae contains over 60 minerals and elements, 21 amino acids, simple
and complex carbohydrates and several essential plant growth hormones.
Being rich in amino acids, vitamins, minerals and trace elements is
one of the key reasons why marine plant is known as a great promoter
of glandular health, especially for the pituitary, adrenal and thyroid
glands. It also supplies a natural source of iodine, which acts as an
antibiotic to kill germs. Since the thyroid and pituitary glands regulate
certain functions of digestion, algae is beneficial in balancing out
humans and animal's total system.
Green Juice Caldera Green Supplements Caldera Greens
is a sun dried green powder made of barley and wheat grass as well
as other greens that are grown on a caldera rock in Hawaii. The
volcanic soil on this caldera is extremely rich in minerals. Within
five hours of harvest, all of these crops are juiced and then the
juice concentrate is dropped through the 100 foot tall dryers. Within
30 seconds in the dryer, 95% of the water is removed and the juice
becomes a powder. All of this is accomplished at an average temperature
of only 88º Fahrenheit which helps preserve the integrity of all
the nutrients. This food is alive! All the enzymes and soil based
organisms are intact.
- More than mere vitamins, NuVet goes
beyond industry standards by using only 100% all natural, human
grade ingredients including blue-green algae, that are microscopically
tested for purity and potency. They then utilize a FDA registered
laboratory for formulation and specially compound using state-of-the-art
- Low cellular levels of Glutathione and T-Cells are directly related
to multiple colds, influenza severity, allergies, sinus infections, auto-immune
diseases and immune system dysfunction. Higher cellular levels of T-Cells improve
immune response and disease rejection. "Immunocal is verified to increase cellular
levels of Glutathione." Dr. Allan Somersall M.D
- Chia seeds are also a
rich source of omega-3 and other vital nutrients for pets (and
for people too! )
- Liquid Fish oil, rich in Essential Fatty Acids (EFAs) for improving
the health of dogs, cats, and other pets. Pets LOVE the taste
of fish oil! If your animal has dull coat, dry scaly skin, skin
conditions, allergic reactions, inflammatory conditions, or gastrointestinal
disorders, then they may have an Essential Fatty Acid (EFA) deficiency.
Dr. Sears believes that most chronic diseases (such as arthritis
and heart disease) can be characterized by two major factors: 1.
Increased Inflammation, 2.Decreased Blood Flow. Dr. Sear's Pharmaceutical.
Grade Fish Oil starts with the highest health food grade fish oil
and then goes through the following painstaking refining processes.
Winterization at a very low temperature to remove additional amounts
of saturated fats
- Aphanizomenon flos-aquae for horses, dogs, cats, ferrets, birds, etc —Many pet owners,
show dog owners and other animal lovers are feeding nutritional
algae to their horses, dogs, cats, ferrets, birds and other animals
with amazing results.
- Skin and Coat Formula for Dogs and Cats Chewable tablets for
dry, flaky or odorous skin, dull, brittle coats, excessive shedding
and sores from frequent scratching and biting.Contains skin and
coat support nutrients such as vitamins, A, D, E and fish oils
(omega fatty acids) for a thick, glossy coat and healthy skin.
- Marine phytoplankton for small and large animals, including birds - Dr. Jerry Tennant, M.D.
says that marine phytoplankton contains almost everything one needs
to sustain life and to restore health by providing the raw materials
to make new cells that function normally. Marine phytoplankton has
been called "the most nutritionally dense foods on the planet".
Containing a wide range of trace elements, amino acids, vitamins,
minerals, chlorophyll, enzymes and cellular materials, marine phytoplankton
promotes and maintains optimum health by boosting and supporting
all systems within the body. Its antioxidants and unique polysaccharides
can halt the genetic mutations that can lead to cancer. Both high
levels of saccharides and adaptogens increase energy and stamina
by improving our animal's ability to consume and use oxygen. Adaptogens
also improve cardiovascular health by strengthening the heart and
circulation, and continue to work overtime while your pet is resting
by supporting muscle growth and repair.
Fulvic Acid Substantially Supports Animal Nutrition
Fulvic Minerals are naturally occurring plant derived minerals and trace elements, vital to maintain
optimum health.To the science of living cells, fulvic acids are vital
in bringing substantial amounts of nutrients and minerals into water
solution and delivering their living energies to the living cells.
Fulvic acid assists every stage of cellular metabolism and is the most powerful,
natural electrolyte known. It restores electrical balance to damaged
cells, neutralizes toxins and can eliminate food poisoning within minutes.
Veterinary Success Raising Glutathione Level in Sick Animals
Glutathione is continuously defending our body and our animal's body
against attacks from disease, toxins, poisons, viruses, pollutants,
radiation and oxidative stress. Without Glutathione our liver would
soon become overwhelmed with the accumulation of toxins, resulting in
organ failure and death. The level of Glutathione in our cells is predictive
of how long we will live. Dr. Jimmy Gutman, M.D - "Clinical evidence
links low glutathione levels to the most common illnesses of
our time as well as newly emerging diseases. Glutathione levels diminish
as we age and many diseases normally associated with aging have been
linked to glutathione deficiency."
Veterinary Success Using Natural Healing Approach
We all know the importance of an optimal immune system, not only
after surgical procedures or fighting disease and serious illness, but
also in your patient's or pet's everyday wellness.
Baruch Rosen, M.D. wrote a testimonial of the experience he
had with his own dog who came down with distemper: "...Blood studies
confirmed distemper and showed a white cell count (lymphocytes) of only
264 slightly more than ten percent of normal. Our vet plus a second
out-of-state consulting vet, an expert in distemper were very sympathetic
and advised me to prepare myself to euthanize Romeo. Knowing little
to nothing about canine distemper, I turned to the Internet and luckily
stumbled on to a preparation which enhances and stimulates
the body's own immune system to fight against all pathogens, viral or
otherwise. My thirty years in medicine told me this was the only solution. I
hurriedly became a distributor to get the product and started Chico
and Romeo on one cap daily encased in one teaspoonful of raw hamburger.Over
the next two weeks all cough and mucus drainage ceased. Romeo's follow-up
blood count had risen to normal range at 2217 and he surprised to whole
family by jumping a five foot wall. He romps and plays all day long with
Chico, now responds normally to his name and appears to be his old joyful
Shirley's testimonial about Shasta
My 11 year old dog, Shasta, suffered a series of illnesses last year
and a stroke this year. The stroke left her paralyzed in the hind legs.
I treated her with homeopathy and herbal extracts and she recovered
within a few hours. However, her vitality was very low. I didn't think
she was going to make it through the Spring. After a couple of weeks on the
a special immune enhancing supplement , her energy level and vitality improved remarkably.
She appears to be back the way she was 2 years ago: frisky and playful. You can mix the content of the capsule with its food. I
gave my German Shepherd one capsule a day for 3 days than increased
it to two capsules a day. Shirley
Charles W. Brown, DVM - "My colleagues and I have found this product to be very effective in modulating the immune system. "
Animal Bad Breath (Halitosis) and Bad Body Odor
There are a number of causes for bad breath halitosis
and bad body odor in animals.Bacteria in unhealthy teeth, stomach and
intestinal disturbances, bowel sluggishness, toxicity and nutrients
deficiency. My 6 y old German Shepherd dog, Kuuma, always had a sweet
smelling breath and a fresh, clean body odor until he turned 6.Gradually, I began noticing
that he was discharging a bad body odor and his breath smelled foul too. After doing research,
I became convinced that he suffered from vital nutrients deficiency. I added
marine phytoplankton to his diet daily, as well as a couple of tablespoons of
fulvic acid trace minerals.
Within a few weeks he regained a sweet, clean breath and body odor and
his fur had a new shine!
Chia seeds have done wonders
for my dog's health (and for my own health too!). I mix a good amount
of chia seeds with raw eggs or raw meat and keep it refrigerated for
48 hours before feeding it to my dog to increase its nutritional content.
When Chia seeds, rich in Omega-3 fatty acids are included in your dog's
diet, your can expect to see your dog's overall health to improve with
the energy of a puppy and its coat to become shiny and healthy. Soaking
raw chia seeds in water, broth, or juice for 24 to 48 hours greatly
increase its nutritional content. Omega-3 oils are
essential nutrients, deficient in most dogs' diets. Omega-3 fatty acids
are fundamental molecules in the structure and activity of the membranes
of all cells throughout your dog's body. They also have highly- specialized
functions in neurological tissues, especially the brain and retina and
play an important role in cell membranes and the formation of new tissue,
therefore important for development and growth. You will love the ease
of using Chia seeds and dogs love the nutty taste! I also enjoy eating
chia seeds soaked in natural raw fruit juice or mixed with a fruit salad.
Good Quality Salt is Vital Nutrient for Animals
The salt you buy at the store is only sodium chloride or refined common
all of the other beneficial elements have been removed.
Herds of elephants risk injury and death in a perilous journey to
hidden salt caves where they supplement their sodium deficient diets."Cindy
Engel Ph.D. author of Wild Health:
How Animals Keep Themselves Well and What We Can Learn From Them
Our pets also suffer from sodium deficiency.
It seems that the medical and veterinary professions have been guilty
of "over kill" and have been gravely misinformed about "sodium". On
December 2, 1983, an article appeared in the local newspaper entitled
"Chloride may play role in hypertension". Doctors Theodore W. Kurtz
and Curtis Morris, Jr., in a paper published in Science Magazine, concluded
that table salt (sodium chloride) is the cause of hypertension and high
blood pressure. Most of the warnings that dietary sodium is important
in causing or worsening hypertension are based mainly on studies in
animals and humans where only (sodium chloride) was used as the source
of sodium. These researchers say the findings indicate that salt (sodium
chloride) and sodium cannot be used interchangeably.
animals need the right kind of salt. Farmers place salt-blocks on
their pasture so that their livestock and all other animals can lick
the salt to their heart's content. Major producing companies dry their
salt in huge kilns with temperatures reaching 1200 degrees F, changing
he salt's chemical structure, which in turn adversely affects the human
body. Avoid the common refined table salt.
An abundance of the ingredients in unrefined real salt are as synonymous
with life today as they were a billion years ago before single cells
appeared here. Lack of them is synonymous with birth defects, organ
failure, decay, diseases, premature aging and death at a young age.
Long before the earth knew pollutants of any kind, a huge, ancient sea
covered what is now North America. Pure, natural salt was the main ingredient
of this sea, and over millions of years, the water in the sea evaporated,
leaving the salt in undisturbed deposits.
The best way to provide salt to your pets is to provide two separate
bowls. One with real-unrefined-unheated-natural-sea-salt and one
without, so that the animals can consume as much salt as they require.
They will drink from the bowl that contains salted water, however once
they have had enough salt, they will drink from the bowl that has plain
Dr. Jeffrey R. Cutler -"An eight-year study of a New York
City hypertensive population stratified for sodium intake levels found
those on low-salt diets had more than four times as many heart attacks
as those on normal-sodium diets – the exact opposite of what the “salt
hypothesis” would have predicted. "Many people believe that salt is
harmful to the human body. The truth is we cannot live without salt"
Fish Oil: The Natural Anti-inflammatory
by Joseph Maroon, Ph.D.
Did you know that the root cause of serious chronic diseases such
as heart disease, Alzheimer's
disease, cancer, arthritis, and asthma has been identified
as chronic inflammation? Although numerous studies have confirmed these
findings, few physicians are aware of or consider the fact that the battle
against inflammation is at the forefront of the fight for health and
well-being of the global population. Authors Joseph Maroon and Jeffrey
Bost have set out to reverse that trend with
"Fish Oil: The Natural Anti-Inflammatory."
Pharmaceutical companies have spent billions of dollars in an attempt
to understand the bio-chemistry of inflammation. Unfortunately, pharmaceutical
anti-inflammatories such as Celebrex, Vioxx, and Bextra have been shown
to greatly increase the risk of heart attack, stroke, and uncontrollable
gastric hemorrhage, with potentially fatal consequences. Is there a
safer alternative? Absolutely! The answer lies in the power of the
omega-3 fatty acids found in fish oil, undeniably the most under-recognized
and also the most potent natural anti-inflammatory available. With compelling
arguments and the results of thousands of clinical studies to support
them. the authors explain in plain and simple terms; How the inflammation
process works and how it can evolve into a chronic condition that is
the cause of many diseases; How fatty acids work in the body; Why supplementation
with omega-3 fatty acids can restore the body's balance and mitigate
the effects of inflammatory factors; and why fish oil is the best source
of omega-3 fatty acids, and how to identify good-quality fish oil supplements.
Processed pet food suppresses the immune system
growing number of vets are stating that processed pet food is the main
cause of illness and premature death in the modern dog and cat. In December
1995, the British Journal of Small Animal Practice published a paper
contending that processed pet food suppresses the immune system and
leads to liver, kidney, heart and other diseases. This research, initially
conducted by Dr Tom Lonsdale, was researched further by the Australian
Veterinary Association and proven to be correct.
MSM and Glucosamine
Jean C. Hofve, DVM - "I have written several articles for
the Internet newsletter Critterchat, one in particular on nutrition
in which I discuss MSM along with other supplements, with specific dosages. I recently suggested
MSM and Glucosamine (1000 mg daily each) for a co-worker's Labrador
retriever, who at only 4 years old was moving like an old lady. She's
been on it maybe 5 or 6 weeks, and in the last couple of weeks we can
already see a huge difference--she's still a tad stiff when first getting
up, but she's much quicker about it, more willing to move around, and
far more playful. We all bring our dogs to work, so I see her every
day, and even so it's been quite apparent to me that she is greatly
improved. (She's much faster coming after my dog, of course he asks
for it by stealing her tennis balls!) In fact her owner says now he
has to worry about her overdoing it, she has so much energy and bounce.
The combination of glucosamine sulfate and MSM has just been terrific,
they seem to complement and synergize with each other."
The Miracle of MSM
a natural form of organic sulfur found in all living organisms, is
present in body fluids and tissues. It is part of the amino acid chain.
Without the presence of the proper amount of MSM in the body, the amino
acids will continue to build the glands but fail to produce the correct
enzymes, so animals and people are then prone to unnecessary illnesses.
MSM is an important dietary supplement for people and animals.
Ronald M. Lawrence MD - "I've been practicing medicine for
50 years, and in all those years I've never seen a substance like this"
Lawrence says in The Journal of Anti-Aging Medicine a peer-reviewed
scientific journal, published Lawrence's preliminary study results last
July. Arthritic cartilage has only one-third the level of sulfur concentration
of normal cartilage - perhaps that is why MSM has been so effective
in treating joint inflammation and arthritis. But researchers don't know for sure if MSM is
beneficial for arthritis because of its sulfur content or because of
its anti-inflammatory and analgesic properties. Unlike aspirin, which
offers immediate pain relief "MSM takes three to four weeks before you
have noticeable changes Lawrence says, "except in rheumatoid patients
- they have felt differences in just one day, and certainly by three
or four days." According to Jacob, Lawrence and Zucker's forthcoming
book, MSM can be a natural remedy for: osteoarthritis, rheumatoid arthritis,
fibromyalgia, tendinitis and bursitis, muscular soreness and athletic
injuries, carpal tunnel syndrome, post - traumatic inflammation and
pain, heartburn and hyper-acidity, headaches and back pain, allergies."
Stanley W. Jacob MD - "In a double-blind study of MSMs impact
on degenerative arthritis, he found that patients who ingested 2,250mg
of MSM a day for six weeks felt an improvement in their pain reduction
by 82%, on average."
MSM detoxifies the body and increases blood circulation. It is also
a free radical scavenger, prevents overreaction to other medicines,
controls acidity, coats the intestinal tract so parasites lose the ability
to hang on, helps to utilize vitamins and minerals, thereby providing
the means to derive the maximum benefit from what we and our animals
The Health Wonders of Bee Pollen
by Steve Schecter, N.D.
Bee pollen is often referred to as nature's most complete food. Human
consumption of bee pollen is praised in the Bible, other religious books,
and ancient Chinese and Egyptian texts. It has long been prescribed
by traditional health practitioners-including the fathers of
medicine Hippocrates, Pliny the Elder, and Pythagoras-for its healing
properties. Bee pollen rejuvenates your body, stimulates organs and
glands, enhances vitality, and brings about a longer life span. Bee
pollen's ability to consistently and noticeably increase energy levels
makes it a favorite substance among many world class athletes and those
interested in sustaining and enhancing quality performance. Animals
benefit greatly from bee pollen too!
"Bee pollen contains all the essential components of life. The percentage of rejuvenating
elements in bee pollen remarkably exceeds those present in brewer's
yeast and wheat germ. Bee pollen corrects the deficient or unbalanced
nutrition, common in the customs of our present-day civilization of
consuming incomplete foods, often with added chemical ingredients, which
expose us to physiological problems as various as they are numerous."