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Optimum Animal Nutrition for Health and Longevity

Are You Really Meeting Your Animal's Nutritional Needs? 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 personal health. 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, magnesium, and other nutrients for optimum health and vitality. - Richard J. Holliday, DVM

Is Your Animal Deficient In A Key Nutrient?

Nutrition deficiency in animalsThe 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.

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

Dogs that eat poop for essential bacteria 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.

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.

"Your dog is a scavenger. You only have to leave your dog alone with an open garbage can to find that out. Dogs will eat and derive food value from practically anything. To a wild dog,  eating clay mud is an important source of minerals. Bark from trees is an important source of fiber. Dogs receive valuable nutrients from material that we humans find totally repugnant. Things like vomit, feces, and decaying flesh.

This habit of eating feces (called "Coproghagy") is common with many dogs that eat commercial dog food. Why? To try to stay healthy! Feces are a highly valuable food, consisting of the dead and living bodies of millions of bacteria (microbiome). They are an excellent source of essential fatty acids, fat soluble vitamins (particularly vitamin K and the whole range of B vitamins), many different minerals because of the soil in it, and a host of other nutritional factors including anti-oxidants, enzymes and fiber.

Need help? The feces they eat is of far greater benefit to them than the product peddled by the dog food companies! If you don’t want your dog to eat feces (and most of us don’t) then you must provide in the diet all those nutrients which are currently missing from your dog’s diet, and which feces supplies. This requires a team of ingredients like yogurt, eggs, polyunsaturated oils, an enzyme supplement, crushed raw vegetables as a source of fiber, etc."

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. !!!

Cindy Engles, Ph.D., writes in Wild Health: How Animals Keep Themselves Well and What We Can Learn From Them "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."

Alicia McWatters, Ph.D., C.N.C - " Fresh, 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 veterinaNuVet Ingredients 
Are Composed of two dozen essential vitamins, minerals and herbsrians believe that cats exhibit pica behavior because our soil, plants, and especially commercial foods are woefully deficient in key nutrients.

Antibiotics Can 
Change the Gut Microbiome for Up to a Year Researchers have discovered that having a wide spectrum of microorganisms in our gut  (microbiome)  is also key to health. Soil based organisms are probiotics (“good” bacteria) that normally live in dirt. They provide our GI tracts much needed support for digestion, food assimilation and nutrient absorption.  To date, approximately 30 different strains that have been successfully isolated and are commonly put into the probiotic supplements that we see on the market today.

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 personal health.

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.

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.

Healthy pet kibble and canned food for dogs and cats 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.

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Animals enjoy Better Health eating Montmorillonite Clay

Clay supplement for animals 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 and infections.

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.

Home base business opportunity "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

Cat eating grass Dog eating grass 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.

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Green Juice Caldera Green Supplements

Wheatgrass Nature's Finest Medicine 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)

Cat chewing wheatgrass "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

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Magnesium Deficiency and Your Animal's HealthSevere nutritional deficiencies and toxic states have been known to mimic almost every known disease in veterinary medicine.

Dr. John H. Kirk, DVM - "The clinical signs for magnesium deficiency may include the following:

  • Restlessness
  • 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 miracle 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 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.

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The Good Fats - Omega 3 Essential Fatty Acids

The healing power of healthy omega 3 fats such as flaxseed oilOmega 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.

Dr. Jean Hofve DVM writes that because our dogs and cats cannot convert plant oils (such as flaxseed oil) into EPA and DHA to any significant extent, fish oils are the best way to supplement dogs and cats with essential fatty acids. The best fish oil supplements must be purified to remove heavy metals and other contaminants.

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
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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 cholesterol levels.

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
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Green Juice, Algae and Marine Plants for Animal Optimum Health

Shirley I use natural supplements to keep my animals healthy and prevent malnutrition

Need help? 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.

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  • 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 manufacturing techniques.
  • 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! )
  • ShirleyLiquid 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.
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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

Dog reading book 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

Note from Shirley 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 self again"

Shirley's testimonial about Shasta
June 20002

Note from Shirley 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. "

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Animal Bad Breath (Halitosis) and Bad Body Odor

My German Shepherd dog, KuumaThere 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 table salt; all of the other beneficial elements have been removed.

Need help?" 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.

salt bowlDomesticated 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.

Bowl of plain water Bowl of water with salt added 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 water.

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"

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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."

Green products bottle Ultra-Refined Fish Oil

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

Jane Bicks"A 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

The Miracle of MSMMSM, 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 eat.

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 Need help?Western 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."

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