October/November 2005 Newsletter
The last few newsletters I have been driving home the point of how important eating real food is to your health. That synthetic foods as well as synthetic vitamins are dangerous to your health. This also applies to your beloved pets.
Fido and Fluffy
I hesitate to mention anything about pets because then I get everyone asking me to treat their pet. For the record, I don’t treat pets anymore. The Veterinarians do that type of work. I don’t want them trying to treat the owners so I leave the pets alone. But, I hear everyday about how someone’s dog has cancer or a cat with diabetes and I know that these pets don’t have to suffer like this. The research on feeding your pet the right kind of food to keep them healthy was done back in the 1930’s and 40’s by Dr. Francis M. Pottenger, Jr., M.D. You can read about it in the book Pottenger’s Cats published by The Price-Pottenger Nutrition Foundation (http://www.ppnf.org/catalog).
Ultimate Adrenal Stress
Dr. Pottenger was doing hormone research on cats before synthetic hormones were available. He was removing the adrenal glands from cats and then gave them bovine (cow) adrenal gland extracts to try and keep them alive. This was how they were testing the potency of the adrenal extract to figure out how much they needed to give the cats to normalize their hormone levels. Then they could extrapolate that information and use it in their human patients. Isn’t it interesting how the use of glandular extracts was common place in the medical profession back then before drugs but they call us quacks for using these extracts today. Very short memories!
The problem Dr. Pottenger was having was that the cats weren’t surviving the surgeries very well and he didn’t know why. His test cats were being fed scraps of cooked meat and raw milk until his supply of cats from the local neighbors got so large that he had to look for other food sources. He started getting raw scraps from a slaughter house that included both organs and flesh and fed that to the cats. The cats eating the raw meat and raw milk handled the surgeries fine and had strong healthy off-spring and lived long healthy lives.
Original Study Derailed
This intrigued the researcher in him, so Dr. Pottenger set up a separate controlled study of the dietary affects of cooked vs. raw food on his cats. The animals on the cooked food developed arthritis, diabetes, cancer, infertility, deformed off-spring, lethargy and a lack of sex drive. Their faces would become deformed as well as the second and third generation kittens. The facial deformity created crooked teeth as well as gum and tooth infections. These cats needed braces! There were no fourth generation kittens from the cooked food group because the third’s were mostly sterile and didn’t live past 6 months.
The cooked food group developed allergies, hypothyroidism, osteoporosis, skin lesions, heart problems, vision problems, infections of the bones, kidneys, liver, bladder and ovaries; inflammation of the joints; inflammation of the nervous system with paralysis and meningitis. None of these ailments affected the raw food group of cats and they lived long active lives. The interesting (scary) part of his research showed that the ailments created by a bad diet of the parents were passed on to the kittens and on again to their kittens. Makes you stop and rethink the whole genetic basis to modern medical research. Do you develop diabetes like your parents did because you inherited their bad genes or their bad eating habits or both?
There was a third group of cats known as the regenerating cats. A female cat on the first generation of deficient (cooked food) diet after having a litter of deficient kittens was put back on the optimum raw food diet. Her next kittens, benefited from the improved diet, were called Regenerating Kittens of the First Order. Regenerating Kittens of the Second Order were kittens born to a second deficient generation and placed on an optimum diet. Most of these kittens started reversing their physiological maladies by the improved diet and by the fourth generation were back to normal healthy cats. I think that gives us all a bit of hope that we can recover from our past dietary sins.
Diet for a Healthy Pet
So the more raw food your pets eat the better. Raw chicken, bones and all, organ meats, hamburger, whole fish, etc are the normal genetic diets of cats and dogs. A few raw veggies are OK but they are mostly carnivores. Humans should follow suit and try to eat 50-75% of our food raw at each meal. This will offset the damage caused by cooked food. The second half of Pottenger’s Cats talks about human nutrition and should be read as well. On mercola.com they have a book called See Spot Live Longer which echoes the recommendations of Dr. Pottenger’s study and shows you how to make your own pet food (http://www.mercola.com/2005/mar/16/natural_pet_foods.htm). In recent years, Standard Process Vitamins have created a line of supplements specifically for dogs and cats. I have the information on a shelf in the reception area in the office and we will carry some of the products if you want them. Eventually after your pet has eaten a raw food diet for several months or years, they shouldn’t need any addition supplements.
I will be
out of the office on Friday September 30th. Monday October 3 and Monday October
31, I will be starting at 2 PM instead of 9 AM. The office will be open as
usual and the staff will be there to help