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« on: February 27, 2017, 08:12:12 PM »

Animals in the wild are guided by their instinct and if there is a change in the environment, it is this same aspect of their being that helps them compensate with the change. Disease, therefore, is a result of changes in the environment that the animal's body is unable to cope with. The natural body constitution is weakened by these changes and the lack of natural ingredients in the diet further aggravates the situation.

Nutrition is the very backbone of health maintenance and the kind of food that we give to our animal friends would reflect in the kind of health that they are experiencing in their lives. Because dogs and cats have a shorter digestive tract compared to humans, they need the live-food enzymes to better digest and assimilate all of the nutrients. Unfortunately, our so-called modern civilization has subjected people to think in terms of convenience and to trust so-called experts when it comes to animal nutrition.

In the wild, animals don't usually eat every single day.  They have to hunt for their food if they are predators, or forage for it if they are plant eaters. The time of the year or the seasons would even dictate the availability of food. There's an abundance of food during the summer, fall, and spring were animals would indulge themselves and less of it during the winter season. Since their food is in a raw state, all of the needed micro nutrients are provided for thereby satiating their hunger and triggering the body not to overfeed itself.

Our domesticated companions don't have the seasons and the instincts from the wild to control their feeding behavior instead they rely on humans for their sustenance. This, therefore, creates a very unnatural condition which results to either overfeeding or malnutrition.  Nutritional advice from so-called experts and even veterinarians themselves suggest feeding your animal companions once, twice or even three times a day depending on the age of the animal.  There are no hard and fast rules; we should base our decisions on observation and experience.  Giving too much food or too little food is a burden on the animal's physiology and when you couple this with feeding an unbalanced, cooked, or processed food then you're asking for trouble.

To highlight the dramatic effect of how nutrition affects overall health, Dr. Francis Pottenger conducted a feeding experiment with 900 cats over a ten year period to determine the effect of raw food versus cooked food on the health, organs, bones and genes of these cats.  The result showed that the cats fed raw food gave birth to healthy siblings who grew healthier; are more resistant to external and internal parasites as well as infectious diseases; and that they didn't have any behavioral problems even with the succeeding generation.  Those on cooked food, however, showed the exact opposite with abortions, unhealthy siblings, poor immunity and behavioral problems.  Diseases recorded by Dr. Pottenger among the group fed cooked food included pneumonia, empyema, diarrhea, osteomyelitis, heart lesions, thyroid problems, liver problems, kidney problems, meningitis, cystitis, arthritis, and many others encountered even in human medicine.

Dogs and cats are carnivores by nature; their external and internal anatomy as well as their physiology dictates it.  They need fresh, raw meat as their primary diet just like their cousin -- the wolf.  They are unable to digest other food stuffs like vegetables, grains and fruit since they only have a very short digestive system.  Feeding them processed and even cooked food can be highly toxic to their bodies.

As I have written in my blog post on the The Health Kerux blog, entitled, “Feeding Our Carnivore Companions,: ”Dogs, therefore, should be fed a carnivorous diet similar to what their wild cousins have been eating for thousands, if not millions of years.  That diet consists of a whole carcass or the whole prey itself (organs, edible bones, muscle meat, skin, hide, hair, feathers, fat and other body tissues).  This is Nature's design of providing proteins, fats, minerals, vitamins and trace elements to carnivores in a raw, tough, and chewy form and texture.”

In the same article, I wrote: "Ripping, tearing, and chewing raw meat, bones and carcasses not only bestow nutritional benefits but also contribute to the animal's physiological and psychological well-being.  It is not enough that they get fed everyday; the time and effort that they expend in chewing and tearing into meat and bones exercises the muscles of the body especially the jaws and neck and tones the other body systems (digestive, nervous, hormonal, and immune systems).  Eating tough, chewy carcasses or large pieces of raw meaty bones even clean the teeth and gums and clean teeth and gums are an essential part of what it means to be healthy."

According to Dr. Tom Lonsdale’s book, "Work Wonders - Feed Your Dog Raw Meaty Bones," raw meaty bones and carcasses can be as follows: (1) chicken and turkey backs and frames, (2) poultry heads, feet, necks and wings, (3) whole fish and fish heads, (4) carcasses of goat, sheep, lamb, calf, deer and kangaroo sawn into large pieces, and (5) pigs' trotters, pigs' heads, sheep heads, brisket, tail bones and rib bones.

Dr. Lonsdale recommends that raw meaty bones should make up 70% of the diet; the rest are offal or organ meat (heart, liver, lungs, kidneys, intestines, pancreas, etc.).  However, if offal is not available, 100% of the diet can be solely composed of raw meaty bones.

But why is cooked food so bad?

Cooking destroys the enzymes and micro nutrients (amino acids, vitamins, and minerals) present in uncooked food altering their structure at the molecular level thus rendering them useless in rebuilding cells, tissues, etc.
As to digesting the food, it takes twelve hours for the food to be digested and for the nutrients to be made available to the cells of the body so it is recommended that you only feed your canine companion twice a day. This closely simulates the feeding behavior of carnivores in the wild wherein they only get to eat when there is food available. It doesn't necessarily have to be everyday since they have to hunt or forage for their sustenance. Animal bodies just like human bodies can go on long periods without sustenance with no ill effects.  On the contrary, such a condition is even beneficial to the body since it is given time to rest and rid itself of toxins and waste that have accumulated inside as a result of normal physiological processes as well as exposure to harmful substances from the environment.

The best time to feed, therefore, is either late afternoon or early evening. This would give enough time for the animal to completely digest its meal and make the nutrients available to the cells for the next morning’s work. However, if you feed the dog in the morning his energy level would be significantly reduced since it has to expend extra energy to digest its meal. Animals that are fed properly are healthier, have more energy, clearer minds, longer lifespan, and are more productive. An example of these perfect specimens of health are the sheep dogs of Australia, New Zealand, and North America, as well as the Indian and Eskimo sled dogs who work all day and are only fed raw, meaty bones and nothing else. There' s even a documented case of an Aussie sheep dog living up to an age of 32 years whose only diet is raw meaty bones.

Proper nutrition is the only way to prevent and cure disease and the way to do it is to provide raw and natural food containing all of the natural nutrients needed by the body.

Feeding the right kinds of food is only one aspect of health maintenance; rest and fasting (withholding food for a certain amount of time) are complimentary therapies that could help bring the body back in balance. Of course, if an animal doesn’t feel well, the first thing that goes is the appetite.  In the wild, an animal will rest and not eat until it feels well. This is an instinct dictated by nature unlike in domesticated animals were their feeding behavior is influenced by the animal owner. They exert little or no effort at all in acquiring their food since the owner provides it for them and in the process they end up being over or underfed. They have lost the natural instinct of diet control.

Fasting is a natural offshoot of the animal's instinctive feeding behavior and it has an underlying objective of detoxifying the body from metabolic waste material that has accumulated as a result of normal physiological processes. This healing process is of great benefit especially for domesticated animals being fed processed food, however, in order to gain maximum benefit from it, the bowels have to be cleaned out of waste material, fecal plaques, and other substances present in the gut causing blockages in the absorption of nutrients and accumulation and reabsorption of toxic material as a result of digesting dead and processed food. This can be accomplished by giving herbal laxatives to the animal such as Senna or Cascara Sagrada.  These herbals are already available in capsule form which you can push down the animals’ throat or the powder can be sprinkled onto the food in the case of uncooperative individuals.  One capsule for a cat and three for a dog is the recommended dosage.

During the fast, the animal is only given water and a homemade vegetable-beef broth. This would provide adequate rest for the digestive system and would signal the body to use the fat and nutrient reserves present in muscle tissue. Together with the release of these reserves, waste products and toxins are released within the cells.

The body can heal itself and regular implementation of these remedies or modalities could help in making normal body processes function more properly and keep everything in balance.

Fasting should be done for at least three days and can be continued up to 21 days (this is the time it takes for major tissues changes and house-cleaning of cells to occur) until the animal has completely healed itself. In normal circumstances, fasting can be done at least once a week to facilitate normal detoxification.

When is the best time to terminate a fast and what are the indicators that the animal has healed itself completely?

The best indicator according to Christopher Cain's book, "Perfect Health for Dogs and Cats", is when the animal exhibits increased level of energy and the color of the eyes is clear. Other indicators, according to the same author, include: the absence of a foul smelling breath, increased salivation, signs of hunger, and a clear color of the urine. The author, also, advises not to pull the animal off the fast if you are alarmed by the animal's supposed deteriorating condition. This is just a temporary condition in which the animal can recover once food intake has normalized.

Feed your animal only once a day after the end of the fast and start with a very light meal such as soups blended in a blender using vegetables and a few starches or carbohydrates for three to four days. You don't want to stress the digestive system by giving solid food consisting of proteins and other heavy food stuffs. After three to four days of giving soup, give a broth of vegetables and soup bones twice a day. This is prepared by simmering at medium heat a large pot of vegetables and soup bones for three to four hours or even the whole day. After simmering, collect all of the liquid, throw away the solids and serve four to five cups in the evening or divide it into two servings (one in the morning and one in the evening).  When feeding cats, one cup of the broth is enough.

Water is also an important nutrient and just because our animal companions are just that doesn't mean that you just give water from the tap or from whatever source.  Even treated water coming from our water suppliers contain chlorine and a host of other chemicals, metals and organic matter originating from the pipes where this water is being transported from the treatment plant straight to your homes.  Just like humans, the animal's body is mostly made up of water.  Water is a vital nutrient for cell re-growth, transmission of nerve impulses, operation of enzyme systems, and others.  So, it is imperative that we not only give clean, potable water but ionized, alkaline water which not only provides this basic nutrient but helps alkalinize the body, flush out toxins, and provide more oxygen to the cells.
Exercise is also an important aspect in the maintenance of health because the body needs motion in order to keep it healthy starting at the cellular up to the organ level.  Exercise helps the heart pump more blood to the body providing the needed oxygen to the cells and move nutrients as well as metabolic waste products from the cells out of the body.  This is especially important when it comes to the organs of elimination (kidneys, bowels, lungs, liver, lymph nodes, etc.).  Accumulation of waste products as a result of the failure of these organs would result in toxicity which would then lead to a degenerative condition (arthritis, constipation, cancer, etc.).  So take your furry companion for a walk and give them some fresh air and sunshine.  Don't let them be cooped up in a corner or in a cage where they would only deteriorate mentally and physically.

Today, we see that caring for our beloved animals has become big business to the point that human owners would engage in overindulgence in providing food, love, shelter and even clothing; treating them  almost like human children being pampered by their parents.  There is such a thing as a close human bond between us and them but that doesn't mean that we fully humanize that bond.  We should let animals be their own nature.  Let their instincts be their guide.  Allow them to express the personality and the behavior of their close cousin -- the wolf.  They have no need for toxic, processed food, pet clothing, spa treatment, and other insane over indulgences.
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