Building Good Health
By Leslie Morán
In a group of animals why will one
develop symptoms of sickness or disease while the others remain healthy?
When wanting to build good health knowing which things to avoid is
equally as important as utilizing health promoting natural care methods.
There are several factors which can
contribute to either maintaining good health or having illness set
in. One is the environment and the animal's perception of it. Another
is eliminating exposure to any toxins in the diet, in the environment,
and by using non-toxic treatment protocols. This lays a strong foundation
for health and wellness. Preventive nutrition can directly influence
an individual's level of health, as does insuring that what an animal
actually eats is a balanced diet. The strength of the immune system
and maintaining hormonal balance also play an important role. Older
animals can benefit from additional supplements and special care that
younger animals have not yet developed a need for. When considering
an animal's genetic predisposistion to illness or disease we have
discovered revolutionary scientific information that is providing
us fresh options in this area.
Environmental influences that can
affect an animal include everything he sees, feels, hears, smells,
eats, breathes, touches, is exposed to, or has been kept away from.
Temperature, air quality, levels of pollution, exposure to pesticides
or other air borne chemicals all affect numerous bodily systems. Is
second hand cigarette smoke a concern? Even exposure to chemical based
cleaning products can have an accumulative effect on weakening the
body's immune system.
Chemically scented household cleaning
products and personal use products are commonly used items that have
been directly linked to weakening an individual's level of health.
I've worked with dogs and cats who
had become chemically sensitive. This means that they developed a
sensitivity to the fragrances and chemicals in these common items.
This exposure had an adverse effect on their immune system lowering
their resistance. Developing a chemical sensitivity is biochemically
different than having an allergic reaction. Symptoms clients have
noticed in their critter kids have included asthma, coughing, and
a general weakness or malaise without being able to identify a specific
cause. The indications of chemical sensitivity in an animal may not
be limited to these symptoms.
After determining, in a session, that
their critter kids had become chemically sensitive, the caretakers
were educated in the use of natural alternatives. Right away these
clients noticed a dramatic increase in their pet's level of health
An animal's diet plays a key role
in building good health. Nutritional requirements vary from species
to species and selecting the most appropriate diet and nutritional
supplement plan for each animal is an individualized process.
However, there are general guidelines
that are important to keep in mind when deciding on how to best utilize
a preventive nutrition plan for your critter kids. Select high quality
ingredients and feed organic fruit, vegetables and grains when ever
possible. Avoid feeding products containing artificial colorings,
additives, flavorings, and preservatives. Offer filtered drinking
water or bottled spring water for drinking. Public water supplies
are flooded with chemicals that are best avoided. For more species
specific information concerning diet and preventive nutrition please
visit the appropriate animal page: Dogs/Cats,
Horses, or Avian/Exotics
on this Web site.
When using diet and nutrition to improve
health conditions there is no quick fix. Improvements can sometimes
be seen as soon as two weeks after beginning a program. However, a
typical response is usually seen four to eight weeks after starting.
This time frame represents the period it takes for old unhealthy cells
to die off and begin being replaced by new healthy cells regenerating
throughout the physical body.
Although the best results are seen
when clients receive a personalized nutritional supplement plan, there
are some general guidelines that can be applied. It is important for
each species to receive an appropriate amount of a variety of basic
nutrients such as proteins, carbohydrates, fats, vitamins, and minerals.
If essential nutrients are present in low amounts or are missing from
the diet, these must be added by feeding supplements. Multiple vitamin
and mineral supplement formulas can help meet these basic needs.
Antioxidants are so important for
all of us, human and critter, simply because we are all exposed to
more toxins now than ever before. We like the products Cell Discovery
and Oxygenics. When used together their formulas complement each other
nicely. DMG (dimethylglycine) is an amazing metabolic enhancer that
has been documented in treating and preventing an ever growing amount
of health and wellness situations for both humans and animals. ParaZyme
is a digestive enzyme blend can be essential in aiding the body to
be able to fully utilize proteins, carbohydrates, and dietary fats.
Essential fatty acids, Omega 3,6,9, are needed by every living cell
in the body and are vital for the body to be able to rebuild and produce
new cells. They also are used by the body to produce hormone-like
substances (prostaglandins) that serve as chemical messengers and
regulate numerous body processes.
Supporting the Immune System
When understanding that healthy animals
naturally resist disease and infection numerous factors contribute
to supporting an animal in having a healthy immune system. A properly
balanced diet made from high quality ingredients creates a strong
foundation for health and wellness. Any supplements fed are intended
to complement, and not take the place of, a diet rich in whole foods.
The immune system is greatly supported
by avoiding toxins and chemicals that can be found in the environment,
food, water, and in many chemical oriented treatment protocols. Selecting
appropriate supplements to help support the immune system is directly
linked to the symptoms and diagnosis. Cancer treatment therapies can
benefit from using the nutritional supplements Immpower, DMG, the
antioxidants Cell Discovery and Oxygenics, and by following the appropriate
cancer patient diet. A wonderful general immune support supplement,
for both people and animals, is Olive Leaf Extract.
Proper diet along with nutritional
and herbal supplements can influence and help regulate hormone balance.
When a hormonal deficiency exists natural glandular products can be
used to help nourish the deficient organ. DMG can also prove to be
a key elemental nutrient in helping to restore hormonal imbalances
to a healthy and balanced level of functioning.
Avoiding pesticide use on an animal,
in the home environment, and in food and drinking water may prove
to be invaluable in restoring normal hormonal functioning and balance.
According to the report, " Pesticides and Human Health"1
published by the Physicians for Social Responsibility and Californians
for Pesticide Reform 2 , certain pesticides
are known to disrupt the endocrine system in humans and in animals.
Glands of the endocrine system include thyroid, parathyroid, pituitary,
pancreas, adrenals, and gonads. Research has shown that chemical pesticides
tend to accumulate in fatty tissues, have an accumulative effect on
the body and can remain there for years before breaking down. There
are certain protocols people use to detoxify from pesticide exposure
in the environment, in food, and in water. Many of these can be successfully
used in animals as well.
Seniors, Their Special
As the body ages certain nutrients
make a huge contribution towards helping an animal maintain a high
quality of life for as long as possible. Since many theorize that
free radicals are the primary cause of aging, the antioxidants Cell
Discovery and Oxygenics lead the top of our senior supplement list.
Other antioxidant products you can include are Grape Seed Extract,
a powerful free radical scavenger that can pass the blood-brain barrier
to protect brain cells, and CoEnzyme Q 10 that aids circulation, improves\
cellular oxygenation, and protects the heart. Two well formulated
combination products are Canine Discovery Senior and Tabby Tabs (feline),
these contain many of these antioxidants and more. DMG can contribute
properties no other supplement can due to its unique ability as a
metabolic enhancer. ParaZyme, a digestive enzyme can insure your senior
is able to metabolize all the nutrient rich whole foods and supplements
you feed him. The essential fatty acids Omega 3,6,9 have an important
role in cell formation and helps insure that healthy cell-to-cell
communications continue functioning well. These supplements are intended
to complement a balanced diet made from natural whole foods.
Supporting the joints of any senior
with nutritional supplements produces gratifying results. Antioxidants,
again, top the list. They scavenge free radicals and produce visible
results. Next, our glucosamine product of choice is Sea Mussel Plus.
This formulation includes DMG with the results of its use surpassing
other products we've tried. If additional support is needed add the
appropriate JD 300 or JD 600 formula. The perna canaliculus (green-lipped
mussel) in this product provides glycosaminoglycans (GAGS). These
large polysaccharide structures are incorporated into connective tissues,
joints, and mucus membranes and are widely used in the treatment of
degenerative joint diseases. If arthritis is a concern be sure to
feed CMO Plus (for dogs and horses). This product contains a high
quality cetyl myristoleate (CMO) complex. Many have noticed the difference
this product makes as their seniors move around with more ease.
As a society we are accustomed to
the concept that individuals have a genetic predisposition to certain
diseases or conditions. This leaves us feeling as if there is very
little - to nothing - we can do to help these individuals. However,
exciting new information that was first presented between 12 to 15
years ago replaces this outdated model with scientifically verified
research that actually gives us control over human evolution.
Cellular biologist, scientist, and
lecturer, Bruce Lipton, Ph.D., discovered that the behavior and health
of body cells is actually controlled by the environment. This insightful
information is in direct contrast to the normally accepted teaching
that life is controlled by the genes. Lipton's newest research reveals
that biochemical pathways connecting the mind and body are actually
responsible for health and wellness.
This information adds a dimension
to animal wellness that we here at Critter Connection are developing
for use with our clients. With every health related healing and communication
session we will integrate appropriate healing techniques that have
evolved from this transformational information as they apply to your
Building Good Health
This brief presentation summarizes
the wide variety of elements influencing an animal's ability to have
and maintain radiant health. I hope this article has provided you
useful information, given you a sense of some different options, and
has made you aware of some new possibilities in the area of animal
health and wellness.
1. www.psrla.org see programs, see environmental health, see
2. www. igc.org/cpr
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