By Dr. Jeannie Thomason
“90% of chronic diseases are caused from an unhealthy intestinal system, primarily the colon.”
~ The Royal Society of Medicine of Great Britain
These chronic diseases can be anything from allergies, yeast, arthritis, gastrointestinal conditions, and much more.
Arthritis in dogs for example, as with most other chronic dis-eases, can be a direct result of gastric-intestinal toxicity due primarily to impaired digestion. Faulty digestion in our carnivore companions is generally the result of improper and inadequate diet/nutrition. Over time, feeding an improper and/or inadequate diet disrupts the digestive process.
The lack of proper, species specific nutrition can actually cause the lining of the pet’s gut to become inflamed. This inflammation starts the whole process of dis-ease.
Rheumatoid Arthritis is often associated with an intestinal disorder termed “leaky gut” or leaky gut syndrome. Usually associated with leaky gut is a wide variety symptoms such as “food allergies” which can create toxicity to the muscles and joints eventually leading to arthritis.
Leaky gut refers to an increased permeability of the intestinal wall, resulting in the increased passage of substances from the intestines to the bloodstream. In other words, large spaces develop between the cells of the gut wall and allow bacteria, toxins, and food to leak in. The body then, not recognizing the toxins, activates the immune system to create an inflammatory response to search and destroy the harmful stimuli so that the body can begin the healing process. The result is inflammation.
The inflammatory response occurs when tissues are injured by bacteria, trauma, toxins, heat, or any other cause. The damaged tissue releases chemicals including histamine, bradykinin, and serotonin. These chemicals cause blood vessels to leak fluid into the tissues, causing swelling to isolate the foreign substance from further contact with body tissues.The chemicals also attract white blood cells called phagocytes that “eat” microorganisms and dead or damaged cells.
This is why there is pain, swelling and/or heat in the affected area This is called acute inflammation.
Inflammation becomes chronic when the body does not turn off the immune system’s response and it actually begins to damage the body. This chronic inflammation can often lead to more progressive conditions such as arthritis, allergies and heart disease.
The use of antibiotics, steroids (cortisone’s) and other synthetically based “anti-inflammatory” medications are also considered a major cause of leaky gut syndrome. Antibiotics kill all the friendly/beneficial bacteria in the intestinal tract along with the “bad”. The bad bacteria then actually burrow holes in the lining of the digestive tract, which gives way to undigested food getting through and going straight into the bloodstream, hence the reason for many of the cases of so-called allergies, intestinal problems and arthritis.
The solution –
Feed a Species Specific Diet
Feeding a species appropriate RAW diet and restoring balance to the intestinal micro-flora has been shown to alleviate many of the symptoms of both osteoarthritis, rheumatoid arthritis allergies, IBD and leaky gut syndrome.
Dogs are of the carnivore species so this means we need to feed them what carnivores would naturally eat; RAW, meat, bones, glands and organs would be species specific and healing foods for them.
Give Species Specific Probiotics
Probiotic’s help restore a balance of friendly bacteria to the body’s digestive tract thus aiding in digestion and healing of the gut. Species specific probiotics repopulate the digestive tract with microorganisms that are beneficial and helps further break down food while it competes for space and nutrients with the harmful microorganisms, thus diminishing the toxic, “bad” microbe’s numbers.
Species specific probiotics are found naturally in green tripe and clean, soil (soil based organisms SBO)
Supplement with Medicinal Mushrooms
For centuries, macrofungi (mushrooms) have been used as both food and medicine in different parts of the world. This is mainly attributed to their nutritional value as a potential source of carbohydrates, proteins, amino acids, and minerals. In addition, they have been proven to include many bioactive metabolites which have reported medicinal effects of naturally occuring anti-inflammatory compounds. They include polysaccharides, terpenoids, phenolic compounds, and many other low molecular weight molecules.
Recent research now shows the consumption of Reishi and Turkey Tail mushrooms in particular, not only boost the immune system, but also balance the microbiome in favor of these beneficial bacteria, resulting in better digestion, changing the bacteria in the gut for the better.