The belief in the healing power of nature is one of the core principles of Naturopathy.
This healing power is an inherent, self-organizing, ordered healing process of ALL living systems which establishes, maintains and restores health. There are natural laws surrounding life, health and disease. These laws involve living in harmony with nature and recognizing the wisdom of the body to heal itself.
The role of naturopathic practitioners is to support, facilitate and augment this process by identifying and removing obstacles to health and recovery, and by supporting the creation of both a healthy internal and external environment.
In the western medical system, the doctor’s knowledge is intended to supersede the disease process whereas naturopathy does not do battle with disease.
Symptoms are the manifestation of the body's attempt to defend and heal itself.
For example vomiting and diarrhea can be the body’s attempt to recover from ingestion of a poison. When the root cause of symptoms and the obstacles preventing or disrupting healing are identified and addressed the body initiates the healing process without any outside help.
The domestic dog as we know it today, has evolved with nature over the course of hundreds of thousands of years. Dogs have not evolved in veterinary clinics or using pharmaceuticals. Instead, they evolved to survive through the grace and abundance of natural resources that made up their living environment, just as man and all other animals have.
Abide by the Laws of Health, provide the natural resources, environment and living conditions that each species needs and their health will thrive!
Does pork have a similar flavor and consistency to human flesh? (I don't know the answer to that!)
If you feed your dog pork are they going to see you as "the meal" instead of the server of their meal? Perhaps feeding pork is the real cause of human dog bites and attacks?
This is literally what I read on a Facebook group this week! As a serious precaution!
I mean where do people get these ideas anyway?
Once you finally stop laughing read on...
Most cats and dogs love pork and do very well having it included in their diet.
Besides the incredibly misguided warning that it can cause your dog to want to eat you! you may have heard that pork is too high in fat and can cause pancreatitis, and that pork contains a parasite that can be deadly to dogs.
While it's true certain cuts of pork have a quite a lot of fat, not all do. We have been led to believe that fat is the enemy with our own diet and this idea has flowed down to our pet's diets as well. A moderate level of fat is actually really good for your dog, supplying them with their energy needs. In it's raw form it is easily digested and does not cause pancreatitis.
Trichinosis used to be a big problem in raw pork. But today with the widespread adoption of better feeding practices and hygiene it has virtually been eliminated. According to the CDC there were 84 human cases of trichinosis reported from 2008 to 2012 for the entire United States and 43 of those cases were from eating wild game (bear). Only 6 of the 84 cases were linked to eating wild pigs. Wild bear meat is the one you want to avoid due to a high rate of trichinosis infection.
Pork is a powerhouse of essential vitamins and minerals, a good source of taurine, thiamine, niacin, selenium, vitamin B12, vitamin D, zinc, and it's rich in vitamin B6, iron, magnesium and potassium.
As a raw feeder, owners should strive to diversify their dog or cat's protein sources. Don't believe the hype, there is no good reason to avoid feeding raw pork. It’s an affordable, healthy option that can give your pet the nutrients they need!
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There is not a single kibble on the market today that is"healthy" to feed your dog or cat.
No, I haven't evaluated every single kibble out there. But such a task is completely unnecessary in order to state that none of them offer optimal nutrition. It's the way in which kibble is made that is the big problem. Even if you start with the most nutritious ingredients - the kibble that you end up with is not providing the nourishment needed for your pet to thrive.
The first problem is that kibble cannot be made without including a high amount of starch. It won't form into pellets without starch. Of course "grain free" pet foods have become very popular because pet owners realize that their dogs and cats A do not require carbs and B they are being used as cheap fillers so the pet food companies can make more profits. Dogs and cats gain no benefits by eating carbs, quite the contrary actually.
Pet food manufacturers do not have to include the amount of carbohydrates on their labels and they don't. Ask yourself why they would list the percentage of protein, fat, fibre and moisture but not the carbs? Do they have something to hide? If they are making a nutritious pet food shouldn't they be proud of their product and be including that information on the label?
To check how many carbs are in any kibble add up the percentages of protein, fat, fibre, moisture and ash (approx 8% ash if it's not included on the label) and subtract that total from 100. The number you get is the percentage of carbs in the food. Grain free foods still contain high levels of starch, they just come from non-grain sources like peas, tapioca, sweet potato, chickpeas, squash, and lentils. Dogs and cats are simply not biologically equipped to be digesting large volumes of carbs...grains or otherwise.
Neither dogs nor cats readily produce the enzyme amalyse which is needed to break down and digest carbs. They are only able to produce it from the pancreas, not the stomach, intestines and mouth like herbivores and omnivores do. This puts a lot of unnecessary stress on their pancreas.
Carbs essentially break down into sugars which cause inflammation in the body. An animal eating kibble regularly will have some level of chronic inflammation which in turn leads to many different disease processes including cancer.
The next big problem with kibble is that it's heated. Dogs and cats naturally don't eat cooked food. In fact humans are the only species that cook their food. Does your dog look at you like you're crazy if you hand him a raw bone? No way! Most dogs will take it without a second of hesitation. Even weeks old baby puppies know exactly what to do with a raw bone if given the opportunity. This is their nature.
The heating during processing of kibble kills off naturally occurring enzymes which aid digestion. Two essential amino acids (tryptophan and lysine) are destroyed by heating to 110 degrees Fahrenheit. Even heating to just slightly higher temperatures for only minutes creates a whole host of other issues: carcinogens are created, more amino acids are damaged and up to 50% of the vitamins and minerals are destroyed.
Dogs and cats are also not adapted to eating a food that contains so little moisture. Cats especially have a big problem with this. Naturally they would get the majority of their moisture needs from their food of caught prey not from lapping water.
As if this was not enough to worry about you also have to consider that there may be some harmful ingredients in any kibble food. Such as GMO ingredients, toxic additives, dyes, preservatives, heavy metals, mycotoxins and glyphosate.
It's no surprise to me that there is so much disease in companion animals when this is what most of them are eating. The development of cancer, pancreatitis, skin issues, joint problems, digestive problems, obesity, urinary tract infections, cystitis and kidney disease and so many others can all be directly associated with kibble diets.
PLEASE do your pets a huge kindness and feed them a fresh species appropriate diet!
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Cat's and dogs may love their toys, but many are made using cheap materials that can be quite harmful to our pets health. Sadly there aren't any standards to keep toxins out of pet toys.
It's up to the consumer to investigate the safety of a toy before giving it to their animal to play with.
Think about how your pet might carry their toys around in their mouth, lick them, lay on them, chew them and even sometimes swallow them - or pieces they have chewed off. If that toy contained a toxic substance then they are certainly getting exposed to it.
What kind of toxins might you find in a pet toy?
Plastic and vinyl toys commonly contain BPA and phthalates. BPA disrupts hormones, affects the brain and behaviour, increases cancer risk, and other health issues. Phthalates can damage the liver and kidneys but are mostly known to cause various reproductive problems. There are correlations between phthalate exposure and undescended testicles as well as hormone imbalances, Repeated mechanical pressure (chewing) and the presence of saliva speed up the release of phthalates.
Tennis balls for dogs have tested positive for high levels of lead. Leather toys can have high levels of arsenic as it is often used in the tanning process. Plush toys may contain DDT, flame retardants and toxic dye's. None of these substances are good for our pets and the longer they are exposed to these toxins the more damaging the health effects can be for them.
I feel pet owners need to take this information info account when choosing toys for their pets.
Some companies offering non-toxic pet toys are:
Planet Dog, West Paw Design, Simply Fido and Purrfect Play.
Since children's toys DO have standards for levels of toxic substances you can always pick up some used plush children's toys and sew in a squeaker yourself. Watch for any removable pieces like eyes on plush toys that your pet could swallow. I like to remove these or simply stick to plush toys that don't have them.
Of course don't forget about mother's natures toys - sticks and piles of leaves, and mud puddles!
Have you tried any non-toxic toys that you would recommend? Let us know!
Our world operates on laws. I'm not talking about laws that humans have created. I'm referring to natural laws. Laws of of physics, laws of chemistry, laws of mathematics, etc. These laws have an impact on us whether we know about them or not. It does not matter if they are unknown to us or if we attempt to disregard them. They are are always present and always affecting us.
Take, for example, the Law of Gravity. The law of gravity affects everyone on earth. A baby puppy, when he takes his first steps on all 4 legs quickly learns about the law of gravity because when he falls, he falls DOWN and not UP! The puppy does not know the name of the law of gravity, but he understands the consequences of it nonetheless.
Did you know that when a female dog is pregnant, the care she receives will directly impact three different generations? The mother dog, her puppies and the developing eggs inside of any female puppies she is carrying.
If the fetus in the diagram below goes on to have her own puppies, consider that any resulting female puppies she has would have been an egg inside their mother when she was in the womb herself.
As medical systems, allopathy and naturopathy have opposing principles and use very different approaches. Just like you can’t be both a liberal and a conservative due to the conflicting standpoints, you similarly cannot subscribe to the principles of both allopathy and naturopathy. The core of your beliefs will place you in one camp or the other.
Conventional or allopathic medicine is the dominant medical model that most of us will be familiar with both in human and animal care. Conventional medicine primarily relies on pharmacological drugs and surgery to suppress symptoms that manifest from disease processes.
The basic principle of allopathy is to oppose the symptom or disease. "The term 'allopathy' was invented by German physician Samuel Hahnemann, he joined the words allos 'opposite' and pathos 'suffering' as a reference to harsh medical practices of his era which included bleeding, purging, vomiting and the administration of highly toxic drugs. The treatment of opposites simply means finding the symptom, for example incessant itching, then drugs are used to disrupt the disease process that is resulting in the itching. The original cause of the itching has not been addressed, but the symptom has been suppressed, offering symptomatic relief to the animal.
To get a clearer picture of Naturopathy let’s take a look at the six fundamental principles which are the foundation of this modality:
Making your own remedies to support your pets and your own health is an empowering experience.
Why would you want to take the time to make a healing salve? I can't say why YOU would want to you, but I can sure share with you why I choose to!
Why not give it a try?
This third post in the series is about personal care products.
We tend to use a lot of different products on our bodies during our daily routines. We shower and use soap, shampoo and conditioner. We apply lotions, make-up, lip care, various hair products and scents to our bodies.
Most of the commonly used products used in our personal care routines have hazardous toxins lurking within them.
Author - Jennifer Lee
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