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Thursday, 25 April 2013

Corn and Soy are Very Bad for Your Dog’s (Cat’s) Short and Long Term Health





In this article - the importance of eliminating Corn and Soy from your dog's and cat's diet, failure to do so can cost your dog and cat it's health and shorten its life-span.


Corn and Soy are NOT species appropriate foods for dogs and cats;
  • Corn and Soy (in North America) are grown from genetically modified, round-up ready 'agent orange' seeds:
  • Remember agent orange and the Vietnam War?
Large Factory Farm corn and soy: 
    • Are a source of carcinogens and toxins;
    • Contain endocrine disruptors;
    • Contain very high levels of pesticides.




Species Inappropriate

Grains are not part of a dog’s (or cat’s) natural diet - you can read more about that here. When a dog or cat is fed a diet that includes corn and/or soy and related derivatives the dog’s health is placed at grave risk.



Genetically Modified

Corn and soybeans in the USA and Canada are almost all grown from Genetically Modified (GM) seeds (shame on Monsanto!).
 
The long term affect of ingesting GM food is not known. 

Genetically modified corn has now been proven to cause the growth of tumors.


High Levels of Photoestrogens and Phytates

Large factory farms use a method to process soy that:
  • Creates very high levels of photoestrogens in the processed soy; 
  • Creates very high levels of phytates in the processed soy; 

Photoestrogens

Photoestrogens mimic the body's natural estrogen hormones;
  • For males this can lead to increased of cancer and reproductive issues;
  • For females this can lead to cancer and reproductive issues;
  • Photoestrogens are so powerful that a baby that consumes soy formula can end-up consuming the equivalent of 4 birth control pills a day;
  • Now compare the weight of a baby to that of many smaller dogs and to cats - and consider that many dog and cat foods have a high content of soy;
  • In addition it is important to note that any system in the body that is controlled by hormones, can be severely adversely effected by endocrine (hormone) disruptors; 
    •  Hormone disruptors are known to cause:
      • Learning disabilities;
      • Severe attention deficit disorders, hyper activity;
      • Cognitive and brain development problems;
      • Cancer.;
Goitrogens - a potent anti-thyroid photoestrogent present in soy, can cause thyroid disorders...
  • An ever increasing number of dogs are afflicted by thyroid problems - the source of the problem - soy in commercial dog and cat food and treats;
    • A mal-functioning thyroid can effect a dog's (cat's) physical well being and mental well being; 
    • A malfunctioning thryoid can be a contributing factor to aggressive-reactive behaviour in dogs.
 
Phytates:
  • Prevent the absorption of minerals;
  • Prevent the digestion of protein by interfering with the proper functioning of enzymes that digest protein.
    • This is serious trouble when you consider that the dog is already consuming a product that is low in nutritional value.  
    • Traditional methods of processing soy by fermentation (as used in Japan and China) greatly reduces photoestrogens, and phytates, thus making consumption of the resulting soy, safe and nutritional.


High Levels of Pesticides

Large factory farm soybean crops receive heavy applications of the potent herbicide glyphosate a powerful toxin and carcinogen. 
As a result, the vast majority of soy derivatives  used in both feedstock and human food is contaminated with high levels of glyphosate, i.e.:
  • Soybean oil;
  • Soy meal;
  • Soy milk;
  • Tofu, etc.;
Soy has one of the highest concentrations of pesticides in North American crops;

Consider that a dog that is on a grain-in diet:
  • Is already dealing with strain on its system as the diet it is on cannot meet its nutritional needs;
  • The dog's, cat's kidneys and liver are forced to work overtime to process the build-up of toxins ingested with the soy and corn;
  • The dog is also forced to ingest pesticide which will further grow the toxic loading on its system.

 

Presence of Aflatoxins

Aflatoxins grow mainly on grains but they also grow on legumes, seeds, ground and tree nuts - almonds, peanuts, walnuts, pecans, sunflower seeds, sesame seeds, etc. This is one reason why you will hear some people say do not give your dogs nuts. Human food grade nuts, seeds, legumes are carefully tested for presence of aflatoxins. Animal feed grade ingredients can be contaminated with aflatoxins. In the case of pet food - many pet food manufacturers spray synthetic chemical fungicides on ingredients that may be contaminated with aflatoxins - exchanging one toxin for another.

Aflatoxins can also be found in cottonseed oil, fish meal and peanut oil. 
  • Human grade foods are monitored for aflatoxins;
    • If aflatoxins are identified as being present, the product (such as grain) is not allowed to be sold for use in human food;
  • There are no such regulations for animal grade foods so aflatoxins are present in most commercial grade dog, cat and bird food;
  • A dog's or cat's body can usually detoxify small amounts of aflatoxins, however;
    • When aflatoxins are constantly present in the diet the liver and kidney cannot keep-up and as a result toxic loading on the dog's/cat's system increases.
    • The toxic load increases exponentially when the body is already struggling to process a host of other toxins. 
Aflatoxins cause liver cancer.


So, to Protect the Health of your Companion Animal...

Check the ingredient list on your dog's, cat's
dry and wet food and treats and make sure that there is no corn and no soy  in your dog's / cat's food.


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Tuesday, 23 April 2013

Preservatives to Avoid in Dog (Cat) Food and Treats – Unsafe, Toxic, Carcinogenic…



In this article…

  • Preservatives (used in pet food) that are seriously detrimental to your dog’s, cat's health - negatively impacting your animal's quality of life, and shortening life-span; 
  • Uses and dangerous side effects of these chemical-based preservatives.

 
1.0 Six Chemical-Based Preservatives You
      Need to Get Out of Your Dog's Diet

  1. BHA;
  2. BHT;
  3. Ethoxyquin;
  4. Sodium Metabisulfite;
  5. Propyl Gallate;
  6. TBHQ

If you are feeding your dog or cat food or treats that include these preservatives – I recommend that you throw the product out and replace it ASAP with a product that is free of these chemicals…

The properties that make these six chemicals ‘good’ preservatives are also responsible for serious health issues in dogs and cats (other animals and humans!)

The seven preservatives noted above are chemical-based preservatives that can be found in many of the dog and cat foods and treats sold in…

  • Veterinarian Offices;
  • Pet Food Stores;
  • Grocery Stores, and;
  • Large Retail Stores such as Walmart.
 
 
These preservatives are added to ‘edible’ fats and fat-containing foods to prevent oxidative rancidity of fats and preserve odour, colour and flavour of a product.  
These preservatives are very popular with Dog and Cat Food Companies as these chemical preservatives are:
  • Inexpensive, and;
  • Readily available and thereby enable and support high profit margins.

Do pet food manufacturers have to use these chemical based preservatives?  

No. 

But non-organic chemical-based preservatives are considerably cheaper than safe, healthy natural preservatives such as herbs (i.e. rosemary and sage), vitamins (i.e. vitamin E and C). Dehydration is also a way of naturally preserving food (i.e. pure, natural dehydrated chicken jerky), but dehydration reduces the volume of the product – so the manufacturer must either accept a lower profit margin or charge more for the product.

Chemical-based preservatives are of particular importance for companies that use rancid fats - for example pet food companies that purchase previously used fats from restaurants;

  • These fats are cheap and readily available and although not allowed in human grade foods are allowed in pet food;
  • This is also true for rancid meats etc. that cannot be used in human grade food, but are allowable in pet food;
  • When the manufacturer adds chemical–based preservatives such as BHA, BHT etc.:
    • The well-meaning, uninformed loving pet owner won’t smell how rotten the ingredients in the food really are, and;
    • The loving pet owner has no idea that they are exposing their loved pet to a whole host of ailments and an early death.

In the mid 20th century (1950’s) the life-span of companion animals was twice what it is today…before the popularization of processed foods and associated food additives.




2.0 Uses and Dangerous Side Effects 

BHA (Butylated Hydoxyanisole)

BHA
is used as a preservative/stabilizer in:
  • Human and Pet Food;
  • Packaging preservative, and;
  • As a yeast de-foaming agent during food manufacturing.
 Examples of Health Issues Caused/Triggered by BHA
  • Adversely effects brain function;
  • Adversely effects behaviour;
  • Allergies;
  • Cancer – Liver and Stomach
  • Cell abnormality;
  • Increased liver weight;
  • As a toxin stored in fat BHA can definitely contribute to the formation of Fatty Tumors;
BHA is a bioaccumulative substance (absorbed by the body at a faster rate than it can be eliminated by the body) - as a result it contributes to ongoing toxic loading of the body.

BHT (Butylated Hydoxytoluene)

BHT is used as a preservative/stabilizer in:
  • Human and Pet Food;
  • Cosmetics;
  • Electronic Transformers;
  • Embalming Fluid;
  • Packaging;
  • Jet Fuel and other engine fuels and oils;
  • Petroleum products;
  • Pesticides;
  • Pharmaceuticals;
  • Rubber;
  • Soaps and detergents.
BHT is a bioaccumulative substance (absorbed by the body at a faster rate than it can be eliminated by the body) - as a result it contributes to ongoing toxic loading of the body.

Examples of Health Issues Caused/Triggered by BHT
  • Biochemical and/or cellular level change…
  • Allergies;
  • Endocrine (hormone) disrupter…
  • Cancer – liver and kidney;
  • Developmental toxicity;
  • Fatty Tumors;
  • Thyroid disrupter.


Ethoxyquin


The other preservatives discussed in this article – if present in a dog or cat food/treat WILL be listed in that food item’s ingredient list.

Ethoxyquin is different than the other preservatives as you will NOT SEE ethoxyquin listed on the ingredients;

The reason for this exclusion from the ingredient list is that ethoxyquin is not added directly to the food or treat;
  • It is instead added to one of the ingredients in the food or treat product – specifically ethoxyquin is the preservative that is added to fish meal.
  • While not all companies use fish meal that contains ethoxyquin – most do! 
  • Ethoxyquin is a lethel pesticide.
Ethoxyquin is an anti-oxidant used as a food preservative and a pesticide (called ‘Stop-Scald’). It is listed and identified as a hazardous chemical by OHSA. It has a rating of 3 on a scale of 1 to 6; with 6 indicating super-toxicity and requiring less than 7 drops to cause death. The containers that Ethoxyquin is stored and shipped in are marked with the word/symbol ‘POISON’. The US Department of Agriculture lists and controls Ethoxyquin as a pesticide.


Examples of Health Issues Caused/Triggered by Ethoxyquin
  • Allergic reactions;
  • Behaviour problems;
  • Bladder cancer, it has also been shown to cause;
  • Cancer of the kidneys;
  • Deformity in puppies;
  • Infertility;
  • Organ failure;
  • Significantly increases the chance of stomach tumors, and;
  • Skin problems.

Ethoxyquin is a bioaccumulative substance (absorbed by the body at a faster rate than it can be eliminated by the body) - as a result it contributes to ongoing toxic loading of the body.

For more on Ethoxyquin – its use and dangers read here.


Sodium Metabisulfite
Is used as a preservative in:
  • Human and Pet Food;
  • Wine;
  • Bleaching agent used in textile, pulp and paper manufacturing;
  • Also used in chemical, film (movie and photographs), pharmaceutical industries and water/sewage treatment.
Examples of Health Issues Caused/Triggered by Sodium Metabisulfite
  • Inhaled:
    • Coughing, shortness of breath;
    • Allergic, asthma-like reaction;
  • Ingested:
    • Abdominal pains;
    • Diarrhea; 
    • Circulatory disturbance;
    • Central nervous system depression;
    • Nausea;
    • Vomiting  
  • Sodium metabisulfite causes extreme allergic reactions in some sulfite-sensitive individuals (human, canine, feline) resulting in broncho-constriction, shortness of breath, wheezing, coughing, GIl disturbances, rapid swelling of the skin, flushing, tingling sensations and shock.

Propyl Gallate

Commonly used in combination with BHA and BHT in the following products:
  • Human and Pet Food;
  • Adhesives;
  • Hair products;
  • Lubricants;
  • Gum and candy, etc.
Examples of Health Issues Caused/Triggered by Propyl Gallate
  • Endocrine (hormone) disrupter…
  • Cancer causing:
  • Thyroid tumors;
  • Brain tumors;
  • Pancreatic tumors;
  • Adrenal tumors;
  • Prostate inflammation.

TBHQ (tertiary butylhydroquinone)

TBHQ  is sometimes combined with BHT, but may also be used alone as a preservative in the following products;
  • Human and Pet food;
  • Cosmetics
  • Skin care products;
  • Lacquers, Resins and Varnish;
  • Explosives.
Examples of Health Issues Caused/Triggered by TBHQ
  • Asthama
  • Cancer (stomach cancer);
  • Cellular level change causing DNA damage;
  • Collapse;
  • Dellerium;
  • Dermatitis;
  • Endocrine disrupter;
  • Hyperactivity;
  • Nausea;
  • Rhinitis;
  • Restlessness;
  • Tinnitus (ringing in the ears);
    Vomitting

Legal Cruelty and Abuse

I must admit that I find it strange - we have laws to protect our companion animals from cruelty and abuse perpetrated by an individual, but we allow and pay pet food manufactures to slowly kill our pet companions. 

An illogical situation if it were not for the human condition of greed - which then explains the reason for such extreme lack of ethics and morals as exhibited by the pet food industry. 

Man'kind' is not.


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