Wednesday, 6 November 2013

Green Lipped Mussel - Alternative Medicine for Dogs and Cats

Safe to use as a dietary supplement, alternative medicine
for most dogs and cats
In this article...
1. Green Lipped Mussel (Perna)
2. Health Benefits

3. Cautions
4. Side Effects
5. Drug Interactions
6. Daily Dosage

1.0 New Zealand Green Lipped Mussel
(also known as Perna, New Zealand Green Mollusk, NZGLM, etc.)

New Zealand green lipped mussel is a species of shellfish that can only be found in the waters and on the shores of New Zealand. Green Lipped Mussels are a traditional food of the Maoris – indigenous people of New Zealand. The use of green lipped muscles as an alternative medicine is relatively new to the western world. The benefits of Green Lipped Muscles were noted by the western world upon observation of the Maoris people – specifically that the incidence of arthritis among the Maoris people was very low.

Green Lipped Mussel (NZGLM) Is Typically Available in…
·        Oil gel supplement;
o   In oil form NZGLM is only effective for treating arthritis and inflammation;
·        Ground Powder;
o   Capsule form, or
o   Soft Gel form.
o   Should be effective for treating the full range of benefits noted further below.

Medicinal Properties of NZGLM
Green Lipped Mussels contain mucopolysaccharides – building blocks of the body that are found in every type of body tissue and are an important component of cartilage and synovial (joint) fluid. Components of mucopolysaccharides include:
NZGLM also contain:
  • Omega-3 fatty acids (also an anti-inflammatory);
  •  Minerals, and;
  • Protein.

Like other alternative medicines  it takes a little time (i.e. several weeks) for the effects of green lipped muscle to start evidencing a decrease in inflammation and pain.
2.0 Health Benefits
The following is a partial list of health benefits…
  • Arthritis;
    • Osteoarthritis;
    • Rheumatoid arthritis;
  • Asthma;
  • Atopic dermatitis (skin inflammation);
  • Bone and teeth health;
  • Cancer;
    • Breast;
    • Prostate;
  • Circulatory System health;
  • Connective Tissue Disorders;
  • Gout;
  • Eye disorders;
  • Heart disease;
  • Joint pain and stiffness;
  • Immune System health;
  • Inflammatory Bowel Disease;
  • Inflammatory Joint Disease (i.e. bursitis);
  • Lyme disease;
  • Lupus – systemic;
  • Mucositis (inflammation of the mucus membranes of the GI tract)
  • Nervous system health
  • Psoriasis;
  • Skin health;
  • Ulcers (NSIAD induced).
3.0 Cautions…

If your dog or cat:
  • Has liver disease;
  • Is allergic to shell fish do not use NZGLM
    • Signs of an allergic reaction include:
      • Abdominal pain;
      • Chest tightness;
      • Difficulty breathing;
      • Itching;
      • Hives;
      • Swelling of the face or hands;
      • Swelling or tingling in the:
        •  Mouth;
        • Throat;
      • Vomiting.

4.0 Side Effects...
  • ·        Safe for most dogs and cats;
  • ·        In some individuals may cause;
o   Abnormal liver;
o   Diarrhea;
o   Heart disease;
o   Intestinal gas;
o   Lung disfunction;
o   Fluid retention;
o   Gout;
o   Skin rash;
o   Respiratory problems;
o   Nausea.        
  • In rare cases it NZGLM mat cause liver problems.

5.0 Drug Interactions…
  • Use caution when taking in tandem with anti-inflammatory drugs, herbs or supplements as NZGLM may enhance effects and side effects;

6.0 Daily Dosage...  

Follow manufacturers directions.

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1.0 Use of Foods, Herbs, Nutraceuticals and Alternative Medicines:

When choosing to use any of the items or protocols in the article above, it is your responsibility to ensure safe use of the item/protocol. Food, herbs, nutraceuticals and alternative medicines all have drug interactions, most have health issue contradictions, some have side effects. Use of substances and protocols are your responsibility. Prior to use of any substance or protocol make sure you do your research - check for all cautions, contradictions,interactions, side effects. If in doubt do not use the substance or protocol. If the substance, or protocol is contradicted for your animal do not use. If your animal has an underlying condition you are not aware of substances may conflict with that condition.

2.0 The Real Meaning of Holistic…

Food, herbs, nutraceuticals and alternative medicines are NOT ‘holistic’ they are a substance and MAY, or may NOT be ‘NATURAL’. It is important to keep in mind that the supplement industry is just as unethical as BigPharma, the Food and Pet Food Industry, and unfortunately many veterinarians.

If you use a ‘natural’ substance (i.e. an herb) you are using a natural substance, this is not synonymous with holistic.

Holistic is a way of approaching life, and within that - overall health, and wellbeing.

Please do not expect a natural substance to miraculously remedy a health or behavioral situation. A natural substance may be used to treat symptoms. However, if the factors causing the underlying issue are not properly identified, analyzed and addressed you do not have a remedy.

Remedy requires a comprehensive approach that identifies root cause, seeks to remove items that trigger, cause or otherwise contribute to issues, and builds a complete, and detailed approach to immediate treatment, remedy, and maintenance of long-term health = holistic.

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