Wednesday, 6 November 2013

Natural Eggshell Membrane (NEM) - Alternative Medicine for Dogs and Cats

In this article...
1. Natural Eggshell Membrane (NEM)
2. Health Benefits
3. Cautions

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

1.0 Natural Eggshell Membrane (NEM)

NEM is the naturally occurring thin membrane between the egg shell and egg white. The proteins present in NEM can help repair cartilage. When cartilage is damaged either by a sudden trauma or due to aging, damaging acids that cause pain and stiffness are released.  
Medicinal Properties of NEM

Like other alternative medicines and herbs it takes a little time (i.e. seven to ten days) for the effects of NEM to start evidencing a decrease in inflammation and pain. Effects should continue to build over that span of about 30 days.

NEM contains multiple substances that support the maintenance of healthy joints and tissue:
  • Amino Acids Desmosine and isodesmosine;
    • Both of these amino acids support joint elasticity;
  • Chondroitin:
    • Supports cartilage elasticity, fights joint damaging enzymes;
  • Collagen:
    • A beneficial fibrous protein found in connective tissue;
    • Supports connective tissue strength and elasticity;
  • Elastin:
    • A protein that supports healthy cartilage, skin and spine;
  • Glucosamine – assist with cartilage repair; cushions joints against impact; decreases joint inflammation;
  • Growth Factor B – supports cell regeneration and optimal immune function.
  • Hyaluronic acid - helps with the absorption of shock, supports joint elasticity;
2.0 Health Benefits
  • Reduction of inflammation and pain resulting from:
  • Sudden trauma
    • Joint  disorder;
    • Connective tissue disorder;
  • Osteoarthritis;

3.0 Cautions…

If your dog or cat:
  • Is allergic to eggs do not use NEM;
    • Signs of an allergic reaction to NEM include:
      • Chest tightness;
      • Cramps;
      • Coughing;
      • Hives;
      • Nasal inflammation;
      • Nausea;
      • Shortness of breath, and;
      • In extreme cases anaphylaxis shock.

4.0 Side Effects...
  • None, unless the individual has an allergy to eggs.

5.0 Drug Interactions…
  • None

6.0 Daily Dosage...
  • Dosage will depend on the product you choose to use. Some products combine NEM with other ingredients such as medicinal mushrooms. If you choose a combination product follow the manufacturers recommended dosage.
  • If you choose a product that is pure NEM, a general guideline is:
    • Small dogs - 150 mg to 250 mg per day
    • Medium dogs - 350 to 400 mg per day
    • Large dogs - 500 mg, 1x per day

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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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