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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Important Note

1.0 Use of Foods, Herbs, Alternative Medicines:

Safe use of items and protocols in the article above, is your sole responsibility.

Foods, herbs and alternative medicines have health issue, condition and conventional drug interactions. Safe use of all substances and protocol are your responsibility.

Before you use any substance or protocol do your research. Check for cautions, contradictions, interactions and side effects. Do not use substances or protocols not suitable to your animal's individual circumstances.

If your animal has an underlying condition substances and protocols may conflict.

2.0 Definition of Holistic…

Food, herbs, alternative medicines are NOT ‘holistic’ they are a substance and MAY, or may NOT be ‘NATURAL’.

If you use a ‘natural’ substance (ie. an herb) you are using a natural substance, not a holistic substance.

Holistic is not defined by use of one or several substances. Holistic is an approach.

Definition of “holistic” from the Cambridge Advanced Learner's Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press


"relating to the whole of something or to the total system instead of just to its parts"

"Holistic medicine attempts to treat the whole person, including mind and body, not just the injury or disease."

Holistic is a way of approaching life, and within that health, and well-being.

3.0 Expectation a natural substance remedies a health or behavioral situation.

A natural substance used to treat symptoms. But, if factors causing the underlying issue remain you do not have a remedy.

Remedy requires a comprehensive approach. It is necessary to identify root cause. Remove items that trigger, cause or otherwise contribute to issues. Holistic approach includes design, implementation to treat, remedy and maintain long-term health.

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