Category: Nutrition

Is it Acid Reflux or Indigestion?

I remember 30 years ago we all used the word “indigestion” to refer to heartburn or stomach pain. With the advent of scientific research, we coined the phrase “acid reflux” and quickly people were using it interchangeably with “indigestion”. While the first line of treatment options for both conditions is the same – dietary or lifestyle changes, antacids or…

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The Use and Abuse of Probiotics

Yes; I love probiotics! My co-author, Diana Laverdure, and I consider them to be a functional superfood. As many of you know, probiotics are microorganisms, or “good” bacteria that provide beneficial effects to humans and animals, including preventing the overgrowth of bad bacteria in the gut, improving gastrointestinal health, and delaying or preventing the onset of food sensitivities. Recent…

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Exocrine Pancreatic Insufficiency in Dogs and Cats

    We would like to thank Olesia Kennedy of EPI4Dogs Foundation for her assistance with this article, the photos, and tireless dedication to provide comprehensive, up-to-date information on Exocrine Pancreatic Insufficiency. I encourage everyone to visit EPI4Dogs.com. Don’t be intimidated by the title. The basics of Exocrine Pancreatic Insufficiency (EPI) are easy to understand. However,…

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Innovative Stem Cell Therapy to Repair the Gut

    The ethical controversy regarding regenerative medicine (stem cell therapy) revolves around how the cells are curated. While I believe in ethical procurement, the controversy has escalated to the point of hampering this very important, lifesaving research. I support the conduct of medical trials and their potential. In my opinion, it is a “wholistic”…

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The 6 Pillars of Choosing Commercial Pet Foods

Choosing pet foods is possibly one of the most overwhelming decisions. Think about choosing pet food like choosing a pizza for yourself. Pizza 1. Do you want a wheat crust or white crust?2. Do you want a gluten-free crust?3. Do you want thin, original, New York or Chicago style?4. Do you want tomato sauce?5. If…

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Protein and Senior Dogs by Diana Laverdure-Dunetz

Diana Laverdure-Dunetz is my co-author for Canine Nutrigenomics: TheNew Science of Feeding Your Dog for Optimum Health and The Canine ThyroidEpidemic: Answers You Need for Your Dog. I am pleased to share with you an excerpt from her two-part article covering preventative measures on canine aging. Her originalarticle is very comprehensive and covers topics I…

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Balancing Phytoestrogens for Companion Pets

    A phytoestrogen is an estrogen-like compound occurring naturally in plants of the legume family and in grains, vegetables, and fruits.  Phytoestrogens have been widely researched for their health benefits to help prevent certain types of cancer and other aging-related disorders but are also believed to be endocrine disruptors.  In the instance of phytoestrogens,…

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