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Curcumin: Why it is the spiciest topic these days

Curcumin is a phytochemical (also known as phytonutrient) which is present in turmeric, a plant that is a member of the ginger family, originated in Southeast Asia and commonly used in curry. The word “phytochemical” is an umbrella term (meaning chemicals from plants) that encompasses several classes or subcategories such as polyphenols and allyl sulfides…

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Vitamins and Minerals – Supplementation and Overdoing It

Vitamins and minerals supplementation is a precise science as it depends upon a delicate balance between appropriate amounts versus the potential for deficiency or toxicity. This is particularly important regarding calcium and phosphorus, which Diana Laverdure and I discuss at length in our book, Canine Nutrigenomics: The New Science of Feeding Your Dog for Optimum…

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The No-Carb Kick Needs to Be Checked

Feeding overcooked white rice is an age old method to curb mild diarrhea in dogs. White rice does rank high on the glycemic index so I suggest only feeding it for a very short period of time and in moderation. Better still, feed well-cooked brown rice instead. (Persistent diarrhea needs to be attended to by…

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The ABC’s of Antibodies & the Effects of Food

  If you use the phrase “I break out in hives just thinking about trigonometry”, that cliché reflects a psychosomatic response to something you intensely dislike. Now, if you truly break out in hives after a bee sting, you are having an immunological and physiological response to something your body cannot tolerate. The antigen –…

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Pancreatitis in Dogs & Cats

Background As part of the endocrine and digestive system, the pancreas is necessary for digestion of foods, producing enzymes that digest food, and producing insulin. Pancreatitis, inflammation of the pancreas, disrupts the flow of these enzymes into the digestive tract and leaking them into the abdomen. Rapid enzymatic digestion of the exposed tissues occurs, along…

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Diets for Canine Liver Dysfunctions

In general, raw diets can be beneficial for dogs with cancer and most conditions, except if the cancer is in the bowel or liver or if the dog has a clinically expressed liver dysfunction. This is because bacteria in the food could multiply – especially if the contractions and relaxations (peristalsis) of bowel segments are irregular…

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