February 13, 2015

Canine Nutrigenomics - The New Science of Feeding Your Dog for Optimum Health

Dogwise Publishing announces the release of "Canine Nutrigenomics - The New Science of Feeding Your Dog for Optimum Health" by W. Jean Dodds, DVM & Diana Laverdure.

 "Obesity. Gastrointestinal disorders. Skin irritations. Chronic yeast infections. Behavioral issues. Arthritis. Autoimmune diseases. Heart disease. Cancer. These are just a few of the common health conditions plaguing our dogs in skyrocketing — and in some cases epidemic — numbers.

These conditions might not appear to share much in common, but they all result from inflammation that originates at the deepest level in your dog’s body—his cells. Where does this inflammation come from? Much of it stems from the lifestyles our dogs share with us, their caretakers—and especially from their modern diet. As you will soon see, many of the foods that are marketed to nourish our dogs actually wreak havoc on them from the inside out,resulting in rampant obesity and chronic disease (Dodds, 2014; Dodds, 2014a). But it doesn’t have to be this way. "
So opens the new book authored by  Dr. Jean Dodds' Hemopet, Petlifeline, Hemolife & Nutriscan and co-author, Diana Laverdure. 

A veterinarian for 50 years, Dr. Dodds is known worldwide for being at the forefront of veterinary science, clinical research and animal welfare. She has 25 patents and has authored numerous scientific papers, book chapters and two books. In 1986, she transplanted from upstate NY to southern California to start Hemopet, the first non-profit national animal blood bank. Today, Hemopet’s range of nonprofit services also include specialized diagnostic testing; consulting in clinical pathology; and teaching for animal health care professionals, kennel clubs, and pet owners on a variety of subjects including nutrition and holistic medicine (www.hemopet.org).

For advocates who want to exempt sick and senior pets from redundant rabies vaccination, Dr. Dodds has been a stalwart champion for reforming protocols for all dog and cat vaccination, basing her opinions in science rather than scare tactics. She has invested herself in The Rabies Challenge Fund, conducting a privately funded duration of immunity study that aims to extend the intervals between repeat rabies vaccinations. And she has been a storehouse of health knowledge, and the go-to resource, for state-of-the-art diagnostic testing for hypothyroidism in dogs.

This book opens a new chapter in her lifelong pursuit of animal health and an extraordinary opportunity for the dog and cat owner who is committed to creating a climate in which your family dogs can not merely survive, but thrive.

I learned so much after the health deterioration and deaths of my calico cat and my standard poodle.

Aimee suffered the negative effects of an unnecessary rabies vaccination which I thought would protect her. Combined with a biologically inappropriate kibble diet, this one-two punch set off chronic kidney failure and a roller-coaster 18 month decline. 

Matisse suffered the negative effects of everything. Breeding. Over-vaccination. Environment. His immune system over-reacted to everything. While this hyper-reactivity didn't kill him in the extremes of Immune-mediated Hemolytic Anemia (IMHA) or Immune-mediated Thrombocytopenia (IMT), it did make him miserable. Patchy hair loss. Goopy ears. Runny nose. Gummy eyes. Racking cough. Barring steroids and their undesirable side effects, there was little available to alleviate his symptoms. I don't know if I will ever get past the profound sense of helplessness that I experienced in the last four years of his life.

After much trial, many errors and deep angst, I realized that feeding him a biologically appropriate diet was the only thing I could control. And to whatever extent, this resolved many health issues and improved his quality of life.

I know now what I did not know then:

Vibrant health begins in the cells. We have the power to transform a dog’s cellular health with nutrigenomics. Nutrigenomics (a combination of the words nutrition and genome) is the study of how the foods we - and our pets - eat “speak” to our cells to regulate gene expression, which in turn plays a huge role in determining whether a person or animal will live a life of vibrant health or one plagued by illness.

In this ground-breaking new study, authors W. Jean Dodds, DVM and Diana Laverdure reveal:

• How to tell which foods create optimum gene expression and vibrant health at the cellular level and which foods lead to chronic disease.

• The amazing healing power of functional foods.

• The “Three Keys” to easily creating a foundation diet for your dog based on the principles of nutrigenomics.

• How to use functional ingredients to treat, manage and even reverse a wide variety of chronic canine health conditions.

• The 10 “canine functional superfoods” and how they can supercharge your dog’s health by optimizing his gene expression.

• The signs of a food intolerance/sensitivity and how to stop it in its tracks.

...and much more!

Breeding. Environment. Health care. Animal control laws. There are many factors of pet wellness that are beyond our control. Nutrition does not have to be one. 
Just as we inherited our genes from our parents, our epigenome also has a cellular memory that can be passed from one generation to the next (The University of Utah, 2014). This means that a mother and father’s lifestyle decisions — including the quality of their diet — will influence the epigenome of their offspring! Unlike the genome,however, we can alter our epigenome over time with new environmental signals, such as optimum nutrition. And that is exactly what you will learn to do with your dog’s diet!

1 comment:

Linda said...

Very informative blog. Thank you so much for sharing.