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>> Ian Billinghurst,
>> Bathurst NSW
>> We shot the messenger. Dr. Lonsdale, speaking against processed pet food
>> silenced. However, have we lost sight of the message, or perhaps confused
>> the messenger with the message? Apparently, Dr. Lonsdale breached the
>> of ethics, designed to protect members of the AVA. Protect us from what?
>> Inside or outside the AVA, legitimate scientific argument supporting a
>> contentious point of view is never a threat.
>> Nutrition is not a settled matter. Its fluid nature provides our
>> the opportunity to upgrade companion animal health dramatically. Nutrition
>> based on genomics will produce far-reaching and positive changes across a
>> broad spectrum of health issues, way beyond any other medical or surgical
>> Simplistically, my small animal patients, like humans, are healthier by
>> when switched, from processed food and fed the balanced, fresh, whole food
>> diet they evolved to require. There is much science to support that view,
>> there is to support the view that grain based, carbohydrate rich,
>> pet foods, which are biologically inappropriate for companion animals, can
>> seriously damage their health.
>> For example, Dr. Debra L Zoran DVM, PhD, DACVIM., writing for JAVMA,
>> December 1 2002 (Volume 221, No.11) produced an article (fully reviewed by
>> the American College of Veterinary Nutrition (ACVN)) titled 'Timely Topics
>> in Nutrition - The carnivore connection to nutrition in cats,' which
>> detailed the relationship between feline nutrition, feline
>> biochemistry/physiology and pathology. The article demonstrates that grain
>> based diets are of questionable nutritional integrity when fed to obligate
>> carnivores and may be a fundamental cause of serious feline disease. Dr.
>> Zoran notes the '. possible role of nutrition in the development of
>> obesity, idiopathic hepatic lipidosis, inflammatory bowel disease and
>> diabetes mellitus in cats.'
>> In similar vein Deborah Greco DVM PhD Diplomate ACVIM (Internal medicine)
>> on Friday the 24th September 2004 speaks on the topic 'Feline Diabetes
>> the Catkins diet' at a PGF refresher course. Dr. Greco's voice will join
>> with many others, demonstrating the strong link between carbohydrate rich
>> diets and Diabetes Mellitus in cats.
>> Numerous peer reviewed papers, genomics, basic biochemistry and
>> all demonstrate the connection between carbohydrate rich foods and
>> degenerative disease processes in many species, man, dog and cat included.
>> Periodontal disease, feline lower urinary tract disease, arthritis,
>> cardiomyopathy, feline thromboembolism, feline hyperthyroidism, Neoplasia
>> and many other health issues in the small animal patient show this
>> For example, neoplastic tissue relies primarily on anaerobic glycolysis;
>> hence carbohydrate rich diets promote neoplastic growth and cancer
>> while a ketogenic diet starves neoplastic tissue and encourages host
>> anabolism. Similarly, high glycemic diets promote carcinogenesis by
>> down-regulating the apoptotic response in malignant tissue.
>> Consider Feline Hyperthyroidism - currently the most common endocrine
>> disorder in cats. This debilitating and costly condition was unknown prior
>> to the mid 1970's. JA Flanders (College of Veterinary Medicine, Cornell
>> University, Ithaca, NY, USA) writing in the Journal of Feline Medicine and
>> Surgery (1999) 1, 127-134 states 'The cause of hyperthyroidism is unknown,
>> however it seems to be a relatively recent disease.' Flanders presents
>> strong evidence for this. The occurrence and rise in incidence of feline
>> hyperthyroidism parallels the adoption and increased use, of dry cat food.
>> There is a strong link between carbohydrate rich/gluten rich foods and
>> idiopathic seizures in canines. Numerous studies have shown the value of
>> ketogenic diets in raising the seizure threshold.
>> I could go on, but clearly, there is mounting evidence for the link
>> processed pet food and serious small animal disease, well beyond the
>> periodontitis/internal disease connection proposed by Dr. Lonsdale and
>> beyond the carbohydrate connection noted above.
>> There is no other area in small animal preventative medicine, which is as
>> available and ready for positive exploitation by the veterinary
>> For veterinarians to universally and uncritically give blanket endorsement
>> to grain based processed pet foods while turning a blind eye to their
>> damaging effects on small animal health, does little for the profession's
>> To ignore this issue will eventually damage the profession. The AVA, is
>> ideally positioned to show leadership in this area. It has the
>> to encourage and promote ongoing investigation into the role of processed
>> pet foods in producing serious health consequences in companion animals.
>> Equally and perhaps more importantly, the AVA, is ideally positioned to
>> encourage and promote research that seriously appraises the role of fresh
>> whole foods in underpinning companion animal health.
>> The argument that processed pet foods are superior because they eliminated
>> number of diseases of excess and deficiency is invalid. The facts are,
>> processed pet foods eliminated a finite number of easily diagnosed/easily
>> treated, occasionally or rarely seen diseases and opened the way for an
>> unlimited number of complex diseases, which are difficult to diagnose,
>> difficult and expensive to treat and which are rarely linked to their
>> because of the time lapse between diet inception and disease appearance.
>> Nutritional hyperparathyroidism due to a calcium deficient all-meat diet,
>> pansteatitis where oily fish flesh caused a vitamin E deficiency,
>> polioencephalomalacia due to thiaminase in raw fish, Biotin deficiency due
>> to the egg white diet, cervical exostoses due to a solo liver diet and
>> vitamin A excess are the disease types which processed pet foods remove.
>> With the possible exception of calcium deficiency due to an all meat diet,
>> these diseases were relatively uncommon compared to the problems, which
>> replaced them.
>> When fresh whole unprocessed foods are recognised as a healthy form of
>> nutrition (it seems crazy that this should even be a topic for debate) for
>> cats and dogs, far superior to processed foods, (as they are for humans),
>> what then? Will the current generation of veterinarians be remembered only
>> for its belated membership in the 'Flat Earth Society,' with an outcast
>> pariah being the hero/martyr of the hour? Alternatively, will it be seen
>> having shown strong leadership in promoting genuine preventative medicine
>> and health promotion for its small animal patients?
>> The choice is inescapable, we may sweep it under the carpet but it will
>> disappear. The health issues related to our current and future
>> recommendations in small animal nutrition will either haunt us or applaud
>> us. An added bonus for the healthy choice will be the opportunity, to
>> demonstrate to our colleagues in human medicine, the legitimacy and value
>> evolutionary nutrition in genuine preventative medicine, across the
>> Ian Billinghurst
>> Bathurst NSW.
Groetjes, Lizzy en bedankt voor het plaatsen!
Hier geef ik I.B mijn complimenten voor hoor!!!
Heel netjes van 'm om dit te schrijven!! 8)
ik moet echt een cursus engels volgen!
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