Health and Longevity Course for Dogs Chapter 2
In Chapter 1 of the Health and Longevity Course for dogs, I mention that aligning healing and medicine with nature is the first condition of achieving deep and long lasting health.
The logical first step is to eliminate potential causes of disease.
This applies to almost any medical condition your dog has.
Most often, diseases are caused by multiple factors. For example, if a dog suffers from kidney disease, the common factors can be, but are not limited to:
- Feeding dry food
- Injury around the third lumbar vertebra
- Genetic predisposition
- Lack of access to water
- The use of NSAID's (non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs)
We also need to remember no one can tell with absolute certainty why a disease occurs. Some conditions are relatively straightforward and others are more complex and their onset is gradual and invisible.
An example of a health problem caused by toxicity is fish-based dog diets, which often cause mercury elevation in the body and can lead to many different problems, including epilepsy, neurological dysfunction, behavior changes, kidney disease and liver disease.
However, most toxic conditions are caused by multiple environmental toxins and food additives and it is practically impossible to establish the primary cause of disease. Some toxins, such as mercury, arsenic, lead and strontium are markers of your dog's overall health.
Is blood testing a reasonable option for detecting toxin levels?
I use blood testing mainly to evaluate organ function, to get a complete blood count and for hormonal evaluation. When it comes to toxins and minerals, blood testing offers only a snapshot in time and does not give us a good idea of how long exposure to the toxin has been going on.
Ideally, your dog should be tested for toxins over a longer period, like a few months.
Hair testing - an effective and inexpensive method
You can see your dog’s hair as a time capsule. Analyzing hair provides you with an accurate result at a very low cost and a high value. The root of each hair is in direct contact with plasma that contains toxins and minerals. As the hair grows, the toxins become sealed in the hair shaft and become a time capsule that contains several months of history. I like to clip about an inch long clump of hair, which represents four to six months of toxin exposure history.
What foods are high in toxic substances?
A HairQ test will also help you understand what foods are related to increased levels of certain toxins.
The additional benefit of hair testing is that it shows the levels of essential minerals in your dog's body. I have seen many test results of many dogs and can now recognize purely from the hair test if a dog is fed kibble or a raw or cooked diet without supplements or with synthetic or natural supplements.
Should a hair test be done before a cleanse?
It is best to have hair tested before a cleanse. You will get a good sense of whether the food you are feeding is optimal or not.
Some people mistakenly assume hair testing eliminates the need for a regular detox or that hair testing is not needed if a cleanse is planned.
A HairQ test is a good start to a treatment or preventive plan.
Most of the people I work with really enjoy knowing where their dog's toxin and mineral levels are at and they also want to see if the food they buy is good quality. It's good to see the toxin levels decline over time when repeated cleanses are done. I usually suggest a cleanse every six months starting at one year of age.
When I started this protocol in my practice, I was shocked to see how quickly mercury, for example, disappears from the body. Most sources suggest it takes years to get rid of mercury, however, it appears to take a much shorter time with the cleanse protocol I will write about in Chapter 3.
Next: The Cleanse and Detox process
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Health & Longevity Course Chapters
- If you understand this, your dog is likely to live longer
- Does your dog’s food contain mercury and arsenic?
- A natural cleanse protocol to keep your dog healthy
- How to keep your dog safe from drugs and minimize side-effects
- One thing will make the most difference to your dog's health
- One thing you may not know about multivitamins for dogs
- Your dog's invisible pathway of life that you must know about
- Why missing this may affect your dog's life span
- What is the balloon effect and how can it affect your dog's head
- The mysterious connection between your dog's neck and internal organ health
- Be on guard for your dog's heart
- A mysterious connection between your dog's lung health, cough and emotions
- Pancreatitis in Dogs – Treatment and Prevention – Natural approach
- Stomach Bloat – Gastric Dilation Volvulus in Dogs – Holistic Approach
- Holistic and natural approach to treating diarrhea in dogs
- Anal gland problems in dogs - natural treatment and prevention
Health & Longevity Course Chapters
How can you spend more time with your best friend? Learn one principle that can give your dog more healthy years and its right under your nose.Read
There is a secret in your dog's hair that could make his or her life longer. Improve your dog's health by finding out what is missing and how to get rid of some nasty toxins.Read
There is a way to prevent disease and kick out toxins. I hope learning how will add years to your dog's life!Read
This time I've taken on the topic of drugs and how to decide which ones are ok to use if needed and which ones are too dangerous to use.Read
A long and healthy life can be so simple. It only takes one step to make a dramatic change.Read
You won't believe what most multivitamins are made from. Learn which vitamins work the best and which ones to avoid.Read
You can avoid many harmful and unnecessary treatments for your dog with one simple principle. Learn how to check your dog’s spinal alignment and find out what ailments muscle injuries, pinched nerves and blocked energy flow can cause by reading this article.Read
Learn how to examine your dog’s spine and what might be hiding in plain view. See the commonly missed causes of disease and how to determine if your dog has back pain and discomfort.Read
Does your dog have ear problems, nasal or oral tumors, reverse sneezing or an itchy head or hair loss on their head? Learn how you can address some of these problems and save thousands in vet care costs.Read
There is one part of the body that affects many vital organs. The neck is the gateway for nerve, energy and blood flow to the rest of your dog’s body. I know you want to protect your dog and keeping their neck healthy is a very important principle to achieve that. Read this article to find out how to keep your dog’s neck out of harm’s way.Read
Chapter 11Be on guard for your dog's heart
Dogs have our hearts and that is why we need to protect their heart. Dog’s as they age often face muscle problems and spinal misalignment and you might be surprised to know how that can hurt their heart. Learn how to protect your dog’s spine and by extension their heart.Read
What could be causing your dog’s cough? There are many lung diseases out there, but many people are still not aware about this one important cause. Read how this unique approach can improve your dog's lung health.Read
Pancreatitis is a very common, sometimes life threatening disease that can be successfully treated or prevented by drug free natural holistic methods.Read
5 steps to protect your dog from this serious, life-threatening condition and what you need to know about diet, exercise and your dog’s spine to prevent it.Read
I find that diarrhea is one of the most commonly misdiagnosed problems in veterinary medicine. The paradox is that the answer is sometimes very simple, but not what one expects.Read
A COMPLETE GUIDE - holistic and natural approach to anal gland problems in dogs - abscess, inflammation, infection and "fishy smell". What is normal, what you need to know to prevent irreversible mistakes.Read