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    Why I don't like the word 'stupid'

    By Dr. Peter Dobias, DVM

    Dr. Peter Dobias, DVM has 30 years of experience as a veterinarian. His love of dogs and passion for natural healing and nutrition led him to writing, teaching and helping people create health naturally, without drugs, chemicals and processed food.

    Stupid or unaware?

    This morning, I read a quote that said:


    Dead people do not know they are dead, it is those around them who suffer most. Stupid people do not know they are stupid, it is those around them who suffer most."

    When I saw this quote, I realized that these two sentences sum up most of the suffering and problems in the world, the only thing I object to is the word stupid. I prefer to replace it with “unaware” which according to the Oxford Dictionary definition means “having no knowledge of a situation or fact.” 

    Unaware people think that animals do not have feelings, and that we can do whatever we want with them. They lack the knowledge that animals have feelings.

    Unaware people make poor food choices that can lead to illnesses like heart disease and cancer.

    Unaware people don’t understand that the products and goods they choose to purchase matter, because they put money into the hands of people and companies who are either ethical or unethical.

    Unaware people are not aware that they are unaware! They don’t know what they don’t know, however, in most cases they are intelligent not stupid. 

    Here are some examples of lack of awareness when it comes to caring for dogs: 
    1. People are unaware that feeding their dog fish is no longer healthy more info
    2. People are unaware that pet food companies have lied about pet food for decades more info
    3. People are unaware that raw diet feeding is healthy and safe more info
    4. People are unaware that using ball chuckers leads to injuries more info
    5. People are unaware that marrow bones cause tooth fractures more info
    6. People are unaware that diarrhea in dogs is linked to lumbar spine health more info
    7. People are unaware that collars lead to hypothyroidism in dogs more info
    8. People are unaware that most dogs require nail trimming every 2-3 weeks more info
    9. People are unaware that paw licking is related to neck injuries moreso than allergies more info
    10. People are unaware that aging and mobility issues are the result of errors in DNA repair more info
    11. People are unaware that skin hotspots may be related to muscle and back injuries more info
    12. People are unaware that rice contains high levels of toxic arsenic more info
    The truth is, we are all unaware of what we are not aware of. We don't know what we don't know, and this leads to poor decisions and problems.

    What is the solution?
    1. Humility
    2. Being open to the possibility of being wrong
    3. Committing to lifelong learning
    4. Choosing the right teachers and wise people to trust.
    5. Never giving up when searching for solutions to problems and challenges

    Now is the time!

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    Dr. Peter Dobias, DVM has 30 years of experience as a veterinarian. He graduated as a Doctor of Veterinary Medicine in 1988 in the Czech Republic and obtained the Canadian Certificate of Qualification in 1995. He is currently licensed in the European Union, and his unique approach to healing and nutrition helps holistically minded dog lovers worldwide.

    Dr. Dobias strongly believes that disease prevention, natural nutrition and supplements, the right exercise and a drug free approach to medicine can add years to your dog's life.

    As a formulator of his all-natural vitamin and supplement line and co-inventor of natural, chemical free flea and tick control, FleaHex® and TickHex®, his unique healing system and products currently hold the highest independent five star customer rating. For more information click here.

    Any general recommendations that Dr. Dobias makes are not a substitute for the appropriate veterinary care and are for informational and educational purposes only.

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