Check your food labels: Natural does not necessarily mean “Natural” as in “gift from Nature”.
It is commonly a marketing tool- it means “can taste like a natural food” or smells like a “Nature derived smell” when in fact it can be entirely synthetic and made from plastics and coal tar- a by product of the petrochemical industry. Its a lot cheaper and therefore more profitable for the company to , and make Liver, or chicken flavor and Red erythrosine dyes onto plastic “food” chews that so many dogs go Whacko from. (you know the TV commercial!)
Its the same for us- Vanilla, an orchid seed pod is very expensive to grow and then bottle. That’s why most of your chocolate (which of course you do NOT feed to your pets) and cookies use ethyl vanillin- its cheap, but WHAT is THAT doing to your body and organ systems- especially if your body has no way of breaking it down? Where is it stored (think fat, liver etc! ) and how is it removed from your body? Much of it must pass through into urine and faeces- because it is found in our seawater, which means both the liver and the kidneys had a “go” at filtering it. What does it do the the environmental food chain then?
Some contaminants in our food chain bioaccumulate. This means that if it is in the soil or seawater (via sewerage) the smaller organisms eat it, incorporate this into their bodies, and as the larger organisms consume them in turn, there is a greater toxic dose per gram ingested. As Man and his pet charges are “Apex” predators we all end up with the stuff back in our bodies at a higher dose. This is true for everything that is NOT food that is ingested and cannot get removed with the waste. Food gets broken down by your digestive system or by your liver to its primary components: Carbon, Hydrogen, Oxygen, and Nitrogen plus some sulphur micro and macro minerals calcium, magnesium etc. Every cell gets washed in the serum that carries these molecules and each cell tries to figure out if it is food or foul—If you can’t build cells or run enzymes with the molecules there, then the chemicals are either stored in fat or liver–or put away in between muscle layers if it cannot be flushed out. Its vitally important that you feed your pet’s and your body daily with the building blocks for your cells to regenerate and that you avoid putting bad stuff into the system.
Don’t be fooled! If a substance has “not yet been found” to cause cancer it might just mean that the correlation has not been documented in enough places- and that possibly too many doctors /research scientists are on the receiving end of a pay back! (Conspiracy theorist? nah, its just business as usual! If your research funding pays your mortgage who/what ya gunna call??) . You can check pubmed entrez – the scientific research site– for information about the anthropogenic (ie synthetic man made substances) found in the atmosphere that DO NOT BREAK DOWN in the ocean’s waters. Type in any number of “food” preservatives and see what comes up.
As a rule of thumb: think
1) fluid therapy ensure food is hydrating (this *not * dry food)
2) avoid all “food” colourings (that are NOT food) and most preservatives (vitamin E, C are ok)
3) Fresh is best. The organic produce and pulp from your juicer is an awesome addition
4) add some green chlorophyll (spirulina, chlorella, kelp powder) – small amount for cat, larger for dogs.
5) seek help from an Integrative, Holistic Veterinarian.
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