Taking an integrated, inductive view of pet health, Dr. Becker writes in (“More Veterinary Nutritionists Endorse Grain-Based Dog Food,” December 05, 2012):
And then there’s the problem of not connecting the dots when an animal develops health problems seemingly unrelated to digestion, for example, skin allergies. Poor coat condition and itchy, dry, flaky skin is often related to a diet deficient in omega-3 essential fatty acids and micronutrients, but most pet parents and vets don’t make the connection.
So there are a lot of nutrition-related health problems that aren’t treated as such when they crop up. In addition, it can take several years for more serious symptoms of low-grade, species-inappropriate or unbalanced nutrition to appear.
Your pet’s body is resilient. Her organs will attempt to compensate when her body isn’t receiving the type of nutrition nature designed her to eat. So for a number of years, it can appear as though all is well on the outside, while things are slowly deteriorating on the inside. Those overworked organs can’t be counted on indefinitely – they will eventually wear out.
As for “treating disease through diets” … the goal should be preventing disease through biologically appropriate nutrition that replicates the animal’s natural diet. In my opinion, most commercial pet foods on the market today create or contribute to the diseases so many pets suffer from.
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The same principle applies to humanity. We need to nourish our children and ourselves properly so we can learn properly, be calm, and be healthy.