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THERE’S AN EASY, NATURAL WAY TO BE REGULAR

CATEGORY: 1: Simple Malnutrition

RECOMMENDED SUPPLEMENT: Magnesium Oxide

This isn’t a pleasant imagery topic, I know, sorry, but it’s a vital one for good health. So we have to talk about elimination. Do you have any idea what you risk by being chronically constipated? To stop constipation you have to focus on how to regulate the amount of water removed from the digesting food in the large intestine. Feces can get so dry, hard, and impacted from lack of water that a medical intern has to dig them out with a special instrument. Or they can become liquid from too much water, which can lead to prolonged, life threatening nutrient loss from diarrhea. Properly regulate the water extraction process, and you have no more constipation. Or diarrhea.

Note: The difference between the small intestine and the large intestine:Small Intestine: It is located above the large intestine, directly below the stomach, and is sometimes referred to as the upper intestine. It has a smaller width canal, but is much longer than the large intestine. It acts like a chemistry set, breaking down food and absorbing carbohydrates, fats, proteins, vitamins, minerals, and other food nutrients. Once these nutrients are removed from the food, the digesting material enters the large intestine, also known as the colon, the final stop in the digestive system.Large Intestine: This is the colon. It is sometimes referred to as the lower intestine. It is crucial to the absorption of nutrients and salts that have passed through the small intestine without being properly processed. It is where excess water is removed, and the remaining material consolidated into feces and eliminated. This is also where constipation and diarrhea originate.

THE POOP SCOOP

We all know what constipation is. It’s the inability to move one’s bowels, or to do so with great difficulty. But did you know you’re considered  to be constipated if you eliminate only once a day on a regular basis—unless you pass a whole lot that one time? It’s also constipation, to a lesser degree, if your feces aren’t soft enough to break apart when they hit the water or when the toilet’s flushed; or if they don’t float.

Constipation occurs when not enough water is retained in the large intestine during digestion, which lets the digesting food wastes become too dry and hard to move easily through the canal. A primary responsibility of the large intestine is to regulate water extraction from digesting food.

Too much water extraction, the material dries out and you’re constipated. Too little, the material gets too wet and you have the opposite condition of diarrhea. You know how you add water to dehydrated foods and the water miraculously plumps them back up? Constipation is dehydrated poop. Add more water to the fecal mixture and you end constipation.

Your body is like a mini factory. Goods go in the front door, get used, and then the waste is removed from the factory and hauled away. Imagine the problems if the wastes stopped being removed from the building, even as more goods kept coming in the front door. Operations would back up the same way they do in your body when you continue to eat meal after meal, without properly eliminating in a timely fashion the wastes from prior food you ate.

THE DIET CONNECTION

Unless you are facing special circumstances like a regimen of taking a drug that binds you, or having some awful surgery, any constipation you suffer will be diet related. Simply put, if you’re constipated, you’re eating too much cooked and refined food. Ask yourself, how much fresh food do you eat everyday? What percentage of your food intake is fresh as opposed to cooked? You would hope for at least a 50/50 ratio. But even a 30 percent ratio of fresh foods to 70 percent cooked will probably solve most constipation problems. Unfortunately, too many people eat more like a 5 percent fresh diet ratio to a 95 percent cooked. They may actually go for days or weeks without eating something fresh.

Definition: Fresh: This means raw and uncooked. And no canned or frozen, either. You can still eat cooked, canned, and frozen product, but you just can’t count it toward your daily “fresh” intake.

Cooking destroys essential enzymes necessary for proper breakdown of food in the intestines. It also robs the digesting food of its natural moisture, which burns off in steam. Raw foods contain roughage and a lot of water, which together assist the entire digestive process. The roughage scrubs and cleans the canal walls as it passes through the intestines, and the water keeps the fecal material moist enough to keep moving along.

If all your food is cooked there is less water in the material by the time it reaches your colon, and it is therefore much harder to move out. Your colon can’t create water for food that has none. It can only regulate the “extraction” of water from the material you provide. It’s not enough to just drink a lot of water, although that’s a good thing to do. You still have to eat foods with water in them, wet, crispy, or juicy, fresh fruits and vegetables.

UNFORTUNATELY, YOUR BUTT IS A GARBAGE CAN

That’s right, and anything left up there that you don’t properly eliminate, well, you haul that stuff around with you, mucking up your insides.

Your colon is your body’s garbage can, literally and figuratively. It is where the left over wastes your body can’t use are formatted and moved into the beginning of the elimination cycle. And also where actual elimination  takes place. All the nutrients have been removed from your food, and what is left is useless to your body and presents a danger if it’s not promptly expelled.

Suppose you lived in a household without an in-sink garbage disposal, and had to throw away all of your organic wastes in a standard garbage can. Suppose further that you failed to regularly clean out all the garbage from the can, leaving some behind to rot each time. You can imagine the slimy, festering, bacteria-supporting mess that would form there over time. With that visual in mind, it’s also easy to see that there is a causal link between chronic, long term constipation and colon cancer. The longer waste matter stays in you, the worse it is for your colon and your entire body. And the faster it moves through you, the better. 

Just like in the garbage can, your intestines—if not cleaned properly by regular elimination—will retain rotting wastes that lead to free radical growth. Think about it. By the time food gets to the end of the colon, it is already decaying and full of free radicals that cause inflammation. Once inflammation is present, other dastardly disorders can occur, like colon cancer and Crohn’s Disease, both of which stem from nothing more than chronic inflammations.

I worked with a woman in New York City, a bookkeeper, who never smiled. I don’t know how the conversation came up, but she said she only moved her bowels once a week. I replied, “No wonder you’re always in a bad mood.” All that impacted decay would put anyone off their game. When you have a good elimination, endorphins are released in your brain as a reward, having an analgesic (painkilling) effect, and making you feel good for up to an hour afterward.

HOW REGULAR IS REGULAR?

There is a belief among alternative health practitioners that you should have an elimination after every meal. In cultures where they eat a largely raw, uncooked diet, they have three to five eliminations daily. Your goal should be to have a minimum of two movements daily. The more the better, as long as it isn’t diarrhea. When you get really regular and are having a couple of movements daily, the food will move through your system so fast that you will still be able to smell what you’ve eaten in it. 

FOOD TIPS TO AVOID CONSTIPATION

In addition to adding Magnesium Oxide and the other suggested supplements to your diet, the following food tips will help you avoid constipation.

1.         Always eat something fresh when you eat something cooked. For instance, if you have scrambled eggs and toast for breakfast, add half a grapefruit, orange slices, or fresh squeezed orange juice. If you have a burger for lunch, make sure you top it with lettuce and tomato—and eat the parsley garnish. If you have eggplant parmesan for dinner, make sure there is a green salad to accompany it.

2.         Make the following fresh foods a regular part of your daily diet:

            a.         Papaya (This is the constipation killer.)

            b.         Apple

            c.         Pear

            d.         Salad vegetables

            e.         Carrot juice

3.         Once or twice a week try to eat any kind of cooked dried bean or pea, as a soup or side dish. It can be black beans, kidney beans, or navy, green or yellow split peas, black-eyed peas, green, red or yellow lentils, pinto, chickpeas, etc. (Don’t forget an accompanying dish of fresh food.)

4.         Drink more water. Try substituting it instead of grabbing a soda.

THE MAGNESIUM OXIDE THERAPY

Magnesium Oxide causes more water to be retained in the digesting material as it passes through your lower intestine, keeping it soft enough to move easily through the colon and exit your body in a timely manner. The more MO you take the looser will be your fecal matter. It can turn it completely liquid if you take enough. It won’t be true diarrhea in that you won’t go more often and won’t pass any more material. It’s just that what you do pass will be liquid. MO wears off each day, so you can change the dosage the next day and everything will be fine. You may have to play around with the dosage to see what suits you best.     

But regardless of the reason for the constipation, and even if it’s chronic, Magnesium Oxide will bring you nearly immediate relief, certainly within 12 to 24 hours. It may be used for occasional bouts of constipation or taken daily to ensure regularity. It is perfectly safe and can be taken during pregnancy and when nursing. Taken as directed below Magnesium Oxide stops constipation naturally.

If you take Magnesium Oxide every day, you have to take a few other supplements to balance things out. Calcium assists the MO in its internal functions; Vitamin D3 supports the Calcium; and Aloe Vera Gel is a great colon cleanser and soother.     

Constipation QUICK GLANCE CHART
Supplements Breakfast Dinner Brand Strength
Magnesium Oxide 1-2 tablets (or more as needed) 1-2 tablets (or more as needed) Puritan’s Pride #5535 500 mg
Calcium/ Magnesium Combo 2 tablets 2 tablets Puritan’s Pride #4082 500 mg/    250 mg
Vitamin D3 (softgels only) 1 softgel 1 softgel Puritan’s Pride #17621 2000 IU
Aloe Vera Gel (softgels only) 2 softgels  2 softgels Puritan’s Pride #2682 200:1 extract (equivalent to 1 teaspoon)
The above is designed to be taken every day to maintain regularity, so that you never have to deal with constipation. But if constipation is only occasionally a problem you can take Magnesium Oxide alone, as and when you need it. If you get up one morning and discover there’s a problem, take 2 to 3 tablets of MO with juice or milk. You should get relief in a couple of hours.

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ANIMALS GET CANCER FOR THE SAME REASONS PEOPLE DO AND IN THE SAME WAY  

CATEGORIES: 2: Inflammation, 3: Blockage, 11: Pet Health

RECOMMENDED SUPPLEMENTS: Beta Carotene, Lecithin

(I purposely misspell antioxidant to make a point.)

The same stressors that cause cancer in people also cause cancer in cats and dogs; or rabbits and mice for that matter. Cancer is the leading cause of death in cats, and after euthanasia the number one killer of dogs as well. Any multi-cellular creature that tries to exist in our oxygen rich environment, from ant to acrocanthosaurus, is subject to constant cellular bombardment and degeneration from free radical formation. Degeneration that is the road to cancer.

Formula: Cancer: I understand cancer, know how to prevent it, how to stop it once it’s started, even how to grab the coat tails of someone who’s been sent home to die with it, and give them back their years. From my experience I see cancer as a mathematical equation that looks something like the following, elegant and predictable:

 (C = FR > X + (O + I).) 

Where cancer equals Free Radical growth greater than X, with X representing a tolerance level that varies depending on other individual factors, plus subsequent Oxidation (cell decay), and Inflammation.

Cells are damaged and free radicals created in your pet’s body by many stressors: (a) naturally, of course, as a result of simple metabolism, but also from (b) irritation, like a too tight collar or harness that frays the coat and leaves underskin red and tender, (c) injury, like getting a paw run over by a full shopping cart in the parking lot, causing tenderness, (d) infection, like that from stepping on a nail or eating an infected rodent, (e) toxins, like radiation or cigarette smoke, (f) poor diet, that has a lower level of anti-oxidants than the amount of free radicals created, and (g) other stressors specific to an individual animal.

HOW A PET’S CELLS ARE DAMAGED AND CONVERTED TO FREE RADICALS

Your pet’s body is comprised of cells. Inside a cell, each electron has to have a partner electron in order for the cell to remain stable and healthy—and non cancerous. In other words, the two electrons have to remain together inside the cell or there will be trouble. Trouble comes when something happens to damage the bond between the partnered electrons in a healthy cell. If they become separated, or one of them is destroyed, the single electron left behind becomes a free radical, unstable and dangerous.

The single electron, who is now a free radical, goes berserk when it finds itself suddenly alone, without its partner electron. (How would you feel if someone took your spouse or partner away?) It turns and immediately attacks a nearby healthy cell that has both electrons. It desperately tries to break them apart, so it can steal one electron and become stable and healthy again itself. If it is successful it once again becomes stable with its stolen electron, but the cell it disrupted and stole from becomes a free radical itself and continues the angry process. A cascade effect leads to severe cellular damage and mutations like cancer.

As an analogy, think of the bonded electrons in a healthy cell as a married couple in a social system where being single is prohibited. In this system, two people (electrons) who are part of a marriage are stable, acceptable. No problem. Live long and prosper. But a single person (electron) without a partner is a free radical who can only prosper by breaking up another married pair. Like someone who breaks up a marriage and runs off with one of the partners, free radicals seek to destroy other nearby stable cellular relationships for their own benefit, so they can survive. A free radical is an electron fighting for its life.

Although free radicals are a natural part of living, like the home wrecker, when too many of them build up due to the factors listed above, you have oxidation and inflammation. Any area of the body can take a certain amount of free radical growth in their neighborhoods and be fine. It’s when too many free radicals show up that the problems begin. Think of your own house or apartment. If you were having a party and planned on 15 guests, how chaotic would it be if 1500 people showed up?

WHEN TOO MANY FREE RADICALS ARE CREATED YOU HAVE OXIDATION

Oxidation is predicated on reaching a threshold level of free radicals that overwhelms the body. The simplest way of thinking about oxidation is that it is spoilage, aging, decay, and eventual cell death. You know what happens to an avocado slice left out in the “open air.” The exposed flesh turns brown from contact with oxygen. It oxidizes, spoils, due to an excess of free radicals. The same thing happens inside your body. After a while the avocado will begin to brown and rot, and you won’t eat it. That’s a good instinct, because you would be literally eating free radicals! That’s why you should never eat salad that has browned, or other food that is obviously past its prime, unless you absolutely have to. Broadly speaking, living on Earth is being left out in the “open air” and that’s why aging is another form of oxidation caused by free radicals.

HOW ANTI-OXIDANTS NEUTRALIZE FREE RADICALS AND PREVENT INFLAMMATION AND CANCER

Anti-oxidants protect your pet’s body from free radical damage because they have a unique characteristic. Anti-oxidants neutralize free radicals by donating one of their own electrons to the free radical, helping it to become partnered and healthy again. It’s as if the anti-oxidant marries the free radical and thereby calms it down.

An anti-oxidant cell also has two partnered electrons, but wonderfully, anti-oxidants are stable in either form, as a single electron or a married pair. Unlike the partnered electrons in a healthy cell that become free radicals when separated, anti-oxidants give up one of their electrons without becoming a free radical.

Anti-oxidants stop the problem at its source. When an anti-oxidant cell encounters a free radical it ends the electron-stealing chain reaction by freely donating one of its electrons, turning the free radical back into a healthy cell. Like evil Mr. Hyde drinking an antidote and turning back into the good Dr. Jekyll.

As an animal’s guardian, you have a choice to either let free radicals run loose in your pet’s system, and hope they don’t turn into cancer, and subject it to surgery if they do. Or you can send in anti-oxidants to partner with the free radicals and return them to normalcy, thereby avoiding disease without stressing the animal.

The first thing a sous chef does after cutting avocado slices, and before serving them with your grilled chicken sandwich, is to sprinkle on some lemon or lime juice. She does this because the anti-oxidants in the citrus keep the flesh from turning brown and decaying right in front of you. The same thing can happen in your pet’s body, because anti-oxidants neutralize free radicals. Your pets need Beta Carotene in supplement form to avoid cancer. If you have an outdoor cat who regularly hunts and eats its kills there is a greater risk of free radicals.

Make sure you feed your pet with a quality pet food. Read the labels of the pet food you purchase. If it’s made out of animal by products instead of real meat, with strange sounding additives that have no food value, or doesn’t have added supplements, you’re putting your pet at risk. Poor quality food won’t give your animal companion any more protection against cancer than it does you. Your animals need enough anti-oxidants to fight the free radical production that comes from a natural part of living. It is the lack of anti-oxidants that causes your cats and dogs to get cancer.

SAMIRA THE CALICO

Samira has the softest white coat you’ve ever touched, with random sized patches of black and rust, especially on her tail. She is both dainty and thug like. Will sit primly in your lap purring and accepting caresses until you think you’ve lost the use of both legs to circulation failure. And then suddenly lean over and bite her housemate, Trill, sleeping nearby. Or bound across the room in two leaps to attack, Phoebe, her other housemate. She also has daily skirmishes with an imaginary enemy that no one but she can see. She gets in such a frenzy chasing and running from this specter that I have photos of her twisting manically five feet in the air. She might suddenly decide that Trill needs grooming. And she can be a very aggressive groomer, sometimes using her tongue like a slap upside the head.

Sami is also a cancer survivor, but only because she underwent the terrifying ordeal of surgery to remove a tumor on her leg. Sami had a rough start in life, and the stress from the various elements of that ordeal are what caused her to get excess free radicals, which escalated into inflammation and cancer. I was around Sami while she had her surgery, and saw firsthand how unhappy it made her and her guardians. By supplementing your pets’ diets with Beta Carotene you can all avoid the cancer trauma.

The following was written by David Rubincam, who saved Samira’s life. It is excerpted from a longer version that first appeared in the online newsletter of Vashon Island Pet Protectors, a no kill nonprofit. For a photo of Samira visit vipp.org. Click “Adopt” and “Paw Print Stories.”   

SAMIRA’S LONG JOURNEY TO THE UNITED STATES

I worked as the Legal Attaché at the U.S. Embassy in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia in 2008. Nothing in the U.S. can prepare you for the harsh and inhospitable landscape in Saudi Arabia, which has the world’s largest desert, Rub al-Khali, and the dubious distinction of being a country with no permanent rivers or bodies of water. Yet even in the most unforgiving places, you can discover miracles that result from the actions of many good people. One of those miracles was Samira, whose name means “delightful companion,” in Arabic. I chose that name because it perfectly describes her, a small, mostly white Calico.

Unlike Americans, Saudis generally don’t keep pets. The cats you do see are usually street strays with a projected life span of four miserable years in the hostile, arid climate. Kittens usually die in their first week.

I spent time in a remote desert area at a security airbase protected by the Saudi Royal Guard and the U.S. Air Force. Just outside the entrance to the base, Samira gave birth to a litter of four kittens. By the time she was discovered, two of the kittens were dead. Knowing that the Americans had an Army vet assigned to the base, the Royal Guard kindly turned over the severely dehydrated and starving animals. The vet returned them to good health and placed the kittens in good homes.

But what to do about Sami? When it came to adoption, she had more than the harsh environment and the streets working against her. She had also apparently suffered blunt force trauma to the left side of her face, the kind that might result from hitting a wall or falling from a high distance, and possibly a stroke, which led to some paralysis and loss of feeling. She lost control over her left eye, which she can’t completely close or blink, and the left side of her mouth which lets a tooth protrude. Even her whiskers on the left are not as long or as full as the ones on the right side.

For nine months people came and stared at Sami, who is a truly beautiful cat, but saw only her handicaps and left without taking her. It didn’t help matters that she wouldn’t let anyone touch or pick her up. You risked getting scratched if you tried—if you could even get your hands on her; she was that fast. Still, the vet wouldn’t give up and kept looking for a home.

I happened across a photo of Sami on the clinic’s website, and was immediately smitten. I told myself it was okay to just look. I couldn’t easily adopt a cat, given my constraints. I thought it would be impossible to transport her back to Vashon at the end of my assignment. When I got to the clinic there were workers waiting in bemusement to see what would happen when I tried to pick her up. They warned me off, so I sat in a chair in front of her kennel, and didn’t approach her. She came out, sauntered directly over to me, hopped up on my lap, curled in my arms and purred. She stretched up and licked my face with a look in her eyes that said, “What took you so long?”

Everyone in the room realized immediately that I had just been adopted. Now I had to worry about the logistics of getting my new girl home. I made arrangements to pick her up the next day—which would also give me time to see what, if any, cat supplies I could find in Riyadh! When I returned, inside waiting to greet me and offer congratulations was the Air Base Commanding General, who it turns out is a “cat person” too. There were about 15 U.S. security personnel who had helped care for Sami over the past nine months, and had come to say goodbye. Most surprising was seeing that the Royal Guards who first found Sami had come to say goodbye as well. Despite her feisty nature she was a sweet presence and would be sorely missed by all.

It took two months to complete all the paperwork necessary to bring Samira home to Vashon Island, in Puget Sound. She needed an Export Permit from the Saudi Ministry of Agriculture, a European Union health certificate to land in France, and a U.S.D.A. Health Certificate to land and disembark at Sea-Tac. These documents were her “pet passport.” In the end, Samira came home in style, riding all the way to Seattle in the cabin with me.

The day we left, Samira was too sleepy to notice due to a sedative the vet gave her; something I was soon to regret. The first leg was from Riyadh to Paris. About half way through the seven-hour flight, Sami began to cry, scratch and bite at the webbed sides of the carrier. The sedative that worked according to prescription at ground level was suddenly affecting her like PCP, and she was freaking out. Fortunately, most of the airline crew were either “cat people,” or had seen this happen before. They let me take Sami into the crew’s lounge. After two hours the sedative wore off. Sami calmed down finally, genuinely exhausted from the ordeal. The Air France crew was incredibly supportive. They each came to see how she was doing, and brought her breakfast. To my surprise, even the airport veterinarian stopped by.

Sami is now at our home on Vashon, and has learned to trust my wife, Uwanna, and get along with at least Trill, one of our other two cats. We have to keep her separated from the baby, Phoebe. I believe the lesson of Samira’s story is that it took caring and charitable actions by a lot of people from a number of countries, backgrounds, and religions to save her and bring her here, to a loving home with acres of fenced property, where she is discovering the color green, cold weather, and yes—rain—for the first time. When it rains, and since this is Seattle that means all the time, she can’t wait to get outside and play in it. It fascinates her!

Epilogue: Sami is healthy and cancer free, still a little crazy, and living in Moscow with her guardians and housemate cats. She’s quite the international gadabout.

Beta Carotene will neutralize free radicals in your pet’s system, but it needs the help of Vitamin D3, which assists Beta Carotene in its free radical fighting functions; and Lecithin, which will break up blockages and cellular wastes generated by free radicals.

Preventing And Fighting Cancer In Cats And Small Dogs Quick Glance Chart
Supplement Breakfast Dinner Brand Strength
Beta Carotene (softgels only) 1 softgel 1 softgel Puritan’s Pride #1520 10,000 IU
Vitamin D3 (softgels only) 1 softgel 1 softgel Solgar (visit vitaminlife.com) 400 IU
Lecithin Granules 1 teaspoon 1 teaspoon Puritan’s Pride #1064 NA
Cats and dogs can be finicky about what they’ll eat. Unless you have trained your companion to accept pills directly from your hand into her mouth, it’s best to conceal the supplements. Both Beta Carotene and D3 are small and can easily be hidden in her food. You can try concealing the softgels in the food itself, or find something else she likes to wrap it in before placing it in the food.For Dogs: cream cheese seems to work really well. It comes in different flavors, and the original is tasty too. It shapes easily around the supplements and can be buried like a seed in the food, or placed on top like an extra treat. Beta Carotene and D3 softgels can be wrapped in one ball of cream cheese together because they’re small.For Cats: I’m wracking my brain to think of something other than cream cheese to wrap the supplements in, because a steady diet of dairy is not good for cats. Peanut butter, tofu? If anyone has any suggestions please write a comment so we can share it with others. Lecithin granules are tasteless and may be mixed with the pet food.
Preventing And Fighting Cancer In Medium Sized Dogs Quick Glance Chart
Supplement Breakfast Dinner Brand Strength
Beta Carotene (softgels only) 2 softgels 2 softgels Puritan’s Pride #1223 25,000 IU (equivalent to 15 mg)
Vitamin D3 (softgels only) 1 softgel 1 softgel Puritan’s Pride #15605 1000 IU
Lecithin Softgels 2 softgels 2 softgels Puritan’s Pride #303 1200 mg
Lecithin Granules 1 tablespoon 1 tablespoon Puritans Pride #1064 NA
Dogs can be finicky about what they’ll eat. Unless you have trained your companion to accept pills directly from your hand into his mouth, it’s best to conceal the supplements. Both Beta Carotene and D3 are small and can easily be hidden in his food. You can try concealing the softgels in the food itself, or find something else he likes to wrap it in before placing it in the food.Cream cheese seems to work best for dogs. It comes in different flavors, and the original is tasty too. It shapes easily around the supplements and can be buried like a seed in the food or placed on top like an extra treat. Beta Carotene and D3 softgels can be wrapped in one ball of cream cheese together because they’re small. The larger Lecithin softgels can each be wrapped in its own ball of cheese. Lecithin granules are tasteless and may be mixed with the pet food.
Preventing And Fighting Cancer In Large Dogs Quick Glance Chart
Supplement Breakfast Dinner Brand Strength
Beta Carotene (softgels only) 3 softgels 3 softgels Puritan’s Pride #1223 25,000 IU (equivalent to 15 mg)
Vitamin D3 (softgels only) 2 softgels 2 softgels Puritan’s Pride #15605 1000 IU
Lecithin softgels 2 softgels 2 softgels Puritan’s Pride #303 1200 mg
Lecithin granules 1 tablespoon 1 tablespoon Puritans Pride #1064 NA
Dogs can be finicky about what they’ll eat. Unless you have trained your companion to accept pills directly from your hand into his mouth, it’s best to conceal the supplements. Both Beta Carotene and D3 are small and can easily be hidden in his food. You can try concealing the softgels in the food itself, or find something else he likes to wrap it in before placing it in the food.Cream cheese seems to work best for dogs. It comes in different flavors, and the original is tasty too. It shapes easily around the supplements and can be buried like a seed in the food or placed on top The Beta Carotene and D3 softgels can be wrapped in one ball of cream cheese together because they’re small. The larger Lecithin softgels can each be wrapped in its own ball of cheese, like an extra treat. Lecithin granules are tasteless and may be mixed with the pet food.

NOTES

► If Beta Carotene is taken without also taking Vitamin D, it will deplete the stores of Vitamin D and a Vitamin D deficiency may develop. As a rule, Beta Carotene and Vitamin D should always be taken together.

► I have recommended Puritan’s Pride brand because their Lecithin is from soybeans only, and contains a minimum of 70 mg of phosphatides in each 1200 mg softgel, equivalent to 61 percent phosphatides. The value of a Lecithin product is determined by the percentage of phosphatides it contains, because they activate the emulsifying process in mammals. You may use another brand, but make sure it conforms to or exceeds these specifications or it will not work.

Please be nice to each other, and look for my next post: Blog 17: Constipation, where I give you a quick way to get immediate, long lasting, and natural relief.

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