• Newsletter - March 21, 2014

     

    We love our pets and want the best for them. That’s why it’s critically important they get the right nutrients. Discover the ingredients your pet needs to keep a healthy coat, prevent arthritis and pain, stop tumors, and even prevent cancer.

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  • Weekly Articles-March 21, 2014

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    Terry’s Bottom Line

    My dogs are two of my favorite companions. I love to see them play and run, and be happy and healthy. And I believe that’s the case for all of us with pets. We want the best for them and we’re always willing to go that extra distance to make sure they get the right food, care, and exercise.

    But what about giving supplements to our pets? Did you know that natural medicines such as the anti-inflammatory curcumin, or omega-3s from salmon can work as effectively for animals as they do for people? Use them to prevent disease, or to treat commonly experienced conditions such as:

    • Arthritis and hip dysplasia
    • Dry skin, dandruff and itching
    • Cancer
    • Pain and inflammation from accidents or chronic disease

    Companion animals are a vibrant source of delight in our lives. Their unconditional love and enthusiasm can fill a dark day with sunshine. Our pets become part of our family, and of course, we want the very best for them. They rely upon us to provide what they need to survive and thrive.

    My own dogs, Buddy and Bella (see their pictures in the upper left hand corner of the home page on my website), have become such a big part of my life that I cannot imagine what I would do without them! Nothing is too good for them–they have a healthy regimen of nutritious food, vigorous exercise, and targeted supplementation.

    Not surprisingly, at many of my lectures all around the country, people inevitably ask about supplements for their pets. The two most common topics are joint pain and cancer, which are unfortunately common woes for our animal friends.

    In this edition of Terry Talks Nutrition®, I’ll discuss supplements that address both of these concerns, and ways to enhance your pet’s everyday health as well.

    Nutrients That Make a Difference

    If you have noticed that your pet has a dry coat with dandruff or skin flakes, you should definitely consider supplementing with omega-3 fatty acids. While a dry, scruffy coat can be a sign of an underlying disorder and is certainly something you should discuss with your veterinarian, adding additional omega-3 fatty acids to your dog or cat’s food is an easy and inexpensive way to address this problem from a nutritional standpoint, and will often fix the problem entirely.

    The reason omega-3 fatty acids help skin and hair look healthy is because they are important in building cell walls, or membranes. Cell membranes are what hold nutrients and water in, and keep waste material out. A healthy cell with strong, omega-3 fatty acid fortified walls is moist, full and plump. A cell membrane that is lacking these essential fatty acids will have weak walls, and be unable to hold in water, and can “dry” out. A common sign of omega fatty acid deficiency is dry, dull skin and brittle hair – in both pets and people!

    Getting omega-3s is truly essential. But getting them from fish oils creates a lot of potential problems.

    By the time fish oil is bottled, it has been processed so much that it bears little resemblance to the omega-3 fatty acids obtained from eating fish. Because this has bothered me for some time, I was glad to find a new method from Europe which uses a patented, gentle, cold water and enzyme process to extract from salmon naturally occurring omega-3 fatty acids DHA (docosahexaenoic acid) and EPA (eicosapentaenoic acid) bound to phospholipids, rather than the triglyceride bonds in traditional fish oils. This creates a supplement that is much closer to nature and how people, and animals, were meant to absorb and use these nutrients. Plus, researchers have found that the omega-3s naturally bound to these whole salmon phospholipids are better absorbed. This concentrated effect means that you need to only give your dog or cat one tablet daily. While your pet may not mind oils added to their food, the tableted form with phospholipids is identical to what they would get from nature, and dogs and cats will chew it up just like a treat.

    For your dog or cat, omega-3s not only keep skin healthy and build a shiny, glossy coat, but they also keep the heart and arteries running smoothly, gives the brain a boost (now there’s no excuse for them not to learn new tricks!) and reduces inflammation, too. Because omega-3 fatty acids are also natural anti-inflammatories, supplementation can be helpful for pets with allergies and itching, as well as other chronic diseases. Inflammation underlies almost all diseases, including the problems frequently experienced by our pets – arthritis and cancer.

    Terry recommends a product with these ingredients. Look for it at your local health food store.

    Omega-3 Phospholipid Peptide Complex
    Containing Phospholipids, Omega-3 [DHA (docosahexaenoic acid) and EPA (eicosapentaenoic acid)] and bioactive peptides extracted from Atlantic Salmon (Salmo salar), in a balanced ratio as found naturally in salmon; not chemically altered or spiked with DHA/EPA

    292 mg

    Inflammation and Cancer

    One of the toughest things that pet owners have to deal with is their companion getting cancer.

    Our pets – especially our dogs – are just as prone to cancer as we are; maybe even more so. After all, think about how many toxins they are exposed to on a regular basis. When they’re out at a park, they could be sprinting across lawns that are saturated with herbicides and pesticides, which absorbs right through the pads of their feet. When they’re eating at home, how often do they eat from a plastic dish, literally licking it clean? And, when you mop your floors, consider how much they walk over that heavy dose of chemicals left behind and then clean their paws.

    Fortunately, there is a powerful, natural ingredient that reduces cell-destroying inflammation and helps prevent and fight cancer, and can add years to your pet’s life – curcumin, which is extracted from the spice turmeric.

    Curcumin is an amazing substance. It is antiviral, antifungal, a very powerful anti-inflammatory, and it has even been shown to stop cancer cells. In fact, curcumin has been found to be effective at all stages of cancer: it can stop cancer cells from forming, stop cancer cells from replicating and forming a tumor, and stop cancer cells from spreading to other parts of the body (called metastasis). Our bodies have a natural ability to fight cancer, which can be reduced by the effects of our modern life (poor diets, exposure to pollution and chemicals, aging process, lack of exercise). Curcumin seems to reawaken these natural defenses, and it seems reasonable to suppose it would work similarly in dogs as it does in people. Curcumin can also be used in combination with chemotherapy drugs, and has been shown to reduce their toxicity. Because curcumin has no toxic effects, I highly recommend it to any dog owner who has a dog with cancer, or is concerned about cancer prevention in their dog. In the past I have been less comfortable recommending curcumin for cats. Felines have a very different metabolism than dogs and nutritional supplements need to be used with care. However, a recent study examining the use of curcumin to reduce inflammation in overweight cats found no adverse effects, and improvement in overall feline health. I now suggest curcumin for cats, since there is research on its use in these animals.

    Most curcumin extracts aren’t well absorbed into the bloodstream, which is why I recommend a highly- effective, micronized curcumin extract that is re-blended with the essential oil of turmeric for up to 10 times the absorption of standard 95% curcumin extracts.

    For prevention and health maintenance in dogs, go with a 375 mg dose (standardized to 250 mg pure curcuminoids) per day of a curcumin complex with micronized rhizome extract and turmeric essential oil. This is also a good dose for small dogs undergoing cancer treatment. However, in large dogs with cancer, a 750 mg dose (standardized to 500 mg pure curcuminoids) is better for dogs over 50 pounds. Cats can take less (squeeze a small amount from a softgel) but getting them to accept it added to their food can be challenging. Some cats are fine with a small amount mixed into food, but some are not. You can use a softgel capsule for a cat if taste becomes an issue.

    Terry recommends a product with these ingredients. Look for it at your local health food store.

    Proprietary Complex
    Curcumin (Curcuma longa) Micronized Rhizome Extract, phospholipids, turmeric essential oil, supplying 500 mg of pure
    curcuminoids.

    750 mg

    Additionally, I highly recommend that you feed your dog or cat as natural a diet as possible. If you are not able to prepare a raw food diet, you can purchase premixed, frozen meals, or just simply switching to a premium, grain-free manufactured food can still be very helpful. And finally – treating cancer in animals can be difficult and frustrating. Please work with a holistic veterinarian who can help you choose the best options possible for your pet.

    Fighting Pain and Restoring Joint Health

    If your dog is getting a little slower when he gets up after resting, or your cat is unable to leap as high as he once did, it isn’t necessarily just “old age.” Like us, our pets can have problems with their hips and other joints. In young dogs, slowness to get up, and short steps with the hind legs, or running with the back feet locked together (a “bunny hop” motion) are key signals of potential hip joint problems. And in older pets, it may be arthritis.

    Many veterinarians and pet owners are familiar with glucosamine sulfate for treating arthritis and hip problems. However, I believe that it is equally important to reduce the pain and inflammation associated with these conditions. Research studies show that boswellia is especially potent at reducing the joint pain associated with arthritis. It does this by inhibiting the inflammatory enzyme, 5-LOX. Make sure you look for boswellia that is low in beta-boswellic acid (which interferes with beneficial activity) and at least 10% acetyl-11-keto-β-boswellic acid (AKBA), and not more than 5% beta-boswellic acids.

    The amino acid combination DLPA (DL-phenylalanine) inhibits the breakdown of enkephalins (related to endorphins, which are your body’s natural pain killers), improves healthy neurotransmitter levels in the brain (dopamine, epinephrine, and norepinephrine) and relieves muscle pain.

    The enzyme nattokinase helps promote blood flow so that other compounds that are carried in the bloodstream (such as the curcumin and boswellia) can reach the areas where they are needed the most.

    Look for a combination of highly-absorbable curcumin with inflammation-fighting boswellia, the amino acid DLPA, and the enzyme nattokinase. I think starting at one capsule with a 727 mg combination of these ingredients is best. Larger dogs may need double that, or 1454 mg of this combination.

    These ingredients work very well together to reduce pain and inflammation and can help your pet recover some of the pep and vitality of their youth. I do not recommend this combination for cats, however, because the effects of some of the ingredients are not yet well-researched. I suggest sticking with glucosamine sulfate and the special high absorption curcumin I discussed in the cancer section for cats.

     

    Terry recommends a product with these ingredients. Look for it at your local health food store.

    Proprietary Complex
    DLPA (DL-Phenylalanine), Boswellia (Boswellia serrata) Gum Resin Extract standardized to contain >70% total organic and boswellic acids with AKBA >10%, with less than 5% beta-boswellic acids, Curcumin (Curcuma longa) Rhizome Extract standardized for curcuminoid complex (curcumin, demethoxycurcumin and bisdemethoxycurcumin), Nattokinase.

    2,181 mg

    Long, Healthy Lives

    Keeping our pets healthy, comfortable, and full of vitality is a priority. We appreciate their companionship and their ability to share the joys of life with us. And we want that companionship for a long time. I believe that the natural ingredients I’ve outlined here can do exactly that for many years to come.

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  • Just Ask Terry-February 14, 2014

    Q. Dear Terry, “I have been diagnosed as having fibroadenomas of the breast.  While I have been told this makes me 2x more likely to develop breast cancer, I want to avoid biopsies and surgeries as long as I can.  Do you have any recommendations?” — Pat C., New York, NY

    A. Dear Pat, A diagnosis of fibroadenoma can be scary. But, the term fibroadenoma simply refers to an overgrowth of fibrous and glandular breast tissue. It’s usually distinguished by its mobility – when you press on it, it might feel like it’s slipping out from under your fingers and moving around. Also, a fibroadenoma, unlike a cancerous tumor, may change in sync with your period, and may be tender or painful.

    Fibroadenomas are most common in women between the ages of 15 and 30, and in pregnant women. In fact, fibroadenomas are the most common type of breast mass in women under the age of 30. About 10% of the general population of women will experience a fibroadenoma at some time during their lives; for African-American women, the risk is about 20%.

    I am glad to say I do have some recommendations. However, I would encourage you to talk with your doctor and see what they think about the following recommendations.

    I believe you would benefit greatly by adding a strong, absorbable curcumin to your daily regimen. Curcumin, a compound found in the spice turmeric, is a potent antioxidant and powerful anti-inflammatory that works via multiple pathways. I recommend taking 750 mg of high absorption curcumin once daily. Keep in mind that standard curcumin is very poorly absorbed, so make sure the product you choose features a curcumin with excellent absorption that has been proven in published human studies. The best form I have ever found uses curcumin blended with turmeric essential oils in a patented process. This curcumin has been shown in published human studies to be up to 10 times better absorbed than standard curcumin.

    You should also consider adding pomegranate to your daily regimen. Everything about the pomegranate is good for you. The bitter-tasting skin has excellent anti-inflammatory power. The seeds contain oils and fatty acids that moderate hormone activity, which is crucial for supporting breast health in women. When choosing a formula, look for one that features both a strong pomegranate seed extract and seed oil. This special combination provides the amazing power of pomegranate, without the sugar, calories, or mess of drinking the juice or eating the fruit. I recommend taking 600-1,200 mg of this special combination daily.

    Supplemental iodine has also been found to improve symptoms of fibrocystic breast disease. In fact, in one study, 98% of women receiving iodine treatment were pain-free by the study’s end, and 72% had improvements in breast tissue. I recommend using a blend of 3 kinds of iodine: potassium iodide, molecular iodine, and sodium iodide. I like combining 3 forms because they are utilized more diversely in the body. Additionally, molecular iodine is the preferred form for the breast, so it is important that any blend contain this form. I recommend taking 12.5 mg of this special blend 1-2 times daily.

    Healthy Regards!

    Terry . . . Naturally

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  • Just Ask Terry-February 14, 2014

    Q. Dear Terry, “The vet thinks our golden retriever has an autoimmune disease that is attacking her eyes. Is there anything we can give her that may help?” — Debra, Brooklyn Park, MN

    A. Dear Debra, I am so sorry to hear your dog is having health issues. My own dogs, Buddy and Bella, are such a big part of my life. I do have a suggestion, but recommend you consult with your pet’s vet regarding use.

    Your dog would benefit greatly by adding a strong, absorbable curcumin to her daily regimen. Curcumin, a compound found in the spice turmeric, is a potent antioxidant and powerful anti-inflammatory that works via multiple pathways. I recommend giving your dog 375 mg of high absorption curcumin 1-2 times daily. Keep in mind that standard curcumin is very poorly absorbed, so make sure the product you choose features a curcumin with excellent absorption that has been proven in published studies. The best form I have ever found uses curcumin blended with turmeric essential oils in a patented process. This curcumin has been shown in published studies to be up to 10 times better absorbed than standard curcumin.

    Healthy Regards!

    Terry . . . Naturally

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