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Where to find information on the safety of GMO foods

GMO foods- means Genetically Modified organisims.

Below is the best website I have found dedicated to good science on the  long term effects of GMO foods and the environment and health effects. No spin just science.

Non-GMO Project.

 Not to be confused with an industry website called GMO.com with a nice green logo. They say that they are stating the facts only. However, numerous important misstatements of the facts make this website just an industry marking tool.  The companies who sponsor this website are the major makers of GMO products, including:  BASF, Bayer CropScience, Dow AgroSciences, DuPont, Monsanto Company and Syngenta. Remember these names.

 

How much to feed your dog. — Podcast, The National Academies of Science.

Great podcast from Veterinary Nutrition specialists. Covers all the important information owners need to know to make intelligent choices about dogs and pet foods.

Sounds of Science Podcast from The National Academies.

I recommend one food company at this time; Drfostersmith.com These recommendation will change over time because the pet food industry is not well regulated and the successful  companies are often bought by one of the “Big Two”, multinational food companies, They are Mars and Proctor & Gamble, who are owned by even bigger, multinational, Tobacco Companies.

Allergic to pollen and food. Learn about Oral Allergy Syndrome.

Here is a link to the Wiki page of OAS

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Oral_allergy_syndrome

These same principles apply even more in our pets with multiple allergies. Pets have more histamine & inflammatory molecules stored in their skin. So, no matter what the source of the allergen, the first sign of an allergy flare up is itching & increased ear wax. Pets who are allergic to fleas, ticks or mites can develop oral allergy symptoms to these pests because they accidentally ingest them while grooming. Probably one of the many causes of eosinophilic mouth ulcers in cats.

More info; about people at Tree pollen allergy reacts with some foods.

Common Cross reactions:

Allergies to a specific pollen are usually associated with OAS reactions to other certain foods. For instance, an allergy to ragweed is associated with OAS reactions to banana, watermelon, cantaloupe, honeydew, zucchini, and cucumber. This does not mean that all sufferers of an allergy to ragweed will experience adverse effects from all or even any of these foods. Reactions may be associated with one type of food, with new reactions to other foods developing later. However, reaction to one or more foods in any given category does not necessarily mean a person is allergic to all foods in that group.

 

How does one cope!  Knowing what you are allergic to helps because  you can avoid the foods that go hand in hand with pollen allergies.  Thorough cooking to breakdown the proteins in food into smaller bits can eliminate the allergic reaction. (Yes, fruit vegies and grains all have proteins or polypeptides) Cooking in water works the best to preserve the good elements in fruits and vegies, such as: poaching, stewing, baking in water until the food is really mushy like babyfood. Indian cuisine is well know for this method of cooking where any vegie becomes part of the sauce. Breaking down foods in acids like lemon, lime or vinegar can also work if allowed to marinate for hours to overnight.

Allergies to insect bites in pets.

This is an excellent articles on how insect bites lead to  allergies in pets.

http://www1.vetmed.lsu.edu/VTHC/Shared Services/Dermatology/Continuing Education Lectures/item42230.html.

Scientists also know that the flea, tick, & mite- type insects can transfer proteins in their saliva that are identical to proteins in beef and Pork. This is how a single allergy to biting insects can develop into a allergy reaction to food. Called Tick-food cross reaction allergy.

So what can be done to prevent food -insect cross reaction allergy? Thorough cooking (at minimum 30 minutes at low boil in water until the meat falls to pieces) is usually enough to breakdown the proteins.  Commercial foods and treats are usually not cooked long enough to breakdown the proteins so many hypoallergenic foods fail. In humans this phenomenon is called “tick-food allergy cross reaction”, and cross reactions can also happen with many pollens called pollen-food cross reaction or Oral Allergy Syndrome.

This  explains why homemade pet-foods, and a few of the freeze- dried, pressure treated pet-foods can extremely  helpful to reduce allergy symptoms.

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Anti-inflammatory supplements have also been shown to be very effective. High quality, fish oil with omega 3 fats being the best of all these products. This is the one time I recommend buying fish oil from your local vet. The prescription form of fish- omega 3 FA are filtered, concentrated which removes water, unneeded non-omega 3 fats and both heavy metals like mercury and other chemical contaminates. I have done numerous price comparisons, based on the effective dose of Fish-Omega FA (mgs)  and found that the cost per pet is the same as over-the-counter brands.

Most veterinarians can/will sell these products without an appointment because of overwhelming science that shows how high quality fish oil prevents most diseases including teeth & gum disease.

Note to remember: Flax seed or borage oil are not effective in dogs nor cats. Carnivores lack the liver enzymes that convert vegetable Omega 3 fats into a form our bodies use to suppress inflammation. You are just getting expensive poop. These seeds or oils are added in tiny amounts to pet foods and treats to sell more product to health aware consumers.

 

PetFoodReport what is really in pet food

This is a highly detailed and accurate report into how dog food is made. The first part of the article on the Maillard reaction is of interest to owners of dogs or cats who have had IBD diagnoses.

PetFoodReport_BFUSA.pdf.

Website on Home-Prepared Dog &Cat Diets

Great resource check it out !! here is the link

Home-Prepared Dog & Cat Diets.

Good science about Fatty Acids and Cardiovascular Health. Do we need both DHA &EPA omega 3 fats?

This is a link to a scholarly article that reveals that we benefit from both Omega 3 fats. Plus lists the best foods for sources of Omega 3 fats.  Food  technology is aiming to separate out the two fats from fish oil  or substitute a vegetable source fats (linoleic FA) for just EPA.  This article clearly shows the benefit of both fats in our diet. My conclusion: why bother to change mother nature, eat fish oil to get the best of both fats in one food .

(n-3) Fatty Acids and Cardiovascular Health: Are Effects of EPA and DHA Shared or Complementary?.

For Your Information:

TABLE 1

Major dietary sources of long-chain (n-3) PUFA1

EPA DPA2 DHA Combined EPA+DHA
mg/100 g
Anchovy 763 41 1292 2055
Herring, Atlantic 909 71 1105 2014
Salmon, farmed 862 393 1104 1966
Salmon, wild 411 368 1429 1840
Mackerel, Atlantic 504 106 699 1203
Bluefish 323 79 665 988
Sardines, Atlantic 473 0 509 982
Trout 259 235 677 936
Golden bass (tilefish) 172 143 733 905
Swordfish 127 168 772 899
Tuna, white (albacore) 233 18 629 862
Mussels 276 44 506 782
Striped bass 169 0 585 754
Shark 258 89 431 689
Pollock, Atlantic 91 28 451 542
Oysters, wild 274 16 210 484
King mackerel 174 22 227 401
Tuna, light (skipjack) 91 17 237 328
Snapper 48 22 273 321
Flounder and sole 168 34 132 300
Clams 138 104 146 284
Grouper 35 17 213 248
Halibut 80 20 155 235
Lobster 117 6 78 195
Scallops 72 5 104 176
Blue crab 101 9 67 168
Cod, Pacific 42 5 118 160
Shrimp 50 5 52 102
Catfish, farmed 20 18 69 89
Eggs 0 7 58 58
Chicken breast 10 10 20 30
Beef 2 4 1 3
Pork 0 10 2 2
1Adapted with permission from (1). Data are from the USDA National Nutrition Database for Standard Reference Release 23, 2010 (9).
2Compared to EPA and DHA, the DPA contents in food sources are less available in the USDA database, which limits the ability to assess dietary intake of this (n-3) PUFA.
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