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Updated: Oct 16, 2023

The logical therapeutic solution to illness is one with the least intrusion on health; with the least side-effects.

Original post: December 10, 2010


Natural or nutrient-based therapies fit perfectly into this philosophy offering potent therapeutic potential with the least amount of side-effects. Formulated correctly, natural therapies empower the body to restore damage and correct metabolic dysfunction while providing relief – correcting the root of the problem in addition to symptomatic improvement.

Compromised nutrition produces poor cell-to-cell communication all the way down to the genetic level. Feed poor, dead nutrition which has been over-processed and the genetic codes of the body will build a fragile biological system that is missing critical links. The inefficient metabolic activity, very frequently, shows up as infection and

inflammation. Most of our common diseases are characterized by an underlying inflammatory activity and the better we control inflammation the easier it is to mitigate the intensity of illness and even eliminate it altogether.


Just like you and me, our pets have a certain level of general inflammation that simmers in their cells – subclinical inflammation. Tolerance to illness is closely related to this underlying inflammation. A higher subclinical level may never be felt but it lowers tolerance to triggers. This is most perfectly represented by the allergy or asthma model. This model with some slight modifications can also be used to produce treatments for most other ailments. As much as the pollutants in our environment from our new age technologies are to blame for these reactions the manifestation also involves biochemical activity in our cells that we have some control over – this subclinical inflammation. The diet dictates this cell activity and this is where we can apply some powerful therapeutic potential.

The rate of skin disease in our pets, for example, continues to rise at an exponential rate today. The cause is nutritional imbalance wedded to ever-increasing pollution. The pollutants in our environment from our new age technologies increase the rate of these reactions but sensitivity to these riggers and the intensity of the response is also a function of that underlying inflammation. The diet dictates this cell activity and this is where we can apply some powerful therapeutic potential.

STEP ONE: The first step towards regaining control of this underlying inflammation is in removing sources of oxidized fatty acids and other damaged nutrients from the diet such as those common to processed foods. Healthier foods should deliver a dense source of vitamins, minerals and a bountiful supply of protein that are active. Processing deactivates these essential nutrients in part and sometimes completely. Some animals can tolerate processed foods for much of their life but as our global technologies advance and the by-products of these technologies mount the fatty acid imbalances in the cells and the limited essential nutrition then become greater liabilities.

These vulnerabilities also tend to become more pronounced as our pets age since the aging cells lose the capacity to manufacture needed Omega-3 fatty acids and important antioxidants at required levels. As this production in the cells declines, the food becomes an even more important source and food quality a more critical health factor. Choose the best food you can afford.

STEP TWO: Supplement this new whole food nutrition with the right ratio of omega-3 to omega-6 fatty acids in supplemental form to restore a neutral inflammatory response in the cells. The fatty acid supplement for dogs must be a carefully proportioned seed oil and fish oil blend offering a precise ratio between omega-3 and -6 and then again a precise proportion of the omega-3 DHA and EPA fatty acids.


STEP THREE: Requires a more specific nutrient-based strategy that targets the tissues involved in the disease and activates the body’s natural maintenance programs and immune system to do their job more expeditiously and with greater precision. This usually involves specific antioxidant systems that should be incorporated into the natural remedy with precision. A joint remedy, for example, will require a different array of vitamins, minerals, antioxidants and building blocks than a skin health or digestive health remedy.

The forms of these nutrient activators also play a role in the effectiveness of the protocol. While the antioxidant and building block program of STEP THREE can vary for the treatment of different ailments, STEPS ONE and TWO might be applied to treat all these conditions in a similar way to set the foundation for STEP THREE to work at its best potential.

The best source of nutraceuticals for our pets comes in the powder and liquid forms as tablets are not utilized as effectively by their digestive and absorptive process. The long term objective for therapy must be deeper than mere symptom relief, it must involve metabolic correction. These natural applications must be designed to correct the root problem and empower self-sufficient health alleviating the dependency on drugs which may pose harmful side-effects.

If the course of treatment requires drug therapy as a powerpunch in the initial stages to alleviate immediate danger that the disorder poses, the concurrent use of these natural remedies can serve as additional synergistic support to reduce the dosage of drug and also reduce the associated side-effects.


Always consult your veterinary professional before significantly altering the course of prescriptive applications but always consider the least intrusive approach to treating illness before jumping into treatments that have significant side-effects. The goal is to empower the body to correct the cause of illness and maintain long term health spontaneously. The ultimate goal is restore self-sufficient health so drugs are not needed at all. And if drugs are an absolute must, the goal is to restore health to the point that drug dependency can be alleviated in the long run.


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