The Importance Of Supplements
by Terry Thistlethwaite
In a perfect world, we would all be able to get all of
the nutrients we need for optimal health by eating
a diet of fresh, organically raised and grown foods.
In a world where agriculture is controlled by large
industries, and "profit margin" is the primary focus
in raising or growing every crop, where soil is
depleted, air is polluted, and water is chemically
altered, it only makes sense that "optimal health"
will, for most, require more than eating fresh foods
or even organically raised foods. It will reasonably
require the addition of purified water, often purified
air, and almost always, some amount of nutritional supplementation.
With the plethora of dietary supplements available
to us today, it can be an overwhelming task to try
and discern "just which" to choose for ourselves,
as well as for our pets. To make things worse, our
society has fostered the idea that we should rely
upon the medical profession to guide us in making
such choices, with no accounting for the fact that
the average M.D. or D.V.M. has received very
little if any training in this field. Medical and
veterinary schools focus primarily on teaching
pharmachology and surgery. If you are seeking
treatment based on the use of prescription
medications and/or surgery, these are certainly
the skilled professionals who are trained to help you.
If, however, what you are seeking is nutritional advice,
the average M.D, is ill equipped to advise you
beyond the admonition to "eat a balanced diet", and
the D.V.M. is unlikely to be able to advise you
beyond the recommendation to feed whatever
processed kibble he has been encouraged by the
manufacturer to resell from his office.
My own experience with supplements has been
thru the usual "trial and error" method, the extensive
reading of and personal discussions with expert
authors such as Juliette de Baircli Levy and
Dr Richard Pitcairn, recommendations of alternative
health professionals (including veterinarians who have
done the additional research to become qualified to
advise on the subject of nutrition), and thru the
invaluable shared experience of longtime breeders
and professional show dog handlers.. I have decided
to share it here after numerous requests, and with
the usual disclaimer of "this is what has worked for
me in my own experience. It is not meant to be
taken as the medical or nutritional advice of an
expert, but only as a sharing of my own personal
views and conclusions".
As is the case with many breeders, owners, and
rescuers, there are a number of supplements that
I would simply never be without. Among them:
Most people are at least somewhat
familliar with the incredible research
findings of Linus Pauling and the
effects of Vitamin C on everything
from heart disease to the prevention
of stroke. In veterinary use,
Dr Wendell Bellfield DVM expanded on
this work, successfully treating active
cases of canine distemper and feline
leukemia with I-V sodium ascorbate.
As a daily supplement, the use of
Vitamin C is far too often
trivialized by the uninformed.
Diatomaceous Earth; food grade, of course
Alternative veterinarians typically
include DE in their prevention and
treatment programs for all internal
parasites including heartworm.
The usual dosage is one level
tablespoon per fifty pounds of body
weight on a three days per month basis.
The time of the full moon is generally
accepted as the time when parasites
are best addressed as it is then they
are most active. Veterinarians using
DE to treat positive heartworm advise
giving it every day for the first month.
DE is a very dry powder, and MUST be
given only in very WET food or in soup.
Multiple uses including disinfecting;
meat, fruit, and vegetable wash; oral care;
ear care; and more. One drop per eight
ounces of drinking water has been
recommended to address giardia.
MSM: This natural form of sulpher is known to
have strong detoxifying properties, and is
widely used to treat arthritic conditions.
Garlic; actually a food rather than a supplement,
but often used as a supplement nonetheless.
Often used to address intestinal parasites
as well as general diarreah, garlic does not
"kill worms", but rather sets up a healthy
intestinal environment in which worms have
nothing on which to feed.
"Although promoted by conventional medicine
as part of a healthy diet, my experience has
clearly shown the fallacy of low-salt diets.
They are not associated with a reduction in
blood pressure for the vast majority
of the population and also have adverse
effects on numerous metabolic markers
including elevated insulin levels and insulin
resistance. Low sodium diets have been
associated with elevating total cholesterol
and LDL cholesterol levels, which, in turn,
has been associated with cardiovascular
Furthermore, it has demonstrated that
mineral deficiencies are present in most
chronic illnesses and it is impossible to
overcome these disorders unless mineral
deficits are corrected. What conventional
doctors and most mainstream organizations
have failed to grasp is the difference between
refined and unrefined salt. Unrefined salt
contains over 80 minerals in a perfect
proportion for our bodies. Our bodies were
meant to function optimally with adequate
mineral levels and adequate salt intake.
Only the use of unrefined salt can provide
both of these factors.
- Dr. David Brownstein, MD
from the article
"Salt Your Way To Health"
"Many illnesses are caused or
exacerbated by trace-mineral deficiencies.
These can be avoided by the liberal use of
Celtic Sea Salt® in your cooking and
the complete avoidance of all other salts,
all of which contain only pure
- Dr. Thomas S. Cowan, M.D.
"I've enjoyed using Celtic Sea Salt® for
several years now.it enhances the flavor of
whole foods and provides ne and my family
with a superior source of trace minerals."
- Dr. Christiane Northrup,
author Women's Bodies,
Raw Honey and Raw Goat Milk:
probably the two most perfect foods in nature.
Even the highly touted
Journal of the American Medical Association
has published findings with this conclusion.
Combined supplement formulas can be found at all
levels of quality, cost, and general usefulness.
The ones I can personally recommend through
successful longterm use are these:
supplement for all dogs (Click the link for info).
all cats (Click the link for info)
puppy nutrition" for puppies up to eighteen
months of age (Click the link for info.)
given to ALL of the senior dogs here
(Click the link for info.)
for athritic rescue dogs who don't respond to
MSM alone. (Click the link for info.)