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Eczema

This is an interesting topic, partly because we in veterinary medicine talk about the relationship of food allergies to skin problems all day long in the exam room, and yet, most of my clients with eczema have never had their dermatologist tell them anything about the possibility that their diet is causing their psoriasis, eczema, or severe dandruff. Once again, if MDs studied veterinary medicine the way I have researched human medicine since April of 200, we would have all of this knocked out. I tell people all of the time that one of the purposes of dogs and cats is to show us the truth about medicine in double time. Their abbreviated lives tell us sooo much about our medical woes…if we would simply listen.

I will be placing an article on the Website in the near future titled Allergies 101. It goes into detail about the origin and physiology of allergies but in a rather simple and (hopefully) understandable way. It discusses the mast cell- the cell that produces histamine- which acts as our allergy sentinel. They are strategically placed in our skin, lungs and GI tract, just where you’d expect to find a cell that warns us when we have been exposed to a potential threat. Once triggered to do so by these challenges, the mast cells release histamine, leukotrienes, and other inflammatory agents that invoke a number of reactions in the tissue and blood vessels, producing the typical symptoms that we and our pets experience when exposed to an immunological insult (allergens, toxins, viruses, etc.): hives, itching, swelling, flushing, coughing, brochoconstriction (asthma), vomiting, diarrhea, dizziness, etc.

So, we should not be surprised to find that food allergies/intolerances can cause any of theses signs. My veterinary clients seem to have no trouble grasping the connection between food and GI issues or even the one between the diet and skin problems. But they look at me like I’m a bit crazy when I suggest that the diet plays a role in their pet’s (or child’s) asthma. This connection should no longer be difficult to see once we know that our allergy sentinels (mast cells) are located in areas of the body where we are most likely to be challenged by insults- the skin, the GI tract and the respiratory tract. In fact, the lungs and sinuses should be the first to become affected since they are dealing with both inhaled proteins and those from food that are floating around in the blood stream.

However, just about everyone has heard that the “fun fact” that the skin is our biggest “organ”. And it does get a lot of abuse, both externally and internally- we just tend to forget the second part. The mast cells, which are highly concentrated in the face, hands, feet, and anal area, are constantly being bombarded by proteins that have been taken in both orally and through the respiratory tract. The formation of allergies is discussed elsewhere on the Website and will be the main topic of Allergies 101 but once they are a factor, the mast cell has its work cut out for it, deciding when to release its inflammatory contents. The cool thing to see is that mast cells have a tolerance level (determined, I believe, by the living entities inside them- the viruses and intracellular bacteria they contain). Once this threshold is exceeded, the signs of allergies begin. Thankfully these signs come and go, at least at first. But as we become more and more sensitive to our particular allergens and we become allergic to more things, this allergy threshold is more easily exceeded and the symptoms become more frequent, more severe, and involve more tissues.

Why some individuals have asthma vs. eczema vs. IBS is a great question and is addressed in the following Email.

Eczema, Asthma, and IBS- An Email to a Client

Hey A.,

Sounds like you’ve done it! Congratulations (on your recovery from multiple problems through diet and holistic means).

And yes, the eczema, asthma, and IBS are all related as you suspect/know. It’s interesting to see how/why some individuals have one symptom over another. In the dog, it’s all about the skin in most cases. IBS becomes a factor later in the course. Asthma is relatively uncommon in dogs and sinus infections are downright rare. In the cat, it is the opposite. Most food issues are manifested as IBS, with a significant number having sinus issues or asthma. The skin problems come on late and are much less common than in dogs.

I believe the answer lies in what viruses/bacteria (e.g. pleomorphic bacteria) they acquire and where they end up. Dogs do not have many viruses that affect their sinuses whereas cats have a myriad of them that do this. Dogs have a pantropic virus (distemper) that goes into all tissues including the skin. I used to think of this virus as a culprit but I now realize that it, like most viruses, serves multiple purposes- to serve and protect the host while also serving to cull the weak from the pack…survival of the species, to insure their survival. The weakest die from the infection and the stronger get stronger. Sadly, there is lots of clinical evidence that the modified live distemper virus we give the dog does cause subclinical disease. Therefore, it is probably contributing to the high rates of skin disease we see.

So, your progression from eczema to asthma to IBS is quite classic for the human. Some breeds of dogs also take on a similar pattern. Cats would be more likely to do the opposite. Bottom line: Can you say “Woof”? :):):)

You are certainly on the right path, which is always exciting to see. It’s a lot more enjoyable walk than the one down the pharmaceutical highway.

Let me know if you have any questions. I’m sure I could learn something from some of the things you’ve done. I am hoping that I will learn much more about herbs and essential oils in the future but keep getting sidetracked. Thank goodness the elimination diet works alone as well as it does. But Eastern medicine holds so much promise for speeding up the process and insuring our recovery.

Keep in touch,

John

 
 
 
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These are little tidbits of knowledge I’ve discovered or insights I’ve gained over the years while doing my in-depth studies.For example, did you know researchers have found that nearly 40% of the genetic information in our DNA is viral information? This explains what we call “genetic diseases” including familial and breed tendencies toward food intolerance (e.g. celiac disease), neurological disorders (e.g. epilepsy), and numerous cancers.

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Welcome to the blog of the new DogtorJ.com. New research into the origin of our medical woes has revealed something startling: As it turns out, we are our own worst enemy. Yes, the Pogo quote of yesteryear found in the title of this article is quite accurate when applied to our medical lives. We love to discuss those things that we call “causes” of diseases even though we often have little clue as to how these things really cause illness. Even medical professionals can have difficulty grasping the true cause-and-effect. But that is understandable once some insight is gained into the true nature of medical training.

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News Flash!

In this section, I will be placing links to the latest breaking news in the food world, including updates on the use of elimination diets to control disease, articles on pet food, the truth about GMO foods and more. I will do my best to balance the bad with the good, but try to remember: Much of this will seem like bad news but at least we know about it now…and can change it!

 

With some of these stories, I will include a link to a blog entry so that you can comment on the article. This idea came to me after reading the first entry, which is a news flash that made my blood boil.

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What is the “Leaky Gut”?
The “leaky gut syndrome” is the root of many medical evils once the “big 4” induce it. Read how Italians have survived being a pasta-based society.

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Hip Dysplasia – “Genetics” vs. Diet

As misconceptions go, this is a high-priority item. Hip dysplasia is not what we were taught.

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Epilepsy and Diet

I have been studying “idiopathic epilepsy” extensively since April of 2000. Guess what? It’s not idiopathic anymore. A diet change can cure it!

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The Truth About Pet Food

Dogs and cats are carnivores yet most pet foods are grain-based. Knowing how to read a label is also very important. Does your pet food really have vegetables in it? Really???

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How to Control Epilepsy Naturally
 

I have been successfully treating pets with epilepsy using diet changes alone for nearly 10 years. The results have been astounding. This paper helps to summarize my findings and recommendations.

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We Have Met the Enemy and He is Us
 

This is the first blog placed on BlogtorJ.com (6-24-07) and pretty much covers the gamut of topics – from heartburn to cancer – that are discussed on this Website. The bottom line? Viruses and bacteria are not the enemy. We are! The good news: We do have our health destinies in our own hands.

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Gluten Intolerance and Your Pet
 

This paper is an article I wrote for the newsletter of www.celiac.com when asked about the prevalence of celiac disease (gluten intolerance) in the dog and cat. This condition has been definitively diagnosed in the Irish Setter but not many other breeds of dogs. I will not be at all surprised when we find that it does exist in numerous other breeds… and even the lovable mutt…but as this article explains, that may very well be a moot point. Gluten is only the beginning.

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The Answer
 

This 40-plus page paper is my first major paper, written in 2001 and hurriedly placed on this site on that fateful and tragic day of 9-11. It represents the culmination of nearly two years of research on the subject of food-related disorders and contains an amazing amount of facts that have been hidden from public view concerning this subject. It covers how the “big 4” trouble foods- gluten, dairy, soy and corn- came into being, catapulted into common usage, and became directly involved in most of our serious medical conditions, including epilepsy, chronic fatigue, irritable bowel syndrome, insomnia, ADHD, pain syndromes, depression, and allergies. Severe immune-mediated diseases such as diabetes, lupus, and rheumatoid arthritis are also covered.

 

Yes, it is quite long, but it appeared on my computer screen and was placed onto the Web just as it came out of my head. And it is wordy in places. But, as I tell my clients, “There is no law that you have to read it all in one sitting. Think of it as a free, short book rather than a long research paper. It’s all how you look at it, right?”

 

The one thing I can say is that this information WILL change your life…guaranteed!!!

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