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Intervertebral Disc Disease

The regular readers of DogtorJ.com already have this one figured out, Ill bet. Once the malabsorption syndrome that is taking place in the small intestine is understood, the resulting premature failure of the skeletal system components is pretty much a no-brainer, isn’t it? As the villi of the intestine become covered with the “glue” from the primary food allergens (cow milk, wheat, soy, and corn) and they start to undergo atrophy, the reduced absorption of calcium and vitamin C- the building blocks of collagen- results in poorly formed skeletal structures, including the intervertebral discs of the spine, ligaments of the knee, rotator cuffs of the shoulder, and even the hip sockets. Hip dysplasia anyone?

This concept of poorly absorbed skeletal building blocks explains much that is wrong with the person and their pet. We’re trying to build houses out of faulty bricks, aren’t we? Collagen makes up between 25- 35% of our body’s protein and makes up the matrix of our connective tissues and organs. Vitamin C is the most important substrate when it comes to the formation of collagen. We have been taught for years that the dog and cat make all of the vitamin C they need in their liver. Do they? Just look at the numerous examples of collagen failure- hip dysplasia and other juvenile bone diseases , collapsing trachea syndrome, heart valve abnormalities, polycystic kidneys, and disc problems. (For more on this, please read my paper on Ehlers- Danlos Syndrome.) The fact is that, in the species that can, vitamin C is made in the liver from glucose in a four step, enzyme-driven process. Enzymes require coenzymes, which are usually vitamins or minerals, all of which are absorbed by the small intestine. All roads do lead to Rome, don’t they?

The correlation of collagen failure to other disease conditions only serves to confirm our suspicions that the primary food allergens are behind it all. All the reader has to do is to look at the risk groups, in both pets and people, for intervertebral disc disease (and hip dysplasia) and the truth jumps right off the page.

In pets, the two breeds of dogs that start rupturing discs earlier than any other are the Cocker Spaniel and the Shi Tzu. They hold the record for blowing discs in their neck and back, with this syndrome beginning as early as one year of age in these two breeds. Yes, the male Shi Tzu and female Cocker are on record in our texts as having slipped discs as early as their first birthday. Wow! BUT, they also have another dubious distinction. They are two of the most food allergic dogs on the planet. Hmmm… (My regular readers are going “I knew it, I knew it!” Good for you.)

Yes, the pets with the worst allergies are nearly always the ones with the worst skeletal problems in general, including hip dysplasia, elbow dysplasia, OD of the shoulder, ruptured cruciate ligaments in the knee, and more. Celiacs (gluten intolerants) like my brother and I are very commonly afflicted with disc problems at an early age and later develop rotator cuff problems and bad knees. We also are notorious for having serious allergies, including multiple food allergies. The relationship is so easy to understand that anyone can see it…except for the average doctor, including myself for the first twenty years of my career. It is still amazing to me that something this important has taken so long to make its way into mainstream medical thought.

The primary food allergens- wheat, dairy, soy and corn- are the culprits in producing the damage that is taking place in the lining of the small intestine. During this inflammatory process (IBS anyone?), the allergies to those foods are initiated. The “warning antibody” (IgE) is formed and it goes off to the typical places in the body…the nose, ears, respiratory tract, skin, and gastrointestinal tract…to create the usual early warning symptoms of nasal congestion, itching, ear problems, and diarrhea to name a few. But at the same time, the intestinal damage is preventing the proper absorption of calcium, vitamin C, boron, and all of the other nutrients that I keep listing on this site. This leads to poorly formed skeletal structures such as spinal discs and joint-supporting ligaments and then later to one of our next topics, osteoporosis.

The bad news is that the process begins before birth in many cases. I like to remind people that we are born fully formed, just not fully developed. All of the ligaments, tendons, and bones are present at birth. What if the mother of a child (or litter) is food intolerant and having problems absorbing her vital nutrients while gestating her offspring? What if her offspring are also food intolerant (which they have a 40% chance of being in the case of celiac disease) and start malabsorbing their nutrients as soon as they start consuming dairy products (e.g. formulas), wheat, soy (e.g. formulas) and corn? Could these offspring be predisposed to skeletal abnormalities…or worse? Yes!

Now, why do the most food allergic breeds of dogs have the worst joint and back problems???

Dogtor J

 
 
 
Just Desserts

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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Blogtor J

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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