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GARD FAQ’s

Coming soon… Common questions concerning The GARD.

Dogtor J


Examples:

1) Why hasn’t my dog stopped seizing on the diet yet?

Answer: Other than cheating on the diet, the most common reason for pets and people to continue to seize on the diet is hypothyroidism. The next most common is concurrent liver disease. Any individual who has been on the diet for over three months and is still experiencing seizures should have lab work done to check the thyroid and liver function. The thyroid testing should involve a full thyroid panel (at least 4 tests), not just a TSH level or a T4 level. Ask for the results and even send them to me for interpretation if you would like. There are many out there – human and canine – who are hypothyroid and do not know it or who cannot get properly diagnosed due to inadequate testing or incorrect interpretation of those tests. Google “hypothyroid problems” and you can read the stories of those who have had serious issues getting diagnosed and treated properly. A great book can be found here: Why Do I Still Have Thyroid Symptoms? –  www.thyroidbook.com .

2) Why did my pain symptoms or seizures get worse before they got better?

Answer: This is uncommon but a great question. In these cases, the food opioids are leaving the brain and the neurons are waking up from these depressant effect of these morphine-like compounds derived from cow milk products and the gluten grains (wheat, barley and rye). This worsening of symptoms occurs infrequently but does happen occasionally, happening mostly in those individuals who were consuming the greatest quantities of dairy and wheat – the sources of casomorphins and gliadomorphins, respectively. These opioid compounds depress the brain (e.g. post-meal depression, autism, and the down cycle in ADHD) but serve to prevent over-stimulation by the ‘”excitotoxins” – the glutamate and aspartate – in those same foods. Gluten and casein, from which these opioids are derived, are very rich in glutamic acid and aspartic acid, the two amino acids being restricted by The GARD. So, we see that the depressants in the food prepare the brain for the bombardment by the excitotoxins and lessen their effect until the brain get saturated with the opioids over time and the neurons up-regulate to overcome the long-term depression. At this point, the opioids no longer prevent the symptoms and the individual is “addicted” to these foods.  If we then we suddenly eliminate all dairy and wheat from the diet, we are in effect taking that individual off their Phenobarbital or morphine-based pain killer. This can result in a sudden increase in seizures or pain (e.g. fibromyalgia). Thankfully, although this makes perfect sense, this phenomenon is uncommon due to the simple fact that The GARD also drastically reduces the amount of the excitotoxins in the diet and the benefit of doing this greatly outweighs the downside of eliminating the food opioids.

Much more to come…

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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Today’s Specials
The Epilepsy Diet Made Simple The Origin of Disease Lectins – The Missing Links Viruses – Friend or Foe? Pain, Pain Go Away
 
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Something to Chew On
 

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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