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Neutering Misconceptions

This section is one of the newest and certainly one of the most important on DogtorJ.com when it comes to the overall health of our pets. The vast majority of information available on the Internet at this time is written in favor of sterilization of dogs and cats at the earliest possible age. Now, I am as much for controlling the stray population as any one else but it is completely false to look someone in the eye and tell them that their pets will be healthier if they are spayed or neutered. However, I cannot judge those who think this too harshly as I used to tell my clients the very same thing.

The fact is the gonads- the testicles and ovaries- produce very important hormones that are involved in much more than reproduction. Progesterone, for example, is a very powerful anti-inflammatory agent, as the papers below explain. The principle source of this crucial hormone is the gonads, with the adrenal glands being a back-up supplier. However, many individuals are suffering from adrenal insufficiency for the same reason that other organs and enzyme systems are failing, namely malnutrition- much of which is resulting from the malabsorption of nutrients caused by food intolerance.

As you will read below, studies have now shown that those pets neutered early in life had much higher rates of allergies, vaccine reactions, “autoimmune diseases” and cancer, particularly bone cancer. Why? When it comes down to it, it’s all about inflammation. And when we reduce our body’s ability to control inflammation by removing the sources of its natural anti-inflammatory agents or damage the other sources (adrenals) through malnutrition and excessive stress on those glands, bad things will happen. This is spelled out rather clearly in the papers of this section.

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In this section…

Early spaying- Good Idea??? – This is my first paper on the subject and is in the form of a forum post that I placed on numerous Internet pet forums. I will be adding to this important section as time allows.

The Negative Aspects of Neutering Your Pet – This is great summary of the currently known medical drawbacks of spaying or neutering our pets that was put together by my good friend, Jeannie Thomason, of Animal Talk Naturally and The Whole Dog. Certainly, we need to control the unwanted pet population but the responsible pet owner needs to understand the ill-effects of dramatically reducing their pet’s sex hormones through gonadectomy, especially at the early age that is oftentimes recommended by the staunch advocates of neutering or even their veterinarian. This is very important information that will impact the quality and length your pet’s life

The Truth About Gonadectomy – This is a very important paper written by soon-to-be Dr. Connie Lawless, a junior veterinary student at Ohio State University College of Veterinary Medicine (Class of 2011). She wrote this for her Canine Theriogenology (study of reproduction) class and did a great job of covering the important medical drawbacks of spaying and neutering dogs. Before the animal welfare groups get all up in arms, there are good alternatives to removing the gonads. Vasectomy (males) and hysterectomy (females) can be done just as easily by a veterinary surgeon and will render the patient incapable of reproduction while preserving the vital hormones that the gonads produce. The importance of the ovaries and testicles is not restricted to reproduction.

An Important Email to a Client Concerning Spaying – This is an answer to an Email asking me about the benefits/drawbacks of spaying a 6 year-old Boxer. I took this opportunity to include many important points about the potentially devastating effects of removing the gonads, especially in the wrong individual.

An Important Email to a Doctor Concerning Spaying – This is an answer to an Email from a doctor who was asking me about the “partial spay” (hysterectomy alone).

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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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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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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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