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Welcome to DogtorJ.com

Welcome to the new Dogtorj.com. The original site was established on August 14, 2001 to help me share my personal story, extensive medical research, and applied knowledge with clients, friends, and family. The venture has grown into a full-time project as the number of readers- and testimonials- has skyrocketed over the years. Every visitor knows a pet or their owner who needs the information on this site. It is free for the taking and it does change lives.

It all began with my personal diagnosis of celiac disease (gluten intolerance) and the miraculous recovery that followed the elimination of gluten (wheat, barley, and rye) from my diet. However, I quickly found that dairy, soy and corn were also causing major problems in my health as well as that of millions of suffering people and their pets. I quickly labeled them as “the big 4” and began writing extensively on their wide-spread effects. I would later call them “the four horsemen of our medical apocalypse” once the breadth and depth of their harm was fully realized.

From over ten years of medical and nutritional research came The G.A.R.D. – an elimination diet for the treatment of most conditions afflicting man and his four-legged companions. The original meaning of the acronym was the glutamate & aspartate restricted diet, being derived from the fact that The G.A.R.D. placed a premium on the elimination of two non-essential amino acids, glutamic and aspartic acid, the parent proteins in MSG and aspartame (NutraSweet), respectively. These two neurostimulating amino acids play a major role in epilepsy, migraines, insomnia, ADHD, autism, fibromyalgia and numerous other neurodegenerative diseases. It was not hard to see that the food sources of these amino acids- grains, dairy, soy/legumes, and nuts/seeds- were also playing a major role in the manifestation of these common medical conditions.

The worst offenders- gluten (from wheat, barley, rye), casein (from dairy), and soy- were also the leading causes of damage to the intestinal lining (villous atrophy) in sensitized individuals, which is the diagnostic lesion of celiac disease. What I came to see was “the big 4” were the only foods that caused our intestinal villi to shrink away, often leading to severe nutrient malabsorption. No wonder many suffer from major deficiencies in calcium, iron, iodine, B complex, C, and trace minerals (e.g. zinc, selenium, magnesium). The banishment of these “four horsemen” led to a steady stream of incredible testimonials, as the intestinal tract of these afflicted individuals healed and their myriad of symptoms resolved. The second meaning of The G.A.R.D. was born- the gut absorption recovery diet.

If this is your first trip to Dogtorj.com, it won’t take long for you to see that it is a bit different from most medical sites. I have attempted to tackle the whole of health care and the multitude of diseases that pets share with their owners. Once the reader spends a little time reading the pages and essays placed here, I think it will become clear why an undertaking of such epic proportion was a very natural and rewarding thing to attempt.

My style of writing is meant to be conversational for the most part. Although I can now discuss these medical matters on many levels, this site is designed for the concerned individual who is looking for real, understandable answers to their medical questions. I have always enjoyed explaining medicine and the intricate workings of our body to those are interested…and even those who aren’t. It’s important because we do have our health destiny in our own two hands and, the more we know, the healthier we will become. It is that simple.

So, are you ready to say goodbye to many of your chronic medical problems? What we call “diseases” are often little more than long-term symptoms that persist because we never addressed the root of the problem (e.g. inflammatory bowel disease). This site is all about getting back to our roots.

Here is the really good news: You don’t have to buy a thing…except different groceries. Anyone can eat like I have for the past ten years. There is nothing remotely dangerous or even controversial about eliminating the top 4 human, dog and cat food allergens. Plus, there are absolutely no essential nutrients in the four trouble foods that we cannot derive from multiple other non-offending, hypoallergenic sources. Who can argue with a diet composed of vegetables, fruits, berries, eggs, lean meats, brown rice, tree nuts, and a little dark chocolate?

Miracles have happened doing just that. Are you ready for yours? Let’s get started!

Dogtor J

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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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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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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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