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Left-sided Afflictions

One of the most interesting observations that I’ve made over the years is that 90%+ of the things that could spontaneously occur on either side of the dog’s body (e.g. immune-mediated diseases of the eye, cruciate ruptures, lipomas, even ear infections) happen on the left side first. I first saw this pattern in disorders of the eye, such as dry eye, glaucoma, uveitis, episcleritis, spontaneous corneal ulcers (immune keratitis) and the like. (Although that is not why we call the right eye oculis dexter and the left eye oculis sinister, it is an interesting “coincidence”.) But then I noticed that I was doing many more left cruciate repairs than right ones.

In the medical literature, I found that breast cancer occurred more frequently in the left breast of women and the same was true of bone cancer in children. The other day, I had a dog in the exam room that had seven different things wrong with its left side, including an eye disorder, ear infection, tumor on the nose, lipoma of the chest and a ruptured cruciate ligament. I scoured the right side and could not find a single thing wrong with it.

I used to write on multiple neurology forums while sharing my work on the dietary management of epilepsy and posted a thread on on an MS forum called “left-sided afflictions”. I wanted to inquire into this pattern in cases of MS to see if it would hold up. Everyone who had developed optic neuritis as one of their symptoms responded by saying that it had hit their left eye first. Most agreed that their left side was more afflicted when the MS was a peripheral issue (spinal cord) but that the right was more afflicted if it was a central issue (brain). This is due to the fact the signals cross side in the brain, with the left hemisphere controlling the right side.

Similarly, most of the people I know who have had strokes have had their right side be affected, which means it was the left hemisphere of the brain that suffered the stroke. This was true of my mother and one of my best friends.

The pattern is quite consistent and is not like a 60:40 thing but more like a 90:10 thing, about the same incidence as right vs. left handedness, interestingly enough. People often point this out and ask whether I think it is because of individuals being right vs left-handed. That may be true in some orthopedic conditions in people but studying the dog suggests otherwise. Although dogs also have a right-sided preference, according to researchers, the fact that seven things could be wrong on one side of a dog but nothing abnormal on the right side should tell us that most conditions (involving the eye, ear, breast, skin, bone) have nothing to do with being right or left handed.

When people really want to know what I think about this, I smile and tell them:At the time the developing embryo distinguishes the two different sides of the body, the sheep go to the right and the goats go to the left.” But seriously, here’s a “little” clue:

Turns out, it’s all about polarity. Those in Eastern medicine, who study all about Chi and chakras, know that the head and the right side are our positive poles while the left side and feet are the negative. It is generally held that viruses and bacteria are positively charged microorganisms. If that’s so, they would tend to migrate to the negative poles, which would be to the left side. Similarly, free radicals from air pollution, cigarette smoke, and other carcinogenic sources are positively charged molecules that seek to steal electrons from cells, thus creating inflammation in the tissues from which they rob these electrons. These, too, would tend to migrate to the negative pole (left side).

So…we have inflammatory free radicals bombarding the cells of the left side that also have the highest concentration of viruses and bacteria within their cell walls. No wonder most “autoimmune diseases” and cancer occur mostly on the left side.

Better start taking your antioxidants, which are the “solution to pollution” and serve to neutralize free radicals. The most notable antioxidants are vitamin C, E, and grape seed extract. How do they work? These life-saving negatively-charged molecules freely give up an electron to the hungry free radical and satisfy its appetite so that it won’t steal electrons from cells, which operate at an ideal millivoltage and become ill when their voltage gets too positive. Yin and yang.

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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 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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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 “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 (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 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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