DETOXIFICATION AND ITS EFFECT ON SKIN ALLERGIES
By Robert Mueller
Detoxification is an essential part of the body's metabolic process. The key organ that is involved in this process is the liver. Because the liver is constantly bombarded with toxic chemicals both of internal and external origin, a wide range of toxins need to be neutralized.
Many factors contribute to the accumulation of toxins in the body. These factors include:
1. Nutritional deficiencies caused by soil depletion and improperly formulated diets.
2. Specific imbalances created by processed food (kibble).
3. Drugs such as acetaminophen, phenobarbital, prednisone etc.).
Thus a toxin buildup increases the stress on the liver requiring strong detoxification capacity.
The damage caused by our external environment contributes the majority of the toxins that the liver has to detoxify. It is estimated that there are over 60,000 toxic chemicals in the environment today-- more so than any time in previous history. Toxic chemicals are found in everything our pets eat, drink, and breathe, whether or not it is indoors or outdoors. We know that exposure to herbicides, pesticides, household chemicals, food additives, and other environment toxins create chronic health problems.
When the liver is over-exposed to toxins, the liver can't do it's job. That allows the body to accumulate toxins and makes our pets sick in various ways. An overburdened and undernourished liver is known to be the root cause of many chronic diseases. The specific condition that we discuss today is the effect on the immune system and skin allergies.
The immune system is the "policeman" of the body. The lessening of this important safeguard mechanism is the root cause of major skin allergy conditions. One important point to remember is that the skin, being the largest organ in the body, is also the easiest route of toxins out of the body. One would think that toxins would be best removed through the feces or urine but this is not true. I always caution our customers that there is a possibility for skin conditions to worsen before it gets better. This is because of the toxins being emitted through the skin area. It requires patience to stay the course and let the detoxification process eliminate the root cause of the skin allergy.
Once you make the changes in your dog's diet to an appropriate raw meat diet, make the needed environmental changes, and work with more holistic approaches, you will see miraculous changes happen. If you work with natural healing substances and holistic therapies such as herbs, supplements, homeopathy, acupuncture and aromatherapy you will witness the results of removing the residue and effect of drugs, vaccines, anesthesia, steroids, chemicals and any other infective agents. The animal will go through a natural detoxification process.
It is a good procedure to implement a detox program at the beginning of treating any animal, in order to clear the residues and harmful effects from all toxin developing agents that accumulate in the body. Symptoms, such as skin allergies, are the immune system's way of expressing weakness and crying out for help. Once the accumulation of toxins damages the immune system, then it has to work harder to protect the body. Eventually, the immune system becomes overwhelmed, and various problems and symptoms develop that demand medical treatment.
Usually the accumulation of toxins happens over a long period of time and to expect an immediate result is unreasonable. The importance of using detoxification to reduce the cause cannot be overstated, and requires diligence in staying with the course of treatment. Primary to implementing this detox program, a diet change to a fresh raw meat diet is a must.
The majority of our customers that have come to our company and are switching their animals to our philosophy did so because conventional treatments are not working. Most of the conventional treatments such as steroid treatments are masking the root cause and further damaging the immune system. It gives temporary relief but fails to give long term benefits.
Conclusion: skin allergy relief requires a diet change in most cases. The BARF DIET can make a difference.
Robert Mueller, BSc, Pharm. is a registered pharmacist, author of "Living Enzymes: The World's Best Kept Pet Food Secret", and co-developer of BARF World's BARF diets patties, nuggets and supplements - the first company to make the Biologically Appropriate Raw Foods (BARF) diet conveniently available to animals everywhere. He and his wife love to travel around the world with their dog, Moxie - a Yorkshire Terrier/Maltese mix. For more articles like these and to learn more about the benefits of raw food for your pets, sign up for "The Intelligent Pet" monthly e-zine at barfworld.com/ezine