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« on: September 11, 2007, 06:34:03 AM »

Hi Everyone,

This is a paper that I wrote during the pet food recall earlier this year. The title sounds like it comes from the head of a conspiracy theorist but the article explains. The final conclusion that I have come to is that the answer is "Yes". They are controlling the population of our pets by shortening their luves with inadequate and even harmful pet food formulas. The deeper question of whether they KNOW that they are doing this is a whole 'nother issue and is left up to the individual reader.

I hope this helps,
John


Is the Pet Food Industry in the Business of Population Control?


Does that question seem like a totally absurd notion? Is it possible that the manufacturers of our pet's food are so out of touch with the animal's nutritional requirements that they make their formulary blunders by accident ? After studying the effects of gluten, dairy, soy, and corn on the health of people and their pets for the past seven years and reading what researchers have know for years, I have come to the conclusion that there is something seriously wrong in Mudville.

After this incredible pet food recall story, any pet owner with a functional brain has to be questioning why we feed dogs and cats the way we do. Notice that I did not include veterinarians in that last sentence. I am afraid that we have been too thoroughly programmed to look at this situation with the eyes of a child. And once again, I cannot throw stones here but simply make a point. When asked what to feed, I used to parrot back but we have all been led to believe: "Just stick with a good, name brand of pet food and stay away from the generic brands, especially those that spell it 'Dog Fude'. Haha. And, do not add table food to your pet's commercial diets because that will simply unbalance the formula that the pet food manufacturers have worked soooo hard to get right over their years and years of research and manufacturing." Oh, how I hang my head in shame now that I know differently.

I have this discussion with countless clients over the past 28 years of practice. It has only been the last seven that I have been awake to the reality of just how unscientifically these foods are formulated and produced. All one has to do is look at the ingredient list and compare it to what we know these pets would consume in the wild. It helps to know the history of what man has done to the grains and other ingredients that make them even more unnatural and harmful.

All of the grains are man-made, man-raised crops that we have cultivated for human consumption starting very early in our agricultural history. People love to point out that man ate wheat and drank milk in Biblical times so these things must be good and healthy. Even well-intentioned, Scripture-oriented books make this statement. But they leave out two very key points: The wheat we consume now is no longer "God's wheat" and the milk we drink is no longer "God's milk". The original wheat was "pure in its generations" (no hybrids) and contained 1-2% gluten. This was changed forever by our Northern Germanic ancestors in the mid 400's A.D. when they blended two other plants to "God's wheat", creating a hybrid and one that contained much more gluten...so much more that they were stricken with "coeliac disease" (gluten intolerance). This is historical fact. It is that new wheat, which we term "common wheat", that became the ancestor of today's wheat, which now contains as much as 55% gluten, a far cry from the 1-2% found in original wheat. Plus, our wheat is no longer pure in its generations, as it has become a mutant blend of multiple plants that man has continued to manipulate, especially in the recent past.

The parallel to the wheat story is "the tale of two milks". The milk they drank in Biblical days was goat's milk. Remember: They were tending their flocks by night, not their herds. Cattle (oxen) were relegated to doing work and providing meat. It was not until the middle of the second millennium that man went into the dairy industry utilizing cow's milk. Goat milk...the universal foster milk...has 0-2% casein, gluten's evil twin and a troublesome glycoprotein that has also been tied to numerous immune-mediated disorders. Cow milk has a whopping 80-86% casein, the protein that Borden uses to make Elmer's glue. Lactose is not the culprit in milk. It is the various proteins it contains- including alpha s-1 casein, alpha lactalbumin and beta lactalbumin- that do the harm to cells and stimulate the (appropriate) immune responses. I will leave it up to the reader to decide who started the lactose myth. Understand that goat milk has plenty of lactose and all mammals can be successfully raised on goat milk provided they have not already developed a serious intolerance to the myriad of proteins in cow's milk.

Corn is a very interesting story. Did you know that corn is the only grain that is not self-propagating? Wheat, for example, produces seeds that will fall and produce more wheat. Corn must be planted by man in order to grow and if left alone, it would cease to exist. It was cultivated in Mesoamerica in the millennia B.C. and went through many changes during its domestication. In other words, man had his hands in the making of corn right from the start. The interesting thing is that wherever this new grain was introduced, pellagra (niacin deficiency) broke out. Many texts will say that it is because the niacin was "locked" inside the corn making this essential vitamin unavailable for absorption, which appears to be true. But, the common characteristic of the "big 4"...gluten (wheat, barley, rye), casein, soy and corn...is their ability to damage the villi of the intestine (duodenum) where many essential nutrients including niacin are absorbed. So, was the pellagra due to the unavailable niacin in the corn or due to the fact that the corn blocked the absorption of niacin from the remainder of their diet? Just how much of this new corn were they eating? Was there no other source of dietary niacin? The fact is that corn proteins can block the absorption of calcium, iron, iodine, B complex (including niacin), C, and numerous trace minerals (e.g. zinc, boron, magnesium, manganese) in the same fashion that gluten, casein, and soy can in susceptible individuals.

Soy was the Asian's mistake. After examining the serious effects of soy on human health, I can say that with all confidence. Wheat was the Northern Germanic's blunder, cow milk consumption was the Anglo-Saxon's error, corn was the Mesoamerican's wrongful creation, and soy was the Asian's serious mistake. They should have never removed soy from the ground, where it was used in crop rotation as a way to fix nitrogen in the soil. I'm certain that one fine day, someone asked why this crop could not be eaten. They quickly learned that it had to be processed to be consumed safely, including soaking and fermentation, the latter being the key. If one were to read the rigorous process that soy must undergo to render it safe to consume, I dare say that the majority would ask "What is the point???". But even after that process is completed, the finished product contains more potentially harmful proteins and estrogens than all others. It is fully capable of inducing villous atrophy of the duodenum and known to be a powerful factor in the development of thyroid disease and estrogen-related disorders. Soy milk has 16-22, 000 times more phytoestrogens than mother's milk. The effect on the developing child is both potentially devastating and well-documented. All of the "big 4" are used to make industrial adhesives, but soy is used to make super glue. Yes, they put your car together with soy-based super glues.

Now, I must ask the reader- Is a little ol' veterinarian from Alabama really the only one who understands all of this stuff or do the research and development departments of the pet and human food giants know most of what I just wrote? Are the people responsible for making the decisions concerning your pet's nutrition blissfully ignorant about how unnatural these man-made, man-raised crops are for your dog and cat or are they making bad decisions in the face of what they know to be true and good? To be honest, I sometimes wrestle with which is actually worse...ignorance or greed. I always decide that greed is worse because, after all, it is the "root of all evil". But the ignorance in the face of available knowledge is really frightening. It implies that all of the other undesirable human traits are in play- laziness, apathy, deception, self-centeredness, etc. At least the greedy are motivated. If they could be motivated for good, we would really have something. So, we can easily see it is the combination of these two...ignorance and greed...that reduce the world to something very short of ideal.

After all is said and done, we are left with questions like "Why do we feed carnivores all of these grains?"; "Why are cats fed dry foods when they are so unlike what they would eat in nature?"; and "Why are the average ages of dogs only 12 years and cats only 13 years in the USA when they have been known to live 30 and 40 years respectively?" "Don't the pet food makers know better than to make these diets with such harmful ingredients?" "Are they ignorant or greedy...or something else?" I've even been asked by thinking clients "Could these food companies be in cahoots with veterinarians so that the pets stay sick and the vets who are pushing these foods make more money?" Or another- "Are the pet food makers and the pharmaceutical companies working hand-in-hand to keep each other in business?" Others, including veterinarians, realize that the pet food companies (and pharmaceutical companies) are often responsible for the continuing education of vets and ask how that figures into the grand scheme of things. These are ALL great questions.

Related questions that are often asked of me are "Why don't more people know what you just told me?" and "Why doesn't my doctor talk to me this way?" Of course, I can write for hours offering answers to these and many other questions. But I would like to leave them with the reader to think about a while.

But, how will the public find the answers to these questions and our initial query found in the title of this piece? Quite simply, they will find them on the Internet and by talking with others. Thank God (literally) for the Internet. Sure, the World Wide Web is a mixed blessing. It is a home for the spider and trap for an unsuspecting victim. But the vast majority of what I have written on my ever-expanding Website can be confirmed by doing creative Internet searches. I am constantly amazed at what can be found in such a short period of time using a simple search. All we need is an idea and it can be turned into an afternoon, a week, or a lifelong quest. My mission has been to discover truth and make it available to those who need it. Certainly, I do believe that I have had Divine guidance in much of my journey, something Else that is available to anyone who desires It. But the first step is to wake up and see the startling fact that there is something seriously wrong in Mudville.

This awakening can be quite unsettling but well-worth the process. We must put our minds in gear and apply our common sense. When we do this, the first thing that happens is the flooding of our thoughts with questions. That is a good thing. Then come the answers. They are out there. But, the deeper we go into the rabbit hole, the harder the questions... and, frequently, the more disturbing the answers. It can be a painful process but one that is absolutely necessary. A solid spiritual base is an invaluable asset because the ultimate answer to why things have gone so wrong lies in what is in the hearts of men.

Where are the hearts of those who produce the foods we and our pets consume?

John

John B. Symes, D.V.M. (aka "DogtorJ")
www.dogtorj.net

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« Reply #1 on: September 11, 2007, 06:55:26 AM »

Hey there, DogtorJ,

I like your thought-provoking posts.  Plenty to chew on.

I've had my cats and dogs off almost all grains for 5 months now.  Their treats do contain organic, non-GMO rice.  Definitely see the difference in them.  They are no longer constantly hungry and begging for food in between meals.  Softer fur.  Cats seem more hydrated.  No more loose stools, diarrhea, vomiting (except for an occasional hairball). 

Thanks,

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« Reply #2 on: September 11, 2007, 07:32:16 AM »

I've been trying to phase out grains for my cats, and each time I move in the direction of more protein and less grain, I see improvements too.  And when I compare the condition of my cats to those of friends who feed the cheapo junk, they don't even look like the same species!

I was very interested in your papers, DogtorJ, because I have a niece and sister-in-law (her mother) who have celiac disease.

--catbird (who gets migraines from MSG and can't digest much lactose, either, along with my grandmother and two daughters)
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« Reply #3 on: September 11, 2007, 08:44:17 AM »

Thank you for the info, Dogterj.  I just spent quite a bit of time at your site and will continue to visit.
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« Reply #4 on: September 11, 2007, 09:37:44 AM »

It's great to hear from all of you. Thank you for the positive comments.  Smiley It's so encouraging to hear from people who are already on this path. It's still hard to believe that it is 2007 and this information is not totally common knowledge.  Cry

So, what do ya'll think? Do the manufacturers know that their formulas are as bad as they are or are they blissfully ignorant of what soooo many people know about proper nutrition for and dogs and cat? Could a pet food giant like the ones that make the biggest sellers of all time really not know that wheat, dairy soy and corn are unnatural for all pets and downright harmful to a huge number of them?

I'm sure that that there people in the lower ranks (salesmen, etc) who truly think their company makes the best foods. They have been "trained" well. But what about those in research and development and in the upper ranks from there? Do they really not know how these "big 4" have been tied to numerous "autoimmune" disorders (e.g. type 1 diabetes, rheumatoid, lupus, asthma, pancreatitis, etc) and that the allergies to these foods are just the outward warning signs of things to come? Do we have to be a health professional to grasp this? Thankfully notSmiley

My advice to all who wiull listen is the same as what I give to veterinarians in the lectures I now give on this subject. Learn all that you can about celiac disease (gluten intolerance) as a model for food related disorders (e.g. casein, soy and corn intolerance). Then, learn all that you can about lectins (http://www.krispin.com/lectin.html ) and viruses ( http://dogtorj.tripod.com/id17.html ). Then study the health benefits of the phytonutrients found in fruits and veggies. This will lead to a wonderful grasp of medicine and what we need to do to prevent and treat dis-ease properly.

I hope this helps,

John
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« Reply #5 on: September 13, 2007, 02:13:01 AM »

Shortlyafter the BIG petfood recall this year, I too have been mulling over several questions about the commercial petfoods we give to our beloved animal companions.  The key question that gave me the final push towards feeding my cats home-prepared raw food and whole foods was this: "If all I ate were breakfast cereal and processed foods from cans for years and years, will I be healthy? May I expect to live long?"  The resounding answer was "No; of course not!"  Keeping one eye on the recall list and petfood forums like Itchmo, I launched myself into a crash-course on feline nutrition, reading everything I can find on the subject on the internet and in books.  I looked up analysis tables. I made print-outs.  I made charts. I joined raw-feeding groups and cat wellness groups.  I asked a lot of questions; I read a lot of anecdotal reports.  In April, I began to transition the cats from commercial wet and dry foods to raw.  I bought a new grinder and all the vitamins and supplements I will need to make my own cat food.  Both my cats have been eating 90 - 95% raw since mid-May (I give a little kibble for nightly treats and the occassional commercial wet food for the older cat).  Both cats look and smell great; energy level is high; appetites are good; no vomiting; no diarhhea; no health issues (older cat had tartar issues but that has been resolved, Praise God).  Now I ask myslef, "How did the Petfood companies ever made me think that only they and they alone can feed my cats properly?" 
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« Reply #6 on: September 13, 2007, 02:42:13 AM »

DrJ, My vote is... they know.  It's all about $ for the corporations that run this country and manipulate others.  Anyone still watching/reading mainstream media has absolutely no idea what reality is.  Don't let me get started... I need a microphone & a podium!  Thank you for your information and for joining us.  Conspiracy theories?... I don't think so... reality bites.
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« Reply #7 on: September 13, 2007, 09:53:58 AM »

DoctorJ,

I think I need to give you some of my research... the answer is yes, it's not Conspiracy, it's part of a long held plan that came out of the old 1960's vintage Club of Rome machinations... that was an international economic think tank that split out into various groups with political power that "influenced" corporate activity... it's not just about pet control it's also about human pop control. what they did to cattle, they did to pets and humans, and it's been going on for over 50 years I have discovered...

Check out what I wrote on PetData Inc here ... that's as far as I can go here, except that technology has already crossed over to humans specifically illegal Mexican laborers some of whom are being chipped in exchange for staying in this country. [Experimentation on humans is nothing new...]

Now, the same people pushing mandatory vaccinations are the same people doing the pet and other chipping. The same people pushing pet vaccinations and the mandatory reporting of the same are the same people who own the Big Pharma insfrastructure esp. in China... the same people who are producing not only the vaccines, but also genetically engineered Vitamins and Supplements for humans and pets, esp. TAURINE. I placed some of the key connections in other posts, but it won't take much searching to find and connect the dots.

Genetically engineered vitamins? What on earth?!!!  Right, they are genetically engineering e.g., VITAMIN E to "cure" prostate cancer... wow, if they can GE human's prostates what can they do for covert population control...
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« Reply #8 on: September 13, 2007, 07:24:17 PM »

DoctorJ,

I think I need to give you some of my research... the answer is yes, it's not Conspiracy, it's part of a long held plan that came out of the old 1960's vintage Club of Rome machinations... that was an international economic think tank that split out into various groups with political power that "influenced" corporate activity... it's not just about pet control it's also about human pop control. what they did to cattle, they did to pets and humans, and it's been going on for over 50 years I have discovered...

That's a deeeeep rabbit hole that many don't know or believe is there. Putting "population control" in the old search engine can generate a real weekend of "fun". Some of the sites seem way out there and others make a lot of sense. This topic is certainly not for everyone but an inquiring mind can go a loooong way.

I always did like playing connect-the-dots. Smiley

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« Reply #9 on: September 16, 2007, 07:16:11 PM »

DoctorJ,

I think I need to give you some of my research... the answer is yes, it's not Conspiracy, it's part of a long held plan that came out of the old 1960's vintage Club of Rome machinations... that was an international economic think tank that split out into various groups with political power that "influenced" corporate activity... it's not just about pet control it's also about human pop control. what they did to cattle, they did to pets and humans, and it's been going on for over 50 years I have discovered...

Some of the sites seem way out there and others make a lot of sense. This topic is certainly not for everyone but an inquiring mind can go a loooong way.

I always did like playing connect-the-dots. Smiley


In my research I follow the money, the people, the companies and the law suits, esp. those that are shut down... the big ones that affect the people... and their right to own anything - pets, homes, land etc. 

No this is not Conspiracy or Hollywood theory (the latest buzz word) - when I was in China, in the early 1990's I discovered they had an official DEPARTMENT OF EUGENICS (the only other country that had that was WW Germany... which is why this country paid for the experimentation and afterwards brought that "research" back lock stock and barrel)

This was outed in Congressional hearings... though in1990 I brought back that and other similar evidence of cruel population control techniques - really cruel involving young girls - I brought back taped testimony and doctors brought back video of what went on in their OB GYN operating rooms - and with many others met with the State Dept who were putting recommendations to the President etc. on MFN status for China - they pretty much told me sorry, all that evidence would likely go in a drawer, they said they had no choice, they were just going through the motions...China got their bloody MFN and then got on the UN's security council... and the toys from China - well let's just say we demonstrated in front of Toys R US around Xmases and the Chinese embassies wrt. human rights,  the people could bloody care less...

In this decade, not only do they not go through the motions, but if you ever say anything about that wrt. China, you're a conspiracy nut...

... so now with the genie out of the  box, the people here want to put it back in... Okay but it's 20 years later and uglier... and now all their population control techniques are ALREADY being unleashed in the West...in very sophisticated ways... and it is not a game, they are deadly serious.

I have a couple of good sources for you, a particular 1 hour interview done Friday Sept 14, 2007 that put it together with exquisite research... note that there are groups of people who have the scholarship to understand what all is going on, who,when, where and why, but also organizing LOCAL infrastructure...
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« Reply #10 on: April 13, 2009, 07:57:30 PM »

This holistic vet's papers deserve to be looked at again, bump:

http://www.dogtorj.net/id101.html
* A Graves* Situation- This is an Email that I sent to the Friends of DogtorJ on 8-16-07 after reading an article on Yahoo Health concerning common household chemicals and their possible role in the development of hyperthyroidism (*Graves Disease) in the cat. My response covers many of the areas of medicine that I have been studying over the past 7 years that are related to immune-mediated diseases and cancer. The news article served as a great spring-board into those topics.  


http://www.dogtorj.net/id32.html
* 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.

http://dogtorj.tripod.com/id23.html
* Food Intolerance- Man and Animal versus Gluten, Casein, Soy and Corn (or How We Won the Battle of "Helm's Deep)-  Put on your seatbelts. This is my latest offering and is the written text from the lecture that I will be giving at the annual meeting of the American Holistic Veterinary Medical Association. It is basically The Answer retold from a slightly different perspective, containing some new information and insights....but much shorter. ("Yeah!!!") This paper is (only) 16 pages long (versus the other 43 page epic) but should leave the reader with the same grasp of the new "gospel" of medicine I am preaching...the GOOD news: We do have our health destiny more in our own hands than we've ever believed, certainly more than you've been told. How cool is that???
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« Reply #11 on: April 13, 2009, 08:42:04 PM »

Thank you 3Cat for bumping this up.
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