Dog Nutritional Products Should Include a Detoxifier

As we domesticate the dog more and more each day, canine health problems continue to more closely follow human disorders. As the natural dog is separated further and further from their wild environment their health problems increase dramatically. One of the major contributors to this canine health problem is the constant exposure to harmful toxins. The most damaging of these are the metals aluminum, lead, mercury, arsenic, and cadmium. They contribute to everything form dog teeth cleaning problems and dog bad breath to worsening allergies and skin diseases to serious life threatening illnesses such as cancer, arthritis, kidney failure, congestive heart disease, liver diseases, diabetes, deteriorate defenses against infections bacterial, viral and fungal diseases.

In our modern day society the domesticated dog is exposed to these harmful toxic metals in alarming amounts. The natural dog was not exposed to these toxins and is not able to defend himself as humans can in their new domestic world. These harmful metals are all around us and sometimes more so around our pets. They can be found in municipal water supplies, our soil, natural water sources, our food supply, as well as in sewage sludge, fungicides, pesticides, everyday products, including cosmetics, fabric softeners, batteries, inks, latex, paints, plastics, solvents, and wood preservatives. I mention all of these items because your dog doesn’t know this and thinks nothing of drinking contaminated water, chewing on batteries, plastic bottles or laying in the yard after the exterminator left completing his monthly spraying. Your dog is at further risk then yourself due to their relatively small size compared to humans making them more vulnerable to smaller amounts of these toxins.

Disturbing as it is, a major source of all these metals is commercial dog foods. Tests of many recognized and respected products both canned and kibbled have shown various levels of aluminum, mercury, cadmium and lead. The amounts of these metals were greater in kibble versus canned due to the refining and dehydration through the high temperature extrusion processes.

The Government and other agencies have long been assessing, regulating, protecting, and providing information to the public on toxic substances such as heavy metals. Organizations such as the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), the World Health Organization (WHO), the Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry (ATSDR) and the Occupational and Safety Health Administration (OSHA) have been in existence for years. In comparison little has been done for our pets. So we must learn from human experiences and adapt these to the natural dog. On ATSDR’s “Top 20 Hazardous Substances “the heavy metals arsenic, lead, mercury, and cadmium appear #1, #2, #3, and #7 respectively. Therefore we must assume that if this is the case for humans it is likely also true if not more so for our “Best Friend” the domesticated natural dog.

The staff at Vitahound.com recommends both the addition of certain natural foods and herbs to the dog diet and the use of oral chelation cleansers to purge toxins from the body and return your friend back to their natural dog condition. Before we discuss these techniques it is useful to learn more about several of the more harmful heavy metal toxins that are adversely affecting your dog’s health. Information is provided below on the most common and worst toxins that are exposed to domesticated dogs. Each is covered separately in a few short paragraphs. You will find similar facts across all the metals but we intentionally repeated the information under each metal to emphasize to the reader the threat and the importance of understanding each metal by itself especially if one wants to return to this dissertation to refresh themselves on one particular heavy metal toxin.

Aluminum
Aluminum is the most plentiful metallic component in the outer layers of the earth. It infiltrates our air, water, and soil thus finding its way into nearly all our food and water supplies. Numerous municipalities treat their water supplies with aluminum sulfate and fluoride. This combination is problematic because the body has trouble excreting through the kidneys and urine this particular compound of aluminum fluoride. But by far like most heavy metals, the leading source of aluminum comes from Acid Rain. The strong acids produced by this common environmental condition react with the aluminum molecules in the earth around us releasing them as free agents. These free agents them easily find their way into our crops and livestock food chains.

Commercial dog food is one of the foremost sources of the toxin. Independent testing has found it in many of the off-the-shelf name brand dog foods in toxic levels. Eating is the principal means of introducing aluminum into the body since it is easily absorbed by the body through the digestive tract. In addition it is absorbed via breathing (lungs) and physical contact (skin). Testing labs have reported it as the most prevailing metal toxin found in all animal hair samples. Once in the body, aluminum accumulates over time inclining to find its way to brain and nervous tissues. This means it can eventually affect every body organ though nerve connections. The array of health problems is therefore plentiful. It contributes to arthritis, kidney failure, congestive heart disease, liver diseases, colic, rickets, diabetes, multiple allergies and skin diseases, thyroid problems, pancreatic problems affecting ability to digest food properly, Cushing’s Syndrome, anemia, and blood clotting ability. A serious consequence of high levels of aluminum accumulating in the body is that dogs cannot fight infections effectively leading to a higher death rate attributed to bacterial, viral, and fungal diseases.

Symptoms of aluminum toxicity in dogs include extreme nervousness, weak muscles, seizures, loss of balance, and loss of energy.

Lead
Like the other metals Lead is stored in the body and is cumulative over long periods of time. Unlike some of the other metals is has no known need or benefit for your dog and is extremely toxic. If the body does not excrete it through the digestive system it is absorbed through the blood into body tissue. The body treats it the same way as calcium storing it even at low levels in the bones. It then continues to build-up concentration in the bones over the entire life of your dog. At any time but usually during some stressful or drastic change in some body function the lead can leave the bones once again entering the bloodstream.

Whereas exposure to aluminum comes from natural sources such as the earth’s crust, air, water, and food supplies high levels of lead are introduced into the body through man-made substances. It is one of the most widely used metals in the United States today. The problem with these everyday common substances and products is that dogs cannot read warning labels or know what should not be chewed on, eaten, smelled, or innocently rolled on. Lead poisoning can often be attributed to exposure to common household and outside pesticides which contain large amounts of lead. Lead-based paints that were applied years ago can produce harmful dust during home renovations. This dust in turn can contaminate dog food, dog beds, and even the dog’s coat and skin. People often use old or discarded bowls for watering that can contain lead paint or glazing. Puppies are especially in danger of lead poisoning from their constant need to chew. Electronic gadgets such as remote controls, cell phones, batteries, golf balls, ammunition fishing lures and sinkers are all common things they can find laying around.

At toxic levels lead prevents various basic enzyme functions. For instance the body relies on minerals like selenium and sulfur to act as strong antioxidants to protect cells from free radical damage. Lead lessens this function exposing the cells to serious damage. In your dog this results in damage to the heart, kidneys, liver, gastrointestinal tract, and nervous system. Lead poisoning then can eventually leads to blindness, paralysis of the extremities, liver failure, and even coma and death.

As mentioned, exposure to lead in dogs can take years before it reaches dangerous levels and therefore is commonly seen in older dogs. Symptoms of lead toxicity in dogs include lack of appetite, vomiting, abdominal pain, constipation followed by diarrhea, crunching of jaws, blindness, seizures or muscle spasms, behavior changes, circling, and loss of balance and agility.

Mercury
This heavy metal is also exceptionally toxic and lethal, actually more so than lead. This contagion is used in fungicides and pesticides but also in products we used daily in a variety of undertakings. It is often used in household products that are dogs are exposed such as batteries, light bulbs, fabric softeners, latex gloves, paint, plastics, ink, and solvents. If mercury vapors are ever present from such things as house renovations involving old paint, broken thermometers or thermostats it will concentrate at floor level were dogs are laying or walking. Even some cosmetics contain it…when is the last time your dog licked your face. Because of this plentiful list of everyday products that contain mercury this heavy metal toxin eventually ends up in either our sewage or landfills finding its way into our soil, water, and food supply. As for food, methyl mercury chlorine bleach is even used on certain grains and seeds. Mining operations and paper industries are significant producers of mercury especially into the atmosphere which can get dispersed across large regions or even globally. Acid rain then returns it the earth. Well known is the fact since our waters are contaminated with mercury it can be found in fish and sometimes in large amounts especially common ones eaten such as orange rough, swordfish, tuna and halibut.

As with most heavy metal toxins mercury is a cumulative poison. Your dog’s body, as in humans, has no natural mechanism to stop mercury from reaching tissue and cells. It is accumulated in the brain and central nervous system. Once it reaches and is stored in the cells, it seriously affects their normal critical body functions. It affects the processes at both ends, first prohibiting minerals and nutrients from entering the cells and then likewise preventing waste to be purged. Mercury also adversely affects your dog’s overall immune system by attaching to the immune cell structure altering their ability to function normally. Mercury can cause permanent kidney, cardiac, respiratory problems arthritis, and gum disease in your dog. Ultimately blindness and paralysis can occur.

Symptoms include loss of balance, fatigue, vomiting, hair loss, diarrhea, weakness, and excessive salivation. High levels can also interfere with enzyme activity, resulting in blindness and paralysis.

Arsenic

As with the aforementioned heavy metals, arsenic is also highly poisonous, remember it is listed #1 on ATSDR’s “Top 20 List.” It also is cumulative and remains in the body for years. Arsenic can be found in a multiplicity of commonly used products including fungicides, pesticides, herbicides, laundry products, secondhand cigarette smoke, paints, and wood preservatives. Global industries such as mining and smelting, chemical and glass manufacturing produce arsenic as a by-product. This in turn finds its way into our water supplies and food sources. Once again, as with other heavy metals, arsenic is found in fish such as haddock, tuna, and halibut.

For years the most common cause of arsenic poisoning in dogs (as well as children) was the consumption of rodent trap, pesticides (ant bait) which relied on arsenic to kill the pests. In the late 1980’s the federal government started regulating the use of arsenic in consumer products such as pesticides and since then the incidences of accidental arsenic poisoning of dogs has steadily reduced. The common use of heartworm medications for both prevention and treatment has introduced yet another opportunity for arsenic poisoning of dogs or at least facilitating the buildup to toxic levels. These products contain organic forms of arsenic such as diethylcarbamazine citrate (Brand names Dimmitrol and Filaribits) or thiacetarsamide (Brand name Caparsolate). One warning concerning such medications states: “Low margin of safety. Need to have an accurate weight before starting treatment. May see damage to the lungs, kidneys, or liver. Signs may include staggering, lethargy, depression, tremors, drooling, panting, difficulty breathing, vomiting, collapse, coma, and death.” They could have just stated “Arsenic Poisoning.” Obviously, extreme care must be taken when administering these products.

Arsenic is stored in the hair follicles, skin, and nails and as mentioned will accumulate over long periods of time. Since the lethal dose only is 1 to 12 mg of arsenic per pound of your dog, this buildup of arsenic can cause serious health problems. Therefore it is important to know the symptoms of arsenic poisoning whether the result of an accidental consumption of a household product or the slow accumulation over time. Symptoms include drooling, vomiting, bloody diarrhea with mucous in, bloody urine, muscle cramps, weakness, hair loss, skin rash, gastrointestinal pain, convulsions, trembling, and staggering.

Arsenic toxicity affects the blood, lungs, skin, kidneys, liver, gastrointestinal tract, and the central nervous system. Arsenic compounds can create reactions in the body that disrupt enzymes that are involved in respiration of cells, fat and carbohydrate breakdown and their proper absorption into the body. Certain types of cancer have been linked to arsenic as well. The accumulation of toxic levels of arsenic can result in paralysis, coma, cardiovascular collapse and death.

Cadmium
Cadmium although not as well-known as aluminum, lead, mercury and arsenic makes the list of heavy metals to be aware of that adversely affects dog health. Cadmium has no known required body function in the natural dog. It is extremely toxic with tolerable levels one tenth that of most of the other heavy metal toxins. It is has no definite taste or order and thus is hard to detect or know if you have been exposed. Moreover it is one of the largest industrial pollutants globally. Cadmium is widely used in industry as a plating material, in galvanizing coating on iron, steel, and copper, inks, and dyes. The vast array of the plastic and rubber products we use everyday use cadmium in the processing of the base materials. One of the main threats to dogs is its use in many fungicides and fertilizers. These agricultural products introduce cadmium into our food supply mainly rice and wheat crops both a common ingredient in commercial dog food. Like the other heavy metals it has contaminated our waterways and is commonly found in shellfish and others such as halibut, cod, haddock and tuna. One good aspect of cadmium is the body tends to not retain it passing it through the digestive system excreting it successfully and it is not easily absorbed through the skin. If inhaled as with your dog sniffing fertilizers and fungicides it is more likely to remain in their body being stored in lung tissue. But with this said a fundamental problem with cadmium absorption by the dog is linked to the beneficial metal zinc. Zinc is critical to proper dog health. It is a component of many vital enzymes promoting a healthy immune system, liver, and bones. It inhibits the absorption of cadmium by the body. When the proper level of zinc is not present the body replaces it with cadmium. So here is the problem. Our modern day commercial dog food refining processes removes most of the zinc. Therefore, when zinc is removed, much more cadmium is absorbed, stored in the liver, bones, and kidneys accumulating over time.

Its effects on the dog body are many, and it can be even worse than mercury and the other heavy metals. It causes a reduction in the production of the critical white blood cells (T-Lymphocytes) which defend the body by destroying harmful free radicals and cancer cells. The list of dog diseases that cadmium can promote is extensive including cancer, diabetes, arthritis, cardiovascular disease, kidney disease, bone disorders, and digestive problems. Cadmium toxicity can even contribute to the loss of the natural dog critical sense of smell.

Symptoms include fatigue, hair loss, increased susceptibility to infection, slow healing of wounds, skin lesions, loss of smell, yellow coloration of teeth, inflammation of mucous membrane of the nose, and loss of appetite.

Testing the Dog for Toxic Levels of Heavy Metals
Testing for toxic levels of the heavy metals in your dog include blood, urine, hair, fingernail, and fecal analysis. Most Veterinarian offices are not equipped to perform these tests and samples must be sent to appropriate laboratories that perform such testing. For measuring effects due to exposures within days or as long as sometime several months, blood, urine, and fecal analysis is the best. For long term and cumulative effects hair and fingernail tests are best. Consistent Minimal Risk Levels (MRL), acceptable levels or toxic levels for dogs are hard to find in the literature. Remember we mentioned the Government is looking out for dog owners but are not yet serious in their efforts for dogs. In addition as research and testing is increasing (usually in major University Veterinarian Schools), once proclaimed safe levels of toxins is now considered either borderline or unsafe especially over the lifetime of your dog. The following data is from the Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry Agency (ATSDR) and is for humans but as a rule can be used for dogs adjusting to body weight. Test results need to be interpreted by your veterinarian or a medical toxicologist.

Aluminum: MRL 1mg/kg/day; Blood or Urine 3ug/L; Hair.05 ppm
Arsenic: MRL.005mg/kg/day; 1-25 mg/kg is lethal
Cadmium: MRL.01mg/kg/day; Blood 5ug/dL; Urine 10ug/dL
Lead: Blood 1.5ug/dL; Urine.677 ug/dL
Mercury: MRL.05ug/kg/day; Blood 5ug/dL; Urine 10ug/dL

Oral Chelation Therapy as Treatment to Heavy Metal Toxicity
Oral chelation therapy has long successful track records. It has been recommended by doctors for years for humans and can also be effective with dogs. Chelation was developed initially by Alfred Werner who received the Nobel Prize in 1913. G. T. Morgan coined the term chelation in 1920 deriving it from the Greek word “chele”, meaning a crab’s claw which refers to the pincer-like manner in which the metal is bound. This process stabilizes the heavy metal particle by binding it to the chelating agent, usually amino acids or organic compounds changing it to a chemically inert form that can be excreted via the kidneys without further damage to the body.

There are many effective chelation agents. Each one affects absorbability of minerals needed by the body and also the ability to bind potentially to different toxic metals making them inert. We discuss below five effective agents: Fulvic Acid, Glutamic Acid, Ferulic Acid, Malic Acid, and Lipoic Acid.

Fulvic Acid
Grandma said “It never hurt to eat a little dirt.” What she was really saying was “Fulvic acid is very beneficial to your good health.” Modern day and ancient civilizations such as China, Mexico, India, and South America have known the health benefits of fulvic acid and use it as a natural medicine. Fulvic acid comes from humus material which is organic material that has decomposed over very long periods of time. It therefore naturally contains practically all if not all the substances we and our dogs need for a long healthy existence. Since humus over this long decomposition period assimilates a vast multiplicity of natural organic plant material, it and the resulting fulvic acid contain an immense collection of naturally occurring phytochemicals and biochemicasl along with 70 minerals and nutrients,18 amino acids, and 3 essential fatty acids. This in turn supplies natural antioxidants, enzymes, antivirals, hormones, and antifungals. For antiviral use it is one of the best there is for your dog. Fulvic acid also has antibiotic benefits without creating strains of disease that become resistant as with the common synthetic antibiotics of modern medicine.

Fulvic acid is one of the most aggressive antioxidants capable of neutralizing harmful free radicals, making it an effective chelation agent of heavy metal toxins with the ability to not only purge them from the body but repair damage to the cells as well. It can likewise eliminate food poisoning ill effects within minutes.

Fulvic acid is water soluble. This enables it to makes cell walls more permeable enabling substantially more amounts of nutrients and minerals to be absorbed. This characteristic prolongs the effectiveness of minerals and nutrients in the body metabolic processes.

Because of our modern agricultural methods that use synthetic fertilizers, pesticides, and fungicides fulvic acid finds its way less and less into our food supply. Farm lands today have only a fraction of the humus soil base that they did even 100 years ago. Commercially processed dog food is even worse than our food supply when it comes to supplying sufficient amounts of fulvic acid. Therefore it is best today to use dog supplements to supply the necessary fulvic acid to your dog’s diet.

Fulvic acid is considered very safe with few side effects reported when used for either humans or dogs. Diarrhea and/or change in the smell of feces can occur but usually only last a few days.

Glutamic Acid
Amino acids are the building blocks of protein, and glutamic acid was the most common amino acid found in the natural dog’s body. It accounts for approximately 20% of the total body protein. It produces the most common excitatory neurotransmitter in the central nervous system. The amino acid composition of the brain is more than 50% glutamic acid.

Glutamic Acic is an effective antioxidant and heavy metal chelation agent. But has many other health benefits for you dog. It fights heart disease, strengthens the immune system, helps to reduce inflammation, helps prevent and heals ulcers, and increasing overall energy levels. It is commonly also used as an additive to food to deter dogs from eating their own feces. It mixes with other acids in the digestive system making the stool bitter to the taste.

Glutamic acid is found naturally in high-protein foods like beef, pork, chicken, fish, eggs, corn tomatoes, soybeans and milk. Even through many of these can be found in commercial dog food the high temperature processing of these foods destroys the usefulness of the glutamic acid.

Ferulic Acid
Ferulic acid (FA) is a phytochemical commonly found in fruits (apple, pear, orange, pineapple), vegetables (tomato, spinach, asparagus, carrot, sweet corn), brans (wheat, rice, oat). Phytochemicals are natural chemical substances and nutrients formed a plant’s normal metabolic processes. Phyto is the Greek word for plant. There have been thousands of different types of phytochemical identified and research is proving their benefits to good health in both humans and dogs.

Ferulic Acid has excellent antioxidant properties and is effective in fighting diabetes, cancer, heart, blood and circulatory disease, bone deterioration and neurological problems. It is often added to the diet of very active dogs such as work dogs since it helps rebuild the muscles quickly. As a chelation agent it effectively binds to free radicals neutralizing and enabling them to be safely purged from the body.

Malic Acid
Malic acid is a very effective chelation agent. Malic acid creates a reaction in the stomach to enhance absorption of minerals. The acid reacts with the mineral to break the bonds with its original inorganic chelation agent. This frees the mineral to bond with the malic acid to create a malate or allows the free mineral to chelate to other organic bonds available in the stomach, i.e. citric acid (citrate), proteins (amino acid chelate) and so on. These more effective chelation agents allow for better absorption.

Malic acid is a powerful detoxifier of aluminium, and may offer benefit in the chelation and removal of heavy metals. When used orally, malic acid can cause mild gastrointestinal (GI) disturbances.

In addition to increasing energy levels, malic acid is also an effective metal chelator. This means it is able to bind to potentially toxic metals that may have accumulated in the body, such as aluminum or lead, and inactivate them. As a result, the risk of toxicity is considerably reduced. Heavy metal overload has been linked to serious problems like liver disease and brain disorders like Alzheimer’s disease.

Lipoic Acid
Lipoic acid (LA) is an organic compound that is found in every cell of the body therefore it is essential to numerous metabolic enzymatic process needed for proper dog health. This sulfur containing acid has the unique characteristic of being able to be dissolved and work both in water and fatty tissues. This is completely contrary to vitamins which are either water soluble (B-complex, C) or fat soluble, (A, D, E, K).

Lipoic acid converts glucose into energy thus reduce risk of diabetes. Even though it is an effective antioxidant it also the ability to reestablish the effectiveness of other antioxidants. One of the critical ones that it helps restore is glutathione. This also occurs in every cell of the body and is critical to your dog’s immune system. Through these processes Lipoic Acid helps slow aging. If you dog is on any type of therapy or medication such as cancer treatments which compromise the immune system supplemental Lipoic Acid can be extremely beneficial.

Lipoic Acid is also one of the most effective antioxidants in neutralizes harmful free radicals. Research has shown it is effective against heavy metal toxicity due to lead, mercury, and cadmium.

Lipoic acid is found in very low concentrations is almost all foods but in higher levels in kidney, heart and liver meats as well as spinach, broccoli and potatoes. Because of this low concentration and it is not readily available from the food sources due to the nature it is chemically structured, all lipoic acid supplements are chemically produced.

Helpful to Counteract Metal Toxicity

Aluminum
Nutrients: Pectin, Calcium, Magnesium, Coenzyme A, Vitamin E, L-Glutathione, LecithinS-Adenosylmethionine, Vitamin B-Complex**
Herbs: Garlic*, kelp, Burdock Root, Ginseng,Ginkgo, Biloba, Echinacea
Arsenic
Nutrients: Superoxide Dismutase, Vitamin C, Selenium, L-Cysteine, C-Methionine, Pectin
Herbs: Garlic*
Cadmium
Nutrients: Calcium, Magnesium,Coenzyme A, Vitamin E, L-Cysteine, L-Lysine, L-Methionine, Zinc,Lecithin, Rutin
Herbs: Garlic*, Alfalfa, Burdock Root, Red Clover, Milk Thistle

Lead
Nutrients: Alpha-lipoic Acid, Pectin, Calcium, Magnesium, Zinc, Vitamins A, C, E, B-Complex, L-Lysine, L-Cysteine, Selenium, L-Cystine, Methylsulfonfl-Methane, S-Adenosyfmethionine, Glutathione, L-Methionine, Lecithin
Herbs:Garlic*, Kelp, Alfalfa
Mercury
Nutrients: Glutathione, L-Cysteine, L-Methionine, Selenium, Pectin, Vitamin A, C, E, B-Complex, Lecithin
Herbs: Garlic*, Kelp, Alfalfa, Brewer’s Yeast

* Although garlic is a good detoxifier it should only be given to dogs in small amounts if at all.
** Extra B6 & B12 should be given

Chelation Agents Sources

Ferulic Acid
Brans (wheat, rice, oat)
Fruits* (apple, pear, orange, pineapple)
Vegetables (tomato, spinach, carrot asparagus, sweet corn)
Fulvic Acid
Humus Soil (need to use supplement)

Glutamic Acid
High Protein Foods (beef, pork, chicken, fish, eggs, soybean)
Tomatos, Corn, Milk

Lipoic Acid
Low content in nearly all foods
Higher content in kidney, heart, liver meats & spinach, broccoli, potatoes
(Due to very low concentrations and difficulty in extraction source from supplements is recommended)

Malic Acid
Fruits* (apples, cranberries, pineapple, apricot)

* Only use the “meat” of the fruit- never feed the seeds

Conclusion
We have found that heavy metal toxicity is a major factor that affects proper dog health, especially in the modern day domesticated natural dog. That it is almost impossible to keep our dogs free from exposures to heavy metals. This toxicity is an accumulative process in the dog’s body therefore overtime even small exposures are harmful. Exposure to such heavy metals as aluminum, arsenic, cadmium, lead, and mercury come from are environment, everyday products we use, and even commercial dog food. Commercial dog food producers are particularly deficient in their control of these toxins. There are symptoms we can look for that indicate possible heavy metal toxicity in our dogs. Exposure can be minimized by having a good knowledge of were the heavy metals exist around us. There are foods, herbs, minerals, vitamins, and supplements that we can use to help protect, minimize effects, and even purge these damaging toxins from our dog’s bodies constantly promoting good dog health. And finally that dog owners should consider chelation therapy that uses power antioxidants to cleanse the body of the accumulated heavy metal toxins.

NOTICE: The content in this article is provided for informational and educational purposes only. While we make every effort to present information that is accurate and reliable, the views expressed here are not meant to be a substitute for the advice provided by a licensed veterinarian. Please consult your veterinarian for specific advice concerning the medical condition or treatment of your dog and before administering any medication or pursuing any course of treatment that was presented in this article.

Bruce Harte is head of the Research staff at Vitahound.com. He has always been a devoted dog owner with his companions over the last 60+ years ranging from mongrels, to beagles to golden and black labs. They have always been raised naturally not only with diet and supplements but also with their environment including their adobe home on 13 acres in the high Sonoran Desert or rustic cabins high in the Pines of the White Mountains of eastern Arizona. Receiving his Bachelor of Science degree in 1968 Bruce has over 40 years experience in technical and scientific research. Bruce’s love of gardening, natural herbs and remedies combined with extensive knowledge of Native American culture has enabled the Vitahound site to become a robust source for Dog Supplements and Dog Vitamins.

GeneWize Life Sciences Introduces the Worlds Very First Personal DNA Guided Nutritional Product

Personalized nutrition? Until now its only been a guessing game. In walks GeneWize with its claim of being the first company in the world to compound a DNA specific supplement tailored fit any individuals specific DNA requirements.

After spending 14 years in research and development the Doctors and Scientists of GeneLink International, (parent company of GeneWize) recently introduced to the world a nutritional first. The advancements in DNA science over the past 10 years has made huge leaps towards understanding the kind of genetic tendencies an individual will be prone to as they live out their life. Taking a page out of the research being done around the human Genome project scientists from GeneLink claim to have developed a means of compounding nutritional supplements to address an individuals genetic needs.

According to the information coming out of GeneWize it is now possible via a simple DNA test for anyone to enjoy a personally formulated nutritional compound that specifically targets that individuals unique needs. This futuristic approach to nutrition will possibly change the way we look at sustaining optimum health.

Formulations are made from a base of 100 different plant based natural compounds (80% organic) of which contribute 93% of the ingredients being used to make up these products. There is an astounding 177,000 different possible combinations to match up to an individuals DNA requirements.

Are the claims being made really a ground breaking advancement it nutrition?

As with any new scientific breakthrough time will tell the tale, initial indicators from other scientific sources indicate that the trend towards utilizing DNA Science to benefit mankind in a multitude of aliments is on the rise and has a strong interest among top level researches all over the world.

The days of guessing at what kinds of supplements and how much of a specific supplement to take may just have been resolved for anyone looking to target in on optimal health.

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David Rice worked as an outdoor manufacturers rep for 15+ years covering the Pacific North-West states. He has traveled the globe in search of the many fresh and saltwater fish species that can be tempted with a Fly Rod. David still teaches all aspects of Fly Fishing, Fly Casting and Fly Tying as well as conducting annual classes on these subjects for teenagers interested in this Sport or A Lifetime. David’s other passions include Mt. Biking, Hiking, River Rafting, Photography and just enjoying the great outdoor environments of the Montana landscape he calls home.

David Rice is an Entrepreneur and business mentor helping others find the freedom that they claim for their own life.

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How To Choose A MLM Nutrition Product And Business Opportunity

Psychologically if people thing they can make money selling the stuff they will say and believe practically anything about it.

You CAN make a lot of money selling overpriced liquid vitamins.

It’s true – the absorption is probably better – but a lot of the Hi-tech mumbo-jumbo is probably there just to confuse and impress people who don’t know much about nutrition or science. And the absorption-to-price ratio makes liquid mlm vitamins pretty expensive compared to hard vitamin pellets. If you are convinced that you need vitamins – and you might not, if you eat right – then liquid vitamins are pricey but good.

It’s the heavier weight and requirement for more shelf space that makes liquid vitamins more costly. They are expensive to store and ship.

Remember – people want to make money – they want to support their decisions and they get into a Zealous State sometime. In their zeal to profit or overcome their financial problems a lot of folks will get outrageously passionate about the mlm product.

This is part of what gives mlm a bad name – overzealous distributors telling you the juice cures cancer and things like that.

HOW TO CHOOSE A NUTRITION MLM

Here’s a test. Avoid Nutritional MLMs for a year. Don’t touch them. Don’t use their products. Find another way to make money. OK?

Instead – take your money and go to your local health food store and talk to the clerks. Buy some supplements from a respected, established company.

Try them out. Test them.

Do you feel better?

Do you feel the same?

If the one you are using doesn’t work for you try something else.

Remember to eat a healthy diet. This goes a long way toward making you feel good. The 1 Book I recommend you get and study is “Healing With Whole Foods” by Paul Pitchford. It’s
about 700 pages. If you apply only a small portion of the information in the book you will feel better for the rest of your life. It’s not the only great book on the subject – but if you want to just get one book about the nitty-gritty of practical nutrition it’s a good one.

Then – after you are eating much better and you are taking 1 or 2 supplements that work for you – then after 1 YEAR allow yourself to buy some MLM products and stop taking the mainstream supplements you’ve been taking.

Try it.

It’s the only way I know to get clear on separating desire for health from the need to make money in MLM.

Loren Woirhaye is a direct sales entrepreneur committed to delivering massive value to the marketplace. His phone number is 310-359-8494. When you purchase his full coaching and income package he emphatically guarantees you will make money – an offer seldom if ever seen within the business opportunity world. Learn more about the system and the 45 day money-back guarantee at ZeroDollarMarketer.com [http://zerodollarmarketer.com]

Wela Nutritional – Will Wela Separate Itself From Other Nutritional Products?

Wela is yet another nutritional company tossing its hat in the ring as a player in the health and wellness industry, and…the million dollar question that Wela and all other players must answer is “what makes your product different”? Wela’s featured product is Slimberry. Slimberry is marketed to help lose fat, increase energy level, increase lean and shapely muscles and strength, remove harmful toxins from the body, and recover from workout for better results. Slimberry is composed of ionic mineral base, Zeolites, Fulvic Minerals, Vitamin D3, and the last part is a proprietary blend of nutrients from around the world: Acai berry, Maqui berry, Moringa, New Zealand Black Currant and Pomegranate. Wela’s compensation plan will be binary and their reps are referred to as revenue sharing partners. Their website states four core values:

Dignity-Accepting of all person’s as created in the image of God.
Service-Responding with compassion to the needs of others.
Excellence-Striving to attain high standards of performance and proficiency.
Stewardship-Using our talents and resources wisely.

John Penny is founder and former top earner with Vemma and no doubt has experience as a network marketer and has experience in the health and wellness industry.

Wela will have to implement its best marketing plan to be a meaningful player in the highly competitive industry of health and wellness. To gain any traction it will also need to attract distributors that have a large circle of influence. Attracting and recruiting just anyone is not the formula for success. Once these new revenue sharing partners are on board, how will they be trained? Will they be taken by the hand and trained using current online marketing strategies or will they be left to their own devices and have to use old marketing strategies of the past?

That is the fear of new network marketers will these new MLM’s make available a new way to connect with today’s consumer? There are still very few network marketing companies that teach or address new social media marketing strategies. And without realizing it these companies are truly doing their distributors a disservice. Studies have shown that the average network marketer will fail because of lack of training. The Unfortunate part is many more could be successful if properly trained. If new marketers are not successful in the beginning very few will continue.

There are too many online resources available today for network marketing companies not to introduce and begin training new distributors with today’s technology. Wela could also take advantage of this fact and further separate from the competition by implementing strategies related to online marketing. Very few if any companies in the health and wellness industry or in network marketing in general is addressing this subject.

Today’s new network marketer is a computer user, there are 2.1 billion computers worldwide with over 200,000,000 Google searches daily. This makes it clear that people are online and if companies plan to market successfully they need to train new distributors accordingly. Wela is positioned to be a good opportunity for the right individual with strong leadership and a good compensation package.

It will be fun to watch their growth and also get feedback from users of their products. Will their product stand on its own and separate from the pack and position itself as unique. Also will it produce the results it promotes and if it does gain traction will the leaders be able to capitalize on this new found momentum? Wela should be very excited it appears to have a lot of good things to look forward too and the timing could be just right too if the product is truly unique.

IMPACT Nutrition Product Alternatives

Most of us know that “IMPACT nutrition” went out of business a few years ago. With that went their products. I have had people tell me that they are having a difficult time locating products like, “Dynadrol”, “Equibolan”, “Maxteron” and remember those awesome shakes, “Killer MRP’s”?!

I did a bit of research and found some alternatives for the now defunked products. Although there are a few sites that still offer these products, such as Zupplements.com, they are slowly disappearing. The list below will help you with a replacement when these products are no longer available

Permadrol: An anabolic steroid alternative that was developed as a legal, non-prescription substitute to testosterone replacement therapy. It contains a blend of four testosterone enhancement compounds that work together to increase the users’ testosterone levels. Like pro-hormones of the past, it is comprised of elements that are found in nature. However, unlike pro-hormones, it is designed to not interrupt the natural testosterone production cycle as it works through natural pathways.

Anyone who could benefit from higher testosterone levels may benefit from using Permadrol. In men, testosterone levels start to decline as they get older. Testosterone replacement compounds like Permadrol have a wide variety of benefits that range from increased athletic performance and bodybuilding to anti-aging and sexual enhancement effects. The real beauty of this product is its versatility! It can benefit pretty much anyone regardless of their goal or experience level. This is an awesome alternative to Dynadrol.

TestoXterone: This product has been touted as a “gene specific” steroid alternative. Gene specific simply means your own natural testosterone that is “gene coded” to fit into the nucleus of the cell. But the amount of testosterone being produced in the average male is very low. Between 5-10 mg a day, and the vast majority of this is “bound” and not usable to build muscle. So to increase your natural testosterone production just free up your own testosterone! But, TestoXterone also has a “juggernaut” gene specific testosterone enhancer… so you get a double barrel testosterone effect! This is a great alternative to Equibolan.

Orastan A: Orastan is an extremely effective, and much safer, legal alternative to the c17-methylated and c17-alpha alkylated prosteroids banned from the supplement marketplace. It is the perfect adjunct to a healthy diet and proper resistance training regimen to insure you reach or surpass your genetic potential in athletic performance, muscle hypertrophy, overall mass gain, motivation and fat loss. This is a great alternative to Maxteron.

Lean Mass Matrix Meal: Prolab’s Lean Mass Complex is a convenient shake mix like the “Killer MRP’s”, and is specifically designed for people who are working hard to create a leaner, healthier body. This program consists of 40% low-glycemic carbohydrates, 40% protein, and 20% healthy fats. Plus, it’s a good source of fiber. It has a few more calories than the Killer MRP’s and also more protein. Each serving of Lean Mass Complex contains a diverse ration of proteins from whey and Micellular casein as well as added free-form L-Glutamine. It was designed to supply a generous amount of the Daily Value of B Vitamins (to help maintain energy levels needed to sustain a scheduled exercise program) as well as the antioxidant Vitamins A, C and E. Balanced Levels of Minerals. I can’t finish without saying the cinnamon oatmeal flavor is awesome! This is an excellent alternative to the “Killer MRP’s”

Reminder:

It doesn’t matter what you take if you don’t train and eat big!

NO supplement is a miracle drug, in addition these statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. This product is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease.

Mona Vie Nutrition Products Home Business – Real Or Not?

Are you looking for a legitimate home business but don’t know how to wade through the multitude of get-rich claims out there? Have you heard of Mona Vie but don’t know much about it? Has a friend or colleague tried to interest you in its Acai berry products but you’ve never heard of the company and want to know more?

The truth is, Mona Vie is a legitimate company with a solid management team and a competitive compensation plan…one of the best in the industry. This is one of the fastest growing direct sales companies in the world. It has positioned itself to take advantage of the surging health and wellness industry with the introduction of their new energy drink EMV and their new blend of M-MUN nutritional supplement juice, which is getting excellent reviews.

The company anticipates strong sales and phenomenal growth in the years to come. With their commitment to research and the development of new and better health products, this nutrition based direct sales company will continue to lead the way in the health and wellness industry.

The companies commitment to its distributors is impressive. With the introduction of Mona Vie University and a strong support system already in place, distributors have all the tools and support they need to represent the company in a professional manner. Training videos and conferences, home meetings with networking the main focus, and a strong corporate foundation make this company one of the most successful network marketing companies in the world. International markets are opening up at a breathtaking rate. Mona Vie pays its distributors weekly and has never failed to make a payment or deliver a product.

With the U.S. economy in a tailspin, unemployment at record high levels, retirement accounts depleted, and a real estate market that will take years to recover, Mona Vie posted monumental profits and market share gains in its first three years with over $1 billion in sales. It took Microsoft 10 years to reach their first billion dollars in sales.

If you’re looking for a home business that will allow you to make your own hours, network with like-minded people, and make an unlimited income, Mona Vie is an excellent company with which to partner.

Michael Holmes is a professional marketer, distributor, and affiliate with years of experience in direct sales. He has researched many direct marketing companies and believes Mona Vie to be the best home based business for those willing to put in the time and learn the technology to make it work.

Heath and Nutrition Products for Aging

The world is busy and complex. Almost everyone has a lot to do as they are passing the hours of each day. There are many things to consider and many choices to make. One of the key elements is to maintain good health in some manner even with the aging process.

Obesity has become a major national problem in the United States. No one can dispute the fact that being overweight is a result of eating too much. Years of overeating can take a terrible toll on a person’s life. Food has become such a social thing as well as a way to console oneself when personal problems exist. Poor eating habits must be curtailed if a person expects to be healthy. Having an unhealthy lifestyle which does not focus on diet and exercise can wreak havoc with a person’s health.

There are numerous people who make it to old age who have maintained a healthy weight. They are undoubtedly able to enjoy life more fully than those who are overweight. Most adults may be overweight to at least a small degree, but it is something which can be controlled with discipline and determination.

Some people seem to be happy with their bodies even if they are morbidly obese. There are organizations and groups which can give these people a feeling of belonging and purpose in joining together with others in their condition. However, most people would admit that they would prefer not to be overweight.

Way back during World War II when Japanese Americans and immigrants from Japan were incarcerated in camps in remote areas of the United States, they had a challenge in staying healthy. There was not a lot of opportunities to keep their bodies and minds active. There were no products available to help them and no stores to buy items they might want. They tried, however, to make the best of a very bad situation by finding ways to manage in difficult times.

There are many products on the market which claim to help people maintain health and wellness no matter what their age or fitness level is at the current time. This sector of the economy is indeed said to be or soon to become a trillion dollar industry. People do want to be healthy and happy. Maintaining good health is essential. Life can be cut short without it.

Health is a major issue among the baby boomer population and should be a concern to all people. There are numerous health related products on the market today. They are sold through all means of distribution including retail outlets, wholesale means, and network marketing or multi-level marketing (MLM). MLM has become a major home based business which has embraced a number of these food and nutrition items.

The products are plentiful to help maintain a healthy lifestyle as a person ages. Finding the product or products which work for a person is an individual matter. It sometimes takes trial and error before something beneficial is found. Everyone wants to be healthy and happy which makes caring for oneself essential.

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Shaklee Review – Can You Really Get Wealthy Selling Natural Nutrition Products?

If you’re reading this third party review, chances are you’re looking for information on Shaklee. In this simple review, I’ll cover information on the Shaklee business opportunity and what you need to do to prosper if you decide to join.

For starters, let’s go over the actual company. Shaklee Corporation was started over 50 years ago by Dr. Forrest C. Shaklee, Sr. Shaklee is one of the most well known and reputable companies in the network marketing industry. When Dr. Shaklee started the company, he helped pioneer two industries at the same time, the vitamin supplement industry and the network marketing industry. Today, Shaklee is known as the number one natural nutrition company in the United States with almost 800,000 distributors promoting the products. The company, which is led by Chairman and CEO Roger Barnett, has a very experienced management team and advisory board. In addition, while the company has it’s headquarters in Pleasanton, California, Shaklee is operating in other countries like Canada, China, Japan and Mexico.

Based on the information on the website, Shaklee products are always safe, they always work and they’re always green. Shaklee prides itself on producing natural, earth-friendly products. There are many products in Shaklee’s portfolio including vitamin supplements, weight loss products, a complete line of skin care products and non-toxic household cleaning products. The fact that the company has been marketing these products for over 50 years and many Olympic athletes endorse them, says a lot about their quality.

As far as the Shaklee business opportunity is concerned, the fact that over 1,600 Shaklee distributors have earned over $1 million in commissions documents that it works. Of course, your results aren’t guaranteed and will depend on your ability to build an organization, but that’s how business ownership works. In short, there are 5 ways you can get paid in the compensation plan. And while the company does provide upfront income potential, the big selling point of the opportunity is the potential to build long-term, passive, residual income. Overall, the compensation plan is very fair and, for the right person, Shaklee can be quite lucrative.

In closing, Shaklee is an extremely credible and solid company that is here to stay. They have a strong corporate team, high quality products and a generous compensation plan. Of course, this doesn’t mean you’ll automatically succeed just by joining the company. If you decide to join the company, I recommend two things that will position you ahead of 95% of Shaklee distributors. For one, take the time to find a sponsor that can actually offer value and has experienced success in the industry. And two, learn how to market and acquire the skills needed to generate 30-50+ leads a day. Without leads, it won’t matter how great Shaklee is because you have no one to share it with. On the other hand, if you have more leads than you can actually get to, there’s no telling how successful you can be and how big your Shaklee business can get.

Dnanext Review – Review of the Nutritional Products Offered by the Company

This Dnanext review would be very useful for those who are currently on the lookout for nutritional supplements that would help their body function in the best possible way. Over the last few years there has been an immense increase in the number of nutritional companies entering the market. Supplements, vitamin shakes, weight loss products and miracle pills that promise unbelievable results can be found everywhere. However, it is very important that you research well before you try any of these products if you really want to avoid any harm or side effects from trying some of these products. When it comes to your body, you should only trust products that are high quality and offer your body the maximum possible advantage.

Dnanext Review – Company Background

DNANEXT is a nutritional company with a difference. The company offers nutritional supplement products that are quite different than what can be found in the market simply because its products do not promise any miracles or unrealistic results in a short time. Instead, the products are intended to work naturally inside your body in such a way that you would have a healthier DNA which would allow your body to function at its maximum potential. The company is also in the process of launching its MLM business opportunity for a select few marketers who would be marketing the products of the company.

Dnanext Review – The Products

The products that are marketed by the company are a proprietary blend of various nutrients that the body would need in order to have healthier repair mechanisms. The motto of the company is to provide the body all the natural nutrients that it needs in the right amount so that it can function at its maximum potential. Helix P51 is the main product that is marketed by the company and it has a precise blend of various vitamins, nutraceuticals, herbs, minerals and herbal extracts. The product supports the metabolism processes of the body and it protects and repairs our DNA. With a healthier DNA, our body would be able to fight against the everyday toxins and radiations that it has to face. Since the product provides the body various nutrients that are delivered right where they would be needed, the DNA would be able to repair itself when needed. This would automatically provide your body a healthier base on which you can depend in the long run.

Unlike the various nutritional supplements that are currently available, DNA Next offers products that work in the most natural way. This is also one of the very few products in the market currently that boost the DNA repair mechanism of the body. To conclude this Dnanext review, the products provided by the company are definitely high quality and effective because of the way that they function.

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Anti Aging Natural Supplements-Reverse the Aging Process with the Right Nutrition Products

Hide those extra years that look prominent with anti aging natural supplements. With gray hair one might look experienced and intelligent but not with the wrinkles.

Companies promise to make you younger and lovelier than ever but you must decide on which product to add to your dressing table after taking the anti-allergy test. They are available in all forms, from antioxidants to omega 3 rich fish oils and vitamin E capsules.

It is considered that a high intake of fruits and vegetables and lowering down fatty substances along with process goes a long way in making you look young and full of energy.

It works on one principle-flushing out the free radicals from your body and minimizing the formation of these radicals. Antioxidants which can be taken in the firm of green tea are thought to stop the formation of such radicals.

Vitamin E which is a basic substance in most of the beauty lotions also helps counter these free radicals. Vitamin C, if taken in proper dosage along with vitamin E, stops free radicals formation.
Talking about antioxidants, flavonoids and carotenes esp. beta carotenes which can be found in red and blue fruits, red and orange vegetables respectively keeps a check on free radicals. Take supplements of folic acid and keep yourself free of several diseases. For a glowing skin, cucumber and lemon juice is essential. One can apply it any time on the face.

You can also go for natural skin care products for wrinkle treatment, acne treatment, eye care, stretch marks and load with moisturizers. The good news is anti aging natural supplements work well with any kind of skin complexion.

Another way you can stay young forever is by leading a stress free life, being happy with who you are, and giving that contagious smile.

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