SKIN PROBLEMS & ALLERGIES – Diet is the CAUSE – Diet is the SOLUTION – Be Patient. Holistic healing from the inside out takes months, not days. After 3 to 6 months on the proper diet you will see amazing results. But you will never find a real solution to the Allergy problems in a few days or weeks. Those short term improvements are usually due to suppressing the symptoms not solving the problem.
This poor dog’s fur is totally dull, stiff and dry and she’s got hot spots and skin problems due to Systemic Candida caused by Leaky Gut which was a result of a diet with any of the following: grain, potato, sweet potato, lentils, chickpeas, beans, sugar, antibiotics, systemic poisons (like topical flea and tick medication), chemical preservatives (like ethoxyquin in fish). Six months on the proper diet and this sweet dog will look totally different with a solid coat of thick, shiny, soft fur that barely sheds and she won’t itch.
I’m not a doctor, I don’t have a Ph.D in nutrition (although we employ one), I’m not a veterinarian, I’m not AAFCO or the FDA, I’m not with big business, multi-million dollar research projects, or the Government, and I don’t have piles of peer reviewed research papers – although Dr Sarah Ballantyne, PhD whom I respect and agree with does. I’ve got empirical evidence, gathered from actual experience with thousands of dogs over the last 11 years, that has confirmed for me that DIET IS THE CAUSE and DIET IS THE SOLUTION.
My family has run a successful dog food store for 11 years and been manufacturing our own dog food for 7 years now. We hired an animal nutritionist who had 35 years experience in the dog food industry with a Ph.D in Gut Biology and asked him to help us design the healthiest kibble dog food possible. It was the first time in his over 30 year career that any dog food company had asked him to use his knowledge and experience to design the best dog food possible in kibble form. Before us they had always asked him to find a way to make it cheaper.
From the very start a steady flow of people came to our store searching for solutions to their dog’s skin conditions and allergies. The primary cause of the problems wasn’t that hard to isolate. The information is there for those willing to see it. The solution wasn’t that hard to find either.
We were not guided (or rather limited) by existing theories, the often contradictory opinions of ‘experts’ or nutritional ‘studies’, or the self proclaimed dog food critics with a website. The only criteria we acknowledged as valid was what actually worked on real dogs in real life. We started by eliminating what might be causing the problem in the diet. Eliminating the various sources of the problem worked the best. Instead of using drugs we focused on improving the food so the dog could heal from the inside out. Clearing the diet of grain, potato, sweet potato, lentils, beans, chickpeas, sugar, synthetic preservatives like Ethoxyquin that’s used heavily in fish, topical systemic poisons for flea and ticks, corticosteroids, and antibiotics (unless severe need),produced results that were beyond our wildest expectations.
I’m not offering recooked versions of the same nonsense about the dozens of Allergy solutions that are all over the internet and which are apparently mostly useless based on the number of poor dogs that are still suffering from these problems and who are being over medicated in an effort to quiet the symptoms because they don’t have a solution to offer what will resolve the problem at it’s source.
I am offering a protocol that actually produces results. You don’t need to understand the science involved for it to work, and you don’t need to understand the details of how it addresses the source of the problem by healing Leaky Gut which helps heal the dog from the inside out in an organic, holistic, natural way that does no harm. You only need to follow the simple, straightforward dietary suggestions that have worked for every dog it’s been tried on. You can bypass all the arguments, rhetoric, theories, and “proof” that diet doesn’t cause these problems by simply changing the diet to what we have found actually works and YOU WILL DISCOVER THAT DIET DEFINITELY CAN AND WILL RESOLVE THE PROBLEMS. Since diet resolves the problems I think it logical to assume it had something to do with causing the problems.
I’m sorry if the content of this article goes against the existing theories or opinions of the many hardworking, well meaning professionals who are trying to help your dog, or the nutritionists who are doing their best with what science has to offer. I have no desire to demean their efforts. I have no doubt they are doing the best they can, but I cannot stand by silently any longer and be politically correct at the expense of the millions of dogs who are suffering from allergies and skin conditions when I know of a simple course of action that has actually worked in the day to day life of thousands of dogs, regardless of how severe the symptoms were. If the owner stays with the course of action long enough (sometimes conditions like Systemic Candida require 6 months or more to resolve completely) it is almost certain that the dog will resolve the issues and it is a total certainty that the dog will be healthier overall.
When a solution works – it works! It is evidence that adds to the body of empirical knowledge that supports the theory. In this case the theory is that the correct diet will resolve most of the conditions that cause allergies, skin conditions, and “Leaky Gut”. A theory that logically follows is that this same diet, given to puppies would prevent the occurrence of the problems to begin with.
Do not be deterred from using what works by those who claim there is no ” proof” (scientific or otherwise) that it works. For that matter there is no scientific “proof” that love exists, nor is one possible. Does that argument convince you there is no such thing as love? To claim that “proof” is necessary to validate, common sense, empirical evidence of reality is patently absurd.
As Satoshi Kanazawa, The Scientific Fundamentalist points out in Psychology Today, “Contrary to popular belief, there is no such thing as a scientific proof. Proofs exist only in mathematics and logic, not in science. Mathematics and logic are both closed, self-contained systems of propositions, whereas science is empirical and deals with nature as it exists. The primary criterion and standard of evaluation of scientific theory is evidence, not proof. Anyone who uses the words “proof,” “prove” and “proven” in their discussion of science is not a real scientist“. (bold highlighting is my own)
At this point all the evidence points to the fact that allergies and skin problems in dogs continue to multiply despite the existing theories that tell you it’s OK for dogs to eat grain, potato, and high glycemic carbs or to put systemic poison on your dog for fleas and ticks, or the well intentioned Veterinarian who over-prescribes antibiotics in an effort to provide relief for the suffering dog. The experts claim that only 10% of allergy associated problems are connected to diet but when we change the diet it appears that 90% of the problems resolve over time.
They’re missing something and I think I know what it is thanks to the exceptional work of Dr Sarah Ballantyne, PhD who earned a degree in Physics and a PhD in Medical Biophysics. Read about her here: https://www.thepaleomom.com/about-2/about-sarah/
She has all the credentials and piles of peer reviewed papers and all the empirical knowledge we’ve accumulated with thousands of dogs completely backs up her research.
Basically she found that certain foods cause Leaky Gut which causes the body to develop allergies and other diseases and physical maladies. So if you eliminate the food and other conditions (antibiotics, systemic flea poisons, chemical preservatives, etc.) that are causing leaky gut and substitute healthy food, then the system will heal itself – and that’s exactly what we have found to be absolutely true.
The claim that feeding dogs grain, grain products, potatoes, sweet potatoes, high -glycemic carbs, and various forms of sugar is not harmful (because tests “prove” dogs can metabolize them) is the argument of a fool or a tool. My 14 year old son can metabolize sugar coated cereal, candy bars, soda, and no end of white bread products covered in icing, but in the real world that does NOT mean they’re nutritious or that they will not harm him simply because he can metabolize them. No parent needs science to validate that obvious fact for them. Observing the effect on their child of high glycemic carbs and sugar is empirical knowledge gained from practical experience, or as my Missouri born mother would often say, “It’s just plain common sense.”
It turns out there actually is a simple “One size fits all” solution for 90% or more of the problems that that present as Allergies, Food Intolerance, rashes, hot spots, excessive licky, yeasty ears and paws, itching, dry, dull fur, cloudy eyes, sensitive stomachs, gut and stool problems, etc.
Turns out that certain foods don’t need to cause an allergy reaction directly to cause allergy problems because some foods create a condition called Leaky Gut that allows fecal matter in the colon to get into the blood stream, including the Candida Albicans fungus which spreads through the system creating no end of symptoms and misery in your poor dog.
The solution that we’ve successfully used to resolve allergies, food intolerances, and a host of associated skin problems is a diet that heals Leaky Gut, removes Systemic Candida from the blood stream, restores the beneficial bacteria in the gut, and strengthens the Immune system (80% of which is generated in the gut wall).
It’s all built into every Brothers Complete formula but if you want to make your own here’s what you need.
- 32% to 40% protein on a dry matter basis with over 90% of the protein being animal sourced (versus vegetable sourced).
- Over 10% egg protein for easy digestion and a perfectly balanced amino acid profile
- Protein that starts as human grade protein.
- Cassava as a low-glycemic starch binder.
- Added Digestive Enzymes to ensure complete digestion and strengthen the immune system (Amylase, Protease, Cellulase, Lactase, Hemicellulase, and Lipase)
- Added special Prebiotics that are long chain so they feed the Probiotics and not the pathogenic bacteria in the colon.
- Added Probiotics that are encapsulated to protect them from activating prematurely which usually happens to 99% of the probiotics added to dog food.
- GMO Free
- NO Grain, NO White Potato, NO Sweet Potato
- NO Lentils, NO Chickpeas, NO Beans
- Artificial Coloring Free, Artificial Flavoring Free
- Meat that is antibiotic and hormone free
- Only Natural preservatives used (Mixed Tocopherols (Vit E), Vitamin C, Green Tea Extract, Rosemary Extract)
- Chemical Preservative Free – BHA, BHT, and Ethoxyquin Free (a chemical preservative usually used in fish).
- No topical systemic anti-flea or anti-tick medications used
- No Antibiotics
- No sugar in any form
- The use of meat toppers is allowed up to 20% of the calories of the meal.
This is the makeup of the diet that actually works – that resolves Leaky Gut and the problems that result from it – which turns out to be a very long list of problems. Be patient – it takes time.
A particular food like grain, potato, sweet potato, lentils, beans, chickpeas, sugar, or the use of antibiotics or topical flea medications that poison the system aren”t necessarily what the body is allergic to but they will contribute to a condition known as “Leaky Gut” which is the mechanism that creates allergies, systemic candida, and a host of skin problems.
In the event that you run into a professional who tells you that Leaky Gut doesn’t exist you can refer them Dr Ballantyne or to the article “Leaky Gut Syndrome: What Is It?” on WebMD where Dr Linda A. Lee a gastroenterologist and director of the Johns Hopkins Integrative Medicine and Digestive Center says, “We don’t know a lot but we know that it exists” http://www.webmd.com/digestive-disorders/features/leaky-gut-syndrome#1
Richard Darlington, Co-CEO
Brothers Complete Dog Food, LLC