The Pancreas is like a checking account - it has a limited amount of
funds (enzymatic resources) in the account. When the account is low
and no deposits are made (by eating whole raw foods) the account (Pancreas)
is empty, no more enzymes. When the enzymatic account is at it's limit
or it is overdrawn = diabetes."
What is Diabetes
Diabetes is a disease of the body's metabolism, and it is the way
in which our bodies use food for growth and energy. Most of the food
eaten is broken down into glucose,( sugar) in the blood and it is
the main source of energy/fuel for the body. This is where it is used
by cells for growth and energy. Now in order for glucose to get into
cells where it can be utilized, insulin must be present.
Insulin is a hormone produced by the pancreas, which is a large gland
behind the stomach. And when we consume the right types of foods,
the pancreas automatically produces the right amount of insulin to
move glucose from blood into our cells.
In pets with diabetes, the pancreas either produces little or no insulin,
or the cells are resistant to insulin (Insulin Resistance/Syndrome
X in humans) and they do not respond appropriately to the insulin
that is produced by the pancreas. Glucose then builds up in the blood,
levels and overflows into the urine, and passes out of the body. The
body then loses its main source of fuel even though the blood contains
large amounts of glucose in it, it can't utilize it for energy.
Things that contribute to Insulin Resistance:
- Eating poor quality, grain based pet foods - (grain is the first
ingredient on the list.
- Eating fractionated grains as opposed to whole ground grains -
human grade #1.
- Processed diets; homemade cooked or kibble, that are absent of
critical dietary enzymes or the "Living Component"
Note: A by-product of diabetes can be systemic
yeast overgrowth in gut
Management and Prevention of Diabetes
One of the biggest health issues facing pet owners today, besides
Systemic Yeast Infections
is that of diabetes in pets. Most diabetes in pets is not genetic,
but due to poor quality commercial diets, lack of variety in the diet,
missing nutrients and the absence of the all important "living
raw component" on a daily basis. This is true for humans as well.
For the past 40 years our most of our pets have been feed high carbohydrate
"grain based" processed foods (utilitarian and premium level
kibble) devoid of high quality meat protein and the living enzyme
component. Cats are "obligate" carnivores, unlike dogs who
do adapt, which means they should only eat 99% meat, grasses, so it
is no wonder diabetes is rampant in cats.
The primary pet diet has been process foods day in, day out, without
any real human foods. We were always told "no human foods- no
table scraps" for fear of the doing being overweight, but there
is a big difference in sharing high quality foods with your pets and
human junk food! Cooked foods and junk foods, mean the living raw
component (antioxidants and enzymes) and important dietary fiber is
missing, and this causes disease and early aging of the body not only
in pets but in humans as well.
All processed, cooked and stored foods are lacking in vital "dietary
enzymes" - they are lost in the heating, processing, and storage
of food. While some nutrients are actually enhanced with cooking,
dietary enzymes are destroyed. These dietary enzymes are the "living
component" in all raw foods, and to date no dog food company
addresses this need to replenish them back on to the foods (kibble).
But now have the technology to apply dietary enzymes on the kibble
at the same time as the probiotics are sprayed on at the end of the
process when cooled. I have tried to get a company to embrace the
idea of using dietary enzymes on their kibbles but it falls on deaf
ears. Mark my word; someday it will be the wave of the future in pet
In all of the Blackwatch
Feed Programs, (over 25 years), I have addressed the need
for DIETARY ENZYMES in a daily diet, and I have provided them for
my pets through the use of a product called Biopet Nzymes,
along with other raw components (fruits/veggies and The Honest Kitchen
Why are the dietary enzymes so important to my pet?
Because dietary enzymes provide the necessary nutrients to a system,
so the body can make the antioxidants and other enzymes needs to digest
food properly, and detoxify the body to help maintain wellness. In
short they have anti-aging and anti-inflammatory properties which
are critical to quality health and longevity.
There are 3 basic components present in ALL of the Blackwatch Feed
Dietary Enzymes - provide the
living component and detoxify the body.
Digestive Enzymes - provide the
enzymes needed break down food so it can be utilized
Probiotics - beneficial bacteria,
which keeps the candida and fungi from overgrowth causing leaky gut
syndrome and systemic yeast infections.
Probiotics and Digestive Enzymes are often found in combination products
- (example: BacPakPlus,
4 in 1 Probiotics or Filling N The Wholes). These 3 components
are the basics of all the Blackwatch Feed Programs and critical for
pets and humans, in order to have a healthy gut - which is the real
key to wellness and longevity.
Far too many poor quality fractionated grains/carbohydrates, without
the fiber intact, are consumed in this culture and therefore it is
detrimental to our pancreas over a long period of time. Carbohydrates,
without fiber in tact, burns quickly in the body causing glucose levels
to spike, it is the fiber that effects how the body uses whole grains
(carbs) in the food. The old adage regarding Chinese food - "an
hour later I'm still hungry" has to do with the white rice,
it's lacking the outer fiber that brown rice has in tact. If you have
the option for brown rice then you will notice you stay satiated much
longer after a meal because it is full of fiber. First let me define
the word raw in the manner in which I am using it in my illustrations
- it is any unprocessed, cooked or stored meat, fruit or vegetables.
THE GRAIN CONTROVERSY
The issue of grain consumption in pet foods has more to do with the
QUALITY and QUANTITY used in a food. For example, the use of corn
in a food has gotten much bad press for being an allergen, when in
fact it is the "feed grade" corn that is the problem and
comparing it to human grade #1 corn; it is nutritionally as different
as night and day. (The
I am certainly not promoting any grain or corn based food as being
the best choice in a diet, but a holistic dog food (not cat) with
a human grade, whole grain #1 corn component in it, provides energy
levels unmatched by any other grain or protein source and needed for
real performance animals. Not all grains are bad, and likewise a grain
free diet is NOT necessarily the best way to feed a pet either.
Grain-based dog foods (grain is listed first on the bag) are difficult
for the dog to digest and some say that dogs do not make the amylase
enzyme needed to break down carbohydrates, but that is not true. What
is true, is - because dogs do not get a raw component to their diets
or do not get dietary enzyme supplementation, they are unable to make
adequate amounts of all digestive enzymes for proper digestion!!
If there is no raw component, dietary enzymes supplementation or digestive
enzyme supplementation provided to the dog's diet, the body can not
make not produce the enzymes necessary to break down and digest the
carbohydrates, protein, fats and fiber in a diet.
Dogs and cats have trouble making enough
digestive enzymes - all 4 types of digestive enzymes, when they do
not have the adequate nutrients supplied in the daily diet, in some
form of a "raw, unprocessed, living component".
When there is no raw present, there are no dietary enzymes present
and therefore total enzymatic activity that breaks down the food depends
wholly on the pancreas to make these enzymes. That is a tremendous
burden on the pancreas when it is "born" with a limited
number to begin with. Think of the pancreas as a checking account
with a set amount of money in it. When it is spent, it is spent -
and when it is spent, that is when you develop diabetes.
In the Diabetic
Support Kit #22 that I have developed, I have combined supplements
that have been shown in the most research to be beneficial in establishing
less spiking in glucose levels and more consistency in the dogs condition.
There have been some pets that have had reversing of the disease after
a time on the program and on a quality holistic meat based food, but
it is important to make sure a diabetic pet remains on the contents
of the kit for life.
Diabetes Kit # 22
FOOD RECOMMENDATIONS (ALL BREEDS/AGES)
For diabetes as in cancer situations, the dogs generally do better
with a higher protein and higher fat diet, with fewer carbohydrates
(which can turn to sugar).This does not mean they should not eat quality whole grains such as oats, barley, quinoa, amaranth. These grains have fiber intact which is very important and they do not burn as fast as some Grain-Free foods do that have potato as the carb source. My preference is a to use a higher multiple protein diet in the 25% -30% protein and 15% - 20% fat.
These are some foods I would try ..keeping in mind that tiny dogs need a high protein diet so their energy levels do not fade.
Precise Competition Formula (3 proteins) 26% protein 16% fat
Precise Endurance - (4 proteins) 30% protein - 20% fat (equal to old Eagle Power Pack before 2009)
Precise Small/Medium Breed Puppy (4 proteins) 29% protein - 19% fat
Petcurean NOW! Puppy Formula - 28% protein 18% fat
Petcurean NOW! Adult Formula - 26% protein- 16% fat
Nutri Source Super Performance - 32% protein - 21% fat
Nutri Source Adult - 26% protein - 16% fat
Nutri-Source Grain Free - 28% protein 18% fat - chicken formula
Petcurean NOW! Grain Free Puppy Formula - 28% protein 18% fat
NOW! Grain Free Adult formula 26% protein 16% fat
One of these formulas along with the Diabetes Support Kit and it should make a big difference in the quality of life for your pet.
Diabetes Kit Includes the Following
1). Filling N The Wholes -
is a "green" whole food
supplement containing a bioavailable source of vitamins, mineral ,
phyto-nutrients from organic barley grass and 68 trace mineral supplement
with 6 probiotics (2 encapsulated), Digestive enzymes (protease, amylase,
lipase, celluase), Dietary enzymes from organic sprouted flaxseed,
Vit C, Arabinogalactin, "first milking" Colostrum, DMG ,
MSM, Lethicin, L - Carnitine, Glucosamine, Type 11 & 1V Collagen,
2) Nzymes - Dietary
Enzymes - in a pet chewable treat or granular, they are derived from
a proprietary blend of sprouted foods. Its function is to detoxify
the body at a cellular level. Nzymes comes in a chewable healthy pet
treat or in granular form and as a food does not conflict with any
medication your pet may be on. Nzymes provide the body with the right
nutrients to allow the body to make the chemicals necessary to detoxify
(clean out) the body and repair itself. Nzymes put the "living
component" back into the diet which is essential for wellness
3) Colostrum -The
first "pre-milk" fluid produced in the first few hours from
the mammary gland of mammals, and it carries all the antibodies to
protect the young when the immune system is new and underdeveloped.
It is a rich source of antibodies, growth factors and nutrients and
may provide passive immunity to the newborn against various infectious
microorganisms. Research shows Colostrum will regenerate and rejuvenate
the immune function, as well as heart muscle. It is highly recommended
for pets (humans) with cardiomyopathy and other heart disease and
diabetes. Hyperimmune colostrum is rich in immunoglobulins of the
IgG type, which are protective against such infectious microorganisms
as Cryptosporidium parvum (a major cause of AIDS-associated diarrhea),
diarrheogenic Escherichia coli strains, Shigella flexneri, Clostridium
difficile, and rotavirus, the most common cause of severe diarrhea
in young children.
Please read this article on the benefits Colostrum
4) Co-Q-10 -
is an essential part of every cell in the body that uses oxygen and
is believed to be the 'biochemical spark' that creates cellular energy.
Research* has shown that CoQ-10 appears to enhance the immune system,
and shows definitive proof that approximately 75% of cardiac patients
have significantly lower than normal levels of CoQ-10 in their heart
muscle. In short, this critical nutrient is necessary in maintaining
good cardiovascular health which is important with diabetes.
5) Angstrom Magnesium
- Liquid magnesium is better utilized than crude pill forms and magnesium
is a crucial cofactor for many enzymatic reactions that are involved
in the metabolic process. The link between diabetes and magnesium
deficiency is document in a growing body of evidence that shows magnesium
plays a pivotal role in improving insulin sensitivity and reducing
cardiovascular risks, retinopathy, and nephropathy. Many studies have
shown that both mean plasma and intracellular free magnesium levels
are lower in patients with diabetes than in the general population.
6) Poopitiy Doo -
a fiber product often used for anal gland issues, is also a powerful
and beneficial fiber component which has been found to help regulate
blood sugar levels. The best is from Oat Beta Glucan such as in this
8) Cinnamon -
as been shown to help moderate blood glucose levels and have a positive
effect on insulin response.
7). Alpha Lipoic Acid -
Alpha-Lipoic acid has been shown to speed the removal of glucose (sugar)
from the blood and this antioxidant may prevent kidney damage associated
with diabetes in animals.
A holistic, high quality, meat based diet as the basis of your feeding
program, enhanced with dietary and digestive enzymes, so the body
can function better and remove free radical damage, is the way to
prevention and recovery of many diseases, including diabetes.
The suggestions in this article are based on personal experience and
research on supplements that enhance the function of the body. Before
starting any program it is important to talk to your vet about any
changes in diet, keeping in mind only holistically trained vets have
nutritional knowledge so it may be in your pet's best interest to
contact one in your area. Also consult you're your vet regarding amount,
type and frequency of treats given your pet because they are added
calories. It is my suggestion that treats need to be limited. A meat
based treat is essential but you need to know when is appropriate
to give one so as not to disrupt the blood sugar levels.
Most traditionally trained veterinarians are not comfortable making
nutritional supplementation recommendations, due to their lack of
experience, but I would still suggest you print this information and
discuss it with your vet. If you are looking for a holistic veterinarian
who is nutritionally savvy, here is a link to help in that search.
American Holistic Veterinarian
Schedule of Supplements:
If your dog has been diagnosed with diabetes, and you choose to purchase
this kit after discussion with your vet, introduce each supplement
according to the chart below while continuing with the supplements
all ready started- so you can monitor the dog's insulin levels carefully.
If there is any loose stool, slow the introduction down a day or two
and ease into the next supplement.
While continuing with the supplements that have been added to the
diet, add each new supplement in the order, with the timing, that
is shown below:
This is the schedule for daily supplementation:
Day 1 - Filling N' The Wholes (dosage on label) - then add:
Day 3 - Nzymes - do not double dose as jar suggests (dosage
see label) then add:
Day 6 - Cinnamon (1-2 capsules - large/giants, 1 cap med -
small dogs/cats, 1/4 tsp - then add:
Day 9 - Colostrum -(dosage on label) - then add:
Day 12 - Alpha Lipoic Acid (300 mg daily - all sizes) - then
Day 12 - Co-Q-10 (1 capsule daily - 30 mg) - then add:
Day 12 - Poopity Doo - (dosage on label) - then add:
Day 15 - Angstrom Magnesium Liquid (1 tablespoon Giants, 2
teaspoons large/medium, 1 teaspoon small, ½ teaspoon toy breeds