Friday, April 17, 2015

A reality check

While I'm gung-ho about nutrition right now, I have to admit that though their coats are a bit shinier, they're physically more relaxed and looser, there's something missing. They're no more intelligent for the changes in diet than they used to be.

My dogs moods and especially behaviour had only really improved with the Bach Flower remedies. I must say they matured leaps and bounds during that period of time. Understanding me more, listening better, obeying like they trusted me to care for them. They even showed more respect to each other during that phase.

All that is missing from this nutritional escapade. I was just thinking about how I missed seeing that aspect of mental health.:)

Thursday, April 16, 2015

Issues and worries

I don't feel guilty about adding chemical nutrients. Primarily because it's added nutrients that have extended human lifespans, and the majority of added nutrients have been chemical and synthesized.

I've been guilty of neglecting nutrition for so long that I feel all my dogs missed out. I feel I can only begin to heal properly once I've got this out of the way.

I was thinking about all those sites that say things like "zinc sulphate is a low grade nutrient" and I think they're wrong - if it's bioavailable then it is all there and all that the dogs need. I think there are no low-grades when it comes to bioavailability.

But I do have concerns:
  • I'm worried about adding sulphates, bicarbonates and chlorides together. I've seen them react to each other - so I have to get those separate.
  • I know that the sulphate cycle starts sometime after Full Moon, and the chloride one after New Moon. I still haven't got that correct.
  • I'm worried about cooking in aluminium vessels with these added nutrients. I haven't seen it develop a shiny surface, so I know that so far the aluminium hasn't lost it's protective oxide coating.
  • I haven't been giving them any vitamins regularly - I don't know how to add them. Before cooking means losing over 60% of it. I should get my head on straight about this: Sprinkle it on later and forget about the cats (who don't get the rice) or add more to cover the possible loss in cooking as food manufacturers do. Either way, I should feel easy about it as soon as I make a decision.
  • My greatest concern now is to get the proportions right, as I was explaining in my last post. Once I get all the mineral proportions down, then I'll figure out how much to add of the mixed minerals in wet weight for 60 dogs and about 30 cats, 30 rats, 30 crows and 30 kites.
  • I'm considering a spray-on for omega-3, dmso, iodine, fat-soluble vitamins, etc. because they're expensive and they're required in such small amounts. Finding a good spraying system isn't easy though. I would have liked to use a body spray too but I can't find one that's small enough to carry around yet.
More later

Reiki and Homeopathic roots!

In case you were wondering, I'm not that far from my Reiki and Homeopathic roots working with nutrients, which is why I haven't changed the name of the blog.

It is from my work in homeopathy and reiki that I realised that the dogs needed so much more of Magnesium, Copper and Silver than I had been providing. If I need to change anything, it is in the addition of the major nutrient sets so that I don't want to err.

If I get this set right, say, 3 tablespoons down to 1 tablespoon:
Fiber    6250000
Potassium    1000000
Calcium    750000
Phosphorus    740000

Half a tablespoon of this set:
Magnesium    150000
Chloride    150000
Sodium    100000

And a teaspoon of this set:
Vitamin C    23500
Zinc    21000

A half teaspoon of this set:
Iron    7500
Vitamin E    7000
Niacin    4000
Pantothenic Acid    4000
Copper     1500
Riboflavin    1300
Manganese    1200

I need to just add just a few drops of this set:
Thiamin/Vitamin B1    560
Choline    425
Vitamin K    410
Vitamin B6    400
Iodine    220

And give this set in homeopathic doses of 3x:
Selenium    90
Folic Acid    68
Vitamin A    53
Vitamin B12    9
Vitamin D    5
Vitamin B7 (biotin)   

That's how I'm looking at it now, dividing it into working lots that I can prepare and keep track of.

Then I can work with homeopathy more easily to figure out what the dogs are suffering from, or how the moon cycle affects them, and how the weather effects can be cured, what diseases they've inherited, etc.

I need to get the nutrients organised and out of the way to be able to do what I started of doing!

Wednesday, April 15, 2015

An Analysis of my Nutritional Chart

I love and hate my chart.

I love it because it makes sense that I've been losing dogs to some preventable deficiencies. Ideally I would have figured this out 5 years ago and never had to write this blog; if 10 years ago I'd have saved all my loved ones; 15 yrs ago, I'd have kept my ngo going and changed the direction completely from ABC to nutrition; 20 yrs ago and I'd have never started my ngo at all; and 25 yrs ago and I'd have probably never gone to the US or taken the line of education that I did.:)

So, in a vaguely Zen way, the course of my life was decided by my ignorance of mitochondrial and dietary nutrition. Probably a result of my own magnesium deficiency. lol!:)

I really don't have an excuse except that my capacity to understand was limited by my youth. My mother was and is an excellent nutritional and dietary fanatic - all her life it has been a subject of great fascination for her. I just didn't understand her obsession with it. It was only reading about mitochondria and their role in disease that made me make a connection - a real aha moment.

Ok, now I hate this chart that I've posted because some of the numbers for the dogs look wrong. I've looked up several sources on the net, and they all come up with different figures. The human nutrient numbers are more exact across sources - not so the canine and feline.

The real difficulty I have is with
  1. Choline where the charts indicate that dogs need 250 times less than humans - which doesn't add up - dogs love the yellow of the egg and eat it madly. Maybe they do it for the cholesterol? (Anyway, part of my outrage is because I've just ordered Choline Chloride and I'm disappointed that I have to be so cautious with it. I'd convinced myself:)
  2. Zinc where the chart indicates that dogs need 27 times more than humans - I'm like ... really? I doubt it since they don't draw it much through Reiki, but I have seen them improve with a skin application of Zinc sulphate down the spine, so I don't know. This site recommends 21 mg/day and this site says 9th most common cause of dog poisonings in 2008 - so every animal lover seems confused. I'm going with the 21 mg though (21000 mcg) instead of the 75000 mcg I've had in the chart.
  3. I have never been a Vitamin oriented person - always thought of them as useless, so all the vitamin requirements look outlandish - but they do enjoy the B-complex I occasionally add to the cooking, and I think the B12 especially is spot-on. They loved both the cyano- and methyl-cobalamine versions! They chew up the Vitamin E tab with gusto too, so that seems to be ok as well. I've only started adding Vit C as citrus peels, so I need to try it a while to come up with an argument for or against.
  4. Copper requirements seem abnormally low in the chart. I know for a fact that dogs draw Copper and Silver more than anything else except Magnesium through Reiki. I would give them more of that, but I'm still not sure of my nutritional sense, so maybe one day I'll return to this and change things around.
  5. The amount of Iodine they require seems to be low too compared to reality - again, as above, I need to know more before I can act constructively. 
  6. They draw Fluoride, though it isn't represented at all in this chart. I've changed the 'Chlorine' to 'Chloride' because I think that's more correct. Anyway, our city chlorinates the water so they don't need more free chlorine.
  7. This food project site has a more complete list including Sulphur, Boron, Silicon and Fluoride, missing in my list, but no suggested quantities, so can't add them in except as a reminder.
 For now this chart will have to do, however unhappy it makes me! I'll be correcting it as I find more reasonable info, and as I find I need to change it around, so it's a work in progress.
I've put the ones I doubt in Red, and the ones I like in Green. They're in a common metric, so I should be able to put a set together soon and share it.

Tuesday, April 14, 2015

Headache working with nutrients

This nutrient thing is a major pain in the butt. The chart itself is virtually impossible to work with, but the saving grace of reducing them all to the same measurement is that I can approximate how much of each they need in spoonfuls or whatever ratio I will use.

The animals in my care are healthier, though not fabulous, with my current ratio of
Magnesium: 10
Potassium Iodate:1

I've added cabbage (fermented),and greens (chopped) on and off for chlorophyll. And orange peel for 2 days for vitamin C. I added methylcobalamine once and all the animals looked better for it even though I added it as always before cooking. Don't want to overdo it though - their meat does develop a degree of bacterial activity in a few hours.

Today I added some yum elakki bananas with peel (smoothie) for the potassium and phosphorus. Though apparently they don't lack for either - meat supplies both. But only one way to find out if they're lacking is for me is to try it for a while. I hope these silly animals appreciate the effort.:)

I added a spoonful of peas for fiber. Apparently this could be added soaked rather than cooked, since it isn't meant to be digested anyway. But I think I'll continue to cook it. I want to get the chickpea, black-eye pea hulls and wheat bran from the cow food shop and give it a try! That way I can carry a bit of it and some oilseed cakes around for the donkeys I see on the street as well. Sugar beet pulp isn't available - if it was I'd surely use it from all the good I hear about it. But all kinds of beets are cheap veggies here, so that should be a good addition to the food for my use.

I've just read in the this site that Tomatoes are a good source of Vit C, and for cats too. I've dreaded using tomatoes for either dogs or cats, but I can probably relax now and try it.

I need to make a list of all the natural ways I can get these nutrients to my animals and then buy the rest in chemicals. That's a blog post coming soon.:)

Nutritional chart: Converting to a uniform metric

I've been overwhelmed by the numbers in adding nutrients - not only are they in mg, mcg, IU, pound and kg, they're also mostly out there for humans. The ones for dogs are in "per pound of dog food consumed" ... so that's almost useless for me. I'm going to be calculating the nutrients for 40-50 dogs and hopefully they'll be eaten evenly.

I'd found a nice almost complete list for humans with what looks like reasonable amounts, and then added a dog nutritional chart to it. There are some differences in the amount between dogs and humans, but it's close. I've converted everything to mcgs (micrograms) to avoid confusion between gms, mgs and mcgs along with IUs. I've gotten confused before thinking 1 gm = 10 mg instead of a 1000. Here's the converter I used.

My list isn't fantastic, I've seen better ones like this one. But nothing quite like having my own to correct and change as I go along.:)

Monday, April 13, 2015

Trying to heal darkened skin - thin and thick

I've had so much success with Magnesium chloride for my crocodile skin on the shins which has been there since I was 6 yrs old. It's a pattern of dark patches with a dry, scaly Mars-surface gridlines. They began in a small patch at 6, very light, but in the last year, they've expanded up my thighs and down to my ankles and around my legs, arms and hipjoints. No amount of oil, washing, scraping off, what-have-you worked (though my sister claims that the pumice stone was enough to exfoliate hers off, mine just got painful).

Within the first 3 applications of mag chlor, I knew they were decreasing, and now there are a few left but not as bad. I've been delighted, since they're truly a sign of some deficiency. Mag chlor seems to exfoliate while increasing the moisture content, so the skin that comes up looks younger and healthier.

Fine. Thrilled as I was, I expected it to do the same to my dogs darkened skin patches. In Icy, Magnesium chloride oil did make a huge difference leading me to believe that it does help some aging dogs, with hairfall but without skin thickening. It helped dogs in the street when I applied it - especially dogs with greying skin where the hair seems to be dropping. I was told that that was their 'winter coat shedding' - but I now believe it wasn't. It is a magnesium deficiency - something similar to the spring 'tetany' in cows, magnesium deficiency shows up most in the spring.

But in Kenchu and Gunda except for the first application, it made them highly uncomfortable, itchy and scratchy. They've got thickened skin - I think this is the major distinction is where it can be used. They didn't like Zinc Sulphate either, which those without thickened skin tolerate very well.

I still haven't tried the copper products - I have to work up the courage! Copper always makes my skin feel strange and cobwebby for a couple of days.

For Kenchu what seemed to help is Iodine applied on the skin. When I ran out of Lugol's, which he really responded to, I used Providone Iodine. It seems to work, just not as well.

He's still scaling though, so once when he really objected to an application, I applied an ayurvedic oil that was lying around. I was surprised to see him accept that well. So I was reading up on why at this site which said this,"polyunsaturated fatty acids (corn oil, linseed oil) could completely reverse the skin defects in the deficient animals, while oils containing only saturated fatty acids (coconut oil, butter) were ineffectual."

Surprising, because a lot of the ayurvedic massage oils are made in coconut oil or ghee! Anyway, I'm taking the Linus Pauling words at face value and applied linseed oil to Kenchu today. He hasn't over-reacted yet.

I also read that Selenium is a skin protective. So I've given him some Biochemic Selenium 3x to which he did react with itching for a half hour. But I will repeat it a few more times since the moon phase is LQ and ripe for the far end of the periodic table.