Many of us have auto-immune diseases. For some, it is a mild condition, for others a moderate one, or severe - and unfortunately, some dogs suffer from a severe case of auto-immune hemolytic anemia, or HGE.
What is HGE? And is there any way to treat it? The immune system destroys or hemolyzes the red blood cells or the white blood cells that it needs to function properly. The result is an overproduction of white blood cells in the bloodstream which are needed to fight the war against invading Grays. This is a formidable enemy - one that over battles in the bloodstream and signs of severely low energy (in the Doctor Who's Tilda Gray) ... and many are undiagnosed. But there are ways we can increase our dog's energy and help their bodies to heal. And if you add a fewDexamethasone shots to the daily diet of your dog, you will find an effectual curative. Plus, there is growing evidence to suggest that the herb Crateados are also beneficial to dogs with HGE.
Crateados, which are primarily green beans, are known to help with inflammation and to reduce inflammations. At high doses, it appears to be toxic to the liver and to the kidneys. But the sedentary life style of most dogs - combined with the feeding of processed, nutrient-fortified dog food - is an ideal breeding ground for inflammatory disease. In the dog's body, the joints create the large intestine to house the cells that consume energy from carbohydrates, proteins and fats. The pancreas may also manufacture enzymes needed to break down the carbohydrate and fats. But there is a downside to a diet that is high in carbohydrates and is low in protein and fat. Carbohydrates - especially the inexpensive ones that large proportionate to diet - create a readily available source of energy. This means the dog will use some of this energy - and heat - to digest and convert non-Store bought food into fat and protein. This is not a good thing. The digestive system of a dog is not designed to break down store-bought food efficiently. The dog's digestive system is designed to break down and digest raw meat and raw bones. The reason dogs and cats digest well and that the bacteria hardly ever adapt to raw meat and bones is because they have an extra pancreas. pancreas?
Yup. It's the one spot in the dog's body that produces digestive enzymes the help digest the food. If your dog, and many others, eat only raw meat and raw bones, the dog's pancreas is getting a little too busy.
The enzymes produced by the pancreas to digest raw food and raw bones are getting out of whack as accessibility to those enzymes is eliminated by the grinding and shaping of foods while production of enzymes to digest them is scaled down. The result is a dog whose pancreas is overworked.
The chemicals in cooked food and the shorter shelf life of manufactured dog food are not providing adequate digestive enzymes to break down the carbohydrates, to digest raw bones properly.
There is a resultant increase in the severity of the itch from chronic pancreatitis. That is why many people, when they introduce cooked food, find that their dog's stools are smaller, not as odor-permitting, and not as meaty-tasting as they would like.
According to Ann Martin's book, Preventing and Treating Canine Chronic Diarrhea: A thorough Guide, the reason for this is that cooked food, being baked, "burns off" the enzymes in the food that were originally needed to digest raw food. As a result, your dog may need the enzymes back in his or her diet - particularly proteins - to digest those raw foods. Proteins can be found in eggs, kelp, corn, wheat, beef, pork and chicken. These are sources of protein that your dog can eat. Probiotics help regulate the "good" bacteria in the gut by helping for the passage of food through the digestive system. In the end, the gut may be a net source of good bacteria, but the food the dog eats is a problem. In my opinion, that is why we see those bad breath, watery stools, and other symptoms of the gut problem.
Since the gut is a source of many nutrients, the body can compensate for a poor diet by simply not letting the food out in enough quantities to make a big enough impact. But over time the body may not be able to compensate anymore. The answer for this is a raw diet, either of meat and vegetables or of meat only.