The Food Intolerance Alphabet
Food Intolerance: So many problems, a single cause
Have you ever considered that your health issues could be caused by food intolerance?
I’ve named it the alphabet of food intolerances and it is the list of pathologies whose causes I managed to trace back to the diet, this thanks to over 40 years experience in the field of food-related pathologies and my own personal experiences, a list I would like to share with you .
The phenomena I will illustrate not only affect ourselves, but also our inseparable life companions, dogs and cats, with manifestations which may differ but are always attributable to food.
Let's go back to school for a moment and read the alphabet. You might note some of these disorders within yourself or in those who live by your side.
A) Tinnitus (whistling in the ear), which almost always develops immediately after meals, though sometimes with two to three hours delay;
B) Dry eyes, with the same timing as tinnitus;
C) Reduced vision, with adjustment difficulties when looking afar after reading or using the computer;
D) Sudden attention disturbances, which lead me to forget something I had to do or take;
E) Dyslexia, which in my case manifests itself with the inversion of letters or the addition of an "a" after an "e" even where inexistent;
F) Abdominal swelling: I develop real lardons on my hips, as well as swelling in the area around my nipples;
G) Urination disorders and a sudden and terrible urge to urinate;
H) Sudden chest pains under stress (similar to angina); this only appears when I eat too much tomato;
I) A thick patina on the lips, about 3 hours after meals;
J) Tachycardia and extrasystoles (this symptom tormented me many years ago during the night, until, by chance, I discovered that it was caused by cakes / breadsticks which, evidently, contained something that effected me);
L) A sudden and continuous period of exaggerated yawning;
M) Short periods of depression;
N) Nocturnal awakening (once or twice);
O) Exaggerated reactions to unimportant stimuli;
P) Marked body stiffening and back pain;
R) Contracture of the fingers and often also the arms;
S) Slight signs of staggering or incoordination (negative neurological examination);
T) A painful spinal cord;
U) Sudden phlegm;
V) Dripping nose;
Z) Bleeding from the upper gingiva.
So what do you think, are you worried about all my troubles? Fortunately these symptoms, if I avoid the offending food, disappear in a few hours and are bearable. But why does this happen?
The triggering cause
These diseases are "defensive actions", because many symptoms are nothing more than the mechanisms that the body activates to destroy or remove the foreign substances that are present in all foods. In practice it’s not the fault of foods themselves, which are in fact the simple vehicle of chemical and pharmacological residues which derive from the increasingly massive use of chemistry and pharmacology to produce more food. Each living being, according to its individual sensitivity, will manifest reactions within its most sensitive organs with differing times and methods.
The body, when it comes into contact with the chemical and pharmacological residues that are constantly present in all foods, can react in four different ways, depending on individual sensitivity levels, the efficiency of the defence mechanisms and the residual’s toxicity level, quantity and moment when it is ingested:
1) Activate one or more excretors in order to remove as much as possible of it.
The action of the excretors is evidenced by very simple and common phenomena, such as lachrymation, salivation, the appearance of drainages, vomiting, diarrhea, dandruff, seborrhea, acne and sweating: it is easy to understand that all these phenomena are intended to remove toxic substances from the body.
2) "Action" one or more inflammatory processes.
The inflammatory process, which can appear in any organ, has the same function as an incinerator: it destroys toxic substances.
3) Suffer its effect with damage to organs and their functions;
When the toxin is too strong or too sensitive, the body suffers damage which can occur anywhere, mistakenly called "food intolerances"; mistakenly because the food acts as a simple vehicle of the chemical and pharmacological residues which are the real cause.
4) Store it in some tissue, such as bone and fat, or try to encapsulate it, for example, inside cysts.
Undervalued problemsWhat I'm discussing is a phenomenon which is unfortunately underestimated for several reasons:
1) There are no reliable methods to identify them. Intolerance tests are unreliable as they test the food and not what it contains, which is the real cause of the problem. Pets help us to understand this mechanism as their lifespan is one fifth that of humans, in practice they live in an accelerated state.
2) No one has so far clarified that intolerances are rarely caused by food as such, but almost always by their chemical contamination.3) Scientifically, when there is no clear scientific proof, the phenomenon does not exist.
Take note of what I’m saying, because many of you will discover the origin of various disturbances which beset you. I’d be happy if anybody provides any comment on what I have described and if anybody would confirm this with some level of experience.I wish you all a great day.
Dr. Sergio Canello Founder and Head of SANYpet’s Research & Development Department Veterinary surgeon and international expert in food based pathologies
Urinary Tract Infections in cats, also known as “UTIs” are caused by colonized bacteria in the urinary tract. The UTI can affect the cat’s urinary system, bladder, and urethra. This type of infection can be particularly painful for your cat and symptoms can sometimes be associated with other health concerns such as kidney failure. It is very important to recognize the symptoms early as some cases of this condition can be fatal.
How To Tell if Your Cat May Have a UTI
If you think that your cat may have a urinary tract infection it is important to find out in order to have it treated as soon as possible. We have included a list of symptoms for you to watch out for. If you recognize these symptoms you should seek veterinary assistance. While UTIs affect both male and female cats, some cats may be at higher risk than others such as cats that are older, overweight, or have diabetes.
UTI Symptoms and Warning Signs for Cats:
- Urinating is done in short bursts rather than a continuous stream
- Spending more time than usual in the litter box
- Difficulty urinating
- Crying or whining while urinating
- Your cat is urinating before it can get to the litter box
- Urine with any trace of blood
- Excessive licking of the genital area
- Unusual discomfort around the rear area when touched or pet
- The cat is lethargic
- Urine smell is stronger than normal
Why Is My Cat Having Frequent Urinary Tract Infections?
There are many reasons why your cat may be suffering from repeat UTIs, some may be preventable. While there is no way to guarantee your cat will not have another UTI, there may be some things you can do to reduce the likelihood of it happening. In some cases the cause could simply be the age of your cat. While there is nothing that can be done about that, other variables like the cat’s diet can be modified to help.
Other causes of UTIs in Cats:
- Poor hygiene near the genitile area
- Bladder stones
- External or Internal Injuries
- FIV, also known as feline immunodeficiency virus
What Can I Do To Prevent Or Reduce The Likelihood of a UTI in my Cat?
No cat owner wants to see their beloved pet suffer from a UTI. To keep your cat feeling great and reduce the chances of a UTI occurring, follow these guidelines:
- Always provide your cat with fresh water
- Ensure your cat’s litter trays are clean and easily accessible
- Keep an extra litter tray available
- Maintain a stress-free environment for your cat
By following these guidelines you can do your part to help keep your cat healthy, happy, and free of urinary tract infections. If you suspect any symptoms, keep an eye on your pet’s behavior, if symptoms persist or worsen, contact your vet.
Which Remedies or Treatments Can Be Used When Your Cat Has a UTI?
While the severity of the infection plays a key role in what treatments may be used to help your cat when it has a UTI, a minor infection may be treatable at home.
Due to their acidity, cranberries, just like in humans, may be used to help cure a urinary tract infection. The acidity in the cranberries can be effective at lowering the pH of your cat’s urine, helping to reduce the symptoms, or beat the infection altogether. While you may be tempted to treat your cat’s UTI with cranberry juice, it may be better to use cranberry pills or powder due to the high sugar content of cranberry juice.
Another treatment option for your cat’s UTI is apple cider vinegar. This also helps reduce the pH in your cat’s urine. Since your cat will most likely not want to eat the apple cider vinegar on its own, you can try adding a half teaspoon to their food each day or mix it with an onion-free broth.
Before giving your cat cranberries or apple cider vinegar, test their urine for alkaline levels with an at-home kit or specialized cat litter. You can also have the test done professionally by your veterinarian.
Here are some other products that you can use to help support urinary tract infection in your cat:
If your dog just started throwing up and refusing to eat, it may be nothing to be too concerned about, but just in case, it is good to know the warning signs for pancreatitis in dogs. Pancreatitis is a condition that will need to be treated, sometimes at home but certain circumstances mean it is time to take your pet to the vet.
The pancreas is a gland within the abdomen that helps digest food and control blood sugar levels. When the pancreas becomes inflamed, this is known as pancreatitis. It is important to be aware of the two types of pancreatitis in dogs, acute and chronic pancreatitis. While acute pancreatitis can be reversed it can come on strong and lead to extreme illness. Chronic pancreatitis occurs when permanent changes have occurred in the pancreatic tissue.
This means that while a case of pancreatitis can pass on its own after a short period of time, sometimes it can be a lingering issue.
Symptoms of Pancreatitis in Dogs
- Loss of appetite
- Stomach pain
- Low body temperature
- Breathing difficulties
While some of these symptoms can pass on their own and do not necessarily mean your dog is suffering from pancreatitis, if you see them lasting for more than a day it may be time to consult your veterinarian.
Although your vet may be able to diagnose your dog based on symptoms, they will most likely need to do some testing to be sure. These tests usually consist of either bloodwork or an ultrasound which will allow the vet to see what is going on within the dog’s digestive system.
The Potential Causes of Pancreatitis in Dogs
Now that we have a better understanding of the symptoms of pancreatitis in dogs, it is time to look at what causes it. While the cause of pancreatitis is often unknown, here are some factors that it can frequently be associated with:
- A high-fat diet - the likeness of this being a contributing factor is even higher in dogs who eat one large serving of fatty food in a single sitting
- A poor or unbalanced diet
- Excessive consumption of human food
- Dog is overweight
- Severe blunt trauma near the abdomen
- Diabetes mellitus
- Some medications and toxins
- In some instances it could simply be genetics. Some breeds such as Miniature Schnauzers and small terriers may be more likely to suffer from pancreatitis than others.
It is important to keep these potential causes in mind and to do what you can to avoid any habits that could contribute to your dog developing pancreatitis. Beyond that, veterinarians agree that a diet rich in fiber along with probiotics can be effective in reducing the symptoms of pancreatitis in dogs. It may even help them recover sooner in the event that they are already dealing with it.