What Others Are Saying about – The Natural Vet®

by Dr. Dan Moore, The Natural Vet®

Our horse has had antibiotics and steroids for years, due to a swollen sheath. We started Bug Check for flies; the sheath problem went away. The problem came back when we stopped Bug Check. Needless to say, we started back on Bug Check. Our vet was amazed; he started referring people, too. O. Odel

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I was boarding a friend’s horse last year. She was not convinced of Bug Check’s value. She changed her mind when she saw her horse covered with flies, standing next to my horse ( it was on Bug Check) that did not have a fly on it. Bug Check is great!L. Sinclaire

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Thanks to Worm-Check, I have not de-wormed my horses since March; they never have worms. I use Bug Check year-round, so I never have to use fly masks. I am your biggest fan! S. Adams

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Dr. Dan, he’s our man. His Bug Check is killing flies like nothing can! S. Golus

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Bug Check worked VERY well during a summer of SEVERE fly infestation. My horse really appreciated it! M. Lord

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My horse had Hematoma surgery, allergies, and mucous problems. He was on Tri Hist. At your suggestion, we tried Vim and Vigor Plus Joint. He is now better. M. Nathaniel

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I have been using Grape Balm Hoof Healer on a Thoroughbred that had a very poor, very dry hoof. It was always cracked. Until then, the owner was ready to give up. She is now the perfect horse when it comes to her hoof wall and sole. Thanks Grape Balm! B. Taylor

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I have been using Bug Check for two years and will continue to use it in the future.
It has kept the fly population down around the barn; flies do not reproduce in the manure. Also, when I trail ride my horse occasionally gets a few ticks. Even if I miss removing one, it will be dead when I find it. B. Ramkin

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Get past Grape Balm’s smell!! It is worth its weight in gold! I have two injury-prone horses that always have scrapes and cuts. Grape Balm handles them all. It heals wonderfully, whilst it repels flies and gnats. I even use it on myself with great results. I highly recommend Grape Balm for every horse owner. It handles all of my wound care.
J. Palmer

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My horses are Feid care, which means lots of biting. I always use Marigold Pocket healer on them. Within two to three days they usually have a good bit of hair starting to return. Also, it’s a great product for my dry lips; don’t tell my horses! J. Smith

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My horse is twenty-two year old COPD case. The vet said he had only four more months to live. He has been around for two more years, even with a high pollen count! Thank you! T. Niston

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We have five horses. We love Bug Check for insect control and as a beneficial food additive. M. Hedges

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I always feed my older gelding Vim and Vigor Plus Joint. He’s dropped weight on-and-off for years; we could never keep him at a healthy, consistent weight. Then we started him on this product. He has maintained a healthy weight for three months now. Also, his joints would crack when I picked up his feet. What’s more, he’d shift his weight from leg to leg in the pasture; he doesn’t do that anymore. My gelding doesn’t cough and heave from his hay anymore. Once we would soak it; now we throw it into his stall as-is. We’ll never go without this product again!!! J. and “Gideon” Walker

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My father’s dog was itching and losing her hair. I used Grape Wound Healer for three days; her hair was growing back and the itching stopped. M. Ikermean

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I had my horse on Red Cal with Bug Check; for the first time in his life he had no rain-rot. I sent him to another farm, and they stopped giving him the Red Cal. The rain-rot was back within the first month! K. Davidson

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I eat all organic foods and use all-natural products. You helped me realize I was exposing my horse to many chemicals that could be compromising to his health. Thanks for educating horse owners that there is a better way! E. Marks

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I purchased Critical Care Overweight for my nine year-old Morgan horse that had just foundered. At that time he weighed 1,250 pounds. Now she weighs about 1,100 pounds and looks great! He gallops for miles and really enjoys himself. Thanks for giving me back my horse! G. Varnedoe

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I started on Bug Check last year. I have since converted three other owners. My horses have had very few fly problems, have better coats, and a greater hair shine. Thanks for this product! C. Stuther

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It is not 100%, but you will love the difference! D. Amonite

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We have been giving my twelve year-old Appaloosa gelding Bug Check for about a year. Not only is he healthier, but the bugs stay away like never before! I feel great knowing I’m giving my horse what is best for him. Thank you for your wonderful products.
W. Hodge

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I met you a year ago at the Novi Expo and spoke to you about my mare Jazz who has always had extreme skin allergies in the summer months. You suggested I put her on a month’s worth of Critical Care and then maintenance of Vim and Vigor. I did so (I actually use the Vim & Vigor +Joint) and she will always be on this product! This was the best summer ever for her skin. She still had some itchiness, but her mane is intact and she never tore open her face as she did in the past from her incessant scratching on anything and everything she could find. Thank you so much! By the way, I also put my other two horses on the Vim & Vigor and I realized the other day that my other mare no longer has a dry cough, not even occasionally. Again, my horses will always be on Vim & Vigor. Ellen Butler

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I am from Eastern Canada where the bugs take over the trails in mid-May. My Thoroughbred is usually unable to be ridden in the woods during most of the summer. However, this year we started using your Bug Check, and WOW! The bugs would light for a moment and then take off! This is a great product. Thank you for making riding a lot less “buggy” and a lot more enjoyable! D. Shorten

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My horse got a really big, nasty wound-it was the size of my fist. The Grape Balm really helped. It’s great! K. Schwann

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My two year old cut her knee open very bad. The Grape Balm handled it. She didn’t have any scars or proud flesh. L Harris

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Bug Check is great. Usually we have had no problems with flies or ticks. In the past we have always had to use sprays; but not this year! We were skeptical, but not now!
T. Santori

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I use Bug Check on my horse Shyann, and I have to say it works great. She eats it all up. It keeps all the bugs away. Bug Check is a great product! N. Cjelski

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My horse cut her leg. It was a huge open wound. I used only Grape Balm on the open wound. It healed perfectly. She had no scar. N. Echer

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I have used Red Cal on my foundered mare for one year. I have had fantastic results.
T. Chrymsemy

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Dr. Dan’s stuff is the best stuff in the world!
L. Beckner-International Side Saddle Organization, 2003 High Point Junior Rider

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I’ve had an Arabian in northern New Jersey. He’s had a real problem with ticks. We were using garlic. Bug Check works much better!! It’s not as stinky or sticky. We’ve used Bug Check all season; we haven’t found a tick on him since! K. Lawley

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I have a Tennessee Walker named Choice. I have had him on Vim and Vigor, Just Add Oats, and H2Oil. I’ll keep him on these for life! These products are wonderful. His hoofs have never been better. I highly recommend these products! E. Lichtenwalver

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Subject: Bug Check Message: I had run out of Bug Check for a week and received it last Friday. In 4 days, I noticed their coats were lustrous and darker. My TWH had turned yellow and now he is black. I have been using this product for 4 years and I would only hope every horse owner would purchase it. It is GREAT! N. Silvers

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Each winter at the horse festival, I tell you how happy I am with this product, but I had to give a testimony. Bug Check is a superlative product to ride flies, mosquitoes and even Harnett County, North Carolina gnats.
Thank you so much M. Rose

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Okay, Dr. Dan, I’m sold. Here’s why. My eight horses have continued to be bugged by house/deer/horse flies in what has to be the worst season I’ve yet seen here in Mississippi. We use a natural fly spray called Flicks, and that keeps them fly-free for a time, but nothing lasts forever. I kept seeing blood streaks on their legs, and having to fend off flies in the barn. Thought your Bug Check wasn’t working. BUT. We have a temporary border, a little pony named Maggie who is not getting Bug Check. And though she is hosed down and fly-sprayed as often as the others, she is a walking blood-streak billboard! So although the Bug Check may not be perfect, it does seem to be keeping my eight more comfortable than is poor little Maggie. Looking forward to hearing from you ASAP, because I need to reorder soon in order not to run out. With best regards and thanks. Dale

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Subject: Bug Check
Message: To whom it may concern, I am employed by an Equine Veterinary Clinic and would be very interested in marketing Bug Check not only to my employer and his clients but also to other horse people I have met through my daughter’s Pony Club and riding lessons. I have been using Bug Check on my horses for the last 3 weeks and have been amazed. My one horse Cody is miserable when pursued by nats and flies, especially in the head area. After only 3 days I noticed a difference. Our clinic is always interested in homeopathic and other alternative medicines. Please let me know if this is something you would be interested in. Thank you for your prompt attention to this matter.
Sincerely, Paula

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Subject: Bug Check
Message: Just wanted to tell you I am fast becoming a true believer in Bug Check. Last year, in Florida’s heat and humidity, my 20-year-old QH gelding had a miserable summer with sores resulting from insect bites. They just wouldn’t heal, and he would constantly rub them. In March of this year, I was already starting to see the sores again, even though it wasn’t even peak season for bugs. So I started him on Bug Check. Now, a month later, NO SORES!!! We still haven’t reached the peak insect season, but if I continue to get these results all summer, I’ll be a Bug Check believer for life. My horse looks fantastic and seems to feel great, too. And I know I’m saving both money and time by minimizing the use of external fly repellent products. Color me a VERY satisfied customer! E. Houtz

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Hi, Need a large container of hoof and oil (h2OIL)and 1 worm check please. Remember to take off shipping. Thanks, Horses are doing wonderful on your products. Everyone is noticing. Elyse Henault

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Subject: Red Cal
Message: Dr. Moore, are there any current or upcoming special offers on Red Cal? I bought a couple bags at the PA Horse Expo and I’m running out. By the way, I’m the one who emailed that my horses wouldn’t eat it and you instructed me to get rid of all other sources of salt. I did and they dug right into it after that. Thanks, Cyd

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Thank you! I tried to submit a comment about this product but my system $^*($^ out and I lost the link. Please let the doctor and everyone there know that we first purchased this at the Equine Affaire in Springfield, MA last fall, and agree that it is the very BEST supplement we have ever found. The difference it has made in our horses is phenomenal, but the most dramatic change was in our goats. They had had very dry flaky skin, but now, after feeding them the oil twice a day since November, their coats are glossy and nearly flake free! I would like to know if this is safe to feed to dogs and cats. If so, what is the recommended dose? Thanks again. We’ll be ordering more products. (We also have your Red-Cal which we will begin feeding shortly…can’t wait to see the results). Lona J. Bishop Rock Maple Stable

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Message: Hi Dr. Dan,
I am a chiropractor working on people and animals. I went through the AVCA. Many people in our area are listening to your tape and using your products. I just wanted to thank you for “fighting the good fight.” My wife and I have a horse farm (www.engelwood.com). If you are ever in Northeast PA, drop me a line and stop in.
It is encouraging to know you are providing the truth to the public. How can I get more of your tapes to hand out to people? Thanks, Neil Engelman, DC

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Dr Dan Thanks.
I really like the Bug check and H2Oil, my horses look GREAT – better than when they were on Triple Crowns Rice bran oil mix. Calmer too. Bugs are less than with the Equitrol we used last year and I’m happy I’m not feeding poison to them. Does Bug check also help with worms? or should I use worm check also? They were on daily wormer until end of May. Nancy M.

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Subject: Red Cal
Message: Hi Dan, Keith and I love the Red Cal, actually the horses do!! We have bought two bags since Equine Affair and it is time to order more. We would like to order in bulk but don’t want an order as large as the 10 bag. Could you give us a discount if we ordered 5 bags? That would have us set for several months. Thanks a bunch, Andrea

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Just to update you, it seems that in our area of Fl., there was an epidemic of orangeish horses. The only thing that the vets could come up with was that we had had three to four years of drought and this year we have had an abundance of rain. The pastures were “toxic”? Anyway, even though all of my horses were affected to some degree, my youngest was the worst even with developing sores, scabbing, and all 4 feet contracted dew poisoning. I was treating him with ointments and he was healing very slowly. Started him on your Bug Check and his scabs started going away quickly; no more ointments. Now, it could be that this was to happen anyway, but I believe that some of the ingredients in your product help boost his immune system. ?????? I would like to put him on your Vim and Vigor, Thanks for your previous response. Arlene

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Well, glad you checked in… THE BUG CHECK IS WORKING!! We have 4 horses on it, and we are seeing results. I think that I may have started the Bug Check a little late, and perhaps it hadn’t built up enough in his system, but I will tell you, he looks better this year than he has in the past couple of years! I will start earlier next season for sure. (unless, of course, I just leave him on the supplement year round, which I am considering.) In the meantime, I wanted to let you know that I am working towards my certification as a CEP (Certified Equine Podiatrist) with KC LaPierre, and his HPT (High Performance Trim) Method. I have been promoting a more natural way of horse care, and being “shoeless, not clueless,” and feeding Bug Check is helping me on my way. Thanks Dr. Dan! Sincerely, Melissa Lenter

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Hello Dr.Moore,
I wanted to send you an email to thank you for the product you sold us. Thanks for the time you spent with Tiffany and myself. I appreciate what you are doing for horses and their owners. I am very happy with how the horses have responded to the Red Cal as well as the other products.
Thanks for everything,
Michael Richardson

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I’ve seen you twice at Equine Affaire and was very impressed, and I’m so pleased with the results from using Grape Balm. L.Bette

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Subject: feeding Bug Check in winter
Message: I have been feeding my Arabian mare bug check since April and the Equine Affaire. I have noticed an attitude change in her and she has had less gas colic attacks since then. I think it may be due to some of the ingrediants in the Bug Check. Can I continue feeding it over the winter? I am very happy with your product and I am also feeding my young horse who is very sensitive to bugs and also has food allergies with equal success. Marian Campbell

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” For anyone who travels as much as we do, horse health and comfort is a must. Using Bugcheck has been one product that we can count on to reduce problems with biting insects, in the barn area, in the pasture and on the trail. We find that fly problem on the trail for us is 80-85% less now that we are on the Bugcheck. .. Our horses get more pasture time during fly season for the same reason.. Thank you Dr Dan for one more great product. Garth and Kathy Rumsmoke, “The coast to coast ramblers”.

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Firstly, let me thank you for your advice concerning my young thoroughbred. His change in diet, from pellets to oats and your supplements is proving to be a wonderful change for him. His behavior, stamina, coat…all have improved…..Val

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Subject: warts on young horses Message: Hey, I discovered that Grape balm is great stuff on baby warts for horses. I was amazed because I was treating the wound on a stud colt weanling (went though fence) when I just smeared the grape balm on his warts on his nose. Well I couldn’t believe it after 2 days of smearing grape balm on his nose the warts were gone. I just thought you should know. It also works on people, when It worked on the colt I tried it on my son , wart went away so now I keep a jar in the barn and one in the house Thank you for your wonderful product . Kathleen Gray

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Heeves/Roaring
My 19 year old Arabian gelding, Jordache, was diagnosed with heaves and this past April (2005). Along with this, I had also heard him “roar”. Fortunately, I was introduced to your Critical Care Allergy and Immune formula at the Midwest Horse Fair in Wisconsin. I immediately put him on this and I am happy to report a noticeable improvement within a couple days, and now 6 weeks later he is now on “Vim & Vigor” still free of any heevey symptoms. The roaring has also stopped. Thank you so much for these wonderful products. An added bonus – he looks just fabulous; his coat just glows! Mary A.

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Subject: Critical Care
Message: Dear Dr. Dan,
We visited some friends in Pulaski TN a few weeks ago. They have several horses and recently purchased another horse. We took two of our horses to ride while there. It just happened that the new horse and our two horses were in adjacent pastures. One of our horses, a Morgan mare, developed a respiratory infection a few days after returning home, with signs of a heavy cough with a little bit of a snotty nose. The other mare we took on that trip did not develop any signs. Once the signs showed up in the Morgan, I started all the horses on Critical Care. The Morgan mare’s signs disappeared within a few days and the other horses did not become ill or show any signs of respiratory tract illness. Our four horses don’t have much interaction with other horses but I will keep a canister of Critical Care in my barn for future use. Without a “control” it is difficult to estimate how long the Morgan would have coughed but since the others didn’t get sick, it appears that your product did the trick! Thank you. Betsy

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Dear Dr. Dan,
thank you for taking the time to respond to my email, i know it wasn’t an easy email to answer. just wanted you to know, per your recommendation, I ordered vim & vigor plus last wed. first of all, you guys are great – rec’d my product friday afternoon – couldn’t believe you got it to me sooo fast. Started “dandie” on it friday night. on sundays, i usually turn “dandie” out in an big unfenced field in front of the barn, he always stays
within 100 feet of the barn but yesterday i came out of the barn only to find him way, way out in the middle of the field and i do mean way, way out. I went to bring him back to the training area and the big, bay stinker ran away from me -yep, he made me chase him. i can’t believe it! the best his been able to do up to this point is a limping trot.
is it the “formula”?? he’d only been on this product 2 1/2 days! ok – i admit, i ordered it
without much in the way of expectations but wow! i can’t wait to see what’s going on 50 days from now – don’t know if this is a “cure” but it certainly improved his life (much better than cutting the flexor tendion and just making him comfortable until him has
to be put down as the vet here recommended). i’ve started a small natural living – equine podiatry rehab. here in new jersey. i have a little strawberry roan mare in with navicular syndrome, pulled her shoes, treated thrush, and trimmed her to balance her feet and she it doing well – but after yesterday, i am now going to start her on this product also (i’ll let you know the results). she has a 10 yr old girl waiting for her to get better so she can go home to conn. with this product, i’m hoping she can be there for Christmas…. regards,
lee ann lewis

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This is the 2nd year I have used it on my Gelding, the first year I started using this I could see an improvement, I would put it were the fly’s had made sores on his legs, face, neck almost every were… I can see that bugs will not land on this stuff, If I could afford it I would cover him from ear to hoof every day…I have him and a buckskin on the bug check, the gelding is doing much better than last year, I just got the buckskin he was so bad with bug bites the owners gave him to me.. they have not been able to ride him for over year, he came from some were up north, under the belly was so bad from rubbing that it was bleeding, I have been using the Grape balm and I now have that under control, I have the hair back growing on his chest.. now were working on the tail, I gave my vet a jar to try on one of her horses, she said she will give it a try and if it works tell her client, so I am sure she will be ordering some.. My guys could ready use this in a spray or wipe.. Please

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My husband uses this on his hunting dogs, it keeps the bugs off and helps with any skin issue that come up, he is very pleased with it.

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Also my horses were eating my tree’s in the pasture, they have free choice of salt and minerals, but still eat the trees and fence post, I ordered the RedCal and went thought it fast, but they stopped eating the tree’s.. were now on our 2nd bag and they seem to slowed down on eating it, this stuff is great. My trees have a chance.

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I also use the Vim & Vigor Joint. I was given a colt he was 10 months old with deformed legs and hoofs that and never been trimmed, (they were going to put him down) when they pulled him off the trailer you could see that it was very painful for him to walk and you could hear this guys joints make noise as he tried to walk, I called and ordered the Vim & Vigor Joint, were still working on his hooves and his legs will never be right, but this little guy now over 1 year old can run, and jump over fences (to get with the big guys), no one can believe this little guy with his legs as bad as the are can get around like he does. Boomer and I thank you.

The Natural Vet® (877)-873-8838  http://www.naturalhorsevet.com

The Health and Harm of Fats…

Truly Your Best Friends AND Worst Enemies!
by Dr. Dan Moore, The Natural Vet®

One of the most misunderstood yet most important aspects of health, is Fat! Quite honestly, many health care practitioners don’t even understand just how important fats are. For instance, would you agree that most people have and ARE being told daily that fats are bad for you? Most doctors, the media, the advertisements and pretty much ALL, suggest a low fat diet. I am here to tell you, in my not so humble opinion, that NOTHING COULD BE FARTHER FROM THE TRUTH! Fats are critical to your health and your animal’s health. You need them and you need lots of them, you just need the right kinds!

Stroke, Heart Attack, and Cardiovascular Patients are all too familiar fat related problems, but as I will explain, these are just the tip of the iceberg! For instance, anyone who is Autistic, has Multiple Sclerosis, Diabetes, Optic Neuritis, Irritable Bowel Syndrome Fibromialgia, Alzheimers, Parkinsens Disease, ALS, depression (manic or other wise), Chronic Fatigue Syndrome – ANY neurodegenerative disorder is most likely lacking good fats and overloaded with bad fats. Liver disease, gallbladder, adrenal disease, heavy metals, any infection (chronic or otherwise), and especially Lymes are ultimately a fat problem! As I continue my search, I am quickly coming to realize that even “Aging” itself is DIRECTLY related! In horses, my personal opinion is that EPM, Infertility, Botulism, heavy metal toxicosis, Cushing’s Disease, and certainly the obvious – hypothyroidism, metabolic disorders and insulin resistance are all FAT balance related (certainly the same for pets, too).

For the most part, I believe that the equine field is slightly ahead of human medicine in getting the word out to the public about the need for fats. But unfortunately, I am certain that most high fat diets in horses are only going to contribute more to the overall problem – because as in people, we are feeding our horses the “wrong” fats. Neither Low Fat nor High Fat for people or animals is correct — the RIGHT Fat is the answer!

My mission in this article to explain why fats and how fats are so important. For the fish oil and flax eaters, I will offer this preliminary advice though: Fish Oil and/or Flax are not enough! How do we know which fats to use? For a better understanding let’s look at the body itself.

The Brain is 60% fat – (17-20% omega 3, and about 12% omega 6). The cell membranes that surround blood cells, liver cells are roughly half fat. (The other half is protein by the way!) Neurons, dendrites, synapses – the nerve connections themselves, are fat! Myelin, which insulates nerve fibers, is 76% fat! The obvious question from me is: how can reducing fat in the diet be good for these? It can’t! The need for a good brain I would think is fairly obvious. Cell membranes are vital because they separate the zillions of cells in the body from the outside world and allow for the exchange of all the bad and good “stuff”. Personally I want my membranes in tip top shape! Because I know there is a lot of “bad stuff” to keep out as well as “good stuff” to get in! Nerve connections, that don’t work, such as the dendrites, neurons and synapses would pretty much be like having a dead battery in your car… you ain’t going nowhere! One final example: it is in the development of myelin that surrounds the nerves. Myelin development is what babies need before they can start to walk. Now if myelin is 76% fat, is it not obvious that fat is critical? Only if one wants to walk!!! Dah… Here’s your sign if you think otherwise!! (Sorry – Couldn’t resist) If such vital structures as these are mainly composed of fat does it not make sense that the fats need replenishing?

Next, to further understand which fats we need, let’s look at the actual membranes which surround each and every cell in the body. The principle fat in membranes is called a phospholipid. Literally each membrane is made up of millions of phospholipids all lined up. Each has a head and two tails. One tail is a saturated fat (straight tail), the other is an unsaturated fat (a crooked tail). Wedged in between is cholesterol. Also a part of each membrane is a glycolipid. Glycolipids are tiny sugar molecules that protect, insulate and again, exchange nutrients. Let’s take a closer look at each of these components and see how each relates.

Cholesterol varies with the type of membrane. For instance, plasma membranes have essentially one cholesterol per phospholipid molecule. Some membranes that need more support may need more, BUT ALL membranes need cholesterol. Cholesterol actually gives the membrane structure plus allows certain things to pass and others not to pass. The problem SOMETIMES with cholesterol is when it “overflows” into the blood stream …..but even in the blood stream, it is sort of like a beneficial band aid FIXING potential leaks in the cell walls of the vessels – putting back the structure to a bad wall. If it breaks loose and causes a clot – yes that is bad (stroke or heart attack)… but saying that high cholesterol is the cause of heart disease as like saying that a lot of police in a high crime district is the cause of the crime… You must have cholesterol! Who said Cholesterol is bad for you? What IS actually bad for you are the bad fats – Cholesterol is not the bad fat!

As I said, the main component of each and every membrane in the body is phospholipids, Lets break down the phospholipid molecule and look at it a little closer. The phospolipid molecule looks like a fish with two tails. It acts kind of like a magnet – the head having one charge and the tails having the opposite. This magnet like component attracts and repels, thus allowing “stuff” both good and bad, in and out through the membrane. One side of the tail, the unsaturated one, actually vibrates moving particles in and out! The saturated tail part is rigid and solid and hardly moves. It is the balance of these two tails that is the most critical to understand. You see it takes both kinds of fats – both saturated and unsaturated to compose the properly maintain structure of the chief component of cell membranes (phospholipids). JUST NOT EATING FAT can lead to problems. I mentioned this concept to friend just the other day. Her comments were that in the office where she worked 7 of the 9 women went on a “low fat craze” several years ago – all seven now have MS! Wow!

Now lets look at one more aspect of fats and membranes, probably the most important! RENEGADE fats, perhaps not a good medical term, but none the less, a word I like to use because it describes these types of fats perfectly. Why? Because they are bad news to the bone! These are man made fats or particles of fats or mutated fats or jumbled up fats, trans fats, etc. etc.. THESE, my friends, are the killers and these are what we are eating in the typical American diet (especially prevalent in horse and pet foods, too). These REDEGADE FATS can displace the good fats we just discussed. They make the membrane absolutely solid – they don’t move, vibrate, transmit or anything – they just prevent the good from getting in and the bad from getting out! These essentially clog up all membranes and are a major factor in causing disease – essentially any disease! In slight defense of the “low fat craze”, a low fat diet would reduce these renegades, because these are typically what almost all Americans eat – but if the right fats are not added back, then it is certainly a Catch 22 situation – too much bad and not enough good. According to my sources, which are not your typical medical media propaganda, almost all degenerative neurological situations are fat related! AND almost all of the diseases mentioned thus far can be helped by burning the bad fats and flooding the body with the good fats – including phospholipids. This knowledge is not new ladies and gentlemen – I found books from back in the 70’s discussing this very issue – not in quite so much depth but the CONCEPT of good and bad fats has been around a long time.

The difficulty is that the American Food Industry processes almost all of the foods we eat. PROCESSED FATS AND OILS ARE DEADLY. This includes most bread, most crackers, cookies, margarine, cooking oils, etc. etc. – If it says hydrogenated, refined or processed on the label – don’t eat it! My Grandmother ate bacon, eggs, real butter and whole milk every day. Most likely so did yours, (but not processed, refined fats and oils) and she lived well into her 80’s. I believe we can too. Science has not really discovered yet the correct balance of these Omega Fatty Acids (essential fatty acids or EFA’s). Most doctors so far are just suggesting fish oil and/or flax (omega 3) – which are helpful – but I believe we are forgetting the other omegas – even omega 6 and especially omega 9. AND I know most have totally forgotten or not yet aware of the phospholipids – which are absolutely critical. By the way, one of the best sources of phospholipids and Omega Fatty Acids are CRUDE UNREFINED soybeans. Coconut is a great source of Omega 9 – and coconut even contains high amounts of Lauric acid – shown to be both antibacterial and antiviral!

One quick note on horse and pet feed is the difficulty in preserving fats in the feed – which is often why so many feeds contain these renegade processed fats – they withstand heat that feeds are exposed to better, but honestly are like feeding plastic to your horse! Typical vegetable and corn oil sources are refined, processed and just plain bad for you, your pet or your horse!

Thus far we have discussed cholesterol, phospholipids, saturated and unsaturated fatty acids and briefly discussed omega fatty acids but have yet to mention the glycolypids present in cell membranes. Essentially these are very simple sugars and though they are being studied extensively, little is known about them except that they protect, insulate and help exchange nutrients. Some studies are already showing that they may actually help modulate or regulate the immune system. Examples of such glycolipids are mannins such as mannose, oligosaccarides, agrabinogalactan. I have no doubt that they are extremely important because I am seeing the clinical results in both animals and man by using them. Some examples of potential benefits thus far seen are help with gut problems, such as chronic or acute diarrhea, and even allergies. Major universities have even demonstrated by experimentation an increase in Natural Killer Cells, which help fight cancer cells, and activation of what is called the compliment system, which is what is activated when foreign substances invade the body – thus making them essentially antiviral and antibacterial. One lab demonstrated Arabinogalactan (which comes fro the Western Larch Tree) to be even more beneficial than Echinacea and especially better with long-term usage.

Finally it is hard to discuss fats without at least mentioning anti-oxidants. THEY are critical, too, for many reasons but especially important regarding fats. When fats rot or go rancid they are essentially worse than anything. The reason the food industry even processes fats and oils to begin with is so that they are more stable and less likely to go rancid – we now know this is not good, right? But as we use more good fats (less processed as I suggest) there is a greater chance of rancidity – because they are less stable (perhaps I should say LESS LIKE PLASTIC). These must be counterbalanced with anti-oxidants. THE PRIMARY ROLE OF ANTI-OXIDANTS IN THE BODY IS TO STABILIZE FATS! Oxidation could be described as rusting. Anti “Oxidation” is to help prevent the rusting within the body. Every animal, including man needs anti-oxidants daily. Just like a piece of metal left in the environment will rust, so will our bodies if they are not protected. Anti-oxidants are like “Rustolieum” for the body – critical for long term protection.

I hope it is becoming more and more clear that simply eating “low fat” and less cholesterol (much less cholesterol lowering drugs) is just not the answer. Essential fatty acids, phospholipids, glycolipids and anti-oxidants are a critical parts of anyones (or animal’s) health plan. I wish I had the TOTAL answer for you and I do certainly promise to keep searching. In the mean time, avoid processed food (renegade fats, hydrogenated, refined) as much as possible. Do consider an essential fatty acid supplement (but not just fish oil or flax). Always take anti-oxidants yourself and give your pets and horses anti-oxidant supplements, too. Start each and every day with 25 grams or so of high quality protein (a whole other nutrition lesson!) and consider a phospholipid supplement as well.

Sincerely,

Dan Moore DVM

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