Optimum Health for the Prevention of Allergies
“The idea of the prevention plan is to use supplements to prevent and minimize disease and infections and to develop a strong immune system. The The goal of the plan is the creation of optimal health.”
— Wendell Belfield, D.V.M
Dr. Wendell O. Belfield was a veterinary doctor and pioneer in promoting wholesome foods for pets. Through trial and error, he developed combinations of nutrients that are indicated for specific disease processes, and conducted research to establish the efficacy of his treatments. And, Dr. Belfield was one of the first veterinarians to discuss dog allergies.
Allergists are saying that dogs, just like people, can develop an allergy to anything they eat, drink, touch, or inhale. Dogs smell everything around them so much more powerfully then we do.
We are used to hearing about allergies to pollens and grasses and certain weeds, but Dr. Belfield was the first to begin unfolding the effects on animals when chronically exposed to unnatural compounds of modern chemistry, found in pesticides, herbicides, preservatives, food coloring, carpets, flooring, and household chemicals.
Then there is the topic of food allergies. Dr. Belfield’s concern was that since most dogs eat processed cooked commercial food, there exists a probability that their diet has upset natural metabolic processes and caused some irregularities in digestive, enzyme, and hormonal function.
In Dr. Belfield’s research he saw again and again that “both dogs and cats evolved on diets of raw food, including raw meats.”
Dr. Francis M. Pottenger, M.D, conducted a ten year study on the relationship of diet to feline health. His research is fascinating to read. He found a direct relationship between cooked meat and a lowered threshold of allergy resistance in his cats. Compared to cats who were fed raw meat, the animals given cooked meat developed skin lesions and allergies that were described by Dr. Pottenger as “progressively worse from one generation to the next.”
Across the board, modern veterinarians are saying that vitamins and minerals can support a dog’s resistance to allergens. According to Dr. Belfield in his book called How to Have a Healthier Dog, just by supplementing vitamin C and pantothenic acid (B-5), which are essential in the production of the adrenal hormone cortisone, allergies may be prevented or at the very least, reduced. These substances are secreted into the bloodstream and acts as an anti-inflammatory and antihistamine agents. Vitamin E and B6 have also been shown to be effective against allergies, as well as so many more. pg. 169
In summation, Dr. Belfield says there are two things you can do to support your dog in the relief of allergies. The first is to consider your dog’s diet. He warns that you need to be highly suspicious of food that is eaten every day. You would react too if you ate the same food every day of your life. Then, consider if the food is cooked, contains pork (pig) products, milk, eggs, grains, dyes, preservatives, and any other chemical additives. The second thing you can do is start your dog on a vitamin and mineral supplement program to support their immune system and hopefully avoid allergic reactions altogether.