By Dr. Jeannie Thomason, Co-founder of the American Council of Animal Naturopathy
In Animal Naturopathy there is a focus on promoting and maintaining wellness through aiding the immune system to remain balanced and living by the 8 Laws of Health. The first law of health is Nutrition.
Proper, species specific nutrition is the foundation or cornerstone of true health and wellness. Species specific nutrition, when fed in its raw state is made up of enzymes, nutrients and micronutrients such as essential vitamins and minerals that help the body reach and maintain optimal health. The body simply cannot function properly if one or more nutrients are missing consistantly for any length of time.
Whole, raw food nutrients are essential to:
- develop, replace and repair cells and tissues;
- produce energy to move and function properly;
- carry out chemical processes such as the digestion of food;
- protect against, resist and fight infection and recover from sickness
Did you know that proper species specific nutrition is so powerful that it can be used as a genetic “on and off switch” to bring about improved wellness?
The mechanisms that allow the genome to interact with environmental factors, such as diet, are “epigenetic changes”—a concept first proposed by the British biologist Conrad Waddington (1905–1975) in 1942 to describe the interplay between genes and the environment in determining the phenotype of an organism.