This last week has been hectic and full of potential health decision options for me. I am currently dealing with some health issues and it never fails, just about the time you have made up your mind on a direction to take, another option presents itself and you become confused again on the direction to go forward. In my case, it has been the option to take the advice from the conventional, traditional medical experts or resort to the alternative suggestions from several different newsletter publishers that I subscribe to. The point is that each physician has an opinion on how to handle each medical problem. The conventional treatments in many cases are not working. I have had three close friends die recently after undergoing the damaging results of chemotherapy and radiation treatments. False hopes that have proven to be false. Many turn to unconventional approaches and treatment and look for alternative methods to handle the disease. It would be interesting to catalog the results from both approaches and see which one is most effective and has the best results. You can hear stories about the successes and failures from both approaches. There are so many different variables that come into play that it is hard to quantify the results. Every situation is different and there are so many different stages of the disease that it is hard to compare the results.
I was thinking today that my experiences in the selling and manufacturing of the BARF (raw meat) diets has been a journey of the same kind. We have been contrarian advocates in feeding raw meat diets to dogs. We obviously have our opinions on how to properly feed a dog and others present their wisdom as well.
What is the best way to sort out the truth from the fiction?
Is it by observing the results? In this case we win hands down.
Is it by submitting scientific evidence as to the adequacy of the diet? In that case the dry food manufacturers win, they have spent the money to try and produce an adequate feed based on using human by-products and lower grade ingredients.
There is a difference in ingredient quality in the kibble products however, they all have a common difference when comparing to a natural raw meat diet. That difference is the heat processing required to make the kibble diet. The result is a feed that has lost the live enzyme content and is void of the phytonutrients that are present in raw diets. We believe that this difference alone is the single best reason to consider a raw meat diet. It doesn’t take long to see the results of feeding this way.
It’s all about the choices we make in life that allows the comparisons between our decisions. There will always be contrarian views to all of our decisions. It is up to us to try and make the most appropriate choices for ourselves and our pets.