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Healthy glands are vitally important to our dogs' and cats' well-being. Like every other part of the body, the glands need good nutritional support to function properly. Glandular therapy is the use of concentrated raw animal glands, to improve the health of specific glands. Glandulars act as protomorphagens - nourishing the same gland within the body as they are. It's a homeopathic function: like cells help like cells. Ingesting glandular tissue is nothing new to our cats' and dogs' wild relatives. Many glands and organs can be included in our modern pets' diet. Organs and glands are dense in many nutrients and are therefore very rich.
Directly or indirectly, all body functions depend on the glandular system, so healthy glands are vitally important to our dogs’ and cats’ well-being. Glands are organs that supply substances, including hormones, to the body for use. They include (but are not limited to) the brain, lymph, thyroid, pituitary, liver, pancreas, spleen, heart, thymus, kidneys, adrenals, ovaries, testes, gallbladder, and salivary glands. Like every other part of the body, the glands need good nutritional support to function properly. Good nutrition allows the glands to meet their genetic potential. The environment and the aging process also affect glandular health. Stress, from any cause, depletes nutrients that are necessary for proper functioning of the glands. In fact, some of the glands are directly involved with the body’s response to stress.
Glandular therapy is the use of concentrated raw animal glands, taken orally or by injection, to improve the health of specific glands. As amazing as it seems, glandulars act as protomorphagens – nourishing the same gland within the body as they are. For example, taking a liver glandular will help support liver function. This fact was documented by research performed by Dr. A. Kment in Germany, and published in 1958 and 1972. The doctor followed the glandular tissue by isotope tracing, as it was taken by the bloodstream and absorbed by corresponding glands in the recipient. It’s a homeopathic function: like cells help like cells.
Even though people have recorded use of glandular therapy dating back to the turn of the century, our animal friends have been using this helpful modality for much longer. Ingesting glandular tissue is nothing new to our cats’ and dogs’ wild relatives. When they eat a whole prey animal, they ingest organs and glands. And every time they do, they nourish and strengthen their own glandular system. Even our own relatives knew a good thing when they ate it! Historically, many primitive human cultures appreciated the nutritional value of eating an animal’s glands. Even though our palates have changed, most likely our need for this superior source of nutrition has not.
Many glands and organs can be included in our modern pets’ diet. Meat markets offer kidneys, liver, brain, heart, and spleen. If you’re not sure, ask your local butcher or meat manager. Choose cuts that look fresh and healthy, from young animals that ore organically-raised, if possible. Organs and glands are dense in many nutrients and are therefore very rich. Too large a portion may cause a loose stool and if given too often may upset calcium/ phosphorus balance. But, in proportion, they make a healthful addition to the diet.
When should you consider the medicinal use of concentrated glandular supplements?
According to Dr. Ivan Popov in the July 1997 Journal of the International Academy of Preventive Medicine, the following may determine a need:
- Congenital insufficiency
- Reduced functional capacity due to disease.
- Decline in function of organs, groups or organs or function units (regulating circuits) due to aging.
Rather surprisingly, the cellular factors in glandular concentrates are organ-specific rather than species-specific. Quality is a very important consideration when purchasing glandulars. You don’t want to purchase those made from the by-products of the meat-processing industry. Look for products that come from young, organically raised, hormone-free, free-range animals.
Kymythy Schultze is a Clinical Nutritionist, Animal Health Instructor, and author of “Natural Nutrition for Dogs and Cats: The Ultimate Diet“.
Find Kymythy’s speaking schedule at www.kymythy.com
Published in the Price-Pottenger Journal of Health and Healing
Fall/Winter 2000 | Volume 24, Numbers 3&4
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