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Personalized Meals as Medicine: Pet Food Homework and Fresher Percentages for a Durable Dog

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diminishes the nutrient composition and increases the amount of AGEs in the food: See Malene W. Poulsen, et al., “Advanced Glycation Endproducts in Food and Their Effects on Health,” Food and Chemical Technology 60 (October 2013): 10–37.

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fresher foods are more digestible and assimilative: See Patrícia M. Oba, Pamela L. Utterback, Carl M. Parsons, and Kelly S. Swanson, “True Nutrient and Amino Acid Digestibility of Dog Foods Made with Human-grade Ingredients Using the Precision-fed Cecectomized Rooster Assay,” Translational Animal Science 4, no. 1 (January 2020): 442–51.

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dogs are evolutionarily adapted to deal with a much heavier bacterial load: See Dr. Lea Stogdale’s Letter to the Editor, “Just How Pathogenic to Pets and Humans Are the Bacteria in the Concentrations Found in Raw Pet Foods,” Can Vet J 46 (November 2005): 967.

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their hyper-acidic stomach expertly manages incoming microbes: See Kazuko Sagawa Fasheng Li, Ryan Liese, and Steven C. Sutton, “Fed and Fasted Gastric pH and Gastric Residence Time in Conscious Beagle Dogs,” Journal of Pharmaceutical Sciences 98, no. 7 (July 2009): 2494–2500.

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Dramatic Adds to Dry Food
: See B. Khoshpey, D. Farhud, and F. Zaini, “Aflatoxins in Iran: Nature, Hazards and Carcinogenicity,” Iran J Public Health 40, no. 4 (December 2011): 1–30. Epub 2011 Dec 31. PMID: 23113099; PMCID: PMC3481745.
Also see A. Sotokawauchi, Y. Ishibashi, T. Matsui, and S. I. Yamagishi, “Aqueous Extract of Glucoraphanin-Rich Broccoli Sprouts Inhibits Formation of Advanced Glycation End Products and Attenuates Inflammatory Reactions in Endothelial Cells,” Evid Based Complement Alternat Med 2018 (August 2018): 9823141. doi: 10.1155/2018/9823141. PMID: 30174716; PMCID: PMC6106845.
Also see “Turmeric, Garlic, Others Offer Protection Against Aflatoxin ‘Damage,’ Breast Cancer,” at,
Also see Mosaad A. Abdel-Wahhab and Soher E. Aly, “Antioxidants and Radical Scavenging Properties of Vegetable Extracts in Rats Fed Aflatoxin-Contaminated Diet,” J Agric Food Chem 51, no. 8 (March 2003): 2409–14.
Also see Lixia Chen, et al., “Therapeutic Properties of Green Tea Against Environmental Insults,” Nutr Biochem 40 (February 2017): 1–13. doi: 10.1016/j.jnutbio.2016.05.005. Epub 2016 May 27.

Also see A. A. Alm-Eldeen, M. H. Mona, A. A. Shati, and H. I. El-Mekkawy, “Synergistic Effect of Black Tea and Curcumin in Improving the Hepatotoxicity Induced by Aflatoxin B1 in Rats,” Toxicol Ind Health 31, no. 12 (December 2015): 1269–80. doi: 10.1177/0748233713491807. Epub 2013 Jun 24. PMID: 23796760.

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just fine when mixed together, just like us: See E. Jean Harper, “Changing Perspectives on Aging and Energy Requirements: Aging and Digestive Function in Humans, Dogs and Cats,” Journal of Nutrition 128, no. 12 (December 1998): 2632S–2635S.

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Dr. Mattson’s lab at the National Institute of Aging has confirmed these findings: To access Dr. Mattson’s comprehensive list of studies, go to his site at Also see his review article noted previously.

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Vets regularly recommend fasting for certain dog illnesses: See Lei Sun, et al., “Effect of Fasting Therapy in Chemotherapy-protection and Tumor-suppression: A Systematic Review,” Translational Cancer Research 6, no. 2 (April 2017).

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metabolic syndrome and has been successfully duplicated in animal models: See Amandine Chaix, et al., “Time-Restricted Feeding Prevents Obesity and Metabolic Syndrome in Mice Lacking a Circadian Clock,” Cell Metab 29, no. 2 (February 2019): 303–19.e4. doi: 10.1016/j.cmet.2018.08.004. Epub 2018 Aug 30.