When Zeke came into our lives, as terrific as he was, he had a lot of issues, especially around feeding time. He’s had seven owners during his seven years of life. And the one three months before we found him had completely abandoned him and several other horses when his show barn had gone into bankruptcy. The owners just walked away. Read More→
Sugar Promotes Chronic Inflammation
by Juliet M. Getty, Ph.D.
Inflammation. The very word triggers images of pain, redness and swelling. But in the case of injury or infection, acute inflammation is actually a beneficial means of restoring the body to health. Specific cells are called into action to remove the source of injury or infection and repair damaged tissue. It’s when inflammation becomes chronic that areas of the body may lose function. Any part of the body can be impacted by inflammation, including joints, feet, lungs, muscles, skin, digestive tract, reproductive function, heart, nervous system, pancreas, liver, as well as the hypothalamic brain centers responsible for releasing dopamine and recognizing leptin.
This article focuses on the inflammatory impact that sugar has on your horse’s health. There are several other causes of inflammation, such as stress and obesity, high dietary levels of linoleic acid (an omega 6), free-radical consumption from poorly stored fatty feeds, and trans fat (partially hydrogenated oils); however, the damaging impact of high sugar/high starch diets is commonplace. Read More
An email from Coreen, a new friend: “I wanted to express deep thanks for such amazing material that you have shared in your books, and I have only read Born Wild and two others so far. This year has been a culmination of a decade of various stressful factors, and your books seem to be tying it all together in my horse world, and in my personal world. My hubby is away in rehab, probably for another 6 months now. Needless to say his issues have wreaked havoc on our marriage. I think Noelle deserves a big “hug” and many wondrous scritchins as she has helped me to see my husband with new eyes, and the two of you have helped me to feel secure in “getting out of the way” as in getting out of God’s way, AND the two of you have helped me to identify some areas about the horses where I owed my husband a HUGE apology, and we had one of the best conversations about the horses tonight that we have ever had. Read More→