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Great Life Grain/Potato Free Dog Food

rainbow
February 12th, 2007, 05:41 PM
Has anyone seen this dog food? Is it only available online?

From www.1doctorschoice.com ......


GREAT LIFE

GRAIN/POTATO-FREE

DOG FOOD FOR THE NEXT GENERATION

Made with Natural and Organic Ingredients

No Corn, Rice, By-Products, Chicken Meal, Turkey Meal, Fish Meal, Hormones, Pesticides, Steroids, Soy, Rendered Meat, Antibiotics, Allergy Free

Full Active Healthy Nutrition


So what’s the big deal with dogs and cats eating potatoes and grain—humans do that every day!

For the past fifty years, commercial pet food companies have assured us their pet foods are "nutritionally complete and balanced," or "scientifically balanced." They tell us these statements are formulated on study after study. Most of these foods are grain based—whole wheat, barley, oats, corn meal, or rice, with added synthetic vitamins and minerals. The latest trend in pet foods is the addition of potatoes. We love potatoes so why would we deny them to our pets? Because they contain a carcinogen—acrylamide--and as a daily maintenance food, potatoes are not a health food! The August 14, 2002, issue of the Journal of Agricultural and Food Chemistry, reported that researchers at Stockholm University had evidence of the presence of high levels of acrylamide in carbohydrate rich foods like potatoes. Acrylamide induces gene mutations and has been found in animal tests to cause malignant stomach tumors. It is also known to cause damage to the central and peripheral nervous system. This can be a major reason for the dramatic increase in cancer and other health problems.

We have come to believe all of the propaganda surrounding the advertising campaigns of the large corporate pet food companies. The visual effects are stunning—a gorgeous dog running across fields with the sun glistening on its coat! Wow! But recently, a growing number of pet owners have begun to question the corporate pet food giants. Yes, the foods will sustain life but what quality of life and at what veterinary costs? The majority of pet companies utilize potatoes in their pet foods including veterinarian brand foods.

To help you take your pets back to an age when they were lean, healthy, and active from eating nature’s perfect GRAIN-FREE diet, we have created Great Life’s Grain/Potato-Free Diet for dogs and cats. As with our other pet foods, we have a unique process that allows us to bring you the raw foods your pets crave layered on a grain free kibble enclosed in wild salmon and organic coconut oil. NO refrigeration needed. Look at the ingredients and you’ll agree this food will help your pet live a longer, happier and healthier life.

Wholistic Kibble Ingredients:

We start with a base of free-range chicken, beef or buffalo or wild caught salmon and beef (cats). We use USDA human grade quality meats that do not contain rendered meats, hormones, pesticides or antibiotics. To these, we add the following:

Tapioca: a starch from the fleshy root of the cassava, made into"flour" contains calcium and small amounts of minerals.

Jicama: a legume grown for its large root is used as a starch. Jicama, a very good source of fiber, also contains potassium, and is high in vitamin C

Yams: starchy rhizomes containing good amounts of vitamin B6, potassium, and other nutrients. Yams contain a unique fat-like substance called diosgenin, which is classified as a hormone-like molecule and is currently being studied for its potential anti-cancer effects.

Pumpkin: low in calories and fat, pumpkin contains a wide variety of vitamins and minerals, plus lots of vitamin A, carotenoids, and is an excellent source of fiber and helps expel worms.

Peas: are bursting with nutrients--8 vitamins, 7 minerals, dietary fiber and protein. These nutrients help support the energy-producing cells and systems of the body.

Chicken Fat (preserved with mixed tocopherols): Dogs require fat in their diet for energy, as building blocks for hormones, and for a healthy nervous system. Chicken fat is an excellent fat because it is easily digested and contains good amounts of essential linoleic fatty acids and Omega 3 fatty acids. These essential fatty acids are involved in the body’s response to inflammation, swelling, redness, and itching.

Flaxseeds: are abundant in omega 3 fatty acids, which are needed to produce flexible cell membranes. The body uses these fatty acids to form substances that offer protection against heart disease, diabetes, and cancer. They are also important to the skin and coat and provide important fiber.

Sun cured Alfalfa Meal: Alfalfa provides essential vitamins and minerals and is commonly used to detoxify the body, to help ease inflammation, and balance hormones. It is soothing to the digestive tract, improves the appetite and aids in nutrient assimilation.

Blueberries: are one of the richest sources of antioxidant phytonutrients protecting the body and brain from oxidative stress.

Cranberries: a cousin to the blueberry, they are unique in their ability to protect and treat the urinary tract and other mucous membranes against infections by preventing the adhesion of pathogens.

Kelp: This sea vegetable contains almost every mineral and trace mineral necessary for the health of mammals; it also contains amino acids and vitamins. Kelp boosts the immune system, regulates the glands, promotes regular heat cycles, supports motility of male semen, promotes a healthy coat, and detoxifies the body.

Eggs: are a great source of easily digested protein, and choline. Choline is a key component of acetylcholine. A neurotransmitter that carries messages from and to nerves, acetylcholine is the body's primary chemical means of communication between nerves and muscles. The pesticides and herbicides in common use are designed to destroy this neurotransmitter in insects but it can carry over to other species. Eggs are a rich source of lutein, a carotenoid thought to help prevent cataracts, and a source of B-vitamins, including vitamin B12.


Mangosteen: is a Southeast Asian fruit that has been used to relieve skin conditions, treat allergies, support the nervous system, as well as the cardiovascular system; aids in treating urinary and digestive problems. It is rich in phytoceuticals and antioxidants plus vitamins and minerals.

Reishi Mushroom: (Ganoderma lucidum) has been used in oriental medicine for thousands of years. Recent studies suggest reishi has beneficial action in treating diabetes mellitus, anti-tumor effect, and high blood pressure. In Japan, it is used as cardiotonic to treat circulatory problems. It has anti-allergenic properties because it inhibits release of histamine, which causes the body’s allergic reaction.

Turkey Tail: and its immune-enhancing activities have been extensively studied in Japan since mid 1970's; over 300 clinical studies have been conducted. The active constituent, PSP (polysaccharide peptide), is currently gaining respect for its effectiveness against tumors both in laboratory experiments and in clinical studies. Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center in New York, and the M.D. Anderson Cancer Center in Houston, both recommend this mushroom as a supplement for chemo patients. Turkey tail it is also gaining recognition for its remarkable anti-aging qualities, and its use as an anti-virus and anti-inflammatory in the treatment of infection and inflammation of the upper respiratory, urinary and digestive tracts, including liver ailments, hepatitis B and chronic active hepatitis.


Artichoke: Artichokes are nutrient dense with 16 essential nutrients! One of these, cynarin, a compound found in the leaves, demonstrates benefits to the liver; silymarin, another compound found in artichokes has powerful antioxidant properties and is believed to help the liver regenerate healthy tissue. Artichokes provide the important minerals magnesium, chromium, manganese, potassium, phosphorus, iron and calcium. In addition to all these important minerals, artichokes are a good source of fiber.

Garlic: Whole volumes have been written about this nutrient rich food with anti-inflammatory, anti-bacterial and anti-viral activities. Garlic also contains good amounts of vitamin C, vitamin B6, selenium, manganese and other minerals.

Parsley is a storehouse of nutrients including vitamins A, B, C and E, potassium, iron, magnesium, chlorophyll, and organic sulfur. The flavanoids and volatile oil components of parsley help the body resist infection, neutralize some carcinogens and help stop the multiplication of tumor cells. The volatile oils – particularly myristicin – have been shown to inhibit tumor formation in animal studies and to aid the body in using enzymes. Parsley assists the bladder, thyroid gland, kidneys, liver, and lungs. The flavanoids in parsley – especially luteolin – have been shown to function as antioxidants. In addition to these unique compounds, parsley contains vitamin C, beta-carotene, and folic acid. It cleanses the blood, stimulates the digestive system, maintains healthy skin, helps expel worms, and refreshes the breath. What a powerhouse leafy green plant this is!

Kale: is a leafy green vegetable rich in health promoting, sulfur-containing phytochemicals, carotenoids, pro-vitamin A, vitamin C, vitamin B6, minerals including calcium, and plant fiber.

Organic Coconut Oil which helps regulate thyroid function, fights immune diseases, is anti-viral, antibacterial, and antiprotozoal (giardia); helps an animal to destroy lipid coated viruses and various pathogenic bacteria. Coconut oil is a digestive aid, especially important for inflammatory bowel disorders. As an antioxidant, it is 50 times more potent than Vitamin E, 15 times more potent than carrots, and 300 times more potent than tomatoes.

Wild Salmon Oil contains a wealth of essential fatty acids that benefit the heart and circulatory system, as well as nervous system development, immune system function and skin and coat. Why "wild salmon?" A 2004 study published in the journal Science showed levels of contaminants such as PCBs, dioxins, dieldrin, toxaphene and other pesticides, were significantly higher in farmed salmon than in their wild counterparts; we use only WILD salmon oil.

Dog Food Flavors:

Chicken:
Raw Food:
Freeze dried chicken, freeze dried chicken liver, ground chicken necks, fresh bok choy, inulin, green tripe, fresh mixed baby sprouts, coral calcium + 74 trace minerals, active pre & probiotics, full spectrum of digestive enzymes, enclosed in wild salmon and organic coconut oil

Wholistic Kibble
Whole chicken. tapioca, jicama, yams, pumpkin, peas, chicken fat (preserved with mixed tocopherols), flaxseed, suncured alfalfa meal, blueberries, cranberries, kelp, eggs, mangosteen, reishi mushroom, turkey tail, artichoke, garlic, parsley, kale, full spectrum chelated minerals and vitamins.

Buffalo:
Raw Food:
Freeze dried buffalo, freeze dried buffalo liver, freeze dried ground buffalo bone, fresh bok choy, inulin, green tripe, fresh mixed baby sprouts, coral calcium + 74 trace minerals, active pre & probiotics, full spectrum digestive enzymes all enclosed in wild salmon and organic coconut oil.

Wholistic Kibble:
Buffalo meat, tapioca, jicama, yams, pumpkin, peas, chicken fat (preserved with mixed tocopherols), flaxseed, suncured alfalfa meal, blueberries, cranberries, kelp, eggs, mangosteen reishi mushroom, turkey tail, artichoke, garlic, parsley, kale. full spectrum chelated minerals and vitamins.

(Buffalo is a very clean, leaner, meat source with no known health problems. It is a good food for dogs with allergies.)

Analysis

Buffalo

Protein 33%

Fat 17.77%

Fiber max 4%

Moisture 10% max

D.E. CAL/LB 1723



Chicken

Protein 38.12%

Fat less than 20%

Fiber 4% Max.

Moisture 10% max

D.E. CAL/LB 1812



Lamb

Protein 33%

Fat less than 17%

Fiber max 4%

Moiture 10% max

D.E. CAL/LB 1793

We feel this is the maximum amount of protein an animal shoud receive. Higher protein counts may lead to Constipation, Crystals, Irritable Bowel Syndrome, Blood Toxicity, Organ Damage.



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Prin
February 12th, 2007, 05:51 PM
Yams: starchy rhizomes containing good amounts of vitamin B6, potassium, and other nutrients. Yams contain a unique fat-like substance called diosgenin, which is classified as a hormone-like molecule and is currently being studied for its potential anti-cancer effects.Hmm... Yams are sweet potatoes, no? They're not rhizomes... They're tuberous roots... Rhizomes are stems, sweet potatoes are roots.:shrug:

Anyway, I just thought it was funny because they're sure to point out "no potatoes" when they have sweet potatoes in there..:D

And what's the point of bragging about not having chicken meal? :confused:

rainbow
February 12th, 2007, 06:07 PM
I couldn't figure out the chicken meal or turkey meal comment either. :shrug: I think yams and sweet potatoes are slightly different. :shrug:

But, they do make a buffalo kibble. :D

And, I found this comment interesting:

We feel this is the maximum amount of protein an animal shoud receive. Higher protein counts may lead to Constipation, Crystals, Irritable Bowel Syndrome, Blood Toxicity, Organ Damage.

Prin
February 12th, 2007, 06:09 PM
Yeah, it can happen. :shrug: Lower protein has a host of issues it can cause too.


In the United States, sweet potatoes (Ipomoea batatas) are often referred to as "yams". Sweet potatoes labeled as "yams" are widely available in markets such as those that serve Asian or Caribbean communities.We'll never know.:D :laughing:

rainbow
February 12th, 2007, 06:52 PM
Difference between sweet potato and yam:

http://www.ces.ncsu.edu/depts/hort/hil/hil-23-a.html

Prin
February 12th, 2007, 06:58 PM
Yeah, I know, but if it's American, how do we know he means "yam" and not sweet potato? :shrug:

rainbow
February 12th, 2007, 07:12 PM
You can tell the difference by looking at them side by side. :D

Prin
February 12th, 2007, 07:14 PM
Yeah, but...
Yams in the U.S. are actually sweetpotatoes with relatively moist texture and orange flesh.:shrug:

rainbow
February 12th, 2007, 07:30 PM
Here's a better site:

http://homecooking.about.com/od/howtocookvegetables/a/sweetpotatodiff.htm

Prin
February 12th, 2007, 07:57 PM
LOL but if people use them interchangeably even if they're different things, then how do we know if he means "true yams" or sweet potatoes?

:laughing:

And that link calls them tubers, not rhizomes. :D (but potatoes are tubers- sweet potatoes aren't... :D)

rainbow
February 12th, 2007, 08:09 PM
Cuz people are stoopid. :laughing: And, just for the record, I much prefer yams to sweet potatoes. ;)

technodoll
February 12th, 2007, 08:11 PM
just remember... marketing gurus are hired by these companies to spin the ordinary into something extraordinary that will make the consumer throw their money at the product... like those menus in fancy restaurants... ;)

gypsy_girl
February 12th, 2007, 09:51 PM
Allergy Free

Hmm I like that one.... No such thing in my mind. I would also be curious about the % of "starch" in the food.
Tapioca, Jicama and Yams....

rainbow
February 12th, 2007, 10:14 PM
Allergy Free

Hmm I like that one.... No such thing in my mind. I would also be curious about the % of "starch" in the food.
Tapioca, Jicama and Yams....

I was concerned about that too so I emailed them yesterday....so far no reply.

gypsy_girl
February 12th, 2007, 10:37 PM
That's great Rainbow, look forward to the reply!

rainbow
February 12th, 2007, 10:45 PM
I just thought of something. I wonder if the "sweet potato treats" are made with sweet potatoes or yams? I think they should be made with sweet potatoes.

Prin
February 12th, 2007, 11:52 PM
Probably sweet potatoes. From what I've read, yams would be more expensive. :shrug:

meb999
February 13th, 2007, 07:17 AM
I always thought yams were the thanksgiving-food consisting of sweet patatoes and marshmallows --- learn something new everyday!! :D