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Disrupters

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Disrupters shake things up and disturb the peace causing the people around them discomfort, annoyance, anger, grief and a lot more negative things – usually.  They can also lighten up a party.  They usually have a mission of changing things up.  They have the same effect of air turbulence on an otherwise smooth air flight.

Motivation for disrupters can be narcissistic meaning they just want to draw attention to themselves.  These bores and bullies are everywhere but they are not what I want to discuss today.  Rather the altruistic disrupters are unselfish people that see a problem around them and they offer a solution to make life better for everyone.

What if the problem the altruistic disrupters are solving is in fact bad for everyone?  Worse, what if the solution they offer really is a disguise of something bad made to look good that only benefits a few?  

OK Doc, what the heck are you talking about?  Maybe a few good examples will help us understand where we, as horse owners and care givers, stand in the bountiful field of solved problems.

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Mules in Alabama

Questionable Solutions

Some of the solutions established in our cultures have been made to make life easier.  Our smart phones, computers, the internet are all good examples of ways we have improved the ability to communicate.  Yet there is evidence everywhere that our communication skills are dissolving into bits of incongruent thoughts pasted together on a screen.  Then when we try to communicate with our horses where body language and eye contact are essential, we fail without really understanding why we failed.  When asked how someone can learn to connect with a horse like I can within seconds of meeting a new horse, I ask the person how their skills are in connecting with their spouse, parents, siblings, or the person behind the counter at the local convenience store.  The answer always is that their ability to connect with them is poor.  I reply, “Then start there with our own species.”

Another example of making our lives easier through an apparent “good solution” is seen in our food.  It was only a few decades ago that the idea of growing foods in bulk and distributing them over great distances became a reality with the development of the railroads and the interstate system.  The cattle drives that made the cowboy culture so famous is less than 200 years old.  Electric refrigeration and microwaves are only 70 or so years old.

Agriculture is about 8000 years old yet you and I are homo sapians that are at least 100,000 years old.  In only a short time we have irrevocably changed the food we eat from genetic modification to eating foods we were never supposed to consume from countries we would never have visited.  Marketers have demanded we listen to them through false advertising to support the success of their clients.  Foods thought good for us such as margarine are now known to be bad for us.  We are so confused by high fat versus low fat diets or vegan versus carnivore that we all find sanctuary by declaring that “balance” is the best.  But look around.  How is the personal health of you and those you know?  Obesity, diabetes, arthritis, heart disease, heartburn, autoimmune diseases and generalized aches, pains, brain fog and blahs exist for almost everyone reading this.

The same is true for our horses and other animals we care for.  We feed them what we are told to feed them and still there are more unhealthy and unsound horses than ever.  Cushing‘ s disease, insulin resistance, suspensory injury, colic and laminitis are seen at an alarming rate.  EOTRH of the incisor teeth and deep digital tendon desmitis (dropped fetlocks) were not even in the text book at vet school in 1980.

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A VA farm

Good Solutions

A well known disrupter was Galileo who about 500 years ago determined that the sun did NOT circle the earth.  Unfortunately his theory that the earth was spinning on an axis and this spinning ball also circled the sun was considered heresy punishable by death by burning.  The church really did not want their followers to think that anything but the Earth was the center of our universe.  His sentence was commuted to life of house arrest and his books were burned instead.

It didn’t really matter that Galileo was correct.  It went against the rules and the beliefs of the mass of people in charge.  He was a true disrupter.

Elon Musk is another disrupter with the idea that we need to reduce carbon emissions by driving all electric cars such as his Tesla.  If his idea is successful, many gas stations and car makers will either be out of business or they will change to adapt and survive.  There are now investment firms who will only invest in companies with a low carbon emission impact.  Mainstream car manufacturers are investing in electric car manufacturing and battery production while gas stations are also installing electric vehicle chargers.

Where I see the most disrupters are in the human medical field.  There is now an explosive growth of medical doctors and researchers working hard to answer the question of why, in our enlightened society, is there an increase of illnesses in wealthy nations.  Most of this work is pointing to the same cause – inflammation from the foods we eat.  A few brave men and women with impeccable credentials are taking on the establishment of medicine, agriculture and marketing and using the ways of the internet to bring this new information to the people.

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Autumn scenes at a farm in WA.

Horses and Humans 

We must remember that while the raw materials placed into the mouth are different for horses and humans, what happens at the gut and cellular levels are virtually the same.  Therefore it is valid to suggest that the results from the human research may be relevant for horses.  In the two years I have been suggesting this concept of gut inflammation as being the root of most illnesses and lamenesses to horse owners I have had hundreds of horses convert to non-inflammatory diets with amazing results.

I consider myself to be an altruistic disrupter because I have no financial benefit now for  suggesting we move away from all grains, byproducts, oils from seeds and endless supplements for all horses.  I also suggest we replace the lost protein insidiously lost over time from the effects of feeding carbohydrates daily year round (carbohydrate dependency).  But this approached is being heralded by more and more medical doctors as being the solution to human illnesses.  The results I am seeing and hearing from horse owners around the world who try the no-grain diet are eye-popping.  In myself, I am also finding that I feel good every day I don’t cheat with cookies or bread.  They taste so good but as I progress with discipline, my body responds positively to at the loss of inflammation.

This blog is out just at New Year where we take the time to make resolutions.  I personally resolve to start to eat like my ancestors and to teach horse owners about feeding their horses as their ancestors ate.  It is a difficult task for me because of the limited availability of ancestral food for me on the road traveling and for horses kept within a limited pasture.  So my resolution will be to personally avoid all sugar (except for sugar in limited true vegetables), avoid all oils extracted from seeds (only consume extra virgin olive oil, MCT oil from coconuts, avocado oil and macadamia oil) and avoid all grains (sugar and lectins).  I will also recommend the same for any horse owner asking how to make their horse’s lives better.  

I risk being burned at the stake by farmers, grain distributors, truckers, railroad operators, tractor manufacturers, feed stores, veterinarians, nutritionists, supplement manufacturers and others affected by the elimination of these foods from the diet of horses.  I risk being negatively questioned by colleagues and by skeptics.  In my travels from Florida to New York to Louisiana to Washington seeing thousands of horses every year, I keep asking “Why are so many horses ill, lame, ill behaved or just plain miserable?”  It all keeps coming back to gut inflammation from the poor food choices horses are given.

Are you ready to resolve to learn more and become an advocate for your horses?

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          Simple sugars, once you get used to not eating them, actually become too sweet to eat. But discipline is essential. Stay tuned because in Feb or March my wife and I will be reporting on our adventure of measuring exactly what is in our gut microbiome.

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          2. When you read the labels it seems like everything in the grocery stores have some sugar in it. How do you avoid it?

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            I also read the labels. I eat lots of salads. In the convenient stores I buy water, pistachios and hard boiled eggs. But my morning coffee with MCT oil, butter and collagen protein keeps me satisfied until noon to 3 pm

  1. How do you feel about eating quinoa and couscous. Those are considered grains but they are supposed to be healthy for you.

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      Read my blog about lectins. All soft seeds have lectins that cause leaky gut. I avoid these and other grains and so far, after 2 years, am doing fine without them. So are the horses.

      1. What symptoms can I expect to have as a human from eating grains sometimes. I don’t appear to have any problems with it so far. However, maybe it’s causing problems that I’m not aware of.

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          The best answer involves giving you the title of this book: The Plant Paradox by Steven Gundry, MD. Grains affect people in different ways from subtle to overt. For example you could have less energy and brain fog up to 2 days after eating pasta or pizza. Farting and feeling bloated are common. For some joint stiffness can occur or flare up of autoimmune diseases such as eczema.

          Read the book and others like it and then listen to your body after eating grains. It is surprising what you will feel.

  2. Now I have been a firm believer in eating healthy waybefore it became fashionable. Personally I am a lard eater, and unpasteurized fresh butter is always in my diet, the human body knows how to process animal fats. I also eat bread, cookies and sugar… But I don’t use bleached or refined grains or sugars. And don’t forget the salt!! Millions of seniors are told no salt… Then end up in the hospital because they are dehydrated sooo they pump the saline to them. SMH! This I also consume in natural salt not the pretty white stuff. But eating healthy is still a crap shoot at the grocery store because the pesticides and weed killers will probably get you before the food does. All that being said I am on the right side of 60 and still not taking any medications. It’s really common sense with ourselves and our horses or any pet.

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      Actually butter is not lard. Butter from grass fed cows (not grained) create short chain fatty acids (butyrate, pyruvate) which are directly converted into ketones which are 20+ times more efficient as a fuel in creating energy in the mitochondria than glucose. Lard on the other hand is animal fat. When cooked it can actually become inflammatory and may not be converted into fuel as easily. Pork rinds are NOT good for you. Eating grains for some people is not a problem. If you eat bread or cereal and feel gassy or bloated then you may have a gut that is sensitive to these things.

      My wife and I just received our test kit to analyze our gut microbes as well as other inhabitants to determine which foods will “work” in our systems. She and I eat a lot of similar things but then there are things she eats I won’t.

      Eating “healthy” is an individual thing for you and your horses. This said there are some rules that apply to all. Genetics of our bodies and the microbes in our guts fine tune things. The secret is to become aware of how we respond to the foods we eat.

    2. I avoid eating meat and dairy because of my compassion for the animals and for the environment. I one meat that I still eat is fish.

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        Religion and personal feelings aside, we are meat eaters. Just because a plant can’t scream doesn’t mean it doesn’t like to be killed and eaten. And all grains are PLANT BABIES! If you are compassionate for animal life, consider the thought of eating plant babies next time you eat cereal. But don’t think too hard. Apparently the way the world is set up, all things eat someone else. It is really confusing from a religion aspect but EVERYONE eats SOMEONE. Luckily we don’t need to look up to watch for a bird swooping down to eat us, but don’t swim in the canals down here in FL. Just yesterday Melissa and I saw too many 12 foot alligators to count.

        1. I think we were meat eaters a long time ago. But we’re not meat eaters anymore and it’s not necessary. There are several cultures that don’t eat meat and we can do just fine eating only plants. It’s not worth it to put animals through the horrible suffering and torture they go through so we can have some meat on out plates. Most people eat way too much meat as it is.

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            I respect that Elaine. Remember we are feeding our gut bacteria. Testing what I have as gut bacteria is the only way I will know what they should=d be fed and what they should not. My results should be back in about a month. I’ll write about it then.

  3. I got my horse on track, and I am working on getting myself on track. Not feeding my horse grain is like a night and day difference. It just so amazing!!

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Your thoughts are important for all to hear and may help others to learn from your experiences. Take the time to add to the discussion. However due to time limitations I will probably not answer direct questions to me. Thanks, Doc T

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