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The evolutionary nutrition movement:
began in response to the dietary guidelines outlined in the book "Give Your Dog a Bone" written by Ian Billinghurst and presented to the world in 1993. This diet, for obvious reasons came, to be known as the Bones And Raw Food Diet or the Biologically Appropriate Raw Food or barf diet.

The evolutionary feeding program:
for any species of animal is concerned to feed only those foods which that animal evolved to eat over millions of years of evolution. The logic is that by feeding the scope and balance of such foods - in their original form (raw whole foods), the entire nutritional requirements for that animal will be met. If we accept that there is a positive relationship between optimal diet and health, it is clear that such a dietary regime must be the one that has the greatest likelihood of producing maximal longevity and optimal reproduction with maximum freedom from disease and maximum positive health.

An animal's dietary requirements took millions of years to develop and those requirements developed as a process of trial and error, but most importantly, they developed through diet. That means the healthiest diet an animal can be fed is the diet it evolved to eat. Put very simply, evolutionary nutrition is all about feeding animals properly, which means feeding them the food which suits their design.

In the evolutionary feeding pet's program, it is not necessary that each meal fed should be complete and balanced, although this may be attempted. Rather, in line with an approach which more nearly approximates the evolutionary paradigm, the goal is to achieve overall completeness and balance through a series of meals.

The practical aim of feeding any creature its evolutionary diet:
is to maximize its health, longevity and reproductive capacity (where appropriate) and by so doing, minimize the need for veterinary intervention.

A more formal definition of Evolutionary nutrition:
would be as follows: Evolutionary Nutrition is the science of developing feeding programs which are based on evolutionary feeding norms rather than scientific trials and experiments. The scientific hypothesis, which underpins this method of developing feeding programs, holds that the diet an animal evolved to eat over millions of years of evolution must by definition be its gold standard diet. On that basis, Evolutionary nutrition may also be described as 'genomic' nutrition. Genomic nutrition is the optimal nutrition required by an individual as prescribed by its genetic make-up, also known as the series of bases which constitute that animal's genome. That prescription, written in the genome, is the end process of millions of years of evolution. Evolution writes the genome which in turn prescribes the optimal diet.

The science of Evolutionary Nutrition:
holds that individual animals have the greatest chance of developing normally, reproducing maximally (and normally), remaining healthy into advanced age, reaching genetically potential maximum age and reaching that advanced age with minimal degeneration, when evolutionary dietary principles are followed. It further holds that diets which are based on trials and experiment are only ever seeking to arrive at the point more simply reached by developing evolutionary diets. It also holds that diets which employ foodstuffs falling outside the scope of an animal's evolutionary feeding heritage can never achieve the health, longevity and reproductive capacity compared with what can be achieved by feeding an animal its evolutionary diet.

Andrew Lewis, Dog Care Expert:

Commercial Dog Food is Killing Your Dog!

Leading dog-health author, Ann N. Martin, sums up the state of commercial dog food in a single sentence: "Most commercial pet foods are garbage"

World-famous vet and dog-care author Alfred Plechner, says the poor nutritional properties of commercial dog food inevitably lead to disease: "Because many commercial foods are woefully deficient in key nutrients, the long term effect of feeding such foods makes the dog hypersensitive to its environment... It's a dinosaur effect. [Dogs] are being programmed for disaster, for extinction. Many of them are biochemical cripples with defective adrenal glands unable to manufacture adequate cortisol, a hormone vital for health and resistance to disease."

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"Give your Dog a Bone" is about feeding dogs using the Bones and Raw Food (BARF). Dr. Ian Billinghurst has spent 18 years as a practising veterinarian in Australia. "Most of the disease problems we vets see are caused by only one thing - Poor Nutrition. Most modern dog owners are taught to believe that feeding dogs is such a difficult task. Nothing could be further from the truth. If you can get hold of a regular supply of raw meaty bones, you will have no problems whatsoever." Click here to Read an excerpt from Dr. Ian Billinghurst's book

"Food Pets Die for" : Shocking Facts About Pet Food by Ann N. Martin. A MUST READ for all veterinarians, and for all pet owners! "We need to pay attention to what we are feeding our animals. Not only as this book says, with the food, but also we need to support their immune systems. In Super Nutrition for Dogs n' Cats extra information is provided on all the illness caused by malnutrition, mineral and enzyme deficiencies that we normally don't think of.

Ever wonder why there are so many vets?... too many sick pets because of the food and lack of proper nutrients. Everyone ought to pay attention!" - An amazon.com reviewer. Read an excerpt

"Natural Nutrition for Dogs and Cats": The Ultimate Pet Diet by Kymythy R. Schultze. This book will help pet-lovers enable their dogs and cats to enjoy an ideal quality of life though a species appropriate diet of raw, natural foods. "My Golden Retriever has suffered from allergies most of her life. She has been on the diet in this book for six months. After a detox period (explained in this book) which lasted 6-8 weeks, her overall health has improved tremendously.

My dog is off all of her previous medication (antibiotics and prednisone), and her skin is clear, her coat is soft and thick, and her attitude is great. I would definetly recommend this book. I would also recommend seeking help from a homeopathic vet when switching to the diet." Pauli Reading from Charlotte, NC, United States - Amazon.com book reviewer.

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