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July 2008, News from Optimum Choices, LLC
Welcome to the monthly e-newsletter from Russell Louie and Margaret Auld-Louie at Optimum Choices, LLC. This newsletter is sent to the friends and customers of Russell & Margaret as well as people who signed up for a drawing at our booth at a fair or event. If you wish to unsubscribe, see the bottom of this e-mail for instructions. To receive this newsletter in your e-mail, click here.
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Immune Mediated Hemolytic Anemia (IMHA)
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So many customers love our new Starter Packs, we will offer a more flexible Three Pack Sale for July. Buy ANY three bottles of BioPreparation for pets or BioSuperfood for people (any combination) and get the least expensive bottle for 33% off the retail price. For example, if one purchased two bottles of BioSuperfood-F2 at the regular price of $65 each, then the third bottle of BioPreparation-F3+ would be 33% off the regular $45 price (a $14.85 savings). Now you AND your pet can have total wellness!

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Immune Mediated Hemolytic Anemia (IMHA) or
Auto Immune
Hemolytic Anemia (AIHA)
by Russell Louie

I hope 99% of our readers have never heard of Immune Mediated Hemolytic Anemia (IMHA) or Auto-Immune Hemolytic Anemia (AIHA). I hope 99% of our readers never have a pet that gets IMHA or AIHA. My research on the Internet shows this disease to have a 50-70% fatality rate at best. One of our clients took her dog to Colorado State University, which is leading the research into this awful disease. She was told by C.S.U. that IMHA is a 100% fatal disease. 80% of the patients die within the first two weeks. At the end of 90 days, all dogs were dead. So, why am I writing about a terrible disease that I hope 99% of our customers never have to experience? Because the heart-rending experiences that I hear from our customers can be prevented, and because the holistic lessons are not just for IMHA or AIHA but are universal for every disease or symptom in the body.

Here is what one holistic vet says about a possible cause of these diseases:
"The vaccine manufacturing process contains some quirks that cause the body to make antibodies to a wide variety of components in the vaccine. Most vaccines are produced through a culture medium such as eggs, blood serum, or certain types of cells. The organisms are grown in these nutritious cultures, then filtered for manufacture into vaccines. While the filters are small enough to keep out whole cells, both viruses and a variety of loose proteins will end up in the final product. When injected, the dog or cat’s body then makes antibodies to many of the proteins as well as the virus itself. Studies at Purdue University showed that canine vaccines grown in calf serum caused antibodies to be made to many calf proteins including red blood cells, thyroid, DNA, connective tissue proteins such as collagen, fibronectin, laminin, albumin, transferrin and others.

Unfortunately, calf proteins are so similar to dog proteins that the antibodies react to the dog’s own tissue as well—this is an “auto”-immune reaction (“auto” means “self”). Every vaccinated puppy developed multiple autoantibodies, and every additional booster produced even more autoantibodies. Because the puppies in the Purdue study were euthanized at 22 weeks of age, it is unknown if these autoantibodies would lead to disease, but follow-up studies with client-owned dogs are ongoing.

Diseases associated with the tissues to which autoantibodies are made include thyroiditis (which can leads to hypothyroidism in dogs), lupus, cardiomyopathy, and autoimmune hemolytic anemia."
(Source: www.LittleBigCat.com)

We have had customers whose dog goes into heat or is pregnant develop Immune Mediated Hemolytic Anemia (IMHA). We suspect any hormonal changes might trigger an auto-immune response together with the vaccine connection mentioned above. So, what can be done?

Veterinarians routine prescribe the steroid Prednisone or Prednisolone. While this may slow down the body's immune system from attacking itself, it does nothing to stop the cause of the disease or stimulate the body into producing new red blood cells. Fortunately, we have had some amazing success stories from our clients using BioPreparation.

Normal hematocrit (HCT) blood values for a healthy canine should be in the range of 37-55%. We have had cases of dogs with a HCT value as low as 7-8% where the vet literally gave up on saving the pet. The customer started giving BioPreparation and within 24-48 hours their dog started showing signs of new life. After regaining its appetite and mixing the BioPreparation into the food, the dogs made a miraculous recovery. You can read these actual testimonials at IMHA and AIHA.

The bone marrow is mainly responsible for manufacturing red blood cells. What happens in an auto-immune condition is the body starts attacking itself and consumes these all-important red blood cells, producing anemia. The steroid, Prednisone or Prednisolone, is given to slow down this auto-immune response but it does nothing to stimulate more red blood cell production. So, instead of spending hundreds of thousands of dollars on research to determine what drugs will stimulate red blood cell production, why not nourish the body with super nutrition, so it can resume manufacturing red blood cells itself (which it already knows how to do). Feed and energize the master glands in the brain (i.e., pituitary, pineal and hypothalamus) which, in turn, will send the proper nerve signals and direct nutrients to the bone marrow, kidneys  and liver to resume normal red blood cell production. In essence, wake up the body's natural ability to heal, rather than medicating and suppressing the auto-immune disease or looking for specific supplements to stimulate red blood cell production.

For those that absolutely have to know which specific nutrients stimulate red blood cell production, here is some research. Chinese scientists documented that phycocyanin stimulates hematopoesis (creation of blood), emulating the hormone erythropoetin (EPO). EPO is produced by healthy kidneys and regulates bone marrow stem cell production of red blood cells. They claim phycocyanin regulated white blood cell production, even when bone marrow stem cells are damaged by toxic chemicals or radiation.1
(Source: http://www.themagicisbac.com/page10-01-05.html)

Chlorophyll is sometimes called "green blood" because of its similarity to the hemoglobin molecule found in human blood cells. In fact, both are constructed of almost identical molecular structure called pyrrole rings, and both substances are chemically known as "porphyrin pigments" by scientists. The difference is that chlorophyll contains a magnesium ion at its core, while hemoglobin contains an iron molecule. Magnesium imparts a green color to the chlorophyll molecule and is involved in synthesis of other materials, while iron gives hemoglobin a red coloration and changes the function of the porphyrin molecule to respiration and breakdown of materials. There are many reasons why cereal grass and other dark green plants can be considered "blood-building" foods. The vitamins and minerals in cereal grass are essential to the synthesis and function of the components of healthy blood. It does appear, however, that small amounts of the digestive products of chlorophyll may stimulate the synthesis of either heme or globin or both in animals and humans.
(Source: http://www.themagicisbac.com/page10-00.html)

Yes, BioPreparation does contain phycocyanin and chlorophyll but that is not the point of this article. BioPreparation contains over 5,000 individual nutrients in a whole food form and not as a supplement. These nutrients are in small doses (not therapeutic) and in the proper ratio that Nature intended to stimulate the body's own ability to balance and heal itself.

This example of IMHA and AIHA is similar to so many other diseases and health conditions. Why spend thousands of dollars on lab tests, drugs and natural (but not holistic) supplements in an attempt to duplicate or stimulate what the body already knows how to do? From our holistic perspective, the source of all imbalances can be traced back to a malfunctioning master gland in the brain and/or a deficiency of nutrients. Doesn't it make sense then, to feed and nourish the whole body, including the master glands in the brain, and let the body's natural ability to heal take over?

Nearly 50% of natural deaths in older dogs and cats are due to cancer (Morris Animal Foundation, 2005). A recent study showed over 60% of Golden Retrievers will die of cancer (Kali's Wish Cancer Foundation). Many pure bred dogs are susceptible to Immune Mediated Hemolytic Anemia (IMHA) or Auto-Immune Hemolytic Anemia (AIHA). Why wait for your pet to become a statistic? Take preventative steps now by making sure your pet gets all the whole food nutrition it needs to stay well and live a healthy 15-20 years like pets used to.

1 Zhang Cheng-Wu, et. al. Effects of polysaccharide and phycocyanin from spirulina on peripheral blood and hematopoietic system of bone marrow in mice. Second Asia-Pacific Conf. Ibid, April, 1994.



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