==> Dog diseases and Body systems need to be seen together:
12 Body systems in dogs and people
Dog Body Systems and Dog Diseases
In the prior MYGERMANSHEPHERD PERIODICAL Stress-free vet visits we learned that stress impairs all 12 body systems:
...and that body systems is a topic so helpful to understand in terms of your dog's health that I was willing to work on an extra Periodical on this very topic for you.
This is it.
In fact, this Periodical makes the interdependencies between the various systems of the body so evident that by the end of this Periodical you should be wondering:
"Why do the average conventional western physicians still not understand what eastern physicians built their medical model around, over 3,000 years ago?"
Note that there is a HUGE difference between having read this just now, and consciously thinking about it and changing your routine as medical consumer by the time you reach the comment box at the end of this Periodical.
Once you have truly taken in the information from
- How to find the right veterinarian (the Periodical before last)
- Stress-free vet visits (prior Periodical) and
- Dog Body Systems and Dog Diseases (this Periodical)
you will no longer accept that your family doctor or animal doctor prescribes you steroids or antibiotics:
- steroids shut down the immune system - how foolish is that, just to suppress some symptoms for a while!?!
- and antibiotics cause harm to all body systems even if(!) they can suppress your symptoms for a while (anti-biotic literally means against life forms).
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So, the next time you have an appointment with your doctor or with your dog's veterinarian, and you go away with a prescription for corticosteroids or other anti-inflammatories or for antibiotics (or the physician wants to use them right there in the office), do yourself a favor and remember this very Periodical - or simply The Author's Personal Plea for Good in any of my books, namely:
Those lab medicaments are only even meant to suppress the symptoms of your health issue! They are used and prescribed by physicians who believe that if the symptoms are gone, so is the health issue. These physicians consider you healthy if they cannot see symptoms. For them: disease = symptoms!
Again: Steroids and antibiotics are not meant to cure the cause and to promote overall health. They are really just a placebo. Of course, those physicians will never admit this to you, they aren't stupid: If they admit this, you would stop paying them for such treatments.
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In this MYGERMANSHEPHERD PERIODICAL:
- Defect, Disorder, Disease - what is it really?
- Brief description of each Body system and how they interact
- Defect, disorder, and disease examples, and their interactions with Body systems
Defect, Disorder, Disease - what is it really?
In order to understand this Periodical about the interdependencies between illness and body systems, we must first agree on the same language. This is all the more important as in common parlance not only laymen but also most physicians(!) use certain terms interchangeably*, although it obviously is helpful to reserve each term for a particular bodily condition. Like you don't say "I'll go to work by plane" when actually you are going by car. Depending on what you have, people treat you very different. Both in terms of transport as in terms of health.
* I am to blame too: In the MYGERMANSHEPHERD Health Manual I too follow common parlance for ease of understanding (ie I use the terms that people are used to).
Think about it: For mutual understanding, it is necessary that when I say "GreedyPup have a super bowl" you understand this not this , and when veterinarians assure you "vaccinations cannot cause diseases" it is necessary that you understand "but vaccinations can cause tons of defects and disorders"!
Because that's the other part of the truth that those veterinarians and governments "forget" to mention (the latter for the reason of herd immunity and the former for income reasons).
Unfortunately, most people don't recognize the differences between disease, defect, and disorder, and the differences between symptom, trigger, and cause, and this is why we have so much over-vaccination and consequently so many autoimmune disorders like Allergies, Arthritis, cancer, Diabetes etc - both in people and in dogs!!
Gosh, for this one advice alone every government in the world should pay millions annually to MYGERMANSHEPHERD.ORG because if only they apply this advice they save billions annually in health care cost!
So, first we need to make sure that we use the same language here, even though elsewhere people don't.
What are you really dealing with?
Other terms like ailment, illness, health issue, and health problem can then be left to be used interchangeably for a defect, disorder, or disease.
1 Note that a symptom generally can only suggest but not identify a specific ailment, as most symptoms can be the sign of any of a large number of ailments. That's why generally a set of symptoms is needed to identify a specific ailment. The exception to both above is a syndrome.
2 Note that in most contexts, people don't differentiate trigger and cause, they only differentiate symptom and cause. However, most ailments have one or more triggers that are not the cause! The critical determinant is: Does the ailment typically show with this factor in other patients as well? Then we consider this factor as the cause. Or does the ailment only coincidentally show with this factor in other patients? Then we consider this factor as a trigger, and to identify the cause you need to answer: What other factor is it that gives rise to the ailment in this particular patient? Is it another pathogen or a genetic abnormality, or an earlier injury, radiation or vaccination, or a chemical substance? - Note that social influence and stress should only be considered a trigger as they don't affect everybody the same way.
3 Note that a pathogen and a chemical substance can be cause or trigger, and that genetic abnormality, injury, radiation, and vaccination would be considered the cause if they typically show with the ailment in other patients as well. Eg an inherited homozygous SOD1 A genetic abnormality causes Degenerative Myelopathy in every patient, an injury to the ear drum from close gun shots causes a hearing defect in every patient, and radiation and vaccination cause autoimmune disorders in every patient. Be aware that most of the time the cause is most difficult to determine, often because there is a considerable time-lag between cause and symptoms.
Here's an example that shows the difference between symptom, trigger, and cause where all three differ: Say, your GSD has painful Diarrhea each time you feed something with beef, but not when you feed something else. Then Diarrhea is the disorder, watery or even bloody feces and noticeable abdominal pain of the dog are two of its symptoms, a beef allergy (likely to one of its amino acids/proteins) is the trigger, and earlier over-vaccination or treatment with antibiotics or corticosteroids is the likely cause.
And here's an example that shows the difference between symptom and cause where trigger and cause arguably are the same (this is primarily with a defect): Say, your GSD bleeds incessantly after a lesion or surgery. Then von Willebrand's Disease (vWD) is the defect, the incessant bleeding is the symptom, and a genetic abnormality is the cause. - Note that vWD actually is a defect, not a 'disease' as common parlance suggests! Also note that some physicians argue that vWD does require a trigger that is different to the cause - most suggest the trigger is an acquired immune system disorder following vaccination: too early, or too frequent, or inadequate chemical adjuvants, or vaccine combination, or while ill! These are the five mistakes so often made with vaccinations.
4 A defect is caused by a genetic abnormality, injury, radiation or vaccination, or caused or triggered by a pathogen or chemical substance. Examples of what actually are defects: von Willebrand's Disease Blood Disorder (note this total mess in common parlance), Degenerative Myelopathy Disease, Hearing defect, Down Syndrome.
5 Note that according to this definition only bacterial, viral, fungal, protozoal and other pathogenic infections can constitute a disease! Also note that the cause of a disease is not necessarily the identified bacterium, virus, fungus, protozoa, or other parasite: If it does not typically affect other patients as well, it only is a trigger, while the cause is one of the other factors (likely a weakened immune system resulting from a chemical substance in a lab medicament or from vaccination)!
6 Note that according to this definition an inherited over/under-production or over/under-utilization of a bodily substance is a defect, disorders can only be acquired. Makes complete sense: Once acquired, they bring the body "out of order" - if the body was already "out of order" at birth, then obviously the body had a defect already at birth (it never was "in order")!
A disorder in form of a physiological dysfunction may be caused by radiation or vaccination, or caused or triggered by a pathogen or a chemical substance. A disorder in form of a psychological disturbance may be triggered by social influence (example: Eating Disorder and other behavioral disorders) or caused or triggered by a pathogen or a chemical substance.
Note that a disorder may be caused or triggered by both a disease or a defect. Likewise, both a disease and a defect may be caused or triggered by a disorder. While a disease is caused or triggered and maintained by an acquired pathogen, a disorder and a defect is not maintained by an acquired pathogen even if it was caused or triggered by such.
7 Examples of syndromes: Cushing's Syndrome - a disorder), Down Syndrome - a defect), Horner's Syndrome - a disorder; anecdotal evidence that it runs in families (which would make it an inherited defect) appears to be based on a frequent misinterpretation: Is the defect inherited, or rather the behavior that causes the disorder?
Frequent misinterpretation: Many people, incl. some scientists (or rather journalists and bloggers who misinterprete scientific findings) argue that a certain ailment is hereditary because it was found that the ailment runs in families. But note that this doesn't mean much:
- If any ailment runs in only a few families (eg like Horner's Syndrome), that doesn't mean it's hereditary. It likely means that the family's behavior is inherited (adopted), rather than the disorder (or in other cases, the defect). Note that pronounced living characteristics are sometimes (consciously or subconsciously) adopted by children, grandchildren, and so forth - and only pronounced living characteristics can lead to a disorder. Good example: Obesity cannot be inherited, it is a disorder. But the behavior that leads to Obesity can be inherited (adopted).
- If an ailment other than a disease shows only later in life, and outside the biological transitions, it almost certainly is a disorder, not an inherited defect. Biological transitions are the obvious puberty, pregnancy, and menopause, as well as less obvious transitions like teething, end of hypertrophy (increase in cell size), end of hyperplasia (increase in rate of cell division), atrophy (wasting away of an organ or other tissue structure), and others.
Conclusions to remember
- Anything immune system related typically is a disorder, very rarely is a defect, and never is a disease (but the disorder may have been caused or triggered by a defect or disease)!
- Allergies, Arthritis, Bloat and Gastric Torsion, Cancer, Diabetes, Epilepsy, Obesity, Hypothyroidism, all are a disorder, not a disease or defect. You can cure all these disorders, if only you don't wait too many years (or in case of Bloat too many minutes)!
- Hip Dysplasia, Panosteitis, Degenerative Myelopathy, GSD downfall, all are an inherited defect, not a disorder or disease. Whether inherited or acquired, a defect is the hardest to cure (it typically requires the addition, replacement, or relocation of a body part). However, in some cases life can be relatively normal if another body part adapts to take over the impaired body function (not body structure).
- Yeast infection of the ear, conjunctivitis in the eye, Periodontitis in the mouth, Pyoderma of the paw, Dermatitis and Hot spots on the skin, Bladder infection, Kennel cough, all are a disease, not a disorder or defect. Diseases can be cured, but if you wait too long the disease may have triggered or caused a defect or disorder which may be much harder to cure!
At this point it is essential that you remember that the lab medicaments of allopathic medicine can only palliate or suppress symptoms - because that's what they have been developed for, what they are meant to do! - they cannot cure you or your dog (even though the palliation or suppression of the symptoms may sometimes leave the impression of cure).
This is why it is so important that you not only understand the differences between defect, disorder, and disease, but also the differences between symptom, trigger, and cause! The MD or DVM that just wrote you a prescription for lab medicaments or radiation therapy, or that just vaccinated your dog or your child, almost certainly does not understand these differences.
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Brief description of each Body system and how they interact
The prior chapter perfectly leads over to the topic of dog body systems, because it is the very lack of differentiation between the terms defined above why conventional western veterinarians (and people doctors alike) don't see the interdependencies between the various body systems as clearly as you hopefully will by the end of this Periodical.
Be aware that (as always) some people classify the body systems slightly different, both in terms of the total number as well as in terms of what each of them comprises. In particular:
- some people argue that the Lymphatic system and the Immune system are one and the same (this is when you hear of 11 Body systems)
- and other people argue that the Cardiovascular system, the Lymphatic system, and the Immune system should be combined into a Circulatory system (this is when you hear of 10 Body systems)
However, the more body systems you can clearly distinguish, the preciser your understanding of defects, disorders, and diseases - and of the interdependencies between symptom, trigger, and cause - will be, hence why we will go with all 12 dog body systems.
Secondly, be aware that some people speak of organ systems rather than body systems. I find that misleading, because most people wouldn't consider some body systems as an organ or having organs, so they'll miss out on a lot of understanding if they hear "organ systems". Again, hence we will go with 12 body systems.
- comprises skin including underlying fat tissue, and hair and nails
- primary function is biological protection: keep inside what belongs to the body, and keep outside what shouldn't reach the inside of the body
- skin protects all body systems from environmental impact (parasites and pathogens)
- hair serves sensory perception which impacts on the nervous system and endocrine system
- subcutaneous fat helps insulation and shock absorption, and is reservoir for fluids, electrolytes, minerals, proteins, nutrients, and energy - all of which is essential for all body systems to function properly!
- skin produces vitamin D which impacts on the digestive system (it regulates intestinal absorption of minerals like calcium), the skeletal system (calcium helps to build strong bones and nails), and the cardiovascular system (it helps regulate blood flow)
- skin contains Langerhans cells which help the immune system
This was just a brief description of what may seem the simplest body system. But would you have thought that the skin has interdependencies with all the other body systems?
Now THINK: Say you or your dog has a skin condition, and you see your conventionally educated doctor or veterinarian for that, and he prescribes say an antibiotic cream (happens all the time!) that is meant to address the symptoms of that skin condition. And you pay for that cream.
Let's assume here the cream is "successful" to control the skin condition (frankly, most times it isn't). Well, you just impacted all the other body systems without even realizing it! This is why, a couple of months later, you are then typically dealing with an array of other health issues. So you are going to see that average MD or DVM again, and he gives you prescriptions for your newest health issues (and you pay again, of course). And so it goes on and on and on.
You could say:
"On every dollar you spend on health care, you will have to spend five more dollars to rectify what the first dollar has done to your health because you spent it so badly."
What a senseless way to spend your money. What a senseless way to deal with your first health issue (the skin condition). What a perfect way to ruin your overall health (or your dog's health).
But this is what happens all the time, to hundreds of millions of dogs and people, all across the western world. And this is why the public health system in each of these nations is in shambles. Because people don't know and don't see the interdependencies between all 12 body systems!
Do yourself a favor (and your bank account): Next time when your dog has ANY health issue (or you have one), THINK first, before you let the veterinarian take action and open your wallet and ruin your dog's health.
- comprises nose, mouth, throat, windpipe, bronchi, lungs, diaphragm, sinuses, etc
- primary function is to absorb oxygen into the bloodstream (inhalation) and removing carbon dioxide from the bloodstream (exhalation)
- thus impacts all body systems via the cardiovascular system
- all cells in the body steadily require this metabolism, thus if the respiratory system does not function well, all body systems instantly suffer as well!
- also helps the integumentary system to regulate body temperature
- also regulates blood pH to help the cardiovascular system
- comprises heart, blood vessels, etc
- primary function is to ensure a steady bloodstream throughout the entire body to support all body systems
- this ensures that all cells in the body receive oxygen from the respiratory system and nutrients from the digestive system to perform their work, and that all cells can get rid of their waste products through the urinary system
- blood vessels are lined with immune cells that help the immune system to fight illness
- comprises kidneys, ureters, urinary bladder, urethra, etc
- primary function is to help the cells of all body systems to get rid of their waste products by filtering the blood and disposing of waste products through the urine
- also regulates electrolytes, fluid and pH balance in the body, so that all body systems can function in the environment they require
- comprises brain, spinal cord and all the nerves that communicate between tissues and the brain and spinal cord
- primary function is to sense and control the entire body (all body systems) via its network of nerve cells and sensory receptors
- directly communicates with the endocrine system via the hypothalamus in the brain by producing and releasing various hormones
- comprises pituitary gland, thyroid glands, adrenal glands, and all organs and tissues that secrete hormones (pancreas, kidneys, liver, stomach, small intestine, heart, skin, thymus, fat tissue, ovaries, testes, and placenta)
- primary function is to produce hormones and to release them into the bloodstream (cardiovascular system) to trigger specific actions when they reach cells with compatible receptors
- For example, it controls sexual development and reproduction (reproductive system), growth, metabolism, and response to external stimuli (eg "flight-or-fight?")
- thus it monitors and controls the entire body (all body systems) via the hormonal balance in the bloodstream
- directly communicates with the nervous system via the hypothalamus in the brain by producing and releasing various hormones
- comprises bone marrow, thymus, tonsils and adenoids, spleen, lymph nodes, liver, antibodies and other proteins, hormones, 16 different types of white blood cells (leukocytes), and all the vital bacteria that modulate the just listed primary constituents of the immune system
- primary function is to work together with the integumentary system, lymphatic system, and cardiovascular system to prevent life-threatening infections of cells in all body systems
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