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How Sickness Interacts with Body Systems

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==> Sickness and body systems need to be seen together: Understanding sickness is a prerequisite for treatment!

12 Body systems in dogs and people

First note: Over the years this very Periodical has become so advanced that it may well "stretch" readers who haven't "grown" with the medical lingo through prior Periodicals, because I now frequently link to this Periodical even in books and articles that are rather for "beginners" at MYGERMANSHEPHERD.ORG. If you reached it this way, don't feel "stretched", just re-read this as often as you need to fully understand it: It is worth every minute you invest. It saves lives, it saves health, and it saves you tons of money too!

In the prior MYGERMANSHEPHERD PERIODICAL Stress-free vet visits we learned that stress impairs all 12 body systems:

12 body systems

...and that body systems is a topic so helpful to understand in terms of your dog's health and your own health that I was willing to work on an extra Periodical on this very topic for you. This is it. A Periodical that is decades ahead of mainstream medicine.

In fact, this Periodical makes the interactions between the various body systems so evident and the understanding of medicine so easy (hopefully) that by the end of this Periodical you may be wondering: "Why do the average conventional western physicians still not understand what eastern physicians built their medical model around, over 3000 years ago?" - Namely:

Before you address some symptoms in one body system, you must understand the ramifications this will cause in all the other body systems!

Because if you don't, you will soon have to attend to ever more symptoms as you are causing a chain reaction with your intervention! eek

Therefore better don't address symptoms at all, but address the cause of your sickness.

Note that there is a HUGE difference between having read this just now, and consciously thinking about it and changing your habit as medical consumer by the time you reach the comment box at the end of this Periodical. idea

Once you have truly taken in the information from

you will no longer accept that your family physician or animal physician makes you pay for medication that merely palliate or suppress some symptoms.

Or shorter, we can say, once you understand the Foundation of Health and you agree with the Purpose of Treatment, you will insist to pay for CURE, instead that they make you pay for ever more rounds of palliation or suppression of some symptoms!

So, the next time you have an appointment with your MD or with your dog's veterinarian, and they want you to pay for corticosteroids or other anti-inflammatories or for antibiotics, do yourself (and your bank account!) a favor and remember this very Periodical (or at least The Author's Personal Plea for Good in every of my books). Because:

Steroids and NSAIDs, painkillers and antidepressants etc, all those lab medication are only even meant to palliate or suppress the symptoms of your sickness, or your dog's sickness. They are really just a placebo. They have not been developed and so they are not prescribed to cure you or your dog! They are prescribed by allopathic physicians: physicians who believe that "when the symptoms are gone, so is the health issue". Physicians who consider you healthy when you do not show symptoms. For them: Disease = symptoms! Disorder = symptoms! Defect = symptoms!

But hey! They don't differentiate those three anyway: Allopathic physicians speak of disease when in fact you may be having a disorder or a defect. And so their treatment attempts are just as diffuse. But who cares? You have been paying them anyway. rolleyes


Sickness? What sickness?

In order to understand your dog's health, and your own health, 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 different terms interchangeably, although obviously it is helpful to reserve each term for a particular bodily condition. Like you don't say "I go to work by plane" when actually you go by car. Depending on what you have, people treat you very different. Both in terms of transport and in terms of health.

Think about it: For mutual understanding, it is necessary that when I say "GreedyPup have a super bowl" you understand
this super eat slow bowl
not this super bowl play.
And when veterinarians assure you "vaccinations cannot cause diseases" it is necessary that you understand "but vaccinations can cause tons of disorders and defects"!

Because that's the other part of the truth that those veterinarians "forget" to mention (for income reasons), and government agencies "forget" to mention that too (for the reason of herd immunity).

They all get away with that, because most people don't recognize the differences between disease, defect, and disorder, nor between symptom, trigger, and cause, nor between allergy, infection, and inflammation, etc. And this is why we have so much over-vaccination and steroid prescriptions, and consequently so many costly immune system disorders like Allergies, Arthritis, Diabetes, Cancer etc, both in people and in dogs! eek


If you really want to help your dog, and yourself, and your family, you must understand what makes different things different: We cannot continue to confuse a disorder with a disease etc, because we see that this lack of clarity has resulted in costly and failing treatment attempts.

What are you really dealing with?


What is it really?

  • Symptom is a physiological, microbiological, or behavioral sign that may suggest a defect, disorder, or disease.1
  • Trigger is what contributes to activate a defect, disorder, or disease. This may be another defect, disorder, or pathogen, or an allergen, prion, or chemical substance (in medication, "food", household, or environment), or a mutation, injury, radiation, or vaccination, or stress, or social influence.2
  • Cause is the one circumstance that originates a defect, disorder, or disease. This may be another defect, disorder, or pathogen, or a mutation, injury, radiation, vaccination, or chemical substance (in medication, "food", household, or environment).3
  • Syndrome is a symptom or more often a set of symptoms that may reliably identify a defect, disorder, or disease that we cannot yet specify or classify more precisely.4
  • Defect is an inherited or acquired impairment of an organ, body structure, or body function other than a disorder.5
  • Disorder is an acquired physiological dysfunction of an organ or body system that shows as over/under-production or over/under-utilization of a bodily substance, or an acquired psychological disturbance.6
  • Disease is an acquired pathogenic change in bodily tissue.7
  • Allergy is a disorder of the immune system where it responds to an allergen as if it was a pathogen.8
  • Infection is the occupation of an organism with bacterial, viral, fungal, protozoal, or parasitic pathogens past its defense system that trigger disease.9
  • Inflammation is the response of the defense system to an infection (disease) or to a physiological dysfunction (disorder) or - rarely - to some other bodily impairment (defect).10
  • Defense system is the aggregate of anatomical, mechanical, and immunological defense mechanisms of an organism to protect itself from harm.11
  • Chronic - A condition is chronic when its symptoms (including inflammation and pain) are persistent or recurring because healing is outstanding.12
  • Mutation is an inherited DNA change such that some amino acid sequences are different from the norm (with that norm being considered healthy), and such that this same change appears in the genetic code of one or both direct ancestors. Conversely, an acquired DNA change is a variance.13


Other terms like sickness, illness, ailment, condition, health issue, health problem etc, can then be left to be used as interchangeable surrogate as long as we don't know or don't care(??) what we are dealing with: defect, or disorder, or disease.

Be aware that our clear, precise, and consistent medical definitions clarify that a lot of what common parlance suggests is a "disease" or "disorder" actually is something else - and thus is subject to different circumstances than what common parlance suggests, and therefore also is subject to different treatment than what is ordinarily prescribed and paid for!

Helpful notes:

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 describe a specific ailment.

Also be aware that symptoms initially show only in one body system, and interestingly the cause of the defect, disorder, or disease typically is to be found in a different body system and already affects all body systems!

2 Note that in most contexts, people don't differentiate trigger and cause, they only differentiate symptom and cause. However, most ailments have many triggers that are not the cause! The critical determinant is:

  • Does this circumstance have the same effect on every organism (dog or person), then we consider this circumstance the cause.
  • Or does this circumstance have the observed effect only on some organisms (dog or person), then we consider this circumstance a trigger,
  • and to identify the cause we need to answer: Which other circumstance does every organism with this ailment share?
  • Is it another defect, disorder, or pathogen, or a mutation, or earlier injury, radiation, or vaccination, or a chemical substance (in medication, "food", household, or environment)?

Note that an allergen, prion, social influence, and stress can only be a trigger because they don't affect everybody the same way.

3 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 (and their diagnosis), and because the medical approach of ordinary allopathic physicians is to suppress or palliate the symptoms which can make it impossible for a more completely educated ("holistic") physician to identify the cause retrospectively.

Note that (another) defect, disorder, or pathogen, or a mutation, injury, radiation, vaccination, or chemical substance (in medication, "food", household, or environment) can be cause or trigger, and they are the cause only if they have the same effect on every organism (person or dog):

  • For example an inherited homozygous SOD1 A mutation causes Degenerative Myelopathy in every patient.
  • An injury to the ear drum from close gun shots causes a hearing defect in every patient.
  • Only a certain amount and type of radiation causes immune system disorders in every patient, and so in all other cases radiation is a trigger of the defect or disorder in question.
  • Likewise with vaccination: Most times vaccination triggers immune system disorders and other disorders, but a particularly foolish vaccination protocol might cause say anaphylactic shock in every patient (the six key mistakes made with vaccinations: too early, too frequent, vaccine combination, inadequate chemical adjuvants, vaccination while sick!, or vaccination while under the influence of immunosuppressants!).
  • The same with chemical substances (in medication, "food", household, or environment): Most times they will trigger a disorder or defect in some patients. But certain chemical substances, even in small amounts (and many in large enough amounts), would cause the observed ailment in every patient.

Now here's an example that shows the difference between symptom, trigger, and cause where all three differ: Say, your dog has painful Diarrhea each time you feed something with beef, but not when you feed anything else. Then Diarrhea is the digestive system 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 key mistakes made with vaccinations or treatment with antibiotics or steroids or NSAIDs is the likely cause: The links explain how all of these cause immune system disorders, and an allergy is exactly that!

And here's an example where trigger and cause arguably are the same (this is primarily with a defect): Say, your dog bleeds incessantly after a lesion or surgery. Then von Willebrand Defect (vWD) is the defect (indeed a defect, not a disease!), the incessant bleeding is one of its symptoms, and a mutation is the cause (one that arguably does not require a trigger, although some physicians argue that vWD does require a trigger that is different from the cause, most suggest the trigger is an acquired immune system disorder following vaccination).

4 Examples of syndromes: Cushing's Syndrome (a disorder), Down Syndrome (a defect), Horner's Syndrome (a disorder). Anecdotal evidence that Horner's Syndrome "runs in families" and is an inherited defect appears to be based on a frequent misinterpretation: Is the defect inherited, or rather the behavior copied that causes the disorder? More detail under Inherited or Acquired?

5 A defect is caused by a mutation, a pathogen, injury, radiation, vaccination, or a chemical substance (in medication, "food", household, or environment), and caused or triggered by a pathogen, prion, chemical substance (in medication, "food", household, or environment), or poor diet (nutritional deficiency).

Examples of what actually are defects: von Willebrand Defect (being commonly called "von Willebrand disease blood disorder", note this total mess in common parlance), Degenerative Myelopathy (being commonly called "Degenerative Myelopathy disease", which is wrong), Hearing defect, Down Syndrome.

Be aware that inherited defects are much rarer than commonly perceived, because:

  • Most DNA changes are acquired during lifetime and not heritable, ie a variance not a mutation as per above definitions.
  • Over the millions of years evolution has developed a significant arsenal of safeguards that work to:
    1. prevent that an existing mutation is passed on to offspring
    2. deactivate defective genes that nonetheless made it to be passed on to offspring
    3. activate other genes that compensate for some or all of the effect caused by defective genes that could not be deactivated.
  • This is why even an inherited gene abnormality (mutation) results in an inherited defect in only some individuals.
  • To be truly inherited, the defect must be caused by a mutation in the genetic code that results in the particular defect in every organism with that mutation (dog or person).
  • Else the observed mutation is just a trigger, and then every ailment (defect, disorder, and disease!) would have to be considered an inherited defect because the genetic code (with any and all its mutations) is a trigger for everything, including that we breathe!

More on this topic under Inherited or Acquired.

6 A disorder in form of a physiological dysfunction can be caused or triggered by radiation, vaccination, a pathogen, a chemical substance (in medication, "food", household, or environment), or poor diet (nutritional deficiency). A disorder in form of a psychological disturbance can be triggered by stress or social influence (example: Eating Disorder and other behavioral disorders) or caused or triggered by a pathogen, a chemical substance (in medication, "food", household, or environment), or poor diet (nutritional deficiency).

Be aware that a disorder can be caused or triggered by both a disease or a defect. Likewise, both a disease and a defect can 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.

Also note that 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"!

7 Keep in mind that only bacterial, fungal, viral, protozoal, or parasitic infections can constitute a disease, and diseases can only be acquired! Also be aware that the cause of a disease is not necessarily the identified bacterium, fungus, virus, protozoa, or parasite: If it does not have the same effect on every organism (person or dog), it only is a trigger, while the cause is a different circumstance, likely an immune system disorder resulting from a chemical substance (in medication, "food", household, or environment), from poor diet (nutritional deficiency), or from vaccination.

8 Note that an allergy never is a "disease", it is a disorder, triggered by an allergen. An allergen is a non-pathogenic substance, meaning it does not trigger an infection, only an inflammation.

Be aware that an allergen can only trigger a disorder, because an allergen does not have the same effect on every organism (person or dog). In fact, characteristic of an allergen is that it affects only some organisms, while most not at all.

Allergens are substances without nucleic acid genome (non-living substances), while pathogens do have a genetic code (they are living organisms): bacteria, fungi, viruses, protozoa, and parasites. Keep in mind that allergens trigger disorders, pathogens trigger diseases.

According to this clear differentiation, prions actually trigger a defect, not a disease:

  • Prions are malformed proteins, without nucleic acid genome, they are not living organisms, and so prions are not pathogens.
  • Prions are not allergens either, they don't trigger a disorder: As far as is known today, there is no over/under-production or over/under-utilization of a bodily substance associated with prions.
  • But prions clearly are an acquired impairment of an organ, body structure, or body function, and so prions trigger a defect.

9 Infection: Pathogenic occupation of an organism can be either infiltration with new pathogens or subjugation by existing pathogens.

10 Note that an inflammation signals the start of healing. Where an infection (disease) results in an inflammation, the pathogen has managed to get past the body's defense system, and so the inflammation is a necessity for the chance of healing because it is the inflammation that informs the defense army to reassemble right there. Likewise, where a physiological dysfunction (disorder) or other impairment (defect) results in an inflammation, the defense system considers the disorder or defect to be past the chance of successful autoregulation by the body systems, and so again the inflammation is required for a chance of healing.

When you suppress or palliate the inflammation with anti-inflammatory drugs you prevent healing, because no amount of drugs or other treatment can replace any body system nor emulate the intricate interactions between all body systems. All 12 body systems are essential for a fully functional healthy human or canine organism.

Be aware that not every inflammation involves pain, not even where the inflammation is chronic. This is because an individual's susceptibility to feel pain depends on far more circumstances than the presence and extent of an inflammation. Generally speaking, acute inflammation triggers discomfort through itching or other hypersensitivity, while an infection more often triggers pain.

11 All body systems play a role in the defense system. The immune system controls the immunological defense, and the other body systems help with anatomical defense and mechanical defense mechanisms, and some body systems also help with immunological defense, in particular the digestive system, lymphatic system, and cardiovascular system.

12 Note that symptoms can be chronic because symptoms may show only intermittently:

  1. subject to internal or more often external triggers
  2. subject to how far the defense system got with the healing process
  3. and subject to the all too common suppression or palliation of symptoms with medication or other treatment by allopathic physicians.

Conversely, it doesn't make sense to speak of a "chronic defect", "chronic disease", or "chronic disorder":

  • By definition a disease exists exactly for as long as there is a pathogenic change in bodily tissue (and thereafter it may well have caused or triggered a disorder or defect).
  • Likewise a defect exists exactly for as long as there is an impairment of an organ, body structure, or body function other than a disorder (and again, thereafter it may well have caused or triggered a disorder or disease).
  • Also a disorder exists exactly for as long as there is a physiological dysfunction ... or a psychological disturbance (and thereafter it may well have caused or triggered a defect or disease).

Most importantly, the disease, defect, or disorder exists until cured (where possible), while some of its symptoms may show only intermittently, for the three reasons mentioned above. When the same symptoms reappear, at the same location or somewhere else, we rightfully speak of chronic symptoms. Yet the disease, defect, or disorder was always there, and continues to be until cured (where possible).

Also note that chronic inflammation and chronic pain is a common symptom of a progressive disorder, progressive disease, or progressive defect. Indeed, chronic inflammation commonly triggers further disorders - which to allopathic physicians often seem unrelated, but are in fact very much related to the original ailment! Compare these ramifications of chronic inflammation to the ramifications of acute inflammation above.

Further, be aware that chronic infection requires an underlying disorder or defect that facilitates repeated infection, and so disease cure requires that you cure the underlying disorder or defect first: In case of an underlying disorder it will be some form of immune system disorder, in case of an underlying defect it will be an integumentary system defect, respiratory system defect, or digestive system defect.

13 Be aware that an inherited defect requires an inherited DNA change, ie a mutation existing in the genetic code. This is important to keep in mind because radiation, some chemical substances (in medication, "food", household, or environment), and some pathogens are known to cause an acquired variance in the genetic code that is non-heritable. This is an acquired defect.

Inherited or Acquired?

This is another essential clarification we need to address here, because too many people (incl. some physicians) argue that a certain ailment is hereditary and so not preventable after birth, and because so many MDs and vets prescribe treatments that make no sense from the outset.

Let's address here the five key misconceptions whether a certain ailment is inherited or acquired:

1First of all, only a defect can be inherited, disorders and diseases can only be acquired. That's why all the above is fundamental, it must be understood in order to appreciate this otherwise inconceivable statement:

Only a defect can be inherited, disorders and diseases can only be acquired.

If unclear why, just re-read our medical definitions. Admittedly, nothing like this is easy the first time we hear of it, even when we are entirely open-minded. Remembering your first car driving lesson? Phew!

2When a newborn baby or puppy carries a defect, this by itself does not mean that the defect is inherited. Many defects (and disorders and diseases too) are acquired prenatal in the uterus or through the umbilical cord.

To be an inherited defect, there has to be a mutation existing in the genetic code that one or both ancestors also have, and that causes the same defect in every affected organism. Because if not, it is an acquired defect and all that has been found is one of many triggers, or worse: coincidence.

3When it was found that a certain ailment "runs in families", this by itself does not mean that the ailment is an inherited defect, not even that it is a defect at all. Great examples, and all relevant for both people and dogs: Arthritis, Diabetes, Obesity, Cancer. Truly GREAT EXAMPLES! Because:

  • all of these "were found to run in families"
  • yet all of these are not inherited
  • and all of these are not even a defect at all.

In fact, Arthritis, Diabetes, Obesity, and Cancer all are acquired disorders. Acquired disorders, yes! None is an inherited defect, no! eek

Unless the cause of an ailment is a mutation existing in the genetic code (known or yet unknown), the discovery "it runs in families" may mean that the family's behavior is adopted, rather than a defect inherited.

Is the defect inherited, or rather the behavior adopted that causes the disorder?

Pronounced living characteristics are sometimes (consciously or subconsciously) adopted by children, grandchildren, and so forth. Only pronounced living characteristics can lead to a disorder, and disorders cannot be inherited.

Alternatively it may mean that the affected descendants are affected by the same (or another) pathogen or chemical substance (in medication, "food", household, or environment) that causes the observed genetic variance and/or the diagnosed acquired disorder, defect, or even disease.

4If an ailment other than a disease shows only later in life, and outside the biological transitions, it almost certainly is not an inherited defect, but a disorder or an acquired defect (in this order). Inherited defects exist before birth, and so they either show right from birth or they start to show with biological transitions.

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.

A truly inherited defect that does not show from birth needs a strong trigger in order to suddenly show later in life. The kind of trigger that can activate an inherited defect is either:

  • a biological transition
  • or an acquired progressive disorder or acquired progressive disease.

5The increased incidence of a certain ailment in some breeds (like say the German Shepherd Dog) by itself does not suggest a genetic predisposition (which would make it an inherited defect, nothing else). A genetic predisposition requires a mutation existing in the genetic code (known or yet unknown).

The increased incidence of a certain ailment in some breeds (whether disorder, disease, or defect) suggests that:

  • either the respective dog breeds are born with an overall weaker immune system that from the outset is unable to prevent the particular ailment
  • or the immune system of the respective dog breeds is more readily and specifically harmed:
    1. first by vaccinations and cell toxins in medication and pet "food"
    2. then by radiation (X-rays)
    3. and finally by a pathogen or a chemical substance (in medication, "food", household, or environment).

Indeed, this is the very order puppies are brought up! And what they are subjected to in allopathic medicine. Have you noticed?

Key causes of an overall harmed and/or specifically harmed immune system?

  • Inbreeding: Be aware that dog breeds with a history of heavy inbreeding naturally have an overall much weaker immune system from the outset. And no surprise, often it is indeed the dog breeds with a history of heavy inbreeding that show a higher incidence of many different ailments! eek
  • Lifestyle of dog and owner: Keep in mind that certain breeds are typically held by certain dog owners. Owners of say a German Shepherd, a Yorkshire Terrier, a Chihuahua, a St. Bernard etc, keep and treat their dogs typically markedly different, and yet certain characteristics of that "lifestyle" are shared by the German Shepherd breed and the St. Bernard breed (owner), while not shared by the Yorkshire Terrier breed and the Chihuahua breed (owner). And so on, you get the point. These lifestyle characteristics may be so pronounced that they cause specific harm to the immune system, and indeed to other body systems too.

What lifestyle characteristics? Well, consider for example:

  • Is the dog breed typically owned by people who are "standard allopathic customers"? You know, 6 vaccinations by age 6 weeks or so, another 6 vaccinations before age 6 months, and then the whole shebang every year again when the postcard arrives: "It's time for your dog's vaccinations". In addition, X-rays from as early as age 8 weeks or so. And blanket treatments with antibiotics, even as "prophylaxis"!! Also blanket treatments with steroids and/or NSAIDs. And on and on. All the "goodness" of the doctrine of allopathic medicine. rolleyes
  • Is the dog breed typically owned by people who are receptive to the glossy marketing of the pet "food" industry, maybe just overcredulous, or maybe feeling "too busy at work"? You know, raising the dog on Royal Canin, Taste of the Wild, Lams, or other crap sold at the price of french cousine food. "Treating" the dog to that "great dog treat" that was on offer at the supermarket - which got them almost straight from the rendering plant. And on and on. All the packaged "goodness" of the waste of our modern food chain. rolleyes
  • Is the dog breed typically owned by city-dwellers, or by suburbians? Owners who visit dog parks, or who walk past bins? Is their dog off-leash or on-leash?
    Factors like these have a dramatic impact for example on the chance for and extent of complete and natural immunization, as opposed to the very much incomplete and selective immunization that vaccinations offer - and consequently the amount of disorders they cause! All wonderfully explained by our top immunologist in the Dog Expert Interviews with Reviews.
  • There is so much more to consider, but let's stop here.

No one seems to have done research in this direction but it is common sense that some dog breeds with their owners share a very similar "lifestyle", while some other dog breeds with their owners share another "lifestyle", and so on. These lifestyle characteristics (both choices and necessities) must significantly contribute to a higher incidence of certain ailments in certain breeds, so much is common sense too. And indeed, for different ailments different combinations of breeds, because some lifestyle characteristics trigger quite specific harm to different body systems!

So let's wait and see when an institute with the necessary funding catches up on these thoughts. Keep in mind that none of all the above, not even our basic medical definitions play a role in mainstream medicine yet, they are neither understood nor applied. Be amazed yourself: here are Google search links to the "top results" rolleyes of Disease, Disorder, Defect, Symptom, Trigger, Cause, Infection, Inflammation, Chronic, inherited Defect, autoimmune Disorder, ... eek

Do you see the contradictions in diagnosis? The hypocrisy? The mishmash in treatment protocols?

Great! We are only half-way through this MYGERMANSHEPHERD PERIODICAL and you are already way more streetwise than your MD and your vet. Congratulations! smile

First Part Conclusions

for Sickness? What sickness?

  • Cancer, Allergies, Arthritis, Bloat or Gastric Torsion, Diabetes, Epilepsy, Obesity, Hypothyroidism, all are a disorder, not a disease or defect. You can cure all these disorders, if only you:
    • support the health of all body systems with only natural UNprocessed foods!
    • prevent cell intoxication from chemical substances in medication, "food", household, or environment, in particular decline to pay for any steroids and NSAIDs, also avoid all antibiotics unless you are facing a life-threatening condition - almost certainly not!
    • don't wait too many years (or in case of Bloat or Gastric Torsion too many minutes), benefit from frequent checkups and take the here described remedial action immediately!
  • Be aware that the human and the canine organism has an incredible healing power all on its own, else you and your dog wouldn't even exist(!) so many pathogenic attacks the human and canine organism have successfully thwarted every single day for tens of thousands of years!
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  • 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 many cases life can be relatively normal when another body part is allowed to adapt to take over the impaired body function (not body structure).
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  • When soon thereafter the same or new symptoms reappear, at the same location or somewhere else, the standard allopathic physician will consider those symptoms as a new UNrelated ailment, will prescribe treatment as if there have been no treatment attempts in the past, and will make you pay for every new round of treatment and prescription of more lab medication.
  • Because remember, vets run a business, while you raise a dog.

Body Systems and their Interactions

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 interactions and interdependencies between the various body systems as clearly as you hopefully will by the end of this Periodical.

body systems interactions and interdependencies

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 will be your understanding of defects, disorders, and diseases, and of the interdependencies between symptom, trigger, and cause, 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 why we will go with 12 body systems.

Integumentary system

  • Integumentary systemcomprises 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 to fight off pathogens

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 some of the rather unpleasant symptoms of that skin condition. And you pay for that cream.

Let's assume here the cream is "successful" to control the symptoms of that 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 further 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. sad

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."

The same applies to what you spend on health care for your dog.

What a senseless way to spend your money. What a foolish 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. rolleyes

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 the medical consumers and their physicians don't know and don't care what the cause of their health issue is, and that already their first medical treatment (and each thereafter) impacted on all 12 body systems and their interactions!

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 your MD or veterinarian prescribe treatment of mere symptoms and you open your wallet and you pay and ruin your dog's health or your own health.

Respiratory system

  • Respiratory systemcomprises nose, mouth, throat, windpipe, bronchi, lungs, diaphragm, sinuses, etc
  • primary function is to absorb oxygen into the bloodstream (inhalation), to filter/clean the inhaled air to remove pathogens, and then to remove carbon dioxide from the bloodstream before 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 health of all body cells via the cardiovascular system

Cardiovascular system

  • Cardiovascular systemcomprises heart, blood vessels, etc
  • primary function is to ensure a steady bloodstream throughout the entire body to nurture all cells with oxygen from the respiratory system and with nutrients from the digestive system
  • this allows all body cells to perform their work, and also to remove their metabolic waste products with the bloodstream and through the urinary system
  • blood vessels are lined with immune cells that help the immune system to fight pathogens

Urinary system

  • Urinary systemcomprises kidneys, ureters, urinary bladder, urethra, etc
  • primary function is to help the cells of all body systems to remove their metabolic waste products by filtering the blood in the kidneys and disposing of waste products through urine
  • also regulates electrolytes, fluid and pH balance in the body, so that all cells can function in the environment they require

Nervous system

  • Nervous systemcomprises brain, spinal cord and all the nerves that communicate between tissues and brain and spinal cord
  • primary function is to sense and control all body systems via its network of nerve cells and sensory receptors
  • directly communicates with the endocrine system via the hypothalamus in the brain to produce and release various hormones to help all body cells to function

Endocrine system

  • Endocrine systemcomprises 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 via the cardiovascular system to trigger specific actions when they reach cells with compatible receptors
  • For example, it controls sexual development and reproduction (reproductive system), growth (integumentary system, skeletal system, muscular system etc), metabolism (digestive system, endocrine system, cardiovascular system etc), and response to external stimuli (eg "flight-or-fight?")
  • thus it monitors and controls the entire body via the hormonal balance in the bloodstream
  • directly communicates with the nervous system via the hypothalamus in the brain to produce and release various hormones to help all body cells to function

Immune system

  • Immune systemcomprises 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, cardiovascular system, and digestive system to destroy infiltrating pathogens as well as own cells that have gone awry and become a risk to the health of all body systems
  • Note that a strong immune system doesn't come from vaccinating (which only provides incomplete and selective immunization), but from lots of natural training the immune system to fight all the non-life-threatening diseases!

At this point it's worth to briefly discuss the common term "autoimmune": you've heard "autoimmune disease" and "autoimmune disorder" (while "autoimmune defect" is used rarely). I stopped using the term "autoimmune" altogether because:

Lymphatic system

Muscular system

  • Muscular systemcomprises muscles, tendons, ligaments, etc
  • primary function is movement - note that the movement of your body parts that you see or feel is insignificant compared to all the micro-movements that your muscles, tendons, and ligaments perform unnoticeable inside your body
  • without these well-coordinated micro-movements, all body systems would get misaligned (lose their ideal position) which would risk your overall existence!
  • also serves as reservoir for the hormones of the endocrine system

Skeletal system

  • Skeletal systemcomprises bones, bone marrow, joints, etc
  • primary function is physical protection and structural support for all body systems - without it the large body mass of 16 trillion cells in the dog and 37 trillion cells in the person would fall apart!
  • receives calcium from the digestive system and stores it in the bones to make them strong
  • bone marrow produces three types of blood cells:

Digestive system

  • Digestive systemcomprises mouth, teeth, salivary glands, esophagus, stomach, intestine, pancreas, liver, gall bladder, appendix, rectum, anus, and all the vital bacteria that help the immune system and lymphatic system by releasing their metabolites through the stomach lining and gut lining into the bloodstream (cardiovascular system)
  • primary function is to absorb nutrients from the food to fuel the functionality of all body systems and to allow the naturally occuring beneficial gut bacteria to help the immune system and lymphatic system destroy pathogens and cancer cells
  • releases digestive enzymes to speed up food processing and to enable the metabolism in each and every cell of the body!

Reproductive system

Reproductive system

  • comprises genital organs and tissues, etc
  • primary function is to ensure an accurate reproduction of all body systems when a new puppy or baby is born
  • also produces hormones that work together with the nervous system and the endocrine system.

Second Part Conclusions

for Body Systems and their Interactions

  • body systems human conceptKeep in mind that any tissue, organ, or other body structure is part of several body systems: "organ systems" or "body systems" is just a human concept to help understand the entire organism.
  • There is no label on a tissue structure that reads: "These cells belong to the Digestive system". smile
  • 16 trillion dog body cellsEach body system interacts directly with at least two further body systems, and via those indirectly with all body systems.
  • Indeed, a medium-sized adult male German Shepherd Dog (>35 kg / 77 lb) is made up of about 16 trillion cells, and all 16 trillion dog body cells are interconnected via the functions of all 12 body systems! idea
  • Medical treatments lifecycle impactTherefore, one really cannot treat the cells of one organ, one tissue structure, one body system without affecting all other cells in the body! Impossible.
  • Like you cannot touch one strand of a spider web without making the entire web waver:
    • You will not always see how much the many web strands waver, but the spider organism can sense it and is impacted.
    • Your MD or DVM will not always see how much the many body cells waver, but your organism and your dog's organism can sense it and is impacted!
  • And so you, your MD, and your veterinarian would better:
    • consider the long-term impact today's treatment attempt will have on all future treatment attempts! idea
    • and consider all the ways in which all past treatment attempts affect today's treatment attempt! idea
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  • Thus for anyone with a bit of common sense and education, the segmented treatment of allopathic physicians (or "mainstream" physicians) must appear odd, outright crazy:
    • incomplete treatment history: exactly what treatments did your dog receive at 8w, at 12w, at 6m, at 1y,...?
    • blanket treatments with the standard lab medication: anti-inflammatories, painkillers, antidepressants, and antibiotics
    • split into countless disciplines with little to no communication between them: dentist, internist, radiologist, surgeon, oncologist, cardiologist, orthopedic, ophthalmologist, neurologist, microbiologist, behaviorist, dermatologist, endocrinologist, etc.
  • Of course the specialization is helpful (and only that), but the lack of coordinated treatment across lifetime and across disciplines, the blanket treatment protocols, the unhelpful focus on symptoms, all that is harmful.



Memorize this shorthand:

  • Symptom: Suggests
  • Trigger: Activates
  • Cause: Originates
  • Syndrome: Identifies

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