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Canine Nutrigenomics – Must Read!

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  1. Woofielover

    I just got my copy yesterday and am excited to read it as well. It’s just unfortunate a kindle or e-book version wasn’t available to have with me wherever I am! :/

  2. Dori

    Thanks Susan. Just placed my order on Amazon through your link.

  3. Robyn

    Wow! The paperback edition is already out of stock. There is a Kindle edition available.

  4. Gitta

    I have been following the human side of nutrigenomics for quite some time now. And the more I read and learn the more I wonder how come on one hand science uses dogs as animal models for human disease and on the other (feeding them) acts as if dogs are from another planet. Talk about the right hand not wanting to know what the left hand knows. Other than a profit mindset – I see little reason to continue to peddle waste products as ever better and more complete “nutrition” for all life stages. It is such old wisdom that we are what we eat, let food be thy medicine. Since when is rotten diseased flesh and spoiled grains considered “medicine”? No scientist would be so foolish as to promote the typical Western diet as healthy. Well, not for humans. But apparently, scientists do promote the animal version (which is actually even worse) as healthy.

    I do believe that at some point nutrigenomics will make into the mainstream media, into everyday conversations about pet food and then those junk peddlers will have a hard time explaining why they were ignoring science for so many years. They will also have to find other ways to peddle their junk.

    And hopefully veterinarians will catch up. It boggles my mind to know that cancer thrives on carbs, yet the majority of vets ignore the fact the most dry foods are LOADED with carbs. So we pet parents pay for very expensive cancer treatments while we continue to feed the very same cancer with tons of carbs.

    Can’t wait for the book to arrive!

  5. Gitta

    The book is available in Kindle.

  6. debbie

    I know that this may not be the focus of your valuable work, but do you identify those ‘pet’ food manufacturers that do invasive testing on animals, like Iams does? thank you

  7. Jenny Wildes

    Dogwise has this book in stock, just got mine and can’t stop reading ! Wow such great information and you do not have to be a rocket scientist to understand it. Thanks for recomending this book 😀

  8. Gigi

    This is old news. One pet food manufacturer has been using this technology for over 10 years working to improve the lives of pets.

  9. SkeptVet

    Here’s a different perspective on the book. It’s one most of you won’t like, but worth considering.

    Dr. Dodds’ new book is a seamless blending of legitimate and mainstream science, plausible but unproven hypotheses, unlikely or “long-shot” hypotheses, and outright factual error and nonsense. She uses the language and trappings of science, but often the words she uses don’t mean what they are usually used to mean, and the appearance of scientific validity is only superficial.One of the key problems with Canine Nutrigenomics is that legitimate scientific ideas are either extrapolated far beyond what the research evidence supports in order to promote dubious claims. Another weakness is that complex phenomena are simplified to make good and bad outcomes easy to predict and control. There is accurate information in the book, but it is frequently misused. There is also theory, opinion, and guesswork presented as fact and straightforward nonsense in the book, and the purpose of this article is to help readers separate these out and develop a more accurate and realistic assessment of the subject matter than that presented by the authors.

    The most glaring problem with this book is that it really has almost nothing to do with the actual science of nutrigenomics. The word “nutrigenomics” is used here a bit like the word “quantum” is used by homeopaths and other proponents of pseudoscientific practices. Labeling pseudoscience with the name of a legitimate scientific field that most people know little about and don’t really understand allows you to claim a legitimate scientific foundation for your ideas without having to actually explain how they work in detail or adhere to the details of the new or obscure branch of science you are borrowing your legitimacy from.

    While Dr. Dodds’ book is a mixture of fact and fiction, science and pseudoscience, plausible ideas and outright nonsense, overall the work is deeply misleading. It has little at all to do with nutrigenomics or epigenetics, despite the title and claims to the contrary, and it uses real science primarily to give an aura of legitimacy or authority to claims which are unproven or outright false. References are employed in a manner that suggests an academic research summary with conclusions based on scientific evidence. The reality is that the book is a collection of opinions, some plausible and some not, supported in most cases by very little evidence and in some cases clearly contradicted by this evidence. The references employed are often simply other people’s opinions or, in some cases, Dr. Dodds’ own opinions reprinted elsewhere.

    The recommendations made for and against specific feeding practices and dietary supplements are mostly typical for proponents of alternative medicine, and they stem from ideology and philosophical beliefs rather than scientific evidence. Occasionally, such claims turn out to be true, in the manner of a broken clock which happens to be right twice a day but this has little to do with the underlying principles. And while there are a few evidence-based claims here and there in the book, and some recommendations I would agree with, overall Canine Nutrigenomics is misleading, misguided, and in conflict with the best evidence and expert consensus in veterinary nutrition.

    You can find a detailed discussion of the book, and evidence-based investigation of specific claims Dr. Dodds makes in it, here:

    1. Susan Thixton Author

      I’m curious as to why you don’t post your name…if you believe so adamantly that Dr. Dodds book is inferior, why don’t you stand behind those words with your real name (instead of “SkeptVet”). Why are you hiding?

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