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LIVE | Is Expensive Pet Food Really Better, Milk Thistle for Dogs, and more...

A recent article claiming that raw pet food is becoming an "international public health risk" raises concerns but fails to address the bigger issue of antibiotic residues found in commercial meat in the US food supply. Also in this episode, how does grocery store kibble compare to premium and "super premium" dog and cat foods when it comes to toxic elements and heavy metal contamination? Plus more with Rodney Habib and Dr. Karen Becker.

Rodney & Dr. Becker discuss the latest research on nutrition and health in this replay of their weekly Facebook Live in the Inside Scoop. Plus they answer listener questions.

Original LIVE aired 7.12.2021




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In this episode:

Antibiotic resistant bacteria found in the industrial pet food sector (06:20)

Kibble quality: how does grocery store kibble compare to super premium foods? (32:29)

Milk thistle, an herb for dogs and cats with liver disease, high liver enzymes and much more (46:40)

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The Forever Dog - Rodney Habib & Dr. Karen Becker's upcoming book on dog health & longevity


Industrial dog food is a vehicle of multidrug-resistant enterococci carrying virulence genes often linked to human infections

Raw dog food ‘may be fuelling spread of antibiotic-resistant bacteria

Comparison of antimicrobial resistance patterns of Salmonella spp. and Escherichia coli recovered from pet dogs from volunteer households in Ontario

Most US antibiotics fed to healthy livestock

Hogging It report about antibiotic abuse in our food supply

Nutritional Evaluation and Risk Assessment of the Exposure to Essential and Toxic Elements in Dogs and Cats through the Consumption of Pelleted Dry Food: How Important Is the Quality of the Feed?

Aluminum, other minerals found in commercial US dog foods

Effects of silybin supplementation on nutrient digestibility, hematological parameters, liver function indices, and liver-specific mi-RNA concentration in dogs

A nice summary of milk thistle stems, fruit, thistles/flower, roots uses

Milk thistle and its derivative compounds: a review of opportunities for treatment of liver disease

Skin topically: Silymarin improved diet-induced liver damage and insulin resistance by decreasing inflammation in mice

Allergic asthma: Silibinin attenuates allergic airway inflammation in mice

Cancer: Silibinin and colorectal cancer chemoprevention: a comprehensive review on mechanisms and efficacy

Weight loss/insulin resistance: Silymarin improved diet-induced liver damage and insulin resistance by decreasing inflammation in mice

Why animals eating ultra processed foods (containing metals) should eat milk thistle

The Many Faces of Silybum marianum (Milk Thistle): Part 1 - Treating Cancer and Hyperlipidemia and Restoring Kidney Function

Silymarin and diabetic nephropathy

Neuroprotective potential of silymarin against CNS disorders: insight into the pathways and molecular mechanisms of action

The chemical composition of a cold-pressed milk thistle seed flour extract, and its potential health beneficial properties

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