Grain Mites, Mycotoxins and GM Crops References:
Book: See Spot Live Longer (Steve Brown/Beth Taylor): Quote: “Recent studies in peer-reviewed veterinary studies worldwide show that the consumption of the carcasses of storage mites that are in the grains used in dog food may be a major contributing factor in symptoms of allergies in dogs.
We first learned about storage mites and skin allergy problem with dogs and cats from Dr. Patricia White of the Atlanta Allergy Clinic during her presentation at the canned or home cooked food for allergic dogs, not dry food. One of the causes of allergy symptoms, she speculates, is storage mites.
Many dogs, like many people, have allergy problems. Highly processed, inappropriate food does not provide our bodies with the tools for a healthy immune system. Exposure to environmental toxin and inappropriate foods sets the stage for our immune systems to become dysfunctional. Were people or dogs with allergies born with weak immune systems? Did they inherit a generic tendency toward these problems from a parent? Was it malnutrition or exposure to toxins or specific allergens when in the womb? Science is just beginning to find answers to these questions. If our immune system works well, we have no problems. It’s the same with dogs, except the allergy symptoms often show on the skin, with hot spots, hair loss, constant generalized itching, licking of paws, and other skin and coat problems. Storage mites are cousins of the dust mite. Storage mites feed on grain; they seem to prefer the broken grains used in dog foods, and particularly love the mold that feed on less than human edible grains. When molds are under stress – being eaten by predators – they secrete the most deadly mycotoxins. When grains are processed into dog food, the carcass of the storage mite remains in the product. Consumption of storage mite carcasses, we’re learning, may be a major cause of the symptoms of skin allergies in dogs.
In a study by Dr. Larry Arlian et al published in the American Journal of Veterinary Research, Jan. 2003, 94% of 84 dogs with Atopic Dermatitis had serum IgE against storage mite antigens. He concluded: Storage mite sensitivity in dogs may be as important, if not more important than dust mite sensitivity”.
A French study, also published in 2002, showed that 120 of 150 dogs with Atopic Dermatitis tested positive for the antigen to either a species of storage mites, dust mites, or both. Dry dog foods are mostly grain, made with low cost, low priority grains with long set times – ideal breeding grounds for storage mites and molds. Storage mites can be in the ingredients used in the dry pet foods, or can be a result of cross-contamination with raw ingredients in the dog food plant after the food was made. The consumption of mycotoxins in unavoidable if a dog eats a grain-based dog food. We’ll document that long term ingestion of low levels of mycotoxins leads to cancer and other health problems.”
Also from the book: For more complete info about mycotoxins: Jan., 2003 report: Mycotoxins: Risks in Plant, Animal, and Human Systems. (international consortium of 37 scientific and professional societies) www.cast-science.org http://www.cast-science.org/publicat...productID=2905
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