HOUSEHOLD DISASTER PREPAREDNESS
October 30, 2012
Your Wellness as a Survival Tool: The Dog Story.
Why are nutritional supplements news for households planning their own disaster preparedness? Haven't supplements been around a while? Well, yes and no.
The concept of supplements for your household disaster brings two news items. First, genetically modified foods are becoming so depleted of nutrients that harvests today will become the depleted foods on your shelf in time of emergency.
The second news is that science has determined that recommended daily dosages of vitamins, nutritionals and others are far under-estimated for what the body really needs. The body actually requires much more in nutrition. Diabetes experts, for instance, now routinely recommend megadoses of nutritionals to patients.
This brings me to what I call The Dog Story. My wife and I attended a business convention in Utah. Headed for home, we shared a courtesy shuttle with some other conventioneers. One of them was Victoria, who had elected to take supplements to aid her recovery from a heart transplant. Victoria wanted to tell us her story, not about her transplant, but about her dog.
Victoria loved to feed her dog those doggie treats. Those treats looked like tablets. The dog loved the doggie treats and everything was fine until the day Victoria found her big-box supply of her Vitamin D cannister rolling around empty on the floor and a few loose tablets. The dog mistook the vitamins for doggie treats and ate hundreds of them.
Victoria rushed her dog to the veterinarian. The doctor verified that the dog swallowed a stomachful of tablets, then he told her to say good-bye to her pet and to stay with him in the clinic until the end.
But the end didn't come.
Hours passed. Shouldn't he be dead by now? Why isn't he even sick?
The doctor surmised from the evidence: some vitamins are not as potent as consumers believe; they may have the vitamin in the capsule, sure, but it cannot be utilized by the body. It's in every capsule in order to be legal as advertised, but it cannot be absorbed by the body.
This made her mad. Victoria had mixed emotions, of course: her dog was alive and well, but she had not received what she paid for, in every manner of speaking. Not only was Victoria cheated out of her value, but she also wasted precious confidence and faith in the concept, and she wasted precious time in improving her post-transplant quality of life.
Victoria's experience is a story of bioavailability, or the lack of it, that is. Bioavailability is the chemical formulation of the product such that the body can utilize it. It's a more expensive manufacturing process, so only the leading companies really put this formulation into their quality.
This experience is also what brought Victoria to the same convention we were attending.
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The importance of being alert and at your healthiest as part of survival plans is that it is good for the country when more citizens make it out alive and well on the other side. Disasters have a nasty habit of generating threatening new policy, health care quality, dependency, our more burdens on our economy and freedoms.
In a world where supplements seem to have been around for a long time, they really haven't been present at all where they belong: in the body. Some companies emphasize bioavailability and deliver it, and that feature is news for any household making nutritional supplements a very important quality-of-life part of their disaster preparedness plan on so many levels.