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5.0 out of 5 stars Only for the perceptive, 7 July 2006
This review is from: Pottenger's Cats: A Study in Nutrition (Paperback)
The sub-title of this book is a study in nutrition which is exactly what it is about. It dates back to the 30s and 40s yet is more applicable in today's world. Its implications are far-reaching yet the study does not seem to have been replicated; I wonder why? Pottenger's own notes (which are also available) make fascinating reading. This treatise set me on the course to further self-study into nutrition and, as the consequence, today (at the age of 75) I am in remarkably good health and biologically I am told that I look and act 15+ years younger than my chronological age! Additionally, I have two Norfolk terriers who are thriving on Pottenger's recommended diet sometimes known among pet owners as the BARF diet. Amazingly, some vets reject Pottenger's findings as the studies were not conducted under today's scientific criteria but, those who do, are acting out of ignorance. The book is best regarded as a primer on nutrition and its principle is worthy of adopting by anyone interested in good health.

Not recommended to readers of fiction!
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Initial post: 6 Nov 2010 08:10:59 GMT
Donald Scott says:
Isn't it a pity that the world of research is dominated by vested interests, than in Pottenger's time? All of his work, including this one challenges the current view that animals (including humans) get sick because they have a lack of anti-inflammatory, analgesic, synthetic hormones or psychotropic compounds. Vets and doctors are trained from their first day by universities and training institutes that are funded by the Pharmacology Corporations with their massive profits. I suppose it follows that all subsequent 'science' will be seen through the Big Pharma prism.

Pottenger wasn't influenced by this culture and his writing is innovatory and fresh, even today. Being a biologist and physiologist at heart, he always acknowledges the part that the innate function of the body plays in health. He can teach us much-particularly if we remain vigilant about the the alleged benefits promised by high technology. Remember the old adage-whoever pays the piper plays the tune!
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