A wonderfully comprehensive (mostly) look at the budding science of nutrigenomics for dogs -though just as easily applicable to us humans!
Dodds covers a lot of ground in this book, looking at how nutrition effects the expression of genes (epigenetics) and the very best ways to harness this new information to create total health and disease prevention in our dogs. Topics discussed include functional vs non-functional foods, specialized approaches in diet to aid weight control, arthritis, cancer, behavioral and cognitive decline, etc.
So why not five stars? Aside from all of the things I liked, I had two major issues with the book:
1) There was absolutely NO mention of toxicity, and in particular heavy metal toxicity , and it’s effects on genetic expression and overall health (something that is especially impactful).
2) The disappointingly tiny amount of information on nutrigenomic approaches to behavioral conditions, which is the biggest reason I purchased the book to begin with. Dodds limited the section to basically pushing Tryptophan and Tyrosine supplementation, which, depending on which source you chose to listen to, may or may not be a safe thing to do. The research I’ve done on my own indicates there are innumerable environmental and nutritive factors that can play a major role in behavioral epigenetics/nutrigenomics. Just spend five minutes researching Autism and nutrition/toxicity and you will learn 100x more regarding this subject than is covered in this book (http://www.tacanow.org/ is a great resource for this info, btw). Continue reading “Canine Nutrigenomics – The New Science of Feeding Your Dog for Optimum Health by W. Jean Dodds, Diana R. Laverdure”