Dear Dr. Harvey’s Team, Thanks for asking how Beazer liked the food! He LOVES it! I am so happy… as feeding him since his diagnosis of diabetes 2 years ago had been a struggle.
I had allergy testing done a couple years ago, as he was always itchy (Westie). After many years of steroid use to treat itchy skin, ….I feel certain that’s why Beaz developed diabetes.
I had allergy tests done, and …. its THREE pages long. In short he’s allergic to almost all outside grasses, trees and such.. and almost all meats! Historically, I would find a food that might work, they would include some
potato, corn, or filler, that he is allergic to. I was getting more and more exasperated… as his sugars were never really controlled… a “good” read for him was in the 200s.. not optimal!
After only 5 days on the Paradigm, his glucose was at 170 when he was 7 hour post insulin!!! Never happens!! I was elated.
I am planning to do a glucose curve then the new bag arrives. I am so hopeful!
Thanks so much… as Beazer is a true “case"! I’m including a recent picture of Beazer, who will be 14 years on February 5th!
My Very Best,
Meet Karma, our 4-year-old rescue beagle. We rescued Karma 2 years ago after someone hit her & left her to die on the side of the road. By the time someone found her, her broken hip had already started to heal. Once we rescued her, we found out she had heart worms. It was heart breaking to watch her go through treatments.
It took her a very long-time stop being afraid of shadows from lamps. She’s come so far over the last 2 years & she’s grown into the sweetest dog.
My husband & I moved to Charleston, SC from Wilmington, NC four months ago. Two weeks after we moved, Karma got a very aggressive form of breast cancer. We gave her a bath one night & felt no abnormalities. The next day she had a 3″ × 1″ area on her belly that had numerous malignant tumors. We were devastated. It literally happened over night. She had absolutely no symptoms & if anything, she was the happiest she’s ever been. Given her young age & lack of symptoms, we agreed to pursue treatment which we knew would most likely be surgery.
We took her to a walk-in clinic & the second the vet saw the tumors she said we needed to operate ASAP. She recommended a local vet that she knew personally that had more affordable prices.
We got Karma an appointment 2 days later and the vet said that we literally caught it as fast as we could & she was able to perform surgery on Karma the following day.
During this time, I researched what causes cancer & how cancer cells grow. We were feeding her Blue Buffalo because we thought it was a good brand. But then I learned more than I cared to about processed food & realized that if there’s anything I can do to help her get better it is to change what she eats & get her exercising.
I started researching recipes & came across Dr. Harvey’s new Paradigm food. I was so happy to find a product with actual healthy food & no preservatives. I love everything about this product.
Karma’s been on her new healthy living & diet with Paradigm for almost 2 months now. *She absolutely loves this food & I love cooking it for her.*
She went to the vet a couple weeks ago & she even lost 2 pounds! The vet was very impressed with how well Karma is doing. :)
We love Dr. Harvey’s & Paradigm food!
Thank you so much,
Tavia Pyatt and Karma
Hi Dr. Harvey’s, We wanted to reach out to you to let you know our story and our journey with Captain and his diabetes.
Our dog Captain is a 10 year old Miniature Schnauzer who become diabetic just over a year ago. Our early start was with the prescription dog food our Vet recommended for Diabetic Canines. It did not take long to realize his glucose numbers were not stabilizing, in fact they got worse.
We realized they got worse because the ingredients for this food contain foods that convert to sugar. Shame on the food company. We went to a animal nutritionist in New Jersey and she started us on the path of a custom home made meal plan for Captain. His number improved but we weren’t satisfied. My wife is extremely smart and, in my opinion truly understands more that even I give her credit for sometimes. Pam started tinkering with the meal plan and soon his numbers greatly improved. She so smart.
However, we were pointed in the direction of Dr. Harvey for his solution by our groomer, Chris, from The Good Life Mobile Dog Grooming in Nanuet, New York. She was the one who introduced us to your products. We are very grateful to her for this recommendation! She is the best and most knowledgeable groomer ever! Keeping up with home based created food and securing fresh ingredients all the time is a bit trying for our family. However, we won’t compromise on what Captain needs. People that know us will tell you when it comes to Captain we say “Whatever it takes”. We long ago always knew that a dog should be eating what a dog should be eating and the commercial dog foods are garbage.
When we ordered our first order of Paradigm we couldn’t wait until we got it. It helped us be able to feed Captain a bit easier with the very ingredients we were feeding him ourselves. (Somewhat). In addition, it has come to light that we may be over do it with protein. As I understand it can lead to a whole new set of issues. It is our hope that Paradigm will be our Miracle…because we deserve one.
Captain is now on the Paradigm food and he adjusted his intake and this was able to stabilize his glucose numbers.
He is doing just fine!
OK I will get off my soapbox,
Pam & Fred Ostrofsky
PS sorry for the long winded email. So many pet parents don’t understand the feeding revolution.
All of the pups in this beautiful family of Italian Greyhounds are benefiting from Dr. Harvey’s foods. They wanted to let us know and to share their enthusiasm for their new diet!
Dear Dr. Harvey’s,
Soda Pop loves his new food! He has actually slowed down on gulping his food. He wants to savor every bite! You would never know that he has eaten out of his bowl it is so clean from him licking. I tell Soda he can’t lick the color off!! Lol
I have ordered a bag of Paradigm but haven’t received it yet. Also I ordered the grain-free Veg-to-Bowl for our other 3 Iggys. They really like it too.
Please keep Soda Pop in your prayers that he has beaten the Mast Cell monster. With the help of Paradigm, I know his chances have increased!
Deciding what kind of food to feed a healthy dog is difficult enough, but when your dog is diagnosed with a life-threatening disease like diabetes, it becomes even more important to pick the right diet plan.
Unfortunately, most pet parents are still feeding their dogs commercially canned and kibble food. While these types of food are extremely popular and can be found in many stores, the truth is commercial pet food is not good for pets and is at the root of the crisis in our pets’ health. According to Dogs Naturally Magazine, feeding your pet commercial dog food is essentially like giving your pet fast food every day. And, as we all know, a constant diet of fast food leads to many health problems down the line.
But what exactly is in commercial dog food that makes it so bad for our pets? Starches, for one thing. Not-so-fun fact: did you know that it takes a minimum of 40 percent starches to get kibble to stick together? Almost all commercial dog foods are loaded with high sugar and high glycemic index ingredients like corn, rice, peas, potatoes, and other low-grade non-meat fillers. Sadly, these fillers cause rapid glucose spikes that can contribute to or worsen your pet’s diabetes.
According to Dr. Karen Becker, “… 90 percent of pet foods out there contain totally inappropriate ingredients that are not nourishing and actually create low-grade inflammatory processes, diabetes, and obesity. All the same health issues occurring in the pet world are occurring in the human realm in terms of overall health.
Sugar, of course, causes an insulin release. Insulin then causes blood sugar to drop. Cortisol is then released to rebalance blood sugar. So dogs and cats are dealing with this whole cycle of carbohydrate ingestion, insulin release, and cortisol release.”
Dr. Becker concludes that animals were not meant to eat the high carb diets that most commercial pet foods offer.
Diabetes in dogs is a serious and complex condition, but research has shown that a diet low in carbohydrates can help to normalize your dog’s blood sugar levels and encourage weight loss. This is why it’s so important for pet parents who have a dog that has been diagnosed with diabetes to consider a nutritional intervention using a diet that is low in carbohydrates.
By changing your sick pet’s daily regimen to a diet rich in fats, low glycemic vegetables and medium amounts of high-quality proteins, you will be giving your beloved companion the very best chance to heal and thrive. Many pet parents have seen that disease progression can be slowed and even halted and reversed by feeding their dog fresh and healthy food. This type of diet is referred to as a ketogenic diet, meaning that the body is burning ketones as its primary fuel and not glucose.
This state of ketosis regulates blood sugar and allows the cells to heal. Glucose is a “dirty” fuel, while fat burns much cleaner in the body. So by replacing carbs with healthy fats, your dog’s cells’ mitochondria, the insides of each cell, are less likely to suffer damage from free radicals and can heal. Carbs, grains, certain high sugar content fruits, starches and starchy vegetables all turn to glucose in the body, which is why these ingredients must be avoided in order to help your dog heal.
Dr. Harvey’s Paradigm is a specially-blended “green food” pre-mix which makes an ideal base for a nutritionally complete low-carb diet. In addition to considering a low carbohydrate diet for your dog, Dr. Harvey’s Paradigm also includes different herbs to boost the immune system, encourage healing, and help to increase overall good health. These ingredients include turmeric, ginger, red clover, milk thistle, dandelion, slippery elm, and cinnamon.
There is no question that what you feed your dog can change their well-being and their outlook for a long and healthy life. When confronted with health challenges, like diabetes, using nutritional tools can help your dog to heal sometimes from even the most difficult of diagnosis.
How we look at feeding our companion animals needs a new paradigm and there is now a body of research that concludes that feeding your dog fresh meals that consist of high-quality proteins, healthy fats, and low amounts of carbohydrates can encourage healing and promote wellness.
Transitioning a dog with diabetes to a low-carb diet should be done slowly. Pet parents should always consult with their veterinarian and let them know that they are changing their dog to a low-carb diet.
Paradigm’s unique formulation contains only low glycemic vegetables, and absolutely no starch or grain. As a result, complex carbs are digested more slowly, and glucose level increases are safely spread out over time vs. delivered all at once in an unhealthy and dangerous surge.
Managing your dog’s diabetes means constant care, but there is growing evidence that diabetes can be managed and your pet can live a happy life if dietary changes are made.
Paradigm has become a great solution for many pet parents who need a low-glycemic homemade diet for their dog. We received an email from Remington’s mom, Lisé, who reached out to tell us about feeding him this extraordinary diet. We are sharing this so that other pet parents who may be looking for answers, can see how well it is working for this beautiful dog.
Dear Dr. Harvey’s,
How nice of you to follow up! So far, so good with the Paradigm food. Remington LOVES the food with pork or beef, but I’ve discovered he’s not a fan of eggs. We’ll be trying a few other proteins soon. I’ve been feeding him a commercial raw diet for years, but he’s very ill with an autoimmune disease and I’ve exhausted all other options, so I have to put him on Atopica (an immune suppressant). I needed to switch Remington to a cooked diet because of this medication.
I am so happy I found Paradigm! I’m a big believer in a low glycemic diet for dogs, especially dogs with inflammatory issues, and I was a bit overwhelmed thinking about how I was going to create a balanced cooked diet, since I certainly wasn’t going to feed Remington kibble. Paradigm is perfect!
Lisé J. Polard, ABCDT, CPDT-KA
Thank you so much for the follow-up email!
I must say, I really appreciate (and was pleasantly surprised by!) the personal touches we have encountered with Dr. Harvey’s so far – the handwritten note that came with the sample, as well as your email just now.
Bear is a 10.5-year-old Yellow Lab who was diagnosed with Hemangiosarcoma
in February of this year. We are going strong 2.5 months later thanks to switching from standard kibble to a home-cooked anti-cancer diet and adding in supplements (turkey tail, Yunnan, baiyo). The diet change has been difficult for both of us. His tastes and preferences have been changing with the medicines he is on, and while preparing his meals is a labor of love, it is still very time consuming, not to mention costly and wasteful if he decides he doesn’t want to eat a certain dish any longer after I have prepared several days worth.
The funny part is that although we have been working on WHAT he will eat, we certainly don’t struggle at actually getting him to eat once we find something he likes! His appetite is even better than before he was diagnosed thanks to his supplements (turkey tail, mainly!).
All of this to say – Bear has enjoyed Paradigm very much (to my surprise – he has a history of turning his nose up at green things LOL), and he will be very sad tonight when he finishes his last serving.
Best, Annie (and Bear!)