I’m a big believer in the importance of nutrition but nothing makes it harder to keep nutrition front and center as a basic, main stream consideration, than outrageous claims being made.
A feed manufacturer is claiming (illegally by the way) that the following Do’s and Don’ts will prevent Equine Cushing’s Syndrome and Insulin Resistance:
Do’s: Feed hay/forage 24/7; feed whole foods; kelp; ground flax; curcumin; exercise; chaste tree berry; spirulina; cinnamon; chia seeds; peas.
Don’ts: Soy products; iron amino acid complex; ferrous sulfate; ferric oxide; lecithin; glyphosate/Round Up; cane molasses; wheat middlings; preservatives; distiller’s dried grains and solubles (corn syrup)**, oversupplementation of selenium; processed feed. **this is NOT corn syrup.
I’ll make this short. Which things on the DO list will prevent PPID and IR? None. Which things on the DON’T list will cause PPID and IR? None. Will the combination of the DO with the DON’T prevent PPID and IR? No.
The proposed solution, of course, is their feed which is not organic, contains pelleted (isn’t that processing?) hays, high inflammatory omega-6 ingredients, dried fruit (? sulfites) and to top it off is a whopping 11% fat, 28.3% starch + sugar.
Their advertised “team” includes two people calling themselves nutritionists. They should be ashamed.
Note: They’re a bit more careful about claims they make on the web site – not so much on Facebook and in their direct e-mail advertising. I’ve got copies.
Eleanor Kellon, VMD