In the world of pet nutrition, misinformation often runs rampant. Salmonella, E.Coli, and various other alarming terms are frequently tossed around like confetti at a parade. But how much do we really know about bacteria and our furry friends’ well-being?
The crux of the matter lies in understanding what bacteria truly do. Contrary to the fear that bacteria cause illness, the reality is far more complex. To determine causation, you need a dependable scientific method—one involving independent and dependent variables. Let’s use a simple example: driving a nail into a wall. The nail’s insertion (effect) depends on whether you strike it with a hammer (independent variable).
Now, apply this to bacteria. The illness (effect) is, say, diarrhea, and the hypothesis might claim salmonella bacteria as the cause (the hammer). But the problem arises when you can’t isolate the salmonella or see it in action. It’s like hitting a nail with an entire toolbox—there’s no clarity. With viruses, it’s even more challenging, as we can’t observe them at all.
Dr. Cowan points out that there isn’t a single study demonstrating that animals get sick from salmonella in the history of published science. Instead, bacteria often help by breaking down dead and dying tissue. They are the firefighters responding to a blaze—they don’t cause the fire, they extinguish it.
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In rare cases, bacteria might produce excess toxins, causing issues. But antibiotics, often prescribed in such situations, can most often exacerbate problems by disrupting the healing process. It’s akin to trying to treat a fungal infection in a log by killing the fungus—counterproductive.
So, the next time you hear about the dangers of bacteria in your pet’s food, remember the logic is flawed. It’s high time we rethink our beliefs and listen to experts like Dr. Cowan who isn’t afraid to test long held beliefs and narratives and encourages questioning conventional wisdom.
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