by Kaitlyn Reisner
Dr. Zamzow has co-founded a company called Vivo Animals that markets powerful, naturally-mined minerals known as zeolites. Zeolites have been shown to increase immune function, assist digestion and intestinal health, and lessen tissue damage.1, 2, 3 Zeolites have also been effective in removing pollutants such as arsenic, heavy metals, nitrate, pesticides, and trihalomethanes from drinking water.4 Another study discusses the potential removal of ammonium pollutants from wastewater by zeolites.5 This is how zeolites work in living organisms; they remove toxins. Not all types of zeolites are safe for consumption, however, so be sure to find out which type you are considering and whether it is safe to consume.
An increasing number of studies have found massive amounts of industrial chemicals present in the blood and urine of dogs and cats, and have linked these chemicals to skyrocketing disease epidemics. In cats, mercury poisoning from seafood was found to cause neurological damage, and hyperthyroidism resulted from exposure to flame retardants found in bedding and food. 6 In dogs, lung cancer was evidenced from exposure to asbestos, and malignant tumors from exposure to lawn pesticides.6 Dr. Zamzow’s interest in environmental toxins and her volunteer work with the Washington Toxics Coalition developed into a passion to supply these powerful zeolites to assist animals in the detoxification process. The work of the Washington Toxics Coalition has made Washington the first state to ban the flame retardants mentioned above which are known as PBDE’s. 7
Dr. Zamzow works primarily with horses in the rural areas around Seattle and Kittitas County. She has recently seen many health issues pop up in horses that previously have not been a problem. Diseases like insulin-resistance/diabetes, Cushing’s Syndrome, metabolic problems such as laminitis, digestive issues, and malignant tumors have skyrocketed as well. Dr. Zamzow would like to see more work done in the study of equine “body burdens” and the correlation to disease conditions, but from what we know of toxicity levels in humans, dogs, cats, and wildlife, there is not a doubt in her mind that horse health is being profoundly affected as well.
Dr. Zamzow received her Doctorate of Veterinary Medicine from Washington State University in 1990. She currently has an integrative health, mixed animal practice in Ellensburg, WA and is working on establishing low-cost spay and neuter services for animal rescues and shelters.
1. Jung, B.G., Toan, N.T., Cho, S.J. et al. Dietary aluminosilicate supplement enhances immune activity in mice and reinforces clearance of porcine circovirus type 2 in experimentally infected pigs. Veterinary Microbiology. E-published ahead of print. 2009
2. Khambualai, O., Ruttanavut, J., Kitabatake, M. et al. Effects of dietary natural zeolite including plant extract on growth performance and intestinal histology in Aigamo ducks. British Poultry Science. 50(1) 123-130. 2009
3. Ahuja, N., Ostomel, T.A., Rhee, P. et al. Testing of modified zeolite hemostatic dressings in a large animal model of lethal groin injury. Journal of Trauma. 61(6). 1312-1320. 2006
4. Dubey, S.P., Gopaul, K., Bersillon, J.K. Utility of adsorbents in the purification of drinking water: a review of characterization, efficiency, and safety evaluation of various adsorbents. Journal of Environmental Biology. 30(3). 327-332. 2009
5. Zhao, Y., Zhang, B., Zhang, X. et al. Preparation of highly ordered cubic NaA zeolite from halloysite mineral for adsorption of ammonium ions. Journal of Hazardous Materials. E-published ahead of print. 2010 Feb 2
6. Environmental Working Group. Polluted Pets: High Levels of Toxic Industrial Chemicals Contaminate Cats and Dogs. Accessed 7 Feb 2009. http://www.ewg.org/node/26238/print. 2008
7. Washington Toxics Coalition. Accessed 17 Mar 2010. www.watoxics.org. 2010