#9 Thomas Sandberg: Laughing at life expectancy statistics

Thomas Sandberg is an Animal Naturopath who’s seen first hand the power of feeding a “carnivore model” raw food diet.

His own Great Danes on this diet doubled their expected lifespans and he knew he was on to something. That early “Ah Ha” has grown into a much larger study now and his aim is to enlist 20,000 dogs and 5000 cats who are being fed raw to see how far those boundaries can be pushed.

Some key ideas from this interview:

  1. Forget everything you’ve heard about balance and bacteria, the two biggest impediments to starting raw feeding.
  2. It’s almost impossible to screw up a raw food diet short term (1-2 months). You can feed only one protein source during your starting period and still do much better than kibble ever could.
  3. Organic? It’s great if you can afford it or even find it. Tom has never used organic sources and has seen amazing results with plain old grocery store bought meat.
  4. “The sicker the dog, the more they need raw food!”

Join us for this exciting episode on why raw feeding need not be complicated and how you’ll see benefits within the first two weeks of switching from kibble.

Links for this episode:
Long Living Pets Rescue and Rehab Center Fundraising Campaign,Inc
Long Living Pets Research Projects
The Animal Naturopath
Consultations with Thomas Sandberg
Want to start more easily? Ready made Raw Wild is amazing

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Next week: Dr. Richard Pitcairn returns, this time with questions on vaccine safety and the homeopathic perspective on vaccinations. Rabies symptoms after a rabies vaccination? Yes, indeed.

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  1. Christina Bertsos on October 27, 2020 at 7:28 pm

    This was such a great podcast! I really enjoyed how easy Thomas made the raw diet concept and his beautifully compassionate intention of the rescue center. Thank you for binging him on your show!

    • Thomas Sandberg on October 28, 2020 at 9:04 pm

      Hi Christina

      Thank you so much for your kind words. A raw diet is truly much simpler than many make it out to be.

  2. Kelly Hall on October 27, 2020 at 3:13 pm

    Thank you Dr. Sandberg for your work in this arena and certainly for your rescue efforts! Hoping this will take off and become the new norm as we learn to disentangle ourselves from the conventional path. I have 6 rescue dogs of my own plus a 501 dog rescue here in Houston. All my dogs are naturally reared which includes raw feeding. I do not vaccinate every year and I do not use any parasiticides. My pups do not get altered until older. All my prevention and even treatment is done with natural products. It is effective, safe and economical. I teach my adopters how to use the protocols but I have found sadly that it’s about 50/50 that they continue them. I am learning homeopathy for non-critical care and this has been the biggest boon of healing care for myself and the dogs. I could go on and on but just wanted to thank you and Dr. Falconer for this great interview. I will be completing your sign up and hopefully become part of your raw feeding study.

    • Leslie on October 28, 2020 at 7:59 am

      We recently adopted our first dog, a one year old medium sized mixed breed who was heartworm positive and had kennel cough. Thankfully he had no outright symptoms of heartworm. Was a hard first month. I raise my kids naturally, homeopathic pediatrician-can’t find a holistic vet. Started slow- kill method for heartworm and see negative effects already in our dogs behavior. Want to do alternative, but have no personal guidance. Want to switch to raw on a budget during COVID when I’m trying to limit trips to the store. Have a son that we are treating naturally for a mood disorder that is sometimes severe & so he is our top priority financially as well the time we can spend on research. Would love and appreciate any help one can give when it comes to guidance for our dog since we want to do the best we can for him but are limited in many other ways right now.

      • Kelly Hall on October 28, 2020 at 12:39 pm

        Leslie if you are interested in a natural, slow kill heartworm treatment please pm me at nod2016dog@gmail.com. I use this for all the HW+ dogs I pick up in my dog rescue in Houston.

      • Thomas Sandberg on October 28, 2020 at 9:01 pm

        Hi Leslie

        I see you booked a consultation with me. We will address all your issues and come up with a plan that works for you and your dog.

      • Malikah Gentry on November 11, 2021 at 8:56 am

        Hi my name is Malikah I’ve been feeding raw I have a 7 month old Siberian husky that I got when she was 8 weeks old I can help you it’s really not expensive keep in mind dogs who are fed raw don’t need to eat every day.

    • Thomas Sandberg on October 28, 2020 at 8:59 pm

      Hi Kelly
      Thank you for your kind words. I love what you do. Who knows, maybe we can do something together in the future. We sure have the same vision.
      Thank you for wanting to participate in the study.

  3. Linda on October 27, 2020 at 2:45 pm

    Loved the podcast with Tom…he has a wonderful vision for rehabbing rescues! My 8 year old rescue has been on raw from a butcher shop [human grade but not organic] for several years. Got a senior blood panel done and was horrified at his ALT [845!]. All else perfectly normal. A month later the repeat was 731. Wondered if the food was too fatty or maybe there was an accumulation of antibiotics, growth hormones from the meat? Went on various kibbles, used a homeopathic type of detox. He went from seeming to be healthy to sick. Went back on raw and he looks healthier. Have to wait one month more for ALT repeat. What would cause that one enzyme to be so high? And if I start with one meal a day instead of two, would that meal be too big? I suspect he has acid reflux. And should it be in the morning or night? Thanks for confirming what my intuition has told me about feeding raw.
    Would love to tell my vet about that study where they fed the dogs with Salmonella-infected food and none got sick…I love it!!

    • Thomas Sandberg on October 28, 2020 at 8:56 pm

      Hi Linda
      Thank you for your kind words. If this was my dog I would continue what you do and wait another month. I agree with you that this high reading could be related to a detox reaction. We often react to quickly, give it some time. Healing does not happen overnight. Something I have seen work well in your case is colloidal silver. If you need help with this you can contact me. Dr. Will may have some suggestions too. Keep us posted.

  4. Heike on October 27, 2020 at 9:08 am

    Been feeding raw (dogs) off an on. Also cook their daily food as well in between. They hate can food now. Only my damaged, beagle born with lots of parts missing and deformed likes some can and cooked food, he will not touch raw.
    My cats are not raw feed 🙁

    Question, I been told to much meat for an old dog will raise their liver/kidney reading. Would love to hear about that subject.

    I got 6 cats and 4 dogs, all Rescues and strays, so I don’t know their whole story.

    Now since the mosquito are dying, I want to get them HW tested, but vaccination for one dog is overdue 🙂 my vet will latch on to that. That dog is 1.5 yeas old now, but itchy when calming down at night (not to bad), but I fear it will push her over the so called allergy threshold when I let her have her 3 year vaccination. She been pumped full of medications when she was found with parvo as a pup, her other two siblings did not make it. Grrr

    Love to listen and ready about natural healing and prevention. I dropped pretty much out of volunteering at the local shelter since they do 1 year vaccination and meds, meda, meds trough the Vet. I used to be the one who had to keep track of that and send them. I started to feel like I send them to the slaughter house. Now I only go there to walk a dog and also sit down with them for hugs and snuggles in the field.

    I wish it would be possible to do a all natural no-kill shelter.

    • Thomas Sandberg on October 28, 2020 at 8:47 pm

      Hi Heikie
      The closer you can get to a raw food diet the better your pets will do. I have seen this many times. I also see very little heartworm in raw fed dogs.
      There is no such thing as feeding ‘too much’ raw meat to a carnivore. Raw meat will not cause liver and kidney issues from my experience. I have often seen improved liver and kidney functions when switching from kibble to raw. Processed meat (found in kibble) is what causes damage to kidneys and liver in carnivores.
      A holistic rescue and rehab center is exactly what I want to open.

    • Malikah Gentry on November 11, 2021 at 8:59 am

      Quit Giving your dog’s vaccines that will help out a lot. They weaken the immune system.

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