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  • Translator: Yasmina Hablani Reviewer: Denise RQ

  • Dogs are awesome.

  • (Laughter)

  • I mean, literally, just a smile on a dog's face

  • has the ability to lighten your heart up.

  • I even come up with an equation for this just to tell how awesome they are.

  • Take anything, any situation that there is.

  • Fire a dog in there

  • (Laughter)

  • and it's going to become awesome.

  • (Laughter)

  • For instance: mud.

  • It's not awesome.

  • But now you put a dog into that situation, and you have awesome.

  • (Laughter)

  • And the best part is that science backs up

  • just how awesome dogs are.

  • Harvard University recently conducted a study

  • and found that just by owning a dog,

  • it not only has the ability to make you happy

  • but it can make you healthier.

  • Just petting your dog has the ability to lower your blood pressure,

  • lower your heart rate, making you calmer and more mindful.

  • Owning a dog for those who are isolated within their homes:

  • getting out more, more interactive, interacting within their communities.

  • I even come up with an equation thinking and showing

  • the dogs have the ability to grow our communities.

  • For instance, take a look at Jack.

  • Jack never really got out much, stayed at home a lot.

  • That was until he got a puppy.

  • Then Jack was forced to get out and walk his puppy.

  • Here is where Jack meets Jill.

  • Jill falls in love with Jack's puppy.

  • One year later, they have a baby: community growth.

  • (Laughter)

  • And 41% of North Americans today actually have a dog.

  • As awesome as dogs are,

  • sadly, they're flawed, according to science.

  • Dogs here are not living that long,

  • not as long as they should, and they're dying very young.

  • And we ask the question why,

  • these animals are living in some pretty scary statistics.

  • We have to start looking around the world at these statistics.

  • We know that in the last 5 years in the United Kingdom,

  • diabetes is up 900% when it comes to the dog.

  • In North America, the obesity epidemic is up 60%

  • as animals are plagued with obesity, and that statistics continues to climb.

  • And the worst one, the most staggering statistic of all,

  • the one that is decimating our pets all over the planet is cancer.

  • One in two dogs today is diagnosed with cancer,

  • and in fact, research are showing that of any animal on the planet,

  • the dog has the highest rate of cancer.

  • And this has left the scientists scratching their heads.

  • What's happening?

  • So, what you're seeing now

  • is the largest canine study to ever be conducted.

  • 3,000 dogs, 25 million dollars to figure out why the dogs are broken.

  • It's being conducted on Golden Retrievers.

  • We have to ask the question, "What is going on?"

  • According to Dr. Lappin who's involved in the study,

  • he said that when he graduated from Vet School in the 70s,

  • dogs used to live to be 17.

  • Sadly today, they're only living to be 11.

  • And the Golden Retriever itself is only living to be nine or ten.

  • So what is it?

  • What are these factors that are plaguing us with cancer?

  • I tell you, when the Broad Institute conducted an extensive study with cancer,

  • they found mind-blowing information that leave humans with jaw on the ground

  • when this research came on.

  • It showed that although 10% of cancer is genetic,

  • 90% are the results of lifestyle and environmental factors,

  • the things that are around us.

  • If we want to dig deeper into that 90%,

  • let's remove the 10% for a second;

  • you can't change your dog's genes

  • if you went and adopted your dog from a shelter.

  • So what's in that 90%?

  • If you were to fire that in a cancer pie,

  • and we would remove slices, what is research telling us?

  • What's causing all this cancer?

  • Stress, obesity, infection,

  • sedentary lifestyle or lack of exercise, and toxins and pollution.

  • But it leaves us with this giant piece to the puzzle,

  • that big piece right there, and what is it you're seeing?

  • It's diet.

  • And according to science,

  • this is the most important piece that we're not focusing on.

  • In fact, after multiple studies,

  • 30 to 40% of all cancers can be prevented

  • by simply implementing dietary changes.

  • 40% of cancer can be prevented by food.

  • In 2013, my dog Sammie

  • was diagnosed with cancer.

  • I knew I needed to do everything I could in my power

  • to figure out how and why this happened.

  • I burned through routers, Ethernet cords, researching, day in and day out,

  • trying to figure out how was I going to stop this disease

  • from progressing in her body.

  • And when research pointed to me that 40% of cancer was in the diet,

  • I knew that's where I had to start.

  • So I settled on a worldwide journey,

  • traveling around the world looking for answers.

  • And today, I'm going to share with you my journey.

  • But before I do,

  • there is a very important word that we all need to understand.

  • And that word is called nutrigenomics.

  • Nutrigenomics is the new science

  • between the correlation of diet and how it affects our DNA.

  • For example, let's say you are handed a whole bunch of lousy genes:

  • your parents, their parents, and parents; cancer in that whole family.

  • You have the ability to keep those genes off

  • by putting good functional foods in your body.

  • Then you're going to start putting things in your body that aren't so good.

  • You have the ability to spark those genes on.

  • And you're creating disease.

  • I knew there was going to be a correlation between nutrigenomics and my dog.

  • And so my journey started.

  • And as a blogger today,

  • I go to information to the World Wide Web,

  • a digital community's largest interactive database

  • where all the information in the world is there.

  • For me, it seemed pretty evident where I was going to go.

  • I went to where one of the oldest dogs in the world was eating.

  • Logically, these dogs were bulletproofing themselves from cancer,

  • so what were they doing?

  • I started to travel, and I started to research.

  • I found dogs on all different parts of the continent

  • that were living in their teens and in their twenties,

  • until a viral post that literally broke the Internet.

  • It was discovered

  • that the oldest dog in the world was discovered in Australia.

  • Meet Brian McLaren, a dairy farmer,

  • a beautiful man with a simple life and a beautiful dog.

  • He had no idea that his 30-year Kelpie,

  • 30-year old dog,

  • was going to be a World Record holder for the oldest dog in the world.

  • So this is where I had to start; I needed to talk to this man.

  • "Brian, tell me, what are you feeding your pet?"

  • He told me that there were a couple of factors here

  • when he was feeding Maggie.

  • For instance, he wasn't feeding her a lot; calorie restriction.

  • He said some days the dog wouldn't eat.

  • She was self-fasting.

  • And then exercise came into the equation.

  • I told him here in North America, people like to go outside after work

  • and walk the dog around the block for 20 minutes,

  • or they've got that wonderful giant fence in the yard

  • they let the dog run in the yard.

  • And he laughed at me.

  • And he said, "Me and my dog, on average, get nine kilometers of exercise a day.

  • She follows me around when I'm driving in the tractor."

  • So, when it came to her diet, please share with me.

  • He told me, "Every day I share with her a giant glass of raw fed grassmilk,

  • it comes straight from the cow.

  • At night, sometimes, she sneaks around after the cattle birth,

  • and she starts eating cattle placenta."

  • It's not going to be bottled.

  • But then, he also told me that he was adding

  • some unconventional things into her bowl that he believes increased her longevity.

  • So I had to know!

  • But before I share that, I knew I needed more data.

  • And what you're seeing here is the longest observational study to date:

  • a 30-year study

  • that shows the correlation between diet, cancer, and longevity,

  • held on almost 7,000 animals.

  • And heading the study was a Norwegian researcher

  • named Thomas Sandberg.

  • So I got in contact with Thomas.

  • And this beautiful man was willing to share