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A significant shareholders' proposal to P&G for remedy of a lapse in their IAMS' veterinary medical research excellence that is failing to unmask the flaw in current formulations of 'kibble' for little cats' dietary needs...
The complete text, as originally submitted before encountering the limits of SEC rules restricting shareholders' involvement in company meetings for stockholders:
For the SEC-compatible version,
interestingly distilled to the mind-numbing bullet-point level,
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To the Shareholders of P&G stock, as of the Annual Meeting
in October 2009:
My father worked at P&G for 25 years in the printshop (before P&G was required by then-new government regulations to divest its printing businesses in the 50s) and my mother managed to grow that early form of worker's involvement in company ownership to ensure that her children would inherit a substantial endowment of P&G stock, though each of us has our own interests. I think that workers' investment opportunity was an ideal method of getting unified working efforts. At the moment though, my concern is for excellent research to be reflected in P&G's products and we have encountered a serious lapse in that category which we feel is appropriate for shareholder consideration since these research results are not well understood yet by those outside the narrowly focussed research community in academia. But with the rate at which information travels in the current environment, this situation will arrive on P&G's doorstep which makes this decision/proposal to be moving on making changes in P&G's operations a vital concern of stockholders at this immediate point in time.
We have noted at IAMS' website that the nutrient analysis of their dry cat food is definitely more than 50% plant source carbohydrate -- specifically corn with its high sugars content, but also rice, barley and beet pulp also sugary -- since the labels' stated protein and fat content imply a carbohydrate (never in meat) content in the 50% category.
This may be healthy for omnivores, like dogs or others, but cats are STRICT carnivores. And this raises concern and leads us to more research. Which brings us to the vital concern for shareholders. Considering the fact that the relevant research on the organ functions of strict carnivores has already past basic confirmation testing, we have been appalled to still see no changes in IAMS' petfoods. We expected they would be among the leaders in implementing changes with P&G's reputation for standards of research and innovation at stake.
Because of the damaging potential in the dry catfood products' carbohydrate loading, changes are needed drastically because the dry food product extrusion machinery cannot function without these carbohydrate levels. These products were developed as extensions of dogfood businesses but dogs are omnivores and the evidence that's accumulating in the academic research areas of veterinary medicine focussed on feline diabetes mellitus indicates, without doubts, that the dry cat food MUST be limited to emergency feeding situations for ferals where human ability to provide appropriate carnivore foods is unavoidably precluded. No other use is ethical with our current knowledge.
Yet this knowledge -- which is openly available to governmental agencies as well as industry -- is being 'not attended' and the tragedies that result from inappropriate nutrition for our pet-companions are allowed to continue. Cats cannot tolerate even 10% of their diet coming from 'kibble' with its carbohydrates -- regardless of 'quality' -- without developing fatal diseases that are otherwise avoidable. Diseases that we now absolutely know cannot be cured without total cessation of such dry 'food' are the result. Without this change/cessation, the best that veterinary science can do is to prescribe unending doses of insulin injections and constant vigilant bloodsugar testing, the current tragic stalling point. With this change/cessation, the research of Dr E. Hodgkins, DVM, JD is uniformly achieving 80% actual CURES after a fluctuating series of insulin doses to re-establish the affected cat's own normal digestive processing of foods that are then totally meat-based, usually canned but also raw. These results are through the initial steps of peer-reviewed confirmation publishing by other researchers, specifically we'd suggest reading/contacting Dr D. S. Greco or Dr J.S. Rand each of whom are leading experts actively exploring what can be done for the remaining 20% of affected feline clients.
For the record Dr E. Hodgkins, DVM, JD has not only her research credentials but also established credible background in the pet food industry and the distinction of actual clinical practice. The patent for the Hodgkins method is on record in the patent office and available online for public reading.
Dr Greco. DVM, PhD is, by contrast, an internal medicine specialist and researcher and did her confirmation research while at the American Medical Center, Teaching Hospital in NYC. Dr J S Rand is a Professor at the School of Veterinary Science, University of Queensland in Brisbane.
Quoting from Dr D S Greco, DVM, PhD, internal medicine specialist, the disease causation is exposed for general realization:
---- Greco reported this explanation at a recent AVMA convention in CO -----
[beginning of quote]
"Cats are unique in the way they handle protein, carbohydrates, and fat," Dr. Greco said. Cats are strict carnivores and, because of this, they have a tremendous ability to produce glucose from protein, but have difficulty processing carbohydrates. The feline liver has normal hexokinase activity, but no glucokinase activity. Thus, cats are limited in their ability to mop up excess glucose and store glycogen... Unlike humans, protein is the stimulus for insulin release in cats. Cats have adapted to high protein diets by being insulin resistant. This maintains blood glucose during periods of fasting, convenient for a cat in the wild...
"When you take an individual that is genetically programmed to consume high protein and low carbohydrates, and you put them on a high carbohydrate diet, what happens is their insulin resistance works against them," she said. "Their blood glucose concentrations are too high ... they can't overcome that, and they start to release more and more insulin in an attempt to reduce blood glucose levels." This doesn't work, however, and the cat eventually develops type 2 diabetes mellitus. The cat gets amyloid deposition in the pancreas, exhaustion of the pancreatic cells, and glucose toxicity from consumption of large amounts of carbohydrates.
---- Denver Colorado, American Veterinary Medical Association
---- Greco testimony ----- [end of quote]
Such understanding is the good news, excellent in fact for our cat population, to achieve actual cures with this methodology. Without it, the road for cats living on insulin injections and continued carbohydrate diets, leads to further degenerative problems with kidney failure and hyperthyroidism, and nightmares for their owners.
Such blessings are not without complications for some in the pet care world. The implications are huge, blindingly huge, too huge to be acknowledged readily.
P&G is not receiving decent guidance from the FDA, the Department of Agriculture, nor even the AAFCO -- currently responsible for nutrition specification requirement -- and P&G will be ultimately facing extended legal and public relations struggles when the drastic implications of this research can no longer be shunned. Interpersonal communications on the internet already are altering the ability of regulatory/public officials to take the 'head in the sand' stance to cover up the proverbial Inconvenient Truths that they do not want to face. With an estimated pet population of over 60 million, each with a $2-3,000 food loyalty value, this inconvenient change is not appropriate ethical strategic planning to be allowing the company to be caught flat-footed
It's time to act. The patent for the feline diabetes mellitus treatment protocol has been bought by Heska Corporation (HSKA) specializing in innovative, research-driven care and diagnostic solutions, with headquarters in Colorado. The Hodgkin's book is now spreading to libraries and bookstores. It is uniformly welcomed as a topic among the cat owners groups online, especially vehemently among groups focussing on these increasingly frequent cat health issues of diabetes, kidney failure and hyperthyroidism.
Without action, which we see nowhere on P&G's radar, IAMS at the extreme least will struggle with image problems suggesting incompetence or worse, indecent coverups and unethical profiting from lack of knowledge by the public, all at the expense of cats and their owners who will feel deceived into unknowingly injuring their own little pets while 'Truth' was available. The panic, the media alarm megaphones, the frantic product recalls of barely a year ago when contaminated wheat was traced in pet foods is an example of how the anger would likely emerge. That anger in the American public over being unable to protect their pets and somehow allowing injurious substances to be unwittingly conveyed to their precious pets with their own hands was immediately ignited, leading to a massive reaction against Chinese manufacturing, that still is impacting all our trade with China -- and even those who dealt with China's contaminated product, such as the Dutch intermediaries. We do suppose that this anger over tragedy inflicted on our own kittens will not ever be so smoothed over.
We do propose that P&G assume leadership in realizing the huge shift in feeding information and product development that P&G's customers do expect from P&G based on their understanding of P&G's own emphasis on quality and what that valued understanding must imply under these circumstances. We expect P&G will not fail to rise to the effort required and propose that that effort begin immediately.
As to what might that effort be, the space program may be the place to be looking. In that space science scenario, protein is required but difficult to provide in any form manufacturable -- until they analysed the foods of other cultures and discovered insect based foods. For stockholders, this would hold manufacturing efficiencies and economics, for cats this would provide more natural cat-toy nutrients, and for cat owners this may still offer ease of serving. The image benefits of space research and cultural diversity as well as the excellent news of a cure-related development would sidestep the huge obstacles of leadership. IAMS after all has a canned food array of products that could serve as transitional feeding improvement, possibly with coupon support for cat appropriate raw meats in the grocery -- beef heart and kidney, chicken liver and gizzards, even whiting fish. This could develop relationships with the meat industry to solve their declining market as more people adopt a more plant-based diet. Not to mention the growing controversies over corn usage as fuel and thus relieve pressure on this agricultural product's prices.
Cat kibble must be unmasked, even though it was not intended to do harm to our cats. It can possibly be directed to wildlife supplementation where it may be appropriate -- possibly for raccoons, opposums or other ferals.
We do not see that it can be any other way than for P&G to be decently ethical in living up to P&G's standards of excellence in product development.
We do not wish to see repetition of tragedies, multiplying, and we do not expect that our shareholding colleagues, having been so informed of these simultaneously wonderful and terrifying prospects, will condone continuing on the old path of inducing cat owners to feed destructive carbohydrate products that will injure our precious kittens. Therefore we propose that P&G adopt an immediate course of action to remediate these unfortunate affairs on IAMS' doorstep, which plan of action shall include re-direction of consumers of cat food to canned or raw meat, a plan of building appropriate relationships within the meat and grocery business world, a plan to encourage rural and exurban homeowners to adopt feeding stations for their local wildlife during difficult ecological periods especially in their own diversely affected areas.
MJH Raichyk, PhD
Mathematical Decision Analyst
4263 Ferguson Dr #2
Cincinnati OH 45245