A natural curiosity, an intense focus on truly understanding gastrointestinal health, and a depth of expertise in health and nutrition...all allow Freedom Health to explore new approaches to GI health and wellness. To make this possible, the company has developed alliances with world-class experts and organizations. Here is a summary of the various elements of our research initiatives over the past ten years.
Freedom Farm Equestrian Research Center
Developed specifically for research on Freedom Health equestrian products, Freedom Farm provides active performance horses in an almost ideal environment. Optimal feeding and state-of-the-art facilities ensure the horses are comfortable while engaged in a real-world training program. This removes a number of variables for testing and evaluation of methods and products.
Frank Pellegrini, DVM and Vincenzo Franco, DVM, MRCVS
Drs. Pellegrini and Franco work together to lead Freedom Health’s research efforts. They conduct our internal product trials, and manage or coordinate external research sponsored by Freedom Health. Here are two examples of product trials conducted by Drs. Pellegrini and Franco:
University of Glasgow (Scotland)
Freedom Health is supporting a collection of research studies through the University of Glasgow to provide independent evaluation of the performance and applicability of their products relative to GI health in horses. Study administrators are Derek Knottenbelt, OBE, BVM&S, DVMS, DipECEIM, MRCVS, and Tim Parkin, PhD, DipECVPH, MRCVS. Knottenbelt is Clinical Consultant at the Weipers Centre Equine Hospital. Parkin is Senior Research Fellow at the School of Veterinary Medicine.
Gluck Equine Research Center - University of Kentucky
A leader in equestrian research, the Gluck Center at UK worked with Freedom Health to assess the accuracy of antibodies used in the SUCCEED® Equine Fecal Blood Test™.
Island Whirl Equine Colic Research Laboratory - University of Florida
Freedom Health worked with Island Whirl to determine whether occult fecal blood can be a useful indicator of gastric lesions, and what products result from the enzymatic breakdown of blood passing through the equine digestive tract, to help distinguish gastric and colonic blood sources.
Texas A&M University
Freedom Health contracted Texas A&M to complete a study to confirm the safety of SUCCEED® Digestive Conditioning Program®, even at double serving amounts. The study was recently submitted for publication to the journal Regulatory Toxicology and Pharmacology.
Peter Bedding, PhD
Dr. Bedding received his doctorate in biochemistry from the University of Gothenburg, and spent the early part of his career in pharmaceuticals and other human healthcare products before specializing in equine nutrition. He developed the original formula for SUCCEED® Digestive Conditioning Program® for Freedom Health in 2003, and remained a research consultant for the company until his death in late 2010.
Anderson is a writer and scientist, most noted for his work in the study of stem cells. He is the co-author, with his sister (Dr. Ann Kiessling of Harvard) of Human Embryonic Stem Cells: An Introduction to the Science and Therapeutic Potential. Scott served as VP of Research and Development for Freedom Health from 2004 through 2006, and remains a research consultant.