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Cancer in Animals Associated with Toxicity, and Diet

Cancer is now the number one killer of most domestic animals. This fact raises a fearsome specter for those who know how confusing and painful it can be to endure the course of this disease in their pets. Cancer does not occur without cause - various environmental, dietetic, and vaccine-related culprits that may cause cancer in pets. The holistic approach treats the whole animal, ignites the body's internal healing force and stimulates the body's natural abilities to heal itself.

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Prevention and Care Of Animals with Cancer

Half of our dogs and cats will have cancer in their lifetimes, and yet as pet owners, most of us know little or nothing about caring for an animal with cancer.

The holistic approach treats the whole animal, ignites the body's internal healing force and stimulates the body's natural abilities to heal itself. The information presented here is an essential resource for anyone who has a pet with cancer to understand the underlaying conditions that can predispose your furry kid to cancer.

According to the Journal of the American Veterinary Medical Association, vaccine-associated sarcoma (VAS) is a type of malignant tumor found in cats (and rarely, dogs and ferrets) which has been linked to certain vaccines. VAS has become a concern for veterinarians and cat owners alike and has resulted in changes in recommended vaccine protocols. These sarcomas have been most commonly associated with rabies and feline leukemia virus vaccines, but other vaccines and injected medications have also been implicated.

Immune Suppression from Veterinary Chemotherapy

Chemotherapy and radiation treatments can profoundly weaken the immune system and increase infection risk. Both Japanese and Chinese clinical studies found that the immune-suppression that results from chemotherapy cancer treatment can be prevented by using immune support isolates. Keep in mind that the elimination of dying or dead cancer cells is monitored by the immune system.

Italian, Japanese and American studies tell us that the use of immune support isolates to boost immune function after surgery significantly improves the chances of cancer-free future.

Peter S. Nelson, of the Human Biology Division at the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center in Seattle, and colleagues, write about their findings in a paper published online on 6 August in Nature Medicine. "Cancer cells inside the body live in a very complex environment or neighborhood. Where the tumor cell resides and who its neighbors are influence its response and resistance to therapy."

The reason chemotherapy eventually fails when treating advanced cancer, said Nelson, is because the dose you would need to give the patient to wipe out the cancer would also kill the patient. In the lab, you can "cure" almost any cancer: you just give a huge dose of toxic chemotherapy to the cancer cells in the petri dish.

Animals with cancer have special nutritional needs

Questioning Chemotherapy, healing animal cancer naturally Animals used to be able to subsist on good food alone, but the food chain has been adulterated and depleted of nutrients. Supplements are concentrated foods that can make up for the deficiencies in our foods today, and Dr Goldstein believes every pet should be on some form of supplementation. In cancer patients this is even more important. Dr Goldstein DVM strongly recommends avoiding grains and other carbohydrates for all dogs, but especially for cancer patients.

If your dog has cancer, he really needs a high protein, high fat diet containing raw meat and its fat, as nature intended. The immune system is a protein-based system. In cancer patients, the body is constantly searching for more protein because the immune system is failing … so it draws protein from the muscles.

Nutrient-Rich Pet Supplement Improves your Pets' Health and help reduce pain and inflammation. It is a precise formula of vitamins, minerals, enzymes, herbs and antioxidants that performs synergistically to bring together all the vital ingredients required to improve your pet’s health and keep them healthy.

"The results of a clinical trial suggest that 74.7% of common diseases in dogs and 63% of common diseases in cats can be eliminated without medical intervention over a period of one year with proper diet modifications and an understanding of the healing process as exhibited through healing episodes. Approaching disease from the perspective of health is the most powerful means of eliminating disease." William Pollak D.V.M.

Cancer patients who are undergoing chemotherapy or radiation which greatly weaken the immune system, can greatly benefit from taking immune support supplementation which serves to protect the body from opportunistic infections, which often occur during these treatments.

Essential dog and cat vitamin supplement In her book, 'Managing the Side Effects of Chemotherapy and Radiation Therapy', Marylin J.Dodd, RN, PhD, describes side effects associated with radiation therapy. Dr. Dodd has 25 years of research experience helping patients and their families manage the side effects of cancer treatment. She is a professor of nursing at the University of California, San Francisco School of Nursing.

Instead of weakening the body with poisons and radiation, the far more rational (and genuinely scientific) approach is to strengthen the body, to give it the nutritional tools that allow it to fight the cancer and at the same time use appropriate nutritional means that weaken and take the power away from the cancer. We find that in most instances, this not only allows longer survival times, but does so with a vastly improved quality of life.

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Cancer in Animals Associated with Toxic Chemicals

Herbs for Pets

A hospital-based case-control study of companion dogs examined the risk of developing canine malignant lymphoma associated with the use of chemicals in and about the home. The study indicated that owners in households with dogs that developed malignant lymphoma applied 2,4-dichlorophenoxyacetic acid (2,4-D) herbicides to their lawn and/or employed commercial lawn care companies to treat their yard significantly more frequently than control owners (odds ratio = 1.3). In addition, the risk of canine malignant lymphoma rose to a twofold excess with four or more yearly owner applications of 2,4-D. The findings in this study are consistent with occupational studies in humans, which have reported modest associations between agricultural exposure to 2,4-D and increased risk of non-Hodgkin's lymphoma, the history and epidemiology of which are similar to those of canine malignant lymphoma.

Asbestos, Cancer and Your Pets

Not only can dogs inhale asbestos brought in by their owners, but dogs can also drag asbestos dust into the home on their fur or feet if they've been in a location where asbestos is present, such as near an older building that's being demolished. That's why it's always necessary to keep tabs on the whereabouts of your dog, as it may impact his health and that of your family. Veterinarians who've studied dogs with mesothelioma have also come to the conclusion that exposure to other toxic materials may also increase the risk of the animal developing mesothelioma. Those substances include pentachlorophenol, often used as an herbicide, algaecide, defoliant, wood preservative, germicide, or fungicide. Studies have shown that Bouvier des Flandres, Irish Setters, and German Shepherds are at greatest risk for tumor development and the disease is more common in male than in female dogs.

In addition, the risk of canine malignant lymphoma rose to a twofold excess with four or more yearly owner applications of 2,4-D. The findings in this study are consistent with occupational studies in humans, which have reported modest associations between agricultural exposure to 2,4-D and increased risk of non-Hodgkin's lymphoma, the history and epidemiology of which are similar to those of canine malignant lymphoma.

Insecticides Associated with Bladder Cancer in Dogs - A statistically significant association between exposure to topical flea and tick sprays and the occurrence of bladder cancer in dogs has been found. The risk of bladder cancer was increased further in dogs living in proximity to areas sprayed regularly with insecticides for mosquitoes. An increased rate of bladder cancer in humans has recently been reported (Journal of Toxicology and Environmental Health, 1989(28): 407-414).

What about flea sprays and shampoo?
Excerpt from Catherine O'Driscoll's writing

"Did you know that many flea collars contain carbaryl? Do you know what carbaryl has been shown to do to animals in laboratories? It causes cancer, mutates cells, and causes birth defects. How safe is it for your dog to wear a flea collar around his neck for up to four months? And why do the manufacturers tell us to stop our children touching the collar? And the flea sprays - read the instructions. Are you told not to breathe in whilst spraying your dog? Can you tell your dog not to breathe? And what's in all the flea killing shampoos? One of them, at least, contains a chemical that has been shown to cause cancer if taken in through the skin!"

Going into business with your petsIf it's not OK for your child, why is it OK for your dog?

"...We have a dog shampoo in England that contains piperonyl butoxide. This has been shown to cause cancer in animals when absorbed through the skin. We have a flea collar containing carbaryl. This is a mutagen, and has been shown to be carcinogenic and teratogenic in laboratory animals

Cancer of the thyroid and toxic chemicals
Email May 2001- testimonial from Laura

"My poodle has recently been diagnosed with cancer of the thyroid and given a life sentence of 6 months. After hours and hours of crying and staying up all night just "watching" her, I got on tons of websites and read tons of articles on processed foods, chemicals, and exactly what environmental factors could have caused Genie's cancer. I live in a beautifully maintained townhouse community and think there is a connection between the lawn fertilizer and her cancer. I used to bring her to the vet every year for her vaccinations and felt great after we left...like when you leave the dentist. Little did I know I was killing her slowly. I will no longer give her or my cat another vaccine (my cat's name is Lillie!!). I now am more informed, but unfortunately for Genie, it's too late. Your article inspired me to pursue my Association's use of chemicals for the lawn. I am also now feeding my animals organically based, home made food. Good bye to Mighty Dog and Friskies. I thought the most expensive brands were the best. Now I realize I have been feeding fecal matter, roadkill and euthanized companion animals (domesticated dogs and cats) to my furry children. I am much wiser and hope that my new found wisdom extends the life of my Genie just a little longer. Thanks for writing back and keep going with what feels right in your heart." - Laura

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A Strong Immune System can Beat and Prevent Cancer

Jodie Gruenstern DVM "Conventional vets have a limited number of tools to treat cancer. Their options primarily involve surgical removal, radiation, chemotherapy or immune suppression. I use a variety of immune support remedies. All my cancer protocols include a fresh, raw, species-appropriate, starch-free diet to starve the cancer, with blended, dark, leafy greens for their antioxidant properties."

Dr Ian Billinghurst DVM “Apart from eliminating all carcinogens from a dog’s life (a clear impossibility) the most important thing we can all do is feed our dogs a genome appropriate diet. This is the single most important thing any dog parent can do to ensure maximum possible freedom from this terrible scourge.”

When Dr Greg Ogilvie was head of internal medicine and oncology at Colorado State University, he researched the correlation of diet to cancer. One of his big findings was that the byproducts of grain metabolism – glucose and lactate – feed cancer cells.

Sick or injured Animals feel abandoned when left in a pet hospital and agonize emotionally when separated from their families. The separation stress, the fear and loneliness can dramatically suppress the immune system and weaken the animal further.

We all know the importance of an optimal immune system, not only after surgical procedures or fighting disease and serious illness, but also in your patient's or pet's everyday wellness. Recent in vitro and in vivo studies over baseline immune response. The NK cell is the animal's first line of defense against many pathogens... bacteria, viruses, parasites, and of course malignant tumor cells.

Animal Cancer Remission Testimonials

15 year old Dachshund dog recovered from colon cancer My 15 year old Dachshund dog Charlie started bleeding from both ends whenever he went to the bathroom. When he was diagnosed with a cancerous tumors in his colon, the veterinarian suggested surgery, chemo and radiation, which I told him I couldn't afford. He gave Charlie just a few more weeks to live. I was devastated. I prayed a lot and I want to thank God that He led me to do research online to find a holistic healing protocol through Shirley's Wellness Cafe. After just 3 days on this unique immune booster Charlie stopped bleeding. A month later I took him back to the vet for a check up and the doctor was amazed, he thought it was a different dog, he said he didn't know hat to say except that the tumor was gone. I explained to him that I'd been giving Charlie a very special immune booster for the past 4 weeks and a lot of prayers and he said that i must have a direct connection to God then cuz then cuz Charlie is doing great. Esther Lopez

"In February 2010, my dog, Sammy, a 10 year old pure-bred Lhasa Apso, started acting lethargic and not his usual playful self. He didn’t seem to be able to jump up on the furniture or go up and down stairs. He was very unsure of himself. Sammy was notorious for eating socks and I thought maybe he had swallowed something that was making him sick. We took him to the family vet who ran blood work and took an x-ray of his stomach. I was called the next day and told that Sammy’s blood work came back normal and that the x-rays also appeared normal. Because we were both puzzled as to what was wrong with Sam, the vet suggested we send the x-rays to a specialist for review. Two days later I was called and told that Sammy had a two-inch tumor wrapped around his adrenal gland. The vet suggested the name of a doctor who specialized in animal cancers. Needless to say, I was devastated.

Sammy dog recovered from adrenal tumor Sammy and I made the journey to the animal oncologists office where an ultra sound was performed and it confirmed that Sammy did, in fact, have a tumor. Because of its location near a major blood vessel, surgery was not an option. He would probably not survive. I was told he could be put on a chemotherapy type drug but it could have serious drug related side-effects. I declined the medication and they told me to take him home and make him as comfortable as possible and enjoy the time I had remaining with him. With tears pouring down my face, I asked how long, but they wouldn’t give me an estimate. I was heartbroken and Sammy sensed my emotions.

I am a person who believes that we can heal ourselves naturally. I was on a mission to save my dog. I found the website “Shirley’s Wellness Cafe” for people and their pets. I read everything I could about animal cancer and the testimonials from veterinarians across the country who have treated pets/animals with immune foundation product. I ordered the product and started giving the capsule to Sammy twice a day. After one month, I decreased the pill to once a day. It has been nineteen months since Sammy started his daily dose HE IS STILL WITH ME! He is running, playing, jumping, and climbing up and down the stairs. Sammy has been back to our regular vet several times for follow-ups and his doctor is always amazed that he is still alive. He is now 12 1/2 years old. His 13th birthday will be on March 3rd, 2012". Janet C. Painesville, OH

cat recovered from feline leukemia"My cat was diagnosed with Feline Leukemia and the vet considered euthanasia. - Nefret was about 8 weeks old when I found her. I was going to work and looked over into my neighbors driveway and saw what I thought was a baby rabbit...all ears. The animal got up and started to wobble down the driveway and I realized it was a kitten. I went over to investigate and found a VERY sick kitten. I took her into the house and gave my daughter instructions on how to care for her until I got home. I made a vet appt. for that afternoon.

The vet examined her. She was severely dehydrated, malnourished, had a major case of hookworms, diarrhea, and a severe respiratory infection. She also tested positive for feline leukemia. The vet suggested, at that point, to consider euthanasia. We didn't opt for that and were sent home with an antibiotic and a kitten kit. Nefret was on the antibiotic for 10 days and was still snotty and sneezing. We were given a second course of the same antibiotic. About 5 days into the second course, I came home to find her fairly unresponsive and very warm. I immediately called the vet and was given the euthanasia option again and was told this was fairly typical of cats testing positive for feline leukemia. I asked for a stronger antibiotic instead, said a prayer and went on the net to do some research on alternatives to traditional treatment for this disease.

I learned about a unique immune booster that holistic veterinarians were using with excellent outcome. I ordered a bottle overnighted. Nefret received a dose with her morning food and again in the evening. Her response was amazing. Within two days she was acting like a normal, wild and wonderful kitten. She is a little over six months old now. She was spayed about 5 weeks ago and had a full blood work-up done at that time. Her blood work came back absolutely normal. The vet was amazed and couldn't believe that this was the same kitten. She continues to receive her supplement just with her morning food and I will continue that for her lifetime. I now have a bundle of pure energy and joy in my life". Libby McCourt, - Winchester, Virginia

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Can Homeopathy Cure Animal Cancer?

Homeopathic Care for Cats and Dogs A growing number of veterinarians are turning to homeopathic veterinary medicine as a safe and effective alternative to conventional veterinary practice including the use of antibiotics. There is so much that can be done for an animal, bird, or reptile that is ailing by utilizing homeopathic medicine.

"Cancer like other diseases is curable in veterinary homeopathy. Why and how ? To understand this, one has to understand the basic principle of homeopathy. According to the principle of cure in Homeopathy, there is nothing that is incurable provided there is sufficient energy, and Vital Force in the patient at the time of taking to or resorting to homeopathic treatment. According to homeopathic scientists, without the cause, there cannot be a disease. So the cause should be traced. If we find out the root of the disease than there must be a medicine for it." Dr Eli G Jones, MD

The Definitive Holistic Medicine Guide to Caring for Your Dog and Cat
by Martin Goldstein D.V.M.

Dr. Goldstein--a graduate of the Cornell University College of Veterinary Medicine explains his approach to alternative treatment: what it is, how it works, and why it's especially important that animals be treated holistically. Holistic pet care essentially revolves around the notion that the best way to cure an animal who is ill is to help the animal cure itself. We are not the true healers of our pets--they are. By treating the root of the problem instead of its symptoms, holistic medicine enables our pets to regain and maintain their own health. In his practice, Dr. Goldstein has had extraordinary success treating cancer and leukemia.

"I have been providing our dogs with alternative health treatments since 1995. I was fed up with conventional care--too many pills that merely masked underlying illnesses and no real treatment. Our dogs have glowing health and everyone remarks on their vigor and beautiful coats. Dr. Goldstein, because of his successes with cancer and chronic illnesses, has conventional veterinarians quaking in their boots. So much of medicine is run by the profit motive, totally denying the Hippocratic oath taken by doctors and vets. Think of the marketing of pet foods and vaccinations in the office of the vet--two of the biggest money-makers in the industry. It is no wonder those boots are quaking. I implore you to read this book for the sake of your pets' health."A reader from San Diego, California

Cancer treatment for pets can be done at home. In this site Ron Conley discusses what you need to know about how to treat cancer naturally in both pets and people. Natural ways to fight cancer at home using non-invasive therapies and treatments. Many people have shown an interest in keeping up to date on Natasha's condition, on her successful treatments which is why Ron is publishing this weekly newsletter. This will keep you informed regarding Natasha's breast / skin cancer progression and treatment with Flax Oil / Birch Bark Poultices / supplements and diet modification.

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The Role of Glutathione in Animal Cancer

Glutathione may well be the most important molecule your furry companion and its human parent need to stay healthy and prevent disease. It’s a key for preventing aging, cancer, heart disease. Glutathione metabolism is able to play both protective and pathogenic roles. It is crucial in the removal and detoxification of carcinogens, and alterations in this pathway, can have a profound effect on cell survival.

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Animals Need Omega 3 Essential Fatty Acids to Beat Cancer

Flaxoil as a true healing aid Further research indicates that horses fed flax and injected with the deadly organism Escherichia coli were better protected than those not fed flax, suggesting enhanced immunity in these animals. Select Alaskan sled dog mushers are fortifying their dogs diets with flax oil as it serves as a source of valuable energy, keeps less desirable saturated fats mobile in the blood stream, increases oxygen uptake to the cell, decreases recovery time from strenuous exercise, and prevents and heals worn and chaffed paws. Numerous studies conducted on animals and humans show that flax has powerful anti-tumor properties and may reduce tumor size by 50%.

A testimonial about flaxseed oil and cancer

"My dog Shilo, a 3 1/2 years old Golden Retriever, was diagnosed with Leukemia of the bone marrow. He was diagnosed on March 19, '99 and the next day I started him on 3 tablespoons of flaxseed oil and cottage cheese and within hours his energy improved. Four days later, on March 24th, I took him back to the vet and they did a blood test and were baffled because his white cell count was normal, his red blood cells were normal, and his platelets were clotting normal, he had no fever, and he was acting like a normal dog and they didn't understand. On April 13th he had another test and no cancer cells. HE HAS BEEN CANCER FREE SINCE MARCH 24th 1999. Just think I spent over $2000.0 on vets to find out what he really needed was a bottle of flax seed oil that costs about $12.00. Before this he was a very sick dog and according to the vets he was suppose to be dead by now."

Fish Oil Helps Prevent Cancer

Several mechanisms have been proposed by which the intake of marine fats may lower the risk of cancer. Among the most important of these is the inhibition of eicosanoid biosynthesis from arachidonic acid (AA; 20:4n-6), an omega-6 fat metabolized in the body from linoleic acid. Eicosanoids are a class of compounds derived from polyunsaturated acids and include prostaglandins, hydroxyeicosatetraenoic acids, and leukotrienes. Prostaglandins are oxygenated, unsaturated cyclic fats that perform a variety of hormone-like actions. Those converted from AA by the cyclooxygenase-2 enzyme, notably prostaglandin E2 (PGE2), have been linked to carcinogenesis in several types of studies:

* Animal experiments of mammary tumor development,
* Studies of the proliferation of breast and prostate cancer cell lines in vitro, and
* Human studies of fish oil intake, epithelial cell proliferation rates, and PGE2 biosynthesis.

Tumor cells typically produce large amounts of AA-derived PGE2, which may impede immune system function, possibly through its role in the generation of suppressor T cells. Fish oils inhibit cyclooxygenase-2 and the oxidative metabolism of AA to PGE2.

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Overcoming Chemotherapy Sickness

Preventing and Treating Cancer in Dogs and Cats "A recent client of mine is a woman with breast, bone and liver cancer who started taking Marine Phytoplankton about two weeks ago. Previously unable to keep anything down and having very little energy, she is now very excited and is experiencing a complete turnaround. She has worked up to two ounces a day, has much improved energy, and can now eat with no problem. Her pH has come up from 5.6 to 6.2 as well. Prior to starting on this program, she had undergone chemotherapy and radiation, which made her quite ill. Her blood work, after about 10 days, has improved. Needless to say, she is ecstatic and grateful to have been exposed to Marine Phytoplankton. Her family can't believe the change!" D. W.

Marine Phytoplankton are a rich source of glyconutrients. Advanced cancer patients experienced amazing regressions of malignant melanoma, renal cell carcinoma, colorectal carcinoma, lung cancer, nasopharyngeal carcinoma, and malignant hydrothorax. Research have shown glyconutrients to:

  • Reduce the Toxic Effects of Chemotherapy and Radiation - In one study, glyconutrients was shown to enhance the effects of radiation in combating lung cancer, allowing a lower dose to be used. Other research indicates that glyconutrients can protect against some of the noxious side effects of chemotherapy and radiation.
  • Increases Lymphocyte Count - Lymphocytes are specialized white blood cells that are of crucial importance to the adaptive part of the body's immune system. The adaptive portion of the immune system mounts a tailor-made defense when dangerous invading organisms penetrate the body's general defenses. Glyconutrients increases lymphocyte count and helps to activate them when the body is under attack.
  • Enhances Body's Production of Cancer-Fighting IL-2 - Glyconutrients polysaccharides have been shown in Chinese studies to enhance the production of IL-2, a crucial cytokine (cell protein) that induces potent anti-tumor responses in a variety of cancers. Glyconutrients also kills tumor cells by inducing apoptosis, a process in which cancer cells are broken down and recycled.
  • Helps Manage and Fight Cancer Patients receiving a cancer drug together with glyconutrients exhibited response rates up to 250 percent better than those obtained by the drug alone. These advanced cancer patients experienced amazing regressions of malignant melanoma, renal cell carcinoma, colorectal carcinoma, lung cancer, nasopharyngeal carcinoma and malignant hydrothorax. Remission of cancers in patients treated with glyconutrients lasted significantly longer than those treated without glyconutrients .
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Bee pollen as a healthy supplement

One of the most important articles ever published on bee pollen comes from our own United States Department of Agriculture. This article, entitled "Delay in the Appearance of Palpable Mammary Tumors in C3H Mice Following the Ingestion of PolIenized Food," is the work of William Robinson of the Bureau of Entomology, Agriculture Research Administration. It was published in the Journal of the National Cancer Institute way back in October 1948, five decades ago. According to the article, Dr. Robinson started with mice that had been specially bred to develop and subsequently die from tumors.

He explains, "The age at which mice of this strain developed tumors ranged from 18 to 57 weeks, with an average appearance at 33 weeks. Tumor incidence was 100 percent." Given the fact that cancer is the number-two killer in the United States (heart disease is number one), we can all certainly agree that this is an electrifying article. What happened from it? Nothing. Even the National Cancer Institute, which published it, failed to follow up on this very promising line of research. It was dropped with no explanation."

Bee pollen was fed to hundreds of animals over a period of two years by scientist-researcher Dr. Remy Chauvin of the Institute for Bee Culture in Bures-sur-Yvette, France. Reporting to the French Academy of Medicine in 1956, Chauvin said, there were no side effects in the test animals. Furthermore, the use of bee pollen gave the animals increased vitality and improved "powers of reproduction" because of boosted fertility.