Here is the book I really need to read! Dog Cancer: The Holistic Answer

The last post I put up was about noni juice. And while doing my research on this mystery fruit juice I discovered a book about a dog named Sparky who survived cancer and lived to be 14 years old, and died of old age, free of cancer. I received the book in the mail, only to find that Sparky’s guardians treated his cancer with chemo, radiation and Hill’s cancer diet food and supplements including the noni juice.  Though this is an obvious success story, for myself, this is a blog about avoiding the traditional American medicine route of chemo and radiation, and going in a fully natural direction to treat canine cancer.  I think I have finally found the book I’ve been looking for.

Do check out this Doctor’s link about holistic diet and canine cancer.

http://dogcanceradvice.com/about-the-book-2/

And through further research I found his youtube channel, linked below:

http://www.youtube.com/user/avulso63?ob=0&feature=results_main

I ordered this book today and it should be here very soon, as the seller is in my own state.  My report on it will follow soon.  According to the website it is a step by step guide to treating your dog’s cancer with diet and supplements, exactly what I’ve been looking for!
The Amazon Link to Dog Cancer: The Holistic Answer: A Step by Step Guide

The Power of Noni – and – Sparky!

My dog suffers from arthritis in his spine. We never knew this until we saw his x-rays that fateful day at the emergency vet, when the doctors were showing us the soon to be removed blockage in his gut.  Pit bulls have amazingly high thresholds of pain tolerance.  Since, we’ve been supplementing his diet with MSM to help his joint pain.  It seems that for Bart, the MSM only works up to a point some days, and I went online to research what could possibly be added to give him more relief.  I discovered Noni Juice.  Apparently Noni Juice is wonderful for arthritis pain, but I worried about the sugar. I know that one of the last posts I put up here addresses the sugar issue, but fruit juices are often loaded with obscene excess amounts of sugar.  So I looked into the terms, “noni juice and cancer” on google and I found so many references to the idea that Noni Juice is actually a great anti-tumor agent!  I also discovered a valuable page I want to share with you here.

It’s about a dog named Sparky who had lymphoma but went into remission and lived to be a ripe 14 and a half years old, several years beyond his diagnosis.  Here is that page.  They also have a book you can buy that details how they treated him. I am going to order mine today.  What we are doing with Bart is working wonderfully, but you can never have too many helpful guides in a situation like ours.
Sparky Fights Back : A Little Dog’s Big Battle Against Cancer

Treats For My Dog’s Anti-cancer Diet

Farmer’s Market Chicken and Vegetable, 16-Ounce

My last post made me realize it would be helpful to offer tips on what kind of treats you should or shouldn’t give to your dog while giving him a very restrictive cancer starving diet.  The stuff you can buy at the regular grocery store is unacceptable.  First of all, a little research on how they actually make these treats and some of the literal garbage that goes into them will make your stomach turn.  It’s no wonder cancer is on the rise among our four legged babies.  You would also do well to find out what not only goes into grocery store quality dog treats, but the dog food you buy at the same store.  It is really quite sickening.  You can click this link to read more about it.  http://www.naturalnews.com/012647.html

So back to the main topic of this post, which is what treats do I give to my pet for his anti-cancer diet.  I use PLATO products the most. The are more expensive but we use them sparingly enough that it doesn’t matter.  Their ingredients list is short and sweet, GMO free and made in the USA.  Take a look at the back of the Farmer’s Market Salmon and Vegetables package:

INGREDIENTS
Salmon, carrot, celery, beet, parsley, lettuce, watercress, spinach, green pea, sweet potato, tomato, parsley, salt, zinc propionate, vitamin E supplement, coated ascorbic acid (source of vitamin C), bacillus subtilis.

Available in handy 16-oz resealable pouches.

NUTRITIONAL BENEFITS

  • Grain-free -no corn, wheat, soy, grain fractions or fillers
  • Natural ingredients, fortified with antioxidant vitamins, zinc propionate
  • Natural source of Omega 3 & 6 essential fatty acids.
  • Contains a source of live (viable) naturally occurring microorganisms
  • No artificial colors, flavors, synthetic preservatives, GMO’s (genetically modified organisms) meat by-products or meals.
  • Naturally preserved.

Farmer’s Market Chicken and Vegetable, 16-Ounce

Sugar and Cancer: Is There a Connection?

When we first started down this road, we were obsessed with the idea of keeping sugar and carbohydrates out of our dog’s diet.  You can’t keep all sugar out, since it occurs naturally in all vegetables, but we also treat him with organic whole milk yogurt and cottage cheese.  Our quest was eliminating as much sugar as possible.  He’s been doing well either way, but I worried about taking out the carbs since we need those to live.  This article has helped me to put some of this confusion into perspective.  I think I’ll add some more peas or maybe a sweet potato to his next batch of food I prepare.

I will continue to restrict his diet from treats and other foods that contain dead grains such as wheat and flour, but maybe I will be able to loosen up my rules a bit to give him a greater variety in treats if I can find them.  Currently we’ve been feeding him Plato treats which you can often find at Specialty Pet Food stores.

I found this article here.

http://www.caring4cancer.com/go/cancer/nutrition/questions/sugar-and-cancer-is-there-a-connection.htm

SUGAR AND CANCER: IS THERE A CONNECTION?

The facts about sugar and cancer can be confusing. They often are presented in a way that is misleading and anxiety-producing for people with cancer. However, if you learn a bit about the science behind the connections between what we eat and cancer risk, you can make wise nutrition choices for better health.

The concept that sugar feeds cancer is not useful. Sugar feeds every cell in our bodies. Our bodies need glucose, or simple sugar, for energy. Even if you cut every bit of sugar out of your diet, your body will make sugar from other sources, such as protein and fat.

So cancer cells need sugar to grow, just like healthy cells. It helps to remember that there is nothing particular about sugar that “feeds” cancer cells any more than sugar feeds all cells in our body.

Do I need to be concerned about sugar?

Even though sugar doesn’t exactly “feed” cancer cells, it is a good idea to limit the amount of simple sugar you eat. This is because when you eat a lot of sugar, your body produces a lot of insulin.

Insulin is a natural substance made by the body. Insulin can tell cells to grow. In simple terms, insulin can “rev up” cell growth. For healthy cells, this is a good thing. This is because the cells in your body grow, divide, die, and are replaced as part of the natural process of living. However, cancer cells can be encouraged to grow more, too, when our bodies produce too much insulin. So while some insulin in the body is normal, excess insulin may encourage cancer cells to grow more, which is not a good thing (1-6).

This is the downside of insulin: Our bodies need it to function, but it’s unhealthy if we make too much of it.

In summary, sugar does not “feed” cancer cells. However, a lot of sugar can cause our bodies to produce too much insulin, and this is not good for health.

Should I avoid all sugar?

You don’t have to avoid every bit of sugar in your diet. Nor should you avoid all carbohydrates. In fact, the best sources for healthy, complex carbohydrates such as vegetables, fruit, whole grains, and legumes (beans), are the very foods that appear to fight cancer best (7-17). So if you do not need to avoid all sugar and other carbohydrates, what is the answer?

There are three other things in the diet that can help reduce the amount of insulin produced by the body when you eat sugar and carbohydrates. These are protein, fat, and fiber. When eaten along with even the simplest sugars, these three items help the body to make less insulin in response to simple sugar.

If you eat sugar with some protein, some fat, or some fiber, your body won’t produce as much insulin. Eating this other food helps your body process sugar more slowly, and this means that your body does not overproduce insulin. In short, protein, fat, and fiber help your body process sugar in a more healthful way.

Putting the Information to Work for You

For an example of how this works, think about fruit and fruit juice. The amount of insulin your body makes after you eat a piece of fruit is much lower than the amount of insulin produced when you drink fruit juice. Whole fruit contains fiber and that fiber helps balance out the sugar in fruit.

For another example, think about eating specific foods together to get a healthier snack or meal. Instead of having two pieces of fruit as a snack, try having one piece of fruit and a small handful of nuts. The nuts contain protein, fat, and fiber. These three things help your body keep insulin in balance.

The Bottom Line

The most important point is that sugar itself is not bad. However, too much sugar, without enough protein, fat, and fiber to balance it out, can cause our bodies to make too much insulin. It is not the sugar, but rather the insulin that may be a problem for spurring cancer cell growth (18-33). To prevent this, you should limit the simple sugar in your diet. There is no need to follow a stringent diet and swear off every single dessert. The key is moderation. Use the following tips to help yourself find a healthy balance with your food choices:

  • Stick with naturally occurring sugar, such as the sugar that is found in fruit. This is a much healthier option than processed sugar that is found in candy, cake, desserts, pie, and baked goods.
  • Avoid concentrated sources of sugar, such as soda and fruit drinks. It is OK to have 100 percent fruit juice in moderation. Stick to a 6-ounce serving. But avoid fruit drinks that don’t contain any real fruit juice.
  • Limit your “treats,” such as dessert, to just a couple of times each week. Have a modest serving size.
  • Focus on whole, healthy, unprocessed food, including vegetables, fruit, whole grains, legumes (beans, lentils, and peas), nuts, and seeds.

When you understand the science behind the headlines, you can relax and focus on eating a healthy, well-balanced diet that you can enjoy and that will put you on the road to wellness.

(This article uses a plethora of resources.  You can see them if you visit the link below.)

http://www.caring4cancer.com/go/cancer/nutrition/questions/sugar-and-cancer-is-there-a-connection.htm

Why Do Dogs Eat Grass?

This from

http://www.my-new-dog.co.uk/food/index.php

“Something that was of concern to the dogfood industry was the alarming level of cancer that pet dogs die from. Concerned that it was something in their product,  they were constantly testing to see if it contained carcinogenic traces, but none were ever found and the mystery remained. Then an important piece of work showed that cancer cells have an enzyme on the outside of them that helps them invade surrounding tissues and this enzyme breaks down B17 [a compound naturally occuring in lichen, grass, nuts and other vegetable sources] to cyanide and benzaldehyde both are toxic and immediately kill or damage the cell that just made them.  B17 it turns out is a natural anticancer agent and when we used to eat loads of nuts and fruit, the B17 in the seeds kept us free from cancer.

In the wild, dogs rarely get cancer.  In the wild, dogs generally hunt and eat rabbits and other grass eaters, and when they catch one, they generally eat the guts first.  Grass is rich in B17.  So in its wild diet, a dog is eating regular and significant quantities of B17.  In captivity however, a dog is likely to be fed reformulated chicken ‘bits’ and other ground up, unwanted meat bits, plus soy and some carbohydrates from vegetables for bulk and fibre – but no grass.

So, it is not something in the food that is causing the dogs to get cancer – it’s something lacking from the food which is failing to prevent the dogs from developing the cancers which are forming all the time.

We have discovered one dog food manufacturer which not only guarantees 30% meat protein in all their foods, but is also aware of B17, and ensures that this essential vitamin is in all the food they sell. Trophy Pet Foods don’t sell to shops or supermarkets, but have a network of franchisees who deliver orders locally. They stock a range of foods for different dogs; small and large breeds, puppies and older dogs and those in need of a slimming diet in the usual sizes of bags, and also offer advice on behaviour, nutrition, treats, health care, microchipping, training aids, and toys. They are opposed to animal testing so give free samples as a means of testing their products on non-captive animals. For those areas not yet covered by a home delivery representative, they offer a mail-order service. Many dogs are intolerant of wheat gluten and can’t digest it, but most proprietary dog foods contain quite a lot of wheat, it being a cheap filler. Trophy foods are wheat free as they have researched the subject extensively and know what dogs don’t need in their diet.

We don’t recommend anyone we aren’t 100% certain of, and we already feed our own dogs on Trophy food and they love it. It’s not the cheapest food available – it is priced along with the more expensive brands – but in the case of Trophy, you get high quality value for your money, and, more importantly, your dog gets the very best nutrition available.”

Essiac Tea for Dogs

http://www.caninecancer.com/essiac.html

This is a great resource about how to use Essiac tea to treat your dog’s cancer.  There are many testimonials that offer a lot of help as well.  Here is an excerpt from the page:

“Essiac for Pets
Essiac may help your pet’s health by:

As a general guide for treating animals, it is best to assess the dosage according to your pet’s weight.

15 to 40lbs (7 – 18kg):   1/2 ounce of tea, twice per day
40 – 80lbs (18 – 36kg):   1 ounce of tea, twice per day
Over 80lbs:   2-3 ounces of tea, twice per day

The best results are seen in animals who had a much larger dose than these recommended doses. However,  an issue with large doses for pets is the amount of Rhubarb
they end up taking. Rhubarb is a laxative, and that is probably the main reason it is needed in essiac. In the first 70 years of the 20th century chemotherapy regimens tended
to cause constipation, and that is not the case anymore. Dogs have much shorter digestive systems than people, and they are much more susceptible to diarrhea. So the
larger dose of essiac must be balanced against the amount that can be taken without causing diarrhea. One way to decide what the dose for a pet ought to be is to increase
the amount until they get diarrhea and then back off.”

Disclaimer: I’m not a doctor nor do I make any claims for cures. For educational purposes only. It is not to be construed as medical advice. Only a licensed medical doctor can legally offer medical advice in the United States. Consult the healer of your choice for medical care and advice.

Tracing the meridians on your dog

“Meridians are central to Traditional Chinese Medicine, which has been the primary form of medicine in China for more than 5000 years. They are pathways in the body, which energy flows along. Meridian are usually associated with an organ, so there are meridians for Stomach, Spleen, Gall Bladder, Liver and others.(http://www.frot.co.nz/eft/meridians.htm)  Blocked energy or chi, is said to be the cause of all illness.  Some types of energy medicine involve tracing the meridians on the body to help get the blocked chi flowing again. I have done this myself with my own meridian system to stave off colds and other minor illnesses.  I thought about how I might be able to do the same for my dog and I found a great resource on youtube.