I want to share a success story with you all from Anna, a reader who recently found my website. Below she details her situation and protocol:
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“Hi Sue, your blog is amazing! I want to share my current situation with your readers as I know how hard it is to find sources of information on what pet owners are doing to help their pets with Cancer. My Bullmastiff boy, Luka was diagnosed with Histiocytic Sarcoma a month ago. He has had arthritis in his leg joint for a few years now but his limp recently got worse and his joint was swollen. Then I noticed a lump (size of a tennis ball) pop out on his chest. I took him to the vet the same day where we did a biopsy and that’s when he was diagnosed with Histiocytic Sarcoma in the lymph node. We also found out that he has it on the joint as well. We were going to go ahead with radiation as it was localized, but during his CT Scan, they found tiny growths in his lungs as well, the largest being less than 3 millimeters in diameter. The oncologist suggested we switch to Chemo instead of radiation which might buy him 3 to 6 months. In the meantime, I have done a lot of research and started him on Dr. Budwig protocol right away which he has been on for almost a month now. I also cook all of his food and took him off of all kibble and canned foods. The lymph node is half the size now and he stopped limping. He runs around with our Doberman and doesn’t seem to be in any pain. Here is the diet that I currently have him on which is very similar to yours:
– 2 stocks of Broccoli
– 4 large carrots
– half medium size cauliflower
– 4 lbs of Chicken Gizzards or Chicken Livers
– 2 Soup bones with meat on them
– 4 cloves of Garlic
(This feeds both of them for 2 days – 4 meals total for 2 large breed dogs)
I cook the bones to ensure the bone marrow is part of the soup base for about 45 min. I chop all vegetables and cook everything in Distilled Water (we live on an acreage and have well water so I am eliminating all possible contaminants). I also cook them salmon or halibut, chicken breasts and give it to them as treats and use the fish skin to wrap their vitamins.
I give him 3 tablespoons of cold pressed, organic flaxseed oil mixed in with 6 tablespoons of 1% Cottage Cheese (Liberte brand as it’s non homogenized). I mix the cottage cheese with the flaxseed oil with a fork to ensure it’s all blended together and feed it to them before the meals so it gets absorbed on an empty stomach. I also squirt liquid Phytoplankton (from Natural Health Food Store) – adult dose to the mixture, but don’t mix it in. They seem to love it.
As for vitamins:
– Vitamin E
– Vitamin Ester C (instead of Vitamin C as dogs naturally produce vitamin C so additional Vitamin C will cause kidney stones)
– Krill Oil
He is also on Deramax (nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory) for joint swelling and Gapapentin for pain but I have been giving him half the dose of what was originally recommended by the vet and he’s been on those for over a year now.
After reading your protocol and doing some research, I will add B17, Carnivora and Essiac Tea to his diet as well. I will keep you posted on his progress. Thanks again for all of the great information!”
This is so wonderful! I hope all who see this are given even more hope in the plight against canine cancer.
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.
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.)
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:
- Building immune system strength.
- Helping the body to destroy benign growths and tumors.
- Strengthening muscles, organs, and tissues.
- Removing toxic accumulation in the body, including heavy metals and other environmental toxins.
- Aiding in bowel detoxification and elimination.
- Adding strength and flexibility to bones, joints, and lungs.
- Blood purification.
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.
Note: I have been going with Dr. Olgilvie’s recommendations for diets for dogs with cancer, and he says meat is very important. Still, they had him for another 2 and 1/2 years on this vegetarian diet.
It’s really helpful to have a list of options to feed your dog when preparing his or her meals to rid the cancer from the body. It is also really important to do a lot of research before you feed your pet any vegetables we aren’t used to seeing our pets eat. I have read extensively that the cruciferous vegetables have the greatest anti-cancer, and cancer fighting properties. This means, broccoli, cauliflower, brussel sprouts, kale and collard greens (there are others in this class of veggies but I don’t know if they are safe to give your dog.) The few I’ve mentioned above are some foods I know that your dog can eat.
I often make batches of food like this in a large cast-iron, ceramic cooking surface, dutch oven. Cook it on medium heat until all the meat is thoroughly cooked and the veggies are soft. (AS MUCH ORGANIC AS POSSIBLE) This usually gives me about five days of food for my guy. I freeze half so I know it’s all still healthy and fresh when he gets to the bottom of the batch.:
3 large sweet potatoes, peeled and finely shredded. Two or 3 pounds of shredded organic carrots. (You can use a food processor, I happen to use a Salad Shooter someone gave me for Christmas.) I just removed the sweet potatoes and replaced them with carrots. Just re-read that high carbs are bad for cancer diets and sweet potatoes are high in carbs. Review is so necessary and helpful. With so much information to remember it’s easy to make mistakes.
Another good alternative to sweet potatoes is pumpkin. Also organic carrots sold out of the bag are considerably cheaper than organic sweet potatoes. Win win.
A head of cauliflower, shredded in said Salad Shooter (I’ve heard cauliflower with turmeric are a powerful combination against cancer cells.)
A bag of frozen blue leaf kale
A pound or more of ground turkey
Two chicken breasts
Two talapia fillets
A pound or two of boneless skinless chicken thigh meat Also elliminating this from his diet, replacing with lean organic beef.
Spice it with a little turmeric which is highly touted as a great anti-tumor, cancer combatant food. (Be sparing, your dog may not like the flavor of the turmeric and you don’t want to throw out a whole batch of food because he won’t eat it with a spice in it.)
(I boil the chicken in a separate pan from the rest of the food – to make a delicious pure broth that helps me to get him to drink his Essiac Tea down. Then I add the chicken after I shred it, into the large pot of food.)
I also give him 4 scrambled eggs every evening to help keep his weight up. His other food is very lean, so it takes a lot to ensure he’s getting enough calories.
I’ve varied this list up. Sometimes I use broccoli instead of kale, or string beans. I’ve used brussel sprouts and collard greens and frozen chopped spinach too. Luckily he has loved all of his meals. I think the ground turkey, talapia and chicken are the main draw.
Disclaimer: 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.