Bart has reached 4 years of beating cancer!

I wanted to be sure to share with you all that September 18th marks the 4 year anniversary of the emergency surgery to remove a cancerous tumor the size of an orange. I thought I would simply give him the best 3 months or so of his life (the amount of time left he was given by his oncologist) by cooking a homemade cancer fighting diet for him, no chemo, no cancer drugs, just nutrition and some herbs and supplements. I had no idea I would see him reach old age. Bart will be 12 years old in November. My life has changed drastically but it’s all easy and old news now. Happy anniversary old man! I love you!!

Bart on 9/20/15 getting a stingray to kill, while I make his batch of food.
Bart on 9/20/15 getting a stingray to kill, while I make his batch of food.

A new way to think about treating cancer and other diseases.

Saw this earlier today and it really hit a home run for me. It’s a great watch for all of us seeking alternative cancer treatments for our dogs and ourselves. Check it out:

William Li presents a new way to think about treating cancer and other diseases: anti-angiogenesis, preventing the growth of blood vessels that feed a tumor. The crucial first (and best) step: Eating cancer-fighting foods that cut off the supply lines and beat cancer at its own game.

Why What You Eat Matters in the Makeup of Who You Are

I just had a great conversation with a person in a turmeric group I subscribe to. She was helping me figure out what to do with Bart and his reactions to Golden Paste. He just breaks out in a horrible rash, but I know that it helps his arthritis in leaps and bounds. I’ve been torn about what to do because he’s irritated and itchy even though his arthritis bothers him less and less when he’s taking it.

She helped me to tweak my turmeric treatment plan for him and shared a great resource for an oatmeal soak to try to help soothe his skin. I’ll share that link with you later. Before I do that though, my new friend and I shared some thoughts on the unique root that I wanted to share with you. This is how our conversation went:

Her, “When I started the Golden Paste, I had an old scar from a spider bite open back up and drain. It was so strange but it was explained to me that the turmeric removes a lot of toxins that have built up in our bodies over time. That bite was from 10 years ago but the GP managed to find that location in my body and clear it up. I couldn’t believe it.”

Me, “Oh wow! It’s a truly magical food. Seems like it has a consciousness doesn’t it? He used to suffer from demodex when he was a pup, so I’ve wondered about that too. Maybe it’s just revisiting all of that crap. It actually looks like demodex when it scabs over, but when his chiropractor looked at it and said he thought it was just from the pepper, I figured he knows best.

Her, “Wow. Yea. That is interesting about the demodex. I bet he has had a lot of underlying immune system issues that have remained undetected…and with cancer on top. Poor fella. It will be a slow road, but even turtles and snails find their destinations.

I love how you said how Turmeric seems to have a consciousness, because man, that’s exactly how I feel. There seems to be an an unavoidable energy transfer between our food and health. And it’s very evident with turmeric. Even science raves about its innate intelligence to seek and destroy pre-malignant cancer cells and leave healthy cells alone. A technology that is above and beyond our own at this point. Chemo has nothing on Turmeric as far as not destroying healthy functioning cells.

I hold a special relationship with my batches of GP. I really love making it and I think it really loves healing me.” 

So the point of this discussion is to introduce the idea that our food can be more than just filler and calories that satisfy us when we’re hungry. What if there is a greater connection between us and our food? Perhaps the reason we find some foods to be medicinal is because they actually carry some sort of intelligence that we on an unconscious level are drawn to intuitively?

I’ve spoken about this before. Our foods, the heirlooms that have been organically grown and harvested for eons, derived on their own for millions of years without interaction from humankind. These foods are actually sunlight in a dense form. Sunlight is information, light coming into formation in the form of our food via photosynthesis, which then is synthesized by us when we eat it, which in turn makes up, or rather, informs our bodies. There is a lot more to the phrase “you are what you eat” than a cutesy idea to encourage a healthy diet. You really are the stuff you put into your body because through digestion and by way of your bloodstream, whatever food you eat becomes the building blocks of your human form. That is why donuts will always become fat cells, never muscle. Food and your body together share a magical dance of communication that determine health and structure.

I’m a strong advocate against GMOs and one of the reasons for me is that whole foods that occur in nature harbor millions of years of coded information. Roses are thirty-five millions of years old, meaning when you smell a rose, eat rose petals in a salad or slather rose oil on your skin, you are ingesting intelligence from the planet that stretches back thirty-five million years! When scientists tinker with the structure of our food by splicing and dicing DNA sequences, they are scrambling messages of ancient sunlight intelligence. They are messing with codes that are intended to intelligently and perfectly interact with our bodies and help us to heal and thrive. We came into being long after our food came into form, so we should be careful not to unravel ourselves, our perfect symbiotic relationship to nature with random genetic experiments in the name of profit. I believe this is one of the reasons I have had so much success with Bart and an anti-cancer diet. I use ingredients/foods that have been proven to target cancerous cells, and support a healthy immune system. This is as much science as it is common sense. Now I know why the tradition of  giving thanks before eating has remained important over many generations. It isn’t about religion unless you worship the sun. This is about being grateful for sustenance and our connection with our food, our earth, our air and water.

The next time you sit down to eat a meal, consider it a form of communication, a communion between you and what sustains you. Give thanks and respect that which has been for millions of years so that we can exist in this blink of an eye in the span of life of our planet.

Years ago I was listening to an interview about scientists who were conducting experiments with food. They tested food that was meditated over by Tibetan monks to determine if there was an increase in nutritional value due to the focused intention. While listening, I was cutting up some small tomatoes for a meal I was preparing. I consciously paused and gave thanks to the tomato for giving itself to me and this is what appeared when I sliced it open. I don’t believe in insignificant coincidences.

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Peace to you and yours.

Here’s a link to that soothing soak for my Bart:

A Non-toxic Way to Get Rid of Pests in the House.

I’m visiting my parents in TN at the moment and it is not only excruciatingly hot here, but with the longer seasonal warmth comes a lot of little creepy crawlies that seem to be everywhere you don’t want them to be. There are lots of spiders, flying bugs and ants wherever you turn.

When we brought all of Bart’s cancer fighting necessities up into the kitchen to take over my parents’ refrigerator (he does not travel lightly,) I found my mom distracted, focusing on a legion of ants who had seized her kitchen sink area. She began frantically crushing them under her thumb, reminding me of some video games I used to love to play in the 80s. Totally conflicted because she didn’t want to hurt them, she just couldn’t stand it any longer. They’ve always had a slight battle with these creatures but this time there seemed more than in the past.

My parents also have a dog that has special dietary needs due to a pancreatic condition and they cannot afford to bring anything toxic into their home, so she was trying to figure out natural ways to deter the ants from coming into her kitchen. She tried Palmolive soap and bay leaves to minimal avail. Fortunately, I had an ace up my sleeve. I told her I was going to take care of this problem the next day and all it would take is about $10 and a trip to Home Depot.

Today I made good on my promise and I went and got her some Diatomaceous Earth, also known as D.E. It is a natural substance that occurs in massive amounts in nature. It makes up 26% of the earth’s crust by weight!  It’s also known as silica and it takes care of little six legged buggers with exoskeletons in no time. The National Pesticide Information Center states, Diatomaceous earth is made from the fossilized remains of tiny, aquatic organisms called diatoms. Their skeletons are made of a natural substance called silica.” The way it works is it gets under their skeletons and scratches them up internally and eventually desiccates the bugs.

I have to admit I am a champion of all living things and I do not like the idea of killing creatures at all, but there is a reason we prefer living indoors as opposed to roughing it in nature, and one of those is to keep away and clear of things crawling on our bodies and food.

So here’s the scoop on D.E. It’s really cheap and easy to use. It’s a messy greyish white powder and you are supposed to take precaution when sprinkling it and not breathe it in.  It probably won’t harm you if you do breathe it in as long as it is a smallish amount, but to be on the safe side, wear a mask. Home Depot sells it in a 4 lb. bag in the Garden Center as a pesticide. It is cheap and will last a long time unless you need to lavish your garden area or have a large space you are treating. If you sprinkle it around base boards or on window sills near the area the ants are getting in, they’ll march through it, get it on them and bring it back to their nest where they share it with their hive mates. The best part about it, other than being non-toxic to animals and people is, it isn’t like chemical pesticides that creatures eventually develop an immunity to and come back even more resilient and numerous from. There is no immunity to dehydration and desiccating. Here’s a link to it on Amazon. Safer Brand 51702 Diatomaceous Earth – Bed Bug, Ant and Crawling Insect Killer, 4-Pound Bag


Canine Influenza Outbreak in Chicago AGAIN?!

I just got a notice from my vet that goes as follows:

Happy Friday, Pets First Family!
It has come to our attention that CIRD, canine infectious respiratory disease, may be rearing its ugly head again this summer. The Veterinary Specialty Center in Buffalo Grove recently sent us a notification that some clinics in the Lincoln Park area have seen a few positive cases of influenza. While Pets First has had no confirmed cases, we have seen an increase in “kennel cough” patients over the last two weeks.

With this in mind, we recommend checking with your daycares to see if they have had any recent cases of canine upper respiratory infection. We also recommend minimizing interactions with other unknown dogs, so it may be best to avoid the dog park for the next few weeks. Symptoms to watch for are sneezing, coughing, nasal discharge, lethargy, and inappetence.

I would like to be sure to remind all of my readers that there is a homeopathic answer to this influenza that is worth checking out and possibly boosting your dog with just in case. It is called Monolaurin. Here is what the homeopathic vet who told me about this supplement had to say:

When lauric acid is consumed in the diet, either in human breast milk or in coconut oil, it forms a monoglyceride called Monolaurin, which has been shown to destroy several bacteria and viruses, along with protozoa like Giardia. Monolaurin is sold in tablet form in the states and I commonly used it to prevent or nip in the bud any flu or cold. Once word got out how effective it was I could not keep it on the shelf in my practice. Clients would routinely get bottles for themselves after they found they got through flu season without a hitch with a little help from this natural product.
Dr. Deva Khalsa VMD

I ordered a bottle for Bart and myself on Amazon and I’ve already given to him when he was having a runny nose and slight cough. These symptoms didn’t last long at all and he’s back to his normal healthy self now.

Click here for a link to the Monolaurin, 90 Count bottle that I bought on Amazon. For about $10 or less, it’s a way better deal than a trip to the vet! Of course you never want to refrain from taking your dog to the doctor if he or she is exhibiting severe symptoms. This is one of the reasons I suggested boosting your pup with Monolaurin now, so that your dog probably won’t catch this yucky illness down he road.