Bart celebrates his two year anniversary!

GE DIGITAL CAMERAI would have posted this on  the actual day, but my website was being slow and unresponsive and since I’ve remedied the issue let me tell you, September 29 2013 marked two years from the day that the vet at the emergency clinic gave us some very bleak prospects for our little boy’s future.  He advised that we give him chemo, and he would last maybe 8 more months. We said, “Thank you, but no.” and left the office in tears. It was shortly after that meeting that I asked my vet to help me find a  cancer fighting diet for him, and I also began doing some of my own research, adding herbs and other supplements to the regimen. And thankfully today, we still have him with us, happy, and as far as I can see, healthy as a pup should be. We took him to the beach on the 28th and for a romp in the woods on the 29th to help celebrate. Typical weekend activity, but perhaps slightly more significant for us on our anniversary weekend. The photo above was taken yesterday at the beach. He really loves the beach but he’s suspicious of the camera. He’s been accidentally flashed a couple times too many.

Here’s to you and your valiant spirit, your zest for life, and your eternal ability to make me laugh, Bart! I love you more than words could ever describe.

Today Marks 22 Months!

Here is what Bart has been up to on this day that marks 22 months since the bleak prognosis the surgeon gave after his biopsy results came back. He started his morning with this gentle romp with his playmate Bea, an amazing walk in the woods, – the weather has been outstanding – a bath, and more recently, cuddle time with Bea.

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Noni in capsule form!

Recently, our local health food store changed the brand of Noni Juice they were carrying, and the price escalated to a whopping $38.00 for 32oz. If you are treating your pooch with the same kind of regimen we are, you know that it can get a little pricey, especially if you have a larger dog. Bart weighs upwards of 65lbs these days. Well, I was resigned to suck it up and continue to purchase the juice from the same store, after all, they always have it in stock when I need it. But a few days before we were about to run out of our supply, I looked at an advertisement slip that came in my recent order from Apricot Power, the company that sells the B17 and Apricot Seeds we give Bart, and I discovered that they sell Noni in capsules! The capsules are 450 milligrams, at 90 per bottle, and the cost is $15.96 on sale from $19.95! That dose is way higher than what we’ve been giving Bart on a daily basis, so we decided we could give him 1/2  a capsule every day and save a ton of money in the process! This is going to last us for six months! We purchased a bottle on Saturday and I just got a notice that it shipped today. I will keep you all posted on how he does on the new form of Noni.

Life is showing me every day that this really is a very kind universe!

To get there go to www.apricotpower.com

 

The Power of Apricot Seeds and Cancer

I’m very intrigued by the trailer in the link below. I’m really just glad that I discovered apricot seeds and amygdalin, also known as B17, supplements (from the apricot seed) for my Bart when we got our diagnosis. He’s still doing well today. We’ve reached 16 months and are well into our 17th month of thriving and surviving. He looks great and is still happy to play, and most of all he really loves his food. We sprinkle crushed apricot seeds and an amygdalin tablet in each meal, along with other supplements.

I really love Apricot Power as a provider for Bart’s B17 needs. They are fast, cost effective, dependable and always appreciative of my business.  I can’t say enough great things about this company.

www.apricotpower.com

 

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The Benefits of Turmeric For Treating Your Dog’s Cancer

We have used turmeric in Bart’s food from the first batch of homemade vittles. Our regular vet recommended putting it in his food, and we’ve never been without a shaker full since.

A friend shared this great article on the benefits of Turmeric and I felt it was worthy of republishing here. http://www.healthdiaries.com

20 Health Benefits of Turmeric

The active ingredient in turmeric is curcumin. Tumeric has been used for over 2500 years in India, where it was most likely first used as a dye.

The medicinal properties of this spice have been slowly revealing themselves over the centuries. Long known for its anti-inflammatory properties, recent research has revealed that turmeric is a natural wonder, proving beneficial in the treatment of many different health conditions from cancer to Alzheimer’s disease.

Here are 20 reasons to add turmeric to your diet:

1. It is a natural antiseptic and antibacterial agent, useful in disinfecting cuts and burns.

2. When combined with cauliflower, it has shown to prevent prostate cancer and stop the growth of existing prostate cancer.

3. Prevented breast cancer from spreading to the lungs in mice.

4. May prevent melanoma and cause existing melanoma cells to commit suicide.

5. Reduces the risk of childhood leukemia.

6. Is a natural liver detoxifier.

7. May prevent and slow the progression of Alzheimer’s disease by removing amyloyd plaque buildup in the brain.

8. May prevent metastases from occurring in many different forms of cancer.

9. It is a potent natural anti-inflammatory that works as well as many anti-inflammatory drugs but without the side effects.

10. Has shown promise in slowing the progression of multiple sclerosis in mice.

11. Is a natural painkiller and cox-2 inhibitor.

12. May aid in fat metabolism and help in weight management.

13. Has long been used in Chinese medicine as a treatment for depression.

14. Because of its anti-inflammatory properties, it is a natural treatment for arthritis and rheumatoid arthritis.

15. Boosts the effects of chemo drug paclitaxel and reduces its side effects.

16. Promising studies are underway on the effects of turmeric on pancreatic cancer.

17. Studies are ongoing in the positive effects of turmeric on multiple myeloma.

18. Has been shown to stop the growth of new blood vessels in tumors.

19. Speeds up wound healing and assists in remodeling of damaged skin.

20. May help in the treatment of psoriasis and other inflammatory skin conditions.

Turmeric can be taken in powder or pill form. It is available in pill form in most health food stores, usually in 250-500mg capsules.

Once you start using turmeric on a regular basis, it’s fun to find new ways to use it in recipes. My favorite way to use it is to add a pinch of it to egg salad. It adds a nice flavor and gives the egg salad a rich yellow hue.

Contraindications: Turmeric should not be used by people with gallstones or bile obstruction. Though turmeric is often used by pregnant women, it is important to consult with a doctor before doing so as turmeric can be a uterine stimulant.

To read the full article in it’s original form go to:
http://www.healthdiaries.com/eatthis/20-health-benefits-of-turmeric.html

One Year!

It has been a total of fifteen months since the fateful day Bart was rushed into surgery, and today marks one year beyond the survival date the doctors gave him. I think keeping him active and eating the right foods (and only the right foods) has been the main reason for his good health, but now he’s got his kitten buddy keeping guard too. Congratulations Bart, and thanks for sticking around! Life just keeps getting better and better.

Bart And His Very Own Kitten

It has been a while since I’ve made an entry about how Barty is doing thanks to the busyness of the holidays. The news is all good. Everything is still going well, and now we have a new member of the family named Rupert. Bart is so thrilled, because Rupert being a kitten, is really accepting of him. He even gives Bart tail hugs by pacing back and forth below Bart’s belly at mealtime. It’s pretty sweet. I think the thing Bart has wanted more than anything his whole life, is a kitty that will let him get close enough to give a good sniff. He has even more than that with little Rupert. Life is good.

So here’s to my healthy boy and his new baby and best friend.

Meet Soursop, the Cancer Killing Fruit of the Graviola Tree

I’ve been hearing a lot about Soursop lately. I am not giving this to Bart, and have no apparent reason at the moment to add another item to his lengthy regimen. I have read that it is safe to give to dogs but please do your own research and find out for sure if this is accurate. Contact me and let me know if you have any experience with this fruit in the treatment of your dog’s cancer, or your own. I’m hoping to find out anything I can from real people about this supposed miracle fruit! Leave your comment by hitting the reply link below. If the comment is legitimate, (I get a bit of spam) I will respond to you too. Thanks!

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A Mortar and Pestle to save you so much time!

I finally went to Crate and Barrel to get something I’ve been longing for ever since we’ve had to crush a myriad of pills for every one of Bart’s meals, a pestle and mortar. I can’t even begin to praise it enough to do it justice! It is the second greatest tool we’ve discovered on our path to puppy dog wellness. (The first being the 2oz measuring cup, which Crate and Barrel also carries, and sells for under $5!) I want to deeply thank our Neanderthal relatives for bringing us this amazing piece of ancient technology.

And if you don’t have one already and bring it into your home for ease in preparing your dog’s meals, or even if you do have one, just look at what else you can do with it when you have that rare moment of free time from cooking for your dog! ;)

Jamie Oliver is just so cute.

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Barty’s Story

I realized that I never really put Bart’s story up on this site. I had it linked to his chipin page which has since expired. In celebration that he’s still here with us over a year later today, here is the story I drafted up last November, after his surgery and our discovery that he had what was deemed by the doctors as a rapid and aggressive cancer.

Barty’s Story 11/2011

This is my boy Bart. He came into our lives when he was seven weeks old, and for almost eight years he’s been our family’s constant companion, kitty guardian, and resident comedian. He is my pride and joy and my best friend. We have shaped our whole lives around this guy, and I wouldn’t have it any other way. We only travel to pet friendly places we can get to by car, so our loyal buddy can always accompany us, and we never stay away too long when he’s at home waiting.

Earlier this year, (2011) Bart had surgery on his right knee to help heal a tear in his A.C.L. It was a hard road to go down, since he already had his other knee repaired four years ago and we knew we were in for no picnic. We were reluctant to put him through surgery again, but it needed to be done. Aside from the fact that he had to spend an entire, excruciating night away from us at the hospital, from my dog’s perspective it was pure torture due to the fact that we had to restrict his activity for several weeks. He became so visibly bored at times that we devised little games to help cheer him up. The best of these games was the old find-a-creature-on-the-walk trick, where he sometimes encountered a wayward squeaky toy just waiting to be scooped up and absconded away. Of course, either my partner or I would smuggle said squeaky toy outdoors without notice and drop it when my pooch wasn’t looking, but we first came up with this idea when he actually did find a squeaky toy in the grass on his own. He was so proud every time he found his prize that he would guard it like a running back after receiving the ball. We ended up buying several of the exact same creature, small, spearmint green and all. He must have thought he was harvesting squeaky little neighborhood creatures that had a recent population boom.

The appropriate amount of time had finally passed for healing, and we began doing fun dog things again, going for longer walks, playing ball, walking on the beach, rough housing with other dogs. All was returning to normal until Memorial Day weekend when he woke in the night with explosive diarrhea that would not go away without help from the vet. It happened four times over the course of the next few months. We thought perhaps he had a parasite, but the vet could determine no bugs in his stool. They sent the stool sample to an outside lab, where they found he was giardia free and healthy as far as can be seen. Upon going through the fourth bout, things looked promising when our vet gave us something different called Tylan Powder, or magic powder, as we fondly dubbed the yellow debris. It was a calm Saturday, and Bart was just relaxing at home because diarrhea, as most of us know, can be truly taxing on a body. But by 1:30 that same day, things began to shift in a scary and dramatic way. Bart began stalling in an unusual way on our walk. I finally had to carry him home because he refused to budge after a while. In a matter of an hour, he began writhing in pain on the living room floor, shivering so hard his teeth were chattering. Being an energy healer, I swooped down upon him and showered him with healing vibes until he calmed down considerably, but he wasn’t really showing complete relief, and his body began retching in a backwards fashion. We thought maybe he had bad gas or a reaction to some cooked potato peels from the bland chicken and potato diet we’d been feeding him, but the call to the emergency vet assured us that there was something else happening that needed to be looked into ASAP.

After rushing to animal ER, I had to carry my 62 pound baby from the car into the waiting room. He was in too much pain to rest on the floor, and insisted on resting in my lap. Clear fluid with chunks of potatoes slipped from his mouth, splattering at my feet and causing the vet techs to hasten us to an examination room. We had no idea what was happening. The whole world started spinning as they took my boy into the back. My partner and I sat dumbfounded, helpless in the waiting room. Time crawled to a surreal pace. We halfheartedly gawked at a nearby television showing a food channel reality show featuring a doughnut making contest until we were jolted by the sound of a lab tech calling into our limbo, “Bart?” Again we were summonsed into a special examining room, and like two hungry barn hens, we scurried to the room. A large statured, blonde, German-esque woman told us that Bart’s hydration levels were dangerously low and he needed to be kept on an I.V. drip over night. As hard as that was to hear, the woman’s hulking presence gave me confidence, and we had to tear ourselves away and leave our little man in the hands of these capable folks who could help him in ways I could not. We shared a tearful goodbye, and anxiously awaited his retrieval after a very long, sleepless night. Per hospital rules we were not allowed to get him until 10 am on Sunday morning, so we devised our weekly shopping trip at a grocery store close to the vet – which was 30 minutes away from home – and timed it so we would be finished just before 10. We actually finished around 9:30 and had to keep ourselves occupied because hospital policy dictates that you need to call before you come by to visit, and by 9:59 am, I could no longer stand waiting, and I was on the phone calling to say I’m ready to pick up my Bart. The woman at the front desk said we could come in anytime and the doctor would be able to speak to us about his condition. I thought, “That’s weird. I just want to take him home. Surely he’s hydrated by now.” So I informed her that we were actually just around the corner and would be right in. It was a busy Sunday morning, and we waited for what seemed like an eternity before we were met by a different doctor from the previous night. I kept waiting for her to tell us we could take him home, but instead her words morphed out like Charlie Brown’s teacher as she spoke of fluid in his stomach, and ultra-sound, and a possible mass, and on call surgeons. My ears heard the words but my heart was not having it. I became angry with this new doctor. How could she not see that my dog was just really sensitive and scared because he’s not used to being away from home without us? After I got a few “logical” questions in, she stood firm, and refuted my logic with great patience and persistence. Something was really wrong, and it wasn’t just dehydration. Something in his digestive tract was inhibiting him from absorbing last night’s hydration treatments and at the same time causing fluid to back up into his stomach. Words of possible prognoses fluttered around me like pesky gnats, worst case scenarios and best, but all I clearly heard was, “You can have a seat in the waiting room before we’ll call you to visit with him in back.” Visit, the word was like a kick to the stomach. When we went in back to his caged hospital room, we cried and cried and apologized to our dog. I apologized for crying, and I apologized for not being able to bring him home, and I apologized for crying some more. Then we left so we could get him some food from home because he wouldn’t eat anything at the vet. The day slipped away before we got a phone call from the vet. I heard my partner, on the phone, weakly crumble, “Can we at least get there to see him first?” Bart was about to go into emergency surgery and if things went badly, she was told, they might need to euthanize him on the table. Everything dropped to the floor. We grabbed our keys and jackets and bolted. This time, I was the calm one. We took turns. So I drove the thirty minute trip, trying to stay calm. As soon as we arrived they ushered us into another exam room, and through the opposite door stumbled in a dazed Bart. We grabbed him and cried into his neck. We told him we loved him, and that if he needed to leave us, we understood, but if he wanted to stay and fight we supported him completely. They took him from us and we waited. For how long, I can’t really say. The goal during our wait was to have pure positive thoughts only. Science tells us that our thoughts shape our world and I wasn’t about to test that theory through contrarian measures. An interesting side effect of focusing on only positive thoughts, time sort of shifts and flows differently.

We discovered that he had a mass the size of an orange that had recently ruptured, which the surgeon removed along with six inches of his small intestine. He made it through the surgery, and he did well. He did great, actually. The vet asked us if we wanted to see him before we left for home, assuring us it wouldn’t rile him up, for he wouldn’t even know we were there. Well, he did know, and he tried to get up to leave with us. He remained at the emergency vet for three more days, and every day the doctors told us how surprised they were by his wonderful recovery. Bart, being a pit bull or American Staffordshire Terrier (AmStaff), is a member of a breed notorious for a high tolerance for pain. He had the entire hospital staff amazed by his resilience and determination. He was up and about the next day, loving his trips outside every two hours for a little relief. By early Wednesday evening we were ecstatic to be able to bring him home again. I honestly think even the cats missed him. And as I write this, he is lying on his favorite dog bed recovering from a surgical procedure that would have rendered any human being incapacitated for the first several days.

    He’s tough and tender all at the same time. Most of all, he’s my baby, and nothing could keep me from rescuing him.

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It has been over a year since we went through this. His diagnosis was extremely bleak, 3 months if we did nothing, and 8 months with chemo. We decided we didn’t like either of these options and began feeding him an anti-cancer, cancer starving diet with the help of my vet and he’s still here, thriving. He’s still being my clown and best friend and I couldn’t be more grateful! To see the diet I have been giving Bart click here.

Acupressure to Help Move Stuck Chi in the Body

When we took Bart in to the emergency vet that fateful day, over a year ago, X-rays were taken of his body to determine what was making him so ill. We inadvertently discovered through the X-rays that Bart has arthritis in his spine. Today, we treat his pain with a homeopathic medicine called Traumeel, but sometimes he grunts when he shifts his body, which shows us that Traumeel isn’t always enough for his pain. I learned a little bit about Chi Gong today and decided to see if I could help stimulate the stuck chi in his body to help him even more. I’m a huge proponent of acupuncture when it comes to healing my own aches from sports injuries I’ve had, so why not try acupressure on my dog?

I did the techniques shown in these brief videos below, and he was very calm and receptive. I plan to do this for him daily. I’ll be sure to give an update on whether or not it is helping him. If you’re dog needs a little help with sore joints, maybe check out these videos below. They are very brief and the actual process takes very little time. In fact it is simply a deliberate way to dote on your dog, which I’m sure you are already doing.

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B-17, Laetril, Amygdalin and Your Dog’s Cancer.

I believe one of the most beneficial ingredients to Bart’s cancer-fighting regimen lies within the Apricot Seed. It looks identical to the Almond and is rich in Vitamin B-17 or Laetril. B-17 is said to be a crucial missing element from our Western Diet, and of all food sources, it is found in the highest concentration inside the seed of the Apricot.

Some researchers believe that cancer might actually be a nutritional deficiency, and what most of us are deficient in is bitter foods. The more bitter the food, the higher the concentration of vitamin B-17, and we’ve all but eliminated these important foods from our diets here in the U.S. For example baking ingredients that used to be eaten often, like B-17 rich millet, were replaced by bleached white flour. As we became domesticated, so did our diets, and the human animal stopped eating the parts of food that gave us great sustenance, mainly because we  experienced abundance in our food supply. If you didn’t know when you were going to eat again, you probably ate every last inch of the food before you, including the seeds. Now we just eat the best tasting parts, not aware of the dire consequences to being so selective.

I’ve had a few inquiries lately about how to dose your dog with these natural foods, and although I am not a doctor of any kind, I think it’s important to make these kinds of answers easier for people to access. So I looked up a page that offers a lot of good advice on how to introduce apricot seeds and Laetril aka Amygdalin into the cancer-fighting diet, how to keep them fresh, and so on. Below is from http://www.apricotpower.com

B17 & Apricot Kernel Common Questions

Q: How much B17 (Amygdalin) is in each apricot kernel?
A: Approximately 10mg of B17 (Amygdalin) is found in each apricot kernel.

Q: How many apricot kernels should I take each day?
A: You will need to determine the best amount for yourself. With that said most people find that one apricot kernel for every 10 pounds of body weight per day spread out throughout the day is a good amount. You should build up to this amount over a few days or even weeks. Start with one apricot kernel an hour and see how you do. If you notice any unwanted side effects like dizziness, headache or upset stomach, then you are consuming too many kernels too fast. Eating six to ten kernels daily is a very common amount. But remember to never over consume apricot kernels, always start with a small amount and slowly increase that amount if you feel you want to.

Q: Can I take apricot kernels and B17 together?
A: Yes, however they should be spread out at least one hour apart from each other. If you notice any unwanted side effects like dizziness, head ache or upset stomach then you’re consuming too much too fast.

Q: How much B17 should I take daily?
A: Quantities vary from person to person depending on their needs. Research all products before consumption. Consult your naturopath, homeopathic physician, kinesiologist or physician of choice. As with apricot kernels, always start with a small amount and slow move to a higher amount if desired.

Q: Can I freeze apricot kernels?
A: We recommend you do not freeze apricot kernels. They are better kept in a cool dry place like the refrigerator or pantry.

Q: How long can I store the apricot kernels?
A: Up to one year in the refrigerator.

Q: Isn’t B17/Amygdalin illegal in the United States?
A: No, however, making claims of any health benefit has been prohibited by the FDA.

Q: Can I give these products to my pets?
A: Many of our customers do and have had no problems. Keep in mind your pet’s body weight and adjust accordingly, and always check with your veterinarian.

Bart, Almost A Year Later – Thriving!

On the weekends we take Barty into nature. Sometimes we head to the lake, and other times we go to the woods. He loves them both but I believe he prefers eating his favorite grass clumps in the woods. So last Sunday we headed west for some mother nature time, and I took a few pics of him doing what he really loves most just so you can all see how fantastic he looks on this near anniversary of life and good health.

Here’s the hunter assessing his prey.

 

 

He goes in for the kill!

Emerges victorious!

I really love our walks in the woods.

Take the Survey and Tell Me What You Really Want to See Here.

I created this survey a while ago, and have had a few really great responses with helpful requests on how I can better serve those who are searching for this kind of help for their animals. http://www.surveymonkey.com/s/KKMGXDJ

I’ve received requests like, please help with a list of toxins that our animals may come into regular contact with, that we aren’t regularly told about.  Tell us more about certain types of cancers in our pets.  And some have requested certain services be made available, which I plan to address in the near future.

If there’s anything missing on this site that you think needs to be addressed, my ears are wide open for your opinions. The survey is super short, only 3 questions, and you don’t have to answer all of them if you don’t want to. So if you feel so inclined won’t you take a minute to help guide me? Thanks! Just click the link below to be taken to the quick survey.

http://www.surveymonkey.com/s/KKMGXDJ

First Thing’s First

I try to find and publish valuable information about cancer causes, as well as promising treatments for our pets on this blog. As for remedies, I will only post about stuff that I am either using for my own dog, or other methods that I hear about that come with a lot of promising support, data and feedback from people who might be using these techniques with a lot of success.  I just want people who are coming to this site for the first time to check out the menu bar at the top. The most valuable information about treatment that I can vouch for is under the tab about the cancer fighting recipe. That page, as well as the links (aka “blogroll”) to the right, are the best things to check out first. And then when you have decided what treatment is the best for you and your dog, come back and read the other articles. There are so many causes of cancer in our everyday living, and also so many simple changes that can be made to help improve your animal’s health and your own.

I do plan to add videos and keep up with the podcast. I’ve just been really busy lately and this is a spare time kind of project for me that I think needs to be shared as far and wide as possible. Anyway, thank you for taking the time to check out this blog, and please let me know if you have things you want me to look into, report upon and go into deeper detail over. I totally appreciate the help from your end as well.