Join the 2015 Food Revolution Summit

Screen shot 2015-04-15 at 1.08.34 PMLet’s face it, Bart’s journey into health and away from cancer happened because of a drastic change in his diet. I have been able to accomplish great health with him mainly because 16 years ago to this day, I started researching nutrition and vegetarianism and how it affects our health. I acquired tremendous knowledge about America’s food supply, our total lack of support (read betrayal) from branches of government that were initially set up to look out for us, the names of players in the corporate Big Ag business who are also big names in politics, (Hilary Clinton is pro-Monsanto and pro-GMO) and immeasurably valuable information on what we need nutritionally and also spiritually from our food to thrive.

The main reason I started this website was to help educate others who know there is more to our health and bodies, and those of our pets’, than what the medical, pharmaceutical and corporate agriculture industries want us to believe. I also wanted to be able to give you great resources to pull from, and today I want to share with you one of the best collection of food experts you can find. Starting April 25th, you can learn so much about our food industry, nutrition, healthy ways to naturally prevent and treat disease, resources for finding the most beneficial foods, supplements and more by tuning into a free summit for food called the 2015 Food Revolution Summit.

I’ve read a myriad of titles about health and nutrition. One of my favorite books was called Diet for a New America by John Robbins, heir to the Baskin-Robbins fortune. I also enjoyed books on diet and nutrition by Dr. Joel Furhman, Dr. Andrew Weil, Frances Moore Lappe and Gabriel Cousens M.D. as well as several others. Most of these authors are going to be speaking in this summit and I’m really excited to renew my education as well as learn so much more. I also just read that one of the speakers is the founder of Mercy for Animals, Nathan Runkle, who I’ve never met personally but is a very good friend of someone I’m close to.

You owe it to yourself to learn about what makes you tick, what makes your pets thrive as well as your family. There is no more powerful act in this life than nurturing and loving yourself, your environment and our planet. If you truly want to find out what your super powers are, tune into this summit. It’s totally free, and totally worth your time.

Go here to register for the 2015 Food Revolution Summit.

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Walking my path with Master Zhou

xLgY4QfF8CTdP8AanEb_I5ym0hLQWCt6bqJDPwq6LpnSw8AYeiYK7nr7HPikgxbiq1DeihGS8OXhca4h2056mKI9roSRbqUNfUfN-9s2Gk7l5GkGO_fijOW_NJoNxpH8IyY9eO2bgvldjMjMixh1CRgWI6SMcScPupgpBHB447p2ukRL-_64-a4FvoANHXLFX7qPFMHXBqJ91lHQpYj2cQFHcA83ToThis past Sunday, the 12th, we took Bart for a walk in the woods. The weather was perfect. The sun was warm on my skin, and the sky a pure blue with hardly any wind at all.  I was actually a little overdressed in my hoody, and Bart didn’t have to cover up at all. We’ve been waiting for a day like this for 6 months and we took advantage when it finally came.

I love getting out into nature. It nourishes my soul after living in the harshness of the city. I realized Saturday on my lunch hour, after observing hundreds of people from out of town jump and startle at every emergency vehicle that went past while I sat among them in Water Tower Park, that blaring sirens no longer phase me as they scream past. I was amused by the out-of-towners, but not too thrilled about my own hardening.

-d5sy79ntsZwWIqIIMJuqzW_ZtqncDDNZLpebFbRJrSuLhov0kHiUavIzfGen_z0WMHgOfvRFW0vWh9xh_akA98QgGGtYxyFw5hRLqAb0-0SjYG2msCzDgR54vk7F0Oa1c2u48YBZqxcrMGBEYeKvFHAutMJb94FDVWUSd8FfxxV9huj0LYUw0Ds7iRh10k45aF32PO03kybyq9jiOnZ96X9I2TIO5So while I do get out into nature, I talk to the universe. It sounds hokey but I don’t think it’s any weirder than people praying to a god they can’t see, in the church of their choice. I talk to my god outdoors and in the sunlight.

As I was wrapping up feeling gratitude for being alive and watched over, I noticed a man approaching with a water bottle in one hand, the other hand outstretched as if he was feeling the air around him, and his eyes closed. I couldn’t help myself, I stopped in my tracks and just stared at him while he pawed at the wind. He stopped in his tracks and opened his eyes to greet me. Laughing, he began to explain that he was feeling his way down the path. His Chinese accent was a little hard to understand but I did pretty well. We introduced ourselves and he told me his name was Paul and that he was a student of a man named Master Zhou. He used to be an engineer, but now he’s focused on harnessing the abundant power of the universe. He held up his water bottle and said, “everything we need is already abundant in the air around us, just as there is H2O in this bottle, it is also in the air, you just have to tap into it.” He looked sideways at me and asked, “Are you with me in this thinking?” I emphatically agreed. He said, “It’s all energy, like Qi Gong, or whatever you want to call it, but you can pull it into you. You can use it to heal your dog!” It was then that I told him that I do vibrational healing work, and I do use it for my dog. After a few more minutes, we parted and I had written the name Master Zhou on the palm of my hand so I could look him up after I got home.

It was such a treat to meet this man, and I’m planning on practicing feeling my way down my path more often. This whole simple experience was a wonderful verification that when you appreciate what life has given you, it will always give you more. Check out this amazing man called Master Zhou. I might have to look him up.

 

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What about sugar and my dog’s cancer? How do I avoid it?

imagesSugar, the sweet and tempting devil that is the cause of so many health problems today, is all pervading throughout our favorite foods as well as the foods we give our pets. It doesn’t even have to come in the form of glucose because carbohydrates end up converting into sugars in the body. The truth is, sugar exists naturally in most fruits and vegetables because we need it. We have vilified this nutritional necessity with a knee jerk reaction simply because, as a culture, we just can’t control ourselves when it comes to how much we ingest on a regular basis.
 
By now, it is pretty common knowledge that sugar feeds cancer cells, but did you know that excess amounts of insulin feeds cancer?  The pancreas produces insulin in response to excessive sugar intake in order to balance out our blood sugar. When large quantities enter the digestive tract, large quantities of insulin are marched out to wrangle what would otherwise become toxic to the body.

 

In the human body, we average about a teaspoon of sugar in our blood. In dogs, normal levels range between 75-120mg, depending on breed size. The cells in the body need sugar for fuel and energy to carry out their specific tasks. One of the jobs insulin carries out is regulating blood sugar levels at a healthy normal amount. Too much sugar in the bloodstream causes the pancreas to secrete more insulin. When there is too much sugar in the food being eaten, the pancreas releases adequate amounts of insulin to ensure the body can function properly and blood sugar levels are maintained. Insulin also helps to store excess sugar in the liver for future use. Our problem as Americans is we often abuse our pancreas by indulging in sweets and carbohydrates to such an extent that we are constantly producing high amounts of insulin to our detriment. This is probably the case for the way many of us feed our pets as well. Over time, there are series deleterious effects, such as diabetes and also cancer – just to name two.

 

Some trace amounts of sugars are going to exist in almost all vegetation. The idea is to avoid too many grains and carbs which turn into sugar in the body, which is what is meant by complex sugars (sugars that are created from carbohydrates in the body.) Of course you want to avoid simple sugars too. Things like wheat flour and other foods high in carbohydrates are probably not what you want in your dog’s food. I sometimes feed Bart peas, and he gets the occasional sweet potato treat, but the idea is not to put so much sugar in the body that excess insulin is produced to balance out the blood sugar levels.

 

The body needs sugar for fuel, but not for the pleasure of a sweet tooth.
When giving berries, be sparing, consider how much excess sugar may be entering the blood stream and also try to get wild harvested berries that have not had any sugar added.

 

I have been hesitant about giving Bart too many berries over a period of time. Sometimes in the summer, I’ll chop up blueberries and mix them with parsley and whole milk yogurt for a treat, but then I usually get a little paranoid and back off, and hold the berries from his diet for several weeks before giving them again as a treat. Berries have a lot of good cancer fighting properties but they also have a lot of sugar. It is best to read labels on everything that comes with a label, like frozen veggies and fruits. We use whole milk yogurts that have only 12 grams of sugar per serving or less and I think Bart gets far less than half of a serving every day. Recently we started adding about 2 tbs of plain organic kefir to his breakfast ritual because we’ve been drinking kefir ourselves and it’s so good for digestive health. The kefir we give Bart has only 7 grams of sugar per serving, which at 1 cup is nowhere near what he gets daily.

 

The best approach where sugar is concerned for your dog’s diet is first, consult your veterinarian to find out how much is the appropriate daily intake for your particular dog, and then, like I said above read labels where they exist, and avoid foods high in carbs as well as simple sugars.

 

If you want a more in depth view on sugar, insulin and cancer, here is a great article I found. http://www.greenmedinfo.com

 

Disclaimer: I am not a doctor. This should not be construed as medical advice. Always consult the physician of your choice.
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Finding Peace in Death and Loss

Last week I posted about my cousin who died unexpectedly in a car accident. Since that time I have had a few wonderful experiences that have reminded me, and even reinforced my belief that we are so much more than flesh and bone. I’ve also come closer to knowing and understanding that there really is no such thing as death. There is only energy transforming, ever changing.

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When I was in high school, one of the things that stood out for me, and still pervades in my mind all these years later (30 or so years) was an illustration in my biology text book of the Sun radiating down onto green grass and vegetation, a standing deer eating the vegetation, then a dead deer decaying and returning to the earth producing lush greenery and vegetation, surrounded by a series of red, circulating arrows showing the cyclical life, birth and life cycle of energy. The caption read something like, “Energy can never be created nor destroyed, only transformed into another expression of energy.” I was a horrible student in H.S. I never paid attention in class, always drawing and writing notes to my friends. So the fact that this image stood out for me and actually sparked a philosophical thought process that still matters to me today is pretty profound.  The picture to the left is about as close to an image I could find to the one from my memory.

I was brought up Catholic, but what Catholics believed and taught about death just didn’t sit right with me. It’s funny that this image from a high school science text book produced more spiritual insight within me than any of the catechism I was forced to sit through for so many years. Maybe that’s the reason the Creationists have so much trouble with Science in the school curriculum. Because it makes more spiritual sense than, well – much of the bible.

Over time I came to believe that there really is no death. There is death of the body, but no death of consciousness, no death of the self. What we go through is a constant transformation in life, out of life and back into life again. I like the Hindu description of the journey of the soul. In a lifetime we are one drop of rain, an individuation of the ocean, but when we die, that drop of rain meets the ocean and returns to wholeness, only to start the cycle over again one day.

When my grandma died I was 18. It was the end of January and on the night of her visitation the world around me seemed like a vacuum, time froze, the outside air was perfectly still. Lazy, large snowflakes floated out of the night sky, dipping back and forth. Every street lamp shined like a beacon straight up into the heavens. All the members of my family saw it on our way to Grandma’s house. We were ecstatic. Others who had arrived at the house said they saw it on their journeys too. Everyone was practically singing about how Grandma showed us she is in heaven and everything is fine! It brought a tremendous amount of peace to those who were open enough to see it. I remember it like it was yesterday, but what stood out for me most was how peaceful the air was around me.

I had a similar experience 27 years later, last Tuesday, while walking down the snack aisle in Trader Joe’s. After I got the news of my cousin’s death, I needed to go outside and get some air. I walked a couple blocks to the grocery store and as soon as I walked inside everything came alive, vibrant and perfectly still simultaneously. The music overhead was familiar to me, but it resonated in a way I had never heard before, as if it was three-dimensional, tangeable. It surrounded me, and moved through me. The song was insignificant on its own, Elton John or someone, but my experience of it was incredible, indescribable. My body was humming, I could feel my hands, the energy, my aura. In my periphery, the collection of dried fruits and trail mix bags to my right glistened like jewels in a cave. I started laughing out loud, I couldn’t help myself. I was so touched and moved by that moment. I thought of how anyone witnessing me would have thought I had lost my mind, and in a sense I did for a split second. What I had been given in that moment, the Buddhists call Satori, no mind, a glimpse of enlightenment. I couldn’t believe I was having a profound spiritual experience in a prepackaged, manufactured and mass marketed environment. Instantly I knew it was my cousin Jeremy seeing the world through me, showing me what it really feels like to be alive. Just as my grandma had done so many years ago, my cousin was showing me the irony that what we think of life and death are actually the extreme opposites in reality.

It took me almost 30 years to fully understand my first experience from my grandma’s death, but this time I got it. I’ve had profound experiences after the deaths of three of my cats while listening to the radio, driving around and “getting on with life.” All three times, the songs on the radio, one after another were so significant to the animal that I had just said goodbye to. The first time it happened, I was compelled to pull out a pen and write down each song to make a playlist. The second time I pulled out the pen just to see what would show up. Significant, uncanny and meaningful songs filled my ears and my heart. The third time was after a kitten we had for a month died from FIP, and sure enough, even though we didn’t have much time together, the songs that played on the radio were songs of love, life and loss, significant and reverent. Many would call me delusional, but that’s their loss. Life is constant, changing and magical. Even when someone we love leaves the body behind, they remain, constant yet transformed and ever changing. So the next time you see a shadow out of the corner of your eye that reminds you of a cat, or dog or other pet that you once lived with, don’t shrug it off, open up to the possibility. Allow the magic to transform you and your life as well. After all, we are all just stardust dancing on the head of a pin.

“The cosmos is within us. We are made of star-stuff. We are a way for the universe to know itself.”
Carl Sagan

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An update to Bart’s Cancer Fighting Recipe

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Soon I’ll be sharing some great information with you about turmeric as medicine, but I am first putting it to work in some of the ways I’m treating Bart to see if it really is worth all the hub bub. Today I made a whole new batch of food for him with the usual ingredients, but I also added a tablespoon of unrefined coconut oil to go with 2 teaspoons of organic turmeric, and next about 3 small pinches of black pepper.

Turmeric is oil soluble meaning it needs oil in the digestive tract to be absorbed by the body, and coconut oil is great for that. But it also needs another agent to enhance its bioactivity. This means turmeric needs something to help the body really take the nutrients out of the turmeric before it is quickly passed through the elimination system. It only lasts for 6 to 8 hours in the body. To help the gut pull all the good stuff into the blood stream so the turmeric can really do its work, a little black pepper can be added. Piperine, an aspect of black pepper enhances the bioactivity of turmeric by inhibiting certain metabolic enzymes, and also by slowing down the degradation of turmeric during digestion. This actually increases the absorption rate of any drug or supplement. Black pepper is a great tool to have in your medicine cabinet!

So to simplify what I’m changing, really just adding to his weekly batch of food, and why:

1. I have already been putting 2tsps of turmeric in the batch.
2. New to my recipe is 1tbs of unrefined pure coconut oil.
3. and 3 pinches of black pepper (maybe 1/8 tsp?)

Why? To increase his body’s ability to absorb and utilize all the wonderful health benefits of turmeric to keep cancer at bay and (MY main reason at this point in the game) to alleviate arthritis inflammation and pain.

If you have anything to share, success stories or tips for turmeric usage, or anything else related to fighting illness naturally, please comment below! I love hearing from you!

Disclaimer: I am not a doctor and this information is not to be considered as medical advice. As always, consult the physician of your choice for professional medical advise.

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Is the turmeric you bought purely turmeric?

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I’ve been researching the medicinal uses of turmeric, and I’m really excited about trying it out on Bart for arthritis relief. One of the things I just found out is that some store bought powdered turmeric can have additives and therefore, might not only be lower in actual turmeric, but could contain things your dog should not be consuming, especially with a cancer diagnosis.

To determine if your turmeric is pure, do a 10 minute water test. In a small glass of water, drop a small amount of turmeric on the top of the water surface. The water should remain mostly clear with only the slightest tinge of yellow. Some turmeric will fall to the bottom of the glass and some will remain on the surface of the water because turmeric is not water soluble. If the water in your glass turns cloudy, your turmeric has been altered. It is likely the other ingredients are flour and food coloring, two very dangerous ingredients for a dog on a diet that means to avoid such things.

To avoid having to go through a purchasing trial and error, you can buy organic turmeric. To be organically labeled, it cannot be tampered with at all, so you can be assured your turmeric is pure. I get mine from Whole Foods, and even though it had an organic label, I still did the water test which proved it was pure.

The more I learn about using turmeric, the more I will share with you all. If you would like to offer your knowledge of turmeric as medicine or have questions, please leave a comment below. I always love hearing from you guys!

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Canine Influenza, Vaccinations and Dogs with Cancer

puppy-loveHere in Chicago, where Barty and I live, veterinarian clinics are warning the public about a recent outbreak that was at first believed to be kennel cough, but has since been determined to be canine influenza. There are many measures being recommended to avoid the flu virus for your dog, put the dog park and other social environments like doggy day care on hold for a while, and another thing being recommended is to get your dog four different vaccinations against the canine flu over a period of two weeks or so.

Whether a person chooses to vaccinate a healthy dog makes no difference to me, but one thing the larger public is not aware of, including many veterinarians, is if your dog has already been diagnosed with cancer, just one more vaccine could be lethal.

I want to show you a timeline someone shared with me involving her dog and cancer treatment, as well as vaccinations. What confuses me most about this is the total ignorance of the doctor involved in the treatment of this dog. I believe the study they were involved in was administering a cancer vaccine to try and stop the cancer. I do not believe the person who sent me this was at all aware of the dangers of vaccinating a dog with cancer, especially since she was operating under the guidance of her vet with this regimen. They hoped for vaccines to cure his cancer but instead they hastened the illness and eventually destroyed the dog.

The History:

8.20.07: Dx hip displaysia in both rear hips and knees

11.27.13: Dx OS in front left wrist

12.6.13: Amputation of left front limb

12.16.13: biopsy from amputation confirms OS, scans show no mets or spread anywhere so far

12.20.2013: Post-op blood work looks amazing, first round of Carboplatin Chemotherapy administered at half dosage

1.15.14: Blood work looks great, second round of Carboplatin Chemotherapy administered at full dosage

2.6.14: Blood work fantastic again, third round of Carboplatin Chemotherapy administered

2.27.14: Re-check lung films show no signs of metastasis to lungs, wahoo!!! His bloodwork did show his liver levels a little high, but because his urine was also very concentrated – she thinks that he was probably just a little dehydrated today. Otherwise, bloodwork all normal. Fourth round of Carboplatin Chemotherapy administered.

3.23.14: Blood work recheck and slides sent to Penn State – Blood work all back to perfect! Officially accepted into Dr. Masons vaccine study at UPenn!

3.27.2014: First vaccine administered, he seemed to take it well. Chest X-rays unfortunately showed lung met, only one and very small..although a large kick to the gut, we are going to continue fighting and give the vaccine time to work.

4.18.2014:  2nd vaccine administered, tumor in lung has grown to about 8mm in size but no additional mets formed – woohoo!!

5.7.2014:  Bentley received his third vaccine, chest scans showed no growth in original tumor, but is showing a couple more small nodules that have popped up. Again, still progressing much slower than what you’d typically see. Fingers crossed!

5.30.2014:    Bentley returned to UPenn for a fourth vaccine, the theory we were following is that because he does have nodules in his lungs, maybe it will take more than the typical 3 vaccines (for dogs with no lung mets) to see some good results. Unfortunately, we were right. This fourth vaccine caused a HUGE inflammatory response in his system – which had a huge negative impact on his heart. His EKG showed his heart rate was EXTREMELY high (220 when he should be between 50-100) and his heart was not in sinus rhythm at all (meaning it was beating, but not from where it should be). They immediately put him into ICU, and he remained there for 4 days..it was the scariest four days of my life. She told us that because his heart was not beating correctly and beating so fast – that he was at HUGE risk for sudden heart failure (the heart is not built to run like that for any sustained period of time). After several different types of IV meds, steroids, and working through a seizure for drug reactions..our boy started to come out of the woods Sunday. It will still take some time for his heart to settle down and get back to normal (fingers crossed that his heart does actually return to normal and that there are no long term side effects). Dr. Mason, Dr. Hezzell, and the ICU team at UPenn are nothing short of extraordinary. I have no doubt that their thoroughness saved his life! Now we have to take a step back and reevaluate and decide where to go from here. We have obviously decided to stop the vaccines, but still have the options of chemotherapy again. We are also hopeful, that because his body had such a huge response this time to vaccine – that maybe that means it is destroying the cancer! We will wait to be sure his heart is ok, and then meet with his oncologist to decide what treatment we want to pursue, if any.

7.2.2014: The tumors in his lungs are continually growing. We have opted to not pursue more chemotherapy as we don’t feel the benefit outweighs the risk. Bentley hates the vet and hates being away from me, he is also high risk now because of his heart. We have decided to load up on supplements and love and enjoy the time we have left with our baby boy.

7.24.2014: We helped our sweet boy journey to the rainbow bridge. My heart still aches, and I cry everyday. But I also smile everyday knowing that my sweet baby boy is watching over me, until we meet again.

I feel for this person and her poor dog. I know that in her heart of hearts she was doing everything she could to save her dog.  Why shouldn’t she believe that her vets were doing the right thing? After all, they spend years getting degrees and beyond to become licensed veterinarians. However, much of what is taught in the veterinary educational field is provided for them by representatives of the pharmaceutical industry, which is one reason a majority of DVMs are are so blind to the dangerous effects of vaccines on unhealthy animals. This is never addressed in their education. It is my hope that we can spread awareness of how dangerous vaccinating a dog with cancer is so that the public can stand up and tell their doctors they will not take such a risk with their pets. That is why I am sharing this with you. Once again, please, never vaccinate your dog if he or she has a compromised immune system and especially if cancer has been diagnosed.
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Death, Love, Canine Cancer and Hormones

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My cousin Jeremy and Puppy (my deaf boxer) around 1990.

I’ve been thinking about love a lot lately. I lost a cousin two days ago (3/30/15) in a car accident, and the news of his death really put me in shock. Losing a loved one, whether it be a human or animal companion is quite possibly the hardest thing life hands us. I’ve been thinking about how I want to tell everyone I love, just how much I do love them and so I’ve begun making the rounds.

Before my cousin’s accident, I had been researching a hormone that runs through our veins that’s responsible for our ability and proclivity to love and feel affection for others. It’s called oxytocin, also known as the love hormone. It’s still a mystery why we release more of the hormone when in the company of some over others, but it is definite that oxytocin is the main reason we bond together and probably one of the greatest reasons we have survived and proliferated as a species.

We’re not alone in our hormonal servitude, scientists have recently been conducting studies on animals and oxytocin and the results are pretty thrilling and not at all surprising to me. What they have found is that oxytocin, also present in the bloodstream of our other mammalian brothers and sisters, elevates at rates that can actually prove animals experience and feel love just as we do. Researchers conducted several tests where they let animals play with other species for a certain amount of time and measured before and after levels of oxytocin. One experiment involved a dog and a goat who normally play together on a regular basis. When scientists compared the levels of oxytocin of each animal after several minutes of play and romping, their hormone levels revealed that the dog really enjoyed playing with the goat and felt a strong friendship for her, but the goat’s level of oxytocin was so high after playing together it was revealed that she felt true romantic love for her dog companion. That’s just so darn sweet!

It has also been determined that our dogs and cats experience higher levels of oxytocin when they cuddle with us for a few minutes or longer. Of course we humans are effected hormonally by interacting with our four-legged and feathered loves as well. When we first brought my now oldest kitty Scout into our home and hearts, I had an experience with him that still floors me to this day. I was holding him in my hands (he was only 7 weeks old) and while gazing into his eyes and I sincerely felt a physical pull on my heart. I fell in love with this black and white tuxedo kitten, not romantically but deeply attached in an instant. He’s been my baby boy ever since.

On another note, medical science has shown that women who breast feed their children are less likely to develop breast cancer than others who have never breast fed. The oxytocin released between mother and child during this intimate exchange is one cause for the strong love bond between mother and child. It only makes sense to try to determine if the oxytocin could be the reason for lower cancer rates and of course, oxytocin studies have been done on patients with canine breast cancer. I don’t have full statistics on the matter but I have read sections of a few scientific papers which all state that an increase in oxytocin had actually slowed down the proliferation of cancer cells in some lab experiments. I honestly looked for this information seeking validation based on my own expectation that increased levels of oxytocin (or LOVE) would be powerful against cancer.

I don’t have any profound messages to add to this except that if anything could be a strong ally to help fend off cancer, it surely would have to be love. Some people say food is love, and maybe that’s one of the main cancer fighting ingredients in my home cooked meals for Bart. I do love to cook for him and he really loves to eat what I make. But in all honesty all I know is, life can be long or short, and it’s important to let yourself love and let your love be known, if for no other reason than for good health. I’m happy to say that I reconnected with my cousin a little less than a year ago with a huge tearful hug after many years apart. We had grown up together as children and I have always considered him and his older brother (who also tragically passed about 10 years ago) as my brothers from another mother. I’m pretty sure they felt the same about me. So I’m  at peace with his passing because I know he’s with me now more than ever.

To everyone who reads this, be love, give love and get as much love as you can in this life because you deserve it! And it’s also really healthy.

Much love to you and yours from Bart and me.
I love you, Jeremy (Jermy Wormy) ;)

 

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The FDA is Holding a Public Forum on Homeopathic Medicines and Products

FDA_Approval_of_mHealth_appsIn a couple weeks (April 20-21, 2015) the FDA is conducting an open forum to hear from the public on homeopathic remedies and products labeled as homeopathic. If you would like to participate, please see the details below. This information has been copied exactly from the FDA website.

http://www.fda.gov/Drugs/NewsEvents/ucm430539.htm

Homeopathic Product Regulation: Evaluating FDA’s Regulatory Framework After a Quarter-Century

The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is announcing a public hearing to obtain information and comments from stakeholders about the current use of human drug and biological products labeled as homeopathic, as well as the Agency’s regulatory framework for such products. These products include prescription drugs and biological products labeled as homeopathic and over-the-counter (OTC) drugs labeled as homeopathic. FDA is seeking participants for the public hearing and written comments from all interested parties, including, but not limited to, consumers, patients, caregivers, health care professionals, patient groups, and industry. FDA is seeking input on a number of specific questions, but is interested in any other pertinent information participants would like to share.

Date

April 20-21, 2015

Time

9:00 am to 4:00 pm

Location

FDA White Oak Campus
10903 New Hampshire Avenue
Bldg. 31, Room 1503A (Great Room)
Silver Spring, Maryland 20993

Attendance, Registration, and Oral Presentations

Registration is free and available on a first-come, first-served basis. If you wish to attend or make an oral presentation, please reference section III of the Federal Register Notice (Attendance and/or Participation in the Public Hearing) for information on how to register and the deadline for registration.

Webcast Information

If you cannot attend in person, information about how you can access a live Webcast will be located at Homeopathic Product Regulation

Agenda

The agenda will be posted soon.

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What Makes Bone Broth So Good For Dogs?

2482_1Did you know that adding broth to your dog’s regular diet is really good for your pooch? One of our weekly rituals is to boil chicken to make a nice gelatinous broth for Bart to get him to drink down his Essiac Tea every day. First I’ll share with you the benefits this food can give your dog and then if you’re convinced and want to give it a try, I will also give you a recipe.

As I stated before, one of the main reasons we started doing this was to just get him to drink his Essiac Tea. I have a feeling this tea doesn’t have the most appetizing flavor all alone for most dogs. It smells okay to me, but it’s very herbal and a little odd if not earthy. I’ve never tasted it myself, and he has never willingly slurped it up without a bit of a savory encouragement. I do know for certain that Bart loves chicken more than just about anything and so it was the most logical go-to for my boy.  You might consider this a really good place to start if your dog seems like he or she is not interested in food after being diagnosed with cancer.

At first we’d simply boil up a leg and a breast. Then we’d shred the meat and disperse it between Bart and the kitties. I later found out that it was a fantastic addition to his diet, and the more bone and cartilage in the broth the better, so now we boil up a whole chicken at a time.

Here’s why:

First, it’s great for joint health and arthritis. The cartilage and marrow, when boiled long enough come out of the bones and turn the liquid into a lovely gelatinous mixture when chilled. Bone marrow is a dense source of fat-soluble vitamins, some of which are glucosamine, chondroitin, gelatin and other vitamins that aid in building and maintaining healthy joints.

Bone broth is high in protein and glycine, an amino acid that is crucial in proper neurological functions and the nervous system. It also contains proline, an amino acid that is great for elasticity in the joints and skin, and helps maintain muscle tissue.

Chicken bone broth boosts the immune system and helps to fight against colds, the flu and upper respiratory infections. So there is truth behind the belief that chicken soup is good for colds. Bone broths are great for fur, nails, skin, teeth and of course bones as well because they are rich in calcium, magnesium, phosphorus and other trace minerals.

There is so much more I could write to further detail how great this simple, inexpensive and healthy food is for your dog, but I think what I’ve shared here should be enough to peak your interest. That’s why I’m just going to go straight into how to make your own, which is far superior to store bought broths.

We make Bart’s homemade broth by placing a whole chicken in water at a depth of about two inches above the surface of the chicken and a teaspoon of moist grey Celtic Sea Salt. Bring the water to a boil, reduce heat to a low setting, cover and let simmer for 2 hours. You can add a little apple cider vinegar or lemon juice (1-2 tbs depending on the size of your pot) to slightly acidify the water and help draw out more of the minerals from the bone. Some people cook it covered in a crock pot all day on low after cooking on high for an hour. You can also add certain herbs and spices to supply even more benefits for your dog’s health. Just make sure whatever you choose to add is okay for your dog to eat. Never use onions, they are toxic to dogs, but you can throw in a little turmeric and or kelp.

There are some other ways to prepare broths, you can use mostly bones, meats other than poultry, and you can cook it down for much longer than I detailed, but I personally prefer the method I have shared above.

If you would like to share your own broth recipes, please add them in the comments below. I always love hearing from you!

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If my dog has cancer, should I eliminate meat from his diet?

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When we first found out that Bart’s tumor was cancerous, I immediately began researching for a nutritional response to cancer. There was close to nothing out there on dogs and nutrition for beating cancer. It’s crazy how now there is so much information available that it is confusing and overwhelming just 3 years later. I can’t help but wonder if I’m partially responsible for this. I immediately began putting together this blog because I felt that people really needed to know this stuff as it related to dogs, because when I started it truly was like hunting for the proverbial needle in the haystack. I had to first look up what people were doing to heal their cancers with nutrition and then fact check these techniques to find the compatibilities with dogs. There are many things that human beings are using to heal cancer that dogs can take or ingest, and there are also many others that your dogs can’t do. Our systems are similar, but they are not exactly the same. Both dogs and people are omnivores, and I have heard of people feeding their dogs a strictly vegan diet. So naturally when I started searching and found that the best thing for human beings with cancer is a vegan diet, free of fried foods, breads and sugars I assumed the same was true for dogs. Meat in the human body creates an acidic environment and the goal is to bring the body into an alkaline state, but as it turns out this is not the case for dogs.

The best way I can explain this is to go back to the basics. Before dogs were domesticated, before humans were domesticated, our diets were very very different from today. Let’s start with people. One of the unique things about humanity that separates us from the rest of the animal kingdom is how we evolved cognitively. We are the only mammal that dwells (emphasis on the word “dwells”) in the past and the future, and this was a quantum evolutionary leap that took place after we were mere survivalists. We always hear about how humans began as hunter-gatherers, but to be hunters we had to make the cognitive leap to creatively discover our ability to design, make and use tools, to project into the future and plan to hunt and kill animals for a meal we would dress, prepare and cook. This obviously came to us after we spent much of our development scavenging as opportunists. We had to begin as mostly vegetarians, much like the great apes of the rainforest, and our dental structure proves this to be true.

Compare our teeth to the teeth of dogs.

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I won’t go into the anatomical details explaining why our jaws are designed as they are. It is however obvious that dogs’ teeth were designed to catch and tear prey, where as our teeth are mildly sharp with only a few points and grooves away from the teeth of grazing animals.

Dogs were designed to eat meat, but their teeth lack the grinding design that would enable a creature to crush vegetation. The way they ingested and assimilated their vegetables in the wild was mostly from the stomach contents of their prey. The food of the prey had already been broken down fully or partially in the digestive tracts of the animal being devoured. Metabolically, vegetarian prey animals and dogs have a symbiotic relationship, and this is how the omnivorous aspects of the dog exist. When you remove the critical predigested nature of vegetation, you leave the dog without the proper enzymes needed to assimilate most of the vegetables. This is one of the reasons it is imperative to add supplements to a home cooked diet for your dog.

By observing the nature and design of the dog’s dental structure, it should be clear that meat is crucial for its survival and optimal health. When designing a diet to fight cancer, you want to provide the most beneficial, efficient and nutritionally dense food to the patient so that the body can function at its most advantageous level. And this is why a dog needs an animal protein diet to accomplish this task.

If you still have worries about this issue, I highly recommend reaching out to a trusted veterinarian who is well educated in nutrition. Ask if they’ve ever seen a dog thrive on a vegetarian diet the way a dog on animal proteins thrive. Get as much information as you can to help you make your decision on what to feed your dog.

If you would like to add your opinions, questions and ideas, please leave a comment below. I love hearing from you!

Disclaimer: I am not a licensed doctor. This information is not intended to be considered medical advice. Please consult the medical practitioner of your choice.

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For a dog with cancer, to salt or not to salt?

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Salt is a controversial subject where cancer and diet are concerned. I have read that if you or your dog has cancer, it is imperative to eliminate as much salt from the diet as possible, but the truth is this kind of advice is very rash and highly uninformed. There are detailed specifics about salt and the body, the various kinds of salts available and how the body responds to them and needs them to function.

The first thing to know is the kind of salt you really should avoid for you and your dog. I was told as a child that it was important to get the iodized salt in my system to avoid developing a goiter, which is an enlarged thyroid gland due to a nutritional deficiency in iodine. Iodine is needed for the thyroid to function properly. Some foods that can be high in iodine are dairy products from cattle that have grazed on iodine rich land, salt water fish, seafood, kelp and can also be obtained by using unrefined sea salt, and some refined sea salts which contain trace amounts of iodine.

Table salt also known as iodized salt is a toxic poison that should be avoided. Consuming iodized salt is bad for heart health and can contribute to all kinds of maladies including cancer. Refined table salt has been stripped of the important minerals that the body needs to function, and replaced with chemicals and aluminum to prevent caking and increase shelf life.

Unprocessed sea salt is off white and often grey or pink in color because it contains additional minerals that the body needs for proper cell function and metabolic health. Natural sea salt actually has more of the right kind of iodine than processed table salt which has been labeled “iodized.”

Below is an excerpt from healthwyze.org, and it details why we do need salt for good health and normal body function.

Sea salt naturally contains selenium, which helps to chelate toxic heavy metals from the body. It also contains boron which helps prevent osteoporosis, and chromium which regulates blood sugar levels. Sea salt is one of the few sources for safe copper ingestion, and copper helps the body to form new arteries whenever the main arteries become too clogged. Small quantities of sea salt will actually lower the blood pressure of most individuals, because it provides the trace minerals that aid with blood pressure regulation. It can only stabilize the blood pressure when the industry-depleted salts are removed from the diet. From http://healthwyze.org/

We need salt to live and salt is so much more than sodium chloride. I add Celtic Sea Salt to Bart’s food when I cook the large batch. I also add it to the water in which I boil his chicken for broth. I use small amounts in each, but it is important to be sure that your dog is getting these important minerals, not to season the food but to help make it complete so your dog is getting everything he or she needs to function well.

Celtic Sea Salt can be purchased online or at stores like Whole Foods. It is grey in color and slightly damp. These salts are harvested by hand by local people of Brittany, France, and the way it is collected is gentle and kind to the environment.

If you have any questions or thoughts you’d like to add, leave a comment below. I love to hear what you think!

Disclaimer: I am not a doctor. This information should not be construed as medical advice. For professional medical assistance, consult the practitioner of your choice.

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Can My Dog Eat Lemons?

 

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FYI – if you haven’t figured it out yet, I’m a huge fan of language and so I might be a little geeky from time to time where some words are concerned. That’s why before I really get into the reason for this post, I just want to share with you that I’m a little distracted by looking at the word “citrus.” CITRUS – doesn’t that look weird? I’ve used it a million times, seen it a million times, but I’m not sure if I’ve ever written it before, and maybe that’s why it’s just so odd looking to me. Citrus     c i t r u s     c-i-t-r-u-s.      Okay, I’m done.

Back to the reason we’re here, earlier this week I developed a recipe for homemade treats for Bart, just for fun. I based the ingredients on things he loves to eat and also things that I enjoy and believe make everything taste better. Two of which were ginger and lemon juice. It is common knowledge that dogs do not like the smell of citrus, so it might always take a little sneakiness to get it into their systems. I also know for a fact that Bart doesn’t care for ginger, but I also know it is really good for him. So I used it sparingly and he didn’t seem to mind it at all. The lemon juice was a first try for me and Bart, and if he doesn’t like it, he never let it show because he gobbled those treats down like manna from heaven. It was a fun project through and through.

So lemons and dogs, do they mix? Well, of course I would not have put lemon juice in his treats without doing the research and what I found is, yes they go very well together. As with just about everything, you want to be conservative about the amounts of lemon you give to your dog, but this super sour sucker is packed with a lot of wholesome goodness, including vitamin C which protects our cells from free radicals that can cause cancer.

FYI: The lemon tree and leaves are actually highly toxic to dogs and cats, (and horses) and should be kept away from curious leaf chewers for sure.

Here’s a quick rundown of some of the benefits of lemons for your dog:

• Lemons have high levels of antioxidants which can help reduce the common symptoms of aging.

• Although they are acidic, they have an alkalizing effect when digested and help to balance the body’s PH levels, thereby aiding in alleviating arthritis pain and fighting cancer.

• Lemon juice is an antibacterial, anti-inflammatory, antimicrobial, antiseptic and  antioxidant.

• Great for digestion, adding lemon juice to your dog’s water can help with diarrhea and constipation, but only if you can get your dog to drink it.

• Some believe that adding lemon juice to a dog’s water can alleviate halitosis

• Lemon juice boosts the immune system.

• It’s high in potassium, which is a nutrient that we all need to get more of into our diets, and this can also stimulate appetite in dogs that may not want to eat for whatever reason.

• The vitamin C in lemons helps to boost nutrient absorption.

The list goes on. Like I said before, it should be given in small amounts, but along side of so many other amazing foods that can be used as medicine, it is a nice addition to the arsenal. For example, there are recipes of health boosting teas that call for blending lemon juice, cinnamon and turmeric.

I’m currently reading Dr. Mercola’s new book “Effortless Healing,” and in it he emphasizes that the closer to raw our vegetables and fruits are, the more healthy and nutritionally dense they are for the body. If you can get your dog to ingest some lemon juice in the raw, that’s wonderful. I put mine in the cookies that I baked for Bart, and at least he’s reaping some benefits of lemon. I’ll experiment with lemon juice some more in the near future and I’ll let you know what happens.

If you have any tales of lemons and pups, please share them with us all by hitting the reply button. I love hearing from you!

Disclaimer: I am not a medical practitioner and this should not be construed as medical advice. Consult the healer of your choice for professional guidance.

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The homemade dog treat experiment was a success!

securedownloadFirst off , if you haven’t seen the original post with the recipe you can see it here. Secondly, the experiment was actually sort of a success. I had to tweak the recipe a bit, and learned a few things from mistakes I had made, but I updated the other post so that the recipe works better. The big success was that Bart went crazy for them! It was pretty fun to see that he really liked what I had made. There were a couple questionable ingredients that I put in them that I know for a fact he doesn’t like, one being ginger and the other being lemon juice. Dogs hate citrus, but lemon juice is really good for them, so anyway you can get your dog to eat lemon in small amounts – you know without forcing it – is a good thing.

I tasted them too and they aren’t half bad. If I were making these for people to eat, I would have upped the ginger, lemon and added sugar, but for dogs, no sugar is needed nor is it good for them.

They look a lot like granola and made a good amount of treats that will last us at least a week, maybe two. I froze some of them to be sure they keep long enough.  I used flax meal in place of quinoa flour because I couldn’t find the quinoa flour anywhere. I think they might have been a little more cookie-like and less grainy if I had the other, but I don’t know for sure. I’ve never baked with quinoa flour before. This is my first grain-free gluten-free baking endeavor.

I also tried to bake too many too close together all at once on the pan. Like I said in the post the precedes this one, I’m a good cook, but I could take baking lessons for sure. I’ve just never been interested in baking before. Leave it to my dog to make me try new things. These treats are grain-free, gluten-free and vegetarian, the yogurt keeps them from being vegan, but I don’t think it’s a necessary ingredient. You could use a little water instead, or maybe leave it out all together as this made a very moist dough.

I updated the original post with the recipe to reflect my changes and tweaks, and you can read it here.  I would love to hear from you if you try this one at home or have a different grain free recipe to share. Thanks for reading and enjoy!

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Homemade Dog Treat Recipe for a Cancer Fighting Diet

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I recently bought some Almond Flour at Trader Joe’s so I could try my hand at making some homemade grain-free treats for Bart. Since he loves carrots and coconut oil so much, they will be main ingredients in the recipe. I’m a pretty good cook, but I’m not too sure about baking. Baking is an art form that, in order to be successful, must be treated with scientific precision in measuring, timing and temperature. Properly sifting and measuring an ingredient can make the difference between a delightful delicacy and homemade gravel.  I’m sure Bart won’t complain too much if the cookies are too hard or oddly shaped, or even discolored, but I am going to make him some treats that I plan on sampling too.

First I’m using almond flour and quinoa flour instead of wheat flour because a dog with a cancer diagnosis should avoid all grains. Grains are starchy and turn into sugar in the body, which is great for cancer cells to flourish and thrive.

Almonds are of course a nut, and quinoa is neither a grain nor a legume, but closer to being in the family of spinach or beets. Both of these foods are good for fighting cancer. They are probably best for you when not thrashed into powdery and grainy powders, but for an occasional treat they have got to be better than just about anything you can buy pre-made and packaged in a store.

After I make these, I’ll post a picture and let you know how it all went.

Here’s what my first experimental recipe looks like.

Ingredients:

1 cup almond flour

1 cup garbanzo and fava flour

(or 1 cup flax meal in place of either of the above.)

1/2 tsp Ceylon cinnamon

a pinch of black pepper

1/4 tsp of moist Celtic Grey Sea Salt (Do not used iodized salt, or any other salt if you don’t have moist Celtic Grey Sea Salt - this is the only kind of salt a cancer patient should ever have – and still should be used sparingly.)

1 egg

1/4 cup melted coconut oil

1tbs lemon juice

1 minced apple (my favorites are pink ladies, granny smiths, jazz and fujis, but use whichever apples you think your dog would prefer.)

3 grated medium carrots

2 tsp of grated fresh ginger – or pressed in garlic press

Directions:

  1. Preheat the oven to 350 F degrees and cover baking sheet with parchment paper.
  2. Pre-chop your carrots and apples and set them aside in a bowl. I use a Ninja Chopper. It’s super fast and small, comes with it’s own container, it has lasted me a really long time so far, (over a year with heavy weekly and sometimes more often use) and it’s really cheap.
  3. In a large bowl, blend dry ingredients. Gradually mix in lemon juice, yogurt, melted coconut oil, egg and remaining ingredients.
  4. Mix until a moist dough ball. It will be a crumbly, yet sticky mess, but this is good.
  5. Put parchment on the cookie sheet and evenly space small spoonfuls (like a teaspoon size ball) on the sheet so they have about a couple inchs of space between each cookie. Gently flatten each cookie down with your finger tips so that they not taller in the center than the sides. You will need to cook a few different cookie sheets worth.
  6. Bake in oven for 20-25 until golden brown. Allow to cool for several minutes. Place in an air tight container or zip lock freezer bags. Keep in refrigerator or freezer for a longer shelf life.

If you have recipes or ideas, post them below and share your ideas with me. I love hearing from you and finding out what others like me are doing for their dogs with cancer.

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4 helpful tips about water and your animals with arthritis.

1703-dog-in-waterMost people are aware that tap water is often fluoridated, especially in the US. And it is also common knowledge that municipal tap can water be loaded with impurities, many families use filtration systems in their homes these days. But did you know that the quality of water effects animals and can exacerbate arthritis?

1. Fluoride has been deemed safe for humans in the quantities it is dispersed throughout our city water, but what is considered a safe amount for larger framed creatures like us might not be as easy on our animals.  Smaller creatures that consume higher quantities of fluoride often begin to feel the effects in their joints as they age, and it shows up mostly as arthritis. If your older pet is having a more difficult time getting around than she used to, it may help to change the source of water you are giving them.

1. Although Reverse Osmosis is a filtration system that actually removes fluoride from water, it is not an ideal solution and can even make matters worse. I actually bought a reverse osmosis system from Costco to put under my sink a few years ago. It was too large and so it still sits in a box in my closet. This was a blessing in disguise because I later found out that RO purified water is now being shown to be unsafe for human and animal consumption. The process of  RO is one that was meant for industrial machinery that requires hyper-sterilized water. When water is purified in this way it becomes a harsh chemical so devoid of any minerals that it actually leaches the body of calcium and magnesium in a very short amount of time during regular consumption.

3.  Don’t lose heart, because there are other options that you can find to give your pet good clean fluoride-free water. One thing you can do is purchase bottled spring water. Fluoride does occur in natural spring water, so it’s good to know the regional source of the spring from which your water comes, but as long as none is being added, you should be  alright. It is also important to note that Aquafina and Dasani are actually Pepsi and Coca-Cola processing plant run-off waters. They are sourced from municipal tap water supplies and should be passed over when looking for a good water for your pets. Check out USA Today’s article on best and worst bottled water here.

4.  Another option that some people prefer are live spring sources where you collect the water yourself. Although it is less convenient than buying it in a store, depending on where you go it’s probably going to be cheaper and even free in many cases. There is a wonderful website you can search called findaspring.comCheap Health Revolution has this to say about collecting live spring water.

“… another thing that happens in the soil… All soil on earth, on the surface of the earth everywhere is covered with soil and rock, it’s crystal. All soil is crystal. It can be large or it can be small chunks but it’s all crystalline. And if you know about crystals, they have real energy in them. Not some kind of new-age-woo-energy, they have real electrical energy in them. […] Crystals are resonators of energy, they are amplifiers of energy […] … it’s quantum physics, and you can do real, practical things with it. There’s tons and tons and tons of things being done with crystals in science.

“So nature’s crystallography is in the soil! And these crystals pick up energy from the sun! They’re picking up all kinds of photon-energy and turning it into all kinds of other energy, and then imparting it into the water that is flowing down through the soil and picking up the ormus [minerals]… [ …] – See more at: http://www.cheap-health-revolution.com/live-spring-water-benefits.html#sthash.qGtce3RE.dpuf


This is how we often get water for Bart in the warmer months and may very well be one of the reasons for his long term survival. You just can’t get more natural than getting living water from a spring yourself. Of course you want to be sure that the water is safe to drink. The link for “find a spring” often has information on each of the springs that are shown on the map, but if not for your closest spring, you can buy a test kit online. Check it out and let me know what you do for your pets drinking water by commenting on this post!

 

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How to Holistically Prepare Your Pet Before a Vaccination

VACCINATIONS_Featured1Do you know the risks of vaccinating your pet? Did you know there are natural ways that you can prepare your pet’s system to reduce those risks before and after a vaccination? I am not anti-vaccine, however, I do feel that we are often forced to over vaccinate our pets by law, as well as by the pet boarding, travel and socializing industries. There are studies  suggesting that many of the illnesses we are seeing our pets suffer from today may be related to vaccinations, and especially over vaccinating. When we see statistics that state that 1 in 4 dogs will develop cancer in their lifetimes (Bark Magazine,) and Candian Women’s Health Network states, “between 1975 and 1995, the incidence of bladder cancer in dogs examined at veterinary teaching schools in North America increased six-fold,” it makes me nervous to witness a fast food nation approach to veterinary care, especially the administering of vaccines as a one size fits all band-aid. The Dog Cancer Blog -after making it very clear that the author is a professional who has seen the horrors of vaccine preventable illnesses such as Parvo, states that vaccines are important and should be issued with care and education – then added,

Now comes the murkier stuff that is not very well documented, but is suspicious and raises flags in my mind. First, the immune system has traditionally been thought of as if it had unlimited ability to to respond to things. In reality it does not. Vaccination of newborn babies creates what is called a polarity shift in the immune response. This means the immune system shifts to defend itself against the diseases in the vaccine, as a response to the vaccination. Here is a publication in humans, and here is one in mice, and here’s a related one in mice as well.

This polarity shift pulls the immune system away from cancer surveillance later in life (shown in rodents anyway), and appears to be a permanent change.  In other words, the immune system is  primed to fight infectious disease, but at the expense of protecting or screening the body from developing cancer cells.

Now, this has not been shown in dogs, but it has been in other species. And I strongly suspect that the same effects occur in dogs.

Before I even go further into the body of this post, let me be clear that if your dog has had a cancer diagnosis, you should NOT vaccinate him or her again, since the vaccine can effect the immune system in volatile and sometimes unpredictable ways that could really damage your dog’s health further.

I recently came across the procedure list of a veterinarian who uses holistic treatments in her practice, and in this list she has a standard protocol for preparing dogs and other animals to bolster them health-wise to help prevent vaccine reactions before and after. I liked the idea of this so I did a little digging to see if I could find such a protocol online to share with you. Below is an excerpt from Natural News.com that has a really large dose of information to go on. It definitely has some great information worth looking into. For the complete article of each I’ve referenced click the highlighted links in the text above.

Here are some suggestions on how to prevent the potentially deadly adverse effects from injectable vaccines, as well as intra-nasal. Please be aware that vaccine reactions often do not happen immediately. Plan ahead, if you can and be prepared! These precautions can be used for people and pets but do clear their use with your doctor or veterinarian who will, hopefully, be open to alternative treatments. If he or she is not, consider making a switch to someone who is. Remember, your doctor or veterinarian works for you. They are not God! This is a personal service contract, and you have every right to go elsewhere until you find someone whose knowledge and experience is a “fit” with your own.

The following is not intended as medical or veterinary advice but strictly offered for informational purposes:

One hour before vaccination: Take yourself or administer to your child or pet a dose of a powerful Omega 3 supplement, preferably one that is from an alternative source of marine lipids, to fish oil, such as New Zealand, greenlip mussel oil. This bi-valve mollusk is known to be a rich source of 33 essential fatty acids; 18 of which are Omega 3. The best scenario would be an Omega 3, marine lipid, that is cold-extracted and certified to be free of mercury and pollutants. If the product contains antioxidants with a high ORAC value, and/or is used as its natural preservative, all the better.?Sources for quality greenlip mussel supplements are available online.

Continue with the Omega 3, marine lipid, supplementation regularly to prevent inflammatory flare ups, which may occur at any time.?

Take a dose of additional antioxidants, such as curcumin and quercetin in particular, because they have been found to block the ability of vaccine adjuvants to trigger a long-term immune reaction.

Immediately before vaccination (or as close as possible): Take a calcium supplement. It needs to contact the mucous membranes of the mouth, so hold it under your tongue or give to pets by mouth; even a tiny bit of a calcium tablet will work.

After an injectable vaccination: Apply a cold or ice pack to the injection site. This will inhibit blood flow to the area and keep the vaccine ingredients from spreading into the blood and surrounding tissues. This is especially important for vaccines that contain adjuvants. Take your own pack with you, as the nurse or doctor will look at you as if you are insane, and we want it applied immediately.

Take a dose of homeopathic Thuja Occidentalis 30C, immediately after vaccination (or at least within 2 hours), and then every 12 hours for a total of 3 doses (more is not necessary and may negate the benefits). Homeopathy is able to head off many adverse vaccine effects, including those that may appear months or many years later. Thuja is available at health food stores that carry homeopathic remedies, compounding pharmacies, and several excellent homeopathic sources can be found online.

Additionally, board-certified neurosurgeon, Dr. Russell Blaylock, discussed his list of suggestions on “How to Reduce the Toxic Effects of the Influenza A/H1N1 Vaccine.” These excellent suggestions apply to any vaccine, and most could also be used for pets, with dosing based on their weight as a percentage of 150 pounds (the “average human” weight) . . .

Please consult with your own health practitioner before embarking on these or any other changes to your own regime, or that of your children, or your pets. Every individual is unique, and should be treated accordingly by their own medical and/or veterinary practitioner. Medicine for people and/or pets should never be one size fits all!

Do, insure that you avoid all mercury-containing seafood or any other sources of mercury, as this heavy metal is a very powerful inducer of autoimmunity, and is known to make people more susceptible to viral infections. Mercury has been found in many vaccines.

For pets, avoid tuna, salmon, and other predatory, carnivore fish and fish oils from these sources. One does not know the age of the fish when they are caught and because the older the fish, the more mercury it is likely to contain.

Do keep a positive mind set about the informed choices you make for yourself, your children, and your pets.

Please leave your input below, I’d love to hear your opinion!

Disclaimer: For educational purposes only.  This 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.
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“Second Opinion” – A Movie About The Cover Up of A Powerful Cancer Treatment

A couple months ago I came across a great documentary that I think everyone who is planning on treating canine cancer with nutrition and B17 (also known as Amygdalin and Laetrile) should see. “Second Opinion” is a great piece of investigative journalism exposing pharmaceutical company Sloan-Kettering’s unscrupulous cover up of years of promising research that proves the powerful efficacy of Laetrile. It may spark some anger in you, but it also details just how effective B17 is and its crucial place, especially in the beginning stages of fighting cancer.

If you get a chance to see the follow up footage, I highly recommend watching every minute.

You can rent it and watch it immediately by going here.

Check out the trailer:

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The Powerful Ingredients in Essiac Tea and Canine Cancer

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Essiac Tea is given its name by Rene Caisse (“caisse” spelled backwards,) is a concoction brewed from eight main herbs. The original formula is believed to have its roots from the native Canadian Ojibway Indians. (The FDA and pharmaceutical industry hate this stuff and refute its efficacy every chance they get. Still, millions of people are praising it as a necessary remedy in the fight against cancer based on first hand experience. I would agree with them because of my success with Bart and this tea.)

There is a grand debate about whether the original Rene Caisse recipe had 8 herbs versus 4 herbs. I personally subscribe to the 8 herb recipe, because that is what I have been using successfully with Bart for over 3 years now. The eight herbs go as follows:

Sheep Sorrel – This is supposed to be the main cancer fighting ingredient in the concoction but it is important to have the entire root, so if you find another provider than what I share with you, be sure to ask if they use the whole root in the production of their tea.

“You can buy the crushed leaves but they are no good alone.  I found this out when I needed so much, when treating three to six hundred people afflicted with cancer every week for eight and a half years.  I do know that the whole plant is needed.”  – Rene Caisse to Dr. Chester Stock, Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center, January 1975. (Sheila Snow Fraser Essiac Archive Collection)  – See more at: http://renecaissetea.com/#sthash.aCnhWjQH.dpuf

Burdock Root – Also an important cancer killing ingredient, an immune system enhancer, helps to cleanse the lymphatic system, a blood purifier, good for the kidneys, liver and lungs. It is an anti-bacterial, anti-fungal and contains tumor protective compounds. (The list on all of the health benefits of each of these herbs continues far beyond what I am sharing here)

Slippery Elm – Aids in digestion, urination, sore throats, coughing and can also be used as a mild laxative when constipated and it can also help to halt diarrhea. It contains inulin, (not to be confused with insulin,) which is good for the spleen, pancreas and liver.

Turkey Rhubarb – Somewhat similar to slippery elm can treat diarrhea in small doses, and is a laxative in larger amounts. It can stimulate the appetite, the colon, and bile flow. It aids digestion, soothes the liver and is an anti-tumor agent.

Kelp, Red Clover, Blessed Thistle and Watercress are the remaining four ingredients which boost immunity and aid in digestion, liver and gall bladder health, and are rich in nutritional value.

Below is a great resource about how to use Essiac tea to treat your dog’s cancer. There are many testimonials on this site that offer a lot of help as well. Here is an excerpt from the page: http://www.caninecancer.com/essiac.html

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

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.”

I get my Essiac Tea from a bulk supplier and it is a very good price comparatively speaking to most of what is being offered on the internet. They use the 8 ingredient recipe and the whole Sheep Sorrel plant including the root. I’ve been using this blend for Bart for the whole 3+ years we’ve been treating him, and I believe that it is high quality, and one of the reasons he’s still here with me.

(I do not receive any commissions from this source or recommendation.)

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Disclaimer: I’m not a doctor nor do I make any claims for cures. For educational purposes only. This 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.

If you have had success with Essiac, let me know in the comments below or ask your biggest question about the tea.

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Stay- Doggeared Podcast Number 2

Brought to you by the letter “S” and the number “2” and also the word “Stay.”

Minor warning, around minute 5 I use the word “shitting,” just in case you’re checking this out at work or around kids.

This is my second episode, finding funny tracks was a little more challenging for this one so don’t hold it against me. Still there are a few laughs and the message is important. The subject for this episode is the word “Stay.”

I have finally come to a place in my life where I plan to produce these podcasts regularly, At least twice a month if my budget allows. If you appreciate the work I’m doing and would like to donate a dollar or more, please go to http://www.caninecancerremedies.com/ and click the paypal donate button in the right side bar.

Please leave comments on what you would like me to use as a subject for future episodes. Feel free to share this information and my website with anyone you know who could benefit from seeing what is collected there.

Disclaimer: For entertainment and educational purposes only.  This 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.

Show notes:

http://directory.libsyn.com/episode/index/id/3396893

Also here is the link to the SYNFLEX glucosamine product I mentioned in the last part of the podcast. Just click the highlighted word above.

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