The Prime Causes of Canine Cancer
In the words of Hippocrates in the year 400 B.C., “Let food be thy medicine, and let medicine be thy food.”
We have all heard that we are what we eat, and have become more aware of GMO and the importance of organic products free from pesticides. Artificial ingredients infiltrate processed foods, as does the unknown source of the remaining ingredients.
While America was once a very healthy nation, today’s results indicate: In measure of deaths that could have been prevented with good healthcare, the U.S. ranks last among 19 developed nations, and yet we have some of the best doctors in the world.
According to Kurt Straif, spokesperson for the World Health Organization, air pollution is now officially a carcinogen, and there are no caveats about the new classification. “We know that it is causing cancer in humans!” Our municipal water supplies are often treated with Chlorine & Fluoride, but how do chemicals affect our health over time?
Cancer cells are present in all of us, and a normal healthy body with a strong immune system is capable of destroying those cells. However because of all the toxins around us, our immune systems are under what is really, a constant attack and when our organs become overly taxed, the window opens for cancer cells to bind together and form a tumor.
So what does all this have to do with the Epidemic of Canine Cancer?
Make no mistake cancer is epidemic among our four-legged family, claiming about one in three.
All dogs six and over have a 50% chance of getting cancer and the disease kills half of all dogs nine & over. Those of us who have lost a furry friend to cancer never forget the complete emptiness with their passing.
“Cancer is Cancer regardless of species, and discoveries in either dogs or humans will have rapid acceptance in the other species.” – Dr. Stephan Withrow DVM, Founder and Associate Director, CSU Flint Animal Center, Director and Chief Science Officer, CSU Academic Center.
Among the causes of canine cancer is genetics, but in reality only 10% of all cancer is genetic according to The American Cancer Society. Where does the remaining 90% come from?
In no specific order avoiding the following should enable you and your pet a longer healthier life together. Chemical based Flea & Tick Products – Most of the largest selling topical products contain, as a main ingredient, broad-based insecticides the EPA says can be carcinogenetic to humans. When a flea/tick bites a treated animal, it ingests the chemical and dies as a result. Why not prevent the bug from landing on your pet and avoid the problem? The use of Pure Therapeutic Grade Essential Oils, properly diluted, will repel the bugs so they seek out other hosts. Some of the oils will also kill them. EO’s are all natural, provided by Nature made from various specific flowers. The smell keeps the buggers away, but is pleasant to humans. I have been using EO’s successfully for over ten years.
Excessive Vaccinations – An excessive vaccination can be defined as any vaccination done without a prior titer test (blood test) to determine immunity, with the exception being puppy core vaccines. One of the leading experts in the field, Dr. Ron Schultz, Professor and Chair Dept. of Pathobiological Sciences, University of Wisconsin School of Veterinary Medicine, has studied vaccination for many years and determined in many dogs vaccines can last years, even over their lifetime. In 2011, he helped author new vaccine guidelines supported by scientific studies, endorsed by experts in immunology, infectious diseases, internal medicine, law, and clinical practice.
As a whole, the veterinary schools have accepted these new guidelines, however many veterinarians
still do not buy into the new standards. Vaccinosis is the term given to the chronic reaction of the body against repeated immunization that compromises the pet’s immune system and can cause among other issues, cancer, proven by The Veterinary Teaching Hospital at Perdue University.
A number of other serious conditions have been proven or proposed to be the result of excessive immunization, such as autoimmune disorder. Since vaccination involves altering the immune system, it is not surprising that at times, adverse reactions involving the immune system as a result of immunization also occur. Commercial Pet Foods – Stated earlier, “Let food be thy medicine, and let medicine be thy food”, is equally important for our pets because, as domesticated animals they are depending on us to make decisions for them. So Why Not commercial pet food products? Nature created dogs and cats as carnivores, (meat eaters) and they have been domesticated for many years, but only Nature can change their need for meat & bone as their primary food. (90%) With all the ingredients/fillers in commercial products, and need to meet profit margins, this is impossible.
Take a look at the way commercial pet foods are manufactured:
Rendering is the process to convert animal parts deemed unfit for human consumption by the USDA into a form acceptable for use in pet foods as deemed by AAFCO. Those animal materials are ground prior to cooking at about 250 degrees up to an hour. After cooking the mixture is spun at high speeds to remove grease & tallow. Some of this material is then added back to pet food and listed as animal fat on the ingredient label. Any remaining mixture is then dried and often becomes ‘meal’ product in many pet foods. Extrusion is the process that has been used by the pet food industry for over 50 years for about 95% of dry pet diets. Batches of dog or cat food ingredients are mixed and heated under high pressure. Extrudate is the result – a ribbon like product that is then knife cut and dried. High temperatures (above 400 degrees) and short processing time (under 5 minutes) create continuous chemical & physical alterations to the ingredient mixture including inactivation of nutritionally active factors, protein denaturation, vitamin & enzyme loss. Absent from the ingredient label is carbohydrates, needed to bind all the ingredients into pretty shapes. These carbs often total 30% or more of the entire contents and are generally simple carbohydrates (sugars) as opposed to the healthier version, complex carbohydrates from vegetables.
In conclusion, back in 1932, Dr. Otto Warburg, in Germany, really did discover the prime cause of cancer and won The Nobel Prize for Medicine for his discovery. In short, it is the fermentation of sugar in the body due to a lack of oxygen, the natural enemy of cancer. Dr. Warburg never received the acclaim he deserved and many doubted his research findings. Fast forward to 2008 when Boston College and The Washington University School of Medicine (St. Louis) jointly funded their own study (avoiding outside influences) to confirm or deny Dr. Warburg’s findings. In the end, they concluded Dr. Warburg was correct. The next time you reach for that bag of processed pet foods with 30% or more sugar, consider upgrading to a Raw Diet or a 100% Nutritionally Complete Cooked Diet for the health of your pet.
Avoiding canine cancer as best as possible is always a good plan, however, if your pet has cancer, we advocate treatment from a Holistic veterinarian using natural therapies.
For more information, visit us on the web at: www.ccrusa.org
Steve Katz, President/Founder
CANINE Cancer Research USA 501 (c)(3) non-profit
“Where Hope can be Reality”
Steve Katz’s Story of Love, Loss, and now Hope:
My story of love and loss began in 1998 when Buttons, our 12-year-old Lab, came running to the back door after a bathroom break. As she ran towards me one of her rear legs buckled under her. It turned out to be a cancerous tumor. Buttons had only six to eight weeks to live. The family went through a difficult time.
We rescued Star, a two and a half year old greyhound, and five months later rescued and adopted Sandy, another Greyhound. In January 2008, I noticed a lump on Sandy’s throat and scheduled an appointment with the vet, who told me it was inoperable cancer. We were devastated. Sandy was so special to me, we had over come so many issues. In March of that same year, Sandy’s condition mandated that she be put down.
A few months later, Star went to the vet for her annual check up, which included a full blood panel. After reading the results of the blood work, the vet informed me that Star not only had kidney disease, but cancer as well. In September we said good-bye. I cried for days and felt such emptiness.
When the calendar rolled over into 2009, I realized there was something I could do about canine cancer.
While I don’t have the expertise to find a cure, I do have the ability to help raise money to donate for
research that will help find a cure for canine cancer.
Canine Cancer Research USA received its letter of non-profit determination in April 2009. Since then, the organization has been raising money via events, fundraisers, online donations and sends 100 percent of its profits to Ohio State University’s College of Veterinary Medicine and the University of Pennsylvania’s School of Veterinary Medicine specifically for canine cancer research programs.
In addition to these fundraising activities, CANINE Cancer Research USA’s goal is to elevate awareness of the epidemic, encouraging people to discuss canine cancer with veterinary professionals, nutritionists and holistic practitioners to make the best-informed decisions.
The more people discuss cancer, the faster treatment and eventual prevention will occur.
Steve Katz, President/Founder, CANINE Cancer Research USA, resides in Southeast Pennsylvania, is married with two and four legged ( the four legged kid’s name is Sapphire) children.
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