“Is there a holistic cure for cancer” is one of the most common inquiries we get. It is a difficult question to answer. There are, of course, holistic cures for many cancers. Dr. Nicholas Gonzales has been treating and curing “incurable” cancers such as stage 4 pancreatic adenocarcinoma for years. The Gerson clinics have also been successful in curing many types of cancer.
The problem has been that the Gonzales and the Gerson protocols are so complicated that they are impossible to apply to dogs and cats.
So I have been looking for a protocol that is simple enough that it can be used for pets. Google recently alerted me to such a protocol- “because of my interest in alternative medicine”- which they had noted in tracking my activity on the internet. They sent me a link to the Budwig Diet. The Budwig Diet was developed by Dr. Johanna Budwig, a German physician and scientist who was nominated 7 times for the Nobel Prize. Many consider her the greatest nutritional scientist of the 20th century.
The Budwig Diet consists of flaxseed oil and cottage cheese. Couldn’t be simpler. There is a lot of information about it- including sites devoted to dogs. Hopefully, this information will be helpful. If you try it, please let us know if it is successful.
An 18 month old, neutered male Boston Terrier presented with a long history of chronic vomiting. The dog was treated with the usual medications and would be better for a while. His diet had been changed several times. He would improve with each change, but after a couple weeks would begin vomiting again.
The history suggested chronic gastritis due to food allergies. A food allergy panel showed allergies to many foods. A Stool Microbial Profile showed major deficiencies in probiotic bacteria- but no pathogens. A hypoallergenic diet and probiotic were started. He was normal for a few weeks, but the vomiting began again.
A Snap CPL test was abnormal- suggesting pancreatitis. A CBC was within normal limits. A chemistry panel revealed a mild elevation in ALT ( liver enzyme) and very low serum chloride. He was treated for pancreatitis and responded well.
Two months later the vomiting began again. At this point, it was clear the dog was suffering from something unusual. A Urine Essential Elements panel was run since the serum chloride had been low. Low serum chloride can be associated with hypochlorhydria ( low stomach acid). Iodine is essential for the production of stomach acid so a Urine Halides Panel was run. 90% of the time the Urine Halides Panel shows elevated fluoride- which can block iodine. In this case, urine fluoride was normal, but urine iodine was so low that none could be detected. Iodine supplement and betaine HCl (stomach acid) were started. At recheck 3 months later, the dog continues to do well.
As I was feeding the horses this morning, I noticed they were beginning to get their winter coats. Right on schedule as this is the first day of fall. The transition from summer to winter is a slow process that takes several weeks. Outwardly it is apparent as the hair coat changes in preparation for cold weather. There are internal changes which must be made to enable the animal to survive winter. Miles of capillaries must be absorbed and, then, re-routed to direct blood away from the skin in order to conserve heat. This places a tremendous physiologic demand on the animal. It is especially important for older animals. Most people recognize the need for protein and vitamins which animals experience during the fall, but are not aware of great demand for cellular energy this process creates. Cellular energy is created by intracellular organelles called mitochondria. In older animals, especially, mitochondrial support is very important at this time of year. There are many mitochondrial support products available. We recommend Mitochondrial ATP by Pure Encapsulations.
Many behaviorists and trainers recommend that high energy dogs have a “job”. Finding a “job” for most dogs is challenging as most require advanced training and are not really open to pet dogs. My dogs have several jobs. The one I would like to recommend is tracking. On Sundays mornings either my wife or I will go hide. The dog’s job is to find the person who is hiding by tracking. It is surprising how much energy a dog expends in tracking. Tracking can be done almost anyplace and doesn’t require expensive equipment. Dogs can be taught to track easily and, with practice, become quite good at it. Here is a link describing a training protocol. ( www.pedigreedatabase.com/articles.html?s=starting-your-dog-in-tracking).
This week a friend of mine brought his two dogs in to have their teeth cleaned. He had scheduled and re-scheduled the procedure several times. It turned out that he was very concerned, and rightly so, about the anesthesia necessary to do the job properly- both dogs did fine and recovered well. He, of course, does not want to face this dilemma again. The conventional recommendation to prevent dental plaque is to feed dry food. The theory is that chewing dry food (kibble) provides abrasive action which removes plaque. However most dogs do not chew kibble at all as the individual nuggets are too small. If kibble were to provide abrasive action, the nuggets ought to be at least golf ball sized. In my experience, the only food that will help prevent dental plaque is raw food. Uncooked foods have active enzymes which dissolve plaque as it forms. Plaque is the result of bacterial action. Bacteria create biofilm. Biofilm is a matrix that bacteria produce to protect them from adverse conditions. Enzymes can dissolve biofilm in its early stages- before it has become calcified. Once the biofilm becomes calcified, only abrasive action will remove it. Abrasive action could be a professional cleaning. It could also occur as the dog chews raw bones. I recommend beef bones. Do not feed your dog cooked bones as they tend to splinter. If you are uncomfortable with raw bones, products like Nylabone are a good alternative. Do not give your dog raw hide or pig ears- no telling where they came from. Of course, one can also brush a dog’s teeth. This is best started when the dog is still a puppy. Brushing even once a week will help significantly.
Thyroid disease is common in dogs as they age. They often become hypothyroid. Typical symptoms are decreased energy or outright lethargy, a dry dull coat with a lot of dandruff, and heat- seeking behavior or cold avoidance. If you think your dog may be hypothyroid, take her temperature first thing in the morning. If it is under 100 degrees for several days, hypothyroidism is possible. A thyroid panel will confirm (or deny) your suspicions, and indicate appropriate treatment.