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Complete Herbal Book for the Dog by Juliette de Bairacli Levy
February 3, 2008, 8:20 pm
Filed under: :Books, :Nutrition, :Veterinary Care

 

The Complete Herbal Book for the Dog
by
Juliette de Bairacli Levy
ISBN 0571161154
Publisher: Faber & Faber

This is the latest edition of Juliette de Bairacli Levy’s (a.k.a. the grandmother of the natural rearing movement) classic Herbal Handbook for the Dog. Juliette has been breeding, naturally rearing, showing, and traveling the world with her Champion Afghans since the 1930s. This book is dedicated to her Turkuman Afghan Hounds who “have never known disease.” As always, Juliette is opinionated, uncompromising, cantankerous, and a tad eccentric, but also full of wisdom and vast amounts of valuable info, and every one of her books makes a fascinating read. The first section of this book deals with nutrition (she emphasizes the importance of feeding a raw diet), breeding and natural rearing (no vaccines, insecticides, etc.) while the second part deals with herbal remedies for everything from mange to distemper. Of course most of her suggestions are out of synch with current veterinary advice, but many dogs are living proof that her methods work — extremely well. Our dogs have remained disease and parasite-free without vaccines, worming pills, insecticides, antibiotics, steroids, etc. The best protection we can give our beloved Wires is a strong immune system, and all of the above have the effect of weakening our animals’ immune systems. Even if you are not ready to go “all natural,” this book will make you question the conventional wisdom and hopefully encourage you to further research the many harmful practices (e.g., annual booster shots, combo vaccines, antibiotics and/or steroids for every minor infection, routine wormings, feeding of commercial convenience foods with highly questionable ingredients, etc.) we have learned to accept as both necessary and harmless.



Antioxidants and cancer by Jeff Grognet, DVM, B.Sc. (Agr.)
February 3, 2008, 7:47 pm
Filed under: :Nutrition, :Veterinary Care

 

 There is a raging debate about whether or not cancer patients should receive antioxidants during radiation and chemotherapy treatment. In the human literature, one faction insists that antioxidants should be avoided during cancer treatment. They cite diminished response to cancer therapy.
 
 The opposing group believes that antioxidants should be used because they enhance cancer kill rates and decrease toxicity to the body. As more dogs undergo treatment for cancer, this debate has moved into the veterinary world.
 
 Cancer treatments such as radiation and some forms of chemotherapy deliberately cause oxidation in cancer cells in order to kill them. Assuming antioxidants stop this reaction, they could protect cancer cells and therefore interfere with therapy.
 
 The antioxidants’ effect on cancer-cell survival has been confirmed in the laboratory. Human cancer cells take in more vitamin C than normal neighbouring cells, and vitamin C helps them resist oxidative injury. As well, studies show that low doses (not high doses) of specific antioxidants, in certain circumstances, may stimulate cancer-cell proliferation.
 
 The counter argument is that by making the body feel better and its immune system more robust, supplements can help it fight cancer more effectively. Products designed to lessen the side effects of cancer therapy, whether they are dietary supplements, herbal mixtures, or vitamin combinations, often have strong antioxidant properties.
 
 People promoting antioxidant products say they improve immune function, increase the tumour response to radiation and chemotherapy, and decrease toxicity to normal cells. If they are right, supplementation is worthwhile.
 
 In a review of 50 human studies involving 8,521 patients, the overall consensus was that non-prescription antioxidants and other nutrients do not interfere with cancer therapy. Furthermore, they were found to enhance the killing of cancer cells, decrease side effects and protect normal tissue from the deleterious effects of the cancer therapy. In 15 studies, patients who took these supplements had an increased survival time.
 
 If we extrapolate these results to the canine world, it suggests supplements should be given to dogs undergoing cancer therapy. The question is, which ones?
 
 According to Dr. Shawn Messonnier’s book Preventing and Treating Cancer in Dogs, milk thistle, also known as silymarin, is an antioxidant that protects the liver. It also has a direct effect against certain cancers. He recommends 100 milligrams for each 25 pounds body weight, twice daily.
 
 Other supplements with antioxidant effects include vitamins A, C and E, as well as the minerals selenium, manganese and zinc. Gingko biloba, grape seed extract and pycnogenol have also been used. To establish the correct dose for your dog, talk to your veterinarian.



Dr. Johanna Budwig
February 3, 2008, 7:42 pm
Filed under: :Nutrition

One of the most important and far reaching health discoveries of the Twentieth Century is that made by Dr. Johanna Budwig, a German biochemist who is a leading European authority on fats and nutrition. She has been nominated for the Nobel Prize seven times. She used her methods to successfully heal terminal cancer patients, people with heart diseases, arthritis and other ailments after they had been given up as hopeless by the conventional medical practitioners. Her methods were so simple that any housewife could use her techniques with no special training and with good results. In fact, this is exactly what happened in many cases, People with serious diseases were curing themselves to the astonishment of the conventional medical practitioners. However, in spite of the simplicity of Dr. Budwig’s discoveries, they also reveal a profound relationship to not only the harmonious working of the human body, but man’s relationship with the Cosmos itself.

To really understand her work, you will have to study her writings or the work of later nutritionists who are following in her footsteps. However, I will just give a bare outline of her methods to give an idea of what it is all about.

In the course of her treatment of ill people, she studied blood samples to see if there is any correlation between the blood quality of ill people and healthy people. After studying thousands of blood samples, she discovered that the difference was that healthy people had a higher content of Omega3 oils in their blood than those who are ill. Omega3 is one of the essential fatty acids, or EFAs, which is necessary for the proper functioning of the body. She experimented on finding the best ways to get the Omega3 oils properly absorbed into a person’s system and ultimately found that the richest source of Omega3 oil is flax seeds. However, only oil that has been protected from heat and oxidation, caused by oxygen and light, is sufficiently pure enough to be of benefit to human health. Oils not prepared this way quickly become rancid and are detrimental to human health. In fact, Dr. Budwig, with further research, came to the conclusion that the vast majority of chronic illnesses today are caused by the improper mass processing of foods and oils, plus poor nutrition as well as the world-wide use of dangerous pesticides which contaminate the food and destroy the electrons.

Based on these observations, Dr. Budwig began treating her patients by giving them a combination of high quality flax seed oil, which is rich in Omega3 oil, and quark, which is something similar to cottage cheese or yogurt in that it is rich in high quality protein. Quark is difficult to obtain in the U.S, but either yogurt, cottage cheese, skim milk, soy milk or rice milk is a good substitute. The reason for the mixture of the oil with a high quality protein is that by combining the protein with the oil, the oil becomes water soluble in the body and can be absorbed more readily. It can enter the smallest capillaries, dissolving any of the undesirable fats and cleaning out the veins and arteries. It also strengthens the heart, dissolves tumors and cures arthritis. It sounds like a lot, but it really works. Dr. Budwig worked with many patients who were terminally ill and some who had only hours to live. She gave them the combination of oil-protein plus organic foods, plus exercise, fresh air and used the healing powers of the sun to cure these “hopeless” cases who sometimes started to show improvement within days. Following is a quote from one of her books:

“I often take very sick cancer patients away from hospital where they are said to have only a few days left to live, or perhaps only a few hours. This is mostly accompanied by very good results. The very first thing which these patients and their families tell me is that, in the hospital, it was said that they could no longer urinate or produce bowel movements. They suffered from dry coughing without being able to bring up any mucous. Everything was blocked. It greatly encourages them when suddenly, in all these symptoms, the surface-active fats, with their wealth of electrons, start reactivating the vital functions and the patient immediately begins to feel better. It is very interesting to ask how this sudden change is possible. It has to do with the reaction patterns, with the character of electrons. I will return to these electrons later. In the last two years, I have come to be very fond of them. A friend of my work in Paris, wrote to me how wonderful it is that you have discovered the original birthplace of the electrons in seed oils to be the sun. That’s how these connections are made!”

Dr. Budwig’s cures are well documented and have stood the tests of opposition from the conventional medical establishment.

Although there are many excellent doctors and nutritionists who are following in her footsteps, I am especially fond of Dr. Budwig’s approach to things because she is not only a brilliant scientist and researcher, but also a high minded idealist who approaches the subject also from a philosophical and spiritual point of view. Unfortunately, only two of her books, that I know of, have been published in English.

One of the significant aspects of Dr. Budwig’s work is that she has discovered, (or rather rediscovered) the affinity of the human body with the sun. If the body has the right balance of oils and proteins, it has a magnetic field which attracts the photons in sunlight and thus is open to the healing powers of the sun. I tried Dr. Budwig’s methods for general health improvement, and I was amazed that within even less than the three days she predicted, I felt an incredible improvement in so many areas that it would take too much time to describe it here. I then recommended it to several members of our Ashram and those who took it seriously had similar experiences to mine. We all felt an increased feeling of general well-being, a feeling of lightness, more energy, better circulation and, when in the sun, I felt the healing power of the sun affecting my skin much differently than before. Also, every week or two, I become aware of feeling better in different ways. Old aches go away, my skin improves and I am able to do things better. One woman felt so good about it that she gave it to her children and said that right away she could see improvements in their skin tone. As she spoke, I saw that her own skin had more color and was radiant. And this was only about two days after she started taking the oil-protein combination.

Note from Chris: Courtney recommends her flax oil, ground flax, quark or yogurt or kefir or cottage cheese mix…she adds some fresh fruit to it. 

Testimonials



Dr. Johanna Budwig’s Diet and Protocol Testimonials compiled by Cliff Beckwith
February 3, 2008, 7:40 pm
Filed under: :Articles, :Nutrition

Dr Johanna Budwig Pet Cancer Cure Testimonies written/provided by Cliff Beckwith, a 14 year prostate cancer survivor as of
2006, prefaced and annotated by Healing Cancer Naturally © 2006 & 2007 Introductory notes:

Note I
On 22 June 2007 ff., a concerned site visitor sent me the following note which seems important for dog owners who wish to give their dog (affected by cancer) Dr. Budwig’s flaxoil/cottage cheese (or quark) mix :
“In using the Budwig Diet, be sure to use recommended dosages for your dog’s weight and size. Also, some dogs are prone to pancreatitis. The fat content in the diet can sometimes induce this. Due to years of eating processed dog food, liver blockages can develop — which makes a dog more susceptible to pancreatitis. A liver cleanse can help clear the blockages — using dandelion root and administering frequent liver massages. Also, some have suggested using digestive enzymes along with the Budwig Diet to help break down the fat, although this has not yet been confirmed. Here are the symptoms of pancreatitis: the dog becomes unresponsive (refuses to move much), general weakness, refuses to eat, and tests will show an increase in liver enzymes. The treatment is: fast the dog on water for a day or two and eliminate all fats. Then, increase food intake gradually. This was successful for our dog, and he was fine within a couple of weeks.”

Note II
The flaxoil/cottage cheese or quark mixture (featuring prominently in the following testimonials) which provides massive amounts of omega 3 quality fatty acids (apparently a prime player in the healing equation) is indeed one of the backbones of Dr. Johanna Budwig’s natural healing protocol for (human) cancer and other degenerative disease. But compare. Is the Budwig Protocol “just flaxseed oil and cottage cheese”?

Cliff Beckwith intro to the following pet testimonials:

In the future, if anyone reading this can furnish us with any result of the use of flax
oil/cottage cheese with your pet, I will add it to this account for the benefit of future contacts. Of course, I am now [85], so how many years I have is uncertain, though I do not see any immediate problems. The flax oil has arrested the problem [prostate cancer] long ago, but it had come back a little because I had not known that Dr. Budwig recommended one tablespoon a day per hundred lb. body weight and not just a tablespoon a day. We’ve increased and seem on the right road again. Whether man or pet, this must be
kept up for life to keep bodies able to handle cancer cells.

The first thought of pet application came when a man told me about his dog. He was getting along in dog years and had developed cancer. His eyes were dull and he was so weak that he couldn’t lift his leg. This man told me that he mixed up a couple of tablespoons with some cottage cheese a couple of times a day and the dog wolfed it down. He said it wasn’t long before the dog’s eyes were bright, his coat was shiny and he was running all over the place. The second that I knew of was a similar situation with a dog that was owned by my cousin’s daughter. In both cases the dogs lived out a normal doggy life. Then a few years ago I received, in a Christmas card, an item cut out of a paper in Maine. My friend told me that I would enjoy it. It was a question to the veterinary column. The question was how to prevent his pet squirrel from losing its hair. The answer was to feed it flaxseed oil. It would build up its immune system and it wouldn’t lose its hair.

A few years ago a young kitty cat wandered in, very malnourished, and had very little hair. I thought of the article, and put out cottage cheese with around a teaspoon of flaxseed in it. She had that every day along with regular cat food. It wasn’t but a short time that she developed a shiny coat, and is today a beautiful cat. After that she wouldn’t eat it anymore. Maybe animals have an instinct about things like that.

One lady I know had a large dog that had developed cancer that was fairly advanced. The folks tried everything to get it to eat food with flax oil in it, and it just wouldn’t. It did die.

One man wrote to me from Wisconsin and told me about their dog. I quote from his letter as follows, “Results! Our dog, Penny, was to have died two and a half years ago from several cancerous tumors. We changed her diet, gave her many nutritious supplements and herbs. She survived..but..was still in pain and slept most of the day away. So, she is a member of the family too, so we gave her one Tablespoon of the Flax Oil daily [she is a small dog of about 35 pounds]. Now she goes for a four mile morning walk with Ina and seems to be better than before and many of the tumors have receded.”

I know of other situations in general, but not in specific detail. I do know that our local vet is impressed enough with it that she is recommending flax oil when people bring in pets with cancer.

One of our correspondents, Ron Conley of Texas, has a Siberian Huskey, Natasha, that had been in serious trouble with cancer. He has a detailed account of what was done to treat her over four months time. I believe the vet had believed that she could not live more than 30 to 60 days. The treatments involved a lot of things with flaxseed oil a major support. The dog is doing very well today, and his web page includes references to several different pet situations. For information, check his web site:

home.earthlink.net/~texas2step/cancerfightnewsletter.html#Month14

It is an inspiring story.

Question:
Our 9 month old puppy was diagnosed with a mast cell tumor at 6 months – we have had her on 1 cup of kefir with 6 T of flax oil daily for the past two months. Last week we noticed another bump on her leg (about an inch from the original tumor, which was surgically removed) & have a feeling that it’s another tumor. Any suggestions? I’m beginning to wonder if Kefir wasn’t the appropriate sulphur protein to mix with the flax oil, but I’ve read that it’s ok. Should I up the dosage? Any suggestions would be greatly appreciated
Answer:
We have an old dog, with arthritis, etc. that go with old age, and so I have been mixing my flaxoil/cottage cheese every morning and giving her 2 Tablespoons of it (she is a very small terrier). I do mix the flaxseed oil with low fat cottage cheese and flax seeds. The first time I offered it to her, she turned up her nose and walked away. I thought “Little lady, you ARE going to eat that. ” So the next morning I prepared it as usual and spoon fed it to her. She did not resist, but swallowed it right down. After 3 days of spoon feeding, I just put it on a saucer and held the saucer down to her, but kept holding it (I thought maybe that would be to her about the same as
me spoon feeding her). She lapped the saucer clean. The next day I sat the saucer down on the floor right beside me and she ate it all. Now, when I begin to make my mixture every morning, as soon as she hears the blender running, she comes running from wherever she was, and stands very close to me, licking her lips (literally) and quivering with excitement. Ever since then she has eaten it faithfully and eagerly.

Compare Tips: how to feed the flaxoil/cottage cheese to your pets while avoiding giving them “the runs” (diarrhea).

I give it to her before I add fruit, as she does not seem to like the fruit.

The mixture I give her 2 Tablespoons of, consists of:
2 or 3 Tablespoons of skim milk
3 Tablespoons of Flaxseed oil
2 Tablespoons of Flax seeds
Blend slightly.
Then I add 1/2 cup low fat cottage cheese, a little bit at a time, blending
after each addition.
Next I add 1 Tablespoon of raw honey.
I give her 2 Tablespoons of this mixture.
Then I add 1/2 cup 100% grape juice.

I drink this with as much relish as my little dog shows. She shows no signs of cancer, but I do have diagnosed breast cancer, which
became apparent on Oct. 8, 2002. I began the flaxseed oil/cottage cheese the same day. My tumor has shrunk dramatically (within days I should know the exact measurement of it – – from the radiologist, who has said he will look up my file and measure it). But I know this much, at the beginning I also had a lymph node that was involved – – – (it is completely reduced now, and my doctor can no longer find it. ) The entire tumor has shrunk dramatically. I had entire body scans recently and they show that I have no cancer cells
in my body, except the original ones in the breast. I plan to continue eating my FO/CC until it is all gone. I expect that it will be in another year.

If I were you, I would make this mixture that I have written about and give it to your little dog. I believe that it would cure her of cancer, if you are faithful in giving it to her, and do not give up, but continue it indefinitely. I hope you can do this. I understand how much you love your dog – – – just as I love mine. My sympathy and understanding goes out to you. And please keep us updated on how your little dog does.

I don’t know what Kefir is, but I know that Dr. Budwig said to use low fat cottage cheese [Quark where available], and that is THE ONLY THING that I would mix the oil with.
Nan

I have recently started giving my 3 dogs the flax oil/cottage cheese with raw honey but without the fruit also. My dogs are on average 12 human years. One had a huge tumor on his hip, now it is greatly reduced (a couple of weeks). This dog was not eating very well at all and now he is eating with gusto. Another one of my dogs has some ugly looking moles. I have seem some change there also.
Del

Shiloh (Myelogenous Leukemia)
(This is one of the most remarkable evidences of the power of Omega 3 that I have. This dog was getting the equivalent of 9 tablespoons a day for a 165 pound man.)
Dear Mr. Beckwith, My dog, Shilo was diagnosed with Myelogenous Leukemia with supression of red blood cells and platelet production on 3/18/99. The U.OFM. in St. Paul which is one of the best vet hospitals in the country did a bone marrow on Shilo who is only 3 and half years old and a CBC and found cancer cells a lot in his blood. All they could offer was to put him on Predizone and buy him a little time. Depressed and very sad I went on the Internet and with the help of GOD I found your page on Flax OIL and read the testimonials. The next day I started Shilo on flax oil and cottage cheese 3 tablespoons a day and right away I started seeing results. Four days later I took him back to the vets and they did a CBC blood test and they were amazed and didn’t understand why his white count was normal {after having hardly any white blood cells at all} his platelets were clotting normally and he was producing red blood cells at a fast rate. The veterinarians were baffled. They also could not find one cancer cell in his blood!! Besides the flax oil I have him on vitamin C, E, Genistein, and a multivitamin for dogs to help his immune system. I know in my heart the thing that really made the difference was the flax seed oil. Shilo weighs 56 pounds and is a Golden Retriever. I will be seeing the vet in another week for a blood test and I know it will come out cancer-free. Shilo is feeling great and acting like a normal dog and 10 days ago he had a 106 temp and dying.
Bless You Mr.  Beckwith, Shirley, and Ms. Budwig!!
Please write back to me. God Bless,
Kirk Heckel, and Tim Brown.

Dear Cliff, Just to let you know Shilo had a blood test today and there was NO sign of cancer cells in his blood and his platelets and red blood cells were normal. He is still getting 3 tablespoons of flaxoil and cottage cheese a day.

Hi Cliff, Thank you for the info on the lady from Missouri. It’s so wonderful to know that I can help other people, like you and others have helped me. Your testimonials saved Shilo’s life. Shilo is doing great. Shilo and Woodson {my other dog} are both on flax oil and cottage cheese and vitamins. Their energy level is so much better and Shilo seems even healthier than before he was sick. Everybody who has seen Shilo can’t believe how good he looks and how his fur coat is so shiny and thick. My Grandma’s dog “Jake” has had problems with hot spots. She started him on flax oil with cottage cheese and the hot spots are going away. My mom and dad and sister are giving it to themselves and their dogs. As for my vets, my vet knows about the flax oil but the vets at the University of Minnesota don’t know yet. They probably think Shilo is dead, because I haven’t seen them since May. I believe timing is everything so I plan on sending them a Christmas card with a picture of Shilo and a letter saying he is alive and well. I will explain to them what I have been doing and I will suggest to them that they need to do a study on flax oil and cancer with terminal dogs. Maybe that will floor them. Have any other suggestions? Ron Conley is working on Shilo’s story for an upcoming newsletter. It should be pretty cool. I have to tell you something, you should get a kick out of this. Shilo, Woodson and myself take the flax oil and cottage cheese. As you can guess I go thru a lot of cottage cheese each week. So whenever there is a sale on cottage cheese I stock up. Last week I went to the grocery store and saw a sale on cottage cheese, so I bought about 10 containers. They also had a sale on pickles so I bought a couple of jars. So I am going up to the register and getting weird looks from people. The cashier gives me a funny look. I start laughing. I thought they must think I have a pregnant wife or I have strange food cravings, pickles and cottage cheese. Oh well. I hope everything is going good for you, keep me updated, take care,

Cliff,
This was on the Sheltie Naturals list and I thought it would be of interest
to you…
Diamond featured in the Whole Dog Journal In the August 2000 issue of Whole Dog Journal, there is a great article written by Barb Hamlin, a dog owner from Michigan. Hamlin tells the story of her German Shepherd’s recovery from soft tissue cancer – which did NOT involve chemotherapy or radiation. Instead, Hamlin employed a nutritional approach she found on the internet. . . . This approach was developed by a German scientist, Dr. Joanna Budwig, who has written several books about her successes in treating all sorts of cancers with a supplement made of cottage cheese and flax oil. Dr. Budwig’s most recent book is ‘Flax Oil As A True
Aid Against Arthritis, Heart Disease, Cancer, and Other Diseases and now Cancer – The Problem and The Solution.

Hamlin gave her dog 1/4 cup of low fat cottage cheese and 1 1/2 tablespoons of Barlean’s Organic Flax Seed Oil two times a day, as well as supplements such as vitamin C, vitamin E, juiced vegetables, and digestive enzymes. She also fasted her dog once a week, and withheld any vaccinations or chemical flea or tick treatments. Within three months, the tumor had Completely disappeared.
Hamlin describes her protocol thoroughly in the WDJ article, which is available for purchase from the publisher, Belvoir Publications, by calling 800-424-7887 …. As of October 2000 Barb reports that Diamond is doing great!

“My lab was diagnosed with bone cancer in her jaw when she was nine. The vets only gave her a short time to live. I started her on Essiac  tea … and she will turn 14 this fall. The vets call her a ‘miracle dog’.”

At home.earthlink.net/~texas2step/cancerfightnewsletter.html, you will find “good testimonials of dogs not having any conventional treatment at all …and being cured with Budwig or supplements.”

Tips: how to feed the flaxoil/cottage cheese to your pets while avoiding giving them “the runs” (diarrhea) by Marilyn Hampstead, author of The Basil Book.
I have used this for both dog and cat.
Make the following. Give the pet one to two teaspoons. Eat the rest yourself. As your pet begins to look forward to this treat, give more. Do this three times a day. If there is resistance, thin with water and put it into a syringe or turkey baster and put that in the side of the mouth and squeeze gently. You do not want to drown your pet while trying to help it. [Be sure to give your dog a treat immediately after so s/he will be rewarded & may look forward to flax oil/cottage cheese.]
For cats, to encourage self-eating, add a drop or two of cod liver oil. I have yet to see a cat that will refuse cod liver or fish oil. [It should be similarly disguisable in a dog’s food.]
My cats enjoy their flaxseed oil mixed into homemade yoghurt* with ground flaxseed garnished with either tuna** fish or a few drops of fish oil. They lick their bowls clean.

Because self-made yoghurt is fermented and not pasteurized, it includes live bacteria*** that benefit the intestinal tract similar to sauerkraut, and all the milk sugars are converted. Hence, no loose stools. [“Nancy’s” organic cottage cheese and perhaps other brands contain live cultures.]

More tips
Dogs: add sardines
Apparently dogs love fish smell, so one could add (unsalted) sardines to the flaxoil/cottage cheese mix. Similarly, to camouflage the mix, one could add fish juice or purified fish oil (see comments flaxseed oil vs. fish oil. You might also be able to roll the mixture inside ground beef like a meatball. Adding some raw liver may also help.
Cats: add salmon
“For me, I was just glad to find a way to get the cat to eat flax oil/cottage cheese. She had no interest once she smelled the flax oil.
Adding the juice from canned salmon along with a little of the meat did the trick. The cat loves the smell and eats the entire mixture. She is now doing really well.”

* It is better to use quark which you can easily make from yoghurt by draining it .
** Care is advised with tuna: tuna is known to have dangerously high mercury levels that are toxic to anyone, and likely more so anyone with cancer.
*** Please note that the most recommended yoghurt starter cultures are live Lactobacillus acidophilus, Bifidobacterium bifidum and L. casei bacteria (so-called probiotics , of which there are a number). Beneficial gut bacteria constitute the healthy intestinal flora necessary for good digestion and immune function and are compromised in many persons due to antibiotics (and possibly pesticide and other toxin) ingestion (and even exposure to antibacterial cleaners). Among many positive contributions to our health, probiotics also keep any candida albicans (yeast) colonies in check. Re probiotics, compare On supplements, intestinal flora, cancer and immune system: It’s not what you ingest, but what you usefully absorb.

These notes are found at www.healingcancernaturally.com
 Learn more about Dr. Johanna Budwig’s Diet and Protocol.



Glucosamine by Jeff Grognet, DVM, B.Sc. (Agr.)
February 3, 2008, 7:37 pm
Filed under: :Articles, :Nutrition, :Veterinary Care

Hippocrates said, “Let your food be your medicine.” This is the principle behind nutraceuticals – natural products that aren’t drugs, yet have medicinal effects. The biggest selling nutraceutical in human medicine is glucosamine, and more and more owners are buying it in hopes it will help their arthritic dogs.

Like many nutraceuticals, glucosamine provides building blocks that the body can use to overcome disease – in this case, arthritic pain.

Glucosamine is not fast acting. It can take weeks or months before a positive effect becomes evident. But unlike drugs, which have an instant action, glucosamine has fewer side effects.

Glucosamine has been called a DMOA (disease-modifying osteoarthritic agent). Once in the body, this amino sugar is converted to glycosaminoglycan (GAG), a constituent of collagen and proteoglycans, both essential components of cartilage.

GAG also provides building blocks for the production of hyaluronic acid by the cells lining the joint. Hyaluronic acid retards the damaging effects of joint inflammation and enhances cartilage repair, resulting in less pain and more mobility.

Two forms are available – glucosamine sulfate and glucosamine hydrochloride (HCI). There is disagreement over which form is the best for dogs. Some sources claim the HCI salt is better absorbed, yet others claim equal absorption of both. Some claim the HCI form provides more glucosamine per unit weight. Studies show both forms to be effective in lessening the pain from degenerative joint disease in dogs, so it doesn’t seem to mater which one is used.

An important question that often arises is whether or not glucosamine is safe to use in diabetics, both canine and human. One study in animals showed it could cause insulin resistance. This research is questioned because it did not resemble normal situations. The glucosamine was administered by constant intravenous infusion in relatively large amounts.

Many joint supplements contain glucosamine combined with chondroitin sulfate. The latter nutraceutical reduces cartilage breakdown by decreasing the activity of inflammatory enzymes that cause cartilage destruction. These two supplements work synergistically.

The most commonly accepted canine dose for glucosamine is 1,000 milligrams for each 70 pounds body weight daily.

A multi-published writer, Jeff Grognet, DVM B.Sc. (Agr), runs a veterinary practice in Qualicum Beach, B.C., along with his wife, Louise James, DVM.

This piece was printed in the July 2007 issue of Dogs In Canada.



No Guts, No Glory…another chapter in feeding green tripe! by Mary C. Voss
February 3, 2008, 7:35 pm
Filed under: :Articles, :Nutrition

Please Note: This is a modified and updated version of an Article written for the Afghan Hound Review in 1997 titled, “No Guts, No Glory!”.

Everyone has to admit, there is nothing more upsetting than finding a flea or tick on your dog. Country life, as romantic as it may sound, is the perfect breeding ground for these parasites.

Several years ago I started looking into natural methods of reducing the flea & tick population. Chemicals may help control a small area, but anything larger than one acre is a problem. The most effective chemicals are also environmentally dangerous and toxic to both humans and animals.

So the Search began for the perfect natural way of keeping these pests under control. Many of the books I read suggested certain plants and grasses that helped repel fleas or ticks. There were also many herbal sprays that would help. The philosophy here was to keep the problem under control…not to annihilate them, although I don’t think you will find anyone heartbroken to see fleas or ticks on the endangered species list!

What I found interesting, in almost all of the books I read, was the belief that a truly healthy dog will not be bothered by these parasites. So what did this mean? Natural Rearing. Almost all of the books recommended feeding raw meats, vegetables and grains, raw bones, herbal supplements, fasting one day per week, fresh water supply and plenty of fresh air and exercise.

Our dogs always have plenty of fresh water, fresh air and exercise…a “run with a view”, what more could an afghan ask for? Raw meats were the next thing to try. At first, I would buy meat from the grocery store…ground beef, beef heart, lamb and chicken. With the chicken, I would soak it in a grapefruit seed extract and water mixture to kill any salmonella. I did see some improvement over the cooked meat I had been feeding.

Not long after switching to raw meats I heard about feeding green tripe. In Europe it had been used for years and many of the old time breeders swore by it. Problem was finding green (raw, uncleaned) tripe here in the US. The USDA has strict rules about that sort of stuff. One slaughter house, several hours away, required I sign a USDA release form before I could buy it from them. Luckily, I found a local “butcher” that did custom slaughtering. If they did a cow that day, I got the phone call in the evening to come get my tripe…one could not help but feel like Dr. Frankenstein awaiting phone calls for new body parts! In retrospect, I was very thankful. There is no way I would have survived a 2-3 hour trip, especially in the middle of summer, with several cow stomachs in the back of the truck…no matter how they packaged them!

I always heard people talk about how bad the smell was, but until you experience it, you could never imagine how bad it actually is. The first tripe we brought home was in an old cooler in the back of the truck. Even with windows open, in the back of an open truck, it was still horrible. Ten seconds after we pulled into the driveway, the howling began. I have never seen my dogs in such a frenzy.

When I first started using the tripe, I had to open, drain and rinse the excess hay and grass out myself and then of course, cut it up. It was really disgusting, but the dogs loved it and thrived on it. My attire and equipment usually consisted of a heavy duty butcher’s apron, latex gloves, several buckets, a hose and one of the biggest knives I could find. I looked like something out of a horror movie!

There are suppliers now that do provide green tripe ground and frozen in small packages. It can, however, be expensive. The advantage, of course, is the convenience and the fact that you don’t even need gloves to handle it…just a good hand soap! I have found that Dial antibacterial hand soap works the best.

I have tried the frozen/ground form, but I’m back to the “real thing” – fresh from the cow. I prefer to cut it myself because I like to give bigger pieces to the dogs so they can really work those jaw muscles and it also allows me distribute the fat better to those dogs that need it more. Fat is a concentrated energy source and very important in the diet of hard working and sporting dogs.

Was all of this torture worth it? YES. Within a couple of weeks of when I first started feeding green tripe, I noticed drastic improvements in coat, skin, energy, teeth and stools…less in number, small and hard…a good sign that the canine is efficiently utilizing his food.

The most noticeable improvement was on a very old rescue afghan. When she was turned into the shelter, her age was given as 6yrs old. It wasn’t until I was shaving down her mats, that I found a collar with a rabies tag. When I called the vet clinic, they informed me she was 12. Her teeth were terrible. She could not eat kibble and she could barely walk across the backyard. On January 12th, 2000 she turned 17! She has been eating tripe for almost 5 years and can still run with the pack, discipline the “young and restless” and has the most beautiful set of white teeth without ever having dental cleaning done.

We have not been the only ones to notice the benefits of the green tripe diet. In the past couple of years, several other people have been trying it with very pleasant results. They have all noticed better coats…more luster and shine, no more flaky skin, richer colors, etc. Many comments have been made regarding how white their dogs teeth have become…without dental work! Everyone seems happier about the better stools, but they are more impressed by the increased energy level. Many of the older sighthounds have been revitalizing their running careers and have been very successful in competition over the younger dogs. As an example, a few years ago at the ASFA Region 2 Invitational our then 7 ½ year old veteran, sire of our first litter, beat his 2 year old sons for the BOB (his second BOB title at the Region 2 Invitational) and then ran very competitively in the Best In Field run. He had been eating green tripe for at least 1 year at that point in time.

I’m not quite sure if it is related, but we also noticed a change in the two litters we bred. The first litter was before we were using the tripe. As a matter of fact, we started using a muscle meat/tripe mix when the pups from that litter were 3 months old. With the second litter, both sire and dam had been on the tripe for at least 2 years before the breeding. It was a more robust litter than the first. The pups had been on tripe essentially since conception and are far superior, in many ways, to the first litter.

So what makes green tripe the perfect food for the canine. Recently, an analysis of a sample of the packaged frozen tripe was performed by Woodson-Tenant Laboratories, Inc. in Georgia. The results were what many people had speculated but never proven with scientific fact.

The calcium:phosphorous ratio is indeed 1:1, the overall pH is on the acidic side which is better for digestion, protein is 15.1, fat 11.7 and of course it contained the essential fatty acids, Linoleic and Linolenic, in their recommended proportions.

What was surprising to find, was the presence of Lactic Acid Bacteria. Lactic Acid Bacteria, also known as Lactobacillus Acidophilus, is the good intestinal bacteria. It is the main ingredient in probiotics.

Green tripe is also loaded with gastric enzymes, amino acids, and other gastric “juices”. The gastric enzymes not only help the cow in digestion, but also aid the canine in digesting and efficiently utilizing his food. The amino acids are necessary for muscular development and, the other gastric juices, I believe, are the best cleaner for their teeth! Because of it’s rubbery texture, serving it in large chunks also aids the canine in strengthening it’s jaw muscles and has an added benefit as a form of canine dental floss.

Cooking, bleaching or scalding the tripe destroys almost all of the enzymes and amino acids. Freezing destroys some too, but certainly not as many and still manages to keep most of the nutritional content intact. It is also more convenient than burying raw meat underground.

It has been my observation that people, in general, are afraid to feed their dogs raw meat, especially green tripe, because of the ecoli scare. Don’t forget, a canine’s system can handle much more than we can. After all, when they bring down prey, they usually go for the innards first. If you don’t care to think about the hunt scenario, picture the loose neighborhood dog rummaging through everyone’s garbage pails.

I know this is all really “hard to stomach”, but they really do thrive on it. From couch potato to sport and working dogs, they all will benefit from green tripe.

In conclusion, there is nothing tripe about tripe!
REFERENCES:

Afghan Hound Review, Sept/Oct 1997
Dogs In Review, Volume 2 Issue 2, Feb 1998
Woodson-Tenent Lab Report # G97-16346, Woodson-Tenent Laboratories, Inc., Gainesville, GA
Feed Them Well, Test Them Hard, Martin J. Lieberman
Owning An Irish Wolfhound, A Guide to Rearing and Training, published by the Irish Wolfhound Club of Ireland
Natural Insect Repellents, Janette Grainger & Connie Moore
The Complete Herbal Book for the Dog, Juliette de Bairacli Levy



Raisin The Alarm by Laurinda Morrise, DVM
February 3, 2008, 7:33 pm
Filed under: :Articles, :Nutrition, :Veterinary Care

This week I had the first case in history of raisin toxicity ever se en at MedVet. My patient was a 56-pound, 5 yr old male neutered lab mix that ate half a canister of raisins sometime between 7:30 AM and 4:30 PM on Tuesday. He started with vomiting, diarrhea and shaking about 1AM on Wednesday but the owner didn’t call my emergency service until 7AM.
I had heard somewhere about raisins AND grapes causing acute Renal failure but hadn’t seen any formal paper on the subject. We had her bring the dog in immediately. In the meantime, I called the ER service at MedVet, an d the doctor there was like me – had heard something about it, but…. Anyway, we contacted the ASPCA National Animal Poison Control Center and they said to give I V fluids at 1 1/2 times maintainance and watch the kidney values for the next 48-72 hours.
The dog’s BUN (blood urea nitrogen level) was already at 32 (normal less than 27) and creatinine! over 5 ( 1.9 is the high end of normal). Both are monitors of kidney function in the bloodstream. We placed an IV catheter and started the fluids. Rechecked the renal values at 5 PM and the BUN was over 40 and creatinine over 7 with no urine production after a liter of fluids. At the point I felt the dog was in acute renal failure and sent him on to MedVet for a urinary catheter to monitor urine output overnight as well as overnight care. He started vomiting again overnight at MedVet and his renal values have continued to incr ease daily. He produced urine when given lasix as a diuretic. He was on 3 different anti-vomiting medications and they still couldn’t control his vomiting.

Today his urine output decreased again, his BUN was over 120, his creatinine was at 10, his phosphorus was very elevated and his blood pressure, which had been staying around 150, skyrocketed to 220.. He continued to vomit and the owners elected to
euthanize.
 

This is a very sad case – great dog, great owners who had no idea raisins could be a toxin. Please alert everyone you know who has a dog of this very serious risk. Poison control said as few as 7 raisins or grapes could be toxic. Many people I know give their dog’s grapes or raisins as treats including our ex-handler’s. Any exposure should give rise to immediate concern.  Feel free to contact me if you have any questions.

Laurinda Morris, DVM
Danville Veterinary Clinic
Danville , Ohio

This article was found and confirmed at http://www.snopes.com/critters/crusader/raisins.asp