In my 30 years of practice experience, I have seen many changes in the types of conditions that I treat. For me, the saddest of these is the dramatic and ongoing increase in cancer cases. To further the impact of the increase in numbers is the concurrent evidence that conventional treatments are not improving survival rates or the quality of life of pet patients.
I can see clearly that a different approach is desperately needed in order to help treat and, most importantly, prevent this potentially deadly condition. I have found that the key here is to look at what causes cancer in the first place. Conventional methods target the tumor, or body system affected, without looking at where cancer actually comes from. There are some schools of thought that suggest that cancer is solely a genetic disease, and its occurrence is simply ‘bad luck’. If this were true, then why have we seen the dramatic increase in cases in the last few decades? The genetics of our pets have not changed significantly in that time frame. The missing consideration here is that we can influence the expression of genes and the development of cancer by changing the diet and minimizing toxins.
The formation of cancer is influenced by many factors. These include inappropriate nutrition, over-vaccinating, toxins in the environment, and stress. This actually explains the increase in cancer if you consider the progressive contamination of our food supply with pesticides and herbicides, increasing numbers of vaccines being given to pets, increases in pollution and water contamination, and a dramatic increase in the use of electronic devices that emit frequencies that damage the cells of not only our pets but humans as well. In addition, many conventional treatments such as radiation and chemotherapy have side effects that block the body’s natural healing ability. So what option do we have?
I have witnessed the amazing ability of the body to heal given proper support, and I know that cancer can be prevented and treated most effectively by addressing the reasons for its formation and supporting the body’s natural ability to heal. The appearance of cancer is not an isolated incident; it is merely the tip of the iceberg, a sign of a much greater underlying imbalance. In order to treat cancer, and prevent its recurrence, we must address the underlying causes.
Hearing the word cancer can be terrifying, and there is often an immediate impulse to attack and kill it as quickly as possible. My approach is quite different. I believe that if we do not look for the imbalances that caused the cancer in the first place, then we will not be successful in treating and preventing it. The treatment process MUST include a plan to support the natural healing ability of the body. You can learn more about my treatment plans below.
My consults are customized to the specific circumstances surrounding your pet’s case. I will ask for a detailed history, and all pertinent past medical records. My objective is to preserve the quality of life of your pet as much as possible, and for as long as possible.
I will design a treatment plan with you and your pet in mind. I will recommend diagnostic testing appropriate for your pet’s situation. We will then move forward and continue to monitor your pet’s progress and make adjustments as needed. There is no magic bullet, one treatment approach. This will be a comprehensive wellness program designed specifically for your pet.
If you are in the Denver, Colorado area, then I would be honored to see you and your pet in person. If you are out of the area, I am happy to schedule a phone consultation, including a full review of your pet’s medical records. I will then make treatment recommendations that you can follow wherever you live.
I start by looking at the health of the whole body, as well as the mental and emotional aspects of your pet’s health. We must consider all aspects of health in order to create a comprehensive and effective treatment plan.
Every pet has unique biology, personality and lifestyle needs for optimal health. Is your pet on an appropriate diet? Does your pet get the right type of exercise and interaction for its breed and constitution? How is your lifestyle and stress level affecting your pet’s health?
This is not a magic-bullet approach. There is not a single diet, supplement, or treatment modality that will cure or prevent cancer. Just as there are many different factors that contribute to the development of cancer, there are many elements that will contribute to its resolution. This approach will require a commitment on the part of you and your family to help create a treatment plan for your pet. I will help guide you to make the best choices for the health of your pet.
In addition to supporting the healing ability of the body, we will use methods to slow the progression of the cancer that do not produce damaging side-effects. Although the methods I use may not be considered mainstream, they all have a sound scientific basis, along with proven clinical efficacy. Everything I do has been in use longer in clinical practice than the more common treatments such as radiation and chemotherapy.
My ultimate goal is to give your pet the best quality of life for as long as possible. This is a treatment progression that requires ongoing monitoring of your pet’s progress. There are variables that will affect the outcome, such as the age of your pet and the stage of disease at the time of presentation, and I can never predict exactly what the outcome of treatment will be. We will always work with you to help your pet, no matter where it is at.
The key elements of my treatment approach are:
- Proper nutrition The most important concept here is to feed a fresh, whole-food, species-appropriate diet to your dog or cat. Going a step further, there was important work done by Dr. Otto Warburg in the early 1900s that described cancer as a metabolic disease that is dependent on glucose for energy. This means that the fewer carbohydrates in the diet in the form of grains, legumes, fruits, and sugars, and the more fresh meat protein, organ meats, fat and bone, the less fuel the cancer cells will have for growth. The ketogenic diet is one that trains the body to burn fat instead of glucose and allows glucose levels to drop far enough to actually starve the cancer cells!
- Detoxification In order to effectively treat or prevent cancer, we must eliminate toxins that damage the cells in the first place, compromise the immune system, and influence gene expression. Feeding well-sourced, pastured animal products is an important start here. We must also look at water, chemicals in the home environment and where you take your pet for walks and other activities. Food dishes, toys and bedding can be laden with chemicals, as can the carpeting and furniture in your home. Electromagnetic frequencies from electronic devices have been proven to have damaging effects on the cells in the body. In addition to minimizing exposure to toxins, we will use herbal support to assist the body in eliminating toxins that may have already accumulated.
- Supporting the immune system The immune system is a bit of a buzz word, but is a very important part of the equation when it comes to addressing cancer. This is the mechanism in the body that is charged with eliminating abnormal cells before they can take hold and form into a more serious disease condition. The elements that we already mentioned, diet and detoxification will help out here immensely. In addition, there are specific supplements and treatments that will further enhance the function of the immune system.
- Inhibit the growth of cancer cells There are a number of options that will direct effects in slowing the progression of cancer without side effects. I will work with you to choose the option that is the best fit for you and your pet. These options include:
*Ozone therapy Both supports the body’s ability to heal, and creates an unfriendly environment for cancer cells.
*Herbs Most plants have inherent cancer-fighting properties as part of their own protective mechanism in nature. These can be used in the body to help slow the growth of cancer. I use a variety of Chinese and Western Herbal Formulas as tools in treating cancer.
* Essential oils These are specially processed distillates of parts of plants that extracts the natural oils. There are many oils that have been shown to have benefit in treating cancer.
* Bach Flower remedies Dr Edward Bach found that certain flowers are effective in treating the emotional component of disease. This is an important and often overlooked area of treating cancer in pets
*Cannabis The endocannabinoids in CBD oil have been shown to have direct cancer-fighting and anti-inflammatory affects. This is an exploding industry with a large degree of conflicting information. We will help guide you in choosing the product to best benefit your pet. From these many options, I will work with you to create a healing plan customized for you and your pet.
*Mistletoe This amazing plant has known cancer-fighting properties, including:
*Preventing tumor metastasis
*Causing cancer cell death
*Improve mitochondria health
*Reduces tumor blood supply
*Stabilizes health DNA
*Stimulates the immune system
*Increases interleukin 2
*Reduces side effects of chemotherapy and radiation
*Reduction of tumor-related pain
See my recent blog post for more information
With dogs and cats, we often do not see the signs of disease until it is more advanced, making it much harder to treat. This is especially true for cats, who are experts at hiding early symptoms.
Diagnostic testing plays a very important role in both the early detection and monitoring of disease processes. We now have some blood tests that can specifically detect cancer at an early stage, before there are other external signs.
Routine blood tests will check for general wellness by evaluating kidney, liver, and digestive function, along with red and white blood cell counts that will check for anemia and signs of infection in the body. Specialized testing can evaluate the endocrine system for hormonal imbalances.
X-rays and ultrasound will check for physical changes in the organs that can happen with age, as well as detecting signs of cancer.
We can now measure key indicators in the blood that specifically test for an increased cancer risk in your pet. One of these is a marker that indicates abnormal cell division, which is a well-known characteristic of cancer cells. The other is a measure of inflammation, which is present in all dis-ease states in the body. While inflammation does not specifically point to a diagnosis of cancer, when present along with abnormally dividing cells, it is highly suggestive and indicates looking further.
If we detect abnormalities, we can immediately take steps to reduce inflammation, support the immune system, and slow or prevent the growth of cancer. We can also proceed with other tests such as x-rays and ultrasound to look for the formation of cancer in the body.
Routine diagnostic testing will allow us to step in and begin supporting your pet before it begins to get sick. Please do not skip this important step!
Early Cancer Detection
Detecting cancer early can dramatically improve our chances of a successful treatment program. With dogs and cats, we often do not see the signs of cancer until the disease is more advanced, making it much harder to treat. This is especially true for cats, who are experts at hiding early disease symptoms.
We can now test for some key indicators in the blood that will tell us if your pet is at an increased risk for developing cancer. One of these is a marker that indicates abnormal cell division, which is a well-known characteristic of cancer cells. The other is a measure of inflammation, which is present in all dis-ease states in the body. While inflammation does not specifically point to a diagnosis of cancer, when present along with abnormally dividing cells, it is highly suggestive and indicates looking further.
We will immediately take steps to reduce inflammation, support the immune system, and slow the growth of cancer. We can then proceed with other tests such as x-rays and ultrasound to look for the formation of cancer in the body.
Compassionate care for your four-legged family members.
I am currently practicing out of my home in Littleton, Colorado. If you are in the area, I would be honored to meet you and your pet in person. Office hours are by appointment ONLY.
I also offer telemedicine via zoom and phone consultations, and will be moving exclusively to this platform in the future. Please contact me to schedule a time and arrange for medical records to be transferred.