Cancer

Cancer used to be the reserve of older dogs, but that is now changing and old and young now have the opportunity to experience such traumatic turns in their lives.

Dr Martin Goldstein, who specializes in cancer, suggests in his book ‘The Nature of Animal Healing’, that. “It is the perfect disease for a holistic vet to fight. It is the ultimate expression of ill health, the result of the body as a whole – a holistic failure – to keep itself healthy.”

Dealing with cancer is therefore about restoring ultimate health and getting healthy.

Goldstein uses the analogy of the janitor at school on nightshift taking ill and the teachers and students facing an ever increasing problem with accumulation of rubbish.

Essentially Goldstein argues that it is not the rubbish which has attacked the school any more than cancer attacks the body.

Goldstein asks “How does conventional medicine respond?” “By burning the rubbish! Not only does it put the whole building at risk, it fails to solve the problem.”

Conventional treatments, radiation and chemotherapy are about killing off fast growing cells including white blood cells which are the bodies defense against cancer. So we put the whole building at risk!

Different cancers require different treatment strategies and we simply don’t know enough about each to be able to cover the range.

In so far as natural approaches are concerned, The Manual of Natural Veterinary Medicine suggests that there is sufficient evidence to support the use of antioxidants, flavones and flavanoids, bromelain, turmeric, and fish oil in most cases of cancer.

Antioxidants.

Compounds that inhibit chemical reactions with oxygen.

Antioxidants are substances that counteract naturally occurring toxic substances called free radicals.

These reactions, which occur in many contexts, include oxidation reactions that cause cell damage in humans and other animals, as well as degradation of fatty foods, resulting in undesirable color changes or rancidity.

The classic example is when you take a bite from an apple – if left, the exposed apple flesh will turn brown because of oxidation.

Chemical antioxidants include butylated hydroxytoluene (BHT), butylated hydroxyanisole (BHA), propyl gallate and of course ethoxyquinn. Natural and synthetic antioxidants are added to food to prevent undesirable deterioration.

Flavones and flavanoids.

Yellow pigments found in plants. Flavones belong to the group of compounds known as flavonoids

Apart from their antioxidant and anti-inflammatory effect, flavonoids are known for their ability to strengthen capillary walls.

Green tea, lemons (outer skin and white pith), and the central white core of citrus fruit generally, are a particularly rich source of flavonoids.

The white pith of green peppers is also rich in flavonoids, as is the skin of colorful berries and grapes.

Some herbs (such as Ginkgo biloba) are taken partly for the action of their flavonoids.

Bromelain.

Bromelain is an enzyme found in pineapple that is beneficial to the breakdown of proteins. Bromelain (Enzyme) is a strong anti-inflammatory.

The only other source of Bromelain is pineapple juice.

Turmeric.

Turmeric also inhibits tumor growth and may well prevent cancer.

Green tea, may inhibit tumor growth as well as preventing cancer.

Fish Oils.

Fish oils; Omega 3 fatty acids have an established role in cancer management compared to Omega 6 which is reckoned to promote tumor growth. Omega 3 is also available from hemp seed oil.

Diet.

Robbies
, Luaths and Burns products contain a range of quality carbohydrates, vegetables, proteins, fats and seaweed which all contribute to promote health and vitality and at the same time allows the internal organs to function in a more efficient manner.

The high quality ingredients results in smaller stools which in turn indicates ease of digestion and therefore lower levels of food are required. The approach here is simple - get healthy and deal with the problem.

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