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The pet food recalls continue. The best "wholistic" suggestion to prevent danger to your pet is — STOP feeding dry kibble dog food. In our "wholistic" opinion, dry kibble dog food is the least nutritious form of food to feed a carnivore. Furthermore, a majority of all pet food recalls is with dry food. Canned food, freeze-dried food and raw food have a much lower percentage of recalls.
To read more on our "wholistic" philosophy on pet food, go to the following links:
For a very revealing report on pet food, click the link:
December is Iris’ 5th anniversary of being diagnosed with advanced intestinal lymphoma and given a death sentence (unless we gave her steroids or chemotherapy). Even if you or your pet does not have cancer, you know of someone else who does have cancer but in another part of the body or you do not have a pet, the following “wholistic” principles may still be of value.
In December, 2010, Iris (our 9 year old, 10 lbs. cat) suddenly stopped eating for one week. When she did not improve on antibiotics, the vet did an ultrasound and subsequently diagnosed advanced intestinal lymphoma. Our holistic vet gave us the following options:
Based on our research we declined both the steroids and chemotherapy since they provided only a temporary “fix” and neither cured lymphoma. All of our clients that chose to do chemotherapy with their pet have subsequently told us they would not make that same decision again. The extra time it bought them with their pet was not worth the suffering and lesser quality of life from the side effects. We declined a biopsy because we did not think Iris’ weakened body would survive the surgery. Besides, a biopsy would only help target Western veterinary treatment. Even though three holistic vets told us, “there is no effective holistic treatment for lymphoma,” we were not ready to give up on Iris without trying all available holistic methods first. Thus we began our 5 year “wholistic” journey with Iris.
Here is what worked for Iris:
Within 1 month Iris was eating normally and gaining weight. We refined our “wholsitic” program to match what her body needed and could tolerate. We thought we were in the clear after six months of steady improvement when Iris stopped eating again in July, 2011. The vet explained that with holistic treatment, the cancer symptoms may go away for a while but the cancer does not completely disappear. It will then come roaring back later as it overwhelms the body, and this time, the holistic treatments that worked before typically do not work anymore. The animal quickly dies as its body is overwhelmed by the cancer. She said the fact that we got a remission for over 6 months with our treatment was remarkable. We continued all our current “wholistic” remedies that were working for Iris and added homeopathy from a vet who had just gone to an advanced homeopathic conference on cancer. After several more months on our “wholistic” program Iris seemed recovered as she was eating normally and gaining weight again.
In August, 2013, Iris stopped eating again. Without doing an intestinal biopsy (Iris was too sick to tolerate), the vets could not determine whether Iris had gastrointestinal lymphoma or severe IBD. Apparently there is a continuum from IBD to lymphoma—IBD can develop over time into lymphoma. The only way to confirm lymphoma is with an intestinal biopsy, which is invasive. The ultrasound showed acute pancreatitis, something new for Iris, in addition to the thickened intestines and fluid in the abdomen that she had experienced previously. Her blood work also showed liver inflammation, indicating that Iris probably had “triaditis”, or a combination of Inflammatory Bowel Disease (IBD), liver inflammation and pancreatitis. We had never done a biopsy on Iris, so her past 2 diagnoses of gastrointestinal lymphoma, based solely on ultrasound, may have been wrong. She may have simply had severe IBD. To recover from the pancreatitis required a totally "wholistic" approach combining Western veterinary medicine along with our natural remedies. After four days of hospitalization, a feeding tube was inserted. Iris was fed through the tube at home for a month and given a drug to stimulate her appetite. After four months we were able to wean her off the drug and she went on to make a full recovery. We spent over $6,000 for this latest episode. Fortunately, we had pet insurance because Margaret was unemployed at the time. Otherwise, we would have to euthanize Iris because of the extreme costs. Iris is alive 5 years later from her original diagnosis and thriving (gaining weight) today.
We have spent over $10,000 on Iris' veterinary bills total since 2010. Could we have saved money if we started Iris on our advanced bio-algae concentrates formula, BioPreparation-f3+, to rebuild and regenerate her body after we adopted her at age 6? For the answer, go to our newsletter articles:
Here are the “wholistic” principles Iris taught us. Most of them apply to both pets and people:
We believe cancer is s systemic process in the body. Taking or giving strong drugs, radiation treatment, isolated cancer-specific supplements, Chinese herbs, etc. may help reduce the symptoms (tumor) but one needs to also take a “wholistic” approach and address the systemic or “whole” body causes of the cancer to be totally successful. Click on all the hyperlinks above for more details on our “wholistic” approach with Iris.
If you want a detailed diary of our 5 year "wholistic" care program for Iris, download the following PDF documents:Contact us
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