Can You Prevent Pet Disease?
Friday October 6, 2017
Author: Karen Spinelli
try to make good choices for our animals in the hopes that they will stay healthy. And if medical issues do arise, we try to
make good decisions for them in hopes that they will quickly return to a state
of good health.
I’ll be honest, sometimes it’s hard to know what the best choices and decisions
commercial and webinar looks and sounds sincere when they tell us “THIS” is the
“BEST” way to do things. But
unfortunately, not all the “THIS”s match up…..
so which “THIS” do we believe?
wish I had the answer. And I will be
completely up front with you in saying that I don’t. Sure, I worked in a human
hospital for twenty years. And sure, I
went to veterinary tech school. But I’m
still just a person trying to weed though all the things I’m “taught”, to figure
out where that straddle line between “best practice” and “functional do-ability
in real life” lays.
did come across something today that caught my attention. It was the live stream of a three day
conference called “The Truth About Cancer”.
found it to be very interesting, thought provoking, and validating to the core
of holistic beliefs I already hold. I
will not, with any of my articles, profess that anything is the one and only way
of going about something. And I will never say that something will work for
that every individual person and pet has a unique genetic make-up, with years
of ingesting different things, being exposed to different things, living in
different social environments, and having different tolerance levels for stress
in all its many faces, each will respond differently to even natural
particular natural remedy may help, may not help, and may even result in an
unexpected reaction. Just because something
is natural, doesn’t mean it is not without risk. Even natural remedies need to be used
cautiously initially to check for adverse reactions, and then used only as
directed. But that being said, most
natural remedies have the potential to help most people, and pets, while also
supporting their immune system, if used as directed.
the next few blogs, I’ll share some of the highlights I heard and then you can
be the judge of what you choose to do with the information. Think of me as your holistic messenger.
share is about a presentation by Dr. Marlene Siegel, an integrative medicine
veterinarian, during a talk entitled “Preventing and Treating Cancer in Pets”. Dr. Siegel has developed a program that she
is trying to share with other veterinary clinics on how to incorporate
integrative (typically considered eastern, holistic, or alternative) methods into
western medical care-focused veterinary practices.
of you, myself included, may be lucky enough to already bring your animal to
primary care veterinarians who are open to, and incorporate, an alternative/ complimentary
focus within their scope of practice.
But for those whose vets may not feel as comfortable with this, having a
published program out there may be a way to begin opening that door.
Siegel states that the secrets to a healthy life “hide” in plain view, as
natural healthcare options are often things that already live in harmony with
the environment. She used the term “Bio-Mimicry”,
meaning products and processes that are designed based on the way things organically
occur in nature.
goes on to say that most dis-ease states, and specifically cancer (which I will denote with a small “c” as not
to give it the power of a capital letter), are our cells responding to a toxic
was no finger-pointing. More of a
matter-of-fact realization that as the world around us keeps “advancing”,
giving us “faster, cheaper, and more convenient” …. well, everything, that we
inadvertently find ourselves surrounded by foods, drinks, microwaves, products,
clothing material, heck - even air, that have toxic components. As a result, even without knowing it, we are
exposed to things we would never normally choose for ourselves or our pets.
like how she said “Life doesn’t happen to you, it responds from what you do”.
reminded me of an acronym I heard back in college, GIGO – Garbage In, Garbage
Out. We have to take some responsibility
in each thing we choose to expose ourselves to, if we desire healthy bodies for
ourselves and our pets.
are some paraphrased and summarized highlights of her talk:
need to focus on 2 things:
new cells, that are healthier than the old ones, by giving them the right fuel.
are innocent in that they can only ingest what we give them (well, that and some extra things they sneak….. but you know what I mean).
reminded listeners that if it’s not from nature, if you can’t pronounce it or
have never heard of it, don’t feed it to them.
She also stressed the importance of choosing organic, grass fed foods
for them whenever possible.
she added that although it can be initially more expensive to feed ourselves
and our pets organic whole foods, in the end, it is more expensive to try to remedy a health
issue once it has taken hold and we panic trying to fix it.
be straight with you, I cringe when I think of some of the things I fed my
first dog, who was the love of my life.
Ironically, it was a lot of the same things I was eating that we shared. But now that I have learned more, my current
doggies eat better….. even better than I
do. And I continue to try to improve for both myself and for them.
It’s still not perfect. Because I’m still not
perfect. I’m sure raw food folks would
still cringe. It’s all on a
continuum. And all each of can do is
strive to do our best, and to keep improving.
Without judgement on any other person or pet parent. Isn’t it so much better when we support and
build each other up?! But I digress……
the momentum so you don’t reach the tipping point
envisioned it like a balancing cup that can only hold so much before it tips
over. We fill it with stress, toxins,
medicine tries to stop the momentum of dis-ease with anti-biotics and
steroids. Sometimes these are necessary. Eastern medicine tries to stop the momentum
with nutrition, water, sleep, exercise; meditation, acupuncture, homeopathy,
essential oils, low level laser, magnets, reiki, and the list goes on.
does not have to be “all or nothing”. The best approach takes in all the options,
and charts a unique course for each unique individual to keep clearing out the
cup before it reaches tipping capacity.
Siegel talked about the root cause of dis-ease being:
the body with toxins over our threshold to clear
responses from (A) and (B) that result in “leaky gut”/digestive tract
immune system from (C) since so much of it lays in the large intestine
And that the things that
lead to those states being:
Hormones (cortisol and adrenaline) secreted
from the ongoing stress of negative thoughts and emotions
(our bodies were not meant
to continue long term in “fight or flight”
High levels of glucose (a result of high
Processed foods with preservatives
Acidic body pH (low pH)
Depleted soils where even natural foods are
Toxins (chemicals, pesticides, Genetically
Heavy metals in water
And the list goes on………
She said we can do things for ourselves and our pets to turn things around, like:
Drink filtered water (for our pets too)
Eat an organic plant-based diet full of
vitamins, minerals, and fatty acids
Give only meat proteins to our animals that
are grass fed and organic
Guide our bodies to a more alkaline state
Fix “leaky gut” for better digestion with pre
Detox our organs of elimination, especially
the liver. (she recommended coffee
enemas…… hey- I’m just the messenger!)
Decrease cortisol levels by decreasing stress
Maintain positive thoughts focused on what
you are grateful for
And again, the list goes on…….
Her summary was this:
the body with essential nutrients
polluting the body
the gut (and decrease inflammation)
the organs (and increase immune system)
with “alternative” therapies
future blog articles, I will continue to share with you the insights from other
speakers during this insight-filled 3-day holistic health conference.
Let’s learn together!