Kick Pet Cancer's Ass!
Friday October 13, 2017
Author: Karen Spinelli
someone told you that there were ways to maximize your pet's life, would you
listen? What if they told you there were
ways to minimize the chance your dog would ever get a disease (or at least
recovery fully from one)?
what if they said that, even if your pet already was dealing with a diagnosis
of the big “c” (which will remain
nameless, and un-capitalized as not to put its energy out into the universe),
that they could still help improve their quality of life?
when I heard those claims from the live-streamed three day conference “The
Truth About Cancer”, I listened. How could I not? Even if I could glean a sliver of helpful
information, if I didn’t watch, I would have always wondered “what if….”.
watched the presentations they did that focused on pet health. In my last blog I told you about the one
entitled “Preventing and Treating Cancer in Pets”.
other great one, that I want to share with you today, was “Clues from Canines: the Ketogenic Cancer Cure” by Dr. Karen Becker (an integrative care
veterinarian) and Rodney Habib (of Planet Paws.ca). It was a sneak preview of their upcoming
documentary series “The Truth About Pet Cancer”
(TruthAboutPetCancer.com) as well as information from his “The Dog
Cancer Series” (DogCancerSeries.com).
why am I sitting here surrounded by my chicken-scratch notes, trying to
summarize all the complex information into a blog article? Number one, I don’t want to forget anything,
and I ‘m hoping re-writing it will help it stick in my memory.
two, how could I know about this, and not share it with other pet lovers? My goal is to let this be YOUR sneak preview
to their upcoming documentary. A diving
board that makes you want to jump in and go to their website to learn
three, because I remember seeing facebook posts about it in the past, “liking”
it because I liked the idea of the topic, but never opening the link because I
didn’t want to get bummed out by thinking about pets with cancer. But I was lucky enough to have a friend
separately tell me about this live-stream, so started watching it before I
realized this was that same people and topic I had seen months ago online.
so glad that I was taken in through a back door, and braved the “icky” parts of
it all to get to the light at the end of the tunnel – which is that there’s a
lot we can do to take control back over things we thought we have no control
disclaimer is that I am not saying if we all do these things, no pets will ever
get sick again. I wish I was. A lot of co-mingling factors go into the slow
build-up to developing dis-ease. And
sometimes, even when someone does all the right things, cruddy things still
happen. I wish they didn’t. But let’s owe it to ourselves and our pets to
at least listen to what they have to say.
even if motivates us to change one thing to a more positive direction, isn’t it
worth the time it took to read about it?
Or watch their presentation? For
me, my answer is “YES!”.
catalyst of Rodney's research, and this new documentary with Dr. Becker, is that Rodney’s dog, Cali, was
diagnosed with cancer - after he thought he was doing all the right things to
keep her healthy. This then sent him on
a personal mission to find out what went wrong, and if there was anything that
could be done to turn things around.
(Hot tip – the answer was “YES!”)
would recommend you go to their websites for the details, but let me share with
you the notes I summarized for myself, in order to help me with my own dogs'
best health…. (I’ll put some of my own thoughts in parenthesis as I go along.)
Ideas I want to Remember from the “Clues
from Canines” presentation:
1) 1) Sure
there is a genetic factor in cancer – but only 10%
The other 90% is environment & lifestyle – things we
have some control over!
Pesticides (including monthly preventative
for heartworm, flea/tick),
herbicides, fertilizers, cleaning products, laundry
detergents, flame retardant materials, plastics
(I always titer first!)
Electro-Magnetic Frequencies (EMF)
Preservatives, sweetener, Genetically
Modified Organisms (GMO),
non-human grade ingredients, too many carbohydrates, food break-down results
Too much food
Wrong types of food
2) 2) What
is the result of all of this?
Decreasing life spans (from 1970 to 2017….. crazy, right?!)
Increasing chronic disease and cancers
3) 3) What
can we do? - Back to Basics!
Decrease carbs to <10% for pets
Carbs breakdown into starch, which breaks
down into glucose (sugar)
These trigger insulin receptors
Cancer cells have more insulin receptors
Lets cancer “in the door” (the "insulin doorway")
* "Feeds" the cancer!
* Sugar is the key that opened
that cancer door - and keeps it open!
· Need to “Starve” those cancer cells!
Periods of fasting/calorie restriction
Don’t open the "insulin door" with glucose/sugar
Use fat as fuel source (instead of carbs)
down into fatty acids – then ketones (in the liver)
fuel brain, heart, muscles
have fuel, but no “food” for cancer cells!
Transforms immune system to work FOR them!
Much of immune system lives in the digestive
Compare labels on pet foods since they don’t
usually list carbs/starches
Add % of Protein, Fat, Moisture, Ash (which
they do tell you)
Subtract that % from 100
Now you have the % carbs/starch
At least helps see which foods are better
than others (aka less carbs)
just go by the bag’s marketing
doesn’t mean carb-free
4) 4) Proof
Organization that rescues shelter dogs with
cancer – and changes it!
& oncology docs on staff)
Halts and reverses disease though diet (keto-diet minimizes carbs/starch/glucose/sugar)
Continue protein (65%) and fats (30%)
Cut down carbs (5%)
Over-all calorie restriction
5) 5) Re-assurance
This is “nutritional ketosis”
Different from the feared “diabetic-keto-acidosis”
Increased sugar, decreased insulin
6) 6) Goal
for pet feeding
Use pet’s diet to “heal them, not harm them”!
Decrease carbs (decreased starch = decreased sugar)
Focus on organic proteins and healthy fats
- (Think the omega 3 kind)
Focus on adding in more raw and human-grade
Focus on decreasing processed kibble
-(even if you still use it, at least minimize it, and add to it)
-Find the ones more nutrient dense with lowest
interesting; I remember the building blocks to this concept from a lecture in
vet tech school. It was about how glucose
metabolism fuels bodies (people and pets) and what happens if we don’t get
enough glucose. Our body reverts to
breaking down fats for energy in place of it, to keep our vital organs
functioning. The term was this “ketosis”.
was a brief note about “diabetic keto-acidosis”, where sugar spikes high, so
then insulin spikes high to compensate for it, and then they both plummet back down, resulting in the need to
compensate for THAT by burning fat for fuel instead. And how this was not preferable for the long-term,
as it was connected to a disease state.
like what can happen when we FEED too much sugar. Feeding too many carbs, aka starch, aka sugar, actually mimics a disease state! Crazy, right?!
In diabetes, the body has
metabolic difficulties, causing the sugar to spike, which causes the insulin to
spike, which feeds the bad cells. The
only difference is that a high sugar diet (working backwards from a high carbohydrate
diet) isn’t genetics, it’s lifestyle, that we have control over.
remember trying to follow my thought process about using this idea on-purpose
with the goal of decreasing an obese dogs weight, which would help decrease
inflammation, which would help short circuit a lot of chronic diseases.
my thought path, if we “on-purpose” fed our dogs less carbs, there would be
less starch, so less glucose, so the body would have to burn it’s stores of
fats instead. Who knew at that time,
that this really was a thing….. and that
it was called “nutritional ketosis”!
the lecture moved quickly on from there, and if I kept contemplating it, I
would have fallen behind. So I tried to
keep up, and attempted to “put a pin in” the idea for later. So there it is – full circle – and that pet
feeding idea that stumped my brain that day came back around to me from another
direction. And I’m sure am glad it did!
there it is – my notes on their presentation, as well as my own
post-analyzation musings. I look forward
to learning more from Rodney Habib and Dr Karen Becker in their upcoming
docu-series. I recommend checking out their explanations, since they will give more details - to connect the dots and fill in the color.
Keep in mind, life exists on a continuum. If you are aiming to prevent disease, and maintain health, you don't have to be as strict as if your pet already has the "c" word as an obstacle to hurdle. If you're trying to kick cancer's ass, then think of it as being in training for a marathon, and don't take your eye off the prize until you've burst through the ribbon.
and doing are different things. I have a
better understanding everyday of what I should do, and not do, for both me and
my pets to stay as healthy as possible.
I think I’m on the good side of the curve, though I still have a long
way to go.
it’s all about the journey, right? As
long as we’re always moving toward the positive, we’re going in the right
be honest, most of us take better care of our animals than we do of
ourselves. And a lot of us are laughing and nodding our head's "yes" right now because we know it's true, right?! So we’ll probably do all of
this for our pets before we do it for ourselves. And that’s ok. Maybe when we see their health flourish it
will be the motivation we need to tweak our own holistic health plans.
can think of no better motivation than extending the years we get to be
together with our pets!!!