Dog Health Insurance 101
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By Robert Mueller, B. Pharm.
The rate of humans contracting cancer is ever increasing and unfortunately this trend is as prevalent in veterinary clinics as it is in medical facilities across the United States. It has been reported that cancer is a major killer in our pet population and is thought to be responsible for 45% of dog deaths (in pets that have lived at least 10 years). In humans, the statistics support that one in four will contract cancer.
Even with the advances in medical techniques and new technologies, the epidemic continues and we must ask ourselves, why? Researchers are quite good at developing new drugs and new diagnostic equipment to help control and detect the cancer cells, but the real question is why the increase in the first place?
Could it be the continuous attack on and subsequent weakening of our immune systems due to the food we eat and feed our pets? Could the answer to prevention of this disease really be something as simple as changing what we eat and the way we feed our pets?
The immune system has been touted as the very best defense mechanism known to man and animals, helping to defend the body against germs, bacteria, yeast, protozoan, and viruses. It is a complicated network of cells and organs that helps to defend the body against attack by foreign invaders. When the system is called upon to defend against an attack, it communicates the order to produce powerful natural chemicals designed to counter-attack the invading cells. The cells communicate with each other through proteins called cytokines to mount this defensive attack. The mechanism is so complex that no one is quite sure fully of all the workings of the system other than to say it possesses an elaborate and dynamic communication network and memory system.
Naturally the entire process is a lot more complicated than this quick summary, but the message here is that the immune system is the very most important agent of defense for the body and when and if it is compromised, the events leading to disease or autoimmune response issues begin to happen.
Cancer is a disease process in which healthy cells stop functioning and maturing properly and there is an accelerated process of inappropriate, uncontrolled cell growth. Naturally a strong immune system is vitally important, helping to defend against this process. There are several different forms of cancer, which adds to the complexity of the disease, each type having different degrees of successful cure rates.
Food Is The Best Medicine
When a cancer diagnosis is made, one of the first things recommended, as part of the treatment is usually a diet change of some sort, since good nutrition is vital to the healing process and is the best way to naturally enhance the strength of the immune system, which can then fight off the disease.
This is DEAD food!
All cancer treatments must start with good nutrition. A raw natural food diet is imperative to good health. All processed foods must be eliminated. If a food will not rot or sprout, then do not buy it. The cells of the body have similar biochemical needs to a bacteria or yeast cell. Foods that have extended shelf life are not going to nourish the body. Bottom line- if it comes in a can or a paper bag, then it is dead food and eliminate it from your pet’s diet. Living foods deteriorate and rot over time, they they are the key to perfect pet health.
 Pasternak, Henry. Healing Pets with Nature’s Miracle Cures. Highlands Veterinary Hospital, Pacific Palisade, CA, 2001
Robert Mueller, BSc, Pharm. is a registered pharmacist, author of “Living Enzymes: The World’s Best Kept Pet Food Secret”