Not just Holistic, but how to use E: All of the Above!

I made this blog because I did tons of research on success stories and research worldwide and used it on my dog with nasal cancer named Lucy. So, now my hobby is molecular biology. The treatment uses combination of health store supplements, some prescription meds, diet changes, and specific Ayurvedic and Chinese medicinal herbs. I just wanted her to have a better quality of life. I thought this combination of E: All the Above (except no radiation or chemo and surgery for this cancer was not an option) would help that for sure, but it actually put her bleeding nasal cancer in remission!
My approach to cancer is about treating the whole animals biologic system. But I do hate the word 'Holistic'. Sounds like hoo hoo. This is science based, research based data and results of using active herbal compounds that happen to be readily available and common. Some call it Nutriceuticals. Others may call it Orthomolecular cancer therapy. Or Cancer Immunotherapy.
-Slow cancer cell reproduction
-Make cancer cells become easier targets for the immune system
-Kill the cancer cells
-Rid the cancer cells
-Remove the toxins it produces
- Stimulate and Modulate the immune system
-Control secondary symptoms like bleeding, infection, inflammation, mucous, appetite, or pain for a better feeling animal
-Working with your vet for exams and prescriptions that are sometimes needed when conditions are acute.
Just by using a multi-modal treatment approach that is as diverse in attack as possible. Both conventional and natural.
The body conditions that allowed it to develop in the first place must be corrected. If caught early enough, like with Lucy, this ongoing maintenance correctional treatment is all that was required at this point to achieve, so far, more than 10 TIMES the life expectancy given (more than 60 months) after diagnosis WITH remission. I did not use radiation or chemotherapy or surgery.
I hope this cancer research can help your dog as well.

My Lucy

My Lucy
In Loving Memory my Lucy December 2016
CURRENT STATUS - It was for more than 5 YEARS after Lucy was diagnosed by biopsy in March 2011 with nasal cancer that she lived. And she was in remission for 4 of 5 years using no radiation or chemo! Now multiply that by 7 to be 35 years extended!! She was 12.5 years old - equivalent to almost 90 human years old. She ended her watch December 1, 2016. I miss her so much.

May 26, 2012

Chinese anti cancer herbs dog cookie recipe

I found a cookie recipe for feeding these Stasis Breaker and Wei Qi Booster Chinese cancer herbs to them, and they like the cookies. I crumble the cookies in with the meal, with that much less dry dog food. But she seems to also like them by themselves. Here’s that recipe for anyone who so desires it if you cannot get them to eat the herbs in their regular food. Keep in mind that many vets recommend a high fat content when treating cancer, since cancer cells grow best with carbohydrates as fuel, but they don’t grow well at all with fatty foods. The peanut butter in the recipe is a high fat food -medium protein and low-med carb(don't know what to do about that carb and still have tastiness). Here’s the recipe:

Peanut Butter Meringue Cookies. Makes 16 cookies

Let 3 eggs warm to room temperature (for easy whipping)
 Separate the whites from yolks, the whites will be whipped. The yolks I save to give as a cooked treat.

In one bowl:
 Whip egg whites
 Add the meds in question into the whipped egg whites (In this recipe I add 2 days worth of the herbs. probably could add 3 days worth)

In another bowl:
 add 1/4 cup of molasses
 add 1/4 cup of hot water
 add 1 cup peanut butter
 whip all that

add the peanut butter stuff to the egg white stuff, and whip more

spoon a teaspoon full of the mix onto a cookie sheet as one cookie. I put 8 onto a cookie sheet at at time, making two batches.
 bake at 350 degrees for about 15 minutes.
 do the next batch.

They actually taste quite good. Just a faint taste of the herbs, which taste awful to me anyway. Mostly they taste like peanut butter. The meringue adds some substance to them and bring up the protein -so they bake well. It's still has reasonable protein and fat overall, so the sugar/carb isn't horrible. 
But again, this is just stuff to try if they simply won't eat the powder in their regular food.

May 23, 2012

More Tips on getting dog to eat all these herbs

The two Chinese Herbal Stasis Breaker 'tumor buster' and Wei Qi Booster immune booster powders look like and taste like dirt. 
It was a challenge to figure out how to get Lucy to eat them initially. Due to her sensitive stomach issues, I had been experimenting with pan fried with a little garlic and white chicken meat or ground turkey or ground beef)  mixed with some kibble). I make a chicken or turkey or beef + broth slurry as a base to mix the herbs into.
It takes a lot of work, but if you would do anything to keep your pet well, the following has been working well for us after much trial and error. It does take some time twice a week to make a batch up for use every meal and last for a few days.

The main thing is to find anything to get your pooch to gobble up the herbs up as an appetizer when she is the most hungry before the regular meal. However, Lucy will now eat the herbs mixed into her plain dry food with a little broth and a handful of meat. 

IF YOU NEED TO BUT IT WILL HAVE CARBS: I also found this an easy way to get Lucy to eat the herbs. I mix the herbs into about a 1/4 cup of yogurt and she really goes for it before her regular meal. 
OR ...: I’ve found that mixing the herbs very well with about 1/3 cup of hamburger and then hand feeding chunks also works well if necessary.

When concerned about him not eating well/enough – I will chop up some hardboiled eggs into her food – she really likes it. 

I now give an egg at every meal with a little meat and kibble. Got to have high protein, medium fat, low carb food  to an anti cancer diet and it HAS to be tasty to get them to keep eating all these pills and powders.

This is a lot of work for sure, but it has been working for us, and I have gotten a tremendous sense of satisfaction knowing all my efforts have helped keep Lucy doing well.

May 19, 2012

Top Facts about how Cancer works

I decided to use what I call "nutraceuticals" to aid the immune system and also do other functions. These are just off the shelf easily available anywhere (mostly...) natural analogues of well researched prescription medications and research. ALL pharmaceuticals STARTED with natural stuff first. And tested on animals including dogs first before us.

The immune system is the body’s first and last line of defense! There are many natural substances with pharmacological properties which are used to strengthen the body’s immune system in its fight against chronic disease and immune disorders such as cancer.

Our immune system is a complex system involving communication between the body’s organs, tissues, hormones and chemicals. It is an amazing protection mechanism which helps our body defend us against foreign invaders such as viruses, bacteria, microbes, parasites, and toxins which we come in contact with daily.

A compromised immune system can fail to protect the body against these foreign invaders, diseases, allergies, arthritis, infections, and can fail to stop the growth of cancer cells.

Stop feeling helpless to this disease…you or your dog still have options! I tried them and they worked on Lucy my dog.

Facts about Cancer:

  • Cancer is the second leading cause of death in the US, exceeded only by heart disease. In the US, 1 of every 4 deaths is from cancer.
  • Cancer obtains its protein needs from healthy cells. (EAT MORE PROTEIN SO THE BODY HAS ENOUGH)
  • Cancer needs simple sugars to survive and multiply. Dietary measures low in grains and carbs can help starve cancer cells. (STOP GIVING CARBS AND GRAINS TO CARNIVORES!).
  • Cancer cells need a large blood supply and they proliferate rapidly. It is important to reduce blood supply to the tumor, induce anti-angiogensis and decrease proliferation. (many of the supplements I chose do this)
  • Toxins from cancer cells build up in the body, especially when the cancer cells die at a high rate from chemotherapy and radiation. It is crucial to increase detoxification in the body to restore normal regulatory functions (among others) and to restore normal programmed cell death (apoptosis).  (you must have anti-oxidents and immune boosters to help remove this junk. I use anti-oxidents mostly in the morning after the nights doin's)
  • The DNA in cancer cells is undifferentiated (it has lost the ability to become a certain cell, like a liver cell, and grows out of control without the programmed cell death of normal cells). Certain natural herbal substances can protect the DNA of healthy cells from mutations. They can also assist in the re-differentiation of cell DNA. This means reverting cancer cells to normal cells, whenever possible through re-establishment of cell cycle controls hereby slowing their growth. This is called differentation. It makes is easier for the immune system to identify what to kill.
  • Cancer lowers the immune system. Improving the immune system and raising the activity of cancer-fighting mechanisms helps the body to fight cancer.
  • Strengthening normal cells through alternative cancer treatments and appropriate nutrition and protocols improves their resistance to cancer spread.
  • Cancer cells proliferate most at night while asleep. (What you eat before bed and dinner and the herbs you take at dinner and bed are critical. There must not be tons of glucose in your system. Cancer loves glucose that comes from carbs, grains, and sugars. No spikes in glucose! Eat more high protein medium fat meals with smaller portions more frequently. Cancer is proven to love glucose.)

Problem:  Killing cancer cells is a tough business. Healthy cells are killed along with the cancer cells. Many traditional medical treatments actually degrade the body’s immune system. Many cancer patients do not die from cancer, but from the side effects from chemotherapy, radiation treatments, or from malnutrition that comes from cancer using YOUR cells protein and that toxin build up that makes one feel lousy and sick.

Solution:Your focus needs to be on building and increasing the body’s immune system.

Problem: Traditional treatment can weaken the patient’s immune system and thus lessen chances for survival. Many traditional treatments lower the immune system, lowers the patient’s blood values, thus weakening the patients overall health. The patient may become dehydrated from vomiting or diarrhea. Finding medical balance is critical when treating cancer. Early and Late Stage cancer patients need to focus on their body’s immune system to increase their chance of survival.

Cancer staging involves the process of describing the spread of cancer from the site of origin. A patient’s cancer stage is based on the primary tumor’s size and location in the body and whether the cancer has spread to other areas of the body.

Early Stage Patients: Never wait and see! Cancer cells do not take a day off or sleep when you do. Instead cancer continues to grow, whether fast or slow growing, 24 hours a day. Do not wait and see yourself go from early stage to late stage. Please be pro-active.

Late Stage: Traditional medicine has done most of what can be done. The cancer has progressed. Treatment becomes more severe and hope wanes. Or, the patient has been told “There is nothing more to offer. Go home and get your affairs in order.”  BUT YOU CAN STILL GET A BETTER QUALITY OF LIFE AT THE END WITH BETTER OVERALL HEALTH AT LEAST!

May 16, 2012

Dog won't eat, can I give Pepcid?

Famotidine (Pepcid®)


• Stomach ulcers and erosions are relatively common complications of kidney failure, bloat (of the stomach), treatment with steroids, administration of non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs like Metacam/Meloxicam/Duramaxx/Peroxicam) and primary diseases of the stomach or stomach irritations from meds or supplements. 

• Famotidine is an anti-ulcer drug of the histamine receptor-2 (H-2) blocker class. Stimulation of H-2 receptors (targets) located on the cell membranes of stomach cells leads to secretion of gastric acid. By blocking these targets, stomach acid will not be secreted as much, allowing the ulcer time to heal or irritation/inflammation to get better. 

• Famotidine and other H-2 blockers are useful in the treatment and prevention of gastric (stomach) and intestinal ulcers drugs because they prevent activation of this cell receptor. Other drugs with similar actions include ranitidine (Zantac®), nizatidine (Axid®) and cimetidine (also given for Mast Cell Tumors, those tumors release alot of histamine) (Tagamet®).

• This drug is not approved for use in animals by the Food and Drug Administration but it is prescribed legally by veterinarians as an extra-label drug.

• Famotidine is available over the counter but should not be administered unless under the supervision and guidance of a veterinarian.

Brand Names and Other Names

• This drug is FDA registered for use in humans only.

• Human formulations: Pepcid® (Merck) and various generic preparations

• Veterinary formulations: None 

Uses of Famotidine

• Famotidine is used in the treatment and prevention of stomach (gastric) and intestinal ulcers. 

• Famotidine promotes ulcer healing in animals with ulcers or erosions (shallow depressions in the stomach lining). 

• Famotidine may be useful in the treatment of stomach inflammation. 

• Another use is management of [[rol||acid reflux disease|A condition similar to "heartburn" in people and caused by movement of stomach acid into the lower part of the esophagus (food tube).]] to reduce injury to the esophagus (food tube).

• Dogs and cats with mast cell tumors may be treated with famotidine or a related drug because these tumors can produce large amounts of histamine. 

Precautions and Side Effects

• While generally safe and effective when prescribed by a veterinarian, famotidine can cause side effects in some animals.

• Famotidine should not be used in animals with known hypersensitivity or allergy to the drug.

• Famotidine should be used with caution in animals with kidney or liver disease.

• Famotidine may interact with other medications. Consult with your veterinarian to determine if other drugs your pet is receiving could interact with famotidine. Such drugs include digoxin and ketoconazole. 

How Famotidine is Supplied

• Famotidine is supplied in 10 mg, 20 mg and 40 mg tablets. 

• Famotidine oral powder for suspension is supplied at 50 mg/5 ml. 

Dosing Information

• Medication should never be administered without first consulting your veterinarian.

• The typical dose administered is 0.25 to 0.5 mg per pound (0.5 to 1.0 mg/kg) every 12 to 24 hours.

• The duration of administration depends on the condition being treated, response to the medication and the development of any adverse effects. Be certain to complete the prescription unless specifically directed by your veterinarian. Even if your pet feels better, the entire treatment plan should be completed to prevent relapse.

May 12, 2012

Frequently Used Dog Antibiotics

Frequently Used Dog Antibiotics 

With dozens of dog antibiotics available, it is important to understand how the medication works. Canine antibiotics come in a range of options, from chewable tablets to gel coated capsules, while treating different types of infections. Learn about the most commonly prescribed medications, including usual average doses and side effects.

Albon (Sulfadimethoxine)
Albon dog antibiotics come in liquid or tablets, and treat bacterial infections by preventing bacterium from multiplying. The typical dosage for Albon is 25 milligrams per pound of a dog's weight. Side effects include dry eyes, sulfa crystals collecting in the urine and loss of appetite. It's important to make sure your dog drinks plenty of water when taking Albon to prevent UTI. 

Baytril (Enrofloxacin)
Baytril dog antibiotics battle dog infections occurring in the ear, urinary tract, skin, intestines, liver and lungs. The dog antibiotics come in chewable tablets or dog ear antibiotic drops. Baytril works by tweaking the DNA of bacteria causing them to die off.
The proper dosage of Baytril is 2.27 milligrams per pound of a dog's weight. Avoid using Baytril if your puppy is still growing because some studies show Baytril damages cartilage by causing lesions. Side effects include dizziness, lethargy and loss of appetite.

Clavamox (Amoxycillin)
Clavamox is one of many brand names for amoxycillin. The dog antibiotics come in tablets and oral drops. Veterinarians frequently prescribe Clavamox for abscesses, cellulites and skin infections.
Clavamox works by inhibiting the growth of bacteria. Side effects include diarrhea, nausea and vomiting. A typical dose is 6.25 milligrams per pound of body weight given twice a day.

Keflex (Cephalexin)Keflex canine antibiotics come in gel caps or liquid. The liquid form mixes into your dog's water making it easy to give. The proper dosage is 10 to 15 milligrams per pound of a dog's weight twice a day. 
Dog infections of the bones, joints, lungs, skin and urinary tract frequently receive Cephalexin as a treatment. The broad-spectrum dog antibiotics prevent bacteria and fungi from reproducing. Common side effects include diarrhea and nausea. Dogs with allergies to penicillin should not take Keflex.

Sumycin (Tetracycline)
Dogs diagnosed with Lyme Disease or Rocky Mountain Fever usually receive Tetracycline gel caps. The medication blocks the protein bacteria need to multiply. The most common side effects involve tooth discoloration and impaired bone growth, but nausea and diarrhea can also occur.
Dairy products hamper the effectiveness of Tetracycline, so dogs should not have any dairy items or foods with calcium for at least two hours before and after their dosage. The proper dosage is nine milligrams per pound of body weight. 

Doxycycline is similar.

Terramycin (Oxytetracycline HCI)
Terramycin is an antibiotic ointment used to treat infections such as conjunctivitis and corneal ulcers. The dog medication stops bacteria from creating the proteins they need to multiply. California is the only state where you must have a prescription for Terramycin.
Apply Terramycin on the inner eyelid where it mixes with tears to spread it across the surface of the eye. The only side effects are blurred vision and stinging of the eye.

As you can see, all when taken orally, can make the dogs stomach sick. So sometimes it's just the antibiotic, not the cancer.

What can you do? I personally give with food, sometimes I give Pepcid, and between doses I give probiotics (good gut bacteria).

May 9, 2012

Sulforaphane in Broccoli slows Cancer?

Sulforaphane in Broccoli slows Cancer in Dogs?
For decades, the word was out that something in cruciferous vegetables protects animals from cancer; in 1992, scientists from Johns Hopkins University identified the active constituent as a chemical called sulforaphane. Broccoli contains more sulforaphane than the other vegetables. The best source of it comes from sprouts that have grown to the second leaf stage; these seedlings contain between 10 to 100 times as much sulforaphane as a full-grown broccoli.
To date the sulforaphane research focusing on cancer has discovered that this protection results from stimulation of the body's own antioxidant and detoxification system, which is comprised of what scientists call Phase 2 Enzymes.  The enzymes eliminate carcinogens from the body before they can cause DNA damage. This action protects healthy cells from cancer triggering chemicals.
More exciting from a cutting edge point of view is a paper in the March 2000 issue of Cancer Research which reported for the first time that sulforaphane can cause cancer cells to self-destruct, that it triggers programmed cell death or apoptosis.   Research that is more recent reports on the genetic mechanisms by which these broccoli chemicals work.  For example, a recent study on breast cancer showed sulforaphane binding to mammary tissue after just a single dose of broccoli sprouts.   Earlier studies from 1997 and 2000 demonstrated that sulforaphane prevented carcinogens from triggering cancer in breast tissue. Other benefits of this supplement include increasing the liver’s capacity to detoxify potential carcinogens.  S

A anecdotal quote:
"When Jazzie was first diagnosed with adenocarcinoma in May, 2007, I started her on Sulforaphone supplemental. That may be an explanation why her lung mets did not show symptoms until January of 2008; they usually show metastasis within 3 or 4 months.  I still have her on it and recommend it to everyone who owns a dog!  Use it as prevention, especially in those breeds most prone to develop cancer." 

 You can order it online at swansonvitamins pretty cheap or most health food sites or stores. I give Lucy 1 pill in her evening snack.

May 8, 2012

Lucy Nasal Cancer Status at 1 year 1 month

Lucy Nasal Cancer Status at 1 year 1 month using Holistic and alternative medicine only. She was originally given 4 months on average.

Still doing GREAT! There are still no symptoms on her left side where the nasal cancer is!

May 2, 2012

Dog can't breath so much mucous give Mucinex?

Dog can't breath so much mucous. Can I give Mucinex?

"The mucinex works well if she drinks plenty of water to make the phlegm watery so it drains better. Might take a bit though.  
It's an uphill battle at first.

It won't shrink tissue like Prednisone but at least it will let mucous drain alot easier. Benedryl kinda dries up mucous wateryness but does not help with flow. Just don't give benedryl for too long then it gets too dry and thickens the mucous again. We just want a little less wateryness after the mucinex gets stuff unclogged some."

Here is a another quote from someone I found:
 "There really are no good decongestants to give a dog but after trying several things I did find out that Mucinex helped Dash some..It is really for chest congestion but seemed to help break up his nasal mucus so it drained out and he could breathe a little better. "

This quote I found with google before with the others on mucinex I found:

"The dose of Mucinex I gave Dash was 1/2 a tablet every 12 hrs as needed so 1/2 the 12yr old to adult human dose. 
He was 45-50lbs. He had no problems with it but he had a caste iron gut and often ate things that would make most dogs sick yet he never got sick from any of it."

See if that correlates to what others have said in those links below on Mucinex that I found. 

It's hard to find much info on using Mucinex in dogs. Just what those 2 vets said and what a few people have said. !!!don't buy the DM version. Just plain Mucinex with no cough suppressant and no sudafed. Just straight plain 12 hour mucinex.

Mucokinetics are a class of drugs which aid in the clearance of mucus from the airways, lungs, bronchi, and trachea.
Such drugs can be further categorized by their mechanism of action.
-mucolytic agents
-wetting agents / hypoviscosity agents
-abhesives / surfactants

In general, clearance ability is hampered by bonding to surfaces (stickiness) and by the viscosity (thickness) of mucous secretions in the lungs. In turn, the viscosity is dependent upon the concentration of mucoprotein in the secretions.

Expectorants and Mucolytic agents are different types of medication, yet both intend to promote drainage of mucus from the lungs.

An Expectorant (from the Latin expectorare, to expel from the chest) works by signaling the body to increase the amount or hydration of secretions, resulting in more yet clearer secretions and as a byproduct lubricating the irritated respiratory tract. One expectorant guaifenesin is commonly available in many cough syrups. Sometimes the term "expectorant" is incorrectly extended to any cough medicine, since it is a universal component.[1]

A mucolytic agent is an agent which dissolves thick mucus and is usually used to help relieve respiratory difficulties. It does so by dissolving various chemical bonds within secretions, which in turn can lower the viscosity by altering the mucin-containing components.

Alternatively, attacking the affinity between secretions and the biological surfaces is another avenue, which is used by abhesives and surfactants.

Any of these effects could potentially improve airway clearance during coughing.

An expectorant increases bronchial secretions and mucolytics help loosen thick bronchial secretions. Expectorants reduce the thickness or viscosity of bronchial secretions thus increasing mucus flow that can be removed more easily through coughing, Mucolytics break down the chemical structure of mucus molecules. The mucus becomes thinner and can be removed more easily.

—Adams, Holland, & Bostwick, 2008, p. 591


GUESS WHAT? NAC (Acetylcysteine rINN (pron.: /əˌsɛtəlˈsɪstiːn/), also known as N-acetylcysteine or N-acetyl-L-cysteine (abbreviated NAC), is a pharmaceutical drug and nutritional supplement used primarily as a mucolytic agent and in the management of paracetamol (acetaminophen) overdose. Other uses include sulfate repletion in conditions, such as autism, where cysteine and related sulfur amino acids may be depleted.[2]

Acetylcysteine is a derivative of cysteine; an acetyl group is attached to the nitrogen atom. This compound is sold as a dietary supplement commonly claiming antioxidant and liver protecting effects. It is used as a cough medicine because it breaks disulfide bonds in mucus and liquefies it, making it easier to cough up. It is also this action of breaking disulfide bonds that makes it useful in thinning the abnormally thick mucus in cystic and pulmonary fibrosis patients.

Mucolytic therapy

NAC Acetylcysteine is indicated for mucolytic ("mucus-dissolving") therapy as an adjuvant in respiratory conditions with excessive and/or thick mucus production. Such conditions include emphysema, bronchitis, tuberculosis, bronchiectasis, amyloidosis, pneumonia, cystic fibrosis, and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease. It is also used post-operatively, as a diagnostic aid, and in tracheotomy care.  However, a recent paper in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences reports that high-dose oral N-acetylcysteine modulates inflammation in cystic fibrosis and has the potential to counter the intertwined redox and inflammatory imbalances in CF.[11] Oral acetylcysteine may also be used as a mucolytic in less serious cases.

For this indication, acetylcysteine acts to reduce mucus viscosity by splitting disulfide bonds linking proteins present in the mucus (mucoproteins).


I GIVE LUCY 1 NAC 600mg capsule in the AM meal.   I get both from swanson.

As always, check with your vet. But be prepared for them to not be sure. What can we do? Well, google google google.