An estimated 6 million cats and 6 million dogs will be
diagnosed with cancer this year alone. It is undeniable that we see more cancer
and see it in younger patients. Experts agree the exposure to chemicals via
food, medications, vaccinations, air and water play a huge part in the
staggering rates we see today. Life is fast paced in America, and with that
comes the need for prepackaged meals; drive-up vaccinations; and the rise of
quick-fix, symptom-suppressing medicine. Who has time to be sick?
companies have infiltrated television commercials
explaining to pet owners all the new handy drugs to help alleviate
pets. Pet food companies have picked up on the idea that people want
their beloved animals and they market
directly, stretching the limits of
what natural means. Veterinarians are indoctrinated in vet school that
there is no way that pet owners could balance a home-cooked diet
correctly; however, no
one questions their ability with their human children.
medicine has followed the path of Western human medicine in schools,
teaching to cut the tumor out, poison the cancer and hope the body can
survive. There are certainly sometimes that this method is
appropriate, but the vast majority of cookie-cutter treatment plans will
arises because the body’s immune system neglects to recognize an abnormal cell
and remove it from population. The cell can
then divide unchecked and create this devastating disease. Although this
is an oversimplification of what actually occurs, it is certain that the
failure of the immune system is an integral part of the development of cancer.
Therefore, the prevention of cancer is the most aggressive and successful plan
Keeping the immune system healthy requires minimizing
chemical exposure, protecting the gut by feeding whole foods and finding a
veterinarian that treats holistically. For example, lymphoma is linked closely
with lawn chemicals. Animals have a smaller body surface and their noses are closer to the ground, so the impact of poison on the grass is far greater to our little, furry
friends. This is just one example of the devastation of chronic chemical
exposure. But, unfortunately, chemicals extend to what is prescribed on a daily
basis to pets in veterinary medicine. The overuse of drugs and
vaccinations in medicine is disastrous.
Because the gut is responsible for 80 percent of the immune
system, correcting the diet and reinfusing the gastrointestinal tract with
healthy bacteria is a must. Fecal transfers from healthy patients to sick
patients have been used for decades in veterinary medicine, and new scientific
studies show the resounding effects in humans. Protecting that bacteria can be
accomplished by feeding whole foods and, when appropriate, nourishing
probiotics and digestive enzymes. In addition, maintaining an adequate vitamin
D level is crucial.
cancer from a holistic approach is the emerging and necessary strategy to
succeed. Each pet must be treated as an individual and not treated as the
diagnosis. Underlying deficiencies should be corrected; gut healing needs to
take place; and modalities such as ozone, radiofrequency, intravenous vitamin
C, homeopathy, acupuncture and herbal medicine must be utilized. The goal is to
empower the pet’s own body to eliminate the cancer, to help the patient feel
better, to reduce or end pain associated with the cancer, and ultimately to
help each pet live its best and longest life.
Dr. Erin Holder is owner of FloridaWild Veterinary
Hospital, located at 115 E. Euclid Ave., in DeLand. She is a member of the
Association of Avian Veterinarians, the
American Veterinary Medical Association, the Florida Veterinary Medical
Association and the American Holistic Veterinary Medical Association. She is
also an adjunct professor at the University of Florida College of Veterinary
Medicine in the Zoo and Wildlife Department.
FloridaWild offers an integrative approach to veterinary medicine,
combining both Eastern and Western Medicine. For more information, call
386-734-9899 or visit FloridaWildVetHospital.com.