We all know that some one that has battled cancer. We all know that someone who survived or that someone who lost the battle. Cancer, the one illness that nobody wants to hear or ever experience. But the sad truth is, none of us are guaranteed to be free from it and none of the dogs are too. The only thing we can do is to prevent, prevent and prevent and hope for the best. When you experience the pain of watching someone or some dog suffer and try their best to overcome and survive, deep down you wished you knew more about what to do and you wished that you had started prevention earlier.
Everyone and every dog has cancer cells in their body. Without going too deeply into how cancer are formed and what it causes, here are the basics. When the immune system is weak, it cannot kill enough cancer cells and the cancer cells grow out of control. That is when cancer is being detected. So the main point that one can do to prevent cancer in dogs is to boost and maintain the immune system (which is the key to surviving a cancer diagnosis) of your dog.
What Causes The Immune System To Be Low
The first and foremost thing that we should know is why, is the immune system of your dog low. This, comes down to of course, genes. Genetically, one dog may be stronger than the other. And this, goes back to where did you get your dog from? Obviously a dog that comes from a long generation of healthy, happy responsibly bred dog will have a better immune system compared to a dog that comes from a puppy mill. Next, the ‘artificial’ things that we do to our dogs. Yearly vaccinations, antibiotics and obesity. The mercury and toxins in a vaccine can weaken the immune system. An antibiotic can kill both harmful and useful bacteria in your dog’s gut. Extra fats produce imbalance hormones and abnormality. Obesity affects the way cell works and raises the risks to not only cancer but a whole other range of diseases and illness.
As the saying goes, every step you take comes with consequences, either good or bad. Maintaining a good immune system is not a one day thing, it has to start today and it should never end. How you raise your dog today, will come to show in time. Today’s research shows that while 5% of all cancer cases are genetic, 95% are the results of lifestyle and environmental influences.
Purdue University study shows that by adding fresh food into your dog’s diet, there is a 90% decrease in risk of cancer. What is fresh food – Fresh meat, fresh vegetables, fresh fruits. Like we have always said, dogs don’t cook their food, they thrive on raw fresh food, not processed in anyway.
Sugar is the main source of fuel which feeds cancer cell. You might say that you don’t feed your dog with anything that contains sugar. Carbohydrate is a form of sugar. Carbohydrate turns into starch and glucose after consuming and these ARE sugar. Carbohydrates are frequently found in dry dog food and home-cooked food. Rice, Potatoes, Sweet Potatoes, Pumpkins, Wheat all these are some examples of Carbohydrates.
“Otto Warburg was a leading cell biologist who led to the discovery that cancer cells are unable to flourish using energy produced from cellular respiration, but instead from glucose fermentation. Dr. Thomas Seyfried and other cancer researchers agree, and have further discovered that cancer cells are also fueled from the fermentation of the amino acid glutamine.” – Quote from The Truth About Cancer. By removing carbohydrates from your dog’s diet, you can deplete cancer cells of their energy supply.
In other words, if you feed your dog fresh and species appropriate food, you can reduce the risk of them ever getting cancer by a big margin.
So you can deplete the cancer cells of their energy supply, but what kills cancer cells? The T cells. A little brief explanation about what T cells are. – A cytotoxin T Cell is a type of white blood cells that not only kills cancer cells, but also cells that are infected with viruses or cells that are damaged in other ways. T cells are created in the bone marrow to defend the body against germs, bacteria and viruses. “Every T cell is created with a special receptor that recognises a unique anti-gen — a type of matter foreign to the body. When a foreign gen is recognised, the T cell goes into action, either defending the body directly or activating other aspects of the immune system.” – Quote from livestrong.com
Exercise, Stress Levels and Environment
We all know exercise is good for both humans and dogs. Cancer cells cannot survive in an oxygenated environment. When your dog exercise, he’s respiratory rate increases. An active body needs more oxygen than a body at rest.
Harvard Medical School notes that excessive emotional stress has been linked to diseases such as heart disease and may actually inhibit the production of T cells. If the body is stressed, it will cause an oxygen deficiency. TOXIC STRESS, EMOTIONAL STRESS, PHYSICAL TRAUMA, INFECTIONS are four forms of stress that can deplete oxygen in its own way.
TOXIC STRESS and EMOTIONAL STRESS in particular are closely linked to the environment in which your dog is in. Toxic stress, stresses from toxic environmental chemicals requires a large amount of oxygen. Oxygen is used in all detoxification processes. Simply putting it, exercising your dog in a nature park is far better than exercising your dog in the city where there are buildings, constructions and toxins. Emotional stress causes adrenaline and adrenal-related hormones which utilise oxygen. The closest example, bringing your dog to a dog party filled with excited dogs. Many owners confuse excitement with happiness, dogs don’t need to be excited to be happy. Excitement on the contrary causes stress to dogs. Ears up, tails up, pulling on the leash, dashing all around can be a form of excitement and emotional stress. Environment places a very big part in keeping a dog healthy.
All normal cells meet their energy needs by respiration of oxygen, whereas cancer cells meet their energy needs in great part by fermentation If a normal cell is deprived of 35% of its oxygen requirement for 48hours then that cell could turn cancerous. Therefore it is crucial to keep your dogs active, stress free and in a good environment.
Supplements is the next part that comes in handy to cancer prevention. Click to the link to carry on reading about how and what kind of supplements can come in handy.
∆∆∆ Part 2: About anti-cancer supplements