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Andrew Nelson <[log in to unmask]>
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Farm Collie Breed Conservancy and Restoration <[log in to unmask]>
Wed, 2 Jul 2008 10:29:29 -0400
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Hi there Jennifer,

First, I'd like to say that I have occasionally visited your website to take
a look at your wonderful dogs.  I'm very impressed with what your breedings
have accomplished; the dogs are gorgeous.

I'm very sorry to hear Tyson is not doing well.  My older dog, Thunder (16
years), is Cushingoid.  Although Cushing's is not as serious as cancer, I
understand your deep concern for your sweet pal's health.  I am a research
biologist, but I have not done any work with cancerous tissue; however, I do
remember one or two things from lectures I have attended in the past.  There
seems to be a consensus in the scientific community that cancerous cells
thrive in an acidic environment.  And many of the foods us humans eat (e.g.
cheese, milk, beef,) contribute to the acidity of our bodies.  Although
moving the pH of the body from acidic to more alkaline will not be able to
cure cancer, it is likely that it would be helpful in alleviating some of
the symptoms and possibly help with slowing the growth of tumors.  An
example of an alkaline diet would be one containing such things as numerous
fresh fruits, vegetables, and nuts.

The information I have provided above was spoken to me in regard to humans,
but the same approach may be just as valid for canines since the biochemical
pathways are not extremely different.  Now, I have mentioned that cancerous
cells enjoy an acidic environment.  This occurs very much so when excessive
amounts of protein are present in the body.  I'm sure you've noticed
that organisms with cancer become weak.  This is caused by many things, but
the main cause can be contributed to the fact the the cancerous cells use
protein that the body needs.  So, the trick is controlling the amount of
protein such that the body has enough to use without giving the cancer cells
a free buffet.  Cancer cells do not make a huge use of omega-3 fatty acids.
Since fish is a great source of such fats and a moderate amount of protein,
a diet containing something like salmon may be a good choice.

I do not know how well these approaches will work.  And before taking this
advice be sure to run it by your vet.  I'm not sure where the thresholds of
such dieting stand for a dog.  Anyway, to sum up my advice: look for
supplements and/or a diet that will make the body more alkaline.  Avoid
excessive levels of proteins, but make use of good fats such as omega-3's.
Also, it may be worthwhile to go to google scholar and type in keywords such
as cancer, acidic, and alkaline.  You may find many reliable papers that
have been peer-reviewed and published in scientific journals with results
that are useful to you.

I hope this helps.

On Wed, Jul 2, 2008 at 7:07 AM, Michael and Jennifer WhiteWolf Crock <
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> It has been a long time since posting, but I do read the emails I get from
> the Farmcollie list every day.
> Some of you who have been around for 6 years or so may remember back to a
> time that almost 6 years ago we had a litter of 13, and placed many of them
> in new homes...We kept 3 of the pups, and later took 2 more back, one
> because he was being neglected, the other because his 'mom' had a change in
> living conditions and could no longer keep him. We agreed to find him a new
> quality home, but he ended up staying here with us...we just loved him so
> much that we decided not to place him. His former mom has come to visit him
> once a year, involving an all day drive each way....Our current story
> involves this particular dog, Tyson. His puppy name was Visions of Lad, and
> we still have a photo of him on the website getting into his crate for the
> plane trip to his new home in BC Canada. At the bottom of the page there is
> a photo of him with his brother Sky and his father TahTay...
> Tyson has been a great dog since he came back to us about 3 years ago.  He
> has such a nice temperament that he has been nic-named "Ambassador Tyson".
> About 2 months ago he started slowing down and panting a lot, then
> developed high temperature. Blood test revealed high lever enzymes and
> digital X-ray showed spots on the spleen, liver large but not mis-shaped or
> with spots. We started him on high dose anti-biotic to deal with any
> infections, and a liver medication, planning for a spleen removal when he
> got infection under control...He got a lot worse, almost died, had IV
> infusion and some days on morphine because of pain...then he got a little
> better but still had high temperature. We did a course of 3 weeks of 4
> antibiotics and still no real improvement, and then the tumors on the skin
> erupt....About a week ago he started to get a few lumps, then more and
> more..  last night one of the tumors burst. Vet aspirated 4 of the tumors
> today and looked at the cells and they look like lymphoma cancer cells.
> Samples are being sent off the Oncologist and we will have final results
> Wednesday...but it looks pretty bad...
> We had hoped that he was developing Cushing's disease, also bad, but at
> least manageable. We now suspect that the dark spots seen in the spleen are
> likely also lymphoma tumors. This would explain the whole constellation of
> symptoms he has....
> Does anybody here have any experience with a nutritional or alternative
> approach to treating or managing K9 Cancer?  If so, please let me know...
> We are not inclined to chemo and radiation, as these can be painful and not
> really extend life with any real quality. Our approach will be to keep him
> as pain free as possible, to enjoy as much as he can the time he has left
> with us.  If we can also treat with nutritional supplements and similar, I
> am open to suggestions. I have found a place that sells anti cancer
> neutraceutical blends for dogs, Aloha Medicinals. We bought a  starting
> round from them later today, but he may already be in stage 4 and it could
> well be too late.
> My mom died in late in May, and now I have to face the possible death of
> one of my dogs....Rough spring/summer time here...
> Jennifer [ & Mike ]
> And our DreamDancer Collies....
> Cookie and TayTay and Lady and Java and Lucky and Sky and ....still with
> us, Tyson