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Otto Warburg, MD, PhD, discovered the root cause of cancer in 1923 and received the Nobel Prize for doing so in 1931. Dr Warburg was director of the Kaiser Wilhelm Institute (now Max Planck Institute) for cell physiology at Berlin.

He studied the metabolism of tumors and the respiration of cells, particularly cancer cells.
In his work "The Metabolism of Tumors", Warburg demonstrated that all forms of cancer are characterized by two basic conditions: Acidosis and Hypoxia (lack of oxygen). Lack of oxygen and acidosis are one and the same: when you have one, you have the other. Cancerous tissues are acidic, whereas healthy tissues are neutral or slightly alkaline on the pH scale.

"All normal cells have an absolute requirement for oxygen, but cancer cells can live without oxygen - a rule without exception." - Dr. Otto Warburg

Cancer is present when a cell is deprived of 60% of its oxygen (cell corrosion). Warburg made it clear that the prime cause of cancer is oxygen deficiency (brought about by Toxemia).  He discovered that cancer cells are anaerobic (do not breathe oxygen) and cannot survive in the presence of higher levels of oxygen.

In 2008, his theories were confirmed by an independent study done by Boston College and Washington University.

NK cells (Natural Killer Cells)

Natural Killer cells are a helpful type of cell, which aid in protecting you from various infections and even cancer, as these cells target tumor cells. NK cells receive their name from the fact that they are produced naturally by the body and their sole purpose is to search for and destroy harmful cells.

When a harmful cell is located, natural killer cells bind to the invader and produce a cytotoxic (meaning that it is deadly to cells) chemical. This chemical is called tumor necrosis factor (TNF). Once the TNF has been excreted, holes begin to occur in the membrane of the invading cell. Because of the holes, fluids leak in, ultimately resulting in the cell bursting.

In an unhealthy body NK cells can be ingested via specific vitamin therapy. 

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Canine Cancer Facts:

  1. Just as many types of cancer are associated with a color, ‘general cancer’ is lavender.
  2. Common risks of obesity in pets include many forms of cancer.
  3. Cancer is the single biggest cause of death in dogs over the age of 2.
  4. Eliminate any potential health hazards from your dogs’ environment, such as pesticides and herbicides.
  5. Vitamins C and E increase immune function in addition to their antioxidant effects.



Neoplasene is a relatively new drug available for veterinary use. On external tumors the effect is immediate and often dramatic, leaving a large wound that must be allowed to heal naturally.  The substance can be injected into tumors, given orally, applied topically or a combination of them all.

It is a perennial woodland native of North America having a red root and red sap and bearing a solitary lobed leaf and white flower in early spring and having acrid emetic properties. 
Alternative cancer treatment should only be used by a licensed veterinarian familiar with its use.
The alkaloids in this medicine distinguish between diseased and healthy tissue, a fact confirmed by researchers at Case Western Reserve University Medical School.


Vaccinosis -

is the term given to the chronic reaction of the body against repeated immunization. Many holistic veterinarians and owners are concerned about the frequent (and most likely unnecessary) immunization of pets for just about every disease imaginable.
Minor short term side effects often seen following immunization include fever, stiffness, joint soreness, lethargy, and decreased appetite.

A number of more serious conditions have been proven or proposed to be the result of excessive immunization, and animals run the risk of adverse reactions as increasing amounts of foreign antigens are injected into them. Since vaccination involves altering the immune system, it is not surprising that occasionally adverse effects involving the immune system as a result of immunization also occur.

When vaccinosis occurs, holistic doctors may prescribe a homeopathic or herbal detoxification protocol. Many doctors use the homeopathic remedy Thuja to minimize side effects from vaccines.

by Shawn Messonnier, DVM


‘Meals’ in Pet Food -

Meals are created through the process of rendering, in which the moisture and fat are removed from animal tissue. All "meals" are rendered, but not all "meals" are bad.  You should look at the word that precedes the word "meal" to find out the protein source that is being used.  If it says "chicken" or "lamb" before the word "meal," then you can be sure that the "meal" is made from whole lean muscle tissue from that specific source.

If the word preceding "meal" is ambiguous, such as meat, bone, animal, or poultry, then the "meal" can encompass many different types of animal protein sources.  These meals are less digestible than a single source protein. They may even contain 4D animals (dead, diseased, dying, or disabled), and in some cases euthanized animals.

Chicken meal is the dry rendered (cooked down) product from a combination of clean flesh and skin with or without accompanying bone, derived from the parts of whole carcasses of chicken -- exclusive of feathers, heads, feet, or entrails.


By-Products in Pet Food -

Are similar to ambiguous ‘meals’: The Pet Food Institute -- the trade association of pet food manufacturers -- acknowledges the use of by-products in pet foods as additional income for processors and farmers. Many of these remnants provide a questionable source of nourishment for our animals. The nutritional quality of meat and poultry by-products, can vary from batch to batch. James Morris and Quinton Rogers, two professors with the Department of Molecular Biosciences, University of California at Davis Veterinary School of Medicine, assert that, "There is virtually no information on the bioavailability of nutrients for companion animals in many of the common dietary ingredients used in pet foods. These ingredients are generally by-products of the meat, poultry and fishing industries, with the potential for a wide variation in nutrient composition. Claims of nutritional adequacy of pet foods based on the current Association of American Feed Control Officials (AAFCO) nutrient allowances do not give assurances of nutritional adequacy and will not until ingredients are analyzed and bioavailability values are incorporated."


Potent Nutrients in the Fight Against Cancer -

Mixed with pet food – all plant sources of food, especially dark and brightly colored fruits and cooked vegetables.


How to read blood results –   CBC Values -

Red Blood Cells (RBC) - Responsible for carrying oxygen and carbon dioxide throughout the body. Iron deficiency will lower RBC count. In more reduced count, it may indicate hemorrhage, parasites, bone marrow disease, B-12 deficiency, folic acid deficiency or copper deficiency. RBC lives for 120 days so an anemia of any kind other than hemorrhage indicates a long standing problem.

Hematocrit (HCT) or Packed Cell Volume (PCV) - Provides information on the amount of red blood cells (RBC) present in the blood. Decreased levels means anemia from hemorrhage, parasites, nutritional deficiencies or chronic disease process, such as liver disease, cancer, etc. Increased levels are often seen in dehydration.

Hemoglobin (Hb) - The essential oxygen carrier of the blood. Decreased levels indicate the presence of hemorrhage, anemia, iron deficiency. Increased levels indicate higher than normal concentrate of RBC, B-12 deficiency (because there are fewer cells).

Reticulocytes - Immature red blood cells. Decreased count is usually associate with anemia. Increased count is associated with chronic hemorrhage or hemolytic anemia.

Platelets (PLT) - Play an important role in blood clotting. Decrease in number occurs in bone marrow depression, autoimmune hemolytic anemia, systemic lupus, severe hemorrhage or intravascular coagulation. Increased number may occurs with fracture or blood vessel injury, or cancer.

MCV - Measurement of the average size of the RBC. Elevated volumes can be due to B-12 folic acid deficiency and reduced volumes are from an iron deficiency.

White blood cells (WBC) - The body's primary means of fighting infection. Decreased levels may indicate an overwhelming infections (viruses), or drug / chemical poisoning. Increased levels indicate bacterial infection, emotinal upsets and blood disorders.

Lymphocytes (L/M) - These smooth, round white blood cells increase in number with chronic infection, recovery from acute infection or underactive glands and decrease with stress, or treatment with steroids and chemotherapy drug.

Calcium (CA) - Blood calcium levels are influenced by diet, hormone levels and blood protein levels. Decreased levels indicate acute damage to the pancreas or undersctive parathyroid. Muscle twitches may occur in decreased level. Increased levels can be an indicator of certain types of tumors, parthyroid or kidney disease. Dr. Goldstein mentioned in his book, Nature of Animal Healing that low calcium level may indicate deficiency of pancreatic enzymes, and high calcium level may indicate poor metabolism of fats and protein.

Phosphorus (PHOS) - Affected by diet, parathormone and kidney. Decreased levels shows overactive parathyroid gland and malignancies, malnutrition and malabsorption. Increases with underactive parathyroid gland and kidney failure.

Electrolytes (Sodium, Potassium, Chloride) - The balance of these chemicals is vital to health. Abnormal levels can be life threatening. Electrolyte tests are important in evaluating vomiting, diarrhea and cardiac symptoms.

Cholesterol (CHOL) - Decreased levels are found in an overactive thyroid gland, interstinal malabsorption. Elevated levels of cholesterol are seen in a variety of disorders including hypothyroidism and diseases of the liver, kidneys, cardiovascular, diabetes, stress.
Alanine aminotransferase (ALT) - An enzyme that becomes elevated with liver disease.

Alkaline Phosphatase (ALKP) - An enzyme produced by the biliary tract (liver). High levels indicate bone disease, liver disease or bile flow blockage.

Total Billirubin (TBIL) - A component of bile, bilirubin is secreted by the liver into the intestinal tract. High levels can lead to jaundice and indicate destruction in the liver and bile duct.

Total Protein (TP) - Increases indicate dehydration or blood cancer, bone marrow cancer; decreases indicate malnutrition, poor digestion, liver or kidney disease, bleeding or burns.

Globulins (GLOB) - Decreased levels indicate problems with antibodies, immunodeficiency viruses or risk of infectious disease. Increased levels may indicate stress, dehydration or blood cancer, allergies, liver disease, heart disease, arthritis, diabetes.

Albumin (ALB) - Produced by the liver, reduced levels of this protein can point to chronic liver or kidney disease, or parasitic infections such as hookworm. High levels indicate dehydration and loss of protein.

Blood Urea Nitrogen (BUN) - BUN is produced by the liver and excreted by the kidneys. Decreased levels are seen with low protein diets, liver insufficiency, and the use of anabolic steroid drug. Increased levels indicate any condition that reduces the kidney's ability to filter body fluids in the body or interferes with protein breakdown.

Creatinine (CREA) - Creatinine is a by-product of muscle metabolism and is excreted by the kidneys. Elevated levels can indicate kidney disease or urinary obstruction, muscle disease, arthritis, hyperthyroidism, and diabetes. An increased BUN and normal creatinine suggest an early or mild problem. An increased creatinine and increased BUN with elevated phosphorus indicate a long standing kidney disease.

Blood Glucose (GLU) - High levels can help diagnose diabetes and can indicate stress, excess of the hormone progesterone, an overactive adrenal gland. Low levels can indicate liver disease, tumors or abnormal growth on pancreas, an underactive adrenal gland.

Amylase (AMYL) - The pancreas produces and secrets amylase to aid in digestion. Elevated blood levels can indicate pancreatic and/or kidney disease.


Urinanalysis -

Color - Normal color is yellow to amber. Red is caused by Blood, Dark yellow to brown with yellow form are caused by bilirubin, reddish brown is caused by hemoglobin / myoglobin.

Transparency - Normal is clear. Cloudy urine is caused by crystals, cells, blood, mucous, bacteria or cast.

Gravity - 1.007 ~ 1.029 occurs with diabetes mellitus, insipidus, overactive adrenals, excessive thirst and pyometra. Over 1.040 occurs with high fever, dehydration, diabetes mellitus, vomiting, diarrhea and severe hemorrhage.

PH Levels - It should be 6.2~6.5, little on the acidic side.


Ozone Therapy -

Ozone (super potent oxygen) is a gas that can be administered after it is dissolved in liquid, most commonly via IV. In cancer, at least two points about oxidation are important. First, oxidation is the process that creates harmful free radicals when the cell cannot eliminate them.  Excess free radicals hurt normal healthy cells (damages the DNA, lipid, protein and more). Second, the body has ways of combating free radicals naturally with antibodies. When the body takes in an ozone, the body will crank up its natural defenses. There is evidence that ozone kills cancer cells and does not harm healthy cells.


IPT (Insulin Potentiation Therapy) Low Dose Chemotherapy -

Body – IPT is a kinder, gentler cancer chemotherapy treatment option. In order for any cell to absorb sugar, (cancer feeds on sugars) insulin is required. Insulin is the key that opens the lock on the cell to allow sugar to pass through. The locks on the cell surface are called insulin receptors. Cancer cells have developed a very simple but effective strategy which allows them to get more of the available sugar, than non-cancerous cells. They simply have many more insulin receptors than non-cancerous cells. Having many more receptors, cancer cells are able to bind and use more of the available insulin than all the other cells. So whether one eats an apple or a candy bar, the cancer is fed first and the rest of the cells get the leftovers. Because the dosing is low, side effects are minimized and the treatments can be given more frequently giving cancer cells less time to become resistant to the drugs.


Intravenous Vitamin C -

Vitamin C is a powerful antioxidant that has been confirmed to kill cancer cells. Cancer cells metabolize anaerobically (without oxygen) and so produce no antioxidant enzymes. This makes them unable to metabolize the antioxidant activities of vitamin C thus suffocating their means of energy production. High dose IV Vitamin C selectively targets cancer cells while providing healthy cells protection against oxidative stress.


AAFCO (Association American Feed Control Officials) -

AAFCO is considered the authority in setting the guidelines and definitions for dog food ingredients. Although AAFCO does analyze new foods to ensure they contain the ratio of protein, fat, fiber and minerals, listed on the dog food labels, they do not analyze the source or safety of these ingredients.


Notes -

  • When you have the blood work done, make sure your pets has fasted for at least 12 hours before the test.
  • Some difference in clinical chemistries exist between breeds.
  • You should always establish what is normal for your pet. Their bodies are all different. The abnormal reading may be normal for your pet.



The information contained herein offers information and opinions and is not a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis, or treatment.