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Kindred Cats, Natural Care and Cancer

Healing Cats

Unique Help for Cats

I always like to share helpful blogs that focus specifically on different areas of my broader blog focus.  Recently I came across the natural cat care blog and was impressed with its content.  I found one particular post on an innovative approach to cancer in cats that fascinated me.  It describes a hands on healing technique developed by a Professor Bengston.  I am also searching for innovative, natural, nontoxic approaches to cancer, but  I must admit I am also a bit of a skeptic when it comes to hands on healing techniques that claim to heal cancer.  I would love to see them work, as the saying goes “the proof is in the pudding”.  I would like to see reproducible, documented results.  That said, the study conducted by Dr. Bengston is quite interesting.  His research titled “The Effect of the “Laying on of Hands” on Transplanted Breast Cancer in Mice”,  was published in the Journal of Scientific Exploration.

When a client asks me about my approach to cancer in cats, I offer them different options depending upon the type of cancer, the age and condition of the cat, the cat’s appetite and ease of administering supplements (liquids, capsules, powders, tablets), the client’s preferences regarding conventional approaches of surgery, chemotherapy and radiation therapy vs. more natural approaches including diet, supplements, herbs, acupuncture and other complementary approaches or an integrative approach combining the best of conventional and complementary therapies.  I also share the importance of a human caretaker’s attitude and thoughts when around their cat and the impact that that may have on their immune system.  I  also suggest that they get the opinion of an integrative oncologist or at least one that is open to a more integrative approach and ask them about the specific success rate of the conventional approaches for that particular type of cancer in cats as well as the potential side effects.  I suggest that they inquire specifically what success means, living one month or one year.  The question based on all of these options is what is there quality of life like.  Cat’s really do live more in the moment and don’t think into the future “oy….I wanted to live till my next birthday or to some unknown future date.  Quality of life to me is more important that the length of time.

In addition to all these approaches, I would love nothing more than to see Dr. Bengston’s approach work either in conjunction with more traditional approaches or on it’s own.  I think that Liz’s description and perspective regarding this approach is valuable as well.  If you choose to try this approach,  alone or in conjunction with conventional and complementary therapies, please let me know what your experience is.  I always like to keep an open mind and hope to integrate more successful approaches into cancer care.

In addition, keep tabs on the natural cat care blog and see what their readers have to say.

The best prevention is minimizing exposure to carcinogens, feeding a well balanced, natural, organic diet and lots of love.

 

Kindred Cats!

Happy Cat

Happy Cat

One reader suggested that they would love to see more posts about cats.  This post is honoring that request!  I thought about this and chuckled as I am such a cat person! My very first animal that parents let me have outside of a cage or tank was a cat.

Here is a video of a study that asks the questions are you  cat or dog person.  Here are the Cat Person Questions.  Let me know what you think.

I am also a dog person, a horse person, a wildlife person,  really an all animal person and on and on.  I truly love all animals, yet we see and hear about endless differences between cat and dog people and certain preferences and tendencies do indeed define unique qualities that can have one identify themselves as either a dog or cat person or whatever.  What defines one as specifically a cat person?  Independent yet wanting to share their lives with some furry four legged being?  Someone that does want to be tied to specific hours to walk a dog?  Thoughts?

Friends and family are sharing their various thoughts on what makes a cat person a cat person….one interesting buy levaquin canada cliche…”Dogs have masters, cats have servants” says a lot.  Yes, they seem quite royal.  No wonder the Egyptians had worshipped them.

I cherish my time with my cat friends.  I feel such joy when I hear my cat’s meow as I come home, or their purr on my chest as I rest from a long day of seeing patients, or being awakened by their paws brushing my beard and meowing for their breakfast.

Neuroscience talks about mirror neurons and how we tend to mimic others.  I often wonder if this is one reason why people tend to choose animal companions that look like them or if it is related to why people choose animals that reflect different parts of their personality or physical traits that they like to reflect outwards in a greater way.  Is it why people prefer not just dogs or cats, but whether they are male or female, or what breed of dog or cat. How often do we see photographs or even books of photo’s of humans look like their animal friends.

I offer this question to my cat loving readers, “what makes you feel like you are a cat person?”

Foundation for Kindred Spirits Project: Consciousness

Conscious Connections

Conscious Connections

One key foundation for the kindred spirits project is consciousness. As the new year begins, I will be sharing different concepts on the foundations of the kindred spirits project.  We begin the New Year with our last post on silence and nature.  This new post explores what it seems like is one real key to the foundation for all life, consciousness. It seems like one of the  foundations for the interconnectedness of all beings is consciousness.  I just came across this website and dvd’s called “The Consciousness Chronicles”.  The Consciousness Chronicles Video offers an introduction to great thinkers who are exploring consciousness based on the latest science.I have seen some of these scientists interviewed on other documentaries and they offer a great scientific basis for uncovering the basis of consciousness based on the latest discoveries in neuroscience, quantum physics, consciousness studies and the new biology.

Wikipedia defines consciousness as “a term that refers to the relationship between the mind and the world with which it interacts.[1] It has been defined as: subjectivityawareness, the ability to experience or to feel, wakefulness, having a sense of selfhood, and the executive control system of the mind.[2] Despite the difficulty in definition, many philosophers believe that there is a broadly shared underlying intuition about what consciousness is.[3] As Max Velmans and Susan Schneider wrote in The Blackwell Companion to Consciousness: “Anything that we are aware of at a given moment forms part of our consciousness, making conscious experience at once the most familiar and most mysterious aspect of our lives.”[4]Wikipedia provides an excellent discussion of consciousness.

I feel that consciousness is an integral part of the deepest connections between us and all other beings. I feel that consciousness is a key component of what I call  my “The Trans-species Field Theory” Some “free range” thinkers, scientists and philosophers feel that there exists a field of greater consciousness that connects us all, a collective consciousness.  It has also been called a “conscious commons”.  Some cutting edge thinkers believe that a field exists that some call “the information field”.  Scientist and inventor, Marc Newkirk has developed some cutting edge technology that he claims can assist us in connecting to this information field, what he calls “the lightfield”.   His video discussion of this and his website provide some fascinating food for thought on this subject.   Some spiritual traditions have called this field “the akashic record”.

Ervin Laszlo, a leading systems theorist who was twice nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize is the author of “The buy levofloxacin 750 mg Akashic Experience, Science and the Cosmic Memory Field” as he calls it.  In this book, they state “20 leading authorities in fields such as psychiatry, physics, philosophy, anthropology, natural healing,  etc. offer first hand accounts of interactions with a cosmic memory field that can transmit information to people without having to go through the senses”. There are numerous other references and thoughts on this field from all spiritual traditions.  A fascinating discussion of consciousness and other deeper connections from the Tibetan Buddhist perspective is offered in a well written book titled “Mind Beyond Death” by Dzogchen Ponlop. What I find fascinating is that even though we cannot see, smell, touch, or have any physical evidence of this field, nowadays forward thinking, open minded scientists, physicists, physicians, biologists, etc. are all studying and documenting a field that our ancient traditions have taught about for centuries. It is indeed time to integrate the latest in science with the truths of ancient traditions.

How does this relate to our dear dogs, cats, horses and other animal companions?  There are many people who call themselves “animal communicators”.  We will discuss these labels in a future post.  I actually feel we are all animal communicators. We all communicate with animals, especially ones that we are closer to and that we have an emotional, loving bond with.  Some of these levels of communication are through our fives senses, observing one another, touching one another, smelling each other, hearing each others voices etc.  Much of this is nonverbal communication. There seem to be even deeper levels of nonverbal communication between us and animals. Some individuals have certainly developed their personal skills to a higher level that allows them to connect with animals in ways that others are not normally aware of.  I personally have experienced, seen and known of different levels of communication that defy our commonly understood scientific basis of communication.  Experience turns knowledge into wisdom.  Once one experiences these other levels of connection, then the next step if one wants to go there, is to try to understand them.  Extremist skeptics tend to just say brush them off as “voodoo” or pseudo-science”.  How often in history has something been labeled magic, voodoo, pseudoscience, garbage,etc. and then only to be documented later on.  What happened to Copernicus? Galileo?

So dear kindred spirits, I invite you to share your thoughts and experiences in conscious connections with our animal companions.  More to come….

 

Vitamins, Minerals, Antioxidants and More: How Do I Choose?

One of the most frequent questions I hear in my small animal integrative medicine practice is “Which supplements should I give my animal friends?”  There are so many pet foods, supplements etc. on the market it can be quite challenging for the nutritionally aware animal caretaker to know which ones they need and which ones to choose.  As the pet nutraceutical, supplement and food industry continues to boom, more and more companies are producing supplements and foods of questionable quality.  It is challenging even for veterinarians keep abreast of all the different companies and to know which ones are best.  Being a pioneer in this field for over thirty years, I have seen many supplements come and go.  It is not uncommon for a client to bring in a basket full of supplements that they have purchased either from other veterinarians, the internet or a pet food store.  They would pour them out on my exam table and ask me to review them for me.  Sometimes they will have even forgotten why they purchased them.  Sometimes they were out of date.  Sometimes they would not even list the ingredients!  As much as I love the natural health movement, I must admit, I have become somewhat disillusioned over the years as to how it has been usurped by profiteers, scam marketers, questionable companies and all the challenges of the marketplace. Amidst the onslaught of new companies and products, in order to assist my readers and clients,  I am in the midst of reviewing the latest products available.  Fortunately there are some out there that are of superior quality.  I will review these with you over the next few months.

A few general comments are in order now though.  The classic statement, “buyer beware” is appropriate for the field of pet foods and supplements as well.  If a product just makes claims on the labels and does not even list the ingredients, consider that one to go into the proverbial trash basket.  Know your manufacturer.  Quality is essential. It is not uncommon for a product to simply be labeled natural, healthy, or with a common title such as probiotic or arthritis supplement and have poor quality ingredients in them that somehow vaguely fit under those labels.   It is sad to say that even some veterinarians who have not received any additional training in nutritional supplements are not aware of all the challenges in choosing appropriate ones.  I must humbly admit that before I became more educated, I fell into that category as well.  It is beneficial for animal lovers to become more educated as to the quality of the products they feed their animal friends.  It is funny to hear sometimes when clients will begin to read labels for their animals supplements, they chuckle and often say “wow, I did not even know what to look for for my own supplements”.   It is a continual learning process.  I too continue to learn as I discuss supplements with colleagues, human nutritional supplement experts and review the cutting edge articles on nutrition.  We are living in a more and more polluted, toxic world and good nutrition and supplements are becoming more essential to maintain our health and prevent disease.  As Hippocrates said “Let your food be your medicine”.  I may spend more on quality organic supplements and some may question that benefit, but I believe judicious awareness and choice of appropriate quality natural nutrition and supplements is some of the best preventive medicine available.  It is so much wiser than treating disease.  The old cliche “an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure” is more true today than ever before.

The entire field of nutrigenomics is becoming more widespread in veterinary health care as well as human health care.  Essentially, this is evaluating and recommending nutrition based on one’s genetic predispositions.  For instance, if you have a breed of dog that is prone to arthritis, it may not be unreasonable for you to begin nutritional preventive supplements earlier in their life, hopefully to prevent future progression of degenerative joint disease.  This is just one simple example.

Over the next few months I will share my thoughts on specific approaches to integrative health care and which supplements I find to be beneficial. In the meantime, do your homework, and do the best you can to keep your animal friends and you as healthy and happy as possible!

Garden Safety Awareness for your Dogs and Cats

One of my dear clients brought this to my awareness and I realized that we need to share this information with all dog and cat caretakers. Please inform every dog or cat owner you know. Even if you don’t have a
pet, please pass this to those who do. My client shared this with me today. Over the weekend, the doting owner of two young lab mixes purchased Cocoa Mulch from one of the common box stores to use in their garden. The dogs loved the way it smelled and it was advertised to keep cats away from their garden. Their dog decided the mulch smelled good enough to eat and devoured a large helping. She vomited a few times which was typical when she eats something new but wasn’t acting lethargic in any way. The next day, Mom woke up and took their dog out for her morning walk. Halfway through the walk, she had a seizure and died instantly.

Although the mulch had NO warnings printed on the label, upon further investigation on the company’s web site,
they found the statement “This product is HIGHLY toxic to dogs and cats”. (more…)