May is Pet Cancer Awareness Month

May is Pet Cancer Awareness Month

Most of us have heard the dreaded “C” word at some point in our life. Whether cancer has affected you, your pet, a friend, a child, or a dear family member, we all know in that moment of hearing the news how every single cell in our body responds. It may be dread. It may be sadness. It may be disbelief. But those emotions typically lead us to unanswered questions. What could have been done differently? Why did cancer chose that person or pet? Most importantly, what can we do to change the outcome? During this brief moment in time we often replay the previous years in an attempt to find our answer. Sadly, many times there may not be an answer.

Most of us have heard the dreaded “C” word at some point in our life. Whether cancer has affected you, your pet, a friend, a child, or a dear family member, we all know in that moment of hearing the news how every single cell in our body responds. It may be dread. It may be sadness. It may be disbelief. But those emotions typically lead us to unanswered questions. What could have been done differently? Why did cancer chose that person or pet? Most importantly, what can we do to change the outcome? During this brief moment in time we often replay the previous years in an attempt to find our answer. Sadly, many times there may not be an answer.

What is cancer?

Cancer isn’t cut and dry. However, there are many environmental factors that may bring about cancer. In reality we all have cancer cells. Our bodies are fine-tuned machines that eat and destroy those rogue cells throughout our lifetime. It’s just whether or not those cells mutate to the point that they overtake our body.

We often view cancer as something that only affects the physical body. Have you ever thought of the fact that cancer can have an emotional component? Cancer can be found all around us, including our environment. It definitely affects our emotional beliefs and how we feel about life. Many times physicians or oncologists will give us a “time limit”of for life expectancy. Once our body hears these words, it subconsciously takes those words into manifestation. Not only does cancer affect our emotions, but we can also have cancerous emotions. Are you always thinking of life as the glass half empty type? Or maybe there is someone in your life that only creates problems and it's time to let go? Those toxic thoughts can manifest physical ailments. You might be at a point in life where it’s time to make some changes, especially in your thought process.

How does one get cancer?

  • Predisposed genetics - Genes control the way our cells grow and divide. Our genes make up our DNA and are passed down from our parents, 50 percent from mom and 50 percent from dad. When genes mutate, or are changed, they can have an increased risk of not working properly. Cancer genes do not know how to grow and divide properly, causing them to grow out of control and take over healthy genes. If mom or dad passed down a mutated or changed gene, your risk of cancer can be greater.
  • Toxic overload to the body - Toxins enter the body in several different forms. Unfortunately our cats and dogs are exposed to all the same environmental issues we are. Our couches, curtains, tapestries, and other fabric items are all treated with flame retardants and formaldehydes, which are known carcinogens. In addition, we are reminded yearly about updating our pets vaccinations which have their own toxic list that could cause serious harm. The exposure to toxins can be internal or external and are endless in our environment. Many pet foods on the market also contain ingredients that have been known to cause cancer—including those food items that are approved for gene mutation.

What can we change in our environment?

There are many ways we can change our environment to encourage a cancer-free lifestyle. For starters, it is best to feed and consume only whole foods. Our world has been inundated with convenience items, from processed boxed foods to fast food to chemical additives to unnecessary pharmaceutical uses. Not to forget our outside environment which is polluted with radioactive iodine, car exhaust fumes, airborne pesticides and fertilizers, and who knows what else! The following list is just the beginnings of a checklist to help you improve your environment.

  • Eat whole foods
  • Live a smoke-free lifestyle
  • Live a drug-free lifestyle
  • Avoid friends and family who tend to have a negative outlook
  • Eliminate soda, increase water consumption (Reverse Osmosis water preferred)
  • Eliminate white sugar from your diet
  • Eliminate food dyes, colorings, and chemical preservatives
  • Increase positive thoughts
  • Increase exercise
  • Increase grass-fed and free-range meats
  • Support local farmers who provide these options
  • Eat organic fruits and veggies
  • Use only all natural shampoos, cleaners, and flea sprays
  • Correct pH
  • Discard emotions and things/people that no longer serve us
  • Eliminate the use of pharmaceutical drugs
  • Increase meditation
  • Feng Shui your home environment

How can we decrease the chance of cancer?

What we can do to decrease the chance of cancer are things that we can control in our own environment. We can control nutrition. We can control the amount of chemicals we use in our environment—whether it's home or work. We can work on our emotions and we can increase our daily exercise. It’s unfortunate that sometimes we can’t convince our neighbors that spraying lawn chemicals is dangerous, but that doesn’t mean that we can’t improve our own yard and space. You can work on improving your yard by following the practices of being biodynamic. You can bless your living space and you can clean your clutter. As you can see, with all the negative impacts billowing around us, you can still make positive changes that help with your home, your body, and your pets life.

Use herbs that are known to ward off cancer

  • Red Clover - This herb is well known to have properties which include blood purifying, anticancer, antiparasitic, lymphatic support, and mineral support. Most of us are familiar with the pinkish-red blossom that grows in fields and on farms. Answers Raw Pet Food impresses me all the time. Most impressive is that they contract their goat farmers to plant red clover in their fields, making their goat’s milk extremely beneficial for all animals.
  • Pau d’Arco - This herb is most notorious for helping with fungal infections. There are some scientist who believe that all cancer begins with the overgrowth of fungus within the body. It's been reported that the tree from which pau d’arco is harvested has no fungus of any kind growing on them. This herb is often used as an antifungal and anticancer herb.
  • All Cell Detox - This formula helps with cleaning the waste material from the blood. It is a gentle cleanser that stimulates the digestive organs, cleanses the bowels, strengthens the liver, cleanses the blood, and acts as a glandular tonic. The blood and liver are well connected to the skin, and the skin is the outward expression of the liver.
  • Super ORAC - ORAC stands for oxygen radical absorbance capacity. This formula was created to neutralize oxidation and reduce the destructive effects of free radicals in the body. Free radicals are believed to be the cause of premature aging and many chronic and degenerative diseases such as heart disease, cancer, and senility. This formula helps to boost the immune system while reducing systemic inflammation.
  • Bixbi Immunity - This mushroom complex has benefits that support the immune system against viral and bacterial diseases. They may even help with life-threatening diseases such as cancer, cardiovascular disease, HIV, free-radical damage, and liver problems. This formula contains Reishi, Maitake, and Shiitake, which can help rebuild T cells to help fight disease as well as providing adequate amounts of B vitamins for cellular energy.

Conventional ways to treat cancer

Many times cancer is diagnosed through blood work or an ultrasound. Unfortunately, what is most often the case is that the cancer has spread or become problematic enough that outward physical signs are showing in our pet before we realize the body has gone haywire. Our pets don’t have the capability to verbally give us a daily report on how they feel or if something feels “wrong.” Paying close attention to your pet’s weight, physical appearance, and food habits can be helpful at the beginning stages of illness if they need attention. Our pet’s cancer in a conventional world is treated similarly to human treatments and protocols. Many times it is treated with potent chemicals and pharmaceuticals that target cells in the bodyboth healthy and rogue cells. Modern medicines cannot target what cells are healthy and what cells are unhealthy. Over 80 percent of the immune system is located in the small intestine. However, conventional medicines are broken down by the body through the digestive system, which puts strain on the small intestine and the liver. You can see how modern medicine can really put a strain on the immune system, making it harder for the body to recover and heal.

Holistic ways to help with a cancer diagnosis

What we have to remember is that although cancer can be a scary word and may eventually lead to a person or pet leaving their physical realm, it doesn't take away the memories, laughs, good times, and gratitude we all see in one another. We can do our best to offer our animal companions pain relief and comfort to the end. Those options may include energy healing, short walks, their favorite treats, extra pets, and additional comfort to improve their spirits. We can use herbs, homeopathy, flower remedies, and essential oils to offer them hope and additional time on our planet depending on the severity and diagnosis of cancer. Many times you have to make a decision to give your pet quality of life at the end, which may include stopping vaccinations, throwing out the flea preventatives, and quitting the heartworm medication all as a last ditch effort to not destroy the immune system further.

Some of the most powerful words that I have heard and read when it comes to cancer is the fact that cancer doesn’t ruin one's inner spirit. Cancer doesn’t erase memories. Cancer doesn’t dampen laughter. Cancer doesn’t dissolve faith or hope. Cancer doesn’t disintegrate courage. Cancer can not invade the soul. I think some of these words are the most encouraging words when our physical passing is imminent. The end is only what we see or believe to be the end.

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