Newsletter Articles

The following articles are taken from CHC newsletter archives. Full copies of all newsletters going back to June 2004 are available free of charge to CHC members by email (those prior to that, going back to 1994 have not been converted).

Please note that there are not any full reproductions of any newsletter in this section, only a sample of some articles that have been featured in various newsletters over the years. We have not included information that is widely available in our other material (our books or elsewhere on this website for instance).

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Apple Cider Vinegar

Brazil Nuts

Cancer Research

Canine Cancer


Essential Fatty Acids

Experiment with RNA and old dogs

Gosh, I was just thinking about you

Happiness & the Immune System

Herbs & Spices

Heart Problems





Limu Juice

Liver Disease

Nasty Smells

Natural Alternatives to Steroids & Antibiotics

Neem - one of nature's miracles


Neutering - risks/benefits

Nosodes instead of vaccines

Rather than vaccines and antibiotics

Seizures in dogs




Summer Tips

Vitamin C: It can defeat cancer

Titer Testing


The Benefits of Selenium

The Healing Miracles of Coconut Oil

To give your dog vegetables

Transfer Factor

Turmeric: anti-cancer food

Vaccines cause DNA mutations


What is Colloidal Silver?

Yeast Overgrowth/Candida






Research carried out by the Association for Research into the Science of Enjoyment (ARISE) has shown that happy thoughts and pleasant smells can boost the immune system. A study by Professor Warburton at Reading University in England showed that within 20 minutes of happy thoughts being experienced, the amount of antibody immunoglobulin (sIgA) found in the saliva doubled, remaining raised for at least three hours. By contrast, memory of traumatic or painful experiences caused the sIgA levels to drop.

Another study carried out by Angela Clow at the University of Westminster showed a similar response to unpleasant and pleasant smells. Strangely the smell of water appears to have had an effect similar to unpleasant smells such as rotting meat. The good news though is that this effect could be counteracted by the smell of chocolate.

Professor David Warburton, found of ARISE and head of psychopharmacology at Reading University, said "Previous scientific experiments have observed a correlation between changing moods and the immune system, but these new studies provide a direct causal link. Identifying this direct link proves that happiness could make you healthier.

“Instead of worrying about the often ill-founded health scares created by so-called health experts most people would do better to listen to their bodies. These studies illustrate how our bodies naturally seek to protect themselves from disease by doing the things we enjoy."

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“Cystitis many times responds dramatically to vitamin C.  The bacteria in the urine that causes inflammation tends to increase the urine’s alkalinity; the acidity in the ascorbic acid form of vitamin C brings the pH factor back into the proper acid range, thus killing the bacteria, and so is indicated for the most common forms of cystitis…. If I suspect a stubborn infection I’ll include the bee pollen medication called propolis, at half the human dose.”
                                    Martin Goldstein DVM

Homoeopathy: Cantharis 30c for acute cystitis, or Causticum 30c for persistent cases.

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Summer Tips

This is the season for ticks and fleas, so how can you rid your friends of these parasites without resorting to harmful chemicals?

Both ticks and fleas can be repelled if you feed raw garlic in with your dog’s food.  A complete vitamin and mineral supplement, such as Spirulina, also contains nutrients that repel these creatures. 

Apple cider vinegar in the water bowl, or a teaspoonful daily on food, makes the pet’s blood inhospitable to fleas. 
Royal jelly, a bee product, boosts the immune system and is recommended for pets with heavy infestations. 
Ordinary vinegar can be diluted with water and sponged onto your dog’s coat – he might smell like a chip shop, but ticks don’t like the smell and should stay away.
One tablet of homoeopathic Sulphur can be given weekly to prevent fleas.  Pulex soothes irritation.  Vitamin B5 and oil of evening primrose are helpful for pets with flea allergy skin problems.

Brewer’s yeast, rich in parasite-repelling B vitamins, can be given internally or combed into the fur.  Some dogs are allergic to this, so watch for any signs of allergy initially and discontinue if appropriate.  Instead, use a complete B vitamin supplement. Xenex spot-on is a natural oil based repellent, and you can get this from your vet. 
A piece of Amethyst in the water bowl may help to repel fleas.

To treat a dog with the signs of dehydration in this hot weather, you can place a wet piece of tissue on his back, above the navel, and tap him lightly on top of the head and between the shoulder blades, about seven times, like a woodpecker.  This will quickly rehydrate the body.  Fresh water should, of course, be available at all times.

Never leave a dog in a car on a hot summer’s day.  It is the equivalent of cooking him in an oven.  If it doesn’t kill him, it can cause huge distress – even if only for a short while.
Dogs don’t need as much food in the summer as they do in the winter.  The summer is a great time to get those few extra pounds off by cutting down slightly on his meals. 
Homoeopathic Apis Mel should be given to dogs who have been stung by insects
Vitamin E makes a soothing and healing ear cleanser.  Puncture the capsule and place oil gently in the ear. Use it after cleaning the ears with vinegar. 
Kelp in the diet is important for any animal with skin problems and scratching allergies.  Liquorice root, a herbal cortisone, often produces fast and positive results.  Lemon rinse can be soothing if massaged into itchy skin: pour a pint of boiling water over a thinly sliced skin-and-all lemon and let it stand for twenty-four hours.

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Homoeopathic Thuja, 30c daily, is indicated for tumours and for soft warts that bleed, especially warts around the mouth.  Where soft, irritated bleeding warts do not respond to Thuja, try Nitric Acid.  Causticum 30c can be used for fleshy warts or warts on stalks, especially those on the face or eyelids.  Antimonium crudum is for horny, hard warts with a smooth surface.  Where there are numerous small itchy warts, give Calc carb 200c once a week until gone. Warts can also be treated topically.  Viral in origin, you can dab colloidal silver, or Neem oil on warts, or you can tape the inside of banana skin onto the growth.

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Author Unknown

APPLE CIDER VINEGAR has been widely used as a successful remedy for a number of ailments. "An apple a day keeps the doctor away" should not be considered as just an old wives tale. Apples are among the most health-giving fruits available as they contain a host of nutritious properties, including Phosphorous, Potassium, Sodium, Magnesium, Calcium, Sulphur, Iron, Fluorine, Silicon,
plus many trace elements, and all of these are found in PURE APPLE CIDER VINEGAR.

Amongst other things, cider vinegar is very effective in detoxifying organs in the body and the blood stream. It is a purifier, as it breaks down fatty, mucous and phlegm deposits within the body. It promotes the health of the organs by preventing an excessively alkaline urine. Cider vinegar also helps oxidise the blood which consequently prevents the blood from becoming too thick and gluey, which gives rise to a strained heart and blood vessels resulting in high blood pressure. Cider vinegar also promotes digestion, assimilation and elimination and it neutralizes toxic substances taken into the body. There have been a number of instances where people who had taken a mixture of cider vinegar and water before a meal were unaffected by diarrhoea or digestive upsets, whilst their companions who ate the same meal were. Hence the cider vinegar seemed to neutralize the harmful substances in the food eaten.

Apple cider vinegar has a potent supply of potassium, which has become so widely acclaimed in the helping of various complaints including excessive mucous formation, watery eyes, sinus and catarrhal troubles. Teeth decay and the splitting of fingernails are also signs of potassium deficiency which are remedied by taking cider vinegar. Potassium is essential for the normal growth of the body and for the replacement of worn-out tissues which depend upon the presence of this mineral. It is as important to the soft tissues as calcium is to the bones and teeth and it also retards the hardening of the blood vessels.
     As potassium is so important in the healthy growth of a plant, animal and human, a deficiency of this mineral will produce such tendencies as callous formations on the soles of the feet, or the failure to replace worn-out tissues as observed in the loss of hair.
     Tests have proven that a soil deficient in this mineral-salt will produce anaemic and undersized plants, however, when potassium is introduced into the soil the plant becomes sturdier and increases in height. This is also the case with animals, where potassium which was fed to livestock, in the form of cider vinegar, improved their appearance and stamina. Humans too can benefit with this increased potassium intake. Especially where children are slow developers and appear undersized. A few teaspoons of cider vinegar taken with water each morning will show tremendous results. The best way to introduce cider vinegar is to substitute it for ordinary table vinegar and use it in cooking. Potassium acts as a restraining influence upon those who are over-excitable and nervous. It draws fluid back into the cells, for when potassium is lacking the body cells shrink and their normal activity is restricted.
     When the blood is deficient in some minerals or biochemical salt, ill health is the outcome e.g. boils break out, blisters become apparent, pimples appear on the face etc. It has been found however, that cider vinegar helps with the cleansing as well as the clotting of the blood. Oxidation of the blood is very important and cider vinegar is again an effective treatment for this. Besides introducing the important minerals into the blood stream, as mentioned above, cider vinegar also helps in the clotting of blood.

Use cider vinegar and honey for arthritis and also apply cider vinegar externally to painful joints. This entails drinking a glass of water with two teaspoons of cider vinegar and two teaspoons of honey three times a day. Local treatment can also be given by soaking the arthritic hand, or foot in a strong, comfortably hot solution of cider vinegar for ten minutes, two or three times a day - (a quarter of a cup of cider vinegar to one and a half cups of water). Arthritic knees can be attended to by making a poultice - soak the cloth in a mixture of cider vinegar and water, (as per above mixture) wring out and wrap it around the joint, then secure with a dry cloth to retain heat. When the wet cloth cools, it should be wrung out in the hot solution and applied afresh. Repeat several times, twice daily.

It has been discussed above how cider vinegar helps in preventing blood losses. In any circumstances where the flow of blood is too free and is too persistent, such as when a person has a nose bleed without any apparent reason, then two teaspoons of cider vinegar in a glass of water, three times a day will aid in restoring the natural clotting properties of the blood.

Cider vinegar and honey has been used effectively in the treatment of colitis. Take the normal dosage of two teaspoons cider vinegar and honey with water, three times a day.

Two teaspoons of cider vinegar and two of honey mixed with a glassful of water should be taken before meals, or when the irritation occurs.

One teaspoonful of cider vinegar in a glass of water should be taken before and in between meals i.e. approximately six glasses during the course of the day. It should be noted, however, that diarrhoea is a natural attempt on the part of the body to eliminate some poison which is irritating the digestive tract, on no account should any drugs be taken to suppress these healing symptoms - on the other hand the cider vinegar will lessen the intensity, but will allow natural elimination to take place.

One teaspoonful of cider vinegar in a glass of water to be taken mid morning and mid afternoon. The discharge should shortly disappear.

Take the usual dosage of cider vinegar and honey in a glassful of water three times a day, with meals. An application of well-diluted cider vinegar can also be applied to the skin several times daily i.e. one teaspoonful to half a cup of water. There is usually a potassium deficiency in those people suffering from eczema.

Hair loss is primarily due to a tissue salt deficiency, thus cider vinegar will re-establish a natural balance, and supply the deficiencies where needed. It will cease to fall out and grow more rapidly and thickly. This will take approximately two months, so perseverance is needed. The dosage is one teaspoonful of cider vinegar to a glass of water to be taken with or between meals. Cider vinegar can also be used externally for the treatment of dandruff.

The treatment of impaired hearing has had excellent results on the apple cider vinegar therapy. Take the normal dosage three times daily and notice the improvement.

Due to the eliminative nature of cider vinegar, the kidneys and bladder can benefit tremendously by a 'flushing', which they receive when the following cider vinegar therapy is undertaken: two teaspoons of cider vinegar in a glass of water six times a day. It would be beneficial to drink a couple of glasses of water in the morning, taking one teaspoonful of cider vinegar in each drink. Comfrey tea, first thing in the morning with a teaspoon of cider vinegar will also create a sufficient cleansing action. Inflammation of the kidneys, called pyelitis, in which pus cells are present in the urine, will generally clear up with the above-mentioned treatment.

Apple Cider Vinegar for Dogs

One tablespoon per day in dogs’ food for hotspots or fussy eaters.

For ear cleaning – 1/3rd rubbing alcohol, 1/3rd white vinegar, 1/3rd water. Store in a clean dropper bottle, 8-10 drops in each ear, and then wipe out.

½ cup vinegar to a quart of water sprayed onto dogs coat will make the coat gleam.

Use diluted one part vinegar to one part water for pet odours on the carpet, saturate the area with 1½ times the original odour volume, let it set for a while then blot up, repeat if cloth is very dirty after blotting.

Add Vinegar to bath water for a smelly dog (after rolling in animal faeces etc.) to eliminate the smell from the dog’s coat.

If your dog has been sick in the car place a bowl of Vinegar on the floor of the car, leave overnight, and in the morning ….no more smell.

For Heat Exhaustion, give the dog cool (not cold) water with 1 teaspoon of apple cider vinegar, the vinegar helps to replace electrolytes and minerals like sports drinks do.

Apple Cider Vinegar
for your Dog
By Wendy Volhard

If your dog has itchy skin, the beginnings of a hot spot, incessantly washes its feet, has smelly ears, or is picky about his food, the application of ACV may change things around.

For poor appetite, use it in the food - one tablespoon, two times a day for a 50 lb. dog. For itchy skin or beginning hot spots, put ACV into a spray bottle, part the hair and spray on. Any skin eruption will dry up in 24 hours and will save you having to shave the dog. If the skin is already broken, dilute ACV with an equal amount of water and spray on.

Taken internally, ACV is credited with maintaining the acid/alkaline balance of the digestive tract. To check your dog's pH balance, pick up some pH strips at the drug store, and first thing in the morning test the dog's urine. If it reads anywhere from 6.2 - 6.5, your dog's system is exactly where it should be. If it is 7.5 or higher, the diet you are feeding is too alkaline, and ACV will re-establish the correct balance.
If you have a dog that has clear, watery discharge from the eyes, a runny nose, or coughs with a liquid sound, use ACV in his or her food. One teaspoon twice a day for a 50 lb. dog will do the job.

After your weekly grooming sessions, use a few drops in his or her ears after cleaning them to avoid ear infections. Other uses for ACV are the prevention of muscle weakness, cramps, feeling the cold, calluses on elbows and hock joints, constipation, bruising too easily, pimples on skin surfaces, twitching of facial muscles, sore joints, arthritis and pus in the urine. There are also reports that it is useful in the prevention of bladder and kidney stones.

Fleas, flies, ticks and bacteria, external parasites, ring worm, fungus, staphylococcus, streptococcus, pneumococcus, mange, etc., are unlikely to inhabit a dog whose system is acidic inside and out. Should you ever experience any of these with your dog, bathe with a nice gentle herbal shampoo, rinse thoroughly, and then sponge on ACV diluted with equal amounts of warm water. Allow your dog to drip dry. It is not necessary to use harsh chemicals for minor flea infestations. All fleas drown in soapy water and the ACV rinse makes the skin too acidic for a re-infestation.

If you are worried about picking up fleas when you take your dog away from home, keep some ACV in a spray bottle, and spray your dog before you leave home, and when you get back. Take some with you and keep it in the car, just in case you need it any time. Obviously for major infestations, more drastic measures are necessary. ACV normalizes the pH levels of the skin, makes your dog unpalatable to even the nastiest of bacteria and if you have a dog that smells like a salad, it’s a small price to pay!

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Natural Support for Heart Problems in Dogs & Cats
Allen M. Schoen, D.V.M., M.S.

     Heart problems in dogs and cats can be very serious and life threatening and often present without our awareness or prior warning. They can vary from congenital or hereditary problems that they are born with to problems of old age such as congestive heart failure in dogs or secondary to other conditions such as hyperthyroidism (overactive thyroid) in cats. All of these conditions need to be diagnosed by your veterinarian and managed properly with conventional medications or surgery if required.
     Early symptoms of heart conditions that might tip you off that there may be a problem include increased lethargy, depression, weakness, weight loss, breathing difficulties, panting excessively with minimal or no exercise and a progressive cough. Sometimes, there will be no symptoms and your pet will all of a sudden collapse. At times like this, you need to rush your pet to the nearest veterinarian or emergency clinic. We cannot review all the different types of heart problems in this article, but these warning signs should make you aware that you should have your four-legged friend see their veterinarian. Other introductory books on dog and cat health care review the many causes of heart disease.
     The question then arises, is there a natural approach to help prevent minor heart problems from progressing or at least slowing down the progression of the disease and help support the heart when there is a more serious problem. The good news is that there are indeed natural approaches to help support the heart. However, I cannot emphasize enough that these are not meant to replace conventional medicine, but to complement it and support the heart naturally.
     There is research suggesting that different herbs and nutrients can benefit heart and actually prevent heart disease. For instance, prior to 1987, dilated cardiomyopathy was one of the most commonly diagnosed heart diseases in cats. This cardiomyopathy was apparently secondary to a nutritional deficiency of the nutrient taurine in cat food. Once the cause of this was discovered and cat foods began supplementing with taurine, dilated cardiomyopathy is now rare in cats.
     Another nutrient, a vitamin like compound, that appears to be beneficial for the heart is L-carnitine and many veterinarians will recommend supplementing with carnitine if your pet has a heart problem. Normal heart function depends on adequate concentrations of carnitine. Dr. Murray in his book, "Encyclopaedia of Nutritional Supplements" offers the comparison that a " deficiency in carnitine in the heart would be similar to driving an automobile without a fuel pump. There may be plenty of fuel, but there is no way to get it to the engine". Several studies have documented that L-carnitine can improve heart function in patients with congestive heart failure and reduce the amount of conventional antiarrhythmic drugs in patients with arrhythmias. L-carnitine appears to be extremely safe with no side effects reported. Also, there seems to be no adverse interactions between carnitine and any drug or nutrient. The nutrient choline might actually help conserve carnitine and your veterinarian should be aware of that. It actually seems to work synergistically with coenzyme Q-10 another nutrient that is beneficial for the heart. Dosages vary and you should consult your veterinarian.
     Coenzyme Q 10, also known as ubiquinone is another beneficial nutrient for the heart. Dr. Murray also states that " the role Co-Q10 is similar to the role of a spark plug in a car engine and just as the car cannot function without the initial spark, the body cannot function without CoQ10". It is chemically related to Vitamins E and K. It is essential for producing energy in the body and is an antioxidant as well. It has been found to be beneficial for the treatment of congestive heart failure, cardiomyopathy as well as for periodontal disease and immune deficiencies and cancer. It sometimes takes as long as eight weeks before beneficial effects are evident. In one study on human patients, Dr. Murray quotes a team of cardiologists that "CoQ10 is a safe and effective adjunctive treatment for a broad range of cardiovascular diseases, producing gratifying clinical responses while easing the medical and financial burden of multidrug therapy." The normal dose for pets is 10mg./ 15 pounds of body weight per day. I incorporate this into all my natural protocols for heart disease.
     There are also different trace minerals that are beneficial for the heart including selenium, magnesium and potassium. Selenium functions primarily as a component of an antioxidant and works synergistically with vitamin E in preventing damage to cells. Low levels of selenium have been linked to a higher risk for heart disease as well as others including cancer. Food levels of selenium are often linked to levels in the soil from which they were grown and many soils throughout the world appear to be selenium deficient these days. A suggested dose for a 50 to 75 lb. dog would be about 50 micrograms of selenium per day. Magnesium is critical to many cellular functions as has often been called "nature's calcium channel-blocker" according to Dr. Murray. Most cardiovascular disease can benefit from magnesium supplementation including congestive heart failure and cardiomyopathy. Potassium along with sodium and chloride are electrolytes, mineral salts, which are intricately related to the proper function of the heart and other muscles. In my practice, rather than supplementing with one or two specific minerals, I prefer using a balanced mineral formula. The reason for this is that single mineral taken at high dosages can sometimes impair the absorption of other vital minerals. Check with your veterinarian on a balanced vitamin and mineral supplement for your pet.
     Vitamin E is essential for proper heart function. It acts primarily as an antioxidant protecting against cell damage. It has been used for prevention of cardiomyopathy and other heart problems. A typical dosage for a 50 to 75 lb. dog is 100 to 400 I.U. per day. It is basically a safe vitamin to take and has an excellent safety record. It interacts with other antioxidant nutrients such as vitamin C and selenium.
     In addition to nutrients and trace minerals, there are certain herbs that can be beneficial for the heart including hawthorn berry, ginger, garlic and an ayurvedic (Indian) herb called Coleus. Hawthorn berry is an excellent heart tonic. It works to increase cardiovascular health. I have used it clinically for years as part of a natural approach and it definitely appears to help dogs and cats with heart problems. It can potentiate the effect of digoxin, a very strong heart medication, so you want to make sure you let your veterinarian know you are using it on your pet if they are on digoxin, because you may need to decrease your dosage of conventional medication. Ginger is normally used for gastrointestinal problems and motion sickness, but it has also been found to be a heart tonic for small animals.
     I have seen dogs and cats live much longer, happier and better quality lives with fewer side effects using the natural approach. Love and happiness are also essential ingredients for the treatment of heart disease! Enjoy!

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Prevention is Key in Avoiding Canine Liver Disease

General liver facts
The liver is your dog’s largest organ, and its workload is proportional to its size. This amazing organ is responsible for a staggering 500 different jobs, including digestion, removing wastes from the blood, metabolism, and assisting in storing and sending out nutrients. Clearly, a healthy liver equals a healthy dog!
Symptoms and types of liver disease
Just like the kidneys, a damaged liver does not manifest itself with easily spotted symptoms. Sadly, once a dog is showing signs of liver disease, the illness has often progressed to the point of no return. Generally speaking, the symptoms of liver disease include: jaundice or yellowing of the eyes, urine that looks like the colour of tea, decreased appetite, excessive thirst, and weight loss. Again, since these symptoms usually show up once liver disease has settled in, should you notice your dog exhibiting any of these problems, an immediate trip to your veterinarian is advised.
There are several ways in which a dog can develop liver disease. Hepatitis is a chronic disease, caused by a viral infection and resulting in an inflamed liver. There is also a condition called “hepatic necrosis” that attacks the liver and leads to the deterioration of liver cells and tissues. Liver disease can also be a side effect of another health problem. Many dogs with cancer, infections, and/or intestinal disorders commonly have diseased livers as well, as do dogs who have been on medications for long periods of time. Over-exposure to any kind of toxin such as pesticides and cleaning products can damage the liver, as can eating a bad diet. Unfortunately, countless dogs fall into any of these categories.
While any dog could potentially be exposed to toxins or fed a bad diet, certain types are more likely to develop liver problems than others. Breeds prone to liver disease include, but are not limited to: Australian Cattle dogs, Bedlington Terriers, Boxers, Chihuahuas, Doberman pinschers, Golden retrievers, Irish wolfhounds, Labrador retrievers, Pomeranians, Pugs, Saint Bernards, Samoyeds, Shih Tzus, Toy Poodles, and Yorkshire Terriers.
To keep your best friend’s liver healthy, prevention is the key!
Clearly, it is important to prevent your dog’s liver from being damaged in the first place. If your dog has been taking medications for an extended period, it might be wise to check with your veterinarian to see if any other alternatives exist, or if a milder, more “liver-friendly” form of the drug is available. All pesticides and toxins must be  kept away from our animals at all times, and switching your dog to high-quality food can help keep the liver healthy  and strong.
Natural supplements can help
There are two supplements that can help with liver health: Milk Thistle extract, and Alpha Lipoic Acid. Milk Thistle contains an antioxidant known as “silymarin.” This substance can help protect the liver from damage as well as stimulate production of new cells and improve its ability to complete its various jobs.
Alpha Lipoic Acid is rich in “glutathione,” which is an antioxidant found in large amounts in the liver. It has also been found to have detoxifying abilities. In his book, Dr. Earl Mindell advises that all dogs who have been on medications for an extended period take this antioxidant. He recommends a daily dose of 50 milligrams for small dogs, 100 mg for medium breeds, 200 mg for large dogs, and 300 mg for giant-sized dogs. But as always, before starting your dog on these or any other natural supplement, it is best to check with your veterinarian for advice. Liver disease is always serious, but it does not always have to be fatal. Following a program of prevention, proper care, and supplements, even diseased livers can be made healthier again.

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Natural Alternatives to Steroids and Antibiotics

The steroidal anti-inflammatory action of alfalfa: 

Daniel B Mowry, PhD:  Alfalfa contains an enormous quantity of nutrients in a form that is easily digested and assimilated by man.  It is up to 50% protein, contains a good quantity of beta-carotene, chlorophyll and octacosanol.  Herbalists have used alfalfa for many different purposes.  Most of these applications bear one-to-one correspondence to the various nutrients in the plant.  The one word that keeps appearing is ‘tonic’.  The plant is a kidney tonic, prostatic tonic, reproductive tonic, musculoskeletal tonic, glandular tonic, and so forth. Alfalfa has traditionally been one of the best herbal treatments of arthritis, gout and rheumatism.  Alfalfa has a proven cholesterol lowering effect.  Steroidal anti-inflammatory action is suggested by its content of plant steroids, and by some research that found an estrogenic effect on ruminants (grazing animals).  Alfalfa has also been shown to possess antibacterial action against gram negative bacteria such as Salmonella typhi, and it contains at least one protein with known anti-tumour activity.

The anti-inflammatory action of MSM (Methyl-Sulfonyl-Methane, a pure, organic, non-toxic, non-metallic element that occurs widely in nature):

Ronald M Lawrence MD, from the Journal of Anti-Aging Medicine, a peer-reviewed scientific journal:  ‘I’ve been practicing medicine for 50 years, and in all those years I’ve never seen a substance like this’.
Arthritic cartilage has only one-third the level of sulphur concentration of normal cartilage – perhaps this is why MSM has been so effective in treating arthritis.  But researchers don’t know for sure if MSM is beneficial for arthritis because of its sulphur content, or because of its anti-inflammatory and analgesic properties.  Unlike aspirin, which offers immediate pain relief, MSM takes three to four weeks before you have noticeable changes.  This is with the exception of rheumatoid patients – they have felt differences in just one day, and certainly by three or four days.  According to Dr Lawrence’s book with Martin Zucker, MSM can be a natural remedy for osteoarthritis, rheumatoid arthritis, fibromyalgia, tendonitis, bursitis, muscular soreness, athletic injuries, carpal tunnel syndrome, post-traumatic inflammation and pain, heartburn, hyperacidity, headaches, back pain and allergies.

Essential Fatty Acids, a natural allergy solution:

In his book, ‘The Allergy Solution for Dogs,’ Shawn Messonnier DVM, says that fatty acids can help allergic dogs to be more comfortable and cure skin problems.
He says a number of studies have documented the benefits of fatty acid supplements for pets.  Fatty acid supplements made from fish oil were effective in reducing symptoms of itching and inflammation in 11 to 27 percent of allergic dogs, and over 50 percent of allergic cats.  How well fatty acids work depends upon a number of factors, including the product used, dosage, and the presence of other diseases that can contribute to itching.
‘Due to their anti-inflammatory effect’, says Dr Messonnier, ‘I routinely use large doses of fatty acids when treating atopic dermatitis in pets.  Like most doctors, I recommend two to four times the label dose, as research in allergy treatment indicates that the label dose on most products is too low to exert an anti-inflammatory influence.
‘The conventional treatments have relied on corticosteroids and antihistamines.  While effective, corticosteroids have numerous side effects, including increased thirst and urination, increased appetite, weight gain, Cushing’s disease, Addison’s disease, osteoporosis, increased susceptibility of infection, fatty liver disease, diabetes mellitus, gastrointestinal ulceration, cartilage degradation, and blood chemistry abnormalities.  Side effects of antihistamines are less common but include sedation and failure to control itching.
‘Complementary therapies are used to reduce or preferably eliminate the need for chronic drug therapy, allowing relief from itching without the side effects so often seen with conventional treatments.

Vitamin C for inflammation:

Much like the immune system itself, which operates at a cellular level, the hardworking vitamin C reaches every cell of the body. The concentration of vitamin C in both blood serum and tissues is quite high. In fact, this nutrient plays a major role in the manufacture and defence of our connective tissue, the elaborate matrix that holds the body together. It serves as a primary ingredient of collagen, a glue-like substance that binds cells together to form tissues.
Vitamin C helps some of our most important body systems. First and foremost, it helps the immune system to fight off foreign invaders and tumour cells. Vitamin C also supports the cardiovascular system by facilitating fat metabolism and protecting tissues from free radical damage, and it assists the nervous system by converting certain amino acids into neurotransmitters.
The skin, teeth and bones also benefit from vitamin C's collagen-forming and invader-resisting properties; this vitamin contributes to the maintenance of healthy bones, the prevention of periodontal disease and the healing of wounds. It even serves as a natural aspirin, of sorts, by combating inflammation and pain. It accomplishes this task by inhibiting the secretion of the prostaglandins that contribute to such symptoms.

Aloe Vera for inflammation:

Skin Disorders - burns, scalds, sunburn, ulcers, blisters, nappy and heat rash, windburn, abrasions, insect stings and bites, allergies associated with plants or insects, dandruff, eczema, dermatitis, impetigo, psoriasis, body and bed sores, cuts,  boils and abscesses.
Oral Disorders - cold sores, fever blisters, minor sore throats, mouth irritations, gingivitis, mouth and gum diseases.
Fungal Infections - athlete's foot, ringworm.
Athletic Injuries - muscle cramps, sprains, bruises, swelling, soreness, tendonitis.
Stomach Disorders - indigestion, heartburn, hyper-acidity, peptic and duodenal ulcers, colitis, haemorrhoids.
Kidney Disorders, Diabetes

Grapefruit Seed extract for infection:

Researchers are discovering the power of grapefruit seeds, which provide raw materials to support a quiet revolution in the way holistic physicians, vets and consumers approach germs – from sore throat, gum disease, flu, colds, and beyond.  Check out the book, Grapefruit Seed Extract’ by Dr Allan Sachs, a pioneer in clinical ecology and expert in this natural alternative.  The following is an extract from an article by Dr Sachs:
Grapefruit Seed Extract (GSE) is a broad spectrum, non-toxic, antimicrobial product derived from the seeds, pulp and white membranes of grapefruit. In hundreds of laboratory tests, GSE has demonstrated its ability to kill or inhibit the growth of a wide array of potentially harmful bacteria, fungi, viruses and protozoan parasites. These studies have been conducted en vitro (in test tubes and petri dishes). Although the more costly en vivo studies (on living subjects) have so far been limited to acute toxicity studies, reports from health care practitioners worldwide indicate that GSE has important clinical applications.
In addition to its broad-spectrum antimicrobial properties, GSE is effective at very low levels of concentration. Studies comparing GSE with chlorine bleach, isopropyl alcohol and colloidal silver have consistently found GSE to be superior as an antimicrobial.
The American Holistic Veterinary Medical Association now boasts over 500 members as an ever increasing number of veterinarians incorporate holistic health concepts into their practices. Many of these physicians have experienced the same excellent results with GSE as reported in human health care. Consider the words of Stephen Blake, DVM of San Diego, California.
“I have found it (GSE) effective in the treatment of Guardia, ear infections and superficial pyoderma (skin infections). I have also used GSE to purify meat so that I can feed my patients raw meat and not worry about food poisoning. I have used GSE for canker sores, gum infections and tonsillitis in animals, as a vaginal douche for breeding horses to prevent infection and to prevent foot rot in horses.”
Philadelphia veterinarian, Dr Deva Kaur Khalsa, has used GSE extensively in her holistic practice. Because ear infections in cats, when caused by fungus, can prove highly resistant to treatment, Dr Khalsa was particularly interested in GSE’s antifungal properties. She says, “GSE has proven itself to be extremely dependable and effective while adhering to the criteria of a natural, non-toxic modality.”
Further evidence of GSE’s relevance in the care of farm animals comes from the USDA Plum Island Animal Disease Centre. The Department of Agriculture concluded that viruses causing foot and mouth disease (FMD) and African swine fever (ASW) were deactivated when GSE was used at a dilution of one part per hundred. Swine vesicular disease (SVD) virus was more resistant—it required a concentration of one part in ten for deactivation.
Although it is imperative to consult a licensed veterinarian before taking it upon oneself to begin a therapeutic program, GSE certainly opens up many options for a holistic approach to animal health care.

Olive Leaf Extract for viruses and bacterins:

Middle Eastern cultures have taken olive leaf tea to treat disorders such as coughs, sore throat, cystitis, fever and gout. In addition to the infusion, poultices were also made of the olive leaves to treat boils, rashes, warts and other skin problems.
The effect that olive leaf extract has on the body has been researched and looked at for some time, and has become a much talked about ingredient used in the treatment of fevers and infections.
Although olive leaf extract is classed as an alternative herbal remedy, it can be helpful in the treatment of the common cold, flu, cold sores (herpes), ear infections, eye infections, nose and throat infections, impetigo, pink eye, parasites, and a host of bacterial, viral and fungal infections.
The main constituent of olive leaf is the phytochemical oleuropein, which has broken down to elenolic acid, which have a powerful anti-bacterial effect, and has the ability to interfere with critical amino acid production essential for viruses.
Olive leaf extract seems helpful in containing viral infections and the spreading of these viruses by inactivating them, and the ability to directly penetrate infected cells and stop viral replication.
In the case of retroviruses, it seems to be able to neutralize the production of reverse transcriptase and protease and also seems to be helpful in stimulating phagocytosis, which is an immune system response in which cells ingest harmful micro organisms and foreign matter.
Some research suggests that olive leaf extract may be a "true anti-viral" compound, as it appears to selectively block an entire virus-specific system.
Olive leaf extract also seems to be indicated as useful in boosting the energy levels, assisting with chronic fatigue as well as helping with allergies.


Olive Leaf Extract is non-toxic, but when detoxifying a temporary reaction may occur - which is experienced as flu-like symptoms or allergic attacks. This however only happens with high dosage and normally passes quickly.
Olive leaf extract may inactivate antibiotics and should not be taken while taking antibiotics.

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Rather than Vaccines and Antibiotics
By Anthony Artus

Most people know that plants, through a process called photosynthesis, use light energy to convert nutrients into food that they can store, namely starch.  Until recently no one thought about what happened to the light.  Light can exist in two forms: a wave form and a digital form called a photon.  Photons have both energy and structure, and recent research has shown that they are not degraded when taken into a plant.  They are in fact stored within the plant.

Of all the living organisms present on earth, plants store more photons than animals – approximately 150 for the average plant.  Animals eating the plants store less photons, around 35, and humans eating the animals even less, on average storing between one and three photons per human.  It would seem our plants and our animals are more enlightened than we are, which will come as no surprise to CHC members.

At a recent lecture on genetics, the lecturer who holds a doctorate announced that genetic engineering for agricultural purposes was vital to the survival of human life on the planet.  Agriculture in its present form or in its organic form just cannot feed the world, she said.

Two lecture halls away, another lecturer, an ecologist who also holds a doctorate, announced that the world runs more risk of being destroyed by biologists conducting genetic engineering programmes, than by any terrorist threat or from nuclear weapons.  I am not sure that they ever get to talk to each other.  For the rest of us, you might find the following of interest.

In the 1980’s in River Falls, Wisconsin, Mr William Kranz, a former successful stockbroker, bought a two acre plot and on it grew 4ft high cherry tomato plants which developed 800 fruits per plant; cucumbers with six cucumbers to each leaf node instead of the usual three; and sweet corn with three stems from a single seed, each with three ears and some growing to 16ft tall.  All without artificial fertilisers or genetics.

His secret?  He played music to the plants.  A combination of specialist sounds from birdsong to Hindu Ragas.  This he found caused the stomata on the plant leaves to open and this allowed them to take in nutrients from the air rather than the soil and from foliate feeds that he sprayed which were themselves organic in origin. 
He estimated that they absorbed over seven times the usual amount of nutrients, simply, easily and inexpensively at a cost of $50 per acre.  The plants downloaded the surplus nutrients into the soil through their root systems.

Another farmer using wooden boxes 8ft by 16ft, loaded with sawdust and sand, and using a potent mix of sound and bacteria, is able to grow 5,000 pounds of tomatoes per box.  He does not stop there, growing melons, strawberries and grapes.  The chlorophyll content in the leaves is double the norm, the sugar content of the fruit is so high that insects eating the plants die of alcohol poisoning. 

Anyone who has bought fruit or vegetables in a supermarket will appreciate that there is probably more nutrition and taste in the cardboard boxes in which they are displayed than in the fruit themselves.  If you would like to learn how to grow fruit and vegetables using these methods, then your first port of call should be  I have not financial interest in this but I do care about the planet.  Anything that can help reduce the profits and capability of those who seek to control us is fine with me.  If it can give me really healthy and tasty food then it is certainly a win win situation.

Finally, have you ever wondered why there are more antibiotic resistant strains of bugs than ever before?  Well the answer is simple.  It is not a case of the bugs developing immunity to the antibiotics.  Quite simply, with all strains of bugs there are those that are susceptible to antibiotics and those that are not.  In the beginning the ones that are tend to outnumber the ones that are not and they keep the numbers of the non-resistant ones low, being in competition for the same food source.  As the susceptible ones are killed off, the others are able to flourish and eventually there are more resistant ones than there are non resistant ones.

It used to be that it took 20 years to work through the non-resistant strains.  Now it takes between three and seven years before resistant strains are found to nearly all antibiotics.  Currently in the UK there are only two antibiotics that kill all known germs and these are on restricted use and are only for extreme cases of resistance.
So it is that our very use of antibiotics guarantees that we ensure the emergence of super bugs.  Not so of course the homoeopathy or phage therapy.

In the 2nd World War the Russians did not have antibiotics and America would not supply them to Communist China or Russia.  Instead the Russians developed phage technology.
Every bacteria has a virus parasite that will kill it.  The Russians simply trawled through the sewerage system and made up bacterial cultures.  When they found one in which the bacteria were being killed off, they isolated and cultivated the phage virus.  These are harmless to humans.  They led the world in this technology until the break up of the old Soviet Union, when a lack of guaranteed power supplies meant that phage banks were being lost in power cuts.  A Canadian entrepreneur with US backers went into partnership with the Russians and set up a modern biotech company.

Within four years they transferred all the technology to the USA and Canada, and then dissolved the partnership and cut off the funds, leaving the Russians in the same place they got their phages from.  These are the same people who would like us to trust them with our health.  Not a wonderful thought to envisage, but true.
If hospitals in the UK want to protect themselves and their patients against super bugs, all they have to do is go fishing in their sewerage system and find that phages that will kill them.  In fact we can be too clean in hospitals, just as in the home and destroy the balance of nature which keeps many harmful bugs in check.
Finally, in all health cases don’t forget about Reiki.  I recently successfully killed off six litres of a highly virulent e-coli strain under controlled clinical conditions using both hands-on and then later remote Reiki – much to the surprise of those in charge.

An experiment to show that the immune system can be stimulated to produce antigen response without a pathogen being present is now being planned for the summer and is the first stage in an effort to develop an acceptable alternative to current vaccination methods.
All for now!

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Brazil Nuts Can Help Your Dog Live Longer
By Steve Brown and Beth Taylor

Human nutrition and lifestyle studies prove there are ways to improve the odds that we will live long, healthy lives. It's simple: Eat a variety of fresh, minimally-processed foods, especially fruits and vegetables; stay lean; exercise often; and avoid toxins. Good nutrition is key. Dietary habits may be instrumental in about 60% of cancers in women and about 40% in men.

Good diets are just as important for dogs. Unfortunately, many of our dogs are eating diets composed exclusively of highly processed, grain-based foods with synthetic vitamins and minerals. Even the best of the "healthy" dry foods fall into this category. No wonder one in three dogs will die of cancer!
In our book, See Spot Live Longer, we discuss many easy things you can do to help your dog live longer. One easy step we can take is to add crushed Brazil nuts, a source of natural forms of selenium, to our dogs' food.

Selenium is an essential trace mineral of fundamental importance to human and canine health. Adequate selenium is necessary for the normal functioning of the immune system and thyroid gland. Selenium is receiving considerable attention for its possible role as an effective naturally occurring anti-carcinogenic agent. Insufficient selenium intake can cause serious health problems, including Kashin-Beck disease, which is characterized by the degeneration of the articular cartilage between joints, thyroid disease and a variety of cancers. We've read unpublished, yet well researched, reports linking selenium deficiency with hip dysplasia. There is a wealth of data about farm animals which shows organic forms of selenium outperform sodium selenite. One of the reasons for this is that natural forms of selenium can be stored in the body for later use, while selenite cannot.
Perhaps some dogs are unable to sufficiently use the inorganic forms of selenium found in most dry dog foods. Therefore if a bitch were unable to fully utilize sodium selenite, her puppies would be more likely to have joint problems. Pottenger's classic study with cats shows that problems due to nutrient deficiency get worse with each generation. Is the source of the selenium used in most dry dog foods one of the reasons many dogs, purebred and mixed-breed, have hip problems? It may be one of the nutritional causes.
It's easy to correct this situation. Whether you're feeding dry, canned, or the best frozen raw diets, you can easily ensure that your dog is getting enough selenium by adding Brazil nuts. The selenium in broccoli and other vegetables will vary according to the amount of selenium in the soils. Brazil nuts, on the other hand, are a reliable source of selenium. Of course, the fresher the nut, the better. In home tests with our dogs, freshly shelled Brazil nuts won over shelled nuts bought at natural food markets, in both flavour and fragrance.
We recommend that people add one-half of a crushed Brazil nut per day for every 50 pounds your dog weighs.

Please remember, feed all foods in moderation. A meal of just Brazil nuts is not healthy for any dog or any human.
May your Spot live a long, healthy life.

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Is there life in the old dog yet?
An experiment with RNA
and old dogs
Wendy Volhard

          Manfred my 25lb Standard wire-haired Dachshund was enjoying his 14th year when in the middle of the summer he had an ischemic event much like a stroke. Curled up to the right, with a slack jaw and right eye drooping, he obviously had suffered some neurological damage. Having had and been treated for liver disease his whole life, I did not feel I had too much of a chance of bringing him back to a life that had some quality. Never being afraid to try, I put Manfred onto a special diet, gave him regular acupuncture treatments and chiropractic care. Over the next weeks, he slowly improved. He could walk - albeit in a large circle - his eye returned to normal and the only residual damage seemed to be an inability to completely open his mouth. It never stopped him eating, however, and enjoying his food.
            His main diet change was to use bison as a primary protein source, plus herbs that supported his liver, heart and circulation. It made a huge difference to his overall well-being and he managed to start walking in a straight line. Complete blood work was done at the end of January 2004.  While triglyceride and lipase levels were lowered and the kidneys improved over his previous tests,  the rest of his blood looked alarming. He had elevated liver levels, alkaline phosphatase that was sky high, and cholesterol and total protein levels were at high normal. Something had to be done and soon.

Introduction to RNA

            At the beginning of May a friend sent me newsletters from VRP, which contained articles about Ribonucleic Acid.  These reports mentioned experiments with several old dogs in their teens, which were not in good shape. Just by adding RNA to their diets, the dogs had become puppy-like and lived many more years.  With nothing to lose, I immediately ordered some.  
For the first 14 weeks, I added 1/8th teaspoon to each morning meal. Manfred became livelier and insisted on returning to his long morning walks. Always bothered with impacted anal glands, on his regular monthly visit to his veterinarian three weeks later, the glands were no longer impacted. I was sent home with the admonition to continue whatever I was doing! The following month's check-up revealed the same – no impaction. The vet noticed that the quality of Manfred's coat and skin was improving.  The fuzzy soft coat that had replaced his wiry covering in his last years was turning a deep dark brown.  His skin, which was wrinkly with flaky spots, was changing for the better. He seemed to be stronger.
            With this success I introduced the same regimen to Manfred's half sister, Diggy, who was just turning 13½.  I had had blood done on her a month before and was horrified to see that she seemed to be showing signs just like Manfred of elevated liver enzymes, alk phos levels very high, kidney reading just over high normal, lipase and cholesterol high. I was obviously battling some genetic disease. At a young age, both dogs were diagnosed with hypothyroidism and were on thyroid medication.  Diggy had the added complication of large fatty cysts under her left front leg, over her spleen and in between her shoulder blades.  They were beginning to interfere with her forward mobility
            At the end of July, we did a complete blood work-up on both dogs, consisting of a CBC and Chemistry Screen, plus a thyroid panel to see if there were any noticeable changes. When the blood tests were drawn, after a 12 hour fast, both dogs had been on 1/8th teaspoon of RNA daily in their morning meal for 14 weeks.
Both dogs’ thyroid readings were too high after the 14 weeks on RNA and the vet suggested I cut their medication by half.

  • It is interesting to note that the changes were different for each dog.  Some levels went up for the female, but all levels listed went down for the male. I suspect their bodies were evening out and balancing in their own way.  We are still working on reducing the Alk Phos levels. The large fatty cysts on Diggy began to diminish and today are hardly noticeable.

After re-reading all the literature on RNA and noticing that the safety parameters were high, I decided to increase the RNA to 1/8th teaspoon twice a day. Both dogs are very lively, enjoy their food, their walks and are playing with the Labrador and Dachshund puppies in the family.  Their cognitive ability has increased and they are enjoying their newfound quality of life.

What is RNA?

Ribonucleic acid (RNA) is a substance obtained from Torula yeast.  Grown on molasses and free of whole yeast cells, it is non-allergenic. Used extensively in the study of aging and chronic degenerative disease its pioneer, Dr Benjamin Frank, MD, researched and ran clinical experiments during the 1950s-70s.  Many of his experiments were conducted on mice and some o dogs.  By supplementing their  diets with RNA, he increased the life span of his experimental animals in a dramatic manner. 
Dr Frank believed that most diseases originate from some kind of cellular disorder or damage.  He believed that diseased cells (and aging) could often be ‘cured’ by supplying the cells with an abundance of their basic building materials in pure form. 
The idea of the Nucleic Acid treatment is to supply cells with perfect, undamaged nucleic acids that are the basic building blocks of DNA and RNA.  Nucleic acids activate the processes of DNA repair in degenerative conditions by inducing enzyme synthesis and activation, and increasing energy producing processes in the cells.  One of the key roles of RNA is protein synthesis.

Other successes with RNA:

Buoyed by the results with my own dogs, I wove this information into my conferences and seminars, and introduced RNA to many of my dog associates.  They have reported the following:

  • An 11-year-old Labrador Retriever stud dog showed a dramatic increase in sperm count.
  • A seven year-old German Shepherd female that had shown signs of anxiety around other dogs and could be aggressive on occasion, showed a great calmness and an ability to socialize with other dogs.
  • A 10 1/2 year-old Labrador female who had had her cancerous spleen removed and given 2-3 weeks to live, 5 months later is still alive, all blood work is normal and she is racing around like a puppy.
  • A 19 year-old cat who was aging rapidly, had lost interest in food and was sleeping most of his life away, after several weeks on RNA is now charging around, playing, going outside and stalking in the grass. Coat has resumed its shine, and he shows increased mental capacity.


  • All the older dogs and cats that have had RNA added to their daily ration show signs of more energy and general overall vitality and cognitive ability.

So what is the answer to the title of this article?  Is it possible to put life into an old dog?  In the case of my two Dachshunds, it is an unqualified yes.

Wendy Volhard is author of the magnificent Holistic Guide for a Healthy Dog from Howell Book House. 


RNA for Older Dogs

Up until now, anyone in the UK interested in buying RNA (to give your older dog a new lease of life - featured in previous newsletters) has had to use our web link for a company that imports into the UK.
Thanks to CHC member Jo Ellis, we now have another link for a UK company ( for anyone wishing to purchase this product and avoid the high shipping costs (see complementary healthcare products on our website).

As ever, if you haven’t got internet access and are interested in any of these items, please feel free to contact us for more details.


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Transfer Factor

Transfer Factor is cow colostrum; colostrum is given to newborns in mothers milk.  Essentially, it provides an immune system for newborns until such time as their own immune systems develop.  Colostrums are small immune messenger molecules that are produced by higher organisms.  Their role is to transfer immune recognition signals between immune cells and thereby assist in educating immune cells about a present or potential danger.  Introducing Transfer Factor can sometimes enable a dysfunctional immune system to return to normal, either boosting an under-active immune system, or calming down an over-active immune system. 
Studies have shown that Transfer Factor has helped to fight:

Heart disease
Chronic fatigue syndrome
Fungal infections
Autoimmune disease
Atopic dermatitis
Alzheimer’s disease
Multiple sclerosis
And many other immune-related conditions.

We also carried a number of testimonials about the successes of Transfer Factor in the last newsletter.  Well, I don’t know about you, but I am the sort of person who likes direct evidence from people I know.  I am pleased to say that in this issue, we can provide it.
Sally Attfield was distraught when her old Labrador was diagnosed with lymph cancer last June.  Lymph cancer is normally a death sentence.  Sally put the old girl on Transfer Factor straight away.  She also consulted a homoeopathic vet and gave her dog Essiac.  Over a year on, and the Labrador is running around like a puppy, still alive.
CHC member Marjorie Barnett purchased Transfer Factor for her nephew’s Collie after she read about it in our newsletter.  The Collie had been diagnosed with leukaemia.  About two weeks after the TF had been started, Marjorie phoned me with great excitement.  The Collie had just been to see the vet who couldn’t believe the changes in the dog.  He was jumping around like a puppy, showing a new lease of life, and the lumps had gone.
On the human front, we are pleased to report that a human member has benefited from TF.  ‘G’ was unable to sleep at night due to arthritic pain.  Within a week of taking Transfer Factor, she was sleeping right through. 

Transfer Factor in Cancer Therapy …. and many other uses

Extracted from the American veterinary magazine – DVM Magazine - February 2003.
By Kenneth Marcella DVM 

Immunotherapy was predicted to be one of the most rapidly expanding areas of medical science in this decade.  Proposed advances in our ability to manipulate the protection offered by the body's own immune system were going to make humans and animals far healthier and were promising to increase both the length and quality of life.

Immune agents were going to be our new defences against those micro-organisms that no longer responded to antibiotics, and diseases from allergies to cancer were going to be subdued by this new field.

To date, however, those advances have been slow in coming. We have not been able to manipulate the body's own defences as planned and we have few effective immune stimulants.

Positive research data has been piling up concerning the most promising immune agent in years, though, and immunologists may be finally making good on their earlier predictions.

Transfer factor, as this new immune compound is being called, may be the long-awaited ‘next step’ and it may be everything that was promised.

Richard Bennet Ph.D., an infectious disease immunologist writes, ‘It is our ability to create a really healthy immune system that I think represents the greatest potential gains in health in the world.’

It is the immune system, after all, which provides humans and animals with the ability to recognise and remember potentially harmful foreign substances such as bacteria and viruses. The immune system allows us to then respond to these threatening invaders in our systems.
The consequences of conditions of suppressed or damaged immune systems are devastatingly familiar to veterinarians.

A new agent that would vastly improve immune function would certainly warrant some attention. Transfer factor promises to be this new agent. It is a component of colostrum and is produced to be used as a powder added to the diet.

Dr. M. Metz, a veterinarian consulting for 4LifeResearch, the company which has the patent for extracting transfer factor from colostrum, points out that 200 mg (one capsule) of transfer factor has the potential for recognizing at least 100,000 pathogens (disease causing agents). Metz adds that not only can transfer factor be specific for an individual antigen that a lymphocyte is exposed to, but ‘transfer factor can also stimulate a multivalent response.’

In this type of response, transfer factor activates lymphocytes to several strains of an organism.

‘This is the really exciting part of transfer factor from a practicing veterinary standpoint. The other really exciting aspect of transfer factor,’ says Metz, ‘is the time sequence.’

Most types of delayed hypersensitivity immunity, such as that seen with vaccine use, take 10 to 14 days to develop. Transfer factor, according to Metz, activates that same immunity in 24 hours!

Transfer factor is also a natural killer cell inductor. These cells seek out and destroy infected or malignant cells and cells infected by viruses.
Transfer factor increases natural killer cell activity five times over normal rates and it is non-species specific. It is believed that this aspect of transfer factor is related to the significant improvements seen in certain cancer patients that have taken this product. Multiple sclerosis patients have also shown improvements.

Transfer factor in cats, dogs, horses, cows and humans is virtually identical structurally and completely identical functionally. This has helped in the production of this product since cows can produce large quantities of colostrum which is then used for extraction of transfer factor.
A number of companies are producing colostrum and claiming that these products contain transfer factor. While this is true, only 4LifeResearch has the exclusive patent on the process to extract only transfer factor. This process allows for the concentrated and purified production of transfer factor.

(Remarkably), Transfer factor is also a suppressor of immune function. It is paradoxical that the same product can both stimulate and suppress immune function but transfer factor function depends on the specific antigens and the status of the immune response.
Transfer factor can stimulate the release of T suppressor cells when down’ regulation is necessary due to over activity. Autoimmune diseases and allergic reactions are situations where the body's own immune response has over-responded to antigenic stimulation. Transfer factor works in these situations because it can slow down this overactive response.

If veterinarians can stimulate a better immune response to respiratory bacteria, skin pathogens and various viruses, then the need to use antibiotics is lessened. If transfer factor can produce such boosts in immunity in 24 hours then the potential for use as a pre-travel protectant, or a post-exposure treatment is tremendous.

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NEEM – one of Nature’s miracles

Neem and Allergies
           Allergies come in two basic forms: inhalant allergies and food allergies. Each is caused by an immune over-reaction that targets basically harmless material causing inflammation. Inflammation of the mucous membranes causes swelling and leakage of plasma. Histamine release causes itching. There is also a theory that allergies can cause inflammations or abnormal tissue reactions elsewhere in the body.
The brain is one example and various problems such as ADD are thought to be caused by food allergies in at least 66% of the cases. Many other problems seem to have an allergic component, also.
Pollen allergies often cause asthma, along with the usual runny nose, itchy eyes and so on. Both conditions indicate a body that needs detoxification and attention to correcting immune dysfunction.
Food allergies are caused when the body reacts to the antigens in food, or when it is allowed to gain access to the bloodstream and cause circulating complexes after combining with antibodies.  Food allergies are reported to be the root of many illnesses.
Neem inhibits allergic reactions when applied to the skin.  Neem compounds inhibit the stimulus produced by histamine and may be helpful in skin rashes and bronchial allergy. 
Application of a neem-based cream, oil or leaf extract will stop the itching and inflammation of rashes. Neem tea or capsules may be taken internally for allergies to pollen, moulds, etc.

Traditionally Ayurveda has recommended the use of Neem leaf, seed, and bark, for reducing arthritic pain and inflammation and for halting the progression of the disease. The use of Neem for these purposes has been confirmed by modern clinical studies.
The pain, inflammation, and swelling of the joints in arthritis can be greatly reduced by different compounds in Neem. In numerous clinical studies the polysaccharides and other compounds of Neem leaf extract have produced a reduction in the inflammation caused by arthritis.
There are several reasons why the compounds in Neem work so well. It appears that these compounds make a number of adjustments to various mechanisms in the body, which explains their anti-inflammatory effects. There is an inhibition in the release of mediators of acute inflammation, an antihistaminic effect, and a modification in the functioning of the immune system response. This last effect is extremely important. Neem's ability to change the way the immune system responds to arthritis, by reducing the generation of inflammation producing chemicals, may also be the reason why it halts the progress of the disease and why it may hold the promise of an actual cure.
In addition to its anti-inflammatory effects there are several leaf compounds which are clinically proven to be more potent than aspirin (acetylsalicylic acid) in decreasing prostaglandin synthetase and the pain it causes.
Arthritis is a term covering many types of joint ailments. The ailments can be autoimmune disorders, infections, the result of wear on the joints or simply inflammation. Generally though it is the inflammation or the pain associated with it that is treated regardless of the origin. Neem can aid in treating arthritis in many ways. Neem's antibacterial properties can help kill infectious causes while its inflammation reducing properties and pain-suppressing properties can alleviate the symptoms. Neem can also help create a balance in the immune system, which directly affects progression of the disease.
Common types of arthritis include:

Caused by normal wear and tear on the joints, this chronic condition is usually not serious. However a joint may degenerate to the point where replacement surgery is needed.

Rheumatoid arthritis.
A type of inflammatory arthritis, rheumatoid arthritis is a chronic condition caused by the body's immune system attacking joint-lining tissue.

Rheumatism or Rheumatoid Arthritis is an autoimmune condition that can cause serious pain and inflammation. Modern medicine uses strong drugs like phenyl butazone and cortisone to relieve the pain and inflammation of rheumatism, however these drugs can cause many uncomfortable side effects. Clinical studies have conclusively demonstrated that the anti-inflammatory activities of various compounds in Neem leaves are equally as effective as phenyl butazone and cortisone.
In addition to relieving pain and inflammation the active constituents in Neem leaves are clinically proven to inhibit the prostaglandin mechanism, that causes pain, more effectively than aspirin. In the same study Neem significantly reduced acute paw edema as well. The consumption of Neem Leaf capsules and the topical application of slightly warmed Neem cream can help to alleviate the pain and inflammation of this condition.

Infectious arthritis.
Infectious agents include bacteria, fungi and viruses. This type of arthritis can affect anyone. Usually, prompt diagnosis and treatment results in recovery.
Neem capsules or tea along with massage of oil around problem areas are the recommended treatment. 

Virus (Anti-Viral)
Neem is one of just a few known anti-viral agents. In a study on neem's effectiveness as an anti-viral agent, neem seemed to interact with the surface of cells to prevent infection by the virus thereby inhibiting multiplication of the virus. Similar results have been observed in studies of various viral pathogens indicating a unique property of neem to prevent viral disease.
There are certain compounds in Neem that demonstrate a unique ability to surround viruses, which prevents them from causing infection. Neem also inhibits viral multiplication by interacting with the surface of the cells to prevent the cell from becoming infected by the virus. Neem has been observed to be effective against a number of viral pathogens in various clinical studies demonstrating it contains unique properties to inhibit viral disease. Neem is one of just a few known antiviral agents.
Chickenpox, shingles, herpes, and hepatitis are viral conditions, which have been successfully treated, in clinical studies by Neem's therapeutic compounds. The uncomfortable symptoms of colds and flu's can be relieved during seasonal changes by the regular consumption of Neem Leaf capsules, extract, or tea.
Treatment: neem capsules or tea.

One of the most impressive accomplishments of Neem against parasites is its effectiveness against encephalitis. In a paper delivered to the American Chemical Society at its annual meeting in March 1993 R.O. Larson describes how an outbreak of Japanese encephalitis in India was eradicated. This was accomplished by giving children two doses of crushed Neem leaves daily.  

Intestinal Worms

Neem teas are regularly used throughout the tropics to rid the body of intestinal worms (Singh, 1980).
There have been conflicting reports as to its effectiveness, but few who use neem for intestinal worms doubt the efficacy of neem. Neem leaf teas or capsules taken twice per day for one week is the usual method for eliminating these parasites from the body.
For childhood pinworms apply neem oil or cream to the anal opening for relief from itching.

Suggested Products: neem capsules and neem leaf.

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What is Colloidal Silver?
By Robert Jordan

People ask why they have never heard of Colloidal Silver. Seventy years ago Colloidal Silver was a proven germ fighter and widely used. It was the mainstay of antibiotic treatment. In 1914 the medical journal, Lancet, reported phenomenal results from its use. Dr. Henry Crooks showed Colloidal Silver to be absolutely harmless and non-toxic to humans, and highly germicidal. Colloidal Silver has proven itself useful against all species of fungi, parasites, bacteria, protozoa, and certain viruses.

For centuries we've known the properties of silver. The ancients stored their water in silver vessels to prevent bacteria from growing. American settlers would put a silver dollar in their milk containers to hinder it's spoilage. Prior to 1940, articles regarding the benefits of colloidal silver were frequently seen in medical journals. During the 1930s silver was used both externally and internally for a variety of medical conditions. Because of the price of silver, and the inception of penicillin and other antibiotics, use of Colloidal Silver fell by the wayside.

More recently Science Digest reported in an article entitled "Our Mightiest Germ Fighter", that "silver is emerging as a wonder of modern medicine." In the late 1970's interest in silver was rekindled because of it's usefulness for the treatment of burn victims. Silver could be used over large areas of the body and is non-toxic and non-stinging, even to the eyes. Today NASA uses silver in their water filters and water purification systems for the space shuttles. Silver not only kills any bacteria present in the water, it also keeps bacteria from growing inside the filter itself.

In Ayurvedic medicine, Dr. Vasant Lad states in "The Science of Self Healing," that silver is an important healing metal. It is used in the treatment of mental, nervous and movement disorders. Chronic fever, weakness after fever, inflammatory conditions of the intestines, hyperactivity of the gall bladder, profuse menstrual bleeding, inflammatory heart disease, and liver and spleen disorders all benefit from the ingestion of silver.

Usually, an antibiotic will kill a half a dozen different strains of bacteria. Research at Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis has shown that silver is bactericidal to some 650 strains of disease causing organisms and that resistant strains can not develop with silver the way that they will with antibiotics.
Colloidal Silver is an effective wide spectrum antibiotic that disables the enzyme that all viruses, fungi and one-celled bacteria use to metabolize oxygen. This causes them to suffocate. There are NO disease causing bacteria that can survive in the presence of even minute traces of Colloidal Silver.

LC Ford, M.D. reported in 1988 from the UCLA School of Medicine that silver solutions were effective against Vaginitis, Salmonella Typhi, Streptococcus, Staphlyococcus, Neisseria Gonorrhoea, and other enteric pathogens and found that it was fungicidal for Candida Albicans and M. Furfur.

Most antibiotics kill only a few different disease causing organisms. Colloidal Silver is a powerful wide spectrum antibiotic. It has been successfully used in septic conditions of the mouth such as tonsillitis and gum disease. It can quickly relieve swimmer's ear or the pain caused by an ear infection. It can help conjunctivitis, as well as other forms of infection or inflammation of the eyes, with no irritation or stinging. Applied topically it can relieve athlete's foot, acne, warts, open sores, insect bites, and cuts and burns. Application is dependent on the problem. It can be taken orally for conditions such as, parasites, candida, chronic fatigue, herpes, shingles, staph and strep infections and over sixty viral and bacterial diseases. Every family desiring the optimal in natural health should have a bottle of Colloidal Silver in their medicine chest.

A colloid consists of ultramicroscopic particles. These particles stay suspended because they have a tiny charge placed on them produced by the electro-colloidal process. The particles are so small that the force of an electrical charge on the particles against the water molecules is greater than the pull of gravity. As a result the particles can stay in suspension at appropriate concentrations, almost indefinitely with no need for any chemicals or stabilizers. In a true colloid these particles are so ultra-fine that they cannot be seen by the naked eye.
      True Colloidal Silver should have a concentration of three to twenty parts per million. Beware of products with higher concentrations. They can attack friendly bacteria the same way that some antibiotics do and this could upset your body’s natural balance. Higher concentrations of Colloidal Silver are not necessarily better, in fact, the opposite is usually true. When purchasing Colloidal Silver, look for 99.999% Pure Colloidal Silver particles of less than 10 nanometers in diameter in a concentration of 9.2 ppm in deionised water. This is the optimal concentration suggested by health care professionals and researchers.

      Suggested use: Adults and children twelve years of age and older can take one to three teaspoons, three times per day. Children under twelve, take 1/2 of the adult dosage. Another way to determine dose is kinesiology or muscle testing. There are no known or recorded side effects from the use of Colloidal Silver. There has never been a recorded case of a drug interaction. It is non-addicting, non-toxic, tasteless and odourless. It is safe for pregnant or lactating women. It can be sprayed on sores cuts, burns and rashes.
 Veterinarians also find it useful against canine parvovirus, infections of the skin, cuts or rashes, kennel cough and other diseases. Trace amounts of silver are protective or prophylactic in nature as it naturally strengthens the immune system. Dosage depends on the size of the animal. It can be put in their food or water.

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To Give Your Dogs Vegetables, or to NOT Give Your Dogs Vegetables….

There has been some discussion lately about vegetables and dogs.  Ian Billinghurst advised in his book, Give Your Dog a Bone, that we should put raw green leafy vegetables in a blender, and give them to our dogs with meat and bones.
Wendy Volhard, another author, didn’t include vegetables in her recommended diet.  Tom Lonsdale places less importance on vegetables than does Billinghurst.  And more recently on the internet, some dog owners are saying they don’t feel vegetables are necessary.  I’m delighted, therefore, to feature an article by an old friend of CHC, the vet Susanna McIntyre.

Why do we need to add Pet Plus for Dogs to a raw food diet?
Susanna McIntyre, BVSc MRCVS

I feed my dogs and cats on frozen raw minced meat and bone mixed with liquidized raw vegetables and Pet Plus, with raw chicken wings, drumsticks and quarters 2-3 times weekly.  They sometimes have fruit snacks as well.  So why would I need Pet Plus?
Naturally, dogs are designed to eat whole herbivorous animals as well as grazing on fruits, vegetables, nuts, seeds and grains.  Herbivores spend much of their time chewing vegetable matter into a pulp to improve its digestibility.  By consuming the gut contents of these animals, dogs obtain numerous essential dietary ingredients which may be missing from a diet comprising parts of animals rather than the whole.  Feeding a supplement such as Pet Plus provides this “grass soup” element in a more civilized form.

When we go on holiday in Scotland in the summer, I take the dogs out for a walk early in the morning and collect freshly killed rabbits from the road for their breakfast.  They really enjoy that! That’s their Full Scottish Breakfast!
The guts of the herbivorous prey are full of partly digested vegetation (prebiotics) which support the huge number of bacteria (probiotics) living in the gut; they continue the digestion of the vegetation.  All animals need a healthy selection of intestinal bacteria (flora, probiotics) to maintain a healthy digestion which is crucial to their overall health. 

The probiotics in Pet Plus, Lactobacillus acidophilus and Lactobacillus plantarum, have been chosen as the two most important Lactobacillus species for dogs and cats.  Naturally found throughout the gastrointestinal tracts of healthy animals, these micro-organisms help to defend the body against invading pathogenic bacteria. 
Probiotic organisms produce lactic acid and keep the colon environment slightly acid to prevent the growth of harmful organisms; furthermore, lactobacilli are known to produce several antibiotic compounds to further inhibit the growth of pathogenic organisms.  Due to the prevalence of broad-spectrum antibiotic treatment which kills the beneficial organisms as well as harmful bacteria, healthy intestinal flora may be lacking.  Supplemental replenishment of probiotics quickly returns the flora balances to normal.  In addition, Lactobacillus organisms have been found to significantly contribute to the reduction of lactose intolerance symptoms.  Yet another benefit of probiotics is their ability to regulate bowel movements and halt diarrhoea.
As if that wasn’t enough reason to add Pet Plus to your pet’s diet, there are even more essential ingredients!

Alfalfa is considered highly nourishing and is a rich source of many trace minerals in addition to providing magnesium, iron, B vitamins, chromium, vitamin C and b-carotene.  It is also a prebiotic, supporting the all important gut flora.  Chlorophyll has been shown to have a cleansing action on the body, detoxifying and preventing odours.
Barley and wheat grass are important cereal grasses.  When harvested during their early growth, they not only function as prebiotics to maintain the health of the probiotics, but also they supply vitamins and minerals at levels comparable to the green leafy vegetables.  These green foods are rich sources of b-carotene, vitamin C, thiamin, riboflavin, pyridoxin (B6), folic acid, calcium, iron, phosphorous, magnesium, manganese, selenium, potassium and numerous other essential phytonutrients.  Additionally, these grasses supply antioxidant activity; recently, the compound 2’-O-glycosylisovitexin has been identified in barley grass which exhibits antioxidant activity greater than that of vitamin E.  Antioxidant nutrients such as those found in cereal grasses are important in maintaining health, largely because of their role in neutralizing free radicals, the main cause of disease.  Antioxidants cannot work properly in isolation so a whole food source is essential.
Flax seed and safflower petals are rich natural sources of the essential fatty acids which play a critical role in the maintenance of a healthy skin and coat.  The essential fatty acids are vital to healthy metabolism and the total health of both dogs and cats as they are part of the structure of every cell membrane.
The following digestive enzymes are also present in Pet Plus to aid the digestion of the food.
Protease digests proteins to produce amino acids and since dogs do not synthesise essential amino acids, it is of utmost importance that the diet be digestible.  Amino acids are important building blocks, being used by the dog’s body to build muscles, metabolic enzymes, neuro-transmitters and many other biochemicals.  Amino acids supply nitrogen for the synthesis of all other nitrogenous compounds, as well as a back-up supply of energy.
Amylase, glucoamylase and cellulase digest starches and cellulose, respectively, to produce free glucose and break down the plant cell walls to release their nutrients.  Dogs require glucose to supply energy for all life functions.  This is provided by the pulverised raw vegetables which form an essential part of our dogs’ daily diet.  Although fibre digestion is not considered essential for canine health, the break-down of some fibre has been shown to be beneficial, supplying a source of supplemental energy. 
Lipase digests dietary fats, releasing free fatty acids and glycerol.  Dietary fat is a concentrated source of energy supplying four times as much energy as either protein or glucose.  Fats are important to canine health.  Fats act as a carrier for fat soluble vitamins (e.g. A, D and K), build cell membranes, form prostaglandins, leukotrienes and hormones.  Proper assimilation of fats is also important for a healthy skin and coat.
The following two ingredients help the body to repel parasites.
Brewer’s yeast is a rich source of the B-complex vitamins and is high in the minerals magnesium and phosphorous.  Combinations of brewer’s yeast and garlic have also been found to be effective in reducing flea infestations on dogs.  In addition, brewer’s yeast has a pleasant taste that supports compliance.

Garlic is naturally high in iodine, sulphur, phosphorous, iron, potassium and selenium, as well as the vitamins B1 and B3.  This herb/vegetable is well known for its beneficial effects on both the immune and cardiovascular systems.  Garlic has been shown to kill worms and repel fleas.

To summarize, this whole food supplement contains the micronutrients dogs would naturally have obtained for themselves in the wild by eating whole raw animals, especially the gut contents, as well as grazing on fruits, vegetables, nuts and seeds.

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The Healing Miracles of Coconut Oil
By, Bruce Fife, N.D.
Coconut oil has been used throughout Asia and the Pacific for thousands of years as both a food and a medicine. Even today it holds a highly respected position in the Ayurvedic medicine of India. Only recently has modern medical research confirmed the many health benefits traditionally attributed to this remarkable oil.
Once mistakenly thought to be bad because of its saturated fat content, coconut oil is now known to contain a unique form of saturated fat
that actually helps prevent heart disease, stroke, and hardening of the arteries. The saturated fat in coconut oil is unlike the fat found in meat or other vegetables fats. It is identical to a special group of fats found in human breast milk which have been shown to improve digestion, strengthen the immune system, and protect against bacterial, viral, and fungal infections. These fats derived from coconut oil are now routinely used in hospital IV formulations and commercial baby formulas. They’re also used in sports drinks to boost energy and enhance athletic performance.

What Coconut Oil Does:

  • Reduces risk of atherosclerosis and related illnesses
  • Reduces risk of cancer and other degenerative conditions
  • Helps prevent bacterial, viral, and fungal (including yeast) infections
  • Supports immune function
  • Helps prevent osteoporosis
  • Helps control diabetes
  • Promotes weight loss
  • Supports healthy metabolic function
  • Provides an immediate source of energy
  • Supplies fewer calories than other fats
  • Supplies important nutrients necessary for good health
  • Improves digestion and nutrient absorption.
  • Is highly resistant to spoilage (long shelf life)
  • Is heat resistant (the healthiest oil for cooking)
  • Helps keep skin soft and smooth
  • Helps prevent premature aging and wrinkling of the skin
  • Helps protect against skin cancer and other blemishes

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Gosh, I was just thinking about you

Dr Rupert Sheldrake
From the  Sunday Times,  September 2006

If you think telepathy is tosh, many scientists agree with you. But they ignore the evidence.

Have you ever thought about someone for no apparent reason, and then that person rang on the telephone? Have you felt you were being watched, and turned round to find someone staring at you?

Recent surveys show that a majority of the population in Britain have had these experiences. If they are more than coincidences or illusions, they suggest that minds are more extensive than brains.

There is a growing body of evidence that telepathy and the sense of being stared at are real, with an active discussion of these topics in scientific journals — for example, last year a special issue of the Journal of Consciousness Studies was devoted to the ability to detect stares, for which the scientific name is scopaesthesia, from the Greek words for viewing and feeling. This ability may have a long evolutionary history. Animals that were able to detect the looks of hidden predators may well have survived better than animals without this ability.

Telepathy may also have deep biological roots, acting as a means of communication at a distance between members of animal groups. It is still expressed in domesticated animals, many of which seem to be able to detect the feelings and intentions of their owners beyond the range of the usual senses. For example, many dogs seem to know when their owners are coming home, and go to wait at a door. In some cases they do this when the person is still miles away, long before the animal could have heard familiar footsteps or car sounds. In a series of videotaped tests, I found that dogs still went and waited at the door when the owners returned at times randomly selected by the experimenter, when no one at home knew when they were coming, and when they travelled in unfamiliar vehicles such as taxis.
Many mothers still seem to feel when their children need them, even if they are miles away. Children whose absent mothers responded to their distress telepathically and returned to them would be more likely to survive than children with unresponsive mothers; so telepathic traits may have been favoured by natural selection.

However, some scientists are so strongly committed to a belief that the mind is confined to the head that they dismiss all such evidence as illusory. For example in yesterday’s Times, Professor Peter Atkins, a chemist, described telepathy as a “charlatan’s fantasy”. But no one understands very much about the nature of our minds. The very existence of consciousness is unexplained. The conventional idea that mental activity is nothing but brain activity is only an assumption, not a proven fact.

Instead, I suggest that our minds may extend far beyond our brains, stretching out through fields that link us to our environment and to each other. Fields are more extensive than material objects: magnetic fields extend around magnets, and electromagnetic fields around mobile phones. Likewise, mental fields are rooted in brains but extend beyond them. The directions depend on our attention and intention.
Mental fields could help to explain telepathy, the sense of being stared at and other widespread but unexplained abilities. Of course this hypothesis is controversial. But science progresses not through dogma and polemic, but by exploring new possibilities and by paying attention to the evidence.

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It can defeat cancer, after all

Thirty years after he put forward the theory, Linus Pauling's claim that high-dose vitamin C can kill cancer cells has finally been proven.

Researchers have established that very high doses of the vitamin can selectively kill cancer cells while leaving alone healthy ones. 
Three cancer patients who have been given large intravenous doses have seen their life-threatening tumours shrink.  A 49-year-old man who had been diagnosed with terminal bladder cancer in 1996 is still alive and well, thanks to regular infusions of vitamin C.  He had declined the standard chemotherapy and radiotherapy treatments.

In a similar case, a 66-year-old woman with an aggressive lymphoma who had a "dismal prognosis" in 1995 is also alive and well thanks to vitamin C therapy. And, in a third case, a 51-year-old woman with kidney cancer that spread to her lungs in 1995 had a normal chest x-ray two years later.

Pathologists have confirmed the findings, and they say the cases prove a clinical plausibility for Pauling's claims.  Sadly, it's all come too late for Pauling himself, who never had his theory independently verified.  Because researchers were unable to duplicate Pauling's results in independent studies, his therapy was rapidly consigned to the mass of unproven alternative treatments.

So why has it taken so long?  Apparently every research team before had given high-dose vitamin C orally to patients.  However, vitamin C in tablet form is rapidly excreted by the body while intravenous doses not only stay longer in the system, they also achieve blood levels that are 25 times greater than by supplement.  It's only at these very high levels, when retained by the body, that vitamin C can selectively kill cancer cells.

Finally, the findings have triggered more research that will test the therapy using intravenous use of vitamin C, including a major study at McGill University. It seems extraordinary that it has taken the medical establishment so long to even set the correct parameters for fair trials when we are talking about a therapy that could save the lives of thousands. It's looking more and more likely that Pauling discovered an effective, and safe, treatment for cancer that doesn't kill as many patients as it 'cures'.
(Source:  Canadian Association Medical Journal, 2006; 174: 937-42).

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The latest Truth About Titer Testing and The Need to Revaccinate

extracts from a paper in Veterinary Microbiology, Volume 117, Issue 1,
5 October 2006.
By Ronald D Schultz
Pre-translation of this paper: it appears that if any antibody, at any level, is detected in your dog, then there is no need to revaccinate: he’s immune.
Work began in my laboratory in the mid-1970s to determine the duration of immunity for canine and feline vaccines.  My interest in DOI was stimulated by several factors:

  1. the observation that dogs who had recovered from canine distemper and cats who had recovered from panleukopenia were completely resistant to experimental viral challenges many years later.
  2. My three children were receiving a series of vaccinations that would end about the time they entered school with most of the vaccines never being given again.
  3. a vet in the US Army asked me to design a vaccination program for dogs and cats that did not require yearly revaccinations.
  4. it was not known if yearly vaccinations were necessary for dogs and cats, but most experts I consulted believed they probably were not needed. 


Therefore, I decided to perform a minimum DOI study with dogs that were being used for other long term studies.  The results of this study showed that antibody titres were maintained for years without revaccination.  It also showed that all challenged animals were protected from clinical disease.  These observations came as no surprise to me or my colleagues studying the diseases prevented by the vaccines because we had observed long term immunity in the field (Carmichael, 1999, Schultz, 1980, and Schultz et al 1980). 
The period of time from the last vaccination to challenge ranged from 1 year (because at that time few 1 year DOI studies had been reported) to as long as 11 years.  None of the challenged dogs developed signs of disease irrespective of time since vaccination. 
Duration of immunity following vaccination or natural infection is dependant on two major mechanisms:

  1. the persistence of memory B and T cells stimulated at time of vaccination/ infection, and
  2. the persistence of long lived plasma cells that I have termed ‘memory effecter B cells’ which continue to produce antibody for years after initial immune stimulation.


Although it remains controversial, DOI studies in both the dog and the cat show memory effecter B cells continue to produce antibody to the core vaccines in the absence of overt antigenic stimulation for many years.  Thus, revaccination does not appear necessary to maintain these cells.  The continued presence of antibody in animals in the absence of any booster revaccination is a direct consequence of continued antibody production by memory effecter B cells.  In contrast memory B and T cells can only become reactivated (ie they become effecter cells) after reinfection or reimmunisation.
The ability to detect antibody, regardless of titer, in a previously vaccinated and actively immune animal demonstrates that memory effecter B cells are present and functional.  The presence of antibody also suggests that memory B cells (not producing antibody) are very likely present. 

Pre-vaccine booster antibody screen tests for dogs and cats

The Companion Animal Diagnostics veterinary laboratory at Glasgow University is offering titer tests to establish whether dogs have circulating antibodies against canine viral diseases.  These include the distemper virus and parvovirus.  Each test costs £13. 
The web site states:  “The laboratory recognises that some cat and dog owners are not happy giving their pets booster vaccinations every year. For this reason, we offer a variety of antibody tests to gain some idea of whether or not the cat or dog actually needs a booster.” 

Companion Animal Diagnostics
University of Glasgow Veterinary School
Tel: +44 (0)141 330 5777
Fax: +44 (0)141 330 5748

I contacted Glasgow University’s Dr Hal Thomson, the UK’s top expert on canine viral disease and asked, “I was wondering if you have seen a recent paper by Dr Ron Schultz, where he suggests that any antibody at all (at whatever level) would indicate that immunity resides in memory and no further vaccination is required.  He appreciates that this is a controversial view.  Do you have any thoughts on this?”
Dr Thompson replied:  “I would agree with Dr Schultz but there are two reservations. Firstly, with young dogs, the antibody levels will often change in the first year of life.  For my sins, I have challenged puppies with canine parvovirus who had recorded moderate levels following vaccination but those levels then fell with time.  The puppies developed disease. It is for that reason that I advocate a basic puppy vaccination and then a first booster at either 6 months or a year, after which the dog is immune.

“The second point is belt and braces and concerns the error of the test.  You must have a margin of safety. For example, a low level of 8 could in fact be negative and the dog susceptible; but if you set the level at 64, then you will always be safe.”

This means that the world’s top experts, in both the UK and America, assert that puppy vaccines followed by one booster will cover dogs for life.  Titer tests after the first booster will confirm immunity (although, bizarrely, circulating antibodies are no guarantee of protection). 

Another option is to not vaccinate at all, and have titres measured anyway.


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 The Benefits of Selenium

The cannon ball tree produces an unusual yellow flower with a tightly coiled hood. Your average bee can't do much with this flower, but the orchid bee happens to have a tongue long enough to fit neatly into the coil. 

 The resulting pollination prompts the growth of hard, round seedpods that give the cannonball tree its name. If you split open one of these pods, you'll find several woody shells that contain large seeds known as Brazil nuts. 

 This seed contains generous amounts of magnesium, thiamine, alpha-linolenic acid (which the body converts to omega-3 fatty acids), and selenium. In fact, no other food contains nearly as much selenium as the Brazil nut: about 840 micrograms (mcg) per ounce. 

 And every one of those micrograms will do you good. 

 Selenium has been shown to help produce several important health benefits, including increased insulin efficiency, enhancement of the immune system, and defence against autoimmune disorders. Selenium has also been shown to reduce the risk of developing cancer: specifically liver, colorectal and prostate cancers. 

 A new study from the University of Montpellier in France reveals another key benefit of selenium intake.

*            Researchers recruited nearly 1,400 subjects between the ages of 60 and 71
*           Over nine years, researchers measured each subject's selenium level six times, and used periodic neuropsychological tests to evaluate changes in cognitive function
*           Results showed that subjects with the greatest selenium decrease had the highest probability of cognitive decline
*           Among subjects who experienced a rise in selenium levels, those with the smallest increase showed greater cognitive decline compared with those who had the greatest increase
In their write up of the study in the January 2007 issue of Epidemiology, the Montpellier researchers note that selenium levels naturally decrease with age, and their study suggests that this tendency "may contribute to declines in neuropsychological functions among aging people." 

 Fruits and vegetables are generally good selenium sources, but only when they're grown in selenium-rich soil. Bread, fish and meat also deliver some amounts of selenium.  

Published as an e-alert by Agora Lifestyles Ltd, Sea Containers House, 7th Floor, 20 Upper Ground, London SE1 9JD

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natural pain relief

For those of us who don’t like giving our dogs NSAID’s and steroids, and who don’t like taking them ourselves, either, here’s a natural alternative. 

Serrapeptase is an enzyme that is produced in the intestines of silk worms to break down cocoon walls. This enzyme is proving to be a superior alternative to NSAIDs (Non Steroidal Anti-Inflammatory Drugs) traditionally used to treat rheumatoid arthritis and osteoarthritis.

Serrapeptase has been used to treat chronic sinusitis, carpal tunnel syndrome, sprains and torn ligaments, fibrocystic breast disease, ovarian cysts, ear, nose and throat infections, fibromyalgia, varicose veins, emphysema, asthma, bronchitis, migraines (vascular), Inflammatory Bowel Diseases (IBD) including Crohn's, colitis and cystitis, enlarged prostate, pain, and postoperative inflammation. Some researchers believe Serrapeptase can play an important role in arterial plaque (hardening of the arteries) prevention and removal.
Unlike over-the-counter NSAIDs, Serrapeptase has not been shown to cause ulcers and stomach bleeding. In fact, Serrapeptase, like many natural health products, produces numerous "side benefits." In over 25 years of use and in published studies, no side effects have been found.

Inflammation: Our bodies have a love-hate relationship with inflammation. On the one hand, inflammation is a natural response necessary to protect the body from invading organisms. On the other hand, excessive inflammation can limit joint function, and destroy bone, cartilage and other articular (joint) structures.
Pain Reduction: While Serrapeptase reduces inflammation, one of its most profound benefits is reduction of pain, due to its ability to block the release of pain-inducing amines from inflamed tissues. Physicians throughout Europe and Asia have recognized the anti-inflammatory and pain-blocking benefits of this naturally occurring substance and are using it in treatment as an alternative to NSAIDs.
Post Operative Swelling and Pain: In Germany and other European countries, Serrapeptase is a common treatment for inflammatory and traumatic swellings. One double-blind study was conducted by German researchers to determine the effect of Serrapeptase on post-operative swelling and pain. This study involved sixty-six patients who were treated surgically for fresh rupture of the lateral collateral ligament of the knee. On the third post-operative day, the group receiving Serrapeptase exhibited a 50 percent reduction of swelling, compared to the controls. The patients receiving Serrapeptase also became pain-free more rapidly than the controls, and by the tenth day, the pain had disappeared completely.
Sinusitis: Due to its anti-inflammatory properties, Serrapeptase has been shown in clinical studies to benefit chronic sinusitis sufferers. In this condition, the mucus in patients' nasal cavities is thickened and hyper-secreted. This thickening causes mucus to be expelled less frequently. Japanese researchers evaluated the effects of Serrapeptase (30 mg/day orally for four weeks) on the elasticity and viscosity of the nasal mucus in adult patients with chronic sinusitis. Serrapeptase reduced the viscosity of the mucus, improving the elimination of bronchopulmonary secretions.
Ear, Nose and Throat: Other clinical trials support Serrapeptase's ability to relieve the problems associated with ear, nose, and throat infection, anosmia (loss of smell), nasal obstruction, laryngitis, difficulty in swallowing, often in just 3-4 days.  Physicians assessed efficacy of treatment as excellent or good for 97.3 percent of patients treated with Serrapeptase compared with only 21.9 percent of those treated with a placebo. One anecdotal report indicated that Serrapeptase ended years of snoring literally overnight.
Cardiovascular Implications: The formation of plaque involves deposits of fatty substances, cholesterol, cellular waste products, calcium and fibrin (a clotting material in the blood) on the inner lining of the arteries. Excessive plaque results in partial or complete blockage of the blood's flow through an artery, resulting in arteriosclerosis, and potentially a stroke or heart attack. The evidence to support Serrapeptase's role in preventing plaque build-up is anecdotal. Still, further studies are called for in this area as research indicates that the protein-dissolving action of Serrapeptase will gradually break down atherosclerotic plaques.
Conclusion: If you, or your dog, suffer from inflammatory diseases, rheumatoid arthritis, osteoarthritis, sinusitis, carpal tunnel syndrome, snoring, fibrocystic breast disease, ovarian cysts, fibromyalgia, varicose veins, Inflammatory Bowel Disease, migraine headaches, enlarged prostate, tennis elbow, lung problems, arteriosclerosis, oedema (swelling), pain, or cardiovascular plaque build up, Serrapeptase may provide the relief you've been looking for, without the side effects of NSAIDs and COX2 enzyme inhibiting drugs.

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Long-Term Health Risks and Benefits Associated with Spay/Neuter in Dogs
Laura J Sandborn, April 2007

We are often asked our opinion on whether it is wise to spay or neuter dogs for health reasons.  Unfortunately, the answer isn’t clear cut.  Here, though, is a summary of a well-researched answer to this dilemma.

This article is an attempt to summarise the long-term health risks and benefits associated in spay/neuter in dogs that can be found in the veterinary medical literature.  This article will not discuss the impact of spay/neuter on population control, or the impact of spay/neuter on behaviour.
An objective reading of the veterinary medical literature reveals a complex situation with respect to the long-term health risks and benefits associated with spay/neuter in dogs.  The evidence shows that spay/neuter correlates with both positive and adverse health effects in dogs.  It also suggests how much we really do not yet understand about this subject. 
On balance, it appears that no compelling case can be made for neutering most male dogs, especially immature male dogs, in order to prevent future health problems.  The number of health problems associated with neutering may exceed the associated health benefits in most cases.
On the positive side, neutering male dogs:

  • Eliminates the small risk (probably <1%) of dying from testicular cancer.
  • Reduces the risk of non-cancerous prostate disorders
  • Reduces the risk of perianal fistulas
  • May possibly reduce the risk of diabetes (data inconclusive)

On the negative side, neutering male dogs:

  • If done before maturity, increases the risk of osteosarcoma (bone cancer) by a factor of 3.8; this is a common cancer in medium/large breeds with a poor prognosis.
  • Increases the risk of cardiac haemangiosarcoma by a factor of 1.6; this is a common cancer and major cause of death in some breeds.
  • Triples the risk of hypothyroidism.
  • Increases the risk of geriatric cognitive impairment.
  • Triples the risk of obesity, a common health problem in dogs with many associated health problems.
  • Quadruples the small risk (<0.6%) of prostate cancer.
  • Doubles the small risk (<1%) of urinary tract cancers.
  • Increases the risk of orthopaedic disorders.
  • Increases the risk of adverse reactions to vaccinations.

For female dogs, the situation is more complex.  The number of health benefits associated with spaying may exceed the associated health problems in some (not all) cases.  On balance, whether spaying improves to odds of overall good health or degrades them probably depends on the age of the female dog and the relative risk of various diseases in different breeds.
On the positive side, spaying female dogs:

  • If done before 2.5 years of age, greatly reduces the risk of mammary tumours, the most common malignant tumours in female dogs.
  • Nearly eliminates the risk of pyometra, which otherwise would affect about 23% of intact female dogs; pyometra kills about 1% of intact female dogs.
  • Reduces the risk of perianal fistulas.
  • Removes the very small risk (<0.5%) from uterine, cervical, and ovarian tumours.

On the negative side, spaying female dogs:

  • If done before maturity, increases the risk of osteosarcoma by a factor of 3.1; this is a common cancer in larger breeds with a poor prognosis.
  • Increases the risk of splenic haemangiosarcoma by a factor of 2.2 and cardiac haemangiosarcoma by a factor of  >5; this is a common cancer and major cause of death in some breeds.
  • Triples the risk of hypothyroidism.
  • Increases the risk of obesity by a factor of 1.6-2, a common health problem in dogs with many associated health problems.
  • Causes urinary tract spay incontinence in 4-20% of female dogs
  • Increases the risk of persistent or recurring urinary tract infections by a factor of 3-4.
  • Increases the risk of recessed vulva, vaginal dermatitis, and vaginitis, especially for female dogs spayed before puberty.
  • Doubles the small risk (<1%) of urinary tract tumours.
  • Increases the risk of orthopaedic disorders.
  • Increases the risk of adverse reactions to vaccinations.

The traditional spay/neuter age of six months as well as the modern practice of paediatric spay/neuter appear to predispose dogs to health risks that could otherwise be avoided by waiting until the dog is physically mature or (perhaps in the case of many male dogs) foregoing it altogether unless medically necessary.
The balance of long-term health risks and benefits of spay/neuter will vary from one dog to the next.  Across-the-board recommendations for all pet dogs do not appear to be supportable from findings in the veterinary medical literature.

Complications from surgery

All surgery incurs some risk of complications, including adverse reactions to anaesthesia, haemorrhage, inflammation, infection, etc.  At one veterinary teaching hospital where complications were tracked, the rates of intraoperative, postoperative, and total complications were 6.3%, 14.1% and 20.6% respectively as a result of spaying female dogs.  Other studies found a rate of total complications from spaying of 17.7% and 23%.  A study of Canadian private veterinary practitioners found complication rates of 22% and 19% for spaying female dogs and neutering male dogs respectively.
Serious complications such as infections, abscesses, rupture of the surgical wound, and chewed out sutures were reported at a 1-4% frequency, with spay and castration surgeries accounting for 90% and 10% of these complications respectively.  The death rate due to complications from spay/neuter is low, at around 0.1%. 
The full paper has been placed on the CHC discussion group files.

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Turmeric as an anti-cancer food

One in four dogs currently die from cancer.  Apart from giving the dogs a natural diet and reducing or eliminating cancer-causing vaccines, what else can we do – especially as so many cancers have an inherited base? 

It seems that the humble herb Turmeric might offer a preventative solution. 

David Nabbs at Neem Genie has been receiving some enthusiastic feedback to his new Neem and Turmeric capsules.  Old dogs are looking young again, arthritic dogs are moving with meaning.  Turmeric is known to help with inflammatory conditions, including arthritis, heart disease, cancer and Alzheimers.  See the end of this piece if you’d like to try some of Neem Genie’s capsules out, meanwhile, check out the information available from an independent source:   

Scientists continue to discover medically useful plant compounds that demonstrate powerful anti-inflammatory, anticancer, antibiotic, and anti-aging properties. Turmeric is a case in point.

New research shows that turmeric, and its main bioactive compound, Curcumin, has the power to block inflammation, stop cancer, kill infectious microbes, and improve heart health.

Turmeric is most familiar as the star ingredient in powdered curry mixes. Curcumin, a group of plant pigments, is responsible for turmeric's characteristic canary yellow colour.

Modern science has begun to investigate and catalogue turmeric's various health-promoting properties. In Ayurvedic holistic medicine, turmeric is revered for its ability to quell inflammation and to treat a variety of maladies. Ayurvedic medicine recommends mixing turmeric in a small amount of honey for the treatment of numerous ailments. It is taken orally at the first sign of the common cold, and the sticky paste is applied to the skin as a topical ointment for the treatment of skin infections and irritations.
Turmeric powder is also a popular remedy for stomach complaints. Perhaps one of its most important applications is as an anti-inflammatory for the treatment of arthritis.

Hundreds of experiments around the globe have demonstrated Curcumin's ability to halt or prevent certain types of cancer, stop inflammation, improve cardiovascular health,prevent cataracts, kill or inhibit the toxic effects of certain microbes including fungi and dangerous parasites, and protect against the damaging effects of potentially carcinogenic compounds found in some cooked foods.
This spice also shows promise as a potential treatment for multiple sclerosis, and may ameliorate the damaging effects of long-term diabetes.It is even being investigated as a topical treatment to speed diabetic wound healing. Some researchers also have noted an exciting link between turmeric consumption and a dramatically decreased incidence of Alzheimer's disease, an effect that may well be related to Curcumin's ability to block signalling pathways that lead to inflammation.

Numerous studies published in peer-reviewed medical journals detail Curcumin's ability to protect against cancer. In addition to its capacity to intervene in the initiation and growth of cancer cells and tumours - and to prevent their subsequent spread throughout the body by metastasis - Curcumin has also been shown to increase cancer cells' sensitivity to certain drugs commonly used to combat cancer, rendering chemotherapy more effective in some cases.

Still other studies have examined Curcumin's potential ability to counteract the effects of fungal toxins in the food supply.
As an anticancer agent, Curcumin is promising enough to warrant serious attention from the National Cancer Institute. Because Curcumin is a non-patentable product, such support is crucial, as other sources of funding are virtually nonexistent.

Studies have demonstrated that Curcumin exhibits significant anti-cancer activity. It inhibits the progression of chemically induced colon and skin cancers. In colon cancer, Curcumin seems to significantly inhibit both the promotional and progression stages of the disease. Various studies have reported that Curcumin reduces the number and size of existing tumours, and decreases the incidence of new tumour formation.
One research team commented: "Naturally occurring COX-2 inhibitors such as Curcumin and certain phytosterols have been proven to be effective as chemo preventive agents against colon carcinogenesis with minimal gastrointestinal toxicity."

Additionally, other studies using cancer cells grown in the laboratory in vitro have demonstrated Curcumin's ability to prompt programmed cell death, among leukaemia, B lymphoma, and other cancerous cells. Curcumin is under investigation as a preventive agent for increasingly common non-melanoma skin cancers, and as a potential preventive or treatment agent in breast, prostate, oral, pancreatic, and gastric cancers, among others.

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G5 Organic Silica –

good for lots of things!

As a mineral, silica is the second most common constituent of the Earth, oxygen being the first. Silica may be amorphous or crystallised in rocks such as granite and rock quartz, as well as in clays and sand grains. The organic form of silica is a component of living tissue, and occurs very often in plants, animals and human beings. In the human body it is found particularly in the tissues, cartilage and vascular walls, and in the thymus gland, the adrenals, liver, pancreas, spleen and so on.

The quantity of organic silica present in the body decreases with age. It is impossible to stop this loss because the body cannot assimilate the mineral silica ingested in food and drink, or convert it into organic silica. However many plants and micro-organisms  are able to make this conversion and assimilate organic silica from the mineral silica present in the soil.

For years evidence has been accumulating of the effectiveness of organic silica. With regard to G5, its effectiveness is shown by tests in laboratories and by many testimonies from doctors and patients, supported by blood analyses and X-rays, and its use by more than 100,000 patients.  G5 Organic Silica is:

  • completely non-toxic.
  • can be assimilated directly by the human organism and by animals and plants.


  •   can penetrate the skin and be diffused throughout the body, reaching those organs or areas suffering from pain, damage or malfunction.
  •   plays a vital role in restructuring the fibres of elastene and collagen, in the early stages of bone mineralisation and in the metabolism in general.
  • accelerates the processes of  tissue healing.
  • is anti-inflammatory.
  • strengthens the immune defences of the organism.
  •    is a very efficient pain-killer, notably     
  •    for joint pain, burns, cuts and stings    (wasps, mosquitoes, nettles, jellyfish, etc).
  • has no side-effects, even after being used for many years.
  • is compatible with other treatments.

Tests at the University of Pavia, Paris, involved 110 patients suffering from asthma (85% success), various allergies (75% success) and herpes (80% success).
G5 has been used for acne, allergies, arthritis and rheumatism, asthma, bruising, burns, cardiovascular problems, Crohn’s disease, cuts, diabetes,  digestive problems, eczema, general debility, hair loss, nervous breakdown, psoriasis, shingles, sinusitis, sprains, stings, tendonitis, and more.

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Spotlight on Health Kinesiology

I know about lots of different complementary therapies.  There are several which I think are wonderful.  These include EFT, hands-on-healing, nutritional therapy and homoeopathy.  If I had the time and the funds, there’s another I’d like to study in depth.  We teach kinesiology (muscle testing) on both our Foundation in Canine Healthcare and Animal EFT courses, but there’s a lot more to it.  In another life, with other priorities (i.e., if it weren’t for CHC), I think I’d be a full time therapist with kinesiology being one of the therapies on offer.  I think it’s just great. 

Maybe, in the years to come, vets will be trained another way.  They’ll look at health on a holistic level, and not just attempt to fix symptoms without dealing with the underlying causes.  Maybe Health Kinesiology will be part of the training.  Meanwhile, there’s nothing to stop you taking a look, consulting a therapist, or maybe training in this discipline yourself. 

Health Kinesiology (HK) is a successful and growing complementary therapy that has helped many people (and animals) recover from symptoms and illnesses like allergies, asthma, food intolerances, eczema, stress, hay fever, Candida and other everyday illnesses. But for many people, HK is still an unknown therapy.

Health Kinesiology is a complementary therapy concerned with rebalancing the energy system of the body.

It uses muscle testing to identify the problem areas: light pressure is applied to a muscle and the response is monitored. Once the stresses are identified, gentle techniques are used to bring the body back into balance and harmony with itself.

Common forms of treatment include the use of magnets, homeopathic remedies, flower essences, or even a particular thought. Most clients find the session a relaxing and enjoyable experience, although they may be a little mystified as to how such unusual treatments can leave them feeling so much better!

Every session is unique

No two sessions of treatment are the same, even for people with similar symptoms, because the person is treated as a unique individual. HK's truly holistic approach of addressing both physical and psychological issues makes it an especially powerful healing system, which is being recognised increasingly by members of the medical profession.

In a single session, the therapist may identify allergies, rectify nutritional imbalances, deal with phobias and psychological stress, rebalance chakras and start the process of detoxifying the body from heavy metals, vaccinations, drugs etc.

You don't have to be ill to benefit from HK. Even when there is no obvious problem, it may well be possible to improve health, wellbeing, physical or intellectual functioning, attitude or potential. HK can help you achieve your potential in sport, to pass exams, and to perform your job with more confidence and ability. A regular session can keep stress levels under control, making it easier to feel good and look good. HK can help you achieve your dreams.

  • HK treats you as an individual.
  • HK treats the whole person, not just the illness.
  • HK is natural - it doesn't rely on drugs.
  • HK is a gentle system of healing, suitable for people of all ages and dispositions, including the elderly, children, babies, and animals.

Emma, (the dog), was taken to the Vets because she appeared to have a film starting to cover her eyes. The vet didn't know what it was and so the dog was taken by her owner to an eye specialist. The diagnosis was not good. It looked like Emma would be blind in approximately six months.  The owner, who was also a Health Kinesiologist, decided that she was not going to accept the fact that Emma was going blind and so she started to treat her with Health Kinesiology. 

After just six weeks the blue film didn't seem as thick as it had done and so Emma was taken back to the eye specialist, to establish if in fact this was the case.  After examining Emma the Vet said that there had been a marked improvement in her condition and that she saw no reason why the condition should not improve further.
Emma's eyes have continued to improve and her eyes now appear to be browner than they have been for a while…and all thanks to Health Kinesiology!

Frazer, a Westie, had suffered with allergies since he was a puppy. West Highland terriers are prone to skin diseases. In the summer Frazer's skin was particularly bad and he would become so irritated by some grasses that he would drag himself along the ground until he made his tummy and legs bleed. The vet suggested steroid creams and antihistamine tablets, but even these didn't seem to bring the condition under control and Frazer and his owners were very distressed.

They eventually took him, aged 2, for Health Kinesiology and the main thing that came up for him was that he needed some allergy work done. After just one treatment the skin calmed down and since then he has not suffered with summer pollens at all…and he now enjoys his walks through the countryside all year round.

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Homeopathy: Proof from scientists about how it might work

Scientists and doctors who declare that homeopathy is bunk because of the dilution effect don’t understand the qualities of water, a leading chemist has claimed.

Rustum Roy, research professor of materials at Arizona State University, says that water does indeed have a ‘memory’ and can contain elements of an original substance, even after it has been diluted one million times.

For most scientists, this is an impossibility, and one that defies all scientific laws.  But, says Prof Roy, that’s because they haven’t made a special study of water. 

For those who have, such as Prof Martin Chaplin of the South Bank University in London, the debunkers seem to merely hold to the position that they simply don’t believe it.  “Such unscientific rhetoric is heard from the otherwise sensible scientists, with a narrow view of the subject and without any examination or appreciation of the full body of evidence, and reflects badly on them,” he says.
Prof Eugene Stanley at Boston University has catalogued 64 “highly anomalous” property changes in pure water, which, according to materials science, means there must be the same number of different structures in water, or ‘polymorphism’, as he calls it. 

(Source:  WDDTY from The Guardian, December 19, 2007).

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An Interview with Gary Smith,
Cancer Researcher

Some breeds of dogs are genetically predisposed to cancer, for example Golden Retrievers, Bernese Mountain Dogs, and Flatcoat Retrievers. My own feeling is that these breeds have been bred for their ‘biddability’, which means that they are incredibly emotionally sensitive breeds, and the emotions and the immune system mirror each other.  So if you are emotionally sensitive, you are also physically sensitive.  The terms ‘inflammatory disease’ and ‘sensitivity disease’ are interchangeable. 
Other identified causes of cancer are diet (with a poor diet the body cannot respond well to invaders); vaccines; certain chemicals and pollutants; bacterial, viral, fungal and parasitic infections as Gary Smith has identified; stress; some conventional drugs; and electromagnetic radiation. 

Q:  CHC has advocated feeding real food, so that dogs’ bodies have a better chance at fighting disease.  We also advocate no or minimal vaccines, since dogs are so over-vaccinated these days that this could well be the biggest cause of cancer in dogs (as vaccines introduce pathogens into the body).  Even then, some of our members who are ‘doing everything right’ are still getting dogs dying of cancer.  Why do you think this would be? 

A:   Cancer is a disease of aging due to the faults that develop in cells over time (UV, EMC, chemical, infection, cell division), so as we get older the risk of getting cancers increases. In fact as we live longer generally we will see increases in cancers in people too. Also because genetics is an important factor, the more inbred/precise/streamline a dog’s heritage the greater the risk of certain breeds of dogs being more predisposed to certain types of disease. The link to emotional state is interesting and you are on the right track in that there is a relationship between mental stress, sensitivity and inflammation (this is the case with people too and is a known medical fact). I would predict that highly stressed breeds of dog would be more at risk of inflammatory diseases and malignant cancers, but that muscular and bulbous (if I could use that term) dogs would be more at risk of cancer incidence.

Q:  You believe you may have found an effective treatment, or even cure, for so-called autoimmune diseases, including cancer.  What is the basis of this cure?

A:  I wouldn’t describe this as a cure, but it is a treatment for all chronic inflammatory disease. These diseases include cancer, neurodegener-ative disorders such as Parkinson's and Alzheimer's, 'auto-immune' diseases such as RA, as well as bacterial, fungal, viral and parasitic infections. One thing that all of these disease have in common is that they do their damage (redness, pain, swelling, dysfunction and sometimes death) through what is termed chronic inflammation.
 Inflammation has long been associated with cancer and infection. The established view is that inflammation is a vital component of the immune system but that in chronic inflammatory diseases something has gone wrong.
My research and observations actually explain that chronic inflammation (distinct from acute inflammation) works in opposition to the immune system and that cancers and other infections actually cause chronic inflammation (wounding that diverts the attention of immune cells) in order to evade what scientists call our adaptive immune response (a learned targeted response to a specific invader).
 Essentially if you have a wound that won't heal (as indicated by redness, pain, swelling and dysfunction (mental or physical)), the first rule of thumb according to my hypothesis is that you most likely have an infection.  In 'auto-immune' diseases and some diseases classed as allergies too, it is not your immune system attacking you because it has gone wrong, but is most likely being caused by an infection. Pathogens can use a variety of techniques that cause physical and chemical stresses that prompt this reaction. 
The good news is that there is an existing non toxic, relatively cheap type of drug known as an Angiotensin Receptor Blocker (ARB) used already to resolve chronic inflammation in heart disease that can also be used as a single pivotal 'off' switch for chronic inflammation in ALL diseases. These drugs work in a much better way than traditional approaches such as steroids that not only switch off chronic inflammation but also detrimentally affect your immune system. (I know the reason for this too but it's not published yet).

Q:  If inflammation represents the presence of pathogens hiding from the immune system, what effect would stopping that inflammation have on potential disease? 

A:  Basically if you switch off the chronic inflammation then you will increase the possibility of your immune system identifying the pathogen and developing an effective adaptive response. Some of these pathogens are, however, very resistant but at least you will be stopping the long term damage that they cause.

Q:  Would you also need to destroy the pathogen? 

A:  Ideally yes. Some pathogens may revert to their benign form (MRSA for instance), some might continue to flare up when your immune system is low, usually as a result of stress, wounding or another infection (cold sores being a prime example), so finding a way to remove some of these invaders using targeted drugs and therapies is a good idea. Using ARBs in conjunction with these therapies should be helpful as they will reduce any chronic inflammation caused as a result of bacterial or viral cell death - no chesty cough (chronic inflammation) when taking ARBs but you will get a runny nose (acute inflammation). 

Q:  I understand that although you’ve given presentations to pharmaceutical companies, academics and even government, no-one is interested in trialling your work.  Why do you think this is?

A:  My presentations have been well received and no one has been able to refute the logic and evidence for what I am saying.  Regarding the lack of real progress, some of this I know is due to the usual resistance to change, the politics and 'not invented here' syndrome. More disturbingly, it is also due to the lack of business case to fund trials, almost all of which are usually sponsored by the pharmaceutical industry (editor’s note: if Gary’s therapy is shown to work, it will herald the end of most of the other drugs in use).  I can understand that a University research group that currently gets most of its funding from big pharma might be hesitant to rock the boat in researching an idea that might damage industrial business cases, but most surprisingly to me has been the lack of support and interest from some of the largest charities.

Q:  How do you think the dog world could move a potential cancer cure further on?

A:  Although the processes that need to be applied and followed in veterinary trials are still rigorous and follow ethical standards, generally it is a little easier and a lot cheaper to run. Several companies I know who have failed to apply treatment in human medicine, often due to the investment needed, have first moved into the pet market in order to demonstrate the principle.
 What I would really like to do, perhaps using CHC as a forum, is to gather enough interest and funding to undertake a clinical study. This could really be world changing - not just for pets but for people too!

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Yeast Overgrowth – a common underlying but frequently undetected problem in dogs

Candida is a common yeast that causes serious health issues when it invades the body. The most common species, Candida albicans, is a di-morphic life form, meaning it has two stages in its life cycle.

Candida begins as a simple sugar-fermenting yeast which plants itself inside the body, robbing it of vital nutrients, while producing metabolic toxins.

If allowed to spread, it will enter its second phase. Candida then changes into a fungus and becomes the root cause of many disease states.

This  phase is called Candidiasis. Once the Candida cycle is triggered, it spreads, destroying the immune system. Many medications, especially antibiotics, actually help the Candida colonies to grow even faster.

The digestive system depends upon good organisms called Probiotics.  Candida will impair the digestive system by off-setting the Probiotic balance, a condition called dysbiosis.

The Dangers of Candida Overgrowth

  1. Candida creates toxins that block normal nutrient absorption.
  2. They grow into Rhizoids that take root in the intestinal walls causing symptoms similar to Irritable Bowel Syndrome.
  3. Eventually Rhizoids inflame and cause Leaky Gut Syndrome.
  4. Once Rhizoid toxins get into the  blood, you have Systemic Candida, a fungal invasion that affects virtually every organ and tissue in the body.
  5. Later stages develop into bowel disorders, food intolerances, environmental sensitivities, allergies and asthma.
  6. Auto-immune disorders develop as the  body begins attacking itself at cellular level.

Symptoms pointing towards a yeast overgrowth in dogs include a yeasty smell, dry or oily skin, fatigue, poor appetite, overweight, allergies, skin problems, nervousness, frequent diarrhoea or constipation.

Most people dealing with these issues may  believe their pet has allergies. Few vets have any training in Candida and how it contributes to a systemic yeast infection or leaky-gut condition.

Vets may therefore recommend expensive allergy tests, which may indicate that the dog has multiple sensitivities, whereas the immune system is actually compromised by a yeast infection.  There may also be underlying thyroid disease.

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Canine Hypothyroidism: Some say it’s over-diagnosed; others say it’s under-diagnosed

The following dis-eases or behaviours in a dog are all symptoms of thyroid disease:

  • Lethargic behaviour such as a lack of interest in play, frequent napping, tiring out on long walks
  • Weight gain, sometimes without an apparent gain in appetite
  • Bacterial infections of the skin
  • Dry skin
  • Hair loss, especially on the trunk or tail (“rat’s tail”)
  • Discoloration or thickening of the skin where hair loss has occurred
  • Cold intolerance/seeking out warm places to lie down
  • Slow heart rate
  • Chronic ear infections
  • Severe behavioural changes such as unprovoked aggression, head tilt, seizures, anxiety and/or compulsivity
  • Depression
  • ‘Humping’

Quite frequently, the symptoms will be treated by vets or behaviourists, but the underlying cause is often overlooked. 

Hypothyroidism is a disorder of the thyroid gland located in the neck. This gland regulates the metabolic rate. In hypothyroidism, the thyroid gland is under active, and unable to secrete enough thyroid hormone. This decreases a dog’s metabolism.

Most cases of hypothyroidism stem from the dog’s own immune system attacking the tissues of the thyroid gland. This condition is called autoimmune thyroiditis. While there is a genetic predisposition for thyroid disorders, environmental factors such as vaccines, pollutants and genetic predisposition also play a role.  Thyroid disease is inheritable, and it is advised that dogs with thyroid disease should not be bred from. 

Hypothyroidism is initially diagnosed by its symptoms, followed by a blood test to measure thyroid hormones.  In the UK, T4 is normally measured, which can mean that dogs with thyroid disease will seem to be clear.  Dr Jean Dodds in America, and some vets in the UK, also measure T3 levels for a more definitive picture. 

Hypothyroidism is treated conventionally with a daily dose of synthetic thyroid hormone.  Thyroid disease can also be treated homoeopathically.  Our own dog, Chappie, was given homoeopathic Iodum 30c for a month, after which blood tests revealed normal thyroid levels. 

Treatment should effectively halt all symptoms of the disease. 

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Essential Fatty Acids for You and Your Dogs

Research shows that Omega 3-rich fish oil can help prevent heart disease, maintain optimum blood pressure and cholesterol levels and give almost immediate relief from joint pain, migraines, depression, autoimmune diseases and many other conditions. And, by improving brain development and memory functioning, from conception through old age, Omega-3 oils also provide the perfect brain food.

A study published in Surgical Neurology on the use of fish oil to treat chronic low-back and neck pain had promising results. Many of the patients had degenerative disc conditions.

After beginning supplementation, subjects were given a questionnaire asking for clinical improvements and any side effects. After an average of 75 days of fish oil supplementation, 60% of respondents reported significant improvements, including reduction in overall pain and 59% were able to stop taking other pain medicine. None of the patients experienced significant side effects and 88% of the respondents planned to continue using the fish oil omega-3s.

Researchers at Aberdeen and Edinburgh universities found that people who eat oily fish or take fish oil supplements score 13% higher on IQ tests and are less likely to show early signs of Alzheimers. Lawrence Whaley, the head of the research team, said that it does so by decreasing inflammation.

Work at the Institute of Food Research in the UK has shown that oil-rich fish could be protective against cancer, as studies using fish oils high in omega 3 fatty acids can induce pre-cancerous and cancer cells to die.

Age-related macular degeneration (AMD):  seniors who eat fish at least twice weekly are almost half as likely to have AMD than those who eat fish less than once a week, according to Johanna Seddon, M.D., and colleagues in Archives of Ophthalmology.

A study presented at the American College of Rheumatology found significant improvements in symptoms of Systemic Lupus Erythematosus, a major autoimmune disease. 

“This is the first study in lupus patients measuring improvements in blood vessel function,” said Stephen Wright, MD, “After 6 months we saw evidence confirming the beneficial effects of omega-3 fish oils for improving symptoms of lupus and, also, evidence of a cardio-protective effect in these patients,”

Research shows that pregnant women who take omega-3 supplements during their pregnancy, as well as during their child’s infancy and nursing, have children with far fewer allergy problems:

One of the researchers in the study commented that fish oil worked by relieving inflammation in the mother, and this had an effect on the child’s immune system also.

Several well-conducted randomized controlled trials report that in people with a history of heart attack, regular consumption of oily fish or fish oil/omega-3 supplements reduces the risk of non-fatal heart attack, fatal heart attack, sudden death, and all-cause mortality (death due to any cause). Most patients in these studies were also using conventional heart drugs, suggesting that the benefits of fish oils may add to the effects of other therapies.

Several population (epidemiologic) studies report that dietary omega-3 fatty acids or fish oil may reduce the risk of developing breast, colon, or prostate cancer.

Fish oils may also aid weight loss. 

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Herbs for the circulatory system

A small group of raw feeding advocates believe that we should not give dogs supplements, and for the normal healthy dog, they could be right.  However, herbs and nutrients can be used therapeutically to alleviate many illnesses.  In this issue, we explore the supplements that can help with heart disease. 

It is important to note that if you or your dog have heart disease you need to be under the supervision of a health professional and that you should not cease prescribed medication without supervision.  It might also be advisable to consult a qualified herbalist.  One excellent book is Herbs for Pets by Mary Wulff-Tilford and Greg Tilford.
 The most important herbs for the heart include:

  • broom,
  • bugleweed,
  • figwort,
  • hawthorn,
  • lily of the valley,
  • motherwort and

Lilly of the Valley

This herb can be used where the strength of the heart is insufficient, as in angina, or in the treatment of an aging heart. This is particularly the case when there are fatty deposits in the blood vessels.

Hawthorn Berries

These are one of the most valuable remedies for the circulatory system. They strengthen the force of the contraction of the heart muscle while also dilating the vessels of the coronary circulation. They can be used in most circulatory problems as they will relax or stimulate the heart according to its need and normalise heart function.

Hawthorn may potentiate the action of heart medication and beta blockers.  Therefore patients on these drugs should not use Hawthorn unless supervised by a physician.  Other cardio active herbs should not be used with Hawthorn, including lily-of-the-valley roots, motherwort, pheasant's eye herb, squill, cola, ginger, mate, shepherd's purse, oleander, strophanthus, and black hellebore.


This is a relaxing herb and will strengthen and normalise the heart function.


This herb strengthens and normalises the heart and also rids the body of any build-up of water that is due to insufficient heart strength. Care has to be taken though with this herb as it can increase blood pressure.


This herb is known for its treatment of skin problems but it also strengthens the heart’s contractions.


Whilst this herb increases the strength of the heart beat it also decreases its rate and is valuable as a relaxant as well.

Spice up Your Life!

Research is now showing that five spices we've long savoured for their flavour are also nutritional powerhouses.

  1. Cinnamon: This natural germ-fighter also helps lower blood sugar, triglycerides, and cholesterol levels - one-quarter teaspoon a day is a healthy goal.

2. Thyme: It makes it onto the list of healthy herbs by virtue of its anticancer potency. It's also long been used as an antiseptic.

  1. Cumin: Concealed in chilli powder is one of the world's most popular spices (it's a key ingredient in Indian curries, too) and another anticancer soldier.

4. Oregano: A food-world superpower, leaves of the herb boast 42 times more antioxidants than apples. Oregano also fights yeast overgrowth. 

  1. Turmeric: Called the "Queen of the Kitchen" by Indian cooks, turmeric (and its active ingredient, curcumin) has earned its crown. Studies show promise in fighting cystic fibrosis, colon cancer, arthritis, and even Alzheimer's.

Taken from Good Health Naturally

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The Wonder of Honey
From a book by Thomas Bartram

The use of honey has also been criticised by some hard-core raw feeders.  Honey is made up of a wide range of nutrients, including phosphates, iron, iodine, magnesium, and vitamins A, B and C.  It is anti-inflammatory, antibacterial, antifungal and antiseptic.  Honey is known to eradicate Helicobacter-pylori which causes ulcers.  It’s a potent inhibitor of the bacteria that cause salmonella and E-coli. 

Experiments have shown that typhoid germs when left in honey have died within 48 hours. Cases of dysentery have been rendered harmless after 10 hours. 

Honey is rich in enzymes – catalysts that stimulate and control all chemical reactions in the body.  Honey is capable of initiating gains in haemoglobin levels, and indicated in most forms of anaemia.

Honey improves circulation of the blood through the brain and can improve memory.  Two or three teaspoonfuls of honey daily may prevent the onset of viruses. 

Cataracts have been successfully treated with the use of honey applied under the lower eyelid.  Sometimes there may be a transient stinging sensation and redness soon after application,. 

Manuka honey has a high level of anti-bacterial activity.  Therefore, as a supplement, honey can be positively indicated.

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CHC Member Tip-Off for Better Health

Barbara Craig has been bending our ears about a supplement called Limu Juice.  The active ingredient within this product is in brown seaweed and is called ‘fucoidan’.

To be honest, I’m a really busy person, and I need to see the benefits of something quickly, or I just have to move on.  But Barbara was so insistent about Limu Juice that I researched on the internet – and found hundreds of scientific papers attesting to the benefits of fucoidan.  Barbara tells me (excitedly) that it’s good for both human and animals.  Here’s a small cross section of the research I found.

The Graduate School of Medicine and Pharmaceutical Sciences for Research, University of Toyama, found that fucoidan is effective in suppressing the growth of cancer cells in animals and, along with Spirulina, was found to be a potent antiviral agent.

The Department of Veterinary Medicine,  Cheju National University, Korea, found that fucoidan stimulates the immune system.
The Graduate School of Medicine and Pharmaceutical Sciences, University of Toyama, Japan, found that fucoidan inhibits the herpes simplex virus, protecting against infection.  These results suggested that oral intake of fucoidan might both inhibit viral replication and stimulate the innate and adaptive defence functions of the immune system.

Sulphated fucan-containing fractions isolated from brown seaweed were shown by the National Products Laboratory, University of Burdwan, India, to have potent anti-viral activity.

The Department of Prion Research, Japan, found that daily uptake of fucoidan might protect against prion diseases caused by ingestion of prion-contaminated materials.  Prion diseases are transmissible spongiform encephalopathies (such as CJD or mad cow disease). 
Hiroshima Prefectural Institute of Industrial Science and Technology, Japan, found that fucoidan inhibited the production of IgE cells, thus pointing to anti-inflammatory qualities.

And the Department of Medical Biochemistry, University of Madras, found that fucoidan reduces free radical activity, thus reducing kidney stones/damage.

There’s much more research but we’ve run out of space for it. 
The producers of Limu juice list many  health benefits including restful sleep, more energy, improved mobility, improved immune function, healthy cell growth, healthy digestion, healthy blood glucose levels, consistently good health, and feelings of well being.

The Department of Oncology and Neurosciences, University G. D'Annunzio, Italy presented data on fucoidan that provides a rationale for the development of potential drugs for thrombosis, inflammation, and tumour progression.

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How to get rid of nasty smells … without using dangerous chemicals

Our older (as in longstanding) members will remember BAC to Nature, and some of you may have been using it for years.  We certainly have. 

BAC to Nature is a totally natural, organic and safe-to-use blend of beneficial micro-organisms which break down organic waste materials that cause unwanted smells and also trigger allergic responses. This water based product absorbs and neutralises the bacteria causing the smell, permanently removing the odour rather than temporarily masking it. It’s a  general purpose product that can be used anywhere odours occur and on any surface or material that is water safe. The original Odour Eliminator is supplied as a concentrate which dilutes 8 times with water, making it very economical to use.

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Seizures in Dogs - possible causes and solutions
(another reason why dogs need bones)
by Kris Christine

Muscle tremors could be a sign of seizures, and one of the potential adverse reactions to vaccinations is seizures - has your dog recently been vaccinated?

Significant calcium deficiency can also cause seizure-like episodes. High phosphorous foods (meat, eggs, nuts) bind with calcium, as do high oxalate foods (oatmeal) and may deplete your dog's levels to a point where it will cause problems. Poison will also cause seizures.
You might want to do an online search for "canine hypocalcemia" or just "hypocalcemia". This link - http://www.lowchensaustralia. com/breeding/eclampsia.htm - will take you to an article on this subject in which it states that the signs of low calcium levels are: "Muscle tremors, restlessness, panting, incoordination, grand mal seizures and fever as high as 106."

One of the possible causes: Poor Nutrition - "Home brewed" diets can be at fault. The owner may be innocently adding too much meat to the diet, without enough calcium (chiefly from bones) thinking the extra protein is beneficial.  What's really happening is the calcium to phosphorus ratio is out of balance.

The ideal is a ratio of calcium to phosphorus of 1.2 to 1. (Many organ meats such as liver have a ratio of calcium to phosphorus of 1 to 15! Liver is great for dogs but if it comprises a large part of the diet, the calcium/phosphorus ratio of the diet will be improper.)
One of our yellow labs developed severe seizures after the second of his puppy rabies shots - his head shook so hard we thought his eyes would pop out, it was terrifying. After this seizure activity triggered by the vaccine, he became prone to them from other triggers. Whenever he ate too many high phosphorous foods (or chicken droppings which are high in phosphorous), he would seize. Giving him 1/2 a quart of plain organic yogurt would calm his seizures within 15 minutes, when they were food-related.
Personally, I would have a complete blood count done to check for mineral levels if you don't think vaccines or something your dog is eating is causing the seizures. PLUS, I would consult a Homeopathic/Holistic veterinarian for an alternative treatment.
                        Kris L. Christine
                        The Rabies Challenge Fund

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By Catherine O’Driscoll

Skin is the barrier between us and the outside world, protecting us and our dogs from water, chemicals, infections and parasites.
When a dog’s skin is compromised by allergies, parasites, or infections, a primary layer of immunity is threatened, and the inside of the dog can be affected. It’s important to address these conditions, which range in severity from irritating to life threatening.

Atopic dermatitis is an inflammatory, chronic (long-lasting) disease that affects the skin. The word "dermatitis" means inflammation of the skin. "Atopic" refers to diseases that are hereditary and so tend to run in families. In atopic dermatitis, the skin becomes extremely itchy and inflamed, causing redness, swelling, cracking, weeping, crusting, and scaling. It is triggered by inhaled allergens and, according to a study by Frick and Brooks, can itself be triggered by vaccines.

There are several ways to ascertain the actual allergen.  Conventionally, you can have your dog’s blood tested.  Alternatively, you can muscle test, dowse, or consult a radionics practitioner, a NAET practitioner, or a medical intuitive.

Conventional medicine would have you remove the offending allergen from your pet’s living environment (which may be difficult if he’s allergic to pollen or fungal spores).  NAET and EFT are two examples of a range of complementary therapies that can treat and remove the allergy itself.  Homoeopathy can also help. 

Food allergies account for about 10% of all allergies seen in dogs and cats. It is the third most common cause after flea bite allergies and atopy (inhalant allergies). Many animals with food allergies also have inhalant or contact allergies, and there is strong evidence to suggest that vaccines render dogs susceptible to allergies of all kinds. 

Many owners and vets attempt to look to blood tests, such as the RAST test or the ELISA test, to screen for food allergies. However, there is controversy surrounding this option, with some experts saying there is no evidence that blood tests are accurate for the diagnosis of food allergies.   

Conducting your own in-home food trial would probably offer more meaningful information, and it would be less expensive. 
If you feed a homemade diet, you can periodically ‘challenge’ your dog with new ingredients to determine which ingredients are causing the food allergy. For example, if the dog’s symptoms subside on a diet of rabbit and rice, then you could add beef to the diet for two weeks. If he shows no symptoms, you can assume he’s not allergic to beef. 

You could then add chicken to the diet and if he begins to show symptoms, you can assume that he’s allergic to chicken. A diet could then be formulated that was free of the offending food sources. Most processed pet foods contain additives that can cause allergic reactions in dogs.  Changing the brand isn’t necessarily the answer, since many brands are actually the same thing, or use the same ingredients.  As well as your own food trial, muscle testing will help you to establish the foods your dog is suited to and, conversely, allergic to.  We teach muscle testing during our workshops. 

A dog’s skin can also be affected by parasitic infestation.  Mange is a term used to describe mite-infested skin. The three primary types of mites are Demodex, Sarcoptes and Cheyletiella.

Demodexis a small cigar shaped mite that lives in the hair follicle. In small numbers, Demodex is a normal inhabitant of the skin. However, in young pets or immune compromised adults, this mite can cause problems which range from skin inflammation and hair loss to extreme infestation that may cover the entire body.

Sarcoptes is not a normal inhabitant of the skin. It is a microscopic mite that burrows into the skin to cause intense itching. These mites tend to be few in number and hard to find. Unfortunately, they do need to be found, since Sarcoptes can spread to all members of the household, including humans. The common term for Sarcoptic infestation is “scabies.”
 Cheyletiella is a slightly larger mite that lives on the skin and also causes itching. A common name for this parasite is “walking dandruff” due to its similarity to small flakes of skin and its visibility to the naked eye.

Ringworm is a fungal infection that can affect dogs, cats and humans.  It typically presents itself in small, crusty lesions on the skin where the hair has fallen out. In humans the lesion often assumes the shape of a small, reddened circle on the skin. Neem is a natural option for treating skin problems caused by parasites. See previous newsletters for details of CHC member discounts for neem products, or check our web site. 

As mentioned in the last CHC Update, a dog’s skin may also become irritated and itchy due to yeast infections.  One natural product, grapefruit seed extract, is proven to have a strong growth-inhibiting effect on bacteria, fungi, parasites and viruses.  Because of its extremely low toxicity, grapefruitseed extract is a natural choice  for those seeking a broad spectrum antimicrobial without the side effects associated with pharmaceuticals.  According to published sources, it is effective against more than 800 bacterial and viral strains, 100 strains of fungi, and a large number of single cell and multi-celled parasites.  Added to food, it’s also a good de-wormer.  You should be able to get grapefruitseed extract from good health shops, or by post from Revital – 0208 459 3382.   

Simple irritations can develop into full-blown skin infections when a pet begins to scratch or chew at a small area of irritation. This scratching disturbs the skin’s surface and can allow bacteria such as Staphylococcus to overgrow. Grapefruitseed extract, colloidal silver, honey, neem and Propolis may prove effective when used topically (try one at a time). 

Metabolic dysfunction can also cause skin problems. Hypothyroidism, for example, can result in a thin/dry coat, weight gain, and flaky or oily skin. Hypothyroid pets are not usually itchy.  

Immune system support, such as that afforded by Transfer Factor, Limu, or aloe vera should be considered for all skin conditions – details once again are on our web site.  Supplements which reduce inflammation in the body are also advisable, including Transfer Factor, Limu, aloe vera, Serrapeptase, vitamin C, and zinc. In addition, because fatty acids are essential for skin health, a good fish oil will be of immense benefit.

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The use of homeopathic nosodes - providing protection

Nosodes are small pills that have been potentised with minute doses of the diseases we would otherwise vaccinate against.  They are not vaccines, and they do not generate measurable antibodies in the blood.  Rather, they provide the body with the energetic imprint of disease, so that should a challenge come along, the body will energetically recognise the virus or bacteria, and mount a healthy immune response. 

There are two schools of thought about nosodes. One says that nosodes should only be used to treat an illness. The other, which is the main school of thought in the UK, is that nosodes can be used as a preventative.

Puppies initially have the full course of nosodes, and the dosing regime is specified by the supplier, which can be a homoeopathic vet or a homoeopathic pharmacy. After the initial course it is a matter of choice and susceptibility.

Some people re-administer nosodes every six months or year to try to alleviate any risk at all. However, if you are in an area where there is no direct risk (no parvo etc around, for example), then some do not continue using nosodes - other than if there is a potential risk or simply to treat the disease if it occurs.

As an extra help you can also get a titer test to check for antibodies. The science from Dr Ron Schultz in America say that if any antibodies (as opposed to a set limit used in the UK) at all are present, then immunity exists. He also goes on to say that once any levels have been shown to exist, then even if at a later date another test is done and there are none showing, then the cells will have that in memory - so that if the animal comes into contact with a virus the antibodies will still be stimulated to do their job.

Permanent immunity to bacteria (as in leptospirosis) of course cannot be attained. Therefore using nosodes as a preventative or to treat is again a matter of choice whether to regularly dose, or only when there is an actual threat in the area, or only when treating the illness.
There is one other point that applies (even if you have previously vaccinated). Viruses (or bacteria) mutate, and therefore it is crucial that the immune system is strong enough to fight the challenge. This is why the natural diet works so well - as one of the most important things for a dog is to boost the immune system and avoid unnecessary stresses on it.

And to do this? Of course, a biologically appropriate diet, immune boosting agents (such as transfer factor, and garlic etc), a peaceful and happy environment, fun and exercise, the avoidance of unnecessary drugs (like boosters, antibiotics etc), and the use of natural alternatives that do not have adverse effects. A dog under this system is unlikely to succumb to disease.

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Canine Cancer and a way to prevent it
By Susan Thorpe-Vargas Ph.D

Cancer is epidemic in dogs and pandemic in cats. It seems that our pets are particularly at risk for cancer because they interact so closely with the environment (unless of course you lick your paws after crossing the street).

Other outside influences can also be responsible for the mutations and changes in cellular genetics that lead to cancer. Because we all breathe an atmosphere that contains oxygen and digest food, our bodies are constantly producing free radicals - highly reactive oxygen molecules that occur naturally in the body because of metabolic processes.

Environmental factors such as air pollution, radiation, pesticides, herbicides, many drugs and exposure to cigarette smoke react within the body to cause free radical production. Dogs with squashed up noses, like pugs and certain breeds of cats, are especially vulnerable to second-hand cigarette smoke. Free radicals can damage DNA, affect the structure and function of cell membranes and damage certain regions of proteins that have enzymatic functions. Older animals are more at risk due in part to increased levels of free radicals as well as an impaired ability of their immune systems to eliminate altered cells. Very inbred dogs also have weakened immune function. See

Loss of immune function

Inbreeding, referred to as line breeding by many dog and cat breeders, leads to loss of immune function.  In order to function, the immune system has to be able to recognize “self” from “non-self”.

The portion of the genome that codes for the genes that help us recognize “self” is called the MHC - the Major Histocompatability Complex. These genes are located very close to each other and therefore it is very rare for recombination to occur. This in effect means that the genes from each parent are inherited intact as haplotypes.

If the parents are closely related, then the possibility exists that they share the same genes at that site, i.e., they are homozygous by decent. In a highly inbred population, what is the likelihood that the parents share the same haplotypes? What happens to the puppies or kittens that inherit a duplicate copy of that same haplotypes?  This would essentially cut the functionality of the immune response in half - not a good thing.

Spay and Neuter
Altering dogs can affect their susceptibility to cancer. In females, spaying before their first heat cycle reduces the risk of mammary tumours to 0.05%. It increases to 8% after one heat cycle and goes up to 26% after the second heat. Obviously, there must be hormonal factors contributing to this trend.

On the other hand, early spay and neuter actually increases the probability that cancer will occur in certain canine populations. One study showed that spayed females were five times more likely to develop hemangiosarcoma and neutered males had a 2.4 times greater risk then intact dog to develop this type of cancer. Another study, involving 3218 dogs, showed that males, neutered before one year, had a significant increase in the incidence of bone cancer. A similar study showed that this risk was twice as high for neutered dogs as it was for intact males. Although it is commonly believed that altering dogs will improve their risk of cancer current studies do not support this idea. The only exception is neutered dogs will never develop testicular cancer.
The Number One Killer?

Cancer is the number one disease related death in dogs   It is believed that about 65 million pet dogs are at risk of developing cancer just in the United States and twenty-three percent of all dogs, regardless of age, and 45 percent of dogs ten years of age or older die of cancer. 
Man's best friend has a cancer rate comparable to humans, and shares many of the basic biological features. We differ only in the types of cancer we tend to develop. Cats are more likely to develop lymphomas, especially those who are infected with Feline Leukaemia virus, and injection site sarcomas.

Not surprisingly, cats infected with Feline Immunodeficiency virus are more susceptible to all types of cancers. The age of onset 15 years ago used to be between 2-5 years of age, but now it is most likely to be seen between 8-10 and occur somewhere in the GI tract.

Although not as common as cats, dogs are also more frequently diagnosed with lymphomas and sarcomas, whereas humans primarily develop breast, prostate and lung cancers. Whatever their name, these cancers are always caused by a breakdown in the biological control over cellular growth that we now know results from alterations in the genes that mediate normal cell replication and cellular death.

However, before we can understand what goes wrong and why cancers occur, we need some background on the normal processes involved.

The disease with a thousand faces
Cancer is not just one disease but is the general name for more than 200 different types of malignancies.  Cancers are classified by the tissue type from which they arise. To illustrate:

·         osteosarcoma - bone cancer
·         melanoma - skin cancer
·         lymphoma - cancer of lymph nodes
·         leukaemia – blood cancer 

Every cellular type has its own form of cancer. The one thing all cancers share in common is uncontrolled growth.  Cancer occurs when cells lose control over critical checkpoints during the process of one cell splitting and becoming two cells.  This control over cellular replication is in the hands of several specific types of genes.

Two classes of genes are suspected of being associated with the occurrence of cancer.  A mutation in a tumour suppressor gene is like having faulty brakes in your car.  Just as their name implies, tumour suppressor genes function by making sure there are no mistakes in the genes that are replicated prior to one cell becoming two. 

In this "quality control" process, if errors are detected, the cell is instructed not to divide.  Thus, tumour suppressor genes put the brakes on cellular division.  The other class of genes thought to be involved with preventing cancer is called proto-oncogenes. Researchers have found that these genes "code" for proteins involved in mechanisms that regulate the social behaviour of cells. 

Signals from those cells in the immediate environment induce their neighbours to divide, differentiate and even undergo apoptosis (cell death).  So, this type of gene is involved in promoting the normal growth and division of cells and could be likened to your car's accelerator.  A change in the genetic message - a mutation, can turn the proto-oncogene into an oncogene and cause your accelerator to become stuck, thus initiating "runaway" cellular replication.  Nevertheless, there seem to be no pattern to these mutations. 

What is so frustrating for both researchers and clinicians alike is that different combinations of mutations are found in different types of cancer and even in cancers of supposedly the same type in different patients. What is most important to remember is that cancer begins as a single abnormal cell that somehow is able to hide from the body’s defence system and begins to multiply out of control.
How do we protect our companion animals?

 Multiple studies have discovered that phytonutrients found in raspberries are able to protect us from cancer and can even shrink some types of cancer tumours.  These substances can also act as an antibacterial and an antiviral agent.  Does this sound too good to be true? 
One particular substance found in this natural “medicine chest”, is a series of compounds called ellagitannins. The highest levels are found in raspberries, but the ellagitannins are also in certain types of grapes, strawberries, blackberries, blueberries and some nuts too. 

In 2001, a study published by Dr. Gary Stoner at Ohio State University, showed that components in the seeds and berry, but particularly ellagitannins, inhibited the initiation and promotion/progression stages of oesophageal cancer in a dog. Considering the potential benefits, this is an extremely important finding.

In addition, edible berries, including raspberries also inhibit angiogenesis. This is a term used to describe the development of blood vessels needed for tumour growth.

We do not as yet know all of the functions of the ellagitannins in terms of cancer. A study at Hollings Cancer Center, Medical University of South Carolina has shown one of the ways they work is to "turn on" a normal cellular process called apoptosis.  Apoptosis is "science speak" for something called programmed cell death.  This natural cell death is just one of several ways the body protects itself from cancer.

In aging animals, cellular replication mistakes can occur.  Cancer cells somehow become immune to the signals that cause cells to self-destruct, so they become virtually immortal and reproduce indefinitely.
So, what causes most mutations? 

We and our pets live in a polluted environment. For instance, the vapour from asphalt on a hot summer day produces the deadly carcinogen benzo{a}pyrene, the same chemical found on meat that has been charcoal broiled.  This is just but one example. 

Exposure to pesticides and other such chemicals in the environment can cause the mutations in genetic material that lead to cancer. Even normal metabolic processes like breathing and exercise produce free radicals that can wreak havoc on our cellular DNA. 

We can protect our animals from mutations caused by environmental toxins and free radicals by giving them antioxidants.  Guess what?  Ellagitannins are also very good antioxidants and chemoprotective agents. 

Researchers at Wayne State University have a theory about how ellagitannins might work. The liver produces enzymes that rid the body of toxins. These enzymes break down or chemically change toxic substances we ingest or inhale so that they can be excreted.  During this detox process, the breakdown products, called metabolites, are frequently more damaging than the original substance.

It appears that ellagitannins are able to safeguard the liver from damage caused by these breakdown products. Another theory held by some investigators is that ellagitannins are able to protect our genetic material from certain types of chemical reactions that lead to misreading of damaged DNA.
Why does chemotherapy and radiation eventually stop working? 

It is becoming clear that normal therapeutic cancer treatment works by turning on apoptosis. We used to think that chemotherapy and radiation killed rapidly dividing cells, which is why these procedures were able to shrink tumours. However, at some point these treatments begin to lose their effectiveness. Why is that?

Scott Lowe, a research scientist at Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory may have found the answer. Instead of killing these cells, chemotherapy and radiation damage their cellular DNA. This alerts the cellular watchdogs that control the cell cycle that something is wrong and tells the cell to stop dividing or to commit suicide. Therefore, chemotherapy and radiation act somewhat like a "vaccination" that works by helping the body help itself.

The evidence for Dr. Lowe's theory is pretty convincing, because when these treatments start to fail, researchers have found that the genes that control apoptosis are no longer functioning.
Why don't ellagitannins induce normal cells to commit suicide? 

As we know, cancer cells become immortal; this means that they are able to replicate themselves after something called the Hayflick limit has been reached.

The Hayflick limit is the number of "allowed" cellular replications. Each cell type has its own limit. Human cancer studies show that mutations in the tumour suppressor gene called p53 account for many of the tumours found.

One of the functions of this gene is that it normally prevents cells with damaged DNA from proceeding through the cell cycle. The presence of the protein product encoded by p53 turns on the waf-1 gene. The waf-1 gene produces a protein that normally inhibits the activity of several similar cellular proteins called kinases. These proteins are involved in stopping cell cycle progression.
A mutation in either the p53 or waf-1 gene can cause the loss of that "emergency brake" function and allow uncontrolled growth. However, only "damaged" cells are induced to commit suicide and so normal cells are not affected.
Other Phytochemicals found in raspberries 

Besides ellagitannins, the short list of other beneficial compounds found in red raspberries includes anthocyanins, salicylic acid, quercitin and catechins. 
Some recent work has shown that these anthocyanins are more effective then Vitamin E and equivalent to ibuprofen and naproxen in inhibiting the COX-1 and COX-2 enzymes.

Both Cox-1 and Cox-2 are associated with the pain of arthritis and other inflammatory diseases, and Cox-2 inhibition is positively linked to preventing breast cancer. Funding for this specific research in dogs has been supported by the AKC Health Foundation and several breed clubs.

Other than their anticancer properties, anthocyanins provide many other health benefits. Among these are controlling diabetes, improving circulation and aiding the retention of motor skills and preventing the loss of memory due to aging. Dogs do become senile. In canines it is called canine cognitive dysfunction, also known as “doggie Alzheimer’s”.     

Salicylic acid may have the same effects as aspirin in protecting us from cancer and the progression of atherosclerosis. Both quercitin and catechins are flavonals that are known to have antioxidant benefits including cancer prevention, and quercitin may act as an antihistamine also. Besides the anticancer properties of ellagitannins they can protect us against infections.
An Antibacterial and an Antiviral agent 

Ellagitannins can act as antibacterial agents and as antiviral agents too, and now we know how.  Think of the genetic material of bacteria as a rubber band that is all twisted up.  In order to replicate, the DNA must untwist itself through a process requiring the enzyme gyrase. Ellagitannins inhibits gyrase activity so replication of the bacterial DNA is restricted.

More importantly, bacteria cannot easily become resistant to this type of antibacterial action.  Resistance to antibiotics has become a real concern to the international medical and veterinary community. A federal government task force noted that antibiotic resistance was “a growing menace to everyone” but both young and old animals, and those with weakened immune systems are especially at risk.
Besides its antibacterial action, ellagitannins have antiviral activity also. Viruses do not have the ability to replicate themselves. Instead they must "hijack" the host cell and insert their own DNA into the host cell genome.

This requires several enzymes and ellagitannins inhibit these enzymes also. It especially helpful with the retroviruses, like FIV (Feline Immunodeficiency virus) as well as feline leukaemia virus (FeLV), as it specifically inhibits reverse transcriptase.
Diabetes and the Protective effects of ellagic acid

Our companion animals also suffer from diabetes, especially cats, and in dogs the Samoyed breed is extremely susceptible.
Diabetes m. is wide-spread in cats because they are eating a grain based diet and, as obligate carnivores, they should be eating meat instead.

The disease is common in the Samoyed because they are genetically predisposed to Type I Diabetes mellitus.  New data shows that ellagic acid is very effective in preventing damage to the eyes, kidneys, heart and the small capillaries of the feet that occur with high glucose levels. It does this by inhibiting an enzyme called aldose reductase. This enzyme is responsible for the production of protein-sugar products called AGE (Advanced Glycation End-Products).

These end products cause the damage of small blood vessels that leads to the blindness, kidney damage, stroke and heart attacks and loss of limbs associated with both forms of diabetes. In addition, ellagic acid, as well as several other constituents in raspberry seed powder, enhance insulin action, decrease insulin resistance and lower blood sugar, and have multiple anti-inflammatory effects and decrease oxidative stress as well as lower blood pressure.

Just like in human medicine, many people are turning to alternative forms of veterinary treatment and prevention. We also share a similar biology and live in the same environment, so research and treatment for many chronic illnesses, as well as cancer, can benefit our companion animals as well as ourselves. Thus, the positive effect of raspberry ellagitannins upon their life expectancy and the enumerable protective effects of ellagic acid correlate directly to the health of our beloved pets.

Dr. Susan Thorpe-Vargas shares her life with two Samoyed dogs, Max and Chloe, and rescue Siamese kitty, Sidney. Scientific citations that support this article can be found at

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Vaccines ALWAYS cause DNA mutations by Dr Patricia Jordan

“I would caution that when litters are vaccinated, vaccines ALWAYS cause mutations of the DNA.  Outside of doing our duty to adopt the overproduced animals in the world, we should only obtain naturally reared dogs – non-vaccinated and raw food fed.  They are the ones with the cleanest genetics.  It takes seven generations of no vaccines to clean up the gene pool.  Naturally rearing breeders are the ones that are hopefully maintaining our good genetics – not the puppy mills or even breeders who vaccinate. Vaccine damage is inheritable, passing mutations along to future generations.”

Dr Jordan also contends that raw food helps to remove genetic mutations.

Of course it’s natural that the Kennel Club would get into bed with the Animal Health Trust – the AHT has, after all, done a lot of work on the canine genome.  However, as a vaccine developer and an organisation that works closely with, and is funded heavily by, the veterinary vaccine industry . . . is the Animal Health Trust going to look objectively at the role vaccines play in our dogs’ genetic health?
For example, cancer is the biggest single killer of pedigree dogs today.  Dr Jordan states:

“In l999, the World Health Organisation named the veterinary vaccine adjuvant a grade three to four carcinogen, with four being the most carcinogenic.

“The adjuvant identified is aluminium hydroxide, a component of most of the currently used veterinary vaccines. This adjuvant is also used in human vaccines.

 “What the research tells us, in animals, is that adjuvant, in this case aluminium hydroxide, stimulates an inflammatory reaction and therefore creates oxidative stress that results in a mutation of the p53 suppressor gene.

“The p53 suppressor gene is supposed to help the body stop malignancies by suppressing tumour growth. When p53  is doing its job, it is a nuclear transcription regulator. The integrity of the genome is guarded by many policemen. However in this case, the result is a loss in translation so to speak. When a mutation of p53 occurs, malignant tumours result.

“Aluminium hydroxide often leaves its calling card in the biopsy specimens - the telltale blue grey foreign body. The mark of the beast, so to speak, also claims the cancer as a result of the intrusion of this foreign substance.

“Now, this one example leads to the question and then the realization that not only the cat but other animals - the ferret and the dog - all get vaccine injection site soft tissue sarcomas. Studies have shown the vaccine to have caused the sarcoma in the dog and the ferret. Cancers are found in injection sites that resulted from the vaccine, as well in other areas not directly in the vicinity of the injection site. Not only are the soft tissue sarcomas from the vaccines, so are most of the other tumours as well.

“Documented cases of lymphoma have resulted in patients developing vaccine injection site fibrosarcomas.

Needle Jockeys

 “Once it is understood that the integrity of the genome has been compromised via immunosuppression, inflammation, adjuvant, modified live viruses, protein incorporation, poison or neurotoxin injection, all - I repeat all - of which occurs via the hypodermic inoculation at the time of vaccine administration, you must question the reason why vaccines are used so frequently, if at all.

“Lacking any scientific validation, the veterinary medical institutions essentially turn out veterinary doctors to work as needle jockeys.
“The consequential research performed by our major veterinary vaccine researchers has proven the in vivo mutagenicity of vaccines, the generation of auto-antibodies and auto-immune disease, the degenerative diseases, the endocrine diseases, neurotoxicity and seizures of vaccine administration, allergies, asthma and the continued evidence of cancer. All of the internal medicine cases we see are well described vaccine induced disease.

 “Vaccination has proved to be a big business for the veterinary medical doctor and ensures job security for the needle jockeys. Big Pharma and the vaccine makers also benefit - cancer treatment is big business. Having a diagnosis of cancer means expensive drugs, possibly surgery and chemotherapy if treated via conventional medicine.”

By getting into bed with the vaccine industry, the Kennel Club – in our opinion, supported by the scientific evidence – is in danger of perpetuating the ill health of pedigree dogs, and a lucrative veterinary ‘healthcare’ industry.  It will be interesting to see whether mandatory vaccination is a clause within the Kennel Club’s Accredited Breeder’s Scheme. 

Of course, Canine Health Concern could always apply to the government to grant us statutory powers to enforce stringent rules and regulations to stop the vaccine industry from inflicting vaccine-induced death and disease on  our dogs . . . but, then, the government also relies upon funding from the Pharma industry.

Power begets power, and anyone who truly loves their dog has the moral responsibility to step into their own power and stop playing victim to those who seek to exploit them.  Our dogs deserve no less.  It’s time for dog owners to get a spine and use their brains, and stop relying upon those with the power to make their choices for them.  

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