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The UK’s No 1 Holistic Pet Health Magazine

Learn about natural modalities that can reduce veterinary visits by 85% (saving you money) and increase the health and longevity of your beloved pet by up to three times.

Our quarterly magazine features case studies and articles from holistic vets and alternative therapy practitioners, who write pieces on:-

  • Acupressure
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  • Behaviour
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  • Colour Therapy
  • Feldenkrais Method
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  • Massage Therapy
  • Nutrition
  • Pet Loss
  • Reiki
  • ShiatsuSubscribe
  • Tellington Touch
  • Vaccinosis
  • Zoopharmacognosy

We also feature book reviews, product reviews, events, articles on individual animals and particular health issues, have regular sections ‘Let’s talk…’ and ‘Spotlight on…’ as well as news from the pet industry and regular updates from one of the worlds’ most famous dogs.

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Our contributors show the science behind their processes, in order to increase the probability of conventional veterinary recognition.

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RCVS and CAM

08/11/2017

On Thursday 2 November 2017 the RCVS Council approved a new position statement on the veterinary use of complementary and alternative medicines, including homeopathy.

The statement is as follows:

“We have recently been asked questions about complementary and alternative medicines and treatments in general and homeopathy in particular.

“We would like to highlight our commitment to promoting the advancement of veterinary medicine upon sound scientific principles and to re-iterate the fundamental obligation upon our members as practitioners within a science-based profession which is to make animal welfare their first consideration.

“In fulfilling this obligation, we expect that treatments offered by veterinary surgeons are underpinned by a recognised evidence base or sound scientific principles. Veterinary surgeons should not make unproven claims about any treatments, including prophylactic treatments.

“Homeopathy exists without a recognised body of evidence for its use. Furthermore, it is not based on sound scientific principles. In order to protect animal welfare, we regard such treatments as being complementary rather than alternative to treatments for which there is a recognised evidence base or which are based in sound scientific principles. It is vital to protect the welfare of animals committed to the care of the veterinary profession and the public’s confidence in the profession that any treatments not underpinned by a recognised evidence base or sound scientific principles do not delay or replace those that do.”

Here is the response from the BAHVS:

We are deeply disappointed that the Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons (RCVS) has chosen to step outside its remit and make such an ill-considered and misinformed statement regarding Complementary and Alternative Medicines (CAM) in general, and Homeopathy in particular.

The RCVS mission statement is “Setting, upholding and advancing the educational, ethical and clinical standards of Veterinary Surgeons and Veterinary Nurses” In making this statement on CAM the RCVS fails its mission on so many levels, but in particular when one considers ethics.

The RCVS failed to consult at all with stakeholders actually involved in CAM, despite representations to be so consulted, before considering and issuing their statement. This failure is contrary to the usual manner in which the RCVS conducts itself.

It is commonly accepted that it is not the role of a regulator to seek to influence clinical judgement nor to resolve differences of scientific opinion. The RCVS has stated many times that it does not get involved. Yet the current RCVS Council has seemingly, willingly, allowed itself to be seduced by a belief-based irresponsible diatribe from a vocal minority into a precedent-setting restriction of the clinical freedoms the profession has always enjoyed. In doing so it has ignored advice from its own advising committees and it has embarked on a course that will stifle future innovation, research and evolution of new treatment modalities.

It is perhaps no coincidence that it should do so when there is an explosion of interest in CAM, including Homeopathy, in the agricultural sector where the drive is to reduce and replace dependence on antibiotics in light of Antibiotic Resistance (AMR) concerns, and some of the most successful methods so far are proving to be those defined as CAM. It is fact that some of the largest “conventional” veterinary practices in the UK dealing with animal production for food are the ones leading the way on this, seeking out treatments as “alternative”, and Homeopathy is proving one of the successful modalities. In singling out the issue of prophylactic treatments – the very use of CAM for which in agriculture significantly threatens the finances of the Pharmaceutical Industry – the RCVS puts itself into a position where it can be accused of putting profits before probity, and corporations before conscience – or is it just naïve and completely out of touch?

The RCVS statement and the associated debates, have created a moral imperative for many mainstream practices of the profession to be publicly examined in detail. We are sure over the coming weeks, months and years there will be uncomfortable times ahead for all branches of the profession. It is just not acceptable for the mainstream body of vets to claim the moral high ground when the evidence base for much of Veterinary Science is poor at best. There is plenty of evidence of poor and demonstrably harmful practices ignored in the modern corporate world in favour of targets and profitability. Industry business journals even run articles on “mining” the best clients for cash.

History tells us that to question the RCVS and the status quo is a dangerous path. In making the statement as it has, regarding CAM in general and Homeopathy in particular, the RCVS has shown its lack of consideration for those affected. This includes those who own and care for animals where their freedom of choice may be restricted. What of patients already on treatments they may now be denied? There is no published impact assessment or route to compensation for those whose practices are now suffering.  In creating a complainant’s charter, the RCVS Council must accept that it needs to face up to questions of its own. It is arguably now complicit in deception of the public, which its very existence is meant to protect.

So what of the evidence argument against CAM? There is in fact very good evidence for much of CAM, including and especially Homeopathy, with many peer-reviewed papers in a number of Journals. However, these papers are routinely ignored by the establishment as they are published in CAM journals. This is bizarre when one considers that a parasitologist will publish in a journal of parasitology, a pharmacist in a journal of pharmacology, so why not a homeopath in the journal “Homeopathy”?

A level playing field regarding evidence it is not. The bar is raised so high by the RCVS for CAM that it can never compete. Funding for research has been historically blocked by bodies such as the BVA. When the mainstream journals are sponsored by Big Pharma and other vested interests, so that Editors dare not publish CAM papers, it is unfair and corrupt to criticise CAM in this way. The RCVS’s own Science Committee in this debate noted that the evidence base for a number of accepted “conventional” treatments is lacking so why pick on CAM, which has as good if not better in place, and is not subject to the same fallacies that can contaminate the most prestigious journals when researcher and publisher bias and fraud are led by the money men?

Clients actively seek out CAM therapies for their animals as conventional medicines regularly fail or produce unacceptable side effects. Homeopathy has previously been recognised in the RCVS register as having a specialist qualification (it still does), and is independently examined and regulated, which is perhaps why it attracts the most ire of the CAM options. Homeopathy is in fact provided for in UK and EU Legislation. It is required to be available, cannot be banned without a change in the Law, and it behoves the profession to embrace it, even if in the minority.

A witch-hunt has been conducted on an unprecedented scale in the profession. This has been aided by the support on social media of some Past Presidents of the RCVS and BVA, RCVS Council members and by the profession’s media chiefs. It is time for it to stop. It discredits those making and supporting the attacks on colleagues, discredits the profession and, by disseminating false conclusions to the media, adds to the growing and damaging public distrust of science and of our profession.

The RCVS sits at the very core of our profession. It has to be the ethical face of the profession and has to set an example to the profession. In this case it falls far short of the high standard it should project.

In making such a statement as it now has, the RCVS has lost all credibility in the Evidence Based Medicine debate, and has eschewed the moral integrity required to regulate the profession. Its statement should be withdrawn immediately. 5th November 2017.

All at Healthful Dog specialise in Complementary Therapies, we publish this magazine to raise awareness about the advantages of Holistic treatments and detail the science behind them. We are more than disappointed with the RCVS’ current decision/opinion.

There is plenty of science backing homeopathy, in fact Hahnemann himself performed thorough scientific experiments whilst developing his Materia Media and we’ve witnessed where it has proven far superior to the capabilities of conventional veterinary practice.  We therefore back the BAHVS 100% and will continue to educate pet owners on alternative ways to treat the cause of disease as well as increasing standard of living and longevity naturally.

 Please Join the Movement:                   Freedom of Medical Choice

Please sign the petition: https://www.thepetitionsite.com/219/768/240/we-need-to-stop-the-rcvs-from-banning-homeopathic-vets-from-treating-animals/?taf_id=45173133&cid=fb_na

We also support the ‘PostCard’ Campaign launched by Canine Health Concern  Facebook Group: https://www.facebook.com/groups/50163890984/

References:

RCVS College publishes complementary medicines statement [Internet] (Accessed 08/11/2017) https://www.rcvs.org.uk/news-and-views/news/college-publishes-complementary-medicines-statement/

BAHVS Statement of the British Association of Homeopathic Veterinary Surgeons in response to the RCVS Statement of 3rd November 2017 as regards Complementary and Alternative Medicines [Internet] (Accessed 08/11/2017) http://www.bahvs.com/rcvs-statement/

 

Online advice – is it trustworthy?

26/10/2017

As a Canine Nutritionist who tailored 4 yrs at University in order to be qualified I find myself disappointed at people listening to advice from people who don’t actually know what they’re talking about: as do my colleagues.

Here is a prime example…


Thankfully the poster questioned the person claiming to be qualified.

Be aware that there are a great deal of courses available online that have either no accreditation at all, or teach biased misinformation or even both.

When it comes to pet nutrition it is my personal opinion that anyone not attempting to teach you to feed a raw/fresh species appropriate diet isn’t coming from a place of knowledge.

Those nutritionists that I respect have tons of books, the most important of which is the NRC book (most prominent here)


If your ‘nutrient advice’ is coming from someone who doesn’t own a copy, or hasn’t even heard of it, their advice is questionable.

Please be aware that not all advice is good, please do your research.

Of those that are highly prominent in the industry, we recommend :

Raw Feeding Veterinary Society

Dr. Ian Billinghurst

Dr. Karen Becker

Rodney Habib

ANNAHP Members

And a small number of nutritionists over and above those that contribute to our awesome magazine. These people are often too busy to be answering every question in a chat group.

Please be wary of bad advice and remember, just because someone has been doing something for years, it doesn’t mean they’ve got it right.

“Experts built the Titanic”

Summer = Parasite Season

15/07/2017

What do we mean by that? Well Ticks & Fleas are around all year round, but their numbers are at their highest now.

Of course ultimate health from optimum balance of digestible nutrition reduces the risk of parasites, but it cannot be 100%.

Ticks

 Ticks cause irritation, they can lead to abscesses and we know they carry Lyme disease (Borreliosis)

Fleas

Fleas also cause itching and irritation, large numbers can lead to anaemia and they carry worms.

Worms

Worm burden can cause all sorts of problems, most notably dependent on the type worm, the health and age of the individual, and the number reproducing in the system. Whilst roundworm, the most common, can be passed on via maternal milk & though fecal matter, fleas carry tape worm & slugs carry heart worm.

As we do not recommend pharmaceutical neurotoxins, what do we recommend?

VermX is a natural, herbal way to deal with worms

Ingredients: Cinnamon, Garlic, Common Thyme, Peppermint, Fennel, Cleavers, Nettle, Slippery Elm, Quassia, Elecampane

TickHex to prevent Ticks

Ingredients: Neem Oil, HexCaliber (Organic Essentials Oil Blend), Organic Apple Cider Vinegar, (Household Spray contains Polysorbate 80)

&

FleaHex to prevent Fleas

Ingredients: Castile Soap, Organic Coconut Oil, Neem Oil, HexCaliber (Organic Essentials Oil Blend), Organic Apple Cider Vinegar, (Spray contains Polysorbate 80)

Treating Cancer

11/07/2017

H B Turner

February the 4th was ‘World Cancer Day’ and May is Pet Cancer Awareness Month, so we wanted to take a look at Cancer. Cancer is a generic name for over 200 different types of abnormal cell growth, which are stimulated by genetics. Whilst the initiator is of genetic origin, this can be hereditary or epigenetic, epigenetic factors can include retrovirus, DNA viruses, carcinogens, oncogenes (Narita, 2014) and/or food/environmental factors (90-95% of cases (Anand et al. 2008)).

The genetic component occurs in deoxyribonucleic acid  (DNA), the paired chain being the structure, each individual part causing the action. These acids produce proteins, each protein having an actionable effect on others in the chain, either stimulating or halting further protein release. The position of each of these is  described as expressed, gene expression is switched on (i.e. having an action) or  switched off (no action).

An alteration in expression can therefore have a cascade effect dependent on how many further parts of the chain its’ particular protein production would have/will effect.

Genes can hold hereditary information on cancer production, which can be expressed as ‘switched on or off’ at birth, or can be ‘switched on or off’ throughout life through stochastic events. Alterations in gene expression have been identified as being through a trauma, change in circumstances, change in environment or even through changes caused by differentials in what goes into an animal, be it ingested, inhaled, injected or a topical application (see canine transmissible cancer article).

Inheritable cancer in humans attributes for 5-10% of cancers (American Cancer Society, 2014), whereas tobacco is attributed to 22% (World Health Organisation, 2014), and obesity 10% (World Health Organisation, 2014).

There is evidence that a healthy diet contributes to cancer prevention (Lawrence et al. 2012: Parkin et al. 2011: Anand et al. 2008) and we have known for some time that there is a substantial link between diet and cancer, through generations of unsuitable diet (Buell & Dunn, 1965), it has also been established that gut micro-flora establishing better digestion is linked with cancer prevention (Hullar et al. 2014).

During development there are several stages of cell replication, but it is always stimulated by a combination of genetic factors and cancer cell metabolism (Frezza, 2014).

If cancer gets into Adult Stem Cells then growth can increase at an exponential rate, due to the bodies own defence system speeding up replication in the face of what it considers injury or trauma, as these cells are ’immortal’ rather than wound healing/repair an overgrown occurs (Jones, 2015), this overgrowth is referred to as a tumour.

The metabolism of cancer cells is quite intricate and can result in differing metabolism within cell mitochondria, however common to all types of cancer is the conversion of glycogen to higher amounts of lactate than in normal cells and reduced quantities of Carbon Dioxide (CO2) output. The other commonality between these cells is that they are all highly acidic and hypoxic (lacking in Oxygen (O2)) (Frezza, 2014).

The most often used conventional therapy (in over 50% of cases) effects p53, a tumour protein that has been shown to have the effect of either tumour suppression or metastasis when given to rats that did not suffer from toxic poisoning after radiation therapy (Narita, 2014).

In conventional therapy rat model experiments, those rats that did not suffer from radiation poisoning and went on to receive chemotherapy had two outcomes, either tumour suppression or tumour metastisis (Narita, 2014), chemotherapy having an efficacy rate of between 2.1 and 2.3% (Morgan et al. 2004), of those that do achieve remission, there is a subsequent risk of Leukaemia (Dertinger et al. 2014: Curtis et al. 1992: Kaldor et al. 1990).

In veterinary oncology it is not common to use radiation therapy, although recent advances in the protocol have been made (LaRue & Custis, 2014), only chemotherapy is generally used, in human trials chemotherapy alone shows a recurrence rate of 93% (Balmaceda et al. 1996). Standard Veterinary chemotherapy utilises the drugs Vincristine, Doxorubicin and Cyclophosphamide: post surgical chemotherapy survival rates average between 107 and 257 days (Sorenmo et al. 2004: Hammer et al. 1991), whilst this data is old, these drugs are still used today.

Whilst current Cancer Research knowledge is specific down to the minutia,

is science missing the bigger picture?

However, the latest drugs being produced target prevention of the differential in small molecular metabolites within the mitochondria of each cell (Frezza, 2014).

During conventional therapy few nutritional recommendations are given, however, the use of microwave ovens is not recommended. Hassani et al. (2014) shows that microwaved food produces oxidative stress, induces hepatoxicity via increased lipid peroxidation and alters lipid metabolism.

Populations living in areas of high pesticide use have a 1.25 to 3.45 times increased risk of cancer (Parron et al. 2014) and links have been made between genetically engineered crops and, hypertension, stroke, diabetes, obesity, lipoprotein metabolism disorder, Alzheimer’s, dementia, Parkinson’s, Multiple Sclerosis, Autism, Inflammatory Bowel Disease, Intestinal Infections, End stage renal disease, acute kidney failure, cancer of the thyroid, liver, bladder, pancreas, kidney and myeloid leukaemia (Swanson et al. 2014). Therefore avoidance of GMO’s and switching to organic foods, may be advisable.

Whole grains and carbohydrates are advised to be taken as part of a leaflet produced by the American Cancer Society (2014, 2) “Nutrition for the Person With Cancer During Treatment: A Guide for Patients and Families” diet, which recommends eating several small snacks throughout the day such as:-

  • Angel food cake
  • Cereal (hot or cold)
  • Pretzels
  • Granola
  • Sandwiches
  • Cookies
  • Crackers
  • Sports drinks
  • Muffins

 

  • Glycemic Index
  • Potato/Modified Starch 95
  • Ground Rice 95
  • Carrots Cooked 85
  • White Bread 70-85
  • Corn 70
  • Carrots Raw 30
  • Fresh Fruit 30
  • Veg & tomatoes <15
  • (where 100 is pure glucose)

This list would be on our recommendations list for avoidance at all costs.

Put simply, just as with anything alive, cancer has to ‘eat’, as cancer cell metabolism cannot occur without glycogen (Frezza, 2014), removing or at least reducing the quantity in diet may lead to tumour starvation and therefore regression, indeed there is much anecdotal evidence from people who have drastically changed their diet and successfully gone into full remission. A helpful reference for this would be the Glycemic Index (GI) of foods, which shows very clearly the glycose levels in foods.

As far as other holistic nutritional recommendations adequate selenium intake has been supported as being preventative (Rayman, 2012), other nutrients/natural elements found to have a positive effect are:

  • Vitamin B17 (aka Laetrile/Amygdalin) (Makarevic et al. 2014: Chen et al. 2013)
  • Vitamin C (Riordan et al. 2004 )
  • Vitamin D3 (Swami et al. 2012)
  • Bromelain (from pineapples) 12.5mg/kg (Baez et al. 2007)
  • Cannabis Oil (El Moneim Hussein et al. 2014)
  • Coconut Oil (Lim et al. 2014)
  • Curcumin (from Turmeric) (Marin et al. 2007)
  • CV247 (Toloudi et al. 2011)
    Sodium Bicarbonate (Simoncini, 2007)
  • SRG’s (extracts from aubergine, tomato, bell peppers etc.) (Cham, 2008)

N.B. There are journal articles claiming that natural supplements have no health benefit. An investigation into a number of these showed the use of synthetic products and/or insufficient quantities.

The earliest evidence of cancer heralds back to one Egyptian human mummy from around 3000 BC, however has been found to be very rare in that time. There is one set of Neanderthal bones that possibly had cancer, but nothing else. It wasn’t until the 17th century that descriptions for operations for cancer were recorded, most notably in chimney sweeps, who were exposed to toxins on a daily basis. Whilst cancer has been found in dinosaurs from the Cretaceous period, it is only found in Hadrosaurs, with a 1 in 10,000 frequency and is presumed to be due to some environmental mutagen (Rothschild et al. 2003), quite a differential to the current statistic of 1 in 3.

Due to tumours propensity to be hypoxic, Oxygen therapy is gaining in popularity. In fact tumours grown in laboratories die off on their own if exposed to normal oxygen levels, and have to be grown in levels below 3% O2 (Narita, 2015). Increased oxygen is proposed to boost the bodies own immune system into destruction of Cancer cells. Current O2 levels are 20.95% world wide, this is considered to be oxygen deficient (Ho, 2009), however it is down to between 12% & 17% over major cities.

Along with the introduction of agriculture, and therefore the introduction of a diet rich in simple carbohydrates, there is an associated general decline in health (Richards, 2002)

Large scale use of chemical pesticides started in earnest after the second World War. The first incarnations were highly toxic i.e. arsenic and hydrogen cyanide, these were both ineffective and toxic to the consumer.

Second generation pesticides were synthetic a well known example of which is dichlorodiphenyltrichloroethane (DDT) discovered in 1939 by Paul Muller, who was subsequently awarded the Nobel Prize in 1948. It was not until 1962 with the release of the legendary book ‘Silent Spring’ by Rachel Carson that anyone other than the her appeared to question its’ environmental effects, never the less it was manufactured right up until 2009.

Third generation pesticides are water soluble and acutely toxic (Muir, 2012) and have been linked to adverse health effects including cancer (US EPA, 2006), most notably non-Hodgkin lymphoma and leukaemia (Bassil et al. 2007), as well as neurological effects, birth defects, foetal death (Sanborn et al. 2007) and neurodevelopmental disorder (Jurewicz & Hanke, 2008: Mink et al. 2011: Wigle et al. 2008: Weselak et al. 2007).

There is of course still the issue of other environmental chemicals, chemicals and preservatives found in prepared foods, toiletries, cleaning products etc., hormone disruptors (Henderson et al. 2000) (i.e. plastic food packaging), feline vaccines (Hershey et al. 2005: McNiel, 2001: Morris et al. 2001: McEntee & Page, 2001) plus hundreds of studies on many other vaccines (Blaylock, 2011, Bollinger, 2014) and radiation (Huang et al. 2014), that have also been associated with cancer.

Whilst there is much data on metastasis and it’s process appearing to be exactly like that of a fungal bloom, in that once metastatic cancer cells enter the blood stream from the original malignant tumour they spread throughout the body forming micro-metastases with a 0.02% of cell survival rate (Kienast et al. 2010). A whole host of data can be boiled down to the fact that a strong immune system can prevent metastasis, however, metatasis will occur in the body of an animal or person with a  compromised immune system and once it does conventional medicine states it is fatal (Vanharanta, 2015); whether the immune system has been negatively effected by inflammatory food intake, environmental pressures, genetic issues or by radiation and/or chemotherapy. This is why many alternative treatments for cancer (such as CV247) concentrate on supporting the immune system to naturally destroy the cancer and thus prevent it’s re-occurrence.

Over simplification:

GMO’s and vaccines lead to immunodeficiency; starch rich and sugary foods (simple carbohydrates) with a high glycemic index are known to feed both candida and cancer, they also promote leaky gut syndrome.

Therefore if indeed ‘Cancer is a Fungus’, that is Candida according to Simoncini (2007), and it certainly acts like it, this process allows its’ access into the blood stream, where it can circulate, get into cells and replicate.

Our modern day society contains a plethora of carcinogens that become difficult to avoid, however, it appears that a species appropriate raw diet, containing no simple carbohydrates, preferably from organic sources, with sufficient amino acids, know to halt cancer growth (Narita, 2015), and a good balance of vitamins and minerals, can contribute to both cancer prevention and cancer suppression; as can reducing/removing the stress and chemicals in your immediate environment, avoiding vaccines and microwaves, feeding/consuming pre and pro-biotics and moving to the countryside with higher O2 levels, reduced pesticide use and background radiation.

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American Cancer Society (2014) 2. Nutrition for the Person With Cancer During Treatment: A Guide for Patients and Families. (Online) Available from: http://www.cancer.org/acs/groups/cid/documents/webcontent/002903-pdf.pdf [Accessed 20/12/2014]

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Baez, R. Lopes, M.T.P. Salas, C.E. & Hernandez, M. (2007) In Vivo Antitumoral Activity of Stem Pineapple (Ananas comosus) Bromelain. Planta Medica. 73[13]:133-1383

Balmaceda, C. Heller, G. Rosenblum, M. Diez, B. Villablanca, J.G. Kellie, S. Maher, P. Vlamis, V. Walker, R.W. Leibel, S. & Finlay, J.L. (1996) Chemotherapy without irradiation – a novel approach for newly diagnosed CNS germ cell tumors: results of an international cooperative trial. The First International Central Nervous System Germ Cell Tumor Study. Americal Society of Clinical Oncology. 14[11]:2908-2915

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Spotlight on…. Canine Autism Spectrum Disorder

02/07/2017

Contrary to popular belief and current human testing protocols which cannot be applied to animals (Overall, 2013) dogs too can become autistic, with diagnoses ranging from Asperger’s to ADD, ADHD, OCD and through the normal human range, and what’s more it can be vaccine induced just as it can be in humans (Wakefield et al. 1998; Bernard et al. 2000; Blaylock, 2008; Tomljenovic & Shaw, 2011; Seneff et al. 2012 ).

Just as the radiation from active mobile phones has been shown to open up the blood-brain barrier in infants (Salford et al. 2012), allowing toxins in the system to effect the most important organ in the body, canine physiology is no different in that respect and in these modern times it is difficult for our pets to escape from the regular interruptions or our mobile lives.

Human research has also shown a propensity to Autism reversal dependent on diet (Ahn et al. 2014). This involves a low starch, high probiotic, high omega fatty acid regime which is more akin to a species appropriate canine diet anyway.

 

So, how do you know if your beloved pet has autism or is just a ‘dappy dog’?

Contraction:

“Autism is an accumulation of different causes and about 70% is due to vaccines, 25% to toxic medication and other toxic substances, 5% to some diseases” (Smits, 2008).

 

Obviously with there being a high propensity of conventional veterinary surgeons to initiate a ‘first vaccination protocol’ whenever a full medical history is unknown, and with annual re-vaccination practiced in the majority in direct contradiction to WSAVA (2010) recommendations or that standardised regular vaccinations have been discredited (Olson et al. 1997; Coyne et al. 2001) let alone research that first vaccines at 15-16 weeks have been shown to last a lifetime (Schultz et al. 2010), this is a difficult one to tackle.

 

Diagnosis:

Whilst behavioural symptoms are easier to identify in children than dogs:

  • Impaired cognitive and social skills (Seneff et al. 2012)

,  there are also a number of intestinal symptoms including:

  • Inflammation in both upper and lower intestinal tract
  • Increased sulfation capacity of the liver
  • Pathogenic intestinal permeability
  • Increased response to intravenous secretin injection
  • Decreased digestive enzyme activities (Horvath & Perman, 2002)

The current diagnostic tool for dog owners involves a tick box exercise with regards to certain observational differences in the suspected dog as compared to a dog that is not suspected of having Canine Autism Spectrum Disorder:

Social Impairment:

· Poor eye contact, or staring at an unusual angle

· In his/her own world (aloof)

· Inappropriate/unusual aggression

· Doesn’t like to be touched or held (body, head)

· Hates interacting with unknown dogs

· Abnormal joy expression when seeing owners

· Lack of ability to imitate other dogs

· Just doesn’t get it

Qualitative Impairment:

· Produces unusual noises or infantile squeals

· Inappropriate vocalisation

· Obsessive, compulsive and/or ritualistic vocalisation (without it being a training/breed issue)

Stereotypical Behaviour:

· Ritualistic Behaviour

· Repetitive Behaviour

· Arranging Toys

· Obsessive Behaviour

· Compulsive Behaviour

· Must Have Routine

· Cannot switch from one task to another

· Prolonged rocking, licking or staring

 

Cognitive Impairment:

· Facial expressions don’t fit situations

· Ignores when called, pervasive ignoring

· Lack of curiosity

· Unable to read body language in other dogs or people

· Excessive fear of noises/sudden movement

· Ignores pain

· Inappropriately anxious or emotional response

· Self Stimulation

· Self Mutilation

· Attachment to unusual objects

Physical Abnormalities:

· Dietary abnormalities (allergies, tastes, textures, bowl preference, location)

· Repetitive and inexplicable head, paw or body jerks

· Unable to stretch legs fully

· Abnormal gait

Monty 

Photo

courtesy of

Gaby Clayton

Treatment:

Via CEASE Therapy involves Isotherapy (homeopathic reversal of toxicity), nutrition and tailored homeopathy (Smits, 2008), this is performed here in the UK, by the incredible Homeopathic Vet Nick Thompson in Bristol (www.holisticvet.co.uk) from reports progress is slow, but marked.

There is a hypothesis that TTouch bandages and ThunderShirts may have a calming effect such as that found by Temple Grandin (1992) with her ‘Squeeze Machine’.

Support Groups:  Canine Autism Spectrum Disorder (CASD) :  http://www.facebook.com/groups/382767805136149

For more information with regard to the side effects and risks of vaccines, please refer to Canine Health Concern.

http://www.canine-health-concern.org.uk

Please also see our ‘Owner Odyssey’ (page 63) to see an individuals story on Canine Autism Spectrum Disorder.

References:

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Horvath, K. & Perman, J.A. (2002) Autism and Gastrointestinal Symptoms. Current Gastroentrology Reports. 4[3]:251-258

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Schultz, R.D. Thiel, B. Mukhtar,E. Sharp, P. Larson, L.J. (2010) Age and Long-term Protective Immunity in Dogs and Cats. Journal of Comparative Pathology. 142[1]:S102-S108

Seneff. S. Davidson, R.M. & Liu, J. (2012) Empirical Data Confirm Autism Symptoms Related to Aluminium and Acetaminophen Exposure.  Entropy. 14[11]: 2227-2253

Smits,  T. (2008) Cease Therapy. [Internet] http://www.cease-therapy.com (Accessed 02/10/2014

Tomljenovic, L. & Shaw, C. (2011) Aluminium Vaccine Adjuvants: Are they Safe? Current Medicinal Chemistry.  18[17]:2630-2637

Wakefield, A.J. Murch, S. Anthony, A. Linnell, J. Casson, D.M. et al. (1998) Ileal-lymphoid-nodular hyperplasia, non-specific colitis, and pervasive development disorder in children. Lancet 351:637-641

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Holistic Pet Health Conference 2017

17/06/2017

We are incredibly excited that tomorrow our conference goes live!

We have the most amazing speakers from all across the World:

  • Dr. Ian Billinghurst
  • Dr. Christina Chambreau
  • Mary Debono
  • Caroline Thomas
  • Dr. Peter Dobias
  • Elaine Downs
  • Dr. Jodie Gruenstern
  • Dr. Wendy Jensen
  • Amy Snow & Nancy Zidonis
  • Dr. Patricia Jordan
  • Tracy Dion
  • Lyndsay Potter
  • Sue Reid
  • Susan Thixton

If you haven’t signed up to watch as yet, please register now.

All talks are Available for Unlimited viewing via our new video library for the special price of £47

https://zenler.com/common/embedCourse/widget.php?contentId=92151bcc1cc6f726515cf142a37b81b4 

Spotlight on Ethyl vs Methyl Mercury

04/06/2017

Ethyl vs Methyl Mercury

Ethyl mercury is the type found in vaccines, the CDC website says that it differs from Methyl mercury (found in fish, amalgam fillings and the environment) in that it leaves the blood stream much more quickly and is therefore less toxic.

Studies have shown that Ethyl mercury leaves the blood stream within 7 days, where as Methyl mercury takes 54 days to leaving the blood stream, which supports this statement. However, Ethyl mercury was not found to be excreted from the body, in fact, whilst it does leave the blood stream, it crosses the blood brain barrier and goes directly to the brain, where it stays (Burbacher).

Unfortunately Ethyl mercury is metabolised into inorganic mercury at twice the rate that Methyl mercury does, which causes neurological damaged and neurological death in the brain and is 50 times more toxic than Methyl mercury to the brain (Guzzi et al. 2012).

Thimerosal was released in 1931, the same year as the first ever diagnosis of Autism. It was found to be toxic in parts per billion, which had never been witnessed before and when tested on dogs, all test animals died; as for human testing, 22 test subjects who were suffering from meningitis were given Thimerosal, or Merthiolate (CgHgHgNaO2S) as it was then known, all test subjects died, most within 24 hours, however it was considered that they died of the meningitis and it is therefore safe.

The symptoms of Mercury Poisoning and Autism equate line for line.

One study showed that when comparing the risk of autism diagnosis  in those who had received under 25µg of thimerosal to those who had received over 25µg, the risks of autism were between 762 and 1135 times higher in those with greater exposure, they also discovered that the risks of ADD, ADHD, ticks, speech delay, sleep disorders and a number of other neuro-developmental disorders had similar statistics (Verstraeten, 1999). As thimerosal does not appear to dissipate from the brain, you can now begin to understand why over-vaccinating causes so many issues.

There are in fact hundreds of studies linking thimerosal to autism, and billions of dollars that have been awarded to children who’s parents have proven that their child was damaged by vaccines.

However, there are very few people who are trying to raise awareness of the damage caused by vaccines in pets. We are very proud that Catherine O’Driscoll of Canine Health Concern, who works tirelessly to raise awareness and work on improving safety, writes for us and that we are able to share information from the likes of Patricia Jordan, Jean Dodds and Ronald Schultz.

We have written previously on the fact that pets get autism (Healthful Dog 1[2] December 2014), and will continue to work to raise awareness. Meanwhile, we eagerly look forward to the release of Catherine O’Driscoll’s next book.

The maximum recommendation of oral mercury ingestion is based on Methyl Mercury and set at 1.6 µg per kilogram of bodyweight, this is set from human consumption, but as tests in the ‘30s showed, this may not be relevant for dogs.

  • Dog and Cat vaccines are generally 1ml
  • According to the FDA pet vaccines contain 1 microgram (µg) of Thimerosal or less.

Thimerosal is 50% Ethyl Mercury, therefore based on these statistics a pet weighing 0.3kg or more, should have no issue with 1 vaccine. However, as we know, more than one is generally given at a time.

Maths

  • 0.5µg of Ethyl Mercury per vaccine
  • Ethyl Mercury converts to Inorganic Mercury at twice the rate of Methyl Mercury

= 1µg per vaccine.

  • It’s 50 times more toxic

= 50µg per vaccine

  • And when combined with aluminium (connected to auto-immunity & Alzheimer’s) is 6 times more corrosive

= 300µg per vaccine

  • When combined with Testosterone the risks are 4 fold (Boyde, 2005)

 

So for a healthy pet, to be able to cope with the Mercury levels in 1ml of  one vaccine, according to science based on a different form of mercury, based on human studies, of oral, not intramuscular or intravenous administration, it would have to weigh:

 

Female: 187.5kg                                 Male: 750 Kg

 

How much does your dog or cat weigh?

 

The body can excrete Mercury with the aid of the antioxidant Glutathione (Pompella et al. 2003), the issue with those susceptible to Autism is that their glutathione production is very low, and is lowered still by the presence of mercury. Due to the mode of action of glutathione, a glutathione supplement does not work, you need to increase the body’s natural production.

The best way we know of doing this is by taking/giving the supplement ASEA, which increases glutathione production by between 500 and 800% with radox signalling molecules.

ASEA is available via our website.

http://www.healthfuldog.co.uk

Sources:

RFK Jr. 2017 Vaccines Revealed Episode 3 [Internet] VaccinesRevealed.com

Trace Amounts (movie)

Turner, H.B. (2017) Spotlight on Ethyl vs Methyl Mercury. Healthful Dog 4[1]:56-57