Monthly Archives: December 2014

Conventional Cancer Research is in the Dark

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Conventional research is often screwed up and here’s an example.

A recent study published in the Journal of the American Veterinary Medicine Association evaluated factors related the survival of dogs with bone cancer. The study very carefully analyzed how the combination of surgery, various chemotherapies and radiation therapy related to how long the dogs lived.

As with any study, the authors ended with a discussion of their results and an acknowledgement of the limitations (things that could affect the results that were not addressed) of the study. The problem is that not only did the researchers not address the use of alternative medicine; they failed to even acknowledge that they did not factor it in.

In one study, 76% of owners of pets with cancer seeking care at a veterinary teaching hospital confessed to their use of some form of complementary and alternative veterinary medicine (CAVM) therapy. This percentage most likely underestimates these treatments since the survey selected for pet owners who were seeking conventional cancer treatment (excluding the more committed CAVM-minded people who would never consider that option) and because some owners who use CAVM on their pets are reluctant to divulge this information to conventional veterinarians for fear of ridicule.

In the bone cancer study, the authors were surprised to find that “… 12 of the 90 (13%) dogs in this study did not receive chemotherapy and still would be considered to have prolonged survival time…” There is little doubt that most if not all of these animals were receiving herbs, supplements and/or other CAVM therapies. It is inconceivable that these owners would have done absolutely nothing to help their dogs fight this disease. CAVM therapies undoubtedly contributed to the unexpected, prolonged survival times of some of these dogs as well as other individuals in this study.

A medical literature search yields many high-quality studies demonstrating the effectiveness against cancer of such natural compounds as mushrooms, curcumin, melatonin, and many more. It is very likely that such therapies played a role in the positive treatment outcomes of many of the dogs in this study.

Unfortunately conventional veterinary oncologists are not up to date on CAVM therapies for cancer. The specialists I’ve talked to are not at all interested in it. This dismissive attitude will keep them in the dark about what is really happening to their patients and in their studies.

Including data about CAVM therapy use in future studies will make the information gathered more meaningful, will further the development of integrative oncology, and ultimately will improve the care of all cancer patients. (Good luck with that) Let’s face it, studies that look exclusively at conventional care will never result in a complete understanding of cancer treatment success and failure.

What is your experience using CAVM therapies on your pet?

What the Heck is Qi?

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Ancient cultures understood that the body possessed a special energy that was responsible for life. The Chinese called this life force energy, Qi. I believe that what they were talking about is bioelectricity.

Bioelectricity

Electricity is a force that results from the interaction between positive and negative charges. Like charges repel while opposites attract. In the body there are different atoms and molecules that have positive or negative charges associated with them. We call these charged particles ions. Bioelectricity (the kind of electricity used in the body) is generated by the movement of these ions.

It is the controlled flow of ions that allows signals to be carried by the nerves of our brains and nervous systems. That means that every thought we have is a result of bioelectricity. This same basic process is responsible for the contraction of our muscles. So, every movement we make and every beat of our hearts are powered by electricity. But there are still deeper implications of bioelectricity.

Life Force Energy

The power source within every cell is an organelle called the mitochondrion. The average cell contains 1,000 mitochondria and they take up 1/10 of the cell’s total volume. The mitochondria convert glucose, fat, and protein from food and the oxygen from respiration into energy by creating adenosine triphosphate (ATP) which is the energy supply for many of the cellular, biomolecular machines.

Mitochondria fulfill their task by pumping protons (positively charged ions) from the inside to the outside of their organelle membranes. This creates a gradient of electrical charge where the inside of the mitochondrion is negative compared to the outside. Because positive and negative charges attract, an electoral field is created. In this way, the mitochondrion becomes a miniature bio-battery.

It is the electrical energy of these cellular batteries that powers the process of creating ATP. If the mitochondrial electricity were to fail, no ATP could be produced and the cellular machinery would stop. When this happens in the cells of the brain or the heart, bodily death results. So electricity is the ultimate energy of the life force.

Furthermore, the cells of the body actively transport positive, sodium ions out of themselves using pumps fueled by ATP. This creates another gradient of charge where the outside of the cell is positive compared to the inside. Similarly to the mitochondria, the cells themselves function as batteries. When the cellular membrane allows certain ions in or out of the cell, a tiny current of electricity results. This current further powers the cellular machinery of life.

Recently a University of Michigan biophysical chemist used a tiny voltmeter to measure rat brain cells’ electrical potential and detected fields as strong as 15 million volts per meter throughout. This is actually a tiny amount of electricity per cell, but when multiplied by trillions of cells, it becomes a huge force. In fact, assuming the rat measurements also apply to humans, we all have the electrical power of a lightning bolt within us!

Acupuncture taps into this powerful bioelectricity. It has been shown that a unique feature of acupuncture points is that they occur where there is a lower resistance to the flow of electricity than other areas. By tapping into and balancing the body’s bioelectricity, acupuncture turns on the self-healing mechanisms.

Has your pet had acupuncture?