You would be amazed at what are in herbs.
For all readers with a “conventional only” medicine approach (anti “alternative), read on. You may be surprised. For you “alternative only” people (anti “conventional”), this will be right up your alley.
For those of you with a rational, discerning, anti-bias viewpoint, congratulations. You are a full-spectrum approach supporter. You will be able to use more tools, to greater effect, to help your dog’s health than either of the previous two groups.
So, back to herbs. It is peculiar to think of food herbs as being beneficial to dogs. Yet, I included them in the dog cancer diet for good reason.
When doing the research for the Apocaps preparation (for those who don’t know, this is the apoptogen supplement I designed for my patients), I evaluated hundreds and hundreds of compounds.
Many interesting and novel molecules are out there, and a whole slew of them can be found in herbs. Now, did I include all of them in Apocaps? Nope. The reason is because we need to insure high safety, desired effects, and insure compounds get into the bloodstream from the pill.
A lot of very active molecules are found in herbs. However, we have not adequately tested for safety if we were to extract very high doses of these actives to give for dogs with cancer.
But, I feel we can take advantage of the raw herbs and include them in the Dog Cancer Diet recipe found in The Guide.
Take eugenol, for example. This is a little known compound that has quite potent effects in the body and is found in a bunch of herbs, notably basil and cloves.
When high doses of eugenol were injected into mice with experimental solid carcinomas in their abdomen, a reduction in the tumor of almost 25% resulted.
In melanoma, eugenol treatment stopped metastasis of the cancer in lab animals. Everyone got excited and then tested six compounds related to eugenol, and some helped induce apoptosis.
What is apoptosis? Programmed cell death of deranged cells. This is the strategy used to create Apocaps, and the goal of this product, and how dogs benefit.
Eugenol had nice affects against colon cancer cells in test tubes as well.
Another interesting thing about eugenol is that has some neat antimicrobrial properties. It is used in a wash for throat infections in people, and has some neat affects against mites too.
But shouldn’t we then take a bunch of eugenol and give it to our dogs??
Not so fast. Safety still needs to be established. This is not a mickey-mouse molecule.
But basil? Go for it!
Lots of dogs seem to love herbs in their food, and with some added affects possible against cancer, why not? So that’s why I included herbs like basil in the Dog Cancer Diet and in The Guide.
Dr. Demian Dressler is internationally recognized as “the dog cancer vet” because of his innovations in the field of dog cancer management, and the popularity of his blog here at Dog Cancer Blog. The owner of South Shore Veterinary Care, a full-service veterinary hospital in Maui, Hawaii, Dr. Dressler studied Animal Physiology and received a Bachelor of Science degree from the University of California at Davis before earning his Doctorate in Veterinary Medicine from Cornell University. After practicing at Killewald Animal Hospital in Amherst, New York, he returned to his home state, Hawaii, to practice at the East Honolulu Pet Hospital before heading home to Maui to open his own hospital. Dr. Dressler consults both dog lovers and veterinary professionals, and is sought after as a speaker on topics ranging from the links between lifestyle choices and disease, nutrition and cancer, and animal ethics. His television appearances include “Ask the Vet” segments on local news programs. He is the author of The Dog Cancer Survival Guide: Full Spectrum Treatments to Optimize Your Dog’s Life Quality and Longevity. He is a member of the American Veterinary Medical Association, the Hawaii Veterinary Medical Association, the American Association of Avian Veterinarians, the National Animal Supplement Council and CORE (Comparative Orthopedic Research Evaluation). He is also an advisory board member for Pacific Primate Sanctuary.
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