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you wish to learn more about what is truly holistic?
Do you want to know why we spell holistic
with a "w"?
Do you want to know why we say 90-95% of
everything advertised as holistic is NOT?
Do you want to know why some so-called
"holistic" supplements do not work?
To find the answer to all these questions, go
to Russell's new personal blog "Wholistic
www.RussellLouie.com. Russell is blogging about the wholistic
lessons he learns in our wholistic practice, new scientific research
supporting holistic modalities and critical holistic news everyone needs to
know about (such as
Genetically Modified Organism food being served in fast-food restaurants
Iris's Cancer Returns
Our cat, Iris, was diagnosed just before Christmas (2010) with
advanced intestinal lymphoma.
RussellLouie.com/wholistic-lessons/lymphoma, will detail what we did
to reverse the cancerous condition for 6 months with all our "wholistic"
practices. In July, Iris stopped eating again and our holistic vet said the
lymphoma had returned with increased
thickening of her intestinal walls. She said even chemotherapy would not
have bought us 6 months, so we did really well (plus no side effects). We
were not about to give up on Iris as
she told us she was not ready to leave. So, we enlisted the services
of another holistic vet that does homeopathy. Dr. Jan Facinelli
recently completed a course on cancer homeopathy therapies. While we are not
"out of the woods" yet, Iris has made an amazing second comeback. Our first
vet calls Iris, the "miracle" cat. You can read what we did this second time
around and Iris's progress at Margaret's blog:
The Pursuit of Wholeness.
If you are a regular
reader you know we advocate feeding a
species-appropriate diet. Dogs and cats are carnivores
(meat-eating) whose native diet is primarily raw meat and bones. In
nature, canines eat 60–80%
meat (protein + fat) and minimal grains. The grains they eat are
fermented in the stomach of their prey and wolves will often pass on
eating the stomach, preferring meatier parts of the animal and organs.
Cats are “obligate carnivores”, meaning they must have meat to survive.
Cats need 70–95% meat in their diet. Domestic cats are descended from
the African wild cat, whose natural diet included rodents, birds, eggs,
reptiles and insects. They got their moisture from their food and not
drinking water, as they lived in the desert. Their prey contains 65–75%
water. Cats do not have a strong thirst drive so they will not drink
water until they are already dehydrated. This wild cat was domesticated
by the Egyptians 4,000 years ago to protect their granaries from
rodents. The cat was
ideally suited to this task, since it did not eat grains. Yet today, we
feed our cats dry kibble that
contains more grains than meat and only averages 10% water. Could this
be why so many cats get kidney
disease or Chronic Renal
Many holistic vets are now recommending a diet of raw meat, organs and
bones for dogs and cats. We follow their advice and feed a raw diet to
our pets and add bio-algae
concentrates to their food. Yet even our pets are not in perfect
health—why is this?
We adopted our Chihuahua-mix from a shelter at age 5. We quickly
transitioned her to a raw food diet
added bio-algae concentrates. Now at 14 years she has arthritis, poor
digestion and bad teeth. She has had 7 years of an excellent diet;
however it takes several generations of raw-fed dogs or cats to produce
optimal health. When you adopt shelter and rescue animals as we do, the
animal is often coming from a background of poor diet and
over-vaccination, both of which compromise their health. You may not be
able to totally overcome their background, despite an optimal, holistic,
Also, even a raw diet is not
perfect unless one can afford to feed farm animals that have been raised
on a perfect diet themselves, not given hormones or antibiotics and not
genetically modified (GMO) corn and soy (factory farming). The
perfect diet for cattle and sheep is grass and other pasture plants,
rather than being crammed together in a feedlot and fed corn or soy.
Chickens need to be outside foraging on pasture and eating bugs. Only
“pastured” chickens bought direct from farmers meet these criteria.
“Free-range” and “organic” chickens found in health food stores are
typically raised indoors in barns crammed together, with a little door
at the end that leads to a dirt patch no chicken uses. We confess that
our pets do not get 100% pasture-raised animals as it is
Besides diet, there are other factors affecting our pets’ health,
including over-vaccination. Our 9 year-old
tabby cat was previously owned by a vet tech who made liberal use of
annual vaccinations. Only the rabies vaccine is required by law and some
municipalities allow a 3-year protocol as supported by recent research.
Although we transitioned our cat to a raw diet and fed bio-algae
concentrates, she developed advanced intestinal lymphoma (cancer) a year ago. We feel her poor diet
in the past plus a high amount of vaccinations led to her illness. Our 3
years of feeding her good food was not enough to prevent cancer but
was enough to help her be very responsive to holistic treatment. We do
not know if her cancer is gone but she is currently symptom-free and has
outlived the vet’s prognosis by 11 months without doing
chemotherapy. You can read on our personal blogs what worked for Iris’
Our pets’ health is also compromised by environmental toxins, such as
chemicals in the home or outside. You may keep your home and yard free
of chemicals, but all parks are sprayed with pesticides. So, if you feed
a holistic, grain-free diet but also…
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