Holistic Medicine in Cancer Treatment – Part 2
Today we wanted to cover Dr. Mahaney’s recommendations for Maggie as a result of her visit with him. Note: these recommendations are specific for Maggie, her age, weight, overall health and type of cancer and her cancer protocol. Please don’t take them as definitive advice for your own dog.
Dr. Mahaney’s evaluation started with a general statement about Maggie’s overall health and we were pleased to read: “...appears as though she has a very high quality of life despite her cancer diagnosis.” That certainly got us off on a high note.
Dr. Mahaney listed his role as input into three areas of Maggie’s treatment:
- Consulting on her diet to minimize foods with grain meals, by-products, chemicals etc. Obviously we are pretty well off in that regard as we watch what Jack & Maggie eat very closely and they are both on well planned diets.
- Promoting digestive tract health to maximize absorption of nutrients to keep her immune system strong.
- Reducing inflammation in her body.
Dr. Mahaney recommended several Nutraceuticals to help support Maggie.
- Stasis Breaker: A blend of chinese herbs thought to assist in treating of tumors.
- Nutrigest: A probiotic and digestive tract/immune system support.
- Rx Clay: For the treatment of diarrhea (as needed).
Maggie is taking both the Stasis Breaker and the Nutrigest, but she’s had no diarrhea, so no need for the Rx Clay. We’re really pleased with the results of Maggie’s care so far. She hasn’t had any digestive issues, she eats well, drinks well and if you didn’t know she was sick, you could never tell by looking at her.
In addition to the nutraceuticals, Dr. Mahaney presented us with some nutritional guidance for Maggie that we will cover in a subsequent post. It was very interesting look at Chinese medicine energy and it’s approach to “hot” foods and “cooling” foods. Maggie’s health issues are mostly hot, so we want to feed her a cooling or neutral diet. Stay tuned for more on this.
Finally, I previously wrote about the Titer Test that the doctor recommended and Maggie’s results showed a positive response to Distemper, Adenovirus and Parvo and in this case a ‘positive’ is good as it means she has the antibodies to fight off these infections. We got some feedback in regards to Titer tests and some cautionary advice around depending on them too heavily to evaluate your dog’s immunity. Be aware that they do not test for everything (Rabies is not tested) and should be used with caution and in collaboration with your vet.