Holistic Medicine in Cancer Treatment – Part 2

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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:

  1. 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.
  2. Promoting digestive tract health to maximize absorption of nutrients to keep her immune system strong.
  3. 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.


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  1. This kind of medecine is always worth a try. There are a lot of good treatments for so many things. It was a like a miracle as my uncle could stop cortisone shots after some sessions and a chinese medecine specially made for him. I cross my paws for good news and I hope so much that it works best for Maggie.
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  2. So glad Maggie hasn’t had diarrhea from her chemo as it does happen quit often but then you do so well with the types of food you give her. Never heard of the clay for treating.

  3. So happy to read this!! Chinese medicine, for one, has been around for a long time and I think we need to be open to our options. I believe there are many ways to heal and many paths to health. That she has a high quality of life, that must have put the biggest smile on your faces!!
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  4. I enjoy learning more about Holistic medicine, i’m not all too familiar with it, so thanks for this.
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  5. Isn’t the idea of hot, neutral, and cooling proteins amazing? I spoke with a holistic vet after our vet recommended surgery to help Bentley’s chronic ear infections. I changed to all cool or neutral proteins and the result has been incredible. Even the top of his head and his underarms, which has always been hot to the touch ar now cool. No surgery needed! I am so happy that you will be using this with Maggie.
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  6. Sounds like you’re having a really positive experience with complementary medicine. So glad Maggie is doing so well with it.

    As more people opt for titers for their dogs, I wonder if it will lead to research studies that might influence the vaccination guidelines?
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  7. You’re so super lucky to be able to work with Dr. Patrick.
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  8. It is so encouraging that Maggie is doing so well with this care. I look forward to learning more about all of it.
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  9. I’m so glad to hear that Maggie is doing so well and glad to hear the vets considering ‘non-traditional’ treatments for her as well.

    My guys are on a good probiotic as well as a natural anti-inflammatory and I’m so glad your vet is on board with this. I’m also intrigued by the warm/cool foods myself. Cant’ wait to read about it.
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  10. It makes a lot of sense to also take a holistic approach to Maggie’s treatment – I recently learned about the difference in cold, neutral, and warm proteins as well after a consultation with a raw food specialist. Now I know why Missy would regurgitate her raw food – she’s a warm protein gal, why Buzz does well with all proteins. I’m very glad to hear that Maggie is doing so well!!
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  11. I like the holistic approach. Very interested in your next entry regarding the nutritional guidance. I’ve located a holistic vet in SC and I’m very interested in meeting with her BEFORE I need her services. Very thorough post Slim, best to Maggie, Jack and the humans! The Boys and I are keeping you in our prayers.
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