Intestinal lymphoma (canine)
(San Antonio, TX)
My dog's small intestine burst open on Dec 10, 2011. After eight days in the hospital with septic peritonitis, he began chemotherapy based on the Wisconsin protocol. After nine weekly treatments, the chemo stopped killing the cancer. He has been put on another protocol; his prognosis is not good.
I have studied a lot about using herbs for canine lymphoma, and most of what I have read does not specifically address intestinal lymphoma. Riley apparently suffered with undiagnosed IBD (although I kept taking him in with obvious symptoms)for almost two years. It is very difficult for him to digest almost anything other than prescription kibble & small amounts of prescription canned food. Since he needs a high fiber diet, I lovingly prepared him a special blend of foods (all organic) in a base of turkey & oatmeal. He simply could not digest it; in fact, it set him back quite a bit. I felt terrible.
So (at last) here are my questions: (1)Is your herbal cancer tincture easy to digest? This is very important! I was going to purchase some powered burdock root to sprinkle on his food when I read about your product. I need to keep things simple for him. I do not want to aggravate his intestines in any way as he still has the IBD -- plus cancer. (2) If he can tolerate this product, is it safe to give it to him while he is on Lomustine (CeeNU), his current (and last chance) chemo drug?
Thanks for your time and trouble,
Thank you for writing to us about your beloved Riley and his struggle with intestinal lymphoma. As an herbalist I will do what I can to advise you, but please understand that I will not give medical advice or suggest anything that would interfere with current veterinary protocol. That said, let me answer your questions simply as one dog lover to another.
You ask if our herbal tincture is easy to digest. Medical science agrees that a liquid extract is up to 5 times more absorbable (bio-available) than a capsule, pill or granule. Sprinkle powdered herb in a bowl of water and it just floats there without dissolving. In a dog's short digestive tract, there is little chance of digestion and therefore utilization of medicinal properties. Riley's real "take home" is not the amount of medicine or its strength, but the rate of absorption and utilization.
All of our Primalix Herbal Extracts are made with a time-honored, cold-and-slow process that leaves all plant constituents alive and intact, ready for duty, in the same synergistic constituent ratios as in the plants used. Absolutely nothing is denatured. Since our extraction process has already done the "digestion" by bringing out the vital medicinal constituents, absorption begins in the mouth and continues effortlessly along the intestinal tract.
As for the Lomustine (CeeNU), if Riley were my dog, I would be most concerned about the suppression of bone marrow and immune function. According to the drug's manufacturer, Bristol-Myers Squibb, thrombocytopenia, a condition of low blood platelet counts that makes clotting difficult, is common in Lomustine patients. Low white blood cell counts are also common due to the suppressed immune system. Toxicity levels can also affect the liver and kidneys. Still, it is our job as pet parents to weigh the risks and move forward with treatment, which always includes a hope and a prayer.
Let me say that if one of my dogs were in Riley's position I would not hesitate to include the benefit of what I consider to be the higher wisdom of herbal medicine in his protocol. We humans tend to think of "medicine" as something that exerts an action or elicits a specific reaction on the body. "Take pill A for symptom B." It's true, herbs have their pharmacological actions, and as for the ingredients in our Primalix C-Care Herbal Extract Functional Food Drops, I find the risk of adverse interactions insignificant. But herbs also have a "vital" or nutritive/healing effect on the systems, glands and organs that allows the body to heal itself, which is (and can only be) a natural process. This can make a difference.
I personally would never allow one of my dogs to undergo the assault of chemotherapy without the protection of herbal medicine. Herbs have been in use far longer than modern conventional medicines and have cured far more patients than toxic chemicals ever will.
My heart goes out to you and your Riley.
Gary Le Mon