Ten Nondiet Ways to Prevent Cancer

Discover preventive strategies to help guard your pet against cancer.

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More and more cats are becoming cancer survivors because their pet owners are doing their holistic homework. Here, Drs. Pitcairn, Schwartz, and Goldstein provide ten at-home preventive strategies to help guard your pet against cancer:


1. Provide only pure water. Tap water is often polluted with toxic chemicals such as lead, arsenic, and nitrates. Holistic vets strongly advise using a good-quality water purifier. By getting fresh water (bottled or distilled), you can rejuvenate your pet because it flushes toxins from the body and contributes to the feeling of well-being, says Dr. Goldstein.

If you decide to buy a water purifier, keep in mind that although initially costlier than bottled water, it is much cheaper in the long run, costing only pennies a gallon, says Dr. Pitcairn.

2. If your pet already has cancer, avoid all vaccinations. Vaccinations can stress your pets immune system. Recently, one cat owner found this out. Her 9-year-old cat, Sam, contracted a disease called vaccine-induced fibrosarcoma. This is a fatal cancer for cats that develops at the site of repeated vaccine injections, say holistic vets.

Sam was one of the lucky ones. Two thousand dollars later, the tumor on his shoulder was gone. Today, Sam is in remission and looks 100 percent better.

For cancer patients, at the very least, avoid vaccinations during treatment because they will counteract any positive and immune-enhancing effects of your home-support program, says Dr. Goldstein. Ask your vet about the homeopathic remedy Thuja occidentalis 30C, which removes the immune-suppressing effects of vaccinations.

3. Avoid indoor pollution. Keep your pet away from cigarette smoke. Studies show that secondhand smoke contains hundreds of toxic chemicals that can cause lung cancer in humans. It hasn’t been shown to be as much of a problem for animals, yet vets still recommend that you avoid exposing your pet to it.

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