(Sarcomas, Mast Cell Tumors, Lymphoma and Melanoma)
By: Dr. Patricia Jordon
Water, processed foods, secondhand smoke, environmental factors, and vaccinations all have contaminants or toxins that can lead to cancers in pets. As a pet owner, you can take steps to minimize the effects of these toxins on both yourself and your beloved pet.
Toxins in the Water Supply
Many studies have demonstrated that fluoride can damage genes in animals at doses close to those that humans drink in our water. It also encourages aggravation of degenerative diseases of the nervous system. The EPA is currently seeking to ban fluoridation. Some drinking water has been contaminated with industrial pollutants including metals from antimony to zirconium, and they have even made it into intravenous and intramuscular administration, causing chronic inflammation, which is the backdrop to autoimmune disease and cancer. Piped drinking water is often treated with aluminum. The International Agency for Research on Cancer has found aluminum to be a grade III carcinogen – grade IV being the highest. If you can’t receive your water from a deep well or mountain spring then you need a reverse osmosis filter for your whole house.
Toxins in Processed Foods
Many processed foods are not only nutrient deficient and chronically inflammatory, they are oxidative (meaning they cause cell damage from free radicals) and contain ingredients that are known carcinogens to animals like BHT and BPA. Pesticides and herbicides (like glyphosate) found in processed foods are associated with many types of cancer: thyroid, pancreatic, kidney, liver, lymphoma, acute lymphoblastic leukemia and non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma. Mycotoxins and aflatoxins from mold in cereal grain-based processed foods (including pet kibbles) can lead to liver cancers or other liver disease.
Tobacco Smoke and Environmental Factors
Tobacco smoke is carcinogenic, increasing throat and lung cancer in our pets. More than 4,000 chemicals are used to manufacture cigarettes and many of those are carcinogens. In February 2018, Fortune magazine reported on a 20-year study by scientists at the University of Bergen in Norway that found that long-term use of toxic household cleaning products can be as harmful as smoking a pack of cigarettes a day. Use pet-safe non-toxic cleaners.
Some Ways Vaccines Cause Cancer
Vaccines contain aluminum and mercury (even the ones listed as mercury-free), both cancer-causing metals. These metals cause mutation of the P53 oncogene, which is our “tumor police.” Taking out the tumor police is just one of the ways vaccinations cause cancer. Another way is that one of the autoantibodies produced by vaccinations is to cardiolipin, a sort of “micro-fat” within many cells in the body. Autoantibodies to cardiolipin are destructive to the tiny part of most cells that produce energy and regulate cellular metabolism – the mitochondria. The cancers reported by veterinarians from vaccines are sarcomas and lymphoma. Stop the shots!
Wellness Pet Supplies is wrapping up its free lecture series on preventing cancer in our pets. If you would like to learn more, join our email list for the next free lecture series in Spring 2019.