Top 6 Things You Can Do Now To Prevent Your Dog From Getting Cancer

Cancer, or neoplasia is one of the most feared diseases and diagnoses among dog owners; unfortunately the incidence is on the rise leaving pet owners with many questions about why this is happening, and what they can do to prevent it. In this article you will learn about the current statistics on cancer in dogs, including which breeds are at highest risk. The exact definition of cancer is explained, then I go over the most common types of dog cancer; lymphosarcoma, mast cell tumors, osteosarcoma, and hemangiosarcoma. Lastly I reveal the top 6 things you can do now to prevent your dog from getting cancer in the first place.Cancer is now the number one cause of death in dogs. The National Cancer Institute has published figures, saying more than 27 million dogs in the Unites States will be diagnosed with cancer each year. Of dogs over the age of 10, over 50% will now die of cancer, an estimated 14 million. Golden Retrievers have the highest incidence of cancer amongst all dog breeds. The breed’s average lifespan is now down to 10 1/2 years, and 60% of Golden Retrievers will die of cancer. Breeds at increased risk include Golden Retrievers, Boxers, Rottweilers, Bernese Mountain Dogs, Boston Terriers, Irish Setter, Cocker Spaniels, and English Bulldogs.The definition of cancer is of abnormal cells which divide without control and are able to invade other tissues. Cancer cells can spread to other parts of the body through the blood and lymphatic systems. Cells grow and divide in a controlled way to produce more cells as they are needed to keep the body healthy. When cells become old or damaged, they die and are replaced with new cells. However, sometimes this process goes wrong; there are mutations in which cells do not die when they should and new cells form when the body does not need them. These extra cells may form a mass of tissue called cancer or a tumor. There are more than 100 different types of cancer, and the cancers are named for either the organ they affect, or the type of cell which they start in.Lymphoma is cancer of the lymph cells (lymphocytes), and lymphoid tissues. Lymphoid tissue is found in: lymph nodes, spleen, liver, intestinal tract and bone marrow. The type of lymphoma depends upon where the cancer originates: it may be the Skin form, the Intestinal form, or Generalized and spread throughout the lymph nodes (called multicentric). Signs for you to watch for include a firm lump that grows and won’t go away. Some pets have an increased appetite but continue to lose weight. Others have problems breathing and may show overall weakness if they are becoming anemic.Mast cell tumor signs for you to watch for include a firm lump that grows and won’t go away. Most common Mast Cell Tumors are abnormal skin growths. They are typically red and raised from the skin. They can spread to regional lymph nodes, and in some cases to other organs. Mast cell tumors can be present where ever Mast Cells exist in the body (i.e. the spleen, liver, lungs etc.) They are similarly graded as withLymphomas (Grade 1 – local growing, to Grade 5 – where the tumor cells have spread throughout the body).
Osteosarcoma is also known as Bone Cancer, common in medium to large breed dogs. The bones of the legs are most commonly affected. Most dogs first intermittently limp, then progressively limp more often as the tumor grows from the inside of the bone out. At that point you may see a swelling at the end of the bone, and it is firm and painful to touch.The exact cause of cancer is unknown, but environment also plays a big role with exposure to smog, herbicides, and insecticides being contributing factors. Vaccines have been implicated, along with food; preservatives and other chemical additives may also contribute to causing cancer. Clearly there is also a genetic component as we are seeing increased incidence within certain breeds, and some breeds now have a shorter lifespan due to cancer.So what can you do to prevent your dog from getting cancer in the first place?Clearly the issue is complex, and there isn’t only one simple answer; what all the experts agree on is that cancer is caused by many things, or multifactorial. What we can do though is draw some pretty simple conclusions from large scale studies on people, and equate them to our dogs.There is increasing evidence pointing toward the array of environmental toxins as causes of some cancers. Avoid pesticides on your pet if possible. Avoid using toxic lawn care products, and try to clean your house with non-toxic cleaners. As a society, we are exposed to more cancer causing products than we are even aware. A recent study showed the presence of over 75 environmental carcinogens in a group of ‘healthy’ people. There are many things that you can do to prevent Cancer. These changes will be good for both you and your pet.Vaccinate your dog with only the necessary vaccines. The vaccines are work by stimulating your dog’s immune system, and this repeated stimulation may make your dog more likely to develop cancer. There are published studies showing how types of cancer ( fibrosarcoma), develop at vaccine injection sites. The big point here is to only vaccinate your dog for the diseases they are likely to ever be exposed to, and give them the least number of vaccines as possible.As with people, regular exercise will help prevent cancer. It keeps the body weight lower, and causes the release of stress relaxing hormones, called endorphins. Recent studies in people show that moderate to intense exercise can dramatically reduce the chance of developing cancer. In a Finnish study, the researchers determined that, after controlling for cigarette smoking, fiber and fat intake, age, and other variables, the most physically active men were the least likely to develop cancer, particularly of the gastrointestinal tract or the lung. Clearly this study can be drawn to our dogs; one simple technique to decreasing dog cancer is with regular exercise, at a minimum of 30 minutes twice a day.Nutrition is the most important aspect of cancer prevention in your pet. When the body is supported with the building blocks needed to maintain healthy cells and repair damaged ones, healing from within can begin. It is best to feed a premium quality holistic diet. Avoid artificial colors, and ensure that a natural preservative is used. Some dogs thrive on a raw food diet; if you take the proper precautions, then this is an excellent option.I encourage you to look at supplementing your dog’s diet with nutrients that may play a role in cancer prevention. In people the general advice is to eat a diet including far more fruits and vegetables; the studies have shown that this simple change can reduce the risk of many cancers by 30-50%. In dogs we are typically not feeding anything fresh, instead hoping that the supposed dry and ‘nutritious’ dog kibble contains all that they need.Omega 3 Fatty Acids (EFAs) should be added to every dog’s diet; in fact, EFAs are vital. Omega 3 Fatty Acids are great anti-inflammatories and some studies have suggested that they may lower the likelihood of some types of cancer. They are inexpensive and easy to give; you can give your dog 1 tablespoon of flax oil per 50lbs daily added to their food, in the form of supplements, in ground flax seed or in fish oil.The last, but not least supplement I want to discuss are antioxidants. Antioxidants are substances which protect cells from the damage caused by free radicals; these are unstable molecules formed during normal cellular reactions. Most scientists tend to agree that free radical damage may lead to cancer. Antioxidants work by stabilizing these free radicals, preventing cell damage, and then cancer. There are many different antioxidants, such as vitamins A,C,E, selenium, lutein, beta-carotene, lycopene, and even green tea. A very simple way to increase the antioxidants in your dog’s diet is with the use of ground flax seed- it contains considerable levels of vitamin E, selenium and lignans; all are antioxidants. The dose I advise is to give your dog one tablespoon of ground flax per 50lbs daily; you can add it directly to the dry kibble, and many dogs will eat it.Dog cancer is on the rise for a number of reasons, including environmental toxins, food toxins, genetics, and many factors we don’t fully understand. Certain breeds such as Golden Retrievers are at a higher risk, but there are many things that you can do to lower the risk. These include avoiding many of the environmental toxins, decreasing the number and frequency of dog vaccines, better nutrition, and adding in supplements such as omega 3 fatty acids and antioxidants.

Learn Your Cycles – Did the 13th Zodiac Sign Damage Astrology?

Astrology is defined as the study of the movement of planets as it relates to their effect on human behavior. However, astrology does not take into account how the celestial cycles are affected by eras, ages, equinoxes, and epochs. For instance, night and day are also cycles however a summer night and day is very different from a winter night and day. Think of nature as a massive network of cycles; some of which extend longer than man’s known history. An “Age” is determined by the constellation that the northern axis of the planet Earth is pointing at during any given cycle. The Earth’s polar axis is 23 degrees off-center so it spins like a lemon. It takes the planet 23 hours, 56 minutes and 6 seconds to spin around its own axis which is commonly referred to as a 24-hour day. The spin of the tilted axis around its imaginary vertical center takes a lot longer, approximately 26,000 years, and is called a precession.Question: Why is it called a Precession? Answer: The root word “precess” means to move backwards. The precession of the equinox is the phenomenon whereby the Sun, on the day of the equinox (the day when the day and night are of equal length), rises in different constellations and changes about 50 arc seconds per year. At that rate, it takes almost 26,000 years to “precess” or move backwards through all twelve signs of the ancient zodiac. This 26,000 year precession cycle is broken up into 12 divisions of 2,155 years and is called an “age”. These ages coincided with the same 12 zodiacs that we travel through each month except in reverse. Therefore, the Earth’s axis would point to the sign of Cancer in 8640 B.C. and this would last for 2,155 years in the Age of Cancer, then in 6485 B.C. it would move into the Age of Gemini and 2,155 years after that the Age would move into Taurus and so on.Right now we have left the Piscean Age and are entering the Age of Aquarius. Megalithic structures, like the pyramids of Giza with its massive fixed stones, are an ideal vantage point for observing this slow movement of the stars from year to year, nevertheless, it would have taken generations and careful record keeping to notice a movement great enough to be sure that the equinox was actually precessing through the constellations. Cultures all over the world acknowledge that with the coming of a new age comes new changes in the physiology as well as psychology of man. Leaving the Piscean Age and moving into the Age of Aquarian marked advancing from old knowledge into new knowledge. Instruments and techniques that were once water based are now being replaced with electricity, lasers and ether. For instance, doctors used scalpels and threaded stitches decades ago, but now they are using laser technology and skin grafting. The Aquarian Age also signifies advancement in man’s spiritual selves.Question: What is the 13th sign and why isn’t it talked about? Answer: It is being talked about, but they’re just not talking to you! The 13th sign is called Asclepius by the Greeks and Ophiuchus by the Romans. It’s the sign of Serpentarius, the Serpent Holder. Serpentarius lies between Scorpio and Sagittarius on the zodiac cycle. However, it’s a hidden sign with its constellation being the nearest constellation to the center of our galaxy and the Pistol Star. The creators of the zodiac glyphs knew of this 13th sign and hid it intentionally but they left a clue to it for those who could find it. Scorpio and Sagittarius are the only astrological signs with arrows that are secretly pointing to something… When you look at the symbols as they are located in the sky in a circular pattern, they point to the hidden 13th sign, the Serpent Holder or Secret Holder representing the mastering or controlling of the serpent. The most important sign or revelation that came with the general announcement of this 13th sign is that astrology is going to be taking a very hard hit by these recent discoveries that were actually known for some time.Question: What does this mean for astrology as a whole? Answer: It means that astrology and the likes of it are outdated and a new means of determining fate, potential and insight needs to be created or rediscovered. Currently many are viewing “readings” as 95% induced. In other words, people make the readings come true or carry them out mainly because they think that they’re supposed to have these characteristics or personality. Both the scientific world and the metaphysical world have been leading man to the realization that, as with everything else in nature, man has cycles where strengths and weaknesses repeat themselves. This is the foundation of an ancient system that gave birth to “Learn Your Cycles”. Once you are knowledgeable of how you own cycles work, you can now understand the outer and inner influences that affect you, how to protect yourself and how to change and recreate them at will. This ancient system, referred to as Nun Cyclosis, was employed during the earliest civilizations of man in the charting of one’s present and future potential which was the foundation to the ancient form of Egyptian astrology and African spirituality. It concentrates on the six main cycles of the individual: The Will Power Cycle, the Inner Cycle, the Mood Cycle, the Awareness Cycle, the Fortune Cycle and the Sex Cycle. The Learn Your Cycles system shows you how to pay attention to yourself and the subtly hidden recurring signs that are often ignored. Learn Your Cycles also provides direction on how to control the good and bad that individuals attract into their lives. Learn Your Cycles provides what was missing from astrology readings, numerology readings and psychic readings and is designed to put the course of your destiny into your own hands.