Callie's Cancer Part 3

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Obviously, a blog about a house cat is hardly appropriate for a site dedicated to human health, but I feel that Callie's story is indeed significant to the human side of cancer.

This post is Part 3 of Callie's Cancer blog that was posted on Monday, 22 August 2016 and of Part 2 that was posted on Wednesday, 25 January 2017.

A Quick Recap

Callie was diagnosed on 6 June 2016 with terminal stomach and intestinal lymphoma. She was given six months to possibly a year to live with chemotherapy and steroid treatments. Her symptoms included: extremely weak and lethargic, bent back, too weak to straighten her hind legs, face and body drawn in intense pain, incontinence – total loss of bowel control, diarrhea, frequent vomiting, stools black with blood. She was so weak, it was hard to imagine her living the rest of the week, much less six months. 

We decided against the prescribed treatment as explained in Part 1 and Part 2, and instead, try her with the only cancer treatment that we have witnessed to be truly effective – a plant based diet. There didn't seem to be anything to lose. 

A year has passed and Callie is still with us and going strong. Callie's success in beating cancer with a vegan diet as her only treatment has far exceeded our most ambitious hopes. Not only are all of her cancer symptoms gone, but other lifelong inflammatory issues disappeared as well. Her latest veterinarian visit yielded a diagnosis of a trim, healthy 15-year-old cat with a clean bill of health. I believe Callie is another mark of evidence that a plant based diet is the most effective "treatment" in preventing and reversing cancer – especially since she is not even anatomically equipped to eat plants! 

Callie's story may be argued as not scientific proof, but it is indeed another significant example adding to an already long list of human examples. Callie is now enjoying her life. She is trim, strong, pain free, active, loving and fully in-charge.

Is Feeding a Cat a Vegan Diet Recommended?

No. Doctor McDougall often points out that each species has a specific optimum diet. I believe that is certainly true, but I believe there is more to it than that. The original source of food, for all animals on planet Earth is plants. Plants are the beginning of the food chain and is the most nutrient rich – as that is where it all starts. From Callie's cancer experience, I have learned that all carnivores suffer from getting their fuel and nutrition second-hand, however due to their anatomy, that is all they can do, and it shows: the average herbivore is larger, has more stamina and a longer lifespan than carnivores.

Is Feeding a Cat a Vegan Diet Easy?

No. Callie is indeed an obligate carnivore that we are feeding a diet that is in conflict with her gastric anatomy. Resulting issues include food passing too quickly, due to the fiber for which carnivore anatomy is not equipped, thus requiring more frequent meals. It also requires highly processed food to reduce the fiber content. As you might expect, her stools are loose due to the amount of remaining fiber, though she does have perfectly regular bowl control. Other issues include pH control. Cat's require acid forming foods while humans and other herbivores require alkaline forming foods. This can be extremely problematic, even fatal in some cats, particularly males. Fortunately, Callie's pH has remained in the safe zone.

Is it Difficult to get Cats to Eat Vegan Food?

Not really. All three of our cats love the vegan food. Just like humans, cats taste is learned and they like what is familiar. Also like most humans, they don't know where it came from. Additionally, they are individuals each with their own tastes.

What Has Been Learned?

While surviving cancer is a wonderful blessing, that is not the end of it. This has been a very enlightening journey, being that Callie's anatomy does not include elements for digesting plant based foods – a polar opposite of human anatomy. However, apparently, we are very similar at the cellular level especially with issues of inflammation and cancer. This experience adds another connecting dot to how inflammation is so involved in essentially all Standard American Diseases - including cancer. 

Please understand that I am not a medical professional in any capacity. This writing is only to share my experience and what I have learned from it.

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  1. Sean Carney

Thank you Ken for keeping us updated on Callie. Quite the story. Quite the experience. Great read. :-)

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  1. Marky Yvanovich

I enjoyed reading all three of Callie's blog entries. Very thought provoking, to be sure. Who would have even thought that a plant based diet might be beneficial to a carnivore. The amazing power of plants!

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  1. Sean Carney

You can sure say that again. Amazing that the cats have been benefited. Years ago I ready the story of "Little Tyke" who was a lioness whose mother tried to kill her at birth. As a result Little Tyke would not eat anything with blood in it. Even one drop of blood in a bucket of grains. That lioness was happy and calm and peaceful and eventually died from too much heat from Hollywood filming lighting on a movie set.

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  1. Ken Thomas

Callie Update 26-Sep-17

Callie's latest doctor (veterinarian) visit included a full body ultrasound and complete blood-work panel. Her previous ultrasound, taken in June 2016, revealed thickening of the stomach and intestinal walls indicating cancer, which was then confirmed by multiple biopsies.

Her latest ultrasound, taken on 14-September 2017, one year and four months after adopting a vegan diet,
indicates all organs to be normal - no thickening of any tissues noted. Her blood-work is also void of any cancer markers. She no longer has any symptoms or test results indicating cancer.

Though not cancer related, her total cholesterol of 102 and triglycerides at 34 are of interesting note. Both a total life-history low.

Callie is now enjoying an increase in her dietary options. Two homemade options have been added, using VegeCat nutrition supplements. While plant based foods have a much higher nutrition density than meat based foods, cats do not have the physical anatomy to extract it, thus requiring supplements. She loves her new homemade meals. The first dish we tried was oatmeal based. She loved it so much her first words were, "Wow! This great!". Ok, no she really...

Callie Update 26-Sep-17

Callie's latest doctor (veterinarian) visit included a full body ultrasound and complete blood-work panel. Her previous ultrasound, taken in June 2016, revealed thickening of the stomach and intestinal walls indicating cancer, which was then confirmed by multiple biopsies.

Her latest ultrasound, taken on 14-September 2017, one year and four months after adopting a vegan diet,
indicates all organs to be normal - no thickening of any tissues noted. Her blood-work is also void of any cancer markers. She no longer has any symptoms or test results indicating cancer.

Though not cancer related, her total cholesterol of 102 and triglycerides at 34 are of interesting note. Both a total life-history low.

Callie is now enjoying an increase in her dietary options. Two homemade options have been added, using VegeCat nutrition supplements. While plant based foods have a much higher nutrition density than meat based foods, cats do not have the physical anatomy to extract it, thus requiring supplements. She loves her new homemade meals. The first dish we tried was oatmeal based. She loved it so much her first words were, "Wow! This great!". Ok, no she really didn't say that out loud. She couldn't... her mouth was full. Then we tried her with a barley based meal and she loves it as well. There have been many total flops along the way, but she now has about five daily meal options that she really loves.

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  1. Sean Carney

What a fascinating story. Thanks for sharing it. I used to feed my cats some 40 years ago on a vegan diet of a lot of brown rice with olive oil and lots of yeast flakes. They really loved it (the oil and yeast seems to be what they loved most) and would even bring in other cats to try out their food. But, they also supplemented their diet with birds and mice and other little creatures which they would also bring to me as a thank offering. :-( My guess is your cats won't feel compelled to do that since the supplements you are providing your cats are probably what my cats were missing. :-)
Sean

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  1. Linda Carney MD

I am thrilled for Callie's success in reversing her cancer. Pretty good for such an old cat! I am happy that she is vegan and that you all are too.

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