By Katy Cable, TWR
A 5-Minute Read That Just May Save Your Dog’s Life
Each morning I begin my day by swirling a heaping tablespoon coconut oil in my cappuccino. The next hour plus is spent answering emails and checking my social media threads. Each day my heart breaks and my prayers go out to many of my beloved canine friends who have been diagnosed with cancer. I feel that horrible kick in the gut any pet owner feels when they get that dreaded diagnosis. The story you are about to read would've seemed just too good to be true had I not witnessed the miraculous healing with my own eyes. ----Several times over. So, get ready! I'm beyond excited to share with you one of the most important pieces I've ever written. I hope it gives you some much needed hope and optimism about new possibilities.
On what looks like any other rural road just outside Austin Texas, is ground zero for where canine cancer met its match. It was called the KetoPet Sanctuary. Here, local shelter dogs with terminal cancers, "RED-TAGGED" dogs, set to be euthanized, were given a second-chance. They were taken in and provided, (free-of-charge) the highest quality, state-of-the-art, cancer treatment options available. -And the results are absolutely ASTOUNDING!
If you pictured this KetoPet Sanctuary to have been an extravagant, high-tech medical compound, where dogs were kept like "research-rats" in a sterile lab, you are completely off-base. Surprisingly it looked just like any other comfortable, unassuming Texas ranch. The big difference was this ranch proved, time and time again, to hold the key to treating canine cancer.
The KetoPet Sanctuary was a 53-acre facility, idyllic for dogs. It boasted an outdoor water park, dog run and agility area, while the interior was furnished with sofas, dog beds, blankets, and every dog toy imaginable. The fascinating thing was that right there alongside all the fun and comforts, we’re the most technologically advanced, state-of-the art, human-grade diagnostic equipment such as the PET/CT scan (A nuclear medicine imaging test used to evaluate normal and abnormal biological function of organs and cells.) As well as two hyperbaric oxygen chambers, which have been proven to shrink cancer tumors.
Believe it or not, the astounding thing was that the top weapon in the battle of cancer was not in a complex machine or new research drug but rather a simple diet anyone could follow at home. It was called a ketogenic diet (thus the sanctuary's name) and it was shown to literally melt away cancer.
You’d have to be living under a rock not to know about ketogenic diets, but this sanctuary was groundbreaking in making this into the mainstream miracle diet it is today.
What exactly is a ketogenic diet anyway? The ketogenic diet is based on a theory presented by Otto Warburg in 1924. Warburg hypothesized that cancer feeds on sugar (which is what carbohydrates break down in to) and it cannot process fats well. Therefore if you eliminate the carbs (sugars) and add fats, you’ll stop the growth of cancer. The true meaning of the ketogenic diet is any nutritional approach that encourages the body to produce ketones. What are ketones? Ketones are simply short-chain fats that are produced in your liver and used for energy. Eating ketogenically and using ketones for fuel has been shown to provide a host of overall health benefits, including increased cognitive function, improved insulin sensitivity, and enhanced performance.
A typical Ketogenic diet looks like this: 80 to 90% fat from MCT's (such as coconut or olive oils) 5 to 15% protein (usually beef) and 5% low-glycemic carbohydrates (from mostly green vegetables). In addition, all of the dogs participated in MetCon, (their term for metabolic conditioning) was the other key defense in their cancer-blasting arsenal.
Each day dogs participated in MetCon which involved a very strenuous regime of exercises specifically designed to boost the metabolism as well as maximize the number of calories burned. As you can imagine, this level of physical activity had proven benefits including greater heart health and far better metabolic functioning.
In addition, weekly blood work was performed on every dog as well as monthly CT and PET scans. These tests closely monitored and evaluated their cancers. The results they are saw were nothing short of astonishing. So much so that even some of the biggest skeptics became excited.
One of their most remarkable success stories to date was that of a six-year-old Vizsla, named Cali. Cali was originally thought to be pregnant when she first arrived at the animal shelter. A pregnancy ultrasound revealed not a litter of puppies but tragically, only one pup and one massive tumor. The findings got worse. Cali was diagnosed with hemangiosarcoma, one of the most aggressive, deadly cancers in canines. The mortality rate is nearly100%. This particular type of cancer does not respond to chemotherapy and other types of cancer treatments. Cali's prognosis was grim. Given less than a month to live, Cali was scheduled to be euthanized until, she was offered a second chance at the KetoPet Sanctuary.
Cali underwent treatment and, after 30 days half her tumors had literally melted away. The other half had shrunk drastically. After 180 days, Cali was completely cancer free with no tumors found on any of her scans. At 680 days cancer-free and running around like a young puppy at the sanctuary, Cali was adopted by the founders of the KetoPet Sanctuary after she had completed her treatment.
And Cali is not just some miraculous fluke. Since the KetoPet Sanctuary opened their doors in October 2014, HUNDREDS of dogs have also gotten "a new leash on life" and are living cancer-free after following the KetoPet regime. Dogs like Trooper, a boxer, who has been free of a rare type of blood cancer since November, 2015 and Blazer, a Staffordshire mix who has been devoid of mast cell cancer for over eight months. And this story gets even better. Not only are dogs beating death sentences with their cancers, they were also available for adoption once they had successfully completed treatment. Every dog brought was provided care and love until they found a forever home.
It's unbelievable that something as simple as a diet and exercise regimen can kill these deadly cancers, but that is exactly what's happening. When it comes to fighting cancer it's a DIET that has proven to be far more powerful than any drug currently available. A diet that's affordable, simple, and doesn't come with the adverse side effects of many drugs. A ketogenic diet actually uses the body's metabolism to halt and burn cancer.
If this all sounds just too good to be true and you’re wondering why you hadn't heard about something this remarkable before, think about this…Because there is no miracle drug to unveil, no pet food or product to promote, and no financial “pot-of-gold” at the end of this rainbow, nobody had been putting money into researching this approach. -That is until the founders of the KetoPet Sanctuary came along. One of the really cool things about the efforts at the KetoPet Sanctuary was that it wasn’t dependent on grant money from a large drug company or one selling pet food or products. It was simply the passion and dream of two entrepreneurs who also had the necessary dollars to try and solve the #1 killer facing canines today.
The heros behind this unprecedented effort are husband and wife team, Shannan & Ron Penna, who are the makers of Quest Protein Bars. As one of the nation's fastest growing companies with half a billion dollars in annual sales, they decided to empty their deep pockets and fund research on metabolic disease and the profound effect diet plays. They formed the Epigenix Foundation and hoped to cure the #1 killer of canines (with 1 out of 2 dog affected in their lifetime) and the #2 killer of Americans. After all, regardless of the massive amounts of finances and research devoted to finding a cure for cancer, little headway has been made.
Co-founder Shannan Penna and her husband Ron are also passionate dog owners who always dreamed of having an animal sanctuary. Not long after they created Epigenix, they realized combining their dream with this new endeavor was a perfect fit and the KetoPet Sanctuary was born.
KPS led to many other exciting developments in the fight against canine cancer. A remarkable documentary, "The Canine Cancer Survival Series" created by my friend, Rodney Habib and Dr. Karen Becker is available. It features interviews with groundbreaking researchers from around the globe as well as the option to purchase personalized coaching, meal plans, and join the canine cancer forum. The miraculous victories they show in the workshop videos will completely astound you. -And give you HOPE. Visit my website for links to these resources.
Best of all, the founders of the KetoPet Sanctuary have shared their Keto Pet Diet for canines and I am happy to send it to you for FREE by simply going to my website and requesting a copy. If making your dog’s ketogenic food is simply too much, they also offer it ready-made which you can purchase and have it sent right to your dog’s bowl.
If your dog is suffering from cancer or another metabolic disease, I encourage you to work with your pet's veterinary team and discuss giving this a try.
I hope you will share this information and spread the word to anyone who might be in need. And of course, I look forward to seeing the day when cancer is no longer a dreaded death sentence but a treatable condition. Keep me posted on your miracles. Pugs and kisses!