One of the things that is very frustrating in conventional medicine for people or cats, is the medical profession’s desire to keep their “blinders” on. By that I mean to say that most, M.D.’s and D.V.M’s, (and others in the medical community) do not appear to be willing to look at diet, and “non-traditional” therapies.
This is true even if they are accepted in other cultures and have long traditions. To be fair, a large number of patients and pet owners only want pills, surgery, and fast solutions.
What I am looking for are D.V.M.’s (especially, since this is for Thomas our cat) who are willing to look at prayer, herbs, vitamins, minerals, mushroom extracts, and diet to help change things such as diabetes, anemia, and cancer.
The non-traditional therapies can result in very fast, or more often, very gradual changes. The thing that I am trying to figure out is how to sort the “wheat from the chaff” in terms of those who have advice. It is just as bad to fall into the hands of a person who is pushing error as truth, or whose primary goal is to make money off people who are in need.
That being said, when one steps outside the boundaries of “orthodox” medical treatment, one has to chose based, not on certainty, but on the best available evidence.
If you know of D.V.M.’s that have an open mind and can and do give good advice, let me know and I will follow up and post what I find.
Thank you for your help.
Our older cat, Thomas, has diabetes. He is also anemic. The vet suspects cancer or an auto immune problem.
We are now giving Thomas 5 units of insulin twice a day. For the anemia we are giving him as much liver as he wants to eat.
I am looking for some alternative treatments that could be used as adjunct therapies.
For example, with regard to diabetes, cinnamon has been getting some very good reviews. It mimics insulin and is available as a common spice. If that is a good remedy, how much and how often?
Fenugreek also has some good reviews. However, it can lead to stomach and intestinal problems.
I do not want something that is contraindicated for cats or will work against the insulin.
Glucose tolerance factor chromium makes cells more receptive to insulin. How much should be given to a cat based on weight and health?
It seems that many diabetics are low on Magnesium. Would some extra magnesium help (although it also has laxative properties).
Another approach that hits both problems is Maitake extract. Maitake extract seems to have blood sugar leveling properties And it also seems to be effective against cancer. It helps to induce proper cell death.
Turmeric seems to have good cancer reducing properties.
Vitamin E and selenium do well together to work against free radicals.
Vitamin D3 shows promise against colon cancer.
What is a good tool to measure proper amounts and where can I go to get the correct amounts for a cat based on weight and health conditions?
Thanks for your interest and information.