Kicking cancer’s tail: The Superfood Dog Diet

So many people have asked me how my 12-year old dog, Emmy, is whipping cancer. She’s  transformed over the last four weeks. Here’s how we’re doing it.

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After a kidney cancer diagnosis, and a less than one year survival prognosis — if we removed the kidney and followed with chemo — we decided to fight it with science and nutrition. The goal, no suffering, and good, happy days for as long as possible. So far, we’re winning.

At diagnosis (4/12/16), Emmy had periodic vomiting, very little appetite, and lethargy. She was losing weight, was disengaged and mostly wanted to be alone, which is very unusual for my girl. I knew she didn’t feel good. Was she leaving? My first goal was to see if I could get her eating again.

The day after diagnosis I changed her diet from Simple Formula Wellness dog food (which I believe to be a high quality food) to an all human diet plus a superfood supplement. We started with scrambled eggs cooked in a tiny bit of coconut oil. She went for it.

My friend and animal healer, Nancy Seymour, inventor of the superfood supplement I’m using, is using her years of nutrition experience and guiding me every step of the way.

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“We just want her infused with clean, healthy, easily digested food to not tax kidneys.  My supplement will boost her immune system. We can build on that.” – Nancy

We started with foods that fight inflammation and are high in anti-oxidents: sweet potatoes, blueberries, pumpkin, coconut oil. I blend them in the Vitamix so they’re super easy for her to eat and digest. Each day we added new foods: Greek yogurt, butternut squash, green beans. Smaller meals, more often. Each meal, I add the Shining Star Pets supplement (dosage by weight).

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What’s in it?  My well dog, Lola, also loves it!

“It’s all chemistry and nutrition fueling her immune system. Appetite and poop are important to us. We tweak… She eats.” – Nancy

Her appetite immediately improved, but she was losing weight, down to 52 pounds. So we increased the carbs. I alternate oatmeal and brown rice at meals, always sweet potatoes, plus a small amount of protein. A snack can be cottage cheese mixed with canned pumpkin. Peanut butter on mashed banana. I make greek yogurt blueberry pops as a superfood treat. We limit the protein to no more than 20% of her diet so we don’t tax the kidneys. Anything that isn’t processed (meaning — you can see it in her poop!), I put in the blender. Easier to eat, easier for her body to digest. Every nutrient of the food is used by her system.

To be clear, this isn’t a table scraps diet. It’s a low salt, good oils (coconut and olive), good fats, good carbs and a controlled amount of protein. It took me about a week to get the hang of it.

Our results so far: She’s jumping up and down when it’s time to eat. She rolls around in the backyard. We walk 2-3 times a day.

That doesn’t look like a dog that’s dying to me. The cancer is still there, but she isn’t suffering. She’s happy, engaged and making the most of every day.

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It makes me think, if we can transform a dog with cancer in just a few weeks using whole foods and nutritional supplementation, shouldn’t we be considering that option for people in the same predicament?

Have you ever tried a whole foods diet with your dog? Would love to hear about it.

Golden Retriever kicking cancer’s tail

I knew. She’s been my girl since she was 12 weeks old. She’s survived it twice. I could see it in her eyes and feel it in her presence. I knew the darkness was back.

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Tubular adenocarcinoma of the kidney.

DAMNIT.

At 12 years old, my Emmydog has already outlived the statistics. Beating mast cell cancer two times. Losing her spleen. Battling arthritis like a prizefighter. The thought of putting her through radical surgery to remove the kidney and tumor was gut wrenching. The alternative…unthinkable.

Tears. A LOT of tears.

Was she in too much pain already? She’s not eating much at all and is pulling away into the backyard and away from her people. This.can.not.be.happening.

My dear friend Nancy Seymour quickly devised a nutrition plan to see if we could get Emmy eating again.  We took her off dog food and put her on a vegetarian whole food diet and the superfood supplement Nancy invented. (Seriously, read Nancy’s story here!)

BAM. In a day, she’s eating again! And in ten days… THIS!

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She’s like a different dog. She’s jumping up and down at feeding time. She’s running some in the backyard. Playing with her toys. Happy.

That’s all I want for her. As many happy moments as possible.

We’ll keep you posted. In the meantime, remember ShiningStarPets.com.  It’s a revolutionary product and it’s going to take the world by storm. And my Emmy will be part of its legacy.

 

 

Super Bowl Ads: LIKE, LOVE, FAIL part 1

There will be plenty written from the analysts about which Super Bowl ads were the big winners. Here are my rules: I get one impression, no rewinding, gut reaction, then I score it. (**Note: I went back later and added the videos)

Let’s play:

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Ford “Double”

I like the marketing tactic of buying a :30, followed by a :60. More screen time breaks up the clutter. One clear message “Ford Fusion has double the gas mileage.” It does the marketing job by repeating the message over and over, but no one will be talking about it tomorrow. Oh and the whole Rob Riggle / James Franco thing — distraction to the message. Why do that? You got James Franco. Just let him be JAMES FRANCO. It could have worked but wasn’t a homerun.

Maserati “Strike”

Great copy. That little girl is brilliant. Powerful imagery. Wait…Maserati? What? Let’s appeal to the underdogs to sell a super luxury car. Groan. What were they thinking!? Either people will talk about (and be offended by) the disconnect or they won’t remember the product. Negative either way. FAIL.
Doritos “Time Machine”

Great characters. Great storytelling. “Jimmy?? You’re so old!” Super simple spot that didn’t cost a zillion dollars to make. Doritos has been riding this storytelling technique to the bank. Did you see the Golden Retriver digging in the bag?  LOVE
Chevy & The Bull “Romance”

It had everything going for it…great copy, a character (the Bull!) you love, memorable music..then UGH..the horrible tag line! “Strong for all the roads ahead” — ruined the whole spot! FAIL. I hate tag lines.
Beats “ellen”

Who doesn’t love Ellen? I would watch it over and over again just to watch her dance. Enough said. I’m not quite sure what a Beats music plan is, however, I’m probably not the demo target. LIKE.
Hyundai
(why can’t I find this video posted by Hyundai on youtube?)
Dads save their kids! It had everything. Visual scenarios every parent can relate to. Rule of threes (twice!), sticky music, emotional connection, ONE LINE of copy! Less is more. LOVE.
squarespace “A better web is coming”

Personifying the internet!  Love the concept. They captured it brilliantly. Makes me want to see it again and again to see all the characters they’ve created: SHARE ME! LIKE ME! CLICK HERE! REFINANCE! I hope they follow it up with what this “new internet” is. LOVE
Radioshack – New stores

“The 80s called they want their store back!” Message: our stores suck. we’re making new ones. I’ll remember that (and that MaryLou Retton lookalike), but it won’t make me shop there. Just because you’ll look like Apple, doesn’t make you Apple. LIKE.
Chevy – Cancer Day

Storytelling is everything. You start thinking she’s so sad. He looks worried. Then the sun peeks over the horizon and hope takes over.  So much emotion without any words. LOVE IT. However, the web address on the end of the spot has no connection to it. What does purple roads mean? I suspect there’s some sort of social campaign there, but they totally missed driving that point home. Too bad, could’ve been a homerun.
T-Mobile “Tim Tebow”

“Contracts are limiting. We’ll buy you out of yours.” Good concept. Simple message. Perfect spokesman for it. LIKE.
Volkswagon “Angel Wings”

LOVE IT!! LOVE IT! LOVE IT. Memorable, totally realistically delivered visual. One message. VWs are 100,000 mile cars, with the occasional 200,000 milers that make German engineers shoot rainbows out of their butts. Boom. My fav of the night so far. LOVE.
H&M

I was so distracted by David Beckham’s, well – everything, that I don’t even know how I feel about this ad. Does H&M sell only men’s underwear? Is the target audience for this young girls? I know plenty of women my age who lust after him who would NEVER shop at H&M. “Sex sells” ..it’s so 90s.  Moving on.
Coca Cola “America is Beautiful”

Celebrate the diversity of America. Period. LOVE. I predict this one will generate some controversy.
Notice how the :60s just stand out from the clutter. 
Monsanto  (interesting..I cannot find this commercial anywhere on youtube. hmm)
If I didn’t know how this company was raping the American food supply, I might be moved by their “Moms rule the world” message. I think I’m going to throw up. FAIL.
Jeep “Restless”

Jeep letting you scratch your itch for adventure. For all the people who have an unending restlessness to go, run, move, play, explore. This is an emotional branding pitch well done. LIKE

My big winner from the first half (other than the Seahawks): Volkswagon.
Who’d you LIKE, LOVE, FAIL?
Stay tuned for the second half…