Artificial Pet Foods
Knowledge of plausible biological pathways supports the diet/cancer connection. For instance we know that the pointless, persistent proliferation of cancer cells is frequently triggered by the effects of unusual chemicals on DNA.
Artificial pet foods contain a mass of unusual chemicals which, when cooked together, create still more unusual chemicals.
The inflammation and bacterial activity of periodontal disease create a further chemical load, including free radicals, which could be carcinogenic. Cancer is thought to occur when the usual repair functions of the body are in some way disabled.
At the cellular level there are enzymes designed to repair damaged DNA and thus prevent mutations. Besides removing dead cells, the immune system is believed to have a surveillance function monitoring and removing early cancer cells.
When diet is sub-optimum both enzyme health and immune system health are impaired. A further problem with artificial diets is the lack of anticancer compounds such as the naturally occurring antioxidant vitamins.
“Prevention is better than cure” is especially apt when considering cancer. While it is true that cancer mostly reveals itself in later life, it is generally believed that the first changes to DNA can occur many years earlier.
Thus for prevention to stand the maximum chance of success it needs to be commenced early.
Similarly treatment of any cancer is facilitated by early detection. Though I cannot say that introducing a natural diet has produced remission of cancer in my patients, it nonetheless makes good sense to ensure that the diet and oral hygiene of all patients is optimal.
Preventive dietary strategies for human cancer are now beginning to be understood. In its simplest form this entails choosing a predominantly plant-based diet — rich in a variety of vegetables and fruits, legumes and minimally processed starchy foods.
(Turmeric is known to have cancer prevention properties. Grab our turmeric paste recipe here.)
When considering an anti-cancer diet for carnivores it is unwise to make too close a comparison with the human anti-cancer diet.
Unless and until research demonstrates that carnivores benefit from a high vegetable diet it would be wise to follow closely the natural diet of free-living wild carnivores — whole carcasses of raw meaty bones.
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