Tonight I am thrilled to announce a new tutorial, one I have been asked to do over and over, and after some careful calculation about time management, I’m able to offer starting March 12 . I love doing tutorials – it’s been exciting and fun to share knowledge and insights with a number of people who use Facebook, twice now on how to formulate balanced home prepared recipes, and one herbal mini-course covering a  wide range of common issues (system by system). Emails and PMs have been steady, many asking for tutorials on a variety of health issues, and natural support/management(herbs and nutrition). Chief amongst the requests have been “please do something on cancer, I’m so confused about turmeric, cooked versus raw, ketogenic diet, cbd oil, and antioxidant use during chemo”. So, there is clearly a need, and I am proud to announce this one. May it be clarifying and supremely helpful to all who are facing cancer in a dog and seeking information on the Internet, so often finding strong opinion without science to back it up.
To start; you should know what qualifies me to lead this tutorial. Many of you do, but many won’t, so here is a little background on me. A fuller bio can be read here

I have worked extensively with canine cancer since 1999, professionally since 2002. In doing this work I have interacted with distinguished veterinary oncologists all over North America, including Gregory Ogilvie, and have worked with countless cases of cancer,often with a second (and third) condition, such as pancreatitis (precluding high fat diet) renal failure ( indicating specific nutrient restriction) and IBD, which is often managed with lower fat diet and limited ingredients. As a nutritionist I am open to working with whatever is indicated by the individual dog, and that can mean deviating from what has become thought of as the “cancer diet” – I’ve worked with vets who asked that I use vegan diets (with liver cancer) and, while some will balk and it certainly isn’t my go-to approach,  we have made that work and seen outstanding results. My cases include all forms of cancer, including common and rarer types. I’ve managed cases where the owner preferred not to do chemo and many, many cases where chemo was involved. What all of this has taught me is that many kinds of dietary approaches can work, and that the very best way to approach a dog with cancer is not with generic herbs and supplements, or certainly one kind of diet for all, but as an individual. I continue to learn all the time, having just completed short courses on correct use of cbd oil (run by two pioneering veterinarians) a course on Understanding Inflammation, and the general research that my clinical work with clients mandates. I will be returning to and publishing my thesis on Western Herbs in the  Support and Management of Canine Cancer later this year as well.

The Canine Cancer intensive will run for 8 weeks, and here are the topics we will cover.

Week One:  Cancer 101 – Types of cancer, Inflammation, Prevention – what we know, what we suspect and how to navigate the theories

Week Two: Separating Diet Theory from fact, Cooked versus Raw diet, the Power of Food(a review of the so-called Superfoods as well as everyday foods and their usefulness with cancer)

Week Three: Ketogenic  Diet- It’s all over the news – who might it benefit, who should avoid it, how does it differ from a simple high fat diet, how to put it together

Week Four: Other Approaches to Diet – when keto isn’t ideal, there are many approaches to diet, and if you are facing a need to use a higher-starch, lower fat protocol, here is how to make that work

Week Five: Herbs and Supplements 101 – In this week we will look at the many popular herbs and supplements used to support canine cancer patients – including but not limited to, marine lipids, coconut oil, turmeric, probiotics, medicinal mushrooms,

Week Six: CBD oil! Since this  is such a new, powerful and widely misunderstood herb for canine cancer, I want to devote a whole week to it.

Week Seven: beyond Golden Paste (and into herbs you may not know, the power of energetics and personalized herbal formulas). We’ll discuss the importance of understanding herbal actions ( hepatotonics, cardiotonics, vasodilators, nervines, diffusives,  immunomodulators, demulcents/astringents, amphoterics, styptics, alteratives) the important difference between stimulating the immune system and modulating it, the importance of a healthy gut microbiome, how to read your own dogs constitution, and a basic introduction to energetics in the Western Herbalist Tradition.

Week Eight: a general Q&A, wrapping up all we have covered, individual suggestions (as many as I can take in the classtime)

As with my other tutorials, this one will be conducted in a Facebook group, with material posted weekly (handouts) and then an open floor for discussion. I will be in the group for live discussion and answering questions twice a week for 2 hours per session. So you will receive all the material which you can print out for future reference, plus a total of 48 hours of live time with me, and then lifetime access to the material one the session is formally over. I will be issuing a certificate of completion for this one, and if anyone decides to book a consultation with me or take a full course,  you will receive 15% off the regular fee.
The course will start Monday March 12.  Look for more updates here and on the Facebook page, I am truly excited to put this together and offer it to you.
Reserve your spot here

My darling Luke, taken from me far too soon( hemangiosarcoma), and a great teacher on this journey of mine
Always in my heart