Anyone who knows me is aware that I absolutely love my little dog Franklin. He goes with me almost everywhere, and can be seen at The Movement Minneapolis on a daily basis.
Most of my friends have also had to endure the lecture where I explain how much better biologically appropriate raw meat dog food is for dogs. I have fed my dog Woody’s Pet Food since he was about 1, and he is the most healthy dog you will ever find. He is always super lean, has tons of energy, and has a beautiful soft coat.
To the point of this post….
I’ve been experimenting with different things in Franklin’s diet for a little while now, hoping to resolve the mystery of why he throws up on an empty stomach about once a month. This happened before I fed him raw, and persisted. It doesn’t happen very often, and the best solution my idiot veteranarian was able to provide was switching him to a “prescription” diet, which is a fancy way to spend more money for the same garbage dog food.
About 2 months ago, I started feeding Franklin a half a tablespoon of pure animal fat with his meals. Usually bacon fat, but sometimes beef tallow. My hope was that more fat might slow down digestion and keep his stomach full longer thus preventing the empty stomach in the morning. Too much acid on an empty stomach is presumably irritating him to the point of vomiting. Unfortunately, he has still thrown up 1-2 times, so that didn’t work. But something else interesting happened….
About 9 months ago a pea-sized cyst appeared on Franklin’s hind quarter. There were also one or two smaller ones on other parts of his body. I asked my (idiot) Vet about them, and after checking them out she declared they were nothing to worry about and there was nothing you could do about them since they were benign. Obviously, they’re not nothing or they wouldn’t be there.
They all disappeared completely 2 months into feeding him more saturated fat.
A week ago I noticed they are gone completely, to the point where I can’t even find where the large one was.
The only difference? Adding saturated fat to his diet.
What does this mean? I don’t know. Maybe it means nothing. It could be a complete coincidence.
Here is what I think though…piecing together some things I’ve read.
There is some belief that tumors whether cancerous or otherwise are not the “cause” of disease, they are the symptom. In short, tumors develop because the body is trying to sequester cells or toxins that it isn’t capable of dealing with. This can be due to the lack of a corresponding nutrient that is required.
Saturated fat is absolutely packed with nutrients. In fact, many nutrients are fat soluble so that is the only place you will find them.
It is not unreasonable to draw a connection between a tumor (non-cancerous) disappearing, and an increase in saturated fat consumption.
Just my 2 cents.
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