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K9 Immunity & K9 Transfer Factor
With the introduction of K9 Immunity™ in 2005, the treatment of cancer in dogs took a huge leap forward. It had been known for a long time that chemotherapy, surgery and radiation do not cure cancer, they only removed the active tumour mass. These treatments do nothing to address the underlying immune dysfunction that allows the cancer in the first place. The introduction of K9 Immunity™ changed all that by providing an option to try and reverse the immune dysfunction, and to trigger the body’s recognition of the cancer as an invader, allowing the body to mount its own defence against the cancer.
In other words, the standard methods used for treating cancer do not and cannot result in a cure, they can only help to slow the progress of the cancer by removing the aberrant cells. Even after removing the mass of tumour with a scalpel, or with chemotherapy drugs, the same underlying immune dysfunction still exists throughout the body that allowed the cancer in the first place. With the original cause still present, there is virtually a 100% chance that the cancer will come back. Cancer that recurs after treating a patient with chemo is always harder to control the next time around. The discovery of immune-active polysaccharides in Japan in the 1980’s brought new hope.
It is only in the last couple of years that immune modulation approach of cancer treatment is even being taught in medical and veterinary schools. It was a chance discovery by Aloha Medicinals in the course of their research with PSK and Lentinan that led to the discovery of these immune modulator compounds and that they work better in dogs than in any other animal! For some reason dogs respond very well to immune modulation therapy. K9 Immunity™ comes in bottles of 84 capsules.
The next discovery of importance was the way the immuno-proteins made by the body joined together with the immune-active polysaccharides in K9 Immunity™, which together create the trigger molecule that is required to activate the different classes of immune cells. The first of these small immune-active proteins discovered were called Transfer Factors. These are specific proteins made by the body that are required to join to the immune-active polysaccharides to form what is termed a ‘protein-bound polysaccharide immune trigger molecule’, which is the active component found in the blood stream that triggers all immune responses. Since the compounds in K9 Immunity™ are 100% non-toxic and they do not accumulate in the body, we can use K9 Immunity™ in any dosage we want with no problems. The only limitation is that they will only be effective at the rate the body is making the matching Transfer Factor protein to join to the molecule to make it an active immune trigger. Transfer Factor protein is often found to be low in cancer patients. Fortunately Transfer Factors are just simple small proteins, and they are easily absorbed through the stomach. This lead to the discovery that supplementing with K9 Transfer Factors along with the K9 Immunity™ leads to a much greater response than just the K9 Immunity™ alone.
Unfortunately K9 Transfer Factor is not currently available from the manufacturer and given that it has not reappeared I don't think it is going to. On that basis my preferred treatment for cancer is now Iminohoney.
Roger's Cancer Protocol
K9 Immunity is still part of Roger's standard dog cancer treatment protocol, along with the RMB diet, Iminohoney followed by Protandim. With the loss of K9 Transfer Factor (and having heard reports that other Transfer Factors do not work as well) K9 Immunity has been replaced by Iminohoney as my go-to product for cancer. Other additional supplements may help according to the type and aggressive nature of the cancer so it is always best to contact Roger to discuss your situation. Whilst it may sound attractive to use natural approaches alongside Chemo/Radiotherapy to try to "give the best of both worlds", in reality it doesn't work that way and can be counter-productive as the immune system gets boosted only to be killed off by the radio/chemotherapy.
In Roger's personal opinion that it is always far better to boost the body to enhance resistance to disease and improve the internal environment to favour health than use harmful drugs and/or radiotherapy that can be carcinogenic in their own right and leave the patient severely depleted. Cancer often "returns" after carcinogenic treatments, frequently more aggressively. It is Roger's personal opinion that it is unethical to use such toxic chemotherapy drugs on pets especially when they make individuals taking them feel so ill, are expensive and largely unproven in pets against many different types of cancer and may only extend life for a short period of time at great financial cost.