Ten Nondiet Ways to Prevent Cancer

Discover preventive strategies to help guard your pet against cancer.

By Cal Orey

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Ventilate your house well to reduce indoor air pollution. Grow houseplants that filter the air such as philodendrons, spider plants, aloe vera, chrysanthe-mums and gerbera daisies, and keep the plants out of your pets reach. Don't use chemicals such as pesticides and household cleaners around the house. Seek out natural products.

4. Avoid contaminated water. Keep your pet away from street puddles, which can contain cancer-causing toxins such as hydrocarbons and asbestos dust from brakes.

You should change your pets water daily. Keep the bowl clean and in a place protected from dust and debris. Most of all, says Dr. Pitcairn, make it available so that your pet will not be tempted to drink from a contaminated puddle, creek, or pond.

5. Keep your pet away from electromagnetic radiation. Be careful that your pet is not exposed to many environmental sources of electromagnetic radiation such as power lines close to the house and areas with a lot of electrical outlets.

Remember to keep your pet from resting on or near a color TV set, as many holistic vets believe that all radiation effects are cumulative in the body. Keep Fluffy away from radios, microwaves, and computer terminals, too.

6. Don't use unnatural flea products on your pet. Did you know that flea collars, sprays, and shampoos are full of poisons? Instead of chemical insecticides, use natural and less-toxic methods of flea control such as natural flea shampoos, vacuuming frequently, and combing your pet with a flea comb. Pyrethins are a natural means of flea control. D-limonen and other citrus-based methods can be used in dogs (there is evidence of toxicity in cats). Putting borates, salt, or diatomaceous earth into carpet is effective for indoor flea control.

7. Do not allow your pet to ride in the back of a moving vehicle. Along with the danger of being thrown out, your pet will be susceptible to inhaling toxic car fumes and smog. For indoor cats, open up a screened window and let your feline get a breath of fresh outdoor air.

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Janet    Bethlehem, PA

7/25/2010 6:13:09 AM

good article thank you

lorraine    avon, CT

2/10/2009 12:55:58 PM

I appreciate your listing of the 10 ways to avoid cancer in your cat. I have lost two cats from cancer and couldn't understand why there is cancer in so many animals.

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