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Cat Lymphoma and the Digestive System

The most common type of cancer in cats is Lymphoma, which accounts for almost 33% of cat cancers. While lymphoma shares the same cellular breakdown as all cat cancers, new methods for treating immune disease indicate that gastrointestinal lymphomas’ may be preventable. And if it is, well.

Frequent diarrhea is a warning sign. Chronic illnesses, like Inflammatory Bowel Disease, or IBD, develop when lesser GI illnesses are not quickly addressed. IBD in cats is a group of gastrointestinal disorders that cause the lining of the intestinal wall to become inflamed. Chronic vomiting and or diarrhea are the most common symptoms. The exact cause is often unknown, but unresolved food allergies and food sensitivities contribute to immune system dysfunction. GI Lymphoma in cats is often associated with a weakened immune system.

The jury is out as to which comes first, intestinal lining inflammation setting the stage for IBD, or the IBD causing the inflammation. Either way, IBD has been directly linked to GI lymphoma in cats. Chronic vomiting or diarrhea frequently go unnoticed, and at some point the resulting inflammation and scar tissue that develops along the lining of the intestine can cause abnormal cell growth, leading to GI Lymphoma.

Over 95% of the veterinarians in the US have no training in natural remedies. They choose to treat IBD with steroids and other medications; for cancers, like GI Lymphoma, they will likely recommend surgery, and chemotherapy. Holistic vets will first introduce a combination of herbal anti-inflammatory, soothing agents, and soil-based probiotics (SBOs), organic clays… which are clinically proven to restore GI balance and reduce inflammation. Should that approach fail, more severe options may be necessary.

The foundation of a strong immune system is a healthy digestive environment. The Roll of Good Bacteria: The foundation of a strong immune system is a healthy digestive environment. By providing your cat with SBO supplements, you can help prevent most cases of diarrhea or vomiting from becoming acute or chronic conditions that can develop into GI lymphoma or any other cancer in your cats. If your cat already has cancer, fortifying the immune system can be a powerful adjunct to traditional therapies, making them more effective, and thereby extending their lives. The Royal Society of Medicine of Great Britain claims, “90% of all chronic disease is caused by an unhealthy intestinal system”.

Cats with cancer often develop vomiting and diarrhea as a direct result of the medication insult to their already weakened body. Toxic treatment and medication further weakens their immune system as a side effect of its use impedes the absorption of essential nutrients and energy necessary to fight the cancer. Clearly, gastrointestinal health is essential to your cats’ immune system, and therefore their ability to deal with the toxic effects of conventional medical treatment.

It is the imbalance of good and bad bacteria in your cats’ GI tract that opens the door for illnesses and diseases, including cancer. In times of stress or illness, the good bacteria in the gut die off even more quickly. Daily supplementation of soil-based probiotic organisms (SBOs), are essential to restore and maintain a healthy gastrointestinal tract. These healthy bacteria do more than normalize the digestive system; they help your cat to digest more of the nutrients, to better fight disease.

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Andy Bannister
Andy is a nutrition and fitness expert, media personality, personal trainer, writer, life coach, and overall health enthusiast.