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13 July 2009
Pam can obviously give better information. But since I expect to start Tazzie 2 on Artemisinin next week, I'll butt in (I have the stuff here, but am starting Cytoxan first). It seems fine to give Artemisinin alongside most other treatments and it is definitely fine to give it when you are not doing chemo. We just stopped chemo after finding a pesky met. Artemisinin is one of my last hopes to slow things down (or even better reverse the trend!). It is appropriate, and probably better, to give it before a met shows, but we don't have that option!
Basically it has been shown to kill cancer cells in a petri dish but there have not been many studies to show how it works in real life. I think most people use it along side other treatments (chemo, metronomics ). At this stage, it is unproven. But it seems to be very safe (as long as you give it away from iron-containing foods) and there is some good logic and preliminary results behind it.
There are some precautions about giving it: do not give it when you give a food high in iron such as meat. If you search “artemisinin “, you will find some nice threads that Pam started when she researched it this year and a thread I started more recently, in which she gave additional advice. Jake is the same size as my Tazzie (but much smaller than Pam's Tazzie so would take a similar dose to my Tazzie. The pills and dose I will give him are listed higher on this page.
Pam gives her Tazzie Artemisinin at night a few hours after dinner, wrapped in cheese. I will probably do the same.
There is a very good write up about Artemisinin on the bone cancer dogs website.
Susan & Tazzie 2
22 August 2008
I would agree with Susan that your dog is about the same size as her Tazzie so follow the directions that I gave her. You can use artemisinin with or without chemo but I chose to start it after since my Tazzie was already on so many other things at the time.
Artemisinin is not that expensive but I would only purchase from Holley Pharmaceuticals or from Hepalin.com. Because this is a Chinese herb it is important to get it from a place that guarantees a pure product. My holistic vet recommended the above two companies; others may be okay but I would not vouch for them. Dr Singh also specifically recommended both companies.
You might also consider some type of mushroom therapy. K9 Immunity is good although very pricey. I have been using Power Mushrooms for both of my cancer dogs for a few months and I am amazed at their energy! Tazzie had a patch of hair over her amputation site that wasn't growing back even 6 months after chemo but since starting the mushrooms almost all of the hair has regrown. The concept is to improve the dog's immune system so that it can battle cancer the way nature intended. Definitely not a cure but it sure seems to make them feel good.
Pam and Tazzie