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Premier's Sir Rags of Bayberry,  BOB- Ft. Myers, Florida - 5-05






One person's experience with the adverse effects of chemicals

For what it is worth and this is not meant to be a medical treatment in any form but is the experience I had with one of the nine rescues I handled this year - and I have learned a lot from the care for this PON. One should question their vets if their PON is discovered to have diabetes as my experience with two cases this year and the two different vets treating them was totally off base in the beginning. The vets automatically assume it is genetic and both of these cases it was environmental.

This is a six year old male that had lived on a golf course and walked and played on the course daily.  It turns out and has been proven with tests that the chemicals used to treat the golf course were causing severe damage to the PON in spite of the statements from the staff at the club house. He would walk on the treated grass then lick his feet thus ingesting the chemicals. The chemicals caused severe liver damage and also damage to his pancreas (pancreatitis). The damage to the pancreas caused inadequate insulin production and thus Diabetes. He came to me taking 26 units of insulin twice daily and was being treated for the liver problem with Ursodiol and Denamarin. I forgot to mention that he was almost 65 pounds also and had developed cataracts and loss of sight. Now you have the background:
I immediately put him on a diet to get his weight under control and in a week's time we were able to reduce his insulin from 26 units twice daily to 12 units twice daily and he had lost 4 pounds and his sugar is testing perfect. Not being on the golf course and continuing to pick up the toxins from there we were able to drop the Ursodiol and Denamarin and put him on milk thistle and that cleaned up his liver and it has began to regenerate and the liver functions improved amazingly in a short period of time. I am still working on his weight and am keeping him on the milk thistle and have added CO-Q 10 (50mg - each meal)and when he is back to a normal weight range of around 45 pounds we will move to the sight problem and have the cataracts removed. He is presently running and playing with my gang and having a blast with digging in the toy box and is a totally different PON from the one that came for help. Watching the improvement in him has made my year. There is hope that he can someday be free of having to even take the insulin and be a normal PON again as he is a true sweetheart - never give up on a medical wreck! You too, could be amazed someday and the personal reward is priceless.
All the best for the New Year.

Bill Gilchrist

Bill Gilchrist
Those who blindly follow are usually blindly led.

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Editor: We are grateful to Bill for sharing his experiences with us. Please read the following reports and change your life style:


Why pet safe lawn fertilizer makes sense?

Elevated Cancer In Dogs Exposed To Lawn Chemicals!
Exposure to herbicide treated lawns and gardens increases the risk of bladder cancer by four to seven times in Scottish Terriers, according to a study by Purdue University veterinary researchers published in the April 15, 2004...MORE

Typically, pet owners, do everything they can to provide their pets with a lifetime of love, affection, nutrition and a healthy living environment. Unfortunately, the health risks, associated with the use of chemical lawn fertilizers, herbicides and fungicides, are sometimes overlooked. Pets will munch on lawn grass and when  they munch on lawn grass, treated with chemicals, their health is at risk.

Exposure to herbicide-treated lawns and gardens increases the risk of bladder cancer by four to seven times in Scottish Terriers, according to a study by Purdue University veterinary researchers published in the April 15, 2004 issue of the Journal of the American Veterinary Medicine Association (J Am Vet Med Assoc 2004; 24:1290-1297). The study adds to earlier research conducted by the National Institutes of Health that found elevated rates of canine lymphoma in dogs exposed to lawn pesticides (1991). (See Beyond Pesticides factsheet) Meanwhile the American Veterinary Medical Association issued a release, "Herbicide Exposure May Increase Cancer Risk in Dogs," with the study authors' recommendations that owners of Scottish Terriers "should decrease their dogs' exposure to lawns or gardens treated with common herbicides, particularly phenoxy herbicides and possibly nonphenoxy herbicides" and "veterinarians should perform routine (every six months) cytologic urine exams in Scottish Terriers and other 'genetically high risk' breeds over six years old.

In addition to presenting health risks to pets, Chemical fertilizers, pesticides and herbicides place our children and ourselves at risk. Children are especially at risk to side effects from chemicals. Both the Environmental Protection Agency and the National Academy of Sciences have voiced concern about the dangers that pesticides pose to children. A California law now gives you the right to be notified before your child’s school uses a pesticide.

“Kids across the country carry a mixture of dangerous chemicals in their bodies every day,” said Kristin Schafer, program coordinator at Pesticide Action Network. “While the chemical industry will say this is the cost of doing business, we say risking our kids’ health is not acceptable, and it's high time to shift to nontoxic ways of controlling pests.”

SAN FRANCISCO (July 21, 2005)--Scientists at Pesticide Action Network North America analyzed pesticide data in a study released today by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), finding that more than 90% of those tested carried a mixture of pesticides in their bodies. Many of these chemicals have been linked to health effects such as cancer, birth defects and neurological problems.

"Chemicals used on millions of lawns across America could cause cancer, birth defects, gene mutations and other maladies. One chemical, 2, 4-D, a component in the Vietnam War defoliant Agent Orange, is now used in about 1,500 lawn care products."
Source: DETROIT FREE PRESS 4.18.89

"Urban and suburban residents are now subjected to more pesticide exposure than their rural counterparts."



"The National Cancer Institute found a link between 2,4-D and malignant lymphoma, a lethal and widespread form of Canine cancer also linked to a higher risk of non-Hodgkin's lymphoma in people."
Source: US NEWS & WORLD REPORT 9.16.91  



"Kids whose yards were treated with chemicals were four times as likely to be diagnosed later with soft tissue sarcomas, malignant tumors of muscle and connective

 Source: USA TODAY


"600 geese died after eating a pesticide off a Long Island, New York golf course. And we know of at least one person who has died. - Navy Lieutenant George Prior couldn't figure out why he kept getting sick after playing golf. He didn't know that his country club sprayed the greens with a fungicide called Daconil."
Source: DANGER IN THE GRASS" 20/20 TV PROGRAM 7.10.8


In addition to having an adverse effect on our health, chemical fertilizers, pesticides and herbicides adversely affect our environment, deplete our soils and  pollute our ground water.