Cara Mia’s Story

Canine adenocarcinoma treated with Bicarbonate and Essential Fatty Acids
Following the works of Dr’s. Otto Warburg and Johanna Budwig, an aggressive program of intravenous solutions of 5% Bicarbonate and a controlled diet consisting of 3,800g of Omega-3, has reduced the tumor size by 17%, established the tumor base predicting localization, halted metastases and  reduced an elongated iliac Node from 7cm to 2cm.  In addition,  five years of chronic incontinence has ceased.Cara MiaShe is an 11 year old AKC German Shepherd, 97 pounds, no symptoms of dysplasia, an active, intelligent and highly alert animal. Her coat, eyes and teeth are in excellent condition.  She has a moderate hypothyroid condition and normal blood panels.


She began showing incontinence in 2007; the circumstance is normal in spayed, senior aged female dogs. Various attempts at controlling the incontinence were used without success until she began a daily administration of phenylpropanolamine Hydrochloride 50mg. Within 11 months dosages were reduced to 25mg.  Side effects on the animal were more pervasive than the inconvenience of wet stone floors and so administration ceased in January 2012.

Cara Mia Diagnosis

On August 4, 2012 a dog groomer noted a mass protrusion to the left side of the left anal gland.

Cara Mia was examined by Dr. Gurdeep Deol, DVM, of Palm Desert, California, practicing at Animal Hospital of Desert, on August 5, 2012.  Dr Deol examined and visibly confirmed a growth.  Dr. Deol x-rayed the locale and aspirated fluids from the growth.  The x-rays confirmed some growth, with no apparent metastases.

August 7th, 2012 brought the confirmation of the presence of an adenocarcinoma; a mildly aggressive cancer (Cytology report is available).  Cara Mia had a complete blood panel pulled.

On August 10, 2012, we met with a Dr. Macy, one of the 200 Board Certified Veterinary Oncologist’s in the USA, at Animal Specialty Clinic in Palm Desert, California. Dr. Macy’s examination confirmed the growth; declared it to be 4cm in circumference and recommend surgical incision, followed by a regime of chemotherapy.  Dr. Macy allowed a prognosis of one year of life, if surgical intervention is immediate.

An ultrasound was performed (Radiology report is available) which confirmed the disease had not spread to the lymph nodes, or in the gastric region, however the right iliac node appeared elongated and measured 7cm.

The blood panel (Blood panels are available) showed no particular issues other than a previously noted hypothyroid condition – T4.

Determining the Treatment

Following the works of Nobel Prize Winner Dr. Otto Warburg and Dr. Johanna Budwig of Germany, various MD’s worldwide, are adopting the notion that a cancerous disease, cannot thrive in a high alkaline and high oxygenated environment.  We agree.

We elected to radically raise Cara Mia’s pH and increase the level of oxygenation in the cellular structure, rather than opt for surgical and chemotherapeutic intervention.

Adopting the Appropriate Diet

Her food was changed to all fresh organic components, with no grains, no sugars and limited carbohydrates. Raw Organic chicken (dark meat) is included at the ratio of 80% vegetables/fruit 20% chicken.  This is blended with the Budwig Diet (see “Oxygenating the Cells” below).

Specifically filtered water having high levels of Calcium, Magnesium and a pH of 9.5, was introduced as the daily watering source for Cara Mia.

Alkalizing the System

Research indicated that 5% Bicarbonate in 500cc solution, IV administered during one hour, was the preferred protocol in raising the blood’s pH and thus attacking both the tumor and diseased cells. The animal should reach an optimum pH of 7.9 – 8.6 during the infusion process.

Oxygenating the Cells

Dr. Johanna Budwig, perhaps the greatest cancer researcher in Europe, determined that Organic Flax Oil oxygenates blood cells most effectively, providing a protein catalyst is introduced, to render the oil water soluble and thus absorbable at the cellular level.

Budwig concluded that Organic Cottage Cheese contains the most active enzyme proteins to effectively render oil cellular acceptable.   By combining both ingredients at high speed, a custard-like food is created and once consumed; the water soluble Flax oil is introduced into the system at optimum levels of absorption.

The preferable dosage is 30,800mg of Organic Flax Oil (unrefined, unfiltered and without lingens) and 2 Tablespoons of full fat Organic Cottage Cheese (See Page 3 “Maintenance…” for complete formulary).

Compounding the Bicarbonate Treatment

Bicarbonate in solution is only available in injection form and is a common item found on most hospital crash carts. Drs. Larry Koenig and Steve Pomerance, Pharm’D of the Town Center Compound Pharmacy in Palm Desert, California, undertook the challenge to prepare 6 500cc sterile bags of 5% Bicarbonate solution for IV infusion.  As this was a unique effort, Dr. Koenig, whose 50 years of compounding drugs has developed sources of other chemists and pharmacists nationally, reached out for support.

A source in Houston Texas has previously prepared the exact protocol and provided guidance. The issues facing Dr. Koenig were: what type of water to use in the solution; Bicarbonate is supplied in 25gr that requires 300cc to dissolve properly, and the minimum pH in the 500cc bags was to be no less than 7.9.  Dr. Koenig acquired 3 1000cc bags and in a sterile environment, produced 6 500cc sterile IV bags of 5% Bicarbonate in a solution of injectable water with a pH of 8.0.

While there is no specific directive in storage of the bags, we opted to refrigerate the supply as colder water keeps the pH at consistent levels.  The bags were brought to room temperature prior to the infusion.

The IV Treatment

August 14, 2012 – Dr. Gurdeep Deol, DVM was uncomfortable with dripping 500cc of fluid into a 97lb dog and suggested a 2 hour period.  Research has indicated that a 1 hour period is most effective, ostensibly to shock the tumor and cells with the Bicarbonate.  Dr. Deol suggested a 2 hour period and we agreed on a 1 ½ hour period, given that Cara Mia is only 97lbs and most Bicarbonate protocols researched dealt with humans at about 150lbs.

We established protocols which measured the growth (4cm) and took pulse readings before and after the treatments.  Of concern was over-alkalizing, hypertension, anemia, or vomiting.

Dr. Deol inserted a pike into Cara Mia’s right foot and began the IV treatment.  Cara Mia is an exceptionally clever animal, well adjusted, inherently gentle and kind.  In the clinic, she tolerated the infusion well and did not require any sedatives.

Cara Mia endured the treatments well without side effects of any kind.  We were on guard for any signs of over alkalizing, but other than an intense thirst when first returning from the IV sessions, no other symptoms or manifestations were noted.

Sessions continued from August 14, 2012 to August 20, 2012.  No reduction in tumor size was noted, her pulse was steady at 90-106 throughout the sessions.

Injecting Bicarbonate into the Mass

Some protocols using Bicarbonate to fight cancer advise injecting a 5% Bicarbonate solution directly into the mass or to the base of the tumor. A 4cm mass has a volume 0.4cl.  On August 16, 2012 we spoke with Ian Roby, PhD of the University of Arizona Cancer Center.  Dr. Roby and his team are doing work with Bicarbonate and Cancer.

Dr. Roby thought that intra tumor injections are not easy as the density of the mass may result in back pressure.  He felt that it would be best to inject the Bicarbonate in the interstitial spaces around the tumor where higher volumes may be delivered. He suggested a high concentration of 84mg per ml.

We spoke with Dr. Robert Ganby, a researcher with the Lee Moffitt Cancer Center in Tampa, Florida.  Dr. Ganby and his team are involved in Bicarbonate/Cancer research.   He too indicated that intra tumor injections would be quite difficult.

Dr. Deol opined, quite correctly, that tumors, necessitating higher volumes of blood, are washed with the solution during the IV sessions and intra tumor injections may not be required.

Maintenance Diet Reduces Tumor and Lymph Node

Of major importance is maintaining the system alkaline and oxygenated. Cara Mia’s food is devoid of any grains or sugars, depriving the disease fuel to thrive.  Her daily Budwig custard contains 30,800mg Omega-3; 8,900mg Omega-6; 10,080mg Omega-9, blended with a mélange of chopped broccoli, cauliflower, apples, ginger, turmeric (1 tsp), garlic (1/2 tsp) – all fresh, all organic.  In addition, some raw organic chicken is included, preferably the drumstick to add bone marrow, protein and enjoyment.  The correct mix is 80% vegetables and 20% raw organic meat.

Cara Mia drinks water whose pH is 9.5 (commonly referred to as Kangen Water).  The water is refrigerated and the supply is sealed as oxygen deteriorates pH levels.  She is provided fresh water 4 times a day.    Common tap water smells bad to dogs as chemicals and impurities not noticeable to humans, is 30 times more noticeable to dogs.  The 9.5 pH Kangen water is delightfully pure and as such, her water intake has increased; of course that maintains her pH levels to the needed 7.9 – 8.5.

Incontinence and Strength

After 14 days on her restricted diet, her chronic incontinence issue changed.  We noted fewer occurrences and we noted that she would go outside to urinate more often, a sign that her bladder muscles are signaling needs and have regained strength.  We still did notice some leaking after a night’s sleep.   After 60 days, incidents of incontinence are very infrequent and only at overnight sleep.

In the 25th day of the regimen we noticed a definitive bulking up of muscle strength and endurance in Cara Mia.  Her weight is 98lbs (she gained 1 lbs.).  She shows a marked improvement in vitality when playing, a keen alertness to her environs, and now exhibiting many playful, yet forceful jumps of 3-5 feet off the ground, with no apparent effort or discomfort.

Ultrasound #2 Viewing Reduction in Tumor Size

On August 28, 2012, two weeks since the onset of the IV therapy, a second Ultrasound (Radiology Report is available) reported a reduction in tumor size to 3.7cm from 4cm.  The mass appeared fairly vascular and well circumscribed.  No sign of metastases.

Doggy Treats

Dogs enjoy treats however all commercial offerings are produced with meat by products, fillers, sugars and grains.  We bake Cara Mia treats with all organic ingredients including anti-inflammatory spices: 2 cups Potato Flour (or Almond Flour), 3 whole eggs (including the shell for calcium and crunch), ¼ cup grape seed oil, 1 cup chicken, 1 tbs turmeric powder, 1000mg L-Arginine powder, 2 tsp garlic powder, 1/8 cup sesame seeds, 1 cup ground flax meal, 1/2 cup broth, 1 tsp mineral salt and 1 tsp black curcuma seeds.  Bake at 350 for 20 minutes. She enjoys them immensely.

Ultrasound #3 Presents Additional Reduction in Tumor Size and Lymph Node

On September 21, 2012,  5 weeks since the onset of the IV therapy a third ultrasound sound the iliac node reduced from an elongated 7cm to 2cm. The mass continued to appear fairly vascular, well circumscribed and reduced in size to 3.3cm.  No sign of metastases.

Anecdotal: October 4, 2012, the same dog groomer that spotted the mass in August now says that on visual inspection, the mass is much smaller.


We will continue the diet, massive EFA’s and high pH water, for the remainder of Cara Mia’s life.  A 4th ultrasound is scheduled for February 2013.  We anticipate the dissolution of the tumor within 6 – 8 months.  Cara Mia is a healthy, well cared for and an inherently happy canine; we expect yet many years of basking in that uninhibited love she dispenses so well.

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