Sunny's Miracle Diet
Part 1: The Story
Part 2: Sunny's Miracle Diet Recipe
Part 3: Modified Healthy Powder
Part 4: Medication (alternative & conventional)
Protocol for Liver Problems
Sunny was diagnosed (both by her regular vet and a specialist) with terminal cirrhosis of the liver in July 1997 and given 3 months or less to live. An ultrasound showed her liver had shrunk down to a bare fraction of its normal size; and a punch biopsy found her liver too hard to puncture with a needle. She was not a good candidate for
surgery so that was not an option. Sunny obviously was very uncomfortable and very ill. She spent all of every day lying in her bed, never leaving it except to relieve herself or when carried upstairs to my daughter's bed.
By October 1997, Sunny was having a fluid accumulation in her abdomen that was astonishing and unbelievably uncomfortable for her. Diuretics had no effect, and her little abdomen had to be drained by our veterinarian of approx 2 liters of acites or fluid every week. Sunny was just a skin-covered bag of bones with HUGE amounts of fluid in her abdomen. She looked like a starving "biafran" child, and the vet said that she couldn't last out the month, that we were fast approaching the time to "let her go".
Since Sunny was obviously dying and the veterinary treatment (actigal or urosodial, lasix and KD diet) wasn't working, our wonderful vet gave me carte blanche to surf the web and figure out an alternative treatment. I began my online research with no real hope but rather with the idea that doing something (anything) would make my daughter feel better while we waited for the vet to say that we would have to put Sunny down.
As there was little available information online regarding canine liver disease, I researched human liver disease disease instead. I searched full time for all one weekend accumulating great quantities of information which I carefully saved, sorted, and then synthesized to what I hoped would be appropriate for Sunny.
Sunny was immediately removed from Hill's KD canned diet and placed on a natural, home-made diet. The diet change resulted in immediate improvement. In an optimistic mood (but again really just to give my daughter something to do for her beloved little dog), we purchased and added to the diet the herbs recommended for treatment of liver problems. We then modified Dr. Pitcairn's Healthy Powder to supplement the natural diet. We also continued Sunny on the medications prescribed by her vet.
To say that the improvement we saw in Sunny was good is to say too little; we witnessed a miracle! By the end of a month, she was very much her old self and was regaining the weight she had lost. Once placed on the natural diet, she never needed to return to the vet to have her abdomen drained again. As the weeks passed, her improvement progressed until she looked and acted like her old self.
Sunny continues to do quite well on the combination mentioned above of the alternative treatment, home-cooked food (supplemented by the Healthy Powder) and the prescription medicine, actigal or ursodiol, which keeps her bile ducts open (my understanding). She looks and appears to feel great, runs the house keeping the shelties and minis in line, shows no outward signs of her illness. The vet assures me that Sunny's liver problem has not been cured, that she still has severe cirrhosis of the liver with her symptoms only held at bay by the natural diet, herbal and prescription protocols. But just imagine - from death's door to a happy, energetic existence almost overnight!!!! And all due to a simple home-made diet.
Although there are herbal supplements and vitamin powders added (and they are ESSENTIAL), the most important element of her recovery was the home-made diet. When we made the switch, Sunny had been on KD since July 97 and had loved it - BUT IT WAS KILLING HER because, although KD is reduced in salt, it contained too much for Sunny's compromised system and was causing the huge amounts of fluid that the vet repeatedly had to drain from her abdomen
Sunny eats all she wants twice a day and is in wonderful "flesh" and weight. My vet truly could NOT BELIEVE what a difference in comfort level and quality of life, the Miracle Diet and the combined alternative/conventional protocol made in Sunny. As a matter of fact, when our vet saw Sunny for the first time after beginning the home-made diet, she didn't believe the dog we brought her was Sunny - she said that her first thought was that Sunny had died and that the one before her was Sunny's replacement. Happily that was not the case!!! Our vet asked for permission to share the diet with other owners whose dogs were ill or debilitated. PERMISSION GRANTED. <G>
As time passed and the word got around the internet of Sunny's recovery, I began to hear from other folks whose dogs were in need of a miracle. As a matter of fact, that is how I met co-moderator, Kathy Thom!! Kathy's continued research later suggested several minor but important improvements in the recipe. Seldom a week goes by that two or three folks don't send an email wanting information on Sunny's food and/or protocol. It seems that dogs with other illnesses respond to Sunny's diet and healthy powder - and folks who feed it to healthy dogs report wonderful changes too. Almost universally, positive results are reported, although it seems that there are ill dogs that show no response (approx 1 out of 10 per my calculations).
But if your dog is in need of a miracle or if you just want to feed a natural diet without the preservatives and etc, cook up a big pot of Sunny's Miracle Diet food and prepare for some unbelieveable changes in your dog!!!!
JUST REMEMBER TO ADD THE VITAMIN SUPPLEMENTS!!!!!! Supplementation is important whenever we feed our animals naturally!!!
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Part 2: Sunny's Miracle Diet Recipe
Part 4: Medication (alternative & conventional) Protocol for Liver Problems