Pumpkin Heart: Canine Dilated Cardiomyopathy
CDC is not just a deadly disease of the Golden Retriever. It is a deadly disease of many breeds including the Cocker Spaniels, Dobermans, Great Danes, English Springer Spaniels and Boxers and is growing in its affliction as new breeds are discovered and reported by observation of local hometown vets. Some of whom seek the help of cardiologists who attempt to control the disease with standard of care drugs until the dog finally dies. Death is from the drugs not working and the parents of the dog finally want to end the suffering, exhausted from the from the cost of standard of care and the chronic testing, repeated diagnostic, office visits and medications required to fund any chronic controllable disease including frequent panic trips to the emergency veterinary facilities. All this until the eventuality of standard of care takes place and the dog dies or is euthanized. Dead! Next case!
This is my 50th year of this beautiful profession that I love dearly. During these five decades of treatment and observation and in my seventy seventh year, I saw increasing amounts of CDC until about 20-30 years ago. The CDC dropped off except for one vivid case that came to me as a new client. This dog had a huge pumpkin heart and was dying. I tried $OC treatment but to no avail. Then I changed the little dog’s diet to Cornucopia and the clinical improvement started. When the dog returned for a dentistry about a year later the clinical signs were vastly improved. I took a follow up radiograph and the heart looked smaller. Subsequent radiographs showed continuing positive results and the dog died at 19 with a normal heart and no symptoms of CDC. I have continued to recommend Cornucopia on my basis for a pure organic, GMO, antibiotic, preservative and gluten free real human grade food for pets on the basis of preventive nutrition. As long as I can remember there has never been a case of CDC ( other than the one above) as long as they were eating Cornucopia, for the past 20-30 years. Not one!
I have never become an expert on CDC because I stopped seeing it so many years ago. So-called ‘experts’ can continue the double blind studies, the endless accumulation of data and the desire to publish after years of grant money flow and accumulation of fame, and continue being celebrities at lectures and talks. However, in that process countless numbers of animals will suffer and die at the hands of research and data-metrics followed by lectures and seminars. The endless deception of improving treatment by the endless bureaucracy of $OC when the answer lies in plain sight in front of us all. Early detection is not enough. All medicine must shift to nutritional prevention from $OC if we are even going to live up to the dream of becoming real doctors and exercising our universal right and commitment to ensuring that the oath we all took given to us by Hippocrates 2600 years ago will finally reach its commencement.
He said “food shall be our medicine and our medicine will be (in the form of) food.”
Hippocrates also said “help if you can, but first do no harm.” Stop the procrastination, it is harmful. CDC is from the food. The real food is here. Use it to help prevent CDC and a host of other diseases that are plaguing your helpless, innocent pets.
Please go to Cornucopiapetfoods.com and live and practice the dream of prevention. All of you are invited to call me at anytime at 631-427-7479.
Blessings and love,
Geoffrey Broderick, DVM, member, American Academy of Veterinary Nutrition.