Friday, April 4, 2014

Alert: Round Up Ready GMO might be causing bladder & kidney stones

Do you want high-tech help for your pet who can't pee? 

Can you afford it? Can your cat and dog?  If you answered no, please read ingredient labels

Stubborn Stones

Sometimes, just like humans dogs and cats develop urinary stones. 

A few months ago we saw a case we think is worth sharing--a cute little 5-year old pooch with two stones wedged inconveniently in the urethra overlying the os penis, a rod-like bone structure within the penis of male dogs (see X-ray below ).  

While veterinarians can remove bladder stones via routine surgery--it's a different story with blockages of the urethra- the tube through which urine empties the bladder. 

Obstruction of the urethra presents a life-threatening emergency.  If the animal can't void it becomes rapidly intoxicated by the waste products remaining in the blood stream, causing build up of acid, potassium, and urea- leading to a painful death.

Urinary Obstructions are most often seen in male dogs and cats since the male urethra is longer and narrower than females' though we have seen females with a urinary obstruction (rarely) too. 

Some breeds, dalmatians, have a genetic predisposition to stone formation, and infections can lead to struvite (Magnesium Triple Phosphate) stones.   And yet other stones form for reasons we don't understand--the most common in cats and dogs (as well as people) being calcium oxalate

Wait, what? We can we get kidney stones from oxa-what?   


 "What are Urinary Stones? What is Oxalic Acid and Oxalate?" Check out this link

And now,  let's get back to our lovable and very miserable  patient.

The first stone dissolved nicely with antibiotic plus acidification therapy and the dog passed it.  The second stone, unfortunately, wouldn't budge with multiple catheterization procedures performed to flush the stone back into the bladder, where it could be surgically retrieved. The poor dog's quality of life was becoming rather lousy-- living with a constant burning sensation is miserable, not to mention dangerous.

The dog's luck was starting to run out as we considered "turning him into a girl"--performing surgery ( perineal urethrostomy ) to bypass the penis. The trouble is that a newly created "vagina" often increases the dog's susceptibility to chronic urinary tract infections, not to mention is invasive and painful. 

Fortunately, for our little patient the owners were happy to drive him up to U.C.Davis Veterinary Teaching Hospital, where veterinarians have refined laser lithotripsy. ,   a procedure in which a tiny fiber-optic camera contained within a urethroscope or endoscope is used to visualize and guide a laser to pulverize the stone ( shown in the ureteral lithotripsy link).

Here is the before image of the stone within the urethra. It's pretty obvious why we had such difficulty budging it. Ouch!

Urethral stone before lithotripsy

Laser Lithotripsy to the rescue!

And here is AFTER lithotripsy

Laser blasts evaporated the stone, and the little dog was done with pain and straining as soon as he woke up,  minus invasive and painful surgery. Yay! What a relief!

Why reading food ingredient labels is crucial

 But you are a GMO watcher. How does any of this relate to GMOs?

Round Up Ready corn, soy and beet pulp from GMO sugar beets are in pet foods

The items underlined in red on the pet food label are most likely genetically modified (GMOs). They have been sprayed with Round Up- a proprietary formulation of glyphosate with other ingredients
The image isn't posted to pick on any dog food company. Iams is just one of numerous examples of popular widely available pet foods containing these ingredients. 

Beets are in many common pet foods. In addition to beets naturally being very high in oxalate, Monsanto genetically modified them (GMO) and they are sprayed with Round Up.

Glyphosate-containing herbicides are applied in large amounts to crops 2 to 3 times per season to remove weeds and dry out grain in a process called ‘desiccation’ [22]. Once applied, glyphosate accumulates in leaves, grains or fruit. Glyphosate residues cannot be removed by washing and they are not broken down by cooking [23]. Glyphosate residues can remain stable in foods for a year or more, even if the foods are frozen, dried or processed

Round Up (glyphosate) isn't just an herbicide; it's also an antibiotic.


 Monsanto patented formulations of glyphosate with oxalate as an adjuvant for its herbicides, and farmers are spraying it in exponentially increasing amounts on GMO crops.

Even though we eat oxalate in foods like kale, beets,  and spinach, intestinal bacteria like Oxalobacter formigenes degrade it, so less is bound to calcium and is unavailable to make kidney and bladder stones. But studies show glyphosate inhibits beneficial bacteria, some of which might degrade oxalate.

 In other words, Oxalobacter formigenes helps to neutralize oxalate, thus preventing kidney stones. It isn't the only vital bacterium, as studies have shown inconsistent reduction in oxalate in people administered a proprietary probiotic called OxaDrop, that doesn't contain O. Formigenes-- which is why microbiome studies characterizing microbial diverstiy and phenotypic changes cause by glyphosate in animals are needed.

Veterinary Epidemiology of Cat and Dog stones

Veterinarians have long been puzzled by the increase in the incidence of calcium oxalate urinary stones in cats and dogs.

The increased incidence of calcium oxalate stones in pets suggests an environmental cause.

Snap. Try this link please: canine-and-feline-urolith-epidemiology 

Thanks Hannah for pointing out the broken link!

Calcium Oxalate uroliths are represented by green, whereas struvite is aqua blue.

Snap. The article moved here. 

Research shows that a recently identified bacteria (Oxalobacter formigenes) found in both animals and people, reduces oxalate absorption from the intestines-- thereby reducing risks of forming calcium oxalate kidney stones in people.

Clinical Investigation

Kidney International (2013) 83, 1144–1149; doi:10.1038/ki.2013.104; published online 27 March 2013

The role of Oxalobacter formigenes colonization in calcium oxalate stone disease

About 75% of urinary stones contain oxalate. As Oxalobacter formigenes is a Gram-negative anaerobic bacterium that degrades oxalate in the intestinal tract, we assessed the role of O. formigenes in oxalate metabolism by evaluating its intestinal absorption, plasma concentration, and urinary excretion [...] Our findings suggest that O. formigenes  lowers the intestinal concentration of oxalate available for absorption at constant rates, resulting in decreased urinary oxalate excretion. Thus, dietary factors have an important role in urinary oxalate excretion. The data indicate that O. formigenes colonization may reduce the risk of stone recurrence.

Glyphosate sprayed on Round Up Ready GMOs ---  patented as an antibiotic has been shown in several studies to suppress beneficial bacteria in animals.

I've spent months and lots of effort to find out if glyphosate also kills this fragile and vital bacteria, and I couldn't get a basic simple microbiological test from the biotechnology industry scientists to prove that it does not.

Given Agri-Chemical corporations' previous history of denying harmful effects of their products coupled with stonewalling and  refusal to do a very simple microbiological test--an MIC (minimum inhibitory concentration of glyphosate for this bacteria)
-- leads me to suspect that it does!

We know that glyphosate is primarily excreted in the urine and feces where it can adversely affect beneficial bacteria, as well as paradoxically cause antibiotic resistance.

Here is a must see video on glyphosate's effects.

Bottom line  message

-Studies show Glyphosate inhibits beneficial bacteria. -Beneficial bacteria like Oxalobacter formigenes help break down oxalate.-Breaking down Oxalate helps prevent kidney stones.-Monsanto adds additional Oxalate to their poison, Glyphosate, which I suspect kills Oxalobacter formigenes. -Adding unnecessary oxalate and unneeded, unlabeled antibiotics to our food will increase kidney stones.

 If your pooch is a breed predisposed to these stones -Shi Tzu, Lhasa Apso,  Bichon Frise- or your doctor diagnosed him with calcium oxalate urinary stones-the Precautionary Principle dictates avoiding Round-Up Ready crops.  Do not buy pet foods with GMO corn, soy, beet pulp, as they are likely  to have been engineered to be Round-Up ready, and sprayed with glyphosate plus other undisclosed ingredients. 

Thanks to @farmfairycrafts  for your wonderful suggestions!! :)


Thursday, April 3, 2014

Yelping on Yelp...and Facebook too.

Updated 11/26/2015

Like most people, you've peeked at a business's reviews online before investing money or precious  time on it, in the belief that the reviews are written in good faith. Most of us do it because we trust word of mouth opinions of our equals much more than direct marketing by the business itself. 

But the reviews you are about to read are from people who have never  been to our business. 

Here  is why: 

This is Stephan. He is promoting Monsanto's GMO on this site you can see by clicking the link 

Stephan loves and wants to work for Monsanto--the most evil Corporation in the world-- about to be put on trial for crimes against humanity.  He created a forgery, posted it on our Yelp account-- because he  is engaged in Monsanto's Dirty Food Smear Campaign  against people fighting for our right to healthy food.

We believe it is our right to know what we are eating and  that GMOs have not been shown safe for our patients to eat

We have been vocally advocating for labeling GMOs since Proposition 37 was placed on the ballot in California.   Having read thousands of long and complex science documents, we have very serious medical concerns about genetically modified foods, also known as GMO, present in many pet foods  As a result, we are being targeted in a smear campaign.

The tactics these thugs are using have been well described right here

We  have been seeing  suspicious clients sporadically since Proposition 37-  who arrive with an agenda rather than seeking care for their pets.  These unwelcome clients post vicious Yelp reviews -and then link  them on Twitter and other GMO discussions. We know  many negative Yelp reviews are fake because the clients, just like Stephan and Mike B, who you'll learn about in our video- don't show up in our records,   and we find the most vile, fraudulent reviews posted on Twitter by Monsanto GMO-promoting allies.

You need to know that the cancer specialists at the World Health Organization have just classified Round Up sprayed on 90% of GMOs  as a probable carcinogen.

The most prevalent GMOs are Round Up Ready and  no agency in the United States monitors Round Up residues of  the most prevalent chemical  in our food,

We suggest if you haven't been paying attention to food ingredient labels- you begin to read them very carefully now.  Stay away from any package that contains soy, corn, canola, sugar beets/ beet pulp unless labeled USDA Organic. 

Additionally, Monsanto is encouraging farmers to spray wheat a week before harvest to dry it out, so it isn't safe to purchase wheat products unless they are labeled USDA Organic. You might spend a little more, but lowering risks and rates of lymphoma, the cancer linked with Round Up is a great investment!

And this is Stephan admitting to the fraud he perpetuates against groups trying to avoid GMOs by arranging cyber-attacks to drive down ratings .

Stephan equating labeling GMOs to the persecution of Jews in the Holocaust.

Stephan equating a celebrated author- Nassim Nicholas Taleb- with Hitler. He is being targeted, just like us, for advocating Precaution with GMOs.

Stephan works with a PR Corporation called Ketchum discussed in this Investigative Must-Read Report about Monsanto.

Curiously, Yelp, locked me--the owner of my business Yelp account out of my account since July--preventing me from flagging  or responding to fraudulent reviews.

And even when, after months of attempts to remedy the problem with six different Yelp agents, I alerted Yelp's  CEO  to the problem on Twitter--Yelp does the opposite of what it preaches business should do in response to negative reviews. The CEO of Yelp simply ignores  the problem.

Stephan's GMO smear campaign of our business on Google. At least, unlike Yelp- Google allows a response!

 Is it stupidity and incompetence --or is Yelp still engaging in extortion?

See here: A veterinarian a mile from my practice sued Yelp in a class action law suit for extortion.  Unlike other businesses- hospitals can prove that reviews are fraudulent, because we keep records and can track our clients.  Yelp-sued-for-alleged-extortion/  

Yelp has been persistently sending us copious offers to sign up for its services starting at $300/ month.

Would the email address that would unlock our business account four months ago get changed  and  fraudulent reviews  removed-- if the business owner paid Yelp?

Yet another review from a person at the top of our Yelp account.

This anomalous "client" came in for a complementary staple removal.  We have a policy of providing complementary suture or staple removal for our own clients, as well as clients of other hospitals--based on records and instructions of  the primary surgeon.

However when asked for records and surgical instructions  this "client" acted suspiciously evasive. She had no records from any hospital  nor would she provide the name of the surgeon, or the phone number of the hospital where the surgery was done.

"Was it done at our local emergency hospital, who we work with extensively?"

 Unlike routine surgeries bite wound healing  is neither predictable nor routine because most of the trauma is beneath the skin. Bite wounds are not cutting wounds--they are crushing wounds. Which means that if we remove sutures or staples prematurely, against the primary surgeon's advice-- we have now made ourselves liable- opening ourselves up to a lawsuit.    In addition to demanding free staple removal, this "unwelcome client"  reiterated  the point that  she could remove the staples by herself! If you click on her review you will notice that is exactly what she did, with professional grade staple removers, begging the following question:
  • "Why show up to our hospital at all for a service you insist  you can do yourself?"
  • Answer: " She didn't need our services to begin with. This fake uninvited client simply showed up to write a fraudulent review"

This is Yvette

Yvette's  friend "visited" our hospital just to leave one of these fraudulent reviews

This is Yvette  with Cami Ryan of Monsanto physically  stalking out hospital.

 Yvette with Monsanto's Public Relations personnel: Doc Cami Ryan, Vance Crowe and Janice Person, who all work for Monsanto.

 Yvette herself used to work for a pesticide company before gaining notoriety for authoring a sleazy piece of vulgar tabloid journalism for Gawker--  a "take down" of a clean- food advocate critical of GMOs

These paid cyber-stalkers and bullies  believe they can abridge our freedom of speech through  relentless harassment, bullying and even stalking. They think that they can pressure us to stop speaking out about toxic food.

Monsanto (and other Chemical Companies) are hiding cancer-associated GMOs in your and your pet's food, and are engaging in illegal behavior--professional libel and cyber-bullying on our business Facebook page , Google, Yelp, Twitter, and Reddit even--to keep you from knowing what's in your food.

Please watch

Veterinarians would never malign each other, so I called Dr. Frank.

See her response, a letter from Dr. Frank who has never seen Mike B.---the fake client who left us a one star review on Yelp.

GMOs beg a Simple Question

 Why Are  Pesticide Companies  in Charge of Your Food? 

We are not going to let these Chemical Corporations with the worst history of environmental pollution and betrayal of public trust-- Monsanto, Dow, Dupont (or their Public Relations allies like Ketchum)- who contaminated our environment with Agent Orange, PCBs, and DDT while denying  their toxicity for decades. - lie to you and mislead you. And neither should you. 

Oh, and if you  feel like giving us a high five on Yelp- we really do very much appreciate it. 

But please let your friends know...there is no reason to trust Yelp! 
It enables fraudulent reviews misrepresenting businesses for profit and deceiving customers.

If you would like to see us advocating for you on Twitter,  we would love you to join us: 
@beachvetlbc :)