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

Here is a good overview on calcium oxalate stones by VCA Animal Hospitals and we will offer more insight VCA veterinarians aren't aware of below. 

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.

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


Updated 11/26/2015
Updated 11/28/2017

Like most people, you've peeked at a business' 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, and as alarmingly, some who have shown up under false pretenses to harass us.  

Here  is why: 
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 peer reviewed studies on GMOs over the last six years, we have very serious medical concerns about genetically modified foods, also known as GMO, present in many pet foods. We are concerned that they are contributing to allergies, inflammatory bowel disease, pancreatitis, liver and kidney disease, as well as kidney stones among others. Recently, the World Health Organization Cancer Experts found sufficient evident that Round Up (Glyphosate), present in unmeasured and unknown quantities in most GMOs, is carcinogenic to animals and probably to people, particularly causing non Hodgkins lymphoma and leukemia (AML). Remember, the most common GMO trait is Round Up (Glyphosate) resistance. 

As a result, we are being targeted in a smear campaign, psy. ops (torrents of hate lit with gaslighting),  business sabotage, harassment, intimidation, bullying, defamation, libel and legal threats. A Monsanto mommy blogger-"farmer" married into a farmer family that, I was told in confidence, makes generous profits selling pesticides on the side --arranged complaints to be lodged with the veterinary medical board jeopardizing my veterinary license.

 I invite you to find out what's involved in admission to UC Davis Veterinary School, graduation, passing two separate Boards (federal and state) and then watching Monsanto's trolls threaten your medical  license -- mine is. Why?

Because I have been doing my best to inform the public. The world needs 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 a ubiquitous 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, sugar beets/ beet pulp, alfalfa -- very common ingredients in pet foods.

MonSatan: Stalking Critics like Predators Stalk Prey

This is Yvette

They take pictures of themselves in front of our hospital, as proof that they only visited when we were closed. Yeah, right...

We  have been seeing  suspicious clients sporadically since Proposition 37. Arriving with an agenda rather than seeking care for their pets, our unwelcome MonSatan  "clients" post vicious Yelp reviews and then link  them on Twitter and other GMO discussions. The video below illustrates a Monsanto affiliated front group, Biofortified, planting their mascot in our flower bed. They want to know they are physically present at our hospital. We know  many negative Yelp reviews are fake because the clients -- just like Stephan, Mike B, and several others, who I invite you to learn about in a linked 10 minute video -- don't show up in our records 

Monsanto's GMOLOL 10,000-troll FB page Cyber-Attack

This is a forgery of an image from our Beach Vet Hospital's Facebook page (as it was being assailed by Monsanto's GMOLOL 10,000-troll-strong Facebook group) joined to an image from Stephan's own Facebook page, on Yelp.

And this is Stephan admitting to cyber-attacks to drive down ratings.

(Because every credible science organization boasts about ruining the reputations of people with whom they disagree...)

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

To someone whose grandpa was one of six millions Jews to perish, growing up in a home where two giant tomes of black-and-white photos of the Holocaust and Nuremberg trials graced our coffee table, trivialization of the horrors was beyond shocking.

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

" explanation based on will rather than knowledge" -- Isn't that ironic?

"We Will Not Forgive and We Will Not Forget. Expect Us." -Monsanto

Stephan's GMO smear campaign of our business on Google, where you can find multiple fraudulent reviews of our business.

"Client" shows up for a service she insists she can do herself

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?"

   In addition to demanding free staple removal, this "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.
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.  

Client that Yvette "just happens to know" leaves this review

The majority of his reviews are of businesses in Arizona and Utah...

 Yvette with Monsanto's Public Relations personnel: Doc Cami Ryan and Vance Crowe 


Internet Gang Rape

 Yvette with Janice Person, Monsanto's PR person who started the GMOLOL 10,000-troll Facebook page that cyber-attacked our 500 person business page, managing to have us banned from our own business page, attacking and insulting us, and harassing our clients. 

Yvette with Monsanto's Cami Ryan and Kavin Senapathy, featured on Monsanto's blog

Monsanto's Internet Gang Molestation

Dr. Frank responds about Mike B., a "client" who left us a one-star Yelp review claiming that we neglected to vaccinate his dog, and that Dr. Frank treated his dog when it contracted the infectious disease, parvo, a disease neither of us has seen in an animal in seven years in Long Beach (described in the video above).

GMOs beg a Simple Question:

 Why Are  Pesticide Companies  in Charge of Your Food? 

If, after reading this story you feel compelled to give us a high five on Yelp or Google, we really do very much appreciate it.