Tuesday, 24 February 2009

Cinnamon 2

Update on Cinnamon.
Yesterday Cinnamon started her CV247 and all is well at present. Her scars are healing well from her operation and she is very well, back chasing her tail and having her mad half hour so much so that she jumped onto the window sill and smashed my beautiful candy jar that I've had for 24 years!!
Richard Allport recommended an organic food by Lily's Kitchen, which I purchased yesterday and it arrived this morning just in time for feeding my three cats. They loved it! and ate every little morsel. I have to say the service was excellent with prompt delivery and the food packed and sealed extremely well.
I also managed to find an organic farm near Epping called "Ashlyns" which sells everything organic. I purchased organic chicken, liver, rabbit and game (wild) for my cats. They are still dubious about eating freshly cooked meats, but I have been adding a little of the organic pet food to it and they lap it up. So if there is anyone reading this who is trying to get their pets to go over to organic, then I hope this information helps you.
Maralyn Imbrogino

Saturday, 21 February 2009

From the archives

Just found this posted on the web. It's a letter that was published in the Veterinary Times in February 1999 p27. It lists some of the original pets that took part in the trials. If you recognise your pet, please get in touch with me.


Dear Sir
I would like to inform my colleagues of a new approach to cancer therapy which has been developed by a member of our profession, John Carter.
It is designated CV247. It is an oral treatment and a salt free and artificial chemical additive-free diet is part of it.
Three controlled trials have been conducted on this treatment at the Middlesex Hospital Medical School, Department of Oncology, by Prof. Peter Beverley, then the head of the Tumour Immunology Unit of the Imperial Cancer Research Fund. CV247 was administered to mice with malignant tumours.
He concluded that the treatment caused a statistically significant reduction in the rate of tumour growth in the treated, compared to the untreated subjects. He added in his report that there were no side effects attributable to the treatment.
The Veterinary Medicines Directorate then suggested that an appropriate veterinary expert should study the treatment and submit his report on it. I was asked to do this because I have had 34 years experience of advising on animal studies for cancer research and have, since the 1986 Act, been the NVS of the Cancer Research Fund and of the Ludwig Institute of Cancer Research. Because I have also experienced clinical work in general practice throughout this time, I agreed that I would monitor, in my personal capacity as an independent clinical observer, an open study on the effect of the treatment on firmly diagnosed cancers supported by pathology reports in cats and dogs.
Twenty six cases were selected for the study, four of which had been diagnosed prior to it's commencement. Animals which would not eat, or where the owners lived at such distances that they were not prepared to travel regularly for treatment, could not be included, although some owners did come on a regular basis to Harrow from as far away as Wiltshire or Yorkshire.
In this study I found no evidence of toxicity or side effects. In fact, an improvement in the general health and behaviour was not only obvious to the owner but also to the independent observer.
Of the 26 cases treated, all were advanced and 16 were considered to be terminal. There was an observable regression of tumours in 15 cases and a considerable or an apparent regression in nine cases, seven of which are briefly described:

A collie bitch (13 Years)diagnosed at the Animal Health Trust to have sublingual melanoma. Prognosis will require euthanasia within four to six month. No drugs would have any effect. Radiotherapy might reduce it but will still die of secondaries. After seven month of treatment the tumour had shrunk to less than a quarter of it's original size. The dog was lively, alert and eating well. There was no indication of secondary tumours.

A K.C. Spaniel bitch ( eight years) diagnosed with lymphosarcoma. Prognosis guarded to poor. Response to chemotherapy likely to be poor. After 24 month treatment the dog appears to be well to be well with good appetite and normal behaviour. It's lymph nodes are palpable but considerably reduced in size.

A Rough Collie dog (10 years) diagnosed at the RVC Hospital to have gastric carcinoma. Prognosis without surgery survival is not likely beyond four months. Owner declined surgery. After two years' treatment the dog was fit and well with a shiny coat, good appetite and had no symptoms of gastric carcinoma.

A K.C. Spaniel (eight years)dog diagnosed to have lymphoma by biopsy. Despite
chemotherapy it continued to deteriorate, so this was discontinued. The owner was then told that euthanasia would be necessary within two months. After 18 months' treatment with CV247 the dog appears to be well with good appetite and normal behaviour. Only one lymph node is still enlarged but reduced in size.

A Dobermann dog (eight years)diagnosed at the RVC Hospital to have carcinomatosis with marked cachexia and ascites, the tumour extending into the the abdomimal organs. Prognosis: no possible treatment, immediate euthanasia recommended. After three month treatment he appeared to be in good condition with no ascites, normal weight, eating well and playing with other dogs.

A Dobermann bitch ( eight years) diagnosed at the University of Cambridge Veterinary Hospital to have a transitional cell carcinoma of the urethra infiltrating the neck of the bladder. Prognosis grave, no treatment possible. Two years after commencing treatment with CV247 she was fit and lively, and passing urine normally with no signs of blood. On the treatment a rapid improvement was seen.

A female cat ( one year) diagnosed by biopsy to have fibrosarcoma of the forelimb, amputation recommended. Six years after the commencement of CV247 she is alive and well with no indication of the tumour. Initially the patient is treated either daily or on alternative days for the first two or three weeks. Then, if response is satisfactory, it is progressively reduced. Hopefully CV247 will be a licenced veterinary medicine available to all our members in the not too distant future.

Yours faithfully ANDOR SEBESTENY, BVSc, DipBact, MRCVS. Veterinary Supervisor Head of the Animal Health and Welfare Unit, Imperial Cancer Research Fund, Clare Hall Laboratories, Blanche Lane, South Mimms. Potters Bar, Herts. EN6 3LD.

Friday, 20 February 2009

Latest list of vets and doctors

Vets who have expressed a willingness to prescribe CV247

Mr Richard Allport B.Vet. Med.,Vet.M.F.Hom., M.R.C.V.S.
Natural Medicine Centre
11 Southgate Road
Potters Bar

Email: info@naturalmedicinecentre.net
Telephone: 01707 662058

Barbara Jones BVMS MRCVS VetMFHom
Oakwood Veterinary Centre
Babbinswood Farm
Shropshire SY11 4PF

Email: barbarjones@onetel.com
Telephone: 01691 679 699

John Hope-Ryan
Masefield House Veterinary Surgery
Wells Road
Malvern Wells
WR14 4PA

Email: john@mhvs.co.uk
Telephone: 01684 576464

Paul Grant
35 Addington Road
West Wickham

Email: paulgrant64@hotmail.co.uk
Telephone: 020 84623455

Alan Marshall BVMS MRCVS
The Bard Veterinary Group
15 Catherine Street

Email: mail@thebardvetgroup.co.uk
Tel: 01387 255295

Jane Murphy
Lordship Lane Vet Surgery
509-511 Lordship Lane
London SE22 8JY

Email: ejanemurphy@hotmail.com
Telephone: 020 86934677

Doctors who are willing to prescribe CV247

Dr Nicola Hembry
Litfield House Medical Centre
1 Litfield Place

Tel: 0117 969 2814
Website: www.drhembry.com

Dr Rajendra Sharma
The Diagnostic Clinic
50 New Cavendish Street

Tel: 020 7009 4650
Email: rs@thediagnosticclinic.com
Website: www.thediagnosticclinic.com

Tuesday, 17 February 2009


I would like to write my story of my little cat Cinnamon. Having obtained the formula last Friday I shall be starting Cinnamon on it next week.

My darling beautiful cat was diagnosed with Fibrosarcoma in December 2007 after I found a lump on the back of her neck. I took her in as a stray and guess she is around 12 years of age. Although Fibrosarcoma is normally associated with vaccines, because she is an indoor cat, I have not had her vaccinated for many years, but she did have a reaction to an antibiotic injection about five years ago where a large sore appeared in exactly the same place as the Fibrosarcoma, but I shall never really know what caused it. The vet performed an operation to remove the lump and also found a smaller one at the side. After the results came back with the diagnosis, it was suggested that I took her to a soft tissue surgeon for aggressive surgery, chemo and radiotherapy. I read every website I could find on this disease and due to the aggressive nature and poor prognosis in that the lumps return within two months and even up to a year with aggressive surgery, decided to opt for alternative treatment rather than put her through months of gruelling chemo.
I took her along to see Richard Allport an alternative Vet and was given homeopathy and other medications. I also added a few vitamins of my own ie, mushroom extracts. Within three months the two tumours returned but the treatment seemed to be slowing it down as it took five months before they became pea sized. She was operated on again to remove the lumps but again within five months they returned.
During this time her quality of life has been very good, she is not ill, eating well and still chasing her tail. She recovered very well from the operations but still the lumps returned causing her to have another operation.
Five months ago I noticed other lumps coming up around her neck and between her shoulder blades totalling five in all. A couple of weeks ago I decided to have her operated on again, but this time was going to suggest to the vet that if the tumours were attached to bone or muscle and she was unable to remove all the tumour then it might be kind to put her to sleep while under anaesthetic.
A couple of days before her operation was due, I saw the "London Tonight" programme concerning the new cancer treatment developed by a vet, Dr John Carter, that was also being used in trials on humans. I began my research on all the websites to find that John Carter had sadly passed away but his partner Professor Sebesteny had the formula licenced in Europe and vets were using it in Hungary - it is called CV247.
I then came across Beverley's blog "Coldwetnose" and read her article about John Carter and how he had successfully treated her dog. I emailed Beverley to ask her whether she knew if vets in the UK were using it and from that day Beverley has been an inspiration to me in helping me and others to find out all the information on CV247 and its use in the UK.
It was with her we located the Pharmaceutical Company, Ivy Medicals that John and the Professor formed together to produce CV247 and the good news was, that UK vets could now use it on animals. A list of vets was emailed to me and I chose one in Croydon that had previously done trials on animals.
I was told that a third of animals respond well enough to be cured, a third respond and get much better but are not cured and a third do not respond at all. The formula was sent via the post to me and is mixed with Vitamin C and given twice daily in half hourly intervals. The recommended diet is fresh organic food or organic pet food.
I have been searching the petshops and websites for organic cat food as my cat particularly likes dried food and it is very difficult trying to change a habit of a lifetime.
I came across "Yarrah" which is made in Holland and produces pure organic pet food. Cinnamon and my other cats enjoy the wet food but not so keen on the dried. I have also cooked fresh food but it is difficult to get them to eat it, but I am trying very hard and gradually winning.
Luckily the vet was able to remove all five tumours and I decided against having her put to sleep in order to give me more time with my precious little angel to see if the formula will help her. I have to wait another week for the antibiotics to get out of her system and introduce her new organic diet and I shall hopefully start treatment early next week.
I will keep Beverley informed of her progress and keep my fingers crossed. I would also like to take this opportunity in thanking Beverley for all her help and advice and without her I may not have found out all the information I needed to get the formula, she has been like my little "Guardian Angel". I also thank her for setting up this fantastic website whereby we can all exchange views, diets and advice for one another who have poorly pets.
Well done Beverley!
Maralyn Imbrogino

Monday, 16 February 2009

More on the diet

Can I just draw your attention to the extra bit on Gunner's story added today. Mandy has a much better memory than me and has remembered so much more about diet than I did and crucially she knows the name of the book that inspired John. Here's Mandy's valuable memories! Plus here's a photo of the late great Gunner, too.

Having thought a bit more about the diet John used to prescribe, I think it varied a bit depending on the severity of the cancer - for Gunner, he wasn't allowed any protein except 2oz of lamb's liver per day (that was for a 62lb dog); no salt in any form (even cucumber's weren't allowed as apparently have some sodium in them); only grains allowed were oats, to be made into biscuits just using water; no mushrooms (but all other veg OK and had to be organic); carrot juice VERY good and had to be given several times daily - as much as he would drink; sprouted wheat and alfalfa also VERY good and given daily. No fat of any kind. Only bottled mineral water to be given to drink and for making the oat biscuits (NO tap water, ever!) - and sodium content to be checked so one very low in sodium to be used (some are quite high).

Obviously this diet is pretty restrictive so you wouldn't keep a dog on this for ever, just for duration of treatment then ease some other things in. To make up for the low protein, Gunner was given a B12 injection every day by John. He also had liquid potassium every day and Vitamin C powder (ascorbic acid) was to be added daily to his food; also given Nicatinamide tablets (a form of Vitamin B3 - this particular form causes the blood vessels to expand so helps circulation - but causes something like a hot flush - which obviously you can't see in a dog but did used to make Gunner pant! I think that effect is lessened if they're given with food) And given pancreatic enzyme capsules several times daily (derived from pigs) - so quite a lot more involved than just the CV247, so hopefully this info. will be given out with the sachets (as I'm sure all these supplements can be obtained quite easily) - obviously the Hungarian vet who worked with John would know all the precise details of this.

I know the diet was based on the Gerson Therapy used to cure cancer in humans - lots of info. on that on the net - Max Gerson's book " A Cancer Therapy: Results of 50 Cases" talks in depth about the diet in one or two chapters and his reasons for it (John lent me his copy at the time to read) but there may be more books out now for anyone who wants to really go in depth into the reasons for it.
My dog Sal was on the raw liver, too - but I didn't remember a quantity being mentioned. We had organic carrot juice, too.
Fascinating insights here from Mandy re the souce of the diet idea. I remember from the waiting room that those pets that stuck to John's diet were the ones getting better the quickest - so it's worth working at the diet.
After the cancer emergency was over we added a pasta and yogurt meal into the mix and that was just fine - and she never looked her age - right to the day she died aged 16.


On Friday 30th January this year I had a phone call from my Vet to tell me one of my best friends, Jake (an 8 year old Labrador) had cancer - malignant melanoma. The prognosis is three months to one year and all the treatments have been explained to me all except CV247.
One of my human type friends had heard of CV247 and after checking every web site possible I have compiled a dossier and handed it to my vet in the hope he will treat Jake with CV247.
In addition to the treatment of Jake I hope lots of other dogs can benefit from this wonderful alternative to painful and prolonged surgery and the effects from chemotherapy.
I can’t imagine loosing Jake at the prime of his life.
Your Blog is an inspiration and provides hope for many people in my position. With all sincerity if there is anything I can do to assist any other people who might have contacted you please let me know. I live in South West Scotland.
Paul Robinson

Paul's vet has agreed to try CV247 and Jake has now moved over to John Carter's diet in readiness and he seems to like it (well he is a Labrador!) and Paul hopes to start the medication this week.
Keep checking here for progress updates. And if your dog or cat is starting on CV247 please contact Beverley and we can follow your pet too.
It would be great if this blog can unify people who have pets with cancer as I found John Carter's waiting room was a great source of support and advice - especially about the diet and where to source the best organic ingredients.
To get in touch email beverley@dogstodaymagazine.co.uk

Tuesday, 10 February 2009


If you have a pet with cancer, and you want to try CV247, this is your chance to share your story with others.

Please email me to take part on beverley@dogstodaymagazine.co.uk