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Posted by Marilyn (North Port, FL) on 04/15/2009

I have a few questions and I hope you can help. My Lab, Trev, is 13 1/2 years old. He has a non-cancerous tumor on his left leg. He has had surgery for removal but it keeps coming back. It is now bleeding constantly unless I keep it wrapped. Because of his age, the doctor does not want to perform surgery because it is so large it would mean removal of his leg. His back hips are bad and he has trouble getting up. Every time I change his wrap, it bleeds. I read your column about castor oil and bloodroot. I tried castor oil months ago and it did not help. I have never tried anything else. I don't know where to get bloodroot. If I can help him, I want to do what I can for him. According to the vet, he will have to be on antibiotics for the rest of his life and I have to change his bandage (it's a large wrap with an ace bandage around it), every two days. I am trying to avoid infection. Any advice would be greatly appreciated.

Thank you, Marilyn

Replied by Diane
Pine Mountain, Ga


How is your Trev? I have an Italian Greyhound that is 13 and she has the same thing that Trev has. I had it biopsied and the vet called it 'hemangiopericytoma'. He said there was really no cure. It is a malignancy. It will keep growing back until it ruptures with bloody tissue everywhere, then maybe take it off again. But given her age I won't do that again. I have been looking all over the internet for some type of cure. I have seen several sites where people have used flaxseed oil mixed with cottage cheese twice a day and say that it has worked. Look for this on the internet to get a correct dosage. I hope this answer is not too late and good luck. I started my Lilly on it yesterday.


Replied by Luiza
Brooklyn, Ny, Us

Hi Diana, ive read about your dog with hemangiopericytoma tumor, my 13 yrs old siberian husky has the same thing, I was wondering if the budwig diet helped? I started my dog on it 2 wks ago.

Posted by Dominique (New Orleans, Louisiana) on 02/27/2009

I have successfully used Ted's Remedies and now I have a new problem. My dog just had puppies January 11, 2009. One of them was born with what I thought was a tumor but after using these remedies for 2 weeks with no results I have discovered that what I thought was a tumor is actually a perineal Hernia. There is not cure posted on this sight for hernias. I am trying a fully raw diet, castor oil, vitamin c and e. What else can I do to get rid of this hideous looking thing. It is like cottage cheese right by her vagina and when I squeeze it I can hear it ooze. I am thinking cayenne pepper, what can help my puppy. She is very happy and playful. She does not even know that it exists.

Replied by Dawn
Woodinville, WA

Pretty sure perineal Hernia's require surgery.

Replied by Danielle
Newburgh, Indiana

It sounds like an umbillica hernia and when the dog gets spayed or neutered the vet can close it then. Do NOT push on it as hernias are small openings in the muscle wall and the pups intestines are just poking out some. If you mess with it you can cause problems. Many dogs live they entire lives with them, but better to close if already undergoing anesthesia.


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Posted by Researcher (Armidale Nsw 2350) on 09/05/2016

Can I suggest something about turmeric for tumors. I have been using turmeric for years to great effect, I have extracted raw turmeric root and used alcohol to seep over several weeks to extract the essential oil or resin. But I discovered certain varieties of turmeric work better than others, the yellow turmeric seems to be more potent than the orange turmeric. Feel free to disagree, I can only report what I see and I feel its necessary to point this out, to those whom maybe interested. When I used orange organic grown turmeric over the last two years, effect was void. Previous years I used white/ yellow and orange in combination it was impressive particularly with tumours. I source my turmeric from Earthcare Maleny QLD. I am not connected to this business and I am a customer only.


Replied by Suseeq
Sydney Australia

As a fellow Aussie, thanks for that, in my notes it will go.

Replied by Karen
Little Rock
1 posts

I just found out my 13 year old beagle has a Nasopharyngeal cancerous tumor that is causing abnormal breathing. I can feel the lump on his neck. The vet gave him tramadol for pain and said limit his exercise. There are so many treatments-- where do I start? Budwig? Essiac? Oil? Turmeric?

Replied by Suseeq
Sydney Australia

Karen, go with your gut whatever is comfortable for you and your pet and whatever you have easy access to.

Posted by Deanne (South Australia) on 07/13/2016
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I have been giving my dog who has mast cell tumor.. ( already removed surgically & returned with a vengeance just weeks later) TURMERIC .. along with a cancer diet and many other herbs and supplements .. I have been using turmeric powder and also curcumin capsules ( concentrated turmeric extract) twice a day .. she was given 8 weeks to live and the vet said he could only make her comfortable.. that was 4 weeks ago and she was in poor state.. barely moving barely eating... she is now looking normal.

I know I am not out of the woods yet BUT..she has put on weight is eating like a horse and back to her usual self. I also have been using castor oil topically on the tumor and it has just started to open up and weep and bleed .. so using colloidal silver to prevent infection and continue with the oil and see what happens.. but she is happy and shows no sign of pain...so Turmeric has helped her tremendously.

Replied by Maria Salazar
Englewood Cliffs, Nj

Very helpfull information about Turmeric. I just want to know what would be the right dosage for a 17 1/2 pounds, 17 year old rat terrier .

Replied by Mama To Many Donate


You will find dosing information for turmeric for pets here: http://www.earthclinic.com/pets/turmeric.html

Replied by Erin
Kansas City, Mo

Where do you get your supplies?

Replied by Mama To Many Donate


Dear Erin,

I like to get my bulk herbs from Mountain Rose Herbs. They have excellent turmeric and a quality anti-cancer mix - Essiac that people use for pets.

Sometimes I get Frontier herbs by the pound through amazon, preferred organic if it is for a health issue.

~Mama to Many~

Posted by Deanne (South Australia) on 07/07/2016
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I give my ( cat sized) dog turmeric.. she wouldn't eat it if I mixed with food ... so I bought empty capsules and fill the small part with turmeric powder plug the end with steak I minced in the blender and rolled a tiny ( small as possible) ball of meat with the half capsule inside . If I make the meat balls small she gulps them down capsule and all -IF I make them bigger she has to chew and she discovers the capsule and spits it out .. so keep them small .. even if you have to do it twice to get the dose into her. I do this for all the supplements she is on for cancer .. so far tumor shrinking and she is doing well .. vet said she was dying but she's looking good in the last 2 weeks.

Replied by Suseeq
Sydney, Australia

I would give some essiac tea as well.

South Australia

Essiac Tea! Yes I bought some but that is the one thing I am not sure HOW to administer? she hates the tea flavour wont drink it... I could syringe it but am already doing that with other natural treatments ( so didnt want to attack her with the syringe again) The tea is Powdered form so can you just use the powder in foo ( like if I hide in in a capsule)??

Sydney, Australia

The dosage is Essiac tea 30 mls for 45 kgs dog daily.

Replied by Pauline
Wisconsin, Usa

Deanna from Australia, where do I buy this turmeric? My cupboard?

Replied by Suseeq
Sydney Australia

Yes, if you able to pick up organic all the better, if not the supermarket.

Posted by Mychild (Ca, Earth) on 06/10/2016
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I was so hopeful reading all the great successes here for our sweet "children". Thanks for the info.

I've been giving my beloved 15yo, 25 lb Puggle Turmeric for months and nothing. I first was giving 1/4-1/2 tsp Organic turmeric from the store for 6 weeks until I found out that was the wrong turmeric! I was to use the 95% kind. So have been giving him 2 (500mg) caps a day sprinkled in his food (along with Milk Thistle, and Superfood probiotic powder) and no change at all.

It hasn't grown but it is the size of an orange on his side for over 6 months. :( Everything is as good as before this benign fatty tumor (had vet test him). His appetite, water consumption, etc are all good, and he walks/jogs a couple miles/day with me.

I just can't understand why nothing is changing or shrinking. It's so sad.

Replied by Karen
Pueblo, Co

Try putting the tumeric ON the tumor. Also try Apple cider vinegar. Get ahold of ahold of a holistic get. They will really help you with your problem

Posted by Snickers (Washington) on 03/27/2016
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Treating a beagle for tumors. Used Turmeric salve for a week. Then started feeding her turmeric in her food. She weighs 30 pounds and was giving her 700 mg once per day. Also 1/2 t apple cider vinegar. did this for about a week. Tumor split open and started to leak, and got bigger.

Now for the last two days the tumor seems to hurt her when we try to clean it up. Can not squeeze it because it hurts her to bad. Is a very large lump now. She has diarrhea is not eating, drinks a little water. Have tried rice water. All kinds of goodies, treats, chicken, turkey, beef. She normally eats everything in sight. She seems sick. I am not sure how to take care of the tumor now that it is leaking. HELP!

Replied by Snickers
Aberdeen, Washington

I got no feedback at all concerning my Beagle. With further research we found that we were giving her too much turmeric. A quarter spoonful is too much. You have to do it by milligrams. She is better now. We will start over with a greatly reduced amount of turmeric.

Replied by Diane
Southern Ca.

About 5 years ago I had just taken in a stray dog (Black mouth Cur) and within a few months she got a tiny bump (Tumor) on top of her front toe.

It got bigger and bigger and I tried soaking it in Epsom salt as a friend advised but it didn't work to get rid of it.

It grew a little more and looked like a beautiful gum ball with a swirl of nice colors! I remember a product I used on a real bad wound a neighbors dog had, a product called BLU KOTE by Dr. Naylor! It sprays on purple. It worked on my neighbors dog's wound so I figured I would try it on the tumor. And it worked! I would soap up and rinse the foot and tumor then spray the Blu Kote spray on the tumor.

The tumor eventually dried up and fell off leaving no scar. But I don't know what type tumor it was.

Replied by Patricia
35 posts


Thanks for posting the info about your dog's tumor. My cat has a growth of some sort on her chest and nothing has worked. It is in a spot inside her left front leg where a bandage doesn't work.

I just contacted Dr. Naylor and asked if Blue Kote be injested as cats lick all the time. I told him about Dr. Simoncini?? from Italy and that he says cancer is a fungus (Blue Kote is a fungicide according to the company) and he uses baking soda to coat the tumors and they vanish. Perhaps the fungicide property of Blue Kote is why your dogs tumor dried up.

Does the purple stain? My cat's underbelly is white.

Do you know if this product is natural or chemicals?

Replied by Diane
Southern Ca.

Hi Patricia,

The Blu Kote stains but only for awhile.

I used to get some purple on my finger and the stain didn't last long. Sorry I don't know much else about this product. Only that it worked on the dog's tumor on her paw and you better ask if it can be used on a cat.

I notice that some products that are good for dogs and not good for cats. Blu Kote is great on wounds for dogs and other farm animals. My neighbor's males dogs got into a bad fight and one dog had a nasty wound on it's leg and my husband sprayed Blu Kote on the bad wound and it healed nicely.

Replied by Theresa Donate

Mpls., Mn

FYI Blu Kote is commonly available at farm supply or fleet farm type stores, though you may find it in walmart and the like in rural areas. The Active Ingredients: Sodium Propionate, Gentian Violet, Acriflavine,

Inactive Ingredients:
Water, Isopropyl alcohol, Urea, Glycerine, Sodium hydroxide.

Theresa Donate

Mpls., Mn

Hey Diane,

Per the wiki page: Blu Kote contains "Acriflavine has been shown to have anti-cancer activity by inhibition of HIF-1 which prevents blood vessels growing to supply tumors with blood and interferes with glucose uptake and use."

Replied by Diane
Southern Ca.

Patricia, I just now found out you can't use Blu Kote on cats. It can be harmful to cats.

Hydrogen Peroxide is OK for cats on wounds.


Posted by Linda C. (Telkwa, Bc) on 03/13/2016
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Hi, so happy to read these success stories. I have one too. Doubted myself before now. My Rottie/shep/border collie cross had a horrible growth right at the tear duct on his eye and it was growing. I read about the castor oil and aloe combo to shrink tumours. But around the eye, I was terrified to do anything. Got brave and dabbed just a tiny bit plus started giving him tsp or so of turmeric with olive oil to eat. They like the taste of turmeric. The tumour shrunk to almost nothing. I have also noticed that my dog's tumour grows when he eats any food with wheat in it-so I read the labels on dog treats, only choosing ones made with rice. Makes a big difference.

Replied by Melanie

Hi Linda! How long did it take for the cyst to shrink after giving your dog castor oil and turmeric? Mine also has one growing on his upper eyelid and it got infected so now he's on antibiotics but it seems to be getting bigger. I'm desperate for alternative options.

Replied by Patricia
35 posts

LInda C

Can you give the detail for the aloe vera and castor oil for tumors. How much of each? how long did it take? Is it applied externally?

I have not been able to apply enough of anything on her tumor and have not been able to cover with a bandage it due to where it is. I think the aloe and castor oil may have the consistency of a salve and be able to cover it up.

Thank you, Patricia

Posted by Johnnaswiger (North Carolina) on 11/09/2015
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I have an older white lab that developed a tumor beside his genital area and he kept it inflamed by licking it. I started him on 1 teaspoon per feeding, twice a day, of turmeric on his food. He did not reject it at all, and the tumor has now shrunk and he no longer pays attention to it. It's not totally gone but it's definitely shrunk and no longer inflamed. Turmeric works. I did not add molasses.

Posted by Donna (New York, US) on 11/09/2014
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Hi my shepherd mix had a fatty tumor on her front leg. It grew quite large and then the skin started to split. I took her to the Vet and he said it would take 3 surgeries and about $2600 to remove but suggested I go home and research some remedies to get it to shrink. I found this site and began applying a turmeric paste to it and then gave her 2 times a day a teaspoon of turmeric and a teaspoon of black strap molasses in some wet food. In about 3 weeks the tumor started to oooze. It was in the evening so I just wrapped it up and let it drain. I brought her to the Vet. After examining it he said it had shrunk considerable and now was only one surgery and less than half the cost. He had me take her home and let it continue to drain. The next day she had her surgery and she is as good as new! It was amazing, I didn't think it was working but it did and it took awhile and yes it was gross when it was draining but certainly worth it.

Posted by Kaz (Townsville, Queensland, Australia) on 07/12/2013
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I would like to thank all the writers here for your advice on reducing fatty tissue tumours in dogs. I started treatment on my 13 yrs old dog two and half weeks ago. I put turmeric in his food every time he ate and rubbed the tumour with castor/tumeric combination. The "size of a golfball" type tumour ruptured after enlarging and shrinking last week. I have been treating with anti-biotic and the castor oil/turmeric pack and wrapping it (i sit with dog for an hour each time because as soon as my back is turned, the bandage is off and he is licking it). The size of the tumour has decreased by 70% at least and seems to be regenerating skin and closing slowly. It looked really nasty but I cleaned it 3-4 times a day and applied anti-biotics. I am happy with what has happened so far and am very thankful for the advice as a I am a pensioner and vets, etc are just too expensive. My biggest problem is keeping him from taking the bandage off. He looks happier and is moving around better. My fingers are crossed that it will be nearly all gone and healed within a few more weeks.

Replied by Kaz
Townsville, Qld, Australia

Update: I have been using the turmeric and castor oil paste for nearly four weeks now. In the last day or so, I have added aloe vera to the paste. The tumour is open but no infection and is clean, no smell or weepiness. It looks as if the skin is re-growing and closing the "wound". I use equal parts of turmeric, castor oil and aloe vera in paste (1 teaspoon each) aloe vera is straight from garden and I open leaves and scrape out gel to mix in with the turmeric and castor oil. I couldn't be more happier with the results. EARTH CLINIC: is there any way to put up before and after photos to show people how effective this has been for my dog. And thank you Earth Clinic for this site, it has been invaluable.

Replied by Kaz
Townsville, Qld, Australia

To the Staff of Earth Clinic, I am sending these photos of the tumour that is on my dogs front leg and how it is healing after using turmeric, castor oil and aloe vera on it.

First Photo: taken after five days of putting turmeric in his food, it swelled up and then started to get soft and crinkle and blister.

Dog Tumor Before Remedies
Second Photo: taken after four weeks of treating the tumour. The "wound" was not cleaned so it has some grass on it however, once cleaned, mixture was applied and wrapped. there is no infection and it is closing slowly.

Dog Tumor Treated With Remedies

Thanks for the assistance from your site and your readers.

Replied by Lisa
Henrico Va
4 out of 5 stars

I have a cat with a tumor that looks just like this on the before and after. only thing is hers I had to get a little antibiotic help from the vet but now even after that it feels mushier. the vet doesn't think that's enough but, we all know better on the power of mother earth. been using turmeric /curcumin combo as the patch but, I will definitely try using the aloe as well. thanks for the tip.

Replied by Bunny
Central Ny

My shepherd mix has a large tumor , also he has a lot of fur .should I shave him or just saturate the fur and rub into the skin as much as possible?

Replied by Mama To Many Donate


Personally, I think shaving the area would be ideal just because it would end up being so messy to have the oil in the coat all the time. It would make it easier to make sure you have gotten the skin covered well with the oil, too.

~Mama to Many~

Posted by Julie (Scarborough, Me) on 11/18/2012
4 out of 5 stars

I have a 10 year old, 20lb terrier. She has had a benign fatty tumor just above her chest bone and below the collar line for several years and about 1/2 a golf ball in size. I have been giving her about 1/2 tsp of turmeric in her food every day for about 3 weeks. It has shrunk considerably I may up the dosage for the next few weeks to see if we can completely dissolve the tumor.

Posted by Shaun (Los Angeles, Ca) on 02/10/2012

My 9 year old male boxer, 40 lbs, developed a tumor around his penis area. it has gotten bigger over the last week. I have taken him to two vets, who biopsyed him to see what kind of cancer it is. I have increased his dose of organic coconut oil and and have started giving him one teaspoon of tumeric for the last 4 days. Tumor is getting bigger, but I have been reading everyone's post that it swells before it starts shrinking. I hope this is the case.

Posted by Carole (Palermo, Me, Usa) on 08/10/2011
5 out of 5 stars

At the end of May, I discovered a small lump on my dogs neck just below the ear. I watched it and in July she was scratching it and it had grown quite a bit. I took her to the Vet and they wanted to remove it and biopsy it to the tune of $600. And they couldn't give me any idea of what it was. I decided to try the turmeric and started giving her 1/4 tsp 2 times a day in her food on July 20th.. She weighs 48 lbs. On Aug 5th it developed a dark hard scab which fell off by itself on Aug 8th. Now the lump is going down and I'm hoping it will be totally gone soon.. I will update on it soon.

Posted by Summatra (Reston, Va) on 06/08/2010
5 out of 5 stars

My 13 y old dog, Jamie has had fatty tumors for several years, now. When he was eleven, the vet removed one at the "elbow" joint of his front leg but it has since grown back. He was dealing with it though, and the vet recommended doing nothing to the re-grown tumor, due to his advanced age and declining health.

Then about 6 weeks ago I noticed a different large, red, golf-ball growth in the same area. This was in addition to the re-grown tumor. The new growth looked like a water balloon.

That's when I started surfing the net looking for options. One night, I spent several hours reading about herbal medicine, and TCM/TCVM vs Western philosophies about cancer and tumors ... interesting stuff, but I just wanted to help my dog.

Also, as an aside, I noticed that Jamie's breath smelled a lot worse than usual ... (sort of sour.) He was in bad shape, and I was in the middle of a move.

There are "vets" out there selling their special blend of herbs and medicines ... but I wanted to "know" what I was giving my dog. So I was looking for something I could get from any herbal supply store.

Affter reading information here and elsewhere, I decided to try curcumin (which is a turmeric extract) It cost about $10/ bottle, over the internet and comes in capsule form. I take 1 capsule apart and sprinkle it over his food (I feed him twice a day).

After 3-4 days the big red tumor burst IT SMELLED AWFUL (sour like his breath) and it continued to leak for about a week. At first, the liquid that came out of the tumor was clear,and greasy. Later there was pus, but there was less and less each day.

By this time, we had moved, and Jamie was still moping around ... and I honestly did not know if he was in pain, or depressed about the move, or what. I decided to keep giving him 2 curcumin capsules a day (since it seemed to make the tumor go away), 1 with each meal, and I also cleaned the wound area with hydrogen peroxide, and kept the wound covered. Jamie did seem to be getting better, but I did not know if it was wishful thinking on my part ... so I took him to the vet a week later.

The vet said that the tumor had ulcerated, which was not good, and he had lots of tumors... but he did not recommend putting him down at this time. He said that this is just what happens to old dogs. He cleaned and shaved the area around the tumor, prescribed an antibiotic, wrapped the wound and sent us home (and charged $250).

It has been a month now, and Jamie has continued to improve. The (red)tumor has "dried up, there is no pus. He still limps a little (but he limped before). Also, the regrown tumor has shrunk ... he still has other tumors, though. I do not know if this is a "cure" ... but I do think that it has bought us some time.

I wanted to share this because I remember how frantic I was 6 weeks, when I was looking for information that could help.


Replied by Merryanne
Orange City, Florida, Usa

Me and my family have had the same 'tumor' problem with pets,,check your dog food for soy protein,,it is poison to our pets and will kill them and you. google search 'toxic soy report' you will be shocked at the news for people and pets.

Replied by Summatra
Reston, Va

I wanted to give an update:

Jamie passed away on 9/26 (he was euthanized). During the summer, the tumor on his front leg, and the one between his toes had cleared up so he wasn't limping on the front legs anymore, but then his back legs started to drag more as he walked. Also, he gradually lost his appetite, and everything slowly worsened over the summer. The vet had said (in the spring)that the tumors had spread, and I think that this was the cancer just taking its course. Nevertheless, his last few weeks of life were full. As I said earlier, I thought that the tumeric was not going to be a "cure" but it would buy us time, and I think that is what happened. I honestly believe that the vet had written him off back in May. We got to spend the whole summer together and the past few weeks we got to visit many places "for the last time". I would like to thank the people who created this website and those who posted information to this board.

Replied by Lisa
Vancouver, Wa
5 out of 5 stars

Hi Dogs that are fixed & 6 years old just get fat cysts or tumors, whatever U want to call them. Sometimes they pop up over nite. So Ur NOT necessarily doing anything wrong--Its just part of nature.

My ShihTzu had a fat cyst the size of a pea above his ear... it looked gross.

This sounds mean, but IT DID NOT HURT MY DOG.. OTHERWISE HE WOULD'VE YELPED & MOVED HIS HEAD AWAY FAST... He let's me know immediately if he's ever unhappy... He's Not shy... Anyway, I stuck a sewing pin in the cyst... To see if maybe it was sebacious... I then squeezed it... nothing came out, so I assumed it was a solid fat mass.

I put a Curcumin (Tumeric Root) capsule I got at the health food store in a pill pocket. He ate it & ate the 1 for his sister--she refused to eat it. I smelt the capsule & couldn't smell anything, but U know how sensitive dogs noses are.

Then 2 weeks later I gave him another...

1 week later I noticed a crust on the (cyst) bump, so I scraped it off with my finger nail & smelt it... Really Grose Smelling! I then squeezed the cyst from the base--VERY IMPORTANT.. I KNOW A MAN WHO LET THE BARBER SQUEEZE A ZIT ON HIS FOREHEAD... BUT HE DIDN'T GET ALL THE SEBUM OUT... SOME WENT BACK IN THE BLOOD STREAM & HE DIED OF AN ANURISM... SO HAVE UR VET DO THIS IF U THINK SOMETHING BAD MIGHT HAPPEN..

Anyway, it may have gotten slightly bigger after I started giving him the curcumin, but nothing really noticable & there was no oozing & grose open wound like the others said... When I squeezed it... 4... What looked like flat empty sebacious cysts came out... They stunk... There was about 1/4 of the bump/cyst left & no more would come out & he didn't want me to touch it anymore... He was Not in pain, but he was just getting annoyed with me messing with it, so I left it alone... The stretched skin eventually went back to normal & the cyst was totally gone in 2 weeks. Its been 1 month & I'm sure its not coming back.

This is a way more natural & cheaper solution... Than spending $400 like my friend just did to get a sebacious cyst cut off her cocker spaniel's back. From what I read here... they also come back after an operation, whereas, with the Tumeric/Curcumin they don't.

Thanks U Jesus for the Natural Cure! Thanks EarthClinic 4 Being here--Love this web-site!