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In general, be VERY skeptical of claims that herbal or alternative therapies can replace insulin treatment in cats or dogs. Please note that many of the charlatans and scammers discussed in this article had ads appearing on this wiki. See the phrases they use to try to hook you at Ad scams and Ad scams 2.


More Players--"Alternative Treatment #5" & "Alternative Treatment #8"

Again, the human diabetes scams and the pet ones are closely linked. "Alternative Treatment #5", code name NR/PA/GB is aimed at both canine and feline diabetes. "Alternative Treatment #8", code name IP, is pitched to humans. This time it's a clinical psychologist and homeopath trying to treat canine, feline and human diabetes.


"Alternative Treatment #5" vs "Alternative treatment #8"

Interesting to note that this claim is made on the GB page but not on the IP one. If the pancreatic beta cells are permanently damaged to the point where they are not capable of producing insulin, the result is insulin-dependent diabetes in all living species. As the name implies, the only treatment for this condition is exogenous insulin injections. Perhaps it's thought that because this is to be given to animals, there are no FDA regulations in place regarding veterinary drugs, or possibly that persons dealing with non-human diabetes are not as well-informed as their human-caregiving counterparts.

Here are some real gems from the IP page:

  • "Like all COMPANY'S products, it is developed with care by our practicing Clinical Psychologist, is 100% natural and is manufactured according to the highest pharmaceutical standards."

This should set off the warning lights because psychologists deal with the workings of the mind. They do not attend medical school. Psychiatrists must attend medical school before they are allowed to enter psychiatric special training; they are permitted to prescribe medications, just as other MD's do. So those people who want to use the human version of the product are having a behavioral specialist determine how to control/cure diabetes. Since the company says all of their products are developed by a psychologist, that means the GB concoction was too.

Where's the clinical psychologist? Look here--on the pet remedies home page and in the banner here-"the psychologist's natural choice". This is the page where people can become "affiliates" to sell this stuff to others. The page says one can make money from two product lines--the human IP and the animal GB one.

The homeopath quoted on the pet remedies home page owns a homeopathic products manufacturing company and apparently has an interesting professional life. This South African website talks about what the local folks came up with in 2004. The product website is here and the item is about as far from diabetes as one can get.


  • "Will HUMAN PRODUCT help to treat diabetes or pre-diabetic conditions?
According to FDA regulations, the manufacturers of natural remedies and dietary supplements may not make any claim which suggests that their products are to be used to treat, cure, prevent or diagnose a disease, including diabetes. The ingredients in HUMAN PRODUCT have been chosen for their positive effect on liver and pancreatic health and to promote healthy insulin levels in the body. Remember that it is also important to make sure that you follow a healthy diet and lifestyle."

None of the above impressed FDA, as they sent the company a FDA Warning Letter-November 22, 2005 and another FDA Warning Letter-October 12, 2006, with regard to IP and other products. FDA's objections to this product are the same as to those mentioned above--they are not proven to be safe and effective and are classified as unapproved drugs.

Blogging for their "cure"

Native Remedies/Pet Alive also manages at least five blogs/sites under different names, but their message and reason for existence is the same-to sell their unproven and unapproved products. Neither of them have any source links or citations to prove what's written there is anything except what Native Remedies/PetAlive wants you to know.

Natural Pet Health. The give-away here is at the link. This page is signed by "The Native Remedies Team". This ad banner from 2007 for the site indicates "the psychologist's natural choice" as shown in the section above. Checking out another page on this blog takes you to their second one: "Read more about diabetes in dogs, how to care for a diabetic dog and diseases associated with diabetes in dogs at DiabetesInDogsGuide.Com."

Canine Diabetes Guide AKA DiabetesInDogsGuide.Com

"Pet Herbal Info"

"Good-Dog-Care.com"

"Diabetes in Dogs"

Let's look in on them and compare the information on them to the truth.

Notice how their stories keep changing but the facts about canine diabetes, which is Type 1 and dependent on insulin injections as replacement therapy don't.

The "Natural Remedies" and "Pet Herbal Info" blog links are hidden links to "Native Remedies/Pet Alive" products. If you select one and right click it, choosing "Properties", here are examples of what you get (product name edited and links disabled).

"http:// www.natural-pet-care.com/natural-pet-health-blog/recommended/G____B____"

"http:// www.petherbalinfo.com/recommended/G____B____"

Clicking the live links at the blogs takes you to the "Native Remedies/PetAlive" page the product is sold on.

Fine print at the bottom of all "Pet Herbal Info" pages:

"The content of this site is intended for informational purposes only.

"It is not intended to diagnose or treat any medical condition. Nothing in this site is intended to be a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis, or treatment. Always seek the advice of your physician or other qualified health provider with any questions you may have regarding a medical condition.

"Never disregard professional medical advice or delay in seeking it because of something you have read in this site or on ANY website."

"Good-Dog-Care.com" doesn't hide their "Native Remedies/Pet Alive" pitch links, but look at the fine print at the bottom of their web pages:

"Good-Dog-Care.com" "The Information published on this site is not intended to replace the advice and treatment of a qualified veterinarian. It is for educational purposes only."

Website Fine Print

From the fine print at the bottom of all Alternative Treatment #5's website pages:"These products are not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease. The information on this Web site or in emails is designed for educational purposes only. It is not intended to be a substitute for informed medical advice or care."

Now you can see these people really don't have a clue about canine diabetes and that it's impossible for their products to treat, control or cure everything they "promise" and "guarantee" they do.

Their website fine print shown here claims they are "educating" one about diabetes. Even if the goal of the blogs and website wasn't to sell unapproved and unproven products, they do a terrible job of performing what they claim to do.

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