Bill Burlingame DVM Interview Part 2
Pet Connection Magazine welcomes Dr Bill Burlingame for Part 2 of a 2 Part Interview (Part 1 can be read online at and click on the “Archives” Link and choose the Jan/Feb 2015 Editions. Dr Burlingame is the former founder and owner of Quil Ceda Vet in Marysville where he still works part-time. He also manages Burlingame Veterinary Consulting marketing the Ramaekers Brand Veterinary Immune Tabs.
Dr Burlingame, in this second interview, I’d like to focus on cancer in our dogs and cats and what part the Red Label Professional Formula Veterinary Immune Tabs can play in helping to extend both the length and quality of life in our pets fighting cancer.
1. How do Veterinary Immune Tabs ingredients work together to help our pet’s fight cancer?
They help a pet’s own immune system to be able to fight cancer over a longer period of time through dramatically supporting the animal’s natural immune system. Veterinary Immune Tabs are the most potent Natural Immunotherapy Supplement for Canine and Feline Cancer on the market.
They can (indeed often should be) used in conjunction with traditional cancer therapies.
Here are the 4 main ways they work:
Supports Bone Marrow function and stimulates production and activity of natural killer cells
Antiangiogenesis properties starve a tumors blood supply, producing dramatic reduction in size of many cancerous tumors. When used pre-surgically, it aids in tumor shrinkage and makes surgical resection much easier.
Activates both arms of the Immune System, Humoral and Cellular, producing a truly balanced immune response, fighting invading pathogens while avoiding an over-reactive immune response as seen in allergic reactions and auto-immune disease.
Increases both length and quality of an animal’s life (increased appetite and weight maintenance, increased energy level) without side effects of traditional therapies
When used in "healthy" patients it will improve their State of Wellness and Promote Longevity by improving overall Health.
Finally, the Natural Immunotherapy of Veterinary Immune Tabs are very safe, economical and convenient when compared to traditional therapy options.
2. Can you tell me more about the first ingredient on the Red Label Tabs, Transfer Factor? What exactly is Transfer Factor and what does it do?
Transfer Factor or TF are molecules that educate and communicate with other cells as to what pathogens are present within an animal’s body. TF is aware of the presence of a vast number of invaders well before the immune system cells are. Transfer Factor “transfers” this knowledge to the immune system making the response to invaders faster and more specific to the specific pathogen (i.e.: viruses, bacteria, fungi, etc.). Remember that some cancers are caused by infectious agents (like viruses and fungi) that TF can help by alerting the Immune System to their presence to begin fighting earlier.
3. Where do you obtain the TF in Vet Immune Tabs?
Through colostrum of both cow’s milk (mammalian source) and eggs. Dr Ramaekers collects colostrum for dairies throughout the US as each region which are then comingled and processed together. It is important that the colostrum is collected from different US regions as each geographic location has different pathogens. Currently the TF used in Vet Immune Tabs will recognize over 3-4,000 different pathogens. Egg sources throughout the US are also used to harvest TF as this gives additional spectrum of pathogens.
The next set of questions covers the medicinal mushrooms found in Vet-I-Tabs and how they fight cancers.
4. How many mushroom varieties are included in Red Label Veterinary Immune Tabs and where are they sourced?
Vet I Tabs from Ramaekers Nutrition feature over 12 different types of Certified Organic medicinal mushrooms in its blend, which together contain over 200 heteropolysaccarhides extracts.
Most are sourced in the US organic mushroom farms. Some are from France.
5. Do the medicinal mushrooms attack the cancer/tumors directly like chemotherapy?
Yes. Some mushroom components have direct anti-tumor activity. But, in addition, the specific blend of medicinal mushrooms acts to modulate the animal’s own immune function, causing no harm or stress on the body like chemotherapeutic agents do. The heteropolysaccarhides in mushrooms activate both “arms” of the immune system: the Humoral(antibody) and Cellular immune response. They are not really immune stimulants , but true immune modulators or balancing agents, helping the body to fight invaders when it needs to without producing an over-active response as happens in allergic reactions and autoimmune disease. The body is ready to fight with the stimulation of T & B immune cells but doesn’t produce a non-specific, over-reactive immune response. Because of this improved immune system response, our pets can fight cancer over a longer period of time, changing cancer from a quickly fatal disease to a more chronic condition with much higher quality of life (i.e.: improved appetite, weight gain and improved energy level).
6. What other immune responses does this blend produce?
It helps our pets fight certain cancers through antiangiogenesis—starving the cancer tumor of its blood supply, thus causing dramatic tumor shrinkage (see Case Study: “Mikey” on page ___ @ www.ramaekersnutrition.com). It promotes bone marrow health through activating the 3 main cell line production (Red cells, white cells and platelets)and it increases energy production on a cellular level from the mitochondria with increased ATP metabolism. Third, there is increased lung perfusion permitting more oxygen absorption when the body needs it.
7. Can you give a specific example of how one of the mushrooms works?
Cordyceps mushrooms specifically increase oxygen absorption in the lungs. They also increase the number and improved function of the natural killer cells, and are known to shrink tumor size.
9. Are there side effects to the mushroom blend?
No. Unlike traditional chemotherapy, these medicinal mushrooms are not toxic to the body. They help the body more effectively use its own defenses fighting cancer.
8. Can these be used with traditional cancer therapies?
Absolutely! True Wholistic Medicine (the added “w” indicating “whole”) is about using BOTH traditional and alternative therapies. Let’s be clear: there are sometimes, many times when cancers cannot be cured with using natural therapies alone. Surgery, radiation and chemotherapy may be the best and fastest way to save your pet’s life. Some pet owners come to a vet hoping to use only “natural” therapies, and that just isn’t always the best for the dog or cat. A combination of BOTH traditional and Wholistic medicine is often the very best way, and Vet-I-Tabs used in conjunction with surgery, radiation or chemo, do not interfere with any of those therapies, and indeed extend the length and quality of life beyond the initial life-saving measures of traditional medicine.
9. Tell us about the other ingredients in addition to the Transfer Factor and Medicinal Mushrooms.
Potent lactic acid producing probiotics, Fatty Acids, plant-based anti-inflammatories like boswellia and curcumins, perna canniculus, glutamine, thymus gland extracts and anti-oxidants like Superoxide Dismutase. Egg-shell membrane Glucosamine for joint health is also included.
10. What is the advantage to having the additional ingredients included in the Red Label Veterinary Immune Tabs?
Rather than have a pet on 10-15 different supplements, the Vet-I-Tabs provide a convenient, efficient delivery system by combining these ingredients into a chewable tablet. Dr. Ramaekers' research over the last 40 years has demonstrated over and over that it is The Synergy of the ingredients that magnifies the clinical effect on immune performance and overall health of the patient.