The Emotional Freedom Technique (EFT) for dogs

Have you ever heard of energy psychology? It is a smallish umbrella, under which a few practices that bridge the mind body connection exist. The belief behind energy psychology is that the body hangs onto the energetic memory of past traumas in the cells and energetic body (aka. nervous system and aura.) Whenever certain circumstances or events trigger a reactivation of this traumatic memory, the “victim” responds in a fit of stress or experiences some other physically measurable ailment that can happen again and again over the course of his or her lifetime. The theory follows that painful memories are often the cause of many illnesses and personal limitations that can effect us for years.

One of the quickest, most powerful and effective techniques I’ve discovered is called EFT, or Emotional Freedom Technique. It is based on the principles of acupressure and the Chinese meridian system. When a person is experiencing the limiting pain of a stressful memory, they can tap on a series of acupuncture based locations on the face, head and upper body and in less than 10 minutes, most people experience tremendous psychological relief from the painful situation. It’s a fascinating procedure that anyone can learn to do, and when you do, EFT can transform your life for the better in ways you probably could never imagine.

Here’s one of my favorite videos to introduce what EFT is and the amazing transformative power it can achieve for people. YouTube Preview Image

What many people don’t know is that you can use surrogate EFT to help animals with traumatic issues. This is based in the belief that we are all connected. When the owner of an animal feels an emotional connection to their pet and begins to tap on themselves or even the animal (or a doll as surrogate) while activating within themselves, as if they were the animal, the emotion that is likely causing problems (fear, anxiety, depression, loss etc.) they can bring great relief and even healing to their pets in this way.
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Never use this technique for other humans though, we each carry enough of our own baggage, it wouldn’t be wise to start taking on crap from other people for the sake of helping them. Think of the oxygen mask in the airplane scenario. We need to save ourselves first before we can be of any use to anyone else.

If you’re not familiar with EFT, I highly recommend using it on yourself first and really get to know and understand the process. Watch how it can shift things around in your life and make life undeniably easier. Then, if you feel it’s necessary, do EFT for your pet.

I can’t stress enough just how amazing EFT is for personal transformation! If you have questions about EFT or would like to share with others your own experiences with it, please leave a comment below. I love hearing from you!

Zoobiquity – What veterinarians know that physicians don’t.

I’m reading Barbara Natterson-Horowitz’ book, at the moment, called Zoobiquity: The Astonishing Connection Between Human and Animal Health. It is very well written and enlightening. She could be the key to bridging the worlds of healthcare for animals and people. Everything I found for Bart on fighting cancer naturally, I had to find being done with humans first. Then I would double up and check if my dog could ingest, or come into contact with all of these remedies without harming him. When I would reach out to doctors who have authored books and promote many of the healing substances that I do give him today, they would often reply, “We don’t know. We haven’t tried this in canine cancer patients. We only work with humans.” What Barbara Natterson-Horowitz has done is crossed the forbidden line from being a human physician (cardiologist) into the amazing and vast world of animal medicine and psychology and back again.

Here’s a great TED talk by the author.

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Encouraging Reports about Turmeric Fighting Cancer Keep Pouring In!

Earlier today I saw a post on a Facebook page I follow. A person who has been treating her dog’s cancer with a couple antibiotics, golden paste and colloidal silver has been seeing amazing results in the short time of less than a month. Normally I would be alarmed about giving the dog antibiotics while battling cancer. They are harmful to the body’s natural bacteria, and there is a lot of controversy about whether antibiotics might actually cause cancer. However, after doing a little more research into the matter, it turns out that I’ve found information to the contrary – that many are finding evidence that antibiotics may actually fight cancer –  and she is acting with the advice of a vet. Anyway, without more information on the subject as of yet, I will just get on with the information I do have.

Below is her direct quote from the page:

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Wanted to share this! I took Haylee in for a follow up x-ray to see if what I have been doing has made any difference in her unusual tumor/mass in her chest. If you recall, she had an x-ray here, then an ultrasound at Blue Pearl, then went to MU for a CT scan and they said they couldn’t operate due to it being in the center of her chest and by heart/major vessels and had never seen anything like it. I opted not to do another CT with a needle aspirate as I didn’t want to risk it and the possible diagnoses were mostly untreatable. Came home and asked vet here to try some meds in case it was infectious, which was one of the possibilities. So, Haylee has been on 3 weeks of Baytril and Amoxicillan. I have also been giving her Golden Paste every meal, which is made from a specific recipe of turmeric, coconut oil and black pepper. I have also given colloidal silver every day. The two latter things I chose to do because they have had remarkable effects on a variety of things. The golden paste has been shown anecdotally by many users to shrink tumors. Silver is effective against many infections. I don’t know what is making the difference or if it is a combination of it all, but LOOK at the difference in just 3 weeks! Most of the mass was fluid so I hope that we are actually making the mass itself reduce as well. I don’t want to get overly optimistic but I am! She’s been doing very well and I cried tears of joy today at the vet office when we saw these x-rays. The vet said it was amazing. I am going to continue 6 more weeks of meds. per internist. I don’t know what this holds for the future for my pup but for now, I am taking it and loving it! YAY!!!!! Am very thankful to have learned about golden paste!

I always find other encouraging stories to be important to share. Keep hope alive! We have many options that don’t have to involve chemo or radiation. Cancer is most often borne out of nutritional deficiencies that lead to a compromised immune system. Only 5 to 10 percent of all cancers are considered to be hereditary. When this is fully understood the right approaches are within reach, cheaper and easier on the body and everyone involved.

I hope this finds you well!

Bromelain fights cancer cells in animal tests

There is a lot of research (beyond corporate pharmaceutical labs) being done with enzymes and their effects on fighting cancer. I have only begun to scratch the surface of this subject even though I personally have been giving Bart an important enzyme that I believe has helped keep his cancer at bay for the full three + years of my nutritional cancer-fighting regimen. This enzyme is called Bromelain and it has been said to be found most abundantly in the core and stem of the pineapple, and it also exists throughout several other natural sources.

Studies show that enzymes directed at cancer cells do a number of things to help break them down and cause them to die off.  First they boost the immune system’s defense by activating and enhancing macrophages in the bloodstream, which are the large white blood cells that devour any invading, foreign particles that do not belong in a healthy body.

Secondly, enzymes are anti-inflammatory in nature. Cancer is an inflammatory illness. Chronic inflammation makes the body hospitable for cancer to thrive and may even be partly or mainly the cause of the disease. Enzymes help to control inflammation in the body.

Third, in a healthy body, cancer cells do exist, but a healthy immune system is designed to  locate and eradicate them without any trouble. The membranes of cancer cells act as cloaking devices hiding them from a compromised immune system. Like little pac men, enzymes actually attack and dissolve these elusive membranes which then reveal them to the immune system so it can clean them up and eliminate them from the body.

Enzymes are digestive, and 70% of the immune system originates in the gut. In a body that is ill, digestive enzyme production may actually be reduced. This makes supplementing with enzymes a very wise move in the fight against cancer.

I have been supplementing Bart’s food with Bromelain every day since we first started cooking his meals. You can find a link to a high quality Bromelain supplement by clicking here.

I plan to follow up with much more detailed information on why enzymes are so important and how they fight cancer in the future. If you have anything you would like to add to this article, let me know by leaving a comment below. Feel free to share this article with your friends too.

Disclaimer: For educational purposes only.  This is not to be construed as medical advice.  Only a licensed medical doctor can legally offer medical advice in the United States.  Consult the healer of your choice for medical care and advice.

The Best Nutrition for Your Dog’s Optimal Vision Health

Some of you might know this about me, but my main calling in life is making art. Drawing and painting have always been my forte, though I love using so many different forms of artistic expression that I got my masters degree in interdisciplinary art, also known as multidisciplinary art. It’s where the artist doesn’t stay within one specific form of expression, like drawing or sculpture, but instead incorporates as many different arts into one piece as needed to make a powerful statement. Movies and theatrical productions are interdisciplinary. Cirque du Soliel with all the costumes, acrobatics, set design and story telling going on at once, is a fantastic example of multidisciplinary art. Just for kicks, here’s an image of Alex, a character I have been working on for well over a year now. She’s going to have her own book soon. Alex_snake Check out my pet portraits too.

To get to the point, last Saturday I had my annual eye exam because I really want some new glasses that can help me get in super close to my artwork and knock out intricate detail work the way I used to before I ever imagined I would one day need glasses to help with that process. While in the chair with the full attention of my doctor, I asked her opinion on supplements for my vision. She began selling me on a supplement that she has in her office that had been studied for 10 years and proved to be beneficial in maintaining macular structure of the retina, and also preventing macular degeneration.

Blausen_0389_EyeAnatomy_02She gave me some literature to take home and I decided I would do some of my own research and also see if the nutrients she insisted upon were possibly the same nutrients that my dog needs for his vision. She talked about lutein and astaxanthin (zeaxanthan as well) as some of the most important ingredients for my eye health. This is the stuff that gives our eyes the pigmentation necessary for healthy vision. As it turns out, lutein, zeaxanthin and astaxanthin are rich nutritional building blocks for our dogs’ and cats’ eyes too. I was kind of expecting that to be the case, but I had to be sure before I just assumed as much since we do have different anatomical visual capabilities. Did you know that not only cats but dogs have really good night vision too? They see way better than we do in darkness.

What I have found is as follows: Foods rich in astaxanthin, lutein and zeaxanthin are parsley, spinach, kale and egg yolk, among others.

And according to the US Library of Medicine:

Lutein and zeaxanthin are the most common (carotenoid pigments) in green leafy vegetables (e.g., kale, spinach, broccoli, peas and lettuce) and egg yolks [25] (Table 1). They are also found at relatively high levels in einkorn, Khorasan and durum wheat and corn and their food products [26,27,28,29] (Table 1). The ratio of lutein and zeaxanthin in green vegetables has been reported to range between 12 to 63, highest being in kale, while in yellow-orange fruits and vegetable this ratio ranges between 0.1 and 1.4 [30] . . . Chicken egg yolk is deemed a better source of lutein and zeaxanthin compared to fruits and vegetables because of its increased bioavailability due to the high fat content in eggs [31,32]    .  .  .  It is not surprising that egg noodle had almost 6 times more xanthophyll carotenoids than lasagne [30]. Astaxanthin and fucoxanthin are abundant in green and brown algae, respectively, which are eaten by fish. Capsanthin is found mainly in pepper. β-Cryptoxanthin is a pro-vitamin A and found in many fruits and vegetables, but mainly in corn, oranges, peaches, papaya, watermelon, and egg yolk [34,35].

After reading all of this, I realized that I feed Bart almost all of the foods stated above on the US library of medicine site. I don’t give him corn, wheat or other grains, and he’s never had oranges peaches or papaya, and probably not watermelon either, but blueberries are good, and I often mix those with parsley and yogurt for my boy as a treat in the summer. You can also read a helpful article on vision health for our pets at Dr. Mercola’s website by going here.

As an aside, before we started cooking for Bart, his eyes were beginning to cloud a bit with age. Since the years have passed and he’s been eating such healthy foods I no longer see a cloudy eye when I look at him. It’s pretty cool to know how powerful his diet is for optimal health. I didn’t even realize I was helping his eyes to clear up with good food until well into our regimen.

I’m finally really clear on one thing above all others where health is concerned and that is nutrition is everything! This article is good for both people and our pets as a guide towards healthy eating for good vision. By the way, my retinal photograph Saturday showed my eyes to be very healthy and all I need to do now is keep it that way. So I’m off to grab a handful of blueberries before I go to bed.

If you have anything you’d like to add about vision health and nutrition, please leave a comment below. I love hearing from you!

Coconut Oil for Your Dog’s Skin Conditions

Bart and MotorFor the past two weeks, Bart has been breaking out in smallish bumps on his back, neck and tummy. It hasn’t been a huge breakout, but  there have been enough spots that it looked as if it could become a problem I might need to treat medically if it got worse.

When we first brought Bart home as a puppy, he had a little trouble with demodex. It caused the skin to raise and flake, the hair around the spots would fall out. He didn’t have much fur on his head and it took several months for his tail to fill in. This recent “rash” looked a little familiar, but it wasn’t showing up in the typical demodex areas, like eyes, mouth and ears, so it could just be an allergic reaction to something or it may simply be dry skin.

Whatever was causing this, since his cancer diagnosis, I refuse to give him any prescribed meds that would normally kill or control parasitic infection. I simply can’t risk putting any toxins in his system now because I just don’t know what his immune system can or can’t handle health wise. And before I even started to really think about what I was going to do about this, I got the inspiration to smear some coconut oil on his coat. I melted a little bit down, poured it into a small ingredient bowl, and with my fingers, began slathering it all over the affected spots. Bart was really anxious because he loves the taste of coconut oil, which caused a funny little dance between the two of us as he tried to lick my fingers before I could reach his back. It was one of those adorable pit bull and mom moments that I wish I had gotten on film. After I felt I had gotten him good and oily, I let him lick out the remainder from the bowl and literally forgot about it.  Soon we all went to bed.

The next day, we got him up and dressed him in his hoody for a chilly morning walk. I didn’t notice anything until we returned and off came his hoody. I was shocked to notice a huge difference right then and there! Somehow the coconut oil had begun a healing process and halted the eruption of any new welts, and shrunk the ones already present in a matter of just a few short hours. Since then we’ve been applying the coconut oil every day, and it seems to have everything under control. He still has little places on his back that look like dry skin patches, but they are no longer raised and inflamed and they seem to be healing. The coconut oil, when it’s chilly out, solidifies and makes it look as if he’s got a bad case of doggy dandruff, but it actually seems to be working some soothing, healing magic.

The treatment has been going on since Thursday evening, so that makes 5 nights as of this writing. I’ve recently been in contact with my vet, and I’ll keep you posted on what she might think is going on, but I feel like we may have saved ourselves a trip to the doctor’s office. Still, I want to know why he might be experiencing something like this, it could be a sign that his immune system needs a boost.

Of course you probably guessed, I’ve since begun looking up coconut oil and skin health for dogs and I have this article to share about the benefits of this wonderful natural health food.

I’ll keep you posted, and if you have anything you’d like to share about wonderful natural remedies for skin issues, please leave a comment below!

Grain Free Turmeric Dog Treats

You will need to refer to the recipe for Golden Paste to make this one. You can find that here. Golden Paste is a homemade cancer fighting, arthritis alleviating miracle, comprised of mostly turmeric and coconut oil and a pinch of black pepper. There is also a drink recipe called Golden Milk that involves honey, which people rave about. I don’t really like the idea of the honey in this mix, especially because when you heat the honey it becomes a high fructose sugar, which is entirely unhealthy for dogs and people with cancer. So I will always share non-sweet recipes for our pups for good measure. This recipe is not mine, but I have tweaked it a little for ease and simplicity. I’ll report on these after I’ve made them this weekend and let you know what Bart thinks about them.

I need a good treat ball (Bionic Bone, Large) stuffing treat, so something a little firmer than things I’ve made in the past would be ideal. Apparently cooking these at 450* F for 10 minutes makes a crumbly treat, so I may try cooking them at 350* for 15 to 20 + minutes and see what that produces.

Grain Free Dog Treats with Golden Paste

2 eggs
3/4 cup Golden Paste
1/2 cup canned pumpkin

3/4 cup Fava and Garbanzo flour
1/2 tsp of Ceyelon cinnamon

1/4 tsp of Celtic Grey Sea Salt
Water (as needed)

Mix  dry ingredients well and then add eggs, Golden Paste and pumpkin.
If the mixture needs a little more moisture, add small incremental amounts of tepid to warm water until you get a nice cookie dough texture.

Baking:
• Line baking sheet with parchment paper.
• Roll into 3/4 inch balls, press middle with thumb to flatten a little, and place evenly on sheet.
• Cook in a pre-heated oven at 450* F for about 10 minutes.
• Store in refrigerator for about 7 days or freeze.

If you make these at home for your dog, let me know how it goes! If you have recipes you would like to share, leave a comment below. I love hearing from you!

Golden Turmeric Paste to fight cancer

There has been a lot of talk about the nutritional healing power of something called GOLDEN PASTE, a concoction involving turmeric, water, coconut oil and black pepper. It is used in recipes and smoothies to fight cancer, alleviate arthritis, to heal skin conditions, soothe digestion and so much more. Below is a recipe on how to make Golden Paste for yourself and your dog.

GOLDEN PASTE

1/2 cup turmeric powder
1 cup water, and 1 cup in reserve if needed
1/3 cup cold pressed Coconut oil
1 and 1/2 teaspoons fresh ground black pepper

The Black Pepper is used to aid in the bio-availability of the turmeric. Which means, the piperine in the pepper enables the body to better absorb and assimilate the powerful aspects of the turmeric. If you or your dog cannot tolerate the pepper you may eliminate it. Cooking the turmeric into the paste will still improve absorption, but without the pepper it will be less effective.

Stir turmeric and water in a pan over gentle heat until a thick paste forms. About 7 – 10 minutes. You may need to add a little extra water as it cooks down. Add the pepper and oil at the end heating.  Whisk in well and allow to cool. Store in a glass jar that has been sterilized, refrigerate and freeze extra.

Keeps refrigerated for two weeks.  Freeze any extra that you won’t use within the two weeks.

My next post will share a recipe or two with Golden Paste as a main ingredient so that you can use this as a natural treatment against cancer for your dog. If you have any recipes you’d like to share, feel free to leave it in a comment below!

Recipe: Turmeric Treats for Dogs

This is not my own recipe although I have modified quite a few things  – it was originally created for those living with the metric system.  😉 I found it in a private facebook group and it seemed like a worthy share. I’m going to make these this week and report back on how it all goes for Bart.

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1 large raw zucchini – shredded
1 large raw carrot – shredded
1lb of pre-cooked ground turkey,  (or cooked chicken, or pre-cooked meat of your choice)
1/4 cup coconut oil (melted)
2 eggs
2/3 cup organic turmeric powder
1 tbs ground Ceyelon cinnamon
1 cup of a non-grain (gluten free) flour – I have found garbanzo and fava flour to be fairly inexpensive and has a nice consistency.

ground black pepper

Blend ingredients gradually -except the flour and black pepper- in a large bowl (or if you have one, use a food processor.) Next gradually add the flour. When all blended it should have the consistency of cake batter. Spoon mixture into a baking sheet lined with parchment paper and spread to about 1 cm thick with a spatula. Bake at 350* for approx 10-15 min. Treats should be firm, spongy and easily pull away from sides of baking sheet. 

At this point after treats have cooled, lightly pepper the top of the cooked brownie to aid in the bio-availability of turmeric.

Cut into 1 inch squares. Makes approx 40 x 1 inch treats. Refrigerate 1/2 and freeze the other 1/2 of the treats for later. The refrigerated treats should be used up within 7 days and once thawed, the same for the frozen treats.

If you try this recipe let me know how it goes! Or if you have any others you’d like to share, I would enjoy hearing from you. Leave a comment below.

Vitamin C may cure colds, pneumonia and possibly even leukemia.

Image courtesy of ddpavumba at FreeDigitalPhotos.net
Image courtesy of ddpavumba at FreeDigitalPhotos.net

This post is for the humans and good health.  Last week I was hit with a horrible cold unlike any I’ve ever experienced before. It lingered and worsened over several days, and finally by Saturday I just couldn’t take it anymore. I’m not the kind of person who goes to the doctor over a cold, though this one almost could have been an exception, except I know there is nothing conventional medicine can do for colds. When they prescribe antibiotics to patients with colds, the antibiotic is meant to help prevent any further bacterial infections that the person may pick up. A cold is a virus, so antibiotics are useless and basically unnecessary. Instead, I did something I’ve heard about before, but never had a need to try until recently. I mega dosed myself with vitamin C.

The idea behind this stems from the fact that we are among the few rare animals that don’t make our own vitamin C. It is believed that this may be one of the reasons we experience more chronic illnesses that other species. As for dogs, they are among the animals that make their own vitamin C, so there is conflicting information out there on whether we should even consider giving them vitamin C in supplement form. This may be the subject of a future post if I get enough interest from readers to do so.

Vitamin C is also know as ascorbic acid, found in citrus fruits, other fresh fruits, berries and green veggies. It’s important to the immune system and for healing from wounds among other things.

Mega dosing is exactly what it sounds like. I took tens of thousands of milligrams of vitamin C over the course of 3 hours. It was not the easiest thing I’ve ever attempted, and truth be told, I could not accomplish 8000 mgs every 20 minutes as I was directed. Instead after I first took 6000 mgs, I could only follow up with 4000 mgs for every 20 minutes that followed.  Still the point of telling you this story is – I felt a world of difference within the first 20 minutes of taking the vitamin C! Before, I was completely useless, couch bound and lifeless. I feared I might have been getting pneumonia, and I was suffering in a big way. But an hour later, I was heading to the video rental place with my partner to pick out a Saturday evening movie and laughing and joking the whole time. I was like Lazarus risen from the dead, but without all the painful rigor mortis. There are some side effects from doing this, one is diarrhea and the other some stomach discomfort, but I was all in because the trade off was worth every second of it.

Here is the link to the Vitamin C Foundation, whose site I followed to do this mega dose ritual. http://www.vitamincfoundation.org/surefire.shtml In case you ever find yourself needing to give this a try.

Since last Saturday 4/25, I’ve been taking vitamin C (1000 mgs) about 4 times daily and my recovery has been pretty easy – gross but certainly much easier than past colds. I think the Vitamin C has helped me with that process as well.

While I was researching this I found a story about a farmer in New Zealand who had been brought in to the hospital for an extreme case of pneumonia. Apparently he was so far gone that his lungs were white and he couldn’t breathe at all, so they oxygenated his blood to keep him alive. His family urged the medical staff to dose him with vitamin C, and he pulled through a near lethal episode of pneumonia with flying colors. There’s a lot more to this story, the medical staff wanted to refuse him the vitamin C treatment, which elicited a battle from the family, but in the end the vitamin C was administered and the farmer recovered fully. They also found out, while he was in for pneumonia, that he had leukemia which was later determined to no longer exist in his bloodstream after the vitamin C treatment that cured his pneumonia!

Mega dosing vitamin C is certainly something worth looking into. If you have any stories about treating your own colds with vitamin C or mega dosing of other vitamins to help you with any ailment, please leave a comment below. I love hearing from you!

A triple-threat, natural way to combat canine arthritis

Motor loving on his Barty dog as they bask in the sun.
Motor loving on his Barty dog as they bask in the sun.

If you have an aging dog who suffers with arthritis it can be challenging to find a way to relieve him or her of chronic arthritis pain naturally. I have found three things in the past three months or so that have seemed to help Bart’s arthritis a ton.

1. First is a liquid glucosamine called Synflex. I saw improvement in the first week on this stuff. Liquid glucosamine synthesizes much better in the body than pill form and its good health effects happen much quicker as well.

2. Second we’ve started boiling a chicken whole. The broth gives us a thick gelatinous goo, rich in all the fluids necessary for good joint health. This one is kind of an ordeal but at this point, nothing is too much work for my Barty’s health and we only need to do this once every two weeks. The animals absolutely love chicken time. It certainly bonds us all closer to one another and it’s a lot of fun.

We place a whole chicken in a 4 quart pan of spring water  (free of fluoride.) Bring to a boil then cover and simmer on low for 2 hours. We distribute some of the meat as a treat being very careful to pick out any bones, and put the rest of the meat back into his food. We contain the broth, freeze half and keep half in the fridge. We give him 2 to 4 ounces of the broth twice daily (mixed with essiac tea – a cancer fighting tea, the broth is a bonus treat to help him drink it down.)

3. I’ve started giving him extra turmeric in the evenings. Turmeric has been widely touted not only as an anti-cancer agent, but it is also sworn by many to be a wonderful anti-inflammatory that can eliminate arthritis pain.

I heat up a tablespoon of coconut oil in a fry pan on a low/medium flame, dump about 1/2 teaspoon of turmeric into the oil and let it heat up for a minute or so, then I scramble two eggs in it. I sprinkle a pinch of black pepper when the eggs have cooled in his bowl, and stir it all up together with his food. The pepper acts as an agent to help the body assimilate the turmeric and he just goes insane for it all. You could use more turmeric, I just want to be sure he’ll eat it, and I’ve seen him really improve on the smallish amount I’ve given him. I based this method loosely on a recipe I have for Golden Paste also known as GP. I’ll share this in a future post.

If you have any helpful tips to share, feel free to leave them in the comments below!

How your emotions affect your immune system

A very happy Barty.
A very happy Barty.

One minute of anger can have detrimental effects on the immune system for 6 hours; one minute of laughter, will boost your immune system significantly for 24 hours: laughter is the best medicine

Dr. Francisco Contreras, M.D.

Science and medicine are becoming aware of something that many of us in the lay-community have known for centuries, your mood and attitude has a direct and profound affect on your health. It has been recorded that people (animals are in the same boat) who are depressed, who have recently undergone stress, lost a loved one, experienced some sort of abuse, etc. take longer to recover from illness and injury than patients who are optimistic, happy and have a cheerful outlook on life. Why is this so? No one can really say, but the fact of the matter is, happiness is good for your health.

I’ve been enjoying a book recently called Zoobiquity: The Astonishing Connection Between Human and Animal Health, by Barbara Natterson-Horowitz. She is a cardiologist for humans, but in this particular book she bridges the world of veterinary and human medicine based on her own studies in the animal world of medicine. Essentially, she asks the question, what human illnesses and conditions are also seen in animals. What she finds is, pretty much everything.

I remember when I was a philosophy student in undergrad, one of my favorite professors balked at what he called anthropomorphism – attributing human emotions to animals. He felt that animals were not emotional beings and that it was a mistake for humans to project their own feelings upon them as if anything other than instinct was operating in animals. That he felt this way was a huge disappointment for me, because up until that moment, this man could do no wrong in my mind. I knew he was totally dead wrong. My dogs and cats, all my life, had genuine emotional responses to me and events that happened within our family. They loved me just like I loved them. They could feel sorrow and heartbreak, just as they could be jubilant and gleeful. The day my grandpa died, his German Shepard, Ralphie cried all night long. This was highly unusual for Ralph. He was a man’s dog, stoic and quiet, with a hatred for being tethered and a love for the hunt. My grandpa took him everywhere he went, especially to the river to go fishing. He often barked when he felt his territory was being violated, but he never howled or whined except for that night.

My own dog, Bart was heartbroken and listless the day after we found a home for a sweet dog we’d been fostering for several months. He had grown really attached to her, but we couldn’t afford to keep another dog and I could see in his eyes and body language that he missed having his canine companion to hang out with all day and night. Animals feel the whole gamut of emotions that we do, after all, people love to forget that we are animals ourselves.

So if it depression takes a toll on human health, it most certainly does for our animal companions as well. If you have a pet who is ill, it would be good medicine to do whatever you can to cheer him or her up, play games, give massages, put mood boosting ingredients in their meals, and be cheerful when you are with them. Animals read us intensely, and often reflect our own moods, so it’s best to remember not to let yourself get too emotional over your pet’s illness. Keep a positive outlook and expectation for them, and take a sort of Patch Adams approach to helping your pet feel better. Dogs in particular have a sense of humor, and if you can play funny little games with your pet, like hiding a treat in one fist but keeping both closed in front of your dog, expecting him to paw at the hand that has the treat, your dog will get a kick out of figuring this game out. With Bart, we will sometimes bring a toy along on a walk, and when he’s not looking, hide it by a tree. When he finds the toy, he gets so happy and enthusiastic we often have to trot home so he can kill it as fast as he can. These simple little things can go a long way in improving your dog’s condition. And it can help keep you healthy as well. What we have is a wonderful symbiotic relationship with our pets, so it’s in all our best interest to keep it joyful and sweet.
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If you have any games you play with your dog that you know makes him or her happy, please hit the reply link and share it! It makes me happy when I hear from you guys. :)

Our sentient Earth, what is the Gaia theory? Happy Earth Day!

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“The Blue Marble” as seen from Apollo 17 in 1972

Earth Day is celebrated April 22nd. This special day was founded the year and month of my birth in 1970 by Gaylord Nelson, a U.S. Senator from Wisconsin. He established this day in response to witnessing the ravages of a 1969 massive oil spill in Santa Barbara, California. During this time in American history, anti-war protests by college students all over the nation were becoming rampant and a burgeoning consciousness unlike any from times past was developing among the human mammal. Young free spirited people were delving into consciousness altering experiences with LSD and also more natural psychedelics (aka. enthiogens) like mushrooms and peyote, shifting perspectives on a myriad of levels. These “trips” within the cosmos of the human psyche began opening up doors in the mind of the masses, giving rise to unique ideologies and creative pursuits.

Massive shifts in our mammalian consciousness awakened also because of a spiritually-inducing, evolutionary catalyst that injected a profound sense of awe that no one on our planet had ever anticipated. In 1968 Apollo 8 sent back footage of our earth from the atmosphere of the moon that stunned the entire globe. Neil Armstrong said of his perspective of the Earth from space, “It suddenly struck me that that tiny pea, pretty and blue, was the Earth. I put up my thumb and shut one eye, and my thumb blotted out the planet Earth. I didn’t feel like a giant. I felt very, very small.” Each of the astronauts’ accounts for their own profound experiences are amazing. To read and imagine what it must have felt like to be the first receiver and transmitter of such a dumbfounding earth shattering view to the rest of us here who have never physically left our beautiful planet offers an equally (however, less dramatic) humbling effect upon the ego.

Two years later. In 1972 astronauts from the Apollo 17 mission had witnessed our full planet from the perspective of outer space, and sent us back the image known as the “Blue Marble” (seen above) which further shifted our sense of connection to our fragile beautiful home.

In response, the Gaia hypothesis, also known as the Gaia theory, was developed by chemist James Lovelock, depicting the planet Earth as a whole inter-connected organism of which we are merely a tiny part. Many scientists reject his hypothesis as too simplified and teleological, meaning he gives the Earth too much purpose, as if our planet were intelligently designed. To not think this way is baffling to me. There is an excessive amount of science that remains quite void of emotion and spirit, still today. They’re like stones strewn about a thriving environment unable to perceive the vibrant, evolving life that surrounds them. However, there is a branch of science known as the noetic sciences that is more interested in the less measurable aspects of our human experiences here on Earth. Edgar Mitchell, who walked on the moon during the Apollo 14th mission is one of those scientists and a co-founder of noetic sciences, and he fully supports a Gaia theory. He is one of the last of our species to directly experience this vision of the Earth that changed our whole planet’s thinking. He’s a modern version of a Shaman for those of us who live in a world of cell phones and cable television.

I personally had a burst of insight recently about our planet relating to the harshness of industry and the carelessness of developed and developing societies. It was one of hope and assurance that everything is going to be just fine. It seemed to be more of a transmission I received rather than a concept I developed. It went: The Earth is a sentient being. She knows what she is doing and what we are doing. All is well, and all will be well. There is no need to stress about who will be the next president, or Monsanto’s dirty chemical warfare on our wildlife and food supply. From one perspective things may seem bleak, but that is only a small part of the full picture. Our planet is so much larger and wiser. She knows what must happen. She’s got this, and we are in the throws of some serious birth pangs. Hang on!

We may be on the verge of another paradigm shift like the one experienced in the late 60s and early 70s. Who knows? I do feel a connection to the planet, our fellow humans, the animals big and small. I know mother nature has wisdom we can’t even begin to fathom. How else would it be that the answer to cancer for the most part is nutritional soundness? We are a tiny fraction of a much larger whole, but in that same vein, the Earth is also a huge part of us. A teleological perspective on our planet may reveal that humanity has great purpose too, and it seems that more and more people are discovering their purpose, tapping into their wisdom and caring for the planet and one another at accelerating rates. I have a lot of hope for our planet. I have faith in humanity. We are so much more than we have ever thought before.

Check out “The Overview” this Earth Day and have a similar experience that only a handful of astronauts were able to participate in that changed the way we see ourselves and our planet.

Is your dog shampoo harming your dog?

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Image courtesy of mikumistock at FreeDigitalPhotos.net

We gave Barty a bath on Sunday, it doesn’t happen too often, at least once a month. One of the things I wonder about all the time where shampoos, soaps and perfumes are concerned is how my dog is responding to the scents and ingredients.

“Olfaction, the act or process of smelling, is a dog’s primary special sense.”  According to an Alabama A&M and Auburn University report, “A dog’s sense of smell is said to be a thousand times more sensitive than that of humans. In fact, a dog has more than 220 million olfactory receptors in its nose, while humans have only 5 million.”

That means whatever scents you smell that are strong and annoying, the strength of the scent is thousands of times greater for your dog!

Researchers have been reporting the toxic hazards of human beauty products for years. They have shown us that many of the chemicals on ingredient labels are carcinogenic and linked to cancer. When I have investigated shampoos for Bart, they all seemed to be even heavier in perfumes. This is probably because you only bathe your dog every once in a while. I guess the market calls for a strongly-scented, post-bath dog. The poor dog washed in this heavy perfumed soap can’t even get away to lessen the degree of smelly perfume since the smell is on him. He just has to wait for the scent to wear off over time. No wonder so many dogs hate bath time.

Your dog is so sensitive to smells, we as humans cannot even fathom how harsh chemicals may be affecting their health and sense of well being. I personally am sensitive to chemical smells, especially perfumes so I’m hyper aware of Barty and the kitties’ worlds according to smells. As I stated earlier, we’ve tried to find unscented shampoos with minimal chemicals, but that task proved to be a futile one especially when we were looking on the shelves of Pet Smart and Petco, and don’t even try to find it at your local big chain grocery store where all their products are made by Hartz. Yikes! We did find something at Whole Foods where they sell Cloud Star Dog Shampoo, which touts chemical free ingredients. We’ve used this brand, but the best dog shampoo I’ve found to have minimal lingering smells after a bath, but still smells good going on and leaves your dog’s coat nice and clean and soft is Bobbi Panter Charlie Dog Shampoo. It was recommended to me by my vet, and I had to get mine online.

I don’t want to go into detail about all the toxic ingredients you need to avoid. It’s an endless barrage of garbage. I think the easiest and most efficient means is to just cut to the chase. Check out the Bobbi Panter Charlie Dog Shampoo and see for yourself how awesome it is. It’s a flea and tick shampoo because she uses herbs that those little pests cannot stand. I took a picture of the label so you can investigate the ingredients yourself. I will admit, there are many on it that I couldn’t pronounce or spell if I tried so I’ve been plugging them one by one into this database: http://www.ewg.org/skindeep/

Screen Shot 2015-04-19 at 6.49.09 PMIf you know of a better product that has fewer ingredients, or have a homemade recipe you can share, please leave a comment below! I love hearing from you guys!

How to teach your dog to SIT!

Bart Park 2This morning, while we were walking Bart to the beach, we were reflecting on Scooby Snacks, yes you know, from Scooby Doo. Years ago, for a really brief moment in time, we found some treats called Scooby Snacks that we bought for Bart. I’m sure they were awful, with food coloring and deplorable ingredients – he wasn’t always the gourmet pooch that he is today. We bought him good food and treats, but we weren’t too worried about a few junk foods here and there. I had a long way to go! Anyway, on the back of the box, they always had some sort of “how to” tutorial on teaching your dog tricks. That was the main reason we fell for them, and of course the reminiscent marketing that hooked into my childhood was a huge draw as well. They were cleverly done, marketing-wise.

So I was thinking it would be so neat to every-now-and-then offer a “how to” tutorial of my own. What better place to start than with the most basic and easiest command, “SIT?”

How to teach your dog to SIT:
1. Get your dog in front of you in a standing position.
2. With a small portion of a treat in your dominant hand, hold the treat in front of your dog’s nose, and use the command “SIT!”
3. Guide him with the treat by moving it at a moderate pace (meaning not too fast) over his head so that he follows with his nose which will inadvertently cause him to sit down.
4. As soon as his butt hits the floor, tell him “Good dog!” pat his head and quickly give him the treat. Do not delay here. Be swift and clear.
5. Repeat this over and over again until he sits on command without your guidance.
6. This one’s important: Remember, after the dog understands the command on his own, say it once and make it happen. Don’t keep saying “Sit!” over and over again. Just say it once and if your dog doesn’t sit on the first command, no treat. No punishment, just make it clear that he gets one chance and you will find your dog will become a stunning example of obedience for all to envy. People do the same to their human kids, by repeating over and over again something they wish the kid will do, only to find their kids and dogs don’t really listen to them, and the parents are not the ones in control.  When you repeat over and over until your dog does the command, YOU are teaching your dog to behave that way. So remind yourself over and over, say it once and make it happen.

This is a really simple trick to teach your dog, and possibly one of the most valuable commands you will ever need him to know. A helpful tip we learned from our dog training teacher was to never use the word, “NO!” with your dogs because it is easy to use that word in a really harsh tone. Instead say, “Uh uh!” It’s much harder to inject anger in that utterance, and this will keep you under control and your dog from becoming too frightened to try any new learning with you.

If your dog already knows this command, consider going out and teaching some shelter dogs how to “SIT!” Think of how much more adoptable they would be with that basic command working in their favor.

If you have any tricks to share with me, or other subjects you would like me to explore, leave a comment below. I love hearing from you!

Join the 2015 Food Revolution Summit

Let’s face it, Bart’s journey into health and away from cancer happened because of a drastic change in his diet. I have been able to accomplish great health with him mainly because 16 years ago to this day, I started researching nutrition and vegetarianism and how it affects our health. I acquired tremendous knowledge about America’s food supply, our total lack of support (read betrayal) from branches of government that were initially set up to look out for us, the names of players in the corporate Big Ag business who are also big names in politics, (Hilary Clinton is pro-Monsanto and pro-GMO) and immeasurably valuable information on what we need nutritionally and also spiritually from our food to thrive.

The main reason I started this website was to help educate others who know there is more to our health and bodies, and those of our pets’, than what the medical, pharmaceutical and corporate agriculture industries want us to believe. I also wanted to be able to give you great resources to pull from, and today I want to share with you one of the best collection of food experts you can find. Starting April 25th, you can learn so much about our food industry, nutrition, healthy ways to naturally prevent and treat disease, resources for finding the most beneficial foods, supplements and more by tuning into a free summit for food called the 2015 Food Revolution Summit.

I’ve read a myriad of titles about health and nutrition. One of my favorite books was called Diet for a New America by John Robbins, heir to the Baskin-Robbins fortune. I also enjoyed books on diet and nutrition by Dr. Joel Furhman, Dr. Andrew Weil, Frances Moore Lappe and Gabriel Cousens M.D. as well as several others. Most of these authors are going to be speaking in this summit and I’m really excited to renew my education as well as learn so much more. I also just read that one of the speakers is the founder of Mercy for Animals, Nathan Runkle, who I’ve never met personally but is a very good friend of someone I’m close to.

You owe it to yourself to learn about what makes you tick, what makes your pets thrive as well as your family. There is no more powerful act in this life than nurturing and loving yourself, your environment and our planet. If you truly want to find out what your super powers are, tune into this summit. It’s totally free, and totally worth your time.

Go here to register for the 2015 Food Revolution Summit.

Walking my path with Master Zhou

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I love getting out into nature. It nourishes my soul after living in the harshness of the city. I realized Saturday on my lunch hour, after observing hundreds of people from out of town jump and startle at every emergency vehicle that went past while I sat among them in Water Tower Park, that blaring sirens no longer phase me as they scream past. I was amused by the out-of-towners, but not too thrilled about my own hardening.

-d5sy79ntsZwWIqIIMJuqzW_ZtqncDDNZLpebFbRJrSuLhov0kHiUavIzfGen_z0WMHgOfvRFW0vWh9xh_akA98QgGGtYxyFw5hRLqAb0-0SjYG2msCzDgR54vk7F0Oa1c2u48YBZqxcrMGBEYeKvFHAutMJb94FDVWUSd8FfxxV9huj0LYUw0Ds7iRh10k45aF32PO03kybyq9jiOnZ96X9I2TIO5So while I do get out into nature, I talk to the universe. It sounds hokey but I don’t think it’s any weirder than people praying to a god they can’t see, in the church of their choice. I talk to my god outdoors and in the sunlight.

As I was wrapping up feeling gratitude for being alive and watched over, I noticed a man approaching with a water bottle in one hand, the other hand outstretched as if he was feeling the air around him, and his eyes closed. I couldn’t help myself, I stopped in my tracks and just stared at him while he pawed at the wind. He stopped in his tracks and opened his eyes to greet me. Laughing, he began to explain that he was feeling his way down the path. His Chinese accent was a little hard to understand but I did pretty well. We introduced ourselves and he told me his name was Paul and that he was a student of a man named Master Zhou. He used to be an engineer, but now he’s focused on harnessing the abundant power of the universe. He held up his water bottle and said, “everything we need is already abundant in the air around us, just as there is H2O in this bottle, it is also in the air, you just have to tap into it.” He looked sideways at me and asked, “Are you with me in this thinking?” I emphatically agreed. He said, “It’s all energy, like Qi Gong, or whatever you want to call it, but you can pull it into you. You can use it to heal your dog!” It was then that I told him that I do vibrational healing work, and I do use it for my dog. After a few more minutes, we parted and I had written the name Master Zhou on the palm of my hand so I could look him up after I got home.

It was such a treat to meet this man, and I’m planning on practicing feeling my way down my path more often. This whole simple experience was a wonderful verification that when you appreciate what life has given you, it will always give you more. Check out this amazing man called Master Zhou. I might have to look him up.

 

What about sugar and my dog’s cancer? How do I avoid it?

imagesSugar, the sweet and tempting devil that is the cause of so many health problems today, is all pervading throughout our favorite foods as well as the foods we give our pets. It doesn’t even have to come in the form of glucose because carbohydrates end up converting into sugars in the body. The truth is, sugar exists naturally in most fruits and vegetables because we need it. We have vilified this nutritional necessity with a knee jerk reaction simply because, as a culture, we just can’t control ourselves when it comes to how much we ingest on a regular basis.
 
By now, it is pretty common knowledge that sugar feeds cancer cells, but did you know that excess amounts of insulin feeds cancer?  The pancreas produces insulin in response to excessive sugar intake in order to balance out our blood sugar. When large quantities enter the digestive tract, large quantities of insulin are marched out to wrangle what would otherwise become toxic to the body.

 

In the human body, we average about a teaspoon of sugar in our blood. In dogs, normal levels range between 75-120mg, depending on breed size. The cells in the body need sugar for fuel and energy to carry out their specific tasks. One of the jobs insulin carries out is regulating blood sugar levels at a healthy normal amount. Too much sugar in the bloodstream causes the pancreas to secrete more insulin. When there is too much sugar in the food being eaten, the pancreas releases adequate amounts of insulin to ensure the body can function properly and blood sugar levels are maintained. Insulin also helps to store excess sugar in the liver for future use. Our problem as Americans is we often abuse our pancreas by indulging in sweets and carbohydrates to such an extent that we are constantly producing high amounts of insulin to our detriment. This is probably the case for the way many of us feed our pets as well. Over time, there are series deleterious effects, such as diabetes and also cancer – just to name two.

 

Some trace amounts of sugars are going to exist in almost all vegetation. The idea is to avoid too many grains and carbs which turn into sugar in the body, which is what is meant by complex sugars (sugars that are created from carbohydrates in the body.) Of course you want to avoid simple sugars too. Things like wheat flour and other foods high in carbohydrates are probably not what you want in your dog’s food. I sometimes feed Bart peas, and he gets the occasional sweet potato treat, but the idea is not to put so much sugar in the body that excess insulin is produced to balance out the blood sugar levels.

 

The body needs sugar for fuel, but not for the pleasure of a sweet tooth.
When giving berries, be sparing, consider how much excess sugar may be entering the blood stream and also try to get wild harvested berries that have not had any sugar added.

 

I have been hesitant about giving Bart too many berries over a period of time. Sometimes in the summer, I’ll chop up blueberries and mix them with parsley and whole milk yogurt for a treat, but then I usually get a little paranoid and back off, and hold the berries from his diet for several weeks before giving them again as a treat. Berries have a lot of good cancer fighting properties but they also have a lot of sugar. It is best to read labels on everything that comes with a label, like frozen veggies and fruits. We use whole milk yogurts that have only 12 grams of sugar per serving or less and I think Bart gets far less than half of a serving every day. Recently we started adding about 2 tbs of plain organic kefir to his breakfast ritual because we’ve been drinking kefir ourselves and it’s so good for digestive health. The kefir we give Bart has only 7 grams of sugar per serving, which at 1 cup is nowhere near what he gets daily.

 

The best approach where sugar is concerned for your dog’s diet is first, consult your veterinarian to find out how much is the appropriate daily intake for your particular dog, and then, like I said above read labels where they exist, and avoid foods high in carbs as well as simple sugars.

 

If you want a more in depth view on sugar, insulin and cancer, here is a great article I found. http://www.greenmedinfo.com

 

Disclaimer: I am not a doctor. This should not be construed as medical advice. Always consult the physician of your choice.

Finding Peace in Death and Loss

Last week I posted about my cousin who died unexpectedly in a car accident. Since that time I have had a few wonderful experiences that have reminded me, and even reinforced my belief that we are so much more than flesh and bone. I’ve also come closer to knowing and understanding that there really is no such thing as death. There is only energy transforming, ever changing.

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When I was in high school, one of the things that stood out for me, and still pervades in my mind all these years later (30 or so years) was an illustration in my biology text book of the Sun radiating down onto green grass and vegetation, a standing deer eating the vegetation, then a dead deer decaying and returning to the earth producing lush greenery and vegetation, surrounded by a series of red, circulating arrows showing the cyclical life, birth and life cycle of energy. The caption read something like, “Energy can never be created nor destroyed, only transformed into another expression of energy.” I was a horrible student in H.S. I never paid attention in class, always drawing and writing notes to my friends. So the fact that this image stood out for me and actually sparked a philosophical thought process that still matters to me today is pretty profound.  The picture to the left is about as close to an image I could find to the one from my memory.

I was brought up Catholic, but what Catholics believed and taught about death just didn’t sit right with me. It’s funny that this image from a high school science text book produced more spiritual insight within me than any of the catechism I was forced to sit through for so many years. Maybe that’s the reason the Creationists have so much trouble with Science in the school curriculum. Because it makes more spiritual sense than, well – much of the bible.

Over time I came to believe that there really is no death. There is death of the body, but no death of consciousness, no death of the self. What we go through is a constant transformation in life, out of life and back into life again. I like the Hindu description of the journey of the soul. In a lifetime we are one drop of rain, an individuation of the ocean, but when we die, that drop of rain meets the ocean and returns to wholeness, only to start the cycle over again one day.

When my grandma died I was 18. It was the end of January and on the night of her visitation the world around me seemed like a vacuum, time froze, the outside air was perfectly still. Lazy, large snowflakes floated out of the night sky, dipping back and forth. Every street lamp shined like a beacon straight up into the heavens. All the members of my family saw it on our way to Grandma’s house. We were ecstatic. Others who had arrived at the house said they saw it on their journeys too. Everyone was practically singing about how Grandma showed us she is in heaven and everything is fine! It brought a tremendous amount of peace to those who were open enough to see it. I remember it like it was yesterday, but what stood out for me most was how peaceful the air was around me.

I had a similar experience 27 years later, last Tuesday, while walking down the snack aisle in Trader Joe’s. After I got the news of my cousin’s death, I needed to go outside and get some air. I walked a couple blocks to the grocery store and as soon as I walked inside everything came alive, vibrant and perfectly still simultaneously. The music overhead was familiar to me, but it resonated in a way I had never heard before, as if it was three-dimensional, tangeable. It surrounded me, and moved through me. The song was insignificant on its own, Elton John or someone, but my experience of it was incredible, indescribable. My body was humming, I could feel my hands, the energy, my aura. In my periphery, the collection of dried fruits and trail mix bags to my right glistened like jewels in a cave. I started laughing out loud, I couldn’t help myself. I was so touched and moved by that moment. I thought of how anyone witnessing me would have thought I had lost my mind, and in a sense I did for a split second. What I had been given in that moment, the Buddhists call Satori, no mind, a glimpse of enlightenment. I couldn’t believe I was having a profound spiritual experience in a prepackaged, manufactured and mass marketed environment. Instantly I knew it was my cousin Jeremy seeing the world through me, showing me what it really feels like to be alive. Just as my grandma had done so many years ago, my cousin was showing me the irony that what we think of life and death are actually the extreme opposites in reality.

It took me almost 30 years to fully understand my first experience from my grandma’s death, but this time I got it. I’ve had profound experiences after the deaths of three of my cats while listening to the radio, driving around and “getting on with life.” All three times, the songs on the radio, one after another were so significant to the animal that I had just said goodbye to. The first time it happened, I was compelled to pull out a pen and write down each song to make a playlist. The second time I pulled out the pen just to see what would show up. Significant, uncanny and meaningful songs filled my ears and my heart. The third time was after a kitten we had for a month died from FIP, and sure enough, even though we didn’t have much time together, the songs that played on the radio were songs of love, life and loss, significant and reverent. Many would call me delusional, but that’s their loss. Life is constant, changing and magical. Even when someone we love leaves the body behind, they remain, constant yet transformed and ever changing. So the next time you see a shadow out of the corner of your eye that reminds you of a cat, or dog or other pet that you once lived with, don’t shrug it off, open up to the possibility. Allow the magic to transform you and your life as well. After all, we are all just stardust dancing on the head of a pin.

“The cosmos is within us. We are made of star-stuff. We are a way for the universe to know itself.”
Carl Sagan

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An update to Bart’s Cancer Fighting Recipe

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Soon I’ll be sharing some great information with you about turmeric as medicine, but I am first putting it to work in some of the ways I’m treating Bart to see if it really is worth all the hub bub. Today I made a whole new batch of food for him with the usual ingredients, but I also added a tablespoon of unrefined coconut oil to go with 2 teaspoons of organic turmeric, and next about 3 small pinches of black pepper.

Turmeric is oil soluble meaning it needs oil in the digestive tract to be absorbed by the body, and coconut oil is great for that. But it also needs another agent to enhance its bioactivity. This means turmeric needs something to help the body really take the nutrients out of the turmeric before it is quickly passed through the elimination system. It only lasts for 6 to 8 hours in the body. To help the gut pull all the good stuff into the blood stream so the turmeric can really do its work, a little black pepper can be added. Piperine, an aspect of black pepper enhances the bioactivity of turmeric by inhibiting certain metabolic enzymes, and also by slowing down the degradation of turmeric during digestion. This actually increases the absorption rate of any drug or supplement. Black pepper is a great tool to have in your medicine cabinet!

So to simplify what I’m changing, really just adding to his weekly batch of food, and why:

1. I have already been putting 2tsps of turmeric in the batch.
2. New to my recipe is 1tbs of unrefined pure coconut oil.
3. and 3 pinches of black pepper (maybe 1/8 tsp?)

Why? To increase his body’s ability to absorb and utilize all the wonderful health benefits of turmeric to keep cancer at bay and (MY main reason at this point in the game) to alleviate arthritis inflammation and pain.

If you have anything to share, success stories or tips for turmeric usage, or anything else related to fighting illness naturally, please comment below! I love hearing from you!

Disclaimer: I am not a doctor and this information is not to be considered as medical advice. As always, consult the physician of your choice for professional medical advise.