The FDA is Holding a Public Forum on Homeopathic Medicines and Products

FDA_Approval_of_mHealth_appsIn a couple weeks (April 20-21, 2015) the FDA is conducting an open forum to hear from the public on homeopathic remedies and products labeled as homeopathic. If you would like to participate, please see the details below. This information has been copied exactly from the FDA website.

Homeopathic Product Regulation: Evaluating FDA’s Regulatory Framework After a Quarter-Century

The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is announcing a public hearing to obtain information and comments from stakeholders about the current use of human drug and biological products labeled as homeopathic, as well as the Agency’s regulatory framework for such products. These products include prescription drugs and biological products labeled as homeopathic and over-the-counter (OTC) drugs labeled as homeopathic. FDA is seeking participants for the public hearing and written comments from all interested parties, including, but not limited to, consumers, patients, caregivers, health care professionals, patient groups, and industry. FDA is seeking input on a number of specific questions, but is interested in any other pertinent information participants would like to share.


April 20-21, 2015


9:00 am to 4:00 pm


FDA White Oak Campus
10903 New Hampshire Avenue
Bldg. 31, Room 1503A (Great Room)
Silver Spring, Maryland 20993

Attendance, Registration, and Oral Presentations

Registration is free and available on a first-come, first-served basis. If you wish to attend or make an oral presentation, please reference section III of the Federal Register Notice (Attendance and/or Participation in the Public Hearing) for information on how to register and the deadline for registration.

Webcast Information

If you cannot attend in person, information about how you can access a live Webcast will be located at Homeopathic Product Regulation


The agenda will be posted soon.

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What Makes Bone Broth So Good For Dogs?

2482_1Did you know that adding broth to your dog’s regular diet is really good for your pooch? One of our weekly rituals is to boil chicken to make a nice gelatinous broth for Bart to get him to drink down his Essiac Tea every day. First I’ll share with you the benefits this food can give your dog and then if you’re convinced and want to give it a try, I will also give you a recipe.

As I stated before, one of the main reasons we started doing this was to just get him to drink his Essiac Tea. I have a feeling this tea doesn’t have the most appetizing flavor all alone for most dogs. It smells okay to me, but it’s very herbal and a little odd if not earthy. I’ve never tasted it myself, and he has never willingly slurped it up without a bit of a savory encouragement. I do know for certain that Bart loves chicken more than just about anything and so it was the most logical go-to for my boy.  You might consider this a really good place to start if your dog seems like he or she is not interested in food after being diagnosed with cancer.

At first we’d simply boil up a leg and a breast. Then we’d shred the meat and disperse it between Bart and the kitties. I later found out that it was a fantastic addition to his diet, and the more bone and cartilage in the broth the better, so now we boil up a whole chicken at a time.

Here’s why:

First, it’s great for joint health and arthritis. The cartilage and marrow, when boiled long enough come out of the bones and turn the liquid into a lovely gelatinous mixture when chilled. Bone marrow is a dense source of fat-soluble vitamins, some of which are glucosamine, chondroitin, gelatin and other vitamins that aid in building and maintaining healthy joints.

Bone broth is high in protein and glycine, an amino acid that is crucial in proper neurological functions and the nervous system. It also contains proline, an amino acid that is great for elasticity in the joints and skin, and helps maintain muscle tissue.

Chicken bone broth boosts the immune system and helps to fight against colds, the flu and upper respiratory infections. So there is truth behind the belief that chicken soup is good for colds. Bone broths are great for fur, nails, skin, teeth and of course bones as well because they are rich in calcium, magnesium, phosphorus and other trace minerals.

There is so much more I could write to further detail how great this simple, inexpensive and healthy food is for your dog, but I think what I’ve shared here should be enough to peak your interest. That’s why I’m just going to go straight into how to make your own, which is far superior to store bought broths.

We make Bart’s homemade broth by placing a whole chicken in water at a depth of about two inches above the surface of the chicken and a teaspoon of moist grey Celtic Sea Salt. Bring the water to a boil, reduce heat to a low setting, cover and let simmer for 2 hours. You can add a little apple cider vinegar or lemon juice (1-2 tbs depending on the size of your pot) to slightly acidify the water and help draw out more of the minerals from the bone. Some people cook it covered in a crock pot all day on low after cooking on high for an hour. You can also add certain herbs and spices to supply even more benefits for your dog’s health. Just make sure whatever you choose to add is okay for your dog to eat. Never use onions, they are toxic to dogs, but you can throw in a little turmeric and or kelp.

There are some other ways to prepare broths, you can use mostly bones, meats other than poultry, and you can cook it down for much longer than I detailed, but I personally prefer the method I have shared above.

If you would like to share your own broth recipes, please add them in the comments below. I always love hearing from you!

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If my dog has cancer, should I eliminate meat from his diet?


Fresh Raw Beef Cut Ready To Cook” by KEKO64

When we first found out that Bart’s tumor was cancerous, I immediately began researching for a nutritional response to cancer. There was close to nothing out there on dogs and nutrition for beating cancer. It’s crazy how now there is so much information available that it is confusing and overwhelming just 3 years later. I can’t help but wonder if I’m partially responsible for this. I immediately began putting together this blog because I felt that people really needed to know this stuff as it related to dogs, because when I started it truly was like hunting for the proverbial needle in the haystack. I had to first look up what people were doing to heal their cancers with nutrition and then fact check these techniques to find the compatibilities with dogs. There are many things that human beings are using to heal cancer that dogs can take or ingest, and there are also many others that your dogs can’t do. Our systems are similar, but they are not exactly the same. Both dogs and people are omnivores, and I have heard of people feeding their dogs a strictly vegan diet. So naturally when I started searching and found that the best thing for human beings with cancer is a vegan diet, free of fried foods, breads and sugars I assumed the same was true for dogs. Meat in the human body creates an acidic environment and the goal is to bring the body into an alkaline state, but as it turns out this is not the case for dogs.

The best way I can explain this is to go back to the basics. Before dogs were domesticated, before humans were domesticated, our diets were very very different from today. Let’s start with people. One of the unique things about humanity that separates us from the rest of the animal kingdom is how we evolved cognitively. We are the only mammal that dwells (emphasis on the word “dwells”) in the past and the future, and this was a quantum evolutionary leap that took place after we were mere survivalists. We always hear about how humans began as hunter-gatherers, but to be hunters we had to make the cognitive leap to creatively discover our ability to design, make and use tools, to project into the future and plan to hunt and kill animals for a meal we would dress, prepare and cook. This obviously came to us after we spent much of our development scavenging as opportunists. We had to begin as mostly vegetarians, much like the great apes of the rainforest, and our dental structure proves this to be true.

Compare our teeth to the teeth of dogs.

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I won’t go into the anatomical details explaining why our jaws are designed as they are. It is however obvious that dogs’ teeth were designed to catch and tear prey, where as our teeth are mildly sharp with only a few points and grooves away from the teeth of grazing animals.

Dogs were designed to eat meat, but their teeth lack the grinding design that would enable a creature to crush vegetation. The way they ingested and assimilated their vegetables in the wild was mostly from the stomach contents of their prey. The food of the prey had already been broken down fully or partially in the digestive tracts of the animal being devoured. Metabolically, vegetarian prey animals and dogs have a symbiotic relationship, and this is how the omnivorous aspects of the dog exist. When you remove the critical predigested nature of vegetation, you leave the dog without the proper enzymes needed to assimilate most of the vegetables. This is one of the reasons it is imperative to add supplements to a home cooked diet for your dog.

By observing the nature and design of the dog’s dental structure, it should be clear that meat is crucial for its survival and optimal health. When designing a diet to fight cancer, you want to provide the most beneficial, efficient and nutritionally dense food to the patient so that the body can function at its most advantageous level. And this is why a dog needs an animal protein diet to accomplish this task.

If you still have worries about this issue, I highly recommend reaching out to a trusted veterinarian who is well educated in nutrition. Ask if they’ve ever seen a dog thrive on a vegetarian diet the way a dog on animal proteins thrive. Get as much information as you can to help you make your decision on what to feed your dog.

If you would like to add your opinions, questions and ideas, please leave a comment below. I love hearing from you!

Disclaimer: I am not a licensed doctor. This information is not intended to be considered medical advice. Please consult the medical practitioner of your choice.

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For a dog with cancer, to salt or not to salt?

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Salt is a controversial subject where cancer and diet are concerned. I have read that if you or your dog has cancer, it is imperative to eliminate as much salt from the diet as possible, but the truth is this kind of advice is very rash and highly uninformed. There are detailed specifics about salt and the body, the various kinds of salts available and how the body responds to them and needs them to function.

The first thing to know is the kind of salt you really should avoid for you and your dog. I was told as a child that it was important to get the iodized salt in my system to avoid developing a goiter, which is an enlarged thyroid gland due to a nutritional deficiency in iodine. Iodine is needed for the thyroid to function properly. Some foods that can be high in iodine are dairy products from cattle that have grazed on iodine rich land, salt water fish, seafood, kelp and can also be obtained by using unrefined sea salt, and some refined sea salts which contain trace amounts of iodine.

Table salt also known as iodized salt is a toxic poison that should be avoided. Consuming iodized salt is bad for heart health and can contribute to all kinds of maladies including cancer. Refined table salt has been stripped of the important minerals that the body needs to function, and replaced with chemicals and aluminum to prevent caking and increase shelf life.

Unprocessed sea salt is off white and often grey or pink in color because it contains additional minerals that the body needs for proper cell function and metabolic health. Natural sea salt actually has more of the right kind of iodine than processed table salt which has been labeled “iodized.”

Below is an excerpt from, and it details why we do need salt for good health and normal body function.

Sea salt naturally contains selenium, which helps to chelate toxic heavy metals from the body. It also contains boron which helps prevent osteoporosis, and chromium which regulates blood sugar levels. Sea salt is one of the few sources for safe copper ingestion, and copper helps the body to form new arteries whenever the main arteries become too clogged. Small quantities of sea salt will actually lower the blood pressure of most individuals, because it provides the trace minerals that aid with blood pressure regulation. It can only stabilize the blood pressure when the industry-depleted salts are removed from the diet. From

We need salt to live and salt is so much more than sodium chloride. I add Celtic Sea Salt to Bart’s food when I cook the large batch. I also add it to the water in which I boil his chicken for broth. I use small amounts in each, but it is important to be sure that your dog is getting these important minerals, not to season the food but to help make it complete so your dog is getting everything he or she needs to function well.

Celtic Sea Salt can be purchased online or at stores like Whole Foods. It is grey in color and slightly damp. These salts are harvested by hand by local people of Brittany, France, and the way it is collected is gentle and kind to the environment.

If you have any questions or thoughts you’d like to add, leave a comment below. I love to hear what you think!

Disclaimer: I am not a doctor. This information should not be construed as medical advice. For professional medical assistance, consult the practitioner of your choice.

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Can My Dog Eat Lemons?



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FYI – if you haven’t figured it out yet, I’m a huge fan of language and so I might be a little geeky from time to time where some words are concerned. That’s why before I really get into the reason for this post, I just want to share with you that I’m a little distracted by looking at the word “citrus.” CITRUS – doesn’t that look weird? I’ve used it a million times, seen it a million times, but I’m not sure if I’ve ever written it before, and maybe that’s why it’s just so odd looking to me. Citrus     c i t r u s     c-i-t-r-u-s.      Okay, I’m done.

Back to the reason we’re here, earlier this week I developed a recipe for homemade treats for Bart, just for fun. I based the ingredients on things he loves to eat and also things that I enjoy and believe make everything taste better. Two of which were ginger and lemon juice. It is common knowledge that dogs do not like the smell of citrus, so it might always take a little sneakiness to get it into their systems. I also know for a fact that Bart doesn’t care for ginger, but I also know it is really good for him. So I used it sparingly and he didn’t seem to mind it at all. The lemon juice was a first try for me and Bart, and if he doesn’t like it, he never let it show because he gobbled those treats down like manna from heaven. It was a fun project through and through.

So lemons and dogs, do they mix? Well, of course I would not have put lemon juice in his treats without doing the research and what I found is, yes they go very well together. As with just about everything, you want to be conservative about the amounts of lemon you give to your dog, but this super sour sucker is packed with a lot of wholesome goodness, including vitamin C which protects our cells from free radicals that can cause cancer.

FYI: The lemon tree and leaves are actually highly toxic to dogs and cats, (and horses) and should be kept away from curious leaf chewers for sure.

Here’s a quick rundown of some of the benefits of lemons for your dog:

• Lemons have high levels of antioxidants which can help reduce the common symptoms of aging.

• Although they are acidic, they have an alkalizing effect when digested and help to balance the body’s PH levels, thereby aiding in alleviating arthritis pain and fighting cancer.

• Lemon juice is an antibacterial, anti-inflammatory, antimicrobial, antiseptic and  antioxidant.

• Great for digestion, adding lemon juice to your dog’s water can help with diarrhea and constipation, but only if you can get your dog to drink it.

• Some believe that adding lemon juice to a dog’s water can alleviate halitosis

• Lemon juice boosts the immune system.

• It’s high in potassium, which is a nutrient that we all need to get more of into our diets, and this can also stimulate appetite in dogs that may not want to eat for whatever reason.

• The vitamin C in lemons helps to boost nutrient absorption.

The list goes on. Like I said before, it should be given in small amounts, but along side of so many other amazing foods that can be used as medicine, it is a nice addition to the arsenal. For example, there are recipes of health boosting teas that call for blending lemon juice, cinnamon and turmeric.

I’m currently reading Dr. Mercola’s new book “Effortless Healing,” and in it he emphasizes that the closer to raw our vegetables and fruits are, the more healthy and nutritionally dense they are for the body. If you can get your dog to ingest some lemon juice in the raw, that’s wonderful. I put mine in the cookies that I baked for Bart, and at least he’s reaping some benefits of lemon. I’ll experiment with lemon juice some more in the near future and I’ll let you know what happens.

If you have any tales of lemons and pups, please share them with us all by hitting the reply button. I love hearing from you!

Disclaimer: I am not a medical practitioner and this should not be construed as medical advice. Consult the healer of your choice for professional guidance.

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The homemade dog treat experiment was a success!

securedownloadFirst off , if you haven’t seen the original post with the recipe you can see it here. Secondly, the experiment was actually sort of a success. I had to tweak the recipe a bit, and learned a few things from mistakes I had made, but I updated the other post so that the recipe works better. The big success was that Bart went crazy for them! It was pretty fun to see that he really liked what I had made. There were a couple questionable ingredients that I put in them that I know for a fact he doesn’t like, one being ginger and the other being lemon juice. Dogs hate citrus, but lemon juice is really good for them, so anyway you can get your dog to eat lemon in small amounts – you know without forcing it – is a good thing.

I tasted them too and they aren’t half bad. If I were making these for people to eat, I would have upped the ginger, lemon and added sugar, but for dogs, no sugar is needed nor is it good for them.

They look a lot like granola and made a good amount of treats that will last us at least a week, maybe two. I froze some of them to be sure they keep long enough.  I used flax meal in place of quinoa flour because I couldn’t find the quinoa flour anywhere. I think they might have been a little more cookie-like and less grainy if I had the other, but I don’t know for sure. I’ve never baked with quinoa flour before. This is my first grain-free gluten-free baking endeavor.

I also tried to bake too many too close together all at once on the pan. Like I said in the post the precedes this one, I’m a good cook, but I could take baking lessons for sure. I’ve just never been interested in baking before. Leave it to my dog to make me try new things. These treats are grain-free, gluten-free and vegetarian, the yogurt keeps them from being vegan, but I don’t think it’s a necessary ingredient. You could use a little water instead, or maybe leave it out all together as this made a very moist dough.

I updated the original post with the recipe to reflect my changes and tweaks, and you can read it here.  I would love to hear from you if you try this one at home or have a different grain free recipe to share. Thanks for reading and enjoy!

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Homemade Dog Treat Recipe for a Cancer Fighting Diet

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I recently bought some Almond Flour at Trader Joe’s so I could try my hand at making some homemade grain-free treats for Bart. Since he loves carrots and coconut oil so much, they will be main ingredients in the recipe. I’m a pretty good cook, but I’m not too sure about baking. Baking is an art form that, in order to be successful, must be treated with scientific precision in measuring, timing and temperature. Properly sifting and measuring an ingredient can make the difference between a delightful delicacy and homemade gravel.  I’m sure Bart won’t complain too much if the cookies are too hard or oddly shaped, or even discolored, but I am going to make him some treats that I plan on sampling too.

First I’m using almond flour and quinoa flour instead of wheat flour because a dog with a cancer diagnosis should avoid all grains. Grains are starchy and turn into sugar in the body, which is great for cancer cells to flourish and thrive.

Almonds are of course a nut, and quinoa is neither a grain nor a legume, but closer to being in the family of spinach or beets. Both of these foods are good for fighting cancer. They are probably best for you when not thrashed into powdery and grainy powders, but for an occasional treat they have got to be better than just about anything you can buy pre-made and packaged in a store.

After I make these, I’ll post a picture and let you know how it all went.

Here’s what my first experimental recipe looks like.


1 cup almond flour

1 cup garbanzo and fava flour

(or 1 cup flax meal in place of either of the above.)

1/2 tsp Ceylon cinnamon

a pinch of black pepper

1/4 tsp of moist Celtic Grey Sea Salt (Do not used iodized salt, or any other salt if you don’t have moist Celtic Grey Sea Salt - this is the only kind of salt a cancer patient should ever have – and still should be used sparingly.)

1 egg

1/4 cup melted coconut oil

1tbs lemon juice

1 minced apple (my favorites are pink ladies, granny smiths, jazz and fujis, but use whichever apples you think your dog would prefer.)

3 grated medium carrots

2 tsp of grated fresh ginger – or pressed in garlic press


  1. Preheat the oven to 350 F degrees and cover baking sheet with parchment paper.
  2. Pre-chop your carrots and apples and set them aside in a bowl. I use a Ninja Chopper. It’s super fast and small, comes with it’s own container, it has lasted me a really long time so far, (over a year with heavy weekly and sometimes more often use) and it’s really cheap.
  3. In a large bowl, blend dry ingredients. Gradually mix in lemon juice, yogurt, melted coconut oil, egg and remaining ingredients.
  4. Mix until a moist dough ball. It will be a crumbly, yet sticky mess, but this is good.
  5. Put parchment on the cookie sheet and evenly space small spoonfuls (like a teaspoon size ball) on the sheet so they have about a couple inchs of space between each cookie. Gently flatten each cookie down with your finger tips so that they not taller in the center than the sides. You will need to cook a few different cookie sheets worth.
  6. Bake in oven for 20-25 until golden brown. Allow to cool for several minutes. Place in an air tight container or zip lock freezer bags. Keep in refrigerator or freezer for a longer shelf life.

If you have recipes or ideas, post them below and share your ideas with me. I love hearing from you and finding out what others like me are doing for their dogs with cancer.

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4 helpful tips about water and your animals with arthritis.

1703-dog-in-waterMost people are aware that tap water is often fluoridated, especially in the US. And it is also common knowledge that municipal tap can water be loaded with impurities, many families use filtration systems in their homes these days. But did you know that the quality of water effects animals and can exacerbate arthritis?

1. Fluoride has been deemed safe for humans in the quantities it is dispersed throughout our city water, but what is considered a safe amount for larger framed creatures like us might not be as easy on our animals.  Smaller creatures that consume higher quantities of fluoride often begin to feel the effects in their joints as they age, and it shows up mostly as arthritis. If your older pet is having a more difficult time getting around than she used to, it may help to change the source of water you are giving them.

1. Although Reverse Osmosis is a filtration system that actually removes fluoride from water, it is not an ideal solution and can even make matters worse. I actually bought a reverse osmosis system from Costco to put under my sink a few years ago. It was too large and so it still sits in a box in my closet. This was a blessing in disguise because I later found out that RO purified water is now being shown to be unsafe for human and animal consumption. The process of  RO is one that was meant for industrial machinery that requires hyper-sterilized water. When water is purified in this way it becomes a harsh chemical so devoid of any minerals that it actually leaches the body of calcium and magnesium in a very short amount of time during regular consumption.

3.  Don’t lose heart, because there are other options that you can find to give your pet good clean fluoride-free water. One thing you can do is purchase bottled spring water. Fluoride does occur in natural spring water, so it’s good to know the regional source of the spring from which your water comes, but as long as none is being added, you should be  alright. It is also important to note that Aquafina and Dasani are actually Pepsi and Coca-Cola processing plant run-off waters. They are sourced from municipal tap water supplies and should be passed over when looking for a good water for your pets. Check out USA Today’s article on best and worst bottled water here.

4.  Another option that some people prefer are live spring sources where you collect the water yourself. Although it is less convenient than buying it in a store, depending on where you go it’s probably going to be cheaper and even free in many cases. There is a wonderful website you can search called findaspring.comCheap Health Revolution has this to say about collecting live spring water.

“… another thing that happens in the soil… All soil on earth, on the surface of the earth everywhere is covered with soil and rock, it’s crystal. All soil is crystal. It can be large or it can be small chunks but it’s all crystalline. And if you know about crystals, they have real energy in them. Not some kind of new-age-woo-energy, they have real electrical energy in them. […] Crystals are resonators of energy, they are amplifiers of energy […] … it’s quantum physics, and you can do real, practical things with it. There’s tons and tons and tons of things being done with crystals in science.

“So nature’s crystallography is in the soil! And these crystals pick up energy from the sun! They’re picking up all kinds of photon-energy and turning it into all kinds of other energy, and then imparting it into the water that is flowing down through the soil and picking up the ormus [minerals]… [ …] – See more at:

This is how we often get water for Bart in the warmer months and may very well be one of the reasons for his long term survival. You just can’t get more natural than getting living water from a spring yourself. Of course you want to be sure that the water is safe to drink. The link for “find a spring” often has information on each of the springs that are shown on the map, but if not for your closest spring, you can buy a test kit online. Check it out and let me know what you do for your pets drinking water by commenting on this post!


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How to Holistically Prepare Your Pet Before a Vaccination

VACCINATIONS_Featured1Do you know the risks of vaccinating your pet? Did you know there are natural ways that you can prepare your pet’s system to reduce those risks before and after a vaccination? I am not anti-vaccine, however, I do feel that we are often forced to over vaccinate our pets by law, as well as by the pet boarding, travel and socializing industries. There are studies  suggesting that many of the illnesses we are seeing our pets suffer from today may be related to vaccinations, and especially over vaccinating. When we see statistics that state that 1 in 4 dogs will develop cancer in their lifetimes (Bark Magazine,) and Candian Women’s Health Network states, “between 1975 and 1995, the incidence of bladder cancer in dogs examined at veterinary teaching schools in North America increased six-fold,” it makes me nervous to witness a fast food nation approach to veterinary care, especially the administering of vaccines as a one size fits all band-aid. The Dog Cancer Blog -after making it very clear that the author is a professional who has seen the horrors of vaccine preventable illnesses such as Parvo, states that vaccines are important and should be issued with care and education – then added,

Now comes the murkier stuff that is not very well documented, but is suspicious and raises flags in my mind. First, the immune system has traditionally been thought of as if it had unlimited ability to to respond to things. In reality it does not. Vaccination of newborn babies creates what is called a polarity shift in the immune response. This means the immune system shifts to defend itself against the diseases in the vaccine, as a response to the vaccination. Here is a publication in humans, and here is one in mice, and here’s a related one in mice as well.

This polarity shift pulls the immune system away from cancer surveillance later in life (shown in rodents anyway), and appears to be a permanent change.  In other words, the immune system is  primed to fight infectious disease, but at the expense of protecting or screening the body from developing cancer cells.

Now, this has not been shown in dogs, but it has been in other species. And I strongly suspect that the same effects occur in dogs.

Before I even go further into the body of this post, let me be clear that if your dog has had a cancer diagnosis, you should NOT vaccinate him or her again, since the vaccine can effect the immune system in volatile and sometimes unpredictable ways that could really damage your dog’s health further.

I recently came across the procedure list of a veterinarian who uses holistic treatments in her practice, and in this list she has a standard protocol for preparing dogs and other animals to bolster them health-wise to help prevent vaccine reactions before and after. I liked the idea of this so I did a little digging to see if I could find such a protocol online to share with you. Below is an excerpt from Natural that has a really large dose of information to go on. It definitely has some great information worth looking into. For the complete article of each I’ve referenced click the highlighted links in the text above.

Here are some suggestions on how to prevent the potentially deadly adverse effects from injectable vaccines, as well as intra-nasal. Please be aware that vaccine reactions often do not happen immediately. Plan ahead, if you can and be prepared! These precautions can be used for people and pets but do clear their use with your doctor or veterinarian who will, hopefully, be open to alternative treatments. If he or she is not, consider making a switch to someone who is. Remember, your doctor or veterinarian works for you. They are not God! This is a personal service contract, and you have every right to go elsewhere until you find someone whose knowledge and experience is a “fit” with your own.

The following is not intended as medical or veterinary advice but strictly offered for informational purposes:

One hour before vaccination: Take yourself or administer to your child or pet a dose of a powerful Omega 3 supplement, preferably one that is from an alternative source of marine lipids, to fish oil, such as New Zealand, greenlip mussel oil. This bi-valve mollusk is known to be a rich source of 33 essential fatty acids; 18 of which are Omega 3. The best scenario would be an Omega 3, marine lipid, that is cold-extracted and certified to be free of mercury and pollutants. If the product contains antioxidants with a high ORAC value, and/or is used as its natural preservative, all the better.?Sources for quality greenlip mussel supplements are available online.

Continue with the Omega 3, marine lipid, supplementation regularly to prevent inflammatory flare ups, which may occur at any time.?

Take a dose of additional antioxidants, such as curcumin and quercetin in particular, because they have been found to block the ability of vaccine adjuvants to trigger a long-term immune reaction.

Immediately before vaccination (or as close as possible): Take a calcium supplement. It needs to contact the mucous membranes of the mouth, so hold it under your tongue or give to pets by mouth; even a tiny bit of a calcium tablet will work.

After an injectable vaccination: Apply a cold or ice pack to the injection site. This will inhibit blood flow to the area and keep the vaccine ingredients from spreading into the blood and surrounding tissues. This is especially important for vaccines that contain adjuvants. Take your own pack with you, as the nurse or doctor will look at you as if you are insane, and we want it applied immediately.

Take a dose of homeopathic Thuja Occidentalis 30C, immediately after vaccination (or at least within 2 hours), and then every 12 hours for a total of 3 doses (more is not necessary and may negate the benefits). Homeopathy is able to head off many adverse vaccine effects, including those that may appear months or many years later. Thuja is available at health food stores that carry homeopathic remedies, compounding pharmacies, and several excellent homeopathic sources can be found online.

Additionally, board-certified neurosurgeon, Dr. Russell Blaylock, discussed his list of suggestions on “How to Reduce the Toxic Effects of the Influenza A/H1N1 Vaccine.” These excellent suggestions apply to any vaccine, and most could also be used for pets, with dosing based on their weight as a percentage of 150 pounds (the “average human” weight) . . .

Please consult with your own health practitioner before embarking on these or any other changes to your own regime, or that of your children, or your pets. Every individual is unique, and should be treated accordingly by their own medical and/or veterinary practitioner. Medicine for people and/or pets should never be one size fits all!

Do, insure that you avoid all mercury-containing seafood or any other sources of mercury, as this heavy metal is a very powerful inducer of autoimmunity, and is known to make people more susceptible to viral infections. Mercury has been found in many vaccines.

For pets, avoid tuna, salmon, and other predatory, carnivore fish and fish oils from these sources. One does not know the age of the fish when they are caught and because the older the fish, the more mercury it is likely to contain.

Do keep a positive mind set about the informed choices you make for yourself, your children, and your pets.

Please leave your input below, I’d love to hear your opinion!

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.
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“Second Opinion” – A Movie About The Cover Up of A Powerful Cancer Treatment

A couple months ago I came across a great documentary that I think everyone who is planning on treating canine cancer with nutrition and B17 (also known as Amygdalin and Laetrile) should see. “Second Opinion” is a great piece of investigative journalism exposing pharmaceutical company Sloan-Kettering’s unscrupulous cover up of years of promising research that proves the powerful efficacy of Laetrile. It may spark some anger in you, but it also details just how effective B17 is and its crucial place, especially in the beginning stages of fighting cancer.

If you get a chance to see the follow up footage, I highly recommend watching every minute.

You can rent it and watch it immediately by going here.

Check out the trailer:

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The Powerful Ingredients in Essiac Tea and Canine Cancer


Essiac Tea is given its name by Rene Caisse (“caisse” spelled backwards,) is a concoction brewed from eight main herbs. The original formula is believed to have its roots from the native Canadian Ojibway Indians. (The FDA and pharmaceutical industry hate this stuff and refute its efficacy every chance they get. Still, millions of people are praising it as a necessary remedy in the fight against cancer based on first hand experience. I would agree with them because of my success with Bart and this tea.)

There is a grand debate about whether the original Rene Caisse recipe had 8 herbs versus 4 herbs. I personally subscribe to the 8 herb recipe, because that is what I have been using successfully with Bart for over 3 years now. The eight herbs go as follows:

Sheep Sorrel – This is supposed to be the main cancer fighting ingredient in the concoction but it is important to have the entire root, so if you find another provider than what I share with you, be sure to ask if they use the whole root in the production of their tea.

“You can buy the crushed leaves but they are no good alone.  I found this out when I needed so much, when treating three to six hundred people afflicted with cancer every week for eight and a half years.  I do know that the whole plant is needed.”  – Rene Caisse to Dr. Chester Stock, Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center, January 1975. (Sheila Snow Fraser Essiac Archive Collection)  – See more at:

Burdock Root – Also an important cancer killing ingredient, an immune system enhancer, helps to cleanse the lymphatic system, a blood purifier, good for the kidneys, liver and lungs. It is an anti-bacterial, anti-fungal and contains tumor protective compounds. (The list on all of the health benefits of each of these herbs continues far beyond what I am sharing here)

Slippery Elm – Aids in digestion, urination, sore throats, coughing and can also be used as a mild laxative when constipated and it can also help to halt diarrhea. It contains inulin, (not to be confused with insulin,) which is good for the spleen, pancreas and liver.

Turkey Rhubarb – Somewhat similar to slippery elm can treat diarrhea in small doses, and is a laxative in larger amounts. It can stimulate the appetite, the colon, and bile flow. It aids digestion, soothes the liver and is an anti-tumor agent.

Kelp, Red Clover, Blessed Thistle and Watercress are the remaining four ingredients which boost immunity and aid in digestion, liver and gall bladder health, and are rich in nutritional value.

Below is a great resource about how to use Essiac tea to treat your dog’s cancer. There are many testimonials on this site that offer a lot of help as well. Here is an excerpt from the page:

Essiac for Pets
Essiac may help your pet’s health by:
Building immune system strength.
Helping the body to destroy benign growths and tumors.
Strengthening muscles, organs, and tissues.
Removing toxic accumulation in the body, including heavy metals and other environmental toxins.
Aiding in bowel detoxification and elimination.
Adding strength and flexibility to bones, joints, and lungs.
Blood purification.

As a general guide for treating animals, it is best to assess the dosage according to your pet’s weight.

15 to 40lbs (7 – 18kg): 1/2 ounce of tea, twice per day
40 – 80lbs (18 – 36kg): 1 ounce of tea, twice per day
Over 80lbs: 2-3 ounces of tea, twice per day

The best results are seen in animals who had a much larger dose than these recommended doses. However, an issue with large doses for pets is the amount of Rhubarb they end up taking. Rhubarb is a laxative, and that is probably the main reason it is needed in Essiac. In the first 70 years of the 20th century chemotherapy regimens tended to cause constipation, and that is not the case anymore.

Dogs have much shorter digestive systems than people, and they are much more susceptible to diarrhea. So the larger dose of Essiac must be balanced against the amount that can be taken without causing diarrhea. One way to decide what the dose for a pet ought to be is to increase the amount until they get diarrhea and then back off.”

I get my Essiac Tea from a bulk supplier and it is a very good price comparatively speaking to most of what is being offered on the internet. They use the 8 ingredient recipe and the whole Sheep Sorrel plant including the root. I’ve been using this blend for Bart for the whole 3+ years we’ve been treating him, and I believe that it is high quality, and one of the reasons he’s still here with me.

(I do not receive any commissions from this source or recommendation.)

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Disclaimer: I’m not a doctor nor do I make any claims for cures. 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.

If you have had success with Essiac, let me know in the comments below or ask your biggest question about the tea.

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Stay- Doggeared Podcast Number 2

Brought to you by the letter “S” and the number “2” and also the word “Stay.”

Minor warning, around minute 5 I use the word “shitting,” just in case you’re checking this out at work or around kids.

This is my second episode, finding funny tracks was a little more challenging for this one so don’t hold it against me. Still there are a few laughs and the message is important. The subject for this episode is the word “Stay.”

I have finally come to a place in my life where I plan to produce these podcasts regularly, At least twice a month if my budget allows. If you appreciate the work I’m doing and would like to donate a dollar or more, please go to and click the paypal donate button in the right side bar.

Please leave comments on what you would like me to use as a subject for future episodes. Feel free to share this information and my website with anyone you know who could benefit from seeing what is collected there.

Disclaimer: For entertainment and 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.

Show notes:

Also here is the link to the SYNFLEX glucosamine product I mentioned in the last part of the podcast. Just click the highlighted word above.

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Cooking a Whole Chicken for Your Dog

MP0330-lLast weekend Whole Foods had a one-day-only sale on organic whole chickens for $1.99 a pound. That might sound expensive to many people, but I’ve been vegetarian for 16 years so I have no clue, and we usually buy breasts and thighs in packages for way more than that for Bart’s broth, so I thought, what the heck! Let’s see what happens when we boil a whole chicken to make a broth. First of all, it was pretty gross from a vegetarian’s perspective, however I’ll do almost anything for my dog’s health. With that much meat I was able to treat my kitties and Bart and put a very sizable portion back into his weekly food batch. (We made his week’s batch of food the same day.)  The broth that came from this whole chicken was an amazing gelatinous goo! This is what we should have been doing all along because not only is Bart doing so well on his new Synflex, now that he’s been getting this healthy, marrow rich broth twice a day with his Essiac Tea he’s feeling peppy and joyful.

When I came home from work yesterday, he actually brought me a toy! It has been a long time since he’s done that, so I know he’s feeling better even while we’ve been seeing insane fluctuating temperatures that have been ranging from -6 one day all the way up to 32 degrees the next and back down to the single digits within 24 hours. These temperature fluctuations are really hard on arthritic bones, but Bart’s been shrugging it off like a champ this week.

This is the way we’re going to do it from now on. No more parts and pieces, and maybe next time we’ll get a chicken with the giblets to boil. Organ meats are good for dogs, as long as the animal was raised without hormones, steroids and on an organic diet. This can be pricey, so we’ll have to see what options are out there. Another benefit from cooking the whole chicken for broth is the juice is so rich that I don’t have to doctor it up to get him to drink it anymore. He would usually demand more juice added to his tea or we’d just drop a dollop of his food in to get him to gobble it down. Now he just goes for it, and I use less juice so the broth will last me twice as long.

If you do this or something similar for your dogs, leave a comment and let me know your tricks and recipes, or anything else you’d like to share.

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Can I feed my dog cucumbers and fight cancer?

cucumberHave you ever heard of lignans? Lignans, pronounced : LIG•NAN, are chemical compounds in certain nuts, fruits, and vegetables, that when digested become activated by intestinal bacteria and a whole slew of wonderful dietary benefits ensue. From what I could gather, lignans produce some interesting behaviors in the gut. Apparently, they can alter enzymes related to estrogenic metabolism in ways that can actually help reduce the risk of certain types of hormone related cancers, such as breast, uterine, ovarian and prostate cancers.Scientists are currently doing a lot of research into the connections between lignan rich diets and the effectiveness against cancerous cell growth, including leukemia. But you don’t need a laboratory or a financial backer to reap the obvious benefits for you and your dog. “Lignans are present in a wide variety of plant foods, including seeds (flax, pumpkin, sunflower, poppy, sesame) . . . beans, fruits (particularly berries), and vegetables.” (from Oregon State University – Linus Pauling Institute) But the lignan rich fruit I’m most interested in for the purposes of this post is Cucumber. Yes cool refreshing cucumbers are a fruit because they bear seeds inside, even though they are not at all sweet. Though they provide fewer vitamins and minerals than other fruits, they “have been proven to reduce the risk of certain cancers and cardiovascular disease due to its rich source of lignans. Back in 2010, a study published in the journal Nutrition, Metabolism and Cardiovascular Diseases concluded that lignans could “lower vascular inflammation and endothelial dysfunction, which could have some implications in CVD prevention.” (3) A few years later, the journal Nutrition and Cancer found that pinoresinol, one of the simplest lignans, inhibits proliferation and induces differentiation on the growth of human leukemia cells. (4)” (

And to make all this information even better, cucumbers are a great food for your dog to eat, especially if he or she is overweight or elderly and not very active anymore, because they are low in calories. I have long been putting zucchinis in Bart’s weekly batch of food because they have great anti-cancer qualities, but now that I know he can eat cucumbers and all the benefits they carry, I think I might buy a cucumber every now and then to dice and toss into some yogurt or kefir for a snack for Bart when the summer heat hits. If scientists are doing a lot of research into the effects that cucumbers have in fighting cancer, they’ve got to be a good thing to add to his diet and I think he’ll enjoy eating them too.

If you have anything to add, please leave a comment. I’d love to hear from you!

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Sweet Potatoes, Itchy Dogs and Cancer


I recently read an article in Dogs Naturally magazine that raised a question about feeding your dog sweet potatoes. Sweet potatoes are an amazing food. I once remember reading that it is such a near perfect food that you could almost live exclusively on sweet potatoes and be nutritionally sound. I’m actually not a fan of the orange tubor. I’ve tried to like it, I just don’t. I love sweet potato fries and chips, but as a dish, it just seems wrong that a potato is, well, sweet. Still, Bart really enjoys the flavor a lot, which would be wonderful if it were an ideal food for him but unfortunately it’s really not.

I sometimes feed Bart sweet potatoes in treats, but rarely in his food.  Occasionally, very occasionally, a little sweet potato should be fine, as long as your dog does not react with itching shortly after. Still, it is important to know that although sweet potatoes are a densely packed nutritional powerhouse, it may not be the best choice for our dogs. Why you ask? Well, we all know potatoes are starchy, and if your dog has cancer it is important to understand that starch turns to sugar in the body. Sugar is something we want to keep to a minimum in our dogs’ diets especially when cancer is present because sugar feeds cancer cells. Actually there is metabolically more to it than that, too much sugar increases the amount of insulin in the body; “insulin is a hormonal stimulator for cellular proliferation.” ( magazine)

Also if your dog tends to have problems with itchy skin, and you feed him or her sweet potatoes, it’s possible that the carbohydrates and sugar are too much for your pup and the cause of the itching. Good information to have even if your dog doesn’t have cancer since so much of the foods made for dogs today have sweet potatoes in the list of ingredients.

If you want to find out more, you can read the article from Dogs Naturally here.

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What exactly is an incurable illness?

Screen Shot 2015-02-19 at 7.01.37 PMIncurable, what does it mean? Who determines when something is incurable, doctors, scientists, patients, lots and lots of dead bodies? When the medical odds are stacked against a patient with a particular condition, the knee jerk use of the word “incurable” inevitably arises. Bart’s condition was considered “incurable” by his doctor and well, that was an inaccuracy on the grandest scale. Today, I saw a headline about Oliver Sacks announcing that he has, wait for it, incurable cancer. The man just basically announced his plan to die soon and also the thing he’s planning will finally kill him. He has decided his own death. What do I mean by that? Bare with me.

Most everyone has heard of the placebo effect.

From How Stuff Placebos have been shown to work in about 30 percent of patients, and they’ve been used by doctors for ages. In fact, they were often the only thing that a doctor could offer to relieve suffering, other than his or her attention and support. Some researchers believe that placebos simply evoke a psychological response. The act of taking them gives you an improved sense of well-being. However, recent research indicates that placebos may also bring about a physical response. In light of this, some people don’t see anything wrong with a doctor prescribing a placebo.After all, he or she is doing it to help the patient. But others see the practice not only as harmful, but unethical, deceptive and possibly even illegal.

Although we’ve long known that placebos can work, we’ve only recently started to figure out how and why.

I have many ideas about why the placebo effect works. Let’s start with quantum physics. Scientists have been discovering in labs for decades now that the observer effects the outcome of the experiment and sways the results based on his or her expectations. This discovery has thus been dubbed, “the observer effect.” Quantum physicists have also moved from the Newtonian atomic physics that we were taught in school that explains atoms make up the universe, and now talk of waves and particles as actual building blocks or rather a sort of quantum mechanical ever-shifting, never-static, universal fabric. In a nutshell, the unobserved world around us exists in a wave formation, meaning it has potential to be however an observer decides to focus it into reality, and at the point of being looked upon by a conscious observer who has preconceived notions, the surrounding world coagulates into a seemingly stable particle formation. Life comes into focus based on the type of vision with which we choose to look upon it. It’s like the whole world is waiting for us to tell it what we want to see and then in a literal blink of an eye, it takes shape based on our biases, prejudices, hopes, expectations and fears. The placebo effect is nothing more than the universe following the command of a patient’s belief in a desired outcome. The placebo effect is a neat package of quantum physics made visible and understandable for the layman. In other words, our expectations shape our reality. The world is nothing but a tapestry of opinions, hopes and fears.

Screen Shot 2015-02-20 at 7.24.18 PMAs I said before, most of us have heard of the placebo effect, but there is another term that most aren’t as familiar with and that is the nocebo effect. The nocebo effect is the opposite of the placebo and happens when a medical professional or other person of authority makes a statement such as warning of possible pain and unpleasant side effects, even impending death, increasing the likelihood that the patient will then experience any or all of these suggestions.

I can’t say for sure if what happened with Bart could be considered a placebo, in fact it is my belief that cancer is largely a condition linked to nutritional deficiencies, or it can be considered a nutritional malady of sorts. And of course not all cancers are nutritional illnesses, but it’s likely that many if not most of them are. But that conversation aside, what if placebo and nocebo effects are the same for our pets as they are for people? What if my hopefulness and belief in his ability to heal through diet was a powerful placebo that Bart zeroed in on and responded to physically? Who can say for sure? The point I’m making here is you are your dog’s entire world just as I am Bart’s world, and the way we behave around them is strongly received by these intensely perceptive creatures. Not only is their hearing and smell and night vision superior to ours, so is their intuition and empathy. They see through us with lazer sharpness.

I’m not asking anyone to lie to their best friend, but rather to work towards turning on your own optimism for their sake, instead of bracing yourselves for the worst possible scenario all the time. We as humans have been conditioned to expect the worst so that when things go better than planned we are mildly pleased. Living life like that is defeatist and it doesn’t serve you and it certainly isn’t going to serve your pet with a medical condition.  Everything, and every behavior boils down to one thing, choice. We all always have a choice in every situation. They might not always be the greatest of choices to select from, but life really is about choosing how you respond to every single moment that shows up for you. So why not try choosing to think thoughts that make you feel better, especially when your with your pet? You could be the medicine that helps him or her respond favorably to a particular treatment.

I’ll admit, I may not be the most traditional of thinkers, in fact I’m so nontraditional in my thinking that I had the gall to forego any medical procedures after Bart’s emergency surgery and simply pumped him full of nutritionally sound meals and cancer fighting herbs and supplements in response to the diagnosis of incurable cancer. And if you’re reading this blog and considering or maybe you are treating your dog’s cancer with nutrition, you’re a lot like me in the way of nontraditional thinking. And about Bart’s cancer treatment, it actually worked, and three years later we’re still hanging out at night in the living room as if none of this cancer business ever reared it’s ugly head in the past. We’re not alone, I just discovered a guy named Chris today, who also has overcome the medical community’s “odds” and has been in remission from colon cancer for over a decade with nothing but nutrition and natural therapies. Check him out at

So what if 9 times out of 10 the word incurable actually means curable with the right mindset and approach? What if that number was 10 times out of 10? Who knows for sure, but I personally believe it’s an effort worth giving if this is any life worth living.

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Bart loves to help me cook, and makes leaving for work so hard!

I just realized that I haven’t really put a lot of Bart in action videos up on this blog for a while so I’m sharing a couple things today. First is a picture of what he did to me this morning while I was putting on my coat. It made leaving so hard! 10930143_791299297628595_3349933795546898801_n I totally thought about calling in to work!

Second is a cute video I took of him a few weeks back. When I prepare his weekly batch of meals, he usually gets in on the action, begging for carrots and zucchinis, but don’t try to make him eat raw cauliflower! No sir, he aint touching that stuff. Silly fella.

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Arthritis in older dogs, what helps and why.

anatomy-of-the-dogI may be sounding like a broken record these days, but Bart has reached double digits in age! This November he will be twelve and I don’t have any reason to believe we won’t see that day. The hardest part about seeing him growing older is his arthritis. He already had arthritis in his spine when he was seven years old, and I had no way of knowing that except the x-ray that showed the mass in his gut that turned out to be cancer also showed calcification in his spine. When the doctor pointed that out to me, I couldn’t believe it. He never let it show. He’s such a tough guy, and never winces or yelps at pain. He’s a silent sufferer. It’s in his nature because he’s a bully breed.

Now that he’s older, I can totally see that the arthritis bothers him. So our activities are limited these days, especially in the cold winter months. He wears a winter coat outside and even a snood for his neck. I’ve been treating him with supplements and herbs for his pain ever since I’ve been cooking for him.

Yesterday we saw Bart’s chiropractor and I asked him about a promising supplement I’ve only heard about yesterday called Hyaluronic Acid. Apparently it is widely researched and shown to be very promising, so when I asked the chiro about it he told me that 80% of orally ingested glucosamine actually becomes both Hyaluronic Acid and Chondroitin. I was planning on adding Hyaluronic Acid to Bart’s regimen just to see if it helps, but with that information, Bart’s chiropractor convinced me to just keep on giving him the liquid glucosamine and Bart will benefit from the H.A. too. One of the perks of seeing a healthcare professional on a regular schedule is good advice for no extra charge.

He also recommended a raw diet rich in bone meal, but with Bart’s cancer diagnosis, a raw diet is totally off limits. The reason is if a dog has a compromised immune system fighting something life threatening like cancer, we can’t afford putting the risk of another burden on him like a food borne illness.

What has been working for us best so far is a liquid glucosamine product I’ve been giving Bart called Syn•flex. The best part is it’s a natural supplement, so there are no drugs or nasty side effects. I’ve been ecstatic over the results I’ve been seeing. Like I said earlier, it’s in a liquid form which for many patients, human and four legged, synthesizes better in the body. I get the beef flavored version for dogs and mix only 1tsp of it into his food every morning. I can’t even begin to fully express to you how happy I am with his movement and mobility since being on this new stuff, and I can tell he’s happier too. When I told Bart’s chiropractor about it, he smiled and said, “I find it interesting that most people and animals who take the liquid glucosamine orally actually do better on it than the pill form. I wonder why that is.” He’s a pretty awesome Dr.

Inside the joints is a gooey fluid, which is made from some very unique sugars. But the sugars in joints aren’t as simple as table sugar. They combine amino acids to create compounds with some exceptional shock absorbing properties. . .
When glucosamine is absorbed by the body, it converts into chondroitin and hyaluronic acid molecules that are two to three times the size of the glucosamine molecule. Chondroitin is a component of cartilage that gives it a spongy texture, helping the cartilage resist compression. Hyaluronic acid is contained in the joint fluid that lubricates the joints and gives the fluid a viscous consistency.
When you give your dog glucosamine, about 30 to 40% is actually absorbed into the bloodstream. Because chondroitin and hyaluronic acid are larger and don’t pass through the stomach easily, only about 10% of these substances are absorbed into the bloodstream, while the rest is broken down in the stomach.
We use a lot of other things too, and I believe all of them are beneficial and help a lot.
I have a list of these on my “buy supplements” page if you’re interested in checking them out. I plan to detail what each one does in future blog posts, and the reasons you might consider them for your own dog’s aching bones. If you want the link to buy Syn•Flex for your dog, click here.
Until then, if you have some helpful tips on how to curb your dog’s arthritis pain and want to share, leave a comment on the post! I’ll gladly share it with the other readers.
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Turmeric, curcumin, B17, all have amazing abilities to kill cancer cells. Here’s how.

With all of these foods and many others which kill cancer cells available to us, it is amazing to me that more people are not aware that diet and cancer are totally connected. The reason that we aren’t inundated with this information is because a lot of businesses would suffer in the profit margins if this became common knowledge. Well, behold the power of the internet and the drive to educate ourselves. Here’s how turmeric kills cancer cells.

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Energy Work, Hands on Healing, and the Power Within Us All

I can’t begin to express fully enough just how invaluable knowing healing modalities has been for me and my animals over the years. I used to work with Reiki. Ever since 1999 I began my journey into hands on healing beginning with Reiki I and later Reiki II and eventually after repeating levels I and II multiple times, I was initiated in Reiki III. The whole experience over the course of about 2 years was nothing short of magical.


In 2001, we brought my kitty Scout into my family at only 7 weeks old. A friend found him under her grandfather’s car and couldn’t care for him, so we brought him into our home. He was fine for the first couple of days in quarantine from our other cats, but something happened and we thought he wasn’t going to make it.

I’m not a mumu-wearing, crystal-dangling, earth-mother. I’m a regular, well, cooler than average ;) person who likes fashion, indy rock, indy films and contemporary art. You’d never guess that I could whip up a vibrational fortress of energy in a matter of seconds through my focus by looking at me, but I can and I do.

No one was able to diagnose his illness, but the vet suggested we put him down immediately as they thought he had a neurological disorder. It was a Friday, and I told the doctors I wanted to give him the weekend. He couldn’t hold his body up and his head was too heavy for his week little neck. He was a rag doll with no strength at all. It was the most pathetic thing I had ever seen. His little body filled the palm of my hand and his rubber band legs just flopped limply over the edge of my palm. The craziest part though, he still wanted to play and he had such a voracious appetite.  We took him back home and I gave him Reiki all night long. For 30 minutes, I would sit up with him and work on him and my partner slept. Then we switched places every 30 minutes. I was the only one who knew Reiki, but physical contact is powerful on its own. By the morning, we were both exhausted, and Scout was moving with more strength and power as the day wore on. He was a completey normal kitty by that Sunday! He made it. He pulled through and he’s still with me today and this May he’ll be 14.

I have worked on Bart his whole life, and in case you’re wondering, I can say for sure the energetic healing work isn’t the main reason he’s still here with me, because if it were that powerful on his cancer, he never would have developed it in the first place.

The point is anyone can learn any one of a myriad of healing techniques. I’ve also since learned Reconnective Healing and Quantum Touch, both of which are amazing, effective methods. Q.T. is possibly the easiest method to learn. I’ve been interested in personal power and healing since I was 11 and had a paradigm shifting healing experience through an accidental hypnosis session. I discovered I could heal myself, and I went from being a stubbornly skeptical kid (sad I know) to an inquisitive open minded explorer over the course of one fateful evening. (That’s a longer story I may tell about in a podcast or something.)

I have worked on Bart his whole life, and in case you’re wondering, I can say for sure the energetic healing work isn’t the main reason he’s still here with me, because if it were that powerful on his cancer, he never would have developed it in the first place and my kitty Ickus would never have died from mouth cancer, and tiny Rupert from F.I.P. But it does help. It also helps me to remain calm, to be hopeful and it gives me a sense of power in a typically powerless, seemingly hopeless situation.

The point is, anyone can learn any one of a myriad of healing techniques.

If you’re interested in learning a healing modality and don’t know where to begin, I’m happy to help you find your fit. I’m not a mumu-wearing, crystal-dangling, earth-mother. I’m a regular, well, cooler than average ;) person who likes fashion, indy rock, indy films and contemporary art. You’d never guess that I could whip up a vibrational fortress of energy in a matter of seconds through my focus by looking at me, but I can and I do. I’ve stopped Bart from writhing in agony from a painful ear infection once. I work on my 85 year old uncle once a month to bring him relief from his arthritis, and I’ve worked wonders on myself when unhealthy things seemed to want to arise, but I nipped them in the bud. Anyone can do this. I highly recommend that we start learning about our own powers for health and healing. To take back our power and our health from the corporate healthcare (sick-care is more like it) industry. I’m not an angry conspiracy theorist. I don’t believe anyone is doing anything to me or the population that we aren’t personally responsible for. We have simply allowed things to get out of hand and we’ve given our personal power away to authority figures. And I’m on a mission to help anyone who wants, to take that power back. So consider learning a simple healing technique, or meditation, or even self-hypnosis. It is our birth right and you’ll find a million different ways to use it and avoid most trips to the doctor and veterinarian. It’s wonderful to know this stuff.

Skeptical? Check out this amazing Ted Talk.

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