Better Protect your Pooch!

For most of us, the very last thing we would ever want to do is cause harm to our fur babies, in this case, canines. I have now lived with a dog for over a year and only want to protect her. As health issues continue to rise in our four-legged companions, we need only look at a few factors to understand why and easily shift things to avoid potential health threats.

Our homes offer the most hazards for exposure to toxins from wood and tile/linoleum cleaners and polishes to carpet deodorizers and emissions from air “fresheners” and candles. Any non-natural cleaners are to be avoided because if they walk upon it, lick it or inhale it; they are exposed to it. The concern carries over to include second-hand smoke and vapor from e-cigs too.

Most of us know about the dangers from a dog ingesting chocolate, grapes, onions, garlic, raisins, and human medications, but did you know that if you are feeding them canned dog food the BPA’s found in most can cause serious issues. Some companies offer BPA-free cans, but a fresh diet is best.

Please note that rawhide treats are not safe for a dog of any size due to possible death by choking, intestinal blockage and poisoning. It is not a meat treat but rather a leather industry by-product, the backside of leather hides and are often finished with a myriad of non-food-grade glues. If you feed these to your dog or ever would, you owe it to all concerned to review it or investigate them further. Here is a terribly cute and effective video that explains it all. To view the video click HERE.

Too many vaccines can cause harm as well, and you can investigate online to learn more but just know there is controversy around how much and how often some are given when a simple titer test could be taken to assess if your pooch has been effectively inoculated rather than over medicated.

GMO ingredients in dog food should be avoided with the most coming through corn and soy grown in America. Also, canines require no grains in their diets, and some dog food companies use them as inexpensive fillers. Always buy the best food you are able/willing to, with no byproducts and a focus on meats and vegetables. Ever wonder why allergies in dogs have risen and it is often GMO’s and may be the same for humans.

One of the largest culprits of exposing dogs to toxins is through fertilizers, pesticides, etc. used on grass, in gardens and carried in the water flowing next to curbs. Like humans, the dog can uptake whatever their flesh, including paw pads and nose, is exposed to as well as through licking and inhalation.

In one study at Tufts, it was proven that a canines exposure to grass that has been professionally treated by a lawn care company increased their risk for death-inducing canine malignant lymphoma by as much as 70 percent! If your neighbor is having their lawn treated the drift of it into parts of your yard are very likely. Large parks, schools, apartments, etc. are potential toxic areas since so often they use poisonous products to treat the grass. Please investigate this further.

I understand how much our canine companions mean to us and wanted to ensure that you knew what I did in how to keep your love healthier and safer. Happy Cinco-De-Mayo amigo and enjoy your weekend! Feel free to follow Nutritional Truths here or on Facebook and share as you care to-Be well!

Study finds Glyphosate (Roundup) in 85% of feminine products!

In the attempt to avoid exposure to toxins one only need to be aware of all they are taking in through food and beverage as well as whatever is placed on their skin. Many folks remove all the toxins from their homes by replacing soaps, shampoos, deodorants, and now something new to consider.

Whether one uses pads, tampons or both be aware that if it is not organic it likely contains glyphosate. You know Roundup as that spray that kills all growing things but does it bother you to know now how you may be exposing yourself to it? Easy to avoid by using only organic products.

The demise of the honey bee and monarch butterfly are tied directly to glyphosate being used so abundantly throughout the US, 2.6 billion pounds of it last year alone. Cotton is now one of those almost all GMO crops which means like the soy and corn it is sprayed heavily with a known carcinogen in the state of California, Glyphosate. And since it is systemic there is no rinsing it off of one’s produce.

The study came out of the National University of La Plata since there are no universities in the US who would ever test for such things since they are all influenced by Monsanto and big pharma. In addition to the pads and tampons, it was also found in cotton swabs and gauze. All of these items may be purchased as organic and Roundup free at healthful grocery stores.

You have a right to know what you are exposing all of your body to. There is also great concern that when we consume these chemicals it kills off beneficial bacteria in the gut. For a puppy update, we are learning more and more and so is she. Paisley, the puppy, is our new focus, and she will not have access to anything with glyphosate in it. Share as you wish and be well!

Paisley at Play

Paisly at Play

DARK day indeed

The Deny Americans the Right to Know Act H.R.1599 was just approved by 275 politicians in the house. It keeps Americans from knowing about GMO’s in their food. H.R.1599 will ensure that labeling of GMO’s is never required and repeals the labeling already put in place in Vermont. It forbids states from requiring any labeling of GMO’s and there are many who benefit from this, though not the consumer.

Genetically Modified Foods have been banned or restricted in over 50 countries including France, Germany, and Italy. The GMO crops introduced 20 years ago have required an extra 500 million pounds of herbicides to be used including Glyphosate (Roundup) that has been linked to the bee colony collapse and lowered numbers of monarch butterflies.

90% of Americans have said they want to know what is in the foods they are buying. If folks understood all the risks and dangers of consuming GMO’s this would not be allowed to happen. Good thing it’s baseball season and along with summer’s heat can keep folks distracted.

If your still not clear on how prominent GMO’s are see here: 88% of all corn grown today is GMO, 94% of all soy is GMO, 87% of rapeseed or canola is GMO, and sugar beets are just over 50% GMO crops. And although we don’t eat it 88% of all cotton grown is GMO. Investigate it yourself to learn more.

It now goes to the Senate for a vote, feel free to reach out to your Senators and let them know your thoughts on the issue. I used to think a politician’s role was to look out for their constituents. Things aren’t always as they seem and be sure to eat organic when possible. The audio version of Nutritional Truths is still being edited and should be out by months end. Feel free to share this with others and Be Well!

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