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!

Time Tested Turmeric

The intention in writing Nutritional Truths was to place all the things I have learned over the past few years into a single source for folks to learn the truths about natural wellness. As time goes by I, learn more about various natural solutions and feel the need to share them with you and the powers of Turmeric is something you deserve to know. Turmeric is not just for great curries anymore; it is a powerhouse herb that loves you back.

Used before history began turmeric has been an effective solution for reducing arthritis and inflammation and can reduce pain and fever much like Tylenol or Ibuprofen and without possible negative side effects. It improves digestion and intestinal flora, cleanses and strengthens the gallbladder and liver, battles cancer and may lessen Alzheimer’s symptoms.

It is also used to combat swimmers ear or ear infections, sprains, burns, cuts, and insect bites as well as reducing coughs and asthma. Turmeric outperformed Prozac at treating depression in study after study without any of the potential negative side effects. Take a look online to find the studies and to learn more.

It is also great for our fur babies and all other animals and is primarily utilized in the equestrian arena. For more information on using it for supporting healing in critters investigate DVM Doug English (BVSc) as he is the unofficial leader in the effective use of turmeric in animals.

I learned about the amazing powers of turmeric through Golden Paste which is simply a mix of Turmeric, Coconut Oil, Black peppercorns, and water. The peppercorn contains piperine which makes the curcumin in turmeric more bio-available as it slows the liver from removing the curcumin so quickly from the blood.

To make the golden paste all, you need a half of cup of organic turmeric as regular unregulated turmeric can have high lead levels, a third of a cup of unrefined coconut oil, a cup of clean water and two to three teaspoons of freshly ground peppercorns. Bring the turmeric and water to a boil then down to a simmer 9 minutes until it is a thick paste. Once it cools down a bit add the oil and ground peppercorns stirring well. Some folks freeze it in flexible silicone pill sheets for easy doses or add it to most any meal during the day. It will keep in the fridge up to two weeks or in the freezer for longer periods of time.

Hope this sheds light on something you have perhaps overlooked and hope you investigate it further. May your weekend be a great one, share as you care to and be Well!

If you Love Dogs read this.

Found myself at the movie theater yesterday to watch an award winning movie that when complete I wondered if I had been punked. The very best thing about the movie was a Trailer that ran before it, and I thought so much of it I decided to share it with you in today’s blog.

If you love or even just like dogs, then this is a movie I would bet anything you will enjoy. A movie that will bring one laughter, smiles, joy and for those that know the grief of a pets death, comfort beyond measure. I returned home from the movie and watched the trailer several times, eliciting a powerful response each time.

The premise of the movie speaks volumes to me since I have become enamored with our Paisley. A cat man first but a dog is a whole other level, and everyone deserves to see this movie.

Based on the bestselling novel, A Dogs Purpose brings this story of one devoted dog to life. It is directed by the guy who made The Cider House Rules and more recently The 100-Foot Journey. Also the movie’s producer did Zombieland and television’s The Golden Girls.

Opens January 27th!

Opens January 27th!

Remember that your dog’s feet do take in through their pads toxins you might not have concerned yourself with before but you should if you care about their wellness. From floor cleaners, polishes and kitchen and bath cleaning agents to carpet deodorizers and chemicals on the grass of wherever they walk including parks and sidewalks.

Back to the movie, watch the preview and see it when it comes out in a couple of weeks. Here is the link to the preview on YouTube https://youtu.be/1jLOOCADTGs

Paisley chewing along

Paisley chewing along

I am confident it will deliver well when I see it opening day. Enjoy your weekend, share this with anybody, Be Well!
Brett

Grown Meats

Looking at a recent poll showed that while Baby Boomers who lived the vegan lifestyle was at 2 % Generation X was at 5% and millennials were at 12%, proving that fewer and fewer Americans are consuming animal flesh, animal products, and by-products.

In addition to not eating animals vegans do not use leather for their shoes, jackets, purses, etc. nor do they use any soap, makeup, cleaning product, or item derived from or tested on animals or bugs including honey, wool, down, and silk, etc. It is most often from a compassionate standpoint, while for others it is for the health benefits or both.

As for what vegans eat, I would like to focus today’s blog on two straightforward unprocessed meat alternatives. Go to a place like Trader Joe’s and investigate all the faux meat options they have, it may surprise you. I want to cover two alternatives that you can prepare at home from its natural state and enjoy without too much effort.

Jackfruit is an amazing alternative, grown throughout India and Thailand and the trees grow large with a canopy full of fruit. The fruit itself can range in weight from 35 to 80 pounds. They can be purchased smaller and whole at an Asian market or in the can at those same markets, and they are beginning to carry it at regular grocery stores as well in the can. Ideally get it packed in water or brine. Drain water and slice up the fruit to behave much like a pulled meat and add to any sauce or recipe. Investigate the thousands of recipes online and enjoy!

Jackfruit tree, Opened fruit, fleshy pod with internal nut and BBQ stye

Jackfruit tree, Opened fruit, fleshy pod with internal nut and BBQ stye

Mushrooms are also a great alternative, and they can be portabellas, button mushrooms, and my new favorite is oyster mushrooms. They can be smoked and added to a BBQ sauce or sautéed and treated like meat in your favorite dish. From Indian food, BBQ, and Mexican food they’re my favorite meat replacement. Online find hundreds of recipes for a mushroom-based meal.

Oyster, portobello and button mushrooms

Oyster, portobello and button mushrooms


At the healthy grocery store, you will find dozens of options for alternatives made from processed soybeans like tofu and less processed soybeans making Tempe and from wheat gluten many types of Seitan are available and tasty. Do a Google search, and you will find a myriad of meat-free alternatives.

When I first wrote Nutritional Truths almost two years ago, I was still eating meat but knew the day would come when I would not. It has been over six months ago now since I gave up eating animals and I have not missed it a bit nor do I miss all the internal conflict that had been growing over the past couple years.
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Beautiful Beneficial Brussels Sprouts

The French brought them to Louisiana in the 18th century and the 1920’s they began to cultivate them in California and by the 1940’s their growth and Americas acceptance of them grew. Today the majority (80%) of their cultivation is for the frozen food market with harvest taking place between December and June.

I recently purchased my first whole stalk of the year at Trader Joe’s last week, and they were amazing. As a child, I could not stand them, and as I have aged, they have become more and more appealing and sit at the top of my faves list along with broccoli and cauliflower.

These I only purchase fresh and that leaves me without them for part of the year and that’s OK but when the stores don’t have them I am disappointed. They can put off an odor while roasting so be prepared to turn on the vent-a-hood.

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Full of vitamin C and K along with B vitamins, essential minerals, and dietary fiber they are an excellent addition to any plate or diet. Part of the brassicas family like broccoli they contain sulforaphane which has anti-cancer properties and is another example of food that loves you back.

A nice Brussels sprout slaw can be made from them raw and delivers the most possible nutrition along with enzymes. Steaming, stir-frying or roasting are the preferred methods of cooking them.

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As you can see by my photos roasted with a bit of oil and seasoning is my favorite. Once hot from the oven one may add a duck sauce or honey to a bowl with a bit of garlic chili paste, balsamic vinegar, or Sriracha to toss them in and served warm ensure there will be no leftovers.

Be sure and slice the larger ones in half or quarters so they cook more evenly. Roasted using only a bit of salt and pepper is fine too it just depends on what you and yours enjoy most.

Food that loves you back!

Food that loves you back!

Have an amazing weekend before Thanksgiving; try cooking a fresh batch of Brussels sprouts soon, share as you care to and Be Well!

Cancer Quotes for You

October marches on, and in keeping with Cancer Awareness Month, I bring you the following quotes mostly from M.D.s about cancer, its treatment and the AMA & FDA’s consistent effort to keep non-toxic and effective solutions away from Americans so as not to disrupt their monopoly on its “treatment” of cancer.

“One of the biggest tragedies of human civilization is the precedent of chemical therapy over nutrition. It’s a substitution of artificial therapy over nature, of poisons over food, in which we are feeding people poisons trying to correct the reactions of starvation.”
Dr. Royal Lee, 1951

“Chemotherapy is a marvelous opportunity for rampant deceit.
So much money is there to be made.”
Dr. George Lundberg, JAMA Editor

“The treatment of cancer and degenerative diseases is a national scandal.
The sooner you learn this, the better off you will be.”
Dr. Allen Greenburg

“I’ve heard of cancer politics, but I’ve never seen anything like this in my entire life. In fact, I wouldn’t believe it, if I hadn’t seen it with my own eyes.” “Everybody’s afraid. Fear is overriding scientific inquiry and the ability to let the audience to make up its mind.” “The whole set-up (National Cancer Institute & American Cancer Society)
is a farce and a fraud.”
Joseph Gold, MD, Director, Syracuse Cancer Research Institute, March 1981.

“Despite the fact that billions of dollars and untold resources have been devoted to cancer research, conventional medicine has failed in its’ “war on cancer.” This is because cancer is not a ‘thing,’ an enemy, that has invaded our bodies but rather the body’s incredible effort to protect us. Cancer, like all “diseases,” are efforts of the body to re-establish homeostasis” (balance)
Dr. Thomas Lodi, MD 2015

“I and many other Members of Congress have received a large volume of mail from individuals…benefited from Laetrile treatments, who believe the Government is party to a conspiracy to suppress an inexpensive, non-toxic and effective anti-cancer drug. public confidence in our Government has not been strengthened by the highly unusual actions of the FDA in first advising…that clinical studies with Laetrile could be initiated and then terminating this authorization…”
“In light of the tremendous sums of money that have been spent with relatively little productivity…, I find it very surprising that the NCI (Nationa Cancer Institute- Todays American Cancer Society) has not sought on its initiative to do further animal testing with this drug which apparently has shown some activity in the tests sponsored by the McNaughton Foundation.”
US Congressman L.H. Fountain (in a letter to HEW Secretary), 1971.

“We must admit that we have never fought the homeopath on matters of principle.
We fought them because they came into our community and got the business.”
Dr. J.N. McCormack, AMA, 1903

Pre-Einstein era medicine

Pre-Einstein era medicine

Consider taking the time to investigate further as you deserve to know the truth. Wander through my previous writings to learn more, have a great fall weekend, share as you like and Be Well!

Cancer Solutions Exist

As October is cancer awareness month another year rolls by but the industry continues to perpetuate the untruths that say that non-toxic solutions for cancer do not exist and everyone’s only hope is to expose themselves to surgery, radiation, and/or chemotherapy. Whatever path one chooses is their business just know the following answers exist and be aware of the fear tactics.

As I mentioned two weeks ago, surgery, chemo, and radiation only temporarily suppress cancer; it will almost always return often more aggressive because the body never healed.

If you find it difficult or impossible to believe that non-toxic solutions already exist, then they have done their job well. Consider investigating the solutions listed and learn more for yourself and those you love.

No one will ever guarantee that a single solution will work every time but tens of thousands have found healing through these various means. The toughest part sometimes is to recall what we already know, and that is that the human body was made to heal itself, we just have to support it in accomplishing that.

Dr. Thomas Lodi, a true cancer specialist, speaks to the fact that our first step once diagnosed or sooner is to stop making cancer and work from there. An acidic diet filled with toxins in and on “food and drink” as well as being void of nutrition supports to create cancer along with exposure to external toxins.

External toxins may include nicotine intake, air fresheners, candles/incense, sunscreen, lotions/ potions, shampoo, hairspray, soap, fluoride, tattoo ink, antiperspirant/deodorant, perfumes/cologne, makeup, fabric softeners, amalgam fillings, root canals, various dust, and household cleaners.

Biopsies may expose the entire body to the cancerous cells via the bloodstream. The same concerns apply to mammograms which may burst tumors and also exposes the breasts to cell-destroying radiation. Thermography may now be an acceptable form of prevention without damaging anything but the old paradigm.

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The list here does not represent every solution or protocol that has been shown to support healing. Question what you think you know and you have the right to know the truth. Enjoy your weekend, share as you may and Be Well!

Scientists Bribed to Tell One Sweet Lie

I learned in the 80’s that one needed to avoid fats and cholesterol to avoid heart disease, cancer and the like. It turns out we have been lied to for fifty years because the sugar industry doesn’t want you to know that it is sugar and not fat that leads the charge in supporting disease.

In 1967 the bogus study was published in the New England Journal of Medicine falsely linking fat to heart disease. Even after the truth of data manipulation came out this week in JAMA they deny any wrongdoing, but of course.

Not surprising after watching Dr. Lustig speaks to these deadly facts in his recorded presentation titled Sugar the bitter truth found on YouTube. Dr. Lodi also speaks to the fact that cancer cells take 19 times more energy than regular cells to operate, and their desired fuels source is sugar.

What Is even crazier is that by them touting fat and not sugar as the culprit a whole new low-fat craze took place and guess what they replaced the fat with, sugar. This increase in the use of sugar by one-third, was known beforehand, and part of the reason for the lie.

Without skipping a beat the new Sugar Association that replaced the old Sugar Research Foundation responded with the “that was before our time” response this week.

They have held the same lies for years about sugar in sodas not aiding in the obesity epidemic. Sugar is what I refer to as America’s true gateway drug. Eight times more addictive than cocaine people will be slow to investigate it no matter how detrimental it is.

Food manufacturers like cigarette manufacturers are prone to manipulate data and outright lie to protect and grow their market share. One day perhaps everyone will know the truth and act accordingly. OK probably not, but just the same, people have the right to know the truths about anything edible they purchase.

More information can be had in Nutritional Truths and by investigating it for yourself online. Have an amazing weekend, share as you may and Be Well!
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To Be or Not to Be…Organic?

There was a time in the not too distant past that I would drive by Whole Foods and wonder why folks would shop there. Their prices were very high, and they didn’t even carry Doritos or Diet Coke. Sure they carried mock items that were GMO-free and organic, but they didn’t taste as good as the regular store-bought items. No, I don’t do aspartame nor Frito-Lay anymore.

Over time I realized that I had been blind to the truth about food & beverages, how it is our behaviors and not genetics that often kill us, and how the body was designed to heal itself from disease without the use of petrochemical synthetics. I also had never thought about being sure to ingest my recommended daily requirement of Glyphosate (Roundup) or other toxic chemicals sprayed on conventional fruits and veggies.

No these poisons you cannot wash off as many are systemic and are within the fruit or vegetable. Granted some are more toxic than others and below is the dirty dozen and the clean fifteen. While our bodies were made to push out and expel toxins if they remain overwhelmed for years and years by constant consumption of toxins etc. disease is almost a guarantee. Not a matter of if but rather a matter of when.

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As it turns out, organic produce not only has more minerals and vitamins they contain substantially more antioxidants, up to 69% more, that work to reduce and eliminate free radicals that cause aging and they also contain fewer pesticide residues. The known carcinogen cadmium is lower in organic produce by 48% on average than in conventional produce. We are encouraged to eat organic fruits and veggies because they do contain large amounts of antioxidants as well as vitamins and minerals to support wellness.

I had recently learned of a juice business in a city we are about to visit, and they offer fresh squeezed juices and even several days detox of juices. I contacted them to see if they only use organic and they don’t. I could not for the life of me register how they could offer a cleanse with conventional produce, crazy. Maybe they label their juices “Also includes unknown pesticides, insecticides, fungicides and toxins your body doesn’t require.”

One day they should drop the organic label and just have to label the toxic conventional produce and products. Your life and that of those you care for matters just remember that next time you are grocery shopping or at the farmers market. No spray produce from local farms to me is right there with certified organic produce.
Do your research and learn why the investment in organic is worth it to support your good health. Have a wonderful weekend, share as you wish and Be Well!

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Freedom Through Forgiveness

Maybe they spoke cruelly to you or caused any level of physical or emotional pain. Perhaps you were on the receiving end of abuse of any and every kind. Maybe the pain comes from one or many omissions of affection, love, security, acknowledgement, kindness, or maybe their failure to forgive you.

Making it to the point you have in your life experiences of all kinds have you had, and some of them stick with us for a lifetime both the “good” and the “bad”. Other than perhaps while drinking, drugging, sexing, shopping, eating, working, etc. the memories remain and sometimes so do the feelings.

We are allowed to forgive those who have wronged us no matter the level of their interaction with us. The action of forgiveness in no way excuses the behaviours of the person/s but rather frees you from being tethered to them in an unhealthy fashion mentally and emotionally.

If you are holding onto a resentment or many of them against people or institutions consider how freeing it will finally be to release them with love or at least no more hate, anger, or resentment. Have as many resentments as you wish, but they will never serve you.

Anytime you have forgiven, and that same resentment pops back into your mind, this is normal, give them to God or the universe in words or thoughts and remind yourself that you have already released them for good. You are welcome to remain victimized, and that is your right. However, it will never serve you as well as being empowered and moving forward untethered to the pains of old.

May love be in abundance in your life, may you forgive yourself as well in allowing yourself to move forward from this day. Sometimes charity starts at home and who are we not to forgive ourselves. Enjoy your weekend and Be Well!

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