Dec 15, 2009

Inflammatory Bowel Disease (IBD): Holistic Case Study

HealthyLife.Net Radio Show
Wendy’s Animal Talk, Host Wendy Nan Rees,
Guest Russell Louie
Inflammatory Bowel Disease (IBD): Holistic Case Study
December 15, 2009, 1-2:00 PM PDT


Russell, has studied holistic health and spirituality for over 30 years and lived a holistic lifestyle for over 57 years. He specializes in integrating his scientific background with his knowledge of health, to holistically help both people and pets. His greatest talent is being able to cut through all the marketing hype using his scientific background to tell people what is truly holistic. Today, our topic is “Inflammatory Bowel Disease (IBD).”

Russell, so many pets seem to have inflammatory bowel disease. Why is that?
I feel there are multiple reasons. Keep in mind I am not a vet, so these are just my holistic perspectives. First, I see many pets with an imbalanced endocrine system and deficient immune system that also have IBD symptoms. I will explain how this relates to IBD shortly. Second, the current Western medical treatment of IBD only alleviates the symptoms and never addresses the cause. Third, when I see puppies and kittens fed a nutritionally deficient dry kibble diet in the beginning, I feel this contributes to the poor development of the digestive track and IBD symptoms later on in life. If more people would use your Natural Pet Food Cookbook right from the start, this issue could be alleviated. And finally, over breeding and poor breeding practices perpetuates a pre-disposition to IBD problems in offspring.

Wow, I know many of my listeners want to know this. Would you share your holistic perspectives with us?
Let us go back to my first point about an imbalanced endocrine system and deficient immune system. Dr. Alfred Plechner, after a 35-year practice, became dissatisfied with just treating the superficial signs of health problems with the conventional treatment. What he found was that his traditional veterinary treatment had little impact on pets, who seemingly were more susceptible to disease and allergies and who seemed to be living shorter and sicker lives. Through his research, he uncovered a hidden adrenal gland defect and thyroid imbalance that caused an endocrine-immune system imbalance. His research showed this endocrine-immune system dysfunction was caused primarily by poor genetics and over-breeding with a poor nutritional diet of dry kibbles, environmental pollutants, stress and age being secondary factors.

OK, how does that relate to IBD?
If this endocrine-immune imbalance is present, then the IgAs (immunoglobulin antibodies regulated by the endocrine system) that normally coat the mucus membranes of the gut for protection, go out of control and sometimes even attack the body itself (auto-immune response). The walls of the gut then become inflamed and thicken for protection. With the gut’s defense system compromised, harmful bacteria and other bad microorganisms can attack. When this happens, nutrients, supplements, as well as medication to treat the disease are not absorbed by the body and exit the other end. This is one reason why positive results may not be seen using the best holistic remedies and even medication. One must correct the endocrine-immune imbalance first, so that the mucus lining of the gut returns to normal and then the body can absorb nutrients again and heal itself.

Wow, that makes so much sense. Now you mentioned a third possible cause of IBD?
Yes, biologists tell us that cats are obligate carnivores meaning they need 70-90% meat protein in their diet to thrive in the wild. Dogs are more tolerant in that they only need 60-80% meat protein in their diet to be healthy. But if one raises their kittens and puppies on dry kibble, then they are supplying a nutrient deficient diet while these young bodies are developing and so one should expect health issues (such as IBD) as they grow older. It is like feeding our human babies nothing but fruit and vegetable-flavored cookies and wondering why they are obese, diabetic and have all sorts of health problems as adults. Cheap dry kibble only contains 20-40% meat protein at best and too much carbohydrates and sugar. That is why education on the proper diet for a carnivore and healthy options such as your Natural Pet Food Cookbook are so important for new pet owners.

And finally, your fourth reason?
We all know that “puppy mill” breeders do not care about the health and well-being of their pups. They just want to produce as many perfectly looking puppies for profit as possible. Therefore, they use only dry kibble to raise the pups (or kittens) to keep their costs down. For the reason previously stated, this does not give these growing bodies the proper nutrition to develop a balanced endocrine and immune system and a fully functioning digestive tract. Furthermore, they are not concerned with testing the parents to see if they have a balanced endocrine and immune system, they are only concerned about producing perfect looks and personalities. These breeders will, therefore, pass on to offspring the pre-disposition for Dr. Plechner’s hidden adrenal gland defect and thyroid imbalance that causes an endocrine-immune system imbalance and possibly IBD.

OK, so what if my pet already has IBD symptoms, what can I do?
The first step is to obviously go to a vet to get a proper diagnosis. One needs to rule out more serious conditions and make sure their pet does not need immediate treatment for bacterial infections, parasites, tumors, cancer, etc. Diarrhea and vomiting can be very dangerous in small pets because they can get dehydrated very fast and so this should not be neglected. If the vet diagnoses an IBD condition, they can treat the immediate symptoms so that the pet can return to somewhat normal digestive function.

OK, say my pet does get some relief from Western medical treatment, what next?
Typically, what will happen next is that the symptoms will appear to subside but over time they will come back, one might have to keep changing diets to avoid IBD symptoms or the vet will have to prescribe larger doses or different drugs to achieve the same effects. Like I said in the beginning of the show, most Western medical treatment only addresses the immediate symptoms. In other words, the medication will successfully calm down the digestive tract and suppress the immune system from attacking the walls of the intestines but it will do nothing to address the original cause of IBD, namely a hidden adrenal gland defect and thyroid imbalance that causes an endocrine-immune system imbalance. If you remember, with an endocrine-immune system imbalance the IgA (immunoglobulins) in the gut are not protecting the intestinal lining like they should (producing malabsorption), so the walls of the intestinal lining will thicken in defense and now you have a perpetual cycle that cannot correct itself.

Well, that is not good then. What can one do next?
The next step is to clean up the diet of an IBD pet. One must feed a hypoallergenic diet. Certainly avoid any food a pet has shown a sensitivity. Other potential allergens include wheat, corn and soy products as well as any poultry meats. Dr Plechner was so adamant about the importance of a good diet, he sometimes refused to treat a pet if the guardian would continue to feed a poor nutritional dry kibble diet.

So, is that the final step in alleviating IBD?
Not really. Ideally, one should be able to feed a pet a variety of meats so they get a well rounded nutritional diet. Also, one does not want to have to continually increasing the dosage of the veterinary IBD medicine prescribed. Long term use of steroids has horrible side effects. So, from my holistic perspective, if an animal guardian still has to feed a restrictive diet and continually give or increase the dosage of drugs to keep IBD symptoms at bay, then a more permanent solution is necessary.

How can my listeners find a permanent resolution from IBD symptoms in their pet?
Well, realizing that Western medical drugs only treat the symptoms of IBD and going back to my first reason of an imbalanced endocrine and deficient immune systems, I would look towards what is controlling the stomach, intestines, glands of the endocrine system and entire immune system. Holistically speaking, this is the brain. Dr Kiriac, the inventor of BioPreparation spent 20+ years in animal research to find a way to nutritionally eliminate cancer in the chickens, rabbits and mink population in Russia. Based on his research with animals he once told me, “Russell, IBD is a degenerative disease that begins in the brain. The symptoms may manifest in the intestines but the source of the problem is in the brain.”

So, I would agree with Dr. Plechner in that one needs to balance the adrenals and thyroid and especially the pituitary (master gland), pineal and hypothalamus glands in the brain. When the endocrine and immune systems are in balance, the IgA antibodies that normally operate in the mucus membranes of the gut will be produced and function as they should in protecting the intestinal walls. With the gut’s defense system back in control, harmful bacteria and other bad microorganisms can not attack. When one corrects the endocrine-immune imbalance first, the mucus lining of the gut returns to normal and then the body can absorb nutrients again and heal itself. In essence, we are working from the top-down and from the inside-out instead of just trying to fix the symptoms in the intestines from without.

Yes, I see now how that is a different approach. Do you have any successful case histories to prove that this new holistic approach works?
Here is a case study where the cat’s guardian spent over 6 months and over $9,000 on traditional veterinary treatment with no resolution. Scouter was an 11-12 year old cat that had Inflammatory Bowel Disease (IBD) and was hyperthyroid. He lost weight from 15 pounds down to 12 pounds because of severe IBD symptoms. The guardian fed him a good quality dry food and started to add, what they thought was an even better quality dry food to the mix. As soon as they changed foods, the cat developed instant diarrhea. Even after they went back to the original food, the diarrhea did not improve. Then Scouter was diagnosed as being hyperthyroid as well as having either IBD or intestinal lymphoma. Ultrasound showed slight intestinal wall thickening, while the liver and kidneys looked normal. Scouter tested negative for parasites. Vets prescribed an antibiotic, Flagil, for worms—did not work. Now on thyroid medication and also on Prednisone. The guardian has been feeding a prescription diet Z/D still with no resolution.

So, what did this poor cat guardian do?
He started out with our maintenance formula, BioPreparation-f2+ with some initial results in the first 2 days. He was so encouraged he switched to our therapeutic formula, BioPreparation-f3+, and Scouter’s IBD symptoms started to clear up. By the end of the first week, Scouter’s IBD symptoms were totally gone. Scouter’s guardian told us, what used to look like a “crime scene” in Scouter’s litter box now looks perfectly normal.

What a wonderful ending. Can you post this in my blog on my website?
I absolutely will as soon as the show is over.

You seem to have wealth of pet knowledge. How can we access more of your 57 years of holistic wisdom?
One way is to go to our website, www.OptimumChoices.com/, and sign up for our free monthly e-newsletters. We have written articles on such topics as, Is glucosamine the answer for arthritis? Healthy water for you and your pets and Whole Food Nutrition vs. Supplements. All past articles are archived online and one can search for a specific topic. If your listeners will check the box at the bottom of the subscription form, we’ll send subscribers a free report entitled What Pet Food Companies Don’t Want You to Know. This report contains 11-points some of which we covered today.

What other holistic resources do you have that would be of interest my listeners?
We have written a series of Holistic Choices e-Books. Readers can take advantage of the latest holistic research we find and absorb the information in a small chunk rather than a 100+ page book. The first three titles that have been published are:

• Save Your Dog or Cat
• Secrets of Longevity (for people )
• How to become a canine massage provider

How can me and my listeners get a copy?
Go to our website www.OptimumChoices.com and click on the [e-Books] button in the left column on our home page. As a special offer, I will give your listeners one e-Book of their choice free with a purchase of any BioPreparation or BioSuperfood product. Just have them say, Wendy sent me” and ask for the free e-Book title of their choice with any product purchase in the Special Instructions box of our shopping cart. This is very important—the must mention the title of the e-Book they want free.

Thank you for sharing your holistic wisdom with my listeners today.
For more information on Optimum Choices and holistic options for your pet, go to Russell’s website at www.OptimumChoices.com/. You can call toll-free
866-305-2306 or e-mail them at info@OptimumChoices.com.


























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Dec 14, 2009

Your Worst Nightmare - An Untrained Dog Around A Child

Dear Wendy,


Thanks so much for your invitation to chat on your Nov. 24, 2009 Animal Talk Radio Show. My hope is that dogs and kids are safe in each other’s company. Just think, we might have saved a dog from going to the pound or shelter or a child from serious dog bite because of your wonderful Radio Show! Here’s a recap of our lively discussion:


Children who love dogs but don’t know how to care for them can get into serious trouble! Until a child is about 10 or 11, I believe in direct adult supervision of a child near a dog. We don’t want either to “learn the hard way”, after the fact. Avoid the nips, snarls, and snapping from a fearful dog who is misunderstood or mistreated by a child. A dog is not a cuddly stuffed animal or doll baby. So be watchful of that stranger’s dog tied up outside your grocery store when you and your child go shopping! A leashed dog can often be more aggressive.


Just like we want our children to be individuals who are nice to be with, we want our dogs to be accepted and enjoyed. Dogs want to trust their DOG Guardians, to feel safe with children, to know that a kid is not going to hurt it, tease it, make it afraid, ignore it or make it lonely or unloved. Dogs react to everything their humans do.


Just like a child who is ignored and not well-tended, a dog will act-out badly if it isn’t included in family life appropriately. Give your dog every chance to learn YOUR rules. Take the whole family to Puppy School!


As a professional educator, I see that children learn best in hands-on, experiential ways so the best thing is to take them to Dog training classes. All can benefit from training – the dogs, the children, the whole family. Be on the same page for skills and techniques for success.


Dogs thrive in a kind world. My own Shiitzu, Elvis, was a shelter dog so badly teased by kids his life was miserable until we worked to regain his trust. Whereas, Fonzi, our Cockapoo is friendly, well-mannered and likes children because he was properly socialized by his breeder’s children who understood the correct ways to handle puppies.


Dog Training is a big “Learning Curve” that makes all the difference in kids’ and dogs’ lives. The cute little character in my activity book, Hap the Pup, says, “Teach Kidz 2 Train Dogz”! It’s Fun!


Suzanne Pierson
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“Hap the Pup: a Dog’z Guide 4 Kidz” Activity Book and CD”
helping new dog families through activities, games, tips and more
featuring a favorite kid’s singalong and EZPlay Piano score of
“The Puppy Song”.
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Nov 17, 2009

Beware of How They Test Pet Products -- They Don't Tell You the Bad News

HealthyLife.Net Radio Show
Wendy’s Animal Talk, Host Wendy Nan Rees
Guest Russell Louie

It Tests Bad: Allopathic Testing Versus Holistic Results
November 17, 2009, 1-2:00 PM PDT

Russell, has studied holistic health and spirituality for over 30 years and lived a holistic lifestyle for over 57 years. He specializes in integrating his scientific background with his knowledge of health, to holistically help both people and pets. His greatest talent is being able to cut through all the marketing hype using his scientific background to tell people what is truly holistic. Today, our topic is “It Tests Bad: Allopathic Testing versus Holistic Results.”

Russell, what do you mean by, “It Tests Bad?”
I hear that phrase a lot today from both holistic practitioners, as well as our clients. What I see from my perspective is a blending of allopathic and holistic principles, with the end result not always benefitting the client (whether for people or pets). In other words, a product will supposedly test “bad” but it is not necessarily bad for the person or animal.

This sounds important for my listeners to know. Would you share your holistic perspective with us?
Almost all testing methods today are allopathic. By allopathic I mean taking the same approach as conventional medicine, in that a single question, single method or single perspective is used to evaluate the needs or benefits of a particular product on the body. While this type of testing can provide valuable information, relying on a single test method, single answer or just one perspective is NOT holistic.

OK, can you give me an example of why this is not holistic?
An example would be the standard medical blood test. The value of individual blood parts (for instance, red cells, white cells or platelets), hormones levels, vitamins, enzymes, minerals, electrolytes, metabolites, markers, protein, toxins, etc. are measured against a “normal” range. If the value is too low, the assumption is that body part or organ needs to be boosted up. If the value is too high, that part or organ needs to be suppressed. If the value is in the “normal” range, all is well and the body is healthy.

Yes, I have seen many doctors use that test. Why is that not holistic?
Well, here is an example that will show the fallacy of those assumptions. Suppose the thyroid hormone levels are measured in the normal range according to an allopathic blood test but the body is still exhibiting classic symptoms of hypothyroidism, namely slow metabolism, lethargy, fatigue, weakness, coarse-dry hair, losing hair, weight gain, etc. If one solely relied on the blood test, the thyroid does not need treatment because it tests in the “normal” range.

Based on your holistic experience, what would you do?
Taking a holistic approach, we would continue to look for reasons why the body was exhibiting low thyroid level symptoms in spite of the “normal” blood values. One reason could be the thyroid hormones being produced are inactive or bound. This could be because the proper nutrients are not present, the thyroid stimulating hormone (TSH) or thyrotropin-releasing hormone (TRH) are not working, or a genetic defect exists that prevents the body from properly utilizing the thyroid hormone. In these cases, we would suggest a holistic course of action for the thyroid is still needed in spite of the “normal” test value.

So, you are using other information, in this case your observations, in addition to the blood test?
That is exactly right. Let me give you an animal example. One conventional vet, Dr. Alfred Plechner, found many dogs and cats to follow this pattern of exhibiting low thyroid hormone symptoms but testing within the “normal” thyroid hormone levels in standard blood tests. When he administered low doses of replacement (not pharmaceutical dosages) thyroid hormone to these animals, all symptoms of a low thyroid disappeared. This proved to him the thyroid hormones being produced by the body and measured at normal levels in blood tests, were not being utilized for whatever reason. So, relying solely on a blood test to determine treatment would have left the pets with hypothyroid symptoms.

What can my listeners do to avoid this misinterpretation?
The lesson for me is to not rely solely on one allopathic test but holistically look at all the symptoms and holistic options before deciding the next appropriate action. Get second opinions using a different testing method (for instance, kinesiology or muscle testing, radionic machines that test the frequency, machines that test energy fields, pendulums, etc.).

Now that I understand what allopathic testing is, what does testing “Bad” mean?
When a practitioner says something tests “bad,” for you, the general conclusion is whatever product or substance they were testing is harmful to your body. But from my experience that is this not the only answer.

What are the other possibilities?
Some other possibilities are:
1. The practitioner’s bias is influencing the testing
2. The practitioner is not skilled enough at their testing modality to get accurate answers.
3. The product is good but would cause more detoxing than your body can handle right now

Let’s go over the first one. What is practitioner bias?
No energetic testing modality can give 100% accurate answers. The more skilled the practitioner is at using the modality and the more detached they are from the answer, the better the results will be. If the practitioner sells the product they are testing and is very invested in selling it, then perhaps they may not be able to test it accurately.

Conversely, if they know nothing about the product, they may not be able to test it accurately, either, as they may be biased against unfamiliar products. Also, testing results can sometimes be influenced by the person being tested, if they are very invested in getting a particular answer. Some testing methods are better than others at being free of these biases. Muscle testing (also known as kinesiology) is particularly susceptible to bias and therefore takes a very skilled and detached practitioner to get accurate answers.

You sell holistic products, how do you deal with practitioner bias?
I tell people we are holistic wellness consultants first and our first priority is to give them a holistic solution to their pet’s problems. If it involves selling them one of our products, that is great. If it doesn’t but we can provide them a holistic solution using some else’s product, we will do that too.

Sometimes people will order the most therapeutic product in their first order. After going over their pet’s health status and issues, I might determine the less expensive maintenance formula might do just as well. The customer is amazed that I talked them into buying a less expensive product but that is just our philosophy. We would rather cultivate a trusting relationship with a returning client by giving them a holistic solution that works the first time, rather than make only one sale to a first time customer.
Next, could you tell me how the skill of the practitioner matters?
The more skilled the practitioner doing the testing, the more accurate their results will tend to be. If your body is very sensitive, you may want to go to a practitioner that has 20-30 years experience in their testing modality, as they will be more accurate from all the years of practice.

The most skilled practitioners are generally better at testing unfamiliar products as well. Additionally, they may be able to tell you why a product tests bad for you, that is, is the product toxic or is it a beneficial product that your body just can’t handle right now? If someone tells you that a product tests “bad” for you, ask them if they can tell you why it tests “bad”.

OK, what are some of the reasons a product can test bad?
One reason is the product could be so therapeutic, it will cause excessive detoxing. Let me give you an example from our own furry family. We had been routinely giving our 11 year old Chihuahua, Mikki, our BioPreparation-f3+ to help her arthritis. She has a malformed femur and when her muscles get fatigued or it is cold outside, she has a noticeable skip in her rear leg. We had been giving her BioPreparation-f3+ to reduce any inflammation and help keep her leg flexible enough for all normal activities. However, one time the BioPreparation-f3+ tested “bad” for Mikki when our chiropractor checked it. So we switched to the maintenance formula, BioPreparation-f2+, instead. Within one week her arthritis got worse, she was skipping more and she refused to jump up on anything indicating her arthritis was painful. We immediately switched back to the more therapeutic BioPreparation-f3+ which has more antioxidants and Omega oils to nutritionally help the body reduce inflammation and pain. Within one week Mikki was walking normally and jumping up on furniture again.
So, we took our BioPreparation-f3+ back to our chiropractor and insisted that Mikki needed it and asked her to find a way to make it work. Our chiropractor determined that our BioPreparation-f3+ would test good for Mikki if she added some drainage remedies to her regimen. By doing that, we were able to offset the detoxing caused by the more therapeutic BioPreparation formula and Mikki could receive the benefits from it. So, “testing bad” could mean a product is too potent (therapeutic) for the body.

Sounds like one needs to ask the right questions to get an accurate testing.
That’s right. When something tests “bad” one has to look at the exact question being asked and what additional questions might be needed, before coming to the right holistic conclusion. Let me list some of the questions we ask of ourselves and our holistic practitioners:
1. Are there any benefits in using this product with this body at this time?
2. Will this product be beneficial in the future?
3. Is there something else we could use to make this product work with this body at this time?
4. Why is this product not good for the body at this time (e.g., too potent, too detoxing, too stimulating, not the right form of nutrition)?
5. Would another practitioner come to the same conclusion? Get a second opinion.
6. Is this product toxic? A highly skilled practitioner can test the quality of products with energetic testing and tell if they are “clean” or “toxic”. Generally, the cheaper products are made with lower quality materials and will often be toxic. Even if the product provides some benefit to the body and makes you feel better initially, the toxins in it will stress the body and create damage that will have to be dealt with at some point. The cheaper supplements sold in stores will often test toxic when a skilled practitioner evaluates them.

Will you post these questions online for our listeners?
I will post them on your blog as soon as the show is over.

You seem to have wealth of pet knowledge. How can we access more of your 57 years of holistic wisdom?
One way is to go to our website, http://www.optimumchoices.com/ and sign up for our free monthly e-newsletters. We have written articles on such topics as, Is glucosamine the answer for arthritis? Healthy water for you and your pets and Whole Food Nutrition vs. Supplements. All past articles are archived online and one can search for a specific topic. If your listeners will check the box at the bottom of the subscription form, we’ll send subscribers a free report entitled What Pet Food Companies Don’t Want You to Know. This report contains 11-points some of which we covered today.

What other holistic resources do you have that would be of interest my listeners?
We have written a series of Holistic Choices e-Books. Readers can take advantage of the latest holistic research we find and absorb the information in a small chunk rather than a 100+ page book. The first three titles that have been published are:

Save Your Dog or Cat
• Secrets of Longevity (for people )
• How to become a canine massage provider


How can I and my listeners get a copy?
Go to our website http://www.optimumchoices.com/ and click on the [e-Books] button in the left column on our home page. As a special offer, I will give your listeners one e-Book of their choice free with a purchase of any BioPreparation for pets or BioSuperfood for people product. Just have them say, “Wendy sent me” and ask for the free e-Book title of their choice with any product purchase in the Special Instructions box of our shopping cart. This is very important—the must mention the title of the e-Book they want free.
Thank you for sharing your holistic wisdom with my listeners today.
For more information on Optimum Choices and holistic options for your pet, go to Russell’s website at http://www.optimumchoices.com/. You can call toll-free
866-305-2306 or e-mail them at info@OptimumChoices.com.











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Nov 12, 2009

Feeling Alone in This World -- People are Repairing Themselves by Bonding with their Pets

According to Alan Siskind, the humanization of our dogs is definitely a growing trend in this country. Compared to just 2 years ago, many more dog owners now perceive, treat, and interact with their dogs as though they have the same cognitive abilities, range of emotions, and other human characteristics and traits that parents would associate with a child.

It’s Alan’s belief that we, as a society, are becoming more physically and emotionally isolated and that many people are forging closer bonds with their dogs as a way for many of us to stay better connected with ourselves as well as with other people.

He, also, feels that there is also an instinctual need felt by many people to nurture and care for other living beings, be they family members, people less fortunate than ourselves, or our dogs. According to recently published research, the majority of these people happen to be women 29 to 64 years old who have yet to either have children or whose children are grown and have left the nest. It is estimated that women purchase 80% of all dog products and services thus making them the primary care providers of the more than 73 million dogs in this country.

During the interview, he said that some of the companies and businesses that are benefiting the most from this continued humanization of dogs include dog food and treat manufacturers, pharmaceutical companies, clothing companies, entrepreneurial types of businesses, and service providers such as veterinarians, groomers, and kennels.

Some of the products, services, and brands he mentioned that are indicative of this continued humanization include:

1. New car models and add-on options from Honda, Volvo, and Toyota that are designed specifically for dog owning new car buyers.

2. Clothing, grooming, and fashion accessories from Louis Vuitton; Juicy Couture; Burberry, Paul Mitchell, and Ralph Lauren.

3. Saks Fifth Avenue which is opening up pet boutiques within 10 of their stores to sell the above mentioned products among many others

4. Kimpton Hotels which have special room service menus for dogs including appetizers, entrees, and desserts made by the hotel‘s kitchen.

5. Products such as breath mints, mouthwashes, pet strollers, aromatherapy & homeopathic products to ease stress, prescription drugs to treat depression and anxiety; organic beds and toys, air purifiers, raincoats, water fountains that dispense filtered water, and matching sweatshirts and T-shirts so that both dog and owner can dress the same.

In closing, he said that, according to a recent research study, in 2008, dog owners, on average, bought 5 presents for their dogs each with an average price of $9. There are approximately 45 million dog owning households in the US which means that dog owners spent roughly $2.3 billion in 2008 on dog gifts with about half of that being spent during the holiday season.

About Alan Siskind
Alan Siskind is the founder and publisher of Dog News Daily, which launched in January of 2009 and has become, according to Alexa Research, the fastest growing online dog magazine for both dog owners as well as the pet industry. Dog News Daily’s online magazine, also, has within it the largest dog product directory on the internet with information on over 1,450 products from over 350 different pet product manufacturers.

Alan is one of the country’s most knowledgeable and well-spoken pet industry and online marketing experts who can easily and concisely discuss most things dog including dog products and industry trends; dog owner shopping and spending habits; and how, if at all, the current economy has affected the pet industry and sales.

More About Dog News Daily (DogNewsDaily.com)
Because of its rapid growth both in popularity and content, Dog News Daily is currently in the process of undergoing a major redesign and expansion that will be finished by the end of November. When completed it will contain the Dog Product Directory; its popular Dog Blog; its online lifestyle boutique, Club Dog; its Celebrity Dog News section; and a Dog Services Directory that is scheduled to launch on Valentine’s Day, 2010.

When you visit DogNewsDaily.com please be aware that they’re working on it while it is live so please be patient if everything doesn’t work the way it’s suppose to, or if things are missing. Mr. Siskind likes to compare this process to redoing a house while still living in it. I hope that you’ll feel, as he and I do, that the end result of his team’s labors will be well worth this minor inconvenience.

Nov 4, 2009

Keeping Your Cat Healthy and De-Stressed

Wendy’s Animal talk Today Nov 3, 2009
Our guest was Celeste Yarnall, Ph.d
Author of ‘The Complete Guide to Holistic Cat Care”


What a fun show we had today with our Guest Celeste, here are a few of the Wonderful tips Celeste offered us during today’s show.

Remember we have today’s show and all our shows archived for you at HYPERLINK "http://www.healthylife.net" www.healthylife.net

Questions:

What results did you notice in your cats?

Their energy levels on the raw meat and raw bone recipe which is properly supplemented in my book created a kind of super cat...highly resistant to fleas, fungus and parasites, incredible energy low incidence of birth defects beautiful healthylitter which improved dramatically generation after generation beautiful coats good teeth and gums no more redness at the gum line at the end of the 11 generation breeding program we had achieved perfect health,

Why are egg whites not good for cats?
Wendy, I honestly do not remember why the raw egg white is problem I think it has something to do with disrupting their own specialized ability to manufacture Vitamin C....But it might be easiest to simply say that raw yolks are fine ...

What is your tip on how to make the turkey and chicken bones safe for the cats and dogs to enjoy as desert?
We simply recommend marinating the bones in a solution of purified water to which we add 4 drops of standardized extract of grapefruit( GSE) The bones or meat can be defrosted in this solution and kept in the fridge for approx imately 3 days.

There has been some controversy lately on vaccinations; would you explain your own “Vaccine Protocol” (page 40) to our listeners?
I personally recommend vaccinating one time only at 16weeks of age for Panleukopenia, unfortunately the upper respiratory vaccines are included in the 3 way vaccines and most kittens react to this with symptoms of the cat flu. These symptoms may persist for the life of the cat and manifest in runny eyes, sniffles, etc. Just because we have certain laws on our books in so many states to vaccinate or vet clinics impose their own restrictions regarding vaccines does not mean that we are doing something that is good for our companion animals. This is a kind of herd mentality. Each individual animal or human being can have a deadly reaction to these drugs. I prefer to boost the immune system naturally.With the exception of panleukopenia (which is highly effective) I think vaccines have proven to do more harm than good.

What are the essential nutrients that cats should have in their diet?
(page 61-63) Calcium in the correct ratio to meat and bone is critical as is Taurine and arginine, to name but a few. The most critical are detailed in my book

What are some of the supplements that are not safe for cats?
(Page 125, right column) Alpha lipoic acid can be deadly to cats but it is safe and beneficial for dogs and people. Resveratrol may also be problematic, again to name but a few.

Explain to our listeners why you say “A chicken is not a mouse)"?
(Page 68) A chicken is higher in protein and fat. The mouse is the perfect food for the domestic cat, however with some creativity we can use chicken, turkey, beef or lamb in our homemade diet with a few supplements which I have designed specifically for my recipe (Celestial Cats VM+, EFA Oil and Celestial Cats Digestive Enzymes. (I have created a product line for dogs as well) added to balance the diet and recreate our prey animal safely in our own kitchen. I worked with a holistic veterinarian formulator to create these products since they did not exist, in order to properly supplement my own cats food. Now I share them on an exclusive basis through www.celestialpets.com (as very small batches are made a time with no fillers...they are excipient free)

What is “diet drift” and how can it affect our pet’s health?
(Page 68, right column) Diet drift is a term that basically means people start out with a good recipe and then run out of something and proceed without it...this can be quite dangerous to the health of the cat or dog. My recipe outlined in my book along with the rules and tools we share with our readers has been used for over 17 years and on 11 generations of my own Tonkinese cats.

How does stress affect our pet’s immune system & the aging process?
(page 127, right column)A stressed animal is the same as a stressed human...basically we suppress the immune system leaving us vulnerable to infection and inflammation which encourage the development of free radicals. Free radicals can damage DNA and play a major role in diseases of aging such as arthritis and cancer.

suggestions would you suggest for our listeners to help their pets’ de-stress?
Classical/new age music instead of noise pollution or to white out the sounds of leaf blowers, etc. Reduce your own stress level as our animals pick up on our stress. Peruse the myriad of possibilities which we share in the book, such as the use of aromatherapy with hydrosol sprays. Proper placement of crystals. Explore how to reduce EMF exposure. Practice mediation, tai chi etc for your own stress reduction which then helps your animals de-stress along with you. Bring joy and happiness into your environment. When we make our own food for our selves and our animals we can add love as an essential ingredient. Never eat or feed when you are stressed as digestion is nearly impossible. Look at the Feng Shui in your home to be sure your surroundings are harmonious. Where and how is the litter box located, where is food served.... always feed cats on a flat plate not a bowl as it is stressful to them for their whiskers to touch the sides of bowls...don't place food plates in front of a mirror....your cat will feel their is another cat threatening them.

What is “light toxicity & how does it affect our pets?
(Page 140) We all basically need to honor the cycles of light and dark and sleep in our own version of a cool dark cave.... I call it the black night sleeping experience like our ancestors enjoyed. Cover LED lights at night so you truly sleep in the black. In the summer turn lights out at 10 PM and rise at 7 am and in the winter lights out at 9 pm and rise at 6...I know this is easier said than done but the health benefits reaped are enormous. This little tip alone will help you and your cats manage your weight and prevent tumor formation as well as prevent myriad deadly chronic diseases.

Do you practice any alternative therapies with your own cats?
I do just about everything I discuss in my book. The foundation is of course the homemade raw meat and raw bone species specific diet out lined in the book. But I also do Reiki as I am a Reiki master. Use flower essences and homeopathy. I love massage techniques such as T-touch. I personally use a piece of equipment outlined in the book (it is FDA approved) called The Eng3 Corp Active Air device. You will find the way I use it with my cats outlined in the book or folks can call us persoanlly. One little tip which I do is to use the water after it has been activated for the cats drinking bowl.

Do you have any uplifting stories you can share with us?
I am so honored to share my life with these wonderful little people in fur suits..... there seems to be a great story every day! One of my favorites is how my beloved cat Romeo to whom the book is dedicated rescued me from a garden snake that had crept into my house. He ran down stairs and screamed at it at the top of his lungs and hovered over it...they were hissing at each other as well but Romeo was clearly warning me not to tread upon this intruder......the snake was terrified and Romeo had him cornered so I was able to come and help him back to the great outdoors!


Thank you to my Executive producer Ruthie Bently for writing all the Show Opens for Wendy’s Animal talk and Wendy Nan Rees, Each week Ruthie helps WNR to bring WAT alive for all of us.

Celeste Yarnall, Ph.d, author of “The Complete Guide to Holistic Cat Care”
818-707-6330
www.celestialpets.com
celestialpets@ celestialpets.com

Wysong Widens Recall Due to Mold

Release Date: Monday, November 02, 2009
http://petfoodindustry.com/ViewNews.aspx?id=26238

Wysong expanded the recall of its extruded dog foods manufactured in June, July and August of 2009 with lot numbers Maintenance 090817, Senior 090811 and Synorgon 090629.

Those lots join five others recalled earlier (Maintenance 090617, 090624, 090706, and 090720 and Senior 090623).

The company attributed the mold to unusually high heat and humidity during the summer in combination with a malfunctioning moisture checking device, according to its Web site.

Wysong reported its foods were tested for mycotoxins and came back negative.

Oct 20, 2009

Not Another Supplement? New Holistic Paradigms!, Part II

HealthyLife.Net Radio Show
Wendy’s Animal Talk, Host Wendy Nan Rees, Guest Russell Louie


Not Another Supplement? New Holistic Paradigms!, Part II
October 20, 2009, 1-2:00 PM PDT

Russell, has studied holistic health and spirituality for over 30 years and lived a holistic lifestyle for over 57 years. He specializes in integrating his scientific background with his knowledge of health, to holistically help both people and pets. His greatest talent is being able to cut through all the marketing hype using his scientific background to tell people what is truly holistic. Today, we will talk about his upcoming e-Book, Not Another Supplement? New Holistic Paradigms!

So, Russell, we want to continue Part II of our August 18 show, Not Another Supplement? New Holistic Paradigms! First, what do you mean by that title?
Wendy, holistic remedies have gone mainstream. There are vitamins, herbs and all kinds of supplements selling at Walgreens, K-Mart and local grocery stores. People are demanding holistic options for themselves and their pets. But based on my 57+ years of holistic living experience, I feel 90-95% of these isolated supplements are not entirely holistic. So, my goal is to introduce and educate people on the next holistic paradigm.

You stated 90-95% of all supplements are not entirely holistic. Can you explain your reasoning to my listeners?
Sure, Wendy. First let me give your listeners my definition of what is allopathic or Western medical treatment. If one has a hypothyroid condition (thyroid functioning too low), then a doctor would prescribe a red thyroid pill to make the thyroid values higher. But if one had a hyperthyroid condition (thyroid values too high), then the doctor would probably prescribe a blue thyroid pill to bring the thyroid values down. The treatment is predicated on the exact values from a lab test and the symptoms are matched to a specific pill.

Now if the patient had arthritis, the doctor would probably prescribe a different pill specifically for the arthritis. In other words, allopathically they are simply treating a single gland, single organ or a single symptom and NOT the whole body.


So why is that not holistic?
Let us go back to my definition of being truly holistic, that is to address the WHOLE body and not its individual parts, such as one organ, gland or body system. I do not know why the preceding letter “w” from the root word “whole” got dropped from the word now used as “holistic” but it lost the entire meaning of the root wood “whole” when they did that. So, by giving supplements that address a single organ or body part, one is not boosting and balancing the WHOLE body.

Why is addressing the whole body important?
Let me give you an example of why supplements do not fix the original illness.
Say a pet’s digestive function is below normal, so one gives a digestive enzyme supplement. The stomach now signals the brain that is has enough digestive enzymes. So the brain stops looking for more raw materials, namely co-enzymes and co-factors, to manufacture its own digestive enzymes. The brain stops sending a signal to the pancreas to produce more digestive enzymes. In essence, one has left a lazy pancreas and made the body dependent on this external enzyme supplement.


Is that necessarily bad?
Well, as the pet ages one is going to have to give more enzymes each year for the same health benefits. The body never gets to see if it can stand on its own to produce more digestive enzymes. This shows their body has an ever increasing dependency on the supplement and the body is not healing from within. Giving them supplements, in some instances, is creating a crutch and therefore, not balancing their whole body. This obviously cost more money with the ever increasing dosage.

Another disadvantage is if the pancreas is not producing enough digestive enzymes, perhaps its insulin production is also deficient. Could this lead to diabetes in the future? Do you see all the ramifications of just treating one isolated symptom?


Yes, I do now. How can I tell if a supplement is only addressing one organ or body part?
Simply ask the question: Would I give this product/supplement to my pet if it also had any of these conditions: allergies, diabetes, poor digestion, thyroid imbalance (hypo- or hyperthyroid), lipomas (fatty tumors) or an auto-immune disease? If you answered, “No,” or you would give six different supplements for each of the above conditions, then what you are doing is just supplementing the symptoms and not taking a whole food product that would activate the body’s own natural ability to heal.


Now that we understand the specific definition of a supplement versus a truly holistic whole food product, what other differences should our listeners look for?
They should be aware that the way supplement doses are determined and benefits measured, are totally different from that of whole food products.


OK, first tell us about the dosage differences.
When scientists seek to determine the exact dosage of a nutrient needed in a supplement, they do so in controlled studies. For example, if they wanted to determine the Minimum Daily Requirement (MDR) or Recommended Dietary Allowance (RDA) of Vitamin C, they would subject participants to varying doses of a Vitamin C supplement, while keeping all other variables (e.g., vitamins, food, medicine) constant. They would use isolated Vitamin C (ascorbic acid) made most often from a synthetic source (cheaper and purer). When their study shows that 75-90 mg. are needed, everyone jumps on the bandwagon and looks for Vitamin C supplements that contain a minimum of 75 mg. Of course the general public now assumes if a supplement contains more (i.e., 100+ mg), then it must be better and those that do not contain at least 75 mg. are inferior.


That sounds logical to me. What is your holistic opinion?
From our holistic viewpoint, we would say that logic and comparison is not valid. The above study results would only be valid if one were to get their Vitamin C source from the exact isolated Vitamin C supplement (most likely synthetic) used in the study. If one chose another supplement whose source was natural Vitamin C or even better, a whole food Vitamin C, then the results would be different than from study. In essence, we have an unintended dosage deception.


OK, better explain this unintended deception to me?
Recent studies show the body absorbs and utilizes only 20-25% of isolated vitamins and supplements it ingests. When the source is not an isolated vitamin or supplement but a whole food product, this absorption and utilization rate increases to 90-95%. The reason is, Nature did not intend for us or our pets to get our nutrition from a man-made supplement but by eating whole foods. Modern research shows to obtain benefits from Vitamin C one needs not just pure ascorbic acid but a host of other complementary nutrients such as rutin, bioflavanoids, Vitamin E, selenium and zinc to work properly. So, when one takes an isolated Vitamin C tablet (from pure ascorbic acid) to boost their immune system, the body has to search out and even rob the rest of the dietary food and body for these complementary nutrients to make the supplemental ascorbic acid work properly.

To make up for this lack of 90-95% absorption that whole foods have, one has to take a high therapeutic dosage of a vitamin C supplement, such as 2-5,000 milligrams just to get results. This high dosage is only needed when taking isolated supplements and not whole food products. So one is spending extra money and possibly exposing the body to side effects from these artificially high therapeutic doses.

Are there any concerns regarding this dosage difference?
Scientists are always making new discoveries every year. What other complementary vitamins, minerals, amino acids and enzymes are needed to make Vitamin C work that scientists have not yet discovered? One gets a false sense of security when taking the Minimum Daily Requirement of a Vitamin C supplement that all of it is being absorbed, the body’s nutritional needs are met and all is well in the body, when it could be missing tens or hundreds of complementary nutrients.


Yes, that is a natural assumption. Well then, how can one compare supplements to whole food product dosages?
When comparing the MDR, RDA or prescribed therapeutic dosages of supplements to whole foods, one must look at real results in terms of absorption and utilization in the body, not allopathically prescribed dosages according to Western medicine. For example, if one takes a 1000 mg isolated calcium supplement and multiplies by the absorption rate of 25%, one absorbs only 250 mg (1000 mg X 0.25). However, whole food products have a 90-95% absorption rate because they contain all the complementary vitamins (i.e., Vitamin D), minerals (i.e., magnesium), amino acids, enzymes, etc. that Nature dictated are needed to make calcium work. So, taking 350 mg of calcium from a whole food product will yield absorption of 333 mg (350 mg X 0.95) of calcium. Anyone can see then that 333 mg of real absorption from whole foods is better than 250 mg from the isolated supplement. So, the whole food product is actually supplying the body with more calcium, even though the labels state the whole food product only contains 350 mg calcium on the label while the isolated calcium supplement advertises 1000 mg.

Wow, that is very deceiving.
Now don’t get me wrong, Wendy. I am not saying supplement manufacturers are intentionally deceiving us with this dosage deception. It is just that most people do not holistically look at the big picture like we do. So your listeners should not be comparing dosages in milligrams of supplements to whole food products when trying to determine the ultimate benefits.


What then should my listeners look for in terms of comparing ultimate benefits?
They should look for real results and not milligrams of dosages. Here is a real life example. One human customer broke her foot. A week after the cast was taken off; the foot broke in another place just from walking. A bone density test confirmed the customer was in the beginning stages of osteoporosis. X-rays confirmed the bones were not knitting together and she would need an operation. She decided to start taking our whole food algae product, BioSuperfood, as an alternative.


What were the results?
After taking BioSuperfood for about two months she went back to the doctor and the X-ray revealed her foot bones to be normal and new shoots of calcium were being formed between the two bones in the second break. These amazing results were obtained from a mere dosage of 3.54 mg of calcium per (290 mg) capsule of BioSuperfood. So, assuming she was taking the average 6 capsules per day, she was only getting a dosage of 21.24 mg of calcium per day. That is compared to the recommended dose (RDA) of 800-1200 milligrams a day for adults

It is not the Western medical dosage that matters but the total absorption, utilization and synergy of the other 5,000 individual nutrients in BioSuperfood that make the calcium work, just like Nature intended. By taking BioSuperfood, this person experienced new shoots of calcium forming between the broken bones. Do not be concerned with taking a certain minimum, prescribed dosage of calcium for benefits but instead, observe the holistic results of taking BioSuperfood based on your whole body.

I think that is very important. Can you give us a pet story?
Pepper is an Australian shepherd/Border Collie mix that is 10.5 years old and weighs about 45 pounds. The dog has degenerative arthritis and was limping in her back legs. The guardian told us within 10 days of starting BP went away the limp was gone and Pepper now jumps on the bed and runs up the stairs again. But the benefits did not stop there. Pepper’s coat got better and her eyes cleared up from being cloudy. All this happened after they starting our whole food algae product, BioPreparation, and they stopped giving colostrum and other the isolated supplements.
No more supplementing the symptoms.


So, Pepper did not need the usual supplements of colostrum, glucosamine and chondroitin sulfate usually given for arthritis?
That is right Wendy. Now look at all the money Pepper’s guardian saved by not buying all those isolated supplements to just treat the symptoms.

Before we run out of time, give our listeners one last benefit of using whole food products over supplements.
OK, Wendy. Supplements, and of course drugs, need an exact diagnosis of what gland, organ, body part or body system is diseased. In other words, if the practitioner determines the kidneys are the issue they would prescribe a kidney supplement but if the heart is the issue a different heart supplement would be prescribed. Not so for whole food products. I would suggest using a therapeutic whole superfood product whether the issue was the kidneys, heart, arthritis, allergies, thyroid imbalance and even cancer.

The advantage of using whole food products is that they do not need all those expensive lab tests and sometimes invasive procedures in order to get an exact diagnosis. Also, if one has multiple problems, such as a senior pet with arthritis, low functioning thyroid, recurring seasonal allergies and perhaps fatty tumors, they would not need four different supplements but simply one whole food product to balance the WHOLE body and not just treat the symptoms. Not that is true wellness, in my opinion.


You seem to have wealth of pet knowledge. How can we access more of your 57 years of holistic wisdom?
One way is to go to our website, http://www.optimumchoices.com/ and sign up for our free monthly e-newsletters. We have written articles on such topics as, Is glucosamine the answer for arthritis? Healthy water for you and your pets and Whole Food Nutrition vs. Supplements. All past articles are archived online and one can search for a specific topic. If your listeners will check the box at the bottom of the subscription form, we’ll send subscribers a free report entitled What Pet Food Companies Don’t Want You to Know. This report contains 11-points on how to look for healthy, holistic pet food.


What other holistic resources do you have that would be of interest my listeners?
We have written a series of Holistic Choices e-Books. Readers can take advantage of the latest holistic research we find and absorb the information in a small chunk rather than a 100+ page book. The first three titles that have been published are:
· Save Your Dog or Cat
· Secrets of Longevity (for people )
· How to become a canine massage provider

Tell me more about your dog massage e-Book.
My wife, Margaret, wrote this e-Book. She writes about the ins and outs of pursuing a career in dog massage including training and certification requirements, legal considerations, schools offering training, finding your personal style of practice, obstacles to building a practice and marketing tips.


How can me and my listeners get a copy?
Go to our website http://www.optimumchoices.com/ and click on the [e-Books] button in the left column on our home page. As a special offer, I will give your listeners one e-Book of their choice free with a purchase of any BioPreparation for pets or BioSuperfood for people product. Just have them say, “Wendy sent me” and ask for the free e-Book title of their choice with any product purchase in the Special Instructions box of our shopping cart. This is very important—the must mention the title of the e-Book they want free.


Your fourth e-Book was the subject of today’s show. When will it be coming out?
Our fourth e-Book will be entitled New Holistic Paradigms! We are still accumulating many holistic topics that our clients are demanding we include and researching all our answers. We do not have a release date yet but I will be sure to keep you informed.


For more information on Optimum Choices and holistic options for your pet, go to Russell’s website at www.OptimumChoices.com. You can call toll-free 866-305-2306 or e-mail them at info@OptimumChoices.com.





















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Oct 13, 2009

Wysong Pet Food Recall

Important News for our listeners that may feed either of Wysong’s Canine Diets Maintenance™ and Senior™. Wysong is recalling some batches because they have shown moisture levels that are above acceptable and may contain mold.
The batches being recalled are:
Wysong Maintenance: lot #: 090617
Wysong Maintenance: lot #: 090624
Wysong Maintenance: lot #: 090706
Wysong Maintenance: lot #: 090720
Wysong Senior: lot #: 090623
You can contact Wysong for product replacement via email at: Wysong@Wysong.net
Subject: Product Replacement
You can also return or exchange the product at the store where you purchased the product.
For more information on the products being recalled: http://www.wysong.net/recall.php

Sep 29, 2009

Revelations from the Vet Conference

HealthyLife.Net Radio Show
Wendy’s Animal Talk
Host Wendy Nan Rees
Guest Russell Louie

Revelations from the Vet Conference
September 29, 2009, 1-2:00 PM PDT

Russell, has studied holistic health and spirituality for over 30 years and lived a holistic lifestyle for over 57 years. He specializes in integrating his scientific background with his knowledge of health, to holistically help both people and pets. His greatest talent is being able to cut through all the marketing hype using his scientific background to tell people what is truly holistic. Today, we will talk about his recent experience at a veterinary conference.


Russell, I understand you were recently at a veterinary conference.
Yes, Wendy. Optimum Choices had the privilege of representing the manufacturer of our algae product, BioPreparation, at the annual American Holistic Veterinary Medical Association Conference in Fitchburg. MA. We had a booth and we were educating vets on our new paradigm in holistic health—that is, using whole food products to balance the WHOLE body instead of just supplementing the symptoms.


So, how was your experience?
Many holistic vets had “ah-hah!” moments and I saw the light bulb turn on for others. Holistic vets have known about the principle of treating the whole body instead of its individual parts (as in Western allopathic medicine) but until now, they have not had one product that did just that. So, they simply used what all-natural (but not holistic) supplements they had to treat the symptoms. But of course, they were not treating the original cause of the disease or even the whole body, so their customers experienced returning or annually recurring symptoms from products that simply did not work. Sound familiar?


Yes. Can you share with my listeners some of this wisdom, so they can benefit from the vet’s “ah-hah” moments?
I would be happy to Wendy. One new holistic vet just starting out said it was a daunting task researching all the many so-called “holistic” supplements just for arthritis, let alone all the other diseases they treat. How do they know which one is best? We have been using BioPreparation since 2003, when we used it on our 17 year old cat that was dying of Chronic Renal Failure (CRF) and saw a miraculous turnaround the very first week. We now have over 7 years of experience using this amazing algae product on cats and dogs and have proven to ourselves that all the manufacturer’s claims are absolutely true, based on our first-hand scientific experience.

You see, Margaret has a biology degree and I have a geophysical engineering degree and we scientifically evaluated the manufacturer’s claims to make sure they were valid. We constantly are comparing the products we recommend against other so-called “holistic” products to make sure we always carry the best and only those products that really work. So, we have done the research and experimentation to save your listeners time.


That’s very reassuring to know. What else did you learn?
Other vets were saying they are bombarded with so many manufacturers’ claims at these conferences, how do they know the manufacturer’s claims are valid? I explained Dr Kiriac’s 20+ years of animal research to find a nutritional way to prevent cancer in animals in the former U.S.S.R. Most manufacturers do not have 20+ years of animal research behind their product. The bio-algae concentrates that Dr Kiriac successfully used to eradicate the cancer epidemic in their chickens, rabbits and mink are the predecessor to our algae product, BioPreparation.

Not only has Dr Kiriac continued his animal research with more recent studies last year but Optimum Choices has been compiling our own dog and cat research and case studies which confirm all his claims. Your listeners can be sure BioPreparation works totally in a holistic manner as supported by 20-30 years of independent animal research.


That is impressive. What other questions did the vets have?
There are many recent stories about toxic algae and contaminated products these days. They asked about the product’s purity and quality control. I explained because Dr Kiriac does not believe there is any natural body of water on Earth that is not polluted in some way, his algae used in BioPreparation is grown in closed bioreactors. This guarantees its purity over other wild grown algae harvested in natural bodies of water. Dr Kiriac uses volcanic filtered water from pristine land in Siberia, thus avoiding contamination from modern day civilization. The manufacturing plant has UV lights in the ceiling to help purify the encapsulation environment. Dr Kiriac has taken extraordinary measures to guarantee his product’s purity and quality control in manufacturing.

Any other veterinary insights?
Rural vets were bemoaning the fact that drug and natural supplements manufacturers never pay a visit to their office because they live in a remote area. It was hard to keep up with the latest products and get information on the latest trends. I told them the Internet is a wonderful research tool that can be accessed almost anywhere, 24 hours a day without ever leaving their office. Optimum Choices, for instance, has ingredient information, usage and dosage suggestions, case studies and specific testimonials on diseases and symptoms all available on our website, so your listeners have 24 hour access and never have to leave their home.


That’s so right. How convenient. And your website is full of other scientific facts for all my pet listeners.
Wendy, Optimum Choices’ mission is to be THE definitive holistic resource on the Internet. We want to publish all the latest holistic research that we have validated and proven to ourselves that it works.


Great. So do any of these veterinary revelations relate to something my listeners can take home?
How about simplifying their daily lives and saving money?


OK, let’s go with that.
The vets realized how simple their practice could be if they did not have to carry 2-3 supplements for arthritis, 3-4 for digestive problems and irritable bowel symptoms, 4-6 supplements for allergies and bad skin and coat, etc. It takes time and money to research, order, stock and dispense all those separate supplement bottles. With one whole food product they could have 80-90% of their customers’ nutritional needs met.


Now what about the savings?
I did a comparison study for the vets adding up all the popular supplements for multivitamins, enzymes, antioxidants, Omega oils, joint support and anti-inflammatories. The monthly cost totaled around $170 for these mid-range quality assortments of supplements. When I showed them the cost for a month’s supply of BioPreparation averaged only $12-45 (depending on the size of the pet), they were amazed.


Now that type of savings is something we all could use. OK, so how can my listeners find a good whole food product like you have been talking about?
Remember last month’s show entitled Not Another Supplement where I gave the four most important questions to ask when looking for a truly holistic whole food product?


Yes, can you give my listeners those questions again?
Sure, Wendy.
  1. Does this supplement fill a single deficiency or fulfill a single purpose or does it address the whole body?
  2. Will this supplement address the cause of the original symptom or illness?
  3. Will this supplement make the body dependent on this external supply of nutrition or can I discontinue the product and not have the symptoms come back?
  4. Does this supplement have side effects?

They seem simple enough.
Simply ask the question: Would I give this product/supplement to my pet if it also had any of these conditions: allergies, diabetes, poor digestion, thyroid imbalance (hypo- or hyperthyroid), lipomas (fatty tumors) or an auto-immune disease? If you answered, “No,” or you would give six different supplements for each of the above conditions, then what you are doing is just supplementing the symptoms and not taking a whole food product that would activate the body’s own natural ability to heal.


That seems to be the key to all of this, doesn’t it?
Yes, indeed. It is no fun for holistic vets to see returning customers whose pets come back with the same symptoms. It certainly gives them no pleasure in prescribing different or stronger products and drugs just to temporarily make the symptoms go away. Holistic vets are just as frustrated as their customers.

Yes, I have experienced that too?
The problem is the original cause of the symptom or disease is never addressed. You see the organ, gland or body part exhibiting the symptom is rarely the cause of the original health condition.

That is so right, Russell.
Now don’t get me wrong, Wendy. I am not saying all allopathic or Western medical treatment is bad. One simply needs to take into consideration the whole picture and holistically address the whole body and not just the joints, pancreas, digestion, etc. I like to use holistic methods in conjunction with Western medicine to get the best of both worlds.

I think that is important to let our listeners know you always suggest they take their pet to a vet for proper veterinary diagnosis. But then they can also research holistic options.
Yes, that is exactly right.


Any last revelations from the vet conference?
As our pets age, many senior pets are getting serious degenerative diseases requiring expensive or even invasive tests before a vet knows how to treat it and prescribe the correct drug. When one doesn’t treat the symptoms but nourishes and balances the whole body with a truly holistic product, these expenses could be avoided. A truly holistic product feeds and energizes ALL the body’s glands and organs, not just the diseased ones. This provides the pet with a better quality of life, with less pain and suffering and no side effects. Amazingly enough, we have personally seen symptoms of very serious degenerative disease disappear once the body gets all the nutrition it needs and ALL the body’s glands and organs are synergistically functioning together. Sometimes simple is best.

You seem to have wealth of pet knowledge. How can we access more of your 57 years of holistic wisdom?
One way is to go to our website, http://www.optimumchoices.com/ and sign up for our free monthly e-newsletters. We have written articles on such topics as, Is glucosamine the answer for arthritis? Healthy water for you and your pets and Whole Food Nutrition vs. Supplements. All past articles are archived online and one can search for a specific topic. If your listeners will check the box at the bottom of the subscription form, we’ll send subscribers a free report entitled What Pet Food Companies Don’t Want You to Know. This report contains 11-points in identifying poor quality pet food.


What other holistic resources do you have that would be of interest my listeners?
We have written a series of Holistic Choices e-Books. Readers can take advantage of the latest holistic research we find and absorb the information in a small chunk rather than a 100+ page book. The first three titles that have been published are:
· Save Your Dog or Cat
· Secrets of Longevity (for people )
· How to become a canine massage provider


Tell me more about your dog massage e-Book.
My wife, Margaret, wrote this e-Book. She writes about the ins and outs of pursuing a career in dog massage including training and certification requirements, legal considerations, schools offering training, finding your personal style of practice, obstacles to building a practice and marketing tips.


How can I and my listeners get a copy?
Go to our website http://www.optimumchoices.com/ and click on the [e-Books] button in the left column on our home page. As a special offer, I will give your listeners one e-Book of their choice free with a purchase of any BioPreparation for pets or BioSuperfood for people product. Just have them say, “Wendy sent me” and ask for the free e-Book title of their choice with any product purchase in the Special Instructions box of our shopping cart. This is very important—the must mention the title of the e-Book they want free.


For more information on Optimum Choices and holistic options for your pet, go to Russell’s website at www.OptimumChoices.com. You can call toll-free 866-305-2306 or e-mail them at info@OptimumChoices.com.






















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Aug 18, 2009

Beware of Supplements -- They are not always what you think they are

HealthyLife.Net Radio Show
Wendy’s Animal Talk
Host: Wendy Nan Rees
Guest: Russell Louie

Not Another Supplement? New Holistic Paradigms!
August 18, 2009, 1-2:00 PM PDT


Russell, has studied holistic health and spirituality for over 30 years and lived a holistic lifestyle for over 57 years. He specializes in integrating his scientific background with his knowledge of health, to holistically help both people and pets. His greatest talent is being able to cut through all the marketing hype using his scientific background to tell people what is truly holistic. Today, we will talk about his upcoming e-Book, Not Another Supplement? New Holistic Paradigms!


So, Russell, the title of today’s show is, Not Another Supplement? New Holistic Paradigms! What do you mean by that title?
Wendy, holistic remedies have gone mainstream. There are vitamins, herbs and all kinds of supplements selling at Walgreens, K-Mart and local grocery stores. People are demanding holistic options for themselves and their pets. But based on my 57+ years of holistic living experience, I feel 90-95% of these isolated supplements are not entirely holistic. So, my goal is to introduce and educate people on the next holistic paradigm.


Wow, you feel 90-95% of supplements are not entirely holistic. You had better explain that to my listeners.
Sure, Wendy. First let me give your listeners my definition of what is allopathic or Western medical treatment. If one has a hypothyroid condition (thyroid functioning too low), then a doctor would prescribe a red thyroid pill to make the thyroid values higher. But if one had a hyperthyroid condition (thyroid values too high), then the doctor would probably prescribe a blue thyroid pill to bring the thyroid values down. The treatment is predicated on the exact values of a lab test and the symptoms are matched to a specific pill.

Now if the adrenal gland is also imbalanced, the doctor would probably prescribe a different pill specifically for the adrenal glands. In other words, allopathically they are simply treating one gland, one organ or one symptom (whether too low or too high) and NOT the whole body.

OK, so now tell me how that relates to supplements.
Many people give an Omega oil supplement to help keep their pet’s skin and coat looking nice. Now ask this question: Would you give this same Omega oil supplement if your pet also had allergies, diabetes, poor digestion, thyroid imbalance (hypo- or hyperthyroid), lipomas (fatty tumors) or an auto-immune disease? If you answered, “No,” or you would give six different supplements for each of the above conditions, then what you are doing is just supplementing the symptoms, like allopathic medicine and not treating the whole body.

True holistic products do not just address allergies or diabetes but also nutritionally support the body’s thyroid, adrenal glands, help improve digestion, reduce fatty tumors and can even normalize auto-immune conditions and help prevent seizures. One doesn’t need a dozen different supplements to address each single symptom.

OK, so tell me why these supplements are not entirely holistic.
Thre are four primary reasons why I think these supplements are not holistic.

  1. Supplements fill a single deficiency or fulfill a single purpose

  2. Supplements rarely fix the cause of the original symptom or illness

  3. Supplements make the body dependent on this external supply of nutrition

  4. Supplements have side effects

All right, so explain Reason #1 to me.
Supplements are usually formulated to fulfill a single deficiency or purpose. For example, one might give their pet a calcium supplement to fulfill a calcium deficiency, so broken bones would heal faster or to prevent the frail bones of their elderly pet from breaking. Another example is giving a digestive enzyme supplement because your elderly pet is not manufacturing enough digestive enzymes as it ages. Each of these is a single purpose.

So why is that not holistic?
Let us go back to my definition of being truly holistic, that is to address the WHOLE body and not its individual parts, such as one organ, gland or body system. I do not know why the preceding letter “w” from the root word “whole” got dropped from the word now used as “holistic” but it lost the entire meaning of the root wood “whole” when they did that. So, by giving supplements that address a single organ or body part, one is not boosting and balancing the WHOLE body.

Why is addressing the whole body important?
That brings us to my reason #2. Supplements rarely fix the cause of the original symptom or illness

Give me an example of why supplements do not fix the original illness.
Say a pet’s digestive function is below normal, so one gives a digestive enzyme supplement. The stomach now signals the brain that is has enough digestive enzymes. So the brain stops looking for more raw materials, namely co-enzymes and co-factors, to manufacture its own digestive enzymes. The brain stops sending a signal to the pancreas to produce more digestive enzymes. In essence, one has left a lazy pancreas and made the body dependent on this external enzyme supplement.

Is that necessarily bad?
Well, as the pet ages one is going to have to give more enzymes each year for the same health benefits. The body never gets to see if it can stand on its own to produce more digestive enzymes. This shows their body has an ever increasing dependency on the supplement and the body is not healing from within. Giving them supplements, in some instances, is creating a crutch and therefore, not balancing their whole body. This obviously cost more money.

If the pancreas is not producing enough digestive enzymes, perhaps its insulin production is also deficient. Could this lead to diabetes in the future? Do you see all the ramifications of just treating one isolated symptom?

Yes, I do now. How can I tell if a supplement is only addressing one organ or body part?
Simply ask the question: Would I give this product/supplement to my pet if it also had any of these conditions: allergies, diabetes, poor digestion, thyroid imbalance (hypo- or hyperthyroid), lipomas (fatty tumors) or an auto-immune disease? If you answered, “No,” or you would give six different supplements for each of the above conditions, then what you are doing is just supplementing the symptoms and not taking a whole food product that would activate the body’s own natural ability to heal.

Any other questions my listeners should be asking?
Another question to ask is, if one discontinues the supplement will the symptoms come back? If the symptoms come back, then one has created a dependency on the supplement rather than holistically activating the body’s own natural ability to heal.

Yes, I have experience that too?
The problem is the original cause of the symptom or disease is never addressed. You see the organ, gland or body part exhibiting the symptom is rarely the cause of the original health condition.

Now your fourth reason for saying most supplements are not holistic is that they have side effects. Tell me more about that.
Sure Wendy. Most people do not know this but one of the side effects of high therapeutic doses of glucosamine is that it may impair insulin secretion through competitive inhibition of glucokinase in pancreatic beta cells and affect glucose uptake. My source for this fact is the Physicians Desk Reference for Non-Prescription Drugs & Supplements. What all that means is patients with diabetes should be cautious, since glucosamine may affect insulin sensitivity or glucose tolerance.

You see, by allopathically treating just the joints, one could be affecting the pancreas and insulin sensitivity. Think how many pets are given a high therapeutic dosage of glucosamine for joint problems and also have diabetes?

Wow, that’s amazing.
Now don’t get me wrong, Wendy. I am not saying all allopathic or Western medical treatment is bad. One simply needs to take into consideration the whole picture and holistically address the whole body and not just the joints, pancreas, digestion, etc. I like to use holistic methods in conjunction with Western medicine to get the best of both worlds.

I think that is important to let our listeners know you always suggest they take their pet to a vet for proper veterinary diagnosis. But then they can also research holistic alternatives.
Yes, that is exactly right.

Can you summarize all the questions my listeners should ask when looking for a good holistic product?
Sure, Wendy.

  1. Does this supplement fill a single deficiency or fulfill a single purpose or does it address the whole body?

  2. Will this supplement address the cause of the original symptom or illness?

  3. Will this supplement make the body dependent on this external supply of nutrition or can I discontinue the product and not have the symptoms come back?

  4. Does this supplement have side effects?

Unfortunately, a lot of this information is not available from the supplement manufacturers but must be researched from independent resources, such as Optimum Choices.

You seem to have wealth of pet knowledge. How can we access more of your 57 years of holistic wisdom?
One way is to go to our website, http://www.optimumchoices.com/ and sign up for our free monthly e-newsletters. We have written articles on such topics as, Is glucosamine the answer for arthritis? Healthy water for you and your pets and Whole Food Nutrition vs. Supplements. All past articles are archived online and one can search for a specific topic. If your listeners will check the box at the bottom of the subscription form, we’ll send subscribers a free report entitled What Pet Food Companies Don’t Want You to Know. This report contains 11-points some of which we covered today.

What other holistic resources do you have that would be of interest my listeners?
We have written a series of Holistic Choices e-Books. Readers can take advantage of the latest holistic research we find and absorb the information in a small chunk rather than a 100+ page book. The first three titles that have been published are:

  1. Save Your Dog or Cat

  2. Secrets of Longevity (for people )

  3. How to become a canine massage provider

Tell me more about your dog massage e-Book.
My wife, Margaret, wrote this e-Book. She writes about the ins and outs of pursuing a career in dog massage including training and certification requirements, legal considerations, schools offering training, finding your personal style of practice, obstacles to building a practice and marketing tips.

How can I and my listeners get a copy?
Go to our website http://www.optimumchoices.com/ and click on the [e-Books] button in the left column on our home page. As a special offer, I will give your listeners one e-Book of their choice free with a purchase of any BioPreparation for pets or BioSuperfood for people product. Just have them say, “Wendy sent me” and ask for the free e-Book title of their choice with any product purchase in the Special Instructions box of our shopping cart. This is very important—the must mention the title of the e-Book they want free.

Another way to get a free e-Book is to make a donation to Michael Rigby's ONE-WISH Pledge Campaign at http://www.one-wish.co.uk/. I will give the first five listners who make a donation a FREE Holistic Choices e-Book of their choice. Just e-mail Optimum Choices the donation receipt at info@OptimumChoices.com with a subject line, "Donation receipt from Mike's ONE-WISH Pledge campaign" and the title of the e-Book they would like. This is very important—they must mention the title of the e-Book they want free.

Your fourth e-Book was the subject of today’s show. When will it be coming out?
Our fourth e-Book will be entitled New Holistic Paradigms! We are still accumulating many holistic topics that our clients are demanding we include and researching all our answers. We do not have a release date yet but I will be sure to keep you informed.

For more information on Optimum Choices and holistic options for your pet, go to Russell’s website at www.OptimumChoices.com. You can call toll-free 866-305-2306 or e-mail them at info@OptimumChoices.com.





















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