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I was a Project Manager and writer for many years. I have had a passion for animal and human welfare, natural health and beauty and was laid off my corporate job this year, allowing me to go from a time famine to being able to start this blog and potentially inspire and help others on their journey to living their best holistic life.

Why Enzymes & Probiotics

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Before I took my Hippocrates training, I did do a good probiotic (and other plant-based superior supplementation)  but didn’t understand the need for enzymes or what they did.  Now I take both and also sell them because I want to assure I provide my clients with organic and wildcrafted and otherwise quality ingredients.  95% of supplements out there in the wild world are bad, containing carcinogenic fillers, petroleum byproducts, talcum powder and essentially junk that does no good and causes further harm to profit.  You have to be very careful in your selections, read labels and trust your sources.  

What I learned about Enzymes is that they help with premature aging because enzymatic exhaustion is aging. Enzymes keep the body clean the same way that microbes clean up the earth.   Enzymes are the spark of life, our electric.  Enzymes are found in raw foods where the life has not been cooked out of them. Anything cooked above 118 loses not only nutrition but the enzymes that help your body digest and absorb them. Cooked foods require the body to expend a lot of energy creating enzymes when the foods are deficient. Additionally, cooked foods require a cup or more of digestive enzymes to process, which is labor intensive for the body. Raw foods require perhaps a tablespoon in contrast.  Digestion is the #1 thing. If you lack enzymes from your food, your body will borrow it from other places.  Enzymes are so bloody important that Hippocrates coined a slogan MEDS; Meditation, Enzymes, Exercise, Diet, Sleep as the primary drivers to keep us resilient.  

Most folks would also be interested in knowing that taking enzymes helps you digest your food and break down fats etc, helping you lose unnecessary weight.  Enzymes benefit cardiovascular and degenerative diseases and also help you alkalize.  This is important to ward off things such as Cancer which prefers an acid environment.  Taken a couple of minutes before each meal, raw or cooked, will go a long way to minimize bloat and gas as it supports healthy blood and detoxing of the system. 

To order or take a closer look at the details, just click on the link provided at the top and bottom of this page.  Also, check out the probiotic, which is the ONLY probiotic formula out there to hold a patent proven to cultivate, multiply, grow & colonize inside the human body after consumption.  This is vital for anyone who has been on antibiotics (anti-life) or has been eating a poor diet. We need the good bugs to keep the bad ones in check and ward off a variety of viruses and disease.

Feel free to reach out with any questions or helpful advice and comment are always welcome.

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Mental Imbalance & Lateral Micromanagers, Know-It-Alls, Suck-Ups Who Harsh Your Mellow At Work



Most of us who work at something do so because we need the employment.  Whether you’re busy at something you view as temporary, longer term or fully engaged in what you feel is your life’s purpose, you will occasionally find yourself dumbstruck by difficult people. My old co-worker Kristin Smith used to say ‘They make it harder than it needs to be.’  Whatever you’re sorting through, below is great info and fab reads that will help you identify these challenging types and what you can do to deal with them by allying, accommodating, escaping, confronting or perhaps eliminating them.

I have been in the workforce since I was 12 years old, picking strawberries and later shearing trees for Christmas, in the Pacific Northwest. My first actual job, as opposed to temporary seasonal work, was Bob’s Big Burgers where I wasn’t fast enough on the line and politely let go.  I worked at Moto Photo 3 times (back when folks with cameras needed film developed), Richland College Planetarium 3 times performing laser light shows (great gig!) and finally Sprint 3 times where I had planned to retire but was part of a massive lay off instead. Interspersed with Sprint, I worked as a radio announcer with a smattering of acting & photography work.  Everybody would always hire me back when asked which made me feel I was a fairly adept employee to have around.  At 58 things are different than they were in my 20’s and 30’s out job seeking.  But the mentally instable folks are still there and may sit in a cubicle near you.

My work philosophy has always been to do my best, have some fun, be easy going as possible and in general, endeavor to get along even with people I might not otherwise have ever had the opportunity to associate with. Being thrust into different walks of life and people is a great educational experience.  It is great to mix with one’s own, but also to diversify, just as you would any of your other assets.

It has always puzzled me when co-workers preferred to stir the pot, rather than try and get along.  Each of us has our own crosses to bear and we don’t really know what all is going on inside an individual so erring on the side of compassion, is the best option.  Being of diverse backgrounds, personalities and predilections IS what makes all this great!  The problems arise when we have imbalanced personalities, insecurities, judgments, ego and stress thrown in the mixture as well as folks who plainly should be on meds.

I have learned exactly 3 things that are a job requirement with any company you work at. 1) Perform your job well. Fix what you break.  Own your failures as well as your successes here. 2)  Absorb and honor the culture, and just like people, every corporation is different.  Learn it and abide.  The dude abides.  3) Get along well with everybody else. Those you cannot tolerate, keep as far away from as possible without it looking obvious and conduct all business briefly as feasible and politely.   Humor goes a very long way to making all of this happen.  However well you do your work, you are replaceable. If you are tenured at some place, please enjoy that feeling because as soon as you start somewhere else, you will feel a culture shift that, unless you’ve been job hopping for years, will come as quite a shock.  I don’t understand this but sometimes when new folks come on board, the people who have been there a while, rather than welcome you with open arms, want to size you up and judge and get sometimes intensely combative and defensive, as if you are there to take something away from them.  At least this is what I experienced and I am still scratching my head over it.

Agendas – What is your agenda for working where you do?  What motivates you daily?  For me, I have always come to work with only one agenda, to do the work well. After being fired at Bob’s Big Burgers, I never wanted to ever be fired again so I aim to work well with others and do my job.  I have never wanted the spotlight, to derail someone’s career, to one-up anybody or cause needless harm and chaos.  I have never felt the need to scream insults at someone or single anybody out and make them look bad to pump myself up.  I have not once not ever, called someone up in the middle of their work day to shout threats at them as happened to me in my last corporate job. I am full of flaws so I tend toward helping people rather than be the stone that weighs them down or in any way be the reason they don’t want to come to work.  In short, my paycheck has always been based in part on my being a team player and I just instinctively knew that. 

In my 4 decades of working, I have encountered some very challenging people.  From sexual harassment to jealousies, and pettiness, a few very angry people and much ego.   Many have been clients where I had to be exemplary in handling them while maintaining composure.  For the last 20 years, I was a project manager over implementations (IPM) over voice and data networks for Strategic and Enterprise accounts.   As much as I loved my role, it was mostly very imbalanced in the hours worked which brought out many personality quirks not to mention health issues.   My superpower was taking an upset client and turning that relationship around.  I usually got the worst cases to turn around and accomplished this, to the point of Sprint winning Vendor of the Year from Overhead Door, as just one example. While many people shy away from angry customers, the reality is that most upset folks just want a partner in the business that will hear and understand them and what they want, speak the truth so they aren’t blindsided, while also putting all efforts into meeting all the goals if at all possible.  The 12+ hour days took its toll on my health.  I manage an ongoing swallowing disorder (achalasia) due to all these years full of long hours and stress.  When I took early retirement there, my goal was to put calm and my health as a priority and not work more than an 8 hour day.  8 is enough already. Corporations get greedy.

Wherever you go, there will be the slackers and the over-achievers and those that do their job well, but never push the boundaries to go over and above. You are never going to change that or them.  You can only control yourself. 

Through networking, I ended up with several job offers through folks who knew me and my tenacity.  One seemed perfect, similar pay to what I made prior, learning something new and upcoming (apps) and an 8 hour day.  I called it ‘Dream Job’.   I managed APIs getting tested and deployed, and was hired as a contractor along with 2 other newbies who integrated into an existing team. 
3 months later, 3 additional folks were hired and us new folks were asked to train them while we were all still learning.  This was a HUGE corporation yet there were no M&Ps, no training documents, only a Client Handbook that, while filled with great info, was absolutely NOT a training tool. I did what I have always done in new work situations;  I created a cheat sheet on all the steps to do my work and added to it as I learned more.  I created this cheat sheet so I would not miss a step. I liked this job and intended on keeping it.  The 2 folks training us in between their work, took offense that I would create a cheatsheet and refused to review it for accuracy.   When we new folks began training the other 3 that had just walked in the door, with no corporate training tool to use, I was asked to share my cheatsheet.  This turned into an ego blast where, rather than being happy the new folks were trained rapidly, in a matter of days by using this cheat sheet as a training tool, instead I got screamed at for several minutes in a phone call that was so unprofessional and crazy, threatening my job, calling me insubordinate and shutting my every syllable down.  I decided the best course while I had my ass handed to me, was to just go quiet.  Let it happen, let them scream, think about what I will do next for employment. For a minute I contemplated putting that individual on speaker. In hindsight, this is exactly what I should have done. Why allow someone to be that ugly and get their say in privacy?  Why on earth did I extend courtesy in the face of all that hateful spew?   Nobody ever in my life had spoken to me like this.  Nobody ever again will!  I sat in stunned silence.  Was making six figures really worth all this drama? I had anticipated an adult, professional work environment, not bullies on the playground.   I went home that day a puddle. My husband asked if I wanted a drink when he saw me walk through the door.  I couldn’t even speak. I nodded ‘No’ and went straight to the atrium, closed the door, curled up in a fetal ball and cried for hours.  When I walked into the living room much later, I quietly explained what had happened.  He asked me not to turn in my notice, it was great money and to see what could be worked out.  In all my years at work, I had never encountered such a rough experience.  And while this individual eventually calmed down and had the cajones to take me into a breakout room and discuss it, I realized that this person, who was the one training me, was someone I could not reliably go to for any kind of help.  Their mood could go from zero to hellcat in 3 seconds.  I just didn’t have it in me to deal.  I needed calm.  And this perhaps wasn’t the worst of it.

As we newbies began getting some work, one of the individuals began clashing with everyone else.  We’ll call him Howse.  Howse wanted to spend an exorbitant amount of time deliberating on every little detail, as if he were checking his own logic but the team gradually realized it was his way of trying to coach us, train us on what he somehow assumed he knew more and we needed training on. And yes, even folks who had been there a decade, he was trying to ‘coach’. Classic micromanager, Howse spent every morning of an entire week standing in my cube demanding status as soon as I walked in the door for an API he should have been going to his own resources for.  He created daily team reports and went through all of our work with a fine tooth comb.  He would keep me late (and I did not get paid overtime) to show me ‘my report’ he created.  He would go through each of my projects, their APIs and status and I had no idea why on earth he would keep me after work to go over my work as a peer that I of course already was well aware of since they were my projects.  Then he proceeded to tell us, and the boss or our client, what we did wrong whenever he caught something.  Be it a system glitch, a ticket really not in our shop to write or a simple mistake.  There was a team intervention where, after he reported one of us, he was pulled into a breakout room where team-mates tried to get him to understand why that was wrong to do. He insisted they ‘Needed to know she made an error.’  Ironically, Howse made the same error first, but of course, management didn’t hear about that.  He would jump into business that wasn’t his, join calls he was not invited to, cover up his own errors or justify them and create havoc and upset and distrust in the team.  Always looking to argue a point and demanding things must be done his way, I believe he is the reason I was laid off and amazingly, he was retained. The last thing I tried to help him with was to warn him from tenaciously demanding documentation from tenured folks.  My mistake entirely.  I should have let him go on ahead!  Instead I was trying to have compassion for the root of his behavior issues and help him.  His wife was stayed at home with the kids and he’d lost his last job over this behaviour.  Part of not going through things again is learning the signs of mental imbalance so to  avoid getting sucked into it.  It is never your role to fix a broken employee.  Sometimes trying to help the mentally unstable comes back to bite you.

Above all else, always remain calm.  Both with this phone call and when Howse was yelling at me in my cubicle, just coming completely unglued because I simply asked him to step out of my cubicle and allow me to get my work done my own way, I refused to get angry or shout back.  My personal MO has been to always remain kind.  In the end of it, the hothead screaming insults at you is going to look like the person they are if you remain quiet, calm and polite.  When you jump into the fray, it then becomes ‘he said, she said’ and the truth of it muddies.

If your corporation keeps the asshat, well, they deserve it!  Move onward and upward.  Don’t bother looking back and bemoaning fate.  But, I do encourage you to see what part you took in it.  You may not have known the morale or ethos going into the job but now that you have, think about what you did or did not do or say and make your own behavioral changes.  For me, my change is to not be as patient with mentally imbalanced people.  It can encourage their abuse and nobody deserves to be abused at work. Working for a living, whatever it is, is challenge enough.  None of us needs to put up with rudeness and ego.   There are ways to end a call, stop a person from jumping you in your cubicle every morning and to do this in a polite but firm way. And when that doesn’t work, get up and walk away.

Life is too short for unnecessary conflict.  One of the things I learned when my mother got dementia was that stress and shock can bring it on.  This can be a bad accident, such as breaking a hip, losing a loved one, a bad car accident or anything that seriously jolts you.  They don’t know why but I think I do.  I think the life most of us live is vastly removed from the life most of us were designed to live.  The pace is fast, the work hours long and judging by what I see, the respect and compassion has dwindled.  No work is worth affecting your mental or physical soundness because at the end of it, what you have left is you.  You have to be in shape to take on whatever comes next.  I have watched a lot of worker bees who are spent, not in great physical shape or emotional condition trying to find work.  Always put yourself first.  Because the corporation you work for will take what it can, the responsibility rests upon you to call it when it’s time to stop.  

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Organic Laundry Soap Fish & Ocean Water Safe

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One of the worst polluters on the home front is doing laundry.  In your typical detergent, there are a plethora of chemicals, from optic whiteners to bleach, carcinogens and hormone disrupters, sulfates, parabens, Butyl Esthers, Phosphates, Zeolites, artificial colors, and fillers.  Not only do these chemicals affect our drinking water, create algae blooms which kill off fish but also affect you and your children’s health as they leach into your body through skin contact and breathing in the chemical fragrances.
As an ecopreneur, I’m a brand partner for 2 laundry liquids;
Platypus Laundry Liquid featured photo at the top of the page and Essante Organics Unscented Laundry Liquid.  I also want to talk about the Sanitizer Spray which uses stabilized oxygen!
Links to shop or do a deeper dive are in above in the product names.
Platypus Laundry Liquid – Platypus is made using organic soap nuts on my companies farm coop.  It is 100% biodegradable, even the packaging employs 85% less plastic.  While we wait for a non-scented version, this one has a very pleasant eucalyptus essential oil added which is not overpowering but makes the washer and the clothes have a nice fresh aroma.  This is super concentrated, you only need 2 tablespoons.  1 liter does 40 loads and there is a price break when you buy 3 or more.  The soap comes out looking like dark honey or tea but don’t be alarmed, it will not stain your clothes.  Free of all the usual bad chemicals and completely organic, 5% of all sales is gifted to establishing community-owned Organic Farm Share projects.  Market studies applause this product for being 23% better at cleaning clothes.
Essante Organics Unscented Laundry Liquid – Essante is in a plastic container which is recyclable. Very concentrated, only 2 tiny capfuls are needed so 16 oz will last you through 32 loads with typical soil levels. Non-scented and works well while being safe for our home, our clothes, and fish.  This product uses soy and coconut cleansing agents and is also suggested for furniture fabrics, carpets and pet areas.

Sanitizer Spray – The Essante Sanitizer Spray goes from laundry room to locker room, to countertops of your kitchen and even your makeup bag.  Non-scented, it harnesses the power of stabilized oxygen and kills 99%-100% of bacteria, fungi, germs, pathogens and viruses.  Great for cleaning and disinfecting cuts, abrasions, acne. I have one client who uses the spray, which comes in a purse/travel size, to cure her Tinea Versicolor.  She stated nothing but a very expensive prescription knocked it out prior!  I personally use it daily as our cats won’t stay off the countertops and it provides me great peace of mind that our counters are sanitary.

Changing your laundry soap is one easy way to detox your home, the air that you breathe,  and your clothing while making a huge impact on the environment and mother earth. ♥

Shop Jade Bloom

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As an ecopreneur, I’m an Affiliate for Jade Bloom.  

It’s very important to use clean oils both in cooking and what is applied on the body.  Synthetic fragrances, GMOs and plants who’ve been sprayed with pesticides (anything not certified organic or wildcrafted) can be very detrimental to your health. 

I love the high quality, pharmaceutical or Therapeutic grade oils, that they are certified organic and wild-crafted and offer a good value at purchase.

Some of my favorite products, other than the oils, is the bamboo toothbrush which is recyclable and cuts down the plastic in the landfill.  Its comfortable and feels good while brushing.  The toothpaste comes in numerous flavors and also contains hydroxyapatite which helps re-mineralize your teeth and something I had been going overseas to purchase another very expensive and less clean brand prior.

As a plant-based lifestyle consultant, I act as your concierge, looking for ways to help us all daily detox.  Think of me as your organic concierge!

Happy browsing and shopping!

The Detox Myth

As we do a mindful practice, we help to ring out and cleanse our organs…to detox.

At the bottom of this article is a great informative little video. Check it out.  

I have had some fairly interesting conversations with regards to detoxing.  I absolutely mean no offense by this statement, however, I have found that sometimes the higher education in the field of Western Medicine a person has, the more they have to hurdle over to get to truth.  Those coming from a holistic, Asian, Ayurvedic, Homeopathic or an Energy worker mindset are typically on my same page.  The body is an exceptional and amazing machine.  I am always thankful for how long my body has carried me so far, for its strength, stamina and balance.  The body is always in a state of protecting us against illness, killing off rogue cancer cells, processing our meals and running those nutrients where they are needed and detoxifying the system.  I have been adamantly told that the body needs no help detoxing, it does so naturally.  These people are not clued into the abundance of chemicals in our world, or the fact each of us comes into this world with what is known as a body burden that only increases as we live unless we are very mindful.

People have asked me ‘Is this or that FDA approved’ as if the government cared one jot about them.  The Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA) is NOT in place to protect you and me, it is in place to protect big business.  In fact, when this organization organized, it did so grandfather in 62,000 chemicals never testing any of them let alone testing how they operate together, how they react with each other, as they do in the wider world. 
We continue being told, as family members get cancer, that the industrial pollution, the agent orange that took my brother off this plane of existence, the chemicals in the skincare that caused cancer in my mother, the glyphosate in the cornfield that killed a camera operator filming Indian Runner in a matter of days and the spot treatment of RoundUp in your garden are all perfectly safe.  Whatever cool-aide they’re drinking, this is a lie.

The issue is that while yes, the body does indeed work to cleanse itself, it was never designed to handle this level of an onslaught.  When our body doesn’t know what to do with a substance or cannot process it right now, it stores that toxin in our fat cells to deal with later.  This is why people feel like they may have the flu, get headaches, feel overall achy when they go on a cleanse.  The body uses any time we are fasting, resting or taking in high nutrition and minerals to help rid itself of toxic substances such as heavy metals, plastics, nicotine. Your Body is Detoxing between 11Pm and 11am – This is the highest point the body is cleansing so provide water with lemon and cayenne pepper if you like. Parsley, Cilantro, Algaes, Chlorella, AFA algae, infrared sauna are great ways to assist in the cleansing processes. 3 weeks of detoxing can flush out 60% of our toxins and create a 1lb of weight per day loss.

The average person puts on 200 chemicals by 9am just in their morning routine.  Cleansing our body of chemicals in this day and age, requires a daily mindful approach that involves eating organically, eating as close to an 80% raw diet as possible, low or no cooking as anything cooked above 118 loses its vitamins and enzymes, reducing or preferably eliminating meat and dairy where toxins are stored in the animals fat, purifying all water, the air and buying toxin-free skincare, body care, supplements, laundry detergents and other home care products. 

95% of all supplements on the market are bad.  Talc is often added as a filler and is carcinogenic. They use lubricants to get the pills through the machines, flavoring, coloring agents which can fuel viruses, cause indigestion, contain toxins. Coating materials are beetle wings and petrochemicals.
At lunch with a client, they shared their beloved rose-scented facial spray turned out to have antifreeze in it.  This is a high-end brand!  I took my all organic Rose Hydrating spray out of my handbag and she enjoyed the refreshment and ordered a bottle. My neighbor has been using Mitchum deodorant when he suddenly realized it has aluminum in it. We were having tea this afternoon and I said, yes, that has been linked to neurological disorders such as Alzheimer’s.  He purchased a deodorant I sell right on the spot.  
Laundry soap is one area that is our most earth polluting on the home front.  I sell one that is 23% better than most soaps on the market, comes in an eco-friendly container and is price comparable, grown on the farm of the company I am Brand Partner for and is made entirely in-house.  
If you are interested in taking a look at the products I sell, check out the shop buttons at the top of my webpage.

As an ecopreneur, I help get this message out there along with products that really help mitigate the pollution in our bodies.  I coach on juicing, growing sprouts and on supplements and superfoods to help the body in minimizing its burden.  I promote potent and powerful skincare that is highly effective while being clean enough to eat.  If you are sitting there eating a fast food burger and feeling like you’re on overwhelm, take heart.  Do one thing at a time.  Nothing must be done in a day, but by doing something, by cleaning up your skincare and diet and gradually incorporating clean and green products you minimize the cruelty in animal testing, help save the planet and reduce pesticide use all while feeling far better.  

On a last note, folks will tell me they cannot afford to spend more on supplements or going organic with their food etc.  I am always perplexed at this because we have one body and one planet.  The answer is obvious.  I want to live an abundant and resilient life and my deepest desire is that you do also.  Life is too short to short change yourself.  I have a friend, obese, funny and loves McRibs.  I beg him to just cut down on the junk but he says he is still alive.  I say yeah, but for how long and what’s the quality really like?  I’m almost 60, look 40, I am not on any prescriptions, fully ambulatory and have not been to a doctor for anything in over 20 years.  To me, this is what normal is, it is not taking something for blood pressure, another thing for arthritis, another drug to manage age onset diabetes, something else for leaky gut etc.  Folks we have far more control over this stuff than we sometimes either realize or want to own. From the lady who spilled coffee in her lap at a McDonalds to folks blaming their dog rather than their own training methods, we have become a society that just wants to pass that buck.   I am asking that you own the responsibility you have of managing your health.  Food is fuel. Toxins are deadly.  It absolutely is not your doctors’ job to make you healthy, it is your job.  Your doctor should be a last resort.  To live a resilient life, you simply must make a daily promise to do something kind to yourself and put a focus on things, from yoga to food, that are truly nourishing to you and do those things.  Now, enjoy this video and if interested in taking a deeper dive, below that is a link to a free syllabus with Hippocrates Health Institute where I am an affiliate and took my training. ♥


https://youtu.be/BQGa9qvQZgg

https://op.hippocratesinst.org/moreinfo/static/34  

Spiritual Work

This is my master bath.  The contractor gutted, elevated the ceiling and did new sheetrock, ran electrical etc.  The view from my zen soak tub shows me a gappy unfinished wall, gaps around the medicine cabinet, a crooked light fixture where the round hole which he created for a square base is mostly covered by a cheap plastic circle. The light fixture moves. Not in the photo are unfinished walls, one that curves and child-like tiling.  This passes as quality work at Wilder & Wilder construction.

The photo absolutely will NOT load and I also blame this on the car manufacturer.  They must be working some serious mojo so that my photos won’t post. 😉   But I bought an LS600HL and the dashboard leather peeled up so high it blocked vision out the front windshield. Lexus refused to resolve.  I finally just sold off the car for pennies on the dollar. I believe hell will freeze before I cease talking about my bad Lexsucks.  There were other issues too with the vehicle, it was just aging far too fast for what should have been a quality built machine with a 6 figure sticker price.  Not 50k miles in, the water pump failed, as did the brakes and suspension among other things.  This is my experience and I have read a few other sad Lexus stories too and while your Lexus may or may not be behaving itself, I come away forever off the brand due to how my situation was handled.  It seemed nobody cared to change the outcome and I felt I was driving the most beautiful POS ever created that was a driving time bomb of when I might be left stranded and owing thousands to fix again.

Regardless of your personal beliefs, we are spiritual beings who bring intention and spirit behind that into everything we do, all that we touch and also with what we say.  None of us are perfect so if this sounds scary, don’t worry.  This life is just a practice.  But our practice is in perfection, in giving and doing our best in the service of others with whatever it is that we do or create, even if what we do now is only temporary, you’re going on holiday or retiring next week or starting something new and more in line with your goals etc.

This is the view I see every day I soak in my tub to relax.  Namaste MF comes to mind.  And I have not found anybody that wants to finish this wall for me.  I have thought a lot about work and the spirituality of doing great work, of striving to create happiness with clients, of making it look easy in front of the customer which used to be my personal motto at Sprint as an Implementation Project Manager.  Sure, you are not going to please everybody.  Some folks come with their own tightly packed bag of luggage that you are never going to be enabled to sort through or resolve.  All we can ever do is try.  Try hard.  Looking at this wall I ask you what lasting impression did you leave your last customer with?  Or perhaps it was the checkout person or mailman.  We all brand ourselves by how we typically think, feel and act and by our
personal code of ethics.  Are you a half-finished and poorly done wall? Are you advertising yourself as a flagship when your output speaks otherwise? If so, there’s time and need to go and do better.

We like to think in terms of hierarchy, of rank in importance, such as BMW might rank higher than Subaru or CEO higher than Project Manager.  The reality is that the heart is not one iota more important than the foot, the lung no more important than the lymphatic system, the intestines no less important than the brain.  I found it absolutely fascinating to learn the immune system is a completely separate entity that dwells within our bodies.  We are all made up of bacteria and hopefully more good flora than bad (check your diet.)  But all of the body, while bits, parts and pieces, all work harmoniously together for the good of all the entire organism called human, fish, dog etc or problems ensue.

When we observe the body, we understand that all the lifeforms, all the people, the other animals, the plants, all these bits, parts, and pieces, make up the wonderful and diverse and dependent world we live in with nothing being really more important than another.

Imagine nobody wanted the janitor job.  Nobody took out the trash or recycle? How important would that job suddenly feel after a couple of weeks missed trash pickup? Or a month?  Many of us do something we are not 100% sold on.  This may be a stepping stone or foot inside a doorway, the only thing you felt you qualified for or just a temporary gig to earn some pay.  Whatever it is to you, your hand is bringing spirit into the practice.  Whether it is the practice of customer service, medicine, the practice of implementing APIs or circuits, the practice of acupuncture, you are adding something divine when it is done right.  Whenever you are simply going through the motions or filled with anything less than thankfulness and a desire to do your best in the role you are filling, you are adulterating your power and providing a product whose end results will be less than stellar.  And no matter what you do, however trivial you may think it is, somebody cares a whole heck of a lot about the end result.

Namaste A Yoga Meditation

When I first took up yoga nearly 20 years ago, I was transfixed upon the meaning behind a word I had never heard prior; Namaste.  We are all spiritual beings, filled with the anima, the soul and breath of life that all animals are filled up with.   In the scurry to get projects completed, the car serviced, the kids off to school, pets to the vet, the home cleaned, and figure out how to carve time out to work on our frayed nerves, work out, work in and work on ourselves this is a great word to meditate upon. 

The meaning behind the word Namaste is that the divine in me acknowledges, sees, the divine in you.  When I say Namaste, I am acknowledging your spiritually divine spark, your holiness.  And amid all this chaos, you do have this spark!  The Indian people I worked with used the word as a greeting and a departure. Hello sure pales in comparison. 

I love yoga, and there are many forms, for it’s balancing and healing of the entire system.  Regardless of where you plan to practice, I encourage you to get a Manduka yoga mat.  They are the best, thickest for the knees and joints, easy to clean and last forever.  And now they come in colours!

Types of yoga really run the gamut from Flow or power yoga where you get your heart rate up a bit and flow from one position to the next swiftly, to Iyengar and Anusara where the pace is slow and methodical with high importance placed upon the body structure, stacking the bones and keeping a watchful eye on alignment.  My first teachers were Baron Baptiste,  Iyengar and Vinyasa trained so form was taught.

At the Y, I have become more involved and aware of Iyengar.  At first I felt it was too slow but now I get it.  And the man’s story is fascinating, sickly as a child, he was sent to live with monks in hopes he would find healing.  I highly recommend reading his book, Light On Yoga which is considered the bible of yoga. Here you learn to perfect your form and allow for the healing this brings to your practice.  There is also rope yoga and I am thankful the YMCA offers this!  I have never had such release in my lower back.

Another fabulous book is Baron’s 40 days to Personal Revolution which has great mediation instructions, poses, and deep inspiring thoughts.

Yoga not only tonifies the body, tendons and internal organs but works on the mind.  In yoga, we call it monkey mind, where our thoughts are all over the place.  We learn calm, to live in the parasympathetic responses in our nervous system, the rest and digest.  In our fast-paced world, many of us just stay on a sympathetic nervous system response and wear our systems out.  Think Coronaries.  So we need more calm in our lives.  As we calm, we think clearer.  Yoga helps us grow in compassion not only for others but also for ourselves as we see from day to day our body may be different, balance, stretch or move differently.  I learned which was my stronger side through yoga as well as the myriad ways my life is imbalanced in the day to day life, such as what fingers I use to pull my pants up, or which is my pot scrubbing hand and which is my pot holding hand?  Switch things up, create even strength and balance within yourself.

Anger – One time at work, where we had outsourced to India, I was very frustrated as things were not going well at all.  These folks were put into place with very little learning on something very complicated and add to it the language barrier.  After the run around and feeling my blood boil, I ended my chat session with this exceedingly unhelpful person with ‘Namste’.  In the depth and bile of my anger over not getting something done which should have taken 1 afternoon before but now had required 35 days, I was just done talking.  I had to stop myself and breath.  It would do no good to spew hatred at the machine that put all this in place. Perhaps it wasn’t this individuals fault, who knows their personal story right?  So I just took a slow breath, let it all go and said Namaste.  I was heading my finger on the button to then end the chat session when a message came back to ‘hold on one moment more, I think I can fix this for you.’  And so it was done not in anger, not in pushing my agenda, but simply in letting it go as I acknowledged the holy, the seat of the divine in another very flawed individual as I am equally flawed too.  I ended up after this getting a whole lot of work done faster.  And I shared with my US team what Namaste means as I shared my personal story.  Unfairness, laying off the wrong person, car accidents, loan interest rates going up happen.  Life happens.  The point of it all is to acknowledge the divine in everything which surrounds you.  There you find peace and gain enlightenment.  Namaste.

Vegan Death Threats & Conflicting Thoughts

As a vegan, I have a few conflicting thoughts on a few things. I know veganism gets VERY political. Someone wished me, my pets, my entire family to die of cancer and my business to fail over a discussion about cashew cheese the individual (and later all her Facebook Friends)  misunderstood as dairy. I will be 58 in November. I had never before encountered that much hate and by a fellow vegan and I was just starting this journey. To my knowledge, nobody on earth before had wished me and my entire clan dead by slow acting cancer. This was in late 2016 and I still carry all that hatred. I feel sorry for any vegetarian that crosses her path.  I wonder about some person who decides to help animals and the planet and their own health by cutting out meat. And then they get an earful of hate from this ‘lady’.  Boom, they are back to eating meat and whatever else, screw it!  I want nothing to do with the crazy people, right?  This is exactly how I was feeling at any rate.  The person spewed so many insults I had to block FB and shut down. And then I just wanted to spite eat meat and cheese.  This movement is never about one individual, but about the end goals.  When we get so angry at a person we don’t even know because they had a bite of something, and we make the adult decision to act out that rage, then we become accountable for that ripple effect.

We must come to this table with logic not just ‘I love animals.’  I have clients who still eat meat, greatly reduced, but still, it is a part of their life. I must acknowledge it may always be so as I suggest healthier and kinder ways.  In short, if my job is to help spread the reasons to go vegan (health, planet and animal kindness) then I must place myself in some trenches to do this work. My husband is an omnivore by choice and he loves his local honey. On this plane of existence, none of us are perfect and there will be a compromise at some juncture in everyone’s life. Thankfully I had great training at Hippocrates and this greatly helped when encountering the death threats, the unrelenting hate and refusal to acknowledge logic. I endeavor to read labels, do and know my research, think before speaking and act in compassion. This would be compassion for human animals as well as the rest of them we share the planet with. We are overrun as a species, so I made the choice not to bear children. This also saves the planet.  Hippocrates Health Institute trained on the avoidance of all sugar. Eggs contain a protein our bodies do not process well. We were also instructed to avoid any processed foods, bread, alcohol, caffeine and do good food combining and aim for 80%+ raw food.

While many of us espouse an all or nothing approach, and that is absolutely fine, it is compassionate to realize not all of us will be 100% all in.  I want also to reach these people.  If I can get a daily meat eater to go all organic, to know the farm where the meat comes from, reduce his dependence upon fast food and consider some vegan or vegetarian meals with no meat at all, that is progress.  When a client has a kindness meal, then more, then an entire day of kindness, then several, I consider this a win.  This individual has grown in awareness, has developed a foothold on the logic that his current way of eating is not planet sustainable, isn’t healthy long-term and is cruel to the fellow souls he is ingesting and is incorporating change.  I have not totally turned him off and alienated him with judgment.  I share facts and options, with the compassion I was never offered when discussing cashew cheeses.

Veganism is a passionate endeavor but we all must realize that the individuals who come to this lifestyle do so for various reasons.  Some are focused just on animals while others want to save the planet and still others are riddled with Chronic disease and want to reverse those ills, lower their blood pressure and risk of diabetes or more stints in their arteries and live resiliently.  For me it’s about all 3. What the evil vegan wishing me and mine dead didn’t know is that I had already lost my entire family to cancer and yes, the slow way.  Breast for my mother, bone for one brother, Prostate for another, colon for a cousin and breast for an aunt and kidney for my father.  Two of these people died within 12 months of each other right on the heels of me losing my job of 26 years.  It was after losing my employment that I took a year of studies with Hippocrates.

When working with a client, I follow the Hippocrates guidelines and then tweak that towards what my client is willing to do.  I am there to help and education and coach.  I make a lousy judge, I am imperfect myself.

Recently a company I rep for discussed a body butter that had beeswax in it. I was adoring this product and now realize it isn’t vegan. This term can mean many things but essentially espouses to act daily with the purpose and intention of causing no harm to animals, from what we eat, drink, sleep on, wear, use or ride. But veganism also delves into what can be considered exploitation. This issue can get very tricky.  

Exploitation is wrong and all of us encounter it by our fellow humans, such as at work. Big corporations, such as those who sell honey to Costco, kill the bees in the process of stealing the honey.   Below is a great article on honey bees.  I have always espoused supporting local beekeepers because they truly care about the bees and as bees are in decline, somebody should be supporting these folks. Our neighbors are the Zip Code Honey people and run the Texas Honeybee Guild. They take very good care of their bees and while I don’t eat honey, my husband does and buys from them. BlendItUp Bee Free Honey makes a great substitute.   

Exploitation can be so many things.  One is eggs.  I am actually happy to see more families raising hens in their backyard and I once had a harem of hens myself.  I took great care of them and learned so much having them.  I was told growing up that chickens were stupid.  Nope, not at all true.  So if you have hens, are feeding them organic feed, augmenting with calcium and allowing them to live out their days in enjoyment and love even when they stop producing eggs for you, I am not sure that I have a right to complain about that.  One of my vegan friends will on very rare occasions, once a year perhaps,  enjoy such an egg.  I would far better prefer to see this than my neighbors buying eggs from hens that suffered at the hands of factory farming methods.  I know from raising my own, the hens were happy and were not, as someone insisted they were, ‘forced’ to produce eggs.  As a vegan, I no longer raise them but have compassion for those that make this choice.

What about horseback riding?  Or vegetarianism? There’s so much backlash with the vegan society towards vegetarians when in reality, they are making a huge dent in the cruelty and planet sustainability.  True, there is a big difference between being vegan and being vegetarian but can we not be a bit more kind? People change given the right support and motivation.  I have known several vegetarians go vegan.  And meat eaters go vegan on a weekly basis across the planet.  Is the horse being exploited if he is well cared for and loves being ridden?  My horse loving friend, Laura, told me the story of how her horse Dovey spawned Little Dove, who actually never went through any coaching or training to be ridden.  No, she just lined up at the post and waited for her bit and saddle and off she trotted with her tribe, not one buck.  Wherever human animals and the rest of them cross paths, animals are and should be a partnership with us; an acknowledgment of respect and kindness.  We learn from them and they from us.

I use the term human animals because I believe so much of the time we humans forget we are just mammals.  Sure, biblically we were called to watch over them and wow we are doing an abysmal job for the most part now,  but this really doesn’t make us ‘better’.  What it makes us is an animal having an assigned task directed by our maker that we are epically failing at, in spite of every advantage to do the job with aplomb.  Am I exploiting my dog expecting him to guard my home?  It’s his job and it goes with his natural instincts but would this be an exploitation?  I also adore him, keep him company and we go for walks and play together.  He is living a great life and eating homemade meals with every need catered to. What is exploitation?

Expand the mind – If our ways were that of the 50’s or 60’s, from the way we cared for our livestock and also the amounts ingested on an annual basis, I don’t believe our vegan movement would be so passionate or so large looming.  There would be far less of us.  This cause exists and is growing because our lives, as a species, are out of balance with nature.  We have allowed cruelty, conceit, greed, and arrogance to rule us rather than compassion and wisdom. Wisdom sits at the seat of compassion. Nothing else matters without it. So when I hear someone say they cannot condone horseback riding that a fellow vegan does with their horse because that is exploitation or goes on the attack with local beekeepers, my heart aches.  We have far larger tofu fish to fry, with the big corporations that are the cause of at least 95% of the pain rather than fight amongst ourselves or nitpick everything in a less than educational loving way.  In a world where nothing will ever be 100% vegan, let’s focus on bringing awareness with kindness and celebrating the wins.   I used to joke that where it says in the bible the meek shall inherit the earth, that we would end up overrun by cockroaches.  Could it possibly be that the meek discussed would be us human animals becoming more like gentle lambs, not eating each other literally, emotionally or spiritually?

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Fast Food Slow Death

People get emotionally attached to food.  Whale pods are found to have a varied diet based upon what the young were raised to think of as fuel. They hunt and dine according to their teaching.  Like them, we’re taught at a young age what food is.  If you were brought up on slow food, where a garden was grown with care, your parents brought home fresh produce and meals centered around wholesome home cooking that included fresh salads, fruits, and raw or lightly steamed veggies or lucky enough to be raised by hippies that went vegetarian and all organic, man, you have a lucky leg up on the rest of us.  I was lucky enough to discover Seventh Day Adventism as a teen where most eat Old Testament or vegetarian. This is why the SDAs are their own blue zone with folks living triple digit life spans. If you were raised in an environment where your parents weren’t knowledgeable about what food really is, didn’t cook, relied upon take-out and Wendys, then you’ve probably absorbed those habits as an adult. If you have kids, they have learned from you what food is.  While challenging, these habits can be broken once we begin to realize what we are doing to ourselves and gain some self-respect and self-love and acceptance.

When we think about illnesses, we think in terms of family history and diseases that run in families.  We tend to say ‘Cancer runs in our family’, or Diabetes, or heart disease rather than to acknowledge the truth, and self-empowerment in that truth, that it’s the fuel we feed our bodies that causes the disease. It’s our lifestyle that invites or shuns disease.  In 90-95% of the cases, it isn’t your DNA. DNA, over time, is absolutely affected by generations of poor diet and lifestyle as we propagate our species and when I hear about this stuff I always go back to the bible where, as a kid and later as a teen, I remained flummoxed as to why God would be so mean as to decree the sins of the father should be played out on his children and his children’s children.  Now I believe it was not meanness, but a warning because these things are just simply so, how it all works.  This is where we get terms like ‘She comes from strong stock’.  Our DNA, over time, can weaken as we load up on toxic substances rather than proper care.  You can do yourself and any offspring a big favor by mending ways.

What is fast food?  Fast food is junk food.  It isn’t just what you get at McDonald’s or Jack-In-The-Box, it’s anything junk, overprocessed, rushed into being without the proper care.  Fast food is also obtained at the supermarket which is why as a Plant-Based Lifestyle Coach, I help folks learn to read labels and learn how to best navigate the grocery store. There is no love in this kind of food, just opiates, sugar, grease, and greed.  I will address the various junk/fast foods and why they are considered junk.

GMO’s – Going wild-crafted and organic or raising your own, is the only way to assure you are not digesting pesticides with every bite.  Also, when you buy certified organic foods, this tells you that the produce is not genetically modified or GMO.  Nobody should eat Frankenfood. Whatever your personal religious beliefs, and this blog is spiritual in many respects but is absolutely not about religion but I have to just say this….There is a grand and great design in how our world and everything in it has fit together.  We are just beginning to unravel just a few of the threads of how one species helps another.  The rainforests we are pummeling daily to make more beef contains a myriad of species we will never know as we cause their direct extinction.  And when we genetically modify what nature has provided us in an attempt to make it better, we create Frankenfood.  We create hens that cannot walk without breaking a leg or having a heart attack or a cow who drags her utters on the ground with milk nature designed for her baby who gets taken away so we can drink her milk. Her body was never designed to contain that much milk at once.  She has to feel bloated and miserable.  I believe it has to be a grave sin to do these things, to nature, to go against mother nature if you will.  When we eat these foods we eat these sins.

PLANTS – When you just buy the typical produce, these fruits, veggies, the processed bread, grains and pasta, all have pesticides in them and likely GMOs. When you eat out, unless you are very careful, this is what is served up.

MEAT – If the meats you buy aren’t organic and from a local better intentioned farmer who truly raises his animals in sunlight on fields of grass etc, you are eating pain, misery and cannibalism.  Animals in these corporate or factory farms rarely if ever seen the light of day.  They are confined and treated horrifically and raised in dark sad environs.  Their feed consists of things they’d dare not touch in natural life.  They call it ‘enriched feed’ and they grind up euthanized dogs, cats, not bothering to remove tags and collars and not caring that euthanasia drugs are in the meat product.  They grind up the tumors, the cancers, the pharmaceutical drugs these pets were one before death.  Also included in ‘Enriched feed are other dead farm animals.  This is how mad cow became a thing.  Cows that would not normally eat their dead, were and were infected.  And this affected people who ate the cows.  We bastardize nature.  A cow would not typically eat another cow or dog or kitty but on these farms they do.

DAIRY – Goat is better, but all cow derived milk (and cheese) has casein in it.  This is a protein that is carcinogenic and the more stressed the mother cow is, the more casein in the milk.  While taking my Hippocrates training we were told someone bought their own organic dairy cow so they could enjoy the purest milk. Growing up I was told we drank the surplus.  We don’t have surplus anymore.  What happens is that these mammals are subjugated, their joys and natural proclivities are ignored.  They are regularly impregnated just so humans can take the milk meant for their babies.  The babies are shot in the head or worse if male and if female, they get to grow up to be milk producers too.  It’s hideous.  Oh and it is true that there’s puss in the milk you’re drinking.  At the rates and volumes of pregnancies and milk pumping, this is very hard work on the mother, on her body and her udders.  Cows typically live at least 20 years but on these farms, they are lucky to live 5. When you drink their milk, you drink their grief over losing the baby the milk was created for. Got milk? Got grief!

Factory and corporate farmed animals eat genetically modified organisms (GMOs) and pesticide-laden grains and corn.  We subject them to the very same awful (SAD) Standard American Diet that the greed machine encourages all of us to eat too.  Very Soylent Green.  Very unhealthy.  When we eat them, we are ingesting all their suffering, their ill-health, their cancerous tissues, and chronic sadness and disease.

Farm animals are not carnivores by nature and neither were we in the beginning.  All the great religions dovetail on humans being vegetarian. Biologically, we have the intestines of an herbivore. Even very educated people in the world of health and healing will tell me we are omnivores but really, in truth, we are not.  Look at our guts.  Our intestines are not short like a Cheetas but nice and long, like a plant eater.  Yes, like the plant eaters that we really are.  I was raised on the bible.  Biblically, we were to eat manna and when we fell and demanded meat, this was allowed with definitive rules in place.  These rules were there to guide us into cleaner eating.  In other words, if we were fallen and sullen about just eating veggies, then God allowed us to eat not only all the fruits of the fields but certain particular fish and animals that were not water bottom dwellers or pigs whose meat is absolutely as unclean as it is delicious. We were steered away from any land animals that did not chew their own cud and have cloven hooves.  The reasons for the rules were entirely health based but in today’s polluted world, you can just throw all of that out.

FISH – Whether wild caught or farm raised, it’s all bad for you. Greed again, but the reason farmed fish is horrible is due to the massive overcrowding, the putrid waters they swim in and the doses of pharma drugs pumped into these sad fish to keep them swimming. Wild caught is bad because, greed and negligence, we have pumped pharmaceuticals and plastic, mercury and other toxic substances into our waters.  There have been dead and sick pets coming to the forefront lately after well-meaning pet parents have served up Omega fish oils.  My vet just a few months ago tried to get me on fish oils for our Doberman. I said absolutely not and suggested to them plant-based omegas as a far safer option.  I get these looks when I begin talking this way with most veterinarians but when the article came out in my latest Dogs Naturally magazine, I said THERE!!! I AM correct in my thought process here…and motivated by the article kept preaching.  Lastly, good people, we have over-fished our oceans to an alarming point where we are causing the starvation of species that fish IS their food source.  They don’t have another option, polluted and filled with Mercury or not. This is what they eat.  We can do better.

PLANTS – When you go out to eat and order a salad or are asleep when you grab a head of lettuce, you’re most likely getting pesticides, fewer vitamins and minerals and also GMOs.  Go organic here and gain peace of mind and better nutrition.

To help you get and stay on track, as well as learn home remedies and recipes, I adore this Raw Vegan Series by Permachart, set designed with Brian Clement of Hippocrates Health Institute where I took my training. This makes for quick and easy reference for food combining, useful equipment, juicing vs blending, etc.

PROCESSED FOODS – Our bodies were designed for raw foods.  Look at the entire rest of the animal kingdom and own that we are animals too, we are specifically mammals.  The more we heat, blend and otherwise process our foods the less nutrition we end up with.  Soil erosion (thanks Factory Farms) has caused a magnificent loss in minerals.  Most Americans are mineral deficient.  We also tend to be shallow breathers lacking proper oxygen levels and most of us (85%) are chronically dehydrated.  When we cook our foods, we dry them out, kill off natural enzymes and vitamins and deplete oxygen. When you enjoy an organic fresh salad, you are eating oxygen as well as a better bio-available protein source rich in minerals and vitamins.  You will be less thirsty, your body will have more oxygen at a cellular level and you will be better hydrated eating a plant-based raw diet.

When we stray far from our biologically designed diet, we invite trouble.  Everything above applies also to our pets.  If you feel you must eat meat because this is a thing you won’t give up, then it should be done minimally and only organically raised animals. If you must eat junk, such as french-fries, again, make it a minimal part of your life rather than something you’re taking in on a weekly or monthly basis.  If you are willing to go 100% vegan, then yes, do that!  There is a karmic debt when we kill other souls and while I believe plants are alive too, I also realize that nothing here on this plane is ever going to be perfect.  We are trial and error here as we learn to grow in compassion, lose the judgment and rigidity and just be kinder. Eating plants is a kinder choice and healthier for us.  I have actually had death threats over cashew cheese so when I tell you how very political veganism is today, believe me, I have the first-hand experience!  A fellow vegan wished me cancer, my family to die of it, all my pets too and for my business to fail. This was over a cashew cheese that she misunderstood to be a dairy cheese.  I believe when it comes to food, the majority of us have lost our way.  I also believe that one step in the right direction is a step forward indeed.  So if you are reading and sitting on the fence, try one kindness meal then another.  Baby steps.  Rather than an all or nothing approach, think of it in terms of this: The more you adhere to a plant-based raw and organic lifestyle, the healthier you will become. You will naturally share this lifestyle with family and friends by example.  Toxins which are stored in your fat cells will finally have a chance to dissipate leaving your immune system refreshed while your arteries unclog themselves.  Don’t you want to be your most resilient?

PurePet Alternative Vets in DFW Area

Hieronymus Rhett Thomas O’Brien Puppy getting his Acupuncture treatment!

Hello! There is absolutely a time and a place for the practice of Western Medicine.  An old friend who was getting his doctorate and was the son of a surgeon used to say, very aptly, that ‘they call it the practice of medicine because that is exactly what we are doing…practicing.’  WM excels in trauma cases and is sometimes the only or the very best option.  Recently our Doberman had a neurological spine injury.  An MRI and Surgery were recommended by one vet and putting him to sleep over quality of life issues by another if there wasn’t swift improvement.  A friend of mine just had spinal surgery performed on her Doxi. Her pup is gradually improving and healing after the surgery.  My neighbor with a Dachshund, in commiserating with me when I was seeking help last June for our Doberboy, Rhett, explained that surgery was recommended but all he could afford were NSAIDs. He took his beloved pup home sans surgery, gave him his pain and anti-inflammatory meds and slowly the dog healed all on his own.  That was a decade ago.  Now elderly, the dog can hop up on furniture and trot up and down stairs with no issues.  And our Rhett is fine now after going from being unable to run, falling down repeatedly trying just to walk and with a badly stumbling gate, to back to normal all with CMT (Canine Massage Therapy) Acupuncture and an Assisi Loop.

When Rhett was a puppy, I began looking for alternative vet options and they seem to be slim. So here is what I know for those in the Dallas area. These are recommended vets whoose first thought is not the pharma reps drugs or surgery but rather a more logical, thoughtful and holistic approach.  And again, I wish to stress here that I am NOT slamming all Western Medicine workers or modalities.  But we have options far older and less invasive.  When faced with potential surgery or a few needles to fix my boy, neither guaranteed to work by the way, it made, to me, the most sense to do the least invasive thing on him and move from there, with patience and attention.  Rhett had to have bloat surgery last Christmas and that was very hard on him, the pain of the very long incision and days of healing enough to where he could sit and then more time to be able to lay down.  The poor guy stood and whined.  He’d bunch up pillows under himself to sort of melt into place to rest.  He was miserable.  But his tummy torsioned and surgery was necessary.  For folks wondering, god yes he was on heavy pain pills but nothing knocks the worst pain out.  So if you are looking at engaging a more holistic vet, from advice on what if any annual shots are recommended to homeopathic and Asian herbs & treatments, here are a few options for you; Patricia Ballard of Alternative Vet Clinic, reached at myqivet@gmail.com works The Colony area and has semi-retired. Those in the Dallas area, I schedule CMT, Canine Massage & Acupressure therapy. Out in the Plano area, Sean at Paws & Claws Animal Hospital. In the White Rock Lake area, East Dallas Vet Clinic has recently added Acupuncture. Lisa Molidor is the DVM that does this work and is terrific to work with! She also makes house calls for acupuncture work. At EDVC I also adore Kevin Gibbs. He has experience that lends him to a unique & detailed perspective on his recommendations and treatments. And, lastly, Spot On Wellness, Dr. Hartai who is just brilliant. There are no other words. He travels and has several places around the metroplex where you can seek out his chiropractic and acupuncture mad-skills.  There is also Dr. Pam with Vitality Pet Care but we tried for 3 years to get an apointment after being told she would see us as we were referred by another vet to her.  Nope.  I ended up doing my own mojo magic with what I know about Kidney disease and my boy and he is fine so far, thank you very much.  I was recently able to secure an appointment with Dr. Ballard with Alternative Vet Clinic who just told me to keep doing what I was doing.  She taught me well.♥  Recommended Reading: Dr. Goldstein Nature Of Animal Healing