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bullet Statistics show that the life span of America's companion animals is now half what it was in the 1950's and 1960's.
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News from Optimum Choices, LLC

Welcome to the December 2007 edition of Optimum Connections, the monthly e-newsletter from Russell Louie and Margaret Auld-Louie at Optimum Choices, LLC. This newsletter is sent to the friends and customers of Russell & Margaret as well as people who signed up for a drawing at our booth at a fair or event. If you wish to unsubscribe, see the bottom of this e-mail for instructions. To receive this newsletter in your e-mail, click here.


December Sale
Current news
Oil of the Month
STOP Supplementing Symptoms
Contact us

December Sale ó Pets Deserve Presents Too!

Whether you celebrate Christmas, Chanukah, Kwanzaa, Eid ul-Fitr or the Winter Solstice don't forget your pet. To celebrate the season of giving, Optimum Choices will give your pet a FREE gift with every order of BioPreparation (BioSuperfood for animals) through December 31, 2007. If you have a dog, we'll send you a sample bag of Active Care's Healthy Joint Chews. If you have a cat we'll send you one of three cat toys. Please specify which species (or both) in the Pet/People Info box of our Shopping Cart.

Healthy Joint ChewsActive Care Healthy Joint Chews for Dogs
This is a healthy dog chew supplying the chondroitin sulfate and glucosamine HCl in the form nature intended (not a supplement) for your companion animals. All-natural treat made from natural bovine cartilage with no man-made ingredients. Contains NO carbohydrates (starch fillers), binders, propylene glycol, preservatives or synthetic ingredients. Dogs love the taste of these chewy treats. For older pets with arthritis or hip dysplasia and for younger pets to help prevent it. Good for all ages. Our 9 year old Chihuahua loves them (we recommend soaking these chews for smaller dogs).

Feathered ping-pong ball, furry mouse, catnip birdieCat Toys
Feathered ping-pong ball, furry mouse or catnip 'birdie'. Unless you have a strong preference,
please let us pick the toy for your cat.



Some of our customers report their pet to have:

  • BioPreparation for petsIncreased energy

  • Better moods

  • More playfulness

  • More flexibility

  • More affection

after starting BioPreparation


Oops! Too much energy!

Celebrate the return of the Fountain of Youth with your pet!

Current News

BSF-F2 & F3

New Manufacturer Suggested Retail Prices for BioPreparation and BioSuperfood
as of December 1, 2007.

BP-F2+ & F3+
BioPreparation for Pets MSRP
BP-F2+ Core - 60 caps $25.00
BP-F3+ Forte - 60 caps $45.00
BioSuperfood for People  
BSF-F2 Core - 180 caps (some 250 caps left) $65.00
BSF-F3 Forte - 180 caps (some 250 caps left) $125.00
Sales Material  
Booklet on Bio-Algae Concentrates $7.95
DVD: The Magic is BAC $4.95

1. In the new capsule format of 180-capsule bottles (after the former 250-capsule bottles run out), there will be 4700 mg more algae powder per bottle. That's 25 additional capsules based on the 250-capsule bottle. So, with more capsules per bottle the price needs to increase. Each 180-capsule bottle (actually comes in a larger bottle) will last longer, assuming you keep the same algae powder (not capsule) dosage.

2. Many people ask, "How do we know your algae is safe?" Many media outlets report blue-green algae to have 'blooms' of toxic cyanobacteria or microcystis aeruginosa . Many wild grown algae sources are contaminated. Other manufacturers only spot check (e.g., once per month, random batch sampling) their algae for toxins. With the granting of Health Canada's license (our FDA equivalent) every batch of algae must now be tested. Testing cost $15-20,000 per batch. So, with the increase in quality assurance comes the increase in manufacturer's cost. I, for one, feel confident in saying BP/BSF will never contain toxic ingredients such as bacteria, herbicides, pesticides, heavy metals and other contaminants that have been found in other algae products. Based on the manufacturer's increased costs, comes a quality assurance guarantee that no other algae manufacturer can beat.

3. The Canadian exchange rate used to be $0.77 CD=$1.00 USD. Today it is $0.99 CD=$1.00 USD. Because the product is manufactured in Canada, our U.S. consumer price is effected by the balance of trade and weakness of the U.S. Dollar. This adjustment in exchange rate is simply a fact of our global economy and not a price increase.

4. The cost of gasoline has gone up and so has shipping cost. Most shippers now add a fuel surcharge to every shipment. All businesses are feeling this pinch and now it must be passed on to the consumer. Businesses do not like to do this (and some absorb the cost as long as possible) but these are the realities of staying in business.

HINTS to stretch your algae powder: Remember, one can obtain maximum benefits by opening up the capsules and sprinkling the algae powder on the animal's food rather than just giving the whole capsule. You'll need less algae powder and give your pet more health benefits. Also, one can obtain more benefits by spreading the total daily dosage out equally over the day's meal. For instance, instead of giving two capsules in the morning, try 1/2 capsule mixed into the food in the morning, afternoon and dinner for only 1.5 capsules per day. That will save 1/2 capsule per day per animal. Some customers open up the capsules and measure each dosage with small measuring spoons (i.e., nip, smidgen, pinch and dash) available at kitchen/household stores.

Oil of the Month

Idaho Balsam FirIdaho Balsam Fir, #3314, 5 ml ($24.75/$28.66/$32.57)

Very appropriate for Christmas time, this oil was distilled from the fir trees on a pristine Idaho Christmas tree farm. In addition to permeating the room with a very calming fir/pine scent, it is a welcome discovery for those who suffer from sore muscles and body aches due to exercise.* Idaho Balsam Fir is a therapeutic-grade conifer oil distilled from northern Idaho. This is one of the five oils reported in the Bible to have been used by Jesus. Possible benefits include:

  • Aids in the relief of sore muscles and body aches associated with exercise.*
  • Has antiseptic properties.*
  • May enhance hGH (human Growth Hormone)

I used this on the long drive home from Salt Lake City to Denver. Normally, I would need a massage the next day to relieve the muscle tightness built up from driving. I massaged Idaho Balsam Fir oil on my neck and shoulders each time I stopped at a rest stop and this alleviated the tightness so that I did not need a massage. I have continued to use it since then on my neck to relieve chronic tightness caused by old whiplash injuries and find it very effective for this.

Idaho Balsam Fir is used for more than just sore muscles. I have found it uplifts my spirits and calms my nerves. A feeling of contentment is produced.

I have used the Gratitude blend along with Idaho Balsam Fir and the Believe blend since they were released last June. I was suffering from depression over my motherís death, getting laid off three times in less than one year and the loss of my career. I found that using these three oils before any of the other emotional oils (e.g., Inspiration, Magnify Your Purpose, Abundance) for depression was the key for me.


©2005 Essential Science Publishing. The information in this article is from the Essential Oils Desk Reference, which can be ordered here:
Essential Science Publishing, 1216 South 1580 West, Orem, Utah 84058, (800) 336-6308, www.essentialscience.net.

Click here to order on our Young Living World Essential Oils website. Click on Product Catalog, then pull down the menus Essential Oils/Singles A-M and Balsam Fir, Idaho should be right at the top of the list or call us at (303) 271-1649 or (866) 305-2306 (toll-free).

*These statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. This product is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease.

STOP Supplementing Symptoms

Are you:

  • Spending a fortune on supplements and wish you could cut back without sacrificing your health?
  • Taking over a dozen supplements and don't even know if any of them are working?
  • Taking multiple remedies for the same illness or health condition?
  • Experiencing symptoms that have come back after you discontinued a supplement?
  • Taking glucosamine and have blood sugar disorders (diabetes), yeast overgrowth (Candida) or a toxic liver?

If you answered 'YES', to any of the above questions you may be just supplementing the symptoms. The next paradigm in holistic healthcare will utilize less isolated supplements and more whole foods or whole food products to maintain wellness. Taking some supplements is analogous to the little Dutch boy who put his finger in the dike to stop the water leak and save the town from flooding. Sure, he is a hero but the problem is he has to keep his finger in the dike forever or until a more permanent solution is found. Most supplements just satisfy a nutritional deficiency and do nothing to correct the original imbalance or holistically boost up the body from within. The body becomes dependent on the supplements for balance and true holistic health is never achieved. So, taking some supplements is simply using a natural product in an allopathic way. Here is an example.

Back in the 18th century, European travelers were crossing the Atlantic Ocean to the New World. They discovered if they drank fresh lime juice they did not get scurvy (a vitamin C deficiency resulting in weakness and joint pain, internal hemorrhages causing black-and-blue marks to appear on the skin, gums hemorrhaging and becoming weak and spongy, teeth root break down where teeth loosen and eating becomes difficult and painful). That's why British sailors were called limeys. It wasnít until the 20th century, that scientists finally isolated the beneficial nutrient in citrus fruits as Vitamin C. What is not commonly known is by taking isolated Vitamin C in the form of an ascorbic acid supplement one only gets rid of the symptoms of scurvy. When the ascorbic acid supplement is discontinued the symptoms and disease returns. However, if one gets Vitamin C made from an extract of whole green peppers not only do the symptoms disappear but the scurvy is gone when discontinued. Vitamin C in the form of a whole food product contains rutin, bioflavonoids, Vitamin E, selenium and zinc that Nature dictated is needed for Vitamin C to work optimally in our body. All these complementary compounds are present in whole food sources of Vitamin C (e.g., green peppers, oranges, rose hips, acerola cherries, algae). By taking only an isolated supplement with just ascorbic acid or by juicing an orange and throwing away the pulp and peel, one is missing all the above necessary compounds. Another problem with supplements is that they have hidden side effects.

Did you know?

  • Glucosamine may impair insulin secretion through competitive inhibition of glucokinase in pancreatic beta cells and/or alteration of peripheral glucose uptake. Patients with diabetes should be cautious since glucosamine may affect insulin sensitivity or glucose tolerance.
    (Physicians Desk Reference for Non-Prescription Drugs & Supplements, 2005)
  • Glucosamine (derivative of glucose) made within your cells typically is hidden from the areas where yeast and fungi grow. Orally ingested glucosamine passes through your digestive tract and into your bloodstream where yeast live then feed on the glucosamine. Thus, glucosamine provides yeast with a source of energy as well as an important building block for overgrowth and a flare-up of Candida symptoms.

Glucosamine supplements will not cause blood sugar disorders (diabetes) or Candida (yeast overgrowth) but if one is already predisposed to those conditions, high therapeutic doses of glucosamine might be enough to trigger symptoms of those diseases.

To find out why taking digestive enzymes is not entirely holistic, click here.

For more details and to find out why Optimum Choices does not sell isolated supplements, vitamins, herbs or extracts, go to our Whole Food Nutrition page. Optimum Choices only offers world-class whole food products that work truly holistically (not just getting rid of symptoms temporarily), have been time tested in the field by us and backed by reliable manufacturers with proven track records for quality control. Yes, these results and high quality do come with a price but we feel it is far cheaper than chemotherapy, joint replacement surgery or diabetes treatment. It's your choice. Pay now or pay later.


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