Optimum Choices and Natural Pet will be offering mini dog massages at the
One Sky, One World Festival in Denver on October 8. This year's festival
will feature a pet parade, with proceeds benefiting the
Foundation. For more details,
A recent study showed nearly 50% of older pets will get cancer (Morris Animal Foundation)
Over 60% of Golden Retrievers will die of cancer (Kali’s Wish Foundation)
Does your pet suffer from:
Adrenal or thyroid problems?
Inflammatory bowel symptoms?
Arthritis and flexibility problems?
Sensitivity to foods, fleas, tick bites?
Overweight issues diets have not been able to help?
Any health condition unresponsive to traditional treatments?
Don't wait until your pet has symptoms. Most supplements (even holistic) only
treat symptoms. Come learn how you can prevent all the above through whole food
super nutrition. Give your pet the Fountain of Youth!
BioPreparation has been clinically shown to nutritionally help cancer in
animals. Other conditions that BioPreparation has nutritionally supported
include low thyroid, arthritis, autoimmune disorder, dry skin and coat, kidney
disease, flexibility problems, overweight issues and blood diseases.
BioPreparation activates your pet's own natural ability to heal. Come to The
Whole Cat & Dogs, too! to learn about this amazing new product.
Instructor: Russell Louie has studied holistic health for over 20
years and is an aromatherapy practitioner for both people and animals, Reiki
Master and the top expert in this country on the use of BioPreparation with
This free weekly
teleconference call will be focused on the animal product BioPreparation
featuring guest Russell Louie of Optimum Choices, LLC. Russell is the
premier distributor of the revolutionary BioPreparation and has the most
experience using BioSuperfood/BioPreparation on dogs and cats in the
country. He will explain how BioPreparation has helped animals with mast
cell tumors, auto-immune disease, arthritis, hemangiosarcoma, chronic renal
failure or chronic kidney disease in cats, hypo- and hyper-thyroid
conditions, diabetes and inflammatory bowel disease (IBD) and much more.
Even if your animal is still young and free of any symptoms, if you want to
extend the life of your pet and avoid the expense of common degenerative
diseases, you need to attend.
E-mail Russell for the teleconference phone number and PIN to attend.
Margaret Auld-Louie of Optimum Choices will be offering canine massage
sessions by donation at the annual Halloween party of the Golden Retriever
Rescue of the Rockies on October 22, 11-2 at Rocky Mountain Agility in
was rescued from a shelter
in Louisiana following Hurricane Katrina. He thought he had his forever home, but
the owner's situation has changed and he became available again in July 2006.
Optimum Choices helped adopt out this cat when it first
arrived here from Louisiana and hopes that even though Hurricane Katrina is
now a distant memory, that someone in the Denver area will open their heart
to this wonderful cat.
Click here for more details.
Try the holistic combination of BioPreparation-F3+ and
Active Care Joint Treats for 10% off
when you buy both. Use the combination of these whole food products
to help the body naturally reduce the pain and inflammation of
arthritis without all the side effects of glucosamine supplements
and drugs. The discount will not show in your shopping cart online
but will be given when your order is processed if you mention our
"fall sale". Or you can call us to order. Discount good on orders
placed through October 31, 2006. To learn more about glucosamine's
possible side effects, click to see our article
on glucosamine in our September newsletter.
Scientific name: Lavandula angustifolia
Botanical Family: Lamiaceae or Labiatae (mint)
Plant Origin: Utah, Idaho, France
Extraction Method: Steam distilled from flowering top
Linalyl Acetate (24-45%)
Trans-beta Ocimene (1.5-6%)
Terpinene-4-ol (2-6%) ORAC: 360 µTE/100g
Historical Data: The French scientist
René Gattefossé was the first to discover lavender's ability to promote
tissue regeneration and speed wound healing when he severely burned his arm
in a laboratory accident. Today, lavender is one of the few essential oils
to still be listed in the British Pharmacopoeia.
Medical Properties: Antiseptic, antifungal, analgesic, antitumoral,
anticonvulsant, vasodilating, relaxant, anti-inflammatory, reduces blood
fat/cholesterol, combats excess sebum on skin.
Fragrant Influence: Calming, relaxing, and balancing, both
physically and emotionally. University researchers in Japan found that
diffusing certain aromas in an office environment dramatically improved
mental accuracy and concentration. Diffused lemon resulted in 54 percent
fewer errors, jasmine 33 percent fewer errors, and lavender 20 percent fewer
errors. When aromas were diffused during test taking, scores increased by as
much as 50 percent. Has been documented to improve concentration and mental
acuity. University of Miami researchers found that inhalation of lavender
oil increased beta waves in the brain, suggesting heightened relaxation. It
also reduced depression and improved cognitive performance (Diego et al.,
1998). A 2001 Osaka Kyoiku University study found that lavender reduced
mental stress and increased alertness (Motomura et al., 2001).
Application: (1) Apply 2-4 drops on location, (2) chakras/vitaflex
points, (3) directly inhale, (4) diffuse, or (5) take as dietary supplement.
Cautions: True lavender is often extended with hybrid lavender or
synthetic linalol and linalyl acetate.
Found In Blends: Aroma Siez, Brain Power, Dragon Time, Envision,
Forgiveness, Gathering, Gentle Baby, Harmony, Mister, Motivation, M-Grain,
R.C., SARA, Surrender, and Trauma Life.
Lavender oil has been called the "Swiss Army Knife" of essential oils
because it has so many uses. If one could only buy one oil, it should be
lavender. Below are some anecdotal uses from a group of seasoned
1. Rub Lavender oil on the feet for a calming effect on the body.
2. Rub a drop of Lavender oil on your palms and smooth on your pillow to
help you sleep.
3. Put a drop of Lavender oil on a bee sting or insect bite to stop itching
and reduce swelling.
4. Put 2-3 drops of Lavender oil on a minor burn to decrease pain.
5. Drop Lavender oil on a cut to stop the bleeding.
6. Mix several drops of Lavender oil with V-6 Vegetable Mixing Oil and use
topically on eczema and dermatitis.
7. To alleviate the symptoms of motion sickness, place a drop of Lavender
oil on the end of the tongue or around the naval or behind the ears.
8. To stop a nosebleed, put a drop of Lavender oil on a tissue and wrap it
around a small chip of ice. Push the tissue covered ice chip up under the
middle of the top lip to the base of the nose and hold as long as
comfortable or until the bleeding stops (do not freeze the lip or gum).
9. Rub a drop of Lavender oil over the bridge of the nose to unblock tear
10. Rub Lavender oil on dry or chapped skin.
11. Rub a drop of Lavender oil on chapped or sunburned lips.
12. To reduce or minimize the formation of scar tissue, massage Lavender oil
on and around the affected area.
13. Rub 2 - 4 drops of Lavender oil over the armpit area to act as a
14. Rub a drop of Lavender oil between your palms and inhale deeply to help
alleviate the symptoms of hay fever.
15. Rub several drops of Lavender oil into the scalp to help eliminate
16. Place a few drops of Lavender oil on a cotton ball and place in your
linen closet to scent the linens and repel moths and insects.
17. Place a drop of Lavender oil in your water fountain to scent the air,
kill bacteria and prolong the time between cleanings.
18. Place a few drops of Lavender oil on a wet cloth and throw into the
dryer, which will deodorize and freshen your laundry.
19. Put a drop of Lavender oil on a cold sore.
20. Diffuse Lavender oil to alleviate the symptoms of allergies.
21. Spritz several drops of Lavender oil mixed with distilled water on
sunburn to decrease pain.
22. Drop Lavender oil on a cut to clean the wound and kill bacteria.
23. Apply 2-3 drops of Lavender oil to a rash to stop the itching and heal
Mineral deficiencies in the diets of humans and animals can lead to many
health problems including but not limited to heart disease, strokes, arthritis,
depression, hyperactivity, fatigue, neurological irregularities, blood problems
and immune system problems. Both humans and animals require at least 60 minerals for optimal health,
according to Gary Price Todd, MD. There are 60 minerals found in human blood so
biochemists agree that they all must have some significant function in the body,
whether we know what it is or not. Scientists are still continuing to discover
how our body uses various minerals. Some scientists believe that we need every
substance found in the earth's crust but we don't have the proof yet of each
element's role in health. Minerals are just as essential as vitamins to good
health. They are used in every chemical reaction in the body and are essential
components of molecules. For instance, iron is required to make hemoglobin, the
molecule that carries oxygen in our blood. Minerals are often catalysts for
other nutrients, meaning that the other nutrients won't do you much good without
the mineral that works with them. For example, Vitamin E and selenium work best
together. The following chart shows that scientists are still continuing to
discover which trace elements our bodies need to function properly:
Health experts commonly state that if you eat a balanced diet, you don't need supplements,
as your food will provide a range of nutrients. They add that you can take a
multiple vitamin/mineral for "insurance", to make sure you are not missing
anything. But if you look at the label of that supplement, you will probably
only see the minerals listed in the chart above (plus the minerals needed in
larger amounts like calcium and magnesium). Also, the supplement is not supplying the vitamins
minerals in the form nature intended, as part of a whole food. Instead, they
have been extracted from food or synthesized in a laboratory. Some of the
minerals may be in a form that is difficult to absorb or even toxic. (See our
Whole Food Supplements to learn more).
What about the remainder of the 60 minerals found in our blood that are not
in your multiple? Can your body do without them until scientists prove that they
are necessary? Will your food supply them? Unfortunately, soils have become
increasingly depleted of minerals over the last 100 years. So your food probably
can't supply all the minerals you need for health (or that your pets need for
their health). How did our soils become so depleted? Farming depletes soil over
time if the minerals are not returned to the soil. The longer an area is farmed,
the more depleted the soil becomes. Commercial fertilizers
were introduced in the early 1900's but they often contain only nitrogen,
phosphorus and potassium. Farmers generally never put back more than 8 minerals
into the soil, as it would be too costly and is not needed to get vegetables to
grow. Farmers are paid for the yield of their crop, not the nutrition levels.
Even organic farms may be depleted in minerals, as organic manures and composts
provide nitrogen and phosphorus but may be low in minerals. To remineralize soil
requires spreading minerals on the soil, such as rock dust, not a common
practice even with organic farmers.
To get some idea of how depleted our soils are, Dr. David Thomas conducted
research on the change in mineral content of foods in the United Kingdom and
published the following chart showing the depletion that has occurred:
This depletion is occurring worldwide, as is shown by the following chart
presented to the Earth Summit in Rio in 1992 by the US Senate:
Can your lack of minerals be solved by taking one of the colloidal mineral solutions that have become so popular in the
holistic health world? The Weston A. Price Foundation states that there is no
evidence that they are absorbed any better than true solutions of mineral salts
or minerals in chelated form. Furthermore, they state that "these products may
contain an abundance of minerals that can be toxic in large amounts, such as
silver and aluminum." They also state that chelated minerals can be dangerous if
they work as advertised, being absorbed directly rather than broken down in the
gut. In that case, they "bypass the body's exquisitely designed system for
taking in just what it needs and may cause serious imbalances." Another option
is to use concentrates of minerals such as ConcenTrace from the Great Salt Lake.
However, even though the minerals are dissolved and naturally occur in the lake,
the amounts could be toxic. So mineral solutions like this should only be used
under the care of a health care practitioner who can determine the amount your
body needs, without overdosing on it.
The safest way to get the minerals that our bodies and our pets' bodies need for
optimal health is to drink mineral rich water and eat superfoods and other natural substances high in
minerals. These include seaweed, unprocessed sea salt, algae and bone broth.
Primitive societies also sometimes ate small amounts of mud or clay to obtain
minerals, which provided the additional benefit of absorbing toxins in the gut.
Optimum Choices offers algae products for people and animals that provide
a whole food solution for obtaining the minerals essential for health. These
algae naturally contain over 92 colloidal essential and natural minerals and trace elements including calcium,
phosphorous, magnesium, sodium, chloride, potassium, sulfur iron, iodine,
copper, manganese, zinc, cobalt, molybdenum, selenium, chromium, tin, vanadium,
fluorine, silicon, nickel, etc. For more information, go to our
We also suggest replacing your iodized table salt with a whole, unprocessed
salt such as Celtic Sea
RealSalt® or Himalayan
crystal salt. These salts have not been refined and therefore contain all the trace
elements that naturally occur with salt in the ocean. Our bodies need salt to
function properly, especially the adrenal glands, but the regular table salt
found in supermarkets is no more healthy for your body than white sugar or white
flour. Whole salts can be found now in many health food stores as well as on the
superfood that is high in minerals is the Ningxia wolfberry (or Goji berry).
This fruit is grown on the high plateaus in China that are fed by glacial
streams from the Himalayas. The richest soils in minerals are those that are
located where glaciers were or that are fed by glacial water. If you doubt the
importance of minerals to health, consider that there are 400% more centenarians
(people age 100+) living in the Ningxia province than the rest of China. To
learn more about this super antioxidant fruit and the products available from
it, click here.
To learn more about soil mineral depletion and health, see these websites:
This book was published in 1939 but the information in it is just as vital
and unheeded today as when it came out. In my opinion, this is the most
important book on nutrition published in the last hundred years. Unfortunately,
it is also a little-known book. Weston Price was a dentist in Cleveland, Ohio
who was curious about the connection between diet and dental caries (cavities).
This curiosity led him to travel around the world studying primitive societies
that were still eating their traditional foods. His studies took him all over
the globe during the 1920's and 1930's where he studied Swiss, Gaelics, Eskimos,
North American Indians, Polynesians, Melanesians, Africans, Australian
Aborigines, New Zealand Maori, Malay Micronesians, Ancients Peruvians, Isolated
Peruvian Indians, High Andes Indians and Amazon Jungle Indians. He was fortunate
to live in a "window of time" when it became possible to make these extensive
travels, yet there were still numerous primitive groups that were not yet eating
modern foods. The amount of research he conducted was monumental--I can't
imagine someone doing it even today, when travel is so much easier.
In every society he studied, he found that when the natives ate their
traditional foods, they had virtually no cavities and broad dental arches with
straight teeth. Additionally, they were free of degenerative diseases as well as
many infectious diseases such as tuberculosis. When these societies started
making contact with modern societies and switched to eating what he called the
"displacing foods of modern commerce" (or what we would call the "Standard
American Diet" or SAD), including white flour, white sugar, canned foods, white rice
and vegetable oils, their health declined drastically. The most amazing thing to
me was that he proved that crooked, crowded teeth are caused by diet, not
genetics. We have all been taught that people have crooked teeth today and
require orthodontists because of "changed genetics" leading to smaller mouths
over time. Dr. Price proved this is not so with his extensively documented
studies of primitive societies. He found that with children in the same family,
from the same parents, the children born when the parents were on the
traditional diet had broad dental arches with straight, perfect teeth and plenty
of room for all their teeth. When the family changed to a modern diet, the
subsequent children had narrow faces with small, crowded dental arches that
could not accommodate all their teeth, leading to extremely crooked teeth when
the permanent teeth came in. (The reason for this is that their body did not
have the raw materials or nutrients necessary to build a broad jaw and face
during their growth). In addition, these later children were far more likely to
have birth defects, their health was much poorer and they were prone to diseases
such as tuberculosis.
In all these societies, he found that people on a traditional diet had a
minimum of cavities, even if their teeth were filthy and never cleaned. Once the
societies switched to modern foods, dental cavities became rampant and the pain
from abscessed teeth caused much suffering (because these societies had modern
foods but not modern dentists yet). Dr. Price very systematically studied these
societies, looking in mouths of each person and counting cavities, as well as
photographing faces and dental arches. If nothing else convinces you of the
truth of his findings, his photos will when you see how the primitives on
traditional foods exhibit broad faces and dental arches with perfect teeth vs.
the photos of primitives on modern foods showing narrow faces with horribly
crooked teeth and rampant tooth decay.
Dr. Price studied the diets of these societies extensively and collected
samples of foods that he analyzed in his laboratories to find out what they
contained. Their diets varied greatly depending on what was available locally
but the food was always very nutrient dense and high in minerals. It contained a
much higher level of nutrients, especially vitamins A and D, than foods in
modern diets. Despite all the talk today about the importance of fruits and
vegetables in promoting health and preventing cancer, these were not the most
important foods that Dr. Price found to be promoting the health of primitive
societies. In fact, some societies ate few vegetables due to lack of
availability (such as Eskimos living in the far north). Instead, it was the
foods providing the fat soluble vitamins (such as A and D) that conferred the
immune boosting, body building and reproductive benefits. Societies that ate a
lot of seafood were especially healthy. Peruvian Indians would hike from the
high mountains down to the sea to get fish eggs so they could "have healthy
babies", instinctively realizing the super nutrition they provided. The Swiss,
who were isolated from the ocean, got their fat soluble vitamins from dairy
products, especially butter produced when the cows were grazing on rapidly
growing grass. The organs of animals were also a rich source of nutrients for
many primitive societies.
The health implications of his work extend far beyond the effects of diet on
cavities and crooked teeth. The poor nutrition that leads to a small mouth and
narrow face also causes a host of other health problems, including reduced
immunity, a narrow pelvis in women (making childbirth more difficult) and
difficulty reproducing. Dr. Price found that when women were on inadequate
diets, their reproductive capacity was reduced over time leading to miscarriages
as well as each subsequent child being in poorer health and having narrower
faces. Reading that helped me realize why I have many of the chronic health
problems I deal with, having been not only the third child in my family but
coming after 4 miscarriages (indicating my mother's reduced reproductive
capacity, due to inadequate diet). My dental arches are so narrow that I had to
have 4 permanent teeth removed before my braces were installed. We are so used
to modern people having narrow faces that it has become the standard of beauty
today. If you look at most of today's female movie stars, especially the younger
women, they have narrow faces and pointed chins. The primitive women on
traditional diets in Dr. Price's photos have broad faces and jaws (which can
then accommodate all their teeth).
Dr. Price's work is unheeded and unknown by most health professionals but is
starting to become better known thanks to the efforts of the
Nutrition Foundation, who keep his book in print, and the
Weston A. Price
Foundation, who educate people on proper nutrition based on his findings. We
have featured books in the past by Sally Fallon, President of the Weston A.
Price Foundation, but if you want to go to the source and read the amazing
findings and travels of Dr. Price in his own words, get Nutrition and
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is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease. Please
see a qualified healthcare practitioner for any disease or illness.