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Dogs and cats routinely lived 15-20 years and relatively cancer-free in the 1950's. Today
the average life of a Golden Retriever is 7 years. According to a Morris
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Do you feel like you are spinning your wheels on the road of life?
Are you constantly depressed about your daily life?
Do you have trouble getting to sleep from too much worrying?
Have you tried to make a transition in life and seem stuck?
Have you lost hope about recovering from…?
One ancient Chinese curse reads, “May you live in interesting times.” We do
indeed live in interesting times with global famine, fires, and disasters of
unimagined proportions, an undeclared war from an enemy that is hard to
recognize and whose battleground extends to every major metropolitan city in the
world and an
ever changing economy in which investors cannot figure out what to do next. So,
how does one go about making a change in their life and overcome all this
uncertainty and negativity we see or read in the media?
The first thing I realized when I was laid off from three jobs in a one year
time period was that I cannot lose hope of better times if I was ever to make it
out of my depression. During this same joblessness period, my last surviving
parent (mother) died and I had to spend three months cleaning out my childhood
house and preparing it for sale. When I came back home, I confronted another
realization that I not only lost my last job but also my career as a developing
Internet Project Manager. Having lots of ‘free time’ to reflect on what I wanted
to do with my life (mid-life transition/crisis) led me to explore the potential
and power of essential oils.
Hope was one of the first oils I reached for when the despair was stronger than
my prospects of a new job. Hope was the oil I used after I had not had a paying
job in over 12 months. Hope was the oil I used first when I was ‘told by others’
I needed to feel acceptance and gratitude for my seemingly hopeless situation
and I needed to release and surrender to my feelings. That’s easy for someone on
the outside looking in to say but not so easy for one currently going through
Other oil blends I used in addition to Hope are Abundance, Acceptance, Awaken,
Believe, Clarity, Dream Catcher, Gathering, Gratitude, Grounding, Highest
Potential, Into the Future, Live With Passion, Magnify Your Purpose, Present
Time, Release, Surrender, 3 Wise Men, Transformation and Valor (all oil blend
names are trademarks of Young Living Essential Oils). Well, I am
living proof that there is hope and life after turning 55 this year. If you
would like to discuss how I used these essential oils in my successful
transition from an unemployed Internet Project Manager to an entrepreneur owning a holistic
Internet business for people and pets,
please contact me.
Hope is essential in order to go forward in life. Hopelessness can cause a loss
of vision of goals and dreams. This blend helps to reconnect with a feeling of
strength and grounding, restoring hope for tomorrow. It helps overcome suicidal
Melissa (Melissa officinalis) brings out gentleness. It is calming and
balancing to the emotions, affecting the limbic part of the brain, the
emotional center of memories.
Spruce (Picea mariana) opens and releases emotional blocks, creating a
feeling of balance and grounding. Traditionally, it was believed to possess
the frequency of prosperity.
Juniper (Juniperus osteosperma and/or J. scopulorum) elevates spiritual
awareness and creates feelings of love and peace.
Myrrh (Commiphora myrrha) is referenced throughout the Old and New
Testaments constituting a part of a holy anointing formula given Moses
(Exodus 30:22-27). It has one of the highest levels of sesquiterpenes, a
class of compounds that can stimulate the hypothalamus, pituitary, and
amygdala, the control center for emotions and hormone release in the brain.
Carrier Oil: Almond oil
Possible skin sensitivity. Diffuse, directly inhale, or add 2-4 drops to bath
water. Apply 1 to 2 drops on edge of ears, wrists, neck, or temples. Put 4-8
drops on cotton ball and locate on vents.
Did you know that nutrition can make a big difference in the behavior of your
dog, cat or even your child? Western medicine has separated the body from the
brain, therefore we think there is no connection between physical and mental
health. If a person has a mental problem, they go to a therapist or mental
hospital. If your dog has a behavioral problem, you take them to a dog trainer
or animal behaviorist. While these resources can be very helpful, it's just as
important to have the right nutrition to feed the brain. Our brains and those of
our pets are made up of physical cells that have certain nutritional
requirements. If those requirements are not adequately met (as they are not with
processed pet foods or the Standard American Diet), then the brain cannot
function properly, which can lead to abnormal behavior. Also, an animal or
person that doesn't feel well may tend to be grumpy. So improving how they feel
physically can improve their mood.
I first saw the difference that nutrition can make in our pets when I switched
my cat years ago from grocery store kibble to a premium kibble. The cat was very
shy and nervous, which I attributed to her premature weaning and lack of
socialization as a kitten. But when I made that dietary switch, I
improvement in her behavior. I now know that kibble is not the optimal diet for
cats since they are designed to eat wet food free of carbohydrates, such as
canned or raw food. So it is interesting that with even that minor improvement
in her diet there was a noticeable improvement in behavior.
We have had customers report to us that their animal's behavior problems go away
once they switch to a premium diet or even better, to a raw food diet. The
average dry kibble diet supplies less than half of the meat protein requirements
of our carnivorous pets (dogs and cats). Both dry and canned foods are lacking
live enzymes (heat kills enzymes) needed by every metabolic process of the body.
The body cannot send proper nerve signals or maintain proper hormonal balance
If an animal has a low grade infection, pain or inflammation, then the animal's
nerves will always be on edge. They will tend to be crabby and jumpy just like a
person with a headache. Sometimes symptoms of the above are not obvious. Getting
a generous amount of Omega oils (essential fatty acids) and antioxidants in the
diet will help with any infection, inflammation and other immune system
Proper nutrition is a big factor in balancing the glands and maintaining the
proper hormonal levels. Fear and aggression can be the result of imbalanced
hormones just like anti-social behavior can be linked to imbalanced hormones in
people. Many animals have hidden adrenal and thyroid gland defects due to poor
breeding practices, over vaccinations and poor diet leading to an
endocrine/immune system imbalance. As we now know from the field of psychoneuroimmunology, there is a
close connection between the hormonal, immune
and nervous systems.
One of the best ways to insure an animal's emotional problems are not caused by
a nutritional deficiency is to add a superfood product to all dry kibble and
canned food diets. These processed foods are lacking in enzymes and usually have
vitamins, Omega oils, amino acids, minerals, etc. added back because of their
Here are some examples of what a good superfood addition can make in an animal's
I've been giving my 4 year old dog
about 6 months. She has vaccinosis and has always been leery of strangers and
aggressive towards some other dogs. Well, I'm very happy to report that my dog
has calmed down SO much!! Now, instead of growling/barking at people when I stop
to talk to them on our walks, she very calmly stands there and waits until we
continue our walk. Gail, Kinga, and Kizzy
I started our dog Lil' Boomer on
because she was just getting older and didn't jump in the window, sofa, or bed
as often. But boy since she started on this product the change has been
wonderful. She seems to be more agile. But the change I saw and love the most is
her reaction to the thunder storms. It's not that they don't bother her anymore
but she does handle them with a little less stress and once the storm passes she
recovers more quickly. It used to take hours before she would stop panting,
shaking, and sticking to me like glue. Now, within about half an hour of the
storm passing, she relaxes. Lisa
So, if your dog or cat has behavioral issues that you haven't been able to
solve, think about improving your pet's nutrition before giving up on their
fears, aggression, anti-social and other undesirable behavior. To learn more
about feeding the optimum diet for dogs and cats, read our Holistic Choices e-Book: Optimum nutrition for dogs and cats available here:
We also recommend the new audio series
by pet food experts Dr. Jean Hofve and Jan Rasmusen, How NOT to Kill Your
Dog or Cat, available from Optimum Choices here:
Good nutrition is critical for our children as well. It's not a stretch to
propose that the brains of violent children (such as school schooters) could be
malfunctioning partly because of inadequate nutrition. Proper nutrition is
essential to the development of the brain and nervous system in growing
children. They need Vitamins A and D in high amounts as well as saturated fatty
acids. These vitamins are found only in animal foods, leaving vegetarian
children particularly at risk. While beta carotene (a Vitamin A precursor) is
found in vegetables, children can't convert it to Vitamin A and even adults may
have difficulty making the conversion. Without these essential nutrients, which
are low in the Standard American Diet (SAD), their brain and nervous system cannot
develop properly. To learn more about feeding the optimum diet to your children,
read our Holistic Choices e-Book: Optimum nutrition for people
Note: This article is educational in nature and is not intended to be a
substitute for veterinary or doctor care. If your animal or child has any health or behavioral issues, please have your veterinarian
or doctor evaluate your animal or child before making
dietary changes. To find a holistic vet, go to:
Nothing on this website has been evaluated by the FDA. This information
is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease. Please
see a qualified healthcare practitioner for any disease or illness.