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May 2003

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Raindrop Technique with Essential Oils
Feed Your Pet Right
Upcoming Classes
Book of the Month
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Raindrop Technique with Essential Oils

This month we highlight the Raindrop Technique as a powerful, non-invasive tool for assisting the body in maintaining the proper structural and electrical alignment in the spine. The Raindrop Technique integrates Vita Flex massage with the power of essential oils. Recent scientific research shows that microorganisms lodged near the spinal cord can contribute to spinal deformities. Since essential oils are immune enhancing and support the bodyís natural defenses, this technique creates an environment thatís hostile to these microorganisms. A sequence of single oils and oil blends (10 total) are dispensed like raindrops on the back and then massaged along the spine and back muscles. The session is extremely relaxing. This technique detoxifies the entire body, especially from petrochemicals. Although the entire process takes about one hour, the profound effects can last up to one week after the treatment. Once the body is back in balance, optimum health can be restored.

MAY SPECIAL - One-third off regular $75 price. During May only $50. For an appointment contact: Russell at 303-271-1649 or Russell@OptimumChoices.com.

Feed Your Pet Right

According to Veterinary Pet Insurance, "The Nation's #1 Pet Medical Insurance Plan", nearly half of all dogs and cats will develop some form of cancer during their lifetime. (See http://www.petinsurance.com). They state that "dogs and cats are three times more likely than people to contract cancer, and 45 percent of dogs die from it". What is causing this high incidence of cancer? Is it just that pets are living longer due to medical advances? Or are there other factors at work?

Many experts in the holistic health field feel that the high incidence of cancer in our pets is caused not just by longer lives but other factors such as poor breeding practices, over vaccination and the diet we feed our pets. Despite the glowing commercials by pet food companies showing healthy animals bouncing around, much commercial pet food is not healthy for our pets. The pet food industry was developed as a way to handle the refuse from human food processing that was not fit for human consumption. Rather than throwing out this garbage, it could be packaged into pet food and sold for profit.

What is found in pet food that is not fit for human (or pet) consumption? Pet food often includes "4D" meat, which means animals that are dying, dead, diseased or disabled. Also, meat byproducts rather than whole meat is often used. Byproducts includes feet, heads, beaks, hides, hooves and other animal parts that may not be digestible. In addition to these animal products of questionable nutritional value, dry kibble is high in carbohydrates, such as grains, which are required to hold the kibble together. The pet food manufacturer can count the protein content in both the byproducts and grains towards the total protein value of the food, even if your pet cannot assimilate it. Finally, the food may contain artificial preservatives, high levels of pesticides or drugs and non-food fillers like cellulose (sawdust). Is it any wonder that our animals get cancer eating this?

So, what can you feed your pet to keep it in optimal health? Most holistic vets now recommend a raw food diet for both dogs and cats. Dogs and cats are carnivores, designed to eat a diet high in raw meat and bones, with some vegetable matter. The raw food provides the natural enzymes they need to digest the food and raw bones act as natural toothbrushes. You don't see wolves or lions roasting their meat on campfires and our pets are not designed to eat cooked food either. It is now possible to buy pre-made raw food diets (frozen or freeze-dried) at many natural pet stores if you don't have time to prepare it yourself. The next best diet would be a super-premium canned food, with added enzymes and supplements.

For dog owners who like the convenience of kibble or can't afford the time and cost to feed an all-raw or canned diet, Optimum Choices offers a super-premium dog kibble from Prosperous Pet Products that contains human-grade whole meat as the first ingredient and no artificial preservatives. You can find out more information about this food here: http://www.optimumchoices.com/PPP.htm

Holistic vets and nutrition experts state that cats should never be fed kibble, even a super premium brand. Unlike dogs, cats are pure carnivores, who thrive on a diet of 70-95% meat and cannot properly digest grains. Because of the amount of carbohydrates required to hold kibble together, the highest protein content in the best cat kibble on the market is just 40%. Cats were domesticated by the Egyptians to protect their granaries from rodents, since cats would not eat the grains. Yet today we feed our cats kibble that contain mostly grains. This makes no sense nutritionally or biologically! Pet food companies have spent millions of dollars in advertising to convince us that their kibble is healthy for our cats when that is not true. Cats should ideally be fed a raw meat diet or failing that, a canned diet with added enzymes. We can direct you to resources about how to transition your cat to a healthier diet if it is addicted to kibble.

For more information on what's really in commercial pet food, see the article from the Animal Protection Institute which we have posted on our website here: http://www.optimumchoices.com/What's_Really_In_Pet_Food.htm.

For videos on how to prepare a raw food diet, see: http://www.optimumchoices.com/books.htm.

Upcoming Classes

These classes are all taught in the Denver metro area by Russell Louie:

  • Living the Ancient Tao in a Modern World, Sat, May 31 @ 11:30 - 5:30,
    $65 by May 24; $75 after May 24
    Journey Books & Gifts, 6731 W. Colfax Ave, Lakewood, CO 80214
    next to Casa Bonita restaurant.

  • Tao Discussion Group, Monday, May 19, 7:00-9:00 PM,
    Metaphysical Bookstore & Center, 2178 S. Colorado Blvd. (near E. Evans Ave.),
    Denver, $7.

Taoism is a way of life. Taoism teaches us to live in harmony with Universal laws and go with the flow of the Universe. Come with your questions and discuss how you can practice this simple philosophy in your personal and professional lives. More information at www.SpiritFire.com.

Call Russell at 303-271-1649 to register or for more information or see http://www.optimumchoices.com/classes.htm.

Book of the Month


Food Pets Die For, 2nd Edition, by Ann N. Martin

Click picture to order from Dogwise


For more information on what's really in pet food, read this book which was written by a layman who spent years researching the pet food industry after her pets were made very ill by pet food. You will learn that some pet food even contains euthanized animals from animal shelters. (When I went to work for an animal shelter recently, I was relieved to see that they have a crematorium so their animals don't end up in pet food). The one thing we don't agree with in this book is her caution against feeding raw foods to pets. Many animals have regained their health after being put on raw food diets, whereas their health was failing on a cooked food diet.

To purchase this book online, click on the book picture above.

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