Your pet is apart of the family and their health is important!

Should you Vaccinate Your Cat or Dog? and if so how often?


A Little Veterinary Vaccine History

Vaccination is one of the most hotly debated topics in veterinary medicine today. The reason is because while on the one hand we want to protect companion animals from deadly infectious diseases, we are also very concerned with the problems created by over-vaccination.

When humans are vaccinated against diseases like measles, mumps, rubella and DPT, the immunizations given in childhood provide lifetime protection. They are not given again in that child’s entire life, much less repeated every year.

When I worked at a humane society 20 years ago, our protocol was to give puppies a five-way combination vaccine at 6, 8, 10, 12, 14 and 16 weeks, followed by an annual booster every year for the rest of their lives.

When I got to veterinary school and learned vaccines never wear off, I became quite confused about why vets recommend yearly re-vaccinations. So I asked Dr. Schultz how dogs and cats develop immunity.

Dr. Schultz explained that my questions were the same ones he asked back in the 1970s – how often do dogs and cats need to be vaccinated, and what vaccines are really required?

In the 1970s there weren’t a lot of vaccines available for pets, so according to Dr. Schultz, every time a new one became available, it was added to the syringe.

By the 1980s, there were 12 or 14 different vaccines being delivered as combination products. As an immunologist, Dr. Schultz knew that was not a good idea. And vaccinated pets were beginning to develop adverse reactions, so their bodies also knew the combination vaccines were a bad idea.

In 1978, Dr. Schultz and a colleague, Dr. Fred Scott developed and published a vaccination protocol. It called for pets to receive puppy or kitten shots, be vaccinated again at a year of age, and then be re-vaccinated every three years or less frequently thereafter.

Change is often a very slow process, and it wasn’t until 1998 that the American Association of Feline Practitioners issued guidelines very similar to what Dr. Schultz and Dr. Scott published 20 years earlier.

Core vs. Non-Core Vaccines

There are a lot more vaccines available today than there were back in the 1970s, but we now know there are certain vaccines, called the ‘core vaccines,’ that every dog and cat should receive.

Canine core vaccines include:

  • Distemper
  • Parvo
  • Adenovirus
  • Rabies

Feline core vaccines:

  • Panleukopenia
  • Calici
  • Herpes
  • Rabies

The diseases these vaccines protect against are very serious, with mortality as high as 60 to 80 percent in young animals. That’s why every kitten and puppy should receive these core vaccines very early in life.

All other vaccines are known as non-core, or optional. Only certain animals need non-core vaccines, as opposed to every animal needing the core vaccines.

I next asked Dr. Schultz for his thoughts on what vaccines are necessary for indoor-only cats that never come into contact with outdoor cats.

Dr. Schultz recommends only the core vaccine panleukopenia for indoor kitties. He explained the last dose should be at 14 to 16 weeks, because by that time the kitten will no longer have the protection passed from the mother cat.

Litters from immunized cats and dogs have some protective antibodies from their mothers at birth. These antibodies are systemic, but they have a finite life. They ultimately die off, but the level of immunity in the mother determines when that die-off occurs in the kittens or puppies. It is only when the antibodies from the mother die off that a vaccination actually immunizes the puppy or kitten.


You can read the whole article here and also find the rest of the videos.

What are your thoughts on the topic of vaccines for your pet? What do you choose to do in your home and why?


Fluoride and your health!

Professional Perspectives on Water Fluoridation


This FAN production (one of FAN’s most popular) presents a powerful indictment of the water fluoridation program through interviews with a Nobel Laureate in Medicine, three scientists from the National Research Council’s landmark review on fluoride, as well as dentists, medical doctors, and leading researchers in the field.

Communities that Have Rejected Fluoridation Since 2010

You can help by sharing this information and by taking action now!

Take Action

Ending water fluoridation is not a pipe dream. Since 1990, over 300 communities in the United States and Canada — representing millions of people — have rejected water fluoridation schemes. Read below to learn the seven ways you can join this historic movement. Then ask yourself: what role would I like to play?

Honest Tea – Just a tad sweet and honest to goodness it’s good!

This is a tea I always grab before I leave my local health food store.

Hey! I deserve it!

I have concurred my grocery list.

I’m ready for a refreshingly good beverage to sip on as I make my journey home.

To all the ladies and gentlemen that grocery shop you know it’s not always easy! haha…

honest tea - my honest thoughts

Today I grabbed the Mango White Tea.

Why it’s good –


Fair Trade Tea & Sugar


Never tried Honest Tea? Read how they brew their tea and sweeten it! And next time you want some honest to goodness good tea try it!

Must have Natural Household Cleaners

Some favorites of ours when it comes to household cleaners that are natural and safe for your home.

Mrs. Meyer’s Clean Day –  Awesome household cleaners and they can be found at just about any grocery store.  The lemon verbena, basil or lavender scents are light and refreshing. But they have many more lovely scents.



Method – They carry some great products from antibacterial cleaners, floor cleaners, all purpose cleaners, bathroom cleaners and more. This post is about household cleaners but I also must say I love their hand soap to!


Naturally it’s clean – 100% Made in the USA. Enzymes are a new way to clean for a healthier home. Find out why here.




Better LifeNatural cleaning products at it’s finest! They were even on Shark Tank.



Why you Should Be Drinking Lemon Water Every Morning and How

1.    Improves Digestion

Lemon juice has a similar structure to your stomach’s juices and helps to loosen and flush out toxins from the digestive tract. Lemon juice can help ease indigestion, heartburn, and bloating. It also helps to move your bowels in the morning, hydrates your colon, stimulate bile production, and infuses water in your stool.

2.    Boost Immune System.

Lemon juice is rich in vitamin C, which helps strengthen the immunes system and fights cold and flu. But not only vitamin C is important for a good working immune system, iron is another important nutrient, and lemons improve the ability to absorb more iron from the food you eat.

3.    Hydrates Your Body

It is important to stay hydrated. Especially during the summer months. Plain water is best, but many people find this boring and are not drinking enough of it. That’s where lemon comes into play to make things more interesting. So feel free to not only start your day with lemon water, but drink as many glasses as you wish during the day to stay hydrated.

4.    Boost Energy

Lemon water gives you an instant boost of energy and improves your mood right at the start of your day.

5.    Promote Healthy And Rejuvenated Skin

Lemons are a rich sources of antioxidants that prevent free radical damage. These free radicals are responsible for pre-mature aging of your skin. Vitamin C helps to maintain your skin’s elasticity to prevent the formation of wrinkles and decrease blemishes.

6.    Reduce Inflammation

Lemons have the ability to remove uric acid from your joints. Uric acid built-ups are one of the major causes of inflammation.

7.    Weight Loss Aid

Although lemon water on its own is no weight loss miracle, it can definitely help you to achieve faster and long term results. Lemons assist in fighting hunger cravings, boost metabolism, and give you a stuffed feeling, making it less likely to snack in between meals.

8.    Alkalize Your Body

Although lemons have a sour taste, they are one of the most alkalizing food sources on Earth. Too much acids can cause inflammation, obesity, and major diseases like cancer, diabetes and Alzheimer’s. Click here to learn more about the importance of alkalizing your body.

9.    Cleansing Properties

Lemons help your entire body to flush out more toxins to prevent built-ups and damage to your cells, tissues, and organs. It stimulates your liver to produce more enzymes and work more efficiently. Lemon juice works as a diuretic to keep your urinary tract toxin-free and can also change the pH levels which discourage bacterial growth. This is very helpful for people who often suffer from UTI (urinary tract infection). And like mentioned before, lemons loosen and flush out waste from your digestive tract and cleanse your colon.

10.Antibacterial and Antiviral Properties

Lemons have antibacterial and antiviral properties. They help fight the flu, cold, and soothe a sore throat. Although people who drink their daily lemon water every day are less likely to get these in the first place.

11.Reduce Mucus And Phlegm

Lemon water helps to reduce mucus and phlegm formation. People who drink cow’s milk are often more sensitive for mucus production. So starting your day with lemon water can definitely help to lessen mucus if you’re not ready to go dairy-free.

12.Freshen Breath

Lemons freshen your breath and fight mouth bacteria. Although lemons are great for your overall oral health, avoid drinking or using it undiluted. The citric acid can erode tooth enamel, so don’t brush your teeth with it, but have a glass of lemon water instead.

13.Boost Brain Power

The high levels of potassium and magnesium show beneficial effects on our brain and nerve health. Lemon water can give you the boost you need to fight depression and stress. It creates mental clarity and more focus, making it a great drink for students or people with busy and stressful jobs.


Lemon’s antioxidants not only protect your skin from ageing, but also reduce the risk of several types of cancer. They are great in neutralizing acids as well. Cancer loves to grow in an acidic environment. Alkalizing your body may stop cancer cells to grow and may reduce the risk of getting cancer in the first place.

15.Get Of Caffeine

Many people are able to get off caffeine by replacing their morning coffee by lukewarm lemon water. It gives a similar energy boost to wake your body and boost energy as one cup of coffee would.


How To Make Lemon Water

Making lemon water is super simple. It takes less than 5 minutes of your precious morning time. Just squeeze half a lemon in lukewarm water. If you weigh more than 150 pounds, use a whole lemon.

Why use lukewarm (or room temperature) instead of cold or hot water to make this healing morning drink? Well, hot or cold water takes more energy to process, so your first glass in the morning should be lukewarm or at room temperature to slowly wake your body and kick start digestion.

If you love the taste feel free to add more lemon water to your diet during the rest of the day, cold or hot. It adds up to your daily water need, is less boring than plain water, and adds tons of benefits for body and mind.



Benefits of Yoga & Yoga for Beginners

Benefits of Yoga

There are many benefits of yoga, including:

  • Stress relief: The practice of yoga is well-demonstrated to reduce the physical effects of stress on the body. The body responds to stress through a fight-or-flight response, which is a combination of the sympathetic nervous system and hormonal pathways activating, releasing cortisol – the stress hormone – from the adrenal glands. Cortisol is often used to measure the stress response. Yoga practice has been demonstrated to reduce the levels of cortisol. Most yoga classes end with savasana, a relaxation pose, which further reduces the experience of stress.
  • Pain relief: Yoga can ease pain. Studies have shown that practicing yoga asanas (postures), meditation or a combination of the two, reduced pain for people with conditions such as cancer, multiple sclerosis, auto-immune diseases and hypertension as well as arthritis, back and neck pain and other chronic conditions.
  • Better breathing: Yoga includes breathing practices known as pranayama, which can be effective for reducing our stress response, improving lung function and encouraging relaxation. Many pranayamas emphasize slowing down and deepening the breath, which activates the body’s parasympathetic system, or relaxation response. By changing our pattern of breathing, we can significantly affect our body’s experience of and response to stress. This may be one of the most profound lessons we can learn from our yoga practice.
  • Flexibility: Yoga can improve flexibility and mobility and increase range of motion. Over time, the ligaments, tendons and muscles lengthen, increasing elasticity.
  • Increased strength: Yoga asanas use every muscle in the body, increasing strength literally from head to toe. A regular yoga practice can also relieve muscular tension throughout the whole body.
  • Weight management: While most of the evidence for the effects of yoga on weight loss is anecdotal or experiential, yoga teachers, students and practitioners across the country find that yoga helps to support weight loss. Many teachers specialize in yoga programs to promote weight management and find that even gentle yoga practices help support weight loss. People do not have to practice the most vigorous forms of yoga to lose weight. Yoga encourages development of a positive self-image, as more attention is paid to nutrition and the body as a whole. A study from the Journal of Alternative Therapies in Health and Medicine found that regular yoga practice was associated with less age-related weight gain. The lifestyle study of 15,500 adults in their 50’s covered 10 years of participants’ weight history, physical activity, medical history and diet.
  • Improved circulation: Yoga helps to improve circulation by efficiently moving oxygenated blood to the body’s cells.
  • Cardiovascular conditioning: Even a gentle yoga practice can provide cardiovascular benefits by lowering resting heart rate, increasing endurance and improving oxygen uptake during exercise.
  • Presence: Yoga connects us with the present moment. The more we practice, the more aware we become of our surroundings and the world around us. It opens the way to improved concentration, coordination, reaction time and memory.
  • Inner peace: The meditative effects of a consistent yoga practice help many cultivate inner peace and calm.



and a simple 20 minute yoga video for beginners –



Trader Joe’s Organic Liquid Stevia Review



What is Stevia?

Stevia is a plant.

If you are new to Stevia, let me help you catch up. You can find out more about Stevia and what it is here and here.

Is Stevia safe?

The food babe did a awesome post that is packed full of helpful information about Stevia.

Fun Facts on Stevia:

  • Stevia is a plant.
  • You can purchase Stevia in powder and liquid form.
  • Stevia is a lot sweeter than sugar.
  • Stevia is calorie-free.

Now for my review on the Organic Liquid Stevia from Trader Joe’s.

I love that it comes with a dropper, this makes it handy for those who want a couple drops in their coffee, tea or smoothies. Everyone has their own preference but I actually like the liquid over the powder.  For me the taste was something I had to get used to. But that is just the stevia taste in general nothing to do with the Trader Joe’s brand. Overall this product is great and Stevia is a great alternative to sugar and other artificial sweeteners.








Toxic Aspartame Sweetener – Watch out for it in these food products!

Aspartame: The Bitter Truth Behind This Toxic Sweetener



It’s in a lot of food products –


  • Diet sodas


  • Yogurts
  • Chewing gum
  • Cooking sauces
  • Crisps
  • Tabletop sweeteners
  • Drink powders
  • Flavored water
  • Sugar-free products
  • Cereals


 Your best bet as always is read your labels!

Just Label It! Here’s why

Over 90% of Americans support FDA mandated labeling of genetically engineered foods. Check out this video to see to stars like, Michael J Fox, Ziggy Marley and 25 others celebrities join the millions to voice their support for GE labeling!

Why is this so important? We have make informed choices as a consumer. We have a right to know about food we eat and feed our families, but under current regulations, we don’t have that ability when it comes to GE foods.

Did you know? The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) may soon approve genetically engineered salmon, which would be the first genetically engineered animal on supermarket shelves in the United States. And the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) is considering a new type of herbicide-resistant corn that will promote the use of more chemicals in our food supply.

Speak out! Check out the Just Label It website and join these celebrities (and millions of people like you) in speaking out for our right to know!

About Just Label It:

JUST LABEL IT is a national coalition of more than 600 diverse organizations dedicated to the mandatory labeling of genetically engineered (GE) foods, also referred to as genetically-modified, or GMOs. The Just Label It message is simple: consumers have a right to know about our food so we can make informed choices about what we eat and feed our families.

For more information on polling and consumer support of labeling, visit:…

Trader Joe’s Organic Colorful Carrots – Plus a simple and tasty recipe!


Fun Facts on Carrots

  • Rabbits love to eat carrots but they shouldn’t eat too much.
    Remember that a rabbit eating a single carrot is like us eating over 20!  They like the sweetness and carrots are good for their teeth and don’t have white sugar but even too too many natural sugars will cause digestive problems and diabetes. They probably would do better with the carrot tops.  We would benefit from the tops also but probably won’t eat them!
  • Carrots are the second most popular type of vegetable after potatoes.
  • The biggest carrot recorded is more than 19 pounds and the longest is over 19 feet!
    You can see them here:  biggest carrot – but they aren’t particularly pretty!
  • There are over 100 species of carrots.
    Some are big. Some are small and they come in a variety of colors including: orange, purple, white, yellow, and red.
  • English women in the 1600’s often wore carrot leaves in their hats in place of flowers or feathers.
  • The name “carrot” comes from the Greek word “karoton.”
    The beta-carotene that is found in carrots was actually named for the carrot itself!
  • The average American eats about 12 pounds of carrots a year.
    That’s only one cup per week.  We could easily triple that with great benefits if we were also eating a variety of other vegetables.

Read more:


Carrots are delicious raw and cooked!

Check out this yummy simple recipe – Alice Waters’ Colorful Carrots with Butter and Honey