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Animals & Pets
by Mitsie Vargas, DVM, CTCVMP
Liver failure and liver cancers are increasingly being diagnosed in dogs and cats. In my opinion, dogs and cats are like canaries in a mine coal and their diseases are a reflection of the proliferation of pollutants in our environment and their effect on our health. The holistic approach to liver disease is, in most instances, the only avenue available to the owners of these pets.
Editor's Note from Cathy Alinovi: The liver has a wonderful capacity to heal - making liver disease incredibly responsive to alternative treatment. Many dogs and cats have been saved by using alternative medicine to treat their liver disease/cancer.
Animals & Pets
by Tias Little
The aim of a yoga practice is to reduce suffering. To do this we practice postures, recite incantations and study sutras. A yoga practice should necessarily involve working with pain. The asanas are good to reduce lower back pain, shoulder pain, sacroiliac pain and the like. At the same time, a well-rounded yoga practice should address what my Tibetan teacher Tsoknyi Rinpoche describes as “mind pain”...
Editor's Note: This article explores what it is to think we are alive while unknowingly attached to the golden bars of our own "problems." That's the ego at work, and Tias gives clear insight into how much our conditioned minds feed on fixing and searching for trouble to fix. I really enjoy the lines: "The idea that complete peace or happiness can be realized by the ego is like attempting to feed a stuffed animal to bring it to life. It is just not possible." Here is another bell ringing to help us wake up from what we think we are in order to experience what we really Are.
by Jennifer Summerfield, DVM, CPDT-KA
It’s a beautiful summer morning. You’re out on the sidewalk, leash and poop bags in hand, enjoying a peaceful stroll with your dog. It’s early, still cool and gray. Quiet. The very best time to be out, before the world around you is awake.
When suddenly – off to the side, not half a block away – you hear it. The familiar creaking whine of a screen door opening. A neighbor steps outside, oblivious, with her little dog on a leash beside her. You tighten your grip instinctively, but it’s too late. Your dog has seen them too.
Editor's Note from Cathy Alinovi: Calm to crazed in zero point two seconds on the leash may be an emotional problem rather than a training issue; and there are tricks to help your dog cope.
Animals & Pets
by Mary Oquendo
Fall is my favorite time of year! Air is crisp, apples are on the trees, leaves are changing color, and the weather is in transition. We’re leaving behind the heat and humidity of summer, but the cold, frigid air of winter is not yet upon us. But with that transition comes the potential for hurricanes, tornados, and other massive storms. While tornados sneak up on us, hurricanes do not. The key to weathering (Ha Ha) these storms is preparation.
Editor's Note from Cathy Alinovi: There are many things pet owners need to worry about as we enter cooler seasons - from weather to holidays to family celebrations. Read on to see how to keep your pets safe.
Animals & Pets
by Hal Mosher
Animals are an integral part of our lives as they serve as reminders of our deep connection to nature. The animal mind has not been tainted by societal conventions, and more importantly neither has its instincts. In martial arts practice, we try to cultivate the sense of ourselves we had before our societal conditioning...
by Lou Harvey-Zahra
The earth – helped by her two friends, the warm sunshine and tickling rain – grows the food that we eat to stay alive. The earth looks after us and we need to look after her. The earth is our home and holds treasures of life: plants, insects and animals! Our own garden is a wonderful and amazing place...
Editor's Note from Carol Lawrence & Stacy Toten: Lou states in Part 1 of her article, "As parents we need to ask the question: 'What legacy are we leaving for our children?' 'What about our children’s children?' No longer can companies and governments clear old growth rainforests, dredge the seas of all life, and pump toxic waste into our water ways, without a cry of 'no!' from protesters and protectors of our planet for the future generations." Again, in Part 2 she provides great ideas on becoming green and living a more sustainable life.
Family & Parenting
by Shelley Nordlund
Chinese New Year is coming up on January 31, and we will enter the Year of the Wood Horse! If you’ve ever wondered which of the twelve animals you match with, I decided to enlighten you on the subject...
Editor's Note from Carolyn White: Chinese New Year, which ushers in the Year of the Wooden Horse, occurs at the end of January. Compared to the Western calendar, it is the year 4712. For about 5000 years, the Chinese philosophers have observed energy in the ebb and flow of nature. Over time, they witnessed patterns in life, often allegorically attributing these recurring themes to members of the animal kingdom.
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