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In July, 2018, the FDA began an investigation
into reports of canine dilated cardiomyopathy (DCM) in pets eating
certain foods, many "grain-free" labeled, that contained a high proportion
of peas, lentils, other legume seeds (pulses), and/or potatoes in various
forms (whole, flour, protein, etc.) as main ingredients. We have heard that
some large pet food manufacturers and some traditional Western veterinarians
are recommending pet parents avoid "BEG" diets—Boutique companies,
Exotic ingredients or Grain-free diets. Before you panic, read
our truly holistic perspective in previous newsletters:
FDA Investigates Potential Link between Certain Diets and Canine Dilated
Grain-Free Foods Linked to Canine Dilated Cardiomyopathy (DCM): Part 2
The pet food recalls continue. The best "wholistic" suggestion to prevent
danger to your pet is — STOP feeding dry kibble dog food. In our
"wholistic" opinion, dry kibble dog food is the least nutritious form of
food to feed a carnivore. Furthermore, a majority of all pet food recalls is
with dry food. Canned food, freeze-dried food and raw food have a much lower
percentage of recalls. For the latest recalls, go to:
Dog Food Recalls or
To read more on our "wholistic" philosophy on
pet food, go to the following links:
Pet Food Recall
Holistic Pet Food
a very revealing report on pet food, click the link:
What Pet Food Companies
Don't Want You to Know
During my early mild Traumatic Brain Injury
(mTBI) treatment my medical doctor said, "when you can see the gift of
your TBI, your real recovery will begin/accelerate." This was when I was
Getting daily headaches.
Becoming so fatigued after 4 hours of work, I had to
Taking medication (Lorazepam)
for anxiety, depression and insomnia.
too many mistakes, with lapses in memory, that I was mailing orders 18 days
after processing them (charging customers' credit card).
irritable and angry all the time (from PTSD), that Margaret's blood pressure
Could I see the TBI "gift" at this point? Hardly.
Finally, after 8 years of treatment and therapy since my accidental concussion,
I can see the gift.
Mental Stress from COVID-19
I recently read a list of all the mental health
issues and their emotional impact that average people are confronted with from
the COVID-19 pandemic. They include the following:
loss of income.
time clock thrown off, no regular work schedule.
friends because of social distancing.
reference points in life.
change to normal routine, rules keep changing based on new knowledge of
anchors in life, nothing stays the same.
thing as Saturday anymore. Loss of weekly routine.
is just today. Cannot plan for the future.
environment looks the same, but things look and act so differently.
filled with uncertainty and new rules.
devote more time to plan daily things that used to be automatic, like groceries
Coping With COVID-19 Mental Stress
The above list is what mental stress the average
person may be experiencing during COVID-19, not someone who already has been
diagnosed with a mental disorder of anxiety, depression, paranoia, etc. Well,
this entire list of mental health issues, exactly describes my life after my TBI
and BEFORE COVID-19. In order to become a TBI survivor/thriver, I had to
learn to cope daily with the above mental issues, thus draining my brain's
limited energy by
the end of the day. It is like having a cell phone with a 5+ year old battery—it
never makes it to the end of the day without needing a recharge. From financial
hardships, frustrations, setbacks, constant disappointments, anxiety, paranoia,
depression, to new lessons of flexibility, learning to adapt to a new way of
life, daily adjustments of schedule, accepting a "new normal," etc. These
routine TBI challenges required daily flexibility, adaptability and rest
(recharging the brain).
When any catastrophe happens and one loses control over
their life, it is only natural to feel anxiety, dismay, panic, terror, doom,
depression, etc. One might even feel shortness of breath, constriction in the
chest, lightheaded and other physical symptoms. I experienced all of these, even
though I do not have heart issues.
The first thing I learned is that I am not my thoughts, worries or fears. I was
told in therapy that 90% of what most people fear, either never happens or is
never as bad as they originally thought. So, why does one person shrug off an
unpleasant event, while another person goes into complete panic and is depressed
for a week (like those with a TBI)? It all depends on how one reacts or responds
to the same event. We are all conditioned by our past (childhood, parents,
school, previous jobs, previous relationships, etc.) but we do have a choice
when presented with a new event. We can continue to react in the same way,
feeling the same emotions based on our past experiences or we can choose to
respond and feel a new way. It first takes observation, recognition of feelings,
discovery of one's needs, acceptance of circumstances and then learning and
responding with new choices. So, instead of spending my limited brain's energy
on what "bad" outcomes could happen (only 10% chance), I learned to use that
same energy to envision creative and flexible solutions to my predicaments. All
the above was not accomplished overnight but after years of therapy and
TBI Gift—Holistic Solutions
In these unprecedented and challenging times, it
takes a strong character, exceptional will power, persistence and a desire to
better oneself and the world, in order to survive and then thrive. My TBI taught
me one is not defined by their difficulties and missteps but by their intentions
and eventual consequences in how they benefited those around them. After
successfully adapting and coping with all the above mental TBI stress and daily
challenges, I am now able to handle the COVID-19 pandemic stress without
experiencing high levels of anxiety, paranoia and going into a deep depression.
Now I am showing/teaching others in my personal and professional life (OptimumChoices.com)
how to cope with the long 11-point list above of mental health issues and
emotional impact of COVID-19. This is the gift ("silver lining") from COVID-19:
the student becomes the teacher.
Wholistic Brain Fuel
One way to make all the above lessons and
adjustments go easier, is to properly nourish and balance all your glands and
organs, especially the brain. If one had a Ferrari, one would not use cheap
low-octane fuel and expect to get high performance. Sugary and starchy foods may
make us instantly feel better, but they are not immune-enhancing or
life-sustaining. Proper nutrition for the brain and the entire
(glandular) system, is one of the first TBI recovery lessons I learned. Having a
balanced endocrine system makes one less reactive, less likely to be depressed
and have more brain energy for creative solutions. For nutritional tips on
optimizing your brain and thus your immune system, read our previous newsletter,
Immunity for Superior Health. Adding our whole superfood products
Cellular PSP to your diet, is one way to
cover all your nutritional bases, without spending a ton of money on a whole
shoebox full of isolated supplements. Both these whole food products nourish ALL
your glands and organs (especially the brain) at the cellular level (little to
no digestion required). Download these holistic papers for more details:
Depression, Brain and BAC
Brain Function, Nervous System Disorders, Epilepsy
Endocrine System-Hormones and BAC
Immune System and Cellular PSP
Having optimum brain function and a fully balance
endocrine system during COVID-19 is keeping me sane, stable and off any
anxiety/depression. If you need help with your brain (concentration,
focus, attention span, attention deficit, memory, speed of processing) or immune-enhancing
nutrition, contact us at