The Backyard Dog

You see one in every community, a dog tied day after day to a back porch or fence, lying lonely on a pad of bare, packed dirt. The water bowl, if there is one, is usually empty or out of reach. Abandoned, but chained up, backyard dogs cannot move to comfort, shelter, or companionship. In winter, they shiver, in summer, they languish… year round they suffer.

Of course, dogs can be forced to live outside, alone and away from their human pack, but to force this kind of life on a dog is one of the worst things you can do. Being alone goes against the dog’s most basic instinct. If you doubt this, think of all the whining, barking, clawing dogs you have seen tied alone outside. These dogs are trying desperately to get the attention of their human families.

People who keep their dogs constantly tied outside rationalize it, saying that they do spend time with them. But even the most well-meaning among them do not spend significant time with their animal companions. Under the best of circumstances, the backyard dog gets a bowl of food and water, a quick pat on the head and maybe a few minutes of contact with another living being each day.

Dogs can offer people the gifts of steadfast devotion, abiding love and joyful companionship. Unless people accept these offerings and take the time to return them in kind, it would be best to not get a dog. A sad, lonely, bewildered dog tied out back only suffers, and what sort of person wants to maintain suffering?

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Concerta Found To Cause Birth Defects, Duh!

Concerta was tested on animals without birth defects in their offspring, so the greedy pharmaceutical companies use this as their gage of human safety.  This is so wrong as humans and animals are similar but different enough that they respond to medications completely different some so much that one thing that is safe in animals can be deadly in humans and vice versa.  For example, chocolate is deadly to dogs

www.reuters.com/article/us-health-adhd-pregnancy-defects/adhd-drug-tied-to-heart-defects-in-babies-idUSKBN1EU1ZY

Other examples why testing products on animals is a bad idea and should be banned………

As few as 20 holly berries would be fatal to a human child, but birds such as cedar waxwings, mockingbirds, American robins, etc. eat them greedily.

The Monarch butterfly, of course, is well-known for exclusively eating toxic milkweed in order to concentrate the toxins in its own body, rendering the adult butterfly bitter and poisonous to other animals.

Deer browse on plants like skunk cabbage and false hellebore. One tiny bite of skunk cabbage would leave a burning sensation in the human mouth for hours.

Lots of animals eat acorns, raw, right out of the shell. Humans can eat them, but only after they’ve been washed repeatedly in water to remove the tannins – the nuts are toxic to us due to the high level of tannins, prior to that treatment (not to mention, too bitter to be palatable).

Deadly nightshade, aka belladonna – a plant that will cause hallucinations, delirium, and death in humans. Only two berries will kill a child, and 10 to 20 will kill a healthy adult. Eating a single leaf may prove fatal. Cattle, horses, goats, sheep, and rabbits munch it down with impunity (though many of our pets may be killed by it as well).

So, in short; the idea that you can figure out what’s safe to eat in the woods by watching what the animals eat couldn’t possibly be more wrong.

Now, the reason so many of our foods are toxic to dogs and cats, but not the other way around, is that dogs and cats are carnivores. They evolved to eat meat. And while dogs are partway down the evolutionary path to omnivory, they’re not very far down it. Meat-eaters don’t have to tolerate plant toxins, so they’re much more sensitive to a variety of chemicals found in plants, but not in meat. Humans are omnivores. The wider the range of foods we can eat, the better; but our ability to identify edibles and discern between plants easily means we didn’t evolve resistance to as many things as typical herbivores have.

Say No To Root Canals

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Why and How to Avoid a Root Canal – Holistic Squid
After the birth of my first child, I got my first cavity in my back left molar. Having escaped over 30 years of dental decay, I got it filled and didn’t think much about it. After my second baby though, that same tooth developed another cavity – and my dentist threatened a root canal.

Suddenly, I was listening.

Hadn’t I heard somewhere that root canals could cause larger, systemic health problems?

My mission: to learn how to avoid a root canal.

What are the dangers of having a root canal?
Root canals, or the removal of the main, central nerve inside a tooth, are said to stop further damage when a cavity is infecting this area with bacteria. The problem is that the central nerve isn’t the only nerve in a tooth. Many smaller nerve branches stem off from the central root and these can become infected with bacteria as well.

As Dentist Weston Price discovered in the early 1900’s, the tooth itself has millions of tubules, or tunnels, that lead back to all of those root branches. The tubules provide a place for bacteria to weasel its way in and hide.

On the plus side, people with stronger immune systems have the ability to fight against most, if not all, of the bacteria. In an interview with Dr. George Meinig DDS, Author of the book Root Canal Cover-Up, he points out that,

Some healthy people are able to control the germs that escape from their teeth into other areas of the body….Over time, most people with root-filled teeth do seem to develop some kind of systemic symptoms they didn’t have before.

While many dentists now offer resin/porcelain based fillings, standard metal amalgam fillings are still preferred, because they are stronger, more durable and less expensive. These amalgam fillings themselves can also impact health, including a predisposition to autoimmune conditions such as multiple sclerosis.

Is pulling your tooth a smart alternative to a root canal?
Extracting a tooth will eliminate the potential for bacteria to infiltrate the tooth but it can raise different health concerns. The area around the infected tooth will be weakened (gums, bone) due to the bacteria, so sometimes pulling it isn’t enough. Dr. Meinig suggests slow drilling with a burr to remove infected bone and tissue as well. (source)

Ramiel Nagel, author of Cure Tooth Decay, isn’t in favor of extractions either. He says that even though it’s faster and less expensive than a root canal, pulling a tooth has a long-term impact. The weaker tissues can cause your mouth to be “clumsy” and all patients will need a bridge or implant to support chewing. The loss of integrity in the bone structure of your teeth can also lead to respiratory issues, headaches, TMJ syndrome, and sleeping issues.

Alternatives to traditional root canal procedures
After I ditched my conventional dentist, I went in search of alternatives so I could avoid a root canal. That’s when I met Glenn Sperbeck, a traditional, yet holistically-minded dentist here in Los Angeles.

Dr. Sperbeck uses ozone gas instead of a liquid chlorine which typically irrigates a drilled cavity to kill any potential infection. Ozone is a superior method because it actually penetrates further into the tubules of the tooth than chlorine, beyond the drilled area to kill bacteria – thereby allowing the dentist to preserve more of the actual tooth and potentially avoid a root canal. My cavity filling with Dr. Sperbeck is going on three years without a relapse or need for a root canal.

A tooth is living tissue; once the root canal is performed all tissue dies, however, it can still harbor bacteria in the tubules. In the cases where a root canal is necessary, ozone will penetrate further into those spaces than traditional methods. The open cavity is then filled and bacteria is thought to be a non-issue.

Calcium hydroxide is another alternative treatment that may help prevent complications of root canals. In a study done by the Department of Operative Dentistry and Periodontology at the University School of Dental Medicine in Berlin, they found using either ozone or calcium hydroxide significantly decreased bacteria in tooth canals.

How to avoid root canal with the right diet
Aside from finding an alternative way to fill my cavity, I soon discovered that diet could play an essential role in both preventing and healing tooth decay.

Price conducted a study on various tribes in Africa in 1935 to determine if their diets had anything to do with the health of their teeth. His findings on the Bantu tribe uncovered that, “dental occlusions were rare, as were degenerative diseases.” He also found that only 5% – 6% of all the teeth he saw had any evidence of decay. (source) You can read more about why crooked teeth and dental decay are not just a normal a way of life here.

Dr. Meinig agrees that, “The only scientific way to prevent tooth decay is through diet and nutrition.”

Dr. Nagel says, “Our body can protect itself from infection when we carefully eat foods that keep our body in balance,” however if a tooth is already damaged or contains a mercury based filling it will be more difficult to heal.

While there are benefits to root canals, such as the elimination of infected tissue, there are also drawbacks if bacteria gets trapped and can’t be removed by the body’s natural immune system.

Bottom line: the best way to avoid dental issues is by adhering to a healthier diet and lifestyle, because prevention is always the best medicine.


This is another piece on the dangers of Root Canals……

The Dangers of Root Canals

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The Dangers of Root Canals

An increasing amount of scientific evidence continues to validate concerns that oral health is significantly correlated with systemic, whole body health. Unjustly known in the conventional medical community for his seemingly outrageous medical thoughts and research in dentistry, Dr. Weston Price well understood the dangers of root canals and their link to chronic systemic disease before the World Health Organization (WHO) began to even question the relationship between oral health and whole body function.

In fact, it is believed today that root canals can serve as the primary sites of infection which can seep into other tissues in the body causing lowered immunity and chronic disease. Could your root canal be causing your chronic health problems?

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What is a Root Canal?

The nerve beneath a tooth can become infected or damaged as a result of plaque buildup, tooth erosion or gum disease for instance. A root canal procedure involves drilling into the tooth so that the nerve and dental decay can be removed.

A chemical solution is used to sterilize the infected area which is then tightly sealed back up. In theory, the sterilization process is designed to completely remove any bacteria capable of causing infection. But is this possible? (6)

The American Dental Association claims that there is lacking scientific evidence behind the association that root canals can cause major health risks (6). Unfortunately, this is true that there are currently no accurate tests which show that root canals are without a doubt the cause of a specific health problem. However, just because a suspect tossed the gun does not imply he did not pull the trigger.

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Root Canals Promote Secondary Infections

Ranging from false assumptions to medical error, there is a significant risk of secondary infections as well as the possible requirement of further root canals following the first. As a consequence, a root canal does not guarantee a solution but rather the delay of more significant health problems.

Unfortunately, X-ray images cannot help dentist provide greater insight into detecting infections because the tooth will appear normal and otherwise healthy (7).

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Sanitization is Not Possible

The underlying problem with root canals originates from the misunderstanding that microbes, fungi and viruses can be eradicated from the tooth and gums with 100% effectiveness. Recent research confirms findings from over 100 years ago that these infective agents are secluded in up to 3 miles of microscopic tubules of the tooth and gums which remains out of reach and unexposed to sanitizing solutions (3).

A commonly used disinfectant, sodium hypochlorite, was tested to determine how much bacterial residue was left behind a treated area. Scientists found that up to 50% of the bacteria population remained following the sanitizing process.

Despite dentists’ best efforts to follow safe and effective sterilization techniques and maintain a clean surgical environment, human error is also partly to blame for the exposure of bacteria and cause of secondary health complications. (6)

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Root Canals Foster Harmful Bacteria

Furthermore, an oxygen free environment is the perfect brewing spot for anaerobic bacteria to thrive when dentist seal off the treated area. These bacteria harbor toxins which can leak into surrounding tissue and pick up a free ride to any location in the body.

As a result, until the anaerobic bacteria are removed and toxins are eliminated, an individual’s systemic or whole body functioning is susceptible to compromise. A recent study indicates that 87 patients whose health conditions were monitored for three years following a root canal procedure experienced deteriorating health symptoms. (37)

In the image below you will see a study published in the root canal specialists (Endodontists) journal.  The authors of the study took individuals who were preparing to have their wisdom teeth extracted.

They did a root canal on one side and then removed both wisdom teeth in three months.  The study showed that the tooth without the root canal had only 1% of its tubules infected. However, the tooth that had a root canal three months earlier had 39% of the tubules infected (12).

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Antibiotics Can Cause Drug Resistance

Another medical tool utilized as a preventative mechanism at eliminating further infection comes with your doctor’s autograph for a prescribed antibiotic. In a prescription happy modern society, root canals are just another example of the improper use of antibiotics.

With no circulation and blood flow reaching the sealed off area or the miles of tubules fostering microorganisms, infectious agents are safe from the antibiotic’s threat. As a result, the antibiotic you are consuming intended to kill off the harmful bacteria in your mouth is taking a detrimental toll on decreasing the populations of good bacteria in the rest of your body which are required to boost your immunity and fight off sickness on your own. (37)

As a result of this over prescribed use of antibiotics, there are a variety of strains of harmful bacteria that are not only antibiotic resistant but also pose life threatening risks. Some of the most common types of bacteria associated with infections from root canals are: (6)

Enterococcus feacalisPresence of these bacteria are often the cause of urinary tract infections, meningitis and is also one of the most antibiotic resistant bacteria known. These bacteria are thought to stimulate the production of toxins and further infections in the entire body.

Pseudomonas: Some strains of these bacteria are antibiotic resistant and can ultimately cause death. Symptoms associated are a weakened immune system, pneumonia and blood infections.

Staphylococci: Commonly referred to as staph, these bacteria cause skininfections, pneumonia, blood poisoning and toxic shock syndrome.

Streptococci: Some strains of these bacteria can be referred to as flesh eating bacteria. This bacterium is linked to symptoms related to strep throat and serious health complications involving pain, fever, swelling, dizziness, rash, confusion, abnormal blood pressure and toxic shock syndrome.

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Toxins Can Cause Systemic Dysfunction

Dr. Meinig, one of the original founding members of the Root Canal Association, commented on an interesting study performed by Dr. Weston Price back in in the early 1900s that even today perplexes some doctors. Dr. Price and his research team found that implanting an infected tooth from a human to another animal would cause the same systemic complications to that animal as the human was suffering from (7).

Based off of 25 years of Dr. Price’s research and the further knowledge that we have obtained today, the evidence that root canals can and do cause systemic dysfunction seems well beyond lacking as the American Dental Association claims.

Dr. Meinig clarifies that the cause of secondary health symptoms is not only directly dependent on the presence of bacteria, but also the production of toxins produced from the bacteria. In fact, Dr. Price ran well controlled experiments contrary to popular medical rumors and discovered that animals infected with the toxins alone had a significantly higher rate of becoming sick and dying.

If one of the strongest supporters of root canals can reevaluate his previous understanding of oral health and chronic disease, why are most dentists slow to recognize the association between the two? (711)

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Root Canals and Degenerative Disease

According to the work performed by Dr. Price and his team, there are specific chronic and degenerative diseases that stood out in greater prevalence than other illnesses. In order of the highest risks found associated with root canals are: (7)

  1. Heart and Circulatory Disease
  2. Inflammation in the body found in arthritis and rheumatoid arthritis
  3. Brain and Nervous System Diseases

The next greatest risk associated with root canals following diseases of the brainand nervous system are problems associated with any type of health complication an individual can suffer from. These problems might include adverse health responses such as lowered immunity and diabetes.

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Root Canals Lower Immunity

One of the easiest assumptions for an individual to make is that if a healthy person has a root canal and does not experience any health complications, root canals cannot be to blame for the deterioration of health. Unfortunately, this assumption has one limiting factor: time.

Dr. Meinig further comments in an interview that some individual’s immune systems may be better equipped to manage the bacteria and the released toxins (7). Over time, just like exhausting any other natural defense system you can think of whether it be armed forces or a physical barricade, the defense system will become weakened and eventually destroyed.

It is inevitable that infectious agents will maneuver their way to other organs in the body and may manifest their symptoms in chronic diseases which can lead to death if left untreated.

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Root Canals Increase Risk of Diabetes

Although type-2 diabetes has not yet been directly determined to be a result of infections following root canal procedures, there is mounting evidence that the risks of developing type-2 diabetes increases. Intricately woven into the healthy functioning of the human body’s immune system, type-2 diabetes is a known disease related to inflammation in the body and has been directly contributed to periodontal disease and tooth loss. (11)

Don’t let a root canal be the cause of your health problems. Take the following steps to improving your oral health care today.

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Care Tips to Improve Your Oral Health

Preventing the deterioration of your teeth and gums is first and most important to reducing your risks of chronic diseases linked to poor oral health. The following are some common strategies you should already be well aware of in caring for your teeth and gums. (9, 11)

  • Brush your teeth a minimum of twice a day and flossing daily
  • Visit the dentist as recommended by your doctor
  • Replace your toothbrush once the bristles become frayed or at least every 3 or 4 months
  • Use a tongue scraper to remove dead cells and bacteria which cause bad breath
  • Brush using a nontoxic toothpaste free of fluoride and chemical additives
  • Limit acidic foods and beverages in your diet by removing soda altogether and replacing it with purified water
  • Consume a healthy diet rich in whole food sources and nutrients

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Ayurveda Oral Health Care Tips

Some preventative methods at maintaining the health of your teeth and gums may be new to you but stem from a traditional style of medicine that dates back to over 3,000 years ago in India (8).

Ayurveda medicine is a holistic health system suggested to prevent and heal an estimated 30 systemic diseases that result from deteriorating dental hygiene (8). Some members of the medical community compare its benefits similar to that of reflexology in which the tongue has a specific location that can stimulate either harm or healing abilities to a distant organ in the body.

Oil Pulling Benefits Oral Health Care

The practice of oil pulling may sound unappealing but is a very simple practice which is claimed to cure headache, asthma and is a remedy for bleeding gums, dull senses including taste and vision, sore throat, and tooth decay. Although sesame oil is known as the Queen of Seed Crops for its health benefits, sunflower oil has also been traditionally as well as coconut oil. (8, 9)

Compared to standard mouthwash, oil pulling practices using sesame oil actually was found to significantly prevent against plaque-induced gingivitis by decreasing plaque and bacteria. Two methods are referred to often in oil pulling practices and can be used on a daily basis: (8).

Graha Gandusha: In this style of oil pulling, the mouth is completely filled with oil and held for up to 5 minutes without gargling.

Kavala Graha: If expanding your cheeks for up to 5 minutes while holding liquid is uncomfortable or cannot be done, Kavala Graha involves filling the mouth with only enough oil to be swished throughout your teeth and gums for 3 minutes.

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Essential Oils Benefit Oral Health Care

Have you ever thought to dip your floss in essential oils for added antibacterial and antifungal properties? Using a 100% pure and therapeutic grade of essential oil from a trusted supplier, rub a drop of tea tree oil or peppermint oil along a strand of floss to receive its many health benefits.

Experiencing pain and swelling in teeth or gums? Clove oil acts as a topical anesthetic. Ditch the chemically derived orajel products containing benzocaine and switch to a natural pain remedy proven to be just as effective as its conventional and toxic alternative. (24)

The natural oils found in herbs are another great source at preventing microbialdiseases in the oral cavity. Herbal tooth gels have been shown to provide the same effectiveness as fluoride in eliminating carcinogenic bacteria and contain no adverse health consequences following use.

Aside from clove, peppermint and tea tree oil, other herbs such as neem, liquorice root, cinnamon, turmeric root and parsley have antiseptic, antifungal and antiviral properties. (58)

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Probiotics Benefit Oral Health Care

Along with supplementing your cooking with added herbs, benefit from consuming probiotic rich foods and beverages such as sauerkraut and Kombuchato inhibit the growth of bad bacteria (5, 9). Healthy bacteria support dental hygiene by improving the pH balance. Consider the following example to explain how acidic the environment in your mouth may be.

In the morning you might consume a single cup of coffee on your commute into work. You have an orange for a snack later in the morning followed up with pasta leftovers from dinner the night before. To get you through the afternoon energy lull you indulge in a sugary treat to get you to the 5’oclock hour.

On the commute home you snack on trail mix to satisfy your hunger pains until dinner. Before dinner, your teeth and gums have already spent the day soaking in an acidic environment which encourages the growth of bad bacteria, plaque buildup and dental decay.

Supplementing your diet with probiotic foods and beverages will feed the good bacteria in your oral cavity and provide your mouth with the weaponry it needs to prevent tooth decay.

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Green Tea Benefits Oral Health Care

Unlike any other herbal tea, green tea has a natural compound known as catechins. Catechins are a type of polyphenol which is not only a micronutrient found in our diet but a powerful antioxidant. Green tea has anti-inflammatory properties that benefit both oral and overall health.

Studies have shown that those who consume 2 cups of green tea per day have lower levels of the bad LDL (low-density lipoprotein) as well as lower levels of total cholesterol. Green tea may reduce one’s risk of cardiovascular disease by up to 33% as well as prevent obesity (9).

Directly correlating tooth loss with cardiovascular complications, individuals with missing teeth were up to 76% more likely of developing a heart attack compared to those with most or all of their teeth (10).

An even more amazing study found that individuals who consumed tobacco products (both smoke and smokeless products) and drank green tea regularly had a lower risk of developing cancer than the tobacco users who did not consume the tea. (9)

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Find A Holistic Dentist Near You

Not already seeing a holistic dentist, find one near you trusted to ensure your optimal health. Visit the IAOMT page here to search for accredited members of the IAOMT whom are trained in holistic dentistry (1).

You can also visit the Holistic Dental Association using the link here to view the profiles of these dentists and learn about the services they provide (2).  These dentists are trained in natural strategies to help you remove root canals and improve your oral health.

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Sources From This Article Include:

  1. IAOMT: Link Here
  2. HDA: Link Here
  3. Nunnally SM. In Vitro Enzymatic Inhibition Associated with Asymptomatic Root Canal Treated Teeth: Results from a Sample of 25 Extracted Root Fragments. JOM. 2012;27(3)112-116. Link Here
  4. Alqareer A, et al. The effect of clove and benzocaine versus placebo as topical anesthetics. J Dent. 2006 Nov;34(10):747-50. PMID: 16530911
  5. Mohankumar KP, et al. Anti Cariogenic Efficacy of Herbal and Conventional Tooth Pastes – A Comparative In-Vitro Study. J Int Oral Health. 2013 Apr;5(2):8-13. PMCID: 3768065
  6. Tennert C, et al. Effect of photodynamic therapy (PDT) on Enterococcus faecalis biofilm in experimental primary and secondary endodontic infections. BMC Oral Health. 2014 Nov;14:132. PMCID: 4236465
  7. CureZone: Root Canals Pose Health Threat Link Here
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Other Sources Include:

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http://www.nlm.nih.gov/medlineplus/staphylococcalinfections.html


One additional piece on the dangers of root canals……..

ROOT CANALS DANGER DENTISTS DON’T WANT YOU TO KNOW!

Do you have a chronic illness?

How many times have you been told about your symptoms, “It’s all in your head?”

Well, that might not be that far from the truth… the root cause of your illness may be in your mouth.

There is a common dental procedure that nearly every dentist will tell you is completely safe, despite the fact that scientists have been warning of its dangers for more than 100 years.

Every day in the United States alone, 41,000 of these dental procedures are performed on patients who believe they are safely and permanently fixing their problem.

What is this dental procedure?

The root canal.

More than 25 million root canals are performed every year in this country.

Root-canaled teeth are essentially “dead” teeth that can become silent incubators for highly toxic anaerobic bacteria that can, under certain conditions, make their way into your bloodstream to cause a number of serious medical conditions—many not appearing until decades later.

Most of these toxic teeth feel and look fine for many years, which make their role in systemic disease even harder to trace back.

Sadly, the vast majority of dentists are oblivious to the serious potential health risks they are exposing their patients to, risks that persist for the rest of their patients’ lives. The American Dental Association claims root canals have been proven safe, but they have NO published data or actual research to substantiate this claim.

Your teeth are made of the hardest substances in your body. In the middle of each tooth is the pulp chamber, a soft living inner structure that houses blood vessels and nerves. Surrounding the pulp chamber is the dentin, which is made of living cells that secrete a hard mineral substance. The outermost and hardest layer of your tooth is the white enamel, which encases the dentin. The roots of each tooth descend into your jawbone and are held in place by the periodontal ligament. In dental school, dentists are taught that each tooth has one to four major canals. However, there are accessory canals that are never mentioned. Literally miles of them!            Just as your body has large blood vessels that branch down into very small capillaries, each of your teeth has a maze of very tiny tubules that, if stretched out, would extend for three miles. Weston Price identified as many as 75 separate accessory canals in a single central incisor (front tooth). For a more detailed explanation, refer to an article by Hal Huggins, DDS, MS, on the Weston A. Price Foundation website.  Microscopic organisms regularly move in and around these tubules, like gophers in underground tunnels.

When a dentist performs a root canal, he or she hollows out the tooth, then fills the hollow chamber with a substance (called guttapercha), which cuts off the tooth from its blood supply, so fluid can no longer circulate through the tooth. But the maze of tiny tubules remains. And bacteria, cut off from their food supply, hide out in these tunnels where they are remarkably safe from antibiotics and your own body’s immune defenses.

The Root Cause of Much Disease

Under the stresses of oxygen and nutrient deprivation, these formerly friendly organisms morph into stronger, more virulent anaerobes that produce a variety of potent toxins. What were once ordinary, friendly oral bacteria mutate into highly toxic pathogens lurking in the tubules of the dead tooth, just awaiting an opportunity to spread.

No amount of sterilization has been found effective in reaching these tubules—and just about every single root-canaled tooth has been found colonized by these bacteria, especially around the apex and in the periodontal ligament. Oftentimes, the infection extends down into the jawbone where it creates cavitations—areas of necrotic tissue in the jawbone itself.

Cavitations are areas of unhealed bone, often accompanied by pockets of infected tissue and gangrene. Sometimes they form after a tooth extraction (such as a wisdom tooth extraction), but they can also follow a root canal. According to Weston Price Foundation, in the records of 5,000 surgical cavitation cleanings, only two were found healed.

And all of this occurs with few, if any, accompanying symptoms. So you may have an abscessed dead tooth and not know it. This focal infection in the immediate area of the root-canaled tooth is bad enough, but the damage doesn’t stop there.

Root Canals Can Lead to Heart, Kidney, Bone, and Brain Disease

As long as your immune system remains strong, any bacteria that stray away from the infected tooth are captured and destroyed. But once your immune system is weakened by something like an accident or illness or other trauma, your immune system may be unable to keep the infection in check.

These bacteria can migrate out into surrounding tissues by hitching a ride into your blood stream, where they are transported to new locations to set up camp. The new location can be any organ or gland or tissue.

Dr. Price was able to transfer diseases harbored by humans to rabbits, by implanting fragments of root-canaled teeth, as mentioned above. He found that root canal fragments from a person who had suffered a heart attack, when implanted into a rabbit, would cause a heart attack in the rabbit within a few weeks.

He discovered he could transfer heart disease to the rabbit 100 percent of the time! Other diseases were more than 80 percent transferable by this method. Nearly every chronic degenerative disease has been linked with root canals, including:

Heart disease

Kidney disease

Arthritis, joint, and rheumatic diseases

Neurological diseases (including ALS and MS)

Autoimmune diseases (Lupus and more)

There  also a cancer connection. Dr. Robert Jones, a researcher of the relationship between root canals and breast cancer, found an extremely high correlation between root canals and breast cancer. He claims to have found the following correlations in a five-year study of 300 breast cancer cases.

93 percent of women with breast cancer had root canals

7 percent had other oral pathology

Tumors, in the majority of cases, occurred on the same side of the body as the root canal(s) or other oral pathology

Dr. Jones claims that toxins from the bacteria in an infected tooth or jawbone are able to inhibit the proteins that suppress tumor development. A German physician reported similar findings. Dr. Josef Issels reported that, in his 40 years of treating “terminal” cancer patients, 97 percent of his cancer patients had root canals. If these physicians are correct, the cure for cancer may be as simple as having a tooth pulled, then rebuilding your immune system.

Approximately 400 percent more bacteria were found in the blood surrounding the root canal tooth than were found in the tooth itself, suggesting the tooth is the incubator and the periodontal ligament is the food supply. The bone surrounding root-canaled teeth was found even HIGHER in bacterial count… not surprising, since bone is virtual buffet of bacterial nutrients.

Since When is Leaving A Dead Body Part IN Your Body a Good Idea?

There is no other medical procedure that involves allowing a dead body part to remain in your body. When your appendix dies, it’s removed. If you get frostbite or gangrene on a finger or toe, it is amputated. If a baby dies in utero, the body typically initiates a miscarriage.

Your immune system doesn’t care for dead substances, and just the presence of dead tissue can cause your system to launch an attack, which is another reason to avoid root canals—they leave behind a dead tooth.

I strongly recommend never getting a root canal. Risking your health to preserve a tooth simply doesn’t make sense. Unfortunately, there are many people who’ve already have one. If you have, you should seriously consider having the tooth removed, even if it looks and feels fine. Remember, as soon as your immune system is compromised, your risk of developing a serious medical problem increases—and assaults on your immune system are far too frequent in today’s world.

I strongly recommend consulting a biological dentist because they are uniquely trained to do these extractions properly and safely, as well as being adept at removing mercury fillings, if necessary. Their approach to dental care is far more holistic and considers the impact on your entire body—not JUST your mouth.

If you need to find a biological dentist in your area, I recommend visiting toxicteeth.org, a resource sponsored by Consumers for Dental Choice. This organization, championed by Charlie Brown, is a highly reputable organization that has fought to protect and educate consumers so that they can make better-informed decisions about their dental care. The organization also heads up the Campaign for Mercury-Free Dentistry.

I found one of the best biological dentists in Tijuana, Mexico, Dr. Solorio. I am so grateful to Dr. Solorio for the amazing job he has done and for the amazing care he took of me.

 

Video: Plastic microfibers entering the food chain via plankton

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The damage caused by plastic products entering Earth’s oceans is well-documented and widely understood by the general public (at least in the developed parts of the world) and we know that plastics are often ingested by marine life. For the animals that don’t die as a result of that ingestion, researchers know that the chemicals derived from those plastics, such as PCBs (polychlorinated biphenyls), can become sequestered and concentrated in the animals’ tissues. Those chemicals are then passed-up the food chain and can ultimately reach humans, potentially causing nervous, immune, and endocrine system dysfunction in addition to impaired reproductive function and cancer (source).

It’s easy to imagine fish, sea turtles, or birds consuming plastics but there is an equally, if not more, devastating phenomenon happening mostly beyond the reach of the unaided human eye. Microscopic plastics formed by photodegradation or simply microscopic by virtue of their inherent…

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Kibble Kills Cats

source Dr. Jean Dodds....

Yes; wet food should be a cat’s primary source of nutrition.

How many of you are irked by this statement? You’ve tried and TRIED! Yet, your cat is a creature of habit and can be particularly stubborn. Some cats would rather not eat altogether than sacrifice their beloved kibble. Of course, these eating habits are not exclusive to cats but can be applied to some finicky dogs as well. What is a frustrated pet caregiver to do?

Why a Cat Needs Wet Food

Let’s step back for a second and discuss the WHY. Domesticated cats are descended from the African Wildcat. Observations have demonstrated that the African Wildcat only derives 10% of his moisture needs from freshwater sources and 90% from prey. Even though cats started the domestication process over 10,000 years ago, their primary purpose was to curb rodent populations so they continued to receive moisture from prey. During the early 20th Century, humans started imposing 6-10% moisture kibble diets on domesticated cats. Unfortunately, cats have not naturally replaced the moisture with drinking water but are still driven by their instincts to avoid vulnerable, head down positions.

Due to this, domesticated indoor cats whose primary diets are kibble based have experienced life-threatening urinary and kidney conditions, which can cost pet caregivers thousands of dollars in emergency care. Dr. Becker has several articles on the subject – see below for these links.

Compromising with Kibble

As I stated earlier, cats and finicky dogs raised on kibble can be difficult to switch to canned, dehydrated or, the preferred, raw diets. So, how do you work with kibble?

1. Switch to a “Better-for-You” kibble. (Visit your locally owned and operated pet supply retailer for help.)

  • Avoid artificial colors. Several pet foods and treats are injected with artificial colors to enhance their visual appeal to humans. For instance, yellow dye No. 5 (tartrazine 102 and yellow 2G107) and yellow No. 6 (sunset yellow FCF 110) contain carcinogenic benzidine and other chemicals that bodies convert to benzidine. Yellow dye No. 5 is believed to cause hypersensitivity reactions, especially in aspirin-sensitive individuals, and hyperactivity in some children. Yellow dye No. 6 has been reported to cause adrenal and kidney tumors, as well as severe hypersensitivity reactions in some people. Additional adverse reactions in both humans and pets have been reported such as nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, abdominal cramping and pain, headache, provocation of asthma, inhalant dermatitis and behavioral disorders.
  • Avoid the bad, synthetic antioxidants: butylated hydroxyanisole (BHA) and butylated hydroxytoluene (BHT). BHA and BHT are often used to prevent fat spoilage and rancidity in pet foods and human foods. According to the National Institutes of Health, BHA in diets has been found to consistently produce certain types of tumors in laboratory animals and they have carcinogenic (cancer causing) properties.
  • Avoid ethoxyquin. More cancer causing agents! Ethoxyquin is used as a pesticide AND a food preservative (the irony!). It has been linked clinically with liver and kidney cancer in dogs, as well as anemia, reproductive failure, and elevations in serum liver-related enzymes in some animals.
  • Avoid rosemary and oregano. Rosemary and oregano are often used as natural dog and cat food preservatives. While I applaud the use of natural preservatives over synthetic, rosemary and oregano are contraindicated in pets who are epileptic or prone to seizures. (Absolute contraindication means that a substance could cause a life-threatening situation and should be avoided.)
  • It’s OK! Tocopherols and ascorbic acid. Kibble and some other pet foods do need preservative additives. Tocopherols are derived from Vitamin E and ascorbic acid refers to Vitamin C. You may want to ensure that the tocopherols are not derived from soy, though, or any food ingredient your dog or cat may react to.

2. Try freeze-dried.
Freeze-dried foods contain less moisture than kibble and have a close texture to kibble. However, freeze-drying removes the moisture without heat so it preserves the ingredients in a more natural state compared to kibble. At the time of this writing, most pet food companies that specialize in freeze-dried also source ingredients more responsibly. Once you transition to freeze-dried, you can attempt to add sprinkles of water, slowly increase the water to make a moisture-based diet, and eventually transition to frozen raw, dehydrated or canned.

3. Drinking fountains.
Filtered drinking fountains should be a staple in any cat household. They provide burbling streams of water with which cats love to interact and help keep the head in a more upright, less vulnerable position. If you need to save up for a drinking fountain, I would strongly suggest a tall glass or Bisphenol-A (BPA)-free plastic cup of water. As well, you can turn on the tub slightly while you are in the bathroom to encourage drinking.

Dr. Becker’s Articles on Cat Urinary Health

Idiopathic Chronic Cystitis in Pet Cats

Urinary Tract Infection: Eliminate the #1 Reason Cats Go to the Vet 

Accurately Diagnosing Bacterial Urinary Infection in Cats

Bladder Infection: The Number 1 Reason Cats Visited the Vet in 2011 

W. Jean Dodds, DVM
Hemopet / NutriScan
11561 Salinaz Avenue
Garden Grove, CA 92843


References

“BHA — A Time Bomb in Your Dog’s Food?” Dog Food Advisor, n.d. Web. 18 Oct. 2015. <http://www.dogfoodadvisor.com/red-flag-ingredients/bha-in-dog-food/&gt;.

Dodds, Jean, DVM, and Diana Laverdure, MS. Canine Nutrigenomics: The New Science of Feeding Your Dog for Optimum Health. Wenatchee: Dogwise, 2015. Print.

“Water, African Wildcat.” Cats Protection, n.d. Web. 18 Oct. 2015. <http://learnonline.cats.org.uk/content/ufo/22.html&gt;.

Yacono, Ann. “Food Additives That Could Cause an Allergic Reaction.” LIVESTRONG.COM, 28 Jan. 2015. Web. 18 Oct. 2015. <http://www.livestrong.com/article/530389-food-additives-that-could-cause-an-allergic-reaction/&gt;.

Yoquinto, Luke. “The Truth About Food Additive BHA.” LiveScience. TechMedia Network, 01 June 2012. Web. 18 Oct. 2015. <http://www.livescience.com/36424-food-additive-bha-butylated-hydroxyanisole.html&gt;.

These companies suck and if you use them then you suck too

Every one of the following companies tests their products on animals, they are not required to by any law they just don’t want to have to put a warning label on their product so they make the choice to torture animals. Please boycott these products until they stop testing on animals.

MAKEUP

  • Almay
  • Artistry (Amway)
  • Avon
  • Benefit
  • Bobbi Brown
  • Borghese
  • Burberry
  • Calvin Klein
  • Chanel
  • Chapstick
  • Cle de Peau
  • Clinique
  • CoverGirl
  • Demeter
  • Dior
  • Dolce & Gabbana
  • Estee Lauder
  • Flirt
  • Giorgio Armani
  • Givenchy
  • Guerlain
  • Helena Rubinstein
  • L’Oreal
  • Lancôme
  • MAC
  • Make Up For Ever
  • Mary Kay
  • Max Factor
  • Maybelline
  • OPI
  • Pat McGrath
  • Prescriptives
  • Rimmel London
  • Revlon
  • Shiseido
  • Shu Uemura
  • Sinful Colors
  • Sephora (brand)
  • Tom Ford
  • Tony Moly
  • Yves Saint Laurent

SKINCARE

  • Algenist
  • Ambi
  • American Beauty
  • Aveeno
  • Avene
  • Avon
  • Bain de Soleil
  • Bioderma
  • Biotherm
  • Bliss
  • Boscia
  • Caudalie
  • Cetaphil
  • Clarins
  • Clarisonic
  • Clean & Clear
  • Clearasil
  • Coppertone
  • DDF
  • DHC
  • Dermablend
  • Dr. Brandt
  • Dr. Jart
  • Dr Sebagh
  • EOS
  • Eucerin
  • Fresh
  • Garnier
  • Gatineau
  • Glamglow
  • Good Skin Labs
  • Grassroots
  • Jurlique
  • Kiehl’s
  • L’Occitane
  • La Mer
  • La Roche Posay
  • Lab Series for Men
  • Lubriderm
  • Mederma
  • Neutrogena
  • Nivea
  • Noxzema
  • Nu Skin International
  • Nuxe
  • Ojon
  • Olay
  • Origins
  • Oriflame
  • Osiao
  • Peter Thomas Roth
  • Piz Buin
  • Ponds
  • ROC
  • Rembrandt
  • Sephora brand
  • Simple
  • SK-II
  • Skin ID
  • St. Ives
  • Vaseline
  • Vichy
  • Walgreens
  • Yves Rocher

HAIR PRODUCTS

  • Alberto V05
  • Aussie
  • Bumble and Bumble
  • Clairol
  • Fekkai
  • Got2b
  • Head & Shoulders
  • Herbal Essences
  • Hoyu
  • Joico
  • John Frieda
  • Just for Men
  • Kao USA
  • Kerastase
  • Matrix Essentials
  • Mizani
  • Natural Instincts
  • Nexxus
  • Nice ‘n Easy
  • Pantene
  • Physique
  • Redken
  • Rogaine
  • Schwarzkopf
  • Sebastian Professional
  • Soft & Beautiful
  • SoftSheen
  • Suave
  • Sunsilk
  • TRESemmé
  • Vidal Sasson

SOAP AND BATH

  • Dial
  • Dove
  • H2O Plus
  • Irish Spring
  • Ivory
  • Johnson’s
  • Lux
  • Purpose
  • Shower to Shower
  • Softsoap
  • Wella

FRAGRANCE

  • Acqua Di Parma
  • Aramis
  • Balenciaga
  • Bvlgari
  • Cacharel
  • Christina Aguilera Perfumes
  • Cire Trudon
  • Coach
  • Donna Karan
  • Dunhill Fragrances
  • Elizabeth Arden
  • Escada Fragrances
  • Gucci Fragrances
  • Hugo Boss
  • Jo Malone
  • Lacoste Fragrances
  • Marc Jacobs Fragrances
  • Michael Kors
  • Missoni
  • Odin
  • Ralph Lauren Fragrances
  • Tommy Hilfiger
  • Viktor & Rolf
  • Kenzo

TOOTHPASTE & ORAL CARE

  • Aim
  • Aquafresh
  • Close-up
  • Colgate
  • Crest
  • Listerine
  • Mentadent
  • Pearl Drops
  • Reach
  • Scope
  • Sensodyne
  • Signal

DEODORANT

  • Arrid
  • Axe
  • Dry Idea
  • FDS
  • Lady Speed Stick
  • Mitchum Deodorant
  • Old Spice
  • Right Guard
  • Secret
  • Soft & Dri
  • Speed Stick
  • Teen Spirit
  • Ultrabrite

FEMININE HYGENE

  • Always
  • Carefree
  • Femfresh
  • o.b Tampons
  • Stayfree

RAZORS AND HAIR REMOVAL

  • Bic Corporation
  • Braun
  • Gillette Co.
  • Nair
  • Schiek
  • Veet

OTHER/PERSONAL/HOUSEHOLD

  • 3M
  • Acuvue
  • Arm & Hammer
  • Band-Aid
  • Hill’s
  • Mead
  • Off
  • Pampers
  • Puffs
  • ReNu
  • Savlon
  • Vaseline
  • Vicks

PET FOOD

  • Blue Buffalo
  • Iams
  • Hill’s Science Diet
  • Pedigree
  • Purina
  • Friskies
  • Natural Balance
  • Whiskas
  • Eukanuba
  • Sheba
  • Bakers Complete
  • K.Y.

CLEANING

  • Air Wick
  • Ajax
  • Armor All
  • Calgon
  • Clorox
  • Dermassage
  • Drano
  • Easy-Off
  • Ever Clean
  • Fabuloso
  • Fantastik
  • Febreze
  • Finish
  • Formula 409
  • Fresh Step
  • Glad
  • Glade
  • Green Works
  • Joy
  • Kaboom
  • Liquid Plumr
  • Lysol
  • Melaleuca
  • Mr. Clean
  • Murphy Oil Soap
  • Nature’s Source
  • Old English
  • Oomph!
  • Oust
  • OxiClean
  • Palmolive
  • Pine-Sol
  • Pledge
  • Raid
  • Renuzit
  • Resolve
  • Rid-X
  • S.O.S.
  • Scoop Away
  • Scrubbing Bubbles
  • Shout
  • Soft Scrub
  • Spray ’N Wash
  • Static Gaurd
  • Sunlight
  • Swiffer
  • Tilex
  • Windex

LAUNDRY

  • Comfort
  • Downy
  • Purex
  • Suavitel
  • Tide
  • Woolite
source www.crueltyfreekitty.com

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“The so-called ‘psychotically depressed’ person who tries to kill herself doesn’t do so out of quote ‘hopelessness’ or any abstract conviction that life’s assets and debits do not square. And surely not because death seems suddenly appealing. The person in whom Its invisible agony reaches a certain unendurable level will kill herself the same way a trapped person will eventually jump from the window of a burning high-rise. Make no mistake about people who leap from burning windows. Their terror of falling from a great height is still just as great as it would be for you or me standing speculatively at the same window just checking out the view; i.e. the fear of falling remains a constant. The variable here is the other terror, the fire’s flames: when the flames get close enough, falling to death becomes the slightly less terrible of two terrors. It’s not desiring the fall; it’s terror of the flames. And yet nobody down on the sidewalk, looking up and yelling ‘Don’t!’ and ‘Hang on!’, can understand the jump. Not really. You’d have to have personally been trapped and felt flames to really understand a terror way beyond falling.” David Foster Wallace

Source: www.peta.org/features/deadly-consequences-no-kill-policies

Consider this parable about “no-kill” policies: You’re walking next to a river and you see a kitten floating past. You jump in and save the kitten. Then another one floats by, so you save that one, too. Then another and another and another float by, and you soon realize that you can’t save them all. So you run upstream to see who’s throwing kittens into the water—and you stop that person.

Shelter Kittens

Thousands of unwanted, abandoned, neglected, and stray animals pour into animal shelters across the country every day—far outnumbering the good homes available to take them in. But instead of “going upstream,” i.e., instead of working to address the source of the problem, which is the runaway animal birth rate, people are being pressured into focusing on the symptoms. We can end the cycle of animal births, homelessness, and deaths, but we must address the root cause instead of flailing in the water, pulling out one kitten at a time while so many others float by, and screaming that others in the water with us aren’t saving enough kittens.

Is ‘Rescue’ work fixing the homeless-animal crisis?

Finding homes for needy dogs and cats is gratifying, but to use another apt analogy, it’s like bailing out a sinking ship with a teaspoon: The boat will still go down unless we fix the gaping hole in the bottom. Finding a home for one dog may save one life, but sterilizing one dog will save hundreds, if not thousands, of dogs’ lives by preventing generations of potentially homeless puppies from being born. Getting a spay/neuter law passed saves even more lives. Stopping the problem at its source is where our time, energy, and funds are needed most. That is how we can drastically reduce—and hopefully end—the homeless-animal crisis and the need for euthanasia.

Many groups striving to go “no-kill” use limited resources to provide temporary care; ship dogs and cats across the country (even though every state struggles with the same crisis); close their doors to the neediest animals—those who are in danger of abuse or are injured, sick, elderly, or aggressive; and even attack open-admission shelters that must euthanize animals.

Puppies in a Crowded Shelter

“No-kill” rhetoric lets the real culprits of the overpopulation crisis—greedy breeders and the “pet” trade—off the hook and keeps them laughing all the way to the bank. We must place and support ads that tell the truth: that breeders and pet shops are the ones that kill … shelter dogs’ chances of finding a home.

The deadly consequences of ‘No-Kill’ policies

It’s appalling to contemplate, but when shelters give in to pressure to go “no-kill” before they have overcome the breeding and selling of animals in their communities and before establishing sufficient spaying and neutering services, the results are often far worse for animals than a peaceful death through euthanasia. Here’s what happens:

  • Animals are turned away at the shelter door, but they don’t magically vanish. “No-kill” shelters are usually at capacity, so they stop taking in animals, including those in an emergency or abusive situations. As just one example, someone turning three dogs in to an open-admission shelter in Mississippi told a reporter, “It was either that or shoot them.”
  • Animals still die—but in pain. Dying Kitten Found in VirginiaInstead of a peaceful death in a caring person’s arms, animals die slowly and in agony on the streets, in backyards, under sheds, on chains, and at the hands of abusive people. In San Antonio, Texas—which is striving to be a “no-kill” city—the bodies of nearly 16,000 dogs and nearly 12,000 cats were scraped off the streets and properties in just one year. One animal control officer termed it “euthanasia by proxy.” It is also becoming common for shelters that boast high “save rates” to have a sky-high rate of unassisted deaths in cages and kennels from illness or injuries.
  • Animals spend months or years in cages. Experts agree that after as little as two weeks in a traditional shelter, animals can begin to deteriorate psychologically and become withdrawn, depressed, anxious, or aggressive. If adopted, animals who have been confined for extended periods are often repeatedly returned because of behavioral issues—a traumatic yo-yo experience that makes them even less adoptable.
  • Sick Dog Looking Through FenceAnimals are cast out and keep on reproducing. To increase “save” rates, some shelters promote animal abandonment. One big sanctuary recently issued a news release urging Good Samaritans to leave homeless kittens on the streets, rather than taking them to a shelter. That’s madness: Not only are abandoned kittens in danger of infection, disease, starvation, and being hit by cars, attacked by dogs and wildlife, and abused by cruel people, the surviving ones will also eventually go on to reproduce, resulting in even more homeless animals.
  • Animals are handed over to abusers and hoarders. When numbers become the priority, animals are no longer viewed as individuals deserving of consideration and respect but instead as inventory that must be moved, causing shelters to toss aside even basic safeguards. Homeless animals are increasingly being found tortured and killed by adopters who weren’t screened or, even more commonly, caged in hoarders’ filthy basements, garages, sheds, and barns. Every day, headlines appear about raids on self-described “rescuers” and the animals—both sick and dead—who were removed from the cruel and disgusting conditions in the homes of the “rescuers.” When one hoarding facility masquerading as a “rescue” in San Jose, California, caught fire, nearly 100 cats burned to death inside carriers, unable to flee while the plastic melted down on top of them.

 Companion-animal homelessness: We can end it

Shelter Cats

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Do You Drink Cows Milk

Think you are kind to animals because you don’t eat meat and think milk, butter and cheese is ok? #THINKAGAIN
Baby calves are not allowed to nurse. They are taken from their mothers as soon as two hours after birth, and are either fed a commercial milk replacer that is made from the cheapest ingrediants; dried milk powder or they are fed milk that has been deemed unfit for human consumption, even mixed with blood from slaughteted other animals from this disgusting industry also soy [which is litterally impossible for baby cows to digest many brands of calf milk replacer are soy protein based rather than milk protein based, and neonatal ruminants such as calves cannot digest soy, and soy stops their body from absorbing nutrients from soy or anything else consumed with it. Young calves must have all milk protein] This is all a matter of profit they cant have the baby drink the profits. The milk that should go to the baby is then sold to you, THE MILK DRINKING, CHEESE EATING PUBLIC.
The baby is then stuck in a veal shed pictured here

and fed the cheap unfit for anyone’s consumption crap to keep them weak and sickly because when they are weak and sickly the veal is supposed to taste better, then they are slaughtered for #VEAL. Grass fed cows and organic dairies all do this. DAIRY IS The MOST CRUELEST OF INDUSTRIES!

8 aggravating lines vegans hear at Thanksgiving Plus how to respoind

Vegans hear all sorts of annoying questions and statements all the time.

However, Thanksgiving and the traditions most people like to follow during such a holiday can be an extra difficult time for a vegan.

While family gatherings and eat-outs may be avoided all year round, there are certain occasions that we just have to somehow overcome the differences and practice compassion and acceptance towards our fellow human beings.

I know from experience some of the comments can be taken very personally by you as a vegan, and if you are new to this – you might not be sure how to behave.

HERE ARE 8 COMMENTS TO BE PREPARED FOR AND HOW TO RESPOND:

1. “IT’S JUST NOT THANKSGIVING WITHOUT A TURKEY”

turkeyRemember, this is how THEY feel about Thanksgiving, it is not an attack towards you. Just stay calm and respond:

 “Actually, it is for me. It makes me feel even more grateful that I can both allow animals to live and have enough food to survive. It makes me feel abundant to see how many other options I have.”

4. “SO, WE’LL BE EATING TOFURKY THEN?”

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Don’t be quick in getting angry about this one. Many people are prejudiced about all sorts of things without ever trying them, and this does not apply to food only.

How To Respond:

“The main Thanksgiving dish will be a surprise, and I promise it will taste amazing. There will be plenty of other options, too, in case any of them is not appetizing enough for you.”

3. “DON’T YOU MISS ALL THE NORMAL THANKSGIVING FOODS?”
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I would miss stuffing and mashed potatoes and pumpkin pie — luckily, there are plenty of awesome thanksgiving vegan recipes for all those foods. So many, in fact, that it can be overwhelming to choose from all the food porn.

How To Respond: 

“All the traditional dishes (now even turkey) have really similar vegan versions that taste really good. And now that I’ve made the connection that the turkey is actually an animal and not just a food, it isn’t appetizing to me anymore.”

4. “BUT WHAT WILL YOU EAT?!”

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You may get this one if you’re the guest of a non-vegan or veggie host — hopefully in advance of the meal planning, but possibly after you’ve already sat down and they realized they failed to note that being vegan meant no milk or cream. This happens a surprising amount.

How To Respond: 

“Actually, there are a ton of delicious things I can eat that everyone will like. Let me send you some recipe and food blog ideas, or even a few specific recipes. If you are willing, I can also bring a dish I have prepared myself.”

5. “BUT WHAT WILL WE EAT?!”

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If you host a vegan Thanksgiving, you will get some variation of this question if you ask people to bring vegan food. People are relatively accepting of vegetarians, but people start getting annoyed with vegans.

How To Respond: 

“There are a ton of things we can eat. Don’t worry, it’ll taste good — plus, you’re probably going to feel better after my meal, even if you eat just as much. If you feel like bringing something, I could even pick a recipe and send it to you. Maybe you can think of it as a fun cooking challenge. If not, wine’s cool.”

6. “YOU’RE GOING TO OFFEND GRANDMA IF YOU DON’T EAT HER MASHED POTATOES.”
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How to respond:

“It’s not my intention to offend anyone. I was actually planning on bringing over almond milk and vegan butter to show her how to make cruelty-free mashed potatoes. I can’t wait to cook and spend time with her!”

7. “YOU MUST THINK I’M A TERRIBLE PERSON FOR EATING THIS”
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People might also say, “I bet you think you’re better than me,” or, “You’re a better person than me.” Either way, it’s important to be take a cue from the Buddha in these moments and not take the bait. Maybe even let the comment hang awkwardly in the air for a second before you respond with kindness.

What You Should Say: 

“Why would I think that?”

You can have a conversation from there, but be sure to listen more than you speak — you can offer to send them some articles if they’re interested in the end.

8. “BUT IT’S TRADITION!”

How To Respond: 

“Thanksgiving is about feeling grateful and abundant, and appreciative of my life and the lives of others. For me, there’s no better way to do that than to remind myself that I’m so privileged I don’t even need to eat animal products to have a delicious, filling meal. I feel thankful every time I think about it.”

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