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First, let me apologize for disappearing for so long. Anyone following my blog knows that the past three years have been hell since losing Mom. Let me tell you, it got worse – much worse – before it got better. But THAT story will be for another blog. (It’s a very important one.) I am happy to report that I can FINALLY say with some confidence that I am better. I will never be the same, of course, but I am as close as I will be able to get. And that’s a positive thing!

I’ve decided to share one of my ‘adapted’ recipes. Not to get too personal here, but we all like to be as clean as we can be leaving the bathroom. There are many different kinds of wipes that you can buy; some are flushable, some are not.

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There are also many blogs about whether the flushable ones are really a good idea or not. You can read a couple here: Is It Ok to Flush Those Wet Wipes? and Why Flushable Wipes Aren’t Really Flushable. As always, if you’re interested in learning more, do a quick search on Google.

Anyway, when I found this recipe for homemade baby wipes HERE, I was excited to try them, however, I didn’t particularly like the paper towel bit. Instead of being able to flush them, they’d have to go in the garbage, and that didn’t appeal to me, either. As I was looking through my bathroom cabinets, I saw that I had little spray bottles, and then I got an idea.

Why not make the liquid part and store in the spray bottle so I could just spray on some toilet paper when necessary? I liked that idea much better. And after I tried it, I loved it. I’ve been using this for years. This mix also has way less chemicals then store bought ones, and that’s ALWAYS a plus!

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Recipe – Makes three 1 oz size spray bottles

3 Tb aloe vera

2 Tb witch hazel

3 tp castille soap

2 caps Vitamin E

2 tp oil (almond oil, coconut oil, etc)

Few drops of essential oils (try to use ‘gentler’ ones like lavender, tea tree, chamomile and orange)

Water

Measure out ingredients and mix everything in a bowl.

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Once you stir, it will all mix together and turn a bit cloudy. Using a small funnel, pour into the spray bottles evenly. (You will not have enough to fill them.)

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Fill the rest of the bottles with water and shake to mix. And that’s it. Keep one on each bathroom counter! (Ladies, this is also a great refresher/cleanser for that time of the month, as well! More money saved and less chemicals on your body than using the commercial wipes out there.)

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Spring is here, and if you have dogs, you know what means – FLEAS.

Ugh. The very thought makes me start itching.

I don’t know of anything that’s more frustrating. They annoy your babies…they annoy you…they multiply like crazy…they bite…they cause all sorts of skin irritations – they’ve got to GO.

But how do you get rid of them? If you give your babies chemicals, there are all sorts of adverse reactions that they can have from allergies & rashes to seizures & death (not to mention how it can affect you, your other pets & your children). In 2008, over 44,000 reactions presumed to be tied to spot-on (topical) products were reported by pet owners, veterinarians and other animal caretakers. Whether it’s topical or a pill, you’re inundating your furbaby with toxic chemicals when you don’t have to.  You’re essentially feeding them or rubbing INSECTICIDE on them. It’s poison.

Just a few of the ingredients in your average topical or pill are imidacloprid (which is an insecticide), fipronil (another insecticide), permethrin (hmm, another insecticide), methoprene (you guessed it) and pyriproxyfen (do I even have to say it?).  Still not convinced that this stuff is DANGEROUS for your babies? Read more HERE.

And I KNOW as a responsible pet owner that loves your pet, you’d NEVER want to intentionally poison them. Sadly, some of our vets are under the same influence as some of our doctors – Big Pharma. All they know to do is push pill after pill after topical solution after topical solution. It’s all “safe”, according to them. But the truth is, IT ISN’T. Stop the madness!

Here’s the good news – you don’t have to expose your pet to these toxins. You can SAFELY and EFFECTIVELY give them flea prevention that will not put them at risk. I know this to be true because last year, the fleas were INSANE in our backyard. My poor girls were scratching and scratching until I finally started to put a little liquid concoction in their food.  And within a few days, the scratching stopped. I went from picking off 10+ fleas a day to finding NONE. It was wondrous. We were gloriously flea free all summer.

Before I give you the super simple recipe, there are other things you can do, too. Make sure that your babies are eating quality – preferably ORGANIC – food. This will discourage fleas (& other ickies) from biting them because a healthy immune system will make your dog less tasty to them. (Fleas are very attracted to pets that eat a high amount of grains since it makes them quite “yeasty.”) You can also treat the yard with diatomaceous earth or with this Mosquito Barrier. There are essential oils that you can use either in a spray or on the dog’s collar that will keep fleas at bay, too. Do a quick search on Google – there is so much out there that you can try. You don’t need poison!

My girls get organic food & treats and are bathed & brushed regularly. They also get 1/4 tsp of this mixture in their evening food:

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1 clove of garlic, 1 Tbsp apple cider vinegar and 1 Tbsp of lemon juice. Mix in a saucepan with 1 cup water. Bring barely to a boil to infuse the water, cool, strain & put in a glass container to keep in the fridge. 1-20 pound dog – use 1/4 tsp…20-80 pound dog – use 1/2 tsp…80+ pound dog – use 1 tsp in food bowl each day. *Note* Do not give to puppies until they are at least 10-12 weeks old.

Give it a couple weeks. What will happen is that the scent will begin to come out of their skin. Don’t worry – YOU won’t smell it, but the fleas WILL, and it will discourage them from getting on the animal because they can’t stand the smell. Your baby will suddenly NOT be their favorite snack!

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** Read this ** – THE GARLIC WILL NOT HURT YOUR PET. I can’t believe the amount of misinformation that is ‘out there’. I suppose if you fed your dog TWO HANDFULS of garlic all at once, it might affect them, but you’re not doing that. Garlic is very healthy for them. PLEASE read this blog by behaviorist and wellness adviser, Karen Rosenfeld, so that you can be informed – http://ottawavalleydogwhisperer.blogspot.com/2012/06/garlic-for-dogs-health-benefits.html

Don’t want to take her word for it? Read THIS and THIS and THIS. Feel a little better now? You should.

After you read these articles, if you are STILL not comfortable with the garlic for whatever reason, just omit it and use the apple cider vinegar and the lemon juice. It might take a few more days to start to repel the fleas, but it will be SO much better than poison! Your babies will thank you!

And speaking of babies, here are mine. They are my world.

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While this blog has focused on flea prevention for DOGS, I haven’t forgotten our feline friends. Go here for great suggestions that won’t endanger their health!  They don’t need chemicals, either!

Hope everyone & their babies have a SAFE, NON-POISONOUS and FLEA FREE summer!

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Welcome One And All!

Let me introduce myself. I’m a 30-something year old female living in the oh-too-sunny lower half of the United States. I have been very healthy all of my life until the past year. March of 2009 changed me. I suffered from a chain of health problems that all stemmed from a simple pack of antibiotics (that I DIDN’T need), and I’m STILL not right. At this point, I don’t think that I ever will be, but I digress.

I’m a BIG researcher. I don’t take anyone’s word on anything that will affect my health. Research, research, research – ESPECIALLY when it comes to things of a medical nature. Over the past year, my eyes have been opened to a staggering amount of information. I’ve saved HUNDREDS of links…I’ve spent HOURS looking up various things…and just recently I thought “perhaps others could benefit and/or would be interested”. Why not start a page for my findings and opinions and such?

So, here I am. I plan to use this blog for medical and health information only, so don’t worry; you won’t have to scroll through posts of Christmas pictures with the family. I do have strong opinions, but when I share them, I will back them up with why I hold those particular opinions. I also won’t be using any name brands to look out for. Why? Well, a co-worker recently told me about Food, Inc. (no I haven’t watched it YET). When I was searching more about it, I came across what’s called “veggie laws”. It’s a bunch of hooey, to be quite honest. Some – not all – states have actually made laws that say people can’t talk bad against their product. Hmm…that seems to go against my right to FREE SPEECH, which by definition, is UNCONSTITUTIONAL. The legal system is already having a field day with this for that very reason, but that’s a rant for a later date. Suffice it to say, naming a brand isn’t necessary, anyway, because they all contain harmful ingredients and fillers. It’ll be a whole lot easier to tell you which ones are GOOD.

THANK YOU for reading, but most importantly, THANK YOU for being interested enough in your own health to not trust it to anyone but YOU. After all, who truly cares for you other than YOU?

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