Archive for May, 2009

Are You Aware of the Plastic in Your Life?

photo by: Julie Gabrielli

My husband, the Eagle Scout, came home from Target recently with literally a bucketful of plastic. The bucket ITSELF was plastic! It looked like he had won some kind of shopping spree contest. Everything you can fit into a laundry basket in five minutes. In addition to what you see here, there was also contact lens solution, which comes in a cardboard box, but the solution itself is in a plastic bottle that has a little plastic safety seal on it.

What made me really take notice of this is – I had just been teaching a 4-week course called "Your EcoBlueprint ." In the third week, we played with the Plastic Tracker, which is an audit worksheet to build awareness of the amount and kinds of plastic that comes into our lives. Where they come from, what their purpose is, and what we do with them after we’ve used them. Read through this post to find out how you can win a copy of the Plastic Tracker to try for yourself.

In the fourth class, we talked a bit about the experience of using the plastic tracker. How surprised we were to learn just how much of this stuff is in our lives. For those of us who think of ourselves as fairly environmentally aware, this can be a real revelation. Continued

Make a Pawsitive Difference in Your Animal’s Life

photo of Lena by: Julie Gabrielli

A guest post by Debbie Smith

Holistic Healing is not just for humans anymore. Many new websites and animal supply stores are cropping up. On the subject of your garden variety dogs and cats, I can offer some suggestions and my own personal story. We adopted an "SPCA Special" dog. Of course, we opted for the worst-looking animal we could find, but a gentle nature underneath reminded us of our last beloved dog. This dog was so bedraggled: raw spots on her ears, skin and bones, dull coat, and looked like she had recently been nursing a bunch of puppies. I could find no information on the puppies, unfortunately; I would not have minded getting one of them as well. We received the full treatment at the vet and were told that she needed to gain at least 10 pounds and that she was almost two years old and could have given birth twice, TWICE! Poor doggie. The puppies had zapped all of her strength and energy, and stolen any nutrition she had stored.

Food

To start with, a healthy diet will put your pet on the right path to health. Our new dog ate well when we got her home, but her digestion didn’t seem quite right. My friend Lesley suggested that I put her on a natural, no-grain dog food that I could get at my local natural pet store. The store is called Howl , formerly Chow Baby (great names, both!). I chose Verus , which is – according to their label – "All Natural Holistic, Human Grade ingredients that your Dog & Cat will love." (If we ever have any kind of catastrophe or natural disaster, I hope we have some dog food around! It’s high in Omega-3’s also!) Well, you should see this dog now; she’s gained about 15 pounds, has a shiny black coat, no health problems, is hefty and sleek, and whoa, what high energy! Below are listed some Natural food (various brands) locations in Baltimore:

  • The website Dogster has listings that we can’t necessarily vouch for, but you can check it out yourself.

Health Care

When it comes to taking care of those beloved animals, it’s good to know there are also Holistic vets. Dr. Christina Chambreau has a website that offers not only homeopathic remedies for what ails your pets, but ways of keeping your pet well throughout his or her life. Consult the website first, but it is good to know she is near Baltimore in Sparks, Maryland.

Another holistic avenue you may want to try for taking care of those quirks and neurosis, that come with pets (and most humans) is Acupuncture. I have some experience on the receiving end of the human version. I only did it onc, and I know that’s not enough, but it was very soothing and Barbara Kandel is a great listener as well. She can treat things such as nausea from cancer treatments, anxieties and depression, to maintaining overall well-being. She has worked with dogs, cats, horses, rabbits, children and adults. She can make house calls, too (for animals). You can find Barbara Kandel, L.Ac., M.Ac. on this web directory for Acupuncture professionals, or email her at Brkandsam(at)msn.com

Rescue

If you are lucky enough to be able to own a horse, there is a wonderful organization called Day’s End Farm Horse Rescue, Inc. which is a non-profit, volunteer based humane organization whose mission is to ensure quality care and treatment of horses through intervention, education, and outreach. You can adopt or sponsor a horse from there or they can rescue and rehabilitate.

Communication

There are people among us who can speak with animals energetically. Stay tuned for a future post from Julie about some gifted animal communicators she is getting to know as part of a business development program. In the meantime, the curious among you can check out Nedda Wittels and Karen Nowak . Karen is starting a teleseries on June 29, called "The Evolution of Animal Health Care," which will touch on a variety of topics, including acupuncture, homeopathy, raw food diets, herbal medicine, and animal communication.