NATURAL HEALTH TECHNIQUES NEWSLETTER

April, 2007 Vol. 3 No. 4

(Please note that full names are never used in this newsletter or on my website without the full consent of the sender or client. Some cases also encompass groupings of cases with similar symptoms and suggestions for healing in an attempt to educate the general public.) 

In This Issue:

  • Health In the News: No Complaints Bracelets
  • Case of the Month: None this month
  • What’s New on the Website? Zone/Blood Type Diet Charts, 1 Million Hits/month! Consultations around the world
  • Ask Dr. Moffat: Dog bones—Cooked or Raw? Does Lecithin work against Thymus PMG? My take on Colloidal Silver. Rabies vaccinations for indoor pets.
  • Product of the Month: Rescue Remedy
  • Media Reviews: Flax Oil As a True Aid Against Arthritis, Heart Infarction, Cancer and Other Diseases by Dr. Johanna Budwig
  • Tips and Tricks for a Healthier Life: Hotel magnetic key cards
  • Healthy Recipes: Ginger Chicken (A Zone-Balanced 4-Block meal)
  • Client Testimonials: Headaches and IBS better. Dying cat back to normal. Gratitude for Support.
  • Inspiration & Perspective: Nail in the Fence story
  • What’s New at Our House? Spay and Neuter Clinic Crash, Attended  Dr. Giovanni Maciocia’s Tongue Diagnosis Seminar
  • Local Events: Global Love Day, Renaissance Faire in Moscow 

Health In the News: No Complaints Bracelets.

This one was sent to me by a dear friend, Debbie D. in Kooskia, Idaho:

KANSAS CITY, MO. – We all complain, right? It’s just human nature. But a few months ago, the pastor of a Kansas City church told the people in his congregation he wanted them to break that habit.

“The one thing we can agree on,” said the Reverend Will Bowen of Christ Church Unity, “is there’s too much complaining.”

He said churchgoers were griping mainly about trivial things, such as the choice of hymns at the Sunday service or the informal dress code at the church’s Saturday night worship.

And so he asked his flock to take a pledge: to swear off complaining, criticizing, gossiping or using sarcasm for 21 days. The Rev. Bowen said the inspiration for the no-complaints campaign came to him while taking a shower. And now, the idea has begun to spread.

People who join in are issued little purple bracelets as a reminder of their pledge. If they catch themselves complaining, they’re supposed to take off the bracelet, switch it to the opposite wrist and start counting the days from scratch.

And now that the church has been written up in several publications, the campaign has mushroomed. On Saturdays, volunteers crowd the church basement filling orders for the no-complaints bracelets—126,000 so far. (Note: Michael and I ordered ours about April 1st and have not received them yet. We’ll keep you informed.)

The Rev. Bowen said it took him three and a half months to put together 21 complaint-free days, and that it has taken others up to seven months. Those who get through it can turn in their bracelets in exchange for “certificates of happiness” issued during church services.

“We’re going to be the center of no complaining around the world,” said the Rev. Bowen, who added that they’ve gotten requests for bracelets from as far away as South Africa and Australia. Some American troops in Iraq, a place where there are plenty of things to complain about, have even asked for them. The church has set up a website, acomplaintfreeworld.org, to facilitate orders for bracelets which are offered free of charge (donations accepted.)

Case of the Month: None this month 

What’s New on the Website?  

I put up the links to my Eating in the Zone for Your Blood Type handouts. Linda Schmitt of www.videomarketingspecialists.com helped me put them in PDF form so anyone can print them off as she tells me many of you don’t have the Excel program on your computers. 

Our website hits/month are just under a million hits as of the first of April. I had originally intended to achieve that goal by the end of the year. Wow. How’d there get to be so many, so fast? See what happens when you set your intentions with clarity? 

This month I did consults with people from Canada, Mexico, Puerto Rico, and England. I also had the privilege of introducing a medical doctor from the Netherlands to the concepts of using Childhood Vaccinosis Nosodes to take out the yucky stuff that the vaccines can put into a babies body. They use the same vaccines over there as they use in the United States. 

So, what does a million hits/month look like to a one-person practice? Well, I’ve been up every night for the past two weeks until 9 p.m. trying to keep up! I’m booked out nearly three weeks now (with only three appointments left to fill) and occasionally I miss answering an email. Lots of people are asking me to link to their sites, but they seem to have products that are much the same as mine. If they are a client, I put their links under Clients or Healers. I guess that’s all I can do for now. 

I spent some time last month emailing those I had linked to and got no responses back saying they have linked back to my site. It was one of the techniques we learned when we  participated in the One Minute Millionaire program (www.OneMinuteMillionairre.com) a few years ago. I concluded the linking project was a big waste of time in case you have a website and are thinking of doing the same to increase your rankings. 

Ask Dr. Moffat:  

Hello Dr Moffat, I saw your website on bones for dogs and was wondering how often and how long I should boil my dog’s bones to clean them?  I like to reuse them for a while –I  stuff them with treats or peanut butter in the evening.  Now that it’s warmer, I know I need to sterilize them again. Thank you, Nancy 

Nancy: Boiling the bones makes them brittle. Bones should not be cooked then fed to your dog. Here’s my article on the Best Bones to Feed Your Dog. It should help you out quite a bit.

/Veterinary_Stuff/Best_%20Dog_Bones_to_Feed.htm  I think it’s safer to put the peanut butter and cheese in a Kong Toy (https://www.kongcompany.com/)  They love those things. It keeps them busy and it’s much safer. Rarely have I ever heard of a dog chew them to pieces and you can sterilize them by throwing them in the washing machine or by boiling them for a few minutes. They are really tough. Kong toys are at all the pet stores. 

Dr. Moffat: Would supplemental Lecithin (from soy) interfere with the absorption or decrease the effectiveness of Thymus PMG when taken together at meals? Your reply would be appreciated. Thank you! Alexis

Alexis: I don’t know the answer to this, but I asked my Guides and they said, “Yes, it would interfere.” This is an example of asking the right question to get the right answer. I’m putting your question into the newsletter as an example of the different questions we either forget to ask or don’t even know to ask when seeking a program that works perfectly for an individual. It’s also another great reason to get input from a variety of sources before tapping inside yourself and asking what feels right to follow! Thanks for writing. 

Denice, when I was talking to my daughter Julie yesterday she wanted me to ask you what your ‘take’ is on colloidal silver.  A friend of ours in California was talking to her about it.  She thought it was an antiseptic?  Thanks. Marsha. 

Dear Marsha: I’m not totally sold on the colloidal silver thing. I think people overdose themselves on it because they think, “If a little it good, a lot will heal faster.” I had a man accidentally kill his dog with it last year and that kind of freaked me out. It died of heavy metal poisoning as he was forcing it to drink about a cup a day. I didn’t tell him he had poisoned his own dog because he was so distraught and crying and all. I actually didn’t really  know how to handle that situation, so, I’m telling all of you instead. If a little is good, a LOT is NOT better! 

To get silver in the diet (for humans at least,) I think it’s safer to eat from sterling silverware and just get your fruits and raw veggies in each day. Also, a lot of people purchase those machine things so you can “make your own” colloidal silver. Without knowing how to muscle test, there is no real way of knowing (except through lab analysis) how strong or how weak this solution is. 

It was a great antibiotic in the old days when that was all we had, but we have some more effective things to use now. Many homeopathics work great for infection. And if you are really in a bind, the correct antibiotic works well too. I’m not one to advocate excessive use of antibiotics, but occasionally, a well-placed, properly dosed antibiotic is a life-saver (and so much easier to give a cat than a dropperful of alcohol-based homeopathic every day!)  

Hello Dr. Moffat.  I was wondering if you could tell me if rabies is a required vaccination in Moscow, ID. We have a potential adopter who said that their vet mentioned rabies was not needed because their cat is an indoor cat. Funny, because there is ALWAYS room for error. Any dog or cat can always get outdoors if a mistake is made. Our Washington city requires rabies vaccination by law. Thank you! Cara 

Dear Cara: I don’t know if there is a city law here in Moscow but, if you had to pick only one vaccine to stay current with, I would always keep the pet updated on rabies. What if it finds a rabid bat? You just never know. And who wants to board their cat or dog at a shelter (at the owner’s cost) for 10 days because it slobbered on someone or bit someone (even if accidentally) after being exposed to rabies. That would be awful, but that’s what the law says to do. 

I once had a cat in my practice (unvaccinated) that killed a rabid bat. This particular cat was a real slobber machine and drooled whenever anyone pet it. It drooled on all four family members who then had to get the rabies shots (at a cost of $3500!) 

Rabies shots are cheap insurance. We always have homeopathics to take the bad stuff from the vaccines out of the body if the owner is concerned about that. 

Product of the Month: Rescue Remedy 

Rescue Remedy was developed over 60 years ago by Dr. Edward Bach and is one of my favorite products for emotional and psychological stress, emergencies and for working through the process of grieving. I put some of this into the special formula I take to the animal shelter for the new cats coming in. We put a few drops into their water the week before they are introduced into the cat room to help them feel more comfortable with the other cats.  https://www.lcshelter.com

Rescue Remedy is by far the most popular of the Bach Flower Essence preparations and is available in spray, cream and in drop form. Rescue Remedy comes in a 10 or 20ml and is made with a brandy base. 

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Bach Rescue Remedy

For infant babies, I have the parent apply a drop or two onto the skin for situations such as teething stress. Adults and children can take 1-3 drops orally every 15 minutes as needed until they feel calm. Some call this formula “Yoga in a bottle.” 

Animal shelters and rescue organizations use it for incoming dogs that are fearful, angry, jealous or depressed to process and calm these negative emotions. 

What’s in Rescue Remedy? It’s composed of five of Bach’s 38 flower essences including Impatiens, Star of Bethlehem, Cherry Plum, Rock Rose and Clematis.

  • Impatiens: For those who act and think quickly, and have no patience for what they see as the slowness of others. They often prefer to work alone.  Impatiens is used to teach empathy and understanding of and patience with others. 
  • Star of Bethlehem: For trauma and shock, whether experienced recently or in the past, it teaches the ability to recover from traumas and to integrate them into the present life.
  • Cherry Plum: For those who fear losing control of their thoughts and actions and doing things they know are bad for them or which they consider wrong. Teaches trust in one’s spontaneous wisdom and the courage to follow one’s path.
  • Rock Rose: For situations in which one experiences panic or terror.
  • Clematis: For those who find their lives unhappy and withdraw into fantasy worlds. They are ungrounded and indifferent to the details of everyday life. Teaches one to establish a bridge between the physical world and the world of ideas; may foster great creativity. Clematis is also used to bring clarity and alertness to the present moment.

To learn more, go to www.rescueremedy.com 

Media Reviews (Book): Flax Oil As a True Aid Against Arthritis, Heart Infarction, Cancer and Other Diseases by Dr. Johanna Budwig 

A recent client of mine told me about this book and how they had healed their German shepherd of cancer using high-quality, refrigerated, freshly pressed flax seed oil and cottage cheese or Quark. 

Hmmm. Any ideas I’m introduced to that can help my clients with cancer are welcome if they are effective. So I ordered the book. I was wondering what Quark was anyway. I had to look that up. 

Quark is defined as a soft, unripened cheese with the texture and flavor of sour cream.  Quark comes in two versions — low fat and nonfat. Though the calories are the same (35 per ounce), the texture of low fat Quark is richer than that of low fat sour cream. It has a milder flavor and richer texture than low fat yogurt. Quark can be used as a sour cream substitute to top baked potatoes, and as an ingredient in a variety of dishes including cheesecakes, dips, salads and sauces. 

This 60-page informative (but very boring and dry) book had some interesting ideas in it. It is the combination of three of Dr. Johanna Budwig’s lectures which she calls her “lectures for laymen.” 

Gee, I’d hate to read the scientific notes!. . .BUT . . .you can get some good from all things, so I’ve gleaned down the main points for my newsletter readers. 

Dr. Budwig says that eating highly unsaturated fats like flax, sunflower, sesame and poppy seed cold-pressed oils is essential to oxygenate our system and keep it optimally healthy. Each time a food is processed, the ports that each molecule has that can combine with oxygen are covered up so that oxygenation is not at its optimal capacity. Mixing these highly unsaturated fats with specific proteins such as cottage cheese and Quark make the foods electron-rich. This is important because electrons suck in extra oxygen into our system. (Cancer can’t live in an oxygenated environment.) 

Now I’ve had clients come in for years who are taking ground flax and flax oil. I noticed that some people actually needed the products, but most did not. Since I believe in the benefits of flax, I’ve always wondered why that is. After reading her book, I’ve decided that it’s because the quality and freshness of flax varies. Many of my clients were not using fresh, high-quality flax supplements. And many were not refrigerating them.  

Whole flax seeds, mixed in juice or water (or in the digestive tract), produce a mucoid cover over the outside of the seed. I tell my clients to eat whole flax often when they need a laxative, and I use it in many of my recipes to promote bowel health (check out my Granola and Tabbouli recipes). Whole flax seeds do not usually digest, but pass through the digestive tract whole. 

Ground flax is used as an antioxidant. Dr. Budwig explains why it needs to be ground fresh each time you incorporate it into your diet. Anything over a few minutes old has lost the oxygen carrying capacity. One handy technique I tell my clients to do is to utilize their coffee grinder as a flax mill by grinding the flax just before use. Keeping the seeds in the freezer also keeps them fresher. 

Flax oil should be used in the freshest form possible, cold-pressed then refrigerated or frozen. Johanna suggests mixing it with honey to maintain the quality or to mix it with cottage cheese to make the oil water-soluble so that it can be taken into the system better. 

“Only natural fats can circulate through the capillaries throughout the entire body. Solid fats are not water soluble and are not capable of circulating through the fine capillaries” she says.   

Fish oils that have been processed with heat are also not able to transport oxygen to the tissues. Well-meaning methods of treating fats to give them a longer shelf-life destroy their fatty substances. She also states that the majority of preservatives are respiratory poisons that block oxygenation of the fats. (No wonder so many people test that their fish oil is not working! Too processed I guess.) 

People who have liver and gallbladder challenges cannot digest fats that are saturated, but unsaturated fats are tolerated and can heal tissues. She also says that testing on humans and animals show that when they eat preserved fats which contain poor electrons, they eat six times the amount of food that they need because they are always feeling hungry. People who eat the right nutrition do not have cravings for high caloric foods. Cigarette smoke also suppresses cells from storing electrons. 

Dr. Budwig admits that it infuriates the medical profession to no end when she tells them that serious medical conditions can be cured with only Flax oil and cottage cheese! 

Hmm. This sounds too good to be true, but I suppose it couldn’t hurt. I ordered some Udo’s Choice Flora brand freshly pressed flax oil and promptly refrigerated it. Udo’s oils are Certified Organic and cold-pressed daily. Their small batches ensure that their oils are very fresh and they have great products. Barlean’s brand was also suggested in the book. And if you can’t bear the though of swallowing the oil in bulk, you can always take it as a supplement. I carry Linum B6 by Standard Process Labs. 

I’ve decided to use myself as a Guinea pig and experiment with the bulk flax oil since I do have a pair of impaired lungs, to see if I feel more energy and more oxygenated. And I’ll also use my husband as a Guinea pig! Heck. What are husbands for, right? We’ll see if it improves his short-term memory. She says that you can actually feel a difference within three days. I can handle three days worth of the stuff I suppose. 

What can flax oil heal? Dr. Budwig says that her recipes have been known to heal diabetes (she says that diabetes is related to fat metabolism first and sugar assimilation second), cancer, learning disabilities, brain and nerve functioning, coronary artery disease (specifically arteriosclerosis), premature aging, fertility disorders, decreased libido, kidney failure, chronic fatigue, muscle pain, restless leg syndrome and blindness. 

She says there is research with men who ate hydrogenated peanut butter who showed a decrease in fertility because their plumbing got all plugged up. . .well, she used more scientific terms, but you get the drift. 

Cell life is dependent on fats as its membranes are composed of fat. If the fats are saturated, you have sluggish/slow cells. If the cells are mostly composed of unsaturated fats, they are more electric, so stay healthier and we live longer and happier lives. 

Johanna also advocates sunshine—without sunscreen—as a way to oxygenate the body and make it more electric. She says that sunscreens prevent the body from converting the sunshine to electron-rich tissues that help with oxygenating the body. Sunscreens cause more burn damage and irritate the system. 

She did not say how much daily sunshine would be optimal, but I suspect 20-30 minutes/day is the best. She shares this interesting story: 

“A young doctor, a hunter, observed that in some years, prize-winning deer antlers were much larger than usual, but in others, even the very best of the prize-winning antlers were far below average in size. The physical development of young animals and ducks in the wild matched in degrees the size of the deer antlers, or lack of it. Investigation showed that the years in which the deer grew large antlers and in which there was good physical development of young animals in the wild, were clearly years with high rates of sunshine hours.” 

Sunshine stimulates the liver, gall bladder, pancreas, bladder and salivary glands. One of my mentors told me once that in the cancer clinics in Mexico the patients must walk on the lawn with their bare feet to get re-grounded and spend daily time in the sunshine. If it’s cold outside, they must sit next to a window where the sun is streaming in—preferably with as few clothes on as possible as part of their treatment.  

I was a bit discouraged that this book did not include recipes on how to make the flax oil taste better! Yech! I’ve ordered her book The Oil-Protein Diet Cookbook and will try some of the recipes. When I find a couple of good ones, I’ll include them in an upcoming newsletter. 

Some health benefits of flax seed (gleaned from several other sources) include

  • Lowers blood cholesterol levels
  • Lowers high blood pressure
  • Increases energy, vitality, and stamina
  • Increases sense of calmness under stress (I could go for that right now!)
  • Reduces threat of blood clots
  • Protects against cancers, particularly hormone sensitive cancers such as breast and prostate
  • Better regulates blood sugar levels
  • Eases inflammatory tissue conditions, including arthritis
  • Alleviates dry skin, eczema and psoriasis
  • Enhances immune system
  • Increases metabolic rate with a positive impact on weight management
  • Helps with Attention Deficit Disorder (ADD)
  • Natural laxative  

Tips and Tricks for a Healthier Life  

Hotel Keys: Ever wonder what is on your magnetic key card? I publish this as a Tip and Trick because when someone steals your identity it creates extreme amounts of stress which is VERY stressful on your immune system. This can make illnesses come on that you never dreamed you’d ever experience.

Answer:
    a. Customer’s name
    b. Customer’s partial home address
    c. Hotel room number
    d. Check-in date and out dates
    e. Customer’s credit card number and expiration date!

When you turn them in to the front desk, your personal information is there for any employee to access by simply scanning the card in the hotel scanner. An employee can take a handful of cards home and using a scanning device, access the information onto a laptop computer and go shopping at your expense. Simply put, hotels do not erase the information on these cards until an employee re-issues the card to the next hotel guest. At that time, the new guest’s information is electronically “overwritten” on the card and the previous guest’s information is erased in the overwriting process.

But until the card is rewritten for the next guest, it usually is kept in a drawer at the front desk with YOUR INFORMATION ON IT! Yikes! I didn’t know that! 

The recommendation is to keep the cards, take them home with you, or destroy them.    NEVER leave them behind in the room or wastebasket, and NEVER turn them into the front desk when you check out of a room. They will not charge you for the card (it’s illegal) and you’ll be sure you are not leaving a lot of valuable personal information on it that could be easily lifted off with any simple scanning device card reader. For the same reason, if you arrive at the airport and discover you still have the card key in your pocket, do not toss it in an airport trash basket. Take it home and destroy it by cutting it up, especially through the electronic information strip!  Information courtesy of: Pasadena Police Department (Thanks to Frankie from Water Oz for that tip.)

And for all you Nikken people who have Super Mini magnets, you can pass a Super Mini  across the magnetic strip several times, then try it in the door. It the card won’t work, the information has been erased.

Healthy Recipes: Ginger Chicken 

This is one of my favorite recipes from Dr. Barry Sears’ book, A Week in the Zone. I’ve modified it with a bit of chicken broth and Bragg’s Amino Acids as most of the recipes in that book are fairly bland. This particular recipe is for one 4-block meal. Michael and I divide the batch and try to get the whole portion down for a 2-block meal, but it’s a lot of food. I just wanted to give you all an idea of what eating in the Zone is, and that you don’t have to be hungry when you diet. Here it is: 

Ginger Chicken 

  • 1  1/3 teaspoon Extra Virgin Olive Oil
  • 4 ounces boneless, skinless Chicken Breast cut lengthwise into thin strips
  • 2 cups Broccoli Florets, washed
  • 1 ½ cups Snow Peas, washed
  • ¾ cup Yellow Onion, peeled and chopped
  • 1 teaspoon Fresh Ginger, grated
  • ½ cup Chicken Broth
  • Bragg’s Amino Acids to taste (For those of you who have never had this product, it tastes a lot like soy sauce.) 

For dessert (yes, there’s more to complete this 4-Block meal!) you need a half-block of some other carb on your Zone list. For the lists I’ve posted, pick your particular blood type, choose a carbohydrate and have use half the volume which is listed after the item. Dr. Sears uses 1 cup Grapes for dessert for this meal (that would be ½ cup per person if the recipe is divided into two), but eating fruits after you eat your vegetables gives me (and a lot of people) a gut ache, so I’d choose some non-fruit carbohydrate item instead. 

Instructions:  In a wok or large nonstick pan, heat oil over medium-high heat. Add chicken and sauté, turning frequently, until lightly browned, about 5 minutes. Add broccoli, snow peas, onion, ginger (sometimes I add a bit more ginger because we like a little more spice) and 1/2 cup chicken broth. Continue cooking, stirring often, until the chicken is done, water is reduced to a glaze, and vegetables are tender, about 20 minutes. If the pan dries out during cooking, add water in tablespoon increments to keep moist. Season with Bragg’s Amino Acids (https://bragg.com/products/bragg-liquid-aminos-soy-alternative.html) to taste. Serve the ½ block of carbs for dessert.  

Client Testimonials:  

Dr. Moffat, I’m pleased to say I’ve been doing truly fabulously! Once I came back from my trip, which really threw my diet off, I stuck to my diet much more strictly. Now my average food intake daily consists of lots of fruit and veggies, chicken/fish/turkey, lots of water, some soymilk, and the occasional piece of whole grain or spelt toast with margarine. I eat no dairy, almost no refined sugar, very little breads, and lots of veggies and raw foods. My headaches have completely subsided as have my stomach problems. I am healthier and have more energy literally than ever before! I haven’t stuck to taking my supplements as often as I should, but I’ve seen such a drastic improvement I didn’t know how necessary they were. I consider coming to see you the single best thing I ever did for my health. Unless it’s completely necessary, I don’t suspect I’ll see another traditional doctor. So…Thank You!  God Bless,  Athalie  

Hi Denice.  I just wanted to let you know how well Snorkel is doing these days.  He has gained back all of his weight, muscle mass and hair.  His coat is absolutely stunning.  His appetite is “killer.”  He is very active and affectionate.  He currently does not need any meds (although I watch for any hint of trouble).  It is hard to believe that just two years ago he was on deaths doorstep.  If it were not for your diagnosis and battery of products to pull him through, we wouldn’t have the chance to enjoy him today.  I look forward to quite a few more years with this incredible cat.  As I told our local veterinarian when we started on this journey, “I know in my heart that Snorkel is supposed to live to be a very old cat.” Thanks again for all that you have done for my family! Peace and Joy. Mary

WOW Mary! I’ve been wondering how things are going! Yippee!!! Thanks for sticking with it and visualizing his wellness at the same time as giving the supplements. I know how hard that must have been to do at times! Denice 

Dear Denice. Thank you so much for your help.  I feel like I know you as I have enjoyed your website for this past year.  You are a rare person and what a blessing you are to so many.  God has really blessed you and your husband and I am sure you have many wonderful things ahead for you yet! We will keep in touch. Thanks for your love and support. I appreciate it! It was just so good to talk with you. You are one of those people that seem like an old friend even though we have just met.  Strange! May God continue to bless you in your life’s work!  Jo W. 

Inspiration & Perspective: Nail in the Fence Story

There once was a little boy who had a bad temper. His Father gave him a bag of nails and told him that every time he lost his temper, he must hammer a nail into the back of the fence. The first day the boy had driven 37 nails into the fence. Over the next few weeks, as he learned to control his anger, the number of nails hammered daily gradually dwindled down. He discovered it was easier to hold his temper than to drive those nails into the fence.

Finally the day came when the boy didn’t lose his temper at all. He told his father about it and the father suggested that the boy now pull out one nail for each day that he was able to hold his temper. 

The days passed and the young boy was finally able to tell his father that all the nails were gone. The father took his son by the hand and led him to the fence He said, “You have done well, my son, but look at the holes in the fence. The fence will never be the same. When you say things in anger, they leave a scar just like this one. You can put a knife in a man and draw it out. It won’t matter how many times you say I’m sorry, the wound is still there. A verbal wound is as bad as a physical one.”

What’s New at Our House? Michael and I spent time this month working on the basement in preparation for the spay and neuter facility. It looks really GREAT down there. I taped, mudded and sanded all the sheetrock and splurged this time around by renting a power sander. WOW! What a difference the right power tool makes! I then primed it and painted all the rooms with two coats of this wonderful pumpkin-looking color. Michael and I then put in the flooring last weekend. We did all this before we ran into a pretty big brick wall. 

Apparently I was lead astray by listening to some of the people I had hired to help us with those tasks we couldn’t do ourselves. Now, I’ve spent many a year pushing on my ski-slope nose trying to train it to point more downward. (People with ski-slope noses are extremely naïve! I guess working on the shape of your face doesn’t change the imprinted personality characteristics!) The other thing I did in grade school was to sit there during class and push my two front teeth together because they had quite a large gap between them. I just asked my dear husband what the gap meant. 

“Dare devil” he said. 

Oh. . . 

I should have had the building inspector in earlier. I was told by a couple sources, “Oh, you don’t need a permit for a job as small as this” a couple of times. I took those words as truth. What they meant was, “Don’t check into the permits or they’ll shut you down.” If I had known the true story in the first place, I would have thoroughly investigated the whole thing before going ahead with a bunch of stuff. 

  1. We could theoretically accomplish our goal of opening a clinic in the basement IF: 
  2. We had an architect draw up the plans (I’ve had 4 clinics now and never had to do this),
  3. We had all the wiring put in conduit (I’ve had two with this and two without),
  4. We have a separate heating system, (never had this before, but then I’ve never lived in the house where the clinic was—well, except when I lived in my surgery room for 9 months in Oregon City when I first opened my first Affordable Pet Clinic.)
  5. Special plumbing (Nope, never had this anywhere. Don’t we already put urine down the sewer and a tiny bit of blood every now and then when we rinse a cut?),
  6. A handicapped ramp (this seems like a great idea and we’ll do this anyway, although in the past I’ve had handicapped access which people in wheelchairs never used. They just called us from their cell phones and we went out to their car when they got there to do whatever business we had to do. It seemed easier for them than getting their stuff out of the car and everyone was happy that way.)
  7. And apply and obtain a zoning variance which means inviting the whole neighborhood to a meeting and having them approve everything. (This definitely doesn’t sound like fun.) 

I’m still in shock and pretty deflated. I cried once in front of all the people down at the building and zoning place. Maybe we’ll just turn it into a $12,000 bedroom at this point. I’m just really bummed out. I have no idea what I’m going to do at this point for that project and now I have people calling me regularly asking me when I’m going to be open and we have no one in town who really enjoys doing feral cats like I do. All the vets I know have done surgeries on their kitchen table (or the tables of their clients. . .or bales of hay. . .or counter tops in the dairy rooms—heck, whenever you can spay or neuter a cat to keep the population in check you just jump at the chance!) 

So, for now, I’m promoting the Spay & Neuter Assistance Program that is being done at our local Grange Building at the Latah County Fair grounds a couple of Tuesdays each month. It’s a walk-in, no appointment necessary clinic (I’ll be working there one day a month). You can learn about it by going to https://www.lcshelter.com. The next one is May 15th which I’ll be working along with the Mobile Pet Vet, Dr. Tammy Faulkner. Ok, moving on. . . 

Michael and I boarded Maggie at Hatter Creek Kennels in Princeton after asking our neighbor, world-famous weaver (https://users.moscow.com/swett/tap.html) , Sarah Swett where she boarded her dogs when she went away. We headed over to the Seattle area so that I could take a seminar on Tongue Diagnosis at the Bastyr campus (https://www.bastyr.edu/) April 27th

The information wasn’t as difficult as I thought it would be to assimilate. I was glad I had already read his book though. I’ll type of some of those notes and share them with you next newsletter. The campus was beautiful with all kinds of walking paths and they had the neatest medicinal herb garden. It looks a lot like what I’m going to accomplish someday once we find property with a creek on it (and now in a place where we know we can build with no problems as long as we know the rules!)  We also brought back a load of mushroom compost to fortify our mostly organic gardens with. Maggie seemed to love it at Hatter Creek and was invited back.

 Local Events:

Global Love Day May 1. Please consider helping Harold Becker to promote Global Love Day on May 1.  The explanation of the beautiful progress which The Love Foundation is making can be reviewed at (https://www.thelovefoundation.com/) So, draw a picture; write an essay or host an event in the name of love.  Each vibrational pattern we send out into the Universe makes a difference.  Miracles happen!  Jana O. from Montana  

(Note: Jana was a Co-Author in the Book I Am a Miracle that we wrote as a team a couple of years ago. She was the main author in IAAM Book II. Thanks Jana for sharing!  Denice) 

Renaissance Faire : May 5 and 6 in East City Park Moscow, Idaho. Over 100 booths, dancing, music, good times and lots of stuff for children to do. Bring a coat. It sometimes gets cold and it sometimes rains. 

That’s it for this Month!

Be Healthy.  Denice

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Dr. Denice Moffat is a practicing naturopath, medical intuitive, and veterinarian working on the family unit (which includes humans and animals) through her phone consultation practice established in 1993. She has a content-rich website at www.NaturalHealthTechniques.com and free newsletter.