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329 1586 214 DSCN0127April 8, 2013

Hello my name is Levi. I am a 7-year-old orange tabby and I should be dead.

I had been out playing over a month ago when I became tired, didn’t follow my routine. Food didn’t even smell as good as it use too.

My mom loaded me up and took me to the vet. I really didn’t care about that either. He was playing in my ears, mouth and pulling on my skin, whew looks like temperature time. The vet came back in and said my blood test bad. Poisoned. I’m not sure what kind, but my kidneys are shutting down. Mom understands. It looks like water running down her cheeks.  The `Vet told her I should be put down. Mom said No I would be fine she would make sure.

So here they go poking me right between the shoulder blades with a needle connected to a little tube with a bag of fluid. They filled me up like a water balloon about 2 1/2 ml. of IV electrolytes. The vet said fluids for next 5 days every morning (yuk) and that this would work like kidney dialysis to help flush the toxins. The vet kept saying to put me down it was not going to work. My mom said she was going to work me over. Not sure what that meant either. I will let my mom tell you the rest I’m tired….

The vet is telling  me that Levi was poisoned and he wasn’t going to make it. Renal failure, kidneys shutting down,appetite has lessened and he is not drinking much. But that he was still eating and drinking meant a lot to me. As we were heading home,thoughts of what I needed to do to help him went through my mind.

Finally it came down to raw liver, charcoal, buchu and brewers yeast.

I dropped my baby off at home and the mission began. I went to the store for raw liver and my health food store for charcoal, buchu and brewers yeast.

Here is the run down: liver is for the enzymes and B vitamins for fast nutrients to keep the liver working. Charcoal powder can pull 10 times the amount of poison that can kill a body.( Edgar Casey’s book). Buchu is a herb that repairs kidney damage I have seen people with kidneys that have been shut down for 2 weeks come back to life when they took it. And of course Brewers yeast the more B vitamins you get the better the appetite  and the better the body can function.

Levis first blood test

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So you know what the numbers above mean here is the run.

1. ALB-albumin

2. ALP-alkaline phosphatase

3.ALT- alanine aminotransferase

4. AMY-amylase

5.TBIL-Bilirubin

6.BUN-Blood urea nitrogen

7.CA- calcium

8.PHOS-phosphorus

9.CRE-creatinine

10.GLU-glucose

11.NA+-sodium

12.K+-potassium

13.TP-total protein

14.GLOB-globulin

I cut up raw beef liver into small pieces to feed to Levi he gobbled it up so fast like he was starving, 2 hours later it came back up. It was actually breaking down some in the tummy. So back to the kitchen this time I pureed the raw liver and charcoal together and gave it again to him and this time it stayed down. If cats stop eating after so many days their livers shut down and they die from liver failure instead of the poisons. I figured if there was anything he would eat I would feed it to him.

April 9

Back to the vets with Levi. I took my daughter in-law Kaylena so that she could see how the vet gave him fluids so we could do this at home every morning this would put less stress on Levi, I think. (Me and needles just make me faint I needed support)

He didn’t want to eat that morning so I cut the end off a syringe, sucked up the liver puree into it and gave it to him when Roger came home for lunch. Not much fight he knew he needed it. I also gave him the buchu tincture too. Now I could see things staying in his little tummy. After the syringe feeding he would follow me to the kitchen every time asking for something else to munch on. I had a smorgasboard of canned chicken, canned tuna, and baby food that didn’t have some kind of onion in it. I would put extra water in the chicken and tuna and baby food to keep it moist. Well come to find out he loved the broth drank it first. Then he would eat small amounts of the food. Making head way. YEAH!!!!

April 10(day 3) Fluids again first thing in the morning . He finally urinated. Another big YEAH. He is eating every 2 hours now in small amounts, anything is better than nothing. That was the routine for the rest of the day. But he added drinking a lot more water to the diet.

April 11(day 4)

Mr. Independents has kicked in. Levi is sitting by the back door wanting out. He is loving on the other cats, rubbing up against the dogs but know one is letting him out. Fluids again this morning. This time he has an attitude. Not so easy this morning. He made a break for it in mid stream. Iv fluid shooting out the end of the needle. Hum I think his spunk is returning.

Still feeding every 2 hrs. he has eaten a little more on the plates than the other days. He said he has had enough raw liver. So I cooked it , now he will eat it again.

He is still snuggling and following me around the house. The kitchen is his favorite place.

April 12(day 5)

Fluids again, Mister Bubble shoulders is running in the house with wobbly shoulders. We had some air in the tube so he has one big front leg and one skinny. Looks kind of funny. A couple of hours it was back to normal.

Same feeding every 2 hrs. Now he talks to me in the kitchen, we discuss whats on the menu this time. He wants more broth off the tuna and chicken. Still drinking water good. Caught him hanging on the toilet seat after colder water.

April 13(day6)

No fluids today. We go back to the vets for more blood test.

Vet couldn’t believe he made it through the week. I just smiled. We are making progress I will hanging there if Levi can. The creatinine dropped from 17.2 to 11.9, Bun dropped from 180 to 149, K+ was the same 2.9. But his liver function came up from 45 to 95 which is great it is cleaning the body out.

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The vet wasn’t impressed even with the numbers coming down. I was though. I told the vet I would see him in a month. He just smiled. I picked up some Renal failure cat food dry that day.

We went home and since vet keeps telling me my little kid is going to die he might as well have some fun I opened the dog door thinking he didn’t need to be in jail anymore.

April 14(day 7)

No fluids for while. Feeding still the same. I am finding Levi out sunning himself in the warmth. But when I call he comes running for breakfast, lunch or dinner and snack. He is still being lovey to all the animals and us.

April 15 (day 8)

We have made it a week . I have to go back to work. So he is eating at 6:00am, 8:00 am, Lunch with dad, I come home at 3:00 pm, and many times after 5:00 pm.

Found Levi stretching like it was the first time his bones felt good. He is back to stretching now every time he gets up. And he must be the dirtiest cat around he cleaned himself for a good 30 minutes. Nice to see him feel a little better. YEAH another routine has come back into the picture.

April 16(day 9)

Couldn’t get any interest for breakfast, he just stared at me. So I offered all the menu item out of the frig. Not a nibble…

Ok so I need something to spark the tummy hunger. I picked up clams, shrimp,  chicken liver and canned salmon this time. I think I shop more for him than myself.

New flavors for 3:00 feeding he liked the salmon but take on dinner so I opened the clams and wow what a response a stretch up the cupboard. Minced clams he loves the juice off of them. So I looked them up they are high in Iron. Which he needs to help make more red blood cells.

What a smart kid!!!!!

April 17-21

Levi is doing better and better, he is chasing the others cats and playing again.

The 21st we had a birthday dinner for Roger, family came over cooking lots of food. My mom was cutting cantaloupe, Levi kept loving her leg and talking to her. She put the cantaloupe on the table with the rest of the food as she stepped away Levi was on the table helping himself to the cantaloupe. He could have had anything else but that is not what he wanted. Yes that bowl became his and to my surprise he ate the whole thing over a period of time and more.Cantaloupe has lots of potassium in it.

What a smart kid again!!!

April 22- May 6

Still hanging in there what a trooper. Levi has been greeting me at the front door every night again to walk me inside. My little baby seems to be doing better. We have caught him eating cat food again that was why he wasn’t always eating what we offered. Feeding himself go figure.

Today is vet day almost a month now.

Vet told me he didn’t expect us back. Thought I would cancel the appointment from Levi passing away. To his surprise we ,made it. Creatinine is down to 4.8, Bun is down to 61, Phos down to 5.2,and k+ (potassium) is up to 3.6. Vet said wow lets work on this now. I do believe I have been. 1595

But the red blood cell count has dropped down. Vet wants fluids again for 5 more days. I thank god I have Kaylena to help me.

Vet wants Levi back in 3 weeks for a HCT count he was 33 now it is 23. But with the rest of the blood test looking so good he thinks we can help him now. (Hum I think we have been working the kid over.)

In the middle of all this I have to say a special Thanks to Jones meats in Rigby. I looked everywhere for raw kidneys to feed to Levi and they where so nice and helpful. They just need a big THANK YOU.

On day 3 of fluids at home Levi was plugged into the IV bag it had some air in the tube he watched them as they came closer to him. His eyes wide like he was going to be attacked by bugs, growling, feet pushing back. Not a good day. Next day we covered the tube with a towel, much better day for fluids. But all in all he has not bit or scratched me, I think he knows we are trying to help.

May 15

Levi is out catching June bugs brought me one I guess I need to play too. Couldn’t find him last night about 3:30 am in the house so I checked out front, guess who is a night owl sitting on front porch with a bug in his mouth. He spit it out to come have a night snack of tuna and cantaloupe.

We will be heading back to the vets on May 28th, to see how the red blood cell count is doing and his weight.

To Be Continued

Raspberry ketone is a natural phenolic compound that is the primary aroma compound of red raspberries. It is used in perfumery, in cosmetics, and as a food additive to impart a fruity odor. It is one of the most expensive natural flavor components used in the food industry. The natural compound can cost as much as $20,000 per kg.[3] In 1965, the Food and Drug Administration placed raspberry ketone ongenerally recognized as safe (GRAS) status.[4]

In plants, raspberry ketone is synthesized from coumaroyl-CoA.[5] Extraction of pure raspberry ketone is usually 1-4 mg per kg of raspberries.[3]

Since the natural abundance of raspberry ketone is very low, it is prepared industrially by a variety of methods from chemical intermediates.[6] One of the ways this can be done is through a crossed aldol-catalytic hydrogenation. In acetone and sodium hydroxide4-hydroxybenzaldehyde can form the α,β-unsaturated ketone. This then goes through catalytic hydrogenation to produce raspberry ketone. This method produces a 99% yield.[7]

When given to mice in very high doses (up to 2% of food intake), raspberry ketone has been shown to prevent high-fat-diet-induced elevations in body weight.[8] However, no effects on body weight were observed with doses up to 200 times greater than the estimated intake in humans.[9] The high dose effect is reported to stem from the alteration of lipid metabolism, increasing norepinephrine-induced lipolysis. Although products containing this compound are marketed for weight loss, there is no clinical evidence for this effect in humans.

I have been taking this product and have been loosing about 1/2 lb. every 3 to 4 days. My appetite is so much smaller and still have a feeling of well being. Not the tire, run down, when a person goes on a diet.

 

  I realize that we are all scared of radiation fall out and the potential hazards that it can cause to our bodies. As we take a look at life styles that we keep. Maybe a healthier diet would be one to consider.

   Higher amounts of vitamin C has always been able to protect the body from radiation and chemo for that matter. So any high vitamin C food would be fabulous.http://realneo.us/content/radiation-protection-nuclear-accident-http://realneo.us/content/radiation-protection-nuclear-accident-earthquakes-or-attackearthquakes-or-attack,

  Linus Pauling did research many years ago that started the vitamin C craze. http://www.alternativehealingtools.com/vitaminc/paulinginvestigates.htm,http://www.vitamincfoundation.org/expert.htm

  Other good links to check on vitamin C and Kelp protection http://chemtrailsnorthnz.wordpress.com/2011/03/15/protection-against-radiation-poisoning/,http://realneo.us/content/radiation-protection-nuclear-accident-earthquakes-or-attack

  Potassium Iodide has been used for many years also but it only protects the thyroid not the whole body.http://realneo.us/content/radiation-protection-nuclear-accident-earthquakes-or-attack this link tells how much is safe to take and remember that all good things should not be taken in excess for too long

  Hope this can help with some of the concerns

Health and Happiness

One’s best protection is vitamin D3. I take 5000IU a day and when I feel the flu or cold coming on I bump it to 15,000IU for 3 days then back down to 5000IU but if I am still feeling the illness back to 15,000IU for another 3 days. I keep repeating this till I feel the symptoms are gone. Vitamin D3 modulates the immune reaction, reducing the chance of an overreaction and stimulates the body to produce what are called antimicrobial peptides, which are powerful killers of viruses that does not involve immunity.  Which means the higher the dose of vitamin D3 the better the protection. Fish oils  also reduce immune overreaction. One teaspoon a day should be sufficient. For severe symptoms, one teaspoon twice a day. Antioxidants of various kinds also help-this includes, quercetin,curcumin, grapeseed extract, vitamin C and natural vitamin E. Also a good multivitamin/mineral.

People who are deficient in vitamin D are 85% more likely to suffer depressive episodes compared with those who have sufficient amounts of the sunshine vitamin. Researchers from Georgia State University reached this conclusion after studying data from 7,970 US residents between the ages of 15 and 39 who took part in the third US National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey. Active vitamin D enhances glutathione metabolism in neurons and therefore, promotes antioxidant activities that protect them from oxidative degenerative processes.

Prevalence of periodontitis, a chronic gum inflammation that may lead to tooth loss, was decreased by up to 20% with increased intake of omega-3 fatty acid, according to a research team from Harvard Medical School. The biggest reductions were associated with higher consumption levels DHA, one of the main components of fish oil; smaller reductions were linked with consumption of EPA, the other main fish oil ingredient.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Antimicrobial_peptides,http://www.cellsciences.com/PDF/Antimicrobial_peptides.htm,http://www.bing.com/Dictionary/search?q=define+modulate&FORM=DTPDIA&qpvt=modulate+definition

Come see us at 159 S. Corner Ave. Idaho Falls, Idaho or call us at 208-522-6964

Tally

Health and Happiness

Ode to an Apple

Ok, so my favorite apple is the HoneyCrisp right?  These apples are just the perfect blend of sweet and tart and they have such lovely pink skin, reminiscent of a Gala or Pink Lady. And between you and me, I’m sure the nutritional value is much better than in any other apple.  It has to be.  They’re just so good.  At least that’s my excuse for eating mass quantities of them.   And it gets better for the locavores out there; HoneyCrisps are grown in Blackfoot.  Oh yeah!  Isom Fruit Farm, how I love you…

I’m at work right now, sitting on my tukas (even though I’m supposed to be working) eating my HoneyCrisp apple in thin slices with cream cheese:

I had a thought.

“Self?”

“Yes?”

“You know what would be completely delicious?”

“What?”

“If you were to take this apple and that cream cheese and wrap it up in a flaky, buttery pastry, like croissant dough, bake it and then eat it hot.”

No extra sugars or anything else. 3 ingredients (ok, a lot more than three if you count everything in the dough…). BAM, an explosion of ambrosial awesomeness in my mouth!

You are curious now, aren’t you?  You want to know just what these HoneyCrisps are all about.  Well come visit me and find out!  I’m giving away at least 1 apple with each purchase.  If you don’t have anything to buy but you want to try the apple, I suppose I’ll cut you a deal.  I’ll even give you a slice of my cream cheese :) I’m sure after you taste the combination, you’ll want a cream cheese to take home with your apple.  Aren’t I such a great sales person?

You know what to do: 208-522-6964 or 159 S. Corner Avenue, kitty corner from the YMCA

<3 Sarah

P.S. If you want your very own box of apples, call up the Isom’s at 208-684-4573, 208-313-6224, or 208-313-6830 (ask for Marc or Jeanne)

Yummy recipe!!!

peanut butter chocolate brownies + facts about non-wheat flour [5 ingredients | simple baking].

We have tons of gluten free flours for those of us with Celiac or gluten intolerance.

You know what to do: 208-522-6964 or visit us at 159 S. Corner Ave, Idaho Falls

<3 Sarah

Yesterday I wrote a post about back to school and coconut water.  I forgot to mention that back to school = many children crammed into a relatively small square footage.  That’s right, germs.  And more germs.  And depending on your child’s diet, a lack of concentration and teachers screeching at you that your child has ADD because s/he will not sit still and pay attention.  Which may or may not be the case (it very rarely is).  But we’ll not get into my views on the public, or even private, school education system and how it’s just not suitable for children…

What I will talk to you about is our fantastic children’s section here at the store.  It’s a wonderland of bacteria and virus fighting goodness!  From elderberry lozenges that help fight viruses,  to probiotics that keep the immune system up, to DHA chewables (YUM!) that can give your child the focus power s/he needs to do well, we have enough to satisfy any kid’s needs :)

And here’s a tip for increasing your child’s focus:

Most kids eat sugary cereals for breakfast.  Hey, at least they’re getting something right? But if you want to give them focus and attention super-powers, make sure to give them a balanced breakfast of protein and complex carbohydrates, send some protein snackies with them (like string cheese), and perhaps pack them a healthy lunch (school lunches = bleh).  Here’s why…

The sugary cereals are a mix of  simple and complex carbs.  And. That’s. It.  Carbs are quick energy.  So what happens is  Jr. eats his cereal and has a fabulous burst of energy for about an hour or so, can’t sit still and then crashes. Hard.  And then Jr. can’t focus at all.  He’s hungry and tired and irritable. 

But with a balanced breakfast of protein and complex carbs (like an apple or whole grain toast),  Jr. gets his quick energy that helps him wake up and get his body going for the day.  And the protein is slow energy.  By the time that quick energy wears off, the slow energy has kicked in and will sustain Jr. ’til lunch time.

You know what to do: 208-522-6964 or visit at 159 S. Corner Ave in Idaho Falls

<3 Sarah

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