Vaccines, Autism, and Pthalates

Tommy B., a cute young boy a little over one year old, recently received another set of immunizations from his pediatrician. According to his parents, Wanda and Tony, and Tommy’s pediatrician, he was a normal healthy infant prior to his recent immunization. Developmentally he was in line with what would be expected for his age. Shortly after his immunization, Tommy’s…

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Killer Whale Kills Trainer at Sea World

As I’m sure all of you have heard, veteran Sea World trainer Dawn Brancheau was killed when a 12,000-lb. male orca “killer whale” grabbed her in front of an audience at the Orlando theme park. The so-called pet experts and pet psychologist are now sharing their opinions with the media. We may never know exactly why this tragedy occurred. Was…

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Please Give Me Some Global Warming!

Today, it is likely that North Texas will break the record for snowfall this season. Please give me some global warming! It has snowed six times in less than three months here in North Texas. Please give me some global warming! It’s freezing outside and I have only been able to play golf twice in the last three months. Please…

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Speaking Events

February is a busy month for me. I recently spoke about natural medicine at a local health care, and Monday night I had the privilege of speaking to the local Golden retriever club about preventing and treating allergies in dogs using natural therapies. This week I will be speaking for our local toy dog club a well as being the…

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AKC List of Popular Dog Breeds for 2009

The AKC has released their annual list of the most popular dogs in the US. They are: 1.Labrador Retriever 2.German Shepherd dog 3.Yorkshire Terrier 4.Golden retriever 5.Beagle 6.Boxer 7.Bulldog 8.Dachshund 9.Poodle 10.Shih Tzu Is your breed on this list? My dog Rita, a Cavalier King Charles spaniel, didn’t make the list either, but she still pretty special to me!

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Antidepressants-No Better Than Placebo!

Several studies show what many of us in the holistic community have known for years-many people with mild or even severe depression have the same response to placebo as to antidepressant medications. This week’s edition of Newsweek has a great article showing the research to back up this conclusion. Antidepressants are one of the most overprescribed drugs for people (and…

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Pro-Choice? I Think Not!

While veterinarians and doctors who are skeptical of an integrative, more natural approach to healthcare, like to erroneously say that there is no proof that any of these natural therapies work, I’m actually more disturbed about something else the skeptics never address. As an integrative, naturopathic doctor, my practice is all about choice. While I hope I can convince my…

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Low Intensity Laser Therapy May Be Just What You’re Pet’s Looking For

There are many natural therapies that can help pets with a variety of medical problems. One such therapy to consider is low intensity laser therapy. Laser therapy can be helpful for a variety of medical problems, including arthritis and other musculoskeletal problems, allergies, epilepsy, disk disease, and many other disorders. It’s simple to perform, painless for your pet, only takes…

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Crystals in the Urine

I get many calls from listeners of my radio show who are worried when their veterinarians find crystals in their pets’ urine. Their veterinarians often recommend further expensive testing, antibiotics, and medicated diet. However, the presence of crystals in a pet’s urine can actually be normal, and antibiotics and special diets are usually not necessary for most pets who simply…

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Dr. Shawn’s Organic Pet Products-Safe for Cats?

I recently received an e-mail from someone who is concerned about the safety of my certified organic products in cats. According to the e-mail, her main concern regards the inclusion of tea tree oil in my shampoos and ear wash. According to the writer, “Tea tree is, like all essential oils, toxic to felines as their livers can’t metabolize it.…

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