Archive for May, 2008

Natural remedies to handle fleas on Cats

Wednesday, May 28th, 2008

Garfield had been suffering with fleas. I used to buy the vet remedy which put the toxic preventative on the back of his neck once a month.  I used it for about a year and suddenly Garfield started really protesting the treatment. It seemed that it was really burning his skin. The next month I ignored the warnings and put it on again. This triggered the catastrophe of a minor seizure or fit.  I realized that there are major penalties to putting a nerve toxin on one’s pets and I decided I would never again be so cruel and heartless.  I threw the remaining offending chemicals away.

Nest, I googled natural pet remedies and ordered yeast/garlic pills and diatomous earth powder. The results have been very good, but not perfect. I would say we got about 95% of the fleas gone, which isn’t too lousy for Florida. (Yes, I did intend the pun.)

Lately Garfield has been acting a bit lethargic. I went back to the googling, and found out that some cats can be or become sensitive to garlic and even go anemic. So, now I am going to cut out the pills and just continue to use the all-natural powder.

I love my kitty. He is already 13 years old and I hope he lives to be 30. It is worth spending the time to find natural solutions for one’s pet. I think that what I mentioned in my earlier blog on “costly operations” also applies to pets. I probably have the lowest vet bills of any of my friends.

If anyone else knows something helpful to eliminate the remaining 5% of the fleas, please let me know of any natural remedies.

Cat remedies

Sunday, May 25th, 2008

It is time for me to go to church, but I just remembered I haven’t mentioned the sucessful remedies I have used for my cat.  I will try to continue this blog tomorrow.

More no-cost “new outfits”

Wednesday, May 21st, 2008

What shall I wear today? I pull out my favorite long white shirt (still nice and white as I only wear it occasionally and then always launder it before returning it to the closet). Then I find a nice leather belt I really like as it is long enough to wear it on my hips. (Good for the upside-down triangle figure as it can give the illusion of a longer waist and it tends to disguise the middle area.) I leave the house dressed in skinny jeans tucked into some black suede boots, my crisp white shirt with the low-slung black belt. It really looks just as chic as anything in Vogue or “W” or Glamour.

Postscript for the day. I mainly dress for myself. I like to be comfortable and look neat and cute and fashionable, at the same time. There are some people who think fashionable-comfortable are an oxymoron, but that is not the case if you shop with natural fabrics in good brands – and try them on in all postions before leaving the fitting room. I felt great today and it as a result all that I did today went fabulous too. And although I don’t live for other people’s approval, I did notice I got more admiring glances. The men thought I looked foxy and the women approved as they saw an easy fashion they could attractively don also.

“New Clothes” for no cost

Tuesday, May 20th, 2008

I have been looking for new clothes that I like. First, the maternity style shirts and dresses that are in style for non-maternity women are not flattering to those of us who have the “upside-down triangle figures” (biggest in the bust). While I was browsing the clothes shopping sites on the internet, I had this realization that a lot of clothes in my closet are still very cute and apt for my figure – but some just need to be updated or made more suitable for my style.

I decided to go shopping in my recycle bag that was earmarked to go to the Goodwill.The first item I pulled out was a good brand short sleeved jean shirt. I had bought it on sale, but was never happy wearing it as the sleeves were a bit on the tight side. I guess that was why it was reduced in price, as my arms are in proportion to the rest of my body and I usually have no trouble with getting a good fit in this area. (We won’t talk about my waist!)

So, I removed the sleeves and noticed that that made a very cute jean vest. I wore it that day over a short dress and some boots and even got a compliment on my “new” outfit. Total cost = ten minutes to remove the sleeves. No sewing was needed.

Saving Teeth

Thursday, May 8th, 2008

We all like to have nice white teeth. And we want to keep all of them. And without any cavities … or root infection… or gum disease…

I now feel it is possible to have healthy teeth and gums without becoming a fanatic of dental floss and whitening solutions. Here are the tips I have learned so far:

1) Use a good electric toothbrush. Spend enough time so that all the teeth on all sides can be cleansed.

2) Although I have been endless told to use dental floss, I have never been faithful to using it. I find it pure torture to do – probably because my teeth are very closely space together. But I have been using a water pick and it seem that it also does the trick as my gums have been improving over the years as I continue to use it.

3) I used to drink a lot of sweetened vitamin-C drinks. Since I have substituted an unsweetened vitamin-C powder, I have noticed my teeth are no longer a magnet for tartar and my gums are healthier. My dentist told me that she had discovered the same thing for herself. (You can buy the vitamin-C powder from Vitamin Shoppe and it isn’t that expensive.)

4) I have decided to immediately brush or rinse as soon as I finish any espresso drink. It seems that this drink is particularly prone to darken one’s enamel.

If anyone else has any other tips, I would love to read them in the comments.

More on saving pennies by eating right

Wednesday, May 7th, 2008

Gordon Ramsay has a new book coming out called “Fast Food”.  I haven’t read it yet, but he has offered the teaser that it will be how to cook nutritious fast food at home.  Sounds like a good way to save both money and one’s health!

Tomorrow I will tell you about my trip to the dentist and some great tips I was given to save my teeth. Oh!  I also found a new remedy for my cat’s health which I want to fit in later this week.

Costly Operations

Tuesday, May 6th, 2008

My handyman told me an interesting story today.His wife just had her gall bladder taken out. The doctors told her the the gall bladder was an unnecessary organ and she would be better off with it taken out. She went ahead on it, as she works for the government and has great insurance. The operation cost $15,000.00 but she only had to come up with one hundred dollars and the rest was paid by the insurance.

I tried to maintain calm while he told me the story. The damage had already been done, so the only thing I could do was smile and offer my wishes for her quick recovery.

The rest of the tale is a bit ironic. She got the operation to solve the problem that she often felt bad after eating greasy fried food at inexpensive restaurants. Now, you and I both know that if she would have just stopped eating junky foods and starting eating nutritionally, she could have avoided that painful operation. Also, after a quick search on the internet, I found out that she will still not be able to eat greasy food. Evidently, after the body has its gall bladder removed, the body solves any problem of undigested fat by making any food in the intestine quickly eject from the body.

One can induce the following dollar-saving lessons:

1 ) Avoid junk food. This is one case where it is penny saving and dollar foolish to economize by eating at fast food diners.

2) Cook nutritious meals at home. Save money by buying fresh fruits and vegetables that are in season. Don’t waste money on white flour products. Use whole grains. Eat smaller portions of meat to save both money and fitness.

3) Don’t let the doctors dupe you into unnecessary operations and dubious medicines just because the insurance company will pay for most of it. Any time you go under anesthetics and the knife you are risking the possibility that something could go wrong. Taking medicines like antibiotics are sometimes necessary, but usually there is a natural remedy which works as well without any of the side-effects.

My stepfather is ninety-four years old and is still going strong. He attributes his good health to never going to the doctor and never taking any medicine – not even aspirin. He really enjoys life. He plays five or six musical instruments and he plans to live to be over one hundred.

While I think physical check-ups can be advisable on occasion, I do think it is remarkable that my stepfather is physically active, has a very good memory, and is basically still enjoying his daily life.


Thursday, May 1st, 2008

What else can you buy for a dollar and the use to repair almost anything? (The only thing I have found it not to fix is a broken heart! Of course, while you are at Home Depot, buying SuperGlue for everything else, who knows who you may run into???)