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December 2011

60 Seconds to Energy

Sometimes we feel an irresistible wave of fatigue washing over us and we are compelled to stop and rest. Often, this is a consequence of a lifestyle that is just too hectic. Stress wears us down. Fatigue is the language of our brain, body and particularly our immune system. It is telling us, “slow down, take it easy.”

When rest must wait

The way our body reacts to acute stress is through a process called “fight or flight”; it describes an inborn mechanism of survival. You see, we are designed to survive. If we are in a situation our brain decides is dangerous, our adrenal glands secrete adrenaline to gear us up for “fighting” or “fleeing.”

The danger is that we react this way if the situation is real or imagined. For example, we react with fight or flight responses when we see a dangerous snake. But we also react the same way if we think we see a dangerous snake. It’s all the same to your brain; so, your adrenal glands prepare your body and mind.

When we are confronted with a dangerous situation it is not the time to sit and rest. This is a time of action – fight or flight. Rest must wait in circumstances like this.

Modern-day confusion

When was the last time you felt threatened by a dangerous snake, a snarling dog, or (oh my!) a lion, tiger or bear? I will venture a guess that this hasn’t happened in a while and doesn’t happen very often. Yet, if you are like the rest of us living in the “civilized” world, you probably feel stressed quite often, maybe even daily.

The stress we face today is chronic stress. It comes from time urgency, performance standards, deadlines and expectations. It is created by our own thoughts and our polluted, noisy, hectic environment. The stress is rarely acute, it’s chronic; the danger is rarely imminent, it is assigned a sense of urgency by our own mind.

Stress is often only real in the culture we have created or co-created with our peer group.

Still, it is our reality. And until we can co-create another reality with more rainbows and butterflies and fewer lions, tigers and bears, we need to create strategies for the times when rest must wait.

60-second energy

Deep breathing

If you are stressed, pause and take three full, deep breaths. This will often break the cycle of adrenaline and allow you to return to normal functioning. You can do this in less than 60 seconds! Practice deep breathing for 10 minutes, twice daily and 20 minutes before bedtime.


If you feel grumpy, pause and drink two full glasses of pure water. Grumpiness is often a sign of dehydration. You can often do this in less than 60 seconds. Calculate the water your body needs every day (half your body weight in ounces) and focus on drinking the majority of this amount early in the day to support detoxification.

Sleep and Sublingual B-12

When you reach the point where you just can’t think anymore, then you need more sleep. The stress you feel may actually be causing your brain to shrink! Sublingual B-12 can often help restore clarity for now and allow you to plan better sleep tonight. Although it takes several minutes for the Sublingual B-12 to dissolve, you can start the energy cycle by simply slipping a little pink pill under your tongue. The people with the highest amounts of Vitamin B-12 in their bloodstream often experience the least brain shrinkage as they age. Perhaps better sleep and more B-12 can help you deal with your daily stress before it shrinks your brain!

Finally, remember that this reaction to stress is called fight or flight. To flee means to get away from the source of danger. Historically, we flee by walking, running or swimming away from danger. (In my world I have added bicycling!) So, to discharge our stress and recharge our energy we need to walk, run, swim or bicycle daily as a stress management strategy. These may not be socially available in your circumstances; what is available?

Energy Now! With Energy Now!, people often have the spark they need to manage stress now and enjoy physical activity later.

Holiday Hazards For Your Pet


Whether you are celebrating Christmas, Hanukkah, Kwanzaa or Yule, there is no doubt that your cat or dog will be a part of the festivities. While it may be fun to see your kitten play with leftover ribbon from wrapping up presents or to see your dog lie peacefully under the tree, there are potential hazards lurking around this holiday season that you should be on the lookout for so as to keep your pet happy and healthy.

Gift Giving

USA Today recently ran an article in which they quoted a popular pet website's poll of what gifts pet parents were planning on giving their pets this year. Roughly half of all American pet owners are planning on purchasing gifts for their pet's this holiday season. Their budget? At least $46, up from $41 last year. Roughly 68% of American cats and dogs can expect to receive a brand new toy, while 45% of pets will receive a favorite food treat. Approximately 8% of pets can look forward to receiving a comfy new bed, 6% will receive fun new clothing, 3% will get a new leash, harness or collar, and a further 3% of pets will be gifted with new grooming products. 

No matter what gift you are planning on giving your pets this year, you should seriously consider how you are going to present your gift to your pet. A pretty alternative is to use Pet Party Printz line of pet-friendly wrapping paper ( This wrapping paper is created with no harmful chemicals so it is safe to wrap up your pet's present and watch them go to town trying to open it.

However, do make sure that you put away any ribbon or string that you use to wrap presents for your two legged family members. Cats are well known for their love of playing with strings and ribbons, but accidently ingesting them could lead to a blockage either in your cat's throat or in their stomach. This blockage would require immediate medical attention.

Holiday Lights

No holiday celebration would be without festive lights. However, such holiday lights can be quite attractive to both cats and dogs. Not only can they be mesmerized by the flashing or glowing lights, but the cords that link the lights together may offer a chewing extravaganza for your pets. Before setting up your holiday lights be sure that there are no loose parts that could be easily swallowed. Also make sure that all of the electrical cording is intact and position them so that they are out of your pet's reach. Electrical shock can occur if your pet chews on the cord while it is plugged into an electrical outlet. If your pet receives an electrical shock you should seek medical attention quickly as it can cause severe skin burns, difficulty breathing, loss of consciousness, an abnormal heart rhythm, and possibly even death.

Water, water, everywhere and not a drop to drink...

Pets are very curious creatures by nature and are always investigating everything that is new in their surroundings. This is true even about water sources. Although your pet already has their own water bowl with plenty of fresh water, they will be attracted to other sources of water around your house during the holiday season. One such source can be the water in which a Christmas or Yule tree sits. Before adding in any chemicals to the tree's water to help it stay fresher longer, read the label very carefully to be sure that it is pet-friendly.

To help create a more festive atmosphere you may opt to place a few potpourri pots around your home. However, keep a lid on the pot so that your pet does not attempt to lick at the liquid.

Holiday Foods

No holiday would be complete without delicious holiday foods such as cookies, pies, roasts and hams. But do remember that these are people foods and not pet foods so you should limit the amount that your pet receives. Keep an eye on your pet at all times while you are in the kitchen cooking. Sneaky pets can steal food when you are not watching. Avoid giving your pets bits of food during cooking. Even if it is a small morsel, depending on what it is it can still cause harm.

Holiday foods are usually quite rich and can cause a myriad of health concerns for pets when consumed. Dangerous holiday foods include fatty foods, onions, fatty meats, cooked bones, grapes, raisins, alcoholic beverages, coffee and chocolate.

Chocolate is one of the most commonly gifted items during the holidays; most people also use chocolate for decorating purposes too by hanging small chocolates from the tree or placing a few candy bowls filled with chocolates around the home for their guests. However, veterinarians see more cases of chocolate poisoning in pets around the holiday time than at any other time of year. Chocolate and cocoas contain a chemical called Theobromine which is extremely toxic to pets. Small amounts can lead to diarrhea and vomiting, but larger amounts can also lead to seizures and heart arrhythmias, heart rate disorders in which a pet's heart can beat too fast or too slow. Should your pet exhibit any signs of distress you should make an appointment with your veterinarian as soon as possible to rule out any heart problems or disease.

Heart disease can be a result of infection and inflammation caused by eating too much chocolate and other fatty holiday people foods. If your vet does diagnose your pet with a heart disorder, you will most likely need to administer medication to your pet on a daily basis to help maintain a steady heart beat.

There are, however, alternative treatments available to effectively treat heart disease in cats and dogs, such as a more controlled diet and herbal supplements. Carefully examine any herbal supplements that you are considering purchasing for your pet's heart issues to make sure that they contain these ingredients:

Hawthorne Berries - will help control your pet's heart rate, blood pressure, and coronary flow.
Lady's Slipper - manages heart palpitations.
Hops - supports proper heart action as well as capillary circulation.

Related Products: Hearty Heart for Dog Heart Disease & Cat Heart Disease

Dog Food Recall: Advanced Animal Nutrition Recalls Dog Foods Due To Aflatoxin

Advanced Animal Nutrition issues dog food recall

Friday, December 9, 2011 | 11:31 a.m. CST

THAYER — A Missouri-based company is recalling three dry dog food products because of high levels of the fungus aflatoxin.

Advanced Animal Nutrition of Thayer on Friday voluntarily recalled 50-pound bags each of Dog Power Adult Maintenance Formula 21-12, Dog Power Hunters Formula 27-14 and Dog Power Hi-Pro Performance Formula 26-18.

The company says no illnesses have been reported. The products were distributed in Missouri, Arkansas and Louisiana. Consumers can return the products to the place of purchase for a full refund.

The recall applies to products with the packaging codes K0004 through K1322.

Aflatoxin is a naturally occurring chemical that comes from a fungus sometimes found on corn and in other crops. It can cause severe liver damage and in rare cases death.


Dog Food Recall: Cargill Animal Nutrition Recalls River Run and Marksman Dry Dog Food

Cargill Animal Nutrition Recalls River Run and Marksman Dry Dog Food



Tim Loesch

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE - December 6, 2011 - Cargill Animal Nutrition today announced a voluntary recall of two regional brands of its dry dog food1River Run and Marksman2 – due to aflatoxin3 levels that were detected above the acceptable limit. The affected products were manufactured at Cargill’s Lecompte, Louisiana, facility between Dec. 1, 2010, and Dec. 1, 2011. No illnesses have been reported in association with these products to date, and no other Cargill Animal Nutrition pet food products are involved in this recall. Affected products are:

  • PROFESSIONAL FORMULA RIVER RUN HI-NRG 24-20 Dog Food, 50 pound bags
  • RIVER RUN PROFESSIONAL FORMULA 27-18 Dog Food, 50 pound bags
  • RIVER RUN 21% Protein Dog Food, 40 and 50 pound bags
  • RIVER RUN Hi-Pro No-Soy Dog Food, 40 and 50 pound bags
  • MARKSMAN DOG FOOD 24% Protein 20% Fat, 40 pound bags
  • MARKSMAN DOG FOOD 20% Protein 10% Fat, 40 and 50 pound bags
  • MARKSMAN DOG FOOD 28% Protein 18% Fat, 40 pound bags

The recall only applies to the above products with the following Packaging Date Codes (lot numbers): 4K0335 through 4K0365, LL0335 through LL0365, 4K1001 through 4K1335 and LL1001 through LL1335.

The affected dry dog food products were distributed in the following 15 states/territories – Kansas, Missouri, Northeast Oklahoma, Arkansas, Louisiana, Mississippi, Tennessee, Western Kentucky, Southeast Indiana, Southern Illinois, Hawaii, Guam, the U.S. Virgin Islands and limited areas of Florida and California.  Retailers have already been instructed to remove the affected brands and products from store shelves.

While no adverse health effects related to these products have been reported, Cargill is implementing this recall as a precautionary measure.  Consumers are urged to return affected products – whether in opened or unopened packages — to their place of purchase for a full refund.  For more information, including photos of products involved, consumers can go to or call toll free 855-460-1532.

Aflatoxin is a naturally occurring mold by-product. Pets that have consumed any of the above recalled products and exhibit symptoms of illness including sluggishness or lethargy combined with a reluctance to eat, vomiting, yellowish tint to the eyes or gums, or diarrhea should be seen by a veterinarian.

About Cargill

Cargill is an international producer and marketer of food, agricultural, financial and industrial products and services. Founded in 1865, the privately held company employs 138,000 people in 63 countries. Cargill helps customers succeed through collaboration and innovation, and is committed to applying its global knowledge and experience to help meet economic, environmental and social challenges wherever it does business. For more information, visit Cargill.com5 and its news center6.


Iams ProActive Health Smart Puppy Dry Dog Food - Proctor & Gamble Recall

P&G Voluntarily Recalls One Production Lot of Dry Dog Food



Jason Taylor

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE - December 6, 2011 - – The Procter & Gamble Company (P&G) has voluntarily retrieved a single production lot of dry dog food due to aflatoxin levels that were detected above the acceptable limit. This product has already been retrieved from store shelves. No illnesses have been reported in association with this production lot to date, and no other Iams pet food products are involved.

Product affected by this announcement:

Product Name


Code Date

UPC Code

Iams ProActive Health Smart Puppy dry dog food with Use By or Expiration Dates of February 5 or February 6, 2013

7.0 lb bag



8.0 lb bag



17.5 lb bag



The affected product lot was distributed to a limited number of retailers located in the eastern United States (AL, CT, DE, FL, GA, LA, MD, ME, MS, NC, NH, NJ, NY, PA, SC, VA).  These retailers have already removed this product from store shelves.  No other dry dog food, dry cat food, dog or cat canned food, biscuits/treats or supplements are affected by this announcement. 

While no health effects related to this product have been reported, P&G retrieved this product as a precautionary measure.  Consumers who purchased the product listed should stop using the product and discard it and contact Iams at the number below for a replacement voucher.  Aflatoxin is a naturally occurring by-product from the growth of Aspergillus flavus and can be harmful to pets if consumed in significant quantities.  Pets which have consumed this product and exhibit symptoms of illness including sluggishness or lethargy combined with a reluctance to eat, vomiting, yellowish tint to the eyes or gums, or diarrhea should be seen by a veterinarian.         

For further information or a product replacement or refund contact P&G toll-free at 866-908-1569
(Monday – Friday, 9:00 AM to 6:00 PM EST) or

From the FDA website -

Science Diet Receives FDA Warning Letter Due To Marketing Of Their Healthy Mobility Diet


Hill's Pet Nutrition Inc 11/23/11


Department of Health and Human Services logoDepartment of Health and Human Services

Public Health Service
Food and Drug Administration
  Kansas City District
Southwest Region
11630 West 80th Street
Lenexa, Kansas 66214-3340
Telephone:    (913) 752-2100


November 23, 2011
Ref. KAN 2012-02
Neil Thompson
President and CEO
Hill’s Pet Nutrition, Incorporated
400 SW 8th Street
Topeka, Kansas 66603
Dear Mr. Thompson:
This letter concerns Hill’s Pet Nutrition’s marketing of the Science Diet® Healthy MobilityTM Adult Dry Dog Food (“the Healthy Mobility Diet”)[1]. The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) reviewed the label and labeling of this product, including statements made on your website at the Internet addresses and Based on claims made by Hill’s Pet Nutrition for this product, the Healthy Mobility Diet is a drug under section 201(g)(1)(B) of the Federal Food, Drug and Cosmetic Act (“FD&C Act”), [21 U.S.C. § 321 (g)(1)(B)], as it is intended for use in the mitigation and treatment of joint disease in dogs.   As discussed below, this product is an unapproved new animal drug and your marketing of it violates the FD&C Act.
The Healthy Mobility Diet bears the following claims on its label:
  • “Tested nutrition to enhance active mobility in just 30 days”
  • “Improves joint flexibility in just 30 days”
  • “Enhance active mobility in just 30 days

Vital fatty acids
Optimal levels of Omega-3 fatty acids to enhance overall mobility”

  • “Improve joint flexibility in just 30 days
Omega-3 fatty acids plus Glucosamine & Chondroitin Sulfate
Natural key building blocks of healthy cartilage and joint function”
The product’s label also bears the statement, “For more information about our precisely balanced nutrition and about other Hill’s® Science Diet® pet foods visit” This link takes a consumer who accesses it to a page on the website:
FDA acknowledges that the claims on the Hill’s Healthy Mobility Diet label – “enhance active mobility” and “improves joint flexibility” – appear to be claims that the product affects the structure or function of the body (“structure/function claims”), and the FD&C Act permits foods to make appropriate structure/function claims. 
Some structure/function claims, however, imply that the product has an impact on disease.  Although a food may make claims that refer to the product’s ability to maintain healthy structure or function, structure/function claims that imply the product is intended to diagnose, cure, mitigate, treat, or prevent disease are classified as “disease claims” and the product for which the claims are made is regulated as a drug.[2] FDA evaluates the context in which a structure/function claim is made to determine whether it is a disease claim. See 21 C.F.R. §101.93(g).[3] 
The Hill's Pet Nutrition website provides ample context showing that the Healthy Mobility Diet is intended to treat or mitigate joint disease in dogs. The content on your website implies that the Healthy Mobility Diet has an effect on joint disease, including arthritis, by referring to identifiable characteristics of the disease. Reference to a characteristic set of signs or symptoms of a disease, even in the absence of the name of the disease, can be understood as a reference to the disease. See 21 C.F.R. 101.93(g)(2)(ii).   The following lay terminology is used on your website to describe the “early signs of joint health issues”:         
  • “Slow to get up or down”
  • “Lagging behind while walking”
  • “Longer recovery time after play or exercise”
  • “Less playful, running less or less active in general”
These signs are consistent with and indistinguishable from the characteristic signs and symptoms of arthritis, a broad spectrum of joint diseases with numerous etiologies. For instance, a page on your website entitled “Arthritis and Joint Pain” states that “If your dog has arthritis, the first thing you'll notice is that he or she finds movement difficult and is reluctant to walk, run and jump.”
Numerous other statements made on the Hill’s Pet Nutrition website to promote the Healthy Mobility Diet indicate that it is intended to mitigate or treat disease. FDA has defined “disease,” in reference to human foods, as “damage to an organ, part, structure, or system of the body such that it does not function properly”. See 21 C.F.R. §§101.14(a)(5), 101.93(g)(1). The Healthy Mobility Diet pages on your website describe the condition for which the product is intended to be used as “joint health issues,” a “joint health or flexibility issue,” “joint health issues or mobility problems,” or “quality-of-life changes due to mobility problems.” Use of the words “problems” and “issues” suggest a state in which joints do not function properly, and indicate that your product is intended for dogs with joint disease (e.g. arthritis), rather than dogs with normal or healthy joint function. Further, several web pages for the Healthy Mobility Diet describe or list the “early detection” or “warning signs” of joint health issues, terms that are generally used in reference to early identification of disease and are of questionable relevance to the maintenance of normal function in a healthy dog. The website’s assertion that one in five dogs has joint health issues or mobility problems is identical in magnitude to the estimated proportion of 20% of adult dogs one year of age or older that have osteoarthritis.[4] a search with the term “arthritis” on the home page of the Hill’s Pet Nutrition website returned direct links to the Healthy Mobility Diet products.
Audio/visual segments on the Healthy Mobility Diet product-specific webpage reinforce the implication that the Healthy Mobility Diet is intended for use in dogs with joint disease. For instance, one segment contains a dramatized testimonial from a veterinarian that shows a dog exhibiting signs and symptoms consistent with joint disease and seeking treatment from the veterinarian, who states that she recommends the Healthy Mobility Diet for dogs that are “starting to have trouble getting around.” The segment goes on to suggest that 30 days after the veterinarian recommends the Healthy Mobility Diet for the dog, the dog returns to the clinic with improved flexibility and mobility as evidenced by the dog running and jumping over another dog and jumping up on the veterinarian with its front legs on her shoulders.
Because Science Diet® Healthy Mobility TM Adult Dry Dog Food is intended to mitigate or treat joint disease in dogs, it is a drug within the meaning of section 201(g)(1)(B) of the FD&C Act, [21 U.S.C. § 321 (g)(1)(B)]. The product is also a new animal drug under section 201(v) of the FD&C Act, [21 U.S.C. § 321(v)], because it is not generally recognized among experts qualified by scientific training and experience to evaluate the safety and effectiveness of animal drugs, as safe and effective for use under the conditions prescribed, recommended, or suggested in the labeling. It is not the subject of an approved new animal drug application, conditionally approved new animal drug application, or index listing under sections 512, 571, and 572 of the FD&C Act [21 U.S.C. §§ 360b, 360ccc, and 360ccc-1]. Therefore, the product is unsafe within the meaning of section 512(a) of the FD&C Act, [21 U.S.C. §360b(a)], and is adulterated under section 501(a)(5) of the FD&C Act [21 U.S.C. §351(a)(5)]. Introduction of an adulterated drug into interstate commerce is prohibited under section 301(a) of the FD&C Act [21 U.S.C. §331(a)].
This letter is not intended to be an all-inclusive review of Hill’s Pet Nutrition’s products and their promotion. FDA has significant concerns about the promotion of other pet foods marketed by your firm. We strongly encourage you to contact Eric Nelson, Director of the Division of Compliance, at the FDA’s Center for Veterinary Medicine to arrange a meeting to discuss these concerns. It is your responsibility to ensure that all of your products are in compliance with the FD&C Act and its implementing regulations. Failure to promptly correct the violations specified above may result in enforcement action without further notice. Enforcement action may include seizure of violative products and/or injunction against the manufacturers and distributors of violative products.
You should notify this office, in writing, within fifteen (15) working days of the receipt of this letter of the steps you have taken to bring your firm into compliance with the law. Your response should include any documentation necessary to show that correction has been achieved. If corrective action cannot be completed within fifteen (15) working days, state the reason for the delay and the date by which the corrections will be completed. Include copies of any available documentation demonstrating that corrections have been made. 
Please send your response to Eric Nelson at the address below and copy me at the address above. 
Eric Nelson
U.S. Food and Drug Administration
Center for Veterinary Medicine
Division of Compliance
7519 Standish Place
Rockville, MD 20855
Tel: (240) 276-9201
John W. Thorsky
District Director
Kansas City District