Archive for April, 2010

Today I want to give you some information about why I eat organic food, why I never eat meat and why organic food I buy locally is not more expensive than the junk you can buy in supermarkets.

I am very grateful to Eva Schoenfeld in South Africa for sending me the information.

The biggest study ever into organic food – a four-year EU funded project called the Quality Low Input Food (QLIF) project – found that organic food is FAR more nutritious than ordinary produce, and can help improve your health and longevity.

This study may have considerable impact, as its findings may even overturn government advice – at least in the U.K. – which currently states that eating organic food is no more than a lifestyle choice.

For example, this study found that:

  • Organic fruit and vegetables contain up to 40 percent more antioxidants
  • Organic produce had higher levels of beneficial minerals like iron and zinc
  • Milk from organic herds contained up to 90 percent more antioxidants

The researchers even went so far as to say that eating organic foods can help to increase the nutrient intake of people who don’t eat the recommended five servings of fruits and vegetables a day.

Food grown in healthier soil, with natural fertilizers and no chemicals, simply has to be more nutritious. It is common knowledge – though knowledge that is greatly suppressed in the United States. But science is catching up, making suppression of this fact more difficult to sustain.

A 2003 study in the Journal of Agricultural Food Chemistry, for example, found that organic foods are better for fighting cancer.  And in 2005, scientists found that, compared to rats that ate conventional diets, organically fed rats experienced various health benefits, including:

  • Improved immune system status
  • Better sleeping habits
  • Less weight and were slimmer than rats fed other diets
  • Higher vitamin E content in their blood (for organically fed rats)

Does this mean that you should ditch all of your conventional produce and meat, and only buy certified organic foods?

Well, yes … and no.

What Should You Buy Organic?

Aside from the fact that organic food contains higher levels of vital nutrients, organic foods are also lower in other residues and compounds that are seriously detrimental to your health, such as herbicide-  and pesticide residues.

Additionally, the use of pesticides and herbicides in conventional farming practices contaminates groundwater, ruins the soil structure and promotes erosion. They’ve also been linked to the mysterious “colony collapse disorder” that threatens pollinating honeybees around the world. With that in mind, buying or growing as much organic food as possible is not only best for your health, but for the health of the entire planet.

That said, however, certain fruits and vegetables are subjected to far heavier pesticide use than others. And with food prices rising, many are looking for ways to buy the healthiest foods possible at the lowest cost. One such way would be to focus on purchasing certain organic items, while “settling” for others that are conventionally-grown.

This is where the EWG study of pesticide residue on produce really helps.

Of the 43 different fruit and vegetable categories tested, these 12 fruits and vegetables had the highest pesticide load, making them themost important to buy or grow organic:

  • Peaches
  • Apples
  • Sweet bell peppers
  • Celery
  • Nectarines
  • Strawberries
  • Cherries
  • Lettuce
  • Grapes (imported)
  • Pears
  • Spinach
  • Potatoes

Conventionally-grown strawberries, in particular, were found to be highly toxic due to a poisonous blend of pesticides in a previous 2007 EU study as well.

But be VERY careful as the list above is for fruits and vegetables.  Non-organic meats have far higher concentrations of pesticides than all of the fruits and vegetables.  And the highest concentration of pesticides is actually in non-organic butter.

So if you can only buy one organic food item it should be butter. Next priority would be meats and once those are addressed, you will want to focus on the fruit and vegetable list above.

Locally-grown organics are your absolute best bet, but bear in mind that many times buying locally-grown food is your best choice even if it’s grown conventionally, as the environmental impact of shipping organic produce across the globe can cancel out many its benefits. Organic farming standards are also questionable in many parts of the world.

These Conventionally-Grown Foods are Low in Pesticide Residue — But Watch Out For GMO Varieties!

While you may have heard about the most common GMO food sources, such as corn, many people are clueless about JUST HOW MUCH of your produce is now available in GMO varieties. And, perhaps even worse, just how many deliberate GMO field trials are actually going on, all across the world.

A perfect example of the repercussions of this practice can be seen in Hawaii, where non-GMO papaya seed supplies are now so seriously contaminated by GMO seeds that at least 50 percent of organic seeds test positive for GMO!

That means you have a greater than 50/50 chance of buying GMO even when buying organic Hawaiian papaya…

Although the U.S. does not require GMOs to be labeled, you can still find out whether or not your produce is genetically engineered, by looking at its PLU code. For example:

  • A conventionally grown product carries a 4-digit PLU code (Ex: conventionally grown banana: 4011)
  • An organic product carries a 5-digit code, starting with the number 9: (Ex: organic banana: 94011)
  • A genetically engineered (GE or GMO) product has a 5-digit code, starting with the number 8: (Ex: GE banana: 84011)

Here are a few other fruits that are LOW in pesticide residue, and therefore good candidates to purchase as conventionally-grown, however, double-check to make sure you’re not buying a GMO variety.

  • Avocado – A new GMO avocado variety is scheduled to be introduced this year that is immune to “stress” and pests, per an Indian state report published in March, 2008.
  • Bananas – The first GMO banana with extra genes that increase its levels of pro-vitamin A and iron is being unleashed in Australian field trials this year. At Cornell University, researchers are also working to develop a banana that carries the hepatitis B vaccine.
  • Pineapple — GMO pineapples, designed to produce greater levels of proteins, vitamins and sugars may already be on the market. Australia applied for  pineapple into environment all the way back in 2002. The pineapple is called “Smooth Cayenne,” which has delayed flowering and herbicide resistance. It also contains the tobacco acetolactate synthase gene (suRB) from Nicotiana tabacum.

Remember, if you can’t afford to purchase all organic food, at least aim to buy produce that has a lower toxic load and is non-GMO.

Kindest regards from Brunothedoglistener.

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Have you never had the experience of your dog telling you something and you understanding it correctly for the first time?

Pam from Orba in Spain wrote to me saying :

I followed your instructions on just jerking on Daisy’s lead instead of pulling her and it worked very well (of course you know this, but for us amateurs it’s not easy to understand dogs like you do!) We did really well on our walk today and I was very pleased with the improvement. It was as if Daisy was saying ” Oh that’s what you want is it? Thank you. I’m sure that, given time, I will become very well trained!

In this case Pam is speaking about her discovery of how to use a lead and collar correctly. She noticed the look on her dog’s face and the change in the dog’s behaviour on the lead.
But for people who are well connected to their pets it does not come as a surprise that they now and then experience some sort of telepathic contact with their dogs (or horses, or cats, etc…).
Some persons are more gifted than others and some of them they develop their ability to communicate with animals.
Read about such an example where a South African lady (called Beate) is translating a message the dog had for his owner called Eva.
This is Eva’s story:

Dear Bruno

Recently I had an appointment with my body talker lady Beate for an animal talk session with my dog Lupa. An hour before Beate arrived my other dog Cava started licking his front paws in a fierce way. I saw how both his front paws turned very red and touching them I noticed they were hot. Stroking my dog’s head it seemed to me as if he had a fever.

When Beate arrived she started her animal talk not with Lupa but with him. Immediately Beate picked up a message whereby Cava told us he wanted to warn me about something very disturbing underneath the floor. It had to be either electricity or water.

I remembered I had not been feeling well over the past 4-5 weeks. I was always feeling tired and had a constant headache. Unfortunately I had no idea why I was in that state. Suddenly it became clear to me that I was about to find the reason, even when I did not exactly know what it was. Coming back from dinner with my friend Beate, Cavas paws looked normal and his fever was gone.

I took my pendulum to check the degree of  radiation in my home. I noticed a massive amount of geopathic stress. I knew that my home receives lots of radiation. The ivy growing on the outside walls is confirming this as it is a radiation seeker. For that reason I am protecting myself with an Earth Calm unit that is plugged into one of my plugs. This unit neutralizes the radiation in my home but why did I suddenly have this new disturbance in my home? Unplugging the unit I checked it but it was ok. I went to bed thinking and then I suddenly had a brainwave. I got out of bed checked the plug and discovered it was dead! I remembered how a few weeks ago I had an electrician coming to my home.  After he left I didn’t check this plug that was now dead. I changed the Earth Calm unit into a working plug and once more used my pendulum. All the disturbing radiation was gone. I am most grateful to my dearest dog Cava who warned me and to Beate for interpreting his message.

Eva F. Schoenfeld

Tell me, have you had similar experiences whereby you have been communicating with your dog or with other animals?

Kindest regards from Brunothedoglistener.

Stable people have stable dogs.

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Last week I gave some advice to a reader who had her dog sleeping in the bed between herself and her partner. The dog is now sleeping somewhere else. Unfortunately their cat has been poisoned and they are suspecting a neighbour to be responsible for it.

We are dog (and cat) lovers and many of us tend to think that everybody loves them too.

No that is not the case. Not everyone loves cats and dogs.
Many pet owners tend to think that, as they love their dogs and cats, everyone feels the same about these animals.
That is an erroneous assumption.
Unfortunately some neighbours of pet owners prefer sending anonymous letters or throwing poison instead of speaking with us.
Related to this I remind you of the fact that many doting pet lovers are also co-responsible for the horrible lives of billions of animals in the meat industry.

My reader changed her behaviour as far as the sleeping of her dog in her bedroom is concerned.

She now uses a cage where the dog is sleeping at night. Do not think that the use of a cage is cruel. A cage resembles the den of a canine and can easily be identified by a dog as a comfortable and safe place to eat and sleep.

But the dog is whining a bit and she thinks her dog is sad. Many dogs are whining not because they are sad but because they want the attention of spoiling owners.
It would blow your mind if you could see for once how a canine mother (and also how a cat) treats her children in order to correct their behaviour and turn them into good killing machines that will help the pack survive.

I quote from what my reader is writing: I am going to give the cage a go. I told Emilio to not feel sad if Bonnie whined a lot. That it should only last a few days right?

I do not know how long the whining will take as it depends upon how she and her partner behave.
If they are consistent then yes, the whining might stop after a few days.
If they are not consistent, it will take a lifetime.

Another quote: She only sits when she sees the treat in my hand, otherwise she just looks at me.

If your dog only sits when you have a treat in your hand, you still have a long way to go with the education and training of your dog.
According to me this dog considers her owner to be some sort of a food dispenser and not a pack leader.

It is ok to use food in order to get the dog’s attention. As soon as the dog understands our body language and our verbal commands you must cut out the food. If your dog is ignoring you, except when you have a treat in your hand, she is very clearly telling you that she is in charge.
There is no misunderstanding here.

I quote: Looking at me, the dog is clearly thinking: What the? You must be joking mate.

Assuming that your dog is thinking this when she keeps standing in front of you although you have a treat in your hand is a fine example of anthropomorphism or treating the dog as a human being.
What the? You must be joking mate, is not what she thinks nor what she does.
She reads your behaviour and correctly concludes that your message is NOT CLEAR.
Your dog would never do this with her canine mother and will never do this with other dogs. She would or will clearly understand their body language. She will also clearly understand an experienced dog handler and anybody else who has learned how to behave correctly with dogs.

But I have good hopes for my reader and her dog, because she started to take measures as far as the dog in her bedroom is concerned. But if we want to influence the behaviour of our dog, then more important than the use of a cage or any other device are the changes in our behaviour. And we all know that changing our behaviour can be very difficult.
Think of all the persons addicted to smoking, drinking, legal or illegal drugs, junk food, gambling, sex, emotional dependence, sopas on television, you name it.

Educating a dog is a marvelous experience, especially if we understand they can in fact be our teachers. Eckhart Tolle says in his book The Power of Now, that he lived with several Zen Masters…..all of them cats. I once read the following:

O Lord make me the person my dogs think I am. I agree.

Kindest regards from Brunothedoglistener.

Dogs are my teachers.

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