Peanut on the Mend

On July 20, 2019 Peanut ruptured her left cranial cruciate ligament (CCL). We were able to get her assessed a few days later by Pea’s primary. It was confirmed, Pea had blown out her knee and would most likely require surgery to repair her injury.

We consulted with a specialty surgeon who gave us Peanut’s options and after receiving a very comprehensive evaluation- we committed to surgery. Although, Pea’s 13 years old she’s in good health and we felt the procedure was warranted so she could enjoy the remainder of the time she has left. If you know anything about the “Nutter” then you know that to describe her as active is an understatement.

The procedure she had is called a Left CORA Based Leveling Osteotomy (CBLO). Yep, it’s a mouth full. She came through the surgery well and from all indications, appears to be recovering well. We did receive a 15 week protocol for post op therapy. Yes, it’s going to take several months to get her back on track.

Shorty after surgery.
She received a plate and screws and some nylon.
She was fitted with a special halter that allows us to control and assist her movement.
She spends a lot time resting. She’s only allowed a few minutes of exercise at a time.
She’s a sweetheart.

As Pea’s dutiful caregiver, I was able to work from home her first week back so she didn’t have to be confined to a crate or wear the cone of shame all day. She’s been good about resting and not licking her wound. We just need to get through another week and she should be off cone restrictions soon.

We’ll post some periodic updates on her progress. Please keep Peanut in your thoughts…


US Dietary Guidelines a Joke?

The 2020 Dietary Guidelines Advisory Committee was accepting comments recently. This was one of the best. Take a listen…it’s only 3 minutes.

I couldn’t have said it better. But will anything change? Doubtful. Too many vested interests involved in the decision making. It will take “we the people” to demand change after we’ve been able to reverse our own diminishing health with real food.

My New Favorite Mayonnaise

For those who know me, I’ve avoided the use of store bought mayonnaise for many years – because of the ingredients – particularly the insidious and highly inflammatory oils used.

I recently noticed my local supermarket carrying Primal Kitchen items! Yeah!

Out with Hellmann’s and in with a superior replacement!
Compare ingredients – convinced yet?

But how does it taste? Delicious. Best mayonnaise I’ve eaten. It has definitely passed muster in my household.

Soybean oil is bad. Don’t believe me? Read the following:

“…when the health dangers of trans fats became nationally known, liquid oils began to be used in…frying and cooking in restaurants, cafeterias, and other food-service operations.”

“The main problem with all these newly developed fats and fat replacers coming out of food company laboratories is that their effects on health have barely been studied.”

“…early clinical trials using diets high in soybean oil showed subjects dying of cancer at alarmingly elevated rates. Gallstones were also associated with diets high in vegetable oils. And a large body of subsequent research has demonstrated that these types of oils, which are high in a type of fatty acid called omega-6, compete with the healthier omega-3s, found in fish oils, for vitally important spots in every cell membrane throughout the body, including those in the brain. The tsunami of omega-6s that have entered our diets via vegetable oils appears to have literally swamped the omega-3s (the supply of which has remained relatively constant over the past century).”

“A large body of literature has now documented the apparent results: while omega-3s fight the kind of inflammation that is implicated in heart disease, omega-6s are largely proinflammatory. More speculatively, research over the past decades has shown that omega-6s are related to depression and mood disorders.”

“…it remains an astonishing fact that although vegetable oils constitute around 8 percent of all calories consumed by Americans, a large, well-controlled clinical trial testing their impact on health beyond just their cholesterol effects has never been conducted.”

Excerpt From: Nina Teicholz. “The Big Fat Surprise.”

I’ve got an extra copy of Nina’s book. If you’re interested in reading it – let me know and I’ll send it to you. Beware – you’ll be pissed when you finish – because you’ll learn that it’s all been a big fat lie.