There has been a great deal of controversy about dog food. Problems of salmonella has resulted in several recalls of dog food.  Many people make their own which is what I used to do when I had dogs.  There is also the discussion about feeding your dogs raw meat.  Again, there is the high probability of germs, salmonella, and more.  One year for the holidays, my family and I went to visit my in-laws who lived in an apartment.  We had to travel to see them and, of course, brought the dogs.  At that time I had two Dobermans, a mother and son.  We placed them in a kennel near the in-laws that was surrounded by trees and lots of grass.  We were assured that they would be fine.  After we returned home, the son, Smokey, began to appear sick.  I hadn’t changed his routine or his dog food.  So I drove one hour to an older vet I knew.  He tested him and said his kidneys were failing and he was operating at three percent.  He gave me a diet for him that I started immediately.  I also used this recipe for my granddaughter’s dog because she hates dog food. It’s efficient but takes a little effort.  You can make it in whatever quantity you prefer.  I started with a large pan.  I  cut up and browned some onions in a large pan.  I also browned any of the following: chicken lives, beef livers, or any cuts of inexpensive meats.  I removed the meats and put them aside.  I then added boiling water and whatever amount of rice you might need for several days of food.  You can also include carrots or any vegetable your pet might like.  I included chicken bouillon for extra flavor.  I did salt the meat.  Once the rice was close to being finished, I added the meat so it had a good flavor.  My dog improved dramatically and lived a few more years.  My granddaughter’s dog is thriving. So, if you are tired of recalls and want to lower your pet’s food bill, try my recipe.  It really works.  In the Good Gus series there were very few dogs.  If you think about it, how did they feed their dogs?  The series is online at Kindle with a few books on Nook and Waterstones.  “Misplaced Trust” is also online at 24 Symbols, Apple, Nook, Kindle, Kobo, Page Foundry, Scribd, Playster and Tolino.

Snacks are popular in western countries but particularly in the United States.  The U.S. is a country that loves to snack.  Anywhere you see vending machines, you will find snacks.  The trouble is they aren’t that good for you.  They are generally loaded with fats, salt and preservatives.  Unfortunately,  there is so much convenience food available that we have become a 24/7 eating community.  The funny thing is if you want a container of fries it is $1.00 USD or 1.10 Euro.  However, a small cup of fruit is almost $5.00 USD or 5.50 Euros.  People tend to be cheap and will buy the fries every time.  This encourages obesity.  The problem is though that the potatoes are cheap and the fruit isn’t.  If you purchase potatoes that are not organic, you can easily buy ten lbs. or 4.54 kg. for a very low price.  The snacking which people believe will possibly help them eat less without realizing it contributes to their weight gain.  A frappuaccino at Starbucks is five hundred calories.  That is more than a salad with low cal dressing that would also be a better snack.  Not to mention the price difference for each item.  The drink is more expensive than the pre-made salad at the grocery.  The UK is considering taxing snacks.  They are having a difficult time battling obesity in both children and adults.  There was no time for snacks in the stories for the Good Gus series.  There also were no snacks except real food.  Whether online at Kindle and Waterstones or from the UPS Store in Tierrasanta, California, the series is enjoyed by children everywhere.  If reading is your bliss, I hope you will consider “Misplaced Trust.”  It is online at 24 Symbols, Apple, Nook, Kindle, Kobo, Page Foundry, Scribd, Playster and Tolino.

Is  it any wonder that the governments can’t get it right when it comes to salt? Today, it was in the news that the UK government decided to cut salt out of foods. Now they are claiming hundreds have died because of this new ruling.  It doesn’t sound plausible.  It seems that the UK has as much fast food as any other western country.  All fast food contains higher doses of sodium so why, unless these people never ate out, did they die from a lack of salt?   The Imperial College in London is stating that people have died from heart and stomach issues.  The rules were changed in 2011 to convince the population to reduce their sodium intake.  Apparently, they went too far.  Their medical journal has categorically stated from a study that fifteen hundred people died from stomach cancer and over Ninety-Nine Hundred people died from heart disease and/or stroke.  We can’t win.  They are either telling us we are eating too much salt or not enough.  Apparently, now they have to reverse some of their rulings.  I think this really applied to prepared foods or those that you find in the freezer section of your grocery.  If you read the labels it may shock you what these food preparers include to make it taste appealing.  The best part about the Good Gus series was that there was no fast food.  I have been asked to write another Christmas book which I am mulling about in my mind.  The books available in the series are online at Kindle, Waterstones, and hard copies at the UPS Store in Tierrasanta, CA .  There were probably characters in “Misplaced Trust” who did die from overuse of salt.  On these hot days and nights, grab your tablet, a tall glass of iced tea and start reading it online at 24 Symbols, Apple, Nook, Kindle, Kobo, Page Foundry, Playster,  Scribd and Tolino.

When you are food shopping with dieting in mind, it can be a long drawn out process . One of my favorite adverts  for diets are “Beat Belly Fat” which come in a variety of forms.  What are the latest food shopping trends keeping diets in mind?  Here is a list of the top ten for 2017:  DASH Diet, Mediterranean Diet, MIND Diet, Mayo Clinic Diet, TLC Diet, Volumetrics Diet, Weight Watchers Diet, The Fertility Diet, the Flexitarian Diet, Dr. Weils’ Anti-Inflammatory Diet, Jenny Craig, Ornish Diet, the Traditional Asian Diet and Vegetarian Diet.  In the past there were more weight loss gimmicks such as “How to Lose Ten Pounds in Ten Minutes.”  Were they kidding?  There is also among some of the food trends and diets the various numbers of foods you shouldn’t eat.  When selecting products while food shopping  consider organic.  It was recently posted that many foods from China are filled with pesticides.  They haven’t even begun to address the issue.  The Eurozone is quite particular about the pesticides allowed in their countries.  The United States tries but they export a fair amount of foods from China.  Consider this when food shopping.  Tilapia is grown literally in waste water which is obviously toxic.  The same is true with cod fish.  I didn’t realize that apple juice produced in China  is not only filled with toxins but pesticides as well.  Processed mushrooms are contaminated.  Their garlic is sprayed with toxic chemicals and leave an aftertaste.  Their chicken carries food-born illnesses and the  avian flu.  They also sell plastic rice that is made from the resin from potatoes.  You have to be careful how you heat it and it doesn’t break apart like real rice.  The long term effects are said to be cancer.  They also sell mud and call it black pepper.  Seriously, mud?  They use industrial salt which is supposed to be used be for commercial purposes and sell it as table salt.  Their green peas are actually soy with a green dye and a sodium type bleach. So the next time you are doing food shopping avoid all food trends and diets and read every label of every food you purchase.  In the Good Gus Series as you all know the food shopping  was in the residents gardens with only natural pesticides.  The series is available exclusively on Kindle worldwide.  After your trip to the grocery food shopping and your exhaustion from reading all the labels, relax with a cool drink and read “Misplaced Trust.”  It is available on 24 Symbols, Apple, Nook, Kindle, Kobo, Page Foundry, Scribd, Playster and Tolino.

In many areas of the world the temperatures are rising causing heat exhaustion. It affects  everyone at any age. If you are exposed, even for a short period to temperatures above ninety degrees Fahrenheit, or thirty-three Celsius, be careful and keep on eye on yourself or anyone else in your family.  Some of the symptoms are:  confusion, dizziness, fatigue, cramps, headaches, fainting, rapid heartbeat and profuse sweating.  If you feel any of these symptoms immediately start drinking plenty of water, stop all activities, sit in a cool place and apply ice or a cool cloth to your forehead.  You can also take a cool shower or bath depending upon how severe your symptoms are.  It is particularly dangerous for children under four and older adults.  If anyone has a health condition, heat exhaustion can come on rapidly if you are out in the hot weather too long.  In some cases, it only takes a few minutes to become overheated.  If you feel that way consider avoiding caffeine and alcohol as it could make you become dehydrated quickly and lead to instant heat exhaustion.  If you do become dehydrated, the same symptoms of heat exhaustion will appear.  It is also important if you have heat exhaustion to eat a little extra salt  because if you become dehydrated the salt will help you retain your fluids.  Over the course of many sporting practices,  in warm climates on hot days, particularly football, teenagers and adults have collapsed from heat exhaustion. Don’t think this will go away instantly, because it won’t.  It will take a few days and for older adults up to a week before you begin feeling better.  After the first time you experience it, you will know when it is happening again and you will be more likely to become susceptible in the future.  In the Good Gus Series, the citizens knew to keep hydrated and avoid working on the hot days.  Of course, the old west, particularly Pecos, had its fair share of hot summer days.  The series is available exclusively on Kindle worldwide.  If you feel heat exhaustion coming on, sit in a cool dry place with a fan and read “Misplaced Trust.”  It is available on 24 Symbols, Apple, Nook, Kindle, Kobo, Page Foundry, Scribd, Playster and Tolino.

Bad food habits are the leading cause of many diseases. For example, if you are eating too much bacon and not enough nuts, your food habits could land you with heart disease, a stroke or diabetes. It can also shorten your life span. The good food habits that are under-eaten include nuts and seeds; seafood rich in omega-3 fats which include salmon and sardines; the obvious fruits and vegetables along with whole grains.  Many of the food manufacturers have changed their products to include which includes whole grains such as breakfast cereals, snack bars, and a variety of biscuits, pastries and sweets.  A few of the bad food habits have too much salt and salty type foods; processed meats including bacon, bologna and hot dogs; red meat and sugary drinks.  Of course, if you fancy the processed meats, there are companies who offer them unprocessed.  This may sound like an attack on the American or western diet, but according to lead author , a public health researcher and nutritionist at Tufts University Renata Micha,  the research bears out the link with these foods to various causes of death.  Excess salt, for example, can increase blood pressure putting stress on arteries and the heart.  If a person focused on eating nuts which contain healthy fats that can improve their cholesterol levels.  The bacon along with other processed meats contain saturated fats that tend to raise the levels of unhealthy LDL cholesterol.  In her study, salt was more of a culprit.  If you have ever read a label for any type of processed food or snack, the amount of sodium will shock you.  Not to mention, chips, pretzels, popcorn and other types of snacks, even with sea salt, the numbers are staggering.  Most fast food restaurants have an enormous amount of salt in their food.  It started out as a flavoring, but if you think about it, over time, people became addicted to excess salt.  Frankly, too much salt makes a person thirsty which is another way they sell their products with large sugary drinks.  In the Good Gus Series, there were not fast food restaurants.  The first fast food restaurant was A & W in 1919, in the United States,  a little ahead of the series.  The books are available exclusively on Kindle worldwide.  If your bad food habits are getting the best of you while handling the finances, estate or a will of a loved one, stop and read “Misplaced Trust.”  Not only will you help your health, but you will ;earn valuable tools along the way.  The books is available at 24 Symbols, Apple, Nook, Kindle, Kobo, Page Foundry, Scribd and Tolino.

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