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How your love for dogs can transform the world, seriously!

How your love for dogs can transform the world, seriously!

How your love for dogs can transform the world, seriously!
Lately, I have been thinking about the difference between happiness and unhappiness, realizing that in most instances, there is nothing more between these two opposites than the state of our own mind.
Over the past 10 plus years, I have transformed my life from having a busy veterinary practice, where I could help only a couple of handfuls of dogs, to now being able to reach hundreds of thousands of dog lovers, and share drug-free natural solutions that could save and extend their dogs’ lives.
The hardest part for me has been seeing people lose their dogs in situations where a simple piece of knowledge could have prevented this from happening. My memories bring me back to Rosebud, who was given a meal right before exercise, which lead to stomach bloat. She was dead within a few hours.
Another example is the use of collars which can lead to hypothyroidism - a condition that leads to poor health and a shortened lifespan.
I could go on and give you hundreds of examples where simple bits of knowledge could have made a big difference.
It took some thinking and learning for me to take the leap and follow my heart to where we are now. I am saying 'we', because I would not be able to help without my team of amazing, talented, dedicated, and passionate people: Alicia, Anastasia, Brandon, Christina, Dean, Dilip, Gerry, Hana, Jay, Jen, Jennifer, Jessica, Joey, Judit, Julia, Judy, Leah, Lindsie, Michelle, Paula, Petar, Rania, Shelina, Tamara, Terrence, Tom, Tony, and Van.
Throughout this transformation we have faced every obstacle imaginable, from the challenge of sourcing top quality ingredients, finding the right people, creating content, courses and articles, building a customer care team that exceeds your expectations, and overcoming obstacles put in place by regulators who sadly are in bed with lobbyists and Big Pharma.

I used to joke that I would be willing to give up my license in British Columbia if it was needed to continue my work. Strangely, even that had to happen after I was targeted for speaking up against the Vancouver SPCA, for neutering and spaying dogs at a dangerously young age, and ignoring neurological symptoms in my friend's dog where anesthesia was clearly contraindicated.

As time progressed, this seemingly negative development was in fact positive because I am able to  speak freely without being muzzled by the College of Veterinarians of B.C and continue doing my work. 

After 10 years of hard work and challenges, the dust has settled and I suddenly realized that there was nothing else left on my list. I reached the proverbial dream I had drafted years back. I am doing what I love to do, and am making more of an impact, while travelling freely as I can work from anywhere with internet.

But 'living the dream' is much different than having a dream! Suddenly, it became more difficult to feel a purpose and be inspired. I was also frequently overwhelmed and felt helpless when listening to an endless stream of negative news. Hearing about the problems of the world was overwhelming and at times paralyzing. 

It was time for a transformation again!

First, I stopped watching negative news, then I made a commitment to 365 days of 1 hour plus of daily yoga practice. I did this once before ten years ago and loved it.
Despite the news-fast, I am still aware of what is going on in the world by speaking with my friends, but focusing on positive news (such as Ted Talks, books, and inspiring podcasts) gradually transformed how I felt.

Recently, I listened to a podcast with John Todd, the author of a book called “Healing Earth”, who has invented a number of different technologies that clean up and green up our planet.
He invented a biotechnology method for cleaning polluted water inside of 12 tanks, where a community of microorganisms transform toxic, stinky waste water into crystal clear and toxin free water in 10 days!
Another invention is a geodesic dome that “walks” in a desert and transforms it into a green oasis creating new animal habitats. Fantastic!

There is an endless number of inspiring people on this planet and we need to look for them to feel hopeful. The same applies to the world of medicine, natural healing, and dogs! 

Speaking of medicine, my negative news-fast allowed me to focus on a plan for the next 10 years that I would like to share with you here:

  • The next step is to connect with people who have great ideas to share within the field of natural and holistic animal healing, and introduce them to our community. This is important because no one person can know it all.
  • As new knowledge about drug-free healthcare, nutrition, and technology becomes available, we plan to share it with you and others.
  • The new knowledge and methods will reduce your vet bills and the cost of animal healthcare.
  • We all will continue learning from our dogs' examples and apply what we have learned to our own lives.
  • When the new medical awareness reaches a certain point, the demand for better, less harmful, and less expensive treatments will force the market to change. This is already happening, but drug companies are fighting back in the same way that gasoline car manufacturers did when they tried to kill the electric car. I am convinced that Big Pharma will be eventually forced to change.
  • This will result in massive savings on healthcare.  It is very doable to cut medical costs by half, and reduce the use of drugs by a whopping 80-90%, which I experienced firsthand in my veterinary practice.
  • Less expensive healthcare can make huge amounts of money available considering that most countries spend half of their tax revenue on healthcare. 

To provide you with more concrete numbers, here is some data:

chart of how much countries spend on health care


Ironically, you see from the table above that the country that spends the most on medical care, the USA, has the lowest life expectancy. In other words the average life span is not affected by the amount of money spent on conventional drug based medicine. 

It also demonstrates how much money could be saved and redirected towards solving more pressing issues, such as poverty, hunger, homelessness, global warming, loss of forest habitat, and species extinction, to name a few. 


Love for dogs -> learning how to keep them healthy for longer -> knowledge -> healthy nutrition & nutritional supplements -> reduction of drugs and need for medical treatments -> applying the same to our health -> sharing with others -> change and rise of new technology and companies -> countries save on healthcare ->  money available for more research and solving pressing issues ->creating social and environmental progress.

Perhaps you may think this is a dream that will require years and decades to achieve, and while this may be true, the impact of the changes you make in the life of your dog is immediate. It is the beginning of the process.

I hope you feel better and more hopeful than when you started reading this piece. Give your dog a hug for me, and thank them for pitching in to change the world!


About the author

Integrative veterinarian, nutritionist and creator of natural supplements for dogs and people. Helping you and your dog prevent disease, treat nutritional deficiencies, and enjoy happier, healthier, and longer lives together.

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