Archive for August, 2014

Attitudinal Healing Course


Celestial Light Centre for Attitudinal Healing and Unity of Muskegon are offering Linking mind, emotions and body-A Course in Attitudinal Healing, starting September 7. This 12 week class has served as a catalyst for positive change in people’s lives and has offered professional opportunities since 1985. Course participants experience inner peace and less stress regardless of life’s circumstances. The class is a requirement for potential employees. Participants attending 10 out of 12 classes receive a certificate as a Certified Attitudinal Healing Facilitator/Instructor.

The course will focus on the principles of Attitudinal Healing, including but not limited to love being the essence of our being, health being inner peace, giving and receiving being the same thing, letting go of the future and of the past, now being the only time there is and each instant being for giving, learning to love ourselves and others by forgiving rather than judging, becoming love finders rather than fault finders, choosing and directing ourselves to be peaceful inside regardless of what is happening outside and being students and teachers to each other.

The course is held Sundays, 1:00-2:30 p.m. every week except Sept. 21, Oct. 19 and Nov. 16, which will be held 2:00-3:30 p.m. The course will take place at Unity of Muskegon, 2052 Bourdon St. and costs $120. Participants can register via PayPal at or by mail to Celestial Light Centre for Attitudinal Healing % Gale Newton 3 Forsythia Nunica, Mi 49448. Email or call 616-296-0559 for more information.




Dogs Will Be Dogs… But Why?

What to Know When Choosing a Breed

by Isabel Reilly


A dog that has high levels of energy or unusual intelligence can prove to be a challenge for less experienced owners. Some breeds, like the border collie , have both.

Hailing from the border between Scotland and England, shepherds developed the breed to herd flocks of sheep, work long days in rugged terrain and be independent thinkers. They are intense, high-energy, agile and trainable dogs. Border collies are multitaskers and unsurpassed herders. The “hard stare” used to intimidate sheep can be unnerving—think of the look Mom gives when she doesn’t want to yell at her kids in front of company. Sheep obey.

Long walks or a run can wear out many dogs to ensure a calm evening and good night’s sleep. For a border collie, such exercise simply builds endurance.

This breed wants to please, and excels in obedience, agility and flyball (teams of dogs that race and fetch tennis balls in a type of relay). When they’re not presented with appropriate physical and mental challenges, border collies create jobs and hobbies such as: valet, when shoes aren’t put away or herded into one area; landscaper, specializing in digging; candidate for American Idol,  based on barking; reporter, commenting on every noise; and/or interior designer, apt to de-stuff the couch or chairs.

If manicured grass and tidy flowerbeds are a passion, think carefully before adopting a Scottish terrier.  Scotties are bred to find and exterminate vermin, to dig to get to moles, voles and other underground critters and then do the Scottie “death shake”. This involves a lot of flying dirt, muddy paws and craters in the yard, but results in a happy dog.

A Scottie can also be dignified and reserved, plus display a sense of humor. He may be aloof with anyone but family and friends—then can surprise with a frenetic, random activity period (referred to as a frap). While independent thinking is essential for successful below-ground hunting, it’s moderated by a strong desire to please. Harsh words and punishment will cause him to shut down, rather than act on his passion again. Understanding and companionship are vital to a Scot’s happiness. Given those, his devotion is deep and lifelong.

Golden retrievers  are famous for their gentle ways with children. Originally bred in Scotland and England in the late 19th century, their purpose was to retrieve fowl shot by hunters, whether on land or in water; a golden is willing, adaptable and very trainable. They are widely used in therapy work, as service or guide dogs and in search-and-rescue operations.

Golden puppies are highly energetic and playful, in need of focus, training and exercise. Older dogs are often seen carrying a toy in their mouths during a walk, reverting back to their original specialty of carrying birds in a “soft” mouth (making no punctures with their teeth). Goldens need frequent brushing, so be on the lookout for blonde hairs all around the house.

Much of the renewed popularity of beagles  as family pets is due to the charismatic Uno, the Westminster Kennel Club’s Best in Show 2008, also featured in O Magazine  in 2010. They are easy to groom, medium in size, friendly and cute. A person that prefers brisk walks may count the breed’s need to thoroughly sniff stuff along the way as a drawback. A determined beagle following an “invisible trail” can be selectively deaf to calls to return to his owner or home. His “Woo-woowoo” baying at the conclusion of a mission can interrupt the peace of a quiet neighborhood.

First bred in the 1300s as a companion for small-game hunters, a beagle’s compact and muscular body derives from a blend of ancient hounds. Expect a beagle to be smart, independent and bold. Be aware that a bored, unsupervised beagle will create his own entertainment; barking can be a problem.

High energy or highly intelligent dogs require more commitment, thought, time and planning to keep them on track and focused on the fun. It’s best to involve these dogs in activities that embrace, rather than clash with their inbred traits—but oh, the rewards of the right kind of four-legged companionship.

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Dangerous Influx

Gas Pipeline Pumps Radioactive Radon into Homes

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In NewYork City, the Spectra gas pipeline that went online in 2013 is delivering more than just energy-efficient, clean-burning natural gas from Pennsylvania’s Marcellus Shale. It’s also piping radioactive radon gas that’s contaminating commercial and residential boilers, ovens, stoves, dryers and water heaters at 30 to 80 times baseline levels – well above the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency safe level for radiation exposure.

According to Dr. Sheila Bushkin-Bedient, with the University of Albany, New York, “While it may be possible to remove other components of raw natural as such as ethane, propane, butane and pentanes at natural gas processing centers, it’s not possible to remove radioactive substances such as radon. Radon is the leading cause of lung cancer among nonsmokers and the second-leading cause among smokers and indirect (secondhand) smokers.”

The Specrat conduit is one of hundreds of pipelines and fossil fuel infrastructure projects across the country being quickly approved by the Federal Energy and Regulatory Commission. Citizens should demand that elected officials connect the dots and halt the uncontrolled rush to drill new sites regardless of safety concerns and let them know people are alarmed by the possibility of radioactive gas entering their communities.

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Dog Gone Swimming Safety Tips

by Sandra Murphy

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First, check if area community pools allow dogs for special sessions. Many offer canine swims as fundraisers during off-season periods. Make sure the pet is sociable and wears a life jacket.

The best swimmers include breeds used in water rescue or retrieval, such as the Newfoundland, Labrador retriever, Portuguese water dog, poodle and spaniel, as opposed to those with shorter snouts and airways. The stocky bodies and shorter legs of Scotties and dachshunds are also less conducive to water play.

Dr. Jules Benson, vice president of Veterinary Services at Petplan Pet Insurance, in Newtown Square, Pennsylvania, gives three key safety tips: Be alert for signs of tiredness, like trouble staying afloat or struggling to catch their breath; watch for vomiting, diarrhea or fever due to harmful bacteria in some waterways; and don’t let dogs drink from the ocean. Ingested salt water can unbalance electrolytes and lead to dehydration, brain damage, kidney failure and even death.

Pet expert, Eileen Proctor recommends dabbing sunscreen on pet noses and ears before swimming and putting on the dog’s life jacket before going into, on or near the water. Always ensure that dogs are well-trained to come when called and leave found items and to take a break to re-hydrate and rest.

Supervise swimming dogs closely and make sure they aren’t drinking the water. If a dog hesitates to enter the water, leave his non-retractable leash on to reassure him he has assistance if needed, and stay in the pool with him. Establish a cue for entering and leaving the pool and use it before the dog overtires. Don’t allow a pet to climb the pool’s ladder to exit because a pay could slip, causing injury or panic.

When boating, pull into a secluded area with no running propellers, active paddling or underwater snags, and keep the pet on a non-retractable lead or trained to swim close by. Rinse fur immediately after every swim to remove chlorine, bacteria, dirt or salt, and then dry the dog’s inner and outer ears.

Honeybee Hit

Scientists Nab Fungicide as Bee Killer

Colony collapse disorder, the mysterious mass die-off of honeybees that pollinate $30 billion worth of crops in the U.S., has been well documents, with toxic insecticides identified as the primary culprits. Now, scientists at the University of Maryland and the U.S. Department of Agriculture have expanded the identification of components of the toxic brew of pesticides and fungicides contaminating pollen and decimating the bee colonies that collect it to feed their hives.

A study of eight agricultural chemicals associated with increased risk of infection by parasites found that bees that ate pollen contaminated with fungicides were three times as likely to be infected. Widely used fungicides had previously been accepted as harmless for bees because they are designed to kill fungus, not insects.

Dennis vanEngelsdorp, the study’s lead author, states, “There’s growing evidence that fungicides may be affecting the bees on their own, highlighting a need to reassess how we label these agricultural chemicals.” Labels on pesticides warn farmers not to spray when pollinating bees are in the vicinity, but such precautions have not applied to fungicides.



Natural Complements to Conventional Cat Care

by Shawn Messonnier

Click the images below to view a clear and simple guide to which alternative remedies and lifestyle changes are appropriate for common feline medical conditions.

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