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A Hint of Autumn

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A Hint of Autumn
The 24 node system indicates the start of Autumn on August 7th this year, and this week we embrace a node called Chu Shu, or "heat hides."  This node marks the lessening of summer heat.

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Bone Broth for You and Your Pet

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Bone Broth for You and Your Pet

Health Benefits According to Healthline and other sources, animal bones are high in calcium, magnesium, potassium, phosphorus, and other trace minerals needed to strengthen our own bones.  Joint bones are also rich in glucosamine and chondroitin which aid in the formation and repair of joint tissue.  Bones are also rich in vitamins, amino acids, and collagen.   These nutrients help us to build our own healthy tissues, especially bones, skin, and hair.  Bone broth also supports our immune systems and gut health because it is typically easy to digest and gives our bodies the nourishment we need to support overall health.  It...

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DIY Frozen Dog Treats

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DIY Frozen Dog Treats

Dairy It might be tempting to share your ice cream cone with your dog, but most dogs have a hard time digesting dairy.  This can lead to stomach upset, gas, and diarrhea.  Yogurt has different proteins so it can sometimes be better tolerated than other dairy, plus it has the added benefit of probiotics.  Some dogs have a more sensitive system than others, so pay attention to how they handle their treats and always ask your vet if you're concerned.  If you do use yogurt make sure to get unsweetened yogurt and especially avoid xylitol as it is toxic to...

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Benefits to Exercising with Animals

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Benefits to Exercising with Animals

Ideas to Try There are many ways to enjoy the company of animals and get your body moving at the same time.  Dog walking is a great way to get out there, but if you have an indoor cat - try getting a toy on a stick and making it a whole body thing like a dance or marching routine!  You can also try goat yoga or horseback riding!   Motivation Animals tug at our heartstrings and can get us excited to spend time with them.  They can remind us what it feels like to be playful, and remind us to...

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How Animals Can Increase Independence for the Disabled Community

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How Animals Can Increase Independence for the Disabled Community

National Disability Independence Day This day commemorates the signing of the Americans with Disabilities Act in 1990, and this year it fell on July 27th.  This week at Epsilon we support the disabled community, and explore how animals can help assist disabled individuals in living more independent lives.  For more info on the ADA, click here.  In this article we acknowledge all types of disabilities and focus on our beneficial relationships to animals.  Dogs Dogs are the most widely accepted working animal for the disabled, helping humans with a variety of needs.  Dogs can guide the blind, help their chemically sensitive...

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