A Tribute to Barney, by Andrea Hartley

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Barney, age 19

My dog Barney lived to age 20, after being diagnosed with Cushing’s Disease at the age of 14, and given 6 months to live.  The doctors were amazed.  When I had brought him in to see the vet, his stomach was very swollen.  When I returned with him a few months later, the doctor said his stomach had returned to normal.  What had I done?  I had stopped feeding him dog food and started feeding him the way I fed my family, with good wholesome food.  I do not buy any processed foods.  I do not buy any foods with artificial colors, flavors, preservatives  or MSG products in it.  I serve only natural, organic when possible, cooked from scratch food, and now, this was what Barney was eating too.  He had  turkey, beef, organic chicken, cabbage, carrots, potatoes, sweet potatoes, brown rice, green beans, peas, apples, and yogurt (plain with no additives).  I also gave him vitamins, herbs, and some homeopathic remedies.

Barney, age 19

Barney, age 19

I had other pets who lived to ripe old ages too.  Tabby, 18; Jessie, 19; Tiger,20 (all cats) and Duke, a shepherd, Doberman mix, 16.  If you would like recipes that I  feed my dogs, and to learn of other things that I have done which I believe have helped my pets to “live long and prosper,”  I will email you a full report for $10.00.


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Search Engine Optimize Your Food

by Andrea Hartley

Healthy food 2Search Engine Optimization means that the best key words are used to help the search engines find your content on the internet.  This is of great value  because it doesn’t matter how great your website or article is, if no one can find it or read it.  You must give the search engines optimal key words so your content can be found and utilized as you intended it to be.   Likewise, your body requires optimum nutrition to perform as it is intended to.   Giving your body optimum nutrition is one of the greatest challenges the American people face today, since our soil is often deficient of key nutrients.  In many cases, an apple today does not possess the same nutritional value that it did 100 years ago.  If that weren’t bad enough,  we in America face a challenge that most other countries in the world do not.  Industry is trying to force genetically modified food on us, turning us into human  guinea pigs.  This food has not been tested and the nutritional value is suspect, at best.  It is often referred to as “Frankenfood”.  Strawberry ShortcakeMost processed foods contain genetically modified food. Scroll down below  and you can see some of the problems with eating genetically modified food and there is an excellent research paper written by Lauren Williamson which discusses that as well. (See her paper here) Moreover, it contains MSG, artificial colors, artificial flavors  and preservatives.Healthy face

Search Engine Optimizing your food, assumes you already know that the standard American diet is one that should be avoided.  If you are not sure why, you can click on any of the links in the article.  The purpose of this article is to help those individuals who want to eat more healthy foods.  It doesn’t have to be expensive or difficult.  It can be challenging at first, but I have been studying this for over 30 years and use what I learn in preparing good, real and healthy food for my family and myself.

Sweet Potato Pie-0I am including a link to a video where I teach how to make sweet potato pie. Click here for the FREE natural food recipe video

To help you SEO your diet, I will share with you what I have learned.  You can receive a monthly newsletter which will contain recipes, food tips and a video lesson on preparing natural, healthy food without artificial colors, flavors, preservatives and  MSG free.  Be the first 20 people to sign up and you will receive this newsletter absolutely free for 6 months! To Register Click here.


10 Top Dangers of Processed Foods

According to Invigorate360

Although the threats of processed foods are numerous, knowing the 10 top dangers of processed foods may be enough to rethink your next meal or snack.

1. CANCER – Some cancers are known to be caused by carcinogenic properties which are included in processing foods.

2. OBESITY – Processed foods are most often high in fat, sugar and salt. If counting food calories, these are the perfect ingredients to cause excessive weight gain.

3. HIGH CARB CONTENT – Most processed foods include an overabundance of carbohydrates and not nearly enough protein.

4. HEART DISEASE – The trans fat in many processed foods will spike the cholesterol level and lower the HDL.

5. HYPERTENSION – Blood pressure is elevated by the high salt and fat content in foods.

6. DIABETES – The high sugar products and fast acting carbohydrates will raise the glucose to unhealthy levels.

7. FOOD ADDITIVES AND UNKNOWN EFFECTS – For color, consistency, taste, shelf life and more, processed foods include additives while the effects are unknown.

8. UNKNOWN FILLERS – Several foods like hot dogs and processed meats are filled with unknown parts.

9. LACK OF NUTRIENTS – If processed foods are the main part of the diet, the body will be lacking the nutrients needed to fight disease.

10. ARTIFICIAL VITAMINS – Synthetic vitamins, which lose their potency during processing, are added to some processed foods like bread.

The list of the dangers of processed foods can go on. Back to basics with home cooking using wholesome, nutritious, and unprocessed foods may add healthier years to your life.


To learn more about the dangers of MSG from Dr. Russell Blaylock, M.D. click the following two links:




For more information about MSG and GMOs see link below:




My mission is to help others live healthy lives.

I am a AAAI (American Aerobic Association International) and ISMA (International Sports Medicine Association) certified personal trainer in Mind-Body Connection. I can assist you in discovering where you want or need to  retrain your brain– to retrain your body and increase your health and well-being, and assist you in discovering effective ways for you to achieve that goal.   I can also assist you in discovering where you expend your brain’s energy, like Bruce Lipton writes of, and how to use that energy for your good.

As your wellness coach, I can encourage and guide you into healthier, more loving thought patterns that will increase your health and well-being. There are many ways that we will employ to accomplish this. Some are education, personalized meditation and thought affirmations, accountability, emotional support and my “Association Technique”. This technique will help you to develop love, peace and calm in your life.

If you are willing to dedicate yourself to your personalized wellness program, I would like to partner with you. I will give you a free one hour session, valued at $40 to help you find your wellness plan and create your vision.

Call me at  609-533-7966

Andrea Hartley is the publisher of Lehigh Valley Woman’s Journal, wellness coach, and  personal trainer with a specialty in mind body connection, certified by AAAI/ISMA.

Animal Stories

A Tribute to Barney

by Andrea Hartley

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My dog Barney lived to age 20, after being diagnosed with Cushion’s Disease at the age of 14, and given 6 months to live.  The doctors were amazed.  When I had brought him in to see the vet, his stomach was very swollen.  When I returned with him a few months later, the doctor said his stomach had returned to normal.  What had I done?  I had stopped feeding him dog food and started feeding him the way I fed my family, with good wholesome food.  I do not buy any processed foods.  I do not buy any foods with artificial colors, flavors, preservatives  or MSG products in it.  I serve only natural, organic when possible, cooked from scratch food, and now, this was what Barney was eating too.  He had  turkey, beef, organic chicken, cabbage, carrots, potatoes, sweet potatoes, brown rice, green beans, peas, apples, and yogurt (plain with no additives).  I also gave him vitamins, herbs, and some homeopathic remedies. [Read more]


The Miracle Bird

by Gary Frisch


In February of 2009, I got my kids a pet parakeet, which we named Twitter. This was a special bird, and warmed to my family right away.  He was blue, white and grey, very distinctive looking.  His wings had been clipped so he could flap around but couldn’t sustain prolonged flight.  We gave Twitter a lot of freedom to explore our apartment, knowing he’d return to the comfort of his cage soon enough.

On Dec. 27 that year, Twitter escaped from our third floor apartment when my 10-year-old son left the sliding door to our deck open for a few minute.  A family search of the apartment complex yielded nothing. [Read more about Twitter]


Blind Dog Gives Owner Insight

LambchopMany years ago,  I visited a shelter to find a dog.  As I went from cage-to-cage, I saw many friendly ones and some shy ones, but the one that stood out most to me was a little poodle mix who was elderly and blind.  I felt that no one would want him, so he was the one for me.  The shelter, very kindly described me as a “saint” and decided that they should waive the adoption fee.  They were nice.  Looking back, it is interesting that they used the word “saint’ but they should have used it to describe the dog because he taught me many life lessons. That tiny, old dog had a spirit and a will larger than life.   I decided to call him “Lamb Chop” after Shari Lewis’s puppet.     “Undaunted” would be a great word to describe his spirit.  Though he couldn’t see and was up in years, he never let that stop him.  I really should have called him “Mr. Magoo” because, like the cartoon character, his lack of sight had him involved in a ton of near misses and dilemmas. [Read about Lamb Chop dilemmas]


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Are You Reacting to MSG?

    If you experience food sensitivities, rapid heartbeat, headache, stomach problems or migraine, you may be reacting to MSG in your food, cleaning products, even lawn fertilizers.  Below is an excerpt from the web site Truth in Labeling where you can learn about the toxic effects of MSG.  Also, look for the book, “The Taste that Kills”, by Russell  Blaylock, M.D.

WWW.truthinlabeling.org —

Types of products that contain MSG

In general…

MSG can be used (and hidden) in processed foods, dietary supplements, cosmetics, personal care products, pharmaceuticals, and the food that is given to pets and other animals.  It can be used in waxes applied to fresh fruits and vegetables.  It can be used as ingredients in pesticides, fungicides, fertilizers, and plant growth enhancers — remaining in the edible portion of the plant or on the edible portion of the plant when its leaves, fruits, nuts, grains, seeds, and other edible parts are brought to market.

There are over 40 food ingredients besides “monosodium glutamate” that contain processed free glutamic acid (MSG). Each, according to the FDA, must be called by its own, unique, “common or usual name.”   “Autolyzed yeast,” “maltodextrin,” “hydrolyzed pea protein”, and “sodium caseinate” are the common or usual names of some ingredients that contain MSG.  Unlike the ingredient called “monosodium glutamate,” they give the consumer no clue that there is MSG in the ingredient.

In addition to ingredients that contain MSG, some acids and enzymes when combined with a food that contains protein will produce MSG.  The words “enzyme” and “protease” (which is a type of enzyme) signal the presence of enzymes capable of causing the production of MSG.

In particular…

– Low fat and no fat milk products often contain milk solids that contain MSG. Other dairy products often contain carrageenan, guar gum, and/or locust bean gum. Low fat and no fat versions of ice cream and cheese may not be as obvious as yogurt, milk, cream, cream cheese, cottage cheese, etc., but they are not exceptions.

– Protein powders and protein drinks contain glutamic acid, and the glutamic acid in the protein powders and drinks will always be processed (manufactured) free glutamic acid (MSG).  Individual amino acids are not always listed on labels of protein powders and drinks.

– At present, there is an FDA requirement to give the name of the protein source when listing hydrolyzed protein products on labels of processed foods.  Examples are hydrolyzed soy protein, hydrolyzed wheat protein, hydrolyzed pea protein, hydrolyzed whey protein, hydrolyzed, corn protein. If a tomato, for example, were whole, it would be identified as a tomato. Naming an ingredient “tomato protein” indicates that the tomato has been hydrolyzed, at least in part, and that processed free glutamic acid (MSG) is present.

– At present, the FDA requires the disclosure of ingredients labeled “monosodium glutamate” and “hydrolyzed…protein” when, as ingredients, they are used in a “flavor” or “flavoring” (whether or not the “flavor” or “flavoring” is preceded by the words “natural” or “artificial”).  However, “flavors” and “flavorings” can contain MSG in ingredients other than “monosodium glutamate” and “hydrolyzed…Protein” without the MSG being disclosed.

– Disodium guanylate and disodium inosinate are relatively expensive food additives that work synergistically with inexpensive processed free glutamic acid (MSG).  We believe that they would only be used if there was MSG in a product.

– MSG will be found in some soaps, shampoos, hair conditioners, and cosmetics, where MSG is hidden in ingredients with names that include the words “hydrolyzed,” “amino acids,” and/or “protein.”

– Binders and fillers for prescription and non-prescription medications, nutrients, and supplements, may contain MSG.

– Enteral feeding materials, and some fluids administered intravenously in hospitals, may contain MSG.

– According to the manufacturer, Varivax–Merck chicken pox vaccine (Varicella Virus Live), contains L-monosodium glutamate and hydrolyzed gelatin, both of which contain processed free glutamic acid (MSG).  It would appear that most, if not all, live virus vaccines contain some ingredient(s) that contains MSG.

– There are a number of ingredients identified as organic that, organic or not, will contain processed free glutamic acid (MSG).  Autolyzed yeast, yeast extract, textured soy protein, and anything hydrolyzed are examples of ingredients that may be made from organic produce, but will never-the-less contain MSG.

– Drinks, candy, and chewing gum are potential sources of hidden MSG.  They may also contain aspartame, neotame, of AminoSweet (the new name for aspartame).  We mention aspartame, neotame, and AminoSweet here because they, like MSG, contain a neurotoxic amino acid, and can cause the same reactions that MSG causes.

– Aspartame will be found in some medications, including children’s medications.

Anything that breaks down the protein in a product can produce MSG as it breaks down that protein. There have been reports of people reacting to meat wrapped in Cryovac. Cryovac is a registered trademark for a thick plastic in which meat is sealed with the air removed by a vacuum pump. The word Cryovac is also used for the thermoplastic resin wrapping film which can be heat-shrunk onto foods.  – Some waxes used on fruits and vegetables contain MSG.

– Produce may have been produced using fertilizer or pesticide products that contain MSG.  Some of these fertilizers may be organic.  It is impossible to know from looking at produce whether or not it has been treated with an MSG-containing fertilizer or pesticide product that leaves residue in or on the produce.

– Some non-organic waxes used on some fruits and vegetables contain MSG.

– Additional sources of MSG include infant formula, kosher food, enteral feeding products (tube feeding products), dietary supplements, pharmaceuticals, protein drinks often recommended for seniors, protein bars and protein powders, vaccines, personal care products, protein powders sold in health food stores, food that is labeled “organic”, wine, food with labels that say “No Added MSG,” “No MSG Added,” or “No MSG” , food that is falsely advertised as containing no MSG, and in food whose manufacturers claim, in response to questions, that their products contain no MSG.

MSG can be hidden by restaurateurs who claim that the food they serve contains no MSG

About “organic” products…

Where MSG is concerned, “organic” doesn’t mean “safe”.  Ingredients like organic autolyzed yeast and organic natural flavoring have just as much processed (manufactured) free glutamic acid (MSG) in them as those not called “organic.”  Following are products labeled “organic” that have come to our attention as containing processed free glutamic acid (MSG).  There are others.

Product: Vegetable Bouillon
By: Morga
Ingredients include: Yeast extract; Maltodextrin

Product: macaroni & cheese dinner
By: Simply Organic
Ingredients include: Natural flavors; Autolyzed yeast extract

Also listed as organic are fertilizer products that contain hydrolyzed fish protein and hydrolyzed chicken feathers.  All hydrolyzed ingredients contain MSG.

About “Health Food” stores…

Health food stores are mine fields for MSG.  Protein powders are generally nothing more or less than hydrolyzed proteins –and will contain all three manufactured neurotoxic amino acids: glutamic acid, aspartic acid, and L-cysteine.  Food labeled “organic” cannot legitimately contain monosodium glutamate, but can contain other ingredients that contain MSG.  Dietary supplements will often contain individual amino acids (because they can be absorbed by the body more quickly than amino acids found in protein which have to be digested before they can be absorbed); and if dietary supplements contain individual amino acids, those amino acids may be neurotoxic glutamic acid, aspartic acid, and/or L-cysteine, all manufactured in food and/or chemical plants.

These are the names of some of the MSG-containing ingredients often found in Health Food stores:

amino acids (They almost invariably contain glutamic acid.)
autolyzed yeast
citric acid

glutamic acid
hydrolyzed protein
monopotassium glutamate
monosodium glutamate
whey protein concentrate

There are also chelates.  Minerals found individually and in some multi-vitamins, are usually joined to amino acids for better absorption, i.e., the minerals or multi-vitamins are chelated.  The following are names used for chelates that will contain MSG and/or aspartic acid and phenylalanine which are two of the main ingredients in MSG’s toxic cousin aspartame:

amino acid chelate (chelated with amino acids)
potassium (or any other mineral ) citrate
potassium (or any other mineral) aspartate
potassium (or any other mineral) glutamate
chelated with hydrolyzed protein,
chelated with protein
chelated with amino acids

Some supplement manufacturers place asterisks after the names of minerals.  Below the list of ingredients, the asterisk is often followed by a note that explains that the mineral is “chelated with hydrolyzed protein,” “chelated with protein,” or “chelated with amino acids.”

Protein powders are all the rage for body builders and older people.  The main ingredient is typically a hydrolyzed protein — and hydrolyzed proteins contain MSG, excitotoxic aspartic acid (found also in aspartame), and excitotoxic L-cysteine (found in some dough conditioners).  We have concern for anyone who ingests any form of MSG in his or her diet.  We have extreme concern for athletes who ingest MSG just prior to, just following, or in the course of vigorous exercise, because there is evidence that the adverse effects of MSG may be intensified by vigorous exercise.  Heart irregularities have been know to be caused by ingestion of MSG and/or aspartame.  Heart irregularities can result in cardiac arrest.

About hospitals, nursing homes, and extended care facilities…

The most common sources of MSG in hospitals, nursing homes, and extended care facilities will be:

Soups – even if the institution purchases soups and/or soup bases that claim to be MSG-free

Protein drinks such as Boost and Ensure

Enteral care products – used when tube feeding



Salad dressings

Intravenous solutions.  Reactions have been reported to saline solution and solutions containing dextrose.  Ringers solution appears to be MSG-free.

Anything no fat or low fat

Anything made with a sugar substitute likely contains neurotoxic aspartame, Equal, or AminoSweet.

People with extreme intolerance to MSG have difficulty with pharmaceuticals that contain MSG in the binders and/or fillers.  They may also react to the starch on powdered gloves and/or the contacts that are glued to a patient’s chest for heart monitoring.  The contact points that touch the body may contain guar gum which, after serveral days’ exposure, may cause adverse reactions.

About pet food…

It’s not only humans that have problems with MSG.  The first evidence of MSG toxicity came from animal studies, some of which demonstrated that animals suffered brain lesions and endocrine disorders when fed monosodium glutamate.  The possibility that your animal is sensitive to MSG is certainly worth considering.  We have received the following from consumers:


Subj:          Pet Food & MSG

Date:          8/17/2004 1.48:20 AM Central Standard Time

Dear Folks,  would you consider adding an article on MSG in our Pet Food.  Just about all the grocery store dog food and most of the canned cat food has various products with an msg base.  What can we do about this???   Our pets are much smaller than we are and surely this is extremely bad for their small frame.  God help us all.  Also, how about my favorite ice cream which is Haagen Daz.   I eat the simple flavors, Vanilla, Chocolate, Butter Pecan.  I eat it because the original flavors are cream, skim milk, vanilla, chocolate.  Anyways, thank you for being here.  God Bless your work.  M.D.


From: D
To: adandjack@aol.com
Sent: 1/24/2009 2:07:06 P.M. Central Standard Time
Subj: MSG

Our bichpoo dog (6 yrs) ate some sweet & sour pork (left over from Chinese take out).  Almost immediately he began to exhibit hyperness, running & jumping, and almost seemed to be “high” on something.  He seemed disoriented and didn’t settle down for almost six hours.  The vet said he had never seen a dog show these symptoms from eating food.  Could he be extremely sensitive to MSG or have you ever heard of this in an animal?  Obviously no more people food for Buster.  Thanks

Beyond MSG…

People who are sensitive to processed free glutamic acid (MSG), or those who simply would choose to avoid ingestion of toxic amino acids, need to know that there are two other neurotoxic amino acids commonly used in food: aspartic acid and L-cysteine. Aspartic acid is found in the sugar substitutes called “neotame”, “aspartame”, “AminoSweet”, “NutraSweet” and “Equal.”  L-cysteine is identified as L-cysteine and is most often found in dough conditioners.