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Breast Cancer Awareness For Our Four Legged Friends

While breast cancer awareness month for people has just kicked off this month, it’s important to realize that we humans aren’t the only ones affected by the disease.  Here are some great facts about breast cancer in dogs and cats.


Many people don’t realize that pets can also suffer from breast cancer. Mammary gland tumors are common in dogs and cats, especially those that aren’t spayed or were spayed late in age.

Mammary exams for pets are important and early detection is key. Once your dog or cat is five years old, perform a mammary exam monthly. Gently feel the tissue under and around each nipple, “rolling” the tissue between your fingers. If you feel even a tiny lump, bring your pet to the veterinarian.

Dogs are particularly prone to breast cancers. Their bodies are not designed to cycle continuously without nursing pups. With every heat cycle their bodies go through a sixty day hormonal pregnancy regardless of whether they breed or not. This hormonal cycle continuously stimulates the mammary tissue for at least four months of each year. The constant stimulation leads to very high rates of cancer. Fortunately, 99% of  canine breast cancer can be prevented by spaying young dogs.

• 25% (1 in 4) of un-spayed female dogs will get mammary cancer
• Most common in older female dogs
• Less than 50 percent of canine mammary tumors are malignant
• Spaying a dog before their first heat will reduce the chance of breast cancer to almost zero.
• Most “at-risk” breeds: poodle, Brittany spaniel, English setter, pointer, fox terrier, cocker spaniel, Boston terrier
• Diagnosis: affected area will be red, swollen, feverish, and painful to the touch
• Early detection/prompt treatment can successfully treat even serious tumors. Look for small, firm pea-sized lumps in the breast tissue.
• Surgical removal is the first treatment method and chemo is sometimes a secondary treatment, depending on the severity of the tumor

While breast cancer is less common in cats, it does occur. Like in dogs, the risk is also drastically reduced when cats are spayed. Just like in people, reproduction and nursing reduces the risk of breast cancer in intact dogs and cats.

• Less common in cats than dogs, 1/4000 will have mammary cancer
• Early spaying is the best prevention and also if a cat has had kittens they’re less likely to get it
• Around 90 percent of feline mammary tumors are malignant
• Siamese cats and cats over the age of 10 are the most prone to mammary cancer
• Diagnosis: affected area will be painful to the touch, swollen, infected, and the cat may have a fever
• Surgical removal of the tumor and aggressive chemo is the recommended treatment, however mammary cancer is usually fatal in cats

Great strides have been made in the treatment of cancer in pets. Many pets can be cured completely. All pets should see their veterinarian twice a year for a thorough physical examination and any new lump should be checked as soon as it is noticed. A simple needle aspirate can frequently differentiate between harmless masses and those that should be removed. Just like in people, cancers that are detected and removed early have the best chance of being cured.

Raising money for cancer research has the potential to benefit both pets and people. Many types of cancers occur in multiple species. Frequently, promising treatments and medications are used to treat cancer in animals long before they get formal approval for use in people. Treatment of pets in a clinical setting allows veterinary oncologists to report adjustments that improve outcomes or quality of life. The adjusted protocols can be used by human oncologists to benefit people with cancer.

So throughout all the marathons this month make sure you’re marching for all survivors and patients whether they have two legs or one. Happy Breast Awareness Month!

~ Special Thanks to PurinaCare &


Chamomile Constituents for Digestive OMG Moments

Chamomile is another home remedy that is particularly effective in treating an upset stomach — as well as several other conditions.  OMG! A German study found that chamomile, when combined with apple pectin, helps put a quick end to diarrhea in children. Compared to placebo (dummy pill), the chamomile-pectin combination was significantly more effective and just as safe.

Chamomile’s medicinal secret is the volatile oil derived from its daisy-like flowers. An extract produced from the herb can reduce muscle spasms and inflammation of mucous membranes, making it a useful treatment for indigestion and menstrual cramps. Chamomile also contains chemicals that fight infections that cause minor illnesses.

Constituents are the Answer!
Several studies indicate that chamomile is a good digestive aid. The herb contains a wide variety of active constituents. The anti-inflammatory constituents of cham­o­mile, including azulene, chamazulene, bisabolol, and matricin, appear to have distinct modes of action. Some of them are more powerful than others but perform for a shorter period of time; others are milder but perform for longer periods of time. 

Bisabolol, one of its prime constituents, has anti-inflammatory properties and relaxes the smooth muscle lining of the digestive tract. In experimentally induced gastritis and other inflammations of the mucous membranes, chamomile consistently demonstrated quick and prolonged anti-inflammatory effects. What we’re learning now is that apparently all of chamomile’s constituents must work together for the herb to function medicinally. Thus, chamomile would seem to be one of the plant kingdom’s best examples of holistic medicine at work.

For years, researchers attributed the herb’s antispasmodic effect to the presence of flavonoids, such as apigenin and luteolin. But several recent trials have demonstrated that other constituents also contribute substantially to the herb’s total sedative action. The importance of chamazulene and its precursor, matricin, has been demonstrated in nearly all of chamomile’s actions.  

Ulcer Suppression? Chamomile may also help to prevent and heal ulcers. In one study, two groups of animals were fed a chemical known to cause ulcers. Animals that were also given chamomile developed significantly fewer ulcers than those who did not receive it. And animals that did develop ulcers recovered more quickly if they were fed chamomile.

In 1979, experiments verified chamomile’s protective healing effects on the mucous membranes of the gastrointestinal tract. In the first experimental studies, chamomile inhibited formation of ulcers produced under several conditions, including stress and administration of drugs, such as alcohol.

Although the ultimate role of hydrochloric acid in naturally occurring ulcers is a subject of dispute, it has been shown that chamomile is able to inhibit formation of ulcers that are experimentally induced by that acid.

Chamomile is definitely a great way to get over those weekend binges and eating out so keep a good Chamomile tea on hand just in case. Also below is great example of how a simple massage can help with digestion as well.

 ~ Special Thanks to WebMD

Immunity Herbal Tonics

Feeling run-down and stressed-out? Does it seem you always catch whatever is going around? You may want to consider taking a daily tonic. Also known as adaptogens, these nontoxic, plant-based substances help to bolster your body’s natural defenses and increase its ability to cope with normal daily stress. When taken long term, tonics may help support energy and maintain normal, healthy immunity. Popular tonics include:

1. Ashwagandha. This traditional herb (Withania somnifera) from India is much used in ayurvedic medicine, where it is valued as a general tonic and adaptogen.

2. Eleuthro. Formerly called Siberian ginseng, eleuthero (Eleutherococcus senticosus) is a distant relative of true ginseng. It can be useful for alleviating exhaustion, fatigue from heavy workloads and lack of energy. Look for products that are standardized for eleutheroside content.

3. Reishi. This distinctive, woody mushroom (Ganoderma lucidum) is too bitter to be eaten, but can be taken in supplement form. Reishi is recommended in traditional Chinese medicine for increasing resistance and extending life, and has been studied for its ability to support normal immune health.

4. Rhodiola. Also known as arctic root, rhodiola (Rhodiola rosea) contains a group of distinctive compounds that are at least partially responsible for the plant’s remarkable properties – including anti-fatigue, anti-stress, antioxidant and immune-supporting effects. It is useful for acute stress, to support optimal mood and for memory health.

You should be able to find all these herbal products in health food stores – choose the one that best meets your needs, follow package directions, and give it about six to eight weeks to see how it helps. You can take tonics indefinitely, but some herbalists suggest taking a two-week-long break every three months to help maintain the tonic’s effectiveness.

~Special Thanks to Dr. Weils

Sending out an S.O.S ~ Spa over Saturdays w/ OMG!

The day is winding down and the weekend is almost over!! Let’s cherish this moment and turn your home into the spa haven you desire. It’s never to late or early for this DIY dessert fun body scrub. Based off a foundation of almond oil, chocolate and nutmeg who needs to ask for seconds. Let’s send out this SOS ASAP and thank OMG later. Happy Saturday!

3 Tbsp. water

3Tbsp. honey ~ moisturizer

2 squares of unsweetened chocolate (100% cacao) ~ antioxidant, nourishing, rejuvenating

1 sugar ~ exfoliant

1/2 cup of sweet almond oil ~ improve cell turnover

4 drops sandalwood essential oil ~ improves circulation

1/8 tsp. vanilla extract ~invigorating

12 grates of nutmeg ~ gentle exfoliant

Microwave chocolate, water and honey for 25 seconds. Add the almond oil, sugar, essential oils and nutmeg then blend well. Store in a plastic container.

Enjoy this calorie free dessert and see you next week! Make sure to join our newsletter on Facebook  to get exclusive information on the OMG LAUNCH PARTIES ~COMING TO A CITY NEAR YOU (NYC, DC/VA/MD, ATL, LA & MIA)!!!! YOU DON’T WANT TO MISS OUT!

9 to 5 Yoga Poses ~ Work Wellness Part 2

It is the middle of the week: between Monday and Tuesday’s work load headaches to Thursday and Friday’s happy hour relief breaks, WHAT CAN YOU DO? OhMyGosh it’s yoga time again! Who says you can’t have a break at work and enjoy a wellness experience of a lifetime. Check out the second part of our 9 to 5 Yoga Poses~Work Wellness blog and begin a start towards a better you not only physically but mentally through the following poses for your eyes, back, feet and ankles (Women’s Health Magazine). To have even more OMG fun, get some of your colleagues involved and start a OMG Yoga day~this will definitely make your workplace a more inviting environment. Let’s go!

 OMG MOMENT (Feet & Ankles): High heels throw off your entire skeletal system because your foundation doesn’t have the solid connection with the ground leading to aches, cramps and even blisters.

Yoga Position #3: Sitting at your desk with your feet flat on the floor, hip-width apart, lengthen up through the crown of your head and let your shoulders gently drop away from your ears. Bring your hands together on your lap, interlacing your fingers. As you take a deep breath in, reach your arms out in front of you and press your palms away. As you exhale, raise your arms overhead and try to straighten your elbows as much as you can without scrunching your shoulders. If your shoulders rise up, keep your elbows slightly bent. Hold this pose for 10 complete breaths and lower your arms on the last exhale. Repeat twice more.

OMG MOMENT (Eyes): Hours staring and squinting at a computer monitor according to recent studies may fatigue the optic nerve, which transmits to the brain. This could lead to headaches, red eyes and even slight dizziness.

Yoga Position #4: Turn away from your computer so your eyes are focused on a completely different object. Sit up in your chair with your chin parallel to the floor. Now, without moving any other part of your body, look up to 12 o’clock, over to 3 o’clock, down to 6 o’clock, over to 9 o’clock, and up to 12 again. Do that five times in each direction.

OMG MOMENT (Back): Sitting at your desk, discs in your back bear triple the amount of pressure than when you are walking. This can cause spinal fluid to squeeze out and this fluid is a manitory luburicant for your spine flexiablity. This causes your disc to become unstable and rub against each other which result in extreme pain. Brittle spine increases this injury because there is less fluid to act as  a shock absorber; so bending and lifting your 5lb purse or briefcase could cause serious damage in just one day.

Yoga Position #5:Turn away from your computer so your eyes are focused on a completely different object. Sit up in your chair with your chin parallel to the floor. Now, without moving any other part of your body, look up to 12 o’clock, over to 3 o’clock, down to 6 o’clock, over to 9 o’clock, and up to 12 again. Do that five times in each direction.

Hope you enjoy these awesome yoga positions and keep up your OMG Status at work!  Remember our motive is:

 (Natural + Knowledge) x (Dedication + Application) = OMG healthy lifestyle


Vacation OMG Status~ Climate Control

Vacation time is full of fun, great memories and downtime. But sometimes it can be a setback. With limited amount of space in your suitcase and high calorie foods you would love to try staying on you natural lifestyle plan. OMG has a couple of pointers for you no matter if you want to ski the alps or suntan in the islands. Checkout the OMG Vacation Stability Plan.

Dry conditions: Hot weather dehydrates the epidermis causing dry patches and itchy skin. Air conditioning exacerbates the problem.

OMG MOMENTS:  DO NOT USE oil in water emulsions, alcohol based toners and harsh soaps

OMGtastic: Colloidal oatmeal scrub for exfoliation and soothing properties. Carrot seed extract beneficial in healing and nourishing impaired skin tissue.

OMG PRODUCTS: Cell Repair Oatmeal Masque; Helpful Hand Cream

Tropics: This type of vacation involves a lot of outdoors activities resulting in free radical damage and sunburn. Humidity is very common around these temperate climates so acne can be a major issue.

OMG MOMENTS: DO NOT USE makeup remover, cream-based products are too dense and may increase sebum production.

OMGtastic: Glycerin moisturizers (humectant) draws water out of the air to assist in improving skin health. Always use natural sunscreen to avoid free radical damage.

OMG Products: OMGvsUV Lotion ; Blemishing Balancing Gel

Sky High:Dry, cold climates deprive oxygen to your skin cells which can cause rosacea, broken capillaries and uneven texture.

OMG MOMENTS: DO NOT USE highly perfumed products and high temperature baths and showers;this can lead to damage and aggravated skin

OMGtastic: Heavier moisturizer or almond oil on wet skin after a shower for extra moisturizing

OMG Products: OMGx3= Nightcream; Hip to the Game Oil

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