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RoundUp Adding to the Rise of Tick-Borne Diseases


Did you know that RoundUp is adding to the extreme rise in ticks?

No one wants weeds – but Round Up is NOT the answer!

But I’ll bet it will surprise you to learn that the blanketed use of Round Up is actually adding to the widespread epidemic of tick-borne diseases.

Sierra Club research and findings:

The common Western Fence Lizard eats ticks by the millions! Wherever the lizards abound, the population of disease-carrying ticks are low. Fewer lizards result in more disease carrying ticks.

Not only do these lizards eat ticks – but when ticks bite the lizards – the blood from the lizard actually eliminates the Lyme disease in the tick. The tick lives but its blood is cleansed of the Borrelia bacteria and it no longer poses a Lyme disease risk.

In areas with Western Fence Lizards, about 5% of ticks carry the disease, while in other areas 50% of ticks harbor the disease.

The recent rise in tick-borne diseases spreading across the U.S. is alarming. Global warming is a suspected accelerator, but one needs to also seriously consider that the over-use of pesticides such as Round Up is exponentially fueling the fire.

Then there are the bees and the butterflies…

Direct Toxic Effects of Glyphosate on Honey bees: A 2014 Study entitled; “Effects of field-realistic doses of Glyphosate on honeybee appetitive behavior”shows that Glyphosate can disrupt learning behaviors in honeybees and severely impair long-term colony performance. The scientists who conducted the study used field-realistic levels of glyphosate, similar to what honeybees may encounter on a farm growing GMOs.

Indirect Toxic Effects of Glyphosate on Monarch Butterflies: Glyphosate’s in direct effect on invertebrates due to habitat destruction is also exemplified by the decline of Monarch butterfly numbers. A 2011 study led by Isabel Ramirez at Universidad Nacional Autonoma found that Monarch butterfly migration abundance had been declining over the previous 17 years – coinciding with the significant and widespread usage of glyphosate.


Do you know what a half-life is?

That is the time it takes for something to break down half way from its original concentration levels. Example: If a half-life of a toxin is 30 days – that means 30 days after exposure there is still half the amount of the toxin present. 30 days after that there is still ¼ amount left, and 30 more days after that there will still be 1/8 of the toxin present. The exact time depends upon many variables including the amount and strength of the Roundup in the soil.

Glyphosate and Its Metabolites Can Persist for Many Years in The Environment, Depending on Conditions A number of studies have shown that, depending on conditions, Glyphosate and its metabolites can persist for many years in the environment. Nomura and Hilton (1977) reported glyphosate half-lives of up to 22 years in soils with pH<6.

What about the concerns for ourselves and our pets…Spraying-Herbicides

According to the report “GMO Myths and Truths –Edition 2” by genetic engineers John Fagan, PhD, Michael Antoniou, PhD, and Claire Robinson, MPhil; “Toxic effects of glyphosate and Roundup include disruption of hormonal systems and beneficial gut bacteria, damage to DNA, developmental and reproductive toxicity, birth defects, cancer, and neurotoxicity.” Roundup and other glyphosate herbicide formulations have never been tested or assessed for long-term safety for regulatory purposes.

In an in vitro study, eight out of nine major pesticides tested in vitro in their complete formulations, including Roundup, were up to 1,000 times more toxic to human cells than their isolated active ingredients.

Children Are Particularly Vulnerable to Pesticides, including Glyphosate. According to the article by Pesticide Action Network North America entitled; “A Generation In Jeopardy”113, pesticides are undermining our children’s health and intelligence. Children are particularly vulnerable because of the following well-documented pesticide exposure pathways.

Exposure to pesticides occurs largely through touching, inhaling or ingesting. For each of these routes, children are much more likely to absorb what they come in to contact with than adults. The skin of infants and young children, for example, is particularly permeable.

Here is a newly released study showing that Glyphosate causes more genetic damage in a second generation and even more harm in a 3rd generation.

Pulling weeds takes some work – but it is a healthy outdoor activity that too many folks are missing out on! And there are weed-whackers, and shovels and hoes – or a tractor. There are many options for tackling weeds – and most of them do not cause harm to living beings. Lets take the time to go outside and get some exercise and stop poisoning our amazing and blessed planet.

And there are many options for natural sprays using vinegar, or salt, or Dawn dish soap, or combinations within. Here is an exceptionally effective and affordable homemade remedy (when using salt – know that it will kill all the plants that it touches – use only on weeds).


Thank you for caring for our Planet!!

Please share this post with everyone you care about.

Many Smiles,

Shelly Black

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Ticks-2019-New Ticks & New Diseases-Have a Defense?


Tick Season is about upon us and it’s looking like it will be a bad one!

Ticks are on the rise worldwide at alarming rates. The numbers of ticks are increasing, tick-borne diseases are on the rise, ticks are being found in new and far reaching regions, and new species of ticks keep being discovered!

One line of thought is that global warming may be a contributing factor to the pandemic rise of ticks.


As reported by the CDC: From 2004 through 2016 A total of 642,602 cases of disease caused by the bite of an infected mosquito, tick, or flea were reported in the U.S.

The number of reported tickborne diseases more than doubled in 13 years and accounted for more than 60 percent of all reported mosquito-borne, tick-borne, and flea-borne disease cases. Diseases from ticks vary from region to region across the U.S. and those regions are expanding.

50 states have now had residents test positive for Lyme disease.

Lyme disease is a bacterial infection that can cause a wide variety of symptoms, including joint aches, fatigue, facial palsy, neck stiffness, and possibly death.

Lyme disease is now the most commonly reported vector-borne illness in the United States.  In 2015, it was the only the sixth most common Nationally Notifiable disease.

Important note of interest: In only one hours’ time a biting tick can transmit potentially fatal diseases to its host.


Prevention is key where tick-borne diseases are concerned, especially if you live on the east coast, says Dr. Joyce Harman in an informative article about not letting your guard down around ticks.

If your horse is suspected of possibly having a tick-borne disease there is a wonderful herbal product available that may help to naturally support the equine immune system called Tic X.

Two of the other rather common diseases now being found in the U.S. are Rocky Mountain Spotted Fever and ehrlichiosis.

Rocky Mountain spotted fever is the deadliest of tick-borne diseases. The initial symptoms mimic the flu, but generally degrade into neurological dysfunctions. Most affected with RMSF will fully recover without any long-term disabilities. However, a delay in diagnosis and treatment is contributory to the higher rates of complications and mortality. With flu like symptoms it might be easy to have a delayed diagnosis.

Ehrlichiosis occurs from the bite of a Lone Star tick. While some cases of ehrlichiosis are mild, the disease can be severe or fatal if not treated correctly, even in previously healthy people. Again, the symptoms may mimic so many other common ailments. Runny nose, fever, chills, stomach upset and difficulty breathing. Another symptom for humans, that often never goes away, is a severe allergy to meat.

And as if this wasn’t scary enough…

Another new tick species has been found in the U.S. known as the Asian Longhorned tick. Asian ticks are relatively new to the U.S., but they are spreading at alarming rates.

This tick species gorges on so much blood it kills itself, and it can lay up to 2,000 eggs at one time with no male ticks even needed. Asian ticks are known to cling to hosts in high numbers and can literally kill pets, livestock and wildlife.

How do you protect your horses from tenacious ticks?


First off keep your pastures and turnouts cleared of weeds and shrubs. Carefully check all your animals from head to toe for ticks on a regular basis. Consider using safe and natural pest prevention products. You can find many listed in the Healthy Horse Holistic Handbook.

When heading out for a ride in areas that may have ticks, a great option for horses (and dogs) is Ticks-Off. Ticks-Off is not a repellent, but rather a tick deflective spray that is naturally effective without toxic chemicals.

Now, more than ever before, it is imperative to be informed and proactive for your health and your pets health. The old adage An Ounce of Prevention is Worth a Pound of Cure could not be truer than in regards to safely protecting your pets from ticks!


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Effective Immediately


Ticks-Off is Effective Immediately…

When I was a kid I boarded my horse at a stable where we had over 10 stray dogs at all times. We stable kids would spend hours pulling ticks off those poor dogs. Gross!? Right?!

But we didn’t have a better solution.   Flea collars and sprays certainly didn’t work on ticks.

Now-a-days days we have many products for flies, fleas, and ticks.  Well, sort of… because as we all know they don’t ‘really’ work on ticks.  Not really…

I know, I hear you, you use the #1 mainstream spot-on flea product on your dogs and cats …  (Thus far, there have not been any such tick products for equines.)

Products such as topical spot-on flea killers (which are marketed as ‘the most effective’ against ticks) , and pesticide flea collars that are marketed for killing fleas & ticks, have listed some pretty scary negative side effects, such as seizures, neurological disorders, and even death.

Yet, even being highly toxic, they do not necessarily protect your pets from ticks.

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Fall is here! And Ticks are Having One Last Hay-Day For the Year…


Fall is my favorite time of year! The nights are getting colder,

the trees are changing color, and the holidays are just around the corner.  And unfortunately the ticks are out having one last hay-day for the year!

So for a Fall Special – we are offering Free Shipping on all orders in the month of November, 2018. Use Promo Code: FreeFall

With ticks still on the prowl you’ll need to keep your guard up for a bit longer yet in order to protect your pets from ticks, and their deadly diseases, this Autumn season.  Sadly, safely protecting yourself and your pets has become a year round concern, largely due to global warming. Check out what Dr. Joyce Harman wrote in her recent blog…

“While the nymph-stage ticks are most common during the spring and summer months, adult deer ticks can generally be active whenever the temperature is above freezing,” said internationally known integrative veterinarian and owner of Harmany Equine, Dr. Joyce Harman. “If ticks are active, Lyme carriers are still capable of infecting us and our animals.

Prevention is key where Lyme is concerned, especially if you live on the east coast.” Says Dr. Harman.

Enjoy Dr. Harman’s entire article by clicking here…

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