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Xylitol, Dogs, & Confusion

Posted by Musashi Tuesday, December 21, 2010 4:20 PM


Working in the health industry, more specifically Xylitol, I have the opportunity to field questions from across the board. Today I'd like to address the Xylitol and Dogs issue. This is by far the most recent controversial side of the Xylitol Industry.  

The handful of times that I've dealt with question, typically at a trade show, one of our awesome customers or curious potential customer states, "I hear that Xylitol kills dogs, and if its killing dogs, why are you making it available to the masses since its clearly unsafe." This is the most common misconception. A simplified rebuttal to this statement is, “Dogs are also able to metabolize meat scavenged from animals, but its unsafe for people. Dogs and people metabolize things completely different.” 

To elaborate on this, when some dogs (not all) ingest Xylitol, hypoglycemia (low blood sugar) and/or hepatic necrosis may occur.  Since some dogs are unable to metabolize the Xylitol, it causes a rapid release of the hormone insulin, causing a sudden decrease in blood glucose. This in turn may cause the following symptoms:
·        Vomiting             
·        Weakness
·        Ataxia (uncoordinated movements)
·        Depression
·        Hypokalemia (decreased potassium)
·        Seizures
·        Coma
·        Liver dysfunction and/or failure

Effects of People and the History of Xylitol
Xylitol was first discovered in the 1890’s by French and
German scientists by hydrogenating D-Xylose (birch sugar). Xylitol exists naturally in corn, berries, some fungi, and the human body produces Xylitol naturally as a metabolic by product. During World War II, Xylitol was utilized as the main
sweetener in Finland due to the unavailability of sugar in the region. Shortly after the war ended and trade lines opened once again, sugar replaced Xylitol as the preferred  sweetener again. In the 1970’s, multiple studies focused on exploring the benefits of Xylitol such as: low glycemic index, 2/3 the calories of sugar, anticariogenic properties, inhibiting growth of certain bacteria such as otitis media.

For more information please visit Xylitol.Org, and this issue of Veterinary Medicine

Its Been a Minute...

Posted by Musashi Saturday, November 27, 2010 9:45 PM


I've been busy with cleaning both of our houses to get them listed for sale recently. But am back and better than ever!  To catch ya up to speed, I've stopped doing yoga and rock climbing, its been WAY too counter productive with my weight training regimen. I LOVE to rock climb and I've found yoga to be very relaxing and rejuvenating, but losing muscle mass that I've worked so hard to put on outweighs lean and limber on my blog.

I completed a 20 mile hike through The Narrows in Zion National Park! Its a hike that I've been looking forward to for two years and the views were absolutely stunning! I thought purchasing some waterproof hiking boots from REI would be a great idea since the trail is the river for 99% of the hike. Unfortunately, the river was deeper than the top of my boots and I ended hauling and extra 5lbs. of water on each leg for the duration of the entire hike! Initiating the hike was the most difficult, a two and a half hour van ride to a small ranch where the river is nonchalantly winding through the country side. It took a couple of hours to finally get into The Narrows, but once we did, the views were stunning and the temperatures were slightly lower than what had expected.

My two hiking partners, Miles and Bob, were great company and each of took the responsibility of carry one portion of the tent since we were going to be camping at at a fork in the slot canyon. Too everyones dismay, I happen to forget my portion of the tent (the poles to support it) in the GMC Acadia that we had rented for the excursion. So there we were, apparently in the heat of 'spider mating season' about 12 miles into the hike.    Long story short we completed the hike in 2 days and emerged from the canyon in good spirits and Stunning Photographs! So be sure to check them out.

October and November led me to trade shows in Las Vegas and Seattle. In Vegas I attended the ABC Kids  Show to showcase Xlear's amazing Xylitol products, and also attended Blog World 2010! I stayed in the Hilton by the Las Vegas Convention Center the first half of the trip. Granted, this wasn't the caliber of the Bellagio, the Hilton did have a a decent gym and spa. After the ABC show, and a few fun nights out at Lavo, Tao, and Surrender (my personal favorite) with great company, I relocated to Treasure Island for the Blog World Expo. T.I. seemed to overcharge an arm and a leg for every mediocre amenity which was rather disappointing. #BWE10 was a great! It was a bit overwhelming with the amount of great info, knowledge and content that was presented. Total time in Vegas for this trip was 7 days, which in my opinion is about 5 more days than ANY Las Vegas trip should be.

In Seattle, I had the pleasuring of showcasing more AMAZING Xylitol products for Xlear at the Alive!Expo. Seattle, WA was from what I had expected. Don't get me wrong, home of the hipster and Starbucks was pleasant, busy and exciting. Most of the people I met were friendly, not a lot to say, but friendly. The weather was the stereotypical overcast and slightly rainy all four days I was in town. The Space Needle was impressive, we didn't have enough time available to go to the top though. I managed to get some decent shots of it despite the weather. We did, however, have the pleasure of viewing the gum wall at Pike's Place, dining at Cutter's Bay House, and having a tall mocha at the original Starbucks! Here's a handful of pics too!

Well that's all for now, do you have some memorable experiences in Vegas and/or Seattle? Share them here! And I'll send out some Xyitol products courtesy of Xlear out to ya for the best one. Have a great holiday weekend!

Outta Gas in Idaho.

Posted by Musashi Wednesday, June 2, 2010 2:19 PM


So the wife and I found a car that we were interested in buying a couple of weeks ago on Craigslist. Its a hard to find car, 2003 Infiniti M45: black interior, black exterior, fully loaded, low miles. So we started to move forward with our purchase and worked out a figure to purchase the car at. The only PROBLEM is that the car was in Portland, OR and we live Salt Lake City, UT. I've flown out to purchase cars before, but have yet to have a smooth transaction and transportation of the purchased car. I decided to give it another shot and I bought the plan ticket, arranged pick up of the new (to me) Infiniti.

I flew out Friday, 5.28.10 at 8:45am, smooth check through security, got to the gate quick, boarding ran like a well oiled machine. After take-off flying over the Great Salt Lake we hit the worst turbulence that I've experienced in my life and I had flash backs of the flight attendant saying, "the bottom seat cushion can be used as a flotation device..." I noticed that the lake was much smaller than I thought and that it was segmented off in natural colored sections, turquoise sections, and magenta colored sections, weird. I'm assuming this is for salt mining? Shut the sun out of my 5x7 windowsince the flight was early in the morning that I was still tired and as the turbulence subsided, the sleep arrived. I woke up about 10 minutes before landing to a gloomy sky and more turbulence. Worst landing ever (but I hear the plane bouncing on landing at PDX is common), but the gate seemed like it was straight ahead after we touched down so I was off the plan it 10 minutes.

Went to meet the Jeff (private car seller) and the pick up area and laid my eyes on my new car! It ran better than he stated and I made the purchase! Hooked up my GPS and radar detector and started my way back to Utah. The area around Portland was really green and a great change from the Utah scenic routes. I was warned by lots of people that Oregon cops are quick to write a ticket, but I never ran into any problems. I passed into Idaho and was about 40 miles outside of Boise, ID when the car sputtered and went dead while cruising at 80MPH around 7pm on Friday. I pull to the side to evaluate whats going on and try to restart the car and nothing! So turned the car off, called the wife gave her the bad news. I turned the key to the on-mode without starting and amazingly the gas tank went from half tank to below 'E.' After the tow truck arrived (with gas) I went on to Boise and just booked a room at the Double Tree by the Boise River to recoop.

Made it home by 3pm on Saturday, 5.29.10 with the new car in time to still enjoy my Memorial Day weekend! Without any tickets, accidents, or hiccups; well other than running outta gas!

Xylitol to the Rescue!

Posted by Musashi Wednesday, April 21, 2010 7:05 AM


Just thought I would drop some advice for reducing tooth decay today. Here are a few simple steps that can possibly save you thousands on dental expenses. First I have to note the disclaimer first, LOL:
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Now that the legal jargon is out of the way, let's get into it. First off, tooth decay is actually a disease cause by bacterial metabolism. The bacteria consume sugar, and produce acid as a by product. This acid eats away at the enamel and eventually the teeth causing dental caries most commonly cavities. Now that we understand this situation, let's figure out how we can protect ourselves from this acidic incursion.

The first thing I would advise is reducing sugar intake(thanks, Captain Obvious). If the bacteria do not have a food supply (or minimal food supply). Then metabolism and acid production is minimized as well. Secondly, if you're addicted to sugar like most Americans, I would recommend supplementing the sugar with an all natural sugar substitute that's actually great for your tooth and mat reduce the risk of tooth decay all together! Xylitol is just as sweet as sugar and is a 1:1 replacement. Xylosweet, made by Xlear, is an all natural 100% xylitol sweetener contains nothing else unlike most other sweeteners.

For more information on Xylitol please visit Xylitol.org and Xlear.com

Triclo-what?! vs. Xylitol

Posted by Musashi Tuesday, April 20, 2010 12:31 PM


Good Afternoon All! I was reading over some new dental information released recently and came across something I HAD to talk about! Its called Triclosan, you may or may not have heard of it. Its typically found in household cleaners as an antibacterial agent and a dental study recently bragged about its antibacterial characteristics for mouths. Sounds like a good thing right? Wrong, I did a little research on this stuff and evidence has mounted that it is contaminating people and the environment, and could result in a new breed of deadly 'super bugs' (bacteria capable of resisting antibiotics). The environmental regulatory agencies in Sweden, Norway, Finland and Denmark have all voiced concern about the chemical. And the United Kingdom is having it removed from their shelves indefinitely. Canada is currently working on getting legislation passed to have it removed as well.
Now let's weigh in on the all natural alternative, Xylitol. Xylitol comes from cornstalks and birch trees and has been around for over 100 years, you may recognize it as one of the ingredients in your chewing gum. Xylitol helps prevent cavities in two ways. The first, it prevents the acid producing bacteria(that break down tooth enamel) from adhering to the teeth. As a result the bacteria move down the digestive tract and out of the body. The second, the bacteria that remain try to ingest the Xylitol, but get indigestion (for lack of a better term), and some starve as a result.
I've read some concerns about Xylitol being 'toxic for dogs, so what's it doing to me' scenarios. Since it seems to be publicized more and more, I'll address this as well. Dog's livers aren't 'built' to process sugar alcohols like Xylitol, consequently they may go into hypoglycemic shock as their body pours insulin into their blood stream to manage the five carbon sugar alcohol. A simple analogy is that dog's digestive tracts cannot handle the variety of items that we consume just as we cannot eat the same things that they consume.
So it looks like this was a 'knock-out' fight with Xylitol as the Xlear(clear, the industry's known Xylitol Expert) winner.

Lenni and Lexi Birthdays!

Posted by Musashi Sunday, April 18, 2010 8:09 PM


Today I was in invited to take a few at shots at Lenni's and Lexi's birthday party out in West Jordan. A beautiful Spring Sunday made for a great setting : ]

Just Say No to Aspartame

Posted by Musashi Tuesday, April 6, 2010 7:21 AM


I came across this new video that is finally moving the aspartame carcinogen link from 'urban legend' status to a clinically researched and PhD supported theater. This long overdue! In addition to being in all those addictive sodas (which I don't drink anyway : ]), aspartame has also been added to a number a sugar free gums claiming to clean your mouth because they have Xylitol in them. Spry gum by Xlear is the only Xylitol gum with an effective amount of Xylitol in it. Not only that Spry gum does NOT contain ANY aspartame. So next time you want to 'keep your dirty mouth clean' reach for the all natural, aspartame-FREE, Spry gum. If you aren't very familiar with Xylitol checkout Xylitol.org.