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I wrote an article on October 8, 2015 regarding How important our environment is to a healthy clean life. I once had a wise man say; you cannot help what is out in the world, but you can take care of what is in your home. I took that to heart and this is why I am so passionate about educating others how important our water, food, products we use and our will being is. The best way to stop any chronic disease is awareness and the first step to stop it is prevention. Our environment plays a big part when it comes to illness, so we need to look at it and educate our minds for change. Five years ago, I bought Heckle our turtle, and when we returned to the states, I thought should I take him with us or will he be better staying in Mexico. I took him to a vet to see if he would be alright to travel the distance. Dan and I also considered how we were going to transport him to the states. The best situation was to drive across the border. He was part of the family so we couldn’t leave him behind, after all.

OCTOBER 8, 2015 For example, seven months ago, I bought Heckle my turtle from this pet store in Chapala, Mexico. The attendant told me that Heckle will only last up to five months and gave me this little bowl for his living quarters. Certainly, these turtles last longer; so, I did some research and they will live up to seventy-five years. It’s the environment ~ where they live and how they live that makes a big difference. In small area’s they do not get enough exercise and it creates stress which causes short term life. It’s all about quality of life! I am going to prove that my turtle will last much longer with the bigger tank and love. I put a little dish in the tank with lettuce, this was intended for him to eat; however, every night when Dan and I turn off his overhead light for the tank he crawls inside and pulls the lettuce over him. This is much like we do when we sleep. Our life is much like Heckle’s, our environment such as the foods we eat, the water we drink, products we use, the area we live in ~ chemicals in the air, lack of exercise and issues that causes stress. We cannot change the outside surroundings of our homes and lives, but we can change what we do within them. Since Heckle has been in the states; now 8 months, I have provided a playground for him to walk around and exercise. I added things for him to crawl around and go up and down. I bought a small swimming pool for him to walk around and explore during the day and at night in the tank with a heater. Have his tank near the sliding glass door for the sun comes in and he loves to look out. This is what we need in a way, the sun shining on our everyday life’s and to live a clean healthy life.

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