March 2007


Vancouver Aquarium: Two sea Otters float around, napping, holding hands.

It’s always Valentines Day at the Zoo!

This is just the sweetest thing I have seen in a long time!

Guys, if you don’t send this to your sweetheart…you are going to miss out on a bunch of kisses!

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Experts claim that Cats’ greater sensitivity to a chemical found in plastics and pesticides could explain why they have died in larger numbers than have dogs after eating contaminated pet food that has been recalled in North America.

The small number of confirmed reports of pet deaths, bolstered by a far larger number of unconfirmed anecdotal reports… suggests cats were more susceptible to poisoning by the chemical melamine.

Baby Boomers do you remember eating off plastic dishes and such in the 50’s-60’s I do! I still have some! Made with the same chemicals…MMMMMmmmmmmmmmmm There is a thought to ponder!

Officials with the Food and Drug Administration and American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals said “I am concerned we have a situation where we have a sensitive species and it is the cat,” said Steven Hansen, a veterinary toxicologist and director of the ASPCA’s Animal Poison Control center in Urbana, Illinois.

Stephen Sundlof, the FDA’s chief veterinarian, said that testing by the FDA and Cornell University has found melamine in samples of recalled pet food as well as in crystal form in the urine and kidney tissue of dead cats.

They’ve also found the chemical, in apparently raw form in concentrations as high as 6.6 percent, in wheat gluten used as an ingredient of the recalled cat and dog foods.

Sundlof also stated that there was a sizable amount of melamine. You could see crystals in the wheat gluten.
Sundlof and others have not been able to explain why the chemical would have caused the kidney failure seen so far in the roughly 16 confirmed pet deaths, all but one in cats.

There are anecdotal reports of hundreds more pet deaths.

He also stated “It has a very low toxicity, at least in rodents.

The problem is, we don’t have information in cats, and that seems to be the most susceptible species,” Sundlof also allowed that the tainted cat foods could have contained higher concentrations of melamine than did the dog foods.

Earlier in March, Menu Foods became the first of three pet food manufacturers to recall its products. It did so after cats began to fall sick and die during routine company taste tests of its wet-style pet foods, sold under nearly 100 store and major label brands in the United States, Canada and Mexico.

Other than in the recalled products, melamine has not been found in other Menu Foods pet foods.

Of course this is a statement made by Menu Food…can you really trust their word after what they have don’t to the public and their furry friends????

Melamine is used to make plastic kitchenware, glues, counter tops, fabrics, fertilizers and flame retardants. It also is both a contaminant and byproduct of several pesticides, including cyromazine, according to the Environmental Protection Agency.

The United Nations Environment Program considers melamine of low potential risk, as does the EPA. The agency has sent FDA the database information it has on the chemical and will provide technical assistance as needed, stated EPA spokeswoman Enesta Jones.

But I bet that she isn’t eating any! Neither are her pets either!

Sundlof stated that the FDA had not found any studies of melamine in cats, and the results of only a single 1945 study that tested it on dogs. That study suggested the chemical increased urine output when fed to dogs in large amounts.

Well now folks nothing has changed since 1945 now has it…come on give me a break…is that is what they are posting their comments on…and they can honestly look someone in the eye and saw that??? WOW…what a farce…they have once again fallen on the mark of ignorance and stupidity… 1945 study…HA!

Well, if this is the FDA’s Chief Veterinarian, I am NOT impressed…are you??????

“That was pretty much it,” Sundlof said.

…you have that right! That does sum it up…the FDA has slipped when it comes to our pets…

Have you ever looked up how many bugs are “allowed” to be processed in our food?

You would be surprised on that one!

As the Chief Veterinarian, what does he do all day???

Sounds like he sits on his laurels to me! It sure isn’t ordering studies on cats and does and what they eat or how the food is being processed!

Still, it is well known that identical substances can have very different effects on cats and dogs. For example, the flea killer permethrin is OK to use on dogs but lethal to cats, Hansen said. The same could be the case with melamine.

Dahhhhhhhhhhhhh says ~The Baby Boomer Queen~ and this guy is a spokes person…lol

“Cats are very sensitive to many different chemicals, whether drugs, pesticides or plants. We certainly know they have some unique physiological responses that make them susceptible in cases where we wouldn’t expect it in other species,” stated Hansen.

The investigation has traced the melamine to wheat gluten that Menu Foods, Nestle Purina PetCare Co. and Hill’s Pet Nutrition bought from an unnamed U.S. supplier. The latter two companies have recalled a limited number of products since Friday.

The wheat gluten, a protein source, was imported from China.

Once again going cheaper instead of paying the American Farmer for untainted wheat.

Sundlof said the recall could expand further, depending whether other pet food manufacturers also bought wheat gluten from the same supplier.

Well, I can tell you this has happened before…thank goodness the media can warn everyone before more animals have to suffer and die.

In reguards to the tainted pet food…”We’re still in the process of tracing it at this point,” Sundlof said. There is no indication the wheat gluten entered the human food supply, he added.

He’s a Vet what does he know, he is still studing 1945 studies!

Now there is a happy thought…in human food…but we are looking into it. That gives me great security…LOL Wonder what else they package in those plants????

Wonder who else buys bad wheat gluten from China? Will we ever know???

AND…where are they going to dump all of this poisonous wheat gluten??? There is an environmental issue…if I ever heard one!

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You Know You’re a Tech Geek When…

– When your friend tells you all about his Cressida V6 and you reply “Yeah, I had V5, and it was full of bugs!”

– When driving you see a license plate with the letters DSR, and you feel compelled to touch your bumper to the other car to see if you can raise CD.

– When you are counting objects “0,1,2,3,4,5,6,7,8,9,A,B,C,D…”.

– When you lay down in the afternoon for a short rest, end up sleeping 4 hours, and call it a “mega-nap”.

– When your friend is going to Essex for vacation and you tell her, “You really should go for the DX, it has the built in co-processor.”

– When you dream in 256 pallettes of 256 colors.

– When asked about a bus schedule, you wonder if it is 16 or 32 bits.

This middle pic is OSTEOPOROSIS, which shows the bone density…or lask of!107492860_4561d90603_m.jpg401789235_9d392a7033.jpg314320202_3b46237e5f_m.jpg
The first pic is Osteoporosis. The last pic…please notice the hands, which were once beautiful.

Lupus in Women

With the overwhelming prevalence of Lupus in women (over 90 percent of Lupus patients are women), Lupus is often known as a “woman’s disease.” Unfortunately women’s diseases are often understudied and under funded. Still, there are some things common among women with Lupus.

Many studies done on Lupus focus on hormones. Female hormones have a great compatibility with Lupus, as estrogen can promote autoimmunity with increased inflammation.

Most cases of SLE develop in childbearing years when the production of estrogen increases, yet with SLE patients the hormone is metabolized differently.

This difference can result in vaginal dryness or even vaginal ulcers associated with Sjogren’s syndrome. Also, amenorrhea (lack of menstruation) can occur in 15 to 25 percent of female SLE patients between the ages of 15 to 45. Even irregular periods are not uncommon along with greater malaise and cramping during menstruation.

The studies linking estrogen and Lupus pose questions for sexually active women who want to use the birth control pill. While most SLE patients use low estrogen birth control with little difficulty, they should be taken under a physician’s close watch.

Women seeking birth control should be in remission or have their Lupus under control. They should also have minimal therapy requirements and have a doctor assess SLE activity.

Finally, as birth control pills can often increase the incidence of blood clots, the SLE patient should have no risk factors for potentially dangerous clots.

Fertility in patients with Lupus is no different unless the SLE is active and the person is unwell.

Fertility can also be affected by medications like cyclophosphamide, which can render both males and females sterile. If women are on fertility drugs to get pregnant, the increased estrogen can induce a flare, so they should also be taken under a doctor’s close watch.

Menopause is usually a good time for women with Lupus, as symptoms and flares usually subside. However, women using hormone replacement therapy can sometimes have flares due to the increased estrogen, but they are more rare than flares induced by birth control pills.

One major concern for menopausal SLE patients is osteoporosis. Between 30 to 50 percent of all SLE patients on long-term corticosteroids will experience a fracture if there is no subsequent treatment for osteoporosis.

Bone mass density in SLE patients is greater than normal in female patients.

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Lupus is not just a womans disease! It is a disease that knows no age, race, gender or economic statue…support LUPUS funding with your monies or even your time, if that is what you have the most of!

As you can see…my theory that Lupus is drug induced is confirmed in this thesis. As what can help you, in the end, will harm you.

Be careful what you invite into your bodies. The repercussions are vast and huge. Take that from one who as experienced the results!

I was not able to take contraceptive birth control…so an IUD was placed in my body.

The IUD gave me cancer of the uterus. I have had cancer three times since then.

Medicine is a science, NOT a cure all! Make educated decisions.

I am always here for assistance and with my two cents worth. Not everyone understands this crippling disease, but those who experience it, do understand it!

What has helped me the most with Lupus, is Mona Vie…it is natural and gives me the nutrition that I need. The ASCI Berry is the number one super food in the WORLD!

http://www.MyMonaVie.com/SharonSutley

A voice of experience
~The Baby Boomer Queen~

This post is possible thanks to http://www.lupus-book.com

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Hello Baby Boomers and Friends…

As promised I told you that I would keep you up dated on the little girl who was abducted…Breana Rayne Jarrett…or as we call her…Breezy.

I heard from her Grand Mother tonight.

They are so glad to have her back safe and sound.

The abductor is still in jail, but the woman who drove the get way car/truck and shoved the Grand Mother down to get away and drove like a bat out of HELL…is out on bail! Can you beieve that???

The abductor is trying to get his bail lowered…yes Judge lets get him back on the streets so he can do it all over again!

It boggles the mind!

Little Breezy has her room booby trapped with jars of marbles so no one can take her away…here lies the injustice!
Why should this little girl have to feel this way…why take her innocence away?

I will keep you posted!

Keep them in your thoughts and prayes.

~The Baby Boomer Queen~

Ps…Moms and Dads and even Grand Parents…make sure you have your children registered and listed incase something should ever happen to them.

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Short Legal Laughs

What are the three questions most commonly asked by lawyers?

1. How much money do you have?

2. Where can you get more?

3. Do you have anything you can sell?

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Q: How many lawyer jokes are there?

A: Only three. The balance are documented case histories.

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There’s an interesting new novel about two ex-convicts. One of them studies to become a lawyer, the other decides to go straight.

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Lawyers are safe from the threat of automation taking over their professions. No one would build a robot to do nothing.

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A Quick Fix for Fainting

Whether it’s stress or squirming while watching a scary movie, try this remedy the next time you feel faint.

If you feel like passing out when you watch a grim-and-gory Nip/Tuck episode, try a simple trick. European researchers recently discovered that crossing your ankles and clenching your thighs together, or interlocking your fingertips and pulling in opposite directions, makes the fainting feeling go away. Squeezing a rubber ball in your hand works, too.

Roughly half the population has fainted at least once, and women are more susceptible than men (although it is not clear why). The sight of blood can trigger the brief loss of consciousness, which is linked to a rapid drop in blood pressure and blood pooling in your lower body. Tensing your muscles helps to raise blood pressure, says Nynke van Dijk, MD, a clinical epidemiologist at Academic Medical Center–University of Amsterdam. The next best solution? Lie down, which sends blood back toward your head. Or change the channel.

~by Abigail Green
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Did you know that were fainting goats???
I didn’t! Do they faint or just sleep a lot perhaps have goat sleep apnea??? LOL

OK…Baby Boomers…I couldn’t stand it I had to look up Fainting Goats…look for my follow up story
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