For “Summary Saturday”. News, Some New, Some Old:
Zithromax and Januvia: Two Commonly-Prescribed Drugs Now Shown to Be Killing Patients
“The US FDA is investigating a potential link between a commonly used class of diabetes drugs known as DPP-4 inhibitors and pre-cancerous changes to the pancreas. Additionally, previous studies have also indicated a connection of thyroid, colon, melanoma, and prostate cancer
FDA is adding a new heart-risk warning to the label of Zithromax (Z-Pak), a commonly used antibiotic used to treat bronchitis, pneumonia and other serious infections that can trigger lethal heart arrhythmias
Research found that Zithromax increases your chances of dying from a cardiovascular event by 250 percent within the first five days of usage, compared to taking amoxicillin. Those who already have heart problems are at even greater risk of dying from the drug, which parallels Vioxx that had killed 60,000 people by the time it was removed from the market in 2004
All antibiotics, and especially the more potent ones like the Z-Pak, decimate your gut flora, which in turn leaves you with a sorely weakened immune system until the beneficial bacteria in your gut has time to repopulate. If you must use an antibiotic, make sure to reseed your gut with probiotics, either from fermented foods or a high-quality probiotic supplement.” Complete article at: http://articles.mercola.com/sites/articles/archive/2013/03/27/diabetes-drugs-cancer-link.aspx
The Shocking History of Chemotherapy!
“How did chemotherapy become the first option for treating cancer? Dr. Nicholas Gonzalez discusses the history of the drug. You won't believe how it became the first option for patients. Dr. Gonzalez also talks about the so-called 'War on Cancer' and how cancer fundraisers are completely misguided in their missions.”
Exposing the fraud and mythology of conventional cancer treatments
“Treating cancer is BIG business in America -- in fact, it's a $200 billion a year business. Yet 98 percent of conventional cancer treatments not only FAIL miserably, but are also almost guaranteed to make cancer patients sicker.
What's worse: The powers are suppressing natural cancer cures that could help tens of thousands of people get well and live cancer free with little or no dependence on drugs, surgery and chemotherapy.
The treatment of cancer in the U.S. is one of the most bald-faced cover-ups in medical history. Enough is enough! You deserve to know the truth about the criminality of oncologists and about the dangers of chemotherapy, conventional cancer treatments and the cancer "business."” More at: http://www.naturalnews.com/033847_chemotherapy_cancer_treatments.html
"Fighting for the REAL cure"
How could anyone do this to a child?
“Chemotherapy kills more than cancer. Want proof? Did you know that 9 out of 10 oncologists would refuse chemotherapy if they had cancer? That's up to 91% -- a huge percentage that clearly shines a light on the truth: chemotherapy kills. Conventional oncologists are not only allowing this to happen, but they're also bullying many patients into chemotherapy and surgery right after their diagnoses.” Much more at: http://www.cureyourowncancer.org/chemo-kills.html
Buying an Easter bunny? Many end up abandoned
"Pet expert warns that bunnies are 10-year commitment. Remember: A Rabbit is NOT a Child's Toy!!
Please do not buy a rabbit while so many languish in local shelters!
“The overpopulation of rabbits is one reason not to buy an Easter bunny. Do not support the greedy pet store industry that pumps out new bunnies for every holiday! Pet store bunnies are often sold at only three weeks of age. This is way too young! They are not weaned until they are 8 weeks old! Only then, after they have had enough of their mom's milk to develop a healthy immune system, can they leave their mother. Many of these pet store bunnies cannot even eat on their own; they are sick and often die.” More at: http://www.therabbithaven.org/easter_030107.htm
How Christian is Easter?
“Easter customs mix pagan myths, rituals, symbols and practices with just a little truth. What's wrong with this picture?
I was fooled the other day. I thought I had a bargain, but come to find out, when I opened the container, there was hardly anything in it. Now because of the size of the box, I ended up with a lot less than I thought I had. It actually cost me more than I realized.
Are you an easy target for nice packaging? What about your religious beliefs? Deceptive packaging is what's wrong with the way many worship God today!
Easter is the most important holiday for hundreds of millions of people around the world. But, is Easter's packaging costing you more than you realize?
Notice carefully what historian Will Durant wrote: "Christianity did not destroy paganism; it adopted it."”
Japan fishing crippled 2 years after tsunami
(CBS News) TOKYO - “The people of Japan just marked the second anniversary of the earthquake and tsunami that caused the Fukushima nuclear plant meltdown. The meltdown forced the evacuation of some 170,000 people. Now the radiation leak is also forcing many fisherman to abandon their livelihood.”
“Every time somebody asks for your Social Security Number, you probably give it up without thinking because you've always done it. Here's why that's bad:” http://www.huffingtonpost.com/adam-levin/identity-theft_b_2967679.html
“Did you know 3 out of every 4 car seats are used incorrectly? According to safercar.gov, parents haven't been doing enough to keep their kids safe on the road, which has resulted in vehicle crashes becoming one of the leading causes of death for children between 1 and 13 years old.” More at: http://autos.aol.com/article/car-seat-installation-NHTSA-kids-children/
Dirt, Bugs, and Raindrops, Oh My!
“We have shifted our culture from one that is engaged in a healthy, interactive, and imaginative way to one that is inwardly facing, sedentary and expecting things to be fed to us.”
A child born in the last two decades has spent most of his youth indoors, surrounded by the roof, four walls, and floor of his home. Protecting children’s safety is of course paramount. But when childhood is a sanitized, climate-controlled environment it does our children no favors. They become like fairytale characters, locked in high towers for their own protection, conditioned to fear the very things a child’s instinct draws them to, from digging in dirt and mud to feeling the sun on their face.
The outdoors is a wonderful teacher, offering kids so many important, good lessons, such as how to respect and care for nature, how to be resilient in the face of challenge and imperfection, and how to use your imagination to make your own fun.
Here are some top fears kids (and grownups) have about playing outside and some information to combat them:” More at: http://blog.nwf.org/2013/03/dirt-bugs-and-raindrops-oh-my/ From Wildlife Promise
On This Day:
Ronald Reagan is shot by John Hinckley, Jr., Mar 30, 1981:
“John Hinckley, Jr. shoots President Ronald Reagan outside the Hilton Hotel in Washington D.C. Hinckley was armed with a .22 revolver with exploding bullets and was only ten feet away from Reagan when he began shooting. Fortunately, he was a poor shot and most of the bullets did not explode as they were supposed to. Hinckley's first shot hit press secretary James Brady and other shots wounded a police officer and a Secret Service agent. The final shot hit Reagan's limo and then ricocheted into the President's chest.
Hinckley's path toward the assassination attempt began in 1976 when he saw the movie Taxi Driver. Robert DeNiro's Travis Bickle stalks a Presidential candidate in the hopes that he will somehow impress and rescue a young prostitute played by Jodie Foster. Hinckley, who spent seven years in college without earning a degree or making a friend, added Foster to his list of obsessions, which also included Nazis, the Beatles and assassins.
In May 1980, Hinckley wrote to Foster while she attended Yale University, traveled there and talked to her on the phone at least once. Soon after, he began following President Jimmy Carter. In October, he was arrested at airport near a Carter campaign stop for carrying guns. However, the Secret Service was not notified. Hinckley simply went to a pawnshop in Dallas and bought more guns.
For the next several months, Hinckley's plans changed daily. He pondered kidnapping Foster, considered killing Senator Edward Kennedy and began stalking newly elected President Reagan. Finally, he wrote a letter to Foster explaining that his attempt on Reagan's life was for her. He kept abreast of the president's schedule by reading the newspaper.
After Reagan was shot and nearly killed, there was a great deal of confusion at the upper levels of government. In the most notable incident, Secretary of State Alexander Haig told the press that "I am in control here in the White House, pending return of the vice-president," under the mistaken belief that the chain of command placed him in charge.
Hinckley was later not found not guilty by reason of insanity.”
From me: I was visiting my folks in England at the time, and it was a great shock. I still have some British newspapers about the Reagan shooting.
Queen Mother dies, Mar 30, 2002:
“Possibly the most popular member of the royal family, the Queen Mother, who is Queen Elizabeth's mother, was known for her good health, her energy, and the seriousness with which she took her responsibilities. She died in her sleep on March 30, 2002. She was 101. Although she turned 100 years old on August 4, 2000, she continued to carry out official duties. In 1997, for instance, she attended 58 official engagements.
Born the Honourable Elizabeth Angela Marguerite Bowes-Lyon, the Queen Mother was descended from the Scottish royal family. In January 1923 she married an old childhood playmate, the Duke of York, son of King George V. They had two daughters, Elizabeth, the present queen, and Margaret, who died Feb. 9, 2002, at age 71.”
I was hoping that I could entice “Blondie” the pretty little feminine looking blonde cat, onto the screen porch. But first I needed to clean everything, and keep Terry out of there. Terry might still be contagious from his URI. He isn’t fond of being on the screen porch, so I wasn’t depriving him of a favorite place. He prefers to look out of my bathroom window, lay curled up on my bed, or sit under a dining chair.
So a trip to Kroger was first on the list, as I had to buy another 40 lb box of scoopable litter, and it’s only $8.00 there. Of course, I bought other things, and managed to cross nearly everything off my list.
After lunch, I disinfected all the blankies, all the surfaces and the litter box that are on the screen porch.
At evening feeding time, I unlocked the little door that goes out onto my front porch by the door, leaving it open. Blondie’s dish was put on a small table in the open doorway. I watched from inside the living room while he/she came up on the table, ate their dinner, said a meow of thanks, turned his back to me, and promptly sprayed on the screen! So much for that, no “Blondie” for me. I am so grateful that even though Terry isn’t fixed yet, he doesn’t spray. He is still sneezing, poor thing, so I can see another trip to the vet coming up.
During this morning’s Saturday phone call, my daughter told me that another close relative who was thought to be in remission from cancer, sadly has it again all though her soft tissue. It was caused by a prescribed diabetes medicine that the FDA is now banning. How long are we going to be guinea pigs? These chemicals can’t be good for our bodies, and just line Big Pharma’s pockets. I don’t even like having to take this Prednisone for my sinuses to stop me from coughing, but I make sure I take a Probiotic and Greek yogurt to help keep my gut flora healthy.
Blondie came back this morning, so of course I fed him, but we can’t have these stray un-fixed cats hanging around, one cat makes 400 cats in 7 years. So we will have to start setting the trap on Monday.