Saturday, November 9, 2013

Nat. Parks Free 9-11th. Washington's Budget Impasse. Cancer Drug More Harmful Than Helpful. Chemo And Radiation. GETTING RID OF ROACHES! Great Northeast Blackout. Misty's Vet Visit.


For "Summary Saturday", News, Some New, Some Old:


"Every year on November 11, Americans celebrate U.S. military veterans’ service to our country with the observance of Veterans Day. But did you know that a perfect place to honor Veterans Day is in your national parks? Many of your national parks including Gettysburg National Military Park, World War II Memorial and Vietnam Veterans Memorial commemorate the women and men who have given so much to protect our freedoms as Americans, and to top it all off, Veterans Day weekend (November 9 -11) is fee-free!    More at:    By: Alanna Sobel


Current Events & Trends: Washington's budget impasse: the overlooked significance

"The vast majority of commentators decried the government shutdown and warned of dire consequences.

Thankfully, Niall Ferguson picked up on the real problem, which is overlooked, writing an article in The Wall Street Journal titled "The Shutdown Is a Sideshow. Debt Is the Threat" (Oct. 4, 2013).

He stated: "In the words of a veteran investor, watching the U.S. bond market today is like sitting in a packed theater and smelling smoke. You look around for signs of other nervous sniffers. But everyone else seems oblivious." The analogy seems obvious.

He continued: "Yet, entertaining as all this political drama may seem, the theater itself is indeed burning. For the fiscal position of the federal government is in fact much worse today than is commonly realized.

"As anyone can see who reads the most recent long-term budget outlook—published last month by the Congressional Budget Office, and almost entirely ignored by the mediathe question is not if the United States will default but when and on which of its rapidly spiraling liabilities." Ever-increasing spending on growing entitlements remains a very big part of the overall debt problem.

Ferguson concluded his article with, "Hey, does anyone else smell something burning?" (Source: The Wall Street Journal. )  From:  article by Jerold Aust, John Ross Schroeder


Popular Cancer Drug More Harmful Than Helpful

breast cancer"The FDA has said that the controversial drug Avastin should be phased out as a treatment for metastatic breast cancer. Recent studies show that its benefits are outweighed by dangerous side effects.

Avastin, which costs about $8,000 a month and is one of the best-selling cancer drugs in the world, is now being phased out in the US due to lack of effectiveness and dangerous side effects.

The announcement does not affect Avastin's status as a drug that can be prescribed for lung cancer, kidney cancer, colorectal cancer and brain cancer.

In 2008, the FDA granted Avastin accelerated approval for use to treat metastatic breast cancer. But studies have failed to show that patients getting Avastin lived longer than patients on standard chemotherapies.

According to CNN:

"Along with those disappointing findings, serious side effects became apparent in patients taking Avastin, including high blood pressure, internal bleeding, perforated internal organs, heart failure and heart attacks, and in some cases, even swelling of the brain."

Avastin isn't the only popular cancer drug that's come on the chopping block in recent years.  For example, in 2009 it was determined that long-term use of the common breast cancer drug Tamoxifen could increase your risk of developing a deadly second tumor.

Folks, the best way of preventing breast cancer isn't a drug at all, and it's free! 

Sun exposure may be the single most effective means of reducing breast cancer, thanks to vitamin D, which forms in your body in reaction to sunlight.  In a recent study, data collected over a decade from more than 67,000 women showed that women in sunny climes with high vitamin D levels were at a significantly reduced risk of breast cancer!"  More at:


What The Cancer Industrial Complex Does Not Want You To Know About Chemotherapy and Radiation

"They tell us chemotherapy saves lives, boosts long-term survival rates and does not damage healthy cells. All these statements by the cancer industry are false. Poison kills indiscriminately– always has and always will. While damaging healthy cells, chemotherapy also triggers them to secrete a protein that sustains tumour growth and resistance to further treatment. That’s right…chemotherapy will actually boost cancer growth and cancer treatment is the leading cause of secondary cancers.

Vaccines, pharmaceuticals, diagnostics and therapies, dentistry, psychiatry and practically all medical research is an industry and driver of corporate profits. The cancer industry is particularly ironic because the products that cause many cancers are made by divisions of the same multi-national corporations whose subsidiaries make the scanners and equipment that is used to diagnose cancers, the drugs used in chemotherapy and those given to prevent the cancer returning.

In what reality do we live in when cut, poison and burn are the only ways acceptable to treat cancer?

The cancer industry destroys or marginalizes safe and effective cures while promoting their patented, expensive, and toxic remedies that do more harm than good.

No chemotherapy drug has ever actually cured or resolved the underlying causes of cancer. Even what mainstream medicine considers “successful” chemotherapy treatments are only managing symptoms, usually at the cost of interfering with other precious physiological functions in patients that will cause side effects down the road. There is no such thing as a drug without a side effect.

Chemotherapy and Radiation May Kill Cancer, But They Also Kill You, Doctors Speak Out About The Cancer Industry

Dr. Robert Atkins, MD, of Atkins Diet fame once announced there are several cures for cancer, but there’s no money in them. They’re natural, effective, and inexpensive, no expensive drugs are involved but they require quite a lot of self-discipline from patients. It costs millions to fund research and clinical trials needed to produce a new cancer drug that can be patented and sold. Often these drugs create more illness.

It has been said that the key to success in the health business is to pull off the trick of making people patients for life. Consider how many people who registered a couple of abnormal blood pressure readings have been kept on medication until the medication killed them, when a quick fix course of drugs supported by major changes of diet and lifestyle would have returned their physical condition to an un-medicated healthy state."  More at: By: Dave Mihalovic, a Naturopathic Doctor who specializes in vaccine research, cancer prevention and a natural approach to treatment.



"16 oz. powdered boric acid
1 c. flour
1/4 c. sugar
1 sm. onion, chopped
1/2 c. shortening

In a large bowl, mix all of the preceding ingredients. Add water (small amount at a time) to form a soft dough. Shape into small balls and place them throughout the house in places normally inhabited by roaches, but keep them out of reach of children and pets.

To protect birds and pets from eating the mixture, you can purchase 10 feet of 1 1/4 inch PVC pipe and cut it into 6 inch lengths. Spread some of mixture on the inside of the pipe with a knife and put them where roaches will run. It will do the job! This makes a large batch. You may want to start with half a recipe."


On This Day:

The Great Northeast Blackout, Nov 9, 1965:

image"At dusk, the biggest power failure in U.S. history occurs as all of New York state, portions of seven neighboring states, and parts of eastern Canada are plunged into darkness. The Great Northeast Blackout began at the height of rush hour, delaying millions of commuters, trapping 800,000 people in New York's subways, and stranding thousands more in office buildings, elevators, and trains. Ten thousand National Guardsmen and 5,000 off-duty policemen were called into service to prevent looting.

The blackout was caused by the tripping of a 230-kilovolt transmission line near Ontario, Canada, at 5:16 p.m., which caused several other heavily loaded lines also to fail. This precipitated a surge of power that overwhelmed the transmission lines in western New York, causing a "cascading" tripping of additional lines, resulting in the eventual breakup of the entire Northeastern transmission network. All together, 30 million people in eight U.S. states and the Canadian provinces of Ontario and Quebec were affected by the blackout. During the night, power was gradually restored to the blacked-out areas, and by morning power had been restored throughout the Northeast.

In contrast to the wave of looting and other incidents that took place during the 1977 New York City blackout, only five reports of looting were made in New York City after the 1965 blackout. It was said to be the lowest amount of crime on any night in the city's history since records were first kept.

A thriving urban legend arose in the wake of the Northeast Blackout of 1965, in which it is told that a peak in the birthrate of the blackout areas was observed nine months after the incident. The origin of the myth is a series of three articles published in August 1966 in the New York Times, in which interviewed doctors told that they had noticed an increased number of births.

The story was debunked in 1970 by J. Richard Udry, a demographer from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, who did a careful statistical study that found no increase in the birthrate of the affected areas.

On August 14, 2003 another major blackout occurred which affected most of Eastern Canada as well as most of the Eastern United States."



Misty did eat her breakfast, but not with her usual gusto.  She had a vet appointment for 3.45pm, so I brushed her, tidied her up a bit with my clippers, cut her toenails, and a spritz of doggie cologne.   Then I tackled some housework, laundry, and made a quinoa salad dish for the potluck at church.

Years ago, the first time I put Misty in a carrier to go visit my daughter, she fussed and cried all the way.  She thought she was going back to her abusive former domicile, (I didn't say 'home', as it wasn't one.)  Now she knows that carriers mean an outing, something new and exciting, so she loves to travel. 

Misty sat on my knee in the waiting room, something she doesn't get a chance to do often.  The Formica benches were too slick for her feet, as she didn't want to lie down, so her front feet kept on sliding.  She was too busy sitting up listening intently to all the activity.  Once in the exam room, the vet tech was filling out forms, and asked me what Misty eats.  I had made a list of Misty's food and supplements, so it came in handy.  She weighed Misty, and her weight has stayed constant.

Mostly I wanted to know if there was anything else that I could give her to stop the tumour's growth, but the vet didn't know of anything.  He said her heart is strong, and that the Coenzyme Q10 that I give her must be helping.  He said she is in great shape for her age, nearly 19 years old in people years. 

Concerned about her excessive water drinking, he took a urine sample, and said that she is not diabetic, but knowing her diet, he didn't think she could be.  They took her to the back, and took a blood sample from her jugular, this will tell them how the rest of her organs are doing.  They said that she was very good, I don't know if I would be with a needle stuck in my jugular!  They didn't run it at the vet's office as it was getting late, and it is cheaper if they send it off.  The results should be in on Monday. 


Dizzy-Dick said...

I sure hope Misty gets a good report back from the blood test. I think the proper diet is very important in keeping a dog healthy. My wife prepares all the food that our dogs eat. They seem to be doing fine.

LakeConroePenny,TX said...

Hi DD, thank you for the good wishes for Misty.

The bloodwork report just came back, and she is in the first stages of kidney failure, and has to go on a prescription diet. So we will see how she does on that, after the second blood test in 2-3 weeks.

Happy Tails and Trails, Penny