From Dee Nicholson [email@example.com]
Don’t Neuter Your Dog YET – Read This Life-Saving Information First!
A very legitimate concern, pet overpopulation, has been the primary driving force behind 30 years of national and local spay/neuter campaigns.
When it comes to deciding at what age a companion animal should be sterilized, the standard for most spay/neuter campaigns has been sooner rather than later. This is especially true in the case of adoptable abandoned and rescued pets that wind up in shelters and foster care.
Recently, however, some animal health care experts have begun to question whether early sterilization is a good idea for every pet.
Dr. Alice Villalobos, a well-known pioneer in the field of cancer care for companion animals, asks the question:
"But what if large-scale studies found that early neutering jeopardizes the health of our pets?"
"What if we found enough epidemiological evidence that early neutering of pet dogs may open them to orthopedic, behavioral, immunologic and oncologic issues?"
Back in 1977, Dr. Villalobos founded a rescue organization called the Peter Zippi Fund for Animals, which has to date rescued and re-homed nearly 12,000 pets. Her organization was one of thousands that looked at the tragic situation in U.S. shelters and determined early spay/neuter was the best way to lessen the suffering and ultimate euthanasia of so many feral and abandoned animals.
As a veterinary oncologist and founder of the pet hospice program Pawspice, Dr. Villalobos concedes, "It is earth shattering to consider that some of the cancers we have been battling may have been enhanced by early neutering instead of the reverse."
• Veterinary Practice News
Dr. Becker's Comments:
It's unfortunately true that a growing body of research is pointing to early sterilization as the common denominator for development of several debilitating and life-threatening canine diseases.
On one hand, we certainly want to know what's causing our precious canine companions to develop disease. On the other hand, it's troubling to learn a procedure we've historically viewed as life-saving and of value to the pet community as a whole, has likely played a role in harming the health of some of the very animals we set out to protect.
The same amount of evidence has not been compiled for early spay/neuter of cats, but it's not clear how well the subject is being studied for kitties. Funding for research into feline health issues falls well below dollars allocated for their canine counterparts.
A Veterinary Medical Database search of the years 1982 to 1995 revealed that in dogs with tumors of the heart, the relative risk for spayed females was over four times that of intact females.
For the most common type of cardiac tumor, hemangiosarcoma (HAS), spayed females had a greater than five times risk vs. their intact counterparts. Neutered male dogs had a slightly higher risk than intact males.
The study concluded that, "… neutering appeared to increase the risk of cardiac tumor in both sexes. Intact females were least likely to develop a cardiac tumor, whereas spayed females were most likely to develop a tumor. Twelve breeds had greater than average risk of developing a cardiac tumor, whereas 17 had lower risk."
In a study of Rottweilers published in 2002, it was established the risk for bone sarcoma was significantly influenced by the age at which the dogs were sterilized.
For both male and female Rotties spayed or neutered before one year of age, there was a one in four lifetime risk for bone cancer, and the sterilized animals were significantly more likely to develop the disease than intact dogs of the same breed.
In another study using the Veterinary Medical Database for the period 1980 through 1994, it was concluded the risk for bone cancer in large breed, purebred dogs increased twofold for those dogs that were also sterilized.
It's commonly believed that neutering a male dog will prevent prostatic carcinoma (PC) – cancer of the prostate gland.
But worthy of note is that according to one study conducted at the College of Veterinary Medicine at Michigan State University, "…castration at any age showed no sparing effect on the risk of development of PC in the dog."
This was a small study of just 43 animals, however. And researchers conceded the development of prostate cancer in dogs may not be exclusively related to the hormones produced by the testicles. Preliminary work indicates non-testicular androgens exert a significant influence on the canine prostate.
Abnormal Bone Growth and Development
Studies done in the 1990's concluded dogs spayed or neutered under one year of age grew significantly taller than non-sterilized dogs or those not spayed/neutered until after puberty. And the earlier the spay/neuter procedure, the taller the dog.
Research published in 2000 in the Journal of Pediatric Endocrinology and Metabolism may explain why dogs sterilized before puberty are inclined to grow abnormally:
At puberty, estrogen promotes skeletal maturation and the gradual, progressive closure of the epiphyseal growth plate, possibly as a consequence of both estrogen-induced vascular and osteoblastic invasion and the termination of chondrogenesis.
In addition, during puberty and into the third decade, estrogen has an anabolic effect on the osteoblast and an apoptotic effect on the osteoclast, increasing bone mineral acquisition in axial and appendicular bone.
It appears the removal of estrogen-producing organs in immature dogs, female and male, can cause growth plates to remain open. These animals continue to grow and wind up with abnormal growth patterns and bone structure. This results in irregular body proportions.
According to Chris Zink, DVM:
"For example, if the femur has achieved its genetically determined normal length at 8 months when a dog gets spayed or neutered, but the tibia, which normally stops growing at 12 to 14 months of age continues to grow, then an abnormal angle may develop at the stifle. In addition, with the extra growth, the lower leg below the stifle likely becomes heavier (because it is longer), and may cause increased stresses on the cranial cruciate ligament."
Higher Rate of ACL Ruptures
A study conducted at Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center on canine anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) injuries concluded that spayed and neutered dogs had a significantly higher incidence of ACL rupture than their intact counterparts. And while large breed dogs had more ACL injuries, sterilized dogs of all breeds and sizes had increased rupture rates.
In a retrospective cohort study conducted at Cornell University's College of Veterinary Medicine, and published in the Journal of the American Veterinary Medical Association, results showed that both male and female dogs sterilized at an early age were more prone to hip dysplasia.
Other Early-Age Spay/Neuter Health Concerns
Early gonad removal is commonly associated with urinary incontinence in female dogs and has been linked to increased incidence of urethral sphincter incontinence in males.
Spayed and neutered Golden Retrievers are more likely to develop hypothyroidism.
A cohort study of shelter dogs conducted by the College of Veterinary Medicine at Texas A&M University concluded that infectious diseases were more common in dogs that were sterilized at less than 24 weeks of age.
The AKC's Canine Health Foundation issued a report pointing to a higher incidence of adverse reactions to vaccines in sterilized dogs.
Among the reports and studies pointing to health concerns associated with early spaying and neutering, you can also find mention of increased incidence of behavioral problems including:
• Noise phobias
• Fearful behavior
• Undesirable sexual behaviors
Risks versus Benefits of Early Sterilization
Every important decision in life comes with risks as well as benefits.
As responsible animal guardians, I believe we owe it to our pets to make the best health choices we can for them.
As responsible members of society, we owe it to our communities to proactively protect our intact pets from unplanned breeding at all costs. We must hold ourselves to the highest standard of reproductive control over the intact animals we are responsible for.
Clearly, there are health benefits to be derived from waiting until after puberty to spay or neuter your dog.
However, there are also significant risks associated with owning an intact, maturing pet.
• How seriously you take your responsibility as a pet owner is the biggest determining factor in how risky it is to leave your dog intact until he or she matures. If you are responsible enough to absolutely guarantee your unsterilized pet will not have the opportunity to mate, I would encourage you to wait until your pet is past puberty to spay or neuter.
• If you are unable to absolutely guarantee you can prevent your dog from mating and adding to the shameful, tragic problem of pet overpopulation, then I strongly encourage you to get your animal sterilized as soon as it's safe to do so.
Please note: I'm not advocating pet owners keep their dogs intact indefinitely (see below). I'm also not suggesting that shelters and rescues stop sterilizing young animals before re-homing them. Shelter organizations can't determine how responsible adoptive pet owners will be. In this situation, the risk of leaving adoptable animals intact is simply unacceptable. Shelters and rescues must immediately spay/neuter pets coming into their care.
If you've adopted or rescued a dog sterilized at an early age, I encourage you to talk with your holistic veterinarian about any concerns you have for your pet's future well-being, and what steps you can take now to optimize her health throughout her life.
There is no one perfect answer to the spay/neuter question that fits every pet, and each situation should be handled individually.
For Responsible Pet Owners, Decisions About When to Spay or Neuter Should be Part of a Holistic Approach to Your Pet's Health and Quality of Life
If you own an intact pet, I can offer a general guideline for timing a spay/neuter procedure.
Your dog should be old enough to be a balanced individual both physically and mentally. This balance isn't achieved until a dog has reached at least one year of age. Although some breeds reach maturity faster than others, many giant breed dogs are still developing at two years of age.
Other considerations include your dog's diet, level of exercise, behavioral habits, previous physical or emotional trauma, existing health concerns, and overall lifestyle.
If you own an intact animal and need to make a spay/neuter decision, I encourage you to first learn all you can about surgical sterilization options and the risks and benefits associated with the procedures.
Talk with reputable breeders and other experienced dog owners, and consult a holistic vet to understand what steps you can take to ensure the overall health and longevity of your pet.
From Eileen Dannemann
Vaccine Professionals or physicians- 3 vacancies for FDA advisory board....please apply
Roster of the Vaccines and Related Biological Products Advisory Committee
Applying for Membership on FDA Advisory Committees1
As part of the Food and Drug Administration's (FDA's) ongoing efforts to recruit qualified experts with minimal conflicts of interest who are interested in serving on FDA advisory committees, FDA is requesting nominations for members to serve on its advisory committees.
Current Number of Vacancies: 3
Note, one or more vacancies may be in the nomination process or a final appointment may have been made.
From Dee Nicholson [firstname.lastname@example.org]
Ontario has a ban of incandescent bulbs, scheduled to be implemented in 2013. Consumers didn't have any say in it.
Thanks, McGuilty. Now we are told LED's are better. NOT.
It appears that man has to supply better power sources, not pollute the environment to save a few Kilowatts.
DO GREENS REALLY KNOW OR HAVE ALL THE ANSWERS?
INCANDESCENT BULBS: BENIGN SINCE INCEPTION; CFLS, A DISASTER IN THE MAKING AT EXPONENTIALLY VAST TIMES ABOVE THE SO CALLED "ACCEPTABLE" HUMAN TOLERANCE FOR MERCURY FOR ONE PERSON. NOW WE HAVE LEDS: THE NEXT GENERATION OF GREEN POISON
THE NEWER LOW INTENSITY RED CHRISTMAS AND ALL LATER MODEL VEHICLE LIGHTS CONTAIN EIGHT TIMES AS MUCH LEAD:
GREENWASH TOXIC LEDS, FRAMED AS THE "NEXT GENERATION" TO FOLLOW GREENWASH TOXIC CFL LIGHTBULBS AFTER TOXIC CFLS, ALSO POSE CANCER RISKS, PLUS THEY CONTAIN LEAD ARSENIC, NICKEL, COPPER.
HERBS KILL NO ONE.
SO WHICH QUANGO IS IN CHARGE OF CONSUMER SAFETY AGAIN?
From Dee Nicholson [email@example.com]
START STOCKING UP, PEOPLE, AS BEST YOU CAN... OR YOU WILL NOT BE ABLE TO BUY AS MUCH FOOD, AND VERY SOON.
Stock up on what has been destroyed by weather/HAARP... green veg, anything frost-vulnerable... buy and freeze or buy and preserve, or get good canned product.
THIS IS NOT SPECULATION. THIS IS THE THIRD REPORT I HAVE HAD TODAY.
- SHTF Plan - When It Hits The Fan, Don’t Say We Didn’t Warn You - https://www.shtfplan.com -
Major Food Distributor Sysco: “Immediate Volatile Prices, Expected Limited Availability, and Mediocre Quality at Best” Posted By Mac Slavo On February 13, 2011 @ 11:03 pm In Commodities | 50 Comments
Adding to already rising food prices due to monetary inflation and weather related supply problems around the globe, one of the world’s leading food distribution companies, Sysco Corporation, is advising clients and their customers that the recent freeze across North America has significantly impacted growing operations in Mexico (as well as parts of the U.S.) leading to 80% - 100% crop damage:
ALL OF OUR GROWERS HAVE INVOKED THE ACT OF GOD CLAUSE ON OUR CONTRACTS DUE TO THE FOLLOWING RELEASE. WE WILL BE CONTACTING YOU PERSONALLY TO REVIEW HOW THIS WILL AFFECT OUR CONTRACTED ITEMS WITH YOU GOING FORWARD.
THE DEVASTATING FREEZE IN MEXICO IS WORST FREEZE IN OVER 50 YEARS…
THE EXTREME FREEZING TEMPERATURES HIT A VERY BROAD SECTION OF MAJOR GROWING REGIONS IN MEXICO, FROM HERMOSILLO IN THE NORTH ALL THE WAY SOUTH TO LOS MOCHIS AND EVEN SOUTH OF CULIACAN. THE EARLY REPORTS ARE STILL COMING IN BUT MOST ARE SHOWING LOSSES OF CROPS IN THE RANGE OF 80 TO 100%.
EVEN SHADE HOUSE PRODUCT WAS HIT BY THE EXTREMELY COLD TEMPS. IT WILL TAKE 7-10 DAYS TO HAVE A CLEARER PICTURE FROM GROWERS AND FIELD SUPERVISORS, BUT THESE GROWING REGIONS HAVEN’T HAD COLD LIKE THIS IN OVER A HALF CENTURY. THIS TIME OF YEAR, MEXICO SUPPLIES A SIGNIFICANT PERCENT OF NORTH AMERICA’S ROW CROP VEGETABLES SUCH AS: GREEN BEANS, EGGPLANT, CUCUMBERS, SQUASH, PEPPERS, ASPARAGUS, AND ROUND AND ROMA TOMATOES.
FLORIDA NORMALLY IS A MAJOR SUPPLIER FOR THESE ITEMS AS WELL BUT THEY HAVE ALREADY BEEN STRUCK WITH SEVERE FREEZE DAMAGE IN DECEMBER AND JANUARY AND UP UNTIL NOW HAVE HAD TO PURCHASE PRODUCT OUT OF MEXICO TO FILL THEIR COMMITMENTS, THAT IS NO LONGER AND OPTION.
WITH THE SERIES OF WEATHER DISASTERS THAT HAS OCCURRED IN BOTH OF THESE MAJOR GROWING AREAS WE WILL EXPERIENCE IMMEDIATE VOLATILE PRICES, EXPECTED LIMITED AVAILABILITY, AND MEDIOCRE QUALITY AT BEST. THIS WILL NOT ONLY HAVE AN IMMEDIATE IMPACT ON SUPPLIES, BUT BECAUSE OF VERY STRONG BLOSSOM DROPS, THIS WILL ALSO IMPACT SUPPLIES 30 – 60 DAYS FROM NOW.
SOME GROWERS ARE MEETING WITH THEIR BOARDS RIGHT NOW TO DETERMINE WHETHER THEY SHOULD IMMEDIATELY RE-PLANT, HOPING FOR A HARVEST BY LATE-MARCH-TOEARLY-APRIL, OR WHETHER THEY SHOULD DISC THE FIELDS UNDER AND WAIT FOR ANOTHER SEASON.
Source: Sysco Release/Memo: Mexico Freeze [PDF] 
Now might be a good time to hit the frozen foods (or fresh produce if you’ve got a vacuum sealer) aisle at your local grocery store and stock up on your favorite fruits and veggies, as there may be a severe supply crunch coming in the next couple weeks lasting perhaps several months. Why pay premium prices later when you can prepare yourself today, before the rest of the country gets wind of it.
The February 8, 2011 memo from Sysco Corporation comes on the heels of a report the day prior suggesting that Sysco will be forced to raise prices  on foods ranging from dairy to meats (and probably grains, based on this report  and chart ) as a result of higher raw material costs and margin compression:
Higher raw material costs have pressured companies across sectors, and many of them, including Kellogg Co the world’s largest breakfast cereal company, raised prices to combat rising ingredient costs.
Sysco shares were down more than 6 percent on Monday afternoon on the New York Stock Exchange.
On a call with analysts, the company said a double digit price rise in meat, dairy and seafood — categories that account for one-third of its sales — created substantial margin pressures.
“It is unlikely that these pressures are going to subside near term,” Morning Star analyst Erin Sherin said, “This is in stark contrast to the 3.5 percent deflation Sysco was experiencing in the year-ago quarter.”
Food inflation is a mounting worry globally. A recent study on global food prices by a U.N. agency showed they hit their highest level on record in January, and are set to worsen after a massive snowstorm in the United States and floods in Australia.
Sysco CEO Bill DeLaney said, “Recovery and to some extent, (its) financial results may be somewhat choppy due to the economic challenges that consumers continue to face.”
We previously warned readers (Agflation Goes Retail  and Broke and Hungry: This Chart Says It All ) to expect this very effect of margin compression to hit consumers in coming weeks and months. Sysco has now essentially confirmed that their prices are going up, which means your prices at local grocery stores are headed north. And you can bet that if their raw material costs are up double digit percentage points, your retail prices will be as well.
The strategy we outlined in January of 2010 - Buy Commodities at Today’s Lower Prices, Consume at Tomorrow’s Higher Prices  - may have sounded a bit doom and gloomish to some, but considering what has transpired in commodity markets and the food production sector, it was and still remains a viable investment strategy. While day traders and stock brokers on Wall Street exchange ETF’s and commodity options, we recommend to those of our readers who could care less about paper financial markets, to buy real food and store it for the longer term. Prices will likely continue to rise, and holding your own food stores gives you peace of mind knowing there is no counter-party risk, as you have the physical asset in your possession, ready for consumption or trade at a time of your choosing.
From Eileen Dannemann
Dr. Oz did a service for Genetically Engineered food with Jeffrey Smith.
He has to walk the line...and I think Sears is a bit of a fence sitter.
Let's hope for the best.
Dr. Oz on Autism:
Every 15 minutes, a family hears a diagnosis they fear the most. Today for the first time in the show's history, Dr. Oz is holding a town hall style discussion on the disorder that affects 1 in 110 U.S. kids: Autism. Panelists Alison Singer, President of The Autism Science Foundation, Dr. Bob Sears, pediatrician and author of The Autism Book & The Vaccine Book, Dr. Irva Hertz Picchiotto, environmental epidemiologist at the Mind Institute at U.C. Davis, Dr. Ari Brown, pediatrician, AAP spokesperson and author of Expecting 411 and pediatricians Dr. Moshe Lazar,Pediatric Associates of Brooklyn LLP, Dr. Walter Molofsky, director of Pediatric Neurology, Beth Israel Medical Center and St. Luke's-Roosevelt Hospital Center, Dr.Lori Zbar, Mount Sinai Pediatrics, Dr. Michael E. Gabriel, Gabriel Pediatrics and PATH Family Center, Dr. Andrew Adesman, Chief of Developmental & Behavioral Pediatrics at Schneider Children's Hospital, Dr. George Lazarus, New York-Presbyterian hospital and Lenox Hill Hospital join the conversation about autism including the risks, importance of early detection and intervention. Parents Andrea (Bellmore, NY), Charles (Rosedale, NY),Kirsten (New York, NY), Janine (West New York, NJ), Tehya (New York, NY), Nancy (New York, NY), Arnand (Scarsdale, NY), Jennifer (New York, NY), Melissa (Floral Park, NY), Nicole (Yonkers, NY), Sharon (Rosedale, NY), Katherine (Greenwich, CT) and Jill (Totowa, NJ) ask questions, raise their concerns and share their fears and stories of autism.
...All this seems very straightforward - until you listen to Dr. Oz himself on autism in this recent talk about vaccines on The View. On the one hand, Oz tells parents to follow the vaccine schedule that's recommended - but on the other hand he seems perfectly comfortable with the idea that parents might "spread vaccines out" if they have concerns about autism. He says on the one hand that vaccines are safe and beneficial, but on the other hand seems to be saying that at least some children who "were going to get autism anyway," or who are vaccinated while suffering from the flu, or who have a sibling with autism, might indeed develop autism as a result of vaccines.
Dr. Oz on The View:
Dr. Oz: "Here's the big story. A lot of women understandably believe they know what's best for their kids and they've seen their children hurt, they believe, from vaccines. And I bet you, in some cases that is absolutely the case. But on average, the vaccines seem to be very safe.
Barbara Walters: "Hurt, but not hurt causing autism."
Oz: "We're not sure what causes autism. And there are some rare cases, uncommon cases where kids have problems in how they make energy in their bodies, so it's possible that these kids were going to get autism anyway and any inflammatory condition, a bad virus, ... "
Walters: "Now you're confusing people watching. So if you have a child, do you or do you not give that child a vaccine when there are still things that are unknown?"
Oz: "You vaccinate the child. ...I vaccinated my kids, but I wouldn't vaccinate them if they had another virus already going on or if they were already inflamed with a runny nose or a sore ear. Or if there were already other kids in my family that had autism. I'd be really cautious about maybe spreading out the vaccines a little. I want to be respective to the moms out there who say, 'Who are you to tell me that my kid didn't get sick after a vaccination?' I can tell you that as a doctor, we look at all the data, vaccines seem to be so much more beneficial than we would have ever thought and they don't seem to cause much harm."
Lady: "Isn't that something we should be doing anyway, spread them out instead of doing everything, a whole cocktail at one time?
Whoopee Goldberg: "When we were kids, they gave you the three....now you get the 400 vaccines in one sitting."
Oz: "You can spread them out but here's the problem, when you spread out the vaccines, you have to go to the doctor's office more often. That costs more money, plus you're exposed to more illnesses in the doctor's office. And let's be clear about this, sometimes vaccines get forgotten when you do that kind of stuff. So I would recommend that people follow the routine that are recommended. That's why they're recommended. People spend a lot of time looking at this stuff, but if you're one of those groups that's absolutely petrified about a disease like autism that we don't understand, I completely get why you might want to alter the regiment. By the way, that's what we try to do, offer people several options, but you have to pick one and stick to it."
From Eileen Dannemann
Dawn: Susan gives me an idea.
As I understand it by your synopsis...the ostensible purpose of these Washington State bills (it will be argued) is to make sure that parents (dissenting parents) have been told by licensed physician, physician’s assistant, naturopath or nurse practitioner of the risks and benefits of vaccination (for their own good, of course)
I suggest that you continue hammering the point that these bills are inherently unconstitutional in that they are discriminating against a select group...namely "religious" parents or "vaccine dissenters". You may be point out that Christian Scientists, as an example, generally, do not go to licensed physician, physician’s assistant, naturopath or nurse practitioner.
To force, by law, a Christian Scientist, for example, to go to a medical practitioner; and pay for the physician's visit is discriminating against a select group; and coercing the purchase of a product or service. A proclaimed religious/spiritual parent, in a free society, who indeed may opt to see a doctor from time to time "as the spirit moves them to", must not be forced by law to buy a product or subscribe to an unwanted service against their will... in this case be forced by legislation, and at the suggestion of a federal agency to go to a licensed health professional for a payable service.
Currently quite a few judges in different states have stated that to force a citizen to by a product (or service) is unconstitutional (Obamacare).
Moreover, since it is generally deemed unconstitutional to discriminate against a particular and select group and moreover, unconstitutional to force a person to purchase a product or service, I suggest you make this argument and/or present an alternative bill to the legislators that if the Federal agency (public school) requires an affidavit that parents or guardians have received information on the risks and benefits of vaccines, that a signed statement of that nature be ascribed to ALL parents without discrimination. It should be included on all vaccine cards of parents who choose to vaccinate. As well as, in case of the parents who have an religious or spiritual objection to vaccination, the acknowledgment of understanding of the risks and benefits can be put on their vaccine exemption signature page.
The following fun suggestion (and strategy) by someone, though tongue and cheek, would prove to be very "elucidating" to the legislators...
All (emphasis added) parents entering their child in school must take a "vaccine knowledge test" to assess if the parents have been informed of the risks and benefits of vaccination. Here is a suggestion for some of the True and False questions. And I am sure we can find some more.
TRUE or FALSE section:
A. Your child must receive 45 vaccine doses by the time he/she is six years old in order to attend school?
True or False
Vaccine Category Influenza:
A.. The injectable flu shot contains 25mcgs of the neurotoxin mercury (Thimerosal)
True or False
B. Vaccine Adverse Event Reporting System (VAERS) recorded a 2,500% increase (25X) in miscarriages and stillbirths in pregnant women who received the H1N1 flu shot in the 2009/10 flu season compared to 2008/9 flu season.
True of False
Vaccine Category Meningitis:
A. Meningitis can be cured with antibiotics
True or False
B. There have been 28 (we have to check the CDC morbidity and mortality tables) cases of Meningitis and no deaths in the state of Washington in 2010
True or False
Vaccine Category Human Papilloma Virus
A. Most "sexually active" girls have a strain of HPV. HPV is self clearing.
True or False
B. If Gardasil it is given to a "sexually girl" her chances of getting cancer increases by 44.6%
A. The Federal PREP Act passed in 2005 provides that if claim that your child has sustained a vaccine injury you cannot not sue the vaccine provider or manufacturer
True or False