Subject: Dr. Tinus Smits from Denmark: Homeopathic cure for Autism, ADHD TROUBLE WITH THE ESTABLISHMENT FOR HIS VIEWS
cdsapi’s Added Comment: The Harper Government also overlooks the fact that the Tar Sands development itself is turning the Boreal Forest of Northern Canada into a vast poisoned wasteland that will remain an ecological disaster as far into the future as one can see. And the same is destined to happen along the entire “transportation route”. Apparently, turning huge areas of Canada into an ecological disaster that threatens survival is an acceptable compromise, according to the Harper Government, in this Faustian deal with the “god of foreign Investment”. Fall to your knees and do homage at the altar of the “Midas Touch”.
Dee's added comment:
THIS is why no candidate should EVER be elected who even so much as hints
that he will "follow the leader" instead of the people who gave him the mandate to "serve".
THIS IS NOT IN THE SERVICE OF THE PEOPLE OF CANADA NOR
THE PRECIOUS LAND WE SHARE, NOR IS IT IN THE SERVICE OF
ANYONE OR ANYTHING SAVE THE OIL CORPORATIONS WHO DO
NOT CARE WHO THEY HURT OR WHAT THEY DESTROY AS LONG
AS IT IS NOT THEIR BOTTOM LINE.
WELL, THEY CAN KISS MY BOTTOM LINE. WHOEVER AGREES, WELL,
THIS WOULD BE A FINE TIME TO TELL THEM SO.
What an awful statement coming from the government of Canada!
You overlook the fact that spills are not risks but mathematical certainties,
you overlook the fact that because of the terrain (Rockies and Coast Ranges) that only a helicopter will be able to get to the pipeline, no machinery;
you overlook the fact that even if Enbridge could get to a spill there’s nothing they can do (I suggest you look at the Enbridge and Kalamazoo case);
you overlook the fact that Enbridge’s track record (811 “accidents in the past 2 years!) is appalling;
you overlook the fact that the pipelines would cross 1000 rivers and streams with no regard for the large salmon runs which would be destroyed,
You overlook the feelings and legal claims of the First Nations with much of this territory unceded:
you overlook the fact that 131 Chiefs are dead set against these pipelines* and, if all that isn’t enough,
you fail to address the fact that the lines are useless unless they can be shipped by tanker down one of the most dangerous coasts in the world, this tanker traffic is utterly opposed by the First Nations involved.
You know and indeed have confessed, as both the minister and the prime minister have, that the environmental assessment process is simply a nuisance to be finished with as soon as possible.
Rafe Mair for the Common Sense Canadian (www/thecanadian.org)
*there are two parallel pipelines, one to take the treated sludge to the coast, the other to take the condensate used to ship this sludge, back to the Tar Sands.
Conservative Party of Canada
Date: February 17, 2012
For immediate release
Today, Member of Parliament for Calgary Centre-North, Michelle Rempel, released the following statement regarding NDP Leadership Candidate Nathan Cullen’s appearance at a hearing for the Enbridge Joint Review Panel:
“The NDP is out of touch with the needs of ordinary Canadians. In its relentless battle against energy development and trade, it has turned its back on the hundreds of thousands of Canadians employed in the energy and mining sectors.
“It has also ignored the millions more who benefit from important social programs like health care, education and pensions that are funded by royalties and taxes paid by Canada's resource companies.
“Our Government understands the critical importance of diversifying markets for our energy products and natural resources to create jobs and economic growth across Canada, including British Columbia. There is a projected $500 billion in investments in Canada’s natural resource sector in the next decade, with significant investment opportunities in BC.
“Prime Minister Stephen Harper recently concluded a mission to China where numerous agreements on air transportation, agriculture, energy, science and technology were signed. China is on the road to becoming the largest economy in the world and our Government, along with British Columbia, has invested billions to enable trade through the Asia-Pacific Gateway.
“Canada’s environmental regulatory system is one of the strongest in the world and by reducing its inefficiencies, we will unleash Canada’s economic potential. An inefficient and duplicative regulatory system does not create better environmental outcomes, it merely delays investment in Canadian sustainable resource projects that will create tens of thousands of high quality jobs.
“Canadian labour unions know that future prosperity for Canadian families lies with the responsible development of our natural resources and that's why they publicly support major energy infrastructure projects. They include the Canadian Building Trades, United Association of Journeymen and Apprentices of the Plumbing and Pipefitting Industry of the U.S. & Canada, General International Union of Operating Engineers, Laborers’ International Union of North America, International Brotherhood of Teamsters, International and the Brotherhood of Electrical Workers.
“Meanwhile, the NDP continues to oppose all of these job-creating projects and related trade initiatives.
“Our Government is committed to maintaining Canada’s standing as the best place for investment and economic growth. That positions British Columbia’s economy, as well as the Canadian economy, to fully participate in the world's most dynamic growing markets.”
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Parti conservateur du Canada
Date: le 17 février 2012
Pour publication immédiate
Michelle Rempel, députée de Calgary-Centre-Nord, a fait aujourd’hui la déclaration suivante au sujet de l’apparition du candidat au leadership du NPD, Nathan Cullen, devant la Commission d'examen conjoint du projet Enbridge :
« Le NPD est coupé de la réalité et des besoins des Canadiens ordinaires. Dans son combat incessant contre le développement et le commerce de ressources énergétiques, il a complètement tourné le dos aux centaines de milliers de Canadiens qui travaillent dans les secteurs de l’énergie et des mines.
« Il ignore également les millions de personnes qui profitent d’importants programmes sociaux comme les soins de santé, l’éducation et les pensions, qui sont financés grâce aux redevances et aux impôts payés par les entreprises canadiennes du secteur des ressources.
« Notre gouvernement comprend l’importance cruciale qu’il y a à diversifier les marchés pour nos produits énergétiques et nos ressources naturelles pour créer des emplois et stimuler la croissance économique partout au Canada, y compris en Colombie-Britannique. On prévoit des investissements de 500 milliards de dollars dans le secteur des ressources naturelles du Canada au cours de la prochaine décennie, dont d’importantes possibilités d’investissement en Colombie-Britannique.
« Le Premier ministre Stephen Harper a mené à bien récemment une mission en Chine au cours de laquelle ont été signées de nombreuses ententes dans les domaines du transport aérien, de l’agriculture, de l’énergie ainsi que des sciences et de la technologie. La Chine est en passe de devenir l’économie la plus importante de la planète, et notre gouvernement, avec la Colombie-Britannique, a investi des milliards de dollars pour permettre le renforcement des échanges commerciaux dans le cadre de l’initiative de la Porte d’entrée de l’Asie-Pacifique.
« Le système de réglementation environnementale du Canada est l’un des plus solides du monde. En réduisant les lacunes de celui-ci, nous permettrons au Canada de réaliser son potentiel économique. Un système de réglementation inefficace et redondant ne produit pas de meilleurs résultats environnementaux. Il ne fait que retarder les investissements dans les projets de ressources durables du Canada qui créeront des dizaines de milliers d’emplois de grande qualité.
« Les syndicats canadiens savent que la prospérité future des familles canadiennes dépend du développement responsable de nos ressources naturelles et c’est pourquoi ils appuient publiquement les grands projets d’infrastructure énergétique. Citons entre autres les syndicats des métiers de la construction, l’Association unie des compagnons et apprentis de l'industrie de la plomberie et de la tuyauterie des États-Unis et du Canada, la General International Union of Operating Engineers, l’Union internationale des journaliers d'Amérique du Nord, la Fraternité internationale des Teamsters et la Fraternité internationale des ouvriers en électricité.
« Pendant ce temps, le NPD continue de s’opposer à tous ces projets créateurs d’emplois et aux initiatives commerciales connexes.
« Notre gouvernement est déterminé à maintenir la situation du Canada comme le meilleur endroit pour investir et assurer la croissance économique, et à faire en sorte que l’économie de la Colombie-Britannique et celle du Canada tout entier soient en bonne position pour participer pleinement à l’essor formidable des marchés mondiaux les plus dynamiques. »
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Important info for all cat owners... including me....
My cats eat a combo and I have lost one to FUS... it's an awful way to go....
one little vet's tip is that if you have a cat with crystals in the urine, and it is partially blocked, feed it half a child's aspirin... it will usually release the blockage.
And a question: WHY, if the moisture content of the food is so important, would a veterinarian recommend a $33 per bag DRY FOOD for a cat with crystals in the urine, and WHY would this same veterinarian NOT KNOW
that moisture is a critical factor in the cat's diet?
Point: apparently, not all vets have the correct information... and since we don't generally know more than they do, it's another case of doing your due diligence
for the sake of your beloved cat, and giving it what it needs, not necessarily
what the vet says!
By Dr. Becker
More evidence has emerged linking dry food diets and feline lower urinary tract disease (FLUTD).
A study was conducted at The Hebrew University of Jerusalem's Koret School of Veterinary Medicine to evaluate urethral obstruction (UO), which is an extremely common, life-threatening condition in cats.
The urethra is a small tube through which urine flows from your cat's bladder to the outside of the body.
Urethral obstructions are usually mineral crystals or stones, or plugs of inflammatory material that form in the kidneys (a process known as urolithiasis), pass down into the bladder, and get stuck in the urethra, blocking the passage of urine from the body.
The urethra in male cats is longer and narrower than in females, so obstructions are more often seen in males.
Once a blockage develops in the urethra, the kidneys continue to produce urine and the urine starts building up in the bladder.
This is not only painful for the cat, it can also quickly interfere with kidney function.
The job of the kidneys is to flush waste from the body, and when they aren't working properly, toxins accumulate in the bloodstream.
Feline urethral obstructions, if not treated promptly, can result in death in a matter of days.
Risk Factors for Urethral Obstruction in Cats
According to many, no research to date has nailed down precisely the risk factors involved in the formation of urethral plugs in kitties.
Some reports indicate certain breeds are predisposed to stone formation, including Persians, Himalayans, Russian Blues Siamese, Birman and the Egyptian Mau.
It is also thought a cat's environment carries risk factors for diseases of the lower urinary tract, specifically stressful living conditions, living indoors only, obesity, a sedentary lifestyle, and spaying/neutering.
For some reason, a dry food-only diet isn't emphasized in most studies as a significant risk factor for development of feline lower urinary tract disease, including urethral obstruction. I find this absolutely mystifying, given what we know about the crucial role dietary moisture content plays in feline physiology.
The Jerusalem Study
The Jerusalem study, published last year in the Journal of Feline Medicine and Surgery, took another look at risk factors for urethral obstruction, clinical signs, outcomes and recurrence rates in 82 cats with UO and 82 control cats.
The kitties diagnosed with urethral obstruction had some interesting things in common, including:
• They were significantly younger than the control cats; 82 percent were between 1 and 7 years old.
• They were significantly heavier.
• More were indoor-only cats than in the control group.
• And… most were fed dry food only (68 out of 82, or 83 percent)… 14 ate a combination of wet and dry food… and exactly none were fed a diet of wet food only.
In the control group of 82 cats without urethral obstruction, who also happened to be older and leaner than the sick cats, a little over half were fed dry food only, 42 percent ate both wet and dry food, and 3 out of 82 were fed only wet food.
An Earlier Enlightening Study
Another very interesting study1 was done several years ago to measure the effect of feeding a specific type of food (designed to increase the acidity of urine) to cats with feline idiopathic cystitis (FIC). (FIC is another of the diseases of the lower urinary tract.)
Some of the cats were fed a canned formulation of the food, and some were fed a dry formulation.
After 1 year on the canned food, only 11 percent of FIC cats had a recurrence of the condition.
Recurrence in the dry food group after a year was 39 percent.
This study was conducted by the Waltham Centre for Pet Nutrition. Since Waltham is a pet food company2, it's safe to assume the primary intent of the study was to find a product that could be sold specifically for cats with lower urinary tract disease.
In my opinion, what was important in this outcome wasn't the urinary acidifying feature of Waltham's formula -- it was how much better the canned food-fed cats fared than the poor kitties fed the dry formulation of the same food.
Why Isn't Dry Cat Food Being Clearly Identified as a Risk Factor for FLUTD?
The Waltham study was published in 1999. The Jerusalem study was published just last year – a dozen years later. Several other studies on the subject of feline lower urinary tract disease have been conducted in the meantime.
And yet many in the traditional veterinary community seem unwilling to acknowledge the clear evidence that dietary moisture is incredibly important to urinary tract health in cats.
We know how felines are designed and how they live in the wild. And we have multiple studies showing cats with lower urinary tract disease, in particular, benefit from high moisture content diets.
It is absolutely baffling to me why more veterinarians aren't strongly encouraging all their cat-owning clients to transition their pets away from dry diets in the direction of food with a high moisture content.
For example, at a veterinary internal medicine symposium in 2011, an associate professor at the UC Davis School of Veterinary Medicine presented a paper titled, Risk factors in feline lower urinary tract disease3. She cited both the Waltham and Jerusalem studies (and 19 others).
Here is an excerpt from her conclusion/recommendation:
"For both cats with urolithiasis and those with FIC, a diet high in moisture may be best, assuming the owner is willing to feed it and the cat is willing to eat it. A high moisture diet is recommended for cats with stones to decrease the urine concentration of mineral precursors and is the cornerstone of therapy for urolithiasis in human … and veterinary medicine. Increasing the water content for cats with FIC may help improve clinical signs by encouraging frequent voidings."
This isn't my idea of a ringing endorsement for the benefits of feeding FIC cats high moisture content diets.
But she does, at least, follow up with this suggestion:
"Increasing water content in the diet can be achieved most easily by feeding a canned diet; the canned food should be placed in a separate container next to the cat's regular diet. If the canned food is not consumed, water can be added to the dry kibble to achieve higher moisture content, although 85% moisture is difficult to attain using this method."
And I was also encouraged by this comment on the Jerusalem study by Dr. Indu Mani, Editor of Clinician's Brief:
"This study is very useful to the practicing clinician. Cats with UO are common in the clinical setting. Any interventional behaviors or techniques to potentially decrease UO prevalence are welcome in the clinical setting. Emphasis on optimal body weight and canned food intake as treatment recommendations is important in the management of many chronic feline diseases."
—Indu Mani, DVM, DSc
Why Your Cat's Food Should Be Loaded with Moisture
Water is essential for all life forms.
Your cat doesn't have a strong thirst drive compared to other species. Kitties are designed to get almost all the water they need from the food they eat.
Healthy cats don't lap up water like other animals do. Many kitties are obsessed with moving water, of course, but they're more interested in watching it or playing in it than drinking it.
With very few exceptions, only cats with underlying disease will drink a lot of water. Often the disease involves their lower urinary tract, especially if they are suffering from chronic, moderate dehydration thanks to a primarily dry food diet.
Cats in the wild hunt prey, and prey consists of about 75 percent water. Canned cat food contains at least that much moisture. Dry food, on the other hand, contains only about one tenth of that amount.
If you're feeding your kitty mostly dry food, he's probably drinking more water than he would if his diet was high in moisture content. But as a general rule, cats on dry food diets consume only about half the water cats on moisture-rich diets consume.
Now think for a minute about your cat's lower urinary tract – specifically the bladder and kidneys, which need to be flushed constantly with adequate quantities of urine.
It's easy to imagine the growing stress on those vital organs when your kitty's body is operating on half the amount of water it requires to function normally – day in and day out, for months, years, or a lifetime.
A Word about Other Risk Factors for FLUTD/UO
In addition to the key finding from the Jerusalem study that the majority of cats who developed urethral obstruction were fed dry food only, obesity and indoor living were also significant factors.
Living indoors doesn't have to be unhealthy for cats, and in fact, your kitty is much safer living inside. But housecats do need environmental enrichment to be optimally healthy.
The following articles offer some great tips on how to make your environment feline-friendly:
• Your Cat's Life in Captivity -- How to Simulate Conditions of the Wild
• Stress Busters for Kitties
• Reasons for Sick-animal Behavior in Healthy Cats
Obesity in cats tends to go hand-in-hand with a sedentary lifestyle and a dry food diet, especially if your kitty enjoys an all-day all-he-can-eat buffet (also known as free-feeding).
If your cat is overweight, it's really important for his overall health and quality of life that you slim him down – but it must be done very, very gradually to avoid a life-threatening case of hepatic lipidosis. My Valuable Tips for Helping Your Heavy Cat video and article gives you all the information you need to diet your kitty safely.
• 1 Journal of the AVMA, 1999 Feb 1;214(3):361-5
• 2 Waltham
• 3 Risk factors in feline lower urinary tract disease, Jodi L. Westrop, DVM, PhD, DACVIM