“Brain Games for Old Dogs Could Improve Their Mental Health” National Geographic

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Attention People Who Eat Dog Meat! Here are 3 Major Health Concerns You Should Know About – One Green Planet

Sara Farr
June 30, 2015

Although the concept of eating dog meat is completely unheard of in the U.S., in other parts of the world, it is regarded just the same as eating chicken or cow. In Vietnam, for example, approximately five million dogs are killed every year for meat, other places dog meat is eaten include Europe, Russia, Africa, Latin America, China, the Philippines, and South Korea.

The Yulin dog meat festival recently garnered international outrage as celebrities and animal activists joined together to raise awareness and call for an end to this faux “tradition.” Photos of dogs stuffed into cages and huddled in absolute fear before slaughter for the festival illustrate the cruelty involved in the dog meat trade. While the suffering of these animals is undeniable, there are also major human health concerns arising from the consumption of dog. The issues highlighted are critical concerns that could have a negative impact on human health if they are not addressed by ending the consumption of dog meat.
1. Rabies

One of the largest dangers of dog meat is the spread of rabies to both animals and people. In the Philippines, approximately 10,000 dogs and 300 people are killed by rabies each year. Despite efforts by the World Health Organization (WHO) to mass vaccinate dogs to prevent the spread of rabies through the processes of sourcing, slaughter, and sale of dogs, the dog meat trade moves tens of thousands of dogs across international borders making rabies prevention enormously difficult.

Workers can easily be infected with rabies during slaughter and spread the disease to other dogs and humans alike. In 2008, 20 percent of dogs in slaughterhouses in Hoai Duc, Vietnam were found to have rabies. The previous year, Vietnam suffered from a rabies outbreak with approximately 30 percent of the deaths attributable to the slaughter of dogs for meat. According to the Center for Disease Control’s records, only 10 people have ever survived this horrific disease. This is clearly a major concern when such a dangerous and deadly disease can be so easily spread.
2. Other Diseases

There are many other diseases and infections associated with dog meat that can endanger human health. The regional director of the Philippines National Meat Inspection Commission admitted that they do not inspect dog meat. Unfortunately, this is also the trend in China, according to Qin Xiaona, President of the Capital Animal Welfare Association.

Possible infections include parasites such as E. Coli 107 and salmonella. There is also a danger that bacterial infections like anthrax, brucellosis, hepatitis, and leptospirosis can be spread through the meat to people.

The bacteria associated with Cholera is also easily spread and propagated through the process of mass transporting and slaughtering dogs for consumption. Following a massive outbreak of Cholera in Vietnam, WHO’s representative Jean-Marc Olive, warned that eating dog meat, or other food from outlets that serve it, is linked to a 20-fold increase in the risk of becoming infected with the bacteria.

Trichinellosis is a zoonotic parasite that can be easily transmitted from dogs to humans through infected meat consumption. Once these parasites are in the human body, they can cause inflammation in blood vessels which leads to hemorrhaging in the nail beds and eyes, in addition to severe muscle weakness. If left untreated, trichinellosis can be fatal.
3. Antibiotic Resistance

There are many parallels to be found between dog meat farms and factory farms in America, unfortunately, antibiotic resistance is one of them. According to Change for Animals Foundation, “On dog farms, large numbers of dogs are living in close confinement, under stressful conditions, and are usually being fed insufficient, poor quality food. These factors result in increased levels of infectious disease and high mortality rates. In an effort to try to control the spread of disease and maximize productivity, there is evidence of farmers resorting to the indiscriminate overuse of antibiotics and vaccines.”

Dogs in these dirty farms are given large amounts of antibiotics and vaccines to fight the disease-ridden conditions on the farms. This influx of antibiotics is leading to a rise in superbugs. Superbugs present an enormous threat to global human health as a recent study conducted by the Review on Antimicrobial Resistance found that drug-resistant infections could kill an additional 10 million people a year by 2050 if steps aren’t taken to reduce the overuse of antibiotics. While the dog meat industry is not the only one contributing to this increase in antibiotic-resistant bacteria, its contribution should not be overlooked.
How to Stop the Dog Meat Trade

There are many options available if you want to help stop the cruel dog meat trade. First and foremost educating yourself and others of the dangers associated with eating dog meat is critical to bringing and end to this practice. Humane Society International has a wealth of information and resources to help and they also run large campaigns encouraging country leaders to take action to ban the trade altogether. Many people are not aware of the cruel practices and dangers or even the existence of the dog meat trade, so your best course of action is to educate yourself and others to expose the truth of this industry!

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http://www.onegreenplanet.org/animalsandnature/major-human-health-concerns-associated-with-the-dog-meat-trade/

petition: Demand Animal Shelters Vaccinate Dogs Against the Canine Flu!

A flu epidemic is currently spreading across the United States – and it’s not the one affecting people. It’s a very contagious canine influenza (CI), which has sickened dogs in 40 States.

The dogs most ceptable to CI are those that are exposed to other dogs and dog parks, boarding facilities, grooming salons and animal shelters. The symptoms can range from mild coughing to serious complications like ammonia. CI is Deadliest for puppies and Senior Dogs, and dogs with weakened immune systems.

https://www.thepetitionsite.com/takeaction/865/692/718/

Should Your Dog Be Vaccinated Against The Canine Influenza Outbreak? | Care2 Causes

By: Laura Goldmanh
January 25, 2018

We’re all aware of the H3N2 flu epidemic that’s made tens of thousands of people sick, but did you know the highly contagious canine influenza (CI) is also spreading across the United States and parts of Canada?

Dogs are becoming infected with the canine influenza virus (CIV) through direct contact with other dogs, nasal secretions, contaminated objects like food bowls and leashes, and by people moving between infected and uninfected dogs, according to the American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA). It’s important to note that dogs rarely get sick from humans with the flu, and there’s no evidence (for now, at least) that dogs with the virus can transmit it to humans – but cats in an Indiana shelter became sickened with it in 2016.

There are currently two strains of the canine influenza virus (CIV) in the U.S.: H3N8 and H3N2. The H3N8 strain, which originated in horses and then spread to dogs, was first identified in 2004 in Florida’s racing greyhounds and has since spread to dozens of other states. Three years ago, the H3N2 strain caused a CI outbreak in Chicago. It was the first time this strain sickened dogs (and cats) outside Asia, where it had previously been identified.

All dogs are at risk for getting the flu. CI is deadliest for puppies and senior dogs, as well as dogs with weakened immune systems. Fortunately, the death rate is under 10 percent.
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Symptoms to Watch For

Dogs with the flu virus may show symptoms like the following:

A persistent cough
Sneezing
Thick nasal discharge
Fever of 104 to 105 degrees
Lethargy
Lack of appetite

If your dog has any of these symptoms, go see a veterinarian. Because CI symptoms are similar to kennel cough and other illnesses, your veterinarian can run laboratory tests that will diagnose if your dog has the flu. If that’s the case, your vet may prescribe an antibiotic to fight secondary infections and an anti-inflammatory to reduce fever and pain. In severe cases, your dog may need fluid therapy to restore hydration, and hospitalization may be necessary.

About 20 percent of infected dogs show no symptoms at all, but they can still be contagious.
Does Your Dog Really Need a Flu Shot?

Fortunately, just as for people, a flu shot is available for dogs. Although it may not completely prevent dogs from getting sick, it can significantly decrease the symptoms, severity and spread of infection.

The vaccine can be given to dogs that are six weeks of age and older. The initial two vaccines are given to dogs six weeks apart. After that, dogs receive an annual booster shot.

The AVMA refers to the flu shot as a “lifestyle” vaccination, meaning it’s recommended for dogs that are frequently exposed to other dogs at parks, boarding facilities, grooming salons and other places. You should confer with your veterinarian to see if your dog needs the vaccination. Be aware that many animal hospitals, kennels and other facilities now require all dogs to be vaccinated against CI.

Prevent the Spread of Canine Influenza

In addition to vaccinating your dog against CI, here are some ways you can prevent the flu from spreading:

Isolate dogs that are infected or have been around an infected dog. Dogs infected with H3N8 should be isolated from other dogs for at least three weeks, while those infected with H3N2 should be isolated for at least one week.
Wash your hands after you touch other dogs. The virus can live on our hands for 12 hours (and on our clothing for 24 hours).
Thoroughly clean food and water bowls, crates and other shared objects. The viruses don’t typically survive longer than 48 hours in the environment, and can be killed by disinfectants (just make sure any cleansers you use are pet friendly).

Since CI can quickly spread in places where dogs are in close contact with each other, please sign and share this petition urging U.S. animal shelters to ensure all dogs stay healthy and adoptable by being vaccinated against the flu.

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https://www.care2.com/causes/should-your-dog-be-vaccinated-against-the-canine-influenza-outbreak.html

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Attention Dog Lovers: If Your Pup Is Doing This, Take Them to the Vet Immediately! (VIDEO) | One Green Planet

It’s officially flu season and not just for humans. Veterinarians in San San Francisco area are warning dog guardians about a highly-contagious dog flu that is sweeping the country. Know the signs and take your dog to the your veterinarian immediately.

http://www.onegreenplanet.org/news/dog-showing-symptoms-of-flu/?utm_source=Green+Monster+Mailing+List&utm_campaign=d8e3556cc5-NEWSLETTER_EMAIL_CAMPAIGN&utm_medium=email&utm_term=0_bbf62ddf34-d8e3556cc5-108029797

Petition · Highmark Blue Cross Blue Shield Insurance: Convince Highmark Blue Cross Blue Shield to cover Radicava for my mother. · Change.org


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Feline Diabetes – Katzenworld

November is National Pet Diabetes Awareness Month.  Diabetes Diabetes Mellitus is a condition that affects the concentration of glucose (or sugar) in the blood; cats become diabetic when their bodies do not make enough insulin… More

Source: Feline Diabetes – Katzenworld

Is a Dog’s and Cat’s Mouth Cleaner Than a Human’s? Get the Facts. National Geographic


https://news.nationalgeographic.com/2017/10/dogs-cats-clean-licking-bacteria-health-science/?google_editors_picks=true

iCatCare Talks Science: Stress sensitivity and welfare assessment – Katzenworld

What is animal welfare? An animal’s welfare refers to both its physical health and its psychological well-being. Good welfare is achieved when an animal is physically healthy and experiencing positive emotional well-being (ie, experiencing more… More

Source: iCatCare Talks Science: Stress sensitivity and welfare assessment – Katzenworld

Petition: Help My 2-Year-Old Son Get a New Kidney!


https://www.thepetitionsite.com/takeaction/422/020/185/

Petition · United Healthcare: Approve my myoelectric prosthesis · Change.org


https://www.change.org/p/united-healthcare-approve-my-myoelectric-prosthesis?j=156378&sfmc_sub=61374949&l=32_HTML&u=29435398&mid=7233053&jb=1536&utm_medium=email&utm_source=aa_sign_human&utm_campaign=156378&sfmc_tk=QO1jHMcMNgJVzKVuN3Ni55aEPGLiB7Tfa%2f1T4OUsZMVM7HhbjNOHn9ayamlOC4Pj&j=156378&sfmc_sub=61374949&l=32_HTML&u=29435398&mid=7233053&jb=1536

Petition: Stand Up for Prostate Cancer Awareness


https://www.thepetitionsite.com/takeaction/707/288/989/

Cat owners warned against grotesque ‘peticures’ – Katzenworld

Cat owners warned against grotesque ‘peticures’ Trend for artificial feline plastic claw caps a worrying new trend says The Vet THE UK’S 8 million cat owners are being warned against a ‘worrying’ new trend for… More

Source: Cat owners warned against grotesque ‘peticures’ – Katzenworld

Tell the Senate: Ban this extremely toxic brain-harming pesticide | CREDO Action


https://act.credoaction.com/sign/senate_chlorpyrifos?t=3&akid=25008%2E7157012%2ELmbk-W

Chiari Malformation Awareness Month And Related Rare Diseases That Can Come Along With Chiari 

 Chiari Malformations Synonyms of Chiari Malformations Arnold-Chiari Malformation (ACM) CM Hindbrain Herniation Tonsillar Ectopia Subdivisions of Chiari Malformations Chiari type 0 (Chiari malformat…

Source: Chiari Malformation Awareness Month And Related Rare Diseases That Can Come Along With Chiari 

Lyme Disease and the Many Symptoms It Can Present in Humans | Envita Medical Center


https://www.envita.com/lyme-disease/lyme-disease-and-the-many-symptoms-it-can-present-in-humans?utm_medium=00d5df87b3c6371bbec0c0375ef18c3b49&utm_source=outbrain&utm_campaign=lyme_disease_human_symptoms_web&utm_content=Suffering+From+Lyme+Disease%3F+You+May+Not+Know%3A+Learn+the+Symptoms&utm_term=0099416abb57608f33375bc7f032775294

Petition: Give Ashton Fritz a Fighting Chance


http://www.thepetitionsite.com/takeaction/256/979/136/

Petition: You are what you eat: Sign the Eat Well Be Good Manifesto


http://www.thepetitionsite.com/takeaction/146/020/583/

How to Avoid the Deadly Dog Days of Summer | One Green Planet


http://www.onegreenplanet.org/animalsandnature/avoid-deadly-dog-days-of-summer/

More Fake Organic Food: Another Investigative Report and Consumer Alert – Chemical Free Life


https://chemical-free-life.org/2017/05/15/more-fake-organic-food-another-investigative-report-and-consumer-alert/

The Kitty Hyperthyroidism Epidemic and Common Household Chemicals – Chemical Free Life


https://chemical-free-life.org/2017/05/16/the-kitty-hyperthyroidism-epidemic-and-common-household-chemicals/

Petition: Tell Congress to protect patient safety


http://www.thepetitionsite.com/takeaction/392/331/299/

Petition · Janet Woodcock, M.D.: Pressure the FDA to approve two effective ALS drugs today! · Change.org


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Synthetic Sweeteners in Diet Soda Triple Risk of Deadly Stroke: New Study

Source: Synthetic Sweeteners in Diet Soda Triple Risk of Deadly Stroke: New Study

Petition · Anthem CEO Joseph Swedish: Anthem BlueCross BlueShield Can Help Give My 7-Year-Old a Future. They Won’t Do It. · Change.org


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Food and Tinnitus

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Give some of these superfoods and vitamins a try to help reduce the noise of your Tinnitus. Give yourself a few weeks trying them and see if they make a difference! Best of luck. It would mean the world if you liked my Facebook page here and let me know what you think TinnitusTogether

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Tinnitus is increasing

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The figures for hearing loss and Tinnitus is a hard one to estimate because the number of cases are on the rise every single day. But when you put the figures down that are already there it is unreal. And it is scary that these figures are rising as we speak.
Give this a like and a share to let people know that they aren’t alone when suffering with this condition, as some people think they are. #TinnitusAwareness 

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FDA Warning Dog Owners & Vets: Watch for Hyperthyroidism from Contaminated Food – FIREPAW, Inc.


https://firepaw.org/2017/03/28/fda-warning-dog-owners-vets-watch-for-hyperthyroidism-from-contaminated-food/

Want to sleep better? Get more sunshine! : TreeHugger


Put away those pills that promise better sleep. If you want a more sound slumber, go enjoy the sunshine.

A new study looked at the sleep quality of 49 office workers — 27 who sit in windowless workspaces, and 22 who have windows in their workspace. It turns out those with windows received an average of 173% more natural light exposure during work hours, and slept an average of 46 minutes more each night than their windowless peers.

Forbes reports, “Workers who get more sunlight also tend to be more physically active according to this study. And an additional analysis of overall quality of life suggests that they’re generally happier, too. Office workers without windows reported more physical ailments and lower vitality, along with lower sleep quality.”

Happiness, exercise and better sleep, all thanks to more time in the sun. It seems like this should come as no surprise. We need sunlight to keep our circadian rhythm going, which tells our bodies when to be awake and asleep. We also need sunlight to get vitamin D, which plays a role in many aspects of our health.

Even if you are stuck in an office that doesn’t have much natural light during the day, you can help yourself get better sleep at night by getting a good dose of sunshine early in the morning. The early-morning sunlight helps set your circadian clock correctly. How Stuff Works writes:

“How does morning light improve sleep? The light helps to regulate your biological clock and keep it on track. This internal clock is located in the brain and keeps time not all that much differently from your wristwatch. There does, however, appear to be a kind of forward drift built into the brain. By staying up later and, more importantly, getting up later, you enforce that drift, which means you may find you have trouble getting to sleep and waking up when you need to.

“To counter this forward drift, you need to reset your clock each day, so that it stays compatible with the earth’s 24-hour daily rhythm — and with your daily schedule. Exposing yourself to light in the morning appears to accomplish this resetting.”

So something as simple as taking a walk first thing in the morning (if you wake up with the sun) or walking or cycling to work in the morning sunshine can all help you get better sleep at night. Extra time in the sun, such as lunch-time walks wouldn’t hurt either.

It shouldn’t take a study to tell us that spending more time in our natural environments, even if that just means enjoying the sun, makes us healthier people. But in case you were waiting for some researchers to prove it, well, here is your evidence.
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7 foods to help you sleep better : TreeHugger


The CDC calls insufficient sleep a public health epidemic, those who suffer from insomnia know it more as an awful vexing nuisance that hampers quality of life and taxes productivity. Not only that, it is linked to everything from car crashes and occupational errors to chronic diseases like hypertension, diabetes, depression, and obesity, as well as cancer and increased mortality. Oh, elusive sleep!

An estimated 50 to 70 million U.S. adults have a sleep disorder, and about 4 percent of American adults use a prescription sleep aid, not to mention over-the-counter medications. But both families of sleep aids have their host of problems and side effects, from allergic reactions to “complex sleep-related behavior,” in which a person taking sleep-inducing sedatives might get up at night, eat, make phone calls, have sex, and even get in the car and go for a drive, all while not really quite awake. To sleep, perchance to get up and sleep-call an ex – ay, there’s the rub.

In the meantime, there has been ample research looking into foods that can help you sleep better. While they may not conk you out as forcefully as a sleeping pill, they can definitely have an effect. So in an effort to steer clear of pharmaceuticals and avoid a potentially embarrassing “complex sleep-related behavior,” here are some of the foods that experts say can inspire some Zs.

  1. Tart cherry juice
    Research out of Louisiana State University found that adults with insomnia who drank 8 ounces of tart cherry juice twice a day for two weeks had an average of 84 more minutes of sleep time nightly compared to two-week periods in which they drank no juice or a placebo. It is thought that cherry juice’s natural supply of the sleep-wake cycle hormone melatonin and the sleep-friendly amino acid tryptophan are behind the magic. Study co-author Frank L. Greenway, says, “Proanthocyanidins, or the ruby red pigments in tart cherry juice, contain an enzyme that reduces inflammation and decreases the breakdown of tryptophan, letting it go to work longer in your body.”

  1. Kiwi 

A study from Taiwan’s Taipei Medical University found that eating two kiwi fruits around an hour before bedtime had surprising results. Psychology Today reports that study participants fell asleep more quickly, with a decrease in falling-asleep time of 35.4 percent. They also slept 28.9 percent more soundly and slept better, with a 42.4 percent improvement on a standardized sleep quality questionnaire. Overall, total sleep time for the study subjects increased by 13.4 percent.

  1. Seaweed
    A University of Oxford study found that higher blood levels of omega-3 DHA (the fatty acids found in algae and seafood) were linked to better sleep. In a randomized, placebo-controlled study, the researchers examined if 16 weeks of taking 600 mg of algae supplement would improve the sleep of 362 children. Indeed, they found the children experienced better sleep, including less bedtime resistance, parasomnias and total sleep disturbance.
  2. Walnuts
    University of Texas researchers found that walnuts are a great source of melatonin and that eating them can lead to higher blood levels of this internal-clock controlling hormone, resulting in improved sleep.

  3. Almonds
    A study published in the Journal of Orthomolecular Medicine found that if the body is suffering from low levels of magnesium, sleep problems often ensue. The National Institutes of Health lists almonds as the number one source of magnesium; adding almonds to your diet is good all around, but may be especially good for boosting some shut-eye.

  1. Chamomile tea
    Here’s one from grandma’s natural remedy playbook. According to the National Institutes of Health, chamomile tea is a traditional remedy to treat insomnia and induce calm. Widely regarded as a mild tranquilizer and sleep-inducer, studies confirm its calming effect. One Japanese study found that chamomile extract helped rats fall asleep as effectively as rats that got a dose of the tranquilizer, benzodiazepine! Use two or three tea bags for best effect, and make sure to cover the cup while steeping.

  2. Peanut butter sandwich
    Researchers say that a spike of insulin can change our circadian rhythms and can induce sleep. A good dose of carbs and sugars can make people feel sluggish and so eating carbs at dinner can help slow your body down and prepare it for sleep. The National Sleep Foundation suggests a mix of protein and carbohydrates to induce slumber – peanut butter, or better yet, almond butter, on whole grain toast may be all you need to bring out your inner Morpheus.