Archive for July, 2013

Dog Finds A Tiny Kitten, Risks Everything To Save Her

Tuesday, July 30th, 2013

Animal control officers in Anderson, South Carolina, thought that a barking Shih-Tzu was stuck in a ravine. Turns out, she was there nursing and protecting a tiny abandoned kitten she had found.

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Be more dog!

Saturday, July 27th, 2013

This cat video always make me laugh, partly because I’ve had lots of cats who acted like dogs. And my Afghan Hounds always have lots of cat in them–along with horse, and sometimes monkey.

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Watch Inmates and Rescue Dogs Change Each Other for the Better (VIDEO)

Wednesday, July 24th, 2013

Arkansas may be the last place anyone would think of when it comes to progressive prison programs, but the state does boast one that’s helping inmates while saving the lives of local shelter dogs.

Paws in Prison is a training program that rescues dogs in shelters from euthanization. Those dogs are coupled with inmates who provide obedience training, readying the animals for adoption.

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What I Discovered When I Tried to Get to the Bottom of My Gluten Intolerance

Sunday, July 21st, 2013

From
AlterNet / By Maggie Beidelman

. . . Americans are severely lacking in potassium, magnesium and Vitamin E, nutrients that are found in the whole wheat seed, but not in modern white flour — and not as much as you’d think in whole wheat flour, either.

“There’s pretty good evidence that being short on zinc, magnesium and certain vitamins make for a weaker gut,” says Killilea, a former nutritionist. Gluten is hard enough to digest on its own as it is — adding modern flour only makes it worse.

It’s funny, really: modern wheat flour is causing us to lose our ability to digest modern wheat flour.

What happened? For thousands of years, wheat was ground in whole, either by hand or with a hand-powered stone-on-stone quern, like the one Albala used. As populations grew and technology improved, donkeys and horses were used to pull large stone mills, grinding the grain between huge slabs of rock. Later, a water-powered wheel turned the mill to grind the grain.

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Cat slaps an electric toothbrush

Thursday, July 18th, 2013

Pretty funny. Watch video.

Five Ways the US Can Have an Icelandic Revolution

Monday, July 15th, 2013

We have to nationalize the banks. We have to get rid of the government. We need to have access to the internet seen as a human right. We need to have a new Constitution,” said Birgitta Jonsdottir, founder of the Icelandic Pirate Party. Jonsdottir, a lifelong political activist and recently re-elected member of the Icelandic parliament was describing the four central demands of the new political revolution sweeping Iceland since the financial collapse. “We can create power and be the government and be the media. If Iceland can do it, you can do it.”

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Capybara, Rodent Of Unusual Size, Loves To Hug Cats (PHOTOS)

Friday, July 12th, 2013

The first time I saw a picture of a capybara, I felt like I’d just found out unicorns are real.

It seemed too good to be true: This improbable, shaggy-haired beast, which basically looked like a giant hamster, was hugging — yes, hugging — an elated brown-and-white-spotted tabby cat.

“INTERSPECIES LOVE!” I captioned the picture, which I promptly shared on Facebook. “Does anyone know what the big hairy fella is?” I added.

I learned that the hairy fella was a capybara. These critters have a history of kindness to other animals, including Cheesecake, who adopted a litter of Dachshunds. You can see a video of that love-fest here.

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Psychiatry’s blindness to culture

Tuesday, July 9th, 2013

Viewed over history, mental health symptoms begin to look less like immutable biological facts and more like a kind of language. Someone in need of communicating his or her inchoate psychological pain has a limited vocabulary of symptoms to choose from. From a distance, we can see how the flawed certainties of Victorian-era healers created a sense of inevitability around the symptoms of hysteria. There is no reason to believe that the same isn’t happening today. Healers have theories about how the mind functions and then discover the symptoms that conform to those theories. Because patients usually seek help when they are in need of guidance about the workings of their minds, they are uniquely susceptible to being influenced by the psychiatric certainties of the moment. There is really no getting around this dynamic. Even Insel’s supposedly objective laboratory scientists would, no doubt, inadvertently define which symptoms our troubled minds gravitate toward. The human unconscious is adept at speaking the language of distress that will be understood.

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The trick is not to scrub culture from the study of mental illness but to understand how the unconscious takes cues from its social settings. This knowledge won’t make mental illnesses vanish (Americans, for some reason, find it particularly difficult to grasp that mental illnesses are absolutely real and culturally shaped at the same time). But it might discourage healers from leaping from one trendy diagnosis to the next. As things stand, we have little defense against such enthusiasms. “We are always just one blockbuster movie and some weekend therapist’s workshops away from a new fad,” Frances writes. “Look for another epidemic beginning in a decade or two as a new generation of therapists forgets the lessons of the past.” Given all the players stirring these cultural currents, I’d make a sizable bet that we won’t have to wait nearly that long.

Article by Ethan Watters a contributor to This American Life, Mother Jones, and Wired, is the author of Crazy Like Us: The Globalization of the American Psyche.

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This is why I believe that labeling people is often counterproductive in therapy and coaching. Too often the labels are trendy. It’s best to realize that we can–and many have done through history–use different terms to express the issues and problems, just as various religions use different terms to express similar notions. To me, moving beyond the terms to problem solving is what’s important.

Btw, such trendiness prevails in various fields of study, literature too.

Wild Child Canine Syndrome

Saturday, July 6th, 2013

WCCS (Wild Child Canine Syndrome) dogs often include inappropriate biting in their repertoire of undesirable behaviors. We currently have a temporary foster resident at the training center: a 13-week-old high-energy Jack Russell Terrier who failed his assessment at the shelter for using his mouth in protest when restrained. Little Squid is a perfect example of the kind of dog who needs to learn self-control and the art of being calm.

A successful WCCS behavior modification program contains three elements: physical exercise, management, and training. While any one of these alone can make your high-energy dog easier to live with, apply all three for maximum success. Let’s look at each of these elements in greater detail.

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Dementia and Low Blood Sugar: Dangerous Combo for Diabetic Seniors

Wednesday, July 3rd, 2013

MONDAY, June 10, 2013 — In older adults with diabetes, low blood sugar and cognitive decline may create a vicious cycle, putting seniors at risk for serious short- and long-term health problems, suggests a study published today in JAMA Internal Medicine. With more than a quarter of U.S. adults over age 65 now living with diabetes, the findings are cause for concern for elderly patients and caregivers alike.

People with diabetes are twice as likely to develop Alzheimer’s disease or another form of dementia, yet many aren’t informed about the link. “Whether you’re a diabetes patient or caregiver or doctor, we need to be increasingly aware that there is a very close and interrelated relationship between diabetes and dementia,” said Kristine Yaffe, MD, the primary author of the new study and a geriatric neuropsychiatrist at the University of California, San Francisco.

Adults with diabetes are at higher risk for vascular disease and stroke, which may make them more susceptible to cognitive disorders. But Dr. Yaffe and her colleagues wanted to explore whether the side effects of some diabetes medications — specifically hypoglycemia, or low blood sugar — might also impact dementia risk.

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Thomas Ramey Watson is an affiliate faculty member of Regis University's College of Professional Studies. He has served as an Episcopal chaplain (lay), trained as a psychotherapist, done postdoctoral work at Cambridge University, and was named a Research Fellow at Yale University.

In addition to his scholarly writings, he is a published author of poetry and fiction.

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