Archive for March, 2012

105 lb. Doberman plays with his new puppy, a hairless Chinese Crested

Saturday, March 31st, 2012

This is the cutest. Watch video.

Many of us have wondered if dogs even categorize other dogs as dogs. Or do they just see each other, sense that they’d be fun to play with, and go for it? Many of us feel this is the case. It’s the naked ape that feels the need to categorize and classify everything. This is necessary if we are to make progress in science, medicine, technology, etc. That, of course is the upside. We know too well the prejudices that this habit can also bring.

8 Ways to Raise HDL (“Good”) Cholesterol

Friday, March 30th, 2012

Learn how the good kind of cholesterol (HDL) lowers the bad kind (LDL).
By RealAge

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Shiloh Shephard Dog Slams Door While Scolded By Owners (VIDEO)

Thursday, March 29th, 2012

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Heavily spiced meals may do the heart good

Wednesday, March 28th, 2012

No need to be stingy with spices. Research from Penn State finds heavily spiced meals — think chicken curry with lots of turmeric, or desserts rich in cinnamon and cloves — may do the heart good.

Read more. Exactly what my ayurvedic medicine friends have been saying for years.

Jigsaw, the pig, escapes hog farm and goes to sanctuary

Tuesday, March 27th, 2012

Jigsaw escaped from a notoriously awful hog farm when he was just a baby. He ran away and was found by a kind person who took him to the Idaho Humane Society where they treated him for malnourishment and pneumonia. There he learned to love humans and to get along with all kinds of animals. He even learned to “sit.” But he was growing larger every day, and soon it was time for him to find a more permanent place to live.

That’s when he made the long trip to Sanctuary One in Oregon with the help of two very dedicated humane society volunteers. Along with our other rescued pigs Lisa and Lulu, our “three little pigs” teach people just how wonderful, loving and intelligent pigs are.

Take a look.

Beans: The High-Protein Food That’s Healthy and Cheap

Monday, March 26th, 2012

By Mehmet C. Oz, MD, and Michael F. Roizen, MD

Here’s why beans always make our best-foods list: They’re a healthy, cheap source of protein that’ll reduce your risk of heart disease and cancer, lower your blood sugar, and flatten your belly. (Protect your heart with a batch of EatingWell’s Smoky Black Bean Soup tonight.)

Yep, beans do all that and more. Here are 5 ways beans help your waistline, heart, and blood sugar:

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Dog swims over empty bathtub

Sunday, March 25th, 2012

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Books make us human

Saturday, March 24th, 2012

Do Books Make Us Human?

by Kristina Chew

“Books are really part of what makes us human.” So asserts Rosemary Agoglia, curator of education at the Eric Carle Museum of Picture Book Art in Amherst, Massachusetts, in a New York Times article about efforts to teach children the merits and pleasures of the “pre-web page,” of books. In New York City, the Morgan Book Project seeks to “instill in children of the digital age an appreciation for books by providing authentic materials to write, illustrate and construct their own medieval and Renaissance-inspired illuminated manuscripts.”

The NYC Department of Education developed the free program for children in grades 3 through 7, in conjunction with the world-renowned Morgan Library and Museum, which houses a rich collection of medieval and Renaissance manuscripts written in gorgeous flowing scripts side-by-side with multicolored, detailed illustrations, as well as a priceless collection of printed books including Gutenberg Bibles (and some of which can be viewed online).

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Animal Psychologists Discover What Music Pets Prefer

Friday, March 23rd, 2012

The piece the current crop of articles are based on, titled Animal Psychologists Discover What Music Pets Prefer by Natalie Wolchover of Life’s Little Mysteries, starts off by saying that, just as we think when we leave music on for our pets when we got out, our pets like to listen to music. Charles Snowdon, an animal psychologist at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, used the benefit of his ongoing reasearch on the subject as he teamed up with cellist and composer David Teie to produce music our cats are thought to want to listen to. Both the researcher and the composer assert that, rather than the classical, MOR, easy listening or show tunes we’re likely to leave playing, our pets respond to “species specific” music, with pitches, tones and tempos tailored to their species. After an earlier line of inquiry, the pair eventually turned their attention to composing music for cats, and studying how cats respond to it.

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9 Ways Pain Impacts Your Life

Thursday, March 22nd, 2012

Chronic pain can hurt your mind and mood, as well as your body. Learn how to minimize such pain-induced effects.
By RealAge

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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.