Diabetes – What You Need To Know
Diabetes is the fastest growing health problem in the world. Type 1 diabetes is the most common kind of diabetes in children but it also appears in adulthood and patients must take daily injections of insulin for the rest of their lives.
The pancreas is an organ that makes digestive juices and hormones. It produces hormones, like insulin, which regulate the use and storage of the body's main energy sources, sugar and fats in the cells. The insulin-producing cells are called beta cells.
To understand its prevention, you have to understand type 1 diabetes. Type 1 diabetes is the result of the body attacking and destroying its own insulin producing beta cells in the pancreas. When these beta cells are destroyed, the body cannot produce insulin. Type 1 diabetes is diagnosed.
Smoking and How It Affects Your Pets
You don’t want to give up smoking for your own health or because you smell or even if people look down their noses at a lower class habit. Would you do it for your companion animals?
Cats living with smokers are twice as likely to acquire malignant lymphoma as those in non-smoking households, reports Tufts University and Massachusetts University scientists. A study published in the American Journal of Epidemiology entitled "Environmental Tobacco Smoke and Risk of Malignant Lymphoma in Pet Cats” links second-hand smoke to cancer in cats. Feline lymphoma is the most common cancer in domestic cats.
All household pets are exposed to the same environmental contaminants as their owners. In fact their exposure levels might read even higher than those of human household members who can spend time away from the home Cats not only inhale smoke, they also ingest particulate matter by licking it from their fur while grooming. The number of household smokers also appears as a factor with nearly a double relative risk for cats living with one smoker and four times the risk for cats living with two or more smokers. The risk increased according to the duration and level of the cat's tobacco exposure. Cats living with humans smoking a pack or more a day had a three-fold increased risk
Animal Activists Vigilance Saves Cattle In Goa From Slaughter
Upon receiving a tip-off that young cattle were destined for slaughter at the Goa Meat Complex (GMC) - the official Govt slaughter house - animal welfare activists of the Govansh Raksha Abhiyaan-Goa rushed to the GMC and discovered that 26 young male calves and heifers, aged between six months to 2 years had been registered for slaughter at the GMC. They contacted AWBI member, Adv. Ms. Norma Alvares, who visited the site and ascertained that the coomplaint was bonafide. A complaint was filed withthe local police who refused to act on the complaint although they registered it, as, according to the police, the law was unclear on the minimum age for slaughter of male cattle and in any case, this was not the first time that young cattle were admitted for slaughter.
A PIL was filed the High Court by the NGO. The Court immediately shut down temporarily all slaughter activity at the GMC and directed a committee to inspect the GMC and file a report within a week. The report has disclosed that the veterinary officer was remiss in his duties and used to issue certificates under pressure from traders and without proper verification. The Committee also reported that although stun gun is available, stunning of animals was not carried out for the past three years, that animals from neighbouring states are transported for slaughter - loaded on trucks beyond permissible capacity, that green chillies are put into the eyes of the cattle to make them stand for slaughter etc. Goa has a state-of-the-art slaughter house, but the officers in charge are reprehensible beyond words.
On 30th April 2013, the Court permitted the GMC to resume slaughter but under stringent conditions. These include monitoring and supervision by a high-ranking committee, regulation of entry and exit of vehicles by the police, prohibition of slaughter of animals from outside the state and most importantly, that no animal below 12 years of age shall be slaughtered. The Court decreed that slaughter of bulls shall be done strictly as per the Goa Prevention of Cow Slaughter Act,1978, the Goa Animal Preservation Act, 1995 and the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals Act, 1960. The Court also directed that the young animals be well looked after and that action be initiated against those responsible for this heinous state of affairs.
PFA Hooghly - Rescued injured dog
PFA Hooghly rescued a stray dog which has injuryin in its neck. Now it is getting treatment at our shelter home. [Image Gallery]
L cysteine - It's in Your Food
Humans – and specially those that make religion into a profession and trade in it – never cease to amaze me. While collecting data for an article on ingredients in your food, I came across a fight started by Jewish priests or Rabbis who are extremely powerful in America/Israel about something Indian which will shock you!
Jews are allowed to eat only Kosher food. The Rabbis have to decide what, from time to time is kosher as the food industry keeps bringing in new things on to the table. They have to decide whether frog’s legs and snails are kosher, whether beetle blood can be used as red essence, whether pregnant salmon can have their stomachs slit and their eggs extracted for caviare.
There are hundreds of components in your food that you read on the label but never investigate. Carmine, cysteine, carrageenan, candelilla wax. What are those ingredients in your food? Which is from animal fat? From Insects? Which are vegetarian? For instance, Though lecithin exists in egg yolks and tissues of animals, some companies extract it from soybeans. Lipase is derived from pigs.
Is Gelatine Hiding in Your Food?
Last Updated on Tuesday, 07 May 2013 21:23
Several months ago, a young millionaire from Baroda came to see me. He talked enthusiastically about how he and his brother had come up from nothing and had stayed vegetarian, teetotallers in keeping with his family’s strict morals and Indian culture etc and made money anyway. What did he make it from? India’s largest gelatine factory. He reminds me of the owner of Al Kabeer, India’s largest slaughterhouse, who says he is vegetarian. In fact this man buys his “raw material” from Al Kabeer.
How many times a day do you eat a slaughtered animal? Every time you eat anything that has gelatine in it. Gelatine made from the hooves, cartilage bones, skins and tendons of animals by boiling them or using dilute acid. Pigs, cows, calves, buffaloes, chickens, fish. Gelatine companies select the “raw material” suppliers- the people who grow animals in their factory-farms and then these are killed, their bones, hooves, skins stripped. The worldwide production of gelatin is now 250,000 tons per year. Millions and millions of animals.
PFA Goa - AWOs ABC Records
Animal Birth Control (ABC) & Anti-Rabies Vaccination Programme for Stray Dogs in Goa till 31.03.2013
||Sterilised + Anti Rabies Vaccination
||Anti-Rabies Vaccination only
||Total No. of Dogs covered
|Jan 2009 to March 2010
|April 2010 to March 2011
|April 2011 to March 2012
|April 2012 to March 2013
Viagra and its Natural Substitute
Last Updated on Wednesday, 08 May 2013 11:58
On Valentine’s Day, an ad was aired on CNN, ESPN by the Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine (PCRM). The ad, titled “Room 103,” depicts a hotel room and a couple whose romance comes to a crashing halt because of failure to perform. The camera pans to the remains of what the couple had for dinner: a meat-heavy, high-fat dinner. The ad ends with the tag line, “Eating meat contributes to artery blockages—and that can make you impotent.”
How many older men perked up when they read about Viagra? For a few years it became the best selling “medicine” in the world. Now its popularity is down with so many people getting sick with headaches and upset stomachs and dying of heart attacks and strokes after using and misusing it. Over 700 men have died while using Viagra in the U.S. alone. Other side effects are a stuffy nose and heartburn, visual disturbances, hypersensitivity to light. Viagra cannot be taken by patients who take nitrates for coronary heart disease -- angina, blocked arteries to the heart.