Prescription dog, cat foods face anti-trust lawsuit

Prescription dog, cat foods face anti-trust lawsuit

The title above links to one I ran across recently while doing some research on pet foods. It was very interesting as my wife and I have taken care of feral cats for quite some time.

Recently one of our cats, a seven year old Burmese male named Kellin, became very ill with a urinary tract infection. I called our vet who happened to be going out of town for the holiday. They recommended having Kellin seen immediately or he would die and since they could not see him we were referred to another vet. It was actually a local pet hospital. We rushed the cat to the other facility and were treated better than by our own vet of many years.

Kellin was in surgery after some tests and we were given an estimate of the bill upfront. The bill was estimated to be nearly $1,000, however, that wasn’t the shocker. They recommended we place our cat on a prescribed special cat food.

As I had to leave for an eye exam across the street before the vet returned with the itemized total, my wife stayed to talk to the vet more. She had said OK to the cost of the medical care, but not to the cost of the food.

Our cat came through surgery fine and they did take very good care of him even calling us twice a day to keep us updated for the three days he was there. Since my wife had just had two surgeries herself and wasn’t feeling well the day Kellin was released, I went to pick up him up. I paid the bill which was now listed at $1,100 and headed home with two arm loads of a so called Prescription cat food, one 8.5 LB bag of dry and a pallet of 24 cans. A hundred dollars worth of prescription diet cat food.

When I got home my wife said she told them we did not want the prescription food, but they had tacked it onto the bill anyway. We checked it online and found we had paid three times higher than what we could have purchased it for online even with shipping costs. We actually found very little difference in that food and and the Purina cat food he had been fed his whole life.

After some investigative work we now believe that Kellin’s problem may have stemmed from him drinking well water at our home and may not have been the food.

Kellin was a very tiny and very ill little kitten my daughter had found that had been abandoned by the side of the road. She lived in the city with her mother and had city water service. When she graduated and moved away she asked my new wife and I to keep Kellin. We had him less than a year when he became ill.

We live in the country and have a 200 foot deep sand well and we think the minerals in the water may have caused Kellins problem, although we take care of 28 other cats who, except for three, have all drank well water their entire lives and none of the 28 have had problems with it.

Kellin is eating the prescription food for now until it runs out, but he eats other food as well with the other cats and likes it better.

On another occasion we were told by our vet that the other eleven year old female Burmese we have named Polly was diagnosed with liver cancer and needed more tests which would cost about $500. Polly had lost a lot of weight and had stopped eating and drinking. We she would vomit anytime she ate or drank so she just quit. They tried to get us to buy the same prescription cat food for Polly, but we turned it down and instead used the internet to do research.

We did as another cat caretaker had done and hand fed Polly goats milk with an eye dropper. We did get some meds from the vet for the nausea she had so she would hold the milk down. After about six weeks of this procedure Polly began to drink water on her own without throwing it back up and then about a week later she began eating and holding down small amounts of soft food.

Today, two years later, Polly is very healthy and runs and plays with other cats like she is a kitten. She is now thirteen tears old and though we no longer give her goats milk, we do give her glucosamine for cats which seems to have helped her joint health and enabled her to run and play again. It’s amazing how a little research on your own can go a long way to making you a little wiser and maybe happier and healthier.

Good luck on your own research and please read the article from the title above.

 

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Can Eating Fast Food Kill You?

The answer to this question is most certainly yes, eating fast food can kill you or at least make you very sick.

My answer is based on my own personal experiences. I have had food poison from eating at fast food restaurants and from buying from vending machines a couple of times. However, my greatest experience was from almost losing my grandson, Jacob, after he and some friends ate Buffalo chicken wings and chicken sandwiches from a fast food restaurant after school in December of 2016.

My grandson is 20 and taking college pre-med classes. He began having issues with diarrhea a few days after he and some friends stopped off after school for lunch at a fast food restaurant. My grandson had eaten a chicken sandwich. Unfortunately the food was laced with a very serious type of bacteria called  Campylobacter.

Although Jacob’s mom is a nurse, do to modesty, he didn’t tell her he was having diarrhea problems until a week had gone by. By this time Jacob had begun having episodes of fever and chills while the diarrhea was getting worse and he was becoming severely dehydrated. Jacob lives at home with his mom, but both he and his mom attend college. Jacob’s mom is taking classes to become a nurse practitioner and works two jobs as well so they don’t see much of each other.

When Jacob finally told his mom he had diarrhea and felt sick, she took my grandson to their family doctor where they said Jacob had a bug with flu-like symptoms, but no virus. They gave him intravenous fluids for the dehydration and sent him home. After another week and Jacob was getting no better his mom took him back to the doctor and once again they said the same thing. Jacob’s mom knew there was something more serious going on and took him to the emergency room at the hospital where she works as an ICU nurse.

After many tests the conclusion was an intestinal problem in his colon, but Jake continued getting worse and began having numbness in one side. He was coded blue and the ICU team was rushed in because they thought he may be having a stroke. Nothing was found so more tests were ordered and an infectious disease doctor was called in to look at the case. She called for another test.

The latest tests showed the emergency room doctor’s original diagnosis was off somewhat and that Jacob had a type of food poison called Campylobacter and the infectious disease doctor immediately placed Jacob on strong antibiotics.

Campylobacter are a group of germs (bacteria) that are a common cause of food poisoning. Food poisoning occurs when food or water contaminated with germs (microbes), poisons (toxins) or chemicals is eaten or drunk. Microbes include bacteria, viruses and parasites. A parasite is a living thing that lives in, or on, another living organism. Typically, food poisoning causes gastroenteritis, an infection of the gut (intestines). This leads to diarrhoea and sometimes also to being sick (vomiting). (Source: Patient.Info)

But, after still more tests they found that the Campylobacter infection had caused an active issue with severe colitis in Jacob’s colon. He continued to have fevers and they found that when he was given acetaminophen, the drug compound used in Tylenol, his fever would go up. His meds were switched to ibuprofen and his fever began staying down. After about two more weeks in the hospital Jacob was well enough to go home with continued treatments at home.

DHEC investigated the case to trace the cause of the infection and see if anyone else had contracted it. It turned out other folks including Jake’s friends who ate at the same restaurant had also become infected. Jacob has now made a full recovery, is back in school, and he also aquired his first job as a certified first responder with a paramedic team.

 

Why I Believe we Never Landed a man on the Moon

I am as patriotic as the next guy about our country, the United States of America. The problem I have is that the citizens work for the government, not the government working for it’s citizens as it should be.

NASA has been and always will be a government and military entity funded by taxes of the American citizens solely for the purpose of keeping contracts going to giant corporate contractors who initiate kickbacks to certain individuals within NASA and the American Government. This is a well known fact within the government contracting circle…at least for those contractors willing to take a chance.

Example: as a former private military contractor employee I was in charge of ordering hundreds of thousands of dollars of material to complete work orders on surface vessels for the Navy, Coast Guard, and Army. If a blueprint material list specified a particular vendor by name for a particular item, I had to use that vendor. If no vendor was identified then I could use resources I was familiar with as long as their products met the specified mil-specs.

I am not going to get into why this was so, but I will say it wasn’t because the listed vendor had a better product.

If we had not gone to the moon when we were supposed the United States would have lost the space race with Russia along with trillions of dollars of contracts to these military contracting firms for the research and development of material for NASA and the military which takes advantage and control of all new developments. What did you think the US Patent Office was for?

With all of this in mind I urge you to watch the following video. It’s about two hours, but I think you will keep watching once you begin. I did.

The Apollo moon footage is authentic, don’t blink.

Did Google help Hillary Clinton win the Popular vote?

There has been tremendous turmoil in the United States since the election of Donald Trump as President. The Democratic party has mounted an almost unbelievable and sometimes violent campaign to have Trump ousted from office. Even Barack and Michele Obama have turned from what they originally stated about working with the new administration to working totally against it.

Could Google be playing a part in all of this and could they have played a part in Clinton’s popular vote issue? Keep reading, it gets better.

Supposedly, at least by the election figures, Hillary Clinton won the popular vote by around 3 million votes, but I found something interesting while doing some research. Below is an article listed on Google Search on December 20, 2016:

3-million-votesThis we are all quite aware, however, I was not aware of the next article posted on September 12, 2016:

votesQuite a coincidence I would say.

Now, getting back to Google’s part. I found an article posted in September of 2016 as well of Google’s bias towards Hillary Clinton in research done also by Robert Epstein:

google-biasI find all of this very interesting especially with all of the hoopla about Russian interference with the 2016 election. It would appear there is collusion by Google as well so shouldn’t they be investigated also?

By clicking on the pictures you can read the entire articles.

The follow is from an article on Slate.com.

As early as 2010, researchers at Harvard University started finding evidence that Google’s search rankings were not so objective, favoring its own products over those of competitors. A Federal Trade Commission investigation into the conglomerate in 2012 also indicated evidence that the company was using its monopoly power to help its own businesses. So it’s no secret that Google search results aren’t a font of objective and unbiased information. Now, as we enter into prime-time politics season in the U.S., the searching for candidates is heating up.  So what do Google’s biased search results mean for the election and for democracy itself?

Google is not fair; it favors some candidates, and it opposes others. And so far, it seems to prefer Democrats.

Our crowd sourced analysis of Google search results on Dec. 1 for the names of 16 presidential candidates revealed that Democrats fared better than Republicans when it came to supportive and positive sites within the first page of results. Democrats had, on average, seven favorable search results in those top 10, whereas GOP candidates had only 5.9. (Source: Slate.com)