Thursday, September 17, 2015

The Passing of a Valued Canine Friend


Jared, who will be sorely missed.

            It's hard to put a value on a fine dog.  A good dog can be simply a sentry, a watchdog or a dog who can corral or protect livestock.  I once had a golden labrador who would let me know just before my black labrador would have a seizure. Sometimes, a dog is simply a trusted companion, and that is all we need him to be. Dogs can also be an excellent deterrent to the robbery of your home, or to home invasion. Having an excellent dog can be one of your most important preparedness and survival strategies.  A good dog need not have been initially expensive. All of mine have come as rescues, and none of them have disappointed me.  Once acquired, although the vet can delegate some health maintenance tasks to you, a good vet is essential in terms of keeping your investment and friend healthy, and heading happily into old age.

                     I have been very fortunate in that since my childhood I have had the pleasure and the responsibility of having had many groups of dogs. In childhood, they walked me to the rural bus stop and would arrive somehow about fifteen minutes before I would arrive again to come home. Most of my dogs, even in childhood, lived to be a ripe old age.  In my childhood, responsible pet ownership comprised feeding them and a rabies shot.  Many of my dogs in childhood never saw a vet for anything other than a rabies shot and if they were female, for spaying.  As an adult, my dogs have required much more.  Heartworm which is endemic in my state, Lyme Disease, Erlichia and other diseases have necessitated more vet checks, more funds spent and a more thoughtful and attentive approach than dog care was in my youth. This has been worth the trouble and the investment.

               A dear member of our canine family who enjoyed a long life, passed yesterday.   Please consider opening your home to a rescue dog.  If you do, hold on to him through thick and thin and through your own lifetime.  The life you save could be your own.

This is the link to a tribute to Jared on another one of my blogs:

Sunday, September 13, 2015

Asking for Religious Freedom But Depriving Us of Ours

The US should think hard before importing any more hate.  We have enough problems of our very own.

      Spending so much time in the region in which Thomas Jefferson lived prompts me to read a lot of his writings from time to time. Seems Jefferson grappled with how to fairly deal with Muslims in the early days of our nation.  I am ashamed to say I did not know all of the earlier British history concerning them.   Since I have been lucky enough to know some reasonable intelligent Muslims who are not extremists, it has taken me some time to read up and catch up.

                   Please see this interesting post


Saturday, September 12, 2015

Why We Should Ask Questions and Rethink Practices.



             Here on the farm, I give all the injections on livestock.  Alpacas require very regular injections in order to avoid meningeal worm which is easily contracted indirectly from the white tailed deer. Horses require regular injections to prevent Potomac Horse fever, and annual immunizations. Sheep also receive periodic immunizations here. I also give some dog and cat immunizations, but I leave dog and cat rabies injections to the veterinarians because this is the law in our state.

                Most of the time, farmers buy fairly inexpensive disposable syringes for animals that are made of plastics that are not approved for human use.  Since I have limited storage space and can't really stock syringes for animals and syringes for people, I tend for a bit more, to stock sterile syringes that could be used for people, and then most of the time they are used for animals. This way, if a physician ever orders an injectable medication for a human being,  as a registered nurse,I already have the correct syringe. (I also stock the tuberculin variety.)

                This week something came up that I thought I would share with you.  I used to do something that most farms do.  On Friday afternoon I would draw up all the alpaca injections I would need, bag and label them, and then administer them in Saturday mornings bright light when I have all hands on deck.  I stopped doing this, because although it is an acceptable practice, I wondered whether drugs which are drawn one day when kept overnight would leach  rubberized chemicals from the stopper  into the med, and result in the animals getting additional undesirable chemicals. I decided just not to take the chance.  Now I draw the meds up and give them immediately, even though it might be faster to draw them up and administer the following day.

               It seems I was not the only one concerned about this.  Late this week the FDA has expanded a warning on Becton Dickinson syringes.   Their concern is a bit different from mine. The FDA believes that this particular brand of syringes allows predrawn or compounded meds (prepared for humans) to be rendered less effective because when predrawn, some of the med in leaching into the rubber stoppe, potentially altering dose.This is very interesting, because a lot of medications come pre-drawn waiting for a nurse to attach a needle and administer.  I doubt the issue is completely confined to Becton Dickinson because they have been producers of reliable syringes and products for many many years.

              So, what is my message for you ?    If you are a farmer, don't draw up immunizations or meds in advance of administration.  Draw them, then administer them, and the leaching issue will not be a problem. Livestock are expensive and they deserve our best efforts whether you do, or do not use them as meat, or to produce milk for your family.   Secondly, ask questions.   Note whether your flu shot is already drawn up or whether it is being drawn prior to administration.  All the simple things we do, including the use of plastic cookware make a difference in the long term, to our health.  We just don't always notice, or the study may not yet have been completed.

More information on the FDA's expanded warning:

Thursday, September 10, 2015

"Don't You Wan't to See A Woman President ?"

I'll bet Adolph Hitler would have liked Hillary Clinton's comment on "It Takes a Village to Raise a Child also"

                               "Don't you want to see a woman President next time ?" the woman asked me.   She was working to elect Hillary Clinton, and although I didn't say this to her, I don't think that Mrs. Clinton should be anything other than a grandmother to her grandchild.  Normally, I don't discuss politics here in Virginia as it can be a dangerous thing to do.  This time, I didn't stay quiet.  "No, actually I am completely disinterested in whether the next president is female, black, white, Asian, or Hispanic.   I am interested in the next President having integrity, living in the real world, making strong economic choices for the US, and actually working toward the interests of the United States.    The list of why Hillary Clinton is unsuitable would fill a book, not a blog entry.

                               Mrs. Clinton stood by her man when he sullied the actual oval office having sexual contact with a starry eyed intern.  She didn't understand that he not only cheated on her, but he cheated on all of us by sullying the office, and on our time, during the workday. Her husband may have a sexual addiction, but Mrs. Clinton is an enabler. She tolerates the intolerable if it benefits her.     While the Clintons were in the White House, FBI files were collected and not returned. I am not sure if the deaths which occurred around them had anything whatever to do with them, or whether they simply run with a suicidal, depressed or risk taking crowd.
                                When Mrs. Clinton was Secretary of State she hired a Ma and Pop operation to be a private server for her, so that her communications were secret, not only from us, but from the prying eyes of government. Since Secretary of State communications are all governmentally confidential and can ,at the very least,  reveal the whereabouts of dignitaries making them open to security risk and potential assassination.

                                Most disturbing to me is that when the State Department employees called for help in Benghazi, the CIA safe house nearby and others who could have gotten there, were told to stand down.  Like most liars, when questions by Congress on this point, Mrs. Clinton feigned anger.  "What difference does it make now ? "    It makes a great deal of difference.  We may not keep everyone in the State Department safe at their posts all over the world, but we don't throw them to the lions either.

                                Irregularities with regard to the Clinton Family Foundation are so complex that they should be fully investigated.  When we hold high office, we need not only to avoid wrongdoing but the appearance of impropriety of well.  It looks as if Mrs. Clinton was peddling influence to other nations who contributed to her pet projects. Only a full investigation will reveal whether this is true or not.   So, to anyone who is asking, I don't choose a President because we have matching genitals. I don't choose one because our skin tone might match.  I look for integrity, honesty, decency, and a desire to help all Americans, not just splinter groups who contributed to getting elected.  The rest of America might think about this, this time, because the very survival of this nation depends upon it.  Our country won't survive another president who works for someone else other than the United States of America.


Friday, September 4, 2015

Tuesday, September 1, 2015

An Introduction to Benfotiamine


      Benfotiamine is a fat soluble derivative  of Vitamin B1.     Since 1993, Germany licensed benfotiamine as Milgamma for sciatica.  I am told that it is also used there, rather effectively.  for other types of nerve pain, like radicultitis and the pain from herpes zoster or shingles..  German physicians claim that there are no known side effects to its use. In addition, this is an inexpensive therapy which is over the counter in the United States.

                       Here in the US, it took much longer for us to study it.  Dr. Michael Brownlee at the Albert Einstein College of Medicine studied its use in rats. His study found that benfotiamine could stop deterioration and damage within blood vessels.  This is particularly interesting to Type I and Type II diabetics, because even well controlled diabetics are eventually at risk for progressive glycation of their cells and for cellular damage which may ultimately result in nephropathy, peripheral and other  neuropathies, diabetic gastroparesis, etc.   (In English, this means that higher than normal cellular levels of glucose result eventually in damage to the blood vessels which translate into possible blindness, kidney failure, chronic foot and leg pain, a slow and ineffective gastrointestinal system, interruptions in wound healing, disruptions in immune function, and cardiovascular damage.)    Benfotiamine is suspected to prevent glycation on the cellular level thus helping to prevent these issues.

                      Other studies have indicated that it appears to improve wound healing and immune system dysfunction, not only in diabetics, but in others as well.

                    This also may be an important supplement for us to discuss with our veterinarian should we have a diabetic dog or cat. Some veterinarians would probably support a careful trial run of such a supplement.

                   Importantly, despite benfotiamine's great value as a preventive for potential diabetic complication, it may have other uses which may not yet have been fully appreciated.  For example, those who have experienced a lightning strike and have not died, often experience significant nerve damage and pain afterward, and treatments for such are limited, expensive, and of patchy value.  Benfotiamine may have value in improving the pain level and outlook in this population of patients.  I suspect it may have value in those with a history of vascular disorders. Some patients with cognitive disorders have been using it, as have some patients with multiple sclerosis.  Certainly, a lot more study of this substance within selected patient populations is warranted.

              Additional cautions: Supplements should not be given to pregnant women unless ordered by their physicians.  Patients taking a number of other medications should also consult their physicians before adding other supplements.  Patients receiving treatment for cancer should run any supplement by their physicians and their pharmacists because drug interactions may not yet be fully recognized or fully known.

Read more about this at:

Milgamma is known to be available in the following nations:
It is also being studied by the Russians.

It may be available in other nations as benfotiamine.

Saturday, August 29, 2015

Augason Farms Products Available In Store at These Wal-Mart Stores

Augason Farms is in the process of launching a new website which should make reviewing their available wares and checking out, easier.

                Periodically, I mention that my family makes good use of a number of the Augason Farms dehydrated and freeze dried foods.

                I must buy Augason Farms #10 cans and other products via mail or occasionally something I need is available at  However, many of you in other states can buy Augason Farms products in store, which enable you to stock up without paying any postage at all !

This is a listing recently published by Augason Farms itself indicating which Wal-Marts carry their products in store.

  Anchorage 3101 A St.
  Anchorage 7405 Debarr Rd
  Eagle River 18600 Eagle River Rd
  Fairbanks 537 Johansen Expy
  Juneau 6525 Glacier Hwy
  Kenai 10096 Kenai Spur Hwy
  Kodiak 2911 Mill Bay Rd
  Wasilla 1350 S Seward Meridian Pkwy
  Buckeye 1060 S Watson Rd
  Bullhead City 2840 Highway 95
  Casa Grande 1741 E Florence Blvd
  Chandler 2750 E Germann Rd
  Cottonwood 2003 E Rodeo Dr
  Flagstaff 2601 E Huntington Dr
  Gilbert 5290 S Power Rd
  Gilbert 2501 S Market St
  Glendale 5605 W Northern Ave
  Kingman 3396 Stockton Hill Rd
  Lake Havasu City 5695 Highway 95 N
  Mesa 4505 E Mckellips Rd
  Mesa 240 W Baseline Rd
  Mesa 2725 E Mckellips Rd
  Page 1017 West Haul Road
  Payson 300 N Beeline Hwy
  Prescott Valley 3450 N Glassford Hill Rd
  Queen Creek 21055 E Rittenhouse Rd
  Safford 755 S 20th Ave
  Show Low 5401 S White Mountain Rd
  Winslow 700 Mikes Pike St
  Yuma 2900 S Pacific Ave
  Yuma 8151 E 32nd St
  Yuma 2501 S Avenue B
  Crescent City 900 E Washington Blvd
  Redding 1515 Dana Dr
  Rocklin 5454 Crossings Drive
  Roseville 900 Pleasant Grove Blvd
  Alamosa 3333 Clark St
  Avon 171 Yoder Avenue
  Colorado Springs 1622 S Academy Blvd
  Cortez 1835 E Main St
  Craig 2000 W Victory Way
  Delta 37 Stafford Ln
  Durango 1155 S Camino Del Rio
  Elizabeth 2100 Legacy Cir
  Grand Junction 2881 North Ave
  Grand Junction 2545 Rimrock Ave
  Gunnison 900 N Main St
  Montrose 16750 S Townsend Ave
  Monument 16218 Jackson Creek Pkwy
  Pagosa Springs 211 Aspen Village Drive
  Parker 11101 S Parker Rd
  Rifle 1000 Airport Rd
  Salida 7865 W Us Highway 50
  Woodland Park 19600 E Us Highway 24
  Ammon 1201 S 25th E
  Blackfoot 565 Jensen Grove Dr
  Boise 8300 W Overland Rd
  Boise 7319 W State St
  Boise 3233 N. Cole Rd.
  Burley 385 N Overland Ave
  Chubbuck 4240 Yellowstone Ave
  Hayden 550 W Honeysuckle Ave
  Idaho Falls 500 S Utah Ave
  Jerome 2680 S Lincoln Ave
  Meridian 4051 E Fairview Ave
  Meridian 795 West Overland Road
  Meridian 5001 N. Ten Mile Rd.
  Moscow 2470 West Pullman Road 2
  Mountain Home 2745 American Legion Blvd
  Nampa 2100 12th Ave Rd
  Nampa 5875 E Franklin Rd
  Nampa 175 S Middleton Rd
  Ponderay 476999 Highway 95
  Post Falls 3050 E Mullan Ave
  Post Falls 6405 W Pointe Parkway
  Rexburg 530 N 2nd E
  Smelterville 583 Commerce Drive
  Twin Falls 252 Cheney Dr W
  Apple Valley 7835 150th St W
  Willmar 700 19th Ave Se
  Polson 36318 Memory Lane
North Dakota  
  Bismarck 2717 Rock Island Pl
  Mandan 1000 Old Red Trail Nw
  Carson City 3770 Us Highway 395 S
  Elko 2944 Mountain City Hwy
  Fernley 1550 Newlands Dr E
  Reno 5260 W 7th St
  Winnemucca 3010 Potato Rd
  Albany 1330 Goldfish Farm Rd Se
  Beaverton 17275 Nw Cornell Rd
  Bend 20120 Pinebrook Blvd
  Coos Bay 2051 Newmark Ave
  Cornelius 220 N Adair St
  Corvallis 1840 Nw 9th St
  Cottage Grove 901 Row River Rd
  Eagle Point 11500 Hannon Rd
  Eugene 4550 W 11th Ave
  Grants Pass 135 Ne Terry Ln
  Gresham 2444 E Powell Blvd
  Hermiston 1350 N 1st St
  Hood River 2700 Wasco St
  Island City 11619 Island Ave
  Klamath Falls 3600 Washburn Way
  Lebanon 3290 S Santiam Hwy
  Mcminnville 2375 Ne Highway 99w
  Medford 1360 Center Dr
  Medford 3615 Crater Lake Hwy
  Milwaukie 15600 Se Mcloughlin Blvd
  Newport 160 Nw 25th St
  Ontario 1775 E Idaho Ave
  Pendleton 2203 Sw Court Ave
  Portland 4200 Se 82nd Ave
  Redmond 300 Nw Oaktree Ln
  Roseburg 2125 Nw Stewart Pkwy
  Saint Helens 2295 Gable Rd
  Salem 3025 Lancaster Dr Ne
  Salem 5250 Commercial St Se
  Salem 1940 Turner Rd Se
  Sherwood 21320 Sw Langer Farms Pkwy
  Springfield 2659 Olympic St
  Springfield 2730 Gateway Street
  Tigard 7600 Sw Dartmouth St.
  Wood Village 23500 Ne Sandy Blvd
South Dakota  
  Rapid City 1200 N Lacrosse St
  Spearfish 2825 1st Ave
  American Fork 949 W Grassland Dr
  Cedar City 1330 S Providence Center Dr
  Cedar Hills 4689 W Cedar Hills Dr
  Centerville 221 W Parrish Ln
  Clinton 1632 N 2000 W
  Ephraim 777 N Main St
  Harrisville 534 N Harrisville Rd
  Heber City 1274 S Us 189
  Herriman 5056 W 13400 S
  Hurricane 180 N 3400 W
  Layton 745 W Hill Field Rd
  Lindon 585 N State St
  Logan 1150 S 100 W
  Magna 3555 S. 8400 W.
  Midvale 7250 Union Park Ave
  North Logan 1550 N Main St
  Ogden 1959 Wall Ave
  Orem 1355 Sandhill Rd
  Payson 1052 Turf Farm Rd
  Perry 1200 S Commerce Way
  Pleasant Grove 1707 West State Street
  Price 255 S Highway 55
  Provo 2255 N University Parkway
  Richfield 10 E 1300 S
  Riverdale 4848 S 900 W
  Riverton 13502 Hamilton View Rd
  Riverton 1202 West 12600 South
  Salt Lake City 350 Hope Ave
  Salt Lake City 2705 E Parleys Way
  Salt Lake City 4627 S 900 E
  Sandy 9151 South Quarry Blvd
  Saratoga Springs 136 W State Road 73
  South Jordan 11328 S Jordan Gtwy
  South Jordan 3590 W. South Jordan Pkwy
  Spanish Fork 1206 N. Canyon Creek Parkway
  Springville 660 S 1750 W
  St George 2610 Pioneer Rd
  Taylorsville 5469 S Redwood Rd
  Tooele 99 W 1280 N
  Vernal 1851 W Highway 40
  Washington 625 W Telegraph St
  West Valley City 3180 S 5600 W
  West Valley City 5675 W 6200 S
  Aberdeen 909 E Wishkah St
  Arlington 4010 172nd St Ne
  Auburn 762 Outlet Collection Way
  Battle Ground 1201 Sw 13th Avenue
  Bellevue 15063 Main St
  Bellingham 4420 Meridian St
  Bonney Lake 19205 State Route 410 E
  Bremerton 6797 State Highway 303 Ne
  Chehalis 1601 Nw Louisiana Ave
  Chelan 108 Apple Blossom Dr
  Clarkston 306 5th St
  College Place 1700 Se Meadowbrook Blvd
  Colville 810 North Highway
  Covington 17432 Se 270th Pl
  Ephrata 1399 Nat Washington Way
  Everett 11400 Highway 99
  Federal Way 34520 16th Ave S
  Kennewick 2720 S Quillan St
  Lacey 1401 Galaxy Dr Ne
  Lakewood 7001 Bridgeport Way W
  Longview 540 7th Ave
  Longview 3715 Ocean Beach Hwy 2
  Lynnwood 1400 164th St Sw
  Lynnwood 17222 Highway 99
  Marysville 8924 Quilceda Blvd
  Marysville 8713 64th St Ne
  Monroe 19191 N Kelsey Street
  Moses Lake 1005 N Stratford Rd
  Mount Vernon 2301 Freeway Dr
  Oak Harbor 1250 Sw Erie St
  Omak 902 Engh Rd
  Othello 1860 E Main St
  Pasco 4820 N Road 68
  Port Angeles 3411 E Kolonels Way
  Port Orchard 3497 Bethel Rd Se
  Poulsbo 21200 Olhava Way Nw
  Puyallup 310 31st Ave Se
  Puyallup 16502 Meridian E
  Renton 743 Rainier Avenue South
  Richland 2801 Duportail St
  Sequim 1110 W Washington St
  Shelton 100 E Wallace Kneeland Blvd
  Spanaway 20307 Mountain Hwy E
  Spokane 9212 N Colton St
  Spokane 2301 W Wellesley Ave
  Spokane 1221 S Hayford Rd
  Spokane Valley 15727 E Broadway Ave
  Spokane Valley 5025 E Sprague Ave
  Sunnyside 2675 E Lincoln Ave
  Tacoma 1965 S. Union Ave
  Tumwater 5900 Littlerock Rd Sw
  Vancouver 221e Ne 104th Ave
  Vancouver 9000 Ne Highway 99
  Vancouver 430 Se 192nd Ave
  Wenatchee 2000 N Wenatchee Ave
  Woodland 1486 Dike Access Rd
  Yakima 1600 E Chestnut Ave
  Yakima 6600 W Nob Hill Blvd
  Yelm 17100 State Route 507 Se
  Casper 4255 Cy Ave
  Cody 321 Yellowstone Ave
  Evanston 125 N 2nd St


Note:  I do not receive cash or any considerations whatsoever for my mention of Augason Farms.  I simply use these products and can therefore speak on some of them.