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Very little of my reading makes good dinner conversation. I have a quirk that leads people to say I'm 'nosey' but I prefer the word 'curious.' I have difficulty reading anything that doesn't include people, and those people need to head for cover because I will research them until I know everything it's possible to know about them. I think that's called obsessive behavior.
My passion in reading has always been government and politics. Now that I've put myself on a political diet I just read government related things. I have to know who's who in Washington and every tidbit I can find about these people. Reading government history certainly puts things in perspective. There's very little in the political/government world today that hasn't been seen before.
After that, I jump around to what catches my fancy. Right now I'm totally into space exploration and China as it relates to their space exploration plans, military capabilities, and what their role might be in a cyber war. Currently I'm reading 'Cyber War' by Richard A Clarke. It's important to check your resources when doing this kind of reading. I believe Clarke wrote the hardback of this book in 2010. It's been on my Kindle for a while. I knew someday I would want to read it and apparently that time is now.
I have no idea what I'll be obsessed about next but whatever it is I'll be into it 110%.
I need to go for a walk now. The weatherman tells me beginning tomorrow the weather is going to be wet and nasty. It's been unusually dry this fall. By this time it's usually rain, rain everyday. It's time for that to begin.
Have a great day and keep reading.
Sunday, June 29, 2014
Art is a subject many people enjoy. They read about it and visit galleries and museums. I can't say that's a subject of great interest to me. When visiting such places I seem to enjoy the modern art most, and tend to like abstract paintings. That's all I know about art and have no interest in reading about it.
Music is a good one. The world if full of people who travel great distances to listen to music. I must have a tin ear. Tone the noise level down to the level you would use when listening to easy listening music and I can listen to anything and never know the difference. From time to time I listen to easy listening/background music but that's about it. I have no interest in reading about musicians.
I always feel dumb when working crossword puzzles because I never know the names of the actors that starred in any movies. When people refer to movies and tell me the actors in hopes some spark of intelligence will cross my face they're disappointed. I never read books about movie stars or Hollywood.
Sports is running America. Sometimes it's hard to find a hole to hide in when the TV comes on for a sporting event. It's not always safe to be in the room with avid sports fans as they can be dangerous. I leave all the books on sports for their reading pleasure.
History can be very boring. I do better reading historical fiction. I need people in what I read.
I've learned the hard way to stay away from politics and religion. Neither of those subjects do well in public conversation. Both were subjects I was passionate about in my younger years. I've laid them down now and no longer read on those subjects because I can't keep my mouth shut in public.
Genealogy is a very interesting subject but I've found people's eyes glaze over quickly if that's not their interest. If it is their interest they likely don't want to listen to your family stories. They'd rather listen to their own family stories. Genealogy drops like a rock in public conversation.
Cooking is another popular subject. My eyes glaze over very quickly on this topic. I don't cook. I don't want to cook and I don't want to read about cooking.
Now I have a problem. I could go on and on about reading interests but this post is already to long. What do I enjoy reading? I'll be back tomorrow to tell you.
What topics do you enjoy reading?
Saturday, June 28, 2014
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Is Uva Ursi Safe For Cats? Get The Facts Here
If you are considering using homeopathic supplements to encourage urinary bladder health in your cat, you may be wondering about the safety of the common ingredient uva ursi, often called bear's berry.
Uva ursi herb is an antibacterial, antiseptic and diuretic supplement that is held to help kill off germs such as e. coli which cause urinary tract infections (UTI) in cats, and at the same time encourage heavy and frequent urination, washing germs down the urethra and out, and at the same time ensuring very dilute urine. Dilute urine is less likely to form irritating crystals which can injure your cat's bladder and urethra, causing blockages and bleeding and providing open wounds in which germs can set up housekeeping.
But is uva ursi safe for cats? Under normal circumstances, and when used as intended by homeopathic supplement providers, then the answer is usually yes, though you should check with your veterinarian to make sure that there are no strong counter indications in the case of your cat.
There are circumstances where uva ursi herb should be carefully considered: if your cat is already suffering renal damage (kidney damage) then it is unlikely your veterinarian will want you using a diuretic agent of any sort without his approval and close supervision. But for a fundamentally sound cat, in a regimen intended to promote healthy bladder function, with the knowledge of your vet, there should be no problem whatsoever.
Uva ursi in low homeopathic dosages has been used safely on both humans and cats. It is a medication that is felt to be effective in both species, providing a mild supplement to support natural functions and encourage the body's own system of health protection.
Keep in mind that homeopathy is not very much like the intensely high dosages used in standard medical treatments of disease. The idea of homeopathy is to provide minute traces of natural substances at such low levels that there have been times and places in which those ignorant of the subtle technique have assumed the amount could do no good.
However we know now that many aspects of health are based on the most trivial amounts of substances: so little that the amount present must be given in extremely diluted ways. A trace of selenium is necessary for human health: more than a trace can be fatal. In the same way homeopathy attempts to provide trace levels of supplement, ensuring healthy function but not attempting to bully or blast the system into cooperating. At these levels the already low-impact uva ursi herb is not normally harmful and can be used with confidence and a sense of control.
You want to act in your cat's best interests. To accomplish that you need to check the basics, including whether such supplements as uva ursi are safe for cats, and in particular check with your vet that they are safe for your cat. But having done due diligence it is safe to proceed with the knowledge that the homeopathic formula you pick is likely to be safe and beneficial.
So is uva ursi safe for cats? Absolutely, as long as it is used properly. Consult with your veterinarian so that he or she can track your cat's progress with this type of approach.