The Rip Van Wrinkler, Volume XIV, Issue 4, November 2010

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Santa Paws Gift Exchange


You better watch out, you better not shout, you better not cry.
I'm telling you why.  Santa Paws is coming to town!

 All you basenjis (and non-b's) need to have your families email Me, Emmy Da Elf, so that the fun gifting can commence.
  Keep gifts around $12.00.
Make sure any special requests or information is noted, such as if you are a cat and not a dog,
if you can't have edibles cause they will make your tummy gurggley and squrggley, etc.
   I will mix and match all the names and Sky Pie will check the list twice.
  Emmy Da Elf doesn't care if you've been naughty or nice cause you're a basenji and ya just can't help it!!!
Santa Paws knows you try to be good.

Please send your information by DECEMBER 4th, by email, or post office to:

Sue Schulz

Susan Kamen Marsicano

Snail mail: Emmy c/o Sue Schulz,

PO Box 663, Fultonville, NY 12072


Please expect a confirmation from my human mom, Sue that she has received your information,
with another contact to follow with the family information you will be gifting.
 If you do not hear from us shortly after you sent your information,
please contact either Sue to make sure there was no mix-up or that emails did not get through.

Happy Howlidays are a coming! Emmy Da Elf and Sky Pie

CHAMPAIGN, Ill. - Researchers have identified a new target for the treatment

of lymphoma and are testing a potential new drug in pet dogs afflicted with

the disease. At low doses, the compound, called S-PAC-1, arrested the growth

of tumors in three of six dogs tested and induced partial remission in a fourth.


The results of the study, conducted by researchers at the University of

Illinois, appear this month in the journal Cancer Research. The new

compound targets a cellular enzyme, procaspase-3, that when

activated spurs a cascade of reactions that kill the cell, said chemistry

professor Paul Hergenrother, who co-led the study with Tim Fan, a professor

of veterinary clinical medicine.


Procaspase-3 offers an attractive target for cancer therapy, in part because

cancers often interfere with normal cell death, and in part because many

tumors - including those found in breast cancer, colon cancer, lung cancer,

lymphoma, melanoma and liver cancer - contain high levels of procaspase-3.


The similarities between human and canine lymphoma also add to the

desirability of this approach, Hergenrother said,"If you look at the genetic

signatures of canine lymphoma and human lymphoma, they're very, very

similar and their response to therapy is very, very similar," he said.

"So there's lots of reasons to be optimistic about a compound that has

 some effect in the canines, that it could have a similar effect in humans."

MSG: The Hidden Health Robber/Dr. DeCosta

I recently attended a continuing education conference. One of the speakers was Kelly Hayford, C.N.C.
She has written two books on Nutrition: "If It's Not Food...Don't Eat It!" and "No-Nonsense Nutrition in Bite-Sized Portions".
She shared with us some important information on MSG which I would like to pass on to you.

According to Hayford, MSG (monosodium glutamate) is an artificial flavor enhancer. It is also a neurotoxin, (kills brain neurons by exciting them to death), and is notorious for causing a host of symptoms and sometimes very severe acute reactions in addition to contributing to the development of chronic dis-ease. Despite the fact that in 1980 MSG was added to the FDA's list of additives needing further study due to the uncertainties that exist, MSG has been increasingly added to food products. 

MSG also causes weight gain by affecting the hunger centers of the brain causing those who eat it to crave more food. That's why food manufacturers put it in their products - it keeps you coming back for more! When you consider that an estimated 60 - 90% of processed, packaged foods contain MSG, and the majority of foods eaten in this country are processed, is it any wonder that so many people are sick, tired and overweight?

Symptoms associated with MSG include, but are not limited to: headaches/migranes, weight gain, extreme fatigue, depression, burning sensation, numbness/tingling, chest pain/tightness, rapid heartbeat, drowsiness, foggy thinking, weakness, lethargy, pressure around eyes, blurred vision, runny nose, sneezing, shortness of breath, asthma attacks, frequent urination, seizures, insomnia, chills and shakes, dizziness, anxiety/panic attacks, hyperactivity/ADD, behavioral problems, irritability/anger outbursts, muscle/joint pain/stiffness, bloating, nausea, vomiting, stomach/intestinal cramps, and PMS/menopausal issues. Acute reactions to MSG can sometimes take up to 48-72 hours to show up while chronic conditions associated with MSG develop over time and may take time to reverse. (*AS A SIDE NOTE: ASPARTAME, aka NUTRASWEET artificial sweetener, can cause the same adverse reactions as MSG in people who are sensitive to it.)

MSG is now estimated to be added to over two-thirds of pseudofood brands. It is primarily found in soups, broths, bouillon, salad dressings, sauces, frozen meals, candy, seasonings, ice cream, dairy products, and candy. Eating whole, fresh, natural foods and purchasing only natural brand processed foods is the best way to avoid it.

In addition to being listed outright as MSG or monosodium glutamate, food manufacturers disguise this toxic additive under more than 27 different names:

Terms that always indicate MSG are: monosodium glutamate, autolyzed yeast, yeast extract, hydrolyzed vegetable protein, hydrolyzed protein, hydrolyzed plant protein, plant protein extract, sodium caseinate, calcium caseinate, textured protein, hydrolyzed oat flour and potassium glutamate.

Terms that frequently indicate MSG are: malt extract, malto-dextrin, bouillon, broth, stock, flavoring, natural flavoring/artificial flavoring, natural beef or chicken flavoring, nautral flavor enhancers, seasoning, and spices.

Terms that may indicate hidden MSG are: soy sauce, gelatin, carrageen, enzyme modified, protein fortified, fermented and ultra pasteurized.

Eliminating MSG, (and APTARTAME, for that matter), from the diet and cleansing and strengthening your body in general, will help flush out accumulated MSG from your system and reduce overall sensitivity to it.

Hope you find this information to be of value to you and your dogs' health.

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