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MARTHA SEZ: ‘Are cat and dog food companies in league with veterinarians?’

May 24, 2019
By MARTHA ALLEN , Lake Placid News

Great but largely unexplored questions of the day: Why do men in suits wear neckties? Is it true that a protein found in jellyfish improves memory in aging brains?

Why does roughly one out of every pair of socks that you own go missing? Do you know of anyone who went in swimming within half an hour after eating and drowned from cramps?

Why are some motorcycles so loud? It almost seems as if some people make their bikes louder on purpose.

Are cat and dog food companies in league with veterinarians?

Is there a bird that flies backward? Is it true that hummingbirds ride on the backs of geese flying South? Is it true that no two snowflakes are alike?

Men wear suits and neckties in conformity to a tradition that makes them appear trustworthy and solid. The better the fit and quality of a man's clothing, the more trustworthy and solid he appears. When I was a child, the same men who wore suits and ties to work also wore hats, but hats are no longer part of the outfit. Styles change. Some politicians now seem to think they look more trustworthy without a suit and tie.

Claims of deceptive marketing brought by the Federal Trade Commission and New York State against Quincy Bioscience, the maker of the dietary supplement Prevagen, were dismissed in 2017 and revived this year by the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit. It seems a protein found in jellyfish does not prevent age-related memory loss, as claimed in the Prevagen ads.

Quincy Bioscience has also been accused of animal cruelty in its experiments, not to jellyfish-synthetic jellyfish-like protein is used-but to aging beagles. One source complains that the elderly hounds would be happier in a loving home. Why not just accept that you can't teach an old dog new tricks and let it go at that? And how do the Quincy Bioscience scientists know if a dog, whatever its age, is more or less forgetful after ingesting jellyfish protein?

My co-worker Danielle says that the washing machine eats socks, and may at times eat a pair of socks, but you don't notice so much unless you have the odd sock to draw your attention.

Dr. Michael Boniface, a Mayo Clinic emergency medicine physician, has stated that there is no evidence that you will get life-threatening cramps if you don't wait half an hour to go swimming after eating.

Motorcycles come standard with mufflers that reduce noise, but, yes, it's true that not all riders want to go unnoticed. advertises "Ditch the heavy stock muffler that came with your bike for an aftermarket exhaust that'll drastically improve the performance & sound of your pipes!" Motorcycle noise limits vary from city to city, county to county and state to state.

We should not accuse all veterinarians of being involved in some criminal conspiracy with pet food manufacturers because, after all, most of them went into veterinary medicine due to a lifelong love of animals, not money, or not money originally, anyway. In this way, veterinarians are unlike dentists, who probably went into dentistry in order to make money and not because they loved teeth so much as children.

Still. Commercial dog food and cat food is highly processed. If it were sold for human consumption, it would be called junk food. The giant companies that produce pet food, like Nestle Purina, have put out the edict "Don't feed pets people food," as if humans have a monopoly on real food.

Wolves and wildcats have been eating meat since we were living in caves, and I'm sure it is better for them than kibble. The trend in human nutrition is toward natural foods, so why should our dogs and cats be limited to "vitamin enriched" processed foods? Or, in the case of certain aging beagles, proteins found in jellyfish?

Hummingbirds can fly backwards. If you want to see other birds flying backwards, watch Alfred Hitchcock's film "The Birds" in reverse.

Ornithologists say hummingbirds do not ride on the backs of geese, but who is to say it has never happened?

By the same token, who can be sure that no two snowflakes are alike? A lot of them melt before meteorologists can look at them carefully. Are data banks of snowflake images kept for the purpose of comparison? I strongly doubt it.

I hope we are done with snowflakes for the time being.

Have a good week.



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