Balanced Blends Newsletter - Dec. 27, 2019

Posted by Christina Delzenero on

Welcome to the Balanced Blends newsletter! 

I can't believe it's the end of the year already! It's gone by so quickly, and we've had so many awesome changes here at Balanced Blends - we're really looking forward to what 2020 has to bring! 

Let us know what items you’d like to see us cover! We'd love to hear about cool animal rescues in your area, or stories that are local that others would appreciate hearing!
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Animal News 

Oregon Exploring a Telemedicine Amendment

-Oregon is looking at new standards that would allow veterinarians to provide on-line consultations with patients who have seen a vet within the previous year. If you live in Oregon, or know someone who does, you can send comments via email to no later than 5pm PST on December 31st. 
(Personally, as someone with 7 cats, I would *love* the option to have on-line consultations!)

Human Exposure to Dogs Early in Life May Lessen Likelihood of Developing Schizophrenia 

-A study from Johns Hopkins University, published recently in the journal PLOS One, found a statistically significant decrease (up to 24%) in the likelihood of developing schizophrenia later in life if a human is exposed to a dog before their 13th birthday. The largest benefit comes if the child is exposed between birth and three years of age. This is a fascinating article - worth a read.


Recalls/Health Warnings 

The Incredible, Inedible Egg

-If you're like me, a hard-boiled egg is a quick, easy snack I periodically grab from the refrigerator case at the local grocery store. I'll be avoiding those for awhile, because unfortunately, on Dec. 23rd, Almark Foods issued a massive recall of all eggs manufactured at its Gainesville, Georgia facility due to potential listeria contamination. This includes bulk containers of hard boiled eggs, but also things like egg salad sandwiches and potato salads. Check the link for the full list.

The Top 10 Multistate Foodborne Outbreaks in 2019

-The end of the year is typically a time of reflection, coupled with lots of top 10 lists. Food Safety News created their own list of the top 10 foodborne outbreaks from the past year, including such gems as cyclospora, E. coli, and salmonella. If you're curious about how many people were impacted by foodborne illness this year, check out the link.


Cute Stuff! 

Baby Yoda Cat

-If you like Star Wars and you like cats, you will adore Baby Yoda Cat! Found in North Carolina by a humane society volunteer, the kitty is now being fostered by a Cabarrus Animal Hospital employee, and treated for a neck wound, fleas, and parasites. 

She's got her own Facebook page to track her progress - read more about her here:


Non-Profit of the Week 

The Humane Society of Rowan County, NC, has a volunteer who found Yoda Cat, so it seemed fitting to feature them as our non-profit of the week. They've been around since 1973, and unlike many of the humane societies with which I'm familiar, they do *not* have a facility, instead relying on volunteers to house and care for the animals. They work hard to educate the community about the importance of spaying and neutering, and also work to save injured and neglected animals. 
You can also find them on Facebook @HumaneRowanNC.


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