Drought Map for November 18, 2014


David Suzuki Targeted by Edelman PR Outfit

David Suzuki Foundation

You should know…

Dear Ray,

Earlier this week, we sent an email to our supporters in Quebec on an issue that affects all Canadians. I want to share this with you, too. And ask for your help.

You may have heard that Edelman, one of the world’s largest public relations firms, has targeted the David Suzuki Foundation and three other organizations in a campaign to change public opinion on pipelines by creating fake citizens’ groups and equipping them to attack us. They were hired by TransCanada — the company behind the Keystone XL and Energy East pipeline projects.

I was personally named in the documents as an opponent to be discredited.

But I won’t be intimidated. I have no intention of backing down. And I hope you will stand with me.

Like so many of you, I am dedicated to protecting the planet. My inspiration: the future of my two children, Anais and Simon-Olivier.

I also work for you. I know you rely on the David Suzuki Foundation’s researchers and experts to speak up, even in the face of well-funded opposition. It has never been more important to find clean, healthy solutions to Canada’s critical climate and energy challenges.

Please make a donation to fund science-based solutions.

Decisions about our energy future must be based on evidence and an open and transparent public debate, NOT intimidation tactics funded by the fossil fuel industry.

Please join me today.

Let’s work towards a country with sustainable energy policies and healthy communities. We are stronger together.

With respect,

Signature: Karel Mayrand

Karel Mayrand
Director General, Quebec,
David Suzuki Foundation

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P.S. Let’s make 2015 a year for change. More than 1,200 people have joined us so far, and we hope that 2,015 of you will make a donation to help us lead change in Canada. Stand with us today — we are stronger together.

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Cranberry and Urinary Tract Infections – PubMed-NIH


Drugs. 2009;69(7):775-807. doi: 10.2165/00003495-200969070-00002.

Cranberry And Urinary Tract Infections.

Guay DR. Author information


Urinary tract infection (UTI) refers to the presence of clinical signs and symptoms arising from the genitourinary tract plus the presence of one or more micro-organisms in the urine exceeding a threshold value for significance (ranges from 102 to 103 colony-forming units/mL). Infections are localized to the bladder (cystitis), renal parenchyma (pyelonephritis) or prostate (acute or chronic bacterial prostatitis). Single UTI episodes are very common, especially in adult women where there is a 50-fold predominance compared with adult men. In addition, recurrent UTIs are also common, occurring in up to one-third of women after first-episode UTIs. Recurrences requiring intervention are usually defined as two or more episodes over 6 months or three or more episodes over 1 year (this definition applies only to young women with acute uncomplicated UTIs).

A cornerstone of prevention of UTI recurrence has been the use of low-dose once-daily or post-coital antimicrobials; however, much interest has surrounded non-antimicrobial-based approaches undergoing investigation such as use of probiotics, vaccines, oligosaccharide inhibitors of bacterial adherence and colonization, and bacterial interference with immunoreactive extracts of Escherichia coli. Local (intravaginal) estrogen therapy has had mixed results to date. Cranberry products in a variety of formulations have also undergone extensive evaluation over several decades in the management of UTIs.

At present, there is no evidence that cranberry can be used to treat UTIs. Hence, the focus has been on its use as a preventative strategy. Cranberry has been effective in vitro and in vivo in animals for the prevention of UTI. Cranberry appears to work by inhibiting the adhesion of type I and P-fimbriated uropathogens (e.g. uropathogenic E. coli) to the uroepithelium, thus impairing colonization and subsequent infection. The isolation of the component(s) of cranberry with this activity has been a daunting task, considering the hundreds of compounds found in the fruit and its juice derivatives. Reasonable evidence suggests that the anthocyanidin/proanthocyanidin moieties are potent antiadhesion compounds. However, problems still exist with standardization of cranberry products, which makes it extremely difficult to compare products or extrapolate results. Unfortunately, most clinical trials have had design deficiencies and none have evaluated specific key cranberry-derived compounds considered likely to be active moieties (e.g. proanthocyanidins).

In general, the preventive efficacy of cranberry has been variable and modest at best. Meta-analyses have established that recurrence rates over 1 year are reduced approximately 35% in young to middle-aged women. The efficacy of cranberry in other groups (i.e. elderly, paediatric patients, those with neurogenic bladder, those with chronic indwelling urinary catheters) is questionable. Withdrawal rates have been quite high (up to 55%), suggesting that these products may not be acceptable over long periods. Adverse events include gastrointestinal intolerance, weight gain (due to the excessive calorie load) and drug-cranberry interactions (due to the inhibitory effect of flavonoids on cytochrome P450-mediated drug metabolism). The findings of the Cochrane Collaboration support the potential use of cranberry products in the prophylaxis of recurrent UTIs in young and middle-aged women.

In light of the heterogeneity of clinical study designs and the lack of consensus regarding the dosage regimen and formulation to use, cranberry products cannot be recommended for the prophylaxis of recurrent UTIs at this time.



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’tis the season….

quilting season that is… Mary Bell’s 5×5 from 2″ squares, almost finished…0

Drought Map for 11-11-2014

Message from Dr. Rogers at North American Bear Center- Give to the Max Day

Wednesday, 12 November 2014
As we approach our fifth Give to the Max Day on Thursday, November 13, I am thinking about how far we’ve come together in educating about bears and replacing misconceptions with facts. People won’t coexist with animals they fear. What began with us learning together from Lily and Hope in 2010 has turned into a global community of friends and like-minded people using time, talents, and support to spread the truth about bears.

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Doc lecturing at viewing windowNothing close to what we have accomplished as a group could have happened otherwise.

Spreading the truth and educating about bears is the main purpose of the Hope Learning Center classroom, the Broadcast Room for distance learning, and the Northwoods Ecology Hall—all in the new addition to the North American Bear Center.

Feeling your friendship and passion is humbling and inspiring. Together, we are making these new additions to the North American Bear Center state of the art facilities to engage and reach students, officials, and people worldwide.

Give MN Join us Live revPlease join us live throughout Give to the Max Day on the PTZ Cam that can be found under the Live Cameras tab on bear.org.

Lily and HopeLily and HopeWhen donating, you can increase the chances of winning a Golden Ticket for the North American Bear Center by breaking large donations into several smaller ones. If you would like to donate before the 13th, your donations will still be eligible for Golden Tickets and counted in the leaderboards. To donate, click here.

With much gratitude, thank you for all you do.

Lynn Rogers, Biologist,
North American Bear Center

galloping electric lines…

“Wind and ice can cause power lines to gallop. This video was taken near Meadowview Elementary in Farmington on Nov. 10. Due to galloping lines in various locations throughout our service territory, approximately 4,500 people lost power during the overnight hours on Nov. 10 and crews worked on restoration through the night.”