Hello, hello, hello!
So I’ve been off the radar for the last few months so I thought it was time to give you guys a bit of a refresher.
So what’s been happening?
Well to tell you the truth, not a lot; just a bit of hassle at work, both personal and professional. Since this I have actually resigned. This is good news, really. It means I’m not letting myself get stressed out anymore and I can devote more time to my personal life and my practice.
All this stress hasn’t been great for my health. With my asthma, if I get stressed I start hyperventilating which triggers an asthma attack. There are other triggers for my asthma, but the predominant trigger is stress. It’s annoying but manageable at the moment and, although I don’t like using manmade medicines, my inhalers have been a godsend the last few weeks.
Whilst we are on the topic of manmade medicine, I think I’ll mention the fact that I’ve stopped taking my antidepressants. I’m quite happy with my progress so far, considering I went cold turkey when I decided to come off them. There’s been a couple of moments where I’ve felt a bit off colour, but apart from that I’m fine.
Now for my reason for posting; product testing.
Anika Garrett posted a video a few weeks ago about animal testing; which companies test on animals.
Although I do not agree with animal testing for cosmetics like lipsticks, eye shadows, etc., to some extent I do agree with it for medicinal purposes.
Now, you’re probably going to be thinking I’m some kind of demon spawn at the moment, but hear me out.
My beloved ginger tom cat Simba, who has sadly passed away now, suffered from kidney failure in his last few months. Because of his kidney failure, his blood pressure rose to a point where his retinas actually detached from his eyes and he went blind. He required tablets to lower his blood pressure; Ramipril, the same tablets my dad uses for his blood pressure.
Now sadly, we did lose Simba in the end, but for his last few months he was comfortable and we believe that he was able to see because his blood pressure had stabilised. It was sad letting him go, but he was suffering in the end. He wasn’t eating, he wasn’t going to the toilet. His bladder was blocked because of an infection caused by the kidney failure. The vet said his bladder was the size of a tennis ball.
As much as I loved him, and still love him, he was ready to cross the rainbow bridge.
Now, why do I mention Simba’s story?
Because the medicine he took would have been tested on animals for human consumption. However because the medicine had been tested on animals, if the animals were required to take the medicine they could take it safely with no repercussions on the rest of their health.
In that respect, although I don’t fully agree with animal testing I believe that if the medicine is not just for human use, but for animal use as well, then I support it.
Human trials however are a necessity and in instances such as cosmetic trials and medicine that will not be fit for animal consumption, I completely agree with human only trials.
In recent weeks, in the UK, there have been a number of websites and television shows (the One Show on the BBC being one of them) mentioning about a company called “FluCamp”.
It’s a medicinal trial aimed at people who suffer from asthma, to find out how our bodies react to the common cold and the influenza virus. What happens during the trial is you are given a strain of the common cold or the flu (or maybe even a placebo!) and are observed for a ten day period by doctors to find out how asthma sufferers deal with common respiratory infections.
You’re not getting ill for free, though. FluCamp give people money for taking part in their examinations.
FluCamp is something I have expressed an interest in, and have actually applied for. I should hear something back in the New Year about my application, so that’s very exciting.
It’s all very exciting, up in the air, at the minute.
Hope you are keeping well, but for now…
Love and light, Blessed Be.