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A Purrrrfect Letter

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    ... by Dr. David Williams, he talks about some interesting ... _________________________________________________________________ MSN Instant Messenger now
    Message 1 of 1 , Apr 1, 2003
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      by Dr. David Williams, he talks about some interesting
      > research in vibrations. He says that researchers have found that
      > vibrations or energy currents in the range of 20 to 50 Hz stimulates
      > bone growth. The production of the body's natural anti-inflammatory
      > compounds is increased. Joint pain and swelling improves. Bone
      > fractures heal faster, and weakened bones begin to strengthen and
      > rebuild. In a section he calls "A Purrfect Tool for Healing" he
      > writes:
      > Some of the most amazing research that I've run across, however,
      > deals with cats. A group called the Fauna Communications Research
      > Institute in Hillsborough, North Carolina, recently started some very
      > interesting research focusing on the possible connection between
      > vibrational frequencies and healing.
      > Researchers there began to question the purpose of purring in cats. I
      > honestly hadn't given it much thought; I always thought cats purred
      > because they were content. Apparently there's more to the picture.
      > Cats also purr when they give birth and when they are under stress,
      > caged, or severely injured. Since purring expends energy, it makes
      > sense that there would be a reason for it.
      > In an unpublished study, researchers recorded the purrs of all types
      > of cats, both domestic and wild. Cheetahs, pumas, ocelots, and other
      > wild cats were recorded at the Cincinnati Zoo. Various domestic cats
      > were recorded elsewhere. Surprisingly, when the frequencies of the
      > purrs were analyzed, it was discovered that the dominant frequency
      > for three species of cats' purrs was exactly 25 Hz or 50 Hz. These
      > just happen to be the most effective frequencies for promoting bone
      > growth and repair. (Only the cheetah didn't have a dominant frequency
      > at 50 Hz.)
      > Everyone has heard that "a cat always lands on its feet." The
      > amazing righting ability behind this saying undoubtedly accounts for
      > the fact that cats routinely survive and completely recover from
      > falls that would kill most animals. In the late 1980s, vets studied
      > the cases of 132 cats that had fallen an average of 5.5 stories from
      > variouse high-rise apartments. Of those, 37% required emergency
      > treatment, 30% required non-emergency treatment, and the remaining
      > 30%, no treatment at all. Overall, 90% of the cats survived. (For
      > what it's worth, the highest recorded fall survived by a cat was 45
      > stories.)
      > Cats' remarkable ability to survive may also be based on the fact
      > that their dominant purr is at the exact frequency that heals bones,
      > muscles, and ligaments. There's another old saying that's popular
      > among veterinarians, "If you put a cat and a bunch of broken bones in
      > the same room, the bones will heal."
      > A recent study evaluated the various health problems presented by
      > 31,484 dogs and 15,226 cats to 52 private veterinary clinics around
      > the country. Lameness and disc disease were among the top problems
      > of dogs and 2.4% were severely arthritic. Kidney and bladder
      > problems were most prominent among cats, and there was no mention of
      > bone, arthritis, or joint problems at all. (J Am Vet Med Assoc 99;214
      > (9):1336-41)
      > Hip dysplasia, arthritis, and ligament and muscle damage are all
      > common to dogs, but almost non-existent in cats. Even myeloma, a
      > cancerous tumor in bone marrow, is practically unheard of in cats,
      > yet quite common in dogs. Any vet will tell you how much easier it
      > is to fix a broken bone and how much quicker one heals in a cat
      > compared to a dog.
      > Researchers at the Ontario Veterinary College in Canada made some
      > interesting comparisons between dogs and cats regarding their
      > complications from elective surgeries. They found that complications
      > from castration were as much as 20 times higher in dogs than in cats,
      > and the post-operative problems following ovariohysterectomies
      > occurred twice as often in dogs as cats.
      > Breathing problems associated with heart disease are almost non-
      > existant in cats, but common in dogs. Large skin-tissue grafts take
      > quickly in cats, but often become necrotic in dogs. Historically,
      > bone cancer is extremely rare in cats, but common in dogs. And the
      > list goes on and on.
      > Purring appears to be a cat's way of treating itself. Just like
      > humans use shivering to warm the body, cats may purr at specific
      > vibrational frequencies that promote healing in various parts of
      > their bodies. While the researchers in the above-mentioned
      > unpublished study found that a cat's dominant purring frequency might
      > be at 25 Hz or 50 Hz, the range extended up to 140 Hz. By changing
      > the frequency of their purring, cats may be fine-tuning their healing
      > abilities.
      > In another section he writes:
      > I've even seen reports where individuals claim they can stop their
      > migrane headaches by lying down with a purring cat next to their
      > head. Maybe we're finally on track to discover a logical explanation
      > for these incidents.
      > ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~
      > So go get a cat. You will be healthlier and have a friend who really
      > understands how you feel. Your cat won't CARE, but it will
      > understand.
      > Purrrrringly yours,
      > Jon . . . take courage, whatever you decide will probably be wrong.

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