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All new animal keepers make mistakes. I feel that it is the responsibility of those who have walked that path before to share as much information as possible so that the newcomers will avoid the mistakes we made. Hoarding information is as bad as hoarding animals. No one benefits, least of all the animals.
Another personal point of view will also be seen to emerge in many of my herp writings. This particular point of view stems from the things I have had to learn, often the hard way, after being stricken with with several illnesses, including those that affect my neuroendocrine and immune systems.
While the ways in which I was exposed to chemicals and tickborne diseases may be unique for someone who was for so long a strictly urban creature, the fact remains that I am far from unique in a world where every living thing has become a guinea pig for the chemical stew which surrounds us every day and every night. Stress exacerbates all illness and can make healthy people--and animals--ill. Animals in captivity are under constant stress, even those kept in the most perfect of environments. And so you will see me make recommendations and cautions that are apparently contrary to everything else written by those who write about animal care. Few of those authors, however, share my own experience and learning in these areas. My bottom line is always the health and functioning of the animals and their keepers. That is why my Chronic Neuroimmune Diseases and Lyme Disease sites is are part of my Anapsid site.
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