Then when I brought Leila home an hour or so later, instead of reverting back to normal, she followed her listing sister (the anaesthetic still affecting her) everywhere, but carefully, in a crouch and always at a few paces' distance, sniffing the air incessantly. Clearly, she didn't trust the evidence of her own eyes; this unnaturally quiet black lump that was unsteady on its feet could never be her playmate! And then, when I got too close in her opinion, she turned protective, and turned on me! Hissing, growling, spitting...she all but attacked me for real!
This morning, she was still off; but Leila, at least, appeared to be all better.
The news yesterday was not of the good: apparently, British scientists thought they'd discovered a link between the use of underarm deodorants and breast cancer. The news report did mention that the study on which they were basing their findings had been done on a very limited number of patients (20 in all), and that the harmful substances were only present in a small number of antiperspirants, but it still shook me. I mean, I've been using underarm deodorants for years, without thinking. Up until now, the only thing I ever made sure to check in chosing my cans was that they wouldn't cause the ozone layer to decrease, but I never thought they might turn out to prove a more personal health risk!
So this morning, the first thing I did when I turned on my 'puter, was to google for breast cancer and deodorants, and now I'm slightly less worried: "Scientists at the National Cancer Institute (NCI) are not aware of any research to support a link between the use of underarm antiperspirants or deodorants and the subsequent development of breast cancer. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration, which regulates food, cosmetics, medicines, and medical devices, also does not have any evidence or research data to support the theory that ingredients in underarm antiperspirants or deodorants cause cancer."
On the other hand, as far as I'm aware the American authorities also see no problem with GM foods, or steroids given to cattle to get a bigger T-bone steak, or the emission of hothouse gasses...so what am I to believe?
And is there an alternative to deodorants, anyway?