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About this newsletter   by John Vance, editor

Welcome to the latest issue of the Racing Pigeon Enthusiast, This newsletter is sponsored by and it is hoped that many more issues will follow.

I will keep this intro short and sweet. You will find two articles; "When Less is More" and "Antioxidant Update", which both deals with the dangers associated with over-supplementation usage. There is also an article by Liam O Comain, on the history of the Jan Aarden Strain.

If you have articles that you would like published in the newsletter please feel free to e-mail them to me. This newsletter goes out to about 950+ subscribers. The number of subscribers changes with every issue as some new subscribers sign up and others are dropped because they have changed their e-mail address and have not updated their new information in our database.

When Less is More   by John Vance

Being a host loft for a futurity race, presents unique health challenges. Birds are introduced to the handler's loft over the course of several months and each new futurity entry carries with it the risk of contaminating the loft birds with a broad spectrum of bacterial and viral infections.

Last Spring, I received a phone call from a fancier, who was a host loft for a regional futurity race. His club had never hosted anything like this before and he was concerned about the health consequences of bringing in birds from many lofts across the country. I worked out with him a quarantine program and health regime (Max Immune Plus and Show Stopper) that would offer the best protection for the birds without the use of medications or antibiotics.

The plan seemed to work and this fancier called several times to tell me how well the YB's were thriving on the program. He took exceptional pride in the fact that when other club members visited his loft they commented on how much healthier his birds appeared then the birds they had "taken in" for the futurity race.

I didn't hear from him for another six weeks and then I got a "call for help". It seems that the birds had started going downhill, they were losing their vitality, not flying as long around the loft and were starting to look dull. We talked for a while, when he mentioned that he had added....

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JAN AARDEN ~ The Strain & The Dynasty   By: Liam O Comain

When one gets involved in discussing the sport of pigeon racing the name of Jan Aarden is sure to appear, especially in relation to the long distances because the strain of racing pigeons created by this master has been immortalised by some due to the impact it has made throughout the world. But who was this Dutchman credited with being the creator of a great marathon strain - a man whose bloodlines run through many of the winners and others to the fore in the Barcelona International and indeed many national and international winners throughout the world of modern pigeon racing?

Jan Aarden was born in the city of Oosterhout on the Sixth of November 1893 to Martinus Aarden and Lucia Schoenmakers. There he attended school at the Abbey of St. Paulus. From his earliest days Jan had a great love for animals and birds and in particular racing pigeons. The love of the latter was kindled by a Fr. Paulus who kept some racing pigeons in the Abbey grounds and, needless to relate, the young Aarden in due course became the "boy manager" of the good Father's stock. There his passion for the thoroughbreds of the sky intensified and by the time he was 18 he was a member of a racing pigeon club in Oosterhout, where in a short period of time he owned a loft of good short and middle distance racers.

An early influence upon Aarden was the family of Oomens from Breda who were the long distance stars of the Netherlands prior to World War 2. Aarden developed a close friendship with the father of the family and in due course owned some of their birds.

After Jan's marriage to Janntje Akermans on the twentieth of July 1916, the Aardens moved to and lived in the village of Teteringen for almost four years. Aarden built a loft and moved his pigeons there but because of family commitments and the First World War there was a lack of success....

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Antioxidant Update   By: John Vance

Recently, a meta-analysis of 68 randomized trials concerning vitamin usage, showed an actual increased death rate amongst people that regularly used multi-vitamin supplements over those who did not use or only took vitamins occasionally.

A meta analysis is when researchers review the data from many earlier studies and find correlations or relationships not apparent to the authors of those earlier studies. In the case of this meta analysis, the researchers randomly selected 68 studies concerning vitamin usage. When they reviewed the data from those studies, they found a correlation between the amount (and frequency) of multi-vitamin supplementation a person took and the death rate of that population.

What the researchers found was a decrease in life expectancy in those who used vitamins on a daily or near daily basis. The researchers believed that the increase in death rates was attributable, in large part, to anti oxidative stress and hypervitaminosis.

NOTE: hypervitaminosis refers to the negative effects associated with overdosing vitamins, particularly the antioxidant rich....

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Breaking News!  

Between now and September 15th, I will be sending out the next issue of The Racing Pigeon Enthusiast Newsletter. There will be one major article in this next issue that may well forever change the way you maintain health in your birds.

When I came upon this research, I immediately understood the implications it would have for the racing pigeon sport. No it is not some miracle product and I am not selling it -- It is "knowledge" that will cause many of you to re-examine the way you maintain health in your lofts.

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