Dogs and Diabetes

Diabetes in dogs is increasing in number. Some authorities feel that it may be due to the increasing instance of dog obesity. Keeping your dog at a good weight can avoid many illnesses including diabetes.

The difficulty with diagnosing diabetes in dogs is that the symptoms can be very subtle and seemingly unrelated to diabetes. Often owners do not notice many of the symptoms until there is an emergency.

Some of the symptoms of diabetes are:

  • Cataracts
  • Fatigue and lack of interest in play and exercise
  • Increased thirst and increased urination
  • Lack of activity can increase weight gain
  • Weight loss can be very noticeable. It can be sudden or gradual

Any combination of these symptoms may indicate diabetes.

There are several factors that contribute to the develop diabetes. Senior dogs are more likely to develop diabetes. Dogs over ten years of age are more likely to become diabetic. If your senior is overweight, it increases the chances of diabetes.

Un-spayed females are more likely to some degree of developing diabetes. Dogs that are under fifty pounds get it more frequently than heavier dogs. While this may sound contradictory to the obesity facts, it reflects to dogs that are naturally under fifty pounds. It does not mean that your Great Dane should be under fifty pounds.

Diabetes can not be cured. It can be controlled with insulin and intestinal attention being paid to the dogs diet and activity.

After your dog consumes a meal, the food is broken down into glucose and nutrients. These are absorbed by the blood. As the glucose circulates through the blood stream the pancreas begins to increase its insulin production. In a dog, this does not happen. The increased levels can cause many issues with your dogs health.

Insulin injections will supplement the bodies production and assist in digestion and maintaining healthy levels of glucose. With the large variety of insulins available, you may have one that only has to be injected once each day or one that needs to be done more frequently. Your veterinarian will make that decision.

Once your dog has been diagnosed, maintaining a schedule is very important. Your dog should be fed the same time each day. Exercise should also be done on a time schedule. Diabetic dogs need a healthy diet that contains a lot of good protein, vitamins and minerals. The amount of food is also carefully controlled. Any variation from this can cause an emergency situation for your pet.

There is no cure for diabetes. It can be controlled. Diabetes can not be invented. There are some researchers that feel it may be genetic or particular to some breeds. Dog weight management that can be achieved by feeding your dog a healthy diet key. Combined with a routine exercise program are you best methods of preventing or delaying the progress of the disease.

It is vitally important to observe your dog for significant changes in habits, appetite or energy. If you notice any changes, contact your veterinarian.

The Simple Reasons for Massive Obesity

Over the years I tried many different ways of eating there was a time I was on a mission to put on weight and had a tough time gaining weight it cost more money to gain weight than it did to lose weight.

I came to the conclusion that extra bodyweight was really affecting my life in a bad way and I decided it was time to lose some weight and managed to lose 85 lbs in 5 months just by changing the way I ate.

I no longer stuffed myself, I ate almost a strict vegetarian diet and I still do, I also find my body recovers real fast after a workout if I limit the junk.

But what is the right way? I think about growing up and the way I lived in 70's and 80's I found that there were a few fat people, near near as many now.

When mom or dad was in control of my eating I was eating usually 3 times a day. Morning usually was sugary cereal sometimes puffed wheat, shredded wheat, grape nuts but also sugar smacks, frosted flakes etc, on occasion eggs and bacon with the eggs cooked in bacon grease.

Lunch if not in school was probably peanut butter and jelly sandwich, dinner usually there was a meat, starch and vegetable, sometimes pasta. But dinner was not like a buffet and we did not eat around the clock.

Sometimes we had seconds, but not much snacking between meals.

As far as fast food goes I probably was at McDonald's as a kid I would say less than 10 times and tv dinners were in metal tray's and were a treat.

On Saturday's when I was young I remember watching wrestling with my dad and eating bologna and cheese sandwiches.

I do not remember soda being in our house, we drank water and milk soda will destroy the body water builds the body. But the big thing is, there were not many things that distracted us from being physically active.

We had no computer, cell phones, no video games well at least that were worth playing so the combination of being bored and eating at every chance and no physical activity is the largest cause of obesity.

But as I got older and moved to a different area with access to convent store's and when I got a little money I would drink soda, eat fast food, lunch meat sandwiches but was still active and gained no weight.

It was not until I decided to gain weight and work really hard at it did I actually put on a ton of unusable weight. So eating in excess instead of moderation of the wrong foods processed packaged foods and lack of movement has become the problem.

No one ever got fat eating potatoes, they have few calories per potato and they are very filling no one ever got fat eating bananas either but the experts tell you to lose weight do not eat these type of stars.

If you look at the difference between the money spend today on eating out or ordering in comparated 20 – 30 years ago the number is staggering. I never ever remember having food delivered to my house when I was younger.

So when I fat person tells me that they are fat because of medical problems they are more than probably just lying to themselves to make themselves feel better, because eating natural foods does not encourage weight gain.

No matter what some expert wants to tell you about how times are different and it's not all your fault, he or she is right times are different but the body still responds the way it always did. We have become conditioned to eat at all times we also also let the clock decide when we eat.

We eat too much food and do not drink close to enough water. We can go long periods without food and most feel they can not go two hours without food.

Over the years I have found the less I eat the better I feel, sometimes eating one time a day and sometimes eating several times a day depending on my activity level.

Activity level should be how you gauge your food intake, if you do not move much through your day you do not need much food if you are very active you will need more food, it's just common sense.

As far as scientific research goes do we really need to spend money finding out why people are fat? All we need to do is look no farther than the mirror.

Signs And Symptoms Of Social Anxiety Disorder

Scared to go out to a meeting to speak to a client?  Need to deliver a speech but feel like fainting at the thought of going in front of the class to present?  Scared to attend a social gathering for no apparent reason?  You might be suffering from one of the many signs and symptoms of social anxiety disorder.

Social anxiety disorder, also known as social phobia, is a kind of mental disorder where the sufferer experiences a severe or unreasonable fear of social gatherings where there is a possibility that one may get embarrassed or ridiculed.   Most of the time, these anxieties arise from an intense fear of being closely watched or scrutinized – from the simple things like the way they dress, talk or act, to important job functions like performing in front of a crowd, giving a presentation, or finishing an interview for a job application.  This kind of phobia gives sufferers a feeling of being trapped or shut away from the world.

They say that one of the signs and symptoms of social anxiety disorder is closely related to shyness.  However social phobia differs in the sense that this disrupts normal socializing functions.  It is true that everyone goes through a stage of shyness in their life, overcoming it is a different thing.  When it becomes too much that it interrupts your daily life and relationships to the point where you are sick with worry, it is time to seek counsel.  It is good to know the signs and symptoms of social anxiety disorder to be able to determine and treat this said condition before it worsens.

People with social phobia manifest 2 basic kinds of symptoms: emotional and physical.  The emotional symptoms include: an intense fear of being in situations in which you don’t know people, fear of situations in which you may be judged, worrying about embarrassing or humiliating yourself, fear that others will notice that you look anxious, anxiety that disrupts your daily routine, work, school or other activities, avoiding doing things or speaking to people out of fear of embarrassment, avoiding situations where you might be the center of attention.  The physical symptoms include: Blushing, profuse sweating, trembling or shaking, nausea, stomach upset, difficulty talking, shaky voice, muscle tension, confusion, palpitations, diarrhea, cold and clammy hands, and difficulty making eye contact.

Basically, social anxiety disorder  manifests itself with signs and  symptoms of being overly anxious around other people.  Sufferers think that other people are more confident that they are, that other people are better them.  They feel uncomfortable being around people that it makes it difficult for them to eat, drink, work, asking questions, asking for dates, even going to the toilet, when other people are around.

The good news is that there is a cure for this condition.  For the past 20 years, a combination of talk therapy and medications has proven most helpful to limit the effects, if not cure, this mental condition.  Certain anti-depressants (Paroxetine, Sertraline and Venlafaxine), anti-anxiety medications, and beta blockers are used to help Socio-phobic people to balance certain chemicals in the brain and minimize panic attacks during periods of heightened anxiety.  Talk therapy teaches people with social anxiety disorder to react differently to situations that trigger their anxiety.  The therapist helps the patient confront the negative feelings about social situations and the fear about being judged by others. Patients learn how their thinking patterns add to the symptoms of social anxiety disorder and how to change their thinking so the symptoms begin to lessen.

To be shy is quite normal, everybody has gone through a similar phase.  Getting past that stage is the difficult part.  Ultimately, it ends up to building your confidence to a certain level for you to be comfortable enough to move normally.  In case you’ve been diagnosed as a socio-phobic, it is nothing to be ashamed of.  With a little bit of therapy, proper medication, and enough support from people who believe in you, you’ll slowly be able to do socialize and function normally within a group without being too anxious.

Home Care for Bed Bound Patients

To witness a family member or loved one bed bound is an emotionally draining experience. To be unable to do much to help their suffering and to provide the best of care makes the feeling worse. This article strives to offer some solutions and understanding for the layperson caring for bed bound patients in the context of home care.

Bed bound patients face a variety of issues, from manpower support, mental illnesses like depression, basic cleanliness and hygiene, bed sores, to chronic diseases like hypertension. Of this list, manpower issues usually rank highest.

Most bed bound patients in Singapore stay at home and are looked after by family members. Over time, this can take an exhausting toll on family members and an understanding of home-based care will be of immense aid to family as well as patient.

Understand the Cause for becoming bed bound

A patient can become bed bound for a multitude of reasons. A fracture of the spine, paralysis and coma post trauma, surgery, head injury, end of life causes, old age and the commonly encountered cerebrovascular accident are all situations which can cause patients to become bed bound. Understanding the causes can help prevent the problem from happening in the first place, while adjusting the care for such patients will improve the quality of life for these patients.

Common problems

Nursing Issues

  • Ulcers or bedsores: Pressure ulcers and bed sores, if left unchecked, can cause serious complications over time.

  • Basic Hygiene and Cleanliness. Basic cleaning of patients, regular change of diapers, monitoring of bowel movements, are all important but physically very demanding.

Medical Issues

  • Muscle atrophy. After prolonged periods of inactivity, muscles eventually lose their strength and muscle weakness sets in, making it a vicious cycle. The bed bound patient becomes more bound to the bed with the passing of each day.

  • Frequent Infections: Due to the sitting / lying posture, the lungs cannot fully inflate with each breath and hence respiratory infections are common. Due to the long term use of diapers, the urinary tract becomes easily infected.

  • Mental Illnesses. It is common for patients who are bed bound to become depressed. Love, care and attention, frequent companionship and empathy will go a long way in treatment of these patients.

  • Insomnia. It is common for bed bound patients to have poor sleep.

General Issues due to lack of activity:

  • Bed bound patients usually report a loss of appetite, loss of interest in all things big and small, and a general decline amongst all functions.

Challenges for the Caregivers

Caring for a bed bound patient is challenging. With the passage of time, the daily grind of caring for the bed bound patient will take its toll on the caregiver.

Enforcing personal hygiene, administering the correct medications, serving proper foods, ensuring regular exercise, and providing companionship for bed bound patients are but the basic fundamentals required.

To go beyond the above, turning the bed bound patient every 2-4 hours to prevent bed sores round the clock, suctioning and cleaning the airway, feeding through tubes, dressing open skin sores and wounds, care for urinary catheters are all farther challenges faced by caregivers faced with patient who have complicated medical problems.

It is hence normal for a caregiver to feel overwhelmed at some stage, resulting in high levels of caregiver stress. Thus, the provision of manpower, simply an extra pair of hands, will make a big difference when it comes to home care.

Risks faced by bed bound patients

Common risks include:

  • Development of bed or pressure sores which worsen if left untreated.

  • Formation of blood clots in the veins of the lower limbs. If these clots break off and get lodged in the heart, lungs or brain, it can cause farther complications.

  • Muscle atrophy.

  • Frequent infections and complications from the general lack of activity.

As an aside, do note that bed sores rank highest where nursing care is deficient. It usually begins with a mild redness to the skin but if left unchecked, the bedsores will infiltrate deeper into the skin layers and can erode the skin all the way down to bone if left unchecked.

Do’s and Don’ts

  • Perform daily skin inspection to check for reddening of the skin, especially in bony areas like knees, hips, shoulders, ears, tailbone, and buttocks.

  • If a bed sore is identified, cushion it immediately and seek medical help if the skin is broken.

  • Keep skin clean and dry. Clean the skin with mild soap and water; pat dry.

  • Moist the skin: Use body lotion to keep the skin lubricated. Use powder to dry the folds of the skins, such as armpits and under the breast.

  • Bedding and linen should be changed daily. In case of bed wetting, change the wet sheets immediately.

  • Keep the patient hydrated.

  • Have a balanced diet: A healthy and nutritious diet is very important to boost the patient’s immunity. Keep a diary to record all meals taken.

  • Exercise the patient: To prevent muscle weakness, exercises should be done, keeping in perspective the patient’s condition. If the patient can walk a little, help him/her walk around as per convenience.

  • Massage: Deep massages can help prevent blood circulation-related complications. Light massages are ideal for painful muscles and prevention of bedsores.

  • Positioning: Reposition the patient every 2 hours. Never drag the patient; always lift.

  • Keep limbs elevated: Both hands and legs should be kept a little elevated to prevent swelling and help blood circulation.

What to do in case of bedsores?

Unless experienced or trained, the first contact of bedsores should be handled by medical professionals as far as possible.

However, for first response, the best treatment of bed sores is to leave it open to air and to alleviate any pressure on the bed sore as much as possible.

With enough experience with the type of dressings to be used, the caregiver should learn from each episode and become familiar with the available treatments and methods used to clean bed sores.

The best method of treatment bed sores is prevention. So constant vigilance is the key.

The Crossroad to Success

“To be what we are, and to become what we are capable of becoming, is the only end of life.” ~ Robert Louis Stevenson

Throughout our unknown path and journey in life, we will be faced with inevitable crossroads of daily decision-making that will determine our road to success. Crossroads are challenging and intersections are difficult, but life’s junctures are vital to our mental and spiritual growth. While we gaze upon our crossroads, it is up to us to choose which path will lead us to a direction of life success. Some junctures will branch out into many directions, but it is at the point of intersection where we must have faith in our decision and believe in providence.

Perpetual indecision is a cataclysmic fate to many, an immobile course of events that can lead to nowhere on our journey. Oftentimes, we avoid our crossroads simply due to this very reason… indecision. We know that crossroads are where daily decisions are made, but by staying in limbo, we are not deciding which way to go. We are not trying. We are often fooled into thinking that by staying in limbo, we’re actually “making a decision”, but regression is occurring here, not decisions. Reversion simply brings us to a state of stunted growth. Jon Bon Jovi once said, “It’s better to be ‘I did it and failed,’ instead of a coulda, woulda, shoulda.” Remaining still in thought is always productive before making decisions, but sooner than later, we need to look both ways and cross the road. It’s important to note, whenever we are in the process making a decision, that we’re well rested and clear-minded. Making choices when we’re exhausted is futile and should be avoided.

Fear is a huge factor that can keep us frozen in our tracks when decisions are present. We find it easier to return to what is familiar, good or bad, and remain in the past. We know what is behind us, we know where we came from, and it’s more comforting than what in front of us… the fear of the unknown. People from past civilizations used to believe the world was flat and if they traveled too far, they would fall off the edge of the earth. This belief changed when courageous seafarers gave the first observational evidence that the earth was not flat. It became okay to venture out into unknown territorial paths and that one would survive. Still today, not knowing what is ahead is what holds many of us back, but we will never know unless we try.

Many of us have also witnessed reckless decision-makers. People who act on impulse without thinking about the consequences. Those false choices will take us down a path of destiny, as well. Often times, foolhardy decisions will lead one to darker roads filled with regret, fear, anxiety, anger, and rarely to success. Rash decisions are never beneficial and can be our regrettable downfall. Irrational decisions are hard to undo and will create a disastrous results.

Over analyzing and uneducated decisions are frontrunners when we find ourselves at the crossroads of success, as well. It is important to take time to educate ourselves on the subject at hand prior to our decisions. Education will aid and speed up the process of indecision and over analyzing a situation. Statistics show we are confronted with over 200 choices to make daily for our well-being, career, family, relationships, health, education, finances, and life values. For many of us, the thought of making a simple decision can be overwhelming and as a result we can suffer from decision fatigue. No matter which path we choose or how we mentally prepare for our decision, our choices are all predetermined to fundamental change.

We each have our own opinions of what success means when making choices. For some of us, it’s about the achievement of goals and for others it’s about spiritual success. We all face different objectives to attain our own personal success, but it’s imperative to see the greater importance when we are at a turning-point. How we deal with decision-making and how we define success is a crucial factor when we are at a crossroad in our life.

The word success often becomes shrouded by society’s interpretations of what success should be for individuals as a whole, i.g., the type of vehicle we own, the amount of money in our bank account, the clothes we wear, the kind of technical equipment we own, the type of house we live in, and so on. But rarely, does society define success as: the type of individual we are within our human success. Society can be hard on anyone who doesn’t have a prominent job, fancy clothes, or a new car. They like to deem us as unsuccessful, yet never looking deeper to why we may not drive a current year vehicle. People can be quick to judge and harsh when they use their personal definition of success.

Due to the harshness of society, we often make decisions at the crossroads based on what other people would perceive of us and not by what we deem as successful. Even as grown adults… we are still succumbed by peer pressure. We are often pressured into making choices we would rather not make out of fear, ego, or self-esteem issues and how society will view us. It’s important to make decisions at our crossroads based on what we define as success, not what society believes is our success.

Society runs at a fast-moving pace and it’s easy to feel like we’re obligated to run as fast as everyone else on the “Society 500” racetrack. Oftentimes, we don’t feel we have time to linger at a crossroad for fear we’ll get run over! Slowing down to our own pace is a good thing, providing we don’t over analyze and remain stagnant. Learning about our success does not have to be upgraded as fast as technology is today! Lots of people feel their success is shown through technology. Their success is based on having all the latest upgrades on phones, notepads, televisions, Xbox, car stereo, iPads, fancy rims on their car, etc., simply to impress their friends and strangers to say, “Look how successful I am!” Many people define success according to how much they can show off, turn heads, and make people want what they have. Their success is ego determined and rarely does anything come from their heart. Ego-based success doesn’t last long, it always needs to be upgraded. Soul-based success doesn’t have to compete. No one says we cannot have nice things, but we must also remember to be humble and that our success is not defined by what model car or iPad we own.

Society, friends, and family put a lot of pressure on our decision-making process, even when it comes to choosing a career. When confronted with a crossroad, we often choose something based on what others will think or have and not what we want. There is a stigma that if we don’t have designer clothes or shoes, a noticeable job, or hoity-toity house that we are not successful individuals. Some of us dress down or live simply by choice because that is not what defines our success. We don’t let others define our success, we don’t have bills, we’re not in debt, we still live within our means, and our soul is successful.

Some people have a good job, a prominent position, a substantial salary check, insurance, retirement, but are afraid to lose everything if they change careers. They feel comfortable, but still don’t feel successful. Money and prominence are good things when used for the right reasons. Money doesn’t mean success… money pays bills and supports an individual or family. True success means soulful happiness and belief in oneself. When we no longer feel successful, we need to look at the deeper reasons behind our feelings. We need to ask ourselves, “Why?” and “What am I doing to change the outcome? Am I just doing doughnuts in the intersection, going around and around? Am I putting thought and effort into the decisions I made at the last juncture I was at?”

A person who is successful is one whose ego is in check, their mind, body, and soul are working hard and they’re free from another’s influence while at their crossroad. There is nothing wrong with having advice from constructive people, but ultimately, life’s decisions are always ours. Mind, body, and soul we are free to cross at our own volition. When we are ready for change, prayer is first and foremost at the crossroad to open new doors for us. When we ask for His will and turn our desires over to our higher power, they will be done according to Him and His time, not ours. Prayer doesn’t always grant our wishes immediately, but they are heard. There may be months of prayer and soul-searching, but when we surrender He will be there. When He is there at our crossroad, we will know it and feel it.

When we have a deep desire to do something more with our life success, we will cross to the next path. We must take a leap of faith and never look back. The past is not where we belong. We belong with progression, not regression. Where we are today is due to the many people who have laid years of courageous groundwork. The most successful people were humble in their success. We can all be successful because we all have choices… and the one thing that is free in this world is choice. It doesn’t cost anything to make a decision. Every day we are faced with choices and crossroads that will define our path to success. There is a quote by an unknown person that says, “Success! Work hard! Trust your instincts! Give yourself permission to win while staying true to what you believe”!

Success comes with work. And with work, comes success! In order to be successful, we have to first believe in ourselves. We have to have faith that we can have success at our crossroads. Don’t let fear prevail! Once we can do that, we’re on the road to success! When we believe and work hard for what we are passionate about… true success and fulfillment will follow.

“The secret of success in life is for a man to be ready for his time when it comes.” ~ Benjamin Disraeli

Natural Cures For Insomnia – Herbs That Promote Healthy Sleep

Herbs have been used as natural insomnia cures for centuries and many are very effective and safe. The following are tried and tested herbs that can have a real effect on your insomnia.

Lavender has been used for centuries to calm the nerves and lavender essential oil can be added to the bath water for a soothing, calming effect. Lavender can also be used as a massage oil or lavender sachets placed on the pillow to inhale as you fall asleep.

Passion Flower is often recommended by herbalists as an important herb in the treatment of insomnia especially when it is caused by stress or nervous exhaustion. It can be used by both children and adults and is an excellent sedative that has no known side effects.

Chamomile is a safe herb that can be used by children and adults. In the form of chamomile tea it can soothe restlessness and irritability, especially in children. Have a relaxing bath with chamomile oil added to the water before bed. It can also be used as a massage oil.

California Poppy is found in many herbal natural insomnia cures and helps to promote sleep by easing anxiety and helping you to relax. It is mild and can be used by both children and adults. Clinical studies have shown the effectiveness of California poppy in promoting sleep and helping to reduce anxiety.

Valerian is used by many herbalists for as a natural cure for insomnia. It is a good sedative for those suffering from restlessness and nervousness that is causing difficulty in sleeping. It helps to reduce waking during the night and helps you to fall asleep more quickly. It has no side effects and is often used in combination with other herbs such as passion flower or California poppy.

St. John’s Wort has been used for many years for insomnia and anxiety and is now used by many herbalists to help with mild depression and insomnia. It is not an instant sure and may take a few weeks before you being to feel any benefit. It can cause sensitivity to sunlight to increase so take care to avoid exposing the skin to bright sunlight or wear a sunscreen whenever you are out of doors.

Wild lettuce has been used as a mild sedative for many years and contains an opium related chemical plus small amounts of hyoscyarnin which is an anti cramping agent. It is found in formulas for both chronic and acute insomnia.

Promote Healthy Sleep

Ensure healthy sleep by having a calming bath before bed to which you have added some fragrant lavender essential oil. Sleep pillows containing a mixture of aromatic herbs can also be helpful in promoting sleep. Eat a small meal containing carbohydrate with small amounts of protein before retiring. This combination makes tryptophan more available to the brain. This promotes the production of melatonin and serotonin which are important chemicals that regulate sleep patterns. Meals that contain the appropriate combinations include cereal with low fat milk, yogurt with granola, peanut butter and crackers and an apple with cheese.

Avoid eating foods that are stimulating late at night. This includes spicy foods that may induce heartburn, caffeine and alcohol. Foods that are high in protein contain tyrosine, an amino acid that is a brain stimulant. Also foods containing monosodium glutamate and foods high in refined sugar which can lead to a sharp increase in blood sugar levels that can disturb the sleep by causing a burst in energy.

Penis Enlargement Methods – The Best Thing You Can Do For Yourself

How would it benefit you if you knew of exercises to help you increase the size of your penis?

The topic about penis sizes is usually taboo in most cultures, but there is another reason why it is not talked about comfortably. The reason is simply insecurity. Imagine you try to start a chat about penis sizes with a group of guys. You will see them pause for a moment and then try to make fun of it, if not of you.

It is mostly a defense mechanism, since they are not sure if their penis size is bigger than the others, which would be a good thing, but what if you were the smallest in that group? The story will go around the town and poor you because the embargoment is for the rest of your life.

So if you know of penis enlargement methods that can help you. One that is risk free and do not cost a single dime would you take the opportunity?

Some people, if they hear of such words as "natural penis enlargement" thought that it is just pornography or stupid, since the penis enlargement seems impossible or represent too much sexual activity. Others imagine using natural herbal pills, surgery and other unnatural methods of increasing the penis size that is also dangerous.
To give you a better understanding on some penis enlargement methods of today, below are just a few of the examples of what I am talking right now.

Herbal Pills –
You see them everywhere laately. Herbal supplements that promise to improve your performance in bed. But does it guarantee a permanent increase in terms of penis size? You may wonder if it really does. You may have heard of people who claimed that their penalized increased size after taking such medications. But then, what they rarely tell you are the side effects.

Although it is indeed "natural," because the pills came from plants, it is still a foreign object for the body and this is away from the fact that it also underwent chemical processes from the herb to the tablet or pill form. It is not exactly what it was when it started. And who is to say it would not cause any conflict with whatever medication you are taking?

Penis Patches –
There is also the penis patch, which is affordable and has understood instructions. It is even made of herbs, to qualify as "natural." However, it gives an unsightly image of your penis. Imagine something foreign hanging on your penis all day long. Do you really want that around one of the most sensitive parts of your body?

Penile Exercises
Not too many people realize that there are actually natural penis enlargement methods of increasing the size. No need for ugly things hanging around your sensitive parts, no need for "natural" herbal cures that can cause complications, and no threat of an ugly scar making its mark on your penis. And the exercises are pretty simple, for those who are willing to take the time and effort to perform them.

Your Body Adapts!

MMA fighters subject their bodies to repeated pounding by others. Overtime, their bodies become more conditioned to pain and damage, allowing the fighters to perform efficiently in their fights.

Professional athletes train at higher altitudes to increase their blood-oxygen capacity. The lack of oxygen at higher altitudes forces their body to adapt, producing more red blood cells with higher oxygen carrying capacity to cope with the environmental needs. When they return to normal altitudes, their sport performance is increased.

Marathoners and runners do long runs with minimal water and refueling intake in order to train themselves to last longer.

Soldiers undergo heat/cold acclimatization training, sleep and food deprivation so that their bodies adapt better in extreme temperatures and conditions.

When you exercise, you are subjecting your body to a myriad of stimulus that produces adaptation changes: hormonal, skeletal, metabolic, cardiovascular, respiratory. When you stop, you lose these adaptation and regress to normality.

For every action, there is a reaction.

So tell me, what role does slapping moisturizers on your damaged skin play? Is this a strengthening process or a weakening one?

MMA fighters don’t get stronger by wearing additional padding to protect themselves from hurt.

Professional athletes don’t do sports with additional oxygen tanks attached to them.

Runners don’t run with a constant supply of water or food made available to them at all times.

Soldiers don’t fight under umbrellas or in air-conditioned environments.

When you don’t exercise, your health will suck. Your skeletal muscles weaken due to the lack of stressors, your healthy hormones are not activated because they are not required. Your oxygen carrying capacity is not improved because your body doesn’t require any improvement.

And so, your skin don’t get stronger when you constantly apply moisturizers on them.

More than anything, you weaken your skin because you don’t allow them to adapt to the natural conditions.

It is naive to think that the usage of moisturizers will not have any iatrogenic effect on your skin. The only problem today is that we see very little information on the negative effects of moisturizers on our skin. There is so little research out there to show that this is the case. All we see are advertised “benefits” to the consumer, all done by the corporate industry in a bid to purchase their products. We need to be more savvy on how we use such products in our skin care regimen.

For every action, there is a reaction.

Aspergillus Black Mold on Onions – What Should Be Done With Them?

This black mold belongs to the genus Aspergillus of fungi and is known as the Aspergillus black mold. If your fingers come in contact with it, a good washing with soap and water will do the trick. However, onions carrying this mold are often bruised or damaged even up to their very core, so to be safe, you should simply throw away those that are contaminated.

Aspergillus black mold in onions grows in warm climates such as the farms in the southern states. Farmers and quality inspectors rarely know about this type of mold growth as it is hidden between the onion’s skins, and sometimes there are no visible signs of damage from the outside. Although mold is known to proliferate in humid conditions, Aspergillus in onions have also been common in extremely hot desert-like places where onions are cultivated.

A. niger is less likely to cause human illnesses than other Aspergillus species, but it has been found to produce an illness known as aspergillosis when large amounts of its spores are inhaled. Some symptoms of aspergillosis are: cough, chest pains, fever, and difficulty in breathing.

Severe cases may involve shock, chills, delirium, coughing up of blood, and blood clots. It’s also possible that the mold finds its way into your other organs and destroy healthy cells there, causing breathing difficulties, liver failure, or kidney failure.

Where Aspergillus black mold originates

The mold can start its attack even as the bulbs are still in the fields. They can also multiply during storage and can start from a simple bruising of the bulb. This is why it is important to handle the bulbs carefully during harvesting and processing – to keep damage to a minimum.

Some people simply wash away the offensive Aspergillus Black Mold until the onion is seemingly clean when inspected. However, tiny spores left behind are too microscopic to be seen. If you know the health problems associated with the ingestion of black mold, you’ll never think twice about throwing contaminated onions away.

If you are cultivating your own onions, always store them in a warm and dry place for curing, such as on wire baskets on your kitchen counter or hanging from your durty kitchen ceiling, and in a cool but dry place when storing.

As a rule of thumb, the temperature where you would be storing your onions should be in the range of 32 up to 40 degrees Fahrenheit. Any warmer would cause spoilage, and any increase in humidity would just encourage the growth of Aspergillus black mold.

Farmers have tried several fungicides to control the growth of this mold on onions, but no particular fungicide has been found to be effective. And as there’s no surefire way to tell whether your onions are contaminated, you’ll just have to be risking this possibility for now.

Soy Protein: Hidden Ingredient, Hidden Danger

Almost all of the food processed in the US contains soy and / or soy protein. Soy protein (concentrated soy) is used to extend meat, emulsify food, and as a thickener. These uses have transformed the food industry. Food that never contained soy protein – smoothies, ice cream, frozen potatoes, and baked goods – may contain it now.

Most companies list soy protein on labels, but done do not. In March 2005 the Canadian Food Inspection Agency issued an allergy alert for "undeclared soy protein" in a specific brand of cheesecake. All eight flavors of cheesecake contained soy protein, yet it was not listed on any of the labels.

"Consumption of these products may cause serious or life-threatening reaction in persons with allergies to soy protein, 'the alert said.

Soy protein is often a hidden ingredient. That's because soy protein has many names: hydrolyzed vegetable protein, isolated soy protein, soy protein concentrate, textured soy protein, vegetable protein, soy meal, soy flour, textured soy flour, and tofu. Even if you were not allergic to soy protein before, you may be allergic to it now.

Have you felt uncomfortable after eating fast food? Have you had stomach pain after eating at a restaurant? Have you had "indigestion" after eating food prepred with a sauce or rice mix? The symptoms of soy protein allergy include colitis (inflammation of the colon), stomach bloating, and severe stomach pain. These symptoms can last 24 hours or more.

Few adults are allergic to soy, according to The Cleveland Clinic, but times are changing. More people are allergic to soy protein due to the number of products that contain it. You would not be the first person to see a doctor because you're worried about ulcers and find that you're allergic to soy beans.

If you can not eat soy beans you may not be able to eat similar foods. The Center for Food and Environmental Illness says soy beans are a member of the legume family, so you may have "cross reactions" with peas, garbanzo beans, lima beans, black beans, lentils, peanuts, and even wheat. What can you do?

You can become a food label detective. Before you put a product in the grocery care read every word on every label. Shopping will take more time, but that's a fair tade-off to avoid getting ill. Recipients change, so continue to read labels even of products have been safe in the past.

Keep an ongoing listing of foods to avoid. Do this on a computer, if possible, because your list will grow from dozens of items to hundreds in a few weeks. Bring the list with you when you go shopping. When you eat out, do not be afraid to ask the server if there's soy protein in a recipe.

For the only way to "treat" soy protein allergy is to avoid the foods that contain it. The best thing you can do for yourself is to make meals from scratch. Set asde a few hours each weekend (or when it's convient) for meal preparation. Make a large batch of soup, for example, and freeze most of it. You may also wish to freeze individual dinners and servings in foil pans.

Last, always have a gas-reducing product on hand, such as Beano or Gax X. Your doctor can help, but the final responsibility for soy protein allergy rests with you. Although this requires vigilance, your health and wellbeing are worth it.

Copyright 2005 by Harriet Hodgson. To learn more about her work please go to .

The Mescapades of Menopause

Do you have difficulty finding your keys, phone, purse, wallet, your favorite shoes, the dog leash, that bill or an important item that you just saw moments ago? Are you constantly looking for stuff, misplacing things, scouring your home or office in search of something you are anxious to look at? Have you gone into a room and forgot why you are there, only to pause for moments in awe that you can’t remember why you are there, even after really thinking about it? Are you having difficulty grasping for names of people you have known for years or your whole life? Is it difficult to find the correct names for objects that you use all the time? Is this Dementia? Alzheimer’s challenges? Is it just getting older or is it The M Word, Menopause?

Well if you are also suffering from night sweats, decreased libido, forgetfulness, clumsiness, having your period slow way down, an intense desire to snap, crackle and pop then most likely it is the “Mescapades” of Menopause.

My first encounter with The Big” M” feeling was at a grocery store. I turned 47 and I was going through check out when the cashier refused a coupon and I blew a gasket. You would have thought someone had stolen my wallet. I was beside myself, shrieking about how long it took me to find the damn coupon, stamping my foot and making a ridiculous fool out of myself. After the most classic melt down of all, which lasted about a whole minute, and brought on an audience from every aisle, I had an out of body experience, and thought who is that in my body?

I arrived home safely, pondering the idea that my neurotic great Aunt, Ida, who had recently passed, had taken me over. I hurriedly hopped onto the trusty internet, putting in symptoms of my episode, only to discover that I was the ripe age for pre-menopausal symptoms. Pre-menopausal symptoms? Yes, you can start to have Pre-Menopausal symptoms as early as mid 40’s, or even earlier, since we are all on a different genetic track. I was 47 and rearing to go or should I say getting rear-ended by menopausal symptoms.

My life included a serious of these “Mescapades”, some more humiliating than others. Break through bleeding had to be the biggest faux pas. I would be in the most public or private of places when I would feel all hell breaking loose, and of course always when I was wearing a new pair of white pants or shorts. No amount of pads or tampons could stop the Tsunami of Horror. This was a whole new twist on bleeding including lumps and logs of unpleasant, dark and bizarre, charging out of me like it had a mission to destroy any peace and awareness I could possibly have during what should be the prime of my life. I once bled for almost two months and found out you can’t die from that but could become anemic. The doctor’s solution a big “parvo” like shot. My solution after some research, Liquid Iron, and large doses of calcium and magnesium and that worked.

Next was the biggest shock-a-roo of my life. My libido dipped into an unknown territory. I was always, oh and how I hate to admit this, interested, or should I say fixated on Sex. I know, I know, you’re shocked too that I’m saying such stuff, but it’s true. Me, no libido? I was flabbergasted! Where did it go? I was looking all over for it, like a horn-dog who lost their corndog. Oh my gosh, what’s going on here?

Slowly but surely I realized that all my girlfriends, who were going through the same thing, were on something, creams, replacements or potions, or someone other than their husbands or boyfriends, wondering if anything would keep them fruitfully playful.

I thought about supplements, creams, extracts and old fantasies that used to do the trick, and I even experimented with a few, but I just really never did get the old me back. I would not have affairs, although for the first time in my marriage I admit I only thought about it as I was grasping for solutions, but just couldn’t go that route, not only because it is wrong in my book, but who with? No man seemed to be that desirable any more. Even the actors that I loved, always making my heart skip a beat, didn’t seem to do the trick. Hugh Ugh, it was real, I was doomed.

After a few weeks of this new me, I settled down and actually starting feeling a bit relieved that the hunt of the wild was not poking it’s mad bull ride out at me and I started to relax into this new feeling and focused on new interests. Eventually I would get a surge of the old me, sort of, and that would be fun for my husband and I.

Luckily he was in the same age group, and seemed to be going through some sort of woman-a-pause. We were in this together. In some ways it was nice we could just relax without that constant “Do you want to? Do you want to? Well, do YOU want to?

At 50 it all seemed to be coming to an end, not me silly, not my life, but the tampons, the pads and the “Mescapades”. I celebrated my 50th in a way that a kid celebrated. It was such a great relief to have no more cramps, no more periods, period. I was elated. I felt 12 again. I was freeeeeeeeeeeee! That lasted for about 4 months. Then it came back again. Oh my gosh is something wrong with me? They call it break through bleeding? Yikes, what’s going on here? I couldn’t remember when the last time I had it and why it was back? Then just as it whisked in like a Frenemy coming around to be friends again, it was gone again. Whoosh in and then out. Then I was able to achieve 8 months freeeeeeeeeee, then it again peered in as if to say “fooled ya” and then again out. It was so weird and confusing.

I am now 52 and have actually achieved a whole year without the “curse”, the “worst” and the mess. So here is where I am at now, if I can only remember… oh yeah, dry skin, lower libido then ever (re-thinking the creams, dreams and whatever, except cheating of course), belly fat that can’t be explained in a better way than having a new person that is in your life whether you like it or not, more creativity and focus on my business than I have ever dreamed of, great convo’s with my husband about things like how we can improve the myelin in our brains and how becoming ambidextrous will improve our memory.

I must say I really now enjoy hanging out with girlfriends and discussing things like the new movie coming out called The M Word by Henry Jaglom, and how we can grow our hair and nails out longer than ever because we have more patience and finally found the best hair-dresser ever, or how we dread the idea of becoming patients, and how we can live longer since we have so much more to do, now that we are not constantly thinking about Sex, our Period, our Men, Menses or even Menopause. Only then do we realize that with every passage of time in life, every stage of life, and every monumental thing we experience in life, Menopause is just another one of those things and not what defines us, as long as we actually pause allowing it to be just a part of our world and not take over, and understanding it’s not all that messy after all.

Footwear that Protects the Achilles Tendon

Q:  What sort of shoes should I wear to relieve pain in my Achilles Tendon?

A:  Proper footwear can go a long way when it comes to preventing Achilles tendon injuries.  Of course that means the opposite is also true!  Footwear that fails to take into account the specific requirements of the feet can promote and even cause Achilles tendon injuries.  

Let’s first talk about heel cushioning.  When you lift the heel off the ground, the Achilles tendon shortens.  This can be a good thing if you’re recovering from an Achilles tendon injury.  If your heel is slightly lifted, your tendon will have a smaller range of motion.  It will stretch less with every step you take.  This can help to rest the tendon while you recover.  However, elevating the heel too high can cause the Achilles tendon to permanently shorten, which can prime the foot for injury in the future.  This is why high heels can be so damaging.  Long-term elevation of the heel causes the tendon to shorten, which weakens not only the tendon but also the muscles in calves.  

Not enough heel is also a bad thing.  Athletic shoes that are worn out, for example, may cause the heel to strike the ground lower then the rest of the foot.  They lack sufficient cushioning.  This stretches the tendon too much and can cause a sprain.

New athletic shoes should provide adequate heel cushioning (but be sure to throw them out after 300 to 400 miles!).  People who have suffered from Achilles tendon injuries in the past, or are still recovering, should invest in a simple orthotic device or orthopedic insert that lifts the heel.  You can find orthotics at your podiatrist’s office, your local drug store or make a heel pad at home using a small piece of felt.  

Most people with Achilles tendon injuries suffer from over-pronation.  This means that their feet roll excessively inward with each step they take.  These hyper mobile feet can be difficult to control and can lead to Achilles tendon injuries.  Look for athletic shoes that provide anti-pronation or “motion control”.  Hold the shoe with one hand on the heel and one had on the widest point of the shoe (near the ball of the foot).  Now twist the shoe as if your ankle were rolling inward.  An anti-pronation shoe should be very difficult to twist.  

People with fallen arches or high arches (cavus foot) are more likely to injure their Achilles tendon.  The proper arch support can be useful in treating both of these conditions.  Talk to your podiatrist about the specific needs of your feet.

Depression and Anxiety Drugs Side Effects

One may consider taking this antidepressant known as Zoloft to curb their anxiety and depression. I ask myself, does he / she really know what the root cause for his / her anxiety and depression is ?. If one does, is he / she willing to experience Zoloft side effects which I consider to be depressants?

Zoloft side effects include ejaculation failure, dry mouth, increased sweating, dizziness, headaches, tremor, rashes, constipation, diarrhea, nausea, vomiting, fatigue, agitation, libido decreased, nervousness, insomnia and anxiety again. This goes to show that when you want to diminish depression, you are also destroying your unhealthy body with this Zoloft.

Before taking Zoloft make an effort to be acquainted with the core source of your anxiety or depression. When you know it you can be able know other alternatives instead of experiencing Zoloft side effects. You may think that depression is a major disease and hence opt for medication, but it is not. Depression and anxiety affects everyone at different durations of time. The important thing is to know how to cope with this conditions rather than seeking a treatment which ends up worsening instead of fixing.

When one takes Zoloft he / she may decide to bear with the effects which may go away within six weeks or so. However, if you decide to stop taking Zoloft, you will have a bit of trouble coming off of it. This is another Zoloft problem it addictive. When you stop taking it you experience a great deal of loss of appetite sightedness, dizziness and so on.

Then again when you compare Zoloft side effects with some other kind of depressants it tends to stand out. Other depressants have extreme side effects and that leaves you with Zoloft. To all those who might be under going depression or anxiety, do consider a non-medication method to curtail them. Let medications like Zoloft be when bad goes to worst.

The Benefits of Nature Sounds

For anybody suffering from problems related to sleep or having a hard time relaxing, nature sounds may be able to help. In most cases, the cause of the problem could be insomnia, which is often caused by anxiety or stress. If you are searching for solutions or a cure to your insomnia, many sleep experts suggest the use of sound therapy as a safe and alternative to sleeping pills and other drugs.

Usually, these healing sounds can only be heard if you happen to be in a natural setting. They are a lot harder to hear in cities and other busy areas. However, thanks to digital technology, we can easily access and download these recordings in MP3 format. There are various free nature sounds available for download, along with other professionally recorded ones that you can download instantly.

At first, many people are quite sceptical about the benefits of the sounds of nature but I assure you that you will be quite pleased with them. These acoustic sounds can be played from any new mobile phone, MP3 player, PC or Mac. Most people always listen to their nature sounds before sleeping and they will actually tell you that nature sounds can help you fall asleep.

There are sounds in our surroundings that, even though they are not musical compositions, feel like music in our ears. That is why our brain appreciates nature’s audio. When you listen to ocean sounds or rain sounds, you feel like you are right there and the rhythm or patterns of sound seems to ease the tension in your thoughts until you slowly drift into a good night sleep.

Many people are shocked to learn that these recordings have been used to treat depression, anxiety and chronic insomnia in some patients. Pure and natural acoustic sounds are a gift of nature. Our natural environment has its own musical creation and rhythm that, as humans, we are connected and receptive to.

Now, we don’t have to go to the deep ends of nature in order to hear these recordings. For some people, listening to the sounds of nature in a normal level can be hypnotic, relaxing, soothing and meditative. The brain waves of stress suddenly slow down as the body becomes receptive to the natural sounds. However, not all people respond well with pre-recorded sounds of nature. It can still be a noise to them. So it is important to preview and test the audio files.

Some of the most common sounds are sounds of the ocean, singing birds, sounds of rain, wind sounds. Having them as a collection is surely a great investment if you love the sounds of nature.

You've Been Dumped for Another Guy! Ways to Steal Your Ex Girlfriend Back From Him

You were dumped for another guy. That is bound to bruise your ego. How is it that you can be so devoted to and so deeply in love with a woman who decides to one day get close to another man? Now you’re the one left nursing the broken heart and feeling like your life is incomplete. Meanwhile she’s off enjoying her time with her new guy. You know that relationship is bound for a break up but you want to speed up that process. You want her back with you and you can actually make that happen. There are very specific, subtle things you can do that will draw her back towards so that when they do decide to call it quits, you’ll be the guy she’ll come running to.

You have to let go of any lingering anger or resentment you feel if you’ve been dumped for another guy. It’s a blow to anyone to be dumped for another person. It makes you question your worth and it also makes you doubt your appeal. You have to see it for what it is. Your girlfriend made a choice and at that time it wasn’t you. Perhaps she was drawn to the new guy because it was a different and exciting experience. Maybe she felt that you weren’t giving her the love and attention she needed or deserved. Regardless, she’s now made a change and you have to accept it in order to overcome it. That means you can’t constantly tell her what a mistake she’s made and how she’ll come to regret it.

What you can do is ensure you’re still a part of her life. Most women yearn to stay in contact with their ex boyfriends. They see them as friends and they enjoy hearing about what’s going on in their lives and sharing their own adventures. You need to take up residence as your ex girlfriend’s new best friend. You have to show her that you’re mature enough to look past what has happened and see the value in having her as a part of your life.

Do your best to look beyond their relationship and instead focus on getting closer to your ex. Become her go to guy for problem solving and helpful advice. Make it clear to her that you’re there whenever she needs a good friend or someone to add their opinion if there’s something she’s struggling with. She’ll view you as a person she can depend on and she’ll start to notice that you have a lot of redeeming qualities that her new guy doesn’t. When she begins to compare the two of you and he starts making mistakes, you’ll look better than ever and by then she’ll be ready to end her relationship with him and fall back into your arms and your life as your girlfriend.