Diabetes Treatment for Your Dog

Dog diabetes can become a serious disease if not diagnosed and treated early. Complications at a later time can include nerve damage as well as blindness. A veterinarian can prescribe medications that can stabalize the disease and help your dog live a more normal life. Injections are one method of treatment, or a course of tablets depending on the seriousness of the disease.


Insulin injections can be given in small amounts at the start of dog diabetes treatment so that the blood sugar levels can begin to slowly stabilize. In some cases your dog may need to be treated while staying in the hospital for a few days. If the disease is more stable, then your dog can be treated as an outpatient.

While your dog stays in hospital it will be important for your vet to monitor your dog’s reaction to the insulin injections so that the correct dosage can be decided upon. When this has been determined you will be able to monitor your dog at home by testing his urine and/or blood.


One of the most important things to remember for a dog with diabetes is that a strictly controlled diet is critical. A well balanced diet for your dog can increase it’s life expectancy greatly.

A diabetic dog should be eating meals that are high in fiber and low to moderate in carbohydrates. Cook the meals at home so you know exactly what your dog is eating.

Natural Remedy for Dog Diabetes

Glucobalance is a natural remedy for treating diabetes in dogs. It helps control blood sugar levels and improves Insulin availability and production. It also reduces high cholesterol, boosts the immune system and increases general energy levels in your dog.

Glucobalance is a very effective treatment and can be used on it’s own or in conjunction with prescription medicines from your vet.

Depression and Energy Healing – Recommendations and Suggestions

Does anyone get in to energy healing? This question was asked to me from a friend. My friend is severely depressed and she is feeling like she is appealing negative energy to herself right now. Between a nightmare with car accidents in the last month, and insurance problems, and bills she thought were paid off showing up as collections, she really feels like she needs to cleanse her body and her aura or something! She reads in a magazine about energy healing and she thought she'd ask about it.

What I can suggest is to get bach flowers remedy. The Bach flowers are tinctures of various flowers that work to help you with depression and other psychological issues. They are fantastic and they really work. There are 38 different essences and I have found it to be one of the most interesting and rewarding things that I have learned to date.

I can only say that I am a big user of these flower remedies. Believe me, I have enough reason to be depressed. Not prepared to get into that here but this has been a method that has literally saved my life. Worth a try in my humble opinion.

Alternately, you can do Reiki. One of my friends, John does Reiki, which is great on three counts. Firstly, it helps when your candida symptoms start coming on. Secondly, it calms the mind and with candida you find that you get stressed and frustrated more easily. In fact your personality seems to change due to the actual candida or the toxins given off. And thirdly, you can learn it yourself and its reliably cheap, its dead simple (all you need is your hands!) And you can do it anywhere any place.

King Bio Menopause Relief Formula Review

When trying to choose what to do about your menopausal symptoms, you may come to find how many countless options there are, and how many of them play on the sensitive emotional and physical state created by menopause. There are far too many to list, and each claims to hold some secret power that no other of its kind does. It runs the gamut of herbal remedies to prescriptions, to holistic treatments too. There are few I trust, however King Bio has been tried and found true. The first and most attractive prospect is safety. Most prescription medicines come with many very nasty seeming side effects. Some are so severe that when you compare the side effects of menopause in conjunction to the side effects of the medication, you may wonder why you began with it at all.

Herbal supplements are more often than not the best way to get the relief so desired without dealing with so many undesired things as well. Circulation and balance are two things that must be maintained at all costs in a menopausal woman. Hot flashes, mood swings, and anxiety of all forms can be attributed to these, and oftentimes the best and only way to combat it is with supplements. Amyl nitrosum has been used for centuries at least, and is known the world over to be very helpful in specifically the anxiety and nerves often associated with menopause

The reason why King Bio is so unique is that it comes in spray form. It can be used safely up to six times daily as needed, and contains the very common ingredient Sepia as well. Sepia works wonders in the realm of depression and mood swings, and you can be menopause will feel much less severe if you are not suffering from mood swings as well as depression and anxiety that causes them.

The icing on the medicinal cake here is Lachesis. Lachesis is one of the oldest and most commonly used remedies for treatment of estrogen imbalances during this time. More and more in our modern world women are finding their hormones to be increasingly unbalanced. There are not many treatments for this outside the realm of “prescription drugs” but this is one of the few and one of the best. Combining these three effective and tried and true ingredients into a fast acting and discrete spray is a safe and effective way to administer the medicine that is often very necessary at this point in a woman’s life.

Homemade Facial Masks for Sensitive Skin

Sensitive skin tends to be thin, delicate with fine pores. It flushes easily, is prone to broken capillaries, is frequently allergic and can be rash. There are many degrees of “sensitivity” in the skin, from very sensitive to slightly sensitive. Pay attention to and identify and determine the resistance of your own skin. Most people have sensitive skin. Sensitive skin is very temperamental and does not like surprises. It reacts to many environmental factors in an aggressive way, it gets red, swollen or itches because of exposure to the sun, wind, too cold or too warm water, alkaline water and many others. It may react easily to many ingredients in cosmetics, and in extreme cases, to even substances around the house; and we are not talking allergies here. Some of the reaction of sensitive skin can be confused with some skin conditions such as: rosacea, eczema, sun damage or couperouse. So you should consult a professional if you think your skin is temperamental.

Though if you have sensitive skin, nothing to worry, because with proper care, you can help your skin to find the right balance and look great for many years. Your skin needs to be clean. Use a very gentle product twice a day and a light toner, if desired, right after. Your toner has to be alcohol-free. You need to use a rich, but water-based moisturizer. Avoid greasy products, lanoline, mineral oil, and other ingredients that may block your pores and cause black heads or pimples. Although your skin is so delicate you may use hydrating masks and a very gentle exfoliant once a week. Avoid steam during facials, and in general, avoid drastic temperature changes. Hot baths, saunas and steams may cause broken capillaries in your skin.

If you get professional facials, always tell your esthetician before starting that you have sensitive skin. She may not be able to extract as much as needed, but it is better than irritating your skin. However, the facial massage is good for you, because it stimulates circulation and relaxes you muscles. Look to have facials in a prestigious day spa or medical spa where hygiene is paramount. If you have extremely sensitive skin, you should visit a dermatologist.

It is important to drink water to keep your system clean and hydrated. You need to take care of your nutrition to help your skin to find the right balance. Try to always eat fresh foods rich in nutrients, like our grandmothers used to. Some supplement of Omega-3 may benefit your skin. You can also consume this oil in flax seeds or salmon; among others. Choose butter over margarine and a little of butter or olive oil is good for you.

The objective of using a mask is to protect, soothe and combat inflammation and irritation on the skin. Sensitive skin needs very refreshing and calming ingredients that will not shock or irritate it. At home you may use Aloe Vera with a couple of drops of blue chamomile essential oil. To calm your skin, use natural products that contain calming ingredients like chamomile, oatmeal, cornflower, milk and licorice.

For example, sensitive skin oatmeal mask. You need a third of a cup of whole, uncooked oatmeal and one egg yolk. In a blender, grind the oatmeal into a fine powder. In a small bowl, blend the powdered oatmeal with the yolk into a paste. Apply mixture to clean skin and leave for 10-15 minutes. Rinse off with warm water. It’s better to make this mask twice a month.
Another variant of oatmeal mask. Mix the oatmeal and an egg white. Let the mixture dry on face, then gently wash off with a few splashes of warm water. Follow with a steaming washcloth to the face.

The following homemade mask for sensitive skin helps reduce irritation, and it is also great on sun-damaged skin. You need 1 cup natural yogurt, ½ cup oatmeal. Mix the ingredients together. Apply to the skin for 10-15 minutes. Rinse off with warm water.

Also you can warm a small pot of honey in a double boiler then apply it to your face. To be sure the honey is not too hot it’s advisable to test it on your hand first. Leave the mask on your face for 15 minutes. Afterwards rinse with warm, then cool water.

This sensitive skin recipe leaves your skin gently scented and feeling like silk. Take 1 tablespoon rose clay, 1-2 teaspoons avocado oil, 1 drop rose oil and 1 drop Roman chamomile oil. Mix ingredients. Use water, if necessary, to make a paste. Use a little more clay if too runny. Massage on face; rinse off. If you want to know recipes of facial masks for another types of skin, please, go to http://www.beautifulskinblog.com.

Taking Care of Self Inside and Out

Women today are more stressed and pressed than our mothers and grandmothers ever were. We are wives, mothers, businesswomen, students, grandmothers, employees, etc. Unfortunately, because of the many roles we play, women are dying of strokes and heart attacks in record numbers. Even the statistics for suicide among women is unusually high. So, how can we, women of the 21st Century, manage our many roles and health? Here are five strategies that were created with you, your life and your budget in mind.

Journaling: Writing to Feed the Soul

My favorite quote of all time is by Maya Angelou: “I can be changed by what happens to me. I refuse to be reduced by it.” When I was a teenager, I was teased about everything: my bottle coke glasses, nappy bush hair, those awkward knobby knees, my ill-fated sense of dress (I loved to wear big ti-shirts with ankle length skirts and a pair of white Pumas) and my uncanny ability to speak proper English while living in the “hood.” I was a target from day one, and tears flowed like the Nile practically every day of my teenage life. But writing saved me.

I am a mega fan of journaling because I learned very early in my life that writing feeds the soul. From 14 to today, writing in my journal enabled me to grow and glow in my womanhood. But you do not have to write in your journal everyday; you can write it in weekly, monthly or even when you feel the need to vent or give thanks. Just remember that journaling is a very personal experience. It can be used as a moment of personal reflection, to write poetry, letters to yourself or someone else (not with the intention to mail it as that is not the purpose) or to just, as I mentioned earlier, go on a tirade. But whatever you use it for, make sure that you buy a journal that feels good to you: it smells good, the paper size is large enough or small enough (can you carry it in your purse?) for you to work with, and budget for it.

In other words, don’t purchase a journal that will break your bank account. The purpose of journaling is to feed the soul, not to show the world that you are a bona fide member of “The Jones.”

Walking: Getting Your Life in Perspective

Not only is walking good for your heart, but this is your time with God or your spiritual being. You need this 10, 20 or 30 minutes to get away from the poison of people’s actions/voices. Pray while walking; talk to the divine Spirit and let it all out. Voice your joys and pains to him/her. Go over your plans for the day. Our time is so precious today, and many of us can barely get a handle on many of the things we must do throughout the day, so get it all in order in your head and your spirit as you are walking. Finally, enjoy the scenery; nature is a healing remedy. Take this time to breathe in the fresh air and peacefulness of your surroundings. If your neighborhood is not a safe place for a woman to take a walk alone, however, find a trail or park that is safe and walk there. So, whether you walk in the morning, afternoon or evening, just set aside the time to do it…for you.

The Three M’s: Massage, Manicure & Make-over

Massage: What better way to end your week or start it than with a massage? Thirty minutes of peace & tranquility; who could ask for more? A massage can last anywhere from 30 minutes to an hour depending on two variables: the type of massage you elect to have and your budget.

The full body (my favorite), the Swedish, hot stone, reflexology and a plethora of other massages are designed to de-stress, relax and exfoliate the body. But be careful with this “M” because massages can be expensive, hence the second variable. Check on prices from local salons; ask for references, check out the establishment’s décor (one must feel comfortable in a place where they are about to be semi-naked for an hour) and staff friendliness. Speaking of staff friendliness, you will need to look deep within yourself to ascertain your level of comfort with having a masseuse who is either the same sex or the opposite. Account for all of this when budgeting for the massage. I suggest going once a month or every other month as this bill can add up depending on the type of service you purchase.

Now, when you set your appointment ladies, do not, I repeat, do not let anyone in your family know where you are going. The whole objective of this particular “M” is to get away and have time for you to reconnect with yourself. We take care of everyone else every day. The massage is an hour made just for you. You can’t relax if your kids, husband or the office keeps blowing up your cell phone. Turn it off, bury it beneath your pile of clothes and escape to Fantasy Island.

Manicure: Your nails and hands are your first impression, especially in business. There’s nothing worse than going to shake someone’s hands and their nails are chipped or broken, or worse, dirty. What does this say about their character? If they can’t keep themselves well kept, how then can they take care of your business? Keep your nails groomed at all times, but more importantly, there’s nothing that can compare to how good you feel when your hands and toes look pretty. Again, you must budget for this two times a month, if possible.

Make-Over: I am not talking about a make-up or wardrobe make-over, but a spiritual/physical/mental make-over. Positive thinking begets positive experiences. We must not only learn to surround ourselves with positive people, but create for ourselves affirmations and self-declarations that uplift us. My friend and beauty expert, Susie Galvez, insists that the first thing a woman should do upon waking up is to stand in front of the mirror and say confidently to yourself, “Hello, beautiful!” Why? Because if you don’t believe that you are beautiful, no one else will.

Okay! I know it’s difficult to do this with most of our schedules, but we must find the time to workout (see Walking), whether it be in the am or pm (whatever works best for you). If you can, find a personal trainer. They can be expensive, so see if you can barter services. For example, I approached a local fitness trainer about working with me, but I could not afford his services. So, I offered him a deal; ‘you train me and I will give you a health and fitness column in my magazine.’ He accepted. Free PR wins every time.

Read one book a month that teaches you something new about yourself, life, politics, etc. If you are a fan of fiction, read non-fiction (ex. finances, autobiographies, self-help books). If you love non-fiction, read fiction. I love mystery/suspense novels, so let me recommend my favorite author, Jane Evanovich. Her “Stephanie Plum” series makes me laugh so hard, I get a headache (www.evanovich.com). Try reading poetry or writing some. This will definitely stretch your imagination.

Tea Party, the Girls and Me

Nothing says love and compassion than a cup of hot tea with milk – not cream – and sugar. Mail invitations, or if you cannot afford it or don’t have time, send an evite (www.evite.com) to your closest girlfriends. Schedule the tea for a Saturday or Sunday afternoon, whatever works best for you. Purchase tea cups/platters from a local Goodwill or consignment shop. I found a set of 5 at the local Goodwill store that were in great condition; you can even purchase doilies and napkins at the Dollar Store. Purchase light finger foods such as Spanakopitas, cheese quiches, mini scones, muffins or fruit and a single dessert like cake; do not go over board – the purpose of the tea party is to have fun and laugh. So, do just that! Have fun, laugh and share stories at the tea party; play some jazz or classical music for atmosphere. Or, invite an inspirational or motivational speaker to add some extra “girlfriend, can we talk?” conversations.

Day of Chocolate Decadence

I LOVE chocolate because it always takes my blues away, and if it’s Hershey’s or Ghirardelli’s chocolate, I am over the moon. Research says that 50% of women prefer chocolate to sex. HELLO!

When you have gotten through the week with your mind in tact and as many of your goals achieved as humanly possible, enjoy a piece of chocolate: dark or milk chocolate. There are even chocolate fragrances you can drown yourself in. In my hometown of Richmond, Virginia, there’s a local tea shop that sells Chocolate tea. It’s the best kept secret in town. Find a local tea shop in your city and indulge yourself. Visit http://www.chocolate.com to learn more ways to eat, sleep, drink and breathe chocolate.

If you don’t like chocolate, then treat yourself to a taste of your favorite treat, but reward yourself nonetheless for having made it through yet another busy week: not by shopping or spending money on something that will kill your budget.

Ladies, life is hectic, but it doesn’t have to wear you down if you don’t let it. Implementing some of these strategies into your lifestyle is just one more tool you can add to your arsenal in your quest to become not only the woman you know you were meant to be, but will help you to live longer.

How to Get Rid of Cold Sores With Simple Methods

Having cold sores can be depressing. It’s also frustrating and a hassle trying to cure them. So, what I’m going to do is share with you some tips on how to get rid of cold sores. That way, you will know how to cure your sores and have more confidence in yourself.

Instead of trying to get rid of cold sores, it is better if you can prevent getting the virus in the first place. Cold sores can be spread from person to person through skin contact, such as kissing, touching, and oral sex. It is important to not use personal items of a person with HSV-1 such as drinking glasses, toothbrushes, or towels.

Another technique on how to quickly get rid of cold sore is keeping the cold sore as clean as possible. The application of hydrogen peroxide in the area affected will do the trick. It is also important to avoid foods that are the common offenders with regards to cold sore. These foods are those that contain acids.

If getting rid of cold sores for you means healing a current cold sore fast, or preventing cold sores before they can occur, this article will help. The key to success is deactivating the herpes virus. Keeping it in this dormant stage will prevent future cold sores.

Using petroleum jelly is the third way to get rid of cold sores. Apply a small amount of petroleum jelly (or vaseline) to your cold sore. This will help prevent your sores from cracking and spreading. So, apply it to your sores at least two times a day, once in the morning and again at night.

Using ice is the first way to get rid of cold sores. Ice will help keep your sores from spreading and becoming worse. Also, it will help prevent a breakout. So, if you feel that you are about to have a breakout, rub ice on the area to prevent the sore from developing.

If you want to get rid of cold sore fast, you must try lysine ointment. The ointment is very effective and up to a reduction of 50% time in recovery has been noticed and you will get all right within three to four days with this medicine. You will be perfectly ok by fourth day and there will be no symptoms any more. The medicine is available over the counter and is very cheap.

Catching the tingles quickly is the best way to get rid of a cold sore fast. If you wait till it reaches the blister stage, it is already full-blown and in it’s ugly red inflamed appearance.Taking l-lysine internally is very good prevention, but if you’ve forgotten to do so, it is still worth taking it orally after you notice the tingle. Just as it’s easier to pull out a weed that is one inch versus six feet, the same with any health problem. The earliest stages are the easiest to uproot it.

French Manicure Kit – Know How to Make Yourself Elegant

Heading for a nail salon for a manicure can more often than not run you at least $20 for a full set, not to state gaining them packed for another $20 every 2 weeks or so as your nails develop. Every individual won’t own the funds neither they are that rich to be paying out $40 in a month just on nails, so it is wise to be aware of how to paint your nails by your own. And what can be more efficient than a set of French manicure kit in your home?

There are quite a few more advantages of turning into expert at applying acrylic nails than just the cost cutbacks related with it. You’ll be capable of filling your nails as well whenever required without having to drive to the beauty salon. You will also be capable of modifying your nails a lot more effortlessly.

What You’ll Need

If you desire to make your hands look promising, you can’t just jump into the nail polish. You necessitate getting both the nails and the skin on your hands prepared. This is the exact place where the equipment meant for a manicure arrives in. Following that, you clean your hands with soap and water, you will require these French manicure kits:

• French Nail Tips

• Nail File (course grain)

• A wooden or metal cuticle pusher

• Orange stick

• A nail buffing

• Acrylic powder

• Acrylic solution

• Brush

• Buffer

The Procedure to Use the French Manicure Kits:

1. Set up your nails by taking out any nail polish and applying a foundation coat of clear nail polish. Rub the tops of your nails to give the adhesive something to attach. Make use of the orange stick to force back the cuticles.

2. Discover a suitable nail tip to shape fingernail. Apply a small drop of nail glue to the tip of your nail and press on the French nail tip. Confirm it is straight and put pressure for 30 seconds to be assured it will settle. Cut and file to length preferred.

3. Plunge a nail brush into the liquid and after that into the acrylic powder. Use a minimum amount at one go.

4. Press the acrylic paste onto the nail tip and put your brush again in the solution. Make the paste smooth crosswise the nail tip, confirming there are no bulges. Repeat this procedure until the nail bed is wholly roofed. Bear in mind, the thinner you put it in, the more sensible it will appear.

5. Permit the acrylic to dehydrate for as a minimum 1 minute, and then polish the nail. Do again until all of your nails are done, then put a little cuticle oil or cream to ensure your cuticles stay healthy.

How to Deal Psoriasis with Naturally

Psoriasis is a common skin illness that affects the life cycle of skin cells. The dry flakes and skin scales are thought to effect from the buildup of the quick production of skin cells. Psoriasis generally affects the skin of the elbows, knees, scalp, and ears. A difficulty with your immune system causes psoriasis. In a process called cell turnover, skin cells that cultivate deep in your skin rise to the surface. Normally, this takes a month. In psoriasis, it happens in just days because your cells rise too fast. Psoriasis is seen worldwide, in all races, and both sexes. Although psoriasis can be appear in people of any age, from babies to seniors.

The cause of Psoriasis may a mixture of factors, including inherited predisposition and environmental factors. There are several different types of psoriasis including psoriasis vulgaris, guttate psoriasis, inverse psoriasis (in the folds like of the underarms, navel, and buttocks), and pustular psoriasis (liquid-filled yellowish small blisters). Psoriasis can also reason inflammation of the joints, which is known as psoriatic arthritis. Ten to fifteen percent of people with psoriasis have psoriatic arthritis. For some people, psoriasis is just a nuisance. For others, it’s disabling, especially when linked with arthritis.

Psoriasis treatments may present major relief. And self-care measures, such as using a nonprescription cortisone cream and exposing your skin to little amounts of ultraviolet light, can progress your psoriasis symptoms. The best treatments for psoriasis are the natural ones. Psoriasis natural treatments have been around for thousands of years. You can treat psoriasis naturally with many easy lifestyle changes. Apply a zinc cream every day to affected areas. Try natural diaper ointment. Borage Oil is also rich in gamma linolenic acid (GLA), a “good” fat with many health benefits. Zinc helps your body to heal.

Zinc is essential for the proper development of the skin, hair, and nails. It is the most significant nutrient for a healthy immune system. Take evening primrose oil supplements by mouth or break open a tablet and rub the liquid on psoriasis regions. Flax Seed Oil contains many omega-3 essential fatty acids. It can advance the condition of skin and nails and decrease the inflammation of cells. It also helps to encourage cellular health and provide hormonal balance. One of the natural health psoriasis way is using salt water. Dead Sea is the best place to treat psoriasis naturally. It combines the healing consequence of the sun with the moisturizing power of the salt water.

Ozone For Nail Fungus

Ozone therapy for nail fungus is a modernistic and new age treatment, which has been used with success by some people. Possibly, you must have not heard much about the use of ozone as a nail fungus treatment. But, we all know that ozone in the atmosphere protects earth from damaging UV radiations by forming a protective covering, and thus preventing them to reach the earth. Ozone is also used widely to purify the drinking water because of its ability to destroy bacteria and fungus. However, most individuals don’t know how they can use ozone nail fungus treatment to eliminate their nail fungus. If you are curious in ozone nail fungus treatment, this article provides you more awareness concerning this therapy. What Is Ozone? Ozone or O3 is a highly reactive gas made up of three oxygen atoms. It works as a powerful oxidant since it contains oxygen molecule that reacts with other molecule in contact. Many individuals use ozone for nail fungus due to its anti-fungal properties. Thus, taking into account the anti-fungal and oxidizing properties of ozone, chemists have prepared ozonized topical treatments for curing nail fungus. Theory Behind Using Ozone For Nail fungus Treatment The ozone nail fungus treatment is usually practiced by many people principally because of its oxidation process, which aids in eliminating the toxins from the body by breaking them down. The oxygen-releasing effect of ozone or oxidative therapy brings about betterment in the nail fungus. It stengthen the overall immunity of the body by increasing the production of white blood cells. Therefore, when treating your nail fungus with ozone or oxidative therapy, the success of the treatment be based on the accessibility of ozone to the fungus. How Nail Fungus Ozone Treatment Works? Ozone therapy for nail fungus can be done in numerous ways, including ozone “bagging” and topical application of ozonated olive oil. Bagging needs a clear plastic bag filled with an ozone gas, the infected nails are then placed in this bag in order to confine the ozone to the nails being treated. This treatment is similar as soaking the infected nails in an anti-fungal solution for certain duration of time. Another effectual way to reduce the symptoms of nail fungus is to use ozonated olive oil, which is made by bubbling ozone through olive oil for few days untill it becomes solid. This ozonated olive oil can be used externally on the nail fungus infection many times per day. Why Ozone Nail Fungus Treatment Is Not Always Successful? One major setback while using ozone for nail fungus will be whether the ozonated ointments are skilled of perforating the layers of nail to reach the nail bed and attack the invading fungus. Moreover, it is not known whether the ozonated olive oil ointments contain adequate ozone to cure the nail fungus infection. The favorable outcome of the ozone nail fungus treatment also depends on your dedication to follow this treatment consistently. Ozone nail fungus treatment is somewhat difficult and time-consuming, hence many people find this treatment bothersome to continue for long. You May Try Natural Treatments For Your Nail Fungus If you are genuinely eager to get back your healthy nail without putting much of your effort and time, read below. There are much enhanced alternatives available online for curing your nail fungus permanently. Natural treatments are quite accepted today because of their safe nature and comfortable mode of application. This natural treatment contains potent Tea Tree Oil along with other naturally derived ingredients. Tea Tree oil has been the number one choice for many due to its antibacterial, antiviral and anti-fungal properties.

Grass Pollen Allergies – 5 Ways To Survive During Grass Pollen Season

Grass pollen is one of the biggest airborne triggers for those who wrestle with hay fever. But the following 5 tips are easy to do and will help you survive the grass pollen season in good shape.

Choose Outdoor Time Carefully–Grass pollens are generally higher during early morning hours. Routinely plan outdoor activities after about 10 in the morning:00 a.m. or after a thunderstorm clears the air. Pick days that are little wind for outside activities. Pollen is light weight and can be carried by the wind for an amazing number of miles.

Check Pollen Count Daily–The American Academy of Allergy Asthma and Immunology has spore and pollen monitoring stations across the United States, Canada, and Argentina. Signing up with an email address will get your local pollen counts delivered directly to your inbox.

Knowing the pollen count in your area before the day begins allows you to plan your day so you’re inside if the count is high, or to be able to enjoy outside if the count is low enough. Your local weather forecast cannot be beat for accurate information about your area.

Know the Season–Since the arrival of grass pollen is not only seasonal, but is greatly determined by your region, know when the season happens in your area, and be prepared. Use air conditioning rather than window fans, avoid use of the whole house fan that brings in air from the outside, and travel in your car with the windows up and vents to the outside closed.

Rework Your Garden–There are approximately 1,200 species of grass in the United States, but only a very small percentage of them are responsible for triggering pollen allergies. The most common offenders are Bermuda, Johnson, Kentucky bluegrass, Orchard, Sweet vernal grass, and Timothy. Consider sending a plug of your grass to be analyzed by an extension center of your local university.

If you find your lawn is planted with one of the grasses that is most like to trigger your allergies, have someone else mow the lawn, mow the lawn yourself but only when using a HEPA mask, or think about replanting the lawn with one of the other 1,199 species that are available.

This obviously won’t prevent the wind from spreading the pollen, but at least you won’t feel as though you’re stepping into a mine field each time you step outside your home during pollen season.

Remove Pollen Indoors with a HEPA Air Purifier–Unfortunately, regardless of how many precautions you take, grass pollen can still get into your home on shoes, pets, clothing, and air currents that are unavoidable when entering or leaving your home.

Using a high efficiency particle arresting (or HEPA) air purifier that is specifically designed to remove pollen can virtually eliminate pollen inside your home, and make home a safe haven where you can relax and rejuvenate.

Menstruation Disorders – Dysmenorrhea – Damp Heat’s Tonic Herbs in TCM Perspective

All women experience irregular periods sometimes during their child bearing years, before menopause. While Western medication has never viewed that irregular menstruation is a problem of women reproductive system, traditional Chinese medicine looks at this problem seriously, if untreated, it will disharmonize the women ecosystem, leading to nervous tension and other health problems, including infertility.

Damp heat is defined as a condition of fluid accumulated in the body tissues over a prolong period of time. It can become damp heat as a result of intake of hot spicy hot, infection and inflammation. Chinese herbs used to treat damp heat include

1. Long dan cao (Gentian)
Besides it is used to treat liver heat caused by dampness accumulation due to spleen’ inability in materials absorption, It also enhances the liver and the gallbladder function in draining damp heat in the body through kidney urinary secretion.

2. Huang qin (Scullcap)
Huang qin is important to enhance the lung function by moistening the qi, thus reducing the risk of fever, irritability, thirst, cough. It also improves the stomach function in absorbing vital vitamins and minerals by clearing the heat caused extreme dampness that causes diarrhea and thirst with no desire to drink.

3. Zhi zi (Gardenia)
It improves the circulatory function by clearing the liver heat due to constrained liver and heat caused by infection or inflammation as a result of fluids accumulated in body for a prolong period of time.

4. Mu tong (Akebia)
Mu tong besides increases the kidney in clearing dampness through urinary secretion, it also enhances the blood function by draining the blood heat caused by blood stagnation.

5. Che qian cao (Plaintain root)
Che qian cao has a vital function by eliminating the toxin accumulated in the body and promoting damp heat expelling through urinary secretion.

6. Chai hu (Buplerum)
Chai hu enhances the spleen and stomach in qi and materials digestion, thereby reducing damp heat in the abdominal region caused by liver blood stagnation, resulting in lessening the menstrual cramps and pain and pain caused lung qi stagnation due to spleen abnormal function in qi transportation.

7. Gan cao (licorice root)
Gan cao reduces damp heat accumulated in the body in many different ways:

a) It moistens the lung, thus reducing the lung dryness causing symptoms of coughing and promoting the smooth qi movement.
b) It reduces the heat caused by toxins in the body by eliminating them through urinary secretion.
c) It enhances the heart in regulating the movement of blood by strengthening the blood that stop the irregular pulse.
d) It increases the liver function in regulating the abdominal muscles, thus reducing the menstrual cramps and pain.

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Depression: a Test to Know if You Have One

Self depression test is just like a boon for those who want to know whether they have depression. The test is a great way to analyze the traces of depression in an individual. This is usually known as self-test.

Everyone experiences some amount of depression in one’s life. However, for some people, the amount tends to increase with time. When this amount increases to a great extent, it is not normal. The stage affects a lot in a person’s mental and physical status.

When it comes to the normal blues, these are sometimes triggered by anything from a particular thing someone had seen, said, thought or feared. Sometimes, these blues occur without any valid reason, warning or explanation. This is the time where one just waits for the bad period to just pass by quietly.

However, if you are keen on knowing whether you have serious depression, it is a wise idea to go for some kind of self tests. These self depression tests will explain you clearly about whether you have a serious depression or plain blues.

Answer the following questions to do self depressions test:

a) Are you feeling totally withdrawn from pleasures of life? This is actually the most accurate self depression’s test. All you require to do is to try out something that you are aware of and used to give a lot of happiness in earlier days.This may be anything from your favorite movie, hobby, shopping venture etc. in case, you find out that all these things do not have anything to do with your pleasure now, then this is definitely a sign of serious depression.

b) Have been forgetting a lot of things off late? Remember that depression tends to cause hiccups in your memory and you would come to know that certain things are completely wiped out from the memory. The often leaves you totally baffled. This is another test that works towards providing you exact results.

c) Is it becoming difficult for you to skip at night? Or have you been sleeping very little during the night? If yes, then it may be due to a lot of coffee or stimulants. Why do you like coffee or stimulants too much? If you don’t have an answer for this, than the self depression test is going to provide you a great answer for it.

d) Have you lost your appetite lately? There are times when one doesn’t feel like eating. This is normal. However, if it becomes a common affair, the self depression test, confirms that it is a ‘yes’.

e) In case, your answer to all the questions mentioned above is in ‘yes’, then you are definitely suffering from a serious depression. Here, it is really important for you to get some hold or yourself and go for a professional help.

f) There are some other tests you may go for. One of the most popular tests remains the gold berg test. This test was designed by Dr. Ivan Goldberg. The test consists of some eighteen questions. Each question is supposed to be answered by the individual. The use of a sliding scale of responses is mandatory. This actually shows how they have felt during the week that has just gone by.

As soon as all the questions are answered, scores are added for the final score wherein each score has a specific significance. The final score settles whether you are depressed or not.

Small Business Marketing – Stay Away From 'Heart Sink' Clients!

Do you look forward to working with every single one of your clients? I mean really look forward – as in getting excited excited that you'll be speaking with them again soon? If there are any that do not fit that category, they may be what are known as 'heart sink' clients – which describes rather well how you feel when you see their next appointment is imminent in your diary.

When the order book or diary is not as full as you'd like it to be, there's a temptation to forget why you prefer to work with a certain type of client and say 'yes' to every inquiry. You know it's a mistake almost as soon as you sign them up.

Good clients can be hard to come by, and not only because they're being more thrifty these days, but they are still out there for you to find and work with. This is where having a system can help, one that could include the following:

Know Who Your Ideal Client Is

This may be simply clients who most want what you're offering – but not necessarily! Who do you most enjoy working with? Men or women? What age group? There are several ways to profile your ideal client using traditional demographic and psychographic measures. When I suggest doing this exercise to new clients, there's always a slight hesitation – until I reassure them that it does not mean they can not work with other types of clients if they want to!

Make it Clear Who You Work With

Once you have identified your ideal client, you need to make sure they can find you! Start with a brief statement on the Home page of your website that clearly says what you do and who you do it for, so visitors to that page can quickly know if they're in the right place. Continue adding more details to the message on a 'Who We Work With' page and use Case Studies your ideal client will be able to identify with.

Have a Qualifying Process

This is the bit many consultants and coaches miss out – and yet it saves wasting valuable time on inquiries that are illegally to result in business, as well as weeding out those potential 'heart sink' clients. Use a short questionnaire on your website for anyone wanting to have an initial free consultation. Asking the right questions will enable you to see in advance if the inquirer is a potential match with your ideal client profile – or not.

© Louise Barnes-Johnston, 2010

Flying Phobia – Are you really able to overcome your fear of flying?

It’s a question that many individuals think about anytime someone mentions flying. Unfortunately it’s not something you’ll be able to overcome by yourself.

However, there are ways to cure your flying phobia. You just need a little boost of confidence. It doesn’t matter if you’re a first time flyer or just a fearful flyer because there is a solution for everyone who suffers from the fear of flying.

The Fear of Flying

If you have a flying phobia, you aren’t the only one. There are thousands of individuals who won’t step foot on an airplane due to their insecurities. In fact, you’ll find that 6.5% of Americans have a fear of flying.

If you fall into this category you’ll find yourself thinking about irrational thoughts, feel like your heart is coming out of your chest, and feel like you need to hurry up and get off the plane (if you can even get on the plane in the first place)!

Whatever the case, maybe you’ve already tried out a few solutions. We both know they didn’t work though because you still wound up here. There are many therapies, talking about the experience and exposure to aircraft that are expensive and generally short term solutions.

This being said, you will have to find an alternative method to control your anxiety of flying.

The First Step Forward

When all else fails it’s time to try something new. It has to be a method that doesn’t require medication, positive thinking, or deep breathing like you hear about or have tried relentlessly. Instead it really comes down to understanding yourself and your flying phobia. Why? Well, it’s not your actions or body that causes the fear of flying, it’s your brain and what it tells you.

So what if we told you that flying is the safest form of travel in the world today. Telling you alone won’t help, but understanding why can transform your thought process. It will allow you to stop thinking about those catastrophic thoughts, learn to relax the muscles, control your breathing, and feel like yourself before the plane takes off.

The Enjoyment Gained

When you have finally overcome your flying phobia, the rest of the world will seem different. You will be able to take holidays to destinations you’ve only dreamed about, you’ll not be driving for mile after boring mile and you have time to enjoy yourself.

We can’t stress enough how important it is to cure your fear of flying. If you continue to walk down the path you’re currently on, you’ll miss out on so much, (but then you probably already know that only too well)!

Making the Decision to Rid Yourself of Your Flying Phobia

While we could sit here and go into deep detail on how you can cure your flying phobia, it won’t do any good. You have to want to try something that psychologists, medicine, and others cannot give you. If you’re willing to make this leap it will be the best start to a new beginning. With extensive research online you will find many alternative methods available that allow thousands over the world to overcome their flying phobia and to enjoy a new way of life, the choice is yours!

Before it’s all said and done, you will be able to re-channel your fear of flying into being more open to the subject. Then again, you may simply know someone who is suffering from a flying phobia that needs help.

Whether it’s you or someone else, it’s important to understand that these days curing your fear of flying is within easy reach for you.

Cold Sore Treatments – How to Get Rid of a Cold Sore!

When you are looking for ways to get rid of a cold sore you may think there is a cure around the corner or may have seen advertisements about an instant cure. Neither of these is true. You can not cure the virus that causes cold sores, but you can use remedies and methods to help speed up the healing time and prevent future outbreaks. Cold sores are caused by the Herpes Simplex Virus (HSV-1) and are a virus that can not be cured, like all forms of the herpes virus stress and unhealthy lifestyle can be the biggest causes of an outbreak. If you keep the stress down and the immune system up, you may be able to go a long amount of time between outbreaks which can aid in the quality of your life and how you feel about yourself.

You can see your doctor to get a strong topical medicine to help with the healing process of cold sores. These will only treat the symptoms, but in doing so help you feel better and make the cold sore less noticeable until the healing process is complete. You can use one of the many over the counter (OTC) medicines that are available at almost any drug or retail store. These can be pain relievers that help with swelling, pain and fever, as well as topical medications. Benzocaine and Lidocaine are among the most popular topical medications to help tie itching, burning and some swelling. A cold compress can also help with swelling and reduce pain.

While, none of these can cure HSV-1, they can help you get rid of a cold sore faster and get back to feeling like yourself again. When you live a healthy life with a proper diet, exercise and practice stress reduction techniques you can help prevent the cold sores from coming on. When an outbreak does occur you should consider the tips and tactics above to help the healing process and help minimize the look of your cold sores to feel more confident and continue on with your day in a positive way.