Beat the Odds Against Cancer

Even since the great war against cancer began in the 70’s, there’s one good thing that we have found out: most cancers are preventable. We’ve note helpless victims of a capricious fate that strikes us down at whim. We can fight back – starting right now!

Most of the cancers doctors see could have been prevented. That’s the message that mainline cancer organizations like the American Cancer Society and the National Cancer Institute are increasingly ending out: Prevention is the cure for most cancers. If we eat wisely, don’t smoke, cut down our exposure to hazardous chemicals, and change our lifestyle, we can almost eliminate cancer.

Cancer can only occur if our immune system fails to hold cancerous cell at bay. If it is strong enough – if we do our best to boost it and to avoid abusing it – we can gain a winning edge over cancer.

Here are specific steps in that direction:

1. Eat to Beat Cancer

Eat to avoid Cancer? That may sound simplistic, but the scientific evidence seems to strongly indicate that your choice of diet may help you reduce your cancer risk. Below, a rundown on the anti cancer power of certain foods:

Fiber: Fiber may protect against cancer of the bowel and the rectum. This is not a new theory; and there is plenty of evidence that colon cancer is less common in populations that eat a diet high in fiber. There are two kinds of fiber. Insoluble fiber (that kind found in whole grains, pulses, fruits and vegetables), it is said, probably reduces the time that potential carcinogens (cancer causing agents) are in contact with the bowel by helping to move the intestine’s contents more quickly through the bowel.

Soluble fiber (found in oats, barely, in fruits like apples, and in gelatin) is thought to “bind with” carcinogens, and thus render them inoperable.

Beta Carotene: When you were young, you might often have been told to eat up your carrots because it was good for your eyes; you were probably never told that it might also reduce your risks of cancer. Now, the evidence is piling on that the beta carotene in carrots (and in certain other plant sources) offers protection against specific types of cancers – especially those involving the linings of the lungs, throat, stomach, colon and cervix.

Nutritionists refer to beta carotene as the “precursor” of Vitamin A, meaning that it converts into this vitamin in the body. Apart from carrots, it’s also found in green leafy vegetables like spinach and coriander and in fruits like mangoes and papayas. While a cause and effect relationship is yet to be established, the findings is yet to be established, the findings in study after study are highly suggestive: in subjects with a high cancer risk, beta carotene supplements were found to lower the incidence of pre-cancerous lesions, and even to reverse them.

Also, according to the latest research, there is no evidence of any toxic effects resulting from an excess of beta carotene, either in the diet or from supplements (although Vitamin A, in excessive amounts, is toxic). Food scientists say that we should get at least 1.5mg of beta carotene a day 9that’s about half a cup of fresh, chopped spinach, for example). Cooking means a 50 percent loss of the nutrient; however, absorption is higher from a cooked source, so the effects may balance out.

Vitamin B

In some persons, a deficiency of Vitamin B can also cause tissue changes in areas like the mouth and a lip, leading to ulcers which may ultimately becomes cancerous. Don’t neglect an ulcer in the mouth. Your doctor can prescribe a vitamin supplement.

Vitamin C

Vitamin C has been shown to prevent the nitrates (used as food preservatives) from converting into dangerous nitrosamines (implicated in stomach cancer).

Preliminary studies have also shown that Vitamin C may combat genetically induced colon polyps. (People with such polyps are at greater risk for developing colon cancer).

Rich sources of Vitamin C are guavas, berries like Amla (Indian goose berry), strawberry and tomato and citrus fruits like oranges, sweet limes and lemons.

Vitamin E

This nutrient, apparently gaining in recognition with every passing year, has been shown in population studies to be linked with a reduced overall risk of cancer – particularly lung cancer and breast cancer. In animal studies too, it lowered the risks of breast cancer. Scientists believe it works as an anti oxidant, battling the free radical that wreaks damage on the immune system. It may also be a “helper nutrient,” say some researchers, working with Vitamin C, for example, to protect against colon cancer.

Natural sources of Vitamin E are sunflower seeds or oil; sesame seeds or oil; almonds or almond oil, and corn oil.

2. Dietary Don’ts

But, apart from dietary do’s, there are some dietary don’ts:

Keep down the fats: studies suggest that high fat diets are linked with certain forms of cancers, especially cancer of the breast and colon. In fact, a comprehensive study of the relation between cancer and diet by the National Academy of Sciences says that, of all the dietary components the academy studied, “the evidence is most suggestive for a casual relationship between fat intake and cancer.”

Cut down on processed foods: Refined foods tend to contain preservatives and additives (including artificial colors and flavors), many of which are carcinogenic. Saccharin, for instance, is associated with cancer of the bladder.

Processed foods are also low in fiber, making them a risk factor for cancer of the large bowel.

Limit intake of smoke/salt cured foods: Ham, Fish and some varieties of sausage smoked by traditional method absorb cancer causing tars similar to those contained in tobacco smoke. Also a certain amount of evidence links salt cured or pickled foods to increased risk of cancers of the stomach and esophagus.

3. Keep down your weight

Although dietary fat is the major culprit that causes overweight, too many calories from any food source (whether fats or carbohydrates or protein) converts into too much body fat, leading to overweight. And obesity is associated with breast cancer and cancers of the reproductive tract. The more overweight you are; the greater your risk.

The bottom line, where dietary guidelines to cancer are concerned, is that you should eat a variety of foods in moderation, including fruits, vegetables and whole grains; watch your weight; and decrease your fat intake. Preferably, avoid supplements as a convenient option: natural foods, with their complement of vitamins and minerals, are incomparably better.

4. Quit smoking/chewing tobacco/inhaling cigarette smoke

Tobacco intake, whether through cigarette smoking or chewing, has been shown to have a definite link with several cancers, including those of the lung, mouth, throat and pancreas. Contrary to popular presumption, beedi smoking is twice as dangerous as cigarette smoking, warns the Indian Cancer society. The habit of putting the lighted end of the cigarette in the mouth leads to oral cancer. So does chewing betel leaves.

Side stream or passive smoke has been shown to increase the lung cancer risk in non smoking persons married to smokers. So, discourage smoking at home. Until family members quit, be sure the house is well ventilated. At your workplace, get together with colleagues to request that management consider setting aside designated smoking and non-smoking areas.

5. Keep a check on pollution

While cigarette smoke is responsible for 9 out of 10 cases of lung cancer, pollution is another risk factor. The pollution cancer link is still not well understood, although scientists today know beyond doubt, that polluted air contains carcinogens. Among them: ozone, sulphur dioxide, carbon monoxide and nitrogen dioxide. In one study, when investigators exposed human breast cells to benzo (a) pyrene (one of the most common automobile pollutants), they found that it resulted in the formation of “free radicals” – charged molecule fragments that can seriously injure cell walls and DNA. Other common pollutants are known to create “free radicals”. If you are living in a polluted city, it’s not at all easy beating the risks, except by avoiding exposure to pollutants when possible and getting away to the great open space on weekends and vacations.

However, on known protection against air pollution is to avoid breathing it while exercising rigorously, So, don’t jog in areas of heavy traffic or at times of the day when urban among is at its densest. (These times vary with the seasons and from city to city.

6. Avoid Unnecessary X-rays:

Indiscriminate and excessive exposure to radiation is known to cause certain cancers including leukemia (cancer of the blood). But x-rays are not the only source of such radiations. Thos working in nuclear plants are known to be at risk (Hundreds of survivors of Hiroshima, as well as the Chernobyl disaster is more recent times, later developed cancer in children, mainly leukemia, and in adults, cancer of the throat/thyroid/lungs). Other source of radiation are television, video display terminals, plutonium powered pacemakers, tinted glass in eye glasses, porcelain denture, even bricks and masonry. You can’t do much about most radiations – but you can, and must, limit what you get from medical x-ray and consumer products.

7. Treat “Pre-Cancerous Lesions”

A pre-cancerous lesion is any abnormal condition that, if allowed to continue, will develop into cancer with time, They include white spots on the mucous membranes of the mouth; sores caused by jagged and ill fitting dentures; bullish black moles that develop sigh of irritation; itchy scaly patches of dry skin, especially on the face; untreated birth injuries to the womb. Any of these conditions should be shown to a physicians promptly treated.

Avoid prolonged irritation of any part of the body: including over exposure to the sun/wind.

Trying to Conceive – Common Mistakes That Could Hurt Your Chances of Getting Pregnant

When you are trying to conceive, the last thing you want to do is something that could hurt your chances of getting pregnant. You want to get pregnant and maybe even quickly. There are some things that women make the mistake of doing that can actually hurt their chances of getting pregnant. In result, it may take longer than expected to get pregnant. Here are a few mistakes women make that are trying to conceive.

Mistake #1 – They do not time intercourse around ovulation. Many of women trying to conceive will just have a bunch of intercourse hoping to get pregnant. Its doesn’t take a bunch of random sex to get pregnant. It is better to time sex around ovulation, the most fertile period. By doing this, a woman can improve her chances of getting pregnant, rather than wasting a bunch of effort on having sex so much and possibly missing the day when an egg was released to be fertilized. An egg can only live for around 12-24 hours and it gets released once a month, so when you miss this important window, your chances of getting pregnant goes down dramatically.

Mistake #2 – They have too much sex. It makes since to have sex if you are trying to conceive but too much sex can actually hurt your chances of getting pregnant instead of helping. Having too much intercourse lowers the amount of sperm and its quality. In order for sperm to be able to reach and fertilize an egg, it has to be able to move quickly and there has to be a good number of sperm so that the chances of getting pregnant is higher.

Mistake #3 – They do not pay attention to their health or lifestyle. Sometimes when a woman is trying to conceive, they may get all caught in the actual process and forget the little things which could improve their chances of getting pregnant. Paying close attention to their health situation and making some healthy lifestyle changes can do a lot of good. Did you know that too much consumption of caffeine can actually hurt your chances of getting pregnant? There is also stress, being overweight, eating unhealthy foods, exercising too much, smoking, drinking alcohol among others that hurts the chances of a woman conceiving.

There are also some health conditions that could really hurt the chances of a woman getting pregnant such as certain STD’s, not ovulating, blocked fallopian tubes, ovarian cysts, and others. The more you learn about your health, the easier and faster it will be to get pregnant because you can possibly fix it earlier on making the chances of getting pregnant increase again.

Try not to make these mistakes when you are trying to conceive, especially if you want to get pregnant quickly. It’s all about improving your chances of getting pregnant and not hurting them.

4 Categories Of Food To Be Avoided While Undergoing Uterine Fibroid Treatment

Have you ever noticed the cause and effect relationship between what you eat and its effect on body? Simple ailments like common cold can get started because of specific food that you consume. This is true for most ailments including fibroids. In this article I am going to explain about specific food which can aggravate fibroid tumors. I am going to list food which you must avoid while undergoing treatment for uterine fibroids.

Irrespective of the uterine fibroid treatment plan you choose, you should pay attention to what you eat. You must avoid foods which can motivate the growth of fibroid tumors. Needless to say you must abstain from consuming these in case you wish to shrink your fibroids naturally. Trust me staying away from these foods is much easier than putting up with fibroid symptoms.

I have broadly categorized these foods into 4 groups which are given below

1. Fizzy drinks

While undergoing treatment for uterine fibroids avoid fizzy drinks and sugared juices. Replace these with fresh fruit and vegetable juices. Use organically grown fruits and vegetables as far as possible. Initially you may find it hard to give up some of these. However as you get used to fresh fruit juices you will realize its benefits gradually.

2. White food

I started my fibroid cure by completely cutting off white food from my intake. White food includes white bread, white sugar, white potatoes and milk. The idea here is to include plenty of fiber instead of processed food. You can easily replace these with brown foods like brown or granary bread, sweet potatoes, goats milk or organic milk.

3. Coffee and Alcohol

Pay particular attention to what you are drinking. Are you a coffee addict? Both alcohol and caffeine are processed by the liver, which also regulates the amount of estrogen in the blood. If you stress your liver with alcohol or caffeine-containing beverages, especially coffee, estrogen will accumulate in your blood and stimulate the growth of fibroids. Therefore unless you cut down your consumption or give these up completely your uterine fibroid treatment plan will fail.

4. Red Meat and dairy products from non organic sources

Exclude red meat and chicken from your diet and replace it with organic chicken and fish instead. Consuming red meat and dairy products from non organic sources can be very harmful for women suffering from fibroids. This is because commercial farmers often feed and inject chemicals into livestock to make them grow fast, gain weight and be eligible to be sold for a higher price. Whenever we consume such meat these chemicals get transferred into our body. These are known to trigger the growth of fibroids.

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Understanding Sexually Transmitted Diseases – The Clap

Sexually transmitted diseases or STD are one of the most severe clinical challenges faced by mankind. These diseases spread from person to person by means of sexual transactions. Common awareness is one of the best tools to fight these diseases. Although many people are generally becoming aware of these by help of government effort and NGOs, many still feel shame and are deserted when they are diagnosed with sexually transmitted diseases.

One of the common names among the sexually transmitted diseases is the Gonorrhea. This disease is also known as the clap. The word clap finds its origin in the French word ‘clapier’ meaning a brothel, as these diseases are most commonly spread by prostitutes and persons of other similar occupations. Others opine that it comes from the old French word ‘clapoir’ meaning sexual sore.

Gonorrhea, one of the leaders of sexually transmitted diseases, is a bacterial infection that infects around 700,000 people in the US a year. This disease never spread by sharing toilets and bathrooms; but from vaginal, oral and anal sexual connections with infected people and also by birth (opthalmia neonatorum). Although ‘the clap’ is seldom reported to spread despite safe sex, a male has 20% chance of catching it through an unsafe sex episode while a female has a risk factor of 60-80%.

Some of the cases of the clap are asymptomatic, whereas others can present in various ways. A man infected with gonorrhea can show symptoms such as yellowish discharge from the penis as well as painful urination in two to thirty days after the infection. Often it exhibits symptoms such as fever. On the other hand, gonorrhea infected women can produce symptoms such as discharge from the vagina, difficulty in urination, off-cycle menstrual bleeding, vomiting, fever and sometimes even bleeding after sexual intercourse.

Sexually transmitted disease the clap is often a severely feared disease whereas there is no reason to do so. It is a treatable actually curable disease. In the United States, this disease is treated with powerful antibiotics recommended by the CDC (Center for Disease Control). In the United Kingdom most of the cases of gonorrhea are treated in dedicated sexual health clinics across the country. Only sometime this disease may be hard to fight as it comes in a drug resistant strain. To make the treatment more effective, PDPT (patient delivered partner therapy) is being followed all around the world where the sexual partner of the patient is also tested and treated, if diagnosed.

Although gonorrhea cannot be a hard disease to fight; if left untreated, it may lead to unexpected complications; some of them may be as severe as joint problems, sterility and even damage to heart valves.

What Is A Septated Ovarian Cyst And How Can It Be Treated?

While unusual masses have come to be associated with cancer, any mass in the body that is not supposed to be there is considered a cyst. Cysts may either be cancerous, or become so, but they are often benign growths that occur for various reasons.

Depending on the type of cyst, there is various degrees of likelihood that complications can occur, including the development of cancer. Some cysts, such as a septated ovarian cyst, have a higher chance of including cancerous cells within the mass of tissue.

What exactly is this cyst? How do you treat a septated ovarian cyst? Should you be worried if you are diagnosed with this type of mass? Simple or Complex Cyst?

When you are dealing with ovarian cysts, they are divided into two main categories: simple and complex. Each is characterized by different causes and symptoms, though there is some overlap between the categories.

In general, a simple or functional cyst develops when your body has a slight malfunction during the normal process of ovulating. Usually, follicles grow on the ovaries that then burst to release a mature egg.

The follicle then becomes a corpus luteum, which assists the body in supporting a healthy pregnancy. At any time, either during the maturing of the follicle or after a corpus luteum is formed, the ovarian follicle can continue to fill with fluid, creating a cyst. This is not a septated ovarian cyst, but may become so later.

A complex cyst has various causes, none of which are related to the normal function of the reproductive system. Complex cysts may be filled with clear fluid or a thick, sticky material.

A complex cyst may also be comprised of a mass of tissues. Complex ovarian cysts can be accompanied by disorders such as PCOS or endometriosis, or they can be caused by other issues, such as hormonal imbalance.

A complex cyst isn’t necessarily characterized as a septated ovarian cyst, but can develop into this type as well.

What is a Septated Ovarian Cyst?

A septated ovarian cyst can be either a complex or simple ovarian cyst. However, in order to be classified in this category, the cyst must have more than one segment, with the cyst being divided into various sections.

The walls between the segments are known as the Septa and can vary in thickness. Septated ovarian cysts with thin walls are less likely to develop into cancer than those with very thick walls.

In addition, simple cysts that are septated are less of a concern than a complex septated ovarian cyst. Both types, however, can cause pain.

Treating Your Cyst

While your doctor may make various suggestion as to the best way to treat a septated ovarian cyst, most of these options will only treat symptoms; they can be useful in order to interrupt the cycle and get things under control.

However, most ovarian cysts have hormonal components and a holistic approach should be taken to permanently get these issues under control.

Dietary measures, including focusing on whole foods and losing weight, are highly recommended. There are also herbs and vitamins, including some specifically designed for women’s health, that can help you treat your septated ovarian cyst.

What Are the Different Types of Food Strainers?

Food strainers are much more versatile kitchen gadgets than you might think. They come in many different forms, and each has its own specific uses. The key to getting the most from your strainer is to know what it can do. This article will explain many of the different types and what they’re designed for.

The regular food strainer is the colander. These are generally made from metal and rest in the bottom of your sink to drain water from pasta, blanched veggies, and boiled potatoes. Almost every kitchen will have this style of strainer, but there are some other types that are even more useful.

Metal strainers are generally conical with very small perforations. These will do the same thing that colanders will, but they also work for smashing fruits and veggies inside to get their pulp separated from the juice. Small batches of tomato sauce work great in this style, as well as working berries for jam.

Food mills are another style of strainer. These have a geared mechanism on the top that grinds up soft food to get the pulp and juice out of the fruit. They are very awkward to use, but are indispensable for medium sized batches of sauces and jams. Most food mills will run about $40 or $50 online or in your local kitchen supply store.

If the food mill is John Henry, the electric food strainer is the locomotive. These are way too much for most home kitchens, but are regularly used in restaurants. They do the same job as food mills, but use a motor to process everything that you put in them.

Generally, there is some sort of wooden plunger that keeps your fingers out of the mill, while getting everything down inside. Large batches of sauce, salsa, and jam are best for this. If you aren’t making a lot of any of these, stick to the manual mill to save time cleaning up. Food strainers are one of the most versatile kitchen gadgets. Use the one that suits your needs to make sure that you actually use it!

How To Accelerate Your Knee Replacement Rehabilitation

Before going through knee replacement surgery, many of us will have questions about a number of issues involved during the surgery and more importantly after the surgery and when the physical rehabilitation takes place.

The physical rehabilitation after surgery will be the most crucial part and will play a vital role in how quickly you recover. Of course there are other pre-surgical factors to take into account like your over all health and level of fitness as well.

Many of the patients I have seen over the years will get confused due to the amount of information from well-intentioned family and friends on what to do to help in their recovery. I have seen many patients heal and make a full recovery as expected and a few who have not due to poor advice or not following through with instructions provided by the medical professionals.

I have listed three tips on how anybody can accelerate their total knee replacement recovery if followed and practiced daily.

1. Keep Hydrated With Water: Keeping yourself hydrated with fresh water will help in the recovery process. Water is one of the main components of life, it carries the blood cells that are needed for healing. By taking in water we keep our blood flowing properly and oxygen levels high enough to heal the surgical site.

Making you are well hydrated with water also helps in the prevention of blood clots. Staying hydrated also helps in flushing out toxins that have accumulated during the surgical process with the addition of anesthesia and other pain medications. The sooner you can get these toxins and other residues out of your body the better you will feel.

2. Keep Your Physical Therapy Routine to a Minimum: This one will catch a few of you by surprise. After all, everyone that has taken the time to give you their opinion of the procedure has told you how important your physical rehabilitation is right?

Well in a sense they are however, many of my former patients also felt that they had to be in non-stop physical therapy causing themselves increased pain and swelling which in turn slowed down their recovery.

When it comes to knee replacement surgery, more is not better, If you can go through your physical therapy routine two times daily correctly, that will be sufficient to reap the benefits and help reduce chronic pain and edema therefore accelerating your recovery.

3. Use Your Pain Medication As Prescribed And Other Modalities: One of the biggest problems I would run into after starting with a patient in home health is the fact many are concerned to get off the pain medication as soon as possible. That’s understandable, but not at the cost of staying in chronic pain which will slow down your bodies ability to initiate the healing process.

Your body is working overtime after surgery to begin the healing process, there will be pain involved and to stop taking your pain medication altogether will hinder your physical rehabilitation efforts along with your ability to rest comfortably.

Take the pain medication as prescribed. Also you will be instructed by your rehabilitation professionals how and when to use both heat and ice to help with pain control. Make an effort to use both at the proper times. Ask your rehabilitation professional when is the proper time to use these modalities during your recovery.

Using the pain modalities along with the pain medication prescribed in a timely fashion will help you considerably during the healing process.

If you can follow these three simple tips during your recovery period, you will be doing everything you can in speeding up your recovery process. These are basic principles that are generally stressed before and after surgery yet few will follow them as instructed.

No one will promise you your recovery will be easy, it will take work and planning but if done correctly, you can speed up the recovery process and get back to enjoying your new pain free mobility.

Thrush Natural Remedy – Learn The Most Effective Way To Treat Thrush Naturally

If you’re looking for a thrush natural remedy, you’re already way ahead of 90% of people suffering from thrush. Literally millions of people suffer from thrush every year, and unfortunately, the vast majority of them are being exposed to toxic drugs in the process of trying to get relief from their thrush symptoms.

It’s natural to want to get rid of thrush quickly – after all thrush is just miserable. Any kind of thrush is awful and it’s ironic how it seems to affect the most sensitive parts of the body the most – the mouth, genitals, nipples, etc. Ouch! Itching, burning, tenderness, raw sores are some of the less-than-desirable symptoms of thrush. Of course you want a thrush natural remedy!

When my daughter first had symptoms of thrush about 6 weeks after her birth, it literally made me sick to my stomach. I’d already experienced years of yeast-related health problems and I was overwhelmed at the thought of her experiencing even a 10th of what I’d been through. I also was stressed at the thought of knowing how hard yeast could be to get rid of – and I did not want to resort to drugs.

I’d already had my own miserable experience taking Diflucan in my 20’s – it was awful.
My hair started falling out, I lost 20 pounds (which I didn’t need to lose) and I felt terrible. Not only that, the yeast just grew right back! I was determined to find a thrush natural remedy that would really work.

Fortunately, I already knew quite a bit about yeast already and also counted some of the top natural healers in the world as personal friends. Using their advice, my own research and knowledge, and a good bit of trial and error, I finally came up with a fail-proof system to get rid of thrush naturally. I realized the key to success lies in 2 things:

Step 1: Kill the yeast with non-toxic substances for immediate relief – i.e. a thrush natural remedy.
Step 2: Cure the underlying imbalance that allowed the yeast to grow out of control in the first place.

Step #1 can be hard enough without the right approach, but practically speaking, step #2 is overlooked completely and that’s why people have such a hard time curing this thrush naturally!

How To Choose The Best Food For Cats

Having a pet cat or kitten can be really nice especially if it is your first time. However, you also need to be responsible enough to know what is best for your pet. The first thing that you should know when you opt to have a pet cat is to choose the best food for cats. You cannot just buy any food you see in a pet shop as you have to consider the nutritional value.

When choosing a cat food brand, consider your pet’s age. A cat’s age is broadly segmented into three stages: kitten, adult and senior. Ideally, you should choose cat food that is appropriate to your pet’s age.Foods manufactured especially for kittens are rich in both protein and fat which are essential to the development of your pet’s muscles, bones, and teeth.

Additionally, kittens require more protein and fat because they are more active and can burn more calories. Adult cats, on the other hand, require a diet low in calories. Just like humans, adult cats can become overweight if they are overfed or given the wrong type of food and do not get much physical activity. Being overweight can leave them susceptible to diseases and conditions like heart disease, diabetes and arthritis.

The only exception here is if the cat is pregnant or nursing. Pregnant and nursing cats require meals which are higher in fat and protein. When your pet reaches old age, it becomes more sedentary and will require a diet which is low in fat and rich in proteins which can be easily be digested as well as processed by their kidneys. Once you have narrowed down your food choices to those appropriate to your cat’s age, the next thing that you need to do is to look at the food labels.

Look for important content such as protein, taurine, vitamins, minerals, enzymes, fatty acids, and water as the top ingredients. You may also notice preservatives listed on the labels. These are used to keep the food fresh, although quality brands use less artificial preservatives and fillers. Avoid cat foods which list ingredients like by-products, animal digest, meat and/or bone meal, added sugars, corn meal, too many carbohydrate fillers, and chemical preservatives.

Experts suggest rotating different cat foods to prevent boredom and to ensure that your cat gets a balanced diet. It is also recommended that you give your pet both dry and canned food. Choosing the best food for your cats is really very important to ensure their health.

Market Driven Innovation

Market Driven Innovation (MDI) is designing, managing and implementing your innovation process based on the needs and wants from your key markets. MDI is not new, but still today, many companies have found it difficult to transform their innovation work from their entrenched technology and product forward approach they have been using to a market back approach. Often, their entire business processes have been built around their assets and products they produce and their go-to-market strategy based on their historical sales experiences. The result of this behavior is premature commoditization of their value propositions, their most important assets. Market Driven Innovation is based on a strict set of principles:

o Engineering/technical resourcing decisions are made based on a validated market need and an attractive business case.

o Organizational Focus is achieved from understanding market segments and targeting the most attractive segments for growth

o A cross-functional team approach, marketing, technical, and sales all contribute to the growth initiative together, and thus are aligned on the strategy:

o Accelerated ramp up after launch from a higher operational knowledge of the market

o Accelerated technology development because better design specifications from a segmented market

o Driven by business leaders who make resource allocation decisions consistent with the strategic direction of the business, and link development to marketing process.

Market Driven innovation begins with a business orientation towards specific and targeted markets. These markets define strategy which defines resource allocations especially those resources dedicated to the innovation process. In this context we define innovation as the creation of value, and Market Driven Innovation as placing emphasis on customer values, beginning with choices as how a business goes to market; to how they position their brand and products in those markets they proactively choose to serve; to the nature of their product improvements; and to their search for new products and services that may more effectively meeting the emerging future needs of their targeted markets.

Identifying these target markets is core to Market Driven Innovation. Understanding what drives market growth and major unmet needs of the key market players as well as how they define value and establish the basis for generating growth ideas and concepts – straight from the market. These ideas and concepts are the genesis of the innovation process. The more market back concepts, the more opportunities for successful growth. Knowing target markets enables a business to:

o Design, communicate, and deliver more robust value propositions aimed at specific market segments

o Capture more of the value we provide because they can measure the value and make strategic pricing decisions that are consistent with their marketing strategy.

o Apply resources more effectively where they bring value by focusing them only on where value is identified.

o Develop and bring new offerings to the market faster because they know what the market values and how to deliver their offering based on value.

o Evaluate new markets where they can bring more powerful value propositions and new offerings

These elements of business design when generated from a market back learning model, form the basis for a market driven organization, and more specifically, Market Driven Innovation as a core driver of your growth process:

o Provides business management with facts from direct contact with the marketplace to decide which concepts merit moving forward with resourcing.

o Balances depth and speed in this disciplined approach using an organized set of activities.

o Enables cross function teams to develop a common understanding, direction, and shared values throughout the innovation cycle

o Enhances chances of success

Voice of the Customer (VOC) captured early and operationally is an essential component of creating and delivering value with the growth process. Capturing VOC is not a trivial or casual activity, and well thought our and designed VOC is critical to Market Driven Innovation. Effective VOC requires:

o Learning Customers desired outcomes – what they want to happen to help them become more successful.

o Getting to Fact based and data driven information that can be translated into offering features that address the customer outcomes.

o Clearly identifies the benefits the customer will receive and thus the discrete value they will place on an effective solution to them.

o Must be well understood by both marketing and technical in the same way with an aligned sense of the relationship to strategy and core competencies.

VOC is the work you do and do well before you even think of applying technical resources to do product development work. In this regard, you don’t misuse valuable and limited technical capacity. Technical people need to focus on projects that have been market validated both to focus their limited resources and provide them with advanced market specifications that help accelerate the development cycle.

To this end, as we will discuss more later, you engage your technical resources along side of your Marketing people to co-learn VOC, and thus both are better prepared to do their work that is defined by your targeted markets. In this way our resources are aligned from day one of an innovation effort through to launch of a new offering. A key outcome of an aligned and shared approach is achieving success faster and at less overall cost. No wasted costs as a result of false starts and lingering stops.

The three key components or a successful change to market oriented MDI are:

o Creating The Right Mindset – Leaders set the agenda

o Building the necessary skill set – A common framework for implementing

o Providing the best toolset – Fact based information guides decisions

Incorporating all three into the business process is a requirement for successful transformation to a market driven organization. It’s as straight forward as knowing where you are going, how to get there, and a map to take you there. We will discuss each of these three success drivers in more detail below

Creating the right mindset

Leaders must take charge of the agenda beginning with examining and changing how they lead, what marketing and technical practitioners do differently, and most importantly, how they work together using a rigorous framework from concept selection through to offering commercialization. Leadership owns the MDI process highlighted below. The first two levels in the process, Concept Development/selection and Market Validation are the critical elements. In this model, Leadership does not resource technology development until sufficient market evidence and validation provides the basis for resourcing. Technology resources only work on market validated concepts. Leadership’s ownership of the process means they:

o Demonstrate the value and set expectation

o Focus and align the organization around strategic direction and core capabilities.

o Identify, and guide the performance requirements necessary to generate the profit results.

o Organize people to assure the right combination of organizational strengths are applied to both know and act effectively on markets.

Three crucial questions are answered in market validation and business case development:

1. Is there an external basis for believing the concept has sufficient value to the market to proceed?

2. What is the best validated value proposition that sets the design basis for development?

3. Can we make money from developing and commercializing this value proposition?

Building the Necessary Skillset

The Innovation provides the basis for skill development and tool utilization. Each element of the framework requires specific work designed to deliver decisions to move from one element to the other. A short description of the work elements are describe below.

Concept Development and selection: Developing and characterizing concepts (sometimes called the “Fuzzy Front End”). Idea generation methods are generally well-known and most work well enough to assure a good set of concepts to evaluate. What we uniquely require is a concept characterization approach that helps the evaluators better understand and choose among several concepts.

Market Validation: Once a project has been chartered, a decision (stage gate) is made to resource to development and includes four key components, validated market landscape; Value Proposition Development; Competitive Alternative Assessment; and Business Model Evaluation. A validated market landscape identifies and characterizes the market spaces in which the concept may bring value. In this context, it provides the basis for demand, and thus the first real attempt at generating revenue potential. It identifies the key specifiers and influencers, and begins to describe their unmet needs that the concept may address as well as key hurdles that must be overcome to have a successful and sustainable initiative.

The Value Proposition is a description of the value your concept will bring to the targeted market, the benefits the market will receive, and how you will get paid for bringing the value. Value proposition development is the holy grail of marketing. If you learn your value proposition, and it truly brings the market real value, you can build the remainder of your growth initiative around it. Value propositions must be measurable and actionable.

Business Case Development: Before you engage in developing the required technology, answer the questrion – “Can we make money on this value proposition?”. Market Driven Innovation often requires a new way to go to market to accelerate and maximize acceptance and value capture. Value adding chain analysis through to the end user is an important skillset to utilize for business model evaluation. Business models are defined by what customers are selected; how we capture value; our level of strategic control; and the scope of our value proposition. The Business Case should be determined as early in the innovation process as possible. Opportunity modeling can provide the necessary basis for understanding the top line potential and the marketing cost for the innovation.

Technical Development:Effective market validation provides the product developers/designers a clear and crisp basis for building in the necessary design elements into an innovation. We now know the needs (what the market is willing to pay for) and the wants (potential areas of uniqueness). No more starts and stops caused by changing specifications from learning on the fly. Product developers can utilize their best practices with the certainty that they are on the right track. Because we begin the development process with clear market understanding, we now can bring the key customers into the development cycle early and often. We know their testing protocols, and their current standards by the competitive alternative they are using today. We design, we test, we engage the customer to test, we upgrade. Active parallel processing accelerates the development process and we get to launch faster.

Commercial Launch: Preparing for the launch includes the short term developing the marketing entry plan and the marketing mix, and the longer term multigenerational planning. These should be done together since the longer term positioning could have an effect on the launch protocol. The launch plan includes the target market; the offering positioning based on the value proposition; the communications strategy and plan; the channel strategy and plan; the pricing strategy and implementation plan driven by long term optimal pricing decisions. Multigenerational planning (beyond the launch); includes second and third generation offerings; strategy mapping; and a revenue acceleration plan. The managing process and control plan are incorporated into the commercial launch to assure optimum demand creation and delivery

Providing a Useful toolset

The toolset necessary to enable Market Driven Innovation consists of an integrated qualitative and quantitative set that enables the Market Driven Innovation team to successfully address the critical market questions identified in their chartered project. Two interdependent approaches make up the composite of Voice of the Customer (Market Driven). Together, they are designed to answer all the questions necessary to progress through the innovation process defined earlier.

A qualitative market learning tool should be installed to translate concepts into possible value propositions, begin the segmentation process, define the industry structure and dynamics, and expose the relative value vs. competitive alternatives. It also provides the basis for design of the quantitative VOC that follows once a decision is made to proceed to the business case and technical development stages.

A quantitative instrument that captures: concept tests including value elements and price; attribute importance rankings and current performance ratings; outcomes rankings; feature benefits; and competitive ratings. Other pertinent information to assist in segmentation should also be incorporated.

Getting Started With Market Driven Innovation: Market Driven Innovation can either be installed inside a business unit which is structured with both a technical and marketing unit, or can be institutionalized within a corporation as “the way we innovate”. The initiation for each is different given both the breadth and depth the sponsors must address in the change process. It is simpler and much faster to initiate change in an organization that is both ready and organizationally integrated. The leadership can evolve the change live while doing their innovation work by starting with a few projects that are definitive and have a short horizon. As the teams demonstrate success the change process takes on a life of its own and becomes a natural new way of doing work. The basic framework for such an approach is:

o Leadership diagnostic to define both scope and level of change required. Many groups already have an external perspective to their work and thus, change becomes a reinforcement of their beliefs.

o Develop and agree on a project plan to install MDI.

o Training the leadership and team on MDI elements. Utilize one or two projects to exemplify throughout the training. Note: the idea here is just in time training. Teams are trained on each element then they experience the element and move forward to training and experience thought each stage of the process. Prevents training fatigue and accelerates progress towards commercialization

o Select and charter projects.

o Customize framework to fit organizational culture and existing operational approaches and language.

Market Driven Innovation can be easily introduced into a Lean Six Sigma culture.

The Hepatitis C Virus (hcv)

The Hepatitis C virus (HCV) is a small (50 nm in size), enveloped, single-stranded, positive sense RNA virus in the family Flaviviridae. HCV mainly replicates within hepatocytes in the liver, although there is controversial evidence for replication in lymphocytes or monocytes. Circulating HCV particles bind to receptors on the surfaces of hepatocytes and subsequently enter the cells. Two putative HCV receptors are CD81 and human scavenger receptor class B1 (SR-BI). However, these receptors are found throughout the body. The identification of hepatocyte-specific cofactors that determine observed HCV liver tropism are currently under investigation.

HCV has a high rate of replication with approximately one trillion particles produced each day in an infected individual. Due to lack of proofreading by the HCV RNA polymerase, HCV also has an exceptionally high mutation rate, a factor that may help it elude the host’s immune response.

Early studies of viral loads in eleven asymptomatically infected viral carriers (blood donors in 1989, prior to implementation of blood bank screening for HCV, and from whom the donated blood units were rejected because of elevated alanine transaminase (ALT) liver enzyme levels) indicated that asymptomatic viral loads in blood plasma varied between 100/mL and 50,000,000/mL.

Although hepatitis A, hepatitis B, and hepatitis C have similar names (because they all cause liver inflammation), these are distinctly different viruses both genetically and clinically. Unlike hepatitis A and B, there is no vaccine to prevent hepatitis C infection.

How to Grow Male Breasts – Discover the Secrets of Naturally Growing Male Breasts

If you are a man that wishes to increase the size of your breasts, there are several options available to you. It is actually easier than you would think to grow male breasts, and amazing results can be achieved in just a few months. Let’s take a look at some of the different options that are available to you.

Some men prefer to go the instant gratification route instead of taking the time to naturally grow male breasts. This means surgery and there are many complications. Although there is the benefit of having instant growth, the downsides far outweigh the benefits.

First, the male chest does not have a lot of extra flesh that is essential for surgical breasts to look natural. Often, the implants will look very round and appear to be very hard because of the lack of surface tissue. More serious complaints include actual separation of the chest tissue which will leave massive scars and could threaten your life. Surgery always has complications and for many, this is just not a good option.

In order to grow male breasts naturally, you need to re-create a hormonal imbalance within your body. This happens occasionally in some men and is referred to as gynecomastia. In order to create this imbalance and allow your body to adapt to a new hormone balance, you will need to take natural supplements that will target your breast tissue.

This is probably the safest way to grow male breasts that look and feel natural. The side effects are much lower than surgical options and although it takes a few months to see results, they are typically superior when compared with implants. The risks are minimal and look incredibly natural when compared with male breast implants.

In order to grow male breasts, you will need to take a supplement such as Mammorex or Bust Fuel. Although these products are marketed mainly to women, the effects are the same in men. The tissue in the male breast is identical to female breasts, but a lack of hormones means that they don’t grow.

By taking one of these supplements, you can naturally grow male breasts that will be virtually indistinguishable from female breasts. Most men report results in as little as two months, with averages being growth of about one to three cup sizes. It is important to follow the manufacturer’s suggestions exactly in order to get the best results. You can also combine chest massage with these supplements for even better results.

It is much safer to take Mammorex or Bust Fuel if you want to grow male breasts. The herbs in these formulas have been used for hundreds of years and the risk of side effects is very low. Why risk your health with surgery when you can see better and more natural results with a safe herbal supplement? The costs for taking an herbal supplement are also much lower than surgery, making it a viable option for those who cannot afford expensive implants.

What Is Localized Osteoporosis?

Do you remember the days when your parents would ask you to drink your milk every day? You should know that they were doing it to help you build strong bones. Bones are essential for movement and protection. If you fail to protect your bones, they can become weak and fragile in the future. One of the most common bone conditions people suffer from today is osteoporosis.

What is osteoporosis? It is a condition when your bones become weak and thin. As a result, they easily get fractured or they easily break when faced with huge impacts from accidents. One type of osteoporosis is known as the localized osteoporosis. This type involves neoplasm and infection on the bones. It is easily recognizable because it leaves a patch on the bones and the body.

There are several things that can cause localized osteoporosis. One of them is bone tumor or the abnormal growth of tissues on the surface of the bones. This condition can become malignant therefore it should be diagnosed by doctors immediately. Another cause is osteomyelitis. This is the infection of the bone that may cause the bones to become weak. According to some studies, electrical injuries may also cause localized osteoporosis. X-ray results of patients have shown fracture on the bones because of electrical shocks.

How can you prevent osteoporosis? There are several things that you can do to keep your bones healthy and strong. This is very important to ensure that you will not have serious bone problems when you become older.

The first step in preventing bone diseases is to main a good amount of calcium in the body. You need to understand the important of calcium and its benefits. Calcium is the main nutrient that will make your bones strong. You can find it on dairy products such as milk and egg, as well as in green leafy vegetables. If your diet cannot supply your body sufficient calcium, you may take supplements.

The second step is to maintain a good amount of Vitamin D. Vitamin D is good for the bones for several reasons. The main role of this nutrient is to help the bones absorb calcium better. If the amount is not sufficient, then the calcium you get from food and other sources may just stay on the blood and later on be excreted. Taking in calcium is important but making sure it gets to bones is also essential in preventing osteoporosis.

The third step is to know the statistics. This is important to know the risk factors of having the bone disease. For instance, you need to know that women are more likely to develop weak bones than men. This is because when they reach menopause, the levels of estrogen decreases. You should also know that here are medications that can hinder the body in absorbing calcium.

Whether you have normal or localized osteoporosis, you should not ignore it.

Symptoms of Liver Cirrhosis – Cirrhosis of the Liver Symptoms to Look out for

Are you aware of how important your liver is for your well-being? Your liver performs many critical functions that help your body to function properly. Cirrhosis of the liver is a very serious condition to have so I want you to know the cirrhosis of the liver symptoms so you know what to look out for.

Cirrhosis of the liver currently has no known cure so it is not a condition that you ever want to be faced with. Cirrhosis is basically a hardening and scarring of the cells within the liver. It causes the liver to stop performing at the level it needs to in order to maintain good health.

Some of the functions of your liver include helping your blood to transport oxygen to your cells as well as helping it to clot, which prevents you from bleeding to death in the event you get a cut.

Your liver also helps with the break down of fats and the production of cholesterol that your body needs. Your liver also acts like a filter removing toxins from your body. Your liver is your body’s principal organ of detoxification so as long as your liver function is intact, your blood stream remains pure.

As you can see from the above the functions of your liver are vital for your health and life so let’s look at some of the causes of cirrhosis of the liver as well as cirrhosis of the liver symptoms you should be on the lookout for.

The most popular cause of cirrhosis is excessive alcohol consumption. Other causes may be Hepatitis C, drug abuse, malnutrition as well as a byproduct of obesity or diabetes.

Here are some symptoms of cirrhosis of the liver;

  1. Loss of Appetite
  2. Jaundice

  3. Easily Bruising

  4. Weight Loss

  5. Lack of Energy

  6. Fever

  7. Swelling

  8. Red palms

  9. Enlarged Liver

  10. Vomiting

  11. Fatigue

  12. Weakness

  13. Diarrhea or Constipation

  14. Upset Stomach

  15. Itchy Skin

There are steps you can take to help your liver heal, which are beyond the scope of this article, however one obvious step would be to stay away from any alcohol or drugs other than any drugs that have been prescribed for you.

Your diet becomes even more critical when you have this condition so be sure to do the research into natural remedies for dealing with cirrhosis to learn how to help your body heal.

What Effects Can Black Mold Have On Pregnancy?

Although black mold has adverse health effects on a person in any case but it poses major problems for you and your baby during pregnancy. During pregnancy, the growth of mold is harmful for both: human beings as well as animals. Some researchers have proved the dangers of toxic Mold on animals during pregnancy.

When you are pregnant, the growth of mold can lead to birth defects or miscarriage in some cases, as it is harmful for the fetus as well as for the mother-to-be. The exposure of black Mold can be a contributing factor to develop asthma in your child because it attacks the respiratory system.

Toxic mold is responsible for the development of sudden infant death syndrome in many cases, as a result of exposure of your child to Mold in the womb as well as after birth.

Black mold can cause birth defects in your child like paralysis, which is more common in children who are exposed to mold. If you are exposed to this dangerous toxin during pregnancy, then there are greater chances that the fetus will have many developmental problems. The growth of the fetus is hindered and the development might not be according to different gestational periods.

There are many chances of miscarriage, if you are residing at a place that has growth of black old, and the fetus might be expelled out of the womb beforehand. Apart from the development of many problems for your fetus, you are also vulnerable to different complications, if you are exposed during pregnancy. You might have abdominal pain or suffer from nose bleeding.

Taking into consideration all adverse health effects of toxic Mold s on you as well as fetus, you should take different steps in order to make sure that your health will not be affected because of mold growth during pregnancy. If you suspect that Mold is growing in your home then you need to call a professional who can test and confirm the presence of Mold as well as take many steps to remove the Mold s from your home.

Although you can remove the mold from your home yourself but if you are pregnant, then it would be better for you to consult the experts who can remove them from your home. The only way to get rid of mold s growing in your home is to remove them for good to live a healthy life.