How To Treat Interstitial Cystitis

What is Interstitial Cystitis?

If you had asked me a month ago what Painful bladder syndrome and its Natural Remedies were, I would have just stared at you without the slightest idea of what you were talking about. Well, that will be probably because it is a less common form of cystitis that is not even caused by infection or bacteria. After a bit of research though, I was somewhat amused that I have never heard of such a interesting disease.

Interstitial Cystitis is an autoimmune disorder that is much graver than the average cystitis. It is a chronic inflammation of the bladder that affects men and women of all ages, although 90% of the people affected are women, especially the pregnant or the ones in menopause.

What are its causes?

Interstitial Cystitis may act up on its own or connected along with other autoimmune disorders. People with autoimmune disorders are more prone to Interstitial Cystitis but this is not, however, the cause of it. There are actually many theories on what the cause might be, but doctors have yet to find the exact cause of Interstitial Cystitis. Most people think so but stress isn’t the cause either.

What are the symptoms?

The most common, and sometimes the only symptom for Interstitial Cystitis is the frequent feeling of wanting to urinate immediately, up to 60 times a day in severe cases. This is why Interstitial Cystitis is often mistakenly diagnosed as bladder infections, urethritis, or emotional problems. Other symptoms include pain in the lower abdominal, urethral, or vaginal area, bladder spasms, stiffness in the bladder, incontinence, “acidic” feeling while urinating, and lower bladder capability. Painful bladder syndrome is not contagious.

What are its Natural Remedies?

The cure for Painful bladder syndrome has not yet been found but there are remedies that can relieve or help lessen the symptoms.

The five most effective natural remedies include: Collodial Silver, Serrapeptase, Zell Oxygen, Repair-Tonic, and Capra Mineral Whey with Boron.

Other common remedies for Painful bladder syndrome and other autoimmune diseases are: Zell Immunocomplex, Vitamin D3, Immuno Calm or Kalawalla, and Deep Cell Detox (Deep Cell Detox is a combination remedy consisting of Seagreens, MSM, Alpha Lipoic Acid, and Acetyl L Carnitine).

The following lifestyle changes also help and are worth taking note of:

• Avoid food and fluids that irritate the bladder.

• Alcohol, acids, and spices are also a no-no.

• If you smoke, you should quit.

• Exercise more.

• Wear loose clothing.

• Stress only worsens it.

• Bladder training helps.

• Increase intake of alkaline.

• The addition of Plant Sterols and Sterolins are also encouraged.

Although Interstitial Cystitis is not common, many people who have them aren’t aware about it. Even some internists, rheumatologists, and even urologists, don’t know or don’t believe in it. It is better to know about them now in case you or one of your friends has it, but does not know.

My Dog Ate Chocolate – What You Can Do to Treat Your Dog

About two years ago, my mischievous Manchester Terrier (Ziggy) raided a box of chocolates that fell from my kitchen counter onto the floor. By the time I discovered this mishap, Ziggy had gobbled about 4 small chocolates. I was in a panic. I knew chocolates could be very bad for dogs, but would 4 small chocolates be enough to kill her? I rang Ziggy’s vet immediately. The vet was very reassuring, telling me that chocolate was indeed toxic to dogs, but Ziggy had not eaten enough for her to be affected. I was relieved (and Ziggy turned out fine) but I was curious as to why chocolate was toxic to dogs and in what quantity.

Why is chocolate toxic to dogs?

I have since learned that chocolate contains theobromine, naturally found in cocoa beans. Although it is not harmful to humans, theobromine is highly toxic to dogs (and other domestic animals, such as horses). Theobromine is a stimulant (similar to caffeine) and so affects the central nervous system and heart.

How can you tell if your dog has eaten too much chocolate?

Although chocolate in small quantities is not harmful, as a precaution dogs should never be given any chocolate. Why? Have you noticed that people have a hard time eating just one potato chip? Well, the same goes for dogs and chocolate – one taste and they will want (and seek out) more.

Although you probably do not give your dog chocolate, accidents do occur. If your dog has eaten chocolate, the following information will help you decide what to do about it.

There are two main factors that will determine whether the dog will have a toxic reaction to chocolate:

(i) the concentration of theobromine in the chocolate compared to the dog’s weight; and

(ii) its individual age and health.

The concentration of theobromine compared to the dog’s weight

Milk chocolate and white chocolate have a smaller concentration of theobromine are therefore less toxic than dark or cooking chocolate.

Here’s a guide to each type of chocolate:

White chocolate: It takes 113.4 kilograms (250 pounds) of white chocolate to poison a 9 kilogram (20 pound) dog.

Milk or semi-sweet chocolate: Approximately half a kilogram (1 pound) of milk chocolate is poisonous to a 9 kilogram (20 pound) dog. As an example, it would take about 2-3 chocolate/candy bars to poison a 5 kilogram (10 pound) dog.

Cooking or baking chocolate: 57 grams (2 ounces) of baking/cooking chocolate is poisonous to a 9 kilogram (20-pound) dog.

Health and age

If the dog is aged or not at optimum health, its tolerance to chocolate may be lowered.

Symptoms of poisoning

If your dog has eaten a toxic amount of chocolate, it will show the following symptoms within the first two hours: vomiting, diarrhea or hyperactivity. The symptoms will then progress to increased heart rate, arrhythmia, restlessness, muscle twitching, increased urination or excessive panting. More dire symptoms include hyperthermia, muscle tremors, seizures, coma and death.

Treatment for chocolate poisoning

There are three steps in the first aid treatment of chocolate poisoning:

1. Induce vomiting

In order to do this you can give 1-2 teaspoons of 3% hydrogen peroxide every 15 minutes until the dog purges. Or, give it a single dose of 2-3 teaspoons of “Syrup of Ipecac”.

2. Administer an absorption agent

Once vomiting has been induced, it is important to immediately reduce the absorption of theobromine in the dog’s stomach. Therefore, give activated charcoal mixed with water. The dose is 1 teaspoon for dogs less than 11.3 kilograms (25 pounds) and 2 teaspoons for dogs weighing more than 11.3 kilograms (25 pounds).

3. Consult your vet

Advise your vet of the following details:

(i) how much chocolate the dog has eaten;

(ii) what type of chocolate;

(iii) how long ago the dog ate the chocolate;

(iv) the symptoms it is experiencing;

(v) the age and general health of your dog; and

(vi) any first aid you have given it.

It is a great idea to have Syrup of Ipecac, activated charcoal and 3% hydrogen peroxide in your pet’s first aid kit in case your dog eats a toxic amount of chocolate or other poison.

The author is not a vet, please consult your vet if you believe your dog has eaten chocolate or any other poisonous substance.

How to Counter the Effects of Black Mold Exposure

You can find black mold by tracing its odor around the house. Black mold gives off an earthy, musty smell that can become rather pungent when growth is profuse. “Smelling around” is the best we can do when looking for black mold growth because they can be rarely seen.

Especially problematic areas are hard-to-reach nooks and crannies in a room, small spaces behind furniture or kitchen appliances that rarely get cleaned, behind walls, and inside ceilings.

You could experience several different symptoms when exposed to black mold. The non-toxic variety may cause a stuffy, congested nose, coughing, sneezing, difficulty in breathing, headaches, and skin or eye irritation.

Since many doctors are not too familiar in dealing with black mold exposure, mainly because its symptoms are so similar to those of other illnesses, you have to give him a little help. When at home, keep a journal. Try to keep a log of the rooms you enter and where or when you start experiencing the symptoms.

This will help you in locating the black mold growth and eventually eliminating it. Once a particular area is cleaned out, your symptoms are expected to improve, but if not, then there may still be other areas that could require looking into.

When exposing a certain section of the home, don’t forget to turn off the airconditioning and heating systems. The ducts run throughout the house and the airborne spores can easily travel from one room to another. In addition, always wear gloves to protect your hands and a face mask to keep from inhaling the spores.

What about toxic mold?

Ordinary black mold exposure may be easy to deal with, but exposure to toxic black mold is a whole other story. The spores can immediately attack your healthy cells, impairing not just the respiratory system but the digestive and nervous systems as well.

It attacks myelin, a component of the covering of the nerve cells, and has been linked to mood swings and severe depression. The worst part of it all is the effects can be long-lasting and may remain in the body even after the toxic black mold has been eliminated from the home.

There is little that can be done to reverse the effects on someone with long-term toxic Black Mold Mold exposure, but the insidious harm it brings can be stopped with a detoxification process. Your doctor may not be an expert in detox but he can refer you to a detox specialist.

Asthmatics, people with histories of allergies, children, and the elderly have weak immune systems and are thus highly susceptible to the effects of black mold exposure. If you believe that you, too, have a weak immune system, don’t try to handle the mold cleanup yourself – hire the services of experts who can do a quick and thorough job for you.

How to Make Your Eyelashes Grow in 3 Easy Steps

Knowing how to make your eyelashes grow is somewhat of a science. The reason I say this is because it’s important to know first what eyelashes are made of and what they need to help them grow. Let’s take a quick look at what eyelashes are. Then we can really understand the 3 easy steps to help grow longer eyelashes.

What are eyelashes made of? Eyelashes are made up of 91% protein called keratin. Keratin protein is the basic building block that also makes up our skin and nails. Our hair, skin and nails are made of same basic ingredient. So, what’s good for our skin is also good for our eyelashes. With that in mind, let’s move on to the 3 easy steps to make your eyelashes grow.

Step 1. Start with quality skin enhancers. Collagen is a great example. This protein provides structure for our skin. It’s widely used to maintain skin’s elasticity and reduce wrinkles. Just the same, collagen provides structure for our hair giving it resilience and strength. It can be applied topically to your lashes like a skin cream. Or you can take Vitamin C which helps to form collagen in the body and also stimulates eyelash growth.

Vitamin A is a powerful antioxidant that slows down signs of aging in our skin. It’s the active ingredient in the form of ‘tretinoin’ in high-end wrinkle eliminating creams. This vitamin stimulates eyelash growth in two ways: it activates new cell growth and helps form keratin protein. If you want to make your eyelashes grow, vitamin A is your ticket. It’s abundant in apricots, pumpkins, peaches, red peppers and so on.

Step 2. Improve your daily diet. You don’t have to “change” your entire diet. All you have to do is add in a few things that help your eyelashes grow longer, thicker and healthier. Omega-3 and Omega-6 fatty acids are extremely beneficial to make eyelashes grow. Our bodies don’t produce them so you’ll need sources like salmon, almonds and whole grains. Take vitamin C and B-complex to improve circulation. Magnesium and calcium also help promote eyelash growth. This would be found in dairy, meats, avocados and bananas.

Step 3. Avoid damaging your eyelashes. Going to bed without removing mascara can cause lashes to fall out. Rubbing your eyes excessively is the most common way to damage eyelashes. Over washing your eyelashes makes them dry and brittle. If you need to remove mascara, use a mild makeup remover. Olive oil mixed with equal part water works as an effective eye makeup remover. Be gentle with your eyelashes, treat them nice, and provide them with nutrients. That’s how to make eyelashes grow in 3 easy steps.

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Types of Water Flow Meters

Types of Water Flow Meters

Accurately tracking the flow of water is a critical need in many industrial and agricultural operations. The capacity to reliably obtain accurate water flow measurements is so important that it is often the deciding factor between turning a profit and taking a loss and in agricultural applications can mean the difference between having enough water for every need and shortages. In other cases, inaccurate water flow measurements or, worse yet, failure to obtain readings at all can cause serious shortfalls or overages in supply which could potentially send entire commodities markets into a spin.

So how is the flow of water measured? Water flow rate is determined inferentially by measuring the liquid¡¯s velocity, or the change in kinetic energy. Velocity is determined by the pressure differential forcing the liquid through a conduit. Because the pipe¡¯s diameter is known and remains constant, the average velocity indicates the flow rate. The basic formula for determining liquid flow rate in cases where the conduit diameter is known and constant is:

Q = VA
Q = liquid flow through the pipe
V = average velocity of the flow
A = area of a cross section of the pipe or conduit

Other factors that affect liquid flow rate, and should be factored into calculations include the viscosity and specific gravity of the liquid, as well as the friction substance in contact with the pipe.

Direct measurements of liquid flows can be made with positive-displacement flow meters. These units divide the liquid into specific increments and move it on. The total flow is an accumulation of the measured increments, which can be counted by mechanical or electronic techniques.

Device Types

There are several types of water flow meters available for closed channel (conduit) applications. The different types of meters can be classified as:

differential pressure (orifices, venturi tubes, flow tubes, flow nozzles, pitot tubes, elbow-tap meters, target meters, and variable-area meters) positive displacement (piston, oval-gear, nutating-disk, and rotary-vane) velocity (turbine, vortex shedding, electromagnetic, sonic mass (Coriolis and thermal), open channel (weirs, flumes) and ultrasonic flow meters

Differential Pressure or Head Meters

Differential pressure flow meters are the most common devices in use today. At least fifty percent of all liquid flow measurement applications use this type of unit.

Like most flow meters, differential pressure flow meters have two main elements. The primary element causes a change in kinetic energy and that causes the differential pressure in the conduit. The secondary element measures the differential pressure and provides the signal or read-out that is converted to the actual flow value.

Positive-Displacement Meters

Positive-Displacement meters separate liquids into defined segments before allowing them to pass. Each segment is then counted by a connecting register. Because every increment represents a discrete volume, positive-displacement units are popular for automatic batching and accounting applications. Positive-displacement meters are also recommended for measuring the flows of viscous liquids or when a simple mechanical meter system is needed.

Velocity Meters

Velocity based flow meters operate linearly with respect to the volume flow rate. Because there is no square-root relationship (as with differential pressure devices), they have a greater range. Velocity meters are minimally sensitive to viscosity changes when used at Reynolds numbers above 10,000. Most velocity-type meter housings are equipped with flanges or fittings to permit them to be connected directly into pipelines.

Open Channel Meters

An open channel is any conduit through which liquid flows with a free surface. This would include tunnels, non-pressurized sewers, partially filled pipes, canals, streams, and rivers. Depth measuring methods are the most frequently used means of determining flow rate in open channels. Depth measuring flow meters assume the flow rate at any given instant can be determined from a measurement of the water depth, or head. Weirs and flumes are the oldest and most widely used primary devices for measuring open channel flows.

How to Control Blood Sugar Levels Without Medicine

People may tell that it is very difficult to control the Glucose levels without medication. But it is possible with dietary restrictions and lifestyle changes.

The following are the some of the important tips to control the blood sugar levels.


Diet is the first thing comes to mind when we talking about reduce the blood sugar levels. Take less carbohydrate and foods must have low glycemic index with moderate levels of protein and fiber. And take very a small amount of food, avoid bulky eating of meals.

Drinking Water

Drinking water can also helps in reducing the diabetes sugar levels. Diabetics are advised to drink plenty of water daily. And it doesn’t mean drinking any other fluids like soft drinks, coffee, and tea. Just take plenty of water everyday.

Eating fruits

Eating fruits should be preferred rather taking other bulky meals, taking fruits  which has citric acids  helps to reduce the weight so that the blood glucose levels are in control. Rose apple, Apple, Grapefruit, Orange and all citrus fruits are really helpful to reduce the blood sugar levels.


Exercises are really important in order to control the diabetes glucose levels. Playing games like badminton can do the magic of reducing the blood sugar in quite a small period of time. Asanas also helps to reduce the blood sugar, walking and light jogging helps a lot for circulation, this controls the blood sugar and maintain in a steady state.

Herbal tea

Instead of taking ordinary tea or coffee herbal tea helps the diabetics to lower blood sugar levels. A natural herbal tea acts like a blood sugar blocker, it usually known as Green tea. It will manage and keeps the blood sugar and control them in consistent levels when we take food are snacks which has the lot of Glucose in it. Don’t take this as advantage and take too much of Glucose contained food. This green tea should be taken many times a day, and 3-4 times are advisable.

Avoid processed foods

Avoiding all kind of processed and tinned foods helps control the blood sugar levels. And avoiding foods which gives lot of weight also helps to control blood sugar levels. And artificial sweeteners which usually used in fruit juices must be avoided. Always take fresh and cooked foods that also with lower glycemic index.

These are all the tips that help to control the blood sugar levels in a normal amount without any medicines.

Pediatric Nebulizer

A nebulizer turns liquid medicine to mist so that it is easily transmitted to the lungs. A nebulizer delivers medication directly to the lungs and is given to asthma patients or other patients with respiratory problems. Today, nebulizer are often used at home as per the doctor’s instructions. For babies with certain respiratory conditions, infant nebulizers are used for giving medicines.

In this article, we will show you how to use an infant nebulizer at home.

  • The things you will require are an infant nebulizer, doctor’s prescription and a chair.
  • First of all, you have to assemble the infant nebulizer properly. Follow the manufacturer’s instructions carefully while assembling the parts. Once the nebulizer is assembled, bring the nebulizer and the medication near enough to the chair so that you can reach it when seated.
  • Now sit in your most comfortable position and cradle the infant in your arms. Ensure they are comfortable in your arms because they are more likely to be tolerant of the procedure with infant nebulizer, if they are comfortable.
  • The next step is to pour the medication into the infant nebulizer cup. Then dilute with normal saline if the doctor has prescribed the same.
  • Now position the mask carefully and secure it over the baby’s face. If he expresses irritation due to the strap, you can hold the mask close to his face to have the desired effect.
  • The final thing to do is to turn on the infant nebulizer to begin administering the medication. The treatment takes five to ten minutes and when the mist stops, you should understand that the treatment is complete. Turn off the nebulizer when the medication is fully given.
  • If your child is expressing too much irritation to the nebulizer, do not force it on him. Instead, use it when he is sleeping for an easier medication. However, remember not to feed the baby just before the nebulizer treatment because the medication may make him cough and if he has a full tummy, he may vomit.

How to Get Relief From Shingles Pain

Shingles is a painful skin condition caused by the chickenpox virus called herpes zoster. Shingles is characterized by clusters of fluid-filled blisters running along nerve paths in the body. The blisters usually itch and may be painful to the touch. The affected nerves are responsible for the pain associated with shingles. Different drugs and medications can provide relief from shingles pain.

Pain Relievers

In general, over-the-counter drugs are sufficient to manage the pain of shingles sufferers. Most people take naproxen and ibuprofen to gain relief from pain. Some older adults, however, may suffer nerve pain so intense as to require strong prescription painkillers. The narcotic oxycodone, a prescription drug, can be used to treat shingles pain.

Anti-viral Medications

Antiviral medications can reduce the intensity and duration of the symptoms of shingles. These antiviral drugs include famciclovir, acyclovir and valacyclovir. They must be used immediately, preferably within 72 hours after symptoms start to appear, in order to control the infection.

Topical Pain Relief

Some people find shingles pain relief with topical medications. The topical anesthetic lidocaine is often effective in controlling pain and can be applied while sores are still active. Capsaicin cream can be applied when the blisters have crusted over. Topical aspirin or triethanolamine salicylate (Aspercreme) may also be used, as well as menthol-containing preparations such as high-strength Flexall.

Home Remedies

Applying a cold compress to the blisters often brings relief from pain. Itching and pain associated with shingles can also be reduced by bathing in a cool tub with oatmeal or baking soda.

Persistent Shingles Pain

Even after the rash has healed, some patients continue to experience chronic pain. Postherpetic neuralgia (PHN) is a common complication in shingles sufferers. The painful irritation caused by the herpes zoster virus on the nerves can persist for months or even years. This kind of shingles pain can be extremely severe and debilitating.

The duration and treatment for the acute pain of shingles and the chronic pain of PHN are different. Shingles pain that is experienced at the initial outbreak usually responds well to treatment and is often short-term. In contrast, PHN takes longer to treat and is often incapacitating. It also occurs more frequently in older people.

The pain can be so intense that even clothing or a light touch cannot be tolerated on the affected area. PHN sufferers may lose the ability to perform their daily tasks and this may lead to loss of independence and depression. Oftentimes, many PHN sufferers receive no relief from their pain no matter what medication or therapies they use.

Treatment methods for PHN include topical analgesics, tricyclic antidepressants, gabapentin and opioid analgesics. A combination of different treatment methods is often used as no single therapy is one hundred percent effective. Using one or more of these therapeutic methods along with antivirals during the shingles infection can help prevent or reduce the pain and duration of PHN.

Chinese Food Culture: How Many Meals Per Day?

When I first came to England, I was very confused when people asked me how many meals per day do Chinese people usually have. I would simply reply: “obviously three, but don’t you have the same?”.

Later on I found out that I wasn’t right. Of course, different cultures have different eating habits (in Spain, people usually eat five times a day). Don’t even mention how different each meal could be.

Realizing the differences in terms of food culture between China and Western countries is probably what first made me aware of cultural identity issues. I have been thinking of writing about this for a long time.

The bold statement “three meals per day in Chinese culture” is really not precise, especially considering how many different ethnic groups and different regions there are in China. People belonging to different ethnic groups or living in different areas have slightly different eating habits.

For example, in the very south of China, people would usually have an additional meal in the very late evening, after supper. But in the North, we usually have three meals: breakfast between 6.30am-7.30am (depending on people’s work schedule), lunch at 12pm to 1pm, and dinner around 7pm.

Common Chinese breakfast in Northern provinces could consist of congee with pickles, soya milk with ‘Youtiao’ (a kind of fried pastry), or Chinese steamed ‘bread’. In restaurants that open in the morning for breakfast, you can also get noodles or ‘bao zi’ (steamed bread with fillings).

Lunch normally involves proper dishes and comes with stable food like rice. In Northern provinces, pastries with different fillings are also very common buys for lunch. Students could take lunch boxes and working people would either go home or eat in small restaurants. In any case, lunch is commonly followed by a short nap.

I read an article somewhere a while ago about German businessmen having meetings with Chinese in Shanghai. At 12pm, Chinese people would stand up and said, “it’s lunch time now, let’s go to have lunch, we can keep on talking on the dining table.” Germans were very surprised, because they were in the middle of a meeting. This shows how important food is in Chinese culture.

Dinner is normally prepared properly at home, although, nowadays, with lots of family run restaurants at very reasonable price, people have started buying food or dining out often. Home cooked dinner normally involves a meat or fish dish, and several vegetable dishes.

There is another saying in Chinese: “walking 100 steps after dinner can make you live till 99 years old”. Although this is obviously a metaphor, in China you will see crowds of people having a stroll in the streets or gardens around 7.30pm or 8pm, right after dinner.

Types of Skin Cancer – The Differences and The Common Ground

Do a search for “the types of skin cancer” and you’ll find lots of information. The 3 types of skin cancer most common, as you will find out are basal cell carcinoma, squamous cell carcinoma and malignant melanoma, in that order.

You can find it described in medical terms or simplified in the words of a layman. It’s very useful for you to know how it appears and grows and see the photos of it.

I’ll cover each one of them and tell you what I conclude to be of most importance about all of them, even the more rare types not covered here.

Starting with basal cell, it rarely spreads and grows slowly. It first appears as a small growth on your skin, often undetected at first. It doesn’t usually pose a big threat, but in time it could.

Here’s a little experience I recently had. I noticed a small growth on my jaw line. After a few weeks there was another little tiny one next to it. I immediately went to my dermatologist and it was biopsied as basal cell carcinoma. It was 100% removed by mohs surgery and found to have travelled about 3 inches beyond what was visible to the eye. GLAD I WENT! It had been invisibly there for quite some time.

The next is squamous cell carcinoma. It also grows slowly and can be hard to notice in the early stages. It can be more serious than basal cell in that it can spread inward to vital organs. It first appears as a growth and can be quite innocent looking. I had an experience with this back in 1990. It had progressed to a stage 3 and it took the entire conventional arsenal to destroy it,…Chemotherapy…Major surgery…and Radiation.

The third of the most common types of skin cancer is malignant melanoma, the most deadly. It can appear as a new mole growth, freckle or an existing one showing some changes. Melanoma can spread rather quickly to internal organs without being detected; therein lays the deadly danger. That is why you should see a dermatologist to have those moles checked out, especially when you see any changes. It wouldn’t be a bad idea to go once a year if you’re over 40 years old and definitely if you’re over 50.

So you see how the three types of skin cancer differ, but pay closer attention to what they all have in common and that is GROWTH ON YOUR SKIN. You can go to the internet and learn what the different ones look like but keep in mind that they all are an unusual growth on your skin. Growth isn’t limited to elevation alone; it could be a change in skin color, spreading of the discoloration or a patch of dry scaly skin,…anything unusual. It also may not match up with any description or photo you see. It’s all cause for concern and warrants a visit to your health professional.

So the big message here is for you to play a big role in early detection by being aware yourself. Notice what’s going on and spot it even before your doctor does.

And the good news is that they are all most highly curable when detected early.

Take control of your own health.

Sciatic Nerve Leg Pain – Causes

The Sciatic nerve leg pain starts in the lower back and continues down through the buttocks and down the leg. Pain associated with this nerve is called Sciatica which usually refers to a bulging or herniated disc problem.

The movement of the disc can sometimes pinch or trap a nerve of the sciatic nerve which may be the result of an injury or wear and tear. Sitting for a long period of time in the incorrect posture position can over time because a disc to move due to the curve in the spine being stretched or pulled.

A common injury to cause sciatic nerve leg pain is by lifting objects in the incorrect manner, tall people seem to be more prone to this problem due to their long back this movement can put pressure on the sciatic nerve with the result of pain travelling down the leg.

When a disc loses its elasticity it can rupture and move from its normal resting position causing sever Sciatic nerve leg pain. In past years if somebody had lower back pain it was said that they put out a disc and the common place to go was a bone setter. Some of these guys were not qualified doctors but were said to have the Gift and most of them were very good at this job.

Today if a person has sciatica the tend to get treatment for the pain but may not tend to the cause of the problem in the first place. How many times were we told to sit up straight in school by the teacher, perhaps the teacher knew about back problems as well as trying to get us to pay attention?

Training in the correct lifting manner is of vital importance in the prevention of the Sciatic Nerve Leg Pain for future generations.

White Rice Predisposes to Diabetes But Brown Rice Helps Protect Against It

Having brown rice and wholemeal bread in diet reduce the risk of diabetes, a new study indicated. It was found that replacing white rice with brown rice can cut down the risk of diabetes by 36%.

Brown rice prevents Diabetes

The researchers points out that due to the differences in processing method and nutrient content, brown and white rice may have dissimilar effects on the risk of type 2 diabetes. It has been established that white rice can cause rise in blood sugar level, whereas brown rice, releases sugars and energy slowly.

To determine the association between type of rice intake and diabetes risk, the investigators utilized data from 3 large prospective cohort studies, all of which included information about diet. In such type of study a group of people are followed over a period of time and collection of data (in this case diet and lifestyle) would be useful in looking at the risk factors that might be linked with the occurrence of certain conditions.

However, it can not prove cause and effect relation. This study examined nearly 40,000 men and 157,000 women for their diet and life style and its effect on health.

It was a questionnaire based study, in which individuals were provided with the food frequency questionnaire forms and followed up to see whether they developed diabetes or not. From all participants, 10,507 developed diabetes during 14 to 22 years of follow up, suggesting absolute risk of over 5%.

It was also found that people who ate more than two servings a week of brown rice had an 11% lower risk than those who ate less than one serving a month. The researchers guess that replacing 50 grams of white rice a day with brown rice or whole grains would result in a 16% or 36% lower risk of type 2 diabetes, respectively.

This shows regular consumption of white rice is linked higher risk of diabetes, whereas brown rice with a lower risk. It should be kept in mind that this study has not proved cause and effect relation. But still, people should include more whole grains and brown rice in their diet, rather than refined carbohydrates. This research calls onto people to change their dietary habits.

In Asian countries when rice is the staple diet, people generally prefer to eat white rice over brown due to appearance & trends. Whereas in the western countries the amount of Rice consumed is insignificant to cause a major change in their diet & fitness.

Food Poison and How To Deal With It

Food poisoning occurs when a person takes in food contaminated by bacteria, parasites or virus. It can also happen when one eats foods that are not ready prepared or foods that are not handled well during the process of preparing them.

Symptoms of food poisoning

Once a person takes in poisoned foods, they start showing some symptoms. Depending on the type of poison, this can occur immediately or within several hours after the individual had taken the food. The symptoms include:-



Stomach ache

Having fever in few days


The elder people, babies, the people with immune complications, and the pregnant women are more prone to showing severe symptoms of food poison.

Critical Poisoning Effects of Food

Some instances of food contamination with poison are not dangerous and can end within a short time. However, if a person experiences the following symptoms, he should seek medical attention as soon as possible:

High level of dizziness

Increased breathing rate or heart beat


Experiencing visual disturbances

Having a problem in speaking

Paralyzed muscles

These symptoms show that the person had a severe poison to their food and should be treated in the shortest time otherwise; the condition can result in other problems or even cause death.

Remedies to Poisoned Foods

With the facts about food poisoning and its symptoms were known, it is important to know how to deal with the problem of food poisoning. The following are some of the remedies to food poison that can help the person in this condition:

Let him rest. Eating poisoned Food can make the body of the individual weak. Therefore it is important for the person to have enough rest.

Lemon juice. Let the person take this juice. It will help in killing most of the bacteria that had caused the poisoning.

Bananas. Give the person bananas as their potassium energy helps in recovering. However, the person is not supposed to take more than two bananas and especially if he is having diarrhea.

Use ginger juice. Mix it with a tablespoon of honey; it will help in treating complications with the digestive system.

Avoid taking any medication without doctor’s approval

Try taking water, coconut water, or Gatorade in plenty but in small sips to avoid dehydration.


To conclude food contamination with poison can cost us many resources and in a way can lead to death. We should be careful all the times to ensure that food poisoning instances do not happen. Always take foods that are purified. Avoid eating foods from anywhere and in particular by the roadside. It is our duties to keep our bodies fit and avoid any food poison issues.

Sore Throat And Remedies

Sore throat is a very irritating problem in which the throat is inflamed. This is generally caused due to colds and coughs. Sore throats can also be caused due to tonsillitis. Sore throat is usually caused by an inflammation of the tonsils, larynx or pharynx and can be painful and uncomfortable and it is one of the most common medical complaints and some of the most common causes of sore throat are:
Sinus drainage – if you have a sinus infection, you can develop a sore throat, especially in the morning.

Sore throat remedies:

1. At the first sign of an infection, gargle with hydrogen peroxide and water.

2. Take dietary supplements and many doctors recommend the papaya enzymes as a natural remedy as papaya is high in Vitamin C and a powerful antioxidant. They assist in stuffy sinuses, swollen throat and if your swollen tonsil is not clearing even with antibiotics, the papaya tablet can shrink the tonsil.

3. Drink plenty of water – warm drinks to assist the throat to heal and also iced drinks to ease the pain. In fact, it is best to drink both. Whatever sore throat remedies you are using, this is one remedy which you must have.

4. Make yourself an anise mint tea. as it is extremely good remedy. Take 1 teaspoon of dried anise mint for each cup of boiling water, steep for 10 minutes, strain and sweeten. You can drink it warm as as often as desired.

5. If you have an inflamed tonsils – place a handful of sage in 2 cups of water. Simmer for 15 minutes. Use a flannel cloth and dip in the liquid and place the sage leaves in the flannel and wrap around your throat. Use another flannel cloth and dip in the liquid and wrap this around your throat, this is to maintain the heat of the first flannel cloth, and repeat this second step when it becomes cold. While you are it, relax and make yourself an infusion of sage tea.

6. Suck throat lozenges to ease your pain and to keep your throat moist.

Natural Remedies for Sore Throat

Many natural ingredients and herbs are proven to reduce pain and inflammation, provide immediate or temporary relief, and help ease painful raw throat tissues.

– Herbal immune system enhancers such as echinacea and goldenseal or Oregon grape root are effective when you have a sore throat that is caused by a cold or flu. The wonder herb, garlic, can also prove helpful when battling illness, since it will ward off harmufl bacteria or viruses.

– Mucilaginous herbs can ease any sore throat. Slippery elm and marshmallow do help a lot. Gargling with astringent herbs will alleviate discomfort. Raspberry or blackberry leaves along with elder flowers are good for this purpose.

– Herbal Throat Lozenges. These herbal lozenges are simple, easy to make, and are effective in treating sore threats. In preparing these lozenges, mix 3 tablespoons powdered licorice, 3 tablespoons marshmallow or slippery elm, 3 tablespoons red raspberry leaves, 1 teaspoon cayenne pepper, 10 drops scented geranium, sage, or rosemary, essential oil, honey and cornstarch.

Larvicidal Dose Deworming For Horses

Dr. David Laird of Texas is nationally recognized for his expertise on internal parasite control and most recently for his work on encysted larvicidal treatments for cyathostomiasis, a condition that leads to poor performance and colic in horses:

According to Dr. Laird, Quest (moxidectin) in reality will only kill about 15% of the encysted strongyles, whereas Panacur (fenbendazole) will kill a much higher amount than that and is also a lot safer then Quest/moxidectin (note: Panacur and Safeguard are identical products with different trade names the chemical name for both Panacur and Safeguard is “fenbendazole”).

Dr. Laird devoted most of his discussion to the life cycle of the small strongyle worm. When your horse goes out to graze in the pasture or picks around in his stall or paddock, he is ingesting thousands and thousands of larvae that can stay alive on the ground for up to a year.

The little larvae move along your horses digestive tract until it comes to his cecum and colon. Then it penetrates the wall of the cecum or colon and stays there for a minimum of 45-60 days and as long as 2 to 3 years. Impossible, you think. You worm religiously every 8 weeks, right? There is no way those larvae can live in there if you worm every 8 weeks. Besides, there are plenty of wormers that kill small strongyles. Heck, they ALL kill small strongyles. Right?

Right… however, they only kill the ADULT worms, or larvae that have not yet burrowed into the lining of the cecum and colon of your horse.

These larvae are known as encysted larvae, and Dr. Laird likened them to a hibernating bear. He explained that they have a very, very slow metabolism. When you worm your horse, that wormer is in your horse’s gut for about 18 hours. Because the encysted larvae have a very slow metabolism, the wormer simply doesn’t do the job over an 18 hour period. It doesn’t effect the little guys. So, the encysted larvae sit there making waste in the lining of your horse’s gut, and when they finally decide to emerge into your horses stomach, they leave behind all this cellular debris, and this is whenyour horse can get sick. This condition is known as Cyathostomiasis (small stronyle infection).

Symptoms can include:

*Cow manure like diarrhea

*Mild reoccuring colic (2 3 days)

*Listless, weak

*Rapid and dramatic weight loss

*Peripheral edema (swollen legs)

*May or may not be eating

So you think, I’m a smart and experienced horse owner. I know when to do a fecal egg count. Well, here’s the interesting part of trying to diagnose this condition. If you worm your horse every 8 weeks, your fecal egg count will very likely come up a big zero, but your horse can still have hundreds of thousands of encysted larvae. Okay you say, you use a daily wormer, such as Strongid C. Couldn’t have “encysted larvae”. Right? Wrong! Okay you used the ivermectin, do the daily wormer every day, except when you were at the show last month, you forgot to bring it with you, but that was only 2 crummy days. Guess what? your horse ingested thousands and thousands of larvae those two crummy days, and since Strongid C only kills the larvae on the way to the cecum and colon, once the little “buggers” have encysted, your daily wormer has no effect on them. Besides, what about all the encysted larvae that were already there before you started using Strongid C? Remember, they can live in your horse for 2 to 3 years.

Treatment: Two times the normal dosage of Panacur dewormer for five consecutive days (note: Panacur and Safeguard are identical products with different trade names the chemical name for both Panacur and Safeguard is “fenbendazole”).

He explained what LD-50 means. “LD” stands for Lethal Dose. “50” stands for 50%. LD-50 means the dosage of medication that will kill 50% of the animals taking it. Ivermectin has an LD-50 of 15. This means that if you gave 10 horses 15 tubes of ivermectin dewormer all at one time, it would be likely that 5 of those 10 horses would die. Quest, has an LD-50 of only 3. So, if you gave 10 horses 3 Quest dewormers, 5 would probably die.

Well, interestingly, Panacur (fenbendazole) just doesn’t kill a horse, no matter how much of the stuff you give it (although, some recent studies have noted that the chemical fenbendazole may have an LD-50 of somewhere around 200, so still very safe). Therefore, that hibernating baby worm that has burrowed into the lining of your horse’s gut gets to have the livin’ daylights kicked out of it with a double dose of Panacur (fenbendazole) for 5 days and it won’t hurt your horse. But it will kill all of those encysted larvae and in a nutshell, if you use Panacur (fenbendazole) twice a year along with a regular deworming program every 8 weeks, (or gear your deworming program toward proper management depending on where you live. FYI: extreme heat actually kills worm larvae, whereas, cold or sub-freezing temperatures does not), rotating the type of wormers, you will have yourself an Optimal deworming program.

He stressed that a high performance horse will benefit tremendously from the treatment.