How to Deal With a Wet Basement

Every day, we find ourselves in situations where we say “oh if I could only have done that differently”. Well this could be your opportunity! .When you start to research a basement problem, you will find many companies claiming to offer the latest and greatest in basement waterproofing or claiming to have all the answers and the best systems. Often, they will throw every slick line at you that they can think of to convince you they’re the best! However upon closer inspection, once you get to the heart of the matter, you will find that they use the same out-of-date damproofing methods and interior drain systems everyone else does. What’s worse they employ slick sales techniques that you would find on any used car lot! It’s all a bunch of double-speak, flat out lies, and misdirection, which is designed to con even an Eskimo into buying ice cubes!

Now I know at this point that you are going to ask me how it is that you can trust me, well the reason is simple I am not trying to sell you anything!.  I promise, if you listen to all that I have to say, and finish reading this letter,  you will end up with more knowledge than you had before, and you will be ready for those “slick” salesmen that will come in the future! I want you to be better informed, better prepared, and better equipped than you are right now; and I also want to let you in on a few TRADE SECRETS that other companies don’t want you to know. Before we go into all of the systems, I’d like to introduce myself, and a little bit about my background that makes me uniquely qualified to help you understand how to solve your basement water or your mold problem!

I started building basements over twenty years ago when I was still in high school. I got a job working for what has become the single largest basement company in Ohio. I worked on both the footer and the wall crew so I became well versed early on, in all phases of new home foundation construction and basement waterproofing. Shortly after high school I was hired by a company that performed environmental services, specifically we removed asbestos from schools and public buildings (this was in the mid eighties when the government passed the legislation to require the asbestos be removed from all government building). I learned all there was to know about negative air flow containments air scrubbers manometers and the basics of ENVIRONMENTAL CLEAN UP. I finally quit when I had saved enough money for college. I swore I would never wear a tyvec suit or a respirator again (those are the HOT non-breathable suits that we wear in mold and asbestos clean ups, its funny the way Murphy will get you when you swear not to do something). During these years I began actively pursuing one of my many hobbies and I became an amateur mycologist. I built a lab in my basement… and built myself a glove box and began to perform sterile culture techniques for the growing of all sorts of fungi and mold and mushrooms. I used Petri dishes Autoclaves and learned many of the processes used at modern laboratories today. I did spore streaking and culture analysis. I believe I gave myself the equivalent of an associates degree in mycology. When I got to college I needed a job, and I found one working for the third largest basement waterproofing company in Ohio. I was hired to service their basement waterproofing jobs that were already installed but STILL LEAKED.

I quickly began to learn that there was something drastically WRONG with virtually EVERY single basement waterproofing company in Ohio…

They all install systems with fatal flaws. They have SERVICE DEPARTMENTS to handle the “problem” jobs. I became adept at solving these problem basements “issues”. I then began waterproofing basements on my own. I realized from the very beginning that if I didn’t want to service my basement customers and charge every year for their warranty I wood have to “fix” the systems themselves used to treat basements. I read every single book there was available on the subject. I did a TONS of experimentation in those first couple of years and began to “fix” each and every one of the problems that I had discovered associated with all the various available waterproofing systems.

Over the years I have continued to refine and improve the systems so they remain “CUTTING EDGE” . About ten years ago I began to study “black mold ” and the various health effects related to it.  We actually developed the first completely NON-TOXIC (to humans) approach to treating mold problems.

The first thing that you have to understand is that there are ONLY three basic solutions to ANY basements water leakage problems.

Most companies install only one of the three systems but will claim to offer all three, in reality it isn’t true. Most companies offer one basic system either the inside system or the outside system.

The systems: Most companies rely on an interior drain system and a sump pump to control the water. They may call it something different, but a pump placed under the floor is a sump pump, and drains placed under the floor are interior drains. This is just flat out not a good idea, unless it is the only option. I recommend that you do not rely on electricity in any situation where it can be avoided. Some companies in order to confuse the customer and gain a competitive advantage claim that only by combining the interior system with something else, usually some sort of outside work (often digging down only 12 inches) is it possible to truly solve a problem (like the Big Chuck and Little John guys). The outside work generally benefits the customer very little, and allows the company to DRIVE UP THEIR PRICE and appear different from the rest of the inside system competition. Some companies, in order to eliminate the competition, actually price different methods as if they do them (even though they don’t). They will price exterior waterproofing ridiculously high, the interior drain method extremely low, and their system somewhere in the middle. If you ask for one of the two methods they don’t offer, you will be told they won’t install that for you because it just won’t work for you. Other inside system companies have come up with different interior methods, on top the footer or above the floor products. Although marketed extremely well, these systems fail in comparison to traditional under slab or exterior drainage systems. The reason is simple they completely fail to drain water under the slab either from the water table or from the exterior of the wall.

In order to help you wade through this mess, below, you will find a brief description of the basic systems offered nationally and what is WRONG with them.

The first solution is to actually excavate the foundation, meaning the foundation is dug up; this is generally referred to as waterproofing ( but I can assure you that in most contractors’ cases, IT ISN’T). Most of the guys that do this are small 1-4 men outfits. They learned to do what they do from someone who learned it from someone etc. What these “so-called waterproofers” do is actually to re-apply the EXACT SAME SEALANTS and utilize the exact same techniques that already FAILED in the first place! This usually means re-parging the wall and smearing some tar on it like a monkey!

Have you ever known anyone that had an asphalt driveway? How often did they Have-To Re- Seal it?

I can tell you I have. When I was a kid growing up two of my neighbors had an ongoing debate about their driveways. The first swore you needed to seal it every single year, and he did. The second one swore every two years was enough. I can still hear them arguing now in my mind’s eye… LOL. The sad truth is that according to the US Bureau of Standards asphalt sealants begin to break down in only 18 months, YIKES! You see the sad truth is; they were both right! And these so called waterproofers charge an average of ten to fifteen grand just to dig up the basement and seal it again using what FAILED already.

…You See Tar Has Never Been Rated as Waterproof

Did you know that in the building codes there are actually two separate definitions for damp-proofing (tar) and waterproofing. Damp proofing by definition means “something that helps to slow the penetration of water into the substrate”. HHMMM “helps to slow” sounds quite different than the definition of waterproofing “something that prevents the penetration of water” and further must pass a bending test where the membrane must be able to be bent around a cylinder.

Water proof sealants are almost all exclusively used and installed COMMERCIALLY…(that’s because they are more expensive).

The extra costs are what stop the average contractor from offering you , the homeowner, a product that is effective and will last and “stand the test of time”. We have developed and recommend if you plan to re-seal your basement; that you use a  MULTI-STEP EXTERIOR WATERPROOFING SYSTEM which, uses a cement-based fiber re-enforced wall resurfacing system and NO LESS than two waterproof rated sealants. This is by no means the cheapest of methods, however, and it may or may not be the BEST system to put into place. Which system you should use depends entirely on the specific nature of YOUR problem. There are NO miracle systems than can solve ALL basement problems. The thing I can guarantee is if you use a multistep outside waterproof system it will actively drain water away from the foundation, and the water leak will be a thing of the past, not only that, but the sealants will outlast the wood on your house GUARANTEED!

The second solution is an Interior solution which I call the sub-floor water re-directional system. This involves trenching around the interior of the basement wall and installing a drainage system around the perimeter of the inside of the basement. Many companies never explain that the system only works by completely draining the walls and any water under the slab during periods of extended rain or no melt when the water table rises. This system will allow water to be “drained” from the inside of the walls by drilling weep holes into every core of every single block then drained under the floor into a drain pipe and generally to a sump pump to then be pumped out. Other companies will often “explain” that the pipe under the floor takes all the ground water and the outside trench will take away surface water. This outside trench is shallow and worthless. They never even MENTION the drainage holes drilled into the core face of the bottom row of block in the basement, under the level of the floor slab. And folks, this is THE MOST IMPORTANT STEP. It is also the step most often “screwed up” by other contractors. You see there are two variables that must be dealt with in ensuring the effectiveness of the “weep holes”. First is that when the mason was laying the blocks different masons “slough off” different amounts of mortar into the bottom course which affects the level of the “bottom” inside the blocks themselves. This means it is important to make sure that you are above the mortar bed and yet remain in the lowest part of the block.

Secondly it is ESSENTIAL to make sure that your men are educated as to the history of the development of concrete blocks, as well as all of the different core patterns that have been incorporated into them over time. You see this work is done by YOUNG men. In their short lifetime concrete blocks have only been made with Two cores. If they drill into the block where they imagine the core is today, in one of the many variations in block design that have occurred over the years, it is entirely possible , no probable that they are drilling into the web rather than the core or pocket of the block. Only by drilling into every single core of every single block does it become possible to drain the entire wall and make the system work effectively. It is entirely possible to install the drain tiles perfectly and… still leave ALL of the water dammed up inside the walls, wasting all that money and still leaving the problem UNSOLVED. In fact many times I get called after the homeowners have spent thousands of dollars to “waterproof ” their basement and even THOUSANDS MOREto turn it into finished space. Only to find mold growing on newly installed drywall. This happened to one of my customers named Bonnie Rembowski. She had hired a big local company and they installed an inside system. She then hired a contractor to remodel her basement. They hung new dry wall and framed new walls. She had new carpeting installed and everything seemed perfect until… Bonnie kept getting sick.

She was treated for recurring bronchitis many times over a period of about six months. Finally one day Bonnie’s doctor suggested to her that she have her house checked for mold. Bonnie called me. I began inspecting the basement and I immediately began to notice mold growing along the bottom several feet on all the newly dry-walled walls that had just been “waterproofed”. I began inspecting the inside system and I discovered that even though a permit was pulled … Even though the drainage pipes were inspected and installed properly… even though there was no puddling or physical seepage the system was NOT WORKING . The reason why became apparent after we broke open the floor and inspected the weep holes- JUST AS I SUSPECTED. The walls were not draining do to improper weep hole placement. Poor Bonnie.

WE HAD TO COMPLETELY GUT THE BRAND NEW BASEMENT …and disinfect everything to stop the mold and help her STOP GETTING SICK. She contacted the waterproofing company who did the job WRONG. They told her there was nothing they could do under the warranty since technically the basement hadn’t leaked (it was just DONE WRONG in the first place). Poor Bonnie then had to hire us to fix the basement problem TOO! Unfortunately this is not the first time this has happened to me and sadly I’m afraid it WON’T be the last.

This inside system however is ideal for situations where water is coming up from under the slab itself; in fact it is the only solution for under-slab water issues. No matter which contractor you call the same basic system is used. There are however many problems with this system as is employed by  “competition” nationwide. The GOOD NEWS however is that we have modified the system to eliminate all of the potential problems and WE EDUCATE OUR WORKERS as to the history of concrete blocks. This education guarantees that this kind of a problem won’t happen to you. We also INSIST on installing CLEAN OUTS which are access points set in the floor. These clean outs means that down the road you can maintain your system and “flush it out” every few years with a garden hose. It also means, heaven forbid, you have a problem with the drainage pipes clogging, that you WONT have to JACKHAMMER your floor you can have them snaked or jetted clean! Contrary to what you might have been told PROPERLY INSTALLED inside drainage systems can be the BEST solution when figuring all factors especially the Return On Investment. A PROPERLY INSTALLED inside system is also the preferred method for keeping concrete block walls from disintegrating, due to the fact that it allows for water drainage and keeps soil acid buildup to a minimum.

The last two systems are what we call “beaver” or dam systems that are installed either on top of the floor or just under the floor but on top of the footer that channels water from the walls to either a sump pump or to a floor drain. These systems are marketed to installers usually under the Basement Systems(TM) , Beaver Technology and Squid gee Dri labels, and in my opinion, offer the least protection to your basement.

The Baseboard systems that sit on top of the slab or on top of the footer have several basic flaws.

FLAW ONE: the slab is poured several inches up the bottom block, this means that when the installer drills the weep holes above the floor level the system allows water to keep sitting in the block up several inches which makes humidity which leads to mold and keeps disintegrating the bottom block from the inside out. The bottom block hold the entire weight of the entire house! The LAST thing that you want is that block to crumble -DISASTER!

FLAW TWO: when the cement finisher was troweling your cement floor X number of years ago the last thing on his mind was sloping the perimeter around the basement so 50 years later some guy could glue a gutter around the edge of the basement! What that means is since the gutter is basically level it allows for pooling along the bottom of the walls and is usually just glued into place without any type of pitch added. When the water lays in it in the low sections over time it will DISINTEGRATE or break down the bond between the floor slab and the wall. Eventually LEAKING again into the living space.

FLAW THREE: This system is still prone to the same weep hole placement errors as described above due to variations in the number of cores used in blocks over time.

FLAW FOUR: This system does nothing to drain water from underneath the slab or hydrostatic water from the exterior forced under the footing- it only partially drains the walls which is not good enough to stop MOLD from developing. The second hybrid system is the system offered by distributors of the Basement Systems(TM) called Water Guard this system is installed by breaking out approximately 6 inches of the basement perimeter concrete but digging no trench alongside the footing. The system has a flat drainage pipe that sits absolutely level on the TOP of the footing. The level drain tile will always allow water to sit in it and can contribute to the overall humidity in the room, creating the conditions that let MOLD thrive. This means that the lowest part of the pipe is the TOP of the footer completely failing to drain or eliminate ANY under-slab water whether from the water table or from the exterior of the wall being forced under the slab. In other words it only drains the wall and NOTHING ELSE! This system is used because it drastically limits the amount of labor used by the contractor saving him tons of money! In fact in many cases these contractors make more from this system than any other which is the reason so many of them will offer you a basically WORTHLESS system! It has been proven that the most effective inside de-watering system is one that is installed below the floor slab, and has been given an artificial pitch. It is just as important that when using one of these true under slab systems to correct the items commonly mistaken in the industry that are mentioned above, it is best to have a thorough knowledge of all of the systems at ones disposal!!!

Good luck!

9 Traits of Success – How Michael Phelps Won His Olympic Eighth Gold

Michael Phelps showed us the traits of success as he won his eighth Olympic gold medal at the Beijing Games on August 17, 2008. Can you imagine the excitement and emotions going through Phelps, his family, and his teammates as he accomplished this Olympic record?

What about you? Do you have the traits of success just like Phelps? Are you as dedicated to your business and personal goals with the same zest as Phelps? Imagine what would happen to your goals if you were.

Do you want to achieve and exceed your goals? Take a look at the nine traits of success below and set up your own plan to raise the bar to “Go for the Gold.”

9 Traits of Success

1. Work hard on your plan. We know that Phelps practiced many years to achieve the Gold record he has today. How hard do you work on your plan? You have to work on them every day and keep your list in front of you. Your first step towards the Gold is to write down the tasks you want to accomplish for the month and then determine what activities you need to do to achieve them.

2. Prioritize your tasks. Focus on the most important tasks and do them first. I imagine that Gold Medal Winner Michael Phelps at a young age learned how to swim before he started competing with others. Phelps at age 15 began competing in the year 2000 at the Sydney Summer Olympics. He didn’t win a medal. Five months later he won a world record becoming the “youngest man ever to set a world record.” After that he began breaking his own world records. Phelps always had a plan. Win or lose he just kept on going. Do your tasks one step at a time. Stay focused, prioritize your tasks, and do each activity until you get it done.

3. Avoid interruptions or obstacles. Do your best to avoid interruptions or problems that might distract you from accomplishing your tasks for the day. Sometimes you just have to shut off the phone and avoid reading your email messages. Decide if an obstacle must be handled right now or if it can wait until you finish the task at hand. Stay focused. Last year Phelps took a nasty stumble and broke his right wrist. He tripped on a patch of ice while climbing into his friend’s car in Michigan. He was in despair after the fracture was discovered and he said, “It’s over. I’m finished.” During his rehabilitation he was confined to kicking in the pool with a kickboard and it strengthened Phelps’s legs. He had a rough training cycle, but he did it. The training made Phelps’s kick stronger than ever and he was able to “kick his way to victory.” He had a mission to win. Do you have a mission to win? Stay focused.

4. Learn what you need to know to complete your tasks. Sometimes we get stuck achieving our goals because we don’t know how to do a step in the process. Can you imagine what it was like when Phelps was a child and the first time he had to go into the water? He comes from a family of swimmers so he had ready-made swim coaches to help him along the way. It is important to find the answers you need from friends, mentors, colleagues and research. We usually slow down, procrastinate, or avoid the next task when we don’t have the answers. Don’t let that happen to you. Be proactive and learn how to finish your task.

5. Stay focused on the solution, not the problem. When I was interviewing some Silicon Valley entrepreneurs a few years ago for a book I was writing, Cesar Plata networking guru, had an interesting philosophy on handling problems. “Problems?” he said. “I have endured many personal and financial struggles but I never saw them as problems,” he self-assuredly told me. “I see them as unmet challenges. When something doesn’t work you try another way until you achieve the results you want.” Stay focused on the solution and soon you will have the answer.

6. Be responsible for your actions. If you get stuck, if your plans don’t work, don’t blame others. Don’t blame the world. Take charge of the situation. Decide what YOU can do to move forward. There are no Stop signs-you have the GREEN light. “With so many people saying it couldn’t be done,” Phelps said upon winning his eighth Gold medal, “all it takes is an imagination, and that’s something I learned and something that helped me.” Phelps didn’t listen to others when they said it couldn’t be done. Be responsible for your actions and your dreams can come true.

7. Be a team player. “Without the help of my teammates this isn’t possible,” Phelps said. Even solo professionals have a team: friends, associates, assistants, colleagues, mentors, coaches, and many others. Listen to your team. Support them with your wisdom and guidance as they support you.

8. When it gets tough, work one more day. Phelps said, “Nothing is impossible.” When he broke his wrist, he kept on going. He never gave up. He practiced one more day, then another, and another. He kept on breaking records. What records can you break? Can you work one more day even in tough times and improve on what you already accomplished? Never give up.

9. Although passion is listed last on this list, it is really first. You must be passionate about what you are doing in order to succeed. There is no doubt Phelps was passionate about his sport otherwise he would not have been able to overcome the obstacles that got in his way as he was reaching towards his goals. Competitive swimming was his dream; it was his love. Nothing is impossible when we strongly believe in it. The passionate feeling that we have for something we love and believe in is like a feeling of mild ecstasy. It’s a wonderful feeling. It drives us. It keeps up going. Are you passionate about your dream, your business, and your actions? That is the key to “Winning the Gold.”

Take these nine steps above and make them part of your life. They can help you achieve anything you desire. If you get stuck, identify which step above have you bypassed then start working on it again. With a plan, your determination, and a passionate commitment you can achieve your dreams and goals…just like Michael Phelps.

How to Treat Dog Allergies

Dog allergies are one of the most common conditions affecting dogs. Dog allergies can be very frustrating for both yourself and your dog. The constant itching and scratching, paw licking and chewing, skin rashes or chronic ear infections can make life very unpleasant.

Dogs allergies become noticeable when your dog’s immune system reacts excessively to substances (called allergens or antigens) to which she has been exposed. Generally, allergies show up in three ways. The most common is with the skin – your dog will itch and scratch either in one area or all over, or you will see skin sores or lesions. Another way involves the respiratory system and your dog may cough, sneeze, and/or wheeze, and there may be an associated nasal or eye discharge. A third type of allergic reaction involves the digestive system, when your dog vomits or has diarrhea.

There are several types of dog allergies. Conventionally, Veterinarians focus on five different types, but I have grouped them into three areas – these are the most common allergies you will see with your dog. The first is external allergies, and these include flea allergies; the second allergy group is with food; and the third is environmental, and this includes inhalant, from allergens such as pollens and house dust mites.

Dog allergies can be difficult to diagnose. Many of the symptoms you may see can be a result of allergies or of another illness. It is best to get your pet examined by your Veterinarian first, before trying any home or alternative treatments.

If you know or suspect your dog has an allergy, you do have options. There are conventional ways to treat allergies that your Veterinarian will discuss, but I would like to focus on alternative methods in this article. In my book, Veterinary Secrets Revealed (available at veterinarysecretsrevealed . com), I focus on alternative home treatments for dogs and cats. Here are a few of the solutions you can try at home that I recommend for dog allergies.

For Fleas – here is an obvious solution: eliminate the Fleas! Practice regular flea-control. Two natural ways to battle fleas include using aromatic herbs, such as Pennyroyal and Catnip, and Chinchilla Dust (“diatomaceous earth” – but make sure this is the type meant for pets).

If you suspect that your pet is allergic to something in their diet, the first step is to stop all traditional treats (i.e. – milk bones) and table scraps. If your dog is still reacting after 3 weeks, then she may be allergic to her regular food. At this point, try the elimination diet. This means chancing your dog’s food to an entirely different type which she has never eaten before.

The most important part is a unique protein source. There are a number of commercially available allergy diets for pets – one that I prefer for dogs is Fish and Potato. For cats, it can be more difficult, but one I have had luck with has duck as the protein source. The difficulty is that your dog can be allergic to anything in the food. Regardless, I highly advocate a more natural, simple diet that is naturally preserved, or a home-made diet. See my book or join my membership site, theonlinevet . com, for a choice of allergy diets.

Whatever food you choose, it must be fed for 12 weeks. If after 12 weeks your pet it still scratching, then she probably doesn’t have a food allergy.

With environmental allergies, dogs can react in a way that is very similar way that we as humans do. One way to help deal with an allergy to pollen and/or house dust mites is to purchase an air purifier for your home.

For itchy skin, try an oatmeal shampoo bath with cool water – this can ease the itchiest skin. Leave the shampoo on for 10 minutes then rinse well. With the most severe allergies, bathe your pet twice weekly. Also, Calendula ointment (herbal medication) has been successfully used to relieve the itch. Apply a thin coat twice daily to affected areas.

There are many herbal solutions for allergies. Phytopica, a combination of 10 different Chinese herbs, has been shown to be effective in scientific studies in decreasing the severity of itching. Xiao Feng San is a common Chinese herbal combination useful for atopic dermatitis (allergy to inhalants). The dose is 1/8 of a teaspoon per 10lbs of body weight daily.

I hope you have found this article helpful. If you would like natural, holistic solutions for many common dog or cat health problems, visit my site at Veterinary Secrets Revealed.

To your pet’s good health…

Social Skills Training and ADHD Inattentive

Children with Predominantly Inattentive ADHD (ADHD-PI, also known as ADD), have difficulty with social skills. These children tend to lack assertiveness and frequently have difficulties in social situations that require interactions with more than one person or with people that they do not know. They sometimes have problems with a sluggish cognitive tempo which may awkwardly delay their response to social interactions These kids may also be perceived by their peers as being as self centered and egotistical because they can appear standoffish as a result of their inattentiveness.

The good news is assertiveness and social skills can be taught. Extensive research has been done of teaching social skills to children with ADHD. Children with Combined type (ADHD-C) and Hyperactive Impulsive ADHD (ADHD-HI) need training in cooperation, self control, and empathy. Children with ADHD-PI need help with assertiveness, appearing approachable, and simple communication. Studies have shown that social skills’ training is extremely effective in improving communication, assertiveness, empathy, and social interactions. More importantly these studies have shown long term benefits in improving the school experience of children with ADHD.

I found two studies that looked at social skills training in children with ADHD-PI. It seems that children with ADHD-PI are helped more by social skills training programs that children with combined type ADHD or children with ADHD and co-morbid Oppositional Defiance Disorder.

The first study performed on 59 children at the Children’s Hospital-Boston found that children with ADHD-PI were helped more with social skills training than were children with the combined type of ADHD. The children received 8 weeks of social skills training after which; “Children with ADHD-I improved in assertion skills more than children with ADHD-C.”

The second study is ongoing and is taking place in Berkley. Researchers at the University of California are conducting a longitudinal study of children with ADHD-PI. They are using a tool called the Child Life and Attention Skills Program (CLAS) to teach ADHD-PI children and parents both attention skills and social skills. The researchers are still recruiting participants but the first set of results, published a few years ago, concluded that; “Children randomized to the Child Life and Attention Skills Program were reported to have significantly fewer inattention and sluggish cognitive tempo symptoms, and significantly improved social and organizational skills, relative to the control group.” If you happen to live in the San Francisco area, you can contact the Department of Psychiatry at UC Berkley here to participate in this study.

Children with ADHD are generally aware of social cues. They do not need to be taught to ‘read’ people’s reactions to them. Being unaware of social cues is one of the hallmarks of children and adults with Asberger’s syndrome but it is generally not a problem for children with ADHD. Children with ADHD-C and ADHD-HI have difficulty with self control but are still aware of the social impression that they are making. Children with ADHD-PI are often keelnly aware of their social awkwardness and tend to avoid situations that will cause them to be embarrassed.

The social skills training tools that have worked the best to train children with ADHD include exercises that break down complex social situations into smaller components and train, one at a time, each component of the social interaction. Role playing games are helpful as is modeling which involves having the child watch a model exhibiting the desired behavior. Social skills’ training is generally a family affair. Parents, siblings, and other family members are encouraged to participate in the training and role playing, provide encouragement to the children in training, and to help reinforce the behaviors that are being trained.

In conclusion, social skills’ training has proven to be extremely beneficial in improving the self confidence and school experience of children with ADHD. This training may be especially useful to children with a diagnosis of ADHD Predominantly Inattentive.

Systemic Lupus Erythematosus – Ayurvedic Herbal Treatment

Systemic lupus erythematosus, also known as lupus or SLE, is an autoimmune disease in which a person’s immune system attacks various organs or cells of the body causing damage and dysfunction. This condition is more common in women than men, is a multisystem disease, and is characterized by relapses and remissions. Genetics and environmental factors play a major role in the occurrence of this disease.

The Ayurvedic treatment of lupus depends upon the presentation of symptoms and the involvement of different systems and organs. This being an autoimmune disease, first and foremost, it is important to try and restore the immune function of the body. Immunomodulatory treatment can be given using medicines like Ashwagandha (Withania somnifera), Shatavari (Asparagus racemosus), Guduchi (Tinospora cordifolia), Yashtimadhuk (Glycerrhiza glabra), Pippali (Piper longum), Rasna (Pluchea lanceolata) and Manjishtha (Rubia cordifolia).

According to Ayurveda, the body is made up of seven “Dhatus” or tissues. It is important to see which of the body tissues are affected most, in a patient with lupus. These tissues can then be treated with the appropriate medicines so as to repair the damage done, and to restore optimum function of the body.

Specific Ayurvedic treatment can also be given according to the affected system or organ.

Involvement of the musculoskeletal system causing joint and muscular pain, and avascular necrosis (specially of the hip and knee joints) can be treated using medicines like Yograj Guggulu, Trayodashang Guggulu, Maharasnadi Qadha, Laxadi Guggulu and Vishtinduk Vati. Skin rashes can be treated using appropriate local ointments, and oral medications like Mahamanjishthadi Qadha, Arogya Vardhini and Saarivasava. Hair fall too can be treated with ointments and oral medications like Laxadi Guggulu, Praval Panchamrut and Rasayan Vati.

Kidney involvement is very common in lupus, and should be aggressively treated with medicines like Punarnavadi Qadha, Chandraprabha Vati, Gokshuradi Guggulu and Gomutra Haritaki. Involvement of the heart and blood vessels, including the condition called Reynaud’s Syndrome, can be treated using medicines like Tapyadi Loha, Laxmi Vilas, Brihat Vata Chintamani, Arogya Vardhini, Medohar Guggulu, Laxadi Guggulu, Shrung Bhasma, Arjuna (Terminalia arjuna) and Amalaki (Emblica officinalis). Involvement of the nervous system can cause conditions like convulsions, paralysis, depression and psychosis; and may be treated with medicines like Brahmi (Bacopa monnieri), Jatamansi (Nardostachys jatamansi) and Sarpagandha (Raulwofia serpentina).

Involvement of the lungs can be treated using medicines like Yashtimadhuk, Pippali, Pushkarmool (Inula racemosa) and Sitopaadi Churna. Involvement of the blood and lymphatic system can be treated with Kanchnaar Guggulu, Punarnava Mandoor, Medohar Guggulu, Mahamanjishthadi Qadha, Naagkeshar (Mesua ferrea) and Bilva (Aegle marmelos). Involvement of the stomach and intestines may be treated using medicines like Kamdudha Vati, Sutshekhar Rasa, Agnitundi Vati, Triphala (Three fruits) and Kutki (Picrorrhiza kurroa). Though the eyes are rarely involved, the retina may be affected, specially in patients taking antimalarial drugs. Retinal involvement may be treated using Triphala, Shatavari and Punarnava (Boerhaavia diffusa).

Overall, most patients with lupus can be managed quite well with a judicious combination of modern and Ayurvedic medicines. It is important to note that all such patients should be under the regular supervision and care of a qualified and experienced Rheumatologist.

Seattle Chiropractic Treatment For PMS

PMS, or premenstrual syndrome, causes plenty of uncomfortable and even dangerous physical symptoms for many, many women all around the world, including insomnia, acne, cramps, weight gain, breast tenderness, nausea, dizziness, fatigue, bloating, headaches, swelling, flulike symptoms, heart palpitations, and much more. This is on top of emotional symptoms like depression, irritability, anxiety, and anger. Premenstrual syndrome can even cause insatiable food cravings for many women.

It’s no wonder women that suffer each month from PMS take prescription and over-the-counter medications in an effort to alleviate their symptoms. These medications may work for some women, but they don’t work for all. Some women just live with the symptoms of PMS as they prefer not to take medications. There just aren’t a whole lot of viable options for women suffering with PMS. This is why many women turn to Seattle chiropractic treatment for the symptoms of premenstrual syndrome.

If you’re looking for a drug-free alternative to relieving your PMS symptoms, treatment from a Seattle chiropractor just might be what finally helps. This article looks at seeking chiropractic treatment to alleviate the symptoms of premenstrual syndrome.

PMS And Chronic Back Pain

Many women suffering from menstrual cramps and other PMS symptoms also suffer from chronic back pain. This is why most women visiting a chiropractor regularly to treat their chronic back pain rarely suffer from the symptoms of premenstrual syndrome. Why? Because regular treatment ensures the spine stays in perfect alignment.

Since the female uterus, ovaries, cervix, and other organs all require a healthy nerve connection with the spine, it makes sense that spinal manipulation also helps relieve the symptoms of PMS. By correcting vertebral subluxation with regular spinal adjustment, a chiropractor corrects interference in the nerves and nervous system that can lead to the symptoms. In other words, by seeking regular chiropractic treatment to correct and maintain your spinal alignment, you can help avoid the symptoms of PMS.

Many women feel instant relief after their first chiropractic treatment and regular treatments ensure a healthy nervous system and body that operates optimally due to perfect alignment. Even if you don’t suffer from back pain, chiropractic treatment can still help relieve your premenstrual symptoms by ensure the nerve connection between the spine and pelvis are open and clear.

Chiropractic Massage

In addition to spinal manipulation, chiropractic massage can help relieve PMS symptoms. Chiropractic massage accomplishes much more than simply relaxation and stress relief, including improving blood circulation, improving lymphatic function, improving liver function, eliminating toxins, and reducing tension.

By improving blood circulation, the entire body benefits as it receives increased of oxygen and nutrients. As chiropractic massage increases liver function, hormone levels regulate. Improved lymphatic function helps in the fight against bloating and water retention. Body functions improve through toxin elimination and anxiety, fatigue, and depression diminish as chiropractic massage reduces tension.

If you’re suffering from PMS just like other women all around the world, you have an alternative to ‘just living with it’ or taking drugs to find relief. Treatment from a chiropractor can reduce or totally eliminate your premenstrual symptoms while also ensuring overall health.

Borderline Diabetes – Is There A Difference Between Prediabetes And Type 2 Diabetes?

If you have been diagnosed with prediabetes, then this is the stage to get into action! There is no way that you could get into action without awareness of the problem.

The first step begins with awareness.

What is Borderline Diabetes?

Prediabetes (or borderline diabetes) is when the blood sugars are outside of the normal range but not in the range to diagnose type 2 diabetes.

The clinical name for this is called impaired fasting glucose.

Prediabetes or borderline diabetes is important because it serves as a warning sign. This is the time to make important adjustments in lifestyle. Or the risk of becoming a type 2 diabetic rises.

How is Prediabetes Diagnosed?

The fastest way to diagnose prediabetes is with a fasting blood sugar. I usually recommend an overnight fast of at least 8 hours and if possible up to 12 hours.

Normal blood glucose levels for diabetes are between 70-99 mg/dL. Essentially less than 100 mg/dL.

When the blood glucose level is between 100-125 mg/dL, this indicates prediabetes or borderline diabetes.

If the level is over 126 mg/dl this indicates type 2 diabetes.

Another test that can be used to diagnose prediabetes is called the oral glucose tolerance test (OGTT).

This is a more detailed test. First, a fasting blood glucose level is performed. Once again an 8-12 hour fast is required.

Then you are given a very sweet liquid to drink. This is equivalent to 75 G glucose or the amount of sugar in a can of coke for instance.

Two hours after drinking this, another blood test is done. If this level is between than 140 and 199 mg/dL.

When the blood sugar level is over 200 mg/dL then this indicates type 2 diabetes.

Does Borderline Diabetes Have Any Symptoms?

There are no symptoms associated with borderline diabetes. So do not expect to have the common signs of diabetes.

What Are The Risks Associated With Prediabetes?

The main risk is developing type 2 diabetes. However people with prediabetes are at an increased risk for heart disease, strokes and high blood pressure.

Get more information about how diabetes and hypertension are linked.

Remember that the same risks that put you at risk for type 2 diabetes can also put you at risk for prediabetes.

What Can You Do To Prevent Prediabetes From Becoming Type 2 Diabetes?

Just as I pointed out earlier in the article, being diagnosed with prediabetes should serve as a warning signal to make adjustments in your lifestyle.

In other words it does not mean that inevitably you will become a type 2 diabetic.

Patients diagnosed with prediabetes should be closely monitored. This is one of the times that, with a commitment to a healthy lifestyle, progression to diabetes can be reversed.

The hallmark of successfully reversing prediabetes remains diet and exercise. If you are overweight or obese, commit to losing weight.

Just by losing 10% of your current body weight you could reverse these effects.

It is important to partner with your physician during this critical stage. By monitoring your blood tests, you and your physician are better aware of corrective action to take.

Sometimes your doctor may opt to put you on a medication called metformin. When this happens, many times patients may get confused because they don’t quite understand why they are on a medication for diabetes even though they do not have diabetes. But research shows that metformin helps to reduce the probability of developing full-blown diabetes.

So the next time that you hear someone tell you that they were just diagnosed with prediabetes or borderline diabetes, do them a favor and educate them about it.

Let them know that this is the time to begin to make changes in their lifestyle.

Causes and Treatment For High Triglyceride Levels

Your body’s major source of energy comes from a type of fat found in your body called triglycerides. After you eat a meal, your body takes in calories that it needs right away and then puts the other calories to be used for later into “storage” which is inside of your fat cells. These calories are then divvied up and released thought the day to give your body energy between meals. A person of a healthy weight does not have to worry about an excess of these fat cells, but those who carry a high level can be diagnosed with hypertriglyceridemia.

Hypertriglyceridemia can be caused by many different things. Among them are obesity, hypothyroidism (under active thyroid gland), and kidney disease, drinking an ongoing, excessive amount of alcohol and eating a larger calorie intake than your body needs. Certain drugs are also related to causing hypertriglyceridemia as well. Those who take Tamoxifen, steroids, beta blockers, estrogen, birth control pills and diuretics are also at risk of having a high triglyceride level. Be aware too, that heredity also has a lot to do with an elevated level. If you have a family member who is known to have hypertriglyceridemia, you will need to take extra precautions to keep you levels down to a normal state. A normal level is around 150 and can be considered high if it reaches past a 200 level. A simple blood test will be able to determine what your level is. 

There is a simple treatment for having a high triglyceride level. This solution will not be found in a pill form and is not a magical remedy. The treatment is a complete lifestyle change that begins with your diet. If you are obese or overweight, you must being down your caloric intake in all areas, such as proteins, dairy carbohydrates and sugar. Try getting active and exercising at a minimum of 30 minutes a day, at least 5 days a week. Limit your alcohol intake as well. Adding Omega 3 fatty acids from certain fish can help control your hypertriglyceridemia. These acids can be found in salmon, trout, herring, tuna and mackerel. 

Spices For Depression: They Really Can Spice Up Your Mood

Some spices such as saffron, sage, cardamom and chillies are known to have specific anti-depressant effects; while others work indirectly by improving the general health of the individual.

GENERAL EFFECTS OF SPICES: Spices have the highest antioxidant activity of all food types including fruit and vegetables (American Journal of Clinical Nutrition 2006). Antioxidants are very important in countering free radical damage which can in turn aggravate or cause many degenerative diseases.

All chronic degenerative diseases are associated with free radical damage and a predisposition for depression. Therefore preventing or treating them by eating antioxidant-rich foods like spices, will also help to reduce the incidence of depression.

SAFFRON: For centuries traditional Persian medical practitioners have used saffron to treat depression. Recently several clinical trials have shown that this yellow spice is indeed as effective as many of our current anti-depressant drugs in treating mild to moderate depression.

The first of these was a double-blind placebo controlled trial where patients with depression were given 30mg of saffron extract daily for six weeks. By the end of this period depression in the treatment group had improved by a far greater extent than the placebo group.

In two other clinical trials depressed patients taking saffron were compared to those taking two commonly prescribed anti-depressant drugs, imipramine and fluexitine (Prozac). In both these trials saffron was found to be at least as effective as the two modern drugs. An important bonus was that no side effects were observed in the patients taking saffron.

CHILLIES: Chillies also have mood elevating effects. They work by stimulating a specific type of pain receptor (called TRPV1) on sensory nerve endings. When these nerves are stimulated they signal the brain to release chemicals called endorphins. Endorphins, in turn, stimulate the release of the brain chemical, dopamine which acts as a mood elevator and relieves depression. Many modern antidepressant drugs also work by increasing levels of dopamine in the brain.

SAGE: A double blind placebo controlled trial has shown that sage reduces anxiety and elevates mood. We have known for several years that compounds in this spice work by inhibiting cholinesterase, an enzyme that is intimately involved in the transmission of signals across nerve synapses. Sage has the added benefit of improving memory.

CARDAMOM: Cardamom has been used by traditional Ayurvedic practitioners to treat depression in India for thousands of years. Although there are no clinical trials to back up the use of this spice to treat depression there are biochemical reasons that give an indication as to why it is so effective.

As with other organs the brain is subject to toxins and free radical damage and other environmental insults. Aging, diseases and damage caused by toxic agents can aggravate a propensity to develop depression. However this susceptibility can be reduced by using one or more of those spices known to have anti-depressive properties. In addition the diet should include a variety of other spices that all contain neuro-protective phytonutrients. Some of them may have yet-to-be-discovered mood-elevating properties too.

Itchy Dog – Natural Treatment Concepts for the Jack Russell Terrier

Canine atopic dermatitis is extremely common in the Jack Russell Terrier. This terrible skin condition causes the skin to become very inflamed, red and itchy. The itchy skin causes constant scratching and constant itching. The itchy Jack Russell Terrier will chew the feet and scratch the abdomen, groin and arm pit (axilla).Ear problems are common also.

To understand how natural treatment can be helpful and effective, it is important to know a little bit about the anatomy of the skin and what goes wrong in canine atopic dermatitis. In the itchy Jack Russell Terrier with atopy, there is a deficiency in the skin barrier. The skin cells are bound together with ceramide. This outer barrier of skin cells and ceramide is a bit like a brick wall with bricks bound together with mortar. In dogs with atopy, the ceramide is deficient in a protein called sphingosine so the “mortar” is crumbling. This imperfect skin barrier is leaky. Water escapes from the skin making it very dry. Allergens are able to cross the skin barrier triggering the immune system and causing a terrible itchy rash.

Products that wash away the damaged skin barrier will make the problem worse. Shampoo with soaps and surfactants should be avoided. Products that are drying or acidic will dry and damage the skin further. Products like tea tree oil are commonly sold as natural treatment remedies for itchy skin. Putting an acidic product like tea tree oil on a dog with atopic dermatitis is like putting petrol on fire.

There are some natural products that make a huge difference however.

Emetophobia Stories of Success

Emetophobia Stories of Success

Emetophobia is basically an illogical fear about vomiting. Those who are emetophobic will be always having the worry that they may vomit in front of others or they will be vomited by someone. They get afraid when they see someone vomiting or just the vomit. Knowing that someone is vomiting is a horrifying news for them.

Emetophobia starts during childhood of the affected person. Out of his own suffering due to vomiting or the traumatic scene of someone suffering due to vomiting he might have made some wrong interpretations about vomiting. Those interpretations which are actually the outcome of his ignorance and irrational way of thinking at that age get registered in his subconscious mind. It may get triggered even after he attains adulthood. The manifestation of the subconscious mind varies from person to person and accordingly it will be continuous, due to a stimulus or due to a particular incident after many years.

The life of emetophobic people are affected due to the problem. They take less food and never opt for outside food. Out of the fear for vomiting he may keep away from social gatherings and places of work and avoid long travels. Women who have emetophobia will try to delay or even avoid pregnancy and when they become pregnant they find it too miserable.

In order to get rid of emetophobia, you must get rid of vomiting. When you are assured that you will vomit no more you will be able to come out of the fear of vomiting. Vomiting can be successfully cured by way of natural remedies. They are very safe also and offer quick relief from vomiting.

There are various methods of home remedies to get relief from vomiting.

Drink ginger tea or suck shaved ginger so that all digestive disorders will be rectified.

Pour a few drops of peppermint oil on an ice cube and suck the cube. It will soothe your stomach.

You can get relief from vomiting by sucking 2 or 3 cloves.

Dip tamarind in a cup of water, smash it and filter. When you drink that water, you will get relief from nausea.

Emetophobia Recovery System will cure your vomiting as well as relieve you from the fear of vomiting. Thus Emetophobia Recovery System can successfully solve all your problems and you need not go for home remedies also.

Does Strong Mouthwash Really Help With Certain Penis Pain?

Every man worth his salt should be concerned about penis care and all the things that go into ensuring good overall health – and that includes knowing everything there is to know about sexually transmitted diseases. Though a man should always use a condom when he is with a new partner or even with a partner who is long-term but not monogamous, he should also be aware of the symptoms of certain STIs – such as penis pain, red and itchy penis skin, and discharge, among others.

One of the most nefarious of STDs is gonorrhea. It’s sneaky because it often has no symptoms at all, but sometimes it does present with testicular or penis pain, as well as a frightening discharge and fever. The best way to avoid gonorrhea is to carefully choose partners and always use barrier protection; however, there might be another way to cut down on the chances of contracting gonorrhea. It’s as simple as a strong mouthwash in the medicine cabinet.

Does mouthwash really inhibit gonorrhea?

Mouthwash is a great thing for a man to use on a regular basis. It keeps the breath fresh and helps fight the bacteria that like to build up in the mouth and cause off-putting odors. It might even keep the teeth whiter, which is always a nice plus. And of course, it works wonders for oral hygiene, helping ensure the mouth is as clean as it can be.

Scientists looked at the obvious and proven cleansing properties of mouthwash and wondered: Could it possibly help a man (or a woman) avoid sexually transmitted diseases that can be passed through the mouth?

Researchers in Australia began by testing gonorrhea cultures in two ways: Some cultures were covered in a saline solution, while others were covered in mouthwash. The bacteria in the mouthwash culture decreased significantly.

The next step was to test it out on humans. They tested it on men who had tested positive for gonorrhea, and the results were clear: Only 52 percent of those who used mouthwash tested positive afterward, compared to 84 percent of those who used saline.

Should a man use mouthwash to fight gonorrhea?

The answer to that question is two-fold. Yes, a man should use mouthwash on a regular basis, but he should never count on it to relieve him of an STD or prevent contracting one. Though the use of mouthwash might be a little bit of a safety net, nothing is better than barrier protection.

A man who worries he might have contracted gonorrhea through the mouth can certainly turn to mouthwash to help fight the bacteria, but in the meantime, he should also make an appointment with the doctor to ensure he hasn’t contracted a disease. It is good for a man to see the doctor on a regular basis for testing anyway, as so many STDs present with no symptoms at all – and some of them can lead to serious problems that go well beyond penis pain.

In addition to using mouthwash for day-to-day cleanliness, a man should also pay attention to the everyday health of his penis. To do that, use of a top-notch penis health crème (health professionals recommend Man 1 Man Oil, which is clinically proven mild and safe for skin) is in order. Look for a crème that contains natural bacteria fighters, such as vitamin A and vitamin B5. The help of alpha lipoic acid, which fights against free radicals, is also a great option. Look for numerous vitamins and nutrients in a base of high-end emollients like Shea butter and vitamin E; these will help keep penis skin smooth and supple.

Penile Itching – Quick Tips for Soothing Dry, Itchy Penis Skin

Penile itching is no joke. It can strike at any time – during the big game, right in the middle of a business meeting, or just in time to put an end to a romantic evening. Dry, itchy penis skin that shows up at the wrong time can be an embarrassing issue, leaving a man writhing, twisting, and desperate to get at the itch without making a spectacle of himself. Unfortunately, in many cases, the itch won’t go away with a simple rub or scratch, and extra attention to penis care is needed to overcome the problem. The following are some of the things that men should look out for when penis itching becomes an overwhelming problem.

  1. Hygiene issues – One of the leading culprits when it comes to penile itching is nothing more than poor hygiene. Men who are lax about washing every day are likely to build up a film of sweat, dirt and body fluids on the surface of the skin that can lead to itching and irritation. Uncircumcised men, in particular, can develop a red, itchy and inflamed foreskin if care is not taken to clean the smegma from underneath. Washing with warm water and a mild cleanser can generally help to clear up the issue.
  2. Yeast infection – Men are just as likely as women to develop a Candida yeast infection. Even the cleanest and most well-groomed of men have yeast spores living on their skin, and changes in body chemistry or the environment can cause these spores to go into a rapid growth phase, leading to itchy, red, cracked skin and a whitish, chunky discharge. Men and women can easily pass yeast infections back and forth through intimate contact, so if either member of a couple develops symptoms of an infection, both should be treated.
  3. Allergies or environmental irritants – Allergies to laundry detergents, certain fabrics, latex, or personal care products have sent many men into a frenzy, trying to identify the source of the itch. Contact with natural irritants such as poison ivy or poison oak can also lead to allergic reactions, often characterized by redness, swelling and severe itching. Men who have penile itching that just won’t go away should ask their doctors about a potential allergy; once the source is identified, avoiding it should prevent future problems.
  4. Psoriasis or eczema – Men who have psoriasis or eczema on other parts of their bodies may also develop symptoms on the penis. – Treating the affected area with vitamins A and E is sometimes helpful.
  5. Heat rash – Hot weather, combined with wet swim trunks or restrictive clothing, can lead to heat rash in the groin area. Cool compresses and washing away sweat and grime can help to relieve an itchy heat rash.

Soothing the itch and healing the skin

Regardless of the source of the problem, it is always a bad idea to scratch at the delicate penis skin. Doing so can leave minute tears in the outer dermal layer, which can cause further discomfort as well as allowing bacteria and other organisms to penetrate to the tissue underneath.

Instead, men who have an itchy penis should wash the area carefully to remove any substances which may be causing irritation. Washing with a mild cleanser, or simply rinsing thoroughly with warm water, is best – ordinary bath soaps can contain drying chemicals which can make the problem worse.

After cleansing the skin, a specially formulated penis health creme (most health professionals recommend Man 1 Man Oil) can be applied. Nutrient creams that are designed specifically for the penis should contain ingredients such as vitamins A, C, D and E, which are noted for their skin-soothing and healing properties. In addition, men should look for a product containing a natural moisturizer such as Shea butter, which soothes itchy skin on contact and leaves it hydrated, supple and less prone to future drying and itching.

Signs of Anxiety

If you were to follow a person with anxiety problems and just keep watch of his actions, do you think you would see a difference to his actions than that of a normal person?

The short answer to this is: Yes, of course.

You will notice that a person with anxiety problems has different actions since anxiety has physical effects on him.

Most of the common sings of depressed man is a tired look, slow movements, withdrawal from a circle of friends and from his own family. He is more likely to avoid communication with other people.

Other physical signs of anxiety are paranoia, too much sleep or no sleep at all, no motivation for work, eating too much or having no appetite at all, and many more.

The more symptoms you can find the more serious problem might be. Depression and anxiety have almost the same symptoms and these two go together most of the time.

Other physical symptoms of anxiety might include: pounding heart; Sweating; Stomach upset or dizziness; Frequent urination or diarrhea; Shortness of breath; Tremors and twitches; Muscle tension ; Headaches; Fatigue; Insomnia.

Still, if you are experiencing more than few of these symptoms and you are more than sure that the medicine is not the culprit of these, be sure to consult your primary care physician. Even if you will be wrong it is a wise idea to make a checkup once a year or more frequently.
Even though symptoms of anxiety and depression can affect your life in different and many ways, please do not worry, since any of these symptoms will harm you in any other physical way, these are only reactions to the sensations that your brain created inside of you.

Methylsulfonylmethane (MSM) For Sinusitis And Allergic Rhinitis

MSM is an organic compound containing sulfur. A colorless solid, it is relatively non reactive. Because of its stability, it is used industrially as a high temperature solvent for both organic and inorganic substances. However, it is MSM’s ability to treat arthritis and allergic rhinitis that will be the focus of this review.

A study conducted by Nizam’s Institute of Medical Science in India chronicled MSM’s effectiveness at treating osteoarthritis. A total of 118 patients were included in the double blind, placebo based study. The patients were divided into four groups. The first group received 500 mg of glucosamine per day. The second group received 500 mg of MSM per day. The third group received a combination of 500 mg of MSM and 500 mg of glucosamine per day. The fourth group received a placebo every day.

After 12 weeks, it was noted that the groups who received glucosamine, MSM, or a combination of the two noticed significantly improved signs and symptoms of osteoarthritis compared to the group given the placebo. Among other things, the patients showed a significant decrease in their Lequesne index scores. The Lequesne index is a composite measure of pain and disability, with separate self report questionnaires for hip and knee osteoarthritis.

Another study conducted at the Genesis Center for Integrative Medicine in Graham, Washington documented MSM’s effects on seasonal allergic rhinitis. For 30 days, 55 patients were given 2600 mg of MSM per day. After 30 days, the patients noticed significantly reduced symptoms. Energy levels were increased, and plasma IgE and histamine levels were more stable. The study concluded that MSM supplementation can be helpful for reducing symptoms of seasonal allergic rhinitis.

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Is MSM expensive?

Depending on the brand you go with, MSM usually costs between $10-$15 for a month supply.

Is MSM safe?

MSM is considered safe and should not interfere with other medications.

Where can I get MSM ?

Most health stores carry it, but it is much cheaper to buy it on Amazon.