Scoliosis Bracing – Potential Side Effects With Use of Boston Brace

Numerous recent studies have challenged the use of spinal bracing for adolescent idiopathic scoliosis as a nonsurgical treatment strategy to prevent curve progression mainly due to lack of empirical evidence supporting its long term effectiveness and also due to psychological problems directly attributed to scoliosis brace wear. The most common scoliosis brace utilized in the United States is the TLSO thoraco-lumbar-sacral-orthosis commonly referred to as the Boston Brace. The Boston Scoliosis Brace is primarily used for thoracic curvatures with apexes no higher than T7. Very little attention has been given to the fact that rigid braces severely restrict the mobility of the abdomen and chest wall. Studies performed by the Laboratory of Clinical Physiology Ulleval Hospital Sophies Minde Orthopaedic Hospital Oslo, Norway involving the use of the Boston Brace (TLSO) demonstrated a significant decrease in pulmonary function both at rest and during exercise while wearing the Boston Brace.

The majority of adolescents that are prescribed spinal bracing are told to wear their scoliosis brace for 23 hours daily. As we start to dissect the physiological effects we can understand why a major issue exists with compliance when wearing the Boston Brace or any other rigid brace. The amount of physical discomfort that is occurring is in most cases ignored and poorly understood. If someone were to aggressively squeeze your chest wall and then press on your abdomen and then hold it for 23 hours daily how would you feel? The amount of functional loss to the patients breathing mechanics is upsetting and potentially dangerous. The respiratory studies indicated a significant decrease in breathing capacity and also in oxygen and CO2 exchanges ratios causing an innate neurological breathing adaptation to take place in order to survive. Most studies however indicated that the breathing and pulmonary testing returned to normal once the brace was removed but you have to wonder what type of cellular damage or other health implications may occur while in the scoliosis brace.

Understanding human physiology, however complex, may be simplified to some general facts. Breathing isn’t just affecting oxygen intake and gas exchange it has a major effect on other aspects of human health. Breathing has a significant impact on hormone regulation including estrogen, progesterone, growth hormone, and thyroid hormones. In addition breathing has a direct affect on muscle and fat composition as well as cognitive performance. Regardless if the breathing capacity returns to normal after wearing the Boston Scoliosis Brace, we may instead want to discuss what impact it may have on a child’s health while wearing it. There are currently no known studies addressing this issue but it would certainly be interesting to see how much of an impact restricting breathing capacity for 23 hours a day might have on a growing body.

The Boston Brace mechanically produces pressure on both the chest wall and the abdomen allowing for little compensation within the breathing mechanism. The studies that were performed on children wearing the Boston Brace demonstrated a 30% decrease in VC (vital capacity) and a 45% decrease in ERV (expiratory reserve volume) the same type of decreases found in long term smokers. Symptoms related to respiratory distress may include headaches, anxiety, sleep disturbance, nightmares and cognitive dysfunction.

It is unfortunate that such an invasive treatment is often utilized in hopes of preventing scoliosis progression with little consideration of how it will affect the child during and after the treatment. Such narrow minded thinking with a sole focus on a Cobb angle measurement seems to stifle all other rational thought as to side effects from scoliosis bracing. With recent evidence discovered by the genetic research team at Axial Bio Tech suggesting that spinal bracing does not alter the natural course of scoliosis, empirical data demonstrating the significant pulmonary stress while wearing the Boston Brace combined with the known psychological problems associated with brace wear, parents and their doctor must closely consider risks versus benefits when considering use of the Boston Brace.

Herbal Healing for Cat and Dog Diabetes

Natural herbs have been used over the ages to manage blood-sugar levels in humans, without using insulin. Only recently has cat and dog diabetes become a problem due to lack of exercise combined with improper food habits. Here is my list of four healing herbs you can use to help your furry diabetic friend.

Cat and dog diabetes are common in North American pets, with the majority of pet owners turning to natural treatments for pets with diabetes. Using natural diabetic treatments for cat and dog diabetes allows owners of pets with diabetes to naturally lower blood glucose levels, reverse insulin resistance, stimulate natural insulin production and avoid painful injections – all with no side effects of any consequence.

The successful treatment of dog diabetes lies in four primary herbs whose beneficial actions have stood the test of time: Turmeric root, Gymnema sylvestre, Bitter Melon, and Fenugreek seeds. Steeped into a tea or as a natural herbal extract, each herb has its own properties to treat cat or dog diabetes and keep the animal in good health while balancing blood-sugar.

A major herb used for treating dog diabetes, turmeric root, is part of the ginger spice family. The herb has a slightly bitter flavor but also a hot peppery flavor with a mustard smell. It is also known as Indian Saffron or Curcuma longa and is native to tropical South Asia.

Turmeric Root plays a major role in combating insulin resistance, inflammation and a reduction in body weight. The active ingredient in turmeric is curcumin, used in India for thousands of years. Turmeric has been used as a general pain reliever, to aid digestion, an antibiotic, a natural antiseptic, and for many years has been known for its anti-inflammatory properties. There are numerous health problems that respond well to turmeric besides dog diabetes. These include

Alzheimer’s Disease

Arthritis

Colon cancer

Cystic fibrosis

Inflammation-related obesity

Insulin resistance

Liver problems

Melanoma

Pancreatic cancer

Rheumatism

Type 2 diabetes

Gymnema sylvestre is part of Ayurvedic herbal medicine, nicknamed the “destroyer of sugar.” Chewing on its leaves reduces the taste of sugar in foods that enter the mouth. It originated from the tropical forests of central and western India, Australia and tropical Africa, and has been used as a natural diabetic treatment for close to two millennia. Only recently has Gymnema sylvestre entered the United States and Europe. Clinical studies show that Gymnema is an effective dog diabetes treatment, reducing blood sugar levels in dogs over time.

Bitter Melon

In 2008, a study by the Garvan Institute of Medical Research and the Shanghai Institute of Materia Medica gathered four compounds from fresh bitter melon that was found to activate the enzyme AMPK. This is important because the enzyme AMPK is a protein that regulates fuel metabolism and enables glucose uptake to treat both human and dog diabetes with no known side effects.

“We can now understand at a molecular level why bitter melon works as a treatment for diabetes,” said Professor David James, Director of the Diabetes and Obesity Program at Garvan. “By isolating the compounds we believe to be therapeutic, we can investigate how they work together in our cells.” Without technology and advances in science, analyzing something as simple as bitter melon and how its compounds work on dog diabetes could never be done.

Bitter melon, also called bitter gourd, is grown in Africa, Asia and the Caribbean. It has been a traditional remedy for diabetes mellitus in the Pacific and Indian Ocean islands, lowing blood sugar in type 1 and type 2 diabetes (in its extract form). In addition to dog diabetes, bitter melon is also used for

Anticancer

Antiviral

Cardio-protective

Constipation

Gastrointestinal disease

Immunomodulation

Digestive aid

Fenugreek seeds are used as an herb and a food spice. It is primarily grown in India, with many people eating them like sunflower seeds. More commonly, Fenugreek seeds are used in the famous Curry dish or to taste as salt and pepper.

Used for dog diabetes and in people, in proper doses fenugreek seeds will reduce active hyperglycemia. The compound’s powers are in its seeds. Some diabetics report good results soaking the Fenugreek seeds overnight to make a couple cups of morning and evening tea, achieving a drop of 20 to 30 BS points.

Fenugreek seeds, Turmeric root, Gymnema sylvestre and Bitter Melon make up the legendary formula for Primalix Blood-Sugar Balance, an herbal extract trusted by pet lovers everywhere for cat and dog diabetes.

Kitty Constipation – A Holistic Vet’s Secrets to Prevention and Treatment

A surprising number of cats have problems with constipation (abnormal accumulation of feces and difficulty defecating), and similar but more serious conditions such as obstipation (complete obstruction of the colon by feces) and megacolon (damaged nerves and muscles in the colon causing an inability to defecate). Constipation is uncomfortable, even painful. Constipated cats may defecate (or try to) outside the litterbox, because they associate pain or discomfort with the box itself. Other signs of constipation include irritability, painful abdomen, lethargy, and poor appetite or even loss of appetite.

The colon, the last part of the intestinal tract, is a large muscular structure ending at the rectum. It contains most of the intestinal bacteria that reside in the gastrointestinal (GI) tract. These bacteria finish up the digestion of protein. By-products of this process include short-chain fatty acids that nourish the cells lining the colon. Some of these lining cells absorb water, while others secrete mucus to lubricate the stool and keep it moving along.

Most cats defecate about once a day. A constipated cat may only defecate every 2 to 4 days, or even less. Usually the stools are hard and dry, because their long stay in the colon allows for absorption of most of their water content. However, occasionally a constipated cat can appear to have diarrhea, because liquid stool is the only thing that can get around the stuck mass of feces.

Causes for pooping problems include neurologic problems, pelvic injury, obstruction (by hair, bones, etc.), and Inflammatory Bowel Disease (IBD). A dirty litter box may cause a cat to avoid the box and become constipated by holding the stool too long. Hooded litterboxes are a particular problem because they hold odor in, potentially making the box environment extremely unpleasant for the cat.

In 15+ years of experience as a feline veterinarian, I know of only 2 cats who had constipation problems who do not eat dry food. It’s logical, therefore, to think that diet plays a significant role in development of the problem. Some cats may need more fiber than is present in very low fiber diets such as most canned, raw and homemade diets.You can always add a pinch of fiber (ground flaxseeds and ground chia seeds, aka Salba, are reasonably palatable and work very well).

Indeed, the initial treatment for constipation is usually a change in diet. Historically, these cats have usually been put on high-fiber dry foods. Fiber modulates intestinal mobility. Depending on the type of fiber and the circumstances, fiber can either speed up or slow down digestion. It’s therefore used for both constipation and diarrhea. Light, senior, and hairball foods all contain increased fiber, and there are also several medical high-fiber diets.

Usually the diet change helps, at least initially. However, eventually these foods often seem to lose their effectiveness over time. More fiber, such as canned pumpkin, may be added. Again, sometimes this produces a temporary improvement. Yet most of these cats continue to have problems.

Since fiber encourages water absorption and increases the amount of stool produced (because it is indigestible), many experts have swung the other way and are recommending “low-residue” diets to minimize stool volume. “Low-residue” means that the food is highly digestible and produces minimal waste. Cats digest protein and fat best, but there is controversy about carbohydrates; it is clear that many cats are carb-intolerant. By this theory, the best food would be high fat, high protein, and low fiber, as well as high moisture. One would think that such a food would also be low fiber, but that is not necessarily true. Eukanuba Low Residue dry food contains 4% fiber, which is fairly high. Most canned foods fit this description, as do most homemade. However, Eukanuba Low Residue manages to incorporate a large amount of carbohydrate, even in its canned food. Reading the label is an important skill to develop.

Water balance is crucial in constipated kitties. Most vets will give constipated cats subcutaneous (or even intravenous) fluids to boost their hydration.

Treatment for constipation depends on the severity of the problem. For mild cases, occasional enemas may be all they need. For severe blockages, the cat must be anesthetized for manual extraction of the feces (a process my favorite tech graphically but accurately refers to as a “dig-out”).

Once the cat is “cleaned out” by whatever means, it’s wise to take steps to prevent the problem from recurring. Several options are available; an individual cat may need only one of these, while others need several or all of them.

  • Canned or homemade diet. High-moisture diets keep the cat hydrated, and these diets are far more digestible – and produce far less waste – than dry food. Because canned and homemade diets tend to be extremely low in fiber, addition of a small amount of rice bran or powdered psyllium (available in bulk at most health food stores) is helpful.
  • Water Fountain. Many cats will drink much more running water than they will ever take from a bowl. There are several types of pet fountains, from “cascades” to “waterfalls” to models that could be from Rome! They are readily available online. Be sure to keep the fountain clean so your cat keeps drinking.
  • Lactulose. This is a sugary syrup that holds water in the stool and keeps the stool soft; therefore it’s easier for the cat to pass. Cats are usually not fond of the taste. Fortunately, lactulose now comes in a mild-tasting powder (Kristalose) that can be encapsulated by a compounding pharmacy, or simply added to canned food.
  • Other stool softeners, such as DSS (docusate sodium). Your veterinarian can prescribe these.
  • Petroleum Jelly. The primary ingredient in most over-the-counter hairball remedies (Laxatone, Kat-a-lax, Petromalt), petroleum jelly can be given to the cat by mouth. Most cats tolerate it, many cats come to like it, and a few even enjoy it. The Vaseline brand is, according to my cats, the tastiest; but other cats prefer one of the flavored hairball types. Give 1/3 to 1/2 teaspoon per day. It can also be mixed with a small amount of canned food. However, it can interfere with nutrient absorption so giving it on an empty tummy is best.
  • Cisapride (Propulsid). This drug was withdrawn from the market for humans because of dangerous side effects, but it is considered safe for cats. Your vet can order it from a compounding pharmacy. It seems to work best in combination with stool softeners.
  • Pediatric glycerin suppositories. Although they may not appreciate having a suppository pushed into their rectums, most cats tolerate it. Your vet can advise you on technique and frequency.
  • Enemas. Many cat guardians have gotten good at giving enemas at home. Mineral oil, K-Y jelly, soapy water, and plain warm water are all fine; you may have to experiment to see which one works best for your particular cat.
  • Slippery Elm Bark or Marshmallow. These herbs can be added to canned food (add extra cool water) or made into a syrup. Their mild taste is well tolerated by most cats. They form mucilage, a slippery substance that helps move the intestinal contents along. There are many herbal formulas available for people, but many herbs, such as Cascara sagrada, are too harsh for a cat.
  • Exercise. Staying active helps stimulate the intestines and keep things moving. If your constipated cat is also a couch potato, try Play Therapy for Cats.
  • Stress Management. There is always an energetic or emotional component of any chronic disease, and stress plays a significant role in many gastrointestinal conditions. Flower essences are helpful for changing the energetic underpinnings of constipation and other GI diseases.
  • Fluid Therapy. Some cats do very well with occasional (daily to weekly) infusions of subcutaneous fluids. Your veterinarian or vet tech can show you how to do this at home. Give fluids whenever you notice your cat’s behavior indicate oncoming constipation.
  • Surgery. If there is damage to the nerves and muscles of the colon, a “sub-total colectomy” is the last resort. This surgery removes the colon, and joins the small intestine to the rectum. Unless and until the small intestine develops more colon-like functioning, the result is chronic diarrhea. However, the cat will be much more comfortable.

If your cat is chronically constipated, the most important thing for you to do is be observant. Look for early signs of constipation; straining, abdominal discomfort, decreasing appetite, etc. Be aware of how often the cat is defecating. If he does not produce adequate stool for more than 2-3 days, call your vet, or begin home treatments if you have established this routine. Kitty constipation is far easier to treat when it’s caught early. If you wait, treatment will be far more expensive, and there is a greater chance of irreversible colon damage.

Manic Depressive Episodes And Scientology

Scientologists believe that chemical imbalances do not exist. In their view manic episodes should be treated with periods of introspection and audits; a notion which is particularly bizarre and scientifically untenable.

Chemical imbalances do exist in the brain. Everyone has them, not just those with clinical instances of mental illness. A perfect chemical balance would be unnatural. However, every balance goes through a series of sinusoidal curves, these are commonly known as mood swings. Mood swings can leave the charted path of the sinusoidal normality and become instances of depression or mania. While small shifts in mood are normal, and a complete lack of them would point to a certain psychosis and a lack of balance in the brain, large shifts can be devastating.

Scientologists believe that these large swings can be controlled without chemically interfering with the brain. This is utter nonsense. From one of my case studies a patient with an acute manic episode was hospitalized for two weeks and given a heavy does of psychotropic drugs, such as haldol, seryquil and depacote. If given to a person in the natural swing of emotion, seryquil for example would knock a healthy person out for about a day. These drugs had no effect on the patient in the study. As time passed the patient convinced the doctors that he could be released, however the relapse was swift and within two weeks the subject was once again in a mental hospital.

Although the medications could not prevent the subject from going off them, what eventually saved him was the realization that perhaps it would be best to seek help and more drugs to control the condition. While the hardest part for the patient was to come to grips with the diagnosis, the only thing that was able to eventually bring down the mania was a heavy drug cocktail and several weeks of lockdown.

Arguing that such severe episodes can be controlled through meditation is absurd. Depression, like mania on the other end of the spectrum, can be an equally debilitating condition. While a manic patient exhibits uncontrollable amounts of energy, one that is depressed lacks this very energy. Depression can lead to suicide, just as mania could lead to reckless behavior and end with equally grievous consequences. Not medicating a severe case of depression can mean the difference between life and death. The quality of life of people on medication is significantly better then of those who are not on medication and are attempting to self medicate. Scientology claims are largely based on science fiction, claims that are highly harmful those suffering from mania or depression.

Bee Happy! Bee Pollen Helps Heal the Mood, Mind, and Body

Are you struggling to bee happy? Bee pollen can help you with your mood, mind, and your body, so don’t worry, there is a solution!

While there are some who are skeptical about the use of pollen, the truth is that pollen is helpful for treating many ailments and those who have anxiety and depression are seeing the benefits of using pollen, as well as those who suffer from other ailments.

So, if you are unhappy, then pollen just might do the trick!

Pollen for Your Mood

The United States has a growing population that is high in depression and anxiety, and the number of prescriptions keeps mounting where antidepressants are concerned.

Those who have anxiety are struggling just as much and it is no surprise that the prescription for Xanax is at an all-time high. The trend that we see is fast food becoming more popular and as it has done so we see the increase in antidepressants and anti-anxiety medications.

Don’t forget that stress is also high, which can be a contributing factor.

Pollen can help, and there is good reason for this. Pollen is extremely nutrient dense and because it is, there is plenty to keep the body from becoming ridden with anxiety and depression. Pollen is high in vitamin B, among other things like Inositol which has been shown to help with anxiety as well.

These nutrients are all rolled into one with pollen, and as result, what you get is nothing less than a nutrient rich supplement that can help ease your anxiety and depression or help you get rid of it altogether.

Pollen for the Mind

Have you ever experienced a foggy mind?

If you have then just know that pollen is here to help. Pollen is high in vitamin D and vitamin B which are both helpful for the mind and clearing up that foggy feeling.

Those who use it have experienced better focus and concentration as a result, and are able to get more done in the course of a day. There is no better thing in life than knowing that you can think straight when others can’t!

Being productive is the key to living life to its fullest, and if you cannot be productive then it’s hard to get things done and they piling up on you.

This is why so many are thankful that there is a natural supplement out there that is helpful for concentration and focus, and for help with anxiety and depression at the same time.

Pollen for the Body

When you have harmony with the mind and body you feel so much better, and when you use pollen you get all of these benefits because everything will work together.

You can feel more focused, less anxious, and you can have more energy, which means that you will be feeling as good as new in no time flat.

Isn’t it amazing how much better you can feel when everything is in order? Pollen will give you energy for the body, and with the antioxidants you will be able to fight off illness too.

Bee happy! Bee pollen is good for you and it’s easy to get a hold of.

Covert Earpieces: Proper Cleaning and Maintenance

Covert earpieces are not cheap to buy, therefore it is essential to make these essential bits of kit last as long and operate as effectively as possible.

To this end, regular cleaning and maintenance are key. The following 5 tips will ensure your earpiece lasts just as long as it should:

1. Give it a wipe

The need to keep covert earpieces free from ear wax and external grime (most often transmitted via the fingers) is obvious but nonetheless crucial. Use a damp cloth or alcowipe to ensure your earpiece remains dirt-free.

In addition to helping your receiver remain functioning as it should, such hygiene will also vastly reduce the chances of you picking up an ear infection.

2. Change the filter

All quality in-ear receivers include a built-in wax filter. Make sure you have a stock of these filters to hand from your supplier and change each filter regularly to avoid sound corruption and reduced volume. Once every couple of months is a reasonable plan.

It’s also worth knowing that the more you use your in-ear earpiece, the more wax your ear will typically produce and therefore the more regularly the wax filter should be replaced.

3. Twist in

Avoid damaging your earpiece and bruising the ear canal by always inserting covert earpieces into the ear correctly. Most quality earpieces are not quite straight – i.e. they are slightly bent in shape – and should therefore be twisted gently into place to plug the ear canal. Do not force them straight in.

4. Remove batteries

Batteries can leak and the resulting liquid will destroy your covert earpiece. Therefore remove the battery when not in use.

5. Store smart

In addition to removing its batteries, also keep your earpiece in a safe place (the pouch it arrived in is perfect for this). This way you will keep all its accessories and batteries together, and avoid unnecessary dirt building up in and around the earpiece.

Ovarian Cyst Pain Relief – 3 Quick Tips to Help Reduce Your Pain Naturally Without Medication

If you’re a woman reading this, you’re likely seeking help for ovarian cyst pain relief.As many women can attest to, the pain from an ovarian cyst can be excruciating. The first option for many are traditional over-the-counter pain medications, such as ibuprofen. There is concern however, for taking these medications continuously as they can cause other problems from frequent use. Luckily, there are some natural ways to reduce the pain significantly, and many of these solutions can be found right in your own home.

Here are 3 quick tips for ovarian cyst pain relief:

1. Use heat. Many women relieve their pain significantly by applying heat from a heating pad. Set the pad heat to medium and apply to your lower back, then sit back and relax with some soft music. Hot water bottles are also a good idea. If you have neither of these, a nice warm bath also works.

2. Eat salad. Certain foods can be helpful in reducing pain. The foods you want to look for are ones that are considered natural diuretics, and this happens to include many vegetables such as lettuce, tomatoes, carrots, and cucumbers. So eat a salad every day. Not only will you be eating healthy, but you’ll be getting ovarian cyst pain relief.

3. Wear looser clothes. Many women wear tight figure hugging clothes, but may not realize that it can increase the pain from an ovarian cyst. If you wear tight fitting jeans that hug your midsection, this can put pressure on your cyst, which will in turn cause irritation and increased pain. Wear some looser pants for now and you will likely notice your pain decrease significantly.

Characteristics of A Labrador Retriever As A Hunting and Family Dog

Labrador Retrievers come in basically 3 colors, black, yellow and chocolate colors. The black color is black or course, and the yellow can be in many different shades, as the same for a chocolate lab, from light chocolate to dark chocolate. Sometimes a Labrador Retriever might have a small patch of white on his or her chest, that is normal.

The Labrador Retriever’s coat is fur is pretty cool actually. They have 2 layers of hair coats that protect them from cold and water. That is one of the reason the Labrador Retriever is such a nice hunting dog. Labrador Retrievers are great at fetching items, like toys and birds that have been shot from hunting.

The Labrador Retriever’s first coat is soft and warm, this helps keep them dry and warm. The 2nd coat, or outer coat, is a harder coat, and it is the one that is almost water repellent. The water just about comes right off of the dogs when they get out of the water, and the first coat is keeping them warm. Of course you should never subject your dog to freezing cold water, but outside in the normal atmosphere, your Labrador Retriever should have no problems with swimming out into the water, and bring you back your toys or game, and the dog actually loves it!

Labrador Retrievers are one of the top, if not the top at any given time, the most dogs you will find in a back yard in America. Labrador Retrievers make great family pets, because they love to be around people, and they are great with children. The dogs are medium to large size, and average from 50 to 80 pounds for an average size Labrador Retriever.

Labrador Retrievers don’t really make good watch dogs. They might scare someone away from their size, or their bark, but truth be told, they would rather lick someone to death, rather than stop them from taking your valuables.

Labrador Retrievers make a much better family or hunting dog, than they do a watch dog, but their size would still scare most people away, and professional burglars always say, they would rather break into a house with no dog, than a house with a dog.

Labrador Retrievers are just like their name says, they like to retrieve items, so playing fetch and teaching your dog to retrieve things for you, is what you dog will love the most!

If your wanting a good hunting dog, the Labrador Retriever is one of the best dogs you could get for this then. The Labrador Retriever is a nice weather resistant dog, which can hunt for hours and hours, and just might last longer than you when hunting!

The Retriever is a very smart dog, and they get excited, but not overly excited, which makes them great family dogs, and great hunting dogs. The Retriever is a very easy dog to teach, and will love to attend obedience classes with you.

The Labrador Retriever has a bushy tail, that is used when the dog is in the water and swimming. The tail is naturally shaped to give the dog an advantage while swimming, and he or she uses his or her tail as a rudder, to control the direction of their swim, when they have a toy or bird in their mouth, and they are swimming back to you or the boat with it.

If you are thinking about what kind of dog you might like to buy, make sure you have room for your dog to run around, or make sure you have the time to exercise him or her. A bored dog in a backyard, becomes a destructive dog, if your Labrador Retriever is digging up holes, and trying to break out, chances are, they are not getting enough exercise, Retrievers need plenty of exercise and fun times!

How You Can Lower Your Diabetic Sugar Level

Lower your diabetic sugar level while learning to control your diabetes is crucial to maintaining a healthy normal life style it is possible in fact to live healthier after realizing you have diabetes with proper care.

First off when it comes to diabetes you have to begin with accepting the fact that you have a disease and need to improve personal care no more putting off dealing with your health. Once you accept the new reality diet and exercise become closer to life and death and essential to have power over your diabetes.

When it comes to any extra physical activities it is strongly recommended you always check with your primary care doctor. Never avoid your doctor as diabetes is something you want to face head on if you are told to lose weight it will assist in controlling your sugar level.

Proper diet and physical exercise is essential and walking is the number one choice when it comes to healthy activity for a diabetic.

Why is walking the best action you can take if you have diabetes?

Keeping you blood flowing, improving your strength and having healthy bones all help maintain a healthy life for a diabetic. Take it slow at first walking a little at first then increasing as the weeks go by not only makes it easier it builds up stamina over time.

When it comes to walking be mindful that a steady pace is not only great for your heart it will actually help you burn more calories. Losing weight and getting blood to circulate through your legs and feet is a great thing. However if you find it a strain to go outside maybe due to weather issues you have other activities that can do in the comfort of your home.

You can get one of those walking treadmill or in home training devices and do some walking 20 minutes every other day at your own home. When you go out you can park further away from the location and walk to and from your destination. Even without any machine you can still walk in position while watching TV shows.

With dieting you will need to maintain those blood sugar levels and still lose then keep off any extra weight. You will also need to have a diabetic diet list showing the types of food and amounts that are good for you to maintain yourself. By altering your eating habits you will improve and lower you diabetic sugar level and stay healthier also.

7 Things That Can Cause Hemorrhoids, and How We Can Avoid Them

If you’ve ever suffered from hemorrhoids, you know that it is a very painful, and embarrassing condition. When hemorrhoids are severe, the sufferer may not even want to participate in daily activities. Having hemorrhoids can reduce self confidence, reduce sex drive, and increase irritability.

Hemorrhoids can be caused by numerous different factors, but here are 7 of the most common and how you can avoid them.

  1. Irregular bathroom routines – Waste needs to be removed from our bodies daily. When we don’t have a regular routine that allows us to do this, it can cause constipation which can lead to hemorrhoids. Establish a regular quiet time each day to relieve yourself. Do not stay on the throne for extended periods of time (because you like to read, or whatever else), concentrate on the task at hand.
  2. Pushing and Straining – When we are constipated, we often over exert our bowels while trying to relieve ourselves (we’re trying to hard). If you are constipated do not strain, instead get up and go for a walk. Often that little added movement will allow your bowels to move as well.
  3. Improper diet – We need to have fiber in our diets. This is accomplish through having an adequate amount of fresh fruits and veggies, as well high fibre breads, cereals and pasta. Daily proper nutrition is one of the best ways to maintain a healthy body and avoid hemorrhoids.
  4. Dehydration – This one can not be emphasized enough. Staying hydrated by drinking a minimum of 8 glasses of water each day is so important to good hemorrhoid health.
  5. Pregnancy and child birth – Not that you can avoid this one, but the increase in pressure on the abdomen increases the pressure on the anal veins, and then of course straining during the birth. Most hemorrhoids that occur during this period resolve on their own after child birth.
  6. Lack of exercise – Leading a sedentary lifestyle can make you more prone to hemorrhoids. In addition, if you spend a lot of time sitting this puts extra pressure on the rectal area.
  7. Stress – Being under excess amounts of stress is certainly hard on all areas of the body, but you probably didn’t know that they can also be a contributor to hemorrhoids. Stress increases the blood pressure, and so the increase in blood pressure is added force on the blood in that area.

There you have it. By knowing some of the major contributing factors to hemorrhoids, you can take steps to avoid them. The best thing that you can do is lead a healthy lifestyle, including proper nutrition, regular exercise, and proper hydration.

If you’d like to learn more about the causes and symptoms of hemorrhoids, and what you can do to cure hemorrhoids visit my website today: http://hemorrhoidsymptom.com

St John’s Wort – Can Help Ease Anxiety, Depression and Get Your Weight Loss Back on Track

A successful weight loss plan can change a life. The proper nutrition, foods, exercise, goal setting and motivation are all important in achieving a weight loss goal. A component that is often left out of many fad diets is the emotional aspect of weight loss. For many, the root cause of poor health,habits and weight gain lies in the emotional realm. Depression, anxiety and stress often play the role of weight loss and health destroyer. Mild depression, anxiety and emotional stress will drive poor eating habits, deplete the body of much needed vitamins and nutrients and send the adrenal glands into overdrive (this causes an overproduction of cortisol which leads to “metabolic syndrome”) Unfortunately, in many cases even the best weight loss shakes and herbs are not successful until the emotional issues are addressed. What can be even more discouraging, many of us get our weight loss plan off to a great start. Then, unfortunately, life may throw us a curve ball. Depression, anxiety and stress can become part of our lives at anytime. Thankfully, there is a safe,easy and effective holistic solution!

St.John’s Wort to the rescue!

St. John’s Wort(hypercium perfortatum) has been used for centuries to treat quiet and calm the nervous system. Its uses date back to the ancient Greeks. Today it is commonly used to lessen the effects of mild to moderate depression and anxiety. Many studies are underway and look very promising in using St. John’s Wort instead of pharmacological agents for early and initial intervention with depression and anxiety. St. John’s Wort has minimal side effects. Those taking this herb may experience sensitivity to ultraviolet radiation so, overexposure to sunlight is not recommended. (Those also taking other medications to treat depression or any other psychological disorders should consult their doctor prior to taking this herb.- St. John’s Wort may lessen the effect of other anti psychotic medications. This is the only known drug interaction for St. John’s Wort) St. John’s Wort is fast acting and does not require a loading dose or several days to build up in your body. In many case, you will experience the effects in a rather short period of time and may in some cases be advised to use St. John’s Wort on an as needed basis. Do not let anxiety or depression derail your weight loss plan – St. John’s Wort can help. Consult your holistic medical practitioner for additional information and proper usage of St.John’s Wort. As with any herb, it is vital to use a product that is pure, non-contaminated and in the proper dosage.

Visit my website to learn more about and purchase St.John’s Wort. As with any other herb, using a product that is pure, uncontaminated and delivers an effective dose is essential.

Did You Know Your Wild Imagination is What Causes Severe Anxiety Disorder?

People with severe anxiety disorder often mention that they feel like they are out of control as soon as the attack starts to hit its peak. Now the reason this happens is because we allow our imagination to take over once the fear arrives, very dangerous. I will explain how you can take back control it is actually very simple.

So what exactly is severe anxiety disorder?

One minute you are a confident self assured person, then with in seconds you can feel powerless and vulnerable after the attack manifests its self. When the attack is in full swing and you have thousands of sensations running through you body, your mind tends to jump from logic to wild in seconds from the fear created by your own imagination.

The worst part for anyone who has sever anxiety disorder is, they just can not get their head around why they suddenly free powerless during a panic attack. Now this is where the first mistake kicks in, most people try to fight against an attack, they try to shut it down once there coping techniques such as, Slowing down the breathing has failed, this is when they leap over to the enemy, the wild imagination.

Severe anxiety disorder victims usually have this thought pattern!

  • I do not know what to do i have used my coping techniques and it dose not seem to be helping, in fact i think the anxiety is getting worse.Fuel for the imagination.
  • What if it gets that bad that something happens to me and there is no one around to help?
  • This type of thinking is what actually fuels the attack and it just escalates the fear, this is why we feel vulnerable and out of control.

The secret to beating severe anxiety disorder is this, you need to regain control,l and then learn how to respond to the anxiety attack in an entirely different manner. When you work with the bodily sensations and not against them, this is how you can regain control.

Except it, be aware of it, ask it to bring on all the horrible side affects it normally gives you, and always remember this, fear is in you head a panic attack CAN NOT harm you physically.

The Health Risks Associated With The Use Of Anabolic Steroids

Anabolic steroids are classed as illegal drugs and are banned by most legitimate sports organizations. There can be no disputing the fact that testosterone boosts the development of muscle mass and aids sporting performance. Equally there is no doubt that its use can adversely affect the health and wellbeing of users.

The androgenic properties of testosterone can affect the body in many ways but often users see these as inconveniences that can be treated by using other drugs. The most common side effects of testosterone supplementation include the following:

1. Testicle shrinkage – the body responds to testosterone overload by reducing its own production of the hormone. This causes the testicles to shrink due to lack of use. When steroid usage stops, the testicles will grow again but they could take at least six months to return to normal size.

2. Addiction – despite some users trying to convince themselves otherwise, the use of steroids can result in physical and psychological addiction. Withdrawal symptoms can be severe with muscle shrinkage, weakness and loss of libido.

3. Growth of breast tissue – this affects roughly one third of male steroid users. It is caused by the conversion of some excess testosterone into the female hormone estrogen. The breasts usually disappear when use of steroids ceases but in some cases they are permanent and may require surgical removal.

4. Baldness and skin conditions – excess testosterone can be converted into DHT, a hair unfriendly by-product that is responsible for male pattern baldness and oily skin.

5. Pain, bruising, infection and scarring may result from careless or incompetent injecting.

Some people have died as a result of steroid abuse and even those who adopt a careful, pragmatic approach have to accept that these health risks are unavoidable. My advice is, follow the natural route and use nutritional supplements to boost the anabolic process.

Interdigital Cysts in Dogs and How to Treat Them Naturally

Interdigital cysts occur quite commonly in dogs. They are the development of cysts between their toes. A cyst is a thin walled sac normally filled with fluid. They can be mild or cause the dog pain on walking.

You may notice that your dog is constantly licking his paws, as they obviously cause discomfort.

Often the cause is the ingress of a grass seed.

Although antibiotics are often prescribed for this condition, it is not a bacterial infection. The cysts is not full of pus, which is the debris from an inflammatory process.

Antibiotics, drugs and vaccines all work by knocking the dog’s immune system for six. A better way is to use a system of health care which works by raising the immune system, so that your dog now has the ability to cure himself. And to prevent further diseases.

The system of health care that works by raising the immune system is called homeopathy.

Homeopathy is not necessarily very easy to use, as you need to be able to match the dog’s symptoms to the medicine what will resolve the problem. Looking for causes also needs knowledge of what to look for. So your best option, for the fastest way to resolution, may be to consult with a professional homeopath.

However, the common homeopathic home prescribing medicines do have a common thread running through many common ailments, so you might like to try your hand at some home prescribing. It can be empowering, cost effective, and most important, naturally effective.

If you don’t get the match right, nothing happens. No harm is done, as long as you don’t keep repeating the medicine, or use high potencies. The safest potency (strength) to use when you are starting out is the 6c potency.

Silica is a common home prescribing medicine which can resolve interdigital cysts, by raising your dog’s immune system. To be effective, you need to see your dog’s overall symptoms within those of the medicine.

The strong keynote skin symptoms of Silica include:

  • abscesses anywhere
  • unhealthy skin
  • wounds, injuries don’t heal, suppurate
  • fistulae
  • ulcers
  • felons, whitlows (abscess near nail)
  • boils
  • painful scars, keloids
  • warts
  • promotes expulsion of foreign bodies
  • coldness, better for warmth

If the cause was grass seeds embedding themselves in the skin between the toes, then you will find that it will completely resolve the condition, normally over a few days, if it has only recently occurred.

Hydrochloric Acid: Your Body’s Natural Cure-All

Modern medicine has made a habit of prescribing pills containing numerous chemical compounds and other mysterious substances instead of seeking out naturally derived and basic solutions to common health problems. By the age of thirty, many of us eating the typical western diet have damaged our stomach’s ability to producing sufficient hydrogen chloride (HCL) to match our intake of processed and dense foods. If you’re looking to avoid consuming a handful of strange pills each day, perhaps you’ll join many forward thinkers in taking a basic combination of naturally derived HCL supplement and an HCL activator to help combat digestive, immune, and age-related issues.

Natural methods of regulating the body have been in use for centuries, so it’s no surprise that using modern science’s ability to isolate the few things we actually need has improved natural medicine and can reduce the need for senseless chemical compounds in our diet. With an HCL supplement and HCL activator working in your system, you’ll begin to reverse the harmful effects the modern diet has had on your body. In time, your natural HCL supply will be replenished and you’ll be able to properly digest foods again rather than allowing dense and rotten food to sit in your gut. The food we eat is often hard for our body to process, needing more of our precious HCL than we naturally generate. Due to prolonged periods of consuming foods we aren’t able to fully digest, we create an overall deficiency in our HCL content. With an HCL supplement and HCL activator, the body is able to quickly replenish its supply of this vital acid and begin digesting food properly.

With proper digestion occurring again thanks to the pairing of HCL supplement and HCL activator, you can either continue eating processed foods or veer towards a diet of more easily digested foods. If you continue eating processed foods, you’ll do so with the knowledge that you’re helping your body minimize the harmful process of digesting such dense things. While it won’t make you invincible, you’ll certainly be taking the strongest precautionary measures possible. If you pair your HCL activator with a diet of raw or generally unprocessed plant-based foods, your digestive system just might reach a level of efficiency you’ve never previously experienced. As raw plant-based foods are easier to digest, the combination of improved digestive function and less effort required will mean your body can use its energy for other vital functions.