What to Do When Someone is Unconscious

If you find an unconscious victim, call 911 and do not move him. You don’t know what happened to him, so moving him could aggravate his injury. Furthermore, if he isn’t breathing, then you don’t have much time to get help. When you call 911, see if the victim is breathing or not and if he isn’t, start rescue breathing.

AIRWAY

The letter “A” stands for AIRWAY. When a victim is unconscious and unresponsive, check his airway to make sure there are no obstructions. The victim’s breaths might be faint and shallow, so be careful when you look, listen, and feel for his breathing. If you find the victim has stopped breathing, he might have an airway obstruction. The tongue is the most common airway obstruction, but many other things can obstruct the airway too.

While the victim is lying on his back, gently tilt his head backwards. You can do this by putting one hand on his forehead and the other hand under his chin. This position causes the tongue to move and clear the airway. However, if the victim still isn’t breathing, you’ll need to help him breathe.

BREATHING

The letter “B” is for BREATHING. After clearing the victim’s airway, keep the victim’s head titled back and pinch his nose. This will prevent air from escaping as you place your mouth over the victim’s and begin ventilating.

Watch the victim’s chest as you give him air. Avoid overinflating his lungs as this will force air into his stomach, which could result in vomiting. If the victim vomits, simply turn his head to one side and carefully use your finger to sweep any new obstructions away before continuing.

At this time, you need to give the victim two full breaths. After each breath, give his lungs time to exhale and relax. If you put your ear near his mouth and listen, you may hear air escaping. While you do this, watch the victim’s chest and it should fall as his body exhales.

After these breaths, if the victim does not become responsive (e.g. if there is no breathing, moving, coughing, etc.), then you need to check his circulation.

CIRCULATION

The letter “C” in the A-B-C acronym is for CIRCULATION. Check and see if the victim’s heart is beating by locating the carotid artery. Use two fingers and put them on the victim’s neck like it shows in the picture to the right. Find the middle of the neck (where the Adam’s Apple is located on men) and slide your fingers to the side of the his neck and feel for a pulse.

If the victim has no pulse, it means his heart is not beating. This is when you should perform chest compressions.

Parrot Cages – Metal Toxicity in Parrots

Bellow listed common and not so common metals and their alloys that can be found in cage materials (wires, frame), hardware (screws, padlocks, hinges), parrot toys and common stuff around your house. Some of them if ingested may have adverse affect on your parrot’s health.

All birds are very sensitive to toxins because of fast metabolism, delicate skin and respiratory system, small size, and digestive system with gizzard (pH 2.0, and 42C) that allows some non-food items sit there for prolong time releasing toxins or causing obstruction, impaction, bleeding and death. Natural curiosity and cleverness that pushes parrots to reach for, to chew and taste any usual and unusual objects and strength of its’ beaks put parrots even at greater risk of being exposed to toxins not only when ingested, but through skin contact or when inhaled. Toxins (like heavy metals) get usually deposited in brain, bones, feathers and some in muscle tissue; and may damage many different organs causing non-specific signs of illness.

Paint used on your bird’s cage is the main concern. Powder coating is much stronger than regularly applied paint that easily flakes and can be ingested and let the cage rust.

In short – ingesting any paint or any kind of metal is never a good thing – doesn’t matter how safe it is, especially there are no standards for safe levels of toxic metals established for birds.

Lead and Zinc – highly poisonous for parrots. Exposure to paint or alloys in cage wires containing metals, as Lead and Zinc is the most dangerous to parrots since they naturally not only chew on everything but also use their beaks to climb. If your cage material or hardware contains these metals it more likely will cause heavy metal poisoning in your parrot. Also your family could be exposed to lead in a dust from your parrot’s activity around the cage. The most common signs of poisoning in birds besides subdued behavior and shutting down – with lead poisoning – seizures and falls from the perch, with Zinc – falls from the perch. If you have any suspicion – contact your bird avian vet immediately. The bigger the parrot the bigger the danger – the large birds can easily scratch, shave or detach by chewing up some pieces of softer metals or paint.

Beside paint Lead may be used in paint primers, in soldering metal – soldered joints in cage (distinguished from welded joints), foil on wine bottles, champagne wire, fishing weights, curtain weights, rifle bullets and pellets, stained glass, in PVC and caulk.

Industry standards for Lead refer for the safe standards established by federal government that currently allow less then 600 ppm (parts per million parts or 0.06 % by weight) of Lead in household paint.

Check with manufacturers regarding Zinc, as there are no federal regulations for its content in paint.

Zinc is essential trace element, playing important role in enzymatic activity, but if ingested in uncontrolled amounts from non-food items may lead to high accumulation and toxicity. Zinc is not only used in paint but also may be used in plating – galvanization of cage wires, hardware and some metal parts of bird’s toys (galvanization is term used only for zinc coatings to protect cage metal or hardware from oxidation and make it look better). This is extremely toxic for parrots as described above.

Not to mention Zinc galvanized wire or mesh in outdoor aviaries. Don’t treat outdoor aviaries with vinegar to guard your parrot against zinc poisoning – what it actually does it will etch upper very accessible oxidized zinc layer (dull whitish coat – zinc rust) and zinc coating underneath oxidized layer to some point – not necessarily remove all of it but thin it enough to make underlying metal prone to oxidation and rusting which is also not good. This procedure may be sufficient to protect small birds from zinc poisoning but it seems as the best bet to avoid zinc around parrots altogether. Other zinc and its’ compounds applications: UV protection in plastics, Sun protective creams and lotions, fire retardants, wood preservatives and agricultural fungicides.

Copper is an essential trace element required for hemoglobin formation and is a component of several enzyme systems. Copper is soft metal usually used for plating (not only US Mint cent coins – copper 2.5% plated zinc 97.5%, but also hardware and decorative elements on your cage), kitchen utensils, copper wire, welding. Copper can be potentially poisonous to birds – usually oxidized copper causes troubles – storing acidic food in copper containers or slightly acidic water from copper piping may contribute to elevated levels of this metal in your bird’s diet and it’s easy to avoid. Copper is a popular algaecide and fungicide (used in commercial and residential pools as well as to spray vegetables and grains to prevent fungus and algae growth).

Brass is alloy of copper and zinc and usually used in padlocks – it’s probably OK for small birds that are unlikely to chew the padlock, but should be avoided around parrots. You can find few documented cases of metal toxicity in parrots that chew brass padlocks.

Nickel could be potentially toxic to your bird. Even though there are little documented evidence could be found clarifying nickel toxicity for pet-birds and parrots in particular, few articles clearly show that nickel is moderately toxic to wild birds as well as poultry (especially in young actively growing birds – in experiments growth of chicks to 4 weeks of age was significantly depressed at 700 ppm nickel and above). Nickel is commonly known as human allergen (causing dermatitis upon skin contact) and its insoluble salts and soluble aerosols are highly toxic to everything live. Nickel commonly used for plating as it prevents metal corrosion (on iron and copper usually). So even if you decided that it’s OK to have nickel-plated stuff around your parrot check it frequently, as it may chip and expose underlying metal to oxidation.

Tin is soft metal considered by many experts as not toxic for birds unless it’s “galvanized tin” (which is misused term for galvanized sheet metal (galvanized steel) or some small galvanized iron containers) – if in doubt – consult manufacturer. According to Wikipedia metal tin itself is non-toxic but most tin salts are, as well as some organic tin compounds – TBT (tributyltin) for example. TBT is very toxic – thin layer of this polymer may serve as a protective coating on non-food glass and ceramics. Tin resists corrosion from distilled, sea and soft tap water, but can be attacked by strong acids, alkalis and acid salts. Tin is present in various alloys, such as soldering tin & bronze, pewter, bell metal, Babbitt metal and dental amalgams. Organotin compounds are used as fungicides, insecticides and bactericides and they are well known for animal and human toxicity. Additionally, these are applied as PVC and PCB heat stabilizers.

Steel /a.k.a. Wrought Iron is hard metal nontoxic (mostly because it’s hard and very difficult for parrot to detach and ingest piece of it) to birds, but rust – is, so be careful as cage coating wears off and corrosion starts – consider powder coated cages versus pained. Powder coating is much stronger and structured surface of this coating provides better grip for birds.

Stainless Steel (SS)- is very hard material, that will not shave or scrape easily, will not rust under normal indoor conditions. It doesn’t require any coating, plating or paint, very easy to take care for – you can power wash (just remove your beloved bird!:) and wipe the cage dry – basically nothing to worry about. Couple comments on Stainless Steel:

Some stainless steels may stain and rust if left in humid acidic environment for prolong time or if bird’s droppings accumulate in some places that also keep moisture;

You can find many references saying that SS is not magnetic – this is not exactly correct. Stainless steel is any alloy that contains 10.5% or more of chromium and iron in excess of 50% and other components. Its magnetic property depends on what other components of this alloy are – nickel, magnesium, carbon, nitrogen, molybdenum…Any steel alloy with nickel is not magnetic (nickel strengthen stainless characteristic of iron and chromium alloy). Medical grade SS usually uses nickel and chromium so it’s not magnetic. Alloys only with chromium (no nickel) are magnetic. Different combinations of components define magnetic power of alloy.

Some parrot’s owners say that bright super glossy SS cages (shiny almost mirror-like looking surfaces) made their parrots very exited (even agitated) – it may make sense to look for SS cages that have less lustrous finish – polished surface with subdued mat tone – electro-polishing usually does just that.

Aluminum is a soft metal and by many considered as safe for birds. However few studies indicated that some birds’ species in aluminum-laden habitats with high Aluminum diet have elevated aluminum level in bones and laid deformed eggs with soft shells leading to reduced hatchability. Other studies bring concerns with bone grows and body weight gain in growing chicks with elevated aluminum in the diet. So it’s probably more safe not to let your parrot put his beak on aluminum stuff around your house and to avoid it in bird’s toys (just as mere precaution – you never know what reaction your particular bird will have)

Most of parrot aluminum toxicity cases that were documented connected to heated aluminum foil – which is mostly attributed to fumes from its non-stick polymer additives.

Selenium, mercury, cadmium, arsenic, thallium and cobalt are potentially toxic to birds. Poisoning causes by these elements have been well documented in wild birds due to environmental exposure and infrequently diagnosed in pet birds but it seems prudent to know main sources of household exposure to these elements.

Selenium is another required dietary element that can be toxic if ingested in high amounts. Selenium used in electronic industry, glass and rubber production, photographic processing, pesticides and shampoos – avoid your parrot contact with these chemicals. Interpretation of selenium toxicity is complicated by its interaction with other metals, particularly with mercury and arsenic that may reduce selenium toxicity.

Mercury is nonessential very toxic heavy metal. It affects the immune system, alters genetic and enzyme systems, and damages the nervous system, including coordination and the senses of touch, taste, and sight. Since most of the household hazards associated with mercury were recognized and eliminated while ago – until you are feeding your parrot fish and mercury containing thermometers it’s highly unlikely that your bird will have exposure to the most toxic mercury form – Methyl-mercury or elemental mercury.

Cadmium – is found in some batteries, pigments, used in electroplating, soldering, alloy manufacturing and plastic production. Cadmium and its compounds are extremely toxic even in low concentration. If ingested, bird will accumulate it in liver and kidney causing kidney damage, reduced egg production and altered behavior.

Cadmium is long known as carcinogen. Besides possible cadmium exposure through food (most of the plants have high level of absorption and accumulation of environmental cadmium – one more reason to feed your parrot organic food), burning fossil fuels such as coal and oil and smoking are other dangerous sources of cadmium exposure – since lungs absorb cadmium much more effective then guts. Do not smoke around your parrot and never let it to reach for you cigarette butts, don’t burn coal or use oil lamps. Keep your artist paints (if it applies to you) out of reach of your parrot. Cadmium Yellow, Orange & Red pigments used in artistic colors, in coloring plastics and some specialty paints, in color glass and ceramic glazes (Tiffany lamps, red stoplights) also contain cadmium.

Arsenic has been used to control agricultural pests, to pressure treat wood for outdoor use (until 2003) and in chemotherapeutics. If ingested different organic and inorganic arsenic compounds accumulate in kidney and liver and may cause anemia, nervous disorders and immune system suppression. Hopefully your parrot exposure to this hazard is very limited.

Thallium sulfate (salt of heavy metal Thallium) used as rodenticide (to control rats) and household insecticide (ants and cockroaches) – is highly toxic to mammals, birds and insects used only by professional exterminators – very unlikely your parrot will be exposed to any of this unless you store and use this chemicals in your house.

Cobalt and its salts are used in nuclear medicine, enamels and semiconductors, grinding wheels, painting on glass and porcelain, hygrometers and electroplating, in vitamin B12 manufacture, as a drier for lacquers, varnishes, and paints, and as a catalyst for organic chemical reactions.

According to Wikipedia although cobalt is an essential element for life in minute amounts, at higher levels of exposure it shows mutagenic and carcinogenic effects similar to nickel. After nickel and hexavalent chromium (VI), cobalt is a major cause of contact dermatitis in people.

Play it safe – check all metals in your bird cage and on your birds toys regularly for chipping, peeling, rust & oxidation.

When Estrogen Dominates You’re Not in Control

Estrogen dominance causes hormonal imbalance in women at an ever-earlier age and to a significantly greater degree then has ever been known. Estrogen levels in women are naturally higher, but in their mid-30’s both estrogen and progesterone levels begin to drop in women. Progesterone levels drop to where a woman is producing near zero, but estrogen levels only decline by 40 to 60%, leaving the woman in a state of estrogen dominance.

In western women this condition is greatly exasperated by taking birth control pills and HRT (Hormone Replacement Therapy). The active ingredient in any birth control pill or HRT is synthetic estrogen and taking either only elevates estrogen levels well beyond what they otherwise would be.

Estrogen is emitted by virtually all plastic products; including the plastic in the dashboard and seats of your car. In the process of manufacturing aluminum cans estrogen is produced and minute amounts leak into any product packaged in aluminum cans. Food wrapped or packaged in aluminum foil also absorbs estrogen. Given the amount of food consumed in western societies from food packaged or wrapped in aluminum products the build-up of estrogen in the body over time is substantial. Excess estrogen is believed to be the primary cause behind the 40-60% drop in sperm counts in western men.

Combination of these factors has caused estrogen dominance to be epidemic among women in industrialized countries. Increasing the gap between estrogen and progesterone to such a degree women are not only suffering from estrogen dominance, but from progesterone deficiency at the same time.

There has never been a single scientific study to date that even suggests estrogen or HRT will prevent heart disease or the hip fractures so common in women with osteoporosis. The American Heart Association now takes the official position that HRT does not prevent heart disease, but in fact probably increases the incidence of heart attack in women.

There is only one scientifically and undeniable proven fact concerning estrogen; excess intake leads to various forms of cancer. It is unwise to say the least for any woman, at any age or at any time in her life, for any reason whatsoever to take any form of estrogen. Given these alarming facts it behooves women to understand how the progesterone-estrogen equation works in their bodies.

Estrogen without a doubt causes breast fibrocycts; progesterone protects against breast fibrocycts. Estrogen increases body fat; progesterone helps use the body’s fat for energy. Estrogen is a major reason for salt and fluid retention in women; progesterone is a natural diuretic. Estrogen is known to increase blood clotting; progesterone normalizes blood clotting. Estrogen causes endometrial cancer; progesterone prevents endometrial cancer. Estrogen greatly increases the risk of breast cancer; progesterone helps prevent breast cancer.

When comparing the negative effects of estrogen to the positive effects of progesterone, one finds a near perfect balance between the hormones. Clearly and indisputably, natural progesterone is absolutely necessary to counter-act and prevent the many negative effects of estrogen dominance.

Problems and Benefits of Herbal Tea

Herbal teas are becoming very popular, and are widely available. However, are these teas right for everyone? Most are safe for healthy adults. However if you have any medical conditions, it would be wise to choose your tea with caution. Here is a sample of the problem.

Depression: Any tea that contains caffeine should be avoided if you are being treated for depression. Teas with chamomile, passionflower, lavender and/or jasmine could interact with medications for depression, anxiety and stress. If you have bipolar, these teas could make the condition worse. Those taking antidepressants should avoid St. John’s Wort, because it could boost the effectiveness of the antidepressant.

Diabetes: Teas that contain sugar should be avoided, including natural sugars such as found in licorice. Herbs that change sugar levels can also be a problem. Cinnamon and aloe vera are good examples of ingredients that can change blood sugar.

Gout: Herbs that have diuretic properties could cause flare ups for those who suffer from gout. While most manufacturers don’t use parsley and dandelion in their products, it’s a good idea to check to make sure your favorite brand doesn’t contain one.

Heart Disease: Some popular ingredients in herbal teas can dramatically effect those taking medications for cardiovascular disease. As an example, rosemary and licorice both raise blood pressure. St. John’s Wort interacts with many medications for heart disease and chamomile may act as a blood thinner. Before purchasing any herbal products, you should speak to your pharmacist to make sure the ingredients are safe for you.

Kidney Disease: Aloe, juniper berries, licorice and sassafras can harm the kidneys. Senna is also a problem, and is usually found in teas that act as laxatives.

Laxatives: Aside from the problems herbal laxatives cause, there is one major interaction to watch out for. Taking licorice with any laxative, whether pill, bulk fiber or tea, can cause a serious drop in potassium levels. If you need to use a laxative, make sure you avoid any herbal tea using licorice.

Pain Relief: There are two types of pain reliever to think about. Over the counter or prescription nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs can interact with willow bark and feverfew. That’s because they contain an ingredient found in aspirin. Prescription pain killers containing narcotics or synthetic narcotics can interact with any herb that causes drowsiness. These include chamomile, lavender, passionflower, jasmine, kava kava and St. John’s Wort.

Neurotransmitter Balancing – How to Get More Fun and Improve Your Working Productivity

Do you know that the best selling grocery items such as soft drinks, cigarettes, alcohol and coffee are actually mood modifiers? But why do we need them so often? Is there any serious problem with our moods? Or is it too easy to get the mood you want over-the-counter? Or maybe both?

Since ancient times, humans figured out how to make themselves happy when they tried opium for the first time. And it turned out to be too easy: just take it and you will get all of the happiness in the world. But very soon they realized that if they continued to do it, the human race would vanish. This is why they prohibited opium almost everywhere in the world. But lack of opium meant lack of artificial happiness. So they had to look for other ways to get better moods. People were desperate because there was no solution in sight. The solution came unexpectedly.

1951, Seaview Hospital on Staten Island, New York US. Two doctors Irving Selikoff and Edward Robitzek are starting a new clinical trial. It is all about treatment of tuberculosis and it has nothing to do with mood. But when they started the new drug from Hoffman — LaRoche called isoniazid, they noticed something nobody was expected to see and what puzzled all the doctors in the world: patients felt much better not only because their infection became under control, but because of general stimulation. Even though nobody could explain it, in 1952 the psychiatrist from Cincinnati Dr. Max Lurie started giving isoniazid to his mentally ill patients. The treatment was so successful that next year he and Harry Salzer were happy to announce that isoniazid helped about two thirds of their depressed patients. That’s when the term “antidepressant” was invented to describe the action of the isoniazid. After that they went forward pretty fast. In the in the 1987 FDA approved the first antidepressant blockbuster drug, that even now remains to be one of the most often prescribing drugs — Prozac. It generated $12.92B in revenue from 1996-2000 1 and about $2.4B in revenue from Prozac from 2002-2005 2. Its name is in the books and movies — “Prozac nation” for example.

But what does this miracle drug do?

It brings up the amount of Neurotransmitter Serotonin in the brain. But how does it change our moods?

1921, Germany. Pharmacologist Otto Loewi endorses the fact, that brain nerve cells, as well as other nerve cells, are communicating with each other not by electric current, but by chemicals called Neurotransmitters. So by changing the concentration of a certain neurotransmitter, responsible for your mood, they can make you happy. That is what Serotonin does.

But is it only for sick people? What about people like you and me? What about big shots?

November 15, 1995, White House Washington DC. The graying but still very handsome president of the United States is standing in the Oval Office. He is not alone. But he is not with a member of his cabinet or staff, foreign ambassador or CIA officer. In front of him is a young brunette with wide-open eyes and gorgeous curves, that cannot be conceived by her dress, in compromising position. What was he thinking about at that moment? Was he thinking about us, American citizens? Was his thinking about the economy? Or his wife? Maybe he was thinking about the danger he put himself by having a relationship with this woman that can lead to disaster? We will never know. But my guess is: he was thinking about this woman, who was just in front of him and nothing else. What was the reason for him to forget everything in the world except this woman? Was it her gorgeous body? Hard to believe, because the president had beautiful women at his disposal. Jennifer Flowers for example. Have you ever seen her? If you had, you would never forget her. Or maybe it was something else that he didn’t have himself and what he desperately needed? Could it be a neurotransmitter imbalance, that he tried to correct?

Let’s try to recreate the way his brain and that woman’s brain where working, using public beta and common sense. Would it be reasonable to say that the president was a highly motivated and hard-working person, who could concentrate on the main task to achieve his goals? I would say so. What are the neurotransmitters that are responsible for those features?

The Dopamine neurotransmitter is the one that is responsible for motivation, enthusiasm, energy, power and implementation of thoughts. Dopamine type personality is usually dominant, social, highly motivated, and future oriented. They are usually high rank executives. What about people who do not have enough dopamine? They’re usually suffering from fatigue, depression, obesity, editions inability to concentrate because of lack of motivation. They usually need coffee to be able to work. They sleep too much, have minimal sex drive, lack social skills, and often follow others’ orders instead of being creative themselves.

Did the president have plenty of dopamine? Yes, definitely.

The GABA neurotransmitter is the one that is responsible for maintaining concentration and focus to the main task by suppressing all unnecessary stimuli. It’s like when you’re reading a book, besides seeing the text you hear voices, you can smell perfume or food, and you can feel touch. What GABA does is suppress all those unnecessary stimuli and let you concentrate on what you are reading. GABA type personality is very reliable, can concentrate easily, has a stable attention span, good memory, calm personality and is able to relax easily. But what if the person doesn’t have enough GABA? Then it is difficult for them to concentrate. They usually cannot focus, have memory problems, mood swings, frequently lose friends, have anxiety, tension and insomnia.

Did the president have plenty of GABA? It would appear so.

But besides GABA and dopamine there are two more major neurotransmitters. Maybe that’s where the president had a problem?

Forget about the president for a moment and let’s concentrate on that attractive brunette with wide-open eyes and curvy figure. Based on what we all know about her would it be fair to say that she is a romantic and easy-going person, likes to flirt, and likes to have fun? I would say so. But what are the neurotransmitters that are responsible for such features?

The Acetylcholine neurotransmitter is the one that is responsible for memory, learning, information processing and language. Acetylcholine type personality has a very good memory, likes fantasies, likes to flirt, and often contemplates a better future. Because they’re very good in retrieving stored information from their memories, they are very romantic: they bring memories from the past to create their present reality and future. People, who are low in acetylcholine, have poor memory, poor creativity, learning problems, depression, insomnia. They usually are not romantic and cannot take care of others. They’re more concerned with their deficiencies.

Did that brunette in the Oval Office have plenty of acetylcholine? No doubt about that.

Let’s talk about the last neurotransmitter — Serotonin. It is the one that is responsible for happiness and excitement, enthusiasm and joy. Serotonin dominant personality likes challenges, excitement and fun. They like to flirt, experiment with sex and are inclined to have frivolous relationships. They do what they want whenever they want to. It is easy for them to adapt to a new environment but difficult to stick to the plan. They can solve problems spontaneously. When a person does not have enough serotonin, the when problems start: they develop memory problems, insomnia, anxiety, sugar craving, night sweats etc..

To me that brunette had plenty of Serotonin.

Why was the President so attracted to her? Because she had plenty of features from neurotransmitters he may be deficient in. Think about it: he had plenty of Dopamine and GABA but deficient in Acetylcholine and Serotonin. But she had plenty of what he needed to balance himself — Serotonin and Acetylcholine. That is why he was so attracted to her. Could his wife give him serotonin and acetylcholine dependent features? I doubt it.

Bottom line is simple: to be happy and function efficiently you need all four of neurotransmitters — Dopamine, Acetylcholine, GABA and Serotonin. You need to balance your neurotransmitters to achieve your goals. And it can be done. It is not something you that is predetermined by your genes or the way you were brought up. Neurotransmitter balancing is the reality and you can do it.

Disclaimer:

Opinions here do not reflect the opinion of American Boards of Medical Professions, FDA or other government agencies. This article is not intended to medically advise individuals and should only be used for informational purposes. In addition, this article is not intended to make any health statements. Please consult your primary physician before making any medical decisions.

DIY Pet Friendly Weed Killers You Can Make At Home

How do you get rid of pesky weeds when you have your darling four-legged children running about? Here are some homemade options and ideas for you to try!

1. I know most people won’t like this option, but pulling the weeds is a 100% safe pet friendly weed killer. Plus, your dogs will not be exposed to foxtails, thistles and thrips which live in weeds and can contribute to a huge vet bill, as well as discomfort to the dog. Many dogs who develop rashes on their tummies are getting them from an allergy to grass, weeds or green plant material.

2. Vinegar, the wonder organic. There are several combinations you can mix to make an effective weed killer. You can use vinegar straight (choose an 18% acidic vinegar). The stronger the acidity of the vinegar, the stronger its effectiveness is on weeds. Just keep in mind, it will kill all green plant life as well, so be mindful of where you spray it. Even the ground where you spray can be affected for up to two years, killing all the bacteria (good and bad). You want to have the beneficial bacteria to help you with the soil.

3. Vinegar and soap. Mix one ounce dishwasher soap (do not choose anti-bacterial dishwashing soap or laundry soap as these have harmful phosphates, or ones which contain bleach) per one gallon of vinegar.

4. Vinegar and Lime or Lemon Juice. Use 1 tablespoon or up to one cup to one gallon of vinegar. This juice increases the acidity of the mixture and therefore its effectiveness.

5. Vinegar, Soap, and Salt. Use 1 cup salt and 1 tablespoon dishwashing liquid to one gallon of vinegar.

You can add your vinegar weed killer spray to a spray bottle or a watering can. It is more effective to spray the leaves, stems and flower material of the weeds rather than the roots or soil area.

6. Boiling Water. Just pouring straight boiling water will kill weeds. Be careful as it will also kill whatever other green good plant material is near as well.

7. Salt and Chili Pepper. Sprinkle this around the base of the undesirable plants. The salt will make the soil uncomfortable for the plant to grow and the chili pepper will keep your dog from being interested in it (unless you happen to have one like mine who likes ANYTHING).This is a good method for weeds growing in cracks or crevices.

8. Vinegar and clove or orange oil. Use 1 tablespoon essential oil to the vinegar to add to its ability to stick to the plant.

9. Cornmeal. Cornmeal has an element in it that discourages new growth. Once you get rid of those pesky weeds, use cornmeal to stop regrowth.

Good luck and happy weeding!

Tinnitus Miracle Reviewed – Read This Shocking Review!

Tinnitus is the name given to the condition of noises in the ears or “head” with any external noise source. Tinnitus noises are described variously as ringing, whistling, buzzing and humming. It is not a disease or illness, but is a symptom generated within the auditory pathways specific to a person ears. Tinnitus may also be a symptom of other health problems such as allergies, high or low blood pressure, tumors and heart problems, blood vessels, jaws, and neck. It can be caused by allergies, high or low blood pressure (blood circulation problems), a tumor, diabetes, thyroid problems, injury to the head or neck, and a variety of medications including anti-inflammatory drugs, antibiotics, sedatives, antidepressants, and aspirin. Then again. the best cure for tinnitus using natural remedy is contained in a book called tinnitus Miracle, written by Thomas Coleman.

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Tinnitus miracle is an all natural, home remedy tinnitus system which has a proven record of getting people relief from tinnitus – permanently. It addresses all the factors that contribute tinnitus with a holistic, multidimensional, continuously bring relief to most people and banish tinnitus tinnitus related symptoms such as mild hearing loss, ear pain dizziness. Tinnitus Miracle would be for anyone with some degree of tinnitus that is willing to take responsibility for their health and put some effort in their own treatment for tinnitus.

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Early Warning Signs Of Deteriorating Asthma

The people who suffer with asthma generally exhibit a lot of different signs that are indicative of their having an attack. The other symptoms are also there to see like weight loss in children and elderly patients, loss of appetite, general feeling of exhaustion and lethargy, wheezing, frequent coughs and colds and many more such external symptoms.

Normally asthma is not considered to be very serious by the doctors perhaps because of the frequency with which the human population suffers with it. But the possibility that it can turn fatal also leaves us with no option but to identify the early warning signs so that they can be detected early and dealt with efficacy.

Like all other diseases an asthmatic attack also shows several signs before attacking a person in its full fury. The problem lies with the fact that these signs are so often confused with so many other diseases. It is important to understand them to reduce the impact of a full blown attack. Also if the attack has to be avoided altogether these early warning signs have to be taken seriously. All this is well understood by any reasonable person. Then why is it so that so many people fall prey to asthma and they do not even realize it in time?

The main reason attributed to this is that asthma is a disease that can attack anyone at any time. It is true that certain hereditary factors do play an important role in the manifestation of the disease but still many people fall prey to the disease without even having any known history of the disease. So understanding the fact that actually all the people in this world can be potentially at risk is the most important key factor here.

Once when someone knows that he has developed the disease certain precautions can make him lead a near normal life without many complications. The importance of proper treatment cannot be ruled out at all but with proper treatment and certain guidelines for a healthy lifestyle lot of control can be obtained over the frequency and severity of the attacks, most of the times asthma patients develop minor complications only which can be very easily managed with following the usual guidelines and treatments.

But when during the attacks a person starts to feel serious difficulty in breathing or he feels that the level of difficulty has risen while breathing he should immediately pay attention to the warning signs that the body is trying to offer. This is serious matter because many-a-times the patients tend to neglect this till they reach a stage where the attacks can no longer be controlled with normal medications and other precautions. Sometimes the attacks become so serious that the patient needs to be admitted in acute emergency care before they can be controlled. Sometimes admittance to the intensive care unit remains to the only option.

It is a well recognized fact that a human being cannot survive without oxygen for more than just a few minutes. If the difficulty in breathing and feeling of choking persist during an asthma attack for longer durations of time a person may even suffocate to death. Although the incidents of fatality are not very common, still the possibility cannot be ruled out. Each and every sufferer of asthma always has a dagger hanging over his head of this kind of thing happening to him. The good thing is that this is a condition that can be easily avoided if the mind remains open for identifying some early warning signs which go about indicating the worsening of the condition. These can be described as:

1. Cough or wheezing that does not respond to medications: This is a situation that needs serious attention. This is a sure sign of the asthmatic condition of the patient becoming serious. A persistent cough or wheezing may be resultant of excessive work related pressures or may be a resultant of some allergic reactions. But when the medications start to fail it should be taken as an early warning bell. Sometimes the wheezing is so much that the person has difficulty in speaking too.

2. Increased need for inhalers: When the frequency of use of inhalers is noticeably increased it is a sign of worsening of the situations. Some people get addicted to the inhalers and tend to use them more often without even serious difficulty. This situation therefore needs to be identified with discretion.

3. Constant wheezing during sleep: When there is constant noticeable wheezing during sleep it is indicative of worsening of the disease.

4. Persistent high fever or even low grade fever: When there is persistence of fever which either remains unresponsive to the medication or comes back after the effect of medication wears off, it may be an early warning sign of condition deteriorating.

5. Severe pain in the neck or chest: When after just a bit of exertion there seems to be pain in the neck and chest the condition should be reported and checked immediately.

6. Persistent vomiting: This may be because of many reasons but it should not go unchecked.

7. Cyanosis: This is indicative of blue color of the lips and hands. It is mainly an indication of asthma becoming worse.

Asthma Treatment – No More Asthma Attacks

About 10% of the population suffers from asthma with over a 75% [1] increase in the amount of US children affect over the past few decades. It’s very real, and it has also become a very common disease. But what exactly is asthma? And is there an asthma treatment so that someone suffering from this painful affliction will have no more asthma attacks period? Read a little further to find out.

If you’ve never had asthma it’s hard to explain what asthma feels like. Think of how you feel after running up a hill. Although it’s similar to that out of breath feeling, it’s much scarier, and of course it’s serious. Asthma can be life threatening, and it should always be taken seriously.

Asthma is caused when the airways become irritated and restrict the flow of your oxygen intake. The restriction of your airways will cause shortness of breath, wheezing, and headaches from the lack of oxygen. A list of the many triggers that will cause your airways to become irritated include:

  1. Tobacco
  2. Dust
  3. Allergens
  4. Pollen
  5. Hay Fever
  6. Animal hair
  7. Viral Infections
  8. Sudden changes in the temperature
  9. Exercise

Symptoms of Asthma include the following list which may be mild to severe:

  • Coughing
  • Wheezing
  • Shortness of breath
  • Tightness in your chest

Asthma Treatments

There are asthma treatments that can be used to both prevent asthma attacks and to relieve symptoms. The focus of these treatments is on long term control while dealing with quick relief of an asthma attack. Below are some of the typical treatments you may be familiar with if you suffer from Asthma.

Inhalers – often called puffers are the main form of asthma treatment. The medication is inhaled into the airways. There are two types of inhalers- preventors and relievers.

1. The preventors are designed to prevent asthmatic symptoms, and are used on a daily basis. These include steroid drugs like Flixotide or Qvar.

2. The other medication is the relievers, which are designed to stop an asthma attack, and include drugs like Ventolin, or Bricanyl.

The trouble is that these drugs can have serious side effects, which is why there’s been a great deal of excitement about Reliv and it’s ability to do more than treat asthma, instead allowing the user to overcome his/her asthma.

The Reliv Nature Cure for Asthma

As a life long sufferer of Asthma, I’m all too familiar with the triggers that bring on an attack. I suffered from most all common triggers my entire life & even spent several months in the hospital with a severe case of Asthmatic Bronchitis. But unlike may suffers today, I have been cured of my Asthma by a side effect from a nutrition drink I was taking to help increase my energy level. So my actual craving for energy lead me to take Relìv’s optimally designed nutritional products. The effects of taking their products helped increase my low energy level and over time cure me of the affects of my Asthma affliction.

The unique Reliv system know as Bioavailability  uses a formula that can deliver the nutrients quickly and effectively with maximum absorption. Their supplements have been designed to work at the cellular level to help the body build a strong immune system, which result in the elimination of allergies, asthma, bronchial asthma, and a lot more.

Reliv Innergize is a fructose and chromium beverage which is made with Pycnogenol which has been shown in clinical trials [2] to increase lung function and inhibit the release of histamine, which causes itching, swelling, and mucus production. Reliv Now or Reliv Classic is usually taken with the Innergize formula and are complex products which include multiminerals and multivitamins plus substrate (soy-based branched chain amino acids). Both of these formulas are made in a form that is readily absorbed by the body with optimal Synergism in mind. Synergism is when vitamins and minerals perform at their best when combined with the optimal amounts of other nutrients.

1 Masoli, Matthew; Denise Fabian, Shaun Holt, Richard Beasley (2004). “Global Burden of Asthma(TM)” (PDF). Retrieved on 2008-08-08.

2 Allergists Explore Rising Prevalence and Unmet Needs Attributed to Allergic Rhinitis. ACAAI (November 12, 2006). Retrieved on 2008-10-01.

*The statements contained in this material have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. The personal testimonials shared reflect individual experiences of Independent Relìv users and are not necessarily typical of the results you may obtain. Relìv products are not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease.

Why Installing a Stair Nosing on the Edge of Any Kind of Stair Step Edge Is a Must

The durability and the safe use of stairs have always been a concern for architects and constructors.

The stair nosing has been around since the early 20th century.

For instance if you visit the gorgeous Plaza de EspaƱa in the historic city of Sevilla in Spain please pay attention to the step edges of the stairs that direct you to the upper floor from where you get a spectacular view of the palace’s square. You will notice superb step edgings that most properly inspired today’s stair nosing designers. This superb palace was constructed in the late 1920s.

There is no doubt that you will notice diverse step edgings in several old buildings with stone, ceramic, marble or parquet overlaid stairs.

The stair nosings that are installed on the step edge of ceramic tile, marble or wood covered stairs in contemporary buildings and particularly in public ones such as shopping malls, schools, governmental institutions are subject to heavy pedestrian traffic.

Installed on the edge of the ceramic or similar stair steps the aluminium stair nosing trim is designed to provide protection to the stone, marble or ceramic tile edge on the stairs by preventing chipping and fractures. The use of the stairs is safeguarded as stair steps may become hazardous particularly when wet or worn out.

A great deal of accidents occur going down on stairs when the proper attention is not paid. Many of these accidents may result in serious injuries.

Presently several models of aluminium stair nosings are suggested for the protection and secure use of the concrete, ceramic tile, marble, stone or wood covered stairs:

Stair nosings which are installed directly over the concrete stair step edge.

Tile-in stair nosings with or without replaceable pvc insert, designed to accommodate ceramic tiles in various thicknesses. These stair nosings may only be fitted during the tile, marble or stone installation process; as the bottom of the frontal edge of the nosing should get under the ceramic tile to ensure a firm grip.

The incorporated and durable ribbed PVC strips which come in a variety of colors (i.e. black, grey, brown or cream) achieve perfect compatibility with the ceramic tile colorations and furnish improved slip resistance.

Retro fit step edges, with or without replaceable vinyl insert that are fitted after tile, stone or marble installation.

There are no other major distinctions between the two stair nosings, both serve the same purposes. Worn out stair steps not only portray an unpleasant look, but on top of that the secure use of the stairs is endangered. As a consequence this form of anti skid stair nose is a perfect choice for upgrading and renovating existing stairs in poor condition and in need of repair. The worn out stair edges would be covered up and masked.

The grooves on the upper surface of the stair nosing will add an anti slip feature assuring the safe use the stairs. The utilization of non slip stair nosing is highly recommended to protect tiles on stairs from chipping and to prevent costly and unnecessary ceramic tile installation expenses afterwards.

An aluminum stair nosing fitted at the edge of the wooden stair would prove to be highly beneficial as well. The parquet and laminate flooring stair step edges will be protected from wear and the unsightly appearance of fractured and damaged stair step edges will be avoided. Subsequently damage to stair edges and its disagreeable appearance are averted as well as high-priced renovations.

Diverse stair tread nosing profiles that can withstand extensive influx secure the use of the wood stairs, and their anti-slip ribbed top surface and the grooves create slip resistance and enable the safe use of the stairs.

Slip and fall accident risks are reduced, injuries no longer become a concern and a decorative feature perfectly fitting the stairs is provided.

The retrofit stair tread nosing may be fitted with glue, adhesive tape or rather screwed to the tile, stone, parquet or similar flooring to allow a long lasting tight grip. When supplied predrilled and with countersink holes the installation with screws will turn out to be faster and smoother.

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Eliminating Jumper’s Knee Pain

Jumper’s knee pain

The patella tendon attaches the knee cap to the shin bone this along with the quadriceps muscles allows the knee to bend and straighten providing power for elevation and stabilization upon landing. Certain physical activities especially those that involves a lot of jumping and directional movement, such as basketball and volleyball increases the tension on the Patellar tendon and the accompanying quadriceps muscles. This gradual increase in tension over time results in the patella tendon and the surrounding tissue becoming irritated and inflamed, thus creating the condition known as jumper’s knee or Patellar Tendonitis. This is a fairly common injury in athletes.

Symptoms of jumper’s knee

The first symptom exhibited by individuals with jumper’s knee is pain at the bottom of the knee cap; this may be followed by swelling. As the condition progresses individuals may experience pain and stiffness after exertion and in some cases calf weakness. In extreme cases grinding sounds can be heard and swelling occurs in the knee.

Treatment for Jumper’s knee

Jumper’s knee can be classified into four different grades and treatment is dependent on the grade in which one find him/herself in. The grades are as follows:

• Grade 1: This is when pain occurs at the bottom of the knee cap but only after training. This can be treated by resting, applying ice to the affected area and by elevating the leg

• Grade 2: This is when pain occurs both before and after physical activity. Cutting back on the activity usually does the trick, however slight physiotherapy might be required along with those methods previously mentioned in grade 1.

• Grade 3: This is the stage when pain occurs during the activity. Treatment is the same as those mentioned under grade 1 and 2.

• Grade 4: This is the most severe case as pain is now consistent and occurs during everyday activities. At this stage extensive break from physical activity is required, at least four months. If pain persist then surgery might be required although should be a last resort. Surgery is usually agreed upon after all other treatment has been ruled out and the tendon can be seen as degenerative on a MRI.

Other treatments methods include strengthen the calf and quadriceps muscles, proper stretching before activities also helps to reduce risk. A special type of massage treatment known as transverse friction/cross fibre friction massage is also used. Anti-inflammatory medications such as ibuprofen and Voltaren can be used to control pain and reduce swelling.

Treatment of jumper’s knee is slow, and it may take months before one totally recovers. Once the system recovers it is highly recommended that one stretch the quadriceps, hamstring, and calf muscles prior to physical activity. Getting into the habit of stretching and warming up and cooling down reduces one’s risk of having a recurrence of the problem.

Jumper’s knee can great impact on an athlete’s career, however with adequate knowledge of this problem and adjustments in training methods this is an obstacle that can easily overcome as one seek to get his/her life back on track.

Blood Pressure Lowering Drugs and Their Harmful Side Effects

I’m making this article to outline the four basic blood pressure lowering drugs doctors most commonly prescribe and their harmful side effects because…hypertension or high blood pressure is a condition which can’t be ignored. It is in fact a very life threatening silent killer where medication must be prescribed. Please keep in mind that prescription medication has many known harmful side effects hence natural remedies must be explored also.

If hypertension is not controlled, drugs must be prescribed. There are four major types of drugs prescribed to lower blood pressure: diuretics, beta-blockers, ACE inhibitors, and calcium channel blockers. Remember, these drugs are only masking one symptom of an unknown disease, they are anti-hypertensives and have no healing properties. Even the least toxic drugs can cause deadly side effects.

DIURETICS – This is the least toxic type of anti-hypertension drug treatment. They are basically dehydrators; removing fluid from your body by way of the kidneys. One might ask; why on earth do I want to dehydrate myself! what happens with the lost fluids containing many vital minerals such as potassium, sodium, magnesium and calcium, and getting rid of them will cause electrolyte imbalances (loss of minerals) in your body.

Other problems caused by diuretics include: irregular heart beat, gout, kidney damage or failure, uremia, hyperglycemia leading to diabetes, abnormal cholesterol, anemia, photosensitivity, indigestion, headaches, visual disturbances, and impotence.

Potent diuretic such as furosemide (Puresis, Aquarid, Lasix, Disal, Salix) or “water pills” causes thiamine (vitamin B1) deficiency that can lead to heart failure. You should not take this diuretic without thiamine supplementation (250 mg twice daily).

ACE INHIBITORS – This type of drug sort of wages a chemical warfare attack in your body. They lower the blood pressure by blocking the release of angiotensin. Your body releases this molecule in order to raise the pressure.

Ace Inhibitors prevent the body from over producing the hormone present in lungs which makes the blood vessels contract and instead keeping them in a more relaxed state again the blood pressure is reduced. Their common side effect is dry cough. Examples are Zestril, Coversyl, Renitec, lispril etc.

BETA BLOCKERS – These are dangerous cardiac drug. They reduce the force of the heart’s contractions. Basically, the heartbeat slows in reaction to the drug, and that lowers hypertension. So keep in mind that you are dealing with a dangerous cardiac drug, not just “blood pressure medicine.”

Yep, you’ve got it; signs of serious heart disease would be one side effect. You may experience any or all of the following symptoms: congestive heart failure, which will lead to pulmonary edema, a good old-fashioned heart attack, or arrhythmias. And, of course, all of these irregularities can be fatal.

There’s also a strong possibility that you’ll experience a stroke, which could cause partial paralysis or death. And asthmatics should never take beta blockers, since they may trigger life-threatening airway spasms.

CALCIUM CHANNEL BLOCKERS – Calcium channel blockers are the worst of the blood lowering drugs available and guess what, they’re among the most widely prescribed drugs in the modern world. This drug block the movement of calcium across cell membranes. This suppresses muscular contraction, which dilates the arteries and reduces resistance to blood flow, hence a reduction in blood pressure.

Side effects in using these drugs include: increase in the number of headaches, a rash and increased blood flow to the skin resulting in feelings of flushing, an increased amount of fatigue and nausea; dizziness and some incidences of fluid retention i.e. puffy ankles. Examples of calcium channel blockers include: Isoptin, Calan, Herbessor, Norvasc, Sofvasc etc.

There you have it! The four basic blood pressure lowering drugs doctors most commonly prescribe and their harmful side effects. Hypertension is a very serious condition which can’t be ignored. It is in fact a very life threatening silent killer where medication must be prescribed. Please keep in mind that prescription medication has many known harmful side effects hence natural remedies must be explored also.

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How to Deal With a Choking Adult

Although choking isn’t a common phenomenon, it is an emergency situation where some simple first aid techniques could make all of the difference and save that person’s life. Choking is a time critical event, and by acting quick you can make all of the difference, if an individual cannot remove the foreign object occluding their airway, then suffocation and cardiac arrest will soon ensue.

What is the first thing when you realise that someone is choking, don’t panic. Keep calm and you will be best able to assist them. If you are not sure is someone is choking, simply ask them and they will give you an appropriate response. When you’ve established that the individual is choking, call 999 and ask for an ambulance, this means specialist help will be on its way. Try and encourage the patient to cough, coughing is the least invasive of the foreign away occlusion removal techniques. Individuals are sometimes able to dislodge the foreign body by coughing it out, but after a few attempts, or if they are completely ineffective/cannot cough, you will need to move onto the next technique.

Encourage the patient to lean forward, you now will need to give 5 back blows in the centre of the back, between the shoulder blades. Use a flat palm and put some force into the blow. With the patient leaning forward and the 5 back blows this can often cause enough force to dislodge the object. If these fail then you must move to abdominal thrusts. Stand behind the patient and interlock your arms at the top of their abdomen, just under where the diaphragm is. With sharp thrusts inwards and upwards 5 times, this can often cause enough pressure to shift the occlusion.

If neither of these techniques work then begin to alternate the two in a cycle, 5 back blows, 5 abdominal thrusts, 5 back blows, 5 abdominal thrusts… Continue this cycle until the object is removed or the ambulance arrives to take over care. If the patient becomes unconscious from choking and ends on the floor, start doing chest compression’s/cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR). The action of CPR can often allow for the object to be dislodged. Unless you can clearly see the object and easily grasp it, never place your hands in the persons’ mouth. By doing so you may be pushing the object further into their trachea, or you may cause them to be sick and that will further occlude the airway.

Just remember in the emergency situation, call for an ambulance immediately and keep calm so you know what to do.

Are You Exhausted and Tired? – Some Advice For You

Many people go through each day feeling exhausted and tired mentally and physically or feeling constantly sleepy. Sometimes this is merely a feeling that is tempting you to reduce your physical and mental activity level. Other times the feeling is combined with a real physical weakness and a reduced ability for mental activities.

Often however, you will not be that weak as you feel, and the hidden strength that you have can be a help to overcome your problem.

CAUSES OF CHRONIC TIREDNESS AND EXHAUSTION

Chronic fatigue syndrome is a neurological disease that often occur suddenly and often after a viral infection. The main symptoms of the disease is emotional, cognitive and physical exhaustion and feeling of being sleepy and tired. Other common symptoms are poor sleep, joint and muscle pain, sore throat and tender lymph nodes.

The symptoms tend to aggravate after a short period of activity and are not well settled by sleep or rest. The symptoms must have existed at least in 6 months for the diagnoses to be given and there must not be another specific disease present that have tiredness as a main symptom.

Common diseases that often causes tiredness are hypothyroidism, sleep disturbances, depression, anemia and fibromyalgia. Nearly any kind of chronic disease will have tiredness as a symptom. Tiredness will also often rise from conditions like diabetes, cancers, inflammatory bowel diseases, celiac disease and heart insufficiency. Chronic tiredness should always be investigated by a doctor because it can be a sign of something serious.

Often however tiredness is a result of a bad lifestyle with a poor diet, excessive work, stress, lack of exercise and bad sleeping habits. If the life situation gives constant struggle and worry, chronic tiredness will often be a result. Also where there is a specific disease causing the symptoms, lifestyle causes may contribute too.

Deficiency of vitamins and minerals often contribute to tiredness and exhaustion, and such deficiency is often directly caused by a bad diet. Many people have iron deficiency. Such deficiency will give general symptoms, for example exhaustion, before the blood count is affected.

PRACTICAL ADVICES AGAINST TIREDNESS

Here are some practical advices that may be helpful for tiredness caused by bad lifestyle and also help to decrease the tiredness by chronic diseases in addition to specific treatment against the actual disease..

– Get enough sleep. Try to go to bed before 11 o’clock each evening and sleep at least.7 hours. Taking a siesta in the middle of the day and sleep somewhat less in the night can also work well.

– Regular exercise are very effective against chronic tiredness and exhaustion, and to improve sleep quality. Condition exercises like swimming, running cycling and skiing have the best effect. The exercises must of course be adjusted to your medical situation.

The feeling of exhaustion will tempt you to stay away from physical activities. But when you overcome that temptation and start a session of exercise, you will often discover that you are stronger than you thought, and the feeling of tiredness will often suddenly decrease drastically some minutes after starting the activity.

– Do some regular yoga exercises, for example at the days you do not do condition training. These exercises stimulate the internal organs to work better. The internal organs support the whole body with distribution of oxygen and nutrients and with elimination of waste. By chronic tiredness these functions often work poorly.

– Some regular meditation can help you to relax and give you good sleep, and thereby make you less tired. Meditation also stimulates your internal organs to work better.

– A good diet with all necessary nutrients will counteract tiredness and exhaustion. You should eat 3-4 good meals each day.

In each meal there should have some ingredients giving energy like full corn bread, cereals, beans, peas, potatoes and sweet fruit. There should be some protein sources like lean meat, fish, poultry, seafood, mushrooms and lean dairy products.

You should also eat some almonds, sunflower seeds and nuts. These food types both give you a healthy type of fat and protein. Each meal should also contain some vegetables and fruits.

– An extra supply of vitamins and minerals can sometimes help to overcome tiredness. It is for example important to get enough iron. Too much iron will however be bad for the health and give the opposite effect.

– You should reduce the consume of sweets, sweetened drinks, cakes, snoops and fast food.

– Some coffee and tea can help you to overcome tiredness. Too much of these stimulate however, will give you bad sleep quality and contribute to chronic tiredness.

Traditional Jamaican Fruit Cake For Diabetics

To most people the instance of eating a cake to them is like a great treat which they only get once in a while. And in the island of Jamaica the original fruit cake recipe is one which is very popular, and what most people don’t know is that this is coming from the olden plum pudding times.

And to every Jamaican woman it would be a great joy if they could make this particular cake. But in the passing on through the generations the recipes was not passed down well and some household may have it perfect but keep it a secret, therefore lots of people don’t know the real recipe behind it. The most distinctive thing about the cake is the creaming method and it is also packed with dried fruit. And a funny thing about the ingredients in the cake is that it does not involve raisins, or any similar fruit or nuts in it.

The ones that are used are imported thus creating a terrible hikes in the price of the product, the best kind of cakes have the texture of the English Plum pudding. And the particular color of this cake is dark brown and has a high alcoholic taste to it. At times it is very spicy and the reason for this is that there are about five different spices that are used. But the levels of alcohol can be different also the color but this depends on who is making the cake or who the cake is being made for whether a normal person or someone who is diabetic.