Yeast Infection in Males – UNCOVERED

Yeast infection in males can often manifest itself in the inflammation of the glans penis – the penis tip that contains a network of blood vessels. Also known as Candida balanitis, male yeast infection is a particular kind of fungal infection called Candidiasis. This infection, like other specific types of Candidiasis (for example, vaginal and oral thrush) is caused by Candida species, of which the most frequent is Candida albicans. The organisms that encourage fungal growth are usually to be found on the glans skin, but certain conditions lead to their multiplication and Candida overpopulation. The most active causes of Candida balanitis are:

1. Specific problems like diabetes and obesity. Research recently completed shows that a lack of balance in lifestyle and diet can lower general levels of health and speed up development of Candida balanitis.

2. Inadequate personal hygiene.

3. Sexual relations with a victim of Candidiasis; the consequence is the need for a simultaneous treatment of both persons for an effective and lasting cure to this medical condition.

4. Glycerin and color/odor additive-containing lubricants and soaps.

Yeast infection in males is rare in comparison to other cases and affects males who are uncircumcised rather than circumcised, and occurs more often in adult males than in children. The chief symptoms of male yeast infection, of which some are obvious visually, are:

1. Tingling or irritable pain, a sensation of discomfort in the penis

2. Sporadic penile discharge

3. A painful rash in blotches on the glans penis

4. Penile swelling, redness and excessive sensitivity

Male yeast infection also concerns a key male body area psychologically, closely linked to men’s pride and can therefore be damaging in this sense as well. Yet the common assumption is that Candida balanitis is a minor problem. To add to the problems, ignoring male Candidiasis can further complicate the issue with the onset of phimosis, where the foreskin sticks to the swollen and inflamed glans penis. In a similar way, diagnosis from an experienced and professional clinician is needed to tell the difference between male yeast infection and sexually communicated diseases like herpes. To avoid such severe complications, symptoms of Candida balanitis have to be treated appropriately whenever they show up.

One example is to ensure daily personal hygiene by showering to wash the penis head and foreskin, and in addition to keep the penis area dry at all other times. If the infection is more problematical, a physician can prescribe pills or creams to act against the fungus. Upon diagnosis of male yeast infection, other treatments than medicine are recommended. Maintaining good basic personal hygiene while tackling the causes at the root of male candidiasis is the best method for stopping its recurrence.

This approach, based on a program of herbal, all-natural remedies, detoxification, supplements and dietary and lifestyle alterations, focuses on the inner causes of yeast infection in males, to permanently eliminate symptoms and to safely make sure that it does not happen again. For any symptoms of Candida balanitis that do recur, and especially if you have a systemic Candida infection, the holistic approach is highly recommended.

Alcohol Problem Poses Serious Threats to Health and Safety

All 14 million Americans suffering from an alcohol problem run the risk of developing the substance’s harmful effects over time. Although the effects of alcohol may vary depending on the severity of a person’s use, alcohol intake can still affect a person’s health and well-being.

The two most common physical illnesses an alcoholic can contract are liver cirrhosis and pancreatitis. Other sicknesses alcohol abusers can acquire are epilepsy, heart disease, dementia and polyneuropathy. Sexual dysfunction can also be caused by alcohol abuse. Similarly, years of alcohol abuse can also lead to different types of mental illnesses, and an alcoholic can suffer anxiety, psychiatric disorders and anxiety, especially during withdrawal.

Another most common consequence of long-term, heavy alcohol consumption is brain damage. Cognitive functioning, even mild-to-moderate drinking, can still be adversely affected. The social effects of alcohol abuse are also far-reaching. Just about half of the murders, suicides and accidental deaths in America are caused by alcohol abuse and almost 50% of highway fatalities are committed by drunk drivers.

Most of the people suffering from substance abuse use alcohol to cope with or gain temporary relief from their problems or stressful conditions. A person who has been suffering from an alcohol problem for years may think it is too late or it is a hopeless case to breakaway from its bondage. That is why it is important for a person who has taken the first step toward change, which is admitting that he is an alcoholic, to have a support group. There are also numerous help centers across the U.S. that can provide the needed emotional and professional assistance to a recovering alcoholic.

Yellow Fever Vaccine – Is It Worth The Risk?

Yellow fever is a devastating disease spread by the bites of mosquitoes (and primates!) and is still prevalent in Africa, the Caribbean, and Central and South America. The yellow fever virus has probably existed in some form for thousands of years and is believed to have originated in Africa from other very similar viruses. Anyone planning a trip to the above-mentioned locations should take all recommended and necessary precautions-and at the very least receive a yellow fever vaccine. Or should they?

Traveling to these geographical locations where the disease is still rampant is risky without a vaccine, of that there is no doubt. No one would call a vacation a success if they came home with a potentially deadly disease in their bloodstreams. Yet anyone who would rush out to get an inoculation without doing his or her homework on the effects and risks would be careless. So here are the facts regarding the vaccine…

Let us weigh the pros and cons of a yellow fever vaccine, shall we? First off, let’s look at what happens to a person who is infected with the virus. Symptoms include high temperature, bloodshot eyes, furry tongue, nausea, vomiting, constipation, headache, muscle pains, kidney and liver inflammation, jaundice, gastrointestinal bleeding, delirium, convulsion…and vomiting blood. Although most people, between 15 and 50 percent of patients with severe form of this disease succumb to it and die.

Now for the vaccination: The yellow fever vaccine has been administered for several decades. It is a live-but-safe virus vaccine and just a single dose protects for a little over ten years. After the ten-year mark a booster shot is recommended. The vaccine can be administered to most anyone over the age of nine months. It is recommended that pregnant women or persons suffering from any form of immune system suppression consult with a professional. This physician can help you weigh the risks of exposure against the risks of immunization. Currently a non-live virus vaccine is being reviewed by the Federal Drug Administration and hopes to be on the market as soon as possible.

All in all, it seems clear that anyone traveling to the above-mentioned areas would benefit from receiving a yellow fever vaccination. It is rather simple to state that the pros completely outweigh the cons when it comes to whether to receive a travel vaccines or not. No, it doesn’t take an Einstein to know that the terms “furry tongue” and “gastrointestinal bleeding” are nothing to be scoffed at.

Once you decide to receive this vaccine-and actually do so-you will receive a certificate from your travel doctor that will state that you have, in fact, received the medicine. This certificate is needed to enter many countries still plagued by the scourge of yellow fever. The certificate will be valid ten days after the actual shot and will remain valid for ten full years, making future travel to such places a little less complicated.

Dangerous Ingredients In Food

Dangerous ingredients in food are plentiful. This is just a small list of what you should avoid when you read labels. And it is important that you read labels.

Propylene Glycol Alginate

This ingredient is found in many different types of food as an emulsifier (thickening agent). You may find it in certain salad dressings, beverages, and yogurts. The source it is derived from, the kelp plant, may be natural but this particular ingredient can have some seriously negative side effects. High amounts of such a chemical ingredient can cause seizures in children. It is also suspected of causing liver or kidney disease.

POLYSORBATE 60

Polysorbates are also emulsifiers (thickening agents) and are commonly employed in food preparation. They have also been used in skin care products and various pharmaceuticals. Commonly, this ingredient will be found in a wide range of different cakes and sweets. Most would realize that many of the junk food selections which contain this ingredient are less than healthy but they might not realize the extent of the problems associated with it. Namely, high levels of Polysorbate 60 can contribute to the onset of cancer. It is also believed that it can cause organ toxicity and problematic reproductive issues.

Butylated Hydroxytoluene: Butylated Hydroxytoluene and BHA (butylated hydroxyanisole) is often used in foods for the prime purpose of preventing fats from becoming rancid. Most would not be overly concerned about such an ingredient entering their body until they discover that it is also commonly found in jet fuels and embalming fluid!!! Needless to say, many will think twice before ingesting any food item that contains this ingredient. Then again, it might be difficult to avoid since it is found in so many products.

Butylated Hydroxytoluene is another in a long line of dangerous ingredients in food that have been linked to problems with the liver. At the very least, it has been linked to stomach distress and nausea. Dizziness has even been reported as a symptom after ingestion.

Yellow #5:

As the name would suggest, this is a colorant found in many different food items. The proper name for this coloring is Tartrazine and it has been established to possess a number of problematic health issues. Asthmatics and those with a low tolerance to aspirin have experienced allergic reactions to this coloring. Even those in reasonably good health have reported migraines, purple patches on the skin, insomnia, and even clinical depression after exposure to this cheap coloring product.

I recommended staying away from all artificial colors/dyes including but not limited to erythosine (red 3), Red 40, Blue 1, orange B, etc. Artificial dyes/colorants have been linked to hyperactivity in children. Food colors are made from petroleum – not exactly what people should have in their system. It is very hard to find processed foods that don’t contain artificial dyes. But then again you should be drastically reducing your processed foods to a minimum.

Artificial sweeteners

Our bodies weren’t designed to metabolize artificial ingredients. Examples of artificial sweeteners include aspartame, saccharine, neotame, acesulfame, and sucrolose. Diet soft drinks, breath mints, jams, jellies, gelatins, frozen desserts, candies, cough drops, chewing gum, frosting, processed fruit and juices, puddings and baked goods can all contain artificial sweeteners and should be avoided.

Long term aspartame consumption has been shown to contribute to memory loss, insomnia, heart palpitations, epilepsy, asthma, vision loss, weight gain, etc

An increased risk of bladder cancer has been linked to a high consumption of saccharine.

Some studies have linked the consumption of Acesulfame K to the lung and breast tumors, leukemia, and chronic respiratory disease.

People should also avoid refined sugar. It’s not good for you. It is stripped of all the good nutrients and the result is a cheaper, harmful product. Instead use natural sweeteners like pure maple syrup, raw cane or beet sugar, stevia, molasses and raw honey. The ill effects of refined sugar are enormous.

MSG

Monosodium glutamate is a neurotoxic food additive that is commonly used as a flavor enhancer.. While MSG does not have its own flavor, it produces a savory taste when added to foods. Despite being approved to be used as a food additive, MSG is associated with a long list of dangerous health risks including brain damage, allergies, eye inflammation, diabetes, nausea, and memory loss.

There are many dangerous ingredients in food and also cosmetics and household cleaners. The best way to avoid them is to buy organic products that are all natural and free of chemicals.

Herpes Simplex Infections – Ayurvedic Herbal Treatment

Herpes simplex virus can cause infections that affect the mouth, face, genitals, skin, buttocks and the anal area. Herpes simplex lesions are also known as cold sores. After an initial infection, the herpes virus lies dormant in nerve ganglia and is usually reactivated because of infections, exposure to ultraviolet radiation, stress, trauma to the skin, or changes in the immune system. Common symptoms include the appearance of a group of blisters on a red base, accompanied by itching and pain, and occasionally fever and swollen lymph glands. The blisters usually collapse to form ulcers, which heal in 7 to 10 days.

The Ayurvedic treatment of herpes simplex is aimed at treating the local symptoms and preventing recurrence. A local application is made of medicated oils and ointments containing medicines such as Manjishtha (Rubia cordifolia), Saariva (Hemidesmus indicus), Chandan (Santalum album), Haridra (Curcuma longa), Daruharidra (Berberis aristata), Yashtimadhuk (Glycerrhiza glabra) and Mandukparni (Centella asiatica). Jatyadi oil, Shatadhout-Ghrut, Panch-Tikta-Ghrut and Yashtimadhuk-Ghrut are also used for this purpose.

Medicines like Kaishor-Guggulu, Panch-Tikta-Ghrut-Guggulu, Sinhanaad-Guggulu, Ekang-Veer-Ras, Bhumiamalaki (Phyllanthus niruri), Yashtimadhuk, Tulsi (Ocimum sanctum), Sutshekhar-Ras, Praval-Bhasma, Chandrakala-Ras, Chandan and Usheer (Vetiveria zizanioidis) are used internally for about 2 to 3 weeks, till there is a complete resolution of the blisters and ulcers. If there are more than 2 recurrences of herpes simplex within 6 months, additional medicines are used to boost the immune status of the body. Medicines used for this purpose are: Ashwagandha (Withania somnifera), Shatavari (Asparagus racemosus), Bala (Sida cordifolia), Naagbala (Grewia hirsuta), Abhrak-Bhasma, Trivang-Bhasma, Suvarna-Malini-Vasant and Suvarna-Bhasma.

In order to avoid recurrence of herpes simplex infections, it is important to avoid known precipitating factors such as sunburn and stress. It should be remembered that these lesions are contagious, and affected persons can transmit the virus to others, especially when they have active blister-like sores, with the commonest medium of transmission being the saliva. Affected persons should therefore avoid or minimize physical contact with others till their lesions have healed completely.

The Health Benefits of Oak Aged Wines and Spirits

There are several aspects to any health benefits of oak aged wines and spirits. The first component is the wine or spirit itself. It has been thought for a long time, and recent research seems to back it up, that moderate consumption of 1 or two alcoholic drinks per day can increase the average lifespan of an otherwise healthy person. It has been shown to raise the good HDL cholesterol, prevent blood platelet clumping and sticking which cause deadly blood clots that lead to heart attack and stroke, and also to combat prevent the taking on of parasites in regions where safe drinking water is not the norm. Wine and grape spirits contain many healthy polyphenol antioxidants, resveratrol, and gallic acid, which all combat cell damage which can lead to cancer. The action of antioxidants has long been known to give anticancer benefits, and the potent antioxidants in red wine, wine, and grape spirits, are no exception. Red wine has even more since the dark red pigment from the grape skins contains the most antioxidant content. Flavonoids and resveratrol go further by preventing the platelet stickiness that leads to deadly blood clots which result in heart attack and stroke.

The second aspect of oak aged spirits is a particularly potent antioxidant found in the oak barrels. It is the same antioxidant which is found in many fruits and vegetable matter, such as grapes, strawberries, walnuts, pecans, raspberries, pomegranates, and other natural produce. It is called ellagic acid, and it is highly concentrated in the oak wood that the aging barrels are made of. This chemical is leeched into the aging spirit during the lengthy oak aging. During the temperature fluctuations common in spirit aging environments, the liquid penetrates the wood barrel and comes out again, many times over, thus infusing the liquid with plenty of ellagic acid from the oak. This would happen with any oak aged liquid, most commonly aged wines, cognac, brandies, bourbon & scotch whiskies, and even some aged rums. All of these alcoholic beverages contain hefty amounts of ellagic acid, as well as the many other substances that are inherent in the drinks themselves before the aging process.

Ellagic acid has been shown to cause cell death in cancer cells. It is also thought that it prevents carcinogens from binding to DNA. As we all know, DNA damage passed on through replication can result in cancerous mutations. It also strengthens connective tissue resulting in the prevention of the cancer from spreading. Ellagic acid also reduces heart disease, liver fibrosis, birth defects, and it promotes wound healing. It has also been shown to prevent tumor growth, bladder cancer, breast cancer, esophageal cancer, leukemia, and prostate cancer. It is also antimicrobial.

Oak aged wines and spirits contain many health promoting compounds, as well as ellagic acid from grapes (in grape spirits and wine) as well as from the oak barrels which they are aged in. Remember that the key to integrating these drinks into a healthy diet is moderation. In the case of alcoholic beverages, more is not better, and you should stick to the one or two drink per day limit or risk turning a health benefit into a liability. Enjoy responsibly and you can have a longer and tastier life.

Cold Weather Effects on Heart and Circulatory System

Your body’s reaction to heat loss is involuntary and driven by the hypothalamus, the tiny gland in the brain acting as a thermostat. The hypothalamus is very sensitive to any temperature variation in your body. Even a small drop brings the temperature regulation mechanisms into action: blood vessels in the skin constrict to prevent excessive heat loss and muscles shiver to create heat.

 

The hypothalamus is a cruel gland, though. Its only concern is to keep the vital organs at an acceptable temperature, and couldn’t care less if your toes or fingers became icicles. All of the thermoregulation mechanisms are designed to protect the core.

 

To guarantee wellbeing, the body’s core temperature needs to be maintained at around 36.9°C. What comprises the core? It includes all the vital organs such as heart, lungs, liver and kidneys central to your body. Because the brain is also important for your survival, it is part of the core despite being nowhere near the centre.

 

Surrounding the core is the periphery. It includes the skin, the muscles, arms and legs. Shake the hands of someone on a cold day and you’ll find out that the temperature of the periphery can be well below the core temperature icy-cold hands. However, a cold periphery is quite natural and, to a degree, an advantage. You constantly lose heat to a cooler environment until the periphery reaches the same temperature, and then the heat flow stops and you preserve heat.

 

This has its limits. The problems begin when the surroundings have a very low temperature. In this case, the temperature exchange between your body and the environment doesn’t stop and your core temperature starts to drop. Women have an advantage over men in that respect because their skin generally reaches a slightly lower temperature, so they have less heat to lose.

 

Every person reacts differently to thermal stress. Age, fitness level and underlying diseases play a major part in someones reaction. In addition, cold reactions are not Your teeth chatter, your body shivers and despite all efforts, you can’t prevent it. The tiny hairs on your body stand upright and try desperately to function as an insulating fur. Your skin looks bloodless and feels cold. All these reactions are an attempt by your body to preserve heat, although not a very successful one. Humans are well equipped to lose heat, but are less efficient in retaining it.

Necessarily associated with wintry conditions, as a sharp temperature drop in summer may have similar effects. Cold snaps bring relief from stifling heatwaves, but the cardiovascular system has not much time to adjust to the rapid temperature change and is, therefore, subjected to immense stress.

 

What are the effects on our cardiovascular system?

 

When blood vessels constrict to preserve heat, the heart has to work harder to squeeze blood through the narrow vessels. This may be too much for a sick heart. Surveys of blood donors revealed that blood pressure rose markedly after temperature drops. Published figures showed increases of between 12 and 18mmHg. While such an increase is not significant for a healthy person, it is sometimes a deciding factor for a person suffering already from high blood pressure.

 

Further, a heart under strain needs a high volume of oxygen-rich blood. However, narrow vessels do restrict the supply and symptoms of angina could develop. The British Heart Foundation defines angina as:

What Is GFR And Why Is It So Important In Kidney Disease?

If you experience symptoms of kidney disease, your doctor will recommend a few tests. One of these tests helps to determine the GFR, or glomerular filtration rate of your kidneys. This refers to the amount of fluid that’s filtered per minute by the glomeruli – capillaries or tiny blood vessels in the kidneys.

The GFR test is considered to be the most accurate way to measure how well your kidneys are functioning. It can also help your doctor to determine the stage of your kidney disease. This illness is a progressive disease that has no cure with orthodox therapies. It goes through five stages in which symptoms become worse, or you start to experience additional symptoms. Knowing the stage of the disease you’re in affects your treatment.

How Is GFR measured?

In the past, GFR was measured through a 24-hour collection of urine to track the filtration rate of a substance injected into the body. These days, an estimate of GFR (eGFR) is done through a blood test. This test measures the levels of creatinine in the blood, without the need for a substance to be injected. Sometimes, the terms GFR test and eGFR tests are used interchangeably.

A health care professional will collect a sample of blood from your vein. Small children being tested for kidney disease may be pricked through the skin with a lancet in order for blood to be collected. The blood sample is sent to a lab for assessment.

As mentioned, technicians check for levels of a substance called creatinine. It’s a waste product of muscle metabolism. It’s eliminated from the body by healthy kidneys through urine and remains within a certain range in the body. However, when the kidneys cannot effectively rid your body of creatinine, it accumulates to higher than normal levels, indicating that kidney disease is present.

To determine your GFR, other factors are taken into account, such as your age, race, and gender. Also, GFR is compared to levels of protein in your urine for even greater accuracy to determine the albumin-to-creatinine ratio (UACR). A healthy ratio is 0.2 grams of protein to one gram of creatinine.

Doctors may also use a method known as the Cockcroft-Gault formula to estimate creatinine clearance from your blood, and in turn, your GFR. This method uses creatinine measurements and your weight to predict the rate at which creatinine is being removed from the blood.

GFR may need to be measured more than once before an assessment of kidney function is determined.

Although the eGFR is a very useful test to determine kidney function, it’s not useful for everyone with suspected kidney disease as results may vary in some situation. This includes people who are:

  • Age 70 or older
  • Under 18 years old
  • Pregnant
  • Obese or very overweight
  • Very muscular
  • Malnourished
  • Vegetarian
  • Of African descent

These factors affect creatinine generation. In these cases, the traditional GFR test with 24-hour urine collection may be more accurate.

What Is a Healthy GFR?

A normal or healthy range for GFR is 120 to 125 millilitres per minute (ml/min). However, GFR varies depending on your age, sex, body size and race. It naturally declines as you get older as kidney function diminishes.

If your GFR is 60 to 89 ml/min you may have kidney disease. If it’s 30 to 59 you may be in stage 3 kidney disease. A GFR of 15 to 29 are in stage 4 kidney disease. While 15 ml/min or lower means you may have developed kidney failure.

Pregnancy, and some foods and medications may affect your GFR calculation. Let your doctor know if you could be pregnant, or if you’re on a special diet or taking any medications so they can factor this into their diagnosis.

What Happens If Your GFR Is Low?

Your doctor will likely recommend other tests such as an ultrasound or CT (computer tomography) scan to spot any abnormalities in the kidneys such as kidney stones. These tests can also determine if there are blockages in your urinary tract, which could also affect how well your kidneys are filtering.

Another test your doctor may perform if your GFR is low is a kidney biopsy. During this test the doctor will insert a needle into your kidney to remove tissue to examine for abnormalities or disease.

If you are diagnosed with any level of kidney disease, or you are at risk, the use of natural therapies can both reverse damage and prevent future kidney damage by treating the cause of the problem. Herbs, nutrients and dietary and lifestyle changes can go a long way in improving your kidney health and your health in general.

How the "Crab Effect" Obstructs Growth and How to Conquer It

Some of the greatest words of wisdom for any man or woman seeking change or growth are, “Surround yourself with people who will support and believe in you.”

Creating any kind of significant change requires determination, focus, energy, a game plan, and more than anything else, desire and a positive attitude.

Sometimes, we become stalled in our progress or just lose the desire to continue because we do not have a strong support structure in place.

How many times have you tried to create something for yourself but failed because your circle of influence provided negative input and little support for you?

I once worked with a client who wanted to secure the career of his dreams. He was in his late 30’s and had spent a good deal of his life working in an unfulfilling job that involved heavy lifting all day long.

When he finally made the decision to commit to pursuing his dream career, he shared his goals with his co-workers, family and friends.

He received little to no support from his co-workers. Some told him he was too old, he would never make it and that he was a dreamer.

His family members tried to convince him that he was going through a phase and that he should be grateful for his current job. It paid the bills.

His friends wished him well, but didn’t offer much in the line of support because they thought his goal was too lofty and unrealistic.

We worked together to create an action plan, to keep his momentum high and his attention focused.

His greatest struggle, however, was he could not understand why he seemed to be traveling this road alone; why he had such little support from his closest circle of influence.

One day at work after having his dream quashed yet again, he confided in a co-worker that he just didn’t know if he was doing the right thing anymore because no one believed in him.

His co-worker then shared a story that turned his day around by giving him a new perspective. He told my client he was experiencing the “Crab Effect,” then shared his explanation.

While vacationing in Florida, he observed a bucket of crabs on a fishing dock.

While all of the crabs were either motionless or squirming at the bottom of the bucket, one little crab kept crawling up the side in an effort to reach the top.

Each time the crab made his way closer to the top rim, a crab from below would reach up and pull him back down. Time and again, the little crab would climb the wall and time and again, one from below would pull him back.

By observing this behavior, my client’s co-worker related this to how we function as human beings.

This one crab did not want to be confined. He believed he had a choice and did not have to accept his lot in life. He was willing to venture outside of his imposed boundaries in search for freedom.

Unfortunately, the others in the group did not recognize that they too had a choice, and would not allow the venturing crab to leave the rest of them behind.

This is the same for you. Have you ever wanted to create something new for yourself or make a significant change that would give you a sense of freedom or purpose?

Did you find that those around you did not provide the support you needed to succeed?

Unfortunately, you won’t always receive the support you expect from those you believe should be there for you.

This doesn’t mean they’re bad or want to see you fail. They just might not be in the same place you are right now.

The Crab Effect usually occurs because others are not willing to expand their boundaries of thinking. They won’t accept that they have a choice or the ability to create what they truly want.

You creating change for yourself may prove that their thinking is not sound and no one wants to be proven wrong. The ego does not like to be challenged.

The Crab Effect also occurs because some people are afraid of change or may not have sufficient confidence in themselves, and by you embracing change and creating a more desirable future for yourself, their self-limiting beliefs may be reinforced.

Some people are afraid of being left behind and don’t want to be left alone. Like they say, “Misery loves company.”

If you want to make a significant change in your life, surround yourself with people who believe in you and the power of creating anything you desire.

Don’t share your goals and dreams with those who will bring you down or try to sabotage your efforts.

Sometimes the journey can be lonely when you decide to venture outside of the pack, but remain open and positive, and you will attract those who will support you and guide you in the right direction.

Be true to yourself and don’t let the fear and limited thinking of others get in your way.

The day my client left his unfulfilling job for his new career, some cheered while others stood dumb-founded. It was a three-year journey, but he made it!

And once he realized he could accomplish what seemed impossible to many, he set new goals for himself and not only achieved, but exceeded many of them.

No one questions him anymore. They know if he says he plans to accomplish something, he most certainly will!

Do Not Let Back Pain Drag You Down – Use Castor Oil As Relief For Your Sciatic Nerve

There are a lot of medical uses for castor oil. It is used for lymph treatment, hair growth, tumor removal, skin disorders and many other health conditions. But you should know that one of its very important therapeutic uses is in the treatment of sciatica, an excruciating condition that occurs in your sciatic nerve, which stretches from your lower back to your lower limbs.

Sciatica is characterized by radiating pain, numbness and throbbing in your lower back, buttock and lower limbs. It also gives you some difficulty when you sit down or sleep.

Sciatic nerve pain is generally caused by any of the following:

  • Having poor posture
  • Lifting of heavy objects
  • Pressure from a tumor in the sciatic nerve

The oil serves as a natural relief for reducing inflammation of the sciatica. Its primary fatty acid content, ricinoleic acid, brings about anti-inflammatory benefits.

How Castor Oil Is Used for Sciatica

Practitioners of alternative health claim that the oil application gradually helps you eliminate the pain in your sciatic nerve.

There are two simple ways to use the oil on your sciatica:

  • First is through applying the the oil (lukewarm) directly to the affected area. Massaging the oil directly on your back and lower limbs for several minutes on a daily basis will take away the soreness.
  • The second method is through a hot castor oil pack. The procedure involves creating a compress, which is done by applying a small amount of castor oil to a small piece of cotton cloth. Once your compress is ready, carefully place it over your lower back for 20 minutes. It is important to do this procedure several times in the next few hours to produce more visible results.

Regular application of the oil to your sciatic nerve will ensure effective relief.

If you are looking for an uncomplicated and inexpensive way of treating your back pain and your sciatica, then consider including the oil now as part of your therapy or health regimen. With the effectiveness and relative ease of application of the oil, isn’t now the best time to use castor oil?

Canine Bordetella – Diagnosis and Treatment of Bordetella in Dogs

Dog Bordetella

Bordetella, also known as infectious tracheobronchitis or “kennel cough,” is a highly infectious bacterial disease of the upper respiratory system. If left untreated, bordetella can develop into severe pneumonia in your dog.

Dog Bordetella Symptoms

Dogs infected with bordetella most commonly exhibit a dry, hacking cough. Other symptoms may include:

· Runny nose

· Fever

· Lethargy

Dog Bordetella Treatment

Mild cases of bordetella may be treated with antibiotics, bronchodilators, and/or cough suppressants like HomeoPet Cough. More severe cases must be treated with antibiotics such as Clavamox.

A canine bordetella vaccine is available. While it will not completely prevent your dog from getting the disease, it will significantly decrease the severity of the symptoms.

Bordetella is easily transmitted through the air, so if your dog is diagnosed with the infection, make sure you isolate it from other dogs until it has recovered.

Because coughing can be exacerbated by the use of a collar, it is suggested that dogs suffering from bordetella wear a harness until symptoms subside.

Bordetella, also known as kennel cough, is a disease that is easily prevented through a vaccine and set of yearly boosters that keeps your dog safe from this infectious disease. And, even if your dog does not usually spend any time in a kennel, it is important that your dog be protected. From time in the vet’s office to a simple weekend stay with the groomer, “kennel cough” is a disease that is easy to catch. Prevention is the best cure. Keep youtr dog safe from kennel cough.

A Dachshund Puppy Survives – Caring For A Runt Named "Itty Bitty"

There is nothing that will touch your heart more than watching the runt of a litter trying to survive with “the bigger guys”. Compassion for the small and the weak seems to be a very real and innate human emotion in all of us. -But empathy alone won’t warm and nourish the puppy. If the pup is to survive, your love, action and commitment can pull it through. Don’t give up! Even when the vet recommends putting it down, tender loving care can often accomplish what modern, veterinary medicine can’t. Watch for signs if the mother is rejecting the pup and take action. Provide around the clock support for the first few days. Provide comfort when the mother doesn’t. Finally, provide nourishment in addition to the mother’s milk. Rest assured that it can be done! We know. Raising our Dachshund runt was a blessing to us as we learned to care for the puppy that we named Itty Bitty.

The first sign that we had that Gwenny, our female Dachshund, was rejecting a puppy was when she completely ignored it after the other pups were born. She knew that there was something wrong with him and focused her attention on the healthy pups. As soon as Gwenny was strong enough, she actually picked Itty Bitty up and put him outside of the whelping box. What an emotional thing that was, to hear him cry out and then find him alone and shivering on the cold tile floor. We took our runt in to the vet that morning and the prognosis was not good. He had an irregular heartbeat and, the vet surmised, a liver problem. He gave him two days to live. That is when we said a prayer and jumped into action by using the following steps:

1. Provide around the clock support for the first few days: The night that Itty Bitty was born, I pulled an old camping cot and my sleeping bag out of storage and set up a nursing station right next to the whelping box. When Gwenny put Itty out of the box, I would gently pick him up and put him right back in the box next to Gwenny and the other pups. The bonding that goes on between the pups and the mother at this point is very, very critical, so you do not want to completely remove the pup if you can help it. You want the pup to bond with the mother, too, in spite of her rejection.

a. Set your alarm to go off every two hours during the first night or two. Check in on the pups. Doing this together as a family can be a very rewarding time that will provide a lasting memory.

b. If you need the sleep, have a helper or two; set up a schedule so that everyone takes a turn.

2. Provide comfort when the mother doesn’t: Don’t miss opportunities to comfort the puppy. On those times when Gwenny put the puppy out of the whelping box, I would wrap a soft, dry wash towel around Itty Bitty and comfort him. I would caress him and talk very softly to him. Amazingly, just like a human baby, he responded to the comfort and to my voice. This began a strong bond between the pup and me that Itty Bitty and I have to this day.

a. During the day, I would find Itty Bitty alone in a corner of the whelping box. Gwenny’s attention was fully on the healthy pups. I would wrap the wash towel around him and hold him to my chest as I watched TV. Puppies love body heat! Your warmth warms and comforts them. It won’t be unusual for the mother to be concerned and want the pup right back in the box, even if she will reject it again. Her rejection does not mean that she doesn’t care for her pup. She is trying to tell you that she does not know how to fix whatever is wrong with it.

3. Provide nourishment in addition to the mother’s milk: You will notice right away that your puppy is not getting his share of the mother’s milk. The others are getting stronger and he is too weak to “fight” for his share. It is very, very important, though, that you regularly move the other pups away (like to the other end of the box, or even to another box) and let the little one nurse on its own. Even if the mother tries to move away, gently hold her down and command her to stay in a gentle voice (being loud or firm with her will not only upset her but the runt will sense it, too). The puppy MUST have access to some of its mother’s milk. There are life- protecting antibodies in her milk that will help the puppy fight off disease.

a. Next, purchase some puppy milk replacer. I like the powdered version that you mix with water. You will want to have an eye dropper or syringe to feed the newborn pup, depending on the pups size. For Itty Bitty, I found the puppy formula and a small, syringe like applicator at the local pet store.

b. Warm the milk by adding warm tap water to the mix. Refrigerate the milk between feedings. Cold milk can be warmed by putting it in a small container and placing that container in a larger bowl or container that is full of tap hot water. DO NOT MICROWAVE the milk or the water! This will get the milk so hot that it burns the puppy.

c. Set up two hour feeding intervals at first, then increase to four as the runt gets stronger. When you can, move from the small applicator to a syringe, then to a puppy baby bottle (you can get these at the pet store, too).

d. The puppy may not suck on the syringe at first. Simply place a small amount at a time in his mouth. Be careful not to put so much that it gags. It will slowly lap the milk down.

e. As the pup gets the idea, in a day or two, you will notice that he will actually start sucking the milk right out of the syringe.

f. As the puppies get older and you move them to a rice cereal, make sure that the runt continues to get its share, including nursing from its mother.

Please know that sometimes puppies may not make it because they are in fact too sick; but also know that, as of this writing, Itty Bitty is now twenty months old and stars in his very own children’s book (“Itty Bitty Saves the Day”)! If my wife and I had not put the effort in to save our Itty Bitty, we would have denied ourselves of the blessing that he has become in our lives. The way that he runs in to say “good morning” to MaryAnn each day, the way that he runs through the house with his “happy feet”, the way that he runs up my leg when I am on the couch and climbs up onto my shoulder, and the way that he loves us unconditionally; we would have missed out on that! Fortunately, tender care, commitment and love were the right prescriptions for Itty Bitty, the runt of the litter.

Allergies and Yeast Infections – Do They Go Together?

Allergies and yeast infection are closely connected. Just as yeast infections are very common, so are yeast allergies. A yeast infection does cause and aggravate allergy. The yeast allergens cause symptoms of hives, itching, nasal congestion, bronchitis, skin rashes, asthma and irritable bowels.

Put in simple terms, yeast infection or its overgrowth is the real underlying factor behind the development of allergies. All of us just think that yeast infections causes itching in the closed hot and moist private areas, but studies reveal that a yeast overgrowth could lead to a weakened immune system. This could further lead to more complicated problems such as asthma, food sensitivities and other health challenges that are otherwise unrelated to an itchy skin rash.

Causes of allergic yeast infection:

Did you find yourself recently developing seasonal sneezing and coughing? Or some kind of lactose intolerance? If yes, then you have very well developed some allergy due to yeast. Allergies have many causes, not just necessarily location, and time of the year or ageing.

The yeast present in your body generally develops from buds to mycelia that are the main cause for creating tiny holes into your intestines. This paves way for yeast and many other toxins to enter your bloodstream and thereby trigger allergic responses. Allergic reactions can also upset the balance of your digestive flora so that the normal small amounts of yeast get expanded and begin to grow out of control.

The immune system of your body is weakened to such an extent that it makes you susceptible to allergies that you were not allergic to before. Allergy can also be defined to include environmental toxins and hypersensitivity to certain food items.

Yeast infection and allergies:

The incidence of yeast overgrowth can lead to numerous other allergies and yeast infections. When the overgrowth of fungus is flourishing, the toxins from the yeast maintain the pH unbalanced, thus causing a vicious cycle. When the pH is unbalanced, it causes to alter the body chemistry and the hormonal or metabolic chemistry. One of the most misdiagnosed and most overlooked areas in medicine; this could pose a serious health issue.

Some of the important points to be noted in respect of interconnection between yeast infection and allergies are:

  • When diagnosing allergic yeast infection, it is important to consider which types of food you eat and the types of reactions you do have toward the food items.
  • Yeast infection can occur when you use antibiotics and birth control pills as well as other drugs that could stimulate the overgrowth of yeasts. But a yeast infection may not be diagnosed without clear clinical signs of the infection. For example, it should not be confused with a local infection such as soreness, itching or a rash. If diagnosed, then an antifungal cream or drug is often recommended.

When it comes to allergies and yeast infections, then the most important thing you need to monitor is your medications; it could cause allergic reactions or flourish the yeast.

Cast Iron and Its Welding

You might wonder why we are into this topic – welding cast iron; but it is a versatile material which is used in manufacturing various industrial products with implications in our day to day life. With its excellent fluidity, low melting point, the extraordinary response to various designs of the machine etc, it has come to be known as an engineering material and is used in a range of applications such as machines, pipes, motor parts, gearbox and numerous other material for daily use. It is resistant to wear and also deformation, but generally tends to be brittle, although there is malleable iron as well.

I don’t know what cast iron is.

Iron or an alloy of iron which has been liquefied by heating and poured into a cast to solidify and take the shape of the cast is what we call cast iron.

The alloy constituents affect the color of this metal. White cast iron, which has impurities of carbide, gets white color when fractured. However, gray cast iron, which contains the carbon in flakes of graphite, assumes a gray color at the fractured lines.

Gray iron is the one that has the most number of applications. Due to the presence of carbon in the form of graphite flakes, gray iron is easy to machine. It also has high compressive strength and is generally responsive to welding.

If it has such a wide use then it must be easy to weld it

On the contrary, iron is not always weldable. Though it is much like steel in composition, both of which are alloys of carbon and iron, in terms of properties there is quite a difference between them. Welding cast iron may pose problems to the welder, and all cast iron is not weldable.

Welding of cast iron materials

  • Gray cast iron is weldable without any loss of inherent properties. But, you have to preheat the casting before fusion welding. If fusion welding is the only choice then you have to choose arc welding, because in arch welding a lesser degree of preheating of the cast will suffice. However, for repair jobs, where a lesser amount of preheating is required, oxy-acetylene braze welding is ideal. So much so that preheating can sometimes be done with the torch. If this is done by an expert welder, this braze-welded joint will have excellent strength that is almost equal to that of the base metal along with extraordinary machines and their ability.
  • Do not attempt to weld gray iron castings that have chilled white cast iron surfaces, because such an attempt may affect the desirable properties of the white iron surface due to the high temperature of welding.
  • Do not attempt to weld white iron if it is not malleable.
  • Welding malleable iron is as easy as welding gray iron, but malleable iron can lose some of its unique properties if it is fusion welded. This is because during welding you are likely to covert some of the malleable iron casting into gray iron casting.

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