Dog Parvo – The Deadliest Viral Disease of Dogs

The dog parvo virus is probably the most common viral illness of dogs at the moment. The virus is extremely small (the Latin word for small is “parvo”) – just a few grams of stool can contain millions of virus particles. The dog parvo virus has been known and identifiable since the late 70’s and can be transmitted by direct or indirect contact with vomit or diarrhea from an infected dog.

The Canine parvovirus (CPV), also referred to as “the dog parvo”, attacks the intestinal tract, white blood cells, and in some rare cases the heart muscle. The common form of the dog parvo has a predilection for rapidly dividing cells (similar to cancer) such as the cells of intestinal lining and that is why it causes diarrhea and ulcerative enteritis. When the virus lashes out and attacks this type of cells, it makes dogs and puppies not being able to assimilate or absorb nutrients or liquids.

Symptoms of the dog parvo can take anywhere between 7 to 10 days before they are visible. In the early stages, symptoms that are likely to be noticed by the dog owner are a lack of energy and a loss of appetite. As a result, dogs infected with the parvo virus will soon show clear symptoms of dehydration and malnutrition. As the virus spreads, the dog parbo symptoms are characterized by high fever, severe diarrhea, quite often bloody, vomiting, lethargy and severe dehydration. If your dog, but especially your new puppy, begins exhibiting any of these symptoms, see a veterinarian right away. Because even though the dog parvo virus can also infect adult dogs, it is more often found in small puppies because of their low immune system. Parvovirus requires swift action to help an infected dog survive as when parvo is involved, every hour counts.

The severity of the disease depends upon the age of the dog, presence of maternal antibody, size of the virus dose and the breed of the infected dog. Though many dogs become highly ill due to this viral disease, breeds like Doberman Pinschers and Pit Bull Terriers may reveal clinical symptoms to a very severe degree.

According to conventional veterinarians, there is no known cure for the dog parvo. Conventional treatment is, therefore, mostly supportive and consists of maintaining the dog’s body fluids, balancing electrolyte levels and maintaining body temperature. But even if a dog survives the initial bout of dog parvo, there is still a high risk of collapsing during the recovery period. You should get your dog immunized to protect them in case they come into contact with dogs that have the illness. Most veterinarians recommend that young puppies to be vaccinated every 3 to 4 weeks beginning when the pup is 6 weeks of age and continuing until it is 20 weeks old.

The dog parvo virus is most common in places where dogs congregate, such as parks, animal shelters or even at dog shows. Dogs may take in the virus from sniffing or consuming contaminated fecal matter, from cleansing himself, or from consuming food off the ground or flooring. That is why dogs that spend their time confined to a house or a yard and are not in contact with other dogs have much less chance of exposure to the canine parvo virus. You must also be aware of the fact that the dog parvo virus may be even brought home to your dog on shoes and even automobile tires. If you allow your dog to live outside, then remember to alter drinking water on a regular basis because there is a chance that the water can contain parvo virus (carried by birds on their feets or feathers or in their feces).

CPV is very resistant and can remain in feces-contaminated ground for five months or more if conditions are favorable.

Be aware of the fact that the dog parvo symptoms resemble other diseases (like poisoning or worms) and are often misdiagnosed. The only way to know if a dog has the Parvo virus is through a positive diagnostic test.

How to Cure Constipation in Cats

Most cats get constipated and it’s usually not serious, but it can be if not treated. It is caused from the commercial dry pet food and hairballs. If your cat’s diet is a totally dry food diet, then she will experience constipation quite frequently. 25% of vet visits from cat owners are due to severe constipation. Once you learn how to cure constipation in cats with natural remedies, your cat will look and feel much better.

Symptoms of a severely constipated cat are vomiting, dry dull coat, straining in the litter box, and lethargy. A constipated cat that is left untreated develops a “Megacolon”. The colon stretches like a rubber band and the feces gets stuck and can not pass through the small intestine. The colon actually quits working. It soaks up the water in your kitty like a sponge and she gets very dehydrated, quits eating and experiences pain trying to pass a stool.

If this is happening to your kitty, visit your vet so he can manually clean her out and give her IV’s to replenish her moisture. Once he does that, she needs to be on a high fiber diet. In the last stages of a megacolon, the vet will need to remove it, but your cat will live her life with frequent diarrhea.

If you suspect your cat is constipated, there are some simple remedies to give her. First, go to PetSmart and purchase the GNC Natural Hairball Treatment and give it to her as instructed. Add pumpkin to her diet and fish or salmon oil capsules. Poke a hole in the capsule and pour it on her wet food, or just put it in her mouth with your finger once daily.

George’s Aloe Vera is a great detox and wonderful for cats because there is no taste to it. You can add it to her water. It is available at your local health food store. Sodium Ascorbate Crystals is an antioxidant that all cats should be on. It is Vitamin C and helps boosts the immune system as well as keeping the kitty cleaned out. It is also available at your health food store.

I’ve had good luck with Olive Oil. Some cats like it and some don’t. It works for constipated cats and gives them a shiny healthy coat. Brushing your cat once daily helps remove loose hair. Cats spend a big part of their life grooming and they ingest fur and it gets stuck in the colon turning into a ball and if they don’t vomit it up it can cause a problem as more hairballs accumulate making it difficult to pass any feces. So keep your kitty on a maintenance dose of GNC Natural Hairball Treatment.

Most commercial pet foods do not have enough fiber in them. They are loaded with corn, wheat, fillers, artificial flavoring and coloring. Some have BHT and BHA which are chemical pesticides used as a preservative. A home-made cat food diet is the best, but you need to balance the vitamins, minerals and taurine. The next best is nutrient dense all natural canned food.

Animal protein should be the first ingredient. There are some good natural pet foods on the market. Three of the top foods are by Wellness, Wilderness by Blue Buffalo and Nature’s Variety. These pet foods are all natural with most of the food containing human grade animal protein.

By learning how to cure constipation in cats with these natural remedies, your cat will look and feel great and she will thank you for it.

More Fruit Constipation Remedies – Part II

Here are some more constipation remedies using fruits. Try to get your organic fruits and eat them as soon as possible. The longer you keep fruits, without using them, the less enzymes and nutrients they have.

Apricots

Apricots are one of most nutritious fruits since they are high in fiber, vitamin A, C, potassium, and have many other minerals. One apricot has around 1000 IU of vitamin A. This vitamin is mainly in the form of the precursor beta-carotene.

Apricots have a laxative effect and are usually available during the summer. Dried apricots are also good and are much higher in vitamin A and in minerals.

Use dried apricots that have not been dried with sulfur dioxide. Some people are allergic to sulfur dioxide and it is considered a pollutant that is found in our air. This chemical is a preservative that prevents apricots from turning brown.

If you have an ulcer, eating apricots with sulfur dioxide can increase your stomach acid and aggravate it.

Avocado with Apple Cider Vinegar and Lemon

Here’s a recipe that will make you go to the bathroom in a couple of hours.

Peel 1-2 avocados

Add a little sea salt

3-4 tablespoons of apple cider vinegar (to taste)

1-2 tablespoons of lemon (to taste)

Mix all together and spread on your favorite crackers

Have a good time eating

Yes, avocados are high in fat but they contain fat that is good for you, monounsaturated. In 4 oz., half of an avocado contains 500mg of potassium and folate.

Bananas

Bananas are rich in potassium. They assist in healing open wounds in the interior body membranes. They are helpful in stopping diarrhea and at the same time in promoting bowel movements.

Eat two bananas on an empty stomach followed by a glass of distilled water. After your constipation is cleared, eat only one banana each day.

Blueberries

Blue berries can act as a laxative for some people despite its use to stop diarrhea. These berries have chemicals, anthocyanosides that can kill bacteria and viruses

Blueberries are also good for reducing inflammation. This makes them good for inflammations that occur all along the gastrointestinal tract.

Boysenberries

Boysenberry juice has a gentle natural laxative action on your bowel. When your constipation is not extra serious this juice will help move things in your colon.

Cantaloupe

Cantaloupe is one of best fruits you can eat. It contains many minerals and has Vitamin A and C. It is high in potassium. It has plenty of fiber and is useful for constipation.

Cherries

Cherries are high in potassium, fiber, and many other minerals, which are effective in neutralizing body acid. They contain vitamins B-1, B-2, folic acid and niacin.

Cherries have a laxative effect and can start peristaltic action.

Eat fresh cherries throughout the day or drink 3 glasses, 8 oz, of cherry juice during the day. Buy cherry juice in glass container. Eating and drinking cherries like this has kept me from having constipation. Cherries are usually only available during the summer, but you can buy cherry juice anytime.

Dried cherries can also be used except the can be expensive.

Use these fruits mention as constipation remedies and at the same time gain the benefits of their nutritional value.

Top 10 Homeopathic Remedies for Eye Problems!

Eyes are the doorway to one’s soul! Eyes reflect mind, eyes reflect psyche, and eyes reflect HEALTH! No wonder homeopathy that caters effectively the ‘mind’ of an individual has lot to offer in problems of eyes. Eye is certainly one of the most delicate organs of the body and therefore, caring for eyes has to be done by an expert homeopath. A homeopath might want to consult an ophthalmologist to rule out certain critical eye problems before proceeding for the treatment. But here one should remember that while treating homeopathically, we should not give much importance to the diagnostic name of the eye problem but its signs and symptoms that point us to the accurate remedy.

There are hoards of homeopathic remedies useful in the treatment of various eye problems. However, one must remember that for constitutional eye problems like cataract, glaucoma, recurrent blepharitis or conjunctivitis, corneal opacities, and/or recurrent styes, one must go for constitutional prescribing after carefully considering the physical, mental, and emotional characteristic of the individual; then only it is possible to impart perfect cure! But one must be acquainted with certain remedies that specifically render beautiful results in varied eye problems so that they can be used for acute prescribing as well.

Here is the list of top 10 homeopathic remedies for eye problems-

(1) Euphrasia-

– Acute catarrhal conjunctivitis

– Eyes water all the time with inclination to blink frequently

– Acrid burning eye discharge that corrodes the margins of the lids

– Corneal opacities with thick discharges that burn

– Blistery cornea

– One of the great remedies for rheumatic iritis that may be associated with partial ptosis

– Almost always associated with bland and watery coryza

– Swelling of the lids with burning, which feels better when in open air

– Worse in the evening, indoors, light, warmth

– Better open air, coffee, dark

– Must be compared with Allium cepa while dealing with allergic rhinitis associated with conjunctivitis. In Allium cepa, eye discharges are bland and coryza is acrid. 

(2) Ambrosia-

– Allergic eye problems

– Intolerable itching of lids

– Smarting and burning in eyes with watery coryza and nosebleed

– Wheezy cough almost always present with eye problems

– Compare with Sabadilla, Arundo 

(3) Ruta-

– Eye-strain headaches

– Red hot eyes with pain in eyes

– Especially associated with sewing or reading fine print

– Accommodation of vision disturbed

– Weariness in eyes with headache

– Excessive lassitude associated with eye troubles

– Bruised, pressure feeling over the eyes

– Compare with Natrum mur, Argentum nitricum

(4) Pulsatilla-

– Pulsatilla is one of the most invaluable homeopathic medicines for eye troubles.

– Bland thick greenish eye discharges call for it

– Associated with itching and burning sensation

– Recurrent styes invariably need a dose of Pulsatilla during the course

– Inflamed agglutinated eye-lids

– Sub-acute eye complaints in venous constitutions

– Sub-acute conjunctivitis associated with dyspepsia

– Veins of fundus oculi enlarged

– All complaints are worse in warm room and better when in open air

(5) Spigelia-

– Neuralgic eye pains

– Pressing pains in eyes on turning them

– Extreme photophobia

– Rheumatic ophthalmia

– Pains in and around eyes feel as if extending deep into the socket

– Eyes feel too large

– Very sensitive to touch

– Worse from touch, jar, noise

– Better by lying with head high

(6) Apis mellifica-

– Swollen, edematous lids that burn and itch

– Bright red puffy conjunctiva

– Prevents recurrence of styes

– Pain around orbits with serous exudates

– Swelling below the lower lid (upper lid- Kali carb)

– May be associated with urinary problem

– Worse heat, touch, pressure, right side

– Better cold washing, open air

(7) Merc sol-

– Syphilitic eye troubles

– Thick, red, swollen lids

– Profuse burning acrid eye discharges

– Floaters

– Eye trouble that starts after exposure to the glare of fire etc

– Iritis with thick corroding discharges

– Extremely offensive eye discharges

– Boils in and around eyes with yellow fetid pus

– Worse at night, wet damp weather, warmth

(8) Silica-

– Day-light produces sharp pains through the eyes

– Tenderness of eyes worse when closed or pressured

– Suppuration in the anterior chamber of the eye, iritis

– Confused sort of vision where letter run together while reading

– Lachrymal duct affections

– Has potential to clear corneal opacities when homeopathically indicated

– Cataract in office workers

– Worse new moon, cold

– Better warmth 

(9) Hepar sulph-

– Corneal ulcers

– Suppurative eye troubles, iritis with pus in anterior chamber

– Conjunctivitis with purulent discharges

– Red and inflamed lids and conjunctivae

– Pain in orbits

– Soreness is marked in eyeballs

– Objects appear red and enlarged

– Half-reduced field of vision

– Styes with pain and suppuration

– Worse exposure to draft of cold, touch

– Better warmth, wrapping up head 

(10) Agaricus-

– Double-vision with flickering before the eyes

– Twitching of lids and eyeballs

– Neuralgic eye pains

– Letters seem to move or swim while reading

– Agglutinated margins of lids with burning pains with red inner canthi

– Eye troubles associated with vertigo and icy cold head

– Worse open cold air 

Blocked Arteries in the Neck – Symptoms of Severe Arterial Plaque Deposits

The carotid arteries are 2 blood vessels, one either side of the neck, that each transport blood to the brain from the heart. These arteries can become partly or totally blocked resulting in the decrease of blood flow to the brain. This condition in turn is caused by atherosclerosis, also known as hardening of the arteries. Atherosclerosis is the outcome of a build up of cholesterol and calcium on the inner lining of the arteries. These deposits are referred to as plaques, which might eventually become so thick that they totally prevent the blood flow through the arteries. Those with untreated blocked carotid arteries are statistically likely to have a stroke.

Carotid artery occlusive disease is a permanent but treatable condition. Treatment is designed to stop further blockage and stroke. If there is some blockage devoid of symptoms, treatment will probably be limited to regular checkups, with ultrasound being used to monitor the condition along with medication that will cause the blood to thin to prevent the blood cells from clotting. Even if the arteries are severely narrowed, there is no guarantee of symptoms. If the blockage is severe, surgery might be recommended to reduce the possibility of stroke.

The most usual method of surgery, carotid endarterectomy, seeks to remove the plaque from the artery. For some patients, a balloon angioplasty (the inflating of a balloon to press the plaque to the artery wall), with the placement of a stent, may be recommended. If a carotid artery is 100% blocked, then it is unlikely anything would done to clear it because the risk of stroke is too high during or post operation.

Efforts are then concentrated on keeping the opposite carotid as open as possible. A person can live a good life with only one open carotid artery. The body is smart enough to reroute blood via a complex network to the side of the brain that would normally get blood via the blocked carotid. A dietitian (check with her MD) could help you devise an eating plan that is healthy & affordable.work).

If the brain is deprived of oxygen, it stops working — with potentially catastrophic effects. If the resulting impairment is permanent, we call the event a stroke. If it is temporary, it’s called a transient ischemic attack (TIA).

Every human has 4 carotid arteries through which blood moves from heart to brain. TIAs and strokes normally begin with an increase of cholesterol plaque in the carotid arteries — the large blood vessels on either side of the neck which supply blood to the head and brain.

Polycystic Kidney Disease – Ayurvedic Herbal Treatment

Polycystic kidney disease (PKD) is an autosomal dominant, genetic disorder characterized by the growth of numerous cysts in the kidneys. Common symptoms include pain in the back and sides; headaches; urinary tract infections; hematuria; liver and pancreatic cysts; abnormal heart valves; high blood pressure; kidney stones; aneurysms in the brain; and diverticulosis in the colon.

The Ayurvedic treatment of this condition is aimed at treating symptoms, preventing complications and prolonging life. Medicines like Triphala-Guggulu, Panch-Tikta-Ghrut-Guggulu, Maha-Manjishthadi-Qadha, Saarivadi-Churna, Kuber-Vati, Varunadi-Qadha, Punarnavadi-Guggulu and Kanchnaar-Guggulu are used to treat the cysts. These medicines help to reduce the number and size of the cysts.

Herbal medicines like Punarnava (Boerhaavia diffusa), Manjishtha (Rubia cordifolia), Saariva (Hemidesmus indicus), Gokshur (Tribulus terrestris), Haritaki (Terminalia chebula), Amalaki (Emblica officinalis), Haridra (Curcuma longa), Daruharidra (Berberis aristata), Nimba (Azadirachta indica), Rasna (Pluchea lanceolata), Guduchi (Tinospora cordifolia), Deodar (Cedrus deodara), Vishwa (Zinziber officinalis), Erandmool (Ricinis communis), Apamarga (Achyranthus aspera), Shalparni (Desmodium gangeticum), Prushnaparni (Uraria picta), Varun (Crataeva nurvala), Latakaranj (Caesalpinia crista), Kachnaar (Bauhinia variegata), Patol (Tricosanthe dioica) and Patha (Cissampelos pareira) can also be used for this purpose. Medicines like Varun and Latakaranj form the mainstay of treatment for this condition, and can be used equally well to treat polycystic ovaries.

Most patients having pain get relief with the above mentioned medicines due to shrinking of the cysts. Infection and bleeding in the cysts can be treated using medicines like Sukshma-Triphala, Gokshuradi-Guggulu, Punarnavadi-Qadha, Laxadi-Guggulu, Vasa (Adhatoda vasaka), Naagkeshar (Messua ferrea), Laxa (Purified wax) and Sphatik-Bhasma. High blood pressure can be treated using medicines like Sarpagandha (Rauwolfia serpentina), Jatamansi (Nardostachys jatamansi), Sutshekhar-Ras, Dhamasa (Fagonia cretica), Arjun (Terminalia arjuna), Mandukparni (Centella asiatica) and Ashwagandha (Withania somnifera). Kidney stones can be treated using medicines like Hazrul-Yahud-Bhasma, Pashan-Bhed (Bergenia ligulata), Yava-Kshar and Mulak-Kshar.

Other associated conditions like valvular heart disease, aneurysms and diverticulosis need to be treated separately using appropriate medicines like Trayodashang-Guggulu, Laxmi-Vilas-Ras, Arjunarishta, Kutaj-Parpati and Panchamrut-Parpati. Most patients having multiple, large-sized cysts usually progress to end-stage kidney failure, which can be prevented or treated using medicines like Chandraprabha-Vati, Saarivadi-Churna, Maha-Manjishthadi-Qadha, Punarnavadi-Qadha, Gokshuradi-Guggulu and Gomutra-Haritaki.

Ayurvedic medicines, given in combination with modern treatment, can thus help to control the symptoms of PKD, improve the quality of life and prolong survival for people affected with this condition. All such patients should be under the regular care and supervision of an Urologist.

Plantar Fasciitis Syndrome – What Exactly is Plantar Fasciitis?

All About Plantar Fasciitis

A plantar fasciitis problem is a state that affects the foot’s surface and is mostly seen among overweight people, runners, and people having high arches or flat feet or may be those who rest on the feet for much longer hours while doing their job. This problem is an irritation of tough plantar fascia, which runs from the heel bones to the bottom of the toes.

It mainly results from developing a tear in the fibrous tissue bands (plantar fascia), which leads to inflammation and pain. It is manifested as excruciating pain in the heel specifically in the morning. Plantar fasciitis is caused by the stress that is placed on the ligaments of plantar fascia while it is irregularly stretched.

During the rest moments, plantar fascia usually tightens up creating the pain diminishing. Although, the time pressure is placed on fascia, plantar fasciitis stretches firmly and the pain is experienced again.

The major symptoms of the plantar fasciitis are feeling the severe pain in the heel’s inner side. If a severe pain is being noticed by an individual in the foot on taking initial steps in morning then an individual is suffering from the problem of plantar fasciitis. Because of the feet’s warming up throughout the day, the pain relieves and plantar fasciitis stretches gradually. Also, people suffering from this problem may find it difficult in climbing the stairs because of pain in the foot.

In most of the cases, the treatments of non-surgical can assist an individual to completely eliminate the problem. The nature and duration of whole treatment varies depending on the severity. Plantar fasciitis treatment should be immediately initiated the very moment the problem occurs. It assists in eradicating the problem of plantar fasciitis in a short span of time.

The initial stage of treatment includes loads of rest, after the routine activities of applying ice in the regions of pain, some moderate stretching and anti-inflammatory medications in order to relief their heel from the pain. It is recommended to wear night splints, as this would maintain the tissues to get stretched gently throughout the night with the intention to relieve the sufferer from pain.

To lessen the pain caused due to plantar fasciitis Orthotics, shoe inserts are the best options available. If the pain is very severe and the people experiencing this problem of plantar fasciitis are not responding to the treatments that are mentioned above then the physicians make use of cortisone injections in order to ease of the pain.

Another treatment to relieve from the foot pain is exercises, which are necessary to be done in the early morning as soon as the patient of plantar fasciitis wakes up. Some of the exercises include belt-stretch exercises that involve reverse arch stretching of foot by making use of wide belt located over the foot’s ball.

Strengthening and stretching exercises make ligaments very flexible as well as strengthens the muscles that support the arch and this in turn will reduce the amount of stress on ligaments. Stretching plantar fasciitis exercises are also suggested to the patients facing the problem of foot pain.

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Managing Business Growth – The Problems With Overtrading

Overtrading and the problems it can create can be quite difficult to comprehend. Surely, if a business is selling many of their products and their customer base and profit are growing rapidly, how can this be a problem? Indeed, not only can it be a problem but in some extreme cases, it can lead to a business having to cease trading.

The fundamental reason why overtrading is a problem is that it can put a huge strain on the resources of a business, particularly cash flow. If turnover is increasing too quickly, then you may need to acquire more machinery or equipment to service the increase in customer numbers. It may even be the case that you need to move to bigger premises or a larger office with more storage space. Therefore, growth in sales will likely to be matched by an increase in the need for capital investment and other working capital. If the business does not retained profit to fund this rapid expansion then they attempt to borrow it. These borrowing facilities can be very costly. However, many new businesses which experience overtrading find themselves unable to obtain additional funds due to a lack of trading history and are forced to reduce the size of their operations or possibly ‘throw in the towel’ altogether.

Other costs that can cause huge drain on working capital when growth is too rapid are staff costs. With any expansion comes the need for increased numbers of employees. This can be extremely expensive for a business to fund, especially when combined with any increases in connected payroll taxes. In addition, if your sales are increasing quickly it may mean that you need to carry larger quantities of stock and thus more of your capital will be tied up in that inventory. Again, stock is like many other asset, if you own too much of it, it can starve other areas of the business which urgently need funds.

There are a number of precautions which one can take to prevent the potentially damaging effects of overtrading. Firstly, growth should be managed properly and with a sound understanding of how it will affect the working capital of the business. By producing sound monthly budgets, cash flow projections and monthly management accounts, you will be in a far better position to control the potentially damaging effects of rapid growth. Secondly, before you grow too quickly, look to secure increased funding. In other words, it would be a prudent idea to approach your bank and get the ‘green light’ for future finance to fund expansion, should you need it. Having this contingency finance at the ready will mean that working capital can be maintained and growth can be managed properly.

Lastly, to avoid the effects of overtrading, it might be a good idea to take the ‘only what I need’ standpoint. For example, rather than hold larger and larger sums of stock when you are growing, consider ordering your stock ‘just in time’ (JIT). This can reduce your stock holding costs considerably and again free up all that working capital held up in stock. Alternatively, only buy equipment which you really need or see if you can buy any second-hand equipment which will be cheaper but still do the job. Again, with everything you buy for you business, ask yourself the question: is this something I really need or just want?

Why You Have Fibroids – How to Shrink Them on Your Own

The incidence of uterine fibroids could be as high 80% of all women in the U.S. While the majority of women usually have no symptoms, 1 in 4 will have symptoms severe enough to require treatment. Fibroids can cause problems in pregnancy, create chronic pain, make intercourse intolerable, cause excessive bleeding and in extreme cases dramatically enlarge the abdomen.

While surgery can attack the fibroids in different ways, each procedure has its drawbacks. However, the main problem is that surgery does not address the common reason a woman has fibroid tumors to begin with.

The growth of fibrotic tissue is driven by one of two things: trauma (such as an injury that formed scar tissue) and excessive ESTROGEN. Many post-menopausal women will ask, “How can this be? I don’t produce estrogen as I used to.” This is a good question. The answer is that there has to be a balance between PROGESTERONE and estrogen. Without adequate levels of progesterone, whatever amount of estrogen present dominates the receptor sites of cells and drives the growth of fibrotic tissue. Our modern environment, diet and pharmaceuticals have created a crisis of hormone imbalance in both men and women, girls and boys that can be traced to excessive levels of estrogen.

Therefore, the treatment for uterine fibroid tumors must address the problem of estrogen dominance. If this underlying cause is ignored, fibroids will simply return, even after being surgically removed. Returning the body to a more balanced hormone profile is not very difficult. Women must avoid all hormone drugs such as oral or implanted contraception, Women must avoid hormone replacement therapy that involves estrogen in any amount. Bio-identical hormone replacement may be acceptable depending upon where a woman is in the process of treating fibroids.

Estrogen is everywhere! Balancing the progesterone-estrogen balance means avoiding foods high in estrogen (yes, even phyto-estrogen). The top offenders are flax and soy. Food and oil products from these two are the biggest food sources of estrogen.

Forget all you have heard about the miracles of soy and flax. Both foods have good things to offer, however the bad thing – estrogen – outweighs any positive benefit derived from having them in your diet. Most of what we have learned about flax and soy has been part of a campaign by the big agribusinesses seeking markets for their top product. Avoid exposure to chemicals that mimic estrogen (xenoestrogens) such as pesticides, herbicides, and fumes from solvents.

Supplement progesterone by using only pure, natural progesterone cream without additives. Be aware that many creams contain soy! Taking an herbal formula called Myomin has been shown to metabolize unhealthy estrogen and inhibit aromatase, a key enzyme involved in the synthesis of estrogen. For women and men, this action prevents the conversion of testosterone into unhealthy estrogens (estradiol and estrone), and leads to the unhindered production of more good estrogen (estriol) from progesterone, DHEA, and other hormones.

The best approach to shrinking uterine fibroids involves adding a professional systemic enzyme supplement that will lyse away (dissolve) the fibrin in the fibroid tumor.

7 Reasons to See a Chiropractor

Are you interested in seeking out a chiropractor? Here are a few reasons to consider receiving chiropractic care on a regular basis.

Back and Neck Pain

Chiropractors employ a wide variety of techniques designed to eliminate pain in the neck, upper back, and lower back. They believe that spinal misalignments can cause the nervous system to function improperly, sending the wrong signals to different parts of the body and causing a host of ailments. Their methods promote structural wellness, so they’ll strive to not only do away with your discomfort, but also to enhance your overall wellbeing. Before too long, you’ll be standing up straight and projecting an air of confidence and poise. Chiropractic care can also reduce the need for pain medications, which do nothing to treat the root issue and lead to dependency.

Pain, Numbness, or Tingling

The treatment of issues in extremities, such as the hands, feet, hips, and shoulders, has always been a major part of chiropractic care. A chiropractor will attempt to ease pressure on the affected nerves, preventing the need for surgery or strong medications.

Stress Relief

A professional chiropractic examination will assess the health of your nervous system to find out what’s wrong, and your chiropractor will subsequently attempt to restore your body’s balance. Many patients report reduced stress levels and increased energy after achieving proper spinal health. In addition, chiropractic care addresses unwanted impairments, allowing patients to get physical exercise that further contributes to a stress-free state of mind.

Automotive Accident Recovery.

Many people who are involved in car accidents aren’t aware that they’ve experienced significant structural damage until long after the fact, and some may not even experience symptoms for years. If you’ve recently been in a collision or experienced some form of blunt trauma, it may be helpful to get a comprehensive evaluation to save yourself some potentially bigger problems down the line.

Headache Relief.

Many chiropractors believe that some spinal misalignments, such as vertebral subluxations, cause headaches. Your chiropractor will attempt to make adjustments to relieve pressure on the nerves that are causing your discomfort. This, in turn, will make your nervous system function more effectively as a whole.

Preventative Health

Chiropractors can give you personalized advice on how to make adjustments to your lifestyle in order to boost your immune system and prevent sickness down the road. With a stronger immune system, you’ll be less susceptible to colds, the flu, pneumonia, cancer, and other forms of illness.

Lower Costs

Chiropractic care is often considerably less expensive than traditional medical options. In addition, the chiropractic approach aims to treat the root causes of medical issues rather than simply fixing the symptoms; this may be a more cost-effective method over the long term.

5 Ways to Use CBT and Stop Worry Now

If you have ever experienced that feeling of compete dread, impending doom, overwhelming worry or fear when you are at work just about to give a presentation, going to a party alone, eating in public, stepping out the house with an outfit you are unsure on, walking down a street you don’t know or driving on the motorway, you have more than likely been anxious. You will know the feeling of your heart racing, irrational but what feels like real thoughts running through your head of everything that could go wrong and then that sensation of hot or cold, palpitations, sweating, nausea and/or breathing difficulties; this is what is known as a panic attacks or extreme anxiety.

These feelings can be brought on by anything you experience sporadically or frequently, leading to a life that has little confidence, low self esteem, high levels of fear, social ineptness and worry which all fuel and is caused by anxiety. The debilitating worry of what others think of you or danger can use up huge amounts of energy, time and life. We have the potential to achieve anything we put our mind too but anxiety can take us over as the body and mind refrain into a comfort zone of fear rather than trying to break free of the grasps of this worry.

A certain level of worry is actually healthy as if we were completely fearless we would make many wrong decisions, hurt ourselves or get into some sort of trouble. Worry offers a calculated risk which is healthy. However, for millions of us this worry is heightened and has spurred anxiety and excessive fear in us that results in us shying away from many things in life and causing a spiral of negative behaviour. What we do not realise though is that anxiety and worry can be battled and stopped if approached in the right way. One way is using Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) which is a technique used to change your cognitive (thought) processes from negative to positive in order to change your behaviours in the same way. Here are 5 ways in which you can use CBT to conquer that worry and anxiety so you can lead a life of confidence, high self esteem and happiness.

1: Knowledge

Research as much as you can about CBT, anxiety and worry. We can go through life not realising that we can help ourselves and that we can make changes. We do not have to accept things how they are most of the time. Learning about both anxiety and worry will begin to give you a realistic basis on which to pitch your thought processes and hence behaviours. Knowing things like we can’t change the past so worrying about it has no use at all, the things we worry about are statistically likely not to happen and most of our worries are about things we really don’t need to seriously think about.

2: Write it all down

Keep a small note book or diary on you at all times.

– Write down every time you are anxious or worried, repercussions of this, thoughts, feelings, actions, anything that affects your day and you think is note worthy.

– At the end of the day look at the things you write down and scale them 1 – 10 (10 being the highest) of how strongly you felt worry or anxiety.

– Then categorise each point under 4 sections: 1 – Worried that it might happen 2 – Worried because it has happened in the past 3 – Worried about the small things in the day (Small things that will probably go unnoticed by most) 4 – Worried about the big things (Something that will really have an impact on your life).

– Look at the list and see how it is distributed and see if the points are relative between the score you gave them and the categories you put them under.

– Seeing them in this way will give you an insight to false and irrational beliefs and give you the tools to make changes as you can begin to work on changing the way you think and moving these points to lower scores and different, more realistic categories.

– From this you can begin to take the initiative to make decisions and take responsibility and control for your life.

3: Step out of your comfort zone of fear

The results of anxiety and the false beliefs ingrained into our minds and behaviours can leave us, ironically, remaining in a comfort zone of fear. This means that we are more at ease feeling negative and leading a life controlled by anxiety than facing our fears and making changes to get a life we should have. To step out of this zone can be daunting but we need to. We have to face our fears. Although this can be overwhelming it can be done. However, facing your fears using exposure therapy must be done carefully, it not a case of ripping the band aid off in one go when it comes to this. By taking small steps and using a combination of techniques and positive affirmations you can expand those comfort zones boundaries slowly until you can confidently break through them. Make plans to tackle your worries and fears to help you, try using a perspective from others point of view and practice.

4: Anchoring

Anchoring is a common technique used within CBT, it is a method to connect a positive association to something you currently find traumatic by using a trigger.

– Choose an object you have on you everyday such as jewellery (ring or necklace is good) If you do not have this you can use your knuckle on you left had to pinch or tap you finger against your leg

– Find somewhere quiet to go where you will not be disturbed.

– Think of a time, situation or event when you felt completely relaxed, confident and happy.

– As you picture this time feel the positive energy and whilst you do this rub the piece of jewellery, tap your finger or pinch your knuckle. Repeat this process over and over again, use different happy images to layer different positive emotions to make the anchor stronger.

– When you are in a situation that leaves you worrying and negative repeat the action and feel how differently you feel as your brain triggers more positive emotions towards something you would usually perceive as negative.

– Practice makes perfect when it some to anchoring so try exercising this everyday to set these positive associations into your subconscious.

5: Relax

A heightened sense of worry cause huge amounts of stress on both the body and mind. This reaction is what leads to anxiety and causes a vicious circle. But teaching yourself to relax and combat anxious feelings and behaviours can relieve levels of worry, helping you to see past your false beliefs and react realistically, making calculated decisions and ruling your own life.

– Breathing: Breathing techniques have to be done carefully but as long as you remember to breathe out longer than you breathe in you can master relaxation to calm anxiety and worry down. So inhale for a count of 4, hold and then exhale for a count of 8. You should always breathe out for double the count of the inhale. Think about where you are breathing from (your chest or your diaphragm) putting your hands on them to see which is higher. Try to make sure you make your diaphragm raises more than your chest.

– Have fun: By letting our hair down and doing something we want to we can forget the stress brought on by worrying and you can use this energy for anchoring techniques and positive visualisation.

– Sleep: Try getting those all important hours in of sleep. If your sleep pattern is disturbed by worry and anxiety don’t stress yourself out with trying to get 8 hours in as the more you worry the more stress is created. Instead set yourself a realistic target even if it is 2 hours, this will immediately relieve stress and help you sleep. Get in to a routine, be active in the day, eating well, avoid stimulants and have hot drink and bath before bed will all help.

Follow these 5 tips and use the research you do to find out more about combating worry and anxiety and rid yourself of a life led by negativity.

A Rare Disabling Condition: Hypogammaglobulinemia

Hypogammaglobulinemia, a 21 letter mouthful that is as difficult to understand as to pronounce. On the surface, it is a rare immune disorder marked by a reduction in gamma globulins (serum proteins). A reduction in gamma globulins predispose an individual to various infections. In other words, if someone suffering from hypogammaglobulinemia were to apply for Social Security disability benefits, then that person would most likely suffer from multiple impairments. Hypogammaglobulinemia does not have a specific heading in the Social Security Administration’s Listing of Impairments. Thus, the condition is often poorly evaluated by adjudicators, forcing claimants suffering from the disease to have to wait for a hearing in front of an Administrative Law Judge to argue their disability case.

Once in front of an Administrative Law Judge (“ALJ”), there are many different ways to present a hypogammaglobulinemia case. While there is no specific heading for hypogammaglobulinemia in the Listing of Impairments, it could fall within the scope of Listing 14.07: Immune Deficiency Disorders, Excluding HIV Infection. To meet 14.07A, a claimant would need to suffer from Sepsis, Meningitis, Pneumonia, Septic Arthritis, Endocarditis, or Sinusitis and it would need to be resistant to treatment or require intravenous treatment three or more times in a year or require hospitalization. 14.07B has to do with stem cell transplantation and while it is a form of treatment for hypogammaglobulinemia, it is less common to meet part B. 14.07C requires repeated manifestations of the condition resulting in at least two of the constitutional symptoms (fever, involuntary weight lostt, severe fatigue, etc.) and one of the following at the marked level: 1. Limitation of activities of daily living; 2. Limitation in maintaining social functioning; and 3. Limitation in completing tasks in a timely manner due to deficiencies in concentration, persistence, or pace. If an ALJ finds that a claimant suffers from hypogammaglobulinemia and meets Listing 14.07, that person will then be found to meet the medical requirements for disability benefits.

Another way to look at a hypogammaglobulinemia case would be to analyze the effect of the treatment itself. Many claimants suffering from the condition are required to take monthly gamma globulin injections to temporarily boost their immune system. Both the effectiveness of the injections and time commitment vary greatly. Some injection periods take over six hours to complete. The day or two after the injection can leave the claimant feeling extremely fatigued or sick. If a claimant would have to miss at least three days a month from work just for gamma globulin treatments, it would make it very difficult for that individual to hold down full-time employment. That claimant’s Residual Functional Capacity would be greatly reduced.

A more common way of reviewing a hypogammaglobulinemia case would be to see whether the infections themselves meet a listing. Claimants applying for Social Security disability benefits with hypogammaglobulinemia often suffer for example from bronchitis or asthma. While a claimant might not meet Listing 14.07, that same individual might meet Listing 3.03 for Asthma.

Hypogammaglobulinemia is a rare immune disorder. Many claimants applying for disability benefits with the condition are denied repeatedly and are forced to argue their cases in front of an ALJ. Once in front of an ALJ, there are many different ways to review this type of case, making it quite challenging and easy to overlook its nuances. If you suffer from hypogammaglobulinemia and are applying for disability benefits, it is highly recommended that you seek a disability lawyer for representation, especially if you are waiting for a hearing in front of an ALJ.

This article is not legal advice and should not be construed as such. Every hypogammaglobulinemia case is different and should not rely on this article for his or her case. In the end, only the Social Security Administration can ultimately determine whether an individual qualifies for disability benefits.

Pipe Welding For 100K A Year: Why The USA Needs More 6G Welders Now

Oil companies are shifting their focus for the future from politically fractured places, to places where the oil comes out of the rock, only when it is fractured.

In many cases, that is the good old USA. This shift is not a drop in the oil bucket, it is more like a revolution in the oil industry. Why? Because it is probable the USA will be the world’s biggest gas and oil producing nation by 2020, if PFC Energy, a Washington DC based Consulting firm, is right. That means a lot more pipe welders will be working in America, starting now.

Political risk in other countries is part of this new oil picture, and political and economic winds in the USA could cause more than a boom, soon.

Shell Oil for example, says it would rather face the technical and environmental challenges of complicated new drilling methods like shale fracturing, and super deep water drilling in the USA and other politically safe countries, rather than take the risks of operating in less-than-stable or unfriendly countries, where it is relatively easy to get the oil and natural gas out of the ground.

At the same time, public and political attitudes about oil and natural gas production in the USA could be shifting toward more aggressive development of U.S. resources because Americans are growing tired of yo-yo gas prices, and a less-than-robust economy. Producing oil and natural gas from home based reserves can help both. Canada has enjoyed a less stressed economy while the USA struggles. This is largely because Canada is producing oil from new technology which allows it to get oil from tar sands in Alberta.

A huge pipeline has been approved by the EPA, from Canada’s tar sands to the Texas refineries. Although it may be delayed for political reasons, it most likely will begin soon, and it will employ thousands of pipe welders.

It is no secret that skills which are difficult to learn, and are in high demand, command more money, regardless of the industry that is being discussed.

Welding is not an exception to this rule. However, the more common welding skills do not pay anywhere near what pipe welders can make. They can make $100,000 a year or more in places like North Dakota, where general unemployment is below 4%, because of shale oil production.

6G is the designation given to a pipe welding position in which the test joint is fixed at a 45 degree angle, and the welder must weld the joint without moving the pipe. The test is this way because the fixed angle causes the welder to have to weld in just about all possible positions. When a welder can complete the welding test so that the weld will pass a destructive bend test conducted by certified welding inspector (CWI), the welder can weld pipe.

Although the average welder does not have the required skill for pipe welding, almost any person driven enough to obtain the 6G skill can do it, either through attending pipe welding school, or by teaching themselves, with enough of the right kind of practice.

Catch 22? You can’t weld pipe unless you have experience, and you can’t get experience without welding pipe.

How do you get it done? The newly certified 6G welder will be required to help and observe an experienced pipe welder for weeks or months before being given a chance to weld pipe as a pipe welder. During this time, the new 6G welder will be allowed to weld occasionally, while being observed by the experienced pipe welder.

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4 Steps to Correcting Mallet Toe

Mallet toe and hammertoes are deformities of the joints. They form for a number of reasons. Identifying that reason and treating it is usually necessary to prevent the deformity from progressing further. Reversing it may require surgical correction, if it is not caught in time.

So, if you are starting to see changes in the joints of your toes, it is time to take action. Here’s what to do.

Identify the Reason

What is causing the joint change? Rheumatoid and osteoarthritis cause damage to the joints. Although, past treatments for arthritis focused on pain management, other courses of action are now recommended, included regular physical activity and weight bearing exercises.

The length of your toes and your general foot health could be the cause of the joint changes. For example, if your second toe is longer than your big toe, it could be in a constantly cramped position due to poor fitting shoes, a tight toe-box or hard shoe materials. Bunions and plantar warts can also cause the toe’s tendon to shorten and eventually produce the deformity.

High arches and flat feet can eventually cause the joint changes. Wearing shoes with no arch support can eventually cause the problems, too.

In addition to arthritis, other diseases can cause mallet toe and hammertoes. Or, at least, the condition is more common in people that have diseases like diabetes. A stroke can be a contributing factor. Joint changes are classic symptoms of Charcot-Marie-Tooth disease.

Correct the Cause

If none of the above causes seem to apply, then you are not wearing friendly shoes. You need to face that fact, before you proceed. Our feet should be cared for in the same way that we care for the rest of our bodies. Fashion designers have made it difficult for people, especially women, to stand and walk in comfort.

If the cause of your mallet toe is an underlying disease, a trip to the podiatrist is in order. Unlike your regular family doctor, a podiatrist specializes in treating foot problems. Diabetics should visit a podiatrist regularly.

For high arches, custom orthotics is the solution. Orthotic inserts are also helpful for people that suffer from Charcot foot.

For flat feet, arch supports are the answer. In fact, anyone will benefit from good arch support.

Exercise Your Toes

Physical therapy for the toes might seem like an unusual idea, but some exercises will help to stretch the tendons and strengthen the joints. For example, curling up a newspaper with your toes or gently stretching them manually may help reverse mallet toe.

Use Straighteners and Separators

Straighteners, separators and caps combined with practical shoes that have a large deep toe box are helpful for anyone, regardless of the cause of the problem. Even if they cannot reverse the condition completely, they will help prevent it from worsening.

When you choose shoes, make sure that there is plenty of room to wiggle your toes. If not, then the shoes are too tight. Surgery is sometimes necessary to correct mallet toe. It’s best to avoid that option, if at all possible.

Abused Men – 8 Tell-Tale Signs of Battered Men

If you think battered women are stuck in their mess, you haven’t seen “stuck” until you have met a battered man. To me, it is so very sad. I attribute their being as stuck as they are to the fact that they have little to no social support and resources to assist them in ushering themselves to safety as do battered women.

Even worse, the social system surrounding them encourages then to shut up and stay put, because “no one will believe you anyway!” They are convinced that their victimization will be laughed at, ignored, ridiculed and dismissed. The conclusion these abused men draw from what they are told is: “why bother.” And so, they remain stuck.

It’s hard enough rising above the glue that binds abusive relationships, and then to get the response these battered men receive is a disgrace. Now, I am not talking about the male batterers who do a flip and pretend to be victims of domestic abuse. I am talking about the real abused men. These are the men who are systematically abused by their female partners.

Identifying a Battered Man

Would you know the difference between a “real” battered man and one faking it? If you are reading this article, you probably have an interest in understanding the concept of battered men. You’ve probably been told, by your abusive partner, that it’s all in your head. So, let’s take a moment to sort this out.

Here are some tell-tale signs that you are an abused man in a toxic, dangerous relationship:

1) Your partner uses verbal, emotional, psychological and/or physical abuse to get her way. It’s her means of establishing and maintaining control in your relationship.

2) Your partner may punish and/or manipulate through the use of battering that can also involve threats of separating you from your children.

3) Your spouse is extremely jealous of your contact with other women, even when there is no basis for an extramarital affair.

4) Your partner seeks to control your time, attention, and your social life.

5) Your partner demands that things go her way or no way, leaving you with no other options other than to acquiesce.

6) Your partner insists that you assume blame for all discord in the relationship including her abusive behavior toward you.

7) Your partner may seek to isolate you from all sources of support outside of your intimate relationship with her.

8) Your partner demands your compassionate understanding of her, yet fails to offer empathy toward you.

If you identify with these tell-tale signs of battered men, seek to align yourself with people who understand how it is to be a man living in an abusive relationship. Though these ties, you can rally the emotional wherewithal to stand up against those who laugh at, ignore, ridicule and seek to dismiss your victimization. With the momentum of this support, you can break the paralysis of being one of many battered men.