Dog Bladder Problems – Why is My Puppy Frequently Urinating Small Amounts?

Perhaps you have noticed your dog urinating frequently, as in every 10 minutes or so. Maybe you notice your puppy trying to urinate and only see a few drops come out each time. When you see your puppy frequently urinating small amounts, there is reason to be alarmed.

Frequent urination is a common problem in dogs, particularly in bitches. A female puppy frequently urinating small amount usually has an underlying bacterial infection. Other causes include bladder stones, hormonal imbalance, birth defects, tumors, and polydypsia.

If your puppy frequently urinating small amounts has bladder stones it probably means they are blocking her urinary flow. The bladder eventually gets so full that it presses against the blockage and urine leaks around it.

A puppy frequently urinating small amounts due to hormonal imbalance could have a problem with her kidneys being unable to concentrate urine. Dehydration could result and be fatal in this case so you have to make sure that your puppy has enough fresh, filtered water to drink.

If a birth defect is the reason for your puppy frequently urinating small amounts, only your vet will be able to figure that out. Female huskies are commonly born with defects that make them constantly drip urine. Corrective surgery may be necessary in this case.

A puppy frequently urinating small amount could also have a tumor or other serious disease. When you take your dog to the vet, the vet will do some tests and exams to determine what the underlying problem is.

Polydypsia is a condition that is characterized by obsessive water drinking. It will lead to your puppy frequently urinating small amounts.

So what can you do when you find your puppy frequently urinating small amounts? Don’t panic. Get started with aggressive home treatment first of all. Give your puppy a homeopathic remedy.

Homeopathy works the best with regular use but it is also effective as a treatment when you notice symptoms coming on. Look for a homeopathic remedy that contains ingredients like uva ursi and cantharis. These natural ingredients are known to strengthen and maintain a healthy bladder, urinary tract, urine flow, and immune system.

Also make sure that your puppy’s diet is optimal. Avoid commercial dog food and feed him raw unprocessed meats. Give him plenty of fresh, clean, filtered water to drink as well. Get him on a regular potty schedule so he’s not holding urine for hours and hours.

Do your pup a favor and start home treatment as soon as you notice your puppy frequently urinating small amounts. If you wait too long to do something about it, the problem could even become fatal. Get a homeopathic remedy and read up on natural, preventive treatments so you can help your dog maintain a healthy bladder and urinary tract for years to come!

Applications of Oxygen in the Medical Industry

Oxygen is absolutely imperative for sustenance of life on earth. It is the third most commonly occurring element in the universe after hydrogen and helium. Occurring as diatomic gas O2 under standard temperature and pressure, oxygen is odorless and tasteless. It is said that oxygen makes up 20.8% of the Earth’s atmosphere. In terms of mass, it is the most commonly found element in the crust of the Earth. It exists as part of oxide compounds like silicone dioxide comprising almost half of mass of the earth’s crust.

Taking oxygen from the air is the most important function of respiration. It is for this reason that oxygen supplementation is used in hospitals. Patients having respiratory problems are administered medical oxygen which increases oxygen level in blood of the patient. Moreover, it also lowers resistance to blood flow in many types of damaged lungs. There is a great demand of oxygen plants to meet the oxygen requirements in the health sector.

For treating diseases like congestive heart failure, emphysema and pneumonia, oxygen therapy is considered as an effective treatment. The therapy is also used in numerous other diseases that cause increased pulmonary artery pressure. It is also used in diseases that damage body’s ability to respire oxygen. However, such therapy can even be administered in hospitals or at patient’s home. There are portable oxygen devices like oxygen masks and nasal cannulas which can be used anywhere.

For treatment of gas gangrene, carbon monoxide poisoning and decompression sickness, hyperbaric medicine is used. It is high pressure therapy that uses special oxygen chambers that increases the partial pressure of oxygen around the patient. When oxygen concentration increases in the lungs, it displaces carbon monoxide from the heme group of hemoglobin.

On the other hand, oxygen acts as a terminator on anaerobic bacteria, which is the cause of gas bacteria. On increasing partial pressure of oxygen, anaerobic bacteria are decimated. Partial pressure is pressure of the oxygen if it is the only gas contained in the volume.

Divers suffer from decompression sickness on account of decompressing soon after a dive, which result in the formation of bubbles, mostly of nitrogen and helium in blood. The pressure of oxygen is increased at the earliest inside the body which assists in re-dissolving the bubbles back into the blood enabling these excess gases to be released through the lungs.

Almost 20% of the artificially produced oxygen is used in medical applications, metal cutting, and welding water treatment and as an oxidizer in rocket fuel. About 55% of commercially produced oxygen is consumed by the steel industry in smelting iron ore into steel with the remaining 25% used in the chemical industry.

Asthma Triggers – All Hot and Bothered

An asthma trigger is anything that brings on the symptoms of asthma; it does not cause the asthma itself, but because asthma sufferers have sensitive airways, it causes an attack. Everyone’s asthma is different and may have several triggers. An important aspect of controlling asthma is avoiding triggers. There are a lot of well known common triggers, some asthma triggers are obvious in as much as they would probably cause some form of reaction from anyone. For example: extremely cold air, cigarette smoke or bonfire smoke, but there are also some that are not known.

So the first step in managing our daughter’s asthma was to understand the various asthma triggers that affected her. My daughter’s asthma triggers appear to be mainly:

(1) Emotions such as over excitement or stress

(2) Most cats, guinea pigs, some dogs and other furry/feathery animals, but not her pet rats.

(3) House dust.

(4) Common cold and flu viruses.

(5) Hayfever.

(6) Heat – hot weather or an over hot house

Now we have identified the triggers we can take precautions to avoid them. As well as being common sense, this is now recommended in a number of published guidelines on asthma care. All of the measures we take aim at giving the best possible quality of life, so we can avoid heavy medication regimes. One medication we do rely on is the reliever inhaler, as this seems to neutralise all but the most extreme triggers. This should be taken each day, but my daughter sometimes forgets, even on days when it is known that triggers will be experienced, for example cold air in winter. So part of the asthma management is to gently remind her it needs to be taken each day to prevent having to resort to heavier medication to sort out an asthma attack if it should have taken hold. As with most things relating to asthma it is worth discussing the options, on a regular basis, with your doctor and/or asthma nurse.

Knowing what the triggers are, and therefore when they are likely to be contacted, leads to being able to control these situation with the preventer and have less reliance on reactive medication.

Multiple triggers can cause other complications. The effects of one can mask the affects of others so it can be difficult to identify exactly what has triggered an asthma attack. Sometimes the link is obvious, for example when symptoms start within minutes of coming into contact but some reactions are not so obvious. In my daughter’s case it took some analyzing to realise it was the animal’s bedding and not the animal itself that caused the reaction. This is why she gets on OK with her pet rats, which share her bedroom; but has to keep away from her sister’s guinea pigs, which live in the conservatory.

Because we live right next to a town centre park, it was almost inevitable that we would get a dog sooner or later. Our daughter is definitely allergic to most cats, but dogs do not seem to bother her, in themselves. However there is still the concern that the extra dust and air borne debris a dog would cause could well be an issue. There are a number of dogs that, although not completely hypoallergenic, are less likely to affect than other dogs. These include the Poodle, Schnauzer, most hairless dogs (Yuk) and somewhere near the top of the list is the Weimaraner. Which is just as well, because this is the only breed of dog my wife would entertain owning. So that’s how we ended up with Spook.

Most people find they are sensitive to a number of different triggers. It can therefore be difficult to identify them individually as several may be contacted in one day. In my daughter’s case the summer is an obvious problem time as she suffers from Hayfever, very hot days add to the situation, especially as this will also cause more dust and airborne particles in general around the house and outside.

Sometimes these triggers are obvious, but other times it is not so clear and this is when the other inhaler and even the nebuliser needs to be used. This is usually when triggers have come in combinations or have not been identified early enough. It is difficult to tell how hot is too hot, how dusty is too dusty and, because it is very personal, what someone’s emotional state is and whether they are feeling stressful.

Having a child with asthma, it is important to constantly monitor and manage the medical regime and the lifestyle triggers. As there is no cure for asthma it is important to keep control of it. Prevention is better than having to deal with an attack. But it is also important to know what to do in the case of an attack. As the child matures, they will get to understand their condition and be able to discuss it directly with their asthma nurse. But as children do forget and their priorities in life change, it is also necessary to monitor them too.

Hopefully this will then prevent everyone from getting hot and bothered.

Sarcoidosis – The Best Natural Remedies For Sarcoidosis and Other ILD’s

Natural Remedies & Sarcoidosis Treatment:

After several years of medical treatment for lymphatic Sarcoidosis my husband & I found 3 natural remedies for Sarcoidosis that have kept him in remission for two years. The main factors to take into account with Sarcoidosis and many other autoimmune diseases are immune system imbalance & inflammation. Oxidative stress was found to be the underlying cause of Sarcoidosis and other ILD’s in 26 different published medical studies; so let’s look at some ways to reverse oxidative stress, lower inflammation and balance the immune system with regenerative nutrition instead of pharmaceutical drugs & get your body on the path to healing!

3 Natural Remedies For Sarcoidosis Treatment:

1. Broad Spectrum Antioxidants: eat a rainbow of fruits and vegetables. Raw fruits and vegetables are very high in antioxidants which fight oxidation. They are excellent natural remedies for Sarcoidosis providing live enzymes which balance your digestive system (where 70-80% of your immune system is), lower inflammation & boost the immune system.

Some of the most powerful natural remedies for Sarcoidosis are quercetin (found in apples & onions), resveratrol (found in the skin of red wine grapes, peanuts & Japanese Knotweed) & tumeric (a spice used for cooking). Jack started taking one supplement with all of these and about 40 more powerful natural ingredients to reverse his symptoms of Sarcoidosis.

Sarcoidosis is the formulation of granulomas, non-cancerous tumors of mutated cells that can form in any system in the body. These mutated cells become deformed & start stealing electrons from healthy cells. This chain reaction is not broken until an antioxidant comes along and gives our cell an electron to stop the process and start repair.

2. Knock Out Inflammation: Mother Nature’s Best Anti-inflammatory is a natural nutrient found in brown seaweed, called Fucoidan. This nutrient is an absolutely amazing polysaccharide. In clinical trials it boosted the immune system by as much as 400% in only 12 days. This one nutrient was vital to my husband’s recovery. Within 3 weeks his pain, vertigo and inflammation was noticeably less. I have several clients using this natural remedy for sarcoidosis, so far they report less pain (a couple even NO pain), less inflammation, ease in breathing, no cramping, more energy, less coughing, no more chronic bronchitis.

3. Boost Your Immune System: Fucoidan, as I said above, is the very best immune booster. When is comes to fighting Sarcoidosis you need to remember that this is an autoimmune disease. Treating the symptoms will never cure the disease. So balancing, boosting & building the immune system will reverse many, if not all of the symptoms of Sarcoidosis. There are many natural remedies for Sarcoidosis treatment but another one that also helps naturally boost the immune system is star anise. Tamiflu is derived from Star Anise (it was so powerful the pharmaceutical companies synthesized it into a drug they could prescribe and make a fortune).

When the immune system starts attacking itself there is something majorly wrong and most of the time 1 autoimmune disease will lead to several others. Many people with Sarcoid also have diabetes, arthritis, lupus, CFS, etc. etc. We must treat the root cause instead of give it a name and write a lifetime prescription.

With autoimmune diseases our own immune system has turned on us – thus, we must regulate, repair & regenerate a healthy immune system that repairs damage rather than causes it. Millions of deformed cells will cause tumors or clusters of mutated and inflamed cells, thus Sarcoidosis. To find out more and get testimonials from clients about the most efficacious supplements and natural remedies for Sarcoidosis contact me or go to Sarcoidosis Treatment. My husband has been in remission for 24 months. Hear his story as well as many others & learn more about healing Sarcoidosis naturally.

Are Expensive Drink Coasters Worth the Cost?

Drink coasters aren’t the kind of items that you give a lot of thought to; until someone puts a sweaty glass down on your expensive coffee table. Then suddenly you have to leap into panic mode, flinging a coaster like a ninja star and hoping that it will somehow stand between the eminent water ring, and your beautiful table surface.

However when your in a store shopping for home décor, such a scenario is a million miles away. Instead you are thinking about two things, price, and style. You want something that looks good, but you don’t want to have to pay a lot of money for it.

The problem is you get what you pay for, especially with drink coasters. Since these items are supposed to be functional, you really have to consider one other factor, how well will they work.

The truth is that inexpensive drink coasters tend to be temporary in nature. These can include cork, paper, or even cardboard pieces. Available for practically nothing, at the time of purchase they might seem like a good idea.

Flash forward a couple of weeks to your big dinner party. Someone places a drink down on the table, but luckily, there is a coaster there, standing guard against the damage that moisture can bring. However its just a paper coaster, or maybe an old cork coaster that you picked up who knows when.

After the party is over your cleaning up, and as you remove that drink, and slide the coaster off the table you notice something; water, drips, splashes, or rings, that somehow penetrated the coasters defense to lay siege to the perfection of your table’s surface.

Peering at the coaster you notice something. Maybe it’s cracked a little, with a hairline fracture running down its middle, or maybe it has a hole, where degradation over time wore away at its surface, or maybe it’s just starting to crumble, the cheap material it is made of falling prey to the ravages of time.

Whatever the cause, the damage is permanent. Maybe you can clean the tables surface quickly, hoping to treat it with specialty wood cleansers. However chances are hours after the damage was first begun, there is nothing that can be done.

The pennies you saved purchasing that cheap coaster, has cost you the perfection of your expensive table top.

While saving money is a wonderful thing, when it comes to preventative home décor such as drink coasters, its better to just go ahead and purchase something that will get the job done. There are a wide variety of steal, glass, and even wooden coasters which can easily stand between a sweaty glass and a table top. You also have the option of purchasing sandstone coasters, which will actually absorb the moisture, holding it beneath the surface of the stone until it can evaporate harmlessly away.

Whatever you choose, don’t try to save a few pennies, to the detriment of a much more expensive piece. Choose coasters that will work right, every time.

Emotional Imprisonment – How to Avoid It

Have ever felt trapped either by your own emotional limitations or the emotional blackmail tactics of others? Have you noticed how the emotions of others influence your productivity and creativity? Are you surrounded by people that make you feel good and productive or sad and burdened? Has your physical appearance (weight gain, skin tone) ever been affected by your emotional state? Have you ever gotten so upset that you couldn’t think straight, work or maybe even talk? Have you ever been emotionally connected with someone and noticed that your creativity and intuition have suffered? Has some one ever bombarded you with their emotional drama and altered your decisions? Have you ever been influenced to do something you didn’t really want to do but you did it anyway because of the emotional influences of others? If you’ve had any of these experiences then you likely have been emotionally imprisoned.

Being emotionally trapped or imprisoned can be quite dangerous. Did you know that when you allow your emotional intelligence to be compromised that you compromise your intuitive flow? When our intuition is compromised not only is our subconscious mind disconnected from the Mind of Our Creator but our decisions are based only on our intellect or the facts and information that we have at our disposal. When we combine our intuition with our intellect we can know anything, and can make more solid decisions and choices. It is through intuition that we can connect and submit to our Creator. Everyone is born with intuition but most of us either learn to discount it or practice emotional behavior that causes us to ignore it. Our intuition and our emotions are interconnected. Intuition lies underneath emotions. So, when we are in the flow emotionally our intuition comes through more easily. That feeling of emotional imprisonment comes when our emotional blockages cause our intuitive light to dim.

These techniques I will discuss can help you to recognize, avoid and break free of emotional imprisonment. It’s dangerous and can lead to emotional abuse. More importantly, it can dim your intuitive light and disconnect you from your Creator.

Throughout my ongoing spiritual journey and path to discover my authenticity I’ve become very sensitive to how others make me feel. I notice if a relationship makes me feel charged and excited or if it feels burdensome and heavy, for example. I gravitate towards people that I can grow with and learn. I remember a time when I was surrounded by toxic people. People who I allowed to be very influential in my life and whose emotional agendas were always the order of business. I didn’t understand the importance of teaching others how to treat me. I submitted to emotional imprisonment and my intuition and decision making skills seemed to become warped and the productivity of my life, in general, suffered. I learned the importance of going to my intuition or my inner self during emotionally challenging times. I was so afraid of my emotions and often times how they would affect others that I became emotionally paralyzed and avoided situations when I really should have slowed down and taken a deeper look inside of myself, even if the emotional tirade of others was what I deemed, silly.

This emotional paralysis dimmed my intuition and inner light. By going deeper inside of myself, I learned to never give others power that they don’t deserve. This process helped me to be clear on how I needed to respond and what actions, if any, I should take. I now know to go inside of myself when I experience a friend, family member or acquaintance whose decisions are based on unbalanced emotional states. If I know that I’m emotionally connected to that person, I understand the importance of taking a step back, if needed. I now understand that I cannot own or influence the emotional states of others. I can only guide, facilitate and be an example and pray that they find their way. I now understand the power of emotional energy and thoughts and have learned to use them to my advantage. I realized that I love loving and being loved, but not at the expense of giving over my emotional power to someone who doesn’t deserve it.

I think you get the picture. Now, let’s talk about how we can avoid emotional imprisonment:

1. Focus on Your Connection To the Creator. Whether you mediate, pray, walk or paint, it is imperative that you take the time to reconnect with your Source.

2. Surround yourself with people who allow you to be emotionally free or people you can open up with and have fun. Find at least one friend or family member that allows you to express yourself emotionally, without judgment. Make sure that your mate or lover is this type of person. Protect and nurture that relationship.

3. Avoid intimate relationships with people who always have an emotional agenda or who always have to be in control.

4. Always take time to check in with yourself. Ask yourself how you are feeling? Sit with any emotions that you feel and allow them to pass. Don’t be afraid of your own emotions.

5. Pay attention to your body. Know what “yes” feels like in your body. Become familiar with what “love” feels like. Understand when your body is saying “no”.

6. Pay close attention and ask questions. Emotional ignorance is not bliss. I don’t know who told that lie.

7. Have good conversations with yourself about yourself. You’re likely having a conversation in your head right now. What are you saying or thinking?

8. Don’t give other people power over your emotions.

9. KEEP YOUR MIND AT HOME. Focus on your own development. Stay out of other folks business. You have no intuitive control over the lives of others. In the words of the Tao Te Ching, “Trust that others know what is best for them.”

Written by Wendy Franklin Muhammad, The Authenticity Coach (TM)

Pros and Cons of G-Tube and Fundoplication Surgery in Children

There are numerous reasons why a baby or child would need G-tube and fundoplication surgery at such a young age, but regardless of the reason, there are many pros and cons involved that the parents should know about. Fundoplication is a surgery where the top part of the stomach is wrapped around the lowest part of the esophagus; this is usually done to treat gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD) if medications have proven to be ineffective for the child. A G-tube, or gastrostomy tube, may be placed if the child has been using another feeding tube, such as a nasogastric (NG) or nasojejunal (NJ) tube. The G-tube may also be placed to provide a method of releasing air from the stomach, in order to “burp” the child.

Reasons Why Some Children Need a G-Tube and Fundoplication

Surgery is definitely a last-resort option when it comes to children, but it sometimes is necessary to improve patients’ health. “Failure to Thrive” is a term often used when a child falls off the growth chart, and is an indication that the child needs more nutrition and calories. There are several conditions that could lead a child to become failure to thrive, but the most common would probably be a combination of GERD with poor oral intake of foods.

It is a vicious cycle as the acid reflux irritates the esophagus, resulting in poor feedings which can then be refluxed out, usually several times a day. The child sometimes learns to associate the taste of the refluxed contents with eating, and if the child refuses to eat at all then a feeding tube would be required to ensure the child gets the nutrition he or she needs daily.

However, if the child’s reflux is not being adequately treated, there may be a chance of some or all the tube feedings to be lost. That is why a G-tube and fundoplication is sometimes necessary: the G-tube for feeding the child through the stomach, and the fundoplication to make sure the food stays in the digestive system.

Pros of G-Tube and Fundoplication Surgery in Children

No one can deny that babies and young children are in an important developmental stage in their lives. Their growth is meticulously charted, developmental milestones are checked off according to how many months old the child is, and even the number of wet and dirty diapers are indicators of how healthy a baby is. That is why it is so imperative that a child grows and gains weight. This surgery would be able to help achieve that, simply because the G-tube would deliver food straight to the stomach and the fundoplication would prevent it from being thrown up.

Another pro to this, if the child has been using an NG or NJ tube, is that it would help with oral feeds. The placement of NG and NJ tubes require a very thin, flexible tube to be placed through the nose, down the esophagus, and into the stomach or intestine. Having a tube in your nose and also the back of your throat doesn’t sound very comfortable, and having a tube keeping the “lid” of your stomach open doesn’t sound like it would help with reflux either. Eliminating this type of feeding tube would make the child a lot more comfortable with oral feeding and stimulation.

The Downside of Children’s G-Tube and Fundoplication Surgery

Of course, there are some risks involved with surgery and some possible after-effects that may negatively affect the child. As with all surgery, there is a risk for infection, and it is an ongoing battle when a G-tube is involved. To place the G-tube, the surgeon makes a “tunnel” to the stomach from a hole under the left side of the ribs; a PEG tube is inserted into this tunnel with one end being secured inside the stomach. The other end is available to deliver food and medicine, and often needs to be secured inside the child’s clothing.

For as long as the G-tube is used, there is a hole in the body that can be susceptible to infection. Another thing that this hole can be susceptible to is granulation tissue, or GT; it’s skin that the body creates to fix the hole. GT is easily fixed by using a prescribed steroid cream or, if it becomes very large, can be treated with silver nitrate at the surgeon’s office.

Fundoplication surgery prevents children from throwing up stomach contents-it often prevents them from burping too! With no way for gas to come up through a burp, it has to go the other way, sometimes leading to gas pains in the child’s intestines. The stomach wrap can loosen over time, allowing the child to burp eventually.

Another possibility is that the stomach wrap will loosen completely, requiring another surgery to redo the fundoplication. Also, since this surgery requires using the top of the stomach to wrap around the esophagus, the stomach gets smaller. As a result, a smaller volume of food is tolerated; retching from discomfort can ensue and any gas inside the stomach needs to be released through a common technique called venting.

While the G-tube and fundoplication may make it easier to deliver calories and nutrition to a child with a history of reflux and failure to thrive, it still has its disadvantages: smaller stomach volume, gas pains, retching, etc. However, if GERD has made a child a failure to thrive and medications have failed to reduce the acid reflux, the G-tube and fundoplication surgery may be the only thing that can help.

Guava Medicinal Benefits

Since the early fifties keen interest has been elicited about Guava especially the leaves. Efforts were made to identify the ingredients which are effective in various medicinal properties exhibited by Guava leaves. Guava leaves are used in various native medicines used. guava leaves contain ingredients which have a role to play in various ailments such as cancer, Infections, inflammation, and pain. Essential oil of guava leaves have been particularly effective in improving the prognosis of cancer and other immunological diseases.

Guava leaves have been used in treating diarrhea and the bark is used for its microbicidal and astringent action. The leaves and bark is also used in dysentry and diabetes. Guava originated in Peru and archaeological excavations have revealed that it was cultivated by the indigenous people. The tree is wide spread in the rain forests and therefore has a long history of its use by the natives of these rain forests and they are still used in modern times.

A decoction of the leaves and the bark are used by the Tikuna natives for dysentry. The treatment is so effective that it is being used by the inhabitants of the cities also. The Amazon Indians also use the leaves extract for diarrhea and as a gargle for sore throat, emesis, digestive ailments, and menstrual disorders. The leaves are also used as a mouth freshener and relief from tooth aches. The leaves extract is also used as a douche for candidiasis and for the tightening of the vaginal walls especially after child birth. Leaves are crushed and applied on wounds and bruises. Flowers are crushed and the extract is used as eye drops to alleviate the pain and burning during conjunctivitis or sun strain. The benefits of Guava leaves have also been mentioned in the old Dutch pharmacopia. The fruit was taken to other parts of the world by the Dutch and other explorers. In modern days guava’s are found in most parts of the world.

Guavas are rich in saponins, carotenoids, lectins, flavonoids, essential oils, vitamins, tannins, phenols, triterpenes, fiber and fatty acids. It is also a rich source of Vitamin C many times greater than oranges. It also has moderate quantity of Vitamin A. The leaves are particularly rich in flavonoids like Quercetin. Much of the medicinal properties of guava are attributed to these flavonoids. Flavonoids are also responsible for the anti-bacterial activity of Guava leaves. Quercetin is also responsible for the anti diarrheal action of Guava leaves since it relaxes the smooth muscles of the GI tract and also inhibits the bowel contractions.

The Enemies Of A Great Dane

How sad it is to think of the fact that the Great Dane is not a long-lived breed. Their lifespan is generally seven to ten years, perhaps longer if well taken cared of. However, a Great Dane may not reach his average lifespan due to some problems. Lack of nutrition, lack of grooming, owner’s negligence, lack of security and various diseases are some of the culprits that could cause your dog’s health to deteriorate and shorten his life.

Below is the list of diseases common among Great Danes. Owners should be well-informed about these diseases to help their dogs in their battle against these life- threatening problems.

– Bloat

Formally called Gastric Dilatation-Volvulus (GDV), bloat is one of the killers of large and deep-chested dogs like Great Danes. It is an emergency situation that could take away your dog’s life in less than an hour if not treated immediately. Bloat is a condition in which the stomach swells or becomes overstretched, often related to excessive gas content. The stomach may twist or rotate thus cuts off blood supply to other vital organs. The most common sign is an attempt to vomit every five to 30 minutes, but is usually unsuccessful. Other signs include swelling of the abdomen, abdominal pain, rapid breathing and excessive salivation. A dog may also seem to be restless all the time, frequently changing positions and doesn’t act like his usual self.

– Hip Dysplasia

Hip dysplasia is an inherited disorder characterized by a deformity of the dog’s hip socket. The socket and thighbone do not fit together properly, it is a loose fit. It will then cause wear and tear within the joint as it moves. As time goes by, the disease progresses causing great pain to the affected dog. Affected dog commonly reduces movement to reduce pain and may also exhibit stiffness or soreness after rising from rest, lameness, abnormal gait and reluctance to stand on rear legs. Early treatment of this disease, more particularly the clinical signs will save your giant Dane from being crippled.

– Hypothyroidism

The thyroid gland is a two small butterfly-shaped lobes known to regulate a dog’s metabolic rate by producing enough hormone. Hypothyroidism occurs when the hormone produced by the thyroid gland is not enough thus decrease your dog’s metabolism. Signs include skin problems, weight gain, excessive shedding, slow heart rate, lethargy and depression. Great Danes between four to ten years of age are more prone to hypothyroidism.

If your Great Dane is showing signs of any of these diseases, seek the advise of your vet as soon as you can. This article is just a guideline and is not intended to replace any vet’s diagnosis.

5 Good Fruits For Diabetics to Reduce Blood Glucose

You can reduce blood glucose levels in the bloodstream by a triple formula which includes proper diet plan, daily exercise program, and Good Fruits for Diabetes. Many people may threaten you saying that eating fruits can elevate blood sugar when you are diabetic. It’s wrong as there are many fruits with low sugar which are really good for diabetes. Here we shall see a brief description of five fruits that are benefiting diabetics.

1. Apples

Many surveys have been made on ‘diabetes and fruits’ in which apples are given priority for considering their benefits for diabetics. The surveys are of strong view that apples are good fruits for diabetics. Many experiments have been conducted on ‘Apples for Diabetics’. They have established that the diabetics are experiencing a decrease in blood glucose sufficiently within 24 hours after consuming apples. Apples are good for reducing inflammation symptoms associated to diabetes and heart problems. The glycemic index of apples has been determined to be 38. This shows that apple fruits are good for diabetics.

2. Grapefruit

Grapefruits which have 25 as glycemic index are recommended for diabetics because they can naturally lower blood sugar levels. The ingredients of grapefruits are helping pancreas for boosting insulin production. If the fruits are fresh, the benefits can be seen amazingly great. However, consuming fruits in juice form is less benefitting than the whole fruits. If the diabetics are eating grapes with seeds and skin, the benefits may be doubled.

3. Oranges

Since Oranges are of 48 as glycemic index, they are highly recommended for diabetics to consume one orange on daily basis. Oranges are high in fiber and contain Vitamin C to control blood sugar levels. Oranges being a low fat snack help reduce body weight which is one of the risk factors of diabetes.

4. Guava

Guava fruits are usually a good source of pectin, a dietary fiber, that can help control blood sugar and they are available at cheap rate everywhere. Guava can be cut into pieces and you can eat as snack to lower sugars.

5. Bitter melon

It is true that whatever fruit you eat with bitter taste it is definitely to help you keep your blood sugar levels sufficiently at low measure. Bitter melon tops the list of fruits in this aspect to keep control of blood sugar in the blood stream. You know ‘SWEET’ is the enemy for diabetics. As the ingredients of bitter melon are zero in ‘sweet component’, you may choose to eat bitter melon daily to keep a check on sugar levels.

The Real Modern Day Causes Of Chronic Disease In America

The first step we must take in order to prevent and cure chronic disease is to know their modern day causes and understand why these diseases are now so prevalent in America today. In the U.S., 70 percent of Americans that die each year die from chronic diseases such as heart disease, cancer, diabetes, and stroke. For many years now, tobacco use has been considered the single most dangerous modifiable risk factor for chronic disease and longevity. But modern day industry and technology has brought about dramatic changes in our diet, our food, our environment, and our lifestyles. These changes have introduced other risk factors that we are now faced with and it’s the totality of these other risk factors that today pose a greater threat to the health of Americans than even smoking.

DIET AND LIFESTYLE

A report published in the Journal of the American Medical Association (March, 2004) states, “poor diet and lack of physical exercise may soon surpass tobacco as the leading cause of death”. In America today, modern technological advances both at home and on the job has created two things, jobs and lifestyles that are less physically active or even sedentary and a heavy reliance on the convenience of fast and processed food. The report goes further and states that only 1.5 percent more people in the U.S. die each year from tobacco (18.1percent) than those that die from poor diet and lack of physical activity (16.6 percent).

Poor diet and lack of exercise contributes to chronic disease in two ways. First, by promoting cell malfunction in our bodies by depriving the cells of sufficient nutrients and enough oxygen to keep them functioning properly and second, by contributing to weight gain and obesity.

WEIGHT GAIN AND OBESITY

It’s no secret that the U.S. is the fattest country in the world and that this is due primarily to the convenient availability of today’s fast and processed foods and inactive lifestyles. We all know that these kinds of foods are jam-packed with fats and sugars and that by consuming these foods along with physical inactivity sets us up for weight gain from fat.

But why is fat dangerous and how does it contribute to chronic disease? Body fat is dangerous for two reasons. The first reason is because fat cells are actually active, especially abdominal fat cells, and produce toxic hormones and other toxic substances during the process of lipolysis which is the breakdown of the fats that are stored in the fat cells. Our bodies are designed to handle normal amounts of these substances but the more fat you have the more fat cells you have that are releasing these toxic substances up to the point that the body becomes overwhelmed and can no longer safely dispose of them.

The second reason is that some outside environmental toxic chemicals accumulates in human fat. One such example is Polybrominated diphenyl ethers, or PBDEs. Better known as flame retardants, PBDEs are used in a wide variety of common household products from carpet to electronics and studies show that they can cause both liver and kidney damage. The more body fat you have, the greater the possibility of you accumulating more toxic chemicals, such as PBDEs, than your body can handle. In either case, excessive body fat results in a toxic overload within the cells and just like depriving them of nutrients and oxygen, causes the cells to malfunction thus weakening the immune system.

HOW THE AMERICAN FOOD INDUSTRY HAS MADE US SICK

Seeing now how poor diet and daily inactivity can cause chronic disease, you would think that all you need to do is to start exercising and and go to the grocery store and stock up on healthier foods, right. Wrong! There are three reasons why the highly processed foods and the conventionally grown crops and meats found in most grocery stores today have played a part in the prevalence of chronic disease in America.

TOXIC CHEMICALS IN OUR FOOD

The first reason is toxicity. For many years now, the U.S.’s major food producers have used chemicals, pesticides, herbicides, and growth hormones to grow bigger crops and livestock as quickly as possible for increased profits. Unknown by most American consumers, many of the meats, fruits, and vegetables found on typical grocery store shelves are laced with traces of these chemicals and hormones. These foods, as well as our processed and packaged food, also contain other chemicals in the form of ripening agents, artificial flavor and aromatic enhancers, preservatives, and other man-made chemicals to make them as appealing and as convenient as possible. These toxic chemicals ultimately end up in our bodies and after years of exposure, build up to a toxic level that our bodies are not designed to deal with.

LOW NUTRITIONAL VALUES IN TODAY’S FOOD

The second reason is that a lot of the conventional foods of today have a low nutritional value. Modern agriculture has employed methods of farming that has depleted the soil of vital minerals causing a significant decrease in the nutritional content of many of our fruits and vegetables. In fact, the Healthcare Professionals (HCP) Impact Study conducted in 2009 found that 81 percent of registered dietitians now view dietary supplements as important for maintaining health. Doug Gurian-Sherman, senior scientist with the food and environment program at the Union of Concerned Scientists (UCS) recently stated, “The way we farm now is destructive of the soil, the environment and us” and that “worst of all, our food is increasingly bad for us, even dangerous”. But perhaps the most serious threat to our food supply is one has gone virtually unknown to the average unsuspecting American consumer and is the third reason why our food is making us so sick.

GENETICALLY MODIFIED FOOD

Also known as GMOs (Genetically Modified Organisms), genetic food modification can quite possibly become the single most dangerous threat to our health. Genetic modification is the technology that makes it possible to manipulate the genes of living organisms by combining multiple genes from different living organisms in order to change the characteristics of that organism. Also referred to as recombinant DNA technology, the resulting products are said to be transgenic, genetically modified, or genetically engineered. The World Health Organization views GMO’s as “organisms in which the genetic material (DNA) has been altered in a way that does not occur naturally”.

This technology has now made it possible for scientists to inject chemicals such as herbicides and pesticides directly into the genes and the DNA of seeds used to grow the fruits and vegetables we eat in order to make them more resistant to the herbicides and pesticides already in use. This technology is also being used on livestock as well. The irony is that the world’s largest producer of GMO’s and genetically engineered foods is not one of our nation’s major food producers such as Tyson Foods or Kraft. It’s Monsanto, a chemical company. Since the early 1990’s, this technology has been used in America’s agriculture. Today approximately 70 percent of the food you buy at your typical grocery store has been genetically modified and chances are you have or will eat a GMO today.

TOXIC CHEMICALS IN OUR AIR, OUR WATER, AND OUR HOMES

The most direct source of chemical exposure we unknowingly experience comes from the foods we eat. But we can no longer ignore the fact that the environmental toxins found in our air, our water, and even our homes contribute greatly to chronic diseases here in the U.S. The number of toxic chemicals we Americans routinely encounter is astonishing. The Environmental Protection Agency has now identified at least 6,000 chemicals that Americans are regularly exposed to and this number grows each year.

And these chemical toxins are not just limited to air and water contaminants. A lot of the chemicals we come into contact with daily are right in our own homes in the form of floor cleaners, furniture polish, and even hairspray. According to the Campaign for Safe Cosmetics, “Americans use an average of 10 personal care products each day, resulting in exposure to more than 126 unique chemicals-not counting the many undisclosed chemicals in fragrance.”

IS SMOKING REALLY THE NUMBER ONE CAUSE OF CHRONIC DISEASE IN AMERICA?

The answer is probably not but certainly it remains a major contributor. Even though the decline in the number of people who smoke has been stalled since 2005, the fact is that for 40 years now, the number of Americans who smoke has been decreasing and according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), exposure to second hand smoke is now down 70 percent. Cigarette smoking peaked in the mid 1960’s with 40 percent of Americans smoking and today that figure is at about 23 percent. The percentage of Americans suffering from chronic disease now stands at 51 percent and that number continues to climb. With this in mind, it would be hard to conclusively say that cigarette smoking continues to stand alone as America’s number one cause of chronic disease.

WHAT IS THE NUMBER ONE CAUSE OF CHRONIC DISEASE IN AMERICA?

The extremely high rate of chronic disease we’re experiencing here in the U.S. today is a result of not just one, but a combination of all of these risk factors. These risk factors cause two things within our bodies that serve as the basis for all chronic disease, deficiency and toxicity. If left unchecked, these two common denominators will begin to cause cellular damage and over time, will cause the cells to malfunction thus increasing the probability of developing chronic disease.

In America today, the combination of enormous toxic overload, the declining nutritional value of our foods, smoking, poor diet, lack of exercise, and obesity all work against our nation’s health in ways we have never seen before by poisoning our bodies and then depriving it’s cells of what they need to function properly. In order to help avoid and reverse disease and give our bodies a chance to detoxify themselves, it’s vital that we find ways to limit our subjection to chemical toxins and find nutritious alternate food options.

HIV Rash Symptoms – What You Need to Know

HIV rash symptoms are usually seen in people who have contracted the HIV virus. Unfortunately this specific symptom of HIV is one of the latest symptoms that appear, which means that the HIV infection has come to its final stage before turning into AIDS. In the following article we are going to discuss more about HIV rashes, and its symptoms.

The HIV rash can be described as a kind of rash which a HIV infected person may see on its skin. There are also cases where the rash appeared because of the medicines the affected person takes in order to keep the disease under control. According to some researches about 85% of HIV infected people will experience rash at one moment in their lives.

The HIV infection rash can be described as a small, slightly raised, patch of skin with small bumps. The main difference between this specific rash and other kinds of rashes is the coloration which varies of the skin tone of the infected person. If the infected person has light or pale skin color then the rash is usually dark red to red-brown. If the affected person has dark skin color the rash is dark brown to purple-black. The HIV rash usually appears 2-3 weeks after the infection and is not that rare amongst people. Unfortunately it is considered to be one of the late symptoms of HIV. For that reason, it is smart to know the symptoms of HIV and always ask for doctor’s help. This also applies for other diseases and infections too, because if you react in time there are chances that you will eliminate the disease in its initial stage or at least keep it under control.

The rash which generally appears in HIV infected persons makes the skin scaly and dry. Sometimes it is similar to a bad case of psoriasis. The symptoms of HIV rash in women are followed by genital sores or warts. The symptoms and signs of HIV rash in women are quite similar to the symptoms in men. They include genital sores or warts. The symptoms of acute HIV rash are peeling of the skin which can lead to sores and blisters on the genitals. Apart from the genital the HIV rash can also appear on the face and this mainly happens in the initial stages of the treatment. This rash as a symptom of HIV infection is valuable since it increases the chances for a precise diagnosis. This actually means that there are many people who got used to live with HIV.

What Are the Symptoms of Skin Cancer?

When recognizing what are the symptoms of skin cancer, it is always advantageous to do so in the early stages than in the late stages. Early recognition can be a life-saver.

There are many symptoms associated with skin cancer. This is one of the most common, yet most dangerous types of cancers that an individual may experience. It has been established that each year in the United States there are over one million diagnoses that are directly related to skin cancer. If you were to combine all the individuals who are diagnosed with breast cancer, colon cancer, prostate cancer, and even lung cancer, and compare that number to the individuals that are diagnosed with skin cancer, you would find that the skin cancer patients out number the patients of the other types of conditions. For this reason, it is important that you learn to identify the symptoms associated with skin cancer.

Early Stages of Skin Cancer

In the early stages of skin cancer, there are many distinct symptoms that may make themselves known. You should pay special attention to the following:

o You should pay special attention to the moles that you have on the body. It is essential to make a note of any changes that may occur on this skin marks. This includes changes that affect the overall size, changes that relate to the color, as well as changes that have to do with the shape.

o There are guidelines that you can use to determine if there is a cause for concern when it comes to moles. It is the “ABCD” model. This stands for “asymmetry”, “borders”, “color”, and “diameter”. If you notice any changes relating to moles and other skin markings that are affected in such a way that any of the areas that are part of the “ABCD” model are affected, it is essential to seek medical care.

o You should always pay special attention to the height or the overall elevation of a mole. This is especially true if that same mark on the skin had been flat in previous incidents.

o There are changes that may possibly occur on the actual surface of a mole that could indicate the onset of skin cancer. If you notice that the mole has a crust like substance, has breakage, bleeds, or releases a clear substance, you should be concerned.

o Many individuals may begin to notice that the area in and around a skin mole starts to experience a burning sensation. Many may also notice tingling and may even be tempted to scratch due to itching. If you experience any of these symptoms, you may need to consider setting up an appointment with your doctor for an examination.

o It is important to pay special attention to moles and other markings of the skin when it comes to skin cancer, but it is also important to ensure that you consider the areas around the marks as well. Be sure to watch for redness and tenderness. You will also want to be careful when it comes to changes as far as coloring is concerned.

Late Stages of Skin Cancer

In the late stages of skin cancer, there are many symptoms that one should pay special attention to. This is true even if you have never been diagnosed with skin cancer. It could just be that the early symptoms were not quite noticeable. The following represents the symptoms that you may discover:

o Many may notice that they experience pain in the location of where a mole is located on the skin. This pain may or may not be accompanied by skin breakage, bleeding, and even the oozing of a clear substance.

o The lymph nodes located in the area of the neck, groin, and even in the armpit may become swollen.

o Many may discover that they develop a persistent cough that may or may not be accompanied with mild to severe weight loss.

o Headaches are often an indication of a serious underlying issue if any other symptoms of skin cancer are present. This is especially true if they are accompanied by seizures.

If you notice any of these symptoms, you should seek assistance from a medical professional immediately. Skin cancer symptoms that are evident prove that there is an underlying medical condition that may require professional care.

Dyshidrotic Eczema Treatments – Natural and Surefire Way To Cure Dyshidrotic Eczema

Dyshidrotic eczema, one of the disease’s most annoying types, is a skin condition that will continually recur, unless it’s treated completely. It induces soreness and itchiness, leaving the one afflicted uncomfortable throughout the day. There are lots of dyshidrotic eczema treatments, which can address the skin condition’s symptoms. Constant treatment is necessary, if you are to fully recover.

Natural Cures for Eczema

Before bringing out the big guns, you can try your hand at using natural remedies. These items, after all, are often readily available, and shouldn’t entail you to spend a bundle of cash just to get them. Some of the natural cures for eczema may appear strange, but make no mistake, they can do the job.

•White Vinegar – Applying a highly acidic substance, such as white vinegar, might be painful, since dyshidrotic eczema makes your skin very sensitive. However, it can kill bacteria and dislodge the skin flakes. What’s a little pain if it can bring long-lasting relief?

•Flaxseed Oil – Having scaly skin is a normal occurrence for those who have dyshidrotic eczema. To bring back your skin’s normal condition, apply flaxseed oil on the affected areas. It will eventually smooth out the rough and scaly parts.

•Aloe Vera – This powerful acne repellant is also considered one of the most effective dyshidrotic eczema treatments. Its smooths scaly skin and relieves inflammation and itchiness.

•Milk and Oatmeal – This duo might come as a surprise, but they are potent enough to cut the spread of eczema. The milk acts as the moisturizer, while oatmeal serves as the scale remover. Use the combo as a substitute for liquid soap.

Topical Creams and Antibiotics

If the natural cures for eczema don’t work for you, you can rely on chemical-based dyshidrotic eczema treatments. Medical researchers have formulated several drugs that can swiftly remove the itchy patches of skin.

•Cortisone – Cortisone is a steroid that repulses all of dyshidrotic eczema’s symptoms. It is a frequent ingredient of anti-inflammatory creams and ointments. Apply as directed to cure the skin condition completely.

•Zinc Oxide – Like cortisone, zinc oxide zeroes in on eczema’s symptoms, gradually treating the scaly areas.

•Oral Antibiotics – In conjunction with topical creams, there are oral medicines that speed up the treatment process, and these drugs work fast.

Even though full recovery may take time, can assure you that you’ll be free from the clutches of the annoying skin condition. If you apply them correctly, you can prevent the disease from recurring.

Betta Fish Diseases

Fish diseases are broadly classified in to Bacterial, Environmental and Parasitic diseases. Microorganisms are present everywhere in the tank. However, the problem occurs when your Betta Fish is restless.

Betas are more prone to infection because of low resistant power. This causes a drastic change in their health and wellness that may result in death, if ignored.

Environmental diseases imply the surroundings, where your Betta Fish dwells. Adequate care and cleanliness of the fish tank help to keep the fungus and microorganisms away from your Betta fish.

Types of Diseases:

Parasites are small creatures and Oödinium is the most common disease-causing parasite in Bettas. In addition, bugs can literally make your Betta fish sick. Ichthyophthirius multifilis is also a kind of parasitic disease occurring in Betta fish.

Following are some of the Betta Fish diseases that come in the above-discussed three types.

Unionized Ammonia (NH3)

This is an environmental disease referred as Ammonia poisoning in simple terms. It occurs due to the below mentioned factors:

1. A new unhygienic tank

2. Many fishes dwelling in the same tank

3. Frequent water change

4. Filtration problems

Symptoms are as follows:

1. Fish struggling for oxygen

2. Rests at the bottom of the tank

3. Bleeding gills

4. Reddish streaks on the fins

5. Weakness and stationary

6. No food intake

To keep your Betta Fish healthy, you need to take regular care of the fish. If ignored, the poisoning will hurt and break the tissues of fish, resulting in red blood scratches all over the body. In long run, the central nervous system and brain might also deteriorate leading to death.

Flexibacter Columnaris

This is a bacterial disease also known as Mouth Fungus, Flexibater, Cotton Mouth, and simply Columnaris. It is usually found in catfish and live bearing Betta fishes.

Symptoms are as follows:

1. Fish making water unclean frequently

2. Low appetite with no nutritional value

3. Stress

4. White spots occurring all over the body

5. Rotten fins

6. Fungus on the affected area

The bacteria enter the fish from mouth, injured areas, bruises, and gills. It is a communicable disease resulting in death. The bacteria multiply drastically. The disease progresses quickly in high water temperatures, and hence lowering the temperature is not a solution to deal with this condition.

Oodinium Pilularis

This is a parasitic disease also called as Gold rust Disease or Velvet. Oodiniums are parasites, which are capable of eradicating the entire Betta fish population in your tank.

Symptoms are as follows:

1. Fish rubbing against objects

2. Sluggishness

3. Frequent and quick gill movement

4. Weight loss

5. Compressed and closed fins