Depression: The Death Fantasy

Depression affects 1 in 3 people in the UK and can vary from mild to extremely severe. Having suffered severe depression for the majority of my life, I feel equipped enough to be able to discuss the way the mind works in relation to the topic of depression and death.

At some point while suffering with severe depression, I began to start thinking about death. Death I eventually began to believe as being the only option available to me to rid myself of the pain I was experiencing. Of course, I now know that it is not the only option, but I sincerely believed that it was at the time.

The death fantasy that those who suffer with severe depression begin to experience had pounced on me and was starting to cloud and distort my mind. There wasn’t a day that passed that I wasn’t thinking about death in one way or another. At first, I had simple thoughts. What would my funeral be like? Who would attend it? But over time, these thoughts became more isolated and the questions I began to ask myself started to turn into images in my mind. I could actually picture myself following through with suicide.

I would question how easy it would be to kill myself? Could I just step out off the pavement into the road and in front of oncoming traffic? Could I jump from a bridge? Could I hang myself or poison myself? Which of these methods would be the quickest, the least painful?

Of course, I knew what I was thinking wasn’t right. I knew I should not be torturing myself with this type of thought, but I couldn’t stop myself, I couldn’t help myself and I started to think about things more deeply. How long would it be before someone noticed I wasn’t around? How long would it take for my body to be found?

The worst times were when I was sat alone, at home with nothing on TV, no-one to talk to and no-one around that could distract me or talk some degree of sense back into me. If I went to the kitchen to make a sandwich, I was troubled when I picked a knife out of the cutlery drawer and began considering how I could use it to slit my wrists. I only ever made my sandwich and never became a self-harmer, but the thoughts were there, the death fantasy always lingering in my mind, in my daily routines, ready to pounce on me if things got too tough, if I found I was unable to cope with something. It’s like it became an opt-out ‘option’ there if I needed it.

I started to question if this type of thinking meant that I was crazy? Maybe I wasn’t right in the head; maybe I actually was a loony or a psycho? For certainly any ‘normal person’ wouldn’t be thinking about death, wouldn’t be as fixated on it as me?

Many people think that suicide attempts are a ‘cry for help’ but I can categorically say that they are not necessarily that. Depression distorts the mind so much that all a person can think about is the negativity in their lives and a way out of the pain – death. They hate to feel sad, to feel depressed, to feel as thought they are unable to function. No-one that suffers with depression wants to feel the way that they do and it is a very scary thing to find yourself contemplating your own death in your mind.

Thankfully, I managed to get myself into my GP’s practise. But the fear of telling a professional the type of thoughts that you are thinking is huge. I worried that I would be sectioned, worried that I would be thrown into a straight jacket and dismissed as crazy in a mental institution. The courage that I had to find to discuss what was happening in my head was immense. However, it took strength, courage and a strong belief in that I was doing the right thing to help myself.

And the advice I would give anyone else who may be suffering depression and in a similar position to that which I was in is to seek the help, to talk to someone, to try to do something before considering the only option that you think is available to you. Because death isn’t your only option – you can get better and have a life depression free. I am living proof.

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(c) Samantha C Weaver

Agoraphobia Is Not the Opposite of Claustrophobia

Agoraphobia isn’t the opposite of claustrophobia – but a lot of people think it is. In fact I used to think exactly that. I used to think exactly that even when I was suffering from agoraphobia. I was even offered the opportunity to join an agoraphobics group, but I said no because I wasn’t afraid of open spaces. I quite liked open spaces as long as no one else was anywhere near me. In fact if there was no other human being in sight, then that was OK as far as I was concerned. But that was all a very long time ago.

The translation of agoraphobia is ‘fear of the market place’, not, as many people think, fear of open spaces. The essence of the market place is people and human interaction. This is what is fearful. Places that agoraphobes typically avoid, or have problems with, are supermarkets, theatres, cinemas, crowds, parties. Places where a rapid exit might be difficult.

The fear is usually of showing oneself up in some way in the eyes of others. Typically agoraphobes worry about things like: vomiting (usually as a result of severe anxiety); fainting; having a panic attack; or suffering from a genuine health emergency like a heart attack. The concern is usually one of embarrassment – perhaps fainting and finding oneself on a supermarket floor gazing up into a circle of concerned faces who will insist on making a fuss and calling an ambulance.

Many agoraphobes manage to get by with a trusted helper who accompanies them when they need to go shopping or out socialising. This person is there to rescue them and take them home should anything bad, like a panic attack occur. But when that helper is not available life is very restricted.

If medical help is obtained the most likely result is medication with tranquillisers and anti-depressants. Neither of which actually solve the problem, they just enable a minimum level of functionality. The problem remains, like a monster in the wardrobe, waiting to show its scary face as soon as you turn off the lights,  or look the other way. So you are trapped. The medication keeps the monster locked in the wardrobe, but doesn’t get rid of it. Stop the medication and the monster is free once more.

Life as an agoraphobe is no fun at all.

So if you are agoraphobic and reading this I want to reassure you about a few things:

  • This is not a disease, but you can ‘heal’ it.
  • There is nothing physically wrong with you.
  • Your brain is as normal as anyone else’s.
  • The cause is the way you think.
  • The cure is changing the way you think.

Changing the way you think is not easy, but it is a lot easier than living the isolated, fearful, life of an agoraphobe.

When you think about the totality of the change you need to make, it seems an insurmountable task.

When you think about the single next step you need to take – it becomes not only possible, but relatively easy.

The first steps are the most difficult. Every step after those first few become easier. They become easier because you have the memory of success and knowledge that what you are doing is already making a positive difference to your life.

Panic Attack Or Anxiety Attack – How Does it Happen?

Panic attacks or anxiety attacks as they are known in psychiatric circles, are a body wide manifestation of sympathetic system. This system is responsible for the making your body ready for 3 Fs- Fright, Fight and Flight.

During panic your adrenal glands pour massive amounts of adrenaline into your circulation causing your heart to race, your airways to narrow, your muscles to twitch, your sweat glands pour out their contents.

The blood is diverted away from the areas where you don’t need them (such as skin) to the places that actually need them such as muscles and brain. This leads to the feeling of unreality and the numbness and tingling that you feel. Thus panic attack symptoms are simulated physiologically by your body under special circumstances.

So, it is normal for all of us to feel such sensations when we are angry, frightened or excited. But suppose you start feeling such panic symptoms without any apparent cause. That is when it is called a panic attack or anxiety attack.

Such an attack can be an intensely frightening experience. In fact panic plays such havoc with your brain that you tend to become intensely disturbed at the prospect of such an attack. When you start to dread such panic attacks then it becomes a panic disorder.

Remember an important Quote – When a psychological state comes on to disturb the normal life of a person it becomes a psychiatric disorder.

Thus if you have panic attacks and you are not afraid of it, then you don’t have a panic disorder.

You remember the lead actor in the recent movie ‘Wanted’ (starring Angelina Jolie). Well, he too had panic attacks (in the film) and he used them to improve his skills. The bad news is that you cannot use the panic attacks to your benefit as was shown in the movie, but you CAN learn to CONTROL them.

Lunesta Revealed: 7 Things You Must Know Before You Buy Lunesta Prescriptions

Lunesta is a newly released sleeping pill. Marketed as a revolutionary sleep aid, Lunesta is the only medication approved by the FDA for long term treatment of insomnia symptoms. Although Lunesta is a quality medicine that has already helped many people cure their insomnia and get a better night’s sleep, here are seven things you should know before you buy Lunesta prescriptions.

Lunesta Side Effects

All medications have side effects. Lunesta has side effects that you may experience during treatment. The side effects of Lunesta include:

1. Drowsiness

2. Dizziness

3. Lightheadedness

4. Difficulty with coordination

Obviously, we can be happy that Lunesta doesn’t have a long list of scary side effects like many other prescription medicines. However, you should still use caution during the first couple days of taking Lunesta. You need to see how persistent the side effects are, if you experience them at all. If you feel they are interfering with daily life, talk to your doctor about lowering your dose.

As with all medications that may cause the side effects above, do not drink alcohol while using Lunesta. Alcohol will make them intense and hard to deal with.

Lunesta And Memory Problems

Lunesta may be the only sleeping pill that is FDA approved for long-term use, but it still has some of the same effects as other sleep aids. I’m talking about memory problems; also known as amnesia. When you’re treating insomnia with Lunesta, you may have trouble remembering things if you go to bed too late at night, and have to get up for work early in the morning. Lunesta is designed to give you a great night’s sleep without any interruptions, so waking up too early will leave you feeling “out of it.” If you’re getting plenty of sleep while using Lunesta, but are experiencing memory loss, talk to your doctor about lowering your dosage. Lunesta is available in 1mg, 2mg and 3mg dosages.

Lunesta Tolerance

Tolerance is an issue that nearly everyone deals with at some time while taking a prescription medication. Your body can develop tolerance to a medication over long-term use, making it less effective in treating your symptoms. However, Lunesta showed groundbreaking results in a six-month clinical trial: Not one person developed tolerance to their Lunesta treatment, and they continued symptom-free for the entire six months! Hopefully, you will not need treatment for such a long time, but some of us are unlucky enough to have chronic sleep problems that are ongoing.

Lunesta Dependence

Some people taking sleep medicines such as Lunesta, Ambien and Sonata develop dependence over a long period of time. This means that with long-term use of sleep aids, our bodies may get used to having the medicine. When we stop taking it suddenly, we may experience unpleasant effects, called withdrawal symptoms. Lunesta is not a highly addictive substance, but as with anything you get used to, it is usually hard to suddenly give it up. Your doctor will help you gradually lower your dosage until you can stop taking Lunesta without experiencing withdrawal.

Lunesta Withdrawal

Now that you know about the possibility of dependence on Lunesta, let’s go over the withdrawal symptoms you might experience if you stop treatment suddenly. The most common symptoms are just unpleasant feelings. No other withdrawal symptoms were experienced by people involved in the clinical trials. However, we know that other similar sleeping aids such as Ambien and Sonata can very rarely cause some more serious symptoms of withdrawal. These may include stomach and muscle cramps, vomiting, sweating, jitteriness, and in only a few reported cases, seizures. The best way to relieve these worries is to talk it all over with your doctor to make sure Lunesta is right for you.

Lunesta And Personality Changes

Let me first say that these changes in behavior and thinking were not observed during Lunesta treatment in clinical trials. However, since Lunesta is similar to other sleep medicines that have been known to cause these symptoms, you should know that they are a possibility.

Sleeping medicines have been known to cause the following behavioral changes:

1. Some people become more outgoing and sometimes aggressive.

2. You may become confused at times.

3. Strange behavior may occur.

4. Others may notice that you’re in an agitated state.

5. You may notice a worsening of depression.

6. Hallucinations are fun for some people, but not when you never wanted them in the first place. Make sure to talk to your doctor about lowering your Lunesta dose if you have hallucinations.

7. Finally, you may have suicidal thoughts while taking Lunesta or another sleeping pill. Talk to your doctor about this if you experience such thoughts.

Lunesta During Pregnancy And Breastfeeding

If you’re pregnant, it may be alright for you to take Lunesta prescriptions until around the last few weeks before birth. Why? During those last few weeks, your unborn baby may take in some of the Lunesta that is present in your body after you take your dose. The effects of this are unknown, so it’s best to just play it safe. Talk to your doctor before starting Lunesta if you are pregnant or plan to become pregnant. Lunesta is excreted in small amounts through breastmilk, so please do not take Lunesta while you are still breastfeeding your baby.

How to Get Rid of Swollen Lymph Nodes With Home Remedies

The most common cause for swollen nodes is an infection, which can be caused due to a bacterium, virus or even a fungus. Generally, when lymph nodes get swollen and inflamed, based on the location of the node, it is possible to guess what is causing the swelling. For example, when a person complains of swollen lymph nodes in the neck region, it is most probably caused due to a cold, respiratory tract infection, mumps, measles or an abscess in the mouth. Likewise, if the lymph nodes in the groin swell up, it could be due to an ingrown toe nail or a foot infection. Infection in the arms or hands will cause enlargement of the lymph nodes in the armpits.

However, there are certain autoimmune diseases like rheumatoid arthritis and lupus that can cause swelling of the lymph nodes in any part of the body. Even certain types of cancer, such as leukemia or lymphoma, could cause enlargement of lymph nodes in any part of the body.

Generally, when nodes enlarge and swell up, it is best to visit a doctor to get the necessary diagnosis and treatment. However, along with the treatment prescribed by the doctor, you can also try some home remedies to alleviate the pain and discomfort. Some of home remedies that are useful in getting rid of swollen lymph nodes are highlight below.

Hot and Cold Compress: If the site is tender, it can be relieved with the help of hot and cold compress. Take one bowl of warm water and one of ice cold water. Dip a washcloth in the warm water first and place it on the affected site for around ten minutes. Then use another washcloth dipped in cold water and place it on the same spot for another ten minutes. Use this home remedy every hour to get relief from the pain and discomfort.

Massage: It is believed that massaging the affected site can help in reducing the inflammation to a certain extent. The nodes tend to swell up when they are blocked. Hence, a gentle massage can help in clearing the blockage and releasing the contents of the node. This, in turn, allows the inflammation to subside.

Honey: For centuries honey has been used for its curative properties. It is believed that consuming honey can help in reducing the swelling and easing the pain. Dissolve one teaspoon of natural honey in a glass of warm water. Alternatively, you can add honey to some tea. Make sure that no sugar is added to the tea. Drinking warm honeyed water or tea with honey can help to get rid of the swollen.

Fun Exercises to Make Your Waist Smaller

Exercises to make your waist smaller are movements or set of movements that result in creating an illusion of a slimmer figure. In order to make your waist smaller, effort must be exerted when working out while using proven techniques that make the body slimmer. Exercising doesn’t need to be boring. It would be best if you can mix and match the effective exercises listed below until you find out what combination works for you.

1. Running

When starting out in running, remember to start slow and just build up speed over time. If you are just new to running or haven’t trained for a while, it is advisable to start with a 10 minute walk-jog, three times a week. Once your endurance builds up and you feel like you can run for 10 minutes without the need to catch your breath, start on adding more time. Running is a fun activity especially if you join local marathon races where you can find other people who run for fun and fitness.

2. Yoga

Besides being well-known stress buster, yoga can definitely help in losing weight and making one’s waist smaller. There are specific yoga poses that can immensely assist in your goals of having a smaller waist plus bigger hips and firmer abdominal muscles and thighs. Yoga poses such as the crescent and willow are what you should be after if you are really determined to get a smaller waist.

3. Dancing

Dancing is one of the most fun ways to lose some inches off your waistline. Dance forms such as belly dancing particularly address to the waist and hips. However, in general, you can choose any dance that can make you sweat a lot as dancing in general is a good form of exercise.

4. Aerobics

As one of the exercises to make your waist smaller, aerobics are fun to do especially with a large group of people. Aerobics classes are usually conducted with dancing and non-stop moving to different tunes. This makes for so much fun because you can get the opportunity to meet a lot of people and share your ideas about getting a fitter body.

5. Swimming

Olympic swimmers do not only swim fast but they also sport the best looking bodies in the competition. This is a proof that swimming is one of the most effective exercises to make your waist smaller. Swimming strengthens the lungs thus giving you the endurance that you never thought possible. Classes are available at local swimming clubs especially during summer.

Physical activity is one of the necessities of the human body. It is designed to move and adapt to different activities thus defining its strength and shape. Sometimes, people neglect this need thinking that their bodies will change even if they miss workouts. Lacking time to exercise and missing workouts is not advisable since it hinders the change that the body has begun to undergo when you decided to workout. There are some motivational workouts/diets which you can check out if you want to start getting a slimmer body. If you are looking for ways to change your body, running, weight training, aerobics and swimming are some of the known great exercises to make your waist smaller.

For Christian Singles – Praying to Find a Godly Spouse

There is a big hidden secret behind most people’s inability to find a God fearing spouse. It is such a deep secret that even those who are supposed to be happily married are finding that there’s no honey or spice in their relationship at all.

The good news I’m going to share with you here is so powerful that you’ll begin to attract a God fearing partner in a short period of time.

The Secret Uncovered

Most people you see, whether physically married or not, are already married in the spirit realm. Yes, they are married to invisible sexual spirits which can molest and torment them, and make their life a living hell.

This why some people find themselves having sex in the dream.

Sexual spirits that attack women are called incubus and those that attack men are called succubus.

This problem of evil spiritual marriage is a universal one. Most people are suffering in silence.

Once a spiritual marriage is in place, invisible forces will neutralize anything you pray to find the spouse of your dreams – on legal grounds.

And if this type of invisible marriage is in place, it will be difficult to “meet” or keep the right partner.

And that’s only the tip of the iceberg.

Life can become really frustrating to anyone who has an evil spiritual relationship in place without knowing it.

Why?

Because they have the power to control, rule, dominate, abuse, manipulate, plunder and dispossess one of every good thing earmarked for him by God.

The main purpose of a spiritual marriage is to convert the victim’s life to a garbage dump. It imprisons one’s marital, social, business, financial and spiritual life.

It makes progress impossible, no matter how many positive confessions you make.

Thankfully, Jesus has given us a way out of this dilemma.

The solution

There’s a powerful 3-part prayer that you can use to deal with this situation and ensure that you begin to attract a God fearing, loving and caring spouse… in as little as 30 days.

Those who have prayed these prayers seriously in the past have even reported breakthroughs in as little as 10 days!

(Please note that your results will vary, depending on your spiritual maturity and persistence in prayer.)

Here are the 2 big things you have to be aware of if you want this to work for you.

1. Make sure you are not having sex outside marriage

2. Repent of all past sexual sins, one by one, and ask for forgiveness

Once you’ve done that, then go through these steps and pray the prayer below.

It is part I and it should be prayed for 3 days.

How to Pray

1 Sit comfortably or walk about… DON’T kneel

2 Focus your attention on the Lord Jesus Christ

3 Avoid distractions… if they come don’t concentrate on them

4 Spend a few minutes in praises to the Lord

5 Confess any known sin to the Lord, one by one

6 Ask the Lord to bring to your memory the legal ground or the open doors that forces of spiritual wickedness are using to gain entrance into your life

7 Enter into this period with aggressive prayer. ALL prayer points are to be prayed repeatedly, with determined aggression.

(Please Note: If you want to see quick and dramatic results, add fasting to your prayers – unless you are medically unable to fast… and pray at the MIDNIGHT HOUR)

The Prayers

This is the foundational prayer. It consists of 10 steps.

Step ONE

Start with praise worship. Praise God and worship him with songs.

Step TWO

Confess out LOUD these Scriptures promising deliverance.

Luke 10:19: Behold I give unto you power to tread on serpents and scorpions, and over all the power of the enemy; and nothing shall by any means hurt you.

Obadiah 17: But upon mount Zion shall be deliverance, and there shall be holiness; and the house of Jacob shall possess their possessions.

Ephesians 1:7: In whom we have redemption through his blood, the forgiveness of sins, according to the riches of his grace.

Romans 16:20: And the God of peace shall bruise Satan under your feet shortly. The grace of our Lord Jesus Christ be with you. Amen.

Colossians 2:14,15: Blotting out the handwriting of ordinances that was against us, which was contrary to us, and took it out of the way, nailing it to his cross.

And having spoiled principalities and powers, he made a show of them openly, triumphing over them in it.

Galatians 3:13,14: Christ had redeemed us from the curse of the law, being made a curse for us: for it is written, Cursed is every one that hangeth on a tree:

That the blessing of Abraham might come on the gentiles through Jesus Christ; that we might receive the promise of the Spirit through faith.

2 Timothy 4:18: And the Lord shall deliver me from every evil work, and will preserve me unto his heavenly kingdom: to whom be glory for ever and ever. Amen.

Revelation 12:11: And they overcame him by the blood of the Lamb and by the word of their testimony: and they loved not their lives unto the death.

Step THREE

Confess your sins to the LORD and ask for His forgiveness. Confess the sins of your ancestors and ask for His forgiveness. Ask Him to wash you clean with the blood of Jesus. Receive His forgiveness with thanks. And declare that you forgive yourself as well.

Step FOUR

Break covenants and curses to destroy their legal hold by praying these simple prayers (don’t be fooled by their simplicity… they’re deadly and devastating in action!). Spend time on them.

(a) I break any curse against my marriage in Jesus’ name

(b) I break any covenant against my marriage in Jesus’ name

Step FIVE

Bind all the spirits associated with those covenants and curses, like this: “I bind all the spirits attached or connected to the covenants and curses I have just broken in the name of Jesus.”

Step SIX

Lay one hand on your head and the other on your stomach or navel and begin to pray like this: “Holy Ghost fire, burn from the top of my head to the soles of my feet in the name of Jesus.”

After a while, begin to mention every organ of your body, one by one, like this:

“Holy Ghost fire, burn and purge my heart”

“Holy Ghost fire, burn and purge my kidney”

“Holy Ghost fire, burn and purge my womb”

“Holy Ghost fire, burn and purge my liver”

etc, etc,… in the name of Jesus.

Please don’t be in a rush here. Pray until you actually begin to feel the heat. Because the fire will actually come if you concentrate on this with your body, soul and spirit.

Step SEVEN

Begin to saturate yourself with the blood of Jesus, like this:

(a) Blood of Jesus, enter into my spirit, soul and body in Jesus’ name.

(b) I drink the blood of Jesus.

Step EIGHT

It is now that you are able to demand firmly, in the name of the Lord Jesus Christ, that any spirit that is NOT of God should leave you immediately. You demand it forcefully, like this: “In the name of the Lord Jesus Christ, I come against all you hidden spirit spouse and I bind your activities in my life. You can no longer hide below the surface because I now recognize what you’ve been doing; release me in the name of Jesus.”

After saying this, you STOP TALKING; open your mouth and nose and take three to seven deep breaths and expel them forcefully through your mouth and nose. Don’t be surprised if you see strange things begin to happen.

THIS IS A CRITICAL STAGE! Repeat it again and again; issue the command, and repeat the breathing in and out.

Step NINE

When you’ve finished with step 8, ask for a fresh infilling of the Holy Spirit, like this: “Holy Spirit, fill me afresh to overflowing in the name of Jesus.”

Step TEN

Close the session with high praises to the LORD. Give Him thanks. Before you finally wind down, pray these 3 important prayer points:

(1) O Lord, surround me with your walls of fire in Jesus’ name.

(2) Let the blood of Jesus cover me now in Jesus’ name.

(3) O Lord, surround me with your angels day and night in Jesus’ name.

This prayer could take up to 1 hour.

Be blessed as you pray.

Milky White Vaginal Discharge – Causes and Precautions For Bacterial Vaginosis

Milky White Vaginal Discharge can be a big problem for women and when this condition is noticed, immediate treatment is the first thing that should be done. It is one of the major gynecological problems that women may suffer from and can even affect the overall reproductive system of the affected person. If you suffer from such symptoms and complications it is advisable to consult a doctor without any delay. Once the doctor diagnoses the symptoms and starts the treatment for the root cause of the milky white vaginal discharge can go away easily.

There are many causes of the milky white vaginal discharge and you may begin to notice it because of irregular periods and menstrual discharge. Some women may even suffer from this disorder after pregnancy or miscarriage. Ovarian problems can also lead to such complications. The walls of the vagina and the uterine cervix consists of glands which secrete a type of fluid which is mainly used to keep the inside passage of the vagina clean and free from infection. The fluid has a milky white color and is free from any odor. However, sometimes due to complications, this vaginal discharge may be extreme with an abnormal smell. The affected person then suffers from a burning and itching sensation and can lose her natural resistance to vaginal infections.

Apart from this, some other causes of the milky white vaginal discharge include cervical polyps or tumors, vaginal cancer, ovarian problems, hormonal changes, fallopian tube complications and so on. Sometimes, a mixture of impure blood and the fluid may be discharged. If such complications take place, you should consult a gynecologist. Depending on the type of ailment the patient has, the doctor will prescribe the medicines and start with the treatment. However, in extreme cases, surgery may be required, but thankfully this is quite rare. In medical terms, this problem is known as Bacterial Vaginosis (BV).

Maintaining a personal hygiene can be one of the major ways to prevent the occurrence of the smelly vaginal discharge. Always wash your vaginal area with clean water to avoid any types of infections. In the summer, try to wear cotton panties because they prevent excessive sweating. If you frequently use hot tubs you might want to limit the amount of time you spend in there, or make sure that it is very clean because they may lead to infection in the vaginal area. Furthermore, the use of vaginal sprays, sex toys, deodorant pads or creams excessively in the vagina can also cause this condition.

Getting Rid of Ovarian Cysts

The formation of cysts on the surface of the ovary is not a rare event, in fact many women may have ovarian cysts and not have any symptoms as a result. Ovarian cysts build-up is a consequence of anovulatory cycles. Whenever the follicle doesn’t sufficiently grow at ovulation and therefore can’t give off the egg, a small cyst is develops. This is a functional cyst that continues to grow under the action of female hormones estrogen and follicle stimulating hormone (FSH) during the first half of the menstrual cycle. When progesterone is secreted by the ovary during the second half of the cycle, the cyst ultimately shrinks down and vanishes on its own. This type of process can be repeated the next month and a new cyst can form or the old one continues to grow.

As the cysts continues to grow the woman feels pain during ovulation. Some women tend to continually produce many small cysts within their ovaries and suffer from high FSH levels and low progesterone levels. They suffer from polycystic ovarian syndrome. The main problem with this condition is the inability to conceive and other unpleasant symptoms like weight gain, mood swings, abnormal blood sugar levels, and hirsutism.

A drug free approach to this problem is always recommended especially if a woman is trying to conceive. In many cases a natural healing methods can even prevent surgery.

What not every woman knows is that the major cause of ovarian cyst formation is due to hormonal imbalance caused by environmental agents called xenoestrogens.

High amounts of estrogen can affect hormonal imbalance producing dysfunctional ovulation patterns and the formation of ovarian cysts.

Let’s learn more about things that each woman can do in order to avoid excess estrogen:

1. Soy foods contain phyto-estrogens that increase estrogen in the body. The only recommended type of soy products are those that are fermented.

2. Many commercially raised animals are feed hormones to grow more rapidly and larger. When a woman consumes these meats or dairy products containing high hormone levels, she will increase her changes of developing an ovarian cysts.

3. Some xenoestrogen are also present in plastic container which give off a very potent compound which has estrogenic effect within the body when heated. Because of this, it is recommended not to warm the food in a microwave oven using a plastic container, glass or ceramic is always better.

4. Xenostrogens are present in tap water. Many municipalities do not filter their water from chemical compounds. It is recommended not to drink water that has been stored in water bottles as well.

5. Pesticides are another souse of these compounds. It is best to buy only organically grown fruits and vegetables.

6. Many women do not know but their cosmetics, creams and shampoos contain xenoestrogen. This are parabens. It is possible now to find paraben-free personal products at the health food store.

The next step in getting rid of ovarian cysts is to take natural supplements that help the body eliminate excess estrogen, thus balancing progesterone levels back to normal levels. These supplements are:

1. DIM helps break down and eliminate excess estrogen levels in the body.

2. Maca increases progesterone levels without having any hormonal properties.

3. Vitex is an herbal remedy that stimulates the pituitary gland to produce luteinizing hormone (LH), decreasing FSH and increasing progesterone.

4. Natural progesterone cream is another natural form of therapy that can be done in place of Vitex. This type of therapy is called bio-identical hormonal replacement therapy and it is advisable in women who have very high levels of FSH and very low levels of progesterone. It is also indicated inc cases when the ovarian cyst is very large and keeps growing. Natural progesterone cream should be applied in these cases from day 8 to day 26 of the menstrual cycle. By doing this, ovulation is suppressed and the ovarian cyst has enough time to shrink as progesterone levels increase balancing excess estrogen.

5. Castor oil packs applications are an excellent way to shrink ovarian cysts and to treat a lot other gynecological disorders that involve tissue growth and that are under the action of the hormone estrogen. These are fibroids, polycystic ovarian syndrome, endometriosis, and of course ovarian cyst formation. Castor oil pack applications help cleanse the body tissues, deep inside, and eliminate toxins.

The following steps indicate how to do a Castor oil pack:

a. Apply a generous amount of Castor oil on your lower abdomen.

b. Cover with a piece of flannel or wool.

c. Place a warm pad on top.

d. Keep the pack for 45 minutes.

e. Repeat 3 times a week.

Avoid doing a Castor oil pack application during menstruation or pregnancy.

6. Use homeopathic remedies to assist the body in the process of reducing, shrink and eliminate ovarian cysts. Homeopathic medicine uses highly diluted, non-toxic natural remedies that stimulate the body to heal itself. Homeopathy is very successful because it takes into consideration, not only the local symptoms that the woman is currently experiencing, but also her past medical history and her constitutional weakness.

Many women who have used the birth control pill in the past have for many years suppressed the action of their ovaries. This often leads to abnormal ovulation leading to distorted ovarian and the formation of ovarian cysts. Also, many women develop ovarian cysts that a very large and very painful while on birth control pill. This is the result of the detrimental action of synthetic hormones, which the body has a hard time to metabolize and eliminate. In fact, it can take a woman over one year to regain full ovarian function after been on birth control pill. Homeopathic can help women solve this problem by re-establishing fertility, hormonal balance and treat ovarian cysts development. This type of treatment is recommended for every woman who has or has had an ovarian cyst, but it is especially important if the woman is trying to conceive.

Candidiasis in Men – How to Cure Male Candidiasis, Fast & Permanently

Candidiasis in Men

Male Candidiasis is a yeast infection, commonly of the penis, mouth or skin. And Candidiasis in men is more common than you might think. It’s just not talked about as much, and, men are far more secretive about problems ‘down under’. But Candidiasis in men exists and must be treated with the same seriousness as with the problem in women.

Male Candidiasis Symptoms

The main symptoms of penile Candidiasis are; redness, inflammation, a red rash with white lesions on the head of the penis, sometimes ulcerations, itchiness, dry flaking skin, pain when peeing, painful intercourse, sometimes loss of libido.

Note: These symptoms may also be signs of a sexually transmitted disease (STD) so it is very important to get a professional diagnosis carried out by your doctor. Do not assume anything, and do not self-diagnose.

The symptoms of oral Candidiasis (often called ‘thrush’) are; white / yellowish spots on mucous membranes, thick white coated tongue, cracks in tongue, problems swallowing, and, bad breath. Often, when the white spots or coating on the tongue is scraped off, some bleeding will be observed on the tongue.

Male Candidiasis can also appear on the skin. Typical symptoms to look for are things such as; rashes, lesions, eczema, acne, and so on.

Cause of Candidiasis in Men

The cause of Candidiasis in men is the same as in women; a yeast-like fungus called Candida albicans. This is found in all of us quite naturally but is normally easily controlled by the friendly bacteria in our bodies.

Sometimes the good guys can be overwhelmed though, and the Candida albicans ‘overgrows’ to such a level that it causes what we call Candidiasis, or, Candida, Moniliasis, Yeast Infection, or Thrush.

Penile Candidiasis is more likely to occur in uncircumcised men, since the Candida albicans just loves the dark, warm, moist areas of the body.

There are many reasons why the beneficial bacteria cannot prevent the fungal overgrow. And of course if we know why this happens, we are well on the way to curing the infection faster, and more importantly, preventing it returning ever again.

Some of the more common reasons are; overuse of antibiotics and / or steroids, diabetes, compromised immune system, bad diet, so-called recreational drugs, ill-health, some medications, obesity, etc.

Treatment for Candidiasis in Men

Treatment for Candidiasis in men is normally by drug-based topical antifungal medications that normally work between seven and fourteen days. These are available by prescription or over-the-counter.

For severe Candidiasis oral tablets may also be in order. The downside of using drug-based treatment for some men are the bad side-effects of some drugs and the ability of the yeast infection to come back, sometimes repeatedly.

Also, when you think about it, these drug-based medications cannot address the underlying causes of the Candida overgrow in the first place: things like your diet, general health and ‘lifestyle’ issues as shown above. So if these are not identified and sorted out quickly your cure can take much longer than necessary, and, there is a much higher chance that your yeast infection will return.

Natural Remedies for Male Candidiasis

More and more men are turning to alternative, more natural and holistic therapies to cure their Candidiasis fast and permanently. Three of the most popular natural Candidiasis remedies are:-

1. Natural Yogurt

Natural yogurt contains probiotics that help to eliminate Candida albicans. Eat as part of your regular diet. You can also apply it directly over the affected area.

2. Raw Apple Cider Vinegar

This can rebalance your body pH, making it much harder for the Candida fungus to survive.

Add 2 or 3 teaspoons to a large glass of water and drink a glass 2 or 3 times per day.

You can also use it as a soak. Add half a cup to a warm, low bath and soak for around 20 minutes.

3. Raw Garlic

Raw garlic has natural antifungal and antibacterial properties. Eat it regularly. You can also crush it into a paste and apply over the affected area.

But there are other very important issues you need to be aware of when it comes to curing your Candidiasis. These are things such as your diet, lifestyle, health position, weight, stress, and even sex.

These issues are too many to go into here. But, if you are to cure your Candidiasis fast and prevent it returning again and again, you must become knowledgeable about them.

Omnivir Kills HIV, Fights AIDS, Protects Immune and Prolongs Life

Omnivir is a medical device that generates humidified active oxygen in the form of a very energetic oxygen singlet (O) , pure oxygen (O2) and triatmic oxygen (O3, also known as medical ozone). Ominvir is used at home or clinics to care for HIV by reducing viral load, boosting immune and detoxying the body.

How Active Oxygen works on HIV and Immune System:

Active Oxygen deactivates and eventually kills HIV by destroying its protective skin. Ozone’s destructiveness nature on HIV, virus and bacteria is partly attributed to the oxidation of unsaturated bonds in the phospholipids and lipoprotein architecture of the bacteria, viruses. The oxidation generates hydro peroxides, which are transformed to peroxyl and hydroxyl radicals and to other reactive species, including aldehydes. Peroxyl radicals attack proteins, and hydroxyl radicals induce disruptive structural changes in cell membranes. The reactive oxygen intermediates also contribute to the inactivation of viral reverse transcriptase. In order of preference, ozone reacts with polyunsaturated fatty acids (PUFA), antioxidants such as ascorbic and uric acids, thiol compounds with -SH groups such as cysteine, reduced glutathione (GSH) and albumin All of these compounds act as electron donor and undergo oxidation. Ozone reacts with body fluids forming moles of hydrogen peroxide (included among reactive oxygen species, ROS) and moles of lipid oxidation products (LOPs) The fundamental ROS molecule is hydrogen peroxide, which is a non-radical oxidant able to act as an ozone messenger responsible for eliciting several biological and therapeutic effects. Hydrogen Peroxide already exists in human cells and its the key chemical on fighting infections, ege viruses and bacteria. The ozone bio-oxidative process is therefore characterized by the formation of ROS and LOPs acting in two phases. ROS are acting immediately and disappear (early and short-acting messengers), LOPs, via the circulation, distribute throughout the tissues and eventually only a few molecules bind to cell receptors . In fact of ozone returns to normal within half an hour and the oxidized compounds such as dehydroascorbate are efficiently recycled back to ascorbic acid. H2O2 diffuses easily from the plasma into the cells and its sudden appearance in the cytoplasm represents the triggering stimulus: depending upon the cell type, different biochemical pathways can be concurrently activated in erythrocytes, leukocytes and platelets resulting in numerous biological effects.

At right concentration, medical ozone kills 99.999% lipid viruses and bacteria in the tests tube, water and in the air. Here is a list of opportunistic pathogens susceptible to the antiviral and antibacterial power of ozone therapy: herpes viridae, simplex, varicella-zoster, kaposi sarcoma, epstein – barr, influenza, hepatitis.

Ozone also acts as an enhancer of the immune system by activating neutrophils and stimulating the synthesis of some cytokines. The by product of ozone, hydrogen peroxide, which after entering into the cytoplasm of blood mononuclear cells (BMC) by oxidizing selected cysteines, activates a tyrosine kinase, which then phosphorylates the transcription factor nuclear factor ºB allowing the release of a heterodimer (p50+p65). This complex moves on to the nucleus and switches on some hundred genes eventually responsible for causing the synthesis of several proteins, among which are the acute-phase reactants and numerous interleukins. Once the ozonated leukocytes return to the circulation, they home in lymphoid microenvironments and successively release cytokines acting in a paracrine fashion on neighbouring cells with a possible reactivation of a depressed immune system.

Active Oxygen Success on HIV/AIDS:

This medical gas has been in use for a long time mostly in hospitals and by physicians across the world. Physicians report 99.9% success rate on HIV patients, also remission of the condition in most cases. Doctors across the world claims to have cured HIV on more than 500 patients using a rigorous and very expensive ($25,000) protocol which included Active Oxygen IV Therapy as the main treatment. There are more than 5 US and International patents for reseacrch to cure HIV using active oxygen/ozone, none have been put on the market due to production and regulatry costs.

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Stem Cell Anti-Aging Treatments in Germany

Introduction:

The legendary cell therapy based anti-aging treatments have been offered in Germany since the last 60 years with great success. The integrative approach employed during cell therapy procedures helps reduce biological age by 7-10 years. Life begins at the organizational stage of the single cell and ends in the domain of the multi-cellular organism. The ultimate objective of any medical treatment should be the restoration of all capabilities of the functional unit of life – the cell. Only healthy functional cells can enable the tissues and organs to fulfill their task ensuring development and survival of the organism. As we age more number of cell die or become malfunctioned compared to the number of new cell being formed inside our bodies. This downhill process typically starts after 35 years of age in most people. Unfortunately,pharmaceutical medicine today orientates itself towards “relieve of symptoms” that can be registered or are deducible by means of scientific and technical aids (microscope, electron microscope, biochemical data, electronic recordings). It is thereby neglecting all dimensional areas below and above the so-called objective detection methods, and in doing so, it defines its limits.

Basic Principles of Cell Therapy:

In organ extract- and cellular therapy, cells or extracts of various foetal animal tissues are administered via intramuscular injection into the human body for therapeutic purposes. These xenograft implants are broken down into their basic elements (enzymes, polypeptides, deoxyribonucleic acids, ribonucleic acids and other basic organic substances) and reused by the cells, tissues and organs of the person treated. The fundamental theory behind organ extract – and cell therapy is the principle ‘Similia Similibus’ or ‘Like Cures Like’, as stated by Paracelsus, a physician and philosopher of the 16th century. Paracelsus and many other early physicians believed that the best way to rebuild or revitalize ill organs or ageing tissue was to use healthy living cells of the same tissue type. Modern organ extract- and cell therapy refers to treatment by injection with cellular elements and whole cells from healthy unborn or foetal sheep or calves specially bred for medical purposes under a strictly controlled and pollution-free environment in high alpine mountains. Organ extract- and cell therapy actually “wakes up” dormant cells within the human body, thereby stimulating the growth and function of existing tissue and repairing or regenerating old and malfunctioning cells. Organ extract- and cell therapy offers something that vitamins, minerals and other conventional or natural treatments cannot. It can provide the exact components necessary for injured or diseased tissue to heal and regenerate. While most pharmaceutical drugs work by suppressing certain symptoms over a short period of time and only as long as they are taken, organ extract- and cell therapy are stimulating the body’s own healing and revitalizing powers and exert a long term effect.

The History and the Science of Cell Therapy:

Cell therapy dates back thousands of years. Written in 1600 B.C., the Eber Papyrus of medicine recommended injection of animal organs to improve human vitality. In the middle Ages, Parcelsus observed, for the first time, that the organizational unit of all life; the cell, was the element in ‘like heals like’. In the late 19th century, French Nobel laureate Dr. Alexis Carrel discovered the potentially immortal nature of cells by keeping alive fragments of a chicken heart 25 years after the fowl had died. This accomplishment was performed by combining cellular material from different hearts into one cell culture. At the end of the 19th century, Paris physiologist C.E. Brown-Sequard recognized the potency of cellular therapy by injecting himself with an extract made from the testicles of a young bull. His virility was subjectively increased due to the testosterone in the extract. In the 1920’s, Russian ophthalmologist Vladimir Filatov initiated the application of foetal cellular and aloe plant extract therapies for non-specific rejuvenation of chronically ill patients. His earliest claimed successes were in reversing retinitis pigmentosa and involutional retinal macular degeneration. In the 1930’s, surgeon Niehans became increasingly interested in endocrinology while serving as head of staff at one of the renowned hospitals in Germany/Switzerland. One of Niehans’ first discoveries was that cells derived from the organs of foetal sheep could be injected into the human body without triggering the natural defence mechanism that acts to reject foreign protein.

In 1931, Paul Niehans was summoned to an emergency operation where he was requested to perform a transplant for an elderly woman whose parathyroid glands were removed during a thyroid surgery by accident. The patient was in critical condition and in a race against time, Niehans sought instead to inject the woman with a steer’s parathyroid cells suspended in a saline solution, crudely prepared at the scene. The woman who would have otherwise died immediately, in fact, got quickly stabilized and continued to improve as she went on to live another 30 years! In the forty years following his first successful experiments, Niehans applied his discoveries in organ extract- and cellular therapy over 50,000 times. Among Niehans’ patients were celebrities like Charles Chaplin, Robert Cummings, Joan Crawford, Charles de Gaulle, Dwight and Marnie Eisenhower, Winston Churchill, Charles Boyer, Bernard Baruch, the Duke and Duchess of Windsor, Joseph Kennedy, and many others. In 1953, Niehans was called to the bedside of ailing Pope Pius XII. In gratitude for successful results of his own cell therapy, Pope Pius XII invited Niehans to become a member of the Papal Academy of Sciences. Niehans also conducted research into the cancer resisting properties of foetal mesenchyme cells within a well-regulated connective tissue matrix. He used cells from the frontal brain to treat mongolism. He used skin and eye cellular extracts to treat albinism, injected liver cells to treat cirrhosis, and utilized testicle cells to treat impotence. Over one thousand scientific studies have demonstrated the effectiveness of cell therapy. By radioactively marking tissue extract, researchers have been able to ascertain what exactly happens with the organ extract and cellular material after it is injected.

Cell Therapy Preparations:

Cell therapy preparations are derived from foetal sheep or calf according to a proprietary manufacturing and cryopreservation process in North Germany. These preparations must always be injected in freshly prepared form for getting maximum therapeutic effect. More than 30 preparations from different tissue types are available. All preparations are manufactured by a GMP certified laboratory and subject to a multitude of stringent microbiology and biological viability tests to ensure the highest degree of efficacy and safety. Each preparation contains > 10 million tissue-specific cells derived from live tissue.

Cell Therapy for Anti-aging (Revitalization):

Every patient first undergoes the blood, urine and other functional diagnostic tests which specifically measure “pro-aging” parameters + “anti-oxidant status” + “hormone levels”. This gives the treating physician good information on the current functional status of different body organs and helps design an individualized (personalized) anti-aging program. The Revitalization Program involves rejuvenation of 3 main systems of the body that govern aging. They are the endocrine system, the immune system and the detoxification system. Just injecting the cell therapy preparations may not give excellent results. That is why, before cell therapy procedure, each patient undergoes extensive IV/IM detox procedures, Intravenous ozone sessions, Laser revitalization of blood, IV high dose vitamin/minerals/trace elements therapies for several days so as to make body organs maximally receptive to the incoming new cells. Rejuvenation of above-mentioned 3 body systems has shown a so called reversal or a dramatic slowdown of premature aging, regaining of vigour & vitality, libido, increased interest in daily activities, higher mental concentration and focus as well healthy skin and decreased wrinkles. The following organ cells are used:- Thymus, brain, spleen, liver, kidney, heart, adrenal gland, pituitary gland, skin, ovary or testis.

Other Clinical Indications:

Treatment of chronic fatigue syndrome, immune deficiency, infertility,diabetes, frozen shoulder, shoulder stiffness, migraine, joint pain, depression, melasma, aging skin, acne, hay fever, pre-menstrual syndrome, uterine fibrosis, endometriosis, insomnia, liver dysfunction, fungal infection, digestive problems, nerve related discomfort, extreme coldness, anaemia, low libido, constipation, gastritis, intestinal intoxication and hormonal imbalances.

Safety and Effectiveness:

Since the cell therapy preparations have very low antigenicity; they are not readily recognized as foreign by the recipient’s immune system, and therefore, they usually do not cause significant clinical side effects. Donor animals and all preparations are thoroughly tested to rule out transmission of zoonoses and infections; there are no known cases with the use of these preparations. Acute allergic reactions with fresh frozen or freeze-dried organ extracts and cell preparations are exceedingly rare. If such reactions should occur, they are easily manageable with antihistamines, steroids, and intravenous volume fluid expansion. The organ extract and cell preparations of foetal xenogeneic cells imprint their vigour upon old, tired, and degenerating cells, stimulating them to function with renewed efficiency, thereby improving organ function and vigour and vitality of the entire organism– Total body revitalization.

Long-lasting Benefits:

Every procedure and therapeutic intervention carried out during anti-aging program is for regeneration of body’s individual cells and organs (i.e. regeneration from INSIDE), because the aging process first starts at the cellular/organ level, and then, over the years slowly shows up externally as wrinkles on face, or development of some chronic disease, or general loss of vitality or weight gain or forgetfulness, or loss of hairs, or loss of libido or decrease in eyesight, or poor sleep quality, etc. Undergoing cell therapy based anti-aging program once a year after 40 years of age not only helps “Look and Feel” significantly younger but also offers an excellent prevention against the diseases of old age viz. Diabetes, Heart disease, High blood pressure, Impotence, Cancer, etc.

Liver Shunts In Dogs – Why My Dog Went Undiagnosed For 3.5 Years And How You Can Spot It!

My Italian Greyhound is truly the best friend (no, more like a child) of my husband and I. Her name is Wendy. She’s absolutely a beautiful specimen of an Italian Greyhound – with her sleek body, her tucked tummy, her champion like posture and whimsical gallop. Wendy is now 4.5 years old and her life has been one long terrible journey.

When we first adopted Wendy – she was a tiny fawn puppy with large black eyes. You couldn’t even tell if she was looking at us because her pupils and eye color had not developed yet. She was very fuzzy for an Italian Greyhound puppy. She had remnant milk breath and wagged her tail in play.

Unfortunately, a few weeks after we adopted her, she threw up. It was a small projectile like vomit while my husband was holding her. We did not think anything of it because puppies will throw up sometimes. She was on a strictly “puppy” food diet, her stools were normal and her urine was normal. She was eating and drinking normally and behaving normally.

Approximately a month later, things started to change with Wendy. She became less active. She laid down all the time. She didn’t want to engage in typical “puppy” play – or if she did, she didn’t last more than a few minutes before she wanted to lay down. We didn’t know any better and thought maybe she was just a “quiet” puppy or had more of a “serious” temperament than our other Italian Greyhound.

We soon began to notice that she was not eating as much. It was time to go to the vet. The vet told us that her weight was fine and she looked fine. We told the vet that her appetite had greatly decreased, but he told us to give her some chicken soup and rice. We tried, and she did eat some of it, but within a day she stopped eating. We took her back and the vet told us to just keep trying. We tried for another night and she refused to eat. At this point she also stopped ALL physical activity. She didn’t get up! She didn’t walk, she didn’t do anything. She just was looking around her while she was laying down.

We brought her back to the vet again, this time my husband was furious. The vets’ office had at least 5 vets working in it. He demanded to see a vet and NOT the same one who had been treating Wendy. He told the new vet Wendy’s history and he demanded that something be done about her quickly deteriorating condition. The vet told my husband he thought she had a food allergy and prescribed Hill’s C/D. Well, luckily – this did help her come back to life. Later, I learned that Hill’s C/D is a low protein food and it was the high protein in her puppy food that was killing Wendy.

Wendy did fine on this food. I kept bringing her to the vet at least once a month for colds, fevers and strange behavior. She constantly urinated all over the place. She never had a good appetite and never drank a lot. She was still a “quiet” dog, but she grew older and we moved to a different town. She became an adult and we took her off of the Hill’s C/D. She immediately started to develop crystals in her urine. Italian Greyhounds do not like to urinate outdoors, so we always made it a point to use pee pads in a basement or garage area. Fortunately, as a youngster, Wendy didn’t always quite make it to the pad and I was able to see the crystals on the floor!!!

I took her to the vet specifically to address the crystals in her urine. The vet ran some blood tests and told me that her BUN count was a little low (and maybe her creatin too – I can’t quite remember the creatin reading). I researched this on the net (which was still developing at the time) and found information about liver shunts. Liver shunts are often congenital defects that occur in puppies/dogs and these affected dogs typically have low BUN, low creatin and ammonium crystals in their urine! I brought it up to the vet – she said “no” and “that’s not it”. She told us it was just the food allergy that our earlier vets had diagnosed. I truly believed my vet – SHE was the EXPERT. I completely put the idea of a liver shunt OUT OF MY MIND.

Every time I brought Wendy to the vet, I kept asking each vet if they thought Wendy was too skinny. They all told me that she was just petite and that she looked normal. Again, I had instinctual doubts but believed the EXPERTS.

If I had only known then what I know now. After 3.5 years of going through hell bringing Wendy to tons of vets and ER vets – I finally found an ER vet who actually took the time to listen to Wendy’s full history and my concerns. He said the magic words “I think she might have a liver shunt, you should get a bile acid test done on her”.

Here are the symptoms of liver shunts:

1. Poor Doer: A puppy/dog that is always getting sick. Because liver shunts cause toxicity in the blood because the dog is not having its blood filtered by the liver. This causes various illnesses to occur often.

2. UTIs: A puppy/dog that has frequent urinary tract infections or looks like it is having a urinary tract infection due to having many accidents all over the house, isn’t able to be housebroken or urinating small amounts.

3. BAD ODOR: A puppy/dog that has bad mouth odor and/or bad urine odor. Often, the urine is also a darker color yellow instead of the “barely” yellow of normal healthy urine. (Note: Puppy and young dogs should have good breath. Bad breath is a RED FLAG that something isn’t right)

4. Head Pressing: Dogs with liver shunts don’t filter their blood which results in ammonia build up in the blood. Ammonia toxicity causes their heads to feel funny – so they rub their heads a lot.

5. CRYSTALS IN URINE: This is from the excess ammonia in their system. Any dog with crystals in the urine should have a bile acid test.

6. Complete Blood Count (CBC): This test is easily given in the vet’s office. Liver shunt dogs often have a lower than normal BUN and Creatin count.

7. Depression: Liver shunt dogs are not very active or they may be active for very short periods of time. They are known as “quiet” puppies or “quiet” dogs. A “quiet” puppy usually isn’t very normal and all “quiet” puppies should have a bile acid test to make sure they are okay.

8. Low Weight: Puppies with liver shunts look normal with a milk belly, etc. As they grow into dogs it is obvious they are too skinny. Their ribs show, their bones are prominent and they don’t develop muscle mass. Not all liver shunt dogs have low weight though, but many do. They tend to have low weight because their liver cannot absorb and process nutrients to bring these liver shunt dogs to their normal weight.

9. Small: Dogs with liver shunts often do not grow as much as their siblings. They have smaller than normal livers and sometimes smaller than normal features. Wendy never developed the strong leg muscles that all greyhound breeds exhibit.

10. Anorexia: Many liver shunt puppies/dogs do not eat normally. They eat very little dog food. They may chow down on a newly introduced canned food or people food – but they invariably resort back to not eating very much. Eating food makes them not feel well because of the higher toxicity they have after a meal – so they tend to shun food.

11. Breed: Any breed can have a liver shunt, but Yorkshire Terriers are famous for having them.

Here is my advice to anyone who has a dog with these symptoms:

FORCE YOUR VET TO DO A BILE ACID TEST IF YOU SUSPECT A LIVER SHUNT AND/OR YOUR DOG IS EXHIBITING SOME OF THE ABOVE SYMPTOMS!!!! Don’t take “no” for an answer. Tell them you want to MAKE SURE and cover all of your bases. A bile acid test is about $100.00 and can save your dog’s life.

Once your dog has been diagnosed with a liver shunt, you can then begin the process of determining treatment. In the meantime, ask the vet for Lactulose which may cause diarrhea at first but will immediately help to greatly detoxify your dog. Also, immediately put your dog on Hill’s L/D diet which is low protein. Do not give your dog any people food that has protein! Protein promotes toxicity in liver shunt dogs.

There are several treatment options. You may want to have a scintigraphy done to find out if the shunt is intrahepatic or extrahepatic. Usually the liver shunt is extrahepatic (outside the liver) which is easily operable. Intrahepatic shunts (inside the liver) are much more difficult to operate on and are usually found in larger breed dogs. Your vet can recommend whether to operate or not. Usually, it is recommended to medically manage your dog rather than operate with intrahepatic shunts.

Surgery: One of the best and cheapest places to have the surgery performed is at the University of Tennessee at Knoxville, TN. And I do mean the BEST and the cheapest. They specialize in liver shunt surgery. I wouldn’t have trusted Wendy to any other surgeon for treatment. In addition, UTK utilizes a surgical method for extrahepatic shunts that cannot be surpassed by mere ligation.

Puppies in in the uterous of their momma dog get nutrients from momma through a portal vein. At birth, this vein is supposed to close up. In liver shunt dogs, it doesn’t close up. Instead, this portal vein acts as a “bypass” and most of the blood bypasses the liver. The liver is what cleans the blood. The liver also performs thousands of other vital functions!!! 94% of Wendy’s blood bypassed her liver!!!

The classical surgical method has been to ligate the portal vein (close it off, shut it down, get rid of it….). Unfortunately, the ligation method can throw the body into shock and kill the dog because there is a halt to the circulatory system! UTK developed a much better and much safer method. A metal ring is coated with a substance that expands upon contact with moisture. It expands SLOWLY (it takes a month or so for it to fully expand). This ring, called an ameroid constrictor, is placed AROUND the portal vein. The ameroid constrictor closes slowly over time until the vein is closed. This not only helps the body from going into shock, but it also helps to prevent infection that is caused by ligation! The liver is able to slowly accept more and more blood as the constrictor does its job. There is no shock to the liver or the circulatory system.

I HIGHLY recommend the surgery with an ameroid constrictor – you can research all of this on the net to make your decision. The UTK program includes a scinitigraphy to locate the shunt, surgery, hospital stay, AND A BIOPSY OF THE LIVER for about $1,600 (2007). They do a great job!

What to Expect Post Op: Your dog will be in some pain for a few days after the surgery. Fortunately, there is not a lot of pain because the only cutting involved is the skin on the belly and for the biopsy. There is usually no cutting done for placing the ameroid constrictor.

Over the next 4 months, you will notice the following: weight gain, muscle development, loss of puppy fur (if your dog retained its puppy fur), improvement in general appearance (shinier), LOTS more ENERGY and no more head rubbing.

At 4 months, you will need to redo the bile acid test to check on how the ameroid constrictor is operating. Wendy had 0s on her follow up bile acid test!!! After 4 months, if the bile acid test comes back normal, you can put your dog back on regular food!!!!

I can’t tell you how glad I was that I was able to have Wendy surgically corrected.

Sensory Loss in Older Adults – Taste, Smell & Touch – Behavioral Approaches for Caregivers

As we age, our sensory systems gradually lose their sharpness. Because our brain requires a minimal amount of input to remain alert and functioning, sensory loss for older adults puts them at risk for sensory deprivation. Severe sensory impairments, such as in vision or hearing, may result in behavior similar to dementia and psychosis, such as increased disorientation and confusion. Added restrictions, such as confinement to bed or a Geri-chair, increases this risk. With nothing to show the passage of time, or changes in the environment, the sensory deprived person may resort to repetitive problem behaviors (calling out, chanting, rhythmic pounding/rocking) as an attempt to reduce the sense of deprivation and to create internal stimulation/sensations.

This article is the third in a series of three articles that discuss the prominent sensory changes that accompany aging, and considers the necessary behavioral adjustments or accommodations that should be made by professional, paraprofessional, and family caregivers who interact with older adults. Though the medical conditions are not reviewed in depth, the purpose of this article is to introduce many of the behavioral health insights, principles, and approaches that should influence our care giving roles. This article addresses age-related changes in taste, smell, and touch, and a related subject, facial expressiveness.

I. TASTE AND SMELL

A. Changes in taste and smell with aging:

1. Less involved in interpersonal communication, leading to decreased quality of life, and contributing to depression and apathy;

2. The decline in taste sensitivity with aging is worsened by smoking, chewing tobacco, and poor oral care. This results in more complaints about food tasting unpleasant or unappetizing, and sometimes causing the person to stop eating altogether;

3. With aging, there is a decline in the sense of smell, resulting in a decreased ability to identify odors. Also the person with a declining sense of smell is more tolerant of unpleasant odors, and this can be further exacerbated by smoking, some medications, and certain illnesses.

B. Effects of taste and smell changes on demented elderly:

1. Individuals with Alzheimers Disease lose their sense of smell more than non-dementia individuals, due to change in their recognition thresholds. This is because there is a concentration of tangles and plaques characteristic of Alzheimers Disease found in olfactory areas of the brains of patients with this disease, compounding the declining sense of smell that accompanies old age;

2. The impairment in the ability to distinguish flavors in foods for those with dementia results in diminished eating pleasure, and a loss of appetite. Recommendation: more attention to and greater awareness of the importance of eating, and reminders of having eaten, which can minimize the risk of malnutrition and dehydration;

3. The impaired sense of taste and smell can result in a serious inability to sense danger, such as gas leaks, smoke or other odors, which would obviously interfere with taking necessary steps for safety. Also, problems with taste may cause the person to overcook or use spoiled foods, raising the risk of food poisoning. Recommendation: use smoke detectors, clean out refrigerators regularly, and check drawers for food hoarding.

II. TOUCH

A. Changes in sense of touch with aging:

1. The sense of touch includes perception of pressure, vibration, temperature, pain, position of body in space, and localization of a touch. Some of this sense of touch diminishes with aging, but affects no more than 50% of older adults;

2. The most pronounced changes occur in the feet, and changes become less apparent as we move up the body. A decline in the sense of perception in the feet contributes to increased danger of falling or tripping over objects. Changes in hand sensitivity will often lead to dropping of objects;

3. Because the sense of touch is the most intact of all senses in older adults, and least impacted by advancing years, it can be the more important means of communicating, whether to gain his or her attention, to reassure him or her, to let the person know that you are there to help, and to guide the person in an activity;

4. Touch is therapeutic since older adults may be touch deprived. In medical and institutional settings, such as nursing homes, there may be even fewer opportunities for touch and physical contact. Recommendation: take extraordinary steps to make appropriate physical contact with the older adult for reassurance, to gain attention, to confirm communication, and to provide a greater sense of safety and security.

III. FACIAL EXPRESSIVENESS

1. Some neurological disorders, like Alzheimers

disease, Parkinsons, and other types of dementia result in decreased facial expressiveness. This makes it difficult to discern emotional reactions or expressions that would otherwise be apparent in those without such disorders;

2. Because we depend so much on non-verbal communications and facial expressiveness, it is difficult to know if the other person is hearing and understanding what we are communicating. This makes it less enjoyable and less rewarding to communicate with someone who does not show the expected emotional reaction, such as a smile, a laugh, a grimace, or even a shrug.
Recommendation: even in the absence of facial expressiveness, do not avoid communicating with this person, but do not be upset or disappointed when the emotional reaction does not appear. Caregiver disappointment and rejection only contributes further to apathy and withdrawal.

PRINCIPLES FOR CAREGIVERS

The following principles apply to caregiving approaches with older adults who have diminished sensory function. Increased sensitivity and insight to the needs of these individuals improves their quality of life and improves our effectiveness:

1. Observe his or her behavior, and look for cues and signs of pain or discomfort;

2. Help the person work through the emotional impact of the sensory changes, allowing expression, acceptance, and support of the grief and sadness accompanying these losses;

3. Do not try to fix the unpleasantness; acceptance and support goes a longer way toward healing than a quick fix or a patronizing attitude;

4. Reduce excess disability by maximizing whatever functioning is still left, such as proper eyeglass prescriptions, or functioning hearing aids;

5. Consider assistive devices (phone amplifiers, large text books, headphones, and the Braille Institute for a variety of useful visual aids).

6. Remember that the need for touch increases during periods of stress, illness, loneliness, and depression;

7. Touch is especially important when communicating with blind, deaf, and cognitively impaired individuals;

8. Use touch often, but only to the extent that the person is comfortable with it;

9. Do not give the person a pat on the head, or a tap on the cheek, as this can be perceived as condescending.

Normal aging brings with it a general decline in sensory functioning. To minimize the emotional, behavioral and attitudinal impact these losses have on older adults, caregivers should develop insights and approaches that take the special needs into account, and try to turn unpleasant, frustrating situations into more caring, helpful, and sensitive interactions. As caregivers can integrate behavioral principles in the delivery of the health care with older adults, we can have a positive impact on the management of these losses.

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Natural Supplement For Knee Pain: Will It Give Ultimate Pain Relief?

We employ our knees in most of our body movements. With continuous bone to bone contact, the cartilage can wear out. For that reason knee joint pain is among the most frequent troubles amongst seniors these days. It is typically a part of getting old.

In order to reduce knee pain, health professionals frequently prescribe cortisone shots or an anti-inflammatory drug. The mentioned treatments give temporary relief only yet don’t do anything to solve the condition and take it away once and for all. The problem is removed temporarily but the patient with left with the same condition. At times it becomes a whole lot worse when it recurs.

Now and again, pain reliever plus anti-inflammatory drugs accompany terrible unwanted effects. With regular use, cardiac problems can rise or develop. Others negative effects are bleeding, ulcer, perforation of the stomach or intestine. These conditions can be fatal putting seniors at a higher risk. So, it’s not worth taking the risk. Do not rely on over-the-counter or prescribed pain killers. These prescription drugs only take away the pain but don’t address the real cause of knee pain.

A good natural supplement can certainly give relief from pain and at the same time an even better condition. Cartilage building supplements support cartilage re-growth without side effects. It neither interacts with other supplements that the patient takes. Consequently, it offers the very best knee pain treatment found in the market these days.

The reason why medical doctors do not usually recommend natural supplements is that they receive little training in utilizing natural solutions to address illness. They have little or no clue regarding their nutrition. Also, huge pharmaceutical companies have little fascination with natural solutions simply because they can’t be patented. They offer financing for studies on various other medications as well as offer prescription samples and other advantages for medical practitioners to ensure that the latter will suggest them. This has something regarding revenue.

Because of the negative side effects brought by prescription drugs, individuals have began searching for alternative solutions. Natural supplements for ailments and diseases are getting attention from these individuals these days. With the type of treatment of pain relievers as well as side effects of doctor prescribed medicines, re-growing knee cartilage by natural means would be the very best option for you.

I am not suggesting to disregard your doctor’s advice. You just might wish to give consideration to trying a natural supplement for knee pain. Natural supplements for knee pain treatment commonly make use of glucosamine and chondroitin – ingredients that have been proven to help resolve joint problems.