Raising A Pet Coatimundi: Learn The Details

Raising a pet coatimundi can be quite a challenge at the start especially if you’re going to do this for the first time. You need to know a lot of important things. You also need to consider different sets of factors while you’re doing this so that you can ascertain that your exotic pet won’t grow up having bad habits that may cause you some harm later on.

One of the most important things that you need to know about raising a pet coatimundi at home would be not overfeeding your baby during one feeding. You need to watch how much you feed your exotic pet because coatis usually continue feeding until they become really bloated. Overfeeding can lead to inhalation pneumonia; loss of body condition; and loose stools. When you finish feeding your pet coati and it’s still hungry, you have to wait for at least 45 minutes before you can offer the bottle again. At 5 weeks of age, your pet coati should start eating an average of one ounce per feeding. You should feed your pet four times daily. You can increase this frequency as your exotic pet gets older. Don’t forget to burp your pet coati after each feeding.

The next important thing that you need to know about raising your exotic pet would be the right time when to wean. This is usually up to the pet owner and can be based on your own circumstances. You have to know that the more frequently you bottle feed your baby coati, the less inclined it’s going to be on eating solid foods. At 5 to 6 weeks of age, you should start leaving some dry puppy food for your exotic pet. When you start feeding solid foods to your exotic pet, you can mix some apple juice with puppy food or monkey biscuits. Each coati is considered as individual with its own unique taste buds. Some of the favorite foods of coatis include pizza, luncheon meats, newtons, blueberry muffins, watermelon, eggs, and bananas.

Vaccination schedules are another thing that you should consider. These should be the same with puppies and kittens. First vaccinations and worming are given at 5 to 6 weeks of age. After which, this is then done every 3 weeks until coatis reach the age of 16 weeks. Annual boosters and worming are also highly advised. Aside from this, coatis should also receive a dog distemper-parvo shot or DHLP-P and the cat panleukopenia vaccine. You can have your pet coati wormed with any good cat wormer or dog wormer.

Next, never use too much counter flea products because most of these things are toxic to exotic animals. If you have a pet coati that’s below 12 weeks of age, it would be best for you to spray Adams brand flea spray on a towel and wipe it on its skin. Don’t overdo this.

Lastly, if you have a male coati, it’s highly advised that you have it neutered. Males that are intended to be breeders on the other hand, should be mother raised or should be placed in the breeder pen at 4 to 6 months of age.

8 Ways to Burn Belly Fat Without Exercise

Looking to burn belly fat without exercise? Or, if you are like me, searching for additional ways to burn belly fat beyond traditional exercise. Here are some great ways to increase your metabolism without getting on an exercise machine, lifting a dumbbell or doing abdominal routines.

1) Walk

Walking has been heavily documented as the best thing for sedentary people to add to lose weight permanently. Everyday find opportunities to walk more often. To the corner store, around the house, or in place. It really does not matter as long as you walk at least 30 minutes daily. Consistently increase your walking pace to 3.5 miles per hour.

2) Stand Up

Standing burns 33% more calories than sitting. Be sure to stand for a total of 3 hours daily to burn belly fat. Next time you find yourself sitting on the couch watching TV, Stand Up! For an increased effect walk in place as you watch TV.

3) Suck In Your Stomach

Yes, merely sucking in your stomach will tighten up your belly and strengthen the muscles underneath your future six-pack. Here’s what you do – Suck in your stomach as far as you can (Pull inwards, not squeezing). Focus on pulling in your belly button as far as you can. Hold for 5 seconds, keep breathing, and release. Rest for 10 seconds and repeat, this time focus on pulling in from the top of your belly. Alternate. You will feel the burn.

Start off with 10 reps twice a day. Over the next two weeks increase the frequency and the duration of sucking in your stomach farther and farther, more and more often, holding it longer and longer. In your car, at your desk, walking, remember don’t hold your breath. Eventually you want to get to the point where you are doing it constantly and unconsciously.

4) Turn Off The TV

People who watch television for 3 hours daily or more are 60% more likely to be or become obese. Watch TV for an hour a day and find something else to do. Garden, clean, build something, whatever as long as you find yourself moving.

5) Breathe

Did you know the number one method to eliminate waste from our bodies is exhaling? When you burn fat, your body creates a lot of toxins that must be eliminated. If you have ever had a science course you will undoubtedly be familiar with the fact that mass cannot be created or destroyed, only converted. When you burn wood, the mass of the wood is converted to energy and gas. The same thing happens when we burn belly fat in our bodies. We in essence, breathe out all the fat.

If you were sealed in a glass container that just happened to be sitting on a scale, and you lost 40 pounds, the scale would not show the weight loss. Why? Because the weight of all the fat lost would be trapped in the air of the sealed glass container. What I am trying to say is, breathe! Practice deep breathing exercises, short breathing techniques and any other breathing exercise that interests you.

6) Take a Bath

Do not worry, this is not as easy as it sounds. Here we are talking about cold water immersion. Water cold enough to make you shiver. Fifteen minutes of shivering is equal to jogging for 15 minutes. In their training, Navy SEAL’s are forced to sit in the ocean as waves crash over them for up to an hour. This is not warm water, rather 45-50 degree water. Due to the severity of this training, SEAL’s are constantly monitored for hypothermia. This is not recommend or endorsed.

Instead there are two techniques endorsed to burn belly fat.

A) Fill a bath tub with very cold water to ankle height. Get in. Walk in place 2-4 minutes. This is much more bearable than what the Navy does, but yet still triggers an increase in your metabolism that lasts quite awhile.

B) Take a bath as normal but instead fill the tub as high as possible with water at room temperature, 70 degrees. The water should not feel warm, but rather cool. Get in, read a book, practice your breathing exercises, etc. for 30-60 minutes. Drink ice water to speed the effect.

After 10-15 minutes you will find your body slightly shivering. This is good, but do not push it. When your body tells you it’s time to quit, get out. There is no need to rush. In time you will be a pro at burning belly fat trough cold water immersion without risking your health.

7) Take A Steam Bath

Sweating is an excellent way of detoxifying. But, do not do this after your cold water immersion, the effect on your metabolism would be lost. You can artificially cause your body to sweat by taking a sauna or a steam. When your body is hot by fever, exercise or by steam, your heart rate increases. Blood circulation increases to cool the body, perspiring takes energy, thus burning calories and releasing hundreds of toxins. Another excellent method to burn belly fat.

Please, do not be mistaken. I am not recommending dehydration. In fact I recommend drinking lots of water, even bring water in with you to stay hydrated. Make sure it’s HOT water, cool water will defeat the purpose. If you are dehydrated you will not sweat as much, if at all.

Start with 10 minutes but keep 20 minutes as the maximum. No access to a steam? No problem. Have a seat on your toilet, turn the shower on, HOT, with the door closed and the fan off. You can also put a sauna suit on to increase the effect. Drink lots of water. You could even walk in place to burn additional calories.

8) Do what the Shaolin Monks Do

Technically, I guess you could call some of these techniques exercise, however these will firm you up, and make you tougher than weight lifting, without touching a dumbbell.

A) Stand with your arms straight at your sides and your elbows locked. Forcefully press your palms down and raise your straight fingers back quickly. Repeat 49 times. You should feel this in your forearms and triceps. Do this daily and your arms will be as firm as a wood board.

B) Stand with your arms at your side. Imagine a fly at chin level at the edge of your reach. Forcefully, fluidly, throw your arm up with your left shoulder focusing on speed. Imagine catching the fly in your vertical fist, and squeeze it as hard as you can. Hold it for a second. Now, throw the right arm up and squeeze, then throw the left fist up and squeeze hard. Repeat 49 times. This will firm up the arms, chest, shoulders and improve your coordination.

C) Stretch your arms straight out in front of you. Spread your legs wider than shoulder width and squat down 1/4 of the way. Pause. Stay in this position as long as you can, aiming for 5 minutes to start. Keep your arms up. If you can only hold this for 30 seconds. No problem. Stand up, rest a moment and repeat until you have reached 5 minutes. This will tone your legs like no other exercise can. Shaolin Masters can squat down to parallel and keep their arms outstretched for an hour, easily.

Some of you may not think these are easy ways to lose weight, but they will cause your body to burn belly fat while burning body fat. Follow these tips for burning body fat with our recommended diets, or better yet, add them to the burn belly fat exercise routine to speed your results.

Do You Recognize the 10 Early Warning Signs of Candida Infection?

Candidiasis, commonly known as candida or yeast infection or thrush, is a fungal infection ranging from superficial, such as oral thrush and vaginitis among women and superficial infections of skin and mucosal membranes by Candida causing local inflammation or discomfort common in many human populations, to systemic and potentially life-threatening diseases like those that develop among severely immuno-compromised persons such as cancer, transplant, and AIDS patients, whereas Although frequently associated with female health systems, it can also occur on the male genitals. Children suffer from this ailment during the years between three and nine. If there are white patches around the mouth, then it could be possible that the child is infected with candida infection.

Regardless of age or gender, here are ten common Candida symptoms:

1. Adult onset allergies to foods and/or airborne chemicals with the number of offending substances increasing until an individual becomes so sensitive to the everyday environment that they must live in isolation

2. Incessant fatigue after eating

3. Gastrointestinal or signs of poor digestion such as constipation or diarrhea, gas, bloating, cramps, heartburn, nausea, gastritis and colitis

4. Neurological symptoms such as cravings, irritability, mood swings, headaches, migraines, “fogged-in” feeling, inability to concentrate/mind “wanders off”, poor memory, confusion, dizziness, M.S.-like symptoms (slurred speech, loss of muscle co-ordination, vision affected), depression and/or anxiety without apparent cause (often worse after eating), paranoia without apparent cause, not in total control of one’ actions (know right thing to do but unable to execute), mental incompetence, a variety of other behavioral disturbances.

5. Genito-urinary symptoms such as vaginal infections, menstrual difficulties, impotence, infertility, prostatitis, rectal itch, urinary tract infection/inflammation or burning.

6. Respiratory symptoms that reflect compromised immune system. Frequent colds, flu’s, hay fever, mucous congestion, postnasal drip, asthma, bronchitis, chest pain, frequent clearing of throat, habitual coughing.

7. Development of various skin infections like athlete’s foot, jock itch, skin rash, hives, dry brownish patches, psoriasis, ringworm, rough skin on sides of arms which gets worse at certain times of the month or under increased stress.

8. Hypochondriac and/or neurotic tendencies, which are resistant to standard modes of therapy

9. Early childhood clinical history with any of the following ADD, ADHD, hyperactivity, aggressiveness, skin problems like cradle cap, diaper rash, thrush, respiratory problems, chronic ear infection, tonsillitis

10. Heightened sensitivity to cold temperatures with arthritis-like symptoms

If you have some combination of these symptoms, you may have candidiasis and it is imperative that you take measures. A thorough intestinal clean-up using Caproyl antifungal, Psyllium cleanser and Bentonite detoxificant, will improve your overall condition, regardless of what you are suffering from. The safest option of course is to see your local physician or health expert.

Narcotics and Foot Pain – A Poor Combination

The use of narcotic medication to treat body pain is a common practice for many physicians and other health care providers. Narcotics are effective at relieving many types of pain, and are safe if properly used. The use of narcotics to treat severe foot pain is a practice that still enjoys some popularity, primarily amongst non-foot specialists. Unfortunately, unlike pain in the rest of the body, foot pain often has a mechanical cause directly related to the way one’s foot structure functions when walking. The use of narcotic pain medication for foot pain will often lead to a worsening of the condition causing the pain. This article will discuss the nature of narcotic medication, foot pain, and how the two don’t necessarily work well together.

Narcotic pain medication is part of a large family of prescription drugs called opioids that effect the way people perceive pain sensation. These drugs typically bind themselves to cells from tissue found in the central nervous system and gastrointestinal system. The part of a cell an opioid binds to is called the opioid receptor. The medication binds itself to this area, and the end result of a complex process that follows is decreased pain sensation, increased pain tolerance, and euphoria. Unfortunately, some side effects can occur despite a good track record of safety when used properly. These can include sedation, a reduction in breathing ability, and constipation. Dependance on these drugs can also develop if they are taken long enough. When someone becomes addicted to pain medication, the dependency effect as well the euphoria created by the drug reinforces the body’s desire to continue on the medication, even if it is not medically needed. By stopping the medication, a withdrawal effect can also develop, limiting the ability of an addict to discontinue the medication.

The traditional use of narcotic pain medication was for chronic, unrelenting pain. This type of pain is seen with terminal cancer, major surgery recovery, or during severe injuries like burns and major fractures. Recently, the use of narcotic pain medication has expanded to many types of pain, both acute and chronic. The masking of the pain can be beneficial for people to help restore a normal life without pain. This works fine if the pain is from an inflamed gallbladder, back arthritis, or rib fracture. When the source of pain comes from a foot injury, a more unique approach must be taken to control the pain, as simply ‘feeling better’ can often lead to a worsening of the injury that caused the foot pain and a delay in healing.

Most foot pain is due to an injury that occurs directly or indirectly as a result of some abnormality of the foot structure. For example, the vast majority of heel pain is due to an injury of a ligament in the arch called the plantar fascia. This injury is usually due to flat feet or high arches causing strain or shock, respectively, on the fascia. Without the abnormal foot arch structure, the heel would not hurt. The same can be said for many other common sources of foot pain, including Achilles tendonitis, arthritis, neuromas (pinched nerve), most toe pain, pain in the ball of the foot, bunion pain, and many causes of pain around the ankles. The common factor seen in these various conditions is the development of inflammation in the foot as a result of the body’s overzealous attempt to heal the injured tissue. The treatment for these conditions ideally needs to revolve around supporting the injured foot, restricting motion at the injured area, and reducing the overzealous inflammation the body creates during the healing process. By reducing the inflammation, the pain is reduced. With this and proper support, the body heals efficiently without excessive pain.

Unfortunately, the use of narcotic pain medication only addresses pain control, and not inflammation or foot structure. Narcotics do not help at all with inflammation, which is the true source of most foot pain. These medications will only reduce the body’s perception of pain, allowing the inflammation process to continue. This will delay the body’s ability to heal the foot for two reasons. Firstly, the excess of inflammation not reduced by the narcotic medication will continue and the body will heal when it is good and ready. Often this time period will be for much longer than what is truly necessary, since the body forms an overzealous reaction to injury just to be on the ‘safe side’. Secondly, with narcotics, the tendency of many people is to resume activity as normal, since the foot does not hurt as much. When foot pain is correctly reduced because of inflammation reduction, increased activity may not be as harmful if proper foot support is still maintained. However, if foot pain is simply eliminated by a narcotic pain medication only, the feeling of ‘normal’ invites many into mistakenly resuming their activity as usual. This only worsens the foot injury and increases the inflammation, as the true nature of the injury is masked by the pain relief.

The foot is unique in that it receives the weight of the body above it and the stress of walking below it. Injuries to the foot need much more support and rest than any other part of the body. Narcotic pain medication use for foot pain allows excessive activity too early in the healing process, and should not be used for most types of foot pain as it does not address the underlying cause of foot pain: inflammation as a result of mechanically-caused injury. There are times in which narcotic pain medication is acceptable, and even advised for foot pain. Severe crushing injuries, fractures, burns, and other injuries that have nothing to do with foot structure or normal inflammation can benefit from pain control. However, narcotic pain control in fractures should be short term, and strict control of motion and activity is necessary, even if the foot ‘feels better’ with pain control. Foot pain from surgery can also be treated with narcotic pain medication in the short term, as much of that pain is due to the cutting of tissue. Most people require only a brief period of pain control following foot or ankle surgery, which does not usually exceed 3 weeks in most cases.

Narcotic pain medication has its place in the treatment of pain in the body. When dealing with most causes of foot pain, the combination of a likelihood of worsening the foot injury, delaying healing, and the problems of narcotic addiction make the use of these powerful drugs ill-advised. Properly addressing the inflammation of the injury, supporting the foot, and dealing with the abnormal foot structure that likely led to the painful condition in the first place are far better ways to treat foot and ankle pain.

Foot Drop Due to a TBI (Traumatic Brain Injury) – Treatment Options – AFOs And The WalkAide

Have you, or someone you know, suffered from a TBI (traumatic brain injury)?

Do You Suffer from Foot Drop Due To traumatic brain injury?

1.) Introduction

People can suffer from a TBI (traumatic brain injury) and this can induce a foot drop as a result. Unfortunate, but true. When a person has a foot drop, walking simply becomes more difficult. – When the muscles that pull the foot are disabled, then the toe can drag, a person's walking speed can decrease and falling becomes more likely to happen. As a result, a person will obviously have a more difficult time walking.

As a result of having a foot drop, people may use gait deviations that can help them clear their limb when they take a stride. These are temporary measures that a person can use to help them walk, but it is definitely not a long term answer. A common deviation that people exhibit is known as a "high steppage" gait pattern. Yes, there are other gait deviations, but this is a very common one. – What happens is that people will flex their knee excessively, in order to clear their foot when they take a stride with this deviation.

2.) What Treatment Options Exist For People With Foot Drop Due to TBI (traumatic brain injury)?

Many individuals today will use of a cane, however, this is a device that you have to hold and many people feel it labels them as being disabled. – Other devices such as an AFO (ankle foot orthosis) or the WalkAide can help people walk. These two devices are actually medically prescribed for people everyday in medical settings.

A.) AFO (Ankle Foot Orthosis): This is a brace that can help people walk better again, in more than one way. First, it is a brace that can help people lift their foot up when they walk. It typically is placed inside of a shoe when a person uses it. Not only can the foot be lifted more readily when you use an AFO, but you can also get side to side stability at the ankle, while also getting indirect support at the knee with one of these braces. Brace specialists known as orthotist provide these special braces.

B.) The WalkAide

This is a new FDA approved device that is getting a lot of attention. It is a medical device that provides electrical stimulation for people with foot drop due to a traumatic brain injury. This can help people walk better because it helps to draw up their foot when they walk. Many people are a candidate for this type of device, but not everyone will qualify.

Note: This is health information. Medical advice regarding AFOs and the WalkAide can be provided to you by your local, licensed orthotist.

Leg Weakness After Microdiscectomy

For people with sciatica, conservative treatments like physical therapy, chiropractic care and non-surgical decompression are usually sufficient. Minimally-invasive microdiscectomy is a common surgical procedure performed on those whose pain has not been relieved by conservative means, or for those who present severe symptoms such as incontinence that require immediate intervention.

A common cause of sciatica is a disc herniation in the lumbar spine. As the exterior ring of the disc weakens, the fluid in the disc’s center begins to leak out and irritate nerves exiting the spine. The sciatic nerve roots exit the spine from vertebrae L4 to S3. Nerve irritation causes sharp, radiating pain from the lower back to the legs, muscle weakness and numbness.

Microdiscectomy entails the removal of the small piece of disc material responsible for impinging the nerve. Many who have had the surgery find that, though pain levels improve, strength does not return to the muscles of the affected leg.

Success rates for microdiscectomy and other spine surgeries are reported to be around 95% by surgeons. However, these rates often reflect that the surgeon was successful in removing a disc piece, or that bones actually fused in a spinal fusion procedure. The actual relief of patients is not always included in the definition of a procedure’s success.

A study of 91 patients with disc herniation and leg paresis (slight paralysis/weakness) who underwent microdiscectomy showed that success rates, in terms of strength recovery, were far from 95%. Only 75% of patients in the study had regained strength in the affected leg a year after surgery. While this represents a majority, a full quarter of participants did not regain strength; this is a notable percentage. See a summary of the study at http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/22193841.

Microdiscectomy is often successful at relieving pain, but it can’t reverse nerve damage that was already done before the procedure. If the sciatic nerve incurred damage that interfered with its ability to send motor and sensory impulses down the leg, this will not spontaneously recover after surgery. This means that, if you have severe muscle weakness to begin with, microdiscectomy may not be a better option than conservative treatments to relieve nerve impingement. Decompression, traction and exercise therapies should be pursued rigorously before considering surgery.

Nerve Regeneration

Nerve damage is often permanent; there is no standard treatment for regenerating the sciatic nerve once damage has occurred. Experimental treatments like stem cell therapy and growth factor therapy are promising options, but access to them is limited. Your best bet for these treatments is to search for trial studies to participate in or to travel out of the country for treatment.

Omega-3 fatty acid consumption, whether from foods or supplements, may encourage nerve repair soon after injury. See http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2012/01/120111103856.htm for more on this.

Electrical stimulation of nerves may also help them repair and regrow. This method has been tested on severed sciatic nerves in rats and was shown to promote regeneration. Inquire with local physical therapists, chiropractors and other health professionals about the availability of functional electrical stimulation in your area.

Microdiscectomy treatment is not likely to relieve severe leg weakness, since this is often caused by nerve damage. While it is important to resolve the cause of sciatic nerve impingement, a surgical procedure may not be the best option due to cost, recovery time and risks. While severe nerve damage is often permanent, there are new methods of nerve regeneration being explored.

Ayurvedic Cure for Parkinson’s Disease

Parkinson’s disease (Paralysis agitans) as described by James Parkinson in 1817 is characterized by degeneration of central nervous tissues, affecting the motor skills of a person, thereby impairing his (rarely her) movements and speech.

Kampa vata described in Ayurveda is similar to Parkinson’s disease. Kampa means vibration or shaking (as in an earth quake). Ayurvedic texts describe the symptoms as constant shaking or tremor of limbs and/or head, difficulty in body movements, difficulty in speaking, expressionless face and staring like look.

Parkinson’s disease affects about 1% of population of people aged 65 and above. It is less common in developing and underdeveloped countries. The description of similar type disease in ancient Ayurvedic scripts suggests such a disease existed 2,000 to 3,000 years ago.

Modern researches on Parkinson’s disease almost revolve round an extract from an Ayurvedic herb. Levodopa or L-Dopa present in Mucuna pruriens is easily converted to dopamine at brain. This is especially beneficial in the treatment of Parkinson’s disease. (More info at http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/entrez/query.fcgi?db=pubmed&cmd=Retrieve&dopt=AbstractPlus&list_uids=15548480&query_hl=1&itool=pubmed_Brief)

Synthetic L-Dopa brings with it several side-effects, while Mucuna pruriens preparation gives complete benefits of better Parkinson’s cure with a little side effects like. The side effects of Mucuna prurens preparations are minimal when compared to synthetic levadopa. One important preparation in this regard is HP200 mucuna pruriens powder available in Indian market, which has been approved by Food and Drugs Administration of India.

Ayurvedic treatment for Parkinson’s Disease

Parkinson’s disease Ayurveda treatment aims at balancing disturbed vata. Massage therapy, enema, medication methods are applied. In addition to Mucuna pruriens (known by names violet bean, cowhage, naikkurana and kaunch beej), Ashwaganda (Withania somnifera), Sida cordifolia are the prime herbs usable in Parkinson’s disease Ayurvedic treatment.

Ayurvedic Parkinson’s treatment utilizes a holistic approach. The holistic treatment regime has great chances of success. Pacification of vata at the digestive tract is important. Mild laxatives are used for colon cleansing, mainly to control vata aggravation.

Rigidity associated with Parkinson’s disease is due to entry of vayu to mamsa. To relive rigidity, one has to be given nervine tonics (Jatamansi and Shanka pushpi) are examples. Depression is due to vata entering nervous system, which can be controlled by appropriate drugs like Hydrocotyle asiatica or Hypericum perforatum.

Ayurveda Parkinson’s disease treatment is not just about applying certain medicines or drugs to pacify the symptoms of the disease. Parkinson’s disease Ayurveda treatment is a concerted effort to accurately identify the exact reason of the imbalance and offer stable solution to the problem.

This holistic approach makes use of meditation as a self diagnosis tool. Parkinson’s disease occurs due to imbalances in mind, body or soul. Yoga and meditation helps the person to accurately focus on the right reason for the condition. It can sometimes be physical, mental or spiritual. Identifying the cause makes the cure as easy as possible.

How To Cure Tonsil Stones Fast Within Days

Tonsil stones, or tonsilloliths, are yellow or white lumps attached to your throat. They are made up of keratin, bits of food, bacteria and white blood cells that have died. While they can get larger, they normally don’t cause any real harm except for bad breath, coughing, a sore throat and pain when swallowing. Fortunately there are many home remedies available to rid yourself of tonsil stones.

1. Salt water gargle. This is probably the least invasive home remedy out there and can be very effective, though it may take up to two weeks to see results. Simply gargle with a solution of salty, warm water several times a day, and the stones should begin to dissolve. This will also stop them from growing larger as the salt water should remove any bits of food that get caught on the stones. Also be sure to drink lots of water on a regular basis. Keeping the throat lubricated and encouraging swallowing is also a good way to lose some stones.

2. Knock ’em off. Using a cotton swab, a Popsicle stick, or even a toothbrush or one of your fingers, gently push and lift upwards and the stones should just come off. It is important to gargle with salt water afterwards to disinfect the area where the stones were. Never force a stone off, if it doesn’t come off with gently prodding try one of the other methods of removal.

3. Garlic, Fenugreek, Lollipops or Chewing Gum. The healing properties of garlic are amazing. Try chewing on a clove each night before bed to rid yourself of tonsil stones. Garlic is also a natural antibiotic and will help heal any areas where stones are removed.Boil some fenugreek seeds for around 30 minutes and drink a mixture of the seeds and warm water for a natural remedy. Try sucking on a lollipop for relief. The suction action is thought to help dislodge or at least loosen the stones. If you are worried about sugar there are sugar free varieties available. Chew some gum. This produces an overabundance of saliva which will work to lubricate the throat and may coax some of the stones loose.

Tonsil stones, while not usually harmful are an annoyance. They can be painful and cause extreme bad breath which can be socially damaging. Try these natural tonsil stone remedies to rid yourself of the pain and the annoyance of tonsil stones.

Try An Exercise Program On An Elliptical Trainer to Maintain Healthy Blood Pressure Levels

High blood pressure is a heart disorder affecting 24% of the American population. It is estimated that two-thirds will have this disorder as they age. A patient that presents with hypertension will usually be prescribed one or more medications to manage this disease, but these medications can be expensive and may cause other health problems. Aerobic exercise, like the type of workout you can get on an elliptical trainer, can be an effective way to lower blood pressure to normal levels.

Hypertension is defined as resting and systolic/diastolic greater than 140/90. This health problem can cause a number of serious health problems when allowed to stay at high levels over a long period of time. The heart may increase in size, which may cause heart failure. Those with hypertension are at a higher risk of stroke and heart attack because this condition can lead to hardening of the arteries. The kidneys can be adversely affected and may even fail due to the narrowing of the blood vessels inside the kidneys.

So what kind of exercise is effective for normalizing blood pressure? In general, to achieve maximum benefits, you should gradually work up to an aerobic session lasting at least 30 to 45 minutes, at least four to five times a week. Exercising at least every other day will help you keep a regular aerobic exercise schedule. The exercise should be moderately intense, but be careful to gradually build up to this type of exercise routine if you have been inactive for the last few years. Most of the reductions in blood pressure for those with hypertension happen within the first few weeks of starting an aerobic exercise program.

An elliptical trainer is a effective fitness machine if you want to design an exercise program to maintain healthy blood pressure. It is a versatile exercise machine that allows you to tailor an exercise program to your fitness level. You can vary the strides per minute, resistance, and incline to gradually increase the intensity of your routine as your fitness improves. This is a low impact exercise that is easy on the joints, so even those with mild joint pain may be able to use an elliptical trainer to address their high blood pressure without the use of medications.

High blood pressure is a major health condition that affects almost a quarter of the American population. This condition can cause serious health problems such as stroke, heart attack, and kidney failure, which is why doctors are so anxious to prescribe medications to manage this condition. Regular aerobic exercise can be an effective way to lower and keep blood pressure at healthy levels without medications. A new or refurbished elliptical trainer is a versatile fitness machine that will allow the user to design an aerobic exercise routine to fit their individual needs.

Curing Diabetes

Introduction:

If you have high abdominal fat and your Blood pressure is slightly elevated, you need to worry even if your BMI is normal because this may be a sign of impending diabetes. Let us understand how the diabetes is developed and further progressed. Understanding how the diabetes is developed and further progressed is the key to cure it, so let us first understand the mechanism of its development. Diabetes is caused by a problem in the way human body makes or uses insulin. Insulin is needed to move blood sugar (glucose) into cells, where it is stored and later used for energy.

Beta cells produce insulin in response to blood glucose. These beta cells produce insulin in precise proportion to the level of glucose in the blood stream. Following a meal, blood sugar levels rise significantly, and the beta cells release a large amount of insulin. This insulin causes body cells to grab the sugar, causing blood sugar to quickly return to its normal range. Once blood sugar is in the normal range, the beta cells reduce the output of insulin to an idling state. In this way, the beta cells adjust their production of insulin on a real time basis, producing just enough insulin to deal with the amount of blood sugar currently in the blood stream.

In type 1 diabetes, the beta cell islets are destroyed. Once the islets are killed, the ability to produce insulin is lost, and the symptoms and consequences of diabetes begin. In type-II diabetes Insulin resistance is the prime cause of diabetes. Insulin is a chemical messenger signalling proteins called GLUT-4 transporters (residing within the cell) to rise up to the cell’s membrane, where they can grab on to glucose and take it inside the cell. In patients with insulin resistance, the cells do not get the message that the glucose is available. Cells are unable to hear insulin “knocking” on the door resulting in elevated blood levels of both insulin and glucose

In the early stages of insulin resistance, the pancreas compensates by producing more and more insulin, and so the “knocking” becomes louder and louder. The message is eventually “heard”, enabling glucose transportation into the cells, resulting in the eventual normalization of blood glucose levels. This is known as “compensated insulin resistance”. The liver helps regulate glucose levels by reducing its secretion of glucose in the presence of insulin. This normal reduction in the liver’s glucose production may not occur in people with insulin resistance.

Over time, the stress of excessive insulin production burns out the beta cells unable to keep pace with accelerated output. As a result, glucose levels remain elevated for prolonged periods. This is called “uncompensated insulin resistance” and is the essence of advanced type 2 diabetes.

Gradually, increased insulin resistance and various other factors discussed later diminish the ability of pancreas to produce sufficient insulin and the classification line between type-I and type-II diabetes becomes blurred.

Insulin Resistance

As explained above Insulin resistance (IR) is a physiological condition where the natural hormone insulin , becomes less effective at lowering blood sugars. The resulting increase in blood glucose may raise levels outside the normal range and cause adverse health effects, depending on dietary conditions . Certain cell types such as fat and muscle cells require insulin to absorb glucose. When these cells fail to respond adequately to circulating insulin, blood glucose levels rise.

It is well known that insulin resistance commonly coexists with obesity . However, causal links between insulin resistance, obesity, and dietary factors are complex and controversial

In experiment carried out on rodents, large quantities of saturated, monounsaturated, and polyunsaturated (omega-6) fats all appear to be contributing to Insulin Resistance to some degree, compared to high-starch food, but saturated fat appears to be the most effective at producing IR. This is partly caused by direct effects of a high-fat diet on blood markers, but, more significantly high-fat diet has the tendency to result in caloric intake far exceeding animals’ energy needs, resulting in rapid weight gain. The effect of dietary fat is largely or completely overridden if the high-fat diet is modified to contain nontrivial quantities (in excess of 5-10% of total fat intake) of polyunsaturated. omega-3 fatty acids. This protective effect is most established with regard to the so-called “marine long-chain omega-3 fatty acids”, EPA and DHA , found in fish oil; evidence in favor of other omega-3’s, in particular, the most common vegetable-based omega-3 fatty acid, ALA is more limited. Some studies find ALA only effective among people with insufficient long-chain omega-3 intake and some studies fail to find any effect at all . ALA can be partially converted into EPA and DHA by the human body, but the conversion rate is thought to be 10% or less, depending on diet and gender, limiting its effectiveness.

Elevated levels of free fatty acids and triglycerides in the blood stream and tissues have been found to contribute to insulin resistance. Triglyceride levels are correlated with excess body weight, overeating and trans fat intake. They are strongly inversely correlated with omega-3 intake and fat loss again highlighting the importance of omega-3 rich diet and exercise.

Intake of simple sugars, and particularly fructose , is also a factor that contributes to insulin resistance. Fructose is metabolized by the liver into triglycerides, tends to raise their levels in the blood stream. Therefore, it may contribute to insulin resistance through the same mechanisms as the dietary fat. Experiments on rodents suggest that, high levels of fructose and/or sucrose induce insulin resistance similar to that of fats, and, this insulin resistance is ameliorated by fish oil supplementation. A low-fat diet high in simple sugars (but not in complex carbohydrates and starches) stimulates fatty acid synthesis, primarily palmitate , therefore, resulting in the plasma fatty acid pattern that is similar to that produced by a high-saturated-fat diet. However, very little is known about effects of simple sugars in whole fruit and vegetables. Epidemiological studies suggest that their high consumption is associated with somewhat lower risk of insulin resistance.

Another mechanism contributing to Insulin resistance is leptin resistance. An important role of leptin is long-term inhibition of appetite in response to formation of body fat. In some individuals this mechanism is disrupted and their appetite and caloric intake is not reduced despite elevated level of leptin. Once leptin resistance is developed, the individual becomes prone to further overeating, weight gain, and insulin resistance. Experiments on rats suggest that leptinresistance can be triggered by chronic consumption of fructose or consumption of energy-dense, highly palatable food over a period of several days.

Insulin itself leads to a kind of insulin resistance; every time a cell is exposed to insulin, the production of GLUT4 (type four glucose receptors) on the cell’s membrane decreases. In the presence of a higher than usual level of insulin (generally caused by insulin resistance), this down-regulation acts as a kind of positive feedback, increasing the need for insulin. Exercise reverses this process in muscle tissue.

Some scholars propose that insulin resistance and obesity are not really metabolic disorders per se, but simply adaptive responses to sustained caloric surplus, intended to protect bodily organs from lipotoxicity (unsafe levels of lipids in the bloodstream and tissues). It has been suggested that exclusion of glucose from lipid-laden cells by developing insulin resistance is a compensatory defence against further accumulation of lipogenic substrate.

Fast food meals are energy-dense, palatable, and cheap, increasing risk of overeating and leptin resistance. They are simultaneously high in dietary fat and fructose, and low in omega-3. These characteristics have independently been linked to insulin resistance.

In most cases, therefore, development of diabetes is nature’s way of maintaining energy and mass balance in response to the sustained high Caloric intake (mostly in the form of carb and fat) for many years without expenditure of those calories, resulting in metabolic changes causing insulin resistance and subsequent beta cell destruction in pancreas. Our system begins to adjust to the high calorie diet and low activity level five to seven years before we are ever diagnosed with diabetes. Our body seems to recognise that it is surplus of calories and stored fat and reprograms itself not to absorb the energy from food as efficiently as it used to. Insulin resistance is developed which prohibits the cells to listen to the insulin signal. This results in rising of the blood glucose level due to non-absorption in the cells. Excessive amount of glucose circulation in the blood plasma is called hyperglycaemia.

Main Symptoms when left undiagnosed:

People with hyperglycaemia feel hungry because their cells are unable to absorb the sugar in the blood, and the body reacts as if it needs more food (Polyphagia). All the excess sugar in the blood eventually winds up in the urine, and this acts as a diuretic, as the body tries to bring more water in to dilute the urine. This is why polyuria occurs. Because the hyperglycemic person is producing so much urine, they naturally feel thirsty as their body tries to replace the water resulting in the classical symptom of Polydipsia.

Other Dangers of Insulin Resistance

Insulin resistance causes high level of circulatory insulin due to compensatory mechanism, drugs for type-II diabetes or externally administered insulin or simply due to chronic high calorie diet. This may pose several other dangers to the health.

Cancer

Insulin stimulates cell growth, and unfortunately cancer cells have six to 10 times the number of insulin receptors–molecules that grab on to the hormone–as do normal cells. So if extra hormone hits a pre-existing cancer cell, it makes a bad thing much, much worse. “For cancer, insulin is like pouring gasoline on a fire.

Cardiovascular Disease

High levels of insulin in the blood damage the lining of arteries, increase bad blood fats such as triglycerides and LDL cholesterol, and clump blood cells together so they are more likely to block up vessels

Polycystic Ovary Syndrome

High level of insulin causes Polycystic Ovary Syndrome which causes infertility and dramatically raises the risk for heart disease.

In addition to above some studies also link Alzheimer’s, Parkinson’s, and Huntington’s diseases to insulin resistance

Mechanisms of Beta-Celldestruction

Insulin resistance often leads to Beta-Cell destruction through various mechanism listed below. However, some individuals may have limited Beta-Cellmass early in life because of genetic factors predisposing them to diabetes.

Central Obesity is the main risk factor for the development of diabetes. It is often accompanied by an elevation of lipids in the blood (dyslipidemia) and increased circulating leptin and cytokine levels. All of these factors have been shown to modulate Beta-cell function and survival. The influence of dyslipidemia on the Beta-cells of an individual will depend on his or her specific lipid profile. Whereas some free fatty acids and lipoproteins have been shown to be pro-apoptotic for the Beta-cell, others are protective. Thus, long-term exposure to saturated fatty acids such as palmitate (a saturated fatty acid that is found in humans, animals and plants and is a major component of palm oil) appears highly toxic, whereas monounsaturated fatty acids such as oleate protect against both palmitate- and glucose-induced Beta-Cellapoptosis. It is interesting to note that similar toxic effects are also observed in non-Beta-cells such as cardiac cells. Lipoproteins may affect Beta-Cellsurvival in a similar way, whereby VLDL and LDL are pro-apoptotic and HDL is protective.

Mitochondrial dysfunction has also been proposed as a common feature of both impaired insulin responsiveness of peripheral tissues and defective Beta-Cellsecretory function and survival.

Oxidative stress affect insulin sensitivity, insulin secretion, Beta-cell survival, and also play a role in the development of the secondary complications of diabetes These effects are mainly catalyzed by the generation of reactive oxygen species and reactive nitrogen species, which ultimately activate stress-induced pathways (transcription factor nuclear factor (NF-kB), stress kinases, and hexosamines) to manipulate cell fate.

Some in vitro studies suggest that closure of the KATP channels by the sulfonylureas tolbutamide and glibenclamide (commonly prescribed drug for type-II diabetes) may induce Ca2+-dependent Beta-cell apoptosis in rodent and human islets. In an important recent clinical study comparing insulin and sulfonylurea treatment of type 2 diabetes, it was shown that treatment with insulin preserved Beta-cell function more effectively than glibenclamide. It remains to be established whether it is the beneficial effects of insulin or the possible Beta-cell toxicity of glibenclamide that accounts for this observation.

Summing up, High energy food, rich in carbohydrates, fats and simple sugars coupled with low activity level appear to be contributing to Insulin Resistance and Beta-cell destruction. Hyperglycaemia plays a central role among those factors contributing to both Beta-cell “burnout” and insulin resistance. While transient postprandial hyperglycaemic excursions may predominantly induce Beta-cell proliferation in insulin-resistant individuals, this adaptive mechanism fails in the long run and is overridden by Beta-cell destruction (apoptosis). In addition this, hyperglycaemia also impairs Beta-cell secretory function. This glucotoxic effect is evident before apoptosis leads to a significant decrease in Beta-cell mass. Glucotoxicity does not act alone. Saturated fatty acids, lipoproteins, leptin, and circulating and locally produced cytokines further burn out the Beta-cells and are also prominent factors in developing insulin resistance. Increasing evidence in both experimental and clinical studies suggests that oxidative stress plays a major role in the pathogenesis of both types of diabetes mellitus. Abnormally high levels of free radicals and the simultaneous decline of antioxidant defense mechanisms can lead to damage of cellular organelles and enzymes, increased lipid peroxidation, and development of insulin resistance. Studies suggest that some therapeutic agents prescribed for type-II diabetes may also negatively influence the fate of the Beta-cells. Insulin resistance causes high level of circulatory insulin due to compensatory mechanism, drugs for type-II diabetes, externally administered insulin or simply due to chronic high calorie diet even in healthy individuals. This may pose several other dangers to the health including proliferation of pre-existing Cancers, Obesity, Cardiovascular Disease, Polycystic Ovary Syndrome, and is also linked to Alzheimer’s, Parkinson’s, and Huntington’s diseases.

Cure

Knowing the mechanism of insulin resistance and Beta-Cell destruction, it is easy to understand how this deadly disease can be cured. As explained above diabetes is nature’s way of maintaining energy and mass balance in response to the sustained high Caloric intake (mostly in the form of carb and fat) without the matching activity level for many years, resulting in metabolic changes causing insulin resistance and subsequent beta cell destruction in pancreas. The key to cure this disease is to reduce calorie intake and increase physical activity to burnout the excessive storage of body fat primarily in abdominal region. In addition to this, as oxidative stress and dyslipidemia are also major factors in developing insulin resistance and beta cell destruction, A diet comprising of antioxidants and “marine long-chain omega-3 fatty acids”, EPA and DHA , will be specially useful in reverting the disease. Although less effective, those who are vegetarian may consume omega 3 fatty acids of plant origin. Some Yogic exercises are said to regenerate Beta-Cells and should be practiced if possible. The three pronged approach comprising of increasing physical activity, practicing yoga to regenerate pancreatic beta cells and restore there secretory functions and modifying the diet is explained below.

Physical Activity

To restore mass and energy balance in our body in order to help prevent or reverse insulin resistance is exercise. If high abdominal fat exist and body mass index (BMI) is high, initially more calories are required to be burnt than what is consumed so that stored fat reserves get depleted. Once the body mass index (BMI) is reached in the range of 22-23, try to maintain that weight by adjusting the exercise intensity and caloric intake.

Increase in daily activity level can be useful. Some of the ideas to increase the activity level are to use stairs instead of lift if health permits, parking car away so that small walk is needed to reach the destination and including some light sports in daily activity schedule

Brisk walk can be a safe exercise for adults of all age groups. Four km of brisk walk ( 2 km each in morning and evening is recommended. However, distance and speed should be increased gradually to avoid fatigue, stress and injuries. Highest speed of 6 to 6. 5 km/hr is sufficient. This will burn about 300-325 kcal per day. Once the target weight fat reduction is achieved, duration of walk can be reduced. Brisk walk will not only burn calories but will also improve cardio-vascular health.

Yoga

Some asana are helpful in regenerating pancreatic beta cells. The list includes Halasan, Naukasan, ArdhNaukasan, Ardh Badh Padm Paschimottanasan, Paschimottanasan, Dhanurasan, Urdhwa Dhanurasan, Bhujangasana, Shalabhasana, Ardhmatsyendrasana, Matsyendrasana, Mayurasana, Padm-mayurasana, Hansaasana, etc. These should be practiced according to once capacity and should be tried gradually in supervision of an expert to avoid injury.

Diet

Only exercise cannot restore the energy and mass balance required for healthy living. It is required to cut the unwanted calories without cutting essential nutrients. A normal adult man doing light work needs about 2200 kcal per day and a normal adult women doing light work need at least 1900 kcal per day. The Dietary Guidelines recommends distribution for the energy nutrients from Fat: 20 – 35% of total calories (average 30%), from Protein: 10 – 35% (average 15%) and from Carbohydrates: 45 – 65% (average 55%). Some healthy diets, like the Mediterranean Diet, promote 40% of calories from fat, but the fat must be olive oil, fish oil and nuts. Alcohol is the fourth energy-producing nutrient, and it is recommended in moderation, if at all.

Replace bad fat by good fat

Replace saturated fat such as ghee (purified butter) and butter from your diet with oils rich in monounsaturated and poly unsaturated fatty acids such as mustard, peanut, olive, sunflower or safflower oils. Monounsaturated fatty acids (MUFAs) and Poly unsaturated fatty acids (PUFAs) may help lower your risk of diabetes and heart disease by improving related risk factors. For instance, MUFAs may lower your total cholesterol and low-density lipoprotein cholesterol levels. MUFAs may also help normalize blood clotting. And some research shows that MUFAs may also benefit insulin levels and blood sugar control, which can be especially helpful if you have type-II diabetes. MUFA such as oleate also protect against both palmitate- and glucose-induced Beta-Cellapoptosis.

Use Olive Oil

The Mediterranean diet, which is abundant in antioxidants, is associated with a relatively low incidence of coronary heart disease and diabetes. Olive oil and olives, which contain the antioxidants hydroxytyrosol, oleuropein, and tyrosol, are important components of this diet and may have beneficial effect in type-I and type-II diabetes by reducing oxidative stress.

The main type of fat found in all kinds of olive oil is monounsaturated fatty acids (MUFAs). MUFAs are actually considered a healthy dietary fat. Use unsaturated fats, such as MUFAs and polyunsaturated fats (PUFAs), instead of saturated fats and trans fats.

But even healthier fats like olive oil are high in calories, so use them only in moderation. Choose MUFA-rich fats such as olive oil instead of other fats – particularly butter and margarine – not in addition to them. And remember that you can’t make unhealthy foods healthier simply by adding olive oil to them.

Remember that heat, light and air can affect the taste of olive oil and possibly its health-promoting nutrients. Store olive oil in a dark, room-temperature cupboard, or even in the refrigerator. The fats and healthy phytonutrients in olive oil – as well as the taste – can slowly degrade over time, so it’s probably best to use it within a year or within six months once opened.

Never Use Trans-fats

Trans fat is the common name for unsaturated fat with trans-isomer (E-isomer) fatty acid (s). Because the term refers to the configuration of a double carbon-carbon bond, trans fats may be monounsaturated or polyunsaturated but never saturated .

No trans fats are essential fatty acids ; indeed, the consumption of trans fats increases the risk of coronary heart disease by raising levels of “bad” LDL cholesterol and lowering levels of “good” HDL cholesterol. Health authorities worldwide recommend that consumption of trans fat be reduced to trace amounts. Trans fats from partially hydrogenated oils are more harmful than naturally occurring oils

Consume food rich in Omega-3 Fatty Acids:

Oily fish are rich source of omega 3 fatty acids DHA and EPA. Omega 3 fatty acids of plant origin ( found in flaxseed, almonds and walnuts, The 18 carbon α-linolenic acid (ALA) has not been shown to have the same cardiovascular and anti-diabetic benefits as DHA or EPA due to conversion efficiency in mammals from ALA to DHA and EPA. DHA and EPA are made by marine microalgae. These are then consumed by fish and accumulate to high levels in their internal organs. However, it is recommended to limit the fish intake up to two serving per week for adult healthy man and to even lower level in pregnant woman and children to avoid dangers of mercury contamination found in fish.

Aspartame

Aspartame has been the subject of several controversies, hoaxes and health scares since its initial approval by the U. S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) in 1974. Critics allege that conflicts of interest marred the FDA’s approval of aspartame, question the quality of the initial research supporting its safety, and postulate that numerous health risks may be associated with aspartame. Veracity of these claims could not be verified, however, warning on its label that Aspartame is not recommended for children indicates that it is not a healthy product and may have some side effects. I therefore, recommend that aspartame or the food items containing aspartame should be better avoided.

Avoid processed and fast food

Say no to namkeens, kurkure, pop tarts, commercially prepared fish sticks, stick margarine, cake, candy, cookies, readymade or ready to cook microwave popcorns, burgers, and pizzas, as they are high in calories and often contain transfats. A 100 gm portion of a popular namkeen contains about 560 kcal whereas one hour of brisk walk will only burn about 400 kcal. Fast food meals typically possess several characteristics which have independently been linked to insulin resistance. They are energy-dense, palatable, and cheap, increasing risk of overeating and leptin resistance. They are simultaneously high in dietary fat and fructose and low in omega-3; and they usually have high glycemic indices. Consumption of fast food has been proposed as a fundamental factor behind the coronary heart diseases, diabetes and obesity.

Cut on calories from refined sugar and high simple carbohydrate food:

As a balance between calorie intake and expenditure is required to be met without cutting on essential nutrients, it is therefore recommended to replace simple carbohydrates like refined sugar, and sweet beverages with complex carbohydrates and proteins. Adequate amount of protein will ensure synthesis of adequate muscle mass due to increased level of exercise. Recommended amount of protein in grams is about 0. 5 to 0. 9 times your body weight in kg depending upon the exercise level.

Food with large amounts of complex carbohydrates include legumes, starchy vegetables like potatoes and corn, rice and grain products. Other vegetables such as green beans, broccoli and spinach contain less starch, but they have more fiber.

Complex carbohydrates should supply about half the calories in diet. However, the best complex carbohydrates come from legumes, vegetables, breads, pasta and cereals. Choose 100% whole wheat or 100% whole grain brad cereal and pasta products over refined flour products because they contain more fiber. The extra fiber slows down the absorption of the carbohydrates so you feel full longer and be less likely to over-eat throughout the day.

Eat Ample Quantity of Vegetable Salad

Every meal should include plentiful of salad and it should be consumed before main course. This helps satiate your stomach and reduces chances of overeating. Salad may be dressed with olive oil. In addition to this fruit shall be consumed in moderation once a day as they often have enough oxidants and essential nutrients which are essential for overall well being. Once you are able to manage your overall calories you should not be afraid of sugar from fruit in moderate amount.

Type-II diabetes can be delayed, prevented or reversed with safe, inexpensive therapy such as losing weight, changing eating habits, and exercising. It is true that it does take a serious commitment on your part to certain lifestyle changes, but these changes are possible to achieve and the results will be extremely gratifying.

A Closer Look on Knee Replacements and Social Security

Knee replacements can sometimes be inevitable. However, these procedures could also mean medical expenses, which you could only hope that your Social Security could cover. This is also for this reason that one should learn more about knee replacements and Social Security.

What Is Social Security?

Social Security refers to a social insurance program that provides benefits or services in recognition of contributions to an insurance scheme. These services include retirement pensions, disability insurance, survivor benefits, and unemployment insurance.

Knee Pain Patients and Disability claims

Severe arthritis and other structural damage to the knees can highly support a successful Social Security disability claim. Most chronic knee pain patients who claim social security are in their forties and fifties. Knee pain is usually the result or wear and tear after a few years. Some are involved in a car accident years ago; some were injured when they were still high school athletes while others simply wore down their cartilage or bones in the knees after standing on hard concrete for many years.

Damage to one or both knees can result to exertional impairments like limitations on standing, walking, stooping, climbing and carrying. Non-exertional impairments are also present like pain, poor sleep, pain medication and side effects, and obesity.

Social Security judges usually encounter knee pain as the reason on claiming disability. However, you should bear in mind that when making a claim, you have to show that the pain is more than the mild to moderate discomfort that patients usually experience. Your pain must be very severe and debilitating to a point that you have difficulty in walking and sitting.

Moreover, most judges look for factors like long consistent work history of the patient, MRI and X-ray reports that are objective proofs of evidence of the knee problems, and recommendations from the attending doctor that knee replacement is needed. Bilateral knee replacements are usually favored. Other factors that the judges will consider include dysfunction of a major weight-bearing joint. They may also look into those who are over fifty years old with limited education as well as unskilled work background.

It should be proven as well that functional capacity for work has been affected and reduced by the knee pain itself.

A Case of Knee Replacement

Take, for example, a 59-year old female who worked as a registered nurse at a local hospital for thirty years. Educational background was high school graduate with two years in nursing school. In January 2005, she visited a relative in the hospital, but her right knee was unexpectedly buckled while exiting the elevator. During that time, she was 54 years old, a little overweight, and was suffering from non-insulin dependent diabetes and hypertension.

She was able to return to her job after the fall and underwent arthroscopic surgery on her right knee in March 2005. However, the surgery was not favorable, so she underwent right knee replacement surgery in October the same year. After a year, the left knee was also deteriorated as a result of the extra pressure of the surgery the other year. In November 2006, she had left knee replacement. However, she was not free of pain or was able to walk without assistance.

The judges agreed to have her on Social Security after hearing. According to them, the claimant cannot return to her job anymore. The claimant’s long and consistent work history, the objective nature of the medical problem presented, age, and helpful functional capacity form from the attending doctor were believed to be the main factors in the judges’ favorable decision.

Jock Itch or Genital Herpes?

Genital herpes and jock itch are rarely confused, but genital herpes in its early stages may be mistaken for jock itch since both conditions have similar symptoms. They are both uncomfortable, produce red, irritated skin and appear in the thighs, groin or genital area. However, they are usually quite easy to differentiate. This article is designed to help you avoid making the mix-up.

Jock itch is caused from a fungus called Trichophyton rubrum. It can grow anywhere on the body, but most often shows up in the warm, moist areas of the groin. Sweaty or tight-fitting clothing and direct contact with the fungus can lead to a case of jock itch. Jock itch may occur in both men and women, but mostly affects adult men. Like genital herpes, jock itch may be contagious and can be passed from one person to the next by skin-to-skin contact or contact with unwashed clothing.

Genital herpes is a sexually transmitted virus. The virus may remain dormant for some time, but an outbreak will usually occur within 30 days of sexual contact. The first herpes outbreak is usually the most severe but not necessarily. Stages of a herpes infection are as follows: itchiness, a rash, stinging, burning, swelling, blistering, sores, crusts and a return to healthy skin with no scarring. These symptoms usually don’t last more than 3 weeks. Genital herpes symptoms may vary greatly and may consist of only a mild rash that disappears within 10 days and may return occasionally.

The confusion in self-diagnosing each condition occurs because both diseases affect the groin area. Both start with a red rash, itching and bumps on the skin. They are uncomfortable and can cause pain for several days. Jock itch usually causes red, raised, scaly patches that may blister and ooze. The patches are often redder around the outside with normal skin tone in the center. This may cause a red ring to appear. The skin may become abnormally dark or light.

Jock itch differs from genital herpes in that it usually doesn’t develop on the scrotum or penis. It tends to spread in the inner thigh area instead. However, a jock itch rash may also affect the genitals and areas around the anus, rectum, or vagina. The skin may crack, scale and be painful, but it usually won’t present open lesions like it would with genital herpes. Genital herpes doesn’t cause long-term infections. Healthy skin returns after 3 weeks, although slight change in skin color may result. Jock itch and genital herpes symptoms can both recur at any time. Jock itch can be cured after each episode but no cure or vaccine has been found for herpes yet.

The only sure way to tell which condition you have is to see a doctor. Doctors can usually recognize jock itch during a physical examination. But at times, they may decide to do a test. They will either perform a swab test if blisters are present or a skin lesion biopsy by scraping the skin. If all else fails, a blood test should remove any doubts.

To cure jock itch, a doctor will prescribe an anti-fungal cream or lotion to apply directly to the source of the fungal infection. Doctors can prescribe medication, or if you suffer from recurring fungal infections, over the counter medicine like Tinactin, Lotrimin and Micatin are available. The cream should be used for two weeks, and continued for several days after the rash is completely gone. If your jock itch doesn’t clear up or causes blisters, you should go to your doctor to have a physical examination.

Genital herpes can’t be cured, but its symptoms can be treated with an anti-viral medicine, which will help limit the duration of an outbreak.

Relief can be found for both conditions by checking with your doctor. Wear loose clothing, breathable cotton and quickly change out of sweaty clothes to prevent jock itch. Once you have contracted genital herpes, you can take measures to prevent outbreaks by eating a good diet, exercising and reducing your stress levels and taking antiviral treatment daily.

Eczema Home Remedy With Ice Therapy

An excellent home remedy for eczema is with the use of ice therapy. Ice has many cooling beneficial effects on your eczema skin. Eczema can be caused by allergens that inflame the skin. Applying ice onto an inflammation is like using water to douse the flames of a fire.

Eczema is a disorder that triggers rashes to appear on the skin. These rashes mostly develop in the hands, back, and limbs. They can really cause you great discomfort as they can be extremely itchy. However, the more you scratch it, the worse the condition gets. You can also cause your skin to bleed and introduce bacterial infections through your open wounds.

Ice therapy for eczema numbs your sore skin, causing you to relax with pain relief. The coldness of ice makes your veins contract, cutting down circulation. Once you remove the ice, your veins will start to dilate. Blood is rushed into the area that you are treating. The blood carries necessary nutrients to allow your damaged skin tissues to heal.

All you have to do is to put a few pieces of ice cubes in an ice pack or a small plastic bag wrapped in towel. Place it directly above the itchy area and move the ice under the towel in a circular motion. Try to feel how the cold sensation slowly eliminates the itch. You may find that the itchiness intensifying rather than subsiding when you first apply the ice. Just bear it for an instant. Very shortly, you will be relieved of the itch. If you are having a multiple eczema outbreak, you can work on a few minutes on each affected area.

Ice therapy for eczema is a home remedy that is effective and yet very inexpensive. However, before you start to freeze ice for the use of this therapy, be aware of the following precautions:

1. You should not apply ice directly onto your inflamed skin. Always use a towel to wrap the ice. Also, keep the ice moving over your skin.

2. Commercial cold packs should be used on your skin with extra care as they are generally a lot colder than the ice that you make in your freezer.

3. Do not use ice therapy for longer than 15 minutes over any affected part. You do not want to damage the nerves here.

4. Lastly, you should not use ice therapy if you also have rheumatoid arthritis, cold allergic conditions, paralysis or if you have blood circulation problems.

H Pylori May Cause Skin Diseases Like Rosacea and Urticaria

Your digestive system has an internal skin called the “Mucosal Barrier”. This barrier protects you from invading organisms such as parasites, mold, bacteria and viruses and houses an immune army that stops these “bugs” from getting into your general circulation.

Many skin conditions miraculously clear up when care is taken to identify and remove hidden digestive infections and foods that irritate the gut lining. I’ve seen hives, rosacea, dermatitis and even psoriasis disappear simply by working on digestive health with my clients.

For example, it’s now widely recognised that fungal organisms can cause dandruff, athlete’s foot and jock itch. It’s also well known that coeliac disease can manifest as skin disease (dermatitis herpitiformis).

We also know that foods such as cow’s milk can also definitely lead to skin conditions such as eczema.

Spotlight On Helicobacter Pylori:

In 2009, an excellent paper was published in the European Journal of Dermatology. The paper, entitled H pylori Infection and Dermatologic Disease examined the available research associating H pylori with a number of common (and some less common) skin conditions.

The paper shows clear associations between H pylori and several skin diseases:

Alopecia

Atopic dermatitis

Chronic urticaria

Rosacea

Psoriasis

Behcet’s disease

Immune thrombocytopaenic purpura

Lichen planus

Prurigo

Sjogren syndrome

It is not clear why disturbances in digestive function and the presence of infections such as H pylori lead ton skin complaints. It is believed that the body’s immune response is the likely reason for skin manifestations.

Moreover H pylori and other digestive infections do not always cause digestive symptoms. Instead, they can lead to seemingly unrelated conditions such as skin problems, low energy levels and mood symptoms like depression and anxiety.

Unfortunately doctors will rarely run digestive testing unless severe digestive symptoms are present. This leads patients in the dark about what may be creating their mysterious symptoms.

Other bacteria, parasites and fungal organisms also have the potential to cause skin conditions. These organisms may include:

Giardia

Cryptosporidium

Blastocystis

Dientamoeba fragilis

Entamoeba histolytica

Endolimax nana

Clostridium difficile

Campylobacter

Salmonella

Yersinia

Vibrio

Citrobacter

E. coli

Candida species

Digestive Infections & Bacterial Overgrowth Are Toxic!

As you may know, your liver and kidneys are the powerhouses of detoxification. They process the metabolic waste products that our bodies produce on a daily basis.

Certain parasites, bacteria and yeast and fungal organisms are known to produce toxins (these are known as endotoxins). The toxins can leak from the digestive system into general circulation, particularly if the mucosal barrier in the intestines has been damaged by the presence of the bugs.

This increase in toxic load within the body can overload the liver and kidney pathways. As a result, the body has to find other ways to eliminate the toxins. One way this is achieved is by pushing out toxins through the skin.

Consequently, areas of skin through which toxins are being eliminated may become irritated, swollen and either itchy or painful. I’ve personally seen these rashes disappear in clients when they have followed programmes to a) eradicate digestive infections and b) boost their detoxification capacities, particularly through the liver and kidney pathways.

Summary

There is no doubt that disturbances in digestive function can lead to skin diseases. As discussed, we do not know for sure why skin conditions develop in response to digestive infections and foods, but it is likely that the immune response and toxicity are involved.

The likes of eczema, psoriasis, dermatitis, rosacea, urticaria and others can all improve significantly when key foods are avoided and digestive infections are removed. This allows the “inner skin” of the mucosal barrier is allowed to regenerate.

Topical creams, lotions and gels will simply not work if the skin problem itself is being caused by internal imbalances in detoxification function and digestion. In fact, using topical lotions in these situations may make the conditions worse.

Instead, it is better to run clinical testing to identify exactly why the symptoms are occurring in the first place. The Metametrix GI Effects 2100 test is a good place to start (www.h-pylori-symptoms.com/h-pylori-testing)

Illnesses and Injuries in Chinchillas

Chinchillas do a good job at hiding their illnesses and injuries, they’re prey animals. If your Chinchilla needs medical care, a veterinarian acquainted in Chinchilla care is required. If you notice your Chinchilla acting drowsy, having a change in appetite, or having discharge from the eyes or nose, you should get your Chinchilla to the vet ASAP. Hand-feeding is often necessary when dealing with a sick or injured Chinchilla. It’s common for a Chinchilla who is sick or injured to become anorexic. Becoming anorexic will lead to even more problems. Once a Chinchilla goes of its feed, it’s necessary to begin hand-feeding.

A first-aid kit is good to have for minor injuries and ailments. It’s a good idea to be prepared for a more serious illness by having all of the basic supplies early. You should have Blu-kote, which is a cleaning spray/liquid that can be used on fungus and wounds. You’ll need Oxbow Critical Care, which is for hand feeding. Next, you’ll need Life Line, a great supplement for sick/injured Chinchillas. You will need Syringes, both large and small for hand feeding and managing medication. Then, you’ll need Vitamin E Oil and/or Bag Balm for dry skin. You’ll also need Acidophilus, for maintenance of good bacteria of the digestive tract. Last, you will need Kaolin-pectin, treatment of stress induced diarrhea.

If your Chinchilla stops eating on their own, it’s necessary to hand feed them. Chinchillas unfortunately commonly go anorexic if they’re sick, injured, or taking medication. Oral Baytril is infamous for causing Chinchillas to stop eating. Place your Chinchilla in a carrier and lay down paper towels if you’re unsure if your Chinchilla is eating. Observe your Chinchilla to see if any stools are produced. If no stools or small, hard poops are created, than it may be a sign that they have gone of their feed. The best food replacement for Chinchillas is Oxbow Critical Care. Critical care comes in primitive and apple banana flavors. You can get critical care from a vet that supplies Oxbow products. It comes in a powder form and it’s mixed with water to become a paste or liquid consistency. It’s good to have it on hand in case an emergency should emerge. Then, you’re prepared and time isn’t wasted if something does happen to your Chinchilla and it refuses to eat.

If a Chinchilla doesn’t eat, it can go into GI Stasis. GI Stasis is where the digestive system shuts down. The Chinchilla must constantly have food moving through its system or it will begin to shut down. That’s why hand feeding is so critical if a Chinchilla stops eating. To hand feed a Chinchilla or manage antibiotics, it’s a good idea to wrap him up in a towel or a blanket. It’s called the burrito method. You wrap the Chinchilla up securely, but not too tight. Make sure to wrap the legs. Hold firmly, but not enough to injure the Chinchilla. After being wrapped up, the Chinchilla will usually calm down.

A syringe can be used to hand feed or to give medication. Place the syringe in the side of the mouth, behind the front incisors, and squirt only a small amount of liquid in at a time. Keep in mind not to give too much, the Chinchilla can aspirate.

Fungus is caused if Chinchillas are kept in environments with high humidity. It makes them delicate to ringworm. If can also occur if a Chinchilla gets wet and isn’t dried thoroughly. It’s highly contagious so it can easily be transferred from other Chinchillas, animals, or people. They lose their fur, they get itchy, they get dry, and they get red and/or scaly skin. You must see a vet. The vet can do a skin scrape and test for the area for fungal spores. If you’re fine with treating the fungus yourself, you can follow the treatment guideline. If the treatment doesn’t seem to be working, definitely consult a vet. To treat yourself, add Tinactin powder to the dust bath. Add about one heaping spoon to a cup of dust. Apply Blu-kote to the affected area. Sanitize the cage and anything else with bleach. Throw away any wood since it’s porous and hard to sanitize. Continue the treatment for at least six weeks or until the vet says. Be sure the Chinchilla is fungus free before allowing contact to others.

You can prevent by keeping the cage clean. Be sure the Chinchilla isn’t in a humid environment. Keep the Chinchilla from getting wet. Keep any effected Chinchillas away from others and be sure to isolate new Chinchillas for at least thirty days. Fungus is extremely contagious, but not deadly. It can be difficult to get rid of. When treating the fungal infection, being persistent is key. It’s important to practice safe hygiene because the ringworm can be transferred to you. Fungus in Chinchillas is most common around the eyes, nose, mouth, and ears.

Chinchillas get eye infections from irritation in the eye, bacteria, or a virus. You will know if you see wet fur around the eye, watery eyes, red/irritated eyelids, swollen eyelids, or goop coming from the eyes. You should definitely see a vet! It’s a good idea to have the vet test their eye with a dye solution to make sure the cornea has not been scratched. You can treat it by giving them eye drops or applying gel to the effected eye(s). You can also be prescribed an oral antibiotic. You can prevent eye infections by keeping the cage hygienic and practice hygienic handling. Avoid contact with other pets!

Parasites in tap water cause Chinchillas to get parasites. They could also get it by other infected animals. They get diarrhea, mucous like stools, larger stools, weight loss, loss of their appetite, or change in their activity levels. You should take them to a vet. The vet will test a fresh sample and then examine it under a microscope looking for parasites and/or other cysts. The Chinchilla should be given antibiotics or antiparasitics in rounds. The most common medication prescribed that’s effective is flagyl. If the infection is bad, it will be needed more than once. To upkeep fiber, unsweetened shredded wheat can be used. Clean everything the animal comes in contact with! Sanitize the cage with bleach. Any wooden items should be sanded down or disposed. Keep in mind, their recovery can take weeks. It may be necessary to hand feed. Definitely monitor their weight. To prevent parasites, give your Chinchilla filtered, bottled, or reverse osmosis. Isolate any new animals for a minimum of thirty days. Avoid any contact with other animals. The most common parasite that Chinchillas become infected by is giardia. Giardia is an intestinal parasite that can cause diarrhea and anorexia, and leading to dehydration. Giardia is contagious. It can be passed from pets to other pets and even people. After coming in contact with the parasite, it could take between one to two weeks for any symptoms to appear. When treating the parasite(s), vet care and prescribed medication is a MUST!

Upper respiratory infections are caused by bacterial infection, contact with other animals, crowded conditions, or poorly ventilated housing. They start sneezing; have labored breathing, nasal discharge, watery eyes AKA: conjunctivitis, clicking sound when breathing, wheezing, or squeaking. You should definitely see a vet quickly. URI’s can be serious very quickly. Most likely, the vet will prescribe an oral antibiotic, but may give an injectable if you’re comfortable with it. Keep your Chinchilla away from drafts. Keep up with sanitation conditions and avoid contact with other animals.

Bumblefoot is caused by unsanitary cage conditions, or wire flooring which causes feet to become dry and cracked. A bacterium gets into their wounds and causes infection known as bumblefoot. Their symptoms consist of dry, cracked, or bleeding feet. To treat bumblefoot keep the animal on soft bedding such as fleece. Remove any wire or cover with solid shelving or fleece. Apply Blu-kote to the feet. If the problems continue to occur, then take the Chinchilla to the vet for antibiotics.

Chinchillas bloat because of bad feeding habits including excessive treats, vegetables, fruits, anorexia, or constipation. They are stretching, have lethargy, twisting, lie flat, or press their belly to the ground. If you notice the symptoms, see a vet immediately! X-rays can be taken to determine if the belly is full of gas bubbles. The vet should prescribe GI medications like Reglan and Propulsid. Manage infants’ Mylicon AKA Simethicone. It helps break down gas bubbles. Give Reglan and Propulsid. With small, circular, firm motions moving downward, the belly can be massaged. Let the Chinchilla have gentle exercise to help get their gut moving. Give them plenty of high count acidophilus. Do not feed them excessive or sugary treats. Do not give any fruits or vegetables. Make sure to provide the Chinchilla with healthy Chinchilla pellets and hay. Complete the diet with acidophilus.

GI Stasis is caused by anorexia, stemming from stress, dehydration, pain, injuries, illness, or blockage. They appear to have anorexia, lethargy, small hard stools or even no stools at all. Definitely see a vet immediately! It is very hard to treat. They should get constant massages, hand feeding, and medications are definitely needed such as Reglan and Propulsid. To prevent GI Stasis, hand feed the Chinchilla if it goes of its feed for ANY reason.

Dental Spurs are caused by uneven wearing teeth. They drool, lose their appetite, paw at the mouth, have gagging motions when chewing or eating, and have weight loss. See a vet! Oral exams can pinpoint teeth spurs. It’s a very good idea to get x-rays. The vet can file the affected teeth down. It’s a good idea to bring the Chinchilla in for routine check-ups if they’re common. After dental work, you may need to hand feet.To prevent Dental Spurs, provide your Chinchilla with plenty of chew toys and different varieties of hay.

Malocclusion is from uneven wearing teeth, genetics, and environmental injuries. They drool, lose their appetite, get watery eyes, paw at the mouth, make gagging motions when chewing or eating, lose weight, change activity level, or have bumps on their jaw. See a vet! The vet will have to perform a thorough oral exam such as x-rays. They’re urgent to be sure that the roots are not overgrow into the jaw or sinus cavities. It’s not a curable disease. Their symptoms may be impediment and looked after, but only for a certain amount of time. If the teeth are overgrown, the vet can file down the molars or clip the incisors. The Chinchilla will need routine check-ups. You may have to hand feed after dental work. To prevent it, provide many chew toys along with different varieties of hay.

They don’t know what causes fur chewing. Some believe that it’s stress, the environment, boredom, or genetics. Their fur is chewed short down the hips/back. Even cage-mates could be chewed. They’ll need a visual examination. There isn’t a known treatment for fur chewing. Just provide the Chinchilla with many enhanced items and things to do may help. To prevent it, give them plenty of chew toys and activities.

Hunchback is caused by malnutrition leading to liver disease. They get a characteristic “hunched” back. To come to a diagnosis, a vet can run tests. Offering a high quality diet can help. Provide your Chinchilla with a high quality feed, and do not feed excessive treats or unhealthy treats.

Overheating is caused by keeping a Chinchilla in an environment with too high temperature, allowing the Chinchilla to play excessively. They get red ears; have labored breathing, and lethargy. Vet care may be needed. Immediately move the Chinchilla to a cooler area. Put a frozen water bottle next to the Chinchilla or lay the Chinchilla on a chilled granite tile. To prevent the Chinchilla from overheating, keep the Chinchilla in temperatures lower than seventy-five degrees Fahrenheit.

Male Chinchillas are inclined to hair rings. A hair ring is a ring of fur that forms around the Chinchillas penis. Males usually clean their penises themselves and remove any hair rings. Fur may build up and the Chinchilla might be unable to remove the ring itself. That’s when you must step in. Once a month hair ring checks should be performed. You can do that by wrapping the Chinchilla in a towel securely. To remove the penis from the cover, a dab of KY Jelly could help lubricate and make it easier. Gently roll the cover back to reveal the penis. Take the penis with your fingers and gently pull outward until the penis is fully revealed. If there’s fur present, it’ll need to be removed. The ring can be lubricated with more KY Jelly and gently worked off of the penis. Then, the penis should withdraw itself, but it may take some time. If the penis is still revealed after a few hours have passed, you then may need to see a vet. If your Chinchilla has a fur ring that can’t be removed, then you should definitely see a vet. Make sure to be gentle and not hurt the Chinchilla.

Chinchillas have dainty skeletal structures. Broken bones are common in many pet Chinchillas unfortunately. Cages that have ramps are infamous for causing Chinchillas to get their legs caught and ultimately broken in between the wires. Cages with wire flooring that’s too large and shelves could also break their legs. Another thing that’s known to break their legs is wire wheels. A broken leg will be cut off by a vet. Chinchillas with their legs cut off do pretty amazing on three legs. They can still hop, run, and play like regular Chinchillas. They can even run on their wheels with no problems at all. If you notice your Chinchilla favoring a leg, and the condition doesn’t improve within a day, take it to the vet for X-rays. X-rays are great for finding out if your Chinchilla has a broken bone. For a broken leg, cutting it off is the best option. Under some circumstances, some have been able to save the leg.

Chinchillas can turn on their cage-mates and cause nasty wounds. If the wounds are shallow, they can be cleaned with a damp cloth and Blu-kote can be applied to them. If the wounds are more serious, vet care should be seen immediately because Chinchillas can go into shock. Shock is dangerous if it isn’t treated and it can be fatal. The vet will most likely shave the affected area and clean the wounds. To either prevent the infection or fight the infection that has set in, an oral antibiotic may be prescribed. If you notice your Chinchillas wound looking red, inflamed, or seeping, vet care should definitely be provided in case an infection is beginning to take place. A wounded Chinchilla may stop eating and you’ll need to step in and hand feed. It’s crucial to watch your chinchilla to see if they’re eating. If they go anorexic, they can face more serious problems. Hope this has helped and good luck!