Dog Hepatitis – Owner’s Guide to Hepatitis in Dogs

Hepatitis in dogs is a highly contagious viral disease. It mainly affects the liver. However, it can also affect various other organs.

Transmission

As you just learned, this disease is caused by a virus. This virus is known as canine adenovirus type 1, or CAV-1 for short. Most dogs get infected when they come into direct contact with an infected dog. Infected body fluids can also be a method of transmission. The virus can also be passed by parasites such as fleas, mosquitoes, and ticks.

Symptoms

Dog hepatitis can be either severe or acute. Dogs with the acute form will experience vomiting, fever, and diarrhea. The disease can also cause swollen lymph nodes, pale gums, and yellowish eyes. If your dog’s liver also swells up, he may stop eating.

Dogs with the acute form of this disease usually recover after a week or so. On the other hand, the severe form is usually fatal. Common symptoms include bloody vomit and diarrhea, bloody nose, and bloody gums. Since severe damage is done to the liver, it can also result in a coma or seizures.

Treatment

Mild cases of hepatitis in dogs usually requires that your dog be hospitalized. Treatment involves giving intravenous fluids to combat dehydration that can be brought on by the diarrhea or vomiting. Additional supportive care may also be necessary.

Prognosis

There is no specific treatment for hepatitis in dogs. As mentioned, the severe form of this disease is often fatal, usually within a week. Sometimes, an infected dog can die within mere hours of showing symptoms. Dogs may be able to recover from the acute form.

Prevention

The vaccine to guard against dog hepatitis is usually given to puppies. However, it can also be given to adult dogs that have yet to be vaccinated. The vaccine can contain either adenovirus type 1 or 2. Although type 1 is responsible for this disease, a vaccine containing type 2 will also help prevent it.

The Importance of Pest Control

Pest control and management refers to any system or measure that seeks to eliminate or regulate the population of insects considered harmful to human and animal health and the environment. Pest control requires a lot of work and resources but it is a necessity, especially for homes. Here are the reasons why pest management is important and why every homeowner should consider applying it:

1. Preventing damage to homes and structures

In the U.S., people spend about $5 billion for the repair of damages caused by termite infestation. Termites consume wood and wood products such as plyboard and paper. Once they have burrowed into the wood components of the home, they can eat beams, floorings and walls from the inside. This makes the structure weak and vulnerable to collapse, leaving household members at a risk. Termite infestation can be especially problematic in older homes and structures that have not been treated. In areas where termites are known pests, managing a home to keep it safe from termites requires constant vigilance and assistance from pest control agencies.

2. Preventing allergies

Pests can cause a range of issues in people, such as skin allergies, asthma and other respiratory problems. Bed bugs and mosquitoes, for example, are notorious for causing skin rashes. Pests can also carry certain allegens that can cause strong allergic reactions in some people. Cockroaches, for example, can cause allergies in at least 7% of the population. They are also one of the leading causes of asthma in children.

3. Avoiding diseases and other health risks

Leprosy, skin infections, urinary tract infections, Lyme disease, intestinal infections, dysentery, dengue, malaria and food poisoning are just a few of the diseases and health problems that pests can cause. They also carry a number of bacteria and viruses that can affect human and animal health. Although many of these diseases are treatable, they can cause serious health issues in children, the elderly and immune-compromised individuals, many of whom will require professional medical treatment or hospitalization. That, in turn, can translate to millions of dollars in medical costs.

4. Preventing damage and deterioration of furniture, carpets and clothes

Pest control has to be applied in order to save furniture, carpets and clothing and avoid the expenses associated with repairs and replacements. Burrowing insects are notorious for causing damage to the wooden and fabric components of furniture. Some, such as carpet bugs, moths, cockroaches and silverfish are also attracted to fabric, often using it as a source of food.

5. Maintenance of food supply

Food supply is critical to the survival of the world’s populations. On a macro economic level, it also influences the world’s economies and supports majority of today’s active industries. Without proper pest management, almost 20% of our food supply will be wasted due to consumption of rodents. Each year, millions of dollars’ worth of food is lost to rodent attacks and infestation. By controlling the threat, it is possible to keep food supplies at manageable and useful levels. On the homefront, implementing pest control measures can help prevent food waste and contamination. Pests do not only consume food, they also leave behind undesirable organic matter such as dead skin, body parts, feces and urine, all of which can affect the quality of the food we eat.

How Can I Tell I Have Gallstones In My Liver?

During my research with thousands of patients suffering from almost every kind of illness, including terminal diseases, I found that each person had large numbers of gallstones in the liver and, in many cases, also in the gallbladder. When these people eliminated these stones through the liver flush and introduced simple health-forming habits and supportive measures, they recovered from diseases that defied both conventional and alternative methods of treatment.

What follows is a description of some of the more common signs indicating the presence of gallstones in the liver and gallbladder. If you have any of them, you will most likely derive great benefits from cleansing your liver and gallbladder. In my practice, I have found these indications to be highly accurate. In case you are not sure whether you have stones, it may be useful to cleanse the liver anyway; it can improve your health significantly, regardless. There is an old saying: “The proof of the pudding is in the eating.” The only way to discover for yourself whether you have gallstones is to do the liver flush. You will find that when you remove all the stones that may be present, the symptoms of disease will gradually disappear, and health will return to normal.

Signs and Marks

The Skin

The major function of the skin is to continuously adjust our internal body to the ever-changing external environment, which includes temperature, humidity, dryness, and light. In addition, skin covers the body to protect us against injury, microbes, and other harmful agents. Apart from having to deal with these external influences, the skin also monitors and adapts according to internal changes taking place within the body. Accordingly, the skin reflects the condition of the organs and body fluids, including the blood and lymph. Any long-term abnormal functioning of the body will inevitably show up in the skin as skin blemishes, discoloration, or changed condition, such as dryness, oiliness, wrinkles, lines, and so forth. Almost all skin disorders have their root in an imbalanced liver condition. Gallstones lead to circulatory disorders, which reduce the nutrient supply to, and waste removal from, the skin and prevent healthy development and normal turnover cycles of skin cells. The following marks are particularly indicative of gallstones in the liver and gallbladder:

Black spots and small or large brown patches that are the color of freckles or moles: They usually appear on the right or left side of the forehead, between the eyebrows or under the eyes. They may also show up just above the right shoulder or between the shoulder blades. Most prominent are the so-called liver spots on the back of the hands and forearms, often seen among middle-aged and elderly people. If gallstones, which are spontaneously excreted by the gallbladder, get caught in the colon, such spots may also appear in the area where the thumb and index finger meet. These liver spots usually start fading after the majority of stones are removed from the liver and gallbladder. Most people assume that the liver spots are due to sun damage and “normal” aging. This is a myth. Liver spots, as the name suggests, come from the liver. Sun exposure merely brings to the surface of the skin any existing acidic waste deposits.

Vertical wrinkles between the eyebrows:There may be one deep line or two, sometimes three, lines in this region. These lines or wrinkles, which are not a part of natural aging, indicate an accumulation of many gallstones in the liver. They show that the liver is enlarged and has hardened. The deeper and longer the wrinkles are, the more the deterioration of liver function has progressed. A line near the right eyebrow also indicates congestion in the spleen. Furthermore, the vertical lines represent a great deal of repressed frustration and anger. Anger arises when gallstones prevent proper bile flow. A bilious nature is one that keeps toxins trapped-toxins that the liver tries to eliminate via bile. Vice versa, anger can trigger gallstone formation. If white or yellow patches accompany the wrinkles, a cyst or tumor may be developing in the liver. Pimples or growth of hair between eyebrows, with or without wrinkles, indicate that the liver, gallbladder, and spleen are affected.

Horizontal wrinkles across the bridge of the nose: These are a sign of pancreatic disorders due to gallstones in the liver. If a line is deep and pronounced, there may be pancreatitisor diabetes.

Green or dark color of the temple area at the sides of the head: This shows that the liver, gallbladder, pancreas, and spleen are underactive because of deposits of gallstones in both the liver and gallbladder. This may be accompanied by a green or blue color on either side of the bridge of the nose, which indicates impaired spleen functions. A horizontal line across the bridge of the nose implies weakness of the pancreas.

Oily skin in the area of the forehead: This reflects poor liver performance due to gallstones. The same applies to excessive perspiration in this part of the head. A yellow color of the facial skin indicates disorders of the bile functions of the liver and gallbladder, and a weakness of the pancreas, kidneys, and excretory organs.

Hair loss in the central region of the head: This mark indicates that the liver, heart, small intestines, pancreas, and reproductive organs are becoming increasingly congested and aggravated. There is a tendency to develop cardiovascular disease, chronic digestive problems, and the formation of cysts and tumors. Early graying of hair shows that liver and gallbladder functions are underactive.

The Nose

Hardening and thickening at the tip of the nose: This indicates chronic liver weakness, resulting in hardening of the arteries and the accumulation of fat around the heart, liver, spleen, kidneys, and prostate glands. If the enlargement is excessive and blood vessels are visible, a heart attack or stroke may be imminent.

The nose is constantly red: This condition shows an abnormal condition of the heart, with a tendency toward high blood pressure(hypertension). A purple nose indicates low blood pressure. Both conditions are due to imbalanced liver, digestive, and kidney functions.

Cleft nose or indentation of the tip of the nose: This mark indicates irregular heartbeat and heart murmur. If one half of the cleft nose is larger than the other, this shows that one side of the heart is abnormally enlarged. Arrhythmia and panic attacks may accompany this condition. There may be severe lymphatic congestion caused by digestive disorders such as constipation, colitis, stomach ulcer, and so on. Liverfunctions are subdued because of large amounts of gallstones cutting off the blood supply to the liver cells. Bile secretions are insufficient. (Note: I have personally seen clefts in the nose disappear after liver flushing.)

The nose is bending toward the left: Unless caused by an accident, this asymmetric shape of the nose implies that the organs on the right side of the body are underactive. These include the liver, gallbladder, right kidney, ascending colon, right ovary or testicle, and right side of the brain. The main cause of this condition is an accumulation of gallstones in the liver and gallbladder (the nose is likely to return to center once the stones are removed).

The Eyes

Skincolor under the eyes is yellowish: This indicates that the liver and gallbladder are overactive. A dark, even black color in the same area results when the kidneys, bladder, and reproductive organs are overtaxed because of a prolonged disorder of the digestive system. A grayish, pale color occurs if the kidneys and, occasionally, the lungs are malfunctioning owing to improper lymphdrainage from these organs. Also, the endocrine system may be affected.

Water-containing bags under the lower eyelids: These are formed as a result of congestion in the digestive and excretory organs, which results in inadequate lymph drainage from the head area. If these eye bags are chronic and contain fat, this points toward the presence of inflammation, cysts and, possibly, tumors in the bladder, ovaries, fallopian tubes, uterus, and prostate.

A white cloud covers the pupil of the eye: The cloud consists mostly of mucus and degenerate protein particles. It indicates the development of cataracts brought about by longstanding poor liver and digestive performance.

Constant redness in the white of the eye: This condition is caused by the protrusion of capillaries, indicating disorders in the circulatory and respiratory functions. White or yellow mucus patches in the white of the eye show that the body is accumulating abnormal amounts of fatty substances because the liver and gallbladder have amassed large quantities of gallstones. When this occurs, the body has a tendency to develop cysts and both benign and malignant tumors.

A thick white line covers parts of the periphery of the iris, particularly the lower parts: This indicates the accumulation of large amounts of cholesterol in the blood circulatory system. The lymphatic system also has major congestion and fat retention. (Note: If you wish to understand the connection of the eyes and iris with the various parts of the body, I recommend that you study the science of iridology, or eye interpretation.)

The eyes have lost their natural luster and shine: This signals that both the liver and kidneys are congested and unable to filter the blood properly. “Dirty” blood, loaded with toxins or waste products, is heavier and more sluggish than clean blood. The thickened blood slows circulation and reduces oxygen and nutrient supply to the cells and organs, including the eyes. If this condition persists, the cells will deteriorate and inevitably age or die off. The eye and braincells are especially affected because the blood has to flow against gravity to reach them. Most vision problems are the direct or indirect result of reduced blood-cleansing capacity by the liver and kidneys. Clean and nutrient-rich blood from a healthy, efficient liver can flow easily and nourish the eye tissues better, thereby improving most eye problems.

The Tongue, Mouth, Lips,and Teeth

The tongue is coated yellow or white, especially in the back part: This indicates an imbalance in the secretion of bile, which is the major cause of digestive trouble. Toxic residues of undigested and fermented or putrefied food linger in the intestinal tract. This blocks lymph flow in the thoracic duct and prevents toxins and microbes in the throat and mouth area from being removed.

Teeth impressions on the sides of the tongue, often accompanied by white mucus discharge: This indicates weak digestion and inadequate absorption of nutrients from the small intestine.

Pimples on the tongue: They are indicative of poor digestion and the presence of fermenting and putrefying food in both the small and large intestines.

Cracks on the tongue: These are signs of long-term intestinal trouble. When food is not being mixed with a sufficient amount of bile, it remains partially undigested. Undigested foods are subjected to bacterial putrefaction and, thereby, become a source of toxicity. Constant exposure of the intestinal wall to the toxins that these bacteria produce irritates and injures it. The resulting lesions, scars, and hardening of the intestinal walls is then reflected by the cracks on the tongue. There may be little or no mucus discharge on the tongue.

Repeated mucus discharge into the throat and mouth: Bile may regurgitate into the stomach, thereby irritating its protective lining and causing excessive mucus production. Some of the bile and mucus may reach the mouth area. This can create a bad (bitter) taste in the mouth and give rise to frequent attempts at clearing the throat, which sometimes involve coughing. Mucus discharge without this bitter taste results when food is not digested properly, and toxins are generated. The mucus helps to trap and neutralize some of these toxins, but as a side effect, it causes congestion.

Bad breath and frequent burping: Both signs point toward the presence of undigested, fermenting, or putrefying food in the GI tract. Bacteria acting on the waste material produce gases, which can be very toxic at times, hence the bad odor emanating from the breath.

Crust formations at the corners of the mouth: This indicates the presence of duodenal ulcers, caused by regurgitation of bile into the stomach, or by other reasons discussed earlier. Ulcers in various parts of the mouth or on the tongue show that inflammation or ulceration is occurring in the corresponding parts of the GI tract. For example, a mouth ulcer on the outside parts of your lower lip points to the presence of ulcer lesions in the large intestine. Herpes (‘cold sores’) on the lip corresponds to more severe inflammation and ulceration of the intestinal wall.

Dark spots or patches on the lips: These marks occur when obstructions in the liver, gallbladder, and kidneys have resulted in slowness and stagnation of blood circulation and lymph drainage throughout the body. There may be advanced, abnormal constriction of blood capillaries. If the color of the lips is reddish (dark) or purple, this indicates that heart, lung, and respiratory functions are subdued.

Swollen or expanded lips: This condition indicates intestinal disorders. If the lower lip is swollen, the colon suffers constipation, diarrhea, or both, alternating between them. Toxic gases are formed from improperly digested foods, which give rise to bloating and abdominal discomfort. A swollen or enlarged upper lip indicates stomach problems, including indigestion, frequently accompanied by ‘heartburn’. An abnormal, tightly closed mouth shows that a person suffers from disorders of the liver, gallbladder, and, possibly, the kidneys. If the lower lip is dry, peels, and splits easily, there may either be chronic constipation or diarrhea, with large amounts of toxic acids prevalent in the colon. This condition is accompanied by advanced dehydration of the colon cells.

Swollen, sensitive, or bleeding gums: Any these symptoms occurs when lymph drainage from the mouth area is inefficient as a result of intestinal lymph congestion. The blood has an overload of acid compounds. Inflammation deep in the throat, with or without swelling of the tonsils, is also caused by lymphatic blockage. Tonsillitis, which often occurs among children, is a sign of constant retention of toxins contained in the lymph fluids and back-flushing of waste from the GI tract into the tonsils.

Toothproblemsare generally caused by nutritional imbalance: Poor digestion and overconsumption of refined, processed, and highly acid-forming foods, such as sugar, chocolate, meat, cheese, coffee, soda, and so forth, deplete the body of minerals and vitamins. Adults usually have thirty-two teeth. Each tooth corresponds to a vertebra of the spine, and each vertebra is connected to a major organ or gland. If any of the four canines are decaying, for example, it indicates the presence of gallstones in the liver and gallbladder. A yellow color of the teeth, and of the canines in particular, indicates the presence of toxins in the organs located in the mid abdominal region, that is, the liver, gallbladder, stomach, pancreas, and spleen. Bacteria are not the cause of tooth decay. They only attack tooth tissue that already has an unbalanced acid-alkaline ratio. Proper saliva secretions also play a major role in the protection of the teeth. Truly healthy teeth last a lifetime and are maintained by a healthy digestive system.

Hands, Nails, and Feet

White, fatty skin on the fingertips is a sign of dysfunctional digestive and lymphatic systems. In addition, the liver and kidneys may be forming cysts and tumors. An excessive discharge of fats may occur, seen as oiliness on the skin.

Dark red fingernails point toward a high content of cholesterol, fatty acids, and minerals in the blood. The liver, gallbladder, and spleen are congested and underactive, and all excretory functions are overburdened with waste products. Whitish nails indicate the accumulation of fat and mucus in and around the heart, liver, pancreas, prostate, or ovaries. This condition is accompanied by poor blood circulation and low hemoglobin levels (anemia).

Vertical ridges in the fingernails generally indicate poor absorption of food and the disruption of important digestive, liver, and kidney functions. There may be general fatigue. Strong vertical ridges on the thumbnails, possibly with split ends, show that a person’s testicles and prostate or ovaries are not functioning properly. This is caused by the ineffectiveness of the digestive and circulatory systems.

Horizontal indentations in the nails show unusual or drastic changes in dietary habits. The changes can be either beneficial or harmful.

White dots on the nails appear when the body eliminates large amounts of calcium and/or zinc in response to excessive consumption of sugar or sugar-containing foods and beverages. Sugar has highly acid-forming properties and leaches out these minerals from the bones and teeth.

A hard protrusion at the ball of the foot: This condition shows progressive hardening of the organs located in the middle of the body, including the liver, stomach, pancreas, and spleen. It points to the accumulation of numerous gallstones in the liver and gallbladder.

A yellow color of the feet indicates the accumulation of many gallstones in the liver and gallbladder. If the color of any part of the feet is green, then spleen and lymph functions are severely disrupted. This may lead to cysts and to benign and malignant tumors.

Hardness at the tip of the fourth toe or a callus in the area under the fourth toe: This symptom shows that gallbladder functions are stagnant. General rigidity, a bent condition, and pain in the fourth toe imply a long history of gallstones in the gallbladder and liver.

Curving of the first toe: If the large toe curves inward toward the second toe, it shows that liver functions are subdued owing to the presence of gallstones in the liver bile ducts. At the same time, spleen and lymphatic functions are overactive because of the accumulation of toxic residues from inadequately digested foods, metabolic waste, and cellular debris.

White color and rugged surfaces on the fourth and fifth toenails: This indicates poor performance of the liver and gallbladder, as well as of the kidneys and urinary bladder.

The Constitution of Fecal Matter

The stool or fecal matter emits a sharp, sour, or penetrative odor: This indicates that food is not being digested properly. Fermented and putrefied food and the presence of large quantities of ‘unfriendly’ bacteria in the feces give rise to an abnormal odor and sticky texture. Normal stool is coated with a thin mucus lining, which prevents the anus from being soiled.

Dry and hard stools are an indication of constipation, and so are sticky stools. Diarrhea is yet another sign of weak performance of the digestive system and the liver, in particular.

Pale or clay-colored feces: This is still another indication of poor liver performance (bile gives the stool its natural brown color). If the stool floats, large amounts of undigested fats are contained in it, making it lighter than water.

Conclusion

There may be many more signs and symptoms indicating the presence of gallstones in the liver and gallbladder than those listed above. Pain in the right shoulder, tennis elbow, frozen shoulder, numbness in the legs and sciatica, for example, may have no obvious relation to gallstones in the liver. Yet when the gallstones are removed, these conditions usually disappear.

The body is a network of information, and every part influences and communicates with every other part. Seemingly insignificant marks or signs on the skin, in the eyes, or on a toe may be the harbingers of serious health issues. When you recognize them and flush your liver and gallbladder, in concert with adopting a healthy regimen of diet and lifestyle, you will find that the signs of wellness and vitality begin to reappear. To prevent illness and make permanent health a practical reality in your life, it is important to understand what actually causes gallstones in the first place.

3 More Foods To Avoid If You Have H Pylori

H pylori infections are relatively common. Some people develop nasty symptoms, whereas others do not. The majority of people who do develop symptoms experience problems in the upper GI tract, such as heartburn, bloating and stomach pain, though some may also develop lower GI symptoms such as diarrhea.

What many folk don’t realize is that a number of commonly eaten foods can cause exactly the same – or similar – symptoms as H pylori. This can lead to confusion. First, H pylori can be successfully eradicated only for symptoms to remain if these irritating foods are not avoided. Second, symptoms can all go away when people avoid these foods, even when H pylori is still present.

Thus, eradicating H pylori and overcoming symptoms are not necessarily the same thing! Unfortunately, the medical system does not address foods and diet when treating patients who have H pylori. But think about it: the foods that you put in your mouth day in, day out, are sure to influence the health of your gut.

Fortunately, it’s relatively simple to avoid these trouble-causing foods, as long as you know the what alternative foods are available.

In a previous article on this topic, I explained how gluten, coffee and soy-based foods can all irritate the stomach and intestinal lining in much the same way as H pylori does. Gluten and soy, in particular, are enormous problem foods. The author is allergic to soy, develops flatulence and loose stools when eating it and can attest first hand to the problems this so-called health food can cause.

Three more foods that can act as major irritants to the gut are cow’s milk, especially when heavily processed, spicy foods and polyunsaturated oils from seeds and nuts.

Cow’s milk:

Cow’s milk is actually the number one allergy causing food on the planet. It presents a conundrum because some people do very well consuming cow’s milk products. However some people are very sensitive to the sugar (lactose) and protein (casein) in milk, developing digestive symptoms, skin problems and other symptoms when they consume milk.

I recommend my clients avoid cow’s milk for 60-days, then reintroduce it, noting how they feel. In the meantime, I recommend they consume goat and sheep’s milk products, which tend to be more compatible with the human gut.

Spicy foods:

Because H pylori damages the delicate lining of the digestive system – particularly the stomach and upper intestine – spicy foods can exacerbate irritation in those areas.

However, there is a caveat here, which is that certain spices, including chilli of all things, can have anti-H pylori properties.

Again, I recommend to my clients that avoid spicy food if it causes problems, but if they feel OK eating spices, I tend to encourage their use from a therapeutic perspective.

Polyunsaturated oils:

This is probably the most controversial topic because seed and nut oils are heavily promoted as being healthy options and should replace the likes of butter.

This is false, dogmatic information. Seeds oils such as sunflower, safflower, corn, soybean and nut oils are damaging to the body, especially when consumed at levels seen in today’s society. They interfere with the body’s ability to make energy, disrupt thyroid gland function and oxidize readily in the body, setting the scene for cancer and heart disease.

Specifically, these oils affect the gut by down-regulating the activity of certain enzymes that help break down food. When food is not broken down properly, it can be putrefied in the gut, causing wind, bloating, loose stools or constipation.

I recommend coconut oil, olive oil (which has a different composition to the other vegetable and seed oils) and organic goat’s butter as optimal sources of dietary fat.

Olive oil has been shown to have anti-H pylori properties and coconut oil contains lauric acid, which also has anti-H pylori activity. Thus, not only are these oils non-disruptive to the gut, they may also assist in killing the H pylori.

In summary, if you have H pylori, avoiding cow’s milk for 60-days and removing spicy foods may assist in quickly reducing digestive symptoms. Avoiding seed oils such as sunflower, safflower, corn and soybean oil has the potential to improve all aspects of your health.

3 More Foods To Avoid If You Have H Pylori

H pylori infections are relatively common. Some people develop nasty symptoms, whereas others do not. The majority of people who do develop symptoms experience problems in the upper GI tract, such as heartburn, bloating and stomach pain, though some may also develop lower GI symptoms such as diarrhea.

What many folk don’t realize is that a number of commonly eaten foods can cause exactly the same – or similar – symptoms as H pylori. This can lead to confusion. First, H pylori can be successfully eradicated only for symptoms to remain if these irritating foods are not avoided. Second, symptoms can all go away when people avoid these foods, even when H pylori is still present.

Thus, eradicating H pylori and overcoming symptoms are not necessarily the same thing! Unfortunately, the medical system does not address foods and diet when treating patients who have H pylori. But think about it: the foods that you put in your mouth day in, day out, are sure to influence the health of your gut.

Fortunately, it’s relatively simple to avoid these trouble-causing foods, as long as you know the what alternative foods are available.

In a previous article on this topic, I explained how gluten, coffee and soy-based foods can all irritate the stomach and intestinal lining in much the same way as H pylori does. Gluten and soy, in particular, are enormous problem foods. The author is allergic to soy, develops flatulence and loose stools when eating it and can attest first hand to the problems this so-called health food can cause.

Three more foods that can act as major irritants to the gut are cow’s milk, especially when heavily processed, spicy foods and polyunsaturated oils from seeds and nuts.

Cow’s milk:

Cow’s milk is actually the number one allergy causing food on the planet. It presents a conundrum because some people do very well consuming cow’s milk products. However some people are very sensitive to the sugar (lactose) and protein (casein) in milk, developing digestive symptoms, skin problems and other symptoms when they consume milk.

I recommend my clients avoid cow’s milk for 60-days, then reintroduce it, noting how they feel. In the meantime, I recommend they consume goat and sheep’s milk products, which tend to be more compatible with the human gut.

Spicy foods:

Because H pylori damages the delicate lining of the digestive system – particularly the stomach and upper intestine – spicy foods can exacerbate irritation in those areas.

However, there is a caveat here, which is that certain spices, including chilli of all things, can have anti-H pylori properties.

Again, I recommend to my clients that avoid spicy food if it causes problems, but if they feel OK eating spices, I tend to encourage their use from a therapeutic perspective.

Polyunsaturated oils:

This is probably the most controversial topic because seed and nut oils are heavily promoted as being healthy options and should replace the likes of butter.

This is false, dogmatic information. Seeds oils such as sunflower, safflower, corn, soybean and nut oils are damaging to the body, especially when consumed at levels seen in today’s society. They interfere with the body’s ability to make energy, disrupt thyroid gland function and oxidize readily in the body, setting the scene for cancer and heart disease.

Specifically, these oils affect the gut by down-regulating the activity of certain enzymes that help break down food. When food is not broken down properly, it can be putrefied in the gut, causing wind, bloating, loose stools or constipation.

I recommend coconut oil, olive oil (which has a different composition to the other vegetable and seed oils) and organic goat’s butter as optimal sources of dietary fat.

Olive oil has been shown to have anti-H pylori properties and coconut oil contains lauric acid, which also has anti-H pylori activity. Thus, not only are these oils non-disruptive to the gut, they may also assist in killing the H pylori.

In summary, if you have H pylori, avoiding cow’s milk for 60-days and removing spicy foods may assist in quickly reducing digestive symptoms. Avoiding seed oils such as sunflower, safflower, corn and soybean oil has the potential to improve all aspects of your health.

Do You Know The Benefits Of Kefir?

As a person who understands the benefits the Hay Diet has on the digestive system I found it difficult to ignore the apparent amazing effects which kefir has to offer.

It is clear that commercial kefir does not come close to the benefits the home-made variety has to offer as commercial Kefir is made from either a freeze dried powdered form of the culture which means it has considerably less healing power.

On the other hand homemade kefir contains billions of friendly organisms per millilitre, and the organisms are reproducing right up until the kefir is consumed along with ample amounts of kefiran and variations of the polysaccharide.

Kefir benefits from an abundance of tryptophan which is one of the essential amino acids and is, well-known for its relaxing effect on the nervous system. Therefore kefir has a particularly calming effect on the nerves. Rich in the B Vitamins: Kefir is an excellent source of Vitamin B7 (biotin), which aids the body’s absorption of other B vitamins, B1 (Thiamine), B2 (riboflavin) B3 (niacin), B6 (Pyridoxal phosphate), B9 (folic acid), and B12 (cobalamin).

As an experiement the bacteria E. Coli was injected into Kefir. Within 24 hours the E. Coli was destroyed by Kefir whey’s beneficial bacteria. Kefir has also demonstrated the ability to kill H. pylori infections when bacteria alone could not. In addition, the complex micro flora of Kefir has also shown a keen ability to greatly stimulate our immune system, ward off infections. This is because when Kefir is consumed as a drink, it creates a healthy mucous lining in the colon, which acts as a good medium to support the growth of beneficial bowel flora which helps to prevent parasitic infections and cancer as well as constipation. This means Kefir is beneficial in preventing many gastrointestinal disorders.

20 of the known health benefits of live Kefir

1. Strongest natural remedy against any allergy

2. Strongest natural antibiotic without side effects

3. Treats liver disease

4. Treats gallbladder, dissolves gall bladder stones

5. Clears the body of salts, heavy metals, radionuclides, and alcoholic products

6. Cleans the body of chemical antibiotics

7. Treats kidney stones

8. Good bacteria in kefir are able to fight off pathogenic microorganisms

9. Lowers level of LDL cholesterol

10. Cleans the gastrointestinal tract

12. Treats gastritis

13. Treats pancreatitis

14. Treats ulcers

15. Prevents and treats colon cancer

16. Improves digestion

17. Improves the body functions

18. Improves the human immune system

19. Cures Candida

20. Cures hypertension

Natural Treatment For Eczema – This Is How To Get Rid Of Eczema Naturally!

Eczema is an inflammatory, non-contagious condition that affects the skin’s surface. The disease usually includes an acute phase (that is characterized by inflammation, erythema, edema and blistering), a sub-acute (with symptoms of inflammation, such as papules and vesicles) and a chronic phase (during which the thickness of the skin surface and stratum corneum are decreased, which leads to cracks). One symptom that is always present is the itching that causes the sufferer to scratch the blisters causing bleeding, which can lead to viral and bacterial infections.

The main types of the disease are the contact eczema, atopic eczema (atopic dermatitis) and seborrheic eczema:

  • Contact eczema is the most common type and is caused by a skin reaction to exogenous substances of various kinds (chemical or biological). Contact dermatitis causes the appearance of erythema, edema and blistering, with the subsequent formation of crusts. The initial lesions are located in the area of the skin that has been exposed to the substance, but can also spread to other areas. The substances that can cause this kind of disease are many: metals (cobalt, chromium, nickel), drugs (antibiotics, antihistamines), cosmetics (deodorants, nail polish, hair dyes), products used at home (soaps, detergents, etc…). Sometimes, there is a period of at least 6-10 days before the onset of symptoms.
  • Atopic eczema is often related to a family history of allergic diseases. The causes of this disease are not known, but it may be triggered by substances breathed or ingested. There are probably several factors involved like genetic, immunological and environmental factors. It generally occurs during the first months of life, and is less frequent among adults.
  • Seborrhoeic eczema is characterized by the appearance of large erythematous patches and mainly affects the scalp, face and chest. It is sometimes seen in people who suffer from dandruff. It may affect children, but is more common among adult males.

How to get rid of eczema:

  • Avoid certain foods: some foods contain substances (like histamine and tyramine) that can make the situation worse: Strawberries, citrus fruits, bananas, pineapple, raspberries, avocado, melon, tomatoes, spinach, potato starch, peanuts, walnuts, hazelnuts, almonds, beans, peas, chickpeas, lentils, eggs, fermented cheeses (parmesan, pecorino, cheddar, blue cheese), yogurt, brewer’s yeast, chocolate, sausages, canned foods, stock cubes, shellfish, seafood, preserved fish (tuna, salmon, sardines, anchovies).
  • Always wear clothing made of cotton or linen and wash your laundry at 60 ° with a mild soap.
  • At night, use cotton sheets, cotton pyjamas and light covers to avoid sweating.
  • At home maintain a temperature of about 18-20 ° (too much heat can increase sweating, which irritates the skin and cause itching).
  • Avoid the presence of dogs and cats in the house, if possible.

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5 Foods That Will Lower Triglycerides Easily and Prevent Heart Disease

If foods can cause to increase the levels of triglycerides in the body, there must be foods that will lower triglycerides, too. Life does work that way, doesn’t it? If there’s daytime, there should be nighttime. So if it’s what you eat that causes your triglycerides to shoot up, it only makes sense to use foods as your weapon to bring the number back to normal.

Then again you might be wondering why there is a need to regulate the levels of triglyceride? Aren’t triglycerides needed by the body? Actually, when you think about it, triglycerides, as a form of blood fat, that plays an important role in the anatomy of the body, so they cannot be a bad thing. They are, in fact, an excellent source and energy and make possible the transport of dietary fat. The problem begins when triglycerides are more than 150 mg/dL because then you can be now considered at risk for developing heart disease. Elevated triglycerides that go unmanaged can cause the heart to lose its function, increasing your risk for strokes, coronary artery disease, or heart attack.

Fortunately, elevated triglycerides are easily manageable, especially in their early stages. In many cases, you don’t even need to go to the doctor because elevated triglycerides can be regulated by simply embarking on some healthy habits. Start with your choice of food, for instance. When preparing your meal plan, there are two things you must keep in mind if you are looking to reduce your triglyceride levels – Omega-3 and fiber. Omega-3 is an essential fatty acid that has earned global recognition because of its health benefits, notably on the heart. Fiber, meanwhile, works like a broom – it sweeps anything out of the body that shouldn’t be there in the first place. It goes without saying then that the foods that will lower triglycerides should contain either Omega-3 or fiber. In particular, these would include the following:

1. Fish. A rich source of Omega-3 essential fatty acids, fish is recommended to be included in the diet at least 2-3 times a week. However, there are certain varieties of fish that are more contaminated with Mercury than the others, so limit your choices to salmon, tilapia, flounder, sardines, and canned tuna;

2. Vegetables. Vegetables are good, even if you take them every day. Green and leafy vegetables such as cauliflower, broccoli, celery, and spinach, and other kinds of vegetables like squash, pepper, green beans, cabbage, and Brussels sprouts have excellent triglyceride-reducing properties, so make sure that you have a healthy serving of vegetables everyday.

3. Fresh Fruits, especially those high in fiber content such as apples with the skin on and apricots

4. Nuts and Seeds. Nuts and seeds such as almonds, peanuts, and walnuts, and sunflower seeds are good for the health of the heart.

5. Grains, oats and wheat. These can lower triglyceride levels, too, along with boosting the digestive system.

6. Water. This is something you should never skimp on. Prefer water anytime to sodas and alcoholic beverages. Make sure to drink at least 8 glasses of water everyday for good health.

For sure, you will not have a difficult time remembering these foods that will lower triglycerides, will you?

Fenugreek – Fights Diabetes, Heart Disease, Obesity

Although fenugreek seeds are used extensively in the recipes of countries in the Middle and Far East, in the West it is not as well known as many other spices.

Not only does fenugreek impart a characteristic flavour and tang to food but it also has several very important disease preventing characteristics.

In traditional medicine, fenugreek has been used to treat a number of conditions including diabetes, sore throats, and in poultices used to treat sores and abscesses. Recent investigations into the medicinal properties of this spice suggest it is important not only as a preventive for chronic diseases such as diabetes, but also for enhancing normal physiological processes, especially with respect to athletic

performance.

As with most spices it contains many antioxidant and anti-inflammatory compounds such as apigenin,

genistein, kaempferol, quercetin, rutin, selenium and superoxide-dismutase. It also contains compounds such as trigonelline that has shown to prevent the degeneration of nerve cells in neuro-degenerative diseases.

Medicinal properties of fenugreek

Cardiovascular disease and blood lipids

Fenugreek has a strong modulating effect on blood lipid levels and can substantially reduce the risk of atherosclerosis. In diabetics, who usually suffer lipid imbalances, it has demonstrated a remarkable ability to lower cholesterol, triglycerides and LDL levels while raising HDL levels. Another property of fenugreek is the reduction of platelet aggregation which, in turn, dramatically reduces the risk of abnormal blood clotting associated with heart attacks and strokes. Like most spices, fenugreek also contains many important antioxidants and has the added benefit of protecting other dietary and internally produced antioxidants from free-radical damage. This has important cardioprotective benefits, as well as helping to fortify the body against a range of other chronic conditions.

Diabetes

Fenugreek, which has comparable antidiabetic potency to cinnamon, is one of the most valuable spices for the control of glucose metabolism and thus the prevention and treatment of Type II diabetes.

Owing to its many properties it helps in the prevention and treatment of diabetes in several ways.

Working in a similar way to the common antidiabetic drug glibenclamide, fenugreek lowers cellular insulin resistance and controls blood glucose homeostasis. It has been shown to lower blood glucose levels of Type II diabetics by as much as 46 percent.

It also increases the levels of several important antioxidants and reduces the damaging oxidation of lipids associated with diabetes.

As an added bonus, fenugreek seeds are a very rich in a type of dietary fibre that modulates post-prandial blood glucose levels by delaying the absorption of sugar in the intestines. This mucilaginous fiber also reduces the absorption of fat and cholesterol from the intestines thus providing additional protection against heart disease and obesity.

Cataracts

Fenugreek is also effective against diabetes-related cataracts which occur commonly in diabetics. The enzymes that control glucose uptake into the lens of the eye do not function normally in diabetics and, as a result, glucose and its metabolites, fructose and sorbitol, accumulate in the lens tissues. The lenses of diabetic patients are also prone damage by enzymes that would normally protect against destructive free radicals, and a combination of these factors leads to the gradual opacification of the lens known as a cataract. As fenugreek has been shown to partially reverse both the metabolic changes in the lens and to reduce the density of the cataract, it is likely to be even more effective as a prophylactic agent against cataract formation in diabetics.

Alzheimer’s and other neuro-degenerative diseases

Fenugreek contains the compound trigonellene that has shown to stimulate the regeneration of brain cells. This property has stimulated further research to see whether it can help in the prevention of diseases such as Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s diseases.

Sport

One of the greatest difficulties facing athletes who compete in endurance events is maintaining a readily available supply of energy in the body. In order to achieve this, muscle carbohydrate stores, in the form of glycogen, must be continuously replenished. In an event lasting more than one-and-a-half hours, glycogen stores become depleted, and for the remainder of the event the athlete has to rely on external sources of energy, such as high carbohydrate drinks, which are inferior to glycogen as an energy source. Post event re-synthesis of glycogen is also very important, and the two hours immediately following prolonged exercise is the crucial time for this process to occur.

Fenugreek has been shown to have a strong effect on glycogen replenishment; increasing post-event re-synthesis by over 60 percent in some endurance athletes. While its effects on glycogen re-synthesis during an event have yet to be tested, fenugreek is likely to exhibit a similarly beneficial effect during, as well as after, exercise.

Hormones

Fenugreek is one of the richest sources of phytoestrogens and is thus a very useful spice for women who have low oestrogen levels. Phytoestrogens are also thought to help protect against certain types of cancer, and fenugreek may well be proven to have anti-tumourigenic effects should this property be investigated in the future.

Selenium

Fenugreek is one of the richest sources of selenium, which is among the most important antioxidant micronutrients. When consumed regularly, selenium appears to have a protective effect against a range of cancers, including those of the colon, lung and prostate. Recent evidence also shows that selenium helps to prevent the progression of HIV and other chronic viral illnesses.

While other spices like chilies and cinnamon hold the culinary and medicinal headlines, the research into fenugreek is showing us that this spice has health benefits on a par with, or even superior to, those of the better known spices.

However it is important to appreciate that synergism between different spices enhances the bioavailability and efficacy of their respective bioactive compounds. Therefore, to obtain optimum benefit from fenugreek, it is important to use it with other common spices in both the prevention and treatment of disease.

What Are the Most Common Pleurisy Causes?

The pleura is made up to two layers of thin, firm tissue that serves as a lining for the lining for the lungs. The first layer is the visceral pleura, which serves as a covering for the lungs. The parietal pleura covers the inner wall of the chest, lubricated by the pleural fluid. Pleurisy is a condition where there is an inflammation of the pleura. The inflammation can cause a sharp, stabbing pain at the chest that is aggravated by breathing. Coughing, sneezing, and even turning the upper body or torso can be excruciatingly painful for some. The pain is so intense that some patients subconsciously promote shallow breathing to lessen the pain. There are several factors that have been seen as pleurisy causes.

  • Infections – bacteria, viruses, fungus, and parasites are some of the identified pleurisy causes. Those who have tuberculosis infection often have pain brought about by pleurisy.
  • Chemicals – inhaled chemicals such as ammonia can disturb the pleural tissue.
  • Collagen vascular diseases – these diseases include lupus and rheumatoid arthritis.
  • Pleural tumors – mesothelioma or sarcoma are found to cause a disturbance in the pleural tissue as well as the pleural fluid.
  • Trauma – rib fractures or bruises or irritation from chest tube drainage during thoracentesis.

If you are diagnosed with pleurisy, the doctor will recommend treatment for pain as well as towards any of the identified pleurisy causes. NSAID’s are given to help ease pain and inflammation along some antibiotics if the cause is bacterial, fungal, or parasitical. NSAID’s alone are given if pleurisy is caused by a viral infection as the viral conditions often self-limiting. Stronger medications may be given if NSAID’s do not ease the pain, and corticosteroids may be prescribed if the inflammation does not respond to NSAID’s. It is important that you also get adequate rest as your body recovers. The less you move, the less you disturb your pleura. You will also be able to store enough energy needed to help you battle whatever it is that is causing your pleurisy. If breathing is a problem, a splint or bandage wrapped around your chest may help lessen the pain. If you cannot tolerate the pain, it is advised that you ask the doctor for a stronger pain medication.

How Do You Experience Personal Growth?

How to Know When You Are Experiencing Personal Growth

I recently watched a video of Brian Tracy explaining the different cycles of personal growth, from the exhilarating highs of starting a new adventure, to the inevitable lows as we work our way through obstacles and challenges. However, for most of us, we seem to be in the interminable stage of personal growth that Brian referred to as plateaus. Nothing seems to be happening, and if there is something, it certainly isn’t happening fast enough.

Ever feel like that? I know I certainly do!

Now just down the street from my condo building here in Toronto is some new construction. For many years now, I’ve used the analogy that personal growth is very much like putting up a skyscraper. Let’s see if you agree.

You Experience Personal Growth Even If Nothing Is Happening

Looking out my bedroom window from my 23rd floor view, I see a blank field. For all intents and purposes, nothing is currently happening here. Oh sure, they come by and cut the grass every week or so. But for right now, the piece of land is vacant… there’s nothing happening.

Or is there?

Just a couple of weeks ago, there were survey teams and road crews working on the streets around that property. Somebody, somewhere is planning something. It’s inevitable.

So how does this apply to personal growth in your life? You know your life is in a constant state of change – there simply is no status quo. In fact, “Stop the world, I want to get off,” is a sentiment that many of us feel a good part of the time.

Just remember this; even if you think your life is floating along gloriously on an even keel right now, somebody, somewhere is planning something. And it will directly affect your personal growth.

You Experience Personal Growth When All the Wrong Things Are Happening

After the planning and ground clearing stage, what’s the first thing the workers do when building a skyscraper?

That’s right, they dig a hole – the bigger the structure, the deeper they dig!

This hole digging stage seems to go on and on forever. It’s dusty; it’s muddy; it’s dangerous.

Think of when you take on a new project, whether it’s starting new career or business, a new relationship or even tackling a major health challenge. Personal growth in these situations is exactly like a construction site.

You start off with grand plans and ideas of how your perfect life will be. But then there are things to clear out from past experiences. Often you find yourself digging a huge hole, sinking all your time, money and energy just to get things going.

The encouraging news here is that just like the big building, you don’t start reaching for the sky until all the concrete and steel reinforcements are put into place. At this stage of personal growth, you may consume the most energy, but you’re also getting all the strength you need to move onward and upward.

You Experience Personal Growth Especially When It’s Not Fast Enough

The new high-rise condos down the street were supposed to be occupied by this summer, 2009. Unless some kind of miracle takes place, it simply isn’t going to happen until no earlier than spring 2010. Again, as in your own personal life, even the best plans rarely go without some kind of a hitch.

I’m sure there were many delays due to supplies, workers, schedules and a whole myriad of snags and snafus. To be sure, there’s still a buzz of activity around the construction site. People are busy but things don’t seem to be getting done fast enough.

This is the plateau stage where it’s still costing you time, money and energy but you’re not seeing any kind of return. It’s discouraging. It’s frustrating. It’s infuriating.

It’s certainly sapping all the strength you gained during that foundation laying period. A lot of people quit at this stage, abandoning a nearly completed project to go and start something new.

This kind of thinking wouldn’t make any sense at all in the construction industry. Yet, people do it every day with their lives. Something to think about.

You Experienced Personal Growth… So What’s Next?

Congratulations. The building is complete; units are all sold at a profit; owners and tenants are all moved in; everyone is happy!

So what’s next? Do the planners, investors and workers hang it all up and go home?

Hardly. Everyone moves on, looking for the next new project or opportunity.

I’d be willing to bet that group of planners, investors and workers are already destined to meet on the empty field outside my bedroom window.

So what’s next for you? Personal growth is the cycle of life. Somebody, somewhere is planning something and it will directly affect YOU!

Pancreatic Cancer – Disease Of The Pancreas And Coconut Oil

Pancreatic cancer affects the pancreas. This is a gland situated in the back of the upper stomach near the backbone. Two of the pancreas’s several functions are hormone and pancreatic juice production. Cells become cancerous when the control mechanisms that direct cell growth malfunction, leading to an unrestraint division of cells. Uncontrollably growth continues until the cells develop into a malignant tumor.

It is difficult to identify Pancreatic cancer in its early stages. Typically, it is only in the later stages that it causes weightiness in the stomach and pain is experienced. Pancreatic cancer symptoms are often non-specific, may be variable and characterize a number of potential problems as well as pancreatic cancer. Itching, jaundice, pale bowel movements and dark urine routinely indicate the growth of pancreatic cancer. Pain may present, in the upper abdominal area spreading to the middle of the back, if the tumor is progressive. Fatigue, dwindling energy, no appetite and weight loss are also noticed. A good indicator of endocrine tumors is the secretion of pancreatic polypeptide. An initial symptom of pancreatic cancer can be blood clots.

Pancreatic cancer is usually classified into stages, which indicate the degree of the cancer. These are node, tumor and metastases and into further into size and operability. Stage 4 metastatic pancreatic cancer is where the disease has spread to a distant organ such as the liver and is inoperable. All stages can be treated but only stages 1 and 2 are operable.

Other typical pancreatic cancer treatment includes chemotherapy, radiation therapy, and several different types of vaccine, various options for pain relief and a supportive care system. Another option for individuals with pancreatic cancer is to take part in research studies (pancreatic cancer clinical trials) to try out new treatment before they are used on others. New pancreatic cancer drug trials offer hope for better pancreatic cancer survival rates.

A disease of the pancreas, acute pancreatitis is an inflammation of the pancreas, which comes on all of a sudden, lasts for a short time and usually gets better. This is associated with gallstones or excessive alcohol use. Abstinence, from alcohol and from the eating of large meals, will be advised and preventive measures will be taken to avoid future attacks

Chronic pancreatitis, another disease of the pancreas, is different in the way that it does not resolve itself. Pain and scarring of the pancreas occurs when digestive enzymes attack causing injury to the pancreas and nearby tissues. One attack of acute pancreatitis may set of chronic pancreatitis but it is more usually mainly years of alcohol abuse. A diet that is low in fat and high in carbohydrates will be recommended.

By now, you are probably wondering why coconut oil was mentioned in the title. Well this is because it had many significant nutritional and medical uses and is recommended for those with digestive problems. The reason for this is coconut oil contains medium-chain fatty triglycerides, which are quickly digested. This means that pancreatic enzymes are not needed because at the time they enter the intestinal tract they are already broken down into fatty acids. These are absorbed into the portal vein immediately and sent directly to the liver where they are used to produce energy. This means they don’t circulate in the bloodstream in the level that other fats do. Consequently, there is no fat to amass in fat cells or artery walls. The fatty acids produce only energy not body fat or arterial plaque.

Coconut oil provides a quick and easy source of nutrition because of it is easily digested and aids assimilation of other nutrients. For this reason it has been recommended in the treatment of malnutrition (which can be a problem in a person suffering from pancreatic cancer). Coconut oil can help with fatigue and a whole range of conditions because its antimicrobial effects defeat organisms in the body, which may be draining the body’s strength and causative to the condition.

Is Your Pet Rat Sneezing? The Facts You Should Know

Being a “rattie parent” can be worrisome when your little ones are doing things like sneezing. My goal with this article is to take away your confusion, so that you’ll feel better and your rat will be okay.

Below are the things that can cause your rat to sneeze:



Mycoplasmia

This very common and incurable respiratory disease among rats may flare up throughout the rat’s life. Symptoms include sneezing, wheezing and, in advanced cases, gasping for air. Sores may sometimes develop on lung tissue, making it hard for the rat to breathe. While humans are capable of catching mycoplasmia from other humans, we cannot catch it from rats, and vice versa.

There’s good news though. As long as their immune system is not compromised, most rats with mycoplasmia can live long and active lives, despite the outward symptoms. The key is feeding them a vitamin-rich diet (especially vitamins A and E) and taking extra precautions to avoid exposing them to dust, smoke, drafts and bacteria.

If your pet rat gets “Myco flare-ups,” she may need to get treated with medication such as Vibramycin, the brand name Doxycycline or the generic brand, Baytril. These medicines will suppress symptoms and prevent the development of scarred lung tissue.



Pneumonia

The main difference between mycoplasmia and pneumonia is that the former produces symptoms of dry loud breathing that will come and go, while the latter manifests itself with a wet, congested, raspy wheeze and a runny nose. Porphyrin may be excreted from the rat’s nasal passage and fluid may collect in her lungs. Babies that are infected may not show any symptoms until a few months later.

Pneumonia is highly contagious to any other rat within sneezing distance, so you should immediate quarantine the afflicted rat until you can get him to a vet.

One treatment of pneumonia involves the drugs Baytril, Doxycycline, and a machine called a nebulizer. The drugs are administered in the form of a vapor several times a day.



Colds or Allergies

In the event that you need to take your little one to the veterinarian to have her treated for a respiratory ailment, you may decide to administer a tiny amount of over-the-counter cold or allergy medicine.

Also, if your vet approves of the idea, you may try to treat your rat on your own this way over the course of several days. However, you need to be careful about doing this as you don’t want to use something that may cause more harm than good. Also, if her condition should worsen, take her to a vet right away.

Here are some general guidelines:

  • Use children’s liquid medicines, not adult formulas.
  • Administer the medicine as often as you would for a child; however, make them extremely tiny doses (0.10 cc. for an adult, and less than half that for a baby).
  • Use cough decongestant or expectorant medicine, not suppressant.
  • Avoid formulas containing alcohol.

How to minimize respiratory illnesses and symptoms, in general:

  • Keep the air moist. Counteract the drying effect of heaters and air conditioners by adding to the room tiny water fountains, plants and even jars of water.
  • Humidifiers and vaporizers work nicely to keep the air moisture-rich; but avoid keeping them too close to your rats’ cage (at least 4 feet away).
  • In an emergency, you can take your rat into a closed bathroom with a hot shower running. Don’t take her too close to the water. Just let her breathe the steam for 5-15 minutes. It helps loosen up the mucus stuck inside their lungs.
  • Make sure your rattie has proper bedding.
  • Sudden sneezing may be due to an allergic reaction to a change in bedding, food, soap, or to their surroundings in general.
  • A cold, tiny block of baker’s chocolate has been known to ease symptoms of respiratory distress.

Buy Poke Root or Pokeweed For Lymph Nodes, Eczema and More

Poke

Phytolacca Americana

Phytolaccaceae (pokeberry family)

This powerful medicinal plant has a battery of regional names: pokeweed, scoke, poocan, garget, pigeon berry, pigeon-blood, poke-salat, cancer root, and cancer jalap. Its Latin name, Phytolacca, refers to the family it belongs to: phyto, meaning plant, and lac, meaning a crimson dye; americana speaks for itself, identifying the species as a native. This widely spread perennial grows from Maine to Florida and Mexico, and across the West, except in the Dakotas.

Mature poke plants, multi-branched with ruby-red stalks and stems in late summer, can grow up to ten feet tall. Earlier, small flowers appear in long, often curving or drooping spires. Each tiny greenish-white, petal-like sepal ripens into a purple-black, fleshy berry Songbirds favor the ripe, dark purple berries and excrete the fertile black seeds indiscriminately, thus assuring a wide distribution for this amazing herb. After killing frosts arrive, it dies back to the ground.

Poke’s genus embraces about twenty-five species of coarse herbs, shrubs, and treelike perennials native to the tropics and warm regions. The Brazilian species, Phytolacca dioica, is an evergreen tree that can grow to sixty feet tall and develop a thick trunk. Two East Asian species, P. acinosa and P. esculenta, are grown as ornamentals and potherbs. American poke is one of our most rugged, enduring herbs, with many historical and contemporary uses.

Traditional uses:

American Indians made use of all plant parts in their specific seasons of optimum strength. Throughout the winter, even year-round, the often-huge taproots, fresh or dried, were pounded and poulticed on wounds, tumors, bruises, rheumatic swellings, and sore breasts. Poke root was vital in many cancer and diabetes remedies.

Poke Root tea served to treat rheumatism, arthritis, and other joint infirmities; the warm tea was helpful as a skin wash to treat bruises, swellings, and sprains. Many believed this spring tonic was also a powerful preventive medicine.

Young spring shoots of American poke provided delicious, asparagus-like greens for our ancestors, and still do for us. When only six inches high, they are easily collected and stewed as a potherb. The cooking water should be brought to a boil and poured off at least once to discard the dark, bitter elements.

The plant’s simple, ovate, alternate leaves exude bright green ink when crushed or rubbed. Crushed pokeberries yield one of nature’s most brilliant magenta colors. Exciting ranges of inks and dyes come from some of the poke species, but unfortunately they are not sun-fast. Unless over-dyed, the colors will fade.

Modern uses:

Contemporary herbalists view poke with both respect and caution. A tincture of poke root is used as a blood cleanser in very small amounts and also taken to relieve lymph congestion and swollen lymph nodes. American pokeweed contains numerous alkaloids and complex chemicals, some of which are quite harmful to human systems. A pokeweed mitogen is being studied in anti-tumor immunity research, as it seems to stimulate cell transformation. Poke root is used in several herbal cancer remedies, including essiac and floressence.

Cautions:

The whole plant is toxic. Never use during pregnancy. Plant juice of pokeweed can cause dermatitis in very sensitive individuals.

Growth needs and propagation:

Poke grows readily from seeds and root cuttings. The main effort needed is to keep this plant under control in the garden, where it will grow up like a shrub, towering six to ten feet tall from mature roots.

Companions:

Poke grows well with almost everything, especially yarrow and strawberry. It seems to enhance the growth of gourds.

Take the berries of pokeweed, or cokum, squeeze out their juice, add it to the same quantity of cream and simmer it down to the consistency of an ointment. If this is used in the early stages of the disease [cancer], it is a certain safe and easy cure. It should be rubbed on every six or eight hours until it has some effect.

– John Williams, a “celebrated Indian doctor,” in his 1828 book New and Valuable Recipes for the Cure of Many Diseases

For sprains and bruises, a poke root was boiled and applied mashed as a poultice.

– David Williams, Oneida herbalist, Oneidatown, 1912

Best Way to Get Rid of Chest Acne

Suffering from chest acne can be a daunting task if you are yet to identify the type of acne you are bedeviled with. This can make the whole process annoying and discouraging. The first decision to make is to quickly and effectively identify the chest acne and find a lasting solution in little or no time.

Chest acne is a common problem among people of all age group. The lesions on your chest make it painful to endure. This information will facilitate the whole process and help you pinpoint your chest acne immediately. There are tips and natural remedies to get rid of chest acne quickly.

Here are simple steps to cure your acne – Marks or Scars. This is the oil cleansing method which will help you to reduce your acne scars and pigmentation.

Step 1: Gather the following items and do this exercise for a good number of days: clean towels, cold water, warm water, castor oil and olive oil.

Step 2: There are excess dirt and oily substance on your skin right now. Take your time and gently wash off this dirt to make your face look warm and friendly. This may take 10 – 15 minutes so as to get desired result. Carry out both the warm water and cold water procedure about 3 times but always finish with cold and then pat dry with another clean towel.

Step 3: The next thing you need to do is to blend a small mixture of castor oil with a small amount of olive oil. A 50/50 ratio will do just fine. Apply the mixture to your skin and let it stay there for 30 minutes and then rinse with warm water. Pat dry with a clean towel and you are good to go.

This procedure is one of the best natural remedies to cure your chest acne. Remember to repeat this process from time to time till you are acne free. The skin condition, which mainly affects adolescents, causes pimples, cysts and nodules that most often appear on the face, chest and back.