Yorkie Terrier Dog Limping – Is it Slipping Kneecaps Known As Luxating Patella?

Have you noticed your Yorkie Terrier limping? If your Yorkie just recently jumped from a chair or maybe off of the bed, that could be the reason for the limp. Hopefully, the injury is not severe. Check carefully that there is nothing stuck between his toes or onto his pads–you should be able to quickly tell if you need to seek a veterinarians assistance.

If none of the above seem to be the problem, does your Yorkie have a condition known as Luxating Patella–meaning his back leg kneecaps dislocate or slip? This happens because the groove in the femur needs to be deeper. The treatment for this condition is surgery to deepen the grove.

This condition is usually hereditary. A Yorkie can have badly slipping kneecaps and not show any signs of pain or discomfort when he is jumping, walking, playing or running. My first Yorkie had this condition when I got him. My vet said to wait and see how he got along before having surgery. He was four months old then and did not seem to be troubled by it or uncomfortable. He ran, jumped and played all the time. He could jump straight up, about 3 feet, and land on his back legs. I always wondered how he could do that and have slipping kneecaps, as his legs always supported him when he was jumping.

Periodically, his knee would slip out and he would be able to straighten it out himself, if not, I could gently move it back into place. As the years went by, he seemed to be troubled by it less and less. He was 13 1/2 years old by now. Then one day he got up and continued to hold his back leg up–he was lame. I watched him carefully. He couldn’t come up the stairs anymore. Otherwise, he continued on as normal. Eventually, he was able to put his leg down and support himself again. But, there was no more running and jumping.

During his lifetime, he had 6 different veterinarians and none of them ever suggested surgery to treat his slipping kneecap. I took him to different vets, searching for someone who actually loves animals and shows caring and compassion. Finally, I found one in January 2007, when my Yorkie had an emergency on a Sunday. The point here is that all vets are not created equal. If your Yorkie seems to be bothered by any conditions that need veterinary help, please be sure you listen carefully and observe how the vet and the assistants treat your pet. If you are the least bit uncomfortable with anything regarding the care of your Yorkie, keep looking for another vet.

It is commonly thought that luxating patella can lead to arthritis if not surgically repaired. That may be true, as in the last 2 months of his life, my Yorkie would lose his balance, as his back leg did not really support him anymore and then he would fall over, which would eventually lead to him screaming in pain. He would be on his side, very stiff, when I would rush to pick him up. Then the pain would subside and he was “normal” again. This happened a couple of times during the night–you can imagine the heart stopping panic that I felt as I was awakened by his screaming. I was so scared for him and did not know how to help him. Of course, I asked the vet about this and she said it was arthritis and there was nothing she could do. At his age she felt surgery was out of the question.

If your Yorkie or any other dog is dealing with this condition, you have to consider what the best course of action is for your pet. Educate yourself about Yorkie health problems. Search the Internet, go to bookstores and find the veterinary books on dogs. This way you will understand some of the things your dog may be facing. You need to clearly understand what your vet is saying to you about treatments. So many health problems today in our pets are genetic. Breeders need to pay close attention to how they are breeding and stop over breeding. Maybe someday these wonderful little dogs will not be troubled anymore by slipping kneecaps.

Shoulder Dislocations

Dislocations of the shoulder joint are common in sports involving contact elements such as Rugby and American football. They also occur frequently from falls, usually onto an outstretched arm. The most common position for a shoulder dislocation is with the arm out to the side and rotated outwards. This results in the most common form of shoulder dislocations, an anterior dislocation, which make up to 95% of all dislocations. This is where the head of the humerus (top of the arm bone) moves forwards of the shoulder joint. Dislocations can also be posterior, inferior, superior or intra-throacic.

The reason shoulder dislocations are so common is the level of mobility and hence instability, of the shoulder joint as a whole. The shoulder has the largest range of motion of any joint in the body, but the congruency of the articulating bones (humerus and scapula) is very poor. The joint therefore relies on the support of the surrounding soft tissues – the joint capsule, labrum, ligaments and muscles.

Shoulder dislocations are often considered to be fairly minor injuries, however the damage that can be associated with a dislocation can be very severe. The most common damage is to the glenoid labrum. This is a ring of cartilage surrounding the socket of the joint (part of the scapula or shoulder blade) which acts to increase the congruency of the joint by effectively deepening the socket. Damage to other soft tissues such as rotator cuff tendons, nerves and blood vessels are also common.

For this reason it is important that a dislocated shoulder is never put back in place by someone who is not trained to do so. Usually, an X-ray or MRI will be taken before the shoulder is reduced to check for any associated damage. After this, depending on the direction of dislocation, a manoeuvre will be performed to allow the humerus to move back into position. The arm will then be immobilised in a sling for a week or more.

After a dislocation the chances of the same shoulder dislocating again are higher. This is due to laxity in the joint capsule and ligaments surrounding the joint after they were stretched during the first injury. Any associated injuries also make repeat dislocations more likely.

In order to prevent recurrent dislocations, a period of extensive rehabilitation is required. This should aim to strengthen the muscles surrounding the shoulder joint, improve proprioception (the sense of the joints position),  and restore full range of motion.

What Is A Compound Fracture?

There are many types of fractures. Fractures are categorized depending on their appearance and their severity. Some of these types include greenstick fractures – a type of fracture wherein the bones do not break completely but they do bend and break at one side just like a greenstick, internal fracture – a type of fracture where bones break on the inside but there is no open wound and a compound fracture – a type of fracture where the bones break and protrude causing the skin to break open. In this article, we are going to focus on compound fractures.

A fracture is considered compound if the bones get broken and also the skin. It is when the muscles tear apart as well because the bone has protruded and become visible to the naked eye. This type of fracture needs immediate medical attention to avoid infection.

Compound fractures are one of the most dangerous and risky fractures that someone can have. This is because it involves an open wound. You should know very well that open wounds are vulnerable to being infected. Because it is exposed in the air, the wound may catch infection and it can worsen. This is especially true in polluted areas where the air is filled with harmful substances. A person who gets this fracture needs to have the wound cleaned and sanitized as soon as possible. It will be very difficult for doctors to treat it if infections have already occurred.

There are several first aid procedures that you can do to open fractures while you are waiting for doctors to come. You should get sterile gauze and something that will sterilize the wound such as alcohol. Make sure to cover the wound as soon as possible. If the wound is bleeding, you should apply a bit of pressure to stop to it. If it does not stop, you can apply an ice pack to numb the area temporarily. This will also reduce the pain that the patient is feeling.

Compound fractures usually need surgery for them to be treated. This is because the bone has already protruded and the only way to get it back in place is through surgical or invasive procedures. Recovery time is also a lot longer than the ordinary fractures however it still depends on the severity of the condition. On the average, it takes more than two months for the bone to completely recover after surgery. While it recovers, the doctors may use a cast to keep the injured area in place. The type of cast will depend on the doctor and the patient. You can choose light and durable casts however they may be priced more expensively. It is best to ask your doctor which one is suitable for your condition. These are just some of the things you need to know about compound fractures.

Delivery Complications Can Lead to Erb’s Palsy

The delivery of a new born can be a frantic moment for a family. Often, people are rushing to get to the hospital in time for the delivery. The soon to be mother and father share a mix of emotions that sway from high anxiety to unknown joy. Unfortunately, this excitement can be stifled by a mistake or complication during the delivery of the newborn. A child is at risk for a number of injuries if a delivery is not performed properly or if a mother is not properly cared for and prepared for the delivery of her child. One of the conditions that can result from birth injury is Erb’s palsy, which results in the weakening of a child’s arm and hand because of strained brachial nerves.

The brachial plexus is a bundle of nerves located underneath the collarbone that controls and delivers sensation to a person’s arm. If the brachial plexus is damaged, it can result in a person’s inability to control or feel his or her arm. This type of injury can occur during the strain of delivery if a child is born in a breach position, with shoulder dystocia, or if the child is improperly handled during the delivery.

Erb’s palsy leaves the child without complete control of the arm and hand and can result in its weakened and rotated state. Fortunately, with proper care and treatment, Erb’s palsy can be reversed. But in extreme cases, the arm may be permanently weakened, limiting its full use by a child. Erb’s palsy is avoidable if proper steps are taken during the delivery or if the risk of this condition is recognized before delivery.

If you believe that improper practices during delivery may have resulted in Erb’s palsy in your child, you have legal options for restitution. Please visit the website of San Antonio birth injury attorneys at Stouwie & Mayo for more information.

Retainer Fees

Before you hire an Illinois lawyer, you should always have an honest and forthright discussion about how they will be paid. A lawyer’s billing method, as well as rates, depends upon the amount of time spent working on your case as well as the nature of your legal issue and the reputation and experience of the lawyer. Types of fees are hourly, a flat fee or a contingency basis.

A retainer fee is a certain amount of money that you pay ahead of time and upfront to an attorney. The attorney puts that money in a special trust account and deducts the cost of services from that account as they accumulate.

This type of fee is usually used when a legal bill is high and the attorney needs to do ongoing work. Common practice areas that use retainer fees are family law and criminal law, although many other hourly cases use them, too. Basically a retainer fee works like a debit card. You pay an up front amount and the lawyer takes that money when they perform work. For example, if you give a lawyer $2,500.00 and they charge $250.00 an hour you have paid up front for 10 hours of their time. Typically after they work enough hours to go through the retainer fee they will ask you for more money. Retainer fees are typically refundable. In other words, if you fire your lawyer or the case ends, any money that was not billed should be returned to you.

Be sure to ask lots of questions and read the written agreement that you have with your attorney so that you understand exactly what its terms are. For example, the lawyer may add interest or other charges to unpaid amounts in the future. Similarly, if you decide to drop a case that your lawyer has worked on before she has used up the retainer fee, you may forfeit any remainder. If your matter needs to go to court, additional fees may be required, as well.

In addition, I highly recommend that you ask your attorney to provide a monthly statement for the work that they perform. We have seen too many instances in which a client doesn’t talk about the work their attorney is billing for many months only to one day get a call or e-mail stating that the retainer is gone and the client has to pay a few thousand more or the Illinois attorney they hired will withdraw from the case. By getting a monthly invoice you can stay on top of the work that your attorney is doing and keep track of what their work is costing you.

No matter how you choose to compensate an attorney, we can’t emphasize enough that you should get whatever agreement that you have with them in writing.

Facts About Taser Guns

With the ongoing threat of terrorism and crimes in many parts of the world, people are becoming more aware that the streets are not as safe as it used to be. Even homes need security to prevent trespassing, theft, and other grave threats that may harm family and friends. While some are attending self-defense classes, others are equipping themselves with taser guns or tasers in case they do encounter any threat in or outside their home.

How Do Tasers Work?

A taser is a gun that you trigger to fire probes or electrical shocks towards an assailant. This will momentarily incapacitate the targeted person and render his or her motor and sensory nerves paralyzed for a moment. Unlike stun guns that you would have to use in close contact with the assailant, tasers can be fired from a distance, even before an attacker has the opportunity to grab you or your loved ones. It is known to be easy to use and highly available in online stores.

No Need to Carry a Lethal Weapon

Instead of keeping a gun in your home, you may want to consider tasers as a safer alternative. First and foremost, guns can be quite dangerous even with a responsible owner. Kids may have access to it, and other incidents may arise and lead to serious end results. You will have better peace of mind knowing that a taser is a non-lethal weapon and may only cause brief pain and muscle paralysis. To be on the safe side, keep any kind of weapon secure and away from the reach of children.

Law Enforcement Use

Taser guns are very useful in law enforcement. It reduces the risk of death and injuries derived by use of guns because more and more law enforcement officials are now using taser guns as alternative. Officers can fire up the tasers and not worry if the effects will be fatal to the targeted person. They are also reducing the possibility of a shootout in a critical event.

Illegal in Some States

Tasers used to be limited only to law enforcement officials and for military use. However, due to the threats surrounding the world today, many government officials have already opened their state and city to the use of tasers by civilians. It is most fortunate for women who live in states that allow the use of taser guns because they can now bring one with them all the time for protection against dangerous assailants. On the other hand, it is most unfortunate for some who live in states and cities that still ban and strongly prohibit the use of tasers. They can, however, resort to pepper sprays for protection.

If you are going to purchase your own taser, know your state laws first. Even if your state allows the use of tasers, make sure you abide by certain restrictions. Tasers are banned in most schools grounds, so be sure to know any restrictions stated by the government to avoid any possible conflicts with the law.

7 Golden Rules of Losing Weight

Old habits die hard. If you love burgers and chips, chances are that you’ll find it painful to give them up. But if you want to lose weight permanently, then you have to be willing to change your eating habits. Otherwise you are bound to put on the kilos as soon as you revert to the chips and burgers lifestyle. Here are some golden rules to help you maintain your ideal weight.

1. Don’t Overeat

Remember that moderation is the key to success. For instance, at parties and weddings, don’t go overboard on eating and drinking. As part of your nutritional discipline avoid going to parties on an empty stomach, or else you are bound to overeat. Do you know that 85 per cent of obesity is due to disorders of metabolism? So if you have a tendency to gain weight, then faulty and excessive eating and drinking may only aggravate such factors making it easier for you to gain fat and more and more difficult to lose it later. So eat and drink in moderation, so that you can continue to enjoy eating tasty foods throughout your life. Keep a check on your weight periodically, stick to your nutritional discipline and you will add life to your years. Remember, eat to live not live to eat.

2. Say yes to Exercise

The only way to truly lose weight is to complement your diet with regular exercise. Research has shown that moderate exercise actually depresses the appetite – no wonder that sedentary people tend to eat more than physically active people. This means that inactivity combined with overeating is sure to result in a build-up of body fat. That is why it is important to eat correctly and exercise regularly if you want to lose body fat. You could be walking,running, cycling or doing other aerobic activities which burn calories and reduce fat. The best exercise is that which can be included in your daily schedule and done consistently.

3. Eat Only At the Dining Table

Do you normally eat while watching your favorite soap opera? No wonder you eat more than you actually should be. Good eating habits include eating at the same time each day and only at the dining table. This way you’ll be eating only when you are truly hungry.

4. Eat Slowly And Chew Thoroughly

If you have a tendency to overeat, chances are that you gulp your food. Research has shown that when you are really hungry, a fall in blood sugar triggers an appetite mechanism in your brain, creating a desire for food. When you eat, it takes about 20 minutes for your blood to absorb sugar and to circulate it to your brain where the sensation of hunger can be switched off. But if you eat too rapidly, you may overload your stomach before your appetite mechanism has a chance to diminish your desire for food. So the next time you stuff that parantha into your mouth, remember this nugget. Take time to taste and savour each bite. If you eat slowly, chances are you’ll experience satisfaction and quit eating when you have had enough.

5. Don’t Drink Water with your food

Drinking water along with your meals automatically dilutes the gastric juices which are required in proper concentration to carry out digestion, which is a must for good health and maintenance of ideal weight.

6. Avoid Junk Food

Next time you want to have a cola, reach for that glass of freshly-squeezed juice. Difficult as it may appear to be, limit your intake of junk food, as it is high in fat. Do you tend to stuff yourself with refined foods, snacks, cakes, pastries and desserts? Unfortunately, all that they do is add up to your fat deposits, without giving you balanced nutrition. If you have a sweet tooth and find it difficult to resist sweets, keep a ready supply of fresh fruit salad, puffed rice, popcorn, curd, skimmed milk etc. to satisfy an irresistible urge to snack. Limit your intake of sweets, chocolates, ice-creams, pastries to only a few bites and that too preferably after you’ve eaten your balanced meal.

7. Remind Yourself Of Obesity & Health Hazards

Never forget that being obese is an open invitation to heart disease, high blood pressure, diseases of the gall-bladder, diabetes, joint pains, various forms of   hernias , cancer etc. So keep working towards maintaining your ideal weight. With a slim & trim figure and a new you, bring happiness back into your personal and professional life. Stick to your regimen of daily exercise and a balanced diet and you will improve your physical appearance as well as health. You can’t ask for more than that!

Herbal Fact Sheets: Elderberry

The Elderberry is a shrub, or sometimes a small tree, which was previously thought to have belonged to the honeysuckle family but has now been classified as a member of the Adoxaceae family. It is native to both, but more common in the North Hemisphere.

Some people believe that the Elderberry takes its name from an ancient Greek musical instrument, the sambuke, which was made from Elderberry wood. I am not sure, however, which bore the name first. Although the Latin name for the plant is Sambuca, the popular drink of the same name is not made from the Elder.

There is evidence that it was used as long ago as prehistoric times. Its cultivation in stone age villages in Italy and Switzerland was mentioned in the book ‘Magic and Medicine of Plants’.

Throughout history, all around the world, the Elderberry gets mentioned, not only for its curative powers, but also for its connections with witchcraft. During the Medieval Ages the Elder was thought to bring bad luck and must never be used for a baby’s cradle or be allowed to grow by the house. However, in later years, it became associated with good luck and was thought to dismiss evil spirits. It has always been a popular plant with the European gypsies and, in the book ‘Growing & Using Healing Herbs’, was referred to as the ‘medicine chest of the country people’.

According to Evelyn’s Herbal there is little that cannot be cured by the Elderberry.

Physical Description

The leaves of the Elderberry are opposite with usually between 5 and 9 leaflets. The leaves are dark green and have serrated edges. The plant will flower in late spring with large clusters of small, white or cream flowers and these are followed by the familiar dark berries which may be black, red or bluish. The plants have a long life span of up to 100 years.

Medicinal Uses

· Blood purifier

· Aperient (laxative)

· Diuretic

· Emetic (induces vomiting)

· Detoxifying

· Helps relieve and cure urinary tract infections

· Promotes perspiration and thus helps reduce fevers

· Aids recovery from colds

· Helps to clear congestion from catarrh

· Eases sore throats and tonsilitis

· Helps in the treatment of asthma as it will ease breathing

· Rich in vitamins

· Treatment of sciatica and neuralgia

Side Effects

Elderberries are not recommended for consumption as a raw fruit. This may cause vomiting and nausea as the raw berries contain cyanide. Severe poisoning by cyanide may cause death.

Sore Throat Caused by Acid Reflux

Acid reflux is a condition wherein the partially digested food in the stomach (more specifically the acid that it produces) travels back into the esophagus or throat. To properly explain the perfunctory layout of the disorder, the body’s digestive system has a circular band of muscle that is called the “lower esophageal sphincter”. This circular muscle divides the esophagus from the stomach; as the food reaches the stomach, this muscle seals off to prevent the partially digested food from traveling back to the throat. However, in the event that this circular muscle is rendered useless, the contents of the stomach will eventually regurgitate or travel back to the esophagus.

The partially digested food that travels back in to the esophagus will eventually contain digestive acids, and because of the acidic composition of the partially digested foods, inflammation will then develop in the lining of the esophagus and thus will eventually lead to sore throat. Sore throat is one of the most common symptoms of acid reflux.

Sore throats are mostly associated with other symptoms and occasionally are uncommon. Like for example, the presence of pus on the surface of the tonsil or excessive drooling and spitting. Also, those who have sore throat will experience breathing difficulties because of the narrowing of the larynx or pharynx. Sore throats are also associated with pains or stinging of the throat, and if left untreated will lead to heart disorder. Treatments can be done at homes. The most effective way is by gargling with warm water mixed with a sufficient amount of table salt. Drinking lots of water is essential in treating sore throats. Moreover, extra sleep encourages faster healing of the disorder. Popsicle and other types of cold drinks are also good for dilemma. The aches and pains of sore throats can also be soothed by humidifiers and vaporizers. One alternative remedy for sore throats is by sucking solid candies. Sucking candies will promote the production of saliva and saliva contains bicarbonates that will remove the acids that may have remained in the throat.

On the other hand, if home treatments and alternative remedies do not ease the condition, there are medical treatments available in the market. Taking medications is highly recommended, especially those who experience breathing difficulties, dehydration and severe pain. Most throat doctors would recommend taking antibiotics if the viral or bacterial infections of the throat have developed further. Taking antibiotics will also prevent rheumatic fever, although this sort of condition is not common. Taking corticosteroids can also sooth critical sore throat conditions, because of its anti inflammatory effects.

There are numerous ways to prevent and remedy acid reflux and sore throats. A very practical and immediate way of preventing acid reflux is by way of gravity. Upright positions tend to hold the partially digested food down. Gravity also helps prevent regurgitation (the traveling of the partially digested foods in the stomach back to the esophagus).

Proper and healthy diet must also be observed in treating acid reflux. Acid refluxes mostly occur after eating. It is advised that dinners must be taken in small quantities and earlier than usual, in order for the stomach to be emptied in a shorter period. Lastly, those who have acid reflux have less chance of regurgitating if they lay down. Medications are readily available in the drugstores. There are some medications that remove the stomach acids and block the production of acid in the stomach by managing the actions of histamine.

Don’t Ignore Toddler’s Bad Breath

Bad breath on toddlers is usually ignored by adults because it is a rational knowledge that it occurs as part of growing up. However, it should be given special attention so certain early practices and habits will be taught. Fortunately bad breath on toddlers does not only reveal bacterial build-up in the mouth but could be symptoms of other medical complications.

Bad breath is caused by bacterial buildup in the mouth and neighboring passages. There are many reasons of bad breath toddler. Kids loves sweets and when not controlled it could cause childhood diabetes. Childhood diabetes are rooted by the sweets accumulated in the mouth that catapults bacterial production. Too many sweets will also cause throat infections such as tonsillitis and pharyngitis. The tonsil in our mouth is a medical indicator. These bad breath causes also reveals health decline, medical attention should be given in order to cure urgently. Because swollen tonsillitis pays unpleasant taste and the child will experience difficulty in swallowing food.

Other common reason for it is dehydration. Toddlers are energetic and move around too often. The body fluids need to be replenishing frequently too. When toddlers fail to do it the mouth starts to dry and thus saliva excretion lowers also allowing bacteria to proliferate and cause bad breath. The saliva has an enzyme that is antibacterial and anti-fungal too. Instill to the toddler the habit of bringing tumbler and seeping fluid while at play, thus re-hydrating the body. Aside from direct dehydration there are three common cases of toddler dry mouth. Toddler sleeps longer. Sleeping lowers the body’s activities and salivary secretion as well. Secondly, toddlers breathe through the mouth. The frequent passage of air into and out to the mouth fan dry the mouth. And then, thumb sucking dries up the mouth. It is a bad habit because the hand is the dirtiest part of the body. When the mouth is dry bacteria reproduce fast by decaying food left over and other biodegradable debris.

Bad breath on toddlers has to observe keenly. If chemical or sour smell is breathed it might be the toddler has swallowed cleaner or other kitchen chemicals. However these may be rare cases but still needs precautions. Following correct guidelines will avoid embarrassment to the kids. Embarrassment lowers self confidence to toddlers which may significantly affect their performance in school. As early as now solve that problem.

10 Steps on Improving Your Metabolism

Feeling sluggish and low on energy? Do you feel like you work and work toward your weight loss goal and never seem to make any dramatic improvement?

You could be suffering from a slow metabolism. This does not have to destroy your weight loss efforts. You can dramatically improve your metabolism and boost energy without taking supplements.

Your metabolism simply refers to the conversion of food to usable energy by the body. It is the biological process by which energy is extracted from food or how fast or slowly the body burns calories.

A few steps you can take to improve your metabolism naturally are:

1. Drink Cold Water – Water is great to drink and you should be drinking a minimum of 8 to 10, glasses daily, of course, more is better. It will help increase your metabolism and remove toxins and fat. Drinking ice cold water before meals will shrink your stomach so you feel full quicker, and the cold water also helps to increase the metabolism.

2. Eat Every Three Hours – Eat a small balanced meal every three hours, including snacks. Meals and snacks should be balance, meaning they should contain a complete protein, carbohydrates, as well as natural fat. Failure to eat consistently can lead to a slower metabolism and fat storage. Skipping meals slows down your metabolism. To ignite weight loss you need to be consuming the right foods throughout the day in a balanced manner.

3. Don’t Skip Breakfast – Breakfast is the most important meal of the day, as it gets your metabolism running in high gear. You wouldn’t drive to work on an empty tank and you shouldn’t start your day without adequate nourishment. Your first meal sets your metabolism for the day and keeps it going as long as you eat every three hours. If you get up early and eat a late breakfast, you missed out on several hours of burning calories.

4. Don’t Fear Fat – Fat has a bad rep. Many think fat makes you fat. This is false. The type of fat and how much fat you eat impact your body fat composition. Fat is needed by the body. Those who follow a very low-fat diet have a harder time ridding their body of fat. Choose natural healthy fats such as olive oil, avocados, various nuts, flax, and natural peanut butter.

5. Omit Trans Fat – Trans fat is the bad fat, the cause of weight gain, low energy, depression, cancer, and heart disease. You will never get the body you desire by eating “healthy” fast food, frozen dinners, etc. If it’s man-made, it’s not the best choice. Go with the foods Mother Nature provided to meet your fat loss goals.

6. Be Active Daily – Stay active at least six days a week. You can easily cycle cardio and weight training so it’s balanced and not overbearing. In addition to that, take the stairs when possible or park further out to get that little bit of extra movement and keep the heart and lungs working optimally. Studies show little movements such as tapping your toes while working also helps to burn calories.

7. Do Cardiovascular Exercise – Cardio is heart and lung healthy. It also burns calories. Doing cardio first thing in the morning on an empty can tap into fat stores and keeps the body burning calories at a high rate for about an hour after cardio is finished. If you fail to eat adequately daily, this can work against you. Doing morning cardio on very low calorie die can burn muscle. Another good time to incorporate cardio is in the evening, after your last meal. This allows you to burn calories so you are not sleeping on them. You do not have to implement a morning and evening session, choose one or the other or cycle between the two to prevent staleness and boredom.

8. HIIT It – Blend some High Intensity Interval Training (HIIT) into your cardiovascular program from time to time to give your body and metabolism a good shock. The body is programmed to adapt. Therefore, the same cardio day in and day out can become stale real fast. Take one or two days a week and implement some HIIT to give the body an added shock.

9. Weight Train – Resistance training builds muscle, which is metabolically active tissue. The more muscle you acquire, the faster your metabolism. Muscle will put curves in the right places and allow you to eat more calories a day.

10. Listen to Your Body – Killing yourself with workouts is just as dangerous as not working out at all. Listen to your body and get proper rest. Don’t train if you are ill or just simply too tired. Training in such a state can cause more problems than it solves.

If any of the above fail to prove results in 4 to 6 weeks, there could be an underlying problem, such as a food allergy, acidic pH, sluggish thyroid, hormonal imbalance, etc. If so, I recommend searching a natural healer in your area to determine the cause and work from there. For the most part, proper diet and herbs can correct any ailments.

Does My Dog Have Diabetes?

In most cases, it is highly abnormal for younger dogs to develop canine diabetes, but if your dog is over 4 years old and exhibits other symptoms, then the possibility of diabetes is a valid one. Diabetes in dogs is much more widespread in females. Many of the dog’s symptoms are comparable to those of diabetes in humans.

Symptoms Your Dog May Have Diabetes

* Canine diabetes can begin with obesity. This is not the case all the time; with a few breeds it can be genetic.

* Diabetes typically happens in dogs just about the age of 7 to 9.

* Larger dogs are more likely to get dog diabetes than smaller breeds.

* Look for extreme thirst. Do not limit your dog’s water. This is very critical because the dog will need all the water it drinks to keep dehydration away.

* More thirst means the call to urinate more often. Your flawlessly house-trained pet may suddenly be having more numerous accidents on the carpet since she is not used to hauling around so much weight in her bladder. Much like the chicken and the egg, which came first, the thirst for water or the must to urinate has been argued both ways.

* Your dog may start losing weight quickly, even though she is eating extra and will be sluggish, showing signs of excessive fatigue.

* Your dog may experience partial blindness, having a difficult time seeing.

Preventing symptoms for dogs diabetes:

1. Lower your dog’s carb intake. Yes, just like humans, too many carbohydrates can cause a weight increase, which contributes to diabetes. Many widespread dog foods contain ingredients that are as high as 98% carbohydrates. Learn your dog breed and make sure that he is getting the needed nutrients. Making a change to a healthier dog food can be a helpful step.

2. Exercise! Many dogs develop diabetes that could be prevented if they had been active and not become overweight. This of course is your job, the dog owner. If your dog is immobile and gains weight, he can develop diabetes even if he is not a breed that is genetically in jeopardy.

As of this writing there really is no cure for canine diabetes. Sometimes it lasts throughout your pet’s life span. If it does, do your best to keep your dog’s weight down, get it sufficient exercise, and give your pet its medication regularly along with plenty of water.

Leading Causes Of Childhood Obesity

Increasingly, more and more people are dying each year from obesity related illnesses than from cigarette smoking. While tobacco still causes more avoidable deaths each year, the obesity statistics have been rising to a disturbing level. Officials claim that sedentary lifestyles combined with poor eating habits have been the cause of the nationwide obesity epidemic.

In response to this alarming problem, federal officials have taken steps in recent years to combat obesity through such projects as advertising campaigns, research in to the causes of obesity, and public education. The Food and Drug Administration has also become involved in combating Americans’ battle with obesity and overweight.

Others argue that what is really needed to be done is to encourage kids to eat better, healthier food. Some even feel that the food industry should cease advertising junk food to children. Then again, lobbyists for the food industry continue to bitterly oppose steps towards ceasing advertising sweets and soft drinks to the youth market. This is why the focus has been more on increasing physical activity in recent years than in changing our dietary patterns.

It was in the year 1990 that a landmark paper was published diagnosing America’s preventable causes of death. That paper concluded that cigarette smoking was the most dangerous activity that kills so many each year. But thanks to anti smoking campaigns throughout the nation, fewer and fewer people smoke each year. This has resulted in a lessening of smoking related death statistics.

Ten years later, a similar study was conducted. While cigarette smoking remained at the top of the list in the 2000 study, deaths related to physical inactivity and bad eating habits followed close behind. This marked a fourteen percent increase since the year 1990. While smoking and alcohol related deaths continue to decrease in the United States, obesity related deaths are on the rise.

While fat in American diets has decreased in recent years owing to the public’s response to this nationwide epidemic, obesity is still a growing concern. While removing fat from their diets, people will often increase their intake of sugar, high density carbohydrates, and starches. Low protein and fat meals often leave people feeling hungry, leading them to fill their stomachs as soon as possible.

In fact, more and more Americans are diagnosed as overweight or obese each year. It is predicted that, if the trend continues, by the year 2020 nearly one fifth of all money spent on health care in America will go towards obesity related treatment.

Obesity generally starts in childhood and continues in to adulthood. While medical conditions and hormone imbalances are often blamed as causes for obesity, the fact remains that these conditions account for less than one percent of all childhood obesity cases. Nor can the problem be blamed completely on genetics, because oftentimes the problem has more to do with the family’s behavior when it comes to eating habits and exercise. Since obesity tends to be a disease that effects all members of the family – not just the child – the parents’ lifestyle must change also in order to instill healthy patterns in the child. A positive attitude towards overcoming obesity can lead to success.

Dry Skin Rash – 6 Easy Ways to Cure your Dry Skin Rash

Dry Skin Rash – It is more than likely that you suffer with eczema or dry skin rash because of food sensitivities.

If you are lacking in certain nutrients or are undernourished you are more often than not likely to become more prone to skin disease.

We in the West are overfed on junk food and undernourished. We eat far too much salt, sugar, animal fats, processed foods and junk foods.

We also take in non-nutrient substances such as pesticides, preservatives and colourings.

So it is logical that to cure your eczema or dry skin rash you eat a healthy diet which will strengthen your skin, your immune system and your vital organs and dramatically reduce your food sensitivity in general, and eliminate specific food allergies in particular.

So here are six important steps you can take immediately to help your body fight off eczema and dry skin rash:

#1 – To Eliminate Dry Skin Rash; Cut down on the amount of animal fat that you eat. Animal fat can be found in foods such as cheese and meat.

#2 – To Eliminate Dry Skin Rash; Dramatically increase the amount of raw foods you eat. Say anywhere between 50-75%.

#3 – To Eliminate Dry Skin Rash; Avoid all junk or heavily processed foods.

#4 – To Eliminate Dry Skin Rash; Reduce the amount of sugar and alcohol you consume.

#5 – To Eliminate Dry Skin Rash; Increase the amount of vegetable oils and oily fish.

#6 – To Eliminate Dry Skin Rash; Take regular supplements of Evening Primrose oil,

Fish Oils, Vitamin A, B and E, Zinc, Selenium and Magnesium.

We in the West eat too much junk. As a result we suffer all manner of skin ailments including eczema and dry skin rash.

To make instant improvements look at your consumption of food and make a change where necessary. You can create clear, smooth, beautiful skin in a short period of time. It is that easy.

Here’s to beautiful skin.

How To Heal Cold Sore On Your Lips Fast

Herpes is a virus, it is very contagious and appears as a blister on the sensitive parts of human body.There are plenty of explanation why cold sores on lips ought to be treated immediately. Although some people show very mild or no symptoms at all.. In fact, with winter right around the corner, things may be getting worse for some folks, in the form of herpes It is one of the most common types of disease found in North America, Europe and Australia.

Subsequent attacks occur mostly when the person is run down and they start with a tingling and itch on an area around the lips and nostrils, then tiny blisters appear.Well, that’s true, but there isn’t a cure. The virus hides in the nerve cells of your body, which prevents your antibodies and any form of antibiotics to kill the virus.Herpes simplex virus types 1 and 2 are responsible for cold sores and genital herpes.

What you can do to treat cold sores:

This virus occur because of physical or mental stress. Anxiety about an upcoming wedding, job interview, or other social gatherings in your life will cause stress. This stress will affect your pH balance, your hormones, and your immune system. Quite often illnesses such as cold and flu will create new virus through its replication procedure thus producing the blister.

Another possible treatment for it is to apply a cold tea bag directly to the area for 20-30 minutes.The anti-oxidants in tea also help to boost the immune system, making your body more capable of fighting off the parasites, this will reduce swelling and redness.

Applying ice immediately you feel that first tingle or itch will greatly numb the cold sore, reducing the blister just a few days can get you through that important event. Any cold object will do – such as a can of coke. The quicker, the better.

Make sure that you eat a diet with plenty of fresh fruit and vegetables including broccoli, cauliflower, cabbage, brussel sprouts and kohlrabi, garlic and onion, chili, ginger, sprouted seeds and beans and use cold pressed seed and vegetable oils. These all will boost the immune system.

Apply dry sea salt to the cold sore, gently pressing it into the sore for 30 minutes. The salt granules should stick to the sore, and you should leave them there for 10 minutes before washing them away with clean water. This treatment can be applied three times each day.