A Cure for Insomnia

“By day the LORD directs his love, at night his song is with me – a prayer to the God of my life.” -Ps 42:8 (NIV)

Do you sleep well at nights? Do you bring the problems of the day to your sleep? Do your worries wake you in the middle of the night? Do you go to sleep in dread of the following day?

Are you looking for ways to cure insomnia?

It doesn’t have to be this way. If we look in the Bible, we can find a cure for insomnia.

In the verse above we find the words, “at night his song is with me – a prayer to the God of my life.”

God is the God of our lives. We are safe in his hands. When we begin the day knowing and embracing God’s love, we can be assured that the day will progress according to his direction. When God is in control, his peace –the peace that passes all understanding– will follow us.

How do we know and embrace God’s love?

First we submit every aspect of our life to him. We shouldn’t try to hide anything from him; in fact, we can’t. We can only be open to God. If there is any area in our life we are finding difficulty with, speak it out to God. Don’t be ashamed nor be afraid.

Secondly we look to the Bible to find out what God wants to say to us concerning that difficulty in our life. Try to discover foremost God’s promises concerning that particular issue. Then keep those promises close to your heart. Keep in mind that God’s promises are promises from his heart.

Thirdly, let those promises come into fruition by learning from them in spite of difficult situations. God doesn’t desire that we go through difficult situations, but he at times lets go just as a parent would let go a child who is learning how to walk. At times we’ll stumble and get hurt, but this the only way we’ll learn. Yet, when we learn, God is in fact the one teaching and speaking to us.

Worshiping God, then, before we sleep is a form of giving thanks to him. It is a response to God’s goodness, care and love. It is akin to singing a lullaby to ourselves before we lay our heads on the pillow.

Then peaceful sleep comes. Because it comes from the God of peace.

“I will lie down and sleep in peace, for you alone, O Lord, make me dwell in safety.” -Psalm 4:8

How to Cure Nail Fungus

Nail Fungus is a tough condition to have, not only it damages your nail, but it is also an embarrassing problem that affects around 13% of people across America. We have to face it; once we have a nail fungus infection, we have to deal with it and find out how to cure nail fungus for good.

There are different options out there for the treatment of nail fungus infections, from medicines to home remedies. The use of them should not be taken lightly, and must follow a recommendation from a qualified doctor. Auto-medication can be very dangerous, even more so when we don’t know exactly the kind of infection we have.

So, how to cure nail fungus? If we are going to use pharmaceuticals, doctors recommend oral treatments such as Itraconazole, Fluconazole or Terminafine. These medicines help us growing a new nail, of course this new nail will be 100% healthy. Then we have to wait for this new nail to fully grow. This treatment takes several months to complete, and it is not the only one. Actually all nail fungus treatments can take up more than a year with the risk of the fungus to reappear.

Topical medications can be used to complement oral medications. These creams will be applied directly to the skin. You can also apply anti fungal lacquer to the nail, once every seven days on your nail and surrounding skin.

Another answers to “how to cure nail fungus” come in the form of natural remedies. The rise of homeopathic medicine over the last decade, has made possible the use of essential oils. Tea Tree Oil and Pure oregano essential oil are very popular because of their properties. These oils are antiseptic, anti fungal and analgesic. Their application has to be daily and the duration of the treatment is long also.

Remember that these are just options. When you go to the doctor, you will get a better diagnosis that will help you find the right treatment for you. If you don’t like today’s medicine, now is easy to find homeopathic medicine experts that also can help you.

Sand Toe Sprains

Sand Toe

Sand Toe is a sprain of the big toe. It is more common in situations like sand volleyball where the surface is unstable. The shifting sand makes it more likely for running, jumping, and explosive change of directions to bend the big toe forward.

The big toe, or first metatarsal phalangeal joint, is composed of several bones, ligaments, and muscle attachments. The forced flexion of the joint causes damage to ligaments, muscles, and soft tissue around the joint. Fractures can happen and need to be properly evaluated.

Any person with this injury will tell you they were surprised by how much they use their toe during the day. Every step places pressure across the big toe. It is difficult to avoid walking during the day, which creates daily stress into the injured ligaments. This daily strain is a complicating factor for the slow resolution of the injury and progression of recovery.

Home Treatment for Sand Toe Sprains

The first step is to decrease the pain and swelling. Protect the area with taping, splint, modified shoe wear, or even better shoe choices. Crutches or a protective boot might be needed in severe cases. Rest whenever possible. Try to avoid walking whenever possible, especially for the first few weeks. Ice the toe to decrease pain and inflammation. Ice for 15-20 minutes and then take the ice off for 20. Repeat this process multiple times a day. The more rounds of ice you apply a day the greater your ability to decrease the pain and inflammation. Elevate your foot to decrease swelling!

Office Treatments for Sand Toe

Therapeutic procedures in the office utilized to decrease the pain and inflammation include ice, electric, ultrasound, and cold laser. Foot and toe strengthening exercises and stretches maybe given later based on improvement. Individuals with a history of sand toe or turf toe sprains should consider focusing on strengthening the foot to decrease additional injuries.

Cold laser is a useful therapeutic modality to decrease pain and inflammation. The cold laser frequency starts a process inside the body to decrease pain and inflammation. It brings more blood to the area to further speed the flow of healing nutrients. Laser therapy can decrease scar tissue formation which may contribute to the chronic nature of sprains. The laser energy triggers tissue repair and cell growth differently than other therapeutic treatments, which is why we like to include it in treatments for sand or turf toe.

Expect mild sprains to last 1-3 months. The pain intensity will decrease over that time, but pain will return with increased activity. Quickly reducing the pain and inflammation decreases the overall duration of the injury. Act quickly and aggressively. Moderate to severe sprains can take longer to heal, and care should be give to reduce the likelihood of chronic toe sprains.

Back Pain: Is Your Wallet a Pain in the Butt?

Most men carry their wallet in their back pocket. Often the wallet is at least an inch thick with cash, cards and receipts. When you sit on that wallet it raise one hip by the thickness of the wallet. Your hips out of alignment cause your pelvic muscles to compensate and, further up your spine, your shoulders cantilever the other way to compensate.

How do I know this? I used to be a call-out technician who drove many hours for a living. After several months of driving, I had pains in my lower back and a very sharp pain in one side of my bottom and a large bruise to go with it. It always felt as if something sharp was poking into my buttock.

First I checked the car seat thinking there was a spring or bolt that was poking into me but nothing. Then I checked with Doctor’s and Chiropractor’s as to the cause and they explained to me that it was sciatic pain caused by pressure on the sciatic nerve which runs from the pelvis to thigh. They wanted to give my pain killers and operations to release the nerves.

Thankfully, a bit of common sense kicked in when I realised that I was sitting on my wallet the whole time I was driving. When I took my wallet out of my back pocket and put it in the console or the glove box within just a couple of days the pain and bruising went away.

This strategy also applies for everyone who sits at a desk all day for a living. Place your wallet in a desk drawer or on the table in front of you. It takes only a little while to form the habit of remembering where you put your wallet when you take it out of your pocket, and also remembering to pick it up on the way out of the car or office.

But you don’t have to do go through the hassle of forming a new habit if you don’t want to. You can instead spend hundreds maybe thousands of dollars on expensive therapies and operations to relieve back pain and that will reduce the size of your wallet achieving the same end result. The choice is up to you.

Duodenal Switch Complications, Risks and Dangers

The Duodenal switch is a weight loss surgery which changes the gastrointestinal tract in two ways. In the first, the stomach is reduced surgically so that the stomach is one third to one fifth of its original size. In the second, a digestive loop is formed so that the food is taken straight from the stomach to the large intestine. The bile is carried from the liver to the intestines to mix with the food. This method cuts short the time needed for the calories in the food to react and get absorbed and so lessens its absorption. It also reduces the fat absorption from the food by the body. Thus, with calories and fat getting reduced and not being absorbed by the body, weight gain is controlled.

The main objective of this procedure is to reduce calories and fat from being absorbed by the body so that weight gain is at a minimum and the weight loss is significantly more. If this operation is in addition to diet control then the weight reduction is much faster. This results in the significant weight loss in really obese patients and has a very low risk of weight regain.

There is no change in the valve or any other part of the stomach so the patient does not experience any dumping syndrome. Also as the intestine is not removed, only rerouted, it is a reversible operation. It has a lot of plus points but it also has some negative ones. It is a fairly long and complicated procedure and because newer methods have evolved, very few surgeons attempt this type of operation. There has to be regular post operative check ups and the patient has to be constantly in touch with the doctor who performed the operation. The patient must have vitamin tablets for his whole life. Gall stones may occur so the gall bladder might have to be removed.

Any surgical intervention has risks, complications and other dangers. There is risk of infection, of possible failure of the procedure, of rupture and of blood clot formation. This is a long operation done under anesthesia so stay in the hospital is a must. The post operative phase is very critical .The patient has to be under the constant vigilance and the care of the doctor. Rise in temperature, deep thrombosis are also possible complications.

However one has to weigh the positive points against the negative ones. Duodenal switch operation gives significant weight loss, removes fear from other illnesses like diabetes as it almost cures it.

Pre Menstrual Syndrome (PMS) And Massage

As we mentioned in previous article, Premenstrual syndrome effects over 70% to 90% of women before menopause in the US and less for women in Southeast Asia because of their difference in living style and social structure. Premenstrual syndrome is defined as faulty function of the ovaries related to the women’s menstrual cycle, it effects a women’s physical and emotional state, and sometimes interferes with daily activities as a result of hormone fluctuation. The syndrome occurs one to two weeks before menstruation and then declines when the period starts. In this article, we will discuss how massage helps to treat PMS.

I. Definition

Massage is one of the oldest form of medical treatment involving stroke, pressing and kneading in the difference area in our body. It has been used in traditional Chinese medicine in relieving pain in special area by stimulating blood circulation.

II. How massage helps to treat PMS

1. Improving blood circulation

By massage the area in the abdominal region, it helps to release the qi and blood stagnation in the region resulting in lessening symptoms of PMS including menstrual pain and cramps.

2. Improving liver function

Liver qi stagnation causes abnormal function of liver in regulating the levels of estrogen in the body before ovulation resulting in increasing the risk of hormone imbalance for women with PMS. Massage helps to release the qi stagnation leading to strong liver in fat and protein metabolism and lessening the symptoms of premenstrual syndrome.

3. Lymphatic function

Lymphatic function helps to remove fluid from our body tissue. Massage helps to improve the lymphatic function resulting in lessening the risk of water and fluid retention in the body’s tissues.

4. Toxin elimination

Massage helps to improve the body function in toxins elimination by releasing the qi and blood stagnation in the liver, stimulating the lymphatic and kidney function in removing fluid from the body resulting in lessening the symptoms of PMS including water retention and hormone imbalance.

5. Nervous tension

Massage helps our body and muscles to relax. For women with premenstrual syndrome, relaxing helps to relieve tension of the nervous tension resulting in reducing the risk of anxiety, emotional and physical stress, depression and fatigue.

Gastroenterology: Understand The Difference Between Screening And Diagnostic Colonoscopies

The difference between a screening and diagnostic colonoscopy has been much debated for a long time. But its importance will increase with the new health reform law. According to the law private insurers need to provide first dollar coverage within six months for colorectal screenings.

A screening colonoscopy is also called preventive colonoscopy and is done when a patient has no symptoms or any personal history of colon cancer or colon polyps. Generally the codes that are used to report it and get pay are the HCPCS code G0121. This was earlier only used by Medicare but now is also used by commercial payers. Another code used is CPT 45378 along with the diagnosis code V76.51.

Diagnostic colonoscopy is done if the patient has blood in stool, bleeding from rectum, iron deficiency anemia, change in bowel habits or abdominal pain. Additionally, if one has personal or family history of colon cancer or colon polyps, one needs to undergo diagnostic colonoscopy.

Coding becomes complicated if a polyp or lesion is found and removed by snare during the screening colonoscopy. This condition is reported with CPT code 45385 but it is tricky to select a diagnosis code.

Screening colonoscopy is fully covered by Medicare and there is no need to pay deductible and co-insurance. But for diagnostic colonoscopy, although the deductible is waived by Medicare, one needs to pay 20% co-insurance.

If one has appeared for a screening colonoscopy and has to go in for diagnostic colonoscopy, then payment needs to be done for diagnostic colonoscopy. Even if there are no symptoms found and a polyp is found, it will be termed as diagnostic colonoscopy procedure.

Screening colonoscopy is referred as a preventive service and is covered by insurance policies without a co-payment, co-insurance or deductible being met.

One needs to follow some basic guidelines for screening colonoscopy. They are as follows:

  • It is essential to verify the benefits of the patient and get preauthorization.
  • It is important to review payments with patient before the procedure to learn about the coverage and making them understand the meaning of screening. Informing the patient that a surgical colonoscopy is a good possibility is essential as nearly 35 percent of screening colonoscopies end up as surgical colonoscopies.
  • It is advised to use both diagnosis codes. Some payers pay for a screening although a polyp is found. Si it is important to use both diagnosis codes for reporting in the claim.
  • During the colonoscopy if a lesion is detected, the indication of screening and the finding must be reported and billed.
  • One can reject bills if codes are not in order. In order to rectify this, one can review the claim and submit it as the insurer wants accordingly.

Symptoms should not be cited for screening because if it is a procedure of screening colonoscopy, its indication cannot be a symptom. One needs to caution the gastroenterologist and amend the notes.

Submucosal Fibroid Treatment – Conventional and Natural Options

Are looking out for various submucosal fibroid treatment options? What are submucosal fibroids? How is it different from other types of uterine tumors? Submucosal uterine tumors are the ones that grow just underneath the endometrium or uterine lining. In some women they become really large in size and move the uterine lining out of whack. Some times these tumors develop a stalk.

Some of the common symptoms of submucosal fibroids include heavy bleeding, and bleeding in between periods. This is because these uterine tumors increase the surface area of the uterine lining. This means that there is a bigger area available for blood to collect in the cycle. These kind of fibroids can also cause big blood clots and prolonged menstruation cycle lasting for a week or more. The big sized clots often cause discomfort as they move through the cervix.

Submucosal fibroids can also be the reason for infertility. These uterine tumors can interfere with the implantation of the fertilized egg and even cause miscarriages. A submucosal fibroid can also block a fallopian tube and stop the sperm from reaching the egg.

Normally doctors prescribe Hystercopy for submucosal fibroid treatment. During this procedure a thin tube and camera is inserted into the uterus through the cervix to remove the uterine tumor.

There are some natural submucosal fibroid treatment options too which are worth considering. These include:

1. Pay attention to your diet- stay away from processed, oily and fried foods. Switch over to food which is low in fat and high in fiber content. Rich food and fatty foods overload the liver. Liver is the main organ responsible for metabolizing estrogen from the body. If it gets overloaded and does not function effectively, excess estrogen gets stored in the body and leads to fibroid growth. Raw fruits and vegetables are high in fiber content. Include at least 3-4 servings of fresh organically grown fruits and vegetables in your daily intake.

2. Milk Thistle- this is an excellent herb to improve the functioning of the liver. It helps to repair the liver, blocks toxins from entering the system, and keeps free radicals away. Like most herbal cures this herb too takes time to produce results. It must be taken for 3-4 months at least for the results to show up.

3. Essential oils- this is another natural option for fibroid cure. Essential oils like borage, flax-seed, and evening primrose have essential fatty acids which help to relieve inflammation caused due to fibroids.

4. Sitz baths is another thing many women use as part of their natural submucosal fibroid treatment plan. It helps to reduce the pain caused due to inflammation.

Removal of Ovarian Cysts – Natural Remedies

The removal of ovarian cysts can sometimes be a complicated matter, especially if your doctor wants to remove one or both of your ovaries instead of removing the cysts. If you are looking for a solution to this problem, then I will share with you the natural methods to rid yourself of these growths.

If you are a woman who is still interested in having children, then the removal of your ovaries is not an option, not to mention the hormonal consequences of losing your ovaries.

An ovary may need to be removed if it is causing severe pain or if the doctor suspects cancer. There are two methods to remove an ovarian cyst, laparoscopic or open surgery. The method will depend on the type and condition of the cysts.

o Laparoscopic surgery is a procedure where a small incision is made on your stomach and a thin tube with a camera on the end called a laparoscope will be inserted to locate the cysts. Once the cyst has been located the doctor will make one or two more small incisions, and insert surgical tools to remove the cysts.

o Open surgery is more invasive than laparoscopic surgery and often done for larger cysts. The procedure consists of the doctor making a cut in the abdomen, and separating the abdominal muscles, and opening up the abdomen. The next steps will be to remove the cyst, and close the incision with stitches or staples.

Your doctor may not have told you that most ovarian cysts go away on their own, and the good news is you do not necessarily have to undergo surgery or hormonal therapy. Hormonal therapy used over a long period of time can have a wide range of side effects.

It is not necessary to live with abdominal pain, bloating, fatigue, or anxiety of ovarian cysts. Many women have successfully turned to natural methods to rid themselves of their cysts. There are a number of different natural remedies you can turn to, such as Chasteberry, which seems to be the most popular herb for the treatment of ovarian cysts.

Natural remedies take time to dissolve the cyst. The use of a heating pad or taking a nice hot tub bath, but not so hot that it is uncomfortable, can be beneficial in relieving abdominal pain until the cysts dissolve. Herbal tea is also good for the pain. Increasing fiber and water intake is also a good way to reduce stomach pressure.

The biggest benefit of natural treatment for ovarian cysts is that it provides a solution that will allow you to keep your ovaries. The cause of cysts can be hormonal, stress, or insulin imbalance. A simple lifestyle change can make all the difference in preventing ovarian cysts. Imagine what it would be like without the pain and worry of those growths.

Removal of ovarian cysts does not have to mean going under the knife to remove the growths. The natural way is an alternative to surgery which can leave unsightly scars, possible infection, and other complications. So, now that you know that you have a choice, I am sure that you will give natural remedies a close hard look.

5 Benefits of Psyllium Husk – Using Psyllium Seed Husk For Colon and Liver Cleanse

The benefits of Psyllium Husk on our Livers and overall health is substantial because of its amazing ability to cleanse and detoxify our liver and colon.

The best way to cleanse our livers and colons, and give them a much needed fresh start, is by flushing out all the excess foods that aren’t able to pass through on their own, and have been building up in there over the years.

This can be foods such as:

• Red Meat

• Cheese and other Dairy

• White Bread

• Processed Junk Foods

All of these take an enormous amount of energy to digest, and most of the time gets stuck inside our colons!

And this is exactly where the power of Psyllium Husk comes in.

It contains a very high amount of Fiber, which in turn acts as a Laxative for our colons. This gets rid of all the bacteria, viruses, and worms (yes, we all have them) that would just stick in there otherwise.

I know it doesn’t sound pretty, but it’s the truth, and for a healthy body we must get rid of all this nasty crap that’s backed up in there.

Here’s 5 health benefits Psyllium Husk.

1) Acts as a laxative to cleanse our colons and livers.

2) Lowers Cholesterol

3) Greatly Reduces the Risk of Colon Cancer

4) Completely Cleanses the Entire Intestine of Unwanted Bacteria

5) Reduces Risk of Heart Disease and Aids in Weight-Loss

Just one capsule of Psyllium Husk per day will be more than enough to provide the benefits you need.

However, I recommend a high quality, natural Liver Cleanse that uses Psyllium Husk in the ingredients, this is essential for maintaining a healthy liver and colon. Which in turn will improve your overall health and well-being tremendously.

If there’s one thing that would drastically improve the health of 99% of the human population, it would be cleansing out their colons and livers.

And then following the cleanse with a healthy diet.

Everything else comes secondary.

How to Pass a Kidney Stone – The 5 Best Ways to Pass a Kidney Stone Naturally

Ouch! You are suffering from one of the most painful diseases and you are wondering how to pass a kidney stone! You are part of the 5% of the population who will develop kidney stones sometime in their life! You are not alone and water isn’t the only way to flush them.

There are numerous kidney stone home remedies and many of them don’t work but there are a few that do! It is important that you educate yourself on renal calculi (kidney stones) and natural health. By understanding the problem and how your body functions to flush kidney stones, you will be on a sure path to pass them in days!

Is Water the Only Way to Flush Kidney Stones?

No! Though it is a great place to start! Water is incorporated in most natural health treatment plans because there are literally thousands of benefits of drinking adequate amounts of water. If you have seen a doctor, he will typically recommend a water flush to pass your stones. But there are other remedies other than water.

Water keeps the body working at optimal levels. It has been shown that your body is 75% water. If you live in a developed country, you probably have fresh, clean water available anywhere you go. However, you also have hundreds of other beverages to choose from and we often choose the wrong ones! There is no substitute for water when it comes to being healthy!

5 Natural Remedies for Kidney Stones

Typically, the best natural remedies for kidney stones are ones that dissolve the stones and flush them with water and fiber. Because kidney stones are usually calcium-based, natural remedies that incorporate acids to dissolve the calcium stones have been shown the most effective. Here are a few!

1. What kind of water! – Start drinking distilled water if you have the option. Distilled drinking water is purified from bacteria, viruses, metals, impurities and sediments. Distilled water is a sure way to flush your stones and not add more sedimentation to your stones.

2. Lemons!- Lemons are extremely healthy, citric and are also water-soluble fiber which will flush your body. It is believed that citric acid can aid in the dissolution of calcium-based kidney stones. Many of our customers add a couple slices of lemons in every drink. Fun tip! You can make free lemonade at a restaurant by mixing water, lemons and some sweetener to you glass. It’s healthy and free!

3. Exercise- Are you regularly exercising or do you live a sedentary lifestyle? Did you know there are also hundreds of benefits of exercising? Exercising also prevents kidney stones but it also keeps your body flushing impurities, toxins and calcium deposits efficiently. And finally, it also makes you become thirsty which will make your drink more water. Fact! People who exercise regularly drink twice the amount of water than those who don’t exercise.

4. Citrates- Citrates work by reducing the build up of uric acid and eliminating calcium salts from building up. Along with water, you should also drink a glass or two of vegetable or fruit juices such as grape, carrot or orange juices. We also recommend V8.

5. Prevention- Prevention is always the best medicine! A good way to prevent kidney stones is by reducing your sugar intake. People who eat high amounts of sugars typically are at a greater risk of kidney stones. Avoid sugary drinks and foods.

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Yorkies and Poisoning – Symptoms and Treatment

Prevention is the best way to avoid a poisoning incident. Make yourself aware of the dangers to your Yorkie and have emergency medical treatment supplies on hand. I suggest having an at-home emergency medical kit handy and stocked up in case of any type of emergency.

Symptoms:

There are 2 types of poisoning to watch for – contact poisoning (on the skin or eyes, etc) and internal poisoning (ingesting a toxic or harmful substance). For a contact poisoning, the symptoms are generally burning, itching, redness, swelling, or other obvious signs of skin irritation or chemical burns. The symptoms of internal poisoning in Yorkies are varied, depending on the substance ingested. Generally, the symptoms are vomiting, diarrhea, abdominal pain, and related symptoms.

Treatment:

If you need emergency assistance, get to your vet ASAP. If that is not possible, you can do your best to treat at home. The first step is to identify the specific substance that your Yorkie has come in contact with – this will aid in treatment.

For a contact poisoning, you must completely wash off any poison. Do this by flushing the area that came in contact with the poison for 30 minutes with large amounts of water. Then, give your Yorkie a complete bath with lukewarm water. Even if the substance your Yorkie came into contact with is not skin-irritating, you still must completely wash the area – your Yorkie could lick the area an ingest some of the poison.

For an internal poisoning, generally the best thing to do is to induce vomiting as soon as you can after the substance has been ingested. DO NOT induce vomiting in the following instances:

– your Yorkie has already vomited

– there is evidence of neurological involvement (stumbling, trouble breathing, etc)

– your Yorkie is unconscious

– if your Yorkie has swallowed something sharp that could lodge in the esophagus or could

tear the stomach

– if the ingested poison is an acid, alkali, cleaning product, household chemical, petroleum product, or any substance that the label says “Do not induce vomiting” In these instances, the substance could cause burns in the throat and vomiting could create more harm. Instead, get to the vet ASAP and give your Yorkie milk or water at 30 mL per 6 pounds of body weight.

If you have determined that you must induce vomiting, the best way to do it is with a 3% solution of hydrogen peroxide at 1/2 teaspoon per 5 pounds of body weight (a good thing to keep inside your emergency medical kit). Repeat the dosage every 15 – 20 minutes, up to three times, until your Yorkie vomits. Walking around after administering each dose can help further induce vomiting.

DO NOT use Ipecac unless specifically directed to do so by your veterinarian. Ipecac can be dangerous in dogs.

After your Yorkie vomits, it is important to prevent further absorption of any remaining poison in the stomach. You can do this by giving activated charcoal or a mixture of milk and egg whites.

The most effective treatment is activated charcoal, which you can get in compressed 5 gram tablets. ½ tablet per 5 pounds of body weight is the typical dose. There is a liquid activated charcoal product available, but it is really messy and difficult to get into a Yorkie without the assistance of a stomach tube. So, get the tablets for emergency use at home and keep them in your Yorkie’s emergency medical kit.

If you don’t have charcoal available, you can give a mix of milk and egg whites to coat the stomach and prevent absorption of remaining poison. 1/8 cup of milk and 1/8 cup of egg whites per 5 pounds of body weight is the dosage. Use a plastic syringe to administer the mixture inside your Yorkie’s cheek.

After any at-home treatment, get to your vet as soon as you can for further treatment.

What is Poisonous:

The list of things that are poisonous to dogs is very extensive, and I am going to try to list off as many of them as I can.

Household and Environmental Dangers:

-Common pain relievers like Advil (ibuprofen) and Tylenol (acetaminophen)

-Other human drugs, both over the counter and prescription (when in doubt, induce vomiting)

-Rodent poisons like anticoagulants and hypercalcemic agents

-Antifreeze

-Poison baits such as those for rodents and snails

-Insecticides

-Garbage – particularly rotting food contaminated with mold or bacteria

-Most household chemicals like cleaning products, deodorant, hair coloring, moth balls, nail polish, etc

-Petroleum products like gasoline, kerosene, turpentine, etc

-Lead (can be found in things like fishing weights, some paint, linoleum, drywall, batteries and other products)

-Zinc (found in post-1982 pennies, hardware, nuts and bolts, and other things)

-Toad and Salamander poisoning – the Colorado River toad (native to the Southwest and Hawaii), the marine toad (native to Florida), and the California newt (native to California)

Food Dangers:

-Chocolate (as little as 4 pounces of baker’s chocolate can be lethal to a Yorkie)

-Raisins and Grapes (as little as 1 ounce can cause kidney failure in Yorkies)

-Macadamia nuts (as little as 1/2 ounce can cause temporary paralysis in a Yorkie)

-Garlic (1/2 teaspoon can destroy red blood cells in a Yorkie)

-Onions and Onion Powder

-Active Yeast and Raw Bread Dough

-Wild Cherry

-Almond

-Apricot

-Balsam Pear

-Japanese Plum

-Coffee grounds

-Tomato and Potato leaves and stems

-Avocados

-Pear and Peach Kernels

-Rhubarb

-Spinach

-Mushrooms (if also toxic to humans)

-Alcohol

-Xylitol (an artificial sweetener found in some sugar-free gums)

Plant Dangers:

Indoor plants that can be toxic:

Amaryllis

Arrowhead vine

Asparagus fern

Azalea

Bird-of-paradise

Boston ivy

Caladium

Calla or arum lily

Chrysanthemum

Creeping Charlie

Creeping fig

Crown of thorns

Dembcane (diffenbachia)

Elephant’s ear

Emerald duke

Heart leaf (philodendron)

Ivy species

Jack-in-the-pulpit

Jerusalem cherry

Majesty

Malanga

Marble queen

Mother-in-law plant

Neththyis

Nightshade

Parlor ivy

Poinsettia

Pot mum

Pothos or devil’s lily

Red princess

Ripple ivy

Saddle leaf (philodendron)

Spider mum

Split leaf (philondendron)

Sprangeri fern

Tuberous begonia

Umbrella plant

Weeping fig

Outdoor plants that can be toxic:

Almonz

American yew

Angels’ trumpet

Apricot

Azalea (rhododendron)

Balsam pear

Bird-of-paradise bush

Bittersweet woody

Buckeye

Buttercup

Castor bean

Cherry

Chinaberry

Coriaria

Daffodil

Delphinium

Dologeton

Dutchman’s breeches

English holly

English yew

Foxglove

Ground cherry

Horse chestnut

Indian tobacco

Indian turnip

Japanese plum

Jasmine

Jimsonweed

Larkspur woody

Locoweed

Lupine

Marijuana

Matrimony vine

May apple

Mescal bean

Mock orange

Monkey pod

Moonseed

Morning glory

Mushrooms

Nightshade

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5 Simple Signs to Tell if It is Acid Reflux or Heart Pain

Chest pain can be a very scary, serious issue. If you are one of many Americans at risk for heart disease, it can be even more frightening. But sometimes chest pain isn’t heart related, it is a digestive issue.

Heartburn, or it’s more serious cousin acid reflux, affects millions of people everyday. The symptoms of both heart problems and acid reflux are very similar, but the treatment is obviously very different. It’s easy to mistake one for the other because the esophagus is located behind the heart in the chest cavity.

Identifying the real problem when you have chest pain is very important. Here’s a few things to look out for. But remember, when in doubt see your health care provider.

1. Burning in the throat due to stomach acid. This is an extension of the heartburn pain caused by acid reflux. Pain caused by stomach acid regurgitating into the esophagus and mouth is due to acid reflux, not heart problems.

2. Chest pain that begins or increases with exercise is more likely due to a heart problem. Acid reflux symptoms don’t change with physical exertion. The heart experiences stress during physical exercise that can manifest potential problems within.

3. Coughing, wheezing, breathing problems, acid regurgitation, bitterness in the mouth: these are all signs of acid reflux disease. The acid entering the esophagus is to blame for each of these symptoms, some of which can be very pronounced. Pregnant women seem to be prone to heartburn during the last two trimesters where a growing fetus crowds the space the stomach normally occupies. For these women, and others in high risk groups, understanding their propensity to heartburn is also important. For example, some pregnant women with chest pain find themselves in the hospital thinking they are having heart attacks, when in fact they are having very serious acid reflux. Again, knowing you are susceptible to acid reflux can help you identify the cause of your symptoms.

4. Numbness or tingling in the arm or arms can be a symptom of a heart attack, and is generally not a symptom of acid reflux. Obviously these symptoms are serious and should be treated immediately by a health care professional.

5. Increased pain after meals is usually a symptom of acid reflux disease. Overeating or bending over after eating can exacerbate the problems, which are not heart related. The extra acid a stomach releases to digest food is to blame for the increased discomfort after meals. While these acids are effective in helping the digestive process, they can be very detrimental for those who suffer from acid reflux disease.

Acid reflux disease and heart disease do share some of the same symptoms, but with careful attention and the help of a health care professional, you can determine which of these issues is causing your chest pain.

Home Remedy For Acid Reflux

For people who fall victim to acid reflux every so often, home remedy strategies or tips are a must for you. This is because this condition, if not well taken care of, can lead to further complications that can lead to the collapse of the esophagus. How does this happen? Well, lets first say that acid reflux is the situation whereby stomach contents are expelled backwards into the throat through the esophagus. Much of this content is acidic and what this acid does is that it eats away the wall lining of the esophagus and causes a burning effect in the throat and chest.

Due to the frequency with which this condition can arise, we cannot emphasize enough just how much we should have home remedy for acid reflux at the tips of our fingers. They have shown tremendous results, much more than what you would expect from medical remedies.

Most of the home remedies are herbal in nature and they come disguised as part of the ingredients we use to garnish our meals in our day to day cooking. Aloe Vera is popular for its effectiveness in curing almost all anomalies related to health, raging from stomach aches and flu. Why then would in to work for this acidity? ginger improves digestion and should be used in small quantities.

Fresh black pepper helps in boosting up the digestion process. Jashthamadh, a sweet tasting spice is a natural anti acid. It can be added to the tea. it can also be used for head aches and blood pressure. Pimpali, Garlic, Amla, Fresh vegetables and apples also add to the list and are very effective in treating acidity. With all this information, you have no reason to suffer silently.

When is Acid Reflux Dangerous – What You Need to Know

Acid reflux is a common occurrence for many people. However, although it’s true that acid reflux is experienced by virtually everyone, at one time or another, you should never assume that such a common occurrence is not dangerous. When is acid reflux dangerous? Acid reflux can become dangerous if it occurs constantly and develops into frequent episodes.

Frequent heartburn (burning sensation that occurs when acid touches the esophagus lining) is a sign of gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD). GERD is a chronic condition that is characterized by constant acid reflux and ongoing heartburn that occurs at least two times in a week. Chronic heartburn that is left untreated can lead to complications that can eventually damage the esophagus. Therefore, the answer to when acid reflux is dangerous is when it occurs frequently and is left untreated.

What type of complications can occur? The lining of the esophagus can begin to erode away if it is exposed to prolonged exposure to stomach acid. This type of damage caused by stomach acid in the esophagus is known as erosive esophagitis. Once this type of damage is present, the esophagus is then at a higher risk of developing more serious conditions such as Barrett’s esophagus and esophageal cancer.

Barrett’s Esophagus – Barrett’s esophagus is usually the condition that follows esophagitis. This serious condition is characterized by abnormal cell changes (dysplasia) within the lining of the esophagus that occurs through an internal metaplasia process. The abnormal cells that replace the once natural cells are thick columnar epithelial cells that are similar to those found within the intestines.

An esophagus infected by Barrett’s esophagus is a deep pink, and the sufferer is at an increased risk of developing esophageal cancer. In fact, it is estimated that every year, as many as 0.5% of those with Barrett’s esophagus will develop esophageal cancer.

Once Barrett’s esophagus is diagnosed through an upper gastrointestinal endoscopy and biopsy, all a sufferer can receive is treatment. Treatment for Barrett’s esophagus, include the removal of the esophagus, which is only really recommended for those who have esophageal cancer and surgery to remove the dysplasia.

Esophageal Cancer – Esophageal cancer occurs when cancer forms within the esophagus. It is extremely difficult to treat esophageal cancer, and it is often deadly. Aside from Barrett’s esophagus, the risk factors for this form of cancer include smoking, alcohol and age (almost half of those diagnosed are 70 years or older). There are two common types of esophageal cancer:

1. Squamous cell carcinoma – located on the upper and middle portion of the esophagus.

2. Adenocarcinoma – located close to the stomach on the lower portion of the esophagus

As was previously mentioned, treatment usually involves the removal of the esophagus.

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Aside from the fact that Barrett’s esophagus and esophageal cancer are the two most common risk factors for complications arising from prolonged acid reflux, keep in mind they are not the only issues that can occur. Other risks individuals can be exposed to include:

* Esophageal strictures – Results when the esophagus slowly becomes narrower, creating swallowing issues and the formation of strictures.

* Laryngeal cancer – cancer of the larynx is more common among those with frequent acid reflux.

If you are concerned and would like to learn more about when is acid reflux dangerous, you should consult your doctor. Discuss the different treatment options available so you can utilize the best practices to manage occasional heartburn and GERD and avoid potential complications.