How to Cure Dog Food Allergies

If your dog has symptoms that are abnormal for a healthy dog, one of the most common causes may be dog food allergies.

Allergies in dogs are often associated with the following symptoms

• Hair loss

• Dry skin

• Loss of appetite

• Itchy skin

• Inflammations of the ear

• Hot spots that are persistent

• Chewing on paws, legs or other parts of the dogs body

• Lack luster, dull coat

• Upset tummy and or dirrhea

• Itchy Anus

• Rubbing Face

There are in fact many different kinds of allergies such as those caused by fleas, bacteria, inhalant and contact allergies. But the most common allergy is a food allergy and that is the one that we'll discuss here. Food allergies are indicative of a problem in the adequacy of the nutrients in your dog food. There may be a lack of essential fatty acids and a sensitivity to the dog food that you are feeding. Your dog may be allergic to a variety of different foods, and sometimes more than one.

Some common food culprits for dog food allergies are

• Corn

• Pork

• Preservatives and Additives

• Beef

• Chicken

• Dairy

• Eggs

• Wheat and Grains

• Fish

• Whey

• Oats

• Soy

• And even Lamb!

If your dog shows any of the symptoms above and her food includes any of the possible suspect ingredients listed, you may want to consider a home made natural diet, eliminating the potential allergen. You must remove the potential source of the food allergy for up to 30 days in order to see any possible improvement. You will be certain that no hidden ingredients masked as something else are present that may be causing a food allergy

If you opt for a commercial dog food make sure that you understand and read carefully the ingredient list on the label Just because a food says that it is hypo allergenic does not mean that it is. There are very few regulations as to what can be printed on a dog food label. Do not trust manufacturer propaganda. Read the ingredient list carefully.

Finally, while a food allergy may be the most likely culprit in your dog's symptoms, there could be more serious underlying problems. You should always consult with your veterinarian who can help you with a proper diagnosis and with a selection of a diet that is most appropriate for your dog. Do not just guess when your
dog's health is at stake.

5 Reasons Why Some Office Staff Refuse to Seek Relief From Stress and Depression

The reality is 1 in 4 people will experience ill mental health at some point in their life and worse still some people suffer for years and some do not recover at all.

So why is this?

Well still today despite valiant efforts from support groups, ill mental health is still a taboo subject. Yet all of us know at least one person in our circle that is suffering from some kind of psychological distress.

There is a plethora of treatments out there available that to some degree will deal with the 'symptoms' of the problem, but just how effective are these remedies?

Are they being applied or are they packaged for commercial gain?

And more importantly are they just relieving the symptoms or genuinely dealing with the cause?

  1. You think you can deal with your negative emotions on your own. Seeking help is a sign of vulnerability and weakness and yet for those who repeat the same cognitive 'story' of themselves and their experience to friends is only compounding the issue. Is it not Einstein who said "We can not solve problems by using the same kind of thinking we used when we created them?"
  2. You think your doctor has the answers through medication. General medical practices has changed vastly over the years, with quicker and more convenient prescription based solutions. In a recent UK survey of medical practice, 35% of doctors admitted to prescribing anti-depressants as a convenient win-win solution until further support and resources were made available. Medication does have its place although it is not the only effective option.
  3. You think psychotherapy requires lying on a couch for hundreds of hours unverifying nasty memories about your childhood. There are many different schools of thought in regards to psychotherapeutic relief. Today some forms of 'talking therapy' are rapid, remedial and curative. In my experience it's all about the client either being passive or active in their commitment towards their chosen therapy. Even long deep emotional pain can be successfully treated if the client is willing to support the process of change.
  4. You believe that the way that you feel is just the way that you are. I was just born that way! This is a common response regardless of whether you have mental or emotional issues. There are a number of universal laws that dictate the unfolding of events and one of those is the law of cause and effect. Ultimately everything that we see around us once started with a thought and it is those thoughts that have accelerated change in the last 50 years. The human spirit is powerful and has a will that can steer your thoughts and therefore actions in a certain direction, towards a certain destination at a certain speed. When someone comments 'I was just born this way' it is an easy way out of taking responsibility for their thoughts and the consequence of their actions. Being stuck this way is a clear indicator that they are trapped in a certain sensory experience, limiting the ability to draw out their innate resources and utilize the other dormant senses that can complete their experience. Raising your awareness that it is not 'out there' that makes you feel the way you do and that it is your response to the event can be hard for some of you to forgive at first. This is a deeply held belief of them as a person and having someone tell them that they are the cause for the way that they feel can be shocking. This is a good place to be because the shift in perception can inject a deeper understanding of their potential to influence events and create their own positive outcomes.
  5. People do not realize that they have a choice in the way that they feel. Living from a place of 'victory' instead of 'victim'. Victor Frankl in his landmark book 'A Man's Search for Meaning' depicts the atrocities of World War II that he encountered during his imprisonment in the camps of Auschwitz. Whilst being beaten and tortured and every day that he would live to see the next day he describes a moment of realization that they could punish his body, verbally disparage him as a person and remove him of his dignity, though they could not take away his freedom of thought. As soon as he had this realization everything seemed to have a meaning and his response towards his captors was one of pity and shame, and he was invigorated and inspired.
  • You have the ability to control and measure your response to virtually any encounter by adjusting what your thoughts are about it. Having the knowledge that our existence is beyond our thoughts, our feelings or the flesh and blood that we live in is an empowering position to be in. Being in the moment and having our will as our ally can determine how we are 'being' in any situation that we encounter.
  • Can this be done overnight? Surely not, we are 'work in progress' and it requires a new attitude and paradigm of yourself and what's around you. Apply this understanding daily and I promise you that you will start to see changes happening around you. Keep your eyes peeled.

Things We Should Know About Anxiety Disorders and Their Treatment

An anxiety disorder is apparently caused by anxiety disorders but it is just one of its triggers. If we are to trace the real cause of anxiety disorders we will have our own nervous system as end result. Of course nervous systems are not naturally like this. They have been once helpful to us but because of our carelessness, our nervous system is slowly damaged. They have become uncontrollable and unbalanced.

But let me tell you that although panic attack episodes are quite hard to bear, this said condition is absolutely curable. We are still lucky to have that consensus after all. I have revealed the root cause of this matter and with that we will start our strategic treatment plan. Total healing or treatment of anxiety starts with regaining the balance lost by our nervous system. Let us make it clear that we are after long term elimination of anxiety. Here, natural treatment is the best method to follow.

Let us start with the importance of water and diet. You may have taken for granted the importance of drinking plenty of pure water. Let me tell you it has huge negative effect on your nerves. Dehydration has close connection with nervous breakdown so if you are lacking water inside your body then anxiety will certainly take over. In addition, water could flush out nerve irritants from our systems. So, as early as now, start increasing the amount of water you consume every day. Also, you have to eat more green vegetables and fruits as you can take plenty of alkaline mineral from them. Lastly, get a good amount of protein so as to help your nerves manufacture neurotransmitters.

Next to water and diet let us tackle the essence of exercise. Western style exercise like walking, jogging, biking, and swimming could burn nervous energy so quickly. While, eastern type of exercises like: Tai chi and yoga cool and balance the system. Deep breathing exercise on the other hand could energize and relax the body completely. Why do we need to try these things? It is simply because they are the best move towards regaining the balance of our nervous system. It is only then that we can finally acquire the total healing that we have long been wishing for.

An Introduction to Home Remedies For Natural Nail Fungus Treatment

Fungal infection can affect anyone and create embarrassment, pain and damage to the fingernail or toenail in which it infests. Nail fungus is a microorganism that is caused by dermatophytes; a group of fungus. They are harmful because they work their way under the nail and into the nail bed benefit where they feed off of the keratin that makes up the nail. Once the fungus eats away the keratin the nail becomes weak and damaged and otherwise treated can cause irreparable damage as well as significant pain. While nail fungus can attack both the fingernail as well as the toenail it is often harder to treat on the toenails. This is due to the feet being the ideal breeding ground for nail fungus. The environment of our feet is usually dark and moist which is ideal for the growth of fungus. Tight shoes can rub our toenails weakening them and making them intolerable to fungal infection. For the same reasons that the feet are ideal for the growth of fungus, it is more difficult to treat the fungus effectively and a continuous effort must be put forth to get rid of and prevent further outbreaks.

Symptoms of a fungal infection include a thickening and or discoloring of the nail. Left untreated at this point the nail will continue to thicken often becoming embarrassing or creating discomfort when wearing shoes. As the nail weakens debris can get used in the damaged areas of the nail as well as under the nail and the debris will begin to deceit creating odor and infection. It is important to treat the fungal infection at the very first symptoms when it is easiest to successfully treat.

Natural home remedies for nail fungus treatments include ingredients commonly found in the home as well as special oils that can be found in many health food stores. One of the more common treatments that are effective at the early stages of a fungal infection is apple cider vinegar. The vinegar creates an acidic environment that is not compatible with the fungus. If the fungus has worked under the nail the nail will protect it from the treatment. Tea tree oil is effective for a nail fungal infection and is readily available. Mix tea tree oil with a few drops of olive oil and apply directly to the infected nail and rub in every day. Soaking your affected nails in Listerine mouthwash every day is also an effective fungal home remedy and will leave the nails looking healthy.

Home remedies such as tea tree oil mixed with lavender oil and oregano oil with olive oil in addition to the remedies already mentioned are some of the most effective natural treatments available without prescription or purchase. Altering your diet is also a remedy that is simple and easy to do at home. Including more probiotics (good bacteria) into your diet can help your body's natural efforts to fight the fungal infection. Kefir and yogurt are natural sources of probiotics; however, probiotics are also available as a supplement.

Tips For Successful Cold Calling

Cold calling is a process of selling where you are trying to get the interest of someone in your products and services, although you do not know each other. Most of the time, cold calling gets you a cold shoulder from the prospect. This technique is not for the faint-hearted. But why should you even bother to do it?

The answer is that the technique yields a positive result. It is one of the few ways you can unearth previously unsuspected contacts, people not satisfied with the existing situation or willing to look for a better deal. The best way that you can approach is to keep in mind that it is not likely to be a pleasant experience and be ready with some good strategies.

Here are some tips for successful cold calling:

Prepare a good list of targeted prospects. A more organized approach yields higher potential success of your effort. You can do this by using a targeted prospect list rather than a random approach. Think of the activity as a networking process. You can start building your network by calling existing clients and asking them for names of their friends who may need your product / service.

This approach yields three advantages. First, it expands your prospect list. Then, it gives you an introduction when you call the prospect. Lastly, it maintains your relationship with current clients. And, who knows, there may be new business opportunities your existing clients want to discuss, so the call by itself would be fruitful.

Other sources of prospects may include Yellow Page listings, Internet search engines, industry publication mailing lists and advertisements, and mailing lists of conventions or trade shows.

Set your own objectives. For this to be a successful activity, you have to set your own goals. Keep in mind that you are playing the law of surprises – sooner or later, you'll strike gold. Set a schedule (day / time) your calls. Your aim must be to be able to speak directly with the person who makes or influences the decision to buy.

Define your successful result. To avoid getting downhearted, remember success in cold calling is not measured by an immediate deal. Rather, the goal really is to start a new relationship with a prospect, who will want your product / service at some time. 'Some time' may be now or a month from now.

The best outcome from such a call is setting up a meeting with the prospect. Even if the prospect does not have an immediate project in mind, try to schedule a face-to-face meeting to present your product / service and distribute your marketing materials. If this is not possible, the next-best output is where the prospect turns down your offer but refers you to others who can use your product / service.

Keep calling. Since you will need to call a number of prospects, you should keep the small talk down to a minimum. Your time is precious, so dial another number without replacing the handset as soon as you complete your call. Putting down the phone may cause you to lose your rhythm and to get distracted by a less intimidating activity.

Employ the aid of a script. It's not unusual to feel nervous during your calls. For this reason, a good prewritten script would be a big help. The script keeps you away from stumbling when talking to your client. You can also maximize, and avoid wasting, the little time a person on the other line is giving to you. It pays to be prepared when cold calling.

An Effective Treatment to Help Patients Cope With the Neurological Disorder Dystonia

Dystonia is a neurological movement disorder characterized by sustained muscle contractions, abnormal muscle tension, and involuntary, painful muscle contractions. Statistics indicate that over 300,000 people in North America are affected by this disorder that is the third most common movement disorder after Parkinson's disease and nerve tremors. These involuntary and sometimes painful movements may affect either a single muscle or an entire group of muscles like those in the arms, neck, or legs or even the entire body. People afflicted with dystonia usually have no associated psychiatric disorders and they have normal intelligence.

A few preclinical studies and case reports investigating the use of medical cannabis to control the symptoms of dystonia, primarily these twisting and repetitive movements or abnormal postures are now available in recently published scientific literature. The July issue of The Journal of Pain and Symptom Management carries a 2002 case study that reports an improvement in the symptoms of dystonia after a 42 year old patient suffering from chronic pain smoked medical marijuana. It was reported by investigators and medical researchers that the pain score (subjectively) dropped from a high 9 to nothing (considering a 0-10 analog visual scale of pain) after the patient inhaled MMJ. Additionally, the subject did not need additional analgesic medication for the next forty eight hours.

Investigators concluded that there were no existing treatment plan or intervention to date that has produced such an overall dramatic improvement in the condition of patient's like these. The same results were obtained in a case study that was conducted on another 25 year old patient who was suffering from Wilson's disease that triggered generalized dystonia. In the August 2004 issue of the journal Movement Disorders, an Argentinian research team documented their findings of the patient exhibiting significant clinical improvement after the intervention of medical cannabis. In the same year, a team of German researchers at the Hannover Medical School administrated 5 mg of the active cannabinoid in medical marijuana called THC to a 38-year-old professional pianist.

The musician's dystonia was successfully treated following the administration of a single dose of THC in this placebo controlled trial. Researchers reported that prior to cannabinoid treatment; the patient was unresponsive to standard medications and therefore, was no longer even performing publicly. However, there was a clear improvement of motor control in the affected hand of the subject and the patient was also able to play technically demanding and complex literature just two hours after the intake of THC. The subject was not able the play the same pieces of music before the treatment process. These results clearly indicate that medical cannabis significantly alleviates the symptoms of this type of dystonia called focal dystonia.

In 2002, a placebo-controlled randomized study that investigated the use of Cesamet (a synthetic oral cannabinoid naboline) in 15 patients afflicted with segmental primary and generalized dystonia showed no significant improvement in their condition. Investigators concluded that this opportunity may be dose related and it has nothing to do with the efficacy of medical cannabis in helping patients cope with their dystonia symptoms. High doses of the natural non-psychoactive CBD (cannabinoid cannabidiol) and synthetic cannabinoids are known to moderate the progress of the disease in animals as indicated by at least one recent preclinical trial and further investigation regarding the use of cannabis and cannabinoids in humans is under .

Exercise and Diabetes During Pregnancy

Current research from the Harvard School of Public Health in Boston, Massachusetts, shows that women that were more physically active and practiced on a regular basis prior to becoming pregnant and while pregnant are less likely to develop diabetes during their pregnancy.

Gestational Diabetes

Women in the study of over 21,765 individuals that were physically active prior to the pregnancy were 23 percent less likely to develop gestational diabetes. This number is significant in the control and prevention of this condition. In addition to controlling the gestational diabetes there are other health benefits for both the mother and the baby that are identified with a safe and effective exercise program prior to and during pregnancy.

Gestational diabetes occurs in approximately 4% of all pregnant women, and will result in over 135, 000 reported cases of this condition per year. It is not exactly known what causes gestational diabetes, but it is believed that the hormones produced by the placenta prevent the mother's body from being able to absorb insulin. This insulin resistance may cause the mother to need up to three times as much insulin to have the same metabolic functioning.

Gestational diabetes usually goes away after the baby is born, but once you have had gestational diabetes you have a 2 in 3 chance of having it again in future pregnancies. Gestational diabetes is also a risk factor for developing type 2 diabetes later in life.

Effects on the baby

Gestational diabetes begins late in the pregnancy, after the baby's body has already formed. The effects of the high levels of insulin in the mother are directly related to the way that the baby begins to produce insulin. Many babies will develop macrosomia, which is a condition that causes the baby to store all the extra sugar as fat, and leads to birthing problems, low blood glucose levels and respiratory problems.

How much exercise is needed?

Women that exercise vigorously by walking very briskly, cycling, swimming or other strenuous physical activity were the least likely to develop gestational diabetes. The next level included women that walked briskly for at least 30 minutes per day or climbed the equivalent of 15 flights of stairs per day. This group was 34 percent less likely to develop gestational diabetes than those that walked at an easy pace for the same amount of time. The women tested all had at least one pregnancy between 1990 and 1998. During this time there were 1492 cases of gestational diabetes identified in the study group.

It is interesting to note that women that reported watching TV for more than twenty hours per week were 2.3 times more likely to develop gestational diabetes than those women that reported watching less than 2 hours of TV per week.

What does this mean?

These findings serve to underscore the importance of a good physical exercise program prior to and during pregnancy to help control gestational diabetes. Since gestational diabetes can lead to type 2 diabetes, and further accidents of gestational diabetes it is important for women to be aware of these findings.

Differences Between Damask, Brocade, and Jacquard

Often times, uneducated individuals use the terms damask, brocade, and Jacquard interchangeably with one another. It can often confuse those who are unfamiliar with the world of fabrics. Jacquard is a decorative or woven pattern that is created by using a Jacquard attachment on a loom. The attachment resembles the punch card on a piano. It is purported to offer better versatility and fabric control for the operator of the loom. The Jacquard technique can be applied to a variety of fabrics, and it is commonly used on brocade and damask fabrics. It is commonly used in a variety of apparel and home goods, from tablecloths to bedding.

Brocade is defined as a lavishly decorated, shuttle woven fabric. It is primarily woven from silk; although, it is possible to find brocade constructed from a blend of silk and synthetic fibers. Often, it will be embroidered with gold or silver thread. Brocade can trace its origins back to India, where weaving is a traditional art form. It is typically woven on a loom, and it may or may not be woven using the Jacquard technique. It is also characterized by the manner in which the brocaded or broached parts of the fabric hang in loose groups or are clipped away. Although the scenes and patterns on brocade appear to have been embroidered, the scenes are actually woven into the fabric using advanced weaving techniques that involve manipulating the weft and weave of the fabric. The most common types of scenes depicted on brocade fabric are those of floral prints.

Damask, similarly to brocade, is a fabric that features woven scenes of floral patterns, intricate geometric designs, or simple scenes of domestic life. It may be woven of silk, wool, linen, cotton, or synthetic fibers. However, it is most commonly created from silk. It is primarily different from brocade in the fact that its woven fabric pattern is reversible, while that of brocade is not. Similarly, shorter weft patterns in damask allow for more subtle effects in the fabric to be created as it plays off of shadow and light. Damask weaves also contain a higher thread count than that of brocade. Double damask weaves are the highest quality of damask produced; however, it is also the most expensive.

Different Types Of Light Therapy For Psoriasis

Psoriasis and the symptoms associated with it can be very annoying and extremely embarrassing. The scaling and itching can become so bad, they are almost unbearable. So, what can you do about it? Maybe it is time to try one of the many different types of light therapy for psoriasis.

When most people imagine using light therapy, they often think of a large machine that projects UV lights on the area of ​​the skin that is affected by psoriasis. This is true, but there are many other types of light treatments that you may not have thought about or even realized exhausted.

Lets start with an effective light treatment that is 100% free. Sound too good to be true? It is called the sun. Sunlight is a very effective form of treatment for this skin condition that many people just overlook.

The three forms of ultraviolet light that come from the sun are UVA, UVC, and UVB. It is the UVB light that is responsible for healing the psoriasis symptoms on your skin. Most people recommend you get at least 15 minutes of exposure every day. However, there are draw backs. If its overcast, raining, or the sun is just not shinning, you will have to find an alternative to this type of light therapy for psoriasis.

Ultraviolet Phototherapy is another great type of light treatment for this condition. This treatment can not be used at home and it must be performed at your doctors office of or at your dermatologists office.

You will need to stand in front of a panel or place your affected area inside a box that emits the UV light. Phototherapy is often used by people who have psoriasis on their fingers, hands, or feet. You doctor will also be able to select broadband or narrowband Phototherapy, depending on how bad the psoriasis has spread across your skin. Phototherapy will require many sessions over a period of weeks or months, but many people have reported good results using this type of light therapy for psoriasis.

Light therapy is nothing new, but new technologies are always coming out that make this type of treatment more effective and much safer.

These are the different types of light therapy for psoriasis. Some are free and some will cost money. Which every one you choose, just make sure your use it on a regular basis, and you will see good results.

Toe Nail Fungus Infections – The Reasons Why You Have a Toe Nail Fungus Infection

There are several reasons why you have a toe nail fungus infections. If you have injured your toes and wear your shoes to tight, the shoes may have pinched your toes, then causing the infection to set in. If you have sweaty feet and share public place with other people, this is where you could have gotten it from.

People who stand up a lot such as athletes and dancers can easily get an infection. If a person has athlete feet and goes to a nail salon to get a pedicure can infect the tools used. If the tools are not taken care this can pass on the fungus. People with diabetes and over the age of 65 have been known to carry the infection.

An infection on your toe nail is not hard to spot, because your toes will turn yellow, yellow green or green. Your nails will start to flake and they will also smell bad. Your nails will have debris under it and they will begin to get thick, which makes your shoes fit tighter, making it hard for you to stand up or walk because of the pain.

If you have notice any of these toe fungus symptoms you need to see your doctor as soon as possible, because if you do not take care of it real soon it will get worse.These doctors are no joke, see your doctor soon because you need to have it treated.

Your doctor will give you a treatment for toe nail fungus infection and some other option from which you can choose. There are a lot of methods you can choose. You can take oral prescription. These can be taken as a cure for nail fungus.

This can work well for your infection and it last for about twelve weeks. Because you take it orally, it works by absorption through the bloodstream and it is deposited under the nails where it fights the fungus.

In order for you to find the best treatment for toe nail fungus infections, consult with your doctor or if you think you can do it alone, search the Internet or drug stores near you. Finding the products is easy, finding the right one may not be so easy.

What Causes Mold Allergy and Asthma Symptoms?

Among the most common types of allergies is mold allergy, because mold can develop just about anywhere and can happen at any time of the year. We more often know and identify mold as that yellowish or greenish substance that results from our failure to throw out organic materials and clean out dark and damp spaces.

There are two plant groups in the family of fungi: molds and yeast, each of which has around a thousand permutations and versions to its name. While yeast are characterized by single cells, molds are comprised of multiple cells that branch out when they grow. Both fungi subfamilies are allergic offenders, but only about a few mold species trigger allergic reactions in people.

Molds, when they multiply, also produce millions of spores. These spores are what cause allergies. When inhaled, these microscopic spores give birth to allergic rhinitis. And because they are so tiny and microscopic, escaping exposure to mold spores and susceptibility to mold allergy may be difficult to accomplish. Mold spores can easily bypass our bodies protective functions and lodge themselves into our respiratory organs.

Some people experience a more severe mold allergy attack when they take in food that has been processed with fungi, like cheese. There are also instances when dried food and some mushrooms, as well as yeast-related foods, like vinegar and soy sauce, help worsen the attack. We can not say exactly the same for penicillin, however, though it is made from the mold Penicillium, because studies have not shown any blatant relationship between it and mold allergy.

Mold allergy or asthma symptoms related to molds can also come with the season, usually from spring to just before fall ends. Mold season is usually at its highest during the summer, because of the moisture and heat. Some molds thrive in cold temperatures, but most of them simply remain dormant until they are unfrozen and given the chance to grow again. Molds are particularly present just after the spring thaw because they feed on dead vegetation that have been hit by the winter season.

Wherever there is moisture, you can be sure that molds will be there to grow. The best places they can thrive are damp closets and basements, unmonitored refrigerators, bathrooms, air conditioners, mattresses, house plants and uncleaned garbage pails, among others.

Given this information, households should make sure that all spaces are ventilated well and mold-attractive objects aired out regularly to avoid the development of molds.

The most common molds found in the United States are Cladosporium and Alternaria. Actually, there are many other mold species that they usually outnumber the pollen that spreads in the air. Worse than pollen, they can thrive both indoors and outdoors, and can be very tricky to detect at their early development stages. Most people recognize the presence of mold only after they have grown to annoying and smelly levels.

Continuous exposure to mold will not just bring about mold allergy but also lead to lung disease or asthma. If you have started to feel weird coughing symptoms and some wheezing, better have yourself checked immediately to nip the problem at the bud. Your physicist will likely have you under a series of tests, including X-rays and blood sampling, to determine the cause. Needless to say, mold allergy, while seemingly temporary, is still not something that you should take for granted.

Anxiety And Panic Attacks – Are Anti Depressant Pills Effective?

In today's fast-paced world, do most of the people find 24 hours a day enough to accomplish the tasks that they wanted to? More often than not, they may find that they do not have sufficient time. This lack of time, load and pressure of work creates anxiety and produces panic situations. The result is mind full of tensions and worries. All these factors combined cause loss of sleep, loss of health and other kinds of mental and physical illnesses.

All these things combined drive a person to the use of anti-depressants and other medicines. Anti-depressants have been quite popular in treating stress related diseases in the past and to an extent even now. Taking pills is a commonly observed scene across the world now. Neverheless, is it the correct way out? Is there any other alternative to it?

Millions of people across the globe have been taking anti-depressants for years and are if not completely satisfied. However, anti-depressants take at least a few weeks to act on our body and a significant number of people taking these drugs are not very satisfied.

The biggest problem with the general physicians is that they have very little training in the field of anxiety and panic situations treatments. Thus, it does not become difficult only for the patient but also the doctor to prescribe drugs under such circumstances.

The point here is that it is not difficult to deal with cases of high cholesterol or blood pressure or high blood sugar etc. the doctor can prescribe any particular treatment for any of these diseases because there are established standards. You can take a few pills and it will come under control. However, unlike all these depression and anxiety is a very complicated illness. It can not be analyzed in a matter of a few hours and tests. The treatment for such illnesses can go on for up to a few months or years and even the medication goes on for an even long time. Treatment could be very clearly inferred from here, since the results for this kind of illness are not instantaneous.

The important thing in dealing with such cases is the knowledge of the physician. The physician dealing with such kinds of cases must be well informed of the past and all the other related events in connection with the patient. He must also be well informed of the past illnesses and medication prescribed. It is the responsibility of the doctor that he must not make the patient entirely dependent on drugs. He should also encourage the patient to undergo psychotherapy as the main course of recovery and drugs should be used as a secondary curing agent.

Latest trends have proven that when psychotherapy and drugs are used together, they have a far more beneficial result than with pills alone. In addition, in most of the cases of mild attack only psychotherapy should be prescribed. This would also help in keeping the patient away from otherwise almost addictive anti-anxiety, anti-panic drugs.

Panic and anxiety lead to depression at a later stage and are the most common causes of suicides. Most of the teenage cases cases have been significantly due to the factors. As such, we do not see suicides as an innate part of depression but it is the end result in many cases.

Conclusion

But at the end of the day it is up to you to decide whether you want to take these anti-depressant and anti-anxiety pills or not, but you must weigh the pros and cons of these medicines before taking any further steps. You must consult not just your doctor but also your parents, your friends, your spouse before making a final decision. Above all, you must be totally convinced of your state before going in for any kind of therapy.

Healthy Living – Why Pork Deserves A Spot In Your Diet Plan

When most people are making an effort to lose weight and improve their health, one of the first things to go from their diet is red meat. But, some red meats can provide several health benefits. Take pork for example. As you are about to see, there are many reasons to include pork in your weekly diet plan. You may not want to eat it daily, but having it every so often is permissible no matter what goals you happen to be working toward unless, of course, your goal is to be a vegetarian.

All it takes is choosing the right cut of pork. Pork tenderloin is what you are after here. It is the leanest cut of pork and will offer all the same benefits other fattier cuts would offer.

1. Vitamins and Minerals. First, let us consider the vitamin and mineral content found in pork. Pork proves to be an excellent source of…

  • thiamine,
  • selenium,
  • zinc,
  • vitamin B12,
  • vitamin B6,
  • niacin,
  • phosphorus, as well as
  • iron.

These are all vital nutrients to help keep your body feeling its best and stay energized. Many people, especially women, tend to fall low in iron, so having some lean red meat in their diet is essential. Likewise, men will want to ensure they keep their zinc intake up because low zinc levels are associated with suppressed testosterone.

2. Creatine Content. Another beautiful thing about pork is it is a source of naturally occurring creatine. You may have heard of creatine supplements before and while you may not go as far as to take some of those, including some creatine in your diet is a smart move. Creatine helps ensure you can maintain muscular contractions in the face of intense exercise, so if you plan on getting your workouts in, this compound will become very important.

3. Taurine. Another amino acid you will find in abundance in pork is taurine. Taurine is essential to keep your heart and muscle function where it should be, so another nutrient you do not want to miss out on.

While any complete source of protein will contain taurine, pork tends to be higher than some other meats.

4. High Protein Content. Finally, pork is a very high protein food, and it does not have all that much total fat content. Per 3 oz serving, you will take in…

  • 139 calories,
  • 4.1 grams of fat,
  • 0 grams of carbs, and
  • 23.9 grams of protein.

You can compare this with 3 oz of chicken, which contains 94 calories, 1.1 grams of fat, 0 grams of carbs, and 19.6 grams of protein. So you get a little more fat but also get more protein when choosing pork.

There you have some of the key benefits and reasons to include pork in your healthy diet plan. Are you missing out on this nutritious red meat source?

Accelerated Revenue Growth – 22 Low to No Cost Strategies You Can Use Today

At the front of driving revenue is the sales team; however everyone, from the receptionist to the CEO, is vital for accelerated revenue success. No matter what position you hold in your company you can use the many low-to-no cost strategies in this article to accelerate revenue.

# 1 Set Your Goals and Objectives: Members of the sales team usually have a quota assigned to them by management. If you are not part of the sales team you probably do not have a direct quota, however the more value you add to the revenue driving activities of your company, the more valuable you are to the company. If you are not part of sales, make a commitment, even if you do not tell anyone about it, to do what ever you can to drive revenue up and to costs down.

Make sure that you hold yourself accountable. I have found that one key de-motivator, including self de-motivation, is an imbalance of accountability – even if it is perceived and not real. This imbalance is caused when your actions are not inline with your goals and objectives. Manage yourself and your activity consistently and you will see the results in your top line.

# 2 Know Where You Are Now: Before you start any journey you need a map, a plan in the case of your accelerated revenue driving activities. Before this journey begins it is important to know where you are going (discussed in the previous section) and where you are now. Here are some questions to ask yourself:

– Where are you against your goals?

– Where is your company against its goals?

– Are your goals inline with your company's?

# 3 Know Your Value: Take an inventory of yourself. Understand what you do well, what you do OK, and what you do not do well at all. Then leverage what you do well and improve on what you do OK and not well at all. Constantly, review your progress and keep adding new skills to your training regimen.

# 4 Know Your Company's Value: Look at your company. What does your company do very well? What is the value of that product / service? Value from your customer's perspective – not yours. How does this product / service increase revenue or decrease cost for your customer? (Not how can you offer the product / service cheaper than your competition.) Or does it increase efficiency or reduce risk (subset of reduced cost). Again, for your customer, not you.

Focus most of your energy on leveraging those things your company does extremely well. Especially, those products / services that add the most value to your customer. This is probably where you can increase revenue the most.

# 5 Increase Key Lead Generation Activities:

– Write newsletters for existing and potential customers;

– Provide Free, or Low Initial Buy-in, offers to drive paid product / service business;

– Write white papers;

– Develop positioning papers;

– Conduct short, value focused, seminars on how you help your clients increase revenue and decrease cost

# 6 Automate all Sales Reporting: Use my simple and short three step process to develop your sales reporting system. Here it is:

1) Define Sales Reporting Needs: be focused on the deal and on the client's timeline;

2) Establish Sales Reporting Needs: make reporting quick and easy for everyone; and

3) Execute and refine as you gain a better understanding of what information is really useful.

I do not recommend that your company gifts $ 5M, or even $ 5 / month, on a Customer Relationship Management (CRM) solution. They take too long to add value anyway – the point of this article is results in 30 days. Look at what you need to report and report it in the most efficient and effective way possible. Leverage information technology, if that makes sense, or just have a process flow for hard copy reports. Define reporting parameters beforehand and make sure that you report in regularly.

# 7 Get Help / Offer Help: Show your management that, by having a sales admin you can increase revenue by X. Or reduce cost of sales by Y. Or … whatever metric you can use that shows increased efficiency, value, to the company that you could not do on your own. This sales admin person / team could also support more than one sales person. Show value in real terms and you may get a favorable response.

For example, if I was going to pitch this I might say "Mr., or Mrs. Boss, it has been my experience that, in most cases, Sales admin staff keep more expensive, and productive, sales people (like me) in front of, or on the phone with, a customer, prospect, or suspect. In a layered sales force I feel that can contribute even more time to the sales cycle and will not spend valuable time on areas of the sales process that I am not as efficient, or cost effective, in. The key here is not to hire more sales staff, it is to get more revenue dollars for every hour of my effort. "

If you are not a sales person, then offer to help. Talk to the sales team and determine where you might offer assistance. Working together with sales will give sales a renewed appreciation of you and your department. It will also give you a renewed appreciation of sales. Together you and your partner (s) in sales can revitalize accelerated revenue efforts while being an example for the rest of the company to follow

# 8 Leverage Your Hunter and Farmer Skills: There are two types of sales styles to focus on to accelerate revenue, Hunters and Farmers. These two types apply to inside and outside sales people.

Hunters are those sales people that love the thrill of the kill. As soon as they 'close' the deal they are on to the next. And they are very good at it. The main weakness of the hunter is that they typically do not nurture accounts – they lose interest in the account as soon as the 'deal is closed.

Farmers nurture accounts. They typically do not penetrate new accounts. They take those accounts first closed by the hunters and expand them. Closing opportunity by opportunity, until they have sold all that they could sell into that account. The weakness of the farmer is that the company that they work for must continue to evolve, adding new products and services, or the value of the farmer drops quickly, for that account, to the company they work for.

The key is for you to understand the two sales styles, understand which role you do best in. Exploit your strengths and find a partner that has complimentary strengths so you can leverage each other.

# 9 Increase Your Number of Cold Calls: If you implement only one idea out of this article THIS IS THE ONE! Do not waste your time with anything else unless you cold call – a lot. Look at any report that measures correlation of the success of an individual sales person, or sales team, with the number of cold calls. The number just do not lie. There is an absolute, and direct, correlation to the number of cold calls and the success of a sales person, or team.

Cold calling is just a form of networking. Everyone in the company can support cold calling campaigns, whether you are in sales or not. Cold calling is as simple as calling someone you know, a friend / associate, in a company that is not a current customer, or in a different division in a current customer, and having a conversation about their business – everyone loves to talk about themselves . Keep in mind that you do not need to close the order. You need to initiate the contact and then get a sales person involved. You can continue to follow up with the sales person as the opportunity materializes to an order. Just make sure that, once you have initiated contact, you communicate through the sales person or you just might become the problem.

# 10 Perform and Leverage Win / Loss Reviews: Win / loss reviews are probably the most valuable sales tool to use AT ALL TIMES, and not just in tough times. Unfortunately, since most of the results of the review are view as more of a marketing function, most sales organizations do not do them, or worse, do them incorrectly. Also, many sales people, and their managers, are afraid of what the review will tell them – what they need to do to be successful. (areas of weakness)

What a win / loss review is? A win / loss review is an in depth analysis of all aspects the sales process for a particular deal. You need to look at each and every win, and loss, and ask, sometimes tough, questions. Questions that are very similar to what you learned in college about journalism, the five W's and one H, sometimes called the 'Journalist's Six W's' (Who, What, When, Where, Why, and How). Why will you win the deal (Win Review)? Or Why you lost the deal (Loss Review)?

As you review your wins, and your losses, make sure you continuously scrutinize your pricing policy. If you are losing based on price, make sure that you understand, in detail your sales process. If you sell based on value (realized value to the customer, not what you perceive your value to be) then you do not need to reduce price, you might just need to work on your approach in establishing, and communicating, value for the customer.

# 11 Visit Your Past Customers: Start with your top ten formed customers. Call them, or have them called by an executive. See how they are doing. Ask them why they have not done business with you recently (this is a very valuable method to understand the customer's perception of your company). If there are any issues, work through them. If not, engage the customer. Get back in there. Work a deal. Get the relationship back on track.

# 12 Commit to Become the Sole Source for Your Key Customers: Just the commitment to your key customers would provide you huge returns. As you make this commitment to yourself, your boss, and your customer, impress upon everyone that you will do this by adding value to everything you do.

Making this commitment will force you to look at all aspects of your customer's business and understand where you, through your products / services and other capabilities, can enable your customer to increase revenue and / or decrease cost. Focusing on your customer's business and how you can increase revenue and decrease cost will not only help you grow revenue, but also increase your gross margin on every deal. If you stay committed and honest, this process will be the springboard for a very long and very profitable relationship for you and your customer.

# 13 Determine What Your Customers WILL Want: Do not just look for what you customers want right now. Figure out what their needs will be in the future. Key note: Your customer probably does not know what she needs now. She knows what she wants, but not what she needs. As well, she probably will not know what she will need in the future. It should be your mission in your professional life to know the future needs of your customers. – Be ahead of your customers and you will be ahead of the pack.

# 14 Take Your Executive Team Out on Sales Calls: The CEO of any size company is usually the best sales person. If you think that he is not a sales person, you are wrong – dead wrong. How did he get funding? How did he hire his first staff member? How does your CEO get the management team to get what he needs done, done? He sold them, he sold them all.

Your CEO owns the vision, in most cases it is HIS vision! Who else can best sell his own vision?

I do not recommend you take the CEO out on the first, second, or third call. Look at your sales pipeline, take the proposal that is the largest in revenue, or is the most profitable, or you know the most about the customer / buyer. Set up a face-to-face meeting. This meeting should be with someone on your customer's senior executive team only, preferably with the CEO.

Go and get the order. This process affords you the opportunity to: 1) get to know your executive team, 2) get to know the customer in a new light, 3) understand the issues in closing business today, and 4) gain confidence in what you, and your company is doing, or needs to do. Worst case, you are educating the executive on the sales team and sales process.

# 15 Advertise your success (internally to your organization at first, externally if you feel it is appropriate).

# 16 Reduce Time Spent on Non-Customer Meetings: Absolutely necessary and even then, when you can, stop all, or reduce the amount of, time spent on internal meetings. If the meetings MUST happen then make them outside customer's business hours. Every minute that you are in an internal meeting, you are not in front of, or on the phone with, or supporting the needs of, a customer, prospect, or suspect.

Your company is in the business of making money. Every minute that you are not in front of, or on the phone with, or supporting the needs of, a customer, prospect, or suspect, you are not adding value to the customer. If you are not adding value you are not going to get paid (Revenue). Even if you work for a non-profit you need revenue (contributions).

# 17 Go to Training: I bet that there is at least one person in your company that is always in training for one thing or another. I am also confident that if you go to training, unless you are at a very large company, you only go through product / service training and seldom to real sales training.

I was in the information technology business for fourteen years. I have been in back office support roles, I have been a techie, I have been in inside and outside sales, and I have been in sales and marketing management. I have taken so much training it is crazy. However, I have never been in sales training. The companies I have worked for were either distributors or resellers and I went to vendor 'sales' training countless times. Turns out, they were not sales training. They taught us how to position their products / services. That was product / service training, not sales training.

I was trained OJT (on the job), trial by fire, mentored. Whatever you want to call it – it took too long to translate the training to a closed deal. I was very successful. In retrospect, I believe I could have been much more successful, much more quickly, though, if I would have gone through structured sales training.

# 18 Train Others in Your Company: Leverage your sales skills to help strengthen the relationship between you and the rest of the company. Do a series of 'lunch and learn' sessions. Require at least one person from each department, if that make sense. The point is to give everyone the opportunity (requirement) to participate. The focus of the training should be to educate the company on your sales process and to get feedback from all employees on new ideas / approaches.

You will be pleasantly surprised where the best ideas come from. Remember to include ALL employees in the training sessions. The rewards will appear as accelerated revenue very quickly.

# 19 Get Everyone Networking: From the CEO to the sales team, including all marketing, fulfillment, administration, and back office staff. Everyone knows someone. Know who they know and leverage everyone to accelerate revenue. I suggest that you start with a plan and some training that you provide during 'lunch and learn' sessions. Set the objectives of the Networking Plan and communicate to the team.

# 20 Energize Alternate Sales / Marketing Channels: Sure you have partners. In today's networked world EVERYONE partners. Unlike others, make partnerships work for you. I understand that you might not have the authority to execute contractual relations with partners, however, you can make personal commitments and team with many partners to drive your accelerated revenue.

Determine which partnerships will drive the most revenue for you, then develop and leverage them first.

# 21 Integrate Internal and External Resources in Revenue Driving Activities: As either a product or service based company you value your staff at the top of the list of your assets. However, are you leveraging them to grow your accelerated revenue? You should!

Leverage all resources within your organization and your alternate channel organizations to:

– Perform Presentations at Seminars / Conventions;

– Attend Pre-Sales Calls;

– Attend Post-Sales Calls;

– Run Cross Project Meetings;

– Write Books and Articles;

– Train / mentor you;

– Build Relationships with Your Customers / Prospects; and

– Build a Name for Your Company.

Leverage Your Back Office Staff too. Get everyone in the company involved in customer related activities, including the back office. Many companies follow the 'Everyone Sells' approach – you should as well. For example:

– Have Accounts Receivable (A / R) Meet with your Customers to:

o Pull in Credit Terms

o Collect on Slow Players

o Usually Invoicing Issues

o Understand the Customer's Best Practices

– Process

– Procedures

o Build Relationship with Your Customer's

– Buyers

– Accounts Payable

– Have Accounts Payable (A / P)

o Shop for Better Pricing and Terms

o Pool Buying Power with Partners

o Build Relationships with Vendors

– Understand the Vendor's Best Practices

– Process

– Procedures

# 22 Revitalize Your … SELF. Here are some tips I strive to use often:

– Regulate your thoughts – wipe out worry – rid your self of resentment

– Nourish your mind, read

– Act the way you want to feel

– Remember, trouble finds everyone – keep perspective – focus on your response

– Take time to reflect – before reacting – restore your sense of perspective

– Laugh a lot

– Learn from difficulty – seek opportunity in the difficulty

– Recharge relationships – seek solace from family and friends

– Lend a helping hand – helping others has been found to be the best medicine

– Keep going – do not get 'stuck' in the difficulty, identify it and move on

– Waste less time

– Exercise regularly

– Contribute to your community

– Do not neglect my family in pursuit of the almighty dollar

– Focus on quality

Now it is time to put together your accelerated return plan! Your plan should include many of the areas covered in this article, and many more. Good Selling!