Diabetes and the Obesity Risk Factor

There is a far tighter relationship between type2 diabetes and obesity than an interesting statistical equivalent raise. That 80% of type2 diabetes sufferers are overweight or obese suggests a strong link on its own merits. The prevalence of type2 diabetes has skyrocketed in the past 30 years, statistics revealing a somewhat similar percentage in the alarming rise of obesity during this same period.

In fact studies have proven beyond doubt that the onset of type 2 diabetes may be dramatically delayed with an active healthy lifestyle plan. The 10 million American people considered in the high risk group of people likely to develop type2 diabetes can lower their chances of becoming sufferers of typ2 diabetes with a recommended diet and exercise plan as according to the findings of a large scale clinical trial conducted by the Indiana University school of medicine and 26 other participating nationwide medical centers. The results were so comprehensive that the trial was ended early.

Subjects selected for the trial were selected from a broad spectrum of the population likely to develop diabetes. Namely people who were overweight with impaired glucose intolerance, a condition that often preceded type2 diabetes. Other subjects included individuals aged over 60, women with a history of gestational diabetes, and people with a close blood relative with type2 diabetes. Participants assigned to the lifestyle intervention plan, maintaining active physical exercise for just 30 minutes a day recorded a reduction in the likelihood of developing this disease by a staggering 58%.

Adding weight to further support the suggested link between type2 diabetes and obesity is research conducted by a team of scientists from the Pennsylvania school of medicine. The team had been investigating why a class of drugs, thiazolidinediones (TZDâEUR (TM) s) were effective in combating diabetes. The findings indicated that TZD drugs are likely to be have been successful by targeting a hormone.

Is there a link between diabetes and obesity? Recent studies suggest an answer to this pertinent question. Scientists led by Michale Lazar, at the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine, had been examining why a class of drugs called thiazolidinediones (TZDs) can help fight diabetes. They discovered that TZDs cause the bodyâ € ™ s cells to utilize insulin more efficaciously, and this told them that the TZD drug could be targeting a hormone.

The hormone called resistin is produced is produced by fat cells in mice. This same hormone is present in humans. Speculation suggests that the hormone resistin has evolved to deal with periods of famine. When resistin levels were lowered the mice tested recovered the ability to transport glucose although their systems. Important in establishing the link between type2 diabetes and obesity was the finding the finding that high levels of resistin were present in mice obese from overeating.

Over a decade of research on diabetes has found that nutrients in the body such as glucose and fat contribute to insulin resistance.

Experts do not indicate that being overweight causes type2 diabetes, but the chances of developing the disease are more likely for overweight persons. Individuals may better prevent type2 diabetes with improved lifestyle activity and a more careful nutrition plan.

Dark Color Changes To Toenails: Potential Causes and Treatment

Dark-colored streaks in toenails are common in the United States, especially amongst people with darker skin toes, particularly in African-Americans. For the most part, these streaks usually represent non-serious conditions. However, especially in fair-skinned people, the presence of these streaks could represent a deadly cancer. This article will discuss the common causes or dark streaks in toenails, and what condition is cause for alarm.

Before beginning, the reader should be aware while reading this article that the information contained is not meant to provide tailored medical advice specific for one’s own medical condition, but is meant as a general discussion on this health topic. Any specific questions or concerns for the conditions described in this article should be directed to one’s own general physician or specialist for proper diagnosis and treatment.

The toenail is a dense tissue made of compressed keratin. The nail plate itself begins in the nail matrix, which is essentially the root of the nail. The outer edge of the matrix is seen externally as the lunula, or the white semi-circular shaped area at the base of the nail just beyond the cuticle. The nail slowly grows outward, sliding semi-loosely along the skin. The color of the nail itself is a kind of opaque white or cream, with some clearness in it to see the skin below it. Discolorations in the nail plate, be they solid white, yellow, blue, brown, or black, are abnormal and represent a disease process. The most common sources of toe nail discoloration are due to keratin debris built up under the nail from natural nail thickening and aging, as well as discoloration from a fungus infection. These typically create a white, yellow, or yellow-brown discoloration. Since both of these lengthy topics have been covered by this author in other articles, the causes of darker shades of discoloration will be presented here.

Dark toenail discoloration has several causes, and properly diagnosing the cause is key to a successful treatment. The most common reason nails become darkly colored is because of bruising under the nail. Bruising is essentially blood left behind by bleeding. It can occur under the skin, and can also occur under and over the top of the skin located directly under the toenail. Bleeding under a toenail can be caused by dropping a heavy object onto the toe, by pressure from tight fitting shoes, by toes jamming into the end of the shoe as seen often in runners, and by stubbing injuries that cause blood vessels to burst. Spontaneous rarely if ever occurs, and often if one does not remember injuring the toe it usually means the injury was minor enough not to cause initial, memorable pain. The bruising under the nail stays in the nail plate until it grows out with the nail.

Bruises that do not grow out as the nail continues to grow are cause for concern, and a podiatrist should be contacted. The potential cause for this will be discussed later. When the bruising takes up less than a quarter or a third of the nail, it can likely be left alone and the nail can be allowed to grow out. If the bruising is more extensive, covering the entire area of the nail, the nail plate should be removed. This is done for two reasons. Firstly, it allows the blood to properly drain, and limit’s the amount of damage the bleeding caused to the nail root when it slightly lifted the nail plate during the time of active bleeding. Secondly, the bleeding may have been caused by a deep cut to the skin underneath the nail plate during the initial injury, and this skin needs to be evaluated for any cuts that need to be stitched. Another concern, especially if a fracture has occurred to the bone under the nail, is pieces of bone sticking out into the skin externally. If these are not removed and the skin cleaned and treated properly, infection can develop which may spread to the underlying bone.

Another cause of dark discoloration is infection. As discussed before, fungus can enter the skin under the nail and cause discoloration, thickening, brittleness, and debris. This fungus is the same in the same group of organisms that causes Athlete’s foot, and from a color perspective can change the nail from opaque to solid white, yellow, grey, brown, or even black in some cases. Treatment is somewhat complex, as only certain medications have any scientifically proven effectiveness, and there are many home-spun treatments still used that simply fail to show any real worth. Another source of infection is from bacteria, specifically bacteria from a family of organisms called Pseudomonas. This bacteria is prone to invade skin that has been kept moist for awhile, and is commonly spread in whirlpools and hot tubs. The bacteria creates a green color change in the skin and nail tissue, presumably from iron pigment. The so-called green nail syndrome is common, and is treated with a special diluted vinegar solution (acetic acid) soak, or with specific antibiotics targeted against pseudomonas. This infection rarely progresses to a more serious condition in otherwise healthy people, and is usually easily treated.

Nail discoloration that moves across the width of the nail in a thin line from one side to the other side has many different causes to numerous to discuss in detail. The causes can include disorders of the kidney, deficiencies of certain minerals, toxic metal poisoning, heart disease, chemotherapy for cancer, certain chronic medications, and major injury to the body. Due to the wide variety of causes, a visit to one’s primary care doctor, dermatologist, or podiatrist is recommended. There is generally no immediate treatment for these lines, but one’s physician may be able to diagnose another condition that needs treatment through examining the nail, especially if something like metal poisoning or mineral deficiency is undiagnosed.

Nail discoloration that travels in a streak from the beginning of the nail to the end is the one symptom that is cause for the most concern. This streak is typically brown, dark blue, or black, and can be found on one side of the nail or in the center. Usually, this streak takes up less than one quarter of the width of the nail itself, although in some cases it can be wider. The usual cause of this streak is the overproduction of the cells that produce skin pigmentation, otherwise called the melanocytes. These cells produce melanin, which gives darker-skinned people their skin tone, and Caucasians their skin tan. It naturally protects the skin from the harmful ultraviolet rays of the sun, although overexposure to sun can lead to a mutation in the production of melanocytes. This is technically a cancerous growth. In most instances of nail streaking and skin conditions such as moles, this is a benign growth. However, malignant cancer can develop which has the potential to spread to other organs, leading to death. This cancer is called melanoma, and it is deadly. Dark streaks beginning at the cuticle and traveling along the length of the nail are very common in those with darker skin tones, particularly African-Americans.

In fact, many people have streaks on nearly all their toenails, and have had them since birth. These do not generally represent melanoma of the nail, and are usually benign. When these streaks are newly developed in caucasians, or if there is a new growth or change in a preexisting streak in someone with darker skin, the nail and skin surrounding the nail needs to be assessed by a physician. This is especially true if a discoloration of the skin next to the nail is developing, no matter what the original tone of the skin. A biopsy of the streaked part of the nail, the nail root, and the surrounding area of skin needs to be performed to ensure there is no malignant cancer. This is a simple procedure, done usually in an office by a podiatrist, dermatologist, or sometimes a general surgeon or family doctor, and it heals quickly. The nail usually grows back healthy if the condition was benign. If melanoma is present, immediate attention must be made to the toe to prevent further spread. This usually includes amputation of the tip of the toe, or the toe in its entirety depending on the size of the melanoma. This is absolutely necessary to save one’s life and prevent spread of the cancer.

As one can see, dark discoloration of the toenails can have numerous different causes. Most are benign, and resolve with simple treatment. Some are simply genetic, such as the common nail streaks in darker-skinned individuals. Others are dangerous cancers that need immediate treatment. Due to the potential for cancer, this author recommends that all areas of dark discoloration in one’s nails be assessed by a physician to ensure the condition is benign. The least one wastes is a little time in the doctor’s office, and at best one can save their own life.

Creepy, Crawly Things – EFT For Phobias

Spiders. Roaches. Ants. Worms. Snakes. Lizards. If all the hair on the back of your neck is not standing up now, you're probably in the minority. There just are not that many people who like creepy, crawly things.

There are the insect collectors, and the snake lovers and people who just adore spiders, but for most of us, myself included, those critters are all pretty low on our list of favorite things.

Although I do not love creepy, crawly critters, I can honestly say that I'm not usually scared of them either. My daughter is a snake lover who kept a pet python for years. One night she neglected to tell me that the python had escaped from his tank, and I woke up in the middle of the night with my cat next to me on the bed, hissing loudly. I reached over and turned on the light, and on the floor next to my bed, returning up and staring at me, was a snake! Not recognizing him in my moment of terror, I screamed. My daughter came running, and laughed like crazy when she saw the snake and I staring at each other. (That did not, by the way, endear my daughter to me!) As soon as I knew that the snake was my daughter's I was fine, but that was a wild snake invading my house, all bets would have been off!

Phobias about snakes, spiders, and all sorts of creepy critters are fairly common.

Many people look at a snake and for some reason assume that its' skin is slimy (that's not true!), And they find snakes repulsive and frightening. Lots of folks hate the ways snakes move, slithering from side to side, and the way they pull their heads back as if they're about to strike. Keep in mind that I'm talking about tame, pet snakes here. Wild snakes would require a whole different (and much more scary) blog post. While snakes are certainly not my idea of ​​the ideal pet, I received a thorough education on snakes from my reptile loving daughter, and even held and fed her snake from time to time.

I had a coworker that had a serious phobia about snakes. She did not even like to think about or talk about them, and needless to say, she certainly did not want to be near one. This coworker came to the house for a visit, and went to take a look at my daughter's room. I had no idea about her phobia at this point. She opened the door to my daughter's room, and I heard the loudest shriek I'd ever hear, as she came thundering (literally!) Out of the room and slammed the door behind her. She had spotted the snake in its' tank, and that was all it took to send her into a complete panic.

About ten years ago, when my son was still living at home, he decided that the perfect pet was a tarantula. I am NOT a fan of spiders, but I tolerated his new pet because it was in a closed container. After the first couple of days, I never really thought about the tarantula, except when I could hear the crickets that it ate chirping..their last chirps! My mother came to town for a visit, and I had my son move to the couch so his grandmother could have a private room. She was getting ready for bed on her first night there when I heard her shout for my son. She had spotted the spider, and had no intention of sleeping in the same room with it, whether it was in a container or not. For the rest of her visit, the tarantula took up temporary residence on the top of my refrigerator.

The stories that I've been referring are sort of funny, although I'm sure that my mom and coworker did not think so at the time, but for some people with bad phobias about creepy, crawly things, that phobia can really impact on their lives.

If you find yourself struggling with a phobia over a snake, spider, or other critter, and would really like to rid yourself of that fear, EFT can do the trick! EFT is highly effective for phobias, and two or three rounds of tapping might make all the difference for you.

Tapping Script For Those With a Fear of Spiders

Karate chop:

  • Even though I think spiders are creepy and I do not like to be anywhere near them, I deeply and broadly love and accept myself.
  • Even though the very thought of a spider getting near me or crawling on me makes all the hair on the back of my neck stand up, I deeply and deeply love and accept myself.
  • Even though I'm scared to death of spiders, I'm open to considering that maybe tapping can help to get rid of that fear, and I deeply and deeply love and accept myself.

Eyebrow: I can not stand spiders

Inside eye: Thinking about all those legs makes me cringe

Under eye: I do not like how they look or how they walk

Under nose: A spider could drop on me from the ceiling or crawl up my leg

Chin: It makes me kind of sick to think about that

Collar bone: Spiders are really yucky and I dont 'like them at all

Under arm: Those long legs and big eyes are so scary

Top of head: Icky, creepy, hairy, scary spiders … YUCK !!!

Eyebrow: Just thinking about spiders gives me the chills

Inside eye: I do not want to be anywhere around them

Under eye: But maybe it's time to start working on that spider fear

Under nose: I may never love spiders

Chin: But I do not have to stay terrified of them

Collar bone: Maybe spiders are not really all that bad

Under arm: Starting to release some of my fear of spiders

Top of head: Letting that fear just drain out of my body.

Eyebrow: A spider is just a little tiny critter

Inside eye: And I'm a full grown adult … what is there to be afraid of?

Under eye: All that fear about a little spider is starting to feel kind of silly

Under nose: Continuing to let go of my fear of spiders

Chin: I still do not have to like those critters

Collar bone: But I can see myself moving calmly away

Under arm: If a spider heads in my direction

Top of head: Replacing the last of my spider fear with an energy of calmness.

Home Remedies – Onion Cures

How To Use an Onion To Remove A Splinter

If you are wondering how you can remove a 1/4 inch [6 mm] splinter from your child’s foot, here is how an onion can help! Take a 1/4 inch thick piece of onion, place it over the splinter site, and wrap a bandage around it to keep it close to the skin. Leave this bandage overnight on the foot. In the morning, the splinter will have worked its way out of the foot with no pain. This is because the chemicals in the onion shrink the skin around the embedded splinter and help push it out painlessly! Hope the onion trick to remove a splinter at home was helpful…

Onion Home Remedy For Those Who Bruise Easily

If you are one of those who bruise easily, then the lowly onion can offer you help. This is an old folk remedy that still works. Place a slice of yellow onion on the bruise for about 15 minutes. The chemical compound in the onion, called allicin, stimulates the lymphatic flow in your body. This helps to flush away the excess blood in the tissues which is what actually creates the bruise in the first place. However this remedy only works if you apply the onion slice immediately after the injury or fall that created the bruise.

I have personally found the home remedies and tips that I have learned over the years very useful in my life and for my family and I sincerely hope these onion folk remedies.

Fibromyalgia Symptoms and Treatment

In medical terminology, fibromyalgia is actually categorized as a syndrome, rather than a disease. A syndrome is a collection of common symptoms or characteristics that, when combined, constitute a disorder. Premenstrual syndrome is also defined in this way is it refers to the combination of symptoms (irritability, tension, headaches, bloating, gas, depression, fatigue, breast tenderness, and weight gain,) that affect some women prior to menstruation. The most common symptoms of Fibromyalgia syndrome include muscle pain, aches, stiffness, difficulty sleeping, and fatigue. Here’s a closer look at each of these symptoms, and the treatment methods you can use to alleviate them.

Symptom: Pain

The pain from Fibromyalgia is both widespread and localized. This condition usually results in a general achiness and stiffness throughout the body. In addition, sufferers may feel pain at one or all of the “tender points” on the body. These “tender points” are designated sites on the body where tendon connects to bone. They are found in the areas of the shoulders, neck, back, arms, and buttocks. Many people have described the pain of Fibromyalgia to a “stabbing” pain that occurs all over the body. It can also be likened to the soreness and tenderness of the flu.

Treatment: Treating the pain of Fibromyalgia is a complex and lifelong journey. Talk with your health care provider about the diet, exercise, medications, and supplements that may work best in alleviating your pain.

Symptom: Sleep Disorders

The pain, stiffness, and aches of Fibromyalgia often make it difficult for sufferers to fall asleep and stay asleep through the night. One recent study found that Fibromyalgia is associated with a period of restlessness that disrupts REM sleep and diminishes deep sleep. As many as seventy percent of Fibromyalgia sufferers also suffer from sleep disorders, leading to chronic fatigue and exhaustion.

Treatment: Be as consistent as possible about your nighttime routine. Try to go to sleep and wake at the same times each day and stay away from long daytime naps. Avoid any caffeine or stimulants that could affect your sleep. And talk with your health care provider about other treatment methods that may help your sleep disorders. We also recommend the product Fibro-Balance available at http://www.fibromyalgia-support.org

Symptom: Fatigue

The fatigue that accompanies Fibromyalgia is pervasive and all encompassing. The sleep disorders that accompany the condition make it very difficult to obtain a restful night’s sleep. Many Fibromyalgia suffers have noted that they wake up in the morning more exhausted than when they went to bed. More than ninety percent of people who are diagnosed with Fibromyalgia are also suffering from chronic fatigue. This fatigue and exhaustion can also lead to other symptoms such as a decrease in sexual desires, and lack of interest in daily activities, and a general feeling of malaise.

Treatment: As with the treatment for sleep disorders, it’s important to be consistent with your nighttime routine, and limit daytime naps to one or two fifteen-minute naps. This may take a period of adjustment to get used to, but after a few days, it should help you sleep better at night and reduce your overall fatigue.

Symptom: Digestive Disorders

People who suffer from Fibromyalgia tend to reduce their activity levels in response to the pain. This in turn slows down the digestive system and could set the patient up for a roller coaster of constipation, diarrhea, and indigestion. One recent study found that thirty percent of Fibromyalgia sufferers also have trouble with digestive disorders.

Treatment: A healthy diet and exercise are the best medicine for digestive disorders. It can be difficult to keep moving and to eat healthy when the pain of Fibromyalgia sets in, but the benefits will far outweigh the pain in the long run.

Other Symptoms

o Tension or migraine headaches

Approximately fifty five percent of Fibromyalgia patients also report suffering from chronic tension or migraine headaches. These headaches can be a direct result of the pain and fatigue that also accompanies Fibromyalgia.

Treatment: Talk with you health care provider to determine the types of headaches you are experiencing and the best method for treating them. He or she may recommend dietary changes, medication, or nutritional supplements.

o Anxiety and depression

Anxiety, stress and depression go hand in hand with Fibromyalgia, but it can often be difficult to determine which illness is the cause and which is the result. Regardless, the pain, fatigue, sleep disorders, and general feelings of malaise that accompany fibromyalgia can often trigger feelings of anxiety, stress and depression. Many Fibromyalgia sufferers feel hopeless and helpless in their condition.

Treatment: Don’t try to go through this alone. Fibromyalgia can be a physically and emotional exhausting illness. Stay connected with family and friends that can help you work through the emotional burden of your condition. Also, locate a Fibromyalgia support group where you can meet other people that can empathize with your symptoms and offer guidance for your recovery.

Dr. Group recommends three products for Fibromyalgia relief; GHC’s, NOPAINE, the TERMINATOR II, and FIBRO-BALANCE, which are available through our Homepage or GHC Health.

Holistic Yeast Infection Cure – Home Remedies

Ladies, bookmark and share this article because at some point in your life on this planet the information you can access here about natural cures may prove invaluable to you – just like it has been for many people in the past looking at fast home remedies for treating thrush; the irritating and uncomfortable yeast infection with symptoms that can be a real 'pain' to get rid of.

Around the internet and in books everywhere you can find many different ideas about the natural treatments for yeast infections. Some You may have to look very hard for as they could appear in all manner of phrases; Candida treatments, thrush remedies, vaginal yeast infection cure, holistic thrush remedy … all sorts!

Remember that the truth in some of the answers you may find will hard be helpful either, many that can be searched could quite evidently be dismissed as 'old wives tales' or 'myths'; merely offering temporary relief of the symptoms rather then actually offering a natural or holistic yeast infection cure.

Most people are familiar with the ineffective over the counter drugs, the humiliating 'airing' technique, or the live yoghurt home remedy for treating thrush; And it is easy to grasp the science behind the concepts of those treatments. However, there are other natural 'home cure' suggestions that many people do not want to care much for the science behind! Some involving vinegar, some involving licorice powder. There's infection cures with basil, and even rosemary. Now, I know sometimes the discomfort of a vaginal yeast infection can be almost unbearable and at the same time it is appreciated that desperate times do sometimes call for desperate measures, but as you can find out there definitely ARE other home and holistic remedies available for curing yeast infection that wont leave you fearing for the unpredictable side effects that you may or may not affect your private parts as a result!

So have a look at the holistic yeast infection cures that are available and do give them a try. Hopefully then you can be on your way to getting the relief you deserve. And who knows, if you are suffering symptoms right now – then this time tomorrow you might not be. Imagine how good that would feel!

Hep C – Coping with Hepatitis C

Hepatitis C is an infectious virus that has the tendency to damage the liver. It transfers in to the liver via the blood.

Unfortunately, there is no vaccine, for this condition. Here, people are instructed to follow certain preventative methods in order to keep oneself off this disease.

However, when once contracted by this infectious virus of Hep C, there is no other way out than to visit a doctor and treat the condition.

Until now, there have been no specific treatment options invented to cure this disease. Only certain changes in lifestyle, diet and antiviral medications in conjunction with bed rest is recommended by the doctors to the patients.

Once the diagnosis is done, there are several issues that need to be deal with.

The first and foremost is to start off with a treatment program. The best way to start is with your mental health. This is irrespective of how you have contracted this disease. There is no looking back. Once you have this virus, you need to get a treatment. There is no other option.

Hep C can make you feel tired. In case, you go for a therapy, you would still feel the fatigue in you. Here, the experts suggest a good amount of sleep and eating well. If you feel that you need a nap, do not worry and go ahead.

Another important thing is to eat a healthy diet. Make sure that your diet includes a lot of fresh fruits and vegetables. Keep your self hydrated. This is very important. Drink a lot of water.

Do not take any type of vitamin supplements without consulting your health provider. These supplements may interfere a lot with other medications you eat. Remember that too much of good things are definitely going to harm your body.

The diet pattern you maintain does a lot in your overall health. A healthy diet can improve your liver via encouraging the production of new liver cells.

You need to abstain yourself from any type of alcohol. Hep C is a liver disease and alcohol can enhance chances of liver disease. Another important thing to do is to reduce salt in your diet.

When liver disease is in a severe condition, kidneys tend to get signals that result in retention of both salt and water. The salt acts as a sponge and results in liquid build up inside the body. This liquid build up can be reduced via taking a diet low in salt.

You need to get vaccinations against Hepatitis A and also for Hepatitis B. In people with Hepatitis C, infection caused by another hepatitis strain can result in further damage to the liver.

It is true that there is no vaccine for Hep C. However, a series of shots can easily protect most people from infection with the Hepatitis A and Hepatitis B viruses. It would be better to talk to your medical practitioner regarding vaccination.

A change in life style can certainly provide you a great satisfaction, when it comes to Hep C treatment.

How to Choose the Best Cat Litter for Your Cat

How does one go about choosing the best cat litter for their cat?

Assume that you are new to the pet cat ownership arena and you want to choose the best cat litter for your newly purchased cat. This actually happened to me several years ago. I walked into a few of the name brand pet stores and was mesmerized by the wide choice of products available. I literally did not know where to start.

Cat litters can be placed into seven categories:

1) Clumping / non clumping or (scoopable / nonscoopable) 2) Odor controlling or non order controlling 3) Scented or non scented 4) Diagnostic or non diagnostic 5) Natural ingredients or non natural ingredients 6) High Bulk Density or Low bulk density. 7) Coarse Pellets or fine Pellets.

In short, there are a number of features on which to differentiate between the products.

In addition, although all cat litter products absorb the cat's urine, the level of absorptivity varies with the different products.

The final major variance between the products of course is price per lb or unit volume of the product.

What is the meaning of some of these categories?

Clumping or scoopable means where ever the cat urinates in the litter the wetted particles will adhere together to form a clump or lump. This lump can now be scooped (scoopable) from the dry cat litter. This can be done by hand or it may be mechanized. For a good product, the straps should be firm and should not break apart when allowed to free fall from a height of about 12 inches.

Products that does odor control has an ingredient that destroys bacteria producing odor other products mask the odor by using a spotted ingredient.

Diagnostic type cat litter is a recent development in the industry and only a few products have this feature. What these products are trying to do is provide early warning for urolithiasis, which is usually accompanied by bacterial infection, in the cats. This phenomenon is more common in the winter months and when the cat has low water intake. Normally, by the time it is recognized in the cats the process is well advanced and the only satisfactory treatment is surgical removal of the calculi. If discovered early, gentle manipulation of a sound or catheter often may dislodge small calculi. Dilating the urethra by alternately injecting sterile water or saline solution under pressure and manually compressing the bladder may also relate the obstruction.

However, due to the inherent difficulties of surgery involving these organs, the results are not always favorable, besides the procedure is usually expensive. The early warning feature of some products involves a color change of the product, the sick cat's urinary causing the clumps to change from it's normal color to some other predetermined color.

It is an advantage for the product to be made from natural ingredients as disposal should not be a problem environmentalally. Some environmentally friendly products can be treated of by simply flushing in the toilet. However this can not be done for those products with high bulk density or those with toxic ingredients.

It is reported that cat faeces may be contaminated by a type of bacteria that is harmful to some sea otters, this is a concern if there is a practice of pumping raw sewage into the sea.

The bulk density of the product mainly affects its absorptivity. Those with high bulk density have low porosity and so are less efficient in absorbing the urine on a per unit volume basis of the product. The result is without you are using a large quantity of this product, some urine may see to the bottom of the cat litter box and you are a to a lingering smell. In other words, you have to purchase a larger quantity of this product to do the same job as the product with lower bulk density. Products with high bulk density also present a handling problem.

Coarse versus fine pellets: Coarse pellets tend to provide less comfort for the cat whereas fine pellets may have a dust problem. The key is to find the best balance in size grade, this may be influenced by the size an age of the cat. However, some products that have fine particles mitigate dustiness by including anti tracking ingredients as well as anti dustiness ingredients.

Having reviewed the features of cat litter products on the market, we are in a position to define the features that would be included in the best product:
It should have strong clumping or scoopable properties, have ingredients that provide effective odor control (destroying odor causing bacteria), have good diagnostic properties, made mainly from natural ingredients and have low bulk density with medium size pellets. It should not pose a dust problem by having dust control ingredients if necessary. Above all, it should be reasonably priced on a per unit volume basis.

Have you come across any product that meets the above criteria? If you have that is the best cat litter product in your area.

Mouth Ulcer Treatment The Easy Way

My mum always has mouth ulcer problems. The days when ulcers infest her mouth, she gets really temperamental, and I'll have a hard time smelling her bad temper. Are you also having ulcer problems regularly? Here are some tips which might helps to give fast relief to the pain ulcer problem.

To quickly allow mouth ulcer to heal, try rinsing your mouth many times a day with a cup of warm water mixed with half a teaspoon of sea salt. This may help to get rid of the bacteria that feed on plaque and give some relief to the pain caused by ulcer. As sea salt is mild antiseptic, rinsing yourself regularly with this solution can help tighten gums and keep them healthy.

Another great natural medicine to use is resin from the myrrh tree. It has been used for centuries to heal mouth ulcer as it has antiseptic and antimicrobial properties which help to heal irritated mucous membranes. Use a capsule of powdered myrrh and apply it directly to the mouth ulcers several times a day.

For long term relief from ulcer you need to take deglycyrrhizinated liquorice (DGL). It stimulates your body to produce protective mucus that encourages healing of mucous membranes, and fight bacteria that causes mouth ulcer. Buy chewable DGL tablets that have had compound glycyrrhizic acid removed as this acid can cause water retention and high blood pressure. Take one or two three times a day. Use it as often as you need. Try taking it for three months to solve the ulcer problem completely if you are suffering from chronic mouth ulcer.

Besides healing ulcers, you should also try to prevent it from occurring. If you are having mouth ulcer frequently, you may need to take note of what you eat. Some of the food you eat may be the contributing factor. Examples are highly acidic foods, such as citrus fruits, tomatoes, pineapples, or vinegar. Some other food may be the prime factor, hence try not what you eat often that may potentially cause the ulcer issue.

Another great mouth rinse you can use is a solution of sage tea mix with sea salt. These are antiseptic, relieve infection and also promote healing. Pour 250ml of boiling water over 2 teaspoon of dried sage, cover it and let it simmer for 15 minutes. Then add half teaspoon of sea salt and stir well. Just use 60ml of mixture to rinse your mouth after brushing your teeth.

Lastly drink more water to cool down your body. By cooling down your body temperature, you will let the infected area to recover quicker. At the same time, try not to take spicy food which will increase your body temperature quickly.

Mouth ulcers are usually harmless and they will go away in a few days time. However, if your condition is very serious and you can not get rid of it, it is best to consult your doctor as it may be due to viral infection or by other health problems.

An Apple a Day Keeps the Acid Reflux Away: A Natural Treatment for Heartburn

Are you suffering from the misery of Acid Reflux? Painful heartburn, choking on stomach acid, incurable burning in stomach and chest, pain, discomfort, nausea after eating and propping your head up while you sleep!

I was! And almost lost my life from stomach surgery from bleeding ulcers caused by years of Acid Reflux. In fact, I had it all: Acid Reflux, Heartburn, Hiatal Hernia, Gastritis, Esophageal Reflux, and Bile Reflux! But after years of misery, I finally found a simple all natural treatment for acid reflux.

A Survivor of Acid Reflux

My name is Bob Barton and I can not believe that nearly 30 years have passed since the surgery which almost took my life! Because of complications in surgery, I spent the next year of my life at least 3 – 4 times every day. It was absolutely a living nightmare. Acid Reflux was ruining my life! After countless attempts to cure my vomiting and Acid Reflux, a MIRACLE happened …

I finally slept well the whole night! I could not understand why? After back-tracking my steps before bed, the only thing I did differently was eat an apple! So, I began experimenting with different varieties of apples and I discovered an all natural treatment for acid reflux! As months passed, so did my acid reflux to almost becoming non-existent!

Only an Apple a Day?

It turns out the doc was right! "An apple a day keeps the doctor away" And acid reflux away! I began to carry an apple everywhere I went and not aware that I only needed a slice to treat my reflux. You might want to consider treating your acid reflux naturally too? How about naturally cure it too?

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Treating Edema During Pregnancy

While pregnancy is almost always a joyous time for a woman, it is also notoriously uncomfortable. From the extra weight, to morning sickness, to symptoms like edema, it's no wonder that most women are ready to have their baby after nine long months! Edema is one of the most common issues that a pregnant woman will experience. There are many effective ways of treating edema during pregnancy. Although the condition itself is not necessarily a problem, it can be uncomfortable, and can lead to more serious complications of pregnancy for some women.

What is Edema?

If this is your first pregnancy, or you have just never experienced edema before, you may be unsure of what the condition entails. In simple terms, edema is swelling of the extremities due to water retention. Pregnant women usually experience this swelling in their fingers, legs and ankles. This is not necessarily a problem. As your uterus grows, the weight impacts other areas, including the surrounding veins that deal with blood flow. The larger your baby grows, the higher your chance of retaining water and developing edema. Your body is also experiencing an increase in the hormone progesterone, which can contribute as well. In addition, edema can be a sign of a more serious pregnancy complication, known as preeclampsia. Preeclampsia is a condition that is related to blood pressure, and this condition can harm your baby. If you have swelling during pregnancy, be sure to carefully watch for signs of preeclampsia and ask your doctor to test you.

Treatment and Prevention

If you know that you are sooner to suffer from edema during pregnancy, prevention should be your focus. Your diet is a big part of treating edema during pregnancy. You should be getting enough protein, as well as paying close attention to your sodium intake. Too little sodium in your diet can cause muscle cramping. However, too much can lead to an increase in all forms of edema, including preeclampsia. It is also important that you are drinking enough water on a daily basis. While drinking water may seem like a confusing treatment for water retention, it's important to understand how your body works. Your kidneys need enough fluid to remove toxins from your body. If there is not enough fluid necessary for proper operation, then problems such as edema can occur. For this same reason, taking a water pill is not safe. This can cause excessive fluid to be dropped from areas that need it for essential functions, including your kidneys and also your baby's own placenta.

There are also other things you can do to minimize the symptoms of edema and be more comfortable during the last months of your pregnancy. First, be aware that hot weather can increase edema and swelling. You should also avoid staying in any one position for long periods of time. If circulation to a specific area is interrupted, swelling will likely be the result. Change positions and move around frequently to reduce swelling. Treating edema during pregnancy can be challenging, but this measure will help. You should also pay attention to the shoes that you are wearing. High heeled shoes, or those that pinch, will increase the height of your feet. Wear comfortable and supportive shoes. If you find that your shoes are not fitting properly, you may need to wear a size larger for the last months of your pregnancy.

Alternative medicine has also spent many years developing methods that may be effective for treating edema during pregnancy. For example, acupuncture can help circulation function better and eliminate some of the causes for edema. Getting regular massage from a qualified therapist can have many of the same benefits and keep your body functioning at its best, despite the stress of pregnancy. In addition, therapies such as herbs, aromatherapy and homeopathy can assist a pregnant woman in reducing the discomfort of pregnancy induced swelling. Always check with your health practitioner, however, before taking any natural treatment internally. Some herbs may be contraindicated during pregnancy, so practice safety at all times as you address your water retention.

Edema and Preeclampsia

The relationship between edema and preeclampsia is often misunderstood. Many pregnant women are under the impression that swelling and water retention is an inherently dangerous condition to them and their unborn child. This, however, is not the case at all. In fact, treating edema during pregnancy is quite normal. Edema is a symptom of preeclampsia; however, having edema does not mean that your child is in danger due to the complication. What it does mean is that you will need to be more carefully monitored to ensure that all your other vital signs are normal and that you have not developed blood pressure problems. Many women experience pregnancy induced edema with no complications surrounding physical discomfort. However, be aware of the possibilities and keep your eye on your condition closely to ensure that it does not become a problem as your pregnancy progresses.

Signs of Heart Attacks – Drinking Tea May Prevent Heart Attacks

Preventing plaque build up in arms averts the signs of heart attacks. Plaque is the deposit attached to the walls of blood vessels that is caused by high levels of cholesterol in the blood. It is specifically high levels of LDL or low density lipoproteins that cause these deposits of plaque to be formed. These deposits cause hardening of the arteries which prevent the blood pumping around the body. They can also form partial or even total blockages in the blood vessels, this, especially if in the artillery surrounding the heart, can reduce the oxygen feed to the heart so preventing it from functioning correctly or even stopping it completely in a full blown heart attack .

These plaque deposits are often unstable and if pieces of plaque break free into the blood stream they can do immense damage to vital organs. Plaque frequently builds up in the main artery in the neck that supplies the brain. Any pieces of plaque that dislodge from here will be transported straight into the brain and this is a major cause of TIA's Transient Ischaemic Attacks, a type of mini stroke which can disable the patient for maybe just a few minutes up to several days. These plaque deposits can also result in a full stroke with permanent disablement of movement, swallowing and even immediate death.

New research at the Institut National de la Sante Et de la Recherche Medicale in France has been studying the formation of these plaque deposits in elderly people. They surveyed nearly seven thousand people, they looked at the signs of heart attacks, their eating and drinking patterns and ran an ultrasound test on each patient which measured the amount of plaque in their carotid artery. The Carotid artery is the main artery that supplies the head and neck and a major site for the deposit of plaque and a cause of arteriosclerosis as well as strokes and heart attacks.

When comparing the diets of the men and women in the study, they found different results between the sexes of those people who drank tea. They established that in women, those drinking at least 2 cups of tea a day were less likely to have deposits of plaque in the carotid artery than those who drank none. The results were even better for those who drank at least 3 cups a day. Comparing the results that they received from the men in the study, they found that tea did not give this same protection for men. Further research is being endeaken to establish why there is this big difference in results between men and women. Early indications show that it may be linked to oestrogen levels in women and may be the antioxidant properties in the tea that are working in partnership to give this protection against plaque formation.

So, for women, three cups of tea a day may reduce your chances of plaque build up in your arms and in so doing, help reduce your risk of having a stroke or the signs of heart attacks.

Foods for Helping Achieve a Lower Cholesterol Level

Everyone can suffer from high cholesterol or hypercholesterolemia. Men and women, young and old can suffer from high cholesterol that can result in more serious problems like heart attack and stroke. Medication that can be recommended by your doctor are one of the solutions. However, you may also take the initiative to change or improve your diet if you want to treat a high cholesterol level. There are many foods which can lower your cholesterol level.

Getting fiber is one of the keys to maintaining a low level of bad cholesterol or low density lipoproteins (LDL) in the body. Foods that are rich in fiber such as oatmeal and whole grains are advised to be taken daily. Oatmeal is rich in soluble fiber, a type of fiber that is helpful in lowering the level of bad cholesterol or LDL. Plus, it does not affect the level of good or high density lipoproteins (HDL). Having about five grams of soluble fiber can help reduce the level of bad cholesterol so make sure that you eat a bowl of oatmeal every day. Other foods that are rich in soluble fiber include fruits like apples and pears, vegetables especially beans, and kidneys of animals. They will certainly help in preventing the thickening of the artery wall.

Cholesterol is commonly associated with fats. They can not be completely removed from the body. But if you want healthy fats, you can consume nuts. They are also rich in fiber and can supply the body with antioxidants and vitamin E. Nuts supply unsaturated fats making it one of the groups of foods for a lower cholesterol level. Some of the best nuts that you can eat if you are dealing with a high cholesterol level are peanuts, walnuts and almonds. However, nuts also have high calorie content so you should watch your consumption. Neverheless, they can be eaten as substitute for meats or can be eaten after a high fat meal.

Protein and fatty acids are also good in lowering your cholesterol level. Thus, foods with omega 3 like fish are good foods for lower cholesterol. Foods with omega 3 fatty acids and protein will not only reduce your LDL level but will also increase the HDL level. The best sources of healthy fatty acids are salmon, mackerel and trout.

Meats have high level of cholesterol and if you want a low cholesterol diet, you may want to consider alternatives such as soy products. They have polyunsaturated fats. They can help reduce the bad cholesterol level a bit and they can supply the body with vitamins, minerals and fibers.

Lastly, yogurt is another type of food that can help people suffering from hypercholesterolemia. It follows the bloodstream from absorbing the bad cholesterol, preventing blood clots and artery wall thickening.

Simply put, foods with unsaturated fat contents are great foods for a lower cholesterol diet. Plus, foods with antioxidants can also help lower the body's bad cholesterol level and increase its good cholesterol level, which is necessary for manufacturing bile acids, hormones and cell membranes. The foods enumerated above can help in lowering cholesterol but your diet should not be limited to these foods. You can refer to informative and helpful courses about cholesterol to know more foods that are suitable for people who want to prevent or treat hypercholesterolemia.

Comatose Patients and the Risk of Aspiration Pneumonia

Aspiration pneumonia refers to inflammation of the lungs due to inhalation of foreign matters (food, saliva, nasal secretions). Virtually any fluids or solid irritants (dust particles) that frequently enter the airways can lead to the occurrence of aspiration pneumonia. Aspiration pneumonia can generate moderate or high fever due to inflammation of the lower respiratory tract’s soft tissues, membranes and organs involved in the process of breathing. Unattended, this type of pneumonia can result in partial lung failure (atelectasis). Although aspiration pneumonia is not an infectious disease, in time it can lead to serious pulmonary bacterial infections. On the premises of lung inflammation and weakened defenses of the respiratory system (cilia barriers, mucus), aspiration pneumonia facilitates the occurrence of severe bacterial pneumonia. Furthermore, aspiration pneumonia can even lead to death by asphyxiation (due to obstruction of breathing).

The categories of people exposed to the highest risk of developing aspiration pneumonia are: people who can’t swallow properly or have a poor cough reflex (infants, very young children, the elderly) and people with serious disabilities that involve bed confinement. Aspiration pneumonia is very common in comatose patients and people who suffer from paralysis, as immobility and prolonged horizontal position of the body render them very susceptible to inhalation of their own mouth and nasal secretions. Also, prolonged bed confinement can lead to regurgitation of the stomach content inside the throat and mouth, allowing stomach fluids to reach the upper levels of the respiratory tract, from where they may be inhaled into the lungs. Despite the fact that comatose patients are usually fed via tubes that enter directly inside the stomach, they are still exposed to a high risk of aspiration pneumonia as a result of stomach fluids reflux into the throat and mouth.

The occurrence of aspiration pneumonia in disabled or comatose patients can be easily prevented by slightly elevating patients’ head and torso during feedings. Patients should be maintained in this position for at least 30 minutes after feeding. This procedure is recommended for patients who receive tube feedings as well. Patients who suffer from an overproduction of saliva also require special medical care. In order to prevent the inhalation of excess saliva, this category of patients should be kept under permanent medical monitoring. Constant mouth suctioning and frequent wiping of the mouth and nose can prevent the occurrence of aspiration pneumonia in such patients. Constant changing of position can also minimize the risk of aspiration pneumonia in disabled and comatose patients.

Patients who present signs of fluid inhalation need immediate medical assistance. Tube suctioning of the airways is an effective means of clearing patients’ respiratory tract from inhaled foreign matters. Chest massage and application of pressure on patients’ chest can stimulate cough reflexes, thus allowing the elimination of inhaled matters.

Although aspiration pneumonia is highly preventable and treatable (if timely discovered), it still accounts for many deaths among patients with special conditions. People with poor freedom of movement and immobile people need permanent surveillance in order to prevent the occurrence of aspiration pneumonia.

How to Lighten Up the Holiday BBQ

Memorial Day is just around the corner and I know this because all the BBQ stuff has been moved to where you can not miss it in the grocery store, or in Costco, BJ's, or one of the many other big box operations. Usually, I'm pretty lucky and I get invited to where someone else is doing the grilling, or anything that requires a sweat.

My job is to visit a good deli and pick up something for the table that I can say I made. Sometimes, that involves a slight adjustment of what I purchase, but there have been a few rare occurrences when I actually made something from scratch. (And I do not mind saying that it passed muster, too.)

Over the last couple of years, I have obviously lightened a few things up, but I must say, when the ribs come round I do not pass. I just do not devour nearly as many as I would have in the past and I go easy on many of the sides. I also do not make a second, or third pass at the food, unless it's for fruit, if there is any.

I do have just one rule, when I'm attaining someone else's shindig and that it is that I eat what's served. I do not complain that there is not this or that, or wonder where the vegetarian food is. I can not tell you how rude that kind of thing is and how many times I've wanted to pour the bleu cheese dressing over the head of one of these whiners. Or, as one of my friends says, secretly cook all the food in lard and let them try and guess what the secret ingredient is. Lord forgive me …

If you're throwing your own BBQ, you may want to try grilling some fish. This usually cuts the calorie intake by about 50%, even if you're eating a good sized portion, which is the natural tender when we're celebrating. A couple of weeks ago, I had some simple grilled halibut, with a black bean mango salsa and it was some of the best BBQ I've ever had.

Preparing the fish is easy. Rub it with a little peanut oil and salt and pepper to taste. Make sure the grill is clean and oiled well. This very important with fish, which is much more elaborate than meat. Grill over medium heat for about 4 minutes per side.

Here's the recipe for the salsa:

2 cups cooked black beans
2 mangoes, peeled, seeded and diced
1/4 cup red pepper, diced small
1/4 cup green pepper, diced small
1/4 cup orange pepper, diced small
2 Tbsp jalapeno pepper, diced small
1/2 cup red onion, diced small
1/2 cup pineapple juice
1/4 cup fresh lime juice
1/2 cup chopped fresh cilantro
2 Tsp ground cumin
2 Tsp Chipotle powder
1/4 cup honey

Mix all the ingredients, season with salt and pepper and let marinate in the refrigerator for a couple of hours, or overnight. Serve with the grilled fish. Salsa can be served cold, or at room temperature.

Bon apetito!