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8 Tips for Arthritis

Tip 1: Make Sure You Really Have Osteoarthritis

While to some of you, today's tip might be very basic. It is absolutely essential that you make sure your diagnosis is correct before you begin wasting money on treatments that are not designed to help your specific situation.

Tip 2: Searching For Just Arthritis Pain Relief? You Shouldn't!

Doctors are very quick to address your joint pain with what has become a "standard" response. Normally, they tell you to take NSAIDS like Aspirin, Advil, Motrin, Ibuprofen, and Acetaminophen, or prescribe COX-2 inhibitors such as Vioxx and Celebrex.

Tip 3: Keeping Your Weight in Balance is Key To Taking Control of Your Osteoarthritis!

If your osteoarthritis is affecting your load-bearing joints, keeping your weight within normal ranges is important. Load-bearing joints of course refers to any portion of your body that would be affected by excessive weight. Hips, knees, feet and spine are all load-bearing joints.

Tip 4: The Arthritis Fighting Diet

The most common foods to avoid are:
# sugar
# caffeine
# citrus
# salt
# red meat
# dairy products
# additives
# soft drinks
# corn
# flour

Tip 5: Fighting Arthritis Through Proper Exercise!

As best you can, try to keep painful joint areas in motion, even in a limited manner. Exercise is good for joints affected by osteoarthritis. Even if you don't think you can exercise, you can. Even the lightest exercise can go along way to maintaining joint mobility and health. A good exercise routine is key to beating arthritis.

Tip 6: The Treatments: NSAIDs, Cox-II Inhibitors, Surgery, & Glucosamine

The latest arthritis research has shown that there are some very effective alternatives that have no side effects, are completely safe, ease the pain and tend to the disease. This supplement is Glucosamine.

Recently, Glucosamine has been making a lot of headlines. Glucosamine is an over-the-counter dietary supplement that has been shown to be effective in the treatment of osteoarthritis and joint pain. Glucosamine stimulates the production of glycosaminoglycans (GAG's), the important proteins found in cartilage plus proteoglycans, the water holding molecules that make up the cartilage.

Tip 7: How to Evaluate a Glucosamine Product

Glucosamine compounds have opened up an entirely new avenue for all of you who suffer from osteoarthritis. There is nothing new about the use of Glucosamine as a way of easing an arthritic condition. For many years it has been used in Asia and Europe before the English speaking medical community caught on. However, you have to be very, very careful when selecting Glucosamine products.

Your selection should be based on four factors.

You must consider the quality of Glucosamine, method of delivery to body, additional ingredients in the product, and of course, price.

Simply put, the higher quality of Glucosamine you use, the greater your relief will be. Many companies use medium grade Glucosamine so you must be careful to look for the highest quality. You need to look for pharmaceutical quality Glucosamine if you want the fastest and fullest relief and healing.

Secondly, the method of delivery can make the difference between no pain relief and your personally desired pain relief. Most products produced after the breakthrough news of the 1999 Lancet medical journal Glucosamine study, were rushed to the market. In this haste, these companies did not take any time to do tests on their product. They simply assumed pill form would be the most effective. The latest research however, has shown that Glucosamine in liquid form is much more effective. In selecting a Glucosamine product, you should look for one that is liquid form.

Also, crucial to the effectiveness of the product, is the other ingredients that are included in the product. Glucosamine alone is not a cure all. There simply is no cure for arthritis. To receive true help in an arthritic state, you need to look for products that combine a number of arthritis fighting ingredients. You should look for a product that besides Glucosamine Sulfate and Glucosamine HCL, it also contains arthritis-fighting ingredients such as chondroitin, boswellin, bromelain, omega 3 & 6, yucca, manganese ascorbate, and vitamins A, C, and E.

When considering price, you must take care to determine exactly how much supply you are purchasing. Many companies engage in what can only be called a "deceptive" practice. They often will include 60 pills, or 32 oz. of the product, but they don't make it clear that you have to take 6 pills or 4 oz. a day. You think you have purchased a month supply when often you will run out in less than 2 weeks. A good price for a quality liquid Glucosamine product with many of the above ingredients synergistically combined is around $30.

My recommendation for Glucosamine products is Syn-flex®, a 98% pure liquid formula that combines all the ingredients that are essential for pain relief and joint healing.

Tip 8:. 12 Ingredients that Will Ease Your Arthritis Pain

In alleviating arthritis pain, there are twelve key compounds that you should be taking for maximum relief. These are Glucosamine, chondroitin, boswellin, bromelain, omega 3 & 6, yucca, manganese ascorbate, and vitamins A, C, and E.

Four Paws Rough & Rugged Pimple Ball with Bell For Dogs Recalled

Date: August 26, 2008 1:20:55 PM MDT
Subject: Four Paws Pimple Ball with Bell

August 26, 2008

RE: Four Paws® Rough & Rugged® Pimple Ball with Bell

Dear Valued Retailer:

As you may know by now, there have been reports of injuries to dogs
as a result of a manufacturing defect in some Four Paws Pimple Ball
with Bell toys. We are deeply concerned about these reports, and we
have immediately stopped shipping the toys until the defect can be
corrected. If you still have any of these toys in stock, we urge you
to remove them from your shelves immediately and return them to your
distributor. The following products are affected:

Item Number

Item Description



Four Paws® Rough n Rugged® Pimple Ball with Bell -- Small

0 45663 20220 0


Four Paws® Rough n Rugged® Pimple Ball with Bell -- Medium

0 45663 20225 5


Four Paws® Rough n Rugged® Pimple Ball with Bell -- Large

0 45663 20227 9

Meanwhile, we have halted shipments of these toys from the
manufacturer and I will be personally inspecting the manufacturer's
facility in order to make sure that the defect has been corrected and
will not occur again. It is important to note that this is a
manufacturing defect in some of the toys and not a problem with the
toy's design.

We are also changing the packaging of the Pimple Balls to make it
easier for us to inspect them for potential defects, and we are
individually inspecting every one of the toys in our inventory in
order to identify any that may be defective.

We apologize for any inconvenience this has caused you or your
customers, and we thank you for your cooperation in removing the
defective toys from your shelves. Please feel free to call me at
1-800-835-0909 if you have any questions or concerns.


Barry Askin
Executive Vice President

Life's Abundance Wellness Food Supplement For Cats

La-cat-supplement The smallest feline is a masterpiece".  That's what Leonardo da Vinci once said and I couldn't agree more.  That is why Dr Jane is so happy to announce that she formulated a new and improved supplement for cats called Life's Abundance Wellness Food Supplement, which replaces the Immune & Body Support we offered in the past.

The more Dr Jane learns about the way bodies function, the more amazing they seem to her. There is a growing amount of anecdotal evidence that suggests a mammal’s body has a highly complex, natural intelligence. As a holistic veterinarian, Dr Jane reviews such evidence, interpreting it within the context of established scientific knowledge. Based upon these observations, it seems that a cat’s body “prefers” nutrients as they exist in foods, in their more natural state. On a cellular level, their bodies are familiar with the nutrient components and therefore the body knows to absorb and assimilate exactly what it needs. That is why Dr Jane believes that small amounts of nutrients in foods can have a profound affect on a cat’s body. In light of this information, she formulated a new approach to add to the overall nutrient intake, creating Life’s Abundance Wellness Food Supplement for Cats.

This new supplement is formulated with a wide variety of naturally-nutritious ingredients to help maintain overall health. The proteins in this superior supplement are sourced from high-quality chicken, herring, chicken liver, salmon and pork meals. We have also included chicken cartilage, a natural source of glucosamine and condroitin sulfate. This supplement also contains other nutritious ingredients such as alfalfa sprouts, tomato pomace and fish oil.  And last but not least, even the most finicky of felines will enjoy the savory taste of these nutritious nuggets!

Because this new supplement is formulated differently, we can offer it to you at reduced prices.  The new Retail price is $15.50 and the new Autoship price is $12.50.  That's $3.15 a bottle less at Retail and $2.00 a bottle less on Autoship than the previous supplement! 

Supplementing a cat’s diet can play an important role in maintaining overall health, and I hope you will contact your cat customers so they can try this new and improved supplement.

Life’s Abundance Gourmet Cat Treats For Healthy Skin & Coat

Cat-treat-emaill  More terrific news everyone.  Dr Jane announced that she has formulated a new gourmet cat treat, which replaces our Purrfectly Natural Gourmet Cat Treats.  In addition to a new look, the improved treats are now under the Life’s Abundance brand.

If your cats enjoyed our old treats, they will absolutely love these new treats.  Most cats spend a good portion of their waking hours grooming themselves and often loose hair is swallowed, which can lead to an accumulation in the stomach. Dr Jane believes that a healthy skin and a strong, resilient coat begin on the inside and that is why she formulated Life's Abundance Gourmet Cat Treats For Healthy Skin & Coat.

This new and improved treat addresses skin and coat health in different and important ways. Because healthy skin is much more likely to produce strong, luxurious hair, it is vital to nourish the skin. I included omega-3 fatty acids in this premium formula to help keep the skin moist and discourage it from drying out. The vitamin E in this formula helps to maintain skin elasticity. The vitamin C in this formula helps the body to produce collagen, which is the major component of skin. The chicken, herring and chicken liver meals in this formula supply your feline with the high-quality proteins vital for a healthy coat. Protein is necessary for the growth and maintenance of a strong, resilient coat. I believe that a stronger coat will result in less hair being swallowed during normal grooming.

Of course, the shape, size and savory flavor of these wonderful cat treats are the same, so your furry feline customers will never know that they are new and improved!

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Pedigree Small Crunchy Bites Recall

FRANKLIN, Tenn., Aug 08, 2008 /PRNewswire-USNewswire via COMTEX/ -- Today Mars Petcare US announced a voluntary recall of 100 of the 20-pound bags of PEDIGREE(R) Complete Nutrition Small Crunchy Bites sold in Southern California and Las Vegas, Nevada to a limited number of Albertsons locations due to potential Salmonella contamination.
PEDIGREE(R) Complete Nutrition Small Crunchy Bites is a multi-component dry pet food. Last week, a component that should have been on hold due to positive testing results was inadvertently shipped to our Tracy, California facility and used in the production of 100 bags of PEDIGREE(R) Complete Nutrition Small Crunchy Bites with best buy dates of 07/2009.
Our primary concern is the safety and welfare of our pet owners and their pets. Although the finished product tested negative and we have received no reports of illness of pets or their owners, out of an abundance of caution we are issuing a voluntary recall of the limited number of bags of Pedigree(R) Complete Nutrition Small Crunchy Bites containing the component in question.
We have already notified Albertsons and are working with them to retrieve any bags still in their stores or distribution centers. If any bags have been sold to consumers, we are asking them to return the product to Albertsons for a full refund. Mars Petcare US is cooperating fully with the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) on this matter.
Proper handling of pet food can help prevent illnesses in humans and pets. In an effort to prevent the transmission of Salmonella from pets to family members and care givers, the FDA recommends that everyone follow appropriate pet food handling guidelines when feeding their pets. A list of safe pet food handling tips can be found on the FDA's web site at:

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Daily Nutritional Systems For Dogs

Wellnessdogsys3 With the addition of the new supplement, we'll be including the Life's Abundance Wellness Food Supplement in both of our Daily Nutritional Systems for dogs, replacing the Advanced Daily Supplement.

Dogs have unique nutritional needs which can be affected by life stage (puppy, adult or senior), differences in personality (high-strung or laid-back), living conditions (sole "child" or one of many pets in the household), environmental factors and activity level.

The Life's Abundance Daily Nutritional Systems include both our premium dry health foods with our new, superior chewable supplement to provide your canine companion with excellent nutrition, every single day. Not only can your customers meet the unique dietary requirements of their dogs, they can take advantage of the savings offered by purchasing these products in a system! For anyone who wants to provide their dog with additional daily nutrition, they should strongly consider the combined nutritive power offered by the Lifes Abundance Daily Nutritional Systems.

Life’s Abundance Wellness Food Supplement for Dogs

Ladogsupp Great news, everyone! Dr Jane Bicks has developed another new and improved formula for our line of premium health products for companion animals!

As a holistic veterinarian and product formulator, Dr Bicks is particularly excited to introduce to you this new and improved formulation -- the Life’s Abundance Wellness Food Supplement for Dogs. This formula replaces our Advanced Daily Supplement for Dogs. These food supplements create a new benchmark of nutrition for our products, which is part of the reason why they now are included under the Life’s Abundance brand.

Dr Jane truly believes that the Life’s Abundance Wellness Food Supplement for Dogs will be one of our most popular pet products.

Drawing from my decades of experience as a holistic veterinarian and incorporating the latest veterinary science, we have formulated a new and improved approach to add to the overall nutritional intake of dogs. The perfect complement to a healthy diet, Life’s Abundance Wellness Food Supplement for Dogs is formulated with a broad array of naturally nutritious ingredients from real food to help maintain overall health.

Please visit the web site for more information about the new Life’s Abundance Wellness Food Supplement for Dogs. You’ll find detailed information about the wholesome ingredients, including liver, cranberries, carrots, eggs, alfalfa, tomatoes and pineapple! Delicious and nutritious, it’s guaranteed to satisfy.

And, like all of our superior-quality canine supplements, these delicious compressed tablets are scored in-half for easy splitting. And with a tantalizing liver flavor, dogs will be clamoring for more when it comes time for their supplements.

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Popular Sago Palm Plant Is Toxic to Pets

Sagopalm Daydreaming of a sandy beach and a breeze shimmying through the palm trees? Paradise, right? Not so fast, says Fido. Though palm trees evoke relaxation of the highest order, Sago palm (Cycas revolute)—a stocky member of the Cycad family of plants—is downright dangerous to our furry companions.

According to the ASPCA Animal Poison Control Center (APCC) in Urbana, IL, pet poisonings from the increasingly popular plant are on the rise. Since 2003, the Center has seen an increase in cases of Sago palm and Cycad poisonings by more than 200 percent. APCC data also reveals that 50 percent to 75 percent of those cases resulted in fatalities.

A native of Southern Japan, Sago palm has been a common addition to outdoor landscaping in sunny climes, but in recent years, has also emerged as a trendy houseplant in northern states. Though attractive with its dark green leaves and hairy trunk, the plant is highly toxic to cats and dogs. Common signs of Sago palm poisoning include vomiting, diarrhea, weakness, depression, seizures and liver failure.

“Many pet parents may not be familiar with the toxic effects of Cycad palms, and assume the only poisonous portions are the seeds or nuts,” says Dr. Sharon Gwaltney-Brant, veterinary toxicologist and APCC Vice President. “But all parts of the plant are toxic if ingested.”

As always, pet parents should guard against any mishaps and prevent their furry beloveds from coming into contact with Sago palm plants by placing them out of reach. Or consider a nontoxic alternative to brighten your home and keep the dog days of summer cool and carefree.