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Soothe Joint Pain With MediBeads

0909_mediBeads_prodShot If you’ve ever had a sore back, shoulder pain, or discomfort due to arthritis, you’ve probably used a heating pad or some type of heat pack. And chances  are you felt some relief as it stimulated blood flow to the affected site. But the fact is, most heat therapy devices don’t provide optimal relief because they only provide dry heat. Moist heat, on the other hand, not only gives you longer relief, but also penetrates deeper, making it much more effective. Plus, many heating pads and gel packs heat up unevenly, or they get uncomfortably hot. Not to mention the fact that with electric heating pads, you’re literally “tied” to one spot by the cord!

But I’ve discovered new, portable moist heat wraps that work much better to give you fast and soothing relief. They’re called MediBeads Moist Heat-Cold Wraps, and they’re truly the next generation in heat therapy. This incredible technology provides deep-penetrating moist heat after only minutes in your microwave! The entire wrap warms up evenly to give you the perfect level of warmth to stimulate your body’s healing mechanisms and circulation. And it maintains that consistent therapeutic temperature—up to 30 minutes. Plus, it’s “green” because it can be used over and over again—without losing any of its healing properties.

Each wrap is filled with tiny patent-pending beads that draw water from the air and release it as clean, pure moisture. Once you heat these bead-filled wraps, this moisture penetrates into your muscles to relieve your pain and is incredibly soothing. You’ll notice a tremendous difference from other heating devices right away. First, you don’t heat it in boiling water. In fact, there’s no water involved at all—so no mess or danger of burning yourself. Then, as soon as you apply the wrap, you’ll actually feel the heat penetrate deep into your sore muscles and joints, giving you much needed relief. And this moist heat comes lightly from the beads. It’s not wet or damp, but steam-like moisture.

In addition, the outer cloth layer that holds these beads in place feels soft against your skin. But the advanced design doesn’t stop there. MediBeads Wraps come in several different shapes and sizes to target either large areas of discomfort (like your lower back) or smaller body parts, such as your wrists. Some are short sleeves you simply slide your arm or leg into. Each size and shape literally hugs your body part for complete hands-free mobility. You can heat it, put it on, and go about making dinner, reading a book, or whatever you need to do. These Wraps provide safe, effective, odorless, moist heat therapy in complete comfort.

What Is A Canker Sore & How Do You Prevent Them

Canker_melts_24_box_front_large What is a Canker Sore?

Aphthous ulcers (more commonly known as canker sores) are an ulceration of the mucosal membrane in the mouth. Modern science has yet to pinpoint the exact cause but studies have linked stress, genetics and (for some people) triggering foods and/or chemicals. Often confused with cold sores (which are related to herpes and form on the lips or face) canker sores are not viral or contagious and form only inside the mouth.

Women are more likely than men to develop recurring aphthous ulcers and young adults suffer more frequently than older adults. Lacerations such as cuts from braces or accidental biting of the lip or cheek can also lead to canker sores. About 20% of people get recurring aphthous ulcers and more than 60% of people will develop a canker sore at least once in their lifetime. Canker sores typically form on the floor of the mouth, the cheeks, the tongue, or on the soft palate and last 1-2 weeks.

What Can You Do To Prevent Them?

Minimize stress: take time off to relax, eat right and get plenty of sleep.

Take care of your mouth: Brush and floss daily! Be careful when eating dry, crunchy foods. Any sharp, hard edges in your mouth can cause cuts that lead to canker sores. Also, excessive dryness of the mouth can lead to canker sores. For some people, triggering foods like nuts, spices, or food high in acidic content can lead to sores. Sodium lauryl sulfate (SLS), found in some toothpastes, also seems to cause canker sores in some people.

What Makes CankerMelts Work So Well?

Glycyrrhiza (licorice root) extract and added ingredient collagen (a protein) have a soothing and healing effect on the painful canker sore. The all-natural patch of hydrophilic gums slowly dissolves in the mouth, releasing the active ingredient over 2-6 hours precisely in the afflicted area. The absence of any chemical adhesives ensures that there will be no damage to the mucosal lining of the mouth that could potentially cause more painful sores.

CankerMelts is the best treatment for canker sores. Recent clinical trials at the University of Washingon’s School of Dentistry, consistently considered one of the nation’s premier centers of dental research and education, suggest that CankerMelts is more effective than any other non-prescription treatments and equally effective as prescription treatments in relieving pain and accelerating healing. Use CankerMelts today for freedom from your painful mouth sores.

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The Best Vitamin K For Your Arteries And Bones

Written By Julian Whitaker, MD

For years, vitamin K has been the neglected stepchild in the world of nutrition, while vitamins C, D, E, beta-carotene, and others grabbed all the attention. Groundbreaking research, however, is finally propelling vitamin K into the limelight.

This is long overdue because of vitamin K’s plethora of health benefits. Because most of us don’t get enough vitamin K in our diets, we all should sit up and take notice.

Vitamin K’s specific function wasn’t understood until the 1970s. We now know that it helps orchestrate the movement of calcium in the body. This vitamin not only plays a critical role in getting calcium from our bloodstream into our bones, but it is also involved in the health of your arteries and other tissues. Herein lies the calcium paradox: you need calcium in your bones, but you want it to stay out of your soft tissues and arteries.

Some researchers suggest that a high calcium intake is the problem. But the real issue is not getting enough vitamin K to shuttle the calcium into your bones where it belongs. So it seems obvious that we should all increase our daily intake of foods rich in vitamin K—but it’s not that simple. There’s more to the vitamin K story.

There are two types of natural vitamin K—K1, found primarily in leafy greens, and K2, most abundant in fatty meat, egg yolks, and fermented products such as cheese, sauerkraut, and natto (by far the richest source). Unfortunately, vitamin K1 is poorly absorbed. And you don’t want to go overboard on the K2-rich foods that also contain a lot of saturated fat. Furthermore, K1 is more involved in blood clotting, while K2 is more protective of the bones and soft tissues.

So, how do you increase your levels of K2? With nutritional supplements. But here again, you need to take the right type.

Vitamin K2 has several subtypes, including MK-4 and MK-7. The one to look for is MK-7. The “7” indicates that there are seven side chains attached to the main molecule. The more side chains, the longer it stays in your system, allowing more time to shuttle calcium out of your arteries and into your bones. A lot of supplements use the MK-4 form of K2, but I think that’s just “settling.” That’s why I recommend the Healthy Directions MK-7—it’s the right form at my recommended dose of 150 mcg daily.
I guarantee you’ll be hearing much more about vitamin K in the future. As you can see, I’m very enthusiastic about this safe, natural way of getting calcium to your bones. I’ve made it part of my daily supplement regimen, and I urge you to consider doing the same. Learn more about the best form of vitamin K2.

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Want A Dazzling White Smile In 12 Days? Teeth Whitening Comes With Its Risks

While some people are blessed with bright, white teeth, most people aren't that lucky.

Teeth-whitening products have become increasingly popular, and depending on the condition of your teeth and your budget, there are several options available if you'd like to go a few shades brighter. Between the coffee you can't get through the morning without and the occasional glass of wine you sip at dinner, it happens: Your pearly whites become less so. Much of what you eat and drink every day contributes to staining your teeth.

Fortunately, there are many safe teeth whitening products which could correct the problem. The downside is that they can also cause occasional side effects, such as tooth sensitivity, gum irritation, bluish enamel and uneven whiteness. Worse case scenario, the possibility of the whitening or bleaching chemicals seeping into a cracked tooth or cavity, could cause internal damage which could a root canal.

If there is pain and sensitivity after using the teeth whitening product, the American Dental Association advises that it could stop within a week or two after discontinuing the whitening treatment. For those who have dental fillings, crowns or other dental works -  if you have particularly dark stains - talk with your dentist concerning the appropriate treatment or product. Overdoing teeth whitening can put you at higher risk or dental dangers, therefore take heed of any discomforts that you might feel during the process.

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    We know you love your pet, and when your pet is sidelined with pain, you’d do almost anything to relieve the pain – but think twice before giving your pet aspirin or other pain medications meant for humans. They can be toxic to your dog, and make a bad situation even worse.

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    Could A Saline Spray Stop The Spread Of Flu, TB, SARS?

    By Maggie Fox, Health and Science Correspondent WASHINGTON - Mon Nov 29, 2004 (Reuters) - Simply inhaling a saltwater spray could help prevent the spread of diseases including flu and tuberculosis, U.S. and German researchers reported on Monday.

    They found a saline spray, administered using a device called a jet nebulizer, reduced the number of germ-spreading droplets by as much as 70 percent for six hours.

    The findings, published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences (news - web sites), could provide a way to help control epidemics such as the 2003 outbreak of Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome (SARS) that spread globally and killed many health care workers trying to help patients.

    The findings might also help control any global influenza pandemic, which almost all health experts believe is coming and which could kill millions.

    The researchers noted much more study was needed before a saline spray device could be marketed to prevent the spread of diseases.

    Gerhard Scheuch of Harvard University and colleagues there and at biotechnology firms Pulmatrix and Inamed tested 11 volunteers, giving them the oral spray and then measuring how many particles they released when coughing.

    "Viruses known to spread from humans and/or animals through breathing, sneezing, and coughing include measles, influenza virus, adenovirus, African swine fever virus, foot and mouth disease virus, Varicella zoster virus (chickenpox), infectious bronchitis virus and smallpox, among others," they wrote. Bacteria spread in airborne droplets include anthrax, Escherichia coli and tuberculosis.

    Scheuch's team noted some people produced many more little droplets or bioaerosols [germs] than others -- something also seen by investigators of the SARS outbreak that spread from China to cities around the world, killing 800 people. Such "super-spreaders" were responsible for several clusters of the often deadly viral infection.

    That may mean that about half the population generally may produce more than 98 percent of all disease-spreading droplets, the researchers said.

    "We found a sharp demarcation between individuals who are 'high' and 'low' producers of bioaerosols, small droplets of fluid exhaled from the lungs that may carry airborne pathogens," said David Edwards, a professor of biomedical engineering at Harvard, who worked on the study.

    "Roughly half our subjects exhaled tens of bioaerosol particles per liter, while the other half exhaled thousands of these particles. The number of exhaled particles varied dramatically over time and among subjects, ranging from a low of one particle per liter to a high of more than 10,000."

    They noticed that when volunteers breathed with their mouths open, as some people do habitually and which cold sufferers often must do, more droplets were spread than when they coughed or sneezed.

    After the volunteers inhaled a salt spray via the nebulizer for six minutes, those prone to producing the most droplets saw a reduction of as much as 70 percent, the researchers said.

    The saline seems to affect the surface tension of fluid inside the lungs, they found. Surface tension is a physical property of fluids that allows some bugs to walk on water, for instance, and that causes water to form droplets.

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    Is Your Dog Overweight? Watch This Video To Find Out & Help Your Dog Lose Weight

    HealthyPetNet Lifes Abundance Diet Dog Food January is traditionally a time when people pay more attention to their bodies, intentionally eat fewer calories and make healthier food choices.

    This is also a great time to develop better habits for your canine companion. Just like in humans, obesity is rampant in America’s pet population. When dogs carry too much weight they place an extra strain on all their organs, and they can be at an increased risk for diabetes, arthritis, high blood pressure and pancreatitis. Unsurprisingly, excess weight gain can interfere with a pet’s quality of life and actually shorten their life span.

    Fortunately, dogs respond very well to simple weight-loss programs. By increasing your pet’s exercise and reducing the amount of calories he or she eats, you can help reduce your pet’s weight and the risk of health problems associated with obesity.

    But how do you determine whether or not your dog is overweight? And, if your dog is overweight, what can you do about it? In this short video, Dr. Sarah shows you how to learn if your dog is carrying too much weight, and gives advice on how to help your dog shed unwanted pounds.

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    FDA Health Alert for Merrick Beef Filet Squares Dog Treats

    FDA Health Alert for Merrick Beef Filet Squares Dog Treats Packaged and Distributed by Merrick Pet Care
    Products may be contaminated with Salmonella

    The U. S. Food and Drug Administration is warning consumers not to use Merrick Beef Filet Squares for dogs distributed by Merrick Pet Care with a package date of “Best By 111911” because the product may be contaminated with Salmonella.

    The product was distributed nationwide through retail stores and Internet sales.

    Although no illnesses associated with these products have been reported, the FDA is advising consumers in possession of these products not to handle or feed them to their pets.

    In December 2009, the FDA conducted routine testing of Merrick Beef Filet Squares and detected a positive finding for Salmonella. A follow-up inspection found deficiencies in the packaging and manufacturing processes.

    Salmonella can affect both humans and animals. People handling dry pet treats can become infected with Salmonella, especially if they have not thoroughly washed their hands after having contact with the treats or any surfaces exposed to these products. Consumers should dispose of these products in a safe manner by securing them in a covered trash receptacle.

    Healthy people infected with Salmonella may experience some or all of the following symptoms: nausea, vomiting, diarrhea or bloody diarrhea, abdominal cramping and fever. Although rare, Salmonella can result in more serious ailments including arterial infections, endocarditis (inflammation of the lining of the heart), arthritis, muscle pain, eye irritation, and urinary tract symptoms. Consumers exhibiting these signs after having contact with this product should contact their health care provider immediately.

    Pets with Salmonella infections may become lethargic and have diarrhea or bloody diarrhea, fever and vomiting. Some pets may experience only a decreased appetite, fever and abdominal pain. Infected, but otherwise healthy pets can be carriers and infect other animals or humans. If your pet has consumed any of the affected product or is experiencing any of these symptoms, contact your veterinarian immediately.

    The affected Merrick Beef Filet Squares were packaged in a 10-ounce green, red and tan re-sealable plastic bag. The “best by” date is imprinted on the top portion of the bag, which is torn off when the bag is opened. The FDA recommends that consumers who are unable to determine the “best by” date discontinue use of the product.

    Consumers can report complaints about FDA-regulated pet food and pet treat products by calling the consumer complaint coordinator in their area. Please see for additional information.

    What Is A Peptic Ulcer?

    A peptic ulcer is a sore on the lining of the stomach or duodenum, which is the beginning of the small intestine. Peptic ulcers are common: One in 10 Americans develops an ulcer at some time in his or her life. One cause of peptic ulcer is bacterial infection, but some ulcers are caused by long-term use of nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory agents (NSAIDs), like aspirin and ibuprofen. In a few cases, cancerous tumors in the stomach or pancreas can cause ulcers. Peptic ulcers are not caused by stress or eating spicy food.

    What is H. pylori?

    Helicobacter pylori (H. pylori) is a type of bacteria. Researchers believe that H. pylori is responsible for the majority of peptic ulcers.

    H. pylori infection is common in the United States: About 20 percent of people under 40 years old and half of those over 60 years have it. Most infected people, however, do not develop ulcers. Why H. pylori does not cause ulcers in every infected person is not known. Most likely, infection depends on characteristics of the infected person, the type of H. pylori, and other factors yet to be discovered.

    Researchers are not certain how people contract H. pylori, but they think it may be through food or water.

    Researchers have found H. pylori in the saliva of some infected people, so the bacteria may also spread through mouth-to-mouth contact such as kissing.

    How does H. pylori cause a peptic ulcer?

    H. pylori weakens the protective mucous coating of the stomach and duodenum, which allows acid to get through to the sensitive lining beneath. Both the acid and the bacteria irritate the lining and cause a sore, or ulcer.

    H. pylori is able to survive in stomach acid because it secretes enzymes that neutralize the acid. This mechanism allows H. pylori to make its way to the "safe" area--the protective mucous lining. Once there, the bacterium's spiral shape helps it burrow through the lining.

    What are the symptoms of an ulcer?

    Abdominal discomfort is the most common symptom. This discomfort usually

    • is a dull, gnawing ache

    • comes and goes for several days or weeks

    • occurs 2 to 3 hours after a meal

    • occurs in the middle of the night (when the stomach is empty)

    • is relieved by eating

    • is relieved by antacid medications

    Other symptoms include

    • weight loss

    • poor appetite

    • bloating

    • burping

    • nausea

    • vomiting

    Some people experience only very mild symptoms, or none at all.

    Emergency Symptoms

    If you have any of these symptoms, call your doctor right away:

    • sharp, sudden, persistent stomach pain

    • bloody or black stools

    • bloody vomit or vomit that looks like coffee grounds

    They could be signs of a serious problem, such as

    • perforation--when the ulcer burrows through the stomach or duodenal wall

    • bleeding--when acid or the ulcer breaks a blood vessel

    • obstruction--when the ulcer blocks the path of food trying to leave the stomach

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    Signs That You Have Hemorrhoids & What Causes Them

    General Hemorrhoids Symptoms

    Hemorrhoids are abnormally swollen veins in the rectum and anus. They are similar to varicose veins you might see on a person's legs. When bulging hemorrhoid veins are irritated, they cause surrounding membranes to swell, burn or itch. This can become very painful, and bleeding may even occur.

    Hemorrhoids are caused by too much pressure in the rectum, forcing blood to stretch and bulge the walls of the veins, sometimes rupturing them.

    There are two types of hemorrhoids (external and internal) and the symptoms for both are different.

    External Hemorrhoid Symptoms

    External hemorrhoids cause most of the hemorrhoid symptoms we commonly hear about such as pain, burning, and itching. An external hemorrhoid is usually a form of hemorrhoids outside of the anus. Swollen veins will form a lump around the anal opening and if a blot clot develops, the lump will become a thrombosed hemorrhoid. This is extremely painful and one of the most obvious signs of hemorrhoid.

    Internal Hemorrhoid Symptoms

    Internal hemorrhoids are a lot less painful and thus its symptoms are harder to detect. This form of hemorrhoids is less painful because of the lack of nerve endings inside your anal canal. The basic symptom of internal hemorrhoids is itchiness. Another good sign of internal hemorrhoids is a slight bleeding (you’ll be able to see some blood on toilet paper or in your toilet bowl) after a visit to the toilet.

    Hemorrhoids have two main causes: diet, and toilet strain. Studies have also shown that these two causes are linked because eating bad food can lead to constipation which then leads to straining on the toilet.


    A diet that lacks fiber contributes to hemorrhoids. This is why the western diet which is rich in processed foods has been linked to causing hemorrhoids. The simple treatment or solution to this is to take in more fiber foods such as fiber rich cereal, bananas and bread (just a few examples).

    Toilet Straining

    The style of our modern toilets seems to be more comfortable, but actually encourages straining. And people who read while sitting in the toilet also stand a higher chance of getting hemorrhoids due to the extra pressure to the anal veins which are caused by sitting in the toilet for too long.

    While diet and toilet straining seem to be the main cause of hemorrhoids, there are other factors involved. Other common hemorrhoid causes include aging, diarrhea, constipation, overuse of laxatives and even pregnancy.

    Regardless of the causes of hemorrhoids, you should seek treatment immediately because hemorrhoid rarely heal by itself (hemorrhoids may subside and disappear it is bound to recur). Hence, you should use a hemorrhoid cure that can help you get rid of hemorrhoids permanently once and for all!

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    What Causes Thyroid Problems In Dogs & Cats And How To Diagnose Them

    What are Thyroid Problems?

    The thyroid gland consists of two small lobes shaped like butterflies with one each side of the windpipe (trachea) located in the neck. This gland produces thyroid hormones, thyroxine (T4) and triiodothyronine (T3). The primary function of these hormones regulates and maintains your pet’s metabolic rate which in turn affects their overall health and wellbeing.

    Another hormone called thyroid stimulating hormone (TSH) which is produced by the pituitary gland, controls the production of the thyroid hormones. If the thyroid does not function properly, there may be a negative impact on your pet’s body weight, heart rate, skin and coat, digestive and reproductive health.

    What Causes Thyroid Problems?

    There are two types of thyroid disorders – hypothyroidism and hyperthyroidism.

    Hypothyroidism affects mainly dogs, and rarely occurs in cats. When hypothyroidism occurs the thyroid gland is underactive and not enough thyroid hormone is produced, thereby slowing everything down. The exact cause is unknown but it may be caused by an auto-immune response in which the dog’s own immune system kills cells of the thyroid gland. Dogs that usually suffer from recurring skin problems have hypothyroidism.

    Hyperthyroidism typically affects middle-aged to old cats (between 4 and 22 years of age), seldom developing in dogs. When hyperthyroidism occurs, the thyroid gland is overactive and produces too much thyroid hormone, speeding up the metabolism. The cause of hyperthyroidism has been established but dietary, immunological, genetic and environmental factors may also contribute to this disorder.

    The common symptoms and signs of hypothyroidism include:

    • Weight gain or obesity
    • Lethargy and lack of energy
    • Dry skin and hair loss
    • Constipation
    • Slow heart rate
    • Anemia
    • Intolerance to cold
    • High blood cholesterol
    • Infertility
    • Seizures

    Behavioral changes may also occur and include anxiety, depression, and hyperactivity, as well as being unfocused or passive.

    The common symptoms and signs of hyperthyroidism include:

    • Weight loss even with an increased appetite
    • Diarrhea
    • Vomiting
    • Intolerance to heat
    • Dull, dry or oily coat with excessive shedding
    • Rapid/fast breathing
    • Increased water consumption accompanied by urination
    • Increased or decreased activity
    • Tremors

    Behavioral changes such as nervousness, restlessness, hypersensitivity or stress may also occur.

    Diagnosing Thyroid Problems

    The diagnosis of a thyroid problem is based on the symptoms, thorough physical examination and review of your pet’s medical history. Certain tests such as a Baseline T4 Test, Baseline T3 Test, or TSH Stimulation Test will be performed if hypothyroidism is suspected. Your vet will choose the test most suited for your dog’s symptoms.

    Generally, the TSH Stimulation Test will reveal whether your dog has a low T4 or T3 level. If hyperthyroidism is suspected, the diagnosis is based on the symptoms presented, enlarged thyroid gland (large enough that it can be felt), and high T4 levels.

    Tests such as a CBC, serum chemistry, and urinalysis are performed if symptoms of other diseases such as kidney failure, liver disease, diabetes mellitus or heart disease are present with hyperthyroidism. In addition, tests such as the T3 suppression test, measurement of free T4 and thyrotropin-releasing hormone stimulation test may also be performed to confirm the diagnosis of hyperthyroidism.

    Help for Thyroid Problems

    Your vet may recommend the following standard treatments for hyperthyroidism in felines and these include radioactive iodine (I-131), anti-thyroid medication such as methimazole (tapazole) or surgery (thyroidectomy). These treatments have some adverse side effects such as liver damage, anemia, hair loss and lethargy, and cats with this problem should be kept away from pregnant women and children.

    Treatment of hypothyroidism in dogs involves a daily dose of synthetic T4 hormone known as thyroxine (levothyroxine). Thereafter, follow-up blood tests will be taken in about six weeks to ascertain whether there is any improvement. This is life-long therapy but dogs usually go on to enjoy good health for the rest of their lives.

    Natural Remedies

    Natural and holistic treatments offer a gentler alternative to conventional medications without being addictive. Herbs are safe and effective to use and addresses the major symptoms of thyroid disorders in pets. Carefully selected herbal ingredients such as Huang Qi, Kelp, Siberian Ginseng and Urtica urens helps to improve thyroid functioning and symptoms associated with hypothyroidism.

    There are several things that you can do to prevent thyroid problems and these include:
    • Feed your pet a natural, raw and well balanced diet that contains all the essential vitamins, minerals and nutrients
    • Ensure that your pet gets regular exercise
    • Boost your dog or cat’s immune system with immune-boosting supplements
    • Take your pet to the vet for annual check-ups and monitor any abnormal physical and behavioral changes
    • If your pet suffers from a thyroid problem, become as knowledgeable as possible about this health problem

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    Foods to Avoid Feeding Your Pet

    Many dogs and cats will eat just about anything. However, there is a list of foods that will make them sick. Always make sure garbages are out of reach and this will help save you and your dog and cat from costly vet bills!

    • Chocolate
    • Onions
    • Garlic
    • Nuts
    • Avocado
    • Pear pips, the kernels of plums, peaches and apricots, apple core pips
    • Potato peelings and green looking potatoes
    • Rhubarb leaves
    • Moldy/spoiled foods
    • Alcohol
    • Yeast dough
    • Coffee grounds, beans & tea
    • Hops (used in home brewing)
    • Tomato leaves & stems
    • Broccoli
    • Raisins and grapes
    • Cigarettes, tobacco, cigars