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Precious Extra Time With Sheldon After Canine Kidney Disease

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Loving parents of a beloved dog, wheaten terrier, share the following touching story of Sheldon overcoming canine kidney disease and spending two more quality years together; incase you need some encouragement when the Vet only gives your four-legged friends only a few weeks to live…

“Sheldon came into our lives on August 17, 2003. Everyone knew Sheldon. He was such a loving little boy and was just happy to be loved by our whole family. Sheldon always had a sensitive stomach and was on a strict diet of prescription dog food and dog treats.

Sheldon became very sick in July 2013 and was diagnosed with stage 3 kidney disease. Even with all the new medications that were prescribed and the fluids he was receiving every single day, the doctors only gave him two weeks to live. Our family was beyond devastation…

My husband searched the internet and found Pet Wellbeing and the Kidney Support Gold Medicine. We had nothing to lose and would try anything at this point to help our Sheldon.

We started giving Sheldon Kidney Support Gold twice a day as instructed and started to see improvement almost immediately.

Of course we continued with the daily injection of fluids at the vet, and our baby boy never even cried. He was just always so happy to see the staff and he made their day too. I wrote a couple of reviews during this period so other pet parents would learn of this miracle drug. Our baby boy lost his battle on February 7, 2016, two weeks short of his 12 1/2 birthday.  

We got an extra 2 1/2 years more than expected, but this was not nearly enough. We miss him so much and everything reminds us of him. Our Sheldon was one in a million.  Thank you for everything.” 

Kidney support for dogs

Kidney Support Gold

Natural support for dog kidney disease
 
Helps maintain:
  • Energy levels
  • Urination and thirst (hydration)
  • Appetite and weight
  • General vitality
  • Immune support

Order Kidney Support Gold today and help your dog maintain a normal quality of life with healthier kidneys!

  • 90 Day money-back guarantee
  • 1 bottle is a 1 month supply for most dogs

Exercise With Your Dogs For Disease Prevention

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Summer makes us think about getting outdoors with our pets and this is a good thing for both human and animals. For most of us our pets live indoors. Many are cooped up inside with bathroom privileges only for most of the day. For many active dogs, this is the equivalent to prison.

It is no wonder we have so many dogs with anxiety and boredom problems like destructive chewing and constant barking. Most of these problems could be solved simply by increasing exercise!

Exercise is a mental stress reliever for dogs and a way that they find out about the world. As anyone who has ever walked a dog knows, the nose is constantly to the ground finding out who has been there and when.

The important thing to realize is that although most dogs can handle a 30 minute walk, you need to first determine your dog’s fitness level and how much exercise your dog can handle. (read below to learn more)


There are a number of goods reasons to exercise with your dog. Here are a few:

1. Exercise promotes weight control and digestive health. Although weight loss is only 20 %

exercise and 80 % nutrition, that 20 % is important to keep your dog fit and trim.

2. Exercise works to prevent destructive behavior and hyperactivity. Pups that have jobs or 

are active are far less bored than the wall flowers that sit at home chewing on your couch.

3. Exercise prevents or delays the onset of arthritis and helps prevent cognitive dysfunction.

4. Exercise encourages socialization with other dogs and people and improve your bond with

your pet.

5. Exercise is good for owner health as well. Dogs can be great training partners. Walking the dog is the most basic form of exercise—which is physical and mental work for the dog.

The important thing to realize is that although most dogs can handle a 30 minute walk, you need to first determine your dog’s fitness level and how much exercise your dog can handle:  

Toy dogs may only be able to handle 5 to 10 minutes of exercise at a time. Dogs with pushed in faces like Pugs can not handle a lot of exercise in the heat. Long haired dogs and Arctic breeds may also have problems in the heat and may either need to be clipped or only exercised when it is cooler. For some dogs, swimming may need to replace walking in warm weather. Check with your veterinarian before you start any major exercise program with your dog.

  • Safety issues with walking need to be taken into consideration. Depending on the terrain where you walk, your dog may need booties. Inspect your dog’s pads for injuries after walking. In hot weather, avoid asphalt as it will cause blistering of the foot pads. Leash your dog—if you are running use a leash that attaches to your body. Retractable leashes may seem convenient but can injury you or your dog so do not use those!
  • Take plenty of water for you and your pet. If you are going to be exercising strenuously for 30 minutes or more your dog will need a snack, so take that along as well. Use some form of flea/tick and heartworm preventive, mosquito repellent and sunscreen and don’t forget to pick up after your dog.
  • If you’re not a runner and your dog needs to run, consider a treadmill. Your hound can increase her muscle definition, tone up and increase her life span by making a regular date with her own treadmill. There are several types available for different sizes of dogs. Other alternatives are dog sports—try agility, skijoring, swimming, dock diving, biking , hiking and doga (doggie yoga).Don’t let the fun of exercising with your pet pass you by this summer, and remember inviting your four-legged friend into your own wellness routine can be a vital step towards a common pet ailment prevention!
  • Challenge your entire family to involve your pets into fun activities, here’s an idea – this girl is training golden labrador retriever puppy in the swimming pool – jump and dive underwater to retrieve shell. Active games with family pets and popular dog breeds like companion.

Little child playing with fun and training golden labrador retriever puppy in swimming pool - jump and dive underwater to retrieve shell. Active games with family pets and popular dog breeds like companion.

Does your pet need an energy boost? If you wish your four-legged companion was more enthusiastic about being active, he may need a little help with his or her nutrition! 

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Obie The Cats Amazing Recovery With SPARK Nutritional Supplement

I believe Spark, Pet Wellbeing’s nutritional supplement has truly made a new cat out of Obie, and I recommend it to everyone. Testimonial from Obie's mom

I found Obie, when I visited a rescuer to adopt a special needs kitty I had seen online, and she had many other cats looking for homes. A smelly, older-looking black cat was very affectionate when I visited, so I decided to take him home along with the other one.  I figured I would feed him a high-quality diet, and the smell might disappear. The vet said he was probably not very old, but the stench was from his horribly inflamed teeth and gums, and that all would need to be removed.  After the dental surgery, all he had left was his four fangs! The smell eventually almost disappeared, and he continued to thrive.

I lost my husband to cancer last March, and five months to the day after he passed, I came home to find Obie curled up against the curb, apparently dead, having been hit by a car.  It was dark out, with no sign of anyone nearby.  I went to pick up his lifeless body,  and he moved. I drove immediately to the emergency hospital, about 10 minutes away.

He had a fractured wrist and pelvis, broken jaw and road rash, and was in shock.  Fortunately there was no internal bleeding.  He was stabilized, but his jaw would need to be wired together elsewhere. I was told that if I wanted to try to save him by keeping him immobile, it was possible that his pelvic fractures would heal on their own.  There was a chance that he would be incontinent if he did not regain muscle tone in his tail.  I refused to give up on him and “pull the plug,” especially after losing my husband so recently. My kids were away at camp and could not be there.  

At great personal expense, Obie spent several days in the emergency hospital, fed through an NG tube, and drugged for his severe pain. I then transferred him to his regular vet who wired his jaw, but was concerned that he would not eat, despite trying many things, including syringe feeding.

I took him home and kept him in a cage, feeding as well as I could.  Once he resumed eating on his own, I started him on Spark, in addition to higher calorie food, then  regular quality grain-free canned cat food.  He was able to control his bladder.  

The difference has been nothing short of amazing! Obie made a full recovery. He doesn’t smell, his wounds have totally healed, and he can run and jump and eliminate like any healthy cat. There isn’t even a limp!  

I made it a point to take him back to the emergency hospital to show the vet who had cared for him initially there. I told her that when he recovered I would do that, and she was so thrilled to see how well he was doing.

Aside from great veterinary care, my love, and patience, I believe Spark has truly made a new cat out of Obie, and I recommend it to everyone.

One serving per day provides support for:

  • Healthy bones, teeth and coat
  • Good digestion and nutrient absorption
  • Joint and muscle health
  • Immune system and normal recovery
  • Healthy hormone levels
  • Fighting free radical damage (anti-oxidant)
  • Important vitamins & minerals for growth, aging and normal cell repair
  • 1 canister lasts ~ 40 days for a cat
  • 1 canister lasts ~ 14 days for a dog

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Sassy Overcomes Cat Kidney Disease

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A heart-warming customer story, especially if your pet is also going through urinary tract infection and cat kidney disease.

“Our Sassy was one of five kittens born in our bedroom over 16 years ago, an unexpected and delightful addition to our family.  All but Sassy and her brother Tiger were placed with other willing “parents” and when Tiger met an untimely death due to a raccoon that took him down, it was just our Sassy that kept her place in our home and hearts for the years to come.  

It was in November 2014 that we began to notice a decline in Sassy’s otherwise healthy demeanour, and when she came down with a urinary tract infection, it seemed like her time was limited in terms of her health and well-being.

After numerous and expensive tests we were told that her kidney disease condition would require special prescription food for the rest of her life.  

Before long Sassy refused to eat and was literally wasting away.  Believing that her condition was irreversible, we simply accepted the fact that her life was coming to an end.

It was at that point that I went on the internet and found Pet WellBeing. I can still remember the incredible relief that I felt the day that I called and spoke with one of their counsellors.

After describing her condition I was encouraged to put her on several supplements that would support her kidneys and bladder, as well as taking her off the prescription cat food and replacing that with an all-organic formula. I was even given a special recipe for cat food that I could make from natural ingredients.  At last I felt that there was some hope!

Within just a few weeks the difference in her health and well-being was amazing!  Sassy was eating again and gaining back some of the weight that she had lost.  

Fast forward to March of 2016.  Never would I have thought almost two years ago that our girl would be as “Sassy,” as her name implies, and acting just like she did when she was a kitten so many years ago.  It’s true, we have needed to add “Old Friend” to her health plan, because like all of us as years go by, our joints need extra help in keeping us spry!  

We are so thankful to Pet WellBeing for the amazing service and solutions that they provide in helping us keep our beloved pet happy and healthy!  

We have since referred many of our friends to Pet WellBeing, and will continue to do so, since we know from experience that they will always lead you in the best direction when it comes to your pet’s health!”  

Pet Wellbeing Recommendations:

Kidney Support Gold – Cat Kidney Disease Support 

Supports normal and stable kidney function and helps maintain:

  • Energy levels
  • Urination and thirst (hydration)
  • Appetite and weight
  • General vitality
  • Immune support

View Kidney Support Gold product page

Kidney Support Gold - Cat Kidney Disease Support

Supports normal and stable kidney function

Helps maintain:

  • Energy levels 
  • Urination and thirst (hydration)
  • Appetite and weight
  • General vitality
  • Immune support

Guaranteed to help your cat's kidney function

  • 1 bottle = 2oz (59ml) a 4 month supply for most cats

10 Year Old Happy, The Cat, Overcomes Feline Cancer With Life Gold

 

 

Cancer is the #1 Disease-Related Killer of Cats

If you’ve received this devastating news, read on for the thoughts of our resident vet.

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Let’s not underestimate the power of timely natural support to help with feline cancer! Here’s a customer story:

Almost three years ago, we got a phone call from our vet. Happy had a maximum of two weeks left to live, with stomach and intestine cancer.  Happy, is our oldest 10-year-old cat. Luckily, I know Pet Wellbeing, which is a great, reliable company so I’ve ordered LIFE GOLD.

After just three days, Happy stopped vomiting, and his diarrhea was under control. He started gaining weight. Before he had lost two pounds in one month.

In October 2015, when we took him to the vet, he said that Happy needed two molar teeth to be removed. After having us wait for an hour, the vet came out and told he got two blood tests. I came home with Happy.

The next day, the vet phoned and told us the news: “Happy is cancer-free. OMG!”

The vet can’t believe his eyes! I called Pet WellBeing that day and I wrote excellent reviews!

Now my Happy has developed arthritis in the last six weeks, and I will be treating him with Agile Joints. We are very thankful for the staff and the great supplements. 

Pet Wellbeing Recommendations

Natural support for cats with cancer:

Helps manage the symptoms of feline cancer
  • Support for the immune system
  • Supports vital systems of detoxification
  • Helps to reduce oxidative stress
  • Scavenges free radicals
  • Supports antioxidant function
  • Promotes long-term health

Guaranteed to improve your cat’s life.

Also recommended:

Cancer Support Kit – Cats

Two products: Life Gold and Nu-Pet Feline Antioxidant
  • Support for the immune system
  • Supports vital systems of detoxification
  • Helps to reduce oxidative stress
  • Scavenges free radicals
  • Supports antioxidant function
  • Promotes long-term health

Kit contains a 3 month supply for most cats:

1 bottle of Life Gold = 2oz (59ml)
1 jar of Feline Granular Greens = 150gm/5.29oz

To order and learn more, visit Product Page for Cancer Support Kit

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If your cat has cancer, your vet’s prognosis probably won’t leave you with many options.

Well here’s another: Don’t accept the prognosis. See for yourself how the right treatments from Pet Wellbeing can improve and prolong your best friend’s life—and even reverse the symptoms. (That’s right, I said reverse.)

And how do these natural treatments combat the debilitating effects of cancer? By boosting your cat’s immune system, protecting against the “free radicals” that cause cellular damage and supplementing your cat’s diet to keep it strong and fighting the disease.

Sounds far-fetched? How about if I told you that 25% of modern drugs are actually derived from plants? Yet many Vets continue to ignore them, when study after study—and thousands of pet owners—confirm their deadly effect on cancer.

So don’t make the same mistake—give your little guy the chance he or she deserves today.

Renowned Vet Dr. Janice Huntingford, DVM, DACVSMR, CVA, CVPP, CTCVMP has been in veterinary practice for 28 years and has founded two veterinary clinics. She has studied extensively in both conventional and holistic modalities. In January 2015 she became a Diplomate of the Amercan College of Veterinary Sports Medicine and Rehabilitation.


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Gunner Overcomes Cushing’s disease

What a wonderful testimonial! Glad to hear Gunner is doing so well.

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Pam, a resident of British Columbia, noticed that Gunner, her 10-year old Blue Heeler started drinking more water, developed a voracious appetite, and urinated at night while he was sleeping. At first, Pam thought  that the dog was suffering from a bladder infection or a kidney disease. After numerous blood tests, X-rays, and an ultrasound, Pam learned in July 2014  that Gunner had Cushing’s disease. Pam was devastated. 

Coping with Cushing’s disease

At first, Gunner’s mom  followed the vet’s instructions and gave Gunner a tablet of Vetoryl 60 mg every 12 hours. While the treatment helped slow down the dog’s thirst, Gunner’s appetite was still out of control and he continued to urinate while sleeping. The medication also had negative side effects. Gunner became lethargic and no longer had the energy to go out for walks.  He was in rough shape, and Pam did not know what to do to help her best friend.

To fight the disease, the vet suggested to increase the daily dose. Pam, an animal health tech, started losing hope. The treatment was expensive and was not showing the results she had hoped for. As much as she loved Gunner, she considered putting him down. “The quality of my dog’s life had gone downhill since using the drug,” she remembers.

A new life

In this moment of crisis, Pam started investigating alternative options and came across Adrenal Harmony Gold during an online search. Having nothing to lose, she decided to give the treatment a try.

A year and a half later, the treatment has turned Gunner’s life around. While the dog still shows signs of the Cushing’s disease, his water intake is now normal and he no longer urinates in the house. Even better, the treatment has kept some of the other symptoms typically associated with the disease at bay, such as hair loss. “He is active as any senior dog could be and I am so grateful to still have him with us,” Pam says. “He will even still try to chase the cows.”

A natural supplement for Dog Adrenal Gland Dysfunction
  • Promotes healthy skin and coat
  • Helps normal hair growth
  • Supports normal thirst and urination
  • Supports healthy weight, normal appetite
  • Supports proper muscle tone

Guaranteed to Help Your Dog

  • 1 bottle = 2oz (59ml) a 1 month supply for most medium size dogs

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Ella could not see or hear very well, and she was not feeling good. Her bones were creaky, and she just did not have the energy to be a dog any more. After all she was a 14-year old lab, and aging was taking its toll. Doug felt sad that Ella did not want to go out on the long walks they used to take in the countryside together in Vancouver, British Columbia. He wanted his best companion back! Ella’s dad came across Spark, and gave it a try.
 
After a month, Doug was surprised by what he saw. “She become a much more energetic and happy old dog,” he says. Ella is now more responsive and shows more interest in going out for walks, which makes Doug so happy. Her cloudy, milky eyes have also cleared up.
 
Other lab lovers have noticed changes in the dogs’ lives since they have added the supplement to their diet. For example, the mom of an adorable 12-year old chocolate lab, also located in Vancouver, started noticing a marked improvement in the dog’s mobility, energy, and social behaviour. “We got our old dog back,” she says “He is cuddly and affectionate again.”
 
In Ontario, an 11-year old lab faced a myriad of health issues, particularly with digestion which often kept her from eating for several days. “There were a few times we thought we were going to lose her,” says his dad Ross. Spark helped the dog with digestion, and at her last check-up visit, the vet commented on her youthful appearance and the brightness of her eyes.
 
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SPARK - Daily Nutritional Supplement 200g (7.05 oz)

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One serving per day provides support for:

  • Healthy bones, teeth and coat
  • Good digestion and nutrient absorption
  • Joint and muscle health
  • Immune system and normal recovery
  • Healthy hormone levels
  • Fighting free radical damage (anti-oxidant)
  • Important vitamins & minerals for growth, aging and normal cell repair

Order SPARK today and give your dog or cat a lifetime of excellent health.

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Treating Pet Allergies Naturally

Dog_cat_scratching_ear2Just like us, our pets have many different kinds of allergies—seasonal allergies, food allergies and contact allergies. These different types of allergies have different clinical signs and different treatments. With warmer weather approaching, veterinarians expect the arrival of pet seasonal allergies. At this time of year, everything is flowering filling the air with pollen. We often end up treating pet allergies the way we treat ourselves.  Prescription and over-the-counter medications are widely available, but they do nothing to help overall health and come with a host of side effects.

Allergies are a sign of an imbalance in the immune system. Balancing and strengthening the body can decrease or even rid your pet of seasonal allergies altogether. Traditional Chinese Medicine, including acupuncture, food therapy and herbal remedies, does just this. The first thing to do is look at diet– a basic homemade single protein diet is key to eliminating allergies.  It also strengthens the immune system. If you cannot make a diet, select a grain free single protein diet to help with your pet’s allergies. Once the diet is well balanced, the body is better able to heal itself.

Acupuncture and herbal therapies are excellent in treating the symptoms of allergies. When the body is in balance, symptoms disappear and health is restored. When treating allergies that cause upper respiratory symptoms such as sneezing and runny eyes, herbal remedies such as Nettles Eyebright can be invaluable for both dogs and cats.

Pets that have itchy skin absorb pollens through their feet and skin making them extremely itchy.  Washing your pet with Pure Natural shampoo will help to reduce the amount of pollen on the skin and feet. You can also wash your pet’s feet with cooled black tea when he or she comes in from walks to remove the pollen. This is particularly helpful last thing at night. Itch Support Gold is a drug-free alternative that relieves itchy skin and is safe for long-term use.

Many allergies also affect the gastrointestinal system and can cause symptoms like vomiting and loose stool. Allergens can leak into your pet’s bloodstream through “leaky gut syndrome”.

Dysbiosis, or “leaky gut,” is a bacterial imbalance that leads to inflammation of the intestinal mucosa. Once inflamed, the intestinal lining is compromised and allows undigested food particles and other potential toxins to enter the bloodstream. These toxins trigger an allergic response in the gut and this can cause GI symptoms or itchy skin. A better diet and probiotics such as the Ultimate Probiotic can usually resolve the problem or make it significantly better.

One other natural product that works well for pets with allergies is natural honey. Natural honey contains bee pollen that can serve to “immunize” your pet against local allergens.  The key is this honey must be from a local producer so it contains the pollens in your area.

Your pet does not need to suffer from allergies this spring. There are many natural ways to treat this common problem.


Happy + Healthy Pets With Kidney Disease

Kidney Disease or renal failure is extremely common in older cats and dogs. In fact, it is not uncommon for most cats and some dogs over the age of 12 to suffer from some form of kidney disease. While routine blood and urine tests can help diagnose kidney disease, unfortunately, by the time our pets show clinical signs, the kidney is already damaged.

Cats and Dogs with kidney disease often times feel ill, lethargic, and may become anorexic. Vomiting and seizures can also result. 

There is help!

 

Our Kidney Support Gold for Cats or Dogs is a powerful, holistic combination of traditional Chinese herbs that support normal and stable kidney function.

Imagine your aging cat or dog with increased energy, a happier mood, less urination and desire to drink, increased appetite and weight gain, and more vitality!

Kidney Support Gold has helped thousands of beloved pets return to a normal life after renal failure diagnosis and is safe for long-term use.

 

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Echinacea-Goldenseal – Enjoy A Healthier Winter!

For superb immune support and protection this winter, try Echinacea-Goldenseal formula - great for the whole family!

Along with its two namesake herbs, Echinacea-Goldenseal formula contains Red Root, Myrrh, Licorice, Oregon Grape, Wild Indigo, and Yerba Mansa root for complete and comprehensive immune support.

Goldenseal root is known as “King of the Mucous Membranes” because of its effectiveness in combating infections involving the respiratory and digestive tracts. It contains the powerful natural antibiotics berberine and hydrastine, two extremely bitter alkaloids which have a notable antibacterial action.

Echinacea is a familiar remedy for many. It’s been used by indigenous Native Americans for hundreds of years for all kinds of maladies including infections, toothaches, and snake bites (this is where one of its many common names, Snake Root, comes from. Other herbs also share this common name, which is why it’s important to confirm the botanical name of the plant.).

Echinacea root and flower contain immune-boosting compounds that give it its familiar ‘tingle’ factor when the tincture is taken, and which instantly increase our salivation. These have been shown to support the production of a group of white blood cells (T cells) that are especially important for defending against viruses. In recent years, a growing body of scientific evidence has validated many of Echinacea’s traditional usages, especially its effectiveness against infections.

For more information or to order Echinacea-Goldenseal formula - and enjoy a healthier winter!


‘Tis the Season for Tasty Treats… and Herbs for Your Liver!

If you’re like many of us, you may find yourself nibbling on the shortbread a wee bit much, or sipping a little too much eggnog over the holidays… These goodies sure taste great, but all that extra sugar, fat, and alcohol can put an even bigger load than usual upon our hardworking liver. What can you do to give your liver a holiday, too?

Herbs such as Milk Thistle, Licorice, Turmeric, Dandelion and Burdock are excellent choices for helping the liver in its major role of detoxification. They support the liver by strengthening production of enzymes that help us metabolize toxins and drugs (including alcohol). They also assist the liver with its other important functions including: protein synthesis; manufacturing bile for elimination of fat-soluble toxins; and synthesis of cholesterol for production of important steroidal hormones such as estrogen, progesterone, cortisol and others.

It’s the perfect time of the year to show your liver a little extra love!

How do you take care of your health during this time of year, when we often overindulge?


The Flu Vaccine: Allopathic vs. Natural

Which works best for you? The subject of flu vaccination has caused its fair share of debate in recent years. Should one use conventional means to support the immune system, or look to nature to provide protection? We look at the potential risks of allopathic flu vaccination and investigate the advantages of the natural approach…

Every year winter brings along with it a variety of influenza viruses that are constantly changing – stopping our body from building up a natural defense against it. In the United States, there has been a marked increase in flu vaccine recommendations – with children aged 6 months to 5 years being vaccinated against the flu.

Researchers question the alarming lack of evidence for promoting vaccinations for children under the age of two. In addition, papers published by the same researchers found that the conventional flu vaccine is only mildly effective in treating the portion of the population most urged to get a vaccination – the elderly. Overall, it was concluded, that influenza vaccines have little or no effect on many influenza campaign objectives, such as hospital stay, time off work, or death from influenza and its complications.

There are other problems and side effects associated with the conventional flu vaccine. Allopathic flu shots and oral vaccines contain live virus – that can cause mild flu-like symptoms and even severe allergic reactions and have also been associated with the development of Guillain-Barre Syndrome (GBS). It is always advisable to weigh up the benefits against the disadvantages when making the choice of whether or not to be vaccinated in a conventional manner.

Natural methods to help avoid the flu

So what is the alternative to the conventional flu vaccine? Often we find ourselves dealing with the symptoms of flu as they hit us mid-winter with a vengeance. But the best line of defense is prevention. Symptoms of cold and flu are anything but pleasant, so it makes sense to do as much as we can before the cold and flu season – giving us a better chance of escaping the sniffles and sneezes. Having said this, it is also never too late to help the immune system and provide protection against the current flu strain.

From a naturopathic point of view, frequent vaccination can weaken immune functioning and ultimately lead to ill health and more serious illnesses. Some people are not able to have a flu vaccination due to allergies or other conditions. (Flu vaccines are prepared on chicken embryos and are therefore not safe for those with egg and chicken allergies.) Whether or not you have yourself vaccinated, it is important to know that there are other choices that are equally effective without the side effects associated with conventional flu vaccines.

One option is a homeopathic preparation of the current flu virus as a flu vaccine – either together with the conventional vaccination for extra protection (and relief from the side effects of conventional vaccines) or as a standalone option.

Prevention is better than cure! Here are some tips to support your immune system:

Exercise: As little as half an hour a day of gentle exercise can help fight flu. Research suggests that moderate daily exercise can help fend off the common cold. A study found that walkers experienced half the number of ‘sick days’ of cold symptoms as non-exercisers.

Food for Fighting the Flu: The correct eating plan can greatly reduce the risk of colds and flu and has the added benefit of helping us stay in shape during winter months when we are tempted to overindulge. Foods to boost your immune system include: Oranges, grapefruit and tangerines (packed with protective nutrients such as vitamin C, bioflavonoids and anti-oxidants that help to ward off winter colds and flu), Butternut, pumpkins and squash (these are all great sources of beta-carotene, one of the most powerful antioxidants in our winter protection pack), yoghurt, fish, (a fantastic source of zinc and the omega-3 fatty acids), Oysters (a great source of zinc) and herbal tea (Chamomile tea in particular has been applauded for its strong antibacterial properties – explaining why the tea has long been attributed as a cold fighter).

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Bloating and Water Retention

When women reach a certain age, they begin to go through menopause. This is  when the body has reached the end of fertility. For the majority, menopause begins around age 50, but for some, it may start earlier.

Menopause begins with a reduction in the production of hormones  estrogen and progesterone. This reduction causes many symptoms  including: hot  flashes, flushes and/or cold flashes, night sweats, mood swings, thinning  hair, irregular periods, and vaginal  dryness.

In response to these symptoms, many woman start taking estrogen replacement  medication. A common side effect of these medications is water retention. Water retention, or edema as it’s medically known, is defined as the  accumulation of excess fluids in bodily tissues. Often, water retention  is associated with bloating,  weight gain, and frequent urination at night. One very common symptom of water  retention is fluctuation of weight. Try weighing yourself over a period of time;  if you notice weight fluctuation of around 5 lbs, chances are its water  retention.

Here are some tips to prevent water retention:

  • Exercise – This benefits almost every aspect of life.  Exercise can you look and feel younger, keep your heart healthy and help prevent  water retention.
  • Avoid salt – Excessive sodium in the blood stream can cause  water retention, so lay off the salty food.
  • Drink water – This may sound counterproductive, but many  times water retention is caused by to dehydration. Our bodies hold onto water  because it thinks we are dehydrated, so make sure to stay hydrated.
  • Avoid certain drinks – Avoid caffeinated beverages, alcohol  and sugary drinks, as they may dehydrate you.
  • Eat a healthy diet – Make sure to eat enough fruits,  vegetables, nuts, and seeds. Eating Healthy can go a long way in  preventing water retention.

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Dealing With Chronic Insomnia

Insomnia can be a debilitating disorder. The National Heart Lung  and Blood Institute says that insomnia makes it hard to fall asleep, stay  asleep, or both.1

According to the Harvard Medical School, there are three types of insomnia: transient, which lasts less than a month; short-term, which lasts 1-6 months; and chronic, which lasts longer than 6 months.2

The Mayo Clinic says the causes of insomnia can include stress, a mental  health disorder, changing work shifts, travel, age, or female  hormones.3

The Harvard Medical Center comes to much the same conclusion, linking  insomnia to psychological causes and saying that chronic insomnia is  usually learned through conditioning. 4

If you suffer from chronic insomnia, the best thing to do is recondition yourself to associate your bed with  sleep and sleep only.

Use these simple tips from the Mayo Clinic to help overcome chronic  insomnia:5

  • Use your bed for sleeping only; this will lead you to associate your room  with sleep and only sleep, helping you fall asleep quicker.
  • Go to bed only if you are tired; if you do not feel sleepy, you will have a  harder time falling asleep.
  • Wake up and go to sleep at the same time every day, and try to avoid napping  as much as possible.
  • Limit your caffeine intake  throughout the day, which can go a long way in helping you sleep  easier.
  • Make sure your room is dark by blocking out any lights, and maybe even  invest in blackout curtains.

 

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Sources:

  1. National Heart Lung and Blood Institute, “What Is Insomnia,”
    U.S. Department of Health & Human Services.
  2. Havard Mental Health Letter, “Overcoming Insomnia,” Harvard Medical School.
  3. Mayo Clinic Staff, “Insomnia: Risk Factors,” Mayo Clinic.
  4. Havard Mental Health Letter, “Overcoming Insomnia.
  5. Mayo Clinic Staff, “Lifestyle and Home Remedies,” Mayo Clinic.

Time Outdoors Helps Settle ADD/ADHD Children

With summer vacation in full swing, many families are still planning last-minute getaways or making final preparations for well-awaited vacations. However, for parents with a child that has ADD/ADHD, there are some recently discovered considerations to factor into travel itineraries.

Studies conducted at the Landscape and Human Health Laboratory at the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign by Frances Kuo, Ph.D., suggest that ADD/ADHD children show less hyperactivity and distractibility when in natural surroundings.

Whether planning a vacation around a natural setting or incorporating greenery into everyday activities, exposure to nature has shown to be effective in reducing ADD/ADHD symptoms.

While this may not be the case for all children with ADD/ADHD, it may be helpful to be aware of how certain environments may influence behavior and modify activities accordingly in order to make the most of a trip or manage everyday activities.

First of all, be realistic about how the child interacts in different environments. Would the hustle and bustle of a big city cause too much stimulation, or would it be just the right amount of activity to sustain attention?

Parents, close relatives, or teachers have likely observed the child’s inclination, behavior and tastes from past experiences on family vacations or field trips. Keep those memories in mind when planning activities and either tone them down or mix them up to best suit the individual needs of your child.

When traveling, try to anticipate places or activities that are likely to trigger undesirable behaviors. Often times, these points can be avoided with a little preparation, such as doing a practice run-through of the airport with an anxious child, or packing an item that reminds them of comfort and safety.

It is sometimes just the perception of having control that helps a child with ADD/ADHD adjust to new situations with greater ease.

When unavoidable situations arise—such as a flight delay, traffic jam, or long lines at an amusement park—dealing with an ADD/ADHD child can become quite frustrating and draining. To settle the child and restore peace, keep a few no-fail distractions on hand like books, games, or portable electronics.

Try to include time outdoors in the presence of nature in your child’s daily routine. Whether it’s playing sports, volunteering in a community clean-up, helping out in the yard, or simply doing homework outside (ensuring that the setting isn’t too distracting) spending time outdoors on a regular basis has shown to have wonderful benefits for ADD/ADHD children.

Natural remedies can also provide quick relief. The herb Cina has been used homeopathically to relieve irritability, increase tolerance, and prevent temper tantrums.

Chamomila and Aconite also have similar soothing properties for children who are irritable and difficult to please, and help to promote balanced mood and lessen agitation.

Combined with conventional and natural remedies, time outdoors enjoying nature can be an effective addition to the lifestyle of a child with ADD/ADHD. There are no side effects, no costs, and it is relatively easily to implement.

Why not experiment with the most natural approach possible? Both your child and yourself could greatly reap the rewards!

 

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Tips for Avoiding Food Allergies at Summer Camp

Tips-for-Avoiding-Food-Allergies-at-Summer-CAmpSummer camp is often a win-win for families. It’s a treasured, invaluable experience for children and a welcome temporary reprieve from parental responsibilities for adults.

With camps available for all interests, ages, and activity levels, more and more kids are signing up. The American Camp Association reports that more than 11 million children attend summer camp each year.1

However, for children sensitive or allergic to certain foods, summer camp could also be a disaster without a little advance planning.

According to the Mayo Clinic, eight foods are responsible for approximately 90% of allergic reactions and include:2

  •  
    • Milk
    • Eggs
    • Peanuts
    • Tree nuts (such as almonds, cashews, walnuts)
    • Fish (such as bass, cod, flounder)
    • Shellfish (such as crab, lobster, shrimp)
    • Soy
    • Wheat

Food allergy symptoms commonly include:3

  • Tingling of the lips or mouth
  • Itching and hives
  • Swelling of the lips, face, tongue and throat
  • Difficulty breathing or nasal congestion
  • Wheezing
  • Abdominal pain, diarrhea, nausea or vomiting
  • Dizziness, lightheadedness or fainting

Be sure to ask about meals when deciding on a camp to see if there are any special considerations for allergies taken with food preparation. Find out what their containment policy is and whether or not there are alternative meal plans available. If your child brings his or her own lunch, be sure it adheres to the camp’s policies, as some restrict certain foods such as those that are peanut-based.

Also, check out the medical facilities. Some camps have specialized medical staff onsite at all times to administer epinephrine in emergencies. Most camps require a medical history and medication forms, so ensure that you have all the information handy to avoid registration issues, including the name of your child’s physician and emergency contact information.

Be sure to document in detail your child’s allergic symptoms so the camp can be immediately aware of a problem.

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Sources:

1. American Camp Association, “Camp Trends Fact Sheet,” AcaCamps.org.
2. Mayo Clinic staff, “Food Allergies: Understanding Food Labels,” Mayo Clinic.
3. Mayo Clinic staff, “Food Allergy: Symptoms,” Mayo Clinic.

 


Trying to Lose Weight? Watch Out for Aspartame

Trying-to-Lose-WeightMany dieters often turn to sugar substitutes when trying to lose weight, often switching to sugar-free diet sodas and chewing gum to avoid snacking and eating more calorie-laden foods.  However, aspartame is found in many of these products, and can cause many undesirable side effects, and is involved in 75% of reported complaints received by the Adverse Reaction Monitoring System (ARMS) of the US Food and Drug Administration.

Reported health risks

 FDA health complaints resulting from aspartame include abdominal pain, hives, migraines, and dizziness. Aspartame poisoning, while rare, is often mistaken for other ailments because symptoms are misattributed to other conditions.

Aspartame creates an addictive “need” for more sweetness, as some experts say that artificial sweeteners lead to craving sweeter-tasting food that offers no nutritional benefits.

The three components of aspartame: phenylalanine, aspartic acid and methanol, when absorbed into the body in free form, change the ratio of amino acids in the blood. This in turn lowers or blocks levels of hormones like dopamine and tyrosine, vital for bodily functions.

Research published in the European Journal of Clinical Nutrition noted that excessive aspartame intake may even lead to death of nerve cells and subsequently, mental disorders.

A University of Parkinson‘s at Florida study found the majority of subjects who ingested aspartame experienced more than double the migraines than subjects who did not.

A weight watcher’s friend or foe?

A study from the University of Texas Health Center San Antonio reported that an overwhelming 70% of subjects who drank diet sodas actually gained weight versus those that did not. Participants that consumed 2 or more diet sodas on a regular basis also had a higher waist circumference and blood sugar levels.

Further, researchers from the University Of Miami Miller School Of Medicine and at Columbia University Medical Center found that regular consumption of diet sodas increases the risk of vascular disease.

Everything in moderation

Given these reported studies and the risks, you’ll likely want to consider lowering your consumption of foods and snacks containing aspartame. Indulging in a little bit of real sugar may be more satisfying and be less harmful in the long-run.

 

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Scientists Say Ginkgo May Improve Memory Functions

New research shows that the herb, ginkgo biloba, may improve human performance on tasks requiring short-term memory.

These findings are detailed in a study from Australian and British scientists.

The study participants were given a ginkgo extract for fourteen days and showed improvements in memory-related functions, according to the results.

These functions included working memory and specific brain electrical activity, say R.B. Silberstein and five other scientists in the published study.

Silberstein and colleagues add that the nineteen healthy men who consumed ginkgo biloba tablets showed greater memory task accuracy and different brain waves.

For the memory task, participants who took the herb were handed an irregular polygon-shaped object. Then scientists allowed some time to pass by projecting different shapes on a screen for them.

Afterwards, the volunteers were handed an irregular-shaped object and were asked whether this object was the same as the previous object.

The study shows that the men who consumed ginkgo were 5.1% more accurate on that memory test than men who took the test after consuming only a placebo.

The research also indicates that there were differences in brain wave activity between the ginkgo group and the placebo group.

According to the scientists, brain wave activity was measured with electrodes that were applied to the scalp of the volunteers, men who ranged in age from fifty- to sixty-one years old.

The scientists determined that the volunteers who consumed ginkgo biloba had brain waves with increased amplitude, or strength, in brain regions related to task performance and IQ.

So, this herb shows promise for people who are interested in supporting memory functions.

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How Natural Is Your Diet? It May Be Linked to Chronic Pain

Does your kitchen contain more processed foods like sugar-laden sweets and salty chips than fresh, natural fruits, veggies, and whole grains? According to a New York Times report, Americans purchase 787 pounds of processed food versus 602 pounds of fresh food annually.

If you suffer from chronic pain, a poor diet may be partially to blame. New studies show worsened symptoms for certain conditions, including fibromyalgia, migraines, and arthritis, for participants who consumed a high amount of artificial flavorings, sweeteners, and other food additives.

In addition, processed foods offer much less nutritional value, increasing the glycemic index of carbohydrates. This in turn leads to higher spikes in blood sugar and insulin levels.

Cut out the additives

The following list includes a few common additives you should try and avoid or limit consumption of:

  • Artificial Sweeteners: Aspartame and other sugar substitutes, which are a common ingredient in diet soda, has been linked to fibromyalgia and migraines.
  • High-Fructose Corn Syrup: Studies have shown that some people have intolerance for this sweetener, often used in packaged foods, which can cause chronic abdominal pain and other digestive disorders.
  • MSG. This flavor-enhancer has been linked to chronic pain, as glutamate (a component of MSG), can destroy nerve endings when excessively consumed, according to Barbara Mendez, MS, RPh, a pharmacist and nutritional consultant in New York. Be cautious when reading labels, as this ingredient can also be named glutamic acid, yeast extract, hydrolyzed protein, sodium caseinate, and autolyzed yeast.
  • Preservatives. While chemicals keep food from spoiling, they can also cause harm to health. Baked goods are particularly high in preservatives, so try to opt for fresher alternatives, like swapping lettuce for bread slices, or baking your own.

 

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How To Reduce Allergy Symptoms

Allergic rhinitis is the set of symptoms that occurs when you breathe in substances you are allergic to. These substances are called allergens and are small proteins.

Seasonal allergy (sometimes called hay fever) occurs during times of the year when allergens are in the air, like spring, summer and fall. The most common allergens are tree, grass or weed pollens. Perennial or persistent allergic rhinitis is caused by allergens that may be present year-round. These may include chemicals, dust, dust mites, cockroaches, animal dander or mold spores.

Causes.....

An allergic reaction occurs when your body's immune system overreacts to an allergen. People at highest risk are those who already exhibit some signs of other immune system irregularities, such as food allergies, eczema or asthma.

When you breathe in an allergen, mast cells in your nasal passages release a chemical called histamine. Histamine causes your nose to feel itchy and also causes swelling and mucus production in the nasal passages, runny nose, nasal congestion, sinus pressure, postnasal drip and cough, headache and dark circles under your eyes.

Diagnosis....

The two most common tests for airborne allergies are:
Skin prick test - A tiny bit of an allergen is placed under the skin with a needle. The doctor watches to see if the skin in that area becomes red, raised and itchy. This can be done for multiple allergens at the same time.

RAST testing - A small sample of blood is taken and tested for different allergens.

Help reduce symptoms......
Four studies in the medical literature have shown us ways to stabilize these mast cells and reduce the symptoms of allergies.
The first study was conducted in Korea on the Nopal fruit (Opuntia ficus indica). It showed significant benefit of Nopal fruit against allergies.
The second study was from Japan. This was an animal study that showed Vitamin B-12 reduced the allergic response in those with allergy to the same levels as those without allergy. One group of physicians in Dallas, Texas used this information to treat humans by giving them 3 milligrams of Vitamin B-12 sublingually. They report in Men’s Health that allergy symptoms decreased by 50% the first year and by 50% more the second year of sublingual B-12 use.
The third study in Helsinki, Finland used probiotics to stabilize mast cells and reduce allergy symptoms.
One of my best, time-tested approaches for allergy came from an older article out of Brussels, Belgium. It shows the absolute necessity of essential fatty acids (EFA) for allergy. A more recent article from Rio de Janeiro, Brazil also commented that EFA and probiotics together are even more effective.

Conclusion
So, what is your opinion: In recent years, have people become more allergic or less? Likely, you will notice more people suffering with allergies. As our world becomes more toxic, we become more sensitive. And as we become more deficient – especially in bioflavonoids, Vitamin B-12, probiotics and essential fatty acids – we are more prone to allergy. So, insulate yourself by taking your nutrients every day and isolate yourself from allergens by following the recommendations below.

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Get 3 milligrams of Sublingual B-12 daily
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Keep the windows of your house and car closed to keep pollen out
Use an air conditioner to reduce indoor humidity and to prevent mold and mildew growth
Clean your air conditioner filters regularly

Consider running an air purifier in your home, especially in your bedroom
Use vacuum cleaners and air conditioners with HEPA filters to trap allergens
Cover pillows and mattresses with vinyl covers to reduce your exposure to dust mites
Wash bedding weekly in very hot water
Use fewer dust-collecting items, such as curtains, bed skirts, carpeting and stuffed animals, especially in your bedroom

Keep your pets out of bedrooms and other rooms with carpets

10 Tips For Stress Management

Before embarking on a stress management system – you need to identify what stresses you! A good indication is thinking of stressful situations – sometimes just the word ‘heavy traffic’ can stress you and cause physical symptoms – perhaps your pulse quickens and you feel ‘bothered’. You may also keep a journal, and when you feel stressed – take note of your situation and surroundings.

1. Breathe!

A deep breath can help your mind in a very specific way, increasing oxygen to the brain and helping you to relax. It can also allow those few seconds where you need to step back and evaluate the situation. Count to ten, or take a short walk, get your lungs working and breathe in oxygen, and exhale your stress!

2. Move.

Exercise is one of the best ways to combat stress. It provides a great way to relieve tension and releases natural brain chemicals to help you relax and actually feel better! Even a 3 minute walk or jog, or simple stretching or Pilates can help relieve tensions.

3. Eat.

Eating the wrong food gives your body the wrong tools to fight stress. Vegetables and fruit are the best stress fighters! They contain anti-oxidants which fight free radicals in the body on a cellular level, so stock up on healthy foods that give you energy throughout the day – such as fiber rich oats and healthy energy bars. The ‘bad’ stress hormone, Cortisol, can actually be reduced by eating correctly.

4. Listen.

Playing your favorite songs or listening to soothing melodies can help your body to relax. Sound is a great motivator for the brain, and studies have shown that certain melodies and sounds can help the brain unwind during stressful times.

5. Talk or write.

The worst thing one can do is keep stress bottled up. Learn to talk about your stresses to friends, family, fellow religious leaders or even a therapist. If you find it hard to talk about your stress, keep a journal or write down your emotions.

6. Rest.

Sleep is key. Always take the time to rest and let your mind and body re-charge. Stress can build up to a point where lack of sleep is the ultimate straw to break the camel’s back! If you are not one for afternoon naps, have an herbal tea in a sunny spot, or cuddle with a pet. This not only helps to release stress and tension, but also helps you calm the heart’s pace and protect your immune system. Meditation can also work wonders – if you are unsure of how to meditate, consult your library or nearest natural health center.

7. Plan.

Organize. This is one of the most important ways to beat stress. When things are organized, you are more likely to feel in control, less likely to get flustered, and more likely to succeed. Don’t leave things till the last minute, and always ask for help or ask questions if you are unsure. Do the ‘hardest’ tasks first in your day – you will have more energy in the mornings. Keep a to-do list with you at all times – as the saying goes: “If you fail to plan, you plan to fail”.

8. Delegate.

Learn to say “No!” It may seem like a simple step, but learning to say no can be hard for some people. Trying to please everyone often means that you are the one who ultimately lands up compromising, and feeling stressed. Say no. If asked to do a task or take on a responsibility, look at your “to do list” for the day. If doing it means crumbling under pressure – SAY NO! Saying no is one of the hardest things in life, but you are more likely to do a good job of the things you can manage, than doing a shabby job of things of all the things you can’t do.

9. Follow the voice inside.

You’ll notice happy people are usually following their intuition – doing the things that make them feel happy in life. Structure your life around activities that you love – the more you go with the flow – the less likely you are to do the things that stress you to the point of no return! We only live once, and so spend your time happy, with the ones you love, and strive every day to follow your heart.

10. Nurture through nature.

Nature has held the key for thousands of years – think about it, when was the last time you heard of a tribal stress crisis?! That’s because, the ancient people relied on nature’s natural ingredients to help reduce stress levels and were better equipped to deal with daily triggers. Sure, they didn’t have computer viruses and four-lane traffic like we do today – but they had other stress culprits such as wild animals and food shortages to deal with! They knew the advantages of using nature’s tried and tested ingredients – herbal remedies such as Melissa officinalis, Lavender and Passiflora incarnata that have been shown in modern research to help soothe the nerves and help balance the mind and nervous system. These ingredients are still available today – and just as effective!

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Do Certain Foods Influence Those With ADHD?

As ADHD is a controversial issue, the possible role that certain foods play in influencing the various symptoms of ADHD (and related behavior) is also a hotbed of discussion.

A number of diets have been suggested for children with symptoms of attention deficit disorder or ADHD. Various studies have reported behavioral improvement with diets that restrict possible allergens in the diet. As a parent or caregiver, you may want to discuss specific food plans with a health care professional, homeopath or naturopath and look at implementing an elimination diet of certain foods (eliminating certain foods and monitoring behavior to see if there is a direct link) or adding supplements that would not be harmful and that might help.

This is a very individualized approach and would differ from child to child. Always consult a nutritional expert before restricting the diet of any child. Elimination diets should only be used under the supervision of a clinical dietician to prevent your child from developing nutrient deficiencies. Having said that, there are steps that can be taken to lessen common restlessness and fidgety behavior. Foods to avoid include:

  • Sweets and sugary soft drinks (especially those containing Tartrazine and caffeine)
  • Foods with artificial flavors, preservatives and coloring (Tartrazine and MSG)
  • Foods high in refined sugar

Make sure that:

  • Your child has regular meals with plenty of fresh fruit, salads and vegetables
  • Oats are included for breakfast each morning (with a small amount of organic brown sugar instead of white sugar, or fruit is even better!)
  • Good wholesome food and unprocessed cereals such as whole-wheat bread, pasta, brown rice, legumes (dry beans, peas and lentils), low-fat milk and dairy products are readily available
  • You serve large helpings of raw, fresh fruit and vegetables (they contain protective vitamins and minerals).
  • You supply a moderate fat intake (olive oil or nuts are a good source of fats)
  • You include carbohydrates – a good source of energy that helps to increase levels of serotonin, an important brain chemical

Remember that hyperactivity and restlessness may present as ADHD, but this may be a direct result of fluctuations in blood glucose levels! Although sugar has never been directly shown to cause hyperactivity – there can be little doubt for most parents that after a big helping of sweets and candies, children are restless, and more active (think of birthday parties)! A boost of food can mean a boost of energy and lots of fidgeting!

The best way to ensure balanced blood sugar for children is to feed them foods with a low Glycaemic Index (Low GI). This means that nutrients from food that is released into the bloodstream at a slow and steady pace – for balanced blood sugar, and balanced energy throughout the day.

Until now, it was generally regarded as a myth that additives and colorants increased hyper behavior in children – but now experts have proven that there is a link! Research published by the University of Southampton (McCann et al, 2007) has shown that artificial colorants, additives and preservatives have “a significant negative effect on the behavior of 3-year-old and 8-9-year-old children.” So, avoid foods with labels that contain: Colorants such as: Sunset yellow (E110), Quinoline yellow (E104), Carmoisine (E122), Allura red (E129), Tartrazine (E102) and Ponceau (E124) as well as preservatives such as sodium benzoate.

Speak to your dietician or health professional for a possible supplement of vitamins and minerals (calcium, magnesium, potassium, zinc, selenium, B vitamins, beta-carotene, vitamins E and C, and essential fatty acids such as omega-6 and omega-3) for your child’s nervous system.

In conclusion, a healthy eating plan goes hand in hand with moderate exercise. Physical activities can help to use up excess energy your child has and help him or her to relax and unwind. Remember that as a parent you can put all of these tips into action and monitor the results – no one knows your child as well as you!

 

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Men’s Health: Common Issues and Natural Remedies

When it comes to their health, men tend to be more inclined than women to push aside health issues and hope that things will “take care of themselves”. Further, while they may strive to maintain physical health, men may be less likely to manage emotional and mental well-being.

Whether these behaviors are self-induced or subconscious due to societal pressures to be “tough” and “masculine”, health should not be a gender-based issue! Ignoring a nagging health condition or allowing a problem to go undiagnosed can lead to further complications.

Especially for men over 40, regular checkups should be made by an herbalist, homeopathic or general practitioner to evaluate general prostate health, cholesterol and blood pressure levels.

At this time, other health issues can also be mentioned and addressed, such as insomnia, depression, weight gain, etc.

Check out two of the most common internal and external health concerns and tips for natural support below.

Prostate Health

The three main disorders that can affect the prostate gland include: infection, enlarged prostate (Benign Prostatic Hyperplasia), and prostate cancer. All three can directly affect the functionality of the penis and lead to erectile dysfunction and low libido.

Since research suggests that diet and stress appear to be the main culprits of prostate disorders, it is very important to follow a healthy nutrition plan and manage tension. Be sure to include a lot of fresh vegetables and fruits into daily diets, as well as fresh fish. Choose whole grains rather than refined white breads, pasta, crackers, and rice. Avoid fattening meats and packaged, processed foods.

Herbal and homeopathic remedies can greatly support prostate health, especially Saw palmetto (Sabal serrulata), which has been studied for its association with promoting male sexual health, and therefore the health of the prostate gland and normal PSA levels.

Hypoxis rooperi (extract of African potato) is a plant containing nutrient values that are as high as and possibly greater than in modern vegetables. Hypoxis rooperi has been researched for its ability to support the health of the prostate gland and testicles.

Hair Loss

Another health issue most men are concerned about is hair loss. Permanent male-pattern baldness typically begins to affect men as early as their teens and early twenties, with visible hair loss or balding appearing first near the top of the head, with a receding hairline at the temples.

While genetics are responsible for most balding, herbal and homeopathic remedies can help to stimulate and encourage hair growth as well as support blood circulation, hormonal balance and thyroid functioning.

Herbs commonly used include Ginkgo biloba, Rosmarinus officinale and Xanthoxylum clavaherculis help to promote strong, abundant hair. Other powerful herbs such as Equisetum arvense, Avena sativa and Echinacea are effective combating hair loss and nourishing hair follicles.

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Does Your Living Situation Whittle or Widen Your Waistline?

by A. Grano

An article recently came out by Judith J. Wurtman, PhD, who made a statement that living alone may actually be detrimental to weight loss efforts, despite the popular notion that single dwellers would have an easier time controlling their diets.

Pitfalls of Solo Eating

The reasons why? The article suggested that people who live alone may be more likely to fall under one of three types: ‘emotional eaters’, who eat due to loneliness; ‘boredom eaters’, who nosh quickly through meals then snack throughout the evening because they do not have the drawn-out process of meal preparation and cleanup; or ‘mindless eaters’, who are unaware of the calories they are consuming while eating ready-made foods in front of the TV.

Pitfalls of Group Eating

Conversely, people who are trying to watch their waistlines and live in a larger household may have to contend with the temptation of junk food lying around for those who have faster metabolisms and can eat more calories without weight gain, those who insist on preparing only certain types of foods without consideration of the person watching his or her weight, or those who persuade others to eat something too as part of a mealtime bonding ritual or hobby. Maintaining regular mealtimes is yet another challenge because of how difficult it can be to coordinate different schedules.

Solutions for Every Situation

Living alone or living with others each presents its own challenges, but staying motivated to eat well is achievable regardless. Planning menus and sticking to them is important for anyone, as it eliminates added calories for those mindless snackers, and can help others in the household to understand that healthy meals are important to you. If getting others to cooperate on your meal suggestions is a struggle, try to work together to find a happy medium. Having support from your family, partner, or friends is important and a little communication can go a long way.

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Dangers of Chantix Revealed - When Quitting Smoking Becomes Deadly

Many smokers seeking a cessation solution probably thought they had found a safe, fool-proof method with Pfizer’s introduction of Chantix, which targets the nicotine receptors in the brain. However, reported dangerous side effects of Chantix have recently surfaced, causing so much controversy that the FAA banned pilots and air traffic controllers from taking it after concluding a series of investigative reports.

Chantix warnings include the possibility of experiencing suicidal thoughts and behaviors, seizures, loss of consciousness, hallucinations, as well as vivid nightmares and sleepwalking episodes. Others reported becoming addicted to Chantix.

Chantix problems don’t end there. As of today, and with 988 reports, Chantix is ranked first among all drugs in reported problems. Once hailed as the most innovative drug to help smoker’s overcome nicotine addiction, Pfizer’s new wonder drug was ten years in the making and after the FDA approved it as a smoke cessation aid, Chantix entered the pharmaceutical market at full force and received rave reviews in the process for its ability to take away the drug-induced pleasure of smoking cigarettes.

Meanwhile, given the new reports of dangerous side effects of Chantix, what is a smoker looking to quit to do? The damages and effects of smoking cigarettes have long been known, and more people now than ever have made the choice of giving up smoking– but it’s definitely not easy. Some doctors agree that nicotine addiction can be even harder to let go of then alcohol and illegal substances, and according to Pfizer’s web site, “Smoking cessation, with or without treatment, is associated with nicotine withdrawal symptoms."

Nicotine addiction is actually more than a habit, according to Dr. Neal L. Benowitz of the University of California, “Tobacco addiction is best considered a chronic disease, with most smokers requiring repeated interventions over time before achieving permanent abstinence”.

So if withdrawal symptoms cannot be avoided, why add the possibility of experiencing potentially deadly side effects to the recipe? Natural remedies can be used to aid the difficult process of quitting smoking– while avoiding unnecessary side effects.

Pleasant smoking effects such as reduced tension and stress can be counterbalanced with certain herbs by supporting the nervous system and helping to maintain balanced serotonin levels in the brain. Natural remedies can also address the irritability and restlessness associated with withdrawal. In order to successfully stick to a cessation program, it is essential to support these bodily systems.

Herbs to help quit smoking also generally aid the body’s detoxification process. Detoxifying the body with a wholesome diet, regular exercise, and the help of natural remedies will also help in dutifully following a plan of improving health.

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How Time Outside Can Help Ease ADD/ADHD

Modern living has created a new paradox- as we gain more virtual connectivity, we're significantly losing real-time connections.

A national study from the Kaiser Family Foundation cited that the average American 8 to 18-year-old spends seven and a half hours a day using a smart phone, computer, television, or other electronic gadget.


Too Much Technology?

It doesn't seem surprising that reports of ADD/ADHD are continually on the rise, with children spending less time than ever getting physical exercise, a means of naturally expending energy.

Almost half of elementary schools have reportedly cut recess from the curriculum, resulting in kids bottling up excess energy at home and school- often leading to undue methods of treatment.

For children suffering from ADD/ADHD, excess energy usually results in an aggravation of symptoms and therefore more difficulty in both academic and personal life.

For safe, natural support for concentration, attention, and normal energy levels in children and adults, visit Focus Formula

In addition, constant connectivity can disrupt healthy sleep patterns, which can lead to fatigue, difficulty concentrating, and irritability, among other problems. Over time, the effects of lost sleep can lead to anxiety and depression, which can make simple problem solving a challenge and exaggerate daily stressors.

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Green Activity Spotlight: Gardening

Adults and children alike can benefit from ' playing in the dirt'!

Besides contributing to regular physical activity, gardening:

  • Builds responsibility from maintaining routine care
  • Provides outlet for stress
  • Promotes patience, as results are not immediate
  • Creates feelings of accomplishment and pride
  • Allows for bonding time if enjoyed with company
 
   

With the start of spring and warmer weather, it's easy to enjoy being active and outdoors, which can provide positive psychological and physiological effects for all ages- and doesn't require much time!

Just half an hour of activity for ADD/ADHD children has been shown to provide:

  • Better academic performance
  • Increased ability to focus and stay on task
  • Improved overall behavior
  • Less fidgeting

Further, a study by the Human-Environment Research Laboratory at the University of Illinois found natural surroundings particularly beneficial in improving concentration and overall functioning in ADD/ADHD children.

In addition, playing with peers, participating in sports, or partaking in other outdoor activities helps build social skills, ease stress, and foster creativity – all positive effects, easily attained naturally!

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A Holistic Approach

It's important to help your child find a reasonable balance between work and play, in addition to real time interaction with peers and nature. Taking a holistic approach to systemic health by exercising regularly, eating healthy meals, and getting sufficient sleep will also maintain brain health and vitality, allowing it to function at peak performance for efficient concentration, focus and memory.

Add some time outdoors into the mix, and you may be amazed at the results!


5 Foods To Add To Your Diet This Allergy Season

Allergies seem more prevalent then ever, and you can thank pollution for exacerbating certain allergy symptoms even more. Add to that the side effects of most allergy medicines such as drowsiness, and spring can quickly turn sour for many allergy sufferers.

The good news is that there are certain things you can do to naturally help ease and even prevent troubling symptoms such as wheezing and other respiratory difficulties.

The importance of diet

Maybe you are aware of some of the foods such as dairy that can increase histamine levels in the body (and thus worsen allergy symptoms), but new research digs deeper into the connection between allergies and food and uncovers some you may not be familiar with!

A ground-breaking study on the island of Crete, where the population rarely experiences nasal allergies and wheezing, has shown that diet plays a huge role in the development and prevention of certain allergies.
The study singled out the protective properties of these 5 common foods

Nuts

Nuts are a great source of magnesium and vitamin E. Studies have show that magnesium helps increase lung function while also protecting against wheezing in patients suffering from asthma. Reducing wheezing is helpful not only to bring comfort to allergy sufferers, but also because it prevents lung inflammation associated with wheezing.

Vitamin E helps because it’s an immune system booster and has been shown in numerous studies to reduce the risk of upper respiratory infections, especially the common cold. Vitamin E also protects the body from free radicals, which have the potential of causing oxidative tissue damage, triggering inflammation and problems like allergies and asthma.

Tomatoes, Apples & Oranges

The anti-inflammatory effects of the antioxidant vitamin C present in tomatoes, apples, and oranges is said to offer protection against nasal allergies and wheezing.

Grapes

The skins of red grapes are filled with antioxidants and resveratrol, which reduces overall inflammation in the body. The Crete diet study found that grapes gave significant protection against allergies and wheezing.

Additional Allergy Support

As always, natural remedies can be used to help manage allergy symptoms. Commonly used herbs including fenugreek, fennel, anise and sage may help to stimulate nasal cilia- tiny hairs in your nose that sweep pollen and dust out of the passages.

Annual nettle has been used for many centuries in folk medicine to support clear eyes and noses. Plantain also has a long history of traditional use in the support of respiratory health.

For fast relief,Triple Complex BronchoSoothe™ is a homeopathic remedy that relieves bronchospasm and tightening of the chest to open airways during an asthma attack.

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Quercitin is a well-known flavonoid, usually found mostly in apples and onions, and is considered to be a 'building block' for other flavonoids. Quercitin is also known for its ability to maintain healthy histamine levels and support healthy circulation. The homeopathic ingredient Arsen alb is another ingredient that has proved beneficial in the maintenance of a healthy, clear respiratory system.

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Want Health, Happiness & a Longer Life?

To boost happiness and health, get out there and socialize! Humans are social creatures and need a variety of social connections. Fulfilling personal and professional relationships have a huge impact on our emotional and physical health. Studies have shown that those who make time to regularly engage in social activities live longer, healthier lives.

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Floss once a day. Something as simple as flossing has a significant impact on your health. Besides brushing, flossing is the best thing you can do to lower your chances of developing gum disease. Although many people don’t think gum disease is a big deal, it can have extremely negative consequences on your overall health, not only the health of your mouth.

For a homeopathic remedy that relieves pain associated with tooth and gum abscesses plus promotes oral health, try Oral-Assist

Add muscle training to your workout routine. Building muscle is a great way to burn fat, even after you have worked out! According to researchers, muscle improves metabolic efficiency, helping to maintain a healthy weight even during rest- which can help keep you fit even after an occasional splurge.

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Stop eating before you're full. It takes the brain approximately 20 minutes to receive the signal from your stomach that it is full. This can cause you to overeat without even knowing it. Researchers observed that locals from the island of Okinawa in Japan practiced an eating ritual known as ‘hara hachi bu.’ This practice consist of eating until one is 80% full.  The fact that Okinawa has the highest rate of centenarians in the world speaks volumes about their dietary customs.

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Stop and smell the roses. Scent has a powerful effect on the mind and the body. Certain scents such as lavender and rosemary have been shown in studies to actually reduce levels of the stress hormone cortisol present in the saliva of participants by up to 24%. Not only that, those who smelled low concentrations of lavender and rosemary on a regular basis had a better capacity of warding off free radical damage, one of the main culprits of disease and aging.

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Add these super foods to your diet: To be healthy, you need a variety of foods to provide your body with all the essential nutrients it needs—but not all foods are created equal. Incorporate these foods to your diet and watch a healthier you emerge: avocados, blueberries, figs, flaxseed, walnuts, dark leafy greens, smelt, wild caught sardines and salmon, seaweed, miso paste, green tea, and dark chocolate. Now that’s something to love!

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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.

Diet

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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Avoiding Health Hazards This Holiday Season - Stay Healthy During Travel & Get Togethers

Snowman Whether you’re traveling or staying home, you’ll likely be exposed to a plethora of different pathogens this holiday season. While many people are cognizant of their own healthy hygiene and self-care habits such as washing their hands, chances are, there are plenty of people who don’t share the same concern for their health (or yours).

In addition, there are often places where you have little control over your exposure to germs such as planes or offices, or unlikely spots in your home or hotel room that you may not consider that are harboring bacteria, viruses, or worse. Stay safe by being aware of potential health threats that could wreak havoc on your holiday plans!

Show Disease the Door

There are few places you can enter without being forced to touch a doorknob, but the Centers for Disease Control report that you should be more aware of your next grand entrance (or exit), as colds, the influenza virus, staph germs, and even HPV (the human papillomavirus) can be transmitted via a common doorknob.  
 
While you can’t live in fear of all doorknobs, taking extra precautions can help keep you healthy. Wash your hands frequently, especially before eating or right as you get home, and avoid touching your face.

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“Friends” Who Follow You Home

At home or on the road, few women go anywhere without their purse. An ABC News investigation inspected many handbags, and many had thousands of bacteria present, with one whopper having 6.7 million present! Over half of the bags tested were contaminated with fecal bacteria. As purses are thrown on the bathroom floor to the car seat to the kitchen counter, the potential for illness is high, as cross contamination to food preparation areas or even hands-to-face contact occurs.

The same risk of bacteria and germs could therefore likely be associated with suitcases, as they are transferred many times from baggage handlers to taxis to hotel rooms. Keep antibacterial wipes handy and clean your handbag and suitcase, especially the handles and bottom.

In addition, travelers should be especially careful in hotels, as the Environmental Protection Agency says bedbugs are on the rise and becoming an increasing health problem. When returning home, don’t throw your suitcase right on the bed. Instead, clean it with a brush and vacuum inside, and wash all its contents.

Showers, Saunas & Swimming Pools – Not Safe Havens

After a long day of traveling or dealing with demanding family members, escaping to the comfort of a steamy shower may seem like just the trick to wash away the worries of the day. However, a recent study from the University of Colorado found dirty showerheads to be full of bacteria, while other reports from the CDC and hotel case studies showed bacteria and diseases transmitted via hot tubs and saunas, from pneumonia originating from legionella bacteria via inhalation of water aerosols to digestive, skin, ear, respiratory, eye, and even neurological infections from bacteria, parasites and other pathogens that can even survive chlorine in swimming pools.

While some may find it laughable, the best way to stay safe is to stay clear of any pool, sauna or hot tub unless you know it’s properly maintained. At home, be sure to thoroughly clean your showerheads regularly, and while away, if you’re unsure of cleanliness, request an extra cleaning.

Try ImmunityPlus™ for complete and effective immune system support in adults, and for children, try KiddieBoost™ for support of healthy immune functioning in children.

5-Star Ratings Don’t Always Equate to Safety

The CDC estimates that 76 million cases of foodborne infections occur annually in the United States, leading to 323,000 hospitalizations. From contaminated work surfaces to dirty hands, improper food preparation is the main culprit of infection.

While the FDA has reported 15 foodborne illness-inducing organisms, five are responsible for the worst illnesses: Salmonella, E. coli O157 and other Shiga toxin-producing E. coli, Campylobacter, Listeria, and Toxoplasma.

You might want to check out your local restaurant inspection reports online before ordering takeout or heading to that pricey bistro up the street, or offer to lend a (clean) hand to your hostess who is preparing your holiday meal. And if you’re staying at a hotel, don’t be shy to ask for a new water glass. Fox 5 in Atlanta uncovered hotel room glasses that had never been properly sanitized in a dishwasher, but simply clothed off by housekeeping and returned to the sink counter or nightstand.

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Stay Well All Year

Your main concern should be boosting immunity, as it’s your body’s first line of defense against illness. Natural remedies can provide the added support the body needs. Astragalus membranaceous (also called 'huang qi') is a natural rejuvenating tonic shown to have an excellent effect on immune system health and functioning. Viscum album is also commonly known to enhance the immune-stimulating properties of other ingredients, and it encourages repair of damaged cells.

Other natural ingredients with immune boosting properties are Inula helenium, Withania somnifera, Hypoxis Rooperi (extract of African Potato), Mentha piperita, Solidago virgaurea, Crataegus oxycanthoides, Schizandra chinensis, and Olea europea (extract of Olive leaf).

All of these powerful ingredients are found in nature’s medicine chest and will go a long way in helping you strengthen your immune system against illness, disease, and infection, so you can make the most of the holiday season and everyday.

Question:
“Hello, I am very terrified of getting sick, especially any kind of influenza. Is there any homeopathic remedy that will protect against it? Please help me! I’m also afraid of medicines. I have been able to take some homeopathic successfully, so I feel more comfortable taking those. Thank you”
-- Wendy S.

Answer:
We recommend a combination of our BaniFlu and Easy AirTravel™ remedies, which are safe, non-addictive, FDA-registered and 100% homeopathic. Taken at the start of winter, or just before travel, BaniFlu will provide seasonal protection against current flu viruses and increase the body’s ability to fight against invading germs.

Easy AirTravel contains ingredients selected to relieve symptoms of the flu or cold like cough, runny nose, fever, sore throat and fatigue. Easy AirTravel works quickly to support the immune system and assist the body in its task of fighting invading germs. - Native Remedies Team


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Prevention is Better than Cure - Progress in the Fight Against Breast Cancer

Breastcancer New reports show that maintaining a healthy weight, breast feeding, exercising regularly, and limiting consumption of alcoholic beverages can reduce the risk of breast cancer, according to an updated version of the American Institute for Cancer Research/World Cancer Research Fund's (AICR/WCRF) report.

Based on these conclusions, the AICR recommends the following for reducing the risk for breast cancer:
Reduce body fat. Because there is a proven link between excess body fat and cancer; the goal is to be as lean as possible within the normal range of body weight (BMI).
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Be physically active. Exercise should be part of everyday life. Aiming for 30 minutes a day is ideal. This can include walking, jogging, swimming, or a combination of exercises. The important thing is to get moving enough to break a sweat.
 
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Limit alcohol consumption. Alcohol should be limited to 1 drink per day for women, 2 drinks for men.
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Breastfeed. New mothers should breastfeed exclusively for up to 6 months and then add other liquids and foods. Evidence is convincing that mothers who breastfeed reduce their risk for breast cancer, and there is also probable evidence that children who are breastfed have a lower risk of gaining excess weight as they grow.
 
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Adopting these lifestyle changes and reducing exposure to substances that have been shown to promote the disease, such as hormones and chemicals, will go along way in helping you steer clear of breast cancer.
 
In addition, by embracing a holistic lifestyle that combines diet, exercise and natural remedy support, you are bound to promote a more balanced state of overall wellness for maintaining health and preventing disease.
 
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—Hilda
 
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—Audrey, VT, USA

Natural Effective Treatment For Colds and Flu - Cold and Flu Essentials

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The natural, effective treatment for colds and flu

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Should Men & Women Eat Differently To Stay Healthy?

Manwoman When considering what foods to include in (or omit from) your diet, low fat and low sugar aren’t the only things to consider. Nutritional needs also vary depending on your gender.

With the amount of research and studies available, experts have been able to determine that certain conditions are more prevalent in either men or women. It makes sense then to help our bodies by building up an arsenal of defense in the form of vitamins and minerals that can help ward off disease.
 
Foods Recommended for Optimal Health in Women:
 
Papaya for a healthy gallbladder and liver.

Scientists from the University of San Francisco, California analyzed the blood of over 13,000 people and found that women who had lower levels of vitamin C were more likely to have gallbladder disease. Papaya packs about twice the vitamin C of an orange, which makes it an amazing tool to prevent gallbladder disease, which afflicts twice as many women as men. Papaya is also great for digestion, which makes it an amazing systemic cleanser, thereby promoting liver health.
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Flaxseed to ward off breast cancer.
 
According to a report at last year's San Antonio Breast Cancer Symposium, adding flaxseed to the diet of women with breast cancer effectively slowed tumor growth. This is thanks to the estrogen-like compounds called lignans, highly present in flaxseeds. The easiest way to get these beneficial lignans is to stir a few tablespoons of ground flaxseed in your juice or sprinkle it on your morning cereal. And most importantly, consume the seeds -- there are no lignans in flaxseed oil.
Try Dong Quai ™, an herbal remedy that promotes hormonal balance and helps keep estrogen and progesterone levels within the normal range
 
Tofu to minimize uncomfortable hot flashes.

Isoflavones, the plant chemicals in soybeans, have a structure similar to estrogen, which may minimize menopausal hot flashes. This was verified by recent studies which suggest that 50 to 76 mg of isoflavones a day may offer some relief from hot flashes. One half-cup of tofu contains about 25 to 35 mg of isoflavones.
Try MellowPause ™, an herbal remedy that helps maintain balanced moods and healthy sleep patterns during menopause
Buffalo meat to prevent anemia.
 
Due to menstruation, women tend to be anemic more than men. Among other health risks of anemia, low iron levels in blood generally causes severe fatigue. Buffalo meat is not only a great source of iron, but it is also leaner then most other types of red meat. According to Marty Marchello, Ph.D., at North Dakota State University, “The iron content is about 3 milligrams in a 3 1/2-ounce uncooked portion and that portion contains less than 3 grams of fat." Buffalo meat can help boost energy and lower weight. And thankfully, you can now pick it up at many supermarkets across the U.S. or even purchase it on the Internet.
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Collard greens to support bone integrity.
 
Collard greens aren’t the most popular of greens, but they should be, since they may help fight osteoporosis, which affects many women late in life. Collard greens are high in vitamin K, which is now known to a bone-protective effect as well. According to data from one of the largest studies of women, the Nurses' Health Study, researchers found that women who ate vitamin K-rich foods (at least 109 micrograms of the vitamin daily) were 30 percent less likely to suffer a hip fracture during ten years of follow-up than women who ate less.
Try JointEase Plus ™, an herbal remedy that supports joint and muscular-skeletal system health and mobility
 
Foods Recommended for Optimal Health in Men:

Tomato sauce for a healthy prostate.
 
According to a Harvard study, which analyzed the eating habits of more than 47,000 male health professionals, men who eat a lot of tomatoes, tomato sauce, or pizza smothered with the stuff were at a lower risk for developing prostate problems. The carotenoid lycopene, abundant in tomatoes, appeared to be responsible.
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Oysters for optimal levels of testosterone.

There’s the age-old tale of oysters being an aphrodisiac… and there may be science to back it up! Eating just two to three oysters delivers a man’s daily supply of zinc, a critical mineral when it comes to the healthy functioning of the male reproductive system. In one study, 22 men with low testosterone levels and sperm counts were given zinc every day for 45 to 50 days. Both testosterone levels and sperm counts rose.
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Broccoli and cabbage for a healthy bladder.
 
Recently, a Harvard study found that vegetables, like broccoli, may offer protection against bladder cancer, one of the most common cancers in the US, and which affects two to three times as many men as women. Researchers analyzed the diets of nearly 50,000 men and discovered that those who ate five servings or more per week of these delicious veggies were half as likely to develop bladder cancer over a ten-year period as men who rarely consumed them.
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Peanut butter for heart health.

Spreading this unctuous butter on to your morning toast can help your heart stay healthy! Although heart disease is the leading killer in both men and women, men fall victim at an earlier age. Pennsylvania State University researchers compared the cholesterol-lowering effect of the American Heart Association's Step II Diet with a higher-fat diet based on peanuts. The AHA plan included more carbohydrates; the peanut regimen contained 36 percent fat. The trial lasted 24 days and both diets lowered "bad" LDL cholesterol.
 
But, the peanut diet also caused a drop in blood fats called triglycerides and did not decrease HDL, the "good" cholesterol where the AHA diet raised levels of triglycerides and lowered levels of HDL.
 
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Watermelon for healthy blood pressure.
 
Until the age of 55, more men are reported to suffer from high blood pressure than women. Luckily, numerous studies have found that food rich in potassium can reduce the risk of high blood pressure and stroke. The findings are so convincing, that the Food and Drug Administration recently granted food labels permission to bear a health claim about the connection between potassium-rich foods and blood pressure. Watermelon is one of the richest sources of this mineral. There’s more potassium in one large slice than the amount found in a banana or a cup of orange juice.
Try High-Rite ™, an herbal remedy that helps maintain blood pressure already within normal range, plus promotes complete cardiovascular health
 
Luckily, nowadays, it has become easier to find a wide variety of fruits and vegetables (even the most exotic ones) in our local grocery stores. The same goes for natural remedies, which have become increasingly more popular and readily available to provide extra help when needed.
 
If you haven’t already done so, start tending to your health in a more natural way. By embracing a holistic lifestyle that ties diet, exercise and natural remedy support, you are bound to promote a more balanced state of wellness for both the body and the mind. With the amount of information and resources available at your fingertips, it’s easier now, than it’s ever been before.
 
“I have been using Cholesto-Rite for about two years now. Combined with a reasonable diet, it has made such a difference! THANKS!!!”
—Maya
 
Question:
“I cannot take statin drugs and saw the red yeast rice ingredient in Cholesto-Rite contains natural statins. Will this have any side effects? Thanks."
-- Gloria T.
 
Answer:
Unlike many other natural remedies manufactured using harsh chemicals, at Native Remedies, we avoid standardized extracts completely and use only the Full Spectrum Approach™ (FSA), a standards and processes that combine wild crafted herbs and GMP to maintain the integrity, balance and therapeutic effectiveness of the herbs in an FDA and GMP registered pharmaceutical facility.

If you’ve experienced side effects with traditional statin remedies, we suggest you start at a low dose. We have had queries such as yours before and have had reports back of side effects.

The Native Remedies Team

Homeopathic Remedies For Prostate Enlargement

Homoeopathy is often dismissed by those who refuse to believe that a remedy diluted so extensively can treat or cure a disease. The contention of protagonists of homeopathy, however, is that if an infinitesimally small reduction (in proportion to the fluids present in the body) of essential minerals can cause a disease, the same can also cure it. However, the best evidence of the efficacy of homeopathy can be provided by those who have benefited from it.

Homeopathic remedies are prescribed after obtaining a deep insight into the overall personality and symptoms of the patient. This information is then matched with the vast storehouse of remedies and the symptoms they produce in undiluted form.

Homeopathy offers specific treatments for male conditions like prostate enlargement or Benign Prostatic Hyperplasia (BPH). Prostate is a male gland which starts growing during puberty and almost doubles it size. Some men are lucky and the growth stops before it starts affecting urine flow by strangulating the urethral canal through which urine is expelled from the bladder.

However, a vast majority of men are not so lucky and develop signs of BPH around the age of forty. The enlargement does not pose a major problem till the age of 50 and by the time men reach 80 nearly 85% of men show one or more symptoms of BPH.

The primary symptoms of BPH appear as a weak urine stream and an inability to empty the bladder completely. This is caused by the pressure applied by an enlarged prostate on the urethra. Urine is retained in the bladder, which invariably gives rise to an urge to urinate and therefore disturbs sleep. Sometimes the pressure causes incontinence, the inability to control urine.

The symptoms aggravate as urine retention increases and remains in the bladder as a pool, giving an invitation to bacteria to cause an infection. The accumulated urine may also move back and infect the kidneys also. BPH is also one of the major causes of erectile dysfunction.

Conventional prostate medicine attempts to increase the flow of the urine but the main focus is on the Trans Urethral Resection Procedure, an invasive treatment. Homoeopathic treatment is essentially based on the symptoms that are treated as extremely important in finding the right remedy.

A homeopath prescribes a homeopathic remedy based on the typical symptoms of each patient. The Homeopathic Pharmacopoeia of the United States recognizes the following homeopathic remedies for effective management and control of prostrate enlargement.

* Selenium
* Thuja
* Baryta-carb
* Carbonica
* Caladium

Homeopathy and other traditional therapies are still termed as ‘alternative’ therapies in many parts of the world. Given that the so-called conventional medicine developed after these so-called alternative ones, maybe the nomenclature should have been the other way around. Traditional ancient therapies had advanced to a large extent and knew a fair amount about complicated diseases and their treatments at a very early stage.

More than 200 years ago Samuel Hahnemann could uncover the remedial affects of diluted natural products. And centuries before that, Ayurveda could understand the fact of prostate enlargement, its causes and suggest herbs for treating prostate enlargement . Get More Info on Prostate Dr. for Prostatitis, BPH, and Enlarged Prostate Problems

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The 100% Natural Hemorrhoid Treatment Solution. Fast, painless & drug free

70-011 Neo Healar hemorrhoid treatment cream is all you ever need. Developed using advanced scientific medical research and traditional herbal knowledge, Neo Healar is effective for mild hemorrhoids symptoms, internal & external hemorrhoids, bleeding and thrombosed hemorrhoids and even for anal fissures where surgery was thought to be inevitable.

To fully appreciate how Neo Healar works, you need to firstly understand what happens when hemorrhoids occur.

When you suffer from hemorrhoids, your rectal veins become bulged, dilated and at times, inflamed. (That's why you can feel a lump and experience pain in the anal area). As a result, the walls become thin and you may bleed. And if it continues, the veins may protrude.

Once you understand this, the principle of hemorrhoid treatment becomes clear - return the dilated rectal veins to normal and pain and bleeding will be gone! It's as simple as that and that's how Neo Healar works!
 
Neo Healar is developed based on the traditional remedy formula used to treat hemorrhoids. It is a 100% herbal preparation that is composed on four natural occurring plants:

Lupinus Albus: The essential oil extract from Lupin (Alpha-Lupaline) has been shown to be 10,000 more potent than vitamin E, 5000 times more potent than vitamin C. This is used to support the activity of skin repair enzyme to aid in skin healing and recovery.

Vateria Indica: A bitter resin from the piney tree which is traditionally used in ayurvedic prescriptions in India for centuries to heal hemorrhoids. It helps exerts anti inflammatory action and hasten up healing.

Mentha Piperita: Also know as peppermint, this is a herb with downy leaves and small purple or white flowers that yields a pungent oil used as a flavoring. Use for hemorrhoids pain relief and to reduce itching.

Aloe Vera: Contains gibberlin and polysaccharides, which effectively decrease inflammation and promote healing.

The Unique 3 Pronged Strategy to Total Hemorrhoid Treatment

With the unique herbal preparation of these four plants, Neo Healar hemorrhoid treatment cream works on a unique three-pronged principles to cure hemorrhoids:

Soothe: Neo Healar gives a cooling sensation and soothing effect to calm inflamed tissues immediately upon contact. Hence, you will get instant pain relief and can reduce your swelling rapidly with no skin irritation.

Heal: Neo Healar has effective anti-inflammatory, astringent and antiseptic medical properties to accelerate the anal skin healing process. It also helps to restore dilated and inflamed veins to the normal condition.

Repair: Neo Healar will improve blood flow to the ano-rectal area and for repair of damaged tissues. It contains emollient properties that keep bowel movement moist and stimulate rapid granulation and formation of new tissues.

It is this unique 3 pronged strategy that makes Neo Healar a very effective hemorrhoid treatment solution. The effectiveness of Neo Healar in treating hemorrhoids, piles, bleeding and fissures is proven. Do not go for painful and expensive hemorrhoids surgery when Neo Healar is all that you need. You can take a look at our customers' feedback and the results of the clinical studies.

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Is Your Home Making You Sick? Toxic Dangers & How to Avoid Them

Did you ever stop to think about the quality of indoor air that you and your family spend your days in? What if the air meant to provide the body with much needed oxygen was actually “toxic”? Read on to find out more about this scary new phenomenon.

Main_gen Unfortunately, quantity and convenience have replaced quality and safety in many areas of our lives -- including our foods, toiletries, cleaners and even our homes. That alone leaves us vulnerable and exposed to toxic materials at work, school, and at home.

News stories are teeming with reports of problematic additives in foods and chemicals in building supplies. Health problems are surfacing and while individual investigations are underway, it raises an important question: how healthy is my environment?

A lot of us spend a great deal of time inside and have likely not considered the range of potential pollutants we encounter in these indoor environments, including: gases emitted from carpets, paints, HVAC systems with gas packs, dust mites, mold, mildew, bacteria, pet dander, smoke, viruses and poor ventilation – all of which can contribute to an array of health issues now been labeled as “sick building syndrome”. Common symptoms include unexplained fatigue, headaches, and respiratory difficulties.

According to the US Environmental Protection Agency, sick building syndrome describes situations in which building occupants experience acute health effects that appear to be linked to time spent in a building, but no specific illness or cause can be diagnosed.

Some of these symptoms can turn into chronic conditions if left untreated. Fortunately, simple things can be done at home to improve air quality and ease symptoms.

7 at-home precautions you can't afford to forget

  • FILTHY FILTERS? Avoid respiratory problems by checking your air filters often and replacing them according to manufacturer recommendations. If your filters do not get dirty, ventilation problems are likely.

  • AC OKAY? Inspect your air conditioning unit and ventilation system for bypasses and leaks. Ensure that your filter is attached securely on all edges and there are no gaps around it.

  • CIRCURLATION! Improve circulation of air by occasionally airing out the house on dry days with low pollen counts. Sensitive individuals with allergies may want to isolate the room they occupy most by closing the door and running a room filtration unit.

Try Triple Complex BronchoSoothe™, a homeopathic remedy that temporarily relieves tightening of the chest to open airways, and BioVent Drops, an herbal remedy to support healthy lungs and help keep air passages open for easy breathing.

  • GO CHEM-FREE! Avoid fatigue and migraine headaches by switching to chemical-free cleaning products. They are a little more expensive but well worth the investment.

  • NIX AIR FRESHENERS! Try to live without air fresheners. They may cover smells, but they reduce air quality by adding harmful chemicals into the air you breathe.

  • VENT, VENT, VENT! Be sure that combustion appliances such as stoves, fireplaces, furnaces, water heaters, etc. are properly vented to the outside and the vents are unobstructed. Unvented gas or kerosene heaters should only be used in open spaces with a partially open window.

  • CHIMNEY CHECK! Check for debris and cracks that may affect the flow of fumes out of your home.

REMEDY REMINDER: Summer vacation shouldn’t mean a break from natural remedies! Keep yourself or your child on a regularly scheduled maintenance dose to ensure continued support and effectiveness, since many remedies take 3-6 weeks for optimum results.

Try MiGone Plus™ to promote calm & discourage common nervous tension for clear-headed comfort and Fatigue Fighter™ to promote healthy energy levels, stamina and vitality naturally

What else can you do?

The most important thing you can do for your body is to detox on a regular basis. This can be done in a number of ways, but the main idea is to support the liver and its function of cleaning our blood.

Try Detox Drops™ to promote natural cleansing, detoxification and toxin elimination and Liver Dr. to support healthy liver functioning.

Drink plenty of water and get fresh air and vigorous exercise everyday. Natural remedies can also be used to provide the body with extra support. Whether to promote energy levels and clear concentration or support detox efforts, natural remedies have been used for centuries to promote well-rounded health and harmony in bodily systems.

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Spring Cleaning for Your Body? A Healthy Liver Means a Healthier Life

Hands You clean out your closet, right? And your refrigerator? What about your body? If you struggle with fatigue, obesity, respiratory problems, or even a sluggish digestive system you should think about "cleaning out your body" too! Read on to find out how a simple detox plan can give you back your health and vitality!

Do you want to live a long and healthy life? If you do then it is vital that you start to take care of your body in ways you may not have thought of before.

We are constantly exposed to chemicals and toxins in our environment, from the food we eat and the products we use.  Combined with environmental pollution, fast foods, drugs, alcohol, and a sedentary lifestyle, it’s no wonder our livers end up sluggish and diseased with the inevitable result for our bodies:

SLUGGISH LIVER = HEALTH PROBLEMS

Chugging along through the winter months in particular can slow down your metabolism. For many, this leads to weight gain, especially for those living in harsher winter climates where physical activity is significantly reduced.

As spring approaches, one of the best ways to kick-start your metabolism and give your health a boost is to give your body a little spring cleaning of its own and detoxify your system!

The most important step to begin detoxing your body is cutting out most refined and processed foods which contain trans-fats, sugar and additives such as artificial colors and monosodium glutamate (MSG).

Eat more raw fruits and vegetables, whole grains, and vegetable protein like beans, lentils and quinoa. By choosing organic foods, you can reduce your exposure to pesticides. Some readily available all natural detox-friendly foods include kale, beets, and spinach, which can be prepared in delicious salads.

Also, never underestimate the power of physical exercise! Since the skin is the largest elimination organ your body has, working up a sweat is yet another great way to promote cleansing and body detoxification! And don’t forget to drink plenty of water to stay hydrated.

As always, you can look to nature to support your detox efforts. Dandelion contains bitter principles that have a tonic effect on the liver and digestive system. It is also a very rich source of vitamins and minerals, including Vitamins A, D, C, and B, as well as iron, silicon, magnesium, zinc and manganese. Fennel has been used since ancient times. Apart from its naturally supportive properties for digestion, fennel also helps to maintain liver, kidney and spleen health.

To start adopting a holistic approach– detox your lifestyle and your environment, too! Walk outside, clean your home (preferably with non-toxic cleaners), and begin a new hobby.  These little changes will help detoxify your body and your mind.

Detox Drops - Promotes natural cleansing, detoxification and toxin elimination. Plus: Improves weight management, Improves energy levels and stamina, Promotes healthy joints and Supports a healthy immune system.  Also try our Liver Dr.™ and ColoFlush

"I have been struggling with general listlessness for many years. Every day I woke up feeling like I couldn't face the demands of the day - you know that feeling of "Oh No!" you get when you wake up? After taking Detox Drops for only three days, I started to feel more alive and my energy levels increased every day. Detox Drops are great!"

-Carla, 43 years old


What Are Hemorrhoids and What Are the Symptom of Hemorrhoids? What is the Right Diet to Help?

Don't suffer in silence anymore! And don't be embarrassed about it! Hemorrhoids are very common. It is estimated that more than 11 million Americans have hemorrhoids and 3.3 million of them seek medical treatment for hemorrhoids each year! Don't make the mistakes of assuming that hemorrhoids will go away without any treatment. In fact, hemorrhoids never go away if left untreated. It merely subsides temporarily. If conditions worsen, hemorrhoids sufferers can develop serious anal fissures that can only be treated with painful and expensive surgery.


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 are dilated blood vessels or veins in the anal or rectal area. They can occur on the outside where they are felt as small bumps when wiping. Internal hemorrhoids however are not seen or felt as they are in our anal canal. They are also harder to detect as they are usually painless. Internal hemorrhoids usually develop due to chronic constipation and are also prone to develop during a woman's pregnancy period.

Symptoms of Internal Hemorrhoids

Internal hemorrhoids are more difficult to detect than external hemorrhoids because there is very little pain or sometimes even none at all. The common symptoms are an itch or an unexplainable irritation in your anus canal. The more obvious symptoms would be some blood on toilet paper or in the toilet bowl after bowel movement.

Internal Hemorrhoid Treatments

Several non surgery methods can be used to treat internal hemorrhoids. They include:

Rubber band ligation: A rubber band is placed around the base of the hemorrhoid inside the rectum. The band will cut off blood circulation to the area causing the hemorrhoid to wither away within a few days.

Sitz baths: Soak the rectal area in hot water for about 15-20 minutes 3-4 times a day. This is a simple and effective internal hemorrhoids treatment that will not only help ease the itch but also shrink the hemorrhoid.

Sclerotherapy: Also known as injection therapy. This treatment is commonly used on small internal hemorrhoids. A hardening agent is injected into the hemorrhoid, resulting in a loss of blood flow that causes the hemorrhoid to shrivel away.

When an internal hemorrhoid persists or the lump grows too large, doctors turn to hemorrhoid surgery. This treatment is especially recommended when the internal hemorrhoid becomes prolapsed or becomes very large after basic treatment. The types of internal hemorrhoid surgery are as follows:

Infrared Coagulation: A special device utilizing infrared light is used to burn of hemorrhoidal tissue. This causes the hemorrhoid to shrink and finally recede. Although this sounds scary it is very safe and simple.

Hemorrhoidectomy: This treatment is only used for severe cases where the hemorrhoid does not go away and the bleeding continues to persist after non-surgery treatment. During this hemorrhoid treatment the hemorrhoid is surgically removed while you are under anesthesia. Depending on cases, you may be required to be hospitalized and usually a recovery period will be set by the doctor.

Hemorrhoids are a form of vericose vein. They occur when the veins in and around the rectum and anus become swollen. External hemorrhoids are located near the anus and feels like a large lump. It is sensitive to the touch and will bleed if it is ruptured.

Causes of External Hemorrhoids

Hemorrhoids are commonly caused by too much pressure in the rectum. This will force blood to stretch and bulge in the walls of the veins, sometimes rupturing them. The most frequent causes of external hemorrhoids are as follows:

Pregnancy

Diarrhea

Constipation

Constant sitting

Symptoms of External Hemorrhoids

The symptoms of external hemorrhoids are much more obvious than those of internal hemorrhoids:

Bleeding: Usually seen after bowel movement and a common symptom of hemorrhoids. There will be blood on the toilet paper or in the toilet bowl.

Pain: External hemorrhoids are extremely painful. This is the common reason why external hemorrhoids are detected.

Itching: The anus area may feel a little irritated and itchy. Do NOT scratch it even though the urge to do so is very strong.

Lumps: Sensitive lumps around the anus are also an obvious symptom that you have external hemorrhoid.

Treatments for External Hemorrhoids

Sitz Baths: A Sitz bath is the simplest of treatments. All you need to do is soak in warm water for approximately 10 minutes or so to relieve the swelling and pain of hemorrhoids. This treatment is especially good for prolapsed hemorrhoids.

Moist Wipes: Wiping with toilet paper that is dry may irritate external hemorrhoids. Instead, use moist wipes or just wash down after bowel movement. Medicated pads containing witch hazel (a natural medication) can also be bought from pharmacies. It can help reduce the swelling of your hemorrhoid and more importantly, relive some of the pain that comes with having external hemorrhoids.

Ice Packs: Ice packs is a temporary treatment that can also be used to relieve some of pain and swelling caused by external hemorrhoids.

Applying Cream: Creams that treat external hemorrhoids should be available at any pharmacy. Almost any cream containing witch hazel will work and help reduce the swelling, itching and pain of the hemorrhoid lump.

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).

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!

Whether you have hemorrhoids or you're trying to prevent it, there is a right hemorrhoids diet that you can and should follow.

Fiber is an important part of a hemorrhoids diet. If you are currently suffering from hemorrhoids take bulk fiber supplements daily. This can help with your current hemorrhoids condition as well as prevent hemorrhoid recurrence. Just note though that bulk fiber may take a few days to work.

Apart from supplements, including more natural foods in your diet such as bran, whole-grain breads, cereal, fruits and leafy vegetables are a healthy way to include the much needed fiber into your system.

You should also drink more water to soften your stool and to avoid straining. Aside from reducing straining, passing softer stool also helps ease irritation and pain on existing hemorrhoids. 8 glasses of water a day is the ideal and recommended number.

To prevent hemorrhoids, it is also best to avoid processed food (fast food is a good example) in your diet. This is because refined or processed foods have small amounts of fiber content. Foods like these do not contain enough roughage for the intestine to pass stool easily which causes strain in the rectum during bowel movement.

A hemorrhoids diet means that you should avoid foods that could cause indigestion, gas and diarrhea.

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What is Restless Leg Syndrome and How to Treat it Naturally

23274831 Restless leg syndrome is a condition in which your legs experience an unpleasant sensation causing an irresistible urge to move them - often during sleep or when trying to fall asleep or when at rest, either lying or sitting down. By moving the legs, the uncomfortable sensation eases and goes away temporarily. Restless leg syndrome may also occur in the arms. This condition can disrupt sleep routines, most frequently during the evening or early part of the night, making it hard to fall asleep and stay asleep.

Usually when symptoms of RLS worsen at night, it leads to insomnia. Because people with RLS struggle to get enough sleep as a result of persistent leg movements, they often experience daytime drowsiness. Consequently, RLS can affect your concentration, ability to travel, performance at work, interaction with family and friends, daily and social activities. It can also affect your mood, lead to mood swings and bring about depression.

Restless leg syndrome occurs more frequently in women, especially during the last months of pregnancy. It can, however affect both men and women. People with RLS are generally diagnosed in middle age, but there are often cases with symptoms of RLS beginning before age 20. This condition also tends to run in families.

There are two types of RLS, primary RLS and secondary RLS.

Primary RLS is also referred to as idiopathic RLS. With primary RLS, the cause is unknown and once it starts, it becomes a lifelong condition. Over time, symptoms tend to get worse and occur more frequently - particularly, if symptoms began in childhood or early in adult life. In mild cases of RLS, when you are still or awake for a long time like on a lengthy airplane trip, symptoms may last for a limited period or there may be long periods of time without symptoms.

Secondary RLS is caused by an underlying condition or disease, or from taking certain medications. In most cases, symptoms disappear when the condition or disease is controlled or the medication is stopped.

Most people suffering from RLS also develop a condition called periodic limb movement disorder (PLMD). PLMD is a condition in which a person experiences involuntary, rhythmic limb movements such as jerking and twitching, while awake or asleep. While RLS disturbs sleep by delaying sleep, PLMD causes repeated awakenings that disturb or reduce sleep. People with PLMD are sometimes not even aware of their symptoms until a bed partner brings it to their attention.

Here are some self-help tips for those of you experiencing Restless Leg Syndrome -

Although restless leg syndrome is a life-long condition, there are many coping strategies that you can develop.

Follow a moderate exercise program which includes walking or jogging, but remember not to overdo it or exercise late during the day

Stretch your legs, bend your knee and rotate your ankles during and at the end of the day

Massage your legs to help you relax and soothe restless sensations

Wear compression stockings, tight pantyhose or wrap legs in ace bandages to relieve symptoms

Increase your intake of iron supplements if your iron levels are low

Practice relaxation techniques such as meditation, yoga or deep breathing

Reduce caffeine, alcohol and tobacco intake

Keep a sleep diary to monitor the effects of medication and strategies of RLS

Soak feet in hot water or apply a heating pad or cold compress to affected area

Maintain a regular sleep schedule by going to bed at the same time every night and every morning

Lie on your side with a pillow between your knees to initiate sleep

Join a support group where you can share information with others who are also suffering from RLS

To learn more about what causes Restless Leg Syndrome, it's symptoms and how to treat it naturally please click here

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Natural & Organic Flea Shampoo - Get Rid of Dog Fleas!

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Dog Fleas - The helpful hints that can help treat your pet
  • You can stop flea problems without using pesticides.
  • Fleas have been called "the bane of every dog and cat owner." If you feel that way, here are some common sense ways of getting flea problems under control:
  • Wash your pet's bedding regularly. It's a common place for flea eggs to develop and hatch.
  • Flea comb your pet as often as necessary.
  • Try a flea trap. Studies have found they catch between 10 and 95 percent of the fleas in a room.
  • Vacuum often. Vacuuming can remove over 95 percent of the fleas in an area.
  • If your pet brings fleas in from outdoors, consider using flea-eating nematodes (tiny worms) in areas where your pet spends lots of time.

Here are some of the problems caused by insecticides commonly used on pets:

  • Imidacloprid (often sold as Advantage) is toxic to animal nervous systems, causes damage to DNA (the genetic material in living cells), and increased pregnancy loss (miscarriage) in laboratory tests.
  • Fipronil (often sold as Frontline) disrupts hormone function, is classified fipronil as a carcinogen (a chemical that can cause cancer), and lingers on pets for about two months.
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