Daily Blogs about the Family, Men, Women, Children, our Dogs and Cats, and even Horses health

Learn more about the wonderful natural herbal/holistic remedies that can make your life or a loved one much more healthy and rewarding. I will be providing many interesting and timely descriptions of human and pet remedies that will make our health and wellbeing so much better for years to come. Please let me know if I can help you with any kind of aliment that you need information about or herbal/holistic/homeopathic remedy that you would like to know more about.

Friday, April 30, 2010

About Womens Health

Sexual Health
Urinary Tract
Candida Balance
Menstruation/ Premenstrual

Often putting themselves last, women tend to overlook the importance of maintaining a healthy mind and body.

The unique health care issues women face throughout their lives include physical issues such as sexual and reproductive health, fertility, menopause, osteoporosis, urinary tract infection (UTI), fitness, and premenstrual syndrome (PMS).

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Women also confront vital psychological concerns like stress management, anxiety, depression, and even premenstrual dysphoric disorder (PMDD).

Below you will find a comprehensive set of herbal remedies to help you manage and optimize women's health – naturally and safely.

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Thursday, April 29, 2010

Dog and Cat Skin Allergies

Ever noticed your dog scratching behind its ear frantically? Or perhaps your cat is biting his or her tail until the hair falls out? Chances are they are suffering from skin allergy – one of a variety of health problems. Liver disease, lice, fleas, fungus, mange and anxiety can all cause itching, however the leading cause of itchiness of the skin remains skin allergies.

Dogs and cats don’t get runny noses or red eyes when they suffer from skin allergies. The main symptom is itchy skin. You may also notice the following symptoms:

Excessive licking, chewing or scratching of a particular area
Open sores at the site of the licking and scratching
Rubbing of the face with their paws, or rubbing against furniture or the floor
Hair loss on the legs and around the ears and eyes (cats)

When an animal’s immune system overreacts to certain substances – it is deemed an allergic reaction. When the trigger of the allergy enters the body, the body produces antibodies as a form of protection. These antibodies then attach themselves to immune cells (within the skin and other body tissues).

So, when the allergens eventually penetrate tissue surfaces, the antibodies stimulate the immune cells to release powerful chemicals (called histamines) into the surrounding tissue. This then causes inflammation and itching on your pet.

There are a number of factors to consider when locating the cause of a skin allergy. Allergies that affect a pet’s skin are usually caused by one (or all) of the following things: fleas, food, airborne particles, and contact with allergens.

Flea allergy or Flea Dermatitis is most commonly caused by the saliva of the flea. This is why it is so important to rid your pet of fleas regularly.

Atopic allergy is activated by breathing in airborne particles in the environment, such as mold spores, dust, tobacco smoke, and pollens, will activate atopic allergies. If a pet is allergic to pollens, it will show symptoms even if you keep it indoors as particles waft inside. Coughing, wheezing and sneezing often accompany this type of allergy.

Food allergy is the second most common type of allergy in cats and the third most common in dogs. The most likely culprits for food allergies in cats are: fish, milk, beef, and eggs. The most likely culprits for dogs are: beef, soy, chicken, milk, corn, wheat, and eggs. Vomiting and diarrhea often accompany this type of allergy.

Contact allergy is an allergic reaction caused by touching something – the least common allergy in dogs and cats. Triggers include grass, wool, and plastic. Some cats may be allergic to their litter box, and dogs may have an allergic reaction to certain chemicals in the household, but this is less common.

A veterinarian may be able to diagnose the problem; however it may take a process of elimination to identify the cause of the skin allergy. Your vet may refer your pet to a veterinary dermatologist. If fleas are ruled out your pet may be given ‘an elimination diet’ for 10 weeks (your pet is given foods he or she has not eaten before such as duck, venison, and potatoes with the ‘old’ food being introduced gradually).

If your animal’s itching subsides by at least half, the allergen is considered to be one or more food ingredients. To check for atopic and contact allergies, veterinary dermatologists use an intradermal allergy test where your pet is mildly sedated and small amounts of potential allergens are injected into the skin on the shaved area. If your pet is allergic to a particular substance, the skin will become inflamed at the area of the injection.

Avoiding the allergens, treating the symptoms or desensitizing your pet can control skin allergies. Drugs such as steroids and antihistamines may be prescribed to relieve the symptoms of itchiness and inflammation in pets, however, like any drugs – they may come with unwanted side effects and the long-term effects are not known.

Long-term steroid use is discouraged because these drugs work by suppressing the immune system. This means that over time your pet may be left vulnerable to infection, diabetes, and other conditions.

Luckily for pet owners, there are many safe and natural herbal and homeopathic remedies for animals suffering from skin problems.

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Althaea officinalis root (marshmallow) is an excellent and well-known remedy for soothing the skin – while Melaleuca alternifolia can be used externally for promoting skin health and keeping the skin clean. Homeopathic remedies such as Ledum and Apis have excellent soothing properties and are particularly useful in soothing inflamed and irritated skin, or minor stings and wounds.

Tips related to skin allergies

If you know your pet has allergies to certain food ingredients, read the food label carefully to avoid those ingredients.Control your pet’s fleas regularly! This is key in the battle against irritated skin.If you bath your pets – do not bath them too often. Make sure you use a natural, gentle shampoo – and always dry them off properly. Never use human perfumes, moisturizers or talc on your pet’s skin. Treat other rashes, especially fungal infections, even though they may not seem related and watch out for infection.Avoid dressing your pet in clothing: the skin needs to ‘breathe’ and in the case of dermatitis related to allergies or triggers, some detergents may be at fault for your pet’s irritated skin.Keep your pet’s nails short to avoid scratching or rubbing the itchy area.

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Tuesday, April 27, 2010

What causes Asthma?

Most cases of asthma are caused by a combination of genetic and environmental factors. Studies have revealed that asthma does run in families, making children of asthmatic parents especially vulnerable to the condition. In addition, children with an early history of infections and continuous exposure to second-hand smoke are far more likely to develop the condition than other children.

Asthma has a number of triggers which often include:

Allergies to pollen, grass, certain foods, house dust mites, pets or any other environmental allergens
Air pollution or irritants including car and factory emissions. Smoke.

A number of perfumed products including deodorants, chemical detergents, fabric softeners and incense
Upper respiratory infections colds, flu and sinusitis
Physical exertion or exercise
Certain medications such as aspirin and penicillin
Hormonal changes in women during menstruation pregnancy
Sudden changes in air temperature or humidity
Cold air
Stress, anxiety and other strong emotions

The treatment of asthma involves working together with your health care provider to find methods that would best help control the condition in terms of prevention of acute attacks and the management of milder symptoms. A treatment plan will include learning about how to quickly recognize an attack, what to do in emergency situations and how to avoid personal triggers where possible. In most cases, the use of conventional western medication and/or herbal and homeopathic remedies is recommended.

Conventional Western medicine generally treats asthma with a combination of preventative and quick-relief medications. These may include the frequent use of inhalers, anti-inflammatory medication, bronchodilators, corticosteroids, and anti-allergy medications.

While conventional medical treatment may sometimes be necessary (especially quick relief medications), many of them come with a number of potentially dangerous side effects as well as negative effects on immune system functioning. Prolonged use of these medications have the potential to lower immune system health, resulting in increased asthma attacks, reduced resistance to allergens, while also leaving the body more vulnerable to other illnesses.

Note: You should not stop your asthma medication without first consulting your doctor, a trained naturopath or homeopath for guidance.

There are a number of highly effective herbal and homeopathic remedies that may be used for the successful treatment of asthma and other respiratory conditions. Depending on the severity of the asthma, natural remedies can either reduce or completely eliminate the need for the synthetic drugs and are often used in conjunction with conventional medications as a part of a holistic treatment plan.

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Herbal ingredients such as Matricaria recutita and Astralagus are known for their antispasmodic and anti-inflammatory properties, while homeopathic ingredients such as Mag. Phos. and Nat. Sulph are successful at easing chest and throat constriction and soothing mucous membranes while reducing the presence of phlegm in the chest.

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Used regularly, natural remedies can help improve respiratory health, reduce the incidence and severity of asthma attacks while strengthening the immune system.

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