Why Low Calorie Is Not A Successful Weight Loss Method

In countries which experience famine obesity is not an issue, in many developing countries where poverty is the norm it is common to see overweight mothers bringing malnourished children to NGO medical clinics.

Studies have shown this to be true in South America, the Pacific Islands and The Caribbean. It is not that the mothers are greedy but the high carb diet they eat makes them fat and their children sick.

In the developed world the broken record dietary message has been to eat less and exercise more. Sure you can lose weight if you starve yourself and walk around hungry while dreaming about food, but how long will that last.

If you eat a 2000 calorie a day diet and you drop to 1500 in the very short term you will lose weight but soon your metabolism will gear down to 1500 and your weight loss will stop. Studies have shown that this can happen on a diet as low as 800 calories.

All the corporate weight loss systems rely on the short term loss to keep customers paying for programs or food. Then they hang on longer hoping to keep the loss going and believing that it is their problem for not sticking to the programme properly.

The biggest low calorie business in the world, weight watchers, according to choice magazine has a 2% success rate over two years, which is less than can be expected if people join no group at all.

The low success rate happens for several reasons.

  1. The low fat programme means that extra carbohydrates are used in place, which in turn are converted to fat by insulin.
  2. Artificial sweeteners are used in some products in place of sugar, but as modern research shows, these sweeteners cause food cravings, weight gain and type 2 diabetes.
  3. They assume that all calories are created equal. So you can use your points to eat vegetables or chocolate brownies, which may make their clients feel better, but is nutritional insanity!

Of course there are many such companies and the delivered food model is no different. I know of many people who have a freezer full of such low calorie meals. It is well known that most people are slow to cancel any membership.

As long as you persist with the low calorie model you will be hungry and disappointed, you will lose some weight and gain it all back over and over again.

Source by Ian Newton

How to Keep Your Dog From Running Away Plus How to Build a Very Cosy (Free) Pet Bed

How the big four commands save lives

According to the National Health Service and media reports, over 4,500 incidents a year in the U.K. involve dogs and people, with children being the biggest victim group.. You are more likely to be bitten by a dog than win the lottery!

One incident is an unwelcome statistic but until you accept that your pet dog runs away because you let it these incidents are going to continue to occur. There are 5 basic steps, 4 big commands and 3 essential pieces of equipment which you need to learn how to use effectively to gain control and to build discipline into your dog. This guide explains how to do this and how to stop your dog running away. A collar and lead are working instruments of control, just the same as holding your child’s hand. Mobile phones are another safety device we use with our children to maintain contact and for a much safer and secure environment. Our dogs are no less important and are at a higher statistical risk than our children. Your voice alone is not going to be enough. Whistling is hard work and it assumes your dog finds the whistle more compelling than what is at the end of its nose. You must start to appreciate that stopping your pet running away is a skill to be learned and developed on an on going basis, and like people, the input of patience and unconditional love, will very likely be paid back. The probability is that if your children are model children then your dog probably will be too, but that doesn’t mean it is going to be easy to train, it just means you probably have the mindset and determination to keep your dog safe and disciplined. I admit this article may be a bit controversial but the techniques work and will not harm or hurt your dog. Neglect and ignorance is a much bigger killer. If you want to stop your dog running away there are 3 things your must achieve:

  • Instant response
  • Your dog’s whole and undivided attention
  • Complete obedience

You need to understand that there are 3 reasons why your dog will run away:-

  1. Sex
  2. Cruelty
  3. Owner mismanagement

All three of the reasons as stated above can get your dog killed or seriously injured. If you then overlay lack of success with the 3 disciplinary aspects you have serious issues to deal with and you need to correct this quickly or risk your dog causing death or serious injury. The end result will be the loss of your pet by lethal injection, gunshot or fatal injuries. If minors are involved and they are your own family it will destroy not only your life but that of your entire family. This is how I see it anyway and it is this that motivates me to get it right. Your pet running off is not to be taken lightly. I propose to examine a few simple helpful hints that might make your life more bearable and improve your relationship with the animal at a level you can both appreciate and work on to good effect. I am going to ignore the first two reasons that cause running away. If you need guidance to deal with them please give your dog to a loving home, this article is not for you. Your dog is born with senses which once engaged are so compelling that you pale into insignificance the minute they are engaged. You don’t need to be a dog whisperer to understand this, but you can see it for yourself the minute you call your dog back. It is not a great moment when your dog embarrasses you for your inability to handle it. I think one year in a dog’s life is about 6.5 of our years, so by the end of year one your dog should be starting to make out sounds, short sentence structures and words. The four most important commands in order are:

  1. sit
  2. heal
  3. down
  4. stay

Dogs are quick learners. Not only do they know your mood, they take everything right to the edge all the time and they are also very persistent. The sooner you start teaching them the better, try to make it fun without finishing up with a fat dog. Remember your children should not be force fed a big McDonalds every time they get their table manners right and The National Hedgehog Road Skills award has never been won by a hedgehog. A lead is the equivalent of your child’s hand. You communicate through it just the same way. You would not let your child pull you off your feet, especially on a main road, so use the same discipline with your dog.

Step 1. It is always your fault

I really don’t think that Springer Spaniels with their long floppy ears can hear you properly over 30 metres away unless you really shout which makes you look in control doesn’t it. When I was younger I had a liver and white springer ‘Bramble’. He never knew to this day what hit him when he was busy rounding up sheep. I would have been able to play for the British Lions with a rugby tackle like that, the dog went flying, not in the least bit hurt, just caught in the act. He yelped just with fright, but never chased sheep again and after this incident if he could hear me he responded instantly to all the big 4 commands.

Step 2. How to stop your dog pulling you off your feet.

A sharp and very hard tug on the lead pulling your dog back behind you will do the trick. After the second or third time they will desist. This is obviously easier to do when your St. Bernard is a puppy, which is why i say start straight away. Bad habits are developed by the owners not the dogs. Never allow your dog to pull. Start by holding your dog’s hand (the lead) and work firmly in a disciplined and in a fair way, and reward good performance and discipline and work on behaviour that falls short. Little and often is good and a routine is helpful. The thing that really gets results is patience. You would not take your child out into a distracting environment to teach them so don’t do it to your dog either. Get the dog’s attention and eye contact and progress will improve. If you are having trouble getting the dog’s attention increase the treat value e.g. fillet steak. This is about hearts and minds and developing absolute trust. The time to use treats is at the outset of teaching the command. Once the dog understands what is required of it, a pat on the head and some encouraging words is sufficient.

Step 3. How to slow your dog down to your speed

How many of you would not hold on to your 6 year old child’s hand in the city centre? Would you expect your six year old to speak fluent Russian? No, so don’t expect your dog to understand what sounds the same to them. Use the lead to build confidence and lots of patience. By the time your dog is six months old they will be getting more biddable, more curious and more determined but up to the first year you can never be certain. However you are desperate to give your dog the freedom of that run about. A game keeper taught me a very good tactic called hobbling. Your dog’s collar should always allow you to get three fingers under it, if you can’t it is too tight. Simply stick your dog’s front paw through the collar, it looks cruel, its not and you can catch a dog on three legs, it puts the odds in your favour, so you now have the opportunity to train your dog to stay close to you, or get it back safely. Don’t use a retractable lead it encourages your dog to pull. Dogs on retractable leads are not properly trained (such a statement could be highly controversial but I would presume that those owners won’t be reading this type of article so there won’t be anyone to offend!)

Step 4. Timing – how long does it take to train my dog? I think 300 hours gets a basic job done before your dog will specialise into say rescue, field sports, or social human tasks like police or military work. It takes a good year to settle and train a dog. If you get the big 4 commands in quickly and early the dog will start to perform well but it will take at least a year so be patient and persist. Practice all the time – practice makes perfect. ( it also helps you lose weight!). I now have a black and white Springer Spaniel and she was terrible for running off. This was my fault. On dark evenings I only needed to get distracted for a second and the dog was gone. There I am in the dark and pouring rain, shouting my head off and the dog is in the next county. Twenty anxious minutes later I get a ball of mud back! Never be cross with a returning dog, it is after the fact and they may misinterpret you, causing trauma and confusion. Simply make a note to self to set up a training session in a controlled environment to fix the problem whilst kicking your own bottom and not the dogs!

Step 5. How to stop your dog running away

You spend hours and hours working with them, you teach the big 4 commands and when they are over six months old and really understand the commands then you have to bring discipline to bear or face the possibility of an unthinkable incident. I have tried whistles, chasing after her and just leaving her, none of which are satisfactory and just exposes the dog to danger. If I can’t control the dog at both short and long range she is useless in the field other than as a pet. So how do I stop my pet from running away. A game keeper suggested an electric collar. I dismissed it out of hand as being cruel, but it is not as cruel as watching your dog in agony pinned down under a car wheel. I decided to try an electric collar but resolved to be kind and fair. It has transformed the dog without any cruelty at all and this is how it works: First and only after 6 months minimally, and only when the big 4 commands are in place can you use one. My collar has an audible alarm which the dog can hear even when she can’t hear or see me. She quickly learned to respond to this bleep, it means only one thing ‘Heal’. Since wild life has hearing and great vision too, we get to see lots of it when we are out now because we are quiet, the dog is under control at all times and above all is safe. Your dog and especially Springer Spaniels will want to do as you ask. You must be there at the time of any incident which demands attention or arresting and a bleeper really is on the spot and instant. If the dog doesn’t respond there are 8 settings to ‘tweak your dog’s ear’, building up to a shock. All of these are much gentler than rough handling or hitting the dog. All of them hurt a lot less than impact with an HGV. I must stress that if you don’t have the big four commands in place and a confident dog you should not deploy such a device, just keep your dog on a lead. The collar is only for the dog’s protection and control and the charge, which is about the same as a static shock from a door handle, does not cause the dog much discomfort, but it lets her know I want her attention when all else fails which is pretty rare these days. I don’t know how the shepherds do it but they have my admiration. I don’t need my little dog to achieve those levels. We have lots of fun together and she adores my two girls, mind you she adores everyone including the postman! I think that patience is the secret and then it’s a matter of time.. She also has a special settee in our garden room (but never assumes this right in the house), and a dog house made out of straw bales which she loves as it is very warm. She also knows where the edge is, and pushes it like crazy, but she is safe and well behaved and under control at all times because she can hear me and every day that goes by her knowledge of language and disciplined procedure improves. I think I will always use an electric collar now, it is a safety device which makes me much less apprehensive about the dog’s behaviour because I can focus on expanding the dog’s comprehension of commands, so her behaviour continues to improve and she plays an even bigger and much more enjoyable part in day to day activities. If you don’t want your pet to run off get to grips with the collar, lead, teaching, rewarding and discipline and be heard – the best way to do that quietly is with a bleeping collar – really it works. I think these new devices are the dog equivalent of a 2 way radio. No soldier goes into combat without one. I think they are here to stay and used responsibly will transform your life and make teaching your dog a real joy and with much less stress. Remember it is your finger on the button and you decide whether you are a dog trainer or a dog breaker – I know which I am.

How long does it take to teach your dog the big 4 Commands?

It takes about 20 minutes armed with some really ‘must have’ treats, and then repeat the training a day or so later for a few minutes until you see it work immediately. I use mackerel fillets but anything other than chocolate will do the trick. For every minute of training you need an hour of practice to get the command working consistently and then three or four times longer to get them all working together. You will pay for gaps in your routine and you will be able to notice when others have handled your dog. Dogs will always push to the limit to see what they can get away with so you have to be that limit and you can’t always do that by being nice and feeding the dog treats. Never break your dog by cruelty and bullying to get the obedience you want, a broken dog does not work properly and anyone who has trained a dog will spot a broken dog a mile off, you can’t hide it and you can’t repair the damage.

A command should be instant, it is useless if it is not and may get you, your children, the dog or some poor unsuspecting motorist into an unthinkable situation, it is worth the effort.

Should you let the dog on the sofa – Training Versus Behaviour?

Oh boy is this a hot potato! Firstly your dog knows the difference between the scruffy couch in the playroom and the one in the living room but you may have to work more on the training. You can let your dog do anything you like provided you put the effort in with the ground rules, but here is a simple guide.

Your dog has two basic barks, one to warn and the other is more playful. Learn what they are and what they mean. If you don’t want a yappy dog you will get the opportunity at about 10 months to sort it out.

Don’t allow your dog to behave in a way that would be offensive to others, I am sure you don’t need a list from me.

You can use a smack, a firm push or voice commands so long as it is immediate. If your dog is beyond reach you will need to either be very quick (voice and run) or use an electric collar. A sharp shock beats a fight or injury. If this is administered at the start of the action the dog is unlikely to repeat the offence. You won’t break the dog doing this. Prolonged aggression or fierce punishment fills your dog with terror. I have heard them start to yelp before a blow is struck because they know what is coming. Could you do your job knowing someone is about to give you a good kicking? Neither can the dog. I have never seen a broken dog that didn’t bring a lump to my throat and have me biting my lip to hold back the tears. Like the dog I suffer quietly in silence unable to speak.

Being a good dog owner and handler

Bad behaviour develops as a result of lack of effort or selfishness by the owner. Like your children the more patience and time you spend with them and effort you put into your dog, the more reward you can expect with a strong measure of devotion paid back. Like children they will pick up trauma between adults and they don’t like it. Neglect will result in the dog making up its own rules and then you will need a dog psychologist to intervene. Unless the dog is ill and requiring 24 hour supervision, I would advocate they should have their own special place. A kennel is usually the best so they can have peace and quite to relax and dry/chill out and be themselves. You wouldn’t normally have your children in bed with you, so I think it is a bit odd to have your pets there too. Lack of common sense is what develops poor animal behaviour. Plenty of exercise, good diet, discipline, routine, care and attention will work for your dog.

In summary, the three essential pieces of equipment required are a lead, a collar and an audible device that can be heard anywhere instantly by your dog which upon being heard recalls your dog to your side.. If a measure of force is required then this device should have the ability to administer it or be backed up by it.

How to Make a cosy dog bed for free – well almost

I think a great bed makes a very happy dog, especially if they have a full tummy

As an engineer, specialising in materials handling and storage, when it comes to a bed for the dog I wanted to create a cosy place for her to sleep. For several months I persevered with pet cushions etc but they just get filthy and are not very easy to clean or warm to sleep on outdoors. In winter this year we had two feet of snow, which the dog loved but it was cold for her and I wanted something better.

Pallets are often equipment you can pick up for free. Two or three of them are very simple to convert into a bed. 1000mm x 1200mm is a perfect size. If you have an outhouse, garage or shed they will fit easily inside. It doesn’t matter if the dog chews them, the wood can be recycled or used for fire wood and if you use straw, the straw can be composted or burned. Now this solution is not for everyone but the dog will love it and you may grow to love it and here is why:

  • The straw helps clean the dog
  • The dog can scrape and arrange the straw as it wants it
  • The pallet and a few straw bales make a very cosy den
  • Filled with straw your dog can live comfortably outside in all weathers
  • Living outside is better for the dog
  • Dogs will grow their natural seasonal coats in line with the climate. Inside they go into a state of permanent moulting, outside unheated they can live more naturally.
  • The straw is cosy and warm the year round especially with the added protection of 380mm to 450mm of insulation on 6 sides
  • The pallet keeps your dog off the cold floor – essential.
  • Straw bales range from £1.75 to £3.50

Before you go into blind panic about scabies or mange, I have never had any trouble. However if you are worried ask your vet, I think you will find that the modern treatments keep them at bay anyway. Do watch out for nails and cardboard (stapled on). Plywood makes good tops if the wood is spaced or a bit rough and then the deep straw does the rest.

My dog really loves her straw bed and is quite happy to get into it and I rarely see her little black nose come round the edge of the bale until I call for her.

Source by Paul Casebourne

Amazon Kindle Review

What is an Amazon Kindle? It is a wireless reading device created by Amazon that allows you to read newspapers, books, ebooks,   magazines , blogs and more from a handheld device. The kindle is about the size of your regular size paperback book. It connects to the Amazon Kindle Store, so you don’t need to get online to download your media. You can read and buy books 24 hours a day. It even let’s you surf the web, but the view you get is not as good as you would see from a regular computer. The Amazon store even has lots of FREE samples to download. All your books you purchase through the Amazon Kindle store will also be backed up on Amazon. If you lose your Kindle, you will still have your books you have purchased.

This device is very lightweight and can be taken anywhere you go. This is something that is great for the frequent traveler. No more packing and toting around heavy books. With the Amazon Kindle, you can download over 90,000 books and growing. These include most the New York Times Best Sellers. The Amazon Kindle can store up to 200 books and downloads the books within minutes. Can you pack around 200 books with you at all times? Another cool feature of the Amazon Kindle is it has a built in dictionary. You also have buttons to turn the page and when you are done, it will remember where you left off.

The Amazon Kindle automatically delivers your favorite  magazines  or newspaper to you each day. You can have your favorite  magazines  or newspapers, like The Wall Street Journal or Forbes, delivered to you each day before it hits the news stands. The kindle also automatically updates blog and feeds all day long.

There are only a few downsides to the Amazon Kindle. There is no place to rest your hands. There is no built in light, so you will have to in the light to view it. It also can be a bit on the high price end.

If you have the money to spend, I would recommend buying one of these gadgets. You will save space in your home, instead of filling your bookcase full of books. You will have your books at your fingertips. The Amazon Kindle uses electronic ink, which makes it look like you are reading an actual book too! If you are a book lover, this definitely should be on your wish list!

Source by Stefani Partin

Home Remedies For Cold Sores – How to Get Rid of a Cold Sore

Not again, it starts with a faint tingle, barely noticeable, but you know exactly what’s coming.  You’re on the verge of another outbreak and you want nothing more than to never have to deal with this again.  This is reality for approximately 25% of the population.  Due to the masses of people who have been afflicted with this virus, many individuals while looking for how to get rid of a cold sore turn to home remedies for cold sores.  We’re going to take some time to discuss what options are available so you can choose which is best for you.

First understand that there is no herpes cure, this virus once acquired lays dormant in the system for the majority of the time.  However those who have contracted the herpes virus may periodically suffer from outbreaks of cold sores.  Even though no cure exist that doesn’t mean that we can treat the symptoms to make outbreaks more bearable.  Most  cold sores retreat on their own overtime but medicine can lessen the discomfort and duration of the outbreak.  There are also home remedies for cold sores that can help reduce the frequency of the outbreaks.

There are two avenues that can be taken when deciding how to get rid of a cold sore.  The first is the oral antiviral medication which can be effective during your first outbreak and if taken during the onset of following outbreaks.  These oral medications are only available by prescription and should be used when symptoms initially develop.  The symptoms often include burning and itching.  Once in a outbreak is fully developed an oral antiviral medications has little effect.  Oral antivirals may be taking daily in some instances to prevent recurrence especially in cases where outbreaks are frequent and painful.

The second type of remedy which is more often used as a home remedy for cold sores is a topical cream or ointment.  These are often available without a doctor’s prescription and can be effective in reducing pain, itching and duration of the outbreak.There are other treatments which are also utilized in some cases.  If the first episode of cold sores is painful enough to cause difficulty eating, sleeping or drinking is sometimes children have to be made to drink water in order to stop dehydration.  Other complimentary medicines have been proven to be effective treatments for cold sores.  However, it is recommended that you find treatments that work best for you.  Vitamin C, lysine supplements, and lemon balm has been shown to provide relief for some cold sore sufferers.

Source by Raymond A. Hill

How to Heal Canker Sores

Most canker sores go away on their own within one-to-two weeks.  In the meantime, there are things that you can do to alleviate the pain and promote healing.

If you already have a canker sore then stop using toothpaste that contains sodium lauryl sulfate (SLS).  Studies have shown that toothpaste contains SLS.  SLS dries out the mucus lining in your mouth that protects against canker sores.

Over-the-counter and prescriptions medications can also be utilized to promote the healing of this dental condition.  Many oral gels contain a numbing agent that when applied directly to the irritated sores helps numb the area and alleviates the pain. A dentist or a doctor may prescribe an anti-inflammatory gel or mouthwash.  These steroid anti-inflammatory medications reduce the inflammation of the sores. 

In the meantime, you can take care of your dental mouth sores by avoiding acidic, spicy, and hard foods. These types of foods aggravate the canker sore and delay the healing time.  Eat your food in smaller bites and eat soft foods.  This alleviates additional irritation to the sores.  Use a straw when drinking cold beverages to avoid making contact with a canker sore.  When cold liquids touch a canker sore it produces a stinging sensation.  Drinking through a straw helps you control the flow of liquids and prevent additional irritation. 

Lastly, be gentle when brushing your teeth.  Brushing your teeth hard and quickly can cause you to stab your cheeks and gums. This damages the mucus lining in your mouth.  If you already have a dental mouth sore that pain will be immense when your toothbrush touches it.  Brushing your teeth too hard will prolong the healing process.

Source by Allison Clarke

Cute Pet Hamster-What Kind of Hamsters are Cute and Would Make a Good Pet

A black bear hamster makes a cute pet hamster and are just variations in color and coat

of the Syrian hamster.

Picture your Hamster in their Home and learn to look after it.

It is important when cleaning the cage to leave some of the old bedding or nesting material

so when the hamster is returned to the cage it recognises it is “home”. The home must be

cleaned at least once a week by replacing the soiled bedding where necessary. Carefresh

and Megazorb are both examples of safe bedding. Hamster bedding materials made of fluffy

cotton cloth are extremely dangerous, as they can tangle around the hamster’s neck and

limbs as well as pose a choking hazard.

Hamster Toy and Game Ideas to Keep Your Pet Hamster Happy.

Clear plastic hamster balls are available, into which the hamster is placed and then, by

its own action, explores an entire house or yard. Hamsters enjoy wooden tubes that

somewhat mimic the burrows that they might have in the wild and allow their owners to

enjoy their activities. Most commercial exercise wheels marketed for hamsters have rungs

which are not suitable for hamsters due to the fact that a hamster could get injured in

one. Many authorities recommend solid plastic wheels as these eliminate the risk of


Entertaining Hamster Life, Some Funny Stories About Hamsters.

In an episode of the BBC comedy series Fawlty Towers, first broadcast in 1979, Manuel the

Spanish waiter insists that a rat that he has bought as a pet is really a “filigree

Siberian hamster”. The character Minsc in the RPG Baldur’s Gate and its sequel Baldur’s

Gate II had a hamster animal companion named Boo.

General Hamster Information on their Life Expectancy.

Russian Hamsters (Campbell’s and Winter White) live approximately 1.5 to 2 years in

captivity and Chinese Hamsters 2.5 to 3 years. If the hamster escapes and doesn’t show

up, leave the cage open and accessible.

Popular Hamster Breeds.

In many countries, the Campbell’s hamsters are more popular than the winter white, while

the reverse holds for some countries in Europe. A Syrian or Golden Hamster, Mesocricetus

auratus. The care of all pet hamsters is fundamentally similar, but there are differences

in feeding and housing needs. As the hamster is generally considered a cute animal, it is

often anthropomorphized when found in popular culture.

Interesting food ideas for your Cute Pet Hamster.

All hamsters should be given a more conservative diet. Some hamsters are known to accept

yoghurt (yogurt) (natural, without sweet ingredients) or soft cheese (low fat, not too

salty), and in any case egg noodles are usually taken gratefully. Bird food like millet

is a noteworthy alternative for small hamsters. Lettuce has very little nutritional value

and in excess can cause liver problems, some hamsters may not like the taste of citrus

fruits but they are safe to feed and hamsters have been observed in orange groves in the


Hamster Breeding and Birth.

Dwarf males will often assist the mother, bringing her food, sitting on the nest to keep

it warm, and tracking down wayward young. The male syrian hamster will not take part in

raising the young as they are kept separately. The average litter for Syrians is about 7,

but can be as great as 24, which is the maximum number of pups that can be contained in

the womb.

Cute Pet Hamster and their Health.

If accepted, herbs can also help to strengthen the hamster’s health, though they cannot

replace a veterinarian in case of a disease. They can become very tame if handled

frequently. Syrian hamsters will be tame for life once they are tamed.

Note – This article may be freely distributed as is without permission providing it is distributed with the details in the author bio below including all links to his website.

Source by Joe Slavin

What Are Gallbladder Attacks?

There are many symptoms that are associated with a gallbladder attack. The only problem is that they are hard to differentiate from other conditions and symptoms. The symptoms of such as an attack can either be slow and uncomfortable for years or they can be acute which means they attack all of a sudden and with a severity that can cause a lot of pain.

When you are suffering a gallbladder attack, you will most likely not even know that the gallstones or the gallbladder is the cause of the discomfort. This is because the most common complaints and symptoms include pretty commonplace things like burping, nausea, gas, indigestion or abdominal pain. These are usually not very severe, but can last for hours and over a long period of time. In cases where the attack is not very painful or severe, it is because the gallstones are small.

However, a gallbladder attack is not always so mild. In such cases you will have to seek out medical attention. A severe attack is always very painful and many are not even able to handle the pain. There is especially good reason to worry if the symptoms have a fever to go along with it. The symptoms that indicate an attack include severe pain under the rib cage on the right side of the body, pain which radiates through the areas on the back and right shoulder, severe upper abdominal pain and vomiting. Breathing may become difficult during a severe attack, especially if you try inhaling deeply. Such an attack can also last up to fifteen hours which is a long time for this kind of pain. How bad it is will mostly depend in the size and number of gallstones that have escaped the organ.

An attack may happen only infrequently, but if the gallbladder attack is severe or frequent then a doctor needs to be seen. They will then decide after examining you what the best way of treating the problem will be and how severe the problem even is. Severe or gallstone-filled gallbladders are usually removed, whereas others are just recommended a special diet or can take painkillers if an attack arises.

Source by Lewis Freeman

Why Use a Dog Bed?

Many people have found that their dogs enjoy a dog bed, but there are more reasons to use a dog bed than just your dog enjoying it. Dog beds are meant to hold your dog in a way that they can sleep comfortably, cushion their bones, allows your dog to avoid drafts, and gives them a safe place to be in the house.

One of the best reasons to purchase a dog bed is to give your dog a safe place to lie. Dogs get tripped over, stepped on, and become anxious about sleeping on the floor, especially if they choose to lie down in a walking area. Giving them a dog bed gives them a safe place to curl up and sleep comfortably. In this way, they’re out of the way, and can lie and sleep comfortably without the fear of being stepped on.

One of the other reasons to purchase a dog bed is to give your dog a comfortable place to sleep that not hard on their bones. Many dogs who are sleeping on the floor will become cold, arthritic and achy because of drafts and the hard floor. Especially those large breeds that have hip problems already, it just makes it worse. So a dog bed is not just good for comfort, it’s also a healthier. Look for those dog beds that have plenty of cushions to protect your dog from the hard floor, and high sides to protect your dog from the drafts.

One of the nicest dog bed that have hit the market are those that are actually shaped like a regular bed, and move your dog anywhere’s from a few inches to a half a foot off the ground. They will have legs just like a bed will, and also will have a cushioned mattress pad for your dog. It’s great for allow your dog to get off the floor, sleep in a safe place, and keeps them healthier in their old age.

You’ll also find those that are portable dog beds that are similar to those high rise dog beds that you would purchase for your home. Often, these are collapsible dog beds for camping and traveling, they again, allow your dog to get up off the ground. There’s no doubt that a dog needs a safe place to be, and a dog bed can allow them comfort and safety even when you’re camping or traveling.

Source by Karen Saffie

Tips About Cold Sores

It’s crusty. It’s sore. It’s the only thing you see on your face. All the people that ever had a cold sore understand what you feel: You want to hide. Here’s what do to if you are affected by this condition.

Don’ to this!

Don’t rub it. This can create an opening for bacteria and might make the healing process last even longer than the one to two weeks it should takes. If a bacterial infection occurs, look for professional advice.

Don’t run directly to prescription treatments. A medical professional can prescribe antiviral creams and oral medications that knock out the herpes virus. But, like any other medication, they can produce side effects. The most popular cold sore treatments can cause affections such as diarrhea and nausea, and can make your cold sore even worse. Make sure you’re aware of all your treatment options before deciding on prescription removal methods.

Don’t ignore the blister. This won’t help you to eliminate the cold sore, but it surely help in the contention of the affection. Cold sores are contagious and you could end up passing it on to someone else-whether it’s by making out with a hot date or pecking your toddler on the lips. If you do have one, be careful of physical contact with others. Also avoid sharing utensils and drinking cups while you have an active infection. If you baby suffers from a cold sore, then try to hide toys and things that the baby can touch.

Things to do

Learn the basics of cold sores so you can combat them effectively. Cold sores are caused by the human papillomavirus (HPV). Some people might get as many as twelve outbreaks each year. Found most frequently on the lips, just one blister can multiply and spread to other parts of the lips as well. These blisters can become burning, itching and even, in some cases, inflamed lymph nodes.

Start treating cold sores as soon as you have the tingling sensation telling you that a cold sore is coming. Some blister remedies are only effective if you start them early enough. So even if the cold sore hasn’t actually erupted yet, start your preferred treatment right away. It might be a good idea to keep a treatment tucked away in the medicine cabinet so you’re ready for action at first tingle.

Wash your hands frequently when you have a blister. Cold sores can spread to other parts of your mouth. Frequent handwashing can prevent this from happening.

When you are in the sun, protect the blistered area by using a lip balm that contains sunscreen. Remember, don’t share that tube of lip balm with your family or friends! If your cold sores appear in other areas, like around your nose, use a sunscreen to protect that area of your face.

Look for a treatment program that uses all-natural methods designed to combat the virus as well as the sores it produces. You can stay clear of harsh chemical treatments and the side effects they cause by using a scientifically-based program, thought up by skin care experts. This will assist you to discover realistic cold sore cures which would need very little of your time daily.

Now that you know some of the do’s and don’ts of how to get rid of a cold sore, you can stop living with the embarrassment and start living with the shame-free skin you deserve.

Source by Francisco Lastra

Basic Mastiff Dog Care

The Mastiff is a large powerful dog and they come in a variety of colors. They are not as playful as some dogs and some tend to be rather laid back. It is a loyal, courageous, dignified dog, and is not known to be a playful breed. They can learn and excel in obedience training if properly trained because its desire to please its owner.

The mastiff is known to be one of the most powerful dogs in the world. Although these dogs are unusually large they are very gentle with their families however they are territorial and are known to be leery of strangers. As they mature they will become increasingly devoted to the well being of their master. Because of its reputation of being an agreeable laid-back dog, it is also know as a “gentle giant”.

The Mastiff coat colors range from silver and apricot to fawn and brindle. Sometimes the Mastiff can even be a red color. The coat is easy to care for and close knit. Their eye color is brown and a darker brown is a desirable trait.

Mastiffs do not need extensive exercise. They prefer lighter activities such an occasional walk a couple time a week for short periods of time. Some of the breeds like the Bull Mastiff do not do well in hot weather at all and will seek the comfort of an air conditioned house instead of a romp in the back yard.

It is important to train a young mastiff early in life to be well mannered. This will assist in it being a manageable and useful pet. These dogs tend to grow large quickly so it is important to get control of them. An untrained mastiff that jumps up on people with its massive bulk can be dangerous even if that is not its intentions to hurt anyone.

The Mastiff is one of the larger breed of dog but makes a great family pet. Treating them with love, giving them proper care and training will ensure that you will have a wonderful companion and pet.

Source by Jay Grey