Does anyone know if there is any resources out there for natural alternative herbal treatments for animals?

Posted by admin on Jan 29, 2010

Not a big fan of Western Medicine as is more of a bandage solution and know that there are allot of herbs that are helpful to humans that can replace addictive medications. Is there anyone who has written a book or has a webpage regarding natural options for pets?

Thanks Tereka

A book called Dr Pitcairn’s complete guide to Natural Health for Dogs and Cats. Written by Richard H. Pitcairn, DVM., PH.D and Susan Huble Pitcairn.
It’s a very good book with loads of great info.
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Im wirting an essay about nutrition and health but im nt happy wif my first couple ov sentences- can any1 help?

Posted by admin on Jan 29, 2010

Ive tried a number of beginings but im not happy with any of them! Oh, duz anyone know any gud websites for finding out abut nutrition affecting health…apart from the obvious (doh, rcn etc) Thanx alot

I think your beginnings might sound better if you tried to use actual English.

And in order to learn, properly, I suggest you don’t get ideas from other people and choose one of your own.
How can you learn if you use someone elses material?

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What kind of help do single parents get in America?

Posted by admin on Jan 29, 2010

I’m a single mum in Australia and i’m just trying to see how every one gets along in life if they can’t wok with a little one.

A single parent receives $580AUD one week then $280AUD the following week, this is alternated fortnightly. We don’t receive food stamps. I have 2 girls so i do receive a little extra. Without judgment can i have some information about what americans receive?

We also have "medicare" free health care to any australian no matter what they earn, do you have something similar?
what is WIC? and section 8?

there are programs offered through the government here that help poor people, but you have to qualify for them by showing proof of income and expenses, nothing in America is given automatically to everyone. We do not have health care. If your job offers medical insurance, you pay a lowered fee for care, but you also have to pay for the health care plan. For example, my DH pays about $300 USD a month to get health care through his job. If your job does not offer health care, and you are poor enough, then you can apply for Medicaid, which is govt health care. Then the doctors and nurses treat you like crap and you can only go to places that accept the govt medical care. Where I live, they only give medical to children and pregnant women, so even poor single parents can be stuck without any health care and out of pocket it is VERY expensive.

WIC is a program for women and kids up to 5 years. They give you milk and cereal and cheese and formula for babies if you are poor and you qualify.

There are food stamps if you are poor you can apply for. They give you money basically but you can only spend it on food at the grocery. Where I live, a mom and 3 kids only gets about $350 USD for food for a month, which if you have kids that are older and eat as much ascan adult, isn’t really enough to pay for all your food, but it helps a lot.

Section 8 is a housing program. Again, you have to be very poor to get this. They give money to pay for you to rent a house or apartment. The place you rent has to accept section 8 money for you to be able to live there. Unfortunately, because of the amount of very trashy people on section 8 and the amount of crime and drugs that seem to be prevalent in areas that accept it, only the neighborhoods that are very poor and trashy and unsafe usually accept section 8, so if you are decent and want to send your kids to a decent school and not have to worry about then getting shot on a street corner, even if you qualify for section 8, it is of no use.

There is also a program that gives you a monthly check to help support your family, but it is very hard to get from what I’ve seen.

There is also unemployment, which is where if you lose your job, for a little while they will give you some money to get by till you find another. It doesn’t last long though and not everyone can get it. It depends on a lot of factors.

That’s pretty much America’s support system for single parents or poor people.

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Question about birth weight, and health of babies born before 37 weeks.?

Posted by admin on Jan 29, 2010

OK so I am asking because I have had some complications come up with my blood pressure and was diagnosed with pregnancy induced hypertension today- it is very possible to turn into preeclampsia because my protein levels are above average however not enough to diagnose pre-e. in a 24 hr. urinalysis less than 150 is normal and anything more than 300 is mild preeclamsia- mine was 224

I will be 30 weeks on friday, I have been put on bed rest and weekly appointments as well as an ultrasound on friday to make sure that our little girl is developing as she should.

The Dr. told me that our goal right now is to get to 34-36 weeks and then they may induce depending on the situation with my blood pressure and the progress of preeclampsia. He also informed me that they will most likely not allow me to go all the way to my due date and would likely be induced by 38 weeks.

I am just trying to get information about premature birth- I would love everything to be natural but I am accepting things as they come and acknowledge that Dr.s are doing this for the safety of not only me but my baby as well.

So my questions are. . .
What week did you deliver in?
How much did the baby weigh?
How was the health- NICU Stay??
How long were both of you in the Hospital and did the baby get to go home with you?
what are the long term health issues you have had to deal with?

Thank you ahead of time:)

ps do you think there is a link between higher birth weight and less time spent in the hospital?

In case you don’t feel like reading everything I wrote, here’s the most important part–get "The Premature Baby Book" by Dr. Sears. It is a lifesaver.

–I delivered my son at 34 weeks.
–He weighed 4lbs, 12oz. The normal range at 34 weeks is 4 1/2 to 5 1/2 lbs, and boys tend to be slightly heavier.
–He was healthy in all ways, but didn’t yet have the suck-swallow-breathe reflex, which means he couldn’t breast (of bottle) feed. This tends to kick in around 36 weeks for boys, a couple weeks earlier for girls. Because of this, he had to be tube-fed (called ‘gavage’) and (painfully slowly) taught to eat. He was in the NICU for 13 days.
–I stayed in the hospital 3 days, so I had to go home w/o my baby. It was hard, but the next two weeks were the worst–leaving him each night in the care of others was so upsetting. I spent as much time as possible there.
–Long term, nothing major, but his development lags behind full-term babies, so even now at 13 months, I am CONSTANTLY explaining to people why he hits his milestones later than their child of the same age. People always think he’s younger than he is and it’s frustrtaing, cause some people act like there must be something wrong, or they try to make me feel better as if they think I must be upset that he’s behind. But he’s exacly where he should be–six weeks behind a full-term baby. I look forward to when he’s at an age where it’s no longer evident that he’s behind so I can stop explainng and getting questioned.

–During the first few months, preemies can be A LOT more demanding than the average baby. They sleep more, but it is in shorter spurts, so you will sleep very, very little. It’s hard to put into words the extreme sleep deprivation. I actually hallucinated at one point because of it. They can be crankier and gassier because their bodies aren’t really ready to be accepting milk yet. This can last many months (about 6 for us). Your baby will not be able to go out much, especially during the flu season in his/her first year, but also during the first 3 months you practically have to become a hermit. Since a full-term baby is supposed to stay inside and not among crowds until 6 weeks, it’s 6 weeks PLUS however many weeks your preemie was early. Every little thing can be a sign of something more serious with a preemie because they are more likely to come down with, well, just about everything, so even at seemingly-minor signs, you may have to take the baby to the ER. Your baby will need to be bundled up, including a hat, until they hit 7 lbs, and possibly will still have unusually low temp. readings that can be scary.
I’m not trying to scare you at all. Just prepare you. But on the other side, you and your preemie will have an intense bond because they need such close attention, monitoring, and care, and unlike full-ter babies, you get no 4 or 5 hours to sleep while they do. You will be with your baby all the time. I HIGHLY recomend you keep your preemie as close as possible. They thrive with ‘kangaroo care,’ meaning skin-to-skin contact, and the SIDS risk is higher with preemies, so you want them sleeping as close as safely possible (check into bedside co-sleepers, or at least keep him/her in a bassinet right beside you).

And one more thing–this is YOUR baby. NICU nurses can be possesive. If you see ANYTHING that makes you uncomfortable, like a nurse handling or bathing your baby in a way you feel is not gentle enough, SPEAK UP. You can, for example, say you don’t want anyone but you and the baby’s father to bathe him/her. You will forever regret it if you don’t speak up.

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What natural medicine, worked for you, to relive Hypertension?

Posted by admin on Jan 25, 2010

I am currently taking Toperal. It is causing major side effects (sleeplessness, heartburn, fuzziness).

I want an Herbal cure. I take my BP every night. My average is 145/80. Before Toperal it was really bad (170/90).

I am in good shape physically. I walk about 5 miles a day.
I’m having major issues with trusting my health to those whom have a versted interest in me being sick. Those who have such an interest are doctors.

I use Aqua-Rite for my high BP condition. I slowly decreased my medication while I started to take this natural product and in less than 3 months I was able to use only the natural product. I highly recommend it. Check the following source :

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I need to teach kids about health, safety and nutrition?

Posted by admin on Jan 25, 2010

I’m taking a class that needs me to volunteer 15 hours at a daycare or a school. I’m suppose to teach the kids about health, safety and nutrition. How can I do that and make it fun for the kids.

Any teachers out there that can give me advise on how to do this?

nutrition- you can bring in play food that has to do with the pyramid (i would also bring in a cut-out pyramid) help them match where the food goes on the pyramid. explain that you need certain amounts of this food per day in order for your body to grow big and strong.

safety- with younger ones; i do units on street lights, wearing a helmet as well as not talking to strangers.

health- bring in a doll or something explaining main body parts and tell them by playing outstide, doing sports and being active helps your body live longer and stronger. then play a game with them (even an easy one like duck, duck, goose!)

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Should my doctor have ordered x-rays to stay on the safe side and rule out a fracture?

Posted by admin on Jan 25, 2010

I injured my left wrist the a couple days ago ( I was sparring in karate and got kicked in the hand) and went to the doctor today. (I am female by the way). My doctor didn’t do a lot of tests on my wrist and just looked at it for a minute and asked if I could move it. I said I could move it a bit, but it was painful. He just told me to take ibuprofen..but I have been doing that since I hurt myself and that hasn’t helped. I also have been alternating with ice and heat, but that only helps a little bit then the pain returns. The dr didn’t even say to use a splint or ace bandage. However, I had an old wrist brace from another injury so I decided on my own to wear it. But I’m concerned there may be something seriously wrong since it hurts when I move it. (I have medicaid, so he doesn’t get paid a I’m guessing his health care isn’t as great as some dr’s with regular insurance). I’ve heard fractures aren’t always obvious or painful. So how can I get it checked out?

Fractures usually come with swelling. If your wrist was not swollen the some doctors will not send you for an X-ray. Also it depends on how you were able to move your wrist. He should have watched to see the range of motion in your wrist. This is part of the evaluation.

It is unusual for a fracture to not be obvious or painful but it does happen.

It is a good idea to keep the wrist immobile for the next couple of days. If the pain gets worse or your wrist or hand starts to swell go back and see your doctor or find another doctor. Tell the doctor that it is getting worse and you want to rule out a fracture. If he does not send you for an X-ray ask for one.

I wish you the best.

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Had a natural miscarriage & period has decreased over the months to not having one at all?

Posted by admin on Jan 25, 2010

Back in August I had a natural miscarriage at 8 weeks. It was a blighted ovum. I bled for a week and then 2 weeks later I had my period and bled for 4 days(I usually bleed 6-7 days). 30 days passed before I got my next period and this time I only bled for 3 days. Then 35 days passed before I got my period again and this time I bled for about 5 days but it was light(usually it’s moderate to heavy bleeding). And now, it’s been well over a month and a half and still no period. I’ve taken a pregnancy test last week and one today and they both were negative. I’m worried that something is wrong or that my period is just all out of whack now after the miscarriage.

Just a little background. I use to have PCOS(Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome) and my period was very irregular… as a teen it was every other month after a course of 5-6 years it was twice a year. After I had my first child my period became very regular, same thing after I had my second child. Because I had PCOS it took me 5 years to conceive. I would like to have a couple of more kids but am afraid that maybe somethings wrong since my period seems to be getting worse and worse. I don’t have health insurance until Feb, so I can’t schedule and appointment with my OB yet. Can someone help me out. Every post or blog I’ve seen they usually say that there period become regular by the 3rd to 5th month after having a miscarriage… So why is it that it seems to be that my period is getting worse and worse… My worst fear is that I won’t be able to conceive anymore.
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First, there is no *cure* for PCOS. It’s chronic, which means once you have it, you have it…but sometimes it’s under control more times than others.

It sounds to me like this last pregnancy triggered your PCOS symptoms again. What you’re describing smacks very loud of a hormone imbalance.

The only thing you can do is wait it out until February and then get the hormones you’ll need to jumpstart your cycles again.

You may or may not need medical intervention to conceive in the future. But either way, there’s no reason to believe you won’t ever conceive again.

Good luck.

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Are there any natural or herbal ways to deal with depression?

Posted by admin on Jan 22, 2010

i have post partum depression and the medicine just makes me tired and suicidal and crazy is there n e thing natural i can take like a suplement or something to help instead an anti depressant?

We think that many depressions are related to the neurotransmitter serotonin. This is a chemical our body produces that fits between some nerve cells in our brain to allow one cell to talk to the next one. Most anti-depressant medications currently used are in the class called SSRI, which stands for selective serotonin re-uptake inhibitor. In other words, the meds work to allow serotonin to remain in the brain longer than it has been. There are some things that naturally seem to impact serotonin. For example, chocolate has a very temporary impact on serotonin, which may explain why we feel better when we eat it. (At least until we get on the scale.) Chamomile tea may help with serotonin too. But perhaps one of the best things we can do is get exercise. Try to get at least 30 minutes a day of brisk walking or better in and you may notice some improvement in your mood. I hope you are feeling better soon and can enjoy being a momma.

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What can I do with an interest in Nutrition and Public Health?

Posted by admin on Jan 22, 2010

I’m interested in how nutrition relates to disease, and how dangerous food additives (like artificial sweeteners) contribute to disease. I’m also interested in alternative medicine. What careers best match my interests?

biochemistry, nutrition, health, biology,

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