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#Cats: #Pet #Grooming to Prevent #Hairballs #felines

Cat owners know that where there are cats there are also hairballs. Cats oral grooming habits involve swallowing large quantities of hair. Most of the swallowed hair passes harmlessly through the cat's digestive system. Problems occur when instead of passing through the cat's digestive system the hair remains in the cat's digestive system. As time passes the undigested hair collects with other undigested hair, these hairs stick together, until a hairball forms in the cat's stomach. The larger the hair ball becomes, the greater a risk it poses to the cat's health and well being.

A vast majority of cats are able to rid themselves of a hairball by hacking it up. The sound they make when trying to bring up a hairball is similar to a person suffering from dry heaves, although the noise is slightly higher pitched. Most cat owners also report that the best time of day to extract a troublesome hairball is in the middle of the night so that sound can keep the cat's entire family up all night. Cat owners also find that their cat is very clever at depositing the hairball in places where it's humans frequently walk barefoot, like on the bathroom floor, directly next to the shower. 

As unhappy as cat owners might be about having balls of half digested hair littering their house, they are even less happy about large hairballs that remain in their house cat's stomach. When the enormous hairball makes its way into the cat's intestine it can create a blockage that frequently means a hasty trip to the vet for an emergency surgery. This surgery can cost several hundred dollars.

Signs that your cat is suffering from a hairball are; your cat ignoring their personal grooming regime and allowing their coat to become dirty and matted, constant coughing and hacking, loss of appetite, constipation, and depression. Long haired cats, because of the length of their coat, are more prone to hairballs then their short haired contemporaries.

Pet grooming is a wonderful way for cat owners to prevent the unpleasantness of hairballs. Brushing your cat once a day will remove dead hairs from the cat's coat. These dead hairs wont be around to stick to the cat's tongue and later be swallowed to form a hair ball. Although any brush can be used to groom your pet cat, a cat brush purchased from pet store has bristles that are specially designed for cat hair. Daily grooming routines will strengthen the bond between you and your cat. 

If you have a long haired cat, or even a short haired cat that seems prone to hairballs, you may want to consider clipping your cat to remove excess hair. Hair that is no longer on the cat's body can not wreck havoc on their digestive system.

Another thing that cat owners can do to prevent hairball is to purchase cat foods that are specially designed to prevent hairballs from forming in the cat's digestive system. If your budget wont extend to purchasing expensive anti-hairball foods, you may want to consider other commercial hairball remedies.

Cat owners should consult their veterinarian for additional methods of hairball control.

#Wellness: Best #Prostate #Cancer Treatment Alternatives

by: Taylor Arnold
Prostate cancer is a very common problem with men over the age of 80 and it starts becoming frequent with men over 50. By the time they are 80, almost half will have some form of prostate cancer which is not noticeable. Even though it is dangerous, just like any other cancer type, prostate cancer is very seldom the cause of death for the men who have it. Although this is such a common illness, doctors are still uncertain of the precise causes for prostate cancer. Ethnicity is one of the factors that offers some differentiation, with black men the highest risk and Asian men the lowest.

Curing prostate cancer is possible, but the condition has to be detected in the early stages. Many men do not even seek medical advice when the symptoms are present, partly because they are very similar to those of another disease: BPH or benign prostatic hypertrophy. Most men will experience difficulties while urinating, noticing a weak or intermittent flow of urine. Other symptoms include urgent needs to urinate or the need to wake up several times a night to do this. Some patients also observe a dribbling of urine after and even before urinating.

There is no universal treatment that will work the same in individual cases. Doctors have to determine several decisive factors, such as general health condition, age, location of the tumor in the prostate, size of the tumor. The number one option for treatment is surgery. However, the main operation, known as radial prostatectomy, is extremely tiring to the body, so the patient has to be in good condition. Most surgery patients are men between 50 and 70 years of age who do not seem to have extensive cancer damage. There are some side effects involved with this procedure, mostly related to erectile dysfunctions and minor urination problems. However, modern techniques greatly reduce the side effects and the success of surgery is high.

Choosing a hormone therapy is another option. This treatment does not kill the cancer cells but it reduces the size of the prostate tumor of the majority of patients. Most doctors recommend this treatment together with surgery for best effects. Cancer growth is stimulated by testosterone, the male sexual hormone, and hormone therapies reduce its level. By reducing testosterone levels, the prostate becomes less subjected to cancer cell growth. Based on patient medical history and overall health level, doctors may or may not choose to prescribe hormone therapy.

Sometimes, the doctor might suggest an alternative treatment to surgery. Radiotherapy can work by destroying cancer cells through radiation. The method is painless and involves only out-body procedures. However, some side effects like diarrhea and impotence have been noticed. Brachy therapy is the other. It involves the implantation of radioactive elements in the prostate, which are inserted with the patient under anesthesia. In time, the radioactive elements loose their properties, but they also help diminish cancer cell growth.

Childhood #Obesity The Modern #Health #Dilemma #insulin

You see it on the playgrounds, at roller rinks, at swimming pools, and in classrooms. Obesity is a modern health dilemma for today’s children, who are struggling with weight as never before. It is a difficult problem to combat, given the fact that you want to make sure that your children are receiving sufficient amounts of nutrients in their diets. While some children may outgrow obesity, others carry it with them into their adult lives. Obesity in children can result in feelings of fatigue, worthlessness, and hopelessness. It can also place them at greater risk for diabetes and heart disease.

Just how widespread is the problem? The National Institutes of Health has determined that, over the last thirty years, the number of young people with weight problems has increased two fold. Interestingly enough, the problem is affecting children of all ages as well as children from all ethnic groups.

Children who are overweight may not develop socially as fast as their peers. They can become loners, finding it difficult to make friends. They may think that their weight is beyond their control and they may not know what to do in order to attempt to prevent weight gain. In essence, obese children can become our lost generation.

The parents of these children may not realize how detrimental obesity is to their children’s emotional health. They may consider the obesity just a passing phase and they may not understand the psychological devastation that obesity can cause. They may even dismiss the concerns of their children, hoping that the problem will simply go away.

The causes of childhood obesity can be complex. However, there do appear to be a few identifiable triggers. For instance, many families now eat on the run because of their many commitments. Parents may not think they have time to prepare nutritious meals for their children, so they rely on fast food and sugary snacks to fill in the gaps. As a result, children end up eating a diet that’s rich in fat and sugar but which offers little in the way of nutritional value. According to the American Obesity Association, one third of parents believe their children’s dietary habits are worse than theirs were during their own childhoods.

Another key problem is inactivity. Children watch more than a full day’s worth of television each week. That’s in addition to the hours they devote to their computers. As a result, they’re not playing outside as much as children of generations past. Also, many children may feel as if they cannot participate in sports because of their weight. Feeling defeated before they even start, they pass up opportunities to engage in physical activities.

It has been shown that children tend to be heavily influenced by advertising. Unfortunately, many commercials tout foods that can be best classified as unhealthy. Children crave what they see on TV and in movie theaters and they may not realize what these foods will do to their bodies.

Luckily, childhood obesity can be successfully conquered. Here are a few tips to help your child overcome a weight problem:

#Wellness 12 Ways to be #Healthier #longevity

Want to loose weight, sleep better and boost your immune system?
1. Have a lie down
Back pain can be avoided and the damage repaired with one easy exercise, which is lie down on the floor with your knees bent, hip width apart, feet on the floor. Do this daily for about five to fifteen minutes to release and lengthen your spine.

2. Note your nibbles
Crash diets don't work for long enough; instead maintain a food dairy to note your daily eating habits. With this you'll be conscious of what you eat, and make healthier choices.

3. 10 deep breaths
Our breath power our lymphatic system, which removes waste from cells. By taking 10 deep breaths, three times a day, you'll clear more toxins and boost your thinking power by getting 20% more oxygen to your brain.

4. Put your fork down
Put your fork down between every mouthful of food, it makes you chew your food properly, preventing digestive problems, and also prevents you from over- eating.

5. Make a list
The most effective stress buster is to make a list. Your short term memory can only remember, on an average, seven things. So when you overload it , your stress level escalate. Making a list clears out all the stress from your brain you feel tension free. This saves you from headaches, depression and high blood pressure.

6. Massage your feet
Poor circulation could be robbing you of much needed sleep. Your temperature needs to drop slightly before you fall asleep, so your body dispels heat via your face, hands and feet. But many women have poor circulation, which constricts the blood vessels in their hands and feet and prevents them from dispelling heat. A hot bath before sleeping or a hand and foot massage will increase your circulation.

7. An organic apple a day
If you buy one organic item a day, make it an apple. Research found that pesticide residues in 71% of apples- the highest in fruits and vegetables.

8. Change your tea bag
When it comes to tea white is the new green. White tea comes from the same plant as green and black but is harvested earlier and undergoes less processing, which means it contains more cancer fighting anti- oxidants.

9. Eat dried apricots
The most common nutritional deficiency is iron. Tiredness, irritability and lack of concentration. Prevent it by having two helpings of lean red meat a week, or three dried apricots a day.

10. Stop skipping meals
Eating three meals a day is very important for a healthy body. It's the simplest way to balance blood sugar levels, which will keep your mood, energy and concentration balanced and strengthen your stress tolerance.

11. Keep it crunchy
Include some raw vegetables in every meal. Many of the vitamins and minerals are in vegetables are lost through cooking, so raw food is as good as it gets.

12. Focus on your feeling
Take two minutes to boost your resolve to do walk, jog or aerobics class. The instant gratification of that exercise high is far more motivating than the promise of thinner thighs two months down the line.

#Transexual: #Feminization Has Become A Popular #Lifestyle

When a person consciously tries to become more feminine, it is usually referred to as feminization. Depending on the use, it can have several definitions. In biology, feminization is described as a natural process which occurs in most species of animals. It has been known that some fish can become female when there are no females in their group. The feminization process that occurs here is for evolutionary purposes.

On the other hand, the term feminization has increasingly become a popular lifestyle. A person may choose to change from being male to female behaviorally, physically and even emotionally. The process of feminization would help this person’s transformation easily. It can be easily done by adopting the female’s attitude and physical appearance. Basically, there are many types of feminization. But the most popular are Forced Feminization and Hypnotic Feminization.

As the term suggests, forced feminization is forcing someone to become feminine. This situation can usually be observed in female dominance. A male would be forced to wear women’s clothing and ordered how to speak and behave by another, more dominant person. Although the male would show some signs of reluctance, they usually feel more aroused and desirable. In this type of feminization, the male may be caned or spanked as a form of punishment for not being submissive. Forced feminization can usually be observed in prisons, where sexual slavery is common.

On the other hand, hypnotic feminization is a transformation from being a male to female using the so-called power of suggestion. This type is usually practiced voluntarily with the ultimate goal of experiencing a particular fantasy. When a male individual undergoes hypnotic feminization, he would feel, act and think like a female. There are also some cases when the male sees his body in the mirror with female parts, such as the female genitals and the breasts.

The conservative members of the society have always frowned upon practices such as this. Although it is ultimately a personal choice, it can be perceived as wrong or immoral. Many argue that people who enjoy feminization must be mentally unbalanced and require professional help. There are individuals who will go to such lengths to complete the feminization process, which would even involve surgery. These persons are called transsexuals, since they have literally changed their genitalia to become females. Cross-dressing is also another popular way for males to become more feminine, usually dressing up and behaving like real females.

What To Look For In A #Pet #Insurance #cats n #dogs

Like medical costs for humans, hospitalization bills for pet animals can rack up quite a large sum. This is why companies have started to offer pet insurance for those who want to avoid the headache of finding the money to pay for those bills should their pets contract some sort of disease.

With more and more people finding the joy of having pets at home, companies who are offering pet insurance have also tripled in recent years. Now, there are a lot more pet insurance to choose from. This is actually great news for the consumers because they will have more options and because of the competition among the insurance companies, they can be sure that each will be offering them a great package and excellent service.  

But having plenty of options can also pose a problem especially if you do not really know a thing about pet insurance. The sheer number of products available to you can be really confusing. Trust me, I had the same problem before when I decided to ensure my pet dog. But of course, it is something that you need to face if you want to really ensure the safety and health of your pet. Below are some of the things that you need to look for when buying a pet insurance. 

1. Duration 
This is perhaps the number one thing that you need to focus on. Some companies will be offering a lifetime pet insurance while others provide for a year only coverage. What is great about the lifetime pet insurance is of course this: you don’t have to go through the hassle of renewing the policy every year. What if you forgot to renew it and your pet got sick? What then? This is very ideal for those who have the budget to provide for lifetime care and are busy enough not to be bothered by the annual details.  

The advantage however of getting an annual insurance policy is the money factor. If your pet is not sickly and do not really require annual visits to the vet, then it will not be economical to continue paying a lifetime insurance. You can actually start their insurance when they reach a certain age. It will be expensive yes, much like how human insurance policy works, but at least you did not have to pay the annual fees all those previous years.

2. Coverage
Another important thing that you need to check is the coverage. Some insurance policies will cover only the medical expenses when they get sick while preventive care is excluded in the package. Preventive care such as vaccination is however important especially if your pet is very young and need their shots. As much as you can, find a policy that will cover even the preventive care measures. That way, you can be sure that your pet is fully protected.  

3. Period of the coverage 
Some pet insurance will only start weeks or months before actually signing up. This is to prevent owners from fraudulently getting insurance policies just because they learned that their pets will get sick. This however can be a problem for most pet owners. If you feel that you need immediate protection for your pet, try to check this feature of the policy.

#Erotica Female Style: #Masturbate for #Erotic #Orgasms.

Steps To Having Orgasms
The majority of my female friends feel at least somewhat uncomfortable with the idea of masturbating. Our society isn’t very accepting of female masturbation, so most women feel a mixture of guilt, shame, embarrassment, and anxiety when I suggest that they start exploring their bodies.

It sounds like you’re not opposed to masturbating, but that you may still have some conflicting feelings about it. It’s worth taking the time to explore your beliefs about masturbation. Women who find themselves particularly hesitant may want to ask themselves questions like, “where did these feelings about masturbation come from?” and “do I want to let these beliefs continue to operate in my life?” If you find you have a real mental block about masturbation, then you might want to examine where that comes from with a "professional".
Learn The Basics

Women masturbate in a lot of different ways, but a lot of my friends have found it useful to get a sense of what the process tends to entail. In general, most women masturbate by stimulating their clitorises. Research has found that women are most likely to reach orgasm by stroking diagonally across the clitoris. Women usually need a fair amount of time to warm up, and require repetitive, consistent stimulation to climax. On average, women take about 20 minutes to orgasm.
Make The Time To Practice

Learning how to masturbate is like learning any other skill — it takes practice. You’re going to feel a little bumbly and awkward at first, and it’s going to take some time for you to get the hang of it. Most women’s lives are pretty busy, so I usually tell my friends to schedule in time to practice masturbating. Try to carve out 20-30 minutes twice a week.

You might be thinking, “20-30 minutes? How the hell am I supposed to fit that into my schedule?” It’s natural to feel some resistance, and you may have to remind yourself why you’re doing it. For example, “I know I feel embarrassed about having to practice this, but I do want to learn more about my body.” Challenge yourself to make this a priority, but don’t ever force yourself to do it when you genuinely don’t feel like it.

To make masturbating feel like less of a chore, I encourage my friends to set their practice sessions up to be as enjoyable as possible. Take a bubble bath, put on some music that you like, or wear a little slip that makes you feel hot. Take your time touching other parts of your body and trying to help yourself feel relaxed and sexy.
Focus On Exploring First

When you first start experimenting with masturbation, try not to put any pressure on yourself to orgasm. A lot of women get overly goal-oriented about climaxing, which can suck all of the fun out of masturbating.

Think of what you’re doing as trying to learn what kind of stimulation feels good for you, rather than trying to learn the quickest possible route to orgasm. You have an entire lifetime to masturbate, so there’s no rush to hone in on a foolproof method immediately.

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  Spend a couple of weeks exploring a number of different techniques. Try two to four strokes each time you practice, and compare and contrast them to each other. Try different speeds and different levels of pressure. Start building a list in your head of the techniques that make you feel the most pleasure.
Specific Techniques To Try
So let’s get down to the real nitty-gritty. How exactly are you supposed to touch yourself? Below I’ve compiled a list of strokes to try.

  •     Try a diagonal stroke. Imagine that there’s a clock over your clitoris, with the 12 closer to your anus, and the 6 closer to your belly button. Stroke from 1 to 7 if you’re a righty, or 11 to 5 if you’re a lefty.
  •     Use one finger to run circles around your clitoris, without touching it directly.
  •     Try rubbing your clitoris with one finger, two fingers, three fingers, four fingers, and your entire hand.
  •     Using two fingers, place one on each side of your clitoris. Rub up and down. You can also try side to side.
  •     Tap your clitoris with one or two fingers.
  •     Use the lightest possible touch to gently flick over your clitoris with one finger.
  •     Keep your underwear on (you can also try this with a rougher fabric like jeans) and rub your clitoris through the fabric.
  •     Pull your outer labia together and rub your clitoris through the folds of skin.

Extra Credit
Here are a few other experiments to try:

  •     Use lube to help your fingers glide over your clitoris more easily.
  •     Try masturbating in different positions. Some women like being on their stomachs. Others like being fully outstretched.
  •     Stimulate your clitoris with other objects. You can try grinding against pillows, or positioning yourself under the faucet in the bathtub.
  •     Try holding your breath for short periods of time as you masturbate.
  •     Engage your muscles as you masturbate. Separately, try tightening your toes, fingers, and abs. Then try tightening all of them at once. Try squeezing and holding your PC muscles too.

Find Your Favorites

Bring Orgasm Into The Picture

After a few weeks of experimentation, start seeing if you can reach orgasm. Give yourself 30-40 minute blocks of time so you don’t feel rushed. Take your time getting your entire body warmed up with light, feathery touches. Tease yourself a bit.

Next, try running through a couple of different strokes and pick the two that feel best in that particular moment. Use one stroke for about three minutes, then switch to the other for three minutes. Keep switching back and forth until you notice that one of the strokes feels better than the other. Stick with that stroke for the remainder of your session.

Try going a little harder and faster with that same stroke. You’ll probably notice your level of pleasure ebb and flow. Don’t analyze what’s happening - just keep your focus on the sensation in your body. Up the speed and pressure a little more, and see if you can let yourself go over the edge. It may take longer than you expect, so keep going until it stops feeling good.

Don’t expect to reach orgasm the first time, and don’t be disappointed if you don’t. It takes a number of tries for most women. Keep trying to get yourself get a little further each time. More than anything, remember to enjoy the process!

#Diabetic? How #Exercising can help with #Gestational #Diabetes

Unless you already have a regular fitness routine, you probably don't want to start one half way through your pregnancy.  But the benefits that you will derive as a woman with gestational diabetes who exercises will make the physical activity worth it in the end.  
Before you begin any new physical activity or routine, discuss with your doctor any 
guidelines you need to follow or warning signs you should heed.  

You do need to be aware and careful about when you eat and take your insulin in relation to any physical exercise.  If you wait too long after eating to exercise you will cause your blood sugar to drop dangerously low.  A good rule to follow at any time  exercising or not  is to have a snack with you to raise your blood sugar quickly.  A good snack is something high in sugar that will raise your blood sugar quickly like a juice box or a piece of fruit.  Have a snack with you that is long-acting too such as a granola bar.  You can also purchase glucose tablets for emergencies when you become hypoglycemic. 

The best time to exercise is after one of your main meals.  If you can fit in a 15-20 minute walk three times a day it would be idea.  But if you cannot try and go for a bit of a longer walk at least once per day.  When at work go for a walk after lunch or schedule a family walk every night after dinner. If you already have an established exercise routine it is probably safe for you to do more but a vigorous or leisurely walk is extremely beneficial.

Exercising will help you keep your blood glucose levels under control and increase your 
energy. Getting in shape through exercise before delivery can help your labor progress 
smoothly as well.

#Diabetics:Giving yourself an #Insulin Injection. #diabetes #diabetic

 You may be upset when you are diagnosed by gestational diabetes, but there are ways to treat and manage the disease.  It is probably more realistic that you are more upset or nervous about giving yourself a daily injection (yes a needle) of insulin.  

Getting a needle is no big deal for most people, but giving one to yourself for the first time can be intimidating.  The best advice is to just get it over with.  After you have done it once it gets much easier.  There are different places on your body that you give use to give yourself a needle (called injection sites).  A fleshy part of your body is the best place such as the back of your arm, back of your leg, in your buttocks or the upper part of your abdomen. 

 It is recommended to rotate your injection sites, if you prefer to give yourself a needle in the back of your arm it is okay to use that area every time.  But you should not use the exact same spot on the back of your arm.  

You will be taught the proper method of drawing insulin into the syringe by your doctor or endocrinologist.  It is important to take special care and attention to the amount of insulin that you are injecting.  Too little and your blood sugar will be too high and too much you can suffer from hypoglycemia (a very low blood sugar).

It is important to store your insulin in the refrigerator but once you prepare your syringe it is okay to have it out for some time before using it.  You may even prefer this because when the insulin is cold it may sting more as you inject it.

If it turns out that you really cannot give yourself a needle you will have to get your partner to do it for you.

#Diabetic: Supplements for #Diabetics. #diabetes #insulin

 "All you need is a proper diet of fresh fruits and vegetables and get plenty of exercise and you'll be fine.”

Ever heard those words from your doctor?

If that's all he/she recommends then you're missing out an important ingredient for health that he's not telling you.
Fact is that you can adhere to the strictest diet, watch everything you eat and get the exercise of a marathon runner and still come down with diabetic complications. Diet, exercise and standard drug treatments simply aren't enough to help keep your diabetes under control.

Diet and exercise are the two words given out by established medicine and the media as the only cure-all; repeated endlessly like a holy mantra. 

The word “fresh” is glossed over and likely you miss that word too. The simple truth is that what you buy from your supermarket shelves and bring home is not fresh. Those veggies look good on the outside, but they lack essential nutrient that everyone needs to maintain a healthy lifestyle, most especially those with diabetes. Without those nutrients, you are a prime target for degenerative diseases like Alzheimer's, cancer, heart disease and arthritis.

Those veggies on your store shelves come from farms whose soil has been depleted of vitamins, minerals and the antioxidants your body needs to maintain health. Today you'd have to chow down 17 bowls of spinach to get the same amount of nutrition that one bowl would have supplied 100 years ago. And along with this severe depletion come the herbicides, pesticides, additives and other treatments to those fruits and vegetables fresh and looking good before they get to your kitchen table. If that wasn't enough most of us live a hectic lifestyle that does nothing to help maintain good health. We smoke, we drink and eat far to much. Lack of exercise and sleep leads to high stress and depression. With all these factors combined and you have a recipe for disease and death! 

But if you hope to survive the three most prevalent disease of diabetes, heart disease and cancer, the only cure is to address the things that you are doing that are making you ill. Certainly diet is an important ingredient. So is exercise.

While there is plenty of food to go around, the quality is poor. Eating organic food, referred to as “fresh” by your family doctor is essential. But many of us don't have a source where we can buy fresh food. 

And because you can't always eat fresh, supplementing is the only answer. This is the one word doctors leave out and you are ignorant of. Since there is no profit in suggesting you take chromium to control your blood sugar, your doctor leaves this essential information out. The result can be disastrous for you! Diabetic complications are a direct result of the lack of nutrients you can only find in fresh produce.

#Diabetic: Diabetes Epidemic. #insulin #T1D

With obesity levels being at an all time high, the epidemic
of type 2 diabetes is growing at an alarming rate, and will
only get worse.

Between 2001 and 2002, the diagnosis of diabetes went from
5.5 percent of Americans to an alarming 6.5 percent. In
just one year!

Overall, twelve million Americans have been diagnosed and
another 5 million Americans have diabetes and don’t know
it. And yet another 12 millions are on their way to type 2
diabetes because of impaired glucose levels.

Not knowing is the worst because risks of untreated
diabetes puts us at a terrible risk of complications
including but not limited to blindness, amputations and
ultimately death.

The stickler is, that type 2 diabetes is almost completely
preventable. Doctor's say eat less, eat better and
exercise. The numbers show just how many Americans are
currently overweight. 

Statistically, people are now living longer, and it has
been on the rise for years. But this will not continue if
type 2 diabetes is not put under control.

We are a gluttonous society and ultimately it is affecting
how we live and how long we live.

And unfortunately, the diabetes epidemic is not just a US
problem. It is spreading worldwide with epidemic reports in
Asia, the Middle East and the Caribbean. 

 It is estimated that by 2020, the number of diabetics
worldwide will rise to 380 million. And diabetes is now
affecting more of the young and middle-aged population in
developing countries between the ages of 40 and 59.