5 Secrets To Keep Your Dog Healthy

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walkingdogIf you own a dog, caring for it is an important responsibility that requires a real and genuine personal commitment. It is important to make sure that everyone in the family shares in this responsibility and commitment. The dog that you bring into your home must honestly feel loved by each family member.

You can do five important things when caring for a dog to ensure it stays happy and healthy.

The first thing to know is that your dog needs water. Like any other living thing, your dog always needs fresh water to stay healthy. Poorly regulated contaminants, including harmful chemicals such as lead and even low levels of prescription medication, can enter into your tap water supply. The solution is to have a good water filter. A water filter will help remove most harmful toxins, making the water much healthier for both you and your dog.

The second thing your dog needs is highly nutritious, quality food. When you feed your dog, it is important to choose healthy ingredients. Many dog food labels on the market today are nutritiously quite deceiving. They may have dubious sourced ingredients or product mixes to comply with government labeling standards. They may contain things that you would probably not want your dog to eat. A good dog food is one that meets the higher labeling standard of being “complete and balanced.” When you choose your dog food look for one with more meat than fillers. When you are looking at the package look to see that it lists meats like lamb, beef, or chicken and that the fat to protein content meets recommended nutritional guidelines. Also, look to see if it contains natural preservatives, as these are much healthier for your dog.

The third thing you can do is make sure that your dog receives proper health care. It is very important that you take your dog to the vet for regular check-ups. Flea and heartworm control are common canine conditions that are easy to diagnose and prevent but extremely costly if not treated. Heartworms are parasitic mosquito-borne infections known to kill or injure dogs by damaging the heart and blood vessels. To paraphrase Benjamin Franklin, taking your dog to the vet is an ounce of prevention worth a pound of cure.

The fourth thing you can do is exercise your dog. Many people don’t think about this as being one of the most important things that keeps a dog healthy, but it is. In the United States, 40 percent of dogs are considered overweight. Just like humans, it is important to keep your dog’s weight under control because it can lead to health problems. Help your dog exercise by doing things like taking it for daily walks. Exercise and playful workouts not only enhance the bonding experience but also can help avoid some behavioral problems.

Lastly, and probably the most important thing you can do for your dog is show affection. Letting your dog know that you care affects their health in the most positive way. To learn more visit, http://www.ccprotectiondogs.com

Secrets To Better Oral Health

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By Darla Scheidt

mansmileDaily oral hygiene combined with regular visits to your dentist can help ward off harmful bacteria that lead to tooth decay, gum disease and other oral infections. With improved oral health, you can look great, feel better and avoid unnecessary — and costly — dental treatments down the road.

The good news is that achieving optimal dental health is easy! Here are a few simple secrets for smile success and improved long-term oral health.

Brush up at the office
A healthier smile begins every morning and ends every night if you follow a consistent tooth-brushing regimen. But since the foods you eat during the day contribute to plaque build-up, twice-a-day brushing may not be enough to keep cavities at bay. Keep a toothbrush in your desk at work, and brush after lunch to promote a healthier smile and optimal plaque removal.

Floss more
While many people take the time to brush twice a day, fewer people follow the recommendation to floss daily. Floss is designed to remove plaque from the tight spaces between the teeth and under the gumline where a toothbrush can’t reach. By flossing your teeth once a day, you can significantly decrease your chance of getting gum disease and other harmful oral infections.

Cut back on sodas and sweets
Poor eating habits often show up first in your oral health. That’s because sugary and acidic foods and drinks can destroy enamel and increase tooth decay. Drink soda, juice and coffee in moderation, limit snacking between meals and opt for healthier foods, like fruits and veggies over sweets. Over time, your mouth and body will thank you for these subtle, but important, changes to your diet.

Know your mouth
Make a point to regularly examine all areas of your mouth. Unusual changes, such as swollen gums, discolored teeth, or sores on your cheeks or tongue should be reported to your dentist. It takes just a few minutes while you’re brushing and, if detected early, could save you the need for extensive dental treatment.

Put bad habits to rest
Smoking and tobacco products can increase your risk for oral cancer, gingivitis, tooth decay, bad breath, enamel stains and gum disease. Do yourself a favor and give up tobacco use altogether — it’s good for your smile and your total body health!

Visit your dentist
Finally, visit your dentist twice a year for routine exams to keep your teeth healthy and strong. Since many dental issues are painless at first, without professional care from your dentist, you may not be aware of problems until they cause serious damage — and pain. A dentist can identify problem areas in their early, minor stages.

If it sounds too easy to prevent tooth decay and other oral diseases with preventive care, that’s because it is! A combination of consistent oral hygiene, simple lifestyle changes and regular visits to your dentist will help you avoid many dental problems and keep your natural teeth for a lifetime.

– Darla Scheidt is the Marketing Director for the multi-specialty group dental practice in the Chicago Western suburbs, Grove Dental Associates. With over 30 doctors and 40 years of practice experience, Grove Dental’s four offices stay on the cutting edge of dentistry to better serve patients.

Secrets Your Heart Doctor May Not Tell You

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healthyheartMany Americans continue to suffer from heart attacks and strokes despite receiving a clean bill of health from their doctors. Michael Smith, M.D., host of “Healthy Talk” on www.RadioMD.com spoke with Dr. Kira Schmid, a naturopathic doctor and Scientific Director for Life Extension about the topic. Dr. Schmid contends that risk factors are often being ignored by many physicians.

“When people hear that their blood pressure is 140/90, they assume that they have a limited risk for cardiovascular disease, but the optimal target should be 115/75. It is highly advised that people have a blood pressure measuring device at home and keep a diary so that they can track their risk of cardiovascular disease,” according to Dr. Schmid, who has updated the fifth edition of the Life Extension Disease Prevention and Treatment book, containing 130 evidence-based protocols to combat the diseases of aging.

She recommends that even something as simple as adding magnesium or grape seed extract to the diet can help control high blood pressure, combined with a change in diet and exercise.

“Another important health resource is Vitamin K2, which strengthens bones without creating calcium deposits in the arteries. Look for bottles that read MK7 and make sure you select K2 sources,” says Dr. Schmid, who also recommends doses of Vitamin D which can build calcium in the bones.

Despite fears about the role of cholesterol in contributing to cardiovascular disease, Dr. Schmid notes that cholesterol has some positive benefits in hormone development, but levels must be monitored.

The entire 10-minute audio segment is available online by visiting here.

– Submitted by David Brimm

Blood Detective Fitness Secrets – Part 2

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By Dr. Michael Wald

Continued from part 1 of this article…..

More Exercise Equals Less Cancer

More and more studies are also showing that people who exercise regularly have a decreased risk of developing cancer, particularly colon, prostate and breast cancer. Exercise helps prevent colon cancer by speeding up the digestive process, which prevents food and toxins from sitting in the gut. It may also help prevent breast cancer by reducing fat deposits the body uses to create estrogen, which some tumors thrive on.

Blood Detective Bio-Marker Tests to consider: Colon Cancer Blood Test Screening, urinary indicant (a test of absorption), estradiole, estriole and estrone blood and/or saliva testing, testosterone measurements, SHBG, homocysteine, CRP and ferritin testing.

Exercise and Diabetes

diabeteswordBecause hard-working muscles use glucose for energy, exercise can also help prevent and control type 2 diabetes. Type 2 diabetes develops when the body stops responding to insulin, which normally facilitates the entry of glucose into cells. When glucose can’t get into cells, it remains in the bloodstream, where it can cause damage. When people exercise, their muscles use glucose for energy, which helps reduce blood sugar levels. Exercise also helps people control their weight, which is important because overweight people are at a greater risk of developing type 2 diabetes.

Blood Detective Bio-Marker Tests to consider: Bio-impedience testing, C-peptide, serum insulin, homocysteine, CRP, RBC-magnesium, immune profile, autonomic nervous system evaluation, arterial stiffness testing and a comprehensive hormone evaluation.

Lose The Right Kind of Weight

There’s also one condition that everyone experiences that exercise helps to manage: aging. As you age, your body begins losing lean muscle mass, oxygen uptake ability and bone density. But this degeneration isn’t inevitable. Muscles, bones and the cardiovascular system respond to the stress of exercise by getting stronger.

Blood Detective Bio-Marker Tests to consider: Bio-impedance testing, lung spirometry evaluation, pulse ox and C02.

Exercise and Mood

Exercise has a mood-altering effect, relieving anxiety, raising energy levels and increasing sexual interest. It increases the body’s levels of serotonin, a chemical that causes good feelings and decreases incidents of depression, and beta-endorphine, a chemical that’s more potent than morphine. In fact, this release can occur just 12 minutes into a workout, which should keep you hooked long enough to reap the other rewards.

– Dr. Michael Wald, aka The Blood Detective, is the director of nutritional services at Integrated Medicine of Mount Kisco, located in Westchester New York. He has appeared on ABC World News Tonight with Diane Sawyer, Channel 11 PIX, Channel 12 News, CNN, The Food Network and other media outlets. Dr. Wald earned the name Blood Detective for his reputation to find problems that are often missed by other doctors. He earned an MD degree, is a doctor of chiropractic and a certified dietician-nutritionist. He is also double-board certified in nutrition. He has published over a dozen books with three additional titles due for release late 2013 including: Frankenfoods – Genetically Modified Foods: Controversies, Lies & Your Health and Gluten-A-Holic: How to Live Gluten Free and the Blood Detective’s Longevity Secrets. Dr. Wald can be reached at: www.intmedny.com or www.blooddetective.com or by calling: 914-242-8844.

Blood Detective Fitness Secrets – Part 1

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By Dr. Michael Wald

exerciseballExercise is fun, feels good and helps fight disease: What more could baby bombers ask for?

In this article I will not only outline precisely why exercise is so important, but also how to really know whether you, as a baby bomber, will benefit in the long-term from your exercise efforts. At the end of each of the subsections below I have outlined for you special tests that I call, Blood Detective Bio-Markers. These are tests and evaluations that prove if your exercise efforts will likely improve your quality and length of life. Exercise performance often results in better fitness, but fitness alone without long-term benefits, such as reduced risk of disease and improved quality of life, your ability to do what you want to do would be an incomplete triumph.

Hidden Benefits of Exercise

Flabby flesh and unflattering bulges lead many people to start exercising, but the biggest benefits of exercise occur beneath the surface. Exercise boosts immunity, improves mood and helps stave off conditions such as heart disease, cancer, depression, osteoporosis and type 2 diabetes. It can also reverse some of the signs and symptoms of aging.

Blood Detective Bio-Marker Tests to consider: White blood cell functional test, bio-impedance test (measures percentages of muscle, water and fat in the body and metabolic rate), autonomic nervous system measurement (for stress effects upon the nervous system), bone density test (sonogram method not using radiation), HgA1c (measures blood sugar over several weeks in one measurement), C-peptide (measures insulin output),

The Heart Is The Key!

The heart is one of the biggest beneficiaries of regular exercise. It’s a muscle and, like skeletal muscles, it needs exercise to stay healthy. Exercise makes the heart stronger and more efficient, so it has to beat less to pump blood throughout the body. It also lowers the amount of fat and “bad” cholesterol (low-density lipoprotein, or LDL) in the blood, clears out plaque that can accumulate in the arteries, helps reverse arteriosclerosis (artery hardening) and lessens your risk of having a heart attack or stroke.

Blood Detective Bio-Marker Tests to consider: Arterial Stiffness Test (measures hardening of arteries not blockage), Cardiobeam Tech. Evaluation (measures over a dozen cardiovascular parameters non-invasively), VAP Lipid Measurement (most accurate blood fats tests available).

Stay tuned for part 2 of this article shortly…..

– Dr. Michael Wald, aka The Blood Detective, is the director of nutritional services at Integrated Medicine of Mount Kisco, located in Westchester New York. He has appeared on ABC World News Tonight with Diane Sawyer, Channel 11 PIX, Channel 12 News, CNN, The Food Network and other media outlets. Dr. Wald earned the name Blood Detective for his reputation to find problems that are often missed by other doctors. He earned an MD degree, is a doctor of chiropractic and a certified dietician-nutritionist. He is also double-board certified in nutrition. He has published over a dozen books with three additional titles due for release late 2013 including: Frankenfoods – Genetically Modified Foods: Controversies, Lies & Your Health and Gluten-A-Holic: How to Live Gluten Free and the Blood Detective’s Longevity Secrets. Dr. Wald can be reached at: www.intmedny.com or www.blooddetective.com or by calling: 914-242-8844.