We’ve all had to go through some type of growing pains back when we were young, but a few of us had it worse than others, a lot worse. For a one year old Anatolian Shepherd named Kolina, her growing pains were literally just that. She was born with a spinal condition common in larger breed dogs that’s known as wobbler syndrome, which makes it difficult and painful for her to move. Dog’s who suffer from the disease have compressed spinal cords and sometimes the nerve roots are also compacted tightly together as well.
This is what causes them to experience neurological issues and leads to stiff, painful neck aches. It also causes dogs to walk in a shaky, wobbly manner, while some of them are unable to walk at all. For Kolima, standing is a lot of work and quite painful, so she prefers to lay on her side and crouch low most of the time. Her health problems and difficulties with walking, sitting and standing, and just moving around in general, caused her further issues in terms of her social life.
While most other puppies her age were romping around, chasing each other, and play fighting, Kolima had to sit out. Her wobbliness kept her from doing normal dog things and that made making new friends hard for her. However, life is not as sad and depressing as it may sound for her all thanks to Paolo, Kolima’s best friend in the whole entire world!
As you can see here, Paolo is a donkey and he loves his Anatolian Shepherd friend to pieces! According to the pairs owner, Felice Caputo, Paolo has always been the typical donkey, which is to say he’s “mischievous and stubborn.” When the six year old donkey first met Kolina he barely glanced her way, but then when he saw that she was disabled, something in him changed.
Rather than ignore or write her off, he greets her warmly and plays with her every single day now. The cute couple absolutely adore each other and when you see them play together, you’ll understand the uniquely special bond they share. It’s simply heartwarming and awesome to see, and it’s a true testament to the power of friendship.
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If You Have Neck Pain Or a Stiff Neck This Simple Trick Will Give You Instant Relief In Only 90 Seconds
Pain is a part of everyone’s life, it’s our bodies way of letting us know that we are either hurt and something is wrong, or we are healing. Aches and stiffness are inescapable and while most of the time it’s not too serious, there are some types of pain that can wreak havoc on both your mobility and your sanity!
Neck pain is that type of pain. Not only is it very common, it’s also on the rise. Lots of people develop severe neck pain overnight by sleeping in an odd position. If you’ve ever experienced this before then you know exactly how achy and terrible it feels upon waking. You can barely turn your neck to the side, instead you have to turn your whole upper body. The resulting limited mobility makes everything from driving and switching lanes safely to greeting people ten times more difficult, all because you unwittingly slept wrong.
Another huge reason why so many of us have neck pain is our use of technology. Between the ever expanding use of cell phones and computers at work and home, we’re constantly staring down at our devices and looking at screens. On average, a person spends around 2-4 hours a day crooked over looking down at their personal devices. Young adults spend much more time than that, often logging hours at a time in just one sitting.
As for neck pain, the root cause of it often comes down to a shortening of the muscle. This usually happens when we’re completely oblivious and unaware of the fact that we have twisted our neck in an unnatural way. The resulting strain ends up shortening the neck muscle and when this occurs it bothers the nerve, aggravating it greatly, which in turn causes us pain. That’s what makes moving our necks difficult, especially turning to the side.
Whether your neck pain stems from craning it at a screen or sleeping oddly, there are some things you can do to alleviate the soreness and aching. In the accompanying video Dr. Mandell shows you exactly how to target, stretch, and massage away built up tension in the neck. The technique he uses is called cross fiber massage and if you watch his demonstration and listen as he explains what to do, then you can try it on yourself. It’s super easy and informative, so if you ever find yourself suffering from a stiff neck, the 90 second trick shown here can help bring you instant relief.
For anyone reading this and others who may be concerned about neck pain stemming from cell and laptop use, there are some additional things that can be incorporated into your everyday routine to help you avoid it. First, it’s always important to sit up straight. This means stop looking down at phones and devices! Instead, you want to hold your phone up higher so that it’s right in front of your face and level with your eyes. There’s an app available that helps people remember to elevate their phones, it simply blinks a red light which warns you to raise your phone higher. Also, aim to stand up more often throughout the day. Get in a good stretch every hour, roll your shoulders, take a walk, and move around. Simply being conscious and aware of the things you are doing, and not doing, and for how long can help you avoid neck strain and pain and all of the uncomfortable aches and issues that accompanies it.
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There is no doubt that people will do just about anything to stay looking good and feeling healthy, yet at the same time many of us have our vices and bad habits which we indulge in regularly. These are the things that make us look bad and negatively affect our health. For some it’s alcohol, others love sugar and eat excessive amounts of it, and of course there are tobacco users and smokers.
According to statistics compiled by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), approximately 15.1% of the total U.S. adult population smoked cigarettes in 2015. The CDC’s data translates into an estimated 36.5 million Americans who smoked cigarettes that year. The fact remains that as unhealthy and deadly as the habit may be, people continue to smoke and do heavy damage to their bodies, especially their lungs. While quitting is the only way to stop and even reverse the damage caused by cigarettes, some people are just not going to stop.
The good news is that there is a way to minimize the negative effects caused by smoking. It involves a drink that helps to naturally cleanse your lungs of the harmful toxins that build up in them over time. I know what you’re already thinking at this point, when you hear the word ‘cleanse’ a lot of strange, weird fads likely pop into your mind. These days they’re everywhere and they all seem to promise to magically transform your body or help you lose weight in a matter of days. However, this lung cleansing drink should not be considered on the same level as any fad one because it actually delivers a healthy dose of powerful ingredients that aid and assist your body, rather than starve or deprive it of anything vital.
The powerful elixir’s strength lies in some of nature’s strongest and most effective healing agents; turmeric, onions, and ginger. Each of these ingredients are chock full of vitamins, minerals, and most importantly, antioxidants. The cancer fighting properties of antioxidants are renowned as they’re able to fight harmful free radicals in our bodies and work to prevent and reverse damage at the cellular level. If you are a current smoker, you need to give this a try and if you know someone who smokes, please be sure to pass the information along to them. It can also benefit anyone who suffers from bronchitis, asthma, throat infections, problems with excessive mucus, those who live in highly polluted areas, and anyone else who wants to clean and clear their lungs out. Here’s what you need and how to make the drink.
2 Tablespoons of turmeric
400 grams of onion (a little less than 1 pound)
300 grams of maple syrup (approximately 1¼ cup)
1 small peeled ginger root (thumb-sized will do)
1 liter of water
How to prepare the lung cleansing drink:
1. In a sauce pan combine the maple syrup and water, bring to a boil.
2. Meanwhile, peel and chop up the onions before adding them to the boiling water. Then grate the ginger and add it to the sauce pot as well.
3. Carefully add in the turmeric and reduce the heat to medium.
4. Allow the mixture to simmer for as long as it takes to reduce down to half of the original amount.
5. Strain the contents of the sauce pan into a glass container and when it has cooled down sufficiently it can then be placed in the refrigerator.
The best way to get the most out of this health tonic is to drink it twice daily. Ingest 2 tablespoons in the morning and 2 tablespoons in the evening, several hours after eating dinner or your last meal of the day.
In the end, it oftentimes turns out that the best path to health and wellness is the simple and all-natural way. If you wish to feel good and want to cleanse and purify both your body and lungs from the inside out, try this drink. Work it into your daily routine and soon you’ll be breathing easier!
Check out the video below for more information about your lung health:
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People involved in animal rescue work have to deal with seeing some extremely disturbing things. The staff and volunteers who work at Vet Ranch are no exception, in fact they often take in the worst of the worst cases. They work with a number of animal shelters and rescues to provide emergency medical care and treatment for all sorts of animals that have been abused, neglected, and abandoned. The non-profit has helped countless animals survive unimaginable odds and given them a second chance at life, all thanks to their dedicated network of veterinarians and from donations that help fund the programs and projects they run.
The poor kitten in this video ended up at Vet Ranch when Dr. Karri, one of their veterinarians, rescued him and his siblings from a shelter. She had originally noticed that he appeared to have eye trouble and that something bad was going on with him. However, as you’ll soon find out, the little white kitten that she ended up naming Speck was dealing with something much, much worse.
This clip shows the moment when Dr. Karri went to check out poor Speck’s health problems. She gently picked him up and saw there was definitely an ulcer in his eye. At the same time, she also noticed he had a large hole in his head where a fly larva had burrowed into him right near his ear. Consider this a warning; the video is graphic and pretty disgusting, but at least in the end the kitten will finally have relief.
Anyways, it turned out that Speck had a nasty parasite, what’s known as a Cuterebra, living in his ear. You can see it moving and breathing in the hole and if that doesn’t give you the creeps, I don’t know what will. The stomach churning creature comes from an adult Botfly, which regularly uses people and other animals as the host for their parasitic larvae. These larvae burrow under the skin, oftentimes undetected, and remain there as they feed on flesh and grow bigger. Besides pain and discomfort, the parasites can cause a number of problems in people and animal such as infection or anaphylactic shock. In addition, when the larva is eventually removed, a big enough opening must be made to get them out and so further incisions are often necessary.
To treat Speck, Dr. Karri put him under and then went about extracting the larva with a pair of forceps. This is something you just have to see for yourself to fully understand the nature of it and I’d rather not go into detail. In the end, with a steady regimen of antibiotics, care and cleaning of the resulting wound, and eye drops for the ulcer, Speck will be as good as new and back to full health in no time! All of his pain and suffering will soon fade away and he’ll finally have a chance to live life like a care-free kitten once again.
If you haven’t heard of Vet Ranch yet, be sure to check out their website and Facebook page. Little Speck is just one example of the amazing work they do for animals who are most in need.
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There are several different types of body fat but one is far and away the absolute worst kind; belly fat. That’s because people who have excess abdominal fat around their sides, back, and waistlines are at a much greater risk for developing a number of serious health issues like diabetes, high blood pressure, and cardiovascular disease.
Also known as visceral fat (other alternatives include spare tire or beer gut) abdominal fat is located deeper in the body where it mushes up against, and sometimes even covers, organs. When this occurs the fat may end up causing bad things to happen as it leads to inflammation and interference with proper organ function. Men in particular are at an increased risk for accumulating abdominal visceral fat, but many women are also at risk for it as well. Those with excess fat located anywhere in the mid-section region need to be aware of the dangers it poses and do their best to cut down on it.
Love handles and back fat are equally as damaging to health and wellness, yet for many people those areas and the stomach are the hardest to trim down and tone up. While there is no magic cure, there are some tricks you can use to your advantage which make the process easier and the results more pronounced. Exercising and balanced nutrition are still the key to losing weight and getting in shape, but there are other things you can be doing to help your body.
The accompanying video covers ten scientifically based home remedies that are useful for targeting and removing belly, side, and back fat. Some of them are covered below, but be sure to check out the video for more information and the rest of the tips!
Apple Cider Vinegar- This is a beloved, go-to drink for body builders and fitness fanatics. Drinking one glass of water mixed with 1-2 teaspoons of apple cider vinegar before meals will help to both regulate sugar levels and make you feel full. That way you don’t overeat and will have less cravings!
Garlic- Garlic is well known for the health benefits it can provide our bodies with. The potent bulbs can reduce both body fat and bad cholesterol, while also improving good cholesterol levels. The following recipe is for a tummy flattening, toxic cleansing, garlic-based health tonic; Combine the juice from one lemon with 3 garlic cloves in one cup of warm water. On an empty stomach, chew up and eat the garlic cloves and drink the lemon water. This can be done every morning daily or until you see results.
Lemon Juice- Fresh lemon juice is excellent for boosting metabolism and putting our bodies into fat burning mode. It also aids digestion and keeps us regular! Combine the juice from one lemon with one cup of warm water, add a dash of honey, stir well, and drink it on an empty stomach.
Cinnamon- This spice can help your body burn fat and it’s easy to work into your diet. To make a quick and easy cinnamon-based tonic simply mix ½ teaspoon of powdered cinnamon into one cup of warm water and add a dash of honey. Allow the drink to sit for several minutes before drinking and make sure that you stop before you reach the bottom where all of the settled cinnamon accumulates.
Watermelon- It is full of vitamins. The watermelon doesn’t have a lot of calories and is mostly water. It fills you up quickly without forcing you to over eat. The Watermlon has tons of Vitamin C which increases the health of your skin and total health.
Green Tea- It’s not just a fad, green tea can really help to speed up metabolism and burn fat. The large dose of antioxidants it delivers also help you lose weight while keeping you healthy and balanced. Boil up some water and steep a few bags of green tea in it for about 5 minutes. Squeeze in one teaspoon of lemon juice, a bit of honey and/or some mint leaves, and aim to drink at least 2-3 cups of tea a day.
Cabbage- Often underestimated, cabbage is easily among the best vegetables you could eat that will help you lose belly fat. It targets and removes toxins, which help fat accumulate and makes it harder for your body to fight and get rid of. Try to work a serving of cabbage into your daily diet as it will aid in preventing tummy fat from building up.
In addition to all of the above, there are four other natural remedies covered in the video, including uses for watermelon, coriander, almonds, and a potent mix of other natural ingredients. Check it out for more information and try one of these tonight. After all, you have nothing to lose except for belly fat!
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There are many things that nobody ever wants to find inside their house and mold is at the top of the list. Not only is it unsightly and nasty, many types of it are toxic and extremely harmful for human health. It can also end up causing extensive damages to a home which are hard and costly to fix. That’s why it’s vitally important to keep your home mold-free.
If you ever spot any sign of mold growing, you need to deal with it immediately to remove and prevent it from spreading. The areas where it’s most likely to show up is in kitchens, bathrooms, and basements because mold thrives in damp, moist, wet environments. Even if you can’t see it, there is probably mold growing between tiles or in the cracks and crevices of your bathroom. That’s because the nasty fungus can even be found in houses that appear to be clean and mold-free on the surface.
There are many types of commercially available products that promise to eradicate mold, but they are often filled with harsh chemicals that are just as toxic as some molds are. Rather than purchasing those harmful and expensive products, try this all-natural tea tree oil based treatment instead.
Tea tree oil is very effective at killing all types of mold spores, including the dreaded and potentially lethal black mold, because it has natural fungicidal properties. Best of all, it’s non-toxic and safe for human health. People have been using it for thousands of years to treat skin problems like rashes and burns. It’s also been found to be useful in the treatment of several other health issues including bronchitis, asthma, sore throats, runny noses, and other respiratory based matters.
To make the tea tree oil mold fighting spray you will need the following three items:
2 teaspoons of tea tree oil
2 cups of water
One spray bottle
1. Combine the water and tea tree oil in the spray bottle and mix it together well.
2. Give it a good shake and then spray it on any area where there is mold.
3. Allow the solution to sit and dry before wiping it off with a soft cloth or old towel.
* If the mold is really heavy, in a narrow spot, or a tight area, use an old toothbrush or a similar type of scrubbing brush to really work it out and get it off.
4. Spray a second coat to ensure any remaining mold is killed and to stop it from growing back.
There you have it, it’s really that easy! Not only does the tea tree oil kill and eradicate nasty mold safely, it also prevents it from growing back in the future when you regularly treat surfaces with it. In the end, if you use this oil spray around your house, you’ll never have to see mold again, and that’s awesome!
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