My secret life as a marathon runner for leukemia

This is a “day in the life of a HealthyPetNet Rep”, so I just want to say that I also have a maybe-not-so-secret-life as a marathon runner. It’s my way of fighting leukemia.

My first season was last year and I went from old and out of shape to youthful and so fit and trim! More than that, it entirely changed my life. What an incredible way to give back.

One of my teammates runs for her five-year-old son, Mason, who has survived the first 52 weeks of a 100-week chemotherapy plan. See his blog at http://mightymason.wordpress.com/

I am coming back this year as a mentor, meaning, I’ll help my little group of teammates learn how to raise money for their fight for leukemia.

I’m VERY excited and can’t wait to run with my long-lost cousin and many others in the San Diego Marathon on May 31 of 2009!!

See my blog on my Team in Training activities at http://SheCanRun.wordpress.com
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HealthyPetNet’s BBB rating is A+

Was just interested in this BBB report on Trilogy HealthyPetNet. They have an A+ rating from the Better Business Bureau of Southeast Florida. Having been associated with them for three years as an indepedent rep, I already knew they were straight-arrow, but was glad to see it in writing!

http://www.bbbsoutheastflorida.org/BBBWeb/Forms/Business/CompanyReportExtensionPage.aspx?CompanyID=4005372&sm=
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SkinStore.com Announces the Addition of Eve Lom


Gold River, CA (PRWEB) May 25, 2013

SkinStore.com, the nation?s leading e-commerce specialty retailer providing scientifically sound solutions for healing and maintaining healthy skin, has added Eve Lom to its assortment of premium products.

Renowned esthetician Eve Lom created her pioneering Eve Lom Cleanser over 25 years ago. The foundation of the Lom regimen, this gentle balm cleanser paired with a specially woven 100% cotton muslin cloth delivers glowing, radiant skin with a smoother, more refined texture. It deeply cleans without drying or stripping the skin, while exfoliating and improving circulation. Eve Lom?s simple, straight-forward approach to skin care can be summed up with two words: cleanse, exfoliate. Regardless of age, skin type or concern, thorough cleansing and exfoliating allow for quick skin cell regeneration and provide the best conditions for beauty products to work at their maximum effectiveness. The Eve Lom philosophy states that perfectly cleansed and exfoliated skin is the key to a radiant complexion.

Christina Bertolino, Senior Buying Manager at SkinStore.com, said, ?Eve Lom?s simple approach to skin care led to a luxury line of easy-to-use, beautifully effective products.?

About SkinStore.com.

Physician-founded in 1997, SkinStore carries over 250 premium brands of skin care, cosmetics, hair care, beauty tools and fragrances from around the world, including high quality products normally found only in luxury spas, fine department stores and dermatologist offices. Free shipping is applied to all U.S. orders over $ 49, and an esthetician-staffed call center is available Monday through Friday to answer customer questions. The company is headquartered in Gold River (Sacramento), California with enterprises in Sydney, Australia and affiliates in Hangzhou, China. For more information visit SkinStore.com, SkincareStore.com.au or SkinStoreChina.com.

Contact Information

Denise McDonald, Content & Production Manager

SkinStore

http://www.skinstore.com

916-475-1427

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Senility and Cognitive Dysfunction in Senior Dogs

If you notice that your older dog is exhibiting behavior problems, it may be senility or cognitive dysfunction that accounts for the behavior. Senility and cognitive dysfunction affects dogs in the same way that Alzheimer’s disease affects humans. Recent medical studies have shown that many senior dogs with senility and cognitive dysfunction problems have lesions in their brains that are very similar to what is seen in Alzheimer’s patients.

Studies undertaken by major companies in the pet industry have revealed that 62% of all dogs ten years of age and older will experience at least some of the following symptoms, which usually indicate canine cognitive dysfunction:

* Confusion or disorientation that causes a dog to get lost in its own yard, or to wander aimlessly around the house, and become trapped in a corner or behind furniture.
* An obvious decreased level of activity.
* Constant pacing during the night, or being unable to sleep at night.
* Anxiety and increased irritability.
* An increase in barking, whining, or howling.
* A decreased ability to perform common tasks or to respond to its owners’ commands.
* Long periods of inattentiveness, appearing to just stare into space.
* A continuing inability to recognize family members or old friends.

To make the correct diagnosis of senility or cognitive dysfunction, a veterinarian first has to rule out other possible causes of the dog’s behavior problems. A marked decrease in activity may not be caused by senility or cognitive dysfunction, but might be due to advancing arthritis or hip dysplasia that could be successfully treated with Winston’s Joint System. Dogs who suffer from severe joint diseases such as arthritis, bursitis, osteochondrosis (OCD), hip dysplasia or other degenerative problems with the shoulders, elbows and hocks are able to experience immediate and long-term relief without dangerous drugs when given a daily regimen of Winston’s Joint System. Winston’s is a combination of three, totally-natural whole food supplements developed by a Naturopathic Doctor for his own dog. There are no side-effects and there are no dosage problems because your dog’s body uses only what it needs.

If it is determined that your dog does not have physical problems and is suffering from senility or cognitive dysfunction, a vet will probably prescribe one of the major drugs, Selegiline or Anipry. These drugs are not a cure for senility or cognitive dysfunction but can alleviate some of the symptoms. If a dog responds well to either of these drugs, it will need to be given the medication every day for the rest of its life. There are some unpleasant side effects with these two drugs so it’s important to ask your vet what these side effects are and how dangerous they might be to your pet before you decide on administering these drugs to your dog.

An excellent supplement that can help aging dogs is Winston’s Senior Complete Multi vitamin and mineral supplement. This is a powerful and complete once-daily multi vitamin for dogs that are five years and older. This complete multi vitamin contains almost 50 active ingredients from the healthiest sources available.

It’s vitally important that dogs who are diagnosed with senility or cognitive dysfunction continue to be exercised and played with on a regular basis. If your senior dog is experiencing behavior problems, schedule an appointment with your veterinarian to have your dog tested and evaluated to determine if senility or cognitive dysfunction is accounting for the drastic change in behavior.

Early intervention and proper, loving care can help your dog have a more happy and healthy life in its senior years.

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Dogs need different diets at different ages


Dogs need different diets at different ages

 

dog dietDogs need different diets at different ages. Yes. This is true. For example, the puppy needs milk as the major food item while an adult dog may need beef or chicken in addition to the boiled egg and milk. So depending on the age factor, the diet schedule varies in reality for the dogs like any other species.

 

Puppies need greater amounts of protein, fat and carbohydrates than an adult dogs.  Furthermore, puppies need more frequent feeding schedules in a day, unlike an adult dog. The movement based requirements of diet are more in the case of puppies, since they are often more active than the adult dogs.

 

Elder dogs need restricted protein but the protein needs to be easily digestible and easily assimilated in the body.  The diet schedule should have ample supply of water for them. Feeding aged dogs too much protein may finally lead to over burden to the renal structures and ultimately, the dog may end up damaging filters in the kidney.


 

This is true especially when the immune system of these dogs is compromised due to many factors.  Similarly, the elderly dogs need less food only because the movements of the adult dogs are highly restricted and hence, they have to spend a limited of energy.

 

Female dogs in the pregnancy stage need not be fed a full stomach since it may cause some discomforts to the animal. However, the pregnant animal and the nursing animal need special type of food items that deliver a balanced type of nutrition with proper supplementation of vitamins and minerals.

 

The nursing animal with puppies need to be fed with enough amounts of calcium and hence, there will not be any calcium based deficiency and the bones of the puppies will be strong without any curving. 


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Nutro exec dishes on quality pet food

Nutro exec dishes on quality pet food
Today you have Greenies, one of our brands that's growing fantastically, and it's not only about that great taste, it's what else can it do — you can clean the teeth, you can do something else. It's very 1 ingredient instead of chicken meal. The
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A Chihuahua is everything a big dog is…

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ABCs Part 4: Matters of Consequence

Consequences, USATraining with positive reinforcement is pretty simple: when you see a behavior you like, reward it with something your dog likes. As a result your dog will perform that behavior more often. For the most part that’s all you really need to know.

But under the surface there are actually quite a few things going on at once, and it’s helpful to be aware of them, especially when you are using training to solve a problem.

In the first of this series I explained a formula for solving behavior problems.

Antecedent -> Behavior -> Consequence

So far I have covered managing antecedents and introduced the idea of training one behavior to replace another. Now it’s time to talk about the C: consequences.

If there is a behavior that we want to eliminate, chances are that means it is being reinforced well enough to last on its own. I.E. it’s what we call durable.

What makes a behavior durable?

  • Adequate reinforcer(s)
  • Effective reinforcement schedule

An adequate reinforcer is a reinforcer that is "worth" whatever the cost of the behavior is. This calculation is different for every being. The reward for jumping up — attention and maybe licking a face — is worth the expense: sometimes the attention is scary or maybe even a little painful. The reward for counter surfing — the occasional windfall like a slice of pizza or a peanut butter and jelly sandwich — is worth the expense: nothing most of the time and getting yelled at if a human catches you.

The reinforcement schedule is how often reinforcers are delivered. The rules for how schedules work are a little counterintuitive and can be quite surprising.

The most durable behaviors are those rewarded continuously or on a regular schedule. In the human world, think of a paycheck. You get paid a some sort of regular and predictable interval. But there’s a big downside to this schedule. What would happen the the behavior “going to work” if a paycheck was completely missed or suddenly very disappointing?

This is a pitfall many people fall into when training with food: they start out rewarding their dog every time he does something and then stop completely after a while since “he knows it now.” The behavior very quickly extinguishes.

So what’s the best schedule for a durable behavior in the "real world" where rewards are rarely available every time? Intermittent, or in other words random. If a dog is rewarded for jumping up on counters with the occasional human treat, he’ll keep checking them. (Which is why controlling antecedents is such a huge part of stopping counter surfing!) If a dog is periodically rewarding for jumping up with an "It’s OK! I love dogs!" he’ll keep jumping up.

These intermittent schedules are very compelling because if you think about it, it’s how nature works. Hunting and scavenging aren’t rewarded for every chase of a rabbit or every check of a trash can.

So, when we are trying to replace a behavior with another we need to make sure of two things:

  1. Is the reinforcer we are using for the new behavior better than the reinforcer for the behavior we want to end?
  2. Are we presenting it often enough to strengthen our new behavior, and how we will continue to reward it going forward?

Of course being truly random is impossible too….but I need to save something for next time.

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New AirFloss Product Offers Oral Hygiene Innovation, Dental Professional Warren Melamed Comments

Nashville, TN (PRWEB) May 20, 2013

Along with most every other dentist in the United States, Warren Melamed has remained a fervent proponent of regular oral hygiene, encouraging all of his patients to engage in appropriate brushing and flossing twice a day. While these recommendations are commonplace throughout the world, Melamed notes that current rates of tooth decay reveal that most adults and children are not receiving the message. As such, he explains that many patients must find a new way to break into the practice of flossing to help reinforce dental hygiene.

According to a recent article from DVICE, the Philips AirFloss?priced around $ 80?offers an alternative to string-floss that is not as ?messy? as other water-based flossing tools. The article explains, ?Philips aims to make flossing simpler and faster so people bear with it for the sake of their oral hygiene. Perhaps some might even look forward to it?With the click of a button, the AirFloss propels pressurized air and water between teeth to dislodge food debris and remove plaque. The angled nozzle, which glides along the gum line, helps you reach the back of teeth without having to jam your fingers in your mouth. All in all, the process takes roughly a minute.?

While the innovation may spark interest among consumers, and even encourage them to take up flossing, Warren Melamed explains that it is important for all patients to understand that the AirFloss is not necessarily better than traditional string flossing. The DVICE review adds, ?While convenient, the AirFloss does come with a set of limitations. The microbursts are powerful enough to remove leftover food particles in between teeth, but it isn’t perfect, especially with larger stubborn debris. Furthermore, since the power is focused primarily on the gum line, particles farther away can continue to linger.?

Warren Melamed responds, ?There are many reasons why people do not take up interest in flossing. Even those who are committed to using mouthwash and brushing their teeth on a regular basis sometimes find that it is too hard to control the string. Others are simply just too lazy and forget. The AirFloss may make a positive difference in helping people realize the advantages of regular flossing, but it is certainly not a substitute for traditional products.?

Instead of opting for the AirFloss device, Warren Melamed encourages those who are apprehensive to floss to discuss proper string-flossing technique with their dental care provider for a more satisfying experience.

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Warren Melamed is a noted dental professional who is known for his work as the CEO and President of Oral Health Management?a Tennessee-based LLC. He is also recognized for founding Monarch Dental in Dallas, Texas?an organization that went public in 1997 and allowed Melamed to take on several roles as Chairman, President and Chief Dental Officer. Although Warren Melamed has made considerable contributions to the health and dental care industry, he is also noted for maintaining charity as a priority and has made numerous efforts to give back to the community through various capacities.







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