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Dog Flue In Florida

Dog Flue In Florida

This just posted on Bay News 9 here in Florida. Link

The University of Florida is treating several dogs for a strain of canine influenza not yet seen in Florida.

  • UF vets treating 7 dogs for H3N2 Canine Influenza
  • First time H3N2 dog flu has been found in Florida
  • First showed up in the U.S. in 2015
  • RELATED: UF Canine Influenza FAQ for pet owners (.PDF)

Seven dogs are being treated for confirmed cases of the H3N2 dog flu at UF’s College of Veterinary Medicine. Veterinarians are waiting for the results of six other cases. All of the dogs being treated are in stable condition.

The H3N2 strain of dog flu is of Asian origin. It first showed up in the United States in 2015 in Chicago and spread across the country. Vets believe the dogs who are being treated for the disease attended competitive dog events.

While another strain of dog flu, H3N8, has been seen in Florida for many years, this is the first time H3N2 has been seen here.

Here are five things to know about the Canine Influenza Virus.

1. How does a dog get the Canine Influenza Virus?

The dog flu highly contagious, and is spread through direct contact with a sick dog, like when a dog coughs. It is also spread in environments where dogs share spaces, like kennels and dog parks. The virus can survive on surfaces that pets use for 12 to 24 hours before it dies. It can also be easily killed by washing with soap and water.

Dogs that are very social, going to group events or the park, or day care or boarding kennels, are at a higher risk for catching dog flu than dogs that largely stay home and walk around the neighborhood.

2. What are the symptoms of the dog flu?

Dog flu is very similar to kennel cough. The dog will develop a persistent cough, nasal discharge and a fever (can run around 104 degrees and 105 degrees) during the first few days. Other symptoms include lethargy, eye discharge and reduced appetite. Some cases lead to a more serious illness and pneumonia, which will require hospital care. But the mortality rate for dog flu is low.

3. Can humans or other pets get dog flu?

There are no documented cases of humans getting canine influenza. But there are cases where other pets, particularly cats, can get the illness.

4. Is there a vaccine for dog flu? How is dog flu treated?

There is a vaccine for both strains of the canine influenza virus. However, the vaccine may not completely ward off the virus. It largely shortens the duration of the flu and keeps the pet from getting a more severe case.

If you think your dog might have canine influenza, call your veterinarian ahead of time. The disease is highly contagious and vets will want to isolate your dog from other patients at the clinic.

Make sure to let your vet know the symptoms and when it started. Be sure to let your vet know if your dog was at any events or locations with lots of dogs in the past week.

Your vet should perform a diagnostic to make sure your dog has the flu or another virus. It will include swabs of the nose and throat.

5. What happens if my dog is diagnosed with dog flu?

Most dogs will be able to recover from home. You have to keep them in isolation for about four weeks — two weeks of recovery, plus an extra two because dogs can be contagious for up to four weeks. If you have other pets in the house, they should stay in isolation as well.

If your dog stops eating or becomes lethargic, call your vet. They may have developed pneumonia.

Also, be sure to disinfect pet areas in your home for the sake of other pets.

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Coconut Oil and Honey Facial Mask

Coconut Oil and Honey Facial Mask

The benefits of coconut oil and honey for your skin.

I have been researching all the benefits of coconut oil for the body and I keep running into the same information of how beneficial coconut oil is for the skin. As my wife and I are getting older and more old age spots appear on our faces and hands we figured why not give coconut oil a try to see if it helps. Many people swear by it and it sure cannot hurt us. Of course, me being the husband I was the one that was more skeptical about smearing stuff on my skin, but I finally got over it and gave it a shot.

But why mix in honey?

Honey has many fantastic ingredients that is also great for the body and skin. Using the coconut oil along with the honey it makes a wonderful face mask. Most people already know that facial mask is very beneficial since they provide concentrated nutrients and minerals for the skin. Many facial masks are made up of honey to begin with so why not make yours at home of these to great ingredients; coconut oil and honey.

Honey contains many natural ingredients such as antioxidants that counteract the effects of free radicals, alpha hydroxy acids which are great exfoliators. Honey also has strong antibacterial, antifungal, and antiviral properties which is also beneficial for the skin and other inflammatory conditions. Honey also has natural properties that is said to help repair damaged tissue and restore many other facial conditions and issues.

If you are considering on trying this homemade coconut oil and honey face mask here are the ingredients and instructions of how to make your own mask.

Ingredients:

  • 2 teaspoons of cold pressed coconut oil.
  • 5 teaspoons raw, unpasteurized honey I would recommend purchasing locally grown honey.
  • 1-2 drops of lavender essential oil, this is optional on your part.

 

Directions:

  • Mix raw honey with coconut oil and lavender essential oil by stirring with a spoon.
  • If mixture is too sticky, put it in the refrigerator for 5-10 minutes.
  • Once it’s hardened slightly, remove from refrigerator and stir with a spoon.
  • Aftercleansing your skin, apply DIY coconut oil and honey face mask across your face with your fingers using small circular strokes. Leave mask on for 10-15 minutes.

Suggestions:

  • It’s important to make sure you use raw, organic honey from a trusted source. I recommend purchasing it froma locally owned honey producer.
  • As with anything before using this mask, try a small area on your skin, some people may have sensitive skin and this may not be right for you.
  • To remove the mask, soak a wash cloth in warm water and rest the wash cloth on your face for a few seconds. Then gently remove the mask by wiping gently. Rinse and repeat if necessary.

 

Conclusion:

 

Not everyone has the same skin conditions and chemical balances in their bodies. Be careful at first and try a few small areas as a test area to make sure you do not have any bad reactions to anything.

We would love to hear from you if you have tried this facial mask of coconut oil and honey. If you have used it please inform us how it worked for you.

Related Links:

DIY Face Mask

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Raw Honey and Coconut Oil

 


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Lyme Disease Has Been Found In The National Parks

Lyme Disease Has Been Found In The National Parks

Lyme Disease

More and more cases of Lyme disease is being reported around the United States. The disease is spreading all across the country. Now it has been reported and confirmed the ticks carrying the disease has been reported in the national parks. Lyme Disease in the news.

The disease has been growing for the past several years, Lyme disease is also called Lyme borreliosis and is transmitted to humans by being bit by a tick especially a deer tick. Usually, the tick must be attached for 36 to 48 hours before the bacteria can spread.

Read our post on Controlling Fleas and Ticks

There has been reported over 300,000 cases each year of Lyme disease just here in the United States. Lyme disease not only affects humans but it can be debilitating or deadly to animals also. The symptoms of Lyme disease will not show up for several days after the tick bites you and often is not diagnosed properly. The most common sign of infection is in the area of the bite will become red which will occur about a week after the bite. Other symptoms may include fever, headache, feeling tired. If left untreated the symptoms will get worse and include joint pain, severe headaches, heart palpitations and the inability to move one or both sides of the face. It is stated that months or years later repeated episodes of joint pain and swelling may occur.

Treatment for Lyme disease can be done mostly through antibiotics. More and more people are being seen with advanced version of this disease, it is without saying take this disease very seriously.

Now with this disease being found in our National Park Service, according to the study published in the Journal of Medical Entomology, researchers from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the National Park Service (NPS) collected ticks along hiking trails in nine eastern national parks. They found blacklegged ticks (Ixodes scapularis), also called deer ticks, infected with the bacteria that causes Lyme disease in all nine parks. The study is the first to confirm the presence of these ticks, which researchers already suspected because Lyme disease has been reported in the region.

Prevention

Some of the best ways to prevent tick bites would be to wear long pants and use a pesticide with DEET in the ingredient. If you find ticks on you or your children or pets use a pair of tweezers. Be sure to remove the whole tick. If the tick is full of blood seek treatment in order to get an antibiotic in order to treat the infection the tick bite may cause.

The best prevention is to stay away from tick infested areas. But if you have to go into areas that you feel have ticks, make sure that your body is covered by clothing and treated with some sort of insect repellent. I know that when I am working on my property I will wear protective clothing and if I am handling firewood I will also wear gloves. When you and your family come back to where you are staying make sure that you search each other for any ticks, especially in scalp region. Getting these nasty things off your body as soon as possible is the best prevention that a person can do.

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Controlling Ticks and Fleas On Your Pets

Controlling Ticks and Fleas On Your Pets

Tick Control

When having animals one of the things that you need to consider is what to give your dog and cat for flea and tick control. When you take medications for your own health you do your research and try and find out what are the side affects of taking a medication. The same amount of research and care should also be used when determining what to give your pets in order to control fleas and ticks.

Read our article on Deer Ticks Being Found Carrying Lyme Disease

The following article will cover tick repellent methods and means of keeping you, your family and your pets safe from all of the dangerous and deadly diseases that these blood-sucking pests are known to carry.

If you are a pet owner, then you very likely are at least somewhat familiar with a tick and what it is. Ticks have 8 legs, but they aren’t exactly spiders. These creatures attach themselves to mammals and feed on blood. Male ticks are actually known to increase up to five times in size in a single feeding, sometimes drinking blood until they explode. A small amount of anesthetic that the ticks administer keeps them from being detected, and female ticks can lay thousands of fertile eggs on their own with a single blood meal. These eggs can be laid on the exterior in your yard or bushes or they can be laid inside your home.

The first step for keeping ticks off you and your pets should be to thoroughly inspect everyone for any ticks that may already exist. Check through the fur of every pet you have – consider shaving the pets hair if possible as it can often times be hard to detect the ticks with large amounts of hair in the way. The ticks will go for soft spots, so be sure to check the underside of your pet very well.

Most pet shampoos perform decently against fleas, but you need something very strong if you want to kill a tick in a bath. Ticks can live underwater for days at a time, so don’t bother trying to drown it. It is recommended that you take your pet to the vet to have a tick removed, especially if you have noticed any strange behavior from the animal the tick was attached to. The head of the tick can sometimes remain under the skin of your animal if you try to yank the tick out, and squishing a tick can potentially transfer a disease to you or your pet, so be sure to seek out professional help if you do find a tick on your pet.

Removing the ticks that are actually attached to you or your pets right now isn’t enough; you have to keep these ticks off your property (or keep your pets away from tick-infested areas) if you don’t want to be dealing with them on a constant basis. Remember, ticks are known to carry Lyme disease, Rocky Mountain spotted fever and many other harmful diseases, so they are really nothing to mess around with.

Ticks are most commonly found in forests and other areas that have a number of surfaces (such as a tree) that a tick can wait on for an animal to rub up against. Avoid allowing your dogs or cats to roam free in any areas that you think may contain ticks.

It is very common to have ticks and fleas in your back yard or where ever your animals go and play. By spraying trees and plants and the lawn with a good flea and tick barrier will bring some relief for the fight against these pesky pest. I have heard of some all natural garlic based mosquito barrier treatment products on the market, but I cannot swear that these do work or not. Being in the pest control industry I am still feel that using chemicals like bifen and talstar still works the best for the control of fleas and ticks.

Related Links:

Flea and Ticks in South Florida

Tips to avoid ticks this summer

Vets expect high number of flea’s and tick’s

 

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Is Sugar Killing Us?

Is Sugar Killing Us?

Sugar a dangerous drug.

On my way to the office this morning I was listening to a DJ on my favorite radio station talking about kicking sugar out of her diet. She was explaining how terrible sweeteners and high fructose is for a person’s body. I could not believe what I was hearing because the symptoms of too much sugar is some of the issues my wife and I struggle with in our lives.

With this peaked interest I decided to do some digging and see why sugar is bad for you. I found that sugar is made up of hydrogen, carbon and oxygen which makes sugar a carbohydrate and the doctor has been telling me to be on a low carb diet. This makes sense to me because every-time I go on a carb free diet I do have more energy and less brain fog. I also found that sugar is one of the worst things to put in our body.

Refined sugar, granulated sugar and high fructose corn syrup goes through a refining process which makes them of no nutritional value for your body. These two substances actually steal your energy and can cause major health issues. The harmful effects of having sugar in your diet goes way beyond that there is no nutritional value. The plain truth is that sugar and high fructose is the single worst ingredient you can have in your diet.

Let’s take a look at what having sugar in your diet can cause.
  • Increases the likelihood of chronic fatigue.
  • Increases mood swings, irritability and anxiety.
  • Foods containing sugar can cause a big spike in blood glucose levels, when this happens your energy level spikes which cause restlessness and insomnia.
  • Raises the level of neurotransmitters called serotonin.
  • Contributes to heart problems.
  • Can create the urge to binge.
  • Makes the pancreas work harder to produce insulin. Diabetes results when the overworked pancreas can no longer eliminate sugar from the blood stream.
  • Compromises the immune system because it lowers the efficiency of white blood cells for a minimum of five hours.
  • Could lead to a fatty liver which will lead to liver disease.
  • Increase cholesterol.
  • Cause cataracts.
  • Increase kidney size and produce pathological changes in the kidney.
  • Cause headaches, including migraines.
  • Contribute to Alzheimer’s disease.
  • Decrease emotional stability.
  • Feeds candida which is also known as a yeast infection.
  • Can be very addictive like a drug.
  • Sugar and excess fructose causes the body to be leptin resistance. Leptin is a hormone that communicates with your body and tells you when you have had enough food. When the body is leptin resistant and the leptin does not work making a person over eat and cause obesity. There are no symptoms or warning signs that tell you your body is leptin resistant.
  • Excess sugar consumption was linked to deficiencies in memory and overall cognitive health.
  • Added sugar will release a hormone called cortisol. This hormone interferes with your awake and sleep cycle. Get rid of the added sugar and you will find yourself more awake during the day and sleep better at night.

If this list does not scare you to stop eating sugar than I do not know what will. When I did my research for this article I decided it was time to take control of what I put in my mouth and make a lifestyle change to remove this addiction from our lives..

What can we substitute sugar with?

  • Honey, honey has been proven to improve blood lipids, and lower blood glucose levels.
  • Stevia, is a naturally occurring sweetener from the Sunflower family.  It is approximately 300 times sweeter than table sugar, and allegedly has a lower effect on blood glucose levels.  
  • There are other sugar alternatives out on the market, I would recommend that you do your research on each one and make your own decision. I personally like honey since it is all natural and it can help improve issues in the body.

What is next for my family?

My wife and I are going to start a  detox program. I cannot stand being on a diet and from what I read quitting sugar is not a diet. From what it looks like we take in more than a cup full of this white crystal stuff  into our body every day. Forbes reports that American consume 130 pounds of sugar every year or at least 3 pounds per week. This does not sit well with me, There are so many bad side effects from eating sugar I know for me and my house we are going to make a lifestyle change and stop consuming this dangerous drug.

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The Benefits Of Borax

The Benefits Of Borax

It is surprising with all the new laundry detergents on the market that many younger people have never heard of Borax soap. This well-known soap was extremely popular back when I was I growing up about 40 years ago. Borax also known as sodium borate has been on the market for over a hundred years, borax is a natural product and mineral that comes the evaporation of the salt lakes.  This particular product has many uses similar to vinegar and baking soda, let’s take a look at a few of these.

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Borax Benefits.

  • Unclog and Clean Drains. I remember my mother doing this at least once a week to keep the drains clean of any buildup of grease or debris. Pour a ½ cup of borax down the drain and then slowly pour two cups of boiling water down the drain. Let it sit for ten to fifteen minutes then flush with hot water. This will help with drain fly problems.
  • Unclog and Clean Toilets. If the toilet is clogged scoop as much water out as possible. Then add a ½ to one cup of borax and let it sit for ten to fifteen minutes. Pour two cups of boiling water and flush the toilet. If the toilet is stained pour in a cup of borax and swish it around and let it sit overnight. The following day scrub the toilet with a toilet bowl brush and it should be sparkling clean.
  • Clean Mold. Mix one quart of hot water and one cup of borax and put in a spray bottle. Saturate the mold and mildew and let sit for several hours, then rinse and repeat if necessary.
  • Deodorize Litter Box. Mix in ¼ to ½ cups of borax into the cat litter box and it will help cut down on unpleasant odors.
  • Fire Retardant. Borax works great to put our grease fires.
  • Washing Patio Furniture. Living in Florida our patio furniture gets moldy and unsightly. Taking a tablespoon of borax and a tablespoon of dish or laundry soap and adding this to a gallon of hot water works great to wash down the furniture. I take a car washing sponge and soak it in the bucket and I wipe all over the furniture and let sit for a few minutes and rinse the furniture with a hose.
  • Garbage Disposal Cleaner. Clean and sanitize your garbage disposal by putting 3 tablespoons of borax down the drain. Let it sit for an hour and flush it with warm water.
  • Weed Killer. Sprinkle it on weeds between cracks on walkways. For garden weeds you have to be careful because it can kill other types of plants. Option Two, Mix 1 ¼ cups of borax with 2 ½ gallons of water and transfer to a weed sprayer. Since borax doesn’t discriminate, carefully soak the leaves of unwanted plants in your yard while avoiding the ones you wish to keep, and try to only spray the foliage and never the soil itself, the leaves will suck in the mixture which will kill the plant.
  • Deodorize Garbage Can. Deodorize your garbage pail by filling it with borax and water. Let it soak then rinse it out. Sprinkle some borax in the bottom once it’s clean. This will keep the bugs away and absorb any odor-causing moisture.
  • Rust Remover. Combine together borax and lemon juice to form a paste. Apply this mix to rusty objects, allowing it to set for at least 30 minutes, and then scour with a scrub brush. Repeat these steps if necessary, and always rinse clean with water when finished.
  • Washing Windows. Now I have always added vinegar to my water to wash windows, buit I hate the smell of vinegar so I use this combination. Thoroughly mix three cups of warm water with two tablespoons of borax until it is completely dissolved. Dip a clean cloth into this mixture and wipe down windows, mirrors, and sliding glass doors. Buff and shine.
  • Clean Spots from Clothing. Best for grease, oil, and protein stains, pre-soak discolored and soiled clothes and linens in the washing machine by using a half cup of borax for each gallon of warm water. Let sit for 30 minutes before adding laundry detergent and running the wash through as usual.
  • Ant Killer. This mixture is great for getting rid of ants naturally without the use of harmful pest control chemicals. Mixing together 1/3 cup of borax to one cup of sugar. Mix the two together really good, if any clumps break them up so the mixture is fine and smooth. Slowly add water and stir together till the mixture is thick and pasty. Soak cotton balls in the mixture and place the cotton ball near the ant trail. Once the ants find the mixture they will start feeding on the borax mixture and take it back and feed the queen of the colony and eliminate the whole colony.
  • Washing Clothes. Using detergent and bleach can be damaging to your clothing, by adding a half of a cup of borax to your wash along with your regular detergent the water becomes softer and is brought back to a more neutral ph level. Borax is a more green and great alternative to using bleach.

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Bedbugs Are Back

Bedbugs Are Back

Bedbugs

Have you had to deal with bedbugs yet, if you have you are not alone. Bedbugs are parasitic insects that are part of the cimicid family which means that they feed solely on blood. Back in the 1940’s bedbugs are pretty much eradicated in the United States but in the past 10 to 15 years they are on the resurgence. Some say that the resurgence is due to pesticide resistance and others say that since the government has put bans on certain pesticides this is the reason for the increased population of bedbugs. The third popular belief is that due to more international travel this has brought these nasty creatures back to the United States. For whatever reason these bugs are here and getting more difficult to get control of.

Characteristic of bedbugs

I have been in the pest prevention business for over 20 years, in the past 5 to 10 years here in Central Florida we have been at war with these blood sucking creatures and we are losing the battle. Bedbugs are small, roundish, and brownish reddish in color. The adults have a flat body about the size of eraser head on a pencil but after feeding on a blood meal their bodies will swell up and turn almost red in color. Some people think that bedbugs fly, these tiny bugs do not fly but they hitch hike and travel from place to place in people clothing, purses, diaper bags, and etc. Female bedbugs lay hundreds of egg over the life span of the female, these eggs are so small they look like a speck of dust. After the egg hatches the babies are so tiny that you need to have a good magnification lens in order to see them. Under good conditions the baby bedbugs can mature in about a month.

Where to find bedbugs in your home.

If you suspect that you have these insects in your home the first place you will want to investigate is the bedroom. Take the bed completely apart and search ever little crack and crevice of the mattress, box spring, headboard, bed rails, sheets, pillows and if you have carpet in the room pull back the edge of the carpet and look under the carpet around the tack strip. You must use a powerful flashlight preferably a very bright LED flashlight and a hand magnifying lens, these bugs are so small and they love to hide during the day. Over time they will scatter from the bedroom to other places in the house like the living room or family room or anyplace that is dark and safe for them.

What to look for.



When inspecting for bedbugs some of the signs that you look for are;

  • live bed bugs
  • eggs or eggshells
  • dark reddish shots on sheets or pillow cases this would be from the bedbug excrement
  • blood stains also on your sheets or pillows
  • dark brown to black spots from the bedbug fecal droppings
  • Foul musty odor that is put off by the bedbugs.

Bedbug Habits

When searching to see if you have bedbugs knowing the habits of these insects will help you to find them if they are in your home. Knowing a few things like when do they feed, where they live and how they multiply will help in identifying if and where you have bedbugs. Here are some of their habits.

  • Feed on blood of a host, usually a human but may feed on the blood of a animal.
  • Mainly feed at night
  • Travel only 5 to 15 feet from their nesting site called a harborage.
  • Female bedbugs lay 200 to 500 eggs during their life cycle
  • Bedbugs can live and be active in environments that are as low as 45 degrees but will die when their body temperature reaches over 1113 degrees.
  • They like to hide in tight places like bed frames, door jams, closets, chairs, under carpet, behind pictures, inside cabinets, almost anyplace that is dark tight and safe.

How to protect yourself

I have learnt over the years to be very cautious when I enter and leave a home that is infested with bedbugs. Here are some things that I do to make sure that I do not bring these insects into my home and these are the same recommendations that I give when I talk to community managers about keeping bedbugs out of their apartments.

  • Never bring in used furniture into your home that you do not know the family from where it came from first hand. Purchasing used items from people and second hand stores is very dangerous.
  • If you purchase clothing second hand or if you feel you have been in a home that has bedbugs my recommendation is to put the clothing in the dryer as soon as you walk in the door of your home and run the dryer on high heat for an hour.
  • If you purchase anything at a garage sale go through the stuff with a fine tooth comb.
  • If you travel, before bringing your suitcases into the motel / hotel room make sure you inspect the room from top to bottom, the bed, and any drawers and closet for bedbugs.
  • If you are moving into a rental please meet with the property manager and get a bedbug free certificate guaranteeing that the rental is free of bed bugs.

Conclusion

Bedbugs have been around for a very long time, here in the United States we are starting a new war with these little blood sucking insects. In my experience I have found no preventative way to keep them out of your bed except by being extremely careful and constantly inspecting what you bring into the home for any signs of bedbug activity. If you are trying to battle these pest on your own, I would say don’t waste your money or your time on trying to eradicate these insects from your home on your own. Call a professional, I have been treating and at war with these insects and I will admit it is extremely difficult even for us professionals to rid the home of these bugs. The internet is full of “Do It Yourself” ways to try and get rid of these bugs, but as a professional I will say they are some of the hardest insects to get out of a home.

 

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Vitamin B1 For Repelling Mosquitoes

Vitamin B1 For Repelling Mosquitoes

Here it is in the 90’s already in Central Florida and the mosquitoes are already getting out of control and summer has not begun yet. Since I do a lot of work outside my body is full of mosquito bites and open sores from scratching the bites in my sleep.

I just recently read some articles about taking vitamin B1 during mosquito season to ward off the female mosquito’s that are the biters in the mosquito family. Many of you readers I am sure are going to say that taking vitamin B1 is not going to work to keep mosquitoes away, that is fine but I don’t have anything to lose if it does not work for me.

I have been in the pest control industry for twenty plus years and I know that there are thousands different kind of chemicals on the market for this industry but if I can keep from having to spray chemicals like DEET or some other kind of synthetic man-made chemical that is not safe for the human body. With vitamin B1 at least you will not be applying unnatural chemicals to your body. If vitamin B1 does not keep mosquito’s away then your body will just excrete the vitamin when you go to the bathroom. Unfortunately there is a considerable amount of skin cancer in my family but fortunately for me I have not had any skin cancer show up on my body and I want to keep it that way, this is one the reason’s that I do not want put apply DEET to my body and would rather try something like vitamin B1.

What is in B1 that helps?

Thiamine is a vitamin, also called vitamin B1. Vitamin B1 is found in many foods including yeast, cereal grains, beans, nuts, and meat. A study back in the 1960s indicated that taking vitamin B1 (thiamine) may be effective in discouraging mosquitoes from biting. However, studies since then have been inconclusive. The theory is, taking more vitamin B1 than your body requires causes the excess to be excreted through your urine, skin, and sweat. Vitamin B1 produces a skin odor that female mosquitoes seem to find offensive.

I have read articles around the web that state ” The authors of a June 2005 review article published in the “Journal of the American Mosquito Control Association” reported that of the scientific studies performed testing B vitamins as repellents, none found them to have significant repellent ability against mosquitoes. In addition, the American Mosquito Control Association asserts that systemic vitamin repellents, in general, do not work. Vitamin B1 delivered as a skin patch has also been tested and did not repel mosquitoes, according an February 2013 study report published in “Acta Tropica.” .”

Then there are us common people that do not believe everything they read on the internet. I am going to play Ginny pig and try the vitamin B1 experiment and I will report back later on whether it worked for me or I wasted $3.59 on a bottle of vitamins.

I would love to hear from you if vitamin B1 has worked for you or not.

 

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How Exercise Can Help With Your Depression

How Exercise Can Help With Your Depression

Positive Effects of Exercise on Depression

When a person is depressed the last thing they want to do is exercise, but exercise is one of the best things that people can do to naturally defeat depression. It does not matter what kind of exercise you do, you can take walks or jog or any other form of exercise to help lower depression and change the mood you are in. Exercising has been proven to help with many health related issues, exercising will help with hypertension, diabetes, arthritis, sleeping disorders, cholesterol nd so on but the psychological benefit is reduced anxiety.

Depression and anxiety

When it comes to anxiety and depression never stop a medication that you are on without consulting with your doctor. Many people will start feeling better and stop taking the medication which is very dangerous, this could actually cause you to feel worse than before. Always stay in consultation with your doctor, do not self medicate.

When listening to music make sure that you are listening to positive uplifting music. Try to re-frame from music that will feed negative thoughts and cause you to be down. Think and concentrate on positive thoughts and images. Work on keeping a constructive attitude and making positive statements to your friends, family and co-workers.

Exercise

Getting back to exercising. A depressed person needs to get outside, enjoy the fresh air and take walks or jogs. Another good thing is to get involved with people like joining a gym and forcing yourself to meet people and build relationships. Another good thing is to try and find someone that can hold you accountable, not only to get out and exercise but also to help keep you positive.

 

Start off slow, don’t push yourself to fast. Just being out in the sunshine and taking a simple walk around the block or in the neighborhood will help get the blood flowing, raise your body temperature and help get the endorphin’s working which helps with symptoms of depression. As you start off each listen to some positive music as you walk, after a week or so increase the amount that you are walking by a block or two. You should start noticing a difference in a couple weeks.

Conclusion
Even though exercise is a great way to combat depression it is not a substitute for any medication or therapy you may be on. Any untreated depression can cause many health related issues such as high blood pressure, heart issues, sleeping disorders. Recognize the symptoms and be proactive and start exercising and get the help you may need.

 

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