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The Facts About Food Intolerance

Probably one of the most annoying things in this world is food intolerance. Unlike food allergies, which can be identified with testing, food intolerance is a hit and miss proposition that can drive the sufferer crazy. We’re going to give you the facts and the truth about food intolerance and tell you how it can be handled.

The first myth that needs to be dispelled is that people who are intolerant to certain foods are allergic to those foods. Food allergies are not the same as having an intolerance to certain foods. The symptoms may be very similar, which is why food intolerance is so difficult to pin point, but the causes are quite different.

With a food allergy, your body is actually allergic to the food in question and the reaction is that of your immune system itself fighting back, very similar to if you were allergic to pollen. The sneezing is your body fighting back against the pollen in the air. With a food intolerance, the immune system does not come into play. Your body does not believe that it is being invaded by a foreign body. However, your organs, usually your stomach and intestine which is where food is digested and eliminated, will react to certain ingredients in the food in question simply because it is intolerant to that particular food.

Food intolerance usually occurs because your body stops producing certain chemicals or enzymes that aid in the digestion of that particular food. This happens to quite a number of us as we get older. This is why so many people are lactose intolerant, as the enzyme created to properly digest lactose actually decreases in production as of the age of 2. It isn’t until we are much older, however, that we start to develop symptoms, which are sometimes quite severe.

The only way to tell if you are allergic or intolerant to certain foods is to take a food allergy test. This can be given by a regular allergist. If the test comes up negative on the foods tested, and they test quite a number of different foods, then what you are suffering from is an intolerance and not an allergy.

If it is determined that you are intolerant, how do you find what foods you are intolerant of? This, unfortunately, is the hard part. The only way to do this, since there are no clinical tests, is to systematically eliminate foods from your diet and see what the effects are. Personally, I found that I was intolerant to anything with high fructose corn syrup. This was easy for me to spot. I started drinking a fruit punch that I had never drank before. I got terrible indigestion from it. I stopped drinking it and the indigestion stopped. I then looked at the ingredients, where I discovered the only thing I didn’t normally have in any of my other foods. Since that time, simply eliminating foods with high fructose corn syrup, I have not had any indigestion.

Is it easy to find what foods you are intolerant of? No, it’s not. It’s especially hard if you eat a lot of different foods. However, most reactions occur after about 30 minutes to an hour after eating. So if you eat breakfast and you’re fine but then an hour after lunch you’re not feeling so well, it is most likely something you ate at lunch that is the culprit. Simply eat the same lunch the next day, except eliminate one of the items. Eventually you will find what is bothering you. The most common forms of intolerance are lactose and wheat. This should give you something to work with.

Interventions For Dogs With Degenerative Myelopathy

Degenerative myelopathy or DM is a serious illness that is commonly found in bigger dog breeds, particularly in German Shepherds. This sickness starts off with a losing of control on the dogs back paws. This then progresses to the joints, legs, until finally the whole lower half of the body is paralyzed. This sickness results with the dog not being able to move his whole body. DM starts showing its symptoms when the dog is a bit older, around 5 years onwards, and it cannot be tested on puppies. Its passed down from the genes of the dogs parents and it can also affect its future puppies. Unfortunately, this illness is not curable. However, dog owner can help out their dogs with a few interventions if ever they are afflicted with DM.

Doggy Wheel Chairs

Like humans, there is a wheel chair like device that dog owners can strap on to their pet dogs. This has two wheels and will allow the dog to move around. Its also good exercise for them since there is less pressure on their front legs since it would be like they are just walking or running normally. They will need some getting used to on running around with wheels on but this usually will just take a few days. You can go to the vet or at the pet supply store and ask about these wheel chairs.
Physical Therapy

There have been many studies that showed how physical therapy can be a very big help with degenerative myelopathy on dogs. There are many forms of physical therapy that the dog can go though. Most of the time, when the dog is still able to move and walk around, hydro therapy is used. This could include swimming and using an underwater treadmill. Underwater treadmills are actually the best way to go since they let the dog use both its front and back legs, but its hard to find access to these machines. Check with your vet or an animal physical therapist for a program that works with the stage of your dogs DM.

Medicine, Diet and Supplements

Although there is no medicine for DM, there are some that can help take out any pain if the dog seems to feel it. Usually, anti-inflammatory meds and pain killers are given. Sometimes food supplements, such as vitamin B which has been proven to support nerve repair, are also given. Their diet is a major concern since the dog will feel more pressure when they gain weight, so a special diet may be called for.

Florida Real Estate Is A Force To Reckon With As Far As The National Property Market Next Year

All signs are pointing up for the real estate market of the Sunshine State as it appears that Florida is shining brighter each day. According to the Miami International Real Estate Congress, Florida is expected to gain more popularity among international investors and buyers. They also believe that 2012 is going to be a great year for the Florida real estate market.

Who would not want to live in Florida? If you are looking for an affordable residential property within a decent neighborhood, the Sunshine State is your best bet. In fact, more and more foreign buyers and investors are taking a huge interest in places particularly within South Florida, but there are other great neighborhoods outside of Miami like Fort Lauderdale in Broward County and Palm Beach in Palm Beach County.

According to the National Association of Realtors, Florida is on top of the property market in the United States today, so if you are looking to invest on a residential property, make sure to choose a property that takes good care of their market value such as Miami. The Magic City is probably the biggest contributor in Floridas overall success due to the number of potential buyers and investors it receives on a daily basis.

In 2011, almost 67 percent of the residential properties that have been purchased in Miami are sold to international buyers. All signs point to Florida as the top real estate sector this year, so never hesitate about getting a suitable residential property here. The Florida real estate market prides itself in its collection of luxurious single family homes, townhouses, condo units and villas that does not cost you your entire life savings. Whether your budget is under $300,000, you can find a place that would suit you well and it helps to know that you will never find another state like Florida.

If you are to compare the real estate market today and last year, you would not expect this much progress in just a span of 13 months! It just proves to show that being one of the most beautiful states in the country really does have its perks even on the real estate side.

This year is the perfect time and opportunity to invest on a luxurious residential property in Florida because of the fact that most of the properties for sale are under-priced so you get more out of what you will pay for. Whether you are a cash buyer or through lenders, the Florida real estate market will always have the right property for you.