Dr W J Grobler BVSc.
The name "Cat flu" is misleading because even though cats suffer from a similar disease, the disease is not contracted from cats. The symptoms in dogs are due to intestinal involvement and very unlike flu symptoms. Dry, windy weather sees more cases which occur mostly in puppies, but previously unexposed, unvaccinated adult dogs are also at risk. Even with the best treatment available some animals still don't survive, so vaccination is of paramount importance in the prevention of this terrible disease.
This serious disease is caused by one of the smallest viruses known to man called Canine Parvovirus (CPV).(Parvo is the Latin for small). As many as 300 000 virus particles will fit into a millimeter!
Albeit so small the virus is extremely tough and will survive most disinfectants. It may stay alive in the environment for as long as two years if conditions are favourable. In 1978 when the first cases of Parvovirus in dogs were seen, the virus spread all over the world in a matter of months, often without the involvement of dogs in the transmission.
Massive numbers of virus occur in the stool of a sick dog. One gram of faeces may contain enough virus to infect 10 million susceptible dogs!
The virus need certain enzymes to grow. These enzymes are found in rapid growing cells like the ones lining the intestinal tract. These cells grow quickly enough so that the intestinal lining is renewed every two to three days. If the virus grow inside these cells they break up leaving large areas of damaged lining that lead to severe loss of body fluids. The normal intestinal flora which under ordinary circumstances are pretty harmless, can now invade the body through the damaged areas.
- Often a high fever
- No appetite
- Continuous vomiting or foaming at the mouth
- Very smelly diarrhoea that frequently becomes blood-tinged
- White or bluish gums
- Abdominal pain
- Dehydration � animals appear to have lost weight overnight
The symptoms usually appear very suddenly and susceptible pups may die within a few hours. Pups with large numbers of antibodies wil show much lighter symptoms. In rare instances animals may develop infection of the heart muscles with fatal results.
A bitch with good immunity against parvo will transfer these antibodies to her pups in the uterus. They will then be protected to a large degree for a period of six to twelve weeks. Exposure to the virus, whether naturally or through vaccination wil enhance this immunity. Healthy puppies, like the one on the left should thus be vaccinated at six weeks of age, again four weeks later and preferably a third time another four weeks later. It is very unlikely that a pup that has had three properly administered vaccinations will contract the disease. It is however important to stress that puppies must be healthy and free from worms before they can be vaccinated.
Because Parvovirus is one of the most frustrating diseases a vet has to put up with, vaccination remains the only efficient way of saving the puppy owner a lot of tears and regret.
At present there are no affordable injectable drugs that kill viruses in the body, thus no specific treatment exists once the virus is inside the body. Treatment is aimed at curbing secondary bacteria, stopping vomiting and replenishing body fluids.
- Intravenous fluid administration
- Inteflora or similar probiotics to replenish gut flora (beneficial bacteria in the intestines)
- Activated charcoal to bind toxins in the gut
- Oral electrolytes if animals are still drinking and not vomiting
- Small quantities of bland food eg. rice and cooked chicken
- Blood transfusion in very severe cases
Fibromyalgia means widespread pain in the muscles, but this syndrome causes many other symptoms. 1 Lab tests seldom validate your condition and the results often make you feel like a hypochondriac. Pressing on tender points can diagnose fibromyalgia, but the exam still does not explain all of your symptoms. 2
People with fibromyalgia often describe their symptoms as a flu-like infection that doesn’t go away. It leaves you exhausted and unable to think or find the right words (symptoms of fibro fog). 3 With fibromyalgia, you have trouble sleeping and wake up stiff and achy. 4 Your symptoms can be debilitating and you probably feel as though you have to push yourself to get anything done. 5,6
- Pain all over
- Sleep difficulties
- Brain fog
- Morning stiffness
- Muscle knots, cramping, weakness
- Digestive disorders
- Balance problems
- Itchy/burning skin
- Affects 3 to 5 percent of the general population 7
- Occurs in people of all ages, even children
- Men develop fibromyalgia too, although more women are diagnosed with it
- Symptoms are chronic but may fluctuate throughout the day
- Roughly one-quarter of people with fibromyalgia are work-disabled 4
- Three drugs are FDA-approved for fibromyalgia treatment
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If you experience a Herxheimer reaction from eradicators of bacteria's, viruses, protozoa's, borrilia's with an eradicating agent then you will know something in your body is being killed by the eradicator and it does not belong in your body.
is next to impossible to eradicate with the usual medicines, yet it is so flimsy that it can be permanently eradicaded in less then
16 days with certain eradicating agents.
M. fermentans, M. genitalium, M. hominis, M. penetrans,
Mycoplasma pneumoniae, M. pulmonis, Mycoplasma gallisepticum, M. hyopneumoniae, M. mobile, M. mycoides, Mesoplasma florum, Ureaplasma urealyticum/parvum, Phytoplasma asteris, M. pirum, M. salivarium.
Mycoplasma may be the only infection in a body or can be a co-infection of Lyme. There are various species of mycoplasmas. Approximately 60% of Lyme infected people also have mycoplasmal infections. The most common are Mycoplasma fermentans, Mycoplasma hominis, Mycoplasma pneumoniae, M. genitalium, M. penetrans,and some other species. In some cases multiple mycoplasmal infections are present in Lyme Disease, thereby complicating the diagnosis and treatment of Lyme Disease because the symptoms are similar.
Mycoplasma infections can independently cause many of the signs and symptoms found in Lyme Disease, and they may exacerbate the clinical signs and symptoms and also complicate treatment of the Mycoplasma condition. Some people cycle in with Borrelia and various mycoplasmas in their blood cells.
keine Magen-Darm-Probleme oder leichte Übelkeit
danach häufig anhaltende Leistungsschwäche
danach schnell wieder leistungsfähig
Die häufigsten Grippeanzeichen sind hohes Fieber, Schüttelfrost und ein ausgeprägtes Krankheitsgefühl. Oft tritt bei Erkrankten auch ein trockener Reizhusten auf. Hier finden Sie alle möglichen Grippesymptome im Überblick:
- hohes Fieber
- trockener Reizhusten
- seltener Husten mit zähem, teils blutigem Auswurf
- Magen-Darm-Beschwerden wie Übelkeit, Erbrechen, Durchfall
- Sensibilität gegenüber hellem Licht (Photophobie)
- aufgedunsenes Gesicht
- Glieder- und Muskelschmerzen
Influenza-Viren verursachen aber nicht bei jedem Menschen typische Symptome. Sie können sich zwar schnell verbreiten und vermehren, lösen aber oftmals nur geringe Beschwerden aus. Dann werden zum Beispiel Grippe-Kopfschmerzen als Migräne gedeutet oder krankheitsbedingte Abgeschlagenheit als berufsbedingte Erschöpfung.
Bei Kindern wird Grippe häufig von einer Mittelohrentzündung mit Ohrenschmerzen begleitet. Kleinkinder können einen sogenannten Pseudokrupp entwickeln: Durch eine Entzündung des Kehlkopfes unterhalb der Stimmritze entsteht ein bellender Husten.
Nach einer ausgeheilten Grippe fühlen sich viele Menschen noch längere Zeit schwach und müde, leiden unter Kreislaufproblemen und Kopfschmerzen. Auch wenn sich ein Grippe-Erkrankter nicht ausreichend geschont hat, kann die Krankheit länger verlaufen. Husten und Abgeschlagenheit können dann beispielsweise über Wochen anhalten. In diesem Fall spricht man von einer „verschleppten Grippe“.
Bei Menschen mit einem schwachen Immunsystem besteht die Gefahr, dass die Grippe einen komplizierten Verlauf nimmt. Gefährdet sind Kinder, Schwangere, ältere Menschen, Personen mit chronischen Erkrankungen wie zum Beispiel Asthma oder Menschen, die Immunsuppressiva einnehmen.
Läuft das Immunsystem durch die Grippevireninfektion auf Hochtouren, ist der Körper anfälliger für andere Erkrankungen. Dann können Bakterien leichter in den Körper eindringen. Man spricht von einer Superinfektion. Erste Anzeichen dafür sind ein erneuter Fieberanstieg und Schwäche oder ein sich wieder verschlimmernder Husten. Die folgenden Komplikationen können durch eine solche bakterielle Superinfektion entstehen:
Entzündungen der Atemwege
Die Nasennebenhöhlenentzündung entsteht häufig als bakterielle Superinfektion bei Grippe. Menschen, die an Asthma oder COPD leiden, erkranken während einer Grippe nicht selten auch an einer durch Bakterien hervorgerufenen Lungenentzündung (Pneumonie). Sie ist sogar häufiger als jene Lungenentzündung, die durch die Influenza-Viren selbst ausgelöst wird. Die bakterielle Pneumonie ist eine lebensbedrohliche Komplikation und die häufigste Ursache für einen tödlichen Grippe-Verlauf.
The nasal-spray flu vaccine is a vaccine made with live, weakened flu viruses that do not cause illness.
A flu vaccine will contain three influenza viruses:
- influenza (H3N2) virus
- influenza (H1N2) virus
- one B virus
As viruses adapt and change, so do those contained within the vaccines - what is included in them is based on international surveillance and scientists' calculations about which virus types and strains will circulate in a given year.
Protection begins about 2 weeks after receiving the vaccination.
Seasonal flu vaccinations should start in September or as soon as the vaccine is on hand, and continue throughout the flu season, into January, and beyond. This is because the timing and duration of influenza seasons are never the same. Flu outbreaks usually peak at around January, but they can happen as early as October.
Seasonal flu shots are not suitable for some people
Certain individuals should check with their doctor before deciding to have the flu vaccine, including:
- Individuals with a severe allergy to chicken eggs.
- Individuals who have had a severe reaction to a flu vaccination in the past.
- Individuals who developed Guillain-Barré Syndrome within 6 weeks of receiving a flu vaccine.
- Children under 6 months old.
- Individuals experiencing a fever with a moderate-to-severe illness should wait until they recover before being vaccinated.
Three types of flu viruses exist - influenza A, influenza B, and influenza C. Types A and B viruses cause seasonal epidemics that hit the United States and Europe virtually every winter. The type C influenza virus causes mild respiratory illness and is not responsible for outbreaks.
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The flu is an infection of the nose, throat and lungs. It is caused mainly by 2 types of viruses:
But the worst was my racing mind. I could not shut it off. I didn't sleep well and during the day it was so bad that it was hard to concentrate and that made me even more tired. The progesterone was amazing. It took a while to fully work. (Maybe six to seven months in all) But it did work. The libido never did get very high but was there.
I am noticing now, though, that some of the symptoms are returning, so I will work on adjusting my amount of progesterone used each night until I get it right again. I am 42 and know that I have been going through perimenopause (blood test showed it) for the last two years so I'm sure I just need an increase.
Hope this helps anyone who is going through the hell that this causes. It's hard to feel like a decent wife and mom when you have to deal with this.
18) I never thought anything of my symptoms of anxiety, low libido, poor memory ever being related until my doctor sent me for tests because I wasn't getting pregnant. Now that I have an idea of what's going on I feel a lot better about it. Hope there is a solution to this though.
17) I definitely have pmdd. I have not had a period in over three months. I am 43 years old and i feel like i have no life. I can't sleep and when i finally fall asleep i have a difficult time waking up.
I have bloating, severe indigestion, constipation, and have not had sex in too long. I have had abdominal pain a while back, but still have pain at certain times of the month. my doctor ordered blood work for hormone levels, and thyroid. I have extremely low, practically nonexistent progesterone levels, very low testerone if any. Not to mention estrogen is low. It's not even on the chart. It falls in between a black hole and not quite menopause.
I have tried hrt, however, i developed a cyst in my breast over a seven week treatment due to hrt, so i stopped taking any hormone replacement medication.
i have taken all of the other recommended herbal meds, however still no improvement. i have done tons of research and i am a registered nurse but i can't find any solutions, not even one. please help.
15) I have had some hormone issues and I have been seeing a naturopath doctor for help and the greatest treatment for me has been the wild yam cream. It has natural progesterone and it has helped me get pregnant if you are ttc. I would recommend seeing someone to put in balance the whole body, not just the symptoms. you won't regret it.
14) I have been in perimenopause for a couple of years.I am currently on hormones,and antidepressants and still not doing much better. Depression, fatigue, memory, concentration loss insomnia and severe bloating, heartburn and digestive problems have taken over my life. I am considering trying Amberen, a natural hormone I read about on the internet.
I have suffered from chronic depression and anxiety for many years and going through perimenopause doesn't help any. I have had all kinds of tests done and tried all kinds of meds, even herbal stuff and nothing seems to help.
Please post if you have any suggestions for me! Thanks.
13) wow. i haven't felt myself for a while now. i have two children and a year ago i stopped taking my pill. i didn't get pregnant and my partner and i went to a fertility specialist who sent us away to get tested.
i thought it was my partner with the problem but the results came back saying my progesterone levels were lower than a male's levels.
After him telling me about aspartame I quit in 2 days, from several a day to one a day, for the next 2 days, and then none. Thanks to this site I found out what my next few days was from – ASPARTAME WITHDRAWAL- I had bad headaches, dizziness, blurred vision, high blood pressure, grumpy from feeling like I had a flu symptom. Fortunately I only had the bad headaches for a few days, and then yesterday, I was waking up and noticed that I didn’t have the immense pain in my finger joints. I was amazed, but not sure if it was true or not. As I got up and started moving my fingers, I noticed the extreme joint movement pain was not happening. I still have a stiffness in my hands, and finger joints, but also, I only took about 4 Tylenol yesterday,, I was taking 4 Tylenol- about 4-5 times a day. And that didn’t take care of it, I was ready to find some morphine. That BAD! My finger joints and elbows are still stiff and ache, but about 85% less than before. My wife quit too, she was only drinking about one a day, but feels better too. Also I am not as tired as I was, but one amazing thing is that I don’t crave the Diet Coke! I am working on finding other drinks and waiting to see if the swelling in my fingers goes down, and the stiffness goes away! Thank God for this site and Spell check. Fingers are really stiff and make a lot of type O”s.
God Bless and have a super day!
Leanne: (my improvements)
I had shooting pains in my head for probably the first month or two. It’s been 3 months since I stopped drinking diet soda. Within in the first month my brain fog really lifted and I had some computer issues at the time and it necessitated checking all my files to my backup. I was stunned to find where things were filed. I realized how much my thinking has improved since I got off aspartame.
My muscle pain was intensified for the first two months and it didn’t settle down much after that except I went into a gallbladder attack so I did some “Stone Free” for 10 days and then did a liver gallbladder flush and now some of that muscle pain has subsided as well as my liver and gallbladder are functioning better.
I’m finding that aspartame is so toxic that other modalities such as a liver gallbladder flush (and I’m sure I’ll do multiple flushes to really clean it out) and colon cleansing may be needed to really clean this out your system. During the flush the part of my head – only where my hair is, and especially in front where my hair had thinned, was like a spinkler system of sweat during the detox – must have kicked out a lot of aspartame.
I also read that thinning hair is one of many signs of liver/gallbladder overload. I believe in time all these things can be reversed back to good health. Our liver filters our blood, try running your A/C or the gas line in your car with a dirty filter and you won’t get very far. Clean the filter and your back in business. Apparently it’s a bigger task than I thought it was going to be.
I noticed that because I was juicing daily it really cut down my symptoms and stopped my cravings. It really surprised me how much easier it was to quit because it calmed my nerves. Figure out what substitutes help you. I drink seltzer water when I want bubbles, and I have a regular Coke once every or every other week, and that works for me.
Thanks for your website, and comment section. I’ve gotten a lot of good info here, and the encouragement to keep going.
I must admit that this is tougher than I thought it would be. After getting many of the symptoms of aspartame poisoning, I finally realized that it was the aspartame doing it to me.
I quit 21 days ago today, but I’m still getting the headaches and spaciness, and I’m getting discouraged. But the research I’ve done shows a variety of opinions as to how long it can take before the headaches go away, 2-4 wks, and even 2 months or more. I just hope it’s soon. It’s my own fault. My wife warned me about it a couple of years ago, but I was feeling fine then, so I didn’t listen. And I didn’t pay attention to all of the warnings for the last 25 years or so. I’ve been drinking Diet Pepsi since it came out with aspartame … and lots of it. I also used about 4-8 packets of equal a day for sweetening coffee, tea, and other things. I had no idea how addicted I was (am).
I’m become a poster boy, warning all of my friends and family about it … but, just like me, those who use it think it won’t happen to them. One niece who drank Diet Pepsi heavily throughout her pregnancy refuses to consider the possibility that it caused her son to be autistic. Now she has lupus, but of course, the aspartame is not the reason. serious denial.
Has anyone else been as addicted as me, and if so, how long did it take for the headaches to go away?
My headaches went away after 3-4 weeks. Cold chills and sweats after 4-5 weeks. Sounds like your almost there. Don’t give up.
6 days ago I became aware of the negative side affects of aspartame and could be a poster child for aspartame poisoning. I was drinking 3-6 Diet Dr. Peppers a day for at least 15 years. For the first two days, I limited myself to one per day and the third day, it just taste bad, so I haven’t had one for four days now.
Yesterday, I got the headache between my eyes that came and went a few times throughout the day and I was grumpy, so I googled aspartame withdrawals. (I haven’t quit caffeine so, its not that.) Anyway, I am hoping this mild headache is the only withdrawal symptom I have. How long does it take before these other possible symptoms to occur? If I were going to have other symptoms would they have already started?
Aside from the mild headache, I have actually felt better in terms of mental clarity.
Everyone reacts differently to the withdrawal. For example, my Mother had almost no side effects from the withdrawal other than the constant craving for Diet Coke.