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Smoking Damages Body Parts

Smoking Damages Body Parts

Smoking Damages Body PartsMost people think that smoking only hurts the lungs but that’s not all of the story. Did you know there are specifically nine different body parts that you can damage by smoking?

Let’s take a look at what you might be facing by continuing to smoke:

  • Joints. Do you have pain and inflammation in your joints? If you are a smoker, you are more likely to get rheumatoid arthritis (RA). The medications for RA do not work as well on people who smoke, even though the scientists are not sure why.

  • Skin. Your skin’s natural aging process speeds up with smoking. At age 40, your skin can look like it belongs on a nonsmoking 70-year-old. The damage you incur cannot be reversed and you can also be subjected to many skin diseases, including skin cancer and worse.

  • Eyes. You are twice as likely to get macular degeneration when you light up. That disease destroys the central vision used for reading, writing and seeing other people’s faces.

  • Sex Organs. This can be a biggie for some men. That smoke you light up could be more likely to cause you to suffer from erectile dysfunction. That guy is also more likely to get testicular cancer and women to get cervical cancer.

  • Gums. Those tender, bleeding gums, chewing and bad breath can all be attributed to getting that smoke. The gum disease is a leading cause of tooth loss so the more you smoke, the greater your risk.

  • Brain. Smoking will cause you to be more likely to have a stroke three times greater than the non-smoking person. This is a blood clot in the brain and can lead to facial paralysis, blurred vision, trouble walking and even death. Smoking can also increase high blood pressure, which can lead to a cerebral aneurysm.

  • Digestive System. Some of the illnesses related to your digestion that can be affected are peptic ulcers, Crohn’s disease, colon polyps, pancreatitis and cancer of the pancreas. You are more likely to get these if you smoke, and 35% more likely to get type 2 diabetes, that affects your liver and pancreas.

  • Lung. Believe it or not, 90% of the time this cancer is linked to smoking. More than 150,000 deaths in the US in 2015 have been attributed to smoking. This is a major cause of COPD (chronic obstructive pulmonary disease) that damages the tiny air sacs in the lungs.

  • Heart. A very major cause of heart disease is that awful smoking, and is the leading cause of death in the U.S. Smoking hardens and narrows your arteries and causes your blood to thicken and clot.

You may not be taking these warnings or issues seriously, but if you have ever been around someone with COPD, you will remember their struggle for breath the rest of your life. Now is the time to give up that puffing on a cigarette and choose life over some of these drastic illnesses or possible death! Wake up now and take action. Life can be hard enough without fighting these terrible diseases.

 – Dr Fredda Branyon

Girl and Her Dog

Understanding Your Dog

Girl and Her Dog“If you want the best seat in the house, you’ll have to move the dog.”

Boy, when I brought Lucy dog home, it wasn’t exactly the cuddles and kisses I  thought it would be. When you bring home a new puppy and start with that gigantic task of house training, you still have to deal with those chewed up shoes, clothes, fingers, and last but not least, those toes. Manners are things that little furball hasn’t learned.  Moving to a new home can stress him out and might make that pup fearful and anxious.  Developing a bond with good communication is crucial between you and your pet.  Your pet will be extremely perceptive to your visual and verbal cues.  So, reciprocate and take an interest in his.

There are many, many tips for translating your dog’s language and might be very helpful to learn, according to Dr. Nicholas Dodman, director of the Animal Behavior Clinic at the Tufts University Cummings School of Veterinary Medicine.

If he moves away when you pet his head it could be a sign of dominance.  They prefer petting on their chin, front of chest or side of the face.  Moving in circles before going to sleep makes a cozy nest.  Barking at someone he knows well is showing his power over that person.  When puppies are happy and content, they grunt.  If they whine, they are feeling cold, hungry or lonely.  Cover him with a warm blanket, feed him or give him attention regularly. (Worse than an infant, isn’t it?)

Your dog yawns when he’s tired but also when feeling stressed.  After giving a command and he is blinking, he just might be trying to decide whether or not to follow your orders.  Licking his lips is a nervous or anxiety sign and also a sign of submission.  Now if that little tongue licks you, he wants some positive attention from you, but in some cases it might be used as a sign of dominance.  Puppies might show a sign of dominance by trying to sit on the couch even after being told not to.  But then again, he may just like that soft cushion rather than a hard floor. When he paws the ground after eliminating, he is marking his territory by leaving a visual sign and scent.

The bigger one is, why does he eat that poop?  It is known as coprophagia and is common in puppies that might have witnessed their mother eating their feces in order to keep their living quarters clean.  In older dogs it may indicate a medical or behavioral problem like stress. Rolling in stinky stuff allows him to advertise where he’s been.  When he eats grass it is used as a purgative, and then again, just because he wants to.  He will usually sniff around before urinating in search of other scents.  A dog’s behind generates pheromones to show his identity, so they sniff each other.  If he pants he is regulating his body temperature or feeling anxious. He’s playful and happy when he puts his head and paws close to the ground and his behind in the air.  He loves sticking his head out the window just because it’s fun.  A sign of dominance is when he barks at another dog with his head held high.  If his ears are pressed to his head, it’s a sign of fear or submission.

If he’s excited he wags his tail fast and slower when he’s interested, but not raring to go.  A sign of submission, uncertainty, anxiety or fear is when he puts his tail between his legs.  Holding the tail straight up is a sign of interest.  When chewing those shoes or socks, he will just think it’s a game when you chase him to get them away.  When your dog is in the fight-or-flight state, it causes muscles to contract and that raises the hairs on his back.

So learn some of these simple little signs that your dog is trying to tell you and make life easier for all of you.  Good luck. A new puppy is a chore but well worth the love you will get in return.

-Dr Fredda Branyon