From the age of 11 to age 53 I avoided holding hands; they were painful to the touch, so puffed up, sore and hot!!!
Raising four children, of course, I had to hold their hands. I tried so hard not to let them know how painful it was but, they knew I was in constant pain.
I always felt bad for my husband because holding hands was something we missed. It was hard to knit or crochet, which I loved to do.
Walking, bending or standing for any period of time was so painful for me. My children learned, as small children, to do what ever they could to help around the house.
I went to over thirteen “Arthritis” specialists, which were of little or no help.
I was prescribed many different drugs and went through all kinds of treatments for my arthritis.
I was in so much pain that I tried anything and everything to find relief.
I was so desperate to find something that would stop her pain that I:
* Went to over 13 physicians, (“Arthritis Specialists“) * I took Codeine, Darvon, Sprays and “Gold Treatments” * I was placed in traction with a large weight to stretch her body, was tied to the bed and couldn’t move for a week! * I was put in an upper body cast for 3 months * I wore shoe lifts * And so much more!!!
In 1980, the last year I suffered from Arthritis, I spent an average of $40.00 month on miscellaneous drugs, $30.00 for a monthly doctor appointment and $30.00 on pain killers. That’s a total of $100.00 a month. I wish I could have spent that money on something I liked to do instead.
All the drugs, all the doctors, all the treatments, all the money… ALL the FAILURES!!!
Doctor after doctor told me that there was no cure for arthritis and that I should, “Take this medication, go home and learn to live with it”. One doctor predicted that I would be in a wheel chair within 5 years.
I was crushed… Being the eternal optimist, never gave up… I went on a crusade to find a way to stop my arthritis. And I did!!!
I spent many years researching arthritis, and put together this incredible program, “I Cured My Arthritis You Can Too” , that shows you in easy to follow steps how you can do what I did at home, and without drugs.
I know this may sound too good to be true. But I did it… I have gone through what you are going through right now. I have now been living Pain Free from Arthritis for 25 years.…
Here’s just a quick, simple idea for everyone who may be concerned about possible over-indulging during the holidays.
I am a real health nut and have been for the past thirty years. I’m constantly studying and looking for new ways to improve my health, or keep it as good as it is now, and I often run across good health information.
I would like to share some of what I’ve learned here with you. This invaluable information is presented in a wonderful book I read recently: Water – for Health, for Healing, for Life – You’re Not Sick You’re Thirsty! by Dr. F. Batmanghelidj.
This information in this book is probably the most basic, simple, valuable bit of advice on health I have ever read. Everyone should know this.
What I learned has been a revelation to me. Do you drink water? At least eight glasses a day? Most of us do not drink enough water, if any! After reading the book and asking people about their water drinking habits, I was shocked to find that many people hardly ever drink water. Good, clean, pure water!
Water is such a major part of our bodies! In a fully hydrated body, blood is 94% water, and our cells should be 75% water for optimum health!
When we get dehydrated, all our cells are no longer functioning as they should. Over a long term, this dehydrated condition creates serious health problems. Short term symptoms include pain and discomfort which, unfortunately, often are medicated by painkillers, instead of remedied by simply drinking a couple of glasses of water. The information in this book is amazing and so simple to implement!
The Holiday Season Secret is this: Half an hour before each meal, and two and a half hours after each meal, drink two glasses of water.
If you continue this practice for up to three weeks, you could lose about eight to fourteen pounds (maybe less during the holiday season). This works for people of any age – young or more mature. You may have heard of some celebrities who lost a lot of weight following this practice.
Try this out, and tell your friends and relatives about it too. Maybe you could have a little contest with your spouse or within your family and compare after the first of the year to see who did the best! And, hopefully you won’t stop there. Make it a habit and you’ll be surprised when, in a few weeks, you will have lost weight and have more energy – all without dieting.
What you needed was WATER. Simple, inexpensive and very effective!!! Your drinking water should be filtered to rid it of unhealthy contaminants, such as: arsenic, lead, petroleum and chemical discharges, fertilizers and many more extremely unhealthy, poisonous substances found in all municipal water systems.
Don’t forget: 8 glasses of WATER a day minimum, depending on your body size! A person with a larger body should drink more, No other drinks will be a good enough substitute. However, you can add a squeeze of lemon if you don’t like plain water.
My Warmest Wishes for a very Joyful Holiday Season to You and Yours!
Avian influenza is used to describe all of the influenza viruses that can infect birds – this includes both wild birds such as ducks and domestic birds such as chickens. It now appears that birds are a natural reservoir of flu viruses – to date 15 strains of influenza A virus are known to exist in bird populations.
Many forms of the avian influenza virus cause only very mild symptoms in birds, or no symptoms at all. However, some strains of the influenza A virus can produce a highly contagious and rapidly fatal disease. These very virulent strains of the virus are known as “highly pathogenic avian influenza”. It’s these viruses that cause particular concern. One such avian influenza virus is currently infecting chickens in the Asian region, this particular strain is known as H5N1.
Should the H5N1 strain adapt and spread via humans we could very quickly be in a worldwide pandemic. This is because currently humans do not have a natural immunity or protection from this strain of avian influenza.
In history there have been several outbreaks of bird flu viruses which have been controlled by quarantining or destroying thousands of birds to stem the spread of the virus between countries.
Bird avian influenza symptoms
Infected birds shed flu virus in their saliva, nasal secretions, and feces. Susceptible birds become infected when they have contact with contaminated excretions or surfaces that are contaminated with excretions.
Symptoms in birds show themselves as some or all of the following; a decrease in bird activity (lethargy), a drop in egg production, a swelling of the head, breathing problems, diarrhoea, muscle paralysis and sudden death.
Human avian influenza symptoms
In humans, avian influenza shows itself as similar symptoms to other types of influenza, such as fever, sore throat, cough, headache, lethargy, muscle ache, and conjunctivitis. Cases of bird flu are more likely to cause breathing problems and pneumonia that may be fatal.
The state of the infected person’s immune system will also play a major part in the severity of the infection.
If you at any time suspect you may have an avian influenza infection you should contact a medical professional to confirm.…
A new study indicates that hip-to-waist ratio may be a better predictor of heart attack risk than body-mass index, which is the current standard.
BMI Ignores Muscle Mass
The body-mass index, which is based on weight and height, does not measure where fat is on the body or how muscular a person might be. Athletes and completely out-of-shape people can have similar BMI scores. Previous research has demonstrated that a potbelly is a better predictor of heart trouble than total weight.
The new study draws on information collected from over 27,000 people in Europe, Asia, Africa, and the Americas, including more than 12,000 who had undergone a heart attack.
The risk of heart attack rose as waist size grew in proportion to hip circumference. The 20 percent of the survey with the highest waist-to-hip size ratio were 2.5 times more likely to have heart attacks than the 20 percent with the lowest ratio.
The finding suggests a two-part strategy: trimming the abdomen, and possibly also increasing hip size by increasing muscle mass. Larger hips might be a marker of overall muscle mass.
USA Today November 3, 2005
Dr. Mercola‘s Comment:Three years ago, I ran an article about waist-to-hip measurements as well as body-mass index (BMI) being used as an indicator, not only of obesity, but of thickening carotid arteries.This new study now argues waist-to-hip measurements may better predict the risk of heart attack among different ethnic groups than BMI.
The suggested strategy of trimming your abdominal fat while building your muscle mass makes plenty of sense.In other words, a two-pronged approach in which diet and exercise are equally important makes perfect sense.
On the diet side, the best way to get started is to begin retooling your eating habits based on your body’s unique metabolic type.
Just as food is fuel for your body, gas is food for your car. It would seem reasonable to believe that your car is going to thrive on high-quality gas once you put it in your tank. But what if you were driving a diesel-powered vehicle? If that were the case, in a few minutes your car would have serious problems or stop running, and you would have a very expensive repair job ahead of you.
Just like your car, your body was designed for a certain correct fuel mixture — that is, a certain correct blend of the right food types. The further you deviate from this ideal, the more health problems are likely. That is why some of the sickest people I see in my practice are those who are “designed” to be eating high-protein foodsbut have decided to be vegetarians. Conversely, carb types who choose to eat high amounts of meats also don’t do very well.
If this concept of metabolic typing intrigues you I would encourage you to take my free test that will help you determine the best foods for you.
As far as exercise, you’ll get the most out of it if you treat it like a drug that must be precisely prescribed for you to achieve the maximum benefits. A daily exercise routine is one of the main factors in achieving optimal health.
The key to exercising effectively is to make sure the variables below are properly addressed. By doing so, you will ensure all your hard efforts are not wasted and are having a positive effect on your body. To aid you in your exercise efforts, there are three important variables to keep in mind:
Length of time
I encourage my patients to gradually increase the amount of time they are exercising to 60 to 90 minutes a day. Initially the frequency is daily; this is a treatment dose until you normalize your weight or insulin levels. Once normalized, you will only need to exercise three to four times a week.
You should exercise hard enough so that it is difficult to talk to someone next to you. However, if you cannot carry on a conversation AT ALL, then you have gone too far and need to decrease the intensity. Once you have started to burn fat effectively you can switch to more interesting exercise variations like Dr. Al Sears’ PACE program.
This is a combination of both endurance exercise and anaerobic type sprinting exercises (weight training will also work) to help increase the instant dramatic demands on your cardiovascular system that can precipitate heart attacks,such as in the winter when you might be shoveling snow.
Dr. Sears has quite a comprehensive program, and I would strongly encourage you to consider reviewing it. I do plan on doing a more comprehensive review on the PACE program sometime in the future.
I’ve devoted many pages on my Web site to the wonderful benefits exercise will do for your health. If you need some direction to get started, I urge you to review my beginner’s exercise page that includes links to other pages and a free table you can download to keep track of your progress.…
Acid reflux or indigestion. We all get it. Maybe we’ve eaten too much or too late in the evening. Maybe we’ve drunk too much alcohol at that party the night before. We could have bent down to do a bit of weeding too soon after a meal and oops, that pain in the middle of the chest can be quite severe.
What is acid reflux though?
It is the liquid in the stomach regurgitating into the oesophagus (gullet). Much of this liquid is acid produced in the stomach which is harmful to the walls of the oesophagus. Reflux happens to most people but because we spend much of our time upright, gravity ensures that the liquid returns to the stomach unnoticed. In addition, we swallow frequently which again returns regurgitated liquid to the stomach and saliva contains bicarbonate which helps to neutralise the acid in the stomach liquid.
It doesn’t do to ignore repeated instances of painful indigestion though, as it could be symptomatic of something much more serious. That refluxing acid can cause lasting damage to the lining of the oesophagus, which, if left untreated, can lead to other conditions.
A friend relates that when she was a child, her father was always chewing on Rennies, a well known antacid in the UK. He used to say that a good belch would cure the indigestion. It later turned out that he had a stomach ulcer. Despite that, when my friend, in turn, started suffering from frequent indigestion, she too chewed on the Rennies and went about her business.
Eventually, she realised that the extent of the indigestion couldn’t be normal so she consulted her doctor who referred her to a specialist for an endoscopy.
An endoscopy is a procedure whereby an endoscope, a thin, lighted tube, is inserted down the throat. The endoscope transmits images of the oesophagus, stomach, and duodenum, enabling the specialist to identify problem areas and, if necessary, obtain biopsies. The endoscope is usually inserted while the patient is under sedation thus avoiding the gagging reflex.
To return to my friend, a hiatus hernia was diagnosed. A hiatus hernia occurs when the upper part of the stomach pushes through the opening in the diaphragm where the oesophagus connects with the stomach, allowing the acid from the stomach to reflux. Fortunately, this was a small hiatus hernia, which could be easily treated with a course of medication.
A couple of years went by with only minor instances of indigestion, then my friend started to experience occasional bouts of very severe heartburn and sickness which she treated with the usual array of antacid preparations. Suddenly, one day she woke up with a severe pain in her lower stomach which didn’t respond to the usual remedies and in any event, didn’t resemble any of the normal symptoms of acid reflux.
A visit to the doctor and my friend found herself hospitalised for tests which revealed that the original small hiatus hernia was larger and bleeding and had lead to gastritis (inflammation of the stomach lining) and duodenitis (inflammation of the duodenum), both caused by an infection with the Helicobacter pylori bacteria. This bacteria is extremely common, thought to infect 70% of the world’s population, although most people do not display any symptoms of the infection.
The moral of this story is “Don’t ignore persistent acid reflux, it may be much more that just indigestion”.…