A reader asked me recently about some unsettling assertions about milk that had been getting attention in the news.
Her question was in regard to whether or not milk is bad for you. As with a lot of these questions, the answer is frequently yes and no.
The benefits of including milk in your diet include:
Just recently, I happened to stumble upon an advertisement for arthritis medication on television. The spokeswoman’s hands and fingers were clearly affected. They were “knarled” for lack of a better term. Instead of pointing straight out, her poor fingers all curved toward her thumb which appeared extremely painful.
This case is one that any amateur could recognize as severe arthritis.
However, I couldn’t help but recall a time not so long ago when I extended my arm to shake the hand of an associate’s mother. She uneasily pulled her arm toward her body and explained “I really don’t mean to be rude – but my arthritis keeps me from even the most gentle of handshakes.”
Recent analysis made by the University of California indicates that many medications approved by FDA may in fact not have been scientifically proven to be effective.
When testing medications, researchers gather a big group of similar people. They’re then split into two groups. One (testing group) is given the new medication that is believed to be effective. The other (comparison group) a pill (Placebos) that doesn’t contain the new medication.
If the testing group becomes healthier than the comparison group, the drug is approved. There doesn’t have to be a big difference, 5-10% is enough.
But that’s not the whole story.
This time of year always brings with it some very harsh reminders that winter time requires a little more effort to stay healthy and well. In many areas, winter means drier, colder, harsher air and this can cause a variety of skin issues.
What a lot of people don’t notice, though, is that digestive trouble and skin irritation often appear at the same time.
Diseases, such as Fifth disease and medications, such as antibiotics, can wreak havoc on your tummy and skin at the same time. Those are pretty easy-to-spot symptoms of the same problem, though.
Watching the storm systems roll across the United States as well as other countries since the holidays has triggered a concern in me for my readers and clients who suffer from fibromyalgia. This chronic condition, known for its often relentless debilitating pain, does not mix well with frigid temperatures.
I watched the forecasts week to week as the dark blues and purples of sub-zero temperatures pillaged the continental US down to even Florida and Texas. You know it’s way too cold when vultures come to roost en mass on condo patios.
Some of the best natural aids for easing fibromyalgia pain involve heat in a variety of applications, whether it’s with a heating pad, hot stone massage, aqua therapy in a heated pool, or other means.
It’s well understood that your diet plays a crucial role in your arthritis pain. While the same foods that give you a trim waist and clear arteries will likely relieve your pain, a few foods stand head and shoulders above the rest.
Add these 4 pain-fighting super-foods to your diet and you may even feel a difference within a few minutes after your last bite.
I can really relate to readers who have trouble sleeping due to severe pain. I couldn’t count all the sleepless nights I had when my neck was out (after literally being hit by a truck).
Of course, I assumed that my neck pain was keeping me up. This is exactly what many people suffering from Arthritis, neck, back, TMJ or other pain complain about.
You understand how it’s not possible to sleep when your joints are squeaking.
But there is a twist to this. It’s something I didn’t realize until my neck began to get better.
Not long ago a reader emailed me asking if I had heard about the comments that are coming out now regarding the ‘side effects’ of the clunky, inverted sole shoes that are gaining in popularity.
Shoes like these are marketed as fitness tools, with the presumption (supposedly backed by research) that they will tone the backside, thighs, back, and abdomen.
The theory is that by causing ‘natural instability’ the wearer must work harder to stay balanced, and the process to do this naturally tones leg, buttock, and abdominal muscles.
I was listening to the radio the other day and heard an advertisement for a dentist who was very proud of his newest offering: sedation.
I am all for going to the dentist for a checkup and to clean teeth properly. The health benefits of clean teeth and gums are many: