Saturday, June 17, 2017

Arthritis Proof Your Life by Michelle Schoffro Cook

There are many benefits to losing weight and one is reducing stress on your body and bones. I read somewhere that for every added pound, your body puts 4 pounds of pressure on your joints, especially the knees.

Michelle Schoffro Cook gives detailed information on anti-inflammatory foods and supplements that might relieve joint pain. With a holistic approach she talks of enzymes, natural medicine and aromatherapy.

I highly recommend the book for those who want to take a more natural approach and a healthier view on attacking body aches and pains rather than taking drugs which their own commercials end with "and can cause death!"

Hop on over to her site for more info. on healthy choices

Note: I found her book Arthritis Proof Your Life at our local library.

Saturday, May 20, 2017

In Defense of Food - Michael Pollan

idof-3I found Defense of Food on Netflix this week. Michael Pollan (who has also written a book on the subject) has some interesting thoughts on what we should eat.

His take-away thought is:
Eat Food
Not Too Much
Mostly Plants

Friday, May 5, 2017

The Case Against Sugar by Gary Taubes

Two things I've been tracking lately (along with calories) is sugar and sodium consumption. The free My Fitness Pal app tracks calories easily and you can also select nutrition on the menu to view your intake of sodium, sugar, cholesterol and vitamins. I'm trying to drastically reduce sugar from my diet. Although I don't drink soft drink or add sugar to tea or coffee, it still creeps in.

The Case Against Sugar by Gary Taubes explains how our western society has become addicted to sugar and the unhealthy diet and disease that has resulted.
At one time the effects of sugar affected only the rich who could afford it. Elizabeth I is said to have black and rotted teeth something that the poor didn't suffer from as much. But when sugar became more affordable Western diseases resulted and in 1912 in America, during prohibition, sugar consumption increased when breweries were converted into candy factories. Even tobacco companies began marinading their cured leaves in a sugar sauce to make cigarettes more acidic and easier to inhale - reports of lung cancer shortly followed. (Alkaline leaves in cigars and pipe tobacco irritate the mucus membranes and stimulates coughing and were therefore not inhaled into the lungs)
Since then the battle has been fought between health advocates and the sugar industries. In 1930 The Sugar Institute was formed and advertised sugar as a health food to fight off colds and also a solution for mid-afternoon fatigue. The Food and Nutrition Board combated with omitting sugar on its list of recommended daily allowances for calories, protein and nutrition and declared sugar the worst of all foods.
On top of known sugar related diseases such as heart disease, diabetes and cancer, Alzeheimer's has been found to be associated with insulin, diabetes and sugar consumption.

In 2005 Scottish researchers reported that diabetic patients who took the Metformin drug (reduces insulin resistance) had a reduced risk of cancer compared with diabetics on other medications.

It's predicted that 30% of Americans will get diabetes mostly due, not to genetic disposition, but  to overweight and obesity. Eugenia Calle published an analysis in The New England Journal of Medicine reporting that cancer mortality in the United States was clearly associated with obesity and those overweight were more likely (50-60%) to die from cancer than those with lean bodies.

One Scottish physician in a 1964 letter to The Lancet states "The refining of sugar may yet prove to have a greater tragedy for civilized man than the discovery of tobacco."

Wednesday, March 15, 2017

Benefits of Tumeric

Tumeric, which is one of the spices in curry powder, has many health benefits. Johns Hopkins web site notes that the cancer rate in India is lower than other parts of the world which researchers believe is because of the circumin in tumeric which they use liberally in curry. It is also believed to be an antioxidant and anti-inflammatory.

Dosage: 1-3 grams. Small doses are better, start with 1/4 teasp. twice a day or one rounded 1/2 teasp.
Recommendations are to take it with an anti-inflammatory oil such as coconut oil and with food. I have been taking it in hot tea and have noticed a huge reduction in knee pain that I've had for some time.

There are a few possible side effects.

Tuesday, February 7, 2017

Forever Painless by Miranda Esmonde-White

I've seen several programs on PBS (Public Broadcasting Station) featuring Miranda Esmonde-White. She suggests essentric training which uses the full range of muscles for more flexibility through stretching, rather than concentric exercises such as weight training, pilates and yoga, to rebalance your body.

Although the book is written for people who are suffering from chronic pain, she also stresses that essentric exercise will condition the body and help to limit the aging process (aging backwards).

You can find some of her exercises on her web site and also on You Tube.

Thursday, February 2, 2017

Alkaline vs. Acidic

I've been looking at the diets that promote a balance of alkaline (80%) to acidic (20%) foods.  Supposedly it puts less stress on your body and organs. A simple way to look at it is for every acidic food you eat, eat two portions of alkaline foods.

For example if you eat eggs for breakfast (acid producing) then add spinach (alkaline)

Before drinking a glass of white wine (acid producing) drink water with lemon (alkaline)

Try to avoid processed foods and eat as naturally as possible.

More information here

Sunday, January 29, 2017

Painful Blood Pressure Tests

I've noticed that since doctors have begun using the automatic blood pressure equipment that they have become increasingly painful and my blood pressure has been higher. The last doctor suggested prescribing blood pressure medicine if it remained high.

After doing some research I found that this is an increasing problem for people who have larger upper arms because the adult cuff is too small. In fact the one that was used yesterday (an adult one) was 2" smaller than my arm causing both pain and numbness in my fingers when it was expanded. Apparently many people have been prescribed medicine to lower blood pressure medicine when in fact it's the tight cuff and distress during the test that's causing their blood pressure to rise.

Take a look at the size chart and if you need a larger cuff tell the doctor. Ask them if you can look at the cuff to make sure it's the correct size. A one size doesn't fit all in this case. Also test your blood pressure at home to see if it coincides with the numbers resulting from a doctor office visit.

Read an article about cuff size here

Measure your upper arm before going to the doctor, write it down and take it with you showing both inches and centimeters. Check the cuff at the doctor's office. If your arm is more than 13.4 inches you will need the Adult Large Cuff.

  • Regular Adult Cuff: 27-34 cm, up to 13.4 inches
  • Adult Large Cuff: 35-44 cm, 13.8 inches to 17.3 inches
  • "Thigh" Cuff: 45-52 cm, 17.7 inches to 20.5 inches


Any information in this blog should not take the place of medical advice from a professional. I am simply sharing my journey.