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

Friday, January 20, 2017

GMO - Genetically Modified

While I don't like the idea of genetically modified seeds/plants I didn't think they could do much harm until I watched the movie Consumed (it's available on Netflix). Here's the basic rundown on GMOs. The only testing is done by the actual companies themselves (no government authorities). Seeds are modified to supposedly make them resistant to virus and pests and the companies are allowed to patent these seeds. The companies strictly enforce stopping the reuse of seeds which means that any farmers who inadvertently grow the seeds that wind or rain may have distributed from other farms, are sued for not paying for seeds that they don't want (organic farmers). Allergy related illnesses have doubled since the use of GMOs and many other illnesses have resulted. You can download a free book about making better choices for buying non-GMO foods here.

Note: The word "natural" on foods has no meaning. For instance Sanderson Farms has both the word natural on their labels and insists (in their ads) that by federal law there are no antibiotics in the chickens that leave the manufacturing plant. What they don't tell you is that they do use antibiotics,and as the law states are not used within a certain period of slaughtering in order to "flush" it from the meat. They have refused to stop using antibiotics.

There is a list of non-GMO companies here. Support companies who voluntarily show their products do not contain genetically modified foods.

Many countries require labeling on packages showing if they contain genetically modified food.
The U.S. at present does not.

Friday, December 30, 2016


The DASH diet is reported to lower hypertension, lower risk of stroke and diabetes. It is also compiled of foods easily accessible and easy to follow. By getting to a healthy weight and eating a balanced diet (back to the basics approach) it reduces risk of many chronic diseases.

Watch the Dr. Oz show for more information here.

Quick overall view of the DASH diet

Track Meals

Thursday, October 27, 2016

Eat Drink and be Healthy by Walter C. Willett, M.D.

Eat Drink and Be Healthy was written by Walter C. Willett, M.D. along with The Harvard School of Public Health. In the book he has compiled results of various studies including The Nurses' Health Study which looks into the cause of major chronic diseases.
Each chapter is broken down into diets (good and bad), fat intake, carbohydrates, protein, vitamins, calcium and is followed by recipes and menus.
He also recommends the Mediterranean Diet and DASH diet to reach a healthy weight and to fight high blood pressure.
This is a great book if you want to take an in depth look at the effect food has on your body and what your daily intake should be. He suggests the food pyramid that we are familiar with is incorrect and his book represents a new pyramid.
In summary:
Maintaining a stable, healthy weight
Replacing saturated and trans fats with unsaturated fats
Substituting whole grain carbohydrates for refined-grain carbohydrates
Choosing healthier sources of proteins by trading red meat for nuts, beans, chicken and fish
Eating plenty of vegetables and fruits
Using alcohol in moderation
Taking a daily multivitamin for insurance


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