Archive for February 2012
We can experience muscle pain for several different reasons. Strains from overdoing an activity and bruising. Cramps and spasms.
Fibromyalgia is not well understood. People experience tender spots and pain. These sites seem to move from place to place on a daily basis. There are no diagnostic tests currently to diagnose this condition. Fibromyalgia is very difficult for doctors to diagnose. Touching a member of my family, my little sister has the condition greatly affecting her daily activities.
An other condition given the name Myofascial Pain Syndrome or MPS. An other way of describing pain and inflammation in the muscles. This syndrome can be a source of chronic pain. This is interesting because the place the pain is felt may not be the source where the pain is generated. It’s called a trigger point and deemed referred pain. Not only triggered from a muscle but a ligament or tendon. May also vertebra and disks in the back.
Repetitive motion and general fatigue can be a contributor to this condition. On the opposite end lack of motion can be a factor.
There are more than 600 muscles in our bodies, voluntary and involuntary. Good muscle health begins with exercise and diet. Foods low in saturated fats, trans fats, cholesterol, salt (sodium), and added sugars. Fat-free or low-fat milk and dairy products. Fruits, vegetables, whole grains. Eggs, beans, fish, lean meats, nuts, and poultry.
Have a muscle cramp? Eat a banana.
Keeping our muscles healthy and in good shape is the first step to keeping our selves pain free. Knowing your boundaries during activity and exercise. When you do over do it and experience pain we have a top flight solution. No adverse side effects as when taking a pill. No waiting an hour for the relief to take effect. Revitalizing tissue and promoting healing.
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For many the older generation comes to mind when thinking of Arthritis. It is true the over 60 crowd deals with this joint inflammation problem but younger individuals are also affected. Being the second largest reason for disability for people over the age of 15. Heart disease being first.
Statistics show over 45 million people, in the United States alone, suffer with Arthritis and many more a diagnosed every year. There are three basic types, Osteoarthritis (OA), Rheumatoid Arthritis (RA), and Gout. Women seem to be affected more than men and 100′s of 1,ooo’s of children are diagnosed with the disease.
Dealing a large blow to the economy, 128 billion dollars is spent on doctor visits, hospitalizations and pharmaceuticals. Loss of work and disability.
The Arthritis Foundation was formed in 1948 and they continue to support research and educate people suffering from the disease.
Able to attack any joint in the body the inflammation does have a debilitating effect on everyday life. Even simple tasks become painful and, for some, impossible. As the swelling and pain continues decreased motion is a side effect. As the inflammation continues damage to joint cartilage accrues only to make matters worse.
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Cassius Clay known around the world as Muhammad Ali. The only boxer to win the heavyweight title three
He won the Gold Medal in the 1960 Olympic Games in Rome. He tossed his gold medal in the Ohio River after being refused serves in a restaurant in Louisville, Kentucky, his home town.
I’m not sure if he still has the house but Muhammad lived just down the road from where I live. Berrien Spring Michigan on the St. Joe River. The talk was that Al Capone owned the home at one time.
You were unable to see the home from the street but cruising down the river the back was in full view. He had many flags and banners flying on the property. Was neat to see.
My brother in-laws family owned an ice cream shop in Gailen Michigan and he would stop in there from time to time and buy the kids ice cream and sign autographs.
Also operating a camp in Vandalia Michigan for kids he really was right when he said “I Am The Greatest!”
Today is the anniversary of Cassius Clay knocking out Sonny Liston in the 7th round and winning the world heavyweight boxing championship . It was 1964.
I always enjoyed watching his fights. The interaction with Howard Cosell was always fun to watch.
Muhammad’s trainer, Angelo Dundee just passed away this month.
These days with the internet we can find recipes for anything anytime with a click or two.
Just like with a cookbook an addition or submission and the idea can become your own special dish.
I have several cookbooks. Most are old handed down from my grandmother. Some of the old recipes I don’t find anywhere else. I suppose if I looked harder I would find them on the net.
One of my favorite books comes from Rodale Press. You my know Organic Gardening magazine and other health and wellness magazines .
This is more than a cookbook. Called Stocking Up. Recipes, how to can, preserving meat, smoking. and just all kinds of information. It will take you back in time.
Actually today is the anniversary the first known cookbook wrote and published by an American. Amelia Simmons had her book published in 1796. She lived in Hartford, Connecticut. It is called American Cookery.
The full title of this book was American Cookery, or the art of dressing viands, fish, poultry, and vegetables, and the best modes of making pastes, puffs, pies, tarts, puddings, custards, and preserves, and all kinds of cakes, from the imperial plum to plain cake: Adapted to this country, and all grades of life.
The word viands means an item of food or a very choice or delicious dish. Sounds delicious.
There are only a couple first additions left to be found but reprints are out there to be found.
The National Media will usually start picking up on an issue
when a celebrity is touched by a problem.
We usually hear of addictions and rehab being a part of a famous individuals life. Weather it be a movie star, rock star ,or sports figure. A death become front page. I suppose they are just not willing to take on big business and the pharmaceutical companies. Prescription or over-the-counter drugs put 1.3 million Americans at risk of death each year.
The National Media has really grasped the story of the dangers of prescription drugs in light of Whitney Houston’s tragic death. They are standing up and taking notice to what prescription drugs are doing to people.
Of course in all of their reporting they have missed the fact that NSAIDs (Non Steroidal Anti-Inflammatory Drugs) are the number one killer among both prescription drugs and over-the-counter pain medications. Hopefully, somewhere along the line at least one reporter will discover the facts and expose that millions of unsuspecting people are at risk.
It is reported that over 30,00 people die in America alone from oral pain medications.
Alcohol and pain meds is one of the most dangerous combinations doing harm to our bodies. Besides the danger of overdose your liver is at its greatest risk. Your liver will always process the alcohol first leaving the composition of the medicine to lay in there and destroy liver cells.
We all love Whitney, her music and movies. Such a tragedy to lose such a beautiful soul at her young age. Her music will always be with us.
We will Always Love You Whitney!
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Physicians widely agree smoking increases the sensation of pain. This was the first question I was asked when my doctor was trying to diagnose the pain in my arm. He told me smoking has an effect on your threshold of pain.
Of course the health risks of smoking are well known. Some suffer from the same life threatening illnesses as smokers and never had a cigarette in their life. Can this all be blamed on second had smoke?
Very difficult to quite smoking, just ask me. I stopped for 2 1/2 years once. Why I started up again I’ll never understand.
Nicotine has an effect on your circulatory system.
Even though it increases heart rate and blood pressure there is a negative effect on the delivery of oxygen thought out the body. Lowering the movement of oxygen and carbon dioxide into and out of the cells.
This can slow the ability for healing.
I am an advocate for blood flow. Send the fuel to the engine. Smoking lowers the octane so to speech.
The toxins in cigarette smoke takes about 8 second to reach the brain. Affecting your nerves system that fast.
Pain sufferers should not smoke but this is true for all of us.
We carry this amazing tool kit around with us all the time. We use it millions of times a day. It has served us well since the dawn of humankind.
What is the only tool found in this kit? It’s our brain. Take good care of It!
Researchers say that male and female hormones affect brain development differently. Imaging technology has allowed us to look inside our bodies and show there are differences in the ways women and men feel pain, make social decisions, and cope with stress. For the most part, the brain and brain power between male and female are the same.
Studies show that we never lose the ability to learn and grow our brains. Only disease or injury can hinder the process.
Enjoy life. Stop and smell the flowers. Don’t worry, be happy. I know, easier said than done.
A few tips on keeping our brain happy and the tool kit in good condition.
Mental exercise and stimulation. Physical exercise also has a positive effect. Get the blood flowing. Blood flow is always a good thing. (unless you have a leak) Not only our brains suffer from inactivity. Many of our aliments can be diminished and even disappear with exercise and all its benefits.
Wild salmon and Sea Food. We always are hearing about Omega-3 and Essential Fatty Acids. Salmon is clearly one of the healthiest foods we can eat not only for our brains but the heart also. Improving your mood. Keeping your arteries clear. Lowering the risk of stroke, Dementia, and Alzheimer’s. There is a dilemma with salmon. Wild is the choice to make but they are being stressed by over fishing and lose of habitat. Farm raised are pumped full of hormones and antibiotics. I don’t eat any farm raised fish.
Chocolate. I’m not talking about the candy bars found in the check out lane. It has been over processed and lost most of the benefits. It is ran though an alkaline process that removes the good stuff. Dark is usually falls on the positive side.
Good quality Green Tea. Walnuts. Blueberries. Cranberries. Pomegranates. Acai berries Coffee is even on the list. Don’t forget the wine. Red wine.
This information is a good start. Clear out the cobwebs. Get moving and feed your tool kit. As theysay ”use it or lose it.”
Cinnamon can be found in most of our spice racks. If it’s really Cinnamon is the question.
Cinnamon Cassia is the real stuff. It is said most Americans have only tasted it’s cousin Cinnamomum cassia. It is cheaper so many companies use this instead. In the powder form reading the container is a must. If you buy the bark strips and grate your own it’s easy to tell. If it’s real the pieces curl from both ends. Not just one continuous curl from one end.
So many sweet deserts call for the flavor. Rolls, cobblers oatmeal, coffee cakes. pumpkin pie. baked apples or any fruit. Coffee and tea. Candy and gum. Breath mints. Sprinkled on toast with sugar. There are so many I could fill the whole page. My grandmother would take her left over pie crust and sprinkle it then bake it. A tasty treat when I was little.
There are also savory dishes that benefit from the spice. Squash, Beef, pork, lamb, and chicken. Try adding a little to your barbecue sauce. I recall the first time having beef stew where it was added. Different.
Therapeutically cinnamon is a good source of manganese, dietary fiber, iron, and calcium. High in antioxidants, it can increase energy and vitality levels, and improve blood circulation. Diabetics and benefit for it’s ability to promote sugar metabolism.
Said to help the common cold. Arthritis and digestive problems Even head lice.
Just the aroma has a positive effect. Aroma therapy. Especially in winter when the house gets dry I’ll boil some water to steam the place up. Adding a stick to the pot, the house smells so good.
Like any thing you can over do it. It is possible to overdose on the spice. Not a bad idea to ask your doctor of pharmacist about it.
Funny stuff. Look for the cinnamon challenge on You Tube.
Serving people affected by pain since 1997. The American Pain Foundation is an independent, nonprofit organization that serves people affected by pain.
Their mission is to educate, support and advocate for people affected by pain.
Add to their great work the Military and Veterans Pain Initiative. Reaching out to our mothers, fathers, sons, and daughters of the military who are dealing with pain and their loved ones.
Operating on contributions from individuals, corporations, and foundations any donation is greatly appreciated.
There is a lot of information here. Support groups and chat rooms.
There are over 200 million people dealing with pain in the US alone. Chances are you know at least one. Please pass this information on.
Jello became popular during the Victorian era. Believe it or not a carpenter and cough syrup manufacturer purchased the recipe and his wife added fruit flavors with the Jello name applied in 1897. Unable to find success with the product, Pearle Wait sold it for $450. In 1902 a advertisement was placed in the Ladies’ Home Journal and by 1904 it’s popularity soared.
My favorite way to have Jello is with cream cheese. I add fruit too.
Whip in the cream cheese before adding the cold water. After it’s been in the refrigerator and starting to set I’ll whip it again. All the air bubbles make it light a fluffy. Add fruit at this point and stir it in. The cream cheese will incorporate but some will float to the top. That’s the best part!
Today is Utah Jell-O Day. In 2001 Jello became the state desert. More Jello is consumed, by population, in the state of Utah than any where on earth.
Jello is fat free and does contain vitamin C. It has minimal amounts of vitamins and minerals. No dietary fiber and the carbohydrates do convert to sugar.
Have you tried the Champagne Jello?