inflammation

Acupuncture, Fitness

New Year’s Resolutions. Not always pain free.

It may seem like a double edged sword: fulfilling number one on the New Year’s resolution list, “Lose weight and exercise more”, cut to heal, foot, and joint pain. It is actually a blessing to work yourself toward health and fitness pain free. Most people complain of joint and back pain from the high impact of exercising (namely running or other compounding sports), or muscle soreness from pushing through a tough workout or a lack of quality stretching. People hang motivational posters of muscular athletes drenched in sweat with sayings such as, “It will hurt, take time, require dedication, willpower,

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Acupuncture, Digestion, Health, Meditation, Nutrition

Optimal Nutrition and Healing Habits: What to Eat Post Surgery or Hospital Stay

An article from the Human Nutrition, Applied Nutrition Journal and US National Library of Medicine National Institutes of Health reported that individuals/patients on a surgical, a medical, an accident service and an elective orthopedic ward were given foods that reflected a very low daily intake of iron and vitamins as compared to those recommended for healthy adults. When I worked in hospitals and rehabilitation centers in Florida and in California, I noticed that people recovering from major surgery, those battling cancer, patients that were recovering from pneumonia and those in hospital beds for chronic illnesses were given white bread, canned

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Children, Health, Skin

The Hidden Crap In Toliet Paper and Baby Wipes

I never really paid attention to the amazing luxury of toilet paper until I traveled abroad to Asia for a few years and realized that to most of the Chinese people, if you are out in public and need to use the restroom, you better be prepared and equipped with (1) money to use public restrooms and (2) your own toilet paper. In Japan and other parts of the world, they have bidets and wash cloths to hygienically clean yourself after bowel movements. I think it is very important to bring attention to the topic of toilet paper because it

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Health

Probiotics and Prebiotics: Defense Against Infectious Diseases

What are probiotics and prebiotics? According to the World Health Organization and Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations, probiotics is defined as “living microorganism which, when administered in adequate amounts, confer health benefits to the host.” These microorganisms are usually bacteria and are sometimes referred to as “healthy”, “friendly”, “good” or “beneficial” bacteria. As many as 100 trillion bacteria belonging to more than 400 species in the intestinal flora, aid digestion through the production of enzymes, stimulate the immune system, produce antimicrobial substances, and compete against invading micro-organisms3. Probiotics help fortify the population of beneficial bacteria in the

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Health

Carpal Tunnel Syndrome: Symptoms and Treatments

Carpal tunnel syndrome is generally caused by repetitive finger and hand use (especially with improper positioning). A nerve called the median nerve becomes compressed as it passes through the carpal tunnel, the narrow passageway of bones and ligaments on the underside of the wrist. Conditions such as obesity, pregnancy, hypothyroidism, arthritis, and diabetes can also cause carpal tunnel syndrome. Symptoms usually start gradually, with frequent burning, tingling, or itching numbness in the palm of the hand and the fingers, especially the thumb and the index and middle fingers. Some carpal tunnel sufferers say their fingers feel useless and swollen, even

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Health

What’s Wrong with Wheat & Why Is It Making Us FAT?

What is so wrong with wheat? It is certainly marketed as the healthier, better for your heart, filled with fiber, and NOT the evil “white” bread alternative. The majority of people do not know this, but wheat, along with rye and barley, contain a family of gluten proteins that create long-term digestive problems for nearly everyone. Yes, it is the gluten in wheat and most grains that is to blame for so many chronic and life altering diseases, such as, arthritis , cancer, depression, dermatitis herpetiformis (intensely itchy, blistering hives), lupus, manic depression, migraine headaches, osteoporosis, and other neurological diseases

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Health, Skin

Natural Cures for Skin Disorders – Part 1: Rosacea

Do you find yourself with an embarrassing skin affliction and are reluctant to go out in public because of it? You are not alone. There are many natural ways to combat skin problems which all start from educating yourself and nutrition! This is a three part skin condition series that will help to clear up those uncomfortable and irritating skin complications and questions. (more…)

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Health, Nutrition

Eat Right For Your Blood Type Review

The Eat Right for Your Type diet encourages people to eat certain foods and avoid others based on their blood type -- A, B, AB, or O. Peter J. D'Adamo, a naturopathic doctor and the author of Eat Right for Your Type: The Individualized Diet Solution to Staying Healthy, Living Longer & Achieving Your Ideal Weight, believes blood types not only affect the digestive system, but that a person’s blood type also determines their susceptibility to certain illnesses and how they should eat and exercise. (more…)

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Health

Foods that Trigger Rheumatoid Arthritis Flare-Ups

Rheumatoid Arthritis (RA) is a chronic disease in which the lining of the joints becomes inflamed to such an extent that pain and inability to function are the result. Because the cells of the immune system play an important role in this chronic inflammatory process, Rheumatoid Arthritis is typically classified as an autoimmune disease. The disease begins in cycles as symptoms first come and go, but eventually they become constant. Over time, the joints may become deformed and unable to move. In addition to causing a great deal of pain, Rheumatoid Arthritis also causes significant disability and interferes with normal

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Health, Skin

Top Foods that Trigger Acne

Acne is caused by overproduction of sebum--an oily substance--by sebaceous glands that lie under the skin, other irritants and bacteria. Excess amounts of sebum or other irritants accumulate and block hair pores of the skin. Bacteria then infect the cells and tissues that block the pore. Foods or substances that cause irritation or inflammation, increase bacteria or boost production of sebum can trigger acne. While research results are mixed, there are many clinical reports and well-designed studies that support the contention that food can trigger acne. While it does not seem that acne is a food-related problem, oily and sugary

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