Hello there GlobalMusic4 Life fans. Did you have a great summer and fall? Yes, it is officially winter when Buffalo, New York gets 75 inches of snow in 2 days. Ouch! Leave that madness out east. I love snow but in one or two inch increments.
The cold weather brings about a myriad of health complaints. Yours truly actually likes the cold weather and thinks it is a chance for snuggling and romance. However since I am between romances now, I am full of the “ba hum bug” spirit. I need somewhere warm to go. I would say Atlanta but heck they get cold too. Dry skin, chapped lips, brittle hair, and of course arthritis based aches and pains. These are all signs that winter is officially here. (When was fall? YOU don’t get the fall! The leaves turned colors in September and October, no more cool fall sweaters for you, get the coats out! ) In Chicago the old saying is that there are two seasons, winter and construction. Well, next year is an election year so construction is edging into winter’s time. Nothing worse for us crusty folks than driving over raggedy streets covered in ice and snow.
Ok, I went on a tangent. Sorry about that. I am a blogger not a journalist.
Today’s topic is arthritis. I am not a doctor or health care professional: disclaimer. However I did a bit of research into this wacky illness or condition and learned a few things which I would like to share with you. Pay attention, because chances are good that you or someone you love will have it, eventually.
In America, approximately 47 million people have arthritis. That is a lot considering that there are only about 330 million folks here. It is considered the number one disability in the United States. With those numbers, you basically have it hitting every family. Some see it as a natural thing that just happens to old people. It is like grey hair and bad eyesight, they feel if you live long enough, it is unavoidable.
What is Arthritis?
Arthritis is an inflammation of one or more of your joints. It worsens with age. It is not caused by a specific “thing” i.e. bacteria or virus or gene. It has been shown it does run in some families, no one is 100% sure why.
There are two major categories of arthritis.
They are Osteoarthritis and Rheumatoid arthritis.
Osteoarthritis: Most common of the two
Caused by cartilage breaking down that covered the top portion of your bones where two bones meet
Rheumatoid Arthritis: Caused by an autoimmune disease
Affects the joints between bones called the synovia
Leads to joint erosion
Arthritis can arise from too many uric acid crystals in the body (the cause of gout)
It can also stem from infectious diseases that cause inflammation like psoriasis and lupus.
There are different sub types of arthritis including Juvenile Rheumatoid Arthritis, Septic Arthritis, basal joint arthritis, and reactive arthritis (which is rarer but can clear up on its own when the prevailing infection is cleared up)
Ok so you have arthritis, or someone you love has it. And as they same on TV’s Game of Thrones “Winter is coming and the night is full of terrors” Well actually winter is here and the cold temperatures and the lowered barometric pressure has my back screaming. There are of course solutions. No, sorry no cures. However, you can get some level of relief depending on your other medical conditions and how severe your particular case of arthritis is.
- Understand your health and medical condition: Know what kind of medical issues you have and their underlying causes. Look for natural and pharmaceutical remedies and treatments
- Eat well: If you are overweight, losing excess pounds will help reduce stress on load bearing joints, it even helps on hands and etc. as well. If you are underweight, make sure you get enough nutrition. A balance diet provides the body with the ammunition it needs to fight off inflammation. It has been said that apples, dark grapes, tart cherries (dark), and even broccoli help fight inflammation. Oily fish like salmon, tuna, trout, herring, and mackerel are good. Look for foods that are high in Omega 3 fats. Not Omega 6, they are naughty. Canola and Olive oil yes, lard and corn oil are no. Nuts, Cocoa, Cranberries are some of the foods on the anti-inflammation team. Generally a well-balanced diet like me and your doctor are always lecturing you about. (I know this yet still I sit here and lust after some red lobster biscuits, so good to be bad… maybe with some steamed broccoli?)
- Exercise: find someone who knows what your limits should be and at least do moderate exercise. Look into learning about what physical therapy may help whatever area you have arthritis in.
- Alternative therapies and medicines: Acupuncture and electro-acupuncture are known to help some people. Glucosamine sulfate and Chondroitin sulfate are thought to help with pain and slow down the progress of arthritis. They have no major side effects. I have been taken a supplement for 2 years. I couldn’t say if it helps or not 100% but I have not gotten worse and it does not clash with the pharmaceuticals I take. I am usually the side effect queen.
Fish oil, rose hips, ginger concentrate, and a product made from soybeans and avocados – ASU, are said to be moderately helpful. Some people I the southwest proclaim that yucca is helpful too. Again not “clinically proven” meaning no one spent a million bucks on a double blind study. However it has been used by Natives for centuries. Hmmm. I saw some at the grocery store, I may have to try it.
You also have chiropractors, physical therapists, hot and cold treatments, and water therapy.
- Pharmaceuticals: Well I am a firm believer in better living through chemistry. We have the standard NSAIDS, like Alleve, which I should own stock in, corticosteroid injections, creams, and when all else fails – surgery. Sorry surgery doesn’t cure it as much as effectively treat it, sometimes.
How do fight your arthritis? Let me know! (Seriously folks!) I am at MsMelissa@melissaweblog.com
Currently, my sponsor, GlobalMusic4 Life Inc., is having a crowdfunding campaign on Fundly.com. Our goal is to reach 1 million dollars. That is a huge goal. We are feeling quite big! However our job is big. The goal is to pay off expenses and put give away 200,000 copies of Dr. Kiki Hurt, M.D.‘s book Save Your Own Life: Mini Medical School. How the body works; When to seek medical attention. GlobalMusic4 Life is a 501(3)c nonprofit so donations are tax deductible. Dawn M. Joseph co-authored the book and put in great pictures and tables with an easy to read layout. We are currently selling it on Amazon, itunes, and google play as well as the GlobalMusic4 Life website. Sells are not brisk, it’s not a book about freaky sex like 50 shades, or about a fantasy world like Harry Potter (both great books, I loved HP, JKR is my hero) but it is a great book.
“Save Your Own Life” contains basic information you should know about the human body, hospitals, medical specialties, and more. In the back there are tables where you can type in important medical data. You have space to type in current and past doctors, surgeries, allergies, cardiac device information, and much more. The book is listed as 24.99 on Amazon and google play (to cover the money they charge to sell them) and 8.99 on itunes and www.globalmusic4life.com The proceeds will benefit GlobalMusic4 Life Inc. The softbacks will be available soon. However for instant gratification, the .pdf, iBook, and android app version are available for immediate download. I did this and just printed out the tables and wrote the info on them. That way any new doctor or health care practitioner has instant access to my information. I also typed in information on my iPad and android tablets (You know I love tech)
See the links below. I even have a video with me showing the publisher’s copy of the book. Check out the links and if you have questions, contact me at MelissaMitchell@globalmusic4life.com
Love and Light,
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GlobalMusic4 Life crowdfunding fund raiser
Me showing Save Your Own Life.. on Youtube
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