Posted in Awareness, Food, Health

Is part of our pain associated with the junk in our food?

Did you know there are over 2,000 food additives in our food supply, many of which have not been tested for safety, and the average American consumes three to five pounds of these chemicals a year.

Would you ever eat weed killer? I bet you are and didn’t even know it. Dipping raw veggies into hummus is one of my favorite snacks. It’s a combo of protein and fiber to keep from craving junk. But recently info came out that rocked the hummus world. Environmental Working Group (EWG) tested popular hummus brands and found the chemical glyphosate in 90% of them.

If you don’t know what glyphosate is, this is the active ingredient in Roundup Weed Killer. And, this chemical is strongly linked to cancer and many health issues.

Link to see which brands – https://www.ewg.org/research/glyphosate-hummus/

Why is the U.S.A always allowing chemicals in our food? This has to stop. Artificial dyes, flavors, pesticides.

Glyphosate is the main ingredient in the weed-killer Roundup® and is the most widely used chemical herbicide in history. Chances are, this chemical is in at least some of the food you’ll eat today, even if that food is organic, non-GMO, and ‘natural’

We need to start being more like European countries like Netherlands, Germany, and ban all chemicals and GMO foods.

It in my opinion is killing us, from the inside out.

And food shipments/imports from other countries like Mexico, China,

The very best way to sidestep artificial ingredients is to eat whole foods as much as possible. But, chances are, even if you’re already eating a (mostly) whole foods diet, some processed foods are sneaking their way in. And in that case, reading labels is invaluable. Food companies use more than 3,000 food additives in their packaged products, including preservatives, flavorings and colors–some being worse than others.

Artificial Ingredients to Avoid

To help you understand the what’s what of this somewhat murky landscape, our coaches share the top 10 food ingredients to avoid and why:

https://www.eatthis.com/worst-food-additives/

Artificial Sweeteners

What are artificial sweeteners?

Artificial sweeteners are synthetic sugar substitutes, but may be derived from naturally occurring substances, including herbs or sugar itself. They are also know as “intense sweeteners” because they are many times sweeter than regular sugar.

Artificial sweeteners examples:

  • Acesulfame Potassium – Sunnett, Sweet One
  • Aspartame – Nutrasweet, Equal
  • Neotame
  • Saccharin – Sweet ‘N Low, Sweet Twin, Sugar Twin
  • Sucralose – Splenda
  • High fructose corn syrup (HFCS)
  • (See a complete list of artificial sweeteners here.)

Reasons to avoid artificial sweeteners:

  • Causes weight gain and weight-loss resistance
  • Decreases the beneficial bacteria in our digestive tract; this may also negatively impact the immune system
  • Increases sugar cravings
  • May cause blood sugar disturbances; although artificial sweeteners don’t elevate blood sugar levels, insulin is still released in response to the sweet taste; and since there is no sugar to actually “clear” from the bloodstream, this can lead to hypoglycemia (which sends a message to our brain to eat more calories)
  • HFCS has been linked to increased inflammation, obesity, increased LDL (“bad”) cholesterol levels, and development of diabetes.

What foods have artificial sweeteners?:

  • Diet sodas and other beverages
  • Sugar free foods (such as jello, ice cream, cookies, etc.)
  • Sugar-free gum
  • Yogurt
  • Premade shakes and protein powders
  • Energy drinks
  • Bread products (granola bars, cereal)
  • Condiments, sauces and dressings
  • Candy

Healthy alternatives for artificial sweeteners:

  • Fresh fruit 😍
  • Stevia (in the raw, 100% stevia-leaf extract form)
  • Monk fruit sweetener

Trans Fats

What are artificial trans fats?

Trans fat, or trans-fatty acids, is a type of unsaturated fat that made from vegetable fats (usually under the name partially hydrogenated vegetable oil) for use in things like margarine, snack foods (crackers, chips, etc.) and any fried and fast foods.

Reasons to avoid artificial trans fats:

Trans fat is very pro-inflammatory, which is a known culprit in most modern-day chronic diseases, including diabetes, heart disease and cancer. The link between trans fats and these diseases is strong, it’s best to avoid them completely. Check ingredients labels of packaged foods carefully: if the ingredients list includes “hydrogenated” or “partially hydrogenated” oil, the product contains trans fat. Nutrition labeling rules allow for a product to say it has zero grams of trans fat if the amount per serving is .5 grams or less. So even if the label says “zero” trans fat per serving, if there are multiple servings in a package and you eat the whole package, you’ll be consuming a few grams of trans fat. Focus on eating healthy fats instead, including avocados, avocado oil, nuts, nut butters, seeds, olives and olive oil.

3. Artificial Colors

What artificial food colors?

Artificial food colors are chemical dyes used to color food and drinks.  They cause hyperactivity and behavioral problems in some children (and reduction of IQ), and some have been shown to cause cancer in laboratory animals. They’re found in many cereals, cakes, candy, bakery products, drinks, vitamins and pharmaceuticals.

What artificial food colors to avoid:

  • Blue #1 and Blue #2 (E133) – Banned in Norway, Finland, and France. May cause chromosomal damage. Some food products that use artificial dyes include: candy, cereal, soft drinks, sports drinks and pet foods.
  • Red dye # 3 and Red #40 (E124) – Banned in 1990 from use in many foods and cosmetics after eight years of debate. However, this dye continues to be on the market until supplies run out. It has been proven to cause thyroid cancer and chromosomal damage in laboratory animals and may also interfere with brain-nerve transmission. It’s found in fruit cocktail, maraschino cherries, cherry pie mix, ice cream, candy, bakery products and more.
  • Yellow #6 (E110) and Yellow Tartrazine (E102) – Banned in Norway and Sweden. Increases the number of kidney and adrenal gland tumors in laboratory animals and may cause chromosomal damage. It’s found in American cheese, macaroni and cheese, candy, carbonated beverages, lemonade and more.

4.  BHA and BHT

What are BHA and BHT?

Butylated hydroxyanisole (BHA) and butylated hydroxytoluene (BHT) are common preservatives that keeps foods from changing color, flavor or becoming rancid. They’re found in many breakfast cereals (including most Kellogg’s varieties), as well as snack foods,  enriched rice, lard and shortening, chewing gum, pies, cakes, jello and processed meats.

Reasons to avoid BHA and BHT:

BHA and BHT affect the neurological system of the brain, alter behavior and have been linked to cancer.

5. Artificial Flavors

What are artificial flavors?

When food is processed, it loses its natural flavor, and when it sits on a store shelf for weeks, its natural chemicals begin to deteriorate, reducing its shelf life. Artificial flavors are additives designed to mimic the taste of natural ingredients. They are a cheap way for manufacturers to make something taste like cherries, for example, without actually using any real cherries. Artificial flavors can be tricky because food companies aren’t required to be more specific than the phrase “artificial flavors.”  So, if you see it listed on a package, you won’t know if it’s one additive or a whole variety of them. For this reason, in an ideal world, it’s best to skip them altogether. Artificial flavors can be found in many drinks (including fruit juice “blends”), flavored yogurt, salad dressings, candy, gum, baked goods snack foods and more.

Reasons to avoid artificial flavors:

I am guilty of this but I am trying to get off the artificial sweetener and stick to stevia.

An artificial flavor called diacetyl, which is used to flavor microwave popcorn and is also used in potato and corn chips and crackers, has been linked to Alzheimer’s disease. Other possible symptoms include nausea, dizziness, headaches, fatigue and seizures. Without labeling the specific ingredients in artificial flavors, identifying the root cause of your symptom(s) can be nearly impossible.

6. MSG

What is MSG?

Hydrolyzed protein, autolyzed yeast and monosodium glutamate (MSG) are all harmful “excitotoxins.” They are put in foods to fool the tongue into thinking the food tastes better. Look out for anything that’s “hydrolyzed” and any ingredient that contains the word “protein” (whey protein isolate, textured protein, etc.)

Reasons to avoid MSG:

MSG is linked to skin rashes, asthma attacks, depression, mood swings and more. It affects the neurological pathways of the brain and disengages the “I’m full” function, which can lead to weight gain.

7.  Sodium Nitrate and Sodium Nitrite

What are sodium nitrate and sodium nitrite?

Sodium nitrate (or sodium nitrite) is used as a preservative, coloring and flavoring in bacon, ham, hot dogs, lunch meats, corned beef, smoked fish and other processed meats. (It makes meats appear red.)

Reasons to avoid sodium nitrate and sodium nitrite:

This ingredient is highly carcinogenic once it enters the human digestive system. It forms a variety of nitrosamine compounds that damage the liver and pancreas.

8. Sulfur Dioxide

What is sulfur dioxide?

Sulfur additives are toxic and are prohibited on raw fruits and vegetables in the United States. It’s still found in beer, soft drinks, dried fruit, juices, cordials, wine, vinegar and processed potato products.

Reasons to avoid sulfur dioxide:

Sulfur dioxide can cause bronchial problems, particularly in those prone to asthma, hypotension (low blood pressure), flushing, tingling sensations and other allergic reactions. It also destroys vitamins B1 and E. It is not recommended for consumption by children.

9. Potassium Bromate

What is potassium bromate?

Potassium Bromate is an additive used to increase volume in some bread products.

Reasons to avoid potassium bromate:

It’s known to cause cancer in animals and is banned in Europe, China, Canada and Brazil. But you’ll still find it in some U.S.-made breads and bakery products, possibly listed as bromated flour.

10. Brominated Vegetable Oil (BVO)

What is brominated vegetable oil (BVO)?

BVO is a food additive sometimes used to keep citrus flavoring from separating in some sodas and sports drinks.

Reasons to avoid brominated vegetable oil (BVO):

BVO builds up in fatty tissue and has been shown to cause heart damage in animals. It’s banned in Europe, India and Japan. It can still be found in the United States in some Gatorade products, Mountain Dew and other beverages containing citrus flavorings.


References

Newsweek https://www.newsweek.com/2021/12/17/americans-are-addicted-ultra-processed-foods-its-killing-us-1656977.html

Eat this https://www.eatthis.com/worst-food-additives/

Independent.com / uk. https://www.independent.co.uk/news/health/fat-obesity-arthritis-junk-food-probiotic-knee-cartilage-wear-inflammation-study-a8312366.html?amp

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May Is Arthritis Awareness Month

The month of May is recognized each year as National Arthritis Awareness Month. The significance of this observation is to bring attention to a condition that currently affects over 53 million Americans and is expected to grow to over 67 million people by the year 2030.

I will post about various forms of arthritis throughout the month of May.

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How to Stop Spam Robocalls from Clogging up Your Phone

Had to Share this – I saw this online and was very interesting. I did not write this just sharing this article-I changed the picture because i did not have permission,but this article is too good not to share-

How to Stop Spam Robocalls from Clogging up Your Phone

In 2019, the FCC passed a measure to help block the annoying (and illegal) calls.

Good Housekeeping

  • Rachel Rothman
Photo by Hasan Albari on Pexels.com

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Gone are the days I used to be excited when hearing my phone ring. Is it a friend, family member, or perhaps a colleague? Nope — just another scammer offering a “free” vacation in the Bahamas or a machine demanding payment for “unpaid medical fees.” When I think about it, I might actually receive more scam calls than actual calls.

The reality for millions of Americans is that we receive way too many robocalls on a daily basis. Nearly 48 billion robocalls were made in the US last year, and they certainly aren’t going anywhere anytime soon.


Wait, what are Robocalls and How Do They Work?

Often, a computer program leverages voice over internet protocol (VOIP) to call you quickly and cheaply. A computer-generated number comes up on your phone, which is often made to appear like yours to prompt you to answer. This technique, known as spoofing, disguises the identity of the call origin and instead makes it show up as an unknown or generic number (like 123456789).

FYI: Robocalls can also show up as real numbers that belong to someone else. That means if you ignore the call but dial it back later, you might reach someone who has no idea their number was misused.


What is the FCC Doing about Robocalls?

Good news: The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) is taking some major steps to reduce the amount of illegal and unwanted calls. On June 6, 2019, the FCC unanimously passed a new measure that would help block robocalls. The ruling would allow carrier companies (like T-Mobile and Verizon) to automatically block illegal and unwanted calls before they reach consumers’ phones. Previously, carriers were allowed to block certain calls — but only after a subscriber agreed to opt in. Under the new measure, carriers can now do so without the consumers’ permission.

Like most things that seem too good to be true, there’s a catch: Carrier companies are not required to provide blocking services free of charge, meaning you might have to pay extra for it. Also, automated calls from legitimate companies (like reminders from your doctor’s office or an airline) may be blocked too. Credit, banking, and healthcare groups are advocating for change to make sure their auto-generated (and legitimate) calls can still get through.

With or without these new changes, there are still plenty of steps you can take to block these unwanted calls.


How to Stop Robocalls for Good

The most important thing you can do to stop robocalls is not answer any unknown numbers. If you answer a robocall, you’ll be put onto a VIP list of people that the scammers know are more likely to pick up. Then, you could actually be passed onto a real person who may try to solicit information from you or trick you into buying something.

To be safe, let unknown calls go to voicemail and see what the message is. While you can often block specific numbers, it usually isn’t helpful since the number can easily change on the next robocall.

If you think you’re receiving robocalls, you can:

  • File a complaint with the FCC, noting the time and date of the call, the number that appeared, a description of the message, and your number.
  • Sign up for the National Do Not Call (DNC) Registry, so it becomes illegal for telemarketers to call you. (It’s not foolproof, but it’s an easy first step.)
  • Download a robocall blocking app from your cell phone carrier or a third-party.
  • Utilize the “Do Not Disturb” function on your iPhone or Android — scroll down for step-by-step instructions.

The Best Robocall Blocking Apps and Tools

AT&T Call Protect: A call-blocking app for AT&T customers that detects and blocks calls from likely fraudsters, identifies telemarketers and other suspected spam calls, and lets you block unwanted calls by number. Available on iOS and Android for free.

Sprint Premium Caller ID: A service that allows Sprint customers to identify unknown callers by name and get warnings on spam calls. Activate from your Sprint account for $3 a month.

T-Mobile Scam Block: A default-off tool that prevents T-Mobile customers from receiving scam calls. Activate from your T-Mobile account, in the latest Name ID app, or dial #622# from your T-Mobile phone. Offered to customers at no extra cost.

Verizon Call Filter: An app that blocks and silences unwanted calls for Verizon customers based on risk level. Available on iOS and Android for free.

RoboKiller: When someone calls you and their number is verified as spam from RoboKiller’s database, your phone won’t ring. Instead you will get a number that notifies you someone has been blocked. The difference between this spam blocking app and others is that it answers the call with a pre-recorded message, wasting the scammer’s time. Available on iOS and Android with a 7-day free trial, then $4 a month or $30 a year.

Hiya: An app that blocks any numbers and texts you want to avoid. Other services include blocking calls, blacklisting unwanted phone numbers, reverse searching incoming call information, and receiving spam alerts. Available on iOS and Android for free.


How to Stop Robocalls on iPhones

By using Apple’s Do Not Disturb feature, you’ll only be notified for calls and texts from your contacts. All other numbers will be silenced and delivered in the background. Here’s how to use it:

  1. Go to Settings →
  2. Do Not Disturb →
  3. Allow Call From →
  4. Select “All Contacts”

How to Stop Robocalls on Androids

Similar to iPhones, Android phones have a similar Do Not Disturb feature that silences sounds and other notifications from any number outside of your contacts. Here’s how to use it:

  1. Go to Sound →
  2. Do Not Disturb →
  3. Exceptions →
  4. Select “Calls From Contacts”

Rachel Rothman is the chief technologist and director of engineering at the Good Housekeeping Institute, where she oversees testing methodology, implementation, and reporting for all labs.

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Happy Easter

The miracle of the resurrection, described in the Bible, is the most important miracle of the Christian faith. When Jesus Christ rose from the dead on the first Easter morning, he showed people that the hope he proclaimed in his Gospel message was real, and so was God’s power at work in the world, believers say

When Jesus rose from the dead, grief departed, and His suffering—so wrenching and complete—became a thing of the past. 

At the moment of Christ’s resurrection, His focus, and ours, turned to the future.

The miraculous lesson of Easter is this: Through Jesus’ death on the Cross, we have been granted a second chance. 

We have permission to leave our old lives behind and focus on the new day, with all its potential for joy and choices that honor God.

Have you accepted Jesus as your Lord and Savior? If not, Easter is the perfect time to ask Him into your heart and your life. 

Stop reliving the past and beating yourself up over all the mistakes you’ve made. The slate has been wiped clean! Jesus loves you, he wants you to pray, he wants you to talk to him believe in him because he is real.

Jesus is right beside you. When you think your going through something and feel alone Jesus is walking with you.

Jesus is not a character in the Bible story he is just as real today as he was thousands of years ago…Scripture says he went to be seated at the right hand of God. He advocates for us, our intercessor, our mediator our Savior and our King.

READ Hebrews Chapters 7-9 it tells us what Jesus did after his resurrection:

Make a decision to paint a new life for yourself, bright with the colors of redemption, grace and renewal. 

Jesus loves you. Happy Easter!

I am sharing this powerful hopeful song with you, its not my song the singer is Chris Tomlin – Jesus

Lyrics: There is a truth older than the ages

There is a promise of things yet to come There is one, born for our salvation Jesus There is a light that overwhelms the darkness

There is a kingdom that forever reigns There is freedom from the chains that bind us Jesus, Jesus Who walks on the waters Who speaks to the sea Who stands in the fire beside me He roars like a lion He bled as the lamb

He carries my healing in his hands Jesus There is a name I call in times of trouble There is a song that comforts in the night There is a voice that calms the storm that rages He is Jesus, Jesus Who walks on the waters Who speaks to the sea Who stands in the fire beside me He roars like a lion He bled as the lamb

He carries my healing in his hands Jesus Messiah, my Saviour There is power in Your name You’re my rock and, my redeemer There is power in Your name In Your name You walk on the waters You speak to the sea You stand in the fire beside me You roar like a lion You bled as the lamb

You carry my healing in Your hands God, you walk on the waters You speak to the sea You stand in the fire beside me You roar like a lion You bled as the lamb You carry my healing in Your hands Jesus There is no one like you Jesus There is no one like you

Music video by Chris Tomlin performing Jesus. (C) 2016 sixstepsrecords/Sparrow Records

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Understanding Chronic Pain

Understanding chronic pain

When you get injured, or experience sudden pain for other reasons, that’s referred to as acute pain. It’s basically the initial response to stubbing your toe or scraping your knee,burned hand when removing something from the oven. You feel it immediately, and the pain fades quickly. 

A moderate or severe injury can certainly cause you to feel pain for longer periods of time (up to six months), but overall, once it’s gone, you don’t generally experience it again. 

However, if you feel the same pain for extended periods of time (generally over three months), that pain becomes chronic. And managing it will mean examining what may be causing your pain to persist.

Types of chronic pain

Most types of pain can become chronic over time, especially if it’s connected to a condition that hasn’t been treated, or has persistent pain as a symptom. Any of these types of pain can become chronic:

Nociceptive pain

Your nociceptors are pain sensors located in numerous areas of your body, including your skin and internal organs. When you feel pain from tissue injury or inflammation, it’s because these sensors send electrical impulses to your brain. This is the most common type of pain, and includes headaches, arthritis, osteonecrosis, spondylolisthesis and fibromyalgia.

Somatic pain

This actually refers to a specific type of nociceptive pain which is detected by sensory nerves in muscle, skin, and soft tissue. This type of pain is more focused on muscles, joints, connective tissue, and bones, which means most injuries from physical activity or overexertion will fall under somatic pain.

Visceral pain

This is another type of nociceptive pain, but its focus is on your body’s internal organs. Since these nerves are not as widespread as the somatic or other nociceptive areas, visceral pain can be harder to localize. 

This means your pain may be felt in the tissue surrounding the actual area affected. Bladder pain,, irritable bowel syndrome , and endometriosis are types of visceral pain.

Neuropathic pain

This stabbing, shooting, or burning pain is caused by nerve disturbances and spontaneous pain signals sent to your spinal cord and brain through your nerves. Types of nerve damage or nerve irritation include diabetic neuropathy and sciatica.

Psychogenic pain

This is pain caused by psychological disorders, like depression or anxiety. Psychogenic pain can cause fatigue, muscle aches and pains, and can be more difficult to treat than the other types of pain.

Idiopathic pain

This is the term used for pain that has no discernible cause, and can be found in people with pre-existing pain disorders like idiopathic osteonecrosis, fibromyalgia and temporomandibular jaw (TMJ) disorders. Whatever the cause of your chronic pain, we have many treatment options to help you feel better and experience less chronic episodes. So, if you’re ready to be freed from the chronic pain you’re enduring, call your pcp or seek a referral for pain management

Posted in Arthritis, Awareness, Pain

The Science and Humanity of Pain Zoom Event – with Dr.Sue Curfman PT, DHSC, MTC, OCS

You don’t have to live in Boardman Ohio to be a member of the LIVE Yes Connect group. The benefits are you get first hand info of all speakers and upcoming events.

Virtual Event

  • Saturday April 23rd 2022 11:00 AM
  • through
  • Saturday April 23rd 2022 12:30 PM

Boardman Ohio LIVE YES Connect Virtual Zoom Event 

The Science and Humanity of Pain Dr. Sue Curfman PT, DHSC, MTC, OCS Associate Professor at Belmont University will join us to talk about The Science of Pain, and how pain can effect our well being – Understanding how pain can go from useful, to overwhelming and debilitating learn ways to help our pain We will also have a Q&A: your questions are welcome. Dr. Curfman has been teaching physical therapy for over 30 years, primarily in the areas of anatomy, kinesiology and orthopedics and joined the Belmont University School of Physical Therapy in 2021. Her research interests focus primarily in the areas of teaching and learning, pain neuroscience education and physical therapy care of women with breast cancer.

Register for the free event – and the Zoom link will be provided 24 hours before the event.

Posted in Delicious, Food Is Thy Medicine, Health, Recipes

Farm-Style Soup

Farm-Style Soup

Serves 6

Ingredients

4. medium carrots diced

3 medium parsnips diced

1 medium sweet potato diced

1 medium potato diced

3 bay leaves

4 parsley stalks

3 thyme sprigs

1 tablespoon olive oil

1 medium yellow onion, peeled and roughly chopped

1/4 cup leek sliced thin

2 fat cloves garlic, crushed and finely chopped

2 cups vegetable stock

1/2 cup evaporated skim milk

Salt

Black peppercorns, freshly ground

Extra parsley, chopped, for garnish

Directions

  • Scrub carrots and parsnips; peel one of each. Cut peeled vegetables into half-inch dice. Roughly chop the rest.
  • Peel sweet potato; roughly chop. Tie bay leaves, parsley stalks and thyme into a bunch with string.
  • Pour oil in sauté pan over medium-high heat. Add roughly chopped vegetables and onion; shallow-fry for about 3 minutes, continuously stirring. Add garlic and fry for 1 more minute, continuously stirring. 
  • Add 1 and a 1/2 cups vegetable stock and bunch of herbs. Simmer until softened, 15 to 20 minutes; remove herbs. While onion mixture is simmering, add diced carrots and parsnips and remaining stock to another saucepan; simmer until just cooked, about 12 minutes.
  • Put onion mixture into blender; whiz until smooth. Pour into empty saucepan. 
  • For velvet sauce, take 1 cup of blended onion mixture; return it to blender. Add evaporated skim milk. Blend at highest speed for at least 2 minutes (until glossy). Pour into pitcher or gravy boat.
  • Stir diced carrots and parsnips into remaining blended onion mixture; season with salt and pepper to taste. Shortly before serving, bring soup to a boil. Serve dusted with chopped parsley and with velvet sauce on the side, as a topper.

Nutrients per serving: 182 calories, 5g protein, 33g carbohydrates, 6g fiber, 4g fat

Posted in Arthritis, Awareness

Awareness JA World Day March 18,2022

March 18th

The biggest date in the calendar for raising awareness of Juvenile Arthritis (JA) and other childhood rheumatic conditions

Hard to imagine that this very second somewhere in the world and even near you there is a child who dreams to hop skip jump and play like other kids their do.

They dream of living a life that should be pain free, they wish they didn’t have to take daily injections or pills some even have infusion treatments that can last several hours.

Multiply that child 300,000, and you start to get the picture of how prevalent this little-known childhood disease is in our nation today. That number is about equal to the entire population of St. Louis or Cincinnati.

Globally approximately 3 million children and young adults are suffering from JIA with prevalence rates consistently higher in girls.

What are the causes of juvenile arthritis? The cause of juvenile arthritis is unknown. As with most autoimmune diseases, individual cases of JIA are likely due to a combination of genetic factors, environmental exposures, and the child’s immune system.

What are the types of juvenile arthritis?

Juvenile idiopathic arthritis (JIA) is the umbrella term for several subtypes of arthritis seen in children and adolescents under the age of 16. JIA is arthritis with no known cause (this is what “idiopathic” means), to distinguish it from infectious forms of childhood arthritis. There are six main subtypes of JIA:

• Oligoarticular JIA: arthritis that involves four joints or fewer

• Polyarticular JIA: arthritis that involves five or more joints

• Systemic arthritis: begins with fevers, rashes, and inflammation in other parts of the body as well as the joints

• Psoriatic Arthritis: inflammation of the joints that occurs in some children with psoriasis (a skin condition)

• Enthesitis-Related Arthritis: arthritis associated with enthesitis, which is inflammation of the entheses, the places where tendons and ligaments attach to bones

• Undifferentiated JIA: a type that doesn’t fit into any one of the categories above

Other types of juvenile arthritis include:

septic arthritis: arthritis caused by an infection of the joint

lupus: a chronic autoimmune condition that can have arthritis as a feature

juvenile dermatomyositis: a chronic autoimmune condition that can occasionally have arthritis as a feature

• enteropathic arthritis: a type of arthritis that can occur with inflammatory bowel disease (IBD)

What are the symptoms of juvenile arthritis?

The signs and symptoms can vary, depending on what type of juvenile arthritis your child has.

Some of the most common symptoms of juvenile arthritis include swelling of a joint, along with stiffness and pain. Symptoms can involve the hands, feet, and knees, but any joint can be involved. Joint stiffness occurs primarily in the morning or after long periods of inactivity (gelling phenomenon). Other signs include:

• limping, especially in the morning

• clumsiness

• swelling in the lymph nodes

• high fever

• skin rash

Symptoms may get better or disappear completely for periods of time (remission), and then flare up at other times.

What are the causes of juvenile arthritis?

The cause of juvenile arthritis is unknown. As with most autoimmune diseases, individual cases of JIA are likely due to a combination of genetic factors, environmental exposures, and the child’s immune system.

Healthy Eating

Eating some foods, like those found in the ever popular Mediterranean diet like

fatty fish salmon,cod , avocado fresh fruits, all vegetables, nuts and seeds whole grains and extra virgin olive oil and avoiding the high-fat, sugary and processed foods can help curb the body’s inflammation. 

Hot and Cold Treatments

Heat treatment like heat pads or heat wraps warm baths, work best for soothing stiff joints and tired muscles.

But cold is best for acute pain. It can numb painful areas and reduce inflammation.  

Topical Creams-Patches

These creams, gels or stick-on patches can ease the pain.

Mind-Body Therapies

Children that learn meditation and breathing techniques (listening to music or reading) and practicing visualization can help relax and divert attention away from pain, especially during injections or infusion time.   

Massage and Acupuncture

Massage can help ease stress and anxiety, box breathing is also a good way children and adults can relax.

Supplements

The use of supplements are rarely studied in children, but some supplements that help adults possibly may help a child.

But don’t just rush to give your child supplements talk to their doctor always first. Because some supplements may interact if the child is also on prescription medication

Stress and Emotions

Kids and teens with chronic diseases are more likely to also have depression

Therapists and psychologists can help kids deal with tough emotions and teach positive coping strategies. A strong support system is important as well.

If you are a parent guardian ir family member of someone with JA

Juvenile idiopathic arthritis (JIA) can be difficult for children to live with. That’s why it is important for parents and guardians to learn about JIA and how to help. We’ve rounded up a few tips for how to best support a child with JIA.

• Learn: Learn about the condition and treatment, and find a health care provider who specializes in treating JIA. Usually, that is a pediatric rheumatologist. Physical therapists can help with pain management.

• Prepare: Have cold packs and heat treatments, like a heating pad, at the ready for joint pain and stiff muscles. Sometimes your child may need a splint (a piece of hard material, usually wrapped in fabric) to help reduce pain and swelling. Make sure to talk to your child’s health care provider before using a splint.

• Educate: Work with your child’s school and school health care provider to educate them on your child’s needs and how to best support them if they are experiencing pain.

• Find balance: Find a good balance with rest and exercise for your child. Sometimes they may need more rest or more activity. Generally, short rest breaks are better than long periods in bed.

• Support health: It’s important that your child has a balanced diet full of whole grains, lean protein, fruits, and vegetables. Children also need a good night’s sleep, which can range from nine to 13 hours depending on their age.

• Stay positive: Keep a positive mindset and help your child understand that they are supported. Help answer any questions they have about JIA, and if you can’t answer them, check with a health care provider.

If in NE Ohio a great place for JA kids to get treatment and excellent care is Akron Children’s Hospital

https://www.akronchildrens.org/departments/Rheumatology.html

Donate to you local Children’s Hospital and the Arthritis Foundation

Support Me by donating to

Walk To Cure through the Arthritis Foundation – Whether you’re an arthritis warrior yourself or care about someone who is, sign up and raise funds for WALK to CURE Arthritis!

Coast to Coast all over the United States walks are being held this year to highlight the need for more research dollars to help kids living with juvenile arthritis and to help adults with all issues stemming from all types of arthritis. Did you know there are over 200 forms of arthritis?

To help find a walk in your area sign up participate or if you know somebody who is walking in the walk to cure support them by donating 5-10-100 or as much money as you feel lead to donate.

It’s a great way to get outside meet new people and support a great cause

If you would like to support me in my walk for Walk to cure arthritis link is below. No amount is too small.

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Helpful Links Below

Arthritis Foundation JA Info

https://orthoinfo.aaos.org/en/diseases–conditions/juvenile-arthritis/

Juvenile Arthritis

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Posted in Awareness, Inflammation

Un-Inflaming Myself

Sick of being sick and tired.

I am back of the junk food. Somehow I was eating really healthy then fell off the health train wagon and inflammation returned and so did about 22 lbs.

Feeling like a ball of inflammation and tired all the time I am for the last time changing what I eat and going back on the healthy route for good. This has taught me all the processes garbage is just that garbage and a fast track to pain and an early death.

We have all said it, we are exhausted most of the time we want to move yet we are so tired we just hit the sofa . We have joint pain causing us to also want to sit. Even when we know we have to move.

Our body was not meant boy sit.

Like an old car. If we let it sit and do nothing it rusts always and rots always – But if we keep it greased oiled and in good running condition it will take us where we need to go.

Our body is the same way.

We need a new well better way of thinking a balanced approach to health and healing.

Inflammation is a natural process that is important in the maintenance of good health. Our ability to mount an inflammatory response helps us fight infections and we do this continuously. When inflammation becomes excessive and self-perpetuating it can damage our organs and tissues. This is a final common pathway of most chronic diseases including heart and artery disease (arteriosclerosis), neurodegenerative diseases (dementias and Parkinson’s disease) and cancers.

Oxidation-reduction reactions are the chemical reactions of our body. They are integral to every biochemical process. When there is an imbalance in these reactions “oxidative stress” can occur. This results in injury to the components of our cells, loss of proper function and inflammation.

Get an apple cut the apple in half and set it on the counter it’s browns very quickly- that’s oxidation

Inflammation and oxidation are reciprocal processes that are both the consequence of each other and the initiator of each other. When in balance, we are healthy. When out of balance either acute and or chronic health problems develop.

C Reactive Protein (CRP) is one of many markers of inflammation. It is made in the liver and the peripheral tissues. When there is an acute injury or infection there can be a sudden rise in CRP. Chronic disease processes produce a persistent elevation of CRP. Over the last decade it has become apparent that chronic inflammation is an important background process in arteriosclerosis and its consequences (heart attack, heart failure, stroke, dementia and kidney failure). CRP has become a useful tool in measuring for chronic inflammation.

It is important to realize that acute problems such as infections, surgery or trauma may elevate CRP. Elevations from such conditions may take up to 3 months to return to a baseline level. It is important to measure CRP serially to determine whether an elevation reflects an acute intercurrent condition or a chronic inflammation

Medical scientists know that approximately 50% of coronary artery disease (heart attack and angina) can be accounted for by abnormalities in cholesterol and LDL. The other contributing factors include hypertension (high blood pressure), Diabetes (poor blood sugar control), inflammation (as measured by CRP), tobacco use, thrombophilia (blood that is too sticky) and blood viscosity (blood that is too thick).

When inflammation is controlled the beneficial effects of statin drugs in reducing the risk of heart attack and stroke are amplified. It has been shown that improving or normalizing CRP will improve the benefit of statin drugs by another 30%.

The observation has been made that when the LDL cholesterol can be brought down to 70 or less and when CRP is 2.0 or less arteriosclerosis can be halted.

Strategies to lower CRP:

There is no prescription medication with a direct indication for lowering CRP. The observation has been made that statin medications (Crestor, Lipitor and Zocor) can lower CRP. This probably is a result of the reduction of LDL which when oxidized causes inflammation in the endothelium (the inner lining of the blood vessels).

Aspirin does not lower CRP directly. It reduces inflammation and reduces the effects of elevated CRP in individuals who are aspirin responsive. Not all people respond to aspirin.

Dietary measures that reduce inflammation:

Calorie restriction and weight loss will reduce inflammation in the body.

A low glycemic index diet will reduce insulin resistance. A reduction in insulin resistance will lower inflammatory markers such as CRP. See the information on glucose/insulin balance on our website.

A diet low in saturated and trans fatty acids and high in monounsaturated and poly unsaturated fat will reduce inflammation. This means reducing consumption of red meat and processed foods and increasing consumption of fresh fruits and vegetables, legumes, nuts and seeds, and sea foods.

The modified Mediterranean diet and medical food products that are utilized in the Therapeutic Life Style Care (TLC) Program will help to reduce inflammation and lower CRP.

Supplemental Products that will reduce inflammation:

There are a variety of natural products that will reduce inflammation in the body:

  • Herbal Products: curcumin, ginger, Boswellia, Devils Claw
  • Nutritional Products: Fish oil, Enzymes (Wobenzyme)
  • Antioxidants
  • Vitamins and Minerals: A, C, E; Selenium
  • Non-Vitamin Antioxidants: Lipoic Acid, Pycnogenol, Resveratrol
  • Essential Fatty Acids (Fish Oil)

Detoxification will help to reduce inflammation. Please see the information on our Web site.

It is also important to look for chronic infections that can be treated. Such infections include sinusitis, bronchitis, chronic bowel infections (dysbiosis), prostatitis, cystitis and gynecological infections.

It is best to work out a therapeutic program with your practitioner.

Do not try any of the above supplements without consulting your own pcp. Some supplements have interactions with medications.

Disclaimer

This blog provides general information and discussions about health and related subjects. The information and other content provided in this blog, website or in any linked materials are not intended and should not be considered, or used as a substitute for, medical advice, diagnosis or treatment.

This blog is my own thoughts I am not a doctor or nurse and this blog is for entertainment purposes only. Not intended to ever be construed as medical advice.

If you or any other person has a medical concern, you should consult with your health care provider or seek other professional medical treatment immediately. Never disregard professional medical advice or delay in seeking it because of something that you have read on this blog, website or in any linked materials. If you are experiencing a medical emergency, please call 911 or call for emergency medical help on the nearest telephone immediately.

Posted in Awareness

Arthritis- If you or a friend or family member lives with arthritis- attend these free events

This is going to be very informative click link to join and register for free event.

Click on events and then attend. You don’t have to join group to attend events. Boardman LYC Zoom Event

Also here are other upcoming events

Same link – click events then attend to register and a zoom link will be provided- make sure you save it.

Posted in Awareness, Bone and Joint Health

Winter and Joint Pain

Do achy joints plague you during the coldest months? Does it seem like your knees, hips, and ankles feel sore whenever snow is falling?

It’s not your imagination! Winter weather—particularly cold—can cause slow, achy joints, making it hard to get moving. If you’re looking for winter joint pain relief, here are eight tips to help you avoid the discomfort brought on by the cold.

But first, it helps to understand why winter aches and pains happen.

Why Cold Weather Make our Bones and Joints Ache

There are several reasons why winter weather may cause joints to feel achy. The cold naturally makes muscles feel more tensed up and tight.

This tension may lead to less mobility and less flexibility in the joints. Some studies also link changes in joints to changes in the barometric pressure, dry air, and other winter-related issues.

The jury is still on that one but ask anyone who lives with joint pain and they will tell you: they are weather predators

Cold is very uncomfortable, and the discomfort makes us painfully aware of every twinge and ache. So, if you’re ready to combat winter joint pain, here are a few tips for winter joint pain relief to help you feel better when blustery temperatures settle in.

Drink Water 💧

Hydration is important but it’s especially vital in the winter months. People often think of drinking more water when it’s sunny and warm, but in the winter, dry air makes you feel dehydrated, tired, and achy. Don’t neglect your water intake! I am trying to get more water also, because honestly I am terrible at it.

If you aren’t a fan of plain water, sipping a cup of warm herbal tea is an excellent way to get more hydration in the winter. Bone broth and soup are also hydrating options. Aim for about six to eight glasses of water per day, more if you are working out and active.

EAT A HEALTHY, BALANCED DIET 🥗

A healthy diet is essential year-round. In the winter months, a well-balanced diet will keep your body much healthier than a lifestyle of processed junk food.

Eat a variety of fruits, vegetables, legumes and beans lean meats, and whole grains. Avoid processed foods and foods high in sugar and saturated fat. If you are sensitive to certain foods, consult with your physician about determining the best course of action. If you can afford it see a dietician and they can help you get on the right path.

KEEP MOVING

It’s vital to keep your body active, even in the winter months. While you shouldn’t work through significant joint pain without the assistance of a medical professional, stiff or achy joints shouldn’t mean canceling your gym membership.

Often, we feel less motivated and more inclined to stay home, where it’s cozy and warm during the winter. Netflix and the couch seem to beckon, especially when a brisk walk means bundling up in layers, but you can walk in a mall indoors. Low impact activity will keep your joints healthy. Try indoor swimming in a warm pool, stretching with yoga or Pilates, brisk walking, and weight training to keep your body active and fit. But remember it’s also ok to not be ok once in a while. We all need to rest and recharge. Listen to your body.

TRY TO AVOID WINTER WEIGHT GAIN

Hand-in-hand with winter often comes weight gain. 5-7 Over the holidays, healthy habits tend to slide a bit, with many people packing on extra weight. Then we add frigid temps , hibernation and before you know it we gained 8-12 lbs in a winter. That doesn’t help our joints. Although the average is 3-6 pounds even a small amount of excess weight will start to affect your knees and other joints.

If you feel like you need to rein it in after the holidays, or your eating more than usual because you hit the winter blues talk to your doctor, if you have a bad relationship with food seek a counselor or a 12 step OA meeting.

INQUIRE ABOUT SUPPLEMENTS AND OTHER TREATMENTS

Curious about joint health supplements and treatments? Always consult with your physician on the best plan for your body. Taking over-the-counter pain relievers and anti-inflammatory medications may be necessary, but only under the supervision of a physician. Many supplements and medications can result in unwanted side effects. And many cannot take NSAIDS.

Follow through on your physician’s recommendations for any vitamins (such as vitamin D) that may get low once the weather gets cold. Your doctor will help you figure out the best course of action for winter joint pain relief.

If you’re concerned that your winter joint pain is more than cold weather, call your doctor right away.

Disclaimer

This blog provides general information and discussions about health and related subjects. The information and other content provided in this blog, website or in any linked materials are not intended and should not be considered, or used as a substitute for, medical advice, diagnosis or treatment. This blog does not constitute the practice of any medical, nursing or other professional health care advice, diagnosis or treatment. And cannot diagnose conditions, provide second opinions or make specific treatment recommendations through this blog or website.

If you or any other person has a medical concern, you should consult with your health care provider or seek other professional medical treatment immediately. Never disregard professional medical advice or delay in seeking it because of something that you have read on this blog, website or in any linked materials. If you are experiencing a medical emergency, please call 911 or call for emergency medical help on the nearest telephone immediately.

Posted in Awareness, Blessed, Life

Goodbye 2021 Hello To 2022

Another year ends

2021 is almost gone. Salute to the experience you had in that year, and welcome 2022 with all the guts and glory.

Many things you’ve learned in the year 2021 some of happiness and some some of hurt and some of love. May your 2022 be full of surprises and blessings and love and great fortune goodbye 2021 welcome 2022!

God bless you and good vibes and thanks for following me and stopping by.

See you next year

Deb

ChronicallyGratefulDebla.com

Posted in Awareness, Chronic Pain, Pain

Happy Holidays? Managing Our Chronic Pain During The Holidays

The holiday season can be a time of joy and love, but for people with chronic pain during the holidays it can be a time of joy, happiness and also stress, anxiety, sadness, depression, frustration, and increased pain.

Pacing, and Delegating:

There is often too much to do over the holidays, but how much do we REALLY need to do? Let’s be realistic about how much you can do, and think about what is really important for you to do. Request the help of others to help prepare some of the food, decorate, shop, or whatever you may need, so that you have more energy for the things that really matter to you. LET”S EMBRACE the “Less is More” philosophy!

Mood and Stress:

Depression and anxiety are often increased around the holidays and in the winter, which makes chronic pain worse, and makes it harder to do the things you need to do to manage your chronic pain. If this has been your pattern, start thinking now about how to manage the anxiety and depression before you get too caught up in a downward spiral. What has helped you in the past? What other techniques could you try? If you see a therapist or counselor, ask them to help you plan.

Let go of the idea of perfection. The best memories are about being together, more than how perfect the setting was or wasn’t. Nobody is happy if you exhaust yourself making everything perfect.

Practice gratitude. Focus on what you have rather than what you don’t have. Consider volunteering, which can get you out of the house and away from family stressors, while letting you help someone else in need for a few hours.

Staying Healthy:

We often engage in a lot of unhealthy behaviors over the holidays, like eating and or drinking too much, staying up too late, not exercising.Some may even have and emotional attachment compulsion to food or drink, if you do look into over eaters anonymous oa.org or AA aa.org

We are also more likely to be exposed to viruses, like the cold or flu, when in a large gathering or traveling. Overindulgence and illness have a direct impact on pain, and can make life pretty miserable. Especially over the holidays, it’s important to pay attention to ways to stay healthy. Limit or avoid alcohol; avoid eating large, heavy meals; stay hydrated and take your vitamins.

Keep to Your Routine

Many pain medications work best if they are taken on a regular schedule, but this can be hard to do when schedules are disrupted by holiday activities. Use your phone or a medication alarm so that you don’t get distracted and miss medication doses. Make sure you will not run out of medications while your provider’s office is closed over the holidays, and address any potential problems early

Keep Your Medicine from children and others Make sure all medications are kept locked away from family and friends who may find them accidentally or on purpose. “Hidden” is not good enough. Be especially vigilant where children are concerned

Remember Christmas is about celebrating the birth of our Lord – what ever pain or issues you may be dealing with take them to God- Our Higher Power is always there.

Have a Safe and Merry Christmas