Posted in Arthritis, Avascular Necrosis, Awareness, Bone Health, High Heel Shoes, Inflammation, osteoarthritis, Osteonecrosis, Pain

High Heels When You Have Bone Problems

Not the best idea I had, but let’s be real I’m 5’3 and I needed to wear heels 👠 or my pants would be dragging all over the floor.

Also I can fudge my way through hemming pants but I’d do much better if I owned a sewing machine.

But I since I wore these darn shoes I jacked up my knees the good one and the not so good one.

I am ready to throw them out that’s how bad my knees hurt.

So I am a mess this week.

I mean I cannot believe the pain and discomfort I feel.

So I did some research and did you know high heels are terrible on on body , not just the feet !

The entire body.

High heel lovers it’s time to confirm what you may have long suspected: heels aren’t great for your health.

This revelation may not really be that surprising considering high heels essentially force you to teeter around on your tip-toes all day, but what may come as a shock is exactly how much damage they are capable of doing.

Put it this way, it’s not just your feet that suffer.

Feet

Let’s start at the bottom and work our way up. What do high heels do to your feet? Short answer: nothing good.

“There’s some good evidence that when ladies walk in a high heel shoe, there is increased pressure on the front part of the foot,” Associate Professor Lloyd Reed from the QUT School of Clinical Sciences in podiatry told The Huffington Post Australia. “Particularly under the big toe joint, the first metatarsal.

“A lot of weight gets shifted over to the front there, and there is less pressure out near the little toe.

“The types of problems that we see [as a result of this] is something like a bunion on the big toe joint, or hallux valgus.

“Other problems can include corns and calluses on the feet, especially under the ball of the foot and then on the tops of the toes.

The pain under the ball of the foot is called metatarsalgia.

There is also something called Plantar fasciitis which some people would refer to as ‘heel spur syndrome’ which is pain directly under the heel.”

So reconsider your high heel addiction, take into account what Reed refers to as Haglund’s Deformity (mmmm. Sexy).

“That’s a bump on the back of the heel which can be quite painful when ladies are wearing their dress heels or court shoes,” Reed said. “It may be associated with using high heels for prolonged period.”

Not that pain is going to stop women from wearing heels any time soon. As Reed points out, one American study found 42 percent of women wore high heels in spite of pain for aesthetic reasons.

“There’s even some evidence to suggest women more likely to have inappropriately fitting shoes than blokes, even into older age,” Reed said. “And of course, people who have the worst fit in shoes are more likely to have problems with calluses and bunions and so on.

“Some of that also has to do with the style of high heel. For instance I know the fit of the shoe often has a tapered toe and narrow upper section, and that in itself can be a problem for the feet.”

Knees

“What happens when you wear high heels is that your heel is raised off the ground, which in turn makes your body start to push forward,” Associate Professor Kevin Netto and Director of Research at the School of Physiotherapy and Exercise Science at Curtin University told The Huffington Post Australia.

“So you set up what is known as sheer force in your knee. Basically, the front part of your body is trying to fall forward and you are trying to pull it backwards by keeping yourself upright. It’s a constant battle.

“That’s why most people who wear really high heels will find their knees hurt rather than their ankles. Basically because of the sheer force you set up in your knee.”

Knee osteoarthritis is much more common in females than males in all ages. In fact the prevalence is about 30 percent higher in females.

In terms of the actual damage caused to a regular high heel wearer, Netto has this to say:

“If you cut their knees open, it would be a pretty disgusting mess. Cartilage in your knee helps cushion forces, and if you are wearing heels every day you keep tearing on it and pulling on it and pulling on it. As such, it tends to become quite worn, and that’s not something you can regenerate. It’s not regenerative material.”

Adds Reed: “There is evidence that when person walks [in high heels] they do a couple of things, and one of these is to increase the bending of the knee in order to improve their walking and adjust to the fact their ankle is not going to move as much.

“The consequences of this is it produces much more pressure, or more load, in the inside edge of the knee, in the medial compartment of the knee joint.

“Now, the medial compartment of the knee joint is the most common place for knee arthritis, and it has been shown knee osteoarthritis is much more common in females than males in all ages. In fact the prevalence is about 30 percent higher in females.”

Lower back

“There is a common thinking that when it comes to the back, what’s called the lumbar lordosis or the curve at the lower back will increase with higher heeled shoes,” Reed told HuffPost Australia.

“Scientific research is not conclusive with that. It’s very common on the internet but the scientific research is mixed on that front.

“What there is lots of evidence for is the increase in muscle activity in the lower back. Also there’s some increase in the abdominal muscles and, for some people, there’s an increase in muscle activity in the thoracic region of the spine and the neck.

“So effectively the increase in muscle demand can go right up through the body, from foot to leg to the lower back, to the middle back, up to the neck.”

“I challenge anybody to say they walk normally in really high heels. You don’t need a PhD in bio-mechanics to explain that one. Just look at someone’s gait.

Injuries

Put simply, those who wear high heels are at risk of doing themselves an injury. (Yes, even if you’re super talented at walking in the highest of stilettos, this means you.)

“Wearing high heels effects your centre of mass, which is basically the balance point in the body,” Netto said.

“Everyone has a balance point in their body, and to maintain your balance, you have to keep this little balance point over your base of support, which is your feet, basically. If you lose your balance then your balance point moves outside where it’s supposed to be.

“When you wear heels, you bring the balance point in your body higher, so you become less stable and much more prone to falling etc.

“The higher the heel, the more you are going to raise your centre of mass, and the more unstable you are going to become, which means you have a higher potential of falling.”

For those who are reading this thinking, ‘yeah… but I’m great at walking in heels, so this doesn’t apply to me’, Netto has this to say:

“I challenge anybody to say they walk normally in really high heels. You don’t need a PhD in bio-mechanics to explain that one. Just look at someone’s gait.”

According to Reed, a study over a ten-year period (from 2002-2012) in the United States revealed the rate of injuries suffered by ladies wearing high heels doubled within the decade (though they’re not sure why).

The highest rate of those injured were within the age bracket of 20 – 29, followed closely by 30-39

“The most common injury was a sprain or a strain in the foot or the ankle,” Reed said.

“There was also a similar study done in Victoria, conducted from 2006 – 2010, which looked at the number of injuries presenting to emergency departments which were directly attributed to a high heel shoe.

“All of the people injured were less than 55 years of age, and the most common injury was an ankle injury, which doesn’t really come as a surprise, as when ankle is flexed, it’s more prone to ankle sprains.”

Interestingly, most ladies presented with their injuries on Sunday mornings between 8am and 12pm.

“So perhaps due to a Saturday night injury,” Reed said. “We don’t know this for sure, but that’s what we may infer.”

More injuries were also reported in the summer months.

Recommendations

“Obviously we would recommend people don’t spend a lot of time in high heels,” Reed told HuffPost Australia. “And even if they have to wear a high heel, try and get the shape of the shoe to be slightly rounder or broader toe box to fit the foot. if possible.

“Sometimes we suggest that even if there’s a bit of heel height, a larger width of heel might be advantageous, particularly with the slip risk.”

Netto was more to the point.

“Don’t wear them. It’s pretty bloody simple,” he said. “It’s a bit like smoking, if you don’t want to get lung cancer, don’t smoke. If you don’t want a bad back and bad knees, don’t wear heels.

“Even if you feel you have to wear them, you don’t have to wear stilettos. They just aren’t called for. If you are going to have to wear something, wear something light and stay on your feet as little as possible.

“Look, in terms of recommendations, I’m not going to say very much. I don’t want to be an advocate for them.”

Reference

https://m.huffingtonpost.com.au/2016/08/17/this-is-what-wearing-heels-all-day-does-to-your-body_a_21453115/

Posted in Ahlbacks Disease, Arthritis, AtomicBlonde, Avascular Necrosis, Awareness, Bone Health, Chronic Pain, osteoarthritis, Osteonecrosis, Pain

Joint Pain

 Congratulations !  If you’re like me you are one of the 30 million adults in the United States who suffer with joint pain, you know the pain often is debilitating. It can keep you from staying active and limits your mobility and it even makes daily chores seem impossible. What you might not know is that many doctors can treat joint pain with more than just pills or surgery. Beware though some doctors will tell you about one procedure and then change it once they know your insurance example Medicare I felt one doctor thought less of me as a patient because I am disabled so he changed or tried to change the procedure. It pissed me off because I was all set to get the procedure we discussed and then he changed it.

Both procedures were covered under Medicare so I felt betrayed as if I wasn’t good enough for the other injection.

Newsflash people ….  on Medicare pay for the insurance hell I pay more than when I was working.

Make sure this doesn’t happen to you.

 

Depending on the severity of your pain, injections can be another option for easing your joint pain and help to get you moving again.

Doctors use these injections to try to reduce inflammation and pain in your joints some come with side effects and some risks.

The injections range from corticosteroids, which have been around for decades, to newer ortho-biologic injections like platelet-rich plasma (PRP) , Stem Cell and placental tissue matrix (PTM)

 

You and your physician will decide which one is best based on your individual needs. The issue is finding doctors qualified to do these.

Not every injection is right for every patient, in my case I hate steroid injections, not only did it make my pain worse it also comes with the risk of developing osteonecrosis. Something I already have. I have noticed that it seems like doctors are quick to prescribe and inject steroids. I stand my ground and refuse. But that’s me.

 

So here are some facts to help you know more about the options.

Corticosteroid injections

 

Use: This injection is the first line of defense against osteoarthritis symptoms and other joint pain in shoulders, knees and hips. Corticosteroids can offer relief for two to three months, and reduce inflammatory cell activity in the joint. In some people.

Side effects and Risks : As with all injections, there’s a small chance of infection about one in 1,000 as well as Joint infection.

Nerve damage.

Thinning of skin and soft tissue around the injection site.

Temporary flare of pain and inflammation in the joint.

Tendon weakening or rupture.

Thinning of nearby bone (osteoporosis)

Osteonecrosis lack of blood supply to the bone

Raised blood sugar level

Whitening or lightening of the skin around the injection site

Cost: Most insurance covers the $100 -$200 usd cost of these injections. Your insurance provider may require that you try at least one corticosteroid injection first to see whether it works. If not, you may move on to a different therapy.

 

Hyaluronic acid injections

Use: Hyaluronic acid (HA) injections often are used when corticosteroid injections don’t work. But they usually are approved only for use in the knee.

In some instances, doctors consider an HA injection first if you don’t have obvious signs of inflammation. HA also is a better option if you have diabetes, as corticosteroids can raise blood sugar levels.

Also known as gel injections, HA injections are chemically similar to your natural joint fluid.

When you have osteoarthritis which is different than osteonecrosis lucky me I have both, the joint fluid becomes watery.

So, this injection helps to restore the fluid’s natural properties and works as a lubricant and a shock absorber.

HA is a cushion or a buffer against inflammatory cells in the joint.  In some cases, it can stimulate the knee to start producing more natural HA.” Some physicians also believe that HA helps reduce pain by coating nerve endings within the joint.

One treatment, which may consist of between one and three injections, usually offers symptom relief for four to five months, but sometimes up to one years. However, pain and stiffness will return. Most insurance companies only approve one HA injection every six months.

In knees with osteoarthritis, the joint fluid (called synovial fluid) can break down and not provide the cushioning your knee needs

Durolane

Euflexxa

Hyalgan

Orthovisc

Monovisc

Supartz

Synvisc, Synvisc-One

Depending on which type your doctor uses, you may get a single shot. Or you’ll get three to five injections spaced a week apart.

 

Side effects: There’s a 1-in-100 chance of an inflammatory reaction, The most common short-term side effects are minor pain at the injection site and minor buildup of joint fluid. These get better within a few days.

 

Cost: HA injections cost more — about $300 to $850 per injection, but most insurance companies cover the cost for knee injections.

 

 

Platelet-rich plasma (PRP) injections

Use: Platelet-rich plasma (PRP) injections can treat osteoarthritis joint pain, and are being thoroughly researched to understand their effects.

These injections use your own blood and platelets to promote healing. Platelets contain growth factors and proteins that aid healing in soft tissues. Research shows PRP injections can alter the immune response to help reduce inflammation,

Side effects: Side effects include a very low risk of infection and pain at the injection site. You must stop oral anti-inflammatory medications for a short amount of time if you get a PRP injection.

Cost: Insurance companies don’t generally cover PRP injections and you will pay between $400 and $1,300 per injection out-of-pocket.

 

Stem Cell Injections

The world’s most advanced regenerative injection treatments for treating knee pain due to arthritis, meniscus tears, traumatic ligament injuries, overuse conditions and other degenerative conditions.

 

Side effects : mild discomfort associated with the procedure. There is a very small risk of infection whenever aspirations and injections are performed. Nerve damage, vessel damage, and injury to other important structures are exceedingly rare

 

 

Placental tissue matrix (PTM) injections

 

Use: Placental Tissue Matrix (PTM) injections can very profoundly decrease the pain related to osteoarthritis.

 

These are injections of placental tissue, which is obtained after a healthy baby is delivered from a healthy mother. Research has discovered that there is a large number of growth factors in placental tissue that promote healing, Dr. Genin says.

Side effects: Side effects include a  low risk of infection and pain at the injection site. The placental tissue is “immune privileged,” which means the body would not have an adverse reaction to it.

Cost: Insurance companies don’t generally cover PTM injections; you will pay around $1,800 -$2500 per injection out-of-pocket.

 

Many of these injections often are effective in reducing or stopping your joint pain, but it’s important to remember that they may not keep the pain from returning, Dr. Schaefer says. In fact, they’re most effective when used with other therapies.

 

As a patient who has Osteonecrosis, Osteoarthritis, and other stuff I consider surgical options as a last resort only if other treatment options have failed. Unfortunately some treatments I cannot even afford to try. I wish the FDA would get a move on and approve some things so insurance companies can have this as a form of treatment.

 

 

 

 

Stem Cells

 

BONE MARROW AND FAT CELLS

The stem cells used in this point of care clinic are Autologous Cells that we take from your own body.  These cells are taken from your own Bone Marrow or Fat Cells.  The cells are your own Stem Cells and will not be rejected by your body.

Taking the Bone Marrow or Fat Cells from your body is relatively painless as a mild local anesthetic is used prior to harvesting.  These cells are processed to receive the most stem cell gain and then injected into the area of your body where you need the growth factors to go to work the quickest.  Your blood is also drawn and your platelet rich plasma is added to the Stem Cells taken from your Bone Marrow or Fat Cells to increase the activity of the growth factors.

It is important that these cells are used the day they are extracted from your body in order to insure they remain alive and active.  Our clinic does not grow extra stem cells from your Bone Marrow or Fat Cells to ensure that they are alive and active.  It is an FDA requirement that you receive your cells the same day they are harvested.

You get only the stem cells we extract from your body and there is no other manipulation used except extraction and preparation of the samples taken from your own body.  The cells are taken in a procedure that creates only mild discomfort or none at all.  Ninety nine percent of our patients experience no pain obtaining bone marrow or fat cells.

 

CORD STEM CELLS:

 

Embryo and Placenta stem cells can create certain types of cancers.  The cord blood Stem Cells should only be used if they are obtained from a healthy relative and you are a good match.  Cord Stem Cells that are used outside of the country or shipped to this country are illegal.  The FDA has found diseases in these grown cells and states that most of them are dead.  Even though the physicians supplying these Cord Cells claim they are safe to use, you should use extreme caution before considering these procedures.

 

ARE YOU A CANDIDATE FOR THESE STEM CELL PROCEDURES

 

REBUILDING JOINTS & SPINE: The Stem Cells that are obtained from your body are placed into all joints and spine to rebuild and regenerate new tissue growth as determined by the clinic physician.   There has been clinical evidence that new cartilage can be grown within your joint provided you are determined a candidate by the clinical physician.  Not all patients will be a candidate and may require joint replacement.

 

TORN TENDONS:  If the patients tendons are not completely torn this procedure will produce new tissue growth to regenerate torn tendons. Our clinic physician can only determine this with an initial visit and evaluation.

 

 

 

How Does PRP Therapy Work?

To prepare PRP, a small amount of blood is taken from the patient. The blood is then placed in a centrifuge. The centrifuge spins and through a multi-functional process separates the plasma from the blood producing the PRP. This increases the concentration of platelets and growth factors up to 500% also increasing hMSC (human stem cells) proliferation as a function of 8-day exposure to platelet released concentrations 10x. (x= increase above native levels)

 

When PRP is injected into the damaged area it stimulates the tendon or ligament causing mild inflammation that triggers the healing cascade. As a result new collagen begins to develop. As this collagen matures it begins to shrink causing the tightening and strengthening of the tendons and ligaments of the damaged area.

 

What is Platelet Rich Plasma?

Platelet Rich Plasma or PRP is blood plasma with concentrated platelets. The concentrated platelets found in PRP include growth factors among the huge reservoirs of bioactive proteins that are vital to initiate and accelerate tissue repair and regeneration. These bioactive proteins increase stem cell production to initiate connective tissue healing, bone regeneration and repair, promote development of new blood vessels and stimulate the wound healing process.

 

PRP Regenerates Tendons & Ligaments

Tendons connect the muscle to the bone making it possible for you to do many everyday physical activities. Overuse or damage to the tendon over a long period of time causes the collagen fibers in the tendons to form small tears, a condition called tendonitis. Damage to tendons most often occurs in the knees, ankles, hips, spine, elbows, shoulders, and wrists.

 

Ligaments are composed of collagen fibers that hold one bone to another, stabilizing the joint and controlling the range of motion. When a ligament is damaged, it is no longer able to support the bones in the joint, which often leads to pain symptoms. The instability causing the pain in your joints does not always show up on high tech imaging equipment. Through a thorough neurological and orthopedic evaluation Dr. Baum can determine which ligaments and tendons are unstable due to injury, wear or tear.

 

Tendons and ligaments have a poor blood supply and they do not usually heal from damage. Combined with the stress of day-to-day activities tendons and ligaments become inefficient causing degeneration of the joint which leads to chronic pain and weakness. Patients who experience chronic pain may not even remember when the injury occurred.

 

How Does PRP Compare With Cortisone Shots?

Studies have shown that cortisone injections may actually weaken tissue. Cortisone shots may provide temporary relief and stop inflammation, but may not provide long term healing. PRP therapy is healing and strengthening these tendons and ligaments and in some cases thickening the tissue up to 40%.

 

Treatment Plan

PRP injections with guided ultrasound can be performed on tendons and ligaments all over the body. Cervical, thoracic and lumbar spine, degenerative disc disease, arthritic joints shoulder pain, hip pain, and knee pain, even the smaller joints of the body can all be treated effectively with PRP. Dr. Baum will determine whether prolo solution, Platelet Rich Plasma or a combination of both will be the most effective form of treatment for you during his initial consult and evaluation.

 

Frequency Of Treatments

While responses to treatment vary, most people will require 3 to 6 sets of injections of PRP. Each set of treatments is spaced 4 to 6 weeks apart.

 

Is PRP Right For Me?

If you have degenerative spine or joint disease, a tendon or ligament injury, laxity or tear and traditional methods have not provided relief then PRP therapy may be the solution. It will heal tissue with minimal or no scarring and alleviates further degeneration and builds new tissues. There will be an initial evaluation with Dr. Baum to see if PRP therapy is right for you.

 

What Can Be Treated?

Platelet Rich Plasma injections helps regenerate all areas of the body including the cervical, thoracic and lumbar spine, wrists, elbows, shoulders, hips, knees and ankles as well as tendons and ligaments all over the body.  Dr. Baum is one of the few physicians performing PRP procedures to all areas of the spine.  Our clinic treats patients with sports injuries, arthritic and degenerative joints and degenerative disc disease. More specific injuries including tennis elbow, carpal tunnel syndrome, scoliosis, ACL tears, shin splints, rotator cuff tears, plantar faciitis and iliotibial band syndrome may all be effectively treated with PRP.

 

What Are The Potential Benefits?

Patients can see a significant improvement in symptoms as well as a remarkable return of function. This may eliminate the need for more aggressive treatments such as long-term medication or surgery.

 

Special Instructions

You are restricted from the use of non-steroid anti-inflammatory medications (NSAIDs) one week prior to the procedure and throughout the course of treatments.

 

Initially the procedure may cause some localized soreness and discomfort. Most patients only require some extra-strength Tylenol to help with the pain. Ice and heat may be applied to the area as needed.

 

How Soon Can I Go Back Regular Activities?

PRP therapy helps regenerate tendons and ligaments but it is not a quick fix. This therapy is stimulating the growth of new tissue requiring time and rehabilitation. Under Dr. Baum’s supervision patients will begin an exercise program immediately following the first procedure. During the treatment program most people are able to resume normal activities and exercise.

 

Platelet Rich Plasma (PRP) Matrix Graft by David Crane, MD and Peter A.M. Everts PhD

 

PRP application techniques in musculoskeletal medicine utilize the concentrated healing components of a patient’s own blood—reintroduced into a specific site—to regenerate tissue and speed the healing process

 

PRP INJECTION APPLICATION SITES

Spine

Cervical/Thoracic/Lumbar/Sacral

Shoulders & Elbows

Wrist & Hand

Hip/Pelvis

Knee & Lower Leg

Ankle & Foot

Fingers & Toes

Arthritic Joints

Osteoarthritis

Some Osteonecrosis

 

 

 

 

Information

http://www.prolotherapy.com/PPM_JanFeb2008_Crane_PRP.pdf

https://drjamesbaum.com/wp-content/uploads/stemcells2002-0109.pdf

 

 

Important Videos Everyone Should watch on Biologics

https://drjamesbaum.com/2013/07/the-science-of-mesenchymal-stem-cells-and-regenerative-medicine/

 

Scientific Papers on Research of Stem Cells

https://drjamesbaum.com/stem-cells/scientific-papers/

 

 

 

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I will be posting this in my other blog section also

Posted in Arthritis, Bone Health, Stop Smoking

The best time to quit is now

Being a former smoker and quitting almost 2 years ago,I know how awful it is to smoke and how hard it can be to quit.

I was a smoker for 35 years and it’s crazy to say but I hated it yet thought it would be to hard to quit.

My daughter bought me an e cig called a white cloud to get me off the Kool 100s. In 2010.

It helped.

Seeing my husband recover from a heart attack and stent surgery was my cure in 2016.

( he quit and I quit)

These things stink.

Now they have pens and vape cigs that look like a flash drive.

They continue more poisonous nicotine that a cigarette.

If you use any of these stop. Yes it may be hard for a bit. But the cravings disappear and soon you will also find the smell horrible.

Save your life now.

Stop smoking

Stop smoking cigarettes

Stop smoking Vapes

Stop smoking liquid Juls

Stop smoking cigars

Stop smoking weed

Stop smoking blunts

That shit damages you lungs.

Here’s a link below on Electronic vs Tobacco

Electronic Cigarettes vs. Tobacco

The main ingredient in electronic cigarettes is nicotine. Nicotine has been linked to causing your adrenal glands to work harder due to its stimulatory effect on cortisol and adrenaline. Both of these stress-related hormones upsurge your heart rate, drastically constrict your arteries, worsen your blood lipid levels, intensify insulin resistance, and boost your blood pressure. Nicotine has also been found to increase the risk of cancer, as it interferes with apoptosis and promotes the growth of new blood vessels, also known as angiogenesis, a building block of tumors.

In addition to getting nicotine from electronic cigarettes, most studies have found that you will most likely end up using tobacco at the same time, as a matter of practical reality for most people.

Using electronic cigarettes could help reduce the number of cigarettes you use, which alone decreases the risk of cancer, heart conditions, and many other conditions. The use of them has also helped many people succeed in quitting smoking, more so than people who decided to quit by trying to go cold turkey, which is not recommended if you are already a long-term smoker and have AFS.

However, smoking electronic cigarettes is not in itself good for you. Having prolonged stress causes heart conditions of many kinds, and adding electronic cigarettes to your routine only speeds the development of those conditions.

Electronic not the best way to beat stress

Posted in Ahlbacks Disease, Arthritis, Avascular Necrosis, Awareness, Bone Health, BreakThroughCrew, Chronic Pain, Clinical Trials, Diagnosed, Eat Healthy, Factor V Leiden, Hashimoto, Hypothyroidism, Life, osteoarthritis, Osteonecrosis, Pain, SPONK, Stem Cell, StopTheClot, Support Group, Hope, The Mighty, WegoHealth, WEGOHealthAwards, wellness

WEGOHealth Awards and How to Nominate Others

I’m honored to say I’ve been nominated for the #WEGOHealthAwards! These awards seek to recognize Patient Leaders who are making an impact with their advocacy. Learn more – nominate today.

Here’s how you can also nominate others who educate, advocate and make a difference!

Click link below

WEGOHealth Awards and Nomination Info

WEGOHealth Awards Link To Information

Think about the advocates and influencers you see leading Facebook groups, blogging about their health journey, speaking up and giving insights to healthcare companies, presenting on national stages, and running Twitter chats.

Patient Leaders have started non-profits, published podcast episodes, and authored books – there is no shortage of Patient Leaders’ contributions to the world, so let’s recognize as many of them as we can for their talents, contributions, and commitment.

Feel free to add their names and web info also in my comment section! And they can get some recognition here to !

Have a Great Day Everyone

Posted in Adrenals, Ahlbacks Disease, Apple, Arthritis, Avascular Necrosis, Awareness, Bone Health, Chronic Pain, Hashimoto, osteoarthritis, Osteonecrosis

Body Confidence

Can you be body confident when suffering from chronic pain? Do these two things even mix? Can I live in harmony again in a body that seems to work against me? I’ve been living with chronic pain for 4 years now. Some days I am in more pain than others .

I had to retire for now from my optometric tech -optician duties because of all the pain I have had and the limited mobility drives me crazy because I don’t like to be limited.  I mean my knee just wont move the way it should. My goal is to get back to work someday.

Overall I am  happy with myself, I am pretty, I am smart, I am good hearted , kind, compassionate giving person. I’m happy with my life, in spite of the challenges I deal with daily but I feel as if I’m struggling to be happy with my actual body. I mean I have a few things that are keeping me from dropping some weight which in turn will help my bones.

Dealing with adrenal fatigue and hashimoto’s on top of hypothyroidism , osteonecrosis , osteoarthritis and spondylolethesis just some days is well challenging.

My body is changing constantly, with new aches and pains.. It hurts a persons confidence sometimes. Don’t get me wrong, I am, confident  but I’m not 100%. like I used to be.

How can I be? My body stops me from being able to do things,like hiking which I miss and love, I cant roller skate anymore , I cant work like I used to . I also can’t  wear things because of the pain like my spike heels.

My fashion choices have changed as I have gained weight and when my pain gets worse,

If you were looking to me for some magical answers with this post, I don’t really  have any.

I’m exploring it all myself.

Yes I try many things some help a little , some help a lot but all seem to be temporary.

I do things like take curcumin for my pain, I make sure I eat healthy.

I am a Flexitarian who eats mostly plant based. I take my vitamins, I do exercise as best as I can.

Chronic pain affects people in different ways, but I really don’t think people understand how it can effect our body confidence.

I just cannot sit for 1-2 hours everyday to curl my hair & put on makeup, nor do I really want to.  I am now a eyeliner – lipstick kinda woman now and of course I still curl my hair just not with all the products in my hair

Can I wear a bra around the house? Mmmm I could but why LOL.

I try to ride my recumbent bike a few miles daily

Some days I walk some but its really a pain because depending on where I walk my knee will either love it or hate it.

My new thing is using dumbell’s every other day they are 8 lbs each ,

I have to keep the muscles somehow. And I am hoping I can build more muscle lose more fat.

I only use them for a few moves because I cant squat due to the knee problem and if I tried my knee pain would have me on the floor.

I don’t care if i lose 50 lbs but a good 25 would be nice. I dont even mind being a plus size curvy girl, I just know for my height and health of my bones dropping 25-30 lbs would be a real plus .I know I would feel so much better if I could drop some of this weight, I love me ,I love my body, I just want to love it more again.

Now Some Facts :

Here’s a look at what fat does to arthritis, as well as some tips to put you on the road to losing weight.

Fat and Osteoarthritis

Osteoarthritis, OA, is the most common type of arthritis, affecting approximately 27 million Americans. It is characterized by the breakdown of cartilage – the flexible but tough connective tissue that covers the ends of bones at joints. Age, injury, heredity and lifestyle factors all affect the risk of OA.

Why Obesity Matters

OA has a logical link to obesity: The more weight that’s on a joint, the more stressed the joint becomes, and the more likely it will wear down and be damaged.

“Weight plays an important role in joint stress, so when people are very overweight, it puts stress on their joints, especially their weight-bearing joints, like the knees and the hips,” says Eric Matteson, MD, chair of the rheumatology division at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minn.

Every pound of excess weight exerts about 4 pounds of extra pressure on the knees. So a person who is 10 pounds overweight has 40 pounds of extra pressure on his knees; if a person is 50 pounds overweight, that is 200 pounds of extra pressure on his knees. “So if you think about all the steps you take in a day, you can see why it would lead to premature damage in weight-bearing joints,” says Dr. Matteson.

That’s why people who are overweight are at greater risk of developing arthritis in the first place. And once a person has arthritis, “the additional weight causes even more problems on already damaged joints,” says Dr. Matteson.

But it’s not just the extra weight on joints that’s causing damage. The fat itself is active tissue that creates and releases chemicals, many of which promote inflammation.

“These chemicals can influence the development of OA,” explains Jeffrey N. Katz, MD, a professor of medicine and orthopaedic surgery at Harvard Medical School and Brigham and Women’s Hospital in Boston.

This effect can be seen in the numerous studies that have linked extra weight to hand OA. “Obviously, you don’t walk on your hands, so there may be something that is produced by fat cells in the body that causes the joint to break down more rapidly than it might otherwise,” says David Felson, MD, a professor of medicine and epidemiology at Boston University School of Medicine.

For both reasons – excess joint stress and inflammatory chemicals – fat should be kept in check among all people, especially those who already have OA.

For more info on how Excess fat can Affect The Bones with various conditions click >>>  How Fat Affects Bones

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Breathing and Prayer For Wellness

Are on the verge of a meltdown, your feeling an impulsive urge to yell, scream, cry,? Do you know that every time you lose your cool, you are giving away your power.  I know it’s often easier said than done But, when we react impulsively and unconsciously we become a victim of the circumstances; we become a passenger in our life rather than a driver.

 

When you give away your power, you become completely dependent on external circumstances to regulate your emotions. Life often becomes like a roller coaster – when things are going well, you will feel good, yet when your circumstances change, your behavior and feelings will shift.

 

The more emotional you feel, the less rational you’ll think Don’t try solving any problems when you’re feeling overly emotional. Distract yourself with an activity, like walking or reading, or deep breathing to help you calm down. Getting your mind off whatever is  bothering you, even for a few minutes, can help you calm down so you can think more clearly and rationally.

 

Learn to just…. Breathe

Anxiety, frustration and anger cause physical reactions within the body  you will experience  elevated heart rate. Shallow, upper chest breathing is part of the typical stress response. Stop and take slow, deep breaths can relax your muscles and decrease your physiological response, which in turn can decrease your emotional reactivity.

I use Dr Weil’s 4-7-8 Breathing  Dr. Weil MD 4-7-8 Breathing  after I  practiced this 2x a day after about 3 days I felt more peaceful, and after a couple weeks I felt this inner calm.

I do this even when I am not stressed, and then when I get stressed or angry I use it and it helps  calm me so much. I even use it to fall asleep, or when I am getting a medical test like an mri .

Trying to maintain complete control in everything that happens leads to increased anxiety. Efforts to manage your anxiety by trying to control everything in your environment will backfire. Attempting to control everything wastes time and mental energy.

When we are overly stressed we operate from a fight-or-flight response  your heart beats faster, your blood pressure rises, and your breathing quickens as adrenaline rushes through your body. By changing the rate, and pattern of breathing, we can change the messages being sent from the body’s respiratory system to the brain. Slow and controlled breathing can reduce the heart rate, reduce levels of stress hormones, and increase the feelings of calm and well being, bringing us back to a place that we can feel less likely to overreact.

I have Adrenal fatigue, and I was told my “fight or flight” response has been activated far too often in the past. So I am learning to relax, let go of stuff I cannot control and breathe…..I also pray I pray several times a day. I don’t ask for things I give thanks even when I am stressed, have fear, depressed, I have faith things will come to pass.

We have to learn stress will come, sometimes life is heavy and we will get over whelmed, we may get an illness, or disorder, deal\in chronic pain, or just not know how to cope in certain situations……stressing out will not solve the problem…..

 

EPH 1 16-21 you will get through any storm through God .

Philippians 4:13 New King James Version (NKJV)

13 I can do all things through [a]Christ who strengthens me.

Today I read

Ephesians 1 New King James Version (NKJV)

Greeting

Paul, an apostle of Jesus Christ by the will of God,

To the saints who are in Ephesus, and faithful in Christ Jesus:

Grace to you and peace from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ.

Redemption in Christ

Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who has blessed us with every spiritual blessing in the heavenly places in Christ, just as He chose us in Him before the foundation of the world, that we should be holy and without blame before Him in love, having predestined us to adoption as sons by Jesus Christ to Himself, according to the good pleasure of His will, to the praise of the glory of His grace, by which He [a]made us accepted in the Beloved.

In Him we have redemption through His blood, the forgiveness of sins, according to the riches of His grace which He made to abound toward us in all wisdom and [b]prudence, having made known to us the mystery of His will, according to His good pleasure which He purposed in Himself, 10 that in the dispensation of the fullness of the times He might gather together in one all things in Christ, [c]both which are in heaven and which are on earth—in Him. 11 In Him also we have obtained an inheritance, being predestined according to the purpose of Him who works all things according to the counsel of His will, 12 that we who first trusted in Christ should be to the praise of His glory.

13 In Him you also trusted, after you heard the word of truth, the gospel of your salvation; in whom also, having believed, you were sealed with the Holy Spirit of promise, 14 who[d] is the [e]guarantee of our inheritance until the redemption of the purchased possession, to the praise of His glory.

Prayer for Spiritual Wisdom

15 Therefore I also, after I heard of your faith in the Lord Jesus and your love for all the saints, 16 do not cease to give thanks for you, making mention of you in my prayers: 17 that the God of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of glory, may give to you the spirit of wisdom and revelation in the knowledge of Him, 18 the eyes of your [f]understanding being enlightened; that you may know what is the hope of His calling, what are the riches of the glory of His inheritance in the saints, 19 and what isthe exceeding greatness of His power toward us who believe, according to the working of His mighty power 20 which He worked in Christ when He raised Him from the dead and seated Him at His right hand in the heavenly places, 21 far above all principality[g] and [h]power and [i]might and dominion, and every name that is named, not only in this age but also in that which is to come.

22 And He put all things under His feet, and gave Him to be head over all things to the church, 23 which is His body, the fullness of Him who fills all in all.

 

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Healthy Eating

Developing healthy eating habits isn’t as confusing or as restrictive as many people imagine. The essential steps are to eat mostly foods derived from plants—vegetables, fruits, whole grains and legumes (beans, peas, lentils)—and limit highly processed foods.

 

For most of my life, I ate the standard American diet and meals that were heavy in meat and processed foods. I went to a vegetarian lifestyle in high school for a couple years then back to the old way.

When i was diagnosed with Osteonecrosis, Osteoarthritis HBP etc and especially when my husband had a heart attack in 2016 I thought enough was enough.

I got rid of a lot of processed foods, potato chips, convenience meals, and loved Oreo’s and Nutter Butter cookies. There was a lot of sugar, oil, and junk in my diet.

We quit smoking 2 years ago almost. and we as a team decided to go part time but mostly vegan .

Me having a few issues from Osteonecrosis, Osteoarthritis, Hashimot’s and Hypothyroidism and Adrenal Fatigue left me in pain and always exhausted.

I had been dealing with pain in my knee and back for a few years. My mind wants to go go go like it did 25 years ago, my knees say oh hell no slow down woman. And this extra weight is just hard on the bones. But when your limited by many bone issues its really hard to just walk 3-4 miles a day. I bike 3-4 miles a day but its not the same as a good hike in the woods. I do go now and then walking in the woods but hiking I’m afraid for now all that has been on hold.

Going to mostly plant based has helped my pain. And my energy.

So its working and I am feeling better slowly …..

Its a process…

Don’t just go all I went to 65 percent of eating all veggies daily  then added more from there. Some days i eat no meat or fish and some days i will. I Slowly cut out animal products, starting with the easiest and leaving barrier foods to the end. Slowly lessened  my consumption of animal products while simultaneously increasing the number of plant-based foods in our diet.

I spoke to my doctors and I will post tomorrow just how i got started

 

 

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The Food Your Eating Could Be Making Your Pain Worse.

Before you take one more bite or swing into that fast food place stop and consider how it affects your health. I have osteoarthritis (OA) and Osteonecrosis and what I eat definitely effects my levels of pain and inflammation.

So I started to help myself by eating mostly plant based but I am a flexitarian.

Did you know research shows that diets high in saturated fat – found in red meat, butter, cheese, lard and processed foods – can weaken knee cartilage, making it more prone to damage.

In a 2017 study published in Arthritis Care & Research, researchers followed more than 2,000 patients with OA for up to four years, checking disease progression  and diet at yearly intervals.

Participants who ate the most fat, especially the saturated kind, showed increasing joint damage, whereas those who ate healthy fats like olive oil and avocados had little disease progression.

Another recent animal study showed that it even may harm the underlying bone, according to Yin Xiao, PhD, a professor at Queensland University of Technology in Australia and lead author of a 2017 study that looked at the effect of diet on OA.

For me I went to a mostly plant based lifestyle to help ease my pain from Osteonecrosis and Osteoarthritis in late 2016. And I know that I have less pain.

I’m not cured and there are still days when I feel like crap. But it’s not everyday all day like it was before.

We have to fight back

The solution is to change the way we eat. Switching to an anti-inflammatory or Mediterranean-style diet can help you significantly improve your joint pain , and help your heart and  brain health and the food tastes great.

An anti-inflammatory diet is heavy on fruits and vegetables, whole grains, fish and healthy fats like olive oil, avocados and nuts.

Poultry’s and fish are allowed  now and then and you can have one glass of red wine or beer a day. Off the menu, as you might expect, are sugar, red meat, and processed foods.

For me it’s also gluten because I have a sensitivity to it.

It takes a little work in meal planning but the benefits are worth it.

Stay tuned an example of what to eat will be in my next post.

Remember

The food you eat can be either the powerful and healing or a form of poison.

You are what you eat.

Have a fantastic day

Deb Andio

xoxo

References

https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2017/05/170523190029.htm

https://www.health.harvard.edu/nutrition/can-diet-improve-arthritis-symptoms

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The Path To Wellness Isn’t Easy

How many tines do you feel like for all your good intentions and healthy changes to behavior , you’d like to feel a bit more happy or healthy or have more well in your #Wellness goal?

Well, you’re not alone.

Why is it that despite all the meditation , eating healthy, exercising as best as you can especially if your suffering from chronic pain or a chronic condition , eating kale making smoothies and protein shakes, you seem to spend most days feeling run-down and uncomfortable?

For me that’s Hashimoto thyroiditis.

Plus my adrenals are fatigued making my already slow thyroid work even harder. It just gets so tiring.

I miss that none stop energy I had. I was able to work 8-10 hr days come home get dinner , clean our pool with my husband, have a small patio garden, clean the house , shop etc…..

Now I am exhausted after I do some errands and ride my recumbent bike for 15-20 min.

Again I’m told it’s the Hashimoto

I get sick of mixed messages one Dr. says one thing and the other says another.

I have been told I don’t eat enough. I have been told I eat to much

Drink more water – yes this one is true and I’m working on it.

Eat this

Don’t eat this

High carb

Low carb

Eat your greens , don’t eat your greens

I just get so sick of it .

I know how to eat healthy, I never really ate horrible. I gained weight first after my mom died. Because food soothed me at the time. I was grieving. I knew I wasn’t eating how I should back then.

After working through that and trying to exercise nothing.

Still tired , still carrying a few extra pounds

I tried Atkins and it was just for me more meat than I cared to eat.

I tried a few other things and same ok same ol.

A few year ago I bought some dvds and worked hard and I mean hard.

So hard I tore my meniscus leading to osteonecrosis in the knee that already was a pain in the ass by having osteoarthritis.

And I won’t mention how bad spondylolisthesis pain is.

I have always been a veggie lover. And I prefer veggies.

You’d think switching to plant based would have blasted any fat off me sine it’s been a year plus.

Nope I lose 5 here 10 there then gain 2 back. Over and over.

Again I’m told it’s my Hashimoto

I’ve had hypothyroidism for 20 years and the levothyroxine always made me feel like crap.

No one ever listened when I told them this. I remember telling my Dr. I feel like my body is fighting against me. Most of just looked at me.

Here I was right my body was attacking me.

That’s Hashimoto – I found this out maybe a month ago.

Finally I feel vindicated !!

Even before I went to plant based I didn’t eat horrible.

Sure 1 night or 2 was fast food but not the golden arch kind. Fast food to me meant I was not cooking. I would buy baked fish or on occasion a good spaghetti dinner.

It was going to decent restaurants ordering dinner.

Yes I know they have a shit load of salt in them. But that can’t be the only thing keeping this damn weight on.

Maybe someday these restaurants will get with it and cut their salt by at least half.

And then there’s adrenal fatigue

So what is Adrenal fatigue?

Adrenal fatigue is a potential result of not eating enough and or not eating enough of the “right” foods and the hormone imbalances that creates. While many people don’t fully understand it, the theory is simple it will make you feel tired.

I learned all this from my Naturopath and the Registered Dietician I see.

‘Adrenal fatigue is also a big topic  which comes from calorie restriction for too long throughout the year.

‘Calorie restriction is fine for short periods of time but unfortunately people are looking for body fat loss 12 months a year and the body hates that. Your body is smart and will adapt, so goals become very hard to reach in that state.’

Now What is Hashimoto?

Hashimoto is a condition that arises when the immune system attacks – and damages – the thyroid gland.

Over time, the thyroid gland, which straddles your windpipe at the front your neck, becomes unable to produce enough thyroid hormone so it becomes under-active.

As one of the primary functions of thyroid hormone is to keep your cells – and you – active, if you have insufficient amounts of the stuff, your body will slow down.

Say hello to tiredness and tighter fitting clothing.

“Hypothyroidism is a slow burner and it very easily can go undetected, and often misdiagnosed as depression.

Hashimoto cannot be cured but, symptoms can be managed with medications, designed to rebalance the levels of thyroid hormone in the body.

Did you know 75% of people with Hashimoto are lactose intolerant? some people also find that avoiding gluten can help.

Well I meditate to help manage stress , I cut out daily and I am working on the gluten free area. Some days are harder than others.

A few ways I’m learning to alleviate Hashimoto symptoms through diet.

1. Support the thyroid -This means stripping your diet back to basics – Reduce your consumption of caffeine, sugar, alcohol and refined carbohydrates, which are common triggers for thyroid problems.

2. Avoid Soy

Steer clear of soy products such as soy sauce, tamari and miso,” even the fermented, organic and non-GMO types. “They can impact your cell receptors and disrupt feedback through your hormone system.

3. Eat greens in moderation

It might sound counter-intuitive but, when it comes to thyroid problems, these act as goitrogens this means they interfere with the uptake of iodine by the thyroid gland and, therefore, the production of thyroid hormones.

“I’m a big fan of green veggies so don’t feel like I can never have them,

I enjoy vegetables in the brassica family (broccoli, cauliflower, some kale and Brussels sprouts) cooked well rather than raw, as heat inactivates the goitrogenic compounds.

Other foods to watch out for? Soybeans, millet, strawberries, peanuts, turnips and watercress.Everything I love.

4.Time to love my Adrenals

High cortisol (which is pumped from the adrenals) is directly linked to lower thyroid function so managing stress levels is essential.

5. I take a probiotic every day.

6. I am a flexitarian so I will eat meat or fish 1x a week.

So I have learned meditation, qigong, I love walks in nature and time switched off from social media. People actually get pissed off at me when I don’t respond right away!! I mean really ?! I also practice deep-belly breathing every day.

I am still tired just not totally exhausted.

I just want to feel better get this weight off because that will help my bone conditions also.

I hate feeling like this. I’m sick of feeling so tired.

I’m a happy person who likes to stay busy.

I shouldn’t feel so tired by 3pm

I get frustrated because I am sick of carrying this extra weight around.

My Naturopath feels I’m biking to hard. And suggested I slow the pace down and go longer.

So I bike longer slower , I like it better. I’m not as tired afterwards.

So tweaking more things.

I hope someday I find that sweet spot that revs up my thyroid helps the adrenals and I can feel great and get this fat off my ass once and for all.

I will continue to eat mostly plant based. The other benefit it has is it’s helped my bone pain . I still get it just not 24/7

I do love to meditate and I also enjoy qigong.

One day at a time is all we can do.

Well here’s to wellness!!

Have a great day.

Deb Andio

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TOP 20 PLANT-BASED HEALTH PROFESSIONALS TO FOLLOW

If you’re new to the plant-based movement, or if you’re just interested in who else is out there sharing the message of health, here are some of the top plant-based health professionals leading the movement.

These are certainly not the only plant-based professionals (doctors, nutritionists, dietitians, and other health care providers) dedicated to making this a healthier world, but they’re definitely 20 of the top individuals in the plant-based health movement that you’re going to want to follow.

Learn from them. Share what they have to say with others.

There’s a health-focused plant-based revolution occurring, and it’s happening in large part because of these individuals who advocate a plant-based diet and lifestyle.

1. T. Colin Campbell, PhD

Dr. Campbell is the Professor Emeritus of Nutritional Biochemistry at Cornell University who has spent the last few decades focusing on long-term health and nutrition through a plant-based diet. He has conducted extensive research on health. His expertise is in the relationship of diet and diseases, especially cancer. Dr. Campbell is a co-author of The China Study, a book the summarizes findings from over two decades of research in China on plant-based diets and disease. Dr. Campbell is also the author of Whole, and he’s the individual who coined the term “whole food, plant-based.” His most recent book is The Low-Carb Fraud.

The T. Colin Campbell Center for Nutrition Studies offers a Certificate in Plant-Based Nutrition through eCornell, with courses taught by a number of plant-based professionals. Dr. Campbell is also featured in health-based documentaries including: VegucatedForks Over Knives, and the most recent PlantPure Nation.

Visit the Nutrition Studies website and follow them on Facebook and Twitter.

2. John McDougall, MD

A long time plant-based advocate, Dr. McDougall is the author of The Starch Solution. He promotes a starch-based approach to a whole food, plant-based diet. Dr. McDougall emphasizes starches to make sure that people eat enough calories and don’t wither away on lettuce, thinking that a plant-based diet doesn’t work. The starch solution allows you to eat the foods you love, just keep it low fat. Potatoes, rice, corn, and beans make up the staples.

He has written various books over the years including the The McDougall Program. And, along with his wife Mary the McDougall’s have a number of other books and cookbooks helping people with the lifestyle. From The New McDougall Cookbook: 300 Delicious Ultra-Low-Fat Recipes to The McDougall Quick and Easy Cookbook to The McDougall Program for Maximum Weight loss, you’ll likely find something to help you get started. Become a “Starchivore” and get healthy by keeping it simple and enjoying your food. Dr. McDougall was also featured in the documentary Forks Over Knives.

You can visit the Dr. McDougall’s Health & Medical Center website to learn more, as well as following them on Facebook and Twitter.

3. Caldwell Esselstyn, MD

Dr. Esselstyn brings the clinical side of plant-based diet research, and he shares his program for health through the Cleveland Clinic Wellness Institute. He has conducted long-term studies on heart disease, helping his patients to overcome heart disease through diet and lifestyle.

For people who want to reverse their heart disease, Dr. Caldwell advocates a very low fat, OIL-FREE, plant-based diet. Seriously though, no oils. Especially if people are interested in reversing their disease, they need to be strict. Positive results are definitely there to be had, but you have to be committed. Dr. Caldwell was featured in Forks Over Knives, is the author of Prevent and Reverse Heart Disease: The Revolutionary, Scientifically Proven, Nutrition-Based Cure, and his wife and daughter co-authored the cookbook, providing a number of healthy recipes.

Dr. Caldwell is also the father of Rip Esselstyn, of The Engine 2 Diet which follows a very similar approach to Dr. Esselstyn’s guidelines, but with an emphasis on preventing heart disease by starting those diet and lifestyle recommendations younger, before disease sets in.

Top 20 Plant-Based Health Professionals to Follow

The Esselstyns also host an event called Plant Stock every year in New York. The event is comprised of a couple of plant-filled days with guest speakers; healthy, plant based meals; and like-minded people all in one place. Visit the Engine 2 website to find out who will be speaking at this year’s event; they’ve got quite the line-up!

You can learn more about preventing and reversing heart disease on Dr. Esselstyn’s Prevent and Reverse Heart Disease Program website and follow them on Facebook and Twitter.

4. Neal Barnard, MD

Dr. Barnard is the founder and president of the Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine (PCRM). He is also the president of the newly opened Barnard Medical Center. Dr. Barnard’s focus is on preventing and reversing diabetes through a plant-based diet and lifestyle. He has written various books and was featured in Forks Over Knives.

Some of his books include: Dr. Neal Barnard’s Program for Reversing Diabetes21-Day Weight Loss KickstartPower Foods for the Brain, and he is the co-author of The Get Healthy, Go Vegan Cookbook. Dr. Barnard’s work shows that diabetes isn’t a lifelong diagnosis, or at least it doesn’t have to be. You can take control of your health through a low fat, plant-based lifestyle. Follow Dr. Barnard on Facebook and Twitter.

5. Michael Greger, MD

Dr. Greger puts out free daily videos and articles on his non-profit website NutritionFacts.org, where he provides nutrition advice on various aspects of a plant-based diet and healthy living in general.

 

NutritionFacts.org takes a very science-based approach to health. On the site you’ll find updates of current findings studies and the latest scientific news regarding health. He is also the author of the new book How Not to Die: Discover the Foods Scientifically Proven to Prevent and Reverse Disease. Dr. Greger has garnered quite a following, and for good reason. His informative videos make it easier to understand and share the information with others. Setting the example for a healthy lifestyle, he also walks on his treadmill everyday to fit in his exercise while working and sharing the plant based message.

You can follow Dr. Greger on his personal website and on Facebook and Twitter.

6. Michael Klaper, MD

Dr. Klaper is a long time plant-based diet and nutrition advocate who recognised the link between diet and disease which led him to develop his own lifestyle programs. After following his own program he lost weight and considerably reduced his cholesterol levels. Dr. Klaper is at various conferences and speaking events throughout the year, including weekly talks at the TrueNorth Health Center in Santa Rosa, CA.

He has written Vegan Nutrition: Pure and Simple and Pregnancy, Children, and the Vegan Diet, and he features in a number of informative health videos including Sense and Nonsense in Nutrition: A Look at Today’s Most Common Health Myths. Along with a number of other plant-based educators he’ll be on the Holistic Holiday at Sea cruise this year from late February to March. Learn a bit more about Dr. Klaper on his website.

7. Joel Fuhrman, MD

Dr. Fuhrman has written several books including: Eat to Live, the Eat to Live Cookbook, and The End of Diabetes: The Eat to Live Plan to Prevent and Reverse Diabetes. His approach to health and a plant-based diet involves eating nutrient-rich foods: vegetables; fresh fruits; beans; nuts, seeds and avocados, starchy vegetables; and whole grains. Keeping other foods to a minimum, there’s also an emphasis on raw foods.

Dr. Fuhrman strongly promotes eating nutrient-dense foods, as he calls them “micronutrient-rich foods.” To explain his approach to health, he uses his “health equals nutrients divided by calories” (H = N/C) equation. And if you’re following his Nutritarian food pyramid, you should eat a variety of colourful foods, and lots of vegetables. The logic is simple: get healthy by eating healthy foods. Go to his website to learn more.

8. Alan Goldhamer, D.C.

Dr. Goldhamer is the co-author of The Pleasure Trap: Mastering the Hidden Force that Undermines Health & Happiness. He is also the director and co-founder of the TrueNorth Health Center in California, along with his wife, Dr. Jennifer Marano.

The center is a well-rounded facility that focuses on the different aspects of health, having medical, chiropractic, psychotherapy, counseling, massage, amongst other health-related services. The TrueNorth Health Center also specialises in, and is well-known for its’ therapeutic water fasting where you can heal under the supervision of medical professionals knowing that your health is their top priority.

You can learn more about Dr. Goldhamer and meet the rest of the TrueNorth staff by visiting their website.

Related: Top 5 Whole Food Plant Based Diet Cookbooks You Need to Have

9. Doug Lisle, PhD

Dr. Lisle, with Dr. Goldhamer, is a co-author of The Pleasure Trap: Mastering the Hidden Force that Undermines Health & Happiness. He is also the Director of Research at the TrueNorth Health Center. Dr. Lisle has a private practice in psychotherapy at TrueNorth, and he is a lecturer for the eCornell Plant-Based Nutrition Certificate Program. Watch a Tedx presentation on The Pleasure Trap by Dr. Lisle on his personal website, which can also take you to the TrueNorth site where you can learn more about him.

10. Matt Lederman, MD

Dr. Lederman seeks to treat patients with chronic illness by reversing disease through diet and lifestyle changes, eliminating the need for medication. He was featured in the Forks Over Knives documentary and is an eCornell Plant-Based Nutrition Certificate Program lecturer. He works at Transition To Health, a medical, nutrition, and wellness center where they take a holistic approach to health. And he is co-author of The Forks Over Knives Plan: How to Transition to the Life-Saving, Whole-Food, Plant-Based Diet. Dr. Lederman is currently working with Whole Foods Market as a medical health and wellness expert.

Visit the Transition To Health website for more.

11. Alona Pulde, MD

Dr. Pulde also works at the Transition To Health Center. With an education in traditional oriental medicine and western medicine, Dr. Pulde brings a unique blend of eastern and western influence to nutrition and lifestyle medicine. She is co-author of The Forks Over Knives Plan and you can read some of Dr. Pulde and Dr. Lederman’s article contributions on the Forks Over Knives website. With Whole Foods Market, Dr. Pulde and Dr. Lederman are currently working to create medical centers that use nutrition and lifestyle when possible to prevent and reverse disease, avoiding the need for pills or other procedures.

You can follow Dr. Pulde and Dr. Lederman on Facebook and Twitter.

12. Thomas M. Campbell, MD

Top 20 Plant-Based Health Professionals to Follow

Dr. Thomas Campbell is the son of Dr. T. Colin Campbell and co-author of The China Study. You can find numerous articles he has written on health and a plant-based diet on the T. Colin Campbell Center for Nutrition Studies website. A marathon runner and health advocate, Dr. Campbell is also the author of The Campbell Plan: The Simple Way to Lose Weight and Reverse Illness, Using The China Study’s Whole-Food, Plant-Based Diet. Learn more about Dr. Thomas Campbell on The Campbell Plan website.

And follow The Campbell Plan on Facebook.

13. Garth Davis, MD

Dr. Davis is a plant-based doctor based in Houston, Texas. As a weight loss surgeon he decided to figure out what really led people to his operating table. He began a plant-based diet for health reasons and now shares the message with others. Dr. Davis, along with Howard Jacobson, is the author of Proteinaholic: How Our Obsession with Meat Is Killing Us and What We Can Do About It. You can listen to a podcast with Rich Roll about “Our Misplaced Obsession with Protein,” and learn more about Dr. Davis in another Rich Roll podcast “Weight Loss Surgeon Turned PlantPower Crusader.”

You can follow Dr. Davis on Facebook and Twitter.

14. Dean Ornish, MD

A long-time plant-based diet and healthy lifestyle advocate, Dr. Ornish has written a number of books including: The SpectrumEat More, Weigh Less; and Everyday Cooking with Dr. Dean Ornish. Dr. Ornish advocates a low-fat, plant-based, mainly vegetarian diet along with other healthy lifestyle practices for reversing heart disease and improving overall health. Find out more about Ornish Lifestyle Medicine and learn more about Dr. Ornish on his personal website.

Follow Dr. Ornish on Facebook and Twitter.

15. Pam Popper, PhD, ND

Dr. Pam Popper is a Naturopath and Executive Director of Wellness Forum Health, which offers individuals and health care providers educational programs to encourage evidence-based and informed decisions regarding health. She is co-author of Food Over Medicine: The Conversation That Could Save Your Life and was featured in the Forks over Knives documentary. You will also find informative videos on all aspects of health on her YouTube channel. Learn more about Dr. Pam on The Wellness Forum website or visit her website.

You can follow The Wellness Forum on Twitter.

16. Ginny Messina, MPH, RD

Ginny has helped research and develop advice and information regarding a vegan diet for PCRM. She is also co-author of Vegan for Her: The Woman’s Guide to Being Healthy and Fit on a Plant-Based DietVegan for Life: Everything You Need to Know to Be Healthy and Fit on a Plant-Based DietNever Too Late to Go Vegan: The Over-50 Guide to Adopting and Thriving on a Plant-Based Diet. There is a dedicated Vegan for Her website, and Ginny has her own website The Vegan RD where she shares health advice and her thoughts on vegan living. An ethical vegan with a long-time interest in animal rights, learn a bit more about what led Ginny to become vegan.

Follow Ginny on Facebook and Twitter.

17. Jack Norris, RD

Top 20 Plant-Based Health Professionals to Follow

Jack Norris a registered dietitian and also the President and Executive Director of Vegan Outreach. He co-authored the Vegan for Life book with Ginny Messina. He is the author of B12: Are You Getting It?, and the website VeganHealth.org is also maintained by Jack. His website JackNorrisRD is dedicated to plant-based nutrition information and news, as well as information for vegan advocates. Follow the blog to get resources and find out about updates to VeganHealth.org.

18. Joel Kahn, MD

Dr. Kahn takes an holistic approach to heart disease, and he is the author of Dead Execs Don’t Get Bonues: The Ultimate Guide to Survive Your Career With A Healthy Heart. His newly openedKahn Center for Cardiac Longevity addresses various heart-related conditions with treatments that stop and reverse heart disease. Dr. Kahn’s approach focuses on natural treatments whenever possible. Learn more about Dr. Kahn and his natural treatments on his website.

19. Jeff Novick, MS, RD

Sharing the plant-based message with a sense of humour, Jeff is a dietitian and nutritionist. He was Director of Nutrition for almost a decade at the Pritikin Longevity Center in Miami, Florida. Both past and present, Jeff has held a number of other health-related positions at various institutions and initiatives. With years of experience specialising in the areas of health, nutrition, fitness, and natural living, he is now an educator and lecturer on these topics. Jeff also works at the TrueNorth Health Center. Learn more about Jeff on his website.

20. Julianna Hever, MS, RD, CPT

Top 20 Plant-Based Health Professionals to Follow

A well-known plant-based figure, Julieanna is the Plant-Based Dietitian. She has been featured on a number of plant-based and healthy living programs, sharing the plant-based message. She is the author of the best-selling book The Complete Idiot’s Guide to Plant-Based NutritionThe Vegiterranean Diet, as well as The Complete Idiot’s Guide to Gluten-Free Vegan Cooking, and she also contributed recipes to the Forks Over Knives The Cookbook.

On her website there are a series of videos covering various aspects of plant-based life from her TV show What Would Julieanna Do? on Veria Living. On the show, she also spoke with a number of other plant-based professionals. You can find Julieanna on Facebook where she often shares informative posts with lots of quality plant-based diet resources for you to check out. Learn more about the Plant-Based Dietitian on her website.

21. (Bonus) Dr. Kim Williams, MD

Last, but certainly not least, is someone who particularly deserves a mention: Dr. Kim Williams. He is a cardiologist and head of the cardiology department at Rush University Medical Center. And, in no small feat, Dr. Williams was also the first vegan president of the American College of Cardiology! Watch a video of Dr. Williams talking a bit about his experience. Further, you can read an article in The New York Times about the reasons behind his transition to a vegan diet.

You can follow Dr. Williams on Twitter.

Conclusion

You can follow these individuals on social media or visit their websites to find out more about what they do.

As you’ll find out, many of them have passed on their passion for health to their children and family who are also actively helping to share the powerful message of plants.

Change is happening, and these plant-based health professionals are helping to lead the way. They’re part of the plant-based revolution, out to end chronic illness through a whole, plant foods approach.

It’s not hard to transition to or follow a plant-based diet, it just takes a change in mindset. Out with the old, in with the new.

Take control of your life and health. Let these plant-based health professionals lead the way for you. They know what they’re talking about.

They have a lot of overlap in the advice they give, but find someone who suits you. It can really help to have some solid advice to follow when you’re getting going with the plant-based lifestyle. Or, maybe have a few approaches that you blend together to come up with something that works for you.

But, whoever you follow, the fundamentals are generally the same: eat whole plant foods.

Get some healthy, plant-based cookbooks to help get you started.

It’s not rocket science, but it’s your ticket to health.

Many of these individuals also speak at various plant-based events throughout the year, so keep your eye out for them. They have a lot of knowledge and experience to share.

These are certainly not the only great plant-based health care professionals out there, but they are definitely 20 of the most influential leaders of the plant-based movement that you’re going to want to follow.

These individuals are primarily based in the US, but there are plant-based professionals around the world.

 

Find a Plant-Based Doctor

There’s a growing list on Plant-Based Doctors. Just “Browse Our Database” to see if there’s a doctor in your area.

You can also find a plant-based professional in Australia or New Zealand on Whole Plant Based Health, which is a great resource for further plant-based info.

There may be some overlap with the above sources, but you can also check out Happy Herbivore’s Plant-Based Doctor List.

An excellent way to get started with the plant-based lifestyle is with vegan recipes that show you that being healthy can still taste great!

Here’s to the plant-based health revolution!

 

Link to actual story and info.

 

http://www.theveganjunction.com/top-20-plant-based-health-professionals-to-follow/

Posted in Ahlbacks Disease, Arthritis, Avascular Necrosis, Bone Health, Chronic Pain, Ease your Stress, Eat Healthy, Endocrinologist, Factor V Leiden, Food Is Thy Medicine, Gluten Free, Hashimoto

Hashimoto

I was diagnosed with hypothyroidism in 1996 I was 34 and I really have never felt myself since then.

I always try to live a decent life kind to others , help in my community and I’d rather be happy than mad or sad.

But ….. I still always felt fatigued, more tired than I should be.

Actually if I’m honest with myself it seems as if the symptoms just get worse more intense.

 

I have asked countless doctors over the last 20+ years to check me for Hashimoto Disease because the countless adjustments to synthroid , levothyroxine and now armour just isn’t helping , it helps for a couple months then adjustments happen and I just feel worse .

 

Finally tested and diagnosed

April 2018 w/ Hashimoto

 

Sure everyday I wake up happy

But I soon feel

exhausted

fatigued

sluggish

winded

My skin is dry, my eyes are dry, my mouth is dry, my hair is dry and thinning.

 

I have this constant feeling on my throat as if a thumb is pressing on it.

 

We won’t talk about the weight gain over the last 20 years. I mean really between this and osteoarthritis -osteonecrosis I just get overwhelming-some days

But what sucks is the inability to lose the weight

So time to change the way I eat again ….

I have already gone to mostly plant based now I have to try and go gluten free.

As Hashimoto is linked to gut as is most auto immune conditions.

Hashimoto vs Hypothyroidism

This common question can be confusing to even veteran thyroid patients.

 

Let’s clear up the main difference: Hashimoto’s thyroiditis is a disease; hypothyroidism is a condition.

 

In the United States, hypothyroidism is most commonly caused by Hashimoto’s thyroiditis, but the two terms are not interchangeable.

 

Hashimoto’s thyroiditis is an autoimmune disease that affects your thyroid gland. It is sometimes known as Hashimoto’s disease, autoimmune thyroiditis, or chronic lymphocytic thyroiditis. In Hashimoto’s, antibodies react against proteins in your thyroid gland, causing gradual destruction of the gland itself, and making it unable to produce the thyroid hormones your body needs.

Diagnosis

I had to insist on this test because I was blown off for years by several doctors when I asked for this test.

 

 

High levels of antibodies against thyroglobulin (TG) and thyroid peroxidase (TPO), detected via blood test

 

Hashimoto’s typically involves a slow but steady destruction of your gland that eventually results in the thyroid’s inability to produce sufficient thyroid hormone—the condition known as hypothyroidism. Along the way, however, there can be periods where your thyroid sputters back to life, even causing temporary hyperthyroidism, then a return to hypothyroidism. This cycling back and forth between hypothyroidism and hyperthyroidism is characteristic of Hashimoto’s disease.

 

 

So, for example, periods of anxiety/insomnia/may be followed by periods of depression/fatigue/weight gain.

In some cases, the onset of Hashimoto’s and elevation of antibodies will be accompanied by a variety of symptoms, including anxiety, difficulty sleeping, fatigue, weight changes, depression, hair loss, muscle/joint aches and pains, and fertility problems, among others.

 

 

Ultimately, however, the autoimmune attack on the thyroid typically makes the gland slowly less able to function, and eventually, the thyroid becomes underactive.

 

So I wonder in 1996 did i have Hashimoto? When i was diagnosed with hypothyroidism ? Or did it morph into this…..

 

More to come as I learn to get this under control……

 

thyroid

 

 

 

 

 

Posted in Ahlbacks Disease, Arthritis, Avascular Necrosis, Awareness, Blessed, Bone Health, Chronic Pain, Endocrinologist, Factor V Leiden, Hashimoto, Hypothyroidism, Inflammation, Lemon, Sunshine

Sunshine Blogger Award

I am always humbled and honored when someone nominates me for a blogger award.

Out of so many bloggers, you thought of me.

Thank you, Christine , for nominating me for the Sunshine blogger award.

Thank you for sharing your information and knowledge to the world. I hope you enjoy your retirement

Here are the rules:

• Thank blogger(s) who nominated you for the blog post and link back to their blog if possible.

• Answer the 5 questions the blogger asked you.

• Nominate 5 new blogs to receive the award and write them 5 new questions.

• List the rules and display Sunshine Blogger Award logo in your post and/or blog

1. Is it sunny where you are today? Today no it’s raining in Ohio

2. Why did you start your blog? I started blogging to bring awareness to disorders like Osteonecrosis-Osteoarthritis-Hypothyroidism-Now Hashimoto and how eating healthy can combat pain and inflammation

3. How long have you been blogging?

About 2 years but I’m still learning as I go.

4. Give us some information on your platform. I wrote about my health challenges and how I am changing how I eat to feel better.

5. What food reminds you of sunshine? Anything made with lemons.

Posted in Ahlbacks Disease, Arthritis, Avascular Necrosis, Awareness, Bone Health, Chronic Pain, Eat Healthy, exercise, Inflammation, Life, Mindfulness, osteoarthritis, Osteonecrosis, Pain, Positivity, spondylolisthesis, Uncategorized, Weather

Bones

It still looks like winter out in NE Ohio today even though it’s

07 April 2018.

This is what I woke up to . But I also woke up to pain as well. I mean every bone in my body hurts today.

It’s weird hearing the birds of spring singing away while there is a fresh 3 inches of snow on the ground.

Still be chilled to the bone during winter and now spring is bad for the bones , very little sun, less exercise outdoors, and the drastic swings in the temperature are also painful. One day it’s rainy and 50 today it’s snowy and 30.

I try to stay moving in spite of the weather by riding my recumbent bike.

But I would really like to get outside and breath some fresh air.

On average Ohio has 60 sunny days a year and about 90 partly sunny days a year ( I think that’s a bit high as well)

And Orlando Florida has 233 sunny days a year. That’s a big difference.

No wonder why we have to take vitamin D supplements here.

I’d still prefer to get my vitamin D the natural way.

Less sun means that your body is making less Vitamin D. Vitamin D is produced when sunlight hits the skin and triggers a series of chemical reactions to produce Vitamin D.

People like me in northern latitudes with less year round sun exposure have to be very mindful of the fact that our bodies do not produce this essential vitamin in large enough quantities. In order to counteract the lack of sunlight, more Vitamin D supplements should be consumed during the winter months in order to keep the bones healthy and strong.

A healthy balanced diet will help you build strong bones from an early age and maintain them throughout your life.

We need sufficient calcium to strengthen our bones and vitamin D to help your body absorb calcium.

Poor bone health can cause conditions such as rickets and osteoporosis and increase the risk of breaking a bone from a fall later in life.

You should be able to get all the nutrients you need for healthy bones by eating healthy.

A good diet is only one of the building blocks for healthy bones, we need physical activity and a little bit of weight lifting.

Food for Strong Bones

A healthy balanced diet will help you build strong bones from an early age and maintain them throughout your life.

You need sufficient calcium to strengthen your bones and vitamin D to help your body absorb calcium.

Poor bone health can cause conditions such as rickets and osteoporosis and increase the risk of breaking a bone from a fall.

Requirements

Adults need 700mg of calcium a day. You should be able to get all the calcium you need by eating a varied and balanced diet.

Good sources of calcium include:

• milk, cheese,yogurt eggs and other dairy foods

• green leafy vegetables, such as broccoli, cabbage and okra, collards,asparagus, artichokes , peas.

• soybeans

• tofu

• nuts

• fish like tuna and salmon and also fish where you eat the bones, such as sardines and pilchards

Although spinach might appear to contain a lot of calcium, it also contains oxalic acid, which reduces calcium absorption, and it is therefore not a good source of calcium.

It is difficult to get all the vitamin D we need from our diet and we get most of our vitamin D from the action of the sun on our skin.

Winter and early springs temperatures can bring on a gloomy mood, sending your body into chronic stress and that triggers the production of cortisol . Cortisol destroyer of bone

Clouds the mood buster.

So yes I can’t wait for sun and warmer temperatures

Warm weather improves more than just your mood.

It turns out that warm, sunny weather actually boosts brain function in multiple ways. The study found that the more time people spent outdoors in the spring, the better their memory, cognitive function, and mood.

So I am anxiously awaiting spring to finally arrive. My bones will be so glad when the weather gets warmer.

At least the Sun is out today.

Just remember if you have bone problems take care of yourself and eat healthy.

I will probably have a heating pad on my knee later but for now I am just going to try and keep busy.

And enjoying the beautiful winter/spring day hopefully for the day until next winter.

#Osteonecrosis

#Osteoarthritis

#Spondylolisthesis

#BoneHealth

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Reasons Why The Cold Weather Can Affect Your Body

As we finally approach the end of winter the pain has probably began to increase in regards to spondylolisthesis, or any other bone or joint problem.

I have been blessed to have several bone issues.

Bone pain is always worse in winter and long rainy cool spells.

This may just be some odd coincidence, but I believe there are a few possible factors for this increase in the cold months.

Pay attention to the following reasons and see if you also have experienced any of them.

If you have or if you do feel an increase of pain with the cold weather, try to make a few adjustments to combat the following possibilites.

1. Cold weather leads to lazziness.

For me personally, when I sit around more often than not I get extremely tight in the hips and low back area.  I lose stability and strength in areas that are crucial for maintaining good health and providing relief for my low back.

I don’t always want to be active because besides having spondylolisthesis, which alone is so painful I have osteoarthritis and osteonecrosis.

I guess it’s the universes way of saying hey Deb your bones are jacked!

When the temperature drops, those outdoor activities disappear and unfortunately they are replaced by lots more sitting.  Sitting is not good. Our bodies were not meant to sit. Especially if it’s hours at a time.

Daily walks long or short are replaced by computer activities. 

Many other outdoor activities are replaced by sitting and watching them on TV. 

Solution:

I try to stay active as much as possible considering I have several bone issue challenges

Trips to indoor malls , the library, or bookstore , museum Instead of sitting is best.

I haven’t been able to do my favorite outdoor activity hiking since I was diagnosed with osteonecrosis in my knee 4 years ago and I miss it terribly. I hope someday I can get back to it. I have faith.

One of the main things I do is to stay disciplined with my daily workouts well I call them workouts.

I stay as conscientious as I can of how much I sit and try hard to not sit for long periods of time.

Yes there’s days I do but mostly I don’t.

When I work on the computer, I try to get up every 15 minutes or so even if it only involves a quick hip stretch or movement.

No matter how cold it gets outside, I try to stay as active as I can by replacing old outdoor activities with new indoor activities that involve movement.

This has really helped me to avoid cold weather setbacks with my back and often my knee. But don’t get me wrong I still will get some bad days it’s just not everyday or all day.

The worst is when we have long days of extreme cold or that dreaded all day rain that chills you, the back hurts the knee hurts and the entire body hurts .

Sometimes it’s exhausting.

But I try to keep somewhat busy.

Thank goodness for my recumbent bike.

Some days I just do a mile 1-2x a day and that’s ok. Other days I do 3 miles 1-2 x a day.

2. Cold weather can lead to poor eating habits.

Just like in the first example, when you sit around more and become lazy you usually begin to eat poorly. 

Often times shear boredom leads to bad eating habits. That bag of chips or chocolate cake that you usually would ignore in the summer begins to work its way back into your diet.

The cold weather months typically cause people to put on a few more pounds. 

I haven’t put on weight but I can never seem to lose it no matter what I do……thanks hypothyroidism

For many holidays do not help either.  Large amounts of sitting around and eating during Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Years are often to blame for excess pounds.

This leads to a snowball effect of being lazy.  You sit around more which creates the sense of boredom. 

Many people replace being bored with the feeling of hunger , I used to do that.

You then overeat causing the body to feel lethargic and lazy and the cycle continues.

Before you know it you plow through a box of cookies and a bowl of ice cream while you sit and watch six hours of re-runs of your favorite TV show.

Talk about creating a perfect storm!

The entire body then becomes inflamed at least for me it did.

So I changed

I stopped most not all of the processed snacks.

I started eating more plant based but I am not a vegan as I do have fish or chicken 1x a week and eggs a couple times a week.

My pain level dropped a lot but I feel healthier still waiting for the weight to fall off.

The sitting and excess weight reduces the ability to move properly which could create instability, weakness and eventually painful spondylolisthesis episodes.

These habits take the place of the activities you are used to in the warmer months wher you spend more time being active and not thinking about food.

Solution:

I tend to fight this cycle by paying close attention to what I eat and I’m learning to drink-extra water.  I find that providing my body with plenty of water helps to fight those boring food craves. 

This in combination with staying active helps to keep away the extra cold weather added pounds but more important the inflammation that throws pain scale off the chart.

3.Cold weather makes working out and exercising much harder.

I find that when the weather drops workouts tend to become much harder.

Those quick trips to the park or walk in the plaza get harder when you have to scrape ice off of your car for fifteen minutes. It’s a pain to put on 2 layers of clothing just to stay warm on your way to the store really sucks.

My daily workouts are crucial to staying pain free. Without them my body gets weak, tight and doesn’t move the way it should. IPain is quick to follow.

Mentally I do not let myself get down or lazy. If the temperature is freezing outside I stay in and ride the bike more do gentle stretches.

More often than not if I feel like skipping a workout and I just tell myself to replace the workout with a good warm-up and stretch, I get through the stretch and I am suddenly motivated to workout. That workout that I wanted to skip then turns into a great stretch and workout.

I just know when I have pain or have no pain I feel better when I am moving . I can’t do many things I used to but I can learn new ways.

I have noticed that when we stay mindful and not become stagnant in my life i feel better.

And for that

I am grateful

Here’s some stretches I do to help my spondylolisthesis

Spondylolisthesis Exercise

How I get the kinks out

Shoulders and Back

Hmmm love these guys.

Can meniscus tear heal

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