EXERCISE

Enjoying Happy Holidays While Limiting Misunderstandings

 

The holidays are upon us and it can be a time when people are a bit extra-sensitive.  

Seemingly innocent comments that are made in passing that can occur as criticism, an invitation that did not happen can be devastating, a request that you made that went unheard can feel like total rejection, a thwarted expectation or disappointment or being at the effect of another’s constraints can make you feel so small and diminished that you shrug it off and just stop caring or worse even, reject the other! 

All of these can be misunderstandings that get blown out of proportion, waste time and love and cause us pain during the holidays, especially. Holidays are a particularly sensitive time about what is expected from others: in viewing others’ families as being perfect, in tuning into TV and seeing beautiful and idealized family and friendship-styled shows of how life is ‘supposed to’ be, we wanted to support people in having the best holiday season they could create!

Here is our “How-To Guide for Enjoying the Holidays" and feeling most alive and satisfied in the process.

  • Get your rest. Attempt to be in bed at the same time each night and greet the sunshine at the same time each morning.
  • Attempt at abstaining from alcohol during the holidays if it affects your sleep quality. Or if you tend to get extra sensitive or depressed when you drink. Or have your drink a little bit earlier in the evening so that you can rest more soundly.  
  • Make sure that your vitamin D level is maximized. The winter months are devoid of rendering this critical hormone through sunshine, so one usually has to take supplements. Check with your health care professional! And know that maximizing your hormone D level can stave off depression!
  • Make exercise a priority! Yes, even in between feasting! Get your endorphins performing for good mood, have your muscles firing and your body leaner—especially if you break from your diet.  Exercise will create a better feeling of health, deeper and more restorative sleep, and you may feel more enlivened just honoring your word to your body as you know that daily exercise is so good for you! 
  • Pick up a pair of compassion glasses to put on your eyes. You cannot get these through retail, etail nor mail order.  Harkening back on the holiday song—“It’s the Most Wonderful Time of The Year”..at holiday time, people sometimes get out of their comfort zone to think of those in need, to reach out to loved ones and others—it is kind of a time where we have social permission to be of ‘good cheer’ –peace on earth good will towards men, etc.. And it is great to realize that we can don these ‘compassion glasses’ any minute and any time of the year.  And once they are on our eyes, perhaps we can see that everyone of us has a story, a history, pain and loss and each one of us has adapted as best we can.   And when we can see the other as ourself—that is a big key to avoiding misunderstandings.      
  • Print out a calendar of the holiday season. Take a look at the days that you want to be with others-and reach out.  It does not matter if you have not heard from them or seen them in a while. While we are alive, it is wonderful to connect and create events and celebrate. Step out and do it!  
  • Do some good! Volunteering to raise money, feed the hungry or give gifts or toys to sick children or families in need during the holidays is a great way to do good and also avoid pain and misunderstandings. This will release healthful chemicals in your brain which will make you feel better by doing good—and you will feel more alive and less apt to misunderstand things said or not said by family and friends.
  • Do some things differently! If you always go there-invite others to come to you! Or invite a new set of people! Maybe do a Secret Santa for your office, where you raise funds for an organization that does good! One person the Team knows had gifts given to a young teen Mom with a newborn—and it was the best holiday the family of this person shared as they all felt a bond in doing good for others! Or better yet, volunteer with a group of family members or friends!  There are even holiday sing-a-longs at nursing homes. Everyone wins when you give of your time! And again you are less apt to take things the wrong way because you can be feeling happy!
  • Have gratitude for what you do have. And express it to those for whom it matters. Pretend this is your last day on earth and what would you like people to know about you and how you think and feel about others. We never know if it will be our last day or not so we invite you to express yourself today!
  • Finally, see the humor! Think of the funny side of things.  If you are late, don’t sweat it—just call and tell them!  If someone comments about you, just realize that is the way they are and see that it is from caring and that it is really funny in a way that the person always shows up for you that way.  Own how others are to you and see if you are contributing to their thinking. If so change it. If not, be compassionate and good humored.

To your holidays! Be happy! Be healthy! You can choose! Choose to win!

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Breast Cancer Prevention Through Healthy Lifestyle

 

Yes, breast cancer is increasing both nationwide and worldwide.

The Teams’ friend, Jessica made a choice to not have regular mammograms.

Her rationale is this:

  • She claims more than her share of mammograms from ages 40-55
  • She nursed her baby for a year
  • She does moderately to high intensity exercises almost daily
  • She does not drink
  • She sleeps 7 hours or 8 per night
  • She optimizes her vitamin D levels cutting the risk of breast cancer by 45% (per Dr. Michael Holick, BU)
  • She eats healthy fats , low sugar and carbs, and generally enjoys a low glycemic diet.

Is Jessica correct to do without mammograms? 

Maybe, except Jessica is between 60-69 years of age.

Research has shown that getting a mammogram during the age range of 60-90, makes a difference.

Jessica has no cancer gene nor any first degree relative with breast cancer.

So except for her previous years of mammogram screenings, she is low risk.

We are thinking that Jessica might opt for a (no radiation) sonogram/ultrasound! But we are not her doctor!

Is Jessica really doing all she can to prevent breast cancer?

She is doing self- exams (which are not so much recommended these days) and having regular pap smears and colon screening—which are linked to lower rates of breast cancer.  

[i] Other lifestyle suggestions of cancer preventative steps:

  • Don’t have more than 70 grams of protein per day
  • Avoid soy products
  • Lose excess fat
  • Drink organic green juice daily  
  • Use good quality omega three oil[ii]-increased omega three and decreased omega 6 is inversely associated with breast cancer risk (Modernized Mediterranean Diet)
  • Avoid HRT (hormone replacement therapy)
  • Don’t char your meats
  • Avoid hot plastics that leach BPA chemicals
  • Don’t be iodine deficient
  • Fast intermittently
  • Avoid trans fats, animal fats from CAFO animals
  • Lower your stress-avoid major stress in your life if at all possible
  • Catch the sleep train- go to bed so that between 12 AM and 1 AM so that you get  the restorative sleep that you need.  

Common sense and research says that you should avoid smoking and second-hand passive smoke[iii].That you should do 150 minutes of moderate intensity exercise per week 

And you should eat a plant based diet.

It is estimated that healthy lifestyle changes can decrease the risk of 25-30% of breast cancers or more!

High risk women with a family history of breast cancer and women who are susceptible at certain life stages such as childhood, adolescence and early adulthood can also lessen their susceptibility with screening programs and eliminating endocrine disruptors-environmental contaminants[v].  The nature of endocrine disruption[vi] is a larger portion of the risk than is heredity (5-27%) according to another study.  These disruptors include stress!Chemicals, food residues, occupational hazards, pharmaceuticals,cosmetics, water source, alcohol and smoking.  It is concluded that understanding the action of these compounds is critical to preventing their effects on the breast.

And eating organic foods can be beneficial for breast cancer prevention as well.  This same study suggests that "statin-lowering drugs may increase the risk of cancer by decreasing anti-tumor defenses..and the statins are toxic to mitochondria, decrease the omega three:six ratio, increase body mass and insulin resistance and diabetes risk and are associated with increases in breast cancer.  More evidence to suggest that your doctor must guide the avoidance of certain things and the use of other things for prevention of this disease.

 Always check with your doctor to find out the best healthy lifestyle for your own situation regarding breast cancer prevention!

 

We can choose a healthful lifestyle to prevent breast cancer.

We can choose to win!


Click for news and alerts  from theTeam on behalf of Robin Quivers [i] The Benefits of a Ketogenic Diet and Its Role  in Cancer Treatment June 16, 2013

[ii] https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/24903828

[iii] https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/26320441

[iv] Am Soc Clin Oncol Educ Book. 2015;e66-73. Doi: 10.14694/EdBook_AM.2015.35.e66 Can diet and lifestyle prevent breast cancer: what is the evidence? Harvie M, Mowell A, Evans, DG.  

[v] https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/24903828

[vi] https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/23417729

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Tai Chi, Tango And Parkinson's Disease

 

Wow!  With over 4600 articles published within the past 16 months, we set out to find some things to share with you from the past few years, especially regarding the role of exercise as well as benefits of strength training on Parkinson’s disease.

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High Intensity Interval Training Workout

HIIT is literally, high intensity interval training and is sometimes called HIT or a high intensity

interval training workout.

What is high intensity interval training?

It is a form of strength training popularized in the 1970’s by Arthur Jones, the Founder of Nautilus(i). It focuses on muscle use to the point of muscle fatigue/failure and is based on that exercise should be brief, infrequent and intense followed by intervals of less rigorous exercise.

HIIT has been used for decades by seasoned athletes to increase performance and has become more mainstream now due to health benefits as stated well in the Times last year.

A study from Japan[ii], Mercola cites[iii] that fast walk/run intervals (with strolling in between, even for the elderly) can be used as high interval training. This is exciting since walking is easier for most people.  Since HIIT can be very useful and beneficial, it is now available for a greater number of people for health.  Use of the treadmill won’t give you the benefits of HIIT. 

The program Mercola discusses includes repeat walk/run intervals (with high exertion followed by three minutes of strolling).  Recapping 'tortoise/hare' research from 2007, walkers (ages 44-78) completed five sets of intervals for 30 minutes of walking 3 days per week.  A separate and older group walked at a moderate and a consistent pace.  After five months the health indicators for the older moderate walking group had not changed much whereas, the intensity interval walkers significantly improved interval fitness, leg strength and lowered blood-pressure.   

A smaller study in 2005[iv] showed that even with only two weeks of this training that about 80% of college students doubled their performance or how long they could bike at moderate intensity before being too tired. These students were fairly fit going into the study.

HIIT exercise can decrease the risk for metabolic syndrome. Not being active enough.. 'carbs in the form of blood glucose' and 'fat particles in the form of triglycerides' can contribute to metabolic syndrome, obesity, insulin resistance, high cholesterol increasing risk for heart disease and diabetes[v] and in this case lowers cardiovascular risk!

To handle the intensity of HIIT, the body must use new muscle fibers. Once these are trained they can burn fuel even during simpler workouts. Any exercise using the new muscle fiber is going to enhance metabolizing carbs and fats according to Dr. Doyle.   

According to Mercola in 2015, the strategy of doing moderately intense interval walking for 10 minutes, three times a day, three days a week can be very beneficial and many can benefit. 

He recommends not to chronically sit. Sitting is the new smoking and raises your risk for early death. (If you work and are lucky enough to put your computer on a high desk that is a good thing!).

High-intensity interval walking for patients with Type 2 diabetes shows to have helped control blood glucose levels better than continuous moderate exercise, even though the same number of calories were expended by both groups.  High intensity Interval training workout is also more effective at enhancing the patients’ physical fitness and reducing body fat relative to lean muscle tissue.  It is said that you need to be active for ten minutes of every hour. And not to just stand up.     

Mercola recommends a fitness tracker.  Use it to track 7,000-10,000 steps per day. Mercola says this walking is in addition to your fitness program. He recommends stairs where possible, parking further away from the entrance of a building, etc..

 

[vi]  “Walking is a superfood. It’s the defining movement of a human.

  • It is lots easier to get movement than exercise.
  • "Actively sedentary" is a new category for people who are fit for one hour but sitting around for the rest of the day.
  • You cannot offset ten hours of stillness with one hour of exercise”.
  • Mercola indicates that people should start with walking from non-exercise. In 2014 a study showed that two miles of walking a day can cut your chance of being hospitalized from COPD by 50%. In 2013, a study showed that daily walking decreased stroke risk in men over 60, by 33% regardless of the pace.
  • Walking three hours slashed it by 66%. 
  • He advocates walking barefoot too!    

An article this week in The New York Times[vii] warns that HIIT may by its’ very intensity, undercut the potential benefits for the brain. Dr. Nokia is quoted in this article saying that “stress tends to decrease adult hippocampal neurogenesis”.  

Each of us is different.   Before beginning any exercise program you should consult with your doctor.

It is very important for people with heart disease, or high blood pressure or those with joint issues, etc.to make sure they are fit to work out.   

We can choose!

Choose to be active!

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Getting Low Back Pain Relief-Exercise, Education, Relaxation

A friend going to Mexico, suffering from nearly debilitating back pain,

is taking her pain with her!  

She's not happy about the flare-up, worried about the risk of it worsening and of needing more treatment.  But she is going and she will ask people to help with her luggage. She has now shifting her thinking about the trip and is visualizing:

  • relaxation on the beach,
  • napping in the sun and
  • having a great time with her family.

Without opting for all of the pain killers/opioids that this nation has gotten itself addicted to, she will meditate, visualize, do her exercises and have faith that she will be fine!

About one in three of us are suffering from back pain, with the situation in the U.S. costing up to $635 billion annually and the extensively high use of pain meds[i] Within one year of having debilitating low back pain treatment, 75% of us will have a recurrence. Due to the nature of healing back pain or rest,, there can be a ‘spiral of decline' where people take to the couch increasing their inactivity and leading to more pain and more inactivity due to weaker muscles and joints. 

According to NIH (National Institute of Health), pain affects more Americans than diabetes, heart disease and cancer combined.  Pain can be chronic, transient and can occur with other brain-related conditions including depression, post-traumatic stress disorder and brain injury. 

Some medicines help women more than men such as kappa-opiods. Also a study of genes affected by non –steroidal anti-inflammatories (Cox-2) led to discover multiple cell paths to pain relief.  The NIH[ii] lists the common causes of  pain in our back including: herniated disc, spinal stenosis and osteoarthritis. [iii]  If backpain occurs after an injury call the doctor immediately. And if there no weakness or numbness, just rest for a few days, taking anti-inflammatories as tolerated. If no improvement, consult the doctor.     

Some recent articles looked the effect of: sick leave, back belts and shoe insoles and come up rather short with their impact on low back pain relief.

One review study[iv] showed varying degrees of evidence for reducing low back pain from over 6,000 studies of over 30,000 participants:

  • Exercise with education moderately reduced the risk of lower back pain and with just exercise alone showed low to very low evidence for reducing lower back pain.
  • For education alone or for sick leave alone, there was moderate to very low quality evidence of reducing lower back pain.
  • A low to very low quality of evidence showed that back belts help
A study from 2014 had stated that neither foot orthotics nor insoles treated or prevented lower back pain. The article highlighted that future research should standardize types of patients most suited to possible treatments. [v]

A current study regarding a mindfulness-based stress reduction program and cognitive behavioral therapy, showed that  both were better for adults with chronic low back pain[vi], than the just 'usual care'.

Read another of our back pain blogs here!  And remeber that you can choose!

 

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Low Back Pain Relief!

 

Lower back pain relief can be hard to come by with pain so severe that at times one cannot even find comfort sitting down.

According to the American Chiropractic Association, 31 million Americans experience back pain at any given time. And[i] debilitating back pain is the single leading cause of disability worldwide. People cannot work and such back pain is the second most common cause of doctor visits (respiratory infections, being the first cause).

80% of us in our lifetime will seek low back pain treatment for issues which are usually not serious. And Americans spend $50 + billion on these.

Get a proper diagnosis to start!

Is the issue due to..

  • An injury 
  • A sprain or strain
  • A disc issue or arthritis
  • Postural problems
  • Obesity
  • Emotional stress

Each has a distinct approach! Rule out that your pain is coming from a disease: which is much more serious-such as a kidney stone, an infection, blood clots, cancer, arthritis, fracture, or bone loss[iii]!  

If it is not serious and maybe just simple muscle spasm, we present some easy remedies based on recommendations from physical therapists! 

Maybe these suggestions  will work for you as well!

 ALWAYS CHECK WITH YOUR DOCTOR FIRST!

  • Lie on the floor with a pillow under your head and an ice pack flat to (get the 11 x 14 inch navy blue ones you can lie on) your lower back. Rest your calves on top of the seat of a chair. Doing this until the ice warms, and several times daily such as after activity, after work and before bed can reduce the inflammation or soft tissue and stop spasms, perhaps.
  • If you are overweight, lose the weight—it’s not only for your back, but also your knees and hips—not to mention an inflammatory process you might have going on that can affect your organs.  Try to cut sugar and carbs and simply substitute healthy, fat burning fats like walnuts.                       
  • If you have access to a gym or a pool use it! By strengthening your core and lower back muscles safely, it can take the pain and spasms away. Your core will be able to share some of the work that your lower back has to do!  If you have access to a pool—you can swim back and forth and then switch direction quickly-first going with a breast stroke forward and then turning your torso as to strengthen it.
  • You usually cannot injure your muscles in a pool and the water resistance can be very beneficial.  Education about back pain plus moderate exercise has shown to be effective in relief. 
  • Go shopping-within your means of course-but shopping puts you in the realm of creating possibility-and creating possiblity is what makes people feel happy and perhaps better all over!Have someone carry things for around the store while you shop. Consider the fun times ahead in life and don't focus on your back pain! Then the back pain spasm cycle has a chance to break and you can feel better!  
  • Use laughter in your life. Be with others, go to a comedy club. Laughter can also help break the back pain spasms by taking your mind off of the lower back pain. 
  • Watch the alcohol. While it may dull the lower back pain temporarily,, when it wears off you may feel worse not only because you may have moved in a way that could irritate your back, but also alcohol may make you more sedentary—which is not recommended for back pain-- It can also interrupt your sleep quality making you less able to function well and to deal with your pain.   
  • Sleep with a piece of mohair wool under your knees. Using a forgiving piece of mohair wool under your legs for support might allow you to elevate your legs slightly while still being forgiving enough to allow movement when you need it. Unlike other materials that can support your back, this is the gentlest, most malleable and effective material we can recommend.
  • Do not wear back belts or try orthotics as they[ii] do not appear to prevent lower back pain. And skip the heels. Ditto tight pants.

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We can choose!

Choose to break the back pain cycle, if the cause is not serious and consult your doctor! 

 

[i] Global Burden of Disease 2010

[ii] Jama Intern Med. 2016 Feb 1; 176(2):199-208. Doi: 10.1001/jamainternmed.2015.7431. Prevention of Low Back Pain: A Systematic Review and Meta-analysis. Steffens D., et al.

[iii] www.acatoday.org

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High School Athletes Suffer Mild Traumatic Brain Injury-Concussions!

Of those reported, 5.3 million Americans live with a traumatic brain injury disability!  

Many sports-oriented kids, in team sports have sustained a concussion[i]. 

After an ice hockey game when our friends' 15 year old daughter was hit in the head, the daughter spoke in a rude and quite sarcastic way to her high school teacher.  This "out of character", behavior for the usually reserved teen, was clearly one of the signs of concussions in kids.  Our friend did not realize that her daugher had sustained a traumatic brain injury that altered her personality transiently.

That's when we knew we had to write about kid’s concussions.  

The CDC sites that in the past ten years, concussions (which are reported), have doubled with the number of visits to the ER for 8-13 year olds, and that concussions themselves have increased among teens at a 200% rate.  The first concussion can be problematic but following traumatic brain injury hits may cause permanent or long-term brain damage.  

Accumulating more hits to the brain can cause traumatic brain injury disability.

Studies show that a third of those affected will sustain a second concussion the same year. 

 

And 33% of injuries occur from football practice.  Why is that?  One study “tackles” this issue suggesting that many strategies of the game can be used especially during practice that mitigate player to player contact and other behavior that brings on concussion.ncussions.[ii] 

A recent report indicated that children’s’ concussions are ‘vastly under-reported”[iii]  and among the signs of concussions in kids, 90% do not lose consciousness. Concussions are much more likely (82% more) to be triaged in their pediatrician’s office than in the emergency room which is where the CDC gets the statistics they use.  It is also estimated that there are as many as 3.8 million concussions annually during sports, in the United States—both competitive and recreational, with 50% of the injuries unreported.[iv]

Concussion is defined as a "traumatically induced transient disturbance of brain function and involves a complex pathophysiological process" it is usually self-limiting and is in fact, a mild traumatic brain injury.

The highest incidence of traumatic brain injury from football occurs (47 percent-high school football), then ice hockey, rugby, soccer and finally, basketball.   If you have sustained one concussion, you are at a higher risk for another one. And if you have many concussion symptoms, it might take you longer to recover. Women athletes have a greater incidence than men for concussion and young athletes are more likely to have a longer recovery and associated catastrophic injury-traumatic brain injury disability. Preexisting issues such as mood, learning, attention deficit disorders and headaches complicate the management of concussions.

One study suggests that playing fair and wearing helmets for football, lacrosse, hockey and soccer/rugby may prevent impact such as fracture, bleeding and cuts. This however does not correlate with reducing the frequency or severity of the concussion.  

There is more information our now about being able to return to playing sports (Return To Play-PTP) and that sports activity should be done when the individual is free of symptoms, due to concussions decreasing ones’ reaction time.

 

Neuropsychological testing can be used as part of an overall assessment and is useful in managing long-term concussion symptoms.  Children should be assessed on the field and not allowed to continue play.

For the best outcome about this worsening public health issue, is the awareness of coaches, teachers, parents and children in order to mitigate long term effects! [v]

 Choose to be knowledgeable and informed, because our kids brains’ matter!

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[i] http://www.headcasecompany.com/concussion_info/stats_on_concussions_sports 

[ii] Incidence of Concussion During Practice and Games in Youth, High School and Collegiate American Football Players Thomas P Dompier, PHD, ATC, et al JAMA Pediatr. 2015; 169(7):659-665. Doi:10.1001/jamapediatrics.2015.0210.

[iii]  Br J Sports Med.2013 Jan; 47(1):15-26. Doi: 10.1136/bjsports-2012-091941. American Medical Society for Sports Medicine position statement: concussion in sport. Harmon KG, et al.

[v] J Sci Med Sport. 2016 Mar;19(3):194-9. Doi: 10.1016/jsams.2015.02.009. Epub 2015 Feb 24 On-field management and return-to-play in sports-related concussion in children: Are children managed appropriately? Haran HP, et al.http://abcnews.go.com/Health/concussions-children-vastly-underreported-study-finds/story?id=39506549

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Psoriasis-Avoid Depression Symptoms And Gain Heart health

 

"The Heartbreak of Psoriasis"-some of us may recall this from television back in the day.  

Nothing could be more accurate actually.  About 3% of the world is affected and about 150,000 people in the U.S.[i] have psoriasis.

It affects young people ages 20-30 and also those ages 50-60, usually. 

A higher incidence is related to those living further from the equator, and we see that vitamin D hormone is linked to this[ii]. It is recommended that vitamin D be seen as an ‘indispensible component of the current physician’s arsenal in the treatment of psoriasis. 

Symptoms of psoriasis are red rough skin and can be seen over large areas of the body. Smokers have a higher risk of developing psoriasis.  

Flares can come from stress, medications like lithium, beta-blockers and interferon.

What occurs is that the T cells in your body which attack foreign organisms usually-- now turn against healthy skin cells which leads to an overproduction of T cells, new skin cells and white blood cells. It can be genetic and infections such as HIV can also increase your risk. Obesity attracts psoriasis also, as it begins in the folds of your skin.

There are several types of psoriasis. Plaque psoriasis being the most prevalent type (80% of cases). The red or silver scales can appear anywhere on your body or even inside your mouth. It is itchy and painful.

In the U.S., the cost for this is about $1.2 billion dollars per year, (2004).

The complications from this include an increased risk in:

  • metabolic diseases
  • high blood pressure
  • coronary health/cardiovascular disease,
  • diabetes,
  • kidney disease,
  • Parkinson’s,
  • Crohn’s,
  • celiac,
  • psoriatic arthritis
  • eye issues such as uveitis, blepharitis and conjunctivitis.      

Newer medical literature indicates in addition, that patients with psoriasis have:  

  1. Increased waist circumference
  2. A considerable prevalence of symptoms of major depression,
  3. Smoking and regular alcohol intake.[iii]
  4. High risk of cardiovascular disease 47.2% of patients had a moderate to high risk level of fatal and non-fatal coronary events in 10 years. Cardiovascular disease in these patients could be due to traditional risk factors or an increase in inflammatory disease burden.[iv]  
  5. Self-reported history of psoriasis is independently associated with major depression.[v] History of cardiovascular event did not modify the risk of major depression for such patients and the severity of the psoriasis was not linked to the risk for major depression concluding that all patients with psoriasis may be at risk for major depression.  

There is also research[vi] just about depression symptoms and cardiovascular risk.  For almost 25,000 people in Europe ages 45-69--depressive symptoms predicted cardiovascular disease and mortality from all causes and there is a graded association and increased risk of death with scores below the lowest score for depression.  

 

 

Consult with your doctor.  If you suspect this for yourself you need to quell inflammation!

  • we recommend getting on an anti-inflammation diet
  • an exercise program and
  • enhance your vitamin D intake
  • get at the root of this insidious inflammatory skin issue.

It is not without risks. What if you got into action now?  CHOOSE TO WIN!

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The Agony of De Feet

 

From what we understand, handling plantar fasciitis –specific foot pain involving heel pain as diagnosed by your doctor, is difficult and insidious for some people, because it is a balancing act among other things. The trick from what we know is to get stretching and strengthening in without overdoing it and causing contraction and more inflammation. We will share what the research says and we have anecdotal suggestions to share as well. Always check with your doc! It’s what we advise!

According to Medscape, this inflammation is caused by “degenerative irritation at the insertion of the plantar fascia on the medial process of the calcaneal tuberosity”. The pain may alter your activity inclination and activity level.

Why we care so much about this is that exercise is so linked to health and if your feet hurt, it is just that much more difficult to exercise!    Now doctors are even saying  this can be a degenerative situation rather than just an inflammation.

About 2 million experience heel pain with one million seeking treatment[i].  The condition usually occurs from trauma or overuse and it can occur in those who are sedentary and overweight and those who are athletes.

Various modalities have been tried for plantar fasciitis. These include: ice/moist heat, anti-inflammatory meds, stretching, P/T, splints and taping, injections, orthotics—even botox!

 

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