“Some days seem to fit
together like a stained glass window. A hundred little pieces of different color
and mood that, when combined, create a complete picture.”
Acupuncture Alleviates Knee Arthritis Pain
Reported in CMI, acupuncture combined with herbs is effective for the relief
of knee osteoarthritis pain. Shanghai University of Traditional Chinese Medicine
(TCM) researchers conducted a controlled trial and concluded that acupuncture
with herbs is both safe and effective. No harmful side effects resulted from the
treatment regimen and patients demonstrated significant improvements. The
researchers document significant reductions in knee pain with concommitant joint
The researchers conducted a highly controlled experiment wherein acupuncture
prescriptions were standardized to a set of specific acupuncture points
with predetermined manual acupuncture stimulation procedures. Two acupuncture
protocols were compared between treatment groups. One group received acupuncture
with herbs in what was termed the Shi treatment procedure. The other protocol of
care employed only a standard set of acupuncture points without the use of
The Shi acupuncture with herbs technique outperformed the acupuncture only
Comment: While the effectiveness o f acupuncture in treating osteoarthritis
remains controversial, more and more studies support its use since the side
effect profile is so low.
Another herb that might work…
Arthritis: Holy Basil Treatment for Pain
Breana Noble writing in Newsmax reported holy basil may be able to help with
the joint pain.
A treatment from the Indian Ayurvedic tradition, holy basil
(Ocimum basilicum) –
also known as tulsi, meaning “The Incomparable One” – is one of the most sacred
herbs in the tradition.
An adaptogen, it helps the body to work at its prime level even while under
large amounts of stress by regulating the creation of stress hormones including
cortisol and adrenaline, the magazine explained.
It contains high amounts of anti-inflammatory elements and antioxidants, helpful
in fighting joint pain, Natural News reported.
Comment: Holy Basil Batman!
Placebo… not a dirty word.
Placebo effect great in arthritis studies
Susan London writing in Rheumatology News reported on a talk given by Dr.
Paul Dieppe of the University of Exeter in England. Professor Dieppe pointed out
the amazing and powerful effects that placebo response plays in arthritis
clinical trials. He mentioned the tremendous role physicians play in the placebo
response. He stated the
interactions that physicians have with their patients,
the ability to communicate and the caring physicians display improve the way
Comment: The placebo response in arthritis clinical trials can approach 40 per
cent or even more. While it makes interpretation of data difficult, it also
demonstrates the power of caring.
Is there something other than a pill or shot that will definitely help with
Study Says Yoga Can Ease Arthritis, Boost Mood
Diane Depra writing for Tech times reported a study has found that yoga is
safe and effective as a means of staying active for those with arthritis, given
certain adjustments are incorporated into a routine to address individual
A randomized trial has found that yoga is safe and effective for people with
rheumatoid arthritis and knee osteoarthritis, two common forms of arthritis.
In a study
published in The Journal of Rheumatology, researchers report that
yoga classes taken for eight weeks have improved not just the physical but the
mental well-being as well of people with rheumatoid arthritis and knee
osteoarthritis. This isn't the first time that researchers have explored the
benefits of yoga but the study is the biggest randomized trial so far to tackle
yoga's effects on physical and psychological health.
Susan Bartlett, one of the authors of the study, said that there is a growing
interest in yoga as a form of complementary treatment, with one out of every 10
people in the United States now engaged in the activity to improve their health
and fitness. Yoga works for those with arthritis because it brings together
physical activity and relaxation and stress management techniques while
acknowledging varying limitations.
Comment: I have taken yoga for more than 2 years at my wife’s urging. It helps
stretching, balance, strength, and breathing all of which are important for
patients with arthritis.
More good news about stem cells…
Stem cell transplants improve knee function
M. Alexander Otto writing in rheumatology news reported that mesenchymal stem
cell transplants appeared to regenerate cartilage and improve clinical outcomes
at 2 years in patients with knee osteoarthritis in a South Korean study.
The study involved 24 treated knees. Cells from fat liposuction were delivered
in a thrombin gel under arthroscopic guidance. Knees were immobilized for 2
weeks and weight-bearing was allowed at 4 weeks. MRI follow up on the knees was
performed at 2 years. At baseline, 23 cartilage lesions were grade 2 to 3. At
follow up, only 5 lesions were grade 2 or 3. The study was published in
Comment: More evidence that stem cells work in osteoarthritis.
A safer way to get
effective sleep… next
Forget counting sheep -- Therapy could help chronic pain sufferers get a
good night's sleep
Research conducted at the University of Warwick indicates that chronic pain
sufferers could benefit from therapy to help them sleep better.
The University of Warwick academics found that cognitive behavioural therapies
(CBT) were either moderately or strongly effective in tackling insomnia in
patients with long-term pain. They also discovered that chronic pain sufferers
didn't just benefit from improved sleep but also experienced a wider positive
impact on pain, fatigue and depression. However they also concluded that
therapies only worked when delivered in person.
The study has been published in the journal Sleep.
Comment: I like this method because it’s safer than pills
Here’s an interesting tidbit for those who are interested in getting a
a face-lift won’t improve self-esteem
Rebecca Adams writing for the Huffington Post reported Dr. Andrew Jacono, a
New York City-based plastic surgeon, “partnered with Ryan P. Chastant, MD, and
Greg Dibelius, MD, to perform” the study. They had “50 patients between the ages
of 37 and 73 (48 of whom were women) fill out the Rosenberg Self-Esteem Scale, a
questionnaire social scientists use to measure self-esteem, just before they had
the procedure done and again six months after the procedure.” The findings after
they concluded the study…“a face-lift may make you look younger, but it won’t
necessarily improve your self-esteem.”
Comment: Maxwell Maltz, a plastic surgeon who first noticed this phenomenon has
had his observation confirmed many times.
Got neck pain… here’s something to consider…
Acupuncture, Alexander technique may be effective for long-term relief of
chronic neck pain
Reported in ACP
Internist, researchers conducted a 3-group, randomized
controlled trial in the U.K. primary care setting.
Researchers recruited 517 patients from 33 general practices in 4 cities.
Patients had neck pain lasting at least 3 months and no serious underlying
pathology. The study population was predominantly female (69%) and white British
(90%) patients, with a mean age of 53.2 years. Median duration of prior neck
pain was 72 months.
Patients were randomized to 12 acupuncture sessions or 20 one-to-one Alexander
lessons (both 600 minutes total).
Acupuncture sessions and Alexander technique lessons both led to significant
reductions in neck pain and associated disability compared with usual care at 12
Comment: chronic neck pain is awful so this study provides some hope.
The Benefits of Winter Walking
Walking outdoors in the winter keeps your bones strong, improves your mood
and burns calories.
By Denise Lynn Mann
Just because the trees are bare and there’s a chill in the air doesn’t mean
you have to forgo your daily walks outside for the dreaded treadmill. In fact,
outdoor walking during winter may have surprising benefits for people with
arthritis. Walking in winter air can:
- Keep bones strong. Like bears, people tend to hibernate during the
winter and, as a result, get too little sunlight,
explains Lynn Millar, PhD,
a physical therapist and professor at Andrews University in Barrien Springs,
Mich. That's too bad for bones. Sun exposure triggers vitamin D production
in the skin, and bones need the “sunshine vitamin” to make the body absorb
bone-strengthening calcium properly. Not getting outside during winter
months slows down production and decreases the body’s store of vitamin D.
- “Vitamin D is important for keeping bones strong; it’s particularly
important for people with arthritis who take corticosteroids because they
have an increased risk of brittle bones,” says Millar. Going for a winter
walk and getting 15 minutes of sun on your face and hands two to three times
per week should suffice for getting enough sun for vitamin D production.
- Improve mood. Sunlight and just being outdoors can do wonders for
lifting your mood, says Millar. Spending time with friends walking can have
positive effects on mood
and decrease pain. A University of Washington in
Seattle study of 112 women aged 19 to 78 shows that women who took a brisk,
outdoor walk for 20 minutes daily had better mood, higher self-esteem and an
improved sense of well-being at the end of the eight-week study. Winter
walking could provide an effective, easy-to-stick-with therapy for
mild-to-moderate depression, say the researchers, especially for those who
experience side effects from prescription treatment options.
- Motivate. You are more likely to complete a workout on a walking route
if you walk outdoors, simply because you need to return home or to your car,
says Millar. On a treadmill, however, you can hit ‘stop’ as soon as boredom
- Burn calories. Outdoor walking through the park or around the
neighborhood on a cold day won’t burn any more calories than walking on a
warm summer day, but walking in the snow will. “You expend more energy
harder to move your feet in the snow, and you lift your legs a
little higher,” she explains.
I wanted to change the world
When I was a young man, I wanted to change the world.
I found it was difficult to change the world, so I tried to change my nation.
When I found I couldn't change the nation, I began to focus on my town. I
couldn't change the town and as an older man, I tried to change my family.
Now, as an old man, I realize the only thing I can change is myself, and
suddenly I realize that if long ago I had changed myself, I could have made an
impact on my family. My family and I could have made an impact on our town.
Their impact could have changed the nation and I could indeed have changed the
world. Author: unknown monk around 1100
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- 1 (12-ounce) package fresh or frozen cranberries, thawed
- 1/2 cup dark brown sugar
- 1/2 cup water
- 1/4 teaspoon ground cardamom
- 2 (1/2- by 3-inch long) strips orange rind
- Combine all ingredients in a saucepan over medium-high heat. Bring to a
boil, stirring occasionally. Reduce heat to medium-low; simmer 10–12 minutes
or until cranberries pop and mixture thickens.
- Remove orange rind; set sauce aside to cool completely. Refrigerate
about 2 hours or until well-chilled. (Sauce can be made up to 2 days ahead.)
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The high cost of
for our pets
It is neither surprising nor a secret that the
inhabitants of the United States pay far more for prescription drugs that any
other people on the planet. And yes,
pharmaceutical companies do generate mega profits as a result.
We can whine and complain about it all we want, but until something is
actually done, we’ll get stuck with the tab.
And it’s not just us.
Our beloved Labradoodle, Mei-Mei (“little sister” in Chinese), just had
one her toenails removed because of an infection.
This required sedation and surgery at the vet’s office.
However, the most expensive part of the bill was the prescription drugs
(an antibiotic and an anti-inflammatory), which need to be taken for two weeks
afterwards. The trade names looked suspiciously like the ones on bottles of
How is she going to pay for this? Get a menial job washing out dogfood
bowls at the local pound? Act as the greeter at Petsmart? Become a people
walker? Or, heaven forbid, turn
tricks at the doggy
Fortunately, she has a sugar daddy and sugar
momma to take care of her, so the bill was paid…
and was it ever!
So the next time you get a bill for your drugs or
your patients complain about the price tag for the latest DMARD, you can tell
them the story of poor Mei-Mei.
Maybe that will soften them up.