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Insider Arthritis Tips October 2013
October 15, 2013
"You have enemies? Good. That means you've stood up for something, sometime in your life."
September Arthritis News
Do copper and magnetic bracelets work for rheumatoid arthritis? The answer next…
Copper bracelets and magnetic wrist straps have no efficacy against rheumatoid arthritis pain
People have used copper bracelets for generations in the belief that they help arthritis symptoms by rebalancing the body’s magnetic field. But the first randomised controlled trial of its kind has laid this popular folklore to rest after finding they have no effect on pain, inflammation, or disease progression in RA. “Wearing magnetic wrist straps, or copper bracelets, in order to minimise disease progression and alleviate symptoms of rheumatoid arthritis is a practice that lacks clinical efficacy,” concluded the researchers from York University in PLOS One. Although the devices were generally safe, the results confirmed that patients who purchased these products were wasting their money. “People with rheumatoid arthritis are far better spending their money on fish oil supplements, the evidence on that is far more compelling,” lead author and researcher Stewart Richmond told Rheumatology Update. But the greatest danger may arise for RA patients who relied exclusively on the devices rather than seeking effective treatment to control their inflammation.
Comment: The placebo effect is strong with these devices. Nothing wrong with using them so log as they don’t replace proven therapies.
What popular over the counter pain killer is deadly… Coming up next
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What’s the effect of depression on rheumatoid arthritis patients? The answer might surprise you.
How to Throw a Good House Party
By Chris Miksen, eHow Contributor, May 22, 2013
Throwing a good house party involves creating a party environment. Throwing a successful house party involves more than tidying up and inviting a bunch of friends over. To make it enjoyable for everyone involved, put some time into planning and preparations. Consider the guest list, the food and drinks, the decorations and the entertainment. As the host, it is your job to create a festive, fun-filled and safe environment for your guests.
Meanings of Gestures in Other Cultures
By Julie Vickers, eHow Contributor
It is important to understand the meanings of hand signals and head movements, which differ in cultures around the world. Nonverbal communication, such as the use of gestures, helps to complement and reinforce meanings of verbal messages. However, when communicating with people from cultures that are different from your own, it is important to understand possible contradictions in the meanings of gestures such as hand signals and head movements.
Hand Signals – It is said that handshakes are common gestures in the US and Western Europe, and touching someone on the arm, is often used to offer support or to gain attention by people from regions such as North America, France and Italy. However, people from Islamic cultures may disapprove of any public touching across the genders, while they accept same-sex touching. People from Islamic and Hindu cultures use their right hand only for tasks such as greeting and eating, while the left hand is reserved for toilet functions. Using the left hand for other tasks is regarded as a "social insult."
Finger Signals - Raising one hand with fingers extended upward, and palm facing outward commonly means "Stop!" among most cultures. However, people of Greek or Turkish origin may also read it as a rude and angry gesture of dismissal.
In the US and the UK, raising the thumb from a clenched fist, or the "thumbs up" signal, and making a circle with the index finger and thumb, suggest positive or affirmative meanings. However, people from regions such as Iran, the Mediterranean, Eastern Europe and Latin America, may regard these gestures as obscene. Upward extensions of the index finger and middle finger, with the palm facing inward, signifies "two" in the United States, and "peace" in France, while in Britain, Australia, New Zealand and Malta it is a gesture that carries insulting connotations. Pointing with the index finger may offend people of Asian origin.
Head Signals - For most cultures, shaking the head from side to side indicates a negative reply, while nodding the head is an affirmative gesture. However, in Albania and Bulgaria there is reversal of meaning of "no" and "yes" head gestures.
People of Asian culture may avoid touching the head because they believe that it "houses the soul” and touch puts it in jeopardy."
Japanese people may nod their head as a casual way of greeting someone, or use a deeper bow as a sign of respect, according to the Japan-Guide website.
Body Signals – Islamic culture find it disrespectful to point your whole foot, or the sole of your foot, toward people, for example, when sitting with your legs crossed. Showing the soles of the feet may also cause offense to someone who originates from Thailand, while sitting with legs crossed is offensive to people from Ghana and Turkey.
Keeping your hands in your pockets when talking to someone may seem a relaxed and casual gesture to people from the US or the UK, but to Turkish people, it may signify disrespect.
Fully Loaded Tater Tots Casserole
Author: Cat Davis | FoodFamilyFinds.com
You can whip this casserole up in about 30 minutes or so with whatever toppings you have on hand or even use it as a side dish loaded with veggies. This is also a great dish to take on the go in a portable Pyrex baking dish for holiday gatherings.
Prep: 5 mins ~ Cook Time: 30 mins ~ Serves: 6
Preheat oven to 425 degrees.
Agave Nectar: What's in a Sweetener?
By Jessie Geoffray, Contributor
Agave Nectar. You might have seen it at your local coffee shop or listed as
an ingredient of your favorite snack. Usually packaged in some way that
advertises it as "natural" and "raw," agave nectar gained popularity several
years ago for appearing to be a healthy alternative to refined sugar, maple
syrup, or honey. Not long after, nutritionists and health experts determined
that the sweetener is not necessarily healthier than even high fructose corn
syrup. While agave nectar is made from the juice of a Mexican cactus, it is
processed in a way that gives it no nutritional (or caloric) advantage over
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Wei’s World October 2013I almost died.
Over Labor Day, my wife and I went to the Outer Banks. As many of you know I enjoy surf fishing. I know the beach pretty well and when it’s low tide and the water is just beginning to come in for high tide, I’ve found that walking out to the sand bar and casting far is a good method for catching fish.
The waves had been rough for a couple of days but they seemed to be a bit calmer on Friday. So I walked out, bobbed through the deeper trough until I got to the sand bar where the water was up to mid-thigh.
After a few casts my bait was gone so I decided to try and get back in. That’s when I realized the waves were rougher than I thought. I got pushed into the trough which was, by now, over my head. I felt the pull of a riptide on my legs. I did what I had been taught to do which was to swim parallel to the beach.
The problem was that with every stroke, another wave crashed onto my head and when I got to the surface, I was disoriented and didn’t know which way to go. Should I go this way or that?
And every time I finally figured out which way to continue swimming, another wave crashed onto my head and I became disoriented again.
I still held onto my fishing rod but after about ten minutes, I figured it was time to let go. I was getting pretty tired. I tried floating on my back but the waves kept pounding me in the face. I couldn’t breathe. It was about this time, I started to think, is this it? I mean is this the end of the road?
I continued to stay afloat but was beginning to feel weak. Just when I thought I might not make it, someone on a boogie board saw me and yelled, “Are you okay?” He could tell by my gestures, the answer was, “no.” So he paddled over and I was finally able to get some rest. A surfer had also seen me struggling and he paddled over as well. The two of them were able to bring me back to shore.
I was on my hands and knees on the beach… I was totally exhausted but glad to be alive.
The Outer Banks are beautiful but they hide a treacherous secret and that is the enormous strength and deceptiveness of the water. Even for me, someone who has been surf fishing there for more than 25 years, there’s always a lesson to be learned. I didn’t catch any fish that day… but that’s okay.
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