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While doing my research for a host of issues related to bones and joints, it occurred to me a lot of information exists about arthritis, perhaps more than I am usually accustomed to reading. Is it ...

Has Arthritis Become a Growing Epidemic?

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In my opinion, knee pain is probably one of the most common excuses people use to avoid participating in certain exercise endeavors. I know that in my circle of influence, many folks with whom I ...

Leave the Kick-Boxing to the Experts! Your Knees Will Thank You!

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Walk into most any pharmacy or big box store and peruse the vitamin and supplement aisle, and you can probably become completely overwhelmed, confused, and perhaps even frightened away. There is ...

Shedding Some Light on Vitamin D: How Should You Get it and Can You Get Too Much?

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In the past six months, I have been very good about restricting myself from what I consider to be my one vice: diet soda. I had a minor addiction to the elixir, but for more than one reason, all ...

It's Tea Time for Better Bone Health: How Green Tea and Tai Chi Can Suit You to a “T!”

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My grandma, 106, is somewhat hunched over. That’s to be expected at her age, but this feisty “young woman” has a secret about that hump: all of her worries, frustrations, anxieties, and depressive ...

Depression and Bone Health: How Your Mental State Can Impact the Strength of Your Bones

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Ask some folks how they avoid running injuries, and their responses are pretty universal: “I just don’t run.” That may work for some individuals, but for people like myself who subscribe to ...

Injury-Free Running, the Natural Way

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I began my running career when I was 12 years old, so I basically grew into the habit. As such, I never really gave too much thought to my running form. I figured if I looked horrible while out ...

If Running is Supposed to be So Natural, Why is My Form So Lousy and What Can I Do About It?

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Up until a few years ago, I was the type of person more inclined to appreciate the sound of my own whining and complaining. It felt good, and I certainly didn’t want everyone to think my life was ...

Employing a Positive Mindset to Reduce Chronic Arthritis Pain

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Although I know several individuals who experience arthritis pain on a daily basis, it is difficult for me to fully comprehend the depth of the pain and discomfort they are enduring. Sure, I have ...

Could it Be Arthritis? Understanding Your Aches and Pains

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As a semi-serious athlete, I suppose I could be accused on occasion of over-training. In the past 20 years, I have probably missed about five days of working out. I am either seriously dedicated ...

The Risks of Over Training: Listen to Your Aching Body, it's Telling You Something!

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Sometimes I wish I could be like my 106-year-old grandmother who, as she so delicately puts it, “can eat anything, anywhere, at any time, cooked anyhow, with anyone, under any circumstances, ...

Food and Rheumatoid Arthritis Flare-Ups: Is There Anything on the Menu You Can Eat?

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When you are ready for a night of passion and romance with your partner, the last thing you want to ruin the mood is the pain associated with arthritis. That can quickly put a damper on the ...

Don't Let the Pain of Arthritis Come Between You and the Joy of Sex!

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Nothing beats warm spring and summer days that just beg you to sit back, relax, and ditch the heels and uncomfortable career footwear in favor of the barefoot look or at least a pair of ...

What's the Right Choice of Footwear for Those with Knee Arthritis? Experts are Flipped and Flopped on the Issue!

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I admit that I do harbor some guilt when I am on my daily runs. No, I don’t feel guilty because I just ate a jelly doughnut and am viciously trying to shave those calories off my hips before they ...

Be a Running Pro....Proprioceptor, That Is!

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I used to think that an ankle sprain or strain was really not a big deal. I have occasionally twisted my ankle over the years doing something mindless, such as stepping into a small ditch in the ...

Easy Exercises for Weak Ankles

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If you have been keeping pace with my articles, you already have a pretty solid understanding of my love affair with running. I have missed approximately five days of running since 1995, and ...

The Risks and Benefits of Running on Uneven Surfaces: Should I Just Stay in Bed or Follow that Snow Plow Truck?

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Running is a sport enjoyed by many. It’s a great way to lose weight, stay in shape, be among nature, and simply feel good about yourself. However, along with this endeavor comes the potential for ...

Simple Ways to Avoid Running Injuries...and, Yes, You Will Have to Stretch Yourself a Bit!

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If exercise can truly keep arthritis at bay, then I hope I am on the right track to optimum health. With my weekly routine of at least two hours of physical activity each day, I am confident that ...

Ann Butenas commented on Ann Butenas' post Is it Possible to Out-Run Arthritis? It Could Actually Be a Walk in the Park!

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It started out rather insignificantly. My early-morning running partner of five years began to complain one day about a slight pain in her left hip. It wasn’t enough to deter her from our morning ...

It's Hip to be a Runner, but Hip Pain from Running? Not So Cool!

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While the two most prevalent causes of osteoarthritis are age and obesity, a recent study published in Arthritis Research & Therapy has indicated that exposure to lead may also be a contributing ...

Get the Lead Out! Recent Studies Suggest Exposure to Lead May Increase the Risk of Developing Knee Osteoarthritis

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I remember watching my maternal grandmother struggle not only with diabetes during her later years, but also with the debilitating effects of arthritis and all of the associated joint pain. A ...

The Link Between Diabetes and Arthritis: Possibly a 'Joint' Condition

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When researching this topic using the key words “fallen arches,” one of my boys was under the impression that McDonald’s had collapsed! To the best of my knowledge, that is not the case, but there ...

Fallen Arches: No, McDonald's Has Not Collapsed, but Your Feet Could Be in Trouble!

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Nothing soothes and calms like peaceful flowing waters. Water is a natural healing property for one’s mind, body, and soul. It’s peaceful to observe in its still form. Its sounds can be both ...

Hydrotherapy: No One Said You Could Walk on Water, but You Can Certainly Walk in It!

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The word melorheostosis is just as difficult to spell and pronounce as it is unusual. This non-hereditary bone disease, which can affect both males and females, is extremely rare, and it affects ...

Melorheostosis: A Rare and Painful Bone Disease Affecting Just One in One Million Individuals

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Dateline: March 24, 2011. It is now six days since I had my surgery to stop the acid in my stomach from building back up into my esophagus. For the past few years, I have struggled with ...

My Personal Experience with LS Nissen Fundoplication Surgery

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It was the strangest thing. It just hit me out of the blue one day roughly four years ago. Although I had never experienced any typical symptoms associated with acid reflux, heartburn, or GERD ...

My Initial Diagnosis of Barrett's Esophagus: How Would This Affect My Life?

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If exercise can truly keep arthritis at bay, then I hope I am on the right track to optimum health. With my weekly routine of at least two hours of physical activity each day, I am confident that ...

Is it Possible to Out-Run Arthritis? It Could Actually Be a Walk in the Park!

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My aunt, now in her mid-70s, has been struggling with a disease that more commonly affects women than men and that afflicts roughly 1.3 million people in the U.S. each day. For years, I have seen ...

If She Had Rheumatoid Arthritis, Would You See it in Her Eyes?

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Although my maternal grandmother passed away over 20 years ago, I can still recall the trouble she had with her arthritic hands as she attempted to open a jar of pickles or pry open a can of soup. ...

Amazing and Fun Gift Ideas to Give to Someone Suffering from Arthritis

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If anyone looked at my overall diet, they might wonder how I am still standing. Okay, I am not a horrible eater, but I do not necessarily take the time to make sure I eat a continuously healthy ...

For Better Bone Health, Eat This, Not That!

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About a year ago when I was out for an evening walk, I noticed that the tip of my right index finger began to feel unusually cold. When I looked at it, I noticed it was very white at the top. ...

We've Heard of Cold Feet, but What About Cold Hands? Discover the Phenomenon Known as Raynaud's

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I used to be embarrassed to admit this, but not so much anymore. I don’t drink. I don’t drink for what I call the reasons of the three Cs: cost, calories, and control. I hate to spend money on ...

Ann Butenas commented on Ann Butenas' post If You Have Rheumatoid Arthritis, Should You Raise Your Glass? The Effects of Alcohol Consumption on RA

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I used to be embarrassed to admit this, but not so much anymore. I don’t drink. I don’t drink for what I call the reasons of the three Cs: cost, calories, and control. I hate to spend money on ...

If You Have Rheumatoid Arthritis, Should You Raise Your Glass? The Effects of Alcohol Consumption on RA

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Sometimes, pain and weakness just don’t go away with standard, non-invasive approaches such as medicine and physical therapy. When the pain associated with a certain condition is non-responsive ...

What is Anterior Cervical Discectomy and Fusion? Are You a Good Candidate for this Procedure?

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I had never really thought about how painful and stressful excess weight can be on our bodies until one day a few years ago when I was out making sales calls with a co-worker. As I drove up to ...

Obesity and Joint Pain: A Weighty Issue

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“I can’t stand milk. I have never enjoyed it and never will. I can’t stand the stuff! I don’t think I have even had one glass of the stuff my entire life.” Are those the words of someone’s ...

Don't Like Milk? Consider These Other Simple Ways to Incorporate Calcium Into Your Diet

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As women, we tend to do everything ourselves, tending to the needs of everyone around us, and frequently, if not always, putting our needs, wants, and feelings on the back burner. Even when we ...

The Emotional Effects of Osteoporosis: Put Away Your Super Woman Cape!

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For the past several weeks, I have been craving a really good massage. The stress and tension that has built up in my body from the demands of my crazy schedule is almost unbearable. Even if a ...

Foot Cramps: What a Pain in the Neck!

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Running brings to its followers so many things: bliss, a fit body, feelings of euphoria, freedom, a sense of accomplishment, a reason to buy that cool pair of running shoes, and, for many, ...

Running and Stress Fractures: This is No Time to Run Through the Pain

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Although I am not yet 50 years old, that pivotal age in life is slowly creeping up on me. That is the age where I suspect many people take stock of their health and begin to assess what risks ...

Turning 50? Be Aware of the New Guidelines for Osteoporosis Screenings

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One of the most common problems associated with the aging process is osteoporosis. More than half of adults over the age of 50 will probably have to deal with this disease. If you are anxious ...

Do You Know the Warning Signs of Thinning Bones?

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“Kora! This is God. Go to the light. I repeat. Go directly to the light.” These powerful words vibrated in the deepest recesses of 105-year-old Kora Hollinger’s ear (Yes..ear, not ears…more ...

Coming Home: Is it God's Call or Will Nearly 106-Year-Old Kora Continue to Inspire Us All?

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Aromatherapy. Who doesn’t love sweet, comforting, and luxurious scents? We could all use moments of olfactory heaven that provide relief from stress, comfort in the face of illness, and a ...

Aromatherapy and Improved Bone Health?

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I have recently taken an interest in the benefits of essential oils. I enjoyed a luxurious foot rub not too long ago from a therapist, and she used a variety of scented oils, including rosemary, ...

Essential Oils for Improved Joint Health - Your Arm Pits Will Benefit Too!

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Continuing with my discussion about author Danny Abshire’s book, “Natural Running: The Simple Path to Stronger, Healthier Running." I could literally run with the ideas in this book for days! If ...

Improve Your Running by Learning to Run Naturally

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While running does not define who I am, it is a big part of my life. I took to this activity at the tender young age of 11, and have not abandoned the joy I discovered in it since then. Now, at ...

Natural Running: Learn to Run the Way You Were Meant to Run!

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I never really gave much thought over the years as to how my emotional well-being might have affected my physical health, but it seems that in recent years, I have read so many studies on the ...

A “Stress” Fracture of a Different Kind: How Our Emotions Affect Our Bone Health

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The shock-absorbing pads located between the bones of the spine are called disks. While they do not technically “slip,” they can split or rupture. As a result, the disk will fail and the gel can ...

Don’t Let a Slipped Disk Slip by Proper Medical Care

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When we approach the afternoon of our lives, that does not necessarily mean the sun has to go down anytime soon. If you want to ensure a quality of life for many years, it’s no secret that ...

For Better Bone Health, Put on Your Dancing Shoes! Bust a Move, Not a Bone!

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There are a variety of risk factors associated with rheumatoid arthritis (RA), a disease that affects nearly three million Americans and strikes two to three times more women than men. Research ...

Can You Possibly Move Away from the Risks Factors of Arthritis?