For Bone Density – Let Them Eat Prunes!

Researchers have yet to develop a really good solution to the epidemic of bone loss that plagues older Americans.

Thinning bones are a major health issue. When bone loss is combined with a general decline of balance, muscle strength, and movement skill, seniors have an increased risk of falling and breaking something.

Adding extra calcium to your diet seems like good common sense, along with extra vitamin D and other trace minerals.  But unfortunately there’s little research to show that these strategies help build a significant amount of bone.

Pharmaceutical options have their limits, too, and introduce possible side-effects.

That’s why I was surprised to encounter an article from 2011 that tested an entirely novel strategy to combat potential bone loss – eating 10 prunes each day.

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Do You Need Spinal Fusion Surgery?

The latest research from Sweden evaluated the use of different types of surgery for patients with spinal stenosis.  Some of the patients also had degenerative spondylolisthesis.

One group of patients had decompression surgery to alleviate the pressure on the spinal cord from the stenosis.  The second group also had decompression surgery, and in addition had the affected spinal segments fused.

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Tendon Problems and Your Brain

You have pain in your elbow, knee or shoulder, but part of the problem is in your brain, too.

Chronic tendon issues include rotator cuff problems, patellar tendinitis, lateral epicondylitis (popularly known as tennis elbow), Achilles tendinitis, and more. If you’re physically active, sooner or later you’re likely to encounter one or more of these problems. And if you’re sedentary, you may be at even greater risk.

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We Came to Dance

We Came to Dance

Today’s Spiritual and Health Imperative

The step you need to take today to improve your health is practicing self-acceptance.

You’ve got to do it.

Self-acceptance doesn’t mean knocking yourself down a peg or two. That would backfire: most people manage to combine lack of self-acceptance with low self-esteem.

But for me self-acceptance does require understanding the almost impossibly high standards of behavior I’ve set for myself. Here’s how my psyche ties me up in knots:

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Low Back Pain, Section 3: The lifecycle of back pain

This is the third part of an article on low back pain.

Need to catch up on your reading?  Here’s a link to the first section of the article.

The lifecycle of low back pain

Many people have incidents of low back pain from time to time. Fortunately, most episodes of low back pain go away as long as you remain physically active.

But in many cases,  back pain can become a long-term, recurring problem. That’s because when back pain attacks, some damage is done to the structures of the low back. Even though the pain can temporarily go away, those structures haven’t truly been healed. Your back doesn’t quite regain its previous ability to support your body weight day-in, day-out. It’s all too easy for the pain to come back.
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Low Back Pain, Section 2: Research Status

This is the second part of a three part series of articles on low back pain.

Need to catch up on your reading?  Here’s a link to part 1.

Spinal adjustments for low back pain

There’s a lot of scientific research about the use of spinal adjustments (also known as spinal manipulation) for low back pain.

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Exercise Prevents Back Pain Recurrence

Researchers recently surveyed all the scientific data about preventing the recurrence of low back pain.

The truth is that very little firm advice could be filtered out from all the research. In part, that’s because the field of low back pain is extremely complex. But the other reason is that not enough high quality research has been done. Little data was available to determine if regular chiropractic care, for instance, prevented the return of back pain.

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Got Tight Hamstrings?

About one of every three patients I see complains of “tight hamstrings.” The other two probably also think their hamstrings are tight but don’t bother to mention it. Even among the hundreds of dancers I’ve seen (who can touch their knee to their nose while balancing on the toes of one foot) most complain of tight hamstrings.

Is hamstring tightness an unrecognized medical epidemic?   What about people who have a tight IT band (tightness of the outer thigh)? Is that a rampant issue too? What does it mean to have tight hamstrings or a tight IT band anyway?

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Thought for the Day

Doubt is not the opposite of faith.

The opposite of faith is certainty.


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