May, 2016 Newsletter
Let’s talk about chiropractic, becoming a powerful woman in business, improving your posture, eat cherries to treat gout, and more back exercises.
WHAT IS CHIROPRACTIC?
Chiropractic is the art, science and philosophy of adjusting your spine. You have 24 moveable vertebrae which protect your spinal chord, which sends out approximately 1000 miles of nerves throughout your body. This nervous system, coming from your brain, controls and regulates all other systems in your body, in order that you may function with efficiency and effectiveness without illness or disease. The vertebrae protect the nervous system, but sometimes can move out of alignment due to stress, imbalance or trauma. When this happens, this subluxation of the vertebra can impinge on nerve function, compromising your body’s ability to heal, grow and operate. Adjusting the vertebrae back into proper position helps your body regain its ability to repair itself, since all healing comes from within. Receiving regular adjustments helps your body operate at 100% and reduce the risk of dis-ease.
2016 Connecting Women to Power Business Conference
“Navigating Beyond Your Limits”
Connect with more than 2,500 professionals, discover free business resources and contracting opportunities from the BOE, FTB, EDD, and DGS, gain powerful business-building tools, explore cutting edge tax planning and wealth building strategies from government and industry leaders, and learn to transform your ideas into profits while exceeding your limits and expectations!
Thursday, June 16, 2016
8:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
7:30 a.m. to 8:30 a.m.
For more information and to register visit www.boe.ca.gov/connectingwomentopower
or call 1-888-847-9652.
Using cherries to fight Gout by Dr. Michael Gerber
Over the last 40 years, the burden of gout, a painful inflammatory arthritis, has risen considerably, now affecting millions of Americans. In fact, gout is now the most common inflammatory arthritis in men and older women.
In my video, Gout Treatment with a Cherry on Top, I profiled new research, suggesting that even as few as a half of a cup of cherries a day may significantly lower the risk of gout attacks. Fresh cherries aren’t always in season, though. There are some alternatives. Frozen cherries appeared second-best and cherry juice concentrate is the runner-up. But does concentrated cherry juice actually help prevent attacks of gout?
The first pilot study was a randomized controlled trial cherry juice concentrate with pomegranate juice concentrate as a control for the prevention of attacks in gout sufferers who were having as many as four attacks a month. The cherry group got a tablespoon of cherry juice concentrate twice a day for four months, and the control group got a tablespoon of pomegranate juice concentrate twice a day for four months.
The number of gout flares in the cherry group dropped from an average of five down to two, better than the pomegranate group, which only dropped from about five to four. And about half of those in the cherry group who were on prescription anti-inflammatory drugs were able to stop their medications within two months after starting the cherry juice, as opposed to none of the patients in the pomegranate group.
The second study, highlighted in my video, Treating Gout with Cherry Juice, was a retrospective investigation over a longer term. Twenty-four gout patients went from having about seven attacks a year, down to two. The researchers concluded that cherry juice concentrate is efficacious for the prevention of gout flares. Large, long-term randomized controlled trials are needed to further evaluate the usefulness of cherries and cherry juice concentrate for gout flare prophylaxis.
So, are cherries now ripe for use as a complementary therapeutic in gout? One commentator “is of the opinion that the current state of evidence remains insufficient to formally recommend cherry fruit or cherry products as complementary therapeutic remedy for gout.” This commentator is also a paid consultant of nine different drug companies, all of which manufacture gout medications. I understand how the pharmaceutical industry can get nervous seeing studies where half of patients were able to stop taking their gout drugs given the billions of dollars at stake, but what’s the downside of eating a half cup of cherries a day, or worst comes to worst a few spoonfuls of cherry juice?
Here are the other videos I’ve done on the power of cherries to control inflammation:
• Anti-inflammatory Life is a Bowl of Cherries
• Reducing Muscle Soreness With Berries
Tart cherries (the kind people make pies out of, not the sweet kind) may also help with sleep (Tart Cherries for Insomnia).
What do you do with frozen cherries? I just eat them straight—suck on them like popsicles, but they’re also an integral part of my Healthy Chocolate Milkshakes.
Another way to help treat gout is to drink lots of water and keep one’s urine alkaline by eating lots of dark green leafy vegetables (see Testing Your Diet with Pee & Purple Cabbage).
EXERCISE(S) FOR THE MONTH
Since everyone walks, and many of you jog or run, there are complimentary exercises you may do to help walk and run easier and reduce the risk of injury. The first is: The Plank. You lie on the floor face down leaning on your elbows. Straighten your body and lift it off the floor so only your toes and your forearms are touching. This strengthens your core muscles. Hold this position for as long as you can up to a minute. If it is initially too difficult, bend your knees and lift from there.
The second exercise is The Lunge. This stretch helps release and lengthen your hip flexors, which get short whenever you sit for any length of time. The main muscle (psoas) gets weaker the tighter it gets, which leads to a tight low back, which will affect your ability to walk or run smoothly. These muscles get short when you sit too much. While standing, put your right leg behind you as far as you can and bend your left knee to 90 degrees. Unlock you right knee and sink down, feeling a stretch in the front of your right thigh. Hold for 30 seconds and repeat on the left side.
THOUGHTS FOR THE MONTH
No greater mistake can be made than to think that our institutions are fixed or may not be changed for the worse. … Increasing prosperity tends to breed indifference and to corrupt moral soundness. Glaring inequalities in condition create discontent and strain the democratic relation. The vicious are the willing, and the ignorant are unconscious instruments of political artifice. Selfishness and demagoguery take advantage of liberty. The selfish hand constantly seeks to control government, and every increase of governmental power, even to meet just needs, furnishes opportunity for abuse and stimulates the effort to bend it to improper uses. … The peril of this nation is not in any foreign foe! We, the people, are its power, its peril, and its hope! -Charles Evans Hughes, jurist and statesman (11 Apr 1862-1948)
Brevity is the soul of wit. – William Shakespeare
Always do right. This will gratify some people and astonish the rest. – Mark Twain
A child’s life is a piece of paper on which every passerby leaves a mark. – Chinese Proverb
Some of the artists of the 60’s are revising their hits with new lyrics to accommodate aging baby boomers who can remember doing the “Limbo” as if it were yesterday.
Bobby Darin —
Splish, Splash, I Was Havin’ A Flash
Herman’s Hermits —
Mrs. Brown, You’ve Got a Lovely Walker
Ringo Starr —
I Get By With A Little Help From Depends
The Bee Gees —
How Can You Mend A Broken Hip?
The First Time Ever I Forgot Your Face
Johnny Nash —
I Can’t See Clearly Now
Fifty Ways To Lose Your Liver
The Commodores —
Once, Twice, Three Times To The Bathroom
A Whiter Shade Of Hair
Leo Sayer —
You Make Me Feel Like Napping
The Temptations —
Papa’s Got A Kidney Stone
Tony Orlando —
Knock 3 Times On The Ceiling If You Hear Me Fall
Helen Reddy —
I Am Woman; Hear Me Snore
It’s My Procedure, and I’ll Cry If I Want To
And Last, but NOT least:
Willie Nelson —
On the Commode Again