To stay in shape and keep my body moving, I have taken a walk almost every day since September 2010. It's rare that I miss a day and make it a point to take at least one hour to get outside or hit the treadmill. Last month I did a podcast that was recorded while I was walking. You got to hear the crunching of leaves, the passing of cars and all the other sounds associated with being right there with me. Continue reading
Marijuana bills are being passed all over the country!! I am proud to say that here in Massachusetts we have finally gotten a medicinal bill passed. On the downside, we are a commonwealth not a state and this means that our beloved (lol) politicians can simply ignore the vote as they have done in the past on other bills. Continue reading
FRIDAY, June 22 (HealthDay News) — About 10 percent of fibromyalgia patients use marijuana to relieve symptoms such as pain, fatigue and insomnia, a new study has found.
Fibromyalgia is a chronic condition that causes widespread pain, fatigue, headaches, sleep disturbances and other symptoms. It affects up to 3 percent of people and is more common among women.
Standard drug treatments for fibromyalgia-related pain provide only modest relief, and some patients self-medicate with marijuana and other traditional therapies, said Dr. Mary-Ann Fitzcharles, a professor of medicine at McGill University and consulting rheumatologist at the Montreal General Hospital of the McGill University Health Centre in Montreal. Continue reading
by H Harris
Fibromyalgia is a disease and disorder that mainly distresses muscle tissues. The typical characteristic of this disease is pain. Pain may have various degrees. It might be a bearable discomfort or sharp and chronic pain experienced in different parts of the body. The pain can be eased through natural fibromyalgia treatment.
Normally, the pain is focused on a muscle, which becomes very sensitive even if slightly pressed. This is generally called as trigger point or tender point. Trigger points need not automatically cover the entire muscle portion. In reality, trigger points are just a small portion of the muscle. They may be inoffensive, but trigger points primarily “trigger” pain in other areas of the body.
When you think of cinnamon, you might conjure up images of hot apple pie or warm-from-the-oven oatmeal cookies. And of course, there wouldn ?t be cinnamon toast without it. You?d probably never imagine, though, that cinnamon has health benefits. In fact, researchers recently discovered that this warming spice can actually help lower your blood sugar. Some of the natural compounds in cinnamon have the ability to mimic insulin, helping glucose get into cells, where it can be used for energy, and significantly lowering blood sugar in the process.
One study involving 60 men and women found that taking as little as 1/4 to 1/2 teaspoon of cinnamon a day lowered blood sugar by 18 to 29 percent. It also reduced bad LDL cholesterol by 7 to 27 percent in people with diabetes.
You probably also wouldn ?t guess that cinnamon is a good source of fiber (although actually, it?s not so surprising when you consider that it comes from the bark of the cinnamon tree). Two teaspoons provides 2.5 grams of fiber?more than 1/2 cup of raw cabbage or bell peppers or two dried apricot halves.
Cinnamon also contains the mineral manganese, which may help improve the way your body uses blood sugar. Just 2 teaspoons can set you up with more than one-third of the manganese you need for the day.
The natural chemicals in cinnamon can help prevent blood platelets from clumping together and forming dangerous clots that can trigger a heart attack. And studies show that a mere whiff of cinnamon can boost brain activity and improve concentration.
There are more ways than you can imagine to sprinkle cinnamon into your diet.
Add cinnamon to apple sauce as the apples are cooking or use it to spice up baked apples.
Shake it on whole grain toast or whole grain English muffins.
Add a half teaspoon or so of cinnamon to ground coffee before starting the pot. You can also add it to tea or drink chai, which contains cinnamon and other spices.
Mix it into hot cereals, especially oatmeal.
Sprinkle a little cinnamon on top of ice cream or frozen yogurt or add it to plain yogurt along with a little honey.
Mix some with low-fat cream cheese for a tasty bread spread.
Flavor winter squash or sweet potatoes with cinnamon.
Perfect Portion: 1/2 teaspoon
Just 1/2 teaspoon a day can benefit your health. If you like cinnamon, go ahead and eat a couple of teaspoons a day, but don?t go overboard. Cinnamon contains natural compounds that can be toxic in high doses.