Osteoarthritis, being a debilitating and painful disease, can turn athletes into couch potatoes. We all understand that exercise is important to stay healthy and live longer, but it’s tough for those with osteoarthritis to do the bare minimum of exercise. The catch 22 of osteoarthritis is that exercise is an important way to reduce pain in the joints and prevent the pain from getting worse in the future. EverydayHealth.com showcases a few low impact exercises that allow patients with osteoarthritis to maintain their health and keep their joint pain from worsening:
1. Tai Chi
Ever since I knew exactly what I wanted to do with my life, I have worked passionately to make it a reality and I have always believed that if I am to be successful in my pursuits, I will find that success through balance. It is because of this I want to introduce to you a television program called Balance. Balance is a nationally-televised cable TV show that explores connections that people have made between health and wealth. The essential idea behind the show is that everyone is entitled to realize their full potential yet often what stands in the way is poor health or poor finance. However, with a balanced lifestyle that emphasizes wellness as well as taking care of yourself and your community, success can become a reality. The program offers the personal stories of guests who have achieved success in their careers and personal lives and can reflect on the — sometimes arduous — journey.
I was asked to speak about my own journey and I am excited to announce that the episode will air on the Discovery Fit & Health channel on Thursday, November 15, 2012 at 5:00 AM. You will also get to meet Gavin Keilly, founder of GBK Productions, and hear how he came to be a successful entrepreneur and charity contributor as well as hosts Steven E. Schmitt and Trissa Tismal.
Chronic Pain Anonymous is a new support group designed to alleviate the debilitating emotional and spiritual effects caused by chronic illness. If you are interested, don’t hesitate to go. It’s free, and there are no restrictions for eligibility other than the desire for a supportive community. If you need any more information, refer to this flyer.
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222 W. 39th Ave, 2nd Floor, Education Room #1 (or #2)
San Mateo, CA, 94403
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Although it seems sometimes that pain originates strictly in the physical realm, our emotions play a huge role in what we physically feel. The common thread between our thoughts and our pain is the brain: it has been observed that the same brain regions become active when one experiences either physical pain or emotional rejection. But if this kind of pain is a result of central nervous system activity and not pain receptors in our hands or feet, it is possible to fight fire with fire. Dopamine is a powerful neurotransmitter that has not only been linked to feelings of happiness and pleasure but has been known to alter our perception of pain. Simply listening to music you love, spending time with a good friend, or being creative releases dopamine in your brain and could lessen the severity of pain you feel.
For further reading, visit Scientific American to learn more about the brain chemistry of emotional wounds.
Interview length: 56 minutes — Interview date: November 21st, 2011
In this interview with Dr. Michael A. Lenoir on KPFA Radio's About Health, we touched on acute vs. chronic pain, Michael Jackson and dietary considerations. We answered many listener questions regarding increased sensitivity to pain, acupuncture, avoiding surgery, chiropractors, arthritis, the stress caused by pain, and more.
1. Get up 15 minutes earlier.
2. Prepare for the morning the night before.
3. Don’t rely on your memory-write things down.
4. Do nothing you have to lie about later.
5. Make copies of all keys.
6. Practice preventive maintenance.
7. Be prepared to wait.
8. Don’t procrastinate, do it now.
9. Plan ahead.
10. Repair or get rid of anything that doesn’t work right.
11. Allow 15 minutes of extra time to get to appointments.
12. Reduce or eliminate the caffeine in your diet.
13. Always set up a 'contingency plan’ just in case.
14. Relax your standards.
15. Count 10 things you are grateful for everyday.
16. Ask questions and repeat directions or instructions.
17. Say “no” more often.
18. Unplug your phone.
19. Learn to meet your own needs.
20. Simplify, simplify, simplify.
21. Avoid negative people.
22. Stand up and stretch.
23. Remember you always have options.
24. Get enough sleep. Set your alarm for bedtime.
25. Organize! Losing things is stressful.
26. Monitor your body for stress signs.
27. Write you thoughts and feelings down on paper.
28. Take deep breaths when you feel stressed.
29. Visualize success before any experience you fear.
30. Stop a bad habit.
31. Talk out your problems with a friend.
32. Quit trying to ‘fix’ other people.
33. Learn to live one day at a time.
34. Do something you really enjoy everyday.
35. Add an ounce of love to everything you do.
36. Take a bath or a shower when you feel tense.
37. Do a favor for someone when you feel tense.
38. Focus on giving rather than receiving from others.
39. Do something new.
40. Accept the things that you can’t change.
41. Be flexible. Some things are not worth perfection.
42. Stop negative self-talk: “I’m too fat, too old. etc.”
43. Change pace on the weekends.
44. Pay attention to details in front of you.
45. Do one thing at a time.
46. Allow time everyday for privacy, quiet and thinking.
47. Do unpleasant task first and enjoy the day.
48. Delegate responsibilities to capable people.
49. Go out to lunch and get away from your work.
50. Don’t say something that could make matters worse.
51. Forgive people and events. The world is not a perfect place.
52. Practice being more optimistic and cheerful.
53. Identify the things that cause you stress.
55. Believe in yourself.
56. Keep in touch with friends and relatives.
57. Give and receive attention regularly.
58. Exercise at least three times a week.
59. Live within your budget.
60. Have a network of friends and acquaintances.
61. Eat healthy foods and drink plenty of water.
62. Look for the silver lining.
63. Do something fun at least once a week.
64. Use your time wisely.
65. Get strength from your beliefs.
66. Look at your problems as challenges.
67. Think good thoughts.
68. Take more breaks from your work.
69. Talk less, listen more.
70. Make your environment more comfortable.
71. Don’t sweat the small stuff.
72. Seek the help and advice of the people you trust.
73. Work on things that are important.
74. Treat yourself and others with respect.
75. Set daily goals.
76. Be gentle with yourself.
77. Avoid interruptions.
78. Don’t let other people’s problems become yours.
79. When you are feeling overwhelmed, say so.
80. Trade in the upsetting nightly news for a comedy.
81. Read 15 minutes daily from a book that you enjoy.
82. Refuse to listen to or repeat gossip.
83. Have fun. Plan silly breaks.
84. Get out in nature, even for a few minutes.
85. Music...listen, sing, dance and turn off that TV!
86. Pray on a regular basis.
87. Practice grace under pressure.
88. Create a support group of people, places and things.
89. Always tell the truth, it’s easier to remember.
90. Know your limitations and let others know them too.
91. Ask for help when you need it.
92. Know your values and priorities and be true to them.
93. Listen to your dreams.
94. Learn, give and accept compliments.
95. Buy yourself flowers.
96. Live in the ‘here and now’ as much as possible.
97. Laugh as much as possible.
98. Watch the world go by and let yourself do nothing.
99. Indulge when you need it.
100. Keep your life free of clutter.
Taboo Talk: a talk show featuring Lady Charmaine Day, Pastor and Christian Consultant of Unlimited Help Ministries Unlimited Help. Today Lady Charmaine talks to Dr. Moshe Lewis — Pain Management Specialist — about staying healthy and new advances in pain treatment technology:
“I don’t understand it. I am successful in so many other areas of my life. It’s just with eating that I can’t seem to control myself. I’ve tried everything”.
Many of my clients say something similar to this when they first come to see me. Often they are successful and accomplished and their friends and colleagues, even their family, think they have it all together. Inside, however, they often feel trapped by overeating, low self-esteem, and sometimes bulimia, anorexia, or other eating disorder. They may be overweight, or they may not.
What is it that keeps them trapped? It’s the “Cycle of Overeating”.
FEEL BAD => EAT => FEEL GOOD => GUILT => FEEL BAD
This cycle generally starts sometime during our formative years. We experience emotional pain, and don’t know a constructive way to deal with it. This pain makes us FEEL BAD. We hate feeling bad, so we look for something that will make us FEEL GOOD, not in a week or a month, but right now in the moment that we are feeling bad. We try eating and find that at least temporarily, it makes us FEEL GOOD, right now. Great! We have found a solution that works.
Then, if we have eaten too much, we feel GUILT. GUILT makes us FEEL BAD. We hate feeling bad, and want to FEEL GOOD, right now. So we do what we know works, we EAT! Now we FEEL GOOD. Then, of course comes the familiar GUILT, for having eaten too much, and it very effectively gets us to FEEL BAD again. This is a perfect self-sustaining cycle: FEEL BAD => EAT => FEEL GOOD => GUILT => FEEL BAD, and it begins again.
So the real question is, how do we break this cycle? Diets, by their very nature, are directed at getting us to not eat, and therefore, we don’t get to FEEL GOOD, right now. We get to FEEL GOOD in a week, or a month when the scale brings good news or our clothes become loose, but not right now.
Willpower can carry us through for some time-weeks, months, even a year. Yet at some point we feel emotional pain again, the kind that we really hate to feel, and we break down. We eat again. We say “ Just this once won’t matter” or even the more bold “If this is what it takes to get me through this, then so be it”.
Breaking this cycle by trying not to eat is a strategy that is doomed to failure because it doesn’t teach us a new way to get out of feeling bad in the short-term.
So, what will work? One approach is to break the cycle by reducing the sting of the guilt. If you don’t feel the guilt, then you won’t FEEL so BAD, and won’t have to fix that feeling by eating.
This guilt-neutralization strategy is a good one, especially for short-term relief. Ultimately, however, one has to learn a new strategy to process and release the emotional pain, without eating. While you may be thinking “how many years of therapy will that take?”, it’s comforting to know that there are some quick and effective strategies that you can do on your own. One of my favorites is the more Eastern approach of leaning right into the pain and deeply breathing into it. Through this process, we come to realize not only that the pain won’t kill us, but also that it typically on its own.
By both neutralizing the guilt, and releasing the pain that’s been fueling the cycle, we can truly heal the cycle of overeating.
A former food addict, Renée Stephens is the host of iTunes top weight loss podcast “Inside Out Weight Loss”, with over 3,000,000 downloads to date. She is featured in the breakthrough film “The Inner Weigh” available at www.theinnerweigh.com/renee. She has consulted with Weight Watchers International as a behavioral weight loss expert, and coaches by phone and in person out of her San Francisco office. Her website is www.reneemethod.com.
A Cup Of Cold Water - Heart Disease: A Silent Killer (Part 2 of 4)
Listen to Dr. Moshe Lewis, Yvette Scott, and Dr. John Cuniff discuss heart disease. Click here for part 1 of "Heart Disease - A Silent Killer".
Part 2 focuses on: