How the coloring of medications put us at risk.

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There is no medical benefit to adding color or flavoring to our medications.  In fact the dangers of coloring and flavoring them make me wonder why it is even legal to do so.  On one hand I understand pharmaceutical companies wanting to make it easier for mom and dad to medicate their child by providing a taste and look that appeals to their children.  But poisoning my child with dyes and flavoring just so I can avoid dealing with my child’s tantrum is not the way to do it.

Food dye alone is known to cause tumors, hyperactivity, hypersensitivity, and more!!! Here is a list of dyes and the dangers that are associated them.

Blue dye#1: Chromosomal damage.  Has been banned in France and Finland.

Blue #2: Brain tumors.  Banned in Norway.

Citrus Red #2: Bladder tumors.  The U.S. has banned the use of this dye in food processing but…

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Chondromalacia Patella | CMP Symptoms and treatment

Chondromalacia PatellaChondromalacia patella (CMP) involves damage to the articular cartilage which is the smooth hard cartilage under the kneecap.Symptoms are similar to that of patellofemoral pain syndrome with pain and swelling at the front of the knee especially over and around the kneecap or patella.

It is often worse when walking downstairs or after sitting for long periods, known as movie-goers knee or theater knee. A grinding or clicking feeling called cerpitus can be felt when bending and straightening the knee.What is chondromalacia patella? CMP results from damage to the cartilage which covers the back of the patella or kneecap. This smooth hard cartilage is known as hyaline cartilage or articular cartilage and its purpose is to allow smooth movement of the patella over the femur or thigh bone in the knee.The cause can be either acute from a sudden impact or from a long standing overuse injury. Acute injuries normally occur when the front of the knee cap suffers an impact, such as falling directly onto it, or being hit from the front. This results is small tears or roughening of the cartilage.

In overuse cases, the cause of the damage is usually repetitive rubbing of part of the cartilage against the underlying bone.In a healthy knee the movement of the Patella across the knee is a smooth gliding movement. In individuals with CMP, the kneecap rubs against the part of the joint behind it, resulting in inflammation, degeneration and pain.This can be for a number of reasons, but is usually due to the position of the patella itself. The most common feature of CMP is patella mal-tracking.

Usually the patella moves sideways towards the outside of the knee due to muscle imbalances. The quadriceps muscles and other tissues such as the retinaculum are too tight on the outside of the knee and the vastus medialis oblique muscle is weak on the inside of the knee.Other structural problems include Patella alta, which refers to a high patella and patella baja which refers to a low patella.Chondromalacia patellae is common in young

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Uses for Epsom Salt for Runners!

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Magnesium is vital for the conversion of glycogen to glucose – the body’s main fuel during exercise. Without sufficient levels the body switches to anaerobic metabolism, resulting in a buildup of lactic acid and associated muscle soreness and spasms. This means if you are low in magnesium you are likely to feel tired and lack energy.

Magnesium, together with calcium, is essential for optimal muscle function. A deficiency in magnesium can result in muscle and nerve twitches, spasms and cramping. Heavy exercisers often experience a buildup of lactic acid, shin splints and painful muscles during and after exercise. Having sufficient magnesium helps speed up recovery, reduce fatigue and avoid injuries

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Helps reduce the swelling of sprains and bruises!

Wet a washcloth in a solution of 1 cup of Epsom Salt and 1 quart of warm water. Apply the warm washcloth to the effected area until it is no longer warm.

  • Soothes and softens tired feet!

Add 1/2 cup of Epsom Salt to a foot spa or basin of warm to refresh your feet.

  • Sore After a Workout?

Add 2 cups of ES to warm water and soak for about 20 minutes to revitalize your body.

  • Getting your Magnesium!

Something most Americans are deficient in. Those with Fibromyalgia have been know to need more than the average healthy person. Soaking in ES-100% Magnesium is one of the most effective ways to get the boost you need. When dissolved in water it is easily absorbed through the skin.

  • Exfoliate your feet and legs!

Massage (bonus!) handfuls of ES over your wet feet and legs, or mix an handful with your body wash.

Why Magnesium is good for runners.

Why Endurance Athletes Need Magnesium

MAGNESIUM FOR RUNNERS

Is it Fibromyalgia, CFS or Gluten sensitivity ?

On my blog I go into a some specifics on the difference, or rather, the similarities between Fibromyalgia, CFS, and having a gluten sensitivity. A sensitivity is different than Celiac disease. You can suffer quite a bit without having an allergy and it can effect your energy levels which is limiting for those of who want to stay active. The fatigue, brain fog and feeling of being off balance can effect our daily routine as well as workouts and runs. Maybe the point where we  put off exercise. We may put in less effort for fear of getting dizzy or not be able to focus on our goal consistently because of the mood swings and hormonal changes that can also occur. It may feel like depression, which can lead you to skip a day or two, which can easily lead to skipping multiple days.

Excessive fatigue, depression and weight gain are probably the most common complaints experienced by western people in general and definitely the most common complaints of people with any chronic illness! If we have double the fatigue, depression, pain or weight gain, it becomes frustrating to pick up where you left off or to keep going if you have been persistent. It may be like starting over when you combine your chronic pain and the symptoms that have arisen from a gluten sensitivity. The best thing to do is go GF for a period of 30-60 days. Most people feel who feel a difference do so in just a few weeks, but it may take longer for others.

no_glutenYou must be strict. I tried it for just 30 days and when I reintroduce it I was immediately  suffering from abdominal pain, cramping, bloating and gas. It lasted 2 days from only a few meatballs. It does not cure your chronic pain, but if it can reduce symptoms of IBS, dizziness, weight gain and depression it may be worth making the switch.

There are many of the Facebook Page that say they have tried going GF and saw no noticeable changes at all so there is definitely no a guarantee.

In the grand scheme of your lifetime is 30 or 60 days really that long to see if there is a possibility you may get relief, have some health benefits or  discover you have a sensitivity or intolerance?

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A Few Tips for Walking the Susan G Komen 3Day (or any event) with Chronic Pain Conditions

WOW right?!

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Although I did make a lengthy post on the blog, I did so because I was having technical difficulties with this site.  Rather than do it all I again this is just the short version of what I did not get into on the other post. The physical and emotional aspects of the walk that pertain to Fibromyalgia and chronic pain.

You are used to being in pain pretty much all the time. When you decide to take on this 3Day challenge there are a lot of things that run through your mind. You play out an exhausting conversation with yourself daily. It can make the issues you have learned to live with, seem much worse, even if they are not in the form of a full flare.

Can I do it? I hope nothing bad happens. Do I tell anyone about my medical issues or pretend I have none?

Yes I can do it! I really hope nothing happens to cause a flare while Im gone. Will I walk slower? Will I be alone? 

I hope I can do it. Will I end up walking with people who don’t understand I may need to make modifications?

Should I try to walk alone so no one can see if I am in pain? What if I am in pain, do I keep going or stop? 

Does that mean I failed? It IS the responsible thing to  pace myself and stop if I need to but..do I really want to?

Will the food be healthy enough not to cause more pain or flare ups? Will I represent Fibro sufferers in good light?

Will the family be okay while I am gone? What if I forget to pack a med?  I have prepared so I will be fine!

Will the car ride down there cripple me before I even walk, if I don’t stop and stretch enough?

Hhhmmm, did I prepare enough? What if I am doing well do I feel bad for the people who are not?

Feeling great when your body is cooperating because you are a rockstar!

Feeling bad for the people you are walking with when you have left them behind. Like a deserter. 

Is it showing off ? Are you a traitor? No, I worked hard for this and I deserve to enjoy my accomplishment!!

Will I get enough down time to rest my body and my mind? Will my meds work? 

What if I CANNOT move at all? Naaaw, I got this! 

Will my knee start to hurt? Will my ankles be okay? Will I make myself worse and flare when I get home?

If I do flare after I am home, can I get the kids on the bus? What if there is none to help? Can I make dinner?

Will my husbands schedule allow him to be home enough to help for a coupe days?

Will there a place for yoga or stretching? Can someone help me if I need it? Will there someone providing massage’s?

How long will it take me to recover? Will anyone help? Do I get a medal?

Wait, what? I don’t get a ticker tape parade?!

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Mind blowing, head spinning, non stop thinking, and stressing, and wondering and worrying pale in comparison to the training walks. My head hurts just remembering the mental preoccupation I had with this walk.  All these things can be anxiety producing which causes more distraction, tension, and use precious energy we have so little of to begin with. Even when you are excited about something, it drains energy planning and can be stressful. Practically any kind of pain gets worse when there is added stress. Stress has been shown to be one of the main triggers that can set off  flare. Overuse or prolonged of muscles,  can cause pain not just in a specific are, but in the entire body, whether during or just after activity.  (SOME symptoms of a flare).  It wiped me out for days after as far as concentration and energy levels. As I stated on the blog post, I felt, for intent and purposes, like a dead person.

Prepare, prepare and prepare some more!

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Come up with a plan, stick to it and try not to stress about it in the meantime. Have help if you can. Assign friends or family members with certain tasks so you have less to worry about. Whether it be packing something, buying something, even just making a list for you to check later on, are all one less thing for you to stress over. Find a walking buddy and follow the training schedule. Find yoga or mediation time, or coffee with a friend to decompress and have encouraging thoughts that feed you energy rather than drain it.

Meditation has been shown to be very effective in reducing the stress levels and symptoms associated with Fibromyalgia syndrome. If you have Fibromyalgia, techniques of meditation can help to improve your sleep patterns and reduce your fatigue. Meditation techniques can also help to reduce your pain levels, as it decreases the levels of cortisol, a stress hormone, in your body.”

Eat right for weeks to months before hand so you have the best chance of being healthy and strong from the inside as well. The Arthritis Foundation recommends that you eat a balanced diet to manage your Fibromyalgia and contribute to your overall health. If you know your trigger food stay away before, during, and after even if you are used to having the occasional treat/cheat.

Have help prepping meals for when you return home.

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Pre-made meals in freezer bags, easy crock pot recipes or ordering healthy take out (to be delivered of course)!

Babysitters or rides for your kids can be arranged with friends or family.

Don’t slack off on the vitamins and meds you are taking! Hydrate. Dont skip meals.

Dont worry about a clean house and take a day or 2 off work (IF you can!).

Get a massage if you can handle it. Schedule the chiropractor or physical therapy.  Have some alone time to decompress. Write a blog post or journal entry to let go of all the thoughts cluttering up your mind, and just look at pictures and think about the positive wonderful things about the experience. Find positive distractions. But most of all….

BE PROUD!!! Don’t beat yourself up for how badly you “think” you “might” have done, or for a goal you did not fully reach. We are our own worst critics.  Be happy with what you did do, may it be all of it, of 1/2 of it! You are fighting pain. Pat yourself on the back! You are living life. You are refusing to let your condition dictate every aspect of your life! You are a warrior!

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Functional Circuit Training Benefits for Older Adults via Today I Will

While we all have different goals and priorities throughout life, older adults would all probably agree that a big priority for them is to remain capable of doing activities of daily living (ADL) or in other words, being able to maintain independent living while staying free of falls. Oh and we mustn’t forget, being able to remain social! With this in mind, researchers wanted to test1 a well-designed circuit that required no specialized equipment and stations that would improve mobility, strength, flexibility, and balance, but also stimulate cognitive function or a psychological benefit. Participants were well supervised to ensure correct form and an appropriate intensity was used throughout the circuit. This is important because other studies failed to find significant results across all outcome measures due to older subject’s inability to perform exercises correctly in the absence of feedback and/or their inability to sustain an appropriate intensity throughout an unsupervised exercise session.

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Fibromyalgia Baths With Epsom Salt & Baking Powder

Fibromyalgia means muscle fiber pain. It is characterized by muscle, tendon and ligament pain, along with flu-like symptoms. This chronic disease is unpredictable and ranges from mild to disabling. The cause of fibromyalgia is not known, and while it seems to run in families, no genetic component has been identified. Currently, it is thought that people with fibromyalgia may have a deficiency in magnesium and/or lower levels of the neurotransmitter known as serotonin, which is responsible for mood. Making the diagnosis of fibromyalgia is difficult, as it closely resembles many other diseases such as chronic fatigue syndrome and multiple chemical sensitivities. If you have been diagnosed with fibromyalgia, it’s important to learn how to deal with the pain and discomfort it causes.

via Fibromyalgia Baths With Epsom Salt & Baking Powder | LIVESTRONG.COM.