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Friday, April 27, 2012

The Healing Knee

An astonishing bit of research was published a few weeks ago that went largely unnoticed. It has now been demonstrated that the knee is unique among all the joints of the body because it has a built in repair mechanism. In the right environment, the knee can fix itself.

Yes, you heard me correctly. This means that all those knee replacements and arthroscopic surgeries may have been completely pointless and counter productive.The researchers at Duke University were stunned as well. The key is to provide the knee with the correct environment, and the correct environment consists of strengthening exercises for the muscles that surround and move the knee and a diet rich in Glucosamine Sulfate. Knee2.jpeg

In 2007 the journal Arthritis & Rhumatism published an article looking at the role of standard anti inflammatory medication versus quality Glucosamine Sulfate supplementation. They found that anti inflammatory medication had limited short term benefit, no long term benefit and a poor risk to benefit ratio. Glucosamine Sulfate supplementation on the other hand demonstrated "clinically significantly symptom modification over the medium term and intriguing suggestion of possible disease structure modification." Glucosamine sulfate works.

A word of caution however for those of you with shellfish allergies. Most commercial Glucosamine Sulfate supplements are made with shellfish so be sure to check first. As far as dosage is concerned, the recommendation is to take about 1500mg at a time once per day to start. This ensures that your blood levels will be high enough for this food supplement to do some good.

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Thursday, April 26, 2012

Cancer Prevention and Vegetables

You may have heard the news that a diet rich in broccoli, bok choy and other "cruciferous" vegetables may lower the risk of cancer related illness and disease. This particular study examined the dietary intake of women in China who been diagnosed with breast cancer. A "dose related" correlation between the consumption of cruciferous vegetables and health was discovered. In practical terms this means that the greater the amount of cruciferous veggies you eat, the lower your risk. Cruciferous vegetables are characterized by their fibrous crossing internal structure. Examples of Cruciferous vegetables include:Cruciferous2.jpeg

  • Cabbage
  • Broccoli
  • Bok Choy
  • Cauliflower
  • Brussel Sprouts
  • Daikon
  • Rutabaga
  • Radishes

I'll have much more on this topic in the future. In the mean time, eat well and be healthy!

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