Archive for February, 2011
The aging process should really be called the “process of physical decline largely due to inactivity.” #moveoften #fitness
Garlic has been used as both food and medicine in many cultures for thousands of years. Today garlic is used to help prevent heart disease, high cholesterol, high blood pressure and to enhance the immune system. Garlic may also protect against cancer.
Garlic is rich in antioxidants, which destroy the particles that can cause damage to our cell membranes.
Studies report that garlic consumption may slow the progression of cardiovascular disease. It may help decrease LDL and total cholesterol levels while raising the HDLs. Garlic was also found to decrease 2 other markers of cardiovascular disease, homocysteine and C-reactive protein.
A well designed study of nearly 150 people found that garlic helps prevent and treat the common cold. In this study, people received either garlic supplements or placebo for 12 weeks during cold season. Those who received garlic had significantly fewer colds than those who received placebo. Plus when faced with a cold, the symptoms dissipated more quickly among those receiving garlic compared to those receiving placebo.
How to take it: Adults – whole garlic clove – 2-4 grams per day of fresh, minced clove.
Aged garlic extract: 600-1,200 mg, daily in divided doses.
Precautions: the use of herbs is a time honored approach to strengthening the body and treating disease. Herbs, however, contain components that can trigger side effects and that can interact with other herbs, supplements, or medications. Herbs should be taken with care and under the supervision of a healthcare provider.
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When you see the golden arches, you are probably on your way to the pearly gates. – William Castelli, M.D.
Tennis elbow is a painful condition that occurs on the outside of the elbow. It typically involves an inflammation and irritation of the extensor tendon where it attaches to the lateral epicondyle. In the past this condition was inaccurately given the title epicondylitis, suggesting an inflammatory cause. Most painful tendon conditions in athletes, including in the lateral elbow, are actually due to tendinosis. Tendinosis is defined as noninflammatory intratendinous collagen degeneration with fiber disorientation. Despite its popular name, “tennis elbow,” the condition occurs more commonly in nonathletes than in athletes. More than 50% of tennis players will experience an episode of lateral epicondylosis at some point in their career. It can be caused by a variety of activities such as baseball, golf, squash, raquetball, swimming, weight lifting and crossfit to name a few.
Tennis elbow involves the extensors of the forearm, which are the muscles that bend the wrist back. These extensors attach to the lateral epicondyle which is located on the outside of the elbow. This area is highly susceptible to micro tears when exposed to repetitive actions day after day. These repetitive actions often result in micro tears, scar tissue or development of adhesions between muscle layers and dysfunction in physical activities.
It is more common of an injury than you think. In the last 2 weeks 3 people have presented to our office with tennis elbow symptoms. All 3 patients noted a decrease in symptoms after the first visit. Two of the three had their injury resolved after 2 visits. Most of the elbow injuries can be treated quite easily when using Active Release Techniques (ART). ART can effectively reduce adhesions and scar tissue in the dysfunctional musculature reducing the amount of stress put on the tissues. If an area is chronically being over used and never has the chance to recover it will eventually become weak and injured. ART can also be used to prevent or significantly reduce repetitive use injuries. It is much easier to address the issue when it occurs because as times goes on scar tissue and adhesions in the muscles continue to develop making the tissue even more vulnerable to yet further injuries. Keep that in mind.
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Conservative Management of Sports Injuries
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