Saturday, November 16, 2019

Using Electricity To Stop Pain

With the opioid epidemic killing hundreds of thousands of people, we need some alternative options for pain management. I want to talk about 3 that I’ve run across, two of which I’ve personally experienced.

The first is a device called the Hokomed and it uses electricity to stimulate the healing process and reduce pain. It was invented in Germany.

The second is a Class IV Laser that penetrates 4 inches into the skin and promotes cell growth while alleviating pain. As I said, I’ve experienced both these machines and was quite impressed with the reduction of pain for bursitis and back pain.

The third device is called Quell which also uses an electrical current. It’s been used for stopping hip pain so that hip replacement surgery did not have to be performed. It can reduce the feelings of pain anywhere in the body.

So…pain got you down? Instead of suffering, experiment with these medical devices to see for yourself if they will stop the pain and keep you away from having to play drug company and surgery roulette.

(Reported November/December 2017. AARP THE MAGAZINE)

Saturday, November 9, 2019

Cranberries May Hold The Answer For Fighting Super Bugs

Since it's almost the holiday season and the time for cranberries in all
its forms, let's look at the power it has to protect us from super bugs.

Some strains of E. coli can cause diarrhea and can be transmitted
through food, water or contact with animals and people. With the rise
of super bugs, diarrhea that they can cause can become deadly.

For bacteria to actually cause an infection, the bacteria must first adhere
to a surface in the host such as the stomach lining. The bacteria multiply
and produce enough additional bacteria to be able to form what's called
a biofilm. If you can stop the formation of the biofilm, then there is no infection.

Enter…… cranberry juice! Researchers at the University of
Massachusetts Dartmouth found that chemicals in cranberry juice
interfere with the adhesion of the bacteria to form its biofilm by
several methods.

One is some of the cranberry juice chemicals compress tiny tendrils on the
surface of the E. Coli bacteria so that it can’t bind to the lining of the
urinary tract.

The second way involves different chemicals in the juice that greatly
reduce the ability of the bacteria to stick to a surface. So…since we are
running out of antibiotics to fight off these super bugs and since we're
going to be eating a lot of cranberry products, it’s good to known that
you're helping your body to stay health. 

Saturday, November 2, 2019

Alternatives Are Becoming Mainstream

I was recently reading a magazine and read an ad for Blue Cross’s Medicare policy. The ad was talking about a woman who had retired and was enjoying life by traveling and doing lots of activities including Kayaking.

She started to experience carpal tunnel syndrome and thought it would curtail her enjoying her retirement.

The ad then starts to talk about the treatments that she started, and I was expecting it to talk about drugs. Wow, was I wrong!

The first thing it says is she got acupuncture. That’s right, Blue Cross is saying she had acupuncture!!!! Plus, she did a few other things that the ad didn’t specify, and that cured her problem. So, she was back to enjoying her retirement.

Another example is I’m personally going to be having hip replacement surgery on November 21 and the pre-surgery materials I’ve received are recommending drinking lots of pineapple juice after surgery because it contain bromelain which reduces inflammation and also taking bran flakes to help prevent constipation!

So... from my standpoint, this is showing that alternatives are finally going more and more mainstream. HOORAY!

Saturday, October 26, 2019

Antibiotics May Be Hurting Your Memory

Antibiotics may be hurting your memory ability. You go to the doctor for a cold and the doc gives you an antibiotic to take even though your cold was caused by a virus and antibiotic drugs don’t kill viruses. The problem is taking the antibiotic drug also kills the good bacteria in your gut.

You might be saying, “No big deal”. Well, it actually is a very big deal. The antibiotic may also be inhibiting the growth of new cells in the part of the brain associated with memory. The researchers believe that the antibiotic is causing this damage by lowering levels of a type of white blood cell that is thought to connect the gut, brain and immune system.

So…what you need to do if you can’t avoid taking the antibiotic for an infection, as these researchers suggest, is to take a probiotic supplement at the same time as the antibiotic. Keep taking the supplement for several weeks after the surgery to keep developing and feeding the good bacteria.
(Reported Prevention, August 2016)

Saturday, October 19, 2019

A Unique Way To Bring Joy Into People’s Lives

Peggy Wheatcroft was getting ready to celebrate her 80th birthday and she didn’t want a birthday party. She decided to do something different.

Peggy took 80 envelopes and put $80 in twenty-dollar bills in each envelope. She took the envelopes and gave them to 80 people with a note asking them, in honor of her birthday, to give the money to anyone they chose. She asked them to find someone who least expected it. She also asked them to write and tell her about the person’s experience. What she wrote was “Let’s spread a small bit of joy!!”

It took her a year to distribute the envelopes. When the people who were the givers started to write her, the first thing she noticed was the joy people experienced when giving the gift in person to someone. The second thing was the connection to her when the givers explained the source of the money to the recipient.

The research shows that it is better to give than receive as our bodies release the “feel good” chemicals that reinforce our giving. So…it doesn’t have to be $80 to 80 people, just consider whatever the amount how you’re bringing joy to someone else and to yourself. Thank you, Peggy for showing us a unique way to celebrate a birthday and may you have many more!
(Reported AARP Bulletin/Real Possibilities October 2019)

Saturday, October 12, 2019

The Dangers of The 5G Network

5G is the term for the network that is beginning to be installed around the country as a way to dramatically speed up our internet connection and transmission speeds. While speed is great, there are major problems with 5G networks that is extremely troublesome.

To begin with 5G networks need to be placed every 500 feet in order to work. This means there will be a dramatic increase in the radiation being emitted at each of these units. What 5G does is it utilizes millimeter-wave frequencies, which are smaller waves from those emitted in 4G networks. This has an effect when it hits our bodies.

These are just a few of the new health concerns with 5G networks:

1. Israeli researchers found that our sweat ducts act as an antenna for these millimeter waves, which means our bodies will absorb more of this energy

2. Governments use millimeter wave devices in crowd control systems. For people caught in the wave it makes them feel like their skin’s on fire.

3. Hundreds of scientists from around the world sent a letter to the United Nations and the World Health Organization warning of serious concerns regarding these Electromagnetic fields (EMF).

Our bodies are actually affected at levels below where most international guidelines have been set. This means we may experience an increased cancer risk, increase in free radicals in our bodies, damage to the reproductive system, learning and memory issues and neurological disorders.

Safety testing on 5G Networks has simply not been done, yet it’s being rolled out as you read this blurb.

There is a way to stop this rollout and get some real research done. There are bills in the House and Senate to change the rule so that local communities can have greater input over how 5G Networks are installed.

So…contact your elected Representative and Senator to let them know they need to support the bills on local communities having real input.

Saturday, October 5, 2019

Communities Helping People With Dementia

Dementia is difficult to deal with for the person that has it, as well as, for the caregivers and the people who come in contact with them. The person with dementia can react negatively just being in a room that’s noisy or if there are bright flashing lights coming from a police car in their driveway.
There’s now a non-profit to help whole communities become more welcoming to people with dementia. It’s called Dementia Friendly America ( and the first community in my state certified a “dementia friendly community” was in Fairfax, Virginia. There are now 4 other locations in the state that have earned the designation.

What the organization does is it helps a group draw up a plan to make its area supportive of people with dementia and their caregivers. Trained volunteers will hold education sessions for businesses and other community members. As an example, when a restaurant in the area has put 75% of its staff through the training, the restaurant receives a window sticker to let customers know it’s dementia friendly.

Since the number of people suffering from dementia will only grow has the baby boomers get it, this is a great way to help these people feel safe and protected when they are out in the community.
(Reported AARP BULLETIN, Real Possibilities September 2019)