Category Archives: Wellness

Natural pain relievers are underused for chronic muscular pain and joint problems

Many conditions associated with chronic pain involve the musculoskeletal system.  Myofascial problems and joint swelling are chief among them.  There are several forms of arthritis that can lead to debilitating pain in all areas of the spine, as well as the various joints of the arms and legs. Joint pain, myofascial pain, arthritic pain and fibromyalgia, can improve significantly with several natural remedies now available.

Most people who suffer with chronic muscular pain and joint problems can derive significant benefits from exercising regularly.  Stretching the muscles of the neck, back, arms, and legs helps to tone muscles.  In some cases isometric and resistance exercising may also be beneficial.  All of the major body joints respond remarkably well to mobilization.  Active movement is therapeutic.  In the upper extremities range of motion exercises from the shoulders to the fingers is essential. The same is true for the lower extremities, from the hips to the toes.  People who suffer with serious muscle and joint problems should begin exercising under the direction of a qualified professional.

Inflammation is the culprit in most cases of chronic pain. Several natural anti-inflammatory herbs have shown to be quite effective in alleviating inflammation and thus easing pain. They are with few exceptions side-effect free. They include turmeric, boswelia, ginger, ginseng, and willow bark.

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Sea lettuce may help fight prostate cancer

Men are generally very fearful of being hit with prostate cancer. The American Cancer Society notes that other than skin cancer, prostate cancer is the most common cancer which American men suffer from. Approximately one man in six will be diagnosed with prostate cancer during his lifetime. Doctors Health Press reported on Sept. 30, 2013,“The Weird Thing That Fights Prostate Cancer.”


There has been an increasing amount of attention focused on complementary and alternative treatments, partially because prostate cancer can often be a slow moving disease. Natural treatments which have been used or alone with Western drug therapies to attempt to treat prostate cancer better include antioxidants, pomegranate extract,turmeric, green tea, resveratrol, silibinin, and herbs.

Researchers from the University of Florida have suggested that a compound which is extracted from seaweed off the coast of Florida, may be a new line of defense against prostate cancer. The Florida research team has found that compounds in sea lettuce showed the best results from among a variety of seaweeds. Sea lettuce is a standard part of the Asian diet, where prostate cancer risk is significantly lower.

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Breastfeeding support scarce in Black communities

Very few of the maternity wards that have won a seal of approval for providing breastfeeding support are located in communities with a significant population of African Americans, a Women’s eNews analysis finds.

Breast milk is the most local of all foods and one that can have an outsized impact on the health of mothers and infants.

However, for many African-American parents, finding a maternity ward that supports the process immediately after birth can be extremely difficult.

That’s the finding of Women’s eNews’ review of the U.S. locations of so-called baby-friendly hospitals, maternity hospitals that have passed a set of stringent standards established by the World Health Organization to assist brand-new parents to begin breastfeeding.

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Natural ways to get rid of back pain

As a person with scoliosis this article definitely hit home for me. I’m going to try some of their suggestions and see if they help. Leave a comment and let me know what you think 🙂

Regardless of whether you suffer from chronic back pain or just feel it sometimes, a change in lifestyle could help you to strengthen your back, prevent injuries and leave the pain behind.

Back pain is among the most common health problems. U.S. National Institute of Health reports that about 80 percent of Americans at some time  in their life suffer from back pain , and many of them have resorted to OTC medications to relieve pain . But a better approach to these troubles involves allowing the body to recover in a natural way, such as a healthy diet and exercise.

Causes of back pain

Back pain can occur due to a number of reasons, for example, bio-mechanical, degenerative changes in the spine, injuries due to falls or careless lifting of objects, and some medical conditions.

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Turn back time by avoiding these foods that age your skin

Wrinkles are a natural part of aging, but that doesn’t mean you can’t do anything to prevent them. While plenty of us spend lots of money on creams and cleansers, the best place to find anti-aging products is in your grocery store or garden. What we eat is just as important–if not more so–as what we slather on our skin.



Nourishing our skin from the inside out can help beat the clock. And just as some foods can help slow the effects of time, other foods can speed up our skin’s aging process, contributing to wrinkles and sagging.

What keeps skin looking healthy: Oil and collagen

Your skin is important; it’s actually your body’s biggest organ. Our skin is coated in a layer of natural oils that protect it and lock in moisture. As we age, the oil production slows down, and skin cells lose the ability to repair themselves as easily. Our skin’s reserve of collagen–a type of protein that keeps skin firm, elastic and youthfully plump–also begins to run low, making skin thinner. And thin skin wrinkles more easily than thicker skin

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Diabetes, obesity and heart disease are not a part of African-American heritage

I’m so happy that they have started this program to address these issues.  So many people believe that a lot of diseases are just going to happen to them because of heritage never realizing that the heritage is bad eating habits and not genetic.  You are what you eat is so real.  Leave a comment and let me know what you think 🙂

Oldways is cooking up something totally new: cooking classes designed for African-American communities that showcase the rich and healthy roots of African culture and traditional cuisine.

The traditional diet experts at Oldways, the Boston-based nonprofit, have launched a national cooking and wellness program, “A Taste of African Heritage” to help communities and individuals reconnect with the vibrant ways of eating and living that supported the health and wellbeing of African-American ancestors.

This nutritional, cultural cooking program, which follows a successful pilot in 15 locations last year, debuts in 50 locations throughout the country in 2013, with 100 class sites planned for 2014.

“Diabetes, obesity and heart disease are not a part of African-American heritage, said Sara Baer-Sinnott president, Oldways. “Our ‘A Taste of African Heritage’ cooking program addresses these issues and is a springboard to the wonderful old ways of eating and living, creating new healthy traditions by introducing participants to the cultural and culinary roots of their ancestors.”

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Top 10 Natural Health Remedies of Coconut Oil

The popularity of coconut oil has skyrocketed in the Western world over the last several years. However, its many health benefits have been known in other regions of the world as part of their ancient history. Better late than never!  Coconut oil is finally taking center stage, and is much needed in our modern world which contains more environmental and food toxins than ever before.

Coconut oil is being hailed as a super ingredient, superfood, and, lately, a super beauty aid. Add to this that it can be consumed or applied to all ages and it becomes a must-have in anyone’s natural health kit.

Let’s take a look at a mere snapshot of the solutions to common and chronic ailments that can be provided by coconut oil.

10. Oral Health – Many natural health practitioners believe that oral health is the very foundation of overall health. Coconut oil has been used as a healthy alternative from toxic commercial toothpastes that contain fluoride. This oil also has been demonstrated to harden enamel, thus reducing the chance of serious dental events. Lastly, due to its antibacterial properties, it serves as a boost toward reducing sores and other infections. Oil pulling with coconut oil is an all-around insurance against tooth decay and debilitating oral health issues.

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Health benefits of eating pumpkin seeds

Healthy hair and skin starts from the inside out.  Here is a good article on the benefits of adding pumpkin seeds to your diet.  Leave a comment and let me know what you think 🙂

If you are acidic, or even somewhat acidic, in your stomach, you’d probably be thankful that pumpkin seeds exist.  Everywhere, people are preparing dangerously acidic meals. To counteract the negative effects of acidic foods and meals, take not of studying and incorporating pumpkin seeds into your diet.

Pumpkin historical facts and trivia

  • Pumpkin was originally discovered in Mexican caves dating back to about 7,000 BC
  • The North Americans were the first people to use pumpkins as food and as herbal medicine.
  • Today, pumpkin seeds, called pepitas by the Mexicans, are a basic ingredient in Mexican dishes.
  • People of ancient Greece also make use of pumpkin seeds
  • For every 100 grams of pumpkin seeds, one can get 559 calories.
These seeds increase in nutritive value as they age. According to research done in the Experimental Station in Massachusetts, squash and seeds of pumpkin that have been stored for a long, long time increase in their protein content.

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10 Dairy-Free, Calcium-Rich Foods

A big part of having healthy hair is what you feed your body.  As a vegetarian who is trying to lean more towards vegan, I loved this article on dairy free options for calcium.  Leave a comment and let me know what you think 🙂

It’s never too late—or too early—to adopt simple lifestyle changes that will strengthen your skeleton and help delay bone breakdown.
Almond Milk
Official recommendations encourage women between the ages of 19 and 50 to get 1,000 milligrams of calcium a day and women older than 50 to get 1,200 milligrams. Amy J. Lanou, Ph.D., senior nutrition scientist for the nonprofit Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine and coauthor of Building Bone Vitality (McGraw Hill), suggests lowering that to 500 to 800 milligrams, preferably from dairy-free food sources. Lanou explains that a higher calcium intake is unnecessary and, if it comes from supplemental sources, may cause constipation and negatively impact the absorption, production or metabolism of other nutrients.

Dairy foods—cheese and ice cream in particular—are highly acidic, but the body prefers a slightly alkaline pH; to neutralize the acidity from dairy, your body pulls calcium from the bones. Hip fracture rates are highest where calcium intake from dairy foods is highest, including in the U.S. and Northern European countries.

Almond milk, with 300 mg of calcium per 8 oz, can be used in recipes and smoothies in lieu of cow’s milk.

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An Interactive Approach to Delivering Health News:

African-American health issues are often ignored by the medical industry. Even African Americans sometimes overlook medical conditions that plague the black community. But a new online video and social media website focused on the health issues of African-American consumers and physicians, hopes to focus in on the health and well being of the African-American community. Called, it bills itself as the first ever academically based, health information website for African Americans.

The birth of came out of a shocking dinner conversation co-founder Dr. Corey Hebert had with friends. “About two years ago, I was having dinner at a Mexican restaurant with a group of African American colleagues. When the fajitas arrived at our table, one of the gentlemen felt grease pop on his skin. He immediately said, “Quick, I need to get some butter,” recalls Hebert, an award-winning medical journalist and frequent contributor to the Dr. Oz. Show. “As a physician, I thought to myself, he couldn’t be serious.  I admonished, “You’re not going to put butter on that burn!  That’s the worst thing you could ever do.” He defended vehemently, “My mom and grandma always told me I should put butter on a burn.”  Even though I was the only physician at the table, everyone argued that butter was the best way to treat a burn.”

The dinner companions turned to the Internet to see who was right.  “At that point, I realized that there was no offering for African-American health that was standardized, academically-based and interactive on the Internet,” explains Hebert. “Furthermore, if these college-educated black folks didn’t know basic first aid, then I had to do something to make health information available to all African Americans despite socioeconomic and education levels.”


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