Jack LaLanne

“How many healthy people do you know? How many happy people do you know? Think about it. People work at dying, they don’t work at living.” tonus fortis

10 Serious RA Symptoms to Never Ignore

This is a good article I read over at WebMD. It highlights symptoms that many people with RA might ignore, or consider minor but should really tell their doctor about. The symptoms range from a generally “blah” feeling to shortness of breath and chest pains. Shahreen Abedin goes  into some detail on each symptom and why a visit to the doctor makes sense when these symptoms arise. tonus fortis

Would You Sue Your Doctor?

I just finished reading another great book by Malcolm Gladwell titled blink: The Power of Thinking Without Thinking. While I enjoyed the book overall, and I enjoy Gladwell’s writing in general, there’s a section of the book I really want to share, it’s about doctors and how to determine if they’re more or less likely to be sued for malpractice. In an earlier post (It’s Your Body, Not Your Doctor’s) I spoke about how important the skill of listening is for a doctor. In blink Gladwell points out how important speaking is for a doctor. grey active ultra

Lab Tests for RA Explained

If you’re visiting a Rheumatologist for the first time, or if you’ve had blood work done already, you may be curious what tests a Rheumatologist orders and why. Hopefully after reading this, you’ll have a better understanding of exactly that. http://hair-mastic.dk/

When a Rheumatologist wants to confirm or rule out Rheumatoid Arthritis (RA) they’ll typically order blood work and require specific tests. These tests will not say with absolute certainty whether you do or don’t have RA. The purpose of these tests is to help determine, along with your symptoms and medical history, if you have RA. http://greyactiveultra.pt/

The following is a list of common tests a Rheumatologist may order, why they are ordered, and what they mean. This is not necessarily all of the tests your Rheumatologist may order and is simply an overview. Links within each test will be included if you’d like more detail. http://makelash.pt/

Five Steps to Pain Relief

I like this article from ArthritisToday.org and recommend it for anyone looking for  non-pharmaceutical methods to dealing with the pain of Arthritis. Some of these you may have already tried or currently use. They may not all work for you, but they’re all methods that people have had at least some success with. Just one of the following methods may have a big impact on you, or you may need to do more than one in order to get the most benefit.

Remember that when trying something new, it can take time to notice any benefits. One of the techniques mentioned took patients, on average, 14 before they noticed the benefits. While this sounds like a long time, they noticed a significant decrease in their arthritis pain. So check out this article and give some of the methods a try.

Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

“What is not started today is never finished tomorrow.”

Mike Ditka

“I really believe the only way to stay healthy is to eat properly, get your rest and exercise. If you don’t exercise and do the other two, I still don’t think it’s going to help you that much.”

Rheumatoid Arthritis; One More Reason to Quit Smoking

We already know that smoking is bad for us. Cancer and Emphysema are probably just two things that come to mind when you think about smoking, but are you also at risk of developing Rheumatoid Arthritis (RA)? Over the years, studies have shown that smoking leads to an increased risk of RA.

If You Have Arthritis, Should You Play Video Games?

Can video games cause arthritis or tendonitis? A study presented at the 2009 annual meeting of the American College of Rheumatology (ACR) and discussed in the article Virtual Games, Real Pain on ArthritisToday.org sought to answer just that. The question was proposed by the 11yr old son of a Rheumatologist who teamed up with a researcher from New York University School of Medicine. So, if you or your child has arthritis, are video games a bad idea?

Fasting for Autoimmune Diseases

Over the past year or so, I’ve heard a lot about the benefits of fasting, but never looked much into the subject. Since fasting continues to appear from different sources like doctors, naturopaths and patients, I’ve decided to look into how fasting may impact people with autoimmune diseases like Rheumatoid Arthritis (RA), Psoriasis, and Psoriatic Arthritis (PA). I’ve heard stories of people being completely symptom free after fasting and am curious to learn more about how that’s possible and if it’s just a coincidence or truly due to fasting.

What I know so far is that:

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