Bout With Gout

19 06 2009

The most common signs of gout are sudden (acute) redness and inflammation around joints with intense pain.  Most often the first joint that is attacked with arthritis like symptoms is the big toe with intense pain and throbbing, also swollen beyond belief and reddened.  This experience is so painful one can hardly stand to have a bed sheet touch the toe.  The same condition can occur in many other joints such as feet, ankles, knees, fingers, hands, elbows and wrists.  Bursa sacs which are fluid protective cushions around body joints to protect joint tissues are breached by elevated uric acid forming crystals transported by the blood circulation and deposited within targeted joints.  Although there is much similarity in osteoarthritis and rheumatoid arthritis (RA) the difference is RA afflicts up to several joints at a time, where gout usually impacts one joint at a time and typically starts in the feet.  Gout may also lead to a chronic bursitis (swollen bursa sacs) a condition where surgery may be required.  Uric acid crystals can also put you at risk for kidney stone problems.

Cause:  Purines are a part of our biology and introduced into the body through diet.  The by-product of Purines is uric acid.  Purines are part of human tissue and found in many Purine-Rich foods:  Beer, beverages, organ meat (liver, hearts, and kidneys), asparagus, yeast, sardines, anchovies, herring, fish, sweetbreads, smelt, and mussels.  Diets which are high in purines and protein have long have been suspected of causing gout.  By raising blood stream uric acid, painful crystals lodge within certain joints of our body creating acute pain.  Gout is considered one of the most painful forms of Rheumatic conditions and afflicts an estimated 840 out of 100,000 people in this US.  Gout accounts for approximately 5% of all cases of arthritis.  Symptoms:  Pain, swelling and tenderness, with limited movement within one or more joints; on and off pain mostly during the night time.  Increasing pain can last for hours and up to a week(s).  After periods of acute pain, the skin areas around the joint pain may peel, appear dry and become itchy.  Other symptoms: Fever or skin that looks infected with a red-purple in skin tone color.

  • Recommendations:
    -Feel for nodules (tophi) on ears, hands, or elbows – Hard uric acid crystals form under skin.
    -If you had surgery, or recovered from illness thereafter gout signs-symptoms.  See doctor.
    -Determine uric acid levels in bloodstream through blood test if you suspect you have gout.
    -Avoid alcohol, Drink Plenty of water. Exercise, maintain Ideal Body Weight.
    -Coffee and Tea is not a problem.
    -Avoid eating Purine-Rich foods and proteins.  Choose Tofu over meat products for example.
    – Gout Balanced Diet:  30% cals from fat (10% animal), 15% Low in Protein (soy, lean meat, poultry), and high in complex carbs (fruits, vegetables, whole grain)  “American Medical Assoc.”
     – Do not participate in extreme dieting as this form of weight loss increases uric acid levels.
    -Reduce uric acid & inflammation by consuming dark berries; blackberries, cherries, raspberries and blueberry (ruby-red type combinations) (see our affiliated purity products within our MAE Wellness Store).
    -Anti-inflammatory foods:  Flax, salmon, nuts, olive oil.  Vit C and Folic acid may benefit.
    -Few supplements increase hyperuricemia risk, such as Vitamin A.

Issue “Recognize Personality Disorder”  Author:  Marc T. Woodard, MBA, BS Exercise Science, USA Medical Services Officer, CPT, RET.  2009 Copyright.  All rights reserved, Mirror Athlete Publishing @: http://www.mirrorathlete.com,  Sign up for your Free eNewsletter.

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10 Step Basic Weight Loss Tips

22 01 2009

For me the following tips keep my body weight stable.  I could lose more weight through moderate calorie reduction or increased activities.  I choose not to.  Instead, I’ve set my weight where I’m comfortable and wake up every day energized and excited about my daily activities and never worry about my food choices.

“Lose weight and/or manage your weight after you’ve lost the fat”

1)    Find a daily activity that increases your metabolism 15-60minutes a day that you can get excited about and have fun.  Walking works best for me.  Think of other interests and mix it up, e.g., biking, hiking, camping, fishing, shopping, walk the dog, dance, yoga, exercise class, swimming, fitness center, home aerobic exercise equipment purchase, etc.  Any activity that increases heart rate will benefit your weight management program and is essential to good health.  Visit our home site health repository and read “Weight Management and Super Food Ideals, etc.”

2)   If you can’t get 3-4 fruits and vegetable servings per day because of cost or inconvenience, you must supplement your diet, or consume more concentrated quality super foods.  I use a high quality “natural” supplement daily with super food ingredients to boost metabolism, weight management and increased antioxidant protection for healthier longer living.  Visit my home site health repository to read our article, “Why we Need Super Foods.”

3)   Fad Diets – Stay away from any diet plan that restricts your food groups, such as carbohydrate, protein or high fat diet only.  These types of diets to include pharmaceuticals to achieve quick weight loss results will only harm your body’s metabolism.  Eventually these types of diets add on more weight with increased health risks.  Go to my home site within the health repository and read “Diet Pills, What’s The Deal?”

4)   Eat sensible meals.  I eat pretty much what I want to including snacks and other items I know are not in my best interest.  However, I love certain foods just like you.  The key here is to know when to stop.  Moderation and balance of food choice selection is important.  In order to eat sensible meals without going overboard, you must learn to incorporate healthy snacks in-between eating the main meals.  You will actually eat less for lunch and dinner if you do this because you won’t be as hungry.  Make sure you eat breakfast “This is the most important meal of the day.”  Your metabolisms health and stable weight management program requires this discipline.

5)    Don’t eat after 7:30pm.  Your metabolism slows down too much after this time.  If you feel hungry after this point, build an addiction around oranges, grapes, apples or fiber drink-bar in the evening.  You will become addicted to them… I guarantee you will not crave other deserts after about a week.  This is not to say you can’t have cake, pie, ice cream… You just don’t want to eat these things after 7:30pm and a day-to-day basis.

6)   Give up alcohol – Alcohol is responsible for much weight gain, weight loss failures and known alcohol induced illnesses that can create chronic body conditions.  If you can’t quit consuming beverages, or don’t want to, consider red wine (1-2 8oz glasses, proven health benefits).  Do not consume more than 2 drinks on any one day if you must drink alcohol.  Visit our home site health repository and read “Alcohol Consumption.”

7)    Drink water in the evening – Always have a glass of water at your side in the evening.  A lot of hunger feelings are not because your body requires more food.  Your brain really is telling your stomach you need more water but you perceive it as food.  This is because food has water in it where the brain signals the body to eat more for hydration purposes if you don’t drink enough water!  That can add up to a lot of calories and ultimately body weight!

8)   If going to a social function always ensure you eat a small meal not less than 2 hours before the main meal, especially when you know there will be a lot of rich foods served.  You will not be as hungry and you will indulge less because you will not be as hungry.  Visit our home site health repository and read “Holiday Weight Management.”

9)   Try to only eat fast foods once a week if you must do so.  There are so many chemical additives and preservatives in these foods.  These chemicals can make you ill, cause chronic health problems e.g., diabetes, obesity, high blood pressure and high cholesterol levels, etc.   I don’t tell you to give up these foods; I only suggest you look for more organic alternatives.  Visit our home site health repository and read “Restaurant Foods Healthy?  Or any of our articles written on Super Foods for weight management and antioxidant boost.”

10.)   Give up diet sodas and deserts that contain aspartame, splendid, spoonful, etc.  Aspartame as a sugar replacement goes by many brand names.  Read my health article on “Aspartame the Silent Killer” located at our main site health repository.  Diet soda has the opposite effect on your body weight.  The aspartame industry is responsible for poisoning our families and creating obesity within our children at an alarming rate.

Although weight loss is not exactly simple, weight maintenance once the desired weight is achieved only requires modest will power and discipline.  If you want to lose weight, I recommend you apply all my principles above.  Once you achieve your desired body weight goal, then you only need to maintain the weight by using in variations from the list above that works best for you.

 

Author:  Marc T. Woodard, MBA, BS Exercise Science, USA Medical Services Officer, CPT, RET.  2008 Copyright, All rights reserved.  Mirror Athlete Enterprises Publishing @: www.mirrorathlete.com, Sign up for your free monthly eNewsletter.





What Is Dementia, Can Anything Be Done?

23 12 2008

Our family has been blessed as we’ve not know dementia.  I’ll make a slight correction to this statement.  My grandmother before she passed at 92 years of age appeared to have had signatures of some form of dementia beginning in her eighties.  Dementia is defined as a cognitive function decline beyond what might be expected as normal aging.  It is a disease that destroys brain function within various centers of the brain by way of many possibilities. Cognitive memory & brain function loss is not solely a cause and effect of Alzheimer’s disease.  Alzheimer’s is the most common and familiar form of cognitive brain function degradation loss.  This disease becomes more of a risk for those after age 60.   I wrote an earlier article on Alzheimer’s disease with strong ties to aluminum as one of the cause pathologies that put healthy brain function at risk (In Our Health Repository).      

While Alzheimer’s affects approximately 4.5 – 5 million people in the United States by gradually destroying one’s memory; fortunately, current treatment can slow down the progression and destruction of brain functionality dramatically.  Alzheimer’s is also the most common form of dementia and leading cause of death in the United States.  Those once diagnosed have an average mortality rate of 10 years.  However, there are those that beat these statistical mortality averages by living more than 20 years after being diagnosed.   Our younger population is not immune from Alzheimer’s.  Those at greatest risk for developing some form of Dementia are those 65 and older.

Dementia pathology (disease cause, progression and development), impacts the cortical and sub cortical brain function and can manifest its symptoms and disease through known and unknown cause agents.  Nutrition, diet and/or behavioral deficiencies leading to and/or influenced to cause dementia are “lightly” noted within this article.   Key pathologies and nutritional deficiencies that lead to Dementia: Alzheimer’s, Alcohol-Induced Dementia, Frontal Lobe Degeneration, Huntington’s, Hypothyroidism, Parkinson’s, Vitamin B1, B12, Folate Deficiency, Syphilis, Hypoglycemia, AIDS Dementia Complex, Severe Depression, End Stage Renal Failure, Cardiovascular Disease, etc.   It is beyond the scope of this article to list all potential Dementia cause pathologies.  Instead, awareness to possible cause pathologies and recommendations will assist you and your family in prevention, recognition, awareness and immediate attention to treatment.  There is an extensive list of pharmaceuticals that appear to slow down the progression of any one of these cause pathologies leading to dementia.  There is no cure for dementia, prevention is the best course. 

Recommendations:
1.  See Geriatric Psychiatrist-Neurologist if patient is forgetful, confused, doesn’t recognize people.
2.  If diagnosed with a form of dementia – Seek medication to slow down the progression.
3.  Dementia Prevention – Live an active mental-physical lifestyle, read books, work puzzles, get involved in community activities, services, volunteer work, etc.,  aerobic daily walking, etc.
4.  Studies show moderate (1-2 Drinks/day) consumption of beer, wine, or distilled spirits may help.
5.  Low blood pressure medications appear to have a dementia health benefit per medical studies.
6.  Mediterranean Diet – Consume plant foods (fruits and Vegetables), olive oil, cheese, yogurt, fish, poultry, no more then 1-4 eggs/week, keep total fat intake at 25%, consume less red meat.
7.  Supplement diet with a quality daily mineral-vitamin and cognitive brain complex supplement (see our Wellness Company Program).

Author:  Marc T. Woodard, MBA, BS Exercise Science, USA Medical Services Officer, CPT, RET.  2008 Copyright.  All rights reserved, Mirror Athlete Publishing @ http://www.mirrorathlete.com,  Sign up for your Free eNewsletter.
 





“Alcohol Consumption Good, or Bad for your Body?

25 09 2008

    The never ending question is alcohol good, or bad for your body’s health?  I like to answer a question with a question… How much alcohol is too much before it effects your health?  The answer to the question is, it is both bad aand good for your body.  Some of you may say how can this be?  The best way to approach and answer this question is to list the good and bad aspects of alcohol effects on you bodies health.  First I nee d to briefly define 3 types of alcohol consumers 1) Casual 2) Social  3)Alcoholic.  I would also like to point out I would never judge those that would consume alcohol as I would be a hypocrite.  You see I classify myself as a casual consumer of alcohol.  One must learn to balance every aspect of life including alcohol consumption, or it begins to control you and have a dramatic impact on your health, family, job and friends!

DEFINE:  1)  Casual Alcohol Consumer – Causal is derived from cause.  To that, “of a cause; acting as a cause, or having to do with cause.”  Causal drinkers might toast the new year, Christmas cheer, a celebration, such as a wedding, maybe an annual outdoor camping venture, etc.  The causal drinkers might want to achieve a “relaxed state.”  For example, I may drink on occasion depending on the cause.  When I do, I  enjoy a “cool tasty buzz” (remind anyone of Fast Times at Ridgemont High? “Spicoli and Mr. Hand.”) anything beyond this point would not be enjoyable.  2)  Social Alcohol Consumer – This is where “a lot” of Americans would be categorized per my personal experience and case studies.  Social is defined as liking to be around others, intermingling and alcohol is readily available.  Whether there be a football game, family gathering, celebration, relaxation in your local sports bar, or at home to wind down… Alcohol is usually in the mix.  The casual drinker averages 4-10 drinks a week.  For all too many, a lot of this consumption is on a weekend.  3. Alcoholic Consumer – This individual does not need a reason to drink and consumes over 10 drinks per week and usually explains away the problem with an excuse, or no excuse at all to drink.”  A full blown alcoholic can not go a day without alcohol.  An alcoholic may also be classified as one that can not go to an event without consuming and/or consumes more than 10 alcoholic beverages a week, or social event.  Also, you’ll very rarely find an alcoholic that will volunteer to be a designated driver to/from a function.  A true alcoholic does not know how to enjoy daily life, or event without alcohol.  Usually when you approach a loved one with concern for their drinking addiction, you’ll typically receive “I can quit anytime I want to… Or, I don’t drink everyday, so therefore I don’t have a problem, why don’t you mind your own business!  Your not perfect, I saw you with a beer 30 days ago!” “You can’t compare an alcoholics behavior with a responsible casual consumer behavior by definition!”   However, a social consumer crosses a fine line with alcoholic behavior by definition and is not one that can provide proper advisement to an alcoholic if intervention is required!

    Now that I have defined the 3 categories of alcohol consumption, let me briefly highlight the good and bad aspects of alcohol.  To begin, there is not much good that comes out of consuming too much of any type of  alcoholic beverage.  There is only one type of alcoholic beverage science has documented having a health benefit with moderate consumption… Red wine, “one to two 5 oz glasses with the evening meal.  The “Resveratrol” found in the red grape skin and seed has proven to increase HDL and lower cholesterol, antioxidant benefits, prevent blood clots, lower blood pressure, reduce stress, assist digestion and prevent plaque from forming on the artery walls [“If you would like to receive healthy heart benefits, with all the other benefits listed without the alcohol, “seek our “affiliate” Purity Product Patent Grape Extract Formula”]. Other than these facts, I’m not familiar with any other health benefits from any other type of alcoholic beverage. The bad far outweighs any good alcohol could provide your body, mind and soul.  It is well documented through scientific studies that alcohol destroys brain cells and just about every other cell in your body.  Remember, I referred to cell death & mutation “can lead” to cancer risk & manifestation (read my article “Can You Prevent Cancer?” Located in our Health Repository”).  So other than red wine health benefits why do people drink?  Well, it’s pretty obvious.  Drinking provides the body mind and soul with an initial feeling of euphoria.  For causal drinkers this feels like good cheer.  Social drinkers feel good cheer initially, then depression with increased consumption.  Far to often inhibitions provide false fronts to do things one normally would not do, and/or an excuse for bad behavior.

    Alcoholics may be able to hold a daily job, but have to have that drink somewhere within a 24 hour window.  It is rare that true addiction could go beyond a 24 hour window without a drink.  The alcoholic has a difficult time socializing appropriately because the brain cells that control reasoning and judgement are killed off after each drinking event. The reasoning and judgement get worse with age as the bodies inability to process the toxins out of the body.  Brain and organ cell death damage can not be reversed at some point causing grave harm the whole body!  At some point critical life sustaining organs can and do fail if the alcohol cell saturation slaughter is not stopped!  

    In ending, to consume as a casual, or social drinker may lift the spirit creating positive harmony within the body, mind and soul.  To abuse alcohol is to throw the body, mind and soul out of balance endangering one’s health.  Unfortunately, in too many cases, alcohol destroys careers, relationships and family before receiving the necessary help to stop this type of self destructive behavior.

Author:  Marc T. Woodard, MBA, BS Exercise Science, USA Medical Services Officer, CPT, RET.  2008 Copyright.  All rights reserved, Mirror Athlete Publishing, http://www.mirrorathlete.com,  Sign up for your Free eNewsletter.





"Alcohol Consumption Good, or Bad for your Body?

25 09 2008

    The never ending question is alcohol good, or bad for your body’s health?  I like to answer a question with a question… How much alcohol is too much before it effects your health?  The answer to the question is, it is both bad aand good for your body.  Some of you may say how can this be?  The best way to approach and answer this question is to list the good and bad aspects of alcohol effects on you bodies health.  First I nee d to briefly define 3 types of alcohol consumers 1) Casual 2) Social  3)Alcoholic.  I would also like to point out I would never judge those that would consume alcohol as I would be a hypocrite.  You see I classify myself as a casual consumer of alcohol.  One must learn to balance every aspect of life including alcohol consumption, or it begins to control you and have a dramatic impact on your health, family, job and friends!

DEFINE:  1)  Casual Alcohol Consumer – Causal is derived from cause.  To that, “of a cause; acting as a cause, or having to do with cause.”  Causal drinkers might toast the new year, Christmas cheer, a celebration, such as a wedding, maybe an annual outdoor camping venture, etc.  The causal drinkers might want to achieve a “relaxed state.”  For example, I may drink on occasion depending on the cause.  When I do, I  enjoy a “cool tasty buzz” (remind anyone of Fast Times at Ridgemont High? “Spicoli and Mr. Hand.”) anything beyond this point would not be enjoyable.  2)  Social Alcohol Consumer – This is where “a lot” of Americans would be categorized per my personal experience and case studies.  Social is defined as liking to be around others, intermingling and alcohol is readily available.  Whether there be a football game, family gathering, celebration, relaxation in your local sports bar, or at home to wind down… Alcohol is usually in the mix.  The casual drinker averages 4-10 drinks a week.  For all too many, a lot of this consumption is on a weekend.  3. Alcoholic Consumer – This individual does not need a reason to drink and consumes over 10 drinks per week and usually explains away the problem with an excuse, or no excuse at all to drink.”  A full blown alcoholic can not go a day without alcohol.  An alcoholic may also be classified as one that can not go to an event without consuming and/or consumes more than 10 alcoholic beverages a week, or social event.  Also, you’ll very rarely find an alcoholic that will volunteer to be a designated driver to/from a function.  A true alcoholic does not know how to enjoy daily life, or event without alcohol.  Usually when you approach a loved one with concern for their drinking addiction, you’ll typically receive “I can quit anytime I want to… Or, I don’t drink everyday, so therefore I don’t have a problem, why don’t you mind your own business!  Your not perfect, I saw you with a beer 30 days ago!” “You can’t compare an alcoholics behavior with a responsible casual consumer behavior by definition!”   However, a social consumer crosses a fine line with alcoholic behavior by definition and is not one that can provide proper advisement to an alcoholic if intervention is required!

    Now that I have defined the 3 categories of alcohol consumption, let me briefly highlight the good and bad aspects of alcohol.  To begin, there is not much good that comes out of consuming too much of any type of  alcoholic beverage.  There is only one type of alcoholic beverage science has documented having a health benefit with moderate consumption… Red wine, “one to two 5 oz glasses with the evening meal.  The “Resveratrol” found in the red grape skin and seed has proven to increase HDL and lower cholesterol, antioxidant benefits, prevent blood clots, lower blood pressure, reduce stress, assist digestion and prevent plaque from forming on the artery walls [“If you would like to receive healthy heart benefits, with all the other benefits listed without the alcohol, “seek our “affiliate” Purity Product Patent Grape Extract Formula”]. Other than these facts, I’m not familiar with any other health benefits from any other type of alcoholic beverage. The bad far outweighs any good alcohol could provide your body, mind and soul.  It is well documented through scientific studies that alcohol destroys brain cells and just about every other cell in your body.  Remember, I referred to cell death & mutation “can lead” to cancer risk & manifestation (read my article “Can You Prevent Cancer?” Located in our Health Repository”).  So other than red wine health benefits why do people drink?  Well, it’s pretty obvious.  Drinking provides the body mind and soul with an initial feeling of euphoria.  For causal drinkers this feels like good cheer.  Social drinkers feel good cheer initially, then depression with increased consumption.  Far to often inhibitions provide false fronts to do things one normally would not do, and/or an excuse for bad behavior.

    Alcoholics may be able to hold a daily job, but have to have that drink somewhere within a 24 hour window.  It is rare that true addiction could go beyond a 24 hour window without a drink.  The alcoholic has a difficult time socializing appropriately because the brain cells that control reasoning and judgement are killed off after each drinking event. The reasoning and judgement get worse with age as the bodies inability to process the toxins out of the body.  Brain and organ cell death damage can not be reversed at some point causing grave harm the whole body!  At some point critical life sustaining organs can and do fail if the alcohol cell saturation slaughter is not stopped!  

    In ending, to consume as a casual, or social drinker may lift the spirit creating positive harmony within the body, mind and soul.  To abuse alcohol is to throw the body, mind and soul out of balance endangering one’s health.  Unfortunately, in too many cases, alcohol destroys careers, relationships and family before receiving the necessary help to stop this type of self destructive behavior.

Author:  Marc T. Woodard, MBA, BS Exercise Science, USA Medical Services Officer, CPT, RET.  2008 Copyright.  All rights reserved, Mirror Athlete Publishing, http://www.mirrorathlete.com,  Sign up for your Free eNewsletter.