A neighbour recently told me that she had purchased a yucca plant for her front yard. She was very excited about this acquisition because as a non-gardener, the plant nursery had reassured her that it would love sunny conditions and need very little water. Basically, it could thrive with no attention whatsoever. Continue reading
Fruity treats for your arthritis? Summer is the perfect season for fruit picking and visiting U-Pick farms around the city. Before you start researching on where to go to pick your favourite fruits, why not investigate what fruits may benefit your health first?
According to the 2011 Fast Stats produced by the Ministry of Agriculture, 19,456 hectares of farm land out of total farm land of 2,611,382 hectares in British Columbia are devoted to fruits. Needless to say, there is no shortages of u-pick orchards. For a comprehensive list of orchards and farms in BC, please visit http://www.pickyourown.org/canadabc.htm.
One of the many popular fruits in B.C. is Bing cherries. The U.S. Department of Agriculture found that Bing cherries may help prevent and lesson some chronic inflammatory diseases such as arthritis, diabetes, blood pressure and cancer. The study analyzed data collected from a 2006 study of 18 healthy adults who ate 45 California-grown Bing cherries each day for 28 days.
Throughout the study period, the participants showed a decreased level of some inflammatory markers. Furthermore, there was an increased level of anti-inflammatory marker in the blood of the participants. The natural compound anthocyanin contributes to cherries’ anti-inflammatory effect. To read more, see original article here.
Oranges are a rich source of Vitamin C and contains Vitamin A, thiamine, folates, calcium, and potassium. An orange also contains 170 different phytonutrients and over 60 flavonoids which have anti-inflammatory, anti-tumor and blood clot-inhibiting capabilities. All these combine to make strong antioxidants. According to Rediff.com, a daily glass of freshly squeezed orange juice can lower the risk of developing rheumatoid arthritis.
Another summer favourite is the strawberry. Though it may be a pain to pick from those prickly bushes, strawberries contain phenols that have heart protective, anti-cancer, anti-inflammatory properties. By lessening the activity of the enzyme COX, phenols reduces the chance of developing inflammation from rheumatoid arthritis and osteoarthritis.
Finally, watermelon contains antioxidants that help to neutralise free radicals. As a result, the consumption of watermelon reduces damage caused in osteoarthritis and rheumatoid arthritis. Please click here for more information on fruits and their health benefits.
Claire Moore, now 6, was diagnosed with juvenile arthritis at 18 months old. She has had 10 operations since her diagnosis.
Despite Claire’s arthritis, she loves to dance and she remains positive and adaptive to her surroundings.
Claire and her family will be fundraising and participating in the Walk to Fight Arthritis on June 9.
- Location: Fish Creek Park (Glennfield Area B), Calgary
- Time: 2 pm
- Details: Free entertainment and lunch sponsored by Spolumbo’s
For more information or to donate to the Walk to Fight Arthritis, please click here.
Join now to help find a cure for arthritis! Continue reading
Meet Dr. John Bosomworth. While in attendance at 21st Annual Rural and Remote Medicine Course “Sea To Sea To Sea”, a conference for rural physicians, the Arthritis Broadcast Network interviewed Dr. John Bosomworth. Dr. Bosomworth is a retired rural family physician from Princeton, BC who continues to give lectures including at this event. Here, he discusses the topic of one of his talks, which was the link between osteoarthritis and obesity.
To view more videos from this conference and the 2013 Canadian Rheumatology Association Annual Scientific Meeting that ABN attended earlier this year, please click here.
If you’re wondering whether gluten should be avoided, or whether that notion is just a fad, listen to the Q with Jian Ghomeshi tomorrow. The Thursday edition will feature a debate between Dr. William Davis, author of the diet book Wheat Belly, and Timothy Caulfield, professor of health law and science policy at the University of Alberta and author of The Cure For Everything: Untangling the Twisted Messages about Health, Fitness and Happiness.
Cheese for your Inflammation Blues
A good friend who lives in France sends me interesting articles from the international press, usually related to one of my great interests in life: food and wine. So when this email popped into my inbox, I had to share this article from The Telegraph in the U.K. (www.telegraph.co.uk). Apparently, scientists have discovered that French blue cheese, known for its mould and green veins, has specific anti-inflammatory properties. Continue reading
Proud to be Gluten-Free (Almost)
In a blog earlier this year I told you how I eliminated dairy products from my diet as a way to potentially reduce inflammation and ultimately, pain. Dairy in your diet is widely believed to contribute to inflammation, so omitting it out should make a difference over time. I am happy to report that I now enjoy drinking coffee without cream and I have overcome the psychological challenges of dropping yogurt and cheese from my lineup. Continue reading
“What is the single best thing we can do for our health?” Dr. Mike Evans asks. Evans is currently Director, Health Design Lab, St. Michael’s Hospital, Scientist in the Keenan Research Centre of the Li Ka Shing Knowledge Institute of St. Michael’s Hospital and Associate Professor, Family Medicine and Public Health, University of Toronto.
Dr. Mike Evans answers the question, what is the single best thing we can do for our health, in this creative and innovative video. He discusses what has been shown to dramatically reduce the risks for anxiety, depression, fatigue, arthritis, diabetes, dementia and Alzheimer’s, and death.
I am always on the look out for interesting and informative websites associated with ankylosing spondylitis and I want to share one of my recent finds with you.
The KICKAS.ORG (great e-dress!) purports to be the largest AS support site on the web. It boasts more than 9,000 members with 28 different discussion forums. These discussion forums are a treasure trove of information because fellow AS patients share their knowledge and information about the disease. One of the forums is devoted to the latest in spondylitis research as AS patients continue to advocate for one another in the search for relief from pain. (Who knew that the eggs of a pig’s parasite could be used to treat autoimmune diseases?) Continue reading
Weight loss can help you control your blood sugar, which can then prevent diabetes. But, can it protect against heart disease if you already have diabetes? Surprisingly, no. According to an 11-year study, an intensive diet and exercise program leading to weight loss does not reduce the risk of heart attacks and strokes in people with type 2 diabetes who are overweight or obese.