How to Use Yoga to Build Bone

By |2017-12-22T20:57:47-07:00December 22nd, 2017|Aging, Arthritis, Healthy Posture, Nutrition, Osteoporosis|

In my last article I talked about Wolff’s Law, which explains how the pressure exerted on a bone stimulates the bone to grow, so it can resist that force in the future. There are 2 ways to stimulate bone growth. One is using the force of gravity (compressive stress), and the other is the way muscles pull on the bones when they are in various positions (tensile stress). Yoga puts the body in a variety of positions that are not on the gravity line, or plumb line. This means the muscles have to work harder. It’s like the difference between [...]

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Reduce Inflammation’s Effect on Your Joints

By |2018-05-30T11:38:30-07:00July 21st, 2017|Arthritis, Back Pain, Neck pain, Nutrition, Shoulders, Wrists|

Do you suffer from arthritis pain? Over 30 million Americans struggle with this condition, according to the Centers for Disease Control.* I’ve written a couple articles about osteoarthritis in past issues, and here I’ll go over some ways that nutrition can influence arthritis symptoms.   One issue to consider is food allergies.  Food allergies or food sensitivities can lead to joint pain, whether or not you have arthritis. A good way to check if you have an issue with certain foods is to do an elimination diet. You can find some information about cleansing diets here:   Dr. Josh [...]

How to Relieve Arthritis Pain

By |2019-02-18T21:35:11-07:00November 11th, 2015|Arthritis, Healthy Posture, Nutrition|

Arthritis: A Pain in the Joints Over 52 million people in the US have been told by their doctor that they have arthritis. ( The most common types are osteoarthritis and rheumatoid arthritis. Rheumatoid arthritis is an auto-immune condition leading to joint pain. Osteoarthritis occurs when the cartilage on the ends of bones wears away, causing pain, swelling, stiffness and redness ( This often leads to reduced range-of-motion, especially when cartilage wears away; then there is bone-on-bone contact, which can be extremely painful. People are then likely to avoid activities that aggravate the pain in the joints involved, and may [...]

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“Most Important Mineral in the Body”?

By |2017-01-30T16:49:24-07:00April 27th, 2015|Nutrition, Osteoporosis, Relaxation|

Do you suffer from leg cramps, back or neck pain, fatigue, or tension headaches? These are some of the symptoms that can be caused by magnesium deficiency. Other symptoms include muscle twitches, constipation, and even “numbness, tingling, seizures, personality changes, abnormal heart rhythms, and coronary spasms”(1). Some health practitioners believe that 80% of the population is deficient in magnesium. Doctors generally don’t test for levels of magnesium, so you aren’t likely to know if you are deficient. Why is it important? Dr. Carolyn Dean, author of The Magnesium Miracle, states that magnesium is the most important mineral in the body(2). [...]

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A Hidden Cause of Joint Pain

By |2015-06-10T14:47:33-07:00January 7th, 2015|Back Pain, Nutrition|

You probably know how important I believe posture is in preventing or eliminating back and joint pain. It makes a huge difference and is something that you have control over, so practicing Balanced posture can dramatically affect your levels of pain and tension. […]

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Correct Posture to Relieve Back Pain

By |2017-01-30T16:49:25-07:00February 7th, 2013|Healthy Posture, Nutrition|

Can you correct posture?  And does that have an impact on back pain? 80% of Americans have back pain at some point in their lives.  It may last for a day, a week, or even months.  Dr. Richard Deyo states in an article “Overtreating Chronic Back Pain: Time to Back Off?” that surveys show that 25% of American adults experienced back pain in the last 3 months. The use of expensive, invasive treatments (MRI’s, pain medication, spinal injections, and spine surgery) is increasing, yet patients still experience pain and dysfunction after treatment, and disabilities due to back pain are on [...]

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Are You Evolving or Regressing? The Trouble with Modern Posture and Diet

By |2017-07-19T20:26:51-07:00June 11th, 2012|Back Pain, Healthy Posture, Nutrition|

Are you evolving or regressing?  That's something I wonder about when looking at modern American posture and the modern American diet (sometimes referred to as the "Standard American Diet").  Before the 1920's most people in the world had healthy, aligned posture.  They stood with elegant, erect posture, moved with ease and grace, and stayed active into their old age. Today, 80% of Americans will experience a severe bout of low back pain at some point in their lives.  We see people everywhere with slumped, collapsed posture who have injuries that prevent them from doing the things they love like dancing, [...]

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