Volume 6 - Issue 1

Welcome to the January 2006 issue of The Arthritis Chronicle. Please pass this along to your friends!

Table of Contents:

  1. Featured Articles from The Arthritis & Glucosamine Resource Center
  2. If it does not fit, what good is it?
  3. Healthy Food in Fighting Arthritis
  4. Eight Day Arthritis Ecourse
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Featured Content from The Arthritis & Glucosamine Resource Center

  1. Initial Results of National Institutes of Health (NIH) Funded Study Reveal Glucosamine and Chondroitin Effective in Treating Moderate to Severe Osteoarthritis Knee Pain
    For 21 million Americans hobbled by osteoarthritis, new science confirms nutritional supplements glucosamine and chondroitin are the right combination for effective knee pain relief(1).
  2. For Arthritis, It is Just a Walk in the Park
    As you likely know, I have shared the three things that I feel give you the greatest success in dealing with osteoarthritis. First, that you use a high-quality liquid Glucosamine. Secondly, that you stay with a healthy diet regimen. Finally, that you exercise.
  3. A Nice Reminder
    After all these years of writing about arthritis, it is refreshing to get a little reminder that some are listening. This time it came from a doctor.

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If it does not fit, what good is it?

By J.R. Rogers

By now, our regular readers have learned that I am quick to support the use of very high-quality liquid Glucosamine; a sound diet for weight loss; and, exercise to handle osteoarthritis. Of course, these are the smart approaches and it is now becoming pretty standard from a knowledge standpoint.

Exercise Machines
Recently, a friend of mine asked about "exercise machines." (I happen to own one myself.) Her issue was really quite simple. She was using her equipment but felt joint and back pain when she did so.

For those of you who opt for using exercise equipment, it is imperative that you have it "adjusted" correctly. If you do not do that, you run the risk of causing injury to your joints. Of course, that is precisely the opposite result you are looking for. You want to use exercise equipment to benefit your joints.

The Back and the Seat
Many of these units have back, seat, and other adjustments. In fact, most of them do. This is the first place to make certain that you have them fitted precisely as they should work best with your body. If you do not, you run the risk of not only injuring your joints but also, your muscle groups are not properly targeted. As we all know by now, muscle groups support joint structures. (Naturally, exercise is designed to build muscle strength in any event.)

What to do?
Most of these "units" have instruction booklets and it pays to read them. Ordinarily, they have exact instructions about how to make the unit "fit your body size." If for any reason you do not have instructions, get some.

All manufacturers maintain websites. As a reader of this column, you certainly have a computer. Simply go to the manufacturer's website and ask how you can obtain instructions on proper use of the equipment. (You would be amazed at how many people buy these units "used" and do not have the booklet.)

I am a strong advocate of using the least expensive methods of exercising. We all know it is essential to arthritis sufferers. A simple walking or swimming regimen can work wonders for your body. And, I mean both arthritic joints and for weight control.

I wanted to address this issue even if most of you do not use professional equipment. It is just critical for those that do have gear that they use it to "help rather than hurt" themselves.

Exercise Equipment in General
There are both good and bad units for sale out there. At least in my experience, if you are going to make an investment like this, you should use it correctly. If you do not, you are opening the door to unnecessary "harm" instead of the intended "good."

I can't tell you how many people have said to me what a "great deal" they got on exercise equipment at some yard sale. Of course, I usually find that they sit and gather dust in any event.

See you next time.

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Healthy Foods in Fighting Arthritis

Islander Spinach Casserole
Serve this great side dish with chicken and Italian dishes.

  • 4 cups drained cooked frozen spinach
  • 3 round shredded wheat biscuits, crumbled
  • 1/4 cup melted butter
  • 1 cup shredded Cheddar cheese

Arrange spinach in an 8x8-inch baking dish.

Combine crumbled wheat biscuits, butter and cheese in bowl; mix well. Sprinkle over spinach.

Bake at 375 degrees for 12 minutes or until light brown.

Garnish with pimento strips.

Find this and other recipes at The Arthritis Foundation

Islander Spinach Casserole

Serves 8.

Per Serving:
Calories 159; Fat 11 g; Cholesterol 30 mg; Fiber 3 g; Sodium 209 mg

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Please note:
As readers of this Chronicle are aware, prudent exercise benefits those who suffer from arthritis. Most of the exercise recommendations made here are low impact in nature and designed to assist those who suffer from arthritis. Nonetheless, we always recommend that you consult with your physician before engaging in any type of exercise program.


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