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Minerals and Electrolytes – What Are They and How to Get Enough

I’ve always found the difference between electrolytes and minerals somewhat confusing. Some experts say it’s all the same, or is at least converted within the body to be all the same but I didn’t entirely get it. One of my goals in writing this week’s blog is to gain a better understanding for myself of the similarities and differences (and hopefully be able to convey this new understanding in a very articulate way to you)

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I wrote up trace minerals some time ago in dealing with the arthritis in my hands. Regarding the post’s mention of coconut oil, see Coconut Oil – Why You Should Include it in Your Diet.

Tony

Mom Loves Water

Most of us are somewhat familiar with electrolytes and know about things like Gatorade to replenish but what I’m going to talk about goes way beyond drinking a sports drink after heavy exercise. While I hold strong that water is the most essential nutrient for the body, I know that water is not the only supplement our bodies crave. Our bodies are basically made up of the same things that make up the earth, so beyond water we need to think about the soil and thus what’s in (or supposed to be in) the earth’s soil. Minerals. Beyond water (or better yet, with our water) our bodies need replenishment of minerals.

I’ve always found the difference between electrolytes and minerals somewhat confusing. Some experts say it’s all the same, or is at least converted within the body to be all the same but I didn’t entirely get it. One of my goals…

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The Mayo Clinic on Arthritis and Surgery

Since I suffer from arthritis in my hands daily, I hope I can be forgiven for being the slightest bit pre-occupied with it. When I was first diagnosed with it, about 10 years ago. At that time I was given an acrylic splint that I wore on my right hand. It partially immobilized the hand, but gave me a lot of functionality as my hand was stronger as a result. Living with pain is an ongoing and developing experience. I am not sure what will be next.

The Mayo Clinic offered the following in the Special Report of its Health Letter:

“Sometimes, more conservative treatments such as medications and physical therapy aren’t enough to relieve your arthritis signs and symptoms. In these cases, a number of surgical procedures may be considered to relieve pain, slow or prevent cartilage damage or restore mobility and stability. Common surgical procedures include:

“* Arthroscopic debridement – A thin tube (arthroscope) is inserted into the joint area through a small incision to suction away loose fragments of bone, cartilage or synovial tissue that may be causing pain. This is particularly helpful in treating ‘mechanical’ symptoms of arthritis, such as catching or locking.

“* Synovectomy – Often done in rheumatoid arthritis, this involves surgically removing inflamed synovial tissue to reduce pain and swelling, and possibly delaying or preventing- joint destruction.

“* Joint fusion – Often done when joint replacement isn’t an option, permanently fusing a joint in the spine, wrist or ankle or foot can reduce pain and improve stability, although flexibility of that joint is lost.

“* Joint replacement – Hip, knee, elbow and shoulder joints – and less commonly some of the joints of the hands – can all be replaced by artificial joints made of various materials. Advances continue to be made in artificial joint durability and the overall success of these procedures. In some cases, less invasive procedures such as partial knee replacement or hip replacements using smaller incisions are helping reduce recovery time. Modified anesthesia techniques, aggressive post-operative rehabilitation and better postoperative pain management are also contributing to quicker recovery times.”

Anecdotally, my brother had a titanium knee put in several years ago and he was discharged from the hospital the same day. That blew my mind at the time and still does.

The report concludes, “You may not be able to make arthritis pain totally go away or do everything that you once could. But you can make the most of what you can do, which includes fully utilizing the medical therapies available to you, leading a joint-healthy lifestyle and maintaining a positive attitude.”

Tony

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What Can You Learn From a Doctor’s Visit?

I have had to do some doctoring lately and it seems that every time I do I come away with more good info on how my body works and what I can do to make it even better.

A few weeks ago I woke up and found a bubble on the elbow about the size of a golf ball. You can read the whole story here. My doctor at the time did some bloodwork on me to ascertain that my uric acid levels were okay and the bubble was very likely olecranon bursitis and not gout. He told me to buy a bottle of Naproxin Sodium 200 mg tablets and take two pills after breakfast and two again after dinner for the next five days. He said the swelling would probably go down over the next week or so.

Naproxin is an anti-inflammatory and would work to keep the bubble from getting bigger and probably reduce its size.

I followed the doctor’s directions and quit the pills after five days. An interesting thing happened then. The bubble may have gotten a little smaller, or not, in either case, I had no pain from it. What I noticed is that after I stopped taking the Naproxin, the arthritis  in my hands started acting up.

I decided to go back to the Naproxin, but to cut the dosage. I took only one pill after breakfast instead of two and no more pills later. I did this for several days and felt a definite reduction in the pain in my hands.

I also decided that maybe I shouldn’t be taking drugs on my own without a doctor’s directions. So, I called her and explained what I had done. She said to come in so she could examine my elbow again.
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What is Wheatgrass?

I have a Jamba Juice bar nearby and have seen their emphasis on the health benefits of wheatgrass. Since it is raw, I thought it might be one of those foods with a lot nutrients. As readers know I use Colloidal Trace Minerals daily, so I am interested in foods like this.

Herewith is a result of my reading about it on the web.

WheatGrassKits.com, a website that sells wheatgrass growing kits, offers 40 points about wheatgrass and its nutritional benefits. They include:

5 Wheatgrass is high in oxygen like all green plants that contain chlorophyll.  The brain and all body tissues function at an optimal level in a highly-oxygenated environment.
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Arthritis Pain and Trace Minerals

I’m not a doctor, nor do I play one on TV. The following is an anecdote about my experience with Trace Minerals and the arthritis that plagues my hands  which may be of some interest or value to you. I suffer from severe arthritis. On each hand at the base of my thumb the bones touch. This is called bone-on-bone arthritis and it is extremely painful for me to turn a key in a lock, open or close buttons or a flip top can along with myriad other simple hand movements. Because the right hand was worse than the left, the doctors created a special acrylic splint for that one. Its function was to partially immobilize my hand. This took away about 50% of my hand’s mobility. But, it also took away much of the pain I lived with daily. In addition, the splint also strengthened my hand and restored some dexterity previously lost to the affliction. I lived with a splint on my hand for over three years. The only time I removed it was to ride the bike because I couldn’t work the gear shift with it on. I substituted a spandex hand-wrap just to support my thumb while shifting gears.

My acrylic splint

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Alternative Treatments for Hand Arthritis – Harvard

Last week we shared with you an excerpt from a 44-page report by Harvard Medical School on osteoarthritis of the hand. You can read it here.

This week, we want to finish up with some offbeat treatments of hand arthritis discussed by Harvard.

The entire publication which covers The Healthy Hand, Arthritis of the Hand, Tendon Trouble, Exercise for the Hand, Carpal Tunnel Syndrome and other Tunnel Syndromes, Traumatic Hand and Wrist injuries as well as handy gadgets for sufferers to use. This pretty much qualifies as everything you ever wanted to know about the hand, but were afraid to ask. Harvard Medical School offers special reports on over 50 health topics. You can order the complete Hands report here.

Holding a cup of coffee can be very painful to an arthritis sufferer

Following is an excerpt from the report: Many people with chronic, painful conditions like arthritis who don’t get complete relief from conventional therapies turn to alternative treatments. As with any therapy, some people find that certain treatments work well for them, while others find little or no benefit. Talk with your physician to decide which approaches might work best for you, and consult a licensed, certified practitioner for specific treatment and guidance.
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