foot careBiomechanically unsound shoes. Your heel is way up high and overloads the ball of your foot. This creates hallux limitus, jams the big-toe joints, creates bunions and hammer toes, and wears out the protective fat pad on the bottom of the ball of the feet. In short, they predispose the toes to arthritis.

When you take a foot with a rectangular shape and you shove it into a triangular shoe, that crowds everything together, creating abnormal forces,

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arthritis problem with handsOsteoarthritis affects the hand joints more than any other part of the body. In San Francisco, hand surgeon Robert E. Markison, M. D., sees a good deal of osteoarthritis among patients ranging from aging rock-and-roll drummers to computer workers.

The first joint in the hands to give way to osteoarthritis is often the carpometacarpal joint - also known as the basal joint, located at the base of the thumb, just above the wrist. This pivotal

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walking on the street•  Start with twenty minutes.

•  Increase to a half-hour each session for another week or so.

•  If you are comfortable and have the time, move up to forty-five minutes or an hour.

•  Increase your speed gradually. The average person can walk about a mile in a half-hour at the start. With the conditioning

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Yoga for your JointsThe ancient Indian practice of yoga is valued throughout the world I not only for its ability to develop spirituality, but also for its ability to promote physical, mental, and emotional health, and to relieve pain and stress. According to very old texts that have survived the passage of time, arthritis is among the conditions that are benefited.

I have long recommended yoga to my patients

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Drinking waterDavid Brownstein, M. D., suffered from asthma until six years ago, when he heard a doctor lecture about how many health problems can be caused by not drinking enough water.

Brownstein, who practices in West Bloomfield, Michigan, and is an assistant clinical professor of medicine at Wayne State University, realized that he was drinking hardly any water. Could his body, as the lecturer described, be in a state

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Your Ideal weightDivide your daily diet roughly into 40 percent protein, 30 percent carbohydrate, and 30 percent fats. To determine the number of calories you need daily, proceed as follows:

1.  Select your ideal weight.

This can be determined by asking your physician or utilizing a simple formula used by many doctors:

•  For women, 100 pounds for the first 5 feet, and 5 pounds for each additional inch.

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There’s a simple formula. You overdid it if you exercise today and tomorrow you awaken with more discomfort and pain than you had today.

Exercise (but Don’t Abuse) Your Joints - Part 2

• Lubricates the joints and keeps them pliable. The same lubricating effect prevents pain and flare-ups for those who already have arthritis. Cartilage tissue…

Doing the Extras - Acupuncture, Chiropractic, Massage, Rolfing

In this chapter I would like to mention a number of techniques available through the services of health professionals that can help prevent arthritis. They…

High Heels

Biomechanically unsound shoes. Your heel is way up high and overloads the ball of your foot. This creates hallux limitus, jams the big-toe joints, creates…

How to Tell If You Are Doing Too Much

There’s a simple formula. You overdid it if you exercise today and tomorrow you awaken with more discomfort and pain than you had today. That’s what I tell my…

Keep Your Joints Flexible with Yoga - Part 1

in Yoga
The ancient Indian practice of yoga is valued throughout the world I not only for its ability to develop spirituality, but also for its ability to promote…

Osteomassage fundamentals - Part 1

Where to massage: There are approximately 120 “osteopoints” on the body. I will discuss only those relevant to osteoarthritis pain. You’ll be massaging the…