Like I stated in a previous article, I haven’t had tendonitis for years but I have had muscle aches and pains, a lot recently. The latter part of September, we told some friends that we’d like to stay the winter in Eastern Oregon but, since it gets too cold, we couldn’t stay in our motorhome. In about a week we had offers to house sit from October to May.
The area is a snow pocket in the winter. We looked for covered places to store the motorhome but none had enough overhead clearance. That meant I had to build a cover or we had to take the motorhome to Western Oregon to our kid’s house and we wouldn’t have easy access to our “stuff.” (The things you know you won’t need but always do). Building the cover meant a lot, really a lot, of lifting and bending. Years ago I found most good muscle rubs are enhanced when mixed with Swedish Bitters, a natural herbal available at most health food stores and through the Internet. I’ve never tried it for tendonitis but certainly think it would work. Just mix a little Swedish Bitters into your favorite muscle rub and apply it the same as usual.
Research found seniors with the lowest levels of B vitamins are also the most likely to suffer from depression. According to the research, vitamin B6 and B12 are the most important. Meats and fish are the highest natural sources of these vitamins.
Researchers found, in a study of 3,500 senior Chicago residents, depression was lowered by 2 percent for every 10 milligram increase in vitamin B6 and 10 microgram increase in B12. Researchers stated the benefits came from supplements because, according to them, people don’t get sufficient amounts of these nutrients from food to make a difference.
By adding liver to your menu you can change that. Liver is packed with B12 and a pretty good source of B6 too. Besides lowering depression, vitamin B12 is important for a healthy nervous system and some people take B12 supplements to help relieve stress. Besides liver: sardines, lamb, and beef are good sources of B12. We get fresh meat on the farm where we stay and liver tastes a whole lot different than what we’ve been able to find in the meat case at the supermarket. You can find organic, fresh meats if you spend a little time searching. Try asking at your local health food store.
Vitamin B6 is necessary for hormone production and red blood cells. Your best sources of vitamin B6 are raw red and green peppers, potatoes, rabbit, pork, and wheat germ.
Why do more people than ever take antidepressants despite overwhelming evidence they don’t work? Why do kids take drugs for ADD and ADHD when it’s been proven that a large majority don’t have ADD or ADHD? Simple, because their friends do, and many adults are no different.
A Consumer Reports survey found 80 percent of their depressed readers turn to drugs. Most of us seem to want the quick easy way out, even if it has long term bad side effects.
Side effects like: antidepressants have been positively linked to increased cataract risk
A non-biased study (not funded by someone who manufactures or sells pharmaceuticals) found that each year, 22,000 seniors come down with vision robbing cataracts solely because of antidepressant drug use.
Canadian researchers compared data on 19,000 seniors who took selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors (SSRIs) to data on 190,000 seniors who didn’t take antidepressants. The antidepressant drug users had an average 15 percent higher cataract risk. Those who used the antidepressant Fluvoxamine, sold as Luvox, had a 39 percent increased risk. Users of Venlafaxine, marketed as Effexor, increased their risk by 33 percent and paroxetine, known as Paxil, had a 23 percent increase.
Cataracts are one of the leading causes of blindness. What’s more frightening than losing your eyesight? Lose your sight and you lose your independence.
The study found that past use didn’t increase the cataract risk. If you’re on antidepressant drugs now and still have your eyesight, find another approach for your depression.
Another study found watercress contains a substance effective in preventing breast cancer. They didn’t state what it was, probably wanting to create a chemical, pharmaceutical substitute so they can patent it and make a lot of money, but here’s some lowdown on watercress.
Watercress is a better source of vitamins C, B1, B6, K, E, Iron, Calcium, Magnesium, Manganese, Zinc, and Potassium than Apples, Broccoli, and Tomatoes. It has more calcium than milk, more vitamin C than an an orange and more absorbable Iron than Spinach (spinach is loaded with Oxlactic acid which blocks the natural absorption of iron). And, a four ounce bunch exceeds the RDA for Potassium. I’m looking for the secret ingredient, I have my suspicions, and will report what I find in a future article.