Saturday, May 28, 2011

Its Been to Long, So here is another great tip!

Less healthy choices
  1. Thick-crust or butter-crust pizza with extra cheese and meat toppings
  2. Garlic bread
  3. Antipasto with meat
  4. Pasta with cream or butter-based sauce
  5. Entrée with side of pasta
  6. Fried (“frito”) dishes
Healthier choices
  1. Thin-crust pizza with half the cheese and extra veggies
  2. Plain rolls or breadsticks
  3. Antipasto with vegetables
  4. Pasta with tomato sauce and veggies
  5. Entrée with side of veggies
  6. Grilled (“griglia”) dishes

High salt/sodium intake is a major contributor to cardiovascular disease. The American Heart Association recommends that adults stay under 1500 mg of sodium per day, and never take in more than 2,300 mg a day. A study by the New York City Health Department surveyed 6,580 meals bought at fast-food restaurant chains and found that:
  • About 57% of the meals exceeded the 1,500-mg daily sodium level.
  • Fried chicken outlets including KFC and Popeye's were the worst offenders, with 83% of meals exceeding 1500 mg of sodium and 55% of the meals surpassing 2,300 mg of sodium.
  • At only one of the 11 chains included in the study, Au Bon Pain, did more than 7% of meals contain less than 600 mg, the FDA’s "healthy" sodium level for meals. But even there, 46% of meals had 1,500 mg or more of sodium.
  • Even those eating lower calorie meals were likely to exceed their daily sodium limit within a single meal.
Fast food guide to eating healthier.  Lets face it we all have busy schedules and sometimes fast food is all we have time for.  Below will help you pick better choices.

Less healthy choices
  1. Fried chicken, original or extra-crispy.
  2. Teriyaki wings or popcorn chicken
  3. Caesar salad
  4. Chicken and biscuit “bowl”
  5. Adding extra gravy and sauces
Healthier choices
  1. Skinless chicken breast without breading
  2. Honey BBQ chicken sandwich
  3. Garden salad
  4. Mashed potatoes
  5. Limiting gravy and sauces

Less healthy choices
  1. Crispy shell chicken taco
  2. Refried beans
  3. Steak chalupa
  4. Crunch wraps or gordita-type burritos
  5. Nachos with refried beans
  6. Adding sour cream or cheese
Healthier choices
  1. Grilled chicken soft taco
  2. Black beans
  3. Shrimp ensalada
  4. Grilled “fresco” style steak burrito
  5. Veggie and bean burrito
  6. Limiting sour cream or cheese

Less healthy choices
  1. Foot-long sub
  2. High-fat meat such as ham, tuna salad, bacon, meatballs, or steak
  3. The “normal” amount of higher-fat (cheddar, American) cheese
  4. Adding mayo and special sauces
  5. Keeping the sub “as is” with all toppings
  6. Choosing white bread or “wraps” which are often higher in fat than normal bread
Healthier choices
  1. Six-inch sub
  2. Lean meat (roast beef, chicken breast, lean ham) or veggies
  3. One or two slices of lower-fat cheese (Swiss or mozzarella)
  4. Adding low-fat dressing or mustard instead of mayo
  5. Adding extra veggie toppings
  6. Choosing whole-grain bread or taking the top slice off your sub and eating it open-faced

Less healthy choices
  1. Fried egg rolls, spare ribs, tempura
  2. Battered or deep-fried dishes (sweet and sour pork, General Tso’s chicken)
  3. Deep-fried tofu
  4. Coconut milk, sweet and sour sauce, regular soy sauce
  5. Fried rice
  6. Salads with fried or crispy noodles
Healthier choices
  1. Egg drop, miso, wonton, or hot & sour soup
  2. Stir-fried, steamed, roasted or broiled entrees (shrimp chow mein, chop suey)
  3. Steamed or baked tofu
  4. Sauces such as ponzu, rice-wine vinegar, wasabi, ginger, and low-sodium soy sauce
  5. Steamed brown rice
  6. Edamame, cucumber salad, stir-fried veggies

Friday, May 13, 2011

How does ETPS Work on Pain

Standard procedure for pain management has traditionally been medication, administered either orally or by injection. ( I have done all this and no relief very temporary) However, the use of medication can have undesirable results:  Most medication is general or systemic, meaning it travels throughout the body and relies on the body's organs for transportation and elimination.  Over time, medication can cause damage to those organs and may deteriorate vital tissue making the problem worse.  Medication may cause drowsiness and impair normal function; it may also lead to chemical dependency.  More importantly, pain medication does not address the root cause of pain; it only masks it for a short amount of time. 
For these reasons, many people have turned to complementary and alternative medicine (CAM).  CAM refers to any healing practice that falls outside of traditional medicine and includes but is not limited to:  acupuncture, chiropractic, naturopathy, meditation and eastern medicine.  Reports show that between 34 and 40 percent of adults used some form of CAM last year alone. 
The latest and perhaps greatest of these CAM practices is Electro-Therapeutic Point Stimulation (ETPS).  Developed by Bruce Hocking, D.Ac., M.D., M.A., ETPS Neuromechanical Therapy is the world's first integrative therapy developed exclusively to fight pain.  ETPS therapy is based on sound medicine, firmly grounded in the concepts of acupuncture, modern neurology, microcurrent stimulation and myofascial release (muscular relaxation) techniques.   ETPS is a non-invasive (no needles) therapy that applies concentrated, low frequency, DC stimulation to special combinations of acupuncture points, trigger points, and contracted motor bands. ETPS Therapy has been remarkably successful in the fight against chronic pain. The results are so impressive using ETPS that complete or substantial relief from pain may often occur in the first or second treatment.

” How does ETPS Work on Pain?
” The ETPS electrically locates and stimulates a specific series of treatment points (acupuncture, trigger and motor) which, historically, have been proven (read some of our testimonials) to help relieve chronic pain syndromes. After the ETPS unit has located each treatment point and you push the treatment button, what exactly does the unit do to your body to relieve pain? The following explanation should help to answer that question.(Also take a look at our FAQ’s)
“First, in acupuncture and trigger point therapy, the insertion of needles has been scientifically proven to stimulate the release of powerful internal opiates called endorphins. These natural pain relievers are secreted from the pituitary and are circulated throughout your body via your blood stream. Not only are endorphins the most powerful pain relievers known to mankind, they enhance the immune system, reduce stress and produce a feeling of euphoria (endorphins are your feel-good hormones).
Science has long known that a special form of low frequency DC electricalstimulation applied to these same points can reproduce the endorphin response just as in traditional needling.
>The ETPS is the ONLY hand held device on the market that duplicates these parameters. So the first reason why ETPS works so well for pain relief is that it taps into our body’s own internal pain relieving system, the endorphin response.

‘Secondly, the ETPS releases or relaxes contracted and spastic muscles. One approach to pain management, called the neuropathic pain model, suggests that tightened/contracted muscles cause mechanical/structural asymmetry and nerve entrapments throughout the body. This asymmetry not only strains the body’s movement and mechanics, but the resulting nerve entrapments place the pathways in a hypersensitive state, causing an amplification of pain response for the suffering person. The theory suggests this amplification of neural sensation, called “dennervation supersensitivity” accompanied with the subsequent muscle contraction(s), may now be the primary physiological basis of many chronic pain syndromes.
“Applying the ETPS to tightened and contracted muscles, or to treatment points which relate to them, “releases” the muscles and permits increased reinnervation of their neural pathways. This process allows the suffering person’s pain levels to be substantially decreased.
” In other words, by relaxing the muscles there is less pressure on the nerves which calms the nerve pathways, permitting greater range of motion and increased functionality. Also, by keeping the muscles soft and supple you guard yourself against further injury while at the same time maintaining optimal health of muscle tissue.

I suffer with Ostio Arthritis and until now nothing has helped me except changing my diet to whole foods and now ETPS.  I had my first treatment 2 days ago and couldn't believe the results!  I know that Sharene my massage therapists is an Angel sent for God to heal me with her amazing touch and ETPS.  Truly if you can have this done near you try it .... It made a believer out of me and I know it will heal me and I thank God for showing me there is hope! 

Please leave your comments and or questions I would love to hear if anyone has tried this also.... 
Thanks for reading and have a blessed day!!!

Thursday, May 5, 2011

Arthritis Pain & Swelling - Super Foods that can help!





According to Dr. James Balch and Phyllis Balch, authors of "Prescription for Nutritional Healing," vitamin K is an essential vitamin for reducing pain and other arthritis symptoms. A 1-cup serving of fresh avocado provides about 35 percent of the recommended daily intake of this vitamin. Avocados are also a rich source of other nutrients that are essential for joint and bone health, including vitamin C, folate and potassium. Avocados also provide vitamin B6, which helps protect nerve endings and may reduce pain.


Ginger is a plant that grows in China, Jamaica and parts of Africa. The root of this plant has a strong, spicy taste and a pungent aroma. Ginger is used to flavor Indian, Asian, Caribbean and Thai dishes. According to Michael Castleman, author of "The Healing Herbs," ginger contains chemical compounds that may help reduce swelling of the joints associated with arthritis. Also, you can add fresh, grated ginger to stir-fry dishes, curries and other dishes to help relieve arthritis pain.

Hot Peppers

Hot peppers, such as jalapenos, cayenne peppers and tabasco peppers, typically grow in warm climates, such as India, northern South America, Mexico and the southern United States. These peppers add heat and flavor to Caribbean, Mexican, Indian and Tex-Mex foods. Hot peppers contain a chemical compound called capsaicin, which helps relieve muscle and joint pain, according to Castleman.


Asparagus is a vegetable that grows in temperate areas of the United States and Europe. This vegetable can be steamed and served as a side dish, or included in stir-fry dishes, casseroles or soups. According to the Balches, asparagus is an abundant source of sulfur, which is a trace mineral that may help relieve joint swelling and pain.

Does anyone know of any other foods that may help or other remedies I have been swelling and having more pain lately then ever!!!

Thanks so much xxooxx