Written by Will Blesch, Copyright 2012
We’re continuing with a mini-series on reducing muscle weakness and increasing physical strength in elderly parents and the senior citizen population. Many of these remedies and strategies also apply to younger people as well, so if you are not yet a senior citizen, don’t let that stop you from reading on.
Last time we went over vitamins and minerals, basically foods that are essential for efficient muscular function.
We talked specifically about B and E vitamins and minerals, such as calcium, magnesium, and manganese.
For more on these nutrients, check out the blog posting just before this one.
Today, we’re going to talk about the herbal remedies for muscle weakness that are out there. As we have mentioned more than once in this series, the CDC notes that, “Each year, one in every three adults age 65 and older falls.” Thus, there is good reason to be concerned with ensuring that if you are over the age of 65, you work hard to maintain muscle strength.
Now, what about herbal remedies for muscle weakness?
The first thing to note right off the bat is that if they are natural and herbal…that means they are not chemicals designed in a lab somewhere. These things were made to be consumed by you. Every single one of these foods can be eaten every day, every week, all year long.
What’s first on the list?
Carrot juice! Yum! Carrot juice helps improve your blood’s circulation. Because of that, it helps reduce stiffness and muscle weakness caused by poor circulation.
An essential amino acid that many associate with helping to prevent oral herpes outbreaks called L-Lysine also works to build stronger bones, cartilage and connective tissue. This, by itself helps to fight fatigue as well as muscle weakness…and you can find this amino acid easily in the vitamin section at many supermarkets. Horsetail is an herb that helps your muscles to contract normally and efficiently. It does this due to its high levels of silica. Horsetail tea drunk around three times a day is a great method of getting the right levels of silica into your system.
Hawthorn berries help to increase blood flow from your heart to your muscles. They also help your heart’s muscle contractions.
Each of these taken on a daily basis can help reduce muscle weakness and increase muscle strength. They don’t have side effects and they’re readily available. You should choose to make each of these a part of your diet!
Next time, we’ll talk about physical therapy and drugs on the market that may or may not really help to reduce muscle weakness.
Until then! Peace.
Written by Will Blesch, Copyright 2012
So, yesterday I began talking about muscle weakness issues faced by the elderly. In my last posting, I talked about how the CDC notes that, “Each year, one in every three adults age 65 and older falls.” And, then I went on to talk about the risks of those falls and I mentioned the first muscle weakness remedy older folks can begin using to counter those risks.
And, I wasn’t talking about bodybuilding supplements either.
The first remedy for muscle weakness I touched on was Nutrition Management.
I suggested that elderly parents, senior citizens etc. include in their daily diet high protein foods, such as meats, poultry, fish, eggs, dairy, seeds, nuts, legumes, granola, oat flakes and wheat germ.
But, really there’s so much more to it than this. For instance, in order to properly function, muscles also require the presence of several B and E vitamins in the diet in sufficient amounts. You don’t get enough? Voila! Your muscles can become weak.
B vitamins, such as vitamin B1 (thiamin), vitamin B2 (riboflavin), vitamin B6 (pyridoxine) and vitamin B12, are found in leafy green vegetables, meat and dairy products. Eggs, fish, grains and nuts are also good sources of B vitamins. Good sources of vitamin E are grains, sunflower seeds, almonds, nuts and spinach.
You don’t have to be a senior citizen in order to begin benefiting from eating this stuff. These are healthy foods, period.
The answer is that these are also essential for efficient muscular function. They must also be included in regular and consistent amounts in the diet. Foods rich in calcium include dairy products, tofu, almonds, spinach, broccoli, beans, and sesame seeds.
(Just as a side note, I talked with a young teenage kid recently who thought he could basically get all the benefits of eating healthy foods by just popping some bodybuilding supplements and building his muscle mass. He even told me he eats total junk! It amazed me that he had such an ignorant view, so I totally had to set him straight.)
Foods rich in magnesium include almonds, spinach, sesame seeds, pumpkin seeds, broccoli, tofu, beans, brown rice and grains.
Foods rich in manganese include nuts, rice, wheat, oat bran, sesame seeds, sunflower seeds, dark chocolate and shellfish.
Sometimes, these minerals can be a bit hard for the body to absorb directly from foods, and in these cases you may need to use supplements. (Again, not bodybuilding supplements. That’s not what I am talking about here.) Don’t be afraid to go online and Google “discount supplements” though. You’ll find some decent minerals and vitamins you can use to help absorb those nutrients you’re missing.
Making sure to do what you can to avoid muscle weakness is important. As I said in my last posting, I have a grandfather that fell and broke his hip. Many times that has to do with muscle weakness…so to increase physical strength and decrease muscle weakness…beefing up on your nutrition is essential.
Next time! We’ll talk about some wild and wacky herbal remedies for muscle weakness that many senior citizens and people in general simply don’t consider.
Copyright 2012, Written by Will Blesch
Hi folks! It’s Sunday and I’m back on the prowl. Actually, I am in the process of doing some research to find out just how many womens health magazines have been publishing stories on HPV infection. I’m also interested in learning what slant the publications take in terms of vaccine promotion.
Before I even get started, I have to say that I am, right now, fairly certain that most womens health magazines are going to tout the official, Merck Pharmaceuticals line regarding Gardasil. (They say it’s safe, effective, and prevents cervical cancer.) Ever since Gardasil was FDA approved on June 8th, 2006 the majority of media in the U.S. have inundated the public with what amounts to free advertising for Merck.
Are those guys smart or what?
Anyway, while that’s my initial, pre-research opinion I’m really interested in finding out the truth about what information the major womens health magazines have published regarding HPV over the past year.
One thing I found out just before the weekend began though:
Merck acknowledged that in their controlled studies, a percentage of girls actually developed serious cervical lesions following Gardasil vaccination. The vaccine seemed to cause the most lesions in girls with pre-existing HPV 16 or 18 infections, but also in girls who had no pre-existing HPV infections!
Tomljenovic L and Shaw CA, Human Papillomavirus (HPV) Vaccine Policy and Evidence-Based Medicine: Are They at Odds? Annals of Medicine December 22, 2011;
And these guys are still allowed to market the vaccine AT ALL? I think we live in what the Chinese would call, interesting times.
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Copyright 2011, Written by Will Blesch
Continuing on with my muscle building series, you should know that muscle building foods are a necessity if your goal is to build muscle quickly and efficiently. It’s not all about working out…it’s also about taking the right foods in.
So what, exactly are these super foods? These pinncalles of the muscle building food pyramid?
Well, eggs are one of them. Yes indeed…the chicken or the egg? It’s the egg. Why? Because eggs are a protein (most of the nutrients are in the yolk) and proteins have a higher thermic effect than fats and carbs.
Another of these super muscle building foods is nuts. Consuming nuts is great for the skinny guy who wants to pack on muscle because they are packed full of calories. Plus, they are full of vitamins and minerals.
Meat. Oh yes. Eat hearty me bucko!
Similar to eggs you need red meat as part of your muscle building foods because of the protein content. Red meat is also a great source for a myriad of vitamins and minerals including iron, vitamin B12, zinc and more. Caveat: Stay away from meat that comes from ranches that shoot their cattle up with all kinds of hormones. It’s bad news. Remember to try your best to eat organically raised beef!
Two words: Fat loss.
Eat lots of cruciferous vegetables such as broccoli, cabbage, cauliflower etc. They’re good roughage for your guts, and they really do help one to lose the fat weight.
Here’s a hint: when you are done with a workout…eat some tomato paste together with olive oil. These two in combination (hey…make a good spread and put it on toast together with a spice called Zatar…pretty yummy!) are great at fighting cancer, and should be added to your post workout, muscle building foods. You know you’re gonna feel hungry.
Go for what’s healthy!
Written by Will Blesch
Apparently fish pedicures are in! This fad which started in Asia has more than a few women here in America intrigued.
However, it also has some health officials worried. According to an article by John Geoghegan, published in The Mail online, “The government’s Health Protection Agency said those with diabetes, psoriasis or a weak immune system are particularly vulnerable and should not take part in the beauty craze at all.”
That’s because there are fears that the water used in the foot bath/fish feeding trough can be contaminated from user to user. In fact, viral diseases especially, including HIV and Hepatitis could potentially be transmitted if certain safety protocols are not followed.
The water itself needs to be changed in-between each user, but there’s no way to completely sterilize the fish which eat the dead skin off of one’s feet and toes without killing the fish. So…what to do?
“A spokeswoman for HIV charity the Terrence Higgins Trust said: ‘The risk of picking up infections is minimal but people must be careful where they choose to go.’”
Still, these health concerns have caused officials in Texas, Florida, New Hampshire and Washington to actually ban Fish Pedicures.
The best advice if you are a woman who just can’t help herself, and who simply must try out this new beauty craze, is to do as Dr. Hilary Kirkbride suggests: “If a member of the public is concerned about the level of cleanliness of a salon they visit, they should report this to their local environmental health department.”
You can also ask the management of the spa about their health practices yourself, and see if they list things like examining their clients’ feet to make sure there are no cuts, grazes or infectious skin conditions.
Then, see if they check yours for the things they mentioned. If they don’t check yours, it’s likely they don’t check others’ either!
If everything seems kosher to you…then pony up to one of these spas that offer fish pedicures and let the piranha’s baby brother, the garra rufa fish eat you alive.
(C) 2011, Written by Will Blesch
Over the course of my life I have been stung by scorpions twice. Nasty little buggers! Thankfully, I was never stung by one of the 25, deadly species of scorpions known to man. Each time I was stung, I was living in the south western United States. I don’t know what the exact species was…I just know I got stung…and then the scorpion got dead.
The only deadly species that’s found in New Mexico is the Bark Scorpion…and I believe it is only found in the western part of the state.
(It also happens to be the only deadly scorpion native to North America.)
Good news for me since I lived, at the time, in the eastern portion of New Mexico. Gawd awful, ugly place. Never want to live there again.
But, I digress.
Since scorpions can be found on almost every major land mass, they pose at least some medical risk to the people that live there. That risk is mostly to the very young, the very old, or those with compromised immune systems.
I wouldn’t normally talk about scorpions, spiders or any other creepy crawly sort of thing, but the FDA just approved a new treatment for scorpion stings. Since I normally write about general and alternative health matters, I felt that this was a worthy topic for today.
The treatment is called Anascorp. It’s Manufactured by Instituto Bioclon. Anascorp, is an injection made from the plasma of horses immunized with scorpion venom.
FDA approval is based on results from a double-blind, randomized, placebo-controlled trial involving 15 children with neurological signs and scorpion stings. The injection will be distributed by Accredo Health Group, a subsidiary of Medco Health Solutions.
The interesting thing about this treatment is that it is designed specifically (to my knowledge) to deal with the stings of scorpions from the Centruroides family of scorpions of which the Bark Scorpion is a member.
ok…now that I am thoroughly creeped out just by talking about these creatures, I’m going to go do something else and try to forget about them.
(C) 2011, Written by Will Blesch
Is hell freezing over?
Mickey-D’s is going to start putting fresh fruit in kids’ happy meals. While I applaud this decision on the part of the company’s executives (it’s been a long time coming), Americans should still be wary about taking their kids out to eat at this fast food giant.
With approximately 12.5 million kids in America clinically diagnosed with obesity, even McDonald’s scaled down Happy Meals, which will feature fresh fruit, a smaller portion of French fries, a hamburger and a drink, are packed with too many calories.
Just one Happy Meal will still carry more than half the calories a kid needs in any given day.
Ok, so if you starve your kids for breakfast and then given them something light for dinner, maybe you can pull it off. Personally, I think that’s kind of mean. I think feeding your children something balanced at every meal is not only healthier, it’s kinder.
(Who wants to miss a meal?)
My advice? Buy and cook healthful, whole foods at home. Use McDonald’s as a treat that you only give your kids once in a blue, blue moon and watch yourself…and your kids…drop the pounds and become healthy.