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August 2007 Newsletter!
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Thoughts from Dr. Steelman





Oh, My Aching Joints!

Knee and joint pain - what a bother it can be!  Besides being able to predict when it is going to rain, there is not much good I can really say about it.  Degenerative joint disease, or osteoarthritis, is not unusual in the over-50 crowd like myself.  That is because over time our cartilage, the rubbery “shock absorber” in our joints gets stiffer, less elastic, and more susceptible to damage.  As the cartilage wears away we experience pain. 

As you probably already know, when we deal with aches and pain in our everyday lives it affects everything, and not just how we move.  When we do not feel good, we tend to see things differently with different tinted glasses.  Pain changes the way we interact with people, and how we respond to the day-to-day things life brings our way. 

If you are like so many others who know about joint pain first hand, you will be happy to know that there are a wealth of treatment options for those achy knees, fingers and other important body mechanisms.  Thankfully, they do not all involve surgery!

So what are some options for relieving joint pain?

Lose weight. If you are overweight, losing some of those extra pounds can help.  Shedding just 10 excess pounds can make a significant difference in how your feel!  Start by making a few small changes to your lifestyle.  You will be motivated to continue when you feel that extra room in your clothes!

Start exercising. And if you have already started, do not quit!  Not only will that help you lose weight, but it keeps you off the vicious cycle (and I am not talking about your bike).  It is easy to get caught up in a vicious cycle when you are hurting: You hurt so you do not feel like exercising, which causes your joints to weaken even more.  Your doctor can tell you which low-impact exercises are right for you in your specific situation.  There are plenty of things you can do that will not put pounding pressure on your knees and other joints.

Use a topical cream.  A recent university study as published by the Journal of Rheumatology (click here to read on our website) found that cream containing glucosamine is effective for pain relief when applied directly to the knees of people suffering from osteoarthritis.  The people who participated in the study suffered from knee pain several days a month and experienced morning pain and stiffness in their knees. Most participants found relief from knee pain within four weeks.  Our Active-ESE is a similar formula containing emu oil, glucosamine HcL, MSM, menthol and other specially patented ingredients.  My patients give Active-ESE rave reviews for giving fast relief to aching joints and arthritis!

 If you have osteoarthritis, you probably will find that your pain tends to vary.  You will have good days and not-so-good days.  And yes, you may even be able to predict the weather better than the guy on T.V!  But you do not have to live with the pain.  There are things you can do to help yourself and hopefully the suggestions above can get you started.

And remember, you’re always worth it!!

This Month's Question for the Doctor:

Question: Hi! I am taking thyroid – 2gr., Phentermine T – 37.5 mg., Chromenate and B-6. Can I take the Active Omega, B-Active and Active8 with all of these other medicines or do I need to cut out something? Thank you in advance for your answer.

Answer from Dr. Steelman: It is OK to take all these together. If you are taking B-Active, you can stop the B-6 supplement, since the B-Active is actually a better source and a higher dose.


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recipe of the month
You don't need an ice cream machine for this homemade summertime treat!

Ice Cream in a Bag!

1 tablespoon Sugar
1/2 cup Milk or half & half
1/4 teaspoon Vanilla
6 tablespoons Rock salt
1 pint-size Ziploc plastic bag
1 gallon-size Ziploc plastic bag
Ice cubes

Fill the large bag half full of ice, and add the rock salt. Seal the bag.
Put milk, vanilla, and sugar into the small bag, and seal it.
Place the small bag inside the large one and seal again carefully.
Shake, shake, shake until mixture is ice cream, about 5 minutes.
Wipe off top of small bag, then open carefully and enjoy!

Tips: Sprinkles, fruit and nuts to top it off make this a tasty treat. Can double the recipe for larger quantities, but anything larger makes the bag too heavy. Substitute the milk with fruit juice and it makes a great fruit sorbet instead!
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