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So many people say, “Oh, my aching back! “, that it is almost a universal complaint. It is estimated that 8 out of 10 people will have back pain at some time in their lives.Our lifestyles are a large contributor to that aching back. Back pain which is not due to disc problems or osteoarthritis is generally due to poor posture and walking habits, high-heeled shoes, improper lifting of heavy objects, or sleeping on a mattress that does not give proper support.If your back is giving you problems, no more than three days bedrest is beneficial. After that, the muscles that support the spine begin to be affected by disuse and this will only prolong the problem. Once you are able to move, a series of back exercises, done gently, will begin to bring the back into better condition.

•Get proper support and alignment from your shoes. If you are wearing high heels, alternate with low heels andsee if it doesn’t make a difference.

•If you sit at your job, get up every hour, walk around and stretch.

•If you lift on your job, learn to do it with your knees bent and wear a back-supporting belt.

•Avoid sleeping on your stomach.

•Attention to posture and lifting motion is beneficial.

•Men who carry their wallet in their back pocket should get it out of there and sit without being thrown of balance by sitting on their money.

•A cold pack made by wrapping crushed ice in a towel should be applied to.the injured area for 20 minutes onand 20 minutes off at the first sign of injury. After the initial inflammation is reduced, you may then apply heat at night.

• Stretch for flexibility and to relax those aching muscles that support your back.

• Getting out of bed can be hazardous to your back. Turn on your side and roll.

• Take a look at your mattress. If it sags, you aren’t doing your back a favour.

Get a new one or put a board underneath so that the mattress can give your back better support

• Get out of your arm chair and into a rocking chair. The rocking motion appears to block nerve impulses that produce lower back pain. It also improves circulation and has a relaxing effect.

ARTHRITIS
Who hasn’t awakened in the morning and felt as if it was just too difficult to get out of bed? Sometimes we complain about our ‘arthritis’ without really knowing that we have it. We just feel pain and stiffness in our joints and muscles.Individuals should avoid deciding that because they have some aches or pains, or stiffness when they get up in the morning, that they have arthritis. Arthritis needs a proper diagnosis.Arthritis is a chronic syndrome with symmetric inflammation of the joints which results in progressive destruction of these structures. Arthritis appears to be more than one disease. It is estimated that there are approximately 100 different types of the disease which is described loosely as ‘arthritis’.

The two most common types are osteoarthritis and rheumatoid arthritis.

Osteoarthritis is related to the wear and tear of ageing and the deteriorationof the cartilage at the ends of the bones. Usually this will apply to one area of the body, such as the knee or neck.

Rheumatoid arthritis is an inflammatory process that attacks the synovial membranes surrounding the lubricating fluid in the joint. The entire body is usually affected and it will create stiffness, swelling, fatigue, weight loss, fever and often crippling pain.

•Lose weight. The more overweight you are, the more stress and pressure placed on joints.

•Stretch gently and daily for greater mobility. Moving may hurt but not moving is even worse for your joints.

•Work on stress relief, as stress tightens muscles, making pain worse.

•Use a muscle ointment at bedtime so you will be less stiff when you get up in the morning.

•Try exercising in the pool. You are more flexible there and the buoyancy of the water will make movement easier.

•Use ice on a joint that has been overworked.

•Use heat when the joint is hot, swollen or tender.

•Many arthritics respond to an ingredient in fish oil, omega-3 fatty acids.

•Increase vitamin C to 500 mg a day.

•Avoid the nightshade vegetables (green peppers, aubergines, tomatoes, white potatoes) as they contain sotanine which interferes with muscle enzymes.

•Avoid supplements containing iron as it is suspected to be involved in joint pain.

•Try a low-fat diet, rich in fruits and vegetables. Often people will find that they have improvement in as little as two weeks on such a diet.

•The person with arthritis should avoid alcohol, caffeine, tobacco and excess sugar.

Many arthritis sufferers have found some simple home remedies to be beneficial — you might try a few, such as:

•Eat cherries and drink cherry juice throughout the day for four days, then stop for four days and begin again. It is thought that the cherries reduce uric acid levels. It has been reported that this will aid the arthritic bumps on the knuckles to disappear.

•Eat a portion of fresh string beans every day. String beans aid in decreasing the acid levels of the body.

•Make a tea of parsley and drink several cupfuls throughout the day.

•Rub a freshly cut clove of garlic on the painful joint and add fresh garlic to your meals. It is thought that the garlic works as an anti-inflammatory.

•Apple cider vinegar has been used for centuries as a relief for arthritis. Drink a glass of water containing several teaspoonfuls of apple cider vinegar.

Don’t expect to see any results for at least one month. Give these remedies time to work.

ASTHMA
You wheeze and can’t breathe — there is never a good time to have an asthma attack. Millions suffer the wheezing, chest tightness and breathing difficulties that typify asthma. A great variety of triggers can set off an asthma attack.Folk medicine is rich in legends of remedies that have been used around the world. So go ahead and try a few of them if you must, such as one everyone seems to have heard of:•Get a chihuahua (a very short-haired Mexican dog.) The theory seems to be that the disease will leave your body and jump to the poor dog. In reality, this has been effective, particularly with children. Psychologists think that children focus on the animal instead of their feelings of being unable to breathe and sometimes improve.

Here are some further things that have proven to be effective.

•Avoidance of the triggering stimuli.

•Examine your environment and remove dust, mould, cat and dog dander.

•Avoid smokers and smoke-filled rooms.

•Those whose asthma is triggered by cold air should avoid breathing through their mouth and cover their mouth with a scarf in winter as the nasal passages will warm the outside air,

•There is striking evidence that techniques of progressive relaxation can be used to avert an asthma attack.

•Exercise with brief periods of rest.

•Avoid foods that contain sulphites, a preservative, found in such things as shellfish and wine.

•Use a humidifier to moisturise the air in your home.

•Eucalyptus or horehound brewed as a tea act as natural bronchodilators, or airway relaxers.

•Avoid dairy products, as they produce mucus.

•Prepare equal amounts of chicory, celery and carrot juice in a juicer or blender. Drink one glassful of juice daily.

•Begin with 1 clove of garlic daily (or the equivalent in odourless garlic capsules) and slowly increase until the intake is 6 to 10 cloves daily.

•Mix 1 teaspoonful of grated horseradish with 1 teaspoonful of honey and swallow it down, followed by a large glass of room temperature water.

•At the first sign of an attack, saturate several strips of cloth with white vinegar and wrap them around both wrists loosely. This is said to stop a full blown attack of asthma from developing.

CONSTIPATION
Everyone gets constipated occasionally. You get busy running around, staying out late, paying very little attention to your diet, eating meals on the run — and suddenly you are constipated.When you realise you have the problem, the first thing to do is:•Take a look at your fluid intake and increase it.

•Add dietary fibre immediately. From 25 to 35 grams daily for all adults, from complex carbohydrates such as whole grains, fruits and vegetables.

Fibre supplements are available from your pharmacist and they promote regularity about the same way fibre in foods do.

•Prunes are a good natural laxative, as well as a good snack.

•Exercise increases the rate by which food travels through your digestive system.

•Walking is particularly helpful.

•Do not ignore the urge — try to toilet-train yourself again.

•Tension and anxiety can cause constipation because this is part of the fight-or-flight syndrome. Try to relax and calm down.

•Some foods are constipating. Everyone knows the expression ‘it makes the cheese more binding’, and for some, all dairy    products have the same effect.

•If you are really uncomfortable, an occasional enema or a suppository will be OK, but remember laxatives can become addicting very easily. It is much better to rely on fibre and fluids to regulate yourself.

DIABETES
You’ve been diagnosed with diabetes and told you must keep your blood sugar under control. That isn’t the end of all the fun in your life, since you can virtually eliminate all the symptoms of diabetes by following a regimen of nutrition, weight control and exercise.•Start with the Diabetic Association’s diet, tailored to fit your individual needs.•Eat small meals and eat more frequently.

•Avoid alcohol but if you should have a drink, exchange alcohol calories for fat calories.

•Avoid omega-3 supplements, as they increase blood glucose levels.

•Maintain a proper weight for your height.

•Involve your family in helping you make and keep those nutritional changes and improved eating habits.

•Exercise, as it increases the number of insulin receptors. Try walking; it is the best exercise for a diabetic.

•Take proper care of your teeth, because diabetics are more prone to infections.

•Take proper care of your feet. Nerve damage lessens the ability to experience pain, so a little sore unnoticed can develop into something more serious.

•Reduce stress: it affects blood sugar levels and makes it harder to adhere to your routine.

•Test your blood rather than your urine. Urine must have high levels o glucose before it is apparent that you are in difficulty.

•Read the label on over-the-counter medications, because many of them are not for use by diabetics.

KIDNEY STONES
Grown men cry, other’s beat their heads against the wall because of the pain. Mothers who have endured long labours before childbirth say, “There is nothing that hurts like a kidney stone.”A kidney stone is a hardened mineral deposit. It begins as a microscopic particle and grows slowly, developing into a stone over a period of months. You are more likely to form a stone when you are dehydrated. Stones frequently remain undiagnosed until they begin to pass, causing a type of pain called renal colic.•Avoid foods that contain or produce oxalic acid, such as asparagus, beets, parsley, rhubarb, sorrel, Swiss chard and vegetables of the cabbagefamily.

•Increase fluid intake and make the effort daily to drink at least 8 to 10 glasses of water. Other fluids do not count and some of them, such as alcohol and caffeine, contribute to the problem of stone formation.

•Limit dairy products and antacids.

•Reduce salt intake.

•Eat lots of water melon, a natural diuretic.

•Limit intake of animal protein and increase cereal and vegetable intake. High fibre aids in binding the calcium and oxalate for normal    secretion.

•A daily 10 mg of magnesium seems to decrease the formation of stones.

•Exercise to keep the calcium mobilised in your bloodstream.

•For those prone to form stones, limit your vitamin C to no more than 3 grams daily.

KNEE PAIN
Your knees were not designed to twist and turn, kneeling and squatting all day long. Soccer players, carpenters, plumbers and housewives are just some of the people susceptible to knee pain and injury. The knee joint is the largest joint in your body and one of the most complex.This structure of muscles, bones, ligaments and cartilage, supports and stabilises your knee as you bend, straighten and twist during daily activities.•Watch your weight. For every pound you are overweight, you put an additional six pounds of stress on your knees.•Over-the-counter painkillers are good to reduce inflammation and make you more comfortable.

•Some over-the-counter heat rubs can also aid in making the knee more comfortable.

•Strengthen the knee with exercises that build up the supporting muscles. Protect the knee to prevent further injury. Use an elastic wrap to immobilise the knee temporarily.

•Try walking with a cane in the hand opposite your painful knee for a few days. This reduces the weight-bear­ing forces by approximately 50 per cent.

•Rest.

•Avoid activities that cause pain, swelling or discomfort. Squatting, kneeling or walking up and down steep stairs or hills causes you to place weight on your bent knees.

•Ice-cold is preferable to heat in the beginning of an injury because it reduces swelling, inflammation and speeds healing. In the first three days of pain, apply ice wrapped in a cloth for no more than 20 minutes several times a day

•Heat is best for chronic pain. It can also help relieve stiffness and prepare your muscles for strengthening exercises.

•Elevate your knee above the level of your heart whenever possible.

•Select the proper shoes for your activities. If you play a sport, pick the appropriate shoes and be sure they are in good condition.

•Stretch. Warm up and cool down properly before any athletic activities.

PSORIASIS
People look at those scaly places on your elbows and shrink away from you, afraid that you have some terrible communicable disease. You certainly don’twant to go swimming and see people leave the pool the minute you enter.Your skin cells have gone crazy — you have psonasis. Normally, skin cells mature and shed after about a month. In psoriasis, this process speeds up, taking only three to four days. The cause is unknown but a family history of the disease is common. Because the lower layer of skin cells divides more rapidly than normal, dead cells accumulate in thicker patches on the skin’s outermost layer.

Typically psonasis flares up for weeks or months; then remits into a period with no symptoms. General health is not affected, except for the psychological stigma of an unsightly skin disease, unless severe arthritis or severe exfoliation of the skin develops.

Mild to moderate psoriasis usually beings as a few red patches of skin covered with silvery scales on elbows, knees, legs, ears, scalp and other parts of your body. In severe psoriasis, patches cover more than half your body and may involve your fingernails, palms and soles.

Onset is usually gradual. The future lesions depend on the extent and severity of the initial involvement and the age of onset. Onset is usually between ages 10 and 40, but no age is exempt. Acute attacks usually clear up, but complete permanent remission is rare. Early lesions are more amenable to treatment than are longstanding ones, but no therapeutic method assures a cure.

•For mild psoriasis, a daily bath can help soak off scales. Because dry skin can worsen psoriasis, don’t use hot water or harsh soap.

•Choose an emollient cream that keeps your skin moist. Avoid products containing lanolin which may increase sensitivity.

•Scalp psoriasis often responds to dandruff shampoos. Work up a lather and leave on your head for at least five minutes.

•Phototherapy — even exposing your skin to moderate sunlight may improve some patches, but sunburn may make psoriasis worse. If you have small patches, try a UVB sunlamp.

•Over-the-counter coal tar preparations can be effective on mild psoriasis. A cold bath with a cup of apple cider vinegar in it will decrease the itching. A bag of ice-cubes held against the skin will also temporarily decrease itching.

•Apply over-the-counter cortisone creams, cover with cling film when you go to bed and you may find that the cells on the surface slow down, but this is only effective for small areas.

•Lose weight. Although no one knows why, it seems to help.

•Vitamin D3 ointment can improve patches of psoriasis within eight weeks of use.

•Avoid fats, dairy products, red meat, sugar, white flour and citrus fruits.

•Primrose oil or fish oil which are often given for arthritis seem to improve the condition as they interfere with the production of arachidonic acid, a natural inflammatory substance found in red meat and daity products.

•Linseed oil capsules for unsaturated fatty acid appear to help in some cases.

•Relaxation techniques aimed at reducing stress are beneficial in reducing the incidence of attacks.

SINUSITIS
It drips down the back of your throat. You keep sniffing and snorting but it keeps on dripping. In addition, you have a roaring headache and the pressure seems to just keep building up behind your eyes.A sinus headache is usually a result of a viral respiratory tract infection. The swollen nasal mucous membrane causes pain in the area over the involved sinus.•A eucalyptus type ointment can be applied to the forehead and then covered with a cold damp cloth. This will relieve the congestion of the   blood vessels in the area and relieve the pain of the headache. Use a humidifier; it will keep the mucus moving.

•Bathe your nostrils with a teaspoonful of salt in 1 pint of warm water and a little baking soda. Gently sniff this mixture into one nostril at atime.

•Increase your fluids to keep the mucus thinned out.

•Try an over-the-counter decongestant to constrict the blood vessels.

•Avoid nasal sprays, as they can cause a rebound effect which may make the problem worse.

•Exercise will release adrenalin which will also constrict the blood vessels. Take a short walk, you’ll feel better.

•Massage your sinuses. This will stimulate circulation to the area.

•Try eating some fresh horseradish with lemon juice.

SMOKING
You know you shouldn’t smoke, it is bad for your health and you’d certainly like to quit but you have tried several times and haven’t been able to do it.Mark Twain said, “Quitting smoking is easy. I’ve done it over a hundred times.” You must prepare yourself to quit smoking, both physically and psychologically.•Begin by altering your self-image. You are a non-smoker, and all that such a person is to you.

•Mark your calendar with the date you intend to be a non-smoker.

•Keep track of each cigarette you smoke.

•Every time you think you will have a cigarette, make yourself wait 10 minutes.

•Collect your stubs in a ‘stub bottle’. Keep this bottle in plain sight, as an unpleasant reminder.

•Get rid of all your cigarettes and all the things that you need to smoke, such as matches, lighters and ashtrays.

•Replace the urge to smoke with a deep breath and a piece of hard card.

• Keep your hands busy: take up some hobby that requires you to work with your hands such as knitting.

•Provide oral gratificatj0~ with sugarless gum or mints.

•Avoid alcohol, sugar and pastries. High sugar items create a biological need that increases your cigarette desire.

•Place a rubber band around your wrist and snap it every time you want a cigarette.