Three Serious Issues Your Shoulder Pain Could Be Hinting At

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By Dr. Louis Catalano

grandparentsEveryone has shoulder pain at some point in their life. Most often, it is caused by rotator cuff tendonitis or shoulder bursitis – maladies that cause pain with activities such as raising the arm overhead, reaching into a coat sleeve, or reaching into the backseat of a car. Often times these pains are sporadic, but not severe.

However, here are three serious issues that your pain could be hinting at:

1. Frozen shoulder or adhesive capsulitis.
This disorder can occur with mild trauma or no injury at all. It is more common in diabetics. Patients present with gradually worsening pain and loss of shoulder range of motion. The range of motion that is often lost is external rotation, or the ability to twist one’s shoulder away from the body with the shoulder at the side and the elbow at a 90-degree angle. The patient can also gradually loose the ability to reach overhead or behind one’s back. This problem should not be ignored because early treatment, including physical therapy and a steroid (cortisone) injection, can make recovery more easy and rapid. By avoiding treatment, the shoulder can become more “frozen”, and make a full recovery of range of motion difficult, if not impossible. Also, surgery may be needed if the shoulder becomes “too frozen”.

2. A pinched nerve in the neck.
These patients present with pain in the back of the shoulder, neck or both. They will also complain of numbness and tingling down the arm and into the hand. Constant numbness/tingling is worrisome. Any weakness of the shoulder, elbow, or hand is very concerning as well. The important point is that any symptoms in the arm/elbow/hand, whether numbness or tingling or weakness, must be evaluated immediately. A pinched nerve in the neck can possibly result in permanent numbness/tingling or weakness, so medical attention should be sought promptly.

3. Cancer.
Pain from a cancer lesion around the shoulder will be severe, constant, and tends to be worse at night. The pain will worsen, and never “go away”. Most patients will be ill, with unexplained weight loss or fevers/chills. I have seen a few patients who sustained a shoulder fracture caused by cancer, and this was the first manifestation of the cancer! Some cancer, like multiple myeloma, develops in bone. Other cancers often metastasize to bone and these include lung, prostate, colon, thyroid, and breast cancers. If a patient has a history of one of these cancers, and has severe, unrelenting shoulder pain, that patient should seek immediate medical attention.

Not all shoulder pain could lead to these, but if you have a decreased range of motion, frequent back pain or any of the above listed symptoms, it might be worth giving your doctor a call.

Louis W. Catalano III, M.D. is an assistant clinical professor of orthopedic surgery at Icahn Mt. Sinai School of Medicine, residency director and attending surgeon in the Department of Orthopedic Surgery at St. Luke’s-Roosevelt Hospital and attending hand surgeon at the CV Starr Hand Surgery Center at Roosevelt Hospital. Dr. Catalano has had his publications appear in the Journal of the American Academy of Orthopedic Surgeons, Hand Clinics, Journal of Hand Surgery and other leading surgical publications. He is presently on NY Magazine’s “Best Doctors List” and takes care of many musicians, dancers and athletes in the New York area. Dr. Catalano currently resides in Pelham Manor with his wife and two children.

Added Sugar Could Contribute To Added Holiday Pounds

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– Submitted by The Baylor College of Medicine

partycelebrateThe holidays can be a tricky time for those with a sweet tooth, but according to an expert at Baylor College of Medicine, we should all be aware of the amount of added sugar we’re consuming year-round and especially during the holidays.

“The American Heart Association recommends no more than 100 calories of added sugar per day for women (about six teaspoons) and 150 calories of added sugar per day for men (about nine teaspoons). While you might not add this amount of sugar to your food, many foods come with the sugar already in the product,” said Roberta Anding, registered dietitian with Baylor and Texas Children’s Hospital.

Anding, who is also a sports dietitian, notes that the major sources of added sugars are sugar-sweetened beverages, such as soda and fruit punch.

“You might not consume those types of beverages, but don’t forget your lattes, hot chocolate, egg nog and other holiday beverages,” she said.

The dangers of consuming too much sugar can be weight gain, accumulation of visceral or belly fat and an increased desire for more sugar. The visceral or belly fat can be viewed as an endocrine organ, meaning it could cause inflammation and contribute to the development of diabetes and heart disease.

She notes that artificial sweeteners should also be used with caution as recent studies suggest they may alter the natural balance of bacteria in the gut.

When reading nutrition labels, Anding says to look for words such as cane syrup, sucrose, maltose, rice syrup, coconut sugar, dextrose, palm sugar and agave. To reduce sugars, she recommends saving sugar for desserts and avoiding sugar in beverages of all kinds.

“Start to downsize your portions. Take half of a dessert or share one with a family member. You can still have the sweet treat – just less of it,” she said.

Researcher: Chowing Down On Watermelon Could Lower Blood Pressure

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watermelonBe sure to pick up a watermelon — or two — at your neighborhood farmers’ market.

It could save your life.

A new study by Florida State University Associate Professor Arturo Figueroa, published in the American Journal of Hypertension, found that watermelon could significantly reduce blood pressure in overweight individuals both at rest and while under stress.

“The pressure on the aorta and on the heart decreased after consuming watermelon extract,” Figueroa said.

The study started with a simple concept. More people die of heart attacks in cold weather because the stress of the cold temperatures causes blood pressure to increase and the heart has to work harder to pump blood into the aorta. That often leads to less blood flow to the heart.

Thus, people with obesity and high blood pressure face a higher risk for stroke or heart attack when exposed to the cold either during the winter or in rooms with low temperatures.

So, what might help their hearts?

It turned out that watermelon may be part of the answer.

Figueroa’s 12-week study focused on 13 middle-aged, obese men and women who also suffered from high blood pressure. To simulate cold weather conditions, one hand of the subject was dipped into 39 degree water (or 4 degrees Celsius) while Figueroa’s team took their blood pressure and other vital measurements.

Meanwhile, the group was divided into two. For the first six weeks, one group was given four grams of the amino acid L-citrulline and two grams of L-arginine per day, both from watermelon extract. The other group was given a placebo for 6 weeks.

Then, they switched for the second six weeks.

Participants also had to refrain from taking any medication for blood pressure or making any significant changes in their lifestyle, particularly related to diet and exercise, during the study.

The results showed that consuming watermelon had a positive impact on aortic blood pressure and other vascular parameters.

Notably, study participants showed improvements in blood pressure and cardiac stress while both at rest and while they were exposed to the cold water.

“That means less overload to the heart, so the heart is going to work easily during a stressful situation such as cold exposure,” Figueroa said.

Figueroa has conducted multiple studies on the benefits of watermelon. In the past, he examined how it impacts post-menopausal women’s arterial function and the blood pressure readings of adults with pre-hypertension.

– Submitted by Florida State University News

Protective Beliefs – Could They Be Holding You Back From Losing Weight? – Part 2

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By Dr George Blair-West

Continued from part 1 of this article…..

weightlossballtextYou see, the beliefs that hold you back don’t do so just to frustrate you. They are there for an important reason. Using special techniques to access my patients’ unconscious worlds I have come to appreciate just how strong this glass ceiling can be.

So, what’s going on? Why would our mind not want us to achieve our slimmer, healthier self? There are different reasons, but the underlying theme is often protection, staying safe. To understand this I need to give you a quick lesson on your unconscious mind. Your unconscious mind’s job, first and foremost, is to keep you safe. Unfortunately, it only operates in the here and now. Not only does an extra slice of cake not kill us in the here and now, it makes us feel good. Which introduces the second job of your unconscious – once you’re safe, seek and enjoy pleasure.

Your unconscious mind is just the human equivalent of the survival instinct in all animals – it’s not at all sophisticated. As you can see, your unconscious mind has a lot to answer for. Indeed, if it did look to the long term, and could see that extra weight meant poorer health (i.e. it is not keeping us safe at all) we would not have an obesity problem of the magnitude we have.

FAILURE FEAR STOPS US FROM STARTING – SUCCESS STRESS STOPS US FROM FINISHING

Protective beliefs mean my patients come up with insights about what is holding them back like, ‘If I lose weight and become more attractive, I’m not sure how I will cope with the attention.’ Other responses relate to achieving e.g. ‘If I can do this, what else could I do? How will my life change? My mind wants me to stay safe in my box.’ Remember the first and foremost job of your unconscious? Keeping you safe.

While the fear and humiliation of failing (‘failure fear’) often prevents us from starting, it’s fear of success (‘success stress’) that often stops us from finishing. Success stress is built on our protective beliefs.

Do not risk your sanity, your valuable time or your money embarking on a weight loss program without first attending to the Mindset you are going to bring to the task. Not only is Mindset a critical part of success, the other big ‘M’ – Motivation – is built on top of your Mindset, so take the time to get it sorted before you embark on your weight loss journey.

– Dr George Blair-West is a medical doctor, psychiatrist and award-winning author. His first book was the bestselling Weight Loss for Food Lovers: Understanding our minds and why we sabotage our weight loss. You can find more on his latest work into Mindset and Motivation at weightlossforfoodlovers.com

Protective Beliefs – Could They Be Holding You Back From Losing Weight? – Part 1

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By Dr George Blair-West

theroadupA path without obstacles is typically not worth the journey. The weight loss journey comes with obstacles aplenty. We have obstacles from friends and family, like wanting to ‘save us’ from the deprivations of a diet by tempting us with our favourite chocolates, cheese or cake.

As a medico and psychiatrist working in this field, the obstacles that I am most fascinated by, however, are the ones that we inflict on ourselves. I have spent more than a decade now exploring the minds of my patients looking to understand the myriad of ways in which we can all sabotage our weight loss without anyone’s help whatsoever! There are no forces more powerful in holding us back, than the ‘protective beliefs’ that populate our Mindset.

SO WHAT IS YOUR MINDSET ANYWAY?

I define Mindset here as the attitudes and their underlying beliefs that we bring to (in this instance) the weight loss challenge. When you find yourself faced with a challenge – from riding a bike to going on the cabbage soup diet – the thoughts like ‘I can do that’ or ‘I can’t do that’ are simple examples of your Mindset at play. To paraphrase Henry Ford who knew the power of your Mindset more than most: Think you can, think you can’t – either way you’ll be right.

It’s like someone rocking up on the day of the marathon without having done any running practice over the weeks beforehand, to prepare for the big day. Time and time again, I see people launch into a new weight loss program without paying any attention to the Mindset they are bringing to the challenge. I believe this is a big factor behind the 80% failure rate that plagues the management of obesity.

BEWARE THE BELIEFS THAT PROTECT YOU!

Of the beliefs that make up your Mindset, perhaps the most powerful are those that create your own personal glass ceiling. In Neurolinguistic Programming (NLP – think Tony Robbins) they are called ‘limiting beliefs’, but this label does not convey the fullness of their power. I call them ‘protective beliefs’ because this helps us to understand their original purpose and why we need to both respect and manage them.

Stay tuned for part 2 of this article shortly…..

– Dr George Blair-West is a medical doctor, psychiatrist and award-winning author. His first book was the bestselling Weight Loss for Food Lovers: Understanding our minds and why we sabotage our weight loss. You can find more on his latest work into Mindset and Motivation at weightlossforfoodlovers.com

Your Energy Could Be Affecting Your Child – Part 2

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By Cindy Nolte

Continued from part 1 of this article…..

motherbabyyogaLet’s explore the connection between parent and child and why this phenomenon seems to exist. Almost from the moment your child is born they recognize you. They are drawn to you. You develop mom or dad ears that allow you to hear them from a sound sleep. You have a connection that lets you know if they are happy or sad and even if they need you before they tell you. You can feel the mood your child is in even before they tell you what is going on. All of this is possible from an energetic connection that is formed at conception. This connection does not just allow helpful information to be shared. It also creates a link in which energy is shared between child and parent.

Exploring this theory further, you can see synchronicities between disharmonies that appear different, but are in reality only appearing different due to the layer of the energetic field that they show themselves. A parent who feels stuck or unable to move forward in life may have a child with issues in their lower extremities (legs, feet, ect.). A parent unable to grasp life may have a child with arm, hand or finger disharmonies. At first glance this may seem unrelated, however we also must consider that the child’s life experiences affect their energetic field as well, thus their vulnerabilities can appear in different layers of their etheric field-each governing a different part of the whole person. (body/mind/spirit) Depending on the layer of the etheric field that is most vulnerable, the disharmony can show itself to be physical, mental or emotional.

The human energetic field is made up of layers that govern our being. Life experiences can strengthen or weaken these layers. As stated, our connection to others can affect your energy as well. Physical, mental, emotional and spiritual aspects are all represented within these layers. As vulnerabilities occur, if this energetic change is left unattended it can affect others we are connected to as well as other layers within our own energy.

We are human. We will get aches, pains and other mind/body/spirit disharmonies that are not in our control. Control what you can and focus on maintaining positive energy. If this energetic connection exists, what does this mean? Take care of yourself and you will also be caring for your child. Relieve your stress; have babies that sleep through the night. Do you want well-balanced grounded children? Exercise and be grounded yourself. The positive changes you make today may impact your child and even your grandchildren someday. You will be surprised at the balanced household you can create.

– Cindy Nolte is a television talk show host, lecturer, author, motivator and has a private practice. Cindy holds certifications (in): Reiki Master/Teacher, Animal Reiki Master/Teacher, Karuna Reiki ® Master /Teacher , Hypnosis, Hypnosis-Instructor certified by the National Guild of Hypnotists, Jin Shin Jyutsu ® Practitioner, Past Life Regression Hypnotist, the Life Transformation Method, Energy Releasement, IET ® ( Integrated Energy Therapy ®) Master-Instructor, Sound Therapy, Group Fitness Instructor, and Certified Medium. Cindy is the founder of Fresh Look on Life, Co-founder of Crazy Good Radio. Cindy resides in Augusta, NJ with her husband Jerry, where she has a private practice and offers: consultations, coaching, workshops, and lectures and certifications. For more information on Cindy Nolte please go to freshlookonlife.com

Your Energy Could Be Affecting Your Child – Part 1

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By Cindy Nolte

womantwistingEnergy makes up all things. If you are vibrating negative energy, it may be impacting your child without you even realizing it. Individuals are overworked, stressed and spread too thin at times. Everyone has heard stress is not good for your health, but did you know your stress could be affecting your child’s health too? The link between child and parent’s energy field does not stop with stress levels. They may take on physical, emotional, and/or even spiritual disharmonies all as a result of the energy you may not even know you are vibrating. For purposes of this article, we will refer to any “disease”, ache, pain, emotional distress, or “abnormality” as simply a “disharmony”.

As an energy worker, I receive calls from parents who decide to “give energy work a try” as a last ditch effort to solve their child’s concerns. Often, I find that these children are just simply in one way or another mirroring the disharmony of their own parents. Children sometimes take on pain similar to that of what a parent may be experiencing. I often suggest that both child and parent(s) undergo energy work to complement the child’s challenges if it is an acute concern for this reason.

It is interesting to speak with parents regarding the disharmonies of their children. While they describe the pain their child is feeling, they may be holding the very spot on themselves that is the child’s area of concern; soon divulging that they themselves developed the same issue as a child about their age. Perhaps, although you have always tried to hide your worry from your children, you find that your children are becoming worriers too. Maybe the economy has you developing issues with anxiety and now your son/daughter is showing signs of this disharmony as well. Phobias that you may have never discussed with your children may show themselves-like fear of heights, birds, closed in places. We call this hereditary most often, but what if it was in your energy rather than just your genes? Even within the philosophies of energy work we are brought back to the age old question of nature vs nurture. Nature, being dna-the child’s genetic makeup, while nurture, in this case being represented by the energy of their parents. If this statement holds true, this would also support why adopted children sometimes develop their adoptive parent’s “hereditary” conditions or traits.

What if leaving your negative emotions at the door when you get home allowed parents to positively impact their child’s health? There are countless studies that support that having a positive mindset can make the difference between surviving a serious illness and succumbing to it. Parents set the tone for the household. Positive parents have uplifting homes. Positive moods are said to build the immune system.

Stay tuned for part 2 of this article shortly…..

– Cindy Nolte is a television talk show host, lecturer, author, motivator and has a private practice. Cindy holds certifications (in): Reiki Master/Teacher, Animal Reiki Master/Teacher, Karuna Reiki ® Master /Teacher , Hypnosis, Hypnosis-Instructor certified by the National Guild of Hypnotists, Jin Shin Jyutsu ® Practitioner, Past Life Regression Hypnotist, the Life Transformation Method, Energy Releasement, IET ® ( Integrated Energy Therapy ®) Master-Instructor, Sound Therapy, Group Fitness Instructor, and Certified Medium. Cindy is the founder of Fresh Look on Life, Co-founder of Crazy Good Radio. Cindy resides in Augusta, NJ with her husband Jerry, where she has a private practice and offers: consultations, coaching, workshops, and lectures and certifications. For more information on Cindy Nolte please go to freshlookonlife.com

Better Food Labeling Could Stem Obesity

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From Your Health Journal…..”Recently, I read a great article from Yahoo! by Elizabeth Palermo called, Better Food Labeling Could Stem Obesity. We have written here many times about food labeling, and recently, we discussed changes being made in the UK on this topic. Many wonder if improved labeling on food products help consumers make healthier / better choices? A recent study by the FDA shows that it can. The FDA is in the process of updating the 20-year-old nutrition facts label that appears on all food and beverage products in the U.S. The organization’s researchers believe that improved labels may assist consumers in making healthier decisions about the food they buy. It appear that the new concept will be easier to read, with more columns, one for single serving, and one for the entire package. This is an important article to read. I have included a short snip, but please visit the Yahoo! site (link provided below) to read the complete article.”

Can improved labeling on food products help consumers make healthier choices? A new study by the Food and Drug Administration shows that it can. The FDA is in the process of updating the 20-year-old nutrition facts label that appears on all food and beverage products in the U.S. The organization’s researchers believe that improved labels may assist consumers in making healthier decisions about the food they buy.

The FDA commissioned the study as part of the action plan for its Obesity Working Group. The researchers’ goal was to determine whether modifying the key elements of the nutrition facts label might help consumers better understand the nutrition label , and in turn make more healthful decisions while purchasing and eating food.

“Survey research conducted by the FDA has shown that consumers have come to rely on the food label to determine the nutritional content of the food they eat. In fact, the percentage of consumers who report that they often read a food label the first time they purchase a food rose from 44 percent in 2002 to 54 percent in 2008,” said Amy M. Lando, who co-led the study along with Serena C. Lo, Ph.D., also of the Food and Drug Administration’s Center for Food Safety and Applied Nutrition in College Park, Md.

To test the effectiveness of different labels, researchers created one new label that used two columns to display the nutritional details for a single serving of a product alongside the details for the entire package. The researchers also created labels that only displayed nutritional information for the entire package, rather than using the method of citing per-serving nutritional information.

“In particular, we were interested in studying products that have two servings per container but that are customarily consumed in a single eating occasion,” said Lando.

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Sports ‘Free Play’ Could Protect Against Youth-Athlete Injuries

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From Your Health Journal…..”My regular visitors know I love and always promote the Education Week web site and plug their great articles whenever I can. Today, they had a great article called, Sports ‘Free Play’ Could Protect Against Youth-Athlete Injuries by Bryan Toporek. I placed a small snip here from the article, but recommend all of you to visit the Education Week web site (link provided below) to read the complete article. The article discusses how single-sport specialization and an increase in organized competition could lead to a higher rate of injuries for youth-athletes. This means the more unorganized competition and “free play” could help protect against youth-athlete injuries. This does make sense, as sometimes, there is a sense of urgency in organized play, competing to be the best, a ‘whatever’ cost to the athlete to improve performance and outcome. Please visit the Education Week web site for the full story.”

From the article…..

Single-sport specialization and an increase in organized competition could lead to a higher rate of injuries for youth-athletes, according to a study presented at the Society for Tennis Medicine and Science and United States Tennis Association-Tennis Medicine and Injury Conference.

The findings, released to the public this past Friday, suggest that more unorganized competition and “free play” could help protect against youth-athlete injuries.

Dr. Neeru Jayanthi, an associate professor at the Loyola University Stritch School of Medicine, and colleagues investigated 891 youth-athletes in the Chicago area for this study. Out of the pool of participants, 618 of those athletes went to the Loyola University Health System or Lurie Children’s Hospital of Chicago for treatment of sports injuries, while the other 273 were uninjured and came in for sports physicals.

The study included 124 total tennis players, 74 of whom specialized in only tennis.

Among the 74 single-sport tennis players, 65 of them (about 87.5 percent) reported an injury, while only nine did not. The 65 who were injured spent 12.6 hours per week playing organized tennis and only 2.4 hours a week in free play or recreation. Comparatively, the uninjured single-sport tennis players played organized tennis for 9.7 hours per week and spent 4.3 hours per week in free play or recreation. Both the injured and noninjured specialized tennis players spent roughly the same amount of time per week in either organized or recreational play.

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