Archive for the ‘rheumatoid arthritis’ Category

Mark Lubin and Ellice Longo Interviewed on the Holistic Health Show

Sunday, December 13th, 2009

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Mark Lubin and Ellice Longo were interviewed by Dr Carl O Helvie, host of the Holistic Health Show, on BBS Radio (www.bbsradio.com) last night. Mark is Founder, Chief Executive Officer and Scientist at RZN Neutraceuticals and his biography was posted earlier on this site. More information at: www.RZNnutra.com
Ellice is a certified holistic health counselor and licensed massage therapist and Founder and Owner of Enlightened Healthcare. Her biography also appeared on this site earlier. More information at: www.ellicelongo.com

Their interview follows:

Dr Garrett Smith, N.P., and Karon White-Gibson Interviewed on the Holistic Health Show

Sunday, November 29th, 2009

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Dr Carl O Helvie, Host of the Holistic Health Show, interviewed Dr Garrett Smith and Karon White-Gibson on arthritis last night. Dr Smith, a naturopathic physician in Tucson, Arizona, talked about the effect of nightshades on arthritis. His biography was published earlier on this site.
Mrs Karon White-Gibson is a registered nurse, author and television host who has arthritis. She talked about the natural treatments she has used. Her biography was published on the site earlier.
You can listen to the interview below. I hope you will enjoy it.

Moderate Benefits of Dynamic Exercises for Rheumatoid Arthritis Patients

Wednesday, November 18th, 2009

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Researchers at the Leiden University Medical Center in the Netherlands found that dynamic exercise programs had moderate benefits for rheumatoid arthritis patients and recommended aerobic capacity training combined with muscle strength training as routine practice for these patients. However, more research is needed to determine the recommended length and type of exercise program, if patients need supervision, and if these programs are cost effective.
The researchers combined data from 8 studies involving 575 patients and founds that dynamic exercises are safe and have a positive effect on aerobic capacity and muscle strength for patients with rheumatoid arthritis and when performed long term have a positive effect on functional ability. However, the benefits are seen only after the intervention and programs that are water-based may help improve functioning of patients. Results were published in the Cochrane Library.

Dr Ellen Kamhi and Cindy Holt (both R.N.’s ) Interviewed on Arthritis

Sunday, November 15th, 2009

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Interviews by Dr Carl O. Helvie with Dr Ellen Kamhi and Cindy Holt on the Holistic Health Show yesterday on BBS Radio (www.bbsradio.com) follow.
Dr Kamhi, (above left) an expert in and author on arthritis is known as the “Natural Nurse”. She is very active professionally and her biography was published in a previous blog. She talks about causes of arthritis including stress, the natural ways to deal with arthritis including maintaining an alkaline body, the advantages of natural treatments over chemicals, and other aspects of arthritis.

Cindy Holt is a registered nurse, and massage therapist, and has completed the course work for a doctorate in naturopathic medicine. She has arthritis of the spine that she controls primarily with natural methods. She will talk about the symptoms she has, how she deals with them, and how she uses this knowledge with others to help them with their pain. Cindy’s biography was published on this blog earlier.

*Sorry for today’s delayed posting but the noreaster over the past few days put everything behind schedule.

Frank Titus, Founder of Titus Motion Therapy and Rami Rones, multiple Gold Medal Winner for Tai Chi and other Martial Arts to be Interviewed on the Holistic Health Show

Wednesday, October 21st, 2009

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My second guest for Saturday is Frank Titus, (left) Founder of Titus Motion Therapy that uses individual exercises and stretches designed to get people out of pain. His success rate has been over 95% treating such chronic painful conditions as herniated discs, sciatica, whiplash, carpel tunnel, migraine, fibromyalgia, TMJ, rotator cuff injuries, degenerative joint disease, tennis elbow, ACL injuries, and arthritis. In 2005 he opened the Health Through Motion Center in Santa Monica and in addition to treating those in the Los Angeles area he treats clients throughout the world via video consultation including clients as far away as New Zealand.

Those treated have included many high profile clients in the entertainment and sports world including Olympians, and PGA, NFL, PBA, ATP, AVP, and NBA athletes as well as yoga teachers, musicians, and doctors. He also hosts the #1 talk radio show The Painkillers on 97.1 FM and was the only non-medical doctor to appear on the American Health Journal award winning television series on PBS. Frank will talk about Titus Motion Therapy on the show. More information is available at: www.titusmotiontherapy.com

My last guest on Saturday is Rami Rones who moved to Boston from Israel in 1983 to study martial arts with renown traditional master Dr Yang-Jwing Ming. Over the years Rami has won many gold medals in martial arts including 3 time gold medalist in Shanghi, China for Tai Chi, External and Internal Weapons, and Tai Chi and Kung Fu Sword. He also won gold medals for Tai Chi Pushing Hands and Tai Chi Sword in the International North America Chinese Martial Art Competition.

He now focuses his attention on helping people with cancer, arthritis, aging and stress using Tai Chi and QiGong. He is a scientific consultant of body-mind therapy at Dane Farber Cancer Institute and Harvard and Tufts Medical Schools as well as author of numerous scientific publications. He has been featured in magazines and newspapers, and on radio and television programs. One of his latest research reports was Tai Chi is Effective in Treating Knee Osteoarthritis: A Randomized Controlled Trial presented at the International Tai Chi Chaun Symposium in July 2009 in Nashville, Tennessee at Vanderbuilt University. He has published two DVD’s on Tai Chi and his latest book is Sunrise Tai Chi: Simplified Tai Chi for Health and Longevity
More information is available at: http://www.ramelrones.com

Chinese Herb Proves Better for Rheumatoid Arthritis than Prescription Drug

Friday, October 16th, 2009

logo1267406_mdA study published in the Annals of Internal Medicine on August 18, 2009 reported that a Chinese herb known as thunder god improved symptoms of rheumatoid arthritis better than a prescribed medication. Researchers at the National Institutes of Health, The University of Texas in Dallas and 9 rheumatology clinics around the USA randomly assigned 121 patients with six or more painful and swollen joints to either take 60 mgm of thunder god vine root extract three times a day for 6 months or 1 gram of sulfasalazine (Azulfidine) two times a day for 6 months. All study subjects were allowed to take prednisone and non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAID’s).

A standardized measure of joint involvement was assessed on each subject.

Side effects were experienced in both groups with stomach complaints and digestive symptoms being the most common ones reported. Almost half of all participants dropped out of the study before the end but more dropped out of the sulfasalazine group than the thunder god vine group.

Of the 62 patients who completed the study 65% saw improvement in joint pain, joint functioning, and inflammation in the thunder god group compared to 36% in the sulfasalazine group.

Although thunder god has been used in Chinese medicine for thousands of years it is known to have a wide range of side effects ranging from diarrhea, upset stomach, and skin rashes and men may experience infertility and women may stop having menstrual periods while on it.

There is ongoing debate about the value of using this herb until more is known about it’s efficacy, side effects and interactions with other medications and herbs.

Exercise Important for Individuals with Rheumatoid Arthritis

Wednesday, October 14th, 2009

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Researchers at the Leiden University Medical Center in the Netherlands reviewed dynamic exercises programs with individuals having rheumatoid arthritis and found moderate benefits associated with this type of intervention. According to the lead researcher, Emalie Hurkmans, “based upon the evidence in the study, we would recommend aerobic capacity training combined with muscle strength training as routine practice for RA patients. But we need more research to establish the recommended length and type of exercise programs, whether patients need to be supervised and if these programs are cost effective.”

Data from 8 trials was combined involving a total of 575 patients. The findings confirmed previous studies that dynamic exercise programs are safe and have positive effects on muscle strength and aerobic capacity in rheumatoid arthritis patients and when performed over a long period of time have a positive effect on functional abilities.

Holistic Health Show Last Night Started Arthritis Series with Dr Nathan Wei, Arthritis Expert, and Two Arthritis Sufferers, Kelly Rouba and Kirsten Mahoney

Sunday, October 11th, 2009

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My first guest last night on the Holistic Health Show hosted by Dr Carl O Helvie was Dr Nathan Wei, CEO of the Arthritis and Osteoporesis Center of Maryland who has helped more than 7,000 patients with arthritis. He is author of more than 60 peer-reviewed literatures, 500 published articles, has produced 12 videotaped presentations, presented over 120 lectures worldwide, and taught advanced courses in rheumatology. More information is available on an earlier blog or at: www.aocm.org

My second guest, Kelly Rouba, is an author, writer, emergency management professional, and spokesperson for the Arthritis National Research Foundation who was diagnosed with juvenile arthritis at age 2. More information is available on an earlier blog here or at: www.eadassociates.com

My last guest was Kirsten Mahoney who is a certified Life Balance Coach and founder of Insight Out Life Coaching who has arthritis and talks about her treatment. More information is available on an earlier blog or at: www.insightoutlifecoaching.com

This interview follows. You can also listen to it on itunes, podcast alley, or podcast pickle.

Arthritis Sufferers, Kelly Rouba and Kirsten Mahoney, also will be Interviewed on the Holistic Health Show

Wednesday, October 7th, 2009

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My other guests are Kelly Rouba (left) and Kirsten Mahoney (right).

Kelly is an author, writer, and emergency management professional, who was diagnosed with juvenile rheumatoid arthritis at age two. She is also a member of the Arthritis National Research Foundation (ANRF) Advisory Board and their national spokesperson. ANRF also named the Kelly Award for Juvenile Arthritis Research after her. Her book is titled Juvenile Arthritis: The Ultimate Teen Guide.

She has written for various newspapers, magazines, and websites since she was 19 years old including the Trenton Times, and Pennington Post. she has also been featured in publications and television programs from ABC/s Prespectives to the Wall Street Journal and has been featured in two commercials and modeled for Ag Apparel and WheelieChix-Chic. She was introduced on Live with Regis and Kelly. In 2008 she received the Governors Volunteerism Award and was also named the first “AgFemme” by Ag Apparel and a Superstar by CreakyJoints for her achievenemnts in 2009. She has worked for Assemblywoman Linda Greenstein and interviewed such celebrities as Duane Chapman of Dog the Bounty Hunter and Elizabeth Hasselbeck of the View. She can be reached through EAD & Associates at www.eadassociates.com

Kirsten is a certified Life Balance Coach and founder of Insight Out Life coaching who enjoys speaking nationally, live and on television, on the subject of life balance and stress management. She does one on one coaching, workshops, and presentations as well as design and implement corporate wellness programs. Her clients include Clif Bar, Wells Fargo, Facebook, Rotary International, San Francisco Small Business Assn and Cisco.

She is also the author of Insights an international monthly publication on life balance. Kristen has worked and studied on five continents and has traveled throughout thirty-five countries. She has baccalaureate and masters degrees and Professional Coaching Certification. More information is available at: http://www.insightoutlifecoaching.com