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Is Tai Chi Effective for Knee Osteoarthritis Pain, Function and Other Symptoms.

Friday, November 13th, 2015

 

Logos 005A new study presented recently at the American College of Rheumatology Annual Meeting in San Francisco concluded that both Tai Chi and Physical Therapy positively im,pact pain, function, and other symptoms of knee osteoarthritis–making Tai Chi a viable alternative for people suffering with this disease.   Joints under high stress due to repeated activities or weight bearing are most suceptible to osteoarthritis such as the hips, knees, hands, and spine.  Osteoparthritis becomes more common with aging and causes long term pain especially in the knees. Physical therapy has been a popular treatment for the condition. Although studies have shown that Tai Chi was effective for osteoarthritis, this was the first to compare it with physical therapy. Researchers said “Based on our previous investigation, we directly compared the effectiveness of the two therapies eacvh known to have health benefits  for knee OA.”

In the study 204 subjects with symptomatic and radiologic knee osteoarthritis (OA) were randomly placed in 2 groups. The first group of 106 subjects completed 12 weeks of classical Yang style  Tai chi twice a week. The second group of 98 completed physical therapy twice a week for six weeks and then were monitored as they followed six weeks of at home physical therapy exercises. Subjects were an average of 60 years of age, who had suffered from knee osterarthritis 8 years, had a BMI of 33, and were predominately white women Researchers looked for changes in pain and function using the Western Ontario and McMaster University Arthritis Index (WOMAC), depression, quality of life, and pain medication usage. Researchers also asked patients to assess their own pain and function and to complete   two-meter and six minute walking tests.

subjects in both groups had similar characteristics and test results in the beginning . At week 12  the WOMAC scores had improved by 167 points for the Tai Chi group and 143 points for the physical therapy group. In addition, there was no significant difference in pain improvement,. However, when subjects completed a 36 question survey researechers noted significant improvements in the results of the Tai Chi group at the 1`2 week mark. In addition, the Tai Chi group noted improvement in depression. Both groups reduced pain medication over time but their reaction to that reduction did not differ at 12 weeks but did differ at 24 weeks with NSAIDs and 52 weeks with analgesics. Researchers concluded Tai Chi should be considered a therapy option and they should work with a seasoned instructor in order to get proper instructions.

Dr Arthur Rosenfeld (tai chi) and Sondra Forsyth (candida) Guests on the Holistic Health Show

Monday, December 22nd, 2014

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Dr Arthur Rosenfeld (tai chi) is a Taoist Monk, has written 12 acclaimed book, hosted a documentary on scientific evidence for tai chi, meditation and acupuncture, and has received multiple awards. More information is available earlier on this site and at http://www.arthurrosenfeld.com

 

 

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Sondra Forsyth, co-editor in chief of thirdage.com, a dance critic at broadwaycritic.com and  an AARPblogauthor, is author or co-author of 12 books by major publishers, and has received multiple awareds inclkuding the National Magazine Award. More information is available earlier on this site and at: http://www.sondraforsyth.com

 

 

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Dr Arthur Rosenfeld (tai chi) and Sondra Forsythe (candida) Guests on the Next Holistic Health Show.

Sunday, December 14th, 2014

Arthur Rosenfeld by David Fryburg

My first guest Dr Arthur Rosenfeld began his formal martial arts training in 1980 and has studied deeply in China and the United States. A Yale graduate, he has his needle in the vein of Chinese tai chi grandmasters, and is dedicated to personal transformation and social change through the application of tai chi practice and Taoist philosophy. In 2012 he was ordained a Taoist monk at the Chun Yang (Pure Yang) Taoist Temple in Guangzhou, the first Westerner to be so honored. He hosts the hit (56MM households tune in) national public television show Longevity Tai Chi with Arthur Rosenfeld.

Rosenfeld blogs on The Huffington Post, and his offerings also appear in Vogue, Vanity Fair, Parade, Newsweek Ebony, The Wall Street Journal, Fox Business News, and numerous other websites and newspapers nationwide. He was named Tai Chi Master of The Year at the World Congress on Qigong and Traditional Chinese Medicine in 2011, and received the Action On Film Festival’s Maverick award (previous recipients include David Carradine, John Savage, and Talia Shire) in August 2012.

In 2010, Rosenfeld produced and hosted a documentary series on the scientific evidence for acupuncture, tai chi, and meditation. Funded by the pharmaceutical industry, tens of thousands of copies of these films have been distributed to major medical centers, professional healthcare organizations, group medical practices, patient advocacy associations and more. In 2012 he produced a follow-up instructional series.

Rosenfeld has penned 12 critically acclaimed books, some of which have sold bestseller numbers and been optioned to Hollywood. Along with the Dalai Lama, he was a finalist for the prestigious Books for a Better Life award for his bestseller The Truth About Chronic Pain (New York: Basic Books, 2003), and his prize-winning novels have recently focused on Chinese philosophy and martial arts action. Most recently he authored Tai Chi – The Perfect Exercise (Da Capo Press, June 2013). He is currently at work on a novel about the Chinese sage, Lao Tzu. He holds group and corporate workshops around the country and destination retreats around the world, as well as teaching beginning and advanced martial arts students locally in South Florida.More information at: http://www.arthurrosenfeld.com

 

 

Sondra Forsyth headshot 2014

Sondra Forsyth is Co-Editor-in-Chief of ThirdAge.com a dance critic at BroadwayCritic.com and an AARPBlogauthor. . She has been writing and editing on the web since 1997 when she began contributing her “New York Dance Scene” articles to DanceArt.com and editing other writers for the site. She continues to blog on DanceArt.com  Sondra is experienced with Content Management Systems, image uploading and resizing, basic HTML and SEO, and blog platforms.

Also a journalist and author, she writes about a broad range of topics including health and fitness, narrative non-fiction “as told to” stories, women’s issues, fashion, beauty, celebrities, psychology and mental well-being, money and work, parenting and grandparenting, relationships, and dance. Sondra is a winner of the prestigious National Magazine Award, given jointly by the Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism and the American Society of Magazine Editors, for a narrative non-fiction piece in Good Housekeeping entitled “The Families Left Behind.” Her by-line has appeared in many major magazines, among them Town & Country, Redbook, Gourmet, Cosmopolitan, Family Circle, Dance Magazine, and Ladies’ Home Journal. She is a contributor to the iconic “Can This Marriage Be Saved?” column in LHJ and served as LHJ’s Executive Editor. Her other staff posts were Features Editor at Cosmopolitan under the legendary Helen Gurley Brown, and Articles Editor at Bride’s. Sondra is the author or co-author of twelve books published by such respected houses as Ulysses Press, Crown, Simon & Schuster, Dutton, and Grand Central. Her most recent title, “Candida Cleanse: The 21-Day Diet to Beat Yeast and Feel Your Best”, was published by Ulysses Press in May of 2014.

A former ballerina, Sondra founded Ballet Ambassadors and served as Artistic Director from 2001 until 2013. An arts-in-education outreach organization, it received funding from the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs, the New York City Department of Education, Suffolk County BOCES, and Putnam/Northern Westchester BOCES. Sondra was named a 2012 Purpose Prize Fellow by Encore.org for giving underserved young people the change to share the stage with professional dancers in the classics and original ballets.

Sondra holds a masters degree from Harvard. More information at: http://www.sondraforsyth.com

 

 

Holistic Health Show Last Night on Arthritis Included Interviews with Dr Elizabeth R. Lombardo, Frank Titus, and Rami Rones.

Sunday, October 25th, 2009

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Dr Carl O Helvie interviewed Dr Elizabeth R. Lombardo, Frank Titus and Rami Rones on BBS Radio last night. Dr Lombardo helps arthritis patients increase happiness and decrease stress in their lives and discussed the interventions she uses. More information on her background was presented earlier on this website and can be found at: www.controlstressforgood.com

Frank (center) is the Founder of Titus Motion Therapy and Director of the Health Through Motion Center in Santa Monica, California where he treats clients locally and world wide using this intervention. More information was presented earlier on this site and is available at www.titusmotiontherapy.com

Rami has won many gold metals for Tai Chi and has DVD’s and a book on this subject. He works with arthritis patients through direct service and research. More information was presented earlier on this site and can be found at: http://www.ramelrones.com

The interview follows:

Mind Spirit Body Approach to Cancer Treatment Increases Cancer Survival Rates

Wednesday, September 16th, 2009

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In his discussion last Saturday of cancer treatment at the Oasis of Hope, Dr Francisco Contreras talked about the Integrative Regulatory Therapy at his hospital that integrates physical-mental-and spiritual aspects of health into the treatment plans and interventions for cancer patients. He also discussed how their success rate for various types of cancer survival were 2 to 15 times more successful than in other hospitals and attributes this success to the holistic focus.

There is ample research to substantiate the value of a holistic approach to health and illness recovery. Hundreds of studies have been completed on meditation and results show improvement in physical health such as reduced blood pressure, decreased need for medical care, decreased chronic pain, depression and anxiety, and increased mobility and activity among others. Another area researched is the influence of positive attitudes on physical health. In one study by Kamen-Siegel he found that optimism influenced the immune system in a positive way using a sample of 300 elderly people and Ranard found similar results in another study and concluded that hopeful people have a more robust immune system. Likewise, Friedman and ValdenBos found that enthusiastic people tended to be more resilient, self-healing people and that enthusiasm is correlated with recovery from illness. In another study Shekelle found that hostility had a negative effect on health.
Benson found that when under stress individuals experience increases in blood pressure, heart rate, and breathing rates that strain the body and lower its immunity. On the other hand he also found that repeating a prayer, word, sound, phrase or movement such as in prayer, meditation, tai chi or yoga had a healthy effect.
Matthews and Clark say that in 75% of 325 studies reviewed the finding indicate that involvement in religious activities benefits health and well being.
These are just a few of the many studies that have looked at the effect of mental and spiritual activities on physical health and recovery from illness but support the results found by Dr Contreras in the recovery of cancer patients in his hospital.
In my own life I found this concept of holism to be true and demonstrated when I had lung cancer and was given 6 months to live—-33 years ago. I believe the holistic approach accounted for my recovery and continued good health.