Dr. Tara Skye Goldin's Newsletter, The Joint Health Issue Natural Medicine That Gets Results!
August 2007


As I write this, the really intense summer heat seems to be waning, much to everyone's relief. Gardens are overflowing with summer's harvest , and already, in Boulder, kids have only a few more short weeks until school starts up again. With the heat subsiding it is easier to get out and exercise outside again. This issue is dedicated to joint health. As we age we like to remain active and athletic and pain free. Those of you who are "Boomers" may be sensing the onset of osteoarthritis, from wear and tear on the joints. There are many nutritional things that one can do to prevent the joints from losing their range of motion and to quell any associated inflammation that may be going on. I hope to touch on a few of these in this issue so that you may stay active and healthy and comfortable as long as you can. Enjoy the remainder of your summer and eat your garden veggies!

in this issue
Help Yourself Help Your Joints Nightshades (Solanaceae family) Related to Arthritis Glucosamine , Chondroitin Seem to Work Enzymes Can Hasten Pain Relief Zucchini Recipes

Nightshades (Solanaceae family) Related to Arthritis

Diet appears to be a factor in the etiology of arthritis based on surveys of over 1400 volunteers during a 20-year period. Plants in the drug family, Solanaceae (nightshades) are an important causative factor in arthritis in sensitive people. This family includes potato (Solanum tuberosum L.), tomato (Lycopersicon esculentum L.), eggplant (Solanum melongena L.), tobacco (Nicotiana tabacum L.), and peppers (Capsicum sp.) of all kinds except the black pepper (family, Piperaceae). A buildup of cholinesterase inhibiting glycoalkaloids and steroids from consumption and/or use (tobacco) of the nightshades and from other sources such as caffeine and some pesticides (organophosphates and carbamates) may cause inflammation, muscle spasms, pain, and stiffness. Osteoarthritis appears to be a result of long-term consumption and/or use of the Solanaceae which contain naturally the active metabolite, vitamin D3, which in excess causes crippling and early disability (as seen in livestock). Rigid omission of Solanaceae, with other minor diet adjustments, has resulted in positive to marked improvement in arthritis and general health. From the Journal of Neurological and Orthopedic Medical Surgery

Glucosamine , Chondroitin Seem to Work

Among osteoarthritis sufferers, glucosamine and chondroitin have developed a large following. But the supplements, which are not FDA approved, continue to be controversial. From WebMD Medical News

Enzymes Can Hasten Pain Relief

One of the more common reactions to pathological processes is inflammation. Just about every disease or injury involves some form of it, which often manifests as pain. Enzymes, particularly proteases that break down proteins, can effectively be used to ease inflammation. Enzymes are molecules involved in speeding up chemical reactions necessary for human bodily functions. Because enzymes occur naturally in the human body, using them to ease inflammation does not incur the side effects brought on by their synthetic counterparts. Enzymes work not by stopping or blocking inflammation, but by supporting and quickening the process; hence, they are not anti-inflammatory agents per se. From Nutrition Science News

Zucchini Recipes

So what do you do when your garden is exploding with zukes and summer squashes? Click on this link and try some of these recipes of course! I know that my garden has been successful when I see those great long summer squashes finally ready to pick and eat. Here are some hopefully novel ways to prepare these summer gems and boost your nutrition at the same time!

Help Yourself Help Your Joints

There are many things that one can do to protect your joints from the ravages of time . Here are just a few of them!

1. Choose low impact sports for the bulk of your workouts. Swimming, yoga, walking, cycling, and low impact aerobics are but a few of the activities that are easy on your joints. Running can be very hard on the joints, but if you must run...

2. Wear proper shoes for your activity. Choose a good shoe that fits your activity. Wear orthotics if necessary and...

3. Warm up and stretch well. this will allow for adequate space between the joints so that you are not overly grinding away at your cartilage. Also stretching well will prevent injuries and help you to perform well.

4. Drink an adequate amount of water. Water hydrates your joints and tissues so that they can move properly and can detoxify waste material well.

5. Massage therapy, rolfing and other forms of bodywork can help relief muscle tightness, thus allowing proper space between the joints. Bodywork can also help with pain relief.

6. Sleep on a good mattress. We spend approximately 1/3 of our life in bed. Your back and joints will thank you if you invest in a good quality mattress.

7. Limit the amount of nightshades in your diet. These include tomatoes, potatoes, peppers, eggplant , and tobacco. These can exacerbate inflammation.

8. Avoid your food allergens. Eating your allergens can also contribute to an inflammatory condition in your body. Please contact me for more information in identifying and eliminating your food allergies.

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