low back pain

Gentle Reader, Yicks!  Low back pain. Leg numbness.  JR, my twenty something trainer, moved me up to a new set of exercises last week.  I’m not the only ancient mariner at the Xgym by a long shot, but the way they schedule us in half hour slots for a 25 minute hands-on workout, I don’t have the opportunity to see how the other over-70 year olds … [Read more...]

Eggplant bad for arthritis?

Gentle Reader, Is eggplant bad for arthritis?  Those of us who suffer the pain of arthritis, especially osteoarthritis, have the uneasy belief that night shade plants including eggplant, tomatoes, potatoes, and peppers make the pain worse.  This article came across my desk thanks to Kate McCoy, LMT and friend.  I was delighted to see how many … [Read more...]

avoid mosquito bites

Gentle Reader, Since this is the season when mosquitoes terrorize our back yard suppers, I want to offer some suggestions for how to avoid mosquito bites without resorting to DEET and other highly toxic preventative applications.  For people who suffer from Rheumatoid Arthritis, even a mosquito bite can produce a flare-up.  Luckily, I … [Read more...]

OTC pain meds

Gentle Reader, The aftermath of my bike crash calls into question two of my closely held beliefs:  OTC pain meds are bad for you; keep moving, no matter what.  I was on the dunes path at Long Beach, WA with twelve Finneys of all ages.  Nothing like a little crowd around the beginning of the last section of trail to get a person off kilter and … [Read more...]

bike crash

Gentle Reader, I did not write last week.  I had to let the effects of a bike crash at the beach take hold before I let you in on it.  I was off at the beach with the Finneys, my stepfamily, who turned out in big numbers to enjoy Long Beach, WA’s wave action, drift wood, secluded and roomy campsites.  It was wonderful to be with all of them, … [Read more...]

control arthritis pain

Gentle Reader, I am back from a glorious trip to the East Coast for a college reunion, then to England to visit friends and do a long walk through Yorkshire and Westmorland.  You can read about these meanderings at www.EmpoweredGrandma.net. More and more people my age (I’ll turn 77 in three weeks), give up adventures like this one because of … [Read more...]


Gentle Reader, So much determines well-being:  good friends, love and happiness, nourishing food, a sense of spiritual fulfillment, a personal sense of purpose and meaning, deep restorative rest are at the top of the list.  When these ingredients are present over a person's life, they seem to have an anti-aging effect.  Scientists and explorers … [Read more...]

resveratrol for joints

Gentle Reader, There is so much I could share about this past weekend at my alma mater, Bryn Mawr College, just outside Philadelphia on the MainLine.  In keeping with the goal of this blog, I will single out arthritic joint issues and focus on resveratrol for joints.  Twenty-nine of my class mates came to celebrate our 55th reunion.  Everyone … [Read more...]

anti-inflammatory plants

Gentle Reader, If you hesitate to take aspirin or other over the counter drugs for arthritis pain, you may be interested in anti-inflamatory plants as an alternatives Two plants have been used in the East for centuries.  Their properties have been annalized and verified by Western medicine.  Their potency has been standardized by a few companies … [Read more...]

Tai-chi for fibromyalgia

Gentle Reader Tai-Chi for Fibromyalgia: Should You Try It? If you have fibromyalgia and experience musculoskeletal pain, poor sleep quality and depression, you might try tai-chi -- a martial art form combining meditation with slow, gentle, graceful movements. A small but important study in the New England Journal of Medicine (NEJM) suggests … [Read more...]