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I'm a little vain. I admit it freely. If you believe in astrology, this flaw is not really my fault. As a Libra; I am naturally drawn to the decadent, pretty little things in life. I like to eat good food, drink good wine, and look nice while doing it. If there is a party, you can bet I'll be there, and I'll be decked out in my finest.
At times, my vanity trumps my pragmatism. Before my rheumatoid arthritis began, I regularly wore all kinds of "impractical" shoes or skipped bringing the warm coat along because it just didn't go with what I was wearing. Cliché and maybe even silly, some would argue, but true nonetheless.
Stricken as I was after my rheumatoid arthritis diagnosis about all the grave implications of RA, my vanity was hit pretty hard, too. I reluctantly surrendered to all that was sensible and practical. Instead of three-inch heels that would have hurt my feet anyway, I put on lackluster...
Osteoarthritis of the knee often causes a loss of motion. This is often because bone spurs form along the front of the joint and block movement. This causes pain in the front of the knee and an inability to fully straighten the knee. If the loss of motion is less than 10 degrees, a simple surgery to remove the bone spurs may be all that's needed. This operation is called arthroscopic debridement . The doctor inserts a slender device, called an arthroscope, into the joint. It has a tiny TV camera on the end that displays a view of the joint on a TV screen. During the debridement procedure, the doctor scrapes away bone spurs and smooths the joint surface. The goal is to increase motion, decrease pain, and increase function. It may also prevent the need for more extensive surgery later. Debridement should be done sooner rather than later. Patients who wait more than five years and who have lost more than 10 degrees of knee extension are poor candidates for this operation. Often, the result i...
I’ve seen Dr. Oz weigh in on a variety of topics related to heart disease. It’s clear that he believes lifestyle choices have a dramatic impact on the risk for heart disease, and he implicates trans fat and saturated fat, but also a diet high in processed and refined carbohydrates as big contributors to the likelihood of one developing heart issues (and other conditions driven by inflammation). He also implicates persistent stress, behaviors that increase inflammation in an individual’s body, and excess weight, especially abdominal weight. In fact, though any excess weight is bad for health, it is still a prominent theory that abdominal fat and “visceral fat that is internal and not visible” contribute to risk for heart disease, as well as diabetes and cancers. More recently, inflammation has drawn significant attention from the cardiac community because of its believed contribution to heart disease.
Inflammation is th...
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