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August 12, 2010

High Heels are Dangerous to Womens Health

This is not new information, doctors have been warning women against heels for years, but it is important for women to know that high heels, thick or thin, can negatively affect the health. Orthopedists have been warning women for years about how high heels can cause many conditions such as arthritis, chronic knee pain, and back problems.  Several studies have been conducted over the years to show women the health hazards associated with wearing high heels.

Apparently women who wear heels on a regular basis are at a greater risk of developing knee osteoarthritis and joint degeneration.  Specifically, the higher the heel is, the greater the risk.

In 1998, researchers at Harvard linked high heels, exclusively very narrow stiletto heels, to knee osteoarthritis. This disease is categorized by the breakdown of cartilage surrounding the knee and is a painful degenerative joint disease.  In 2001 the researchers decided to look at wider heels to see if they are also harmful to women’s knees.  The study concluded that wider heels actually increase the risk of osteoarthritis in the knee as much as, or even more than narrow heels. Researchers suggest that wide heeled shoes give women the feeling of stability and comfort, which in turn allows them to wear them all day long. The extra support does make them better for your feet, but just as bad for your knees.

Other studies used sensors and cameras to measure the force acting on the knee joints and the shock waves travelling up their bodies from the heel strikes caused by flats, two inch heels, and 3.5 inch heels.  As the heels got higher, the compression inside the knee increased.   Heels two inches and high changed the join positions at the ankle, hip, and trunk.  These changes will inevitable alter posture and put strain on the lower back.

Even though it takes a long time to start feeling the effects of osteoarthritis, it comes suddenly and cannot be cured.   80% of Americans suffering from arthritis have osteoarthritis, and there are over 300,000 artificial knee replacement surgeries performed every year due to knee osteoarthritis. The study concludes that low-heels (1 inch) or no heels are best for protecting yourself against osteoarthritis of the knees.

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December 7, 2009

5 Ways to Treat Arthritis

20 Million Americans suffer from degenerative Arthritis problems. Arthritis tends to worsen with age, so it is important that you do all that you can do to lessen the spread of your arthritis pain.

1. Exercise – Exercise lightly for 20 to 30 minutes a day. Do not over-exercise as this can cause strain on joints. Avoid anything that produces pain for up to 1 hour after the exercise is over. Sometimes a quick walk will help, but do not try to “walk off” the pain. Stop when it becomes too much.

2. Posture – always maintain good posture. Sit up straight in chairs and stand with your shoulders back. Never lift with your back – lift with your hips and legs. Never carry something you can push or pull behind you. If something is too heavy for you, ask for help

3. Joint Exercises – Practice daily motions or attend physical therapy regularly. Ask your physiotherapist about hydrotherapy – a form of joint therapy which is gentle on the joints and done in water.

4. Protect your joints – Protect your joints by wearing warm clothing. Braces and joint wraps may also help by giving your joint support. Sleep on a firm mattress, make sure you get 8 hours of sleep everyday, and avoid sitting in soft chairs.

5. Pain Relief – talk to your doctor about taking arthritis pain like Aspirin or Aleve. You can also use indomethacin, ibuprophen or naproxen for arthritic pain

MBL

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August 17, 2009

Negative Effects of Fighting (Professionally)


If you have bought into the MMA craze like many people including myself (it is the fastest growing sport ever) then you might not have had time to process the negative effects of becoming a professional fighter. Trust me there is a reason some of these guys are getting paid $5 million a fight.

To be getting the top end salary that seen in the Ultimate Fighting Championship (better known as the UFC) you have to be in the top condition. And the only way to get there is to train, train, then train some more. These guys dedicate a ridiculous amount of time to practicing and just preparing for the next fight. The problem is of course if you have a family, sometimes the training may conflict with family events, or may even limit your contact with your family. The good news is, you can schedule around this and hopefully avoid this problem.

The real threat lies in the damage you do to your body. Sure, you’ll probably be in the best shape of your life for a while, but if you overdo the training and fight too often without enough rest then your body will not be able to handle it. Joint pain, arthritis, even physical disability are risks that fighters have to take every time they decide to step into the ring/cage. There will come a point when you have to decide if it’s worth it, are you good enough to really pursue your goal. If yes then maybe the risk is worth it.

Worst of all, fighters are very susceptible to brain damage from their fights. Unfortunately many fighters experience some sort of brain damage, some have much worse damage than others. There is a former Muay Thai fighter who is now 70 years old and his name has slipped my mind, but he is in incredible form because he knew when to stop fighting. However, there are many boxers who, after too many punches to the head experience horrible brain damage.

In general, I would say boxers are probably the most likely to experience brain damage, only because in boxing only the head and body are targeted, leading to much more punishment to fewer areas of the body. Whereas, in other fighting styles, the punishment is spread out over the body, this may cut down on the amount of brain damage, but increase joint and muscle damage.

Regardless, some people love fighting, some people even seem to be created only to fight. However, you have to ask yourself to things, are you good enough, and is it worth it? This blog is in no way designed to discourage any sort of MMA training or competition, I am about to start taking Muay Thai classes myself, but simply to make you truly think about the consequences.

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