1 in 5. 19%. 40 million: that's how many Americans suffer from chronic pain.
And what do we do to address it? According to Nightline reporters, most of us pop a pill. 80% of all pain killers, they say, are taken in the US.
But what if you worry about the risk of drug dependency, or you don't want to experience a host of scary side effects? What are your choices? Researchers, whose study was published in the Journal of Pain, say there is an unmet need for solutions to address chronic pain in the US.
However, there are some solutions, and I'd love to introduce you to MELT. MELT is an innovative self-care technique anyone can learn to do. With MELT you can take control of your own health. In a few short weeks you can learn how to rehydrate your fascial tissue and rebalance your nervous system. The result? You get out, and stay out, of pain. It's no joke. Take a look:
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It's a health claim most everyone knows: limit salt intake in order to control blood pressure.
But is it true?
New research shows that added sugar, not salt, is the biggest culprit when it comes to high blood pressure. Researchers, whose study was published in Open Heart, indicate that diets focused on decreasing added sugar are more effective in controlling blood pressure than diets focused on reducing salt intake.
What can you do? The researchers stressed that sugars found naturally in foods isn't at issue, it's the sugar added to foods when they are processed. Therefore, the easiest way to tackle the problem is to limit processed foods as much as possible. Skip the snack and cookie aisles at the grocery store, and don't shop for groceries at the drug store or convenient marts.
Here's the skinny:
- Free range may seem to indicate that hens can wander around freely, but this isn't the case. The term is regulated by the USDA, and it means that the hens had unlimited access to food and fresh water and were able to get outdoors. However, the amount of time they are allowed outside, and the quality and size of the outside space, is not regulated.
- Unfortunately, Cage free doesn't mean the hens are allowed to roam freely outside soaking up the sunshine. Instead, it means the hens had unlimited access to food and fresh water and were able to move around freely in either an indoor or outdoor area.
- Hormone-free is a redundant claim. The USDA doesn't allow hormone use in raising any poultry, so don't pay extra for eggs making this type of claim.
- Omega-3 enriched eggs come from hens that were fed diets rich in omega-3's: their feed was enriched with ingredients like flax seed and fish oil. Experts are divided on whether or not these eggs are healthier than the regular variety.
Did you know that you can erase pain and tension in your hands, feet, neck, and low back brought on by everyday stress, overuse, and age in just 10 minutes a day, 3 times a week? It may sound improbable, maybe even impossible, but I'm here to say that this is no gimmick.
I should know. For 2 long years I suffered from chronic pain due to a herniated disc in my neck. Every day and every night my neck bothered me. I could not carry grocery bags. The weight of my purse on my shoulder was excruciating. Even hugging my children at night was a challenge, as a tug too hard sent pain shooting up to the base of my skull.
When physical and manual therapy yielded few positive results for me, I decided to try MELTing. I was skeptical, but I was desperate, and I figured I had nothing to lose. I'm not going to lie. It was a bumpy road, but after 9 weeks of consistently MELTing, I am now pain-free, and I've been pain-free for 8 months now!
Let me share this innovative method with you. Join me March 10 at the Hanna Perkins Center in Shaker Heights for an introduction to the MELT Hand & Foot Treatment. Learn how the connective tissue in your hands and feet gets dehydrated, the common aches and pains it can cause, and how to rehydrate this essential system in our bodies for vibrant health and pain-free movement.
If you decide to continue, you can sign up for a 4-week intensive series of sessions. This series will provide you with all the information and tools you need to make your whole body feel better, relieving you from neck and low back pain, arthritis, bunions, plantar fasciitis, and carpal tunnel syndrome. But that's not all. It can also enhance athletic performance, reduce the risk of injury, improve sleep and digestion, and even reduce wrinkles and cellulite.
What are you waiting for? Sign up here. I can't wait to join you on your path to healthy, active, and pain-free living.
Here's one that may make you pause. A recent study published in JAMA Pediatrics indicates lunches brought from home are often less healthy than those served in America's school cafeterias.
Researchers found that home packed lunches for elementary and middle school students living in the Houston area were higher in fat, sodium, and calories than the lunches served in the schools. They lacked adequate fruits and vegetables and often contained salty snacks, sweet desserts, and sweetened beverages, which aren't permitted in school cafeterias.
Do you need to create a healthier lunch for your child? Here are some tips:
- When you go grocery shopping, pick out easy to prep vegetables that kids love: baby carrots, red or orange peppers, sugar snap peas, cherry tomatoes, baby cucumbers. I like to prep my vegetables on Sundays and grab them throughout the week as I pack lunches
- Include fruits as your sweet treat: sliced apples, clementines, grapes, strawberries, and bananas are favorites
- Choose whole grain bread for sandwiches
- For protein, try sending in a hard boiled egg or chicken strips
- Strain some of the liquid from a favorite soup and send it in a thermos
- Invest in some ice packs so you can send milk to school, or have your child buy his milk when he gets there
- Skip the chips and pretzels and instead include healthy extras like nuts, cheese cubes, applesauce without sugar, dried fruits, and Greek yogurts
Last week I posted a picture of my lunch via Instagram, and it drew all kinds of attention: likes, comments, and copy cat lunches. Since my goal is to inspire healthy living, I loved it!
And so, I thought I'd repost here, just in case you missed it. Perhaps it will provide you with an idea you can use to make a delicious and healthy lunch this week.
- Toast a piece of whole grain or whole wheat bread
- Mash up an avocado and spread on toast
- Drizzle with olive oil and season with salt and pepper
- Add sliced, fresh tomatoes
- Top with a poached egg. Top it with a pinch of Pecorino Romano cheese and a dash of pepper
Simple yet creative and yummy: that's my favorite kind of meal.
This clip features Dr. Robert Schleip. He gives an easy to understand overview of fascia
Here's one I learned in December while studying for my MELT Instructor Training. I still find it mind blowing, so I wanted to share it with you:
Many neuroscientists believe your connective tissue is an extension of the brain.
Your fascial tissue, the largest sensory organ in your body, can be thought of as your body's brain. While it used to be considered superfluous cushioning, our connective tissue is now understood as protective, sensitive, intelligent, dynamic, and adaptive. It's not surprising, then, that our fascia's health determines whether or not we feel balanced, healthy, stable, and pain-free.
Fascinating, right? And it begs the question: what have you done to care for this tissue?