Joints & Bones Articles

Joint pain and bone strength are common issues people struggle with as they age. Whether it’s from old sports injuries, vitamin deficiencies or any other medical condition; there are a lot of things you can do to help yourself stay active and healthy. The articles below are great sources of information about the health of your joints and bones.

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Menopause: Signs, Symptoms, Solutions

What comes to mind when you hear the word “menopause”? If you immediately think of hot flashes, sleepless nights, emotional upheavals, and other miseries, it’s time to set the record straight. Once again, conventional medicine and Big Pharma have taken | Read More…

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Omega 3s: Essential Fats You’re Missing

When Sonia first came to my office two years ago, she clearly needed help. Her symptoms were the all-too-familiar assortment of problems, ranging from aching joints and low-grade depression to memory issues and a stubborn 20 pounds that just would | Read More…

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Curcumin: Can it Really Prevent Cancer?

Centuries ago, Hippocrates, the father of medicine, observed that we should “Let food be thy medicine and medicine be thy food.” Today, those words are truer than ever, especially when it comes to curcumin, an extract derived from the spice | Read More…

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Natural Rheumatoid Arthritis Relief: My Patient’s Story

Michael came to my clinic about two years ago, suffering from rheumatoid arthritis (RA). He was only in his 50s, and a very talented musician, but he was unable to work more than an hour or two a day. The | Read More…

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Best Money-Saving Supplements You Should Take Now

With all of the discussions about health care costs in the news these days, I often wonder why we don’t pay more attention to disease prevention, especially chronic conditions, like heart disease, cancer, stroke, osteoporosis, and diabetes. These all-too-common disorders | Read More…

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Increase Bone Strength with These Nutrients & Other Tips

If you’ve ever broken a bone, you know how difficult it can be to get through the day, struggling with an unwieldy cast and a sometimes very limited range of motion. Unfortunately, as the Baby Boomers age, more and more | Read More…

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Diet Changes Helped My Patient’s Osteoporosis

When I first met Allie, her overall health was good, but she described a long history of emotional ups and down that were being treated by a psychiatrist and various medications. I saw her every year or so for a | Read More…

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Acupunctire Helped My Knee Pain, A Patient’s Story

“I was just about to give up, and then I thought – hey, maybe acupuncture would help.” That’s the short story of how a patient I’ll call Mary came to my clinic. The longer version starts with her spending nearly | Read More…

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Joint Pain Remedies: 4 Tips that Really Work

If you are in need of joint pain relief — whether from an injury or some form of arthritis — you know what a miserable experience it can be. Hobbling everywhere gets old quickly, as does taking pain relievers every | Read More…

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Broiled Pineapple Rings

Serves 2 Total time: 10 minutes Eating well can make a big difference in joint pain. Pineapple is loaded with bromelain, a blend of substances with the ability to fight inflammation and ease digestive woes. You can buy bromelain supplements, | Read More…

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Curcumin vs. Turmeric: The Health Benefits

Nearly every day, a patient or two asks me which supplements I consider most important. The answer really depends on the individual’s overall health and lifestyle, things such as diet, exercise, medications, sleep habits, and similar considerations. But as a | Read More…

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Monica’s Story

During my 20-plus years of practicing medicine, I’ve seen thousands of patients discover the benefits of integrative medicine. Sometimes the ones who benefit most are those who were so dubious to begin with that they would not even discuss alternatives | Read More…

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Tropical Chicken Salad

During the middle of winter, anything tropical is most welcome, and this nutritious chicken salad is no exception. It’s loaded with inflammation fighters like vitamin C, good fats, enzymes, and low-fat protein — all of which can help ease back | Read More…

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Natural Back Pain Relief: 7 Tips that Work

Few things can put a crimp in your day the way back pain can. It’s one of the most common complaints I hear from my patients, and statistics show close to 80 percent of Americans suffer from back pain at | Read More…

Joan’s Struggle with Back Pain

There is good evidence that many health conditions are linked to unresolved emotional issues, and back pain is no exception. So after our best efforts, a patient sometimes discovers that, until he or she tackles a difficult emotional situation, remedies | Read More…

How George Overcame Joint Pain

Another patient suggested George see me for a physical because he was experiencing joint pain. Although George was in good health for his age (nearly 70) and had minimal signs of arthritis, there was room for improvement, especially in the | Read More…

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Dr. Connealy Talks Omega-3s and Vitamin D

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Marty’s Weight Loss Success Story

“I hope you don’t expect me to join a gym and work out with a bunch of 20-year-olds,” Marty told me after I suggested he get more exercise. “Because I don’t think they make leotards in my size.” Marty had | Read More…

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Connie’s Broken Bone Solution

A patient I’ll call Connie came to me after breaking her foot in a skiing accident. The break was bad enough to require surgery. After the operation, Connie developed a condition known as complex regional pain syndrome (CRPS). Symptoms include | Read More…

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Is Lyme Disease Behind Your Fatigue?

In my practice, it’s not unusual to meet with patients who have already seen ten or more different physicians. They come to me because they’re exhausted and ache all over. Sometimes they have swollen joints, a fever, stiff neck, or | Read More…

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Can curcumin alleviate fibromyalgia pain?

Yes! Curcumin has been reportedly used in all kinds of medical concerns, including everything from digestion to hardening of the arteries, cancer to diabetes, and fibromyalgia. Curcumin decreases inflammation and lowers levels of chemicals in your body that contribute to | Read More…

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Natural Solutions for Joint Pain Relief

I had a bout with joint pain myself recently, and I’m here to tell you about some additional remedies I’ve uncovered. Several are new, while others are familiar to the integrative health world. But the key thing is this: They | Read More…

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How to Age Well and Add 10 Years to Your Life

If you’ve ever dreamed of stopping Father Time, I have good news. The old guy may not be stoppable quite yet, but we do know how to slow him down — a lot! The average American already has a very | Read More…

Vanessa’s Weight-Loss Wake Up Call

Vanessa had been a patient for about ten years. At first, her only problem was maintaining a healthy weight. After a great deal of fad dieting and the birth of two children, Vanessa told me she had given up on | Read More…

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The Real Skinny on Omega-3s

As a practicing physician, my patients keep me on my toes with a steady stream of questions. One of the most common involves supplement recommendations, especially when it comes to which nutrients are most important. When I reply that fish | Read More…

The Surprising Solution to Patty’s Joint and Cholesterol Problems

“I hope you know how to fix my knee without knee replacement surgery, because I really don’t want to do that, since I’m only 42.” Patty was a new patient who had come in for a physical. Like so many | Read More…

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How to Make Bones Strong: Foods, Tips & Supplements that Work

Strong bones are our best friends, allowing us to stay mobile and active. But, like so many other health conditions, accurate information about what makes and keeps bones strong and healthy is hard to find. Calcium is a good example. | Read More…

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Joint Pain Relief: 6 Tips to Help Your Aching Joints

One of the best things about being a doctor is watching a patient’s health improve, especially when the individual has been struggling to find real solutions, instead of “band-aids” and temporary fixes. For example, when a patient I’ll call “Michael” | Read More…