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Friday, February 21, 2014


I been using Chia seeds for few weeks adding them to my oatmeal and even my morning glass of water along with apple cider vinegar & honey, but I never considered making a Chia seed pudding. As many people know Chia seeds turn gelatinous when mixed with a liquid almost like tapioca. But unlike tapioca Chia seeds are an excellent source of calcium, phosphorus, magnesium, potassium, iron, zinc, & copper.  They contain 6 times more calcium than milk and are also high in protein.

So along with making a delicious pudding they are also very nutritious.  Here's a quick and easy recipe to introduce you to Chia.

3/4 cup chia seeds
2 cups almond milk, coconut milk or low fat cow's milk
Tiny dash salt
Stevia and vanilla extract to taste

Mix together, let stand about 30 minutes and enjoy. Have fun experimenting with adding dried fruit, spices and other ingredients. This is a great dish to have before a workout or breakfast.

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Thursday, February 20, 2014


The following article is from the Healthy Back Institute.


When you decompress your spine you increase the space between your vertebrae, relaxing the pressure on your discs, ligaments and nerve roots. Increasing intra-vertebral space means reducing pressure on the nerve roots, which means less back pain and less likelihood of nerve root damage. When you oscillate up and down while in a decompression position, it creates a pumping action for the fluids around your spinal discs. This forces waste out and draws in fluid around your discs.
Other benefits include:
  • Relaxing muscles and increasing blood flow
  • Helping to realign your spine when used in the long term
  • Improved circulation, flexibility and mobility
  • Better posture — which is key to healing and preventing more back problems in the future
Inversion Therapy works for back pain:
  1. A study in the Archives of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation found that inverted positioning for short periods significantly increased spinal length and reduced EMG activity (indicating the amount of muscle pain in participants) by 35% — in as little as just 10 seconds after becoming inverted. This study was done over 30 years ago, but many are still missing out on these pain-relieving benefits.
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Tuesday, February 18, 2014


BACK PAIN ? PLAY TENNIS!??? No, not really, but a tennis ball can help ease your back pain. Here's how: Take a tennis ball and put in on the floor in front of you. Next, take off your shoes and place your foot on the tennis ball. Roll your foot back and forth over the ball.

It may hurt a little at first or you may find one spot on your foot that hurts more than another. If that's the case ease off a bit but continue to roll the ball and your pain should lessen. When I first tried this I had one spot right on the left side of my foot that really hurt. But after using the tennis ball for two or three days the pain disappeared and my back pain was cured!

Put as more pressure on the ball as you feel more comfortable with it. Also it may help to brace yourself by holding onto a chair or wall to keep your balance. You only have to roll the ball for thirty or sixty seconds, switching your feet so each foot gets a massage.

The reason this works for many people is because of the ancient technique called Reflexology. Reflexology has been practice for thousands of years and recently western medicine has begun to realize it's benefits. The idea is that like acupuncture and acupressure, putting pressure on certain points on the body affects other body parts. With Reflexology the bottom of the feet are considered key areas where pressure put on an area of the foot affects other areas like the heart, stomach or back.

Regardless of the principle behind Reflexology this simple technique with the tennis ball works. Give it a try they are no side effects like can results with pain pills and it just might stop your pain without a trip to the doctor's.

Monday, February 17, 2014


Are there secret home remedies for back pain, perhaps some ancient herb or treatment that might still work? Certainly man has been plagued with bad backs ever since he dropped down from the trees and started walking upright and since that time has tried many ways to cure his pain. Today we are very quick about popping a pill or going to a doctor and or chiropractor for every ache and pain. But are there things we can do by ourselves at home that can solve or problem backs.

 Well the answer is yes! There are home cure for back pain. I don't know how secret they are: most are just common sense. However it's sometimes surprising how often common sense flies out the window when pain clouds our judgment.

First let us look at some of the benefits of using these Lose The Back Pain System">"secret home cures".
1. Ease or eliminate back pain.
2. Feel better
3. Improve sleep
4. Save money
5. Lose weight

Sound good? There are many more benefits, but I think these are enough to motivate you to try these secret cures.

So here are some remedies that have worked for me and I am sure can work for you. Some of these secrets can be use immediately and some when the pain subsides and some only with checking with your doctor.

 1. Rest: Yeah I know "Big Secret" but it's amazing how many people just can't seem to really rest. Turn off the electronic devices and go to bed! Now here's the secret: Put a pillow under your knees to take the strain off your back.

 2. Pillows: Another method that I like is lying on my side with the pillow tucked between my knees.

 3. Cold Compress: Go to the freezer and grab a bag of frozen peas, wrap in a towel and place directly on the painful area. Ever notice how when an athlete is injured the first thing they do is apply "ice". They do this because it works! The cold clams the nerves and deaden the pain. But only keep the compress on for twenty minutes max.

 4. Heat: There are many rubs and lotions you can buy that can help with the pain. A simple home remedy is to make or have someone who sews make a cloth bag filled with rice. Pop the bag into the microwave for a few seconds and place on the painful area. The heat relaxes the muscles and eases the pain. My wife likes to switch for cold to hot packs because she say's it shocks the muscles and nerves. Try it just remember not too hot or cold and only for twenty minutes.

 5. Massage: I love a good massage and find it really helps my back to relax and for me to unwind. A real simple massage is to use what you probably have right in your cupboard: Olive Oil. Just warm up a couple of teaspoons in a glass bowl in the microwave and have your partner apply it to your back. Again be careful that's it not too hot. Don't worry about proper technique, just a slow up and down or circular motion is all that's needed.

 6. Hot Toddy: This was my Dad's cure for almost any aliment from a cold to a bad back. I never remember Dad taking a sick day and he lived to be eighty-nine. A modern version of this secret elixir is as follows: a cup of hot water, a tablespoon of honey and a little lemon juice. I like to put a full slice of lemon right in the cup. Stir and microwave till hot, drink slowly. Take a couple of non-aspirin over the counter pain pills, a hot bath or shower and go to bed early.

 Give these Lose The Back Pain System">"secret home remedies for back pain" a try. They can help you to ease the pain and recover your health. I can personally approve each one because I have used them to relieve my own sciatic pain. Besides curing your pain, the health benefits are an added bonus. Of course if the backache doesn't go away see your doctor.


Okay I live in Maryland & usually we don't get much snow. BUT this year we been hit with storm after storm and record cold. That means lots of shoveling. I keep thinking I should buy a snow blower but if I did it would probably sit in the garage for 2-3 yrs. So my wife & I shovel. I'm 67 going on 68 and my wife's 66. I also had Lose The Back Pain System">back surgery 4 yrs ago so shoveling snow especially 24 ' of the white fluffy stuff should be forbidden. But because of the program we follow and our diet, we shoveled and shoveled and feel great! The best thing about it was we got outside, breathed some fresh cold air and got plenty of sunshine. All this helped chased the snow storm blues away. Seriously, don't shovel if you have a bad back or other medical problems and please take it slow and easy. But even if you don't shovel get out and soak up some sun. The good news is that this week's supposed to be warmer so Spring is coming! If you want to Lose The Back Pain System">cure your back pain check this out.

Friday, February 14, 2014


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Happy St. Valentine's Day! Here's a question for you to ponder. Are you staying heart healthy? Of course Valentine's Day focuses on matters of the Heart and romance and that's very important. But more important is being heart healthy all year round. After all it's hard to fully love someone else if your not healthy. So here's a quick check list. If you are not doing all of these you maybe limiting your self and your love life. 1. Are you eating the right foods? Healthy lean protein, colorful veggies and fruit. 2. Are you staying active? Exercising, walking,etc at least 15 mins a day. 3. Do you get regular/annual physicals? 4. Do you practice some form of meditation? 5. Do you have a positive outlook on life? 6. Do you have a good social network? These six area have been shown to be the things that happy, healthy people seem to have in common. So Happy Valentine's Day.

Tuesday, February 11, 2014


This makes a great side dish or full meal with a salad. 1/2 cup quinoa - be sure to rinse before cooking 1 cup chicken or veggie broth 1/4 cup chopped roasted red peppers 1/2 cup spinach 1 small onion chopped 2 garlic cloves sliced thin 1 tsp Olive Oil 1/4 cup Feta cheese Add quinoa to chicken broth, bring to boil and let simmer for 15-20 mins Saute onion & garlic in olive oil. Add quinoa,spinach, and red peppers & cook to spinach is wilted. Add Feta Cheese and stir into mixture. Fresh pepper to taste and serve. You can also add mushroom and/or black olives and other ingredients. Enjoy!


Most mornings it's not unusual for us to wake up with morning stiffness. Here are five ways to relieve that stiffness and get a great start on your day. Be sure to get a good night rest. While lying in bed do some easy stretches. Take a hot shower. Drink filtered spring water. Eat better by cutting down on simple carbohydrates. I hope these tips help to relieve your morning stiffness and gives your day a jump start.

Monday, February 3, 2014


It's been a tough winter & it's just half over. Even in Maryland we are having another snow storm and two more predicted for the week. That means many of us will be out shovel snow. But BEWARE SNOW SHOVELING KILLS!!!! Here's some tips to prevent injury and death. 1. Don't shovel! If you live in an area that gets a lot of snow consider a snow blower or make friends with a neighbor who has one. 2. Pay someone to plow/shovel. 3. If you must shovel do some warmup/stretching exercises first. 4. Buy an ergonomically designed shovel. 5. Spray some vegetable spray on your shovel. It'll help the snow slide off easier. 6. Push rather than picking up the snow. 7. Don't overload your shovel. 8. If you throw the snow avoid twisting. 9. Work slowly and take breaks. 10. If you feel winded or have some pain. Stop shoveling go inside and rest! Please use common sense and pace yourself. If you're out of shape be careful don't over extend yourself. A clean driveway is not worth a trip to the emergency room.!