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Jonathan Tobin: Defending the Right to a Jewish State

Heather Hale: Compliment your kids without giving them big heads

Megan Shauri: 10 ways you are ruining your own happiness

Carolyn Bigda: 8 Best Dividend Stocks for 2015

Kiplinger's Personal Finance editors: 7 Things You Didn't Know About Paying Off Student Loans

Samantha Olson: The Crucial Mistake 55% Of Parents Are Making At Their Baby's Bedtime

Densie Well, Ph.D., R.D. Open your eyes to yellow vegetables

The Kosher Gourmet by Megan Gordon With its colorful cache of purples and oranges and reds, COLLARD GREEN SLAW is a marvelous mood booster --- not to mention just downright delish
April 18, 2014

Rabbi Yonason Goldson: Clarifying one of the greatest philosophical conundrums in theology

Caroline B. Glick: The disappearance of US will

Megan Wallgren: 10 things I've learned from my teenagers

Lizette Borreli: Green Tea Boosts Brain Power, May Help Treat Dementia

John Ericson: Trying hard to be 'positive' but never succeeding? Blame Your Brain

The Kosher Gourmet by Julie Rothman Almondy, flourless torta del re (Italian king's cake), has royal roots, is simple to make, . . . but devour it because it's simply delicious

April 14, 2014

Rabbi Dr Naftali Brawer: Passover frees us from the tyranny of time

Greg Crosby: Passing Over Religion

Eric Schulzke: First degree: How America really recovered from a murder epidemic

Georgia Lee: When love is not enough: Teaching your kids about the realities of adult relationships

Cameron Huddleston: Freebies for Your Lawn and Garden

Gordon Pape: How you can tell if your financial adviser is setting you up for potential ruin

Dana Dovey: Up to 500,000 people die each year from hepatitis C-related liver disease. New Treatment Has Over 90% Success Rate

Justin Caba: Eating Watermelon Can Help Control High Blood Pressure

The Kosher Gourmet by Joshua E. London and Lou Marmon Don't dare pass over these Pesach picks for Manischewitz!

April 11, 2014

Rabbi Hillel Goldberg: Silence is much more than golden

Caroline B. Glick: Forgetting freedom at Passover

Susan Swann: How to value a child for who he is, not just what he does

Cameron Huddleston: 7 Financial Tasks You Should Tackle Right Now

Sandra Block and Lisa Gerstner: How to Profit From Your Passion

Susan Scutti: A Simple Blood Test Might Soon Diagnose Cancer

Chris Weller: Have A Slow Metabolism? Let Science Speed It Up For You

The Kosher Gourmet by Diane Rossen Worthington Whitefish Terrine: A French take on gefilte fish

April 9, 2014

Jonathan Tobin: Why Did Kerry Lie About Israeli Blame?

Samuel G. Freedman: A resolution 70 years later for a father's unsettling legacy of ashes from Dachau

Jessica Ivins: A resolution 70 years later for a father's unsettling legacy of ashes from Dachau

Kim Giles: Asking for help is not weakness

Kathy Kristof and Barbara Hoch Marcus: 7 Great Growth Israeli Stocks

Matthew Mientka: How Beans, Peas, And Chickpeas Cleanse Bad Cholesterol and Lowers Risk of Heart Disease

Sabrina Bachai: 5 At-Home Treatments For Headaches

The Kosher Gourmet by Daniel Neman Have yourself a matzo ball: The secrets bubby never told you and recipes she could have never imagined

April 8, 2014

Lori Nawyn: At Your Wit's End and Back: Finding Peace

Susan B. Garland and Rachel L. Sheedy: Strategies Married Couples Can Use to Boost Benefits

David Muhlbaum: Smart Tax Deductions Non-Itemizers Can Claim

Jill Weisenberger, M.S., R.D.N., C.D.E : Before You Lose Your Mental Edge

Dana Dovey: Coffee Drinkers Rejoice! Your Cup Of Joe Can Prevent Death From Liver Disease

Chris Weller: Electric 'Thinking Cap' Puts Your Brain Power Into High Gear

The Kosher Gourmet by Marlene Parrish A gift of hazelnuts keeps giving --- for a variety of nutty recipes: Entree, side, soup, dessert

April 4, 2014

Rabbi David Gutterman: The Word for Nothing Means Everything

Charles Krauthammer: Kerry's folly, Chapter 3

Amy Peterson: A life of love: How to build lasting relationships with your children

John Ericson: Older Women: Save Your Heart, Prevent Stroke Don't Drink Diet

John Ericson: Why 50 million Americans will still have spring allergies after taking meds

Cameron Huddleston: Best and Worst Buys of April 2014

Stacy Rapacon: Great Mutual Funds for Young Investors

Sarah Boesveld: Teacher keeps promise to mail thousands of former students letters written by their past selves

The Kosher Gourmet by Sharon Thompson Anyone can make a salad, you say. But can they make a great salad? (SECRETS, TESTED TECHNIQUES + 4 RECIPES, INCLUDING DRESSINGS)

April 2, 2014

Paul Greenberg: Death and joy in the spring

Dan Barry: Should South Carolina Jews be forced to maintain this chimney built by Germans serving the Nazis?

Mayra Bitsko: Save me! An alien took over my child's personality

Frank Clayton: Get happy: 20 scientifically proven happiness activities

Susan Scutti: It's Genetic! Obesity and the 'Carb Breakdown' Gene

Lecia Bushak: Why Hand Sanitizer May Actually Harm Your Health

Stacy Rapacon: Great Funds You Can Own for $500 or Less

Cameron Huddleston: 7 Ways to Save on Home Decor

The Kosher Gourmet by Steve Petusevsky Exploring ingredients as edible-stuffed containers (TWO RECIPES + TIPS & TECHINQUES)

Jewish World Review Sept. 25, 2014

Got joint pain? How to get relief




http://www.JewishWorldReview.com | Achy joints? Join the club. Consumer Reports notes that more than 50 million adults in the United States have arthritis, and close to half of them say that the condition limits their daily activities, according to the national Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. That makes arthritis the country's leading cause of disability.

But you can rein in the pain if you know what to do, Consumer Reports says. And the answer isn't just popping a pill. Adding several non-drug options can cut the risk of dangerous side effects and result in better long-term control.

GET THE RIGHT DIAGNOSIS. Check with a doctor to see if the pain stems from arthritis or another condition that causes similar symptoms, such as gout or Lyme disease. If it is arthritis, determine whether it's osteoarthritis, caused by wear and tear on the joints, or rheumatoid arthritis, a more serious form of the disease triggered by a malfunctioning immune system. Rheumatoid arthritis usually requires close medical supervision and a combination of prescription drugs. But many of the steps that follow, which are often enough to relieve osteoarthritis, can also help.

USE DRUGS CAREFULLY. Nonprescription drugs such as ibuprofen (Advil and generic) and naproxen (Aleve and generic) can ease pain and reduce inflammation. But when used regularly, both can cause stomach bleeding and high blood pressure. So it's best to limit their use to short-term flare-ups. Acetaminophen (Tylenol and generic) helps with pain, but taking too much can damage your liver. So keep your daily dose under 3,000 milligrams. And Consumer Reports suggests avoiding alcohol, because that increases the risk of liver damage. Topical treatments, such as over-the-counter capsaicin cream (Zostrix and generic), might help people with arthritis in smaller joints such as those in the ankles, elbows, feet, fingers and toes. Or ask your doctor about the topical version of the prescription drug diclofenac (Pennsaid and Voltaren Gel). And last, injections might help. They include steroid shots, which provide short-term relief but may cause joint damage if repeated more than three times a year, and, for knee pain, the joint lubricant hyaluronic acid (Hyalgan, Orthovisc and Synvisc), though it should be tried only if other methods have failed.

EXERCISE GENTLY. Exercise helps by strengthening the muscles around your joints. A review of 32 studies found that exercise relieves knee pain as effectively as medication. Of course, exercising can be difficult if you have painful hips or knees. Biking, tai chi and water workouts provide good exercise without joint-jarring impact. CONSIDER "ALTERNATIVES." They include these measures:


  • Heat and ice. Moist heating pads, a warm, damp towel, or a warm bath or shower can soothe stiff joints. Ice packs can ease acute pain and swelling.

  • Acupuncture. A review of 29 trials involving almost 18,000 patients, published in 2012 in the Archives of Internal Medicine, suggests that acupuncture may help some arthritis patients.

  • Massage. The deep-tissue form of massage got high marks in a 2010 survey of Consumer Reports online readers with joint pain.

  • Healthy fats. Research suggests that it pays to swap food high in omega-6 fatty acids (such as corn, safflower oil and meat) for food high in omega-3 fatty acids (including canola, flaxseed and olive oils, and cold-water fish).

STEER CLEAR OF SUPPLEMENTS. Millions of Americans buy glucosamine or chondroitin, hoping that they will help with arthritis pain. But the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons says there's no reason to take those supplements, citing recent studies that failed to show any benefit from them. Consumer Reports' October 2013 report on those supplements reached similar conclusions. And to top it off, its tests of 16 products found that seven didn't contain the amounts indicated on the label.

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Previously:


Four healthy foods you can overdo
How to hear a whole lot better
Interior paints
Want happy feet? Here's how
Don't let these ad traps catch you
Secrets to a better night's sleep
Where to find last-minute vacation deals
Costly fees you should never pay
Should you repair or replace that broken product?
Why prepaid legal services may not be a bargain
Secret scores you need to know about
5 reasons patient portals can lead to better health
7 ways to save money on a gym membership
Food fake out
Four healthy foods you can overdo
Fat facts and fat fiction
Surprising ways to cut your drug costs
Get organized for under $5
7 money stumbles to avoid
How to make great choices in technical gadgets
Cancer screenings you should avoid
In tests of interior paints, newcomer outperforms big names
Unscrambling the latest egg advice
How to buy a coffee maker
Save big on eyewear
Car owners prefer independent shops
How to hear a whole lot better
Bargaining can reap big bucks
Surprising ways to cut your drug costs
Should you report that fender bender?
Great new sites for saving big
Better joints without surgery
6 surprising hazards in your home
Protect your good name online
Great car care gifts
How low car payments can hurt you
High-fiber cereals can satisfy your taste buds
What you need to know about prepaid cards
The only 2 rewards cards you really need
Can good bacteria fight a growing medical threat?
11 things every home should have
Dump your big bank and save
Beauty products you're probably using the wrong way

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