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  1. If it's true that antagonist muscle weakness can hold you back, exercising the antagonists might help. Exercises that extend the fingers. You could try opening your fingers against the resistance of rubber bands or in a bucket of wet sand. The bands would probably be better because you can increase the resistance. You could also try what are known as wrist press ups (push ups). You'd need to do them on a soft surface because your weight will be on the backs of your hands. You can find how to do them if you look them up. You might need to start off with your knees on the ground. But then again, I doubt if powerlifters do these exercises and their grip is not bad.
  2. I hope more money comes in soon. It's a pity there isn't some well known person who can auction one of their daft hats.
  3. I used to do dips between two chairs. I put 3 yellow pages on each to increase the height. It meant I had to keep my legs bent all the time with my knees near my waist but it allowed me to do dips. I used to place my hands on top of the books, but press up handles on top of the books would have given a better hand position.
  4. You might be able to rope in the local scouts and girl guides to collect food or help with the haymaking.
  5. I'll send a small donation later but it will only be small because money is in short supply in this house. As a supplement to hay, could you make silage? You could ask local councils to supply you with all their grass cuttings that have come from unsprayed grass. Grass on council-owned land is not sprayed as far as I can tell. It is cut every now and then, and some machines collect the grass. Or the grass could be fed directly to the grass eating species. Or use the grass to make hay because making silage is a rather complicated process. Perhaps schools and hospitals could supply their leftover meat and greens from the meals they provide. Meat could be kept separate to feed dogs and cats. School children could be rounded up to collect leftover food from their homes and could take it to school.
  6. You could try lentils of various types, quinoa, rye, corn (maize, corn on the cob), rice, nuts and seeds (although they have quite a bit of fat), sorghum, all the greens, root vegetables. What about peas? Too close to beans? Have you tried spelt wheat? I think I read somewhere that it doesn't affect some people who have sensitivities to wheat. Do you like curries? I don't think you can avoid fat altogether. If you could, it would have other health implications.
  7. This chap, LittleBeastM, is very strong and does some very impressive things. He uses bodyweight-type exercises but adds extra weight for some of them. LittleBeastM Sharpening The sword' Raw Strength' Then he is seen doing some triceps exercises on http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1MRwdZLZ_fg Easy But Very Effective Tricep Routine (Megasuperset!!) Does anyone know how he can do so many reps without rest but still build such impressive strength? I would have to join youtube to ask him. I also wonder how often he trains like that. I doubt if it's every day.
  8. I think that really heavy weight lifting - pushing yourself really hard - will result in damage to the joints. But general living also results in damage to the joints. At both extremes - hard exercise or none at all - the choice might be between having more damage to the joints but better overall health (especially of the heart) or less damage to the joints and poorer health. Most of the peasants of a few hundred years ago died worn out by hard work. Many of their skeletons show advanced arthritis of the joints. A study of how vigorous physical activity (not weight training) affects the patella showed that those who engaged in activity were less likely to have cartilage damage to the knee. As the authors said: 'In this longitudinal study of community-based adults with no history of knee injury or disease, participation in vigorous physical activity, which was predominantly weight-bearing in nature, was associated with a reduced rate of patella cartilage loss and a trend toward a reduced risk for worsening patella cartilage defects. The benefits of participation in vigorous physical activity were only apparent for people without cartilage defects at baseline, and not observed for those with already established cartilage defects. This suggests that the benefits conferred by vigorous physical activity at the patellofemoral joint may be limited to people without existing cartilage defects that signify early joint damage. For people with baseline cartilage defects, vigorous physical activity was not significantly associated with subsequent changes to patellofemoral cartilage morphology.' Arthritis and Rheumatism. 2009 Aug 15;61(:1095-102. Longitudinal effect of vigorous physical activity on patella cartilage morphology in people without clinical knee disease. Teichtahl AJ, Wluka AE, Forbes A, Wang Y, English DR, Giles GG, Cicuttini FM. PMID: 19644895 The full free text is available. ----------------- But another one says: 'A questionnaire, designed to elict information about training programs, experience and injury profile, was administered to 358 bodybuilders and 60 powerlifters. This was followed by a clinical orthopedic and radiological examination. The upper extremity, particulary the shoulder and elbow joint, showed the highest injury rate. More than 40% of all injuries occurred in this area. The low back region and the knee were other sites of elevated injury occurrences. Muscular injuries (muscle pulls, tendonitis, sprains) were perceived to account for 83.6% of all injury types. Powerlifting showed a twice as high injury rate as bodybuilding, probably of grounds of a more uniform training program.' Sportverletzung Sportschaden. 1989 Mar;3(1):32-6. [injuries and damage caused by excess stress in body building and power lifting]. [Article in German] Goertzen M, Schöppe K, Lange G, Schulitz KP. PMID: 2711326 But many of these may have been caused by poor technique. ----------------- And: 'Most of the injuries were in athletes undertaking free-weight training. Most injuries were in the upper limbs, particularly around the shoulder. Scintigraphic patterns of supraspinatus and bicipital tendons and also rotator cuff lesions were identified. Clavicular osteolysis, avulsion injuries, muscle damage, and vertebral lesions were also noted. Several abnormalities revealed by scintigraphy were clinically unsuspected.' Clinical Nuclear Medicine. 1999 Dec;24(12):915-20. Scintigraphic patterns of injury in amateur weight lifters. Van der Wall H, McLaughlin A, Bruce W, Frater CJ, Kannangara S, Murray IP. PMID: 10595467 ---------------------------- I think it is safer to use weights that you can do at least 5 or 6 reps with in the first set. I have also started to do some stretches for tendons. At the moment, I am only doing them for the biceps and wrist tendons. I just go slowly and easily. Tendons take time to adapt. I agree with VeganEssentials and Gaia about listening to your body - and I don't mean the creakings and cracks. I'm 58 and have been doing vigorous exercise since I was 15. I only returned to resistance training a few years ago but my body has been driven quite hard for decades. The only injuries I have are due to falls and to what are probably congenital injuries and malformations. And I damaged the medial cartilage in both knees thirty-odd years ago but they give me no trouble now.
  9. These two sites give some information about lipomas: http://vetmedicine.about.com/cs/dogdiseasesl/a/lipomas.htm http://www.vetinfo.com/types-lumps-dogs.html I've read that turmeric (which contains curcuma) has been usefully used in dogs with all sorts of tumours. But check with your own vet. In humans, curcumin isn't always absorbed very efficiently. One way to increase absorption is to take it with black pepper. But I don't know if black pepper is suitable for dogs. I've seen it mentioned in some studies on Pubmed but only one used it internally, and that was only an extract used for arthritis. Not successfully, either. One used it as a paste for acceleration of wound healing. http://www.suite101.com/content/best-ways-to-treat-dog-lipomas-a179930 Turmeric -------------- http://www.vet.uga.edu/VPP/clerk/Nation/index.php ------------- http://www.natural-dog-health-remedies.com/fatty-tumors-in-dogs.html Again, no idea if Cat's Claw is safe for dogs. ---------------- If the immune system has anything to do with it, keeping him stress free will help. And lots of cuddles won't go amiss.
  10. I'm not anti-vaccines but I think the modern ones could and do cause harm. Here is some information about vaccines and the Wakefield case. I haven't read it all yet. It seems interesting. http://childhealthsafety.wordpress.com/2011/01/06/rebuttal-of-bmj-lancet-paper-wakefield-fraud-claims-naa-uk-news-release/
  11. Try single-leg squats. They can build muscle and strength. Try something like pseudo-planche press ups. The angle makes it much harder than ordinary press ups. You can really feel it in your front deltoids and triceps. When it become easy, you could raise your feet on a box. Your wrists might take a bit of time to get used to the unusual strain on them. You could try different hand positions to find the most comfortable or do them on paralletes. You could try headstand press ups (which are handstand press ups where the head goes no lower than the floor). Dips. Pull ups. Those inverted rows on a low pull up bar where you are pulling horizontally with your feet on a box. As you are training so much in other things, you'd have to decide when and how often to do them. Welcome to the forum.
  12. Yes, very interesting. I have a book called Green Pharmacy by James A. Duke, the former Chief of the Medicinal Plant Resources Laboratory of the U.S. Department of Agriculture. I looked in the book this evening to see if he recommended anything. I found out that he has AS. He does recommend some herbs as anti-inflammatories. Ginger and pineapple. Also pigweed (Amaranthus of various species) for its calcium. He mentions vegetarianism. He also talks about what he calls Socorro's Secret. Socorro is a woman who lives in Peru and she has a remedy she takes for her own rheumatism. Duke thinks it 'might be as useful as anything out there for rheumatoid arthritis and possibly AS as well.' I know nothing about this and include it in case of interest. He does recommend getting a good rheumatologist. It is made from dragon's blood, fig latex, ginger, port wine and rum. He says ginger and fig latex contain protein-digesting proteolytic enzymes, which are useful as anti-inflammatories for rheumatoid arthritis and possibly AS. He says the dragon's blood and port wine contain oligomeric procyanidins (OPCs). These are anti-oxidants. He adds pineapple. His modified recipe: 1 tablespoon each of dragon's blood and fig latex to one pint of red wine and one pint of pineapple juice. Stir into it one cup of shredded ginger root. Dragon's blood and fig latex are available on the internet, he says. He says it's not approved by the FDA. He also mentions turmeric.
  13. I'm sorry that you are having such troubles. From what I've read about you I'd say you are a fighter. So keep fighting and stay hopeful. Some information below about treatments, including dietary. Keep a note of what you eat and see if anything makes symptoms worse. Good luck! This is only about one patient but is very interesting. The full study is available. Journal of the Canadian Chiropractic Associtation. 2005 Jun;49(2):81-91. Symptomatic improvement in function and disease activity in a patient with ankylosing spondylitis utilizing a course of chiropractic therapy: a prospective case study. Rutherford SM, Nicolson CF, Crowther ER. Abstract BACKGROUND: There is limited outcome measure support for chiropractic manipulative therapy in the management of ankylosing spondylitis. An improvement in specific indices for both function and disease activity during chiropractic therapy for ankylosing spondylitis has not previously been reported. OBJECTIVE: To measure changes in function and disease activity in a patient with ankylosing spondylitis during a course of chiropractic therapy. The clinical management of ankylosing spondylitis, including chiropractic manipulative therapy and the implications of this case study are discussed. CLINICAL FEATURES: A 34-year-old male with a 10 year diagnosis of ankylosing spondylitis sought chiropractic treatment for spinal pain and stiffness. His advanced radiographic signs included an increased atlantodental interspace and cervical vertebral ankylosis. INTERVENTION AND OUTCOME: The Bath Ankylosing Spondylitis Functional Index (BASFI), Bath Ankylosing Spondylitis Disease Activity Index (BASDAI), finger-tip-to-floor distance and chest expansion were assessed during an 18 week course of chiropractic spinal manipulation and mobilization therapy. There was a 90% improvement in the disease activity index and an 85% improvement in the functional index from the pre-treatment baseline, as measured by the BASDAI and BASFI respectively. Spinal flexibility and chest expansion also improved. CONCLUSION: To the authors knowledge this is the first study to incorporate ankylosing spondylitis specific indices, for both disease activity and function, to objectively support the use of chiropractic manipulative therapy in the management of ankylosing spondylitis. More intensive research is suggested. PMID: 17549197 Excerpts from the full study: Exercise is traditionally recommended to preserve flexibility, mobility and the upright posture.25 One study concluded that regular exercise over a 5-year period prevented the decline in spinal mobility.25 Moderate and regular exercise may be beneficial for both functional status and disease activity, but it may be the consistency and not the quantity of the exercise that is most important.14 Although, dietary modifications were not attempted in this case, there are reports of patients who use diet to alleviate rheumatic symptoms.30 In two specific case studies a vegan diet,31 and a low starch diet32 provided improvement in AS symptoms. As no dietary modifications were attempted in our study, diet was considered an unlikely confounding factor. An improvement in the Bath Ankylosing Spondylitis Functional Index and the Bath Ankylosing Spondylitis Disease Activity Index in a patient with long standing AS was a clinically favorable and noteworthy outcome. Specifically, these indices provide unprecedented support for the effectiveness of chiropractic manipulative therapy in the treatment of AS in this case. Validated instruments for function and disease activity improve the assessment of new therapeutic treatment options in AS, which may ultimately improve the treatment efficacy and patient outcomes in the clinical management of AS. More intensive research utilizing these instruments on patients with AS undergoing chiropractic therapy is suggested. =========== This is the study referred to by note 31, above. Forsch Komplementarmed Klass Naturheilkd. 2001 Aug;8(4):228-31. [Clinical remission of an HLA B27-positive sacroiliitis on vegan diet]. [Article in German] Huber R, Herdrich A, Rostock M, Vogel T. Ambulanz für Naturheilverfahren und Umweltmedizin, Abteilung Innere Medizin II, Universitätsklinik Abstract BACKGROUND: Positive effects of fasting and vegan diet in patients with rheumatic diseases are reported in the literature. MEDICAL HISTORY: We present a 33-year-old patient with double-sided HLA B27-positive sacroiliitis, which was diagnosed by magnetic resonance tomography. Since about 10 years he therefore had pain in the iliosacral region. Numerous sessions of physiotherapy, a cure treatment, and treatment with sulfasalazine and doxycycline were not effective. The patient was dependent on the daily intake of the nonsteroidal antirheumatics meloxicam 2 x 7.5 mg and ibuprofen 400-800 mg and the analgetic tramadol 50-150 mg, but evening and night pain and morning stiffness persisted under this treatment. TREATMENT: We recommended a temporary vegan diet, i.e. to completely avoid animal fats and proteins. COURSE: 3-4 days after changing on vegan diet the complaints improved distinctly and persistently. After consumption of meat 6 weeks later, complaints worsened. Consequent vegan diet again resulted in significant improvement of the pain and morning stiffness. At follow-up 3 months after the initial contact, tramadol and ibuprofen intakes had been stopped, meloxicam had been reduced to 1 x 7.5 mg. The patient was almost completely free of complaints. CONCLUSIONS: It was demonstrated that in a single case of sacroiliitis which was refractory to other treatment, vegan diet resulted in a convincingly improvement of complaints. PMID: 11574747 ========= And note 32 Clinical Rheumatology. 1996 Jan;15 Suppl 1:62-66. The use of a low starch diet in the treatment of patients suffering from ankylosing spondylitis. Ebringer A, Wilson C. Division of Life Sciences, King's College, London. Abstract The majority of ankylosing spondylitis (AS) patients not only possess HLA-B27, but during active phases of the disease have elevated levels of total serum IgA, suggesting that a microbe from the bowel flora is acting across the gut mucosa. Biochemical studies have revealed that Klebsiella bacteria, not only possess 2 molecules carrying sequences resembling HLA-B27 but increased quantities of such microbes are found in fecal samples obtained from AS patients and such patients have Crohn's like lesions in the ileo-caecal regions of the gut. Furthermore AS patients from 10 different countries have been found to have elevated levels of specific antibodies against Klebsiella bacteria. It has been suggested that these Klebsiella microbes, found in the bowel flora, might be the trigger factors in this disease and therefore reduction in the size of the bowel flora could be of benefit in the treatment of AS patients. Microbes from the bowel flora depend on dietary starch for their growth and therefore a reduction in starch intake might be beneficial in AS patients. A "low starch diet" involving a reduced intake of "bread, potatoes, cakes and pasta" has been devised and tested in healthy control subjects and AS patients. The "low starch diet" leads to a reduction of total serum IgA in both healthy controls as well as patients, and furthermore to a decrease in inflammation and symptoms in the AS patients. The role of a "low starch diet" in the management of AS requires further evaluation. PMID: 8835506 ============= Another chiropractic treatment study. But again only in one person: Journal of Manipulative and Physiological Therapeutics. 2003 Oct;26(:E1-9. The effect of chiropractic care for a 30-year-old male with advanced ankylosing spondylitis: a time series case report. Rose KA, Kim WS. Southern California University of Health Sciences, Whittier 90604, USA. Abstract BACKGROUND: Manipulative treatment for ankylosing spondylitis is a controversial subject, and no literature on using this therapy for advanced cases with fusion of the spine could be found. OBJECTIVE: To discuss the case presentation of a patient with advanced ankylosing spondylitis who was treated with chiropractic manipulation and mobilization. Clinical features The patient was a 30-year-old Asian male who was first diagnosed with ankylosing spondylitis at age 12. Despite medical intervention, a series of exacerbations had fused his sacroiliac joints and the facet joints in his lumbar and cervical spine. He presented with local moderate-to-severe pain in his low back and neck and lack of mobility. Intervention and outcome The patient was treated with grade 5 manipulation of his thoracic spine and grade 3 mobilization of his lumbar and cervical spine, along with physical therapy and stretches for a period of 12 weeks. He reported some improvement of his condition as measured by the SF-36 Health Survey and several measures of spinal flexibility. CONCLUSIONS: This case shows that even advanced cases of ankylosing spondylitis may show a favorable response to chiropractic manipulative therapy. PMID: 14569222 ============ And each abstract on the pubmed pages has links to other abstracts about similar subjects, which is how I found the one above. In case you don't know, you can find these on the pubmed site by typing in the PMID number into their search box. Just the number, not the PMID bit.
  14. If the problem is caused by excess sebum and blocked pores, washing with a tea-tree facial wash might help.
  15. This might be of help in some shoulder injuries. I haven't tried the stretches. http://www.gymnasticbodies.com/forum/viewtopic.php?f=17&t=4966
  16. I see nothing in it to complain about. It's the truth. You put your thoughts across well. There is really just one thing I would add to it. In the sentence: 'Any FDA approved product needs to be tested on animals because you say that we are SO similar.' I would add: 'But you are wrong because they are not similar enough.'
  17. I'm 4' 3'' sitting down and 5' 8'' standing up. When I do a handstand, I am much taller - but upside down. I like Humphrey Bogart's (well, Philip Marlowe) response in the Big Sleep. When a woman tells him he's not very tall he answers: 'But I try to be'.
  18. Can you do static holds or isometrics? You could hold various positions of the squat - even with one leg at a time - with or without extra weight. Or you could stand on one leg and swing the other one backwards and forwards quite vigorously and also in a semi-circle in front and then behind you. This exercises all the muscles of the legs and glutes in a stabilising method and can be quite tiring. You could hold on to something if you don't have the balance. I have torn medial cartilages in both knees and I find that fast side leg raises can put them back into position. They rarely give me any trouble now. I haven't had my knees examined but torn cartilages are the only thing I can think of that fit the symptoms.
  19. Have a look at the video on the vegan organic website. It's on the right of their page. It shows how the farmer increases the fertility of the soil by rotational planting. It's under Video Feature. You can view it in full screen by clicking twice. You might need to click once to start it and then twice. http://veganorganic.net/
  20. I read or heard somewhere that the reason why conventional farming gives a heavier crop is that it contains more water than organic crops. Don't know if it's true but it makes sense if it is.
  21. There's not enough land for everyone to have 'grass fed' beef. Trying to accomplish this would mean killing off predators in those areas where the cattle would be let loose. And local herbivores would be killed off so they couldn't compete for food. I don't believe cattle can convert half of what they eat to meat. That means the other half must be adequate for the production of all the energy they need and all the parts of them that isn't meat. It would be interesting to see what Francione and the Vegan Society have to say about the book. I haven't read the second article yet.
  22. Have you tried side leg raises? If your foot can stand the strain of taking your weight whilst the other one is shooting through the air, you will find knocking out 50 or 60 with each leg on the fast side will get you huffing and puffing. And will get your abductors stinging a bit. You can do them keeping your torso fairly upright or you can sway the opposite way as your leg goes up. Doing fairly heavy bent over dumbell rowing with 30 or 40 seconds rest between sets always gets my heart pounding and lungs gasping. If you can put pressure on your toes, you could do squat thrusts - the kind where you are in a press up position and then you bring both knees up near your chest and then kick back again. Sets of 40 very fast will do the trick. The further forwards you lean over your hands, the less pressure there is on the feet. Whilst standing, lifting your knees up to near your chest, one leg after the other, is also a good one. Depending on where your foot hurts, you can put most pressure on your toes or heel of the supporting leg.
  23. I find this whole mass and strength development lark puzzling. Lots of things seem to work. I saw a television programme about slavery in the US. They examined the skeleton of a woman slave. She had huge muscle attachments on her thigh bones. They concluded she had done a lot of squatting down to lift heavy weights. Another telly programme examined the skeletons of Roman gladiators found in Yorkshire. One had one arm longer than the other as well as it being more muscled than the other. They said he must have started gladiator training whilst he was still growing. They didn't explain why one arm was longer. Another gladiator had had very well developed leg adductor muscles and his legs were slightly bowed. The conclusion was that he had been riding horses since childhood and had had to grip on tightly with his legs. Yet another telly programme (I watch quite a bit of telly) examined the skeleton of a knight who died in Scotland about 700 years ago. They did a computer reconstruction of his body. His right arm and shoulder were noticeably more heavily muscled than his left. I saw something (yes, on telly) about the Mary Rose Tudor warship. Some of the skeletons were deformed. It's thought they had been archers and had practised since childhood. One side of their bodies will have used massive force to push the bow and the other side will have used force to pull the bow. The bows probably had a draw weight over 100 pounds. They will have done a lot of pushing and pulling each day. Tennis players usually have one forearm that is much thicker than their other arm. All these people will have used their muscles for hours each day. Every day or most days of the week. Little rest. Some used heavy weights and some used light weights. No doubt they were all very muscular and strong. I prefer heavy-ish weights.
  24. I wish I had done Western wrestling when I was younger. Some form of catch-as-catch-can, perhaps. To me, that seems like the most effective form of grappling in normal real life situations.
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