Sunday, March 15, 2015

Emuslifiers to Avoid?

My family is trying a new experiment.

Two common emulsifiers, carboxymethyl cellulose and polysorbate 80, exacerbate metabolic inflammation in mice (and perhaps people).

My wife's celiac certainly has an inflammation component.  So we're avoiding those emulsifiers to see if that has any positive effect.

(We buy few packaged foods.  This might applies only to our ice cream purchases.)

Saturday, March 14, 2015

Ice or Heat?

Due to insurance changes, I have started to visit a chiropractor instead of Golden Apple Healthcare for my myofascial treatments.  So far so good.

One of his new patient papers was a general overview about using ice or heat.  Its information seemed worth archiving on my blog.


When - Use ice after an acute injury, such as a sprain, or after activities that irritate a chronic injury, such as shin splints.

How - Place an ice pack directly over the injured area for 30 minutes.  Remove it for 60 minutes  Repeat four to six times per day.


When - Use before activities that irritate a chronic injuries such as muscle strains.  Heat can help loosen tissues and relax injured areas.  Do not use heat on acute injuries!

How - Use a heating pad or wet towel for up to 20 minutes.  Never apply heat while sleeping.