I’m over 30, I’m worried I will never have kids

I have a lot of clients that are worried about whether or not they will be able to have kids.  The majority of my female clients that are 40+ have pretty much given up on ever having a baby.

I have clients that are single and are in their 30’s and they are freaking out about finding someone, and quick, because they want to start a family and they have been (falsely) told that it is much harder to get pregnant after 30, and it just gets worse/harder as time goes on.  They are told that by 40 they have very little chance of getting pregnant.

That is a bunch of bunk.  Firstly I want to say, that if you truly believe you can’t get pregnant, or that it will be difficult to get pregnant after 33 or so, you will find that to be the case.  You get what you believe.  100% of the time.

Our minds are very powerful.  Our thoughts create our reality.  I am not saying that you don’t need to take care of yourself, or support your body through life, but your beliefs around how hard it will be (or if it is even possible) will have an impact on you.

I have some clients that don’t even believe me when I tell them that they will meet their partner in their late thirties and have 2 or 3 kids after that.  They simply cannot get their minds around it because they have been brainwashed by very old information (see below).

Not everyone can give birth (or impregnate a woman).  I get that.  I also know that there are spontaneous healings, healings over time etc., but the majority of the population doesn’t have the belief that they can do it.  They don’t have the motivation to change their life or habits, or beliefs to the point that it would take in order to heal.

There are also some humans on the planet that are simply not meant to have kids via “regular” means.  This does not mean you cannot try IVF or adopt.  I have had clients where the information I got for them was that IVF would be a waste of money, I have had clients where I have got that adoption would be the best option.  I have had clients where I said “I don’t know, getting nothing”.  (I don’t always get clear cut answers).

Thing is, that our futures are not set in stone either.  Sometimes just the act of going through an adoption process frees up your energy enough in a positive way, you stop thinking about getting pregnant and focusing on your inability to get pregnant.  You start focusing on having a baby (no matter how), and get pregnant.

Our future

Some Facts and Studies about Pregnancy

The statistics that are usually cited about fertility in women in their 30’s is based on hospital records from France in the 1700-1800’s.  Say what!  Thinking we have come a long way in the past 200-300 years.

In 1982 there were 6,519 live births in England and Wales to women aged 40 or more, about 1% of all babies born that year, Office of National Statistics data shows. By 2012 the figure had risen to 29,994, or 4.1% of all live births. (compliments of Google)

According to the Daily Mail in the UK (which is comparable to the New York Post in the US).  In 2000 the number of babies born to mothers over 50 was 44, in 2008 it was 69, and in 2012 it was 154.  I am not suggesting you wait this long, as there are very few of you that would be able to keep your body in optimal health to facilitate a healthy pregnancy and birth (think pesticides, GMO’s, pollutants, lifestyle etc.).

I will say again, not everyone is meant to give birth in this lifetime, I just wanted to help dispel some of the misinformation that is circulating and keeping women (and men) from empowering themselves to create the life they want (because yes, sometimes it is possible to change an outcome with your beliefs).

I also want to say again.  That if you want to have a healthy pregnancy you need to keep your own body healthy ~ no matter what your age.

Not sure why this was the subject of my blog post today.  One of you needs to hear this.  I just sit at my PC and let it flow through me.  Hoping it helps.

Love

Tamara  

I am NOT a doctor.  This is NOT a medical blog.  The opinions I express are just that “my opinions”.  If you are under a doctors care or on a course of treatment, do not stop just because of something I say.  I take no responsibility for your actions. 

 

This Explanation of Cancer Will Blow You Away

I came across this video of Andreas Moritz last week and I personally found it to be really fascinating. It was an interview he did in 2009.  The human body is a wonderful thing and I really think that when we understand it better we are more able to support it.

explaination of cancer

Our immune systems are very powerful, and he explains why the immune system often leaves cancer cells alone.

Maybe a detox is a good thing.  I think I might start a new detox program in the next couple of weeks.  Not that I am afraid of cancer, I’m not, but I do like to support my body when I can.

If you are thinking of starting any type of detox, do your research first.  I am not a doctor, but I have read that doing the wrong type of detox can do more harm than good.  For example, detoxing your liver can just allow the toxins to get into other parts of your body and harm them.  Once again, do your research if you want to do a detox, or better yet, work with your Naturopathic Doctor to find the best one for you.

EFT, TFT ~ Tapping to Relieve What Ails You

From time to time I like to share different modalities that I use to help myself or my clients.  One of my favourite modalities that works really well is Tapping.  I actually get excited about tapping sometimes because it works so well.

Some people call it TFT, which is short for Thought Field Therapy, aka the Callahan Technique.  Roger J Callahan, Ph.D. was the founder of this technique.  He founded this technique over 30 years ago after discovering it in his practice.

Some people use another version of tapping called EFT which is short for Emotional Freedom Technique.  Gary Craig came up with this simplified version of TFT after training with Roger Callahan  in the 90’s.

The Basics of Tapping

By tapping certain energy meridian points on your body, you can relieve all sorts of discomforts.  It works with Chi Energy and the effect is similar to (but with much faster effects than), acupuncture.

Tapping can be done anywhere.  The only tools needed for tapping is two hands, a head and a body.

Tapping can provide immediate and measureable relief for almost anything.  All you need to do is rate your discomfort on a scale of 1-10, do your tapping and then rate your discomfort again ~ it will have been reduced.  Sometimes you will need to do the tapping sequence a few times in a row.  To learn the sequences, you can go here, or just get this Free Stress Buster Guide.

 Uses of Tapping

  • Stress Relief
  • Trauma
  • Weight loss
  • Stop smoking (and other addictive tendencies)
  • Anxiety
  • Phobias
  • Depression
  • Anger/Rage
  • Obsessions
  • Guilt
  • Shame/Embarrassment
  • Jet Lag
  • Physical Pain

EFT, TFT Tapping

Additional Resources for Tapping

My All-time favourite book on Tapping, is Tapping the Healer Within by Roger J Callahan.  (Clicking this link will bring you to tons of resources and training on tapping).

My second Favourite Tapping Resource is this  FREE Stress Buster Guide. The guide provides a great introduction to TFT and I HIGHLY recommend it to anyone who is even a little bit curious about this modality.

Other ‘honorable mentions’ go to the books below.  I get emails from Nick Ortner and I thoroughly enjoy reading his info.

The Tapping Solution Book by Nick Ortner.

The Tapping Solution for Weight Loss and Body Confidence by Jennifer Ortner

Who Tapping Won’t Work For

  • people who don’t bother to use it

Yes, that’s it.  Tapping is that effective, it will work for everyone.  No exceptions.  You don’t need to believe in it, you don’t need to think anything about it at all.

Tapping works on the energy meridians in your body and if you tap them it WILL work for you.

If you want more training with TFT/EFT Tapping, you can go to this resource, or you could book an appointment with me and I can train you myself.

Two of My Favourite Healing Books

Just a quick blog post today, but I would like to share a couple of really good books with you.

The first book is “You Can Heal Your Life” by Louise Hay.  I am sure I reference this book at least once per week.  Louise Hay shares some very good insights into the relationship between your thoughts/feelings and your physical health.

At the end of the book there is a reference area where you can look up a health issue or body part and get a description of the feeling that goes with it.  She also provides an affirmation you can use to help alleviate your symptom or issue.

Grateful for these Wonderful Women Sharing these Healing Books

Grateful for these Wonderful Women Sharing these Healing Books

Here is an example from the back of “You Can Heal Your Life“.  If you had pain in your left foot that would not go away, you could look up “foot” and also “left side of the body”.  You could look up:

Foot Problems:  Fear of the future and of not stepping forward in life.
The affirmation for this is:  “I move forward in life, with joy and with ease“.

Left Side of Body:  Represents receptivity, taking in, feminine energy, women, the mother.
The affirmation for this is:  “My feminine energy is beautifully balanced

 

The other book that I just love is by Christine Northrup and is “Women’s Bodies, Women’s Wisdom (Revised Edition): Creating Physical and Emotional Health and Healing“.  I like this book so much that after I bought myself a copy, I bought 3 more copies for some special women in my life.  It is a very thick book and I have not read it cover to cover I use is more as a reference manual.  My mom however, read the whole thing cover to cover and she loved it too.  Sometimes if I bring up a health issue she will tell me where to look in the book or share what she learned from the book.  If you are a woman, it could go on your “must read” list.

If you do online shopping and would like to check out a website mall that will give you Cash back for your online shopping, you can check out this link here.  You can earn $10 when you sign up, and put it towards the purchase of the books through the shopping mall.  Signing up is free.

 

 

Chronic Pain and Emotions

I learned something new last week, and I am sharing it because it is nothing short of amazing.  I was able to relate it to my own life and my own circumstances and I am guessing that you will too.

If you have an injury or other chronic pain, the severity of it and how long it lasts will be DIRECTLY related to how you felt at the time of the injury, and how you continue to feel as you go along with your recovery (or lack of recovery).

I can tell you my story of how I stopped my chronic pain in my ankle that had kept me from doing much exercise for 7 months (since last July!!).

This is going to sound really simple, and it is.  The only unfortunate part is that it took me this long to figure it out.

Chronic Pain

So in November 2013 I started going to a gym and working out with a personal trainer 3x per week.  Yes, I have extra weight, however my MAIN reason for going was to get strong and feel good and healthy.  I have arthritis, flat feet and at the time my lower back would go out on occasion.  I really wanted to strengthen my body and lessen my pain.

It was working, I could do squats for 15 minutes, walk through my yard doing lunges, do tricep dips off my kitchen chairs, hold a plank for a few minutes and could even do some push-ups. (not a lot of them, but I could do them!)

I loved going and felt great.  2x a week I worked out with a really knowledgeable trainer who knew about my ‘pain issues’ and would tailor the workouts to me.  She would always watch to make sure my form was good, ask me about my pain level for the day, and point out if my knees or ankles were twisting in a bad way.  Her motto was “make sure that you don’t cause injury and make it so you can’t work out at all”.

1x a week I worked out with another trainer that didn’t really even notice when someone had bad form, or point out that they were trying to do shoulder presses while slouching or that they were twisting or bending wrong.  When I worked out with him, I basically just watched myself.  It was okay, because he was helpful in some ways and I liked him personally, and the workouts felt good.

Then in late spring of 2014 the trainer I loved was let go.  I figured that I would keep going to the gym, they had another experienced trainer and I started working out with her.  I rarely got corrected on my form, I had to do that myself, or ask if they would watch my legs closely for form.  It seemed like the main objective of my new trainer was all about weight loss.  She’s a super skinny 30ish year old and she talked and talked about weight.  She had signs up, saying “the scale doesn’t matter as much as how you feel”, but it felt like all she ever talked about was what we were eating.

I was mildly annoyed because one of the reasons I had extra weight on was because I was injury prone due to lack of using my muscles properly.  I was trying to work out to strengthen the muscles properly so that I would not have so many injuries ~ stronger muscles = less injuries = weight lost as far as I’m concerned.

So anyway, I wound up with a bad injury to my left leg.  My hip and lower back hurt, my knee was killing me, and my ankle felt like the tendons were all pulled out of shape.  This had been chronic for me since July of 2014.  So that is my story, now I want to share…

What I did to feel better and lessen my chronic pain issues

A couple of weeks ago, I read an article about pain and the article said that your mind-set ‘at the time of your injury’ would actually impact how long your injury lasted.  I know and understand how our energy impacts our bodies so I started to think a bit about how this might apply to me and my ankle injury.

I realized just how pissed off I was that my favourite trainer had been fired.  I was angry that I was paying A LOT of money for personal training and didn’t feel I was getting what I paid for.  I had a few more months on my membership.  I asked the trainers to watch me closely and they didn’t seem to bother most days.

I had my last workout with them in July, and I started with the process of rehabbing myself.  I know enough about stretching and muscles that I was able to at least keep my lower back and knee from hurting too much most of the time.

My ankle was another story though.  It really felt like tendons and I tried to rest it and be gentle with it but it wasn’t getting better.  I couldn’t even go for a walk without suffering for a day or two after.

I kept getting emails and letters from the gym and would find myself almost annoyed at them. Subconsciously thinking “you guys suck, you hurt me!” and reliving the intense pain of last summer.

So, after reading that article and thinking about it, I decided to cut ties with the gym completely. I unsubscribed from their email list and “un-liked” them on Facebook. They did have some good things to share, but my annoyance, and therefore the energy I created was not worth it.

Fast forward to today.  On Monday (just 5 days ago), when I got the weekly email, I unsubscribed.  I did some energy work and meditation.  I cut energy cords to the gym and the trainers.

Now it is Friday.  My ankle has NOT HURT for a few days.  I have been out shopping and walking and NO PAIN in my ankle.  I will say that the muscles on the left back thigh and butt are a little sore, but it is muscle sore from using the muscles differently (properly with no limping).  Because my ankle feels better, the whole “shape” (the way I’m walking) of my left leg is different (more back to normal).

I shared this with my husband a couple of days ago and he had a story to add that shows another example of how this works.

In 2009 he broke his leg and wound up in physiotherapy for a few months.  He was really happy to be getting into the best shape he’d been in in years.  He enjoyed the fact that he could use the gym and pool for free for as long as he wanted on the days he worked with the physiotherapist.

He noted that some of the guys there (in physio) just didn’t seem to be getting better.  Their pain never lessened and they constantly complained.  Most of them were angry at the time of their accident, and stayed angry for a long period of time.

My husband healed up quickly and was back to normal (or better) within a few months of breaking his shin bone.

Do you have chronic pain or pain from an injury?

If you do, can you see or feel your emotions?  Not just the emotions about the pain itself, but the general emotions in any area of your life?

I wrote a post about fibromyalgia a few years ago because I noticed that a very large percentage of my clients that had fibromyalgia were really pissed off about something in their life.  Most thought their anger or upset was justified and they had no intentions of letting it go… just something to think about.

If you want to look into this a bit more, there is an awesome book that I refer to myself quite often, called “You Can Heal Your Life”, it is by Louise Hay and you can get it from Amazon by clicking on the book picture here if you like. (If you buy after clicking that link I will make a few pennies in their affiliate program, if you have a problem with that, feel free to Google amazon instead).

If you are feeling a little stuck and you can’t quite figure out what your emotions and vibration are trying to tell you I can help.  You can get more information about  psychic readings here.

***  Disclaimer:  I am NOT  a doctor.  I DO work extensively with clients on an energetic level.  This post is not meant to replace a doctor’s advice.  If you need medical assistance please contact your doctor.

Removing Seborrheic Keratosis with Apple Cider Vinegar

So this is a little different than some of my posts, but last year I was looking all over online for pictures and/or proof of this, and I had a hard time finding anything.

I decided last year to do an experiment on myself, and this is my experience with removing Seborrheic Keratosis using apple cider vinegar.

First thing I want to say is I am NOT a doctor.  I highly suggest that if you have something on your skin, you go and see your doctor first.

I went to my doctor in February last year, and made an appointment to have this removed from my hairline.  My appointment was booked for May 28, 2014.  It was a small in patient procedure at my local hospital.

Seborrheic Keratosis

March 1, 2014

Here is what my Seborrheic Keratosis looked like on March 1, 2014.When I told a couple of people close to me that I had this on my hairline and that it bugged me and I wanted to get rid of it, they said “I didn’t even know it was there”.

From the way I saw it every day, it was right in the middle of my forehead and I wanted it gone.  I had a super bad cold, plugged head, and could not hear for about a month at that time last year, so it was the perfect time for me to do an experiment on my face (which was really my hairline at the top of my face, but to me, it was always glaring at me).  I wasn’t going out or working with clients for 4 about weeks anyhow, so how I looked in the short term didn’t matter much to me.

So what I did is I put pure apple cider vinegar on a Q-Tip and rubbed it on my Seborrheic Keratosis about 3x per day.

This is what it looked like after 5 days.

 

March 5, 2014

March 5, 2014

Okay, so a little red and nasty, and it was still there.  This picture is when it is actually wet with the apple cider vinegar.

I wasn’t really diligent with putting lots on, and I would just put it on every now and then.  This picture is me kind of half a**ed applying the vinegar after a couple weeks.  This is dry (unlike the picture above).  You can only see the changes if you look really closely, but there are changes.

March 14, 2014

March 14, 2014

After March 14th, I decided that yes, there were changes, even with me not applying the vinegar as often as I could.  So I ramped it up.  I put apple cider vinegar on it every time I thought about it, and a few times I put some on a cotton ball and taped it to my head for the evening.  (I was still sick so didn’t care that it was taking so long and that I looked funny, I wasn’t doing much but resting anyway).  So I did lots of vinegar for a week, and then nothing again.

Then around the end of March, this happened (no vinegar for probably a week at this point).

Seborrheic Keratosis removal with Apple Cider Vinegar

March 29, 2014

Apple cider vinegar for Seborrheic Keratosis

March 29, 2014

 

So I put vinegar on for a couple days and it disappeared completely.  I phoned my doctor at the beginning of April and cancelled my removal appointment because it was gone!

I cannot find the picture from a week after March 29, but this is a picture from January 22, 2015 – a year later…  still gone.

All gone now!

All gone now!

 

Here are some tips if you decide to try removing Seborrheic Keratosis with Apple Cider Vinegar for yourself:

1.  Check with your doctor to make sure that it is indeed Seborrheic Keratosis and not something else.

2.  If you can, I suggest using pure organic Apple Cider Vinegar.

3.  If it is in an obvious place on your face do it when you are on vacation from work or when you don’t need to be out in public (if you are worried about what you look like).

4.  You can use a Q-tip and apply the Apple Cider Vinegar that way, just do it at least 3x a day, 5+ would probably be better.

5.  You can also use a Apple Cider Vinegar soaked cotton ball and tape it to the Seborrheic Keratosis to keep the Apple Cider Vinegar moisture on the spot for longer.

6.  From my personal experience, even if you get a really good start on this process, and then leave it for a bit, in a couple of weeks it will start to change whether you do anything or not.

7.  If I ever need to do this again, I am not going to give up after 2 weeks and stop the vinegar.  I will keep going until the Seborrheic Keratosis is gone.  For me it took a month, and I didn’t care because I was stuck at home sick and it was just an experiment.

Lies I Was Told About Getting Older

I’ve been thinking about this subject for a few weeks now, I will be 47 at the end of June 2013, which I do not consider to be old.  Some of you in your 20’s will beg to differ with this opinion, and some of you in your 60’s and 70’s will consider me a spring chicken!

The reason I started thinking about this is because I realized I had some belief patterns that were a little stuck in my subconscious mind.  When we believe something we make it our Reality.  If we believe it can’t be done, we quit trying.  If we believe this is how life is, then that is how OUR life is.  This is where I found myself to be.

I am actively working on replacing these old limiting belief patterns with new ones that will serve me a lot better in my life.  My young and vibrant life!

THE TOP 5 LIES I WAS TOLD ABOUT AGING

  1. Beauty fades – I heard this a lot when I was younger, and still see it around now on Social Media sites and hear it from some “inspirational” speakers.  Beauty changes, but it does not fade.  I know some very beautiful women that have 20 or 30 or even 40 years on me.
  2. It is harder to lose weight as you get older – our metabolism might slow down a little bit, BUT … it is because we LET it.  Kids have a higher metabolism, but they are constantly moving (unless they are addicted to TV or video games, but that’s another subject).  The less you move, the slower your metabolism.  Your metabolism might not be as young as it used to be, but you probably aren’t moving as much as you used to either.
  3. Your body gets stiff as you get older – with some people yes.  But it doesn’t HAVE to.  You might have to make a more conscious effort to keep from getting stiff, but it doesn’t have to happen.  Not saying that I never have stiffness in my own body, but I find that doing yoga, or even the most basic of stretches can keep the stiffness at bay.
  4. Your memory isn’t as good as it was when you are younger – this is almost true for me, but its because I have let it be.  I am working on changing certain aspects of that.  I find that with some things, it is not always that your memory isn’t as good, its that a lot of things are a lot less important than they used to be.  You may not need to ‘keep score’ with certain things anymore.  Another reason, is that we allow ourselves to get wrapped up in a lot of different thoughts at once.  Practicing awareness of what it is we are doing and thinking can improve our short term memory.  As can exercising our brain.  Doing certain puzzles, or playing memory games can help.
  5. It is harder to change or accept change as you get older – I don’t believe this at all.  I believe that there are a lot of older people who do not like change, even ones that used to embrace change, but once again, this is all in your head.  Some people, as they get older, lose sight of having a future goal.  It is our future goals that keep us going.  As we get older, our goals might change, but we can still have them.  If we do not have a goal to strive for, we get stagnant:   You are either growing or dying.  Without a goal, you are essentially dying (this can be at 20 or at 90).

Some of you who are quite a bit older than I am might say that I just don’t know what I’m talking about.  You might be thinking “Just wait till you get to my age!”   I guess all I have to say to that is “okay”.  When I was a kid, I had people who were in their 40’s saying that to me – we’ll I’m your age now, and I don’t feel as lousy as you told me you felt back then.

Now, and in the future, I will try and keep my mind and my body moving.  I will make goals, and I will move toward them.  If I find myself getting ‘stuck in a rut’ (been there already many times in my life), I will pick something, anything new to begin to move towards.

 

Exercise, Blood Sugars and Feeling Better

I came across this video this week and wanted to share it with you.  It is by Dr. Doug McGuff and in it he speaks about exercise and blood sugar levels.  He has written a book called “Body by Science” and mentions it in the video, but it is NOT a sales type of video.  It is full of a lot of good information that may help you if you want it.

A lot of my clients are suffering from fatigue and soreness.  Many doctors will tell you that this is “Fibromyalga“.  I am no doctor, however, I can tell you that some of the symptoms are due to our diet and exercise habits.

If you are suffering from fatigue, or soreness, or obesity, or just want to feel better, it would be worth it to watch this one.

Body By Science from Pinpoint Multimedia on Vimeo.

Fibromyalga

I am not a doctor. This post is based on a combination of personal experience, messages I have gotten for clients that have, or think they have fibromyalga, and speaking with friends who have been diagnosed with fibromyalga.

It is amazing how many people are suffering from this. There are some things that over 90% of people with fibromyalga have in common:

Something major has changed in their life in the last two years

  • Career has become more stressful

  • They have started to live with someone or gotten married

  • They have had extreme financial difficulty

  • They have had an injury and have had to take time off

  • They have started taking a new prescription drug

If you have been diagnosed with fibromyalga, please take a look at what has been going on in your life. Most people say that it seemed to happen suddenly. The thing is, it takes time for your body to change once you change a habit.

Just as an example: You move in with your boyfriend. Your eating habits change, bit by bit, over time. You get busier. Take less time out for yourself at the gym because you are enjoying the company of your new mate. Over the course of a year or two, your habits become very different. Then one day, you get diagnosed.

Another example. You lose your job. You get a new job. Your new job isn’t exactly what you wanted, you are stressed out. You are not making as much money as you did before. You cannot afford to buy the best food, or you may just be too tired to cook. Maybe you eat out more or you eat more processed foods. You may not be able to afford as much fresh food, or organic food as you did before. You are tired, and flop after work, rather than going out to be with friends.

You have an injury or a surgery and are not as mobile as you were before. You have some down-time where you are unable to get out as much. You maybe put on a few pounds, or just don’t feel as energetic as you did before. After recouperating, you still don’t have as much energy and are not able to drag yourself to the gym, or out with friends.

Something has happened with your health. Whether it be hormones, blood pressure changes, or any other malady. Your doctor puts you on a pill. Sometime between about 6 months and 24 months later, you end up with fibromyalga.

This will not apply to 100% of you that have fibromyalga. And, once again, I am not a doctor. However, I have had clients with this disease where their guides have told me the cause of their illness, and in most cases, one of the above changes applies.

A couple of 2009 "News" Stories I Disagree With

Don’t believe everything you read in the paper or see on the news.

The media seems to have a way of spinning things so that people end up being mis-informed about things.

Its as if some people on the planet that don’t want us to be healthy and free of fear will tell us just about anything to get us to avoid things that are good for us.
Is it the drug companies? Could be.
Government? Maybe.

Rather than focus on Conspiracy Theories though, I will just add a subject to my blog about media mis-information. I won’t get into the H1N1 flu thing in this post, but aside from that there have been two very big news stories that I feel have misinformed people in 2009 and I would like to share a different take on them with you.

The first example is organics. In the summertime there was a huge news story about organics. In the story it was saying that after extensive testing, there was no point in buying organic and paying the extra money because it wasn’t more nutritious.

I don’t know about you, but I buy organic for what it does NOT have, not just for what it does. It often tastes better, but that is just my opinion.

I buy it because it doesn’t have all the pesticides and poisons in it. It is not sprayed with chemicals, nor do the farmers use chemical fertilizers. I don’t care if its more (or even less), nutritious. I don’t want to be ingesting any more pesticides than I have to thanks. Even with meat and dairy. I would rather not have all of the growth hormones and antibiotics that go along with non-organic.

In the spring there was a headline that stated “Glucosamine does not help with Arthritis Pain”. I have arthritis. I take glucosamine for the health of my joints. I take glucosamine to help rebuild my joint cartilage ~ or at the very least keep it from degenerating any more. I do not now, nor have I EVER taken glucosamine for pain. I can only assume that the media puts that story out there to get people to stop taking ‘health food’ type ‘medications’. Like I wrote before, I don’t want to get too much into conspiracy theories but why the heck put out misleading information like that. From what I gather, the intent of the media story was to get people to stop “wasting their money” on glucosamine “for pain”. I wonder how many people quit taking it because of that story. Glucosamine can help the joints, even if not the pain.

Would the “powers that be” rather that we be spending money on pain medications and surgeries? Hmmm. Makes you wonder. Me personally, I’d rather take the vitamins that help rebuild the joints whether it stops the pain or not. I’m no doctor, but I personally would rather try and keep my knees from getting worse than just rely on some kind of surgery later in my life.

As for what stops the pain and what is often sold along with glucosamine. MSM. I DO take MSM for the arthritis pain. I have taken it for many years and it works really well. So well in fact, that if I quit taking it for a few days I notice that I have not taken it. I rarely, if ever take pain pills for the arthritis in my knees. I have taken MSM and Glucosamine separately, and for me, its definitely the MSM that stops the pain. Before I started taking Glucosamine, Chondroitin and MSM together I would often have to take many pain pills to be able to cope. If you decide to take MSM, I have found that once it is out of your system (or if it hasn’t been in it yet), it can take a couple of weeks before it starts to work well.

I want to say again, I am no doctor. I am not suggesting you take anything without first talking to your doctor. I just wanted to clear up a couple of things that I saw written in the media that I think is doing a disservice to those of us that are trying to take care of ourselves.