Thursday, May 24, 2007

How Hemp Seed Oil Can Help Your Arthritis

There is a huge problem that exists today with the enormous number of people suffering from arthritis in its many forms. It is said that well over half the population of this country who are over 60 suffer from either osteo or rheumatoid arthritis.

What both forms of the disease actually are I will not go into here, as it is a long and complex subject. But, arthritis is a form of inflammation which mainstream medicine appears unable to address.

Both are caused by what I call “bone and cartilage gravel”, the bits of bone and cartilage which are left in the joints after the body has started to degenerate, rubbing in the joints each time it moves. This “gravel” rubs on the nerve ends, causing pain, whilst at the same time creating more damage as the “gravel” continues to rub away more of the bone and cartilage. In other words, a vicious circle that modern medicine cannot resolve.

But there are ways in the alternative remedy field that may, and I know of many cases that have, been able to break this circle.

I recommend that a daily Hemp Oil Capsule, or the liquid neat, which is quite tasty, and can be taken off a spoon, should be considered long term. Hemp Oil comes from hemp seed: THE MOST NUTRITIONALLY COMPLETE FOOD SOURCE IN THE WORLD.

Taking a quality Hemp Oil is just the same for your body as putting oil in your car’s engine. It lubricates the system. Hemp is unique with an almost perfectly balanced profile of Omega 3, 6 & 9 to match the body’s requirements.

Uniquely among common seed oil, it also contains GLA (Gamma-Linolenic Acid) and even more uniquely, raises circulating GLA.

GLA (Gamma-Linolenic Acid) research around the world has shown that hemp oil (as can all essential fatty acids) boosts the body’s natural ability to heal and also boosts our immune systems. The Essential Fatty Acids in hemp are renowned for their ability to improve cell growth and organ function, vitality and mental state.

Extensive studies have shown that many common illnesses (such as Eczema, Arthritis and many other problems) are related to deficiencies or imbalances of specific fatty acids, and in particular, Omega 3, 6 & 9. Seeds of the plant cannabis sativa, hemp seed (not the drug plant!) contain all the essential amino acids and essential fatty acids necessary to maintain healthy human life. No other single plant source has the essential amino acids in such an easily digestible form, nor has the essential fatty acids in as perfect a ratio to meet human nutritional needs.

Its distinctive nutty flavour makes it ideal for use in salad dressings, dips etc., as an accompaniment to all vegetables, or taken straight, as a nutritional supplement.
Hemp Oil is suitable for Vegetarians and Vegans.

For further advice on arthritis, healthy fats and health care, visit Natural Arthritis Care
This article was written by John Osborne, a contributor to the Wonder Cure - Natural Health Care website.
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Optimism, A Health Tonic

A definition of an OPTIMIST and PESSIMIST:- "Two men look at a half filled glass. To one it's half full, to the other it's half empty".

If you're placed second in a writing contest, will you jump for joy and push for better results the next time or will you be discouraged and find an excuse not to enter again?

In life, there are always choices. You may opt to have a pessimist's view and live a self-defeating life or you may decide to take the optimist's route and enjoy a challenging and fulfilling life.

So why nurture an optimist's point of view? And why now?

Optimism is linked to positive mood and good morale in all walks of life, as well as popularity, good health and even long life.

On the other hand, the rates of depression and pessimism have never been higher. Depression affects middle-aged adults in the same way it afflicts younger people. It is no longer the preserve of the middle-aged but a teen-ager's problem as well.

This is how optimists act and research explains why it pays to be an optimist:
Optimists expect the best.

The defining characteristic of pessimists lies in the fact that they tend to believe bad events will last a long time and undermine everything they do. The also believe it's their own fault.
The truth is that optimists are confronted with the same hard knocks of this world. What differs is the way they treat their misfortune from the opposite perspective of pessimists. They look on defeat as a temporary setback, to be overcome.

Optimists also focus on and plan for the 'problem' at hand. They use 'positive thinking'. In other words, they will reinterpret a negative experience in a way that helps them to learn and grow. Such people are unfazed when things go wrong. They perceive them as a challenge and try harder.

They don't say "things will never get better", "If I failed once, it will happen again" and "If I experience misfortune in one part of my life, then it will happen in my whole life".

Positive expectations of optimists also predict better reactions during transitions to new environments, sudden tragedies and unlikely turns of events. If they fail, they know next time they'll succeed. They see opportunities instead of obstacles.

People respond positively to optimists.

Optimists are proactive and less dependent on others for their happiness. They find no need to control or manipulate people. People are usually drawn towards them. Their optimistic view of the world can be contagious and influence their friends and colleagues.

Optimism is a socially desirable trait in all communities. Those who share optimism are generally accepted while those who spread doom and gloom are unpopular.

In life, optimistic people often win elections and are voted the most congenial and sought after for advice.

When the going gets tough, optimists become tougher.
Optimists typically maintain higher levels of well-being during times of stress than do people who are less optimistic. In contrast, pessimists are likely to react to stressful events by denying that they exist or by avoiding dealing with them. Pessimists are more likely to give up when difficulties arise.

Optimists persevere. They don't give up easily and are also known for their patience as they inch their way a step closer to that goal or dream.

Optimists are healthier and live longer.
Medical research has confirmed that simple pleasures and a positive outlook on life can cause a measurable increase in the body's ability to fight disease.

Optimists' health is unusually good. They age well and do not experience the usual physical ills of middle age. They also tend to outlive those prone to negative thoughts.

So why not be an optimist today? Think positively towards a more fulfilled life.

Why not look forward to success in all your endeavors? Be resilient! Like everybody else you are bound to hit lows sometimes but don't just stay there. Pick yourself up and improve your chances of getting back on the right track. Encourage others to remove their dark-colored glasses and see life on the bright side.

Michael Russell
Your Independent guide to Self Help
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