Our shoulder joints have evolved to the point where we can reach above our heads, behind our backs, and allow our arms to swing in full circles. One in four people complain about shoulder pain. Injury to the ball and socket joint can occur suddenly or be gradual. The tendons which hold the rotator cuff in place can become irritated or overstretched which can be extremely painful. Strengthening the muscles that surround the joint is a way of increasing their resilience. That includes the large muscles in the upper back and chest as well as the smaller groups that surround the joint. However, your lower body should not be ignored. Weak legs and core can result in putting more strain on the shoulder joint when lifting a heavy object. Minor pain may need time to heal but you should also consider what exercise caused the injury to occur. You may need to balance it with an exercise performed in an opposite direction. An example would be if it was a chest exercise maybe a back exercise will be beneficial. If the pain lingers, before you consider surgery work with a professional. Physical therapy can produce amazing results. A physical therapist will advise you on a proper regimen to follow. Follow up on their suggestions and see if it advisable to work with a qualified personal trainer. Don’t forget acupuncture as an alternate. This may be a better way to tackle shoulder pain than just attempting to handle the pain on your own.

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-1 Medium potato (skin on) cut into 1-in. chunks.

-1 Medium sweet potato (skin on) cut into 1-in. chunks.

-2 (3 ½ ounce) cans of salmon or mackerel drained.

-4 Spring onions, sliced into rounds.

-2 Handfuls of fresh flat-leaf parsley chopped.

-1 Egg beaten.

– Zest and juice of ½ lemon.

Celeriac Slaw: (celeriac is the bulb of the celery plant)

-1/2 celeriac, peeled.

-4 Teaspoons milk kefir yogurt

– Salt and Pepper


1.Preheat oven to 400 degrees F. -line a baking tray with baking paper

2.Bring a medium saucepan to a boil. Add both potatoes and cook for 20-25 minutes. Remove and roughly mash.

3.Transfer potatoes to a mixing bowl. Add salmon or mackerel along with onion, half the parsley and the egg. Mix them together, add lemon zest and just a squeeze of lemon and mix again. Mold the mixture into 6 fishcakes, bake for 30-35 min. -flip over during half time.

4.In a separate bowl, grate the celeriac, mix with yogurt or kefir, add remaining parsley, a squeeze of lemon, season to taste.

Serve together, they can last in the fridge for 2 days.


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The Potato Good or Bad?

Posted by Lenny Variano on June 9, 2023

Americans consume about 50 lbs. of potatoes per person per year. Potatoes have an extremely high level of Potassium an important mineral for the heart. A substantial amount of this mineral is contained within the potato skin. A small potato contains about 23% of the daily requirement of potassium, along with B6 (neurological health), iron, magnesium, vitamin C and fiber. Despite the fact that potatoes have a high glycemic value, they contain what is known as resistant starch. Resistant starch acts in the same way as soluble fiber by providing food for the microbes in our gut as well as helping with blood sugar control. Eating potatoes is also associated with weight gain however they are quite filling and can even curb hunger pains. There is evidence that a certain protein in potatoes Proteinase inhibitor 2 (P12), can curb hunger. Fried potatoes do have a high level of saturated fat and salt and a baked potato is usually topped with an excess of butter and sour cream. Although a potato is a vegetable, it should not be viewed as a replacement for a green vegetable. It should be looked upon as the starch portion of your plate (rice, pasta). How about mashing potatoes with olive oil and spices? Make use of all the different colors that potatoes are available in. Each color is richer in a particular vitamin. There is always the much more tasty, Sweet or Japanese potato which need very little to enhance their flavor. Moderation is always key (make fries a sometime food) but elimination of the potato from our diet may be more detrimental then beneficial.


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Dementia and an Eye Exam…

Posted by Lenny Variano on June 9, 2023

All the drugs that may have helped with Dementia have failed to be effective in halting this disease. Dementia cases are growing, and scientists are looking to other possible causes instead of relying on drugs. They are now focusing on modifiable risks and if behavior may play a part in dementia. A new study was published in JAMA Neurology, in which scientists claim that at least 100,000 cases could have been prevented with healthy vision. 80 to 90% of vision impairment and blindness can be prevented, especially since eye exams, eyeglasses, and eye surgery are relatively inexpensive. Among the modifiable risk factors that were identified besides eyesight were hearing, inactivity and social contact. Our neural system remains healthy through stimulation. This is especially important for eyesight and hearing whose neurons may fade without this stimulation. Both senses are extremely important for older people to stay in touch with the world by making it possible for them to communicate. These modifiable risk factors possibly can lift some of the future burden on our medical system. Not only are they relatively easy to correct but they are drug free.


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