A Bout With Gout


A Bout With Gout

When I was young, my dad had a very severe case of gout.  As I grew older, I

Gout: the disease of kings

Gout: the disease of kings (Photo credit: DanCentury)

saw him suffer more and more with the crippling disease.  He not only had it in his feet, but he got it in his hands and elbows as well.  As a matter of fact, his doctor told him that he had the most severe case he had ever treated. Of course, I’m sure everyone who has ever suffered with gout would say they feel they have the worst case.  I actually had my first “flare-up” of the despicable ailment in December of 2004.  Thankfully, I now no longer suffer with the disorder. Sadly, my father died at age 59 from renal failure brought on by diabetes.

What is Gout?  According to the National Arthritis Data Workgroup, an estimated 6 million people in the United States report having experienced gout at some point in their lives. In fact, gout is the most common form of inflammatory arthritis in men over the age of 40.

So, we know that it’s a form of arthritis, but there’s a lot more to it. Gout is a painful form of arthritis that is caused by high uric acid levels in your blood. Gout attacks occur when excess uric acid forms crystals, causing inflammation in your joints that leads to swelling and pain. As your uric acid level rises, so does the potential for gout and gout flares. Over time, gout attacks can become more severe, last longer, and occur more often. Decreasing your uric acid to the recommended level (less than 6 mg/dL) can reduce the risk of gout attacks over the long term. And there are options that may help get you there.

Gout Signs & Symptoms  Gout flares usually strike suddenly, at night, and without any warning. During the attack, the affected area becomes hot, red, swollen, and extremely tender. Having gout may sometimes feel like your toe is a volcano erupting into a hot, fiery flare.

Gout may be best known for causing harsh pain in the toe. While most gout attacks do occur in the big toe, they can occur in other parts of the body as well. As I mentioned, my dad had attacks in his hands and elbow as well.

What Can One Do?  Healthy Choices!  A lot of people misunderstand the role of diet in gout, but here are some good tips that you can discuss with your family doctor:

  • Drink plenty of liquids, like water.  Fluids like water help remove uric acid from the body. Alkaline ionized water is a great choice. Avoid beer and other alcoholic beverages!
  • Add low-fat dairy products to your diet. Eating more of these dairy products is associated with a decreased risk of gout.
  • Maintain a healthy body weight, and get plenty of exercise.
  • Limit your intake of high purine foods (beef, pork, and lamb)
  • Avoid spinach, asparagus, cauliflower, and mushrooms

The foods you eat aren’t necessarily the cause of gout. To best address gout, you need a comprehensive treatment plan that addresses healthy lifestyle changes including diet and exercise, pain management for gout flares, and the long-term treatment of high uric acid that causes gout.

Part of coming up with this plan is having an honest discussion with your doctor about what you are doing right now.

What is your daily diet like?

Are you taking herbal supplements or eating a lot of particular foods that you heard might help? One of the best supplements I discovered that helped my gout is Re:Flex.  It can’t be found in stores, but can be ordered online at https://store.myvollara.com/%28raines%29/Site/ReFlex

What kind of exercise are you doing and how frequently?

Are you taking your medication as prescribed?

Your doctor can tell you whether or not you are on the right track. I mentioned in the beginning that I no longer agonize from gout.  I had my last flare in 2004.  I found relief by losing weight, avoiding or decreasing the amount of high purine foods I take in. I also drink alkaline ionized water on a daily bases, and I take Re:Flex as mentioned previously.  My doctor insisted on prescribing a medication for me, and he did for a while; however, I saw what the long-term use of some of the medications did for my father and I didn’t want to follow that path.

Hopefully, this information has been helpful and if you suffer from “bouts of gout”, you get some relief.

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Brian Raines is not a healthcare provider, and does not render medical advice or services, and the information in this blog should never be used as a substitute for the advice provided by your physician or other healthcare provider. You should not use this information to diagnose or treat a disease or health problem. You should instead always consult your physician or other healthcare provider for such medical advice or services. 

 

 

 

 

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All Water is the Same, Right?


Everyone is concerned with their health and drinking more water, but how do icebergyou decide which water to drink? Today, we are going to look further at the various types of water that are available.

Reverse Osmosis

Reverse osmosis, or RO, water is water that has been purified using reverse osmosis techniques. Osmosis is something that occurs naturally, it’s when a solvent (something that is dissolved in a solution) passes through a semi-permeable membrane from an area where there is a lot of it, to an area that does not have a lot of that solvent.

In reverse osmosis, this process is basically, well, reversed. A reverse osmosis machine uses a semi-permeable membrane as a filter and it also uses a lot of pressure, more pressure than the normal process of osmosis creates. The product, RO water, is free of any impurities that might have been present before it went through the machine.

People use these machines to make sea water safe to drink, by removing all the salt. They also use them to purify water that is going to be used in very sensitive environments, such as coral tanks or other marine tanks.

Alkaline Ionized Water

What is Alkaline Ionized Water? Alkaline water is water with a pH of more than 7.0, normally between 8.5 to 9.5 pH for drinking. Some people buy alkaline water or an alkaline water machine because they believe drinking alkaline water has health benefits.

Ionized water (also referred to as electrolyzed water) is water that has been exposed to an electric current which separates the charged particles. During ionization, positively-charged ions are drawn to the negative electrode. Negatively-charged ions are drawn to the positive electrode. Ions with a positive charge like calcium, magnesium, sodium, and potassium raise the pH and produce alkaline water. Negative ions including phosphorous, chlorine, and sulfur lower the pH and produce acidic water.

Bottled Water

Bottled water is another choice for hydration and refreshment because of its consistent safety, quality, good taste and convenience.  The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) fully regulates bottled water as a packaged food product and requires bottled water to adhere to FDA’s extensive food safety, labeling and inspection requirements.

Bottled water is also subject to state regulations and, at the industry level, members of the International Bottled Water Association (IBWA) are required to follow the IBWA Model Code.  Water is classified as “bottled water” or “drinking water” when it meets all applicable federal and state standards, is sealed in a sanitary container and is sold for human consumption.

By law, FDA standards for bottled water must be at least as stringent and protective of public health as standards set by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) for public water systems.  Some beverages containing certain ingredients or additives may cause that product to be classified as a soft drink, dietary supplement or some other categorization.

Soda water, seltzer water and tonic water are not considered bottled waters. They are regulated differently, may contain sugar and calories and are classified as soft drinks.

Distilled Water

Natural water usually contains a number of microscopic contaminants, along with dissolved minerals, such as calcium and iron. One way to remove these elements from water is to boil it until it changes to steam, a process known as distillation. When this steam is allowed to cool down and condense into liquid form again, the result is a purified form called distilled water. This water should ideally be nothing but hydrogen and oxygen molecules, with a pH level of 7 and no additional gases, minerals, or contaminants.

The distilling process relies on the principle that most solid materials found in water are heavier than the water molecules themselves. When water is heated in a distiller, any dissolved solids, such as salt, bacteria, calcium, or iron, remain solid while the pure water converts to a much lighter steam and is drawn out for condensation. Distilled water has a noticeably bland taste because all of the minerals that give water its flavor have been removed.

Distilled water is safe to drink, but it is used more often for research purposes where water purity is essential or industrial uses where mineral deposits can cause damage over time. It may also be used in steam irons to prevent calcium build-up, but this requirement has generally been relaxed in recent years. Certain baby formulas may use this type of water as a mixing liquid as well. Pediatric bottled water formulated with additional electrolytes may use it as a base.

Deionized Water

Deionized Water has had ionized impurities and minerals removed from it but not bacteria or pathogens.

Tap Water

Tap water is municipal water that comes out of the faucets and has been treated, processed and disinfected. It is purified with chlorine and generally has added fluoride. But one of the byproducts from using chlorine in our drinking water is linked to cancer.

Water: it makes up almost 75% of your body and is absolutely necessary for life. You probably know you should drink 8 to 10 glasses of this life-giving liquid per day, but have you given serious thought to the quality of your water?

Water is one of the most important parts of a healthy lifestyle, so make sure that you are choosing the best possible water, avoiding dangerous plastics, and getting enough vital minerals. With 8 to 10 glasses a day of pure water, you’ll have energy and vitality like never before.

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How Important is Hydration?


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A six-year study published in the May 1, 2002 American Journal of Epidemiology found that those who drink more than 5 glasses of water a day were 41% less likely to die from a heart attack during the study period than those who drank less than two glasses.

Drinking the equivalent of 5 glasses of water daily decreases the risk of colon cancer by 45% and drinking ½ your body weight in water per day decreases the risk of breast cancer by 79%

I think the reason why we often don’t give enough importance to hydration is that it is so simple. It is hard for our brain to connect such a profound effect with something as simple as drinking a proper amount of water each day.

So I am not going to argue the point too much – I think 99% of you will agree that drinking enough water on a daily basis is absolutely a good thing. So let’s get into the good stuff: how you can start to directly change the quality of your life with water!

The benefits of hydration

Drinking ½ your body weight in ounces of quality water per day will transform your health and dramatically improve the way you think and feel.

These are the Top 5 Benefits to staying hydrated!

1. Energy! As mentioned above, when we are dehydrated by just 5% most of us will experience a 25-30% loss of energy. And to be honest, I estimate that 90% of us are more than 5% dehydrated.  When was the last time you truly drank enough water during the day?  And when you did, how good did you feel?!

When we are dehydrated we get headaches, foggy thinking, fatigue in our mind and our body, mood swings, we overeat, our metabolism grinds to a halt, we underachieve and we lose motivation.

Water is needed for almost every body metabolic function – it is simply vital that we stay hydrated. When we are dehydrated our body just cannot do it’s job and our energy and mental state will suffer as a result.

Fatigue is a hydration problem. If you’re feeling tired drink several glasses of water over the next 90 minutes and see how you feel then!

 

2.  Weight Loss! Our brain literally does not distinguish between the sensations of thirst and hunger. Both are derived from the same place – low energy levels (linking it to point 1, above). When we experience these low energy levels the sensations of thirst and hunger are generated at the same time, and we instinctively assume that regardless of the driver, both of these sensations are ‘the need to eat’. In other words we eat food even when the body needs water.

 

By staying hydrated we separate these two messages and often eat a lot less – the right amount.

 

3. Clear Skin! When you start to stay hydrated and consume ½ your body weight in ounces of water per day you will also begin to notice some dramatic changes to your skin.

 

Problems such as acne, dryness, eczema, psoriasis and more will start to disappear. Why?  When dehydrated, the body preserves the water supply to critical organs, such as the brain and the heart, but “cuts off water” to peripheral organs such as skin.

 

Being hydrated also ensures that your body’s cells are able to function effectively, for nutrient absorption, blood building and circulating and to help the body remove toxins.

 

4. Alkalinity & pH Balance! When you drink clean, filtered water with a pH of at least 8.5+ you will notice that you begin to feel a surge of health, energy and vitality. Our body is designed to be alkaline,

maintaining a pH level of approximately 7.365 in our cells, particularly the blood.

 

When we eat and drink too many acid-forming foods and drinks such as colas, sugars, breads, sweets, pizza, chips, alcohol, white rice & pasta, trans-fats, fast food, refined food, sauces & condiments, dairy, meats and more we put our body under an incredible strain to maintain this pH balance at 7.365.

 

By hydrating our body with high pH water we help maintain this alkalinity, flush toxins & acids from the body (such as yeasts/candida and bacteria growths) and our energy and vitality will go through the roof!

 

Being over-weight is also an acid problem, so when you start to hydrate & alkalize you will also start to see the weight fall away. Seriously, just by drinking ½ your body weight in ounces of alkaline water per day you will begin to see huge improvements with your weight.

 

5. Anti-Aging! The cause of premature aging is an over acid, dehydrated body. Aging occurs when we do not dispose of the internally generated wastes and toxins in our body. This is the process of getting old.

Because this accumulation of waste products inside the body is the aging process, supporting the body to remove these old, acid wastes is the anti aging process.

 

Antioxidants are often referred to as a way to prevent anti-aging because they help to detoxify the body from these wastes – and so drinking alkaline, antioxidant-rich water is a fantastic way to slow and reverse the aging process.

 

When we are hydrated, our cells function optimally, our digestive system works wonderfully and we can remove these aging toxins easily!

 

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·         Detroit Tigers

·         Cincinnati Reds

·         Colorado Rockies

·         Arkansas Naturals

·         Joey Greany – Strength and Conditioning Coach

·         Kansas City Royals

·         Ryan Stoneberg – Minor League Strength & Conditioning Coordinator

·         Kansas City Royals

·         Ty Hill – Strength & Conditioning Coach

·         Texas Rangers

·         Toronto Blue Jays

·         Pittsburgh Pirates

·         Washington Nationals

 

Uncompromising Health Weight Loss Challenge – Day 32


It is a beautiful, sunshine-filled morning here in South Carolina. Frost on the

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ground and twenty-one degrees!  God is certainly smiling on us this special day.

Today starts Day 32 of my own Vollara Uncompromising Health Weight Loss Challenge.  The past two days have been a bit frustrating as my body has decided it is showing me who is in charge.  The scale did give me a bit of relief this morning showing a loss of eight ounces.  This morning, I weighed in at 339.8.  I am really excited about the coming week. How much healthier I will become…how much more weight I will lose. 

My day started with two ounces of low-fat cottage cheese with pineapple. I topped it off with a delicious vanilla whey protein shake from Vollara. I blended it with cold, organic skim milk. Delicious! Some days I blend my fruit in with the shake. Can I get a BOOM?

Re:Place is the core product in my weight loss program.  Re:Place is a delicious SuperFood that uses the amazing power of enzymes to support your metabolism at optimum levels during weight loss without using drugs or stimulants. Unlike other meal replacement products that offer little nutrition, Re:Place provides the minerals, amino acids, enzymes, carbohydrates, protein, fatty acids, fiber, phytonutrients, and naturally occurring vitamins that your body needs to support a healthy and active metabolism. Re:Place supports your body’s ability to burn the maximum amount of fat from storage, using it as fuel and enabling you to obtain the slimmer, leaner body you desire. In fact, as a SuperFood, Re:Place is an ideal meal replacement or supplement drink for anyone concerned with looking great and feeling great.

I will have the second of my 5 – 7 meals around noon today.  It sure feels good to be losing weight again. Below are my stats:

Original starting weight — 555 pounds

Today, I weighed in at 339.8.  On this second leg of my journey, I have dropped 25.2 pounds over the past 31 days and I feel great. Body Mass Index (BMI)  today is 46.1  My ultimate goal is to be at 180 pounds by my birthday on December 29th. In order to accomplish this, I must lose 0.48 pounds each day.

Many of you have decided to join me on my challenge. I hope more of you do.  When you do, I will send you my complete meal plan, as well as our 5-7-5 plan which allows you to lose 5 pounds in 7 days.  My personal plan is a bit more aggressive.

Let me hear from you. Leave your comments. Tell me how you’re doing on your weight loss. What are you finding helpful? What’s challenging for you? While you here, I’d be honored if you would subscribe to this blog, and I will give you daily updates, and keep you posted on new health trends, especially tailored around weight loss.  Keep it up…the only way one cannot win this game is by quitting. Don’t you quit!

Peace and Love,

Brian

Do You Have Formaldehyde in Your Home and Office?


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(NaturalNews) Formaldehyde is present in relatively benign quantities in nature; however its presence in manufactured goods is a major health concern because according to a significant body of research, it is a known carcinogenic substance. 

Recently the U.S Department of Health and Human Services released a report on newly designated carcinogens that included formaldehyde. The report went on to suggest that people in certain industries were especially vulnerable to the effects of exposure such as those workers who worked in nail salons, in the funeral industry, and in industries which use formaldehyde to produce common household items including home furnishings, cleansers and personal care products. People who are exposed to concentrated levels of formaldehyde are more likely to develop certain cancers such as nasopharyngeal cancer and myeloid leukemia.

While some effort has been made to limit the quantities of formaldehyde used in manufacturing, such as restrictions recently placed by the US in The Formaldehyde Standards for Composite Wood Products Act, this toxic chemical remains a significant health risk especially in confined spaces for prolonged periods of time.

Formaldehyde is classified as a volatile organic compound or VOA. This term is used to describe compounds that are under significant vapor pressure and are easily expelled into the air. Because formaldehyde is readily vaporized can be a serious indoor pollutant.

Products which may contain formaldehyde include:

* Wood composite furniture including; resins used for office furniture, couches, baby furniture, particle board, pressed board, plywood, and softwood.

* Building materials such as acoustical ceilings, mineral wool, decking, composite core doors, industrial glues, foam insulation, paints and paint thinners.

* Household cleansers such as floor polishes, scouring cleansers, disinfectants, liquid cleansers, laundry aids, air fresheners, carpet cleaners.

* Household items such as wall hangings, carpets or throw rugs, coating on paper products, textiles, plastics, and upholstery.

* Personal care products such as hair straightening products, hair rinses, and cosmetics such as nail polish and hair gel often contain formaldehyde. Baby products including shampoos, creams and bubble bath are frequently laced with formaldehyde. Toothpaste and body washes are also potential sources of this carcinogenic ingredient.

* Clothing that is designated wrinkle free or preshrunk frequently contains formaldehyde. It has also been found in baby clothes and bedding.

* Formaldehyde is also a key component in the familiar new car smell of recently purchased vehicles.

* Car exhaust and cigarette smoke also contain formaldehyde.

* Formaldehyde is used as a disinfectant in laboratory settings, and is also used in the embalming process.

There are ways to reduce exposure to formaldehyde including buying products that are formaldehyde free. Another important way to reduce exposure is to be certain to properly ventilate the house. Here are some other suggests to reduce formaldehyde exposure:

1. Frequently air out the house. Formaldehyde concentrations in the home may also lead to allergic reactions may contribute to asthma attacks and contribute to other respiratory problems, rashes, irritation to mucus membranes, and fatigue. Children may be especially vulnerable.

2. Formaldehyde may be more readily released into the air in hot and humid spaces. Keep the area cool and dry in summer weather if possible.

3. Pressed wood products or composite wood frequently contains resins made with formaldehyde. Avoid purchasing these products or look for products that are listed as containing no formaldehyde or low formaldehyde. One example of a product labeled for reduced formaldehyde content would be a C.A.R.B phase 1 or 2 compliant product which is The California Air Resource Board endorsement. California has long recognized the carcinogenic properties of formaldehyde.

4. Wash all new clothing before wearing it. Clothing manufacturers in the U.S and some other countries are not required to label materials containing formaldehyde though many of their products do.

5. Do not allow smoking in the home. Smoke from cigarettes is a leading cause of formaldehyde exposure and indoor pollution.

6. When refinishing or sanding an old piece of furniture or woodwork wear a mask and use adequate ventilation. Sawdust from these items may contain high levels of formaldehyde.

7. Combinations of cleansers can be deadly so don’t mix them. Use proper ventilation when using ordinary household cleansers. Although many of them smell fresh and clean they are chemical cocktails that frequently contain formaldehyde.

8. Use low-VOC or no-VOC paints.

9. Buy only personal care and baby care items that are formaldehyde free. Be especially diligent with nail polishes, hair straightening products as both of these items may contain dangerous levels of formaldehyde.

The recent addition of formaldehyde to the list of known cancer causing agents may lead to tougher laws regulating its use in consumer products and is a significant step to protecting the welfare of the public from this toxic substance. Until laws change however, it will be up to consumers to take steps to protect their home and families from formaldehyde.

*Vollara manufactures the Fresh Air Surround as well as other top quality air purification systems. For more information on this and other Vollara technology, visit http://www.morevollara.com/  

Vollara products are distributed by the Raines Organization and can be ordered from their website at http://www.myvollara.com/raines

Learn more: http://www.naturalnews.com/032765_formaldehyde_carcinogenic.html#ixzz1Pux7bRiD 

*Natural news does not endorse Vollara products, and this paragraph was not written by Natural News.

Seinfeld Blog About Nothing


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Good Morning to all my precious friends and business associates. I don’t know about where you live; but, here in South Carolina it is going to be an extremely hot day!  Isn’t today the first day of summer? I think it is.

Do you ever have days when your mind is scattered, and you have so much on it, that you don’t really get that much accomplished? Today feels like one of those days. I do intend to take control however, and get focused. Didn’t quite know what I wanted to write about today. I usually blog alot about my business with Vollara; however, today just doesn’t feel like that kind of day.  I also thought about writing about something very inspirational and motivating; however, I notice that there are so many people blogging about this topic…certainly don’t want to get lost in that mess!  Don’t you get tired of everyone on Facebook, Twitter, and other social media sites posting all these quotes? I mean, I like being positive, but after awhile it really gets boring! 

You know…Seinfeld made a million dollars or more per episode doing a sitcom about nothing! I wonder if that would work for me and my blog? Nah…probably not!  What do you guys like to read on blogs? Give me some feedback. 

Oh well, I guess this is my version of the Jerry Seinfeld blog…a blog about nothing. I do like taking this opportunity to chat with you guys; although, I notice not many people are reading. And, it doesn’t appear anyone is subscribing. Come on, help a guy out…share my blog….subscribe….correspond with me…..tell me what you want to know. Don’t keep me a secret!

Now, where exactly do I get my million dollar Seinfeld check for doing….”nothing?”

Have a blessed day!

Brian Raines

P.S. Well, I said I didn’t feel like it; however, since I do have to make a living, I might as well mention my business at least one time. I’m expanding, and looking for new business partners. If you know of anyone who could use an extra $1000-$2000 per month working their own business from home, I’d like to chat with them. Check out my website and let me hear from you.

WHY A CAREER WITH VOLLARA?


Why Vollara?

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Health & Wellness is now a huge market with hundreds of billions of dollars spent worldwide. Out of all those people, we have to ask who wants to be partially healthy? The answer, of course, is NOBODY! Vollara has a simple story based on a foundation of complete health focusing on cleaner air, pristine water, and cellular nutrition.

We know you’ve been told you are what you eat… but it’s not true! You are what you ABSORB! Everything else is either exhaled or expelled from your body. We understand this fundamental concept which is why Vollara’s products are at the leading edge of science and technology in the essentials for good health.

And you are in the right place at the right time.

Our Market

Vollara is already positioned in the Health & Wellness market with significant amounts of money already being spent on our products. To understand our potential, consider the different industry segments:

$30 billion per year       Purified & Bottled Water
$40 billion per year       Weight Loss
$30 billion per year       Nutrition
$12 billion per year       Laundry
$18 billion per year       Allergy & Asthma

People Are Looking For Opportunity

With the upcoming “Second Baby Boom”, there are 60 million people in the U.S. between the ages of 15 and 30, and another 40 million between 5 and 15. That’s 100 million people set to enter our market in the next 20 years. Additionally, the NY Times reported in September of 2010 that more than 20% of the unemployed workforce is age 55 and older. These older job seekers often lack the specialized technical skills sought by newer employers which means there is a significant number of our older population in fear of never finding work again while still in need of income. Even home values have been cut so dramatically they are simply no longer a realistic source of support.

There’s one more chilling fact to consider: With only an additional $500 per month, a majority of recent bankruptcies and foreclosures could have been avoided.

Simply put, Vollara offers hope; as an opportunity for your future and way to share with those that need it most. Millions need the products we offer and millions are searching for a chance to “turn things around” – you can be part of the answer today.

To view video of our products and people, visit http://www.morevollara.com/

To order product, or to become a Vollara distributor, visit http://www.myvollara.com/raines