Yes the Arthritis Toolkit is back, of course by popular demand!
As you can imagine I have had loads of messages from people, asking when is it going to be back with the next instalment. Some people even comparing the wait with that of the two-year absence of Game Of Thrones!
Maybe an exaggeration, but not completely untrue…
Okay it’s completely untrue.
The truth is I have had a busy few months, I have gotten married, been on honeymoon, changed jobs and decorated the home, almost.
Now we of course find ourselves in the midst of a World Cup where every four years my country, England, get vastly over hyped and then wildly under deliver.
As there is 3 games on a day at the minute it doesn’t leave too much time for blogging, that being said I haven’t been wasting my time. I have been constantly looking ahead to the remaining letters and think I have all but a couple finalised.
So those of you that may have been patiently waiting for the next installment, strap yourselves in because I think we should be moving through the gears now!
Drum roll please
G is for Ginger
I realise that again it can seem a bit anticlimactic and you are probably thinking this guy is clutching at straws here.
The truth is I always knew that this would be G in the toolkit, I knew that from the beginning and there are a few reasons why:
Some people still don’t seem to know how powerful this food is and for those that do know, it doesn’t hurt to be reminded. I don’t know about you but when I am cooking at home I still overlook this food and I actually enjoy it.
It is packed full of flavour so you don’t need to use it in large quantities as it can easily overpower a dish. You can use it in a marinade and even use it in a juice or smoothie.
When I looked into juicing a few years ago I found Jason Vale’s Juice Master website. It includes recipes, videos, recommended products, books and much more.
In nearly all of his meal plans he includes a morning ginger shot, a fantastic reminder of the need for this super food!
The benefits aren’t endless but there is a lot!
The controversial flu shot.
I am often looking online and although I am a great believer in never believe everything you read, I did find some information that made me pause for thought.
I pondered things like where did the flu come from? Did our ancestors have it? When was it first reported? Is there a connection to something else around that time? What pressure do my two rear tyres need to be before a long journey?
As you can see these questions lead me to a wide array of articles.
A look online tells you that it is thought the flu was contracted in humans from animals, birds, livestock.
Our ancestors may have had it because the first mention of flu can be a little murky. It is said that the symptoms of the flu were described by Hippocrates thousands of years ago.
The first known flu outbreak was reported 1889, the Asiatic (Russian) flu.
In the years leading up to this it is reported that there were a few poor harvests in Russia leading to famine.
The tyre pressure depends on the type of vehicle, mine is 32 PSI.
It may be plausible to think that eating diseased animals led to contracting the flu, though it is also thought that due to demand in the 1800s the global production of meat doubled on four occasions between 1820 and 1975, I shudder to imagine how much it has doubled since 1975.
With such a mass increase in animal livestock of course there was more chance of disease spreading so maybe eating diseased animals was causing flu in people.
We had no real reason to fear because around 1950 scientists found that antibiotic injections in animals can help prevent disease. Problem solved…
Misuse and overuse of antibiotics led to the birth of MRSA in 1961. Problem created.
So we still have people contracting flu yet our meat is treated with antibiotics. People receiving the flu shot can then contract the flu as it has small particles of the virus in it as well as some gelatin, formaldehyde, aluminium, chicken egg protein and of course antibiotics.
My point is I don’t believe in flu shots and there effectiveness, I believe in Ginger!
Ginger is a natural painkiller and it prevents cold and flu. This may be down to the fact that it strengthens your immune system and contains Magnesium, Zinc and Chromium that help prevent chills and fever.
It may prevent some form of cancers as well as optimising nutrient absorption and of course for us arthritis sufferers, it helps reduce inflammation.
It is often the same message here, reinforced. Where possible use natural treatments and products, try to eat organic, natural meats and food.
Do your own research and investigating don’t just blindly follow advice, even from a doctor, they have widely over prescribed antibiotics leading to MRSA.
Science can help and damage, in 1950 scientists found that injecting antibiotics in animals could help control disease amongst them.
We now absorb antibiotics from eating animals as well as other chemicals they are pumped with.
Be sure to keep up your Ginger intake on a regular basis, maybe make your own daily ginger shot!
Remember the powers of the Earth!