December 20, 2017 - A friend asked what I was writing just two days ago and we ended up talking about Alzheimer´s Disease. Apparently his Dad has been diagnosed and is about to move into a special care unit. I told my friend about my turmeric research that indicated turmeric with Longvida added to it seems to be helping reverse some of the effects of Alzeimer´s. He asked for more information to take to his family doctor in Holland and I sent him these links.

We are both hoping that the Longavida turmeric makes a difference.

P.S. Week one of walking on the treadmill is going well. It is horribly boring but I am studying my Portuguese verbs as I walk for 15 minutes twice a day, so far so good.

December 15, 2017 -  Investing for the Future

December 15, 2017 - I have been researching the top ten health issues over 60. It can be depressing reading, because heading some of the risk factors are the words "old age". Sometimes just getting older increases our risk of heart attacks, developing sight loss, hearing loss, etc. We all know our bodies begin to lose function the older we get, and there are very very few people who reach 80 or 90 still able to pursue the sports they loved when they were younger. What is the answer? To remain active, it is a simple and as hard as that. 

If you are not naturally athletic, do not enjoy a variety of sports, but rather prefer to read books, watch old movies and stroll on the beach, you are going to have problems with muscle loss, weight gain and mobility as you age. The only answer is to begin a bit of weight training, join a gym, or otherwise increase your exercise. The good news is that a little goes a long way. You don´t have to work out for 2 hours a day, or play ten games of tennis in a row, or run marathons. You can start small, and work your way up to better mobility, bone density and overall health over a period of time.

The sooner you get started the sooner you will see results. I fall into the book reading, book writing, introverted, non-athletic group. To make matters worse I live halfway up a very steep hillside, so walking either up or down puts a strain on my knees and ankles.  So I have decided to start walking twice a day on a treadmill.  I know I will find this extremely boring, even with a lovely view out the window, so I am going use a set of headphones and my language CDs to study Portuguese while I walk.  I will let you know how the first week goes.

December 7, 2017 - As the cold and rain begin so do the old aches and pains. I have a stiff neck from an old car accident, and I fell on one of my knees badly and tore a ligament, now it hurts on rainy days. My husband fell badly years ago when he was a dancer. He has one knee that aches with the winter weather.

I began researching the use of turmeric as a possible treatment for arthritis pain and inflammation because a cousin of mine in Canada had so much pain in her knees from years of downhill skiing that she could hardly walk during damp days. She had heard about turmeric and was buying capsules from her local bulk food store and said they seemed to be working.

The research I did showed that it is a particular element of turmeric, called curcumin that actually helps relieve inflammation and pain.  When the element theracumin is added to it the results are thousands of times more effective than just turmeric alone. I searched for supplements containing theracurmin and the results have been very, very good. I still get the occasional neck pain, but the arthritis issue in my knee is gone. My husband will always have one knee that points a little to the left instead of straight ahead, but he no longer needs to sit out rainy afternoons. The turmeric supplement has improved the pain and inflammation by 90%.  And my cousin?  She is now on a 4 kilometer a day walking program to lose weight and has not missed a day, despite 4 solid weeks of rain and snow in Canada. 

My small book outlining my research and the results of the latest studies and clinical trials is available on Amazon here.

December 4, 2017 - Winter has arrived here in Portugal and it is just barely above 50 degrees this morning. The sun is shining and the dogs are sleeping in pools of sun on the carpet in the living room. It´s time to order the firewood. In fact, it is a bit late, but I have been busy with other things, so this afternoon, a call to our local wood supplier, and with luck, tomorrow a lovely fire in the evening.

I have been working on a new book about staying healthy in your 60s and beyond. I have researched the top ten health issues as we age, a little depressing. The good news is that there is always something that we can do to mitigate the effects of ageing and a lot of it is quite simple common sense.

There is, of course, always the matter of luck as well. My father has reached the age of 95, after having fought in both World War II and Korea. He takes one pill a day for a prostate condition but is otherwise considered healthy, though a little frail because he is losing muscle mass and has a lousy sense of balance due to hearing loss. At his last checkup with the doctor, a rather overweight specimen, the doctor advised that my father´s "numbers", the results of his EKG and other tests, were better than those of the doctor, who is 30 years younger. Dad is the first to say that a part of this must be luck because he did not take particularly good care of himself; he did not go to the gym or workout; he smoked off and on for 40 years and he has been rather sedentary since he retired. Luck indeed!

Copyright K.A. Gale Author, Thinker, Health Living Advocate