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