Nutritional help for arthritis

Arthritis is common in cerebral palsy. Arthritis is usually brought about through wear and tear on cartilage over time, resulting in pain and stiffness in the joints. Although cerebral palsy is not a degenerative condition, it does cause secondary conditions such as Arthritis.

The pain experienced with arthritis can sometimes also be triggered by the food that we eat. To identify and avoid allergens, we must first test for allergies. The most effective test is called an ‘IgG ELISA’ test …

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30 Sep, 2010

Dental problems

What should have been a routine trip to the dentist, turned out to be so much more. I have written journals about my on-going problems around cerebral palsy, including reflux which I have had since the age of 28, brought about by being premature, a twin and so I’m told, child birth.

Right now, I have gastro-oesophageal reflux, which affects the muscle connecting the oesophagus to the stomach. When the oesophageal sphincter is weak, it allows food and stomach acid to flow back up into …

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29 Sep, 2010

Foods for healthy bones

In this blog, I will look at foods that could help prevent osteoporosis. The idea is that we consume less animal proteins that contain saturated fats and consume more of the good fats such as nuts, seeds, pulses and grains.

We should also reduce full fat dairy products, to be replaced with low fat ones, or change to calcium-rich alternative milks like soya that are low in saturated fat. We know milk and milk products contain an …

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28 Sep, 2010


We know that emotional and physical health are important and how the two are inextricably linked. Diet should and must play a pivotal role also, so that we stay well, not only for now, but for a future life not yet lived.

It’s a fact that as we age, we will be more prone to conditions such as osteoporosis and arthritis. Through cerebral palsy there is a link but it doesn’t mean other people will be less affected by it, in their …

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27 Sep, 2010

A new day

Something inspirational:

How do you wake up on a morning? Do you wake up full of the joys of spring, or are you tired and wake up with a not wanting to bother attitude. Embrace a new day. Whether you wake up to an alarm clock or to the birds’ singing, embrace those new sounds, those new moments of …

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26 Sep, 2010

Being optimistic

Being optimistic and looking on the bright side is important if we are to function and function well in our lives. Optimism, if continually sought, helps us overcome many hurdles, and whilst positive thoughts can be a cure in most cases, they must be coupled with realism to work effectively.

Optimism and positive thinking can improve our lives in many ways. Having a positive attitude helps with our reality, and keeps the mind open and strong. Conversely, an attitude that is pessimistic …

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25 Sep, 2010

More about pessimism

Being pessimistic not only infringes on our own lives, but that of our partners, family and friends. It can make us feel overwhelmed, useless and incompetent, sad and alone, self-pitying and abandonment, an outcast, withdrawn and empty inside.

Living with pessimism is a challenge but not one that can’t be overcome. Pessimism although it can interfere with intimacy in a relationship, it can be managed through the right support mechanisms …

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24 Sep, 2010

Being pessimistic

Pessimism can spill over into anyone’s lives, at any point. Research also shows there can be a genetic disposition to us being pessimistic. Being pessimistic is something learned.

Early life experiences will often open the floodgates to how we cope with our lives now, where we feel we have no control because of other people and past events. It can make us feel overwhelmed …

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23 Sep, 2010

My childhood

It’s an emotional strain living with cerebral palsy. Although I pride myself on coping quite well, it often depends on what’s going on in my life.

I tend to have a lot of things going on, so whatever I am dealing with at the time that becomes the support. I don’t dwell on what I deal with, I think I realised why from a very young age. That way I didn’t have …

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22 Sep, 2010

A new path

Something inspirational:

Do you ever feel you need to make a few adjustments on the path you’re on? If the answer to your question is Yes, then maybe it’s time to do something about it. Just noticing, enables us to bring awareness.

It could be an unaddressed issue that we’ve been ignoring that won’t go away, or an issue that may take you down a …

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21 Sep, 2010

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Ilana x