Well as if we did not have enough reasons to drink tea, they are now saying that tea can also be the ultimate bone builder for women with Osteoporosis.

Apparently new research based on more than 3,000 women shows that ‘those who had the most flavonoids in their diets had denser and stronger bones’.

Drinking tea and eating fruit and vegetables can give you stronger bones and therefore less problems with Osteoporosis.

Until now the role of flavonoids which you can find in fruit, vegetables, tea, nuts and seeds, had not actually been investigated for their role in the bone and health of humans. But a recent study showed that tea was the ‘main’ source of flavonoids to the diet.

Actually how the fruit and vegetable work is not clear, but the antioxidant effects some flavonoids have are thought to be involved.

According to Save Our Bones the best bone building and health enhancing teas include White Tea, Hibiscus Tea, Rooibos, Chamomile, Green, Dandelion, and Milk Thistle.

So, go and put the kettle on and make yourself a lovely cuppa !!



Turmeric is increasingly being used in formulas for back and arthritic problems. Many people report that turmeric can help, but it’s important to choose a high potency turmeric product. And recent studies have shown that turmeric may also help people with bloating and digestive discomfort.

Tumeric is safe to take long term and Nature’s Best have the High Potency capsules at 10,000 mg. We often see and read about different herbs that can help with pain and arthritis but not all of them come up to scratch. However my twin sister who suffers from severe inflammatory arthritis was in so much pain she felt it was worth a try.

After only 10 days of taking the Nature’s Best High Potency capsules she felt the benefits. Taking a sweater over her head was very painful and uncomfortable and yet she could easily take her sweater off after such a short period of being on Tumeric. She was so impressed that she rang me to tell me to try them.  Although some of my spinal problems are mechanical I do have arthritis in my facet joints.

They are not expensive at only £14.95 for 60 capsules and with the potency being so high you only need to take one a day. According to Arthritis Org “several recent studies show that turmeric/curcumin has anti-inflammatory properties and modifies immune system responses. A 2006 study showed turmeric was more effective at preventing joint inflammation than reducing joint inflammation.

A 2010 clinical trial found that a turmeric supplement called Meriva (standardized to 75 percent curcumin combined with phosphatidylcholine) provided long-term improvement in pain and function in 100 patients with knee OA.

In a small 2012 pilot study, a curcumin product called BCM-95 reduced joint pain and swelling in patients with active RA better than diclofenac, an nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drug (NSAID).”

I can’t wait for mine to arrive and will post how I get on with them on this blog.



This job isn't always easy

According to Science Daily  scientists at Columbia University College of Dental Medicine have experimented with stems cells which have the ability to become any type of cell in the body, to boost cartilage.

Researchers have identified stem cells in the jaw bone that can make new cartilage and repair damaged joints. They used cells specifically for the temporomandibular joint (TMJ), which connects the jaw bone to the skull, to build a specific type of cartilage known as fibrocartilage which is also found in the knee and spine.

When the stem cells were manipulated in animals with TMJ degeneration, the cells repaired cartilage in the joint. A single cell transplanted in a mouse spontaneously generated cartilage and bone and even began to form a bone marrow niche.




I was sent Actipatch for muscle and joint pain relief. ActiPatch® is a new and clinically proven
drug-free technology in the fight against chronic muscle and joint pain.

The Actipatch  works by helping blood flow in the body regulate by electrical signals that travel along nerves. The Actipatch  modifies these nerve signals, providing pain relief by enhancing blood flow which reduces inflammation and restores the injured tissue to a healthy state.

You wont feel heat with the Actipatch but you will feel the low level energy that is gently pulsed into the cells to heal damaged tissue. It should start working after about 2 -3 hours and should decrease your pain for around 8 – 24 hours if you keep the Actipatch on.

There is a warning on the pack that the Actipatch should not be used by women who are pregnant or think they are pregnant. It’s easy to apply and they tell you to place it directly over the source of pain, They also have a back wrap to keep it in place and a knee wrap.

As most of my readers know I suffer from chronic low back and neck pain as well as Fibromyalgia so I decided to try the back wrap with the Actipatch placed underneath it.  Although I definitely felt some pain relief I was unable to lower my pain medication but a week later my right knee started to play up so I decided I would try the patch with the adhesives ad place it on the top of my knee. After only a couple of hours the pain went away completely, and so far has not come back again.

The Actipatch  has to be ideal for any type of muscle or joint pain. On their website The Fibromyalgia Support Group undertook a chronic pain survey and concluded that ActiPatch®’s innovative technology “is an invaluable new pain therapy that can greatly benefit the majority of Fibromyalgia sufferers, helping them effectively and safely self-manage their pain and improve quality of life²”. From this, 79% of responders reported a reduction in their pain having used ActiPatch®.




Exactly a week ago I had the some facet joint injections in my low back. I’ve had other lumber injections from epidurals to trigger point injections but never a facet joint injection which is used mainly if they think you have osteoarthritis in your facet joints.

According to BUPA facet joint injections can help to diagnose and sometimes to treat neck and back pain that originates in your facet joints. Each of the vertebrae in your spine has a set of facet joints, which stabilise your back and allow your spine to move.

Facet joint injections can confirm if your pain is coming from your facet joints and if you need further treatment such as radiofrequency denervation. It can also sometimes help to treat neck or back pain caused by inflammation of your facet joints. This can happen if the joints worn down by conditions such as osteoarthritis.

This type of treatment is widely used for the treatment of chronic back pain due to Facet Joint disease. A Facet joint injection is not a cure for the cause of your pain, but it is used to help reduce the level of your pain. The injection contains a mixture of local anaesthetic and steroid.

I had it done on the NHS at the Circle Nottingham in theatre and under x ray and could not have been happier with my treatment. As I haven’t had these before the nurse suggested I kept a diary of my pain ready for when they phone me back in six weeks to see how I have got on since the injections.

One week on I have ‘NO‘ lumber pain whatsoever and have not had any of my strong pain killers (Tramadol) since last Thursday evening after the procedure as it seemed to stir things up. I cannot remember the last time I have felt this pain free in my lumber spine and hope it lasts and lasts. If you find them successful then you can have them done at intervals of four months.