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Carpal tunnel relief without surgery

All in the wrist

Q: I keep telling myself it can’t be carpal tunnel — I hate the thought of having surgery. But my wrists and palms have been getting numb pretty frequently over the past couple of months. I’m afraid it really might be carpal tunnel, but am hoping you can suggest a natural treatment before I have to get surgery.

Dr. Wright: If you’re not certain that you have carpal tunnel syndrome, your first step should be to make an appointment with a physician who can tell you for sure. In the meantime, there is a “self test” you can try that may help give you a better idea. Try bending your wrist forward and compressing it firmly from behind. Hold it for two or three minutes. If that brings on or aggravates the numbness, your hunch about it being carpal tunnel syndrome may be correct (but, again, it’s best to check with a doctor before undergoing any treatment — even natural ones).

If your doctor confirms that it is indeed carpal tunnel syndrome, there are two different natural approaches you may want to consider before opting for surgery. First, you may want to try taking 100 milligrams of vitamin B6 three times daily. (The “pyridoxal-5-phosphate,” or P5P, form of vitamin B6 works the best.) If that doesn’t work after several weeks, consider applying liquid vitamin B12 mixed with DMSO to the underside of the injured wrist several times daily for another few weeks. (You’ll likely need a prescription for the liquid form of vitamin B12 since it’s typically used for injections).
Relief for teens’ growing pains

Teenage arthritis?

Q: My son is 14. He’s been telling me for the past month that his knee hurts. He hasn’t fallen or been injured. I’ve been giving him painkillers, but I hate to give them to him for so long. What can I do? Could it be arthritis? Isn’t he too young for that?

Dr. Wright: When knee pain occurs in children between the ages of 10 and 15, it’s not typically arthritis. Instead, it’s usually a condition called Osgood Schlatter’s disease, which is characterized by a tender swelling an inch or two below the kneecap, right over the front and top of the tibial bone.

Most pediatricians will tell you that there’s nothing to do except take aspirin and wait for it to go away. But that can take a year or more, and in the meantime, the child has to sit on the sidelines and watch his classmates play at recess.

But there’s a better solution: 250 micrograms of selenium and 400 IU of vitamin E as mixed tocopherols will usually get rid of the pain in just four to six weeks. I’m not sure why most pediatricians haven’t heard of this simple technique, but I’ve been writing about it since 1979.

Of course, as always, it’s best to confer with a physician skilled in nutritional and natural medicine before starting yourself or anyone in your family on a new supplement regimen.
Harmful effects of Crossing Your Legs
Men in our culture are taught to not cross their legs at the knee. 
Instead, our social norms require that men are only supposed to sit is with their legs open and feet flat on the floor, or with the ankle resting on the opposite knee so as not to appear effeminate.
Crossing one’s legs is considered an effeminate habit. In his book "Gay Histories and Cultures: An Encyclopedia", George E. Haggerty tells that a comprehensive survey of effeminacy published in 1975 in The 
Archives of Sexual Behavior presents 67 questions devised by four behavioral scientists. One of them is, “When he sits, does he double-cross his legs, that is, at both knees and ankles?” The gay men surveyed “displayed a much greater tendency toward effeminacy than their heterosexual counterparts,” Haggerty writes. But new studies have found that there actually may be health reasons why sitting this way is preferable for everyone regardless of gender. Here are the top 9 health risks of crossing your legs at the knee, based on medical research:
1) Crossing Your Legs Raises Your blood pressure - Did you know that crossing your legs at the knees increases your blood pressure?
According to a 2007 study conducted by Radboud University in Nijmegen, the Netherlands found that crossing your legs at the knee caused spikes in your blood pressure. Crossing your legs at the ankles did not cause an increase in blood pressure. How much does crossing your legs raise blood pressure? The study from the Netherlands examined 111 patients, 60 women and 51 men. 49 people in the group had high blood pressure and 28 were diabetics. The study found that crossing the legs at the knee increased systolic (top number) blood pressure by 6.7 points among those with high blood pressure and increased diastolic (bottom number) blood pressure by 2.3 points among those who had diabetes. Among those with diabetes, crossing their legs at the knees raise systolic blood pressure (top number) by 7.9 points and raised diastolic blood pressure by 1.7 points.
A 1999 study by the University of Calgary’ Faculty of Medicine in Alberta, Canada, determined that not only does blood pressure increase when legs are crossed, but also that this increases many patients’ cardiovascular risk.
The researchers recommended that patients place their feet flat on the floor when having their blood pressure measured so as to get an accurate reading. This last finding was corroborated by a study done by Turkey’s Ege University School of Nursing that published in the Journal of Clinical Nursing in 2006. These researchers said that blood pressure measurement must be taken in with patients in the sitting position with their arms supported at the right a trial level to prevent statistically important changes in systolic blood pressure. More specifically, a 2009 study by Sheffield University in the U.K. on hypertensive patients found that blood pressure rose significantly with the crossed leg position: systolic and diastolic blood pressure escalated approximately 10 and 8 mmHg, respectively.
2) Crossing Your Legs Can Increase Scrotal temperature – A study published in 2007 found that fertile men seated with their legs crossed, whether naked or clothed, experienced a persistent effect on scrotal temperature, which could have both patho-physiological and epidemiological implications, according to the Human Fertility Research GroupUniversité Toulouse III in France.
3) Sensory disturbance – It’s been found that a history of prolonged sensory disturbance or weakness lasting hours or days will follow relatively trivial pressure on an exposed nerve, which can be caused by sitting with crossed legs for several hours, as this causes pressure on the common peroneal nerve at the head of the fibula. The study, “Assessment and diagnosis of sensory disturbance,” was published last year in the Oxford Journal InnovAiT.
4) Varicose veins – Long periods of time spent sitting with one’s legs crossed at the knee can cause the formation of varicose veins and can also exacerbate an existing condition by inhibiting blood circulation, informs John D. Kirschmann’s 2006 book Nutrition Almanac.
5) Deep vein thrombosis (DVT) - Sitting with crossed legs can injure the endothelium of the veins in the legs, which can act as a precursor to DVT, the formation of a blood clot in a deep vein and which can in turn cause a pulmonary embolism, according to a study by K.R. Aryal and H. Al-khaffaf published in the European Journal of Vascular and Endovascular Surgery in 2006.
6) Crossing Your Legs Can Cause Back pain – “By crossing your legsyou're overstretching one side of the body and not the other, which will affect the pelvis and then the spine,” explains chiropractor Attracta Farrell, a chiropractor based in Ireland.
7) Thigh Pain via Entrapment Syndrome of the Lateral Femoral Cutaneous Nerve - This common entrapment syndrome entails pain felt over the upper anterolateral thigh area. It takes place at the anterior superior iliac spine, as the nerve passes through the inguinal ligament. The pain is caused by prolonged sitting with the legs crossed, among other phenomena, according to Dr D Gotlieb, whose article appeared in Rheumatology News (South Africa).
8) A Deformed Pelvic Ring Crossing one’s legs produces an inward deformation of the pelvic ring, according to a 2006 study by the Department of Biomedical Physics and Technology at the University Medical Center Rotterdam in the Netherlands. Cross-legged sitting produced a relative elongation of the piriformis muscle of 11.7% versus normal sitting. “Application of piriformis muscle force resulted in inward deformation of the pelvic ring and compression of the sacroiliac joints and the dorsal side of the pubic symphysis,” the researchers wrote.
9) Peroneal Neuropathy – sitting for a prolonged period of time with one’s legs crossed can spark peroneal neuropathy, according to Neurology in clinical practice, Volume 1 by Walter George Bradley. This is a nerve condition that entails functional disturbances and pathological changes in the nerves, such that the victim can experience loss of sensation or paralysis. The peroneal nerve starts at the sciatic nerve and enables the transfer of nervous energy and stimulation to the calf and foot.
10. Habitual leg-crossing will lead to chronic soreness and pains on your back, shoulders and even the whole body. 
To put it simply, leg-crossing usually makes your hips, spins, neck and head off balance. As we know, Yoga is spreading and popular all over the world. To some extent, Yoga is a kind of activity which adjusts the unbalance of our bodies to lessen the pains and discomfort.
11. Crossing legs also adds the burden on our hearts.
That is to say, it threatens your heart health. Everyone in our planet knows that a heart attack makes so many losses their lives. Once, there is a renowned heart specialist claims that crossing legs puts an unnecessary burden on our hearts. We should keep it in mind to nip in the bud and get out of this bad habit of crossing legs from now on!
Ladies, you should be responsible for your health in your whole life span. If you want to enjoy happy and healthy long life time, please no leg crossing again! And also tell your male friends – No Leg Crossing!
Therefore, if you want to get rid of chronic pains, shake off the habit of crossing legs!