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CBD Cream: Can It Really Dial Down the Pain?

If your last experience with marijuana was in a dorm room with a towel stuffed under the door back in the 1970s. You’re probably aware that a lot has changed!

Currently, one of the elements in marijuana, CBD (short for cannabidiol) is being touted as a treatment for arthritis, stress, PTSD and more!

Here’s what you need to know:

1.) You won’t get high from CBD. The element in weed (or grass, as Boomers used to call it) that gets you high is THC. The CDB products being sold over the counter (and over the internet) contain less than 0.03% THC. That’s so the products can remain legal in states that have not yet legalized marijuana (for medicinal or recreational purposes).

2.) Yes, there is SOME evidence that CBD is effective as an anti-inflammatory. This would mean that it does offer some relief to people with arthritis or other chronic muscle pain (bursitis, etc.). It also appears to have a positive effect on skin conditions such as  eczema and psoriasis. Researchers caution that testing is still in the early stages and it is still too soon to draw any sweeping conclusions.

3.) The world of CBD products is still “the Wild West.” There is no regulatory body that has established clear guidelines for the manufacture of such products, so it’s still “buyer beware.” Do your research before making any purchases.

4.) As always with anything related to your health, consult your doctor before you start using any CBD-infused products.

How about that? Maybe Cheech & Chong knew something we didn’t!

Prediabetic? Here’s What You Can Do!

As we move through our 50s and 60s, many of us are informed by our doctors tht we are prediabetic – meaning we run the risk of developing diabetes in the near future.

is there anything we can do to prevent that?

Actually, there is. Medical experts stress two things:

1.) Lose weight – If you’re overweight, bringing your weight back within normal guidelines reduces the chances of you becoming diabetic.

2.) Exercise – This really helps reduce your risk.

So don’t take that diagnosis lying down. Get active and get healthy!

Set Your Sights on Clear Vision

As we age, many of us develop cataracts. However, many of us aren’t even aware it’s happening. Here are a few tips to keeping your eyes healthy:

1.) Cataracts most typically become a problem for people in the 60s and 70s, but doctors say they can develop much earlier, so be mindful of that once you get past 50.

2.) Because cataracts develop slowly, most people don’t realize how cloudy their vision has become. Make sure your see your optometrist regularly.

3.) One of the key symptoms that indicate you may have a problem with cataracts is if you see halos around lights. Again, always check with your optometrist.

Finally, cataract surgery has made tremendous strides in recent years. It is not painful. It may feel a bit uncomfortable because we’re hard-wired not to like anybody messing around near our eyes, but 4 out of people who’ve had the surgery say it was easier than they thought it would be.

What's With the Increase in Heartburn as We Age?

You used to be able to wolf down hot wings and tequila after midnight. Now you even pass on a chili dog after 6 pm. Why?

Doctors say that over time the enzymes that aid digestion decease over time making it harder to break down food. In addition, taking anti-inflammatory drugs such as ibuprofen for joint pain. These substances made the stomach lining more sensitive.

To minimize the problem, experts recommend eating smaller portions and eating more slowly. (Also, try not to eat anything too late in the evening.)

Now, where did we put that habnero sauce?

A Tip to Help You (O)Live Longer

Medical researchers are proving something the Italians have known for centuries – cooking in olive oil can be the healthiest choice!

Studies show that extra virgin olive oil (EVOO) can help clear toxins from the brain that contribute to Alzheimer’s and other dementias. However, be careful when shopping as most oils marketed as “extra virgin” don’t really get the job done. Expert recommend buying your olive oil from California growers because that state has imposed a stricter standard for labelling olive oil “extra virgin.” They also recommend buying oil in darker bottles as light can breakdown the healthy components in EVOO.

They also recommend a small taste test. If the olive oil produced a slight burning feeling at the back of your throat – that’s good! It means that oil is high in the stuff that helps keep you brain clear.

While you’re at it, it’s also recommended that when you cook with oil, make it olive oil as it produces less harmful chemicals than other oils (like canola and peanut)when subjected to heat.

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