Medical Articles

Neck Pain, Back Pain and Sciatica – Understanding and Treating Ankylosing Spondylitis

Ankylosing spondylitis is an arthritic condition that affects the spine and is also characterized by sacroiliac joint involvement, peripheral inflammatory arthropathy, and an absence of the rheumatoid factor. Symptoms of ankylosing spondylitis include neck pain, back pain, and sciatic nerve pain. Individuals with this condition experience the destruction of the cartilage and bone resulting in…

Cat Food: Many Choices

As I began researching articles about cat food, I found many with authoritative documentation and some with personal opinions. I personally wanted to know what would be the best to feed our mature cat. He has been on dry food since birth with expensive treats and occasionally a few pieces of meat – table scraps…

Mesothelioma – An Introduction

The mesothelium is a membrane that covers & protects most of the internal organs of the body, the mesothelium is composed of two layers of cells, one layer immediately surrounds the organ the other forms a sac like covering around it. The mesothelium membrane produces a lubricating fluid that is released between these layers, allowing…

Osteoporosis And Effects To Men

While its true that men start out with greater bone density and lose calcium at a lower rate than women, hormonal changes may be a factor to men's development of osteoporosis. A decline in testosterone, which occurs naturally at the age of 60, results in a limited ability to use diet calcium to build or…

Some Facts On ALS

Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis, ALS for short and also widely referred to as Lou Gehrig’s Disease, is disorder that causes the death of neurons throughout the body that control voluntary muscles. It is characterized by stiff muscles, muscle twitching and increased weakness in muscles as they decrease in size. Although ALS may start small, eventually the…

Makoto – The Samurai’s Watchword

When I first came to Japan, I was confused by the way some people used the word “sincerity.” They seemed to be using it to mean something very different from what I had always understood the word to mean. To me, a sincere person is one whose words and actions reflect the deepest feelings and…

Classical Fencing: The Classical Period

The Classical Academy of arms defines the classical period of fencing in terms of three major factors: (1) how the sword is used, (2) the social context of the sword in sport, and (3) the signature weapons of the period. The Academy believes that, when these factors are applied, the result is a coherent approach…