“Only once in your life, I truly believe, you find someone who can completely turn your world around. You tell them things that you’ve never shared with another soul and they absorb everything you say and actually want to hear more. You share hopes for the future, dreams that will never come true, goals that were never achieved and the many disappointments life has thrown at you. When something wonderful happens, you can’t wait to tell them about it, knowing they will share in your excitement. They are not embarrassed to cry with you when you are hurting or laugh with you when you make a fool of yourself. Never do they hurt your feelings or make you feel like you are not good enough, but rather they build you up and show you the things about yourself that make you special and even beautiful. There is never any pressure, jealousy or competition but only a quiet calmness when they are around. You can be yourself and not worry about what they will think of you because they love you for who you are. The things that seem insignificant to most people such as a note, song or walk become invaluable treasures kept safe in your heart to cherish forever. Memories of your childhood come back and are so clear and vivid it’s like being young again. Colours seem brighter and more brilliant. Laughter seems part of daily life where before it was infrequent or didn’t exist at all. A phone call or two during the day helps to get you through a long day’s work and always brings a smile to your face. In their presence, there’s no need for continuous conversation, but you find you’re quite content in just having them nearby. Things that never interested you before become fascinating because you know they are important to this person who is so special to you. You think of this person on every occasion and in everything you do. Simple things bring them to mind like a pale blue sky, gentle wind or even a storm cloud on the horizon. You open your heart knowing that there’s a chance it may be broken one day and in opening your heart, you experience a love and joy that you never dreamed possible. You find that being vulnerable is the only way to allow your heart to feel true pleasure that’s so real it scares you. You find strength in knowing you have a true friend and possibly a soul mate who will remain loyal to the end. Life seems completely different, exciting and worthwhile. Your only hope and security is in knowing that they are a part of your life.”

Bob Marley


Osteoarthritis – A True Misnomer!

The knee pain experienced by the aged is most commonly due to osteoarthritis. However, the word ‘Osteoarthritis’ (OA) is in truth a misnomer! Here’s the truth:

1. The suffix “itis” means ‘inflammation.’ But osteoarthritis is NOT an inflammatory condition as was thought in the past – it is instead a degenerative disorder!

2. The prefix “osteo” refers to bone. But regarding pain, this is a misnomer too, because, in fact, there is NO correlation between the presence of osteoarthritis and the presence or absence of knee pain. The truth is that the bone and/or the cartilage does NOT cause joint-pain at all! How could it be? There are no pain receptors in either bone or cartilage!

3. The simple truth is that the knee-pain one feels is within the soft-tissue (e.g., muscles) or connective tissue (i.e., ligaments). It has nothing to do with bones, cartilage, or inflammation at all!

4. The sad thing is that orthopedic surgeons continue to perform drastic surgeries on bone when the bone has nothing to do with it. When total knee replacements (TKRs) are deemed successful, i.e., when they relieve pain (which they often don’t) – it is most likely because TKR procedures remove the overstretched ligaments that are causing the pain!

Treatment of OA: Exercise is the best treatment for OA sufferers. It strengthens the muscles & ligaments around the knee joint, and relieves the pain caused by these overworked pain-sensitive  surrounding tissues.

The Hippocratic Oath

“On the day I swore to uphold the Hippocratic oath, the small hairs on the back of my neck stood up as I waited for lightning to strike. Who was I, vowing calmly among all these necktied young men to steal life out of nature’s jaws, every old time we got half a chance and a paycheck?… I could not accept the contract: that every child born human upon this earth comes with a guarantee of perfect health and old age clutched in its small fist.”
Barbara Kingsolver, The Poisonwood Bible