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Vitanova Paying Forward: Helping Support Environmental Education


Vitanova pays forward 10% of all its proceeds to help support culture and language preservation. This Summer, Vitanova went to the Ransel Buku school in Borneo to give a donation to this forward-thinking, environmentally conscious school. Ransel Buku gives children from 5 poor fishing villages a chance at a education. They stress the importance of cultural preservation, recycling, environmental issues and the importance of stopping deforestation. To donate to Ransel Buku go to: www.tinyurl.com/donateranselbuku.

Vitanova Vitamin Brand Travels to the Amazon to Help Preserve a Tribe’s Culture and Botanical Knowledge

Professor Maurizio Gnerre, Timothy Rose, & Kamal El-Wattar of Vitanova with members of the Amazon Shuar Tribe. (PRNewsfoto/Vitanova)

SAN FRANCISCO, Aug. 10, 2017 /PRNewswire/ — The co-founders of Vitanova, a vitamin brand that uses a variety of medicinal herbs in its supplements, traveled to the rainforest this summer to meet with the Shuar’s tribal elders as part of their “Paying Forward” project. Vitanova donates 10% of all profits to the preservation and revival of botanical knowledge worldwide.

The New York Times states; “…of the estimated 7,000 languages spoken in the world today, nearly half are in danger of extinction and are likely to disappear in this century. Languages are now falling out of use at a rate of about one every two weeks.”

The Shuar language is one of those endangered—jeopardizing the community’s culture as well as their ancient knowledge of medicinal plants. To help preserve the traditions, the Paying Forward project encouraged communication between Shuar generations by pairing elders who speak the language with their grandchildren. In this way, the knowledge was passed down directly. A database of 50 botanical remedies has been transmitted, photographed and is now part of a growing archive.

Timothy Rose, Vitanova’s Creative Director, also traveled to meet the Shuar. “We got an opportunity to research new, exciting botanicals as well as meet the indigenous knowledge-keepers,” said Rose.

Vitanova is engaging with the world’s leading linguists, anthropologists and indigenous communities to preserve life-saving plant species and the knowledge about those plants––both of which dramatically affect all of humanity.

Global pharmaceutical companies are looking to plants as a source of new drug candidates. A child suffering from leukemia in 1960 faced a 10% chance of remission. By 1997, the likelihood of remission had been increased to 95%, thanks to two drugs derived from a wild plant native to Madagascar.

When asked about the project’s impact Vitanova’s botanical knowledge liaison, linguistics Professor Maurizio Gnerre said, “With the support of Vitanova, we’ve put children together with elders and created a special school for the kids to learn their own language and interact with nature.”

“Vitanova knows that when a language and culture dies, vital botanical information goes along with it. And, that affects not just the indigenous people but all of us,” said CEO, Kamal El-Wattar.

Vitanova founders are invested in programs around the globe. This month, Rose is traveling through Indonesia to meet with tribal knowledge keepers to continue the project.

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Vitanova travels to the Amazon to help preserve a tribe’s botanical wisdom.

The co-founders of Vitanova, a vitamin brand that uses a variety of medicinal herbs in its supplements, traveled to the rainforest this summer to meet with the Shuar’s tribal elders as part of their “Paying Forward” project. For the past two years, Vitanova has donated 10% of all profits to the preservation and revival of botanical knowledge worldwide.

According to the New York Times, “…of the estimated 7,000 languages spoken in the world today, nearly half are in danger of extinction and are likely to disappear in this century. Languages are now falling out of use at a rate of about one every two weeks.”

The Shuar language is one of those endangered—jeopardizing the community’s culture as well as their ancient knowledge of medicinal plants. To help preserve the traditions, the Paying Forward project encouraged communication between Shuar generations by pairing elders who speak the language with their grandchildren. In this way, the knowledge was passed down directly. So far, a database of 50 botanical remedies has been transmitted, photographed and is now part of a growing archive for current and future use.

Timothy Rose, Vitanova’s creative director, also embarked on the journey to meet the Shuar. “It was a chance to actually see firsthand the community and the effects of the program.” says Rose. “We got an opportunity to research new, exciting botanicals as well as meet the indigenous knowledge-keepers themselves. We have a commitment to our customers to be on top of new discoveries and work toward preserving what is out there.”

“The natural landscapes and vegetation were some of the most beautiful I’ve ever seen in my life,” adds Vitanova CEO, Kamal El-Wattar. “Most moving was to be a witness as the elders shared their love of nature and their botanical remedies for various maladies.”

Vitanova is engaging with the world’s leading linguists, anthropologists and indigenous communities to preserve life-saving plant species and the knowledge about those plants––both of which dramatically affect all of humanity.

Archeological studies have discovered that the practice of herbal medicine dates as far back as 8,000 years ago in China, and written records about medicinal plants date back at least 5,000 years to the Sumerians, who used plants such as laurel, caraway and thyme as medicine.1,2

Today, global pharmaceutical companies are looking to plants as a potential source of new drug candidates.2,3,4,5,6 According to the Center for Biological Diversity, of the top 150 prescription drugs in the United States, at least 118 are made from natural sources––and some of the drugs are life-saving. A child suffering from leukemia in 1960 faced a 10 percent chance of remission. By 1997, the likelihood of remission had been increased to 95 percent, thanks to two drugs derived from a wild plant native to Madagascar.

Without thriving languages, however, the information about these plant medicines might be lost. The Endangered Languages Project is another organization that’s getting the word out about the topic. “With every language that dies, we lose an enormous cultural heritage; the understanding of how humans relate to the world around us; scientific, medical and botanical knowledge; and most important, we lose the expression of communities’ humor, love and life.”

Vitanova’s botanical knowledge liaison, linguistics Professor Maurizio Gnerre, discusses the impact the Paying Forward program has had on the Shuar community. “With the support of Vitanova, we’ve put children together with elders and created a special school for the kids to learn their own language and interact with nature.”

Gnerre has been working with the Shuar for decades, including Shuar tribal chieftain and head of the Shuar Language Rescue Project, Angel Antun. “We are so thrilled to receive help from Vitanova,” says Angel. “We must pass down what we know from our elders to our young people, or else our knowledge will be lost forever. Language loss means the end of our people.”

Along with their commitment to the Shuar culture, Vitanova founders are invested in other programs around the globe, from Indonesia to Eastern Europe to North Africa. This month, Rose is traveling through Indonesia to meet with tribal knowledge keepers. In addition, Vitanova is exploring various economic models for the vitamin brand, including purchasing botanical ingredients for use in future products.

“Our future health depends on preserving this knowledge,” says Rose. “Untold numbers of cures are out there. Vitanova knows that when a language and culture dies, vital botanical information goes along with it. And, that affects not just the indigenous people but all of us. We just can’t allow that to happen.”

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VITANOVA NUTRACEUTICALS APPOINT NEW EXECUTIVE CHIEF OPERATING OFFICER

Sequoia Laboratories LLC parent company of Vitanova Nutraceuticals, is pleased to announce the appointment of Ryan McFarlane as the company’s chief operating officer effective on July 5, 2017.

Ryan’s roles in his 19 years in the pharmaceutical industry have run the gamut from Operations, Quality, Science and Technology to Finance and Operational Excellence to Business and Corporate Governance.

Prior to his new role with Vitanova, Ryan held the title of Global director of Operational Excellence at Patheon Pharmaceuticals where he championed value capture initiatives across the Patheon network.

Before his role with Patheon, Ryan was the director of Supply Chain for Banner Life Sciences™, one of three standalone business units of $2.1 billion in revenue of privately held DPx—the company formed from the merging of Patheon Pharmaceuticals (PTI on the Toronto Stock Exchange) and the pharmaceutical business of Netherlands-based DSM (DSM: NA on the Amsterdam Stock Exchange). Reporting directly to the president of Banner Life Sciences™, Ryan was commissioned to ensure the development, manufacturing and commercialization of multiple deliverables for prescription pharmaceuticals, OTC and nutraceutical products in markets in the Americas and Europe.

During his time with Banner Life Sciences™, Ryan and his team launched three first-to-file prescription products, one nutraceutical product and have repatriated seven ANDA prescription products. The team was also responsible for managing the private-label fish oil lines for Sam’s Club, Walgreens and Rite Aid.

Prior to his role with Banner Life Sciences, Ryan was part of the Senior Leadership Team as director of Business Management at a newly acquired Patheon site, Banner Pharmacaps. His mission was to build high-performing departments for the site—including Business Management, Technology Transfer and Costing and Quotations. In addition, the site controller and Ryan jointly accomplished $191 million in revenue for the P&L of the site in his tenure with the company.

With his new role at Vitanova, Ryan is looking forward to making Vitanova products part of people’s everyday lives.

In his downtime, Ryan enjoys travel, cooking and fitness.

Vitanova Pays It Forward: Building a School by Hand

This July, Vitanova co-founder and Creative Director Timothy Rose and his son Luca traveled to Rio Blanco, Ecuador, to help build a community school, plant trees and learn firsthand about sustainability in the world’s most biodiverse region.

Ser is a hand-constructed, green school deep in the Ecuadorian Amazon rainforest. It is a small, community-owned space nestled in the jungle that promotes intercultural, nature-based free learning for children five and up with a heavy focus on environmental, botanical and healthy living. This artistic learning community was founded in 2010 by a group of families seeking to create a harmonious living space and a respectful learning environment for their children.

Vitanova became aware of the school recently during the founders’ trip to Ecuador to visit the Shuar community. Since Vitanova has been paying forward 10 percent of all its proceeds to help indigenous peoples maintain their languages, cultures and botanical wisdom, Vitanova cofounders Kamal El-Wattar and Timothy Rose thought this would be a great project for the brand to support.

“We were looking for something that would really make a difference in the lives of this community and something physical we could do to help that happen this summer.”

Rose brought his teenage son, Luca, with him and got to work.

“We literally grabbed plants, shovels and heavy gloves and got to building. Many companies throw money at things, but it is something really special to be there on the ground making a difference.” Rose pointed out.

Ser teaches the community not only techniques of sustainability learned from the local Shuar tribes but also how to create an edible forest from a permaculture perspective. They believe that education should include a deep love and appreciation for the environment and a healthy, harmonious balance with nature.

“We have designed and adapted four hectares of Amazonian forest to permaculture. An environmentally friendly place where it is produced onsite and the reuse of organic waste and biomass in general is implemented.” says Ser family investor Julián Larrea Arias.

With the participation of the Shuar, Achuar and Quichua families (indigenous Amazonian peoples), the school has planted an Amazon vegetable garden where yuccas, bananas, tomatoes, lettuce, citrus, ginger, guava and other plants grow organically.

The Ser school also participates in the National Reforestation Program of the Ministry of the Environment and are developing actions for the protection and conservation of more than 30 hectares of native forest, home to one of the greatest diversity of plants and animals found in the world.

In addition to the 100 trees planted since the project began, more than ten one hundred-year-old pituca trees 35 meters high bear fruit and self-fertilize.

“We strengthened the forest by planting native trees at risk of extinction, such as mahogany, cedars and cannelloni,” adds Arias.

Apart from the botanical commitment and positive educational opportunities for the community, the school also employs bio-construction using bamboo canes (native bamboo) harvested on their land. The cane is ecological because it is a giant grass that is renewed with the cut. Ser also builds composting centers, organic orchards and dry ecological baths, without sewage treatment. Everything is off the grid and 100 percent recycled.

Ser also boasts a multipurpose green space, soccer field, an art space, hammocks and play areas. The school is built on the concepts of respect for nature, self-sustainability and creativity.

“The connection between health and nature is core to Vitanova’s values. What this school is doing mirrors the company’s own beliefs. Having the opportunity to help the school and bring my own son along to learn about the Shuar people, sustainable farming and botanical knowledge was one of the best moments of my life.” Rose concludes.

“The natural state of living beings is to be healthy. Getting away from nature and its cycles is what makes us sick,” says Arias.

Vitanova is committed to helping preserve botanical wisdom, language and the indigenous knowledge keepers. They pay forward 10 percent of their earnings to help build schools, preserve cultures and promote a healthy, sustainable environment.

To learn more about supporting the Ser community school, write to julianlarreaarias@yahoo.es. To learn more about Vitanova’s Paying Forward language preservation programs, go to www.vitanova.com.

Gift Giving Expert Aileen Avery Provides Unique Gift Suggestions for Dads and Grads on Tips on TV Blog

Aileen shared the top gifts for Dads and Grads! (PRNewsfoto/Tips on TV, Aileen Avery)

ATLANTA, June 19, 2017 /PRNewswire/ — The nation’s first Father’s Day was celebrated on June 19, 1910, in the state of Washington. However, it was not until 1972, 58 years after President Woodrow Wilson made Mother’s Day official, that the day honoring fathers became a nationwide holiday in the United States. Many years later, choosing gifts for dads and added to it the grads, is still a challenge, according to Aileen Avery, who has studied and written about both the psychology and history behind gift giving in her popular book Gift Rap: The History and Art of Gift Giving.

ONE GIFT THAT IS SURE TO IMPRESS ANY DAD

When looking for gifts to impress Dad it can sometimes be hard. So, in addition to great gifts they can unwrap, try giving dad a memorable experience too. This Father’s Day, give him the gift of travel. To ensure a stress-free and comfortable getaway, start by choosing the right hotel. The All Suites brands by Hilton have more than 800 properties all over the United States, and include Embassy Suites, Homewood Suites and Home2 Suites. Not only do they have spacious accommodations complete with separate living and kitchen areas, but they also offer a variety of free amenities, from daily breakfast to an evening reception. Starting at $99 a night, Dad will feel special and the budget will go farther. Go to hiltonbringit.com to check out these deals.

UNIQUE GIFT TO CONSIDER GIVING DADS & GRADS THIS YEAR

Holidays and new phases in life can lead to stress. As a matter of fact, a recent study found that more than a third of Americans said not having enough time to get organized leads to stress. This year, consider giving a unique gift that can help relieve stress by helping that special Dad or Grad get organized. Gladiator, the leader in garage storage and organization solutions for the past 15 years, has the answer with its best-selling Gladiator GearTrack Pack starter kit. It installs in just 15 minutes to organize tools, sports gear, and more to create space and gives Dads and Grads more time to do what they love. For the grad who is moving into their first apartment, it offers quick, accessible storage. For the outdoor-loving Dad, the piece is easily outfitted to hold camping gear and equipment. Even the hooks can slide and be repositioned as seasons and hobbies change. The GearTrack Pack has a great price point of about $50 and is the foundation of the Gladiator organizational system of workbenches, cabinets, shelving and more that can be found at retail stores like Lowe’s and Home Depot, or online at gladiatorgarageworks.com.

A SPECIAL GIFT THAT HAS A PERSONAL TOUCH

Everybody wants their Dad to be around for a long time, and also their grads to be prepared for the next step in life. It is important to exercise and stay healthy, and to take care of brain health. When stressed, it can really affect the brain’s function. Vitanova’s Brainfood has ingredients derived from organic blueberries and sunflower seeds, which help to boost mental performance and enhance memory function. This allows your mind to become sharper and more focused. Vitanova also give back 10% to support the preservation of botanical wisdom that comes from the indigenous communities that maintain the botanical knowledge and sourcing of the whole ingredients used in Vitanova’s supplements. For their full range of supplements, you can visit Vitanova.com and get a Brainfood and receive a Men’s or Women’s Multivitamin free!

BEST GIFTS THAT CAN BE FOUND ONLINE THIS YEAR

When shopping for the perfect gift for Dads and Grads this year, check out a great website Monoprice.com. Monoprice is a leading online retailer for high-quality, affordable consumer electronics, home appliances and accessories. They recently launched the Strata Home Appliance line, which includes the All-in-One Pot that is a pressure cooker, slow cooker, steamer, and rice cooker. This multi-functional product is easy to use and prevents kitchen clutter. It is the ideal gift for anyone from a convenient cook to an amateur chef and is just under $70. Monoprice has the Cadet High Suction Robotic Vacuum. It is the perfect gift for someone starting college or graduating from college and heading into the real world. The ultra-compact vacuum allows for easy cleaning under furniture, all hands-free, and is under $100. Both have free shipping. These are just a few things you can find on Monoprice.com, as there are over 7,000 products. Where everyone is sure to find the perfect gift for Dads and Grads!

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Tips On TV – Aileen Avery Gives Unique Gift Ideas for Dads & Grads

Find out the Gifts that Should be on Every Dad’s and Grad’s Wish List this Year

The nation’s first Father’s Day was celebrated on June 19, 1910, in the state of Washington. However, it was not until 1972, 58 years after President Woodrow Wilson made Mother’s Day official, that the day honoring fathers became a nationwide holiday in the United States. Many years later, choosing gifts for dads and added to it the grads, is still a challenge, according to Aileen Avery, who has studied and written about both the psychology and history behind gift giving in her popular book GIFT RAP: The History and Art of Gift Giving. Now, Avery will use her unique expertise to provide gift suggestions for choosing gifts that every dad and grad will appreciate.

ONE GIFT THAT IS SURE TO IMPRESS ANY DAD
We love our Dads and we want them to have a great Father’s Day. Sometimes it is hard to find a special gift for dad, so in addition to great gifts they can unwrap, try giving dad a memorable experience too. This Father’s Day, give him the gift of travel. To ensure a stress-free and comfortable getaway, start by choosing the right hotel. The All Suites brands by Hilton have more than 800 properties all over the United States, and include Embassy Suites, Homewood Suites and Home2 Suites. Not only do they have spacious accommodations complete with separate living and kitchen areas, but they also offer a variety of free amenities, from daily breakfast to an evening reception. Starting at $99 a night, Dad will feel special and your budget will go farther. Go to hiltonbringit.com to check out these deals.

A UNIQUE GIFT TO CONSIDER GIVING DADS & GRADS THIS YEAR
A recent study found that more than a third of Americans said not having enough time to get organized leads to stress. A unique gift that you can give to help that special Dad or Grad get organized is the Gladiator. It is the leader in garage storage and organization solutions for the past 15 years that has a best-selling Gladiator GearTrack Pack, a starter kit that installs in just 15 minutes to organize your tools, sports gear or whatever is cluttering your space. The kit can be split into two pieces which shows its versatility. For the grad who is moving into their first apartment, it offers quick, accessible storage. For the outdoor-loving dad, the piece is easily outfitted with camping gear and equipment. Even the hooks can slide and be repositioned as seasons and hobbies change. It can be found at a great price of about $50, but they also have full systems like workbenches, cabinets, and shelving that can be found at retail stores like Lowes or Home Depot, or online at gladiatorgarageworks.com.

SUGGESTIONS FOR A SPECIAL GIFT THAT HAS A PERSONAL TOUCH
We all want our dads to be around for a long time, and we want our grads to be prepared for the next step in life. It is important to exercise and stay healthy, and also to take care of our brain health. When we are stressed, it can really affect our brain’s function. Vitanova’s Brainfood has ingredients derived from organic blueberries and sunflower seeds, which help to boost mental performance and enhance memory function. This allows your mind to become sharper and more focused. For their full range of supplements, you can visit Vitanova.com and get a Brainfood and receive a Men’s or Women’s Multivitamin free!

THE BEST GIFTS THAT CAN BE FOUND ONLINE THIS YEAR
The best website that is perfect for finding the right gifts for Dads and Grads is Monoprice.com. Monoprice is a leading online retailer for high-quality, affordable consumer electronics, home appliances and accessories. They recently launched a Strata Home Appliance line, which includes the All-in-One Pot that is a pressure cooker, slow cooker, steamer, and rice cooker. This multi-functional product is easy to use and prevents kitchen clutter. It is the ideal gift for anyone from a convenient cook to an amateur chef and is just under $70. They also have the Cadet High Suction Robotic Vacuum. It is the perfect gift for someone starting college or graduating from college and heading into the real world. The ultra-compact vacuum allows for easy cleaning under furniture, all hands-free, and is under $100. Both have free shipping. These are just a few things you can find on the website, as there are over 7,000 products. You are sure to find the perfect gift!

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Phosphatidylserine: Enhance Cognition for Healthy Individuals and Those with Dementia

By Sara Lovelady

There is perhaps no condition more feared than dementia. For most of us, it’s much easier to imagine losing our physical capacity as we age than our mental functioning. Fortunately, there is a natural compound that can help: Phosphatidylserine (PS), a fatty component of cell membranes. Consumption of PS may reduce the risk of dementia and cognitive decline in the elderly.Ɨ And it can even enhance cognitive function in healthy individuals!*

Why PS is so important to nerve cells

PS contributes to cell membrane structure and fluidity.* That’s important because nerve cells rely on these membranes for effective signal transmission.* Therefore, if you want to be able to send messages to and from your brain, you need to have adequate PS.*

Our bodies make PS in the liver, but we also get some from food. It is most concentrated in fish and meat (especially organ meats). Vegetarian sources include white beans, soy, and sunflower seeds.

Researched benefits of phosphatidylserine

Research indicates PS can improve cognition for healthy individuals as well as those suffering from age-related cognitive decline.* Double-blind, placebo-controlled trials have found PS improved memory, processing speed, and processing accuracy in diverse populations.*

In a study published in 2010, elderly Japanese adults suffering from mild cognitive impairment took either PS or a placebo for six months. Compared to those taking the placebo, the folks taking PS experienced improvements in scores of cognitive decline and dementia.Ɨ Their improved performance remembering a list of words was especially notable. This is important because this task is a reliable test of dementia in its early phases.Ɨ

That study echoed an earlier study in which people with Alzheimer’s disease (AD) saw significant improvement in cognitive measures after taking PS for 12 weeks.Ɨ Researchers noted that PS seemed to help those with less severe impairment the most and suggested “phosphatidylserine may be a promising candidate for study in the early stages of AD.”

A small study of young male athletes published in 2011 found supplementation with PS for two weeks improved their speed of calculation by 20 percent—and their accuracy too.* Volunteers taking PS supplied 13 percent more correct answers to subtraction problems and 39 percent fewer incorrect answers.*

Similar results were found in a study published in 2010 of older adults with no memory problems. Participants took PS complexed with omega-3 fatty acids for 15 weeks. At the end of the study period, their memory and learning processes had improved and the time needed to complete tasks had decreased.*

How phosphatidylserine works

PS may work by increasing glucose utilization in the brain, according to a 1990 study of people with Alzheimer’s disease (AD). After three weeks of supplementation with PS, glucose metabolism in subjects taking PS increased by 14.8 percent overall and by 13.5 to 16 percent in the areas of the brain most affected by AD.*

Early research on phosphatidylserine was conducted on PS derived from cow brains, but concerns about mad cow disease and other viruses led most suppliers to switch to vegetarian sources such as soy and sunflower seeds.

* This statement has not been reviewed by the Food and Drug Administration. This product is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease.

Ɨ Very limited and preliminary scientific research suggests that phosphatidylserine may reduce the risk of cognitive decline in the elderly. FDA concludes that there is little scientific evidence supporting this claim.

References

https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/22017963

https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/20523044

https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/21103034

https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/1609044

http://www.karger.com/Article/Abstract/107142

John Crider

John Crider was a fit, healthy, energetic 57-year-old chemist who was living as if nothing could ever take him down. He was an avid skier, hiker, biker, and loved his daily walks on the beautiful Colorado trails across the street from his house. He generally did anything he wanted, whenever he wanted. He was the guy who never looked or acted his age, and he was fitter than most 40-year-olds. He thought it would always be that way—until one day when he was diagnosed with rheumatoid arthritis (RA) in his feet, and his life changed literally overnight. Not willing to take it lying down, he did everything necessary to battle back and walk normally again. Now, he’s a strong, fit 60-year-old who is back to doing most everything he likes—except now, he doesn’t take a single step for granted.

I’ve always worked out and enjoyed being able to do whatever I wanted. Several things I enjoyed the most were bike riding, walking or hiking. I walked every day if I was able, and most days I was. To go to bed seemingly perfectly healthy one night and not be able to walk the next morning was a huge shock. From the time I felt the pain to when I couldn’t walk was overnight, but there were signs. I would get these occasional “pings” throughout my torso—my upper and lower quadrants. They were painful, but not so much that they made me jolt, and they were in different areas at different times, which seemed odd. But, I didn’t think much of it. I figured it was just part of getting older.

Looking back, the pings were an obvious a sign that something was going on with my body. I went to bed one night feeling fine, and the next morning, I couldn’t put any weight on my right foot and couldn’t put a shoe on and felt like I was walking on hot knives. My life from that point changed overnight. I didn’t really know what was going on, and since this happened on the weekend, I had to wait until Monday to see my doc. When I got in to see the doc, he diagnosed me with gout (even though he knew I have a family history of RA and autoimmune diseases), which normally lasts 10-14 days and then it’s over. But, mine continued. With my family history of the disease, I was suspicious that it could be what I had, so I started doing all kinds of online research and found everything I could about gout and RA. The more I educated myself, I realized it that it most likely wasn’t gout, and I was even more suspicious of RA. So, I saw a rheumatologist, had a blood test, and he confirmed the diagnosis of RA.

When I was diagnosed, I was pretty stunned. I went from doing anything I wanted to realizing that life is precious. Stuff can happen and your life can change overnight. That’s what happened to me. My biggest concern was whether I was ever going to walk again. I couldn’t even stand in the kitchen to make dinner. I live across the street from open space and trails that I love walking, and to think that I might not ever do that again was really eye opening. I was determined to not let it beat me.

Going through the initial treatments took about three months, and I had very little success with the treatments. It was helping with limited success, but I still couldn’t walk far at all, and every step I took was painful. Most of it was in my right foot, but some in my left foot, too. Once I got on a biologic drug for RA, it brought things under control quickly. It’s an amazing drug, and I’m grateful it worked for me because it doesn’t work for everyone. I felt the difference overnight, and within a week or two, I was able to start walking much farther.

It took about six months before I could start walking the trails again, and nearly a year before I could walk to Stearn’s Lake, which is 3.2 miles. I felt so good the first time I got to the lake and back—that was a big celebration. I took every step for granted before getting diagnosed, and now I was finally able to have it back again. One of the things I could always do with very little pain was ride my bike. I was fortunate that I could still ride without too much pain—and that gave me hope throughout the time I couldn’t walk. I really focused heavily on that—at least I could ride.

To stay fit, I keep an active, healthy lifestyle: I work out, eat right, take vitamin D and eat mostly organic foods. I believe that pesticides and herbicides in our food system get into our bodies and affect us negatively. It’s a cumulative effect, and it may take many years to show the effects, but it will show up eventually. My motto has always been everything in moderation. We only live once, so I figure I’ll eat foods I enjoy as long as they don’t cause harm to me. It’s all part of living every day with gusto. I took out some unhealthy habits that were doing more harm than good, and now I’m much healthier than I was before the diagnosis.

Even though I have to take daily meds, I can still do things that I want to do and not let RA control me. I’ll always have this disease, but it doesn’t define me. I just do the best I can to live my life the way I want. RA brought me down to my knees, temporarily, but I wasn’t going to let it beat me—and it didn’t beat me. While there is no cure for RA, I fought it head on. I will continue to stay physically and mentally fit, and appreciate every walk on the trail.

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