Living with Ankylosing Spondylitis: The Blog

A blog for and by people living with AS

Archive for January, 2009

Ankylose This!

another group blog…

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NSD Diet

What is your typical break,lunch,dinner.on nsd?

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Some people are experiencing a remission of their AS symptoms…

Remission of AS symptoms…….

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KickAS: NSD QuickStart and tips

KickAS: NSD QuickStart and tips. – includes breakfast, lunch and dinner ideas – AS Food

An updated food guide is being developed. Check it out: – AS Food.

3 Natural Remedies to Quell Pain

Many people with arthritis or chronic backache mix prescription meds with over-the-counter drugs like aspirin and ibuprofen. But doubling up on nonsteroidal antiinflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) may trigger further health troubles (such as gastrointestinal problems) and lead to a poorer quality of life health-wise, finds a new study. Though not as fast-acting as most NSAIDs, these three remedies — recommended by Scottsdale, Arizona-based naturopathic physician Nicole Barreda — can quell pain by easing inflammation.


Research has shown that ginger, which is high in anti-inflammatory compounds, may work as well as NSAIDs for arthritis pain.

How to Take It

Look for supplements that deliver 2,000 to 4,000 mg per daily dose. Drinking ginger tea and eating fresh ginger can also help cool inflammation, says Barreda.


Shown to ease arthritis pain in a number of studies, this pineapple-derived enzyme appears to inhibit inflammatory compounds in the body called prostaglandins.

How to Take It

Swallow a 500-mg capsule of bromelain three times a day, preferably on an empty stomach. Even better, says Barreda, opt for a product containing multiple enzymes, like papain and chymotrypsin.


Research suggests that this staple of the curry spice turmeric — long used as an anti-inflammatory in Ayurvedic medicine — can improve symptoms of inflammation-related conditions like arthritis and IBS.

How to Take It

Three times each day, get 400 to 600 mg of curcumin in capsule form, preferably on an empty stomach.

via 3 Natural Remedies to Quell Pain .

Six Mood-Boosting Yoga Poses

Six Mood-Boosting Yoga Poses .

Relieve stress, fight fatigue, and feel great with these rejuvenating classics.