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Arthritis Remedies, Natural Remedies & Suggestions

Arthritis pain affects some 30 million Americans and many millions more world wide.  It is no wonder then that there a many arthritis remedies offered from hundreds, if not thousands, of sources, many of them fraudulent or, at best, quackery.

To understand arthritis and the source of the pain we need to look quickly at the structure of the human body.  Between each joint there is cartilage.  When we are young, it is normal for that cartilage to provide for the smooth, painless, operation of the joint.  The cartilage can become dysfunctional for a number of reasons through injury.  You have probably all heard the phrase ‘torn cartilage’.

For all of us, as we grow older, our bodies deteriorate.  They don’t heal as fast, the basic cells age and, as with our eyesight, our hearing, our muscle weight, our cartilage ‘shrinks’ or disintegrates resulting int he rubbing of bone directly on bone.  If you have experienced arthritis you know that this can be extremely painful.  There are many painkillers available to address the pain issues but none address the arthritis itself.

Probably the best known natural arthritis pain relievers are shark cartilage and copper bands or bracelets.  There are even remedies featuring snake venom.  We would like to suggest that before you sign up to spend hundreds, if not thousands, of dollars on supplements and pain killers, you try a couple of the following natural remedies.

Arthritis Remedies

Supplements

  1. If you are overweight, try to lose a few pounds until you are in a healthy weight range for your build and height.  Remember, the slower you lose the weight the more likely you are to keep it off and not cause other health problems along the way.  Every pound you lose relieves your knees of having to carry 4lbs.  According to Roy Altman, MD, many people will see their symptoms disappear if they lose 10 to 20 lbs.
  2. Light exercise is an essential ingredient in remaining healthy and, perhaps contrary to expectations, will relieve some arthritis pain in many instances.  This more likely has to do with muscle tone improvement but the chemicals (endorphins) released during exercise probably also have an impact on the realization of pain.
  3. Many people report having reduced pain with acupuncture.  My own experience with acupuncture was that it was not helpful so I did not continue the treatment.
  4. Glucosamine sulfate is another common remedy that studies seem to indicate works to some degree.  Unfortunately, the majority of the glucosamine sold in the United States is glucosamine hydrochloride and there are no studies indicating that this is an effective supplement.
  5. Chondroitin is another supplement, usually taken in conjunction with glucosamine, that appears to be somewhat effective, but only when taken with glucosamine.

Ointments

There are many ‘muscular pain relief’ rubs that are too frequently used for arthritis pain.  However, there are some ointments / creams that do appear to have a positive result.

  1. Diclofenac gel, sold in the U.S. as Voltaren Gel or Pennsaid by prescription, is a non-steroidal anti-inflammatory that can ease osteoarthritis pain in the knees, ankles, feet, elbows, wrists, and hands. It is uncertain if it will alleviate osteoarthritis of the spine, hip, or shoulder.  Pennsaid is available over the counter in Europe and possibly in Canada.
  2. Capsaicin cream seems to have some effect in relieving osteoarthritis pain.  Made from the same chemical that makes chili peppers hot, capsaicin cream is available without prescription.  It is believed that it may be acting as some kind of pain blocker but nobody is quite sure why it works.

Assistive Devices

Arthritis remedies include assistive devices.  Depending on the location of your arthritis you may benefit from the use of an assistive device.

  1. The Carton Caddy® is a milk carton handle designed to make it easier to handle 1/2 gallon milk, juice and other food product (sugar) cartons.  The original Carton Caddy® is light and strong and for use only with 1/2 gallon waxed cartons.  The Carton Caddy® XL will make it easier to handle both the 1/2 gallon waxed paper cartons, the 1/2 gallon plastic containers with the impossibly small built in handle and also 1/2 gallon soda bottles.  I have neuropathy in my left hand, probably from too much guitar playing, and the Carton Caddy® has been a real benefit to me.
  2. arthritis remedies neoprene wrist braceSometimes, neoprene supports for your wrists and elbows will help.  There are similar devices for knees, some with articulation supports, some just neoprene wraps.  As a hockey player I have used both types and they have been a benefit to me too.
  3. For arthritis in your hips, or knees, you may find a walking cane, shoe inserts or splints to be helpful.

Other arhtritis remedies include transcutaneous electrostimulation, TENS, which involves the placing electrodes around the affected joint and delivering electromagnetic pulses through the skin.  This appears to provide short term relief.  Chiropractic may break up the muscle spasms that often accompany arthritis, thus easing some pain and physical therapy can also be of assistance for some.

Sold as a natural pain reliever but may be an effective arhtritis remediesNew arthritis remedies are being offered all the time.  I am aware of Relief Factor, for example, that is offered as a 100% natural remedy for inflammatory pain.  I have not tried this product but all of the reports I hear are positive.  The company claims over 80% of all customers are repeat customers.

You can find additional information regarding arthritis and arthritis remedies at the Arthritis Foundation, Web MD and the Centers for Disease Control.

NOTE: This is informational only.  We are not doctors, I am not a doctor.  You should always consult your physician regarding any health issues you have.

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Amazon Pay Is Now Live !

We are please to announce that Amazon Pay is now live on our web site.

What this means for you is that you can use your Amazon account, if you have one, to pay on this web site and, to make the checkout process even easier, you can use your Amazon shipping information.  All without leaving the ERA Enterprises site.

To ensure your data is safe you will also notice that we now have the ‘green bar’ in the browser address bar.  This means that we are not only encrypting communications between us and you, and Amazon, but that we have been verified to be the company we say we are.  Our SSL (security) certificate and company was verified by Comodo, one of the worlds largest SSL certificate providers.

You will see the new Comodo logo  on our web site and blog pages.  In most instances, if you hover your mouse cursor over the icon Comodo will present our company information to you and confirm that your data is being transmitted securely.

We are pleased to be able to announce our inclusion of Amazon Pay, adding it to our regular Paypal payment method, at no extra cost to you.

Thank you for shopping with us.  We hope you will let your friends know about your shopping experience with us and the high quality of our products.

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Amazon Checkout Coming Soon !

Hi everyone, exciting news, Amazon Checkout is coming soon !

For a number of years now we have only had PayPal checkout.  We did this primarily for security reasons and convenience – we could accept all credit cards, paypal payment an echecks.  We could do all this without having to concern ourselves with our own site security and worrying about whether we would get hacked (we have not) and expose our customer’s credit card information.

Recently, however, we have committed to enabling our customers to purchase directly off our web site using their Amazon accounts.  We sell the vast majority of our products to Amazon customers and so, in order to facilitate those customers that have Amazon accounts, we are implementing Amazon checkout.

We are hopeful that we will have this established and running by October 1st 2017.  We’ll let you know as soon as we are finished testing.

Thanks for your custom.  We hope to see you back soon.

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Arthritis Sufferers

Robert Heller - President
Robert Heller – President

Arthritis sufferers know that the pain can be debilitating and very wearing.  I suffer from a little arthritis in my spine, but more importantly perhaps, I suffer from neuropathy in my left hand and forearm.  I am very glad the arthritis is not in my right hand because I am right handed.  However, I am also a musician so having the pain in my left hand is not wonderful either.

My particular neuropathy, caused by pinched nerves in my neck for which I have already had minimally invasive surgery, thanks so much Kaiser Permanente, will ease off at times leaving me feeling my hand is almost normal.  At other times it will become so severe I have to lay my hand in my lap for a few seconds for relief.  Consequently, at times my left hand can feel pretty weak.

This is where the Carton Caddy ® comes in.  I got involved in the manufacturing of the Carton Caddy, originally owned by KISS Manufacturing in Canada, precisely because I was beginning to experience neuropathic pain, although I did not know what caused the pain at that time.

A friend of mine, the designer and manufacturer of the Carton Caddy, gave me one to try.  I liked it so much I decided to offer to establish a company to market the product to the public and here we are today, ERA Enterprises.

We now have two different styles of Carton Caddy.  The original Carton Caddy, of which we have sold thousands to customers all over North America, and the newer Carton Caddy XL.

web store category picThe two products look and work a little differently.  The original Carton Caddy is light, very durable, and can be customized for private labeling, for example by dairies and the Arthritis Society.  Additionally, because of it’s design, it slips easily over the top of the 1/2 gallon milk and juice carton and when pouring provides perfect balance.  When the carton is empty you simply slide the Carton Caddy off the bottom of the empty carton and then over the top of the new one.  You can see this demonstrated on our video.

with carton cutout white background-shadow-505hx600wThe Carton Caddy XL, on the other hand, is a heavier product and looks and functions like most of the copy cat products.  We understand that there are those that feel the original Carton Caddy isn’t quite as comfortable to use as the XL.  The milk, juice or soda holder is placed onto the counter and the milk, juice, soda bottle or sugar carton is placed into the top of the Carton Caddy XL and pushed down firmly until it rests in the bottom of the holder.  While not designed for 1/2 gallon soda bottles we have a number of customers that do use the milk and juice holder for soda.  I guess it’s better than having grandkids trying to hold 1/2 gallon soda bottles!

Well, whether you suffer from arthritis, neuropathy – as I do, Parkinsons or any other medical problem, or simply want to save money each time you buy milk or juice, the Carton Caddy is the perfect accessory for your kitchen.

You can buy the Carton Caddy right here from our web site, or on Amazon or eBay.  Our payment processing is completely secured by PayPal.  We do not receive any of your payment information and do not store it as it is all handled by PayPal’s secure service.

For more information on arthritis please go to the Arthritis Foundation’s web site, on Parkinsons please go to the Parkinsons Foundation web site and for general neuropathy questions you might look at the Neuropathy Action Foundation.

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Carton Caddy™ On Walmart Shelves

We have been working on getting the Carton Caddy® onto Walmart shelvcs this summer. We believe we can do it with your help !

We have entered the second phase of making this a reality and we need your vote today !

Please follow this link: https://getontheshelf.walmart.com/product/107e/The-Carton-Caddy and give us your vote.

The benefit to you, the consumer, is that the Carton Caddy® will be much easier and cheaper to purchase and you won’t have to pay USPS shipping charges.

The Carton Caddy® makes a great little gift for your elderly relatives and friends. Waxed paper cartons are cheaper to purchase than plastic bottles, better for the environment and the contents stay fresher longer because they are shielded from the UV rays that so easily penetrate plastic containers. For more information on the benefits of using the Carton Caddy and 1/2 gallon milk and juice waxed paper cartons go to this link, but before you do that, go to Walmart and vote to get the Carton Caddy on Walmart shelves !

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Paperboard and The Carton Caddy® v. Plastic Milk Containers

Milk-BottlesThere are three very good reasons to purchase your milk and juice in the environmentally friendly 1/2 gallon waxed paper cartons over the plastic milk and juice containers.

  1. It’s Better For The Environment
  2. It’s Healthier For You And Your family
  3. You Can Save Money

It’s Better For The Environment

This may seem to be contrary to your expectation but in fact it uses less energy to produce a paperboard carton than it does to produce the plastic containers. Almost all of the energy used to make plastic is from fossil fuels. Remember also that all plastic products are manufactured from crude oil, a finite resource, while paperboard products are manufactured from a renewable resource.OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

Although plastic milk jugs are more likely to be recycled than paperboard cartons, they’re unlikely to be recycled into anything useful. For instance, your recycled milk jug will never find itself reincarnated as another milk jug.

In areas where paperboard milk cartons can be tossed into the curbside recycling bin, a single carton can be reprocessed into at least five sheets of paper.

It’s Healthier For You And Your Family

There are very real health benefits associated with the paperboard carton as well. It turns out that when milk is exposed to light, as it is if it’s contained in the plastic jug sitting in the grocery store refrigerator, it can lose significant levels of Vitamin A, riboflavin, and Vitamin D. This happens after as little as 15 hours of exposure to light. Of course, light cannot penetrate the paperboard carton, keeping your milk healthier longer.

Within a few days of getting your milk home the milk starts to get the sour smell in the plastic containers even though it may still taste alright.

In the paperboard 1/2 gallon milk containers fresh milk will last longer up to two weeks longer than it would in plastic in the same environment. This is because the light that penetrates the translucent plastic container encourages the growth of microbes in the milk and consequently the milk starts to spoil much sooner.

Milk spends a good portion of its life in a very well lit display case at the grocery store. By buying milk in a paperboard carton you can be sure you are getting the freshest milk available in the store !

You Can Save Money

There are two ways you will save money by buying your milk in a 1/2 gallon paper carton over the plastic container.

First, when you are next in the grocery store checkout the price. In most locations the 1/2 gallon paper milk carton is up to 1/3rd, 30 percent, cheaper than the same amount of milk in a plastic container. With a half gallon of milk in a plastic container costing $3 that means you can save the price of a Carton Caddy™ after buying just 5 1/2 gallon containers of milk in the waxed paper carton compared to making that same purchase in the plastic container.

Secondly, the average American throws away 1/3rd of a gallon of milk per week due to spoilage that occurs in plastic milk jugs. The average cost of a gallon of milk, as of this writing, is $3.44. In other words, the average American throws away $1.14 worth of milk per week. When added together, the savings on the cost of your milk by switching to waxed paper 1/2 gallon cartons and the Carton Caddy™ can be as much as $2 per week or over $100 per year !

Summary

We’ve only talked about milk, but in fact the above applies equally to all pasteurized products including goat, almond and soy milks – not just cow’s milk – and to pasteurized juices.

Buy your Carton Caddy™ today and start saving money and living a healthier lifestyle all while helping to save the planet !