It always feels a little weird when I write about personal things.  If it's just giving an opinion, that's great, I've got lots of takes and lots of opinions but the real personal stuff seems awkward & odd.  I can't imagine anybody would be that interested in the "life of Dave" so I try hard not to do that.  I do love to brag about my daughter Katelyn the Gator, my awesome wife Sara, and my fun and fabulous grandkids but anything else feels too seems too egocentric.

All Too Common - BACK PAIN

But this is a topic about me that just so happens to be about many of you too!  I'm talking about fighting back pain and sciatica.  Just mentioning it on the Morning News the other day triggered lots of ideas and suggestions and possible solutions and I really appreciate them all!  Apparently, there are a lot of KIT listeners who share the wear and tear of life as it settles into somewhere between L1 and L5!

In fact, after the show today I went to the Doc for a review of my recent MRI and to secure a referral to the pain clinic.  As expected, the MRI shows there isn't much room for my nerves back there.

DOC: Mr. Ettl, you have a lot of nerve!  ME: Don't I know it!

Hollywood Star To The Rescue

Of all the great suggestions so far, (THANKS!) celebrity host** John Tesh may have the idea that's currently in the lead!   Mr. Blonde, Tall, Talented & Tesh, sent an email (not a personal email, we're not pals or anything) that addresses  --  helping ease back pain.

(** 'Intelligence For Your Life' is a weekly, fast-paced discussion delivering the latest cutting-edge tactics, tools, and routines for health & wellness, personal development, dating and relationships, fitness, weight management, and sleep. Each episode features timely, curated intelligence along with interviews with PhDs, MDs, authors, and world-class performers." )

Anti-Oxidants In The Spotlight Again

Tesh suggests loading up on a tasty and healthy way to fight back against back pain with...by loading up on red grapes - and the darker, the better!  Dark red grapes are packed with resveratrol, which is the same anti-oxidant found in red wine.
Tesh writes,"According to researchers at Rush University, resveratrol relieves pain by protecting the cartilage in your back, blocking inflammatory enzymes that damage it. So your vertebrae keep their cushioning, and you keep pain away!"

Goosebumps and other bodily reactions, explained