Chicken Bones

Keywords; chicken bones, chiropractic help, arthritis, fish oil health benefits.

Harvard Medical School scientists report that an extract is the source of a protein, gelatine, and perhaps other substances, that stopped the pain and swelling in a group of 60 rheumatoid arthritis patients who had not responded well to conventional medical treatment.

Of the 29 patients who took the collagen extract, 28 got significant relief, 4 of whom went into complete remission. The disease progressed in the 31 patients given a placebo. Dr David Trentham described the technique as oral tolerisation, or teaching rogue immune system cells in the body to stop inflaming the normal joint tissues.

It's interesting that there is increasing interest in many medical schools concerning the health associated with good food, herbs, seeds and nuts.

Chicken Bones bouillon

Freeze 'em

Don't dump your bones. Freeze them, and when you've collected enough,

  1. Cover the bones with boiling water and boil for one hour, together with a few pepper corns. You can also use the skin and the carcass, and any bits of cartilage, of the chicken.
  2. Pour off the gelatine rich stock whilst it's still hot.
  3. Add more boiling water and do a second extraction for say 20 minutes, and even a third if you want. The stock is rich in nutrients, calcium and the gelatine that will reduce inflammation in your joints.

Since returning to our native South Africa, with it's attendant energy problems, and new passion for a greener planet, I have revisited the making of our our chicken bones healing bouillon. A pressure cooker reduces the cooking time by two thirds; it also seems to do it more efficiently, so there is no second and third extraction; our dogs love the bones after I am finished with them.

Plus, I do the extraction on a new induction countertop stove that uses less than half the energy of a conventional electric or gas hob.

This protein rich stock does wonders for any vegetable soup. My family's favourite soup is this queen of the anti-cancer foods. Read about it at broccoli facts ...

If you're concerned about the fat on your bouillon, think Eggplant recipes. The eggplant / aubergine/  brinjal is known to lower cholesterol ...for a more comprehensive discussion of foods that lower cholesterol ...

4. Cool and refrigerate. Scrape the fat on the surface off.

This vegetable soup, with chicken bones stock, is one of our favourites. This bouillon is very rich; dilute it at least 50% with water.  

Pressure cooking on an induction stove

Gadgets new and old save us time and money, and reduce our carbon footprint.


This broth makes wonderful soup. For example, this Chickpea soup recipe is far tastier with use of this chicken bones broth.

Fish bones 

Quite apart from all the known Fish oil health benefits ... the bones and head of fish can be used to make an even better gelatine and glucosamine rich bouillon than from chicken. But with a little more trouble ... but the fat in fish is far healthier than that in chicken.

Because this protein-rich extract from chicken and fish bones provides the desperately needed ingredients for cartilage repair, they are real chiropractic help! Do yourself a big favour and make it yourself. Gelatine powder for arthritis ... that's what's in dem bones.

There's a dearth of convincing independent research proving that synthetic Glucosamine Chondroitin sulphate is anywhere near as effective. Plus your bouillon makes the perfect base for any number of soups.

  • Read more about our tomato soup recipe … the best protection along with Selenium and Beta sitosterol for your family prostate!
  • Broccoli, queen of the anti-cancer vegetables, Chicken broccoli recipe ... definitely one of our favourite soups, using our chicken bones bouillon. 

"People who count their chickens before they are hatched act very wisely. Why? Because chickens run about so absurdly that it is impossible to count them accurately. "

Oscar Wilde

Mushroom soup recipes 

Everyone knows that mushrooms and chicken go so well together. Even more healthy is this delic, wholesome bouillon and mushrooms for the great nutritional content of mushrooms soup.

My Mushroom soup recipes has to be one of my favourites, and for every male protecting your prostate gland is not without importance! Mushrooms are a great source of selenium that vital prostate mineral anti-oxidant.


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Interesting challenges of the day

1. Mrs B has had one of the nastiest of conditions; vertigo caused by a disturbance in the inner ear. Falling repeatedly and vomiting she consulted her doctor but medication didn't help. After two sessions of the Epley manoeuvres she was 50 percent better. After two weeks she was 75 percent improved; no longer vomiting or falling. She's not enjoying the Brandt Daroff home exercises.

2. Mr S, a 48 year old man, has right low back pain, groin pain and a numb feeling in his lower leg when he sports. For six months he's been off football. He too has two problems; a very treatable lumbar facet syndrome and a very serious blocked artery in the groin; it's called intermittent claudication. Smokers beware.  

3. Mr S looks like the leaning tower of Pisa; he has a slipped disc at L5 making him lean towards the opposite side. It's called the postero lateral disc hernia; we'll fix it, but he has to stop for a week or two. Antalgias are serious so take them seriously. 

4. Mrs V too has two conditions; a chronic low grade sciatica giving her an ache in the right leg, and a threatening Morton's neuroma. She's glad I'm back in Holland; chiropractic fixed it before, and we'll fix it again. 

5. Mrs W is one of the lucky ones, says her doctor. I agree. He says only 40% of patients with lumbar stenosis have a successful operation. We fixed a nasty slipped disc three years ago, but it came back two years later; the surgeon did a fine job but she has a weak ankle now giving her subtalar joint pain; it's routine stuff. 

6. I myself had an acute exacerbation of a femoral nerve lesion last year. One immediate treatment of the new strain by my colleague has fixed the pain in the lower back, but there's some residual numbness in the lower leg; no soaring tomorrow alas.

7. This lady is a 86 year old woman with a 63 scoliosis. Chronic lower back has been her lot in life but she's well pleased with chiropractic and comes for chiropractic help once a month; some conditions you can never cure.

8. She is an 78 year old woman, is doing remarkably well with a bad sciatica. But over 200 pounds she is not losing weight; in fact, gaining despite my suggestions. She's high risk for a stroke. I have referred her to a dietician to crack the whip.

9. A 61 year old man with upper cervical pain yesterday; it's not severe but also not getting better of its own accord. He's afraid it may turn very acute as when I treated him three years ago. Since then it's been fine. 

10. A 64 year old woman has had scheuermanns disease; it's left her with a spinal kyphosis and chronic middorsal pain. She responds well to chiropractic treatment provides she come every six weeks or so for maintenance treatment.

11. Mrs C has been having severe headaches, and taking a lot of analgesics. It's a non complicated upper cervical facet syndrome, and she's doing well.

12. Mrs D, a middle aged woman with hip pain of one year duration, despite other treatment. Xrays reveal an impingement syndrome and early hip arthritis. There's much to be done.

13. Mr D, a 71 year old man, has a severe ache in the shoulder and midback since working above his head. Trapped nerve tests are negative but he has advanced degenerative joints of Luschka; after just two treatments he is 50 percent better. Can we reach 90?

And so the day goes; chiropractors shouldn't be treating the elderly most medical sites state but that's so much bunkum.

Have a problem that's not getting better? Looking for a different slant on your pain? Want to pose a question?

Interesting questions from visitors

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Greetings, Dr B.
You helped me quite some time back with a soothing and professional response which turned out to be exactly correct. I now consult a local chiropractor. You write a superb newsletter, too.

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Knowing that up to 70% of the time the correct diagnosis is made with no examination, no special tests, no xrays, but just from the history, there's a fair chance I can add some insight to your unresolved problem. But at least 30% of the time, I may be quite wrong! Give plenty of detail if you want a sensible reply.

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