Chicken Bones

Chicken bones for gelatine.

Chicken bones extracts have been researched by Harvard Medical School scientists; the extract is a 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 persons given a placebo. Dr David Trentham describes 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 benefits associated with good food, herbs, seeds and nuts.

Arthritis relief

Arthritis relief is a major challenge to all the healing professions, including chiropractors; a chicken bones bouillon, rich in cartilage, is part of the solution, say researchers of this Harvard study.

In this randomized, double-blind trial involving 60 patients with severe, active rheumatoid arthritis, a decrease in the number of swollen joints and tender joints occurred in subjects fed chicken type II collagen for 3 months but not in those that received a placebo. Four of thirty patients had complete remission.

Freeze 'em chicken bones

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, and a couple tablespoons of apple cider vinegar to help with the extraction. 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 the 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.

If you're concerned about the fat on your bouillon, think eggplant recipes. The eggplant / aubergine/  brinjal is known to lower cholesterol.

Fat on the top of chicken bones bouillon.

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

5. Freeze your bouillon in cup size containers. It's very concentrated.

Chicken bones bouillon without the fat.

Chicken Bones

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

Vegetable soup.

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This broth makes wonderful soup. For example, this chickpea soup recipe is far tastier, and healthier with use of this chicken broth.

You can if you choose put vegetables like onions, carrots, celery and a handful of a green in with the chicken bones. However, they are cooked to death by the time you are finished with them, and probably should also go to the dogs. I personally prefer to make a concentrated stock, and then have fresh vegetables in with a soup.

If you have serious arthritis inflammation and swelling, then you should be having at least some of this chicken bouillon in one form or another every day.

Organic chickens

Chickens and worm farms go to together.

There are serious concerns about the remnants of antibiotics, hormones and heaven knows what else in 'dem bones. There are also worries about what exactly is organic, and who polices those who use the term.

But certainly some chickens lead a more normal and organic life than others. If you can find a source of chickens that have access to the open air, will recognise a cricket and an earthworm, then be prepared to pay a premium, and use these bones for your bouillon. Our hens above are enjoying a weekly gourmet feast from the worm farm; that's the best way to deal with your kitchen waste. 

Increasingly we are realising the importance of let your food be your medicine.

Right now that means free range cage free eggs for us, and we are looking into rearing our own cockerels for truly organic hens.

Fish oil health benefits

Quite apart from all the known fish oil health benefits the bones and the 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. The fat in fish is far healthier than that in chicken.

Because this protein-rich extract from fish and chicken 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.

Chiropractic help

Every chiropractor is involved daily with treating conditions that involve swelling and inflammation; a chicken bones extract may undergird the treatment.

Whilst it remains unresearched in the chiropractic paradigm, I would suggest that enjoying a healthy vegetable soup made with one of these bouillons would do much for your frozen shoulder or slipped disc; or the arthritis in your neck.

You could even collect the bones from your friends and neighbours, though personally I only eat free range chickens. In fact, I'm considering starting a chicken tractor for our garden, though I'm far too squeamish to slaughter one of them!

Best calcium for osteoporosis

Best calcium for osteoporosis isn't chicken bones, but the bouillon contributes greatly to the collagen fabric that the calcium is deposited on.

So it's great for a healthy bone structure, but not because of the calcium; that you have to get elsewhere.

Best calcium for osteoporosis is from your food.


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Interesting challenges of the day

1. Mr S is a 76 year old man with neck pain of some 9 months duration. Luckily, most of the discomfort is upper cervical which is only rarely arthritic; his lower cervical spine is a degenerative mess that I've left alone. After seven treatments his pain and stiffness is 50 percent better, and he's happy in the circumstances. He can sleep through the night now and that makes a huge difference.

2. Mr P is 32 year old man with very severe lower back pain radiating to the big toe which is 30 percent numb. He had an episode three weeks ago, took anti inflammatories and was soon better as is typical of the medial disc herniation. But before it healed, after a trivia it came roaring back, much worse. The characteristic crossed sign was evident; sitting in a chair, straightening the right leg provoked severe left back pain and tingling in the leg. He's doing well.

3. Severe lower back pain is scary; just ask Mrs P. Just watching her get out of the car I she was in trouble; she had a slipped disc at L4 making her lean towards the opposite side; luckily she had no pain in the leg. Despite family pressure that this was far too severe for a chiropractor, she persevered. Within five days she was standing upright, and after two weeks almost painfree. 

Despite a hectic job, she wisely took my advice and stayed home for what I call exercising bed rest.

4. Mr S has had lower back, groin and back of thigh and calf pain for fourth months.

He has a pincer deformity in the hip causing the stabs in the groin, and a degenerative facet causing the sciatica. Both are responding well to chiropractic and he's well pleased; sixty five percent better after three treatments.

5. Mr T is a wise man; he's taken a warning TIA seriously and has lost 15 pounds, and has at least as much again to lose. A change to a low starch diet and half hour daily walk has made the difference; but the walking is making his foot and back miserable. The expensive orthotic is hopeless; luckily his hips and back are fine, but he needs a simple heel lift.

6. I too have had serious lower back issues, luckily fixed by my own chiropractor; so I too have to do my exercises, take care when lifting supers full of honey, gardening and using the chainsaw. Regaining the function of your spine is just as important as the pain.

7. My own granddaughter, only 7 is hypermobile giving her pelvic, knee and ankle issues. Xrays show a mildly dysplastic hip. Years ago we would have called it growing pains. She too regularly needs chiropractic care and luckily responds well. Increased range of motion is more difficult than too stiff in my opinion. Our care is for kids too.

8. This 65 year old lady is a serious gardener; every day she is bending, lifting and digging for 2 to 3 hours a day. It regularly catches her in the sacroiliac joint, so she has a treatment once a month that sorts it out. She does her lower back exercises faithfully.

9. This 88 year old lady is an inspiration; every day she is busy in the community. With a nasty scoliosis she manages very well with a chiropractic adjustment every six weeks and exercises faithfully done.  

10. Mr X is a 71 year old retired man who wants to continue with maintenance care every six to eight weeks; he had suffered from two years of lower back pain when he first came a year ago. He has no discomfort now after 8 chiropractic treatments, but is aware that danger lurks.

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. Mr D is a 38 old year man with chronic shoulder pain after a rotator cuff tear playing cricket. It responded well to treatment, but he knows he must do his exercises every day; for two years he couldn't sleep on that shoulder.

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.

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