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Find arthritis relief at your library

May is arthritis awareness month, and keep in mind, it isn’t just one single disease.

There are over 100 different types of arthritis and related rheumatic conditions.

The fact that it is the leading cause of disability in the U.S. speaks to the number of those afflicted, as well as the disease’s debilitating nature.

To find more information on the topic come to your local library.

“The Complete Arthritis Health, Diet Guide & Cookbook: Includes 125 Recipes for Managing Inflammation & Arthritis Pain,” by Kim Arrey with Dr. Michael R. Starr.

This book promotes the understanding and management of rheumatoid arthritis — a very painful and distressing condition.

The first part of the book presents the symptoms, causes and diagnosis of rheumatoid arthritis, focusing on the nature of joint and muscle inflammation.

Medications, nutritional supplements, food and other lifestyle factors are evaluated as well as how the body deals with inflammation.

The spotlight is turned on how people with rheumatoid arthritis can reduce inflammation, but the information will also be very helpful for people who suffer from osteoarthritis, because the goal of the book is to help reduce the local inflammation in affected joints.

“The Complete Arthritis Health, Diet Guide & Cookbook” also looks at the factors in our foods that have been thought to promote inflammation and possibly contribute to feeling worse.

The use of nutritional supplements is examined — how they work and how they can interact with the medications.

This information will allow for wise choices when shopping for supplements.

“Easy Yoga for Arthritis (Yoga for the Rest of Us),” by PBS (DVD). 

Peggy’s newest PBS video is a fabulous anti-stress yoga sequence, presented in her gentle style that everybody can do.

Arthritis is the leading cause of disability in the US, affecting some 37 million people.

In this video Peggy shows how yoga can relieve stiffness, reduce pain and fatigue, and improve muscle and bone strength.

DL Library Happenings

  • Tuesday, April 30 and Wednesday, April 1: eReader Help, 10:30-11:30 a.m. Wednesday and 4:30-5:30 p.m. Wednesday.  Schedule a one-on-one appointment to address your eReader questions. Or call for an appointment that better fits your schedule.
  • Tuesday, April 30: Beginning iPad, 3 to 4:30 p.m.  Are you just getting started with the iPad? This class will run down what you need to know about your iPad from the apps you will want to check out to using all of the features and even learning some essential tips.
  • Tuesday, April 30: Storytime at Storyland, 6:30 to 7:30 p.m., Becker County Museum, 714 Summit Ave., Detroit Lakes.  A special library storytime at Storyland, the traveling exhibit from the Minnesota Children’s Museum which is on display at the Becker County Museum through the end of May.
  • Thursday, May 2 and Saturday, May 4: Preschool storytime at the library, 10:30 a.m.
  • Thursday, May 2: Teen Book Club, 3:45 to 5 p.m.
  • Saturday, May 4: Totally Teen Advisory Council, 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Open to teens only. Brainstorm ideas for teen programs and projects and then help make them happen. Food is always a part of this event. Enjoy the smoothie bar and book discussion.

Library Hours

The Detroit Lakes Public Library, located at 1000 Washington Ave., is open from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m., Monday through Wednesday; 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., Thursday and Friday; and 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday. It is closed on Sunday.

For more information on Detroit Lakes Library services and programs, please call (218) 847-2168 or visit your Library at 1000 Washington Ave.  Information is also available online at

Article written by Danell Haspel of the Detroit Lakes Library.