Dem Bones, Dem Bones, Dem Dry Bones*

Some thoughts about a year and a half ago…

Pilgrim on a Long, Long Journey

Today, about 9 a.m., I drove eastward down a familiar hill. On this balmy, clear, San Diego, winter’s day, numerous green hills were silhouetted against a bright blue sky.

I sometimes forget how special it is to live here. Over the course of my life I have spent winters in Detroit, Dayton, Ohio, and Baltimore, Maryland. None of those winters lacked biting cold.

To some who can look back and see at least 65 years of life, apparently, cold, moist weather can prompt painful osteoarthritis (OA). “A 2015 study of 810 people with OA published in Journal of Rheumatology found significant links between humidity, temperature and joint pain. The effect of humidity on pain was stronger when the weather was colder. In essence, they found that wet, winter days are no fun.” ( In other words keep “dem” bones dry and warm.

Robert H. Shmerling, MD, Faculty…

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