Or, There’s Money in Them There Pills
Robert A. Hayden, DC, PhD, FiCC
The #2 most prescribed drug is Crestor with 21.4 million active users representing $5.9 billion in sales. This is only one of the “statin” drugs that reduce cholesterol levels in the blood. As with all pharmaceuticals, there is potential danger associated with the use of the statin drugs. With so many people taking these drugs to reduce cholesterol, and thereby hopefully reduce the risk of heart disease, there are some things the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) wants you to know.
The most recent advisory is aimed at both consumers and health professionals. First, it is no longer considered necessary to monitor the liver enzymes (a blood study) because these lab tests have not been found to be effective in predicting or preventing the occurrences of serious liver injury associated with statin use. This does not suggest you will not have liver damage. It says the blood studies are not useful in predicting it.
Second, cognitive impairment, manifest as memory loss, forgetfulness, and confusion have been reported by some statin users. I know of someone who suddenly realized that though he recognized his wife and daughter, he had no idea where he was, what year or month it was, etc. He was hospitalized under suspicion of having a stroke. His memory returned in about 30 hours. No neurological abnormalities were evident, but he was a statin user.
Robert Hayden, DC, PhD, FICC
Henry Ford once told consumers that they could have one of his cars in any color they wanted, as long as it was black. This week your car of whatever color is likely yellow.
Yes, the pollen is out. That yellow powdery evidence of botanical reproduction is pervasive and pesky. If you walk outside, your clothes will be painted with it. You will track it into your home on your shoes. It will sneak into the inner sanctum of your home on the fur of your beloved pets. It will find its way into your nose and sinuses where it will wreak havoc. It is the number two complaint of everyone I have seen today, second only to universal dissatisfaction with leading presidential candidates of both parties. Frankly, both complaints will make one cry.
Tens of millions of Americans will suffer allergic responses in the form of rhinitis (runny nose), laryngitis, bronchitis, sinusitis, or asthma. It will get worse before it gets better because the pollen count is not even at its peak yet. It is just beginning. As I write this, here in Griffin the primary offender is tree pollen, followed by ragweed, mold, and grass.
Robert Hayden, DC, PhD, FICC
I cannot quite understand how Christmas became controversial. In the land of freedom, where the First Amendment codified free speech and freedom of religion as gifts from our Creator that no mere man or government may infringe, how can anyone justify impinging on the right to enjoy Christmas?
The first week of December was not over before the Chancellor of the University of Tennessee issued "Best Practices for Inclusive Holiday Celebrations in the Workplace.” This memorandum was an admonition against having Christmas parties. It stated: “Holiday parties and celebrations should celebrate and build upon workplace relationships and team morale with no emphasis on religion or culture.” His edict continues, “Ensure your holiday party is not a Christmas party in disguise,” lest anyone attempt to have an incognito Christmas.
The University of Tennessee website posted this document like the King’s latest proclamation. I was not surprised to find an unforgivable dangling participle in the first paragraph. After all, such deep concentration and emphasis on diversity is bound to distract from good grammar.
By AMANDA KELLY
It's no surprise that your chiropractor might suspect you have back pain just by watching you move. But identify the way you sleep, or what you do for a living? Yes, it's possible—and no, your chiropractor isn't psychic. It's just that your posture can reveal a lot more about your overall health and lifestyle that you might realize...
These few adjustments will help you wake up pain-free.
By Mallory Creveling
Your muscles take on enough stress sitting hunched over a smartphone or computer all day, so you don't want to add more tension during the night too. That's when your body needs to rejuvenate. If you're getting out of bed with neck or back pain—or even experiencing aches later in the day—it's time to revamp your sleeping style. Here's how to position yourself.
The best posture for sidestepping soreness and waking up refreshed: lying on your side, says Robert Hayden, a chiropractor and spokesperson for the American Chiropractic Association. "Sleeping on your side is better than on your back, which can cause your tongue to block your airway," he explains. Catching zzz's while on your stomach is the worst choice, because turning your head to the side and twisting your neck can lead to long-term injuries.
As a member of the American Chiropractic Association Media Team, I am privileged and honored to talk to various members of the press. A couple of days ago, I fielded a question from a freelance writer for the web version of Prevention Magazine (Prevention.com). Her question was interesting: “What can you tell about a person from observing posture?”
Posture tells us a lot about your state of health. It can tell us if you have a pain source and roughly where it is. It tells us if you have structural issues that make life more difficult when you try to move. It can even reflect depression, self-image problems, happiness, confidence, etc.
As I write this, I have just come from church. Sometimes I look out on the congregation and find some of our patients. I watch them squirm in their seats, leaning one way or the other, fidgeting, or making an excuse to stand and walk. I understand that they are hurting, and sometimes I even imagine their x-rays above their heads. They are not squirming out of boredom with the sermon (giving the pastor the benefit of the doubt). They are attempting to change their body position to one that hurts less. I will see one or two of these by Tuesday and I will already know why they are here to see me. They think that is spooky.