Robert Hayden, DC, PhD, FICC
I look for topics in current events, and sleep apnea is a recurring theme in the news nowadays. It is blamed for a long list of personal and societal problems. As research accumulates, it is being taken more seriously.
Sleep apnea is the term for a condition in which one either ceases breathing transiently or has very shallow breathing while asleep. These pauses may last anywhere from a few seconds to a few minutes and may occur up to 30 times in an hour. It is frequently associated with loud snoring or choking sounds, so anyone trying to sleep around this person will also have sleep disturbances. Imagine for a moment how rested one would feel after wrestling all night just to breathe.
This condition often goes unrecognized because it does not have a blood test or x-ray that identifies it. Many times a patient does not realize they have the condition. The only know that their chronically fatigued and are falling asleep in the middle of the day. If a patient calls this to the attention of a healthcare provider who is listening, there will be some probing questions to establish a history that contains the fingerprints of sleep apnea.
Robert Hayden, DC, PhD, FICC
We are not the hardy species we were when pioneers crossed this continent on foot or on horseback without roads, compass, or Holiday Inn Express. Perhaps it is related to our diet, our nice cars and SUVs that keep us from walking, or the climate controlled environment in which we live. Whatever the cause, we are getting soft as a race. Even our bones are getting soft.
Ten million Americans have osteoporosis. 80% of these are women who suffer debilitating and life-threatening fractures. Even worse, the proportion of people with this condition continues to expand. Another 34 million have low bone mass and are headed to osteoporosis unless something changes. By 2025, the cost of osteoporosis – related fractures is estimated to be around $25.3 billion.
Reasons for the trend are still being researched. Instead of playing outside, many children today are sitting in front of televisions, computers, or other electronic toys, exercising only their fingers. Not too long ago I saw a three-year-old exhibiting blinding eye to hand coordination on an iPad. While this was a stunning display of accelerated development, I wondered if this child will ever go out and play soccer or ride a bicycle. Isn’t that old-fashioned of me?
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...
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.
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.
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.