Steskal Chiropractic, Omaha Nebraska

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From the July 6, 2003 edition of the Atlanta Journal-Constitution comes an article about how loss of sleep over a period of time can have dire consequences on your health. The article states, "Recent research indicates that chronic under-sleeping does more than undermine productivity or make people more irritable. It also increases the risk of accidents and may contribute to serious, long-term problems such as obesity, diabetes and heart disease."

The article notes that according to the National Sleep Foundation up to 60 percent of Americans report at least occasional sleep problems. A national study published this year tracking 71,617 nurses found that women who got five hours of sleep or less nightly over a decade had a 39 percent greater risk of heart attack than those who managed eight hours. Scientists at the University of Chicago also found that building up a sleep "debt" over a matter of days can impair metabolism and disrupt hormone levels. After restricting 11 healthy young adults to four hours of sleep for six nights, researchers found their ability to process glucose (sugar) in the blood had declined, in some cases to the level of diabetics.

Dr. Carl E. Hunt, director of the National Center on Sleep Disorders Research in Washington notes, "Basically healthy adults who are acutely sleep-restricted tend to eat more, and what they eat more of tends to be carbohydrates and high in fat." One study published this year found that after two weeks of four-hour sleep, a group of healthy young adults performed as poorly on tests of alertness, memory and mental agility as those who had gone without any sleep for two nights. And they didn't seem aware of their gradually deteriorating performance.

Sleep also adds benefits to health. Researchers who scanned sleepers' brains found that the areas involved in learning new tasks remain active in slumber. This suggests that sleep plays a role in storing information for future retrieval. Dr. Steven M. Scharf, medical director of the University of Maryland Sleep Disorders Center summed up the situation nicely when he said, "I like the old days, when they played 'The Star-Spangled Banner' on TV everybody went to bed."

The above title is part of the headline from the Star News Online from North Carolina and was published on July 10. 2007. The article examines posture related to work positions and advocates what they call a "body-neutral" position. Dr. Stephen Conway, a chiropractor and spokesman for the American Chiropractic Association, states, "A "body-neutral" position is crucial to avoiding discomfort and injury."

In the article Dr. Conway defines a neutral posture as one that doesn't cause undue stress to the neck, shoulders, wrists or back. He further explains that a neutral position involves having a head facing forward, as well as arms at the sides, elbows bent at 90 degrees and wrists extended in a straight line from the forearms.

Dr. Conway commented, "Anything that takes you out of that position creates an issue for you. What happens is the farther away you go from neutral, the more effort and energy it takes to do the same amount of work."

Dr. Conway commented, "Anything that takes you out of that position creates an issue for you. What happens is the farther away you go from neutral, the more effort and energy it takes to do the same amount of work."

The article notes that flawed cubical design and worker positioning can lead to a host of problems including, spinal stress and carpal tunnel syndrome. The article suggests that workers should self-evaluate their work positions and make needed changes.

Mary Crabtree, workplace safety manager for the office of Environment, Health and Safety at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, was also interviewed in the article and commented, "When you're trying to get people to change the way they do things, that's not always easy." She continued, "You have to keep educating people, keep putting information out there, so people understand the value of a properly adjusted work station. You get to a job and you're just kind of reluctant to make changes - you think, 'I better just focus on getting my output done,' " she said. "But you can increase output if you take a moment to get a little more comfortable."

From the Australian scientific journal, Chiropractic & Osteopathy, comes a report dated September 6, 2007 that chronicles how elderly adults in the United States utilize chiropractic care. The study interviewed over four thousand seniors over 70 years of age, and then correlated those interviews to Medicare records. The results of the study were then extrapolated to give a picture of the overall population.

The research, headed by Dr. Fredric D Wolinsky, and Dr. Gary E Rosenthal of the Center for Research in the Implementation of Innovative Strategies in Practice (CRIISP) at the Iowa City VA Medical Center reported that on an annual basis about 4.6% of seniors 70 or older see a chiropractor. These seniors are more likely to be in pain and have a means of self transportation to get to the chiropractor's office.

The report also noted that predominantly, there were unexplainable racial discrepancies noting that, "African Americans and Hispanics are simply much less likely to visit chiropractors than Whites in the United States". Researchers also reported that those who used chiropractic were much more likely to have arthritis and/or drink alcohol.

The report showed that over the 4 year study about 30% of those seniors who did have chiropractic visits continued to see a chiropractor over at least three of the four years studied. Researchers concluded that these seniors made chiropractic a regular part of their healthcare regime. Conversely, about 48 percent of those who visited a chiropractor did not have any visits in more than one of the four years in the study. They also found that, "among those who had seen a chiropractor, the volume of chiropractic visits was lower for those who lived alone, had lower incomes, and poorer cognitive abilities, while it was greater for the overweight and those with lower body limitations."

A study to be published in the December 1999 issue of the Annals of Internal Medicine (available on the internet at ), addresses the growing dangerous practice of purchasing prescription drugs through the internet. The study conducted by Bernard S. Bloom, PhD, and Ronald C. Iannacone, BS at the Department of Medicine, University of Pennsylvania, not only addresses the danger of purchasing drugs over the Internet but also discussed the economic disadvantage for consumers to do so.

The conclusions of the study showed that prescription drugs purchased online were on average more expensive that those purchased in traditional ways. The study also showed that many sites that sold such drugs had no prescription requirements or relaxed requirements that amounted to not much more than and online questionnaire.

The most popular drugs sold online are Viagra, Propecia, Prozac, weight loss pills, birth control pills, and smoking cessation pills. One concern expressed by the authors of the study was the quality of these medications. Since several of the sites were from outside North America, the authors suggested that the strength or purity of the medications could be compromised.

Part of the rise in drug sales on the Internet could well be due to the increase in advertising geared directly to consumers by the major drug companies. In an article published in the September 25th 1999 British Medical Journal, it is reported that U.S. drug companies spend more than one billion dollars per year on advertising aimed directly to the public. This advertising and the easy availability of drugs on the Internet may account for the dramatic rise in drug sales over the last several years. The January 7, 1999 New England Journal of Medicine reported that prescription drug usage increased by 14.1 percent in 1997 alone.

These daunting figures should be tempered by a report in the Journal of the American Medical Association addressing the subject of unintended side-effects of properly prescribed, properly administered medications. The authors of this article estimate deaths from properly prescribed medications to exceed 106,000 deaths per year. With these numbers so high one can only speculate with concern what the increase in death rate will be from self medication over the Internet.

Studies are now showing that laughter may be one of the healthiest things you can do. Several recent studies show that laugher is actually very healthy and promotes healing from within. One study reported in the Journal of the American Medical Association on Feb 14, 2001 came from research at Unitika Central Hospital in Japan. In this study the Japanese found that skin welts shrank in allergy patients who watched Charlie Chaplin's comedic classic "Modern Times," but not in patients who watched a video on weather.

Head researcher, Dr. Hajime Kimata said, "These results suggest that the induction of laughter may play some role in alleviating allergic diseases." Dr Kimata was influenced by a previous study by Norman Cousins' whose 30-year-old research suggested that laughter and a positive attitude can help reduce pain. Cousins suffered from a life-threatening joint disease and reported that 10 minutes of laughter helped reduce his pain.

In another study on laugher and health, Dr. Michael Miller of the University of Maryland Medical Center, led a study of 300 people, half of whom had suffered a heart attack or had undergone coronary artery bypass surgery. The other half matched the first group in age, but had no heart problems. Both groups were asked to answer two questionnaires designed to find out how much they laugh and what their levels of anger and hostility were in a variety of situations. The results showed that the group with heart disease was 40 percent less likely to laugh, and was also more likely to feel hostility and anger.

A different but similar study by an Ohio State University researcher also suggests a link between one's happiness and the state of one's heart. In that large-scale, 10-year study the results showed that clinically depressed men had been found to be more than twice as likely to die of a heart attack as those who did not suffer from depression. The Ohio study was published in the October 2000 issue of the Archives of Internal Medicine.

If you had to go for a moral to these stories you might be inclined to say that these studies show that "Health IS a laughing matter!"