Tuesday, November 21, 2017

Your Doctor's Tie, It May Be Spreading Disease

Since medically caused illnesses have now become the leading cause of death in this country, doctors need to be paying attention to their ties. That's right, their ties! Researchers at New York Hospital Medical Center swabbed 42 ties of medical personnel and 10 ties worn by security guards who had no contact with patients. Almost half the ties of the medical staff carried several strains of bacteria that could cause infection while the tie of only one security guard was contaminated.

Maybe it's time for us to take charge and bring scissors with us when we need to go to the doctor or hospital and start clipping ties. Just kidding, but be aware, if the doctor's tie is coming too close to you, ask him to please move it.

Thursday, November 16, 2017

Traffic Noise Has Negative Consequences

In most cities, traffic noise has been getting louder and louder. Research is now showing that noise levels that are well below levels that damage our hearing can cause increased blood pressure, fatigue, stress and near schools it interferes with learning. Children exposed to noise that was greater than 60 decibels learned far more slowly and have difficulty with speech recognition than children who experienced noise levels below 40 decibels. These children in the higher decibel schools learn to tune out the noise, but they also tune out speech.

A study of lower income people living in homes in the Los Angeles-Long Beach region found that 220,000 were so troubled by traffic noise that they wanted to move.

Since SUVs and other light trucks produce twice as much noise as cars, just by requiring quieter tires and exhaust systems would have a major impact on reducing noise levels. As a matter of fact, that is precisely what the Japanese government is requiring of it auto makers.

Tuesday, November 14, 2017

Speaking of C, It Can Protect Against Rheumatoid Arthritis

Research published in Annals of Rheumatoid Disease found a connection between a low intake of Vitamin C and the risk of developing inflammatory polyarthritis, which is a form of rheumatoid arthritis that involves two or more joints. Subjects who had the lowest amounts of C had three times the risk of subjects who consumed the highest amounts. So…did I say something about taking 1,000 to 1,500 mgs of Vitamin C each day?

Thursday, November 9, 2017

Having Difficulty Breathing, Take Vitamin C

A two-year study published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences found that the lack of a sufficient amount of Vitamin C may increase the impact of common inflammatory lung diseases. Vitamin C keeps the surfaces of the lung's airways hydrated which seems to improve the ability of the body to clear the respiratory tract.

Tuesday, November 7, 2017

Vitamin C Deficiency is Affecting More People Than Thought

Researchers from Arizona State University questioned over 30,000 people. Between 5 to 17% were deficient in Vitamin C while 13 to 23% were completely depleted. The two groups who were at the highest risk were Smokers and African American males. So…my recommendation is to do it the easy way and take 1,000 to 1,500 mgs of Vitamin C each day.

Thursday, November 2, 2017

Harvesting Timber Underwater

A company in Canada has developed a submersible that has a chainsaw and can cut down trees that are underwater. This means it can harvest trees that are underwater in lakes that were created when valley floors were flooded behind hydroelectric dams. Because the trees are in cool water with a lack of oxygen, they have been preserved from decay. It's been estimated there are 200 billion board-feet of high-quality timber down there. That's more than six times the amount harvested each year in the US. What a great way to save live trees!

Tuesday, October 31, 2017

Becoming Nicer As You Age

An Internet survey of over 132,000 adults aged 21 to 60 published in the Journal of Personality and Social Psychology found that more people described themselves as warm, generous and helpful after age 30. The conclusion - people become nicer as they age. So…if you have a curmudgeon in your life there's still hope.