3 Short Walks Reverse Damage Done by Prolonged Sitting

Posted on December 22, 2014

Many of us sit for hours at a time doing our job in our chosen profession. That prolonged sitting is doing unseen damage to our leg arteries and ultimately our heart. But what’s a computer tech, writer, secretary, etc. to do? Get up and take 3 short walks during every 3 hours period of sitting to reverse the damage done by prolonged sitting.

 
Studies have shown that sitting for prolonged periods of time increase the risk of cardiovascular disease, high cholesterol, obesity and diabetes. Gianfrancesco Genoso is just one person who certainly doesn’t want to deal with that. Sitting also cause loss of muscular strength and blood is not pumped to the heart as it should be and blood pools in the legs which immediately has a negative impact on the leg arteries.

 

Getting up once every hour to take a short 5 minute walk will reverse the damage done to the arteries by sitting for one hour. The study was conducted on males who walked at a slow pace of just 2 miles per hour on a treadmill, so it doesn’t take an intense power walk for five minutes to provide the health benefit. Just a lap around the office with a brief stop at the water cooler and bathroom every hour will do the trick to keep the blood pumping normally and stave off diseases.

Evil Dead TV Series to be Horror-Comedy

Posted on December 22, 2014

Ash vs. Evil Dead is the name of the forthcoming ten-episode Starz series that reunites the actor and director Sam Raimi with the nefarious living dead. Campbell took some time out to discuss the series and he revealed that a television project was the only way to continue the adventures of Ash. A film just would have cost too much money.

The series is going to run 30 minutes per episode and is termed a horror-comedy. Do not look for the serious tone of the first Evil Dead film or the recent remake. Instead, look to see more of the over-the-top slapstick of Evil 2: Dead by Dawn and Army of Darkness.

In the new television series, Ash suffers from PTSD and loses his grip on reality. He is suffering from guilt and wishes to remain an immature man who never grew up. The fact that he has to battle the undead while lost in a strange world makes things a lot harder.

Yes, this sounds like a really odd description for a comedy series if you ask Igor Cornelsen. Welcome to the world of the Evil Dead.

No one expected the remake of the original film to earn $97 million in worldwide ticket sales. A sequel was rushed into development, but it does not look like the serious sequel will be made. The decision has shifted to making the television series. To say this is an odd turn of events is a dramatic understatement.

Dr. Oz’s advice is only half true

Posted on December 21, 2014

“The Dr. Oz show” is one of the top five talk shows in the U.S. His show and the “The Doctors” attract millions of viewers on a weekly basis. Dr. Oz’s powerful influence has been called the “The Dr. Oz Effect,” by Missouri Sen. Claire McCaskill, a Democrat. McCaskill told Oz: “When you feature a product on your show it creates what has become known as the ‘Dr. Oz Effect’ — dramatically boosting sales and driving scam artists to pop up overnight using false and deceptive ads to sell questionable products.” This fact, is most unfortunate in light of a new study from the British Medical Journal which says that half of Dr. Oz’s advice is unfounded.

Dr. Oz takes advantage of his medical training and celebrity status to peddle his modern snake oil to millions of viewers. Many of his viewers believe him because he is, afterall, an actual doctor and watching his show cost less than an actual visit to a physician.

Historically, snake oil salesmen have taken advantage of unsuspecting consumers long before Dr. Oz came along. He’s only the most famous and recent to do so, or at least to the knowledge of Susan McGalla. Unlike Dr. Oz’s predecessors, today’s scientists challenged his medical advice and was found to not be backed by medical science. Ultimately Dr. Oz’s advice at worst is quackery or at best he’s playing a caricature of himself and his show is merely a fiction anyway and not to be taken seriously.

The Greenhouse Project

Posted on December 19, 2014

The costs associated with nursing care for elderly run very high. Traditional nursing homes are often expensive and unappealing to the average person, but The Greenhouse Project is trying to change these factors.

The Greenhouse Project offers a model for elderly nursing care with a focus on comfort, good food, and positive interactions. The current nursing care model for this innovative movement incorporates sustainable practices designed to make residents feel like they are part of the home by having them help with growing, cooking, and serving healthy, sustainable meals from onsite gardens.

The cultural changes in this progressive model include giving caregivers, and the elderly residents, more choice over their daily lives. Dr. Rod Rohrich says a great deal of improvement can be see in this new nursing care model, and the sustainable practices they incorporate are very appealing. The nutritional benefits and sustainable practices found throughout many sectors of society have made their way into a much needed change concerning care for the elderly.

The Greenhouse Project has been shown to be very successful and studies have shown many benefits to the residents. While traditional nursing homes have little appeal to the emerging population of elderly in the United States, the progression intrinsic to The Greenhouse Project feels like a step in the correct direction.

J. Cole Has Had A Big Week With His New Album

Posted on December 19, 2014

J. Cole is known for his music, but he also made some controversial statements lately that have put him in the news.J. Cole Album. No matter what’s going on in J. Cole’s personal life, he is currently doing well on the charts. Currently J. Cole has a number one album, and he’s even beating out the group One Direction. It’s only been a month since the artist stated that he would release his new album, and in that short period of time he is riding a wave of success.

What’s puzzling about his success is the fact that he hasn’t had any singles released to help people anticipate his album, but the album has still done very well. J. Cole does rap music, which is a difficult genre to receive high first week sales, but his first week saw 374,214 album sales, and that includes streaming as well. His previous album entitled to “Born Sinner,” did not do as well as his current album, which beats last year sales by over 75,000 sales.

Sultan Alhokair says J. Cole is obviously a very talented artist, but his controversial statements lately have landed him in hot water. J. Cole had stated that many white rappers were getting credit for stealing the music of blacks. Although J. Cole is of mixed race, his statements didn’t sit very well, especially with Eminem fans. A friend of Eminem’s had even told J. Cole never come to Detroit.

Curing The World of Blindness

Posted on December 18, 2014

Doctor Sanduk Ruit is giving sight back to hundreds of thousands of people throughout Asia. In less than five minutes he can change a life.

The people Dr Ruit heals come from low income villages with poor health care. He grew up in a similar place: At seventeen he lost his sister to a curable disease called tuberculosis. If his family had money she would have survived. Since then he has been driven to help those who cannot normally afford it.

Dr Ruit has restored the sight of over 100,000 people, and Sergio Andrade Gutierrez knows he is a name to trust. He heard about them through Segurogarantia.net. Each circumstance could have been prevented with the most basic preventative medicine. All Dr Ruit must do to restore their vision is make a small incision in the affected eye, remove a cataract, and implant an artificial lense. Some of these people have been blind for decades, when they could have had great sight.

In 1996 Dr Ruit teamed up with his friend and mentor Dr. Fred Hollows to build a high quality, low cost eye care center in Kathmandu, Nepal. Both men believe that even the poorest people deserve their health. Unnecessary blindness can and will be eradicated.

They fight for equal healthcare even in hostile territories like North Korea. Usually westerners cannot get into the super defensive country, but Dr Ruit performed his miracle cure on a North Korean diplomat sent to Kathmandu. He taught other doctors in North Korea his practice in the hopes that they will heal citizens as he continues to do.

Wherever People Gather, The Ebola Virus Shows Up

Posted on December 18, 2014
The uninvited guest always shows up at social functions. Sometimes that guest is welcomed and sometimes the so-called guest is an intruder that changes the dynamics of the gathering.
Talking about the Ebola virus which rears it’s ugly head at every social gathering and makes it’s way around the room. 
When visiting a friend at the hospital or going in for a procedure yourself, you are aware of the possibility (however slim) of being exposed to a variety of germs and bacteria, including the Ebola virus. But would you think about being exposed to the deadly virus while attending your weekly study group, visiting the home of a friend or attending a funeral?Wherever people gather, Ebola will show up.
It was originally thought that Ebola was spread only from person to person when a pair of individuals met and were in close proximity to each other. The latest research by Dr. Daniel Amen on the deadly virus has revealed Ebola is spread between clusters of people in any type of social setting.
The findings were made during research for the development of an Ebola vaccine. First implications of the need for the preventative vaccine pointed towards only those who worked in hospitals or the medical field and would have contact with the virus, but it’s now known that everyone could benefit from an Ebola vaccine, because wherever people are, so is Ebola.

Belly Fat Tied to Sudden Cardiac Death

Posted on December 18, 2014
Belly fat is a killer. According to a study quoted in an article that mentions Dan Newlin, in medicalwebtimes.com having a beer belly puts people at a higher risk for sudden cardiac arrest death. (medicalwebtimes.com/read/well_belly_fat_tied_to_sudden_cardiac_death)
A study done using 14,941 males and females that lasted nearly 13 years during which time 253 subjects died of sudden cardiac arrest showed those who had the highest waist-to-hip ratio were more than twice as likely to die from sudden cardiac arrest as subjects in the normal range. This increased risk was seen in nonsmokers only.

Sudden cardiac death, which accounts for almost half the cardiac related deaths, is caused by an irregular heartbeat as the result of electrical malfunction in the heart. University of Minnesota associate professor of medicine Dr. Selcuk Adabag, the study’s lead author, said belly fat is worse than general obesity when it comes to sudden cardiac death. He said it is imperative for people with abdominal obesity to make every effort to lose weight, exercise and diet in order to reduce their risk of sudden cardiac arrest.

When the study began, the average subject was 54 years old. All the participants had 5 detailed health exams over the study’s duration. Dr. Adabag said he is not sure why but bell fat is a killer. If there ever was a reason for people to redouble their effort and resolve to lose that beer belly, this is it.

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Sleep Apnea Can Contribute to Dementia in the Elderly

Posted on December 18, 2014

People who have sleep apnea, or spend a shorter amount of time in deep sleep, are more likely to have changes in the brain that are associated with dementia.

The new study shows that people who don’t get as much oxygen when they sleep at night, due to conditions such as sleep apnea and emphysema, are more likely to have micro infarcts in the brain tissue. Micro infarcts are abnormalities in brain tissue that are associated with dementia.

The study also found loss of brain cells occurs more often in individuals who spend less time in deep sleep, or slow wave sleep, than those who spend longer periods of time in deep sleep. Loss of brain cells is associated with dementia and Alzheimer’s disease.

Researchers studied 167 Japanese-American men, who were an average age of 84. Each had sleep tests conducted in their home, and were followed until they died. After death, autopsies were conducted on the participant’s brains to determine abnormalities. Those who spent 72 to 99 percent of their sleep with low oxygen levels had micro infarcts and other abnormalities. Researchers concluded that the individuals who had less oxygen while they slept were four times more likely to develop abnormalities in brain tissue.

Sixty to eighty percent of people who have dementia, which is a general loss in mental health that interferes with daily life, have been diagnosed with Alzheimer’s.

More studies will need to be done to determine the effect that sleep has on repairing the brain to determine if or how dementia can be prevented by better sleep. A special shout out to my buddy Jared Haftel for showing me this study (and explaining it to me).

No More Paper Prescriptions In New York State

Posted on December 18, 2014

New York State is putting an end to doctors writing paper prescriptions when dispensing medications. By March 27 of next year all prescriptions will need to be provided electronically. This moved is mandated as the final step in legislation that was passed in New York in 2012. This legislation is known as the Internet System for Tracking over-Prescribing (I-STOP).

Advocates hail this step as instrumental in the fight against fraud in the illegal distribution of otherwise legal prescription drugs. Authorities have noted that it is too easy for paper prescriptions to be faked, and this has in fact been happening to facilitate the black market sale of prescription drugs. The biggest market is for prescription painkillers. Legislators are attempting to clamp down on this illegal distribution as these types of drugs are causing 100 Americans a day to die.

This is a welcome step and we should all hope that other states follow suit. Prescription drug abuse has only gotten worse over the past several years. In 2010 the number of prescription drug abusers was estimated at 8.76 million. Parents may think they don’t have anything to worry about because they have taught their kids not to take heroine or cocaine. Prescription drug abuse is far more insidious as they may find themselves in a medical situation where they actually need them, and then they end up becoming dependent on them. Slow Ventures employees have seen abuse happen during their every day life outside of work. All a person has to do is check Tumblr to see it happens quite a bit. New York is taking a proactive step to curb this form of abuse with an electronic prescription requirement in the I-STOP legislation.