PACK RATS AND SAVERS – CLUTTERERS ADDICTION

 

Have you ever wondered why you saved something?  You find the dust accumulation, like fresh snow on the sidewalk, on the old book or stack of papers.  You can’t live without it, or them, or the files, or the boxes of the papers or files or smaller boxes.  You absolutely know, beyond any shadow of a doubt – that you, yes you, will indeed, one day, not soon, but some day – require that item to be whole.  Wow….

Why do the savers do this?  I remember walking into an office of a professor once.  Little did I remember of our conversation.  Overwhelming amazement and disbelief warped my mind as the mountains of papers sat from the floor to the ceiling.  Not only papers, but also the books, the binders, the boxes of books, and the boxes of binders.  Why would he need a conference syllabus from 1979? 

That little seashell gift from your Auntie is still valuable and taking up space not only on the mantle, but also in your brain.  She gave that to you in 1960!

Clutter is intimate.  Clutter represents the untapped resource of the final idea.  Clutter is the soul of what can become.  All those articles neatly filed, catalogued, scanned into a progression of finding it someday.  All the unread, partially read, outdated books that may become part of your next book, or writing, or an editorial. 

Possibly the worst offending clutterers?  Certainly teachers hit the top of the list, at all levels.  Hobbiest are great clutterers, never know when you need that spool or dried up glue.  Some of that remaining blue yarn could become the hair of that unique doll for the grandchildren.  But everyone is a clutterer. 

Your next dinner party, social engagement, or backyard barbe will prove my point.  Just look around.  Why is the broken golf ornament still on his desk?  Big Bird finger puppet – thought he went out years ago?  What’s behind that door?

Offices, garages, and closets make great hideaways for the clutterer’s calmness.  But overall the problem rests somewhere between poverty, obsessive-compulsive disorder, ADD, and depression, all mixed for normality to hypomania.  Within all of this, is creativity.  Clutterers are creative, like the addictive mind.  They find the place, the time, the hidden capacity to make the world around them in the mirror look normal.  But the reflection from the mirror tells a different truth and perspective.

Now, not all clutterers, savers, and pack rats deserve such painful insight.  But as the time train continues the “eternal project” remains incomplete for another day. 

The rules:

1.  Experiment with throwing something away.  Calculate in advance how you will feel, then, in a day or so, compare your reality with what you calculated.  Pain or gain?

2.  Start clearing by starting with smaller boxes of items, a drawer, a desk, a closet.  Can’t eat the elephant with one bite.

3.  Feel good about donating to others who might use it, like Goodwill or other charitable agencies.

4.  With the modern day video cameras, photograph the things that represent memories and get rid of the junk.   It is the memory we clutch to, not really the item.

5.  Talk with your family, friends, colleagues.  They do it too.  Every family has one !

6.  A nice compromise for families that distress over the junk…make a memory box.

7.  Remember, only the feelings are real, the uncompleted task is still part of the soul. 

8.  Professional counseling is required to break the grip of this strange yet sometimes funny process of the human spirit.

 

Well, today, I was going to go find a cheap storage unit.  Which stack of paper was that ad in?  Which box?   Which room?  Oh, ya, in the bathroom…oh, it was at work…….

 

 

(adapted from The Magazine, 2007 Jan. with significant commentary by CastMD)

The Cost of Cremated Ashes: Dad Nose Best A New Cocaine Substitute – Keith Richard’s Marketing Expertise’ – a parody of abuse

THE ROLLING STONE'S KEITH RICHARDS MAYBE SNORTED HIS DAD THE TABLOIDS HAVE COMMENTED AND THERE SEEMS TO BE CONTROVERSY REGARDING WHETHER IT WAS TRUE OR NOT.  CastMD CONTINUES TO DIG INTO THIS ISSUE WITH CLARITY AND REASON.  BUT INQUIRING BRAINIACS WANT TO KNOW THE NUMBERS……..SO HERE THEY ARE ! 

Theory:

Average cremation remains = 3700 grams

Crackdowns on producers and smugglers of cocaine in Colombia and the United States have caused the wholesale price of the drug to rise sharply, according to officials of the Federal Drug Enforcement Agency. A kilogram, 2.2 pounds, of cocaine that cost a dealer $15,000 six months ago now costs $25,000 to $30,000, Frank Chellino, a spokesman for the agency's Miami office, said. (NYT 4-5-07)

 

The common street selling price of cocaine hydrochloride powder is $80-$100 per gram. The purity of the drug is TYPICALLY diluted by dealers wanting to increase the volume of the cocaine to multiply profits. Popular "cutting" agents include lactose, inositol, mannitol, lidocaine, and even cornstarch, talcum powder, or sugar.  NOW YOU CAN CUT WITH DAD'S ASHES !!!

 

 

 

 

 Freebase cocaine is cocaine without its water-soluble component, or "base." It is prepared by prepping cocaine hcl with an alkali, and separating the cocaine from its impurities. The preparation of freebase cocaine involves the use of highly flammable solvents such as ether. "Crack" or "rock" cocaine is the street name given to freebase cocaine processed from cocaine hydrochloride to a base, then using a base and heating it to remove the hydrochloride. The resulting mixture is allowed to harden, then broken into small pieces or rocks, which can be easily smoked in a pipe. The term "crack" refers to the crackling sound made when the mixture is smoked.

Therefore:

30,000 dollars divided by 1000 grams is 30 dollars a gm wholesale.  Yet the retail prices vary, but about the 100 dollars a gram retail street value.

3700 grams of cremation remains is 370,000 dollars of cocaine equivalency in weight. 

The most popular method of use is to separate the powder into fine "lines" of approximately 1/4 gram, 4-6 inches long. A small straw is then used to "snort" the cocaine into the nose.

3700 divided by 1/4 gm per line is:

14,800 lines of cremation-dad cocaine-substitute ! 

Now, a direct cremation cost noted on the web was:

Direct Cremation Service : $625.00*

Therefore:

Cost of cremation divided by 3700 grams of cocaine substitute is 625 / 3700 = 0.1689 dollar/gram

SUMMARY:

IF YOU BUY COCAINE YOU WILL BE PAYING 80-100 DOLLARS RETAIL FOR ONE GRAM

USE CREMATION-DAD COCAINE-SUBSTITUTE  AND YOU WILL PAY ONLY 17 CENTS PER GRAM

IF YOU DO DRUGS, YOU DO THE MATH…BUT DON'T SNORT DAD-SNOW. 

 

 

 

SUPER BOWL DOMESTIC VIOLENCE — C.A.G.E. THIS HOP’S FOR YOU

THE DEBATE OF SUPER BOWL ASSOCIATED EVENTS RAGES ON.  THE DEBATE OF DOMESTIC VIOLENCE RAGES ON.  WHERE AND WHEN THE TWO MEET IS CONTROVERSIAL.  EXAMINATION OF THE DATA IN MANY PLACES DOES NOT EQUATE TO A HIGHER RATE.  AGENDA AND POLITICAL ACTIVISM RAISES THE RELATIONSHIP MOSTLY.  HOWEVER…..

AND YEARS AGO, EVERYTHING WAS LINKED TO THE "FULL MOON CONSPIRACY" OF ILLNESS, INJURY, PSYCHIATRIC MALADIES, AND JUST PLAIN WEIRDNESS IN THE EMERGENCY ROOM…..AND SHOWN TO BE DATA INSUFFICIENT TO PROVE THE POINT…..CAN'T BLAME THE MOON THIS SUPERBOWL, AS THAT WAS A DAY OR TWO AGO….. 

DOMESTIC VIOLENCE DOES OCCUR AS WELL AS ALCOHOL OVERUSE AND ABUSE – ALL HAPPEN ON SUPER BOWL SUNDAY.  BUT THESE EVENTS HAPPEN ON NON-SUPER BOWL SUNDAYS ALSO, AND MONDAYS, AND TUESDAYS, AND WEDNESDAYS, AND THURSDAYS, AND FRIDAYS, AND SATURDAYS.  SO…..

WHAT MATTERS IS THAT ALL THOSE SUPERBOWL COMMMERCIALS SPONSORED BY THE BEER INDUSTRY CERTAINLY ENCOURAGE THE "FUN" OF THE ALCOHOL OVERUSE AND ABUSE.  WHAT THEY DO NOT ADVERTISE IS THE DARK SIDE OF THE ALOCHOL OVERUSE AND ABUSE…AND THE SUBSEQUENT POSSIBILITIES OF DOMESTIC VIOLENCE, CRIME, DUI, CHILD ABUSE, AND FAMILY DISCORD – NOT TO MENTION JOB LOSS, WORKPLACE INEFFICIENCY, FINANCIAL RUIN, AND HIGH PERSONAL RISK.  SO…..

TAKE THE TEST ON THIS SUPERBOWL SUNDAY:

Screening Test Questions:

  • Have you ever thought you ought to Cut down on your drinking or drug use?
  • Do you feel Annoyed at criticism of your drinking or drug use?
  • Do you feel Guilty about your drinking or drug use?
  • Do you ever take an Early-morning drink (eye-opener) or use drugs upon awakening  ("a little hair of the dog that bit you") to start the day or to feel better?

SOME SAY AT LEAST ONE-THIRD OF ALL WOMEN WILL BE INVOLVED IN SOME FORM OF DOMESTIC PARTNER VIOLENT BEHAVIOR IN THEIR LIFETIME.

AN ESTIMATED 5 MILLION INCIDENCES OCCUR ANNUALLY.

AN ESTIMATED 1500 WOMEN DIE YEARLY FROM DOMESTIC VIOLENCE.

EMPLOYEES MAY REPRESENT 20-25% OF VICTIMS OF THIS TYPE OF LIFESTYLE.

IMPACT ZONE:  INTERVENE WITH A FELLOW EMPLOYEE, ASSOCIATE, FRIEND IF YOU THINK THE QUESTION IS APPROPRIATE.   "ARE YOU SAFE?"  "CAN WE HELP?"  "HOW CAN WE HELP?"

ERTALES FROM THIS ER DOC * hugs rule

The little boy was literally climbing up the pantleg of his mother.  "He's scared," she told me.  "He had a bad time at his doctor's last time," the anxious mom added.  Our eyes, the 5 year old's and mine, sized up each other –  man to man, muscle to muscle, universe to universe. There would now be an internal debate of trustworthiness – on each side – of this heavy weight moment in time.  His reluctance to be lifted on the exam table was obvious as the arms of safety were peeled by his mother from her neck.  I sat and watched.  Not a word.  Quiet. 

We drew our weapons.  His, a stare of cold steel; mine, a shiny ear scope.  Instead, as I sat, I asked to look at mom's ears. I did.  I asked to look in mom's mouth, and pretendingly did.  His evaluation of my performance was sharply etched in his mind's acute processor.  I drew my stethoscope to his mom's back to listen to lungs.  Then, I slowly, like the gunfight at the o-k corral, drew toward his watchful perched position of power, while me on the subordinate exam rollerstool.  

He said, "I have a dog!"  I said nothing, as it could be a ploy, a plot, a trojan horse comment to quickly surround me with ear piercing shrills and dashing speed to his circle of wagons, mom.   I waited.  My eye honed to his eye.  He said the dog's name.  I shook my head in approval. I drew my rollerstool closer and closer.  His eye honed to my eye.  Slowly, like the draw of the bow during the hunt, my otoscope entered his right ear.  Then the left.  The test of the tonsil lay in front of the medical warriors.  "Can you eat an elephant?," I asked.  He opened his mouth so wide I could see his appendix.  He held the tongue blade.  Not needed.  His lungs were listened to with the kid-size stethoscope.  No rash.  "Tonsillitis," I said to him as my stealthy roller steed backed away.  He looked at his support staff, his mom.  "You will take the medicine for your mom?" and he shook his head affirmatively.  The warriors were exhausted. 

Celebratory and coexistent now.  To the Tootsie Pop drawer, we went.  Hand in hand from the exam table battlefield, to the oasis of sweets.  His choice was deliberately selected with a keen appreciation for what was to be.

On the escort out of the exam area, with Tootsie Pop in hand, my leg became heavy.  The small warrior's arm was hugging around my leg, just above the knee.  Stride for stride, we were proudly successful.  I said, "Do you want to give me a hug?"  He put his arms up high, as I reached over to accept his offer of goodwill.  We hugged.  Mom smiled.   I said to my newly made battlefield-weary friend, "Hugs are good."  He said, "bye," as he secured his mother's hand to see the world.

IMMEDIATE CARE urgent care CLINICS – WHY WAIT IN THE ER * MINOR EMERGENCY WALK IN * URGENT CARE * INJURY ILLNESS – WORKER OCCUPATIONAL CARE – DRUG-FREE WORKPLACE TESTING – MRO REVIEW – SPORTS CARE – FAMILY CARE – URGENT CARE

IMMEDIATE CARE urgent care CLINICS – WHY WAIT IN THE ER  * MINOR EMERGENCY WALK IN * URGENT CARE * INJURY ILLNESS – WORKER OCCUPATIONAL CARE – DRUG-FREE WORKPLACE TESTING – MRO REVIEW – SPORTS CARE – FAMILY CARE – URGENT CARE

  • OVER THE PAST DECADE AT LEAST 400 (FOUR HUNDRED) OR MORE EMERGENCY ROOMS HAVE CLOSED
  • GREATER 120 MILLION PEOPLE WERE TREATED IN ERS A FEW YEARS AGO – GROWING
  • GROWTH IS AN ALARMING 20-30% EVERY 5-10 YEARS
  • COMPLICATED PATIENTS CONTINUE TO GROW – AIDS, TB, CANCER, ADVANCED DIABETES, STROKE, HEART DISEASE COMPLICATIONS, TRAUMA, SHOOTINGS, DRUGS OF ABUSE
  • NEARLY 50 MILLION AMERICANS HAVE NO INSURANCE OR LIMITED ACCESS

click on link –  http://www.nimcc.com

WHAT TO DO:

BRING A LIST OF YOUR ALLERGIES, MEDICATIONS, PAST MEDICAL HISTORY, EKG IF YOU HAVE IT, AND NAMES AND PHONE NUMBERS OF SIGNIFICANT OTHERS, AND INSURANCE INFO IF IN DATE 

 

GO TO IMMEDIATE CARE IF UNSURE  – IF NOT SEVERELY ILL OR INJURED

IF YOU MUST GO TO THE ER, GO IN THE MORNING…LESS BUSY USUALLY

WHEN IN DOUBT –  IF ILLNESS OR INJURY IS SEVERE…CALL 911

TELL THE TRIAGE NURSE YOUR SYMPTOMS…ALL OF THEM

KNOW THE CREDENTIALS OF YOUR DOCTOR…EXPERIENCE

IS THE EMERGENCY PHYSICIAN RESIDENCY TRAINED IN EMERGENCY MEDICINE

IS THE EMERGENCY PHYSICIAN BOARD-CERTIFIED IN EMERGENCY MEDICINE

BRING AN ADVOCATE TO WATCH, LISTEN, AND ASK QUESTIONS – ESPECIALLY IF VERY ILL

MANY IMMEDIATE CARE CLINICS CAN TAKE CARE OF MANY ILLNESSES AND MINOR EMERGENCIES – CALL IF UNSURE

MANY IMMEDIATE CARE CLINICS CAN STABILIZE AND TRANSFER TO THE HOSPITAL

MANY IMMEDIATE CARE CLINICS HAVE BOARD CERTIFIED ER DOCS AND ER EXPERIENCED DOCS

CARBON MONOXIDE (CO) POISONING EPIDEMIC * prevention – WARNING – CAUSES – SYMPTOMS – THERAPY – GOAL – LONG TERM EFFECTS – **mandatory reporting effort by Washington State Public Health and Washington Posion Center

 

 

Preventing Carbon Monoxide Poisoning   *  Emergency

 

(fires photos from:  nifc.gov)
(product photos from:  web general sites)
(house photo from: kltv, texas)

 

Generators, grills, camp stoves, or other gasoline, propane, natural gas, or charcoal-burning devices should never be used inside a home, basement, garage, or camper – or even outside near an open window. 

Every home should have at least one working carbon monoxide detector. The detector’s batteries should be checked twice annually, at the same time smoke detector batteries are checked.

Carbon monoxide (CO) is an odorless, colorless gas that can cause sudden illness and death if inhaled.
When power outages occur during emergencies such as hurricanes or winter storms, the use of alternative sources of fuel or electricity for heating, cooling, or cooking can cause CO to build up in a home, garage, or camper and to poison the people and animals inside.

Every year, more than 500 people die in the U. S. from accidental CO poisoning.
CO is found in combustion fumes, such as those produced by small gasoline engines, stoves, generators, lanterns, and gas ranges, or by burning charcoal and wood. CO from these sources can build up in enclosed or partially enclosed spaces. People and animals in these spaces can be poisoned and can die from breathing CO.

How to Recognize CO Poisoning
Exposure to CO can cause loss of consciousness and death. The most common symptoms of CO poisoning are headache, dizziness, weakness, nausea, vomiting, chest pain, and confusion. People who are sleeping or who have been drinking alcohol can die from CO poisoning before ever having symptoms.

Important CO Poisoning Prevention Tips

  • Never use a gas range or oven to heat a home.
  • Never use a charcoal grill, hibachi, lantern, or portable camping stove inside a home, tent, or camper.
  • Never run a generator, pressure washer, or any gasoline-powered engine inside a basement, garage, or other enclosed structure, even if the doors or windows are open, unless the equipment is professionally installed and vented. Keep vents and flues free of debris, especially if winds are high. Flying debris can block ventilation lines.
  • Never run a motor vehicle, generator, pressure washer, or any gasoline-powered engine outside an open window, door, or vent where exhaust can vent into an enclosed area.
  • Never leave the motor running in a vehicle parked in an enclosed or partially enclosed space, such as a garage.
  • If conditions are too hot or too cold, seek shelter with friends or at a community shelter.
  • If CO poisoning is suspected, consult a health care professional right away.

 

Educational materials

 

(adapted from CDC website)

 

Indications for Hyperbaric Oxygen

Hyperbaric oxygen therapy is a specialized medical treatment in which the patient breathes 100 per cent oxygen while inside a chamber at increased atmospheric pressure. HBO is used for specific medical conditions. HBO has long been (PHOTO: hcmc hbo ctr) recognized as vital in the resolution of critical medical conditions such as gas gangrene, carbon monoxide poisoning, air embolism due to diving, trauma, or surgical procedures, and decompression sickness. It is also an important adjunct for specific wound healing conditions.

 

The Hyperbaric Oxygen Committee of the Undersea and Hyperbaric Medical Society (UHMS) lists the following indications: approved uses for Hyperbaric Oxygen therapy:

  • Air or gas embolism
  • Carbon monoxide poisoning and smoke inhalation
  • Clostridial myonecrosis (gas gangrene)
  • Crush injury, compartment syndrome, and other acute traumatic ischemias
  • Decompression sickness
  • Enhancement of selected problem wounds
  • Exceptional blood loss anemia
  • Necrotizing soft tissue infections
  • Chronic refractory osteomyelitis
  • Radiation tissue damage (Osteoradionecrosis)
  • Skin grafts and flaps (compromised)
  • Thermal burns
  • Adjunctive HBO in intracranial abscess

 

 (adapted from:  HCMC HBO Ctr)

 

 

Carbon monoxide poisoning: Reporting required

Due to the ongoing severe cold weather conditions and associated increase in carbon monoxide (CO) poisoning among King County (PHOTO: hcmc hbo ctr)  residents, Public Health is making suspected CO poisoning immediately reportable to Public Health by hospitals and healthcare provi
ders for seven days from today, through Dec. 24, 2006
. This period will be extended if necessary.

The most common symptoms of CO poisoning are headache, dizziness, weakness, nausea, vomiting, chest pain, and confusion. Inhalation of carbon monoxide gas typically leads to headache, dizziness, and confusion, which might progress to dyspnea, tachypnea, syncope, and metabolic acidosis.  Laboratory criteria for diagnosis: A case in which carboxyhemoglobin concentration exists >5% in venous or arterial blood in nonsmokers and >10% in smokers, as determined by hospital or commercial laboratory tests. The typical range of carboxyhemoglobin concentrations in smokers is 6%-10%.

 

Advice regarding diagnosis and treatment management of CO intoxication is available 24/7 through Washington State Poison Center at 1-800-222-1222.

This health order impacts primarily emergency departments (ED) and the information should be disseminated to all ED staff in King County hospitals immediately. A designated person on each shift should be identified to report cases of CO poisoning to Public Health.

 (adapted from the Seattle/King County Public Health Announcement) 

THE CONTROVERSY CONTINUES:  DOES THE HYPERBARIC OXYGEN HELP?

Current assessment and treatment of CO poisoning in the
emergency department is grossly inadequate to prevent serious
neurologic complications. HBOT speeds removal of CO from
tissues and counters a number of its deleterious effects. Past studies
have demonstrated efficacy of HBOT for reducing the incidence of
neurologic sequelae, even though only three sessions of HBOT
were used. Clinical experience such as that reported here shows that
HBOTtreatment late in the course of established impairments from
CO can lead to clinical improvements. Improvement is documented
by evidence of increased brain metabolism on functional brain
imaging by SPECT after HBOT. Further study as well as wider
availability of HBOT, particularly for persons such as firefighters
who are at high occupational risk of CO poisoning, is warranted. 

AND THESE TREATMENTS ARE NOT CONCLUSIVE IN MANY STUDIES THUS FAR…(editorial comment by castMD.com)

Richard A. Neubauer, M.D.
Virginia Neubauer
Alan Ko Chi Nu,
M.D. William S.
Maxfield, M.D., FACNM
, is Medical Director, Ocean Hyperbaric
Neurologic Center, Lauderdale-by-the-Sea, FL. is
Research Director, Ocean Hyperbaric Neurologic Center.
, is a hyperbaric physician practicing in Taipei, Taiwan.
, is a radiologist and Chief of Nuclear Medicine at
Ocean Hyperbaric Neurologic Center.

(adapted from:  Journal of American Physicians and Surgeons Volume 11 Number 2 Summer 2006)

FIBER – SOLUBLE FIBER AND WEIGHT CONTROL ***DIETING WITHOUT PILLS, DRUGS OR METH *** HIGH VOLUME soluble FIBER SUPPLEMENTS happy healthy holidays

Over the past 20 – 30 years, fiber has been a leading dietary factor connected to worsening weight control.  Less fiber, less control has been the health risk.  You should have noticed on "The Biggest Loser" tv show in 2006 that dietary fiber amounts were noticeable.  So this idea of weight control and dieting with its relationship to fiber intake is not a new idea.  The real concern with increasing obesity, diabetes, cancer, and childhood obesity and its complications, is the amount of fiber, and the type of fiber that is of special focus today.

Generally, obese men and women have less fiber in their diets.  In fact, overweight persons generally consume about one-half of the fiber that is recommended.  Many times, programs for weight loss find that the "client" is not using enough fiber to assist in weight loss management, therefore causing increased risk of failure of the weight loss program.

Many persons do not like high-fiber in general.  Why? Foods like beans, whole grains, fruits, and vegetables can cause bloating and gas; and they just do not like that feeling.  Many jokes of such problems exist, but what really happens is tolerance to fiber does occur…it gets better.

High-fiber diets help your body making contents inside the bowel bulkier with water holding properties.  It helps distend your stomach, small and large bowel – helping you feel fuller longer.  It also causes the feeling of hunger to go away.

Soluble fiber especially causes a viscous suspension.  (See previous castMD detail at the link http://www.castmd.com/?p=36 . These slurries delay stomach emptying and allows nutrient absorption.  Hunger pains are minimized.  In addition, some fats are held in the fiber, allowing yet the proteins and carbohydrates to be absorbed.  This slowing, and delaying, and changing the food load is called "spreading the nutrient load."  

Fiber helps change the hormones that control food metabolism.  Sugar in your system is more stable, and even; and the metabolism is more controlled with insulin avoiding the highs and lows of sugar and its rebound in the blood stream.

With this better and longer control of your glycemic load, energy is maintained on lesser calories.  There are fewer "hunger signals" to the appetitie centers, allowing more work with less calories.  You're not eating as much and you are using calories already "on board."

Many parents with CAD (coronary artery disease) have overweight children.  And those kids had more complications of health risks that other kids.  With the addition of high-fiber, better control of weight, cholesterol, blood sugar, and insulin release was maintained.  Risk of "metabolic syndrome" or "syndrome X" goes down with high-fiber supplementation.  With this, insulin resistance goes down; –  while hyperlipidemia, hypertension, hypercholesterolemia and type 1 and type 2 diabetes all have improvement. 

Obesity continues as diets are high in fats, high in added sugars, and low in soluble fibers.

At least 25 to 30 grams of soluble fiber is recommended daily, slowly added from about 5 grams per day over 2-3 months – to maintain a healthy weight.

IN SUMMARY:     Cool     ENJOY THE HOLIDAYS HEALTHIER *

SOLUBLE FIBER HELPS SLOW DOWN THE RATE THAT FOOD NUTRIENTS ARE ABSORBED

SOLUBLE FIBER HELPS YOU FEEL LESS HUNGRY

SOLUBLE FIBER HELPS REDUCE THE AMOUNT OF CALORIES YOU TAKE IN

SOLUBLE FIBER HELPS PROTECT YOU FROM THE RISKS OF SEVERAL SERIOUS DISEASES. 

 

(excerpts from:  Soluble Fiber – Saving Your Health, Saving Your Money.  Winter & Crane)

Wii INJURIES – UNIQUE STORIES *911* COMMENTARY OF nintendo Wii EMERGENCIES * EXCITED, RABID, FROTHING – TELL YOUR STORY

MANY PERSONS AND STORIES OF PERSONS HAVE RELATED UNIQUE AND FUNNY STORIES OF THIS HOT Furious DEVICE IN THE NEXT NEO-GAMING LEVEL OF ENTHUSIASM.  SOME ARE EMERGENT, SOME REQUIRE IMMEDIATE CARE, AND SOME ARE NON-EMERGENT.  FUNNY, UNUSUAL, AND CHAOTIC !

WHAT IS YOUR STORY………CLICK ON COMMENTS BELOW AND WRITE TO THE BLOGOSPHERE !

UPDATE:  After adding your emergency story or injury in comments below  – go to www.wiihaveaproblem.com as it is hilarious!

SPORTS AND CONCUSSION – “THE DING” increased risk – WHAT TO DO NEXT

SPORTS OFFICIALS AND COACHES WORRY ABOUT THE PLAYER THAT GETS HIT, DAZED, AND WANTS TO KEEP PLAYING.   Surprised   WHAT TO DO?

MILD TRAUMATIC BRAIN INJURY (mtbi) OR "CONCUSSION" IS A TRAUMATIC INJURY THAT CAUSES AN ALTERATION (CHANGE) IN MENTAL STATUS – WITH OR WITHOUT A LOSS OF CONSCIOUSNESSS.

HALLMARKS FOR CONCUSSION ARE:  AMNESIA (CAN'T REMEMBER) AND CONFUSION.

THE SPORT OF GREATEST CONCERN IS FOOTBALL – ABOUT 19 % OF H.S. PLAYERS GET DINGED.

SEIZURES ARE ESTIMATED AT 12 % OF ALL CONCUSSIONS BUT DO NOT NECESSARILY MEAN IT IS A WORSE LONG TERM PROBLEM.

WHAT TO DO.

DIFFERENT NEUROLOGICAL SPECIALISTS HAVE CREATED CRITERIA FOR THE APPROACH.

AAN GUIDELINES SAY:

GRADE ONE INVOLVES NO L.O.C. OR THE CLASSIC DING.

GRADE TWO INVOLVES NO LOC, TRANSIENT CONFUSION, BUT SYMPTOMS OVER 15 MINS.

GRADE THREE INVOLVES ANY LOC.

GRADE ONE MUST BE WITHOUT SYMPTOMS COMPLETELY AND REFRAIN FROM ACTIVITY FOR AT LEAST 15 MINUTES AFTER SYMPTOMS CLEAR.

GRADE TWO MUST STOP ACTIVITY AND BE SYMPTOM FREE FOR 1 WEEK BEFORE RETURNING TO ACTIVITY.

GRADE THREE MUST STOP ACTIVITY AND BE SYMPTOM FREE FOR 2-4 WEEKS BEFORE RETURNING TO REGULAR ACTIVITY.

THERE IS DEBATE AMONG THE NEUROSURGEONS, NEUROLOGISTS, AND SPORTS MEDICINE SPECIALISTS AS TO WHEN CATSCANS ARE DONE, AND WHEN HOSPITALIZATION IS DONE.

THE "BIG REASON"  FOR CONCERN IS THE FACT THAT AT LEAST 28 PERSONS HAVE DIED DUE TO "SECOND-IMPACT SYNDROME."  THIS IS WHEN A PLAYER GOES BACK TOO SOON, OR THE EVALUATION ON THE FIELD IS NOT DONE, THE PLAYER GETS "HIT" AGAIN AND CAN DIE.  THIS IS DUE TO A RAPID SWELLING OF AN ALREADY INJURED BRAIN.  A VERY MEDICALLY STRANGE BUT LIFE-THREATENING PHENOMENON.  IT WAS DESCRIBED INITIALLY IN 1973 AFTER TWO ATHLETES DIED AFTER "MINOR" DINGS AND REINSTITUED PLAYING.

SERIAL CONCUSSIONS THAT FOLLOW ONE ANOTHER, MANDATE CLOSE SCRUTINY AS THE RISK INCREASES.

EVEN QUARTERBACK STEVE YOUNG OF THE SF 49ERS AND THE HOCKEY PRO LAFONTAINE PREMATURELY ENDED THEIR CAREERS OVER THIS SERIOUS ISSUE OF MILD TRAUMATIC BRAIN INJURY.

WHEN IN DOUBT, SEEK PROFESSIONAL MEDICAL ADVICE FOR YOUR ACTIVE SPORTS PLAYER OR ANYONE GETTING "DINGED" IN THE HEAD.   THE RISK IS ENORMOUS YET MANAGEABLE.

ALL PROTOCOLS AND RECOMMENDATIONS MANDATE THE PATIENT IS ASYMPTOMATIC AND HAS RETURNED COMPLETELY TO NORMAL MENTAL (COGNITIVE) CAPACITY AND BEHAVIOR.  Cool

 

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(adapted concepts from e.m.)

 

 

 

smokers CALL 911 * LIFE-SAVING DISTANCE ADDED TO SMOKERS BAN BUBBLE – SOME SMOKE IS HEALTHIER THAN OTHER SMOKE IN COEUR D ALENE AND THE IDAHO LEGISLATORS AND LOBBYISTS

AS CASTMD.COM HAS OPINED PRIOR ON THE ONGOING LUNG ASSAULT FROM THE AGENTS OF FIELD BURNING  IN NORTHERN IDAHO AND OTHER CLOSE AREAS, NOW THE COUNTY COMMISSIONERS ARE ADDING "LIFE-SAVING" DISTANCE TO THE CIGARETTE SMOKERS BANNED AREAS.  

I BELIEVE, IDAHO STATE LAW STATES THAT SMOKING IS ALLOWED ONLY BEYOND 20 FEET FROM A PUBLIC DOORWAY OR ENTRANCE.  THE KOOTENAI COUNTY COMMISSIONERS CHANGED IT TO 20 FEET FROM ANY BUILDING.

ONE OF THE LOCAL PAPERS QUOTED A COMMISSIONER SAYING, "IT'S AN EMPLOYEEE, RISK MANAGEMENT ISSUE."

WHAT IS THIS?  THE COMMISSIONERS CONTINUE TO ALLOW FIELD BURNING SO PATIENTS, EVEN WITH SEVERE LUNG DISEASE AND HEART DISEASE AND KIDS WITH CYSTIC FIBROSIS, ASTHMA, AND ALLERGIES – CAN BREATHE POLLUTED AIR IN THE BEAUTIFUL SUMMER AND FALL MONTHS.

IN THE LOCAL PAPER, THE STORY CONTINUED THAT SOMEONE EVEN STATED IT [THE SMOKE] "PERMEATES THE BUILDING."   AMAZING TO SAY THE LEAST……

RISE UP FOLKS…DO THE FIELD BURNING AND THE FOREST FIRES BOTHER YOU?  CALL YOUR LEGISLATORS ABOUT THE THOUSANDS OF TONS OF PARTICULATES CREATED AND THAT YOU MUST INHALE WITH THOSE PROBLEMS.   (SEE PREVIOUS BLOGS FROM WWW.CASTMD.COM)

SO, IT IS NOT A MYTH.  IT IS TRUE. 

IN IDAHO'S LEGISLATORS AND LOBBYISTS, SOME SMOKE IS HEALTHIER THAN OTHER TYPES.   SIMPLY AMAZING !