Dr. Reese’s Bits and Pieces
September 2016 Newsletter
School is back in session for many and fall will arrive this month. I know I’m not ready to give up summer yet so I hope we have a nice long Indian summer with warm days and cool nights until about December.
The Olympics have been all over the media recently with the Zika problem, water pollution, etc. I laughed when I heard one of the golf commentators at the end of the men’s 4-day event say he hadn’t seen one mosquito the whole time he’s been there. Well it is winter in Brazil right now but it seems all the Zika mosquitos moved north to Florida for the North American summer.
Another Dangerous Treatment Worse than the Disease
In order to quell the fears of their citizens that the media stirred up over Zika, Florida and Puerto Rico municipalities are spraying a pesticide on a daily basis over their residents:
“But the insecticide they're using, known as "Naled," is an organophosphate chemical that, ironically enough, is linked to the very same symptoms and health outcomes as Zika itself…. the threat of Naled, which is linked to causing respiratory problems, hypotension, incontinence, gastrointestinal disorders, blurred vision and excessive sweating. In more severe cases, Naled can cause tremors, seizures, coma, convulsions, paralysis, cancers of the thyroid, breasts, ovaries, esophagus, kidneys and colon, leukemia and even death.
Naled has been found to be highly toxic for fish, birds and beneficial insects, especially bees. Unlike most other insecticides, Naled even interferes with the photosynthesis of plants and therefore causes damage in our flora. ... In short, the toxic, acute and chronic, long-term effects of Naled on humans and nature are horrendous—by far worse than the virus it is used to prevent." http://www.naturalnews.com/054986_Zika_Naled_insecticide.html
For all of you Michael Phelps wannabes that have been inspired to exercise since spending 40 hours a week watching other people sweat and win gold, my advice is to go slow. I want everyone to exercise but start slow and build up your fitness over time. Once you overdo it in the gym or push that ride too hard, you will then need to deal with pain. People ask me about pain relievers like aspirin, Ibuprofen, Tylenol, etc. all the time but I can’t tell you what to do with these drugs. I will tell you that aspirin makes your stomach bleed every time you take it and the Tylenol and Ibuprofen are hard on your liver and kidneys.
Several things I do recommend to help with pain are:
These are just some of the ways you can help deal with pain without using drugs to mask it.
The office will be closed September 2-5 for Labor Day weekend. Hope you get to go do something fun on the final holiday weekend of the summer!