Most cities in North-East Iowa tied or set records for the most days with Below Zero temperatures this winter. We are really ready for spring! Even yardwork picking up fallen sticks and branches is a Blue Zone experience.
Not all of the ice and snow drifts are gone yet. But the male birds are on solar time, and they are singing up a storm as they stake their claim to enough territory to sustain a family this summer.
My staff is watching the Decorah, IA, eagle-cam which shows the first chick has hatched. This is smart pair of birds. They built their nest a short flight from the Iowa Trout Hatchery. This is their seventh year of easy fishing.
Connecting with the natural world is always a Blue Zone. Spring is “green things springing from the dead earth”. Enjoy.
Jay Ginther, MD
If you have a Heart Attack or a Stroke (Brain Attack), you don’t say it was an accident. You check out your heart or blood pressure to see what is wrong that can be corrected. In this way, you decrease the risk of another heart attack or stroke.
If you have a Fracture after a fall, don’t say it was an accident. Check out your Bone Health to see what can be improved or corrected. In this way, you won’t have increased Fracture Risk the next time you fall. Anyone can fall, but not everyone fractures. A fall can be an accident, but a fracture is a Bone Attack – a warning to check your bone health.
In 7 years, I have never evaluated someone for bone health without finding at least one issue that can be improved. That included myself, when I was honest and actually evaluated my own situation.
Most people know that a diet high in Sodium puts them at increased risk for high blood pressure, heart attack and stroke (brain attack). Very few people realize that a diet high in Sodium puts them at increased risk for Osteoporosis and Fracture (Bone Attack). How can this be?
The exact same molecule controls both Sodium and Calcium in the kidney. This means that you cannot pee out excess Sodium without also peeing out needed Calcium. If you take in more Sodium than the 1500 mg you need daily, you need to take in extra Calcium to make up for the Calcium you pee out along with the extra Sodium. Or you could cut down on Sodium. That is not easy.
Last time we discussed the disabilities caused by “humpback” kyphosis.
A major factor in “humpback” is weak back muscles. Upright posture decreases the strain of gravity pulling you forward. Strong back muscles maintain upright posture. A great exercise is to lie on your stomach and then lift your chest and thighs off the floor (or firm mattress). Do this several times a day.
Far more important is workplace posture. Too many of us slouch forward because our computer screens are below eye level. Adjust your work station so that you are comfortable sitting upright, looking straight ahead. If you are reading from a book or paper, use a slanted stand to bring your work to you. Don’t be a pretzel trying to bring yourself to your work.