Archive for the ‘Illness Prevention’ Category

To Vitamin or Not to Vitamin? Who’s right?

Monday, March 23rd, 2009

Recently a family member went to the Doctor’s Office for a routine check up. During the visit the mention of taking vitamins and supplements was brought up. The physician who is well respected in their medical institution responded to the inquiry that unless one has significant disease you do not need vitamins or supplements. In fact, this physician left the impression vitamins are ” poison ” . Do you take vitamins and supplements? I think there is more reason to take them than not.




Sleep Disturbance and Disease

Friday, November 7th, 2008

2008 Sleep in America Poll

The National Sleep Foundation

Average American’s workday is 9 hours and 28 minutes.

Average time spent in bed is 6 hours and 55 minutes—with 6 hours and 40 minutes spent actually sleeping. NSF recommends getting at least 7 to 9 hours of sleep each night.

34% of employers let workers take a nap during breaks—16% provide a place for the nap.

26% of workers would take naps if permitted.

58% of Americans take work home to complete at night.

20% spend over 10 hours a week doing job-related work at home.

Working over 50 hours per week resulted in greater performance problems, such as productivity, impatience and concentration, compared to working 39-40 hours.

A new study published in the September 15, 2008 Biological Psychiatry accumulated evidence that “sleep disturbance is associated with inflammation and related disorders including cardiovascular disease, arthritis and diabetes mellitus.”

Losing only a few hours of sleep can instigate tissue-damaging inflammation, putting patients at risk for heart disease as well as autoimmune disorders (i.e. rheumatoid arthritis).

Staying healthy means taking care of yourself.

Martin Louie, M.D.