Published January 29, 2015
Low Back Pain , Uncategorized
Understanding the proper way to shovel can prevent low back pain.
While bending forward to scoop keep the low back arched and knees bent with each push to fill the blade. Bend the knees even more to lift the snow off the ground. Throw the snow forward, not to the side, which prevents the trunk from twisting.
This tips is most often not performed and it is as important as keeping the back arched with knees bent. Switch hands and alternate sides every ten shovels-full. This will prevent the dominant shoveling side from over-working.
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Published January 5, 2015
General Health , Uncategorized
During the bitter-cold Winter months the proper amount of humidity is essential to preventing flu-like symptoms. (And, most know that well-humidified air does not dry-out the furniture and reduces static electricity.) If your HVAC (forced hot air) heating system does not have a built-in humidifier, one can be purchased separately at most local appliance stores and used right away. Another less effective method is to place a pot of water atop a radiator or adjacent to a vent. The best place for the stand-alone humidifier is at the top of stairs. This allows some of the humidified air to stay on the second floor and the rest to drift onto the first floor. A clean humidification system is essential to prevent the spread of harmful air born organisms so keep the water and filter clean. One should notice moister sinuses and skin within days. Dr. Saracino 610 337 3335
Published November 1, 2014
As the season changes, to prevent catching a ‘cold’ or flu-like symptoms, here are some tips. This Fall was particularly warm, so be aware of the changing temperatures throughout the day and evening. Dress more warmly than the day-time highs require, because at dusk the temperature often drops precipitously. The amount of moisture in the air affects the real-feel temperature more than most of us realize. The leaves on the ground, although appearing dry on top, hold moisture for days after is rains. I attest that during this period, even while the sun is shining, moisture emits from the ground and makes it feel colder than the thermometer would have us believe.
Published October 14, 2014
Substantially more, as many as 75%, HSA (health savings account) high-deductible health
plans are being forced upon employees for their health coverage. This is a substantial
increase from recent years, and, although it lowers premiums paid or taken out of
pay-stubs per month it raises out-of-pocket expenses much more than traditional plans.
To cushion the blow, some employers are paying a part of the high-deductible, but balance
is the responsibility of the employee. These pay-out must occur before the insurance
Don't be mislead by the lower monthly premium. For example, for a $5,000.00 deductible
plan, even if your employer pays for the first $2,500.00, the next $2,500.00 is your
responsibility before the policy starts to pay. Once the deductible is met, co-pays or
percentages-of-payouts remain the responsibility of the employee.
Published February 4, 2014
Not all viruses are the same. Some can survive and remain contagious for up to thirty minutes on the fingertips! Flu is transmitted from person to person, mainly, by inhaling tiny virus particles that are released into the air when infected individuals cough and sneeze. Direct contact with contaninated fingers is considered an equally important method of transmission. Do not touch one’s hands to the face and wash hands regularly.
Published December 4, 2013
Near and far-vision for reading and driving are not enough to consider for overall good eye function. One should consider ‘screen-distance’ and ‘television-distance’, too, because they measure differently than near-and-far, are often used and can cause eye strain if not prescribed for properly. I recommend when one feels eye-strain to change the gaze by looking away form the screen to the outside through a window and add natural dietary supplements bilberry, which promotes circulation to and within the eye and lutein, (my preference) which is a derivative of vitamin A and helps to filter light.