Let Sleeping Dogs Lie…

Research is showing that sleeping in the same room with your dog whether your pet is sharing the bed or just lying on the floor, is proving to be beneficial to our health. According to recent poles from dog owners 50% regard their pet as a member of the household and they no longer relegate him or her to a doghouse. In a study performed at the Mayo Clinic of Phoenix, 40 dogs and their masters participated. To monitor activity the dogs wore a Fit-bark and the Humans wore an Anti-watch 2. After 7 days they discovered that both the dogs and their owners slept soundly. Sleep efficiency of between 80 and 85% were recorded for both which is a high number for determining a good night’s sleep. It is possibly due to the fact that most people develop a sense of security with a dog somewhere near. For those who live alone the closeness can reduce loneliness which often leads to depression. Most owners slept better when the dog slept beside the bed as opposed to on it. However, this might not be a great idea if the dog is a puppy or if there is also a new baby in the room. Don’t get me wrong. I am not saying you should get a new pair of PJ’s for Fido but if he is insisting on lying next to your bed it may be a healthy move to consider.




3 Myths about Brain Health…

  • We use only 10% of our brain.  If this were true, brain injuries would not be so devastating. In fact, brain scans show that a good portion of the brain is used for even the simplest tasks.
  • We are dominated by either your left or your right brain.  It is true that most people receive language skills from the left part of the brain and experience special and emotional abilities from the right. However, Brain scanning technologies have shown that both hemispheres work together when it comes to complex processing.
  • We have only five senses.  Along with our sense of touch, smell, sight, hearing and taste we possess much more. Proprioception is our relation to where our body parts are and what they are doing. Nociception is our ability to feel pain. Thermoception enables us to sense temperature changes. Chronoception allows us to sense the passage of time. Interoception provides us with awareness of our internal needs such as hunger and thirst.

Should we Squat more?

Do we spend more hours lounging than our ancestors the hunter gatherers? Actually, we don’t, so what is different about how we spend our off hours that makes us more vulnerable to sickness? It seems that although our ancestors spent only a few hours hunting and gathering foods their off hours were not spent in the sitting position. They would actually rest in a squatting position. In study after study it is becoming more obvious that it is sitting that is a major contributor to sickness and inflammation. In studying the Hadza tribe of Tanzania, scientists noted that although they are very active for a number of hours hunting and digging up tubers, they wondered if how they spent their down time was the reason why they were in such perfect health. In a study published by The National Academy of Sciences, scientists placed fitness trackers on tribespeople ranging from age 18 to 61. What they found was that they were inactive for almost 10 hours every day. This is equal to the population in the modern world. What they also found was that the Hadza spent their off hours either squatting or with knees bent and butt to the ground. As a result, tests showed that the activity in leg muscles remained constantly high. It is believed that sitting reduces the activity of certain enzymes that could possibly contribute to serious illnesses. Maybe we should look at our children and remind ourselves how easy it was to take a break by simply squatting.

P.D.S. (Postprandial Distress Syndrome) and Acupuncture…

P.D.S. is a form of chronic indigestion with an unpleasant feeling of fullness after eating. Symptoms are a feeling of pain and burning in the throat and stomach. In a study of 228 people who suffered from this malady, they received acupuncture for 20 minutes, three times a week for four weeks. They were all required to complete questionnaires about the amount of fullness, bloating and pain before treatments began. The results were published in the Annals of Internal Medicine. Of the participants, 83% showed some benefits and of those 28% showed complete elimination of distress. The results could be of great benefit to those who suffer from P.D.S. since the drugs used in treatment can have an intolerable effect.