Posted in Health, news, Social Media

Selfitis – Obsessive Selfie Disorder Defined

The average person performs more selfies in one day than going to the bathroom.  We witness people take pictures of themselves on trains, in lines at the DMV and while shopping at Wal-Mart, only to re-expose us to their obsession on social media.  We can’t escape people’s faces with peering eyes and face contortions no matter what we do as we are forced to feign care and interest in what their expression is telling us while they are ordering a Big Mac.

We’ve all predicted a “mental disorder” would eventually be named for this obsessive and narcissistic behavior that haunts us every screen shot and follows us with every scroll……and now it has.  Two psychiatrists, Janarthanan Balakrishnan from Thiagarajar School of Management in Madurai and Mark D Griffiths of UK’s Nottingham Trent University surveyed 400 students who attended management courses at two colleges in India and classified them as the following

Borderline

One who takes selfies 3 times a day but DOES NOT post on social media.  34% fell into this category.

Acute

One who takes selfies 3 times a day but DOES post on social media.  40.5% fell into this category.

Chronic

One who takes selfies more than 6 times a day while posting on social media, suffered by 25.5% of respondents.

In fact, after the respondents were asked about their selfie habits, many took selfies.

India is a hotbed of selfitis and tragically boasts the highest selfie death rate in the world (76 cases out of 127 world-wide).

Selfies offer numerous incentives in our current social culture.  These include:

  • Cementing the memory in time
  • Being included in social media feeds
  • Preventing the “out of sight, out of mind” concept when it comes to relationships
  • Competition
  • Attention seeking, by hundreds of people at once
  • Manipulation of facial features and weight depending on lighting, filters and poses.

Think about it, if we want to look attractive, and show the world, we have unlimited picture and editing power.

Indian Medical Association President, Dr. KK  Aggarwal, issued the following warning:

A lot of us have become slaves to devised that were really meant to free us and give us more time to experience life and be with people. Unless precautionary measures are taken at the earliest, this addiction can prove detrimental to one’s health in the longer term.

What precautionary measures can be taken?

When any obsession starts setting in, will power must be utilized and boundaries set. However, when this fails, friends and family members need to be recruited. Assign one person to be your “selfie police” who only allows you one selfie a day.  You and he/she can pick the selfie, dress it up, crop it, spending as much time as you need on this one selfie.  Posting will only be allowed once a day.  After exhaustively creating your one selfie, hopefully you realize the futility of your efforts, and maybe you’ll skip a day, and then two.

Remember, “less is more” and your friends will be more excited to see you or your pic if they weren’t supersaturated with you all day long on their social media feed.

Let me know how it works for you, since I’m not ready to detox yet…..

 

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Daliah Wachs, MD, FAAFP is a nationally syndicated radio personality on GCN Network, iHeart Radio and Board Certified Family Physician

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Posted in Health, New Year's Eve, news, weather

Preventing Hypothermia this New Year’s Eve

Even those who live in desert states such as Nevada and Arizona run the risk of hypothermia this New Year’s Eve.

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The holidays flew by us way too quickly and left the wind chill in its wake.
Unfortunately with all the hustle and bustle this time of year, we tend to forget how dangerous the weather can be.  It would make sense to stay indoors, and for the most part we do….except for New Years.  All rules go out the door with this party.  The most exciting night of the year can sometimes be the coldest night of the year.  And the party ends up outside.  And do we don a ski mask, goggles, gloves, galoshes, thermal underwear, winter coat and ear muffs?  No. That would make the most unsexy New Year’s outfit. 
Throw some alcohol into the mix and this can be a deadly combination. The CDC estimates that 1300 deaths occur each year due to hypothermia.  So what is hypothermia?

What is hypothermia?

 Hypothermia is a dangerous drop in body temperature and can occur in minutes.   Human body temperature averages around 98.6 degrees F.  But hypothermia starts setting in at 95 degrees F with shivering, increase respiratory and heart rate, and even confusion.  We forget that glucose stores get used up quickly so hypoglycemia can ensue as well, making matters worse, especially in someone who is intoxicated.  Frostbite can occur as blood flow decreases to the tips of the ears, fingers, nose and toes. As hypothermia progresses,  the shivering and muscle contractions strengthen, skin and lips become pale, and confusion worsens. This can lead to severe hypothermia, eventually causing heart failure and/or respiratory failure, leading to a coma and if not reversed, death.

Hypothermia can mimic looking drunk

Someone who is hypothermic may slur their speech, stammer around and appear uncoordinated.  This sounds identical to your drunk buddy on New Year’s Eve.  Unfortunately, this can be deadly as many hypothermic partiers get written off as being drunk.
So if you suspect hypothermia, call for medical assistance.  Anyone you think is eliciting signs of hypothermia should be brought indoors, put in dry clothes, covered in warm blankets, and then wait for paramedics to arrive.  It’s important to try to warm the central parts of the body such as head, neck, chest, and groin,  but avoid direct electric blanket contact with the skin and active rubbing if the skin is showing signs of frostbite.

Why not use hot water to warm up a hypothermic individual?

Hot water will be too caustic and can cause burns. Remember, the body is shunting blood away from the ears, fingers, toes, hands and feet to warm the heart, brain and other vital organs.  The skin will be in a vulnerable state during hypothermia and frostbite and will burn the underperfused skin.

Alcohol increases the risk of hypothermia

We’re outside in the cold, not bundling up, dancing, sweating, becoming dehydrated. Add alcohol to the mix, and its deadly.  Here’s the scoop on alcohol toxicity.

Preventing hypothermia

When it comes to hypothermia, the best thing you can do is prevention.   It’s the biggest party of the year so prepare yourself by doing the following:
  • Wear multiple layers of clothing
  • Bring an extra pair of dry socks
  • Avoid getting wet (i.e. falling off a boat, getting splashed with champagne)
  • Change your clothes if you worked up a sweat dancing
  • Check with your medical provider if some of your medical conditions (i.e. hypothyroid) or medications (i.e. narcotics, and sedatives)  put you at risk for hypothermia
  • Avoid alcohol intoxication
  • Keep an eye on your more vulnerable buddies who include children, older individuals, and those with intellectual disabilities.
A Happy New Year should also be a Healthy New Year.  So be warm, dry, safe and have fun!!
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Daliah Wachs, MD, FAAFP is a nationally syndicated radio personality on GCN Network, iHeart Radio and Board Certified Family Physician

Posted in Christmas, Health, news

Christmas Tree Syndrome? How Your Tree Can Make You Sick

Among the various health issues that plague us during the festive holiday season; flu, colds, heart disease, hypothermia, pneumonia….we add one more to the list….Christmas Tree Syndrome.

Christmas Tree Syndrome occurs when one feels ill when they are in close proximity to their Christmas Tree.   True the average Christmas tree is a spruce or fir, which rarely should be allergenic, but researchers have found they still carry allergens such as pollen, picked up by nearby plants, and may house mold.

Researchers from State University in New York analyzed the bark and needles of multiple Christmas trees and found multiple cases of mold with their allergy producing spores. And since they are trees from the wild, they provide residence to thousands of critters…aphids, mites, bark beetles and even spiders.

Now we have been living with Christmas trees each season and harmoniously and symbiotically have lived with their crittery inhabitants without being attacked, but that doesn’t mean we aren’t free from symptoms.

Christmas Tree Syndrome includes any of the following symptoms:

  • Wheezing
  • Coughing
  • Chest Pain
  • Fatigue
  • Rash
  • Watery Eyes
  • Nasal Itching
  • Scratchy Throat
  • Difficulty Sleeping

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Mold and pollen are notorious for being the biggest culprits in causing these types of respiratory symptoms, so the following has been suggested to reduce your risk of Christmas Tree Syndrome:

  • Hose down the tree and let it dry before bringing it back into the house
  • Utilize an air purifier in the same room as the tree
  • Avoid extended stays of the tree, i.e. put it up nearer to the holiday and take it down once Christmas ends
  • If currently suffering from allergies or asthma, or vulnerable to Christmas Tree Syndrome, delegate tree decorating to someone else in the family…maybe an in-law.
  • Consider having your gorgous Christmas tree outside the house.

 

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Have a happy and healthy Christmas!!

Daliah Wachs, MD, FAAFP is a nationally syndicated radio personality on GCN Network, iHeart Radio and Board Certified Family Physician

 

Posted in Health, New Year's Eve, news, sex

How to Give the Perfect First Kiss

A recent study looked at how men and women instinctively move their head to the right to engage in a kiss. However, despite cranial choreography, many people miss the mark when it comes to the perfect kiss.  So here’s what you need to know to make first base the most effective and successful one ever.

 

1. Begin by NOT Kissing

The first move to any successful kiss is to NOT kiss.  Rushing to the physical does not allow the recipient to mentally prepare. And with women, mental and emotional involvement helps the physical act of both kissing and sex, so allow us women to collect our thoughts and desires first before moving in.

 

2.  Make eye contact

Look into the eyes.  Make that connection, allowing the emotions to stir.  Kissing shouldn’t be just physical.  It needs to have an emotional connection and looking into her eyes solidifies a commitment, even if it’s just a few seconds, that you will follow through with whatever she wants.

 

3.  Slowly introduce the hands

Slowly brush your fingers along her check, or take your thumb and gently move it across her lower lip, where you want to aim your kiss.  You can look at her while you do this and slowly move in.

 

4.  Gently hold the sides of her neck

The neck offers many erogenous zones and gently, whilst subtly, engaging them will result in her extending her neck back and bringing her head up to yours.

 

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5.  Lean in to her forehead and then stop

You can rest for a second on her forehead, or even lightly brush your nose against hers, but still DO NOT kiss.  The kiss, just like sex, has to appear to be second or third to your making an “emotional connection.”  If she thinks you need her…. you need this kiss, she’ll be more willing to oblige, and maybe jump into it before you need to initiate.

 

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6.  Have your lips open slightly

If she hasn’t already jumped in and started kissing you, now is the time to advance.  Go slowly and have your lips slightly open to welcome hers.  Aim for the lower lip and brush it with your lips initially.  Never begin with the tongue!!!! Thrusting your tongue in too soon will kill a kiss immediately.  Brush, press, kiss…..repeat.

 

7.  Keep your hands above the waist and away from the chest

Remember this is your first kiss.  Butt and breast fondling has no place when it comes to your initial kiss.  Remember it’s about emotion and not sex.  You can touch her neck, shoulders, wrap your arms around her waist, touch her back, stroke her hair, but handle with care.

 

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The first kiss can be the one of the most amazing moments in any relationship. Savor it and celebrate it like the ceremonious event that it is.  Good luck, and oh…..use a breath mint first!!!

 

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Daliah Wachs, MD, FAAFP is a nationally syndicated radio personality on GCN Network, iHeart Radio and Board Certified Family Physician

Posted in Health, news

Sperm Could be Used to Help Treat Cervical Cancer

Scientists found a way to use sperm to deliver chemotherapy to cervical cancer cells.

Why not?  Sperm fight jungle-like conditions for days to crack an egg, thus proving to navigate a woman’s cervix and gynecological track pretty well.

Researchers from the Leibnitz Institute for Solid State and Materials Research in Germany used sperm armed with doxorubicin, a commonly used chemotherapy drug, to attack cervical cancer tumors in a lab.  87% of the cancer cells were killed within three days.  Then the team used tiny four-armed magnetic harnesses to transport the sperm to a tumor growth.  Upon abutment, the four arms opened allowing the doxorubicin-infused sperm to swim to the cancer cells and successfully kill them.

Tumors are made up of both cancerous and healthy cells, hence cancer cell-specific treatments are ideal to reduce healthy cells damage.

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Moreover, direct delivery of the chemotherapeutic agent prevents it from being metabolized or diluted on its way to the organ needing treatment.

Why sperm?  A Sperm may have sensors that guide it to a woman’s cervix. For it to navigate the path it does to impregnate a female it must find the os, opening, of the cervix once it enters the vagina.  Transitional cells separating the endocervical cells from the ectocervical cells are a common place for cervical cancer, hence sperm may instinctively know how to find the transitional zone.  This makes them the perfect messenger.

These “spermbots” could revolutionize cervical cancer therapy and possibly target other gynecological diseases such as endometrial cancer, ovarian cancer, pelvic inflammatory disease, and endometriosis.

 

 

 

Daliah Wachs, MD, FAAFP is a nationally syndicated radio personality on GCN Network, iHeart Radio and Board Certified Family Physician

 

Posted in Health, news, travel

How to Avoid Getting Sick When You Fly

Holiday season means it’s the travel season. And winter colds may be merrily jumping around an airplane you’re travelling in.  And not just viruses are lurking, deadly drug resistant bacteria, such as MRSA, have been found to colonize airplane surfaces.  So here’s a list of things you should consider to avoid getting sick when you fly this Christmas break:

 Open the air vent and aim it IN FRONT of your face

The air will help blow pathogens away from your respiratory tree.

 

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Don’t sit next to someone who appears sick

This may seem like a no-brainer, but the average passenger does not want to appear rude and will suck it up, literally.  If your flight has you sitting next to a passenger who is coughing up phlegm in your direction and no other seats are available, considering changing flights or cover your nose and mouth with a mask or sweater.

 

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Wash your hands and avoid touching your face

A recent study from Auburn university found deadly pathogens like E. coli and MRSA to survive for up to & DAYS on surfaces surrounding your airplane seat.  Tray tables, arm rests, bathroom doors, drinking fountain buttons and even the air vent button can house bacteria so wash your hands after touching any of these surfaces.

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Wipe down your surrounding areas

Antimicrobial wipes can help protect you against nasty bugs on any of the aforementioned surfaces.

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Avoid sitting in aisle seats, especially near the lavatory

People stand in line to use the bathroom and breathe and cough on you while you’re trying to enjoy your movie or nap.  The window seat may be safer.

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Carry-on some of your prescriptions 

Make sure to have half of your medications in your suitcase and half with you in your carry-on in case the flight gets delayed or you lose one of your bags.

Use your own pillow when you sleep

Your body loves your own personal microbiome and airplane pillows may carry germs you don’t wish to keep.  Remember to bring an extra pillowcase so you can change it out before you use it again on the flight back.

Eat a balanced diet prior to travel, and every day for that matter  

Fruits, vegetables, protein, complex carbs and fiber help your immune system.  A strong immune system can help you fight some of the worst of pathogens.

Stay hydrated

We forget to drink water when we travel and moist mucous membranes in our noses and mouths are less likely to pick up bacteria and viruses than dry ones.

Be well rested prior to travel

Conversely, poor sleep will weaken your immune system.

 

Remember to reach out to your medical provider a few weeks before you travel in case he or she goes on vacation as well.  Any medications that need to be adjusted or refilled should be done prior to travel or you running out.

Safe travels!!!

 

Daliah Wachs, MD, FAAFP is a nationally syndicated radio personality on GCN Network, iHeart Radio and Board Certified Family Physician

 

 

 

Posted in food, Health

Christmas: What Your Pets Can or Cannot Eat

Above: Shakey-Boo taking advantage of distracted hosts

Christmas is coming and so are the in-laws.  So to avoid being outnumbered at the dinner table, we invite our pets.  But can pets eat table scrapings and leftovers from Christmas?

Let’s look at what they can and cannot eat.

Dogs

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According to the American Kennel Club, dogs can eat the following (in moderate amounts):

  • Turkey, Chicken, Beef (remove all bones so they don’t get swallowed and perforate the gut)
  • Ham
  • Shrimp
  • Salmon
  • Eggs
  • Cheese
  • Peanut Butter
  • Bread (with no raisins)
  • Popcorn
  • Corn
  • Honey
  • Coconut

Avoid the following in dogs:

May be toxic; cause nausea, vomiting and diarrhea; kidney damage; pancreatitis due to high fat content, or intestinal obstruction

  • Onions
  • Garlic
  • Raw Dough
  • Avocado
  • Raisins
  • Grapes
  • Chocolate
  • Cinnamon
  • Ice cream
  • Almonds
  • Macadamia nuts
  • Alcohol
  • Nutmeg
  • Mushrooms
  • Energy drinks
  • Fatty/fried foods and even the fat trimmings
  • Artificial Sweeteners such as Xylitol

And watch their portions. They will eat and eat and eat and won’t keep a tally on what grandma, nephew and the neighbors threw at him.

Cats

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Fluffy or Snappy (above) can eat – but again only in moderation:

  • Meat
  • Fish
  • Grains
  • Vegetables (though many stick their nose up at it)
  • Eggs
  • Butter

Avoid similar foods as with dogs due to toxicity and also (according to Vetsnow)

  • Alcohol
  • Raw fish and eggs
  • Dairy products
  • Coffee, tea and energy drinks

 

Fish

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Yes, some will bring Nemo to Christmas dinner.

It appears fish can eat many types of meat and vegetables, scrambled eggs and even cooked rice but be careful of toxins. fats and cooking oils.

Parakeet

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I don’t have any of these and if I did, I doubt I’d share my turkey with it.  But according to pethelpful.com, many fruits, vegetables, breads and nuts (chopped up without shell) can be eaten by birdie.

 

Wishing everyone a Happy Hanukkah and Merry Christmas!!!

 

Daliah Wachs, MD, FAAFP is a nationally syndicated radio personality on GCN Network, iHeart Radio and Board Certified Family Physician