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Glee’s “Puck” Mark Salling Reportedly Commits Suicide, age 35

Glee actor, Mark Salling, was found dead in a riverbed near Big Tujunga Creek in Los Angeles.  The exact cause of death is still being investigated.

The 35-year-old had been battling depression and the family had reported him missing Tuesday evening and feared he would hurt himself.

Mark Salling was a registered sex offender and was facing 4-7 years of prison after pleading guilty to possession of child pornography.  His sentencing was slated for March 7th.

It’s been reported that he attempted suicide last summer by slitting his wrists.

This is a developing story.

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

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Opioids Contributed to Tom Petty’s Death

The Los Angeles County Medical Examiner released this week the cause of death of music legend Tom Petty.

According to the report, he died accidentally of “multisystem organ failure due to resuscitated cardiopulmonary arrest due to mixed drug toxicity” of the following medications:

  • Opioids:  fentanyl  and oxycodone (pain killers)
  • Benzodiazepines;  temazepam (br. Restoril) and alprazolam (br. Xanax) (sedatives)
  • and an SSRI antidepressant citalopram (brand name Celexa)

Adding benzodiazepine to a narcotic could accelerate the respiratory depression leading to overdose and death.

There’s been suggestions that SSRI’s and opioids could increase the risk of serotonin syndrome, a toxicity reaction causing dangerous drops in blood pressure, hallucinations, muscle rigidity and low oxygen. This can also induce cardiopulmonary arrest.

Fentanyl was implicated in the overdose death of Prince in April 2016.  Its a powerful narcotic  found to be 50-100 times stronger than morphine and 30-50 times more powerful than heroin.

Petty’s medical issues included a recently fractured hip, emphysema and possible underlying cardiovascular disease.

Emphysema is a lung condition most commonly caused by smoking.  With mild respiratory depression induced by a narcotic, a person with emphysema can easily go into severe respiratory distress.  Those with lung disease are discouraged to regularly use opioids.

 

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His family issued the following statement on his facebook page:

Our family sat together this morning with the Medical Examiner – Coroner’s office and we were informed of their final analysis that Tom Petty passed away due to an accidental drug overdose as a result of taking a variety of medications.

Unfortunately Tom’s body suffered from many serious ailments including emphysema, knee problems and most significantly a fractured hip.

Despite this painful injury he insisted on keeping his commitment to his fans and he toured for 53 dates with a fractured hip and, as he did, it worsened to a more serious injury.

On the day he died he was informed his hip had graduated to a full on break and it is our feeling that the pain was simply unbearable and was the cause for his over use of medication.

We knew before the report was shared with us that he was prescribed various pain medications for a multitude of issues including Fentanyl patches and we feel confident that this was, as the coroner found, an unfortunate accident.

As a family we recognize this report may spark a further discussion on the opioid crisis and we feel that it is a healthy and necessary discussion and we hope in some way this report can save lives. Many people who overdose begin with a legitimate injury or simply do not understand the potency and deadly nature of these medications.

On a positive note we now know for certain he went painlessly and beautifully exhausted after doing what he loved the most, for one last time, performing live with his unmatchable rock band for his loyal fans on the biggest tour of his 40 plus year career. He was extremely proud of that achievement in the days before he passed.

We continue to mourn with you and marvel at Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers’ incredible positive impact on music and the world. And we thank you all for your love and support over the last months.

Thank you also for respecting the memory of a man who was truly great during his time on this planet both publicly and privately.

We would be grateful if you could respect the privacy of the entire Heartbreaker family during this difficult time.

Dana Petty and Adria Petty

This is a developing story.

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

 

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The Office Holiday Party: Do’s and Don’ts

Above John Shaffer and Daliah Wachs at a KDWN Holiday Party.

 

The work holiday party is one of the most anticipated events of the year.  Free food, free drink and for 4-6 hours you can be in the same room as your boss without any risk of being told “you’re fired”.  But…..many of us make mistakes, HUGE mistakes, while tipsy and letting our guard down could be the biggest career buster ever.  Plus, there are some missed opportunities the office Holiday party offers to make your overall work life better. So let’s get right down to it.

Don’t

1. Flirt with the boss

Your superior in any office setting should be the last one you try to cuddle up to.  Good management knows there is ALWAYS someone watching and, these days, recording on their phone, so they do not want to be seen in an uncomfortable situation, appearing to be flirting with you.  You can complement them, sure, but hands off!

2. Drink too much

This gets us all into trouble.  Yes the alcohol is usually free and a flow’n but this will lead to your downfall.  Your guard is down, you become flirty, you blurt out secrets, those that the whole team knows but would be never caught dead saying……and sometimes the clothes come off on the dance floor.  Please drink in moderation.

3. Drive drunk

Never, never, never plan on driving that night if you plan to drink.  Car Service, Uber, Taxi, designated drivers are a must.

4.  Let anyone tag you on Facebook

The next morning will be full of regret as it is, no need to cement it in infamy.

5. Skip on the whole soiree

Holiday season is swarming with good parties. And chances are there are two other parties calling your name that same night.  Make sure you hit the office party FIRST.  You can get too distracted or drunk at the other parties such that you never make it across town, safely.  Again, don’t drive if you plan to drink.

 

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6.  Take the mic

This is where I take a fall (as you can see above).  A microphone is sitting up on the stage, waiting, just waiting for someone to grab it and spout out some one liners.  I fear getting close to it until the head boss makes opening remarks. Then I feel the need to interrupt him and “take over from here”.  Let your boss have the mic.  He/She’s the head honcho, let them have their glory.  They’re paying for the party……

7.  Gossip

Never, never use this opportunity to gossip. That’s what the staff lounge is for.  It’s a positive night. Don’t bring negativity.

8.  Tell off the office bully

 

You may feel protected with all your work peeps surrounding you but one day he/she will get you alone and ….payback.  Instead wish them some holiday cheer…..may bring out the good in the jerk.

9.  Sleep with your coworker

 
Everyone is watching you so your hopes of secretly hooking up is already circulating social media.  If you want to begin a relationship that’s fine, but hoping its on the down low will never happen.  People at parties pretend to be distracted, but someone is always watching.

10.  Discuss work

 
Never, never, never discuss work at the office Holiday party.  And please don’t ask for a raise!!! Will never happen. Even if your boss is drunk, he will forget about it by the New Year.
 

11.  Don’t be quiet

Being anti-social is not the way to go either. Mix, mingle and look like you’re having a good time. Even if you’re not.  If you have to leave early due to boredom, blame it on diarrhea.  This may be the only party you EVER get invited to.

Do’s

1. Thank the boss and the planning committee

Even though they may roll their eyes at you as you complement them (since anyone volunteering for a planning committee in the first place probably isn’t your best bud at work), they secretly enjoy the complement.

2.  Get up and sing (if you can sing)

This is the only time your boss and team will see your other talents.  Sans beer bonging, show off your talents….dance moves, pipes, even fashion sense…. if you’re good.

3.  Let the boss know you’re happy at work

Don’t kiss up, but as you thank him, let him know you love your job.  This will be a take home message that can go a long way.

4. Tip the bartender

This is a no brainer.
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5. Have fun!!

It’s the holidays!  Let’s celebrate!! Truly the most wonderful time of the year!!!
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John Shaffer, Daliah Wachs, and Tom Humm

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

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David Cassidy dies, age 67.

“Partridge Family” and 70’s teen heart-throb, David Cassidy, has passed away from liver and kidney failure.

Jo-Ann Geffen, president and CEO of JAG Entertainment, said in the following statement, “David died surrounded by those he loved, with joy in his heart and free from the pain that had gripped him for so long. Thank you for the abundance and support you have shown him these many years”.

The 67-year-old had been awaiting a transplant when he fell into multi organ failure a few days prior.

Earlier this year, Cassidy had fallen off the stage during a performance in California and revealed to People Magazine he was suffering dementia.

He had multiple drunk driving offenses and in 2015 was charged with a hit-and-run while intoxicated.  In the latter case, he was given two years probation and his licence was suspended until 2021.

Cassidy has been very open about his battle with drug and alcohol addiction, both of which have been linked to liver and kidney failure as well as early dementia.

David Cassidy rose to fame playing Keith Partridge in the hit 70’s show, The Partridge Family.  He became a teen sensation overnight and pop idol with songs such as “I Think I Love You.”

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What causes multiple organ failure?

Multiple organ failure, or multi-organ failure, or Multiple Organ Dysfunction Syndrome (MODS), can be caused by a variety of factors.  Sepsis, or blood infection, is the most common cause.  Yet trauma, inflammation, or lack of blood flow to the organs can cause them to fail as well.

Mortality rate ranges anywhere from 30-100%.

SIRS (Systemic Inflammatory Response Syndrome), without a definitive cause, can cause hypoperfusion and hypotension causing lack of blood flow to the organs inducing failure.

So infection, ischemia (lack of blood flow), inflammation can all trigger an organ or multiple organs to malfunction.

To treat MODS, critical care needs to be instituted immediately to maintain blood flow and oxygen to the organs while the cause is being determined.  If the liver and kidneys cannot recover, organ transplant may be considered.

This is a developing story.

 

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

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David Cassidy is in Multi-Organ Failure

“Partridge Family” and 70’s teen heart-throb, David Cassidy, has been admitted to a Florida hospital in multi-organ failure.

The 67-year-old is reportedly in an induced coma and is awaiting a transplant.  Multiple reports have suggested he’s waiting for a kidney and some state a liver transplant.

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Earlier this year, Cassidy had fallen off the stage during a performance in California and revealed to People Magazine he was suffering dementia.

He had multiple drunk driving offenses and in 2015 was charged with a hit-and-run while intoxicated.  In the latter case, he was given two years probation and his licence was suspended until 2021.

Cassidy has been very open about his battle with drug and alcohol addiction, both of which have been linked with liver and kidney failure.  Its been unclear what treatment the actor has had after his arrests and probation.

What causes multiple organ failure?

Multiple organ failure, or multi-organ failure, or Multiple Organ Dysfunction Syndrome (MODS), can be caused by a variety of factors.  Sepsis, or blood infection, is the most common cause.  Yet trauma, inflammation, or lack of blood flow to the organs can cause them to fail as well.

Mortality rate ranges anywhere from 30-100%.

SIRS (Systemic Inflammatory Response Syndrome), without a definitive cause, can cause hypoperfusion and hypotension causing lack of blood flow to the organs inducing failure.

So infection, ischemia (lack of blood flow), inflammation can all trigger an organ or multiple organs to malfunction.

To treat MODS, critical care needs to be instituted immediately to maintain blood flow and oxygen to the organs while the cause is being determined.  If the liver and kidneys cannot recover, organ transplant may be considered.

This is a developing story.

 

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

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The Psychology Behind Grabbing a Woman’s Butt

Image above from Shutterstock

 

This month multiple headlines have revealed people of power who have sexually harassed and assaulted women and among the accusations, butt-grabbing. But despite the unfortunately all too high prevalence of the first two acts combined, butt-grabbing happens to almost every woman. Why?

The Butt

Let’s start with the anatomy of the derriere.  It lies inferior to the waist and spine and is composed of the following:  the pelvis, giving it structure; muscles (gluteus mimimus, gluteus medius and gluteus maximus) allowing it to shake and shimmy; fat providing the cushion; and skin to offer a place to don tattoos.

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Purpose of the Butt

So as you see from above, the butt is involved in a variety of actions from hip movement to pelvis stabilization to cushioning of the bones when one falls. However its main purpose involves sexual attraction and activity.

Animal instinct

Humans, by nature, are animals.  True, we eat with a spoon and fork, and know how to navigate Netflix, but according to Mother Nature we are highly specialized animals.  So our bodies were designed at the start to attract each other and mate.

Back in the caveman days, sexual positions were not as well choreographed as they are today.  There was no such thing as the reverse cowgirl.  “Doggie-style” or mating from behind was the norm.  Hence a butt needed to be inviting…round, soft and appearing to allow easy entry into the vagina.  Moreover, cavemen didn’t want to bruise their pelvic bones during sex, hence cushioning was greatly appreciated.

As with most animals, sexual activity starts with the touch of the behind.  Hence its instinct when a man grabs a tushee.

We’re attracted to round shapes

The human body is wrought with shapes…circles, triangles, ovals, etc. and these shapes exist for a reason.

Breasts are round and contain round areola allowing infants easy-to-see shapes so they can navigate towards their food source. Female pubic hair is naturally triangularly distributed creating a landscaped arrow for the mate to go.

So a round protruding tushee, lying beneath a curved and narrow waist, calls to the average mate because humans like round bouncy objects.  That’s why rubber balls are toy and sporting good store favorites.

 

It’s less intrusive than touching the face

Touching a woman’s face or breasts yields a much higher rejection risk than touching a body part that is behind her and not easily visualized.  It could easily be brushed off as an accident if a potential mate wants to save face.

 

So how can a woman avoid getting her butt grabbed?

Do what our Mom’s and Grandma’s do….wear a moo moo.  Older women have learned that if they hide the curves, the waist and their buttocks, no one will grab at their behind.  Avoiding short skirts, jeans, tight-fitting pants, and thong bikinis will hide the animal-enticing shapes.   Moo moos ladies….moo moos…..

 

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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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The New Star Wars Trailer is Out!

At halftime during the Chicago Bears, Minnesota Vikings game Monday night, fans came together to watch the first release of the Star Wars: The Last Jedi trailer.

Lei and Luke appear to have huge roles in the next saga and Kylo and Ren appear to join forces at the jawdropping end.  I love it…..and wish I could train to be a Jedi!

The Last Jedi (Official) Trailer

 

And here is the (Official) Teaser……

 

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