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NFL celebrations are coming back…well almost

The NFL is set to relax some of the touchdown celebration rules but will hold off allowing the ever-so-popular twerk.

Commissioner Roger Goodell announced using the ball as a prop (as Antonio Brown perfectly executes in the above picture) and snow angels will be allowed.

 

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Twerking however will be prohibited.  Goodell stated, “Offensive demonstrations, celebrations that are prolonged and delay the game, and those directed at an opponent, will still be penalized.”

 

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Antonio Brown’s celebration above after scoring a touchdown against the Redskins cost him a $24,309 fine and the team a 15 yard penalty.

The NFL frowns upon “unsportsmanlike behavior” and “taunting”.  Hence, the bans were originally put in place to promote good sportsmanship and prevent fights in the end zone.  However, players many times use their celebration to reinforce their identity and please their fans.

 

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Some, such as Dallas Cowboy’s Ezekiel Elliot, have used their celebration to help promote charity.

 

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The NFL, coined the “No Fun League”, will be praised for this move as the sport is viewed by an average 16.5 million people each year who love watching their team make a touchdown.

 

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49er legend Dwight Clark diagnosed with ALS

The legendary wide receiver for the San Francisco 49er’s, Dwight Clark, reveals that he has amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS), or Lou Gehrig’s disease. The 60 year old first noticed weakness in his left hand in September 2015.

In a blog post, Clark suspects his diagnosis was caused by his 9 years in the NFL.  The two-time all-pro and Super Bowl champion stated, “I don’t know for sure. But I certainly suspect it did.”  He continued, “And I encourage the NFLPA and the NFL to continue working together in their efforts to make the game of football safer, especially as it relates to head trauma.”

He wrote that he couldn’t run, play golf or walk any distances, and that lifting anything greater than 30lbs was a “chore”.

What is ALS?

Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS) was first discovered in 1869 by French neurologist Jean-Martin Charcot.  Known as “the Father of Neurology”, he and is colleagues discovered that spinal cord lesions, depending on where they occurred, would present differently in a patient as his paralysis progressed. Even though it was named ALS by the 1870’s, many still refer to it as “Charcot’s disease”.

In 1939, baseball Yankee legend, Lou Gherig was diagnosed with ALS.  Two weeks later he retired, giving his famous farewell speech.  It began with “Fans, for the past two weeks you have been reading about a bad break I got. Yet today I consider myself the luckiest man on the face of the earth.” For most of the nation this was the first time they heard of the disease, and Lou Gherig died two years later.  Today people still refer to the disease as “Lou Gherig’s Disease”.

Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS) is a progressive neurodegenerative disease that causes the death of neurons responsible for innervating muscles.  When the muscles do not receive nerve signals, they eventually weaken, twitch, and then atrophy.  Muscle atrophy leaves a patient unable to move and eventually the patient cannot speak, eat and breathe. Most people affected with ALS die of respiratory failure.

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Image from Reactive Training Systems

Could head trauma cause ALS?

As Dwight Clark alluded to, head trauma has been suspected in some cases of ALS.  In 2010 a study out of Boston University discussed the abnormal protein called TDP-43. Dr. Ann McKee, associate professor of Neurology and Pathology at the Boston University School of Medicine found high levels of this protein in the brain and spinal cord of two former professional football players and a former boxer who sustained repeated head trauma and all developed ALS.

Another study in 2007 found an 11 X increased risk of ALS among Italian soccer players who had suffered multiple head injuries when compared to those who never sustained head trauma.

An additional study found that those who served in the military were at higher risk of ALS.  Genetics and smoking may also play roles. Another theory is glutamate, a chemical messenger in the brain, which appears high in those with ALS, could be affecting the nerve cells as well.

Approximately 15,000 Americans have ALS. There is currently no cure.  The “Ice Bucket Challenge” fortunately raised over $115 million for research of the devastating disease.

 

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Using the NFL Injury Report to predict Conference Championship winners

The concussions listed hurt the Packers and Steelers so this week it will be

Patriots

Falcons close though but Packers deserve a spanking after last week’s Dallas game

We pray that no one gets hurt and those who do recover quickly.  Here’s to rounding out a safe season of one of the best sports ever!!  FOOTBALL!!

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

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Using the NFL Injury Report to predict Playoff winners

The long awaited Divisional playoffs are here!!!!  The injury report however as of 20:00 1/13/17 is not complete.  So working with what we have here are this week’s picks.

Patriots

Steelers

I don’t care about the groin injury reported on the Cowboys.  I can’t choose the Packers sorry.

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We pray that no one gets hurt and those who do recover quickly.  Here’s to rounding out a safe season of one of the best sports ever!!  FOOTBALL!!

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

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Using the NFL Injury Report to predict Wild Card weekend winners

Wild Card weekend.  The injury report is out.  Here we go!

Giants – very close

Steelers

Seahawks

Texans/Raiders -Possibly Texans but too close to call

We pray that no one gets hurt and those who do recover quickly.  Here’s to rounding out a safe season of one of the best sports ever!!  FOOTBALL!!

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

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The Top 5 Hangover cures

Happy New Year!  Let’s get you all feeling better.

 

Water

Hydrate people, hydrate.  Alcohol is a diuretic, which means it makes you urinate more and lose valuable fluid and salts. Water is the easiest, most tolerable, cheapest way to hydrate. Take it slow so you don’t vomit.  And not scotch and water.  Just water….

 

Eat something

An empty stomach is an irritable one.  While most sources say eat a “greasy breakfast”, I would recommend balanced breakfast with protein. Give the stomach acid something to chew on but make it easily digestible.  Remember the alcohol irritated your gut so you need to go easy on it. Baby steps, but healthy baby steps

Exercise

Take a short, brisk walk.  The adrenaline gets the blood pumping and can help with the headache.  The cool air outside will feel good when you inhale and some endorphins will release. This may help with your headache.

 

Drink some Sprite/Sports Drinks

Chinese researchers back in 2013 found Sprite to be the best hangover cure and even though we don’t have many other studies to back it up, the sweet and bubbly it provides makes your head and tummy feel better.

Sport’s Drinks add the salts you lost from alcohol’s diuretic features. Though many of us don’t like the taste, those who do find it a nice way to hydrate.

Football

There’s some great games set for today and yelling at the TV, jumping in cheer, and nibbling on some salty snacks will definitely make you feel better.  Go Cowboys!!

 

What is “hair of the dog”?

Originally it was a treatment to ward off rabies.  One would, after being bit by a dog, put a piece of dog hair on the wound.  A treating fire-with-fire strategy. It later was used for hangovers.  Treating a hangover with a chaser of alcohol was supposed to elevate moods and lessen the withdrawal.  To date there is not enough scientific support to recommend hair of the dog.

So what is a hangover?

Its a constellation of symptoms that occur post-partying…..and include headache, muscle ache, nausea, anxiety, moodiness, wanting to avoid light and loud sounds, eye redness, thirst and dizziness, though some hangovers may have many more symptoms.

They could be caused by a variety of factors:

  • Dehydration – alcohol isn’t the best choice to replace lost fluids during a night of dancing, plus it causes increase in urination
  • Low blood sugar – caused by lack of good nutrition over the last 12 hours and enhanced by drinking alcohol
  • Poor sleep – let me guess, you didn’t get a good nice, cuddly, deep sleep for 9 hours once you came home
  • Irritated stomach lining – alcohol tends to do that and ticks off the pancreas as well
  • Acetaldehyde – a chemical converted from alcohol that has been postulated to make you feel nauseous and achy, either during its breakdown in the liver or after its metabolism
    • acetald
  • Cytokine production and release – seen in inflammatory states and can make you achy

Other theories suggesting lactic acid build up, withdrawl from drinking the night before, and congeners that are compounds that vary in alcohol types (red wine vs vodka).

For next time, how do you avoid the dreaded hangover?

Want to avoid a hangover?  Here’s how:

Firstly, try to avoid getting drunk.  Set your limits and stick to it.

Secondly, drink plenty of water throughout the night and once you get home.

Finally, don’t drink on an empty stomach to “speed up the buzz”. Your empty gut will absorb alcohol quicker so eat a good nutritious meal prior to partying.

Avoid popping antiinflammatories or Tylenol once you get home because your stomach and liver are already irritated from the alcohol and this may make matters worse.  But if any of the above “cures” don’t help, you may need to use these as a last resort.

Here’s to a great new year!!  Be well!!

 

 

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Using the NFL Injury Report to predict this week’s winners

Week 17!  Here we go!

Falcons

Bengals

Packers

Colts

Patriots

Vikings

Jets – but too close to call

Cowboys/Eagles – Eagles look good from the injury report standpoint but I will never root against my COWBOYS

Steelers

Panthers

Titans

Giants

Broncos – but too close to call with their three concussions

Cardinals – again too close to call

Chiefs

Seahawks

 

 

We pray that no one gets hurt and those who do recover quickly.  Here’s to rounding out a safe season of one of the best sports ever!!  FOOTBALL!!

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