Eliminating Mattress Fumes – 5 Things To Do

Many mattresses contain volatile organic chemicals such as formaldehyde, flame retardant chemicals which often use chemicals such as antimony oxide and melamine resin. These big-named chemicals can cause huge problems in the bedroom, particularly for those who are chemically sensitive.

So if you have bought or been given a new mattress and are struggling with the fumes, here are 5 tips that may help you get a good night’s sleep on your new mattress sooner than later.

  1. Talk with the manufacturer about the chemicals that are in the mattress and could be off gassing. Ask them to hold it in the warehouse for several weeks before delivering it to give the chemicals time to off-gas. And ask them for their recommendations about dealing with the fumes.
  2. . Take a ride with the mattress. This may seem like an incredibly silly idea, but this can make a huge impact on getting rid of the odors. Put the mattress in an open truck and take a ride with it. Having air blow through the mattress has proven to get rid of the smell quickly and permanently. You can also do this as you take delivery of the mattress.
  3. . If the mattress is already staring at you in your bedroom, try using a box fan in an open window (weather permitting). Turn the fan so that it pulls air from the inside of the room to the outside. Close the door to the rest of the house. Although this is a temporary solution, it might possibly help keep the air in the rest of the house tolerable.
  4. . Research the mattresses on the market to find out which ones use fewer chemicals. Since 2004 the Consumer Product Safety Commission has required that any mattress sold in the United States be able to withstand an open flame for 30 minutes. This sets the safety bar wonderfully high in an attempt to prevent us from dying from a fire in bed. However, make sure that you are aware of the chemicals being used to prevent that fire. So before you throw away the old mattress make sure you have all the information on the new one.
  5. . An air purifier with a carbon-based filter and a potassium iodide additive will help eliminate any off gassing of volatile organic chemicals that continues and will help keep the air in your bedroom fresh, and conducive for relaxation and sleep.

The Composition of a Tooth

How much do you know about your teeth?

Your teeth begin to grow while you’re still a baby inside your mother’s womb. While they aren’t visible until a few years after birth when they “erupt” or come up from within the gums, they are there. Baby teeth, or primary teeth grow in and fall out in the same order and are replaced with permanent, or adult teeth. Your permanent teeth will be the teeth you have for the rest of your life. If you lose an adult tooth, it may be able to be re-attached at the root if you see a dentist immediately. In many cases, a lost permanent tooth means a fake tooth, such as a dental implant will be needed to replace the lost, natural tooth.

Your teeth are able to withstand much wear and tear as well as grinding and pressure. What makes teeth so hard and long-lasting? It likely has something to do with their composition.

Each tooth is made up of enamel, dentin and cementum and each tooth has a dental pulp.

Tooth Enamel

The part of the teeth you’re most familiar with is the tooth enamel. This is the hard, translucent, outer covering of the tooth. It is this part of the tooth that cavities can destroy and leave the tooth vulnerable to further decay and disease. The enamel is said to be the hardest and most mineral-packed substance of the body. Tooth enamel is made up of mostly minerals, with some organic compounds and water. The enamel is the thickest (and strongest) at the cusp of the tooth and is weakest along the tooth edges.

As we age, the years of use, abuse and wear and tear, the enamel slowly wears off in what is called attrition.

What is enamel made of? Crystalline calcium phosphate called hydroxyapatite accounts for most of the minerals found in tooth enamel. These minerals give teeth their strength, as well as their brittleness. Enamel also doesn’t contain collagen like other parts of the tooth. Tuftelins, ameloblastsins, ameloblenins and enamelins are proteins that help develop enamel.

Dentin

Underneath the enamel is a porous, yellowish material called dentin. It is this material that gives teeth their classic yellow, or preferably white color. Dentin is made up of inorganic and organic materials as well as water. It is made of mineralized connective tissue and collagen proteins. Dentinogenesis, or the process of forming dentin involves the secretion by odontoblasts of the tooth pulp. Dentin contains a matrix of microscopic tubules that don’t criss-cross each other. The length of the tubules are determined by the radius of one’s tooth. Dentin is the substance between enamel or cementum and the pulp chamber.

While dentin isn’t as strong as enamel, it still gives your teeth extra strength, support and protection. Because it is softer than enamel, it decays more rapidly and is subject to severe cavities if not properly treated, but dentin still acts as a protective layer and supports the crown of the tooth.

Cementum

The innermost layer of the tooth is called the cementum. This part of the tooth resembles bone and it covers the tooth pulp. Like the tooth enamel and dentin, the cementum is made of inorganic (mostly hydroxyapatite), organic (mostly collagen) and water. Cementum is softer than the enamel and dentin and is secreted by cementoblasts that are in the root of the tooth. It too has a yellowish color and is the thickest around the apex of the tooth root. This part of the tooth has the purpose of being a medium through which the periodontal ligaments (the ligaments of the gums) attach to the tooth, giving the tooth stability.

Tooth Pulp

In the center of each tooth is the pulp. The pulp consists of connective tissue that contains nerves and blood vessels. The tooth pulp supplies the tooth with blood and nutrients as well as infection-fighting macrophages and T lymphocytes. It is in the pulp where the odontoblasts which make dentin are located as well as nerve endings, which give the tooth the ability to react to hot or cold food and drink.

Time to Implement a Sensible Healthcare Strategy

With the declining birthrate, healthier lifestyles, and life-prolonging medical discoveries, the percentage of older people in our society is set to increase astronomically. Currently about 32% of the population falls into the 50+ category; a number that is expected to increase by 33% over the next two decades, at which point the 50+ cohort will be the largest single age group. An aging population will bring about a tremendous demand for healthcare services, which will drive up the cost dramatically.

The situation gets even more complicated when one considers that an aging population means a reduced work force. Fewer workers will be contributing to social security funds to care for those no longer working. And, with improvements in healthcare, particularly in geriatrics, the demand for these services will skyrocket, resulting in a shortage of services and a dramatic increase in costs.

A new strategy is needed that anticipates this increase in demand and lays some solid groundwork to avert a disaster of major proportions.

Many experts advocate a Canadian-style government healthcare monopoly to deal with the increase in demand for health services by an aging population. In my opinion that would be a recipe for disaster, as it would accelerate the rate at which costs increase and levels of service decline. On the other hand, a total free-market system would likely have similar results, as the wealthy would have ready access to health services, while those less fortunate would find themselves in dire straits.

Rationally speaking, a blend of the two systems would likely bring about the best results. The framework for such a system would incorporate the best of both government-run healthcare with private medical services and produce a hybrid system that isn’t entirely public nor entirely free enterprise-based.

A basic assumption would be that the system should include a user-pay element, which could be indexed to income. The basic framework of this program could be a health insurance program. The insurance would be offered by the private sector on a for-profit basis. The difference is that no patient could be denied a necessary medical course of treatment based on profit considerations. The insurance companies offering coverage would have their profits capped at a given percentage, with any profits above that percentage earmarked for a reserve fund for possible future lean years.

The financial and corporate structure of the companies offering this insurance product would be unique in that they would be structured more like bond issues than corporations. In other words, the stakeholders in the company would be guaranteed a set return on investment paid annually and assured by the government. The companies would operate under a strict set of guidelines to ensure that no single entity or group could gain a controlling interest of the company. The executives’ salaries would be indexed not to exceed a given multiple of what the lowest employee earns.

The insurance providers could grant generous discounts to policyholders that opt for a healthy lifestyle. Conversely, they should also be allowed to rate policyholders based on unhealthy lifestyle choices, such as smoking, obesity or other high-risk behaviors.

Policyholders would be free to go to the healthcare provider of their choice. No healthcare provider could refer a patient to a facility in which the healthcare provider is a shareholder, as that would constitute a conflict of interest. Malpractice lawsuits would not be brought before a jury by trial lawyers, but would be adjudicated on the basis of a predetermined set of awards, depending on the severity of outcome. This would ensure that malpractice insurance premiums would remain at a manageable level.

Unlike the Canadian government monopoly model, healthcare providers would not have a cap on their income. However, a series of checks and balances would be in place to ensure that physicians’ billings are on the up and up.

Why People Don’t Understand Acupuncture & Chiropractic

Never before has our society been so cognizant of healthy living. We know that yoga is not just for “hippies,” we utilize meditation apps for our smartphones and commonly use phrases like “organic,” “Non-GMO” and “composting.” So it’s surprising to find how many people remain unaware of the benefits of acupuncture, chiropractic, and homeopathy. Why is this?

The answer is simple. Though we live in an age when knowledge on any conceivable topic is at our fingertips, we are still overwhelmingly flooded with information on traditional Western medicine. Whether we are watching television or visiting our favorite website, advertisements about diseases and the multitude of drugs and surgical procedures used to treat them are ever-present. We are indoctrinated, sometimes subtly and sometimes not so much, that these methods are the fastest, most effective way to get our lives back. These advertisements include a litany of statistics designed to prove that medicine is science and everything else is less-than, often ineffectual and sometimes wishful thinking.

Of course, medicine is a science; no one is denying that. However, it is also an art: the art of identifying the cause of disease. Yet this is where traditional medicine fails us, often identifying the symptoms of an illness according to studies and guidelines, rather than looking holistically at the individual. The same is true of the treatments used to treat these ailments, most of often involve pharmaceuticals that according to research yields effective, reproducible results. The fact is, many of those studies are paid for by the pharmaceutical companies themselves, and the medications often do more harm than good. For evidence of this, one need only look at the opioid crisis; originally prescribed for pain management, these drugs have become a destructive force, particularly in rural America. In 2016 alone, more than 63,000 people died from opioid overdoses.

Nowhere are the shortcomings of traditional medicine more evident than the area of mental health. At the time of this writing, the world is reeling from the deaths of Kate Spade and Anthony Bourdain, both of whom hung themselves after years of struggling with depression. Their tragic stories have shined a spotlight on suicides rates in the U.S., which have increased by thirty percent since 1999. This, despite the fact that antidepressants are being prescribed in record numbers. Between 2011 and 2014, 13% of Americans over the age of twelve were reportedly taking these drugs, a sixty-five percent increase from the 7.7% taking them between 1999 and 2002. This does not include the growing number of young children being prescribed antidepressants and drugs for ADHD. There is also a growing concern about the link between antidepressants and suicide, and the possible connection between these drugs and homicidal behavior, including school shootings.

What is causing this rise in depression and suicide? Statistics show certain commonalities among people who take their own lives – these ranged from financial and relationship troubles to physical issues or the occurrence of some sort of crisis. However, as I have pointed out in previous writings, these problems have existed since time began, so why are people so much more stressed? Indeed, just about everyone I see these days is stressed out, and I believe technology has much to do with it. We are bombarded with a twenty-four-hour news cycle, much of which is negative; these stories are then posted and tweeted until it is virtually impossible to ignore them. Whether they are about crime or the growing political polarization in the country, they create a toxic environment that adds to the regular stressors we all experience. Unless managed effectively, stress can severely impact health; it can even kill. This is where I come in.

Many people, even those who are not depressed, become ill due to stress. Stress-related diseases include irritable bowel syndrome, migraines, text neck, indigestion, constipation, and insomnia, to name a few. In treating this conditions, I use techniques routed in chiropractic and acupuncture to alleviate stress, helps with symptoms and disease prevention, and improved the overall quality of life. Spinal care or alignment of the musculoskeletal system helps the body function better. Recent MRIs of the brain, show evidence-based proof that there is increased blood flow to a person’s brain after a chiropractic adjustment.

I also use these techniques to treat for allergies to environmental factors, foods and chemicals, and the fact that many of my allergy patients are babies indicates that that it is not merely a placebo. You will not see this technique advertised on television, however, after twenty-five years and thousands of success stories, I can attest its effectiveness.

Last but certainly not least is pain, which is the reason most people come to see me. Some people haven’t responded to medical care, others people don’t want to take medications indefinitely, and still others have been referred to me by a medical doctor. How can a chiropractor release pain? The nervous system controls all bodily functions. Pain is often a signal that the nervous system is being interfered with. By adjusting the spine which acts a master circuit board for the body, it is possible to remove nerve interference, allowing the body to function better.

There are 75,000 chiropractic doctors and nearly 20,000 acupuncturists practicing in the US today. People are understandably skeptical because they haven’t seen the benefits of spinal care or acupuncture on TV a zillion times, however, acupuncture has been around for five thousand years and chiropractic was discovered in America over a century ago.

As a holistic chiropractor, I can reset the nervous system to dramatically reduce the level of stress, reset the body so it does not react to allergens, and within a short period of time offer pain relief naturally. In short, I utilize the body’s self-healing mechanism to eliminate dis-ease. No side-effects and no addiction.

Allergies – Powerful Natural Remedies Revealed

There is a common practice today, among many physicians, to stamp anything which they cannot successfully diagnose, “allergy”. The reason for this is that so little is known about allergies that the diagnosis leaves plenty of room for discussion and explanation. The “indefinite” diagnoses have always been favoured by the less responsible physicians. Two hundred years ago, a condition that could not be diagnosed was called “bad humours” and anyone who suffered anything from stomach-ache to cancer or gall-stones was told his humours were acting up. This was followed by the “acids” theory, where strange and mysterious acids were accountable for all undiagnosed conditions.

This is not to say that allergies do not exist. There certainly is a strange group of body reactions to which has been given the title, allergy. To be exact, there are two such groups: those which are localized on the surface of the body, from face to feet, or skin allergies; and those which inhabit the chest, throat and nasal areas, or respiratory allergies. These two groups include the majority of allergic reactions.

In the respiratory group would be such common conditions as hay fever, asthma, sinusitis, etc. These conditions are centred in the respiratory system, but some (particularly hay fever and sinus conditions) tend to spill over into other areas, as for instance the eyes, which may water, redden and puff under severe attack. There is good reason to believe that these particular allergies are related to Vitamin C deficiency. Low potency (natural) Vitamin C pills have proved useful in the treatment of such allergies, as has the B complex.

The skin allergies, hives and nettle-rash, as examples, are in some degree related to an over-acid condition of the body. This is not to be confused with the “mysterious acids” of one hundred years ago, which were conveniently blamed for most diseases. The acids I speak of are produced right within the body and consumed day by day in the daily diet. The rational diet, with its balanced intake and natural form, will not support a hyper-acid condition. To defeat this condition when it already exists in the body, it is necessary to cleanse the system completely.

Herbal laxative pills (1-2 a day for three days); mild enemas (1 a day, for a week) and Return to Nature Diet will supply the thorough broom that a hyper-acid condition demands. The recommendation involved daily natural baths with particular emphasis upon the area affected. Pressure (douche) baths upon the affected area and a mild (not too brisk) rub following the bath, were effective. Where the skin was particularly dry, a few drops of olive oil were applied.

The skin-allergy patients were advised to soften the water used for bathing with a cup of starch. Bicarbonate of soda should never be used to soften water for a sensitive skin, since it is an alkali and will have a drying and destructive effect in time.

Dry skin should not be bathed too frequently or for long periods of time. Baths should be quick affairs and olive oil may help to relieve the loss of skin oil. Air baths should be indulged in frequently as a substitute for the daily water-baths which you may miss.

Getting Physical Activity While Sitting – Preventing Chronic Illness

Physically active = Work the muscles + elevate the heart rate (from physical activity not stress)

A brief summation from the CDC Preventing Chronic Disease Percentage of Deaths Associated With Inadequate Physical Activity in the United States

“Current physical activity guidelines recommend that adults participate weekly in at least 150 minutes of moderate-intensity equivalent aerobic physical activity to achieve substantial health benefits. Conclusions:

A significant portion of deaths was attributed to inadequate levels of physical activity. Increasing adults’ physical activity levels to meet current guidelines is likely one way to reduce the risk of premature death in the United States”

Yes, sitting is the new smoking.

One of the more profound experiences of my life was about 10 years ago sitting in a hospital room wth my uncle, as he was in a coma. He stroked out during angioplasty, unblocking the arteries of the heart, and lay in a coma for many months afterwards. My uncle, albeit a brilliant man in many ways, a Queen’s Counsel, he thought our beliefs in a healthy diet and exercise were “rubbish”. While he was in the coma, physical therapists came around every hour to work his muscles for him – not just to stop bed rash, but to work his muscles to pump. It is just that important.

Current stats show us most North Americans are are sitting an average of 13 hours a day and sleeping an average of 8 hours resulting in a sedentary lifestyle of around 21 hours a day…

Do you have a desk job, spend a great deal of time driving, in front of the television, computer, dining table… Experts say, for those with a desk job, we should start standing up at work for at least two hours a day — and work our way toward four.

One of the best investments I ever made was my work station bike. I can peddle away while I am working. There is a wide variety of work station exercise equipment. Check around for the best deals. Certainly a great investment in your health, energy, focus and productivity! A great investment for employers, work stations get employees happy, healthy & productive (oxygenating the brain), and very appreciative.

Another great investment is a heart monitor or a wearable device that monitors activity and heart rate at a minimum. Please don’t believe the calories burned in most of the devices out there. Again, we want to elevate heart rate from movement and using that precious muscle mass.

  • Keep resistance bands at your desk. Use them
  • Dance in your seat – who cares if anyone is watching – hopefully it’s contagious
  • Tennis ball squeeze – raise your arm in the air and squeeze, Squeeze between the knees…
  • Feet on the ground: step in place push hard into the floor
  • Pump arms, pump legs, torso twist…
  • Great time to do Kegel exercises – improve urinary control & your sex life. 50-100 reps
  • “No turkey neck” exercises – counteract always having head down to computer
  • Stretch the neck gently, carefully, release stress and deep breathe
  • Get up and walk at least 3 minutes per hour
  • Drink water so vital to your health and make you go to the bathroom more often
  • I keep a Pilates wheel at my desk
  • Isometric contractions – push against a static force, such as the floor and breathe deep. Push hands against each other Not recommended for those with high blood pressure.
  • Many telephone calls can be done while standing

There is an endless list here.

And while watching television?

Don’t just watch DWTS, Dance with the stars. Don’t just lay down on the sofa, do leg lifts, bridges… core work… Choose your fav TV show – and make that an exercise time, even from your sofa.

Life combo: Our heart speeds ⇒ raising heart rate to pump extra food and oxygen to those beautiful muscles. Breathing speeds up to get more oxygen and to get rid of more carbon dioxide. The more muscles we work together, the better the physical activity.

Aerobic exercise to increase blood flow to the brain. Aerobic exercise can raise our cardiovascular function and, thereby, also increase blood flow to the brain. Further, it is very helpful for oxygenating the body, which will improve the health of your brain cells and tissue connections

And a BTW here, if you think you have “no energy”, “no time”, “no strength”, “too sore” for any of these – chances are very high that you are not getting enough physical activity. The more you do it, the more you want it. Physical activity is invigorating, the more you do it the more you want it.

Is Life Damaging Your Spine?

Is modern life becoming a pain in the neck? Are you like the millions of people who spend hours on end every day using a Smartphone or another mobile device? If so, you could be at risk of “text neck”, a new age epidemic that could lead to permanent damage.

You probably don’t put that much thought into the hundreds of messages you send every week on your Smartphone, but texting it is a dangerous habit. The posture we adopt as we stare at our phones significantly increases the stress on the neck and can lead to excessive wear and tear. This is how bad it can be: our heads weigh between 10lbs and 12lbs, but as we bend our heads downwards to use our phones, the effective weight on our necks increases – a lot! At a 15-degree angle, the head weighs about 27lbs, and rises to 60lbs at 60 degrees!

With most of us now spending an average of two to four hours a day with our heads dropped down, this results in about 700 to 1,400 hours a year of excess stresses on the cervical spine! This can cause head pain, neck pain, arm pain and even numbness.

Eventually, in conjunction with a sedentary lifestyle, “text neck” could lead to serious consequences. With “text neck” on the rise as more and more people carry out their lives over a mobile phone, it’s important that we’re all aware of how to reduce our risk of developing this modern condition.

The best thing anyone can do to lower the risk of “text neck” is to use voice recognition and make phone calls instead of text messages. It’s also important to take regular breaks and alter your texting positions to avoid problems. You can find a list of useful exercises on the NHS website.

Modern technology moves at a quicker speed than the human body can adapt to, and this is not the first time we have been warned about the dangers of texting. In 2011, mobile phones were blamed for an increase in pedestrian deaths in the US, with some towns even considering issuing fines for people who text while walking. Then of course, there was “Blackberry thumb” (repetitive strain injury caused by texting) and “iPad hand” (aches and pains caused by swiping and typing on a tablet).

The list of ailments grows longer with every new piece of technology, and while we can’t ever expect anyone to ditch their devices, we can all put the measures in place to stay healthy as we move with the times.