Friday, March 6, 2015

Some Random Thoughts- March 2015

March 2015

Hi Everybody Dr. Norris here.
This month I have a few random bits of info for you. So here they are.

A Storm Is Coming!
I'm sure you have heard someone say "The weather is changing... I can feel it in my bones." Well there is a scientific reason why this happens. As a low pressure front comes into an area the barometric pressure drops. This drop in pressure, and the decrease in temperature, causes the fluid in our joints to become thicker. Just like putting syrup in the fridge causes it to thicken. When the synovial fluid in our joints becomes more viscous the joint does not move as freely. If you have some wear on the joint (arthritis) it will ache or move slower. Hot baths will help reverse this.

Age Proof Your Brain.
Studies have shown there are a number of activities which can slow down brain degeneration. Here is a list of things that are proven to help: Dancing, playing an instrument, being bilingual, reading, writing, exercise and playing games... even video games!

Napping Also Helps.
Another activity that helps improve brain function is taking a nap. NASA found that the optimal time frame for taking a nap is 28 minutes of sleep; that's just enough for one REM cycle. Less than that, there is little benefit and more than that causes us to be drowsy. So do like the astronauts do and snooze for 28 minutes.

Why Don't You Go To The Doctor?
A questionnaire asked people why they don't go to a doctor more often. Here are the results:
  • 22% said they were too busy.
  • 22% said they never get sick.
  • 17% said they had no insurance.
  • 17% said they were too busy.
  • 12% said they used home remedies.
  • 10% said they don't like their doctor.

If you run out of excuses and need to see me...
I would be honored to help.
“Because nobody has time for pain!”
Dr. Michael Norris
HEALTH TIP: 117 years old!
Happy Birthday to Japan’s Misao Okawa, who turns 117 on Thursday, March 5th. She currently holds the Guinness World Records title of the world’s oldest living person, and is one of five people born in the 1800s who is still alive today — she was born on March 5, 1898!  When Okawa was asked about the secret to being a super-centenarian she credits her long life to sushi and deep sleep — at least 8 hours nightly. “You also have to learn to relax,” she’s said.
“All you need is love. But a little chocolate now and then doesn't hurt.”
~ Charles Schulz, Author of Peanuts Cartoon

Disclaimer: The information contained herein is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any diseases or, medical problems. It is not intended to replace your doctor's recommendations.
The information is provided for educational purposes only. Response to care and nutritional benefits may vary from one person to another.