Restless Leg / Night Jogging?


Coping with Restless Leg Syndrome (Home Use)

-How could a little “sleep jogging” possibly go wrong?? –

Restless legs, heart disease link still murky

By Frederik Joelving.
NEW YORK (Reuters Health) – Researchers have found a link between restless legs syndrome and future heart disease in women, suggesting people with the strange condition may want to be extra careful about protecting their tickers.

But the new findings contradict earlier studies, and one expert said it’s too early to be alarmed.

“The evidence to date is not really convincing enough to go out to the public and say, ‘If you have restless legs, you should be concerned about heart disease,'” said Dr. Tobias Kurth, a director of research at the French National Institute of Health and Medical Research in Bordeaux.

Restless legs syndrome, or RLS, refers to unpleasant sensations in the legs that trigger an uncontrollable urge to move.

It is a recognized neurological disorder, but because the symptoms are so vague and may be fleeting, it is unclear when it should be considered a disease. As a result, estimates of how common the condition is have ranged widely – from just a few percent to nearly a quarter of all people.

The new findings, published in the American Heart Association’s journal Circulation, are based on data from the massive Nurses’ Health Study. Researchers tracked more than 70,000 women from 2002, when none of them had heart disease, until 2008.

Overall, there was no link between RLS and heart disease. But women who had been diagnosed with the disorder at least three years before the study began were at higher risk.

The rate of death from heart disease was 3.5 percent per decade among this group, compared to 1.7 percent per decade among women without RLS. They were also more likely to have non-fatal heart attacks.

Dr. Xiang Gao, who led the work, said the study doesn’t prove that RLS causes heart disease, even though he and his colleagues tried to rule out several possible explanations, such as differences in sleep duration and physical activity.

“Because this an observational study there are still some unknown factors that could affect the association,” cautioned Gao, a researcher at Brigham and Women’s Hospital in Boston.

Gao said it is too early to recommend taking medicine for RLS, which comes with side effects and limited benefits, in hopes of staving off future heart problems.

But he advised people with RLS to have their heart health checked regularly by a doctor and to have a healthy lifestyle to cut their risk of heart disease.

Previous research has supported the link between RLS and heart disease, but it hasn’t been able to tease out which came first. The only two studies that have taken a stab at that did not find any association between the neurological problem and later heart problems, although they didn’t consider the duration of RLS.

“Overall to me that means there is no consistent evidence that restless legs per se should be considered as a risk factor for coronary heart disease,” said Kurth, who led one of those studies.

While he acknowledged that some people can have severe RLS that warrants treatment, he said that in other cases the problem may be mild or go away on its own.

“Is this syndrome a disease in everybody? That is the question for me that is still unclear,” Kurth told Reuters Health.

SOURCE: Circulation, online September 11, 2012.

Subliminal Restless Leg Syndrome


The First Time I Met God….

I Love God's Sense of Humor; I Just Wish He'd Let Me in on the Joke


An all time personal favorite psychiatric patient of mine was a man that believed he was God….

He was a bit of an ornery old man, white hair with a full beard, maybe something like we would expect God to look like. They would let him watch the religion channel on television. I’m not sure this was entirely therapeutic or even appropriate all things considered, but like many questionable decisions made regarding patient care back then, I went along with it. We would see him watching ever so intently mere inches from the screen, nodding knowingly as the people on the screen spoke, especially when they prayed.

This patient was a bit “resistant” to medication as they say. In fact he was so resistant that taking any kind of daily medication by mouth was simply not an option, or you would most certainly have a fight on your hands. The solution came in the form of a monthly injection of an antipsychotic medication designed to work over an extended period of time, for just such a situation.

Tensions were high on “shot days”, for both patient and staff. His favorite staff members would be gathered from throughout the building, of all ranks and titles in hopes of keeping him calm for his injection and avoiding any ugly altercations. This plan usually worked, and he would receive his shot without a violent altercation, however the rest of the day would likely consist of threats of floods and other Biblical wraths that only a true deity could be capable of. Once calm, and back at his psychological baseline, he would always apologize for his actions. True remorse could be felt with his words, by his face, and his very presence. He would be moved to tears on occasion. Anytime there was any type of natural disaster on the news, he would become tearful, and apologize, after all they were his fault, for he was God. And on every “shot day” that I can remember….it rained….

The Reason for God: Belief in an Age of Skepticism

Ode To The Hospital….

Sick Humor: Lighter Side of

“A hospital is a place like no other, and balance, as most people understand it, has no place there. It is the apex of human existence, most of us enter this world via hospital, and will likely leave it in one as well. Birth and death it seems are usually only a short elevator ride away from each other. (Although I have seen both take place actually ON an elevator) Everything from the sounds to the smells are unique to a hospital setting. Some hospitals like to play a cute little lullaby jingle over the intercom system whenever a baby is born. Not a minute later, the sharp contrast of a brash voice with unmistakable urgency can be heard announcing the location of a code blue. People in the various waiting rooms look up from pretending to read their 7yr old doctors office magazine, as if they are going to see a blood covered gurney go racing by like on TV.

The smells of course vary by floor. From the overwhelming aroma of stale urine, that can almost take on a fog-like appearance on a geriatric unit, to the almost appealing smell of baby pee coming from the maternity ward. One as conditioned as myself could easily navigate the entire hospital using only olfactory skills deciphering various shades of urine….”

While this is from my book, which we are ALL anxiously awaiting, check out:
Sick Humor: Lighter Side of

A Neurosurgeons take on the afterlife….

Proof of Heaven: A Neurosurgeon's Journey into the Afterlife

By Eric Pfeiffer, Yahoo! News

Dr. Eben Alexander claims to have visited the afterlife (Twitter)Dr. Eben Alexander has taught at Harvard Medical School and has earned a strong reputation as a neurosurgeon. And while Alexander says he’s long called himself a Christian, he never held deeply religious beliefs or a pronounced faith in the afterlife. But after a week in a coma during the fall of 2008, during which his neocortex ceased to function, Alexander claims he experienced a life-changing visit to the afterlife, specifically heaven. “According to current medical understanding of the brain and mind, there is absolutely no way that I could have experienced even a dim and limited consciousness during my time in the coma, much less the hyper-vivid and completely coherent odyssey I underwent,” Alexander writes in the cover story of this week’s edition of Newsweek. So what exactly does heaven look like? Alexander says he first found himself floating above clouds before witnessing, “transparent, shimmering beings arced across the sky, leaving long, streamer like lines behind them.” He claims to have been escorted by an unknown female companion and says he communicated with these beings through a method of correspondence that transcended language. Alexander says the messages he received from those beings loosely translated as:

“You are loved and cherished, dearly, forever.”

“You have nothing to fear.”

“There is nothing you can do wrong.”
From there, Alexander claims to have traveled to “an immense void, completely dark, infinite in size, yet also infinitely comforting.” He believes this void was the home of God.

After recovering from his meningitis-induced coma, Alexander says he was reluctant to share his experience with his colleagues but found comfort inside the walls of his church. He’s chronicled his experience in a new book, “Proof of Heaven: A neurosurgeon’s journey into the afterlife,” which will be published in late October.

“I’m still a doctor, and still a man of science every bit as much as I was before I had my experience,” Alexander writes. “But on a deep level I’m very different from the person I was before, because I’ve caught a glimpse of this emerging picture of reality. And you can believe me when I tell you that it will be worth every bit of the work it will take us, and those who come after us, to get it right.”

-An enlightening read….Get it here….
Proof of Heaven: A Neurosurgeon's Journey into the Afterlife