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Sheila Griffin, RN

Here are a few...

I keep a pile of health-related articles that help me write these monthly articles. They cover a wide variety of subjects but not all have enough information to write an entire article. So this month, there will be a few short subjects.

Back pain and yoga

According to a recent study in the Annals of Internal Medicine, yoga may be just as effective for treating chronic low back pain as physical therapy. One group was randomly assigned to 3 months of gentle yoga, physical therapy or education. The participants were given the option of using pain medication if needed. After 3 months, the yoga and PT groups reported the same improvements in pain and mobility. The study concluded that gentle yoga may be an alternative option for treatment of chronic back pain. (reference: Hackensack Meridian Health Views, March/April 2018)

Cutting back on salt.

Adding spiciness to food may be one way to cut back on salt according to the journal Hypertension. Salt is a major cause of high blood pressure, a risk for heart disease. This study found that those who enjoyed spicy food consumed less salt than those who had less tolerance for spiciness. They also had lower blood pressure. The researchers found that adding spice to food increased the perceived saltiness of the food. Trying a little chili pepper or lemon juice in your food may help you cut back on salt. On average, American adults consume more than 3400 mg of sodium a day, much more than the ideal limit of 1500 mg for most adults. (reference: Hackensack Meridian Health Views March/April 2018)

Eye floaters

Most of the time, floaters-tiny shadowy dots and squiggles you might see drifting across your field of vision-are simply harmless bits of debris in the gel-like fluid inside your eye. But floaters, which become more common with age, can also be a sign of something more serious. If you notice a sudden increase in floaters, especially if accompanied by changes in vision or flashes of light in one eye, see your ophthalmologist right away. A torn or detached retina could be responsible. (reference: Consumer Reports On Health September 2016)

Quote of the Month: "Faith is like Wi-Fi-it's invisible but it has the power to connect you to what you need" (Author Unknown)

Take care and God Bless,



The following sources are intended as a partial list of many areas in the health field where information can be obtained. There are so many sources of information that to list them here would be impossible. If there is an area you are interested in that is not listed here, please contact me and I will be more than happy to assist in getting that source for you.

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