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"To Sleep, Perchance To Dream-Ay, There's The Rub."By Dr. Greg Fors, DC / Board-certifi ed Neurologist
Many Americans no longer enjoy the pleasure of sleep. The National Institute of Health (NIH) estimates more than 70 million Americans are affected by sleep problems, and a new class of sleep drugs called sedative/hypnotics, such as Ambien, Lunesta and Sonata has taken America by storm. These drugs were originally designed for short term use only, no more than 1 to 2 weeks. In just four years (2000 to 2004) the use of sleep medications doubled among adults age 24 to 44 and increased by 85% for children aged 10 to 19. A recent study fi nanced by the NIH found that sleeping pills like Ambien, Lunesta and Sonata only reduced the time it took to fall asleep by 13 minutes and increased the total sleep time by 11 minutes when compared to a placebo. Individuals in the study thought they had slept 32 minutes longer than they actually had because of a drug induced anterograde amnesia. In other words when people wake up after taking sleeping pills they simply forget they are unable to sleep. Americans now spend more than $5 billion a year on drugs to help them forget they are unable to sleep restfully. The most commonly reported problems with sleep hypnotics like Ambien include daytime drowsiness, diarrhea, and coordination problems. These medications work as a central nervous system depressant leading to decreased inhibition causing aggressiveness, agitation, bizarre behavior and depolarization in some individuals. Visual and auditory hallucinations have also been reported. There have been numerous reports of people taking these medications and driving their cars, preparing and eating food, making phone calls and having sex while not fully awake and having no memory of the event. Ambien actually now ranks among the top 10 drugs found in the bloodstreams of impaired drivers. Using these sleep hypnotics like Ambien for more than 7 to 14 days can cause a chronic sleeplessness that is actually worse than the original insomnia. Use of these sleep medications for more than four weeks can damage to the stages of sleep as well as cause addiction, actual physical dependence and withdrawal once you stop taking them. Also these sleep hypnotics like Ambien slow down your brain's activity. When you stop taking Ambien, activity in the brain can rebound out of control and actually cause seizures. This is why it is important to seek medical help when you stop taking drugs like Ambien. So why do Americans continue to take these addictive damaging drugs?, no doubt because everyone treasures a peaceful restful sleep. What is puzzling to me as a doctor is why no one asks the question why am I not sleeping? The simple answer is that it takes a healthy brain to generate a healthy sleep! It is specifi c areas of your brain that produce the cycles of sleep just like there are areas of the brain that generates a peaceful and happy mood. If the brain is lacking needed nutrients or if something is causing metabolic damage to optimal brain function this will lead to sleep and mood disorders. To actually have restful sleep again you must look to optimizing your brain health. We can now see that drugs do not heal this problem they simply create more complex health issues. A better choice is to address the underlying nutritional and metabolic issues. There can be food allergies, toxic chemicals and toxic metals in your environment that need to be identifi ed and removed. Usually there are decreased levels and/or genetically an increased need for various nutrients: e.g. vitamins, minerals, anti-oxidants, and essential fatty acids that must be restored, to assist in repair of the metabolic dysfunction related to sleep disorders. It is also vital to test for and treat any hormonal imbalances such as adrenal dysfunction and high nighttime cortisol levels. Added to this proper dosage of melatonin and specifi c herbal extracts utilized by a knowledgeable doctor can help restore restful sleep, naturally! Want to know more, attend my FREE SEMINAR! Please see notice below,
Dr. Greg Fors, D.C. is a Board-certifi ed Neurologist (IBCN), certifi ed in Applied Herbal Sciences (NWHSU) and acupuncture. Trained through the Autism Research Institute he is a registered Defeat Autism Now! Doctor. As the clinic director of the Pain and Brain Healing Center in Blaine Minnesota he specializes in a natural biomedical approach to fi bromyalgia, fatigue, depression, insomnia and autism. If you have any questions or comments regarding this article you can contact Dr. Fors at 763-862-7100 He is a sought after international lecturer for various post graduate departments and state associations. Dr. Fors is the author of the highly acclaimed book, Why We Hurt available through booksellers everywhere.
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On June 30, 1859, Jean-Francois Gravelet, a Frenchman known professionally as Emile Blondin, becomes the fi rst daredevil to walk across Niagara Falls on a tightrope. Wearing pink tights and a yellow tunic, Blondin crossed a cable about 2 inches in diameter and 1,100-feet long with only a balancing pole to protect him from plunging into the dangerous rapids 160 feet below.
On June 27, 1985, after 59 years, the iconic Route 66 between Chicago and Los Angeles enters the realm of history when the American Association of State Highway and Transportation Offi cials
decertifi es the road and votes to remove all its highway signs. Most of Route 66 followed a path forged through the wilderness in 1857 by U.S. Navy Lt. Edward Beale at the head of a caravan of camels.
On July 8, 1776, a 2,000-pound copper-and-tin bell now known as the Liberty Bell rings out from the tower of the Pennsylvania State House (now Independence Hall) in Philadelphia, summoning citizens to the fi rst public reading of the Declaration of Independence. As the British advanced toward Philadelphia in the fall of 1777, the bell was removed from the city and hidden in Allentown to save it from being melted down by the British and used to make cannons.
On July 4, 1826, the 50th anniversary of the adoption of the Declaration of Independence, John Adams and Thomas Jefferson, the second and third presidents
of the United States, respectively, die. Both men had been central in the drafting of the historic document.
On July 5, 1865, in London, revivalist preacher William Booth and his wife Catherine establish the Christian Mission, later known as the Salvation Army, to wage war against the evils of poverty and religious indifference.
On July 7, 1930, construction of the Hoover Dam begins. Over the next fi ve years, a total of 21,000 men would produce what would be the largest dam of its time. Today, the Hoover Dam generates enough energy each year to serve more than a million people.
On July 9, 1947, in a ceremony held at the Pentagon in Arlington, Va., Gen. Dwight D. Eisenhower appoints Florence Blanchfi eld to be a lieutenant colonel in the U.S. Army, making her the fi rst woman in U.S. history to hold permanent
military rank. Blanchfi eld had served as superintendent of the Army Nurse Corps during World War II.
On July 6, 1957, Liverpool teenagers John Lennon and Paul McCartney meet for the fi rst time. Lennon was a member of the Quarry Men, scheduled to play at a public event. Two weeks later, Lennon invited McCartney to join the Quarry Men.
On July 10, 1962, the United States Patent Offi ce issues Swedish engineer Nils Bohlin a patent for his three-point automobile safety belt. The traditional two-point belt had been known to cause severe internal abdominal injuries in the event of a high-speed crash.
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