Can’t Sit Still because of persistent, Squirming sensations?

Read another article in the weekly parade magazine about Restless legs. Amazing the media play it is finally getting. It is about time. anyway, this article was by a Dr. Isadore Rosenfeld. He mentioned that there are 12 million men and women in the country with RLS, I think there are more than that, but it is still an astounding number. He said a lot of things I have felt strongly about for long time and it is nice to have them repeated again. Here is what he said.

“Experts don’t really know what causes RLS, and there is not a specific test to diagnose it. Researchers suspect that it may be due to an abnormal transmission of dopamine, a chemical messenger that helps to relay signals within the brain. Still, for those with the primary form, there are several ways to obtain relief, the first step is to modify your lifestyle: Avoid caffeine, alcohol and tobacco – they make matters worse. Exercise moderately and regularly. Take a hot bath before you retire – it can improve your chances for a good night’s sleep. Try using a heating pad on the affected limbs (although an ice pack works better for some people). A word of caution: Some anti-depressants, antipsychotic drugs, antinausea medications, antihistamines and cough remedies can aggravate the symptoms of RLS.”

He does go on to mention some drugs that can work, but I was grateful to hear him nix anti -depressants and antipsychotic drugs. Those drugs are becoming the scrouge of modern drugs. I believe they are causing more harm than good. More childhood suicides, more mental problems for people and more psycohotic behavior in those that take them. How can that be a good thing? Isn’t it so much better to try natural helps, such as herbal remedies and lifestyles changes than trying to take the quick fix with drugs?

Kris

Staying Healthy While Traveling on a Plane and Avoiding Deep Vein Thrombosis

I read this article by Judi Dash on ways to stay healthy on a plane. There was some really good advice on such things as; drinking water or fruit juices every hour and avoiding alcohol or caffiene drinks, bringing your own blanket and pillow because you can never be sure how clean their supplies are, and being careful with blocked ears from colds or high altitudes by chewing gum, sucking on candy or swallowing. However, the item that caught my attention was on blood clots, also known as deep venous thrombosis or DVT which can develop in the deep veins of the legs, especially on long flights. They can lead to a potentially deadly embolism, sometimes days after the trip. Her solutions were exactly things we should do and sometimes have to do with Restless leg syndrome; that is stretch and walk around, do in-seat extension and flexes, avoid sitting with your legs crossed and try to get your legs above your heart, which is impossible unless you are in first class or you have my product the Restful Traveler, that at least gets your legs raised up off the seat cushion so there is no compression on the blood vessels. So, I think it is nice to know that if we do those things that can help with RLS we can also avoid ever having deep vein thrombosis.  I thought it was great to have something positive to say about having restless legs.

Kris