Dr. Rugoff’s February Newsletter for Patients and Friends
Who Needs A Hug?
“Brothers don’t shake hands…Brothers gotta’ HUG!”, or so goes the famous line from one Tommy Boy. Haven’t seen that movie? I recommend it. I favor comedies over any other Genre. I thought this would be fitting with the upcoming Valentine’s Day holiday. Don’t forget to reach out to someone who is alone. A smile, a sincere greeting and yes, maybe a hug, if appropriate can make someone’s day. You would be surprised! With all of the candies, roses, chocolates and deliciousness that will be going around during this one day holiday, I came across this…
Valentines Day… is of course February 14th. Here are some interesting facts for you to ponder this coming Valentine’s Day.
- Every year around 1 billion Valentine cards are sent across. After Christmas it’s the single largest seasonal card-sending occasion.
- Teachers receive the most Valentine’s Day cards, followed by children, mothers, wives, and then, sweethearts.
- Children between ages 6 to 10 exchange more than 650 million Valentine’s cards with teachers, classmates, and family members.
- Of the 73% of people who buy Valentine’s Day flowers are men, while only 27 percent are women.
In the Middle Ages young men and women drew the names from a bowl to see who would be their Valentine. They would wear this name pinned on their sleeves for one week. This was done so that it becomes easy for other people to know your true feelings. This was known as “to wear your heart on your sleeve”.
Gravitation is not responsible for people falling in love. ~Albert Einstein
Many are the stars I see, but in my eye no star like thee. ~English saying used on poesy rings
“Happiness is produced not so much by great pieces of good fortune that seldom happen, as by little advantages that occur every day. The secret of success is constancy to purpose.”
Now for your… COOL Facts
- If you keep your eyes open by force, they will pop out.
- The “sixth sick sheik’s sixth sheep’s sick” is said to be the toughest tongue twister in the English language.
- If you sneeze too hard, you can fracture a rib. If you try to suppress a sneeze, you can rupture a blood vessel in your head or neck and die.
- Rats multiply so quickly that in 18 months, two rats could have over a million descendants.
- Wearing headphones for just an hour will increase the bacteria in your ear by 700 times.
- If the government has no knowledge of aliens, then why does Title 14, Section 1211 of the Code of Federal Regulations, implemented on July 16, 1969, make it illegal for U.S. citizens to have any contact with extraterrestrials or their vehicles?
- In every episode of Seinfeld there is a Superman somewhere.
- The cigarette lighter was invented before the match.
- Thirty-five percent of the people who use personal ads for dating are already married.
- A duck’s quack doesn’t echo anywhere, and no one knows why.
Did You Know This About Animals?
- Domestic cats purr at about 26 cycles per second, the same frequency as an idling diesel engine.
- Sharks are immune to almost all known diseases.
- Since we’re on the subject, sharks and rays also share the same kind of skin: instead of scales, they have small tooth-like spikes called denticles. The spikes are “so sharp” that shark skin has long been used as sandpaper.
- Animals also are either right-handed or left-handed. Polar bears are left-handed – and so is Kermit the Frog.
- There are 701 types of pure breed dogs. There are about 54 million dogs in the US, and Paris is said to have more dogs than people.
- Some bird species, usually flightless birds, have only a lower eyelid, whereas pigeons use upper and lower lids to blink.
- Since we’re into eyelids in this issue, fish and insects do not have eyelids – their eyes are protected by a hardened lens.
- Flatfish (halibut, flounder, turbot, and sole) hatch like any other “normal” fish. As they grow, they turn sideways and one eye moves around so they have two eyes on the side that faces UP.
- Measured in straight flight, the spine-tailed swift is the fastest bird. It flies 106 mph (170 km/h). Second fastest is the Frigate, which reaches 94 mph (150 km/h). That’s fast for a bird of any stature.
- Millions of trees are accidentally planted by squirrels who bury nuts and then forget where they hid them. lol
- There are more than 150 million sheep in Australia, a nation of 21 million people.
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Sherlock Holmes and Dr Watson go on a camping trip. After a good dinner and a bottle of wine, they retire for the night, and go to sleep. Some hours later, Holmes wakes up and nudges his faithful friend. He says, “Watson, look up at the sky and tell me what you see.” Watson looks up and says, “I see millions and millions of stars, Holmes.” “And what do you deduce from that?” asks Holmes.
Watson ponders that for a minute. He then says, “Well, Astronomically, it tells me that there are millions of galaxies and potentially billions of planets Holmes. Horologically, I deduce that the time is approximately a quarter past three. Meteorologically, I suspect that we will have a beautiful day tomorrow. Theologically, I can see that God is all powerful, and that we are a small and insignificant part of the universe. But what does it tell you, Holmes?” Holmes is silent for a moment. “Watson, you idiot!” he says. “Someone has stolen our tent! You can see the stars.”
LOWER Your Blood Pressure Naturally…
Want to know one of the best ways to prevent heart attacks and strokes? Keep your blood pressure in check but do that without medication. 65 million people already have hypertension—and 20 million people are teetering on the brink so if you’re one of them or you know someone that has high blood pressure, share this information with them..
Taking a daily 1,000 mg dose of Olive-leaf extract can help reverse the problem, and can lower your reading by as much as nine points in eight weeks, a new study suggests. Together, two of olive leaf’s active compounds—oleuropein and oleanic acid—have the power to relax slightly tight blood vessels. IMPORTANT: Always monitor your blood pressure. I suggest you get it checked at the office at least once a month while you’re here for your appointment.
You can also normalize your blood pressure by eating more fiber. File this under fantastic: Simply eating a high-fiber diet can help get your blood pressure under control—often in as little as one month—by stopping blood sugar from soaring to harmful levels!
How much do you need: 15 grams daily. Get it by eating two to three cups of fresh produce, plus a serving of beans. You can take a shortcut by taking two heaping tablespoons of a soluble fiber supplement plus eat two apples daily.
Oh and get serious with sesame oil. If nothing else seems to make a dent in your blood pressure, sesame oil might do the trick. One study found that when people with severe hypertension took just 1 oz. daily, their blood pressure plunged 32 points in just two months. The researchers’ best guess why: Sesame oils polyunsaturated fatty acids and sesamin team up to dilate blood vessel walls, preventing pressure spikes. And on top of all of this make sure you’re spine is checked. If you have misalignments that don’t hurt, they can still cause blood pressure issues.
Cold Weather Does Things
You Don’t Want To Happen
If you go to the doctor and your blood pressure is UP, remember this. Tis the season to check your blood pressure: Studies show that ‘cold’ weather can cause sudden spikes in your blood pressure. Forget this and you may be on medication you don’t need.
Fight Colds and Flu Naturally
Vitamin D is not just for dieters… Whether you’re trying to slim down or not, it’s a good idea to pop a good whole food organic vitamin D supplement, say scientists from Yale. They recently found that folks with the highest levels of vitamin D had a 50% lower risk of developing upper respiratory infections, like colds and flu; Danish researchers believe that vitamin D boosts production of a protein that attacks infections. Though the RDA is 200 IU to 400 IU a day, many experts believe a higher dose is advised.
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