C Force from Creators Syndicate https://www.creators.com/read/c-force Creators Syndicate is an international syndication company that represents cartoonists and columnists of the highest caliber. en Mon, 23 Oct 2017 13:24:53 -0700 https://www.creators.com/ http://blogs.law.harvard.edu/tech/rss C Force from Creators Syndicate https://cdn.creators.com/features/c-force-thumb.jpg https://www.creators.com/read/c-force ba56838570ad57309b6857e5ef5ca263 Obesity Reaches Highest Level Ever for 10/20/2017 https://www.creators.com/read/c-force/10/17/obesity-reaches-highest-level-ever Fri, 20 Oct 2017 00:00:00 -0700 <p>I have often written about obesity. As I report on unfolding news of the struggle to solve this ongoing health crisis, I try to balance this coverage out with other health issues, news and concerns. After all, it seemed we are on the right path in addressing some of the root problems of the obesity epidemic. Sales of fast food and sugary drinks are declining. In 2016, for the first time, Americans were consuming more bottled water than soda. Industry is finally scaling back on junk food ads to children, as well as ratcheting back on the sugar levels of products peddled to kids. Children's school lunches are healthier than ever, we are told.</p> <p>Then comes this wakeup call - according to research findings recently released by the National Center for Health Statistics, nearly 40 percent of adults and 19 percent of young people in this country are currently obese. This represents the highest rate the country has ever seen and there appears to be no indication that this spiking statistic will be slowing down any time soon.</p> <p>According to the new study, there has been a 30 percent increase in adult obesity and 33 percent increase in youth obesity between data from 1999-2000 to 2015-16. When you measure this against a 2010 government-focused efforts to improve the health of Americans and reduce obesity (a program known as "Healthy People 2020"), the results add up to a depressing failure.<p>Updated: Fri Oct 20, 2017</p> f8c32a4407876cc3fa3a8c92a80a9007 Health Issues of Rural America for 10/13/2017 https://www.creators.com/read/c-force/10/17/health-issues-of-rural-america Fri, 13 Oct 2017 00:00:00 -0700 <p>In the initial weeks following Hurricane Irma, people in the most rural parts of Florida worried they would be overlooked and forgotten. Many in the least populated counties swept up in the massive relief efforts had never received services from state and federal government agencies before. According to Kevin Smith, an area commander for the Salvation Army in Florida, they didn't pop up on anybody's radar and rescuers didn't know how significant their needs were until they reached them.</p> <p>According to the Center for Disease Control and prevention, nearly 46 million Americans, 15 percent of the U.S. population, currently live in rural areas in this country. That their needs are different from urban areas may not be news to you, nor the fact that people in remote areas often feel overlooked and forgotten. What you might be shocked to find is that there currently exists a striking gap in health between rural and urban Americans. A rural-urban disparity in life expectancy and mortality is increasing at an alarming rate.</p> <p>As pointed out in a new report from the Center for Disease Control and Prevention, residents of rural areas in the United States tend to be older and sicker than city folks. They have higher rates of cigarette smoking, high blood pressure, and obesity. They have higher rates of poverty, less access to healthcare and are less likely to have health insurance. They are also more likely to die from the leading causes of death in this country than urbanites. <p>Updated: Fri Oct 13, 2017</p> 5d7f2ec8e705bba9e769664c00b4fcb2 Turning To The Power Of The Mind In Treating Pain for 10/06/2017 https://www.creators.com/read/c-force/10/17/turning-to-the-power-of-the-mind-in-treating-pain Fri, 06 Oct 2017 00:00:00 -0700 <p>Last week I touched on the need for modern science to look beyond standard research and standard therapy in finding approaches that will not only successfully treat Post Traumatic Stress Disorder, but also create a pathway to a life of greater serenity than before its onset.</p> <p>As pointed out by author Matthew Green, it remains uncertain how psychological trauma damages structures in the brain bringing on PTSD. What is clear is that the brain's defenses are much easier to switch on than they are to switch off &#8212; even long after the trauma has passed. </p> <p>One thing that the neuroscience of trauma has done is make an invisible injury both visible and real. It has also sparked a closer look at nondrug treatments for all manner of recurrent pain.<p>Updated: Fri Oct 06, 2017</p> add280aef0bcf40c976a1f8f3e0c9e25 The Storm Has Passed for 09/29/2017 https://www.creators.com/read/c-force/09/17/the-storm-has-passed Fri, 29 Sep 2017 00:00:00 -0700 <p>Last week I talked about how once an extreme weather event passes, people in the affected areas are not out of harm's way. Emerging health hazards often follow these events. According to Dr. Asim Shah, chief of the division of community psychiatry at Baylor College of Medicine, approximately 10 percent of people who live through a natural disaster such hurricanes Harvey, Irma and Maria will experience symptoms of Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) within six months of the hurricane's passing. Many who suffer will never seek help. </p> <p>In a CBS News report, Dr. Shay also notes that children present a unique challenge in these situations, because PTSD symptoms manifests differently in kids than in adults. PTSD also does not develop immediately. Its symptoms usually take a month to set in. This places many of those affected by Hurricanes Harvey and Irma in the middle of a critical period.</p> <p>As we now know all too well based on the experiences of our military veterans, PTSD is a condition that can lead to a wide spectrum of devastating symptoms, from bouts of overpowering anxiety, to mind-consuming despair, to emotional numbness and distancing from loved ones, to night terrors and uncontrollable rage.<p>Updated: Fri Sep 29, 2017</p> c443945b4d3985f7b2abcf6c36f34b6a Health And Safety Remain A Concern Long After Hurricanes Pass for 09/22/2017 https://www.creators.com/read/c-force/09/17/health-and-safety-remain-a-concern-long-after-hurricanes-pass Fri, 22 Sep 2017 00:00:00 -0700 <p></p><p>Following flooding in cities from Jacksonville, Florida to Charleston, South Carolina, the devastating aftereffects of Hurricane Irma continue to mount. Millions throughout the southwest remain without power. Though recovery efforts have just begun, the hard hit Florida Keys is beginning to reopen to residents. They are being told that, until further notice, they will have to be completely self-sufficient.</p> <p>Officials agonized over the decision to reopen the Keys. They ultimately sided with the desperate need of residents to assess damage to the area and their property over the harsh living conditions those who choose to return will face, as well as health and safety issues. Such decisions are but one challenging judgment call made that goes beyond the area's detailed hurricane plan.<p>Updated: Fri Sep 22, 2017</p> 0ad40214fd9dd57a7f5a29c6a1726fdb Finding A True Sense Of Community In The Wake Of Hurricanes for 09/15/2017 https://www.creators.com/read/c-force/09/17/finding-a-true-sense-of-community-in-the-wake-of-hurricanes Fri, 15 Sep 2017 00:00:00 -0700 <p></p><p>Along with my wife, Gena, our hearts and prayers go out to Floridians and all those suffering from the devastating impact and aftermath of Hurricane Irma. At last report, more than a quarter of Florida's population have still been ordered to evacuate their homes. With Texans just beginning to deal with the recovery for Hurricane Harvey, it breaks our hearts to watch our Florida friends &#8212; as well as those in their neighboring states &#8212; go through similar suffering.</p> <p>Meanwhile, Hurricane Jose, the fifth hurricane of the 2017 season, is said to be gaining strength in the Atlantic as graphics and terrifying images of destruction and the human toll of Irma's aftermath continue to rain down on us. They are a constant, seen up close and personal, through media. And with each image and update, our sense of fear and foreboding continues to mount. Irma is just the latest in a series of worries and concerns confronting us, from wildfires raging out west to Mexico's biggest earthquake in a century. Add to this backdrop of natural disasters, the rumbling in the media of the threat of nuclear war.<p>Updated: Fri Sep 15, 2017</p> 2de87d15da88a767a17a6ef3dd2ce9da Facts On Inflammation And Final Thoughts On Hurricane Harvey for 09/08/2017 https://www.creators.com/read/c-force/09/17/facts-on-inflammation-and-final-thoughts-on-hurricane-harvey Fri, 08 Sep 2017 00:00:00 -0700 <p>What do broccoli, kale, brussels sprouts, cabbage, cauliflower, grapes, cherries, avocados and olives, as well as salmon, sardines, herring, mackerel and anchovies, all have in common? They are foods known for their anti-inflammatory properties. It is important to keep these foods in mind the next time you visit the grocery store. As many of you might already know, inflammation is considered a major contributor to the onset of numerous health conditions. It is now one of the hottest buzzwords in medical science, pointed to as a culprit in causing or aggravating conditions ranging from autism to Alzheimer's disease.</p> <p>Consuming high amounts of sugar and high-fructose corn syrup is believed to be particularly bad for you. It can lead to inflammation, insulin resistance, diabetes and obesity. Consuming refined carbohydrates, certain packaged foods, and processed meat can produce inflammatory effects on the body. Many non-dietary factors can also promote inflammation such as an inactive lifestyle. In short, an unhealthy lifestyle can be a fast track to chronic inflammation.</p> <p>The point I am trying to make is that there are a number of choices to make directly within your power that can reduce the threat of chronic inflammation. Adopting an anti-inflammatory diet and active lifestyle, for example, has proven effective in doing so and in improving a person's overall health.<p>Updated: Fri Sep 08, 2017</p> 7bbf34d36e573ef2b41dcc42b6206745 Health Tips You Need To Sleep On for 09/01/2017 https://www.creators.com/read/c-force/08/17/health-tips-you-need-to-sleep-on Fri, 01 Sep 2017 00:00:00 -0700 <p>Science has long acknowledged that we are not all the same in the way we respond to a wide variety of things from diet to exercise to medicine. In the same vein, health risks do not affect everybody the same. Science often can tell us what diseases we are predisposed to get, but not necessarily how to forestall them or when its onset will occur (or if it will develop at all). When science offers few answers, where do we turn to ward off the risk factors of disease?</p> <p>It makes sense that we start with those things that are within our control; to start by examining and changing, where necessary, our lifestyle. A diet high in cholesterol, fat and sugar can have a negative impact on health; cutting down on carbohydrates and boosting our intake of vegetables and protein a positive one. Healthy foods and nutrients work together and provide health benefits. The same can be said for getting a good night's sleep.</p> <p>According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, getting less than the recommended amount of sleep each night on a regular basis raises your risk of dying. Depending on our age, we are supposed to get anywhere from seven to 10 hours of sleep each night. Yet one in three Americans does not get enough sleep, and 45 percent of the world's population does not either.<p>Updated: Fri Sep 01, 2017</p> 485a3c2bdec9282e81d308800c3d5c7b A Question For The Young And Aging for 08/25/2017 https://www.creators.com/read/c-force/08/17/a-question-for-the-young-and-aging Fri, 25 Aug 2017 00:00:00 -0700 <p></p><p>C FORCE</p> <p>BY CHUCK NORRIS<p>Updated: Fri Aug 25, 2017</p> 103e8602efe9ea75e2c10a847ef42f02 Add Aging Next To Death And Taxes As A Guarantee Of Life for 08/18/2017 https://www.creators.com/read/c-force/08/17/add-aging-next-to-death-and-taxes-as-a-guarantee-of-life Fri, 18 Aug 2017 00:00:00 -0700 <p></p><p>During the current century, worldwide number of older adults will surpass the number of children. There are now more Americans age 65 and older today than at any other time in U.S. history. This number will swell to more than 98 million by 2060. And it is not as if we didn't know this "boom" was coming. Yet responsive aging policies to ensure that longer life spans are valued remain in short supply.</p> <p><span class="column--highlighted-text">If we are going to address our needs as a nation today and into the future, then we need to start with a big attitude adjustment.</span><p>Updated: Fri Aug 18, 2017</p> c260ff23e41d4deb6fb56d3ceba6fb60 The Preventable Death We Don't Talk Enough About for 08/11/2017 https://www.creators.com/read/c-force/08/17/the-preventable-death-we-dont-talk-enough-about Fri, 11 Aug 2017 00:00:00 -0700 <p></p><p>Approximately 20 veterans die every day from suicide in America. By now, you have certainly heard some form of this statistic. This disturbing and unacceptable fact has become a rallying cry during the past decade in marshalling support for efforts to bring an end to veteran suicide in America. It has generated numerous grassroots groups around the country in support of this effort, such as Mission 22, an organization created to link military veterans together in an effort to raise awareness and enlist support in completing this most important mission. And while millions of dollars have been spent by the government toward understanding what causes the post-war surges in suicides, a clear answer has yet to emerge.</p> <p>The fact that many veterans returning from the war zone are at risk of taking their own lives can never be in dispute &#8212; it is at least 21 percent higher than civilian adults. When these service members leave the military, they can become even more vulnerable. But the perception that these warriors are damaged individuals, that suicidal tendencies point to an extremely abnormal condition may not only be a false perception, but part of the problem. <p>Updated: Fri Aug 11, 2017</p> 24e18659788d8d9cc63d988d8abe050c It's Time We Talk About Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy for 08/04/2017 https://www.creators.com/read/c-force/08/17/its-time-we-talk-about-hyperbaric-oxygen-therapy Fri, 04 Aug 2017 00:00:00 -0700 <p></p><p>By now you may be familiar with the story of Eden Carlson, the two-year-old who was found last year face down in the family swimming pool, barely clinging to life. Rushed to Arkansas Children's Hospital, she spent nearly two hours without a heartbeat and it would take constant CPR at both the house and the emergency room to get a return of circulation. Initial hospital tests showed she had suffered severe brain damage.</p> <p>As chronicled in a report published in the July issue of the journal Medical Gas Research, over the next two months, Eden progressively lost muscle control as well as her ability to speak, walk and properly react to commands. Unresponsive to all traditional approaches, at the two-month mark, hyperbaric oxygen therapy was recommended and Dr. Paul Harch, Clinical Professor and Director of Hyperbaric Medicine at LSU Health New Orleans School of Medicine was brought in.<p>Updated: Fri Aug 04, 2017</p> 5471d56127cbea3b872efb2eb30b5634 Dementia Considered Century's Greatest Challenge For Health for 07/28/2017 https://www.creators.com/read/c-force/07/17/dementia-considered-centurys-greatest-challenge-for-health Fri, 28 Jul 2017 00:00:00 -0700 <p></p><p>Though the terms may seem interchangeable, dementia and Alzheimer's disease are not the same. Dementia is the name for a group of brain disorders of which Alzheimer's disease is but one, though it is the most common type of dementia. It's estimated that somewhere between 60 to 80 percent of people who have dementia have Alzheimer's.</p> <p>I point this out because in the past week or so there has been a lot of breaking news about both dementia and Alzheimer's.<p>Updated: Fri Jul 28, 2017</p> acc36d1c177e684d8965363d95db8c04 Unleashing The Body's Ability To Heal Itself for 07/21/2017 https://www.creators.com/read/c-force/07/17/unleashing-the-bodys-ability-to-heal-itself Fri, 21 Jul 2017 00:00:00 -0700 <p></p><p>In recent weeks, my focus has been on modern medical practices in America. What I haven't mentioned is it's a field dominated by chronic and complex diseases such as heart disease, cancer, diabetes and Alzheimer's. They account for roughly three-quarters of our current health care spending while lacking a clear link to a cause and cure. Today, no drug has proved to be completely safe and effective against Alzheimer's or in combating obesity &#8212; diseases that, to a large extent, have been shown to be preventable, or slowed, or even reversed through lifestyle change.</p> <p>Alternate medical practices that focus on unleashing the body's ability to heal itself have been slowly working their way into mainstream medical care. Today, wellness programs designed to ease stress and encourage healthy behaviors abound and are being seen by many clinicians and medical institutions as an important tool in slowing the growing epidemic of chronic disease.<p>Updated: Fri Jul 21, 2017</p> 8d0f89a8d5b846d513344881b327eb2f Making A Case For Alternative Medicine for 07/14/2017 https://www.creators.com/read/c-force/07/17/making-a-case-for-alternative-medicine Fri, 14 Jul 2017 00:00:00 -0700 <p>Dr. Keith D. Lindor is Executive Vice Provost and Dean of the College of Health Solutions at Arizona State University. He is an international authority on liver disease, current president of the American Association for the Study of Liver Diseases, and a former editor in chief of the preeminent journal, Hepatology. He is also the former dean of Mayo Clinic School of Medicine. Dr. Lindor is but one of an impressive list of prominent doctors who have long shared a positive view of the benefits of alternative medicine and therapies. </p> <p>Dr. Lindor's views were shaped early in his career, working alongside a Native American medicine man at a reservation clinic. "I had been trained to aggressively treat patients with drugs that often only made them even more ill," he told David E. Freeman in 2011. "But he could often do much better with just a press of his hand."</p> <p>In his new role with Arizona State's College of Health Solutions, Dr. Lindor emphasizes a holistic approach to treatment in preparing the next generation of health professionals for entry into a quickly evolving health care system.<p>Updated: Fri Jul 14, 2017</p> 4d0f2ce880d1ffc93e178da066a2171a Time To Get Serious About Drug Side Effects for 07/07/2017 https://www.creators.com/read/c-force/07/17/time-to-get-serious-about-drug-side-effects Fri, 07 Jul 2017 00:00:00 -0700 <p>I wrote last week about the harrowing, near death experience my wife Gena endured, triggered by a contrast dye called gadolinium, commonly used during Magnetic Resonance Imaging procedures. An estimated 30 million MRI scans are performed each year in this country. A third of these patients are injected with gadolinium, a heavy metal used by Radiologists to generate a better image. Doctors and drug makers have long insisted that gadolinium, a Food and Drug Administration approved drug, is quickly expelled from the body following this procedure. While this may be generally true, it is not the case with all patients. For them, "approved" doesn't mean safe.</p> <p>Before a drug can come on the market, clinical evidence that the drug has the therapeutic effect it's supposed to have and is safe must be provided. Once the basic questions of safety and effectiveness are settled, the agency will approve the drug if it deems that its benefits outweigh its risks. Meaning, there are always risks. We are all different and drugs work differently on different people. It's an accepted fact by the Food and Drug Administration that not everything is known about a drug's side effects until after it enters the marketplace and more people start using it. It's also true that all drugs come with side effects. Many are minor; some are seen as inconvenient, while others can be serious.</p> <p>The Food and Drug Administration's stamp of approval is considered the last word on safety, yet we've recently learned that nearly a third of the drugs the agency approved between 2001 and 2010 were involved in some kind of safety event after reaching the market. According to the report, which appeared in the Journal of the American Medical Association, 222 new drug therapies were approved during that period. Of these, 123 post-market safety events were reported involving 71 products requiring Food and Drug Administration action. Three were withdrawn from the market.<p>Updated: Fri Jul 07, 2017</p> 81465f8b234f67ee4bd62e445f08eb88 How Magnetic Resonance Imaging Treatments Nearly Killed My Wife for 06/30/2017 https://www.creators.com/read/c-force/06/17/how-magnetic-resonance-imaging-treatments-nearly-killed-my-wife Fri, 30 Jun 2017 00:00:00 -0700 <p></p><p>It may be little known that most people will receive an incorrect or late medical diagnosis at least once in their lives. According to a 2015 report by the National Academy of Medicine, about 12 million people are misdiagnosed annually. A more recent report out of the Mayo Clinic published in the Journal of Evaluation in Clinical Practice found that more than 20 percent of patients who asked specialists to review their cases had received incorrect diagnoses. Such diagnostic errors often produce serious consequences and may even lead to the patient's death, leaving loved ones feeling confused, angry, desperate and absolutely helpless.</p> <p>It is a feeling I have come to know well.<p>Updated: Fri Jun 30, 2017</p> 20a49d79fb49b6aaad6e0087d45d8256 'Lead Free' Needs To Be Applied To Food for 06/23/2017 https://www.creators.com/read/c-force/06/17/lead-free-needs-to-be-applied-to-food Fri, 23 Jun 2017 00:00:00 -0700 <p>What do we think should be the allowable levels of lead in baby food? How about none? It shouldn't even be a point of discussion. Zero should be the goal. Unfortunately, according to a new report from Environmental Defense Fund, an analysis of 11 years of federal data found detectable levels of lead in 20 percent of 2,164 baby food samples. </p> <p><i> Not to worry, </i> we're told. None of the baby food samples appear to exceed the Food and Drug Administration's allowable levels of lead. As pointed out by the Gerber Products Company in comment &#8212; a company which in no way was singled out in this report &#8212; samples of its baby foods and juices "consistently fall well within the available guidance levels and meet our own strict standards." And samples of Gerber juices were all below the Environmental Protection Agency standard for drinking water.</p> <p>For years, pediatricians and public health researchers have been hammering away at potential lead exposure risks for children from sources such as paint chips and contaminated drinking water. It now appears we have to add processed foods for children to the list. It starts to add up.<p>Updated: Fri Jun 23, 2017</p> 016d655904c86807e6d8b41861fe4f75 Study Finds World Is Overweight Or Obese And We're Leading The Way for 06/16/2017 https://www.creators.com/read/c-force/06/17/study-finds-world-is-overweight-or-obese-and-were-leading-the-way Fri, 16 Jun 2017 00:00:00 -0700 <p>I have written on the health issues caused by obesity many times in this space. It's hard to talk about issues related to health and not reference this growing global problem. So when headline grabbing news on the issue was released this past week, it was hard to ignore and impossible not to comment.</p> <p>According to a paper published in the current edition of the New England Journal of Medicine, a staggering one-third of world's population is now overweight. The study reveals that the number of obese people has doubled since 1980 in 73 countries. The U.S. is at the head of the pack with more than two-thirds of Americans now overweight or obese. Despite all efforts to confront this growing worldwide health crisis, the problem is on the rise across most countries studied. </p> <p>According to the Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation at the University of Washington, whose researchers led the study, more than 2 billion adults and children globally are overweight or obese and suffer health problems because of their weight. According to the report, the United States has the greatest percentage of obese children and young adults at nearly 13 percent of the population. Across the globe, the rate of obesity is increasing faster among children than adults.<p>Updated: Fri Jun 16, 2017</p> e6bf7871ee8ab62e97b7b707497c0e7b Are We Doing Right By Our Military Veterans? for 06/09/2017 https://www.creators.com/read/c-force/06/17/are-we-doing-right-by-our-military-veterans Fri, 09 Jun 2017 00:00:00 -0700 <p>Beyond designated holidays and formal observances, it's important that we continue to ask whether we, as a nation, are doing right by our military veterans. The Veterans Administration is considered the largest integrated health care system in the country. Today, half of all health centers are said to be certified by the Veterans Administration. </p> <p>This is not meant to in any way disparage the important work they do. It's simple to stress the importance of continuing to do all that is possible to deliver the best health outcomes possible for our vets. This is especially true when it comes to behavioral health conditions; an area where far too many veterans still do not seek help when needed.</p> <p>A federal government report released last year found that among those veterans who received care through the Veterans Health Administration, nearly 40 percent were diagnosed with a mental health or substance abuse condition. The overwhelming diagnoses were for depression, followed by post-traumatic stress disorder. <p>Updated: Fri Jun 09, 2017</p>