This is summer time and the biggest concern we have here in Saddle River is about the huge numbers of deer. They seem to be everywhere, causing accidents, offering themselves up as food for the new crop of coyotes, and causing disease. All deer are carriers of ticks and ticks cause several diseases, the most important one being Lyme disease. I informally took questions from our residents and those of some neighboring towns that also have deer problems.
Spring is finally here and with it come the sneezes, coughs, runny noses, and symptoms that affect the entire body; symptoms like fever and muscle aches. We all suffer from allergies, which are immune reactions to normally innocuous environmental antigens. These foreign substances are called antigens or allergens and some examples might be pollen, mold, cat dander, dog fur, peanuts, etc. When we have a lot of rain, our gardens and lawns flourish, and our bodies are exposed to huge amounts of normally non-harmful agents. In the spring go out and run your finger along a surface and note the green stuff that you can easily lift off the surface of a lawn chair or a car hood. That’s what goes into your lungs and up your nasal passages.
Both osteopenia and osteoporosis refer to decreased bone strength and it is one of the most important issues facing both men and women as they age. It is the health of their skeletons. No one wants to break a bone from trauma; a car accident, a fracture while jogging, or because of a tumor that has spread to bone or in rare cases originates in the bone itself. However, there are conditions in which one’s bones get weak and sometimes break. Some of it has to do with age, but most of it has to do with gender and nutrition.
One of the most vexing aspects of our busy lives is our inability to get a good night’s sleep. It amazes me that many patients live on Ambien or Lunesta as sleep aids. Some people are into the hard stuff like benzodiazepines (Valium) and even opiates to sleep. Many of these people do not have pain, they have insomnia for a Variety of reasons, but some have actual illnesses like fibromyalgia, rheumatoid arthritis or bad degenerative arthritis that causes pain. Most of these patients have nothing but anxiety, family issues, worries about their children, their love life, their parents and so on. We are a tension-bent society and now more than ever it is reflected in our inability to sleep.