Doc Warns of 21st Century Health Hazards Showing Up in the ER

Texting, binge watching, weird new diseases; what they’re doing to our bodies . . .

(HEADLINE HEALTH) Patients who arrive at the ER after an automobile accident or other injury may find themselves waiting their turn behind someone complaining of neck pain from chronic cell phone use.

So says Dr. Brian Goldman, a noted Toronto ER physician who has been called ‘one of North America’s most trusted voices in medicine.’

Unpronounceable Third-World diseases and painful conditions brought on by modern electronics are changing changing the way emergency medicine is being practiced. Highlights of the original interview with Dr. Goldman by the Canadian Broadcast Co. appear below …

Weird ‘21st Century Diseases’ Taking Over Emergency Rooms

(CBC Life) Our modern world comes with its own new set of health challenges, ranging from digital eye strain to viruses that can travel faster than ever before.

New diseases show up first in the emergency room. This ER physician sat down for a frank discussion of troubling new diseases. PHOTO: Bennyhbk, CC

Dr. Brian Goldman, an ER physician opened up for a frank talk about modern day health hazards.

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Texting

Your head is a heavy structure. When you carry its weight forward, you’re putting a lot of pressure on the base of the neck, and top of the shoulders.

This can cause a lot of strain on your body that can have long-term effects. Texting can cause repetitive strain disorders such as carpal tunnel, as well. To stay healthy, watch your posture and put your phone away while driving or crossing the street.

New diseases

Zika, Dengue fever, and Chikungunya are all spread by infected mosquitoes. Zika is prevalent in other parts of the world and has just begun to show up in the U.S. Zika causes a flu-like illness plus a rash and joint aches and pains. Infection with the Zika virus during pregnancy can lead to birth defects.

To protect yourself, pay attention to travel advisories. Consider postponing travel if trying to get pregnant. If you travel to a Zika-endemic region, use insect repellent and protective clothing, and avoid wooded areas.

Super bugs

Leading super bugs include Clostridium difficile and MRSA. There are many reasons for superbugs, but the big one is the overuse of antibiotics. Colds and flus are caused by viruses. Antibiotics don’t cure viruses.

So, if you have a cold or a flu, don’t ask for an antibiotic. If your doctor prescribes an antibiotic, ask if it’s really necessary. If you do need an antibiotic, finish the prescription. If you stop taking the antibiotic before the prescription is finished, you may end up breeding more superbugs.  READ THE FULL POST AT CBC RADIO. Also of interest: A Solution To The Emerging Crisis of Antibiotic Resistance

Brian Goldman is a Canadian emergency physician, author, public speaker and radio personality.

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