PHE UKIAH DAILY JOURNAL Jocly Martinez, assistant editor, 468-3517 SUNDAY, JUNE 14, 1998 Competitive players work at 70% O f jheir max j mum oxygen-use capacity (VOg max) during a game - a very high percentage Aerobic work (90% of energy use) . Running • Jogging Muscles consume oxygen as they convert stored energy Anaerobic work (10% of energy use) • Sprinting • Rapid changes of direction • S owi Slowing down from a sprint • Jumping I Muscles use stored energy supplies without needing oxygen .». Dr. Miller thanks the community R ecently, at the open house for the new addition to the Ukiah Valley Medical Center, I was totally surprised when the Health, Education and Conference Center was named in my honor for many years of service. It was a pleasure to see all of you-short-time friends, longtime friends, and former patients, shall we say "of another era." I cared for two ladies who were present at the open house 49 years ago as they added to their families. One gentleman that I delivered 48 years ago came to shake hands. Thank you all for your presence and good wishes. Thanks also to all that sent messages. The differences between healthcare facilities now compared to 50 years ago is quite incredible. Still, the most important factor in your health is that person you see in the mirror. We need to remind one-selves that health is a great treasure fame and fortune are secondary. There are some things in life that money cannot buy: •Health •Friends •Peace of mind and •Time. Health and Happiness go together! You don't really have one without the other. Keep smiling - it's that "good" conta- ASK THE DOCTOR By GLENN MILLER M.D. gious condition. What are some guidelines to keep in mind when using aspirin? An argument in favor of TV from a 12-year old, "Before TV, nobody even knew what a headache looked like." As you know there are several types of headaches, and a wide variety of remedies with aspirin (acetylsalicylic acid) being the most widely used. It is estimated that Americans swallow over 20 billion tablets every year. Aspirin can also be taken in chewing gum, capsules and suppositories. Since aspirin is an acid, it can irritate the stomach. Taken with food, plain aspirin will be less irritating. You may use buffered aspirin where an antacid like magnesium carbon- ite is added. Buffered aspirin is enteric- coated with a material to prevent release and absorption until the pill reaches the intestines. Many headaches are of the "tension" type, so ordinary pain-relievers may not always be effective. Try heat to the back of the neck and cold to the forehead. If taking more than an occasional aspirin and you fall into one of the following categories, you should consult your physician: asthma, kidney problems, .stomach ulcers or bleeding conditions, or if you take aspirin in combination with anti-coagulants, oral diabetic medication, anti-gout drugs and arthritic medications. Here are some other things to keep in mind regarding the use of aspirin: 1. Aspirin taken prior to surgery can produce bleeding problems. 2. If diabetics use aspirin regularly, their urine sugar tests may be inaccurate. 3. Some health professionals consider aspirin during pregnancy as inadvisable. 4. If you use aspirin regularly or in high doses, drinking alcoholic beverages may increase stomach irritation. 5. Parents should not give aspirin to children who have or are recovering from chicken pox or influenza. There is a definite relationship between aspirin, these diseases and Reye's syndrome, which involves the nervous system and can be fatal. If in doubt, consult your pediatrician. Some good news - medical science pretty much agrees that aspirin (2 1/2-5 grains) daily will help reduce your risk of heart attack. Recent studies indicate that aspirin on a regular basis will also reduce your risk of colon cancer. Television announcer: "A person who talks until he gives you a headache and then tries to sell you something for it." We do have options! "Ask the Doctor is written by Glenn Miller M.D., who has been serving the health care needs of the Ukiah Valley for 50 years, and currently serves as director of health promotion at Ukiah Valley Medical Center. In this column, Dr. Miller answers frequently asked questions about health. Questions for Dr. Miller may be sent to: "Ask the Doctor, " c/o Glenn Miller, Ukiah Valley Medical Center, 275 Hospital Drive, Ukiah, CA 95482. Question may also be called in to 463-7369. Corrective measures can reduce eyestrain KRT Infographlcs/PAULTRAP By DR. SUSAN M. STENSON For AP Special Features What causes sore eyes? It could be a computer, a book or a video game. These objects by themselves won't cause a problem, but excessive or improper use of the eyes can. If time spent on the computer, reading a book or playing video games leaves you or your child with blurry vision, headaches, burning or stinging eyes or trouble focusing, eyestrain is the likely cause. There are three possible causes of eyestrain: •The eyes are not seeing as well as they might because corrective lenses are needed. •Eye disease is limiting vision. •The eyes are being used under circumstances that can compromise vision, including inadequate lighting, intense close work and computer screens with inadequate contrast or excessive glare. Any kind of work that demands prolonged, continuous concentration can produce eyestrain. One common cause is a decrease in the amount of blinking, which produces dry eyes, distorted vision and fewer tears. The National Institute of Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) reports that eyestrain is the most widespread problem in computer use today, causing high levels of fatigue, errors at work and loss of productivity. Computer eyestrain can be the result of improper lighting, glare, poor contrast, poor quality or improperly adjusted video terminals. If eye symptoms occur, an ophthalmic evaluation can rule out the possibility of ocular disease such as cataracts, glaucoma, eye muscle imbalance, dry eyes, vitreous floaters or macular degeneration. More important, the visual status of the eye can be determined so that corrective glasses, if needed, may be prescribed. Resting the eyes, taking occa- sional breaks from working at the computer or at video terminals, blinking, use of lubricating drops if needed, and the right pair of eyeglasses can all help to make the eyes see well and feel good, allowing them to function at their peak efficiency. Dr. Susan M. Stenson is a clinical professor of medicine in the Ophthalmology Department of the New York University School of Medicine. Blood Center to hold three blood drives Ukiah Valley Blood Cen- tppwill hold three blood drives in June. The first drive is sponsored by 1 the Lions Club and will take place Thursday from 4 to 7 p.m. in the main conference room at 1120 S. Dera St. Wai Mart will host the second drive from 2 to 5 p.m. Tuesday, June 23. The final drive will take place Wednesday, June 24 from 2 to 6 p.m. at Ukiah Valley Medical Center in the Health Education and Conference Center located in the new Maternity Unit at 275 Hospital Drive. These blood drives are open to the entire community. The Ukiah Valley Blood Center is the only blood bank in Mendocino County and it is the primary supplier of blood to Ukiah Valley Medical Center. All donors, who must be at least 17, receive a free cholesterol check and first-donors receive a free t-shirt or cap. Call 463-7441 for more infor- mation, to hold a blood drive at your work place or to make an appointment to donate. Donors who would like to start donating will receive full credit for blood previously donated elsewhere. The Blood Center is open Monday to Friday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. with extended hours on Tuesdays to 7 p.m. The Center is located at the 1120 S. Dora St. campus of Ukiah Valley Medical Center. Whatever You're Doing, You're Doing for Two Suiter Lakeside Women's Practice 5196 Hill Rd. East Ste. 303 Lakeport 262-5088 Being a good mother starts before the baby is born. When you're pregnant, what you're doing, you're doing for two. If you are smoking, so is your baby. If you're drinking or taking drugs, so is your baby. If you're taking care of yourself, eating right and getting a proper amount of exercise, so is your baby.. Cheryl Northey, M.D. and Laura Diana, M.D. Board Certified in OB/GYN Our Commitment To The Community If you suspect you are pregnant, our medical services for pregnancy testing, physician visits, prenatal care, delivery and post partum care are provided regardless of your ability to pay. Obstetrics Gynecplogy Infertility Menopause Amniocentesis Laparoscopy Preconception Surgery Family Planning •Medi-Cal Outreach Worker on site! Famous For Fine Meats Our Ground Beef is 100% Beef, 100% of the Time. Guaranteed. You may have heard news reports recently about something called "adulterated" ground beef-that is, beef containing pork, lamb or poultry. At Haley's, we want to assure you that every package of our ground beef is 100% beef, 100% of the time. . Whaf s more, if the label says Ground Chuck, you can be sure it's 100% Ground Chuck. Ground Round is 100% Ground Round. And our Ground Sirloin is 100% Ground Sirloin. That*s our policy. Our guarantee. • We grind our beef fresh... in small batches, several times a day. It stays fresher that way. And we never mix in any of yesterday's ground beef. • We offer ground beef, ground pork, ground lamb and ground turkey in our stores, but you can be assured that one species will never be mixed with another. • We disassemble, clean and thoroughly sanitize our grinding equipment every day. Work counters, cutting tools, meat trays. everything is sanitized with a USDA-approved cleanser. We also have third-party experts conduct unannounced inspections of the preparation areas. Fresh Ground Chuck 100% Ground Chuck Does not exceed 26% fat. Fire up the grill for a delicious hamburger. Prices effective through June 16,1998. Oakhurst & Redding only June 15, 1998. We reserve the right to limit purchases of any item to four packages. We reserve the right to correct any printing errors. No sales to dealers or wholesalers.
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