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The Sleepy Eye Herald Dispatch - Sleepy Eye, MN
  • Human weathervane

  • When you’re young, you sometimes get hurt trying stupid things. But after a few moments, days, a few weeks, things heal and you go on your merry way.
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  • When you’re young, you sometimes get hurt trying stupid things. But after a few moments, days, a few weeks, things heal and you go on your merry way.
     
    As a young adult occasionally bones break or blood pours out of you or you crack your head against an immovable object, visit outer space and wake up in a hospital bed with tubes sticking out of you.
     
    It’s still not the end of the world.
     
    Suddenly you are fully-grown and some ache or pain comes on suddenly, out of nowhere, and you didn't even do anything stupid to deserve it.
     
    Monday morning I woke up with this terrible crick in my neck and it hurt all day long. By nighttime the pain had traveled down to my collarbone, ribs, pelvis, low back, hips and knees.
     
    I started to try things that old people told me would fix it. Put ice on it, put heat on it, try pills and potions and a change of diet and voodoo doctors and Chinese herbalists.
     
    “It’s about time you realize you are no longer a spring chicken,” Hubby told me.
     
    Crap, is this what it’s like to be old?
     
    No wonder Hubby can be such a grouch. He sounds like he’s dying every time he even has to stand up from his chair. This week I was hearing some of those same sounds coming out of my mouth when I was brushing my teeth.
    “I can’t believe I’m going to say this, but I think I would feel better if it would just snow already,” I said.
     
    Hubby rolled his eyes. He isn’t convinced I’m a clairvoyant who can predict the weather based on my achy joints.
     
    Or am I?
     
    It is one of the longest running controversies in medicine.
     
    The idea is both widespread and ancient according to James N. Weisberg, PhD, a psychologist who specializes in treating painful conditions. In recent years, many experts say that weather does account for some adverse health symptoms.
     
    Does that mean we should ditch our Doppler radar and our television meteorologists and replace them with Achy Joint Bulletins?
     
    Probably not.
     
    Page 2 of 2 - As a science, human biometeorology studies the relationship between atmospheric conditions and people. There is a seemingly endless supply of anecdotal evidence backing up the belief that weather can affect painful conditions like arthritis–just ask some relatives at the next family picnic.
     
    Barometric pressure is the weight of the atmosphere on a particular surface. Air pressure is closely associated with weather and can often be used to predict the forecast.
     
    According to Dr. Oz, the human body is mostly fluid and gas pockets, along with some hard bones to keep us upright. He says that all of these elements are interdependent with nature’s elements.
     
    At all times every square centimeter of the human body has about 14.6 pounds of pressure on it. This constant pushing keeps us together. But this pressure is always with us, and the slightest deviation can be felt in our knees, hips and shoulders. According to Dr. Oz, if pressure lessens, our joints start slipping, causing pain. In other words, some people can literally feel a storm brewing.
     
    Tuesday morning I awoke to a winter storm warning and feeling more like a spring chicken than I had in a long time.
     
    Let it snow!
     

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