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Ten Ways modern life is making you sic
Friday, April 4 2012
Ten Ways modern life is making you sic

Burnout (1/10)

Burnout syndrome is characterized by emotional, mental, and physical exhaustion caused and prolonged by work-related stress. Those effects might spill over into the individual’s social and personal life as well.
The term ‘burnout’ was coined by American psychoanalysts around 25 years ago. In industrialized countries, burnout is increasingly brought to the center of attention as part of discussions about a satisfying “work-life balance”.


Obesity (2/10)

A wide range of processed foods containing too much fat and sugar, and the lack of physical activity, are two of the main causes of obesity, one of today’s most widespread chronic diseases. Obesity increases the risk of developing related conditions like diabetes and heart disease.
The disabling and long-term symptoms that often accompany chronic diseases will increase in an aging society. Individuals and states will face increasing healthcare costs which could lead to lower quality care and fewer alternative treatment options.


Computer Vision Syndrome (3/10)

While reading used to be the main reason for eyestrain, it has been replaced by computer usage. While computer monitors do not harm your eyes directly, there are many eye-related symptoms to consider.
According to the American Optometric Association, headaches, dry eyes, blurred or double vision, trouble focusing, and sensitivity to light form the Computer Vision Syndrome (CVS). About 75 percent of computer users have experienced one or more of these symptoms.


Age-related Macular Degeneration (4/10)

AMD affects the macula, the center of the retina that allows us to see fine details. It causes a darkening or blurring of central vision. Patients are unable to read or to focus on objects. In traffic this condition becomes extremely dangerous because patients are unable to notice dangerous situations in time. Driving with AMD is absolutely impossible.
Age is the primary risk factor for this illness. Today, AMD affects about 1.75 million Americans, and the number will rise to around three million by 2030. University of California researchers found that smoking increases the risk of developing AMD, making it the second most common risk factor.


Hearing Loss (5/10)

The increased use of MP3 players and other portable audio devices results in young people developing the type of hearing loss normally typical for much older adults. The cause is earbuds, a type of headphones that fit into the ear but don’t filter background noise.
To be able to listen to music, the volume has to be turned up to 110 or 120 decibels which is loud enough to cause hearing impairment after only one hour and 15 minutes. Headphones that sit outside the ear help a bit because the background noise is cancelled out.


E-Thrombosis (6/10)

Deep vein thrombosis is the development of blood clots that clog veins. If those clots migrate to the lungs and cause an embolism, thrombosis is fatal. The clots form over a period of immobility when the blood supply is stopped or slowed down.
This condition is especially known to frequent long-distance airplane travellers. New Zealand researchers found out that computers might also be a risk factor because more and more people spend huge amounts of time in front of their PCs without moving, although only a few actual cases have been reported.


Anxiety Disorder (7/10)

Everybody is anxious at one point or another but generalized anxiety disorder is characterized by excessive worry that is totally out of proportion to the cause. College students worry about tests, employees worry about failure. But larger, abstract issues of modern life such as terrorism or the economic crisis can also cause anxiety.
Social anxiety disorder means that despite all possibilities to communicate with a globalized world, individuals feel trapped in it. According to the U.S. National Institutes of Health, people with social anxiety constantly fear being watched and judged by those surrounding them.


Sick Building Syndrome (8/10)

Can your home or office building make you sick? According to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), it can. Sick building syndrome (SBS) describes a situation where building occupants experience deteriorating health even though no specific cause can be found. Symptoms include headaches, dry coughs, dizziness, nausea or heightened sensitivity to odors.
The main cause of SBS is a lack of fresh air resulting from our efforts to save energy. Packing a building with insulation or trying to keep indoor temperatures at a constant level cuts energy costs but at the same time seals buildings tight. Heating, ventilation and air conditioning systems (HVAC) need to work hard to recycle air, and in modern buildings opening the windows to let fresh air circulate might not be possible. The EPA estimates that around 30 percent of U.S. buildings could be “sick” and recommends more frequent checks of HVAC systems, restricting smoking, and better natural ventilation.


Orthorexia Nervosa (9/10)

Multiple food contamination scandals make many people wonder if it’s possible to find safe foods. The constant flow of information on food, health, and nutrition is confusing and overwhelming. Eating healthily can become an obsession and forms a new kind of eating disorder called Orthorexia Nervosa. Nutritional purity is what sufferers are aiming at.
Trying to eat healthily is obviously not a problem but being obsessed with it is. Orthorexia Nervosa patients typically spend more than three hours a day thinking about healthy food options. They don’t enjoy eating but merely feel virtuous from following their strict diet. They might even become socially isolated because eating out is not possible anymore.


Think Happy Thoughts (10/10)

Dr. Funshine, aka Caroline Meeks, leads a laughter therapy session along with a group of seniors in San Diego, California. Her prescription: Frequent doses of "laughter yoga," a mind-body exercise that Meeks and others believe is good medicine for everybody from cancer patients to people with dementia and depression.
If no cure is found, the number of dementia cases worldwide will triple from 36 million today to more than 115 million by 2050 as a result of rising life expectancy. But there are ways of avoiding the risks connected with dementia.
Depression is one of the risk factors for dementia. Especially among younger people, depression can cause symptoms similar to those caused by dementia. Although a rare occurrence, people can be diagnosed with an early form of dementia from the age of only 30 if their depression is not treated.
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