Tuesday, February 28, 2017


It can, & does make a lot!!

I was about 18 or 19 & going to college.  I had to take a 12:00 class in a big lecture hall & I had no chance to grab lunch before that class.  Often, my stomach would growl, loudly.  Everyone would turn to see where the noise was coming from so to avoid embarrassment, I turned to look, too!!

Here are the reasons for some of the noises we make from menshealth.com:

Involuntary sounds could be your body's way of warning you that something's wrong. Here's how to interpret (and when to ignore) those creaks, pops, whistles, and more.  This does not include moans & groans while getting out of bed.

These sounds are usually the result of one of three things: tendons snapping over joints, fluid shifts that pop gas bubbles, or joints moving slightly off track, says C. David Geier, M.D., director of sports medicine at the Medical University of South Carolina.

See a doctor if: You experience pain, swelling, or locking, or if your symptoms limit your activity in sports or exercise, says Dr. Geier. Knee pain could stem from a torn meniscus, and ankle pain could be arthritis or damaged tendons. Clicking is less common in younger guys, but if you've always had it, expect it to happen more frequently as you age.

For additional relief, try The Move That Fixes Knee Pain


That's your gut wringing itself out. Between meals, your gastrointestinal tract goes through a series of intense, often noisy contractions every couple of hours to sweep out leftover debris, says William Chey, M.D., coeditor-in-chief of the American Journal of Gastroenterology. But growls don't signal snack time, says Dr. Chey: Unless you're hungry, hold off until dinner.

See a doctor if: Your turbulent gut is accompanied by pain and swelling, especially if you hear sloshing when you press on your belly. In rare cases, your bowels can contract too much or too little, or you could have an obstruction, which may require surgery.
The noise is soft tissue of your mouth and throat vibrating as you breathe. Nasal sprays and strips help, but losing weight is better, says Stacey Ishman, M.D., M.PH., an otolaryngology professor at Johns Hopkins University.

See a doctor if: You catch yourself gasping at night, wake up in a sweat, or feel sleepy during the day. You could have sleep apnea, which hinders airflow and raises your risk of diabetes and stroke. You may need something called a CPAP machine to open your airway at night. If you're fit and don't have apnea, options include pillar implants (an in-office procedure) or surgery to reshape your airway.

See How Sleep Apnea May Be Killing You—Even If You’re Not Overweight
If the noise is loud and sharp, your temporomandibular joint—the hinge and/or cartilage of your upper and lower jaw—may be out of alignment. But this is not necessarily a problem, says James Van Ess, M.D., D.D.S., an assistant professor of oral and maxillofacial surgery at the Mayo Clinic.

See a doctor if: Your jaw locks or won't open or close all the way. And if you're a nighttime jaw clencher, look into a mouth guard or splint to limit further jaw stress, which could lead to joint deterioration and pain. Generally, if you're having problems, baby your jaw: Avoid gum and chewy foods like bagels, taffy, and (sorry) steak.

The cause is air moving through a too-narrow space in your nose, says Dr. Ishman. You're probably just stuffed up. Blowing your nose should help, but if it doesn't, just wait until the sniffles subside, or try nasal saline rinses or a nasal steroid spray.

See a doctor if: The whistling starts immediately after an injury. A right hook to the face or a vigorous bout of nose picking can cause a perforated septum—a hole in the wall between nasal passages—possibly requiring surgery, says Dr. Ishman. The surgeon will use cartilage from another area, like your ear, to build a tiny patch.

Soft ringing or buzzing that begins and ends quickly is known as tinnitus. But it's really in your head; your brain misinterprets spurious electrical signals as noise, says Samuel Selesnick, M.D., vice chairman of otolaryngology at Weill Cornell Medical College. The trigger may be inner-ear damage, so use earplugs around loud noises.

See a doctor if: Your tinnitus is continuous and only in one ear. This could signal an infection or inner-ear disorder. Still, the majority of cases have no cause, so there is often no cure, Dr. Selesnick says. Your doctor may recommend counseling or strategies to help you live with the noise.
This is known as pulsatile tinnitus. Either your ears have heightened sensitivity to sounds, or something’s making your blood flow louder than usual, says David J. Eisenman, M.D., associate professor in the department of otorhinolaryngology-head and neck surgery at the University of Maryland School of Medicine.

See a doctor if: You have this condition. If a blood flow problem is to blame, it could be serious. “The most common causes of abnormal sound production arise from abnormalities in the very large veins that bring blood from the brain back down to the heart and which happen to pass right through the ear,” says Dr. Eisenman. For instance, there can be bone loss near the veins, a bulge in a vein, or tangles of blood vessels that make your blood flow more loud or turbulent. These conditions can increase your risk of a stroke.

Another possible cause is elevated spinal fluid pressure, which could lead to serious complications including blindness, says Dr. Eisenman. The good news: If a problem starts in your ear, it’s probably not serious. The cause is usually earwax blocking the ear canal. “Anything that blocks sound from getting into your inner ear makes it easier for your inner ear to hear an otherwise imperceptible but normal sound,” says Dr. Eisenman.

Some other possibilities: otosclerosis, a stiffening of the bones of the middle ear, or some loss of bone overlying a portion of the inner ear.
This can be a sign of neurological diseases that affect muscle control, such as Parkinson’s Disease. In other cases, the click can be caused by excess thyroid cartilage that a doctor can remove surgically.

See a doctor if: Your throat clicks when you swallow. However, because this symptom is rare, many otolaryngologists won’t have experience treating it, says Marshall Smith, M.D., a professor of otolaryngology at the University of Utah School of Medicine. In that case, “a specialty voice clinic (usually at academic medical centers) would likely have the most experienced specialists to diagnose this problem,” says Dr. Smith.
This condition is known as exploding head syndrome. People say the noises sound like violent explosions, electric currents, clapping, fireworks, lightning and more, according to a study review published in Sleep Medicine Reviews. Exploding head syndrome is disturbing and scary, but it’s harmless.

(Check out 6 more 
Crazy Things That Happen While You Sleep.)

So why does it happen? One theory is that something misfires in your brainstem as you fall asleep. “You have to go through a series of steps to shut down your body for sleep, and the brainstem is involved in that,” says Brian Sharpless, Ph.D., an assistant professor of psychology at Washington State University. It shuts down your motor neurons (involved in movement), visual neurons (involved in sight), and auditory neurons (involved in sound).

“What we think happens, and I think this is a good theory, is that that gets out of whack, and instead of shutting down, your auditory neurons fire all at once,” says Sharpless. That brings on the noise.

See a doctor if: You experience exploding head syndrome. People with sleep disorders may be more susceptible, so call up your doc to parse out possible problems.
If it’s painless, then the sound is likely harmless. “If somebody’s shoulder clicks as they’re rotating it without significant pain, it is often coming from some roughness between the rotator cuff and overlying bursa and acromion,” says John O’Kane, M.D., an associate professor of family medicine and orthopedics and sports medicine at the University of Wisconsin. That’s a normal part of aging. However, pain could indicate tendinitis, bursitis, or a tear in the rotator cuff or labrum.

See a doctor if: The sounds are accompanied by an ache. “If someone starts to develop pain in the shoulder with these symptoms, then rehabilitation for the rotator cuff will be helpful,” says Dr. O’Kane. “That rehab should involve exercises for the scapula (shoulder blade), exercises for the rotator cuff, and stretching for the posterior capsule of the shoulder.” 
As with other joints, minor mechanical problems in your elbow can cause these sounds. Another possibility is a plica, a condition where part of the joint thickens and becomes stiff, says Scott Steinmann, M.D., a professor of orthopedics at the Mayo Clinic. These problems are harmless unless they become painful.

See a doctor if: Your elbow hurts when you move your arm, or if the joint locks. Plicas can be removed arthroscopically. It’s also possible that arthritis is causing your aches, in which case you may need additional treatment, such as physical therapy. 
If your cough comes with a high-pitched wheeze, you might have asthma. Allergens may be inflaming your airway, squeezing the muscles around it and leaving you short of breath, says Dr. Ramanuja. Watch especially for the cough-wheeze combo when you work out—it could signal exercise-induced asthma.

(Here are 
8 possible Reasons Why You Can’t Stop Coughing.)

See a doctor if: You experience this combo. And consult a doc for any cough that goes on for more than 4 weeks or wakes you up from sleep. Those can also be signs of untreated asthma or even acid reflux. One more thing: Bloody coughs always warrant a trip to the doctor—they can signal several problems, including lung cancer.

Some jokes from jokes4us.com:

A boy comes home and says to his parents "Mom, dad, the teacher asked a question today and I was the only kid in the class that knew the answer!" And the parents say "That's amazing, son! What was the question?" And the boy says "Who farted?"

Man goes to a brothel. The Madam is out of women but, since the guy is drunk she thinks she can get away with a blow up doll and he will never know the difference. Being a bit nervous because she has never tried this one before, the Madam waits outside the door. The drunk comes out in five minutes. "How was it?", says the Madam. "I don't know," says the drunk, "I bit her on the neck and she farted and flew out the window!"

An elderly couple go to church one Sunday. Halfway through the service, the wife leans over and whispers in her husband’s ear, "I've just let out a silent fart. What do you think I should do?" The husband replies, "Put a new battery in your hearing aid."

And it's not just humans:

I'm in another anthology:

 Poignant...Humorous...Brutally Honest!

A collection of personal reflections guaranteed to keep you inspired 
and entertained on 
that journey we all travel together: The Journey of Aging

It will be available April 4th on Amazon
or you can preorder now.  Price $4.99 for Kindle edition.

My blogger buddy Elisa has a new book out.
Reading it made me feel like we were having coffee & she was telling me her story.  
I loved it & so will you!!

Monday, February 27, 2017


By Robert Louis Stevenson

(Reworked from a 2015 post.)

(Ed. Note: It is our understanding that the author wrote a later book roughly based on this same story with some minor character changes and titled it “Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde”.  We regret we have been unable to locate a copy.)

Mr. Gabriel Utterson is an attorney and a close friend of Dr. Henry Jekyll, a mad scientist. While taking a walk with Mr. Enfield, he hears some strange stories about Dr. Jekyll and becomes concerned for his friend.  He goes to his study and takes out Dr. Jekyll's will.  It states that upon the death or disappearance of Dr. Jekyll, a certain Mrs. Bella Schwartz is to inherit the estate. He is convinced there is something amiss with the will and goes to Dr. Jekyll to inquire about it. Dr. Jekyll tells Mr. Utterson that there is nothing wrong, and to Mr. Utterson's displeasure, refuses to discuss his connection with Mrs. Schwartz.

Almost a year later, a maid looking out her window sees a woman trying to drag another woman into Dr. Jekyll’s house.  She is heard to say, "Come in.  You'll meet Dr. Jekyll, have a piece of cake and a nice glass of tea!"  The maid recognizes the insistent woman as Mrs. Schwartz.  Mr. Utterson accompanies a police inspector to Mrs. Schwartz's residence.  It is sparkling clean but she is nowhere to be found.  Fearing for Dr. Jekyll's safety, Mr. Utterson confronts him once again about his connection with Mrs. Schwartz.  Dr. Jekyll swears that he will have nothing to do with Mrs. Schwartz ever again.  He even presents a letter signed by Mrs. Schwartz that states Dr. Jekyll is a nice boy and that he has nothing to fear.

Time passes and to Mr. Utterson's relief, Dr. Jekyll returns to his former self, hosting parties and helping out with many charities.  Then suddenly, Dr. Jekyll begins to gain weight and refuses to see people.  Mysteriously, Dr. Lanyon, a close friend to both Mr. Utterson and Dr. Jekyll, becomes deathly ill after eating a poisoned matzoh ball in some chicken soup.  When Mr. Utterson visits him, Dr. Lanyon refuses to talk about Dr. Jekyll.  He gives Mr. Utterson a letter that must be opened only upon his death.  A week later, Dr. Lanyon passes away.

While Mr. Utterson and Mr. Enfield are taking another walk, they come across Dr. Jekyll looking out his window.  As they talk to him, they witness a horrifying transformation in the doctor's appearance as he turns into a Jewish mother, waves at them and throws a kiss.  This demeanor leaves them stunned and speechless.

One night, Dr. Jekyll’s butler, Poole, requests Mr. Utterson's help.  It seems Dr. Jekyll has locked himself in his laboratory.  When Poole and Mr. Utterson approach the door, they hear Mrs. Schwartz say, “Dr. Jekyll isn’t here.   Don’t come in, I just waxed the floor!”  They hear a gunshot.  Thinking that there has been foul play, Poole and Mr. Utterson force their way inside. On the floor, they see Mrs. Schwartz, lying in a pool of blood and wearing Dr. Jekyll's clothes. She says, “It’s just a fatal wound.  I'll put on a Band-Aid. I’ll be fine!”  And she dies.  Inside, they find a letter written by Dr. Jekyll.

Mr. Utterson reads Dr. Lanyon's letter and finds out that Dr. Jekyll was having problems with some unexpected effects of the drug.  At various times of the day, Dr. Jekyll would turn into Mrs. Schwartz and go into a domestic frenzy.  He/she would wash everything in sight, clean the closets and cook brisket and chicken soup by the gallon.  During one of those unexpected changes, Dr. Jekyll, who was embodied by Mrs. Schwartz, requested Dr. Lanyon's help in acquiring the ingredients needed for the soup because he could not show himself.  In Dr. Lanyon's presence, Mrs. Schwartz transformed herself into Dr. Jekyll.  The shock from this event was the real cause of Dr. Lanyon's illness and eventual death.

Finally, Mr. Utterson reads Dr. Jekyll's own confession.  Dr. Jekyll's initial reason for developing the drug was to test his theory that man has a dual nature.  He was successful in separating the clean and slovenly sides of himself.  As Mrs. Schwartz, Dr. Jekyll lived the exhausting life of his Jewish mother side.  Once, he said he heard himself say, “You couldn’t pick up your own dirty socks?”  But the effects of the drug became unpredictable.  Discovering that he cannot get hold of kosher salt, Dr. Jekyll realized that he could no longer continue in this double life.  In the laboratory, unsuccessful at recreating the drug, Dr. Jekyll killed himself before Poole and Mr. Utterson could break in.  Dr. Jekyll wrote the confession with the knowledge that if the Mrs. Schwartz character won over his nature, there would be no turning back and he would be doomed to cook brisket forever.

Speaking of books, I'm in another anthology:

Poignant...Humorous...Brutally Honest!

A collection of personal reflections guaranteed to keep you inspired and entertained on 
that journey we all travel together: The Journey of Aging

It will be available April 4th on Amazon
or you can preorder now.  Price $4.99 for Kindle edition.
My blogger buddy Elisa has a new book out today.
She sent me an advance copy & I couldn't put it down.
Reading it made me feel like we were having coffee & she was telling me her story.  
I loved it & so will you!!


 I'm not weird; I'm a limited edition----fishducky