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Sit/Stand Desks: A Review And Critique

Sit/Stand Desks: A Review And Critique

By Ricky Fishman, DC

Both my patients and non-patients ask me about sit/stand desks.  They are all the rage. Many of the workplaces I visit are open-plan and stocked with various versions of these up/down desks, which enable computer workers and others who rely on monitors to change positions throughout the day.

The popularity of the sit/stand desk has given rise to a burgeoning market. There are lots of choices at a variety of price points. There are several things that determine the best choice for an individual or a company: They include space, look, ease of use and budget. I’d like to describe the pros and cons of some of the top models in the marketplace.

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“Decisive Intuition” by Rick Snyder

“Decisive Intuition” by Rick Snyder

Review By Ricky Fishman, DC

Condition is a health news and information website.  So why am I reviewing a book about business coaching?  Rick Snyder’s Decisive Intuition: Use Your Gut Instincts to Make Smart Business Decisions would seem to belong squarely in the business section of the bookstore. But this book is about much more than business….
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“The United States Of Opioids” by Harry Nelson, JD

“The United States Of Opioids” by Harry Nelson, JD

Review By Ricky Fishman, DC

There is a growing canon of work on the opioid epidemic. The best of these books include “Dreamland” by Sam Quinones, “Dopesick” by Beth Macy, and “Chasing the Scream” by Johann Hari. Each tells the story from a different angle.  Together, they describe the confluence of heroin, Oxycontin, and fentanyl, the complicity of Big Pharma, and the failed “war on drugs.” There is a new book to add to the list…
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“A Square Meal: A Culinary History of the Great Depression” by Jane Ziegelman and Andrew Coe

“A Square Meal: A Culinary History of the Great Depression” by Jane Ziegelman and Andrew Coe

Review By Nicole Bianchi, NC

“Food Will Win the War,” was a slogan propagated by the U.S. Food Administration, as it provided fertilizer to American farmers, who in turn produced food for American troops during World War I. The Allies were well fed. American soldiers consumed an average of 5,000 calories per day, while French and British troops consumed slightly fewer, at 4,000 calories per day. The Allied Forces defeated the Germans, who received barely enough…

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“Why We Sleep” by Matthew Walker, PhD

“Why We Sleep” by Matthew Walker, PhD

Review By Don Mallonee, MS

If you are a health care professional of any stripe or caliber this book is a must read. But you don’t need to be a health care professional to understand the urgent, powerful message of this book. Why? Because the “decimation of sleep throughout the industrialized world is having a catastrophic impact on our health, our life expectancy, our safety, our productivity and the education of our children.”

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“The Creative Destruction of Medicine” and “The Patient Will See You Now” by Eric Topol

“The Creative Destruction of Medicine” and “The Patient Will See You Now” by Eric Topol

Review By Kevin Pereau

Perhaps nobody in healthcare today challenges the status quo quite like Dr. Eric Topol. He now has two books under his belt: The Creative Destruction of Medicine, and, The Patient Will See You Now. In both, Dr. Topol explores how digital technologies are changing the healthcare landscape. The analogy he uses when describing this change, is the printing press. Yes, it’s that big!

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“Witches, Nurses and Midwives” by Barbara Ehrenreich and Deirdre English

“Witches, Nurses and Midwives” by Barbara Ehrenreich and Deirdre English

Review By Ricky Fishman, DC

Witches, Nurses, Midwives (WNM) is one of the seminal works of second-wave feminism. It was written in 1973 by two professors at State University of New York at Westbury, a new public college. At SUNY Westbury the curriculum included alternative subjects, such as Women’s Studies, and served a student body of older, ethnically diverse and working class students. …

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“The Case Against Sugar” by Gary Taubes

“The Case Against Sugar” by Gary Taubes

Review By Nicole Bianchi, N.C.

I have some good books on my office bookshelf — books about what to eat and what not to eat, food science and reference books, volumes about food culture, cookbooks, and many others about the human diet. However, before picking up Gary Taubes’ A Case Against Sugar, I had never read a definitive text that makes a legal case against sugar in its many forms…

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“Irresistible: The Rise Of Addictive Technology And The Business Of Keeping Us Hooked” by Adam Alter

“Irresistible: The Rise Of Addictive Technology And The Business Of Keeping Us Hooked” by Adam Alter

Review By Ricky Fishman, DC

With the recent revelations about the Russian trolling of the 2016 presidential election, during which both Facebook and Twitter were manipulated by a foreign power, we are witnessing the beginning of a national reckoning with social media.  A global network that was initially seen as a great gift to humankind is now being reconsidered. Hailed as a great unifier, and a way to connect people—social media was the force behind the Arab Spring and other revolutionary movements—the broader implications of this network have come crashing down on us…

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On Low Back Support Belts

On Low Back Support Belts

Review By Ricky Fishman, DC

I just returned from a relaxing week-long vacation in Cabo San Lucas, Mexico.  The ocean was beautiful, the sunsets magnificent, and the tequila sweet, strong and flowing. My wife and I stayed at a large resort, supported by lots of local workers: gardeners, maids, cooks, waiters, maintenance people, and many others. As a chiropractor, I could not help but notice that many of the workers were wearing lumbar (lower back) support belts.  These are the cloth and Velcro braces that can be wrapped tightly around one’s waist.  The reason workers use these is to prevent low back injury, which is the most common work injury.

So, is it a good idea to wear them?

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