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On Low Back Support Belts

On Low Back Support Belts

Review By Ricky FishmanI 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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“The Healing of America” by T.R. Reid

“The Healing of America” by T.R. Reid

Review By Ricky FishmanPart of my frustration, as I watch the current health care debate, is realizing that most of those charged with reforming our economy simply do not understand the health care system. This holds true from the House of Representatives up to the Presidency.

The health care sector is one sixth of the US economy.  Those making decisions need to be educated about how this behemoth works. What are the cost drivers? Where are the inefficiencies? What are the relationships between interest groups—such as the pharmaceutical, medical device, hospital and insurance lobbies—and legislators in Washington, DC?

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The HAG Capisco: Best Chair in the World?

The HAG Capisco: Best Chair in the World?

The HAG Capisco: Best Chair in the World?

Review By Ricky Fishman

Growing up, I remember my parents sitting in front of the television set in their big faux leather Lazy Boy recliners.  They would lean back and the foot supports would rise as they sank into their chairs dreamy soft cushiness.  Usually, after about twenty minutes, they would be asleep and when they finally trudged off to bed, it would usually be with aching backs.  Another chair related “injury!”

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“An American Sickness: How Healthcare Became Big Business and How You Can Take It Back” By Elisabeth Rosenthal

“An American Sickness: How Healthcare Became Big Business and How You Can Take It Back” By Elisabeth Rosenthal

Book Review: An American Sickness: How Healthcare Became Big Business and How You Can Take It Back

Review By Ricky Fishman

The Republican Congress has been doing its best to bring down the Affordable Care Act (Obamacare) and replace it with the cruel joke that would be known as “Trumpcare.” Despite the fact that only 17% of the public supports the Republican proposals, the GOP is still trying to burn the ACA to the ground. It is in this environment …

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NAMM 2016: Music, Mayhem and an Ergonomic Review!

NAMM 2016: Music, Mayhem and an Ergonomic Review!

Review By Ricky Fishman

I’ve just gotten back from my fourth NAMM (National Association of Music Merchants) show in Anaheim, CA.  NAMM is a yearly gathering of makers and sellers of instruments, amplification systems, headphones, concert lighting, digital interfaces and many more tools for the musician. The show is not open to the public. I attend as a volunteer with MusiCares, the health care arm of the Grammy Foundation. In that role, I spend time in the Musicares booth, advising musicians on health issues–from proper lifting techniques and nutrition to recommendations about stools, straps and other ergonomic equipment.

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“The End of Illness” By David B. Agus, MD

“The End of Illness” By David B. Agus, MD

Review By Ricky Fishman

I just finished reading The End of Illness, a provocative new book by David Agus, MD.  Agus is a medical oncologist and a leading cancer researcher. The focus of his research has been the varied mechanisms of cancer development. One of the simple, profound conclusions he reaches, is that we must stop thinking about cancer as a “thing” to be cut out or poisoned, but as a  pathological systemic process.  Cancer, he believes, should be seen as a verb.  We don’t just “have cancer.” Instead, we “cancer”.

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NAMM 2012: An Ergonomic Round-Up

NAMM 2012: An Ergonomic Round-Up

Review By Ricky Fishman

Once a year, in the Anaheim Convention Center, the National Association of Music Manufacturers (NAMM) provides space for the creators of musical instruments, amplifiers, recording equipment and every imaginable music accessory to display and demonstrate their newest wares. As a long-time bass player and a bit of a gear head, I was excited to finally be attending this legendary trade show. Those of you who have read my previous “Rock and Roll Ergonomics” columns know that I’ve been on a crusade against the tube amp. Don’t get me wrong; there are certain sounds that can be created only in the mysterious circuitry of Marshall and SVT heads.

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