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Doc Gurley: Well Worth It - November

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Welcome to our new Well Worth It series.

What’s it about?

Studies of cheap, effective and simple things that can improve your health sometimes don’t get that much press. Often, there are no PR companies, no pharmaceutical ads, and no pre-packaged press reports when there’s little-to-no profit to be made. So, we here at Doc Gurley will give you a heads up about these cheap, effective, studied, and simple approaches to wellness, so that you can think about incorporating them into your life.

We’ll even give you a framework for helping you decide whether or not the news applies to you, and some pitfalls to watch out for. Keep in mind that all interventions can impact your health (even if they’re alternative, herbal, or activities/devices) so it’s important to discuss them with your healthcare provider. Feel free to share these tips with friends, family and others - spread the wellth!

1) Cool Kids - a study of using electric fans in the bedroom of newborns found that a fan significantly reduces Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS).
Who Does This Help? If you’re the parent of a newborn, or a gift-giver at a baby shower, consider buying a fan for the nursery. SIDS is a rare but shattering horror - and SIDS is still a leading killer of infants. If you have a child at higher risk for SIDS (preemie or a family history of SIDS), you’ll definitely want to do all you can to tilt the odds for your child - and a fan is a simple, low-risk intervention. How Big A Difference Does This Make? We’re talking a whopping 72% reduction in risk of SIDS, making an electric nursery fan THE gift to give (or get). Now that’s love in a package. . .
What You Should Know - No one’s quite sure exactly how this intervention works - could be the low-level white noise keeps babies from sinking completely into deeper levels of sleep, could be the air circulation or coolness is causing the desired effect.

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