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Think about this the next time you're going through the airport…

Can New Technology Allow Homeland Security To Read Your Mind?

Also in this issue: The strange Blackberry addiction, more trouble for young cell phone users, and new study finds surgery for arthritic knee pain no better than conservative treatments...

 

Frankfort, KY  Imagine this: You’re walking through the airport really fast because you’re running late and trying to get to the gate on time, before your flight takes off without you.

            You reach the security but instead of a long, drawn out process that includes a baggage search – you simply pass through a body scanner that…

Reads Your Mind!

            I hope you have pleasant thoughts while you pass through the scanner… because… even though this sounds like science fiction – it’s not.

            Believe it or not, this technology is being tested and perfected as you read this newsletter!

            What this is all about:  Most preventative screening looks for explosives or metals that pose a threat. But a new system called MALINTENT turns this old school approach on its head. This Orwellian-sounding machine detects the person — not the device — set to wreak havoc and terror.

 MALINTENT, the brainchild of the cutting-edge Human Factors Division in Homeland Security's Directorate for Science and Technology, searches your body for non-verbal cues that predict whether you mean harm to your fellow passengers.

It has a series of sensors and images that read your body temperature, heart rate and respiration for unconscious signs invisible to the naked eye — signals terrorists and criminals may display in advance of an attack.

But this is no polygraph test. Subjects do not get hooked up or strapped down for a careful reading; those sensors do all the work without any actual physical contact. It's like an X-ray for bad intentions.

Currently, all the sensors and equipment are packaged inside a mobile screening laboratory about the size of a trailer or large truck bed, and recently, Homeland Security put it to a field test in Maryland, scanning 144 (mostly unwitting) human subjects.

Results of the test are being kept very “hush-hush!”

Here's how it all works: When the sensors identify that something is off, they transmit warning data to analysts, who decide whether or not to flag passengers for further questioning. The next step involves micro-facial scanning, a measurement of minute muscle movements in the face for clues about mood and intention.

Homeland Security has developed a system to recognize, define and measure seven primary emotions and emotional cues that are reflected in contractions of facial muscles. MALINTENT identifies these emotions and relays the information back to a security screener, almost in real-time.

This whole security array — the scanners and screeners who make up the mobile lab — is called "Future Attribute Screening Technology" — or FAST

— because it is designed to get passengers through security in two to four minutes, and often faster.

If you're rushed or stressed, you may send out signals of anxiety, but FAST isn't fooled. It's already good enough to tell the difference between a harried traveler and a terrorist. Even if you sweat heavily by nature, FAST won't mistake you for someone with bad intentions.

Bob Burns, MALINTENT's project leader, said that this is not Big Brother.  Its goal is to “restore a sense of freedom.” Once MALINTENT is rolled out in airports, it could give us a future where we can once again wander onto planes with super-sized cosmetics and all the bottles of water we can carry — and most importantly without that sense of foreboding that has haunted Americans since Sept. 11.

That’s a nice thought.  Now onward to…

The Strange Blackberry Addiction!

            If you have a Blackberry – you know this is true:  A new study of 6,500 traveling executives says 35% of them would choose their PDA over their spouse.

            And get this: Of those polled, 87% said they bring their device into the bedroom.  84% check their emails just before they go to sleep.  80% check them first thing in the morning. 

They Call Them “Crack-Berrys” For a Reason…

"It can actually ruin relationships," said Dr. Susan Bartell, a psychologist and relationship expert.

Of those polled, 62 percent said they love their Blackberry or PDA, and most of them said it makes their life more productive. However, experts suggest, for the sake of your relationship, you might want to occasionally turn them off and spend some quality time with your partner.

From Crack-Berrys To Knee Pain…

            If you have knee pain from arthritis – you are going to find this very interesting.

            Here is why: A study published in the New England Journal of Medicine has found that surgery is no better than other treatments at relieving knee pain caused by arthritis.

86 patients who had an operation experienced no less pain over two years than 86 patients who had physical therapy and took medications to dampen inflammation.

An earlier 2002 study (by the Department of Veterans Affairs) found the same results but had a different design: instead of assigning patients to surgery or medical treatment, it assigned them to real surgery or

a sham operation. The real surgery was found to be no better than the sham one. Many orthopedic surgeons denounced the study (probably because they would lose money!) but in 2003, Medicare decided to stop paying for the operation.

It’s hoped that doctors who were not persuaded by the previous study on the subject will now stop performing the operation.

More Bad News For Young Cell Phone Users

            Startling new research indicates children and teenagers are five times more likely to get brain cancer if they use cell phones on a regular basis.

The study, experts say, raises fears that today's young people may suffer an "epidemic" of the disease later in life. At least 9 out of 10 British 16-year-olds have their own cell phone, as do more than 40 percent of primary schoolchildren.

Those who started using mobiles young were also five times more likely to get acoustic neuromas, benign but often disabling tumors of the auditory nerve, that usually cause deafness.

(It’s thought that children are at greater risk because their brains are still developing and their smaller head sizes and thinner skulls can potentially allow any damaging radiation to penetrate deeper into their brains.)

By contrast, people who were in their 20’s before using handsets (after their brains were fully developed) were only 50 percent more likely to contract gliomas and just twice as likely to get acoustic neuromas from regular cell phone use.

And don’t forget, if you ever have any questions or concerns about your health, talk to us. Contact us with your questions. We’re here to help, and don’t enjoy anything more than participating in your lifelong good health.

 

Inspirational Story Of The Month –

(Names And Details Have Been Changed To Protect Privacy)

Arizona 911 Operator Shocked At What She Heard Coming From "Buddy" On The Other End Of The Phone Line...

         

We’ve all heard this dreaded call in the movies: The babysitter is all alone… she picks up the phone… and hears nothing but HEAVY BREATHING.  It sends a chill down the spine of each viewer.  Now, here is an even more spine-chilling situation:  The 911 operator answers the emergency hotline and hears nothing but whimpering… and…

Barking!

Yes, BARKING.  That’s exactly what happened on September 15th in Scottsdale, Arizona.  As it turns out, that whimpering and barking came from “Buddy,” a German Shepard who called 911 and saved his owner’s life after he had a seizure.  And it's not the first time Buddy has been there for his owner Joe Stalnaker. On a recording of the 911 call, Buddy is heard whimpering and barking after the dispatcher answers and repeatedly asks if the caller needs help.  "Hello, this is 911. Hello ... Can you hear me? Is there somebody there you can give the phone to?"

Police Were Sent To Stalnaker's Home

Officers arrived about 3 minutes later. Scottsdale Police Sgt. Mark Clark said Stalnaker spent two days in a hospital and recovered from the seizure.  "It's pretty incredible," Clark said. "Even the veteran dispatchers -- they haven't heard of anything like this."  Clark said police are dispatched whenever 911 is called, but Stalnaker's address was flagged in Scottsdale's system with a notification that a trained assistance dog could call 911 when the owner was incapacitated. 

Clark said Stalnaker adopted Buddy at the age of 8 weeks from Wayland, Mich.-based Paws With A Cause, which trains assistance dogs, and trained him to get the phone if he began to have seizure symptoms. Buddy, now 18 months old, is able to press programmed buttons until a 911 operator is on the line, Clark said.  Buddy has made two other 911 calls when Stalnaker was having seizures.  His seizures are the result of a head injury he suffered about 10 years ago, during a military training exercise.  You might find this amazing… but…

It Is Nothing New!

  Upon Googling “Dog saves man’s life” you’ll be barraged with story after story of man’s best friend performing ultra-heroic acts to save either their owner’s lives – or the life of a complete stranger.  For example – you might find this quite interesting.  It’s a story that appeared on the front page of the New York Times in 1901:

DOG SAVES MAN’S LIFE

PATERSON, N.J., Nov. 30 – A dog saved a man’s life last night.  The dog is the property of poormaster, Jacob Ryerson, whose home is on the banks of the Passaic River, in Totowa Borough. Shortly after 9 o’clock, Mr. Ryerson heard his dog barking on the front lawn, and went to the door.   The animal refused to come when called, so Mr. Ryerson went to the fence which skirts the river bank to see what was the trouble.

  He saw the form of a man floundering in the water.  The dog jumped in, and catching the clothes of the drowning man, tugged him near enough to shore to allow the poormaster to complete the rescue.   The man was under the influence of drink, and had stumbled into the water.  He refused to give his name.”

Another amazing dog hero!

And if you were wondering what a “poormaster” was – we were too and looked it up.  Here’s what we found:  A poormaster was a person employed by the state to see if applicants for financial assistance were qualified.  During the Great Depression, Poormasters often had to be protected by the police from people they identified as “not qualified for assistance.”  The occupation ceased to exist after 1940, with the advent of Social Assistance. 

We love helping our patients and their friends and relatives through their tough times and getting them feeling better!  We are here to help you stay feeling better and looking younger!  Don't be a stranger.  Call us and we will assist you in putting together a customized maintenance plan. It's not a luxury anymore! With our low monthly payment plan, it's less expensive to maintain your good health! You really can afford Chiropractic care! Don't wait until you can no longer move!


Did You Know?...
10 Interesting Health And Safety Facts

1.  About 3.9 million employees are disabled at work in any given year.
2.  One work related injury occurs every 8 seconds.
3.  Accidental overdose of iron pills is the leading cause of poisoning deaths among children.
4.  Fire kills more Americans each year than ALL other natural disasters combined.
5.  Nature requires over 5 years to get rid of a cigarette butt.
6.  The energy needed to make 1 new aluminum can makes 20 recycled ones.
7.  About 8 out of every 10 adults will have a back injury in their lives.
8.  On average, about 400 people die from excess heat (heat stroke) each year.
9.  Occupational skin diseases cost $1 billion annually in worker’s compensation claims.
10.Of the 42,000 traffic fatalities in recent years, 41% were alcohol related.

Tip Of The Month How To Upgrade Your Appearance With These 6 Easy Tips!

No one wants to believe it… but it’s true. There is even a study to back it up…Looks matter.  And good looking people actually make more money (for the exact same job) than less attractive people.  And this is not isolated to jobs like modeling and acting where one would expect looks to play such a major role. Good-looking doctors and lawyers make more than not-so-good looking doctors and lawyers.  Outside of massive plastic surgery, you are not able to turn yourself into Brad Pitt or Angelina Jolie.  But, there are things you can do to maximize what you’ve got that can make a big difference in the way you are viewed by others. Here are 6 quick and easy tips keep you looking good:  1. Start an exercise program!  Yeah… yeah… this sounds like work.  But the truth is:  you don’t have to go crazy and bulk up like Arnold.  Just exercising 30 minutes a day can have a dramatic effect on your appearance.  Many times, dropping 5 pounds can make you look like a new man or woman.  Not to mention the health benefits as a side effect!  And a little exercise can… 2. Improve your body language!  Body language has a greater impact on your overall appearance and the way others judge you than most think.  Standing and sitting up straight not only makes you feel better about yourself, it makes you look confident and authoritative to others.  There is a reason why the military places so much importance on posture and dress. Speaking about dress… 3. Keep your clothes free from pet hair, lint and sweater fuzz!  If you have a dog or a cat, like I do! – you know the nightmare of getting dressed for work or a night out… looking down… and being covered in HAIR!  If you don’t have a lint brush handy, one of the best ways is to simply dampen your hand with water and run it over your clothes.  And if you are afraid of using too much water and getting the “wet look”, running your hand over your clothes with a rubber or latex glove attracts pet hair like a magnet!  Don’t ignore your pet hair covered clothes – THEY CAN LOOK TERRIBLE!!! 4. Polish and rotate your shoes!  As you probably know, people notice shoes and their condition.  And even if your shoes are a little old, they can look very good if you take care of them and keep them polished.  Once again, the military is onto something here.  What’s the deal with “rotating” your shoes?  Rotating the shoes you wear everyday not only keeps people from seeing you in the same shoes everyday (yes, people notice), it allows your shoes to dry out completely and you will not wear them out as fast as if you wore them everyday. 5. Learn how to tie a tie… with a knot that’s right for you!  Most men are not aware that there are actually different knots for different occasions and face types.  Get it right and you will stand out and have an automatic conversation starter when you go out. You will not only look better – but seem smarter and more fashionable.  Just go to “YouTube” and type in “neck tie knots” and you will be amazed. 6. Pack clothes so they don’t wrinkle!  What’s worse… clothes full of pet hair or wrinkles?  Not sure – but know this: they both make you look bad.  Try this t shirt folding technique and you will travel virtually wrinkle-free.  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dNr1oLhZ0zs 

 

Remember, we’re always here, using the miracle of Chiropractic

to help your body heal and maintain the health you deserve.

 

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This information should not be substituted for medical or chiropractic advice.  Any and all health care concerns, decisions, and actions must be done through the advice and counsel of a healthcare professional who is familiar with your updated medical history.   If you have any further concerns or questions, please call our office at 875-1127.