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U Thursday, Jtme 12, 1997Vai!ey47mutte You are just imagining it... by area Mooney In oui'last column we talked about how emotional stress but muscles were injured and the nerve impulses are still Fred leaves there at 88 mas/s in the body, 98 mas/s in the affects our bodies (study of psychoimmunology) and how firing at 75 mas/s, 5 above Fred's overall body rate. neck and l03 mas/s in the lower back. He is starting to feei much stress we can take before our bodies react. Later he fell off his dirt bike and hurt his lower back. better. One affect of stress on our bodies is chronic pain, from Again, mom Ben Gayed the area and Fred felt okay, but the The next morning he attends church with a friend and which most of us suffer and do not understand its origin. All trauma left the lower back firing at 80 mas/s, higher than his hears a sermon on relationships and changing your lifestyle. we know is we hurt and no one has an answer. It's often body rate but lower than his pain threshold. Fred feels really positive after hearing this and 5 more points explained as "aging," something you have to live with, or Now at 35, Fred receives a Dear Fred letter and is dumped are deducted. After his second neuromuscular treatment he "it's your imagination." And we pop our pain pills and by Freda. He is devastated and his body jumps 15 stress is feeling back to normal. move on. points, leaving him at 85 mas/s in the whole body, 90 mas/ All of these stress reducers, therapy, good food, laugh- Meet Fred, 35, nice car, good job, longtime girlfriend, s in the neck (Fred's pain level) and 95 mas/s in the lower ing, exercise and positive thoughts broke the cycle of pain and feeling okay most ofthe time. When his body is feeling back. for Fred. He reacted immediately to the warning signals and good his nervous system is sending out impulses at 70 mas/ So now, Fred feels pain in two areas. Then he gets laid off recovered without drugs or masking injections. s (we measure this in milliamps per second/per second), at the power company, has a fender bender in his new BMW If Fred had ignored the warning signals he would have Anyway, his pain starts when he reaches 90 mas/s, and his pet goldfish dies. become avictim ofchronicpain which saps energy, takes an Everyone's pain threshold is different. Fred now has a combined 2G-point jump to his stress emotional toll and, worse yet, causes more stress and pain! As a child, Fred fell off his skateboard and hurt his neck. level. That puts his body at 105 mas/s, his neck at 110 mas/ Fred would have worried about ever feeling better, being His mom rubbed Ben Gay and eventually the pain subsided, s and his lower back at 115 mas/s. He is definitely feeling able to work again or do the things he enjoys, where the lousy and cannot explain it. money was coming from to pay medical and prescription " ' - .... " J' -' He calls Lisa, a friend who is a neuromuscular massage drug bills, and ultimately if he would be dependent on tune O therapist, and she agrees to see him immediately, others. After one treatment his body deducts 10 points from its Since no one can see chronic pain they tend to dismiss it    l[  stresslevelsandFredfeelsbetter, asjustoneofthosethingswehavetoendure. e U Since he is still hurting he makes several appointments, This is rather simplified, but it gives you an idea of how then walks to his mom's house. She gives him a good your mind and body function as one affecting the other. Call 24 .hours 727-1888 dinner, the first since Fred& and they talk and laugh. Stress and chronic pain are for real. [00Cre ati Co fo 1 ke d food banks m on urt: rmu a ma rs onate to I DiJ'ect Burial RENO -Nevada low-income families will be the ones torney for the consumers. "[t is exciting to see low income reaping the rewards of a settlement finalized May 30 in children benefit as a result of our efforts. This settlement , em  dm,  eCD, le Washoe District Court. shows that when big corporations rip-off Nevada consumers, o.aumm .-a ltt, llmtm, mllll Uat, 1 l,tmm z,leeNmoZea,zs Judge Steve Elliott signed an order to approve a settlement our courts can protect them." zamp, Zm0Rmm between two infant formula makers,.BristoL-Myers Squibb The litigation hegan in Apci11994 when a class action case and Abbott Laboratories, and plaintiffs in a class-action suit was filed against Abbott Labonztories, Bristol-Myers Squibb ooeeooeeoeoeaooooooooooao . asainst the companies, and Mead Johnson, a subsidiary of Bristol-Myers Squibb, JlJTl. . ...... t,t4..' .. " .............. , 6 The plaintiffs accused the companies of violating the claiming the companies were involved in unfair trade prac- ""'" : ' i s 3hn. Slate: __ p: ___._=_ s Nevada Unfair Trade Practices Act by price f',ing of infant tires. |':o Phone: ....... Tree  | formula. According to the terms of the settlement, the compa- In 1995, the court dismissed the case, rufing that only |   ,h me waet  e  tnm .  I nies must deliver $254,000 in infant formula products to the grocery stores, not consumers, could sue for price fixing. food banks in Reno and Las Vegas. After the women appealed to the Nevada Supreme Court, The food banks willin turn the companies then agreed to a settlement with the women, provide these products to low who were not seeking to gain personally from the suit. Instead income women and children they wanted the companies to somehow compensate muse - in need. who were hurt the worst: low-income children. "I am very pleased with In December 1996, the Nevada Supreme Court sent the this settlement," said Don case back to the trialjudge to review the proposed settlement. Springmeyer, a Minden at- Judge Elliott's action makes the settlement final. Caffeine and Health ,- Duringthepasttwodecades, of caffeine consumption, sifted caffeine as Generally extensive research has been The U.S. Food and Drug Recognized As Safe (GRAS) conductedonthehealthaspects Administration (FDA) clas- in 1958. A more recent re- . view "found no evidence to show that the use of caffeine in carbonated beverages would render these products injurious to health." The American Medical Association (AMA) has a similar position on caffeine's safety, stating that "Moder- ate tea or coffee drinkers probably need have no con- f r.00rlave to their caffeine consumption provided other life style hab- its (diet, alcohol consump- - Certifit:ote of Completnon tion) are moderate, as well." Most experts agree that " ?ob Placement/kssistance  sensemderatinare the andkeysCOmmOnfor con- nn Pahrump& Los Ve8as suming caffeine-containing /kvailable Upon request  foods and beverages. Moder- ate caffeine consumption is 1 " 4 Wk o 4 hrs Per Day considered to be about 300 mg. which is equal to three i ......... "i cup00 o Flexible Scheduling , PAHRUMP VALLEY pends on the individual and - Limited enrollment  TEMPORAllY, can vary from one to several I beverages. Consumers with " "'Si Habla F'spanol'" LABOR SERVICE crtn health problems may wish to consult with their (702) 751 _:5262 physician or health care pro- In rider about caffeine con- sumption. Courtesy of lnternational 727 4144 FoodlnformationCouncil Foundation. d