The holiday season is here and it is important we remind ourselves to slow down, tune out, and check in with our bodies.
To kick off this new season, I would like to share with you the impact tech has had on my health and how I managed it.
This past month, tech has caused me to recognize a major health issue and reorganize my work life. At this point, I know you may be thinking… tech caused you a health problem? Well, yes… it has.
Awhile back, I wrote a blog about “Tech Neck” which is neck pain and spasm due to postures imposed while on the computer. Little did I know, I would later be faced with a severe form of tech neck called Torticollis.
This condition has caused me to change how much time I spend online, and how I align my posture while working at my desk. These habits were very difficult for me to change. Truthfully, I had to set the timer to signal when it was time to take a break or get off-line… this was not easy as I am someone who goes full steam ahead into all aspects of my life, including my research and screen time.
Now, my online life is much more restricted. Fortunately, massage, acupuncture & working with my doctor has meant my spasms have gone away after five weeks. These days, all tech is off by 8:00 p.m., and when I say all tech, this includes my phone (I honestly had to put it face down and away from me I was so attached). Now, I am back to dedicating time to self care, which is something I have always supported but found ways to avoid… well, not anymore!
As I share my story with you I hope it inspires you to be more proactive with your self care and make changes now. The habits I broke were dramatic, but so necessary for my health.
Now, onto a Health & Tech Update:
There is currently a lot happening in the health & tech fields, so I am going to touch on a few highlights. Each topic will link to studies which I have found to be informative.
If it suits your time and space better, you may also listen to my Facebook Live about Health & Tech.
What’s new in Heath & technology:
- Ways to add to your self care routine
- Importance of sleep
- Reducing tech time
- Harnessing the power of intention
- CRISPR project-able to detect more diseases
- The big 3-Google-Apple-Microsoft and AI to personalize care
- Apples Health App- Being tested in prestigious Heath care institutions
- Genome Sequencing- For all at a cost
- VR in health care- Education the caregivers
- Advances in Breast cancer treatment 2018
Here are a bunch of relevant resources I’ve collected for you guys to checkout if you’re hungry for more information on these subjects.
MIND OVER MATTER
Precision Medicine in health care- Excellent article on Gene therapy & costs & where to to find. IBM has “Watson” and Google has “Deepmind Health project” and Microsoft has “Hanover”. AI solutions to design personalized treatments for patients.
RESEARCHER TO WATCH