Rising Sun Physical Therapy April 2019

April 2019

“Sí se puede!”You have probably heard this phrase before, but did you know it was popularized by Cesar Chavez? You may have seen his name on buildings or street names. In San Francisco, dedications to Cesar Chavez are very popular, and in California, it’s a state holiday. Cesar Chavez Day, observed May 31 and April 1, is a holiday dedicated to the Mexican-American civil rights activist and labor leader. With Dolores Huerta, Chavez founded the United FarmWorkers union, which successfully negotiated on behalf of tens of thousands of migrant farm workers. From the ‘50s–’80s, Chavez helped organize boycotts for higher wages and farm workers rights, using aggressive but peaceful tactics for change. This is especially important to the Rising Sun Physical Therapy team, because we help a lot of patients with pain acquired from physical labor. Sometimes work can be hard on the body, and we want to take a moment to recognize one of the people who helped to make life a little easier for those who put their bodies on the line to earn a living. To those struggling on their healing journey :“Sí se puede!”We believe in you, and we are here to help. Happy Cesar Chavez Day from all of us here at Rising Sun Physical Therapy. MONTHLY MOMENTS Bettina’s

The Rise of the Juul W hat to K now A bout T his T een E pidemic

There’s a public health crisis blooming in the corners of high school bathrooms and classrooms, in clouds of mango-flavored vapor exhaled from the mouths of teens. As conventional cigarette use among high schoolers remains at its lowest point in years, overall use of tobacco products among young people has seen a recent uptick as e-cigarettes surge in popularity. Chief among these devices is the Juul, a sleek, discreet e-cigarette shaped like a USB drive. Since it first became available in 2015, the Juul has dominated the e-cigarette market, claiming close to 76 percent of U.S. e-cigarette market share at the end of 2018. It was developed as a safer alternative to smoking for adults, but unfortunately, it has become extremely popular among adolescents in the U.S. According to a 2018 survey conducted by the BMJ, “Juuling,” better known as “vaping,” is now considered a trend among teens, with 1 in 4 high school seniors familiar with the devices, and a little under 1 in 10 reporting recent use. The New York Times reports that as many as 3.6 million middle and high school students currently vape. The problem has gotten so widespread that U.S. Surgeon General Jerome M. Adams declared that e-cigarette use among young people has become an “epidemic.”

-Bettina Neumann

The question is how does Juuling work, and what are the risks? How worried should parents be? And, most importantly, what can they do about it?

HOW IS THE JUUL DIFFERENT THAN CIGARETTES AND OTHER E-CIGARETTES?

The popularity of Juuls among teens is due to a couple of simple factors. Its attractive and covert thumb drive-like design makes it easy to use without getting caught at school. Plus Juul “juice” comes in fun, appealing flavors, like mango, strawberry kiwi, and mint, making it especially appealing to kids. The vast selection of flavors is one of the company’s major selling points, and their marketing boasts the tagline, “Discover your favorite flavor today.”

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