NCI Well Connect: July 18, 2016
Dear Steve, 

DID YOU KNOW that using your smartphone in bed in the dark can cause a temporary loss of vision, according to two cases reported in The New England Journal of Medicine.

The first case involved a 22-year-old woman who had experienced impaired vision in her right eye at night for several months. The second case involved a 40-year-old woman who experienced 6 months of visual impairment in one eye for up to 15 minutes when she woke.

Both women's symptoms developed minutes after they had viewed their smartphone screen while lying in bed in darkness. Further investigation showed that both patients typically looked at their phones with only one eye while resting on their side and that their other eye was covered by a pillow.

Smartphones are increasingly being manufactured with brighter screens and are used day and night, this phenomenon is likely to become more common.

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Can Chronic Pain Be Passed Down?
Bonnie and Steve: Researchers in the journal PAIN suggest several factors may contribute to an increased risk of chronic pain being transmitted from parents to children. They identified five mechanisms to explain transmission:

Genetics. Children of parents with chronic pain might be at increased genetic risk for sensory as well as psychological components of pain. Research suggests that genetic factors may account for roughly half of the risk of chronic pain in adults.

Early Neurobiological Development. Having a parent with chronic pain may affect the features and functioning of the nervous system during critical periods in early development. For example, a baby's development might be affected by the mother's stress level or health behaviors during and after pregnancy.

Pain-Specific Social Learning. Children may learn "maladaptive pain behaviors" from their parents, who may act in ways that reinforce those behaviors. Catastrophizing -- exaggerated responses and worries about pain -- might be one key factor.

General Parenting and Health Habits. Chronic pain risk could be affected by parenting behaviors linked to adverse child outcomes -- for example, permissive parenting or lack of consistency and warmth. The parents' physical activity level and other health habits might also play a role.

Exposure to Stressful Environment. There may be adverse effects from growing up in stressful circumstances related to chronic pain -- for example, financial problems or parents' inability to perform daily tasks.

Wow. This explains why, from a nutritional perspective, balancing omega-3 fatty acids is so important. Omega-3 can mitigate predisposition to genes associated with pain. Knowing your genetic predisposition will help immensely with issues like this.
Genetics
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Bonnie and Steve: If one or more of these boxes are yellow or red, then you have genetic deficiencies that may impair your ability to break down and move toxins from your body, as well as absorb vitamins A & D. The great thing is that you can prevent impairment with diet, lifestyle, and nutrient modification.

For example, if you cannot adequately convert Beta Carotene from food into absorbable vitamin A (retinol), this greatly increases your risk for the eye disease Macular Degeneration. Food and supplement modification addresses this issue.

The graphic on top is the methylation cycle. The bottom graphic is genes associated with vitamins A & D. If you have not done your 23andMe genetic test, yet, what are you waiting for?

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