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Bulletin, Record, Progressive, Reporter Wednesday, May 2 Sleeping with ti00e enemy, risks of dirty she00 benefits of a good night's fancy hotels, hospitals, col- our relationship status, we weight of a two-year pillow is that is, the tempera| C-FORCE HEALTH AND FITNESS CHUCK NORRIS info@creators.com Q: Chuck, my roommate, who is majoring in nutrition, and I recently argued over how often I need to change the sheets on my bed for health reasons. He says weekly, and I say monthly. What do you say? --"Am I Sleeping With the En- emy?" Encinitas, Calif. A. In my past "C-Force,' ar- ticles, I've discussed the ne- cessity of a good night's sleep for well-rounded fitness. However, I haven't yet stressed the health necessity for regularly changing your bed sheets, so let me do so, because some bedbugs are not the type of critter with which you want to cuddle at night. First, for a refresher, Dr. Mark Stibich studied sleep extensively and shared 10 sleep (which is generally be- tween seven and.nine hours): It keeps your heart healthy, reduces stress, reduces in- flammation, enhances alert- ness, bolsters memory, may help you iose weight, makes you smarter, reduces risk of depression, helps the body make repairs and may even prevent cancer. Having a good mattress and pillow will aid you in having good posture and a good night's sleep. And study after study shows that often clean- ing your bed sheets can re- duce the risks of respiratory problems, which exacerbate bad health. Many people fear the infa- mous nocturnal intruders. Bedbugs are reddish-brown, ovular and flat insects about the size of apple seeds. They are easily overlooked and can live in cracks and crevices for six to 12 months without food. There's bad news and, if you will, good news about bedbugs. The bad news, as document- ed by CorneU University, is that "unfortunately, bed bugs have made a worldwide come- back. They're also turning up in surprising places, such as lege dorms, laboratories, air- ports, and maybe even your home." The good news is that de- spite the fact that they feed exclusively on blood, bed- bugs, according to Cornell University, "are not known to transmit any diseases to hu- mans. They may be horrify- ing to some, but they pose less of a risk to us than do mosquitoes." The relatively low health risk from bedbugs is a good thing, especially understand- ing that the University of Kentucky, Purdue Universi- ty and the University of Ne- braska-Lincoln have shown that they may be largely re- sistant to pesticides and tough to eliminate, even if bedrOom furniture is dis- carded. Experts say the real danger in our beds lies in the pres- ence of mites, microbes and other matter that we can breathe into our lungs. Dr. Philip M. Tierno Jr., di- rector of clinical microbiolo- gy and immunology at New York University's Langone Medical Center, recently con- veyed to The Wall Street Journal that regardless of are never alone in bed. If you easily squirm, you might want to bypass how the Journal described what lies beneath the bed com- forter: "Human skin cells be- come food for dust mites. That is one of the biggest problems associated with bedding. Mites accumulate, along with their feces. But there is also animal hair, dander, fungal mold, fungal spores, bodily secretions and bacteria. Also: dust, lint, fibers, particulates, insect parts, pollen, soil, sand and cosmetics. 'One person can perspire as much as a liter in a night -- even more if you have a lot of covers,' (Tierno) says. And, of course, people eat in bed as they watch TV." In 2010, Dr. Lisa Ackerley, an environmental health practitioner, told The Tele- graph that unwashed bedding is a breeding ground for dis- ease. She said America's En- vironment Health & Safety Online discovered that a typi- cal used mattress has between 100,000 and 10 million mites inside. Ackerley added, "It's esti- mated that 10 percent of the (composed) of dead skin and dust mites so it's no sur- prise that your bed can be- come a minefield of bacteria, viruses, sweat and hair, which can cause or exacer- bate asthma." Men's Health magazine re- ported that "common dust mites can clog your bronchi. University of Arkansas stud- iesin the U.S. found regularly changing your bed linen re- suited in a 66 percent reduc- tion in your exposure to these minute beasts." The fact is that whenever we wash our sheets, we re- duce the living organisms and dead matter that have built up since their last changing. Hence, we reduce the risk of inhaling that debris into our lungs. So how often should we change our bed sheets and pil- lowcases? Ackerley recommends, "Washing your bedding takes time and effort, but to reduce levels of unwanted organisms and mites, you need to wash your bed linen at least once (every two weeks) -- prefer- ably once a week." Tierno elaborates that the water should be 130 - 150 F -- 2012 5B ;ts ure of a lot cycle, using the washing machine's : Then dry the sheets hot setting on your qryer. That will kill vegetative mate- rial, as well as dust nites. Tierno adds that fpr extra preventive me.asurs, "bleach is excellent i It is probably the cheapest germi- cide and can be useO in a low concentration "Th Wall Street JournalnoteS, Cold water non-bleach bleaches use peroxide, so they're also germicidal." [ Tierno also encourages us- ing an impervious oUter cov- er to protect your mattress, as well as your pillowcases. He says that without the impervi- ous covers, your mattress and pillows will become a "zoolog- ical and botanical garden." We spend one-third of our lives in bed, so the preceding advice is practical wisdom every one of us should heed. As the saying goes, sleep tight and don't let the bedbugs bite! Write to Chuck Norris (in- fo@creators.com) with questions about health and fitness. Copyright 2012 Chuck Norris Distributed by creators.com Even city dwell00':'s (:a: prevent spread of wildfire . J FIRE &: RESCUE 411 LESLIE ROGERS Beckwourth Fire Department Lean, clean and green is the goal for yards if you want to protect your home from fires. It is also an important goal for those who live in town and think they are safe from the threat of a fast-mov:ing wild- fire burning their house down. Having defensible space (same meaning as lean, clean and green but more syllables) is usually thought of as some- thing only people living out- side the city limits have to be worried about. We've all seen TV clips of fast-moving wild- land fires burning homes in outlying areas. Beckwourth Fire Department Chief Greg McCaffrey explains why defensible space inside the city limits is important: With the Siege of Portola in 2011 behind us and the loss of 11 structures, eight burn vic- tims and one death in confla- grations that have not been seen in decades, one thing stands out. They had nothing to do with wildland fires. Most of these fires started in or near a home in neigh- borhoods that have existed for generations. The houses are fairly close together and many backyards are filled with clutter, woodpiles and debris. Mix these with the ad- ditions and outbuildings and instead of an open usable yard you have fuel that acts as a fuse leading from one house to another. What we need to think about is not only the fast-mov- ing wildland fire approaching but how to protect your home if the neighbor's house catch, es on fire and it is spreading toward your property. Local fire departments are a good resource for informa- tion on how to get the lean, green and clean look for your yard. Call and find out about burn permits and how to landscape for defensible space. Most also offer reflec- tive address signs for a dona- tion so firefighters and ambu- lance crews can find your home. Contact your local waste management company to find out the cost of taking a truckload of yard debris in or when they have free days for household hazardous materi- als or clutter. There are many websites that have valuable informa- tion for protecting your home and property from fire. Look online for the Plumas County Fire Safe Council and Cal- Fire. The U.S. Fire Administra- tion has suggestions for creat- ing your safe zone around your home: --Remove leaves and rub- bish from under structures. --Thin a 15-foot space be- tween tree crowns, and re- move limbs within 15 feet of the ground. --Remove dead branches that extend over the roof. --Prune tree branches and shrubs within 15 feet of a stovep!pe qr,c!imRe outlet. Don't place the woodpile next to the house. --Rake leaves, dead limbs and twigs. Clear all flamma- ble vegetation. --Mow grass regularly. --Clear a 10-foot area around propane tanks and the barbecue. Place a screen over the grill -- use nonflam- mable material with mesh no coarser than one-quarter inch. --Regularly dispose of newspapers and rubbish at an approved site. Follow local burning regulations. All this is one more task for your spring "to do" list but one that can potentially save your home from the threat of a fire spreading in your neighborhood. Celebrating Their Care,- Compassion & Commitment In recognition of National Nurses Week, we salute the dedicated nurses who put patients first. Whether in Urgent Care Rooms, schools, hospitals or homes, we depend on our nation's nurses for their expertise, care and compassion in times of need. During National Nurses Week and all year round, Northeastern Rural Health would like to give nurses the thanks and recognition they deserve for their tireless efforts and accomplishments in the field of healthcare. Sarah Lomen, RN Deanna Bustamante, LVN Amy Fiddament, LVN Joyce Barlow, LVN Sue McFeely, LVN Mario Madrid, LVN Allena Adams, LVN Juliet Hobbs, LVN Katie Collie, CMA Kim Gray, LVN Sherry Keating, LVN Stephanie White, LVN Amy Pierce, LVN Heather Micone, LVN Jessica Cheney, LVN Kayla Normandeau, LVN  Mary Jane Webb, LVN Pam Dawe, MA Harmony Bruns, LVN National Nurses Week May 6- 12 A service of Northeastern Rural Health Clinics Quality Healthcare, Your ChoiCe .., Our Commitment JDX COUNTRY: iiI iiiii ]'!iI  ..... *'iLi''" ,,[ .... i2 ii:[:i '!:I "iii::i