Dr. Oz: Is Texting Bad For Your Health?
Dr. Oz talked about whether texting is bad for your health. Dr. Oz texted a woman in the audience, who texted him back. Dr. Oz secretly wanted to see how she texted. When she sent Dr. Oz the text, she held the phone up to her face and leaned forward. This kind of texting results in a thing called Text Neck. Is this like Taco Neck?
Text Neck can cause pain in your neck and upper back. This puts tension on your neck, causing wear and tear on the muscles. When your head is straight up, there’s no pressure on it. But for every 15 degrees your head tilts forward, your head has a bigger burden. At 15 degrees, you have 27 pounds of pressure. At 30, you have 40, and at 45 degrees, you have 49 pounds of pressure. If your head is at a 60 degree angle, it’s 60 pounds of pressure.
“That’s like carrying an 8-year-old on your head,” Dr. Oz joked.
Dr. Oz: What is Text Neck?
The average person spends 1,400 hours per year. If they’re all at a 60-degree angle during that time, that’s 60 pounds of pressure on their neck for over 58 days per year. Not to mention all those people hunched over tablets, laptops, computers, e-readers, and books.
The position your neck is in when you text reduces your lung capacity by almost 30 percent. This will cause headaches and drain your energy.
Dr. Oz: How to Avoid Text Neck
To prevent Text Neck, you need to keep your ears above your shoulders and your shoulders back. Hold the phone at eye level. Every 20 minutes, take a break from texting.
Dr. Oz: Asthma Cigarettes?
Dr. Oz looked back at some old remedies in medicine. Cigarettes were once suggested as a remedy for asthma. Dr. Oz showed an old ad suggesting it, although it did not recommend it for children under 6.
In the 1800s, parents were also encouraged to give their teething children cocaine toothache drops. Dr. Oz said he was glad we have pacifiers and cold teething rings now.