Night Shift And Cancer - page 5

"The researchers studied 78,586 women taking part in a long-running program called the Nurses' Health Study. The nurses who worked night shifts at least three times a month for 15 years or more had a... Read More

  1. by   Liddle Noodnik
    Re the phone:

    TURN IT OFF!!! LOL!

    My dad for years would call and say, "Why are you in bed?" I would explain, "what if I called you at 3 am , bla bla bla, but he never could "get it." To say nothing of the idiot calls from telemarketers etc.

    Now I make SURE I can't hear the phone while I'm sleeping.

    Emergencies? Well, there are other people that can be called who can come and wake me up.

    But it's an EMERGENCY if I don't get the sleep I need.

    (This dang computer tho', it is SO hard to tear myself away...)
  2. by   oraibi
    [QUOTE][i]Originally posted by HoJo

    Man what will they pull out of their &*^es next? No matter what we are ALL going to die of some type of cancer. Choose your fate, (insert Pinhead here from HellRaiser).

    A. sunlight= skin cancer.
    B. no light= colon/rectal cancer.

    hi Ho Jo

    re: colon ca. ~ i was reading a magazine devoted to traditional chinese medicine and it was reported that colon cancer is virtually unknown in countries where people squat to defecate . . .

    apparently, according to this study, the rise of colon cancer has coincided with the use of toilets!

    remember the ileoceocal valve from A&P? many western physiologists report that the valve in non-functional because it allows the back flow of stool from the colon into the ileum . . . but apparently when you squat, the valve closes properly which prevents the back flow of stool into the ileum and facilitates more efficient emptying of the colon, which lead to less colon cancer . . . or so this study speculated

    i live in a cabin in the woods and enjoy the luxury of having an outhouse to use so i have experimented with squatting in the outhouse and sure enough it does seem to be the case . . . i have adopted bending over when forced to use toilets to help simulate squatting and closing off the ileoceocal valve . . .

    wierd huh?

    want to read more?

    http://www.alkalizeforhealth.net/Lbathroomproducts2.htm

    http://www.NaturesPlatform.com
  3. by   sbic56
    Originally posted by zoeboboey
    Re the phone:

    TURN IT OFF!!! LOL!

    My dad for years would call and say, "Why are you in bed?" I would explain, "what if I called you at 3 am , bla bla bla, but he never could "get it." To say nothing of the idiot calls from telemarketers etc.

    Now I make SURE I can't hear the phone while I'm sleeping.

    Emergencies? Well, there are other people that can be called who can come and wake me up.

    But it's an EMERGENCY if I don't get the sleep I need.

    (This dang computer tho', it is SO hard to tear myself away...)
    Turning off the ringer was my solution once the kids were grown. I couldn't risk not being available when they were younger and may need me while in school, though. No one else was available to help, so I was at the mercy of those damned telemarketers. Argh!
  4. by   sbic56
    oraibi

    Wow. Interesting indeed. Makes sense, but can you imagine the look on your guests' faces when they ask to use the bathroom?
  5. by   Liddle Noodnik
    Originally posted by sbic56
    I couldn't risk not being available when they were younger and may need me while in school, though.
    I had a cell phone number that only the school, my kid, and few others had. They ALL knew it was ONLY for DIRE emergencies unless they were absolutely positive it was my day off!
  6. by   sbic56
    Originally posted by zoeboboey
    I had a cell phone number that only the school, my kid, and few others had. They ALL knew it was ONLY for DIRE emergencies unless they were absolutely positive it was my day off!
    Ah! Perfect solution. (Giving away my age now)...that wasn't an option for me because they weren't available yet!
  7. by   New CCU RN
    Originally posted by 3rdShiftGuy
    Can I quote you next time I'm sleepy before my shift ends?? LOL

    Excellent points. I said that just today on my day off. "I'm tired, I'm listening to my body and taking a nap. Screw cleaning this house." :chuckle

    It's amazing how many people abuse themselves and then run to the doctor later saying "I'm sick, fix me. But I want a pill, I don't want to change."
    HAHA I know, it is too bad sometimes on that last stretch... the 4 am-7am part for me personally, you can't go close your eyes...

    It really is true though that we so often abuse our bodies and then get upset when we are ill or injured.
  8. by   SmilingBluEyes
    Ok here is my simpleminded take on this "risk"-----

    I think it is more related to the poor diets, lack of regular vigorous exercise, and deprived sleeping habits of nightshifters. I make a CONCERTED effort to keep lots of fiber, fruits, veggies, etc in my diet. If I can't EAT a veggie/fruit, I drink a BIG glass of V-8 and am learning (slowly I admit), to leave the junk food alone. I also make it a point to get out in sunshine an hour or so a day (tough to do in Seattle at times, but there ARE lightboxes). AND I make darn sure to get my share of SLEEP; this is critical to survive nights. YOU MUST SLEEP, period, no ifs and or buts about it. So many don't though. I also strive to walk or use the cross-country ski machine for an hour at least 3 times a week.

    I hope these habits I am developing will help offset any cancer risk I may have by working nights. Most of the folks I know working nights take LOUSY care of themselves and it shows, physically and emotionally. I bet if SCRUPULOUS eating, exercise and wellness habits were maintained by nightshifters, the cancer rates they have linked to working nights would significantly drop! I'd almost stake my paycheck on it....
    Last edit by SmilingBluEyes on Jun 8, '03
  9. by   angelbear
    Ya know I think you may be right. I know my eating habits are all screwy and my excersise is limited to my very busy nightshift. However we have invested in a 18 ft round 4 ft deep pool. My dr says it would benefit my fibro pain and last yr it did big time and I lost a few lbs too and gained some energy. Plus I am sure I got more sunlight that way too. Now if only the dang weather would warm up. Maybe night shifters should develope a health support group for one another. Ya know to exchange simple ways of improving nutrition, sleep tips, and excersise tips. Just a thought.
  10. by   Teshiee
    Then next week we will probaly hear the same thing about working long hours.
  11. by   Tookie
    I truly beleive that night shift workers can accumulate poor health -
    BTW - nursing itself - contributes to poor habits - well it did when l was training - That is when due to the stuent hours and shift work in those days - we were pn the wards 40 hours all through training then you had study etc - that had the consquence for me (after moving to a town where l knew no one) to stop regular exercise and eat on the run - often 'then healthy (read stogdy) food - (this is 30 odd years ago - before low fat etc etc -

    I have done 14 and half years of nights unitl a souple of years ago - our choice - suited the children with school ect - l wish very much l stopped at 10 -

    I used to be very healthy - particulary when younger - l had a hugh output in both work, social life interests etc Decreasingly l have noticed this activity wane - I can no longer work and have the output l had

    Over the past few years l have had a number of health issues - recently having been off work for 2 plus months with heart concerns - I have a ghronic back and joint problems - I am only 52 (almost 53) - I am too young for all of this

    I am over weight - l dont exercise enough - have poor energy there have been other problems that the more l reflect upon my life which you do when you feel mortal the more l wish l had the knowledge of what long term night duty may have have caused me.

    However l will say here it is and was my chice that l did thhat shift so it is a responsibilli8ty that rest with me.

    What l would like seen happen in nursing schools - and for doctors who care for us is that there may be a consquence of night shift for nurses. - So people can make an informed choice.

    Enough of my raving on this - I noted one of the contributers mentioned cardiac probelsm with night shift - have you further information - l am only just developing and concentrationlevels to reallystart reading up on some of my issues at the moment

    If you have read through all of this Thank you - I feel l have gone ont a rave again
    Cheers
    Tookie
  12. by   babs_rn
    Night shifts also predispose you to serious digestive disorders and heart disease, obesity, and diabetes (all due to sleep disorders)...there's still the whole circadian rhythm argument, which is a valid one. I lost two whole years of my life in my memory because of night shift. Those years are gone. I don't remember them at all.
  13. by   angelbear
    Can you believe where I work they dont even give us a 3rd shift diff? Am I an idiot or what? Actually my handicapped son cant be left alone so this is the only thing that works for us right now. I have become quite the hermit I dont know if it is from my 5 yrs on nights, nursing period or just me but there you have it.

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