Aug 092011
 

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This blog entry is based on a study that found people whose legs twitch incessantly while sleeping also had heart problems.

 The reason this story belongs in the Scientists R Stoopid section is that the legs are motivated directly by the heart, so of course a problem with the legs is related to some kind of heart condition. 

For that matter, the entire body is connected to the heart. Almost all physical ailments will be associated with a corresponding unique heart problem. The area of the heart affected is determined by the part of the body exhibiting the physical ailment.

This picture shows the heart connection of the right arm if you can see it.

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 If you cannot see the connection, it is shown in the next series of pictures. The connection leaves the heart,

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travels up to the shoulder,

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then down around the arm back to the hand over the heart

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The next picture highlights the circular nature of the connection.

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It may be hard to make out, but the line is supposed to be following along the underside and inside of the arm. That is what is known as the “Yin” part of the arm in Yin Yang Theory.

The direct connection between the heart and movement of the body have been known for generations. Western scientists are just verifying their stoopidity with this study because it tells everyone else they have just learned this information.

The disciplines of Chinese Medicine and Kung Fu are both aware the heart motivates the rest of the body directly. Those disciplines have allegedly been around for thousands of years. There are also many other disciplines that originated in countries with similar long histories and cultural beliefs like Japan, India, etc. that have the same knowledge.

The original news story is reprinted below.

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Could Restless Legs Point To Troubled Heart?

 Nearly a decade ago, television and movie actor Kevin Dobson, now 68, took on a new role in a play. The job, he said, was one of the toughest he’s had, but not because of the acting.

“I was functioning on two or three hours of sleep,” said Dobson, perhaps best known for his role as assistant district attorney Bobby Crocker on the TV show “Kojack.”

“I wondered how I was going to get the energy to perform the next day” he said.

Dobson could feel his leg slightly twitching at random moments through the night. The intensity of the twitching grew over time, and the only relief, he said, was to get up and walk around.

“It’s painful, and the hard part is that it lasts for a moment,” said Dobson. “It’s a little twitch here and there and then it gets to the point where it’s uncontrollable.”

Not only did the twitching keep Dobson awake, it affected his wife Susan.

It wasn’t until a decade later that Dobson, during a routine physical exam, told his doctor about his symptoms.

“He knew right away that it was restless legs syndrome,” said Dobson, who was then prescribed medication to relieve his symptoms. “I wished I would’ve told him sooner.”

Restless legs syndrome, characterized by incessant leg twitching during the night, affects nearly 12 million Americans and is responsible for nearly one-third of insomnia cases, according to the Restless Legs Syndrome Foundation.

While it’s unclear what causes the condition, preliminary new evidence suggests that some who suffer from restless legs syndrome are more likely to suffer left ventricular hypertrophy, a hardening of the heart muscles that more than doubles the risk of having a heart attack.

Researchers at the Mayo Clinic conducted an overnight sleep study on 584 patients who were diagnosed with Restless Legs Syndrome. Those who moved their legs more frequently while asleep were more likely to be older, male and to suffer from heart disease.

The findings were presented Monday at the American College of Cardiology’s 60th annual scientific session. The study adds to mounting evidence that getting less sleep can increase your risk for heart troubles, said Dr. Arshad Jahangir, professor of medicine at the Mayo Clinic and lead researcher of the study.

Research Opens The Door to Understanding Restless Legs

Although Dobson said he doesn’t suffer from any heart conditions, many who are diagnosed with restless leg syndrome tend to have higher blood pressure and increased heart rate.

But Jahangir said the association between restless leg syndrome and the heart is not clear. One hypothesis is that the sleeplessness associated with restless leg could be contributing to the increase in heart problems.

Jahangir says these findings are yet another reminder for patients and physicians to recognize potential effects of restless leg syndrome.

“RLS is often overlooked among physicians because many think the syndrome doesn’t even exist,” said Jahangir. “It’s important for patients to discuss their symptoms with their physicians and for physicians to ask.”

Three years after the initial study, those found to have left ventricular hypertrophy had a higher likelihood of suffering from heart failure, frequent heart related hospital visits, and heart-related death.

Jahangir said more studies need to be conducted to confirm his initial findings. He said it’s also unclear whether medications that relieve restless leg symptoms can also work to prevent potential hypertrophy and other heart conditions experienced by patients.

“We need to get more data before we recommend and guidelines,” said Jahangir. “We are raising more questions than answering questions here, but we’re paving the way to learn more.”

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