Ergonomics, Exercise and the Computer Use Experience

Muscleloskeletal Pain and Suffering from Computer Use Can Be Reduced

A lot of people have heard of ergonomics (the science of designing the workplace to fit workers’ needs) at work. The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) and The National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) have issued a lot of directives to handle workstation issues but computer related health conditions felt by the people I get to talk to seem to be on the increase. Nothing seems to be working to abate the problem and many have come to expect it as a way of life and what you need to suffer to make a living, put food on the table and have a roof over your head.

I have good news it can be better. Muscleloskeletal pain, Depression, Anxiety, Eye problems and many other issues people are suffering can be minimized.

Sure the computer will always hurt as it is sedentary and exposes us to so many electrical and chemical toxins and violates many of the fundamental coded way of human existence an example of which is that it forces us to look at a source of light at close proximity with little blink function activated.

When we work at the computer our eyes need to focus and refocus constantly because pixels are not the same as words on paper. Words on paper are static and as an IT profession I will tell you pixels are not static hence there is stress involved in viewing things on a computer screens or any other visual display terminal (cell phones, videogames etc.).

This is a big problem, as everything today seems to have a screen as manufacturers try to get us to buy “stuff” because they have come to realize that we are visual people more affected by our vision than anything else. What we see has more sway.

One thing I have noticed is that many people stay glued to their computers, cell phones (sending texts) etc. for too long without exercising the rest up their bodies apart from their fingers. This is contrary to our normal way of exercising most of our body muscles in concert when carrying out most of lives’ activities. This cannot be good for our health.

My advice is to take a bathroom break often. Walk over to a colleague and ask some questions. Look up and wave to someone across the hall with a smile, stretch if you can without drawing attention, walk round the office block during your lunch break, occasionally open the widow or door and take in some fresh air (remember to avoid the smoking sections). Indeed be creative in finding ways to exercise your body part so no part is overused and non underused. This is something you have to make a conscious effort of doing. It will not come automatically or painlessly if you have been guilty of no exercise for a long time. The rewards are however worth it. You will feel better. Your body will thank you for it. This is one of the many things you can do to help minimize the effect of computer use on your health. It is neither expensive nor onerous but it will save you tons of money in medical expenses and you will be a better person to live with.

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Both OSHA and NIOSH have very educational websites. You may want to visit them to see what your employer is expected to comply with in terms of workspace comfort and ensure you at least get that level of help.


Computer Use and the World of Make Belief

Virtual Entrapment is the Reality of Our Lives Today as Humans

Is everyone like me or am I the only one that has come to realize that as a human I over time became less and less able to deal with reality but lived in a fantasy world of my own making where what I believed or said or saw on the computer or television was more real than reality and anything that conflicted with that comfort zone I rejected as false.

That is how I came to believe computers did not hurt and was unable to tie the many issues of headaches, dry eyes, allergy and asthma like symptoms I was having to the unnatural nature o the computer use environment. Since nobody on television or the computer said it was a problem it could not be a problem or else the media would have blown the trumpet.

As a result of my own experience I am now better able to discern things, understand peoples behavior, help them better and be less judgmental knowing the root of their lack of concern.

It is not that people do not want to help themselves and want to commit a slow suicide by not taking the necessary measures to help them minimize the issues they face, the problem is that we are have all become deficient to different degree in the biochemicals that help us understand and appreciate the full consequences of our action.

It is like the high people get from drugs that make them feel invincible and which when they do not have they are unable to cope without, and find themselves unable to cope with the realities of life/.

It is this same thing that happens with the computer and all other visual display terminal gadgets such as cell phones, blackberries, television etc. You feel lost if you have not had a computer use shot, you get on the computer everyday even when not at work and when you have nothing in particular to surf for on the Internet and spend hours just idling away at the computer.

While on the computer you feel kind of exited from your daily shot and your ability to shut out reality and live in a virtual world that you can control and where the only reality is o your own choosing.

The cumulative effect of this kind of existence coupled with the make believe world thrown at us by the television and Hollywood, is a tendency to retreat into this make believe world anytime something unpleasant shows up. The result of all this escapism is that we are all gradually losing touch with reality.

It is manifested in our politics. It is also manifested in our online comments many of which sometimes do not correlate with the message of the article.

And just like with any other aphrodisiac, we have come to believe we are invincible.

Because in the case of the computer we are able to get continuous shots all day we never allow ourselves to get a low it is easily accessible and so we are never forced to reassess our behavior and decisions until the long term negative consequences come to roost and it too late to put in any preventive measures.

It is at that point we look for whom to blame or fix us and when we do not find anyone we become bitter all from not being proactive.

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Let me have your comments. I do welcome comments and new ideas. Thank you for reading.


Computer Use and the Growing Phenomenon of Teenage Depression and Other Mental Issues – Part II of a Two Part Article

Part II

….. Continued from Part I

Teenage depression. How did we get here from the age of the teenage years being the no worries age to that where kids have to worry about anti depressants like adults with lifetime consequences for their growing brains.

The technology age is a difficult one for parents. Computers, the Internet, video games, cell phones and so one are all double edged tools. They are useful for quick communication and carrying our some certain tasks as well as for keeping the children busy.

The problem is that their use must be monitored and controlled to prevent them from becoming a curse. Secondly, once in place, parents need to enforce the controls they put in place. Children cannot be left to control themselves. That part of the brain is not yet full developed in them. Even if they seem responsible parents need to follow up to avoid irreparable surprises.

Consequently, On the one hand parenting has become much more difficult than in previous generations while on the other hand the need to work long hours leaving children to their devises for long periods of time in order to put food on the table for these same children has become more acute..

Thus while the child needs the parent’s attention, the parent needs to spend more time trying to provide for the child. This conflict in many cases results in children being allowed to be on computer devices for too long.

It may therefore be a good preventive measure for parents and schools to monitor and set limits for computer use and exposure for these children. They may complain as teenager will always do and feel stifled but the discipline and the reduction in artificial light exposure will reap huge dividends in better mental health.

It may indeed also be a good thing for parents to spend quality time talking to their children to find out how computer use and internet exposure especially social websites, games, the news they read and online comments are affecting them. This should be done regularly

Further if any stressful incidence occurs locally or internationally that children get to know about, it is advisable to talk it out with them instead of allowing them to use their computers as their comforter as many people both children and adults seem to be doing in today’s world.

A computer is lifeless and cannot convey or filter emotions and can therefore not be a source of comfort for emotional stress. Reliance on it could therefore lead to feelings of emptiness, loneliness, anger, and depression and so on as serious biochemical imbalances set in.

Going for daily walks in the daytime and absorbing sunlight which is life containing and which is naturally coded to stimulate our brains to produce emotion balancing biochemicals as well as exercising, prayer, forgiving, talking to others, reading (especially reading the human computer user manual we call the Bible to gain a better understanding of how we are coded to be) and eating foods that provide the nutrients needed by the brain to produce these biochemicals would be a better bet.

Sadly, teenage depression is indeed a reality in today’s world and it is growing fueled in part by the heavily wired life we adult have bestowed upon them.

Computer Use and the Growing Phenomenon of Teenage Depression and Other Mental Issues – Part I of a Two Part Article

This is an article I wrote in 2010 that is still current today – Read and enjoy

There are many kinds of mental issues that afflict humans including depression, schizophrenia, Bi polar disorder and so on. Depression is a mental issue that afflicts many people in our society today. Mental issues are really a result of our inbuilt stress management system being overwhelmed in one or more areas.

In bygone years depression was considered an adult only issue. Today however, both adults and children are routinely diagnosed with depression unlike the pre computer age when children played around more, ate organic food, were less exposed to artificial light and childhood depression was a rare occurrence if ever seen.

Stress to our system can be generated by a host of things including the presence of toxins in our bodies. Other factors include chemical, genetic, nutritional and electrical imbalances. Imbalances can result from work or relationship issues as well as environmental and genetically inherited factors and so on.

At least four of the stress factors – Toxins and chemical, nutritional and electrical imbalance are inherent in computer use, making users susceptible to various mental issues including depression like symptoms. These imbalances and stresses could also make those with genetic susceptibility more at risk.

There is no age at which exposure to stressors cannot wreak havoc in the system. The risk for teenagers is increased by the fact that their brains and body functions are still in the developing phase and may not have developed the capacity for handling certain stresses at the time of exposure. This constant rapid brain change can also mask the problem for a long time before it is detected.

The fact is that the use of computer devices of all kinds including iPhones, cell phones, video games, classroom teaching and learning devises in school and at home for study and recreation may be placing unusually high demand on the body’s nutrient, nerve and brain messaging biochemicals beyond what the growing body can effectively handle. This has serious current as well as future implications for today’s youth.

The lure of light generating devises may be too much for teenagers to handle without parental or other adult control. If parents or guardians for example are not vigilant the trouble may not be detected for a long time.

Today’s teenagers grew up on the computer and so have been exposed to these stresses for quite a while with accumulative weakening consequences for their natural body anti stress mechanism.

Computer-related health conditions take a long time to fully manifest, which may be why so many seem to suddenly be having issues. It is a build up that is now erupting much like a volcano takes a long time to build up before it erupts.

If parents do not notice the problem until behavioral issues get out of hand, there could be permanent damage done that would have implication for the rest of a child’s life.

According to The National Institute for Mental Health (NIMH), “National Survey confirms that youths are disproportionately affected by Mental Disorders.”. They also say that ” mental disorders most commonly start in early life”

….. to be continued in part II

Please be sure to read part II. I will be providing some very simple practical suggestions


National Institute for Mental Health article –

Computer Use Addiction

Computer Use Induces the Excessive Production of Dopamine, creating the Same Addictive Condition as Alcohol and Psychedelic Drugs

Many people may suspect that they and other computer users they know are excessive users of computer devices such as laptops, desktops, cell phones, iPads, iPhones, video games and so on.

Many people find they feel a need to constantly be on one computer device or the other especially those that enable online access even when they do not have to.

This is a sign of computer use addiction. They also may feel or realize that they have a certain feeling of satisfaction and of being in control, able to do whatever they like without inhibition or have a heady feeling that they do not have to exercise self discipline or self control when using these devices.

They may feel a compulsion to get back on these devices even when they have a headache, feel irritable or have a problem with the glare in a bid to continue this uninhibited false feeling of freedom to do as they please.

This is the same experience that people who are addicted to other things such as alcohol, psychedelic drugs and so on experience. These feelings may be amplified if their social life is computer device dependent especially if it is emailing, texting and social website dependent.

If in addition, work communication is totally email dependent, an individual may be so highly wired up and lose so much of the ability to handle non computer based conversation that they are unable to express themselves properly in regular human contact situations. This could result in a host of emotional problems such as frustration, anger and disappointment at being misunderstood by others.

In some cases, individuals may fall into virtual entrapment and become trapped in a fantasy world of their own unable to handle reality. Today there are virtual worlds created online where individuals can buy virtual property, have a virtual family and have a virtual life that is under their control just the way they want it hence dehumanizing the human life experience. These virtual worlds are very expensive.

The health hazards as we can see, are multifaceted as brain biochemicals become depleted resulting in over firing of excitative ones like dopamine and noradrenalin, which in turn could result in severe biochemical imbalances and subsequent behavioral and mental issues over time as well as issues mimicking heart, allergy and organ malfunction problems as well as cancer

I hope I have began to get you to start thinking about your computer use and the need for moderation and control to avoid excessive addiction Thank you for reading and for your comments.

Year 2015 New Year resolutions for the wired person

Who is a wired person and why would such a person need a New Year resolution?

In today’s world, most of us are wired people as we spend most of the day wired to one electronic gadget or another. We feel a compulsion to be connected not to other people in face to face conversation but to electronic devises that provide a feeling of empowerment, for example, computers, ipads, cell phones and so on.

New Year resolutions are the fad for most people each year, as they contemplate on what happened in their lives during the year and think of areas they want or need to improve on.

Many people make resolutions involving their health, exercise regimen, diet, finances, jobs, prayer life, church attendance and so on

Wired people are no different as they are most people in today’s world and consequently are in the New Year resolution making business

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Computer use induced depressive emotions feel like Seasonal Affective Disorder

Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD) is a depressive disorder felt during the winter months when the availability of sunlight both in terms of intensity and duration of sunlight hours is low.

Many people become deficient in a class of biochemicals called inhibitory neurotransmitters such as serotonin and Gamma Amino butyric acid (GABA) leading to feelings of depression and inability to cope with life.

Many find themselves crying, feeling hurt unable to take criticism, cranky and unable to handle even a hint of the simplest arguments.

This syndrome is sometimes called the winter blues. To handle thee situation many just avoid others. Family members of sufferers get most of the brunt as their lives are turned into a hot mess or fighting match on a continuous basis.

How does this match up with computer use induced depressive symptoms?

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This syndrome is sometimes called the winter blues. To handle thee situation many just avoid others. Family members of sufferers get most of the brunt as their lives are turned into a hot mess or fighting match on a continuous basis.

How does this match up with computer use induced depressive symptoms?

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How to use the autumn/fall season to prepare for the winter

We are in fall season or if you prefer autumn now and it will gradually get very cold from now till the end of the year when we enter the really cold winter season.

Now is the time to prepare your body for the hard work of keeping you healthy when the going gets tough in winter. Here are a few things you can do to prepare your body.

  1. 1. Eat healthily by visiting your local community farmers market or one near you or that has farmers selling the type of produce you need. Most of them are outdoors at this time making a visit a great outdoor walking exercise. Not all will be open in winter but all are open during the fall.

If you do not know which one to go to, try my favorite farmers market – The Montclair Farmers’ market.

There are 2 farmers’ markets in Montclair; the newer one is on Tuesdays in the afternoon at South Park Street near the YMCA i.e. close to Bloomfield Ave.

The original Montclair Farmers’ market, which is my absolute favorite……… To read the complete article go to


The Silent, Ignored Global Epidemic – Part III of a Three Part Article

The Real Threat that Computer Related Health Conditions Pose to Our Global Economy and Civilization

Continued from Part II… I have been writing about computer related health conditions being the silent, ignored global epidemic. Please read on from where we left off in part II

Some people erroneously think they can cope with the issues they have because they go to bed and wake up refreshed the next day. The body will always try to cope until it can no longer do so and then it will crash like a regular computer. Computer related health issues take a long time to fully manifest. The daily symptoms we have are warning signs, which we all choose to ignore believing ignorance, is bliss. Sorry when it comes to this issue ignorance is not an option.

All is not lost. Though computers will always hurt that hurt can be minimized by trying to be in the presence of life containing light as much as possible in such a way that there is enough residual of life to handle our limited exposure to lifeless light without being overwhelmed. From my experience, it is the overwhelming of the soul area where light is seated in us that is the problem. This cannot be medicated.

Two of the many simple measures I have discovered will be to go for daily walks and read with the light of the sun daily. At lunchtime sit outside and read and go for a walk if possible. We were created to be outdoor people constantly replenishing our life light supply that enables us produce biochemicals that run our system and that enable motion and other life and behavioral functions.

That probably explains why the medical profession as a natural requirement for good health recommends being outdoors. It is the way our bodies are coded to operate.

Everyone must be wondering how I have come to the knowledge of this. Make no mistake I am not a medical professional. I am an IT and accounting professional who like everybody else never gave thought to the possibility of my computer use being a health issue until 2006 when I suffered several life threatening consequences of my 20 plus years of intensive computer use the doctors could not diagnose or treat as it all defied any medical logic.

I had such severe issues as comprehension and speech problems, attention deficit, panic attacks, chest pain, heart murmurs, anemia (my doctor threatened me with blood transfusion if nothing changed), lung murmurs (no history of allergies or asthma before then), allergy like symptoms, gall stones, liver cysts, fibroids, dry eyes, vision problem (I could read well long and short distance but everything was blurry anytime I attempted to read off the computer screen), carpel tunnel and tendonitis like pain, insomnia ( I did not sleep for months), serious body pain and so on. I am sure all this sounds frightening. Believe me I was frightened and thought I was going to die. My panic attacks wee so bad one of my doctors advised care as I could pass out and die. All tests showed no evidence of heart trouble.

In desperation, I decided to go to the only source that I knew would have the answer being the basis for our modern technology and from where we learned about codes and how to manipulate electromagnetic fields and how the human code was made to be which enables us develop the computer. I am talking about the human computer user manual we call the Bible. I studied like scientists of old and some modern ones too until I came to an understanding of our human code and was able to identified how my computer use had violated the codes. I was also able to identify various repair kits. After discussing what I had learned with my doctors, I started the slow road to recovery.

Excited as I was about being able to receive my healing by learning what to do my joy was tempered by the fact that it had come too late to save my career. It had taken too long for me to learn what to do. Hence though I can use the computer I cannot handle deadlines. It all has to be at my pace. The IT profession however is fast moving and totally dependent on deadlines unless you are your own boss. There is also very little room for error.

As I saw many others suffering who did not even have a clue about whether they were suffering or why and saw some marriages dissolve and heard tales of kids and young adults being diagnosed as psychotic or depressed from computer use as well as saw many I would consider computer addicts who needed a daily computer fix and were unable to have a normal life but lived in a virtual world, I realized I had been allowed to heal so I could tell others what to do.

I searched several national and international medical and scientific journals looking for how to present the facts in ways people could understand. This led to my writing several books I

I have written fifteen books on this topic all are available at my website by clicking on Shop (US addresses alone) and Book gallery (for all addresses worldwide including US) and at in print, They are also available in print for most ebook readers including ipad, kindle and so on. You can purchase kindle ebook versions from this website (click on “kindle” on the menu tab), but you have to go to the individual ebook store for all other ebook reader versions

I also have several websites and blogs dedicated to this topic including the one you are at right now and several others that have a lot of information, all aimed at educating us all.

I hope you will answer the call to action. I am going to be writing several articles and opinions about this issue. Please read them all and help yourself and all you know. You can be a long-term computer user without self-destroying but you must first acknowledge the need to do something. We therefore need to change the way we have been looking at this issue if we want to remain a healthy prosperous population on earth

Tell me about your computer related health issue experience. Ask questions and I will try and help as much as I can. Please remember that you must not self diagnose just look for a doctor who is ready to work with you as you will need close monitoring and some tests to identify what is depleted or missing. These tests do not show everything but are a good starting point. They were for me and could make a difference for you too.


The Silent, Ignored Global Epidemic – Part II of a Three Part Article

The Real Threat that Computer Related Health Conditions Pose to Our Global Economy and Civilization

Continued from Part I… I have been writing about computer related health conditions being the silent, ignored global epidemic. Please read on from where we left off in Part I

When we add the effect of alcohol consumption and smoking as many do when on the computer, and afterward throughout the day, it makes sense that we are ignorant of the fact that our body is telling us its stress management system is running into trouble from computer use. Even when we hear the call we are unable to discern what is missing and what to do to fix it.

The medical profession has little knowledge about this issue and it cannot be blamed because this is not an issue taught in medical school and it does not led itself to resolution by known and familiar medical practice measures. Hence anyone thinking they can litigate to make money is out of luck.

The technology industry has never given a safe limit for computer use and in fact such a warranty is impossible to give. This is unnatural exposure to toxins. No litigation possible anywhere sorry.

The symptoms I have described above are in fact not the same as the regular meanings of these symptoms but the body like any other computer is coded with a finite number of ways to express and manifest discomfort and so will express any inadequacy with the symptom in its database that is closest to what is going on in the body.

Consequently, computer related health conditions are routinely misdiagnosed for other issues. A good example is a symptom that resembles Carpel tunnel syndrome but which does not lend itself to resolution by applying regular carpel tunnel syndrome treatment. It in fact could be pain from the eye nerve. The way the nerve network is interconnected is more complex than any known computer.

Consider this – from my experience as an IT Professional I have seen similar situations in ERP systems such as Oracle Financials, which are complex enough that when something goes wrong in one module it may be the result of something else that started in another module and that has nothing to do with where the problem is being reported which is why system logs are a great troubleshooting tool.

For example, a problem with fixed assets may be a result of something in accounts payable that has nothing to do with asset purchase but which triggered a residual malfunction in the fixed assets processing system.

A similar situation happens with the nerves. One of my doctors put it this way “when the electrical current comes in through the eyes it goes into the nerve network from where it can be transported to any part of the body along the nerve pathway”. Hence it can go via the neck, shoulders and arms to the wrist and the fingers. Pain may or may not be felt along the pathway and the residual may be felt in the fingers and wrist.

This is not carpel tunnel or tennis elbow or tendonitis (if pain is felt in the ankles and or soles of the feet). It may be an infection of the eye nerve from exposure to toxic chemicals and light rays from the computer monitor.

We should all note that artificial electromagnetic fields are a function of the artificial nature of the light radiated off the computer screen. Because it is unnatural, it does not have all the light fields of the sun and it is lifeless. Our brains do not recognize it as light.

A University of Iowa article on computer Vision Syndrome,(see “Causes”) eyesandvision/computervisionsyndrome.html says we blink 66% less on the computer. I discovered that the blink function is not activated as it would when we are in the presence of sunlight. I n addition, I found out from experience that it does not stimulate the production of various biochemicals at an increased quantity to meet the effect of the stress of the light. Consequently,

I found that we feel relaxed in sunlight but anxious and uptight in the presence of computer light. I do believe that It is not just vitamin D, it is the life and other minerals, chemicals and bioshemicals (they are invisible and no one knows all there are, they could be millions or billons for all we know and there is no way to find out) that are coded into us through the sun that are missing making the artificial light’s code unrecognizable to the brain.

The only light our brains are coded with is that of the sun, moon and stars any other light from sources that are not naturally luminous do not and cannot have life.

To be continued in Part III……….

In Part III. I will provide information on how I came about all this knowledge and more about my own personal experience.

Please read all three parts to get the full picture I am trying to paint.

I have written fifteen books on this topic all are available on this website by clicking on Shop (US addresses alone) and Book gallery (for all addresses worldwide including US) and at in print, They are also available in print for most ebook readers including ipad, kindle and so on.

I also have several websites and blogs dedicated to this topic including the one you are at right now and several others that have a lot of information, all aimed at educating us all.

Again, remember that it is possible to deal with this issue and minimize it. You can be a long-term computer user without self-destroying but you must first acknowledge the need for the various preventive and management measures and actually put them in place and practice them.

Tell me about your computer related health issue experience. Ask questions and I will try and help as much as I can. One thing though you must not self diagnose just look for a doctor who is ready to work with you.

University of Iowa article on computer Vision Syndrome,(see “Causes”) eyesandvision/computervisionsyndrome.html