RANT: Airplane Seats

airplane seats

Is it me or could there be more ergonomic airplane seats? Who designed these frigging things? Unless you are 6’3″, the headrest thrusts the back of your head forward, forcing your chin toward your chest like you are monitoring your cleavage.  While I so enjoy the jolting head bobbing that goes on when I hit deep REM’s on a plane,  I have often wished I could somehow unscrew my head and put it in my lap for the flight’s duration–that’d allow for some serious zzzz’s.  Realizing it’s unlikely I’d ever be able to safely unscrew my head and, upon landing, re-attach it effectively,  as a frequent flier, I had to take action.

And by the way, neck “pillows” don’t work– I’ve tried them all–whether it’s a $20 u-shaped bean bag or the inflatable kind (even a turgid pre-inevitable slow leak).

My husband thought it absurd when I asked him to get me a c-spine collar, you know the type they put on patients with a neck injury.  But I was snoring like an 80-year-old in a rocking chair when I donned that thing on a transcontinental flight; and then again on a transatlantic flight.  Once I got over the fact that it felt as if I was feigning injury, I slept like a hibernating bear.  Plus the chin support keeps your mouth from open mouth breathing on your seat-mate.  Which I kind of miss.

I’m telling you, if I could think of a clever name and make the c-collar look a little sexier, I’d never have an uncomfortable flight again, because A) I’d have on my “Neck-Mate” and B) I’d be traveling on my own jet, paid for by all the “Neck-Mate” profits.  Plus I’d be banking REM’s,

Is it pertinent to include this rant in a healthy nutrition blog? Um, yes. Do you make healthier choices when you’ve slept well? You’re gosh darn right you do!

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Madeleine Vanstory attended Duke University and began her post-graduate journey at The Elaine Clark Center working with special needs children. She went on to work as a Clinical Research Scientist running clinical trials for the CDC and developing medical devices for Welsh Allen, Abbot Labs, Roche and Johnson & Jonhson Her work included non-invansive cervical cancer detection, continuous diabetic glucose monitoring, non-harmful infant bilirubin level detection and studying Vitamin C's anti-aging effects on the skin. Madeleine attended Medical school at The Brody School of Medicine at East Carolina University and completed a residency in Family Medicine at Moses Cone Hospital in Greensboro NC. Dr. Madeleine Vanstory is a board certified Family Physician who has practiced all over the world. She has lead medical missions in Kenya and Honduras. She has participated with Operation Smile in Russia, she has patients in North Carolina, Maine, Oregon and New Zealand. Dr. Vanstory has worked the medical tents in the Marine Corps marathon in Washington DC and at the Kona Ironman World Championships. And Dr. Vanstory has marched with the Surgeon General promoting "Exercise is Medicine" at the World Congress Sports Medicine Conference. Disillusioned by the current health care system and armed with the realization that culture, nutrition and emotional well-being have a profound impact on health, Dr. Vanstory now motivates clients and patients to discover the healthiest versions of themselves through humor, counseling in her "Upgrade Your Health" Wellness Program.

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