Monday, November 16, 2015

Why Our Silicon Valley Lifestyle is Killing Us

In his new book, “Lack of Sufficient SLEEP MATTERS” Roger W. Washington, M.D. Reveals Root Cause of Illness

Santa Clara, CA, November 16, 2015 - The new book, “Lack of Sufficient SLEEP MATTERS: Decode The Root Cause of Your Illness,” by Roger W. Washington, M.D., decodes the root cause of illness he discovered in California’s Silicon Valley, where according to a new report “a toxic cocktail of poor nutrition, sleep deprivation, and stress….is causing an epidemic of advanced aging.”

The lifestyle of coping with stress and responsibility by sleeping less to do more is typical of Silicon Valley workers and is becoming ubiquitous across society. Sleeping less is leading to obesity, diabetes, high blood pressure and heart attacks, as well as a host of immune disorders that we do not ordinarily think of as being related to lack of sleep, such as breast cancer, blood clots, infections and rashes. Miscarriage, the premenstrual syndrome, migraines, depression even childhood colic are directly attributable to lack of sleep and what Dr. Washington calls our A.C.C.E.L.E.R.A.T.E.D. lifestyle.

Working as a family physician in Silicon Valley, Dr. Washington sees all these problems and more. In “Lack of Sufficient SLEEP MATTERS,” he takes us into his practice with patient stories showing how he listens with great curiosity about their activities, states of mind, and emotions leading up to when they became ill. He shows us how a crash and burn pattern develops and then startles us with the common threads he found across all sorts of illnesses. When he traces these illnesses back to his patients’ own habit patterns of dealing with life’s pressures by borrowing energy to accelerate their daytime activities, we are floored to find an unpaid sleep debt at the nexus of them all.

In “Lack of Sufficient SLEEP MATTERS: Decode The Root Cause of Your Illness,” Dr. Washington gives readers the tools to understand:

* Why sickness predictably occurs after we slowdown from demanding activities, not during

* How lack of sufficient sleep (LOSS) is the trigger for diseases such as migraines, IBS, PMS, fibromyalgia, and neuropathy

* How the onset of diabetes, which is supposedly genetic and environmental, could be delayed or even prevented with proper sleep patterns

* A simple algebraic equation to predict and prevent becoming ill

* A set of Sick Questions to ask to isolate and pinpoint behaviors that lead to illness

* The type of sleep needed to achieve good health and longevity

About the Author: A Stanford Medical School graduate and Academy of Family Physicians Fellow, Roger W. Washington has answered the question, “Doctor, Why Am I Sick?” for 30 years. In his first book, “Lack of Sufficient SLEEP MATTERS,” Dr. Washington decodes the root cause of illness he discovered in California’s Silicon Valley, where sacrificing sleep is the norm.

To download a free chapter of Dr. Washington’s book, go to For more information, visit the online press kit at and the public site, For interviews contact Executive Publicist Michelle Tennant Nicholson, 828-749-3200,

Michelle Tennant Nicholson
Wasabi Publicity, Inc.
Santa Clara, CA

Dr Melanie Joy among the Speakers at the ETHIIC Round Table: When Ethics Meet Economy

On Thursday, November 19, 2015, 9:30am 11:00am, Smart City Expo World Congress, Congress Area Meeting Room 1, Fira De Barcelona, Gran Via Venue, Barcelona, Spain.

Barcelona, Spain, November 16, 2015 - On Thursday November 19, 2015 a panel of speakers will meet at the Smart City Expo World Congress for a round table on Ethics and Economy.

The event has been organized by ETHIIC, the multisectorial network that creates connections between consumers and ethical, sustainable companies.

The focus of discussion will be the fact that people are increasingly better informed about environmental issues, human rights and animal rights. Consumers are ready to take steps to make a difference, and that’s why ethical products and services are booming and ready to go mainstream.

How easy is living in an ethical way for those who want things to be fast, ready and cool? How easy is “just giving it a try” for those who are potentially sensitive but a bit too lazy to try something new unless is it right there in front of them and presented in a very appealing way? Are public administrations and companies ready to meet this new latent need and make ethical services and products easily available to everyone? Can we still afford to live in a non-ethical, non-sustainable way?

The ETHIIC round table seeks discussion on the importance of re-directing the money flow from un-ethical businesses toward a sustainable economy that respects humans, animals and the environment according to a paradigm developed for urban areas.

A recent Nielsen survey reveals that an ever growing number of consumers (55% in 2014) are willing to pay extra for products and services from companies committed to positive social and environmental impact.

A growing number of celebrities invites their followers to live in a more ethical way. Sir Paul McCartney: “If anyone wants to save the planet, all they have to do is just stop eating meat. That's the single most important thing you could do. It's staggering when you think about it. Vegetarianism takes care of so many things in one shot: ecology, famine, cruelty”

No wonder the vegetarian/vegan trend is burgeoning worldwide. For instance, Eurispes forecasts that 50% of the Italian population will go vegetarian or vegan by 2050.

The United Nations (2014 population report) stresses that cities may offer opportunities to expand access to sustainable product and services for large numbers of people in an economically efficient manner and allow them to enjoy healthier lives overall. This is precisely one of the topics that will be discussed.

• Dr. Melanie Joy, Ph.D., Ed.M.
Harvard-educated psychologist, professor of psychology and sociology, celebrated speaker, and president of Beyond Carnism, Melanie Joy is the author of the award-winning international best seller Why We Love Dogs, Eat Pigs, and Wear Cows, with translations soon to be published in 11 languages and top book pick by television host Ellen DeGeneres. Dr. Joy was the eighth recipient of the Institute of Jainology’s Ahimsa Award for her work on global non violence (past recipients include the Dalai Lama and Nelson Mandela).

Impact Hub Barcelona - Patricia
ETHIIC, Plaza Real 18/2°
Barcelona, Spain