Most people today think of Christmas as a time of gift giving, reflection and family, however one study pointed out that this time of year accounts for 12.4 percent more deaths than usual.
A spike in the amount of heart attacks and deaths from other causes were reported to occur in a much higher speed over the Christmas and New Year’s holiday than any other days of the year. Results of a study revealed that over the 14 days spanning the Christmas and New Year’s holiday season, there was nearly a 5 percent jump in heart-related deaths and non-heart-related deaths.
This radical surge in deaths over the holidays accounted for almost 43,000 more deaths than would have been expected.
Researchers explored some of the possible reasons for the substantial number of deaths during this time period.
* People were either too busy or feeling too festive to seek medical care or go to the hospital over the holidays
* Changes in medical staff over the holidays might compromise the quality of medical care
Experts recommended not putting off seeking medical attention if it’s needed just because it is the holiday season. They also urged holiday travelers to research their medical resources prior to taking their trip.
Researchers agreed that more studies need to be conducted in order to learn what triggers the “Merry Christmas coronary” and the “Happy New Year heart attack.”
Yahoo! News December 13, 2004
Dr. Mercola’s Comment:
If you’re a physician or work in a hospital you will understand what a major affect the hospital staff can have on patient status. More and more the hospital has become a place for the very seriously injured or impaired. This further compounds the challenge of improperly or less than optimally trained for vacation coverage. It is well known that hospital deaths grow over the weekend. Considering that drugs and physicians are the top factors for deaths, my vote for the key reason as to why the holidays have an increased death rate are the care they receive in the hospital setting.
Fortunately for you this is a simple one. If you’re following the Total Health Program the odds that you will require hospital care at some stage is extremely low. Being proactive and staying out of the hospital, not only do you radically reduce your risk of dying over the holidays, you may feel so great you can more fully appreciate the social aspects of the season.