Medical Meltdown


 

It seems the medical community is having a meltdown. Not a day goes by without some disclosure on the latest information about what you should omit or include in your health profile. The latest AARP Bulletin cover story screams headlines about what 10 tests to avoid. I can’t go over all of them due to lack of space, but here are a few that most of you are aware of. Over the years I have had some of these tests multiple times at the insistence of my doctors. Now we’re being told a yearly pap test is not necessary, and women of average risk only need them every three years. What exactly is average risk? Bone density tests for women 50 to 65 may be a waste of time. The ultimate irony is that some of the medications for bone loss can create a host of issues including thigh bone fracture, heartburn, muscle pain,  and necrotic jaw. It makes you wonder “who’s on first”? Strength training works on bone density, but unfortunately most people would rather pop a pill then spend time in a gym.

   What really blew my mind was that according to the article “there’s little evidence that having an annual checkup can keep you healthy. Many tests that doctors perform-to diagnose anemia, liver disease, or urinary tract infections, for example-don’t make sense unless there’s a reason to suspect a problem.” They are not suggesting that you never see a doctor, especially if you suspect your ill. Herein lies the conundrum. Blood pressure, and heart disease are often silent until it’s too late.

    The AARP magazine decided to let you do some testing on yourself. See if you can smell peanut butter through your left nostril while your right is closed ten inches from your face. If you can’t you could be on the road to dementia. Try getting up from the floor from a sitting position. HA HA! Can you open a jar, sleep well or recognize famous? Can a thirteen year old recognize Betty Davis? 

     Here’s some of my tests:* Do you laugh often, especially at your self?* Does your life have meaning * Are you altruistic? *Are you having fun? The answers to these question might lengthen your life, but I can assure you they will improve the quality.

   

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An international stress management and humor consultant whose wit, and irreverent humor, has, for over 30 years raised the humor potential in all of us. She is on the Mass General advisory council for anxiety and depression and was recently awarded the National Humor Treasure Award. Loretta writes a weekly newspaper column called, 'Get a Life'.
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One Response to Medical Meltdown

  1. Marlynn says:

    Holy son-of-a-gun BatGirl – I’m 67 years old and work out with a trainer twice a week, plays tennis twice a week, and partakes in what is known as “cardio” boxing. Now one of these three specific activities could do me in an anytime especially back-talking my trainer who I have had since 2001. But then again he probably saved me because of his crappy nagging through workouts since I have been through open heart surgery to get a mechanical aortic valve and breast cancer stage 1 + radiation. He and I have laughed through it all. However, after all this workout – get up from sitting on the floor. No with out a lot of roll over, butt in air, on all fours using a bench for support. Have not tried the peanut butter. My bone density still depletes because of blood thinner. It sometimes is just down right laughable what the medical community and AARP brings on themselves. I say, as I’m certain you do, laughter is the bestest medicine. If we can laugh, live, love all our way through life we can get through it a little easier. Thanks for giving me a chuckle this morning! OK, still at work and on the internet – oh oh –

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