Golden Gazette • November 2016 • Page 19
Optimism about the future of health care There’s always something to learn from looking in the rear view mirror. That goes for health as well as many other walks of life like career, relationships, and child rearing. I choose to laugh as we notice all of the folly in our lives. Otherwise, we might cry. When I was a child, it was very popular to remove children’s tonsils. I had mine out when I was 19 years old. I don’t remember us asking if there wasn’t something we could do to keep my tonsils. It never occurred to me, at that time, that I don’t have any spare parts. They appeared to be offending me, so we cut them out. Fast forward to 2016, and I can’t remember the last time I heard of a child having tonsils removed. Can you? And then there was butter. Remember how we were supposed to take all of the fat out of our diets? Fat was bad for you, would make you have a heart attack, and it would make you fat. And now, the talk is all about how we need to have enough fat in our diets. We are deficient in the “right” kinds of fats, and that makes us be fatigued. Our mind isn’t as sharp, and we are fatter when we don’t eat enough fat. And because we took fat out of the diet, we are vitamin D deficient. Vitamin D Until I was 13, I thought my name was ShutUp. - Joe Namath
is a fat-soluble vitamin we only get in food that has fat. However, the sun is our body’s partner in giving us the vitamin D we need. I can’t blame it all on taking fat out of the diet. At about the same time, we decided that the sun is bad for us, and we need to wear sunscreen all the time so we don’t get the bad rays. However, no one talks about the fact that the rays the sunscreen blocks are not the rays that cause cancer. Nonetheless, we quit eating fat and wore sunscreen and now we are vitamin D deficient. That plan, to avoid the sun and fat in the diet, clearly didn’t work. And if you have noticed, we Americans are fatter than ever. I wonder about our creator from a perspective of the greater plan. Would we be given a sun that gives us wonderful sunshine if we should avoid it? The sun has been here much longer than we have, and sunshine seems so natural. What about all of those who came before us? Before you think I am a sunbather, I am not. I have sensitive, redheaded complexion. I know I have to limit sun exposure, but I did that long before we
had sunscreen. I don’t tan, just burn.. Common sense is needed. And the pendulum does tend to swing one-way and then the other. Sometimes we have to stand back and ask, “Does that make sense?” If we could fast forward 50 years into our future, I wonder what we will know then that we don’t know now about what is good or not so good for the body? What are we doing now that we will laugh about in the future? Frankly, I am very optimistic about the future of health care. If you have a bum knee, I’ll bet they won’t be doing replacements. They will have more options that we have today. The cutting edge today is to do PRP, which is protein rich plasma, injections along with stem cells. Would you rather have a few injections or would you rather have a construction crew work on your knee? I’d rather have a few shots. I believe that better options are coming our way from medicine. But these options do not take the place of taking care of ourselves to the best of our ability. We
know that it is wonderful to have a replaced knee, but it isn’t better than having the original knee when it was working correctly. I would prefer to keep all of my parts, and at the same time would be appreciative of a new part if I had to have one. I’m going to let you in on a secret.
I am taking a treatment that, I’m sure most of you haven’t heard about. I hadn’t until recently. And because you are my trusted readers, I will let you see for yourself the results. Be sure to read this column in two months when I will let the cat out of the bag.
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