5. The American Express
A total of 225 million prescriptions are written annually for older America. At least 80% of these prescriptions are for mood-altering substances. Sleeping pills are the most frequently taken drug of all.
As noted, the problems are augmented because of the resulting drug complications due to multiple drug usage. When drugs are taken, the elderly are far more likely to have visible adverse reactions which are long-standing than are the young. In the latter, drugs usually produce acute symptoms which are repressed by another drug and then forgotten.
However, in the elderly, pill taking often leads to unexpected death. In the U.S., it seems we are so obsessed with drugs that we fail to study the ways of health!
We recently attended a lecture by a prominent surgeon. The lecture was intended to inform those persons who were about to retire as to the proper course of action. We found that most of those in attendance had long since retired.
They had come to listen to the sage advice of this eminent man of medicine, words that would restore them to health.
The surgeon’s first thesis was to assume that retirement comes with age and that with age comes disability. His first words of wisdom invited his guests to visit various nursing homes and to choose which one they thought would best suit their future needs. Why? Because this would be their final home!
Next, he began a long recitation of disorders and gave the medical solution. If you suffer from dropsy, why just take your pills. We have purified exact doses of digoxin. Retirement has a great salubrious effect, but you must continue the drug, and sometimes add a diuretic.
If you retire in the tropics, you must take your quinine regularly. Do you have a thyroid disorder? We have exact doses in tiny pills that aren’t hard to swallow and they are “curative” for myxedema or hypothyroid states. If diagnosed early enough, this physician noted, and then treated (with drugs was, of course, implied) regularly, mental, deterioration, weight gain, arteriosclerosis are prevented. Low thyroid states must be diagnosed early, before retirement, and the hormone continued through retirement. So, keep taking your pills.
If you haven’t retired yet and you’re having trouble with your gallbladder, get it out now. Don’t wait until you’re retired. We’re really getting more skilled at this sort of thing all the time. And don’t forget to take your aspirin every day to keep your blood pressure down! I take three myself.
In reference to pacemakers and heart blocks, he commented somewhat as follows: The block is an interruption in the electrical pathway making the heart beat. It is temporary or permanent. Your pacemaker can be inserted safely to stand by and cut in if the pathway fails. No longer are you subject to the unexpected faints and falls as the heart stops, blood pressure increases and brain fails. Moral: Keep checking the batteries. They last longer now.
Following the lecture, we introduced ourselves and requested a copy of the physician’s notes. The above is only a part of the advice given to all those sick, worried and suffering souls that day. Is this all modern medicine has to offer: Take your pills and have that surgery now! At the end of his talk, this highly-respected surgeon pulled out a long computer printout sheet. It extended for yards and yards. It represented the item by item billing for a single 28-day stay at a local hospital, at the end of which time, the patient had died. The total bill amounted to $28,950.00. His final words to the audience? Why, of course! “Don’t forget to take your pills!”
- 1. Introduction
- 2. Older People Need Support
- 3. The Path We Travel
- 4. A Contrasting View
- 5. The American Express
- 6. The Hygienic Approach—Case Studies
- Article #1: Inward Time By Alexis Carrel, M.D.
- Article #2: Overnutrition—All About Protein By The Doctors McCarter
- Article #3: Health
- Article #4: Why Exercise?