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Just a Heads Up! Be Wary of Health Cures

A fellow employee with whom I worked closely had a bad "ticker".

He was encouraged by medical professionals to accept bypass surgery for his blockage problem. Needless to say, he would have been concerned.

A fellow employee, now about 96 years old, advised him not to undergo the surgery, but to drink this healthy mixture he prescribed and walk a good deal during the lunch hour. The two, occasionally with one or two others, were out every day, rain or shine, for their walk.

Well, in the meantime, my parents had died and left some $40,000 dollars to each of us kids. With the money, I bought a car and made a sizable payment on a new trailer. My fellow employee wondered at the wisdom of my buying a trailer. After talking, he figured he'd buy himself a trailer after retirement, which was immediately upcoming.

Next thing I knew, he'd retired, moved, and purchased his trailer. Well, his trailer needed a deck, so he began building one. One day, after work, he came inside, I believe for a cup of coffee, and FELL DOWN DEAD. His ticker had ticked its last. He'd died. Age? 60. Yes, 60. If only he had had that bypass surgery. Quite probably, he would have lived on for a number of years. You see, he'd only been retired about ONE MONTH.

So, so sad! My advice? Listen to the health cure suggestions. But do NOT ignore your medical doctor. He's been trained thoroughly, for years. That health cure suggestion may have come from a banker, a taxi-driver, a checkout register operator, or a plumber.

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VinceSummers wrote on February 28, 2018, 1:00 PM

Just an addendum. The fellow who gave the advice is, indeed, 96 years old. "It's because of his interest in health," some might say. And maybe they are partly right. But the thing is, what he does with his own life is his business. But he was not medically trained to tell my fellow employee he should ignore the surgery, or that he would prosper if he followed the regimen he suggested. Is it not true, by offering medical advice, we are risking partial accountability for the loss of a man's life should he die prematurely because of our bad advice?

MegL wrote on February 28, 2018, 6:50 PM

Yes, there are some things you need a professional for. Heart problems are one!

MegL wrote on February 28, 2018, 6:51 PM

Morally, he could be considered accountable but not legally, I think, unless he placed undue pressure on a vulnerable person. We all need to take responsibility for our own health and while we may listen to others, we should check out their advice. After all, even with doctors, you can ask for a second opinion.

VinceSummers wrote on February 28, 2018, 9:11 PM

Yes. The governments would not find the one offering the opinion culpable. However, there is another higher personage who doesn't worry about what the governments think. Still, as you say, ultimately, we need to have enough backbone that we make rational decisions, not decisions based on any pressure others bring to bear.

Kasman wrote on March 2, 2018, 2:15 PM

Indeed! If it weren't for my acceptance of medical advice and having a triple bypass 10 years ago I doubt if I'd be here today!

VinceSummers wrote on March 2, 2018, 2:18 PM

Wow! And you are a mountain climber? Fantastic. I'm afraid I'm a 300 lb. couch potato. Or, rather, a mouse pusher. But I am only 69. Even so, I have outlived my parents, who were better than I am.