Tuesday, September 10, 2013

Do you take anything for that?

I like go to psychic fairs sponsored by the Spiritualist church I attend. There is one reader in particular who gives great, detailed readings that really help me focus on my intentions and goals. It sounds pretty hocus-pocus, I know, but it's something that has always interested me and even though I can't explain it in any way that makes sense to my logical mind, I think the insights I get are useful.

Anyway, they also have vendors there selling various things. One of the women I knew from church was selling knives and I bought a tomato knife from her.  (It works quite well, and only cost me $6) We got to talking and I mentioned that I have always been superstitious about the age 46 -- my father, grandfather, and aunt all had heart attacks at that age.  

"Do you take anything for that?" I was a little confused, but I said that my doctor had recommended a low-dose aspirin, so I take that once a day. I also said that I exercise regularly and do my best to eat a healthy diet.  She mentioned some kind of honey that she and her husband take and swear by.

I think that the Baby Boomer generation really was raised to believe that there was a pill or vitamin or herb that could fix any problem. They saw so many medical miracles in their lifetime, deadly diseases that were solved by antibiotics or vaccines, that maybe the belief is natural.  My parents are a little younger, but always had that belief too.  It's not a belief that I share. I'm an Xer, and I don't count on the drug companies being able to solve all of our problems. 

I take prescription drugs as needed, and I have been taking some supplements, though I'm not sure I believe in them. I really feel like the key to most of the biggest medical problems are going to require lifestyle change and not just a fix-it pill.  I see a lot of evidence that things are shifting that direction, with all the lifestyle apps and gadgets.  Lots of people are experimenting with different ways of eating to help themselves feel better, too.  I have a lot of hope that things are moving in the right direction.


  1. P.S. I realize, by the way, that someone who goes to psychic fairs for insight probably shouldn't be too dismissive of other people's irrational beliefs!

  2. Was it manuka honey?

    Many years ago I was taking a statin to lower my cholesterol but have been off it since 2009 and take CoQ10 and fish oil for my heart...and do the exercise and eating right thing too :-) Heart disease runs on my father's side of the family but, based on my numbers (cholesterol, sugar, etc.) I think I'm doing pretty well. Of course, my father was indoctrinated in "fat is bad" and so ate way too much sugar and not enough protein (in my humble opinion), not to mention that he also had gum/teeth issues, which they now know to be linked to heart disease (as a cause).


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