Saturday, June 16, 2012
A Tale of Two Couples. A true story
I met two couples recently one in their 60s and the other in their late 70’s.
One couple was on more than 12 medications between them each day including statins, beta blockers, warfrin, asprin and so on. It cost them around $25 a week as most of the drugs were subsidized and the doctor said they were doing well They complained of constant fatigue, muscle and joint pain, memory problems, severe bruising, hard to get out of bed and hard to sleep at night and long bouts of negative thoughts and depression. They had also just been diagnosed as pre diabetic but the doctor said it was ok and normal at their age. This couple underwent half a dozen medical procedures a year which was only a minimal cost to them so they felt pretty lucky.
The other couple were in their late 70’s took no medication were active for 60 minutes each day, ate a lot of home cooked meals with fish, fresh salad and fruit. They took around 10 supplements a day and literally had no health complaints. They had 2 grams of vitamin C, 3 grams of omega 3 oils, a couple of digestive enzymes and some apple cider vinegar with most meals, a couple of teaspoons of sprulina and a multi vitamin mineral mix each day. It cost them around $25 a week and the doctor said they were wasting their money. This couple visited the doctor once a year for a regular check up and each year refused to take medication “because it might help”.