What to do? What to do?

Who among us can’t remember the admonishment from the American Medical Association to steer clear of eggs.  They were filled with cholesterol, and were to be avoided at all costs.  And, of course, cholesterol itself was another target.  Too high a level of LDL (the bad cholesterol), and not enough HDL (the good cholesterol) were major causes for concern.  Then there were the warnings about coffee; too much java could severely impact us, and possibly even cost us our lives.  And, finally, there was aspirin.  We were cautioned to take an 81 grain, low-dose aspirin every day in order to prevent heart attacks and strokes.

Well, guess what?  Over a relatively short span of time, the medical community has done a major turnaround on these and other aspects of our diets.  Recent studies have indicated the following: Eggs are back in favor.  One egg per day is absolutely just fine; A study concluded that the benefits of taking one, low-dose aspirin per day is far outweighed by the possible negative effect it might have by causing internal bleeding; Drinking coffee is not only good for the soul, but increases mental acuity and also our life span.  Oh, and if you’re on the popular Keto Diet, cholesterol of any kind can be sky high and it doesn’t make any difference at all.

So, who do you listen to, if not the doctor?  Do you just disregard the warnings of the AMA?  After all, you might ask, “My doctor says I have to take an aspirin every day.  What do I do?”   Well, In my humble opinion, I would do nothing.  Just keep doing what you’ve been doing.  Be patient.  Stay informed.  Why?  Because, sooner or later (most likely sooner) the “experts” at the old AMA will change their collective minds again, and you’ll be just fine—or not!  Catch my drift?  Moderation, I say.  Everything in moderation.

So, with that in mind, a little medical marijuana, anyone? Just one or two tokes, mind you.  We don’t have an AMA baseline—at least, not yet. But that’ll change. It always does . . .

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11 Responses to What to do? What to do?

  1. Dan and I have been on heart meds, including the daily aspirin for several years. Our numbers are great and we consume a healthy diet (including 2 eggs/week for eye health) and exercise regularly. The world and medical advice, much like the tech world, are ever changing. I’ll go with Grandma’s advice (everything in moderation)… Wishing you and Becky a Healthy & Happy 2020, Joe! 🙂

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  2. Mark says:

    I dropped my cholesterol from a whopping 415 (lots of eggs, cheese, and coffee with heavy whipping cream) down to an impressive 168 in just 5 weeks by being a vegan. That is, I dropped nearly 250 points in five weeks!!! Thats way more than any statin would achieve. Fruits and vegetables are where its at 🙂

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  3. Bruce Pfeffer says:

    Hi Joe, I really appreciate your wisdom. Does that come with age, or experience? The same issue was brushing teeth. Back and forth. No. Up and down. Now it’s circular motion. I guess it’s wise to see just who is advising us. What’s in it for them. Certainly not our well being. Anyway, carry on the thoughts and Happy New Year

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    • You are too kind, Bruce. I’m just lucky to have a few teeth left to brush. I use an electric toothbrush and I haven’t the slightest idea what direction it goes in, because it goes too darned fast!! Happy New Year! 🙂


  4. Richard Dawley says:

    “My doctor says I have to take an aspirin every day. What do I do?” Well, In my humble opinion, I would do nothing.

    I’m sure you are excluding this advice for those who have had heart attacks, bypass surgery, etc where the other alternatives to doing nothing include coumadin which is significantly more problematic regarding bleeding issues. I know you know that MDs are always weighing the benefits and risks and that such determinations are patient history specific.

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    • Yes, but you know me; I’m a worry wart. Anyhow, I weighed the advice . . . and I’m still taking the 81 grain aspirin daily. As Zorba the Greek said, “Clever people and grocers, they weigh everything . . . “ I must be a grocer! 🙂


  5. Andy McKell says:

    It’s said that medical opinion is like the English weather – if you don’t like it, wait five minutes and it’ll change

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