Sunday, March 07, 2010


I've come to the conclusion that my parents were far more healthy than I am. Even with the huge steps that have been made in the field of both preventive and curative medicine. My Mother, especially, may bear that out. She was 95 when she passed away. She still might be chugging along had her doctor been more vigilant, but then she was just an old lady.

To what did she attribute her long life? One was not running to the doctor with every little ailment. Two, was not loading her system with a myriad of drugs so as to confuse her body to the point of not being able to function. An aspirin now and then usually sufficed.

Another thing she wasn't exposed to was the vast number of advertisements of various remedies which had side effects worse than the ailment. Therefore she just didn't think about such things. Hub is much like her and considers me, with all my aches and pains which I continually try to sort out, as nothing more than a hypochondriac.

Look at what we're faced with. Everything from the health benefits of coffee, or not, to how often we should suffer through a mammogram.

What usually keeps us going through thick and thin is the old stand by. "Take an aspirin and call me in the morning!" Now we learn that aspirin could damage our hearing! How many of us have been told to add a baby aspirin to our health regime as an aid for a healthy heart!

Further research pointed out that those at greatest risk are men younger than 50. It's a far cry from what the headlines scream! Reading further I found what has proven to be the norm when it comes to headlines dealing with health. Contradictions or darn right reversals!

The Hearing Loss Web has an article that claims aspirin can prevent hearing loss from certain medications. Keeping up with all of this is more than I really care to do. I wish I could be more like Hub and ignore it.

I've learned, however, not to panic. Wait a few months and what had been dire is no longer. Whew.

My hearing is no longer what it used to be. It could be I just need my ears cleaned but I doubt it. I probably could do with hearing aids. After all, though no where near my Mother's age, I am in most circles considered old.

That's one thing I know for sure that aspirin can't cure, though it sure can make it more comfortable!


marlu said...

Love this! All the stupid ads on tv listing the side effects make me reach for the mute button.
Thanks for another neat blog entry!

Grammyof13 said...

My sister must read this. (one of my sisters anyway). She is of the persuation that medicine makes one sick, so she just keeps on ticking to her own ideas. And in truth, she may outlive me who (though not a hypochondriac) find it necessary to take several meds to keep going.
Thanks for the good post. I started with this one, and will go back and get caught up for the week.


Word Tosser said...

I read that article about aspirin and hard of hearing... and thought that is full of hooey... I rarely take an aspirin... probably about two in 3 years time... so why the heck do I only have half (others say less) of my hearing???

Margie's Musings said...

I am 74, take no meds and have no health problems. I agree entirely with your mom. I stay as far away as possible from doctors and hospitals. 100,000 people die every year from mistakes of hospitals.