Friday, August 5, 2016
If you are like me, when I have a pain, feel bad, or hurt in one particular spot where it can be penned down to a name like Neck, Knee or elbow, I head for google. I start my own diagnosis to see if I can find a cure or a name for some ‘exotic’ disease.
Self-diagnosis was around a long time before google. For years folks has ‘Medical Books’ that would give you the most likely problem with certain symptoms. You would get advice from friends, family and neighbors: You need to take some more Vitamin ABCD etc. Keep something cold or hot on that. Tape some fat-back over that spot and it will be well in 3-4 days.
When WD-40 first came out people were recommending it for arthritis. WE once took our car in to have the transmission fixed. In conversation the owner related his history of Dr’s telling him what to do about his knees hurting. He finally found the cure from a woman who said take Cod Liver oil and it will cure itself. He did and it did. He was so convincing that Sherry started taking two tablets a day and has now for years.
I am probably ignorant, but I shy away from Doctors if I can help it. I have had some GREAT Dr’s in relation to my hearing. These Cochlear implants have been a world of help to me. But I still plan to skip my Dr’s apt this year for my physical.
You and I may soon be able to really do some self diagnosis. In my cousin Ken’s column today I read this:
A new medical device is coming available that will keep your identity based on reading your retina. You will breathe into the machine and place a blood sample in the correct location. It will examine 54 biomarkers and identify nearly any disease that you may have. The readings will be transported by telephone so that any medical treatment that you may need can be scheduled. **** ALSO **** The average lifespan has been increasing at the rate of 3 months each calendar year. The expected lifespan is now 80 years. It should continue to increase.
The above from Ken Herron’s column listing the views of a future predictor, a German, Udo Gollub.
So if old Udo is right, maybe by the time I am in a nursing home I can do my own medical stuff and save a lot of money! Hey, I can always hope!
By the way, this is a cure for boredom! LOL