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J.M. Cook

My dead husband must be channeling you his jokes! I was actually laughing out loud in embarrassing, uncontrollable guffaws at work while reading your blog! Why aren't you 55ish and living in Texas?!!!

Love, love, love your sense of humor and outlook on life.

Namaste indeed!

Mid Life Spin

That post is hilarious! I just went through similar stuff, thought I was having a heart attack, had 9 billion tests done and they told me it's anxiety, all i could think was damn I'm getting old.

enygma

A couple of years ago, I sprained my ankle pretty badly. Because I was in Chicago at the time, I couldn't see a doctor because my insurance only covered MD, where I was working. When I got back, I went to the ER and saw a PA. That wasn't helpful and I even saw an orthopedist a couple of times. I was taking Aleve and months later, my ankle was still bothering me. At my mom's insistence, I saw an acupuncturist. After thirty uncomfortable minutes, and some blood, my ankle still hurt. I think that, like hypnotism, acupuncture only works if you want it to work.

Bonnie

I am also a product of my upbringing! Born and raised in America by Chinese immigrant parents, I was made to drink healthy herbal soups every night after dinner. I have an immune system comparable to a bullet-proof tank. My entire family is never sick, excluding my brother because he is the brat that believes the soup does not work and he gets sick every 2 weeks. I am able to share foods with people who have major colds/flus without catching anything. Give it a try, you may be surprised. However, it is all about maintenance so one bowl of soup won't do your system any good. It's a lifestyle that you'll have to keep up with. Hey, if you want to live to your fullest potential with the least amount of bodily functions failing on you, it's an easy choice to make.

LogicalMama

I will admit here that I tried a colonic once. Once! I won't do it again. I know people that love them. They seem to be addicting to those that find them beneficial. My boss (at the time) that paid for mine, swore by them! I have to tell you, a few hours after, I have never gotten so dizzy in my life. I was shaky, sweaty, pale and then I had to use the bathroom in an extreme way! I felt horrible for days, just weakened and abused!

However, I do love acupuncture! It saved me from IBS and Colitis when I was in my 20's after years of Western medicine doing nothing for me! Three sessions of needles and a temporary modified diet and I haven't had issues since (I am in my 40's!).

When my son required surgery on an undescended testicle, we tried acupuncture 1st to attempt to draw it down. He was 10 months old! It didn't work and the surgery was required, but it turned out that the testicle had strangulated on it's way down while still in utero so acupuncture wouldn't have worked!

I love a good chiropractor. That being said, there are a lot of horrible ones too!
And you can't deny the benefits of a good shiastu massage. Cranial-sacral work can ease many conditions from chronic headaches and other neurological issues to TMJ to swallowing problems, babies that can't latch on....

I swear by Osha Root extract for a chest or throat cold. It pushes it out fast!
I don't buy into echinacea and people don't use it correctly anyway (it's a natural antibiotic so it will only work for bacterial issues, not viral-- and just like an antibiotic shouldn't be taken all the time otherwise it doesn't work when it's needed).

I love my neti pot and if you are having allergy/sinus problems, well, my friend, you should neti pot twice a day!

All of this is alternative medicine. Some of it works for some people, some of it doesn't. As long as you use it complimentary with good health and a good Western trained physician and you know your body well enough to know when it's serious or not, it's all great stuff!

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Glad to 'see' you back here!

Ben

Very funny post! New age medicine is a complete load of bobbins, and don't taste as nice as Calpol...

Paige Jennifer

When my father was first diagnosed with PLS, an incurable and rare (read: not studied) neurological disease, he turned to alternative medicine. At some dingbat's urging, he dragged me to a macrobiotic dinner. It was a plateful of damp mulch. So on the way home we got McDonalds. And he's never looked back, subsisting on Cherry Coke and Jujyfruit for the last thirty years. You know what? He's still kicking and mighty content considering he struggles to walk and talk.

Papa Bradstein

Dude, now we know that there's nothing you won't do to impress a woman.

Pablo Snooze

Used Oregano oil to get rid of a wart. Totally worked. Used acupuncture to cure a sinus infection and improve my sinus health. Totally worked. This infection had been around a year - affected my hearing. Acupuncture totally fixed it. Lost my forearm in an industrial accident. Took Saw Palmetto and it grew back. True story.

Ondelyn Banks

::facepalm::
Twenty-year-old boyfriend. ::raises hand::

JRock

MD - FINALLY getting a minute to check in on you. Great post, got two more to go!

Yoga is awesome. I know, I know. I felt the same way. After doing a few triathlons, you muscles get really tight and you gotta stay loose. Now that I'm creeping towards 40, I need it more than ever to stay loose and stay strong. You won't feel like a "new man", you'll just feel like yourself, the way you always assumed you felt, but never really did.

P.S. Ganesh is my boy!

Nina

I'm pretty skeptical of Eastern medicine, but recently my mom had something going on with her neck to the point where she couldn't even move it slightly to the right without being in some extreme pain. As a last resort, she went to this accupressure lady that her Korean friend recommended and wah lah! She said it hurt like hell but after one session the pain was totally gone. So, I don't know, I'm kind of thinking about trying it for my back pain. I mean, nothing else has worked so I figure I've got little to lose.

Hang in there old man!

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Hilarious post.. Trying alternative medicine isn't a big deal..
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Gail Atkinson

Very funny post! It'll be interested to see how you get on. Although I am generally a fan of conventional medication, there are certain conditions which conventional medicine can't help and for these, it can be a case of using Alternative Medicine or nothing. Fibroids being a case in point! Conventional surgical techniques and drugs only treat the symptoms and natural medicine can help eliminate the cause, bringing some relief.
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I love this story of your's. Well all of those things can work for us, it still depend on how our body will respond to it. Definitely, we can give it a try.

Sean Franco

Although I believe in the healing power of alternative medicine, I agree that in times of serious health crisis, we should not mess around with it.

For me though, alternative medicine is effective in keeping us healthy. I don't want to be dependent on drugs whenever I feel something. Well, that's just me.

reiki

I read the article and I agree. Content interesting and they can be better discussed.i practice this discipline about 10 years and i achieving impressive results. Can you give me questions about it, an answer "all", into limits of my programs. Thanks for permitted my post.Sorry for my language
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reiki

I read the article and I agree. Content interesting and they can be better discussed.i practice this discipline about 10 years and i achieving impressive results. Can you give me questions about it, an answer "all", into limits of my programs. Thanks for permitted my post
Lorenzo Grand Master Reiki Usui and Karuna From Italy greets

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Very funny post! It'll be interested to see how you get on.Well I read your story and really enjoyed it. I wish everything will go good. Don't leave it.

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Deer Penis Beef Jerky, that's funny. I have not heard about the benefits of that one. I think I'll pass. Yea, getting older is tough, but it also has some good thing too.

Good Luck!

Sam

Don't feel bad, we all feel that way when we turn 40. When you get close to fifty, 40 will look and feel even better. I am not one who goes to the doctor for every little thing, but you seem to be doing the right thing with your health.

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I'm pretty sure a "colonic" is not a drug, and I don't think it has anything to do with Yoga either. Although I believe there is some bending involved though. Well, Good Luck!

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This is quite an interesting and comprehensive posting on alternative medicines. I have liked reading this a lot. I think I shall visit this one some time again.

Frank

Amen brother my another mother.

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You may or may not want to believe but there are many a times I have experienced alternative medicine reign over the regular medicine and fair better with the body.Also because every disease is psychosomatic and seeds in the mind when the mind is calmed down and assured then the body is bound to feel better.

Mathew

Age really does start to show it's ugly head at 40. I am not going to struggle with it. I am going to go along with the ride. I like getting older.

David

I like your cynical and humorous take on the whole alternative medicine thing. Western medicine is tried and true mostly and has it's place. However it is fascinating to read and hear stories of people who've benefitted from some of the various alternative therapies.

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I too found your article amusing, however on the serious side. Alternative medicine has its place and I personally feel it should be used as preventative medicine than healing. I certainly have benefited from alternative medicine; I had suffered from IBS and through Aloe Vera juice treatments have not had any symptom for a few years now. I know it works and with less side effects. None the less I would never say throw out conventional medicine, for it too has its place and maybe we should see how they can compliment each other.

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    Great blog, but I like some of your older ones better. Keep it up!

    btw: I am dating a twenty year old...lol

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    Awesome post! Made me laugh so hard. Especially because I'm about the same age as you and been having similar thoughts.

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    Well, I still go for anything natural, because of its health benefits.

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    I just wish that people would get rid of this automatic notion that alternative health medicine does not work. Yes, we live in a world full of cynics, but the good thing about that is that cynicism can be changed. It's just a matter of building up enough credibility so that more people will believe that there are many alternative healing methods that actually work. I wish you all the luck in the world, MetroDad!

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    Don't feel bad, we all feel that way when we turn 40. When you get close to fifty, 40 will look and feel even better. I am not one who goes to the doctor for every little thing, but you seem to be doing the right thing with your health.

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    I'm not considering alternative medicine either. I'm just not sure there is much that would cause me to voluntarily sign up for a colonic.

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    Try a reduced carbs diet plan -- and cut out grain for per weeks time and see how you feel. Fresh vegetables, various meats and butter are excellent.

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    It is a destruction of bigger joint parts resulting in discomfort that is angry by exercising and enhanced with rest. Older age, being overweight, past accidents and recurring activities can give rise to it. Although the neck does not generally have symptoms, it can be impacted. To keep sufficient range of flexibility, reduce discomfort, and reduce rigidity, do neck workouts that expand and enhance the muscle tissue and muscle.

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