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[IP] Who you are depends on where you were then...
Anyone remember that great documentary? It talks about where you are in
your life is due to what was going on in the world when you were ages 2-10.
I have found it to be remarkably true. We can't control the lives of
others, and we can't judge them when they don't live up to our
expectations. The problems everyone is mentioning with people taking
doctor's word as Gospel and not having enough "whatever" to research, ask,
look at alternatives, etc., strikes home with me and I have to share
this... Sorry it is a long one.
My 87 year old father ( a farmer and a child of the depression, who has
traveled the world several times over, yet still lives in the town he was
born in - population 162) has a great deal of intellect, wisdom, and love
of life (an engineer and a photographer). When he began to have some heart
problems, he balked and hollered at our insistence that he go to a
specialist in Birmingham. He liked his good friend and local internal
physician. My step mom and I just kept pushing and pushing, so finally he
went. The new doctor sees him quarterly and has him on several meds and he
has come from a place of being afraid to leave the house cause of his
"spells", to living a fairly active "normal" life. But he is still mad at
us and goes to see his doctor friend at any little thing.
Now, he is a bit of a baby when he isn't feeling well, and always calls us
chillun' to tell us about his latest ailment. He tells me about some new
medicine he is now taking, I ask him what it is for, and, so help me, not
once, in all my years of asking, has he ever known...he says, and I quote:
"I don't know, he just told me to take them twice a day." Now, this man
who has wisdom and intellect grew up in time when doctors were king/gods in
society. My dad may be smart in many ways, but not in the ways of today's
We all know to "surf the net", check out the latest research in whatever
ailment is afflicting us. Talk to other people about it. This age of
information started with Television in my growing up years - We got our
first TV when I was about 8 (1949). Now the majority of you on the list,
grew up in the age of information and technology. And we ask about
everything. Our differences have a great deal to do with when we grew up.
So, please don't think less of those who don't ask, won't ask, and don't
seem to care enough to ask. Even though you, like me, might want to scream
at their lack of wanting to know more. Usually, it is because that is way
they were raised.
Just my humble opinion.
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