I got a good laugh out of this

Discussion in 'What's On Your Mind?' started by Doober, Jun 6, 2012.

  1. Doober

    Doober Original Member

    In today's NY Times, there is an news analysis piece entitled "Let's (Not) Get Physicals." One line reads:

    http://www.nytimes.com/2012/06/03/sunday-review/lets-not-get-physicals.html?_r=1&src=recg
     
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  2. Lisa Simeone

    Lisa Simeone Original Member

    Yes, that was good. (And totally agree about the un-necessity of getting a physical every year.)
     
  3. Doober

    Doober Original Member

    I started saying that over 40 years ago when my now-ex had to take a physical every year at work. And I never took my kids for annual check-ups - in another thread I explained in more detail.
     
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  4. Lisa Simeone

    Lisa Simeone Original Member

    I don't recall getting a physical every year when I was growing up. My mother only took us to the doctor if we were really sick, which was rare.

    I also think mammograms are a boondoggle (unless you have family history of breast cancer or some predisposing condition).
     
  5. nachtnebel

    nachtnebel Original Member

    Dr. Russ Blaylock, a neurologist, had some good reflections on the physicals and the dangers deriving therefrom. Barbell can probably speak to this, although it might impact his bottom line. Blaylock says that the difficulty in doing any test is interpreting the results. Not cut and dried like lay people think. So, to protect themselves, docs order more tests, take action on things that don't warrant action and wind up doing things harmful to patients. He advised getting physicals three times in your life: as an adolescent, in middle age, and when you're a senior citizen. And that's it. A total of three physicals.
     

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