The Sentinel (Sachse, Tex.), Vol. 13, No. 16, Ed. 1 Wednesday, April 20, 1988 Page: 14 of 16
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Mature health possible —
despite growing older
By Leonard J. Hansen
Copley News Service
The subject is your health:
Should you assume that aches,
pains and health problems are a
necessary part of getting older?
Should you have surgery on the
recommendation of a single doc-
Is your heartburn indicative of
some other problem?
How can you increase your im-
munity to disease?
That is the stuff of today's news,
mainly for seniors.
be identified as such by seeking a
second opinion, according to the
Healthline newsletter in its De-
cember 1987 issue.
Should you assume that deterio-
rating health is part of getting
"No," states Thomas Curtis
Namey, M.D., of the Medical Col-
lege of Ohio. "There is no disease
or condition that can or should be
attributed directly to the aging
process," he stated in a press con-
ference for editors of mature mar-
ket newspapers meeting in San
Diego earlier this year.
Namey identifies most health
problems in older adults as those
of lifestyle — lifestyle past or
present. Exercise and proper nu-
trition are a part of a lifestyle that
is positive, while sedentary living
and poor diet contribute directly
to problems in health.
"Assumptions of diseases or
health problems as a specific part
of getting older are now dispro-
ves They are just not true,"
stated Namey, who teaches even
severe arthritics aerobic exercise
an effective nutrition, together
with medication, in reversing the
effects of the disease.
As much as 49 percent of the
surgery performed in the United
States is unnecessary, and would
In an article headlined, "The
Value of a Second (and Third)
Opinion," Philip R. Alper, M.D.,
states that "using these rates, a
congressional subcommittee cal-
culated that in 1974 surgeons per-
formed 2.4 million unnecessary
operations, at a cost of $4 billion
— and with the loss of 12,000 lives.
"All patients facing surgery
should ask the following questions:
Are the symptoms severe enough
to warrant surgery? What is likely
to happen without surgery? Is the
operation something that most
doctors would recommend? Are
there other treatments possible?
"By asking these questions of
the first physician, a patient lays
the basis for giving an informed
consent (or refusal) and for better
understanding what another phy-
sician might have to say "
Alper recommends, in every
case that surgery is recommend-
ed, for the mature adult to seek
another, or even two added opin-
ions Medicare and insurance pro-
grams might even mandate such
added diagnosis and recommenda-
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lists particularly the following
surgical procedures where a sec-
ond or third opinion should be
sought. These include surgery for
hysterectomy, dilation and curet-
tage (D&C) of the uterus, gallblad-
der removal, hernia repair, pros-
tatectomy, tonsillectomy, cata-
ract extraction, varicose vein
surgery and all surgery on heart,
knee or breast.
His list is amended, together
with other physician recommen-
dations, to also include all surgery
on kidneys, back, bones, hip, jaw,
stomach or intestinal tract, as
well as eye, ear, nose and feet
"In other words," he states,
"just about every operation a pa-
tient is likely to need."
The recommendations come
through clearly: If there is a physi-
cian recommendation to cut into
your body, it is your right — and
obligation to yourself — to get a
second or third medical opinion.
Healthline is a newsletter that
presents a lot of practical health,
medical and wellness news and in-
formation each month. Subscrip-
tions are $19 annually. For sub-
scriptions or information write
Healthline, The C.V. Mosby Co.,
11830 Westline Industrial Drive,
St. Louis, MO 63146.
At one time or another, it seems
that we all suffer from some type
of heartburn. The incident, if in-
frequent, can be identified as a
normal reaction to conditions in
diet or activity.
When heartburn is periodic or
frequent, in most cases, it is iden-
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tified as gastrointestinal reflux.
The condition is actually the
backwashing of acidified stomach
contents into the lower esophagus
or swallowing tube. Left untreat-
ed, the reflux can lead to compli-
cations that eventually may re-
New research adds the possibili-
ty of asthmatic conditions to be
catalyzed by the gastrointestinal
reflux Estimates are that as
many as 7 million adults suffer
from asthmatic symptoms
triggered or worsened by the re-
In such conditions, recent medi-
cal studies show that some asth-
matic medications, such as theo-
phylline and certain bronchodila-
tors can actually allow reflux to
occur. In some cases, that means
that the medication that is intend-
ed to control asthma symptoms
actually contributes to asthma
symptoms by triggering reflux.
What can you do? A corrective
regimen includes the avoidance of
foods that stimulate reflux (spicy,
acidic or tomato-based foods,
chocolate, mints, tomatoes, citrus
fruits and juices, coffee, tea, al-
coholic beverages and colas), re-
duce to moderate-size meals, com-
plete your meals three to four
hours before going to bed, quit
smoking, watch your weight, and
see your physician for added in-
One of the most-prescribed
medications for dealing with re-
flux effectively is Zantaic (raniti-
dine Hydrochloride), which inhib-
its or sharply reduces acid secre-
tion from the stomach.
Reflux as heartburn as and as a
catalyst for asthmatic symptoms
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can be addressed effectively with
the lifestyle changes and proper
We have seen in the tragic cases
of AIDS that the removal of the
body's natural immune forces al-
lows the introduction and rapid
spread of diseases and other con-
ditions. The body, though, was cre-
ated with a most effective im-
mune system, one that can be di-
minished in ability through lack A
nutrition and exercise.
A new formulation is on the
market that provides a major sup-
plement for the immune system.
Medical expectations are that its
use can provide greater immunity,
even against the common cold.
The product is Multimmune,
and is teamed with a protein prod-
uct, Protamines, as dietary sup-
Information on Multimmune
and Protamines is available by
writing Revitalization Inc., 148 E.
84th St., Ste. R., New York. NY
If you have a question you'd like
answered, please write Mainly
For Seniors, Copley News Service,
P.O. Box 190, San Diego, CA 92112-
ARIES: (March 21 to April 19 —
Also Aries Ascendant) — Concen-
trate on security, taxes, loans and
financial obligations to clear up a
dilemma. Travel, education, pub-
lishing and long-range projects
are favored now Follow your in-
tuition and first impressions re-
garding career matters.
TAURUS: (April 20 to May 20 -
Also Taurus Ascendant) — You
can resolve a recent misunder-
standing with mate or partner by
having an honest, confidential
talk Taxes, insurance and licens-
ing are highlighted — news of an
inheritance could reach you. You
will be popular at a social event
GEMINI: (May 21 to June 20 —
Also Gemini Ascendant) — Em-
ployment, pets and health matters
may require attention and you
could get encouraging, good news.
Study a partnership proposal —
it's a good time for making agree-
ments A legal matter could sud-
denly turn in your favor
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Liner, Reba. The Sentinel (Sachse, Tex.), Vol. 13, No. 16, Ed. 1 Wednesday, April 20, 1988, newspaper, April 20, 1988; Sachse, Texas. (https://texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth347723/m1/14/: accessed May 22, 2019), University of North Texas Libraries, The Portal to Texas History, https://texashistory.unt.edu; crediting Sachse Public Library.