So, here we go again. Years ago, James Gandolfini died and everyone said - look at him, he was so heavy, he didn't take care of himself. And there was Michael Clarke Duncan (The Green Mile) - he wasn't in good shape, he was so big! Except he had given up meat two years earlier. Two guys with, one assumes, pretty good medical care, or at least access to pretty good medical care.
And now Alan Thicke, at 69, gone. Certainly that's not old enough. You look at him and say - hey, he's in pretty good shape, even playing hockey with his 19 year old son. Oh, that's what killed him - he shouldn't be playing hockey at his age! REALLY?? At what age does one crawl up into a ball and watch the world go by?
We think that medical care in this country has us covered. It doesn't. The standard tests yield not much better than a coin-flip when it comes to prediction. Did you know that a Nuclear Treadmill Stress Test, essentially what everyone banks on when it comes to knowing if you're going to have a heart attack, can only detect 14% of those going on to have one. And after all, you wouldn't mind if your mechanic got the source of your car's problem wrong 6 out of 7 times, right?
I have available a groundbreaking technology that saves lives - I've done it multiple times. It's not a new test, just one that flies in the face of the medical establishment in this country. Instead of identifying 1 in 7 people, I can identify at least 19 out of 20 - and you don't get sweaty, in fact it takes 7 1/2 minutes of lying still, without getting undressed. But insurance doesn't cover it, despite showing results comparable to the best invasive tests available.
I have not saved enough lives, despite my best efforts. 90+% of heart attacks are preventable - the program I employ (even without the above referenced test) has demonstrated this over several thousand people and 15 years. Even a recent article in the NY Times speaks to the opportunity people have by simply doing some of the right things.
But I'm guessing Alan Thicke was doing lots of the right things. And yet he's dead. So, besides kissing your spouse and kids, and telling them that you love them, what else can you do?
Do your research. Find a medical program that tells you the truth - about their capabilities, about your responsibilities, and do everything you can to learn what's going on in your body. That requires more than the usual medical approach. The standard approach defines risk, not disease. Know if you have the underlying conditions that lead to a heart attack and go on the offensive!
And if not, that's ok. Only 1 in 20 will have a heart attack this year, so the odds are in your favor.
I really liked that show....
Below is an extraordinary bit of news.
Hey - everyone knew mushrooms are good for you....
December 05, 2016
Psilocybin May Provide Swift Relief From Depression, Anxiety in Cancer Patient
Researchers found that the hallucinogenic drug relieves depression and anxiety quickly, and that the effect can last for months.
HealthDay News --
A single dose of psilocybin can quickly lifts the spirits of cancer patients, and the effect can last as long as 6 months, according to 2 studies published online Dec. 1 in the Journal of Psychopharmacology.
In one study, researchers led by Roland Griffiths, PhD, of the Johns Hopkins School of Medicine in Baltimore, treated 51 adults with life-threatening cancer with a low dose of psilocybin followed 5 weeks later with a higher dose of the drug. Most patients experienced relief from their anxiety and depression that lasted up to 6 months, the researchers found.
In the second study, a team led by Stephen Ross, MD, of the NYU Langone Medical Center in New York City, randomly assigned 29 patients with advanced cancer to either a single dose of psilocybin or the vitamin niacin. Among 80% of the patients, psilocybin rapidly brought relief from distress. Moreover, the effect lasted for more than 6 months, based on test scores for anxiety and depression, the researchers found.
"Our results represent the strongest evidence to date of a clinical benefit from psilocybin therapy, with the potential to transform care for patients with cancer-related psychological distress," Ross said in a Langone news release. "If larger clinical trials prove successful, then we could ultimately have available a safe, effective, and inexpensive medication dispensed under strict control to alleviate the distress that increases suicide rates among cancer patients."
1. Griffiths RR, Johnson MW, Carducci MA, et al. Psilocybin produces substantial and sustained decreases in depression and anxietey in patients with life-threatening cancer: A randomized double-blind trial. J Psychopharmacol. 2016;30(12):1181-1197. doi:10.1177/0269881116675513.
2. Ross S, Bossis A, Guss J, et al. Rapid and sustained symptom reduction follwoing psilocybin treatment for anxiety and depression in patients with life-threatening cancer: a randomized controlled trial. J Psychopharmacol. 2016;30(12):1165-1180. doi:10.1177/0269881116675512.
3. Nutt D. Psilocybin for anxiety and depression in cancer care? Lessons from the past and prospects for the future. J Psychopharmacol. 2016;30(12):1163-1164. doi:10.1177/0269881116675754.
Bruce L. Feldman, MD
Dr Bruce is an advocate for health. You need to be your own health advocate. His blog offers his opinions and insights on numerous topics he believes might be of interest. Hope you agree!