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Dear Doctors, “What two 100-year-old Doctors would change …”

By Michael Tetreault, Editor-in-Chief

NBC talked to a 100-year-old doctor who still ran his own practice. He had a few untraditional pieces of medical wisdom to share.

  1. “Exercise, to me, is totally unnecessary. I think it’s mostly overrated.”
  2. “I don’t encourage going to a lot of doctors.”
  3. “Fall in love, get married.”

Another 100-year-old doctor on the blog Mental Floss had a treasure trove of advice for younger people.

1. “We all remember how as children, when we were having fun, we often forgot to eat or sleep. I believe that we can keep that attitude as adults, too. It’s best not to tire the body with too many rules such as lunchtime and bedtime.”

2. “For breakfast I drink coffee, a glass of milk, and some orange juice with a tablespoon of olive oil in it. Olive oil is great for the arteries and keeps my skin healthy. Lunch is milk and a few cookies, or nothing when I am too busy to eat. I never get hungry because I focus on my work. Dinner is veggies, a bit of fish and rice, and, twice a week, 100 grams of lean meat.”

3. “There is no need to ever retire, but if one must, it should be a lot later than 65.”

4. “When a doctor recommends you take a test or have some surgery, ask whether the doctor would suggest that his or her spouse or children go through such a procedure. Contrary to popular belief, doctors can’t cure everyone. So why cause unnecessary pain with surgery? I think music and animal therapy can help more than most doctors imagine.”

5. “To stay healthy always, take the stairs and carry your own stuff. I take two stairs at a time, to get my muscles moving.”

6. “My inspiration is Robert Browning’s poem ‘Abt Vogler.’ My father used to read it to me. It encourages us to make big art, not small scribbles. It says to try to draw a circle so huge that there is no way we can finish it while we are alive. All we see is an arch; the rest is beyond our vision but it is there in the distance.”

7. “Pain is mysterious, and having fun is the best way to forget it.”

8. “Don’t be crazy about amassing material things. Remember: you don’t know when your number is up, and you can’t take it with you to the next place.”

9. “Science alone can’t help or cure people.”

10. “Find a role model and aim to achieve even more than they could ever do.”

11. “It’s wonderful to live long. Until one is 60 years old, it is easy to work for one’s family and to achieve one’s goals. But in our later years, we should strive to contribute to society. Since the age of 65, I have worked as a volunteer. I still put in 18 hours seven days a week and love every minute of it.”

This weekend, how about we start with the end in mind, lesson #11 … strive to contribute to society.

Let’s look for new ways in our local communities to give back … and enjoy your weekend. According to some wise 100-year-old doctors, you’ll be glad you did!

Have a great weekend!

 

Michael

Editor-in-Chief

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