Recommended Reading

Most professional books that are on my bookshelf are not what I would call recreational reading. It seems to me that a better idea would be two different categories of reading, professional and recreational book lists.

PROFESSIONAL READING LIST

  • The Wall Street Journal
  • John Mauldin’s weekly investment & economic newsletter, “Thoughts from the Frontline”

RECREATIONAL BOOK LIST

  • The Choose Yourself Guide to Wealth by James Altucher
  • The Miracle Morning, the Not-So-Obvious Secret Guaranteed to Transform Your Life Before 8AM by Hal Elrod
  • Transitions, Making Sense Out of Life’s Changes by William Bridges

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3 Month Gaps

May, June and July were spent recovering from a health problem (or at least getting all screening tests that doctors like to order) and being in a doctor’s office roughly 3 times a week on average. That’s more than I had been to a doctor in 10 years’ time!

My history is one of not being overly concerned about my health, other than being fairly obsessive about eating well, sleeping enough, being active and taking a “wait and see” attitude if something seems a bit not to my liking. Generally, my attitude has been that I will go to a doctor when I have broken something or I’m unconscious 😉

This does not make doctors happy. Screened and tested for a solid three months, during which time nothing major or immediately life threatening has been found,  it seems a lot of my time  and money was wasted.  Why is it that if doctors cannot find anything major wrong with you they think they just need to do more tests?

Please don’t get me started on drug side effects. They mostly match any complaints I might have had, but then how are you to know if it’s the drug itself that’s actually maintaining a symptom that probably would have gone away with a little time? My method is to tell the doctors to take me off whatever has the same side effects as an original symptom. Let’s see if it goes away.

Do doctors realize how stupid they sound sometimes? (No offense to those doctors in the family.) It’s like an attorney asking you “Were you alone or by yourself?”

All kidding aside, there are a couple of doctors I like, but even they are meddlesome. I guess they don’t see many people my age without major problems. No, that’s not it, is it?  Doc: “Wouldn’t you want to know . . . if you were going to die?”  Me: “We’re all going to die someday.”

We can’t choose when we’re going to die or the how. But we can choose how we’re going to live.

I’m having a rant about our medical systems. They seem so oriented to disease. I prefer those practitioners who believe in integrative health so you can live your best version of yourself.