Longevity by Ted Bacharach MD (retired)

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We all want to remain healthy and avoid all ailments. In reward for doing all this we assume we will be happily ever after. No smoking, no over eating, exercising regularly, getting plenty of rest and avoiding exposure to any unhealthy environment was the recipe to follow.  The question, however, is whether longevity is really a worthwhile goal.

Having followed most of these admonitions I find I have suddenly arrived at an age where I begin to wonder what should I have done differently to keep from deteriorating over too long a period of time.   Unfortunately, as I type this, my vision, hearing, equilibrium and memory seem to be slipping.

I suppose the best advice we can give anyone is “Be careful what you wish for, it may not look or feel like what you expected.”  This comes from a physician who suddenly found his age to be 90.

Douglas Farrago MD

Douglas Farrago MD is a full-time practicing family doc in Forest, Va. He started Forest Direct Primary Care where he takes no insurance and bills patients a monthly fee. He is board certified in the specialty of Family Practice. He is the inventor of a product called the Knee Saver which is currently in the Baseball Hall of Fame. The Knee Saver and its knock-offs are worn by many major league baseball catchers. He is also the inventor of the CryoHelmet used by athletes for head injuries as well as migraine sufferers. Dr. Farrago is the author of four books, two of which are the top two most popular DPC books. From 2001 – 2011, Dr. Farrago was the editor and creator of the Placebo Journal which ran for 10 full years. Described as the Mad Magazine for doctors, he and the Placebo Journal were featured in the Washington Post, US News and World Report, the AP, and the NY Times. Dr. Farrago is also the editor of the blog Authentic Medicine which was born out of concern about where the direction of healthcare is heading and the belief that the wrong people are in charge. This blog has been going daily for more than 15 years Article about Dr. Farrago in Doximity Email Dr. Farrago – [email protected]

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2 Responses

  1. Sir Lance-a-Lot says:

    Not to be too negative, but as I enter my fifties, I find myself dreading the idea of NOT having a sudden MI in a place that has no defib.

    None of us has any idea how many years lie ahead, or how good or bad they might be, but I’ve seen some very nice people strung along half alive for many years after they’d have preferred to have been gone, and I’ve gotta say, the quick MI at fifty- or sixty-something looks better and better.

  2. Pat says:

    Great points Ted, and man what a quandary. That said, kudos for still thinking and writing when many of lesser years have already thrown in the intellectual towel.

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