Like big hair and shoulder pads (dang! I love those shoulder pads!).
Most are innocuous. There are things that go out of style that are more…umm….let’s say life changing.
Think about all those people who prayed to St. Christopher to save them from auto accidents. Bang! Gone! You are on your own now.
But it’s even more than that.
Last week was my annual trek to the doctor for routine blood-sucking tests and a conversation on aging. This doc is close to my age so it’s not exactly like telling a young whippersnapper what it’s really like. He did have a clue but not a lot of answers.
Clearly he was not particularly interested in the negative impact wrinkles have on women. Nor could he explain why weight moves around the body and doesn’t stay in the appropriate spots.
The only surprise of the day was when he suggested I go off the daily low-dose aspirin regime I had been on for about….oh, let’s say five years. My former GP put me on that. The thinking at the time was that it was good for everyone over a certain age.
I was informed that now-thinking is that if you don’t have blocked arteries, any signs of it or other heart issues, concerns of bleeding outweigh the benefits of thinner blood. Whatever. I was delighted to eliminate something.
Last summer my GI doc told me to go off all supplements. He’s very anti-supplement because he says they cause GI issues. No more fish or flaxseed oil. Surprisingly (or not) my cholesterol hasn’t changed since I’ve gone off. He only allowed a single daily multi-vitamin supplement and calcium.
This isn’t new. I started taking Vitamin E when diagnosed with cancer many years ago only to have a doctor recommend I discontinue it a few years later. I guess Vitamin E went the way of St. Christopher and hula hoops.
I can say the same thing about CoQ10 and a few other pills.
I still take calcium although I recently read that the body doesn’t absorb calcium from pills effectively. The recommendation is to get calcium in your diet. Let’s see that means ice cream, cheese and more mocha lattes! Sounds good to me!
Currently Vitamin D is the superstar. It won’t take long until that star fades too.
Ultimately, eating a varied balanced healthy diet is best along with exercise.
I can now buy more shoes with all the money I am saving.
Some things change and some things never change!