Calvin Luther Martin, PhD
Aches & Pains Help, 5¢
I'm not a medical doctor. Neither was Lucy. Like her, I'm going to offer some 5¢ health advice. My sole credential being that I've had life-long asthma, years of bad back, and lately vertigo. I'm going to suggest how you might treat all 3 for relatively little money. Yeah, for peanuts.
Before I do, may I digress and playfully offer my 2¢ on medical doctors? (Full disclosure: I’m married to one.) Doctors are kind of like birthdays. You may be of the opinion that birthdays and doctors are swell. If you do, think again. Birthdays are the pitiless enforcers of that tyrant, Time (Chronos). “You’re getting older,” they rasp in the ear. (Stop having birthdays and — voila! — you escape the tyranny of Time. 🙂)
Whereas birthdays are slaves of time, doctors are slaves of the “S” word: “Sick.” They declare you “sick” or “not sick.” I don’t want to live according to the “sick” paradigm, just as I don’t wish to live according to the “age” paradigm. Deep within, I never define myself by the “S” word. I live outside its clammy reach. I’m always just “me,” and that’s always fine.
Hence, I refuse to medicalize my asthma, back pain, and (lately) vertigo. I will listen to a physician’s advice, yet refuse to become a “patient” or “sick.”
May I add that when I die someday it won’t be because I was sick. It’s all part of my journey and, by golly, I’m gonna enjoy every part of it
I treat mine for $46 (plus the cost of liquid albuterol).
I fix mine for free.
I treat my vertigo with a $600 machine.
Asthma (a sad story with a good ending)
When these inhalers (“blowers”) came out in the mid to late 1960s, they were a godsend. I was in college at the time. My parents had sent me to college in Southern California in part to relieve my chronic asthma. For decades, these things were effective and cheap — a few dollars.