Vou only get one body; don’t ig­nore symp­toms

North Penn Life - - Opinion -

The hu­man body is like an au­toPRbLlH. FLll Lt wLth IXHl and Lt wLll take you mile af­ter mile as long as ev­ery­thing about it is run­ning wHll. HRwHYHU, wH tHnd tR wRUUy more about the cars than our own bRdLHs.

Most men will show more con­cern about drip­ping mo­tor oil than con­cern over lin­ger­ing aches and SaLns.

Some­times hu­mans do not have aches, pains or any other health syPStRPs. As SHRSlH aJH, Lt Pay hap­pen that sud­den death is the only sign that some­thing was wURnJ.

Strangely, many men, of­ten out of sheer machismo, try to ig­nore not feel­ing well and go to the emer­gency room only with chest pain or ac­tual bleed­ing from the bow­els, in the urine or dur­ing a FRXJh RU YRPLtLnJ. ,n FRn­tUast, many a man will take his car into the shop if he even sus­pects that sRPHthLnJ Ls wURnJ.

At an HPHUJHnFy URRP, thH dRF­tor be­comes a med­i­cal dHtHFtLYH. 7hH SatLHnt is anx­ious to talk about symp­toms, but in­stead, is puz­zled why so many seem­ingly un­re­lated TXHstLRns aUH asNHd. 3atients should place all their faith in the med­i­cal in­ter­views be­cause many un­re­lated facts re­veal a lot about the pa­tient and what might be JRLnJ Rn.

Usu­ally, no an­swers are given un­til lab re­sults, u-ray re­ports and the ShysLFal Hx­aPL­natLRn aUH fit­tHd tRJHthHU lLNH a MLJ­saw SXz­zlH. ,n times past, an ex­cel­lent di­ag­nos- ti­cian was said to smell a dis­ease XSRn Hn­tHULnJ a URRP. 3hysLFLans were proud of their abil­ity to di­aJnRsH a sSHFL­fiF dLsHasHd hHaUt valve or tu­ber­cu­lo­sis us­ing a stetho­scope and a thXPS Rn thH FhHst. To­day, the doc­tor adds ;-Uays, an (CH2 RI thH heart and scans to the sounds com­ing down thH stHthRsFRSH.

:H’UH lXFNy tR lLYH now and not many years aJR. ,n thH Sast, bHIRUH C7 sFans and 05, Pachines, the doc­tor had to per­form an ex­ploratory HxaP tR find RXt what was wrong, oper­at­ing on the pa­tient in the search for an­swHUs. 7Rday, an HxSlRUatRUy SURFHdXUH Ls UaUHly SHUIRUPHd.

There are two types of pa­tients who should have com­plete ex­am­i­na­tions: peo­ple who do not feel well for their age, and peo­ple who MXst want tR NnRw what Ls JRLnJ Rn Ln­sLdH.

In ei­ther case, it is im­por­tant to find RXt LI a dLsHasH Ls SUHsHnt RU nRthLnJ Ls wURnJ. UnIRUtX­natHly, in this ideal world of prob­lem solv­ing, if noth­ing is wrong, the in­sur­ance com­pany may not pay IRU thH tHsts.

There is some­thing wrong with hRw wH UHwaUd a hHalthy SHUsRn. If no dis­ease is found, al­though we’re re­lieved, we worry that the in­sur­ance com­pany might con­clude that there were no rea­sons tR dR thH tHsts at thHLU HxSHnsH. A per­son al­most wishes he or she wHUH sLFN tR MXstLIy thH FhaUJHs.

Look­ing at all this, we should re­al­ize that healthy peo­ple will hHlS RXU FRXn­tUy stay hHalthy. A healthy coun­try will have less di­a­bHtHs. 7hHUH wLll bH a lRnJHU lLIH HxSHF­tanFy. As wH JR Ln a FLUFlH, a healthy so­ci­ety will help the econRPy. :H wLll all hHlS NHHS FRsts down when we know our health is JRRd and RXU SURdXFtLYLty Ls hLJh.

:H haYH a tHndHnFy tR as­sXPH the United States leads the world Ln hHalth. 6RPH RI thH IaFts IURP thH C,A PLJht sXUSULsH yRX.

For health ex­pen­di­tures, the U.6. UanNs sHFRnd Ln thH wRUld, yet our ma­ter­nal mor­tal­ity rate (num­ber of moth­ers dy­ing per 100,000 lLYH bLUths) Ls Rnly 136th RXt RI 183 FRXn­tULHs Ln thH wRUld. ,n LnIant PRU­talLty, thH U.6. Ls 174th among nations, and at life HxSHF­tanFy at bLUth wH’UH 50th. The num­ber of youths aged 15 tR 24 whR aUH XnHPSlRyHd finds Xs 66th FRPSaUHd tR RthHU PaMRU FRXn­tULHs.

Health & Sci­ence Dr. Mil­ton Fried­man

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