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But most people don't improve their health by ignoring their doctor's advice...

That was AD's point to which I was responding. Did you miss it? Did you miss my intro: "Speaking only on a personal basis" and that I gave two examples with contrary outcomes?

By the time I took my health into my own hands I had researched the subject quite extensively and I did consult several cardiologists because I looked for a second and a third opinion. In the end I settled on the fourth opinion, mine. ;)

But my point is, do we want to give away our right to self determination? There is a wonderful play and movie Whose Life is it Anyway? that deals with this difficult subject. Patients and medical professionals often have very different agendas and very different frames of reference. I firmly believe that my life is for me to live as I wish. You place your bets and you takes your chances.

There are many real life examples where the official guidelines prove to be harmful because their objective is to protect the bureaucrats, mostly just CYA. One such is the story behind The Eden Alternative, a retirement community dedicated to "A Life Worth Living" and the fight Dr. William Thomas, its founder, had to put up against the New York State geriatric autorities and regulations.

The Atheist, Anarchist Capitain

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