George A. Sprecace M.D.,
J.D., F.A.C.P. and Allergy Associates of New London,
Advice for Living
a Long, Healthy and Happy Life
Consider this an early Christmas present, in appreciation for
following my ruminations on this web site.
Here’s some advice for living a long, healthy and happy life.
the first rule of service is survival; be ruthless about that, if necessary;
get at least 7 hours of sleep per night; if you get less at times, catch
if you snore or if your nights are restless and fitful, get checked out
for Obstructive Sleep Apnea: most cases are diagnosed after the heart attack
or stroke...or after the third auto accident; and no alcohol within
4 hours of going to sleep...alcohol wrecks good sleep;
alcohol, in any quantity, is a poison to the brain, the heart and the liver;
(“just the facts, ma’am”);
there is stress, and there is STRESS; avoid the STRESS that is defined
by resentment... like the plague; that STRESS will kill you;
NO SMOKING; it’s irresponsible;
“people who need people are the luckiest people in the world”, in the words
of that great ballad; everybody needs somebody, so find, hold and cherish
get a yearly physical exam, complete with blood tests including serum lipids;
and take lipitor if your serum Cholesterol is above 210 or the LDL
is above 120;
take an adult aspirin daily, unless you are allergic to aspirin; and carry
two adult aspirins on your person for emergency use in case of acute chest
pain or related symptoms (remember that the use of Cox 2 inhibitors like
vioxx and celebrex negate the heart-beneficial effects of aspirin); and
don’t be in denial if such symptoms occur: call 911;
take folic acid, 1 mg daily (need a prescription); take vitamin E, 200
units and vitamin C, 500 mg daily.
and “don’t forget to smell the flowers” every day.