Recent Conversations for Optimal Health

December 24th, 2009

On Anxiety…..

Grandpa Harry – Jack, are you a little anxious about opening your Christmas presents?

Jack – I don’t know what anxious means.


On Indigestion….

Me – Do any of your patients ever complain about burping or farting all the time?

CD – Yes…

Me – What do you do for them?

CD – I can’t do anything for them.

Me – What do you mean you can’t do anything?

CD – There’s nothing that can be done.

Me – Sure there is! You can tell them to watch what they eat! You could tell them to eat less! You could give them some medicine!

CD – Yes, I could give them some $100.00 medicine that won’t work. I can tell them to eat less or eat better, but they already know that.

Me – I think you just like telling people that nothing can be done. I think you just like making people feel powerless.

CD – Rechelle. I don’t know how to make people stop farting.


On High Blood Pressure…

Me – … are you telling me that a 300 pound man with high blood pressure should not change his diet?

CD – Changing his diet will not change his high blood pressure.

Me – What are you talking about? Did he have high blood pressure when he was a baby? Did he have high blood pressure when he was a skinny nine year old kid? Did he have high blood pressure when he was eighteen and running hurdles on the highschool track team?

CD – No one knows what causes high blood pressure.

Me – Well – maybe if he lost a hundred pounds he wouldn’t have it anymore.

CD – Okay… what about the 92 pound old lady who has high blood pressure? Should she lose 100 pounds too?

Me – Uh….


  • You have just demonstrated (unintentionally I’m sure) why I have come to avoid the conventional medical establishment and their non-answers to medical questions and their complete and utter lack of education and understanding of the human machine – garbage in, garbage out. MDs get very little nutritional training in their education and it shows big time.

    I have found more answers for problems with digestion, disease and general well-being in alternative medicine than I have in conventional medicine.

  • Kathy Jo:

    It makes me feel so warm and fuzzy inside knowing that such conversations don’t only occur at my house. LOL
    I must say, you are MORE right. you are. LOL Perhaps he is just too deep of a thinker. Just a thougth. teehee

    Merry Merry Joy Joy right back at ya!
    Kathy Jo

  • jamoody:

    Oh Rechelle! This was too funny!

  • MichelleG:

    On high blood pressure: I agree with you, Rechelle. He should lose weight and it will probably go away. As for the 92 lb. lady, she should stop having conversations with her husband.

  • This is hysterical! You crack me up! I really do think that people forget that, along with many other things in life, medicine is trial and error. For most things there is no perfect cure or treatment. All people react in different ways. Just think if there was a cure for farting, your boys, all boys, would have less to laugh and make jokes about. Fart jokes go on for days at our house. Have a very Merry Christmas! I do hope you don’t have to travel in this mess around our house.

  • Are you sure Amy? Cuz I thought that those copper bracelets cured everything.

  • Sign me up then, I need one to cure my growing ass.

  • Kate:

    My understanding is rather than little nutritional education there is only one med school (Johns Hopkins) which has a nutrition course included. So most doctors get none. I just wanted to comment on the previous comment. I know you were just funning with your post.

  • CD:

    This Human Machine just loved the hell out of that chocolate pie tonight (fart).

  • Jo:

    Rechelle – you are hilarious and a day brightener every single day. I want to know, however why you are blogging so cotton pickin early in the morning and why are the rest of you up reading, writing, etc? Me – I’ve been up since 5:15 because that’s what I do when I have to go to work. I’m on an 11 day vacation right now. So all of us are up very early. We, just south of Minneapolis, woke to at least 10″ of snow. It’s beautiful. There’s way more to come, so we will be alone tonight and tomorrow. I was supposed to have my entire family over (about 26) but nothing is worth risking life and limb. Of course, if more snow doesn’t come to pass, they will be here, but it’s not looking good. Merry Christmas to everyone!!

  • Dear Jo – I think the time is messed up on my blog. Trust me – the only time I see the light of dawn is through half squinted eyes while my head is still firmly attached to my pillow. Hope your family can make it!

  • Suzan:

    I loved this. I lost 30 kilos and my blood pressure went up. I still have more weight to shift but this outcome was most disheartening.