Our imagination doesn’t have to decline as we age

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I have always had a fertile imagination. It seems like my right brain has battled the left brain forever. My love of photography balanced my rigorous training in pre-med during college. And during the difficult years of medical school and post-graduate training, I sought refuge and escape in cooking, novels, music, and movies. Although most of us are either right-(creative) or left-(analytical) brained dominant, it is possible and even healthy to find balance with both.

I don’t think I could have started a successful medical group practice without an idea and…

Upon further review, the Covid-19 virus most likely did come from a lab

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I believe when you are wrong, you should admit it. Last December, I wrote “The Five Biggest Lies About Covid-19.” Number one was “China created the virus in a bioweapons lab.” There is mounting credible evidence that the virus most likely leaked from the Wuhan Institute of Virology (WIV). Whether the WIV is a bioweapons lab is debatable. But at the same time, the “natural” origin theory of the virus’ beginning looks to be an increasingly false narrative.

For the better part of a year, it was…

Amazon has multiple filters when shopping, but none lets you filter product country of origin

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There are multiple options on Amazon’s filter button when you are shopping. These include customer reviews, color, condition, price, shipping, and brands, to mention just a few. What you will never find, however, is an option to filter country of origin. The inability to see this easily is no accident. Since I would like to buy American-made products, or the least not made in China, this is important. I suspect I am not alone.

Amazon’s relationship with China is too close. It is estimated that…

A recent scheduling conflict confirmed for me that most of the time, your mind is wrong.

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I have been fishing in the Gulf of Mexico for almost 30 years. The physical demands of my beloved hobby have escalated over the years. After a day offshore, it takes me one to two days to recover. This weekend one of my two fishing friends asked me to go with him American Red Snapper fishing. The weather was ideal, and I was reluctant to decline. However, my other fishing buddy was having his seventieth birthday party later that same day. I knew I…

The personal touch of customer service is dying

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Nothing sets my nerves on edge like calling a business, placed on hold immediately, and having a recording that says, “Your call is very important to us.” The statement is, of course, a bald-faced lie. Because if my call were “very important,” you would hire more people to answer the phone. I wouldn’t care if they lived in Mongolia as long as they spoke broken English. I understand that help is hard to find. People are still emerging from a pandemic. The point is to stop lying to me. …

Cognitive skills decline as we age, making senior citizens ideal candidates for online scams and identity theft

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I am not a technology novice, but far from an expert either. Following an identity theft in 2019, I am more than aware of scammers. Yet, I almost fell for a social media con recently. Here’s how it went down:

A retired surgeon whom I knew, Bob Smith (not his real name), friended me on Facebook. I got a FB direct message “from him” that started innocently enough. “How are you doing?” etc. I started telling him what I had been up to…

Being retired gives us more time to enjoy ourselves, but choosing what to do with that time is critical

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“Time is like a roll of toilet paper. The closer to the end, the faster it goes.” This humorous analogy highlights the paradox of time as we grow older. When we are young, we yearn for time to pass, and when we are old, we wish we had more of it. Unlike money or possessions, time can not be saved. When it is gone, there is no replacing it. …

Being sick can be a wake-up call that food truly is medicine

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For most of my adult life, I took pride in following what I thought was the healthiest diet in the world: the Mediterranean Diet. I also ate lots of fiber. That all changed recently after another bowel obstruction from my Crohn’s Disease. The bowel blockage was my third hospital admission in five years. I was fortunate to escape surgery. One week later, the inflammatory bowel disease specialist I saw had a sobering and frank conversation with me.

“You have to stop eating a high fiber diet (HFD),” she told me. As someone who thought this diet was the Holy Grail…

Sex doesn’t have to stop after any age but recognizing and responding to its challenges is necessary

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“Do you believe in same sex marriage?” a man was asked. “Of course I do,” he responded. “I have been married to the same woman for 40 years and we have been having the same sex for all of those years” This old joke takes on more significance as we age. Sexual desire, arousal, and performance are dependent upon levels of sexual hormones, primarily estrogen and progesterone in women and testosterone in men. It’s no secret that around middle age, these hormone levels…

It is no mistake that progressives have chosen to forget the words of his most important speech

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“I have a dream that my four little children will one day live in a nation where they will not be judged by the color of their skin, but by the content of their character.” This sentence is probably the most famous quote by civil rights pioneer Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. It was part of his “I Have a Dream” speech. This poignant statement defined the essence of racial inequality, justice, and America’s civil rights movement of the last century. Unfortunately, the…

David Mokotoff

David Mokotoff is a retired MD. Passionate about writing, reading, fishing, and food, https://tinyurl.com/y7bjoqkd

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