CHANGING THE PERCEPTION OF SENIOR LIVING
An important component of Golden Boomers International is to look at how things are done in other parts of the world. There is no reason to assume that one culture has more intellectual capital at its disposal than another. Perhaps there are more centers of higher learning in some parts of the world than others, but intellect, passion and curiosity are not the monopoly of people in select regions.
It is important for us to continuously explore how other people are looking at the world. What can we learn from them and what can they learn from us? It is this give and take relationship that can bring about change for everyone.
In America, we have a way to deal with medical issues. For those who live here, it is the way things are done. We don’t question the doctors because that is the culture. Meanwhile we hear things through the media about medical care in Russia, China or other parts of the world. Since these other places have different cultures, we aren’t sure about the quality of their medical care relative to ours.
There is a man in Germany who suffers from Fibromyalgia, a disorder characterized by widespread musculoskeletal pain accompanied by fatigue, sleep, memory and mood issues (http://www.mayoclinic.com/health/fibromyalgia/DS00079). He uses a unique treatment where he stands in a cold chamber for three minutes, two times over a 48-hour period. What makes the situation unique is that he wears a bathing suit, shower shoes and a nose/mouth covering. The temperature is set at -80 C (-112 F). His symptoms abate for about six months until he goes in to do it again. This is called the “Cold Treatment” and is not strange science by German standards as it is covered by insurance. Apparently it works well, because he can move normally for almost five months until the symptoms make an appearance again.
In addition, someone else mentioned that he gave coconut oil to his father who was suffering from Alzheimer’s disease. After getting the oil, his symptoms abated, his cognitive abilities went up and his memory improved. This technique is popular among Pacific Islanders, who traditionally have access to coconut oil. One might question whether they have a lower rate of this form of dementia due to the oil, or if it is a genetic component within their DNA. With an ever-increasing western cultural influence, are their rates of dementia going up? This theory that coconut oil might be a cheap alternative to what the big pharmaceutical companies provide is not proven, but definitely something to think about.
In either of these two situations, there was no supporting evidence, yet they are effective in their own way. We can see that there are other methods that can possibly serve to help our lives. Our lives may be normal, but perhaps we can look outside of “normal” and find peer-reviewed, scientifically sound ways to find new outlets to positively impact our lives. If we share these ideas, can others study them in greater detail and verify their effectiveness? If we then share those ideas and their findings, can we influence medical care in other parts of the world too? I certainly think so. No one has the monopoly on truth. If we share our truth, who benefits? All of us do. I hope you can add your two cents. We all stand to gain.