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You’re not dead yet! That is the message of Thomas Jones and John Cotton in their new book, Aging Aggressively. They want you to take the bull by the horns and take charge of your health.

Jones is a medical doctor who is now is an emeritus adjunct professor of medicine and public health at Weill Cornell Medical College in New York. He has had an extensive career in medicine, both in practice and education. He is a highly respected research physician trained in infectious diseases, international medicine, and public health. His book, written with Cotton an MS with a lengthy career in public health hopes to show older people who important it is to demand quality health care as they age.

If you are an individual in the United States over 50 years old, it is important to understand what is going on when it comes to health-care policies and doctor-patient relations so you can aggressively demand the best care. Once you know the ins and outs, you’ll feel more confident and enjoy the aging process. This information includes knowing the steps and missteps that brought the diagnostic tests and medication to the attention of you and your doctor.

You can and should be certain that your voice is heard in every aspect of social and medical planning. This includes being aware that your doctor may not have the same agenda as yourself, so learn to say “no”–particularly to diagnostic tests and medication not tested in your age group.

Aging Aggressively offers advice on personal health practices, including valuable resources to help you successfully manage your health, and how to fill your life with humor, animals, music and memories.

“As a member of the elderly population in the United States, you are part of a significant numerical force in society,” Jones said.

Aging Aggressively also describes the impending disaster in the present Medicare/Medicaid system, primarily due to the poor planning of proper and adequate funding for the federal program. Jones describes alternate health care funding used in others countries as well as in a few states in the U.S.

Jones also states it is likely you need to plan your own health care funding, thus not relying on Federal or State funds–although they have been promised.

“This book attempts to provide a basis for the elderly to have fun with their lives, to enjoy particularly their memories of their own lives and to limit to a minimum relying on a broken health care system,” Jones said.

I am my aunt’s caregiver. She has been on Nexium for several years. Should this be a lifelong prescription?

There is no research to require a lifelong prescription for any drug. The drugs were studied in 30-60 year olds–after age 70, just be sure you have a proper quality of life.

I was told that if you don’t have blood sugar problems you don’t need to eat gluten-free food.

Eat what you like.  Most people with either type 2 diabetes or problems created by the pharma industry using a single blood sugar test and an artificial blood sugar number, are perfectly able to eat what they like.

Do Doctors get money from pushing drugs for medical companies?

Of course!

Dr. Jones, what are some natural ways to lower my blood pressure?

The best way to lower your blood pressure is to stop taking it. That is what I have done. The numbers used, such as 150/90, are totally artificial. In addition, there is a thing called “white coat hypertension” which means your bood pressure is higher in your doctor`s office than at home.

What is your opinion about drugs that have legal settlement commercials (such as Januvia) running but are still being prescribed? Should patients insist on another drug even though the doctor’s attitude is the good outweighs the bad aspects of the drug?

Stop watching these commericals and stop taking any of the drugs mentioned. As I have stated in my book, your doctor can not be relied upon in these situations.

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