COULD MARGARET THATCHER HAVE MADE IT TO 100?
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HOW ABOUT REAGAN? GOLDWATER?
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Conservatives and sensible people around the world mourned the passing of the UK's longest serving Prime Minister of the past 100 years. The Right Honourable Margaret Thatcher almost outdid FDR in tenure -- in many ways leading a counterrevolution to New Deal nonsense.
She obviously outdid him in clarity of thought and commitment to freedom. Like Reagan, she had to deal with Eastern Europe that FDR had given away to Stalin.
One of my first reactions was to wish she'd been with us longer. So, I indulged in a little wishful thinking -- but with some practical applications for the future.
I also included Ronald Reagan and Barry Goldwater. They suffered very similar health afflictions in their later years -- perhaps needlessly.
In other words, were there some simple lifestyle items that could have extended her life? Surely, all three had the best medical advice money can buy.
+ + BUT I BELIEVE THAT THE MEDICAL FIELD FAILED THEM AS THEY AGED + +
We may be thankful for much of modern medical care. Consider the assassinations of Presidents Garfield and McKinley. President Reagan's wound was much worse than theirs. If not for emergency medicine and God's grace, he'd have died.
At the same time, modern medicine has fared poorly at disseminating natural approaches that really work. Too often, it's easier to give Lipitor instead of prescribing magnesium.
Thinking through all of that and mourning her departure led me to ask if they could have lived a dozen or more years -- with a modicum of good health. Hence, I wrote today's story, "Could Thatcher and Goldwater Have Lived to 100? Reagan, too?"
Certainly, I indulge in some speculation. Yet, if they could have benefited from natural medicines (known well before any them passed), we can shed tears of regret and heighten our efforts to get the word out for ourselves and our posterity.
Do you think Obamacare is going to solve such oversights and failures? It's just more of the same tired ideas the President wants to bring back. And nutrition is not in their cards -- unless you think Michelle Obama growing some veggies at the White House will turn the trick.
In fact, I'd suggest considering the items mentioned in the story. Even heeding a story about dark chocolate would do more than the Administration's best efforts. Or consider this. Being married (the real man-woman kind) carries heart benefits -- as attested in research highlighted in this story.
Perhaps it is fitting to quote a comparison of Thatcher and Reagan by Dr. Charles Dunn, a scholar at Regent University, writing in "The Virginian-Pilot" . . .
Indeed, leadership does not take place in a vacuum -- and I think Goldwater should get considerable credit as well for forging a path in which others could and did follow.
We can't change the medical or political past, but the future lies before us with both.
All the best,
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