Sean Kenny's post got me thinking and I wanted to share something
with you all.
Last Nov I was just finishing up a serious weight lifting session
when I started feeling really lousy. I had been diagnosed with GERD
three months prior which led to the very extropian decision to give
up alcohol period.
Anyway I was experiencing classic head-to-the-ER symptoms which I
tried to ignore because I figured it was the GERD acting up. The
next morning I still felt lousy, cursed myself for being stupid,
and headed to the ER. I got to spend the next 24 hours as a guest,
went through standard cardiac enzyme series tests and a treadmill
stress-test. (all negative) An endoscope exam a few weeks ago
revealed a bad case of antral gastritis, getting better every day.
My point? Even exercising regularly. eating right, and a state of
the art vitamin/antioxident protocol is no guarantee. I hadn't been
to the doctor in years. Now it's going to be an annual event.
GERD has symptoms that will completely convince you that you are
having a heart attack. Ever since I've been carrying what I call my
"extropian amulet". Its a small stainless steel cylinder designed
for heart patients to carry a nitro tab around in, mine contains a
couple of baby aspirin, just in case. It is attached to my keyring,
is tiny, and unobtrusive.
Not a bad idea at all, and unlike most amulets this one has real
Extropy Institute, www.extropy.org
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Life Extension Foundation, www.lef.org
National Rifle Association, www.nra.org, 1.800.672.3888
Mars Society, www.marssociety.org
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