Rx — Feature Story

A re you sick or not?”   In decades past, people (and even doctors) were just a little more blunt in their inquiries as well as in their rendered opinions.  In the 50s and 60s, for example, you might have been prescribed merely a bit of iodine and a band aid to fix what ailed you.

But on the other hand, healthcare was face-to-face.  If a doctor’s visit was warranted, you definitely could expect to meet directly with the M.D., not an assistant.   And he might even come to your house, too — “house calls” were common place.

Vision services were yet a different matter.  Kids and adults alike oftentimes went undiagnosed until they started bumping into walls.  And then, the very expensive frames seemed more likely to be a safeguarded heirloom than a vision tool to be upgraded and modified with time.

Health insurance was just coming into play around mid century. Prior to that sickness insurance was purchased and was more like disability insurance. As modern medical facilities were built, and science came to better resemble the sci fi movies, the nation slowly came to terms with medical affordability.

In 2013, we have again come full circle now as the majority of Americans once again have no medical insurance or full access to quality health care.   The use of penicillin, vitamins, herbs, and home remedies have surged as a result.

One holistic remedy worth checking out, of course, is exercise.  Becoming more in vogue each year, exercise can lead to a healthier lifestyle, a more responsible diet, and more effective preventative care.