Welcome to our weekly digest of news, views and ideas that could effect the health and longevity of us kids on the Far Side Of 55.
And, we’ll begin with the following:
1: Reports On STD Mycoplasma Genitalium (MG) Are Misleading:
First off, mycoplasma genitalium is a rather smallish bacteria found in the urinary and genital tracts.
Recent reports have hinted that M Genitalium, as a STD, is a new phenomenon.
Not true. MG was 1st reported in 1981.
Since then, MG has been shown to be closely related to HIV infections. Whether as a contributor or as a result, isn’t yet clear.
Until recently, it wasn’t known if MG was a sexually transmitted infection. It is. Source
As an infection, it causes urethritis, in both men and women, cervicitis and pelvic inflammation in women.
MG Symptoms: Men:
- Discharge from penis
- Burning sensation in penis during urination
MG Symptoms: Women:
Actual symptoms are rare, the following are most common:
- Vagina discharge
- Sensitive urination
- Vaginal bleeding not associated with regular cycle
- Vaginal bleeding after sex
- Pelvic pain
These symptoms are similar to those of gonorrhoea and chlamydia.
And, testing for Mycoplasma Genitalium isn’t usually done until gonorrhoea and chlamhydia have been eliminated.
While there’s not yet a standardized testing procedure, studies are ongoing, and look promising.
Yet, your regular doctor should be able to provide both testing and treatment…
Treatment, currently, is a 5 day course of antibiotics, specifically with azithromycin.
Azithromycin treatment isn’t always successful, according to the National Institue Of Health:
“…Patients with treatment failure after azithromycin have been successfully treated with moxifloxacin 400 mg daily for 10 days.
But, because of the risk of development of resistance this treatment should be considered second line…”
Takeaway: MG isn’t new, isn’t an epidemic, and despite the possibility of a lack of symptoms, MG is treatable.
To learn more about STD’s click on the following blue link:STD Symptoms, Treatments and Prevention
2: Aging Is Not Some Kinda Disease We Need Fear:
Hey, here’s a novel idea:
“Aging is not an affliction, it’s an achievement…”
That quote is from a clever article, written by Mark Harvey, about how the ‘powers that be’ treat older people’s existence as a problem that needs solving.
Mark also says:
“Between those of us that are “aging in place” (a bureaucratic term meaning that you’re either from here or that you’ve been here for so long that you forgot where you were from before)
and the excruciatingly well-documented “in-migration of retirees” (another bureaucratic phrase referring to folks who are smart enough to figure out that being here is a bit more tolerable than, say, West L.A.)…”
Yeah, that’s sorta funny. And, sorta true.
Amidst the humor, Mark does serve up several thoughtful observations about aging misconceptions.
Overall, it’s a good read. I think you’ll like it…
Read it when you click on the following blue link: Aging Is Not Some Kinda Disease
More Reasons We Needn’t Fear Aging:
While we’re on the subject, the following blue link will take you to another interesting article that looks at aging in a positive manner: Stop Fearing Aging
3: Social Security & Medicare Aren’t Entitlement Programs:
SS benefit checks and Medicare benefits are services, that we paid ahead for, before we received our paychecks.
Labeling them as ‘entitlements’ is nothing more than an undercover attempt to change the general public’s perception of these programs… so lawmakers can cannibalize them with the minimum of backlash.
And, perception, especially when shared by a majority of society, is a force to be reckoned with.
As a result of overt anti-smoking PR campaigns, we now have a couple of generations who no longer consider smoking as cool.
Because smoking was already universally accepted as a needless health risk, the attempt to shift public opinion didn’t need covering up.
Not so with social security benefits and medicare.
Attacks on these two services p*ss off millions of us seniors.
And, p*ssed off seniors vote…
A fact lawmakers are conceding by using subtlety to discredit these two programs.
If these attacks also tick you off, you might wanna read the following: Social Security & Medicare Aren’t Entitlements
4: How To Make Your Face Look 10 Years Younger:
If I could get my face to look 10 years younger, I’d still look older than Betty White.
Anyway, happened upon an article on the Redbook Magazine’s website that offers a tutorial for eye treatments that, they say, will subtract 10 years of age from our faces.
Heck, they even go so far to say that “these totally doable fixes will keep you looking radiant!”
A look I’d rather forgo, thank you very much.
On the other hand, because there’s no doubt you already look much better than I, this stuff might be right ‘up you alley’.
If so, click on the following blue link: How To Look 10 Years Younger
Louie Armstrong Plays Skokiaan:
How cool is this song?
Talk to you next time…
I’d love to hear your Living On The Far Side Of 55 story?