Retirement Sentiments

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Ah, that day we dream of when we no longer have to go through the daily grind! Sleep in a bit, cup of tea in bed from the good wife, enjoy the paper instead of having to scan it in a jiffy; is it all an illusion? For a couple weeks perhaps it might be fun. But then what?

Whilst such dream retirement wishes plus a ski or motorhome trip or two are probably the norm, that fact is that if don't retire into something many of us will either become depressed, losing our sense of worth, drop dead of boredom within a few short years or, financially strapped, simply won't be able to afford to do the things we'd like to do.

MacMillan lists the following definitions of retire and most of them fill me with dread. And frankly, many of them are just not true in relation to retirement. But many of us believe them nevertheless.

  1. to stop working, especially when you reach the age when you are officially too old to work
  2. to stop playing a sport as a professional player because you are too old
  3. to force someone to leave their job, especially before they reach the age when they are officially too old to work
  4. to leave a place, position, or way of life in order to go somewhere quieter or to live a less active life
  5. to stop taking part in a game or sports competition because you are injured or sick, or to make someone do this
  6. to remove machines or equipment from a place because they are old and no longer useful
  7. to go to bed at the end of the day in order to sleep

Have you past your sell by date? Life can be cruel and through no fault of our own, circumstances sometimes can crush us. That is reality; the sudden onset of cancer, an unexpected car accident, a fall on the ice, but really, these are the exceptions. For most of us, if we are old and no longer useful at sixty something, we have only ourselves to blame. Now, when we are in our forties and fifties, is the time to plan ahead.

"Most people live, whether physically, intellectually or morally, in a very restricted circle of their potential being. They make use of a very small portion of their possible consciousness, and of their soul's resources in general, much like a man who, out of his whole bodily organism, should get into a habit of using and moving only his little finger."

William James

Plan to Retire INTO something...

Do you have any retirement sentimentsts? Other than time to read the newspaper and sleep in, that is. 

It might just be a continuation of your work. Take my friend LM for example. When L retired after working nearly fifty years as an electrician, he quite quickly found the newspaper, watching the ballgame and that cup of coffee very dull...

Retirement Sentiments

Len and I have spent the last day-and-a-half crawling around in the very cramped ceiling of my new clinic - he's an inspiration to me. I'll be very surprised if his retirement jobs don't carry him to a healthy, happy eighty with all his marbles intact! Ceilings is not top on my list of retirement sentiments, but I learnt such a lot, not forgetting that a little knowledge can be a lot more dangerous than none at all, especially with a 220V kick if you get it wrong! Len's retirement jobs are doing him a power of good.

Len's done the spade work to get me into solar power energy.

An aside of interest. This week a young patient came to the clinic with a very sore neck after being manipulated by a friend. The friend? The flatmate of a chiropractic student in training; enought said. Would you let your friend take out your appendix, one of the simplest medical procedures, and certainly a lot less complicated than a cervical spine manipulation, just because his friend was a medical student?

Wilma Rudolph

"My doctors told me I would never walk again. My mother told me I would. I believed my mother."


Young Wilma was a sickly child having suffered polio, scarlet fever and pneumonia. At 9 she shed her braces and started running. Said she: "I ran and ran and ran every day, and I acquired this sense of determination, this sense of spirit that I would never, never give up, no matter what else happened."

At high school Wilma became a star athlete, quickly becoming a world-class sprinter. She won a bronze medal in the 1956 Olympics in Melbourne, Australia, and three gold medals in the 1960 Rome Olympics, earning her the title of "the world's fastest woman."

After retiring from running, she coached briefly before a retirement sentiment to set up a foundation for underprivileged children. A role model to countless people, she was also the author of a number of inspirational quotations:

"The triumph can't be had without the struggle."

HOBBIES, a new language?

Often we may have had limited time for a hobby that has fascinated us... my brother has had a love-affair with boats since he was a child, enamoured by Arthur Ransome and books like Swallowdale. When he retired he bought Unity, an old 31 foot tub, fixed her up and spent the next six years sailing the Caribbean, the Great Lakes... Now he sails Unity II, a 41 footer, but his next real retirement challenge is to learn Spanish. The Dominican Republic holds more fascination for him than either his native South Africa, or continental America. "Unity"? Our mother's name. Dr Unity Lewis, DC, an inspiration for different reasons to us both.


"Every third bite that you consume at the dinner table is the result of insect (like bees) pollinators' work."

Professor Lars Chittka

An aside: I've been most disappointed with the quality of local commercial honeys. Yesterday I managed to get a bucket of true "raw" honey, bits of wax and all. Cheaper, healthier and the taste... to die for! My friend William at 73 has turned beekeeping into a very profitable retirement sentiments hobby. It's no wonder he looks 63. Here you can see him fulfilling one of his retirement wishes, viz training young beekeepers.


It could be that plants, or birds, or keeping bees, or trout fishing that you keeps you young and vital right into the eighties... preferably something both physical and mental. The Archives of Medicine tell us that one quarter of Americans do little or no exercise... that is a recipe for early demise, and frankly a very boring life! Are you bored? Worse still, are you boring?

Here I am combining a fascination with Garbanzo beans with deep trenching... hummus is number two only to Quaker Oats recipes amongst the superfoods known to reduce blood cholesterol.

Trenches filled with kitchen waste and rich compost I'm hoping for a bumper harvest of chickpeas this season for our authentic hummus recipe. Healthy Choice Foods remains high on my agenda of retirement sentiments.

On a personal note...



I've opted for a modified RETIREMENT SENTIMENTS : "to leave a place, position, or way of life in order to go somewhere quieter or to live a less active life". Very few chiropractors retire completely. Our work brings us too much pleasure, but I certainly won't be any less active. Retiring from Holland to a small practice in Hilton, South Africa, working with my daughter, Dr Jane Ackerman DC... what a privileged "retirement". Bees, carpentry, gardening, perhaps back to soaring with the storks... it won't be quiet. But less stress, than the pressure of 8 hours a day of Chiropractic Help.

Going green ....

One of the most satisfying features of my retirement sentiments. Read more here about the solar generator that I've been building. But you do your thing, just don't waste your golden years watching TV.

A Fantasy

I once dreamed that I would like to retire into a practice, with two other colleagues. One of us would always be on leave. Work eight months of the year. Read all about it in my third book, Stones in my Clog ...


Hip arthritis and partial or total hip replacement is often a feature of the retirement years. The key is not to wait until the pain and stiffness in the groin and hip is severe. Chiropractors treat hip arthritis, and patients who have had hip replacements, but without relief of pain, on a daily basis.

Don't expect miracles but I personally believe that every case of hip arthritis should be treated with chiropractic before surgery. There's nothing to lose, and plenty to be gained... HIP ARTHRITIS


"If you want to keep your heart healthy then you need to know the facts about homocysteine. Not just another risk factor to be added to the general equation, homocysteine is believed to be one of the major causes of heart disease today."

Eve Knight, British Cardiac Patients Association.

In a profound study on 62 000 patients, reported in Archives of Internal Medicine in September 2010, it was found that taking Statins for raised cholesterol had absolutely no scientific basis, unless you have a history of cardiovascular disease. Evidence is pointing towards homocysteine rather than cholesterol as the spoke in the heart wheel. Read more about the H Factor ...

So, how fit are you?


We may have the best retirement plans, but as Robbie Burns so ably wrote, the best-laid plans of mice and men often go awry! I've just treated a lady with bad headaches. Their first holiday after her husband retired, he had a heart attack within five miles of home, and died. That's the gift cigarettes have in store for you. I found it hard not to be self-righteous and say "I told you so." I did tell them, she decided to quit, he not, and now she's a lonely 65 year old widow.

The Kasch Pulse recovery test is a simple three minute test that will give you a fairly accurate idea of whether YOUR best-laid plans may be realised or not.

May I boast? At the beginning of the test my heart rate was 60 beats per minute. One minute after the test my heart rate was exactly the same. 60. That's what regular cycling does for one. You could do the same, and hope to live to a happy healthy 90. That's what I'm aiming for... my best-laid plans... I could be knocked off the bike tomorrow! KASCH PULSE RECOVERY TEST ...


So, to sum up. Retirement, just like any other part of our lives, requires careful planning, advice on financial matters, and making the right choices on health matters. Should I at 75 go for that hip replacement, heart bypass, cancer treatment, or...

These things don't just happen.

Sleep on your side with one pillow

An aside: do you know why it's not good to sleep on your tum or with your arm above your head?


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Interesting challenges of the day

1. Mrs B has had one of the nastiest of conditions; vertigo caused by a disturbance in the inner ear. Falling repeatedly and vomiting she consulted her doctor but medication didn't help. After two sessions of the Epley manoeuvres she was 50 percent better. After two weeks she was 75 percent improved; no longer vomiting or falling. She's not enjoying the Brandt Daroff home exercises.

2. Mr S, a 48 year old man, has right low back pain, groin pain and a numb feeling in his lower leg when he sports. For six months he's been off football. He too has two problems; a very treatable lumbar facet syndrome and a very serious blocked artery in the groin; it's called intermittent claudication. Smokers beware.  

3. Mr S looks like the leaning tower of Pisa; he has a slipped disc at L5 making him lean towards the opposite side. It's called the postero lateral disc hernia; we'll fix it, but he has to stop for a week or two. Antalgias are serious so take them seriously. 

4. Mrs V too has two conditions; a chronic low grade sciatica giving her an ache in the right leg, and a threatening Morton's neuroma. She's glad I'm back in Holland; chiropractic fixed it before, and we'll fix it again. 

5. Mrs W is one of the lucky ones, says her doctor. I agree. He says only 40% of patients with lumbar stenosis have a successful operation. We fixed a nasty slipped disc three years ago, but it came back two years later; the surgeon did a fine job but she has a weak ankle now giving her subtalar joint pain; it's routine stuff. 

6. I myself had an acute exacerbation of a femoral nerve lesion last year. One immediate treatment of the new strain by my colleague has fixed the pain in the lower back, but there's some residual numbness in the lower leg; no soaring tomorrow alas.

7. This lady is a 86 year old woman with a 63 scoliosis. Chronic lower back has been her lot in life but she's well pleased with chiropractic and comes for chiropractic help once a month; some conditions you can never cure.

8. She is an 78 year old woman, is doing remarkably well with a bad sciatica. But over 200 pounds she is not losing weight; in fact, gaining despite my suggestions. She's high risk for a stroke. I have referred her to a dietician to crack the whip.

9. A 61 year old man with upper cervical pain yesterday; it's not severe but also not getting better of its own accord. He's afraid it may turn very acute as when I treated him three years ago. Since then it's been fine. 

10. A 64 year old woman has had scheuermanns disease; it's left her with a spinal kyphosis and chronic middorsal pain. She responds well to chiropractic treatment provides she come every six weeks or so for maintenance treatment.

11. Mrs C has been having severe headaches, and taking a lot of analgesics. It's a non complicated upper cervical facet syndrome, and she's doing well.

12. Mrs D, a middle aged woman with hip pain of one year duration, despite other treatment. Xrays reveal an impingement syndrome and early hip arthritis. There's much to be done.

13. Mr D, a 71 year old man, has a severe ache in the shoulder and midback since working above his head. Trapped nerve tests are negative but he has advanced degenerative joints of Luschka; after just two treatments he is 50 percent better. Can we reach 90?

And so the day goes; chiropractors shouldn't be treating the elderly most medical sites state but that's so much bunkum.

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Interesting questions from visitors

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