- Advice that you really should do what Mom said and wear clean underwear just in case that accident-related surprise medical exam does occur?
- The format of injecting a lot of humor … Despite its jocularity, it’s chock full of solid, practical, useful information.
- Advice for how frequently such simple preventive measures as Pap smears and prostate exams should be done
- We ruin it with tobacco, with drugs, with alcohol
- How to Prevent and Cure Professional Burnout
- CPR for Health Care Professionals
- Wise, Healthy and Wealthy: Words to Live By
- Planning Your 100th Birthday
Dr. Mayer L. Horensten doesn’t always fit the stereotypical, Marcus Welby-like image of the family doctor. The costumes — a jester’s to illustrate the therapeutic value of humor, a crotchety old man’s to show what happens when you don’t take care of yourself — he wears during his presentations, or the drums and songs that also are part of the programs.
Horensten, an ebullient doctor with an ebullient manner and shaven pate — No surprise: he’s played Daddy Warbucks in community theater productions of “Annie” Horensten is enough of a showman to realize that he needed a palatable, painless way to convey medical information to a sometimes jaded public.
Many health problems are “largely preventable,” Horensten says, and occur mostly because people don’t take care of themselves. Among the basics Horensten recommends is committing four numbers to memory: Social Security number, weight, blood pressure and cholesterol level.
Among the most effective health maintenance measures a person can take are stopping smoking and tobacco use, and becoming involved in a regular exercise program, he says.
“Then, the next level would be stress reduction,” he says. “We are a stressed-out society.
Everybody knows rest, exercise and proper diet are important, “but why aren’t they doing this?” he says. “Part of why they aren’t doing it is laziness.
“To those who claim they just don’t have the time to exercise, eat right or relax, “I say to my patients, `Have a stroke. Then you’ll have plenty of time to take care of it.
“If your body’s telling you it’s tired or it aches, listen to it. The body has enough inherent ability to take better care of yourself than we can.”
Books by Dr. Mayer L. Horensten