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LETTER: Prescribing an ounce of prevention for all of us

Calgary has seen an increase in children's cavities since fluoride was removed from the water in 2011, according to a study released in 2016.
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I’m nearly 80 years old and still have 90 per cent of my teeth.

I take care of my teeth by brushing and flossing and I have never tried opening beer bottles with my teeth, as I’ve seen others do.

I have nothing against a dental plan or a pharmacare plan but we know it will be abused just as our medicare is.

We are our own worst enemies when we eat junk food, drink poison(alcohol), smoke, do drugs and fail to exercise, and wonder why we are not in tip top shape and run to the doctor to get more drugs to try and correct the problems, and those drugs create more problems.

I know sometimes illness comes along that we have no control over, that is when it is nice to have government plans in place to help overcome these problems.

Accidents happen. I’m guilty of not always doing what is best for my health, but I try to come close as I can to protect my one and only body that I have. I don’t smoke, drink or do drugs, even doctor-prescribed drugs I take begrudgingly. I try to eat healthy, but come up short many times. I try to exercise but fail to do enough, I don’t get enough sleep, but overall I’m miles ahead of many that break every rule in the book.

Aging we cannot stop, and all that it brings, but we can slow it down by making wise decisions of what we put into our bodies through eating, drinking and by injection.

God gave us several filters to protect us against poisons we can’t escape by breathing polluted air and drinking water that has chemicals added, but these filters can’t handle the overload that we deliberately consume.

The old saying, an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure, should apply to us daily.

Everett Adams,
Grand Falls-Windsor


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