Just got off the phone with my mom. Ugh. My stepdad has had problems with his back for years and now they've progressed to the point where he is not allowed to work or walk up stairs and must be monitored at all times because a fall could kill him. Good lord. He has had several back surgeries but continues to get worse. Now the back surgeons are telling him if he doesn't get this new emergency surgery ASAP he could die. He has arthritis in his back that continues to get worse and worse.
He and my mom eat what I would call a "gourmet fine food SAD diet". It's mostly bread, meat & fish, wine, cheese, some vegetables and olive oil. They THINK that their diet is healthy, but both of them have arthritis. My mom had a hip removed last year and after 34 years of running had to quit. My stepdad has had several back surgeries for degenerative arthritis that continues to get worse. He has baked his own bread for 40 years and eats startchy deep-fried breaded crap every most times I go out with them. They INSIST that their diet is healthy and think I'm crazy for eating just fruits and vegetables. Look at the f**king evidence? They keep spending thousands of dollars on getting cut up for various surgeries to cut this, cut this out, replace this with a piece of titanium... and DON'T GET ANY BETTER!!! AM I LIVING ON F***ING PLANET F***ING ZORKON OR SOME S**T?
My stepdad is a Yale-educated ear nose and throat doctor. I suggested that he get a 2nd opinion from a chiropractor and they just about flipped their s**t on me. NO!! THEY WANT TO GO TO THE SURGEON, RISK DEATH OR PARALYSIS DURING THE SURGERY, NOT FIX THE PROBLEM AND JUST GET CUT UP MORE. Because apparently chiropractors "aren't real doctors" but spine surgeons who cut you up, don't fix the problem and suck up thousands of dollars from you are the "experts". I feel like I am the only sane person in my family. They are too proud to admit what they're doing isn't working and now they're suffering. And not just mildly suffering, they're really suffering. I told them my thoughts, that they needed to go get a 2nd opinion from a chiropractor and that he should start doing greens smoothies every day to reduce the pain and inflammation. She said he'll feed him some more fruits and vegetables, but I think she was just humoring me. I don't like to tell people what to do, but in extreme circumstances like this I had to say my peace. I couldn't walk around with the guilt of "what if I never spoke up". They won't take my advice. It really sucks to feel this powerless to help.