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180312 March 12, 2018


Jimmy Norman
LHS '64
December 9, 1946 - July 12, 2014

    For those who missed it last week, Mike Acree wrote "Mike Jett kept in closer touch with Jim Norman that anyone I know, and he told me that Jim had died 8 or 10 years ago, in Ocala." 

    Although he died back in 2014, we did not have a record of his passing nor had I announced it in any previous Lee's Traveller. I searched the internet for an obituary and could not find one, but found the following on the findagrave web site. (For those interested, it is an interesting site to visit and really useful for those doing family research.

        Memphis, TN -  This week we launch a new feature, "Ask Dr. John" which will give us a chance to seek the answers to some of our health questions. It seems the older we get, the more aches and pains we have (at least I do). So, here's a chance for a free answer to some of those questions that might pop up.

    I will be spending a lot of time these next couple of weeks watching basketball, and watching no-name teams bust my brackets.


Ask Dr. John
John Drummond
LHS '65

    Our own Dr. John Drummond has graciously volunteered to accept health questions from any of you readers in an attempt to make us all better knowledgeable about our own health. They will be listed as anonymous should you desire.

    If you read last week's edition, you are aware of my recent open-heart surgical saga, requiring six (6) coronary artery bypass grafts.  Prevention is the key to avoiding this surgery, in addition to sudden death from a cardiac event.  Risk factors for Coronary Artery Disease (CAD) and Stroke include high blood pressure, elevated cholesterol, diabetes, cigarette smoking, obesity, sedentary lifestyle and family history of heart disease.  Another risk factor is stressful lifestyle, associated with those of us cursed with ambition who work too hard and too long in a desire to succeed; these folks (I should say "We Folks," as I belong to this club) are referred to as having a "Type A Personality."   One of our cardiologists thinks that those of us with Type A Personalities have more heart attacks because we have to spend most of the day dealing with people who have Type B Personalities.

    Alcohol consumption is NOT a risk factor for heart attack or stroke; actually, daily alcohol consumed in moderation decreases risk, as it raises levels of High Density Lipoprotein (HDL), the "good type" of cholesterol.  One other thing that raises HDL is regular exercise.

    The simplest recommendation to follow is taking low-dose aspirin (81 mg, 1/4 the amount of a regular aspirin, which is 325 mg).  A large part of what causes hardening of arteries is platelets clumping together to form a blood clot inside the arterial wall, eventually causing blockage of blood flow to heart and brain.  Aspirin chemically coats the platelets, keeps them from sticking together to form a blood clot.  Daily aspirin also decreases risk of developing colon polyps, which are considered pre-cancerous.   A recent study compared colon cancer rates between daily aspirin takers and those who did not;  the aspirin half of study decreased their rate of colon cancer by 27%.  Little risk of taking daily aspirin, unless there is a history of stomach ulcer or gastritis;  easy bruising may occur, especially in women, whose skin is more thin and fragile than in men, because of female hormones.

    There are now five statin agents, all of which are generic.  Most people are aware that statins lower cholesterol, but they also have potent anti-inflammatory properties, and the development of atherosclerosis/hardening of the arteries is an inflammatory process.  A study published in early 2017 compared people our age and older who had taken a statin agent for at least 5 years, compared to control population (no statin).   Among statin takers, women had a 15% decrease in Alzheimer's Disease; men had a 12% decrease.  This makes a lot of sense, because if you are taking a med to keep arteries to the heart open, it should keep arteries to the brain open as well.

    Unless you have already had this done, I highly recommend getting an External Beam Heart Scan (EBCT) to diagnose or rule out risk for heart attack or stroke.  It is a non-invasive, user-friendly imaging study; the person lies on a table in an open room (no worries about claustrophobia, like for an MRI) and the scanner moves over the chest.  It is sort of like your heart and part of the lungs are a loaf of bread, and images are taking out one thin slice at a time, looking for calcium in each of the 4 arteries to heart muscle.  A calcium score is measured in each artery, and added up for a total calcium score.  If elevated, the next step is seeing a cardiologist for a stress test, to be certain you are not a heart attack waiting to happen.  An EBCT is not covered by insurance, costs usually around $100, but is money well spent.  In most places, a doctor's order is not even needed for a free-standing imaging unit.  In Atlanta these places, some of which are affiliated with hospitals,  advertise on the radio and TV, quoting a rate of $99 for a single person, and $149 for a couple.   There is NO RISK to this procedure, and NO DOWNSIDE.  I hope very much that classmates and other readers heed my advice, as I am certain there are more than a few of us who are walking around now with clogged arteries, a heart attack or stroke waiting to happen.

Back to the Dances
Tommy Towery
LHS '64

Limbo Rock

The Limbo

    "Limbo Rock" was first recorded by The Champs in 1961. The first vocal version was recorded in 1962 by Chubby Checker (on Parkway Records). It peaked at number two on the Billboard Hot 100 for two weeks and at number one on the Cash Box charts. The Chubby Checker recording also made it to number three on the R&B charts.

    I am sure some of you have some stories about this dance. Let's hear them.

Let's Dance

Let's Dance

    "Let's Dance" is a 1962 hit-single by Chris Montez in 1962. When initially released, the song shot to #4 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart in the U.S., and to No. 2 in the UK Singles Chart.

    Although this video does not highlight one specific dance, it does show a lot of the dances we did back when we were in high school.


From Our Mailbox 


Subject:    John's Story Last Week

Escoe German Beatty

LHS '65


    John’s story was really scary, that was just God’s blessing that it worked out so well.  Just chuckling to myself… What if you start getting full blown reports from everyone on our recent maladies i.e. broken parts, hospital stays, rehab horrors, near misses, auto accidents and the like.  You and John can preview all of them and print the best ones!  HaHa!



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