And that’s not all.
You’ve got to rewrite the Good Book, the bit where it says “Physician heal thyself” (Luke 4:23).
Because surprise, surprise – you’re the physician now. So “heal thyself” is meant for you.
Because if you’re watching the news, everyone’s getting jumpy about antibiotics failure –more exactly antimicrobial resistance.
Which means if you run to the Doc for all kinds of things – from a hip replacement to a simple cut – she can’t help you because the medicines she needs are outgunned by superbugs.
This is the “Dark Ages” that the heavies are on about. And it could take twenty years before new superantibiotics can be developed to zap them, according to Chief Medical Officer, Professor Dame Sally Davies.
So what do we do in the meantime? Hobble around, gasping our last?
Or shape up and do something about it.
Which is where becoming a pre-doctor comes in.
Arranging your life so you don’t need a doctor in the first place. Taking action before you ring the consulting rooms.
First up, obviously is personal hygiene – living clean, keeping clean, and always washing your hands.
But it’s not enough. What about the space around you, the room you live in? That’s full of microorganisms too. Billions and billions of them.
If you could see them, they be like smog. Smothering everything, making you feel like you should wear a mask.
You can do better. Sterilise the room around you – not the Great Outdoors unfortunately, that’s too big. But everywhere else – at home, at work, at leisure.
Mist up the place with a high-powered oxidiser that destroys all bacteria and viruses that it touches – in the air, on surfaces, in every nook and cranny.
Because if the germs are dead, you can’t get sick. And if you’re not sick, you don’t need as doctor.
You are your own pre-doctor.
Feel better now?