Landing Strip

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Welcome readers of Million Mile Secrets.

Thank you for stopping by.  Please, make yourselves at home.

If you’re curious about early retirement, please start here.

Would you like to hear a unique take on the miles game?, Here’s a good place to start.

Are you interested to know what came about from my conversation with a miles skeptic?  Click here, and here.

And if you have any questions or suggestions please  leave a comment. I am looking forward to hearing from you.

– Alexi

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2 Responses to “Landing Strip”

  1. Robert January 19, 2014 at 8:10 am #

    Thanks for the welcome! I was intrigued not only because of the miles angle but also the early retirement angle (which I started a couple years ago, btw, and am loving it). But the clincher was that you were an EP! That amused me. I thought for awhile that a diagnosis of lone atrial fibrillation was going to derail my early retirement plans since I’d be on hundreds of dollars a month of Rhythmol and Coumadin etc., forcing me out of an HSA/high deductible policy into a more expensive insurance plan while paying high medical costs for the rest of my life. Fortunately, I did a ton of research before submitting to the cardiologist’s prescription and found how to control things through diet (primarily Mg/K supplements, reducing salt, and lowering fat intake). I now have a few PACs but otherwise no more AF, exercise vigorously without having subsequent attacks, and am loving life without the burden of prescription meds, facing an ablation, or just worrying about my health and future. The cardiologist, meantime, told me that it is possible for a patient to “read too much” and said I was gambling with my health by not taking the prescriptions. I decided it was possible to read too little too, and decided not to go back. I later saw an EP who confirmed that what I was doing wasn’t jeopardizing my health. (He did recommend aspirin, but I decided to do that only if I was starting to feel unstable, and don’t do that more than 2-3 times a year now).

    Anyway, you are obviously a highly skilled, highly trained, well-compensated individual. Surprising for you to be playing this game, but I like that you have found the philosophy of expense control and simplification. If you haven’t already, check out the classic “Your Money or Your Life” by Robbins/Dominguez. That book changed my way of thinking about money and work.

  2. Miles Dividend M.D. January 19, 2014 at 11:25 am #

    Robert,

    Good job advocating for yourself with your AF.

    Lifestyle changes can be a powerful way to decrease AF burden, (as well as HTN, OSA, CAD etc…) Sadly this approach is realistic in a minority of patients.

    I routinely perform AF ablations and the evidence is that they are beneficial in the right patients (for symptom control).

    I agree with your EP that you are in no way jeopardizing your health. (based on what you have written.)

    I also agree with you that the evidence for aspirin in lone AF is equivocal.

    I will check out “Your Money or Your Life,” (You are not the first to suggest it to me.)

    AZ

    PS Don’t be suprised that the early retirement philosophy is relevant to highly compensated people like me. Human stupidity is limitless.

    See my post http://www.milesdividendmd.com/blowing-up/ for more!

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