My old doctor retired about two months ago, so when I recently visited the surgery, in mid-november, I was confronted by a new man.
I'm always a bit wary of change, especially when it comes to doctors, bank managers, or bakers.
Of course all doctors are instructed to tell their patients exactly the same things; lose weight, stop smoking, don't enjoy yourself, etc. It's written into the hippocratic oath.
Once he'd done all the usual stuff, like taking blood pressure, weighing me, and stethoscoping; whilst printing off my prescription (which is all I'd gone for) he gave me the now tedious advice.
Don't eat too much charcuterie, drink only one glass of wine per day (with one day, just water), and don't eat too much salt. He didn't bother with either the slimming or smoking because neither are applicable.
I told him that if he'd suggested I eat less sugar, I'd have been OK, because I hardly ever touch the stuff, but cutting down on salt is another matter altogether.
He told me not to add salt when cooking, but to add a tiny bit afterwards if needed.
This was a bit like telling a cow not to eat grass; I almost live on things that contain, or require, salt.
So, this morning whilst breakfasting on toast and very salty anchovies, I thought about my new doc's advice, and decided for one day at least to ignore it.
Anyway, what self-respecting doctor would have the cheek to ask a chap to forego a pukka breakfast!