Meet Bernard Preston D.C. who has practised for over 40-years, initially in one of South Africa’s smaller cities, and then
for seven years in the Netherlands.
In mid 2010 he went into semi-retirement in the small village of Hilton in South Africa, practising for just a few hours most days with his daughter, Dr Jane Ackerman, DC.
This page was last updated on 25th September, 2021 by Dr Bernard Preston.
Bernard Preston writes a few thoughts on a successful, happy and zestful retirement. Some planning is necessary.
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Known by widely differing patients from small children to famous artists, musicians and athletes in pain, he is well-equipped to give us some fascinating insights into the world of a DC and the things that drive people; no holds barred.
If one thing really irritates me, it is that all the emphasis has been about putting off to next week the visit that the C-19 virus will surely make eventually in all our lives. There's been little to say about what positive steps we should be taking to ensure that we don't suffer the cytokine storm that kills so many.
Three things have been coming out consistently in the literature.
Preston is the son of two DCs, both long deceased, is married with 2 young men and a daughter who is a third generation doctor specialising in spinal-care; and three grandchildren. He is a person who believes in the fullness of life both in a general sense, as seen in his wide interests in nature, mountains and soaring; keeping bees, carpentry and, as a layminister in the Anglican church, in a religious sense too.
Dr Preston practised for seven-years in Holland where he lived with his wife in a small town just south of Rotterdam. His glider was supplanted by a humble bicycle which he says was just as much fun, but a lot more dangerous.
200 people per year die in Holland in cycling accidents, nearly one-third of total road deaths.
boast is that, in Holland, for a year and half, he was the only DC in the whole wide world without a vehicle. Says he, "I didn't
miss my car, but my motorcycle, oh, that left a hole as big as a
barn-door." Several of his stories contain snippets about his hobbies,
and the Dream Machine.
A summer's day in the beautiful city of Maastricht is best enjoyed on the bike. Then you can take time to smell the poppies and pick wild cherries; and enjoy a slice of vlaai and cup of coffee at one of the little roadside-cafes.
Years later, in 2021, he is looking for an electric-powered motorcycle that he can charge with his solar generator. It's all part of what he calls the green journey that has revolutionised his life.
Instead we turned over a Blue Leaf in January. Alas both bikes and motorcycles have become far too dangerous in the new South Africa; common-sense on the roads is completely ignored and potholes abound.
Meet Bernard Preston answers in part who is the man and what does he stand for? Amongst other things he believes that we should treat Brother-Ass kindly lest he turn around and bite us.
Author Bernard Preston has written six books.
Meet Bernard Preston, together with "She who must be obeyed" crossing the river on the way to an Andre Rieu concert on the Vrijtag, or central city-square in Maastricht.
And on the way home via the village of Nuth; one the of the many very-old windmills of Holland.
An Aside: Does your DC go the extra mile for you?
Really care, try hard, you know s/he is doing his very best to help
maintain a nuggety problem? How about a small gift? A bottle of wine,
or better still a Bernard-Preston book would be appropriate!
Said wife of one New Jersey DC: I can't predict how fast Tom will read Bats in my Belfry , but he read Frog in my Throat non-stop. He has not tackled anything like that for pleasure, cover to finish, as long as I have known him.
- Linda R, New Jersey.
And of course, if you buy a Frog or Bat, or STONES IN MY CLOG, stories from Holland, you could read them first!
Frog in my throat is the first book where you will meet Bernard Preston; it relates to the struggles of the young DC, practising illegally when the register was closed to new graduate doctors, with the intention of closing down the profession.
Meet Bernard Preston and you'll find that we are a lot more resilient than medicine first thought; today there are two colleges at South African universities, aided and abetted by government, and a thriving profession.
Bats in my belfry describes the middle stressed-years of leading the profession, whilst providing for a family and keeping body and soul together; meeting Bernard Preston you'll find that all doctors of every ilk must be wary of burn out.
Whilst some hard copies remain, these are mainly books to be read on your Kindle and tablet, and even smart-phone.
In Stones in my Clog he relates seven very fruitful years practising in the Netherlands; when meeting Bernard Preston you'll find the benefits of learning a new language, and discovering a quite different-culture.
Heb je zin een stuk in nederlands te lezen? Geraakt door vrienden doet me steeds veel pijn.
Now semi-retired he returned until 2016 to the polders to do locums for a colleague; a wonderful people with for some unknown reason a very large group suffering from the ravages of hip-pain; caught early it responds well to joint mobilisation and exercise in his experience. Ignored until late in the pathogenesis it's a misery.
Read more about upper leg, thigh and groin pain.
Mixed metaphors may be frowned upon for writers, but this photo does make an interesting-mix of Preston's first two books.
Stones in my Clog
Meet Bernard Preston in his third book,
Stones in my Clog is complete. At only $3.30 (an ebook) it's dirt cheap! Download and read it on your computer, kindle or tablet.
His fourth-book, a trilogy,
A Family Affair, is controversial and of a quite different genre. Written as three books,
the first is available for free. Jan Jansen is the villain of the piece. Meet Bernard Preston and you'll realise he's a man of many parts, struggling with numerous issues that some would sweep under the carpet; it's easier not to think about these things.
The second and third are dirt cheap as all ebooks should be. Don't pay a fortune for Ebooks for download.
Book Two, Peter's Children, starts out with Mission Unaccomplished, which sets the scene for the rest of the trilogy.
If you're still unsure, dip into Meeting Daddy. Today's world is full of broken and twisted families; meeting your father for the first time could be intimidating, particularly when he has no idea he has an adult daughter.
One of the great finds of Europe for this cultural geek has been introduction to opera. Even if you're a musico too, you'll enjoy this rather different rendering of La Traviata.
The Opera Company of Philadelphia and it's only four minutes and a lot of fun. BRINDISI ... watch?v=_zmwRitYO3w
The green journey has become an essential part of meet Bernard-Preston; in essence it's a spiritual experience. Expect to be carried along or stay well away.
It is sobering that my moniker has all my life been attention deficit Bernie.
Meet Bernard Preston and you'll find a man almost obsessed with leaving the planet a better place for our children's offspring than the polluted-world we have turned our home in the galaxy into.
Along the way keeping his own bees, growing spinach and discovering the wonderful world of worm-farms, he has discovered the key to greater wellness. More outdoor exercise, a huge variety of coloured foods, and less red meat have all contributed; and capturing the sun's energy in a huge solar farm.
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If you have a garden and a library, you have everything you will ever need.
- Marcus Cicero, Roman politician, lawyer and orator
Taking pills and consulting psychologists has become a distant memory. True, the physical work did mean an serious episode of femoral nerve damage, from which is only just escaped spinal surgery, but overall the green journey has meant substantially better health.
Actually it was lifting a very large lady in acute pain on the adjusting-table that really did the damage.
Just what can we do to make sure this isn't the legacy we leave to our children? Wean off plastic is the first-step in the right direction. The Pacific ocean has become a gross dumping ground for our garbage; no wonder we have become so sick.
If you really want to step up to better health, then just where do you begin? There's no single answer, of course; each of us must make our own green journey, marching to the beat of a different drummer.
At meet Bernard Preston, I'd suggest five really-simple things.
Naturally you don't need to start with any of these to step up to better health; but if you are tired and listless, bored and in pain, overweight and you know that things are slipping, then do something. For you it might be a skipping-rope, an apple a day, and doing the daily crossword, or Sudoku.
Just don't wallow in the trough of despair; perhaps read Pilgrim's Progress, one of the most beautiful books every written.
Let your food be your medicine is how Hippocrates, the father of Medicine and Spinal Manipulation put it.
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I won't pretend to be a great man of faith; I am not. The Slough of Despondency and other such chapters characterise my own pilgrim's progress. Yet I love the Lord, he is my chosen-portion, and I can indeed say the lines have fallen in pleasant places. It all began with "you must be born again."
Recently I have again returned to an old, and alas forgotten habit of enjoying a psalm a day.
Join with me as I bring you my own psalms of victory lyrics; they do indeed bring a song to the heart.
Today's Christian women are amazing, as of course they have been over the ages; three in particular had a profound influence in my spiritual-life.
A huge helper in our study of the scriptures has been Life with God, a book reviewed here by Mike Smallbones.
For many years Bernard Preston has been a solo glider-pilot, owning his own Ka6. His books are laced with several glorious tales, some very scary, of his exploits in the air; like a thermal taking him to 14,000 feet above sealevel and the terror of finding himself in rotor.
Not for most, gliding is what he calls the sport of kings, not horse-racing at all.
My very good friend Mike Smallbones and I have done a series of reviews of Christian-books. Perhaps you might find one of interest.
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