Re "Does wealth =health?" (The Conversation, April 6): I read the column by Daniel Weintraub with great interest. After I had a painful operation, my doctor told me that if I didn't change my life style, I would be back soon. That was 41 years ago. I learned to get to know my own body and I quit my job. No more stress and 12 hour work days. I quit smoking, changed my diet, subscribed to Prevention Magazine and read several books about natural remedies. So far I am doing fine. It does not matter if one is poor or rich, if one abuses the body constantly the pain and cost will be high. Educating the public about how to live a healthier lifestyle should do wonders. I had to learn to eat not what I liked but what my body liked. Reducing stress helped greatly.
-- Frank Gladik, Elk Grove