A Short History of Medicine (Joke)

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A Short History of Medicine

“Doctor, I have an ear ache.”

2000 BC – “Here, eat this root.”

1000 BC – “That root is heathen, say this prayer.”

1850 AD – “That prayer is superstition, drink this potion.”

1940 AD – “That potion is snake oil, swallow this pill.”

1985 AD – “That pill is ineffective, take this antibiotic.”

2000 AD – “That antibiotic is artificial. Here, eat this root!”

The source of this joke is unknown, but when I saw it on Magsx2 blog, it caught my attention.  (I can really relate to the last line of the joke!)

Beginning a New Phase: CranioSacral Therapy!

To keep the body in good health is a duty… otherwise we shall not be able to keep our mind strong and clear. ~ Buddha

Well, now I’m on a roll!  I am receiving a different type of therapy, craniosacral therapy (CST), which has now become a main treatment for me.  I have been getting even more answers about my mysterious symptoms, and experiencing positive results.  I continue with regular acupuncture and pain psychology sessions because the combination of treatments is vital to my healing.

I have my acupuncturist to thank for introducing me to CST.  Have you ever heard of it before?  I hadn’t.  She gave me a basic explanation of what it is, recommended a therapist with impressive credentials and experience, and suggested it as a therapy for some of my main ailments, such as chronic neck/shoulder pain, chronic headaches and balance.  Also, both she and my pain psychologist had experienced positive results from the therapy, which helped my decision to try it.  CST sounded…well…strange to me at first, but it is non-invasive, so again I had nothing to lose by trying it.  She was right!  After many sessions and learnings, CST makes a lot of sense to me now, and has also helped in other areas. More

Acupuncture – It works for me

Now that I had a few mind/body exercises in my toolbox, it was time to expand my options even more.  I would now be entering into another realm of treatment opportunities, which has also turned out to be quite fortunate, and necessary, for my healing.

My pain psychologist suggested that I move on from trying to find answers from Western medicine for my undiagnosed conditions and start taking more control over my healthcare.  That was great advice.  My many doctors couldn’t provide answers, and taking drugs with no diagnosis was not the solution for me.  He suggested acupuncture, reassured me that it was not painful, and gave me the name of a local acupuncturist who he knew personally.  I read her biography and found her background impressive.  (She has given me permission to include her website in my blog.)

I definitely knew of acupuncture, but I didn’t understand how needles could help and I was skeptical.  I admit that.  After a bit of pondering, I made an appointment.  I had nothing to lose and it was definitely worth a try.  Besides, if acupuncture has successfully endured for thousands of years, there is definite merit to it.  My phone call was the right decision – why? More

The healing begins: Meditation challenges

The soul always knows what to do to heal itself.  The challenge is to silence the mind. – Caroline Myss

About a year ago, I began meeting with a pain psychologist hoping I could learn how to manage my pain enough to function reasonably well, and do it without drugs.  I didn’t want something that would only cover the symptoms.  He told me it would be hard work but I would be learning some valuable tools.  I felt relief because it was the first time in a long time I didn’t have drugs pushed towards me.  Someone in the healthcare community finally listened to me (I mean really listened), heard me, understood me and supported me.  Wow!

At first, I anticipated being coached and refreshed on some deep breathing techniques.  Instead, we started with “meditation” – mindfulness meditation.  I was surprised because I had never tried meditation before, and I didn’t understand how to do it.  I thought, “What does mindfulness really mean?”  I pictured myself in nature sitting in the typical meditation fashion, eyes closed and uttering “ommmmm……ommmmm……” More

Controversial Medicine: Alternative Health

Kites rise highest against the wind – not with it.  —  Winston Churchill

I came across an interesting three-part video on the Dr. Oz website on Controversial Medicine:  Alternative Health where he explores the various sides of the alternative treatment debate and why doctors may be afraid to even mention them.  I say kudos to doctors who are open to considering “alternative therapies in their traditional practices.”

There are a small handful of doctors I’ve seen who are open to discussing alternative therapies to complement their treatments for me.   More

Please Doc, no more drugs!

I am very weary of prescription medications!  I don’t even want to be near them if at all possible. Some have been ok, but my experiences with many meds lately have been so horrifying and intolerable that I still shiver when I think about them. The pivotal experiences started last year with the advent of my mysterious symptoms that I talked about in my last posting.

Last year while the doctors were baffled and trying to diagnose my various symptoms, they were also treating me with drugs.  It seemed like the focus of using drugs was on symptom suppression since they couldn’t figure out what was wrong.  I often told my doctors, “I don’t want anymore drugs.  I don’t want anymore side effects.”  Some responses I got were, “I can’t help you beyond drugs”, “Don’t worry so much about drugs.” More

They can’t find what’s wrong with me!

“When everything seems to be going against you, remember that the airplane takes off against the wind, not with it.”  — Henry Ford

Last year, 2010, can be summed up as a nightmare.  What happened to lead me to such desperation?  First, I’ll give you a little background.

In late 2009, I had neck surgery after enduring almost a year of intense pain, burning and numbness in my neck down to my fingers.  I had tried all the non-surgery offerings like physical therapy, steroid injections, painkillers and nerve medication.  These provided only mild relief at best.  My doctor stopped the medications after a few months because of the side effects, but I’ll save the topic of drugs for later.  The “textbook” surgery went “very well” and I was on my way to regaining a big part of my life back, so I thought.  More