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    The Atlantic | Mark Bowden | 2/6/18 | 13 min
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    • DellwoodBarker
      Top reader this weekReading streakScoutScribe
      3 weeks ago

      Fascinating read. This is the second ReadUp article that has reminded me of the series finale of The Knick.

      Initially, while reading I was concerned that our real-life protagonist was self-fulfilling prophecy based on his obsession with all the data...by the end I was eating those thoughts. The results reflect incredible foresight in his body transparent.

      All the same: I echo the comments regarding striking a balance between scientific healing and intuitive healing. I recently was confronted with a situation where a pharmaceutical could help preventatively and I am not really a pharma guy. I chose to take the pills (I felt peace and calm about their purpose in the moment) fortunately with minimal side effects and in the meantime have been focusing on means of detoxing post-dosage by natural means.

      Also, having just had two fillings completed at an incredible dentist office I am confronted again with all the glorious benefits scientific advancements allow for more comfort (it helps when the staff and dentist are integral in that comfort).

      Really all does come down to Balance. Check in with our bodies before surgeries, procedures, etc. don’t just do it for convenience or feeling forced.

      1. Update (3/25/2021):

        The implications for the future within this read are pretty damn eye-opening and exciting.

        The kind of healing advancement I would like to see manifest are the ones reflected in Cloud Atlas with the advanced beings Halle Barry’s character ultimately represents in the future.

      • Karenz3 weeks ago

        I was very impressed with Larry’s female surgeon. She didn’t let ego get in her way and benefitted from his discovery. I imagine Larry’s obsessiveness didn’t help his Crohn’s but it has obvious benefits to medicine.

    • bill
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      3 weeks ago

      I loved this.

      The virtual images were so helpful, she said later, that she wishes she could have them every time she operates: “It was wonderful. It was like the difference between driving around before and after Google Maps.”

      That’s a really apt metaphor when you consider the fact that Google Maps gets you where you need to go, but it also destroys your intuitive sense of where you are. And this, in turn, is a metaphor for technological advancement in general. Closer to “truth” and further from our more intuitive/wild selves. We must keep exploring but we also need to be careful about losing ourselves in our quest to figure everything out.

      • DellwoodBarker
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        3 weeks ago

        Closer to “truth” and further from our more intuitive/wild selves. We must keep exploring but we also need to be careful about losing ourselves in our quest to figure everything out.

        When you get around to reading Where The Crawdads Sing you are going to love the moments the prose fully embraces Wild/intuitive nature of characters/animals/plants/trees.

        1. Update (3/25/2021):

          P.s. I have a feeling I will feel the same about The Overstory

        • bill
          Top reader of all timeScoutScribe
          3 weeks ago

          👍👍 Get to it!! Too much to read not enough time.

      • Pegeen
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        3 weeks ago

        What an excellent comment! You are SO right! Healing is not just physical - it’s emotional and spiritual, the entire self. Intuition (the wild self) is essential in going beyond the physical to the root cause of all dis-ease, which is usually some kind of stuck emotional energy and/or trauma. So this brilliant man could get part of his bowel removed and still not be healed. Whatever root causation manifesting as Crohn’s will either continue to occupy his digestive system or show up somewhere else in his body. Our bodies are messengers, they are tying to communicate an imbalance with us. Sometimes, if we don’t listen, then more drastic dis-ease presents itself to make us listen.

        • DellwoodBarker
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          3 weeks ago

          🆙 So Much True~True Pegeen regarding not simply diagnosing and curing just the physical ☯️

    • TripleG
      Reading streak
      3 weeks ago

      This is certainly the future of medicine. In a few decades from now, the medical treatments of today will seem barbaric as was the medicine of the 1800’s. Perhaps one day Apple will have a tube you slide through that destroys all cancer cells.

      • DellwoodBarker
        Top reader this weekReading streakScoutScribe
        3 weeks ago

        Perhaps one day Apple will have a tube you slide through that destroys all cancer cells.

        💓

        A Balance of plant medicine, self-activating/sustaining health system modalities and benevolent tech innovations would be ideal.

    • Pegeen
      ScoutScribe
      3 weeks ago

      OMG, you must read this - beyond a 10! Larry Smarr is the Picasso of being the CEO of your body! This is SO cool and is a peek into the future of medicine. This is Star Trek material. Beam me up Bones!