My Dad was a Doctor. I remember stories about cadavers at lunch time. I won’t get into details.
About a year and a half ago I went through some strange stomach issue. I went to see the Doctor. I was probed, poked, x-rayed, had to shit in cups and have viles of blood taken from my body. ”That was a fun week” he says sarcastically.
When I phoned to follow up they said that there appeared to be nothing wrong. I just wrote it off as stress, which I knew was the case. The Doctor visit was a just in case thing for me.
I listened to stories of other people with medical mysteries. I asked an anatomy/physiology teacher about the movement of the sphenoid bone in relation to cerebral spinal fluid. The sphenoid bone is the wing-like structure at the top of our spine and on it sits the pineal gland (or ‘little eye’). It is also represented in the Caduceus or medical emblem with the staff, snakes and wings. The staff was considered the ‘ultra-sonic core’ of a human, the snakes represent the electro-magnetic current flowing through the center of our bodies and the wings are the fluctuating sphenoid bone. He explained that it does not move. I countered with “well, of course not because you study dead bodies”.
Then it hit me…
If I am shot or stabbed, I definitely want someone who knows how to sew me up to sew me up. But when it comes to diagnosing a living body, how can Doctors who learn from cadavers (dead bodies) possibly or accurately determine what is happening? The result is bound to be procedural and mechanical. It is a crap shoot at best (no pun intended).
I’m not meaning this as an insult to the medical profession but I do think that there is something more that we are missing. It doesn’t take a genius to know that a dead body is a completely different organism than a living one.
Instead of asking how do we diagnose and fix a broken/decaying body, we could be asking what are the optimal conditions for a living body to thrive. I appreciate everyone who is working toward this answer. Although I feel for them because they are up against insurance companies, pharmaceutical companies and procedural sticklers who profit more from death than life.
What a world we live in.
These days, I am more interested in the world that lives in us.