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Thursday, 11 April 2013

To the Doctor Who Examines Me

By Arlene Corwin

(NOTE: This should be on every doctor's wall. It's on my doctor's, god bless him.)

I was thinking that this body is a unit and,
If you don’t see a pattern in the portions that go wrong,
Then perhaps you’re sitting in a chair to which you don’t belong:
Too tired, young, or not attentive.
How I wish you’d see the symptoms as an ocean bowl,
Rivulets connecting whole
To dams and sluices where the juices,
Pebbles, stones are formed within, all kin
To one another.
It is obvious that pain or pressure
Down a leg has a connection to the hip,
The pelvis, stomach, large intestine – let’s not skip
The knuckle bumps, hard private lumps
With their connection to the rest:
Cholesterol and stressed out parts
In hearts not happy pumping.

Always working to your best,
To fix a system that will not dissect -
One hard to see: a one-in-many,
And God knows, one hard to diagnose.
Yet it is your job to cure, find sense, be sure –
Which can’t be done
Unless you see the parts-in-one
Which, failing to do
Means you’re still too
Young and blind, or just not paying mind
Enough attention.

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I totally agree, today we have so many specialists who cannot go across the lines, from foot to ankle, etc.
How on earth can the body be fine tuned when doctors are like a committee describing an elephant.

The segmenting of medical care, with a specialist for every small part, is the bane of my existence. I keep saying that soon there'll be a special physician for each joint of your pinkie.

Very good Arlene. I am a believer in holistic medicine and customer-centered healthcare. Too many specialists indeed. And I am in the minority when I expound my belief that Americans demand too much healthcare, people hate when I say that. But eat a plant-based diet, exercise, and kiss the doctor and all the over-paid specialists goodbye.

Great poem, very deep. thanks

We put my son on a Paleo diet recently, which is not plant based. He's thinned out, has lost the problems he's had with his intestines, and has had a major health improvement. All this from a naturalist nurse practitioner. A doctor would have put him on drugs. We need to think differently than we have been and it sounds like your doctor has that idea. You are so lucky.

This is incredible! People have responded from Alberta Canada, England, Switzerland, Sweden. It shows how important health issues and health care are to the world these days - perhaps always have been. Even Dostoyevsky wrote about specialists of the right nostril and the left nostril.

Patients- of-the-world unite!

I forgot to say: one lovely lady asked if she could print it out to bring to her doctor. My answer is a loud yes!
(just put my name at the bottom, please)

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