Archive for April, 2007

Re-Inspiration

Dr. Stiles, FAAO, DO came this weekend and what a breath of fresh air!!  Not only is he well versed in Osteopathic principles, he’s able to teach them to students and people not in the profession so as to help them understand the profound effects of Osteopathic manipulation.  His favorite subject is tensegrity at the anatomical and cellular level and how OMT can affect the entire system by fixing one dysfunction.  He also has a great approach to find the key lesion which is important as a student overwhelmed with all kinds of potential diagnoses and treatment options.  I’m so excited to continue practicing my OMT skills, getting good results, enhancing my confidence and eventually being qualified to teach and do research.

I had two ideas tonight about using OMT to decrease a woman’s chance of cervical cancer, which would decrease the need to pap smears, which are wretched.  My goal is to rid the world of all the wretched medical procedures and create a pleasant health care system.  The other idea I had would be to work with a major diabetes clinic like Joslyn in Boston (I believe) and do a major study where some patients receive OMT and compare their outcomes (insulin use/glycemic control, neuropathy, nephropathy, ulcers, etc) to those who don’t get treated.

Damn! That’s a big dawg!

Hercules: The World’s Biggest Dog Ever According to Guinness World Records Hercules was recently awarded the honorable distinction of Worlds Biggest Dog by Guinness World Records. Hercules is an English Mastiff and who has a 38 inch neck and weighs 282 pounds.

With “paws the size of softballs” (reports the Boston Herald), the three-year-old monster is far larger and heavier than his breed’s standard  200lb. limit. Hercules owner Mr. Flynn says that Hercules weight is natural and not induced by a bizarre diet: “I fed him normal food and he just “grew”… and grew. and grew. and grew

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I found ME!!

Based off the fact that Kiran (comments posted in “I miss my home”) found my blog while searching the internet, I decided to see how I could find my blog on Google.  Go figure that I (heartysoul) am nestled between JAOA and AACOM when I entered “spiritual osteopathic medical”.  How FUN!!

Pragmatism

I saw the word “pragmatism” and had to looked it up.  I knew it had something to do with being practical: 1) Orientation toward practical action or thought. 2) a philosophy system stressing practical consequences as constituting the essential criterion in determining truth or value.

So, basically, if there are no practical consequences to whatever you are doing, then it has no truth or value.  Or, at least, it is non-pragmatic.   This inevitably makes me think of science because everyone knows science is pragmatic.  Why spend billions and billions of dollars on scientific investigation if it wasn’t practical, right?  Does the study of molecular interactions in the cascade of cell signaling provide practical consequences?  It does for the drug companies to make money.  Is Osteopathy pragmatic?  It is for the patients!

I miss my home

Today I hate living.  I don’t know what happened.  Maybe because the moon is in Leo, maybe because it is cloudy, maybe because I have to study diabetes mellitus that would make anyone depressed.

I wanted this to be an inspirational blog so people who feel like I do right now could log on and find stories of inspiration, but I can’t do it.  There are so many things in life that I hate.

I love my cat more than anything.  In order to save money next year I’m going to stay in the free housing where they don’t allow cats.  I hate money.  I hate technology.  I hate drugs.

I want to return home where there is no money, technology, drugs, bodies, emotions, anything.  It probably isn’t as interesting as this world, but I’m really quite sick of this world.  I’ve never liked it.  Tomorrow I will probably feel different, but right now I want to go home.

student physicals

I had the opportunity to provide screening physicals to junior high students today.  It was a good experience and glad I did it even though I was terribly nervous and fumbled around sometimes.  The difference in personalities and bodies between the students was fantastic.  I desperately wanted to do OMT on some of them, but I didn’t have time and they would have though I was weird.

“A Long Way Gone” by Ishmael Beah

Yes, I have time to read other books  We have a book club.  We’ve read about 5 books over the past 2 years and it is a fun diversion from Osteopathic medical studies.

“A Long Way Gone” is a memoir of a boy soldier in Sierre Leone Africa during the early 1990’s.  The war affected Ishmael when he was 12yo, separating him from his family.  He ran from the rebels with the goal of just surviving from day to day until he himself was recruited to fight for the army.  I don’t know the politics of this war.  Ishmael tells the from his perspective only and his own knowledge of the politics was none.  All he knew was how to survive.  I assume the war had something to do with greed and oppression, the rise of rebels who end up killing, torturing and burning normal, harmless people.

I just don’t understand the senseless violence (that sounds so cliche!).  I respect people who are happy to love their family, find food and prepare it.  Simple.  Why does life have to be complicated and tainted by money/greed, war/violence?  If life was perfect, I guess it would be boring and no reason for living (i.e. to make the world better).  Instead, we are blessed with the strifes of life, challenging our creativity to figure out ways to solve our dilemmas.

Spring was hiding and, oup! There it is!

Smell buds stretch their bark.  Hear leaves disintegrate to hummus.  See the crocuses jump from the ground.  Alive.  Again.

Hormones are released in a pulsatile fashion from the brain.  What gives them this cycle?  Nature is cyclical, but what inherent, biological chemical process causes these pulses?  Some say it is a diurnal cycle of day and night, maybe the sun rays hitting our retinas and causing direct stimulation.  What about the cloudy days?  Others postulate that it is the feedback inhibition loop and half lives of the molecules.  Personally, I think the diurnal cycle has more to do with the gravitational effect of the sun and moon on our bodies and brains and cerebral spinal fluid, than modern science gives them credit for.  All these may have an influence.  After we break the body down to individual pieces and separate regulatory mechnisms, it still doesn’t change the fact that complete bodies belong to people.  Is it possible to study individual parts to better understand the whole?

Let the rivers of praise flow forth or hold your tongue. Either way, grace will not be a stranger…

 Yesterday just may have been my last time teaching swing dancing at UNH.   That first year I was a member, discovering the joys of dancing and the pleasant company of people who share my passion.  Then I was president/instructor for 2 years, teaching new people, putting together 1 or 2 dances and making sure the club didn’t disappear.  Last year, my first year in medical schoo, I drove 1 hour to instruct every Weds.  And this year I have been down a total of 5-6 times because they have other people to instruct (I was getting stale…), they’ve had 4 dances, 2 with live bands and the club is absolutely flourishing.  I am so proud.  Last year, they were grateful to me for instructing on a regular basis.  This year, I was grateful to be given the opportunity to instruct.  I regret not saying a few words at the end of the lesson to share with the club how much it has meant to me, to be a able to instruct, but also the fact that there are so many more people swing dancing at UNH than in all of the 5 years I had been a part of the swing club.  It really is phenomenal.  Well done ladies!

Yesterday, a classmate showed his grace by declining to answer a question.  The reason I asked the question was because he implied he had some issues dealing with an administrator at our school.  I enquired as to why he had such an opinion and he did not answer.  He smiled (sheepishly not arrogantly), shook his head as he was deciding what to say and walked away, turning back only to put his hands together in the prayer position and bow as if to say “I respect you and your question, but I do not feel comfortable answering your question.”  I have a great deal of respect for this classmate and I would never push him to share what he knows, but it makes me wonder about the administrator…

“As Saturn turns direct, you are finally going to get some forward movement. Don’t drink that pot of espresso just yet, though! Things are moving forward, but speedy they’re not. Saturn is the planet that represents the builder, who wants everything done right. No shortcuts are allowed, so don’t rush anything. Instead, take your time to build slowly and thoroughly — you will reap plenty of rewards if you keep this in mind. And with Saturn still in dramatic Leo, make sure you are always sitting in the director’s chair.”

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