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Mind, body, and unexplained symptoms

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What medicine does is primarily treat the end product of the inflammation with symptom suppressors rather than look to the source of the inflammation, which in this case, appeared to be excessive worry brought on by too much success!   Of course it's confusing when we look at the body as if each part were totally separate.   We look at nouns instead of verbs, organs instead of processes.   When we think of process, we think of inflammation affecting multiple organs in a variety of ways that are as individual as the person herself.


The hard sell is to convince people that their bodies respond to the events of their lives.   We have been trained that an impenetrable wall separates body from life.   So long as we believe this, our symptoms are mysterious and undiagnosable.  


As Sandra learned to worry less, her symptoms lessened.   Eventually she was much more comfortable in both her body and her life.   Diagnosis no longer mattered to her for she had an explanatory story that worked, that gave her a path to follow to feel better, and that had support in science, though not perhaps as much in culture

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Lewis Mehl-Madrona graduated from Stanford University School of Medicine and completed residencies in family medicine and in psychiatry at the University of Vermont. He is the author of Coyote Medicine, Coyote Healing, Coyote Wisdom, and (more...)
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