November 26, 2012

"I see a cure as a dynamic process, in which multiple doctors, professionals, artists, scientists and others join as a society..."

"... to converse, support each other, be open to various contributions and shape solutions that merge humanity, technology, technique, philosophy and art. Creativity and 'normal life' become part of the process and bring 'diseased' people back to life."

18 comments:

Pogo said...

This has been going on on the internet for a long time, although with far less detail than he gave.

The first time is novelty, the next ones are work.

What is the incentive for 'multiple doctors, professionals, artists, scientists and others' to participate, should more and more people want the same thing he seems to have gotten?

Free advice has its downsides. Whom do you trust? How does one person weigh the options? In the end, you're back where you started, for those diseases lacking a single obvious answer.

rehajm said...

...in which multiple doctors, professionals, artists, scientists...

One of these things is not like the other things.

ricpic said...

Why does this guy think that once he's been labeled "diseased" he can't go on doing whatever constitutes life (work, play, sex, building a bomb) for him? This is what happens when a person has been brought up to define himself as we not I.

rhhardin said...

The chief element of the moral calculus is how many people do you keep busy full-time keeping you going.

TMink said...

Sounds like Steve Jobs' approach to medical treatment.

May he rest in peace.

Trey

Mitchell the Bat said...

I think there was an episode of The X-Files where some guy could use his brain tumor to make other people do his bidding.

Levi Starks said...

While he presented it as a challenge, I found it humorous that the first obstacle was his inability to open a "windows based" information product.

Molly said...

I'm a poet (unpublished, though my poems are really quite good, if I do say so myself) and available for collaboration with doctors and scientists, at the wage prevailing in those professions. I'm sure I could contribute a lot to healing by reciting my poems and playing CDs of new age music. Leave your email below where I can contact you.

SteveR said...

Sometimes when you are "diseased", the energy it takes to carve out a living and perform the simplest acts of a normal existence is about all you have. I'm glad it works for him. I was able to get up, get dressed and drive into work (because they offer decent benefits and a pay check, somewhat better than SSDI).

madAsHell said...

"low-grade glioma,"

Nice hair-cut. What are the other symptoms?

David said...

The account is overblown, but the point is a good one. It also shows why people with education, curiosity, connections and determination will continue to have better outcomes on average, no matter what we do to the health "system."

I wish him well. I hope he finds a cure and tells us about it, with slightly less fanfare.

edutcher said...

Sounds like Pelosi's justification for ObamaTax.

Michael K said...

I stopped reading at "homeopaths." this is the mentality that cause Steve Jobs to delay treatment for what might have been a curable cancer.

I once treated a guy who was a well known activist in Orange County. He had been treating himself for rectal cancer with celery juice. When it got out of control, he was convinced that he had not taken enough celery juice.

There is no win with these people. When they lose the battle, they are often quick to blame the doctor who is just trying to sweep up the horse shit after the parade of lunatics has gone by.

wildswan said...

Medicine men used to try to reorient the sick person who was assumed to be somehow out of touch with the right spirits. It didn't work in the past and this new version won't cure either. But cancer is such a terrifying disease that it is easy to see why this man assembled about himself every good connection he could think of. There's a spiritual side to the disease where you have to find the strength to go on with treatment and with life despite fear and pain. I wish this guy the best.

wildswan said...

Medicine men used to try to reorient the sick person who was assumed to be somehow out of touch with the right spirits. It didn't work in the past and this new version won't cure either. But cancer is such a terrifying disease that it is easy to see why this man assembled about himself every good connection he could think of. There's a spiritual side to the disease where you have to find the strength to go on with treatment and with life despite fear and pain. I wish this guy the best.

Methadras said...

Talking to save ones life. That will work. Action not included.

McTriumph said...

Just redefine "cure", everyone is cured.

Astro said...

Old saying: 'When the only tool you've got is a hammer, everything looks like a nail.'
Seems like 'open source' is this guy's hammer.
Sorry about the brain cancer, though. One of my closest friends died from brain cancer a few years ago. Horrible way to die.