Reflection for Complete Healing

I’d like us, me as the writer, and you as the reader, to pause for a moment and reflect on ourselves as humans.

Reflection is a human necessity, largely lost in modern western culture, and I’d like for us to recover it, together, if just for a moment. So silence your phone. Close the door. Close your other browser windows (come on, you can do it). Get rid of other distractions, just for a while. I promise it will be worth it.

I’d like for us to reflect together. This is a written exercise, so get a pen and a blank sheet of paper. Got one? Okay, I’ll wait… I’ll do this with you. You’ll need about an hour to do this right.

We’re going to reflect on categories of our lives as they pertain to IBD. Write down the first ideas that come to your head, no matter how silly they may seem at first. This exercise will be most helpful if you actually write or type, instead of just think through the questions below. Read the rest of this entry

Medicine is a Stochastic Art

I am indebted to Marva Dawn, and her wonderful book, Being Well When We’re Ill, for the ideas in this post.

A short update on my health, before we get going: I have stabilized at 1-2 BM/day, but my stools are still loose, and I have LOTS of gas. That’s an improvement from before bacteriotherapy, where I had 3-4 loose BM/day. Better, but not what I was looking for.

Is your gut like this?

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In this post, we will break the title phrase down into two parts (and then try and put them back together):

  1. Medicine is a stochastic process
  2. Medicine is an art

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New Series and Guest Post

I’d like to pause from my normal writing about natural (physical) treatments for Inflammatory Bowel (Crohn’s and Colitis), and start a short series (three posts) on mental and spiritual healing during a chronic illness. This series will use examples that pertain to IBD, but will apply more broadly to people (like us with IBD) that deal daily with chronic illness.

It is my hope that this series will set a precedent for further discussion about healing emotionally during chronic illness. After all, true healing encompasses both, physical and emotional. Indeed, inner healing is even more important. If we can heal the emotional hurts generated through living with chronic illness, then we are well on our way to living in truth, despite the effectiveness of physical treatments; we are on our way to freedom from disease, even if our body is never physically free from it.

So I’d like to start this series with a guest post from Pat. Pat wrote such a thoughtful comment to my Bacteriotherapy Journal 12 post, that I asked him if he would write a guest post elaborating on some of his thoughts. It just happens that his writing is a perfect introduction, and first post, in this new short series. I’ll let Pat introduce himself… Read the rest of this entry