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Sunday, January 3, 2021

Openness to Ideas and How Medicine is Influenced

“I believe in everything until it’s disproved. So I believe in fairies, the myths, dragons…. Who’s to say that dreams and nightmares aren’t as real as the here and now?
—John Lennon

Excerpt From: Kim Lim. “1,001 Pearls of Spiritual Wisdom.” Apple Books.

The quote from John Lennon is one I love to hold on to (and not just because I want more from Santa). It expresses an openness to ideas, and a sense of wonder in the world to possibilities. Why does everything have to be proved beyond a doubt to be considered correct? Medicine can get too entrenched with that Black and White Mentality. When the John Lennon approach is utilized in medicine, good things happen all the time. You know that Dr. Anthony Fauci cured a non cancerous disease called vasculitis, which was almost 100% fatal, with a cancer drug in the seventies. People thought he was crazy, but now only 2% of those patients die from vasculitis. This was before the AIDS crisis where he was thrown into the spotlight. Of course, we have to not harm patients. We have to analyze the risks and benefits. We should discuss with our patients if we are trying something somewhat dangerous that we have never done before. But, at times, with should take that leap forward, as Dr. Fauci (my hero) did and continues to do. 

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