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Science History Lesson

Dr. Ignaz Semmelweis (1846) is known as the Father of Infection Control.  He had a simple suggestion.  He observed that one of his students died shortly after cutting his finger while dissecting a corpse.  He noticed the symptoms his student had were the same as what was called child-bed fever at that time. 

He thought about how his students went back and forth between the morgue and delivering babies.  The women who had his students deliver for them had a ten times higher death rate than women in the next ward over. 

He suggested the students wash their hands in-between patients.  He wasn’t asking much. 

Quite simple, but it made a difference. The death rate dropped. 

He was probably excited about saving lives. He shared his observations. But boy was he ridiculed! The other doctors took it as a personal assault that they were being accused of causing the deaths of these mothers. It became so bad, he was forced to leave.

Nobody could see germs yet. Nobody could see why they needed to rinse their hands.  They couldn’t see the why so some of them just refused.

I shake my head at this.  How sad.  How many mothers died because people refused to do something as simple as rinsing their hands. 

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I think I would have liked to be treated by the students who errored on the side of caution.  The students who washed their hands even though they weren’t sure why it helped.

The why didn’t come until eight years later.  Not until Louis Pasteur conducted experiments showing germs in the air caused food to spoil and decay. 

Wash Your Hands!

I think I would have liked to be treated by the students who errored on the side of caution.  The students who washed their hands even though they weren’t sure why it helped.

The why didn’t come until eight years later.  Not until Louis Pasteur conducted experiments showing germs in the air caused food to spoil and decay. 

We all now know germs can be everywhere.

We also know they are harmful to the body.  I’m sure you have seen countless number of signs in your day about washing your hands or wearing a mask! 

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    Experiment on Myself

    What if I said after treating myself as a human guinea pig for ten years, I think I was able to narrow down the reason I failed to regain my health in one of the standard ways? 

    What if I said it was because of three things? 

    Things that were already being studied.  Things that I just pieced together in a different way.  Maybe the answer to my health problem was simple, but not easy. 

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    Have you ever been to a carnival? All those ‘win-a-prize’ games? You know, the ones where they say, ‘All you have to do is use this mallet to ring that bell.’ It looked simple enough. But, oh was it? Not even!

    Winning the prize was way easier said than done. But it could be done. You just needed to know the trick. 

    You needed to figure out the system. You needed to know it was not about your strength, it was about your technique. 

    I only have a hypothesis, a possibility.

    Something that worked for me.

    In a nutshell, it involved three steps.  Let’s look at my body like it was a computer.

    1. My body was “offline”.  I  needed to reconnect it.
    2. I then needed to put protective measures in place. 
    3. Lastly, I then needed to reboot my system.

    If you think about sports or war battles, rule number one is to know your enemy.

    You have to know your enemy before you can defeat him. 

    • Was this my enemy?
    • What if I assumed these were the problems?
    • What if I used this as the starting point?
    • What if these things could be fixed?
    • How could I refuse to ‘wash my hands’ if it was that simple?

    So, that is what I did.

    The further I looked into this, the more it made sense, the healthier I became, the more overwhelmed I was at the extent of it.  At what this could mean. 

    Rule #1:

    Know Your Enemy.

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    The more I did, the more my body wanted to be well.

    The more I wanted to quit.

    Why? The healthier I made my body, the harder my body fought to be well. 

    NO REPRIEVE!

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    It was like an exercise workout where the instructor says, ‘Only five more leg lifts, you can do it.’ So, I pushed as hard as I could. I used all the strength I had left. I did it. 

    Then once I was done, he would then say, ‘Now it’s time for squats followed by a leg lift. Here we go!’ 

    What?! Can I have a break?

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      Do I have to keep going? Yes!
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      Pandora's Box

      It was like opening up Pandora’s box.  It was a gift and a curse.  I became a slave to this technique I named AFTER™  It made me stronger.  I could feel my health improving. 

      But, I also had to do something about it every single day.  I could not take a break from it.  Like Pandora’s box, hope remained that I wouldn’t need to do it forever.  So, I pressed on.  (Pandora Box story

      I could not go back, it seemed.  Nor would I want to.  Evidently, to get through this hell, this illness, I had to be like that tiger in the circus.  I had to jump through the ring of fire for it to end. 

      If there was any other way around it, I would have done it instead!

      Who would have thought that by just using an approach I call AFTER™  would effect the body SO much. At times, bordering on unsafe? Maybe? Sometimes removing what is hurting me does more damage than leaving it there. (I just needed to figure out a way around that technicality also.) You know the will to live is an amazing power. 

      For the longest time I kept what I was doing to myself

      Why share it?

      I still wasn’t sure why it was working. Actually, for several years, I had no clue why it was working! But I did know it was working. 

      I had hope.

      I was like the little kid in the story about the dike that sprung a leak. He was holding his finger in the dike wall to hold back the ocean that would destroy his village.

      It wasn’t the cure, but it was working.  He couldn’t remove his finger. He knew the consequences. 

      For me, these past ten years have been a lot of work.  

      I felt so alienated by everyone I knew. I guess you could say I alienated myself. I’m the one who stepped off the path of what everybody else was doing. They couldn’t understand; they couldn’t relate to why I didn’t stay on the trodden paths. So I guess, since I was making this new path, I should expect to be alone. 

      I didn’t want to take anyone with me when I didn’t know where the path led to. 

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      Why would I want anyone else to go down that road?

      How selfish of me to not let them at least know I found a new path.

      I am not saying that it is the road anybody else would need to choose, or could choose. 

      But there are roads out there that we just haven’t seen yet. 

      Just don’t give up! This too shall pass. Nothing ever stays the same. Yes, it may get worse; a lot worse. 

      But as long as there is a tomorrow and I am trying to do something about it today, there is hope. 

      What I did learn was a slow process. Cutting any new trail takes time. I wonder if I knew then what I know now, how much faster would it have gone?

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      Continue to When Did I Learn? to hear more of the story.

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        Cyndi Whatif
        Cyndi Whatif

        I am a patient turned author and guide. I share my hypothesis of an overlooked complementary body system which I believe determines whether or not a person has the opportunity to be well.

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