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amozol

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Subject:Of Fireflies, Placebo Effect & Pineal Gland: Notes on the Spirit-Matter Bond

A Prayer Over Placebo

 

Dear God, Your world is one of diverse opinions and voices,

notably over a highly iffy subject such as 'placebo effect'.

Some say it is the product of faith,

but not necessarily faith in You;

that it is simply our innate power for self-healing.

Some say it is deceptive and therefore unethical,

while others find it acceptable.

Some say it is only mind over matter

while others say it is absolutely a mystery.

Some say it is New Age belief

while others say it has scientific basis.

Could it be that by Your will,

somewhere in my sacred body

is the point of convergence

between what I believe and the broker of this belief?

Could this be the nucleus accubens in my brain

that release dopamine?

Let Your hiddenness be revealed not only in our beliefs,

but also in our bodies and laboratories.


Posted: 06 Oct 2007 03:03 AM
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amozol

amozol

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Subject:Of Fireflies, Placebo Effect & Pineal Gland: Notes on the Spirit-Matter Bond

A Prayer On Potent Proton

God of wonders, God of intricate matters,

             I thank Thee for the presence of protons

- its possibilities for curing cancers, its promises for adding life to someones years.

I thank Thee for brilliant minds and  assiduous character for harnessing its power.

I thank Thee for the corporate desire

             to transform a nuclear item into a communal good,

             and for Mother Earth for clutching a unique vision.

I thank Thee for the circular structure of the cyclotron and the gantry

both reflecting the timeless life-nurturing nature of arcs as familiar as

the protruding belly of pregnant women, or the house of the human brain, or the bodies of dolphins.

May every hurting life be nourished in its inner circle.

May every necessity be welcomed justly into its healing curve. AMEN.  

 

 

______________________________

Inspired by NY Times report on proton therapy, Dec. 26, 2007

 

 

 


Posted: 30 Dec 2007 12:51 AM
Originally Posted: 30 Dec 2007 12:49 AM
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amozol

amozol

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Subject:Of Fireflies, Placebo Effect & Pineal Gland: Notes on the Spirit-Matter Bond

April Is National Poetry Month

                For those who love poetry, you might want to begin your poetry month with this poignant free verse written by a Harvard medical staff – Chemos: A Caregivers Thank You. If you want a month-long feast of sacred poetry, the Spirituality and Practice website is a banquet. From Rumi to Mary Oliver to Tagore, you can read them on a daily basis.   


Posted: 05 Apr 2008 01:22 AM
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amozol

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Subject:Of Fireflies, Placebo Effect & Pineal Gland: Notes on the Spirit-Matter Bond

On The Sentinel

                Tell me how I will die.

           A dauntless request from a cancer patient to his oncologist! It sounds as stout-hearted as a man about to plunge from a 499-meter high cliff yet eager to know if the dive to the blue water below is safe enough for him to survive. Plain 6 words unvarnished as Van Gogh's self-portraits yet as tangled as Picasso's Guernica. What does this patient desire for?

Tell me – could the patient be saying: talk to me, share to me what you know and feel and sense or experience about dying?

How – could he be saying: what will preoccupy my system? Or, is it gonna be an emotional battleground or a serene transition?

I – could the patient be saying: will it be an earth-shaking decentering with the I becoming a small letter until it fades away?

Will – an ambiguous combination of willingness and anticipation: how soon and do I really need to welcome it at this point?

Die – End of question.

        With moving honesty, the writer-oncologist responded on familiar ground by injecting the concept of a sentinel bleed which signals the systemic bloody rupture that could end it all. This sentinel bleed – this he explained is the cue to a catastrophe. Then there was disengagement from the patient. Dr. Campbell could only curse himself at the end of the conversation for not knowing what to do with the patients peaceful silence. He seems to suggest he was the sentinel in trembling because the ground he was standing was somehow no longer familiar to him. Hmmm, this makes me reflect on what ground will I respond to such a fearless request.        


Posted: 30 Apr 2008 03:33 AM
Originally Posted: 30 Apr 2008 12:08 AM
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amozol

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Subject:Of Fireflies, Placebo Effect & Pineal Gland: Notes on the Spirit-Matter Bond

Cancer, Baseball, and Compassion

In case you haven't read this, here's a great story from ESPN about living fully with cancer while enjoying those baseball games at the neighborhood ballpark - http://sports.espn.go.com/espn/eticket/story?page=hospice Thanks to blogger Carl McColman of the Website of Unknowing for the trace.


Posted: 26 Nov 2008 09:17 PM
Originally Posted: 18 Jul 2008 04:01 AM
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amozol

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Subject:Of Fireflies, Placebo Effect & Pineal Gland: Notes on the Spirit-Matter Bond

Pastoral Care/CPE in Alumni Directory


I received a notice of update from the MD Anderson Alumni Office. I was about to update my personal profile but then noticed that under the "medical specialty" dropdowns, there's no Pastoral Education/Clinical Pastoral Education category. I already sent them an email requesting for an inclusion of this area. I hope they will make this important change.


Posted: 26 Nov 2008 09:18 PM
Originally Posted: 26 Nov 2008 09:17 PM
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