Wednesday, March 28
I snapped these photos in between my classes today. Kansas State University has such a beautiful campus, and spring here really is incredible. I walk by the flowers and they smell like perfume.
This is the front of Hale library. Though I rarely go inside, I admire the building every time I walk by. Beautiful architecture.
Ashton read this book titled "Last child in the woods" which I am intending on reading once I am done with this semester. He said it is about a child with autism whose parents insisted the child spend time with them out in nature. It details the way the child's personality and temperament were so positively different when he was outside. I think as a society we really underestimate the power we have to heal ourselves. There are numerous examples of how our mind has power over our physical body, including the well known placebo effect. There have even been studies where two groups of individuals were told they were getting surgery for their arthritic knees. One group actually got surgery, the other only got cut open and sewn back up. Astonishingly, both groups reported significantly less arthritic pain upon the 6 month follow up. All the second group had was the feeling, or thought that they were getting a healing treatment. That is all it took for them to be able to walk normally again without pain.
Western medicine has really made an industry on convincing us that we need medical professionals to dictate what we do when it comes to most everything having to do with the body. I mean, don't get me wrong I believe doctors are very important and save lives everyday. I just think that as a whole, doctors in the last century look only for disease and thus they are much more likely to see more instances of illness, even when it doesn't exist. Their job is to look for disease and treat the disease. What happened to preventative and holistic medicine? Doesn't it make sense to treat the whole person, rather than pinpointing a single ailment?
Stepping off my soap box now.
Time to work on my homework now. I have procrastinated long enough!
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