Illness

Aspiration Above Illness

By John Diamond, M.D.

A doctor friend informs me that he has had three episodes of cancer. He is taking all the usual preventive measures to not have a fourth, but he wonders if there is something else I can do to help him.

So I ask him what really matters in his life.

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The Disease Diathesis

By John Diamond, M.D.

The origin of every disease is multi-factorial, but nonetheless, I believe that this is the most basic etiological factor that must be corrected. Any therapy that does not eradicate the desire for the illness can never be a true cure, only ever symptom relief. In fact, it could be argued that the desire for illness is its first and most basic manifestation – it does not lead to the disease, it is itself its core.

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The Inner Flame

By John Diamond, M.D.

To burn always with this hard, gemlike flame, to maintain this ecstasy, is success in life.
— Walter Pater

The start of all illness is the loss of the inherent will to be well. In fact, I believe that the illness itself is this loss of the will to be well, just differently manifested depending on various lesser etiological factors.

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The Fellow Traveler

By John Diamond, M.D.

There is a syndrome I call The Fellow Traveler. It can be applied to any situation, any illness, any problem and involves the person who is the closest and usually caring for the patient. Thus it can be the friend or the spouse or partner, or some other family member.

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