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By T. Barrack. Freewill Baptist Bible College. 2018.

A bone fracture can be located and its progress in healing can be ana- lyzed using X-rays order avapro 150 mg on-line. You can have an electrocardiogram to obtain com- parative data cheap 300mg avapro otc, and you can take your temperature to see whether an anti-fever medication is working discount avapro 300 mg with amex. W hile we might envisage some form of tests to use in the case of definite cheap avapro 300mg overnight delivery, specific pathologies like psychosis or neurosis, there is no sys- tem by which one can check the validity of everyday psychiatric prac- tices — neither in regard the diagnosis nor to the prescribed therapy. New means of research have been invented, like cerebral cartographies via technetium, but so far they are restricted to the domain of labora- tory research — fortunately — and have not yet invaded the doctors’ 151 Healing or Stealing? Given that he has no tools, the patient has no frame of reference by which to differentiate between something that is an appropriate part of reasonable — albeit sometimes ineffective — practice, and something that is more in the domain of pickpockets, quacks, and delu- sionary pseudo-therapists. My 20 years of psychiatric practice have put me in contact with quite a number of patients who had been "treated" by crystal therapy, gemmo-therapy, vedic sophrology and foot massages. In addition to the fact that we have no authentic system for chart- ing the province of the mind, the field of psychiatric therapy is vulner- able to the recruitment of supposed therapists who find it a convenient discharge system for their own problems and fantasies. Since time immemorial, mental therapy has been a field where sci- ence, magic and religion come together. In the Middle Ages, it was be- lieved that epileptics were possessed by demons, and a certain religious influence can still be detected in that arena nowadays. Hysteria, with its great spectacular crises, was and still is the preferred area of activity for people who style themselves as exorcists, who consider the episodes a sign of the evil one’s influence or even a manifestation of erotic rela- tions with a succubus. Many bridges have been built between psychiatry and certain reli- gious or philosophical doctrines. In the 1960’s, for example, psychia- trist-philosophizer Alan W atts made connections between Buddhism and psychiatry; at the same time, new movements were born that re- gard a certain religious or philosophical practice as a form of therapy. However, while these practices have a real didactic value and often rep- resent a mode of expression and psychological progression, they should not be confused with therapeutic models; they cannot really handle the critical phases that "psychiatric sufferers" endure. Mastering a relaxa- tion technique, meditation or visualization, certainly represents a posi- tive step for an individual, but it is still necessary that the subject con- 152 Psychiatry and Delusions cerned should be in good enough shape to practice it coherently and that the practice not bring on additional more problems. Cult groups and unscrupulous individuals frequently take advan- tage of the delirious or hallucinatory signs and symptoms of patients in a state of suffering. They claim the signs and symptoms are demonstra- tions of malevolent powers or evidence of the subject’s past lives. I have noticed this on several occasions, when I have been called into various courts as expert witness to assess the psychiatric after-effects of such pseudo-medical practices. A patient in need of psychological assistance or on a personal quest may thus place his fate in the hands of one of these many self- proclaimed healers, whose principle activity is selling a very personal- ized "therapy" derived from one or another psychiatric or psychoana- lytical trend. The patient is also liable to fall into the hands of a more structured group that makes pompous claims of some psychoanalytical affiliation but in reality devotes itself to patently absurd practices. The Paris School of Parapsychology A case in point is the Paris School of Parapsychology, created in 1980 by Marguerite Preux. This school, which proclaims itself to be an initiatory group, promulgates a "whole life" teaching with the stated goal of leading the student to individualization. Madame Preux pub- lished a book in 1974 that seems to summarize her general view: We Are All Animals. In 1977, she founded an association for psychic investigation, the purpose of which, in all modesty, was to study the phenomena con- cerned with psychophysiology, anthropology, metaphysics, parapsy- chology, human magnetism, human radiation, hypnotism, sophrology, psychoanalysis, suggestology, UFO’s and mediums. The program of the Paris School of Parapsychology is a hodge- podge of various borrowed sources grafted onto a trunk of patasciences 153 Healing or Stealing? And for a touch of spice, since a hint of re- ligion can do no harm to such an enterprise, Marguerite Preux invites her faithful flock of "immortals" to piously attend Mass during the high holy days. She recently asked her graduates to have their marriages blessed by the priest of Morsain, a remote town in the provinces (about as far as you can get from Paris, and still be in France), if possible in the City of Immortals — the unused train station. The courses of the School of Parapsychology are spread out over three years, and during that time the followers must rebuild their lives according to new precepts enacted by Preux. This includes giving males and females a renewed sense of their respective duties in terms of the "traditional status of the sexes".

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I want to end with an excerpt from a piece titled "Mirror, Mirror on the Wall," by Ellen Levin, the eighteen-year-old grand- daughter of someone who has Parkinson’s (it was published by Parkinson’s Educational Program [PEP-USA] in Newport Beach, California): I want you to move closer to the mirror, until all you look at are your eyes. I want all of you with Parkinson’s to look at your eyes and realize that your eyes have helped you to see life and happi- ness, and no matter how your outer body appears to others, you’ve got an inner body. An inner soul that no affliction could ever cause to tremble, a soul that can store all the happiness you want out of life. Finally, I want each and every one of you to smile, force the smile if you have to, but smile, because you’re a human being that has the God-given right to seek and secure happiness. CHAPTER 7 Doctors and Other Health Professionals Who shall decide when doctors disagree? Because there are so many health professionals, choosing the right ones can become an overwhelming task. Other patients whom one meets at Parkinson’s support group meetings, conventions, and camps can be sources of infor- mation about doctors. The neurology department at the nearest large hospital or medical center may be able to make such a recommendation. Among the best sources of information about Parkinson’s spe- cialists are the Information and Referral Centers operated by the 64 doctors and other health professionals 65 American Parkinson Disease Association (APDA). The centers do not treat patients, but they provide patient services such as refer- rals, and they distribute manuals, publications, and newsletters. There are numerous APDA Information and Referral Centers within the United States, and they are located not only in such large metropolitan areas as New York, Chicago, and Los Angeles, but also in less populated areas such as Great Falls, Montana, and Paw- tucket, Rhode Island. If you cannot find an American Parkinson Disease Association Information and Referral Center listed in your telephone book, call the association’s headquarters at 800-223-APDA for the location and the number of the center nearest you. Write to United Parkinson Foundation, 833 West Washington Boulevard, Chicago, IL 60607, or call 312-733-1893. Once you are under the care of a doctor, you will want to determine how well he or she meets your needs. If you haven’t already done this, you may benefit from listing the qualities you want in your doctor and then evaluating how well the doctor measures up to your expectations. These are my expectations with regard to both specialists and general practitioners: My doctor • Will listen to me • Will treat me as a whole person 66 living well with parkinson’s • Will not rush me • Will respect my feelings • Will explain his or her findings and will answer my questions • Will educate me about my illness • Will respect my intelligence and have me take an active role in decision making • Will be willing to refer me to other doctors if their expertise might help me • Will write up my visit and send me a copy for my records • Will be available, or will have an alternate who will be avail- able, after office hours in case of emergency • Will be a person with whom I can feel comfortable Your needs may be different from mine. We are all different, and we have different needs, but it is important for each of us to determine what those needs are. The choice of a general practitioner is important because all patients need a general doctor who knows them and knows the overall state of their health. The general practitioner is likely to be the doctor who discovers the onset of such diseases as Parkin- son’s in the first place. For general medicine, I have relied on the PROMIS Clinic (in Hampden, Maine) almost from the time it was established in the early 1960s by Dr. Cross stresses preventive medicine, and the PROMIS Clinic has a small, efficient team of health professionals that fulfills my expectations. Because Parkinson’s is difficult to diagnose in the early stages, he arranged for me to see a neurologist as soon as possible. Of course, the criteria one uses to evaluate the general practi- tioner should also be used to evaluate the neurologist or the Par- kinson’s specialist. In your search for the right doctor, do not be afraid to seek second or third opinions or even to change doctors. The patient needs to take some responsi- bility as a medical consumer in the search for a competent doctor. Be sure to question the motives of a doctor who gets irritated if you ask questions or if you want a second opinion.

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