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The Itch

http://www.newyorker.com/reporting/2008/06/30/080630fa_fact_gawande?currentPage=all
This is an astounding story about a woman whose head itched so much that she scratched all the way through her skull and damaged her brain.

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neptunia67
Oct. 9th, 2008 07:12 pm (UTC)
Oh, God. This story made me sad and sick. Poor woman!

I had shingles once. It was awful.
liveonearth
Oct. 9th, 2008 07:22 pm (UTC)
Yeah....she really went from OK to bad to better to worse, much much worse......

I keep hearing that more and more younger people are getting shingles....several of my friends have reported it....this is a sign that our immune systems are not as resilient as they were before...perhaps due to the toxic burdens we carry from plastics, drugs, poor water and air quality, icky food, etc... Hope you don't get it anymore....FYI: lysine-containing immune support supplements are good for beating back anything herpetic.
bloomingmom
Oct. 9th, 2008 08:13 pm (UTC)
Thanks! i'd heard about this article but wasn't able to find it. both fascinating and depressing -- our brains are the most amazing critters -- how to heal them when they turn on us...... atul has written two books i've really enjoyed as well -- complications and better.
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hausfrauatu
Oct. 10th, 2008 02:18 am (UTC)
Wow. What a disturbing story. Really horror movie level scary. Leaking brain fluid. 0_o! It was fascinating. I couldn't look away.

The mirror stuff was really interesting. There is still a lot we don't understand about the brain.
liveonearth
Oct. 10th, 2008 03:30 am (UTC)
Yeah, I want to remember the magic mirror, for the first patient who has unpleasant phantom limb sensations....such a simple treatment...for such a torturous malady.
marijkab
Oct. 10th, 2008 10:12 pm (UTC)
I thought I was having a bad day...
liveonearth
Oct. 12th, 2008 12:39 am (UTC)
Yeah, no shit. Puts it all in perspective.
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