Tuesday, June 2, 2009

Seeing With New Eyes

Marcel Proust

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The real voyage of discovery lies not in seeking new landscape but in seeing with new eyes.

- Marcel Proust

I passed by this quote in the book I am reading by Gregory Berns: Iconoclasts, a Neuroscientist Reveals How to Think Differently. I cannot shake this quote from my mind. Berns defines iconoclasts as people who do things others say cannot be done.

As I try to make connections to the last book I read: In Defense of Food, an Eater’s Manifesto, I can see a different future. A future without today’s crippling chronic illnesses as diabetes, coronary heart disease and osteoarthritis. I think we need to look beyond current studies on insulin, cholesterol and glucosamine. We need to move quickly beyond debates as what should our LDL or A1c targets be.

We should always seek new eyes. We should never limit ourselves by ‘current evidence.’ Current evidence leads to expected current outcomes.

In Michael Pollen's book ‘In Defense of Food’ he describes clinicians that practiced during the turn of the previous century. (1800’s into the 1900’s) These practicing clinicians had different eyes than ours. They saw a world without these degenerative diseases and saw them spread. They saw the spread of these diseases with the invasion of the industrialized western diet. If we see through their eyes and use Greogory Berns findings on the characteristics of iconoclasts, may be, we will see a world without these illnesses.


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