SOLOists may have noted the rarity of Chris Sciabarra's appearances here recently, and the diminished contributions by him to his own Notablog. Fact is, he's suffered a bit of a setback in his ongoing battle with his longstanding illness, to the point where his legendary productivity has flagged. He has put a post up ...(Read more...)
Thanks, folks, for the additional thoughts, good wishes, and information!
I wrote to Ed offlist (sent to your email address, Ed); I won't bore people with the details... but the root cause of my own kidney stone problem (third bout over the past ten years) is a rather complex set of complications from a relentless, congenital intestinal condition, for which I required life-saving intestinal by-pass surgery back in my teens. (I talk a bit about that condition in this article.) My current post-operative condition has not been life-threatening, but there is no known cure for the condition or truly effective treatment or lifestyle-dietary alternatives that could make a difference. (And take it from me, I've tried everything available: Western, Eastern, you name it!)
As one might expect of Dr. Diabolical Dialectical, I should add: the human organism is an organic unity and if one is to be a genuine radical (not merely a Russian Radical), one must go to the root in order to create fundamental change. In this instance, the root is the intestinal condition; until or unless that disease is cured, I will continue to roll with the punches.
And don't worry: In the end, I will be left standing. :)
"One reason I appear (to onlookers) to have so much damn good will, is that I've found ways to align my values with the potentiality (of others) around me. In this case, it's as much about my love for science as about my genuine empathy for Chris."
As Roark said, "In order to get things done, you have to like the doing." :)
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