I'm providing below a further example of critical thinking.
A concerned friend wrote to me offering to consult doctors about my severe eye problems. My response:
My view now, is that this is almost certainly not a direct eye problem but a nerve compression inside the head. Three eye doctors I met have denied that possibility of nerve affliction without doing any tests. I don't think even tests will show such compression (which is what happened with RSI). [expensive tests including MRI were entirely useless]
My neck is probably very tight, causing compression. I will explore and find out the answer myself. If I do need tests done, I'll get them done here, but my experience says I should not waste further time (and money – at least $3000 wasted by now, with $600 worth of 'medicines sitting inside my fridge) on doctors.
I have spent about 4 hours since last night exploring the nerve compression hypothesis once again (I had thought about it and rejected it earlier after two sessions of careful examination of my neck by my myotheraist, but that happens with many such hypotheses: one keeps trying and the puzzle doesn't add up, till one day it all comes together).
Among the many human anatomy books that I possess, I also have the Taschen Encyclopaedia Anatomica. This is a very useful book for it contains photographs of dissected dead people. Often it is not easy to understand anatomy from ordinary books. This book of photos of REAL people is exceptionally useful. (I won't post a scan of the cross section of the head that I've used to understand the specific problem at hand, for some people could become queasy after seeing such a picture.)
As a result of my analysis of the location of various nerves that serve the eyes, I've located the trochlear nerve as the possible candidate for examination. There are two problems I face in examining my trochlear nerve: (a) it is located deep inside the head and (b) the biokinetics of its possible compression are not obvious, nor described readily in any internet website.
The first time around I spent nearly 3 days on similar research (plus two hundred dollars on getting my neck tested). At that point, since I had not spent sufficient time thinking about the biokinetics of the head, I decided that it was not feasible for the brain stem to become compressed through body posture. Cervical nerves, yes, but cranial nerves, no.
I was WRONG.
I have now finally, after further careful study and analysis of the anatomy (including by feeling my neck muscles very carefully with my hand), determined that it is possible for the brain stem to be elongated and PULLED through bad posture.
How this happens is illustrated below (to the best of my knowledge, this is the first time anyone has understood the precise biokinetics of the brain stem, but I'd welcome any reference to any prior study of this issue).
By slouching forward, the head is forced to tilt backwards to keep the centre of gravity intact, leading to an unwanted ELONGATION of the spine.
Since the cervical spine can't be elongated (it is locked within the spine), the entire pressure generated goes directly to the brain stem. Since a number of optical nerves attach to the top of the brain stem, this DOWNWARD PULL on these nerves necessarily puts pressure on the eye nerves, leading to all kinds of painful and shocking sensations.
Figure: the person on the left is slouching forward at the computer, thereby significantly elongating the brain stem, and causing nerve "compression"/pain.
Since I thought of this underlying anatomical mechanism yesterday, I've already made significant advances in the solution. The remedy is to loosen the neck which has become tight through bad posture, and allow the brain stem to settle down to normalcy. This is best done through halasana type posture.
I've experienced immediate relief after an extensive session of rocking vigorously yesterday and today (rocking on one's back, by throwing the legs back as in halasana). This rocking puts pressure on the neck muscles which are forced to loosen up. The reduction in pain was almost immediate.
This causal analysis and solution is consistent with most (if not all) symptoms experienced so far.
The purpose of writing this is twofold: (a) to propose THE SOLUTION to serious eye pain arising from computer use and (b) to emphasise to any doctor friends who feel disturbed by my comments, that I'm a TOTAL DEVOTEE of the scientific method and will use it always to find answers – answers which MOST doctors in their myopic vision of the human body are either not willing or incapable of exploring.
Note that this hypothesis is consistent with my RSI problem – both being computer related (i.e. due to extremely HEAVY use of computers without the right posture or breaks for rest).
Only time will tell whether this analysis is correct (I hope it is: I've experienced significant relief today after a horrendous day yesterday when I was almost fighting to breathe and to walk). One thing is clear: that only by applying one's mind critically and carefully can solutions be found. There is no magic bullet in life.
By now I've begun to believe that the medical profession is a FARCE – or almost a farce, anyway.
Eye specialists, please read this ACADEMIC REPORT to update your knowledge about dry eyes.
Very little sign that doctors are capable of thinking. The more I meet "doctors" and "specialists", the less I now care for ANYTHING THEY SAY. How can we protect ourselves from IGNORANT doctors (and "economists")? That's the great challenge facing mankind.
What's the point of having "doctors" if every time I have a problem I am forced to figure out the solution myself?
If simple things are involved these people can generally solve the problem – although that is not something we can take for granted. The other day I read that a World Bank study by Das and Hammer found that more than half the treatments suggested by government doctors were likely to make patients worse, not better. [Source]
Well, I'm convinced that this is not just applicable in India or to government doctors. It is a WORLDWIDE phenomenon. More than half the doctors in the West are bumbling nitwits who will generally worsen your problem through their ignorance.
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Yes, I know that a lot of my friends are doctors so they'll probably object to my strong language. But when the doctor fraternity has PRIMARILY GIVEN ME PAIN – or little relief from pain – and I have been forced to find out solutions to my problems myself (after undertaking significant research and experimentation), then I don't feel much sympathy towards doctors.
I won't go into my the RSI issue. That was super painful, very difficult. And after being bumped around like a tennis ball from one "specialist" to another – each of them without ANY CLUE about the problem – I was forced to find out the solution on my own. For the past many years now my solution (yes, MY solution) is still the world's No.1 remedy for RSI on google (type in "rsi cure" to check for yourself; also join this FB group to find out how I'm helping others resolve their RSI problem).
But my RSI problem has been NOTHING compared with the SEVERE eye problem I developed last October.
Doctors and a specialist then did the usual rigmarole: giving me UTTERLY USELESS "remedies" and sending me on a wild-goose chase. I was forced – once again – to find out the solution myself.
Each of the "solutions" I initially found was imperfect. It is only now – after suffering this ghastly problem for nearly one year and after trying out all kinds of things (self-directed, self-discovered), and continuing to read ENORMOUS amounts of academic literature including journal articles (and watching tens of Youtube movies) – that have I finally figured out the basic cause of my eye problem and HENCE finalised the solution.
My earlier efforts to solve this problem were in the right direction but were not the FINAL solution since they did not identify the cause properly. It is so crucial to know the correct cause.
This time the story fits. Everything fits. The jigsaw has been solved.
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The eye specialist I went to laughed off my eye pain, saying that it should go away if go for a walk. This "specialist" didn't know the basic fact that ALL eye doctors should know like the back of their hand – that the cornea of the eye is SUPER-SATURATED WITH NERVES. It is one of the most sensitive areas of the body. My cornea was HURTING and making my entire head hurt badly. And this fool was fobbing me off.
I asked this "specialist" to analyse the cause and undertake relevant tests. I even suggested the names of the tests. He tried to fool me, saying that regardless of the cause there is only one solution: anti-inflammatory eye drops. A crass idiot!
The truth is that there are MANY different causes of eye pain and each cause has a different remedy.
What I have found by now is that I have (or had, till I found the cure) an EVAPORATIVE dry eye problem. This problem occurs when when the OIL layer of the tears is insufficient, which makes tears dry off quickly.
When the tears dry off the result is ASTONISHINGLY PAINFUL. Why? Because RAW NERVES in the nerve-rich cornea get exposed to the air. That sends horrendous pain signals to the brain. Only when asleep does the pain switch off.
This "specialist" was making light of my pain, suggesting that it wasn't even necessary to conduct a test. This FOOL "knew" everything without applying his mind.
Had there been a deficiency in the watery layer I would have needed punctal plugs. Had there been a deficiency in the quality of the oil layer I would have needed nutritional supplements.
But my problem was LACK OF SUPPLY of the oil layer. That's what I know now. It had NOTHING (or almost nothing) to do with "inflammation".
To cut the long story short I found the cure on my own last weekend. I had to be like Sherlock Holmes. Each piece of the jigsaw came together. Then I knew I had the answer.
My earlier "solutions" (manuka honey and aloe vera) worked for a while because they were in the right direction. But they were not the complete cure.
The complete cure is now available here.
Only, I'm afraid that by now my eye glands might have got permanently damaged due to the significant delay in finding the cause (hence the cure).
Had the "eye specialist" conducted proper tests AND USED HIS HEAD he would have quickly identified the cause of my pain – as Meibomian Gland Dysfunction. But he did not bother to use his HEAD. He was applying LAZY thinking, PREJUDICE. He assumed he knew my problem. He gave me a general-purpose eye steriod
This past one year has been sheer hell. It is difficult to describe what life feels like when one's head is CONSTANTLY swimming in pain. It is tragic that "SPECIALISTS" don't care to investigate such problems carefully even when the solution is actually quite simple.
I recommend that you treat "specialists" like mental deficients, retards.
First find out in advance from Mr. Google (spend a lot of time acquiring knowledge) about your problem. That way when you meet the doctor tell him or her EXACTLY what you want him to do. Don't let the "doctor" dictate the conversation. TELL HIM what to do.
Also, ASK question to check whether the "specialist" knows anything. Most likely he/she has forgotten everything he/she learnt in medical school, and has not read a SINGLE WORD since then.
If you rely on "specialists" you are doomed.
So START THINKING for yourself.