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People have come to me for more than 20 years with techie questions. More often than not, the answer they need is not the same one as for the question they asked. Typically, someone asks me how to do something like copy print settings to a different tab in Excel. I’ll usually take a minute to ask what the purpose of the spreadsheet file is before I answer, just in case there’s an entirely different process they could more easily use for better results. Maybe it’s a pivot table that would do the trick, or perhaps they should consider using Access vs. Excel. Verifying that the overall process makes sense before sweating the details of individual steps has often uncovered missing pieces. I don’t know how many times it’s turned out that the problem with a report someone is having is because a necessary piece of information wasn’t being tracked in the first place.
The habit of querying someone’s larger goal as part of the problem-solving process is why I tackled autoimmune diabetes differently than most. Everyone else asks very narrow questions specific to insulin and how best to control its delivery. When I was handed the problem, I did what I usually do. I stepped back and asked, “What’s the goal here?” And lo and behold, the goal has nothing to do with insulin. I realized the primary goal is to revive my pancreas. Secondary goals include keeping blood sugar under control in the meantime and minimizing damage. Insulin does nothing for the primary goal and is a pretty clumsy and expensive way to address the other two. Insulin is clearly an answer to the wrong question.
Sure, it’s maddening that everyone else is looking over there, huddled around the wrong spot. But logic is logic. And, of course, now that I’ve found something pretty damn promising, and am waving both arms shouting “Hey Y’all! Check this out”, the few that even bother to look up can’t really hear me over wind that’s blowing the other way. They’re too far away to see I’m not wearing a pump and don’t have any needle marks. After squinting at me a moment, they turn their attention back to the subject of their companion’s “Oohs” and “Aahs”, the package at their feet sporting the latest insulin device accessory.
Refusing The Needle: A Diabetic’s Natural Journey To Kick-Ass Health by Russell Stamets
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tags: type 1, type 2, autoimmune, diabetes, lada, natural, alternative, diet, supplements, acupuncture, meditation, lifestyle