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It must be that way, to some extent, as we work with our 

physical body. If we pay no attention to what our body is 
telling us, we may end up with a perforated ulcer of the 

stomach instead of the earlier overacidity. Listening will tell 

us that something is wrong, something is burning in our 
stomach. Why not listen and give the communication a re- 

sponse—change our diet, our life style a bit, and introduce 

some antacid preparation?
One of the most frequent criticisms I hear about today's 

physicians is that they don't listen. Patients tell me this, their 
voices ringing with resentment and anger, for they all be- 

lieve they know something about their own body. It is, after 

all, their body. They know how they feel. And to them, how 
they feel is important. If their doctor won't listen, frustra- 

tion results and there is further disruption of the physical 

body because of the emotional upheaval.
Communication is always a two-way street. Knowledge 

of our body requires a sensitivity to what is going on and a 

response to that need. It doesn't always take a doctor to 
know when something is happening inside, and then what 

our conscious response brings about in the way of correc- 

Sometimes, like a rumor that a reporter catches on the 

fly, there is a hint of something going wrong inside the body 
that comes in an instructive dream. Both the rumor and the 

dream need investigation. Once investigated and inter- 

preted, the rumor may become fact that can be published 
in the paper and the dream may become a therapy that can 

be instituted in the body. The key is to listen, appraise, then 


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