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  1. saramy
    saramy September 18, 2009 at 8:27 am | | Reply

    How exciting! Matthew is ahead of the curve because of his great tragedy and how great for you to meet him and the many other innovators and progressive thinkers in and around the medical community. To me, the mind-body connection is one of the more important elements dealing with T1D – if we become unconnected to any part of ourselves, we often find ourselves in jeopardy. It is something too often overlooked by our doctors and, as a culture, we do need some “life-skills” training. In my life, this is not an airy-fairy kind of thing – it is life itself. The alopathic world of western medicine has done great things (insulin!!!!) but at the same time we seem to have gone too far away from the reality of the whole entire person, especially those with chronic diseases. Fortunately, scientists are just beginning to realize there is more to health than medicine as in a shot for this, a pill for that. This isn’t a plug for my work, but as a practitioner of Structural Integration (also known as rolfing / hellerwork), where the complex entirety of the person is paramount, I find when we fail to charge on all channels (physical, structural, emotional, intellectual, spiritual) our pursuit to find our full potential is compromised. Deficits in any one area create problems everywhere. Especially true with diabetes. This disease in all its complexity is really a gift because it shows us so clearly, and challenges us so profoundly, on the need to focus on all the many aspects of our lives.

    Thanks, as usual, for sharing your discoveries. Exciting post!

  2. David Edelman
    David Edelman September 18, 2009 at 11:21 am | | Reply

    Elizabeth and I are always chirping about product design. Sometimes you wonder if companies actually use their products in real life or just evaluate them on pen and paper. I was recently listening to the comic Jim Gaffigan. He has riff on Ketchup bottles and how long it took them to come up with ones that open on the bottom. “So people’s biggest complain about ketchup for the LAST 100 YEARS is how hard it is to get it out of the bottom of the bottle? And you just thought about solving it?” How true!

  3. Jana
    Jana September 18, 2009 at 10:47 pm | | Reply

    Interesting to see the perspective of someone visiting Mayo Town (I grew up there). It is very much as you perceive it–or at least the downtown is (I also had no idea there were as many as 138 hotels!!!).

    As for the design issue, I don’t think we’re going to see real improvement in the design of diabetes products until we have a *real* consumer culture for them. And that’s not going to happen until the whole health insurance system in this country changes for the better so that we can cut out the middleman (the health insurance companies) and make actual *choices* about the tools we use to keep ourselves healthy.

  4. Greg House
    Greg House September 19, 2009 at 10:17 am | | Reply

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    8 links for Design and Global Health | September 20, 2009 at 1:07 pm |

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  6. Edwin
    Edwin September 23, 2009 at 3:40 am | | Reply

    Thanks for sharing your thoughts. I will get more points of this post.

  7. Albert Maruggi
    Albert Maruggi September 30, 2009 at 7:18 am | | Reply

    this is terrific Amy, I’m going to feature it at http://www.healthcampminnesota.org -

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