“Marriage should be enjoyable”

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Orthodox wedding 1962. Photographed by Elliott Erwitt.


The famous American psychiatrist Milton Erickson, born 1901 in Aurum, Nevada, died 1980 in Phoenix, Arizona. Most of his life he suffered from polio contracted at age 17 that confined him severely paralysed to bed for more than a year and made him dependent on a wheelchair later in life, as he never recovered completely. He became the father of a large family with four sons, four daughters and - largely self-taught - revolutionized psychiatry and psychotherapy by re-inventing a new form of brief therapy utilising ancient trance techniques from the dawn of mankind.

Opposite to Sigmund Freud he approached the unconscious mind as creative and solution-generating.

A man from Philadelphia, whose headaches Erickson had cured, sent his aunt and uncle to see him. He told Erickson, “Those two have quarrelled every day of their married life. They have been married over thirty years.”

Federigo da Montefeltro and his spouse Battista Sforza, painted by Piero della Francesca in 1470. Florence, Galleria degli Uffizi.

The couple came out to see Erickson. Erickson said, “Haven’t you had enough of quarrelling? Why not start enjoying life?” And they had a very pleasant life.
Erickson when asked what he did to the couple answered, “I just used a waking trance which developed into a light trance. I asked them, ‘But why not enjoy life? You’ve had over thirty years of quarrelling. I think marriage should be enjoyable. And you haven’t too many years left to enjoy marriage.’ And they were appreciative.

Pablo Picasso and Jacqueline Roque in 1961. Pictorial Parade, New York.

“Too many therapists think they must direct the change and help the patient to change. Therapy is like starting a snowball rolling at the top of a mountain. As it rolls down, it grows larger and larger and becomes an avalanche that fits the shape of the mountain.”

If you encounter problems in your married life, bring your spouse to Zurich, we will put both of you in a light trance and have you re-invent your marriage…..
And you may especially enjoy this stepping out of tiring and sick routines, leaving all the quarrelling behind!

Further study:
Find a great many of Erickson’s anecdotal and autobiographical teaching stories collected by Sidney Rosen in the book My Voice Will Go With You. New York 1982 (W. W. Norton & Company. Inc.).


Weird symptoms, helpless doctors. A lifetime of avoidable suffering in a young mother and her daughters

A young American mother with autoimmune hypofunctioning of her thyroid gland presents with typical symptoms such as tiredness, being cold, weight gain, chronic constipation, and menstrual irregularities. Once diagnosed, this condition is easy to treat by daily oral replacement therapy with the thyroid hormones levothyroxine T4 or triiodothyronine T3, or combinations of T4 with T3.
However, this lady proves resistant to therapy, her thyroid hormone levels in blood cannot be brought back to normal. Following years of crippling symptoms, an odyssey from renowned specialist to renowned specialist, her symptoms turn more and more weird, and weird symptoms become noticeable in two of her three daughters as well. In fact, the girls become even sicker than their mother complaining of bulky stools and abdominal bloating, accompanied by drastic mood swings and exhaustion, as well as neurological or behavioral symptoms such as anxiety, facial and vocal tics, one girl develops pica, an unusual craving for specific foods. Mother and daughters also suffer from skin manifestations, itchy skin eruptions, dry hair, dryness of the throat.

It took a simple blood test (a family doctor or nurse can do this test), followed by a gastroscopic biopsy for examining a sample of the lining of the small intestine with a microscope, to make the correct diagnosis of celiac disease in mother and daughters.

Celiac disease is an inherited condition that typically causes symptoms like diarrhea or constipation, weight loss, and a lack of appetite. These symptoms occur because the immune system responds abnormally to a protein found in certain foods, like wheat, rye, barley, and prepared foods. These proteins are called gluten. Celiac disease is also known as gluten-sensitive enteropathy, celiac sprue, and nontropical sprue.

The small intestine is responsible for absorbing food and nutrients, such as iron, or medicines such as thyroid hormones. Thus, if the immune system damages the lining of the small intestines, this can lead to problems absorbing important nutrients from foods; this problem is referred to as malabsorption.
Although celiac disease cannot be cured, avoiding foods that contain gluten usually stops the damage to the intestinal lining and associated symptoms.

The mother already greatly improved after a few months of gluten-free diet, she feels reborn and reports a surge of energy, her thyroid hormone levels are back to normal with usual dose oral levothyroxine T4 replacement. Her daughters will start the gluten-free diet in the next few days. Strict avoidance of gluten is necessary. Eating even small amounts of gluten can cause intestinal damage, allowing symptoms to come back. Eating a gluten-free diet can be challenging because it requires adjustments for both parents and children.

Convalescing child. Painted by Luigi Nono, 1889. (Finarte, Milano).

Always test for celiac disease in unexplained tiredness, weird symptoms of different organ systems that do not appear to be related, in children who have the following symptoms: Shortness or underweight for age, diarrhea for more than a few weeks, chronic constipation, recurrent abdominal pain, or vomiting, certain tooth problems, if puberty has not begun at the expected time, if iron deficiency has not improved with iron replacement.

For further study:
WARD, Laura S.. The difficult patient: drug interaction and the influence of concomitant diseases on the treatment of hypothyroidism. Arq Bras Endocrinol Metab [online]. 2010, vol.54, n.5, pp. 435-442. ISSN 0004-2730.

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