Daily Archives: December 22, 2019

Fairly Decent Article On ‘PAIN’ In The January 2020 Issue Of ‘National Geographic’.

by Anura Guruge

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The 2 most salient points made in the article.

I have covered this same ground in my book.

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Just two relevant pages from my book.

This article is worth it JUST for this one CRITICAL message — said twice:

“Pain — in such cases — becomes the disease.”

“Their pain is not a symptom; it is a disease — one caused by a malfunctioning nervous system”.

That malfunctioning of the nervous system is ‘Central Pain Syndrome‘ (CPS) — the topic of my book.

So, I am delighted that this article HIGHLIGHTS this very crucial aspect of chronic pain — where pain itself is the disease.

The other key message in this article is that pain is felt (i.e., perceived), tolerated and handled by each person in a different way.

Some folks deal with pain better than others. Some can modulate their pain.

This is another topic dear to I. I talk about this in my ‘Central Pain’ book as well as in my books about ‘Brain Meditation’. Yes, you can teach yourself to handle pain — and do so better than others.

As is inevitable with all ‘National Geographic‘ articles there is a lot of ‘fluff’, ‘futures’ & ‘gratuitous color’. But, the key messages make up for that.

The author, who appears Indian, pussyfoots, shamelessly, around the opioid issue. Touches upon it multiple times BUT avoids taking the issue to its conclusion. NatG does not want to offend anyone!

The article also is way too generous when it comes to doctors. Again it tries not to offend anyone. So many doctors have NO CLUE when it comes to pain. I really do mean that. They are completely clueless.

But, if you can SKIM through this article. If nothing else you should learn that ‘pain can be THE disease — not just a symptom’.

Happy Holidays.

Related Posts:
Search on ‘pain& ‘opioids’.

by Anura Guruge


The Picture Of The Day (Google Pixel 4) + 6 Also-Rans — December 22, 2019.

by Anura Guruge

NO post-processing whatsoever.

Taken with my Google Pixel 4 Phone.

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Attribution WILL be enforced.

let there be light for Christmas Anura Guruge Google Pixel 4

The also rans:

Related posts:
Category ‘Six Images’.

by Anura Guruge


Happy Hanukkah (or Chanukah) 2019, December 22 — 30: A Holiday That Jesus Would Have Celebrated.

by Anura Guruge

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Click to access article from my daily (yes, daily) Jewish news feed!

I am never sure as to what the right greeting should be for many of the Jewish holidays, BUT I know that when it comes to Chanukah “happy” is the right word.

So, Happy Chanukah/Happy Hanukkah. Enjoy.

As for the Jesus angle. What can I say. I am sure that over 50% of Americans, if asked, will say that Jesus celebrated Christmas. About 90% of Americans think he spoke English and about the same think that he was a Christian.

Related posts:
Categories ‘Holidays‘ & ‘Religion‘.
Search on ‘Hanukkah‘.

by Anura Guruge

Last Time Christmas Was On A Wednesday, As In 2019 — Was In 2013.

by Anura Guruge

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Note how Leap Years break
up the sequence — hence the
name ‘Leap’, since days leap ahead.

Last time we had Christmas, i.e., December 25th, on a Wednesday was in 2013 — 6-years ago.

6-year gaps are common. The cycle as to when the same date falls on a given day (e.g., Monday) goes in 6-5-6-11 cycle. You can see that in the image above — as to when Christmas has fallen on a Wednesday.

This 6-5-6-11 cycle has all to do with leap years. You can see that in the 2nd figure above.

The 5-year gap comes about when we have had TWO leap years, e.g., 1996 & 2000. In each case we LEAPT over a day (which is why we call it a Leap Year, i.e., because we leap over a day, in the calendar). Because of the two leap years, the gap was only 5-days. Then, between 2000 and 2006 there was only ONE leap year. So we only leapt over one-day. The gap was thus 6.

Related posts:
Categories ‘Holidays‘ & ‘Religion‘.
Search on ‘Christmas‘.

by Anura Guruge