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Tragedies, Fatal Disease, Health, and Life!

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As a critical thinker, I would have ridiculed the beginning of this story, but it is a story about me — Tragedies, Fatal Disease, Health, and Life!

As a critical thinker, I would have ridiculed the beginning of this story, but it is a story about me. In 1978, I received a diagnosis that was tantamount to a death sentence. Statistically, I had about two and a half years left to live.

The photo shows Ernst Erb on the beach in Las Teresitas near Santa Cruz, Tenerife 1985.© CC-by-sa 2.0, verm. Margot Heigl, Foundation Diet Health Switzerland

For me, there is only one life: here and now!

Intellectually, I can only know or not know, but not believe.

This is quite a psychological burden for a skeptical realist (critical rationalism), who does not just repress things or go on hoping.

But such pressure can also give a person strength to reconsider all of the various connections and points of view and to use this strength and endurance to pursue a goal. See the YouTube video here.

What actually made me write about a small, yet important part of my life? I thought it might help other people who are in a similar situation to confront the problem actively and garner as much strength as possible.

First, I gathered reference books and other sources to read as much as I could about the disease and its treatment. At that time, the Internet was not even yet a dream. And computers didn’t come on the market until four years later.

There were two types of information: academic papers and well-researched technical texts and, on the other hand, personal stories that included platitudes and sometimes even charlatanism. The experts conducted studies, and the laypeople presented their unverified case histories that had had a positive outcome. Reliable facts were lacking; you could either believe or not. I couldn’t.

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