Learn, Learn, and Learn. Know, Know, and Know
Majid Ali, M.D.
Comments from a Scientist- Reader
Re: Tribute to Dr. Majid Ali, Open Mic, WBAI Radio, New York
February 18, 2017
Dear Dr. Ali
You wrote in the seminal book The Canary and Chronic Fatigue that when one is in the midst of a medical maelstrom, the answer is “Read, read, and read; learn, learn, and learn; experiment, experiment, and experiment; and finally, know, know, and know.” From other works, you’ve cleverly stated: “Once you know something, you cannot un-know it.” Your eminent career has been an embodiment of knowing the unknowable in complete devotion to ameliorating human suffering. Your video blog often humorously relates that you have chosen your centenarian grandparents very wisely. What is not conveyed is that in that infinite yet ephemeral moment of creation while your essence was still in spirit, you were incarnated with the imperative by Ralph Waldo Emerson: “Do not go where the path may lead; go instead where there is no path and leave a trail.” That labyrinthine journey which demarcates, yet connects the continuum of states lying between illness and wellbeing courageously traversed by you and your patients shall serve as a guidepost for the Annals of Medicine in perpetuity. Like you Dr. Ali, I too chose a miracle. Of course the miracle to me is your openness to everything and attachment to nothing but impirical truths expressed through the biochemically diverse human species we are, not unlike the proverbial snowflake whose crystal structure symbolically resonates with our profoundly unique DNA.
Speaking scientifically my recent experience with Nimodipine, a cerebral vasodilator, reifies your longstanding hypothesis that oxygen is indeed a neurotransmitter. In the absence of cell channel-or-membranopathy, this fact is self-evident by spending time in an ozone-replete environment such as the mountains or by the sea.
As your patient I’m deeply indebted to you and the beacon of your manifold biomedical insights, for each courageous step you’ve taken amidst the storm has allowed me to walk in my destiny. From the deepest recesses of my soul, THANK YOU DR. ALI and YOUR ESTEEMED STAFF for the highest echelon of care this side of the Universe!
In complete gratitude and respect,
Dr. Beau O’Shay