Thursday, July 2, 2009

The healing joke to end all healing jokes

With apologies to Joel Grus and his brilliant religious joke to end all religious jokes. I wanted to make a specific point to my class and stole his format...

A Doctor of Osteopathy (DO), a chiropractor, a physical therapist, a massage therapist, an accupuncturist, a macrobiotic, an herbalist, a medieval court physician, a therapeutic touch practitioner, a scientologist, a Navaho medicine man, a homeopath, a podiatrist, a Christian scientist, a Catholic exorcist, a surgeon, and a physiologist walk into a bar. They overhear a man telling the bartender that his son's lungs are full of phlegm making it difficult to breath and the lungs are chronically infected. The child was also not growing well and had developed distal intestinal obstruction syndrome. Finally, the child is missing his vas deferens and his sweat is very salty.

All the healers thought about the cause of such an odd assortment of symptoms and being betting men, they decided to bet. The DO said "I bet a dollar he has dysfunctional cranial rhythm", and the chiropractor said "I bet a dollar it's a vertebral subluxation", and the physical therapist said "I bet a dollar it's an imbalance between right and lift hip abductor strength”, and the massage therapist said “I bet a dollar it’s a myofascial trigger point”, and the acupuncturist said “I bet a dollar he’s disrupted the circulation of qi along his meridians”, and the macrobiotic said “I bet a dollar the child’s body is in decay because he’s living out of balance with nature and the cosmos”, and the herbalist said “I bet a dollar the kid’s yin and yang are out of balance”, and the medieval court physician said “I bet a dollar he has an imbalance in his four humours”, and the therapeutic touch practitioner said “I bet a dollar that his aura is out of tune” and the scientologist said “I bet a dollar it’s the body thetans”, and the Navaho medicine man said “I bet a dollar the child has a disrupted nilch’i hwii’siziinii”, and the homeopath said “I bet a dollar that the boy has a tubercular miasm”, and the podiatrist said “I bet a dollar the boy has excessive overpronation” , and the Christian scientist said “I bet a dollar the child is full of fear, ignorance, and sin”, and the Catholic exorcist said, “I bet a dollar an evil spirit has invaded the boy’s body”, and the surgeon said, “I don't know the cause but I bet a dollar I can remove the lungs and hook the child up to a lung machine and he'll be alright”, and the physiologist said “I bet a dollar the boy has a mutation in his CFTR gene.”

So they went to the boy to search for dysfunctional cranial rhythms, and subluxed vertebrae, and hip muscle imbalances, and myofacial trigger points, and disrupted qi, and bodies out of balance with nature and the cosmos, and yin and yang, and the four humours, and an out of tune aura, and body thetans, and disrupted nilch’I hwii’siziinii, and tubercular miasms, and excessive overpronation, and fear, ignorance, and sin, and evil spirits but none could convince all the others that their prediction was true. Except the physiologist who correctly predicted the boy would have a mutated CFTR gene. She won $16 that day.

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