Albuquerque Journal (Albuquerque, NM)

Hooked on healing.(Sage)

Byline: THE LIGHTER SIDE By Miriam Sagan * Illustration by Russ Ball

After years of obsessing over every ailment, real or imagined, I have decided to leave the diagnosis to the doctor

I am a hypochondriac. I've been one ever since the sixth grade when I asked my friend Alison if she thought the lump on my neck was a brain tumor. (It was a pimple.)

It didn't help when I acquired a handed-down Peace Corps manual "What To Do Where There Is No Doctor" and began self-diagnosis. The manual was full of fascinating facts, such as the caution that it is useless to put a dead snake on a snake bite in hope of curing it. It also warned that you should never wrap a wound in dung. …

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