No! Don’t do it!

I just logged in to my email to find this worrying comment on my post about trepanation:

I have been very interested in this procedure for quite some time and I am curious to find someone that has had the procedure done. I am a Reiki Master I work with stones and crystals as a form of intigrated [sic] healing and also African D’jembe for Shamanic sound therapy. I find the information that I am reading very pertanant [sic] to my work and have given very serious thought to having it done but can’t seem to find out more about it from someone that has had it done.
Namaste,
Kevin

I am not a physician, so I don’t normally offer medical advice, but in this case I feel it would be irresponsible of me not to do so, because I wouldn’t want something I wrote to inspire someone to do such an insane thing.

Kevin, I strongly urge you not to drill a hole in your head. If you want to reach a higher level of consciousness, please consider other methods first. If you have a health problem, please consult a doctor who practices conventional, evidence-based medicine.

If, however, you decide to ignore this advice and go ahead with the procedure, here’s a beautiful 19th century trepanning brace that is available for purchase.

8 thoughts on “No! Don’t do it!

  1. Outeast, that’s exactly what it made me think of.
    Venkman: Egon, this reminds me of the time you tried to drill a hole in your head.
    Spengler: That would of worked if you hadn’t stopped me.

  2. I advise that this new-age nut read this diary of a trepanation. The guy who undergoes the procedure later comes to regret it and conclude that any sense of heightened awareness comes from placebo effect and is short-lived.

  3. So, if the heightened awareness comes from the placebo effect, then we can just pretend to drill a hole in his head to give him the desired effect…

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