Romper

Several years ago, long before the pandemic, a friend shared with me a story about a woman she knew whose marriage was going through an intense rocky patch. One day, this woman's 12-year-old son awoke with a mysterious and intense pain in his testicles. The woman took him to a slew of different doctors, trying to find the source of his discomfort. But the doctors were flummoxed. They could find no discernible cause for the boy's ball pain. One doctor proposed a minor surgery, but the mother, understandably, preferred to avoid such an invasive remedy.

As a last resort, she took him to a homeopathic healer a friend had recommended. The healer asked the boy a few brief questions: Did he ever play in the woods? Did he ever jump off of large rocks, or run through creeks and streams? Being that he was a 12-year-old boy, the answer, unsurprisingly, was yes.

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