A few weeks ago, I was visiting family in Bogota, Colombia. Bogota is the capital city of Colombia and it is located in the heart of the Andes Mountains in the northern part of South America. It is a very large city that somewhat resembles New York and is a cool place to visit. It has excellent shopping, great museums, lots of parks and a wide variety of restaurants for every taste. Bogota, and Colombia in general, also sit on the cutting edge of advancement in various medical disciplines. Colombia has become world renowned in the areas of eye surgery, particularly LASIK, and various forms of plastic surgery. The areas of homeopathic and preventative medicine have also grown significantly as Colombians have embraced these new techniques for general health and early warning of diseases.
It is because of this that I found myself in a doctor’s chair during my short visit to the city. When my wife first told me that she made me appointment for a homeopathic “body scan,” I was quite skeptical. This scan uses measurements in bio-energy to diagnose issues across your entire body including organs, skeletal system, nervous system, circulatory system, reproductive system and gastrointestinal system. The technique that she described to me seemed to be too good to be true and my first thought was that it was going to be a scam. I was completely convinced otherwise.
The clinic I went to uses a technology called the Oberon System developed by the German company Metavital Service GmbH. There is a pretty cool tutorial on the technology and the product here. The scanner was just a headset that I put on and that was connected to a computer which displayed the results. A doctor sat next to me and interpreted the results in real time. I didn’t feel anything during the scan which took about 60 minutes to complete. As we went through the process, the screen would show different generic views of a body part and then show indicators across that body part ranging from 1 (no changes in physiological behavior) to 6 (significant change in physiological behavior with distinct pathology). It is quite normal for a forty year old person to have a smattering of 1s, 2s, 3s and some 4s in your readings as indications of body wear and tear and transitive illness. If you see areas where there are indicators of 5 or 6, it could be a sign of something more worrisome. Thankfully, I didn’t have any of these. When there were areas with an accumulation of 4 indicators, the system would automatically zoom in on these and provide further diagnosis.
The reason I became a believer was the accuracy in the system telling me things that I knew but the doctor had no way of knowing. Without my having provided the clinic with any medical history, they were able to use the Oberon system to tell that I was nursing a respiratory virus, had both knees operated on previously and have a slightly torn muscle in my left shoulder. It also told me that I had a stomach bug from a few days before, had a skin issue on my right foot, had slightly raised cholesterol, experience stress regularly and a couple of other things that I won’t bother mentioning here. It certainly made me much more interested in learning about the issues that I wasn’t aware of including some emerging problems in my lower back and a slightly lowered blood circulation to my brain. In all cases, it went as far as telling me the exact cause of the issues and its potential evolution. This thing was extremely accurate and insightful. I was impressed. The medical approach also provides natural homeopathic medicines to balance the body and treat any issues seen. It’s harder to say whether these work well because I didn’t have a lot of symptoms to begin with but I’m certainly trying them out.
This all got me thinking about the science behind the Oberon system and how it relates to my work. The system measures what essentially amounts to metadata that the brain receives from various parts of the body to diagnose issues to an extreme level of detail. Clearly the scientists who developed the Oberon system and the researchers that define the indicators have invested and continue to invest considerable time and effort in developing the fingerprints that the system uses in its diagnosis to get this degree of accuracy. Does this sound familiar to you? There is a huge amount of similarity between the Oberon system and products like Arbor’s. Both provide a holistic view of their targets, the ability to pinpoint areas of concern, and the ability to drill down into specific details around each issue. The Oberon system provides extremely high fidelity indicators of threats much like the indicators of threat developed by Arbor’s ASERT organization and passed onto the products through ATLAS Intelligence Feed. It certainly was worth my while to take an hour and see what the diagnosis said. It’s also worth your while to listen to how Arbor can help your company.
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