If you need a new doctor, Joel Salinas may be the way to go. This dude can feel what you feel — YES, FEEL. Headache? ✔️. Numbness? ✔️. Amputation? Sadly, ✔️. This shit is crazy.
Salinas has a rare condition called mirror-touch synesthesia.
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That means he can feel an amputation.
“I remember one patient who unfortunately had an amputation of the arm from an accident,” Salinas, a Harvard-trained neurologist, told WBZ. “I remember feeling as though my arm was dismembered and I could feel the blood.”
OMG…I’m gonna be sick.
Salinas participated in an Ask Me Anything for Reddit to explain.
This gets really weird…
He knows your orgasm better than bae.
“Sensations are certainly much more salient with adrenaline, dopamine, serotonin, etc (it’s similar with caffeine) — and it’s even more salient the more similar corresponding parts are,” Salinas wrote on Reddit. “The more corresponding (like-to-like) bodies are, I find that there’s an added dopamine rush almost. Like a bit more of a relief — like scratching an itch that you didn’t realize you had, but are so glad you found it.”
Can he feel child birth? Yes.
“My body will still perceive the sensations regardless of whether I’ve felt it before on my body–even if the parts don’t exactly match up,” Salinas responded on Reddit. “Internally, I have to wrestle with the “Um… what is this I’m feeling right now…” moment. Being curious, I usually try to appreciate it for what it is.”
Dude even knows what death is like!
“It’s a really a unique experience that is really worth just having a discussion on it’s own,” Salinas told Redditers. “More than anything, there’s just such a pronounced feeling of stillness. A kind of emptiness that screams that there should be something there, but it’s gone now… with the added weight of permanence.”
But it isn’t just sensations he experiences.
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This condition has several layers and exists on a spectrum.
He can taste colors.
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“Lighter colors for myself typically are on the more sour or sweet spectrum, which darker are more on the bitter or umami spectrum,” Salinas explained on Reddit.
And see sound.
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“It’s also got some great color qualities: hues of lavender, sky blue, whisps of gray, and little tiny tips of a slightly yellow hue at the center at times,” Salinas said about listening to this YouTube clip.
Basically, this dude is a modest superhuman walking among mere mortals.
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According to WBZ, only about 1 to 2 percent of the population have mirror-touch synesthesia.