It is becoming more and more apparent and obvious to anyone working in Public Health that the current model chosen to provide healthcare for the mass population is (a) in crisis and (b) doomed to failure if it continues unchanged. It is popular to think that this is all about funding – or the lack of it – it is not! The numbers of people with multiple chronic health issues are growing at an alarming rate and already if you do the maths and look at projections there is simply no way that the majority of international public health systems will be able to keep up. I am not going to even go into why on earth this is the case despite all the ‘incredible life-saving pharmaceuticals’ available, that’s food for another Blog! Suffice to say that if we are to have any chance of grabbing hold of our healthcare and actually getting results without becoming paupers in the process a BIG sea-change in both our approach to Healthcare and what we use as ‘medicine’ has to happen.
Recently I attended a fascinating online seminar about the ancient art of Face reading – ‘Al Ferasa’. This amazing skill originated in the Middle East with The Bedouin people as a vital part of their ability to identify whether the many different tribes they came across, as they travelled across a huge area, were friends
I don’t know about you but I seem to get alot of posts in my various social media feeds from Life Coaches and Inspirational Teachers and other online contacts, all supporting and advocating the idea of constantly striving to stretch ourselves and ‘go beyond our comfort zones’. On first reading, this can make lots of sense and indeed can be very relevant in certain situations and for certain people at certain times in their lives. But as a general principle, I really question this idea of never resting, never being still, always striving for ‘something better – more happiness, more success, more money, more challenges etc’.
We live in a society with record numbers of people with various Adrenal problems, Stress has become an everyday occurance and we are surrounded by messages that all tell us ‘don’t stop, even when you are ill – just pop a pill and get right back to work’. Alot of people are now recognising that the ‘pop a pill’ thing isn’t healthy or sustainable, but aren’t all the self-help videos and messages telling us ‘don’t give in to feeling bad/ill/sad…just put on that smile and get dressed up and carry on’, just as potentially damaging? They are both encouraging us to ignore what we feel, put it away somewhere and keep on striving for that elusive ‘something’.
I consider myself to be very blessed in the work that I do as a Health Practitioner – I work for myself and I, (mostly), work from my own Clinic within my house. I choose my working hours, who I work with, my working conditions, my breaks and my pay! I am passionate about my
One of the many, many things I love about Homeopathy is the community spirit that it invokes – a sense of connection, support and the ability to make better choices for myself and those I love. When I say community spirit, I’m really talking about connection both with others, with the earth, the sky and all of nature and most importantly with myself. This connection and the knowledge that accompanies it, is what enables me to make informed choices, because I know what makes me healthy and what makes me ill.
As a Homeopathic Practitioner, I am in daily contact with other Homeopaths all over the world – thanks to the internet & social media. We share our clinical findings, observations, learnings, news and research. We support and encourage each other so that we can help as many people as possible to the very best of our ability. Many people would have you believe that this community of like-minded souls is tiny – not true – Homeopathy is the second most popular system of medicine in the world (the first being Herbal Medicine). You, dear reader, are part of a huge wider community – one of millions of people worldwide who have used Homeopathy and continue to use it for a huge variety of health issues. We use it because it works! We use it because it’s cost effective and we find – invariably – that using it changes our lives for the better.
We are able to choose Homeopathy, because mostly we live in countries that, (on paper), operate a system of democracy and freedom of speech. This means a society that honours many different ways of thinking, beliefs and ideas, that it allows for them all to co-exist side by side. There is freedom of choice, supposedly, and Jack does not have to choose the same way of life as Jill if it doesn’t suit them.
I recently had the pleasure of attending an excellent talk by Author, Colm Tobin. Amongst a number of other inciteful issues, he spoke about a time in his life when he recieved help from the Psychiatrist Ivor Browne, to face and process the loss of his father. Ivor Browne likened this work to removing a stone from a previously flowing stream – a stone that had stopped the stream in it’s tracks and forced the water to either alter it’s course or sometimes stop all together.
The traumatic events that we do not process healthily, that we do not truelly experience and feel, become like these rocks and although we think ‘oh that was years ago, I have dealt with all that’, if we haven’t really felt the feelings and learnt to get through them and continue on our way, they have a habit of remaining until we do so, and they can take alot of our energy to keep them in their place. Also our ‘flow’ is slowed, diverted and diluted. In order to learn from all our life experiences we need to actually experience them in the first place, sometimes this is just too painful to contemplate, so we tidy the event away into a drawer and we develop all sorts of clever strategies for not getting it out and really looking at it.
The Mandatory addition of the toxin Fluoride to the Irish people’s tap water supply has long been of concern to me, particularly as someone who has a history of Thyroid dis-ease. If you have any interest at all in your Health, you will be aware of the importance of hydration from good, clean water, let me underline that this does not include the addition of neuro-toxins like Fluoride! For this reason I invested in a reverse Osmosis water filter system that filters most toxins out of my tap water including Fluoride and I always choose bottled water when drinking outside of my own home. I recently visited Berlin for a few days and was delighted to learn that the tap water there is not Fluoridated or Chlorinated and as far as I am aware Berliners are not particularly high in tooth cavities! Ireland is one of the very few countries in the world to insist on Fluoridating the public water supply despite mounting evidence of it’s toxicity, why is this?