SUPPORT FOR YOUR BODY’S NATURAL INTELLIGENCE
In modern life we often lose touch with the body’s natural genius. That’s when carefully chosen herbs and supplements, coupled with natural therapies, healthy habits and choices, can turn the tide and remind us of our inborn wisdom.
My mother, at this very moment of writing, is ‘under the knife’, having a mastectomy. She’s paying around $15,000 of her own money for the surgery, including reconstruction.
Apparently the health care system will foot the bill to lop off a breast, but not to reconstruct it.
“Well”, some might say, “that’s fair enough, given her breasts are not essential for her survival.” All right, I DO get that argument; that the system can only support ‘essential’ surgery, not ‘elective’. But surely ‘essential’ vs ‘elective’ is a matter dependent on the preferences of each woman – right? Some might feel empowered by the daily sight of their scar as a badge of courage and triumph; whereas others might feel disempowered, lose their identity, or become depressed. Then, when the depressed woman, who didn’t have the say and the choice re what’s essential or not, turns up in her GP’S clinic, what will be prescribed? That’s right. Antidepressants. And how long do most people stay on antidepressants?
This is a matter of some debate, because, with the relatively recent availability, normalisation and popularisation of antidepressants, there just isn’t enough independent data to confirm anything.
Official studies cited by Harvard suggest a quarter of women in their 40s and 50s are on antidepressants, and that
1 in 10 of all Americans (from newborns to geriatrics) are on antidepressants at any one point in time. Local information suggests similar trends in Australia.
All that aside, let’s look at something completely different. Take Jonathon (not his name), a highly successful businessman, who works hard, so hard in fact, that he burns out and develops chronic fatigue. His life crashes down around him, he loses his business, his income, partner, his friends, his professional network and his identity. To pay his debts, he claims income protection insurance. To get it, he has to be diagnosed. Once diagnosed, he has to be treated with medication for chronic fatigue, post-traumatic stress disorder, and depression. His diagnosis means he is able to receive Centrelink support. After a while, he is offered the security of a permanent disability pension.
Eight years later, he is in session with a holistic healer. He wants to get out of the loop – and he does it. With courage and determination he pulls through.
Six sessions over three months, and now he enjoys increased energy, confidence, purpose, and is off antidepressants. He does a course, and begins to work again; this time doing what he loves.
I’d like to ask you, dear reader, what did Jonathon’s time on benefits cost Australia? What did eight years of taxpayer-funded pill-taking cost? What portion of that was ‘essential’; what portion was ‘elective’?
Weekly, I see people who are the victims of a top-heavy, bloated health system, which uses cutting edge technology to run a 100+ year old model; an old-paradigm which treats the body as a mechanism, rather than as the conscious holism it is; a system which is based on data provided by medical research that has been primarily funded by pharmaceutical companies.
Time and time again, I witness the intelligence of nature, the body, the person; all of which are infinitely wiser than the system we routinely subject ourselves to.
And, let it be known that I consider doctors and health professionals as victims also, of this archaic system; limiting and discouraging them from developing and trusting their natural, intuitive and creative healing abilities. Hardly surprising, is it, when our society is becoming increasingly urbanised, increasingly nature-disconnected, and advances in health care are driven by financially motivated research? Beyond the correct positions and sequences of the asanas, there is communion and oneness with your infinite self. As you open to this, you reconnect with the intelligence of the Divine.