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.

Living Now - - Health Habits - By Boris von Rechen­berg

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.

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