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This blog will discuss and share views on topical issues and current affairs pertaining to religion/soulful wisdom/energetic truth and links with health, illness and disease and other forms of human suffering. The posts may share views that combine my medical knowledge and also the energetic understandings based on esoteric philosophy and healing along with personal experience and as such may present views or understandings that are NOT in mainstream evidence-based medicine. They are NOT a replacement for medical advice.  It is therefore for the reader to discern and feel whether they could be true or not and where applicable, whether to live them or not. Those seeking medical advice should consult their doctor.

Please be respectful to others in discussing the ideas/comments and please refrain from ad hominem comments. The blog holder reserves the right to remove posts that are deemed unsuitable or abusive.

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Salvation – what’s it all about?

What is salvation? I used to wonder what salvation was about – being saved by what, from what, by whom? There were so many questions and so few answers. None of it made much sense to me as a child growing up in the Christian tradition and I came to reject religion and the need for any form of salvation out of hand. Later in life, I questioned my atheistic assertions, read widely in the wisdom traditions and searched high…

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Abuse – just a way of life.

Often when the word abuse is used we tend to think of and restrict it to severe forms of physical or sexual abuse. Certainly, whilst these are forms of abuse, what if they are not the whole of abuse but just part of a spectrum of abuse that can vary in its form, severity and outcome?  Whilst there can be variance or range in the nature of abuse and its subsequent outcomes, from an energetic perspective the energy of abuse…

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The Root of all Evil….

We have witnessed horrendous acts of terrorism such as the bombing in Manchester, and the Westminster Bridge and London Bridge attacks in London with the so called ‘Islamic state’ claiming responsibility for the killing and maiming of civilians. In Europe we have recently had the vile attack in Barcelona, and last year we saw the aftermath of a lorry in Nice decimating a public gathering, ruthlessly and barbarically killing people in its path knocking them down like skittles with absolutely…

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What is True Religion?

  Every religion in the world thinks that their religion is the true religion. But it is common sense to also say they can’t all be true given the wide variety of different beliefs and the direct contradictions between them. They can’t all be right or true. It is common practice in the modern world to not challenge or critique religious beliefs, recognising that people have the right to hold the religious beliefs of their choosing, providing they are not…

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Food hangovers – choosing love over abuse

It used to be alcohol, cigarettes, coffee, crisps, bread, pizzas, junk food, indeed any food, for I was a consumer of it all. I thought I was normal. I mean doesn’t everyone eat and drink everything – isn’t that why it’s there? To be consumed. To fill our bellies, to give us pleasure and enjoyment from all the sumptuous tastes and flavours, textures and delicacies. I thought I was enjoying myself. I thought I was enjoying my food – I…

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Can we get a hangover from food? YES we can!

We tend to associate hangovers with drinking too much alcohol – when we wake up with some version of not quite feeling ourselves. We may have more specific symptoms like a headache, brain fog, dry mouth, nausea, vomiting and general malaise – feeling out of sorts and below par. The word hangover can mean ‘something (custom, habit, feeling) that survives from what is past’ as well as the disagreeable physical effects from heavy consumption of alcohol or drugs. So in…

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‘Science without religion is lame, religion without science is blind.’

  Albert Einstein, the most influential physicist of the 20th century and a world-renowned scientist, was also deeply religious. It was he who said that: ‘science without religion is lame, religion without science is blind’ He recognised the profound interconnectivity of these two disciplines, in the process exposing the futility and utter ignorance and arrogance of those who choose to hold either one supreme. Neither science nor religion alone can provide all the answers to life and the world we…

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Self-care Training in UK Medical Schools

We recently undertook a survey regarding the attitudes of UK medical schools towards self-care training for medical students. The paper entitled “The Current Status and Attitudes to Self-care Training in UK Medical Schools” was recently published in the Journal of Compassionate Health Care. The survey revealed some conflicting results, that on the one hand recognised the need for and benefit of self-care training, whilst also not fully recognising the responsibility we have for our own healthcare and the harmful impact…

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Religion: a separative force or a healing power?

To admit to being religious today, is tantamount to admitting you’re insane, a bit crazy or a fool, especially if you are a scientist who is considered to have some degree of intelligence and discernment. The underlying assumption is that no serious scientist, no truly intelligent human being, no rational, clear thinking person could be ‘religious.’ The word itself has become so tainted, so dirty, so blood stained that people run in the opposite direction and boldly declare, “I’m spiritual…

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Dr: Do two little letters define you?

Have you ever stopped to consider who you are or what defines you? Is your self-worth or self-esteem wrapped up in those two little letters ‘Dr’? How would you feel if they were removed? Would you know who you are without them? As medical students we work hard, study long hours, sit tons of exams and tests, to ultimately prove we have what it takes – that we are intelligent enough, to be a doctor. Parents burst with pride on…

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E=mc2: Everything is Energy – why do we continue to ignore the energetic truth?

E=mc2 is the most famous equation in the world – yet the world chooses to remain woefully and wilfully ignorant of the meaning and implications of Einstein’s discovery in everyday life. Why is this? Before addressing that question let us first unpack E=mc2 in order to understand what it is actually saying. Interestingly, when Einstein first published his paper in 1905 presenting the relationship between mass and energy, he did so using the equation L=mv2, where L represented the ‘living’…

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Abortion – how could you be so stupid?

“How could you be so stupid?” “You are so stupid” “You’re supposed to know better” “You’re a doctor for f!*#s sake” “You’re supposed to be intelligent” “You’re not supposed to make mistakes” “You stupid b#*!h” “Why did you…?” “Why didn’t you…?” “This is your worst nightmare come true…” “This isn’t part of the plan” “What are you going to do?” This was part of the internal dialogue that followed the light blue lines on the home test kit confirming what…

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Mankind and Medicine – are we truly evolving?

This blog was first published under KevinMD as Technology in health care: Is medicine really evolving?  Evolution is part of life, something we accept as a fact and evidenced by the changes we see and know compared to hundreds of years ago. No one can dispute the great technological advances that have been made – transport has been revolutionized from the animal power of horse and cart to the mechanized systems of train, plane and automobile we have today. Communication…

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The Way we are Living is Killing Us.

This blog was first published on KevinMD  It is a common experience to feel that our body has let us down when we get sick. We may feel it is broken or flawed in some way and if only it was better designed we wouldn’t have to suffer illness and disease. Likewise, we tend to consider illness and disease as something bad that has happened to us and which we associate with suffering of some kind, be it physical, psychological,…

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The True Power of a Woman

I have read a few articles recently about the oppression of women in Ireland; the refusal of the Irish and Northern Irish governments to recognise the right of a woman to have agency over her own body, her reproductive rights and the fundamental right for her to choose whether to allow a pregnancy to proceed or not should she choose to have an abortion. Being pregnant out of wedlock led to young women, in the not so distant past, being…

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Breaking the shame and stigma of mental illness

This blog was first published on KevinMD as “We are human beings before we are doctors”.  Mental illness has long been associated with shame and stigma. Although progress has been made through the efforts of global celebrities like Stephen Fry and many others to de-stigmatize mental illness – many are still ashamed to admit to it and the stigma is far from being annihilated. Nowhere is this stigma more entrenched than within the Medical profession itself. A fact that should…

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FIRST Trial in Surgery Explained: Surgeons are NOT human!

The FIRST (Flexibility in Duty Hour Requirements for Surgical Trainees)1 trial randomized American surgical residency programs to one of two arms – either to continue with their current standard restricted hours practice of 80 hours per week with time for breaks/rest and a limit to hours of work at any one time, or to have ‘flexible’ hours which involved removing current restrictions on hours worked at any one time and waiving the need for breaks etc., whilst somehow maintaining the…

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“Liver Transplant Surgeon Addicted to Alcohol”

This blog was first published on KevinMD as “can we truly heal another if we can’t heal ourselves.” ………………………………………………………………………………………………. “Liver Transplant Surgeon Addicted to Alcohol” – reads like a headline from a tabloid paper selling sensationalism. How could it be? How could a liver transplant surgeon, someone who sees up close and personal the devastating effects of alcohol on the body, be addicted to alcohol? Surely the diseased, fibrosed, hard, shrunken cirrhotic livers with dilated and engorged veins that can…

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How do we as surgeons deal with our mistakes?

This blog was first published on KevinMD entitled “How do surgeons deal with their mistakes” and is re-published here as well.  As surgeons we are privileged to have our hands work inside someone’s body with the intention of alleviating suffering, removing sources of pain, excising diseased organs, fixing this or that, ultimately to improve someone’s quality of life, prolong it or at times even save it. Yet we also know that people can suffer complications from surgery, that in some…

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Why Equality Legislature needs to Trump Discriminatory Religious Belief : the Gay Cake Case update

I previously blogged on the ‘gay cake case’ as it is known – whereby a bakery in N.Ireland, Ashers, refused to bake a cake with the words ‘support gay marriage’ on it because of their Christian beliefs. They lost the court case and the judge ruled they had discriminated against the consumer who was gay. Asher’s have decided to appeal the case, which starts this week. I read an interview with Daniel and Amy McArthur from Ashers bakery, in the…

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What is ‘evidence’?

The modern day world of medicine and science seems to revolve around this one word ‘evidence’. We have for example, evidenced-based medicine, evidence-based practice, best-evidence medical education, evidence guided education and the question – “what is the evidence for that?” dominates the worlds of academia, research and clinical practice.  There is a faction within science and medicine that is purporting that no treatments or modalities should be available unless they are supported by ‘evidence’.  This seems to be a reasonable and…

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Why do doctors have less sick leave?

 A recent paper in the BMJ1 reported on the fact that doctors take less sick leave than other healthcare professionals. Possible reasons for this include that doctors are maybe more healthy than the general population – they have discovered the secret of life and are keeping it all to themselves perhaps! Yet the figures for doctor health and wellbeing would not bear this out – given we have higher levels of addiction and suicide than the general population. The Practitoner…

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Evil – in the name of God

Just a few weeks ago we witnessed the horrific killings in Paris by those affiliated with the group known as Islamic State. Apparently the murderers cried ‘Allahu Akbar’ meaning ‘God is great’ before slaughtering those in front of them as well as suiciding themselves. Whilst Islamic state is foremost in Western minds as a radical group of terrorists intent on killing those of a different religious persuasion as representatives of a Western world it perceives to be responsible for their…

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Resilience – Friend or Foe?

This blog was first published on Action for NHS Wellbeing site on 6th September 2015. Resilience is currently very topical so I felt to share it here as well.  ………………………………………………………………………………………………… Resilience is the latest buzz word and emotional resilience training is the new ‘must have’ for those who are trained to kill, fight and go to war as well as those who are trained to save lives, heal and care for sick.  Indeed, based on the fact that the Army…

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#ILookLikeASurgeon – Surgery is what I do, not who I am.

Over the last few days the hashtag #ILookLikeASurgeon has been trending on twitter and has sparked interest across the globe. It originated when a female engineer @IsisAnchalee was told she didn’t look like an engineer and started the hashtag #ILookLikeAnEngineer. This was followed by a female surgical resident Dr Heather Logghe suggesting that #ILookLikeASurgeon might be next and sure enough the twitter world responded. Female surgeons from America, UK, Australia, Europe and elsewhere posted their photo claiming that they ‘look…

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Charities exposed for Cold-calling: what is True Charity?

How charitable is cold-calling? You may say, “what a ridiculous question, it’s obvious there is no charity in cold-calling”, yet we have seen this week how a number of large charities in the UK think it is appropriate to ‘cold-call’ people to raise money for their charities, including Oxfam, Save the Children, the British Red Cross, Macmillan and Cancer Research amongst others. They employ companies to do the dirty work – and dirty work it is indeed. Fundraisers were apparently…

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Paul Givan’s ‘Conscience Clause’ – taking N. Ireland back to the Dark Ages

In the past year a furore erupted in N.Ireland over a cake – Ascher’s bakery refused to bake a cake for a gay man in support of gay marriage on the basis it went against their conscience or perhaps more accurately their beliefs. Following on from this, N. Ireland politician Paul Givan has tabled a ‘conscience clause’, which if it was successful would give people the right to refuse admission to gay people in hotels, restaurants or to refuse to…

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Ireland says a BIG YES to Equality and Gay Marriage.

Yesterday Ireland became the first country in the world to legislate for same sex marriage based on the popular vote of the people. And the people of Ireland have spoken loud and clear and given a resounding YES to inclusivity, to acceptance, to equality and to love. The people of Ireland have listened to and been guided by the wisdom and love in their own hearts, rightly bypassing the doctrinal religious teachings that in the past would have been the…

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The Cake, the Christ and Christians – what’s really going on? A call for equality, freedom of conscience or homophobic religious discrimination?

N. Ireland is currently in the midst of a legal case that is set to be a landmark case between equality rights and religious beliefs. The case centres on a cake, one that Asher’s bakery refused to bake because the purchaser asked for the slogan “support gay marriage” to be on the top of the cake. The bakery initially accepted the order and took the payment, even though the person who took the order knew they would not agree to…

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Women in Surgery: Should we kneel down and open our mouths, lie back and close our eyes, or stand up and speak the Truth?

Dr Gabrielle McMullin, a senior vascular surgeon in Australia, has recently caused a stir by stating that women in surgery should stay quiet about sexual abuse, harassment or advances from male superiors if they wish to continue in a surgical career. She was commenting on a case of a female surgical trainee, Caroline Tan, who won her case for sexual harassment but could then not find employment in any public hospital in Australia. Dr McMullin said, “Her career was ruined…

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