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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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Emotions and Feelings – is there a difference?

Many people think that emotions and feelings are just different words for the same thing – that we can use those words interchangeably. But what if emotions and feelings are not the same? What if there is a significant difference between them that has implications for our health and wellbeing? Would it not be helpful to know what the difference was? You bet it would! In order to explain the difference, let me explain a little more about the human…

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Does Love Heal?

    It has been written since ancient times ‘that only love heals’. But what does that mean and how does love heal? Some might feel they are just words or platitudes with no real substance or meaning. Certainly when it comes to medical school training there is no mention of love – so is it just some out-dated notion of yester-year or does it still carry relevance in today’s modern scientific medicine? In modern medicine the word healing usually…

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Being Gentle with your Body

Many people associate looking after their body with pushing themselves hard in the gym – lifting heavy weights, doing lots of repetitions, running fast or using a cross trainer at full pelt. This is reinforced by the feel good factor that comes with a session in the gym and the adrenaline /endorphin rush. Of course it’s not just in the gym but there are many forms of exercise where we push the body as hard as possible. Not only that…

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The Art of Healing through Living

The word ‘medicine’, comes from the Latin ‘ars medicina’ and means the ‘art of the healing’. So what if medicine wasn’t just about pills, potions and surgeries but also included ‘the art of healing’ through living? So how do we heal through living? The Key Principles to Understand are that: every human being has an essence of love/stillness we live as if this essence does not exist or as if we are in separation to it and thus we have…

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Stoning of a Pregnant Woman

This article in the Guardian reports on the stoning of a pregnant 25 year old woman in Pakistan because she married a man she loved. She was stoned to death by her father, brothers and other relatives. The stoning murder took place outside a court! Her father described it as an ‘honour killing’ because she married without their consent. He also said he had no regrets.  How twisted and distorted is it to consider such murder as an ‘honour killing’?…

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Self-care for Medical Students: Reflection by Hassan Farooq

In only two weeks, having gained much in the way of insight into self-care I have begun a process of adapting and trialing changes to my way of living. Some have already borne fruit whilst others will take more time and discipline. This reflection will outline the ways in which I have adapted my lifestyle to become more caring to myself and hopefully as a result, to others.    Diet The first week focused on diet, sleep, exercise work and…

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Self-care for Medical Students: Reflection by Nicola McFarlane

  The module was the top of my list when I made my SSC choices because I always like to try a module that offers a different aspect of the medical course.  I like to have a wide variety of knowledge and am always open to new ideas and I thought this module would offer me an insight into things I had not experienced before.  In terms of my own self care I was interested to see how well I…

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Self-care for Medical Students: Reflection by Amy Irvine

Amy Irvine – My Journey in Self-care Throughout this SSC, I have been mentally stimulated and challenged in ways that I have not been accustomed to with other modules in medical school. This has served as a pleasant change from the scientific nature of clinical based modules and I can honestly say that I have thoroughly enjoyed the module and the thought-provoking concepts that have been discussed. I initially ranked this SSC moderately high out of a combination of curiosity,…

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Self-care for Medical Students: Reflection by Niamh Kelly

Introduction I choose the self-care module this term as the title stood out among all the ‘usual’ module choices.  While reading the abstract for the module the keywords ‘body awareness’, ‘holistic health’ and emotions/feelings’ struck a chord with me as I have always strived to understand more about myself and feel that self-care is something I could always improve on. During the introduction day I defined self-care as ‘feeling good about oneself’, ‘relieving stress, worries and anxiety’ and ‘having a…

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Self-care for Medical Students: Reflection by Patrick Farrell

  Before starting the self-care SSC I had delved a little into the world of Buddhism, under the thinking that learning to meditate would bring me peace and direction as I was finding myself regularly frustrated and at a loss to what I was making of my life. I had only read in fits and starts and hadn’t given any real commitment to the idea. I therefore saw the self-care SSC as a chance to spring-board myself further into the…

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Self-care for Medical Students

During the first three weeks of January I ran an SSC (student selected component) called “Self-care for Medical Students” for third year students. We are seeing unprecedented rates of burnout in the medical profession and the rates of addiction and suicide are higher than for the general population. Clearly something is amiss when those who are supposed to know about healthcare and wellbeing are in some ways worse off than those they are caring for. The culture of medicine is…

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The Fragmentation of Medicine

I have witnessed many changes within medicine over the last 20 years – one of which has been the increasing fragmentation of medicine despite  the introduction of the importance of holistic medicine. This fragmentation is across the board and exists on many levels. Fragmentation by Specialising  As our knowledge of anatomy, physiology, biochemistry, pathology, pathophysiology, pharmacology and the many varieties of illness and disease has expanded, it was recognised that it was not feasible for all doctors to be expert…

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The Fat Myth Continues…

This article in the BBC News comments on the pledge by food manufacturers to cut saturated fat levels. A public health expert has rightly called it a ‘drop in the ocean’ in the fight against obesity.  Prof Ashton, President of the faculty of Public Health says the approach lacks credibility and that food manufacturers need to also address the levels of sugar and salt used in foods where they lower the fat content.  Whilst there are healthy and unhealthy types…

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Blaming Children for Abuse

This week has seen two reports of children being blamed for the abuse they received. First, in this case, a barrister accused a 13 year old girl of being “predatory” and “sexually experienced.” The man that she was apparently predatory with was 41 years of age.  In the second case we have Eddy Shah claiming that underage girls can be “to blame” for the abuse they experience. He makes a distinction between young girls who go out to have a…

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What is Esoteric Healing?

I recently wrote this blog for the Natural Therapies  NI website and felt to share it here too.  The word esoteric just means ‘from within’ or ‘innermost’. Thus esoteric healing is about healing from within, from one’s innermost. It is about coming to know, understand, experience and feel for ourselves what this innermost is and how we can then make daily choices from that place, which are healthy for us. The innermost essence of everyone is pure Love; it is…

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Understanding Healing

The word medicine is derived from the Latin ‘ars medicina’ and means the ‘art of healing’. However, science has long since replaced art and the primary focus has shifted from healing the sick to curing the disease. Disease is a term for any condition that impairs the normal functioning of an organism and has specific symptoms and signs. Illness refers to the perceptions and experiences that a person has of his condition and will be his narrative of the condition. This blog…

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What’s bad for the heart is bad for the head….

This article in the BBC news health website reports on research published in Stroke by Joosten et al, looking at whether cardiovascular risk factors are associated with cognitive decline in young and middle aged people. They found that those with a worse cardiovascular risk profile were already showing signs of cognitive impairment in young people aged 35 – 44. The main risk factors were diabetes and smoking. They concluded that what is ‘bad for the heart, is also bad for…

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Alcohol and Pregnancy – Who needs research?

This article in the Guardian was sent to me by a friend who thought I would be interested in what it had to say. In short it is promoting the use of light alcohol consumption during pregnancy based on the results of a study published in the British Journal of Obstetrics and Gynaecology by Kelly et al.  It states that those who drink low levels of alcohol during pregnancy are no more likely to have childen with behavioural or cognitive…

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The Invisible War

I recently watched the film documentary, The Invisible War, which is about the extent of sexual assault in the US Military and the subsequent cover-ups, punishment of victims instead of perpetrators, the low rate of punishment for perpetrators and the overall difficulty in obtaining any form of justice. It has won awards and been claimed to be the best documentary of 2012.    The extent of sexual assault in the US military is itself shocking and affects both men and…

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Adverse Childhood Experiences and Adult Disease.

This paper by Vincent Felitti describes the effect of Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACE) on adult disease. The ACE study is a long-term in-depth analysis of over 17,000 adult Americans looking at their current health status and the relationship to adverse childhood experiences.  There is a long list of publications which have detailed various associations between ACE and adult conditions like alcoholism, depression, headaches, liver disease, autoimmune disease, obesity, lung cancer and COPD. Felitti states that ‘much of what is recognised…

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Jimmy Carter: losing his religion or finding true religion?

The former President of the United States, Jimmy Carter, has written an opinion piece entitled “Losing my religion for equality”. In it he clearly describes how “women and girls have been discriminated against for too long in a twisted interpretation of the word of God.” He goes on to say that this “discrimination, unjustifiably attributed to a higher Authority, has provided a reason or excuse for the deprivation of women’s equal rights across the world for centuries”. Not only that it…

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How are you Feeling?

This blog was published on the Medicine and Serge Benhayon blog but I felt to share it here also.   A simple observation highlights to me the importance of the difference between what we feel and what we think, particularly when it comes to health. The world we live in gives precedence to the intelligence of the mind and/or the brain without taking full cognisance of the intelligence of the body. Thinking and thoughts are associated with the mind/brain and…

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Spirit and Soul: just semantics or true difference?

A question that ofen arises in the spiritual journey is what is the difference between the spirit and the soul? I recall asking this myself and also hearing others ask the same question when I was in my period of searching and seeking. The thing is that I would often hear different answers and it seemed like there was no consistent answer amongst the various teachers that were asked. Some would say the spirit is Universal and the soul refers…

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Compassionate Care

The Chief Nursing Officer for England, Jane Cummings, has called for more emphasis to be placed on nurses providing compassionate care in hospitals. She plans to ’embed values such as compassion, communication and commitment in public health care.’  This comes amidst concerns over neglect and falling standards of care in hospitals and care homes. This also echos the College of Medicine identification of a crisis in care and commitment within healthcare.  At the same time, another report states that hospitals…

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All Smoke and No Fire or All Fire and No Smoke? A Choice.

The health section of the BBC news website today reports on the benefits to women who stop smoking before the age of thirty.  The original study is published in the Lancet by Kirstin Pirie, Prof Peto et al and reports on a prospective study of one million women, looking at the hazards of smoking and the benefits of stopping. The hazards of smoking are well known by most and include the development of lung cancer, chronic lung disease, heart disease,…

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Gay Marriage in N. Ireland – defying Christ.

The politicians in N. Ireland recently debated gay marriage and the Assembly members rejected the proposal that same sex couples should have the right to marry. I was not surprised that the motion was rejected as having grown up in and currently living in N. Ireland, I am all too aware of the religious induced homophobia that pervades this society and is rife amongst many politicians, particularly Unionist politicians. Only three of the 45 politicians who voted in favour were…

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Petition to Stop Abuse of Women in the Media

In addition to writing letters to the Editor of the Courier Mail, a petition has been established by Sarah Cloutier to submit to the Leveson Enquiry and call for an effective means of regulating journalism such that the perpetual denigration of women in the media is called to a halt. A letter of submission calling for this regulation has been sent to the Leveson Enquiry. Please support this petition in order to call an end to the abuse of women…

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Letter to Editor Courier Mail

The following letter was sent to the Editor of the Courier Mail regarding their recent article in the Courier Mail concerning Serge Benhayon.  Dear Michael,  I have submitted a short ‘letter to the editor’ through the online system but I feel to write to you personally to expand on that letter in regards to the article written by Josh Robertson and Liam Walsh entitled “New Age ‘medicine’ of Serge Benhayon leaves trail of broken families.”    The interesting thing about…

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Illness and Disease are Healing

It is quite common to consider illness and disease as something ‘bad’ that has happened, that something is ‘wrong’ or has ‘gone wrong’, that something has been imposed upon us that needs to be eradicated, removed or eliminated. Whilst there may well be a need for surgery or medicine in order to treat a condition, how we perceive illness and disease can make a profound difference to how we see and understand it and how we understand healing.  There is…

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What does it take to be a female boxer?

This week saw Katie Taylor win the Olympic Gold Medal for Ireland in the lightweight division of female boxing. The papers have been full of praise for her success and achievement. There is no doubt that she excels in this sport and has won Irish, European and World championships prior to her Olympic success. She has the support of the crowds and has been described as displaying a genuine affection for her opponent when she makes peace with them after…

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