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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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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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Published letter in Sun Herald 5th August

Below is a copy of the letter that was published on 5th August in Sun Herald in Aus regarding the recent allegations made against Universal Medicine and Serge Benhayon. It was edited from the original to exclude a sentence about how the presentations of Serge and UM engenders personal responsiblity for health and wellbeing….even though that section was in bold for emphasis!    Dear Editor, Recent articles in your paper made damning allegations about Serge Benhayon and his business. However, the…

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Esoteric Medicine – An Introduction

I recently submitted a blog post to the medicineandsergebenhayon blog entitled “What is Esoteric Medicine?” In it I explain some of the basic principles in Esoteric Medicine and I felt to share it with you here as well.  What is Esoteric Medicine?   Most people know what Western Medicine entails with surgery, pharmacology, medicine, chemotherapy, radiology and the many sub-specialities that are available to assist with the management and treatment of illness and disease but probably few know what Esoteric…

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Serge Benhayon: “Cult-leader” or Life Teacher?

Following on from my last blog I feel to write further on this issue. Universal Medicine (UM) is slanderously accused of being a ‘cult’ and Serge Benhayon of being a ‘cult-leader’. Since these accusations, those attending the Universal Medicine presentations have set up several blogs to give voice to the truth of their experience of Serge in words and how applying his teachings has had a beneficial influence in their lives. However, we find ourselves in the unusual position that…

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Smear Campaign against Serge Benhayon and Universal Medicine

Over the last couple of weeks there have been publications in the Australian Press accusing Serge Benhayon of being a ‘cult leader’ and of claiming to cure cancer with esoteric breast massage and other modalities. The intial story was run by Byron Kaye of the Medical Observer and then followed up and elaborated upon by Heath Aston of the SMH. Following that, several other news outlets picked up the story and published even more outlandish material some of which has…

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Empathy….or Love?

Following on from the last blog on ‘The Taboo of Love’ I felt to explore one area specifically. The comments written after the last blog highlighted to me how there are so many areas of life where love is taboo. One commenter mentioned this in regard to her counselling training where they were not allowed to talk about love and said “So in a “so-called” helping profession it was suggested we don’t cross that bridge, rather let people stay in…

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The Taboo of Love…

When I started my period of searching and seeking for answers to some of the bigger questions in life, approximately 8/9 years ago, I read voraciously many books about God, life, philosophy, the human condition, ‘spirituality’, religion, personal development and so on. In addition, I attended many workshops and talks on similar subjects – seeking answers for why life is the way it is, how I had come to be where I was and perhaps more importantly, how I could…

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Appreciation

A few weeks have passed since my last blog post, yet I see topics that could be written about on most days…..it’s just finding the time to sit and write! The last month has been largely taken up by attending the Universal Medicine courses and workshops that were held in England over the month of June and were preceded by the retreat in May. I have been attending the Unimed events for 5 years and of course, repeating the same…

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Rising ‘lifestyle’ cancers

This report highlights the findings of a research paper published in The Lancet Oncology by Bray et al regarding the rising incidence of cancer. They state that the occurrence of cancer is set to double over the next 15+ years, with a predicted rise in incidence of 75% by 2030 and in poorer countries this could even be as high as 90%!  Whilst stomach and cervical cancers are declining in more developed countries, breast, colorectal and prostate cancers are increasing.…

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Multi-symptomatic man: prediction comes true.

This BBC news article highlights the rise of chronic disease and the multi-morbidity or multi-symptomatic man and the fact that the NHS as it stands cannot cope with these patients. It is a summary of this paper by Bruce Guthrie published in the Lancet.  An analysis of 1.75 million people in Scotland found that nearly half had one or more chronic diseases and nearly  25% had two or more chronic diseases eg diabetes, heart disease, cancer, stroke etc. Whilst this…

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Transforming education with love

This blog post will be short as its purpose is to highlight and recommend this article for reading, pondering and digesting. Briefly Lincoln high school in Walla Walla has reduced school suspensions by 85% by developing a new approach to discipline and punishment. They have come to realise that kids blow up and misbehave because of other things going on in their lives and so instead of yelling at them or sending them home, they are taking time to find…

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Marathon Madness…

This time last week the London Marathon was taking place. Over 37,000 people took to the streets of London to run, walk or hobble the 26.2miles. The participants ranged from ‘elite athletes’, the average ‘fitness’ person to ‘fun runners’. Some actively competed to win the race or to get their own personal best time and others just wanted to finish the run and were not concerned about the time.   Many people believe that competing in such a race is…

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About Serge Benhayon

In order to find out more about Serge Benhayon, Founder and Director of Universal Medicine continue reading here. This is a new page on my website to explain a bit more about Serge, who he is, what he does and how he knows what he knows. Please feel free to comment or share your personal experiences of Serge Benhayon and Universal Medicine as well in the comment boxes below.…

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Heart disease and diet and more…

This article by the cardiac surgeon Dr Dwight Lundell, concerns the link between diet and heart disease. In it he admits that science and medicine got it very wrong when it comes to diet and heart disease. He exposes the fact that medicine use to blame high cholesterol/fat diet as the cause of heart disease and thus advised people to eat low fat diets. He comments that this advice is now scientifically and morally indefensible. He reports that the science…

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The Cross – symbolic of Love, Christ or something else?

The leader of the Roman Catholic Church in Scotland, Cardinal Keith O’Brien, has called upon Christians to “wear proudly a symbol of the cross of Christ” every day. This is in the background of a case going to the European Court to allow employees to wear crosses at work. Some argue that as long as it does not interfere with one’s work then people should be allowed to wear a simple symbol of their religion if they so choose.  Whilst…

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Healthy staff impact patients

This article highlights the increasing awareness that exists regarding the importance of maintaining and improving staff health and wellbeing in the NHS. Decreased abstinence and improved motivation along with improved care for patients are just some of the benefits mentioned. It also points out the importance of having senior board backing for such projects in order to ensure implementation of the specific activities that improve staff health and wellbeing.  Rather than reducing workforce numbers in times of financial hardship, it…

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Food Allergy, Intolerance, Lifestyle or something else?

This article highlights the growing numbers of people who are self-diagnosing a food allergy or intolerance. They suggest that many people may be saying they are allergic when they are intolerant or indeed that many may just be choosing a diet eg gluten and dairy free for ‘lifestyle’ reasons and not for genuine medical reasons. It points out the difference between an allergy where there is a definite immune response and there can be a serious medical condition and an…

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Gay Marriage

There have been a number of articles recently around the subject of gay marriage, with different people putting forward their support or criticism of the Government’s plans to legalise gay marriage by 2015. Cardinal O’Brien, the head of the Roman Catholic Church in Scotland, is the latest to voice his criticism of the plans, calling it a ‘grotesque subversion of a universally accepted human right’. Is that a ‘universally accepted human right’ for all people except gay people??  Other religious…

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A Needle too Far….

I recently sustained a ‘sharps’ or needlestick injury whilst operating. This is not unusual in the field of surgery and is under-reported and under-estimated. One study reported that the rate of sharps injury per surgeon per operation was 23% and another found that 44% of those surveyed had sustained a sharps injury. In the latter study, only 9% followed the locally agreed policy, with 70% performing first aid measures and 21% ignoring the incident and continuing.  In the recent case,…

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