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 Immunity and Health Pt. 3: The Heat of the Matter

        “The thing with heat is…it always, eventually, becomes too much.” ― Victoria Aveyard, Glass Sword         There are three main levels where our body meets and manages potential incoming threats to our health:   The mucosa The lymph system via body fluids The blood   What these have in more…

Immunity and Health Pt 2 – The Vaccination Debate

        “A lie will go round the world while truth is pulling its boots on (Charles Haddon Spurgeon)” ― Seth Mnookin, The Panic Virus: A True Story of Medicine, Science, and Fear     Last week we looked at some ways our immune system is trained to protect us in adult life. more…

Immunity and Health Pt. 1

        “Natural forces within us are the true healers of disease.” -Hippocrates       Most of us, most of the time take our immune system for granted. After all, its job is to take care of us often before we are even aware there is a problem. In the earliest part more…

 The Yoga of Relationships

We revist a popular blog from past years this week…     “When you find peace within yourself, you become the kind of person who can live at peace with others.”  ~ Peace Pilgrim          The relationship we have with ourselves is reflected in the relationships we have with others. If we more…

The Depths of Winter

          “Of all the seasons winter is the most conducive to the great art of dormancy. This art requires an appreciation of semi-consciousness: the beautiful and necessary prelude to sleep – a special pleasure in itself that is all too often neglected, under-valued or looked down upon.” – Michael Leunig   more…

The Play of Love

        (The last in this informal series on love sees another revisiting of a blog from years past, now rewritten and updated)   “Lord Ram gave Hanuman a quizzical look and said, “What are you, a monkey or a man?” Hanuman bowed his head reverently, folded his hands and said, “When I more…

Love Revisited

            “We accept the love we think we deserve.”  -Stephen Chbosky     During a visit to Australia my brother Patrick made a casual but profound observation:   “You know Jem (my family nickname), if we have experienced love, even for a short time, we are fundamentally changed.”     The more…

 Energy Conscious Model Pt 3: A Different Connection

      “The more you lose yourself in something bigger than yourself, the more energy you will have.” -Norman Vincent Peale     “The patient felt the pain all the way down into her self-esteem.”     This was the final line of a journal entry of a colleague participating in an Integrative medical more…

The Energy-Consciousness Model Pt.2: Myriad Meridians

      “Our perception of space alters the space. It is consciousness that finds meanings in all spaces” -Tarthang Tulku       Some time ago a mother of a new-born baby came to see me for treatment. She brought her baby with her. She was late for her appointment, stressed, sweating from rushing more…

The Energy-Consciousness Model Pt 1.: The Point of Points

  “By letting it go it all gets done. The world is won by those who let it go. But when you try and try. The world is beyond the winning” -Lao Tzu    In the last few weeks we have being discussing different medical models. One model, that is both old and yet relatively more…