THE SPIRIT IN THE MACHINE

THE SPIRIT IN THE MACHINE

“The human body is often likened to a high performance machine…” So begins an article I saw today in the Daily Mail by the wonderful Bill Bryson. Bryson goes on to implore us to behold the wonder of our bodies. But it set me thinking how differently homeopaths conceive of our bodies than most conventional medics. Most graduates from medical school do think of the body like a car with an engine with more or less replaceable parts. But it goes further than that. Disease is seen as something separate from us. Something we need to fight, whether it be bacteria, viruses or cancer. Even the language use is indicative: We say “I have a flu” (the flu is separate from us);  might it be more accurate to say “I am flu-ing.”? And this leads to an aggressive concept of drugging to counter the perceived external threat with anti-biotics, anti inflammatories, anti-depressants etc. Homeopathy has a radically different idea. Firstly symptoms are not the disease. Imagine the oil light in your car comes on ( a symptom of low oil). The conventional medical parallel would be to rip out the car light or at least stop it from lighting up. But then when the engine fails everyone denies the connection. Just an unrelated incident. Homeopaths have a concept that the medics may think of as pure woo-woo! The “Vital Force”. Sounds a bit Star Wars doesn’t it. But in fact the Vital Force exists in many traditional medicine cultures (in India it’s “Ki”; in China it’s known as “Qi”) The Vital Force in homeopathy is the energy field that keeps us healthy but also...
SUMMER REMEDIES

SUMMER REMEDIES

HERE COMES THE SUN! And for those of us who suffer through the long British winter it’s been a long time coming! Some of you with fair skin will be sensitive to too much sun and of course we are bombarded with warning about the risks of over exposure to the sun. But the other side of the coin is we need the sun to replenish our Vitamin D levels as this vitamin is essential for calcium metabolism. Less well known is that lack of vitamin D affects our mood and some people have found that taking a Vitamin D supplement in Winter can dramatically improve seasonal depression. Vitamin D Is not found naturally in many foods but fatty fish oils like salmon are a good source. So, I thought I’d give you a few homeopathic remedies and tips that may be useful in Summer. You can buy first aid kits at Helios Pharmacy (www.helios.co.uk) which are absolutely essential if you’re going on holiday. PROTECTION AGAINST HOLIDAY DIARRHOEA If you are travelling to a destination where the water quality is problematic or your diet is going to change somewhat it’s worth buying a PROBIOTIC (in capsules is handy) from a pharmacy or health food shop and taking one capsule a day for 3 days before you travel and then one a day while you are on holiday. I’ve found that really helps in keeping your gut healthy. SUNBURN Aside from using a good cream with an SPF, any cream or lotion containing Aloe Vera or Calendula is a good thing to have after mild sun exposure. It will soothe any rawness...