HEALTH - The Essence of Healing Is Non Violence
by Dr Michael Ellis


We need an integrated health system which is based on communication between all specialties of doctors, as well as other health professionals, with the prime aim of giving members of public the opportunity to heal themselves by using the latest understanding of Medicine of light, body-mind medicine, psycho-neuro--immunology, nutritional, environmental and preventive medicine as well as accessing the very best of complimentary medicine. (Leo Tolstoy, War and Peace.) said 'The highest wisdom has but one science - the science of the whole - the science explaining the whole creation and man's place in it.' Thomas Kuhn introduced the idea that science functions under the control of a paradigm. For centuries science has been guided by a paradigm based on the intellectual achievements of Newton and Descartes, who saw the world mechanistically and reductively, with its division of inside and outside, subject and object.

This has been overturned by the work of Einstein and his theory of relativity, the atomic physicists and others who have discovered laws that don't fit the old paradigm. The new paradigm which is emerging takes into account the observer as well as the thing observed, and the fact that the two cannot be separated. There cannot be objective knowledge without a knowing subject: what we see must be relative to and influenced by where we are and who we are.

Our health system worldwide is in crisis. This crisis is exacerbated by the costs and profits generated by the pharmaceutical industry. The combined worth of the worlds top five drug companies, is twice the combined GMP of all Sub Sahara Africa and their influence on World Trade is extremely powerful because they bring their wealth directly on the levers of Western power (The Governments).

Chronic diseases represent a huge proportion of human illness. They include cardiovascular disease (30% of projected total worldwide deaths in 2005), cancer (13%), chronic respiratory diseases (7%), and diabetes (2%). Two risk factors underlying these conditions are key to any population-wide strategy of control-tobacco use and obesity. These risks and the diseases they engender are not the exclusive preserve of rich nations. Chronic diseases are a larger problem in low-income settings The evidence shows that it is critical to intervene early in the epidemic's course. Now is the time to act to prevent the needless deaths of millions. (Lancet)

It is no wonder that the health system is in crisis when the whole essence of health care is based on the use of allopathic drugs. The pharmaceutical industry exists and feeds on illness. Without illness it cannot grow because it cannot create new drugs to band-aid the illness. Yet it is known that iatrogenic illness or illness caused by drugs or technological intervention is such that the treatment of illness is now the fourth commonest cause of death in Western Society. (Journal of the American Medical Association).

This information is a follow up of the Institute of Medicine report which hit the papers in December of 1999, but the data was hard to reference as it was not in peer-reviewed journal. It was then published in JAMA July 26, 2000;284(4):483-5 which is the most Widely circulated medical journal in the world.

It said that Doctors are the third leading cause Of death in the US causing at least 225,000 deaths per year, this constitutes the third leading cause of death in the US, following heart disease and cancer. deaths Every year. 4% and 18% of consecutive patients experience negative effects in outpatient settings. 225,000 deaths a year averages out to nearly 750 deaths a day, every day In Australia Sixteen per cent of patients who enter hospital either die or come out worse than when they went in. (Medical Journal of Australia 1995)

The health system based on a band aid approach takes advantage of a global market, placed there, simply to make money at the expense of anything and anybody else.

Our world faces the challenge of healing in every conceivable way- from the healing of grief, the understanding of death, the suffering of millions within the developing world, where lives are cut short, often to a couple of decades, and where one out of every three children will die from a preventable disease.

Above and beyond all of this is the need to change attitudes and mind-set so that we may have healing in the broadest possible sense- healing not only of our Global society, but of our Gobal environment and our planet as they are all related and all vitally connected.

The essence of healing is non violence .The more stress we place on ourselves the more we violate our system. Early lack of love and inadequate parental upbringing contributes to delinquency and chronic illness.

The major cause of illness and ill health on the planet is our thoughts.

Surrounded by constant influx of images of wars and violence in the media our homeostatic systems break down, The Flight and fight response
is chronically revved up creating excess cortisol and adrenaline leading to depression, stress, cardiovascular disease. Cancer, cholesterol, diabetes and the inability to assimilate food correctly. The cultivation of non violence to our minds and bodies needs to start with the individual.

We are beings of infinite creativity, love and literally light as all atoms radiate light and we radiate light on many complex levels. Living systems are quantum systems They process, store and radiate light in forms of information
How perfect to radiate the light of non violence not only for ourselves but for others as well !!

The Pharmaceutical industry exists for and uses the old paradigm where the Human Body is a mechanical, chronological hydraulic system divided into organs and cells and DNA, We are seen as read outs of DNA, This disempowers the individual and perpetuates the hierarchy of parochialism so evident in the Medical Profession where feelings and spirituality normally have no place to play in the picture

The new science of epigenetics and neuroplasticity shows that we have much more control over our minds and bodies than ever was dreamed of
We are the masters of our lives and the purveyors of healing for ourselves in partnership with the Medial Profession

Allopathy means attack. The Medical system attacks the disease with the use of drugs and in the process can kill the patient at the sane time
In medicine as in war as in environment we need to get away from non violence to the integral response of harmony ,balance, love and sustainability and ,holistic healing and come to see that violence is purely a throw back to times of fear and threat still imprinted in our brains but now capable of being transformed

We live in a disenfranchised world and communities with massive health problems Within this society there is tremendous emphasis on wealth and consumerism where the emphasis is on economics which is utterly unconcerned about the wellbeing of the individual . Economics is only concerned about the rationale for the accumulation of wealth no matter what the consequences for the people or environment.

In the Social Determinants of Health researched by Sir Professor Michael Marmot He found Social exclusion results from racism, discrimination, stigmatization, hostility and unemployment. People who live in or have left, institutions, such as prisons, children's homes and psychiatric hospitals are particularly vulnerable exclusion creates suffering and morbidity.

He says that the longer people live in stressful economic and social circumstances, the greater the physiological wear and tear they suffer and the less likely they are to enjoy a healthy old age. Stress harms health.
Stressful circumstances, making people feel worried, anxious and unable to cope, are damaging to health and may lead to premature death. They become more vulnerable to a wide range of conditions including infections, diabetes, high blood pressure, heart attack, stroke, depression and aggression.
Stress in the workplace increases the risk of disease Unemployed people and their families suffer a much higher risk of premature death People who have more control over their work have better health

When people feel uncared for the result is illness. Economic rationalism is an expression of how we are losing our sense of community and connection with all of life. In general there has to be a massive change in consciousness if we are to survive. Consciousness is also the key word when it comes to taking responsibility for healing one self and healing the planet.
Belonging to a social network makes people feel cared for.

Unless governance becomes more participatory and people have a real say at what they want in terms of their dreams and how they can express themselves in terms of real values and positive attitudes, our society will become run by a bureaucratic elite and watched over by a very wealthy minority.

Above and beyond all of this is the need to change attitudes and mind-set so that we may have healing in the broadest possible sense - healing not only of our Australian society, but of our Australian environment and our planet as they are all related and all vitally connected

The Ten Social Determinants of Health are:

  1. Social and economic circumstances strongly affect health throughout life.
  2. Stress harms health.
  3. The effects of early development in the neo-natal period and infancy last a lifetime.
  4. Social exclusion creates suffering and morbidity.
  5. Stress in the workplace increases the risk of disease
  6. Job security increases health, well-being and job satisfaction. Unemployment is deleterious to health.
  7. Social support, friendship, good social relations and strong supportive networks improve health at home, work and in the community.
  8. Addiction to drugs and alcohol is influenced by social determinants.
  9. Nutrition is a key determinant of health.
  10. Transport through the use of walking and exercise in a sustainable environment enhances health.
Dr Michael Ellis

Dr Michael Ellis is a medical doctor, futurist, and peace worker, living in Melbourne.

Dr Ellis is Founder of The Medical Renaissance Group. The aim of The Medical Renaissance Group is to create a new kind of medicine which integrates mind, body and spirit, society and the environment.

He is also Founder of the Centre for Change which aims to create an openness of dialogue for men and women of goodwill, in order that we can find a way out of the current global crisis. It also aims to contribute to the creation of a planetary peace culture, which affirms our deepest respect for all life which makes up the biosphere.

Dr Ellis has higher qualifications in general medicine, paediatrics and nutritional medicine.

He has a special interest in mind-body medicine and in optimizing the physical, mental and emotional health of the individual. He is a Research Fellow at the Graduate School of Integrative Medicine, Swinburne University, where he is particularly interested in brain longevity and the prevention of dementia.