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
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
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
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
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: