Mar 6

In our democratically aspiring countries we insist upon freedom of speech. However we are all constantly being swamped by the idea that some thoughts are not ‘correct’ and others are…and to the extent that it is common use now to refer to ‘PC’, thinking ‘everyone’ will know what we are talking about.

In our cultural codes we have  considered it rude to refer to subject or acronyms in speech and in the written word without introducing or affirming the full title or subject if we are not to embarrass others.  There are few in social gatherings who have a direct approach and would seek to ask ‘what does …….mean? ‘

It is difficult enough to fight against the forces that would deny us free speech and impossible to contend with the suggestion that our minds and expressions of thought must be judged by some unknown authority, as ‘correct’ or not.

Every ‘trendy’ popular thought or ideology should be appraised before adopting an attitude that succumbs to the fashion of the times.

To keep our minds clear we must be alert and reject popular pressures that are not in accord with our own ethics and thinking.

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Mar 5

Living in the present world that appears to be in chaos, we are reminded of the need of human greatness and clear leadership….

In an excerpt from the Vatican Council II: Pastoral Constitution on the Church in the Modern World N.15 it states

…. “Man judges rightly that by his intellect he surpasses the material universe, for he shares in the light of the divine mind….

The intellectual nature of the human person is perfected by wisdom and needs to be. For wisdom gently attracts the mind of man to a quest and a love for what is true and good. Steeped in wisdom, man passes through visible realities to those which are unseen.

Our era needs such wisdom more than bygone ages if the discoveries made by man are to be further humanised.  For the future of the world stands in peril unless wiser men are forthcoming.”

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Mar 1

 Naturopathy takes its place along with Allopathy and Homoeopathy as one of the main Western systems of medicine.

Allopathy is well understood in modern times as a treatment system reliant upon drugs and surgery as well as more specialized spheres. It is based upon suppression of the symptoms of disease and has a huge store of knowledge re the specified known diseases of mankind. The most famous of its accomplishments would seem to be through miraculous surgical skills that repair bodies damaged through accidents and in correction of some deformities. It offers no fundamental educational health programme regarding prevention of disease.

Homeopathy has been used from earlier centuries as a treatment system that requires an intense focus upon the individual and the detailed attention to the symptoms and an observation as to the effects exerted by the weather, the seasons and the integral personality type of the patient. It involves considerable study and application to prescribe medicines for complex symptoms and great wisdom and experience. The system of remedies is drawn from a large range of sources from the natural kingdoms and is based upon the principle of like curing like – that is, administering a remedy that is most closely allied to the disease – a subtle medicine that is broken down to infinitesimal amount through a traditional process. It has many similarities to the ancient traditional Indian system of Ayurveda.

Naturopathy is based upon attention to the natural laws that when followed, create good health and is therefore dependent to a large extent upon the self discipline of the patient. It is a Preventative system and a reminder of the fundamental natural laws. The remedies cover a wide range in modern usage but must conform to the preference and avoidance of chemical drugs and surgery. The most popular remedies are those foods and herbs and natural oils and extracts that can be self administered in the course of home life.

The fundamental physical healing aids such as adjustment of posture, therapeutic massage where limitations in self help are obvious, are valuable and given in professional therapy, along with dietary advice and suggested herbal supplementation. The philosophy over-riding all of naturopathy and those who practise as naturopaths is that of prime regard for Nature as the revered maker and Director of the mysterious healing processes that are, when unobstructed by unnatural pollutants are programmed to maintain physical well being. If seeking professional assistance, it should be remembered that simple advice that derives from experience is most valued in helping a person to build and retain their natural state of health – surely the best health insurance system that exists.

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In Western countries we are free to choose our system of medicine that offers us relief from any ailment. For quick relief from minor irritations and problems it seems rewarding to some to turn to the doctor who prescribes a drug that offers speedy relief.

But for major body function and the health of vital organs, if we wish to avoid instant surgical ‘correction’ that cuts away that offending part of the body we must be prepared to take the usually slower route;  Nature seeks to adjust and heal through our conscious co-operation by providing the encouragement of specific foods, herbs and exercises as required.

There remains a place for any system of medicine that can offer a true cure and where the doctor or therapist who represents that system is committed to the one motivation and cause – to help the patient to a better state of health.

This is a vital issue as Mental Health is likely to flourish when the body well being is assured.